Meet the Team

Timo Ayumi Dörrie

Timo grew up in a family of musicians and studied piano and cello from an early age in the circus. 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.

Cemal Eker

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.

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.

Maria Gable

Before joining IDAGIO as our Product Manager, Maria studied musicology and economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. During her degree, she had the opportunity to live in Newcastle and Lisbon, two cities almost as rainy as her hometown Hamburg. Though she loves all things pop culture, she is also a passionate choir singer and spends most of her free time singing with her chamber choir. Her favorite genre of classical music are requiems of any kind, but especially Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.

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 frontend team lead from Romania. Prior to IDAGIO, he worked for an agency in Bucharest on different projects with American start-ups. He really enjoys listening to Franz Schubert, especially his Fifth Symphony.

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 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.

Till Janczukowicz

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.

Olga Kuznetsova

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.

Pierre Maiwald

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.

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.

Stefano Rodighiero

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.

Katharina Schmidt

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.

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.

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.

Chloe Weiss

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!

Klaudia Leo

Klaudia joined IDAGIO as our frontend developer after completing her bachelor’s degree in computer science in Germany. Prior moving to Germany from Indonesia, she engaged herself intensively in classical music and has written her own classical music pieces. Her all-time favourite composer is Chopin and one of her favourite composition pieces would be Ballade Nr. 4 in f-Moll op. 52 B. 146. Other than that, she also enjoys listening to La Campanella.

Contributors & Curators

James Jolly

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 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.

Andrew Mellor

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

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

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 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

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.