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Biography

A conductor whose international reputation is built on repertoire of unusual stylistic diversity. Frank Strobel has long been recognised as a leading figure in the space where film meet music. In particular, he has played a crucial role in bringing film concerts into leading opera houses and concert halls.

 From the 21/22 season he assumes the role of Chief Conductor of Cologne’s WDR Funkhausorchester.

Frank Strobel grew up in his parents’ cinema in Munich. As a 16-year-old he obtained a piano score of the original music for Fritz Lang’s cinematic masterpiece Metropolis. He arranged it for two pianos and then played it to accompany the film, with such success that many more such screenings followed. In 2008 an original copy of Metropolis was discovered in Buenos Aires; two years later a fully restored version of the film was premiered at the Berlinale, with Frank Strobel conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

In 2006 at Dresden’s Semperoper he conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden to accompany a reconstruction of the film of Der Rosenkavalier with Richard Strauss’s original music. Having reconstructed Sergei Prokofiev’s music for Eisenstein’s films Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible, Strobel conducted the first performances of his realisations at the Musikfest Berlin. Further performances followed at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2017.

Another important collaboration with the Musikfest Berlin came to fruition in 2019 in both Berlin and Lyon: Abel Gance’s seven-hour silent epic La Roue, with a score specially assembled from 117 works written by French composers between 1880 and 1920.

Beyond the world of film music, Frank Strobel has achieved international recognition for his first performances and revivals of works by Franz Schreker, Alexander von Zemlinsky und Siegfried Wagner. The great Russian composer Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) found Frank Strobel congenial, considering him an ideal interpreter of his works. Strobel now retains the adaptation rights for Schnittke’s music.

In 2002 Frank Strobel and Beate Warkentien established the Europäische FilmPhilharmonie, an institution dedicated to the artistic development of music and film in the concert hall. This has given rise to such ambitious projects as Matrix Live at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Of special significance in this context is Strobel’s role as an adviser to the TV station ZDF/ARTE on its programming of silent films and this has resulted in notable performances of silent films to the accompaniment of legendary musical works.

Frank Strobel has been particularly at home in the French music scene for some time. He conducted the film music for the feature film "Kaamelott: Premier Volet" by producer, actor and composer Alexandre Astier in spring 2021. The premiere of the film music concert "With a smile" took place under his direction at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Orchestre de Paris. Frank Strobel is also a repeated guest at the "Festival Lumière. Grand Lyon Film Festival". In February 2021, he conducted parts of the evening of the "Victoires de la Musique."

Frank Strobel enjoys close artistic ties with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, London Symphony Orchestra, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hannover und Leipzig, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Cologne Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie and Vienna Konzerthaus


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Biography

Frank Strobel is one of the internationally accomplished conductors with a stylistically incredibly diverse repertoire. For years he has been one of the most important protagonists in the interdisciplinary field of film and music, through his commitment film with live orchestra has found its way into leading opera houses and concert halls. Strobel works as a consultant for the silent film programme of ZDF/arte and in 2000, together with Beate Warkentien, founded the cultural institution EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE, which under his artistic direction has rendered outstanding services to highly acclaimed film in concert productions.
He is the designated chief conductor of the WDR Funkhausorchester. He enjoys close and long lasting relationships with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, with the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Cologne and Paris Philharmonie as well as the Vienna Konzerthaus.
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Media

Video

Abel Gance: J'accuse Preview
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France
Salle Pleyel (08/11/2014

Frank Strobel and the LSO play the RAIDERS MARCH from INDIANA JONES(currently no video available)
The prominence of John Williams' film music to this day recently made itself known at the Oscars. Alongside classics like E.T., the threatening score for Steven Spielberg's JAWS-with which the prize winner was cautioned to keep his acceptance speech short and to the point—couldn't go missing. The Oscar-winning music of 1974 contributed to the film's worldwide success. And in the following years, Hollywood's prodigies would write more film history with INDIANA JONES, HOOK, SCHINDLER'S LIST, JURASSIC PARK and WAR OF THE WORLDS.

Audio

Prokofiev: Alexander NewskiFrank Strobel (Dirigent)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Kompletter Film (mit Password) 

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Discography

 
ALFRED SCHNITTKE Film Musil Vol. VSchnittke: Day Stars (Movie by Igor Talankin - Rusia,, 1966); The Favorite (Film by Aleksandr Zguridi & Nana Kldiashvili - Rusia,, 1985); Father Sergius (Movie by Igor Talankin - Rusia, 1978)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Rundfunkchor Berlin
CD: Capriccio ( 2021)
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Kaamelott - Premier VoletAlexandre Astier: Kaamelott
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Orchestre National de Lyon
CD: Deutsche Grammophon (2020)
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Chicago - Weltstadt in FlegeljahrenMusic: New composition by Andy Miles (2020)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
WDR Funkhausorchester
DVD/Blu-ray: absolut MEDIEN (arte Edition)  (2020)
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Kapustin | Schnittke: Cello Concertos Schnittke: Concerto For Cello And Orchestra No. 1, Op. 85; Concerto For Cello And Orchestra No. 1, Op. 85
Eckart Runge (cello)
Frank Strobel (conductor) 
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Capriccio (2020)
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La Roue Silent movie by Abel Gance (France, 1923)
Music: Arthur Honegger and Paul Fosse
Music reconstruction: Bernd Thewes
Frank Strobel (conductor) 
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
DVD/Blu-ray: Pathé (2020)
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Berlin - New York Songs of the musical scene in Berlin & New York in the 1930s, 1940 & 1950s
Arranged by Max Knoth
Lyambiko (vocals)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
WDR Funkhausorchester
Cd: Sony Music (2019)
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Ivan the Terrible Sergey Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible
Marina Prudenskaya (mezzosoprano)
Alexander Vinogradov (mass)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Capriccio (2018)
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Metropolis Silent movie by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1921)
Movie music by Gottfried Huppertz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Pan Classics (2018)
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Zur Chronik von Grieshuus Silent movie by Arthur von Gerlach (Germany, 1925)
Movie music by Gottfried Huppertz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
CD: Pan Classics (2016)
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Die Nibelungen Abstracts from the movies "Siegfried" and "Kriemhilds Rache" by Fritz Lang
Movie music by Gottfried Huppertz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Pan Classics (2016)
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Der Müde Tod Silent movie by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1921)
Music by Cornelius Schwehr
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
DVD: Murnau Stiftung (2016)
Rapsodia Satanica & Il Gattopardo Mascagni: Rhapsodia Satanica 
Rota: Il Gattopardo
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
CD: Capriccio (2015)
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Die Nibelungen Silent movie by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1924)
Music by Gottfried Huppertz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
CD: PAN (2009/2010)
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Alfred Schnittke - Film Music EditionSchnittke: The Story of an Unknown Actor; Commissar, Clowns and Children; The Waltz; The Glass Harmonica; The Fairytale of the Wanderings; Rikki-Tikki-Tavi; Sport, Sport, Sport
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Capriccio (2015)
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Pest – Die Rückkehr Movie by Niki Stein (Germany, 2002)
Music by Ulrich Reuter
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Czech Symphony Orchestra Prague
Alhambra/ DA Music (2014)
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Die Nibelungen Silent movie by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1924)
Music byGottfried Huppertz
hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt
Frank Strobel (conductor)
DVD/ blue ray: Universum Film (2013/Deluxe Edition)
Richard Wagner Silent movie by Carl Fröhlich & William Wauer (Germany, 1913)
Music by Giuseppe Becce
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
DVD: Universum Film (2013)
Im Kampf mit dem Berge Silent movie by Arnold Fanck (Germany, 1921)
Music by Paul Hindemith
Frank Strobel (conductor)
hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt
DVD: Universum Film (2013)
Donna Leon: BrunettiMusic by Ulrich Reuter
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock
CD: Alhambra/ DA Music (2013)
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Die Nibelungen Silent movie by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1924)
Music by Gottfried Huppertz
hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt
Conductor: Frank Strobel
DVD: Edition SZ Cinemathek Stummfilm (2012)
Das Weib des Pharao Silent movie by Ernst Lubitsch
Music by Eduard Künneke
Frank Strobel (conductor)
WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln
DVD (2011)
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Berlin. Die Sinfonie der Großstadt Silent movie by Walther Ruttmann (Germany, 1927)
Music: Edmund Meisel, arranged by Bernd Thewes
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
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Metropolis Silent movie by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1926)
Music by Gottfried Huppertz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
DVD, blue ray: warner home (2011)
3 Discs - Special Edition
Metropolis Silent movie by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1926)
Music by Gottfried Huppertz
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Capriccio (2011)
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Küssen kann man nicht alleine Max Raabe 
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Palastorchester
CD: Decca (2011)
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Alfred Schnittke Schnittke: Quintet For Piano, 2 Violins, Viola And Cello; Trio For Piano, Violin And Cello; Quartet For Piano, Violin, Viola And Cello; Chamber Concerto (Piano Concerto No. 2) For Piano And Orchestra
Maria Lettberg (piano)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Crystal Edition (2011)
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Rabih Abou-Khalil: Trouble in Jersualem Abou-Kalil: Jerusalem; Lament; Gerusalemme Liberata; Once Upon A Dervish; Saladin And Nathan The Wise; A Prayer For Tolerance
Sophie Notte (cello)
Michel Godard (tuba)
Sarina Zickgraf (viola)
Tobias Feldman (violin)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Bundesjugendorchester (BJO)
CD: enja records (2010)
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ALFRED SCHNITTKE Film Musil Vol. IV Schnittke: Sport, Sport, Sport; Adventures of a Dentist
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Capriccio (2009)
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Alfred Schnittke - The Piano Concertos Nos. 1-3 Schnittke: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra; Concerto for Piano (four hands) and Chamber Orchestra
Ewa Kupiec (piano)
Maria Lettberg (piano)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Phoenix Edition (2008)
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Sigfied Wagner - Der Kobold (The Goblin) Wagner: Der Kobold Op. 3
Rebecca Broberg (Verena)
Regina Mauel (Gertrud)
u.a. Frank Strobel (conductor)
Nürnberger Symphoniker
DVD: Marco Polo (2008)
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Der Schmied von Marienburg (The Blacksmith of Marienburg) Opera in three acts
Siegfried Wagner: Der Schmied von Marienburg
Karl Schneider (Muthart)
Rebecca Broberg (Friedelind)
Ralf Sauerbrey (Willekin)
u.a.Frank Strobel (conductor)
Baltic Philharmonic Gdansk
CD: Marco Polo (2008)
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Das Neue Babylon Silent film by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Frank Strobel (conductor)
SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
DVD: AbsolutMedien (2007)
Der Schatz Silent movie by Georg Wilhelm Pabst (Germany, 1926)
Music by Max Deutsch
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
DVD: Arthaus (2007)
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Der Rosenkavalier  Silent movie by Robert Wiene (Germany, 1925)
Music by Richard Strauss
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
DVD: Edition Film + Text (2007)
 
ALFRED SCHNITTKE Film Musil Vol. IIISchnittke: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi; A Tale of Travels
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Capriccio (2007)
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Die Generallinie Silent movie by Sergei Eisenstein (Rusia, 1929)
Music by Taras Buyevsky
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
DVD: AbsolutMedien (2006)
ALFRED SCHNITTKE Film Musil Vol. IISchnittke: Clowns and Kids; The Waltz; The Glass Accordion; The Ascent
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Capriccio (2006)
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Dmitri Shostakovich Shostakovich: New Babylon Op. 18; A Year Is Like a Lifetime Op. 128 a
Frank Strobel (conductor)
SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern
CD: Hänssler Classic (2006)
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ALFRED SCHNITTKE Film Musil Vol. ISchnittke: The Story of an Unknown Actor; Commissar
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Capriccio (2005)
on Spotify stream
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevski Film by Sergei Eisenstein (Rusia, 1938)
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Marina Domaschenko (soloist)
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Ernst-Senff-Chor
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
CD: Capriccio 2014
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Der letzte Mann Silent movie by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (Germany, 1924)
Music by Giuseppe Becce - arranged by Detlev Glanert
Frank Strobel (conductor)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken
DVD: Transit Classics (2003)

Projects

ALEXANDER NEVSKY (Rusia, 1938)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
detailed info sheet as PDF file
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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (Rusia, 1930)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN(Rusia, 1926)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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BLANCANIEVES(Spain, 2012)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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BERLIN. SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY(Germany, 1927)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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DER ROSENKAVALIER(Austria, 1925)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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detailed info sheet as PDF file
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FAUST(Deutschland, 1925)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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HENRY V (England, 1944)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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IM KAMPF MIT DEM BERGE(Germany, 1921)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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detailed info sheet as PDF file

 
IVAN THE TERRIBLE(Rusia, 1943)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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MATRIX LIVE. FILM IN CONCERT In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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detailed info sheet as PDF file
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METROPOLIS 27/10 In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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NIBELUNGEN, PART 1: SIEGRIED(Germany 1924)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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NIBELUNGEN, PART 2: KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE(Germany 1924)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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NOSFERATU(Germany, 1922)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilarmonic Institute
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OCTOBER(Rusia, 1928)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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THE LAST LAUGH (Germany, 1924)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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THE NEW BABYLON (Rusia, 1928)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilarmonic Institute
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THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC(France, 1928)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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RICHARD WAGNER(Germany, 1913)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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ROMEO AND JULIET - ROMEO I ZHULIETTA(Rusia, 1954/55)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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TABU(USA, 1931)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED(Germany, 1926)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
detailed info sheet as PDF file
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THE LODGER – A STORY Of THE LONDON FOG In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
detailed info sheet as PDF file
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THE TRASURE(Germany, 1922)
In cooperation with the European FilmPhilharmonic Institute
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Contact

General Management
Artist Manager: Ekkehard Jung
ekkehard.jung@ekkehardjung.de · T: +49-30-23 63 794 -11
Assistant Artist Manager: Kea Münch
kea.muench@ekkehardjung.de · T: +49-30-23 63 794 -12
PA & Communication Frank Strobel: Martina von Brüning
pr@Frank_Strobel.org · T: +49 - 174 30 86 118
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