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.
Shmuel Ashkenasi was born in Tel Aviv and began his musical training with legendary pedagogue Ilona Feher, subsequently continuing his studies in the United States with Efrem Zimbalist. He won top prizes at the 1962 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Belgium. As a soloist Shmuel Ashkenasi regularly performs with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Royal Philharmonic. He has been the performer of choice of many conductors, including Stokowski, Böhm, Kempe, Leinsdorf and Kubelik. In 1969, Shmuel Ashkenasi formed the Vermeer Quartet and as its first violinist gained a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians. The Vermeer Quartet has held residencies at Northern Illinois University and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Their discography includes works by Beethoven, Bartók, Dvořák, Haydn (a Grammy nominated recording), Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Verdi. Shmuel Ashkenasi is also a noted pedagogue, currently holding the position of Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Curtis Institute of Music.
The cellist Julius Berger was born in Augsburg, Germany, and has been an integral part of the music world for more than 40 years. He is a wonderful interpreter, whom the well-known music critic Wolf-Eberhard von Lewinski called a ‘prophet of the cello’, after hearing Berger’s second recording of the Bach cello suites. His most recent recording won the coveted ‘Supersonic Award’. Berger is an international soloist and chamber musician, has recorded numerous CDs, and also teaches the best young talents. After professorships in Würzburg, Saarbrücken and Mainz, he taught in Augsburg from 2000 to 2019, and gives masterclasses worldwide, for instance since 1992 at the Salzburg Mozarteum’s International Summer Academy. At the same time, he is artistic director of both the music festival ‘Eckelshausener Musiktage’ and the Asiago festival in Italy, directs international competitions, and is much in demand around the world as a jury member. Not the least of his activities is a devotion to research into cello works of Luigi Boccherini, some of which are still unknown. Julius Berger has furthermore gained prominence through his great commitment to contemporary music by Sofia Gubaidulina, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Wilhelm Killmayer, and many others. He has premiered and recorded more than twenty cello concertos and chamber works dedicated to him.
Julius Berger is a full member of the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz. His book ‘Tautropfen’ (Dewdrops), with original texts, poems and photos has recently been published.
NEW HAVEN (YALE UNIV.)
NEW HAVEN (YALE UNIV.)
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).
She holds diplomas from the Paris and Lyon conservatoires, is a Laureate of the Rostropovich Cello Competition, has won first prize at the Japan Chamber Music Competition and the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, as well as Révélation Classique award from ADAMI and Grand Prix de la Critique. It was a Victoire de la Musique that brought her to the public’s attention in 2002, and since then every one of her recordings has been hailed as an event by the national and international press, which has showered her with distinctions, including “Diapason d’Or” of the year, “Choc” from Classica, Gramophone Award, Cannes Classical Award and “Bestenliste” award from the German Record Critics’ Award.
As a soloist, Emmanuelle Bertrand has performed with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Busan Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Orchestras of Lille, the Ile de France and Lorraine, and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Strasbourg and Monte Carlo.
She is an enthusiastic chamber musician and for the last 15 years has performed in a duo with the pianist Pascal Amoyel, with whom she explores unpublished works just as much as the core repertoire. Keen to transmit her art and continually rethinking the musician’s role in society, Emmanuelle Bertrand devotes some of her time to teaching chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire and cello at the Gennevilliers Conservatoire, as well as in international masterclasses.
Voted Artist of the Year in 2011 by Diapason magazine and France Musique listeners, she is the artistic director of the Beauvais Cello Festival and a patron of the Estival de la Bâtie in the department of Loire. She is “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.
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).
speech and dialogue training
speech and dialogue training
Born in 1975 in Vienna, Heinz-Arthur Boltuch studied acting at the acting school Krauss in Vienna and has performed in various theatres, including the Theater in der Josefstadt, the Wiener Volkstheater, the Vorarlberg Volkstheater where he appeared as Leo in “Gut gegen Nordwind”, and in “Einige Nachrichten an das All” by Wolfram Lotz with the Ensemble for Unpopular Leisure Activities in Dornbirn. Most recently, he played in the piece “Honig im Kopf”, under the direction of Marcus Strahl, with Barbara Kaudelka and Fanny Altenburger in Vienna and the federal provinces.
In recent summers, he has appeared in the Theater am Fluß as Herr von Lips in “Der Zerissene” and as Dave the Lord in “Die unteren Zehntausend”. He regularly performs with Christian Strasser in the play “Indien” under the direction of Robert Finster.
When not on stage, he films series such as “Meiberger” (as regular cast member), “Soko Donau” (guest appearances in individual episodes), “Blind ermittelt”, “Schnell ermittelt”, “Todesfrist” (Constantin Television/Sat1) and “Vienna Blood” (BBC2/ORF).
He is currently working on a screenplay for a TV film/series with a screenwriter from Cologne.
This spring he finished filming the Italian/Austrian movie “Tutti per Uma” with Laura Bilgeri in the leading role.
For a year, he taught rhetoric for singers at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Born in Saint Etienne, France, Jean-Louis Capezzali studied at the Versailles National Conservatory, where an unanimous jury awarded him the gold medal in June 1977 and the first honour prize in June 1978.
In 1979, he became professor of oboe and was granted the position of principal oboe soloist with the Concerts Lamoureux. He was 20 years old.
Jean-Louis Capezzali is prize winner of the international competitions in Geneva in 1982 and in Praha in 1986.
In 1984, he was appointed principal oboe soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France and from 1988 to 1998 taught at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Jean-Louis Capezzali performs as soloist with famous orchestras like the Opera of East Berlin, the Concerts Lamoureux, the Orchestra of Bordeaux-Aquitaine, the Swiss Roman Orchestra and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. An important share of his activities is devoted to chamber music. He regularly holds masterclasses and performs recitals in Europe, the US and Asia.
Since 1998, he is professor of oboe at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon. He has also been oboe consultant/tester for Buffet Crampon since 1992 and thus contributes to the development of the instrument.
Jean-Louis Capezzali plays the Buffet Crampon Green-Line oboes.
André Cazalet is principal horn of the Orchestre de Paris and has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, as well as in the United States and the Middle East. His partners on stage have included, among many others, Daniel Baremboim, Shlomo Mintz, Quatuor Talich, Jean Pierre Rampal, Jean Bernard Pommier, Gérard Caussé, Maurice Bourgue, Katia and Marielle Labèque as well as the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Ensemble Intercontemporain with Pierre Boulez.
As professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique Paris he has been invited to lecture abroad on a regular basis, a. o. at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, at the European Mozart Foundation, the Music University Hamburg, the Music Academy Oslo and the Central Conservatory in Peking.
He has received the Award “Grand Prix du Disque“ for his interpretation of the Brahms and Ligeti trios. His DECCA recording of “Elégie” by Poulenc was honoured with a “Special Event” by “Grammophone”. Among his recordings you can find the concerti by Joseph and Michael Haydn and Leopold Mozart, performed with the Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse.
Born in Padua (Italy), Carlo Colombo studied in Milano with Evandro Dall’Oca, in Geneva with Roger Birnstingl, and in Amsterdam with Brian Pollard. He has served as principal bassoonist of the Lyon National Opera Orchestra since its inception in 1983. From 1978 to 1981 he was Principal Bassoonist of the ensemble I Solisti Veneti and has performed as guest principal bassoonist with many European orchestras, including the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Bavarian State Opera under the baton of conductors like Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Neville Marriner, Michel Corboz, Semyon Bychkov, Kent Nagano, Iván Fischer, Kurt Masur and Lorin Maazel. His interest in original instruments led him to start playing with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Carlo Colombo has been member of the “Maurice Bourgue” Wind Ensemble and faculty member of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon since 2001. He joined the faculty at the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland in 2005 and was a guest professor at Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory. Invited to several festivals and academies (l’Académie d’été des Arcs, Académie de Nice, Festival de Prades, Beijing 2012/2015 Bassoon Festival, Mendelssohn Festival Hamburg and others), he has also regularly been giving masterclasses in Europe, Asia, Canada, the USA and Brazil.
He has been editing neglected pieces of the bassoon repertoire for Billaudot and Accolade Editions.
Anna Dzialak-Savytska was born in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. At the age of eight she started to play the violin and later had the opportunity to study with Dora Schwarzberg and Vladimir Spirakov.
In 2001 she won the international Vaclav Huml Competition in Croatia and in 2003 the Pablo de Sarasate Competition. In 2002 and 2005 she represented Ukraine in the concert series “Ukrainian Stars” with performances in many cities around the world. In 2007, she was awarded the scholarship and the Special Prize of the Yamaha Foundation (Austria), followed in 2008 by the Asahi Shinbun Special Award (Japan). She was also a scholarship holder of the Herbert von Karajan Center (Austria). Anna Dzialak-Savytska performed as a soloist with leading orchestras, such as the Pablo de Sarasate Orchestra Pamplona, Basque National Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, and with conductors Gunhard Mattes, Pavle Despalj, Mischa Kats, Enrique Garcia, Fabrice Gregorutti and Nicolas Milton. She has performed in renowned concert halls around the world, such as Musikverein Wien and Wiener Konzerthaus, at the Kölner Philharmonie, and the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.
She is often a guest at international festivals, such as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Warsaw Days of Ukrainian Music, the Kyiv Music Festival and Wien Modern. She played with prominent artists such as Dora Schwarzberg, Duncan Gifford, Yuri Lanyuk, Alexander Rabinovich, Yuri Bashmet and Sergei Bezrodny.
An important part of her artistic activity is her dedication to making classical music accessible for children. With her husband, the violinist Jakub Dzialak, she regularly performs and presents family concerts for children in Ukraine and Poland.
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 XXth and XXIst 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 Vienna University 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 studierte Viola bei Hatto Beyerle und Kim Kashkashian in Wien und München. Konzertfachdiplom und Magister Artium an der mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.
Weltweite Konzerttätigkeit als Mitglied des Wiener Kammerorchesters und in freier Mitarbeit bei Ensembles wie der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie, dem Freiburger Barockorchester, Ensemble Modern und Klangforum Wien. Lehrender an der Musikschule Wien und der mdw.
Als Musikvermittler gründete er 1989 die experimentelle dialogische Musikvermittlungsinitiative „Musik zum Anfassen“ und war verantwortlich für die Konzeption und Durchführung der ersten Musikvermittlungsprojekte für die Wiener Symphoniker und das Theater an der Wien.
Er ist Preisträger des „junge ohren preis“ 2007 und der „IRIDA – Kulturvermittlung in Neuen Kontexten“ 2009. Zu seinen Forschungsprojekten zählen „Artists in Creative Education“ im Rahmen von EU-Kultur 2007 bis 2013 oder „Du fühlst, ich höre, wir musizieren – ein Dialog“ zur Inklusion mit hörgeschädigten und hörenden Schüler*innen im Rahmen von „Sparkling Science“ 2012 bis 2014.
Er realisierte Communityprojekte mit Bildung- und Kulturinstitutionen wie dem Bundesblindeninstitut, Institut für Gehörlosenbildung, Wiener Mozartjahr 2006, der Fußballeuropameisterschaft 2008, dem Technischen Museum Wien, Integrationshaus Wien, mit Einrichtungen der Caritas, „Jugend am Werk“, Seniorenhäusern und Flüchtlingsquartieren.
Veröffentlichungen und Aktivitäten als Netzwerker und Beirat in verschiedenen Gremien und Programmen zur Musikvermittlung.
Wenzel Fuchs was born in Innsbruck (Tyrol), Austria and started studying clarinet at the conservatory in Innsbruck with Walter Kefer and subsequently at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Peter Schmidl, graduating with the Ministry of Science and Art. He has won prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competitions.
Alongside his studies, he frequently performed as a substitute with all Viennese orchestras in venues such as the Vienna State Opera and with the Vienna Philharmonic.
Engagements: At the age of 19 solo clarinettist with the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper. After 5 years solo clarinettist with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since 1993 solo clarinettist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Lecturer at the Orchestra Academy (Karajan Academy) of the Berlin Philharmonic. From 2008 to 2013 professor at the “Hanns Eisler” School of Music Berlin. Visiting professor at the Geidai University in Tokyo (Japan).
From 2015: professor at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, alongside intensive teaching activity through numerous masterclasses in Japan, USA and Europe. Performing as a soloist throughout the world with such orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Korea Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Chamber music partner of Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Andras Schiff, Albrecht Mayer, Mitsuko Utchida, David Geringas, among others.
Member of the „Berlin Philharmonic Wind Soloists”, the „Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble”, the „Berlin Philharmonic Octet“ and the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-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 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.
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 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.
Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received international honors and awards for his captivating artistry and cultural leadership. Lauded as a Metropolitan Opera Guild “Met Mastersinger” and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone’s “Hall of Fame”, Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time. With an operatic repertoire of over 80 roles sung in all the major theaters of the world, his discography comprises more than 170 albums, which include multiple nominations and winners of the Grammy Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque.
Notable engagements on the concert stage include opening the Oslo Philharmonic’s season in August 2020 with their new Chief Conductor, Klaus Mäkelä and performing at Vilnius Festival in Spring 2021.
He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Wiener Staatsoper and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences. In 2017, Thomas Hampson received the Hugo Wolf Medal from the International Hugo Wolf Academy, together with his long-time musical collaborator, pianist Wolfram Rieger. Hampson was awarded the Heidelberger Frühling Music Prize in 2019.
Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology, continually expanding his pedagogical activities. His recurring international master class schedule is a continuing online resource of the Manhattan School of Music, Medici.tv, and The Hampsong Foundation livestream channel.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (CLARINET)
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (CLARINET)
Richard Haynes performs music spanning the 18th to 21st centuries all over the world in a multitude of contexts. During the course of undergraduate study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and further study at the University of Arts Bern, his teachers included Brian Catchlove, Paul Dean, Ernesto Molinari, Diana Tolmie, Donna Wagner-Molinari and Floyd Williams.
He has maintained regular concert activity in Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand over the last 15 years and is a 1st Prize Winner of the International Concours Nicati Switzerland and the 2008 recipient of the Tschumi Music Prize.
Richard Haynes has performed at many of the major Australian, American and European festivals for classical and contemporary music. The symphony orchestras of Christchurch, Dublin, Hagen, Queensland, Tasmania and the radio symphony orchestras of the SWR and WDR have engaged Richard Haynes as clarinettist in various projects. He maintains regular international concert activity as clarinettist of Ensemble Proton Bern, Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, Elision Ensemble and Praesenz and is a regular guest performer with the Basel Sinfonietta, Collegium Novum Zurich, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Stroma and others.
New works for clarinet have been written for and dedicated to him by e.g. Trevor Bača, Richard Barrett, Aaron Cassidy, Robert Dahm, Chris Dench, Füsun Köksal, Liza Lim.
Richard Haynes has undertaken residencies at the UC Berkeley, Harvard, Huddersfield, Melbourne, Stanford and Sydney Universities, as well as CALarts, New Zealand School of Music and the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart. He is the returning Clarinet Professor at the International Summer Academy Masterclass for Contemporary Music in Austria.
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 Professor 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.
Kei was born in Tokyo, Japan where she started taking music lessons at the age of six. After graduating from “Toho Gakuen” School of Music, where she studied with Kyoko Edo, she pursued her postgraduate education at the Academy of “Santa Cecilia” in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli. Kei then completed her studies in chamber music with Felix Ayo.
From 2003 to 2004, she was an accompanist in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. In 2005, she launched her career as a chamber pianist in Spain.
She became a regular accompanist at many festivals and courses such as the International Horn Symposium, the International course of Music in Benidorm, the International Trombone Festival and the International Summer Academy of Vienna. She has also had the honour of collaborating and performing with Ab Coster, Esa Tapani, Hans Pizka, Radovan Vlatkovic, Emil Rovner, Ivan Monighetti, Gilles Milliére, David Rejano, Christian Wetzel, Ivan Podyomov, Christoph Hartmann, Jean Louis Capezzali, Miguel Angel Tamarit, Spanish Brass, among others.
Kei Hikichi is currently teaching at the Conservatorio Municipal “José Iturbi” in Valencia.
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).
Born in Geneva in 1958, Michael Jarrell studied composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Eric Gaudibert and at various workshops in the United States (Tanglewood, 1979). He completed his training with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg University of Music.
Since 1982, his works have received numerous prizes: prix Acanthes (1983), Beethovenpreis from the city of Bonn (1986), Marescotti prize (1986), Gaudeamus (1988), Henriette Renié (1988), Siemens-Förderungspreis (1990) and Musikpreis der Stadt Wien (2010). Between 1986 and 1988, he was in residence at the Cité des Arts in Paris and participated in the computer music course at Ircam. He was a fellow Villa Médicis in Rome during 1988/89, and subsequently joined the Swiss Institute in Rome in 1989/90. From October 1991 to June 1993, he was composer in residence with the Lyon Orchestra. In 1993, he became professor of composition at the University in Vienna. In 1996, he was “composer in residence” at the Lucerne festival and was honoured by the Musica Nova Helsinki Festival, which in 2000 dedicated the festival to him. In 2001, the Salzburg Festival commissioned from him a concerto for piano and orchestra entitled “Abschied”. The same year, he was named “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”. In 2004, he was appointed professor of composition at the Geneva Conservatory.
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.