Biography – English

Gil Shaked-Agababa

Began her musical education in Israel with Eva Wassermann-Margolis and Richard Lesser. She graduated from Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts and completed a bachelors and master degree from the Cologne University of Music and Dance, where her teacher was Ralph Manno. In 2018 she graduated with a second master degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in the class of Harri Mäki.  She was a clarinet apprentice at the Finnish National Opera and the Finnish Radio symphony orchestra, as well as a substitute in many other orchestras, such as Tpiola Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic and Sinfonia Lahti. In concert season 2015-16 she played in “Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel”, Germany. Since November 2016 she is Principal clarinetist of Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Finland. 

Gil performed as a soloist with a number of  orchestras such as the Warsaw Symphony, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn and Jyväskylä Sinfonia.

In recent years, Gil recorded several chamber music projects both for German and Finnish radio (WDR and Yle) and has been invited to give courses at the annual “Internationaler Kunstsommer Arnsberg” – this year for the 9th time.

Gil Shaked-Agababa won several prizes in competitions and is a recipient of scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation, the “Musikstiftung Köln”, the Lions Club, and the Yehudi Menuhin organization “Live Music Now”. She has also participated in the West Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Pascal Schweren – Piano

Pascal Schweren is a versatile “crossover” musician and pianist. He is an accompanist, chamber musician, jazz pianist. He was a lecturer for piano and music theory at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.

After a musically colourful youth, he began his serious education at the age of 18 with the German jazz pianist Andy Lumpp, who was a pivotal influence. Schweren then studied classical piano and music pedagogy at the Cologne University and completed his studies in jazz piano at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. To intensify and enrich his pianistic studies, he participated in lessons and master classes with Peter Orth (a student of Rudolf Serkin), Ludger Maxsein, Daniel Höxter, Renate Kretschmar-Fischer, Richie Beirach, Glen Wilson (harpsichord), and others.

Pascal Schweren won the prize at the “International Jazz Workshop” in Weimar 1992 and performed already during his studies with such artists as Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone. Besides teaching, Pascal Schweren appears with singers, instrumentalists, and orchestras playing classical music, jazz, and other genres, and has performed in many important halls such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Lanxess Arena in Köln, Thürmer Hall in Bochum, Jazzschmiede in Düsseldorf, Marktkirchen in Hanover, Palais des Festival in Cannes, Felicia Blumenthal Center in Tel Aviv, and the Manuel de Falla Hall in Granada.

Gil Shaked-Agababa and Pascal Schweren are a musical Duo as well as in life. They perform internationally as the “Shaked-Duo” since 2008. In 2013 they recorded a Duo CD with the title “Dance Preludes” featuring music by Debussy, Martinu, Berg, Vossebrecker and Lutoslawsky.