UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin


August 22

Uwe Dierksen studied trombone in Hanover, Hamburg and London, and conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 1983, he has been trombonist in the Ensemble Modern (an ensemble of soloists for contemporary music) and has worked with renowned musicians, composers and conductors during this time. Numerous compositions have been written for him and were premiered by him. He has recorded over 20 CDs, roughly a third of them as a soloist.

As an internationally performing soloist, he has played with the Austrian Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the West German Symphony Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet, the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Orchestra, the Lisbon Concert Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and many others.

He is also frequently commissioned by ZDF, ARTE and the F.W. Murnau Foundation to write film music, including for the silent movies “Der Turm des Schweigens” (The Tower of Silence, 1924) by Dr. Johann Guter, “Die Pest in Florenz” (The Plague of Florence, 1919) by Otto Rippert, “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1920) by Robert Wiene, and the Asta Nielsen film “Zapatas Bande” (Zapata’s Gang, 1914) by Urban Gad.

He was artistic director and composer of the silent film revue evening “Welcome to American Vaudeville” in 2015 at the Komische Oper Berlin, and an evening under the same heading in February 2017 at the Oper Frankfurt.

His radio play “Irres Licht” with Christian Brückner, Judith Rosmair and Franziska Junge, produced by SWR, was broadcast on SWR 2 in January 2014 and subsequently on hr and Deutschlandfunk, and performed as a live version at the literaturm Festival in Frankfurt in 2016.

The ZDF / ARTE film department commissioned the music for “The Fiddler of Florence.” Since 1995, ARTE has hosted its Stummfilm-Rendezvous series showcasing classics and rarities of international cinematic history. All films are shown in their latest restorations, which provides significant support to film archives in their activities. Another focus is the reconstruction of original film scores from the silent film period. The ZDF/ARTE film department has had more than 15 original music scores restored and performed to date; these reconstructions – including “Der Rosenkavalier” (Richard Strauss, 1926), “October” (Edmund Meisel, 1928) and “Der Student von Prag” (Josef Weiß, 1913) -- are an important contribution to the preservation of the film music culture of the early 20th century.

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