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.
NEW HAVEN (YALE)
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 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).
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.
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 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contemporary Music (Ensemblecoach)
Contemporary Music (Ensemblecoach)
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 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 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.
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.
GOTTFRIED JOHANNES POKORNY
CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
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.
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”.
VIENNA/ TEL AVIV
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.
Tel Aviv/ New York
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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”.