Teachers

  • ANDRÉS ANAZCO

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA

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

  • Ulrike Anton

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Flutist and musicologist Ulrike Anton is one of the leading performers in the field of exile music, which she repeatedly proves through her international concert activities, CD-recordings and publications. At the World Congress of Musicology in Tokyo (IMS 2017) she chaired the roundtable “Music in Exile – East meets West”. Together with exil.arte, her project ” Silenced Voices – Ostracized Music” won the Bank Austria Art Award International in 2010. She is an adjunct professor at IES Abroad Vienna and at Wake Forest University (Vienna Campus).

  • Karen Asatrián

    Workshop
    VIENNA , Klagenfurt
    Workshop
    VIENNA , Klagenfurt

    Born in 1972 in Yerevan (Armenia), Karen Asatrian received his first education in classical violin and piano at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan. He then continued his studies of both instruments as well as in composition at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. In 1999 he finalized his Jazz-Piano studies under the direction of Harry Neuwirth in Carinthia with distinction and in 2001 his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental (Vocal) Pedagogy Studies. Significant highlights throughout the musical career of Karen Asatrian have been the initiation of the “Brahms Project” (Jazz-Trio with Chamber Orchestra) and the presentation of his original compositions with the Norbert Artner Chamber Choir, collaborations with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, SamulNori (Korean Percussion Ensemble), Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Garzone, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, a.m.m., performances within the “Three Nights of Jazz”- Festivals in Saalfelden (Austria), Jazz Festival Wiesn in Vienna, Sziget Festivals in Budapest. Asatrian demonstrates his attachment to his roots and his passion for the Armenian musical tradition through his Avantgarde-Folk-Jazz Group “Armenian Spirit” that he founded in 2013. In the spirit of western musical tradition, he composed „Prayer Wheel“, a mass for choir, vocalist and Jazz ensemble, which had its premiere at the Concert Hall of Carinthia in 2015. In addition to his artistic activities and performances, he is a respected Jazz Piano professor at the Carinthian State Conservatory as well as at the mdw.

  • SHMUEL ASHKENASI

    VIOLIN
    PHILADELPHIA
    VIOLIN
    PHILADELPHIA

    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.

  • Matthias Bartolomey / Klemens Bittmann progressive strings vienna

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    The respect for the sound of their instruments, as well as a shared passion for creating new sounds, brings two musicians together. The cellist Matthias Bartolomey and the violinist and mandola player Klemens Bittmann are leading their instruments out of their deeply rooted classical tradition to new musical pathways. With the spontaneity and improvisation of Jazz, their music includes heavy groove and rock elements as well as intimate ballads and fast uptempo compositions. “It is rare to hear stringplayers with such devotion to the groove. BartolomeyBittmann are easily getting to the very heart of this musical virtue that one does not usually associate with classical instruments: Unrestrained joy and radical rhythms.” (Wolfgang Muthspiel)

  • JULIUS BERGER

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    AUGSBURG
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    AUGSBURG

    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.

  • BORIS BERMAN

    PIANO
    NEW HAVEN (YALE UNIV.)
    PIANO
    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).

  • Emmanuelle Bertrand

    VIOLONCELLO
    PARIS/GENNEVILLIERS
    VIOLONCELLO
    PARIS/GENNEVILLIERS

    Emmanuelle Bertrand 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 Festival de la Bâtie in the department of Loire. She is “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.

  • HATTO BEYERLE

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA/HANNOVER
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA/HANNOVER

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

  • Heinz-Arthur Boltuch

    speech and dialogue training
    Vienna
    speech and dialogue training
    Vienna

    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.

  • ALFRED BRENDEL

    PIANO
    LONDON
    PIANO
    LONDON

    Alfred Brendel studied piano, composition, and conducting in Zagreb and Graz, concluding his piano studies under Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner, and Eduard Steuermann. He was the first person to record Beethoven’s piano oeuvre in its entirety. He also played a key role in establishing Schubert’s sonatas and the Schönberg Piano Concerto as elements of the standard concert repertoire, and he had an equally important hand in the rehabilitation of Liszt’s piano works. Alfred Brendel was long a regular guest at the world’s major concert halls and festivals as well as with leading European and American orchestras under renowned conductors. Brendel gave his final concert in December 2008, performing together with the Vienna Philharmonic. Since then, he has devoted himself to writing as well as to public readings and lectures.
    He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and London as well as from Yale University. 1989 saw him appointed an honorary KBE. He went on to receive the Bülow Medal of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1992 and has been an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic since 1998. The numerous awards received by Brendel in recent years include the Artur Rubinstein Prize (2007), the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize (2008), the Praemium Imperiale of the Japan Art Association (2009), and the Gramophone Award for “Lifetime Achievement”(2010). He was additionally named a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (2004).
    For many years now, Alfred Brendel has been active as a writer. A collection of his poems entitled “Spiegelbild und Schwarzer Spuk” can be found under the Hanser imprint, while an essay compilation entitled “Über Musik” was published by Piper Verlag (English edition: Alfred Brendel on Music). The book “Nach dem Schlussakkord –Fragen und Antworten” (“After the Final Chord”) was published by Hanser in 2010, while 2012 saw the release of “A bis Z eines Pianisten. Ein Lesebuch für Klavierliebende” (English edition: A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader). His most recent book publication is “Music, Sense and Nonsense: Collected Essays and Lectures”. All of his recordings on the Philips label were re-released by Decca as a large boxed set to mark his 85th birthday.

  • JEAN-LOUIS CAPEZZALI

    Oboe
    Lyon
    Oboe
    Lyon

    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

    Horn
    Paris
    Horn
    Paris

    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.

  • CARLO COLOMBO

    BASSOON
    LYON/LAUSANNE
    BASSOON
    LYON/LAUSANNE

    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.

  • David Dolan

    Workshop
    London
    Workshop
    London

    In response to his first CD, “When Interpretation and Improvisation Get Together”, Lord Yehudi Menuhin wrote: “David Dolan is giving new life to classical music.” International concert pianist, researcher and teacher, Professor Dolan devotes a part of his career to the revival of the lost art of classical improvisation and its various applications in performance. He has recorded and performed in four continents and integrated extemporization in many of his concerts. Professor Dolan is the Head of the Centre for Creative Performance & Classical Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and teaches also at the Yehudi Menuhin School. His series of master-classes and workshops take place in music centres around the world.

  • ANNA DZIALAK-SAVYTSKA

    VIOLIN
    ZURICH
    VIOLIN
    ZURICH

    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.

  • Ensemble Fractales

    Contemporary Music
    Belgium
    Contemporary Music
    Belgium

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

  • Dietmar Flosdorf

    isaOutreach
    VIENNA
    isaOutreach
    VIENNA

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

  • WENZEL FUCHS

    CLARINET
    Salzburg
    CLARINET
    Salzburg

    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

    VIOLONCELLO
    DARMSTADT
    VIOLONCELLO
    DARMSTADT

    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.

  • Luisella Germano

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Born in Turin, Luisella Germano studied at the conservatory of her hometown. Thanks to a scholarship from De Sono, she was accepted at the Accademia Ducale di Alto Perfezionamento in Genoa and at the Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento in Fiesole, where she continued her chamber music education with the Trio di Milano and the Trio di Trieste. In 2002, she won a scholarship from La Scala and went on to complete her studies there. In 2003, she won a selection competition at the Teatro Regio in Turin and until 2012 worked as accompanist at this opera house. She has also worked as solo repetitor in Frankfurt and Nice. In 2006, she won a keyboard audition for the RAI Symphony Orchestra. From 2012 to 2020, she was solo repetitor of the Wiener Staatsoper and in 2016 and 2017 also worked as accompanist and musical assistant at the Salzburg Festival.  In the course of her career, she has worked with such renowned conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Jésus Lopéz-Cobos, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Myung-whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Steinberg, Jeffrey Tate among others. Since 2018, she has been teaching at the department of vocal studies at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • 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.

  • Wolfgang Gratschmaier

    Direction
    VIENNA
    Direction
    VIENNA

    Born in Styria in 1960, after training as a landscape architect, he studied singing at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Gerhard Kahry and interpretation at the Salzburg Festival Summer Academy with KS Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. His path led the tenor from the Stadttheater St. Pölten via the Graz Opera House and the Theater St. Gallen to the Volksoper Wien, where he has been an ensemble member since 2003.
    As one of the few opera singers, Wolfgang Gratschmaier studied acting with Georg Tabori in the “Kreis” at the Schauspielhaus Vienna. The experience he gained at that time flows today not only into his singing activities, but also into his work as a director of his productions of “Tosca”, “I Pagliacci”, “Rienzi” and “Die Fledermaus” “The Merry Widow”, “Im weissen Rössl”, to name but a few. He is the founder of the “Theatergarten” and the first director in the world who always works with an absolutely equal co-director on his breathtaking productions, including since 2016 at the mozartoper.wien of the Angelika-Prokopp-Sommerakademie der Wiener Philharmoniker with works such as “Così fan tutte” or “Le nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni”.
    As a co-founder of the independent opera scene in Vienna and an experienced concert and theater producer, he has been in a leading position of the production association neueoper.at since 1989, has been a lecturer for “Szenische Gestaltung” at the MUK – Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna since 2015 and was the artistic director of SCHLOSS THALHEIM CLASSIC from 2017 to 2020. Guest performances as a singer and director have taken him to Berlin, Bad Hall, Fürth, Gstaad, Kufstein, Munich, Manila, Nuremberg, Prague, Seoul and Tokyo in the last 30 years, as well as to the USA and Canada since 2006. Video and record productions as well as a busy concert schedule round off his versatile oeuvre.

  • Eugenia Grauer

    Workshop
    Konstanz
    Workshop
    Konstanz

    Eugenia Grauer was born in Russia and raised up in Belgia. She studied violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Valery Oistrakh and with Zakhar Bron and Barnabás Kelemen in Cologne. She attended master-classes with Ida Kavafian, Lewis Kaplan, Viktor Tretjakov, Pierre Amoyal and Krzysztof Wegrzyn among others. She was awarded many prizes such as the Gold Medal at the International Hindemith Violin Competition. Currently Eugenia is 1st Concertmaster of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie. From 2014-2019 she held the position of the 1st Concertmaster at the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and was invited as guest concertmaster to orchestras such as the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, WDR Funkhausorchester, La Monnaie, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Luzern Strings Orchestra among others. She performed at numerous festivals including the Kronberg and Verbier Festival. Her broad repertoire ranges from the Baroque era to the latest contemporary music. An avid interpreter of the Belgian and French post-romantic composers and a dedicated chamber musician, she frequently collaborates with her mother Nina Ardashir, a multi-faced pianist. Eugenia Grauer appeared as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide and on distinguished stages internationally, among them the Berlin Konzerthaus, Palais des Beaux-Arts or Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She plays a “Vincenzo Panormo, Paris 1775”.

  • Gerold Gruber

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Gerold Gruber studied musicology and art history at the University of Vienna as well as singing at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since 1984 he has been a member of the Institute for Musicology and Interpretation Research at the mdw. His work focuses on Austrian music of the 18th – 21st century, methods of musical analysis and music by ostracized composers. In 2006 he founded the exil.arte society which became a research center and one of the main research centers of the mdw in 2016 (with archive and exhibition space).

  • 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 Hampson

    Voice
    New York
    Voice
    New York

    American baritone Thomas Hampson is one of the most multi-faceted singers of our time and has achieved international fame through his impressive artistic skills as well as his work in cultural and music mediation. His operatic repertoire of over 80 roles and more than 170 recordings that have won prestigious awards such as the Grammy Award, Edison Award and the Grand Prix du Disque, demonstrates his extraordinary stylistic range.
    Thomas Hampson is an honorary professor on the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. In addition to holding several honorary doctorates, he carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. In 2017, he received the Hugo Wolf Medal from the International Hugo Wolf Academy, together with his long-time piano accompanist Wolfram Rieger. He is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of the Heidelberg Lied Academy.
    As a committed promoter of art song, in 2003 he founded the Hampsong Foundation, which fosters and promotes intercultural exchange. The large-scale Song of America project, the most recent chapter of which is the concert series A Celebration of Black Music, also came into being within this framework. His international masterclasses are broadcast by Medici.tv, the Manhattan School of Music and on the Hampsong Foundation’s livestream channel. He runs two programmes on the classical music streaming service Idagio, including the series Thursdays with Thomas, in which Elbphilharmonie Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter was a recent guest.

  • MARIE HELLE

    YOGA
    VIENNA
    YOGA
    VIENNA

    Marie Helle started her teaching career in 1991 shortly after having graduated in drama and voice from the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, where she was immediately hired to offer courses for singers. Simultaneously she worked as a director, playwright, actress and singer for musical and spoken theatre for numerous organizations. She performed at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Altes Schauspielhaus Stuttgart and the Theaterhaus Stuttgart, just to name a few.
    Between the years 1989 and 2008, Marie Helle produced and directed her own plays and music theatre programmes for the Forum Theater Stuttgart. She received the renowned grant for performing arts from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg for her work as singer-performer and writer.
    She works in the fields of scene interpretation, opera and musical theatre, conceptualisation and presentation of art songs and aria, body and voice training as well as stage and audition training.
    Marie Helle was on faculty at the Academy of Music and Dance Cologne/Aachen 1998‒2012 and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt 2009‒12. In 2012 she started teaching at the Department of Voice and Music Theatre of the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In addition to her academic career in Germany and Austria, Marie Helle offers workshops and classes internationally.

  • 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.

  • Kei Hikichi

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VALENCIA
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VALENCIA

    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 Félix Ayo.
    From 2003 to 2004, she was an accompanist at 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 isa – the International Summer Academy of the mdw. 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

    DOUBLE BASS
    PRAGUE/MANCHESTER
    DOUBLE BASS
    PRAGUE/MANCHESTER

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

  • XENIA JANKOVIC

    VIOLONCELLO
    DETMOLD
    VIOLONCELLO
    DETMOLD

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

  • Michael Jarrel

    Composition
    Geneva
    Composition
    Geneva

    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 mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts 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

    Bassoon
    Munich/Oslo
    Bassoon
    Munich/Oslo

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

  • SHARON KAM

    CLARINET
    HANNOVER
    CLARINET
    HANNOVER

    Sharon Kam is one of the world’s leading clarinet soloists and has been working with renowned orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Japan for over 20 years. Mozart’s clarinet masterpieces have been an object of artistic focus for her since the beginning of her career. At the age of 16, she performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in her orchestral debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta. A short time later, she performed the Clarinet Quintet with the Guarneri String Quartet in Carnegie Hall, New York.
    As part of Mozart’s 250th birthday celebrations at the National Theatre in Prague, her interpretation of the Mozart concerto was televised live in 33 countries and is available on DVD. In the same year, she was able to realize her long-time dream of recording the Concerto and the Clarinet Quintet using the basset clarinet.
    As a passionate chamber musician, Sharon Kam regularly works with artists such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Enrico Pace, Daniel Müller-Schott, Leif Ove Andsnes, Carolin Widmann and the Jerusalem Quartet. She is a frequent guest at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Heimbach, Rheingau, Risør, Cork, Verbier, and Delft as well as at the Schubertiade festival.
    Sharon Kam feels at home in a variety of musical genres – from classical to modern music and jazz – a fact reflected in her diverse discography. She has received the ECHO “Instrumentalist of the Year” award two times. Her “American Classics” CD with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by her husband Gregor Bühl, was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize.
    A Hindemith album will be released in 2021.

  • GILAD KARNI

    VIOLA
    LAUSANNE
    VIOLA
    LAUSANNE

    Gilad Karni has performed as soloist and chamber musician and has been teaching across the world.  He has appeared at many of the world’s great festivals and his engagements include solo appearances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Malaysian Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, among others.
    He won first prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 1994, third prize at the ARD Munich International Music Competition in 1993 and several other awards. His CD recordings have been released to great critical acclaim.
    Karni has been Professor of Viola at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music since 2008 and has given masterclasses e.g. at the Curtis and Baltimore Schools of Music and the isa ‒ International Summer Academy. He has served on faculties of the Banff Center of the Arts in Canada, the Aspen Music Festival (US), the Linderman and CISMA Music festivals in Seoul (Korea) and others.
    He is currently Principal Violist of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Before that, he was Principal Viola at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, at the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and in 1992 was the youngest member of the New York Philharmonic. He has been invited as guest Principal with such orchestras as the Berlin Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His most influential teachers were Chaim Taub and Paul Neubauer. He is a scholarship recipient of The America-Israel Cultural Foundation and an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music.
    Gilad Karni plays on a viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka in 1982, previously owned by American violist and pedagogue Emmanuel Vardi.

  • Herbert Kefer

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    GRAZ
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    GRAZ

    Herbert Kefer was born in Eisenerz, Austria, in 1960. He received his first violin lesson at the age of five and later continued his studies with Karl Frischenschlager in Leoben and with Karl Stierhof at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he graduated with distinction in 1986. In 1980, along with three colleagues, he formed the Artis-Quartet and from 1984 to 1985 they spent a year studying with the LaSalle-Quartet in Cincinnati/Ohio, launching an international career with concerts at all famous festivals, including the Salzburger Festspiele, the Schubertiade Feldkirch, the Wiener Festwochen and the Casals Festival, among many others. The quartet has recorded over 30 CDs, which have frequently been honoured with such renowned awards as the Grand Prix du Disque or the Diapason d’Or. In 1991, Herbert Kefer was appointed to lead a viola class at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz / Institution Oberschuetzen. He is a demanded soloist as well as a sought-after partner for several chamber music formations.
    Since 2005, he has been Artistic Director of the Weinklang-Festival. Herbert Kefer plays a J. B. Guadagnini from 1784 from the collection of the Austrian National Bank.

  • Margit Klaushofer

    Voice
    VIENNA
    Voice
    VIENNA

    Studied at the Universities in Munich – singing with Richard Brünner and at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Postgraduate studies with Margarethe Bence and KS Hilde Zadek. Award of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research in recognition of the special artistic achievements at the completion of her studies.
    International performances as lyrical soprano in Germany, Austria, England, Spain, the USA, Greece, Holland and Italy with a concert and opera repertoire (comprising mainly of works by J. S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn – Bartholdy as well as Mozart roles such as Ilia, Pamina, Cherubino, Susanna and La Contessa); numerous song recitals; contemporary music concerts (premieres). The focus of her professional activities lies clearly on the training and support of young singers. Since 1988, she has been teaching at the mdw; since 1993 she has held a Full Professorship for Vocal Studies at the Department of Church Music for the supervision of Master’s students with a focus on Vocal Studies. In addition, from 1999 to 2002 she was a lecturer for methodology and didactics in vocal studies at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna.
    Since 2001 – regular training of students of the Institute for Vocal Studies and Musical Theatre at the mdw. In 2009, she moved to the Institute of Vocal Studies and Music Theatre. Lectures on stylistics and performance practice for singers. Masterclasses for song and oratorio interpretation and opera singing. Lectures on the variety of vocal styles, vocal training, voices and repertoire. Jury member at Competizione dell’Opera and Prima la musica, amongst others.  Since October 2017 Director of the Department of Vocal Studies and Music Theatre.

  • PIANO DUO SILVER-GARBURG

    PIANO DUO
    GRAZ
    PIANO DUO
    GRAZ

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

  • Roland Koch

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Roland Koch was born in Uezwil, Switzerland, in 1959. He initially studied psychology and ethnology at the University of Zurich and then trained at the Swiss Acting Institute in Zurich. Following engagements in Celle, Konstanz, Hanover, and at the Volksbühne Berlin and Munich Residenztheater, he joined the Burgtheater ensemble in 1999. Since late 2011 he has been playing the role of Matteo Lüthi in the TV series Tatort Konstanz. Koch regularly gives guest lectures on stage and film design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He also teaches drama at the MUK – Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and character development at the Max Reinhardt Seminar/mdw. In 2015 he received the Nestroy Theatre Award in the Best Supporting Role category.

  • Koehne Quartet

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Joanna Lewis, Violine
    Anne Harvey-Nagl, Violine
    Lena Fankhauser, Bratsche
    Melissa Coleman, Violoncello

    The Koehne Quartet founded in 1987 by Joanna Lewis, counts as one of today’s outstanding interpreters of contemporary music in continental Europe. The quartet’s list of repertoire is now expansive, ranging from classical quartet repertoire through to the 21st century. Since its formation the quartet has encouraged and enjoyed building up an intense working relationship with the composers whose compositions they perform, aiming for authentic and original interpretations. What began with the string quartets of Graeme Koehne – one of Australia’s most renowned, diverse and versatile composers – consequently lead to Austrian Contemporaries such as Friedrich Cerha, Kurt Schwertsik, Francis Burt, Thomas Pernes, Gerd Kühr, Thomas Larcher and Wolfgang Liebhart. The quartet’s method of working, breaking new ground together with the composers, was also strongly influenced by attending master classes with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), the Amadeus and the Brodsky Quartet, with Hatto Beyerle and György Kurtág. The Koehne Quartet also works regularly with international jazz musicians such as Dave Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Peter Herbert, Anthony Braxton, Georg Graewe, Max Nagl and Otto Lechner, and with world musicians Marcel Khalife, Marwan Abado and Dhafer Youssef.

  • AVEDIS KOUYOUMDJIAN

    CHAMBER MUSIC/PIANO
    VIENNA/BRUSSELS
    CHAMBER MUSIC/PIANO
    VIENNA/BRUSSELS

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

  • HIRO KUROSAKI

    Workshop
    VIENNA/SALZBURG
    Workshop
    VIENNA/SALZBURG

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ANDREA LIEBERKNECHT

    Flute
    MUNICH
    Flute
    MUNICH

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

  • Florin Luchian

    Workshop
    Iași
    Workshop
    Iași

    Florin Luchian is an artist manager and creative coach with more than 15 years of experience in consulting, building strategies and coordinating artistic projects. He works frequently with creative and performing artists, coaching and linking them to the artistic market and the business sector. Since 2015 he holds a lecturing position in Music Management at the George Enescu National University of Arts Iași (Romania), encouraging young musicians to build and develop successful careers. He served as artistic consultant and marketing manager at the Moldova Philharmonic of Iași between 2016 and 2020. After studying Music education, Musicology and Orchestral Conducting at the George Enescu National University of Arts Iași, Florin Luchian specialized also in the field of Music Business, especially in artistic project and event management. In 2014 he completed his doctoral studies (with distinction) within a joint research program between the Arts University in Iași and the Institute of Cultural Management of the mdw. He also continues his artistic activity singing classical music and conducting different vocal and orchestral ensembles, alongside with the musicological and journalistic activity as presenter and producer of the TV show „Musical Journeys”.

  • 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.

  • Guido Mancusi

    Artistic Director isaOperetta
    Vienna
    Artistic Director isaOperetta
    Vienna

    Guido Mancusi completed his studies in conducting with Karl Österreicher and composition with Erich Urbanner at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He was an associate lecturer for choral conducting and conducting at the MUK – Music and Arts University of the City Vienna. He founded the baroque ensemble Vindobona and was his director over the course of ten years, starting in 1985. His early engagements as music director took him to St. Pölten and Coburg as well as to the Raimund Theater, the Theater an der Wien and the Opera Houses in Graz and Kiel. Between 1997 and 2000 he was artistic director of the festival “Oper Klosterneuburg” and since 1998 has been chief conductor of the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra.
    In addition to numerous international appearances as guest conductor, he was chief conductor of the Klagenfurt Municipal Theatre between 2002 and 2007 and from 2008 to 2012 conductor in residence of the Volksoper Wien, where he has held the position of Kapellmeister since 2012. He has worked as recording executive for several record labels and the Vienna Philharmonic. Since 2001, Guido Mancusi has been working regularly on commissioned compositions. His most recent works are the 2019 children’s operetta “Anton und Maria” for the Mörbisch Lake Festival and the 2020 youth opera version of Jedermann for the Salzburg Festival.

  • TATJANA MASURENKO

    VIOLA
    LEIPZIG
    VIOLA
    LEIPZIG

    Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Already at the age of five she started taking piano and violin lessons in St. Petersburg and continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. She has made solo appearances with orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and other leading orchestras in Europe and Asia. For many years now, she has been a welcome guest at major international festivals as both soloist and chamber musician and has given first performances of numerous works. She has worked with composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek as well as with Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. A number of her CD recordings have received the German Record Critics’ Award and international accolades such as the Supersonic Award (Luxemburg) and the Diapason découverte (France).
    Currently, Tatjana Masurenko focuses intensively on historical performance practice and devotes herself to the promotion of young musical talents. Since 2002, she has been professor of viola at the internationally renowned University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. She gives masterclasses in Spain, Canada, Scandinavia and other countries and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey) as well as of masterclasses in Leipzig and Düsseldorf.

  • Jean-Bernard Matter

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

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

  • KERSTEN MCCALL

    Flute
    Amsterdam
    Flute
    Amsterdam

    Kersten McCall began his flute training at the age of nine. He later studied with Felix Renggli, Renate Greiss-Armin and Aurele Nicolet and received important inspiration by courses in early music with Barthold Kujken. However, the fact that he grew up as the son of a composer in Donaueschingen, the Mecca of New Music, perhaps explains his special love of contemporary music. In 1995, he founded the ensemble est!est!!est!!!, which attracted attention with original programs and dramaturgy for new music, for example at the International Competition for Young Artists in Düsseldorf (1st prize) or at the German Music Competition.
    As a soloist, Kersten McCall distinguished himself very early on through the national competition “Jugend musiziert”, which he won in all age groups. He went on to win prizes at the Prague Spring International Music Competition (2nd prize) and the ARD Music Competition (3rd prize), finally winning first prize at the renowned Kobe International Flute Competition.
    Kersten McCall served as principle flute with the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2005, when he was appointed principle flute with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He has been a regular guest as principal flutist with the Berlin and the New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    He has performed as guest soloist with numerous German orchestras, the Camerata Salzburg, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, the orchestras of Kobe, Seoul and Mexico City and, of course, “his” Concertgebouw Orchestra with such conductors as Sándor Végh, Kurt Masur, Martyn Brabbins, Michael Stern, Petr Altrichter, Ruben Gazarian and Ari Rasilainen.
    Kersten McCall is a member of the Linos Ensemble and teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

  • JOHANNES MEISSL

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA

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

  • STEFAN MENDL

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA

    Stefan Mendl was born in Vienna and studied piano with Manfred Wagner-Artzt and later with Alexander Jenner at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
    In his early years, he appeared regularly as a soloist in Austria and abroad.
    In 1988, he was a founding member of the Vienna Piano Trio – Wiener Klaviertrio, which, after studies with artists like the Trio di Trieste, the Haydn Trio-Wien, the Beaux Arts Trio, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and members of the LaSalle-and Guarneri Quartets, soon became one of Europe’s foremost chamber ensembles. Since then, the ensemble has appeared in most renowned chamber music venues in Europe and overseas and in many of the major chamber music festivals.
    Numerous CD recordings for the Naxos, Nimbus and MDG-labels found international acclaim.
    In 2010/11, the Vienna Piano Trio was Ensemble in Residence at London’s Wigmore-Hall and has been resident piano trio at the Konzerthaus in Vienna (Mozartsaal) since the 2006/7 season.
    Stefan Mendl appears frequently in duo-recitals with cellist Clemens Hagen and regularly works with artists like Jörg Widmann, Daniel Sepec, Ruth Ziesak, Donna Brown and Mark Padmore.
    He has given masterclasses at Wigmore-Hall-London, the Royal College of Music-London, the Toronto Summer Music Academy as well as in the United States.
    Stefan Mendl teaches Chamber Music at mdw – the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
    He has frequently served as a jury member (e.g. Internationaler Joseph Haydn-Wettbewerb Wien in 2014, ARD-Musikwettbewerb München in 2018).

  • Martin Mikulasek

    dance and choreography
    dance and choreography

    Born in 1984 in Bratislava, Martin Mikulášek received his education in musical theatre and vocal performance at the State Conservatory of his native city. He worked as acting teacher and from 2017 to 2021 as ballet manager at the Nová Scéna Theatre. Since 2001, he has performed as dancer and actor in numerous musical, opera and operetta productions, including “Cats”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “West Side Story”, “Die Zauberflöte” and “La Cage aux Folles”. Since 2006, he has been on stage every summer at the Mörbisch Lake Festival, where he also acts as choreographer.

  • Kamelia Miladinova

    Accompaniment
    The Hague
    Accompaniment
    The Hague

    Kamelia Miladinova was born in Bulgaria and had her first piano lessons at the age of six. She studied at the National School of Music and the National Academy of Music in Sofia with Stella Dimitrova-Maystorova. Whilst still a student she made her debut with the Sofia Philharmonic as soloist in Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Later she was awarded the Debut Prize of the Bulgarian National Radio. In 1994 she was a prize-winner at the Eduard Flipse Piano Competition in The Netherlands, including the prize for the best performance of contemporary Dutch music.
    Kamelia has lived in the Netherlands since 1997. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague with Geoffrey Douglas Madge and there she earned her Master degrees for Piano and Piano Coaching focusing on working with singers and instrumentalists. She has worked with musicians such as György Kurtág, violinist Herman Krebbers, soprano Elly Ameling, fortepianist Bart van Oort and, more recently, the legendary flutist Sir James Galway.
    Since 2003 she has been a piano coach at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. Through the years she has frequently appeared as a soloist and performed in various chamber music ensembles, as well as accompanying singers and operas. She recently took part, together with flutist Kersten McCall, in several editions of the ppIANISSIMO Festival of Contemporary Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.
    Kamelia is currently accompanist at the Grolloo Flute Sessions in the Netherlands and is a resident pianist at the Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland.

  • ANITA MITTERER

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    SALZBURG
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    SALZBURG

    Anita Mitterer studied with Jürgen Geise in Salzburg, Antonin Moravec in Prague and Thomas Christian in Vienna. She was concertmaster of the Baroque Ensemble of Salzburg for over twenty years. She is a long-time member of Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus as well as of the Capella Andrea Barca (directed by pianist András Schiff). From its founding in 1987, she is violist of Quatuor Mosaiques.  Until 2018 she was on the faculty of the Mozarteum Salzburg teaching violin, viola and chamber music.

  • Othmar Müller

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    EISENSTADT
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    EISENSTADT

    Othmar Müller, born in 1963, studied in Vienna and the US.
    As founding member of the Artis-Quartet, he regularly appears at important centres of music around the world and has been playing an annual series of concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna since 1988.
    The quartet has recorded more than 30 CDs, many of which have received prestigious awards such as Grand Prix du Disque, Prix Caecilia, Diapason d’Or, Wiener Flötenuhr, Echo Klassik and MIDEM Award.
    Othmar Müller was professor for chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and currently teaches Cello at the Joseph-Haydn-Conservatory Eisenstadt. Masterclasses in the US, Hong Kong, Austria and at the Casals-Festival Prades are an equally important part of his work. Every year, he participates in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the summer academy of the Yale University Music School in the US.
    In recent years, he has frequently given solo concertos and recitals (including a posthumous first performance of Gottfried von Einem’s „Music for Cello solo“ and the premiere of the cello concerto by Herwig Reiter at the Berlin Konzerthaus).
    In October 2006, in the Brahms Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, he premiered the “3 Pieces for Cello and Piano” by Alexander Zemlinsky and his Cello Sonata, a piece which had been lost for 112 years. In 2008, his recording of these works was released by the NAXOS label.
    Othmar Müller’s most recent recordings include the Haydn Cello Concertos, sonatas by Webern, Weigl and Johanna Müller-Hermann and a CD with trios for flute, cello and piano by Weber and Haydn on the CAMERATA label.

  • Marie-Luise Neunecker

    Horn
    Berlin
    Horn
    Berlin

    Hailed for her exceptional talent and virtuosity, she is widely regarded as one of the leading and most distinguished horn players of today. She has built a successful international career and is much in demand as soloist and chamber musician.
    During her tenure as principal horn of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1989, she attracted attention as prize winner at several prestigious international competitions such as the German Music Competition in Bonn (1982), the ARD competition in Munich (1983) and the Concert Artists’ Guild Competition in New York (1986).
    In 2013, Marie-Luise Neunecker was awarded the renowned Frankfurt Music Prize.
    Besides her being a successful soloist with ensembles such as the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the NDR, SWR, MDR, HR, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Vienna Philharmonic as well as the the Bamberg Symphony, Marie-Luise Neunecker regularly appears as a chamber musician. She works together with partners like Frank Peter Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, Andreas Schiff, Martha Argerich and Pierre Laurent Aimard.
    György Ligeti wrote his “Hamburgisches Konzert” for Marie-Luise Neunecker, who performed its world premiere in January 2001.
    Her numerous CD recordings, decorated with prizes such as the ECHO Klassik and the Grammy Award, have not only demonstrated her outstanding quality as an artist and her exceptional musical versatility, they have also contributed to a wider knowledge of horn repertoire of various epochs.
    Until 2020, Marie-Luise Neunecker was professor of horn at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin.

  • JOSEF NIEDERHAMMER

    DOUBLE BASS
    VIENNA
    DOUBLE BASS
    VIENNA

    Born in Linz, Josef Niederhammer started taking violin lessons when he was six, followed by violoncello and eventually changed to the double bass at the age of fourteen. He studied at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Ludwig Streicher and in 1977 graduated with distinction. He is a prizewinner of the ARD Music Competition 1979 in Munich. Following engagements with the Vienna and Bamberg Symphony Orchestras, he was principle bassist with the Bavarian State Orchestra (Bavarian State Opera Munich) and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a member of the Wiener Virtuosen and Ensemble Wien. Niederhammer continues to perform internationally as soloist and chamber musician. He taught at the Conservatory and the Music Academy in Munich and since 1991 has been professor for double bass at mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • 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 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.

  • Ikuko Odai

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    BERLIN
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    BERLIN

    Ikuko Odai was born in Itami, Japan and studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She completed an artistic postgraduate course in piano, piano duo and song accompaniment at the State University for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. She regularly performs as a piano accompanist at international competitions and has also won several prizes in the piano duo category. She appears frequently as a chamber music partner. Since 1992, Ikuko Odai has been an instrumental accompanist at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.

  • Miklós Perényi

    Workshop
    BUDAPEST
    Workshop
    BUDAPEST

    Miklós Perényi is recognized as one of the great cellists of his generation. Born in Hungary, he began cello lessons at the age of five with Miklós Zsámboki, at the age of nine, he gave his first concert in Budapest and studied between 1960 and 1964 with Enrico Mainardi in Rome and with Ede Banda in Budapest. In 1963 he became a prizewinner at the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition in Budapest. In 1974, Miklós Perényi joined the faculty at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he holds a professorship until today. He was honored with the Kossuth-Prize in 1980, with the Bartók-Pásztory-Prize in 1987 and with the Hungarian “Artist of the Nation” Award in 2014. His festival engagements have included Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Hohenems, Warsaw, Berlin, Kronberg, and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades in France. One of his closest chamber music partners is the pianist András Schiff. Beyond performing and teaching, he also devotes his energies to composition. Miklós Perényi’s numerous recordings include an ECM release of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with András Schiff. Exactly forty years after his first complete recording of the six Bach Suites, Miklós Perényi recorded them again for the label Hungaroton, published in October 2020.

  • JÉRÔME PERNOO

    VIOLONCELLO
    PARIS
    VIOLONCELLO
    PARIS

    Born in Nantes, Jérôme Pernoo studied with Germaine Fleury, Xavier Gagnepain and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris. In 1994, he was prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow as well as at the Rostropovitch Competition in Paris and in 1996  won the Pretoria Competition.
    Jérôme Pernoo has performed with most major French symphony orchestras as well as with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Zurich Opera Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm.
    He appears in recital with the pianist Jérôme Ducros on some of the world’s most renowned stages, including the ones in London, Berlin and Paris. Among his chamber music partners are Alina Ibragimova, Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Antoine Tamestit, Nicholas Angelich, Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Quatuors Ébène and Modigliani.
    The 2019/20 season saw Jérôme Pernoo premiere in the Vienna Musikverein with Artis Quartet and perform concerts in venues such as Opéra de Tours and at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence. Jérôme Pernoo was a professor in Académie de Villecroze, Kronberg Academy and Festival de Prades.
    Dedicatee of works by composers such as Guillaume Connesson, Jérôme Ducros or Jérémie Rhorer, Jérôme premiered the Cello concerto by Connesson in 2008 as well as the Cello concerto by Rhorer.
    Jérôme Pernoo is founder and artistic director of the music festival “Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn” in La Roche-Posay, which was first held in September 2005. In 2015, he created the “Centre de musique de chambre de Paris”.

  • Naoko Perrouault

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Geneva
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    Geneva

    The Osaka, Japan-born pianist Naoko Perrouault started playing piano at the age of 3. In 1991, when she first arrived in France, she started studying in the class of Olivier Nizier at the Regional Conservatory of Tours. Subsequently, she discovered the art of piano accompaniment, which became the heart of her musical existence. She continued her studies in Paris and later obtained an accompaniment diploma at the Geneva Conservatory of Music.
    Naoko Perrouault has been accompanying professional classes at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève since 2003 and the Hochschule der Künste Bern since September 2020. In addition to this, she has been an accompanist at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg since 2009. She has performed with the best horn players in the musical scene including Bruno Schneider, Thomas Müller, Hermann Baumann, Peter Damm, Philip Myers, Szabolcs Zempleni, Hervé Joulain, among others.
    She has also been an official pianist at renowned international competitions, such as the Geneva Competition or the Markneukirchen Competition. She regularly performs at recitals and chamber music concerts.
    Naoko has collaborated with such esteemed orchestras as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and frequently performs with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Ulla Pilz

    Workshop
    GRAZ
    Workshop
    GRAZ

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

  • GOTTFRIED JOHANNES POKORNY

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
    VIENNA

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

  • 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.

  • Stephanie Schimmer

    Direction
    Fürth
    Direction
    Fürth

    The operetta enthusiast from Baden began her theatre career at the Volkstheater in Vienna. Parallel to her private studies in dramaturgy with Peter Simhandl, she began directing in the fields of theatre, performance and short film. At the same time, the formerly active competitive fencer completed numerous courses in scenic fencing and stage combat.
    Engagements as an assistant director, stage manager and fight choreographer have taken the versatile Austrian to the Bühne Baden, the Frankfurt Opera, the Volksoper Wien, the Graz Opera, the Opéra National de Bordeaux and the opera house of the Nuremberg State Theatre, among others. Since September 2014, she has served as artistic director as well as dramaturge and in-house writer at Comödie Fürth, Germany. Her musical, operetta and comedy adaptations and productions have been and continue to be recorded and broadcast by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
    In addition, the humorous theatre maker is also successful as a director outside Germany (among others, Operettensommer Kufstein, OperBurgGars, Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic).

  • Markus Schirmer

    Piano
    GRAZ
    Piano
    GRAZ

    Already early in his career he was to take most prominent concert halls and festivals by storm: Musikverein Wien, Suntory Hall/Tokyo, Wigmore Hall/London, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonie, Bozar/Brussels, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, the international piano festivals “La Roque d’Antheron“ and Ruhr, Kissinger Sommer, Schubertiade, styriarte, Bregenz Festival, Stars of White Nights Festival St. Petersburg.
    He has worked with such renowned orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Tokyo Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Chamber Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Michael Gielen, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Axelrod, James Judd, Paul Goodwin, Fabio Luisi and Philippe Jordan, among others.
    He received the German Record Critics’ Award for his debut CD of Schubert Sonatas. All his other strongly acclaimed recordings, including works by Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel, Mussorgsky and “THE MOZART SESSIONS” with the uplifting US chamber orchestra A FAR CRY, have won several international prizes.
    In addition to his work as a very successful Professor of Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in his hometown Graz – many of his students are acclaimed prize-winners – Markus Schirmer regularly gives international masterclasses for piano and is a sought-after adjudicator at several prestigious piano competitions.
    Furthermore, Markus Schirmer is the artistic director of the international music festival ARSONORE at the Hall of Planets in Eggenberg Castle (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) in Graz (Austria).

  • Roland Schueler

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

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

  • Peter Schuhmayer

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA

    Peter Schuhmayer is first violinist and founding member of the Artis-Quartett Wien. Having recorded more than 40 CDs, the Artis-Quartett has received such international awards as Echo Klassik, Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’ Or, Prix Caecilia, Indie Award, Wiener Flötenuhr and Midem Classical Award as well as the Lully Award for best chamber music performance of the season in NYC.
    Peter Schuhmayer is chamber music partner of artists like Mischa Maisky, Nabuko Imai, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Christoph Eschenbach, Ralf Gothoni, Richard Stoltzman, Michel Lethiec, Sharon Kam, Frans Helmerson, Till Fellner, Stefan Vladar and Sol Gabetta.
    From 1980 to 1985, he was a member of the Vienna String Soloists and guest performer with the Vienna Philharmonic under conductors like Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel and Daniel Barenboim.
    In 1996, he joined the faculty of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, teaching chamber music and violin. Between 1993 and 1998, Peter Schuhmayer was a guest professor for chamber music at the University of Music Graz. He is also a frequent guest teacher at the Royal College of Music London, Eastman, Yale, Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Central Conservatory Beijing, SNU Seoul, Sibelius Academy, isa, ECMA and MISQA Montreal. His students are members of many international orchestras and prizewinners at Competitions like Tchaikovsky, Fritz Kreisler and New York Concert Artists.
    He studied at the mdw with Hertha Binder, Josef Suk, Hatto Beyerle, privately with Alfred Staar and at the CCOM Cincinnati with Walter Levin and the LaSalle Quartet.
    In 2019, he was given the title Professor by the Austrian President. He is also a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Gottfried- von- Einem Foundation.

  • DORA SCHWARZBERG

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA

    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.

  • Karine Sélo

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    PARIS
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    PARIS

    Accompanist at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Karine Sélo has been playing for Jérôme Pernoo’s class (cello) since 2007 and for Fabrice Millischer’s class (trombone) since 2019.
    She is regularly invited to work with the most renowned teachers in masterclasses and academies. Her collaborations with instrumentalists have included appearances in international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, etc. She also accompanies the auditions for the Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris.
    Passionate about chamber music, Karine performs in various groups from duo to quintet and takes part in numerous festivals in France and across Europe. Among her partners are musicians such as Jérôme Pernoo, Claudio Bohorquez, Michel Lethiec, Felix Renggli, Gérard Poulet, baritones Yann Toussaint and Julien Clément and the Akos Quartet, among others.
    She forms a duo with Claire Thirion, cellist of the Chiaroscuro Quartet. Together they strive to introduce new concert forms to their repertoire and have created two concert-shows uniting music, literature and painting: “Du côté de chez Franck” and “The Russian Spleen from Pushkin to Rachmaninov”
    Her interests allow her to work with composers from today:  in March 2009, she premiered the Quintet for piano and strings by Jérôme Ducros, in 2011 she created the reduction for cello and piano of the Concerto for cello and orchestra of Guillaume Connesson for Éditions Billaudot, and in 2013 she was in charge of the artistic direction of the CD En Aparté, containing works by Jérôme Ducros, for Universal Music.

  • Kateryna Sokolova

    Workshop
    VIENNA
    Workshop
    VIENNA

    Kateryna Sokolova received her Master’s Degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and worked as an assistant director at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and Schauspielhaus Zürich with directors such as Christof Loy, Alvis Hermanis, Barbara Frey, René Pollesch, Stefan Pucher, Hans Neuenfels, and Kasper Holten. In 2014, she staged her first work at the Schauspielhaus Zürich titled „A Hero of Our Time“, after the eponymous novel by Mikhail Lermontov which she adapted for the stage. She is a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and a member of the European Academy of Music Theatre. Being an educated pianist, she won the German federal competition „Jugend musiziert“, Hesse, twice, in 2004 and 2006. She received ballet training at the National Opera House of Ukraine and the Staatstheater Kassel.

  • Szilard Somogyi

    Workshop
    Vienna
    Workshop
    Vienna

    Born in Hungary, Szilard Somogyi began learning the flute at the age of seven at the Franz Liszt Music School in Győr. Later he continued his musical education at the Richter Conservatory in Győr.
    He has lived in Austria since 1999 – he studied flute at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Walter Wretschitsch, and began working with Werner Tomasi at the Vienna Flute Workshop while still a student.
    Szilard Somogyi acquired his knowledge as a flute maker from Werner Tomasi, the Sankyo company and the Mollenhauer company and has excellent skills and comprehensive knowledge in flute making and repair.

  • VIDA VUJIC

    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC
    VIENNA

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

  • ULF WALLIN

    VIOLIN
    BERLIN
    VIOLIN
    BERLIN

    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” in Berlin and visiting professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has served on juries for major international competitions including the ARD Competition in Munich and the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna.
    In 2013, he was awarded the Robert-Schumann-Prize of the city of Zwickau and in 2014 was elected into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

  • GOTTLIEB WALLISCH

    PIANO
    BERLIN
    PIANO
    BERLIN

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

  • CHRISTIAN WETZEL

    OBOE
    Cologne
    OBOE
    Cologne

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

  • Sawako Yamada

    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA
    ACCOMPANIMENT
    VIENNA

    Sawoko Yamada-Blankenship was born in Mie, Japan. She studied piano and graduated with a master’s degree from the Osaka University of Education. She continued her studies in lieder accompaniment at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Norman Shetler.
    She won a special prize for lieder accompaniment at the International Robert Schumann Competition (Zwickau) and the International Brahms Competition (Hamburg).
    Since 1994 she is an accompanist at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and also in several masterclasses of opera and lied of Francisco Araiza, Kurt Equiluz, Sona Ghazarian, Julia Havarie, Patricia Wise, Margit Klaushofer and Ramón Vargas. She participated at the Schubertiade in Feldkirch and performed at numerous concerts as soloist and accompanist at recitals in Europe and Japan.

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