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Lucia Mense Curriculum

Concert Activities

  • Performance of Medieval Music, Renaissance and the Baroque: chamber music projects, Opera - and Oratorio performances with Ensembles from Europe, the Baltic States and the USA
  • Modern Music: further development of the repertoire in collaboration with diverse composers. Numerous world premiere performances. Improvisation. Music Theatre.
  • Ensembles / on going projects:

              Baroque music:
    • Duo Recorder and Harpsichord; Duo Recorder and Lute

      Music of the middle ages and early Renaissance:
    • Ars Choralis Coeln, Director: Maria Jonas (Music of the middle Ages; Instruments: Women’s Schola, Fidel, Flute, Harp, Symphonia, Bells)
    • Ala Aurea (voice, portative organ, flutes),
    • Ensemble Beltatz (flute, recorder, harp, djoze),

      New Music:
    • Electronic Counterpoint (solo-performance for recorder and live-electronics)
    • Duo Recorder and Electric Guitar; Duo Recorder and Percussion

      European/ Asian Projects:
    • ensemble dialog: musicians from China, Switzerland and Germany with pipa, recorder, cello and percussion;
    • koan trio (viola d´amore, gu-zheng, recorder),
  • Radio recordings and productions: WDR, DLR, ORF, Radio Bremen, SWR, HR, Euroradio, MDR, NDR, RAI Italia


  • 2014 Cage´s grandchildren
    compositions by Michael Pisaro, James Tenney, Cat Lamb, Tashi Wada, Michael Winter, Marc So, Liam Mooney, Scott Cazan, Laura Steenberge, Casey Anderson, Chris Kallmyer, Quentin Tolimeri
    co-production of Deutschlandfunk, label wandelweiser and worldedition
    recording: june 2013 by Deutschlandfunk, CD released in april 2014!

  • 2012 Exultet Celum - The instruments of the angels in Cologne cathedral
    Music of the 13th century from Cologne (Erzdiözesanbibliothek) 
    Ars Choralis Coeln and ensemble of medieval instruments 
    WDR 2012
    Book + CD at: Dom-Verlag Köln
  • 2011 electronic counterpoint
    new compositions for recorder and electronics by Marc Sabat, Ulrich Krieger, Manfred Stahnke, Sascha L. Lemke and Georg Hajdu
    label satelita, a-musik Köln
  • 2011 Les Maries du Rhin
    Ensemble Ala Aurea, musical director: Maria Jonas
    label Raumklang,
  • 2009 Hildegard von Bingen: In festis Beatae Mariae Virginis
    Ensemble Ars Choralis Coeln, musical director: Maria Jonas                   Raumklang,
  • 2009 Canto novello - Italian Laude
    Ensemble Ars Choralis Coeln, musical director: Maria Jonas
    Ensemble Oni Wytars
    label Raumklang,
  • 2007 Letare Germania - Music of the Middle Ages for Elizabeth of Thuringia
    Ensemble Ars Choralis Coeln, musical director: Maria Jonas
    edition chrismon,
  • 2006 Rose van Jhericho - Liederbuch der Anna von Köln (um1500)
    Ars Choralis Coeln, musical director: Maria Jonas
    choc - Le Monde de la Musique, 5 Diapason
  • 2004 Complete cycle of “Sequenza”- and solo works by Luciano Berio
    with members of Ensemble Moderne and the Arditti-Quartet:
    Recording of “Gesti” for Solo Recorder
    (Co-Production by Mode Records/ New York and Hessen Radio)
    Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2007,
    Premio del Disco Amadeus 2008
  • 2003 Touch Three - Portrait of composer Phill Niblock:
    Recording of „Lucid Sea“ for Recorder(s)
    (Co-Production by Deutschland Radio and Touch Records, London)
  • 2002 ...Until... - Three versions of the composition „...Until...“ by Klarenz Barlow
    (Co-Production by Los Angeles River Records and Radio Bremen)
  • 2001 L´Ambitiosa - Virtuosic instrumental music of the Italian Early Baroque with Canzoni Cölln (sempre la musica Recordings)
  • 1998 Von Tristans Klage zur Kunst der Fuge
    with Flautando Köln (Helios-Verlag)
  • 1996 La Spiritata with Flautando Köln (Ars Musici)


  • A tour through China and Switzerland with the ensemble dialog on
    with music by l. berio, du wei, e. gaudibert

Festivals (selected)

  • Tage Alter Musik in Herne
  • Arolser Barockfestspiele
  • Festival Blokflute & Electronics at Ijsbreker/ Amsterdam
  • Internationales Symposium der ERTA
  • Romanischer Sommer Köln
  • Banchetto Musicale/ Vilnius
  • Music from Germany/ Villa Aurora (Los Angeles)
  • Alte-Musik-Tage Stockstadt
  • Musica Nova in Deutschlandfunk
  • Schleswig–Holstein Festival
  • Waterford New Music Week (Ireland)
  • Musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst/ Graz
  • Jazz Festival Moers
  • primavera, UCSanta Barbara/ USA

Concert tours Europe, Baltic States, the Balkans, Russia, Nicaragua, USA, China

Lecturer courses and seminars about diverse subjects concerning Early and New Music in Germany, Holland, California, Nicaragua, USA


  • 2000-01 Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan
    Major: Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance,
    Primary teacher: Pedro Memelsdorff
  • 1994-98 Sweelinck-Konservatorium, Amsterdam
    Recorder studies: Walter van Hauwe
    Major: Contemporary Music
    1998 Concert exam ”Uitvoerend Musikus”
  • 1994-96 FolkwangHochschule Duisburg/ Essen
    Traverse Flute studies: Laurence Dean
  • 1988-96 Musikhochschule Köln
    Recorder studies: Prof. Günther Höller
  • 1996 Concert exam
  • 1994 "Reifeprüfung" (distinguished)


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