Accompanied by three international musicians, Janus Hochgesand creates a painting in a performance accompanied by cameras in the Blumenhof at the Ludwig Museum.


Musical program:

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Trio in B-flat major for violin, viola and violoncello, D 471

Joseph Haydn (1732- 1809): Trio in G major for violin, viola and violoncello, Op. 53 No. 1

Allegro ed innocente

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String trio in C minor for violin, viola and violoncello, Op. 9 No. 3

Allegro con spirito
Adagio con espressione
Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
Finale. Presto


The Artist

Janus Hochgesand was born in 1981 in Dierdorf and lives and works in Hamburg. He describes his paintings himself as “High Intensity Paintings” – pictures whose form and content are condensed and show a high concentration of material layering. They are created by the artist using a broom or a vacuum cleaner to generously remove pigments poured onto the canvas and working on them in repetitions by pouring them on and taking them away.

As part of the exhibition Muy Mucho, Janus Hochgesand exhibits his works in the context of the collection of the Ludwig Museum Koblenz.


Die Musiker

Danae Papamatthäou-Matschke, Violine

Danae Papamatthäou – Matschke is one of the most promising Greek violinists of the younger generation. Born in Athens, she started playing the violin at the age of five. She studied with Prof. Igor Ozim at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and completed her second postgraduate course “Konzertexamen” in 2017 with honors at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg in the violin class of Prof. Tanja Becker-Bender. Currently she is a PhD student at the Macedonian University of Thessaloniki. First prizes were awarded to her amongst others at the International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini”, at the International Violin Competition “Henri Marteau”, at the Music Competition “Jugend musiziert”. She repeatedly received scholarships from Greek and German foundations and institutions.

Danae Papamatthäou – Matschke has performed in Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Cyprus, USA and China. As a soloist, she has performed with a variety of symphony orchestras. In Greece with the State Orchestra of Athens and Thessaloniki, the “KAMERATA” and the Orchestra of the Greek Radio and Television (ERT). She has produced two CDs of works for violin and piano at “IRIDA Classical”.

Mari Viluksela, Viola

The Finnish violist Mari Viluksela studied at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. She completed her master’s degree in April 2017 and is currently studying in the “Konzertexamen” program at the HfMT Hamburg in the class of Prof. Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic. She has received awards and scholarships from Claussen-Simon Foundation, Elise Meyer Foundation and Paulo Foundation among others.

Viluksela is always on the lookout for forgotten works by composers outside the canon. In August 2016, her own festival “Kokonainen Festival” is held in Finland for the first time, with female composers in focus. She enjoys working with young composers and has premiered and commissioned many works by them. She has studied baroque viola with Minna Kangas and has played with various ensembles and baroque orchestras.

Viluksela is in demand as a chamber music partner and orchestral musician in both countries, and she has also performed as principal violist with the Hamburg Camerata, Turku Philharmonic, and Lapland Chamber Orcehstra.


Benedikt Loos, Violoncello

Born and raised in Bavaria, Benedikt Loos received his first piano lessons from his father at the age of three and his first cello lessons at the age of five. He was later taught by Prof. Stephan Haack in Munich and studied for his Bachelor’s degree with Prof. Sebastian Klinger in Hamburg. He is currently enrolled in the master’s program with the renowned cellist Prof. Jean-Guihen Queyras in Freiburg. Historical performance practice is also an important part of his studies, which is why he worked with Prof. Gerhart Darmstadt for more than four years. Benedikt Loos won various youth music competitions, including a federal prize and several state prizes at “Jugend Musiziert!”, as well as prizes at the Mindelheim Music Competition, as a result of which he repeatedly performed as a soloist with the Mindelheim Chamber Orchestra. In May 2018, he won 1st prize at the Elise Meyer Foundation Competition in Hamburg and celebrated his debut at the Laeizhalle in Hamburg in 2019 with Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante.

In addition to solo literature, his interests naturally include chamber music. He has already performed with Natalia Prishepenko, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Sebastian Schmidt (Mandelring Quartet), Diemut Poppen, Božo Paradžik, Margit-Anna Süß and Asya Fateyeva at festivals such as the Händel-Festspiele-Halle or the Rigi-Musiktage in Switzerland. In the 2019/2020 season he was a scholarship holder of the Academy of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Franz Wirth Memorial Foundation and the Verdieck Foundation. With his cello quartet he has been a scholarship holder at “Live Music Now” since January 2016, since 2018 also in duo with pianist Antonio Di Dedda.


Janus Hochgesand: Ohne Titel, 2020, Öl und Pigment auf Leinwand, 220 x 180 cm, Privatbesitz Franzi und Moritz Niemann, Ausstellung: Never stop exploring 2020 Westwerk, Hamburg (C) Foto: Helge Mundt


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