Kinothek Asta Nielsen e.V. commissioned internationally renowned composer Maud Nelissen to write music for three performers to accompany the film Shoes (1916). Lois Weber, the most famous of the early American women directors, created a moving film about the social plight, longings and dreams of a "shop girl".
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.
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.
The Israeli/Dutch cellist took first prize at the 1996 Stuttgart International Cello Competition, won the Vriendenkrans of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1997 and a special prize for her interpretation at the XI International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1998. She has attended masterclasses with artists such as János Starker and Heinrich Schiff and holds a Performing Musician Degree from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and a Certificare of Performance from Yale University. She participated in numerous music festivals and has appeared in concerts in Europe, the United States, Canada, Argentina and Israel. As a soloist she has performed with various orchestras. Rosler has made numerous radio and CD recordings which have been reviewed with praise. An active chamber musician, Timora Rosler is a member of the Serafino String Trio. She is a professor of cello at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music and has given masterclasses at numerous venues and events. She plays on a Thomas Dodd cello from 1800.