When Adrien Boisseau discovers the music at the age of five, he decides almost immediately to become a musician. After attending the music school of Nevers and the Regional Conservatory of Saint-Maur, Adrien integrates the CNSM of Paris at the age of 14, becoming a student of Jean Sulem. In 2009, aged 17, Adrien picks 1st Prize as well as the Audience Award at the International Max Rostal Competition and is subsequently invited to make his debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin in 2011, with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski. He got his diploma with the congratulations of the jury at the National Conservatory in Paris. He continued his studies with Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin. At the same time, Adrien is successful in several competitions. From 2013, Adrien improves his skills with prestigious teachers of the Kronberg Academy: András Schiff, Nobuko Imaï, Steven Isserlis, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivry Gitlis.
For Adrien, since long, chamber music represents the opportunity to share the most intimate feelings. He is the guest in festivals such as these of Deauville and Radio-France Montpellier. His partners are, among others, Eric Le Sage, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Adam Laloum, Edgar Moreau. In 2014, Adrien wins the title of Young Artist of the Year of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Ιn 2015, he is asked to join the famous Quatuor Ebène, one of the foremost string quartets in the world. He appears with the Quartet in the most famous halls (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall) and with the most renowned musicians (such as Mitsuko Uchida, Matthias Goerne, Anne Sofie von Otter). In the same year, Oehms Classics publishes his first CD, a Schumann recital with pianist Gaspard Dehaene. The album gets ravishing reviews. Αdrien gives masterclasses in Paris CNSM, Queen Elizabeth Chapel, Royal Conservatory Brussels etc. After almost three years with the Ebène Quartet, Adrien decides to focus on his own path.
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.
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.
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.
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“).
Emre Elivar was born in Ankara in 1976. Between 1981 and 1987, he learned to play the piano with Prof. Kamuran Gündemir. He graduated the Piano and Composition Department of the Ankara State Conservatory with distinction in 1996. Emre received a scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and continued postgraduate studies at the Music Academy Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden with Prof. Peter Rösel (1996-1999), receiving his Master’s degree with distinction in January 1999. He completed his virtüözite doctorate Meisterklassen-Studium with Prof. Georg Sava at the Hanns Eisler School of Music.
Emre has won many prizes in many international piano contests: 4th Prize at the 7th International Piano Contest Perfecto Garcia Chornet in Valencia (Spain, 1998), 3rd Prize at the 16th International Piano Contest Cidadão do Porto in Porto (Portugal, 1999), 2nd Prize and special prize for the Best Interpretation of a Piece by J.S. Bach and a Piece of Romantic Period at the 7th International Bremer Klavierwettbewerb (1999), 3rd Prize at the 42nd International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (USA, 2000). He was also the winner of the Steinway Prize (2001), of Arthur Schnabel Prize (2002), and of the Piano Contest Vendοme Prize for Germany and Switzerland (2003). As soloist he performed with orchestras such as Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic, Kassel State Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra etc.
Emre Elivar has recorded, among others, important works of several Turkish composers, and as a double album the Three Last Sonatas, Οpp. 109, 110, 111 and the Diabelli Variations, Οp. 120 by Beethoven. His CD released by Sony BMG with works by Schubert and Schumann earned great reviews internationally. Emre Elivar is since June 2011 co-founder of Arkas Trio and lives in Berlin, Germany.
A champion of Norway’s rich musical tradition, Eldbjørg Hemsing has been a household name in her native country since childhood and made her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic at the age of 11. Studying with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna, she has since carefully positioned herself on both the national and international stage, fine-tuning her performance-style and absorbing repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Dvořák, Grieg to Tan Dun. Together with Tan Dun she has collaborated on numerous projects in both Europe and Asia and is currently working with the composer on a new work scheduled for a 2018 world premiere.
In March 2018 Eldbjørg Hemsing released her debut CD on the Swedish label, BIS, featuring violin concertos by Hjalmar Borgström and Dmitri Shostakovich, recorded with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Olari Elts.
In the autumn of 2018 she will release a recording of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Suk’s Fantasy and Love Song with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev. She is also the subject of an upcoming documentary directed by David Donnelly, focusing on women in the arts..
Upcoming engagements in the 2017 / 18 season include regular performances at the Stormen Concert Hall in Bødo where Eldbjørg is the 2018 Artist in Residence and performances with, amongst others, the Oslo Philharmonic, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. She also joins Julien Quentin for a recital tour in Spring 2018 and appears as a guest at Paavo Järvi’s Pärnu Festival in Estonia.
Engagements in the 2017 / 18 season included regular performances at the Stormen Concert Hall in Bødo where Eldbjørg has been the 2018 Artist in Residence and performances with, amongst others, the Oslo Philharmonic, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. She also joined Julien Quentin for a recital tour in Spring 2018 and appeared as a guest at Paavo Järvi’s Pärnu Festival in Estonia.
Eldbjørg Hemsing plays a 1754 G. B. Guadagnini violin on kind loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation. Her long-term artistic development is generously supported by Göhde Foundation.
“…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.
“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).
Kristian Katzenberger has been principal horn of the Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester Germany since 2016. He was born in Oldenburg (Germany) in 1991 and started his studies at the Academy of Music »Hanns Eisler« Berlin with Prof. Marie Luise Neunecker in 2010. In addition to his studies, he participated in numerous master classes with Prof. Penzel, Prof. Vlatkovic and Prof. Lampert.
At the »Deutsche Musikwettbewerb« 2014 he was awarded a scholarship and selected for the “Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler.” Furthermore, he was scholarship student of the Villa Musica Rheinland Pfalz.
As principal Horn he played in orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Bamberg Symphony or Munich State Opera under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt, Daniel Barenboim, and others.
Beside his orchestral job Kristian Katzenberger is also a very passionate chamber musician – he has worked with renowned musicians such as Sharon Kam, Jana Boušková and Lars Vogt. As a guest he has played at various music festivals such as the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer with Consortium Classicum or at the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach.
“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.
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.
Raphael Paratore was born into a musical family in Munich in 1992. After graduating from Gymnasium he studied cello with Peter Bruns, Claudio Bohorquez, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt. In addition, as a founding member of the Goldmund Quartet he studied with the Alban Berg Quartet and Artemis Quartet in Madrid and Berlin.
Raphael is first prize winner and laureate of national and international cello competitions.
He has received scholarships from Yehudi Menuhin “Live Music Now” society and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Furthermore, he is a scholar of TONALI, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and PE-Förderung.
International concert activities of his Quartet have taken him throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. The Goldmund Quartet is first prize winner of international competitions and laureate of the international ARD Music Competition. Aside from his quartet activity, he regularly performs in various chamber music formations at international music festivals, such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Molyvos Festival and Marvao Festival. Invitations have brought him together with other musicians, such as Julia Fischer, Ksenija Sidorova, Andreas Hofmeir, Alexey Stadler, Christoph Poppen and Jörg Widmann.
Theo Plath made his orchestral debut at the age of 16. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with a.o. the Düsseldorfer Symphonikern, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Beethovenorchester Bonn. Theo received his early training with Prof. Nikolaus Maler before becoming a student of Prof. Dag Jensen at the Hochschule für Musik München. Also he has participated in Masterclasses of Klaus Thunemann and Sergio Azzolini.
In addition to winning First Prizes at numerous competitions, such as the “International Crusell Competition”, and the „Aeolus Wind Competition”, Theo is the recipient of scholarships such as Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund.
He recently won the Prize of the „Deutsche Musikwettbewerb“ in spring 2018.
An avid chamber musician, Theo has performed at significant festivals throughout Europe including the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Spannungen at Heimbach, playing with musicians such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Maximilian Hornung and Vilde Frang.
He is a member of the Monet Woodwindquintet, which performs in halls like the Opera de Lyon and the Konzerthaus Dortmund.
Since 2016 he participates in the Project „Rhapsody in School“ and conveys his enthusiasm for classical music to children throughout Germany.
Theo is currently pursuing his Master of Music, studying under Prof. Dag Jensen in Munich, while being principal bassoonist of the „Deutsche Radiophilharmonie“ in 2018.
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.
She was born in Athens. She started piano lessons at the age of four and later on she was taught zither by the great master Panagiotis Vergos. She has graduated from the Music High School of Pallini and is a graduate of the Department of Popular and Traditional Music. She has participated in various musical activities of Department as well as in record productions. Along with her musical studies she has also participated in seminars about Education and the Theatre as well as Experiential Musical Education.
Since 2009 she has been cooperating with other professional musicians from Greece and abroad in the area of popular and traditional music, and has participated in concerts and international festivals. She has been teaching students how to play zither in music schools and conservatories. Since 2013 she has been working with the film producer Dimitris Kitsikoudis, the ethnomusicologist Charis Sarris, and the operator Dionisis Gagatsos, in the area of research and processing of source material for the production of ethnographic film of musical interest : “Music and Musicians of Andros”, “The Tiger of Apetathos”, “Bucolic Songs” (still in progress).
Gustav Rivinius is the first and only German musician to be awarded a first prize Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In addition, he received a special prize for the Βest Ιnterpretation of a Tchaikovsky Composition. Since then, he has appeared with leading musicians, orchestras and conductors around the world.
Among the many high points of an illustrious career, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski, and with the London Philharmonia under Heinrich Schiff. Along with his solo work, Gustav Rivinius has a passion for chamber music. Having been born into a large musical family, he plays regularly alongside his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet and holds recitals with his brother Paul at the piano. He participated for years in a quintet with Irena Grafenauer, Maria Graf, Ana Chumachenco and Gérard Caussé. Ηe is also an annual participant in the Heimbach Spannungen Festival. Gustav Rivinius is a professor at the HfM University of Music in Saarbrücken.
He also teaches at the Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands) and at a number of master courses annually, including at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In addition, he is a sought-after juror at major music competitions and sat on the jury at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2016 he was awarded the “Kunstpreis des Saarlandes”.
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 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.
“Varvaresos not only has a natural yet finely honed technique, it springs as one with the wide scope of profound musicianship. Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from start to finish. ” – New York Concert Review
Vassilis Varvaresos’s 2017-2018 season has included, among else, performances at the Istanbul Music Festival, the Enescu Festival, the Festival des Musicales du Golfe, the Festival de la Rochelle, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, and the Kulturscopes Festival in Basel. He has performed with the Orchestre de Normandie, the Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, and is currently working on his next recording for Aparte Records, with works by Schumann, Ravel and Scriabin.
In recent years, Varvaresos has performed at some of the greatest concert halls in Europe and has given concerts in China, Japan, Egypt, Korea and Israel. He has performed with famous orchestras and has appeared as a soloist in virtually all states of the U.S.A., including noted performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as at the White House for President Barrack Obama.
Vasilis Varvaresos has recorded two albums for NAVIS Classica and one album for Global Private Equity. He has written a book on the music of Debussy, and he has composed music for two documentaries, a short film and a musical. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with noted performers such as Michel Dalberto, Henri Demarquette, Nicolas Dautricourt, Noe Inui and Benedict Kloeckner.
Varvaresos has studied on a full scholarship at Juilliard School, New York, where he obtained his Bachelor, Master, and PhD. He then obtained his Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interprète from the Paris Conservatory. He won the First Prize in the Young Concerts Artists Competition aged 14, and he has also won third prize in the Enescu Competition and second prize in Piano Masters in Monte Carlo. In 2010 he was named “Most Promising Young Greek Artist” by the Greek Critics’ Association.
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.
Anne Maria Wehrmeyer started playing the violin at the tender age of four. She became a junior student at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin in 2009, and in the same year she and her family moved to Regensburg, where she has since been studying under Prof. Conrad von der Goltz.
In 2014, she continued studying at the Leopold Mozart Centre at Augsburg University (Prof. Linus Roth). Anne Maria has already performed as a soloist with the New Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the symphony orchestras of Regensburg and Nuremberg, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Since 2011, she has given regular recitals at events such as Antidogma Musica (the international festival of early and contemporary music in Turin), and the concert series at Speinshart Abbey. In 2017, she was awarded a 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the TONALi17 Competition and is working with the Tonalisten Artist Management.
As the holder of a scholarship from the German music foundation Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Anne Maria has performed several times in the foundation’s “Foyer of Young Artists” concert series and was featured on its 2014 annual CD. She has been playing instruments from the German Musical Instruments Fund since 2010, and is currently playing a violin made by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in Milan in around 1710.
Philipp Wollheim was born in 1992 in Berlin. At the age of four he began to study the violin under Shuho Hoshi-Berg. On several occasions he won the Jugend Musiziert Competition (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009).
In June 2006, he was a prize-winner at the Klassik-Preis der Stadt Münster and the WDR Competition. In September 2008, he was a prize-winner at the International Paul Hindemith Competition in Berlin (2nd Prize and special prize for the Best Performance of a Work by Hindemith). In 2010, he was a finalist at the TONALi Competition at which he received the Audience Award. In 2017, he was awarded the 1st Prize at the Kiwanis Competition. From 2004-2014, he was a student at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (classes of Tomasz Tomaszewski and Nora Chastian).
Since 2015, he has been a postgraduate student at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste. At the moment Philipp is playing in the first violin section of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. He tours regularly throughout Germany, Portugal, Israel, Japan and Switzerland. He has appeared in various concert halls, such as the Berliner Philharmonie and the Elbphilharmonie. Since 2006, he has been playing with a violin crafted by a pupil of the Italian music masters of Grancino Dynasty (Netherlands, 1780), given to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
The first musician in his family, Tuncay YiΙmaz began his education in Izmir, later continuing at the Ankara State Conservatory and graduating first in his class. While still a student, he gave his first concert as a soloist, performing the Turkish premiere of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra.
He gave his first recital with Fazil Say. He was awarded a DAAD German State scholarship and continued his studies in the soloist classes at Freiburg and Saarland Music Universities. Yilmaz has performed with many major orchestras around the world, including Salzburg Mozarteum and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and has given numerous recitals; accompanied by his regular pianist Robert Markham, he has performed in locations and concert halls around the world including Ankara, Berlin, Istanbul, Boston, Chicago and New York (Carnegie Hall).
Yilmaz, was described as a “young prince of violinists” by Nice–Matin in France, while the Boston Globe called him a “sophisticated concert violinist”. Parallel to his successful international career, he has been a State Soloist of the Turkish Ministry of Culture since 1996. He is a violin virtuoso and co-ordinator of the Arkas Trio. Tuncay Yilmaz performs on an 1731 Petrus Paulus Devitor “Red Diamond” violin.
Dimos Avdeliodis, one of the most significant Greek theatre and cinema artists, has associated his name with pioneering and distinguished theatrical performances which opened up new creative ways in the art of theatre.
In the recent ones, with “Plato’s The Apology of Socrates” he presented for the first time in the history of theatre, but also of the literature research, the recitation of ancient Greek, using the method he has developed, where it sounds like a natural and living language, changing radically our relation to the ancient Greek texts. Each of his 26 theatrical performances, designed and performed as opera plays, highlight in a unique, fascinating way writers, who were considered until now unapproachable due to the purist Greek, or due to their idiosyncratic poetic language.
His theatrical performances through the dramaturgical editing, the theatrical adaptation and the teaching of recitation managed to surprise, to deeply concentrate, and to move, a very large and totally different, as to its age and education level, audience, while the pedagogues pointed out the importance of his performances for all levels of education.
With his performances, D. Avdeliodis suggests a renewed and modern way of theatrical expression, which relies on the lucidity and clarity of meaning, without any elements of experimentation. Watching the performance becomes a personal experience for all spectators, regardless of their age or education level.
Dimos Avdeliodis was born in 1952 in the island of Chios. He studied at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and at the G. Theodosiadis Drama School of Athens. He was artistic Director of the Municipal and Regional Theatre of North Aegean 1997-2000 and 2004-2010. He taught storytelling and connection logic for cinema and drama, at the Panteion Univesity, 1993-1997. He has participated and was awarded in some of the biggest International Film Festivals (Berlin, San Francisco, etc.). His film “THE SPRING GATHERING was voted in 2007 by the Greek Film Critics Association and the Greek Federation of Film Societies, as one of the top 10 films of Greek Cinema of all times.