Organisation

Crescendo ist eine christliche Bewegung von und mit professionellen Musikern und Musikstudenten und vielen Aktivitäten in Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Künstlern. 
1985 in Basel entstanden, ist Crescendo mittlerweile weltweit tätig. 
Das internationale Büro ist in Basel. Crescendo ist ein Verein und Teil der überkonfessionellen Bewegung Campus für Christus bzw. Agape / Cru. 

vernetzen, dienen, glauben

Wir VERNETZEN Musiker rund um die Welt. Gemeinschaft ist wichtig in einer individualistischen Gesellschaft - auch im Kulturbetrieb. 

Wir fördern ein Netzwerk, in dem DIENEN angesagt ist. Crescendo dient auf vielfältige Weise Musikern und anderen professionellen Künstlern - sowie Kulturfreunden.  

Unser wichtigster Antrieb kommt aus dem christlichen GLAUBEN. Wir möchten Wege zum Glauben öffnen und Glauben fördern. Darum arbeiten wir auch mit Kirchen aller Konfessionen zusammen - und DIENEN ihnen mit guter Kunst.

Team

Presenting our dream team: Some of our country representatives, ministry and project leaders as well as a few managers.
More portraits to follow soon.

Krisztina Tarjányi Project manager
Project leader

Krisztina Tarjányi Project manager

 “I was born in Miercurea-Ciuc, Transylvania. I figure-skated as a child, however, my teachers were arguing whether I should become a doctor or an actress. I became a physiotherapist and actress. I spent some time in America (Masterworks Festival) where my faith and idea of art became reconcilable in my heart. I live with my husband in Budapest, Hungary.
Furthermore, I worked as editor and presenter of several radio programmes on the Transylvanian Maria Radio.
Since 2012 I teach acting for opera singers  in the Crescendo Summer Institute; I have led the SOSTENUTO since 2017.
I am grateful to God to have the opportunity to witness the growth of a marvellous Transylvanian movement, a movie-mission, which is built around the life of the great bishop of Transylvania: Áron Márton.
In 2016 I had the premiere of my show entitled „The Mighty One" and since have travel around with it to speak about the truth and the incredible beauty of the approaching God.
I am grateful, because I have parents, brothers and grandparents, friends, and I know wonderful things about the previous generations of my family.”

Beat Rink
intl. leader

Beat Rink

Beat Rink leads Crescendo International together with his wife, Airi. They founded the movement in 1985.
Beat is a theologian and an ordained Reverend of the Swiss reformed church. He has also studied linguistics, literature and history. To date, he has published several of his books, including some of his poetry.
Beat works full-time for Crescendo.
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Franz Mohr
intl. board

Franz Mohr

Franz Mohr is on the international board of Crescendo. He is the chief concert technician of Steinway & Sons, New York, as well as the tuner of Horowitz, Rubinstein, Glenn Gould and numerous other great pianists of the last decades. www.franzmohr.com

Uta Mulenga
Project leader

Uta Mulenga

As a student Uta Mulenga was part of many Crescendo projects. She now leads a group of Christian music teachers in Birmingham. She was part of the organising team of the Crescendo Teacher’s Conference in Spring 2016.
Uta teaches the Cello and Double Bass at the Music Service Birmingham. She also works as a freelance teacher. While studying music at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany she discovered her passion for teaching and has since been teaching pupils of all ages from beginners to advanced level. She also enjoys performing with different ensembles and orchestras throughout the UK.
She aims to bring Christian musicians together, so that these may encourage each other and are a blessing to the world around them – this is much in line with the overall vision of Crescendo.

Wouter J. Bakker
Country leader

Wouter J. Bakker

Wouter J. Bakker leads the Crescendo Netherlands team.
He studied classical piano at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht. He studied with Håkon Austbø, Alan Weiss and David Kuyken and finished his Master studies cum laude in 2005. He also studied Church Music (including organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He won prizes at the Prinses Christina Concours and the Nationaal Concours van de Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland. At the age of 15, he made his debut on Dutch television. He took master classes with Eugen Indjic, Lazar Berman and Piotr Paleczny amongst others. Wouter also studied theology at the University of Utrecht after which he became a minister of the Protestant church in the Netherlands.
Since then, he dedicates his time to his two passions: music and the church. He is active in recitals, chamber music and choir accompaniment. His Trio Parnasse (with Mark Snitselaar and Janneke Zegveld) performs regularly. He performed piano concertos of Beethoven, Grieg and Rachmaninov (a.o.) with several orchestras. He instructed courses in Church Music at the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede. Wouter is married to Jantine, together they have three children.
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Zsuzsi Pál
Manager

Zsuzsi Pál

Zsuzsi Pál has been working in the Budapest office since 2014. She assists with the administration of the Crescendo Summer Institute and Crescendo Hungary.

Johanna Schwarzl
Project leader

Johanna Schwarzl

Johanna Schwarzl studied the flute in Basel, Paris and Stuttgart. She is the assistant lecturer for the flute at the Bern Music Academy. She leads the group of students and teachers in Bern. She has been married to Dan Marginean since July 2018.

Christoph Adt
intl. board

Christoph Adt

Christoph Adt is a conductor at and president of the Musikhochschule Nürnberg, Germany. For many years he was a professor as well as the vice president of the Munich Music Academy. Christoph is part of the international board of Crescendo.

Tamas Tarjányi
Project leader

Tamas Tarjányi

The young Tenor Tamas Tarjányi was born in Kecskemét, Hungary, in 1985.
In the years 2003 – 2007 he studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Budapest. He continued his studies at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy, also in Budapest, where he studied Singing under Professor Magda Nádor. In 2009 he went on to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he studied under Professor Margit Klaushofer.
 
During his time as a student he appeared as Tamino in Mozarts Zauberflölte, which was performed by the State Opera of Budapest. He also appeared in various other roles at the Opera Theatre of Budapest and other Hungarian festivals.
in 2011 he made his debut at the Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he appeared in the Theater an der Wien, where he played Anfinomo in Monteverdis Il ritorno d'ulisse in patria, brought to the stage by Christoph Pousset with the famous baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques. It was with this production that Tamas appeared at the Bremen Music Festival in 2012.
Tamas Tarjányi heads the voice section of the Crescendo Summer Institute.
Tamas was a member of the ensemble of the Bonn Theatre during the 2012/2013 season. Here he played numerous roles including the Conte di Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Händels Oratorium Jephta as well as Flavio in Norma.
During the 2013/2014 season he appeared on stage as Aeneas in Purcells Dido and Aeneas and as Lampwick in
Pinocchios Abenteuer.
As of 2016 he has been part of the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, Germany.

Leana Alkema
Project leader

Leana Alkema

Since 2015 Leana has been part of launching an exciting new venture with Crescendo International: Music Road South Africa. The newly formed Crescendo Artists Trio, comprising of Leana, Simone Strohmeier and Dan Marginean visited music projects in South Africa where master classes were given and classes were held during March 2015. Other such projects will venture out into countries such as Madagascar, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and the Kongo in the coming years.
Together with Crescendo International, the Crescendo Artists Trio worked on establishing the Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa in Somerset West, which was to be held in March 2016.
Leana also is in charge of coordinating the Crescendo group located in Frankfurt.
 
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at the University of Cape Town, Leana continued her studies in Germany. She has obtained a Master’s Degree in orchestral music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main with Sabine Krams (formally with László Fenyö). Leana has won several prizes and competitions and has performed as a soloist with all major orchestras in South Africa.  Leana regularly partakes in master classes and has studied and played with renowned cellists including Ditta Rohmann, Peter Martens, Alexander Baillie, Grigory Alumyan and Daniel Robert Graf. She recently started learning Sound Painting with Walter Thomson as well as studies in the art of conducting.  Leana performes as a freelance chamber musician with various ensembles, as a soloist and in orchestras, teaches cello and conducted the Rhythmix Choir.  She is part of the Cellifamily, has toured with The World Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen and is part of local orchestras such as the Palais Orchester Frankfurt.  Diverse artistic projects, including Hotel Poetry, Haus Concert Series Frankfurt, Art in the ECB, Burgerhospital and Coffee shop performances in Frankfurt has taken her artistic expression to unconventional spaces.

Lauren Stenmetz-Franklin
co-editor

Lauren Stenmetz-Franklin

Lauren Steinmetz-Franklin is part of the editing team responsible for the weekly TUNE-INs. She makes an important contribution with own texts and translations.

Sjoerd & Anna-Marie Alkema
Project leader

Sjoerd & Anna-Marie Alkema

Sjoerd and Anne-Marie Alkema are the project leaders of Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa, which began in April 2016. They head this initiative alongside their daughter Leana Alkema, who has studied Cello in Frankfurt and is a local group leader for Crescendo.

Uwe Steinmetz
Advisor

Uwe Steinmetz

Uwe Steinmetz is the co-founder of Crescendo Jazz and also the advisor in the leadership team of this ministry.
 
The saxophonist and composer Uwe Steinmetz was born in Bremervörde, a town in northern Germany, in 1975. He derives his musical influence mainly form the teachers he studied and performed with during his school years in Berlin, Bern, Madras and Boston: John Surman, Lako Awraam, members of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker, David Liebman, George Russell, Jerry Bergonzi and Ben Schwendener among many others. He has performed his own music on four continents and in more than thirty countries. He has received national and international awards for his artistic work. Thus far he has released 12 CD of his own music and has made appearances as a soloist on numerous jazz CDs.
 
In an ever more fragmented society, as a Christian, Uwe seeks to increase awareness surrounding music and other art forms as an aid to experience deep healing and reconciling with the truth. In his role as an artist, he takes part in projects that foster and encourage an intercultural dialogue and support civil peace-building efforts.
His belief: "Music unifies mind and soul and brings us closer to the truth in ourselves, the world and beyond all things. Music challenges us as human beings on all levels of our existence and ultimately shines a fresh, healing light on our momentary fears and longings, our perishable happiness and unhappiness. Music is a wonderful revelation of a creative God inspiring us to be creative with passionate love."

Marc Tenneroni
Project leader

Marc Tenneroni

Together with his wife Verena, Marc Tenneroni is part of the Crescendo leadership team in France. He is also the head of Crescendo Jazz France.

Bill Buchanan
co-editor

Bill Buchanan

Bill Buchanan is part of the editing team of the so-called Crescendo Magazine and one of our chief translators.

Dominik Brühwiler
intl. office

Dominik Brühwiler

Dominik Brühwiler is a pianist and lives in Zurich, Switzerland. He works in the international Crescendo office on a part-time basis, as well as for the Music Road Rwanda project. Additionally, he is involved in the music programme of the Creative Church Basel.

Guntars Pranis
intl. board

Guntars Pranis

Guntars Pranis is the founder and president of Crescendo Latvia. He is a musicologist, choir conductor, professor and director of the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music.
He regularly speaks about early music at numerous courses and conferences in Latvia as well as abroad.
He has worked as the music director of Riga Cathedral where he led the Cathedral choir and the vocal group Laudate. The establishment of the Gregorian Music Week in Latvia is due to Guntars idea and initiative. It has become somewhat of a traditional event since its founding in 1992.
He has written a dissertation about “Midieval music traditions in Riga”.
Guntars Pranis was the national director and coordinator of the Latvian Crescendo ministry, which is very active in several cities of Latvia.
Activities which have been done over the years include the Crescendo symphony orchestra, local prayer groups, Christian art forums and family summer camps for musicians. He is also the founder and artistic director of the vocal group Schola Cantorum Riga (many CD's and concerts in Latvia and abroad). With the CD "Riga Mass" the Schola Cantorum Riga won the Latvian Music Award in 2002.
Due to his duties as director of the music academy, Guntars Pranis stepped down as the operational leader of Crescendo in 2018. He remains president of Crescendo Latvia and an international board member of Crescendo.

Barbara Kavanaugh
Project leader

Barbara Kavanaugh

Together with her husband Patrick Kavanaugh (1954-2018), Barbara was active as a minister for CFAP (Christian Performing Artists) for many years and for the Master Works Festival.
She initiated the platform and resource centre JUBALATTE (https://www.sdgmm.org), with which she joined Crescendo in 2019.

Karen Brubaker
Musical projects

Karen Brubaker

Karen Fetzner-Brubaker organises musical projects under Crescendo.
 
“Originally from the United States, I’ve grown to call several other countries ‘home’ as well. After completing a BA at Wheaton College (IL, USA) with Dr. Jennie Brown, I taught music in Kunming, China for two years at a community arts school. Afterward I studied in Switzerland for four years with Christian Studler, completing two Master’s degrees in flute performance and artistic mediation at Bern University of the Arts. 
I'm passionate about connecting with artists across disciplines, blending genres, and breaking expectations so that unlikely audiences can have meaningful artistic experiences. Collaboration is the sweet-spot where these things happen.”

Lehari Kaustel
Country leader

Lehari Kaustel

Lehari Kaustel is the team leader of Crescendo in Finland.
He is a percussionist and conductor.

​Olga Botschenka
City & project leader

​Olga Botschenka

Olga Botschenka leads Crescendo Novosibirsk. She has published Crescendo books such as “More than Music – the Bible for musicians” (2018) and “My Life with the Great Pianist by Franz Mohr and Beat Rink” (2019).

Kath Sugden
Mentor

Kath Sugden

Kath Sudgen-Snelling is a flautist. During her time in Moscow she founded Crescendo Russia and was involved with this work on a full-time basis. Back at home in the United Kingdom she married a Reverend of the Anglican church. In 2020 she started as a coach and mentor for Crescendo Russia.

Letizia Walser
Project leader

Letizia Walser

Letizia Walser is a journalist, pianist and director of the music school Binningen-Bottmingen in Switzerland. She heads the music school "BFT Music Road Rwanda", a joint project between Crescendo and "Music Road Rwanda" in cooperation with local partners.

Ivan Duchnytsch
City leader

Ivan Duchnytsch

Ivan Duchnysch was a violin and organ student at the Music Academy in Basel. He now teaches music at the Lviv Music Academy in Ukraine and is the head of the up and coming Crescendo ministry in his home town, Lviv.

Tracy Koenig
coach

Tracy Koenig

Tracey König is part of the Crescendo International team responsible for strategic planning. She also works as a development coach. She studied voice (soprano) at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Dan Marginean
Project leader

Dan Marginean

Dan Marginean is responsible for establishing Crescendo in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
He is a Romanian-born classical pianist and chamber musician, and graduated from the Royal College of Music. With the support of the Swiss Confederation Excellence Scholarship he completed his master studies under Professor Jean-François Antonioli at the Haute Ecole de Musique. As a pianist and chamber musician, Dan managed to win prestigious awards in national and international competitions in Europe and the UK. Over the years Dan has played at the Royal Festival Hall, St. James’s Picadilly, St. Martin-in-the-fields, Steinway Hall, London and Suisse Romande and also at festivals such as Lang Lang inspires, Fête de la Musique in Geneva, Lausanne and Alcobendas, Madrid, to name a few.
While abroad, Dan promoted the culture of his home country. In this sense he worked with the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, The Romanian House in Switzerland and most recently with the Embassy of Romania in Switzerland for different artistic projects.
Since his arrival in Switzerland, Dan has also been involved with charity work. He’s mainly been working with Mercy Ships (www.mercyships.ch).
Dan is a Crescendo artist and has participated as an organiser and pianist in various cultural events organised by Crescendo in Europe. He also started a Crescendo group in his school Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne. In 2014 he put together a joint Crescendo Project in the Lausanne Cathedral, an event called La nuit des églises. He has been married to Johanna Schwarzl since July 2018.
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Kurt Kempf
City leader

Kurt Kempf

Together with his wife Nozomi, Kurt Kempf is the leader of Crescendo Vienna. They form part of the Austrian Crescendo leadership team. Both are professional singers; Kurt is also an architect.

Verena Dietrich
Country leader

Verena Dietrich

Verena Dietrich is the team leader of Crescendo in France.

Carmen Zacharia-Danicov
Country leader

Carmen Zacharia-Danicov

Carmen Zacharia-Danicov leads Crescendo in Romania.

Eszter Dudas
Country & project leader

Eszter Dudas

Together with Timothy Bentch, Eszter Dudás co-founded the international Crescendo Summer Institute of Arts in 2004 in Sárospatak. She is the president of the Institute and works part time for the CSI.
 
Violist Eszter Dudás started her studies at the State Music School of Sárospatak, after which she was admitted to the Zoltán Kodály Conservatory of Debrecen, and finally earned her artist diploma at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in 1999 as a student of László Bársony. She taught viola and chamber music at the Vác Conservatory of Music. Currently she teaches violin, viola and chamber music at the Kroó György Music School where she is also the artistic director of the symphony orchestra. Her students are winners of numerous prizes in solo- and chamber music competitions in Budapest and Hungary.
She is a member of the HÍD (“Bridge”) Chamber Ensemble, and the Violinetta Duo. She was viola section leader of the Pest County Symphonic Orchestra between 2002 and 2010. When she was a child, the KinderRadio of Berlin made a recording with her. Later she was a member of the Junge Österreichische Philharmonie. In 1998 she received a scholarship from the Wiener Musikseminar for the masterclass of Siegfried Führlinger at the Hochschule für Musik, Vienna.
She has performed with the leading symphonic orchestras of Hungary on many European stages, was part of numerous CD recordings, and has been invited to Hungarian and international festivals. She is a member of the Hungarian Pedagogues Association (Magyar Pedagógiai Társaság) and the Hungarian Classical Music Society (Magyar Zeneművészeti Társaság). In 2009 she received the award of the Artisjus Music Foundation as a member of the Violinetta Duo for excellence in performance and propagation of Hungarian contemporary music.

Timothy Bentch
CSI co-founder

Timothy Bentch

Timothy Bentch is the co-founder of the Crescendo Summer Institute and has been its co-artistic director alongside Eszter Dudas until 2016. From 2016-2018 he was the dean of the CSI faculty.
He was active as a voice teacher and his former students sing in many of the leading opera houses of Europe. He also enjoys scriptwriting. His recent script was a quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicolls Fellowship in the Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Academy Awards. 

Tenor Timothy Bentch was raised on a farm in Missouri. His first singing experiences took place in the local Mennonite church. Practicing scales on the tractor and in the silo eventually led him to a master’s degree at the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music. For twelve years he lived in Hungary where critics referred to him as “a treasure in today’s Hungarian musical life”, naming him the most significant “Hungarian” lyric tenor of this generation. He has sung at all the leading venues in this country appearing before presidents and prime ministers with many television appearances and radio broadcasts. At the Hungarian State Opera, he premiered new productions as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Belmonte in The Abduction, Nencio in L’Infeldelta delusa by Haydn and the Evangelist in a semi-staged version of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion.
Other roles with the Hungarian State Opera include Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, and Alfredo in La Traviata. His performed opera repertoire of over 40 roles also includes such roles as Mozart’s Mitridate, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Edguardo in Lucia, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Ismaele in Nabucco, Fenton in Falstaff, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, four roles in operas by Benjamin Britten, and numerous baroque operas – Jupiter in Semele, Nero in The Coronation of Poppea, Monteverdi’s Ulyssis, and Orfeo – a performance that marked the opening of the new theater in the Hungarian National Palace of the Arts in 2005. His performances have taken him to many other countries including the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Malta, Israel, Russia, the UK, and Germany.
In symphonic repertoire, he has performed the entire standard repertoire from renaissance and baroque to the large works of Mahler and Verdi. Highlights have included the Evangelists in the Bach Passions, the Dream of Geronius by Elgar, and Mahler’s 8th Symphony which he recorded for Naxos. This recording was lauded by critics winning the “Recording of the Month” by Sterophile Magazine. Bentch’s performance was described as “bright, confident, and heroic, and his "Blicket auf!" is stunning.” Another critic wrote, “Bentch's top B-flats and Bs are as heroic as his sweet singing is sweet. His "Blicket auf," a moment that can cause fear and trembling, is stirring in all the right ways.” A recent review in the BBC Music Magazine praised Timothy Bentch’s “heroic tenor” as one of the saving graces of a recent recording of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Warsaw Philharmonic. He has sung with the philharmonic orchestras of Lille, Strasbourg, Avignon, Saint Petersburg, Sofia, Warsaw, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Ars Nova Symphony in Chicago, and appears regularly with the Hungarian National Philharmonic. His most recent performance with the HNP of the Britten War Requiem was critically acclaimed and broadcast live on national radio. He has sung under the batons of Zoltán Kocsis, János Fürst, Ádám Fischer, Tamás Vásáry, János Kovács, John Nelson, Jean Claude Casadesus, Antoni Witt, György Vashegyi, and Valentin Radu.

Airi Rink
intl. co-leader

Airi Rink

Together with her husband Beat, Airi is the co-leader of Crescendo International. They founded the movement in 1985. Airi works at Crescendo part-time.
 
Airi originates from Finland and now lives in Switzerland. She is a psychological counsellor and a conference speaker. Beat and Airi have three adult children.

Ilie Croitoru
Project leader

Ilie Croitoru

Ilie Croitoru was born in Moldova and now lives in Russia where he works as a conductor. Over the last decades, he has organised several Crescendo festivals. He currently runs the Crescendo Festival in Moldova and is in charge of organising liturgic festivals in St. Petersburg within Crescendo Russia and Crescendo International.

Balazs Végh
Advisor

Balazs Végh

Balazs Végh was the operational director of the Crescendo Summer Institute until end of February 2020. He will continue working for Crescendo as a project’s advisor.
He now works for Cru / FEK Hungary.

Hermann Rohde
Advisor

Hermann Rohde

Hermann Rohde has been the leader of the Crescendo Summer Institute prayer team for many years. He works as the representative of Crescendo in Leipzig, Germany and is also an advisor for Crescendo on the whole.

Tabea Nolte
City leader

Tabea Nolte

Tabea Nolte-Lempe is a German singer. She has led Crescendo activities in Dresden and now lives in Freiburg i.Br. with her family. She networks and organises student gatherings there.

Marini Peikidou
Country leader

Marini Peikidou

Marini Peikidou started with Crescendo Greece in Autumn 2015. She studied early music at Vienna’s Conservatorium (medieval and renaissance fiddle with Th. Wimmer and baroque violin and viola with Mag. Ulli Engel). She attended the Attersee Barock Akademie in Austria and the 30th. Internationale Sommerakademie for early music in Innsbruck, where she was tutored by specialists like Rachel Podger, Nigel North, Gunar Letzbor, Sonnleiter. In 2002 she attended the European Union Baroque Orchestra Audition Course in the Netherlands, where Roy Goodman directed the orchestra sessions. She was a member of the Οrchestra of Fine Instruments of Ancient and Byzantine Repertory, directed by Christodoulos Halaris. She has also played with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, the Volos Symphony Orchestra, the State Υouth Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamaria Υouth Symphony Orchestra and the ensemble Concerto Conservatorio, which represented Greece at the Biennial of Young Artists in Sarajevo. She is a member of the Codex ensemble, specializing in medieval music, recorded a CD with the choir of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, directed by Kostis Papazoglou, titled en la mar ay una torre EMI. The Codex ensemble also appeared at the Athens Festival 2007, in the APOKOPOS theatrical play, and toured in Greece the following years. Whilst playing the baroque viola with the baroque orchestra Concerto ellenico she performed in Megaron, Thessaloniki and elsewhere in Greece. She is also part of the Concerto String Quartet. Having studied under Lütz Kühne and Paris Anastasiades, she graduated her studies of the modern viola aswell.
Marini now teaches the violin in various Music Schools and Conservatories in Greece. She volunteers at the Youth Orchestra Thessaloniki which focuses on religious music.

Marion Dirr
Manager

Marion Dirr

Marion works as an assistant in the Crescendo International office.tl. Crescendo office.

Laura Liza Lázi
Manager

Laura Liza Lázi

Laura Liza Lázi (Liza) is new to the Crescendo Summer Institute management team.

Gustavo Gargiulo
Country leadership

Gustavo Gargiulo

Born in 1982, Gustavo Gargiulo studied the trumpet in his home town of Buenos Aires, where he participated in several musical groups and orchestras. His interest in early music led him towards the baroque trumpet. In 2004 he started studying the cornetto after having taken part in a master class with Lene Langballe (Denmark). In the years 2005 through to 2008 he studied at the Centre des Musique Ancienne of Genève (Switzerland) under Professor William Dongois.
 
He completed his studies at the CNR Conservatoire de Paris in 2012. He was the recipient of a “specialisation Diploma in Early Music” and studied under the wings of professor Jean Tubery.
 
Gustavo collaborates with the following groups on a frequent basis: Capella Mediterranea (Switzerland), Pygmalion, Academia, Les Traversées Baroques, Elyma (France)  Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin (Deutschland), Clematis (Belgium), Barroca del Suquia (Argentina), under the conduction of Leonardo Garcia, Rene Jacobs, Raphael Pichon, Jean Tubery, Francoise Laserre, Gabriel Garrido and Manfredo Kraemer among others. Performances with these and other groups take place in several different locations such as churches, palaces, museums and festivals in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Croatia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Malta and India.
 
Gustavo has been part of 19 recordings and DVDs for the following labels: Harmonia-Mundi, Naïve, Alpha and Ricercare.


He is involved with developing important pedagogic training in Argentina (Iuna, Promusica), Brasil (Sao Paulo University and Universidad Estatal de Campinas), Chili (Univerdidad de Viña del Mar) Lithuania (Festivals at Granduche’s Palace) Ambronay’s European Baroque Academy (France), Crescendo Summer Institute ( Hungary ), International Baroque SummerSchool Valtice (Czech Republic) Mlsmd schloss scharfeneck and Letniej Akademii Muzyki Dawnej (Poland).
 
As the head of the LA CICALETA ensemble he produces concerts with innovative programmes and a strong emphasis on pedagogic activities (gustavogargiulo.com).
 
Gustavo is a pioneer for Crescendo in his home country of Argentina and in Latin America.

Ildikó Sallay-Apor
Manager

Ildikó Sallay-Apor

Since 2020, Ildikó Sallay-Apor works in the office of the Crescendo Summer Institute.

Max Richter
Project leader

Max Richter

Matthias (Max) Richter is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran church of Germany. Within Crescendo he works as a coach, theological advisor, mentor for Crescendo Germany and enabler of artist's gatherings. He is also a passionate "urban artist".

Lovisa Ruhnau-Landström
City leader

Lovisa Ruhnau-Landström

Lovisa Ruhnau Landström is a Swedish singer. She lives in Hamburg with her family. Since 2019 she leads a growing Crescendo initiative in the city.

Delta David Gier
Country leadership

Delta David Gier

Since 2004, Delta David Gier has been the music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO). He served as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic for 15 years and has conducted many orchestras around the world.
He developed the Lakota Music Project to address racial tensions between Native Americans and European Americans in the region that the SDSO serves. Other projects with the SDSO have included Arab, Chinese and Sudanese / Somali refugees.
Delta David and his wife Angela are members of the US steering committee, alongside TaeSoo, Beat Rink and their wives.

Claudia Michaelsen
Country leadership team

Claudia Michaelsen

Claudia Michelsen is a professional viola player and was the solo violist of the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau for many years before she joined the Prayer Ministry of Campus für Christus Germany on a full-time basis. Since spring 2020 she has joined Crescendo full-time.

History

A short history of our movement from its earliest days until today.

1985

Beat und Airi Rink gründen die Studentenarbeit von Campus für Christus in Basel. Musikstudenten stossen dazu. Erster Bibel-Gesprächskreis mit Musikern.

1986

Erster "Crescendo-Tag" und Beginn der Zeitschrift "Crescendo". Erste (teilzeitliche) Mitarbeiterin: Die Flötenstudentin Ruth Hufschmid    

1987

Musikstudenten-Kreise in Deutschland und Österreich. Brigitta Hofer, Violinistin im Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, stösst vollzeitlich zum Team.

1988

Erste “Crescendo Weekends” : Gemeinschaft, Musik, geistliche Ermutigung. Erste Wochenenden in Deutschland - auf Schloss Weikersheim.

1989

“Crescendo Streichquartett”. Wachsendes Netzwerk mit neuen Kontakten in den Niederlanden, Skandinavien, Frankreich, Spanien, Polen, Ostdeutschland usw. 

1990

1. "Crescendo Orchester". Studentenkreise in 19 Städten. Zeitschriften über "christliche Musiker in der DDR", "Künstler und Kirchen" usw. 200 Musiker sind Teil des Netzwerks. 


1991

“Crescendo Orchester" Tour (Dirigent: Christoph Adt). 6. “Crescendo Tag” über “Musik & Botschaft”. Physiotherapie-Kurse für Musiker mit Margrit Schlatter und Airi Rink. Zeitschriften über “Konflikte”,“Zeit“ usw. Bild: Kleingruppenleiter-Kurs.

1992

1. "Sommerprojekt" in  Rothenburg o.Tauber. 1. Treffen in den Niederlanden. Crescendo an der “Missio Wolga” (mit den Mitarbeitern Pfr. Pekka und Kaarina Paakkanen). Christian Leitherer gründet das “Crescendo Barock Ensemble”. Zeitschriften zu “Musik & Ethik”, “Der Körper - das wertvollste Instrument“, usw.

1993

Crescendo/Brunnen gibt Buch von Franz Mohr "Grosse Pianisten, wie sie keiner kennt" auf Deutsch heraus. 1. Kirchenmusiker-Projekt. 1. Musikpädagogisches Forum. Zeitschriften über "Perfektionismus", "Kirchenmusiker" usw.

1994

“Sommerprojekt” in Finnland. Studientag (zusammen mit anderen Schweizer “Künstlerinitiativen") über “Postmoderne”. Zeitschriften über “Fürchtet euch nicht!”, “Christliche Musiker in Finnland”. “Musiker und christliches Zeugnis“, usw.

1995

“Crescendo Jahreskonferenz” in Basel. Yvonne Moules Mitarbeiterin in Salzburg. 1. “Play & Pray” -Konferenz. Zeitschriften über  "Erfolg”, “Karriere”, “Gotteslob”, “Musik & Theologie“. Kontakt zu 400 Musikern.

1996

Beginn der KIRCHE KREATIV. Buch "Grosse Maestros...". "Schöpfung" - ein 7tägiges Projekt mit "Crescendo Trossingen". Crescendo zieht um nach Blauen/CH. Neue Mitarbeiter: Michaela Helfer (Salzburg), Hermann Rohde (Leipzig), Rita Bandi (intl. Büro). Jahreskonferenz in Trossingen. Zeitschriften u.a. über “Postmoderne”, “Gebet“ usw. 

1997

1. Vortragsreise mit Franz Mohr. Weekend in Nürnberg über "Musik & christliche Botschaft". Jahreskonferenz in Hallein/Salzburg. EXPLO 97-Konferenz mit int. Crescendo-Orchester. Zeitschriften über "Humor", "Musikerin - Mutter - Hausfrau - und dann?", "New Age & Musik", "Mehr als Musik".

1998

Kontakte in Litauen. Österreichischer “Crescendo-Tag” in Wien. Jahreskonferenz in Berlin. Kammermusik-Weekend in Würzburg. Zeitschrift über “Christliche Musiker in der Oper”, “Kunst und Musik in der Kirche”, “Salz sein“.

1999

Benefizkonzerte für Kinderspital in St. Petersburg. Crescendo in Sachsen. Jan Katzschke teilzeitlicher Mitarbeiter. Jahreskonferenz  in Basel mit dem “World View Team Cleveland”. EXPLO-Konferenz mit einem “Crescendo-Orchester”. Zeitschriften über “christliche Kunst - heute”, “Im Ausland”, “Burn Out – On Fire”.

2000

Kontakte zu rund 1000 Musikern. Christina Metz wird Mitarbeiterin, später gefolgt von ihrem Mann Christof. 1. Wochenende über “Der Körper eines Musikers" mit Prof. G. Schnack. Jahreskonferenz in Prag. Crescendo-Orchester an der Konferenz EXPLO 2000. 1. “KIRCHE KREATIV” in Lettland. Zeitschrift über “Pause”, “christliche Musikerinitiativen”, usw.

2001

Crescendo Lettland: Guntars Pranis Mitarbeiter. Wien: “Crescendo-Festival”.KIRCHE KREATIV  in Holland, Wien, Strassburg, Vienna, Strasbourg, Würzburg. Jahreskonferenz im Schloss Imbshausen. Intl. Büro zieht um nach Liestal. 1. “Crescendo Festival” in Kishinev, Moldawien. Zeitschriften über “Entdecke und brauche deine Gaben”, “Weihnachtsoratorium“. Start von Crescendo in Rumänien (Leitung: Carmen Zacharia-Danicov).

2002

Kath Snelling beginnt in Russland. Timothy Bentch (lebt in Ungarn) zu Crescendo.  1.”Künstlergebetstage". 1. Baltische Konferenz, "Play & Pray"-Konferenz in Basel. Kuba-Reise  (Foto) mit Annkathrin Garbers und Susanne John (Mitarbeiterin). Jahreskonferenz in Strassburg. Zeitschriften über  “Wie viel  EGO brauchen wir?” “Musiker erleben Gott”. 

2003

1. Russische Konferenz. Intl. Konferenz in Berlin (Foto). 1. Installation der “Reise” in Salzburg (durch Michaela Helfer & Team). Crescendo-Büro in Budapest. Chor “Botschafter” vom Theater Darmstadt stossen zu Crescendo. Zeitschriften u.a. über “Kunst & Kreativität”, “Sei wachsam!” Crescendo auf den Philippinen.  

2004

Start in Sweden.
Annual Conference in Strasbourg.
1st Festival in Moldova.
1st Crescendo Summer Institute, organised by Timothy & Lorri Bentch, Eszter Dudás, Fruzsina Kovács.
Crescendo Basel organises a concert in the main cathedral with three world premieres (for the 200th anniversary of the Basel Bible Society - picture with Latvian orchestra).
Magazines about “Daily Life”, “Dynamics in The Baltics“.

2005

Intl. Konferenz in Salzburg. 1.Konferenz  in Paris (Leitung Crescendo Frankreich: Verena Dietrich). Start mit Crescendo USA, Kanada, Estland  (Lehari Kaustel wird Mitarbeiter) und Mongolei. Russische Mitarbeiterkonferenz in Moskau. Zeitschriften u.a. über “Kunst & Heilung“, “Beziehungen”.

2006

Werner Finis wird Mitarbeiter. Intl. Konferenz in Estland. Zusammen mit anderen Künstlerinitiativen und der Schweiz.Ev.Allianz gründet Crescendo “Arts+”, ein Netzwerk christlicher Künstler. Timothy Bentch organisiert Musikstudenten-Treffen in den USA. Zeitschriften u.a. zu  “In die Kulturwelt berufen”, “Musiker aus aller Welt".

2007

1. Crescendo-Konferenz in Finnland. Lauren Franklin wird in den USA Mitarbeiterin, Mechthild Bücker in Basel. Beginn einer  “Crescendo Theater-Gruppe”. Intl. Konferenz in Schweden. Aktivitäten in Dänemark. Buch “Mich umgibt ein grosser Klang” (Mohr/Rink). Zeitschrift u.a. über Händels “Messias”. CD “Vollbracht“.

2008

Start von Musikerkreisen in Portugal. Vortragsreise mit Franz Mohr nach Paris, Belgien und Deutschland. “Musiker-Retraite” in Winchester (Bild) Intl. Konferenz in Strassburg. Zeitschriften u.a. über “Zum Künstler berufen”, “Die Kraft der Musik”.  Neues Buch mit Franz Mohr/Beat Rink: Interviews mit 20 Musikern: "Mich umgibt ein grosser Klang".

2009

Start von “Crescendo Jazz” (Leiter: Uwe Steinmetz). Vortragsreise mit Franz Mohr nach Finnland und London. Intl. Konferenz in Brasov, RO. 1. KIRCHE KREATIV in Paris. “Crescendo Sommerinstitut” mit Opernproduktion. Zeitschriften u.a. über “Kunst in der Kirche”. Weihnachts-CD mit Hermann Rohde (Lesung), Miriam Feuersinger (Gesang) und Crescendo Ensembles. Neues Logo.

2010

Publikation von je zwei Audio-Books mit Interviews mit Franz Mohr auf Englisch und Deutsch (4 CDs). Jahreskonferenz in Dresden mit Gastredner Herbert Blomstedt (Bild). Crescendo in Asien. Zeitschriften über "Jazz", "Schönheit".


2011

Vortragsreise mit Franz Mohr in 10 europäische Städte. 8. Crescendo Sommerinstitut mit der Oper "Der Liebestrank" von Donizetti. Jahreskonferenz in Thessaloniki. Music Road Rwanda startet. Beginn von ARTS+ Round Tables in Europa. Herausgabe des REAL FAITHBOOK von "Crescendo Jazz".

2012

Mitarbeiterkonferenz in Berlin. Crescendo organisiert die "Nacht des Glaubens. Festival für Kunst und Kirche" (Valguse öö) in Tallinn mit 15 Events - u.a. mit dem  Kiev Symphony Orchestra. Umzug des int. Crescendo-Büros nach Basel. Paris: "Hochsensibilität eines Künstlers" - Seminar mit Airi Rink. 

2013

Mitarbeiterkonferenz in Budapest. 10. "Crescendo Summer Institute" mit Mozarts "Don Giovanni". Crescendo ist Initiant und Co-Organisator der "Nacht des Glaubens. Festival für Kunst und Kirche" in Basel. Beginn der wöchentlichen TUNE INs = Geistliche Impulse für Künstler. Beginn eines Crescendo-Netzwerks in England, v.a. in Birmingham und London. Revidierte Neuauflage des Interview-Buchs mit Franz Mohr: "Am Anschlag der grossen Maestros".

2014

Start von "Crescendo Arts" in den USA unter der Leitung von Timothy Bentch (neu vollzeitlich bei Crescendo). "Crescendo Sommerinstitut" zieht von Sàrospatak nach Tokaj. Zeitschrift "Hinter der Bühne".  "Crescendo Jazz": IN SPIRIT Gottesdienste in vielen norddeeutschen Städten. Neubeginn der ungarischen Musik-Studentenarbeit mit Daniel Hamar (Mitarbeiter). Österreich: Orchester-Konzerte (Wien) und "meditative installationen" (Salzburg). Weitere Meisterkurse in Rumänien (Bild).

2015

Feier 30. Jahre Crescendo mit Bachs “Weihnachtsoratorium». Leiterkonferenz in Zwolle. Grosse Jazzkonzerte im Münster Basel und in Berlin (Jazz-Fest «In Spirit»). Wien: Seminar «Kreative Persönlichkeit». Finnland: Jährliche Musik-Freizeiten für Jugendliche beginnen unter der Leitung unseres Mitarbeiters Lehari Kaustel. Rumänien: Die Meisterkurse haben grossen Zulauf. Zunehmende Aktivitäten in der französischsprachigen Schweiz (Genf, Lausanne) unter der Leitung von Dan Marginean.

2016

«Musikpädagogik –Gabe und Aufgabe» 1. Internationale Konferenz für christliche Musikpädagogen in Birmingham unter der Leitung von Uta Mulenga. 1. "Crescendo Sommerinstitut Südafrika” unter der Leitung von Sjoerd und Anna-Marie Alkema, Kapstadt. Crescendo Leiterkonferenz in Riga. Crescendo Griechenland entwickelt sich rasch unter der Leitung unserer neuen Mitarbeiterin Marini Peikidou. 1. Sinfoniekonzert von Crescendo Usbekistan.

2017

"Nacht des Glaubens" in Basel mit 250 Künstlern aus vielen Sparten und in kleinerem Rahmen in Thessaloniki. Crescendo-Konzert in der "Langen Nacht der Kirchen" in Wien. Crescendo-Konferenz in Moskau zur "Rolle eines Musikers und Künstlers aus christlicher Sicht. "Crescendo Leadership Conference" in München. 1. Kirche kreativ Namibia. Grosses Konzert auf dem Domplatz von Helsinki zur 100 Jahrfeier von Finnland.