Kiveli Doerken

Kiveli Dörken was born in Düsseldorf in 1995 and received her first piano instruction at the age of five from Marina Kheifets. She will make her debut at the C. Bechstein Concert Series in Düsseldorf in November 2014. From 2003 until 2012, Kiveli Dörken was a student of Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Music Academy Hannover in the department for young highly gifted musicians. Since Prof. Kämmerling´s death, Kiveli pursues her studies at the Music Academy Hannover with Prof. Lars Vogt. She commands German, Greek and English fluently.

Kiveli Dörken often garnered First Prizes at the German music youth competition „Jugend musiziert“ on a regional, state-wide and national level triumphing there most recently in 2008. In 2005, she obtained the First Prize as youngest participant at the International EPTA Competition in Croatia, two years later she won the International Piano Competition Rotary-Jugend Musikpreis. Kiveli is a foundationer of the „Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation“ (no relatedness!), the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Lars Vogt´s festival „Spannungen“.Kiveli Dörken made her orchestra concert debut at the age of eight. She has performed at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Kölner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Stadthalle Wuppertal, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Erholungshaus Leverkusen, Sendesaal Bremen or at the Mozarteum Salzburg as well as at festivals such as Braunschweig Classix Festival and „Winter auf Mallorca“. She also takes pleasure in performing chamber music with the Szymanowski Quartet. The young pianist has toured throughout Germany, France, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Spain, Greece, China, the UK and US. 

Kiveli enjoys also performing piano works with her sister Danae. They performed together at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and at the Kölner Philharmonie.The renowned broadcasting company ARTE filmed her in 2005, the TV channel WDR in 2009. Kiveli Dörken had the honour of performing for the Dalai Lama in 2007 and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in June 2009 in Washington D.C.

Photo: © Amanda Holden