Women composers A-Z
Viktoria Elisabeth Kaunzner
* 1982
The violin playing of violin virtuoso and composer Viktoria Elisabeth Kaunzner describes Yehudi Menuhin as “brilliant” in 1998. Her vital music abstractively mirrors the world as synesthetic integral of human sensations. Her principle during her compositional process is the law of conservation of energy and she explains it as followed: absorbed energy (= daily impressions: sounds, voices, smells, colors, movements, touches, foods, etc.) - are metamorphosed into a compositional cosmos after a period of incubation into released energy or spontaneously to an improvisation. Following this concept, she reflects the zeitgeist in an original aesthetically demanding musical beauty. She calls her artistic vision “futuristic naturalism senza AI”. As a European pioneer in South Korea, thanks to various kaleidoscopic musical influences, she has an extraordinary wide range of expressions and is inspired by the local traditional instruments (Gugak): Studying their subtle melismatic nuances within the melodic-minimalist course, onomatopoeia and the energetic-rigorous rhythm of this exotic sound language she “makes her altering between the cultures to her topic” (NMZ). The composer receives commissions, etc. from renowned soloist, chamber musicians or the Korean airline T' Way.
In 2010 she was selected by the Liszt School of Music “Weimar” as youngest European violin and chamber music professor at their branch in South Korea at Kangnam University. Until 2018, she taught students there leading to their successful graduation and also performed with them her compositions and arrangements. At Victory Academy Berlin® she trains musical excellence, e.g. with students from renowned music universities in Los Angeles, London, Paris and Seoul. She follows invitations from major music academies and is in demand as a juror at competitions in Europe and Asia - including the visual arts. Broadcasts at DeutschlandRadio, Bavarian TV and radio, MDR, WDR, HR, ARTE-TV Korea a.o. document the versatility of her as a musician and artist. Viktoria grows up in the Bavarian Forest and gives her solo debut with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Pilsen at the age of twelve. In 1998 she wins the 1st prize at “Jugend musiziert” violin solo in the federal competition. In 1999 premieres the violin concerto by Franz E. Spannheimer at Prinzregententheater in Munich, conducted by the composer. After graduating with focus in Latin and mathematics (cycloids and their use in violin making with the “Booth Stradivarius” as example), she pursued music studies at Music Universities in Karlsruhe, Lucerne, at CNSMD Paris, graduated from Music University “Hanns Eisler” and graduated including a teaching diploma, the Cologne master class with Zakhar Bron with honors. She studied composition e.g. with Salvatore Sciarrino at Mozarteum Salzburg, Katja Tchemberdji, music theory with Astrid Bolay and Bach specialist Thomas Daniel as well as media composition at S.E.T. and completed a Lyrikfernstudium. She was awarded prizes and scholarships, a.o. in the World Federation of International Music Competitions Geneva, the German Foundation Music Life, ZEIT-Bucerius, Erasmus, Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now e.V., the Juilliard School New York and the cultural award for music 2014, donated by the Free State of Bavaria. The legendary violin soloist and intellectual Ivry Gitlis calls her “a living orchestra, violinist, composer and play director – at the highest level”.


C U later... in Korea!!! (horror floor)
Coffee Mask

Minna Keal
* 1909
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Miriam's Song (Volume 1)

Deborah Keenan
Deborah Keenan is the author of eight collections of poetry. Her newest book, Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2007. Keenan is a professor in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has won numerous grants and fellowships for her poetry, has four children, and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Frida Kern
* 1891 † 1988
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Annäherung VII - an sieben Komponistinnen

Johanna Kinkel, gesch. Mathieux, geb. Mockel
* 08.07.1810 in Bonn † 15.11.1858 in London
The composer, pianist, choral director, poet, journalist, novelist, music teacher and historian Johanna Kinkel ( Mockel ), was born on 8 July 1810 in Bonn. Her father, a teacher at the French Gym-nasium, and mother encouraged their daughter's musical talents. They chose Franz Anton Ries (1755-1846), Beethoven's childhood violin instructor, to be her piano and composition teacher.
With Ries support, Johanna began a career as a coach, accompanist and choral director while still in her teens. He also helped her to publish Die Vogelkantate, her Op. 1, in 1830. In 1832, Johanna married the Cologne music merchant Johann Paul Mathieux, but she left the abusive relationship in less than six months. Divorce proceedings lasted for several years. After a long period of debilitating depression, Johanna was able to resume her artistic career. Dorothea Schlegel arranged for her to meet Felix Mendelssohn in 1836. He strongly encouraged her to pursue a musical career. Following his advice, she moved to Berlin in November of that year and studied with Karl Böhmer and Wilhelm Taubert. Johanna financed her stay in Berlin by giving private piano lessons. Her pupils included the daughters of Bettina von Arnim. She frequented the most elite literary circles and performed in Fanny Hensel’s Sunday Musicals. The most famous houses and salons were open to her. During these exciting years her Lieder, Op. 6 - 12 were published. Important critics, among them Ludwig Rellstab and Robert Schumann, wrote glowingly about her compositions. Because of pending divorce proceedings, Johanna returned in 1839 to provincial Bonn. She was soon involved again as a conductor, performer, and composer with various chamber music and vocal ensembles in her home. Johannaâ's Gesangverein was one of the first choral groups in Germany to be conducted by a woman. In 1842, she, a Catholic divorce, married the Protestant theologian, poet and university lecturer Gottfried Kinkel. Together they founded a literary group, the Maikäferbund. Johanna Kinkel's literary and musical circles collapsed in 1848, the year of revolutionary upheaval in Germany. Gottfried Kinkel was chosen by the democratic electorate to represent Bonn in the National Assembly in Berlin. There he was arrested and condemned to death for his political activities. Johanna, with the help of Bettina von Arnim and others, was able to have his death sentence overturned and changed to life imprisonment. Karl Schurz, organized Gottfried's escape from Spandau prison and helped him to find exile in London. Johanna and their four children joined him there in 1851. She fully supported her husband in his political pursuits in their adopted country and the Kinkels soon became the center of the expatriate German community. To earn a livelihood Johanna, whose English was very good, gave piano lessons, taught singing to small children and published two books on music education. She again directed a choir and wrote music, librettos, poetry and a two-volume novel. An article on Frederic Chopin as Composer and another on the works of Felix Mendelssohn published after her death come from his period. But it was also a time of depression and despair. Besides her many musical activities, she was almost solely responsible for the household and their children. Gottfried continued his political activities and was perhaps unfaithful. On 15 November 1858, Johanna's body was found in the garden of her home. She had either fallen or had jumped from the window of her third floor bedroom. While suicide was suspected, it could not be proven. Johanna was not forgotten in her native country. She lived in the memory of German intellectuals as an eccentric revolutionary and as a musician with a broad cultural background. The words Freiheit, Liebe und Dichtung (Freedom, Love, and Poetry) were inscribed on her tombstone. See also Von Goethe inspiriert gleichnamiger Notenband und CD auf CD: siehe CD


Annäherung IX - an sieben Komponistinnen
Inspired by Goethe. Songs by women composers of the and Centuries

Barbara Kolb
* 1939
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Annäherung IV - an sieben Komponistinnen

Mathilde Kralik von Meyrswalden
* 03.12.1857 in Linz † 08.03.1944 in Wien
Mathilde was born on 3 December 1857 in Linz on the Danube, the daughter of the glass-making industrialist Wilhelm Kralik. Her musical talent was promoted from an early age by music-making at home. Her father‘s financial circumstances allowed her to devote herself totally to music, and she had private lessons in Vienna from Anton Bruckner before taking up studies at Vienna Conservatory in 1876, where she received first prize for her composition "Intermezzo aus einer Suite" (Intermezzo from a Suite).
Her catalogue of works comprises over 250 opus numbers, including 3 operas, over 100 songs, masses, melodramas and chamber music works. Th e Christian faith was a strong support in her life and many of her compositions have a religious theme. As a musician she was well known on the Viennese concert scene around the turn of the century. She died in Vienna on 8 March 1944.


Ave Maria for voice (alto), violin and organ
Works for organ
Christmas Carols by women composers vol. 1

Felicitas Kukuck
* 1914 in Hamburg † 2001
Felicitas Kukuck, geb. Cohnheim, wurde am 2. November 1914 in Hamburg geboren. Ihr Vater, Prof. Dr. med. Otto Cohnheim, und ihre Mutter Eva Cohnheim förderten die künstlerische Entwicklung von Felicitas von Kindheit an.
1916 änderte ihr Vater auf Wunsch seiner Mutter seinen jüdischen Namen in Kestner um. Felicitas besuchte die Lichtwarckschule, die bis zur Machtergreifung der Nationalsozialisten Wert auf eine weltoffene Kulturkunde und Erziehung zu selbständigem Denken und Urteilen gelegt hatte, bis zum Jahre 1933. Ihr Abitur machte sie 1935 im Landschulheim der Odenwaldschule.

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Annäherung II - an sieben Komponistinnen
Die Lerche
Die Lieder der Nachtigall
Die Tänze der Miriam
Du hast es mir angetan
Sieben Lieder zu Gedichten von Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger