about the artists

Christian Sutter (recitation)

Picture:  ©Benno Hunziker
Picture: ©Benno Hunziker

Besides his widely spread activities as passionate orchestra and chamber musician the double-bass player Christian Sutter is active as dramatic adviser and speaker as »poet on the bass«.


He is engaged in  own recitation programmes in which the connection between music and language plays a fundamental role.


As cofounder and member of Sir András Schiff's orchestra »Cappella Andrea Barca« Christian Sutter is regularly engaged as double-bass player in chamber music formations as well as symphonic formations alongside Sir András Schiff in the great concert halls of this world such as the Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall Hamburg, the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Teatro Olimpico Vicenza and numerous other world-famous venues. 


Christian Sutter is living in Basel where  he conducts his own literary chamber music series »Titus spurs« leitet.

Misagh Joolaee (Kamantsche)

Picture: ©Jo Titze
Picture: ©Jo Titze


Born in 1983 in Mashhad, grew up in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran, Misagh Joolaee began to play the violin at the age of eight. Within 5 years he accomplished the learning of the persian-classical repertoire Radif.


1996, Misagh won the first prize in violin solo competition at Fajr Music Festival, the most prestigious music festival in Iran, at the age of 13 in the young performers category on violine. Furthermore he studied setar, tar and especially intensively kamancheh with various iranian masters.


Then followed by an eductation on piano and violin in European Classical Music.


His musical career is characterized by a great versatility in working with musicians of different countries. In 2009 he founded the ensemble AAVAAN, with which he performed his own compositions and won the competition Creole - Global Music in 2010 in Germany.  


Misagh was also a lecturer at the World Music Faculty of the University in Hildesheim from 2011 to 2014. 

In the year 2011 he founded the Anatolian-Persian duo with the turkish Baglama master Levent Özdemir. The two virtuosos play mainly their own compositions together. He also founded in 2015 the Flamenco-Persian Ensemble Chachipen together with significant spanish musicians from Andalusia. 


Furthermore, Joolaee founded 2019 the Kamancheh-Klavier Duo together with the well-known german pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati.

The solo work is also a focus of his musical activities. In 2014, he appeared as a Kamancheh soloist in the performance of the 5th Symphony of Awet Terterjan with the State Orchestra of Braunschweig in the town hall of Braunschweig. 


His Debut Solo CD »From Afar« received 2020 the prestigious German Record Critics Award "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik".


In 2021 his second album »Unknown Nearness« in which he consequently continues the development of new playing techniques, sounds and rhythms was again awarded the German Record Critics Award.


In November 2022 his album »Qanat« was awarded that renowned price of German Record Critics Awad one more time.


Thereby Misagh  Joolaee is one of the few artists of recent music history whose recordings were acknowledged by German Record Critics Award three times in succession.

Bakr Khleifi (Oud)

Picture: © Alaa Francis
Picture: © Alaa Francis

Born in Jerusalem, Bakr Khleifi started his music education at  a very early age, beginning with violin at the age of 4, and  switching to Oud at the age of 6.


He Studied under various Oud masters, including Ahmad al-Khatib, Simon Shaheen, and Samir Joubran. Bakr’s passion for music finally led him to pick up the Double Bass as well, for which the inspiration came after attending Edward  Said’s and Daniel Barenboim’s West Eastern Divan Orchestra as a listener. He joined the orchestra later as a Double Bass Player.


After finishing high school, Bakr rejoined his first mentor Ahmad al-Khatib in Sweden, where he did his bachelor’s in World Music, specialising in Oud. During his 3 years in Sweden, he was exposed to many other music disciplines,  including Persian music, and North Indian music. Bakr pursued his Master’s degree in Double Bass performance at the University of Tel Aviv. 


Bakr’s music reflects his long journey in different music disciplines, in particular Maqamic music and Western Classical music. His compositions and way of playing combines the melodic progressions and modulations often heard in Maqamic music, as well as complex and diverse Rhythms, accompanied often by harmony and dynamic playing. In his music, Bakr puts a lot of emphasis on the quality  and different textures of sound that the Oud can produce.