Misagh Joolaee (kamancheh)

Fotografie: Jo Titze
Fotografie: 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.


Schaghajegh Nosrati (piano)


Fotografie: Irène Zandel
Fotografie: Irène Zandel

Schaghajegh Nosrati was born in Bochum in 1989. She has become known as an extremely versatile musician; that she could establish herself as a concert pianist in early years is due to her excellent reputation as an interpreter of Bach´s music.


Her International breakthrough came in 2014 as an award winner at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and particularly through her increasing musical collaboration with Sir András Schiff who praised the "astonishing clarity, purity and maturity" as well as the musical comprehension associated with it when she plays Bach.


After many years of working with Rainer M. Klaas, Schaghajegh Nosrati was admitted to the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media as a young student of Einar Steen-Nökleberg. She completed her master´s degree under Christopher Oakden in 2015 and her artist diploma under Ewa Kupiec in 2017. She completed another artist diploma degree in 2020 as a student of Sir András Schiff at the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin. Robert Levin, Murray Perahia and Daniel Barenboim gave her further artistic inspiration.


Between 1998 and 2018, she performed as a guest at international music festivals such as the Festival International Echternach, the Schumannfest Düsseldorf and the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad. Further performances followed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the NDR Kleine Sendesaal in Hannover, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum, the Beethovenhaus Bonn, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Tonhalle Zurich, 92nd Street Y in New York, Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona as well as at the Berliner Philharmonie (with the Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and the Bochumer Symphoniker). 

In 2017, she had her first concert tour in China including debut performances in Shanghai and Beijing.


Furthermore she was invited to play a concert tour with Sir András Schiff and Capella Andrea Barca in 2018 with performances in Dortmund (Konzerthaus), Düsseldorf (Tonhalle), Luxembourg (Philharmonie), Brussels (Palais des Beaux Arts), Vienna (Musikverein), Baden-Baden (Festspielhaus), Salzburg (Stiftung Mozarteum), Bratislawa (Philharmonic Concert Hall), Lucerne (KKL) and Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie).

In 2019 she took the Pierre Boulez stage in Berlin in place of Radu Lupu who had to withdraw from his recital due to illness.


The German label Genuin Classics has released two highly acclaimed CD´s with Schaghajegh Nosrati. In 2015 she recorded her debut album with J.S. Bach´s " Art of Fugue". Her second album (released in autumn 2017) is a recording of Bach´s piano concertos BWV 1052-1054 played with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.

In October 2019 the German label CAvi Music has released the pianist´s third CD with a selection of piano solo works (amongst others the "Concerto pour piano Seul") by Charles Valentin Alkan.


After having taught as a lecturer in Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media from 2015 to 2019, she became a faculty member of the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin in 2020 as the teaching assistant of Sir András Schiff.


Photography: Irène Zandel
Photography: Irène Zandel