About Sina

A magnificent pianist

Fono Forum

The inspiration for pianist Sina Kloke’s career came from her father. His playing of the C major Prelude from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier so fascinated the 5-year-old girl that she sat at the piano and picked out the notes by herself until she could play the whole piece. This passionate search for sound led her some years later to the greatest and most inspirational piano teachers of her time, Pavel Gililov, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Arbo Valdma, Dimitri Bashkirov, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Paul Badura-Skoda and Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School in New York. Since then, she has performed in the most prestigious concert halls of the classical world, including the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Cologne Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Gasteig in Munich, the Semperoper Dresden, the Carnegie Hall in New York, KKL Luzern and Krakow Philharmonie.

Besides music, Sina Kloke also discovered the magic of language in early childhood. She taught herself to read and write and recorded numerous cassette tapes full of speech and music.

Today she uses her linguistic talent in her concerts, especially when it comes to putting the music in a social context.

“Every concert needs a vision. I attach great importance to broad programming that braves new works alongside familiar classics. An experience of pure music without words can communicate just as well as in a narrated format.”

Audiences and press alike are delighted by Sina Kloke’s original programme ideas:

“Constructing a programme that forgoes the familiar, yet still carries the listener along is no small undertaking. Sina Kloke mastered this self-assigned task with élan, laying the foundations for her compelling debut at the Elbphilharmonie. The wealth of connections that the pianist found in her choice of works condensed in her hands into a sensuous journey.” (Hamburger Abendblatt)

Sina Kloke has been invited to perform at renowned festivals including Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Moritzburg Festival in Dresden and the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, where she is not only in demand as a soloist but also as a chamber musician together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Dresden.

She has worked with conductors such as David Behnke, Ekkehard Klemm, Leon Fleisher, Cornelius During and Salvatore di Vittorio.

For Sina Kloke, being an artist means always moving forward and rethinking traditional performance formats and concert dramaturgy.

“We need to think more diversely, be it in terms of orchestral line-up or programme construction. Many great artists and notable works have been cast aside by history and we are complicit in that. Music is universal and we need more variety in every respect.”

Of particular interest to her are composers who express a humanist stance in their music, such as Ludwig van Beethoven and George Enescu. Her debut CD on the MDG label was dedicated to the latter and was hailed by Le Monde as “a fascinating CD”.

For Sina Kloke, humanism does not just belong in the concert hall but also to daily life. Since her youth she has been actively involved with UNICEF and refugee aid. She co-founded the fundraising concert “Glow Up Cologne”, which takes place once a year in Cologne Philharmonie.

Shaping the world in music, word and deed. That is the triad that keeps this artist moving, making her concerts altogether unique and intense musical experiences.