Duo Asimut – Double power on keys and strings
Piano: Sijia Ma – Violin: Camilla Busemann
The duo was founded in 2019.
In a larger ensemble project in the university, it immediately sparked musically, as well as humanely. After a long search for suitable chamber music partners, Sijia Ma and Camilla Busemann found each other and decided to work together over the long term.
The culture of East Asia and Central Europe in a duo. That fits perfectly in this case. They even have the same sense of humor, so that in the rehearsals, despite all the seriousness and the related discussions, a lot of laughter will be made.
This dynamic also brings the duo to the stage.
Drama and lightness – doubled through joint work.
Sijia Ma was born in 1996 in China. There she got her first piano lesson at the age of four. she received lessons from Prof. Grigory Gruzman, Prof. Nikola Krizhanowski and Prof. Sergei Kalachev. At the age of 12, she also had inspiring lessons with Prof. Grigory Gruzman in Weimar. That’s why she was regularly in Germany for several weeks or months until she graduated. In 2011 she also passed the entrance examination of the Music Gymnasium Schloss Belvedere.
Since October 2013 Sijia Ma studies at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg. First with Prof. Caroline Weichert and since 2014 with Prof. Hubert Rutkowski. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she is now a master’s student.
Sijia Ma already won her first competition in China at the age of 9 and in the following years she was awarded a few prizes at national and international piano competitions. Among other things, Sijia Ma 2017 was awarded the Steinway Prize in Hamburg. This year, she won first prize in the Elise Meyer Foundation competition.
Sijia Ma completed masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Sergei Osipenko, Alexie Lubimov, Bernd Goetzke and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.As a soloist and chamber musician she has played concerts in various countries. Among them were invitations to important festivals, such as the Mozart Festival in Warsaw and the Chopin Festival in Hamburg.Since September 2017, she has been supported by the Career Center of the HfMT Hamburg and the Gisela and Erich Andreas Foundation since April 2018. And since April 2019 she has got a DAAD scholarship.
Sijia Ma not only deals with the modern grand piano, but also proves her versatility through performances with historical instruments.
Camilla Busemann, born in Starnberg in 1992, started playing the violin at the age of four. At the age of seven she also received harp lessons from her mother. The violinist, who grew up in a family of musicians, passed the entrance exam at the “Carl-Philip-Emanuel Bach Music High School” in Berlin in 2008, where she was taught by Prof. Johannes Kittel at the Hanns Eisler University of Music. After graduating from high school, she began studying at the Hamburg University of Music. There she was initially a student of Prof. Tanja Becker-Bender. She has been studying in the class of Prof. Sebastian Schmidt since 2013, and as a master student since 2016. During her training she was able to learn on master classes from renowned musicians such as Prof. Ingolf Turban, Akiko Suwanai and Prof. Carolin Widmann. She has won multiple 1st and 2nd Federal Prizes at the Youth Music Festival competition with her two instruments violin and harp. In this context, she received a special award from the German Foundation for Music Life at the 2007 federal competition. In 2017, she won first prize and audience award at the competition of the international spring academy in Neustadt. She has been a scholarship holder of YEHUDI MENUHIN Live Music Now Hamburg e.V. since 2014 and has been supported by the Career Center of the HfMT Hamburg since 2015. At the age of 15 she became a member of the Federal Youth Orchestra and played in 2009 as concertmaster of the orchestra academy of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. She is concertmaster of the Menden Chamber Philharmonic and has also performed with this orchestra several times as a soloist. Camilla Busemann has been an academic at the “Joseph Joachim Akademie” at the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover since August 2017. In addition, she has a passion for chamber music. She plays many concerts in different formations. 2018 was a guest at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival together with well-known musicians.