Our authors

Our authors in alphabetical order

Ulrich Henze

Art historian
  • Studied art history, classical archaeology and journalism in Münster and Cologne
  • Doctorate 1988 at the University of Münster under Prof. Anton Legner, former director of the Museum Schnütgen, Cologne
  • Research assistant at the Institute for Art History at the University of Münster
  • Since 2002 press and public relations work for exhibitions and projects at the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, Potsdam
  • Freelance scientific activity
  • Member of the Association of German Art Historians

Janin Pisarek

Cultural scientist
Janin Pisarek studied Folklore (Empirical Cultural Studies)/Cultural History and Educational Science at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. In her final thesis on the fear of the wolf, she devoted herself to its cultural history, the wolf as a narrative, and examined popular beliefs associated with it in the context of its current return. She is active in a variety of fields of journalism, especially in comparative historical narrative research.

In addition, Pisarek is an appointed committee member and board member of various folkloric and cultural organizations, such as the Commission for Narrative Research of the German Society for Folklore (dgv), the Cultural Council of Thuringia or the Thuringian Association for Folklore.

She is currently coordinating the narrative and publication project “Handwerk erzählt – Zwischen Tradition und Zukunft” (“Craftsmanship narrates – Between Tradition and Future”) at Rohnstock Biographien and works as a museum educator at Schloss Wespenstein.

With her professional expertise in legend research, Pisarek researches, writes and edits for the folkloristic and artistic project Forgotten Creatures, which this year publishes a book on familiar spirits as well as a suitable travelling exhibition.

Bernhard Reichel

Bernhard Reichel’s repertoire includes music from 1550 to 1850 on the appropriate instruments – from Renaissance and Baroque lute, the theorbo and arciliuto, to Baroque and Romantic guitar. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed throughout Europe and Vietnam, and participated in world premieres by Christoph Czech, among others, as well as in numerous radio, TV and CD recordings for the ORF and NDR, among others. In 2016 he recorded solo works for the audio book production “fonte lattaia – Quellen der Milchstraße”, followed in 2019 by a recording of the opera “Jason oder die Eroberung des goldenen Vlieses” by G.C. Schürmann with the Barockwerk Hamburg. Bernhard is a founding member of the “Ensemble Urstrom” and has been playing regularly with the recorder player Claudius Kamp since 2015. In March 2018 her debut CD was released on the label Aurea Vox. In 2020 he initiated the ensemble “Musica getutscht”. As a basso continuo player he cooperated with the “Ensemble Schirokko”, the “Göttinger Barockorchester”, the “Klangforum Heidelberg” under the direction of Walter Nußbaum, the “Elbipolis Barockorchester”, the “Barockwerk Hamburg” under Ira Hochman, “Cantus Thuringia”, “Lux Musicae London”, the “Svapinga Consort” under Robert Selinger and others. and many more as well as with musicians* such as Daniel Sepec, Annegret Siedel, Alessandro Quarta, Manfred Cordes and Detlef Bratschke. As part of the Ensemble strumentale FIMA he played under the direction of Alfredo Bernadini and Rinaldo Alessandrini. He gave concerts at festivals and organizers like the “Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci”, the “Styriarte Graz”, the “Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht”, “Musica Antiqua Bruges”, the “Residenzwoche München”, “Gröpelinger Barock”, the “Heiligenberger Abendserenaden”, “Alte Musik in Fürstenfeld” and the “Open Recorder Days Amsterdam”. As a lecturer he gave master classes at the Folkshögskola in Framnäs/Sweden. In the course of his occupation with historical performance practice, he published a musicological work in the series Paraphrasen in the volume “Praktische Musiktheorie”, Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, on the works for solo violin by J.S. Bach. As a student assistant of Joachim Held, he also studied historical sources on the basso continuo on the lute. In 2015 he was awarded a scholarship from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, in 2017 he received a scholarship from the Dartington Summer School. Bernhard Reichel was born in Vienna/Austria and received his first guitar lessons with Gerhard Löffler at the Vienna Music School, which he completed with distinction. Afterwards he continued his education as a young student at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with Susanna Löffler.

In 2009 he began studying guitar at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar in the class of Prof. Thomas Müller- Pering. His diploma concert was given the highest grade (1.0). In Weimar he received his first lute lessons from Björn Colell. During his studies Bernhard Reichel attended numerous master classes with Paul O`Dette, Jürgen Hübscher, Luciano Contini, Andrea Damiani, Simon Linné, Hopkinson Smith and Luca Pianca. From 2013 to 2016 he studied lute with Prof. Joachim Held at the Akademie für Alte Musik, Bremen.

www.bernhard-reichel.de www.musicagetutscht.de

Elisabeth Schinagl

Born 1961 in Munich

Studied Latin and German language and literature in Eichstätt and Regensburg, then research assistant at the Chair of Medieval Latin Philology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt

1996-2009 secondary school teacher

2009-2017 Parliamentary group spokesperson in the Bavarian State Parliament

since 2018 free author

Kassandra Schwämmle

Kassandra Schwämmle was born in the early 1990s in southern Germany, where she still lives today. When the Lord of the Rings trilogy came to the cinemas around the turn of the millennium, she was still too young to go to the cinema for her first film. So the books were read. And that’s what happened to her, she couldn’t get away from fantasy – not until today. Her first book presentation at school was about the Little Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Countless other books were read and finally she also discovered her enthusiasm for writing.

During her studies of an engineering science it became a valuable balance and an integral part of her life. Since then she attended writing seminars to refine her craft. She has also successfully accompanied several projects as a test reader. Her stories reach into many areas and varieties of fantasy and science fiction. In recent years, she has also become increasingly involved with the classics and the origins of modern fantasy and science fiction as well as philosophical works.

She also loves to travel and explore new places, which is why she is always to be found at the one or other con or book fair.

Luka Sommer


Thomas Stiegler


Anja Weinberger

The German flutist Anja Weinberger studied music, musicology, art history and theatre studies at the universities and music academies in Munich, Mannheim and Erlangen. Master classes have led her to Paul Meisen, Jean-Claude Gérard, Peter Thalheimer, Renate Greiss-Armin, Helmut Rilling and Leonard Bernstein. She works as a freelance musician, mainly chamber music. Together with three other flutists she has founded the Japanese-German quartet JaDe.

Since 2011 she is Artistic Director of the “Candlelight Concerts” in Erlangen (Germany) and since 2014 of the “Concerts in the Circle of the Year” in Hof (Germany).

Well over 50 works have been composed for her or for her chamber music ensembles in the past years. One of the highlights is “Vom Himmel hoch… – a project in which composers all over the world look at Advent and Christmas carols in a new way, vary or develop them further. A first volume of this collection has been published by “Canticus” in Hamburg, the second will follow soon. Also available at “Canticus” is a cd of the same name.

Anja Weinberger lives with her family in Erlangen, Franconia.

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