MIMF

2nd Molyvos International Music Festival

Crossroads | 16-19 August 2016

In many places around the world walls are being built, however in the traditional village of Molyvos, in the island of Lesbos that faced many difficulties in 2016 bridges were indeed created. Between the 16th-19th of August 2016 the 2nd Molyvos International Music Festival took place under the title “Crossroads”. Highly acclaimed artists from all around the world took part, thrilling the audience and sending through their musical partnership a symbolic message of peaceful collaboration and harmonious coexistence of humans.

The audience that filled the castle and visitors of Molyvos in different spots of the village had the opportunity to hear live famous performers of the world classical scene, including pianist Lars Fogt, and become part of a unique experience.

The german newspaper Tagesspiegel in its sunday edition, 21.8.16, wrote about the festival:

The Magic of Molyvos. A vision for Europe: … The full of music days at Molyvos allow a vision for Europe to be revealed: young, dynamic, playful but at the same time serious, aware of tradition.”

Programme

SOUTH-FIRE

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00


TOMASO ALBINONI (1671-1751)
Concerto for Two Oboes in C major, Op. 9, No. 9
Philippe Tondre, oboe
Céline Moinet, oboe
Alissa Μargulis, Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke, violin
Timothy Ridout, viola
Benedict Klöckner, violoncello
Danae Dörken, piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Flute Quartet in D major, KV 285
Daniela Koch, flute
Sarah Christian, violin
Timothy Ridout, viola
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello

MIECZYSLAW WEINBERG (1919-1996)
Rhapsody on Moldavian themes, Op. 47 No. 3
Linus Roth, violin
Kiveli Dörken, piano

NIKOS SKALKOTTAS (1904-1949)
5 Greek Dances
Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke, violin
Alissa Margulis, violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
Benedict Klöckner, violoncello
Jaebok Cho, double bass

Intermission

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”
Anna Reszniak, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Lars Vogt, piano

EAST-EARTH

CONFERENCE CENTRE | 12:00


GILAD HOCHMAN (b. 1982)
Nedudim (Wanderings)
Arranged for Mandolin and String quintet
First Presentation
Alon Sariel, mandolin
Linus Roth, violin
Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke, violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
Benedict Klöckner, violoncello
Jaebok Cho, double bass

KINAN AZMEH (b. 1976)
Excerpts from Scattered sketchbook
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Sarah Christian, violin

MALCOLM ARNOLD (1921-2006)
Three Shanties for Wind Quintet, Op. 4
Daniela Koch, flute
Philippe Tondre, oboe
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Philipp Zeller, bassoon
Bertrand Chatenet, horn

MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804-1857)
Septet in E flat Μajor
Philippe Tondre, oboe
Philipp Zeller, bassoon
Bertrand Chatenet, horn
Anna Reszniak, violin
Linus Roth, violin
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Jaebok Cho, double bass

WEST-WATER

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00


BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945)
Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68
(Originally arranged for piano and violin)
Alon Sariel, mandolin
Kiveli Dörken, piano

SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981)
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11a
Sarah Christian, violin
Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke, violin
Timothy Ridout, viola
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat Major, KV 452
Céline Moinet, oboe
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Philipp Zeller, bassoon
Bertrand Chatenet, horn
Kiveli Dörken, piano

Intermission

MUSICAL SURPRISES
Classic goes clubbing

 

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERTS

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 19:00


An introduction to the magical world of music,
specifically designed for young people,
including works by Dvořák, Stravinsky & Daly.

Joining the MIMF 2016 team of musicians are
Eleftherios & Konstantinos Kakampouras-Alexopoulos in the piano.
These two charismatic children
where chosen from the educational programme “Music Key”
which took place in Lesbos island in the 2015-16 School year.
The concert is co- presented by Danae & Kiveli Dörken
and actresses Georgina Liossi & Lila Baklesi.

NORTH-AIR

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00


ROSS DALY (b. 1952)
Neveser 14
Alon Sariel, mandolin
Daniela Koch, flute
Philipp Zeller, bassoon
Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke, violin

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Linus Roth, violin
Anna Reszniak, violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
Benedict Klöckner, violoncello
Lars Vogt, piano

Intermission

IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Le Sacre du Printemps
Danae Dörken, Kiveli Dörken, piano 4 hands

CROSSROADS

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00


FRANZ DANZI (1763-1826)
Wind Quintet in G Minor, Op. 56, No. 2
Daniela Koch, flute
Céline Moinet, oboe
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Philipp Zeller, bassoon
Bertrand Chatenet, horn

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25
Alissa Margulis, violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
Maximilian Hornung, violoncello
Danae Dörken, piano

Intermission
FRANZ LACHNER (1803-1890)
Nonet in F major
Daniela Koch, flute
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Céline Moinet, oboe
Philipp Zeller, bassoon
Bertrand Chatenet, horn
Sarah Christian, violin
Timothy Ridout, viola
Benedict Klöckner, violoncello
Jaebok Cho, double bass

ATHENA ADAMOPOULOS (b. 1986)
Passage
First Presentation – composed for MIMF 2016
MIMF 2016 Musicians

MOLYVOS MUSICAL MOMENTS

Look out for our surprise mini-concerts!


Around the festival dates, “Molyvos Musical Moments” – small musical interludes – will take place in beautiful spots throughout the village with musicians from the festival. Find us playing in the streets, on the harbour, at the beach… Try to catch us for some unique musical moments.

Artists

 Sariel Alon
photo: Albena Zografova
Sariel Alon

Mandolin

As a mandolinist and lutenist, as well as a conductor, Alon Sariel is at home in the fields of both early and new music, having premiered dozens of works dedicated to him. He appeared at festivals such as the Salzburger Biennale for New Music and the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, and has performed in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie and La Scala in Milan.

Musical roads have taken Alon Sariel to many different genres from folk to avantgarde, leading him to collaborations with a bright spectrum of first-class artists such as soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, trumpeter and intuitive-music artist Markus Stockhausen, violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, accordeonist and banjo player Stian Carstensen and clarinetist David Krakauer.

A winner of numerous international competitions and awards, Alon Sariel has also been actively engaged in several socio-political projects including Live Music Now (Yehudi Menuhin), Rhapsody in School (Lars Vogt) and the West Eastern Divan (Daniel Barenboim). As a soloist and member of different ensembles, Alon Sariel toured throughout Europe, the USA and Mexico, the Middle- and Far-East, and has given master classes at universities throughout the world. His playing was broadcasted via radio stations worldwide, including Arte, BBC4, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR3, P2 Klassiskt, Kol HaMusika, WQXR and WNYC among others.

Alon Sariel is musical director of the Baroque orchestra Concerto-Foscari and founding member at PRISMA with whom he was awarded the first prize at the International Biber Competition in Austria 2015. In December 2015 Alon Sariel released “Paisiello in Vienna” for Brilliant Classics, a tribute album to Giovanni Paisiello marking 200th year for his passing, using original instruments from the early 1800’s. 2016 will see a recording project for Berlin Classics in cooperation with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.

www.alon-sariel.com/

 Bertrand Chatenet
Bertrand Chatenet

Horn

French hornist Bertrand Chatenet was born in 1990. He started learning the horn with Patrice Petitdidier in the Conservatory of Gennevilliers and then with Jérome Rouillard (Horn), Paul Meyer and Eric Lesage (wind quintet). In 2009 he studied next to Erich Penzel, Christian Lampert and Christoph Eß at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and since 2013 he studies with Christian-Friedrich Dallmann and Sebastian Posch at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

Since 2010 he performs primarily as a soloist with major orchestras such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra(SWR), the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Staatskapele Dresden, the orchestra of the State Opera of Bavaria, the Deutschen Symphonie Orchester Berlinetc. Bertrand Chatenet, after attending the Academy of the Staatskapele Berlin, is since June 2015 horn soloist in the orchestra.

 Jaebok Cho
Jaebok Cho

Double bass

Born in Daegu, South-Korea, Jaebok began his studies on the double bass at the age of 16. He studied in Seoul National University and later went to Berlin. There, he studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music with Stephan Petzold. Jaebok Cho ended his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Michael Wolf. After graduation, he continued his postgraduate studies at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater with Michael Rieber and the Folkwang University in Essen under Niek de Groot.

While studying, Jaebok was a substitute bassist with the Konzerthaus Orchestra and Rundfunk-Symphonie- Orchestra Berlin as well as the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg. During his training he was awarded the Second Prize at the 8th International Double Bass Competition in Brno (Czech Republic) and he won a Second Prize in the Competition of the Elise-Meyer- Stiftung Hamburg. Jaebok was appointed Principal Double Bass of the Duisburg Philhamonic Orchestra in 2010, and since 2014 he was appointed Principal Bass of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover. He also freelances with other orchestras.

 Sarah Christian
Sarah Christian

Violin

Sarah Christian, born in Augsburg, completed her studies with Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, where she, since 2013 has held a teaching position. Christians advanced studies began with Prof. Igor Ozim at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg from which she graduated at the age of 20 with the highest honours. She has also gained invaluable musical insight by taking part in master classes with Prof. Thomas Brandis, Donald Weilerstein, Prof. Rainer Schmidt, Maxim Vengerov and Miriam Fried.

Internationally celebrated, Sarah Christian has won numerous competitions. In Austria, Christian was awarded first prize at the Brahms Competition, and the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg awarded her the prize for the youngest finalist in the 10th annual Mozart Competition. Her success continued in Salzburg, where in 2008 she was awarded the “Best string player of the year” as well as the “Yehudi Menuhin Medal” of the Universität Mozarteum. In early 2012 she won the 1st prize and the Friends of Young Musicians prize at the “Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” Competition in Berlin.

Sarah Christian has always placed special emphasis on her chamber music training and development. Her studies in Salzburg have led to an undeniable influence from the Hagen Quartet. 2015 brought about the debut season of Carte Blanche in Augsburg, a self-initiated chamber music series of which Christian is co-artistic director together with cellist Maximilian Hornung.

Sarah Christian pursues a busy concert schedule, which has already led her to many European countries as well as, China, Japan, South America and the United States. As a soloist she has played with many ensembles including the the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, the Camerata Salzburg e.t.c.

In 2013, Sarah Christian began as the first concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In addition to continuing projects with world-famous conductors and soloists, she especially enjoys the opportunity to lead the orchestra from the first desk.

 Danae Doerken
photo: Giorgia Bertazzi
Danae Doerken

Piano

Described as “a poet of the piano” by Die Welt, the rising-star young pianist Danae Dörken is rapidly becoming one of the most sought- after soloists of her generation. Regularly appearing at festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Heimbach Kammermusikfestival Spannungen, she has developed a passion not only for recitals but also chamber music, performing with artists such as Gustav Rivinius, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann and Katia and Marielle Labèque.

Although still just 24 years of age, Danae Dörken has already performed concertos and recitals in some of the world’s greatest concert venues and has also made live broadcasts for WDR3, SWR2, NDR Kultur and Deutschlandradio Kultur and televised appearances on Arte, 3sat and BR. For both her debut cd of piano works by Leos Janáček, released on the ARS label and her album Fantasy with works by Schumann, C.P.E. Bach and Schubert, she has received universal critical acclaim. Her CD Fantasy was nominated for an ICMA award.

Danae Dörken began taking lessons with Marina Kheifets by the age of five. In 2002, she has been invited by the renowned pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling to join his class. She studied with him until his death before joining her current teacher, Lars Vogt.

www.danae-doerken.com/

 Kiveli Doerken
photo: Giorgia Bertazzi
Kiveli Doerken

Piano

Kiveli Doerken, born 1995, has been playing piano since the age of five. Her first teacher was Marina Kheifets. Since 2003 she was a student of Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hanover University of Music. Following her professor’s death in 2012 she continues her studies in HMTM under Lars Vogt.

She won the “International Steinway Competition” in Hamburg as the youngest participant ever at the age of five and proceeded to take first prize in the “International Grotrian Steinweg Competition” for six consecutive years. She received several first prizes with maximum scores at the German competition for young talent, “Jugend musiziert”, at the International EPTA Competition in Croatia and the International Piano Competition for the Rotary Youth Music Prize. She has earned scholarships from the “Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Doerken Foundation” (no relations), the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”, the Festival “Spannungen” and the International Musicacademy Liechtenstein.

At the age of eight, she gave her first concert with an orchestra. She now performs on a regular basis (including with her sister Danae Doerken) in all major halls and festivals in Europe, as well as in China and the USA.
Kiveli Doerken has been filmed by Arte and the WDR and has performed for the Dalai Lama and Angela Merkel.
The critics describe her music as “ein Kaleidoskop der Gefühle und der Klangvielfalt“ (“a kaleidoscope of feelings and tonal diversities“).

 Maximilian Hornung
photo: Marco Borggreve
Maximilian Hornung

Cello

“…Hornung seems to come from another planet. [He] is a man who has reached maturity early, and who combines the cool confidence of a veteran performer with the youthful abandon of a rookie” (Die ZEIT)

With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung, is taking the international music scene by storm. He received an ECHO Klassik prize as best newcomer of the year for his first Sony CD in 2011, followed by an ECHO Klassik prize for the best cello concerto recording of the year.

Maximilian Hornung regularly performs as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Bamberg Symphony under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Daniel Harding, Semyon Bychkov, Bernhard Haitink, Manfred Honeck and many others. His chamber music partners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud and Lars Vogt. In August 2014, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen and produced a CD of Richard Strauss’ most important works for cello, as well as a CD of the cello concertos of Joseph Haydn and Vaja Azarashvili with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello Manacorda on Sony Classical in the same year.

Maximilian Hornung began taking cello lessons at the age of eight. The teachers with whom he has studied most intensely are Eldar Issakadze, Thomas Grossenbacher and David Geringas. He is supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation and Borletti-Buitoni Trust London.

 Benedict Klöckner
Benedict Klöckner

Cello

“Remarkable, really remarkable, perfect playing! Absolute control of technique, intonation and colour.” Daniel Barenboim, February 2016

Germany’s most promising cellist Benedict Klöckner was born in 1989. He plays concerts with renowned orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic, the Kremerata Baltica, under conductors such as Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher and Heinrich Schiff. He performs all over Europe, the USA and South America at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, the Tonhalle Zurich and many more. He plays chamber music with artists like Danae Dörken, Christoph Eschenbach, Gidon Kremer, AnneSophie Mutter and Sir András Schiff. He is the winner of major international competitions having received the European Culture Prize awarded by the European Culture Foundation. Benedict Klöckner regularly collaborates with contemporary composers such as Wolfgang Rihm (whose Cello Concerto “Temptation” he performed in Munich) and Howard Blake, who composed a cello sonata for him. Since September 2014, Benedict Klöckner is the artistic director and founder of the International Music Festival Koblenz presenting highest level chamber music concerts. He received his artistic training from Martin Ostertag, and as a young soloist of Kronberg Academy Masters with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman, graciously financed by the Angela Winkler Scholarship, since October 2009. Benedict Klöckner is also very grateful to Steven Isserlis, Gidon Kremer, Michael Sanderling, and Sir András 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.

www.benedictkloeckner.de

 Daniela Koch
photo: Marco Borggreve
Daniela Koch

Flute

Daniela Koch “What soulful flute playing by an exceptional talent whose music-making comes across as meticulously trained and completely natural!” ensemble-Magazin für Kammermusik

Born in 1989, the young Austrian was only sixteen when she began studying flute at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under the tuition of Michael Martin Kofler, and soon made a name for herself in the music world, thanks in no small part, to her success in numerous competitions. Daniela Koch has performed at various festivals, such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Davos Festival and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She has been chosen by Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein as a Rising Star of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). In this capacity, she has given recitals in such concert venues as Bozar Bruxelles, La Cité de la Musique Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Further concert engagements have taken her to Canada, the USA and Japan. As a soloist, she has played with such illustrious orchestras as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. Daniela Koch has already released two cds, and a third one is being prepared.

www.danielakoch.com

 Sebastian Manz
photo: Marco Borggreve
Sebastian Manz

Clarinet

Manz delights the media as a musician “who bowls melodies and notes along in front of him with such agility in their colour and nuances, it is as if they were balls he was expertly juggling” (SZ), and the Rheinische Post writes of his cd In Rhythm that “it swings and stimulates, refreshes and weeps, and you just cannot get enough of it”. His big breakthrough came with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008, where he won not only First Prize in the clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. Sebastian Manz has since then been one of the most popular soloists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. Two ECHO Klassik awards have confirmed his fame. He has been solo clarinettist with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart since 2010. Sebastian Manz has so far performed as soloist with important orchestras in the biggest venues around the world. His discography now boasts nine cds, all of which impressively document his versatility and talent on the instrument and are equally impressive for their interesting choice of works comprising both standard repertoire and rarely heard works. Being the grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, Manz’s musical roots are in his German-Russian family background. He was born in Hanover in 1986 and he first learned the piano, but soon concentrated on the clarinet after listening to Benny Goodman’s recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s E-flat Major Concerto, which fascinated him and awoke a longing for the instrument. Among his most important teachers and supporters were the acclaimed clarinettists Sabine Meyer and Rainer Wehle. In February 2017, his most extensive cd project so far, the complete works for clarinet composed by Weber, has been released at the renowned label Edel/Berlin Classics. From summer 2018 onwards, Sebastian Manz will be a member of the CMS Two programme at the famous Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Alongside his concert work, Sebastian Manz has been active for some time in the Rhapsody in School organisation founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools.

www.sebastianmanz.com

 Alissa Margulis
Alissa Margulis

Violin

The Guardian describes Alissa Margulis’ playing as “exceptional“, Ivry Gitlis praises it as “a revelation” and Martha Argerich calls her a “strong musical personality”.

Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmony, the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmony, the Vienna Musikverein, Sumida Triphony Hall Tokyo, the Sage Gateshead, the Tonhalle Zurich and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.

Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov. She won numerous prizes at international violin competiitons and was awarded with the “Pro Europa” prize of the European Arts Foundation which was presented to her by Daniel Barenboim in Berlin.

She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, New Russia Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Bilkent Orchestra Ankara, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Belgian National Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Kiev, Skopje, Ljubljana, Minsk and Novosibirsk, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Moscow Soloists, and the Kremerata Baltica, amongst many others.

Alissa Margulis worked together with famous conductors: Ivor Bolton, Jacques Mercier, Arnold Katz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Dmitry Liss, Jaap van Zweden, Enrique Mazzola, Daniel Raiskin, Fabrice Bollon, Stefan Vladar, François-Xavier Roth, Lars Vogt, Howard Griffiths, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Hubert Soudant, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, Mikko Franck and Gerd Albrecht to name just a few of them.

Besides her solo career Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Bruno Giuranna, Mischa Maisky, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Liana Issakadze, Alexandre Tharaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Lonquich, Polina Leschenko, Paul Badura-Skoda and Lars Vogt.

She further appeared at various Festivals: at the Enescu Festival Bucharest, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, in Davos, Tours, Stravanger Festival, at the Mozartwoche Salzburg, “Spannungen”-Festival in Heimbach, “Progetto” Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sotshi Winter Arts Festival and Verbier Festival.

Her discography includes more than than a dozen CDs at labels such as EMI Classics, Oehms, Novalis, Avanti Classic and CAvi. Notalbly two of the six EMI Classics releases of the „Martha Argerich and Friends“ series received a GRAMMY nomination, several others won the Diapason d’or. She recorded repertoire by Mozart, Shostakovich, Enescu, Beethoven, Messiaen and others as well as the complete music for violin and piano by Franz Liszt. She recorded Piazzolla’s seasons and took part in an all Klezmer recording alongside musicians such as Myriam Fuks, Roby Lakatos, Evgeny Kissin, Polina Leschenko and Mischa Maisky. Alissa Margulis will be featured in another live recording of chamber music performed at the Progetto Martha Argerich, a 2016 release by Warner Classics.

This season she plays concerts in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Russia
Luxembourg, Lebanon, South Africa, Aruba, Malta, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA, Italy, France at venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and the Verbier Festival, among many others.

www.alissamargulis.com

 Céline Moinet
Céline Moinet

Oboe

Praised as “one of the finest oboists in the world” (International Record Review), Céline Moinet has been one of the most exceptional performing artists on her instrument for the past 10 years. She is in demand as a soloist with all the major orchestras in the world, including most recently at the Salzburg Festival with Christoph Eschenbach and Staatskapelle Dresden. She also regularly tours as soloist with Dresden Kapellsolisten and Kammerorchester Basel. She signed as an exclusive artist with Harmonia Mundi, winning unanimous plaudits from critics for her recording of works for solo oboe as well as chamber music with harp.

Céline was born in Lille, France in 1984 and completed her studies with highest honours at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique under the tutelage of David Walter and Maurice Bourgue. She continued her artistic training with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the orchestra of the National Theater Mannheim. At just 23 years of age, Céline won the prestigious position of solo oboist at the Staatskapelle Dresden performing with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta and Claudio Abbado. She is also a regular guest of orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. Celine plays oboe and cor anglais exclusively from Marigaux, Paris.

 Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke
Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke

Violin

Danae Papamatthaiou-Matschke belongs to a new generation of much promising Greek violinists. At the age of 11, she makes her debut in music festivals in Greece and soon afterwards she performs in recitals in German cities, with enthusiastic press reviews. Since then, she has performed in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, China and Cyprus and she has performed with numerous symphonic orchestras.

As a soloist as well as a member of a chamber music ensemble, she has played in international music festivals and in renown musical centers, such as the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, The National Centre of Performing Arts of Beijing, the International Mendelssohn Festival Hamburg and others. Numerous prizes and distinctions have been awarded to the young violinist in national and international violin competitions. Among these there are the first prizes for the violin competitions of “Andrea Postacchini” (Italy), of “Jugend musiziert” (Germany), of “Henri Marteau” (Germany) and “Ersi Saratsi” (Greece).

For her particular dedication to the study of contemporary music, she was awarded in 2010 the special prize for the interpretation of a modern piece in the international violin competition “Szymon Goldberg Award”.

Born in Athens in 1988, she has her first violin lessons in Greece. At the age of 13 she enters, as a pupil of exceptional talent, the Special Music School Belvedere in Weimar/Germany, enrolled in the class of Professor Jost Witter. She follows this with studies under Professor Igor Ozim at the University Mozarteum of Salzburg/Austria, where in 2011 she obtains the Degree of “Bachelor of Arts” and in 2013 the Degree of “Master of Arts”, with distinction. She is currently a post-graduate student in the class of Professor Tanja Becker-Bender in the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre/Germany, following a scholarship from the “Alexandros S.Onassis Foundation”.

Her first CD, ‘Violin Recital’ was released by Irida Classical in 2012 and was followed by a second one under the same label, in 2014, with sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel. In 2014 she was selected to be one of the promoted artists of „Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now“- Foundation and was awarded a “Hermann and Milena Ebel” scholarship for her artistic achievements

 Anna Reszniak
Anna Reszniak

Violin

Anna Reszniak is a highly sought after violinist today, as soloist, chamber musician and as concert master with renowned orchestras. Born in Olsztyn in Poland, she soon was recognised as child prodigy with concert and television appearances. She studied in Poznan, Zürich, Bern and Paris and amongst her teachers were Jean- Jacques Kantorow and Igor Ozim. Throughout the years Anna Reszniak has received many awards from international violin competitions, including the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan and Shlomo Mintz competition in Sion-Valais. She has performed as a soloist with many European orchestras under such conductors as Alexander Shelley, Claus-Peter Flor and Howard Griffiths. She has performed throughout Switzerland a program that included all twenty-four of the Paganini Caprices in one concert.

As concertmaster she has lead several orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Spain and in South East Asia, such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Orquesta del Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur.

Anna Reszniak is also very active as a chamber musician and performed with such renowned musicians as Olli Mustonen, Itamar Golan, Lars Vogt, Florian Donderer, Tanja Tetzlaff and Maximilian Hornung. She is a regular guest at the chamber music festival „Spannungen“ in Heimbach.

From the 2014/15 season Anna Reszniak holds the position of Concertmaster of the Nürnberger Symphoniker.

 Timothy Ridout
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Timothy Ridout

Viola

Born in London in 1995, Timothy has been praised for “the warmth and eloquence of his tone” (the Strad). He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram, graduating in 2016 with the Queen’s Award for Excellence. He is currently studying at the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Nobuko Imai. In 2016, he was the first ever British winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Previous awards include First Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz and Second Prize at the 2015 Windsor Festival International String Competitions. Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Verbier Academy & Festival and Schloss Elmau. In 2017, he returns to appear as soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonie and performs Mozart with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Earlier this year he recorded his first cd of music by Vieuxtemps, and gave the premiere of a new work by Desmond Clarke with the Melos Ensemble at Milton Court in London. A keen chamber musician, he has taken part, among others, in the Bad Kissinger Sommer Festival (Germany), Schubertiade Festival (Austria), Musique à Marsac (France). He was a member of the Celan Quartet (2011-2014). Between 2013-2016, he worked intensively at the International Musikakademie in Fürstentum Liechtenstein as a scholarship holder. Timothy is very grateful for support from the Bowerman Charitable Trust. He plays on a viola by Peregrino di Zanetto (c. 1565-75) generously on loan from J&A Beare’s International Violin Society

www.timothyridout.com

 Linus Roth
photo: Dan Carabas
Linus Roth

Violin

Since he won the Echo Klassik Award for his EMI debut album in 2006 Linus Roth has made a name for himself both as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation and as a champion of wrongly forgotten works and composers.

Linus Roth has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the SWR and Berlin, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Orquesta de Cordoba, the Orquesta de Navarra, the Orchestra della Teatro San Carlo Napoli, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the State Opera Stuttgart, the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has shared the stage with the conductors Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, James Gaffigan, Hartmut Haenchen, Manfred Honeck, Mihkel Kütson, Antoni Wit, among others.
As passionate chamber musician, Linus Roth can be heard with Nicolas Altstaedt, Gautier Capuçon, Kim Kashkashian, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Ottensamer, Itamar Golan and Danjulo Ishizaka. He gives regularly recitals with the Argentinian pianist José Gallardo.

With particular interest Linus Roth is dedicated to the composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. The recordings of Weinberg’s complete works for Violin and Piano for Challenge Classics have brought him both critical and public acclaim. Roth’s commitment to Weinberg is further documented in his recordings of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and of Weinberg ́s Concertino with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn (both CDs were named „Editor ́s Choice“ by the Gramophone Magazine). In 2015 Linus Roth founded the International Weinberg Society, an organization whose mission is to bring more attention to the Oeuvre of the Polish-Jewish composer, to help organize concerts, lectures, exhibitions, as well as support publications about his life and recordings of his compositions.

After joining Prof. Nicolas Chumachenco’s pre-college division at the Music Academy Freiburg, Linus Roth continued his studies with Prof. Zakhar Bron in Lübeck and with Prof. Ana Chumachenco at the Academies of Zurich and Munich. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin all strongly influenced his development as a player as did Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose Foundation awarded him a scholarship for the duration of his studies. In 2012 he was appointed Professor for Violin at the “Leopold-Mozart-Centre” of the University of Augsburg / Germany.
Linus Roth plays the Stradivari “Dancla” 1703, a generous loan by the “L-Bank, Staatsbank of Baden-Württemberg / Germany”.

www.linusroth.com

 Philippe Tondre
photo: Martin Jehnichen
Philippe Tondre

Oboe

Philippe Tondre has been Principal Oboe in the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart since 2008. He also holds the position of Principal Oboe in the Mito Chamber Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra Matsumoto Japan. He was born in Mulhouse (France) in 1989 and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 15, where he studied with David Walter and obtained his Master’s Degree with distinction in 2010.

Philippe is prizewinner of all the major international oboe competitions. As Principal Oboe Philippe Tondre has played in the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Paris Orchestra, the Radio France Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the National French Youth Orchestra. Philippe has also appeared as soloist and chamber musician with leading orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich, the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and others. He has worked with eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Myung Whun Chung and has been invited to give Master-Classes in Germany, Japan, China and Taiwan.

In May 2013 Philippe Tondre performed the German Première of James MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto under the baton of the composer and accompanied by the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. In September 2013 he played the Japanese Première of György Ligeti’s Double Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra with Jacques Zoon (flute).

In 2012, after his successful debut at the Beethoven Festival Bonn, Philippe Tondre was awarded the prestigious Beethoven Ring Prize. In June 2013 he made his debut in the Philharmonie in Berlin playing Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for Oboe accompanied by the German Symphony Orchestra.

 Lech Antonio Uszynski
Lech Antonio Uszynski

Viola

Lech Antonio Uszynski has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile violists of his generation with his reflective play, which does not rely on external effects but on sound, structure and emotion.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in venues such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London and many more.

His great musical passion is chamber music: since 2010 he has been a member of the Stradivari Quartet, with which he has enjoyed success on stages in Europe, Asia and America. Highlights of past seasons have included performances at the Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival and Rubinstein Piano Festival. The debut CD with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “prussian quartets” was followed in the spring of 2018 by the recording of Robert Schumann’s three string quartets released by RCA Red Seal (Sony).

As a sought-after chamber musician, Lech Antonio works with artists such as Antoine Tamestit, Maximilian Hornung, Lars Vogt and others. In 2011 he recorded Steve Reich’s string quartets “Different Trains” & “Triple Quartet” for EMI Classics. His latest solo CD “Progetto Gibson” with works by Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich and Joseph Joachim, will be released in 2018.

Lech Antonio Uszynski was born in 1986 in Padova, Italy, as the son of a Polish family of musicians, and grew up in Switzerland. He studied violin under Ana Chumachenco and Zakhar Bron in Zurich, where he achieved his Master’s with distinction in 2007. He also completed a chamber music diploma with distinction under Professor Gérard Wyss.

From 2010 to 2017 he played on the famous Antonio Stradivari “Gibson” viola (Cremona 1734) of the Habisreutinger Foundation. Since 2017 he performs on a rare viola made by Hendrik Willems from 1690.

www.lechantoniouszynski.com

 Lars Vogt
Lars Vogt

Piano

Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for nearly twenty-five years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto. Lars Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras both as conductor and directing from the keyboard. In September 2015 he took up his post as Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage, Gateshead reflecting this new development in his career. Highlights of their inaugural season together include presenting the series’ ‘Reclaiming Mozart’ and ‘Sibelius and the Musical North’ as well as various chamber projects.

During his prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Orchestre de Paris. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado and Andris Nelsons. His special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “pianist in Residence” in 2003/4.

In June 1998 he founded his own chamber festival in the village of Heimbach near Cologne. Known as “Spannungen”, the concerts take place in an art-nouveau hydro-electric power station. Its huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI.

A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 Lars Vogt established the educational programme “Rhapsody in School” which brings his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria, connecting children with inspiring world-class musicians.

 Philipp Zeller
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Philipp Zeller

Bassoοn

Philipp Zeller is principal bassoonist with the Staatskapelle Dresden. In addition to his orchestral work he is a passionate chamber musician. In 2006 Zeller co-founded ‘Trio Elego’, an extraordinary combination of clarinet, bassoon and piano. The trio has performed at a number of chamber music festivals throughout Germany. In 2012, Genuin released the Trio’s debut CD. Entitled ‘Cosmopolitan’, it features works by Schnyder and Glinka.

Zeller regularly performs with chamber musicians including Gidon Kremer, Eduard Brunner, Tatjana Becker-Bender and Louise Pellerin. Over the past decade he has been a regular guest at important music festivals.

He embarked on a solo and chamber music career in 2003 after becoming the first bassoonist in 25 years to win the top prize at the prestigious German Music Competition (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb). Soon afterwards, he released a solo CD at Ars Musici and has since performed at numerous festivals including Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and Festival Mitte Europa. Zeller’s unique talent has been recognized by renowned competitions such as “Pacem in Terris”, Bayreuth, Markneukirchen, “Prager Frühling” and a first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Gillet-Fox-Competition. As a soloist, Zeller has performed with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Dresdner Kapellsolisten and the Capella Istropolitana. In 2015 he performed the world premier of the bassoon concert composed by Daniel Schnyder with the Dresdner Philharmonie.

Zeller studied under Prof. Albrecht Holder and Prof. Dag Jensen. While doing so he was engaged as solo bassoonist at the Jenaer Philharmonie and later with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. Later, Zeller joined the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, then Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchester and the Dresdner Philharmonie where he was engaged until moving to the Staatskapelle Dresden. Philipp Zeller is teaching at the University of Music Würzburg.

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