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Prof. Celine Rudolph

[artistic director, main subject voice, head of vocal-department]

Vocalist and composer Céline Rudolph glides between Berlin, São Paulo, Paris and New York, between
tongues and genres, always landing in the very heart of music.
„Music is like breathing, it was there ever since I could remember“ Céline Rudolph says and
recollects how her father always played a break when jamming on the guitar, so that there was a
space for his children to create improvised lines or percussive fills. Born in Berlin and raised with
her parents’ rich record collection, the daughter of a Frenchwoman from Bordeaux and a
cosmopolitan musical enthusiast from Berlin, picked up the piano and started composing as an
autodidact, then started writing French songs on the guitar, which became her main tool of
expression. Later, she studied vocal jazz and composition at Hochschule der Künste Berlin with
mentors David Friedman, Jerry Granelli, Kirk Nurock, Jay Clayton and Catherine Gayer. Soon, she
plunged into African music and studied with the percussionist Famoudou Konaté in West Africa. Her
love of Brazilian music led her to São Paulo where she met Rodolfo Stroeter who produced three of
her albums and four tours across Europe and Brazil so far: The albums are BRAZAVENTURE,
METAMORFLORES (enja records) and SALVADOR (Verve, Universal).
Since 2015 she is collaborating with Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke, having recorded the duo
album OBSESSION and then playing together at 12th Jarasum Int. Jazz Festival in South Korea.
“This is a very unique project because there are no boundaries. I knew from the start that we are kind
of from the same tribe,” says Lionel Loueke. Since then, the duo toured Europe, Asia and Africa. The
album OBSESSION reached the annual list of the German Critics Award „Preis der Deutschen
Schallplattenkritik“, and won Céline Rudolph the prestigious German Jazz Award ECHO JAZZ 2018
for best jazz vocalist.
Now, praised as “a jewel of European jazz vocals” by the French radio station, TSF, having recorded
numerous albums with many wonderful musicians including Gary Peacock, Bob Moses, Naná
Vasconcelos, Diego Figueiredo and Marcos Suzano, and esteemed by colleagues like Bobby
McFerrin, Lee Konitz or Jay Clayton, the adventurous pearl fisher sailed from Berlin to Brooklyn for
her latest album PEARLS (released 2019). Co-producer and drummer Jamire Williams: "Ive never
heard anything like Célines music, she writes in such a unique way, and her vocal sound is second
to none. Her vibes and flow in connection with what our band has created make this production so
special." Besides Jamire Williams the line-up includes Leo Genovese (p), Burniss Travis (b) and
Céline’s soulmate Lionel Loueke (git). „One of the jazz vocals records of the year without a shadow
of a doubt and the main reason for this beyond her fine voice is the quality of the compositional arc
and great sweep of style at play throughout.“ Stephen Graham, (UK), 2019

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Guestprofessorship in WS 21/22

Prof. Rabih Lahoud

[main subject voice, ensemble]

Rabih Lahoud is the singer of the successful jazz band Masaa, with which he has already released 5 albums, and a member of Markus Stockhausens band Eternal Voyage. He has also been involved as a soloist in numerous productions and festivals, including the Handel Festival in Halle (2012), the "düsseldorf Festival!" (2015) and the Rheingau Festival (2019). With Stockhausen, he performed his world premiere "Das erwachende Herz" as soloist with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in March 2013 to great acclaim in Hamburg. In 2015, he was soloist in the world premiere of "Search For Buddha" (Sandesh Shandilya) together with the WDR Rundfunkchor and the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne. In 2016 and 2019, he performed Leonard Bernsteins "Mass" at the Cologne Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, among others, with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. In 2019, the WDR Rundfunkorchester invited him as soloist for the project "Symphonic Woodstock".
Rabih Lahoud is a laureate of the WDR Jazz Prize 2021 and the German Jazz Prize 2021 for the album Irade with his band Masaa. In 2018 Rabih Lahoud was nominated for the ECHO Best Jazz Singer National.
Lahoud has been one of Germanys most sought-after vocal coaches for several years, coaching numerous choirs and award-winning ensembles, such as Maybebop, OnAir and the Bonner Jazzchor. His passion is teaching popular vocal styles and the topic of "flow in the voice", for which he has been scientifically immersed and engaged in flow research.
Lahoud also works as a composer. In 2011, his work "Joseph Lamento" was premiered by the Choir of the Bach Society and the ensemble Concerto con anima at the Philharmonie in Cologne. In 2015, he participated as composer and singer in the 6th City District Opera with the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Bremen.
Rabih Lahoud regularly teaches as a guest lecturer in the field of jazz, rock and pop at the most important music academies in Germany, including Folkwang University of the Arts, Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Since October 2019, he has been a lecturer for methodology and vocal technique in popular vocal styles at the Carl-Maria-von-Weber University of Music in Dresden and is responsible for world music vocals at the Pop Academy in Mannheim.

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Prof. Eleanor Forbes

[voice training]

Eleanor Forbes was born in Scotland, where she gained an MA in German Studies. After graduating, she studied singing with Lyndon van der Pump at the Royal College of Music in London. There she attended the Opera School and won several prizes. She also participated in masterclasses given by John Shirley-Quirk, Gérard Souzay (Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh) and Elisabeth Grümmer (Lucerne Festival). With Malcolm Martineau (piano) she was a member of the young artists’ agency ”Live Music Now!”, giving recitals in eventide homes, hospices and schools. Her operatic experience includes performances in English stately homes with Pavilion Opera as well as appearances with the Cologne Opera, the Kammeroper Herdecke and the Stuttgarter Kammertheater. Her concert repertoire is broad and varied, as a result of numerous performances as oratorio soloist and recitalist. She pursued her love of chamber music in several ensembles, including SATB (vocal quartet) and Cranachan (Scottish songs with Celtic harp). In 1998 she founded the Trio Terpsichore, to research and perform lesser known and new works for flute, voice and guitar. She also gained experience as speaker in the English programme of the Deutsche Welle. From the start she was actively involved in teaching, giving private lessons as well as voice production workshops for choral singers. She is a member of the German Voice Association and has taught singing in the jazz department of the Academy of Music ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin since 1996.

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Annette Goeres

[stage performing]
Annette Goeres was born in Meinsen, Bückeburg. She has taught presentation, singing and speech at the University of the Arts and the Academy of Music ”Hanns Eisler“ Berlin since 1995. Since 1977 has taught privately speech, singing and voice therapy. Speech trainer and vocal coach for actors and singers, e.g. at the Forum for Film Acting, Berlin, from 2000 at the Folkwang Academy, Essen, from 2000 in private stage schools and the Aachen theatre, 1996/97 drama group at the Spandau open air theatre, 1998 in private seminars at home and abroad for speakers in different professions, from 2000. Seminars for ”Creative Presentation“ at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler, Berlin since 1998 and at the Folkwang Academy, Essen, since 2000
Continuing education:
Speech therapy training at the Poliklinik für Stimm- und Sprachkranke der Freien Universität Berlin, 1975-77 breathing work (Middendorf), 1976/77 course in speech training and interpretation with Coblenzer, 1977/78 studied classical singing in Berlin and Wien, 1978-87 functional voice training with G.Rohmert (Lichtenberg-Darmstadt) and bei Shirin Zareh, 1989-95
seminar with J. Lovetry in “Healthy Vocal Use for Popular Music”, 1997 interpretation courses in classical singing with Prof. W. Gamerith, 1980-82 body work (Gindler / Goralewski), 1987/88 course in Alexander technique for speakers and singers with Mc Gowen, 1984/94 Feldenkrais body work, 1989-92 expressive dance with Elsa Wolliastone, 1996-99 additional psychology course in ’Prozessarbeit’ (Arnold Mindell), 1994-98 seminars on ”Der Unbeabsichtigte Moment in der Musik“ with Lane Arye and Arleen Audergon, 1995-98 workshops with Keith Johnstone in improvised drama, 1997/98
Creative work:
Piano lessons with I.Korsching and I. Hofmeister and C. Herrath, 1964-90 vocal soloist in early music and contemporary music, 1975-85 speaker in readings and recordings, presenter.

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Christian Steyer

[stage performing]
Christian Steyer was encouraged in his musical activities during childhood by his father, who was a pastor in Meissen.
First piano lessons with his father at age 9; Meissner cathedral choir; brass group.
From 1956 played organ in church on Sundays.
1959-65 special junior class at the Academy of Music Leipzig ( with Prof. Amadeus Webersinke).
From 1963 interest in stage, chanson, gospel, composition, improvisation.
1965-70 studied music in Leipzig and Dresden, piano major under Prof. A. Webersinke, 1970 Diploma, teaching qualification in piano and music education.
1970-72 studied acting in Berlin ( Ernst Busch),1972 graduation.
Since 1972 freelance actor, speaker, pianist, singer and composer.
Since 1993 teacher of presentation, acting and speech in the jazz department of the Academy of Music " Hanns Eisler" Berlin.
Presentation workshops, director of choral projects with his own music, over 50 film and TV rôles, stage work as actor, co-director and musician, speaker for documentaries, film, TV and dubbing, over 30 film scores, music for fairy tale recordings, stage music, words and music performances.