Thomas Adrian Mittler, Horn,
born in Frankfurt (Main) on March 25, 2000, is one of the most promising horn players of his generation. A PreCollege-Student of Will Sanders at the Hochschule für Musik (Conservatory of Music) Karlsruhe from February 2016, Thomas joined the prestigious horn class of Christian-Friedrich Dallmann at the Universität der Künste (University of Arts) Berlin in the fall of 2017, being one of the youngest students to ever be admitted to Prof. Dallmann‘s class. From September 2021 onwards, he has been a scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German People‘s Scholarship Foundation).
Thomas has been successful in several soloist competitions. In August 2021, he reached the semifinals of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Competition of Music), where no horn player was admitted to play in the final round. In 2022, he was a finalist at both the Schuncke International Horn Competition, performing as a soloist with the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, and the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, where he was awarded a Special Price by Voigt Brass.
Despite his successes in several international competitions, Thomas‘ main focus has been on his career as an orchestra musician. From 2017-2019, he was a member of Germany‘s National Youth Orchestra. In February 2022, he joined the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin as an academist. Starting in September 2022, Thomas is currently a member of the Berlin Philharmonic‘s Karajan Academy.
Lars Toepperwien, Trumpet,
is a young trumpet player who lives and works in Berlin.
His musical career began for him in several professional big bands in southern Germany (including Tobias Becker Bigband, Jazz@Large Stuttgart, Groove Legend Orchestra, Wednesday Night Bigband, etc.). At the same time, he always worked on his projects and composed his music. As a trumpet player and organizational leader, he has already played several tours throughout Germany with the band “Federal Penguin Summit”.
In current projects (including L ́arc, Stockholm Bookclub, a200ms, and his sextet), his musical focus is on free improvised music, modern jazz, and new music.
Jovita Majewski, Composition,
Born in 1987 in Marburg, Jovita grew up in the Bergisches Land region of Germany, graduated from high school there in 2008, and then studied printing and design technology at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal but focused on drawing courses.
A year later, she studied art history for a year at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm University in Bonn until she was accepted to study liberal arts at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. There, after 6 years, Jovita graduated in 2016 in the class of Katharina Fritsch with an academy diploma.
From 2013-2014 Jovita Majewski managed the gallery “etc.” in Cologne, where she also curated most of the exhibitions.
Today she works in her studio in the Wachsfabrik art center in the north of Cologne and has participated in several groups and solo exhibitions. She also teaches the topic of sustainability and the threat of climate change in workshops with young people and adults in museums and municipal institutions.
Felix Becker, Composition,
born in 1987 in Frankfurt (Main), lives in Berlin,
He studied art education, philosophy, media studies, and politics at Goethe University Frankfurt. In 2014, he completed his studies with the state examination in art education and philosophy.
From 2011 to 2014, he was a scholarship holder of the Stiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
From 2015 to 2021, he studied fine arts at the Berlin University of the Arts and the École supérieure des beaux-arts, Marseille.
He obtained his master’s degree in 2021.
At international exhibitions, he shows paintings and sculptures from his creative work.
Becker’s paintings feature geometrical divisions and purported monochrome color fields combined with rough surfaces of three-dimensional debris. As a result of his interest in process of subtraction, he works with tools of erasure and cleaning, like thinner, knifes, scrapers, scrubbers, sandpaper, tea towels and sponges. He is not interested in undoing a step, but in utilizing new methods for the stages of painting. His way of painting is the repetition of addition and removal with a preference for the aspect of intentional failure. It has become an essential part of his paintings, not only to work with a large volume of paint in terms of color, but also as a body. Therefore Becker understands the process of erasing and evolving failures as a reversal that open up space for spontaneous results. Painting for him is a process of emancipation, in which the work and the artist become related, but finally end up being independent from each other.
Carola Ernst, Composition,
Conundrum images, tilt figures, hidden object images, forms of multi-stable perception, and multi-perspective are well-known forms of expression in art.
I am engaged in the exploration of new perceptual strategies in painting and drawing. On a scientific level, my work is influenced by the theories of advanced psychophysics and the findings of neuroscience on processes of perception and consciousness. The limits of perception with the question of reality, fantasy, and imagination are essential components.
The experience of different levels of reality in the visual arts, as they can be experienced, for example, in shifts of consciousness in dreams or intoxication, as well as the intensification of impressions through provoked emotions or intrusive memories, are here the core of my artistic work.