The Nostalphoniker are six young musicians (five male singers and a pianist) based in Munich, Germany. Ever since their first concert in 2003, the members have dedicated themselves to music in their own ways: by studying singing, as professional singers in Opera & Concert and with the Bavarian Broadcasting Choir, or by teaching at the University of Munich. United as a group on stage, they are continuing their work with unbroken joy and enthusiasm.
The symbiosis of ambitious musical work and a playful ease of entertainment has proven the key to their success. Their repertoire includes, to name a few, the hits of the Comedian Harmonists and the Swing Era, Italian canzoni, international oldies, and classical music. Most of the songs they perform are their own arrangements and are combined on stage with electrifying choreography.
Their shows are charmingly presented with witty original text, taking the audience on a trip filled with joy, amazement, and certainly a great deal of laughter.
An evening with the Nostalphoniker: fast-paced with a dash of irony and captivating for every audience!
In addition to the ensemble's busy schedule in Germany, they have toured in Egypt, Russia, Poland, Spain, Japan, and America. As guest artists, they have performed twice aboard the cruise ship MS Europa 2, made appearances at the annual festival night of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and have even performed at the legendary Maxim's in Paris.
Considerable media attention, spanning a spectrum from radio shows to live appearances on German, Russian, and Japanese TV confirms the international influence of the Nostalphoniker vocal ensemble.
The Nostalphoniker are proud representatives of the quality work of Regent Tailor, recipients of a generous sponsorship by Falke Socks, and partners in collaboration with AMBA-Hair.
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Our Travel Journal (only in German, but great photos)!
Back in February 2015, we've had the honor of being musical guests on the cruise ship MS Europa 2 from Valparaiso, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We captured our impressions in a travel log.
To read it, please click here!
31. Aug. 2017
"Die Comedian Harmonists sangen..."
05. Sep. 2017
26. Okt. 2017
"Die Comedian Harmonists sangen..."
19:00 Uhr - Kleines Theater Haar
The current show program as part of the event series SeelenArt, a charity organisation which tends to the cultural needs of mentally handicapped persons.
For more information (only in German) and tickets (starting July, 10) please visit this website.
Concert Program “Tribute To The Comedian Harmonists”
The concert program “Tribute to the Comedian Harmonists” is not just about the music of the Comedian Harmonists, but also vividly documents the history of the ensemble's final days. This piece's conception was facilitated by the Nostalphoniker's unprecedented access to previously unpublished archival material.
In 1934, the Comedian Harmonists made their last appearance on stage before the ensemble's performance ban due to its three Jewish members. In those difficult times, the concert agency Gensberger was one of the ensemble's few remaining courageous supporters. As late as March 1934, when many German citizens were caught up in the horrible Zeitgeist of the Nazi era, the concert agency organized a tour through Bavaria called “Die Comedian Harmonists singen.”
In this special evening performance, the Nostalphoniker include readings from original correspondence between the Comedian Harmonists and the Gensberger agency, showing what it meant to be an artist of Jewish origin in Germany of the 1930s. The audience gets an insight into the difficulties faced by the Comedian Harmonists under a repressive regime. The readings are juxtaposed with cheerful songs and dynamic choreography, vividly displaying the perilous tension between the political reality of the time and the performative veneer of happy entertainment.
This exceptional concert event has already received over 30 performances and a broad media response through features in German radio (BR), TV (BR and ZDF) and print media (Süddeutsche Zeitung). The Nostalphoniker concert tour through Bavaria in 2016 represented a special highlight, with concerts on the exact same dates and in the same cities 82 years after the last tour of the Comedian Harmonists, under the patronage of Dr. Charlotte Knobloch (president of the Israelite Religious Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria) and HRH Duke Franz of Bavaria.
Recital program “Night & Day”
Over the years, the Nostalphoniker have taken many journeys, from America to Japan, from Egypt to Russia, sailing the Mediterranean, and around Cape Horn.
What remains of these travels is one thing in particular: the travel bug, the longing for the places where day and night miraculously unite, where borders start to dissolve, where mind and senses escape the daily routine. And what better way to conjure up these far-away places than with the music of Cole Porter, the Comedian Harmonists, or Al Bowlly? As the Nostalphoniker set out to discover the world, they invite you to experience a dreamy show in the style of the 1920s.
In their program “Night and Day,” the five singers and their pianist put on their best suits and express their desire to experience the world, whether through show-choreography, slapstick elements, with a wink, or with a good laugh in English, French, Russian, or German.
Between fast-paced performance, ironic ambiguity, or serene tranquility, the Nostalphoniker take their audience on a journey to the place where borders fade between night and day, art and life, between the vastness of the sea and a sip of your sweetheart`s Badewasser (bathwater).
As every decent young man did in the good old days, the Nostalphoniker smarten up, put on their tailcoats and their bow ties, and express their romantic feelings. It's time for serenading! Whether through the songs of the Comedian Harmonists, the famous Lied creations by Franz Schubert, Italian canzone, or the powerful symphonic orchestrations of Rossini or Strauss...one crucial function of music has always been to express adoration of a loved one. The Nostalphoniker – five singers and their pianist – happily respect this tradition! They've put together a repertoire which includes all of these musical eras, taking their audience on a beguiling journey through the mysteries of love: sometimes shy, sometimes wild, tossed between ironic ambiguity and lyrical romanticism. The only problem with doing it in six-part harmony? At the end of the evening, six musicians are five too many!
Enjoy this dapper rooster fight with musical and choreographic highlights and all the romantic spirit of this successful ensemble from Munich!
Show Concepts for your event
3 sets, 20 minutes:
Almost a classical concept, but with this ensemble it's timeless. Embedded in your event's schedule, the Nostalphoniker will provide you with the highlights (for example between the courses of your dinner): a perfect mix of exciting and quiet songs, funny text, and electrifying choreography, all sure to bring a smile to your face. Real entertainment for every audience!
2 sets, 30 minutes:
Six tailcoats, six dapper gentlemen, five brilliant voices, and a virtuoso pianist: the Nostalphoniker will perform a selection of the hits that have charmed many an audience over the past few years. Nothing will be left out on this evening: timeless classics, Italian canzone, an opera overture, and even the melodies of Hollywood. A performance to remember!
1 Set, 45 ~ 60 minutes:
Starting out as a string quintet, ending as a full symphony orchestra – the Nostalphoniker have developed their own unique concert program guaranteed to entertain and captivate. Both musically and scenically, there's something for everybody in this show!
Andreas Burkhart (baritone) was an alto soloist in Tölzer Knabenchor from 1992 to 1999. After he won Germany's national competition “Jugend Musiziert“ in the category voice solo he started his vocal studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. The baritone, who has already won several other singing competitions, is a permanent member of the Bavarian Radio Choir. As a soloist, he has performed at Berlin National Opera and the Cuvilliés-Theatre in Munich. Additionally, he has already presented a Lieder recital at Beethoven Festival in Bonn.
Andreas has been a member of the Nostalphoniker since 2008.
Marko Cilic (tenor I) was born in Zagreb (Croatia) and grew up in Munich. He gained his first musical experiences as a member of Tölzer Knabenchor, with whom he performed as a solo singer on international stages. After graduating school, he studied sociology at LMU Munich, as well as voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. The founding member of Nostalphoniker has taken part in numerous performances at Leipzig Opera, with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Carl Orff Festival in Andechs and many more.
Peter Cismarescu (baritone/tenor III) started his career as a solo singer at an early age as a member of Tölzer Knabenchor. The founding member of the Nostalphoniker studied voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. He was a finalist at 24th International Robert Stolz Singing Competition and has already had the opportunity to perform many roles, from the classical opera repertoire by composers like W.A. Mozart, Johann Strauß as well as Kurt Weill and he also took part in performances of modern works. He performed as a solo singer in Prinzregententheater Munich and State Theatre at Gärtnerplatz in Munich, at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and many more and also took part in Kurt-Weill Festival in Dessau.
Benedikt Eder (Bariton in Residence)
Benedikt Eder (baritone) bacame a member of the Nostalphoniker on their tour through Bavaria in 2016. From 2008 till 2011 he was a member of Bayerischer Landesjugendchor (Bavarian national youth choir) and Bayerische Singakademie (Bavarian Academy for Singing). He started his vocal studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and he currently takes part in the musical theater programme at Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding. In addition to regular guest appearances in opera productions, he has also took part at Bachwoche of Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. In 2012, he bacame a fellow of the foundation "Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now".
Jan C. Golch
Jan C. Golch (piano & arrangements) received his first piano lessons at the age of four. After graduating school, the founding member of Nostalphoniker studied literary studies and musicology at the LMU in Munich, in addition to his work as piano accompanist and arranger. Since 2010 he has been a research assistant at LMU München as well as chairman of the Society of the Friends of Musicology Munich. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis on questions of music aesthetics and gives lectures and holds seminars on music and film history as well as on questions of literary studies.
Marc Megele (tenor II) studied the oboe at Cologne University of Music, engineering at TU Munich and voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. He sang roles in productions at, among others, Prinzregententheater Munich and the opera off-scene in Munich. Beyond that, he focuses intensively on the Lied and oratorio repertoire at events such as Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele. He has performed with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra.
Marc Megele has been a member of Nostalphoniker since 2008.
Markus Scharpf (bass) gathered his first musical experience with the violin and played with several orchestras. From 2004 to 2009, he dedicated himself intensively to singing as a member of Bayerische Sing Akademie. After he started his vocal studies at Innsbruck Conservatory, he returned to his hometown of Munich, where he started filling in regularly for the bass position with the Nostalphoniker. He is a member of the Philharmonic Choir Munich and the extra choir of the Bavarian Radio Choir.
Markus Scharpf has been a regular member of the Nostalphoniker since 2012, when his predecessor, Tareq Nazmi, became a member of the ensemble of Bavarian State Opera Munich.
Bayerischer Presseball, BMW, BMW China, Bayerisches Fernsehen: broadcast with the Nostalphoniker on March 9, 2014,
BR Klassik: Radio broadcast „BMW-Lounge“ – live-concert 28. April 2012, BR Klassik: Radio broadcast about „Die Comedian Harmonists sangen...“, opening event XXVI CINP Congress, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe, Digel - The Menswear Concept, guest appearance in the TV-series on Sat.1 „Edel & Starck“ (German TV Award), Giesecke & Devrient, Hotel Bayerischer Hof München, Hotel Rasmushof Kitzbühel, Jenapharm, KADEWE Berlin, Kaisersaal Erfurt, Loden Frey, Neue Messe München, Roche Pharma AG, Versicherungskammer Bayern, ZDF-Gala „Prix Courage“, ZDF: TV feature on the Nostalphoniker, broadcasted nationwide on November 10, 2012, ZDF: TV feature in the main news broadcast, BR: TV live feature on the concert tour on March 8, 2016.
St. Pölten (Austria), Berlin (Germany), Opole and Racibórz (Poland), Maxim's Paris (France), Kaliningrad (Russia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Alexandria and Cairo (Egypt), Mallorca (Spain), MS Europa 2: Valparaiso (Chile) - Buenos Aires (Argentina), Tokyo (Japan)
Appearances in Munich:
Prinzregententheater, annual New Year's gala at Gasteig, Lustspielhaus, Deutsches Theater, Tollwood-Festival, Herkulessaal, Max-Josef-Saal der Residenz, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Große Aula der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Allerheiligen Hofkirche, Jewish Centre Munich etc.