The Bremen-born studied music at the local College of Arts. At this time her former professor, pianist and chamber musician Kurt Seibert, evolved to an early and trend-setting patron of the young piano player. Very soon this was followed by radio productions in cooperation with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie under the artistic direction of Klaus Bernbacher as well as performances in concert series like Pro Musica Nova Bremen. A life long and inspiring cooperation and friendship was developed with the former musical director and composer Hans Otte.
Claudia Janet Birkholz finished her studies in 1991 with the top grade in her leaving examination..
She collaborated with high profile piano players such as Elisabeth Leonskaja and Vitaly Margulis. In Paris she experiences a personal inspiration of Claude Helffer, being the future foundation for her love to contemporary music. In this vibrant time she studies the perfect playing but she realizes that she was missing something: She would like to create more, risk the unconventional, break the mould and exceed the limits.
In 1993 – after achieving a wealth of experience, awards and numerous venturous ideas – she begins to pass on
Claudia Janet Birkholz is always on the lookout for new input for the creation of new worlds of sounds and she understands herself as ambassador to a music, irritating at times but is also surprising. In extraordinary conversation concerts, just like the ones implemented in 2015 „Let’s talk music“, she collaborates with neuroscientists, psychologists, mathematicians or researchers. Here she puts her second passion for artificial intelligence into focus for which she already gives expert presentations herself.
Since 2019 she is artistic director of the „realtime – international festival for new music bremen“.
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