Claudio Bohórquez, cello
Claudio Bohórquez, descent of Peruvian and Uruguayan ancestors, has been hailed as one of the most exciting and fascinating musicians of his generation by conductors, audiences, concert presenters and critics alike.His recent tour with the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach with concerts in Washington and Latin America was a huge success. He played “unforgettably and excellent” and his interpretation of the Lalo Cello concert was “the most beautiful I have ever heard”, wrote a Washington Post critic. In the 2012/2013 season Claudio Bohórquez was able to display his talent as chamber musician: he appeared in Madrid and Bilbao together with Jörg Widmann and Katia Skanavi and performed piano trios by Beethoven with Viviane Hagner and Jonathan Gilad during the Beethoven Marathon at Konzerthaus Berlin.
As a student of Boris Pergamenschikow, Claudio Bohórquez achieved success at an early age at international competitions such as the Tschaikowsky Youth Competition in Moscow and the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris. This culminated in 2000 with three awards at the first International Pablo Casals Competition held under the auspices of the Kronberg Academy: Marta Casals Istomin presented Claudio Bohórquez with first prize, a special award for the best chamber music, and also the use of Casals’ Gofriller cello for a period of two years. He also won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva, an achievement that marked the start of his career as a soloist. Meanwhile he has become a teacher himself: since 2003 he is guest professor at the ‘Hanns Eisler’ Academy of Music in Berlin and was appointed as Professor at the Stuttgart Music Academy in autumn 2011.
Claudio Bohórquez has performed with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, almost all of the German Radio Orchestras, the Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre de Toulouse, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In Japan he has appeared with both the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the United States he has recently performed concerts with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Renowned conductors with whom Claudio Bohórquez has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jonathan Darlington, Thomas Dausgaard, Christoph Eschenbach, Hans Graf, Ruben Gazarian, Manfred Honeck, Yakov Kreizberg, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Krzysztof Penderecki, Leonard Slatkin, Tugan Sokhiev, Lothar Zagrosek and David Zinman.
Claudio Bohórquez has been invited to numerous festivals as a guest performer, including the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the City of London Festival, the Penderecki Festival in Warsaw and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. Appearances in the United States have included performances at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Aspen festivals and the Hollywood Bowl. He also took part in the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria and Gidon Kremer’s “Les Musiques” festival in Basel. As a passionate chamber musician he has performed together with Katia Skanavi and Jörg Widmann in Bilbao/Madrid, and with Viviane Hagner and Jonathan Gilad at the Beethoven Marathon at Konzerthaus Berlin.
The past season brought the artist to many festivals, u. a. to the Rheingau Festival with the Columbian Youth Philharmonic under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, to the Dresden Music Festival performing together with violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Boris Giltburg, as well as to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with Daniel Hope and other chamber music partners.
The current season includes re-invitations to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Rheingau Festival.
In addition to numerous CD recordings, radio recordings and television appearances Claudio Bohórquez performed on Paul Englishby’s soundtrack of the film “Ten Minutes Older – The Cello”, which was seen in cinemas around the world. Claudio Bohórquez has also worked with artist Klaus-Peter Kirchner on “Room for Pablo Casals”, a work dedicated to the great cellist combining words, sounds and images.
He was part of the ECHO-winning album “Four Seasons” (2017) of Daniel Hope, released by Deutsche Grammophon.
Since the season 2017/18 Claudio Bohórquez is Artistic Director of the Festival Winnenden.
Claudio Bohórquez plays a G. B. Rogeri violoncello presented to him by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg.
Péter Nagy, piano
The first prize in the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition launched pianist Péter Nagy into a remarkable international career at a young age. Nagy had been admitted at the age of eight to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and at the age of eleven he won the second prize of the International Concours in Usti nad Labem (Czechoslovakia). In 1980 he was acclaimed at the Bordeaux Festival of Young Soloists and on the Bratislava International Rostrum for Young Interpreters.
Nagy’s concerts include tours throughout Europe, performing concertos and solo recitals in Finland, Germany, Greece, Russia, throughout the former Soviet Union, France (where he has performed at the Louvre in Paris), and London (notably at Wigmore Hall), as well as many other engagements. He has given recitals at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Sydney Opera House, in New Zealand and throughout Japan. Among his concerto engagements in Japan are appearances as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Péter Nagy has performed at major music festivals in Europe, the United States and Japan. He regularly collaborates with partners such as the New Zealand String Quartet, Biava String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Zoltán Kocsis, László Polgár, Miklós Perényi, Leonidas Kavakos, the St Lawrence String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Pergamenschikow, Charles Neidich, Nobuko Imai, Nathalian Rosen, Jan Vogler, Tanja Becker-Bender, Hakan Rosengren, Ruggiero Ricci, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson and Colin Carr, to name a few.
Péter Nagy is also active as a teacher, holding positions as professor of piano at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. He has been regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar. Recent achievements include a performance of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto in Budapest. In 2001 he received the prestigious Liszt Award.
Ilya Gringolts, viool
The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts wins over audiences with his extremely virtuosic playing and sensitive interpretations, and is always looking for new musical challenges. As a sought-after soloist, he devotes himself to the great orchestral repertoire but also to contemporary and seldom-played works. He has premiered compositions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Augusta Read Thomas, Christophe Bertrand and Michael Jarrell. In addition, he is interested in historical performance practice: most recently he could be seen in a play-conduct role performing Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in its original key with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, and was invited as soloist with the Oxford Philharmonia.
Ilya Gringolts has performed with leading orchestras around the world such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, NHK Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sao Paulo State Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra and both orchestras of Southwest German Radio. Recent highlights included projects with the Bamberg Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony. In 2016/17, highlights include his debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony with Ligeti’s Violin Concerto and a tour with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of his former teacher Itzhak Perlman.
He is also the first violinist of the Gringolts Quartet, which he founded in 2008 and which enjoys great success with performances at the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Teatro La Fenice in Venice, among others. As a keen chamber musician, Ilya Gringolts collaborates with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, David Kadouch, Itamar Golan, Peter Laul, Aleksandar Madzar, Nicolas Altstaedt, Andreas Ottensamer, Antoine Tamestit and Jörg Widmann, and is a regular guest at the festivals in Lucerne, Kuhmo, Verbier, Colmar and Bucharest (Enescu Festival), as well as at Wigmore Hall, the Serate Musicali in Milan and St. Petersburg Philharmonia.
Following numerous critically praised recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and Hyperion labels, Ilya Gringolts devoted himself to the chamber music of Robert Schumann from 2010 to 2011, releasing three CDs on Onyx. In 2013/14 his recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin on Orchid Classics received many outstanding reviews, and in the orchestral realm, he caught audiences’ and critics’ attention in spring 2015 with his recording of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
After studying violin and composition in St. Petersburg with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi, he attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Itzhak Perlman. In 1998 he won the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, as the youngest first prize winner in the history of the competition.
As well as his position as violin professor at the Zurich Academy of the Arts, he is also a Violin International Fellow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Ilya Gringolts plays a Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù” violin, Cremona 1742-43, on loan from a private collection.
Polina Leschenko, piano
‘Then on came Polina Leschenko with some of the most poetic and devastatingly beautiful piano playing I have heard in an account of Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto that had ‘masterpiece’ stamped all over it. The playing by pianist and orchestra in the gorgeous slow movement stopped time; and my heart. What a night!’ The Herald, 14 February 2010, Michael Tumelty.
Polina Leschenko was born in St Petersburg into a family of musicians and began playing the piano under her father’s guidance at the age of six. Two years later she performed with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra in St.Petersburg.
In 1991 Polina moved with her family to Europe where she studied with her father Sergey Leschenko at the Brussels Conservatory and with Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln.
Other major influences have included lessons with Prof. Vitali Margulis and Alexander Rabinovitch-Barakovsky. At the age of 12 Polina made her UK debut at the Barbican Hall in London playing Beethoven’s piano concerto n.5.
Leschenko has worked with such prominent orchestras as the Salzburg Camerata, Hallé Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Bern Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Orquesta de Euskadi and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Polina has given critically acclaimed solo recitals and chamber music concerts at such renowned venues as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Kölner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Opera House in Sydney.
An accomplished and admired chamber musician, Polina Leschenko also performs frequently at many festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Verbier, Risor, Stavanger, Vinterfest (Sweden), International Chambermusic Festival Utrecht, la Roque d’Anthéron, Aldeburgh, Oxford, Cheltenham, Stift, Istanbul, and Musiktage Mondsee. Regular collaborations with artists include Martha Argerich, Ivry Gitlis, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Ilya Gringolts, Julian Rachlin, Heinrich Schiff, Mischa Maisky, Torleif Thedéen, Martin Frost and the Auryn Quartet.
In 2003 Polina Leschenko recorded a début CD for EMI Classics in the series “Martha Argerich presents…” with works by Liszt, Chopin, Kreisler/Rachmaninov, Brahms and Bach/Feinberg. She has also recorded a well-received disc of Prokofiev chamber music with Martha Argerich, Christian Poltéra and Roby Lakatos, for Avanticlassic, with whom she has a recording contract. Her recital disc – featuring an all-Liszt program including the B minor
Sonata – was released in May 2007 to great critical acclaim, receiving a “Choc” du Monde de la Musique.
Polina’s most recent CD’s include a recital CD entitled “Forgotten Melodies” (Avanticalssic), Mendelssohn double concerto with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti (BIS ) and a recording of the Dvorak piano quartet op.87 on EMI Classics as part of the “Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2012” series. During a three-year residency, from 2009 to 2012, Leschenko held the position of International Chair in Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.
Since September 2013 Polina has been appointed professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium.
Aleksey Igudesman, viool
A SLIGHTLY UNUSUAL BIO FOR A VERY UNUSUAL MAN – Aleksey Igudesman was born in Leningrad at a very young age. He is known as a violinist, composer, conductor, comedian, film maker, actor, writer, poet, and entrepreneur, but his secret passion is cooking, eating out in luxurious restaurants and writing reviews on tripadvisor.
THE VIOLINIST – He has never won any competitions, mainly because he has never entered any. During his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he read the entire plays of Shaw, Wilde and Chekhov, which didn’t improve his violin playing, but made him feel foolishly somewhat superior to other less intellectually endowed, yet harder practising, colleagues. After studying the violin with acclaimed pedagogue Boris Kuschnir in Vienna and being told many times by many people that they were rather worried about his future, Igudesman embarked on a successful career playing concerts around the world, composing music for movies and humans and working with famous people like Hans Zimmer, John Malkovich, Roger Moore and other people who are less famous, but just as great… Aleksey Igudesman plays on a Santo Seraphin violin from the year 1717, which is kindly loaned to him by ERSTE BANK. His strings of choice are by Thomastik-Infeld.
THE COMPOSER AND CONDUCTOR – Igudesman writes a lot of music. He has known to start and finish works before breakfast. Which may be less impressive in light of the fact that he sometimes eats breakfast in the evening. His compositions are published by Universal Edition and have been performed worldwide by soloists, ensembles and orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, often with his participation as a solo violinist and conductor. Igudesman has written for and performed as a soloist on several movie soundtracks. He has worked particularly closely with Academy Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer on numerous movies, including “Sherlock Holmes” which received an Oscar nomination for the Best Original Score. Igudesman‘s commissions in 2018 include a whole evening of music for the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, a piece for two violins and orchestra for Vadim Repin and Clara-Jumi Kang, and a work for violin solo and 100 violinists for Daniel Hope, as well as numerous publications on Universal Edition and Modern Works. In 2018 Igudesman will conduct the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in his own New Years concert at the main hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
THE COMEDIAN – IGUDESMAN & JOO – Igudesman partners with pianist Hyung-ki Joo and together they perform as IGUDESMAN & JOO, a name which surprisingly enough took them some years to find. Their duo shows and shows with symphony and chamber orchestra, have received much acclaim around the world. Clips have been watched on YouTube over 45 million times and as a duo, they have performed with Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Viktoria Mullova, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yuja Wang and John Malkovich, among others. Igudesman & Joo have performed in front of half a million people, alongside rock legends like Simple Minds, Kim Wilde, Sinead O’Connor, Tears for Fears and Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees. Apart from touring extensively around the world with Igudesman & Joo, he performs his solo show “Fasten Seat Belts”. Strangely enough this solo shows has several special guests, like the dancer Manaho Shimokawa, the violinist Kristina Suklar and the percussionist and composer Lucy Landymore. Which doesn‘t make it that „solo“ anymore, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
THE FILM MAKER AND ACTOR – Aleksey Igudesman has directed, produced and starred in the feature-length comedy/documentary “Noseland”, featuring, among others, Julian Rachlin, John Malkovich and Sir Roger Moore. Noseland has been premiered in 14 festivals around the world and won the “Most Entertaining Documentary” award at the Doc Miami International Film Festival. Igudesman stared in an Austrian TV series broadcasted by ORF, entitled “Du Kunst Mich”, where he features talents from the fields of music, dance, photography and fashion. He is co-founder of the production company „Music Traveler Productions“, with which he is currently working on a new TV series entitled “The Loser Takes It All” based on Igudesman & Joo’s violin and piano competition set in Sion, Switzerland. He is also working on a live filming of the show „UpBeat“ together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include various TV series and feature length movies, featuring real musicians at the center of the story. THE WRITER AND POET Igudesman created and tours in 2018/19 with “The Music Critic” – a sardonic mix of the most evil music critiques of the last centuries written about some of the greatest works of music. John Malkovich slips into the role of the evil critic who believes the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev (and the likes) to be weary and dreary. He has performed his violin duets in the project „Violins of the World“, in which his own poems are recited by Sir Roger Moore. His poetry is often published together with his music on UE. Together with Joo, Igudesman is planning to release their book „Saving the World“ in 2019 – a book about how to live in a more creative way, how improve ones life and hence save the world.
THE ENTREPRENEUR – MUSIC TRAVELER – Together with Julia Rhee, Aleksey Igudesman is the co-founder of ‘Music Traveler’, an app and online platform which allows musicians to book practice rooms anywhere any time. ‘Music Traveler’ has already been launched in Austria with plans to expand quickly around the world. ‘Music Traveler’ aims to make instruments and music in general more available to musicians and music lovers world-wide.
THE COOK AND FOODIE – Igudesman has been an inspired cook for well over two decades and has created innovative gastronomic concepts, although be it only in his own kitchen. In his „improvisational cuisine“ he does the shopping himself void of any plan of the courses to come, letting the fresh quality produce available dictate his menu, right up to the moment where it is served. On the other hand, in his own „transformational cuisine“ he likes to serve a multicourse menu, where each course magically transforms into the next one, carefully planning the transformation where parts of the previous course often gets changed on the plate to become the next one. Igudesman has visited 8 out of the top ten restaurants in the world and often writes in his own private food journals as well as on tripadvisor, where he has currently written over 120 reviews. In the future he plans to incorporate food more into his film making and even his live performances. He has collaborated with the top restaurant Taubenkobel in an artistic project, creating an edible menu to be consumed at various parts of a live performance. This has been featured on ORF, Austrian television.
Manaho Shimokawa, dans
Manaho Shimokawa is a performer, dancer, director, choreographer and model. Born in Fukuoka (Japan) she had a passion for dance ever since she was able to crawl.
After many years of classical ballet, she came to study contemporary dance at Konservatorium Privatuniversität Wien (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität), Austria in 2009. Under the guidance of her tutor Esther Balfe, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013 and has not stopped moving since then.
Her love of diverse cultures, led her to explore Forsythe Technic, Break Dance, Vogueing, Latin, and Japanese traditional dance, among many others styles.
Creating her very own style of dance by melting genres, she likes to describe herself as a “Chameleon Dancer”.
Shimokawa’s diverse projects include collaborations with choreographers Michael Turinsky and Jérôme Bel, painter Leo Stopfer, make-up artist Shlomit Migay, the band INCUBUS, Sofa Surfers and violinist Aleksey Igudesman among many others.
Since 2016, Shimokawa has directed short films “celebration”, and “A Last One in Color”. The premier of “A Last One in Color” was shown at the opening of the Japanese film festival JAPANNUAL in Vienna.
Together with Igudesman, Shimokawa formed MAD, “Music And Dance”. They push the borders between movement, music and improvisation. In 2016 they toured in Austria, including performances in the Vienna Konzerthaus and plan to continue their collaboration with the aim of spreading MADness around the globe. MAD released their new piece “kitchen dance” in ORF “Du Kunst Mich” in the frame of KulturMontag.
In 2016 Shimokawa toured as a dance soloist with orchestra in Russia at Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Arts Festival and in Japan in Miyazaki International Music Festival of Tsugio Tokunaga, since then she is frequent guest in Miyazaki. In collaboration with Igudesman, she has created highly unique and interactive choreographies which include audience and orchestra participation using the symphonic music of composers such as Strauss, Shostakovich and Rossini.
With her old friend Yury Revich, who studied in Konservatorium Privatuniversität Wien (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität) together, they collaborate in the platform of Yury Revich’s Friday Nights. They performed in front of “Der Kuss” by Klimt, which was all first performance of history of Belvedere. They performed semperdepot, Musikverein/Vienna, also in Theater Megaron/Athens.
Together with Esther Balfe, Shimokawa performed in “Ganymed Fe male” led by Jacqueline Kornmüller in 2017.
Shimokawa was a cover model of KURIER, and appeared in ORANGEFrance magazine. She has worked with Photographer Andreas H. Bitesnich, and make-up artist Dirk Nebel. Since 2015, she signed a contract with BODY and SOUL Model Agency.
Manaho Shimokawa, or Mana to her friends, intends to bring a smile to the face of every person she works with and performs for. For her that is the ultimate height of success.
Lucy Landymore, percussie
Lucy Landymore is an award winning multi-percussionist, specialising in drum kit, Vibraphone, Marimba and Latin percussion. She is in high demand across the UK and Europe, performing alongside the likes of Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, Gabrielle Aplin, Guthrie Govan, Johnny Marr, Myles Sanko, Stewart Copeland, Igudesman & Joo, and many more.
Her musical interest spans many genres, ranging from Pop, Jazz and Classical through to Latin American music. In Summer 2016, Lucy played percussion for the Hans Zimmer Live Arena tour, playing 38 performances of works including The Dark Knight, Lion King, and Interstellar.
She performed on Latin percussion alongside Steward Copeland for the per- formance of his album Orchestralli. In the last year she has often performed as a guest lead percussionist and drummer with Igudesman & Joo.
Lucy regularly performs with various DJs, including High On Heels, in pres- tigious venues across London and Europe and most recently, a live show with the original cast of Jersey Boys.
Together with percussionist Angela Hui she formed OctaDuo. They perform original music across London and the UK, incorporating a multitude of inst- ruments and styles.
Lucy performs solo recitals and is also very passionate about Salsa, Samba, Locking and Breakdance.
Lucy was offered a full scholarship from Soirée d’Or to attend the Royal College of Music, where she studied percussion under David Hockings, and drum kit under Ralph Salmins. In her second year, she won the RCM Concerto competition and performed Zivkovic‘s Tales from the Centre of the Earth concerto for multi-percussion and marimba with the RCM Symphony Orchestra.
After winning the percussion category of the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Lucy was asked back to perform at the opening of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year.
She regularly plays in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Hammersmith Apollo and the Royal Opera House. As a soloist, she performs recitals across the UK in venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Ely Cathedral and Kettles Yard, to name a few. In 2013, she appeared on the SkyArts TV program Michael Parkinson: Masterclass where she took part in a master class with Evelyn Glennie.
Tim de Vries, viool
Tim de Vries (Haarlem, 21 juli 2000) speelt viool sinds zijn zevende. Hij is begonnen bij Sandra Wallner aan muziekschool Fluxus te Zaandam en studeert nu bij Ilya Grubert aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Na de zomer begint hij hier aan het ‘Bachelor Excellence Program’. Tim volgde masterclasses bij onder anderen Simone Lamsma, Liviu Prunaru en Christian Tetzlaff.
Tim was eerste prijswinnaar op onder andere het Britten Vioolconcours en het Prinses Christina Concours, waar hij ook meerdere publieksprijzen in de wacht sleepte.
Bijzondere optredens: in 2012 speelde Tim op televisie samen met Simone Lamsma en het Metropole Orkest het dubbelconcert van Bach. Daarna soleerde hij meerdere malen met orkest in Groningen, Zaandam, Amstelveen en Oberhausen (Duitsland). Hij heeft opgetreden in zalen als het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam en Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Ook heeft hij concerten gegeven in Italië (op uitnodiging van prinses Christina), Duitsland en Canada en de Verenigde Staten (op uitnodiging van het Prinses Christina Concours).
Tim speelt op een prachtige viool van Enrico Ceruti uit 1839, gebouwd in Cremona. Zijn strijkstok heeft hij in bruikleen van het NMF.
Met pianist Mischa van Tijn en celliste Emma van Schadewijk vormt Tim sinds eind 2017 ‘Trio Diotima’. Zij hebben onder meer een publieksprijs, een eerste prijs én de Persprijs gewonnen op het Prinses Christina Concours. Als trio namen zij deel aan masterclasses van onder anderen Gregor Horsch, Jean-Bernard Pommier en Malcolm Singer. Recent speelden zij live op Radio 4 in het programma ‘Opium’ en op de televisie in het programma ‘Podium Witteman’.
Mischa van Tijn, piano
Mischa van Tijn (Amsterdam, 9 november 2000) begon in maart 2008 met pianoles bij Marjès Benoist. In juni 2013 werd hij toegelaten tot de Sweelinck Academie van het Conservatorium van Amsterdam, waar hij verder studeerde bij Marjès Benoist. Sinds de zomer van 2016 is Frank van de Laar daar zijn docent. Mischa volgde masterclasses bij onder anderen Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Ralph van Raat en Jan Wijn.
In april 2016 won Mischa tijdens de nationale finale van het Prinses Christina Concours een eerste prijs én de JON Prijs. In oktober 2016 bereikte hij de finale van de International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, waarin hij een Distinguished Achievement Award kreeg.
Rond de jaarwisseling 2016/2017 speelde Mischa vijf keer het derde pianoconcert van Beethoven met JeugdOrkest Nederland o.l.v. Jurjen Hempel in verschillende steden in Nederland. Hij geeft regelmatig kamermuziek concerten, met onder anderen Maria Pedano (hobo en zang), Emma van Schadewijk (cello), Tim de Vries (viool) en Johan Wiersma (accordeon). Met Johan Wiersma en Maria Pedano gaf hij een concert in Zürich op uitnodiging van het Nederlands consulaat.
Mischa heeft opgetreden in zalen als het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, De Doelen te Rotterdam en Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Hij nam deel aan ‘Festival Maas en Waal’ in Leur (2016), Kamermuziekfestival Hoorn (2017) en Kamermuziekfestival Middelburg (2018).
Met violist Tim de Vries en celliste Emma van Schadewijk vormt Mischa sinds eind 2017 ‘Trio Diotima’. In april 2018 wonnen zij een eerste prijs én de Persprijs op het Prinses Christina Concours. Als trio zullen zij binnenkort onder meer optreden op het Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam (18 augustus). Solo is Mischa onder meer te horen op 11 en 13 juli tijdens Festival ‘Thijl’ in Soesterberg.
Adrian Brendel, cello
One of the most versatile and original Cellists of his generation, Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in his teenage years opened a new and vital avenue that he continues to explore with huge enthusiasm alongside his passion for jazz and world music.
Adrian first studied the cello with William Pleeth, with whom he developed a deep attachment to chamber music. He then went on to study with Alexander Baillie and Frans Helmerson in London and Cologne, also frequently attending the masterclasses of Gyorgy Kurtag, Ferenc Rados, members of the Alban Berg quartet and his father Alfred Brendel. An acclaimed recording of Beethoven’s cello sonatas with his father is available on the Philips label, recorded during their recital tours of 2003/2004. Projects with contemporary composers and conductors during this time such as Kurtag, Thomas Ades and Peter Eotvos amongst many inspired him to cultivate new music in his concert programmes wherever possible. A recent three year project with Sir Harrison Birtwistle has led to premieres of his song cycle ‘Bogenstrich’ and a piano trio due for release on the ECM label in 2013. He also premieres York Hoeller’s cello concerto ‘Mouvements’ in January of the same year with NDR Hamburg alongside Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s ‘Canto di Speranza’.
In great demand as a recitalist and soloist, Adrian works with Aleksandar Madzar, Imogen Cooper, Till Fellner, Tim Horton and Kit Armstrong. His chamber music partners include Henning Kraggerud, Lisa Batiashvili, Lars-Anders Tomter, Andrej Bielow, Katharine Gowers and Alasdair Beatson to name a few. Over the last two years he has visited the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Verbier, Ernen, Salzburg, Sonoro, Enescu, Schubertiade and Ruhr international festivals, and is a frequent visitor to London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and many other important venues in Europe. He has performed concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, RSNO, SCO and many orchestras across Germany and eastern Europe. His annual visit to the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, founded by the late Sandor Vegh as a perfect environment for music-making, is of great personal and artistic importance.
Adrian is artistic director of the Plush festival, held every summer in Plush, Dorset since 1995. The programme is devoted to classical and contemporary chamber music, Lieder recitals, modern jazz, folk and world music concerts, featuring over 100 contemporary works and 200 musicians from around the world. The summer of 2012 saw performances of Nancarrow, Cage, Brett Dean, Birtwistle, Lindberg, Carter and Messiaen alongside Schubert’s trios, Janacek’s quartets, Beethoven and Brahms. Performers over the years have included Radu Lupu, Mark Padmore, Paul Lewis, Louis Lortie, Miklos Perenyi, Anthony Marwood and Lawrence Power.
Fortunately for an itinerant musician, travel is a passion for Adrian. He has participated in musical outreach projects as far afield as Bolivia, Argentina, Ukraine, Romania and east Africa in recent years, for example to present Baaba Maal’s Senegalese music festival from Podor for BBC Radio 4 in December 2012. He broadcasts regularly for radio stations around the world, most recently recording an album with Nils Wogram’s modern jazz group Root70 for Deutschlandfunk in October. Attempts to broaden his and the cello’s musical horizons have fostered projects with a range of different artists, more recently including Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen, Patti Smith and Argentinian Bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman.
Outside of his performing life, Adrian divides his time between south London, Berlin and Plush.
Noam Greenberg, piano
Israeli-born pianist Noam Greenberg studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and at Yale University, before moving to London to study with Maria Curcio. His life was changed by his visit to the International Musicians’ Seminar Prussia Cove in 2001 for Master Classes with Ferenc Rados and Sir András Schiff.
Many lessons with Ferenc Rados followed in Budapest, and regular visits to the Open Chamber Music seminars at IMS Prussia Cove. Noam now enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in both the traditional repertoire and new music and has appeared on many European stages including the Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Parco della Musica Roma, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Auditorio Nacional Madrid. An avid performer of contemporary music, Noam has given many Israeli premieres including Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, in a performance broadcast live by the European Broadcasting Union.
He has participated in the festivals of Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Banff, Norfolk, Lapland, Orlando, Schleswig-Holstein and Stage-Barcelona. Noam enjoys teaching and has given masterclass courses at Burg Fesitritz in Austria, the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold. His recent recording with clarinetist Chen Halevi, ‘Atem der Statuen’, released in July 2017 featuring Brahms and Schumann, has been met with critical acclaim. He is artistic director of the Music at Tresanton festival, which he founded in 2006.
Roby Lakatos, viool
Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos is not only a scorching virtuoso, but a musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility. Equally comfortable performing classical music as he is playing jazz and in his own Hungarian folk idiom, Lakatos is the rare musician who defies definition. He is referred to as a gypsy violinist or “devil’s fiddler”, a classical virtuoso, a jazz improviser, a composer and arranger, and a 19th-century throwback, and he is actually all of these things at once. He is the kind of universal musician so rarely encountered in our time—a player whose strength as an interpreter derives from his activities as an improviser and composer. He has performed at the great halls and festivals of Europe, Asia and America.
Born in 1965 into the legendary family of gypsy violinists descended from Janos Bihari, “King of Gypsy Violinists”, Roby Lakatos was introduced to music as a child and at age nine he made his public debut as first violin in a gypsy band. His musicianship evolved not only within his own family but also at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, where he won the first prize for classical violin in 1984. Between 1986 and 1996, he and his ensemble delighted audiences at “Les Atéliers de la grande Ille” in Brussels, their musical home throughout this period. He has collaborated with Vadim Repin and Stéphane Grappelli, and his playing was greatly admired by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, who always made a point of visiting the club in Brussels to hear Lakatos. In March 2004, Lakatos appeared to great acclaim with the London Symphony Orchestra in the orchestra’s “Genius of the Violin” festival alongside Maxim Vengerov.
When Roby Lakatos mixes the so-called “classical music” with the magic of the Hungarian-gypsy vitality, it does not turn into a disrespectful attitude toward the higher cultural heritage, but it more reflects the deep tradition rooted in the cultural heritage of the Gypsy people and offers new, refreshing pleasures to the listener and music lover. And just as Liszt, Brahms and others used the Hungarian overtones in their compositions, so now the public profits from the confrontation of these classics with the gypsy roots. This enlivens all those men and women in whose veins still pulses at least a little bit of the blood of the wandering spirit.
Roby is not just an extraordinary virtuoso but a magician with a unique technique and his own style upsets more than one. It’s a rare musician who can play Classical music, Jazz and naturally his own Hungarian folk idiom with as much energy and technical qualities, he redefines every genre with his violin. He has performed at the great halls and festivals in Europe, Asia and America and played with de biggest jazz men like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Stéphane Grappelli.
László Balogh, gitaar
László Balogh was born in Budapest on the 1st of June 1987. Raised within a musical family, he started studying music at the age of 6 with professor Agnes Szakely of the Toth Aladar Academy in Budapest. His first instrument having been the cimbalom, at the age of 12, his dedication focused to the guitar, the study of which instrument he continued in Brussels. The next step was to study classical music with Veronika Ravasz at the Ferenc Liszt Conservatory in Hungary. He then returned to Brussels to become an “apprentice” in the Roby Lakatos Ensemble for two years. During this period Laszlo has recognized his own infatuation with Jazz and Gipsy style music. Laszlo Balogh is now solo guitarist with the Roby Lakatos Ensemble
Vilmos Csikós, contrabas
Vilmos Csikos werd geboren in een muzikantenfamilie; zijn vader is bassist en zijn moeder violiste. Na zijn lagere school ging hij naar een muziekacademie om daar piano te studeren. Hij deed dit een viertal jaar en hij won meerdere plaatselijke wedstrijden. Uiteindelijk ging zijn voorkeur niet uit naar piano, maar naar de contrabas. Hij volgde les bij Montag Lajos, een bekende Hongaarse klassieke bassist.
Na zijn studies aan het István Gymnasium, reisde hij met verschillende orkesten, waaronder dat van Roby Lakatos, door de wereld. Muziek is zowat het belangrijkste element in zijn leven. Zijn voorkeur gaat uit naar klassieke muziek, jazz en vooral naar de Hongaarse zigeunermuziek. Hij werkte mee aan vsprs (Alain Platel/Fabrizio Cassol).
Jenő Lisztes, cimbaal
Jenő Lisztes was born in Budapest in 1986 and is the grandson of a famous cimbalom player. He was only four when he started studying the classical cimbalom with Agnes Székely. He then studied classical and Gypsy music with Jenő Soros. He was still only 12 when he won the Racz Aladar Cimbalom Competition. He studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest starting from 2005 and has developed into one of the best cimbalom players in the world.
Elisso Bolkvadze, piano
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the family of poets and writers, Elisso Bolkvadze began her musical study at the early age of four and performed her first concert with orchestra at the age of seven.
She’s a musician with numerous talents, with an outstanding sensibility and brilliant virtuosity. As described by legendary Maestro Zubin Mehta, she is a pianist with a “complete control over theinstrument”.A superstar in her country of birth, prize winner of many international piano world competitions (among whoch the Van Cliburn Competition and the Margeurite Long Competition),
Elisso Bolkvadze was awarded with “The Medal of Georgian Government” – one of the most prestigious national honors. The Georgian artist has established herself as a vivid cultural heritage protector and became an UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2015. Bolkvadze is also actively engaged in charity actions in order to help young talents and founded Charity
Foundation “Lyra” in 2013, in her homeland Georgia.
She began her piano studies at the local Conservatory and continued in Moscow Conservatory with Tatiana Nikolaeva.
Her musical career and development as an artist was greatly influenced by musician and Doctor of Philosophy, Michel Sogny and his unique Piano Method.
Her concert highlights have included performances with: Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Festival Orchestra, Lithuanian National Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Ukraine and Lviv, Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra, The Gewandhaus Orchestra, France National Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Krakow Philharmonic, Orchestre Colonne, United Nations Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Opera State Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.
She also regularly tours with recital concerts in Asia, America and Europe, playing Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Prokofjev and Chopin. As an Artist of Distinction, she has performed
Mozart piano concerto No.21 for the season opening in Maumelle Performing Art Center in USA with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Philip Mann as a conductor.
She recorded several albums for Sony BMG and Cascavelle Lable, performing piano concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Liszt. In 2015 Bolkvadze released an album “Prokofjev, Schubert” with the lable Audite that had a great critical acclaim and she was granted the title « Pianist Maestro ». As an artist actively engaged in cultural and human rights actions, Elisso Bolkvadze gave a charity concert in collaboration with the Embassy of Georgia, in March 2014 at Victoria Hall Geneva, she played Saint-Saens piano concerto No.2 with the United Nations Orchestra for supporting Georgian children that have suffered from war. As well as series of charity concerts in Georgia in order to help individual patients and children affected by cancer.
In 2013 she founded Batumi International Music Festival on the shore of the Black Sea. It’s an important cultural highlight in Georgia, where artists of different cultures gather to create musicalexcellence. One of the main inspirations of the festival is to broaden the power of cultural dialogue, unify people around high values and become one of the important bridges of building peace around the world.
For her outstanding contribution to the development of culture and personal commitment to cultural exchanges between France and Georgia, Elisso Bolkvadze received the distinction of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by French Republic in October 2015.
Franziska Hölscher, viool
Franziska Hölscher’s highly praised performances stand out for their “force of expression, dazzling interpretive power and enchanting tone” (ST April 26, 2016).
Born in Heidelberg, Franziska Hölscher began playing the violin at the age of five. Her teachers were Ulf Hoelscher in Karlsruhe and Thomas Brandis in Lübeck. She completed her studies in violin with Nora Chastain in Berlin in 2013.
In 1999 Franziska Hölscher gained international attention by winning First Prize at the International Radio Competition in Prague when only 17. Only two years later, she attracted attention when making her debut alongside Martha Argerich. Franziska Hölscher regularly appears at all the important German music festivals and is one of the most sought-after musicians of her generation.
She has been awarded scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), the Villa Musica Foundation Rhineland-Palatinate and from the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat).
Deeply committed to chamber music, Ms. Hoelscher collaborates with chamber music partners such as Mojca Erdmann, Andreas Ottensamer, Martha Argerich, Martin Helmchen, Severin von Eckardstein, Ivry Gitlis, Antje Weithaas, Nils Mönkemeyer, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Maximilian Hornung, Christian Poltéra and Julian Steckel. She shared an intensive artistic collaboration with the writer Roger Willemsen. She is currently collaborating on a project with actress Maria Schrader. Franziska Hölscher has appeared as a chamber musician and soloist at many music festivals, among them the Bachwoche Ansbach, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Schleswig-Holstein-Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival. Ms. Hoelscher also regularly performs as a chamber musician and soloist at important venues such as the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Zurich’s Tonhalle, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Vienna Musikverein and at Prague’s Rudolfinum. Concert tours have taken her throughout Europe, Asia, and to the US.
Numerous recordings for radio and television in Germany and Europe testify to her artistry as a soloist and chamber musician. Franziska Hölscher also performed in the “Musikdebüt” TV series at Stuttgart-based broadcaster SWR and in the “Rhapsody in School” project initiated by Lars Vogt.
In the forthcoming season, she will perform at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, the Düsseldorf Tonhalle and at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. She is also due to return for concert engagements at the Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Eindhoven, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Together with pianist Benjamin Moser, she will go on tour in Germany and Switzerland performing Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21, accompanied by the Gémeaux Quartet, winners of the ARD Music Competition. She will also undertake an extensive European tour with Liza Ferschtman, Nils Mönkemeyer, Danjulo Ishizaka and Severin von Eckardstein. Ms. Hölscher performs recitals alongside fellow chamber music partners Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet, Marie-Luise Neunecker, horn, Markus Groh and Lauma Skride, piano, as well as violists Nils Mönkemeyer and Isabelle van Keulen, and cellist Maximilian Hornung.
Last year, she and her longtime duo partner Severin von Eckardstein were music directors of the “Klangbrücken” chamber recital series at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
Franziska Hölscher plays a modern violin by Parisian violin maker Stephan von Baehr (2011).
Benedict Kloeckner, cello
“Remarkable, really remarkable, perfect playing! Absolute control of technique, intonation and color” Daniel Barenboim February 2016
“I really loved his playing” Simon Rattle
One of Germany’s most acclaimed young cellists Benedict Kloeckner (1989) is performing with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestras, the NDR and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica, Slovak Radio Orchestra and the Russian and Polish State Philharmonic Orchestras, alongside conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling, Karl Heinz Steffens, Christoph Poppen and Heinrich Schiff. Championed by such maestros as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle, he performs across Europe, North and South America and Asia, at venues including the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Chicago, John. F Kennedy Center in Washington, Tonhalle Zurich, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, Athenäum Bukarest, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien and Seoul Arts Center.
A keen chamber musician, Benedict is performing with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Danae Dörken, Christoph Eschenbach, Anna Fedorova, Gidon Kremer, Anne Sophie Mutter, Antoine Tamestit, the Carducci String Quartet, and Sir Andras Schiff.
He is a prize winner of major international competitions such as the European Broadcasting Union Award in Bratislava, the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann cello competition in Berlin, the Animato International Soloist Competition in Zurich, the “Nicolas Firmenich Prize” of the Verbier Festival (CH) and the “First Manhattan International Music Competition New York”. Furthermore he received the “European Culture Prize” awarded by the “European Culture Foundation”.
Benedict Kloeckner regularly collaborates with contemporary composers, including Eric Tanguy and Wolfgang Rihm, (whose Cello Concerto “Temptation” he performed in Munich) as well as Howard Blake, who composed a cello sonata for him. In celebration of his 75th birthday, Howard Blake invited Kloeckner to record his entire repertoire for cello and piano, with himself, for Genuin in cooperation with the SWR. Benedict opened the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017/18 season performing two concertos, one of which was the premiere of Howard Blake’s double concerto. In 2018 he presents the world premiere of Eun-Hwa Cho’s cello concerto with the Korean Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen, during a 3 day concert residency at Seoul Arts Center, as well as the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s double concerto for two Cellos.
His recording catalogue includes a highly acclaimed recording of Robert Schumann’s cello concerto, nominated for the German Record Critics prize, and collaborations with Gidon Kremer, the conductors Heinrich Schiff and Michael Sanderling, the pianists José Gallardo and Anna Fedorova, and the composer and pianist Howard Blake. Future recordings include a CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a recital CD with Danae Dörken.
Since September 2014 Benedict Kloeckner is the artistic director and founder of the “International Music Festival Koblenz” presenting high level chamber music concerts with artists such as Vilde Frang, Tianwa Yang, Boris Giltburg and the Georgian and Munich Chamber orchestras.
Benedict Kloeckner studied with Martin Ostertag, and as a young soloist of the Kronberg Academy Masters with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, graciously financed by the “Angela Winkler-Scholarship”, since October 2009. Benedict Kloeckner is also very grateful to Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Michael Sanderling, and Sir Andras Schiff for the musical insight and support they have offered for his artistic development. He plays an Italian Cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona 1680) kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Anna Fedorova, piano
Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna’s signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”
In September 2013 Anna performed Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto at the opening of the season of Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Great hall of the Royal Concertgebouw. Within two and a half a years, the recording of this concert received over 9 million views on YouTube and was highly praised among renown musicians. In November 2015 she returned to perform in the big hall of Concertgebouw in Sunday Morning Concerts series Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3, this performance was again steamed live on TV, internet and radio.
She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Cadogan Hall (London), the Warsaw Filharmonia, the Gdansk Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon and many others. She has also appeared at numerous Music Festivals such as the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Annecy Classic Festival (France), Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), Ravinia Festival (USA), the IKIF (New York, USA), Violon sur le sable (France), the Rubinstein Piano Festival (Lodz, Poland), the International Piano Festival in Trieste (Italy), the Orpheum Music Festival (Zurich, Switzerland), Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland), The Corfu Festival of Arts (Greece), the Chopin Festival in Antonin (Poland), International Chamber Music Festival Koblenz (Germany) and others.
Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, she played with orchestras around the world, among which are The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestra (Japan), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Residentie Orkest and the Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Tokyo New City Orchestra (Japan), the Philarmonia of the Nations and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the OFUNAM (Mexico), the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Camerata and many others. Conductors with whom Anna has had the pleasure of performing with include Jaap Van Zweden, Jun Markl, Alun Francis, Andrew Grams, Howard Griffiths, Gerard Oskamp, Justus Franz, Kevin Griffiths, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jerome Pillement, Shinik Hahm, Alejo Perez, Martin Panteleev, David Lockington and many others.
Anna has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein ‘In Memoriam’ piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA). A graduate of the Lysenko School of Music in Kyiv (studio of Borys Fedorov), Anna is currently a student of Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music in London, she is David Young Piano Prize Holder supported by a Soiree d’Or Award and Keyboard Trust. Additionally, Anna studies at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy under professor Leonid Margarius. She has also received artistic guidance from world renowned pianists such as Alfred Brendel and Menahem Pressler, and is regularly mentored by Steven Isserlis and Andras Schiff.
In autumn 2014 Anna’s first two albums were released – Solo CD with works by Brahms, Liszt and Chopin under DiscAnnecy Label and the Rachmaninov CD with Piano Classics. Summer 2016is marked for Anna with release of 3 more albums – with Rachmaninov 3rd piano Concerto and Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition”, and two duo CDs are – with German cellist Benedict Kloeckner and works of Chopin and Frank, and with turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev and works by Russian composers.
Highlights of Anna’s future engagements include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Cadogan hall in London, Orchestre Lamoureux in the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (UK), Orchestra Simfonica Siciliana, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and many others. She will perform in such prestigious concert halls as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vancouver Playhouse, The Norwegian Opera and ballet in Oslo, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Louis Vuitton Series in Paris and many others.
Yossif Ivanov, viool
De Belgische violist Yossif Ivanov – omschreven als “a player of impressive authority and presence” (The Strad) en “l’un des grands violonistes de demain” (Diapason) – is snel uitgegroeid tot één van de boeiendste violisten van de jonge generatie. Op 16-jarige leeftijd won hij de First Grand Prize op het “Concours Musical International de Montréal”, en twee jaar later behaalde hij de Tweede Prijs alsook de publieksprijs op de Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd in Brussel.
De voorbije recente seizoenen maakte Yossif Ivanov debuten met het Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky), Japan Century Symphony Orchestra (Shostakovich), Orchestre Symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon (Bruch) en het Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra. Dit seizoen keert hij terug naar de VS, Taiwain (Academy of Taiwan Strings) en China naast zijn concerten met het Nationaal Orkest van België, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi en op het Eilat Kamermuziek Festival, het Ravina Festival en in het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Deze successen werden voorafgegaan door concerten met orkesten zoals het Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, London Philharmonic Orchestra (tours in the UK and USA), Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Kremerata Baltica, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica della RAI Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Filarmonica A. Toscanini, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Chambre de Paris, Brno Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra, onder leiding van dirigenten zoals Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Kazushi Ono, Hans Graf, Gerard Schwarz, Walter Weller, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap Van Zweden, Jesús López-Cobos, Ion Marin, Yuri Simonov, Louis Langrée en John Axelrod.
Yossif Ivanov gaf ondermeer recitals in in het Mozarteum te Salzburg, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenfest Bonn, Menton, Marseille, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian en Montpellier Festivals (Frankrijk), in het Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti Roma, Teatro Carlo Fenice Genova, Ravenna Musica, Ferrara Musica, Tokyo’s Kichijoji Theatre, Carnegie Hall en de Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montréal. Behalve met zijn gebruikelijke recitalpartners Itamar Golan en Julien Quentin werkte hij samen met de pianisten Javier Perianes, Ingrid Fliter, Frank Braley, David Kadouch en Plamena Mangova. Met de Belgische violisten Lorenzo Gatto en Hrachya Avanesyan startte hij het ensemble Trilogy, gericht op het brengen van klassieke meesterwerken verwerkt met filmmuziek en jazz doorheen Europa, Azië en het Midden-Oosten.
Zijn eerste CD-opname bij het label Ambroisie/Naïve (sonates van Franck, Ysaye en D’Haene) werd bekroond met een “Diapason d’Or de l’Année”. Ook zijn beide opnames met orkest (concerti van Shostakovitch & Bartók, en van Dutilleux & D’Haene) werden zeer goed onthaald in de vakpers.
Yossif Ivanov studeerde viool bij Zakhar Bron, Igor & Valéry Oistrakh en Augustin Dumay. Sinds 2008 is hij de jongste docent viool aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel.
Yossif Ivanov bespeelt de Stradivarius “Lady Tennant” van 1699, die hem ter beschikking gesteld wordt door de Stradivarius Society of Chicago.
Philippe Ivanov, piano
Sinds zijn debuut met orkest op negenjarige leeftijd met het pianoconcerto Kv.467 van W.A.MOZART, was de Belgische pianist van Bulgaarse afkomst Philippe Ivanov (°1988) reeds solist van het Vlaams Radio Orkest, de Koninklijke Filharmonie van Antwerpen, het kamerorkest “Sofia Soloists”, het Bulgaars “New Symphony Orchestra” en het Orkest van de Bulgaarse Nationale Radio.
Philippe Ivanov werd laureaat van de Nationale Muziekwedstrijd “Tenuto” te Brussel (2002) en vertegenwoordigde België tijdens de “12th EBU Eurovision for Young Musicians 2004” in Luzern (Zwitserland).
In 2010 behaalt hij de 2e prijs (1e prijs niet toegekend) op de Internationale Muziekwedstrijd “Premio Silvio Bengalli” in het Italiaanse Pianello Val tidone.
Ditzelfde jaar wordt hem de “Chopinpreis” toegekend tijdens de Internationale Chopin wedstrijd van de Internationale Zomerakademie van het Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Tijdens de akademie wordt hem ook de prijs voor beste solist toegekend en soleert hij op het “Preisträgerkonzert” in het kader van de “Salzburger Festspiele”.
Eveneens in 2010 wordt hij laureaat van de wedstrijd “Stichting Nany Philippart” te Brussel.
In 2013 behaalt hij de 3e prijs tijdens de 17th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Japan.
Philippe Ivanov behaalt in 2008 het Materdiploma met grote onderscheiding aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel als student van Daniel Blumenthal.
Teveneens was hij als student verbonden aan de Internationale Klavierakademie “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola (Italië) en als Postgraduaat student aan het Mozarteum van Salzburg onder leiding van Prof.Pavel Gililov.
Philippe Ivanov nam deel aan verscheidene fesivals in Europa, de Verenigde Staten en Canada onder meer; Dimanche au Mont des Arts in het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten van Brussel, MIDEM 2004 in Cannes, VIII Festival de Música Clàssica Castell Santa Florentina in Barcelona, Orford Festival in Montréal en het Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
Hij was ook te horen tijdens de “Musical Treasures from Bulgaria” in de “Weill Recital Hall – Carnegie Hall” in New York.
Florian Leonhard, vioolexpert/presentator
Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. Today he leads his own 12-strong team of restorers in London and runs offices out of London and New York.
He is recognised as a leading authority on Cremonese and Italian violin making, and in this capacity, he has consulted and obtained instruments for many of the world’s leading soloists, including Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Alina Ibragimova, Anne Sophie Mutter and many more.
After 34 years of continuous research and experimentation, Florian finally launched his own bench copy instruments: ‘true copies’. His work is now in use by some of the best players; these musicians include principles in the world’s leading orchestras, as well as including numerous winners and finalists in violin competitions worldwide.
As a regular contributor to the ongoing research into violin making history, and having published his most recent book, The Makers of Central Italy, Florian is currently conducting research on the Tuscan makers for a book due to be published later this year.
Florian Leonhard Fine Violins of London and New York deal in the finest instruments and are honoured to work with musicians worldwide.