Kinothek Asta Nielsen has commissioned internationally renowned composer-pianist Maud Nelissen to compose music for one of the most spectacular British films of the 1920s: Hindle Wakes. It will be performed by an ensemble of five musicians. For her new composition for Hindle Wakes, Nelissen’s task was to remain true to the film and to tie Elvey’s lively direction to a certain melancholy. The result is „a modern lyrical score with proud, honest elements referring to the folk music of the Lancashire area“ (Nelissen).

More about the CineConcert on 28.11.19 at Schauspiel Frankfurt

Nelissen will also accompanie the festival's silent films, Thora van Deken and The Child Thou Gavest Me, on the piano.


Maud Nelissen is one of the most important international silent film pianists and composers. She performs in Europe, the USA and Asia, and regularly appears at the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna and Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone. She has worked for many years with Kinothek Asta Nielsen, often in cooperation with ZDF/arte, and she is the founder of the silent film orchestra “The Sprockets”.

Francesco Ferarrini graduated at the conservatory of Rovigo in the class of Maestro Simoncini. From 1991 to 1996 he studied under Maestro Mario Brunello at Fondazione R. Romanini in Brescia. From 1984 to 1999 he perfected his studies under Maestro Franco Rossi. As First and Principal Cellist he worked with renowned ensembles and performed at the most important italian and international theatres and as a member of various orchestras. In 2003 he arranged the monday concerts at San Bernardino-Verona and founded chamber-ensemble "Interpreti Italiani". Ferrarini did records for labels such as BMG – Ricordi or EMI as well as for italian broadcasting. He teaches Cello at the conservatory of Trent  and plays a violoncello (italian school) from 1700.

Daphne Balvers studied saxophone at the Superior School of Music in Amsterdam. In 1996 she finished her Master Grade with great honor. At the age of 21 Daphne joined The Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet as the lead soprano saxophonist. Since 2001 Daphne is part of Maud Nelissen’s film orchestra The Sprockets. Daphne teaches saxophone at the music school in her residence Amersfoort.

Lucio Degani started studying the violin at the Udine Music Conservatory and finished his musical studies at the Florence Conservatory, achieving top marks. He perfected his studies with M° R. Zanettovich and attended the Chamber Music courses organized by Zanettovich, De Rosa and Farulli. He collaborated for several years with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, The Orchestra Filarmonica and the Orchestra Sinfonica of Udine.He played as soloist under the direction of famous conductors (Bertini, Haag, Maazel, Muti, Nanut, Rostropovic, Scimone, Sinopoli, Thielemann etc).From 1986 until now he played as solo parts with the famous chamber orchestra “I Solisti Veneti” directed by the Maestro Claudio Scimone,and since 2000 he's  the principal violin and soloist of that group playng in the most prestigious theatres and music halls around the world (Lincoln Center New York; Suntory Hall Tokyo; Musikverein Wien; Mozarteum Salzburg; Schauspielhaus Berlin; La Scala Milan; Opera and Salle Pleyel – Paris). His violin is a Girolamo Amati II of 1734.

Rombout Stoffers studied classical percussion at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam. He has worked for many orchestras e.g. the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He created and performed in many musical theatre productions with a variety of Dutch groups all over the World. Rombout has worked with Maud Nelissen for more then 20 years. Besides playing percussion he also sings and plays the accordion in many of her compositions for silent movies. With her and her film orchestra "The Sprockets" he travels all over Europe.

More information to follow.