Geschäftsführerin | Künstlerische Leiterin
Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff studied flute and music therapy in Hamburg, Hannover and Berlin and performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. After being based in Ecuador, USA, Japan and Swabia, she came to Frankfurt in 2010 and has been living here and working as a freelance flutist. She has been active as a flutist and organizer of the Bridges – Musik verbindet since its launch in autumn 2015. In March 2016, Johanna took over the management from the original initiators.
ANKE KAREN MEYER
Geschäftsführerin | Kulturmanagerin
Anke Karen Meyer is a cultural manager, art pedagogue and cultural anthropologist. She has worked in various educational institutions as well as in adult education and is experienced in working with museums and foundations and in the project management of interdisciplinary art and cultural projects.
She has been responsible for concert brokerage, fundraising, PR activities and much more since 2016.
Sereina Donatsch studied political science and journalism and has consistently devoted herself to the topics of asylum law, refugee and development policy in this environment and also in her voluntary work. As a project manager for integration, she contributes her extensive experience and skills in many different ways and supports our musicians in finding jobs, housing, filling out applications and assistance in dealing with governmental authorities.
The financing of the personnel positions of Sereina Donatsch and Christian Nickel enables, among other things, a support of the state of Hesse through the state program WIR - Wegweisende Integrationsansätze Realisieren.
Projektmanager, Assistenz künstlerische Leitung
Christian Nickel studied music business at the Pop Academy of Baden-Württemberg. From his studies, he has developed beneficial insight into the music business and now supports our freelance musicians in establishing their foothold in the music business. Additionally, he supports the organisational and concert planning of the Bridges Chamber Orchestra and is responsible for social media activities.
Leana Alkema ist a freelance cellist and choir director and has been involved in innovative musical projects since her studies at the university. She has recieved varoius awards for her musical work in her home country South Africa and is co-founder of the Crescendo Summer Institute in South Africa, where she teaches free improvisation courses. She came to Frankfurt in 2017 to complete her master's degree at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (University for music and performings arts). She has been active as a cellist at Brudges since 2017 and in 2018 she inherits the direction of the choir.
Samira Memarzadeh studied at the Music University of Freiburg, at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and completed her Master of Music degree at the Frankfurt University of Music with professor Francoise Friedrich. Her studies were supported through numerous grants, such as from the Richard-Wagner Association and the German Scholarship Program. She performed actively in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the German Youth Philharmonic, and the Orchestra academy of Schleswig-Holstein music Feestival. Samira also guest performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Baden-Baden Philharmonic and the Southwest German Chamber orchestra Pforzheim. Samira also leads the Bridges-Session Project.
Grace Laminack received her Bachelor’s Degree in viola performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 2015, and began her master of music studies at the Belmont School of music, in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as a freelance violist, playing for numerous recording studios, local music projects, string quartets, as well as teaching violin and viola. In 2019, Grace moved to Frankfurt, Germany to volunteer with a Christian Organization working among refugee communities throughout Europe. During this time, she began playing with Bridges and in February 2020, Grace joined the Bridges team as a Cultural Voluntary Social Year participant.