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Michael Klevenhaus
Singer on stage in Düsseldorf (D)

Born in 1961, Michael Klevenhaus lives near Bonn in the midst of the Siebengebirge. He studied Rhine Regional Studies at the University of Bonn and started his theatre career with an independent theatre group in Bonn before he got his first contract with the Children's and Youth Theatre at the Comedia Colonia in 1989. In addition to his involvement with independent theatres like the Piccolo Theatre Cologne and the JUTA in D├╝sseldorf as well as with city theatres, he went on extensive tours through Germany and the neighbouring countries with various ensembles.

In 1996 he started learning the Scottish-Gaelic language in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on Skye island. Since 1999, he has worked as a correspondent for the BBC Gaelic speaking radio nan Gàidheal and was the first German to host a programme in Gaelic for the television documentary series Eòrpa.

Since 2002 he has taught Gaelic language and songs at the German Centre for Gealic Language and Culture in Bonn, which he founded.

Since 2003 he has initiated the Gealic Film and Cutural festival FILMALBA in Bonn, which takes place every second year, and with varying themes, for example:
In 2003 the main focus was on the classical bagpipe music P├Čobaireachd, in 2004 the Gealic literature and Leabhar M├▓r na G├áidhlig, in 2006 the Gealic folk culture. He then worked closely with artists, such as Allan MacDonald (bagpipe), Glenuig, Karen Marshalsay (harpe) or the BBC Scotland.

In 2005 he was the first German to enrole in the Gealic speaking Master program in Sabhal M├▓r Ostaig and since 2006 he has taught Gealic at the University of Bonn.

Michael Klevenhaus regularly publishes prose and lyric in Gaelic in Scotland and wrote the first German phrase-book for Scottish-Gaelic. He teaches Gaelic summer courses for Germans on South-Uist. His Gaelic song evenings are appreciated by audience and press alike as an intimate, knowledgable and entertaining excursions into the Gaelic culture of Hebrids and the Scottish Highlands. At the moment he works on a novel in Gaelic and a textbook for Scottish- Gaelic language.


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