ensemble Intégrales
concert agenda


biographies of the members of ensemble Intégrales

Click on the instruments to read the specific biograpies of single musicians:

double bass/e-bass
clarinet/ bass clarinet
sound design

Barbara LüneburgBarbara Lüneburg - violin, viola, e-violin
artistic director

Barbara Lüneburg performing on the violin and the viola has made herself a name as both an interpreter of classical and contemporary music.
She won various violin competitions, including the "Prize for the Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music", awarded at the 4th International Music Competition for Young Culture in Düsseldorf, which displays her special interest in the new music field. Barbara Lüneburg has premiered numerous solo- and chamber music works throughout her career.
In addition to being a member of various chamber music and contemporary musicensembles, she regularly performs as a soloist of classical and new music in Germany and abroad. Barbara Lüneburg records for radio broadcast, CD- and TV- productions and plays at various international music festivals such as Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Bodensee Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria), Gaudeamus Festival, the Munich Biannual and the Tongyeong International Music Festival (Korea).
As an improvisor he shared the stage with Joel Ryan, Jaap Blonk,Andy Moor and many others.
As a recipient of grants and scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Scholarship of the German People she studied a/o. at the Tshaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Zorija Schichmurzaeva and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) with David Takeno.
Barbara Lüneburg is a founding member of ensemble Intégrales.
For her PhD thesis on "A holistic view on the creative potential of performers in new music" at Brunel University/London she was awarded a doctor's degree. She teaches arts and contemporary music at Medienhochschule Darmstadt and since 2015 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

  Ninon Gloger

Ninon Gloger - piano, synthesizer

Ninon Gloger studied with Prof. Friedemann Rieger (Stuttgart, Winterthur) and Prof. Konrad Else (Musikhochschule Lübeck). Currently she accomplishes her studies with a Master of Contemporary Music in Belgium/Leuven. Ninon has attended master classes with - among others - George Crumb, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Konrad Richter and Walter Levin and worked with artists such as Kolja Blacher, Rainer Kussmaul and Gustav Rivinius. Ninon Gloger plays as a soloist as well as a chamber musician and has a wide repertoire as an instrumental- and Lied accompanist. Her experience with orchestral piano playing, encompasses orchestras like Bayrischer Rundfunk, Wiener Symphoniker, DSO Berlin, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Dresdner Philharmonie and academy of the SHMF. She has founded "Triologue" in 2006 (piano/bass/perc.), which now is part of the rising generation of German jazz with its own compositions and music in the field of Jazz/World Music/Avantgarde. Amongst others Triologue won the first prize at “Deutscher Rock & Pop – Preis 2007” in the category "experimental". Ninon Gloger has recorded for TV and radio, she is prize-winner of several competitions and holds a scholarship of the Yehudi-Menuhin-Foundation. With her partner Annelien van Wauwe she lately played at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and at “Palais de Beaux Arts” in Brussels. Since 2002 her special interest lies in contemporary music. Ninon has joined ensemble Intégrales in 2008.

  Jonathan ShapiroJonathan Shapiro, percussion

Jonathan Shapiro is an advocate for new music and an active performer of solo and chamber works for percussion.  He is the percussionist for the Hamburg based new music groups Ensemble Integrales and Ensemble Wireworks and appears frequently as a guest performer with New York's Alarm Will Sound, Signal, and Newband.  Jonathan has also performed with such groups as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talujon, Red Light New Music, Percussion Group Lugano, International Ensemble Modern Akademie, and the Percussionists of the New York Philharmonic.  He holds degrees from Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), Manhattan School of Music (BM), and SUNY Stony Brook (MM).  Jonathan currently resides in Lübeck, Germany with his wife Maria Bulgakova and their daughter Asya Isabel Shapiro.
Jonathan Shapiro is a member of ensemble Intégrales since 2008.

  Sonja-Lena Schmid

Sonja Lena Schmid - Violoncello

studied Cello and chamber music in Hamburg, Amsterdam and The Hague with a „Huygens“-stipend of the Dutch government and a „ZEIT“ stipend of the foundation Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben. She has won numerous prizes, amongst them 1. prize at the competition„Elise Meyer“, 1. prize at the international chamber music competition „Charles Hennen“, Netherlands, and a special award for the best interpretation of a contemporary work uat the international competition „Schubert und die Moderne“ in Graz. She was chosen for the Dutch „Toptalent“- programme in 2006.
Since her finals in 2007 she has been working freelanced. Her emphasis lies on chamber music of the "classic" as well as contemorary reprtoire.
She is guest at renowned European festivals like Aix-en-provence, Festival européen Paris, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Peasmarsh Festival. Her concerts were broadcasted by SWR, WDR, NDR, ORF , Deutschlandradio and Radio France.
Her special interest is the theatre: She has been in productions of Hamburger Thalia Theater and Biennual Munich and also performs scenic-music programmes. Sonja Lena Schmid is a member of ensemble Intégrales since 2007.


Michael Wagener

Michael Wagener - clarinet
Michael Wagener studied clarinet with Dietrich Hahn (Hamburg). 1997 he completed his studies with the concert exam.
In 1994 he was with the Amen Ensemble Hamburg prize winner at "Deutscher Hochschulwettbewerb". He plays in various orchestras and ensembles (Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Sinfonieorchester Osnabrück, NDR Ensemble "das neue werk", Hamburger Kammerensemble, Anemos Ensemble).
Michael Wagener teaches at the Hamburger Conservatory.
He has been a member of ensemble Intégrales for many years.

Guiomar Espineira Guiomar Espineira - flute

Guiomar Espiñeira studied flute with Prof. Miguel Ángel Angulo (Musikene, San Sebastián), Prof. Moshe Aron Epstein (Hamburg) and Prof. Jorge Caryevschi (Zwolle). Additionnally she participated at master vourses amongst others with Robert Dick, Carin Levine, Magdalena Martínez, Jaime Martín, Álvaro Octavio Díaz and Emmanuele Ophelé. Her repertoire encompasses music from all stilistic varieties of classical music. She is a member of orchestras such as Bilbao Philarmonia, "Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi", and "Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao", "young Orchestra of the Basks". From 2006 until 2009 she received a stipend of "Diputación de Vizcaya". Since 2009 she holds a scholarship of teh Yehudi-Menuhin-Stiftung. Currently she is studying as a postgraduate at Liceo Konservatorium Barcelona with Prof. Julia Gallego. Since 2009 she is a member of Intégrales.


Kai Wessel CountertenorKai Wessel - countertenor

Kai Wessel studied music theory with Roland Ploeger, composition with Dr.Friedhelm Döhl and voice with Ute von Garczinsky at the Lübeck Academy of Music, as well as baroque performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with René Jacobs.
He received numerous prizes including the special prize for the German Theater Society for the best interpretation of a contemporary work (1988) and a prize at the Musica Antiqua Competition of the Flanders festival in Bruges.
Kai Wessel is invited to international music festivals all over the world. His repertoire reaches from baroque operas to contemporary music (M.Kagel, S.Sciarrino, B.Friedrich). He works as well under conductors like Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Nicolaus Harnoncourt and Reinhard Goebel as with Hans Werner Henze. His work is documented by numerous radio and CD-recordings.
Kai Wessel works at the Academy of Music Cologne as a teacher for singing and baroque performance practice and is regularly invited as a guest teacher in Germany, Austria and Poland. (


Maria Boulgakova - soprano

Maria Boulgakova studied singing at the Tshaikovsky conservatory Moscow with Prof. K.Kadinskaya and at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Prof. Ute Niss, as well as composition at the conservatories in Moscow, Hamburg and Lübeck with Uri Kasparov, Manfred Stahnke und Dieter Mack. She was recipient of a scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for her studies in Germany. For her excellent final examn she received the highest distinction.In 2005 she was one of the few selected participants of masterclasses with Grace Brumbry at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.
As a soloist she performed at festivals in Holland, Germany, Hungary and Russia. ensemble Intégrales collaborated with her as a composer as well as soprano.


Henning KaiserHenning Kaiser - tenor

Henning Kaiser studied voice with Willfried Jochens (Hamburg).
He sang in numerous opera and oratorio projects (amongst others at the Wiener Festwochen, the Bayrischen Staatsoper München and the Hamburgische Staatsoper) and performed under conductors like Thomas Hengelbrock, Ivor Bolton and Konrad Junghänel.
Henning Kaiser was invited to many prestigious festivals like the "Festival for Early Music" in Utrecht, the "Osterfestspielen Luzern", the "Early Music Festival Copenhagen", the "Bodenseefestival"and the "Melbourne Festival".
Besides his performances as a soloist he is also a dedicated ensemble singer and works with a.o. the Weserrenaissance Bremen, the Himlische Cantorey and Cantus Cölln. Since 1999 he performs with ensemble Intégrales.



Marko Ciciliani - sound design compositionMarko Ciciliani - sound design, composition

Marko Ciciliani (*1970, Croatria/NL) explores his very own path through the new music world. He dares the beauty as well as the ugly, chaos stands next to order. Ciciliani’s music easily combines seemingly contradictory materials giving his composition a feeling of experiment and playfulness, which captures the audience with its surprising turns and changing colours.
Active as a performer and improviser himself Ciciliani more recently gives a considerable amount of control over his work to the interpreters. He provides flexible forms, musical materials that still have to be furnished or compositional guidelines for sections that have to be worked out. In ensemble Intégrales he has found an congenial partner in his aim to create a ‘multiple authorship’ of his music.
His music is performed in both Americas, Europe and Asia and at international festivals like the Bregenzer Festspiele, Zagreb Biennale, Gaudeamus Week, Wien Modern, Proms in Paradiso/Amsterdam, Ars Nova SWR, Das Neue Werk NDR, ‘Activa’ of Berlin or the Playground Touch in Bern.
Since 2002 he additionally works for ensemble Intégrales as their sound designer.


Sascha DemandSascha Demand - guitar, composition

Sascha Demand works as a freelance musician in the fields of composition, improvisation and classical guitar. In the years 1995-97 he was artistic leader of the concert series "Konzertreihe für neue Musik - besides the cage" in Krefeld. Later on he founded the "Kultursalon Chateau Scherrer- Demand" in Hamburg, for which he was artistically responsible until December 1999. In 2000 Sascha Demand went to South Italy for further studies in composition.
Sascha Demand regularly performs in Germany and abroad. His music shows unusual playing techniques, which are often closely connected to elements of improvisation. Especially on the electric-guitar he develops a unique musical language by working with singular tones and their modifications in a highly sensitive way.


John Eckhardt by BethgeJohn Eckhardt - double bass, electric-bass, composer

John Eckhardt enjoyed classical training with Prof. Jörg Linowitzki at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, while at the same time dedicating himself to Jazz and Improvisation. Grants of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) made possible his post graduate studies in the US with Robert Black and an increasing focus on modern and contemporary chamber music and solo literature. Meanwhile, he is a member of several ensembles and guest of established groups such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Vienna and musikFabrik NRW. He performed at many festivals and recorded extensively, a.o. I. Xenakis’ famous solo piece „Theraps“ for Mode Rec. which received international praise. As an improvisor he shared the stage with Eliott Sharp, Evan Parker, Malcolm Goldstein and many others.
At the same time, he continued his work as performer composer. In 2008, his solo CD was released on Evan Parker’s PSI Rec. Eckhardt also realized several sound installation and in 2009 started his club music project Funksteppa, which builds on his live bass guitar playing and his own brand of breakbeat production. John Eckhardt lives within hearing distance of the Hamburg Harbor.He Eckhardt has worked with ensemble Intégrales since 200


Satoshi ObaSatoshi Oba - guitar

Satoshi Oba was born in Kawasaki, Japan. He accomplished his study with a concert exam at Prof. Hempel in Hamburg. Being a prize winner of several international guitar-competitions, he makes his appearance in many different countries of Europe as well as Japan. He is a regular guest interpreter in South America, Denmark and former Yugoslavia. Radio- and TV-productions in many European countries.
Satoshi Oba 's career is influenced by the intensive cooperation with composers of contemporary music.