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THE BERLIN BERLIN ORCHESTRA

Jeff Frohner

Musical Director / Piano

Born in Lower Austria, Jeff Frohner worked as a bandleader and keyboardist in various rock and pop formations before completing his studies at the Jazz Conservatory Wiener Neustadt. He has played with artists including Georg Danzer, Andy Baum, The Rounder Girls and Günter Mo Mokesch, has arranged and conducted numerous musicals, led rehearsals and acted as musical director. At the Sommerfestspiele Bruck he was responsible for Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd, Verliebte & Verrückte, Jesus Christ Superstar und Evita. He has toured all over Europe with shows such as 3 Musketiere, Blutsbrüder, Im Weißen Rössl, Der Graf von Monte Christo and Hairspray, and has performed gala evenings and concerts with stars including Pia Douwes, Drew Sarich and Maya Hakvoort. He has also contributed new compositions for Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Wilhelm Tell and Torquato Tasso and written music for film/TV and commercials. Other credits include Xanadu, King Kong, Singing in the Rain, Arthur, Sugar - Some Like It Hot, Fame, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror, WE WILL ROCK YOU and the German premiere of BODYGUARD – The Musical. He regularly teaches musical workshops at Performing Arts Vienna and other musical academies in Germany and Switzerland.

Rubén Díaz Cuchillo

Drums

Rubén Díaz Cuchillo comes from a family of musicians and began his musical education at an early age. He studied at the Valencia Conservatory, focusing on jazz percussion, and then went on to complete an MA in interpretation and music research. In the last ten years he has worked as a guest musician for national and international artists and participated in the most important jazz festivals in the country, playing in big band formations as well as in quartets and quintets. With the latter, he won a prestigious award in the best jazz album category in 2020.

Thorsten Heitzmann

Trombone

Thorsten Heitzmann studied under Jiggs Whigham at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. He was a member of the Bundesjazzorchester and the KölnBigBand and has played in musicals including Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Hair and Motown - The Music Show. In 2004 he was the trombonist on the Anke Late Night Show with Anke Engelke on SAT.1, where he performed with Nina Hagen, Matt Bianco, Till Brönner and others. With his own band “Bonefunk” he released two CDs and gave concerts at international festivals. Heitzmann has worked with a variety of artists in many different styles: Sarah Connor, NDR Big Band, Albie Donnelly's Supercharge, Marc Marshall, Pee Wee Ellis, African-European Orchestra, Udo Jürgens, Pe Werner, Barbara Schöneberger, Reinhard Mey, Tony Marshall, Jürgen Drews and the Wolfgang Schmidtke Orchester.

Johannes Weik

Guitar / Banjo

Born in Cologne, Johannes Weik began playing the concert guitar at the age of six. He graduated from the Hanover University of Music at the top of his class, with a major in electric guitar and a minor in piano. He has been composing his own music for many years, mainly for his band “A Kew's tag”, which has released three albums. His other band “Son of a Bach” has several million views on YouTube. He tours with a wide range of musicals, from Evita to A Tribute To The Blues Brothers. He has been the guitarist for the Freilichtspiele Schwäbisch Hall since 2017 and is due to compose the music for the play Maria Stuart in 2023. As well as acoustic and electric guitar, he has mastered the banjo, mandolin, ukulele and also the cello, which he taught himself for The Threepenny Opera at Theater Heilbronn in 2019. He is the endorser for Ernie Bell and Takamine Guitars.

Robert Lindemann

Double Bass

Robert Lindemann is a professional musician and plays the double bass and electric bass. He has lived in Cologne for more than 20 years. He performs in numerous musicals in Cologne and on tour, including We Will Rock You, Bodyguard, Hairspray and Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show. He also tours with artists including Mark Medlock and Tom Beck, and works as a songwriter and producer. He has performed in many different festivals including Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, as well as in the Schalke Arena, Köln Arena, various theatres and opera houses and in countless clubs.

Diego Martínez

Trumpet

Born in Valencia, Diego Martínez began his training there at the Sedajazz Academy and completed it at the Conservatory of Music “Joaquín Rodrigo”, where he specialised in jazz. He is an extremely versatile musician who feels at home in different styles including swing, Latin jazz and salsa. Diego currently teaches in various music schools in Valencia and regularly performs in music clubs and shows. He also works with the Berklee College in Valencia.

David Romero Peralvarez

Reed / Clarinet / Alto Saxophone

A freelance musician, David Romero Peralvarez specialises in clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. He currently teaches at various music schools in Valencia. He also works as a musician and is known for his versatility and experience in classical music, jazz and funk. He regularly works with the Berklee College of Music and has recorded several film scores.

Cyril Zarde

Violin

Cyril Zarde began his musical career studying under Armin Jordan, Claudio Abbado and Jacques Mercier. He took part in the “Victoires de la Musique” music awards with the “Onztet de Violon Jazz”, conducted by Didier Lockwood, and has played at the Montreux and Nice Jazz Festivals. He performed in Switzerland as the first violinist of the Rosenberg Trio and with the Cirque Du Soleil’s show Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as on its two-year tour, which covered more than 650 performances in thirty countries. He subsequently appeared in Chicago - The Musical and Ghost - The Musical.

Presented by

Aldiana Artdeco