Marco Behtash was born in 1990, in Berkeley, California, to Italian and Iranian parents both connected to the prestigious UC Berkeley University and in a whirlpool of different cultures, languages, and influences. He started playing the piano at age 5 and only as a teenager of fourteen picked up the double bass for the first time.Before focusing his career solely on music Marco had a brief foray into the field of mechanical engineering, another passion and fascination of his. Finally, however, at the age of nineteen he decided that playing music with other people made him feel alive in a way that nothing else had before and that that was the path to follow,leading him later to study with the legendary Rinat Ibragimov in London.
Since then Marco has played around the world primarily with great orchestras,including the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, BandArt, and the Nederlands Kamerorkest. Since 2016 he enjoys being sub-principal double bass the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. Over the past year she has especially enjoyed working with great artists including Gordan Nikolic,Bernard Haitink, Joyce Di Donato, Joseph Calleja, Christian Zacharias, Janine Jansen, Dimitri Hvorostovski, Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Antonello Manacorda,Valery Gergiev, Batio Hagony, and many others.
In his free time Marco enjoys sports, being in nature, reading, going to concerts and cooking. Marco usually plays on an English instrument attributed to John Devereaux(London, ca. 1830) using gut strings (metal-wound or uncovered) and enjoys using a variety of bows ranging from baroque to modern.
Born in 1993, Bruno Philippe studied the cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, in the classes of Raphaël Pidoux and Jérôme Pernoo. After he studied as a young soloist at the Kronberg Academy. Then he was named ‘Instrumental Revelation’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. Previously, he had won the Third Grand Prix for Best Recital at the André Navarra International Competition. In 2014, he won the Nicolas Firmenich Prize at the Verbier Festival, and the Audience Prize at the prestigious ARD International Competition in Munich. He also received Prizes at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2015 and at the Feuermann Competition in 2014.
In 2017 he was a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Bruno Philippe appears in prestigious venues in France and on the international scene. Bruno Philippe performs with the Colombian National Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak State Philharmonic.
He has also had the opportunity to play with renowned orchestras as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.
Among the prestigious soloists with whom he has appeared, are Gary Hoffman, Tabea Zimmermann, Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, David Kadouch, Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Sarah Nemtanu, Lise Berthaud, Christophe Coin and Emmanuelle Bertrand. In the Baroque repertory, he performs alongside Jean Rondeau, Thomas Dunford and is a member of the Ensemble Jupiter. His first CD, devoted to the Brahms sonatas with Tanguy de Williencourt, was released in 2015 on the Evidence Classic label. In 2017 he joined harmonia mundi with a recording of works by Beethoven and Schubert, again with Tanguy de Williencourt.
Bruno Philippe plays a cello by Carlo Tononi on loan from Beare’s International Violin Society.
Matvey Demin belongs to the most promising artists of his generation. Born in Siberia, Russia in 1993, Matvey started to study flute with his grandmother, continuing his education in Hannover and Munich with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht. He is a prize winner of such competitions as international «Aeolus» competition, ARD International Music competition (Munich), international flute competition in Krakow, Unisa International music competition and many other competitions. Since the age of 20 Matvey holds a position of Co-Principal Solo flute in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, where he works under the baton of Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Bernhard Haitink and many other conductors. He is very active at chamber music scene, playing concerts at festivals like «Flute Virtuosi» in Sankt-Petersburg, «Molyvos festival» and «Samos young artists» festival in Greece. As a soloist Matvey recently performed with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Called ‚the discovery of the year‘ by classical music magazine crescendo and ‘on her way to the very top’ by concerti magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is, at age twenty-six, among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and peer musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of her musical thinking.
A uniquely gifted talent at very young age, Danae received the support of Lord Yehudi Menuhin when she was seven, and soon began to cause a stir at major European venues with her ‚sparkling joy of playing’ (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). Following her studies with the internationally venerated teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling und with Lars Vogt, she is today a regular guest of major orchestras including the Munich Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony and Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. She has performed to great critical acclaim at London‘s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, KKL Lucerne, Cologne Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, at Gasteig in Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Bozar Brussels, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Frankfurt Alte Oper, and Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Danae Dörken also performs regularly at major festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzingen festival, LuganoMusica, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Piano Espoo Finland, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Musikfestival, Lucerne Piano Festival and the renowned ‘Spannungen’ festival in Heimbach.
Danae Dörken’s groundbreaking recording of Piano Concertos by Mozart and Mendelssohn (with Royal Northern Sinfonia) was released in 2016, to raving critical acclaim. Previously, her solo recording of fantasies by Schumann, Schubert und C.P.E. Bach (ARS Produktion) was nominated for on ICMA Award. Her 2012 debut CD, featuring solo works by Leoš Janáček (also on ARS Produktion), received equally enthusiastic reviews.
Of Greek descent, Danae Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) in 2015 together with her sister on the island of Lesbos.
Kiveli Dörken, born 1995, has been playing piano since the age of five. Her first teacher was Marina Kheifets. Since 2003 she was a student of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the University of Drama, Music and Media Ηanover (HMTM). Following her professor’s death in 2012 she continues her studies in HMTM under Lars Vogt. Kiveli 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 Competition of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in Croatia and the International Piano Competition for the Rotary Youth Music Prize. Kiveli has earned scholarships from the Werner Richard-Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation (no relations), the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Festival Spannungen and the International Music
Academy 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) in all major halls and festivals in Europe, as well as in China and the USA. She has been filmed by Arte and the WDR. Kiveli has performed for Dalai Lama and Angela Merkel. The critics describe her music as “a kaleidoscope of feelings and tonal diversities”.
Florian Donderer is first violin of Signum Quartet, one of the most adventurous and outstanding string quartets of today, as well as longstanding concertmaster of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
He is a versatile musician, highly valued as chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and conductor, collaborating with distinguished musicians such as Paavo Järvi, Steven Isserlis, Lars Vogt, Viktoria Mullova, Elisabeth Leonskaja and his wife and brother in law, Tanja and Christian Tetzlaff.
Florian Donderer is frequent guest at major festivals such as Bergen Festspielen, Beethovenfest Bonn, Festwochen Berlin, Schwetzinger Festspiele and is core member at „Spannungen“, one of Germany’s most prominent music festivals, founded by Pianist Lars Vogt. Concerts with Signum Quartet have taken him to international podia from Berlin‘s Boulez-Saal and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to London’s Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Florian Donderer is especially renowned as an artistic leader, directing orchestras from the concertmaster’s desk. Top Chamber Orchestras such as Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Bern, invite him as director and soloist. Last year‘s recording „Haydn and Bach Cello Concertos“ with Steven Isserlis, Florian Donderer and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has received a Grammy Nomination. He made his debut as conductor with Ensemble Oriol and Christiane Oelze at Berlin Philharmonic Hall, followed by a CD recording with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Tanja Tetzlaff. He has conducted among others the Kammerakademie Neuss, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and Festival Strings Lucerne.
This year Florian Donderer has taken on the position of artistic director of the chamber music festival of the city of Rottweil, one of Germany’s longest standing festivals. With his wife, Tanja Tetzlaff he is curating a chamber music series at Sendesaal Bremen. He plays a violin built by German Violin maker Peter Greiner in 2003 and bows by Nico Plog from Antwerp.
Kyeong Ham is one of the most outstanding and engaging oboist of his generation. and has been numerously recognized as the highest prize winner of the world’s most prestigious oboe competitions such as ARD Munich (2017), Carl Nielsen Chamber (2015), Muri (2013), Lódz (2011), Moscow (2010), Richard Lauschmann (2009). He studied with Nicholas Daniel in Trossingen and Dominik Wollenweber in Berlin and subsequently at the Karajan Academy of Berlin Philharmonic with Jonathan Kelly. He has played regularly as guest principal oboe with numerous european leading orchestras such as BBC Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin.
He served as principal oboist at the State Opera Hannover and Second oboe/ English Horn at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Currently he is based in Helsinki and playing as a solo oboe of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and teaching at the Sibelius Academy.
As a soloist with orchestra Kyeong has performed with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Münchener Kammerorchester, Seoul Philharmonic, Argovia Philharmonic among others..
He is also a keen chamber musician and has been part of many Chamber music festival around the world (Kuhmo, Ostfriesland, Davos, RUSK, Storioni..etc) and founding member of the internationally recognised Veits Woodwind Quintet.
He plays Marigaux 901 oboe.
Nickos Harizanos was born in Athens. He studied Composition, Orchestration, Fugue, Harmony and Counterpoint in Athens. He then continued his studies in Composition at Manchester University graduating with a research Master’s degree (MMus) in Composition. In 2014 he started his studies for PhD in Composition at University of Bangor (U.K.). His music has been performed in 34 countries in all continents. He has received numerous of first prizes and distinctions in International and National Composers Competitions. His music has been broadcasted by Greek National TV and Radio Stations along with International TV stations (Spain) and Radio stations in Spain (National Radio of Spain (RNE) and Mexico) along with private stations in USA, Portugal, Czech Republic, Colombia. Published works are located at many libraries such as National Library of Germany, Schumann Library (Germany), Columbia University (USA), Monterrey University (UANL) (Mexico), Nis University (Serbia), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Lilian Voudouri (Greece).
He is the General Secretary of the Contemporary Music Research Centre (KSYME)(founded by Iannis Xenakis) (Greece) and member of Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA)(Greece).
His works are released on cds by: Naxos (UK), WDR Cologne (Germany), Taukay Edizioni Musicali (TEM) (Italy), Fly Note (USA), Musica Ferrum (U.K.), Sheva Collection (Italy), Subways Music (Greece), Questions de Temperaments (France), Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers’ Association (HELMCA) (Greece), Motivo (Greece)..
And published by: Schott(Germany), Musica Ferrum(U.K.), Rowman and Littlefield (U.S.A.), Tetractys (U.K.), Da Capo Music Ltd (U.K.), Les Procuctions d’ Oz (Canada), Gold Branch Music Inc. (U.S.A.), Arcomis (U.K.)
Jonian Ilias Kadesha
Born in Athens, of Albanian and Greek heritage, Jonian is currently completing his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Antje Weithaas. As a soloist recent highlights include the Munich Radio Orchestra, Lübeck Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, the Greek Radio and the Thessaloniki State Orchestras in repertoire from Bach to Stravinsky. Jonian has performed widely in Europe appearing at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Progetto Martha Argerich, Heidelberger-Frühling, Lockenhaus, Musikdorf-Ernen and Hitzacker Festivals. In 2018 he returned as Artist-in-Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival performing concertos by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, and to the Mantua Chamber Music Festival in Italy performing Vivaldi 4 Seasons with the Mantova Chamber Orchestra. Engagements during 2018/19 include concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Novaya Rossiya State Orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet, the Nidum Ensemble, Albanian Radio, Milano Classica and Coburg Philharmonic Orchestras. He records his second CD in collaboration with Deutschland Radio, returns to Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove and gives recitals at the Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, Gent and for SWR2 at Villa Ludwigshöhe Edenkoben. His first CD with pianist Nicholas Rimmer was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. In 2010 Jonian co-founded the prize-winning Trio Gaspard who are Fellows at the Royal Northern College of Music. Sought after as a chamber musician Jonian has taken part in festivals across Europe, collaborating with Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Demenga, Ilya Gringolts and Pekka Kuusisto, among many others. He has taken part in Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World and the Verbier Academy Festival. Jonian was selected by YCAT in 2018.
Jonian plays on Nicola Gagliano violin (18th century), kindly on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.
Born in Salzburg as the daughter of South Korean musicians and raised in Germany, Byol Kang received her first violin instruction at the age of eight. Already four years later, Byol Kang debuted as soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie and has since appeared at prestigious concert halls such as the Beethovenhalle Bonn, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Bremer Glocke, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, the Konzerthaus Vienna and the Carnegie Hall New York.!
After obtaining her degree with distinction under Michael Gaiser at Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf, she continued her studies for Konzertexamen from 2010-2013 at the Musikhochschule „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin with Antje Weithaas. During this time, she was also her teaching assistant. !
Byol Kang was the only soloist chosen as first prize winner from 13 categories at the German Music Competition in 2009. She is also laureate of international violin competitions such as “Henri Marteau” in Hof/ Germany, “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer” in Gorizia/Italy, “Valsesia Musica” in Varallo/ Italy and “Max Rostal” in Berlin.!
As a dedicated chamber musician, Byol Kang has performed in various constellations among others at pianist Lars Vogt’s festival „Spannungen“ in Heimbach, Heidelberger Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, PODIUM Festival in Esslingen and numerous recitals throughout Germany. !
Her debut CD with pianist Boris Kusnezow was released in 2010 by the label GENUIN. Two years later, the Duo was awarded a Fellowship by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in London, which supports outstanding young musicians by funding tailor-made projects, such as their second CD „Romantic Impressions“ with works by J.Brahms, C.Schumann and E.Greig. It was released in January 2015.!
Since the season 2016/17, Byol is concertmaster of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.!
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.
In addition to his orchestral work, Kristian Katzenberger is also a very passionate chamber musician – he has worked with musicians such as Sebastian Manz, Maximilian Hornung and Lars Vogt and recently been on a US tour with the renowned Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Xin Wang & Florian Koltun met in 2008 as freshmen at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln / Germany and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. They have since toured extensively, with notable recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Netherland, Belgium, Poland, France, Austria, Italy, Spain, China and Hong Kong. They are regularly a welcome Piano Duo at diverse well-known concert Halls like Berliner Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau in Germany, Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, Concert Hall in Xiamen, Henan Art Center in Zhengzhou, Concert Hall in Ningbo, Poly Grand Theatre in Hohhot and many others. The Piano Duo Xin Wang and Florian Koltun appeared with many famous orchestras, among them Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Aachen and Berliner Camerata under the baton of famous conductors like Kazem Abdullah, James P. Liu, Eduardo Strausser and Fuad Ibrahimov. The Piano Duo is a regular guest at international festivals such as Skrjabin Piano Festival Grosseto Italy, Piano Festival „federi musica“ Neapel Italy, International Piano Festival Salerno Italy, „IBLA Claasic“ Sicilia Italy, Piano Festival Orbetello Italy, „Friday Nights with Yury Revich“ Wien Austria, International Art Festival Kotor Montenegro, International Music Festival Deià Spain, Festival „Palau March Museu“ Palma Spain, „Festival de musique classique a Pompignan“ Toulouse France, Palais Sommer Dresden Germany, „Monschau Klassik“ Germany, „International Piano Festival Wuhan” China and many others. Xin Wang & Florian Koltun believe strongly in the communicative potential of music, and their performances bringing joy to people around the world. They swept the audience into a cheering mass of humanity, making a strong case that playing piano is the most fun thing that two people could ever do together.
Rie Koyama (bassoon) was born in 1991 in Stuttgart/Germany. At the age of 25 she has already won top accolades in many important national and international competitions, including second prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of a comissioned composition at the 62nd ARD International Music Competition Munich in the bassoon category. She has also received the DAAD Prize (German Academic Exchange Service) as well as many other awards and a scholarship from the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and the Rohm Music Foundation in Japan, as well as a one-year scholarship from the German Music Foundation (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben) in May 2012.
She has already performed as a soloist with many well-known orchestras, including the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken, the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim, the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Szczecin Chamber Orchestra, the Szekelyfold Philharmonic in Romania.
She has been a substitute bassoonist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies and Michael Hofstetter since 2004. She has also been a member of the South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim under Sebastian Tewinkel since 2008, of the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart under the baton of Helmuth Rilling since 2010 and the Irish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jörg Widmann since 2015.
She has been Principal Bassoon with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2015.
Born in Athens, she started playing the violin at the age of five.
She studied with Prof. Igor Ozim at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and completed her second postgraduate course “Konzertexamen” in 2017 with honors at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg in the violin class of Prof. Tanja Becker-Bender.
First prizes were awarded to her amongst others at the International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini”, the International Violin Competition “Henri Marteau” and the Greek and German national Music Competitions. She repeatedly received scholarships from Greek and German foundations and institutions.
As a soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician she has performed in Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Cyprus, USA and China and appears regularly at international music festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the International Mendelssohn Festival Hamburg, the Pharos International Music Festival, the Samos Young Artists Festival and the International Music Festival Koblenz as well as at large music centres such as the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Beijing National Performing Arts Centre and the concert halls of Athens and Thessaloniki.
As a soloist, she has performed with a variety of symphony orchestras. In Greece with the State Orchestra of Athens and Thessaloniki, the “KAMERATA” and the Orchestra of the Greek Radio and Television (ERT).
She has produced two CDs of works for violin and piano at “IRIDA Classical”.
Since 2018 she ist the violinist of the „Nichiteanu Trio“, based in Hamburg/Germany.
Elene Ansaia Meipariani was born in Filderstadt in 1998. At the age of five she had her first violin lessons with Christine Schneider and the age of ten she was accepted at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart to continue her education with Professor Christine Busch. Since 2018 she studies with Professor Priya Mitchell in Graz. She has won numerous national and international prizes and awards, including the Tomastik-Infeld-Vienna Foundation award at the international competition in Düsseldorf and the third prize at the TONALi competition (2107) in Hamburg. Elene played the Bach Violin Concerto with the Arcata Stuttgart under the direction of Patrick Strub and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Tbilisi Philharmonic at the Tbilisi State Opera. She has given concerts with artists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Tanja Becker-Bender, Peter Nagy and Christine Busch. Elene plays a violin by Domenico Montagnana from 1740 (on loan from the Rudolf Eberle Foundation).
Clarinetist David Orlowsky is widely recognized as a musician of tremendous expressiveness and depth, and is acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of the clarinet repertoire ranging from Mozart to Golijov to klezmer. An exclusive Sony recording artist, David has recorded nine discs which have received three ECHO Klassik awards and won him a large and devoted following.
David Orlowsky has appeared both as a soloist and with his trio (the David Orlowsky Trio) at a number of major festivals and venues, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Philhamonie Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall, with orchestras such as the Netherlands Radio Philhamonic Orchestra and the German Chamber Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, David collaborated with celebrated performers such as Vilde Frang, Igor Levit, the Danish String Quartet, the Quartetto di Cremona and the vocal sextet Singur Pur. David maintains close relationships with major contemporary composers such as Torsten Rasch, Matan Porat and David Bruce.
His original compositions have been published worldwide by Schott Music/ Advance Music and the music books are frequent bestsellers.
Born in Tuebingen, Germany in 1981, David studied with Manfred Lindner at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and with Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He is currently based in Berlin.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, Artur Pizarro gave his first public performance at the age of three and made his television début on Portuguese television at the age of four. He had been introduced to the instrument by his maternal grandmother, pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and her piano-duo partner, Campos Coelho who was a student of Vianna da Motta, Ricardo Viñes and Isidor Philipp. From 1974 to 1990 Artur studied with Sequeira Costa who had also been a student of Vianna da Motta and of Mark Hamburg, Edwin Fischer, Marguerite Long and Jacques Février. During a brief interruption of his studies in the USA, Artur also studied with Jorge Moyano in Lisbon, and in Paris worked with Aldo Ciccolini, Géry Moutier and Bruno Rigutto.
Artur won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition and won first prize at the 1990 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which marked the beginning of an international concert career. Artur Pizarro performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Entremont, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa- Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ilan Volkov, Franz Welser- Most, Tugan Sokhiev, Yakov Kreizberg, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Jurowski, Ion Marin, John Wilson and the late Sir Charles Mackerras.
Artur is an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world. Artur Pizarro has recorded extensively for Collins Classics, Hyperion Records, Linn Records, Brilliant Classics, Klara, Naxos, Danacord, Odradek Records, Phoenix Edition and Capriccio.
Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, Timothy has gone on to perform widely internationally, in 2019 winning the prestigious Thierry Scherz Award at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad awarded by Renaud Capuçon.
Concerto engagements during 2018/19 include a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestre de Lille, Camerata Salzburg and Philharmonia Orchestra.
He returns to Wigmore Hall as soloist, and in chamber music collaborations with Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, the Quatuor Arod, NIcolas Daniel and the Nash Ensemble. In 2019 he gives recitals at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Louvre, Sommets Musicaux Gstaad, Heidelberger-Frühling, Evian and Radio France Montpelier Festivals and returns as Artist in Residence to the Boswiler Sommer Festival.
Further afield he takes part in the Aspen Festival (USA), makes his debut at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and gives a series of concerts in Japan with pianist Benjamin Frith including the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.
Born in London, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music (graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence) and is currently at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai.
Timothy plays on a viola by Peregerino di Zanetto c.1565-75 generously on loan from Beares International Violin Society.
Johanna Ruppert is a successful young violinist. Highlights of the last years were concerts at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Podium Festival Esslingen and the Transsiberian Art Festival. She is a first price winner of the Kiwanis Competition in Zurich, in September 2016 she won the Special Award and the Audience Award at the International Königin Sophie Charlotte Competition for Violin and received the third price at the International Music Competition Hamburg. As a soloist she has played with the Saarländisches Staatsorchester, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Sinfonieorchester Gotha, the junge norddeutsche Philharmonie and the Kammerorchester Kaiserslautern.
As a scolarship holder of the TONALI14 Grand Prix Competition in Hamburg Johanna has gained special skills in music communication. She is the initiator and artistic director of the festival Klassik nah dran in Zweibrücken, which took place for the first time in March 2017. In cooperation with Tonali the festival is dedicated to giving young people enthusiasm for classical music.
In 2016 she founded together with Jessica Kaiser (Guitar) the DUO KARUNA. They performed at many international chamber music festivals all over Europe and have been awarded many prices at international competition such as their youngest success; the first price at the North International Music Competition in England.
Johanna Ruppert was born in Zweibrücken in 1992 and has been playing violin since she is six years old. She has been a student at the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere. In 2011 she began her violin studies with Prof. Andreas Lehmann in Weimar, later studied with Prof. Nora Chastain at the Zurich University of the Arts and in January she completed her Bachelor-Degree at the University of Music and performing Arts Graz in the class of Prof. Priya Mitchell with the best final grade.
Johanna has received further musical inspiration by Thomas Brandis, Igor Ozim, Conradin Brotbek, Martin Spangenberg, Natascha Prischepenko, Antje Weithaas and Ivry Gitlis. She has been awarded scolarships by the Sparkasse Culture Foundation Hessen- Thüringen, the Summer Academy Lenk, the Dartington Summer School and the Swiss Thyll Foundation.
The award-winning Norwegian percussionist and cimbalist Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen is internationally recognized for his versatile and creative performances, never ceasing to control the colours, rhythms and harmonic possibilities that his percussion instruments have to offer. The Irish Times celebrated him as “probably the best-coordinated showman in the world”. Growing up close to the sea and mountains he has a free spirit and a sensational sensitivity for interpreting any kind of music, such as jazz with Misha Alperin, Bugge Wesseltoft and Arve Henriksen, music-theatre with composer Georges Aperghis, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Jean-Pierre Drouet, baroque music with violinist Daniel Hope to classical performances with the likes of Tanja and Christian Tetzlaff, Martin Fröst, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Florian Donderer and Alexander Lonquich.
HKKS has released both improvised and notated music in jazz, baroque and classical genres for ECM, BIS, DaCapo, Deutsche Grammophon and his own label Ultron, with his latest album Hearing Things. HKKS has won numerous prizes including CIEM in Geneva and the Norwegian Grammy Spellemannsprisen for his solo album OPEN. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras like London Philharmonia, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Kristiansand Symphony, The Norwegian Opera, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Allegria, Ensemble BIT20, Trondheim Soloists, Norwegian Soloist’s Choir, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Bern Opera, Lübeck Theatre et al.
As a keen chamber musician, he has for over two decades visited the major festivals in Norway and in Europe, such as Stavanger, Trondheim, Bergen, Risør, Mora and Oslo, Feldkirch, Schleswig-Holstein, Spannungen, Savannah, Aldeburgh, West Cork and Ultima Oslo.
A profound advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers such as by Brett Dean, Per Nørgård, Rolf Wallin, Dave Maric, Svante Henryson, George Crumb, Georges Aperghis, Johannes Harneit, Magne Hegdal, Åse Hedstrøm, Jon Øivind Ness and Henrik Hellstenius. Hans Kristian has also composed music for film and theatre and has conducted the music of Lutoslawski, Vasks, MacMillan as well as his own compositions with orchestras such as Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Dala Sinfonietta.
HKKS studied in Oslo, Banff in Canada and in Versailles, France, with the legendary Sylvio Gualda. He has held a professorship at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and is a sought-after teacher for masterclasses.
Future projects involve commissioned concertos by Ørjan Matre, Henrik Hellstenius and Olav Anton Thommessen with the orchestras in Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim.
Sørensen will this year release his book Initium – for the solo percussionist. Initium will undertake the basic steps into the area of developing as a percussion soloist.
Christian Tetzlaff has been one of the most sought-after violinists and most exciting musicians on the classical music scene for many years. “The greatest performance of the work I’ve ever heard,” wrote Tim Ashley (The Guardian, May 2015) of his interpretation of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Harding.
Concerts with Christian Tetzlaff often turn into an existential experience for both the interpreter and the audience; suddenly old familiar works appear in a completely new light. In addition, he frequently turns his attention to forgotten masterpieces such as Joseph Joachim’s Violin Concerto which he successfully championed, and he also attempts to bring important new works into the repertoire such as Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, which he premiered in 2013. He has an unusually extensive repertoire and performs approximately 100 concerts every year.
Christian Tetzlaff is regularly invited to be the Artist in Residence with orchestras and at events in order to be able to present his musical interpretations over a longer period of time, which has been the case with the Berliner Philharmoniker, at Wigmore Hall in London and at Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall New York with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In the 2018/2019 season he will be the Artist in Residence of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dresdner Philharmonie at the same time.
During his career Christian Tetzlaff has appeared as a guest with major orchestras around the world, such as the Wiener Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and all of London’s leading orchestras, working with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, Robin Ticciati, Paavo Järvi and Vladimir Jurowski, to name but a few.
Highlights of the 2018/2019 season include concerts in the USA with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Adès at the Tanglewood Festival, with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as an extensive tour with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He will also go on tour to Vietnam with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and in Europe he will perform with orchestras such as the Bergen and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin with conductors including Barbara Hannigan, Susanna Mälkki, Vladimir Jurowski, Robin Ticciati and John Storgårds.
Born in Hamburg in 1966 and now living in Berlin with his family, there are three things that make this musician unique, aside from his astounding skill on the violin. He interprets the musical manuscript in a literal fashion, perceives music as a language, and views great works as narratives which reflect existential experiences. As obvious as it may sound, he brings an unusual approach in his daily concert routine.
Christian Tetzlaff tries to follow the manuscript as closely as possible – without regard for “performance tradition” and without indulging in the usual technical short-cuts on the violin – often allowing a renewed clarity and richness to arise in well-known works. As a violinist Tetzlaff tries to disappear from the music – paradoxically this makes his interpretations very personal.
Secondly, Christian Tetzlaff “speaks” through his violin. Like human speech, his playing comprises a wide range of expressive means and is not aimed solely at achieving harmoniousness or virtuosic brilliance.
Above all, however, he interprets the masterpieces of musical history as stories about first-hand experiences. The great composers have focused on intense feelings, great happiness and deep crises in their music; as a musician Christian Tetzlaff also explores the limits of feelings and musical expression. Many pieces deal with none other than life and death. Christian Tetzlaff’s aim is to convey this to his audience.
Christian Tetzlaff played in various youth orchestras for many years. His teacher at the Lübeck University of Music was Uwe-Martin Haiberg, for whom musical interpretation was the key to mastering violin technique, rather than the other way round.
Christian Tetzlaff founded his own string quartet in 1994, and until now chamber music is still as important to him as his work as a soloist with and without the orchestra. Every year he takes on at least one extensive tour with the quartet; in the 2018/19 season they will perform concerts in the Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Pierre-Boulez-Saal Berlin.
The Tetzlaff Quartet received the Diapason d’or in 2015, and his trio with sister Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt was nominated for a Grammy award. In this season he will appear in this trio at the festivals in Hitzacker and Klosters, in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, as well as on a tour around eight cities in the USA.
Christian Tetzlaff has also received numerous awards for his CD recordings, including the “Diapason d’or” in July 2018, the Midem Classical Award in 2017 und the “Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in 2015. Of special significance is his solo recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas, which he has recorded for the third time and was released in September 2017 on the ONDINE label. The Strad magazine praised this recording as “an attentive and lively answer to the beauty of Bach’s solos”.
Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin made by the German violin maker Peter Greiner and teaches regularly at the Kronberg Academy.
Tanja Tetzlaff continues to perform an extensive range of works, embracing both core repertoire and contemporary compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her recording of the cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch was released by NEOS.
The 2018/19 season sees Tanja Tetzlaff perform with orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, Zuger Sinfonietta and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and collaborate with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, André de Ridder and Jaime Martín. The past season saw solo performances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, and Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim. In May 2018 she was the “Artist in Residence” at the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele, where her multiple appearances were met with great enthusiasm from the public and press alike.
After enjoying great success in numerous international competitions, she has subsequently performed with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with notable conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen, and Heinz Holliger, amongst others.
Chamber music plays a significant role in Tanja’s career. She regularly performs in a piano trio with Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, and this season will see them tour in the USA. In addition to this, she will appear in concert with Sharon Kam, Carolin Widman, Antti Siirala, and duet with Dina Ugorskaja.
Tanja Tetzlaff regularly appears at world-renowned chamber music series and festivals, such as the Heidelberger Frühling as well as the festivals in Bergen, Baden-Baden and Edinburgh. She is a member of the core ensemble of the Heimbach Festival “Spannungen”. Her regular chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, Christian Tetzlaff, Carolin Widmann and Sharon Kam.
Tanja Tetzlaff is a member of the Tetzlaff Quartett, founded in 1994 with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister. In the current season the quartet performs at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and the Philharmonie Luxembourg.
Tanja Tetzlaff and her duet partner Gunilla Süssmann have recorded three CDs together. The first two were released by CAvi-music featuring Brahms (2012) and a Nordic-Russian programme (2008), and their third disc was released in spring 2018 featuring works by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.
Tanja studied at the Musikhochschule Hamburg with Bernhard Gmelin and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Heinrich Schiff, and plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.
Friedrich Thiele, born in 1996, began his studies in 2016 in the class of Emanuel Schmidt in Weimar.
In March 2019 he just won the prize of “Deutscher Musikwettbewerb” in Nuremberg, as well as a special prize of “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”.
His artistic education began in the childrens’ group of the univerity of music „Carl-Maria von Weber Dresden“ with Prof. Gunda Altmann and continued at the „Landesgymnasium für Musik Carl-Maria von Weber Dresden“. There, he received lessons from the principal cellist of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulf Prelle from the years of 2006-2011. In 2016, he completed his junior music studies in the class of Prof. Peter Bruns in Leipzig.
Friedrich has been awarded multiple prizes in national and international competitions, such as the „International Cellowettbewerb Liezen“ in 2008 or the „International Dotzauer-Wettbewerb“ in 2005 and 2009. In 2010, he received the first prize (with the highest score) in the Bundeswettbewerb of „Jugend Musiziert“ in the category for cello solo as well as the special prize of the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“. He has been supported by the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“ since, and plays a French Cello from the second half of the 19th century, sponsored by the „Deutsche Musikinstrumentenfonds“.
After his successes at the TONALi-competition in 2015 (3rd prize and audience prize) and the competition „Ton und Erklärung“ in 2017 (1st prize), his international career began. Friedrich was invited to perform as a soloist with the orchestra of the national theatre in Brasília, the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the „Rundfunkorchester“ Munich and the Symphony orchestra of Nuremberg. He also is a member of the agency „TONALISTEN“ and has been supported by them since 2017.
In 2018, he played with the „Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar“ in Caracas and the radio-symphony orchestra of Prag in Wiesbaden.
As a chamber musician, Friedrich gave his recital-debut in the „Mariinsky“-Theatre in Saint Petersburg and the „Vadim Repin Trans-Siberian Art Festival“ in 2017.
Friedrich was invited to play at the „Heidelberger Frühling 2018“ and in June 2018 he did perform his debut in Gasteig in Munich.
In January 2019, he played the Rokoko-Variations from P.I.Tchaikovski in the big hall of the “Elbphilharmonie” with “Kammerakademie Potsdam”. In August 2019, he will be part of the Molyvos International Music festival.
Supported and guided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin at a young age, Kirill Troussov is meanwhile widely recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation. He works with renowned orchestras and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals and in famous concert halls of the world. The international press describes his playing: “… impressive elegance, irreproachable technique, an exceptional musical sensibility and sonorities of an immaculate beauty.”
His passion for chamber music and close friendship connect him to artists like Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Julian Rachlin, Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell, Gautier und Renaud Capucon, Natalia Gutman, Christian Zacharias, Yuri Bashmet und Mischa Maisky.
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, a.a “Schoenfeld International String Competition” in China.
2019 Kirill Troussov gives master-classes at the Mozarteum Salzburg, European Music Intstitute Vienna, in Hong Kong, Cremona, Milan, Madrid, Dublin, Berlin, Munich and Oslo, among others.
His recent CDs “Emotions” (MDG) and “Memories” (MDG) have been highly praised by the international press and the public – among others by “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and the french trade magazine „Diapason“.
Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin “Brodsky” of 1702, which was played by the violinist Adolph Brodsky to perform the world premiere of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto on December 4th 1881.
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.
Xin Wang established herself in spite of her young age as one of the leading pianists of the inner Mongolia China. She came into public attention when she won a special prize at the national Piano Competition China with the age of seven and has since gone on to give piano concerts an recitals in concert halls all over China. She studied with Jolio Largacha, Andreas Frölich and Gabriel Rosenberg in Cologne and Nurnberg. During her study she got a scholarship of the DAAD. Xin Wang has won numerous honors and prizes including the piano competition Lengano Italy, the piano competition Bettona Italy and many others.
She is regularly a welcome guest at diverse well-known concert places in Europa and Asia like Berliner Philharmonie, Schloss Elmau in Germany, Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan, Concert Hall in Xiamen, Henan Art Center in Zhengzhou, Concert Hall in Ningbo, Poly Grand Theatre in Hohhot and many others. As a soloist Xin Wang appeared with many famous orchestras, among them Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Kammerphilharmonie St. Petersburg and Berliner Camerata under the baton of famous conductors like Kazem Abdullah, James P. Liu, Juri Gilbo, Eduardo Strausser and Fuad Ibrahimov. She is a regular guest at international festivals such as Skrjabin Piano Festival Grosseto Italy, Piano Festival „federi musica“ Neapel Italy, International Piano Festival Salerno Italy, „IBLA Claasic“ Sicilia Italy, Piano Festival Orbetello Italy, „Friday Nights with Yury Revich“ Wien Austria, International Art Festival Kotor Montenegro, International Music Festival Deià Spain, Festival „Palau March Museu“ Palma Spain, „Festival de musique classique a Pompignan“ Toulouse France, Palais Sommer Dresden Germany, „Monschau Klassik“ Germany, „International Piano Festival Wuhan” China and many others. As a passionate chamber musician she regularly works with colleagues like Echo-Klassik prize winner Yury Revich or Alexandre Debrus in China and Europe.
Xin Wang is founder and artist director of the international piano festival in Geilenkirchen Germany and jury president of the international piano competition “Euregio Piano Award”. She is often inivited as a jury member in many international piano competitions such as Campillos Spain, „Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition“ Novi Saad Serbia, „Neue Sterne“ Wernigerode Germany, „Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize“ Barletta Italy, „Notes in Harmony“ Bettona Italy, „Academy Award“ Rom Italy, Asian Youth international piano Competition Hongkong, and many others.
Since 2012 she teaches as a guest professor at different music universities in China and gave several master classes in China and Germany with prestigious teachers from well known music universities in Europe.