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About Kiveli

Kiveli Dörken’s temperament, passion and dedication to music is palpable in every one of her concerts. With her infectious enthusiasm and captivating presence, she values a close contact with her audience, often addressing the listeners first, before sitting down at the piano and pushing the boundaries of sound diversity and artistic expression.

Kiveli began her musical path as a 7-year old student of the renowned piano pedagogue Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, who taught her until his death, 10 years later. She continued her musical education with Prof. Lars Vogt, with whom she studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover until his recent death in September 2022. 

She is a member of the TONAListen agency, and has received scholarships and support from various foundations, such as the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the renowned festival „Spannungen“, the International Musikadamie Liechtenstein and the „Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken“- Stiftung (no relation).


At the age of eight, she gave her orchestral debut. She has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Hamburger Camerata, the Camerata Bern and the Athens state orchestra. In 2019, Kiveli gave her debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen playing Ceasar Francks “Variations symphoniques” under the direction of conductor Alondra de la Parra. In 2022 she performed Gershwin‘s Rhapsody in Blue in the big Hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. She has performed in most European countries, China, Japan, Korea and the USA, in some of the most famous halls, the Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg, the Mariinsly-Theater in St. Petersburg, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Alte Oper Frankfurt, to name just a few and is a regular guest at many prestigious festivals, like the Kissinger Sommer, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Highlights of her early career were performances for the Dalai Lama in 2007 and for the German chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington D.C. in 2009. Kiveli dedicates a considerable amount of her time to playing chamber music. She performs regularly with artists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam, Maximilian Hornung and Tanja Tetzlaff. Together with her sister Danae Dörken, she has been playing as a piano duo since the age of five. She is a member of the Franz Ensmeble, that won an OPUS Klassik for their debut CD featuring works by Ferdinand Ries. In 2015 she founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) on the Greek Island Lesbos, of which she is also the artistic director. In the midst of the Greek financial hardship and the refugee crisis, the MIMF does not only bring the tradition of classical music to Lesbos, it has become a symbol of hope for the entire region. In 2020 Kiveli recorded her debut CD with the label ARS featuring solo and chamber music works by Josef Suk.


In addition to her acclaimed solo career, Kiveli Dörken collaborates with her sister Danae Dörken in a captivating piano duo. Together, they form a dynamic partnership that has garnered praise for their musical synergy and expressive performances. Their shared passion for chamber music and their deep connection as siblings enrich their collaborative endeavors.


For more information about their duo and their artistic journey together, please click to here read the full biography.



Originally comprised of violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt, the Trio made their debut performance at the Rheingau Festival in summer 2004. Since then they have performed to great acclaim in many of the major music centers in Europe and North America.

In September 2022, Lars Vogt tragically passed away from cancer. Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff asked pianist Kiveli Doerken to join them in his stead. Ms. Doerken was a star pupil of Mr. Vogt’s and both Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff worked with Ms. Doerken playing chamber music and recitals for a number of years.


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The Franz Ensemble comprises a collective of musicians, including prize winners of the ARD music competition, professors, artistic directors of prestigious festivals, successful soloists, and chamber musicians. Together, they inspire, enrich, and complement each other's abilities. The ensemble's aim is to explore a wide range of repertoire, particularly focusing on unconventional and larger ensembles.

As a group that incorporates wind players, string musicians, and pianists, the Franz Ensemble looks forward to utilizing the diverse instrumentation options to offer a fresh perspective on both well-known classics and lesser-known pieces of musical literature.

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