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 broadcast youth choir and the chamber choir Wernigerode. She studied musicology at the University of Halle until 1984 and after further studies at the "Franz Liszt" Academy of Music in Weimar in 1988 she graduated as a choir conductor. In 1987 she participated actively in a master class under the direction of Helmuth Rilling in cooperation with the Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig.
From 1984 to 1988 Ms. Kuchenbecker became artistic assistant at the Potsdam University of Education, where she trained students in choral conducting until 1989, as well as conducting a student choir and the newly founded university orchestra. Due to political differences in the turbulent period before the fall of the Berlin Wall, she had to leave the university and then began work at the Städtische Musikschule (municipal music school) Potsdam.
In addition to the Mixed Choir, she is responsible for conducting two children's choirs and the Plus String Orchestra. Mrs. Kuchenbecker is also a specialist teacher for early musical education and gives piano lessons.
The organisation and execution of the annual concerts, which are the highlights of choir life in December and summer, are also in her hands. CDs were also produced with the Mixed Choir.
The partnerships and networks maintained and operated by Mrs. Kuchenbecken make it possible to perform concerts in Potsdam, throughout Germany, but also in European cities on stages and in churches.
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.