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"Fresh soprano meets catchy chords" Westphalian News (Münster)
"Clear soprano voice with flowing piano sound"  Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo)

"What poignant songs. What a moving evening. " Free Word (Suhl)
"An enjoyable and at the same time pedagogically meritorious concert" Thuringian General (Erfurt)
"Anna Gann's multifaceted voice and Christ-Kato's brilliant playing conjure up the special charm of the songs." The Record Geijutsu (Tokyo)

Das Gernsheim-Duo (benannt nach Friedrich Gernsheim) wurde 2015 von der Sopranistin Anna Gann und der Pianistin Naoko Christ-Kato gegründet. Es gastierte u.a. bei den Jüdisch-Israelischen Kulturtagen Thüringen und trat in Städten wie Hannover, Konstanz, Berlin und Kiel auf. 2021 waren seine Konzerte Teil des bundesweiten Festjahres-Programms 1700 Jahre jüdisches Leben in Deutschland.

 

Anlässlich von Japan-Konzertreisen des Ensembles in den Jahren 2019 und 2023 – mit Auftritten u.a. in Tokio, Hiroshima und Kobe - berichteten große japanische Tages- und Musik-

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zeitungen. Der öffentlich-rechtliche Fernsehsender NHK brachte im Oktober 2023 einen Beitrag im japanweiten Magazin „Guten Morgen Japan“.

 

In Deutschland erschienen Artikel in verschiedenen Printmedien, Hörfunk-Beiträge liefen u.a. in MusikWelt von SR2 Kultur, in Konzertsaal von hr2 Kultur, in TonArt auf WDR3 Kulturradio und in Tag für Tag im Deutschlandfunk.

 

2019 hat das Gernsheim-Duo  beim Label GENUIN die CD „Verborgene Schätze“ mit 22 Weltersteinspielungen von Klavierliedern seines Namensgebers Friedrich Gernsheim veröffentlicht.

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Anna Gann was born in 1973 and grew up in the region of Hannover. She has earned the degree of Catholic Master of Theology and is the author of multiple contributions to ARD radio programming concerning Judaism. In 1996 she began her training in song with Ludger Breimann (Münster) and later continued with concert and opera singer Ernestine Kiess (Hannover). She participated in master classes with, among others, Professor Klesie Kelly (Cologne) and was a prize recipient in the Euregio vocal competition Wisch (Netherlands). As a concert singer Anna Gann has worked together with distinguished church musicians such as Thomas Lennartz (Dresden) and Sebastian Bethge (Bad Hersfeld). She has performed as a soloist at the Louis-Spohr Tagen (Kassel), the Telemann Tagen (Eisenach) and the international Händel Festival (Göttingen). In 2006 she performed by invitation in works for soprano, flute, and harp for a series produced by North German Broadcasting Corporation. She is a founding member of the „Trio Saphiro“ (with the instrumentation of harp, oboe, and soprano) and additionally is active in music pedagogy.

Naoko Christ-Kato was born in 1976 in Yokohama. After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Tokyo, she came to Germany and studied with Professor Konrad Meister in Hannover. Her artist’s diploma and concert exams were fulfilled in 2006 with Professor Manfred Fock at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. Naoko Christ-Kato is a prize recipient in the young artist piano contest and the best players’ contest in Japan and also received the promotion prize of the educational council. In 2004 she performed the premiere of "Invention & Etude" by the american composer Michael Tenzer (*1957); in 2009 she recorded Tenzer’s "Let Others Name You" on CD for New World Records. She maintains an active concert schedule as a soloist as well as collaborative pianist for (among others) ballet performances and song recitals. Additionally, she is active as a piano instructor. 

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