Emily Anine Wittbrodt was born in 1994 in Bonn, Germany, and took her first Cello lessons at the age of five. Upon turning fifteen years old Emily started to study with Professor Gotthard Popp at Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Duesseldorf, where she also attended classes in classical singing and piano. In 2012, Emily started studying at Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany, with Professor Alexander Huelshoff and Laurentiu Sbarcea, and in the Autumn of 2015, travelled to Finland to study with Hannu Kiiski and Marko Yloenen at Sibelius Academy Helsinki. In 2017 she graduated with the highest possible mark.
At the age of eight, Emily had already won first prizes at the German national competition Jugend Musiziert, followed by the German national competition for young composers Jugend Komponiert, and the Beethoven Bonnensis Förderpreis in 2007.
Emily played her first solo performance with an orchestra when she was eleven years old and shortly after began to travel around Europe to play chamber music. In addition, Emily has also played solo concerts in the Middle East as well as the solo part of the Elgar Cello Concerto in Bromley, England with the Junge Philharmonie Neuwied. Alongside many links and masterclasses Emily attended courses at Palazzo Ricci, Montepulciano, and Deutscher Kammermusikkurs. There she worked with the most important musicians, composers and groups of our current time, such as Peter Gülke, Fauré Quartet, Beethoven Quartet, Minguet Quartet, Kelemen Quartet, Asasello Quartet, Bang on a Can, Mocrep, Lynn Harrell, Peter Bruns, Jaap ter Linden, Moritz Eggert, Christian Rieger and many more. Since 2013, Emily has been granted a scholarship by the association Live Music Now, and in 2015 became a member of Villa Musica Rheinland Pfalz, in 2017 Emily has been granted a scholarship by the Dörken Stiftung. Since 2016 Emily plays in a Duo with the pianist Eugenio Catone, they play concerts in italy and germany. In summer of 2015, with artists representing a wide range of genres, Emily founded the temporary offspace Es wird sogar schoen in the centre of Essen, Germany. With over sixty performances they established a meeting point for young artists with a nationwide resonance and importance. Besides the classical Repertoire Emily has a huge focus on free improvised music. She is member of the improvisation collective „The Dorf“ and plays in many different constellations, amongst others in a band for experimental, electro-acoustic band müde. In 2015 she founded the Duo DIALOG with dancer Antonia Stäcker. Their pieces has been shown on Festivals in Essen, Mainz and Wolfenbüttel. In 2018 Emily will create the music for Kaiser-Antonino dance ensemble from Tel Aviv and the choreographer Stephanie Miracle from California, USA.

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