Meet the Team

Mahmoud Abou-Eita

Mahmoud is building the IDAGIO Android app. Before joining IDAGIO he worked with Takeaway.com, where he led the development of an Android-based project powering the company's logistical services. Besides coding and classical music, Mahmoud enjoys listening to progressive rock, playing table-tennis and football, and hunting down lesser-known art-house films to watch. He is also a FIFA champion (even if that's only among his 5-player team of friends) and is currently studying cello. His favorite composer is J. S. Bach, and his favourite compositions of the moment are Couperin’s Pièces en Concert and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor.

Oliver Baxmann

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.

Natalia Bustamante

Originally from Colombia, Natalia is a Product Manager here at IDAGIO, mainly focusing on content engineering. Aside from her work at IDAGIO, Natalia is a musician and sound artist. Her works have been exhibited and performed in venues such as Akademie der Künste Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Berlin and the Museo Nacional de Colombia. She loves music, sound, maths and technology in all their possible combinations. Besides playing saxophone and doing sound installations, she also enjoys coding.

Annika Dausch

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.

Özgür Demir

Özgür is a senior data scientist and software engineer currently working on IDAGIO’s recommender system. He has an academic background in machine learning and is particularly interested in real life, large scale industry solutions. Özgür’s second passion is electronic music. He’s been a producer and DJ for over 15 year and has released more than a dozen EPs on various well known labels.

Timo Ayumi Dörrie

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 Manager and responsible for featuring new releases, curated playlists and all musicians' enquiries. His all time favourite work is Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto.

Jacob Eriksen

Jacob studied Musicology, Philosophy and Sound Studies in Copenhagen, Toronto and Berlin. Besides his work in the IDAGIO Content Team he does sound art and experimental music and lectures in art, theory and auditory cultures. In music, art and life Jacob has a predilection for repetitions and their differences.

Emily Feeney

Emily works on expanding IDAGIO’s catalogue of recordings. When she’s not looking at spreadsheets, she’s working as an orchestral percussionist. She studied classical percussion and piano in the U.S. before moving to Berlin almost 4 years ago to learn more about the unique German percussion tradition and the cultural importance of the German orchestras. She thinks the fine arts should be an essential and accessible part of society. She loves live recordings and anything by Richard Strauss.

Kevin Fons

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.

Yong Wei Gabriel

Born in Malaysia, Gabriel read Philosophy in the United States and worked in Singapore prior to moving to Germany. At IDAGIO, she is a data analyst on the business intelligence team. Outside of work, she enjoys strength sports, writing essays, reading science books, and digital photography. A novice to the genre, she is learning to play the cello, and listens to cello works on IDAGIO (such as Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1) to help her develop an ear for classical music.

Wiebke Göbler

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.

Vlad Goran

Vlad is our Senior Web Developer from Romania. Prior to IDAGIO, he worked for an agency in his hometown of Bucharest on different projects with American startups. He really enjoys listening to Franz Schubert, especially his Fifth Symphony.

Gilad Gotman

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.

Bas Grasmayer

Bas is our Product Director. Hailing from The Netherlands, he has previously worked at the Bulgarian National Radio and Moscow-based music streaming service Zvooq as Product Lead. Having also lived in Istanbul, he enjoys classical recordings with eastern influences, such as Al Dal’ona.

Mattes Groeger

Our Mobile Team Lead Mattes grew up in the city famous for Johann Sebastian Bach, so from a young age he has been attending classical concerts. 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 Grönlund

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.

Martin Herms

After finishing his masters 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.

Can İbanoğlu

Can is our Senior Frontend Developer. He also plays the piano and considers Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.32 to be the most sublime music humankind has yet produced.

Till Janczukowicz

IDAGIO’s founder Till, has more than 20 years' experience managing classical artists, producing orchestral tours and coming up with innovative ideas for the classical music space - the most recent being a performing arts series for the UAE. In 2011, Till asked himself if continuing along the same career path for the next 20 years would help those who really matter in classical music: musicians and audiences? The answer was a resounding "no", and thus IDAGIO was born!

PD Dr Michael Kube

Michael has been part of IDAGIO from the very beginning. He is our Senior Consultant, managing the catalogue team and is in charge of our composers and works catalogue, as well as the Mood Player. Aside from his work at IDAGIO, Michael holds teaching appointments at the University of Music in Stuttgart and the University of Würzburg, has edited music from over three centuries (from Baroque to Bartók), and is a member of the jury of the German Record Critics' Prize. Michael has been a member of the editorial board of the New Schubert Edition since 1998. Some of his favourite works are Dowland’s Lachrimae and Hindemith’s Mathis-Symphony.

Christoph Lange

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.

Carole Lavillonnière

Carole is our Senior iOS Developer. She has worked in the gaming industry in both Paris and Barcelona before moving to Berlin to work as a frontend engineer at Wooga. Staying true to her French roots, her favourite composer is Erik Satie.

Maria Louceiro

Born in Porto, Maria is our Junior Art Director. She studied Mining and Geo-Environmental engineering, but found herself enjoying photographing the mines a lot more than actually working in them! After this, she studied Communication Design and started working as a designer in Porto, while freelancing as music photographer and illustrator. The first book Maria illustrated was based on Prokofiev’s life. Her favourite contemporary composer is Arvo Pärt.

Kevin Lorenz

Kevin is a CSS wizard working in our frontend development team. Prior to IDAGIO he has worked as frontend developer at various companies. His favourite classical composition is the recomposed version of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: Winter 1 by Max Richter.

Jonas Lüthke

Fresh from a six month trip around Southeast Asia, Jonas has joined our team helping to build the IDAGIO Android app. Prior to his travels, Jonas worked for a number of companies in London as a freelancer. While he doesn’t listen to a lot of classical music he really enjoys the great film music composed by John Williams.

Wasif Malik

Wasif is a Backend Engineer interested in building 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, and playing "exotic" sports like cricket and snooker. His favourite composition is An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss II.

Chiara Marsoner

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.

Maximilian Merkle

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.

David Nääs

Hailing from Sweden, David is one of IDAGIO’s front end developers. 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.

Adam Neil-Jones

Adam is a contemporary saxophonist from London, and works in the Content Team at IDAGIO. He has studied music at Newcastle University and the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. Having recently completed his music degree at Goldsmiths University of London last summer, Adam moved to Berlin to look for new opportunities in the music industry. At IDAGIO he is responsible for updating the music collection with works from composers new to our database.

Nikolai Obedin

Nikolai is a software engineer working with the IDAGIO backend team. He is responsible for making sure music is available for our listeners in the best quality 24/7. Prior to working at IDAGIO, Nikolai worked at various startups and larger companies in Russia and Germany. He enjoys many music genres, but when it comes to classical music his absolute favourites are the Russian neoclassical composers, in particular Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky.

Ant Orant

Ant is our Design Director, and manages our visual identity across our products and marketing. After moving to Berlin from Barcelona a few years ago, he has worked as a designer and developer for a variety of Berlin start-ups. He is also a musician and producer, and enjoys the stranger side of contemporary classical music, such as “Habil Sayagi for Violin and prepared Piano” by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh.

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.”

Misha Reyzlin

Misha lived in Siberia, Israel and Vienna before falling in love with Berlin and deciding to settle here. He has a passion for music and maps and has had a chance to contribute to both of these worlds in a professional capacity, having worked at Nokia Maps and SoundCloud before joining IDAGIO as a frontend engineer. He also likes trees and collects vinyl. Among his favourite classical recordings are the Adagio from Mozart's Serenade No. 10 and the famous soprano duet from Léo Delibes' opera Lakmé.

Hannes Rox

Hannes leads our Works Team, which is responsible for editing and maintaining our composer and works database. Hannes studied classical piano in Salzburg and London and has previously worked with record labels and start-ups in the contemporary art sector. He holds a Masters degree from Sotheby's Institute of Art.

Jess Rucinski

Jess is a Data Engineer working on financial reporting. 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 17th-Century opera and motets by William Byrd.

Abigail Sanders

Abigail is a british performer, composer and educator working in the Content Team. She studied horn at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester before relocating to Berlin in 2013, attracted by the city’s vibrant music scene. Her musical interests lie in contemporary music, composition and improvisation. It is releasing new and current composers to the expanding Idagio music collection which she finds the most rewarding in her role at IDAGIO editing and maintaining the classical music database.

Katharina Schmidt

Katharina is a musician and researcher currently based in Berlin. She holds a Master’s degree in Sound Studies from the Berlin University of the Arts and her artistic output includes songwriting, music for film, and sound art. Moreover, she curates two radio shows and is a contributing editor to two online journals. At IDAGIO, Katharina works on the Content Team.

Maria Severini

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.

Ella Smith

Ella is our Office Support Manager, assisting with accounting and any other tasks that need doing. When not working at IDAGIO, Ella is singing with the Rundfunkchor Berlin. British-born, Ella has lived in New Zealand for most of her life, where she trained as a classical singer. Her favourite composers are W.A. Mozart, J.S. Bach and Jules Massenet, but she is always on the hunt for obscure vocal literature to add to her repertoire!

Lili Steffen

Lili is our Office Manager helping to keep the office running in tip-top shape. Originally from Chicago, she spent her college years in the Sonoran Desert of the American Southwest where she earned her Bachelors in Sociology and German. She is an avid music listener perpetually unable to decide which genre she loves best and would like to some day pick up playing the cello again. “The Swan” from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals has always pulled her heartstrings.

Lucy Straathof

Lucy worked in artist management and as a concert producer before joining IDAGIO as editor on the content team. Originally from the Netherlands, she studied music theatre and subsequently Arts&Culture Studies, focusing on intercultural communication and arts management. As a singer she’s keen on expanding her repertoire wherever she goes, and currently performs with several vocal ensembles in Berlin.

Julian Terzyk

Julian is our Data Scientist for Music Information Retrieval - in other words, he analyses audio and data in order to improve our product. He graduated from the Technical University of Berlin with a Masters degree in Audio Communication Technology. Prior to joining IDAGIO, Julian worked at SoundCloud and other startups in Berlin. Julian is curious about music from all kinds of genres, runs his own record label and enjoys working at the intersection of music and technology. One of his favorite pieces of classical music is J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Judith Nguyen Thanh

Judith is our Talent Acquisition Manager. 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.

Michael Thomas

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.

Ben Turner

Ben is our Works Team coordinator, responsible for managing the team editing and maintaining the IDAGIO music database. Originally from Australia, he studied bass trombone at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, performing with such ensembles as the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra before relocating to Berlin to continue performing as a freelance trombonist. He has also worked in arts operations with the THE ARTS+ conference.

Claudiu-Vlad Ursache

Claudiu is working with our backend team, helping to build a strong tech stack. Prior to IDAGIO, he worked with an internet security company building VPNs for consumers. Although he has no formal music background, Claudiu plays the piano and took singing lessons for over a year, until he could sing Beethoven’s Adelaide!

Chloe Weiss

Chloe is a pianist, singer and choral conductor originally from the UK. She completed her musical studies at the University of York and subsequently moved to Berlin, where she set up a number of vocal ensembles and community music projects. At IDAGIO, Chloe is responsible for editing and maintaining our composer and works database. Her particular musical interests lie in medieval and contemporary music...she likes the extremities!

Elias Wuermeling

Elias is our Communications Manager, making sure the IDAGIO stories get vividly shared while building a new global classical music streaming community. Prior to joining IDAGIO he successfully finished his Master in Global Entertainment and Music Business at Berklee Valencia. As a passionate piano player, his favourite piece is the first movement of Beethoven´s “Pathétique” sonata.

Contributors & Curators

Rolf Kleine

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’.

Corina Kolbe

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 Lücker

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.

Rebecca Schmid

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

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)

Christoph Vratz

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

Frances Wilson is a London-based pianist, writer, concert reviewer and blogger on music and pianism as 'The Cross-Eyed Pianist'. A keen concert-goer, she writes music reviews for international opera and concert listings site Bachtrack.com and is a guest blogger for classical music website InterludeHK. She writes a regular column on aspects of piano playing for 'Pianist' magazine's online content and has contributed guest articles to a number of other classical music websites around the world. She is also co-founder of the 'Music into Words' project which explores the wide variety of writing about classical music today. Founded in 2010, The Cross-Eyed Pianist enjoys a wide readership and was recently ranked third in a top ten of British classical music blogs.

Joanna Wyld

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.

Edward Seckerson

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.