About Salome Kammer

Vocalist • Actress • Singer • Cellist

Short Biography

Salome Kammer studied music from 1977-1984, concentrating on cello (with Maria Kliegel and Janos Starker in Essen). In 1983, she was engaged as an actress with the Heidelberg Theatre, where for five years she appeared in numerous roles in the areas of spoken theatre, musicals, operettas and young people’s theater. In 1988, she moved to Munich to begin shooting the film epic “Die zweite Heimat” (Second Homeland) by Edgar Reitz. The role of the cellist Clarissa involved her for four years. During this time she began to train her voice and since 1990, she has been heard as a vocal soloist in concerts of Contemporary Music. Numerous radio productions and CD releases document her career.

Salome Kammer is working as a freelance artist always looking for new ways of using her musical and theatrical experience to best advantage in the most diverse projects. 2004 the new epic film HEIMAT 3 by Edgar Reitz released, again with Salome Kammer as Clarissa Lichtblau.

She teaches the techniques of contemporary music for voice at the University of Music in Munich.

Salome Kammer. Photo © Christoph Hellhake

Biography

Important Stages of Her Career

1959

Born January 17th in Nidda, Oberhessen
Grows up in Ober-Mockstadt, the fourth of six children in a pastor’s family

1967

Moves to Frankfurt-Unterliederbach
First piano lessons, first stage experience in the children’s choir of Singspiel performances.

1970

First cello lessons at Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory in Frankfurt with Mechthild Wagner

1975

mebership for 10 years in Kammerchor Frankfurt (later called Anton-Webern-Chor Freiburg) conducted by Hans Michael Beuerle

1977

Abitur (graduation)
Begins study of music at the Folkwang Music Academy in Essen (cello lessons with Maria Kliegel and Janos Starker)
Member of the free theater group OPER ALTERNATIV (Director: Eberhard Streul)

1981

Music teacher’s certification
Continues cello study in Mannheim with Daniel Grosgurin
Member of the theater group of the University in Heidelberg

1983

Antigone by Anouilh (directed by Gabriele Wächtershäuser),
then engagement as actress with the children’s and young adult stage of the Heidelberg Theater (Manager: Christian Sorge)

1984

Artistic exam as cellist at the Heidelberg/Mannheim Music Academy

1985

Joins the actors’ ensemble of the main stage at the Heidelberg Theater (Manager: Peter Stolzenberg), playing numerous roles during a four-year full-time engagement

1988

Moves to Munich
Begins shooting the film epic Die Zweite Heimat (Second Homeland), by Edgar Reitz, playing the female lead

1989

Guest engagement at the Bavarian State Theater (The Good Woman of Szechuan)

1990

Guest engagement at the Munich Volkstheater (Don Quixote)
First concert as voice soloist in Pierrot lunaire by Arnold Schönberg in Heidelberg (Conductor: Walter Nußbaum)

1991

End of the four-year-long shooting of the film epic Die zweite Heimat
Studies singing with Mark Fox

1992

Further guest engagements with the Bavarian State Theater in Frühlings Erwachen and Singer

1993

Die Bernauerin by Carl Orff at the open-air theater in Augsburg (directed by August Everding)
Tours South America and the Baltic states with Leipzig’s Ensemble Avantgarde in Pierrot lunaire and other works
Studies singing with Yaron Windmüller

1994

Theater: Dick und Dünn (Thick and Thin) (premiere) by Kirsten Esch
Lächeln einer Sommernacht (Sondheim’s Smiles of a Summer Night) at the Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich

1995

Music theater: Beeb and Bab (premiere) by William Osborne
Dokumentaroper (premiere) by Helmut Oehring
Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the open-air theater in Augsburg (directed by Peter Baumgardt)
Voice and Reeds with Wolfgang Stryi

1996

Das D’Amatosystem (premiere) by Helmut Oehring at the Munich Biennale
Hölderlin lesen (Reading Hölderlin) by Hans Zender with the Arditti string quartet
Swinging Broadway with the Allswing Big Band, Augsburg
Beware of the Dogs (premiere) by Eric Ona at the Kammertheater, Stuttgart

1997

Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich (directed by Everding/Erkrath)
Premieres by Helmut Oehring and Wolfgang Rihm in Witten, Isabel Mundry in Donaueschingen, Bernhard Lang and Luca Lombardi in Hanover, etc.
Recital with Brecht Lieder
CD production and premiere of Der Panaromatische Donnergurgler (The Panaromatic Thundergargler), an cabaret program with Peter Ludwig
ARIA, voice solo program in Contemporary Music

1998

International concert tours to Helsinki, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Seville, Lucerne, Vienna, Luxembourg, Dresden, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Freiburg and Saarbrücken with premieres, Brecht programs, the cabaret program  “Panaromatischer Donnergurgler”, and other music theater productions

1999

Second cabaret evening with Peter Ludwig: “Die vertonte Frau” (Woman Set to Music in Munich)
“Es wird sich zeigen”(premiere) by Carola Bauckholt at the Berlin Biennale
“De Amore” (premiere) by Mauricio Sotelo and Peter Mussbach at the Munich Biennale

2000

Jury member for the “Schubert und die Moderne” singing competition in Graz
Music theater “Dame Gruppe Bild”(Lady Group Portrait) by Claude Lenners in Luxembourg
Several premieres at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, including “Die Befreiung aus dem Paradies” (Liberation from Paradise), music theater by Jörg Widmann; numerous premieres in Germany and abroad

2001

Premiere “Effi Briest”, music theater by Iris ter Schiphorst and Helmut Oehring at the Bonn Opera, directed by Ulrike Ottinger
recital: “I hate music, but I like to sing”
Music Theater“Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” (The Little Match Girl) by Helmut Lachenmann at Paris Opera and Stuttgart State Opera, directed by Peter Mussbach

2002

Shooting of “HEIMAT 3”, again in the role of Clarissa Lichtblau
“Pierrot lunaire” at the Staatsballett, Stuttgart
New cabaret program with Peter Ludwig: CHANSON BIZARRE, awarded the AZ Star of the Year as “Voice without Limits”

2003

SCHNEIDER-SCHOTT-Prize from the city of Mainz, jury member for the “Schubert und die Moderne” singing competition in Graz
Premiere of the opera “Das Gesicht im Spiegel” (The Face in the Mirror) by Jörg Widmann, directed by Falk Richter, at Munich State Opera, additional premieres in Witten and Donaueschingen
Continue shooting of HEIMAT 3
Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” at the Stadttheater Freiburg

2004

Classical singing in the opera AMOR & PSYCHE by Joseph Schuster (1779) in Dresden and Regensburg
Start of HEIMAT 3 in Venice, Munich and Mainz
Kafka-Fragments by Kurtag with Carolin Widmann, violin; teaching at the Music-Academy in Munich the technic of “New Music Voice”

2005

tours for HEIMAT 3, new program with Peter Ludwig, first performance of an opera by Isabel Mundry in Berlin Ein Atemzug-die Odyssee, concerts all over europe

2006

Artist in residence in Dessau at the Kurt-Weill-Festival, worldpremiere of BARCODE by Alexandra Holtsch, a Drum&Bass-opera for Munich Biennale of modern musictheatre, intensive work on Kafka-Fragmente with György Kurtag, world-premiere of I HATE MOZART by Bernhard Lang in Vienna, Theater an der Wien, and lot of traveling for concerts

2007

first performance of ZEUGEN, musictheatre by George Aperghis in WItten, a scenical version of KAFKA-FRAGMENTS by György Kurtag in OrleansORTSWECHSEL, a film&live-music projekct by J.Kalitzke and E.Reitz in DOnaueschingen, many concerts

2008

World-Premiere of teh opera “Lady Sarachina” by Peter Eötvös in Lyon, scenic version of “Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures” by G. Ligeti in Munich, participant in the film “Vision – life of Hildegard von Bingen” by Margarethe v. Trotta, Masterclass in Biel/Switzerland and many, many concerts

2009

Folksong- and Educationprogram during Klavierfestival Ruhr; “Lady Sarachina” in Paris at Opera Comique; many concerts;new songs for “Chansons bizarres”; gala-concert in Berlin with Circus Robcalli and Deutsches Sinfonieorchester

2010

Scenic Productions at Kurt Weill Fest, Dessau, at Kunstfest Weimar, at Tafelhalle Nuremberg; at Marstall, Munich; Masterclass in Hannover and many other activities

2011

“Exercices du Silence” by B. Pauset at Stateopera Berlin and IRCAM, Paris; Chambermusic-festival in Sligo, Ireland with Vogler-Quartett; “Adonde” and Hölderlin lesen by H. Zender at Rheingau-Festival; “Zeugen” by G. Aperghis in Paris; “Oskar Serti” with Klangforum and many other concerts; Preparation for shooting of “Die andere Heimat” by Edgar Reitz

2012

concerts in Madrid, Bilbao, Brügge, Dijon and many, many other cities; for 5 months as assistant of the director during shooting of “Die andere Heimat” by Edgar Reitz; Cage-night and Gurre-Lieder by Schönberg in Bonn during Beethovenfestival

2013

Masterclasses in Bern, Saarbrücken, Munoch and Tokyo, concerts in Japan, Belgium, Netherlands and more;
new program with french chansons with nonsordino; new songs for Chansons bizarre with Peter Ludwig; “Lady Sarachina” in Warshaw;
Premiere of the film “Die andere Heimat” in Venice during Filmfestival and than a lot of traveling with the film

2014

Lohengrin by S. Sciarrino at the Theatre of Oldenburg and Coburg; Masterclass at the Academy for contemporary Music in Munich; different concerts during the cellobiennale Amsterdam; Magister Artium Gandensis of the University of Gent in Belgium; lots of concerts

2015

Four world-premieres during the Song-Festival “Sind noch Lieder zu singen” in Stuttgart, 2 new lied-recitals, concerts in Zagreb, Mailand, Luzern and many other towns, radio-production “Schachabend” by Helga Pogatschar, masterclasses in Paris,  Schwabinger Kunstpreis