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Nora Krahl

studied cello with Professor Alexander Hülshoff at Folkwang University of the Arts, Germany. Nora attended masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Christoph Richter, Valentin Erben, and Enrico Dindo and was awarded scholarships by the DAAD (German Academic exchange Program), Ensemble Modern, the city of Berlin, and the Paul-Sacher Foundation Basel. Artist residencies led her to Istanbul and New York City.

Nora now lives in Berlin and performs worldwide. She works with musicians like Lukas Fels, Rohan de Saram, Nickolas Photinos, Tristan Murail, and Helmut Lachenmann. Besides her solo work, she performs in various groups, including free improvisation (with Elliott Sharp, Joëlle Léandre, Jon Rose, Frank Gratkowski, Reinhold Friedl, Oguz Büyükberber,…), multimedia settings (with Sena Başöz (Istanbul) and electronics (with Juan Felipe Waller), and has composed music for theater (with Karin Beier a.o.). Nora has been playing with zeitkratzer since 2015.


Nora Krahl’s cello, made by the Berlin violinmaker Ragnar Hayn, won the gold medal at the Manchester Cello Competition in 2007. The instrument is a copy of a cello made by Matteo Goffriller in Venice in 1710. Since 2007, Nora and Frank (the cello’s name) are inseparable — apart from the usual marital conflicts. They even sleep in the same room and always travel together. As Frank does not like to eat in airplanes, Nora always gets a double portion, which she very much enjoys.