Kiveli Dörken was born in 1995 in Duesseldorf, Germany. She has been playing piano since the age of five. Her first music teacher was Marina Kheifets. In 2003, at the age of eight, she was the youngest candidate ever to pass the entrance exam for the early studies program for gifted children at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (HMTM) in Hannover (class of Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling). Following her professor’s death in 2012 she continues her studies in HMTM under Lars Vogt.
Kiveli won the “International Steinway Competition” in Hamburg as the youngest participant at the age of five and proceeded to take first prize in the “International Grotrian Steinweg Competition” for six consecutive years. She received several first prizes with maximum scores at the German competition for young talent, “Jugend musiziert”, on regional, state and federal levels. She was the youngest ever participant in the International Competition run by the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in Croatia where she took first prize in addition to winning the International Piano Competition for the Rotary Youth Music Prize. Kiveli has earned scholarships from the “Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Doerken Foundation” (no relations), the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”, the Festival “Spannungen” and the International Music Academy Liechtenstein.
At the age of eight Kiveli Dörken made her first appearance with an orchestra. She now performs on a regular basis (including with her sister Danae) at the Tonhalle Duesseldorf, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Stadthalle Wuppertal, the Bremen Radio Concert Hall, the Cologne and Essen Philharmonic Halls, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Braunschweig Classix Festival and the Winter in Majorca festival. Kiveli also toured with the Szymanowski Quartet. She is performing in Germany, Greece, France, Austria, Lichtenstein, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, China and the USA.
In 2005 the TV channel Arte produced a programme about Kiveli entitled Früh übt sich, while WDR TV created a programme about her in 2009. In 2007 at the Concert Hall in Münster she performed for the Dalai Lama. In 2009 she was invited by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben to perform in Washington for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The critics describe her music as “ ein Kaleidoskop der Gefühle und der Klangvielfalt“ (“a kaleidoscope of feelings and tonal diversities“).
Kiveli is founder and artistic director of the Molyvos International Music Festival, founded 2015.
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