Born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, I made first early experiences on stage as violinist with the rock string orchestra (Rockstreichorchester) and the youth symphony orchestra of my hometown music school. During the rebel years I switched to electronic bass. Although the violin will always be my first and beloved instrument, every now and then I feel the need to switch to deeper registers on viola or bass…
I studied applied cultural sciences at the university of Hildesheim, focussing on music and theatre, having violin lessons with Marie-Luise Jauch and double/e- bass lessons with Bernd Jacobsen and Jürgen Attig. Before and during those studies I travelled to Ecuador and Peru and went with a scholarship from DAAD to Rio de Janeiro, working at SESC Rio in the production of a german-brazilian theatre project (Estranha Visão). I met violinist Nicolas Krassik and was fascinated by his Forró and Samba phrasing on the violin – the real journey began!
Rushing through the studies in Hildesheim, I participated at the Popkurs at HfMT Hamburg and spent one more semestre abroad as Erasmus student for jazz at ESMAE in Porto, Portugal. I met wonderful musicians and friends for life, digged deep into the vibrant jazz scene of this beautiful town and went back to Germany, preparing for the qualifying examination at HMT Hannover. I was lucky – after finishing studies in Hildesheim I had the chance to do even one more diploma, in jazz violin, with Hajo Hoffmann and Ulli Bartel.
During all these years, I played in string quartets and several bands, getting to know a lot of different musical styles, such as Punk, Swing, Forró, Samba, Salsa, Tango, Country, Minimal Music, Pop … Some of my ensembles and staged productions you can visit on this homepage, as well as the most recent projects I am touring with.
Since my kids are born and I see them growing up with music, my interest in creative forms of music education has grown likewise. Over the last years I developed various interdisciplinary concert formats for young audiences, for the Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, among others.
Actually, I am working between my two ‘hometowns’ Hannover and Lisbon, as stage musician for theatre productions, touring with FAYA and the Mosaicollective production “O Canto da Baleia“, and giving Workshops for children and pedagogues (dm project “Singende Kindergärten“, Musikschule Hildesheim, a. o.). Recently, I finished the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training, now diggin deep into creating interdisciplinary formats of Yoga & Music for children and adults.
With the pandemic, I had to adapt to online formats of teaching, which enables me to teach world wide. Currently, I teach students in Germany, Portugal and Italy. If you are interested in having online violin or Yoga lessons, please contact me directly at mail[at]kristinavandesand.de
Nominations and Prices:
- 2019 Winner of the Creole Global Music Contest in Berlin with FAYA
- 2014 Winner of Junge Ohren Preis in the Category Concept for Die Beste Beerdigung der Welt, Quartett PLUS 1
- 2013 Nominated for the Creole World Music Award Berlin with Tango Bastardo
- 2013 Nominated for the YEAH! Award with the production Relax Your Mind, Quartett PLUS 1
- 2011 Winner of Creole World Music Award Berlin with bye bye brasil
- 2009 Winner of Creole World Music Award Hamburg with Goja Mars
Casa da música, Porto, (PT) | Intendente em Festa, Lisbon (PT) | Festival Navicelle (IT) | Festival de Jazz de Guimaraes (PT) | Waves Festival (DK) | Novara Street Festival (IT) | Herbstgold Festival Eisenstadt (AT)| Creole Weltmusik Wettbewerb | Josef-Joachim-Violinwettbewerb Hannover | Jazztime Hildesheim | Masala Weltbeat Festival Hannover | Tollwood Festival, München | YEAH! Festival Osnabrück | Sophiensaele Berlin |Deutsches Theater Göttingen | Staatstheater Hannover | Staatstheater Braunschweig | Thalia Theater Hamburg | Theater für Niedersachsen, Hildesheim | Theater Wrede+, Oldenburg | Hutball, Dresden |Pavillon, Hannover | Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin | White Trash, Berlin | Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin | Goldbekhaus, Hamburg | Hotel Adlon, Berlin | Hotel Kempinski, Dresden etc…
FAYA | Recorded by Roman Keller at Klangkombüse Hamburg, March 2019 | Mixed and Mastered by Andrea Appino, Livorno in April 2019
American Jesus Suite | Quartett PLUS 1 | Aufnahme: Stefan Wurz und Michael Speer, Subterra Sound Hildesheim |2012 Flowfish Records
Always Be | Anyamobo | Aufnahme: Pedro Vera, Audio Cue Tonlabor Berlin | 2012
bye bye brasil | bye bye brasil | Aufnahme: Kostia Rapoport, Wohnzimmerstudio Berlin | 2011 Flowfish Records
In allen meinen Liedern | Flimmerfrühstück | Aufnahme: Michael Kersting, Click Studio Münster | 2011 Vertigo Berlin (Universal)
Von Wegen und Welten | Rauschenberger | Aufnahme: Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser Hannover | 2010
Abenteuerlust | Pinkspots | auf dem Sampler Swing is not Dead | 2010 Frankie Boy Records
Wunderschöner Tag | Pinkspots | auf dem Sampler Schlager Swings | 2010 DA Music
Shine + Belleville | Pinkspots | auf dem Sampler Best of Rock’n’ Roll | 2009 Feiyr Compilation
Wunderschöner Tag | Pinkspots | auf dem Sampler From Punk to Rockabilly | 2009 Feiyr Compilation
So swingt der Hutklub | Pinkspots | auf dem Sampler Dynamite, Warschauer, Magazin für Gegenkultur (2008)
Pinkspots & der Hutklub | Pinkspots & der Hutklub | Aufnahme: Macky, Noise Control Studio Hildesheim | 2008 Wolverine Records
our blanket skies | m.f. brasch | Aufnahme: Matthias Jürgens, Sperrton-Studio Hamburg | 2006
Hardchor | Die Prinzen | Aufnahme: Jens Krause, Peppermint Park Studio Hannover | 2004 Hansa (Sony Music)