The Ensemble

Ensemble Flensburg together with musicians from Denmark present special concerts of new music. The music will be written especially for the ensemble by young composers from Israel, Germany and Denmark.


30.10.2022 – 17:00

St. John’s Church, Flensburg

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For the 1st concert, the composers Shaul Bustan (Israel/Flensburg), Kenneth Dahl Knudsen (Dänemark/ Aalborg), Julia Stegmann (Germany/Siek, Schleswig-Holstein) and Katja Kröger (Germany/ Schleswig-Holstein) composed new pieces from different styles (including modern classical music, world music, jazz and improvised music), which integrate elements of their cultures and their country into the music. New and communicative music that will also appeal to an audience that does not usually consume contemporary music.


The ensemble would like to present new compositions by composers from all over the world and from Schleswig-Holstein, regardless of their style, in the most varied and sophisticated concepts possible. The ensemble would like to enrich cultural life in Flensburg and the region with contemporary music and thereby contribute to the expansion of cultural offerings. In addition, the aim of Ensemble Flensburg is to bring more tolerance and understanding of the unknown through the emotional power of music, to bring people from different cultural backgrounds together and to discover the beautiful in the unknown and new together.

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Shaul Bustan

The Israeli composer, conductor, double bass and oud player Shaul Bustan was born in 1983 in a small kibbutz in the Negev desert, in southern Israel. He grew up between two worlds, as the child of a Persian mother and an Eastern European father. That not only shaped him personally, but also musically he is a traveler between cultures and genres. His tonal language tells of his origins as a studied composer of classical music as well as his virtuosity as a player of the oud, the oriental short-necked lute, on which he improvises effortlessly incorporating elements of jazz into his tonal language. In this way he creates highly original and yet very smooth listening experiences, which clearly bring the connection between Orient and Occident to life. Located between classical avant-garde, world music, jazz and free improvisation, Bustan’s music creates a completely new world of sound, far from narrow genre boundaries.

Shaul graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with a Masters Degree in Composition in 2009. He has written over 400 pieces throughout his career; from opera to chamber and orchestral music to music for film, theater and dance. Shaul has composed for several international orchestras, ensembles and soloists, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, EOS Chamber Orchestra Cologne, Tiroler Ensemble für Neue Musik, Meitar Ensemble, as well as for the mandolinist Avi Avital, the Klezmer maestro Giora Feidman and for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Since 2011, Shaul lives in Germany. In addition to his work as musical director and composer in various projects, he leads several choirs in Berlin and performs regularly with his trio all over Germany.
He has received several awards for his work, including Best music at the International Film Festival of Ahmednagar (India, 2021), 1st prize at the International Tapiola Choir Choral Composition Competition (Finland, 2020), Avni-Yaddor composition competition (Israel, 2008) and scholarships from the German Music Fund, the German Music Council, the Berlin Senate and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

flute, piccolo (Flensburg)

Anja Kreuzer

Anja Kreuzer is the First Prize winner of the International Kuhlau Flute Competition 2017. Since 2015 she is working in the Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra and Theatre, Germany. She plays in the position as associate Principal Flute (before, 3 years Principal Flute 50%).

Anja played her debut as a soloist with the Silesian Philharmonic under the direction of P. Gajewski in 2018. There she performed the Mozart Flute concerto in G major. In the newspaper (Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung) Anja Kreuzer´s flute playing was described as tremendous expressive, technically souvereigne and musically safe in all nuances. 

In 2019, Anja played as a soloist the Reinecke Flute Concerto with the Lugansk Symphony Orchestra, at the Crimean International Music Festival. 

From 2014 – 2015 the swiss flute player Anja was Principal Flute in the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. Furthermore, she had engagements in Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Denmark in such orchestras as the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Opera Kaiserslautern, the Southwest Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Västeras Sinfonietta and the Sonderjyllands-Symphony-Orchestra. Anja made an internship in the Radio-Symphony Orchestra SWR in Stuttgart, as well as in the Opera Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Through her work in orchestras, Anja had the opportunity to play under the direction of Michail Jurowski, Helmuth Rilling, Serge Baudo e.g., with soloists such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Martin Fröst, Helene Fischer, e.g. 

The swiss musician studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with William Bennett, where she graduated (Master of Arts). She won there the Irene Burcher Prize for the best Final Recital.

Anja obtained a Bachelor’s degree at the Zurich University of Arts, where she studied with Matthias Ziegler and had additional lessons with Sabine Poyé Morel. Furthermore, she received an orchestra diploma at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, Germany, in the flute class of Gaby Pas-van Riet.

Anja participated in various master classes or had private lessons with Emily Beynon, Rachel Brown, Michael Cox, Philippe Boucly, Felix Renggli, e.g. Anja´s first flute teacher was Saeid Taghadossi.

The flutist is the laureate of various competitions, amongst others, of the following ones: Kuhlau International Flute Competition, Migros Kulturprozent Competition, Nicati de Luze Competition, Walter Gieseking Competition and International Flute Competition in Oberstdorf. She won the Stanley Picker and the Frank Britton Award for extraordinary achievements at the Royal Academy of Music. 

Philippe Boucly, the Principal Flute Player of the BR-Symphony Orchestra, describes Anja´s flute playing as following: …“Une flûtiste remarquable, sensible et expressive au jeu parfait.“ 

Her flute solo CD: “Time travels on a flute” was published in 2019 and is available in stores and online.

Clarinet (Kiel)

Ishay Lantner

Ishay Lantner played four years as principal clarinetist in the Israeli Chamber Orchestra before beginning his studies with Prof. Johannes Peitz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Hanover. As a principal clarinetist he has performed with the Ulster Orchestra and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and has made guest appearances with the Northern Sinfonia and the Philharmonia Orchestra London. He has also performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, among others. Ishay Lantner was a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for many years, performing under the direction of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. He won first prizes at the David Weber Competition and the Solo Competition of the Jerusalem Music Academy, among others. He was also a finalist at the International Music Competition in Madeira. Ishay Lantner has made guest appearances at festivals such as Röros Vinterspiel in Norway, Salta Festival Argentina, Kimito Festival Finland and tensions Festival Heimbach. There he made music with Klaus Thunemann, Dale Clevenger, Nobuko Imai, Nicolas Altstaedt and Christian Tetzlaff, among others. For seven years he has worked regularly with the Ensemble Berlin of the Berlin Philharmonic. Ishay Lantner has been principal clarinetist with the Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012.

Violin (Flensburg)

Suleika Bauer

Suleika Bauer has been playing the violin with passion for over twenty years and has managed to make music her profession. She successfully completed her violin studies at the HMT Rostock and is part of the Schleswig-Holstein State Theater and the symphony orchestra as a violinist. She also gained a lot of experience as a soloist, e.g. with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Mozart Concertists and the Scheersberg Chamber Orchestra. She was also a guest at festivals such as the Usedom Music Festival and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In a duo with the piano, as well as in a string quartet or in a violin duo, Suleika Bauer is a popular chamber music partner. For example, she has already given concerts with clarinettist Giora Feidman, “the” Klezmer interpreter in general. For Suleika Bauer, music has no borders. It doesn’t always have to be classical – band projects, rock, pop, gypsy music and crossover also inspire her and give her the opportunity to unleash her creativity.

Double bass (Flensburg)

Finn Strothmann

Finn Strothmann was born in Eckernförde in 1983, is married, has 2 small children and lives in Flensburg. From 2004 to 2009 he studied double bass in Denmark and Holland. Concert tours have taken him with various orchestras and ensembles to countries including Russia, India, China and other European countries. Finn Strothmann works as a double bass teacher at the music school in Flensburg and he is a double bass player in several bands in Northern Germany.

Cello (Flensburg)

Martin Pratissoli

Martin Pratissoli, born and raised in Italy, studied at the music academies in Milan, Lucerne and Detmold. He was able to participate in important music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Aspen Music Festival in the USA and the Moritzburg Festival. As an orchestra musician, Martin Pratissoli has gained a lot of orchestral experience in recent years, including as a temporary assistant with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of La Scala in Milan. After contracts in the orchestras of Hanover, Dresden and Flensburg, he has been a permanent member of the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester since 2019.

Violin (Flensburg)

Hsin-Hua Hsieh

Hsin-Hua Hsieh was born in Taichung (Taiwan) in 1986 and received her first violin lessons at the age of seven. In 2012 she completed her diploma and in 2016 her master’s degree at the Rostock University of Music and Theater with Professor Petru Munteanu.

She was awarded 2nd prize at the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Competition for Piano Trio (2006) in Taiwan or 2nd prize and a special prize at the “Hmt Music Prize 2013” competition in Rostock.

From 2013 to 2015 she was a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and an intern at the Hamburger Symphoniker in the 2013/14 season. She has been in the first violin group of the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra since 2016, and has held the position of lead player since 2019.

Viola (Sønderborg/ Denmark)

Laila Knudsen

Laila Knudsen, viola, is born in Denmark in 1995 and has been a member of South Denmark Philharmonic since 2021. She has studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Music with 2nd principal from Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Golovanov, and with Prof. Tim Frederiksen. Furthermore she studied one year at Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Prof. Jensen Horn Sin-Lam, and during her studies she has participated in masterclasses with many great viola players such as Máté Szücs, Yuval Gotlibovich and Julia Dinerstein.
(Denmark / Aalborg)

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen is a composer, bassist, bandleader and rhythm scientist. Powered by a wild storm of musical passion and storytelling, he restlessly develops new and challenging projects.

He is versatile and curious, moving gracefully from the power trio of “Kemaca Kinetic” to the classical folk-jazz ensemble of “ATLAS” and “UUMMAT”. With a masterful command of bands and audience alike, Knudsen has made the journey from a rising comet to a shining star on the European music scene.

His music can maybe best be described in the words of Mike Gates from British Music Magazine UK Vibe: “The music is nothing short of astonishing; at times comforting, safe and homely, at times challenging and testing. Ultimately it is intensely rewarding. In my humble opinion, it defines what truly great music is all about, and indeed, what it is to be human, with passion, depth, honesty and integrity.”

(Germany / Siek)


Julia Stegmann (1986) studied viola at the UdK Berlin in the diploma course with Prof. H. Rohde and at the HfMT Hamburg in the master’s course with Prof. M. Nichiteanu. A semester in Switzerland with Prof. P. Jüdt complemented her studies. She increasingly devoted herself to contemporary music, has already given many world premieres and won the Hanns Eisler Prize in 2009. In addition, she actively participated in various chamber music formations such as the Mizar Quartet, festivals (e.g. Schwetzinger Festspiel) and numerous master classes (e.g. with Prof. H. Beyerle). From 2011 to 2013 she was an academic with the Hamburg Philharmonic/State Opera. Since 2013 she has been playing baroque music with the Elbipolis Barrockorchester, Barockwerk Hamburg and others. In 2020 she also completed a music therapy degree (Master, HfMT Hamburg) and has been working professionally since then.

Germany / Schleswig-Holstein

Katja Krüger

Katja Krüger was born in Hamburg.

She studied historical wind instruments (recorder, transverse flute, baroque bassoon), bassoon, oboe and transverse flute at the Hamburg Conservatory.

In addition to her studies, she completed an apprenticeship as a music therapist and obtained the right to teach at general schools in Schleswig-Holstein.

She is a member of the Norderstedt Symphony Orchestra and many other chamber music formations such as the bassoon quartet FURORE, the ensemble STILLOS and the salon trio ALSTERKONFEKT.

In addition she also composed chamber, orchestral music and choir compositions and wrote the textbook “The New Bassoon School” for children and young people. 

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