Conference Dinner

September 10th, 2018

Location: HafenCity University

Enjoy the amazing view of the Hamburg Harbour along the river Elbe and live music while networking with participants of DHC2018 coming from all over the world.

Live Music Program

Part 1: A classical trio for Flute, Violoncello and Piano op. 63 by Carl Maria von Weber.
Cello: Roxana Blaga-Dragus


Part 2: A crossover of music between Jazz, Gipsy and Tango played by the outstanding violinist Bogdan Dragus & Ensemble

About our musicians

  Maryam Trockels
She studied flute at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover and at Hochschule für Musik Würzburg under M. Perl and Prof. H. Klemeyer. Today she is a member of various music ensembles performing in the area of North Germany.


 Roxana Blaga-Dragus
She was born in 1977 in Cluj-Napoca in Romania and graduated with distinction getting the highest grade the postgraduate studies in the soloist class at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Catalin Ilea. Roxana Blaga-Dragus was Deputy Principal Cellist at the Philharmonic from 2001-2003 Banatul Timisoara. After that, she worked for two years with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005, she is a permanent member of the Staatstheater Braunschweig and a sought-after chamber music partner. Roxana Blaga-Dragus participated in international music festivals, gave charity concerts for UNICEF and played numerous television and radio recordings worldwide. Roxana Blaga won first prize at the National Cello Competition in Iasi, the first prize and as a special prize a solo concert with the Rundfunk Orchester Bukares at the "Mihail Jora" Cello Competition in Bucharest, 2nd prize at "Domenico Gabrielli" - Cello Competition in Berlin. In 2005 she received the Artländer Musikpreis and won the 2007 Rotary-Club Prize at the cello competition in Osnabrück. Roxana Blaga plays on a cello by Andrea Guarneri


  André Hammerschmied
He was born in Salzburg and there studied piano and conducting at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum. At the age of 16 he debuted as a pianist with the Mozarteum Orchestra and played with the Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festival. This was followed by chamber concerts in Austria, Italy, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands as well as engagements as pianist and conductor at the Cologne Opera, the Cantiere Internazionale d’arte Montepulciano, the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, the Handel Festival in Halle and the State Opera Hanover, where, among others, he worked with Peter Konwitschny und Calixto Bieito. He is a laureate of the Vienna Steinway Competition and in 2001 was awarded the Lilli-Lehmann Medal by the Mozarteum International Foundation. He has been the Marburg Castle Festival’s musical director since 2014.


  Bogdan Dragus
Whose extraordinary talent was already recognized in early childhood, so that he got a place at the age of 16 at the University of Music in Hanover, where he was soon the first big stage successes recorded.   In Bach Year 2000 he played all Bach's violin concertos in Europe and South Africa, accompanied by the Central German Chamber Philharmonic under Stefanos Tsialis. Parts of this tour were broadcast on MDR television. With his ensemble Bogdan Dragus performed in Lower Saxony Gifhorn in front of more than 8,000 listeners. As a teenager, he received the German Culture Prize and was awarded in Italy the Abbado-Violin Competition. Since 2003 he has been a member of the NDR Radiophilharmonie as the 1st violinist. With "Tango Nuevo" he played concerts in the "BBC" -TV. Highlights of his career include outstanding solo concerts with orchestras such as the International Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Wittenberg, Kammerakademie Berlin, Philharmonie Banatul Temschwar, Black Sea Philharmonic, Bonn Beethovenhalle, Laieszhalle Hamburg, Concert Hall Durban, Philharmonie Luxembourg, NDR Funkhaus.  He designed major benefit concerts, e.g. for Unicef, Doctors Without Borders and played Paganini music on Sesame Street with Ernie and Bert on television. As one of the versatile violinists of his generation, Bogdan Dragus was explained in 2016 in the book published in Germany, Switzerland and Austria "Spielpläne" (Ernst Klett Verlag) after an interview and entitled "Dance of Joy" from his album "The Lark". The debut album of the violinist "The Lark" appeared 2015 on label "RecordJet", was successfully broadcasted on radio on NDR 1, Radio Okerwelle and got a very good review in the magazine "Folker“.Dragus will play in „La Fete de la Musique 2018.

A special highlight in 2018 was the concert Dragus &Ensemble for the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and its excellence of the Romanian ambassadors in Germany. Bogdan Dragus plays on a violin by Carlo Antonio Testore from 1752 / Milano.