UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin


August 24

Maud Nelissen is one of the most internationally renowned female silent film musicians of our time. After training as a classical concert pianist at the Utrecht Superior School of Music with Herman Uhlhorn and graduating with honors, she discovered her passion for silent film, and has since built a successful career on this.

In addition to solo performances, Nelissen composes and arranges musical accompaniment for silent films for orchestra and various ensembles. Her most famous works include the music for King Vidor's silent film “The Patsy” (1925) with Marion Davies, and the music for Erich von Stroheim's “The Merry Widow” (1925) – basedon Franz Léhar's eponymous operetta.

Maud Nelissen is the bandleader of the silent film ensemble “The Sprockets,” whose enthusiasm and virtuosity inspire silent film fans worldwide.

In addition to her work with “The Sprockets,” Nelissen performs with other ensembles and orchestras such as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Cello8ctet Amsterdam. She made her U.S. debut at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, followed by a highly acclaimed appearance at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood (2011).

Nelissen has most recently appeared at prominent silent film festivals and venues including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt/M., the Komische Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Il Cinema Ritrovato Bologna, Filmpodium Zürich, Musée d'Orsay Paris, the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Finland, the Silent Film Festival in San Francisco, and the Bangkok Silent Film Festival.

The Sprockets are:

  • Daphne Balvers : Soprano Saxophone
  • Frido ter Beek : Alto Saxophone / Baritone Saxophone / Flute
  • Marco Ludemann : Banjo / Jazz Guitar / Mandoline / Acoustic Guitar
  • Jasper Somsen : Double Bass
  • Dick Nijland : Percussion / Effects / Timpani / Vibraphone
  • Davide Vendramin : Accordion
  • Maud Nelissen : Piano
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