Crescendo is a Christian movement of and with professional musicians and music students - and other artists. We are cooperating with cultural institutions and all Christian churches. Founded in 1985, Crescendo operates in the meantime worldwide. The international office is in Basel, Switzerland. Crescendo is part of the Swiss interdenominational movement (and association) Campus für Christus / Agape Europe / Cru.
We NETWORK musicians around the world. Fellowship is important in an individualistic society - in the culture business too.
We are experiencing, how INSPIRING a vibrant community of artists is. We do our best to create platforms for mutual INSPIRATION.
We support a network in which SERVING is a priority. Crescendo serves musicians and other professional artists in many ways.
With concerts, festivals and our publications, we also want to serve the public.
Our most important motivation comes from BELIEVING the Christian message. We want to open paths to belief and support faith.
We therefore also work with churches of all denominations - and SERVE them with good art.
Here we present you our "dream team" - at least some of our country, ministry and project leaders - and managers.
More portraits will follow soon.
Airi Rink is co-leader of Crescendo intl. with her husband Beat. They have founded this movement in 1985.
Airi comes originally from Finland and lives in Switzerland. She is psychological counsellor and conference speaker. Airi and Beat have three grown-up children.
Airi is working part-time with Crescendo.
Balazs Végh was the operational director of the "Crescendo Summer Institute" till end of February 2020. He is now working for Cru / FEK Hungary, but in the future he will be still involved with Crescendo projects as advisor
Barbara Kavanaugh was ministering together with her husband Patrick Kavanaugh (1954-2018) for many decades in CPAF (Christian Performing Artists) and Master Works Festival. Barbara Kavanaugh initiated the platform and rescource center JUBALATTE, with which she joined Crescendo in 2019.
Beat Rink is together with his wife Airi leading Crescendo international, which they have founded in 1985.
He is theologian (and ordained Rev. of the Swiss reformed church) and has also studied linguistics, literature and history. He has published several books - also his poetry.
Beat Rink is working full-time with Crescendo.
Bill Buchanan is in the editors team of the "Crescendo" magazine and one of our chief translators.
Carmen Zacharia-Danicov is leading Crescendo in Romania.
Christoph Adt is a conductor and president of the Musikhochschule Nürnberg/ GER. He was for many years professor at The Munich Music Academy and vice president. Christoph Adt is on the international board of Crescendo
.Claudia Michelsen is a viola player and was for many years solo violist of the "Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau" before she joined full time the Prayer Ministry of Campus für Christus Germany. Since spring 2020 she is full time with Crescendo.
Dan Marginean is establishing Crescendo in the French part of Switzerland.
He is a romanian-born classical pianist and chamber musician, graduand of the Royal College of Music. At present, Dan is completing his Masters Studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique, Lausanne, under Prof. Jean-François Antonioli, being supported by the Swiss Confederation Excellence Scholarship.
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 played, amongst many other venues, at the Royal Festival Hall, St. James's Piccadilly, St.Martin-in-the-Fileds, Steinway Hall, London and Suisse Romande and also within festivals such as Lang Lang Inspires, Fête de la Musique in Geneva and Lausanne and Alcobendas, Madrid.
While being abroad, Dan has always been interested in promoting the culture of his native country. In this sense, he worked with the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, "The Romaian House in Switzerland" and most recently with the Embassy of Romania in Switzerland for different artistic projects.
Since his arrival in Switzerland Dan started doing charity work too. The organization with which he has been mainly working is called “Mercy Ships” (www.mercyships.ch).
Dan is a Crescendo artist and has been participating as an organizer and pianist in various cultural events organized by Crescendo in Europe. He has also started a Crescendo group in his school, Haute Ecole Ecole de Musique, Lausanne and in May 2014 is putting together a joint Crescendo Project in the Lausanne Cathedral, event called “La nuit des églises”. He is married with Johanna Schwarzl since July 2018.
Delta David Gier
Delta David Gier is since 2004 music director of the South Dakota Symphony (SDSO) Orchestra. For 15 seasons, he served as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic and has conducted many orchestras around the world.
He developed The Lakota Music Project to address racial tensions between Native Americans and whites in the region the SDSO serves. Other engagement projects with the SDSO have included Arab, Chinese and Sudanese/Somali refugees.
Within Crescendo Delta David is member of the US steering committee together with TaeSoo Park and Beat Rink and their wives.
Dominik Brühwiler is a pianist and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
He works part time in the international office of Crescendo and for the "Music Road Rwanda" project. He is also actively involved in the music program of the KIRCHE KREATIV Basel.
Together with Timothy Bentch, Eszter Dudás co-founded the international Crescendo Summer Institute of Arts in 2004 in Sárospatak. She is president of the Institute and working 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 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 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.
Franz Mohr, chief concert technician of Steinway & Sons, NY - and the tuner of Horowitz, Rubinstein, Glenn Gould and numerous other great pianists of the last decades - is on the international board of Crescendo
Latvia.Guntars Pranis is the founder and president of Crescendo Latvia.
Guntars Pranis is a musicologist, choir conductor, professor and director of Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music.
He regularly gives talks on early music at numerous courses and conferences in Latvia and abroad.
He was also the Music Director of Riga Cathedral, where he was leading the Cathedral choir and the vocal group “Laudate”. It was his idea and initiative to start the tradition of the Gregorian Music Week in Latvia and he has been its artistic leader since 1992.
He wrote a dissertation about "Medieval music tradition in Riga". Guntars Pranis was the National director and coordinator of Latvian Crescendo ministry which is very active in several cities of Latvia. Activities like Crescendo symphony orchestra, local prayer groups, Christian art forum and Family summer camps of musicians have been done over the years. 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 in 2002 the Latvian Music Award.
2018 Guntars Pranis stepped back as operational leader of Crescendo because of his other duties as director of the music academy, but remained president of Crescendo Latvia and intl. board member of Crescendo.
Gustavo Gargiulo was born in 1982. He studied trumpet in his native city, where he integrates several groups and orchestras. His inclination for Early music makes him incursion into baroque trumpet. In 2004, he starts his studies of cornetto after taking a masterclass with Lene Langballe (Denmark).Between 2005 and 2008, he studied at Centre de Musique Ancienne of Genève (Switzerland) with Professor William Dongois.
He finished in 2012 his studies at CNR Conservatoire de Paris with Professor Jean Tubery, reciving a “Specialization Diplom in Early Music”
Frequently, he collaborates with the following groups: 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.
He has performed, with these and other groups, in several different places such as churches, palaces, museums and festivals in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Croatia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, England, Neederlands, Lithuania, Poland, Malta, India.
He take part in 19 recordings and dvd's for the following labels: Harmonia-Mundi, Naïve, Alpha, Ricercare.
He’s developing an 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)
Leading the ensemble LA CICALETA he produces concerts with innovative programs, doing strong emphasis with pedagogic activities.
Gustavo is pioneering for Crescendo in his home country Argentina and in Latin America
Hermann Rohde was for many years leader of the prayer team in the "Crescendo Summer Institute" and representative of Crescendo in Leipzig, Germany. Now he is advisor of Crescendo.
Ildikó Sallay-Apor is since 2020 in the office of the "Crescendo Summer Institute"
Ilie Croitoru is a conductor, born in Moldova and living in Russia. He has organized in the last decades several Crescendo festivals.
He is running the Crescendo festival in Moldova and organizing liturgic festivals in St.Petersburg with the involvement of Crescendo Russia and international.
Ivan Duchnytsch has studied violin and organ at the music academy of Basel. He is teaching at music academy Lviv / Ukraine and leading the new ministry of Crescendo in his home city.
Johanna Schwarzl studied flute in Basel, Paris and Stuttgart - and is assistant for flute in the Music Academy of Bern. She is leading the Crescendo group of teachers and students in Bern. She is married to Dan Marginean since July 2018.
Karen Fetzner-Brubaker is organizing musical projects within 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.
Kath Sugden-Snelling is flutist. When she lived in Moscow she founded Crescendo Russia and was full-time involved. Back in her home country UK she married a Reverend of the Anglican church. In 2020 she started as a coach and mentor of Crescendo Russia.
Krisztina Tarjányi Project manager
I was born in Miercurea-Ciuc, Transylvania. I figure skated as a child, whereas 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 am living with my husband in Budapest, Hungary.
Furthermore, I worked as editor and presenter of several radio programs on the Transylvanian Maria Radio.
Since 2012 I am teaching acting for opera singers in the Crescendo Summer Institute; since 2017 I am leading the SOSTENUTO
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 I 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.”
Kurt Kempf is leading together with his wife Nozomi Crescendo Vienna. They are in the leadership team of Crescendo Austria. Both are professional singers, and Kurt is also an architect
Laura Liza Lázi
Laura Liza Lázi (Liza) is new in the management team of the "Crescendo Summer Institute"
Lauren Steinmetz-Franklin is in the editor's team of the weekly TUNE INs, contributing with own texts and translations.
Since 2015 Leana is working together with Crescendo International on launching an exiting new project that includes Music Road South Africa. Here the newly formed Crescendo Artists´ Trio - Leana, together with Simone Strohmeier and Dan Marginean - visited music projects in South Africa where masterclasses and concerts were given during March 2015. Other projects will take musicians to Madagascar, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and the Kongo in coming years.
Together with Crescendo International the Crescendo Artist´Trio is working on establishing the Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa in Somerset West for March 2016. She is also coordinating the Crescendo group in Frankfurt.
After finishing her Bachelors of Music at UCT with distinction, Leana Alkema continued her studies in Germany where she is currently doing her masters 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 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, 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.
Lehari Kaustel is team leader of Crescendo in Finland.
He is percussionist and conductor.
Letizia Walser is journalist, pianist and director of the music school Binningen-Bottmingen in Switzerland. She is head of the music school "BFT Music Road Rwanda", a joint project of Crescendo and "Music Road Rwanda" with local partners
Lovisa Ruhnau Landström is a Swedish singer, living with her family in Hamburg, where she is leading since 2019 a growing Crescendo initiative.
Marc Tenneroni is together with his wife Verena Dietrich-Tenneroni in the leadership-team of Crescendo France and is leader of "Crescendo Jazz France".
Marini Peikidou started in autumn 2015 with Crescendo Greece.
Marini Peikidou studied early music at Vienna’s Konservatorium (medieval and renaissance fiddle with Th. Wimmer and baroque violin and viola with Mag. Ulli Engel.). She has 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 Orchestra of State Opera, 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 Athens festival 2007, in APOKOPOS theatrical play, and they toured in Greece the following years. Playing the baroque viola with the baroque orchestra “Concerto ellenico” performed in Megaron Thessaloniki and elsewhere in Greece. “Concerto string quartet” is another of her activities. She graduated on the modern viola having Lütz Khüne and Paris Anastasiades as tutors. Marini teaches violin and viola in Music Schools and Conservatories in Greece. As a volunteer she organizes and teaches the “Youth Orchestra Thessaloniki” focusing in religious music.
Marion Dirr is assistant in the intl. Crescendo office
Matthias (Max) Richter is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran church of Germany and works within Crescendo as coach, theological advisor, mentor for Crescendo Germany and enabler of artist's gatherings. He is also a passionate "urban artist".
Sjoerd & Anna-Marie Alkema
Sjoerd & Anna-Marie Alkema from South Africa are together with her daughter Leana (studying cello in Frankfurt and leading there the Crescendo group) project leaders of the "Crescendo Summer Institute" South Africa, starting in April 2016.
Tabea Nolte-Lempe is a German singer. she was leading Crescendo activities in Dresden and is now living with her family in Freiburg i.Br., where she is active for Crescendo by networking and organizing gatherings.
Der junge Tenor Tamas Tarjányi wurde 1985 im ungarischen Kecskemét geboren.
Von 2003-2007 studierte er an der Universität für Schauspielkunst in Budapest. Von 2007-2009 studierte er an Ferenc Liszt Musik Akademie in Budapest Gesang bei Prof. Magda Nádor. Im Jahr 2009 wechselte er an die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, um weiter bei Prof. Margit Klaushofer zu studieren.
Bereits während seiner Studienzeit gastierte er an der Budapester Staatsoper als Tamino in Mozarts Zauberflöte und war in mehreren kleineren Rollen am berühmten Budapester Operettentheater engagiert. Er gastierte weiterhin bei kleineren ungarischen Festivals. Im Herbst 2011 debutierte er beim Leipziger Symphonieorchester und gastierte im Herbst 2012 im Theater an der Wien als Anfinomo in der Monteverdis Il ritorno d'ulisse in patria in der Inszenierung von Claus Guth unter der Leitung von Christoph Rousset mit dem berühmten Baroque Ensemble „Les Talens Lyriques“. Mit dieser Produktion gastierte er auch 2012 beim Bremer Musikfest.
Tamas Tarjányi is leader of the voice section of the "Crescendo Summer Institute".
Tamas Tarjányi ist seit der Spielzeit 2012/13 festes Ensemblemitglied am Theater Bonn. Hier sang u.a. den Conte di Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, die Titelpartie in Händels Oratorium Jephta sowie den Flavio in Norma.
In der Spielzeit 2013/14 steht er u.a. Aeneas in Purcells DIDO AND AENEAS und als Lampwick in PINOCCHIOS ABENTEUER auf der Bühne.
Ab 2016 wirkt er im Gärtnerplatztheater München.
Timothy Bentch is the co-founder of the "Crescendo Summer Institute" and was till 2016 the artistic director (together with Eszter Dudas) and from 2016-2018 he was the dean of the CSI faculty.
Tenor Timothy Bentch was raised on a farm in Missouri. His first singing experiences took place in the local Mennonite church and practicing scales on the tractor and in the silo but 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.
Timothy was the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Crescendo Summer Institute. 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 Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Academy Awards.
Tracy Koenig is working in the team of Crescendo international as strategic planning and partner development coach. She has studied voice (soprano) at Oberlin music faculty
Uta Mulenga was as a student part of a number of Crescendo projects and is now, together with some colleagues, leading a group for Christian Music Teachers in Birmingham. With them she is organizing the intl. Crescendo Teacher's Conference in spring 2016 (see EVENTS)
Uta is teaching Cello and Double Bass for the Music Service Birmingham and 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 orchstras throughout the UK. Through the ministry of Crescendo her vision is to bring Christian musicians together to be an encouragement for each other and a blessing to the world around them.
Uwe Steinmetz is co-founder of "Crescendo Jazz" and advisor in the leadership team of this ministry.
Saxophonist and composer Uwe Steinmetz was born in Bremervörde, a town in northern Germany, in 1975. His musical influences came mainly from 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 and has received national and international awards for his artistic work, released so far 12 CDs with his own music and has appeared on numerous jazz CDs as a solist.
As a Christian he seeks to increase the awareness that music and other art forms can help people discover a deeper, healing and reconciling truth in an increasingly fragmented society and participates as an artist in projects that foster and encourage intercultural dialogue and support civil peace-building efforts.
He believes: "Music unifies mind and soul and brings us closer to 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."
Verena Dietrich is team leader of Crescendo in France.
Wouter J. Bakker
Wouter J. Bakker is leading the team of Crescendo Netherlands.
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 a.o.. Wouter also studied theology at the University of Utrecht and became after that minister of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Since then he has divided his time between his two passions: music and the church. He is active in recitals and besides that in 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 with Jantine and has three children.
Zsuzsi Pál is working in the Budapest office since 2014.
She is helping with the administration of Crescendo Summer Institute and Crescendo Hungary.
Olga Botschenka is leading Crescendo in Novosibirsk and publishing Crescendo books such as "More than Music - the Bible for musicians" (2018) and "My Life with the Great Pianists by Franz Mohr and Beat Rink" (planned).
Short history of our movement from it's earliest days till today.
Beginning with music students in Basel, Switzerland in the context of the „Campus für Christus“ student ministry of Airi and Beat Rink. First Bible study group with musicians.
1st “Crescendo Day” and start of the “Crescendo magazine”. Part time staff Ruth Hufschmid, flute student at the Music Academy.
Music student groups in Germany and Austria. Brigitta Hofer joins the team as full time staff, coming from Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.
Start of “Crescendo Weekends” : fellowship, music, spiritual encourgament. First weekends in Germany on Schloss Weikersheim.
“Crescendo String Quartet”. Growing network with new contacts in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, France, Spain, Po- land, East Germany, etc.
1st “Crescendo Orchestra”. Student groups in 19 cities. Magazines about “Christian Musicians in the German Democratic Republic”, “Artists & Church”, etc. 200 musicians are part of the network.
“Crescendo chamber orchestra” tour (conductor: Christoph Adt). 6th “Crescendo Day” about “Music & message”. Physiotherapy courses with Margrit Schlatter and Airi Rink. Magazines about “Conflicts”,“Time“, etc.
1st “Summer Project” in Rothenburg o.Tauber. 1st Meeting in the Netherlands. Crescendo involved in the “Missio Wolga” project (with staff members Revd. Pekka and Kaarina Paakkanen). Christian Leitherer founds the “Crescendo Barock Ensemble”. Magazines: “Music & Ethics”., “The Body of a musician“, etc.
Book “My Life with the Great Pianists” by Franz Mohr published in German, 1st “Church musicians” weekend “Chamber music project”, “1st Music pedagogic forum”. Magazines about “Perfectionism”. “Church Musicians“, etc.
“Summer Project” in Finland. Study Day (together with other Swiss “Art ministries”) about “Postmodernism”. Magazines about “Don’t be afraid!”, “Christian Musicians in Finland”. “Music and the Christian Testimony“, etc.
“Crescendo Annual Conference” in Basel. Singer Yvonne Moules on staff in Salzburg. 1st “Play & Pray” conference. Magazines about “Success”, “Career”, “Worship”, “Music & Theology“. Contact to 400 musicians.
Begin of the “Creative Church”. Book “Backstage with the Great Maestros”. “Creation” – a 7 days musical project with “Crescendo Trossingen”. On staff: Michaela Helfer (Salzburg), Hermann Rohde (Leipzig), Rita Bandi (intl. office). Magazines about “Postmodernism”, “Prayer“, etc.
1st lecture tour with Franz Mohr. Weekend in Nuremberg about “Music & Christian Message”. Annual Conference in Hallein/Salzburg. EXPLO 97 conference with an intl. Crescendo Orchestra. Magazines about “Humour”, “Musician – Mother – Housewife…and then?”, “New Age & Music”, “More than Music“.
Crescendo contacts in Lithuania. Austrian “Crescendo Day” in Vienna. Annual Conference in Berlin. Chamber Music Weekend in Wurzburg. Magazines about “Christian Musicians in the Opera”, “Arts and Music in the Church”., “Being Salt“...Picture: Small group leaders course.
Series of benefit concerts for a children hospital in St. Petersburg. Crescendo in Saxony. Jan Katzschke on staff. Annual Conference about “Serving the neighbour” in Basel with the “World View Team Cleveland”. EXPLO conference with Crescendo orchestra. Magazines about “Christian Art – Today”, “Being abroad”, “Burn out – on Fire”.
1000 musicians in the network. Christina Metz joins staff full time - later her husband Christof. First weekend about “the body - the most important instrument of a musician" with Prof. G. Schnack. Annual conference in Prague. Crescendo-orchestra at the conference EXPLO 2000. 1st “Creative church" in Latvia. Magazine about “break”, “christian music ministries”, etc.
Crescendo Latvia: Guntars Pranis on staff. Vienna: “Crescendo-Festival”. Creative church in the Netherlands, Vienna, Strasbourg, Würzburg. Annual conference on Imbshausen castle. International office moves to Liestal. 1st “Crescendo Festival” in Kishinev, Moldova. Magazines about “Discover and Use Your Gifts”, “Christmas Oratorio“. Start of Crescendo in Romania (leader: Carmen Zacharia-Danicov).
Kath Snelling starts Crescendo in Russia. Timothy Bentch (living in Hungary) joins Crescendo. Coordination of European Art Ministries (on the platform of “Hope for Europe”). 1st “Art Prayer Days”. 1st Baltic conference, "Play & Pray" Conference in Basel. Concert tour in Cuba (photo) with Annkathrin Garbers and Susanne John (both joining staff). Intl. conference in Strasbourg. Magazine about “How much EGO do we need?”
1st Russian Conference. Annual Conference in Berlin. 1st installation by Michaela Helfer & team of the “Journey” in Salzburg (followed in the upcoming years by other similar, very successful projects). Crescendo office in Budapest . Choir “Ambassadors” from Darmstadt join Crescendo. Magazines about “Art & Creativity”, “Be watchful!”.
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 organizes 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“.
Intl. conference in Salzburg. 1st Conference in Paris (leader: Verena Dietrich). Start with Crescendo USA, Canada (with a student ministry and a "Café Crescendo" in Montréal), Estonia (with Lehari Kaustel on staff) and Mongolia. Russian staff conference in Moscow. Magazines on “Art & Healing“, “Relationships”, etc.
Werner Finis on staff. Annual Conference in Estonia. With other ministries and the Swiss Evangelical Alliance, Crescendo starts “Arts+”, a network for Christian artists. Timothy Bentch is organising meetings for music students in the USA. Magazines on “Called to the World of Culture”, “Musicians from all over the world”, etc.
1st Crescendo conference in Finland. Lauren Franklin joining staff in the States, Mechthild Bücker in Basel. Start of a “Crescendo Theatre Group” Annual Conference in Sweden. Activities in Denmark. Book “Mich umgibt ein grosser Klang” (“Surrounded by a Great Sound”) by Mohr/Rink. Magazine about Handel’s “Messiah”. CD “Vollbracht“.
Start of groups in Portugal. Lecture tour with Franz Mohr to Paris, Belgium and Germany. “Musician’s Retreat” in Winchester (photo). Annual Conference in Strasbourg. Magazines about “Called to be an Artist”, “Beginning with Faith”, “The Power of Music”. New book with Franz Mohr/Beat Rink: interviews with 20 musicians: "Mich umgibt ein grosser Klang" (German)
Start of “Crescendo Jazz” (leader: Uwe Steinmetz). Lecture tour with Franz Mohr to Finland and London. Annual conference in Brasov, Romania. 1st “Creative church” service in Paris. “Crescendo Summer Institute” with opera production. Two magazines about “Art in Church”. Christmas CD with Hermann Rohde (readings), Miriam Feuersinger (singing) and Crescendo ensembles. New logo.
Two audio interview books with Franz Mohr published: “My Life with the most famous pianists“: (4 CD’s in German and English). Annual Conference in Dresden (special guest: Herbert Blomstedt - photo). Visit in Asia. Magazines about “Jazz”, “Beauty”.
Lecture tour with Franz Mohr through 10 cities in Europe. 8th “Crescendo Summer Institute” with the opera "L'Elisir d'amore" by Donizetti (picture). Annual Conference in Thessaloniki. Music education projects in Rwanda. Start of ARTS+ Round tables in Europe. Publication of the REAL FAITHBOOK by "Crescendo Jazz"
Staff conference in Berlin. Crescendo organizes a "Night of Faith. Festival for Art & Church" (Valguse öö) in Tallinn with events in 15 locations of the city - also with the Kiev Symphony orchestra. Move of the Crescendo office to Basel. Paris: "The hyper sensitivity of an Artist", seminar with Airi Rink.
Staff conference in Budapest. 10th "Crescendo Summer Institute" with Mozart's "Don Giovanni". Crescendo is initiator and co-organizer of the "Night of Faith. Festival of Art & Church" in Basel. Begin of the weekly TUNE INs = Spiritual reflexions for artists. Start with a Crescendo network in the U.K., especially in Birmingham and London. New book edition of interviews with Franz Mohr "My Life with the great Maestros" (German).
Start of "Crescendo Arts" in the States under the leadership of Timothy Bentch (becoming a full time staff member). Move of the "Crescendo Summer Institute" from Sàrospatak to Tokaj. Magazine "Backstage". "Crescendo Jazz": IN SPIRIT events in many cities in Northern Germany. New launch of Hungarian music student ministry with Daniel Hamar (staff member). Austria: Orchestra concerts (Vienna) and "meditative installations" (Salzburg). Continuos master Classes in Romania (picture).
Crescendo celebrating 30th anniversary with “Christmas Oratorio” by J.S.Bach. International Staff Conference in Zwolle. Start of Crescendo music camps for youngsters in Finland under the leadership of staff member Lehari Kaustel. Increasing interest in the Master Courses in Romania. Big jazz concerts in the Basel cathedral and in Berlin Jazz Fest «In Spirit». Seminar Day «Creative personality” in Vienna. Many activities of Crescendo in French speaking Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne) under the leadership of Dan Marginean
«Teaching Music - a gift and a calling» 1st International Conference for Christian Music Teachers in Birmingham, where Crescendo is active amongst music teachers - an initiative, founded by Uta Mulenga. 1st Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa under the leadership of Sjoerd and Anna-Marie Alkema, Cape Town. "Crescendo Leadership Conference" in Riga. Crescendo Greece takes off under our new staff Marini Peikidou 1st Symphonic concert by Crescendo Uzbekistan.
"Night of Faith. Festival for Art and Church" with 250 artists in Basel and on a smaller scale Thessaloniki. Crescendo concert in the "Long Night of Churches" in Vienna. Crescendo conference in Moscow about "The role of a musician and artists from a Christian point of view""Crescendo Leadership Conference" in Munich. 1st "Creative church" in Namibia. Big concert on the cathedral square in Helsinki for the 100th anniversary of Finland.