Romy Nagy (†) | Cello
Born in Gera, Romy began cello lessons at a young age and went on to study at the renowned music boarding school "Belvedere" in Weimar. She continued her education as a junior student at the Academy of Performing Arts and Music in Frankfurt am Main under Prof. Gerhard Mantel. She then studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin with Prof. Michael Sanderling and Prof. Josef Schwab and graduated in 2014 from the University of the Arts Berlin with a master's degree. During her studies, she played with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Staatskapelle Weimar, as Ferenc-Fricsay-Fellow in the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and, from 2000, as a member of the Kammerorchester Berlin. She received numerous prizes and scholarships and devoted herself to music outside the classical genre. She recorded albums with Robbie Williams, Udo Jürgens, Rosenstolz and Les Seraphines, played film music for Hollywood productions (including David Newman, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman), and toured through five continents. Since 2015, she was on tour with the jazz trumpeter, Till Brönner and his ensemble and plays in the music cabaret Trio Les Troizettes at home and abroad. Romy studied improvisation, singing and playing as a multi-instrumentalist in the ensemble Les Seraphines – aside from the cello, she also played guitar, ukulele and Irish bouzouki. Her teaching took her to South America.
It was love at first sight when we first met Romy in December 2017 and she became a cellist for our quartet. Since then, we've been touring Europe with her, enjoying every moment with her, the musician and friend. She faced life in her own way, always accepting the realness of reality. Deep down she experienced the music and pulled us on stage into her world. Sharing with her, music as well as everyday life, was a joy and touched our souls. She was a special being. Rare.
Romy died far too early on May 25, 2019 in Berlin.
Sonja Lena Schmid | Cello
Sonja Lena Schmid wurde 1981 in Tübingen geboren und studierte Cello und Kammermusik in Hamburg, Lübeck, Amsterdam und Den Haag. Sie wurde vielfach mit Preisen und Stipendien ausgezeichnet, wie dem „ZEIT“-Stipendium der Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben, dem „Huygens-Stipendium“ der niederländischen Regierung, dem 1. Preis des Internationalen Kammermusik-Wettbewerbs „Charles Hennen“ sowie einem Sonderpreis des internationalen Wettbewerbs „Schubert und die Moderne“. Sie gastiert bei internationalen Festivals wie dem Warschauer Herbst, den Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik Darmstadt, dem Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, den International Music Sessions Prussia Cove (England) oder dem Cervantino Festival (Mexiko). Als Solistin und insbesondere als Mitglied des Decoder Ensemble engagiert sie sich für aktuelle Musik, spielt zahlreiche Uraufführungen und gibt neue Werke in Auftrag. Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei meist Musik mit multimedialen und stark performativen Elementen. Mit Decoder gestaltet sie die Konzertreihe „Unterdeck“ im Kaistudio der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie, wo sie mit so unterschiedlichen Künstlern wie Nora Gomringer, Simon Steen-Andersen, Sarah Nemtsov oder Kötter/Seidl zusammenarbeitet. Eine weitere Leidenschaft gilt der Verbindung von Musik und Theater. Sonja Lena Schmid wirkte unter anderem in Produktionen für die Biennale München, das Hamburger Thalia Theater und das Deutsche Schauspielhaus mit sowie in freien Produktionen wie dem Kinder-Musiktheater „Teufels Küche“ mit, das u.a. Gastspiele an der Hamburger Staatsoper und im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden gab und für den „Junge Ohren“-Preis nominiert wurde. Gemeinsam mit der Pianistin Anne von Twardowski initiierte sie das Projekt „Rauschen“, das klassische Kammermusik mit Live-Elektronik verbindet. Ebenfalls gemeinsam geben sie Workshops, unter anderem als Gastdozentinnen der Hochschule der populären Künste Berlin. 2015 wurde Sonja Lena Schmid Ehren-Alster-Schleusenwärterin – eine Auszeichnung für Hamburger, die sich als Botschafter für Hamburg in der Welt verdient gemacht haben. Für das Album „Carnival Fantasy“ erhielt sie 2016 mit Salut Salon den ECHO Klassik in der Kategorie „Klassik ohne Grenzen“. Seit Mai 2019 ist sie Professorin für Ensemble und Digitale Performance an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik Trossingen (Landeszentrum Musik-Design-Performance).
Anne-Monika v. Twardowski | Piano
Anne-Monika was born in 1982 in Durban, South Africa, and had her first piano lesson in Germany at the tender age of six. She pursued a degree in instrumental education and in musical arts als well as a master degree in piano performance at the Lübeck Academy of Music. Anne-Monika studied in Barcelona as an Erasmus exchange student in 2005/2006 at the Escola Superior de Música Catalunya. Her musical training was supplemented by master classes at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.
Since June 2012, she has also been involved as sponsor of the project “Schule mit Courage – Schule ohne Rassismus” (School with courage – School without racism) at the secondary school Theodor-Heuss-Schule in Pinneberg near Hamburg. In 2015 she was named honorary guard of the canal locks in the Alster lake - an award for sons and daughters of Hamburg who have earned the privilege to serve as ambassadors for their city throughout the world. Together with Salut Salon, she received the ECHO Klassik in the category „Classic Without Borders“ for their album „Carnival Fantasy“.
Anne played with Salut Salon from 2008 to 2018.
Frederike Dany | Cello
Frederike Dany started playing the cello when she was seven years old. By the time she was in her teens, she was already a student of the Conservatoire de Luxembourg and had won numerous prizes, including the prestigious German national competition “Jugend Musiziert”. Frederike went on to study music and education at the Musikhochschule Lübeck under the instruction of Prof. Ulf Tischbirek. Having won a DAAD scholarship, she then travelled to Barcelona, where she studied under Lluis Claret, and, after that, to Amsterdam, where she studied Baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden. In 2005 Frederike returned to Germany, and in 2007 she completed her degree in performing arts at the Universität der Künste Berlin under the instruction of Prof. Martin Löhr (solo cellist with the Berlin Philharmonic). Frederike also participated in several different master classes, including with Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Prof. Jens Peter Maintz. She was a member of the Ensembleakademie des Freiburger Barockorchesters and received a scholarship from Jeunesses Musicales. Her great love has always been chamber music. She received quartet lessons from Walter Levin and the Artemis Quartet. With her ensemble Frederike performed at the Rheingau Music Festival and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. After taking her degree, Frederike was a permanent member of the orchestra at the Staatstheater Darmstadt and performed regularly in concerts at the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz. Concert tours have taken her, not only all over Europe, but also to South Africa, South America and Asia. At the moment Frederike lives and works as a freelance cellist in Berlin.
Frederike played with Salut Salon from 2010 to 2017.
Lynda Anne Cortis | Cello
Lynda was born in 1986 in Hamburg and completed her studies with a Master of Arts from Bremen University of the Arts. She is a multi-award winner of the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Hans Sikorski Memorial Prize for "exemplary interpretation of the works of a living composer". She is a regular member of the German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen under Paavo Järvi, performs concert tours with the "Panufnik Trio" (violoncello, violin and piano) and is a member of the European Chamber Music Academy as well as the Bremer Ensemble for new music, "Ensemble New Babylon".
In her solo program as "Looping Lynda" with cello and loop station, she inspires her audience with her own compositions and unusual arrangements and since 2016, has been involved with the production "Time - a Philosophical Attack!" in the Figuren Theater "Mensch, Puppe!" in Bremen. Lynda regularly presents a program of stories, poems and music as a member of the duo "Wort-Klang", together with the Bremer actress Claudia Spörri. In addition to her artistic work, she also teaches cello. In 2016 she was a guest lecturer at the Bremen University of the Arts.
Since 2017, Lynda Anne Cortis plays cello with Salut Salon.