Accompanists

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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