Meet the Team
Born and raised near Bremen, Oliver studied classical music at the Mozarteum Salzburg. He has been working in the classical music business since the mid 90's doing everything from artist management to tour, concert and festival productions. At IDAGIO, Oliver manages the point of intersection between classical music content and technology/product implementation, with his main focus being on our data model, catalogue and product development.
Sönke is our Director of Business Development. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science and has been part of the Berlin startup ecosystem for almost 15 years. Prior to his current role at IDAGIO, Sönke worked in strategic positions for Fox Mobile, Wooga, EyeEm and is an active mentor at Techstars Berlin. One of his favourite classical music pieces is Eine Alpensinfonie op. 64 TrV 233.
Annika is our Artist & Label Relations Manager. Before she joined IDAGIO, she worked as an Artist Manager at june Artists Management for several years, where she represented world-class and emerging classical musicians worldwide, fostering partnerships with orchestras, festivals, promoters, record labels and PR agencies. Annika holds degrees in both communications and cultural management. She began studying the violin at age six and has also taken lessons in piano, voice and choral conducting.
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Timo grew up in a family of musicians and studied piano and cello from an early age. After a number of years as a freelance Tour Manager for orchestras, he worked as the Orchestra Manager of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and as Orchesterdirektor of the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg. Timo is IDAGIO's Artist Liaison and Events Manager.
Over the last ten years Cemal has contributed to a number of successful iOS apps. He moved to Berlin to pursue his professional dreams and now works in our Mobile team as an iOS Developer. He has a great passion for computer games, adores travelling and never gives up exploring.
Tomasz is a Backend Engineer working on search. Originally from Poland, Tomasz moved to Berlin in 2010 and discovered he loves working in the startup scene. At IDAGIO he enjoys building scalable and reliable software, and in his spare time tinkering with hardware.
Originally from the US, Kevin began his studies in Music Industry before shifting his focus to International Marketing. Since then he has worked in various CRM and direct marketing roles in London, Paris and Munich. His zeal for direct marketing and his passion for music came together when he joined IDAGIO as our Senior CRM Manager. Kevin enjoys playing the trombone and the horn, and one of his all-time favourite works is Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Horn and Orchestra.
Wiebke is in charge of IDAGIO’s finances. She is a certified management accountant and business graduate and has been working with Till and Oliver for eleven years. She loves to listen to the classical guitar, and cites Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra as her number one piece to relax.
Jen is a Product Designer dedicated to making classical music accessible to all through IDAGIO. Originally from Canada, she enjoyed listening to classical music growing up and dabbled a bit with playing clarinet, alto saxophone, and piano. In the end, she decided to stick to the visual arts—although designing “experiences” allows her to continue to dabble in many spaces. She enjoys exploring contemporary classical, one of her favourites includes Nico Muhly.
Vlad is our Engineering Director from Romania. Prior to IDAGIO, he worked for an agency in his hometown of Bucharest on different projects with American start-ups. He really enjoys listening to Franz Schubert, especially his Fifth Symphony.
Gilad is one of our Android developers at IDAGIO, with a strong passion for music and technology. He plays guitar, drums and keyboard. When not playing music or writing code, Gilad enjoys capoeira, table-tennis, snooker, football and chess. One of his favorite works is Einaudi’s The Snow Prelude No.15.
Our Mobile Team Lead Mattes grew up in the city famous for Johann Sebastian Bach, and therefore began attending classical concerts at a young age. Prior to working at IDAGIO, Mattes was a Fullstack Developer at games company Wooga. To relax he likes to listen to the piano, such as Schumann's Kinderszenen.
John developed a musical interest at a young age - so much so that he later picked up a few instruments of his own. As an iOS Developer, John enjoys improving the listening experience for the IDAGIO users. One of his favourite works is Chopin’s Prelude in E-minor, op. 28 no.4.
After finishing his master's degree in musicology at the University of Leipzig in 2016, Martin joined the IDAGIO Content Team in July 2017, helping to maintain and extend the work catalogue. His musical interests are mainly focused on composers of the 19th and 20th century, but he also enjoys different genres from hardcore and punk to hip-hop and electronic music. If he had to name his favourite compositions, they would be Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps and Hanns Eisler’s Ernste Gesänge.
Having tried her hand at an array of instruments, Kathryn ended her brief encounter with the flute and clarinet after the wild success of the Illawong Public School band. Growing up in a typical 90s Australian-Chinese Christian family however, she was encouraged to continue studying piano into her late teens. More recently, she's given her heart over to the world of Bluegrass and now learns the Banjolin. It seems like she never completely left the world of classical though, as she is now designing IDAGIO's digital service. She particularly loves the quirky side of classical, as exemplified by IDAGIO's 'Classical's craziest arrangements' playlist.
Till boasts more than 20 years’ experience as an artist manager, producer and concert promoter. He was responsible for organising several of the Metropolitan Opera’s European tours, and his personal clients included conductors Christian Thielemann, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and pianists Ivo Pogorelich and Arcadi Volodos. As founder of the Abu Dhabi Classics, he arranged UAE debuts for the New York, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; the Bayreuth Festival; and Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Yo-Yo Ma, Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, and other musical and artistic luminaries.
Stefan Keidel is a Berlin-based software engineer, developer and researcher. Holding a masters degree in computer science, Stefan is fluent in various scripting and programming languages. He is particularly interested in research on digital rights, urban mobility, statistics, data science and security. After longer stints in the nonprofit and e-commerce sectors, Stefan now helps the business intelligence team gain insights about everything IDAGIO.
Born and raised in the German capital, Fabian is IDAGIO's Finance Director and takes care of all financial activities and building accounting and reporting structures for the company. Fabian holds a degree in business administration and managed several other finance teams of Berlin-based start-ups prior to working at IDAGIO. Music-wise he favours calm, smooth, minimalistic piano sounds.
Prior to moving to Berlin, Olga lived in Moscow. where she studied Engineering and Clinical Psychology. She loves work done well, whichever field it is, and enjoys working in Quality Assurance. Outside of work she plays and streams video games, makes video edits, writes fiction, repeatedly attempts to learn drawing, Python and Japanese on her own (without much luck so far), and occasionally works out to compensate for all that sitting in front of the computer screen. Once a year she goes to Berliner Dom to listen to (while crying) live performance of Mozart's Requiem, that she has loved since childhood.
Christoph is the co-founder of IDAGIO. Prior to IDAGIO, he founded the music-streaming service simfy in 2006 at the age of just 22. One of his favourite composers is Liszt as he studied for a while in Budapest, and has lots of happy memories attached to that time.
Caroline is one of our Product Designers acting as the user voice through design decisions. Before landing in Berlin, Caroline spent time in Melbourne and London working on varying product spaces. Outside of the office, she splits her musical abilities between classical singing and performing in indie pop ensembles. Favourite moments include winning the Havering Young Musician of the Year (singing category, aged 10) and sharing the same stage as Earth, Wind and Fire at Glastonbury (more recently). She tends to gravitate towards Brahms when listening to classical but is also on a secret mission to find the best recording of Ravel’s Trois Beaux Oiseaux.
Since childhood, Pierre has been attracted by the many facets of the classical music repertoire and he has always tried to put it at the centre of his professional life. Being an Artist Manager for several years was one way to realise this. As Recordings Manager, Pierre is helping to build the catalogue and to make more recordings available on IDAGIO. He thinks that Schumann's Violin Concerto is highly underrated.
Wasif leads our Backend Engineering team at IDAGIO. He is interested in building and maintaining backend systems which perform reliably under high load. Originally from Pakistan, he has been living in Berlin for a few years and has worked for various tech startups. He enjoys playing the acoustic guitar, reading books, exploring cultures, and playing "exotic" sports like cricket and snooker. His favorite composition is An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss II.
Chiara is our Business Development Manager. Chiara has been working internationally in the promotion of orchestras and classical musicians for about a decade. Prior to IDAGIO she worked in PR at KDSchmid, a leading agency in classical music, and as the Marketing Manager of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Chiara has always had a strong focus on the accessibility of classical music. In parallel to studying business and marketing, she has a Conservatory Diploma in Classical Guitar. Her favourite composers are Mahler and Tárrega.
Handling the business and legal affairs of IDAGIO, Maximilian has worked for several record labels and music publishers, such as the legal department of Deutsche Grammophon. He does not have a specific favourite classical composer, rather he enjoys it when music leaves notation and gives room for improvisation.
Liz initially trained to be a composer, but spent time working in politics and front end development before joining IDAGIO as a UX designer. Her favourite recordings are anything from the 1930s by Alfred Cortot.
Hailing from Sweden, David is IDAGIO’s Webtop Engineering Team Lead. When not writing code, he records ambient music and plays various musical instruments. He cites Górecki's 3rd Symphony as one of his favourite classical recording because of its beautiful string arrangement.
Our Feel-Good & Studio Manager Edoardo is originally from the south of Italy, where he started his training in classical ballet. After completing studies in Contemporary Dance in Rotterdam, he went on to travel and work as a professional dancer throughout Europe. Before joining IDAGIO, he worked for various dance and theatre companies as an assistant for the production and artistic team and as a tour manager. Edoardo takes care of the well-being of the IDAGIO team, makes sure that the spaces are tip-top in every way and that activities and procedures run smoothly. He also works closely with the HR team, coordinating and planning IDAGIO events and team-related strategies. Alongside theatre and music, Edoardo is undergoing training in conflict resolution and working agile methods.
Dr Lukas Osterloh
Lukas is our Senior Backend and API Developer and works on all the nuts and bolts behind the scenes at IDAGIO. A maths and physics graduate, Lukas also plays the oboe and the bass guitar, regularly playing with Berlin amateur orchestras and with his Irish folk combo. His favourite classical composer is Schubert because of his "intricate, sometimes pretty experimental, harmonics, lyrical melodies, and eruptions of raw power.”
Stefano is our Senior Data Engineer. He works with the Backend and the Business Intelligence teams, helping to build IDAGIO's (meta)data stack. After working in a number of companies and start-ups in Italy and Spain he moved to Germany and joined IDAGIO, where he found a way to nurture his passion for software architecture and music at the same time. He has a penchant for baroque music and his favourite composition is perhaps Bach's Chorale Prelude BWV 639.
Born in the middle of the French Alps, Ghislain studied Computer Sciences and went on to become a Software Engineer in Paris, London and now Berlin. When he's not working, he divides his free time between bouldering, photography, more coding and occasional Lego building. Although he started (trying) to play bass guitar much later in life, he grew up in a family of classical music lovers. If he had to pick a favourite piece, it would probably be Bach's Cello Suite No.1 in G.
Jess is a software engineer focusing on search. Before she came to IDAGIO, she worked for Wayfair in Berlin and in Boston, where she also freelanced as an opera pianist, organist and choral singer. Boston is an early music town and Jess loves the music she was introduced to there, such as Baroque opera and motets by William Byrd.
Katharina works on IDAGIO's Content Operations team. She has been trained as a drummer and pianist and holds a master's degree in Sound Studies from the Berlin University of the Arts. She studied music and musicology in Ireland and Germany and received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Her artistic portfolio includes music for film, radiophonic pieces and sound art. In addition, she has published academic research papers on topics such as sound in literature, acoustic ecology, and new interfaces for musical expression. Before joining IDAGIO in 2017, she worked in cultural politics and as a freelance writer. She continues to write and perform her own music as well as curating several radio shows. Her favourite classical musician is Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
With an academic background in Intercultural Communication, Psychology and Musicology, Sandra managed various cultural initiatives in Germany and France before moving to Berlin. Experienced in Project Management, she then threw herself into organizing concert tours as Head of Production before finally focusing on HR. She is passionate about people and is responsible for navigating the IDAGIO team through the German bureaucratic jungle! Listening to 24 Postcards in Full Color by Max Richter always puts her in a travel mood.
Maria, born in Italy, moved to Berlin to write her thesis in Musical Aesthetics. She obtained a master’s degree in Musicology at the University of Pavia (dept. of Cremona). She joined IDAGIO in 2017 as editor for the classical music database, and her primary role is to work on the implementation and maintenance of the music catalogue. She arrived at IDAGIO with prior experience in the classical music field and having worked with the same role for a London-based company. She loves classical guitar, Puccini’s operas, and Mahler’s Adagietto.
Dr Hugo Shirley
Hugo moved from London to Berlin in 2016 and joined IDAGIO as Editor in early 2018. He has a background in musicology, having completed his PhD – on Richard Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten – at King's College, London in 2010; and he still, despite that, counts Strauss as a favourite composer. He was the editor of '30 Second Opera', now available in several languages, has held editorial posts at Opera and Gramophone and worked as a critic for national and specialist press in the UK. As well being a keen chamber music pianist, he still keeps his hand in, beyond his work at IDAGIO, as a Gramophone critic and programme essay writer.
When she was three years old, Eleanna asked for a "little piano" and has never stopped playing since. Originally from Greece, she moved to London in 2012 where she spent 4 years working for digital agencies on Content and Influencer Marketing. She fell in love with Berlin in 2013, moved here in 2016 and has since been working on AB testing and cross-platform experimentation processes. Now a Product Manager for IDAGIO, Eleanna is focusing on experiment-driven growth. If she gets emotional while listening to Swan Lake, it can be blamed on childhood memories: her parents used to play it often on vinyl!
Alejandra, our Business Development Manager, is a former classical musician and audience-centric marketer with a love for the arts. She has worked with creative agencies and companies in multiple industries spanning from California to Sydney to Hong Kong. Prior to IDAGIO she managed client relationships and branding and website projects for orchestras like RSB in Berlin and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York with the agency Molina Visuals. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Alejandra speaks 5 languages and has lived in Paris, Zagreb, Istanbul, and Berlin. She is also an avid enthusiast of Broadway musicals.
Danil is our Full-Stack Engineer from Ukraine. Before joining IDAGIO, he lived in Moscow and Odessa. He likes to wear Rick and Morty t-shirts and his favorite composers are Ravel and Debussy.
Sofiya was born in beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. At the age of 9, she and her family moved to Israel, where she later went on to study programming & design. After failing to decide on one of these, Sofiya developed a passion for front-end development. She likes Berlin (where she moved five years ago) and is passionate about music, psychology, yoga, traveling and cooking. She was introduced to classical music at an early age through opera and ballet, and one of her favourite classical pieces is Brahms' Cello Sonata No. 1, op. 38.
Julian is our Data Scientist for Music Information Retrieval - in other words, he analyses audio and data to improve our product. He graduated from the Technical University of Berlin with a master's degree in Audio Communication Technology. Prior to joining IDAGIO, Julian worked at SoundCloud and other start-ups in Berlin. He is curious about music from all kinds of genres, used to run his own record label and enjoys working at the intersection of music and technology. Some of his favorite pieces of classical music are from Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Philipp Glass.
Judith Nguyen Thanh
Judith is leading our People Operations team (POPS). Her passion revolves around building and scaling productive teams, creating a great employer brand and fostering an open feedback culture. She is great at playing buzzword-bingo. Please reach out to her should you be interested in one of our open positions.
As Senior iOS Developer at IDAGIO, Michael enjoys working on the intersection of music and technology. While studying musicology at the University of Cologne he developed broad interests in classical music, listening to Bach and Chopin, as well as hours of John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. If he had to choose a favourite composition, it would be Beethoven’s 7th for its fantastic Allegretto.
Jakub is a Marketing Designer with Polish roots who was raised in Canada. He recently moved to Berlin from Switzerland in an effort to be closer to its infamous creative culture. He is passionate about films, literature and music and his favourite composition is either Gnossienne No. 1 or 3 by Erik Satie, depending on the weather.
Lukas is a Product Manager at IDAGIO. Before joining our team he worked for an independent music distribution service and for many years in hospitality, operations and marketing. His only formal connections to making music are performing karaoke and forming a garage band. He is very curious about the world of classical music and enjoys drawing inspiration from it.
Chloe is our Recordings Operator and is originally from the UK, where she studied music as a pianist, singer and choral conductor. After completing her musical studies, she moved to Berlin, where she set up a vocal ensemble and embarked on many exciting music projects. She loves being able to publish rare and wonderful recordings on IDAGIO, and is particularly fascinated by medieval and contemporary music...she likes the extremities!
Contributors & Curators
James Jolly is Editor in Chief of Gramophone, having been Editor since 1990. A regular voice on BBC Radio 3 for 12 years, he moderates conferences, makes podcasts and often appears on Medici.TV, recently hosting the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He is a passionate advocate of streaming music.
Rolf, born 1961 in Osnabrück, works as a political journalist in Berlin. As early as the 80s, the studied musicologist (specialising in opera) was writing for publications such as the ‘Neue Zeitschrift für Musik’,‘Opernwelt’ and over many years as a freelance opera critic for the ‘Wiener Zeitung’.
As a freelance music journalist Corina writes for newspapers and magazines in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. She is also a regular contributor to "Philharmonische Blätter", the magazine published by Dresden Philharmonic. In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute IIC, Società Dante Alighieri and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara she curated film screenings and panel discussions in memory of the conductor Claudio Abbado. Mahler, Schumann and Ravel are among her favourite composers. In 2017 Corina joined the team of playlist editors at IDAGIO.
Arno is one of our playlist editors at IDAGIO. He grew up near Hannover and studied musicology and philosophy, although he was always interested in everything else related to music. During his career he has worked both in front of the microphone and behind the scenes at the RBB-Kulturradio, as an artistic advisor for concerts and music theater at the Konzerthaus Berlin and for a few years as a freelance presenter and curator of the concert series "2 x hören KLASSISCH" at the Konzerthaus Berlin and "Himmlische Partituren" at Europe's largest and most modern planetarium, the Zeiss Planetarium in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
Andrew is a journalist with a passion for the life and culture of the Nordic countries. He writes and talks about music, design and travel for clients in the UK, the USA and across the Nordic and Baltic regions. He has served on the opera jury of the Olivier Awards and is now Copenhagen correspondent for Opera, Opera News and Opera Now. He has written for The Guardian, the Financial Times, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival. He is a regular guest on BBC Radio 3, has contributed to documentaries on BBC television, has appeared on all the Scandinavian radio networks and presented performances on Medici.tv.
Mark Pullinger is an experienced London-based critic, writing for Bachtrack (where he is one of the editors), Gramophone and Opera Magazine. He is also Chair of the Music Section of The Critics' Circle, the national professional body of UK critics, and a member of its Dance Section. An experienced opera critic, with a passion for Verdi, he can often be found propping up a standing place at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He also reviews concerts and dance, with a particular love for Russian and French repertoire, and can occasionally be persuaded to blow the dust off his clarinet.
Rebecca Schmid covers classical music for publications such as the Financial Times, New York Times, Berliner Morgenpost. She has moderated and written program notes for the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival and other organizations. As a doctoral candidate at the Humboldt University in Berlin, she is writing about the compositional legacy of Kurt Weill. You can visit her website for more information.
Albrecht Selge, born in 1975, lives with his family in Berlin. He plays piano but only behind closed doors, and loves all music except Richard Strauss...although sometimes he even likes Strauss. Albrecht leads the concert blog Hundert11 - Konzertgänger in Berlin under the motto "more expression of feelings than critique". In his main profession he writes novels: in 2011, he published his multi-award winning debut “Wach” about the sleepless manager of a shopping centre. In 2016 followed “Die trunkene Fahrt”, a scherzo about the musical ups and downs of a men’s quartet in a Fiat Panda through South Tyrol. (Photo Credit: Reza Jan Mansouri)
Born in the football town Mönchengladbach and from early on a collector of books and CDs, Christoph Vratz lives in Cologne and works as a freelance author and moderator for magazines, radio and concert halls. He has a weakness for composers with names beginning B or Sch and without Mozart considers life hardly worth living! Christoph has been curating playlists for IDAGIO since 2017.
Frances Wilson is a UK-based pianist, writer, concert reviewer and blogger on music and pianism as 'The Cross-Eyed Pianist', described by concert pianist Peter Donohoe as “an important voice in the piano world”. Frances is a regular writer for InterludeHK, Pianist magazine and The Schubertian, the journal of the Schubert Institute of the UK. She has also reviewed for Bachtrack.com and appeared on BBC Radio Three’s Music Matters programme to discuss the effect of the internet on music criticism today.
Joanna Wyld was born and educated in London before reading Music at New College, Oxford. She was listed as one of the Women of Distinction in 25 Years ofWomen at New College. Joanna established Notes upon Notes in 2004 and has been writing liner notes, programme notes and other copy for a wide range of artists and record labels ever since. She also worked on Stop The Traffik for Steve Chalke and Cherie Blair, a book used as a resource by the UN. Joanna won the 2014 OUP spoof Grove Dictionary article competition, as well as both second and third runner-up slots. She is currently Editor at Odradek Records, and is working on her first libretto for an opera by Robert Hugill.
Formerly Chief Classical Music Critic of The Independent, Edward Seckerson is a writer, broadcaster, podcaster, and musical theatre obsessive. He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 series "Stage & Screen", in which he interviewed many of the biggest names in the business - among them Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He was one of the last journalists to interview Leonard Bernstein. During his journalistic career he has written for most major music publications and is still on the panel of Gramophone magazine. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and presented the 2007 series of the musical quiz Counterpoint. On television, he has commentated a number of times at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has published books on Mahler and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.