MIMF

3rd Molyvos International Music Festival

Catharsis | 16-19 August 2017

The concept of Catharsis through art is a process that was originally coined by the Greek philosopher Aristotle who highlighted that we can surpass a state of emotional turmoil by watching it unfold on a stage. In that moment, music on the one hand mirrors our own inner emotional conflicts and on the other hand becomes the therapeutic energy that ultimately heals us – the power of art and music in particular to purify us from trauma.

Programme

PROLOGUE

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Chaconne for Solo Violin in D Minor, BWV 1004
Hyeyoon Park, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut [My heart is bathed in blood], BWV 199
Cantata for Soprano, Oboe, String Quintet, Piano
Marlis Petersen soprano
Ivan Podyomov oboe
Noé Inui violin
Alissa Margulis violin
Timothy Ridout viola
Alexander Buzlov cello
Luis Cabrera double bass
Kiveli Doerken piano

INTERMISSION

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
Linus Roth violin
Noé Inui violin
Hyeyoon Park violin
Timothy Ridout viola
Lech Antonio Uszynski viola
Benedict Kloeckner cello
Alexander Buzlov cello

PARODOS

Lunch concert | CONFERENCE CENTRE | 12:00


Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
Capricho Árabe for Solo Guitar
Petrit Ceku guitar

Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Histoire Du Tango for Flute and Guitar
Daniela Koch flute
Petrit Ceku guitar

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)
Dhipli Zyia Duo for Violin and Cello
Linus Roth violin
Benedict Kloeckner cello

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
Guitar Quintet in D Major, No. 4, G 448 “Fandango”
Petrit Ceku guitar
Alissa Margulis violin
Noé Inui violin
Timothy Ridout viola
Alexander Buzlov cello

EPISODE

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00


Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
Ivan Podyomov oboe
Kiveli Doerken piano

Györgi Ligeti (1923-2006)
Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Daniela Koch flute
Ivan Podyomov oboe
Sebastian Manz clarinet
Constantin Barcov bassoon
Juliane Grepling horn

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Two Elegiac Melodies for String Quintet, Op. 34
Hyeyoon Park violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
Timothy Ridout, viola
Benedict Kloeckner cello
Luis Cabrera double bass

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, FP 43
Ivan Podyomov oboe
Constantin Barcov bassoon
Kiveli Doerken piano

INTERMISSION

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Souvenir de Florence, for String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70
Kirill Troussov violin
Alissa Margulis violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski viola
Timothy Ridout viola
Alexander Buzlov cello
Benedict Kloeckner cello

YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT

MOLYVOS CASTLE |19:00


Programme specifically designed to introduce young people to classical music

STASIMON

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00


Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Fratres, for Violoncello and Guitar
Alexander Buzlov, cello
Petrit Ceku, guitar

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1976)
String Quartet in C Minor, No. 8, Op. 110
Alissa Margulis violin
Kirill Trussov violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski viola
Alexander Buzlov cello

INTERMISSION

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps, for Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello and Piano
Sebastian Manz clarinet
Benedict Kloeckner cello
Kiveli Doerken piano

EXODOS

MOLYVOS CASTLE | 21:00

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Syrinx, for Solo Flute
Daniela Koch flute

André Jolivet (1905-1974)
Chant de Linos, for Flute and Piano
Daniela Koch flute
Kiveli Doerken piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Exsultate, Jubilate, for Soprano, Strings and Continuo, KV 165
Marlis Petersen soprano
Kirill Troussov violin
Hyeyoon Park violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski viola
Petrit Ceku guitar

INTERMISSION

Franz Schubert (1791-1828)
Octet for Winds and Strings in F Major, D 803
Noé Inui violin
Linus Roth violin
Timothy Ridout viola
Benedict Kloeckner cello
Luis Cabrera double bass
Sebastian Manz clarinet
Constantin Barcov bassoon
Juliane Grepling horn

PREFESTIVAL ACTIVITIES


This year, Molyvos International Music Festival organised four pre-festival events, in order to bring visitors in contact with the beauties of the whole island, showing its different facets, while at the same time spreading the atmosphere of the Festival to more island locations.

The rising star musicians participating in these events, Wassily Gerassimez, Arthur Rusanovsky, Kiveli Dörken, are part of the Festival’s educational program MO-TO Key, that took place in Lesbos last winter. In this way the musicians have the chance to deepen their relationship with the inhabitants of the island, particularly young people. Each event includes a guided tour of the venue combined with a chamber music concert.

Artists

 Constantin Barcov
Constantin Barcov

Bassoon

BASSOON PLAYER. SOLOIST HAMBURG OPERA ORCHESTRA
Born in Romania, he is now currently Solo Bassoonist at the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg (Hamburg Philharmoniker and Hamburg State Opera), a position which he formerly held at the Malmö Opera in Sweden. He is the first Romanian bassoonist to win a solo position in a major international orchestra. He has played as a guest principal with notable orchestras such as: NDR Sinfonieorchester (now NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester), The Philharmonia Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London among others.
He started playing bassoon in Romania with Prof. Valentin Petrescu, and after having won the Woodruff award – full scholarship and stipend – he completed a Bachelor degree with honors at Columbus State University, US, with Dr. Ronald Wirt. Having obtained the DAAD scholarship he continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover with Prof. Dag Jensen, where he graduated with the highest marks. As a student he attended festivals such as Pacific Music Festival, Schleswig – Holstein, Sarasota Music Festival (US), Domaine-Forget (Canada) and others. Constantin’s playing has been called “…exemplary ” by the notable German newspaper Die Welt.
He is a national and international prize winner, such as Fox -Gillet international competition in Oklahoma, US. As a soloist with orchestra, he has played in Sweden, Romania, Germany and USA.

 Alexander Buzlov
photo: Ira Polyarnaya, Apriori Arts Agency
Alexander Buzlov

Cello

“Buzlov is a cellist of true Russian tradition, possessing a great gift to make an instrument sing, bewitching the audience with his sound”.
The New York Times

Alexandre Bouzlov is one of the most vivid and talented cellists of the next generation, one who represents the Russian performing school with honour at the world’s leading music venues.
Alexandre Bouzlov was born in Moscow in 1983. In 2006 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire itself in the class of Natalia Gutman. At master-classes, he has received instruction from such renowned cellists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Natalia Shakhovskaya, Boris Talalay, Eberhard Finke and Bernard Greenhouse.

Alexandre Bouzlov has won 1st prizes at Young Concert Artist competitions in Leipzig (2000) and New York (2001) and the Grand Prix in the categories “Cello” and “Chamber Ensemble” at the New Names All-Russian Open Competition (Moscow, 2000). In 2005 he took 2nd prize at one of the most prestigious music compositions in Europe – the ARD International Cello Competition in Munich (Germany), while in 2007 he was the undoubted favourite at the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition at which he took the Silver Medal, the prize for the best performance of a work by Tchaikovsky and the special prize of the Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya Foundation. One year later the cellist took 2nd prize at the LXIII International Cello Competition in Geneva, the oldest cello competition in Europe. In 2010 he was awarded Grand Prix and Audience prize at the Emanuel Feuermann Cello Competition in Berlin. Alexandre Bouzlov has won 3rd prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015).

He has worked with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Bashmet,Vladimir Fedoseyev, Karel Maria Chichon, Paavo Järvi, Yakov Kreizberg, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Thomas Sanderling, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Christoph Poppen. As a soloist he has performed with numerous American symphony orchestras, travelling to almost each and every American state while on tour. Alexandre Bouzlov’s debut at the renowned Carnegie Hall took place in 2005, while May the same year saw a gala at the Lincoln Center in New York with the Orchestra of St Luke’s under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.

Alexandre Bouzlov performs with such acclaimed musicians as Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetskiy.

The cellist takes part in international festivals including Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Musical Kremlin, Moscow Autumn, December Evenings of Svyatoslav Richter (Moscow), the Stars of the White Nights, Arts Square and Musical Olympus (St Petersburg), festivals in Ludwigsburg, Mecklenburg Vorpommenn, Usedom (Germany) and festival in Menton (France), the Oleg Kagan Memorial Festivals in Moscow and Kreuth (Germany), international chamber music festivals in Colmar, Menton and Montpellier (France), Crescendo (Israel).
He has recorded for Russian TV and radio as well as radio stations in Germany, Switzerland, France, the USA and Austria. He currently teaches at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire where he has his own class and is an assistant to Professor Natalia Gutman; he runs master-classes in Russia, Europe and the USA.

Alexander Buzlov is one of the brightest and most talented cellists of the young generation of Russian musicians.
Buzlov’s latest achievement is the Grand Prix and Audience Prize at the Emanuel Feuermann Cello Competition in Berlin and debut at the Berliner Philharmoniker with Yuri Bashmet.
The musician has performed with major orchestras, including the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Munich Chamber Orchestra, among others, with Valery Gergiev, Yuri Bashmet, VladimirSpivakov, Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Sanderling y Yakov Kreizberg.

 Luis Cabrera
photo: Melle Meivogel
Luis Cabrera

Doublebass

Born in Spain in 1985, Luis Cabrera started playing the double bass at the age of ten. After graduating from the Conservatorio Profesional Joaquin Turina, where he studied with Professor Rafael de Frias and later on with Karen Martirossian, he moved to London in 2002, to complete his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Professor Rinat Ibragimov. Luis then completed a Master’s at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler School of Music under Professor Janne Saksala. Having received numerous awards and scholarships, he became Principal Double Bass of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam in 2006. Ηe has been invited to play as guest Principal Double Bass with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, among others, where he played under distinguished conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. Luis has collaborated with ensembles of different styles such as Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta Nacional de España, and he is very active as a chamber music player. He has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Het Concertgebouw and Ateneo in Madrid. He joined the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s teaching staff in 2012, and has been visiting as a teacher and a coach several colleges and youth orchestras. Luis has recorded with several chamber groups for labels including EMI Classics and Pentatone, and has collaborated with BBC Radio’s 3 prestigious New Generation Artists scheme.

www.luiscabrera.eu

 Petrit Çeku
photo: Atdhe Mulla
Petrit Çeku

Guitar

 Petrit Çeku’s exquisite sensibility and expressiveness

have attracted and engaged audiences worldwide.

He has performed many recitals throughout Europe

and North America, and was a soloist with major

symphonic orchestras, such as Baltimore Symphony,

Czech Chamber Philharmonic, State Hermitage

Orchestra of St. Petersburg and Zagreb Philharmonic.

He also appears regularly with the famed string ensemble

Zagreb Soloists and is a founding member of Guitar

Trio Elogio, established in 2008. Hailed by guitar critic

Colin Cooper as “a soloist of the highest ability”, Çeku

is the first prize winner of many international guitar

competitions, including the most prestigious ones like

Parkening (Malibu, USA), Schadt (Allentown, USA),

Biasini (Bologna, Italy), and Pittaluga (Alessandria, Italy).

Born in 1985 in Prizren, Kosovo, Çeku took his first

guitar lessons with Luan Sapunxhiu. In 2002, he moved

to Zagreb, Croatia, after receiving an invitation to study

with Xhevdet Sahatxhija. In 2008, he graduated from

the Zagreb Academy of Music, in the renowned class of

Darko Petrinjak. He then went on to study with the great

master Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory in

Baltimore, USA, where he completed his studies in 2013.

Çeku’ s first cd was released in 2008 by Naxos. In May

2015, the Spanish label Eudora issued his recording of

all six Bach Cello Suites,  arranged by Valter Dešpalj. Petrit

Çeku plays on a Ross Gutmeier guitar.

 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“).

 Daniel Garlitsky
photo: Balasz Borocz
Daniel Garlitsky

Violin

Daniel Garlitsky is descendant of a lineage of famous Russian violinists and pedagogues. Born in Moscow, Garlitsky began his musical studies (violin and piano) at the “Specialized Gnessin School” at the ageof 6. Having settled in France in the early 90s, hecontinued his tuition at the Lyon Conservatory and graduated with highest distinctions.In 1999, he became a student of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP). He graduated cum laude and was awarded a special prize for outstanding performance given duringhis final recital.
As a soloist, he has shared the stage with such orchestras as the Hamburg Philharmonic, Orchestra of
the Age of Enlightenment, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and many others. He has performed under the baton of such conductors as Vladimir Jurowski, Mishiyoshi Inoue, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Christoph Eberle. His chamber music partners have included Gidon Kremer, Maria Joao Pires, Oleg Maisenberg, Augustin Dumay, Antoine Tamestit, amongst others. He has often been invited to guest lead European top class orchestras such as « Residentie Orkest » (The Hague), Hamburger Symphoniker, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Liege Philharmonic and Strasbourg Philharmonic.
His wide repertoire ranges from early baroque (Monteverdi, Marais, Lully, etc…), that he performs on period instruments, to 21st century compositions. During his career, he has performed and premiered works by French composers (Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Olivier Greif…) as well as internationally renowned composers such as John Adams, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli and Mark O’Connor, amongst others. He currently teaches the violin at the Paris Conservatory and is invited to give lectures and master classes in Europe and Asia. Daniel Garlitsky plays an 18th century Italian violin labeled “Joseph Guarnerius, filius Andreæ” and a French violin made for him in 2003 by Jacques Fustier.

www.garlitsky.com

 Juliane Grepling
photo: Anna Bokodi
Juliane Grepling

Horn

Juliane Grepling was born in 1988 near Leipzig, Germany. She studied with Professor Th. Hauschild in Leipzig and Professor Chr.-Fr. Dallmann at the University of Arts in Berlin. She won the German Competition for Children Jugend Musiziert several times, the Prize of the Emsbürener Musiktage 2008 and the Chamber Music Competition Alice-Samter-Wettbewerb 2010. She was supported by the Young Μusicians Foundation in Bayreuth and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Between 2010-2012, she played as Principal French Horn in the Komische Oper Berlin, and since 2013, she is a member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. She has performed with Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Juliane has performed as a soloist in Leipzig, Berlin, Frankfurt, St. Petersburg etc. In 2014, she played with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin in the live radio show ”Debüt im Deutschlandradio Kultur”. Since 2015, she additionally teaches at the University of Arts in Berlin.

 Noé Inui
photo: Jetta Deplazes
Noé Inui

Violin

“Inui is a violinist of mesmerising energy and tremendous talent, and his New York debut demonstrated the breadth of his playing.” the Strad

Truly it can be said of violinist Noé Inui that he is a citizen of the world! Born in Brussels in 1985 to a Greek mother and a Japanese father, he has been living in Düsseldorf since 2006. As a graduate of the Conservatories of Brussels, Paris, Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf, Noé is still having lessons on a regular basis with mentors Ulf Hoelscher and Rosa Fain. Noé has won many prestigious prizes, among others at the Verbier Festival Academy with the Prix d’Honneur and Prix Julius Bär, the Special Prize for Young Talents at the 2005 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, and in 2011 the Gina Bachauer Prize in Greece. He is frequently invited to perform as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors in Europe, Japan, Brazil and the USA. As a chamber musician he has played with musicians such as Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos, and often collaborates with Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. With him and the German cellist Benedict Klöckner, Noé formed the acclaimed Trio Bell’Arte. His interest in modern music offers him fresh scope, combining strength, virtuosity and vigour with sensitivity. He has also recorded three cds with the Trio Carlo Van Neste, of which he was a member. Noé is playing a Tommaso Balestrieri (Mantua, 1764).

noeinui.com

 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

 Hyeyoon Park
photo: Benjamin Ealovega
Hyeyoon Park

Violin

On the concert platform Hyeyoon Park combines integrity with elegance, focus with panache, all of which makes her an artist of true style and virtuosity. In 2012 Hyeyoon received the London Music Masters Award, which brought her to prominent venues in the UK. Passionate about education, this award has also provided her with a platform to bring her music and performance into London’s schools, many in underprivileged areas. She was previously awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2011 and she was the youngest ever first prize winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

Hyeyoon Park made her orchestra debut at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, hr Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Tokyo, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and in Spring 2016 she gave her London Philharmonic Orchestra debut performing Korngold under the baton of Osmo Vänskä.

The 2016/17 season will see her perform internationally with Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Olari Elts, MDR Leipzig Orchestra/Kristjan Järvi, Trondheim Symphony/Krzysztof Urbanski. She performs with the New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo under the baton of Clemens Schuldt and Milton Keynes City Orchestra with Damian Iorio. In summer 2016 Hyeyoon Park directed an ensemble of conservatoire students in performances at Hindsgavl and Tivoli Festivals, Denmark.

Hyeyoon Park appears regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician with partners including pianist Benjamin Grosvenor performing next season in Essen’s Philharmonie and on tour in the UK. With pianist Huw Watkins she gave the world premiere of a work by Mark Bowden making her debut at the Newbury Spring Festival. She has also appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musical Olympus and Les Violons de la Paix. She has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, András Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Alban Gerhardt, Antje Weithaas, Jan Vogler and Florian Uhlig.

Born in 1992 in Seoul, Hyeyoon Park has studied at the junior colleges of the Korean National University of Arts, and University of Cincinnati with teacher Piotr Milewski. She has studied with Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin since 2006. Since 2010, she has studied with Christian Tetzlaff as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy, at which she completed her master’s degree in 2016. These studies are funded by the Nikolas Gruber Stipendium. Hyeyoon Park has also participated and performed at the Marlboro Festival, USA, at the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida.

Hyeyoon Park plays a violin of the German violinmaker Stefan Peter Greiner.

QUOTES
“She played the Prokofjew concerto confidently by heart and with enchanting lyric intonation, not only during the flageolets, but also with an energetic sound and bowing during the motoric passages of the first movement. She showed high virtuosity in the following wild scherzo, then again expressive intonation and brilliant passages in the finale, which finishes cautiously, as do the two Tschaikowski pieces.”
Coburger Tageblatt, 18 January 2017, Gerhard Deutschmann

“Her beautiful sound in the virtuoso second movement is touching. With a stunning dexterity it pervades through the piece in absolute perfection and diffuses a baffling dark sparkle.”
Neue Presse, 17 January 2017, Von Bernd Schellhorn

“She played the Prokofjew concerto confidently by heart and with enchanting lyric intonation, not only during the flageolets, but also with an energetic sound and bowing during the motoric passages of the first movement. She showed high virtuosity in the following wild scherzo, then again expressive intonation and brilliant passages in the finale, which finishes cautiously, as do the two Tschaikowski pieces.”
Gerhard Deutschmann, Coburger Tageblatt, 18 January 2017

“Her beautiful sound in the virtuoso second movement is touching. With a stunning dexterity it pervades through the piece in absolute perfection and diffuses a baffling dark sparkle.”
Von Bernd Schellhorn, Neue Presse, 17 January 2017

“…wenn man es so hingebungsvoll und souverän ausphrasiert wie die zauberhafte Hyeyoon Park. Park verfügt über etwas einzigartig Kostbares, das ihren Geigenton unvergleichlich charakterisiert: natürliche Süße. Hinzu kommen bestechende Intonation, blitzende Virtuosität und ausgeprägter Sinn für strukturierende Gestaltung […]”
Süddeutsche Zeitung 17 November 2014, Harald Eggebrecht

“Und das mit wunderbar kraftvollem Griff, einer Innigkeit, die die Komposition ins Erhabene steigerte, einer wunderbaren Eleganz des Spiels.”
Emder Zeitung, 08 August 2014

“und anmutig erklang Parks Spiel. Unaufdringlich virtuos gestaltete Park den mit allerlei technischer Würze versehenen Allegretto-Teil. Leicht und tänzerisch formt sie dabei das Landlerthema, das schließlich eine Kärntner Volksweise mündet.”
Landshuter Zeitung, 01 July 2014

“Der Höhepunkt des Abends war ohne Zweifel das Violinkonzert e-Moll von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Die erst 21-jährige Südkoreanerin Hyeyoon Park spielte keine seelenlosen Töne herunter, sondern lebte die Musik. Technisch brillant beeindruckte sie mit einem unglaublich intensiven und virtuosen Spiel. Die junge Künstlerin, die bereits im Alter von 4 Jahren mit dem Geigen-spiel begann, formte die Musik mit all den Klangmöglichkeiten ihrer Violine. Sie tat dies mit einer so großen Überzeugung, dass ihre Ausdrucksweise für den Moment des Hörens, die einzig Rich-tige war. Genau an diesem Punkt, für das fantastische Solo, war das Zusammenspiel mit dem Orchester von großer Bedeutung. Es war eine unmittelbare Erfahrung, die Korrespondenz zwischen Solis¬tin und Orchester zu beobachten”
LIPPE aktuell, 14 June 2014

“Energisch, dabei feinsinnig ist Parks Spiel. Anspruchsvolle, wohlklingende Doppelgriffe, aufregende Läufe und fein zuselierte romantisch anmutende Phrasen gelingen perfekt. Park versteht es, die der Komposition inneliegenden breit gefächerten Emotionen darzustellen. Mit ihrem kraftvollen Spiel, selbst in den leisen Passagen sehr präsent, lässt sie das Gotteshaus festlich strahlen.”
Ostfriesischer Kurier, 08 August 2014

“Beim sanften Paukenbeginn mochte man sich an Ludwig van Beethovens ähnlich anhebendes Violinkonzert erinnert fühlen, ihren solistischen Part legte Hyeyoon Park, die bei Christian Tetzlaff an der Kronberg Academy studiert, spannungsvoll vermittelnd aus. Spanisches und Kriegerisches, Hymnisches und Intrikates: Mit ihrer exzellenten Technik und ihrem so schwerelosen Ton changierte sie perfekt zwischen diesen Facetten des 1940 vollendeten, zehn Jahre später von Britten überarbeiteten Konzerts. Auf den wunderbar offen ausschwebenden Schluss-Triller ließ sie im Samstagskonzert noch eine dämonische Zugabe folgen, „Obsession“, den ersten Satz aus der zweiten Solo-Sonate des belgischen Geigenvirtuosen Eugène Ysaÿe.”
Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung, 22 April 2014 von Axel Zibulski

 Marlis Petersen
photo: Yiorgos Mavropoulos
Marlis Petersen

Soprano

The main focus of Marlis Petersenʼs repertoire is the field of lyric coloratura soprano, however she has also made a name for her self as an interpreter of contemporary music. After studying with Sylvia Geszty at the Conservatory in Stuttgart she began her career at the Nuremberg
State Theatre and later was engaged at the German Opera of the Rhine. A central role in her repertoire is Bergʼs heroine Lulu, a piece she has performed in ten productions in renowned opera houses all over the world. She has appeared at Covent Garden London, at the Opera Bastille in Paris, at the MET New York, at the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Bavarian State Opera and at all the opera houses in Berlin, at the Salzburg Festival, Bregenz Festival, as well as in Aix-en- Provence.

Among the most important world premieres in which Marlis Petersen has participated are Hans Werner Henzeʼs “Phaedra” in Berlin, Manfred Trojahnʼs “La Grande Magia” at the Semper Opera in Dresden and with enormous success the title role of Aribert Reimannʼs “Medea” at
the Vienna State Opera. For this role she was given for the second time the title of singer of the year 2010 by the acclaimed opera magazine “Opernwelt”.
A third time the title was given to her for the new production of Lulu at the Bavarian State Opera in the year 2015, directed by Dimitri Tcherniakov, conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

She had a big success singing her first “Traviata” in Peter Konwitschnyʼs production in Graz (2011) and recently impressed critics and audience performing all 4 roles ( Stella, Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta) in Les Contes D’ Hoffmann (Theather an der Wien).
The soprano works regularly with baroque orchestras like Akamus Berlin, Bach- Collegium Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Freiburg Baroque. She has collaborated with some of the most important classical orchestras worldwide like the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Boston Symphony, the Santa Cecilia -Rome, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Mahler Chamber.

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 Ivan Podyomov
Ivan Podyomov

Oboe

In January 2014 Ivan Podyomov has been appointed as principal Oboist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with principal Conductor Jonathan Nott.

Ivan was born in 1986 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. He commenced his musical education at the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow with Ivan Pushetchnikov. Since 2006 until 2011 Ivan has been studying with Maurice Bourgue at the Geneva Conservatory.

During his studies in Geneva, Ivan Podyomov has won a number of important oboe competitions: ARD International Competition in Munich in 2011, Geneva Competition and Markneukirchen Competition in 2010, the “Sony” Oboe Competition in Karuizawa Japan in 2009, the Prague Spring International Competition in 2008 where he has also won the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize for the best performance of the Martinu oboe concerto.

These successes resulted numerous concerts at major venues around the world: in 2009 Ivan gave his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as part of the series Debut im Deutschlandradio Kultur at the Berlin Philharmonie. Further engagements followed, including concerts at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and Vienna, Konzert und Kongresszentrum Lüzern, Philharmonie of Cologne and Essen, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva, at the Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Festival of Radio France and Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, the Central European Music Festival, the Festival Mäcklenburg-Vorpommern. They were highly acclaimed by critics and audience.

Ivan Podyomov has performed as soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Camerata Hamburg, conducted by Michael Sanderling, Yuri Bashmet, Simon Gaudenz, David Afkham, Alan Buribayev, Sebastian Tewinkel, Enrique Mazzola and others.

Ivan also has been frequently playing as the guest principal Oboist with the Orchestra Mozart Bologna and Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding.

Among his recent chamber music partners were the Hagen Quartet, Lars Vogt, Yulianna Avdeeva, Dmitri Vinnik, Sabine Meyer, Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Zoon, Sharon Kam, Alexander Bouzlov, Leonardo Garcia Alarcón, Francesco Corti, Olga Watts, Bruno Schneider, Hervé Joulain, Matthias Racz, Julian Bliss, Alois Posch, Niek de Groot, Edicson Ruiz, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Polina Pasztircsák, Johannes Fischer, Quartet Sine Nomine. 

Ivan’s upcoming appearances include concerts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra of Osaka, and the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kioi and Toppan Halls in Tokyo, the Izumi Hall in Osaka, the Musik und Kongresshalle in Lübeck as well as various chamber music concerts.

www.podyomov.com

 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

 Kirill Troussov
photo: Marco Borggreve
Kirill Troussov

Violin

Supported and guided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin at a young age, Kirill Troussov is now widely recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation. He works with renowned orchestras and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals. The international press describes his playing: “… impressive elegance, his irreproachable technique, his exceptional musical sensitivity and his sonorities of immaculate beauty …”

Collaboration with celebrated conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Lawrence Foster, Jiri Belohlàvek, Michail Jurowski, David Stern, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikko Frank and Louis Langrée as well as with major orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Radio Orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has brought him to the most famous concert halls and festivals worldwide – Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brüssel, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, De Doelen, NCPA in Beijing, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

Kirill Troussov is a passionate and committed chamber musician who performs frequently with artists like Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Julian Rachlin, Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell, Gautier und Renaud Capucon, Natalia Gutman, Christian Zacharias, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Highlights of his past concert seasons include – substitution for Gidon Kremer in Paris, Asia Tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, his spectacular performance at the BBC Proms and his activity as jury member at international competitions. He has been awarded the European cultural award “Pro-Europa”, the Yamaha Prize, the Davidoff-Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and numerous prizes at international competitions.
In 2016 Kirill Troussov gave a master class at the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum University in Salzburg and has been reinvited as a member of the jury at the “Schoenfeld International String Competition” in China. In 2017 master classes at Mozarteum Salzburg, European Music Intstitute Vienna, in St. Blasien, Berlin and Cremona follow.

Kirill Troussov’s recordings—among others for EMI Classics—were given many awards by the international press. He performs with Yuja Wang on her DVD with Kurt Masur 2011. Schwarz-Schilling’s Violin Concerto with the Staatskapelle Weimar was released in 2013 and a recording of chamber music works by Mendelssohn in 2014.
His CD “Memories” has been highly praised by the international press and the public—among others by “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and the french trade magazine “Diapason”. His new CD “Emotions” was released in November 2016.
He completed his studies with Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen. His mentors have been Igor Oistrach, Herman Krebbers und Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin “Brodsky” of 1702, on which violinist Adolph Brodsky performed the world premier of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto on December 4, 1881.

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 Lech Antonio Uszynski
Lech Antonio Uszynski

Viola

Lech Antonio Uszynski has emerged as one of the most promising violists of his generation. He is an exceptionally dedicated and gifted performer whose passionate artistry has been heard and embraced around the world.
He appeared as soloist at venues such as Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Herkulessaal Munich Laieszhalle Hamburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Konzerthaus Wien, Szczecin Philharmony and many more. Chamber music is an important element of his work and life. Lech Antonio is the violist of the Stradivari Quartet, which successfully performs on major stages around the globe such as Kioi Hall Tokyo, Wigmore Hall London and NCPA Beijing. 2010 he founded the “Duo Cremona” with the young pianist Andriy Dragan, which is prizewinner of the ORPHEUS competition 2011.

Lech Antonio’s new solo album “Progetto Gibson” which he recorded at the Warsaw Philharmonic will come on the market in 2017. In June 2011 Lech Antonio recorded Steve Reich’s string quartets “Different Trains” & “Triple quartet” for EMI Classics. The same year his new recording with the Stradivari Quartet featuring Mozart’s “Prussian” quartets was released in October. In march 2017 his quartet will record the complete Schumann quartets which will be released by SONY Classical .

He appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Interlaken Classics, Stradivari Festival Cremona, “Contrast” Festival in Lviv, NCPA Beijing concert series. He has performed as chamber musician with artists such as Vilde Frang, Antoine Tamestit, Dmitri Siktovetsky, Thomas Demenga, Sabine Toutain, Ingolf Turban Maximilian Hornung, Lars Vogt, Mayuko Kamio, Zakhar Bron, Sasha Sitkovetsky, Julian Rachlin, Soyoung Yoon, Eric le Sage, Gerard Wyss, Anna Fedorova, Danjulo Ishizaka, Linus Roth, Benedict Klöckner, Yulianna Avdeeva, Marc Bouchkov, Caroline Goulding, Christian Poltera and others. In the past years he is regularly invited as Guest Professor to Festivals and Conservatories where he can fulfill his passion for teaching.

Lech Antonio Uszynski was born 1986 in Padova, Italy as the son of a Polish family of musicians. He grew up in Switzerland where he studied violin under Professor Ana Chumachenco and Professor Zakhar Bron in Zurich. There he achieved his Master with distinction in 2007. He also completed a chamber music diploma with distinction under Prof. Gerard Wyss. He drew inspiration for viola performance from Rudolf Barshai and finished his studies with Prof. Michel Rouilly at the ZHdK in Zurich. Lech Antonio is prizewinner of numerous national and international awards and competitions.

Lech Antonio Uszynski is fortunate to be playing on two exceptional Violas. One of the 9 remaining Stradivari violas, the “Gibson” 1734 on loan from the “Stradivari Foundation Habisreutinger” and a rare Viola by H. Willems from 1690.
Lech Antonio Uszynski is an Thomastik-Infeld Exclusive Artist and is playing on Vision Solo strings.

www.lechantoniouszynski.com

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