• About Us
Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects GmbH is an international music management company, providing tailored services for their distinguished clients and partners.
The artist management companies Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects GmbH, based in Berlin, and Hazard Chase Limited, based in Cambridge and London, collaborate in a close-knit partnership. The strategy is to cultivate dialogue and teamwork between the partners and to share information and expertise in order to strengthen further their position in the international market, and thereby to enhance the value and service to the associated clients, by identifying opportunities for artists and promoters.
Following studies and post-graduate degrees in Music at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg (Viola), in Arts Management at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and an MBA (with distinction) at the University of Plymouth, Ekkehard has worked for various arts organizations including: Project Manager of the "Sixpack 94" theatre festival in Hamburg (under the direction of Jürgen Flimm), Orchestra Manager of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Administrator of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, where his responsibilities included artistic planning, selling and securing paid engagements for the orchestra and tour management for extensive touring through Europe, North & South America, Asia and Japan.
In 2001 he joined Van Walsum Management Limited as an Artist Manager and Head of the German office and moved from Hannover to the head office in London in 2005.
At Van Walsum Management he looked after clients such as Yuri Bashmet, Moscow Soloists, Kristjan Järvi, Frank Strobel, Borodin Quartet, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Barnabás Kelemen, Stephen Kovacevich, Javier Perianes a.o.
In 2009 he became a Managing Partner at Impresariat Simmenauer GmbH in Berlin and subsequently founded Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects in Berlin in 2012.
James Brown was born in Yorkshire and studied the viola with Frederick Riddle at the Royal College of Music, during which time he won most of the major viola prizes and was Co-Principal Viola of the European Community Youth Orchestra. During a six-year career as a professional violist he was the youngest member successively of the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Radio and London Philharmonic orchestras.
He founded Hazard Chase in 1990. From 1993-1999 he was a Partner of N.W. Brown and Company, Hazard Chase’s parent organisation at that time. In 1997 he was responsible for the acquisition by Hazard Chase of the business interests of Magenta Music International. In November 1999, as Managing Director, he led a management buy-out of Hazard Chase. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of Orchid Music Limited (including the record label Orchid Classics) in which Hazard Chase is a shareholder and in 2014 he became Managing Director. James represents Hazard Chase on the board of Ekkehard Jung Artists and Projects GmbH, the Berlin-based agency in which Hazard Chase also has an interest.
He is a consultant to the Woodhouse Centre at the Royal College of Music and a member of the Association Européenne des Agents Artistiques. He has been a speaker at numerous international conferences including Midem Classique, the Association of British Orchestras, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival Forum, the American Symphony Orchestra League and IAMA.
James was Chairman of the International Artist Managers’ Association from 2003-2005. In May 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and in April 2012 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Artist Managers’ Association. In January 2013 he received the Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Publishing award for 2012 for Artist Manager of the Year.
Mina Takei joined Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects GmbH as Assistant Artist Manager in March 2013. Born in Japan, she obtained her MA degree in Italian Literature from the University of Edinburgh and then completed a Master´s degree in International Cultural Management at the University of Genoa.
Subsequently she has gained experience in music management in several organisations, amongst others at the competition "Premio Paganini" in Genoa, at the artist agency Resia in Milan as well as at the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. Mina is passionate about Baroque Opera and also enjoys singing as a regular member of a choir in Berlin.
During and after her MA degree in theatre studies, musicology and English literature at the universities of Bayreuth, Naples and Mainz, Leonie Werner worked with various classical music festivals such as the Kurt Weill Festival Dessau, the Göttingen International Handel Festival and Summer Opera Bamberg. Subsequent to her position as project and orchestra manager at Young Euro Classic, the international youth orchestra festival in Berlin, Leonie joined Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects in November 2013.
Although not born in Berlin, Leonie has decided to settle there and in her free time she enjoys the wide range of cultural activities on offer in the worlds of music, dance and theatre.
During her BA degree in cultural management in Görlitz, Eileen Stillger gained practical experience at the administration departments of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and at the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart. In the course of her MA degree in cultural management in Weimar she worked as a concert manager at Weimar Arts Festival, Saxonian Mozart Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Subsequently, Eileen undertook a traineeship in digital communication at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin and continued her position as a concert manager at the MDR Music Festival in Leipzig. Recently, she was employed in the marketing department at Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. In her free time Eileen explores the cultural scene of Berlin and is passionate about dancing salsa.