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, Poppen, Diemut

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Münster, 1960. Born in Münster (Germany), Diemut Poppen began her violin lessons when she was seven years old, making her public debut two years later. Her viola attraction began when she was very young through chamber music and, at 17 she decided to make viola her main instrument. Her teachers were all prestigious personalities in the world of music such as Kashkashian, Giuranna, Bashmet, Schlichtig, Janzer and the Amadeus Quartet. Since very young she attended the most important musical centers worldwide under the tutorships of Brüggen, Holliger and Abbado - with whom she made her debut at Carnegie Hall - and participated in chamber music sessions that were very dear to her. She is regularly invited by great musicians to participate in festivals, among them: Schiff (Mondsee, Salzburg), Abbado (Berliner Begegnungen), Kremer (Lockenhaus), Helmerson (Korsholm), Vogt (Heimbach) and Kavakos (Athens). Diemut Poppen is co-founder of the European Chamber Orchestra and was distinguished with the European Music Prize. She succeeded Nobuko Imai in her position at the Detmold School of Music. She has been a jury of several international competitions such as Munich ARD; is director of the Chamber Music Summer Academy in Turingen; has founded the Osnabruck Chamber Music Series and gives master classes in institutions such as Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. Diemut Poppen has recorded for different labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Live Classics, Cappricio, Ondine, Ars Musici, Tudor and EMI. Since 2004 her wide repertory includes the new Mijail Pletnev and Kancheli Styx concertos for viola and orchestra. Since the 2005-2006 academic year, Dietmut Poppen is Professor of the Viola Chair of the Reina Sofía School of Music, sponsored by BBVA.

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