Teachers

  • ANDRÉS ANAZCO

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA

    With a dynamic concert career as a soloist and chamber musician, Ecuadorian pianist Andrés Añazco has performed in renowned venues such as the Musikverein (Vienna), the MuTh (Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys’ Choir), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland) and at the Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany).
    Winning first prize at the 1st International Piano Competition “Cuidad de Huesca” (Spain) at the young age of 12 was a turning point in his musical life and launched his performance career as soloist.
    Since 2012, he has performed throughout Europe as pianist of the celebrated Acros Trio, winners of the Joseph Windisch Competition (Vienna). In the same year, he received the prize of the City of Lausanne together with violinist Yuuki Wong. As a member of the European Chamber Music Academy, he has received instruction from artists such as Tabea Zimmermann, Hatto Beyerle, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ferenc Rados and Hariolf Schlichtig.
    After completing his studies in his native country, Andrés received a scholarship from the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, to continue his studies at the mdw – University of Music and performing Arts Vienna with Oleg Maisenberg (piano) and Avedis Kouyoumdjian (chamber music). Since 2006, based in Vienna, his musical career has lead him to explore new musical styles as a member of the Vienna Tango Quintet.

  • Karen Asatrián

    Improvisation (Piano)
    VIENNA / Klagenfurt
    Improvisation (Piano)
    VIENNA / Klagenfurt

    Over the past 20 years, the Armenian pianist and keyboarder Karen Asatrian has played a major role in shaping the diversity of Austria’s musical landscape with projects (such as Armenian Spirit) that span genres and cultures. He teaches at the Gustav Mahler Private University for Music in Klagenfurt and at the mdw’s Department of Popular Music in Vienna.

  • ANDREI BANCIU

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Berlin
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Berlin

    Born in 1985 in Timisoara (Romania), Andrei Banciu began studying the piano in his home town with Maria Bodo, later continuing in Berlin at the UdK (University of the Arts) under Prof. Klaus Hellwig and at the ”Hanns Eisler” School of Music under Prof. Fabio Bidini. He also studied Lied accompaniment with Prof. Wolfram Rieger and has taken masterclasses with Paul Badura-Skoda, Pascal Devoyon, Rainer Becker, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Jacques Rouvier, Rudolf Buchbinder and Mennahem Pressler.

    From an early age he was a prize-winner at numerous national and international competitions, such as Rovere d’Oro, San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy (1995), Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest, Romania (1998 and 2002), Kissinger Klavier Olymp (”Kissinger Piano Olympics”) Bad Kissingen, Germany (2004), Béla Bartók Szeged, Hungary (2006) and the Artur Schnabel Piano Competition Berlin (2010). In 2015 he was a finalist in the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition) in Lübeck and was awarded a scholarship, being subsequently selected to take part in the 60th selected young artists´ concert season (”60. Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler”). In September 2015, in duo with violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea he was awarded second prize at the Premio Trio di Trieste chamber music competition in Italy and has since performed throughout Europe in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest and the Teatro Ristori and Teatro filarmonico, Verona.

    In 2005 he had his first recital tour in the USA. He has participated in important music festivals in Germany, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, ”Kissinger Sommer” in Bad Kissingen and the European Weeks, Passau, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout Romania, as well as with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

    As an active chamber musician, he has given performances with the Jacques Thibaud String Trio in Germany and the USA since 2003. He is also the pianist and a founder member of the Jacques Thibaud Ensemble. He has had numerous concert appearances in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, France and the UK, including such venues as the Maison de la Radio France in Paris and the Royal Festival Hall, London. As a duo with violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea, he has appeared in numerous concerts in Germany, Italy and Romania. From 2010 to 2013 he was a faculty member of the Musica Mundi Chamber Music Course and Festival in Belgium, where he also appeared as a soloist with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Maxim Vengerov in 2012, and with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra in the concert for the Festival’s 15th Anniversary in 2013.

    He has been teaching at the Leipzig ”Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” University of Music and Theatre since 2012 and at the UdK Berlin since 2014. Between 2016 and 2018 he held a teaching post at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” in Weimar and starting in October 2018 he will be on the faculty of the ”Hanns Eisler” School of Music in Berlin.

    His concert performances have been broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk, Radio France, Radio 4 Netherlands, RAI 3 Italy.

  • FRANÇOIS BENDA

    Clarinet
    Basel, Berlin
    Clarinet
    Basel, Berlin

    François Benda was born in Brazil, but his musical roots are in Europe. François Benda’s international career began in 1988, when he debuted as a clarinet soloist at Zurich’s prestigious concert venue Tonhalle and at the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

    In 1991 François Benda was awarded the Premio internationale per le Arti dello Spettaccolo in Rome. Today François Benda performs at all the important music venues (Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, the Tonhalle in Zurich) and appears as clarinet soloist with all leading orchestras. François Benda regularly appears as a guest artist at music festivals such as the Pablo Casals Festival, the Berliner Festwochen, Styriarte, Musicades Lyon, and the Pentecost Concerts in Ittingen, Switzerland. He appears in chamber concert recitals with Heinz Holliger, Paul Badura-Skoda, Bruno Giuranna, Isabelle Faust, Josef Silverstein and Bruno Canino. He’s also a member of the Benda Musicians, the Weimar Soloists and the Variazioni Ensemble.

    His comprehensive discography (for ECM, Fono, Pantheon, EPU, Hänssler und Genuin) includes also the clarinet concertos by Nielsen, Debussy, Busoni, and Rossini and, most recently albums with the complete Schumann works and complete Brahms works. François Benda’s intensive study of recent instrument making developments led to the founding of the Clarinartis Company, in collaboration with instrument makers René Hagmann and Jochen Seggelke. His broad repertoar has been enriched in collaboration with contemporary composers Krzysztof Penderecki, Heinz Holliger, Elliott Carter, Luciano Berio, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang von Schweinitz and Bernhard Lang. In addition to his solo career, François Benda is one of the most highly sought after Professors of Clarinet. He teaches at the University of Arts in Berlin and the Hochschule für Musik der Stadt Basel, Switzerland.

  • BORIS BERMAN

    PIANO
    NEW HAVEN (YALE)
    PIANO
    NEW HAVEN (YALE)

    Boris Berman’s highly acclaimed performances have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester, The Philharmonia (London), the Toronto Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish Orchestra. A frequent performer on major recital series, he has also appeared in many important festivals.
    Born in Moscow, he studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Lev Oborin. In 1973, he immigrated to Israel where he quickly established himself as one of the most sought-after keyboard performers. Presently, he resides in New Haven, USA.
    Boris Berman heads the Piano Department of Yale School of Music and conducts master classes throughout the world. He has been named an Honorary Professor of Shanghai Conservatory, of the Danish Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen, and of China Conservatory in Beijing. He is frequently invited to join juries of various international competitions.
    A Grammy nominee, Berman recorded all solo piano works by Prokofiev and Schnittke, complete sonatas by Scriabin, works by Mozart, Weber, Schumann, Brahms, Franck, Shostakovich, Debussy, Stravinsky, Berio, Cage, and Joplin. Most recently, French label Le Palais des Dégustateurs released Boris Berman’s recording of Brahms’s Klavierstücke.
    The Yale University Press published Boris Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, in which he explores issues of piano technique and music interpretation, and Berman’s Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer. Boris Berman has also been an editor of the new critical edition of Piano Sonatas by Prokofiev (Shanghai Music Publishing House).

  • HATTO BEYERLE

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA/HANNOVER
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA/HANNOVER

    Hatto Beyerle studied viola at the Freiburg University of Music with Ulrich Koch and in Vienna violin with Ricardo Odnoposoff, composition with Alfred Uhl and conducting with Hans Swarowsky. In 1960, he co-founded the chamber orchestra Vienna Soloists with which he undertook many concert tours. In 1970 he founded, along with Günther Pichler, the Alban Berg Quartet with which he has won numerous national and international prizes, including the German Record Award as well as several Japanese prizes and was twice awarded the title “Artist of the Year” by the German Phono Academy. From 1982 to 1998, he was a member of “L’Ensemble”. Hatto Beyerle was professor of viola and chamber music at mdw – the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from 1964 to 1987. Since 1987, he has been professor at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and from 1990 to 2004 was also professor at the City of Basel Music Academy. Since 1998, he has regularly held masterclasses at the Fiesole School of Music (Florence) and courses in viola and chamber music as visiting professor in the USA and Canada.
    From 1985 to 1998, Beyerle conducted the “Konzertvereinigung der Wiener Konzerthausgesselschaft” and in 2004 was the initiator of the European Chamber Music Academy and artistic director of “Europäisches Kulturforum Grossraming” (Austria).

  • CLIVE BROWN

    APPLIED MUSICOLOGY
    LEEDS/VIENNA
    APPLIED MUSICOLOGY
    LEEDS/VIENNA

    Clive Brown was a lecturer at Oxford University from 1980 to 1991, then Professor of Applied Musicology (now Emeritus Professor) at the University of Leeds. Monographs include Louis Spohr: A Critical Biography, Classical and Romantic Performing Practice, and A Portrait of Mendelssohn. He has also published many articles on historical performing practice and, as a violinist, pursues practice-led research. In Oxford and Leeds he edited and conducted staged productions of rare operas by J. F. Lampe, J. C. Bach, Haydn, Salieri, Eberl, Spohr, Schubert, and Mendelssohn.  His critical, performing-practice editions of music include Brahms’ Violin Concerto and his complete Sonatas for one Instrument and Piano, together with a text volume: Performing Practices in Johannes Brahms’ Chamber Music (Bärenreiter); Beethoven’s 1st, 2nd, and 5th symphonies, Choral Fantasia, and Violin Concerto, as well as a performing edition of the Fassung letzter Hand of Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho (Breitkopf und Härtel); Franz Clement’s 1805 D major Violin Concerto (AR-Editions); and Elgar Music for Violin (Vol. 37 of the Complete Edition). He has just made a new critical/historically-informed performing edition of the solo part of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto for Bärenreiter, and is working on an edition of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas, together with a text volume on performing practices in Viennese Classical Chamber music.

  • Ensemble Fractales

    Contemporary Music
    Brussels
    Contemporary Music
    Brussels

    Fractales is a music ensemble dedicated to contemporary music and based in Brussels. Founded in 2012, the ensemble was born from the desire to promote and explore new repertoires.
    Specialised in performing contemporary chamber music without conductor, Fractales plays a large variety of new music to create exciting programs, performing with a communicative energy and a passion for the music of the 20th and 21st century. Fractales is also a patron of the contemporary avant-garde, commissioning new pieces and supporting young composers with its residency program BE Connect.
    Young emerging ensemble of the European scene, Fractales has already performed at many famous festivals, such as reMusik, Afekt, Ars musica, IMD Darmstadt, Nuova Consonanza, De Link, DME and in numerous venues in Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Portugal, Estonia, Spain, UK, etc.
    Fractales was twice awarded the “Just Composed!” prize by mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and has been the residency ensemble of the isa contemporary masterclass since 2018. Fractales was awarded the Willem Twee prize in 2017, as well as the Vocatio foundation prize and was in the official selection for festival ProPulse 2018.
    Fractales is supported and recognized by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

  • Dietmar Flosdorf

    isaOutreach
    VIENNA
    isaOutreach
    VIENNA

    Dietmar Flosdorf studied viola with Hatto Beyerle and Kim Kashkashian in Vienna and Munich. Concert diploma and Master of Arts degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
    Worldwide concert activity as a member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and as freelance musician in collaboration with ensembles such as the German Chamber Philharmonic, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and Klangforum Wien. Teacher at the Vienna School of Music and the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
    As music mediator, in 1989 he founded the experimental dialogical music mediation program “Music to Touch”. He is in charge of conception and implementation of the first music mediation projects for the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and for the newly opened opera house Theater an der Wien.
    From 2003 to 2011, Flosdorf directed the musical mediation activities of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He won the “Junge Ohren Preis” in 2007 and the “IRIDA achievement award for cultural education in new social contexts” in 2009.
    Research projects such as “Artists in Creative Education” within the framework of EU Culture 2007-13 or “You feel, I hear, we make music – a dialogue” on inclusion with hearing-impaired and hearing pupils as part of “Sparkling Science” 2012-14.
    Community projects with schools, educational and cultural institutions such as the Federal Institute for the Blind, the Institute for Education of the Deaf, the Vienna Mozart Year 2006, the European Football Championship 2008, the Vienna Technical Museum, “Integrationshaus Wien”, with Caritas institutions, “Jugend am Werk”, “Wiener Hilfswerk”, senior citizens’ homes, neighbourhood centres and refugee homes.
    Publications and activities as a networker and advisory board member in various committees and programmes on music education.

  • THOMAS FREY

    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (FLUTE/Woodwinds)
    VIENNA
    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (FLUTE/Woodwinds)
    VIENNA

    Having studied with Norbert Girlinger at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Thomas Frey completed his flute studies with distinction in 2003. However, he continued studies with Wolfgang Schulz and in addition, he attended Masterclasses with Robert Aitken, Walter Auer, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Erwin Klambauer, Ernst Kovacic, Matthias Ziegler and participated in the International Ensemble Modern Academy 2004 (as part of the Klangspuren Schwaz).

    In particular, his interest for contemporary chamber music led to his participation in internationally renowned festivals such as the Bregenz Festival, Wien Modern, the Carinthian Summer Festival, Arcus Temporum Pannonhalma and quantum jumps at the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe and Computing Music Cologne.

    He is a regular visiting artist  with the Klangforum Wien and has been involved in intriguing projects at Salzburg Festival, Ruhr Triennale, the Venice Biennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Darmstadt summer courses, Contemporary Music Festival Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Ultima Oslo, International Musik Fest Hamburg, arcus temporum Pannonhalma, Wien Modern, steirischer herbst, Sacrum Profanum in Krakow and the Territory Festival in Moscow.

    Since 2009 he has been a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra.

    He was 2019 resident member of the Klangforum Wien and is member of Studio dan.

  • ROMAIN GARIOUD

    VIOLONCELLO
    DARMSTADT/BERLIN
    VIOLONCELLO
    DARMSTADT/BERLIN

    Romain Garioud is a prize-winner at such prestigious international competitions as Moscow’ s Tchaikovsky (2001) and Paris’s Rostropovitch (2002) and received 1st Prize at the Valentino Bucchi Competition in 2005 (IT).
    Nowadays, his career alternates between soloist engagements on every continent, masterclasses and his positions as solo cello in the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz (DE) as well as Professor in the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt (GE) and in the Akademie für Musik in Berlin (GE).
    He has performed with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach (Orchestre de Paris), Michael Sanderling (Aalbord Symphoniker), Volodymir Sirenko (Nat. of Ukraine) and with prestigious chamber music partners including Mstislav Rostropovitch, Menahem Presler, Gilles Apap, Philippe Entremont and Régis et Bruno Pasquier, in some of the most famous concert halls like Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Philharmonie and at festivals such as “Martha Argerich Projetto” (Lugano) or Yuri Bashmet’s Festival (Lutoslawsky Cello Co).
    Several of his concerts have been recorded by Radio France or Music Cable TV channel Mezzo.

  • MATTHIAS GERSTNER

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA

    Matthias Gerstner was born in Franconian Erlangen and received his musical education with Michael Keller at the Detmold University of Music, passing the artistic maturity examination with distinction in 1993. He accompanies singers, instrumentalists of all kinds as well as silent movies and does not shy away from contemporary music. Since 1995, he holds a teaching contract at mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, accompanying double bass, tuba and trombone players in performance classes. Throughout his career, he has had musical encounters with artists such as Jiří Hudec, Franco Petracchi, Joel Quarrington, Herbert Mayr, Ernst Weissensteiner and the Ensemble Wien. Matthias Gerstner devotes particular attention to the double bass duo with Josef Niederhammer, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013 at the Vienna Musikverein.

  • Elina Gotsouliak

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Basel
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Basel

    Elina Gotsouliak was born in Riga (Latvia) in 1979. She started playing the piano at the age of 5. Later on she attended the Music High School and then the Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy in Riga, where she majored in piano and harpsichord. During this time, she won 1st prize at various international piano competitions, including the “Concours Musical de France Ginette Gaubert” and the “Concours International de Piano Maryse Cheilan” in France.

    From 2002 she studied with Rudolf Buchbinder in Basel, where she graduated with a concert diploma with distinction. During this time, she immersed herself especially in the interpretation of the works of the “Viennese Classicism” as well as the German Romanticism, thus broadening her horizons, starting from the Russian piano tradition. Already during her studies in her home country and increasingly after the beginning of her studies in Basel, Elina Gotsouliak has been intensively engaged in chamber music and song accompaniment. Since 2010 she has been a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Basel.

    She performs increasingly as a concert pianist and chamber musician and also as a soloist with various orchestras and as a chamber music partner of artists such as Felix Renggli, Sergio Azzolini, Gustavo Nunes, Emanuel Abbühl, François Benda in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia, Cyprus, Latvia and Brazil. She is a regular guest at various International Music Festivals and Concert Series, including Swiss Chamber Concerts (Switzerland), Musica Viva, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Crescendo Festival in Berlin ( Germany), “J. S. Bach International Chamber Music Festival” (Latvia), International Summer Academy in Payerbach and Music Forum Viktring (Austria), Beregneria Festival (Cyprus), Ljubljana Festival (Slovenia), Allegro Festival Guimarães (Portugal).

    Her solo CD with the late works of Frédéric Chopin, which was received with the highest praise by the specialist press, as well as a chamber music CD with works by Robert and Clara Schumann were released on the Genuin/Artist Consort label in 2010 to mark the 200th anniversary year of the two composers.

  • STEFAN GOTTFRIED

    HARPSICHORD / CONDUCTOR
    VIENNA
    HARPSICHORD / CONDUCTOR
    VIENNA

    Born in Vienna, he studied piano, harpsichord, composition and music pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, as well as basso continuo and historic keyboard instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, French horn at the Vienna Conservatory and mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology.

    This was followed by a varied international concert career with harpsichord, fortepiano and piano as soloist, chamber music partner and continuo player in ensembles with historical instruments (eg Concentus Musicus Vienna, Bach Consort Vienna, Wiener Akademie) and modern orchestras (including Wiener Philharmoniker and Berliner Philharmoniker under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Georges Prêtre or Kent Nagano).

    Since 2004, Stefan Gottfried has worked regularly with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others in his opera productions at the Styriarte (Mozart “Idomeneo”, Smetana “The Bartered Bride”, Offenbach “Barbe-Bleue”), at the Theater an der Wien (Handel “Rodelinda” Haydn’s “Orlando paladino”, “Il mondo della luna”, Beethoven’s “Fidelio”, Strawinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” and most recently the Mozart-Da Ponte Cycle) and the Salzburg Festival (Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”, “Die Zauberflöte”) and at many concerts (eg Wiener Musikverein,  Berlin Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival).

    Stefan Gottfried is professor for piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and gives lectures on various aspects of historical performance practice.

    In 2015 he made his debut as a conductor at the Vienna Chamber Opera with the reissue of F.L. Gassmann’s “Gli Uccellatori” and has conducted since then u.a. the Bach Consort Wien, the Wiener Symphoniker and the RSO Wien.

    Following the resignation of Nikolaus Harnoncourt in December 2015, Stefan Gottfried, together with Erich Höbarth and Andrea Bischof, took over the artistic direction of Concentus Musicus Wien. As leader of the Concentus Musicus Wien he conducted for example Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Magnificat, Haydn’s “Creation”, various Beethoven symphonies, Schubert’s “Unfinished” and works by Mendelssohn and Bruckner at the Wiener Musikverein, at the „International baroque days“ in Melk, at the Styriarte Graz and at the Brucknerfest Linz. At the Theater an der Wien, where he was „conductor in residence“ in the season 2018/2019, he conducted various operas (Handel’s “Alcina”, Purcell’s  “King Arthur”).

  • Julia Gurvitch

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    TEL AVIV
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    TEL AVIV

    Julia Gurvitch was born in Baku, USSR and learned playing the piano in the Gnessine Academy of Music in Moscow. Her concert career as pianist and accompanist started in 1980 in Moscow.
    From 1984 to 1990, she played as accompanist to the famous cellist Valentin Feigin (Second Prize Winner of the Tchaikovsky competition, winner of the Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris), giving over 300 concerts in countries like Russia, France, Japan, Germany, Rumania and Bulgaria.
    In 1990, Julia Gurvitch immigrated to Israel, where she is a faculty member of the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, working as an accompanist in the viola and violin department. She participates as invited pianist in international masterclasses and musical competition in the Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia and Germany and is a permanent member of the international master courses Keshet Eylon in Israel and isa in Austria.
    Julia Gurvitch successfully continues her concert activity as a member of the chamber music ensemble “Quattro Plus” under the support of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
    During the past few seasons, she has given numerous concerts in Israel and the US as well as in various European countries including Italy, Austria, France, Croatia and Switzerland.

  • THOMAS HABERLAH

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    HANNOVER
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    HANNOVER

    Thomas Haberlah was born in Waibstadt near Heidelberg and studied at the University of Music in Mannheim with Hans Thurwaechter and in Hannover with David Wilde. Masterclasses with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Leonid Brumberg and participation in various international piano competitions rounded off his musical education. In 1992, he was a prizewinner at the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands. Alongside his solo activities as pianist and organist, he has been lecturing musical ensemble work at the Hannover University of Music since 1993. He has worked as accompanist at international music festivals and masterclasses. Concert tours as soloist and chamber music partner have taken him as far as Korea and Japan.

  • Hilda Hernádi

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    BUDAPEST
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    BUDAPEST

    Born on September 28, 1953 in Szeged, Hilda Hernádi began playing the piano at the age of 7 and later studied composition. She attended the class of pianist Kornél Zempléni at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and subsequently continued her studies at the Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a student of Olga Liforenko for 2 years.
    She was a tutor at the Ferenc Liszt University of Music, teaching clarinet, cello and oboe for 35 years. Apart from solo and chamber music concerts in Hungary and other European countries as well as in Japan, her career has included recordings on the Hungarian Radio, performances and recordings with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra.

  • Hsin-Huei Huang

    Contemporary Music (Piano)
    Vienna
    Contemporary Music (Piano)
    Vienna

    The Taiwanese-Austrian pianist Hsin-Huei Huang is known for her equally precise, expressive and sensitive interpretation of contemporary piano works and an intensive engagement with the classical repertoire. After her first lessons and performances in Taiwan, she came to Europe in 1997 and continued her piano studies. Her artistic versatility became apparent early on in stylistically open-minded projects: in addition to works such as Wolfgang Rihm’s Chiffre I – for piano and seven instruments and Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques for piano and small orchestra, Hsin-Huei Huang also performed Paul Hindemith’s Concert Music for piano, brass and harps, as well as premieres of new works for solo piano and orchestra.

    In addition to numerous radio recordings (ORF, SWR, DRS, Hessischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk, Rai and others), Hsin-Huei Huang has released, among others, the compositions Peter Parker and Schöne Worte, dedicated to her by composer Bernhard Gander, on KAIROS. In 2016, SOLO, featuring piano works by Matthias Pintscher, Peter Šavli and Bernhard Lang, who called this recording of his work DW12, cellular automata a reference recording, was released on the GOD Records label.

    Hsin-Huei Huang maintains an active concert schedule as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Her chamber music partners include the Arditti Quartet, the Stadler Quartet and the Tetras Quartet. She has performed at numerous international festivals such as the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Salzburg Biennale, Wien Modern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Música de hoy Madrid and in concert halls such as Musikverein Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Izumi Hall Osaka and Theater Salihara Jakarta. Other activities in collaboration with Ensemble Klangforum Wien, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Opera nova Zurich and with the orchestras Vienna Philharmonic, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Radio Television Espanola, Slovene philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano, Peter Eötvös, Ingo Metzmacher, Sylvain Cambreling, Matthias Pintscher.

    Hsin-Huei Huang’s repertoire ranges from the music of her time to the works of Bach. Her commitment to contemporary music is documented in an intense personal collaboration with composers such as Beat Furrer, Rebecca Saunders, Marco Stroppa, Bernhard Gander, Friedrich Cerha, Tristan Murail and Bernhard Lang, among others. In her work, Hsin-Huei Huang also devotes herself to the development of interdisciplinary projects. Among others she has collaborated with the visual artist Claudia Doderer and the writer Ferdinand Schmatz. In the production of the music theater Letzte Tage. Ein Vorabend directed by Christoph Marthaler, Hsin-Huei Huang made guest appearances at the Vienna Festival in 2013-14, the Festival d`Automne Paris and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, and the Ruhrtriennale Arts Festival in 2019.

    In addition to her artistic activities, Hsin-Huei Huang has given guest courses in Germany, Austria, Indonesia, and Turkey. She also designs educational projects that advocate the teaching of contemporary piano music. Hsin-Huei Huang was awarded the Kranichsteiner Music Prize Darmstadt. In 2020, she was awarded Austrian citizenship for her artistic merits.

  • JIŘÍ HUDEC

    DOUBLE BASS
    PRAGUE/MANCHESTER
    DOUBLE BASS
    PRAGUE/MANCHESTER

    Jiří Hudec was born in Brno, where he studied double bass at a conservatory and at Janáček Academy with Jiří Bortlíček. He graduated from the academy in 1977. In the same year, he joined the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He is prize winner of several international contests, winning second prize in Markneukirchen, Germany in 1977, first prize in Isle of Man in 1978 and third prize at ARD Munich in 1979.
    He has performed a solo recital in Wigmore Hall in London and played at a premiere of the concert by Richard Rodney Bennett with the English Chamber Orchestra in Queen Elisabeth Hall. He has been principal double bassist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra since 1990. Aside from his work in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiři Hudec is a much sought-after chamber player and soloist. He has made a number of recordings for radio (Vaňhal, Bennet, Francaix, Glier, Reiner) as well as CDs. In 1999, he performed as a soloist at the Prague Spring festival (a concerto by G. Bottesini). Besides performing in Duo di basso, Virtuozi di basso and Czech Philharmonic Octet, he co-operates as a chamber music player with a number of leading performers and ensembles. He is a professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK). In 2012 he was appointed RNCM Fellow. A number of his students have gone on to become members of leading orchestras. He also regularly takes part in courses on interpretation of music in Japan, UK (Manchester, Glasgow) France, Germany (Detmold), China (Beijing).

  • XENIA JANKOVIC

    VIOLONCELLO
    DETMOLD
    VIOLONCELLO
    DETMOLD

    Xenia Jankovic was born into a family of Serbian and Russian musicians. The cello soon became her instrument of choice and she made her debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine. A government scholarship allowed her to study at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory with Stefan Kalianov and Mstislav Rostropovich. She then went on to study with Pierre Fournier and Guy Fallot in Geneva and with André Navarra in Detmold. Later on, intensive work with Sándor Végh and György Sebők led to a deepening of both her musical ideas and her artistic ideal. Xenia Jankovic rose to international fame by winning first prize at the prestigious Gaspar Cassado Competition in Florence. Her concerts as a soloist with the London and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestras, the Madrid, Berlin and Copenhagen Radio Orchestras, her recitals in Paris, London, Berlin and Moscow, where she is regularly invited to numerous festivals including Lockenhaus and Ernen, have been enthusiastically acclaimed by the public and critics alike. She plays chamber music with András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Isabelle Faust and Bruno Giuranna, among others. Since 2004, she has been teaching cello at the Detmold University of Music and is asked to give masterclasses worldwide.
    Xenia Jankovic plays an exceptional 1733 cello by Gregorio Antoniazzi (workshop of Domenico Montagnana).

  • Dag Jensen

    Bassoon
    Munich/Oslo
    Bassoon
    Munich/Oslo

    Dag Jensen was born in Horten, Norway and began bassoon lessons at the age of eleven with Robert Rönnes. He later studied with Torleiv Nedberg at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He won his first orchestral position with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of sixteen and was promoted to co-principal of the same orchestra soon after. He continued to study with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover.
    He was principal bassoonist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1988 and held the same position in the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1997. Dag Jensen won a first prize at the Norwegian Youth Music Competition and twice won the coveted ARD Music Competition in Munich, in 1984 and 1990.
    His numerous solo appearances include performances with renowned orchestras such as, among many others, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra Manchester, and with conductors like Seiji Ozawa, Jeffrey Tate, Christopher Hogwood, and Iona Brown.
    Chamber music plays an important part in his musical life, and he is a member of the Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble and of the Ensemble Villa Musica. He is also a regular guest at several music festivals.
    Dag Jensen was Professor at the Hanover Academy of Music and Theatre from 1997 to 2011, and since 2011 he has been Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. He is also Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo.

  • PATRICK JÜDT

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    Bern
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    Bern

    Patrick Jüdt is a professor of viola and chamber music at the Bern University of the Arts, teaches at numerous international master classes, and serves as one of the artistic directors of ECMA (the European Chamber Music Academy) together with Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl. In addition to chamber music, a further important emphasis of his concert activities is on contemporary music.
    He is a member of Collegium Novum Zürich and forms the ensemble Le tre C’ together with Imke Frank and François Poly.

  • Yumi Kimachi

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Detmold
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Detmold

    Japanese pianist Yumi Kimachi received her first piano lessons at age five. She went on to study piano with Hiroko Nakano at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music, where she completed her diploma and graduate studies as an instrumental performer with honours. Valuable musical impulses came from teachers and musicians including Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Mikhail Voskresenski, and György Sándor. Following her piano studies in Japan, she went to Cologne, Germany to study with Prof. Dr. h.c. Arbo Valdma at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, where she likewise completed her diploma and concert exam in piano with honours. She also received a scholarship to attend the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt in 2007/2008.
    Yumi has won multiple prizes at national competitions in Japan as well as the first prize of the International Piano Competition in Zagreb, and she was also a 2006/2007 grantee of the Japanese Ministry of Culture. Her performing career so far has taken her to Japan and Germany as well as to the Netherlands, Romania, France, Estonia, China, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, and Croatia as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and she has also soloed with orchestras in Japan, Croatia, and Estonia. Yumi receives frequent invitations to perform as a guest with well-known formations such as Ensemble Resonanz and Ensemble Modern, and she teaches at the Detmold University of Music.

  • Margit Klaushofer

    Voice
    VIENNA
    Voice
    VIENNA

    Studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (today’s mdw), and she was honoured by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Science and Research upon completion of her studies.
    Numerous appearances as a lyric soprano with concert and operatic repertoire as well as Lied recitals and concerts featuring contemporary music (including world premières) have taken her to Germany, England, Spain, the USA, Greece, the Netherlands, and Italy. She began teaching at the mdw in 1988 and became a full professor of voice in 1993.
    Klaushofer gives master classes on Lied and oratorio interpretation as well as on operatic singing. She also lectures on the diversity of vocal styles, voice training for young people, the Fach system, and repertoire, and she has served as a juror for the Competizione dell’Opera, Prima la Musica, the Beijing State Competition, et al.
    She has been a member of the mdw Senate since 2013 and has headed the mdw’s Department of Vocal Studies and Music Theatre since October 2017.
    Graduates of Margit Klaushofer’s class have been hired by opera houses including the Vienna State Opera and Milan’s La Scala as well as by those of Düsseldorf, Prague, Leipzig, Braunschweig, and elsewhere. Klaushofer’s students have won prizes at renowned international competitions such as the Mirjam Helin Competition, Operalia, the Belvedere Singing Competition, the NYIOP Auditions, the International Antonin Dvorak Singing Competition, and others.

  • PIANO DUO SILVER-GARBURG

    PIANO DUO
    GRAZ
    PIANO DUO
    GRAZ

    In the great and often underappreciated art of piano duo playing, Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg are setting a new standard: acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the duo has been invited by top orchestras, festivals, and concert organizers. They have performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Musikverein Wien, the Salzburg Festspielhaus, the Sydney Opera House and the Philharmonie Berlin, have concertized in approximately 70 countries on five continents and collaborate regularly with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.
    Their recording of Mendelssohn’s concertos for two pianos and orchestra and their Stravinsky ballets CD have been praised by critics. Their most recent album, “Illumination”, was presented in a recital at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and released in April 2019 under the Berlin Classics label.
    The Silver-Garburg Piano Duo joined forces with the Wiener Symphoniker and Maestro Florian Krumpöck to record the world premiere of a new concerto, which was written for and dedicated to them: Richard Dünser’s adaptation of Brahms Quartet Op. 25 for piano four hands and string orchestra. The recording took place at the Wiener Konzerthaus and will be released in 2020.
    Since 2014, the Silver-Garburg Duo occupy one of the few extant professorships for piano duo, at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. They hold masterclasses at leading academic institutes in Moscow, Beijing, Melbourne, Vienna, Jerusalem, Washington, Helsinki, Bratislava and others. Previously, they taught at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, where in 2007 they had completed their own studies with Arie Vardi.

  • AVEDIS KOUYOUMDJIAN

    PIANO
    VIENNA/BRUSSELS
    PIANO
    VIENNA/BRUSSELS

    Born in Beirut (Lebanon) into a family of Armenian descent, Kouyoumdjian began his studies when he was 12 years old at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he studied with Dieter Weber, Noel Flores, Alexander Jenner and Georg Ebert. He continued his postgraduate work with Djanko Iliev, Stanislav Neuhaus and Alisa Kezeradze.
    Since winning first prize at the Sixth International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1981, he has performed in famous concert halls in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan. He has been a soloist with well renowned orchestras around the world and taken part in many different festivals. He is a sought-after juror in major international competitions in addition to conducting master classes in many universities in Europe and Japan. His recordings express his artistry as a pianist and a chamber musician.
    In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Piano and Chamber Music in the Keyboard Department of Piano at the mdw, which is where he began his pedagogical career as an assistant professor in 1987. He is the initiator and founder of the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition at the mdw and in 2002 he became the cofounder/director of the Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Institute of the university. Since the summer of 2004, he has been the Artistic Director of the Piano à Saint-Ursanne Festival in Switzerland.
    In October 2010, he was appointed Dean of Instrumental Studies at the mdw. In October 2016, he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Belgum.

  • HIRO KUROSAKI

    Workshop
    VIENNA/SALZBURG
    Workshop
    VIENNA/SALZBURG

    Hiro Kurosaki was born in Tokyo and raised up in Vienna, where he studied violin and architecture, and now lives mainly in Valencia/Spain. As a young prizewinner at two important international competitions, the „Henryk Wienawski“ in Poland and the „Fritz Kreisler“ in Vienna, his career as a soloist with important European orchestras quickly developed. Since becoming interested in historical performing practice he turned to original instruments and has performed as concertmaster and soloist with ensembles such as London Baroque, Clemenic Consort, Cappella Coloniensis and Les Arts Florissants at the most important festivals and concert halls worldwide.
    He has worked closely with some of the great early music artists such as René Clemencic, Sigiswald Kuijken, Bruno Weil and William Christie. With William Christie he produced a highly praised recording of the complete Handel violin sonatas. The first complete recording of the Mozart sonatas on original instruments with Linda Nicholson (fortepiano) won the Japan Academy Award. His recordings of all works for violin and piano by Beethoven – also with Linda Nicholson – and of Arriaga’s string quartets with the ensemble La Ritirata are also world premiere recordings in this field.
    As a specialist, Hiro Kurosaki is regularly invited by the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Teatro Real in Madrid or the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg for coaching. He teaches at the mdw in Vienna and at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

  • Betty Lee

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    MUNICH
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    MUNICH

    New Zealand pianist Betty Lee joined the faculty at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich in 2000. She studied piano at the University of Auckland, where she graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours.
    From 1997 to 1999, as a recipient of a DAAD Scholarship, she attended the masterclass with Gerhard Oppitz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and in 1999 the masterclass in Art Song Interpretation with Helmut Deutsch.
    Betty Lee has won prizes at numerous competitions, including First Prize at the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. In 2019, she was awarded the prize for “Best Piano Accompanist” at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia.
    Aside from her temporary positions with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Betty Lee has performed as soloist with various orchestras, such as the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Aachen Symphony Orchestra and Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra. She regularly gives solo recitals and concerts as chamber music player and vocal accompanist in Europe and New Zealand. Among her chamber music partners are artists such as Veronika Eberle, Dag Jensen, András Adorján and Ulf Rodenhäuser. She is the official pianist for the prestigious ARD International Music Competition and the Aeolus International Competition.

  • Jin-Young Lee

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Cologne
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Cologne

    Jin-Young Lee was born in Busan, South Korea, where she also studied the piano. After completing her studies, she continued her education with Bernhard Wambach, Arbo Valdma and Jürgen Glauss at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, where she obtained her degree and concert diploma. Alongside her solo career as a pianist, Jin-Young Lee focuses on chamber and contemporary music as well as on accompanying lieder singers. She regularly works as piano accompanist with renowned singers, instrumentalists and conductors at international music festivals, masterclasses and competitions. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has made numerous concert tours throughout Europe and Korea. Since 2006, Jin-Young Lee has been working as a lecturer at the Cologne University of Music and Dance.

  • ANDREA LIEBERKNECHT

    Flute
    MUNICH
    Flute
    MUNICH

    Andrea Lieberknecht was born in Augsburg, Germany. She studied music with Paul Meisen at the academy of music in Munich. In 1988, even before finishing her studies, she became the soloist flute player in the Munich Radio Orchestra. Three years later, she changed to the same position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, where she remained until 2002. As a soloist as well as as a member of chamber music groups (ARCIS Quintet and with the pianist Jan Philip Schulze), she has won many national and international competitions including the Prague Spring International Flute Competition, the International Flute Competition Kobe, the German Music Competition, the ARD-Competition and the international chamber music competitions in Colmar, Trapani and Belgrade.
    Since then, recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians have taken her around the world. She has played solo concerts and chamber music concerts at international festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Moreover, during the years 1993 to 1996, she was the solo flute player at The Richard-Wagner-Festival in Bayreuth. The clarinetist Sabine Meyer invited her for chamber music concerts at Luzern Festival, Schubertiade Festival Schwarzenberg et al.
    In Germany, she has given flute concerts with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Symphonists, and many others.
    Numerous CD recordings with solo and chamber music, some of them prize-winning, document her versatile artistic activity.
    She is also a passionate teacher: She taught at the Academy of Music in Cologne and was professor of flute at the Academy of Music in Hannover until 2011. She is regularly asked to be a jury member at flute competitions and teaches masterclasses in Europe, Japan and Australia. Since 2011, she has been professor of flute at the University for Music and Performing Arts Munich.

  • BARBARA LÜNEBURG

    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (VIOLIN, VIOLA)
    LINZ
    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (VIOLIN, VIOLA)
    LINZ

    Between performance and research, teaching and composition: violinist Barbara Lüneburg’s artistic worlds are rooted in classical music and reach deep into contemporary music and multimedia performance. Barbara Lüneburg led ensemble Intégrales, an ensemble for contemporary chamber music, for almost twenty years and performs as a soloist and more recently as a composer at festivals throughout Europe, both Americas, Asia and New Zealand. Countless compositions have been written for her and in collaboration with her. Critics describe her playing as a ‘musical cosmos’, ‘passionate’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘bold’, ‘expressive and captivating’.

    Her research interests are just as diverse as her artistic work: In her speciality, artistic research, she investigates creativity, collaboration, charisma, concert aura, participatory art and the impact of game elements in audiovisual works. From 2014 to 2018, Barbara Lüneburg led the PEEK research project “TransCoding- From Highbrow Art to Participatory Culture”, funded by the Austrian Science Fund, in which she involved an online community in the creation of a multimedia work via social media. Barbara Lüneburg is Professor of Artistic Research at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz.

    www.barbara-lueneburg.com  | www.transcoding.info

  • Aki Maeda

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA

    Aki Maeda was born in Japan and graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts. In 2008, she further pursued her studies at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Roland Keller, obtaining her Concert Diploma with distinction in 2015.
    She is a prize winner of the Elena Rombro-Stepanow Piano Competition, as well as of the Prof. Dichler-Competition in Vienna and of the International Competition Young Virtuosos Chamber Music in Sofia.
    She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Japan and in famous Austrian concert halls (Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus), and has been a guest at several music festivals. In addition to her solo repertoire, she has played chamber music in Europe and accompaniments at various contests. She has performed as an official accompanist at renowned international master classes and competitions such as the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, Bled Festival in Slovenia, Orpheus Music Academy in Vienna, isa – International Summer Academy in Austria, European Music Institute Vienna.
    Since 2019, she has been working as a piano accompanist at the mdw.

  • SIBYLLE MAHNI

    Horn
    Berlin
    Horn
    Berlin

    Sibylle Mahni studied at the Frankfurt State Academy of Music and the Performing Arts (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main) under Professor Marie-Luise Neunecker. During this time she was an artist of the “Villa Musica” foundation, as well as being a scholarship holder from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). Sibylle Mahni has had outstanding success at several highly renowned international competitions including the ARD Music Competition (Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD). In 2002 she graduated with the post-graduate performance degree “Konzertexamen”.
    From 1997 until 2016 Sibylle was solo-hornist in the opera orchestra in Frankfurt. In addition to performing as Principal Horn in the orchestra she started to teach: first at the Frankfurt State Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, then at the Mainz School of Music, the University of Music Saarbrücken and the University of Music Würzburg. In 2020 she was awarded the position of Professor of Horn at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.
    Prof. Mahni also lectures at numerous international master classes including the International Horn Symposium in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Jerusalem Music Academy, the Villa Musica, Mainz, the Forum Artium, Georgsmarienhütte and many others.
    As a highly regarded horn soloist, she has frequently appeared with many leading orchestras including the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the International Bach Academy Stuttgart, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and the Britten Sinfonia. Sibylle has worked with many leading conductors such as Oleg Caetani, Toshiyuki Kamioka and Helmuth Rilling. Internationally, she has appeared in Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Croatia, China and the USA to name a few.
    Chamber music is also an important passion for Ms. Mahni which has led her to perform at such festivals as the chamber music festival ‘Spannungen’ in Heimbach, the Moritzburg Festival near Dresden, the Hitzacker Summer Music Festival and the Freiburg ‘Albert Konzerte’. Amongst Sibylle’s chamber music partners are prominent musicians such as Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle van Keulen, Kirill Gerstein, Lars Vogt and Sharon Kam. She has taken part in the premiere of chamber works of Jörg Widmann, Brett Dean, Detlev Glanert and others. In 2014 Sibylle Mahni joined the Ma’alot-Quintett, one of the leading wind-ensembles in the world today.

  • Helen Malkowsky

    Workshop
    Vienna
    Workshop
    Vienna

    Helen Malkowsky completed her music studies in her hometown of Dresden, majoring in flute, before turning to scenic theater work. She has staged numerous productions in German-speaking countries, including. “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Eugen Onegin” at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, “Parsifal” at the Staatstheater Kassel, the premiere of the opera “Zauberberg” in Chur/Switzerland, “Mignon” at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” at the Volksoper Wien, “Pique Dame”, “Don Carlo” and “Paradise reloaded / Lilith” at Theater Chemnitz, “Hamlet”, “Mazeppa” and “Katja Kabanova” at Theater Krefeld – Mönchengladbach, “Luisa Miller”, “Peter Grimes” and “The Tales of Hoffmann” at Theater Bielefeld and “Nabucco” at Schlossfestspiele Heidenheim. Her most recent works include “Solaris” by Daj Fujikura for the Neue Oper Wien and the European premiere of the chamber opera “Schönberg in Hollywood” at the Kasino of the Burgtheater.

    Helen Malkowsky was Head of Opera and Director of the International Opera Studio at the Staatstheater Nürnberg from 2004-08, Opera Director at the Theater Bielefeld from 2010-13, and House Director and Artistic Advisor to the Intendant at the Chemnitz Opera from 2014-17.

    As a guest lecturer, she taught in semester productions at Folkwang University Essen, Berlin University of the Arts, and Dresden University of Music. With the winter semester 2018 Helen Malkowsky was appointed professor for music dramatic presentation, scenic interpretation and music theater direction at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • Bernhard Mallinger

    Improvisation (Strings)
    Vienna/Carinthia
    Improvisation (Strings)
    Vienna/Carinthia

    Born in Wolfsberg, Carinthia, Bernhard Mallinger studied violin and jazz vocals at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He is a freelance musician, composer, and arranger, and his main professional focus since 2004 has been the radio.string.quartet. He lives and works in Vienna and Carinthia.

  • GERHARD MARSCHNER

    Viola
    Vienna
    Viola
    Vienna

    Gerhard Marschner was born in Vienna in 1984. At the age of six he received his first violin lessons from Grete Biedermann, soon changing to Ina Stemberger and then Juri Polatschek before being admitted to the class of Alfred Staar and his assistant, Hubert Kroisamer, at the University of Music Graz/Oberschützen in 1995. Briefly before the sudden death of Alfred Staar, Gerhard Marschner followed his recommendation and switched to the viola, studying with the former principal violist Josef Staar and finally with Hans Peter Ochsenhofer at the University of Music Vienna.
    In 2004, Gerhard Marschner won the audition for a tutti position with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra at the age of 19 and in 2007 became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic. In the same year he advanced to section leader of the violas. In December 2016, he won the audition for the position of principal violist which he held until August 2021.
    Since November 2020 Gerhard Marschner teaches Viola at the University of music and performing arts in Vienna.
    In addition to his former orchestral duties, Gerhard Marschner is a highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician. He has toured in Japan, China, Korea, the US and numerous European countries. Among his chamber music partners are Rudolf Buchbinder, Stefan Vladar, Magda Amara, Andrey Baranov, Harriet Krijgh, Midori, Rainer Honeck and many other internationally acclaimed musicians.
    In 2014, he was in charge of the International Orchestra Institute Attergau, a youth project of the Vienna Philharmonic where international music students, together with members of the orchestra and led by a famous conductor, prepare a concert programme and are familiarized with the “Wiener Klangstil” (Viennese tone style).
    Gerhard Marschner regularly performs with the “Trio Aurora”, co-founded with Karl-Heinz Schütz and Charlotte Balzereit-Zell in 2012. Furthermore, he has been a member of the “Philharmonic Five” since 2017.
    Gerhard Marschner plays on a viola by Marino Capicchioni from the year 1953.

  • Jean-Bernard Matter

    Contemporary Music (Ensemblecoach)
    VIENNA
    Contemporary Music (Ensemblecoach)
    VIENNA

    Born in Metz, Jean-Bernard Matter studied bassoon and piano accompaniment at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) and orchestral conducting at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. As accompanist at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence and at the Komische Opera Berlin, he has worked together with Semyon Bychkov and Harry Kupfer. He was an assistant to Berislav Klobučar and Georges Prêtre at the Opéra de Nice and was further engaged as accompanist and Kapellmeister at the opera houses in Graz and Halle as well as guest conductor with various orchestras. In 1994, he was appointed Kapellmeister of the Opéra de Nice, where he directed several premiers and first performances, among other works. At the Wiener Kammeroper, he conducted “Hoffmanns Erzählungen” and was a personal assistant to Pierre Boulez at the Festwochen 2007. Since 2008, he has been teaching contemporary music and composition practice at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • JOHANNES MEISSL

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA

    Johannes Meissl is a professor of chamber music and has been Vice Rector for International Affairs and Art at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since October 2019.
    Prior to his appointment as vice rector, he headed the Joseph Haydn Department of Chamber Music, Early Music and Contemporary Music beginning in 2010 and also served as president of the mdw Senate from 2015 until September 2019. Furthermore, Meissl is artistic director of isa – the International Summer Academy of the mdw.
    Johannes Meissl studied at mdw with Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Gerhart Hetzel, and Hatto Beyerle. In 1982, he joined the Artis Quartet (in which he continues to play). The quartet soon became a frequent guest of the world’s most important concert halls and festivals, and the numerous awards won by their approximately 40 recordings (such as the Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Echo, etc.) as well as the successful “Artis Series” at the Musikverein in Vienna (running since 1988) bear witness to their international standing. Alongside his quartet work, Meissl also performs in solo recitals and as part of numerous international chamber music projects.
    Meissl shares artistic direction of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) with Hatto Beyerle and gives master classes at numerous renowned schools and summer academies worldwide. He is currently serving as a visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. And finally, recent years have seen Johannes Meissl achieve additional success as a conductor, regularly working together with orchestras in Japan, Romania, Lithuania, Austria, and Finland.

  • DETLEV MÜLLER-SIEMENS

    Composition
    Vienna/Basel
    Composition
    Vienna/Basel

    Detlev Müller-Siemens was born in Hamburg, Germany and studied composing with György Ligeti, piano with Andreas Meyer-Hermann, Eckart Besch, and Volker Banfield, and conducting with Christoph von Dohnányi and Klauspeter Seibel at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. He also spent a year studying with Olivier Messiaen at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP).
    He has received numerous awards including the Kranichstein Music Prize at the Darmstadt Summer Course (Darmstadt, 1974), the Encouragement Award of the Hamburg Bach Prize (1975), first place in the “Under 30” category and third in the “General” category at the International Rostrum of Composers (Paris, 1983), the Hindemith Award of the Hindemith Foundation (1985), the Encouragement Award of the Berlin Art Prize (1986), and the Schneider-Schott Music Prize (1986), as well as the Hindemith Encouragement Award (1987) and the Rolf Liebermann Encouragement Award for his opera Die Menschen (1990). Furthermore, Müller-Siemens has been a grantee of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Heinrich Strobel Foundation (1975), the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo (1980 and 0982), and the Wilfried Steinbrenner Foundation (1983), and he also received a Rolf Liebermann Grant (1988).
    Müller-Siemens worked as an assistant to conductor Elgar Howarth on a production of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the Paris Opera, and he served as Kapellmeister of Theater Freiburg from 1986 to 1988. He went on to teach from 1991 to 2005 at the City of Basel Music Academy as a professor of composition and theory, and he has been a professor of composition at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 2005.
    Tours have taken Detlev Müller-Siemens to England with the Nash Ensemble of London and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group under conductor Elgar Howarth in 1994 as well as to Asia in 1998 and 2003 with the LINOS Ensemble. 1994 saw him lecture and give concerts together with Musique Nouvelle under conductor Paul Méfano at the conservatories in Bordeaux and Pau, with the Gruppo Strumentale dell’EAOSS under conductor Angelo Faja in Palermo and Catania, and at the 31st Festival di Nuova Consonanza in Rome with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart under conductor Bernhard Kontarsky.
    2015 saw his portrait CD Traces (featuring performances by the Mondrian Ensemble) appear on the Wergo label. His most recent works include …called dusk III (premièred in 2014 by ensemble reconsil at the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna), Subsong 1 for Ensemble (premièred in 2016 by Ensemble Phoenix Basel), and Subsong 2 for String Quartet (premièred in 2017/18 by Ensemble Tzara in Zurich. Subsong 3 for Basset Clarinet and String Quartet (2020/21) will be given its world première at the festival Mozartfest Schwetzingen in 2022.

  • ATSUKO OBA

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    DETMOLD/HANNOVER
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    DETMOLD/HANNOVER

    Atsuko Oba was born in Kobe, Japan and started playing the piano at the age of 4. Upon completion of her studies with Emiko Harimoto at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, she continued her education with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet at the Detmold University of Music (concert examination 2007). She is a prize winner at international competitions in Missouri (USA), Japan and Barcelona (Spanien) and has received a Japanese government scholarship. Since 2007, she has been working as accompanist at the Detmold University of Music and since 2014 at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media as well. She has given numerous concerts in Japan and in Germany.

  • MINNA PENSOLA

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    Helsinki
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    Helsinki

    Violinist Minna Pensola is known as an intense performer, invigorating soloist and energetic orchestra leader. As an inspiring fellow musician and teacher she is a regular guest at many international chamber music festivals.

    Pensola is a versatile player in the music field and has established regular club evenings combining a casual bar night and classical live music in her hometown Helsinki, as well as PuKamaChamber concert series, which she runs together with her spouse, violinist Antti Tikkanen.
    Active and close relationship with Finnish composers have produced many works dedicated to her. The upcoming seasons will bring premieres of a chamber work by Lotta Wennäkoski and double concertos by Iiro Rantala and Jukka Tiensuu.

    Minna Pensola is the co-artistic director of Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival from 2021. During the seasons 2019-2022 Minna is the artistic partner of the Joensuu City Orchestra and was a member of the curating group for the Helsinki Festival’s Wonderfeel-weekend in 2020 and 2021.
    She was the artistic director of Sysmä Summer Sounds from 2006 to 2012.

    Pensola is a member of the award winning string quartet Meta4, teaches chamber music at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and violin at the Sibelius Academy.

    Her own studies started at the Helsinki Conservatory, continued at the Sibelius Academy and finally finished at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich and the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). Important guides on that journey include Leonid Mordkovich, Kaija Saarikettu, Ralf Gothoni, Ana Chumachenko, Josef Rissin, Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl as well as countless inspiring colleagues along the way.

    Minna Pensola’s instrument is a Carlo Bergonzi violin from 1732, owned by the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation.
    Offstage the swinging up-tempo is maintained by two daughters, two cats and a hamster.

  • Ulla Pilz

    Workshop
    GRAZ
    Workshop
    GRAZ

    Ulla Pilz studied singing and composition at the MUK ‒ Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
    She works as a freelance presenter, singer, actress, author, director, music mediator, and host of music programs for Austrian radio Oe1. She played roles at Theater an der Wien, Burgtheater, Wiener Festwochen and many others. As a music mediator and presenter she collaborated with Musikverein Wien and Wiener Konzerthaus, Jeunesse, Brucknerhaus and Bruckner Orchester Linz, Styriarte, Vienna Philharmonic and Wiener Symphoniker, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Ensemble Kontrapunkte and others.
    Ulla Pilz is a Senior Artist at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

  • GOTTFRIED JOHANNES POKORNY

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
    VIENNA

    Gottfried Johannes Pokorny is a principal bassoonist of the Tonkustler Orchestra of Lower Austria and professor of wind chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Formerly, he was a member of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and taught at the Josef-Matthias-Hauer Conservatory of the city of Wiener Neustadt.
    Gottfried Johannes Pokorny studied with Karl Öhlberg and Dietmar Zeman at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and attended masterclasses at the Mozarteum Salzburg held by Milan Turkovic as well as Daniele Damiano and Michael Werba. A founding member of the “Wiener Bläser Akademie”, the “Collegium Viennense” and the “Zemlinsky Quintett Wien”, he has performed at numerous festivals in Austria and abroad, including the Festival Allegro Vivo, the Beethoven Festival Bonn, the Haydn-Biennale Vlaanderen, the Fjord Cadenza Classical Music Festival Skodje, the Nynorske Festival, the Mozartwoche in Osaka and the Grafenegg Festival, playing together with artists such as Marialena Fernandes, Walter Delahunt, Rudolf Buchbinder and Heinz Holliger.
    Gottfried Johannes Pokorny has been involved in numerous radio and CD recordings and gives bassoon and chamber music courses in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Ukraine, India and Japan. In concerts and on tours he has played with such conductors as wie Sándor Végh, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Georges Prêtre, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Simon Rattle und Mariss Jansons. He has been a member of the Tonkunstler Orchestra of Lower Austria since 1987, holding the solo bassoon position since 1990.

  • Florian Reiners

    Workshop
    Vienna
    Workshop
    Vienna

    Univ.-Prof. Florian Reiners is Professor for Speech Design at the Max Reinhardt Seminar of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is an actor and performer as well as an expert in the field of language, voice and expression. Theater engagements brought and bring him to the Schauspielhaus Leipzig, Stadttheater Augsburg, Hersfelder Festspiele, Schlossparktheater Berlin and Oper Köln. Collaborations followed with Konstanze Lauterbach, Michael Sturminger and Carlus Padrissa / La Fura del Baus, among others. In addition, numerous film and television works.

    For many years he has taught singers and actors at theaters, in seminars and for festivals throughout the German-speaking world.

  • FELIX RENGGLI

    Flute
    Basel
    Flute
    Basel

    Felix Renggli was born in Basel, Switzerland and studied flute with Gerhard Hildenbrand, Aurèle Nicolet, and Peter-Lukas Graf. He completed his formal training at the City of Basel Music Academy with a soloist diploma and went on to hold the solo flute post in various orchestras including the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen, the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Camerata Bern.
    Renggli has won prizes at national and international competitions and gives master classes on a regular basis in Europe, South America, Japan, China, and Australia. His busy performing career has seen him play as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe as well as in South America, the USA, Japan, and China, including appearances at international festivals in Paris, Bourges, Lucerne, Lockenhaus, Rio de Janeiro, Akiyoshidai, Tokyo, and elsewhere.
    His regular collaboration with the oboist, conductor, and composer Heinz Holliger has provided him with pivotal impulses for his musical work.
    In 1994, Renggli assumed responsibility for the flute class taught up to then by Peter-Lukas Graf at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. He also held a professorship at Freiburg University of Music from 2004 to 2014, and he has been teaching at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano since the autumn of 2015.
    Renggli’s musical activities range from the contemporary music realm (including numerous world premières with the Swiss Chamber Soloists and Ensemble Contrechamps) to classical chamber music and solo repertoire and the performance of early music on original instruments. His CD productions (with ensembles and artists including the Swiss Chamber Soloists, Heinz Holliger, Camerata Bern, the Arditti Quartet, Jan Schultsz, and Nova Stravaganza (Cologne) have appeared on the ECM, Artist Consort/GENUIN, Philips, Montaigne, Accord, Discover, and Stradivarius labels. And in 1999, he joined forces with cellist Daniel Haefliger and violist Jürg Dähler to found and share artistic direction of the first all-Swiss chamber music series “Swiss Chamber Concerts”.

  • Philipp Sageder

    Improvisation (voice, electronics, remixing)
    Vienna
    Improvisation (voice, electronics, remixing)
    Vienna

    Philipp Sageder—a singer, vocal percussionist, and self-styled “sound scientist”—has mounted world tours with his “vocal groove project” Bauchklang and works internationally in a wide range of pop, jazz, and art projects (such as Klangwolke 2008) as a musician both live and in the studio and as an arranger and composer.

    He teaches voice at the mdw’s Department of Popular Music in Vienna.

  • Horst Michael Schaffer

    Improvisation (Winds)
    Vienna / Graz
    Improvisation (Winds)
    Vienna / Graz

    Alongside his teaching activities at the mdw’s Department of Popular Music and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG), as part of which he covers areas from instrumental instruction to band coaching and from arranging to improvisation and solo playing in a number of styles, he has also spent many years leading the renowned JBBG – Jazz Bigband Graz. In his artistic projects, he works together with a wide range of well-known artists from the pop, jazz, and classical music worlds.

  • Manfred Schiebel

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA

    Manfred Schiebel received his first musical education with the „Mozart Boys Choir Vienna“ and subsequently studied conducting with Karl Österreicher, accompanying with Harald Goertz and piano withThomas Kreuzberger at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since 1991, he has been teaching at the MUK – Music and Arts Private University of Vienna, where he was appointed professor in 2017, and since 2002 at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He was an acclaimed director of the Young Vienna Choral Society for 14 years and since 2011 of the “Klassik im Advent” Festival in Carinthia and has given numerous masterclasses for singers and pianists in Europe, Iran and Cuba. He has performed in concert on four continents and accompanied such renowned artists as Edita Gruberova, Grace Bumbry, Leo Nucci, Günther Groissböck, Giuseppe Taddei and the Vienna Boys’ Choir, among many others. He is much sought after not only as accompanist at masterclasses of world-famous vocal teachers such as Helena Lazarska, Julia Hamari, Walter Berry, Thomas Hampson, but also in various productions as assistant to many prominent conductors, including Alfred Eschwé, Carlos Kalmar, Peter Keuschnig and Karel Mark Chichon. Manfred Schiebel regularly performs piano four-hands concerts with his duo partner Marcin Koziel and with various chamber music formations.

  • Roland Schueler

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Born in Ried im Innkreis (Austria) in 1969, Roland Schueler visited the music gynmasium in Linz, then graduated from Mittenwald School of Violin Making and spent his journeyman years with Master Violin Maker Konrad Stoll in Allgäu (Germany). He opened his first violin making studio in Vienna in 1999. Strong influences from his membership in the group Klanggestalten. He studied violoncello performance at the Linz and Vienna Conservatories with Michael Dallinger and Andreas Lindenbaum, earning his degree in instrumental music education in 1998. In 2000, he participated in contemporary music classes at the “Impulse” Academy in Graz (Austria). He is a member of Trio EIS (together with violinist Ivana Pristasova and violist Petra Ackermann), and of PHACE | CONTEMPORARY MUSIC.

  • DORA SCHWARZBERG

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA/ TEL AVIV
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA/ TEL AVIV

    From the age of nine, she was accepted as a child prodigy in the “Stoliarsky School for gifted children”. During her early years in Odessa, she played for Isaac Stern and Ivry Gitlis and regularly performed as soloist with orchestra.
    She pursued her studies at the Moscow State Conservatory, where she graduated under the guidance of Yuri Yankelevich and studied string quartet with Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet).
    She won first prize at the Carl Flesch Competition in London, ARD Violin Competition Munich, Romano Romanini Brescia, and was prize winner at Paganini Competition and ARD Duo Competition.
    As a soloist, Dora Schwarzberg has performed with many renowned orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and under such conductors as Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Alexander Vedernikov, Adam Fischer,  in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall NY, Musikverein Hall and Konzerthaus Vienna, Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elisabeth Hall London, Salle Pleyel Paris, Herculessaal Munich, Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Benyaney Hall Jerusalem, among others.
    Her chamber music partners all along her career have included, among others, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Valentin Berlinsky, Nobuko Imai, David Geringas, Alexander Rabinovich, Paul Badura-Skoda, etc., with whom she has performed in Festivals such as Salzburger Festpiele, Martha Argerich Festival Lugano, Aspen Music Festival and Pablo Casals Festival Puerto Rico.
    She began teaching at the Mannes School of Music in New York and from 1989 at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she is currently Professor Emeritus. She is regularly invited as a juror at international competitions. Since 2018 she is Professor at the Buchmann Mehta School of Music.
    Her students are prize winners of numerous international competitions, and most of them are concertmasters of some of the famous orchestras in the world.

  • Hagai Shaham

    Violine
    Tel Aviv/ New York
    Violine
    Tel Aviv/ New York

    Displaying a dazzling combination of technical brilliance and a uniquely profound musical personality, Hagai Shaham is internationally recognized as one of the astonishing violinists who have emerged from Israel. Hagai Shaham began studying the violin at age of six and was the last student of the late renowned Professor Ilona Feher. He also studied with Elisha Kagan, Emanuel Borok, Arnold Steinhardt and the Guarneri Quartet.
    First prize winner of ARD Munich Competition in 1990, Ilona Kornhouser competition, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority Young Artist competition, The Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy competition, Clairmont Awards, and annual scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.
    As a soloist he has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, RPO, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTE Ireland, Belgian National, Taipei, Singapore and Shanghai Symphonies, SWF Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio and philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman in a gala concert at Carnegie Hall, following which Zubin Mehta invited him to perform Brahms’ Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall.
    In 2006 he performed once again this work under Mehta, at the Israel Philharmonic 70th anniversary’s celebrations with cellist Mischa Maisky.
    Hagai Shaham is in great demand as a recitalist. He regularly tours throughout Europe, North and Central America and performs at international recital series and festivals.
    Hagai Shaham recorded for Hyperion, Decca International, Chandos, Biddulph, Naxos, Champs Hill and AVIE. He records regularly for Nimbus, where his CDs received critical acclaim.
    Hagai Shaham is a member of the Shaham-Erez- Wallfisch trio. The trio performs on major stages including London’s Wigmore and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. They recorded several albums for Nimbus Records, including the complete Beethoven trios.
    Hagai Shaham is professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and an Artist in Residence at Stony Brook University, New York.
    Together with his colleague, violinist Ittai Shapira, he is co-founder of The Ilona Feher Foundation.

  • MARIANNA SHIRINYAN

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    Oslo/Copenhagen
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    Oslo/Copenhagen

    Armenian-born Marianna Shirinyan is one of the most creative and in sought after pianists in Europe today. Her vibrant and virtuos musicianship puts her in demand, both as soloist and as chamber musician. Shirinyan plays with great sensitivity, understanding, technical brilliance and beauty of tone, which allows her to offer a wide range of repertoire. Her love for the music and her joy in sharing it with a larger audience are apparent in her performances.
    She has received Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s prestigious P2 award for her contribution to Danish music life and the critics prize of the association of Danish critics. She is a frequent guest at a string of international music festivals, among them the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Bodensee Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, MDR Summer Music Festival, Festspillene in Bergen.
    Simultaneously she has won the reputation of being one of this generations leading pianists through solo appearances with orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras, Munich Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice to name a few. She enjoyed collaborations with conductors such as Michael Balke, Lawrence Foster, Zoltan Kocsis, Antonello Manacorda, Jun Märkl, Eva Ollikainen, Daniel Raiskin, Lan Shui, Thomas Søndergård, Marc Soustrot, Krysztof Urbanski and Joshua Weilerstein.
    Shirinyan is a professor of piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, a Steinway artist and artistic director of the Oremandsgaard Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. From the summer 2020 also co-artistic director of the Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway.
    Shirinyan has a bright discography. All the CD’s has been received enthusiastically by international reviewers and listeners alike. Her latest release, the Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra by Louis Glass which she has recorded together with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz under the baton of maestro Daniel Raiskin has been awarded the P2 prize of the Danish radio in 2018.

  • Thomas Toppler

    Let's Play
    Vienna
    Let's Play
    Vienna

    As a musician, Thomas Toppler has worked with renowned orchestras, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Wiener Symphoniker), Concentus Musicus Wien, Volksoper Wien, and is a founding member of The Erlkings. The ensemble surprises with their charming, radical and respectful arrangements and English adaptations of German art songs such as Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf and Ludwig von Beethoven and could convince audiences and critics on many famous stages such as Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Konzerthaus, Allegro Vivo, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival. His London-based theater company Ship of Fools, in which he serves as director, has successfully toured its productions throughout the UK since 2014. As a director, he has overseen programs by musical groups such as Da Blechhaufn, Louie’s Cage Percussion, The Hankebrothers, Mozartwochen 2019 and directs commercials for the likes of Die Gruft and Das Neunerhaus.

    Thomas also teaches acting at the Schule des Theaters in Vienna, the workshop Let’s Play at the isa – International Summer Academy of the mdw in Reichenau/Rax, the ECMA – European Chamber Music Academy in Grafenegg, the Young Masters Program of the mdw – University of Music and performing Arts Vienna, the EEEmerging – Emerging European Ensembles, as well as at the Leonard Bernstein Institute of the mdw. Further teaching activities at the Gründerzentrum of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and mdw in the field of pitching.

  • Dmitry Torchinsky

    Violin
    Qatar
    Violin
    Qatar

    Dmitri Torchinsky was surrounded by music from a very early age. His father was the leader of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre orchestra and his mother was a flute teacher. He started to play the violin at the age of 5 under careful guidance of the best teachers, curators of the Russian violin tradition.

    At the age of 14 Torchinsky left Moscow and attended the Purcell School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, as well as the mdw – Univeristy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Having won several violin competitions, he enjoyed a busy international career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, before joining the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and the faculty of the Qatar Music Academy.

    Dmitri is a member of the Doha String Quartet which is a flexible music ensemble that is highly in demand in Qatar and further afield. As well as performing, Dmitri is much in demand as a successful teacher. His students have won numerous prizes all over the world. In what little free time he has left, he is busy with his three children.

  • ANDREAS VIERZIGER

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Andreas Vierziger works as an independent strategist, innovation consultant and curator for various international music institutions and projects within the classical music industry. Previously, he was artist manager for a number of well-known artists, including GRAMMY award winners.

    Among his project partners and clients are and were for example David Lynch’s Silencio Club in Paris (regular guest curator), the video streaming platform for classical music takt1 (Head of Artistic Cooperations), Camerata Salzburg (Board of Directors), Thomastik-Infeld, Welsh National Opera, Vivienne Westwood, Budapest Spring, Grafenegg Festival and many more.

    He has been a juror at more than 25 international music competitions and is regularly invited to lecture at universities including mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Tokyo University of the Arts, Zurich University of the Arts, Liszt Academy Budapest, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Bilkent University Ankara, Sibelius Academy Helsinki and the Paris-Sorbonne.

  • Andrea von der Emde

    Workshop
    Vienna
    Workshop
    Vienna

    Andrea von der Emde is a physiotherapist, dance pedagogue and teaching trainer of the Franklin Method. She has been working as a physiotherapist in the field of psychosomatics and orthopedics since 1990 and as a dance pedagogue in the field of dance and bodywork for children and adults since 1993. She gives seminars in further education for dance and movement teachers and is a lecturer for applied anatomy and dance at the MUK Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna and at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

    www.lebendig.at

  • VIDA VUJIC

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA

    Vida Vujic was born in 1982 in Serbia. At the age of sixteen, she began her studies with Rudolf Leopold at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She obtained her master’s degree with honours in 2003, followed by further studies in Graz. From 2005, she studied chamber music with Johannes Meissl at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and obtained her second master’s degree in 2010, also with honours. In addition, she has completed more than twenty masterclasses (for cello and chamber music) with well-known artists.
    Since 2014, Vida Vujic teaches as an assistant to Johannes Meissl at the Joseph Haydn Institute for Chamber Music, Early Music and New Music at the mdw as well as at the isa ‒ International Summer Academy.
    She is a winner of first and second prizes at multiple international competitions and has received several prestigious awards such as the Award of the Austrian Ministry of Culture in 2003 as well as the Stanojlo Rajcic Prize for Best Concert in 2006/07 at the Gallery SANU – Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade (Serbia).
    She has played numerous concerts as a soloist as well as with chamber music ensembles in Europe and South America, e. g. at the festival ”Strings only” in Zadar (Croatia), International Cello Festival in Belgrade (Serbia), Styriarte in Graz, at the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Musikverein Wien, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. She has made recordings for RTS (Radio Televizia Serbije ) and ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation). Her repertoire extends from the Baroque to the 20th century.
    Vida Vujic counts among her chamber music partners artists such as Susanna Artzt, Eszter Haffner, Wolfgang Klinser, Rudolf Leopold, Gregor Urban, Natasa Veljkovic, Raphael Leone, Johannes Meissl, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Gottfried Pokorny, Hagai Shaham, Gilard Karni, and many more.

  • ULF WALLIN

    VIOLIN
    BERLIN, VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    BERLIN, VIENNA

    The Swedish violinist Ulf Wallin studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Sven Karpe and at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Wolfgang Schneiderhan.
    Concert tours have taken him to Asia, Europe and the United States. He has worked with such eminent conductors as Jesús Lopéz Cobos, Manfred Honeck, Paavo Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Franz Welser-Möst. Always in great demand as a chamber player, Ulf Wallin has worked with artists like Bruno Canino, Barbara Hendricks, Heinz Holliger, Roland Pöntinen, and András Schiff.
    Ulf Wallin has appeared at numerous major festivals including the Lucerne and Berlin music festivals, Marlboro Music Festival, among others. He has performed in the world’s leading venues, including the Berlin Philharmonie, La Scala di Milano, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna.
    Ulf Wallin’s dedication to contemporary music is highlighted by his close contacts with several eminent composers such as Anders Eliasson, Alfred Schnittke and Rodion Shchedrin.
    He has made numerous radio, and television appearances and more than 50 CD recordings (BIS, cop, EMI and BMG) have gained much acclaim and attention from the international media.
    Ulf Wallin is professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and professor at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has served on juries for major international competitions including the ARD Competition in Munich and the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna.
    In 2013, he was awarded the Robert-Schumann-Prize of the city of Zwickau and in 2014 was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

  • GOTTLIEB WALLISCH

    PIANO
    BERLIN
    PIANO
    BERLIN

    Born in Vienna, Gottlieb Wallisch first appeared on the concert platform when he was seven years old, and at the age of twelve made his debut in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. A concert directed by Yehudi Menuhin in 1996 launched Wallisch’s international career: accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia, the seventeen-year-old pianist performed Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto.
    Since then, Wallisch has received invitations to the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals: Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Cologne Philharmony, the Tonhalle Zurich, and the NCPA in Beijing, as well as the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Festivals of Lucerne and Salzburg, the December Nights in Moscow, and the Singapore Arts Festival. Conductors with whom he has performed as a soloist include Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Neville Marriner, Dennis Russell Davies, Kirill Petrenko, Louis Langrée, Lawrence Foster, Christopher Hogwood, and Bruno Weil.
    He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Festival Strings Lucerne, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra Los Angeles, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. In 2020 his recording of the Complete Beethoven-Piano Concertos on period instruments, with Orchester Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck was released to great critical acclaim.
    After holding teaching positions at the Geneva University for Music and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Gottlieb Wallisch currently serves as professor for piano at the Berlin University of Arts (UdK Berlin).

  • CHRISTIAN WETZEL

    OBOE
    Cologne
    OBOE
    Cologne

    Christian Wetzel is professor for oboe at the Cologne University of Music. Outside of teaching and performing internationally as soloist, he is a devoted chamber music player, performing at various renowned festivals around the world. As oboist and founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ma’alot Wind Quintet he has won First Prize at numerous international competitions, including the ARD Munich Competition. With a concert career spanning over 30 years, the Quintet has recorded a range of award-winning CDs.
    In 1997, after nine years as solo oboist with the National Theatre Orchestra of Mannheim, he obtained his first professorship at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig and has since been a dedicated and successful supporter of young international oboists. In 2008, he was appointed to the faculty of the Cologne University of Music.
    Many of his students have gone on to prominent positions in renowned orchestras all over the world.
    Christian Wetzel teaches at numerous international masterclasses worldwide and is a visiting lecturer at such renowned music schools as the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Julliard School in New York, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He holds an oboe class at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, “Musikene”, in San Sebastian (Spain).
    Numerous recordings and premiers as well as a close collaboration with acclaimed contemporary composers also show his dedication to “New Music”.

  • Junko Yamamoto

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Stuttgart/Basel
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Stuttgart/Basel

    The pianist, shô player, and essayist Junko Yamamoto was born in Japan and studied at institutions including the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Peter Eötvös and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Prof. Håkon Austbø, as well as with Claude Helffer in Paris.
    Her international competition prizes include the Special Prize for the best performer of Spanish contemporary music at the Xavier Montsalvatge Competition in Spain, the Grand Prix at the Experimental Sound, Art & Performance Festival Tokyo, and the Phoenix Evolution Award, Osaka (Japan).
    Alongside solo appearances with orchestra (with formations including the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baden-Württembergische Philharmonie, the Symphony Orchestra of Pirna, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa), Yamamoto maintains a special fondness for chamber music. She is also a regular guest at various international music festivals including the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan, the Venice Biennale in Italy, the Bartók International Festival in Hungary, Musica in France, the SinusTon Festival in Magdeburg, Musicarama in Hong Kong, and the Festival Bienal Música Hoje Curitiba in Brazil.
    Junko Yamamoto teaches at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart as well as the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.

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