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BIOGRAPHY

Hello and welcome to my website! Music is my best way to communicate, with my colleages on stage, with the audience, with you, maybe, and when I sit down to compose a new piece I connect with myself. I hope I can pass on to you the warm joy I feel when I touch my bandoneon.
Feel invited to read more about me and my music!

Judith Brandenburg, bandoneonist, pianist and composer, lives in Berlin, Germany. She studied classical piano at the UdK Berlin and HfK Bremen, where she took her concert diploma. Later, she studied Argentine tango at the Conservatory in Rotterdam, Netherlands, with Karel Kraayenhof (bandoneon), Gustavo Beytelman (composition and arrangement) and Leo Vervelde (orquestra).
 In 2009, she founded La Bicicleta, Trio for modern Tango, in order to express her own musical language. With "La Bicicleta" and as musical guest in other ensembles, she has performed in concerts and on Festivals in Germany, Norway, Argentina, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Japan.

2017  she composed "Pater noster Tango" for mixed choir, mezzo.soprano, bandoneon, string-orchestra and piano
2017  "Klangpark Hamburg", a sound installation for the car park at Hamburg Central Station, Germany,  together with sound producer Jean Szymczak
2017  invitation to the World Music and Dance Festival hakodate, Japan, with "La Bicicleta". Supported by "Initiative Musik", Germany
2017  invitation to Amiata Piano Festival, Italy, together with Cristian Niculescu and friends
2017  live-recording of "La Bicicleta auf Winterreise" for WDR, Germany, with special guest María-José García Zamora, bassoon
2016  "La Bicicleta auf Winterreise", her instrumental tango nuevo adaption of Franz Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise"
2016  she published "Mein Bandobuch", a collection of her own easy pieces and studies for bandoneon
2016  teaching tango techniques and improvisation at the Universität der Künste, Berlin
2015  she published the "Tango of the Month", the first monthly suscription of tango sheet music for bandoneon solo.
2014  invitation to International Festival Hué, Vietnam
2014  "Maria de Buenos Aires" by Astor Piazzolla directed by Karen-Maria Piening in Berlin
2013  she played in several performances of Martín Palmeri's "MisaTango"
2013  recordings for Geoffrey Rush in "The Book Thief", 20 Century Fox
2013  workshop for Tango music in Andalucía, Spain, hosted by "Les Montmartrois de Berlin"
2013  concerts together with Manfred Preis, bass-clarinettist of the Berliner Philharmoniker
2013  she produced "Berlin azul", a live-recording of "La Bicicleta" in Berlin, again with own compositions
2012  tour of 12 concerts in Argentina with "La Bicicleta"
2012  invitation to the International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger, Norway, with "La Bicicleta"
2011  she composed music for the theatre drama "Tango Zarrentino" by Helmut Fuchs-Bardun
2011  she produced her first CD "Tango progresivo" with "La Bicicleta", presenting entirely own compositions.
2009  she founded "La Bicicleta", Trio for tango nuevo, together with the argentine pianist Javier Tucat Moreno
2009  recordings of her own compositions for Deutschlandradio with "Qué Tangazo!"
2006  she arranged and played extracts from "Don Giovanni" for solo bandoneon for "Mozart and Casanova", comedy by Kerstin Tomiak, performed by theatre "Poetenpack Potsdam". "Mozart and Casanova" was successfully performed in more than 40 cities throughout Germany and Switzerland
2006  she founded the Orquesta de Tango "Qué Tangazo!" for traditional tango. Concerts in Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Austria.
2005  "Tangoduo Encuentro" together with Diego Rial, guitar (Argentina), playing own arrangements of traditional Tango in Troilo/Gréla-style.