Director / Conductor
Marion Kuchenbecker, born in Rostock, founded the Mixed Choir in 1990 and has been leading it ever since with a lot of positive energy and commitment.
She graduated from the Special School for Music Education in Wernigerode and was a member of the Radio Youth Choir and the Chamber Choir of Wernigerode. She studied musicology at the University of Halle until 1984 and after further studies in 1988 at the "Franz Liszt" College of Music in Weimar, where she received her diploma as a choir orchestral conductor. In 1987 she took part actively in a master class under the direction of Helmuth Rilling in collaboration with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
From 1984 to 1988, Ms. Kuchenbecker received an artistic assistant at the Pedagogical University Potsdam, where she trained students in choral conducting until 1989, as well as a student choir and the newly founded university orchestra. Due to political differences in the eventful period before the fall of the Berlin Wall, she had to leave the university and then began work at the Städtische Musikschule Potsdam.
In addition to the Mixed Choir, she is also in charge of two children's choirs and the String Orchestra Plus. Ms. Kuchenbecker is also a specialist teacher for early musical education and gives piano lessons.
They are responsible for organising and staging the annual concerts, which are the highlights of the choir's life in December and summer. CDs were also produced with the Mixed Choir.
The concerts take place in Potsdam, but also nationwide and beyond in European cities on stages and in churches. This is due to Mrs. Kuchenbecker's commitment to running and maintaining partnerships and networks.
Daniel Selke, born in 1983, graduated from the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Academy of Music and Theatre with a degree in piano. After his university studies he performed as a concert pianist. Already as a young student at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, he played the piano concerto no. 1 by Ludwig v. Beethoven in Peking (China) as a soloist at the age of 16, which was broadcast live on Chinese television.
Daniel Selke has been performing with his brother, the cellist Sebastian Selke, at concert events in the Duo Ceeys for several years, and since 2008 he has appeared regularly as a guest pianist, harpsichordist and organist. He has also been teaching piano at home and abroad since 2001.
Daniel Selke discovered his love for choral music at an early age. At the age of 15 he was already conducting his first self-established choir "Viva La Musica", with which he performed in Berlin and Brandenburg. During his university studies in Leipzig, Daniel worked as a temporary conductor and artistic director in various church choirs. He has also collaborated with orchestras and choirs in Dresden with various instrumentations.
Since August 2013 Daniel Selke has been the artistic director of the Ernst Busch Choir Berlin.