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Malte Arkona

Malte Arkona is known to a wide audience as an actor, dubbing artist and TV presenter. He has proven that he is a true master of vocal acrobatics in the radio play for the ARD series Babylon Berlin and in the dubbing of the series Modern Family (Prof. Arvin Fennerman), among others. As host of the popular shows Tigerenten Club and Die beste Klasse Deutschlands he became popular with young and old.
Malte's great passion is classical music. As a music mediator, he now offers all generations an entertaining, fun and exciting introduction to the world of "classical" (and romantic, baroque, contemporary...) music. With his fresh and modern presentation style, he has become one of the most sought-after music mediators in the German-speaking world. He easily manages to infect the audience with his own enthusiasm for the well-known and lesser-known musical works.
He has already moderated concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the WDR Funkhausorchester, the Munich Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the SWR Sinfonieorchester, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester, the Bamberg Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Hamburg Symphony and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. In the process, he repeatedly meets the big stars of the scene, who not only tell him a lot of interesting facts about the music, but also like to chat out of the closet. For example, pianist Lang Lang told Malte what he does when he doesn't feel like practicing, Maestro Lorin Maazel talked about his yoga sessions at the airport, Andris Nelsons raved about his martial arts exercises, and the Labèque sisters let Malte take a look at their colorfully painted sheet music.
In 2020, Malte launched an exclusive collaboration with the Berlin Classics label (Edel Kultur). He recorded an extraordinary version of "Carnival of the Animals" for adults. In his own radio play series "Malte & Mezzo" he slips into the role of the "classical music discoverer", who experiences adventures in the world of music with his friend "Mezzo", a little red creature. In the process, he presents well-known works and composers in funny and rousing versions of his own texts. Previous publications include: "Creepy Pictures at an Exhibition," "On Tour with Mozart," "A Party with Beethoven" and "No Trouble with the Magic Flute." The same applies to these radio plays: they are interesting and worth listening to not only for children. "Malte & Mezzo" will also be heard live this season, including at the RSB Berlin and with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra. In December 2021, a "Malte & Mezzo" Christmas album will be released, which will not only feature many well-known musicians*, but also a few of Malte's former KiKa TV colleagues.
In 2021/2022, Malte will be the new face of the family concerts at the Nikolaisaal Potsdam and will be a guest of the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Brandenburg State Orchestra. He is making his first appearances with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and at the Theater Erfurt. A special highlight will be the opening of the new "Isarphilharmonie" in Munich, where he will continue his work with the Munich Philharmonic. In Ludwigshafen, he will regularly present concerts for adults at the BASF concerts. At the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt he will present his version of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". For the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Rheingau Music Festival, he developed a new cross-generational concert format that will also be repeated in Basel. He will also appear at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He will also once again host the "Children's Day" at the Kölner Philharmonie. Further re-invitations lead him to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Philharmonic Orchestra Heidelberg, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, the Bergische Symphoniker and the Symphoniker Hamburg. Furthermore, Malte will also "investigate" as an "orchestra detective" with the NDR Radiophilharmonie. The adventure "Beethoven auf der Spur!" from the "Orchestra Detectives" series was released in 2020 in cooperation with NDR on Sony Classical.
In his versatile projects, Malte works with the "who's who" of the classical music industry, including collaborations with top-class soloists* and conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Michael Sanderling, Lars Vogt, Barbara Hannigan, Sebastian Weigle, Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Hope, Joana Mallwitz, Patrick Hahn, Edgar Moreau, Claire Huangci, Javier Perianes, Tanja Tetzlaff and Andrew Manze.

In addition to developing new concert concepts for classical music, Malte also directed for the first time in 2021, both in a music video of the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Dresden and in several clips of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. His podcast "MPhil mit Malte" in collaboration with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra also got off to a successful start this year.

concerts featuring Malte Arkona