Retrospektive 2007: City Girls. Frauenbilder im Stummfilm

The Musicians

Günter A. Buchwald

Conductor, violinist, pianist and composer Günter A. Buchwald contributed to pioneering the international renaissance of silent film. Since 1978 he has accompanied more than 1300 different silent films. His extensive repertoire not only includes European and American classics, but also a large number of key works from Japanese cinema. In addition to his appearances as a soloist, he has performed with the Silent Movie Music Company, which he founded in 1985. He has also conducted large orchestras at special silent film events. Since opening the Tokyo International Film Festival in 1997 with his composition for NANI GA KANOJO O SO SASETA KA / What Made Her Do it? (J 1929), Günter A. Buchwald has made a name for himself as composer of music for sound and silent films. For three years now, he has played the violin in duo with Neil Brand, an internationally acclaimed silent film pianist. They have performed at a number of silent film festivals, for instance, in Nottingham, Pordenone and Bonn.


Peter Gotthardt

Since 1965 composer Peter Gotthardt has worked primarily for film and television, though also for radio and theater. He has written more than 500 film scores for a wide range of genres. Among his most famous compositions is the music for the cult DEFA film: DIE LEGENDE VON PAUL UND PAULA / The Legend of Paul and Paula (GDR 1973). In recent years, he has worked with Volker Schlöndorff, Frank Beyer, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jochen Meusel, among others. In 1985 he received the GDR Art Award for his achievements in the field of film music composition. In the 1990s Peter Gotthardt began accompanying silent films. Audiences in Berlin know him from his many performances at the Zeughauskino.



Stephen Horne

Stephen Horne has been accompanying silent films for over 18 years. Based at London's National Film Theatre, he regularly plays at all the major UK venues such as the Barbican Centre and Tate Modern. He also performs on the international stage, and in the last two years his accompaniments have met with acclaim at the Pordenone, Telluride, and Bonn Sommerkino film festivals. Last year he performed his score for A COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR (GB/S 1929) at New York’s Lincoln Center and Washington’s National Gallery of Art and recorded it for broadcast on the BBC. His DVD recordings include the BFI’s RW Paul – The Collected Films and a new score for SOUL OF YOUTH on the forthcoming Treasures from American Archives 3 compilation. As well as playing at London's principle dance academies, Stephen often collaborates in recreations of magic lantern shows.


Jürgen Kurz

Jürgen Kurz has performed for silent films and the theater since 1981 and is a very versatile musician. He plays both the piano and the organ, though his trademark is to accompany films on his prepared grand piano. By playing inside the piano as well as on toy instruments, his performances vary greatly and never fail to surprise. He has presented film concerts with the Exzentrisches Filmorchester, an ensemble which he initiated, at many locations, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Akademie der Künste and the Musikakademie Rheinsberg. Audiences have heard him play at previous Berlinale events, including the Retrospectives on Fritz Lang (2001) and Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (2003). For years, Jürgen Kurz has also given guest performances on a regular basis at the Filmkunsthaus Babylon and the Zeughauskino in Berlin.


Stefano Maccagno

Stefano Maccagno is the musical director of the Teatro San Filippo in Turin. Over the years, he has performed in different jazz formations in northern Italy. In the 1990s he accompanied silent film screenings on the piano at the international festival Il cinema ritrovato in Bologna. On a regular basis, he has also given guest performances on the piano at screenings at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, which – as also the Cineteca Griffith in Genoa – has commissioned many compositions from him. In addition, he has collaborated regularly with the Cineteca Nazionale di Milano since 1998. Stefano Maccagno has accompanied the film CABIRIA (Italy 1913/14) in Luxemburg, Cannes, Lyon and São Paulo.

Stefano Maccagno begleitete CABIRIA (I 1913/14) in Luxemburg, Cannes, Lyon und São Paulo.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino.


Maud Nelissen / Finn Möricke

As a concert pianist and chamber music player, Maud Nelissen is greatly interested in romantic and 20th century works. She is also one of the Netherlands’s most celebrated silent film composers and pianists. Her compositions for the Netherlands Filmmuseum and the Film in Concert Foundation observe the mode and atmosphere of performances in the 1910s and 1920s. She founded The Sprockets, a sextet that tours the Netherlands with a new program of silent films each year. Recent highlights of her film music career include guest performances for the Germaine Dulac Retrospective at the Paris Musée d'Orsay in 2005 and the international Festival Il cinema ritrovato in Bologna in 2006, as well as her composition for THE PATSY (USA 1928) starring Marion Davies. In 2007 she will perform at the opening night of the Asta Nielsen Retrospective in Frankfurt/M.

Finn Möricke studied violin and viola in Utrecht and Cologne. He has worked with Finnish and Dutch orchestras and feels at home in a wide range of music styles, including those outside the classical idiom. He has played with many distinguished musicians in New York, Paris, Scandinavia, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Hungary and Romania. For two years now Finn Möricke has collaborated regularly as silent film musician with Maud Nelissen.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande.


Sabrina Hausmann / Aljoscha Zimmermann

Aljoscha Zimmermann emigrated from Latvia to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1973. As pianist and composer of film scores, he has made a name for himself over the last twenty years with his arrangements and compositions for classic silent films. His repertoire now includes over 400 works. Aljoscha Zimmermann is able to draw on his experience in composing for a large variety of genres: music theater, ballet, revues, chanson and jazz have all provided him with inspiration and power. His silent film arrangements for television and DVD recordings, as well as his live performances, which have been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics, have established his reputation as a master of his trade. Aljoscha Zimmermann and his ensemble perform frequently at international film festivals.

His daughter Sabrina Hausmann shares her father’s passion for silent film. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, she has played the violin in the Aljoscha Zimmermann Ensemble since 1992. In addition to her activities as solo and chamber music performer, she has contributed to many live performances, DVD productions and television broadcasts of film music.

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