Teachers & Performers

  • Albena Danailova

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA

    Albena Danailova was born in Sofia as the daughter of a violinist and a pianist. At the age of five she began her musical education with Nely Jeleva and Dora Ivanova at the music school and academy in her home city. After graduation from high school, she studied violin performance at the College of Music and Theater in Rostock and in Hamburg with Petru Munteanu. She finished her degree in 2001, having augmented her studies by masterclasses with Ida Haendel, Herman Krebbers and others. In the same year she received an engagement as second violinist in the Bavarian State Orchestra, advancing in 2003 to section leader of the first violins and in 2006 to first concertmaster. In this same capacity, she also served in the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2003/04 season. In September 2008, she became the concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, in 2011 she became a member in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic.
    Prize winner of numerous competitions (Tibor Varga-Special Prize, semi-finalist at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition, First Prize „Vittorio Gui“, etc.), she has established an equally successful career as soloist and chamber musician. Albena Danailova appears regularly in Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, and the USA, among others. She has made recordings for Deutschlandradio Kultur, the North German Radio, as well as for television and radio in her home country, and as leader of the Ensemble Wien. She has appeared twice as a Philharmonic soloist: In January 2009, she performed Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Salzburg Mozart Festival with Tamás Varga, Harald Hört and Michael Werba under the direction of Seiji Ozawa and in October 2009 she was captivating in the violin solo of Richard Strauss‘ tone poem „Ein Heldenleben“, conducted by Georges Prêtre.

  • Aleksey Igudesman

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA

    Aleksey Igudesman was born in Leningrad. He is known as a violinist, composer, conductor, comedian, film maker, actor, writer, poet, and entrepreneur.
    During his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, he read the entire plays of Shaw, Wilde and Chekhov, which didn’t improve his violin playing, but made him feel foolishly somewhat superior to other less intellectually endowed, yet harder practising, colleagues. After studying the violin with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna he embarked on a successful career playing concerts around the world, composing music for movies and humans.
    Aleksey Igudesman plays on a Santo Seraphin violin from the year 1717, which is kindly loaned to him by Erste Bank. His strings of choice are by Thomastik-Infeld.
    Igudesman’s compositions are published by Universal Edition and have been performed worldwide by soloists, ensembles and orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and Wiener Symphoniker, often with his participation as a solo violinist and conductor. He has written for and performed as a soloist on several movie soundtracks and has worked particularly closely with Academy®Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer.
    Apart from touring extensively around the world with Igudesman & Joo, Aleksey Igudesman performs his solo show “Fasten Seat Belts”. He has directed, produced and starred in the comedy/documentary “Noseland”, that has been premiered in 14 festivals around the world and won the “Most Entertaining Documentary” award at the Doc Miami International Film Festival.
    Aleksey Igudesman is the co-founder of “Music Traveler”, an app and online platform which allows musicians to book practice rooms anywhere any time and aims to make instruments and music in general more available to musicians and music lovers world-wide.

  • Alexandra Türk-Espitalier

    MUSIC PHYSIOLOGY
    VIENNA/FRANKFURT
    MUSIC PHYSIOLOGY
    VIENNA/FRANKFURT

    Alexandra Türk-Espitalier is a professional flutist and physiotherapist and holds degrees in flute performance, music pedagogy, physiotherapy (MSc „with distinction“) and systematic musicology (PhD „with distinction“). She is a senior lecturer at the mdw ‒ University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts.
    In teaching and research she focuses on the treatment and prevention of playing-related musculoskeletal injuries, the enhancement of musical performance through physical training and on the development of breathing exercises for wind players.
    Dr. Türk-Espitalier is the author and co-author of many publications on prevention and exercises, training and practice schedules for musicians. She presents her work to orchestras and music organizations, lectures at masterclasses and works closely together with internationally known musicians and researchers.

  • 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.

  • Andreas Vierziger

    CULTURAL MANAGEMENT
    VIENNA
    CULTURAL MANAGEMENT
    VIENNA

    Andreas Vierziger’s work focusses primarily on artistic content and concepts, strategy and on their neglected contact points. In addition to his work and education on the artistic side, he holds a license for business consulting. His clients, projects and collaborators range from classical music festivals, presenters and record labels to institutions in the fields of education, music, the arts and other genres and disciplines.
    As a former artist manager at Buhl Artists Management, Andreas Vierziger worked for a range of high-profile classical music artists and regularly collaborated with leading orchestras, festivals and concert presenters across Europe and beyond. Between 2014 and 2016 he served on the board of directors of the Camerata Salzburg.
    Born in Salzburg, Andreas studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies as well as Musicology and Arts Management at the University of Vienna. He attended programs at the Fudan University in Shanghai, the Beijing University and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He was selected as Young Cultural Innovator Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and as a Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts in New York.
    He has been a jury member at more than 20 international music competitions and holds a lecturing position at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Cultural Management Postgraduate Program) and he has lectured at institutions such as Mozarteum University Salzburg, Sibelius Academy Helsinki, Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, Zurich University for the Arts, Tokyo University for the Arts, Palais des Beaux-Arts/BOZAR Brussels, and at Paris-Sorbonne.

  • 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 played in important 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.

  • Arabella Fenyves

    PRESENTATION
    VIENNA
    PRESENTATION
    VIENNA

    Arabella Fenyves is a presenter and singer based in Vienna, Austria.
    She hosts the music program on Vienna’s only classical music station, radio klassik Stephansdom, and interviews the stars on her show Rubato. She hosts concerts in Vienna’s big concert halls and acts as a presenter at cultural occasions.
    The soprano performs classical repertoire at concerts, galas and multi-disciplinary happenings in the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Golden Hall in the Musikverein Wien as well as internationally. She works in film music and performed alongside composer John Lunn at the gala dedicated to Downton Abbey.
    Arabella Fenyves studied drama and theatre arts at Goldsmiths University in London, was born in New York City and English is her mother tongue.

     

  • Artel Quartet

    STRING QUARTET
    VIENNA
    STRING QUARTET
    VIENNA

    The Artel Quartet, founded in 2018, was named after the traditional Russian association of workers and craftsmen who campaigned for equality, and unites four young musicians ‒ Janay Tulenova (violin), Zarina Imayakova (violin), Liliya Nigamedzyanova (viola), and Melchior Saux (violoncello) ‒ of rather different origins.
    The quartet appeared in concert in countries such as France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Russia and thereby promotes a cultural dialogue between the east and west.
    Studying in Vienna with Johannes Meissl and his assistant Vida Vujic, the Artel Quartet also works with musicians such as Eberhard Feltz, Alastair Tait, Isabelle Charisius, and Thomas Selditz.
    In addition to the classical repertoire, the Artel Quartet also works on theatre plays, to expand the possibilities of a string quartet and provide new experiences for the audience.
    Since 2019, the Artel Quartet is a member of “ProQuartet”.

  • Avedis Kouyoumdjian

    PIANO
    VIENNA/BRUSSELS
    PIANO
    VIENNA/BRUSSELS

    Born in Beirut (Lebanon) to 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 Professor Dieter Weber, Noel Flores, Alexander Jenner and Georg Ebert. He continued his postgraduate work with Djanko Iliev, Stanislav Neuhaus and Alisa Kezeradze.
    Since he won the first prize at the Sixth International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1981, he has performed in well renowned 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 out juror in major international competitions in addition to conducting master classes in many universities in Europe and Japan. His recordings well demonstrate his artistry as a pianist and a chamber musician.
    In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Piano and Chamber Music in the Keyboard Department at the mdw 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 at the Piano à Saint-Ursanne Festival in Switzerland.
    In October 2010, he was appointed Dean for the Instrumental Studies at the mdw. In October 2016, he was appointed professor for piano at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Élisabeth in Belgium.

  • Barbara Lüneburg

    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (VIOLIN, VIOLA) & ARTISTIC RESEARCH
    LINZ
    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (VIOLIN, VIOLA) & ARTISTIC RESEARCH
    LINZ

    Barbara Lüneburg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has inspired numerous composers to write solo works, violin concertos and chamber music for her. In her career, she was awarded prestigious scholarships and various prizes in violin competitions. She studied at the University of Music Karlsruhe and Lübeck, in London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
    She has featured on many CDs and radio productions. As a soloist she has performed with groups as diverse as SWR Radiosymphonic Orchestra, Xenakis Ensemble Netherlands, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, ASKO Ensemble or Schwerin Philharmonics. Her touring schedule has taken her through Europe, America, the Middle and Far East to major festivals such as Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Wien Modern, Tongeyong Festival (Korea), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), and Donaueschinger Musiktage.
    In 1992 Barbara Lüneburg founded ensemble Intégrales (1992‒2012) and remained its artistic director throughout. The group enjoyed an international reputation as one of the foremost ensembles for non-conducted chamber music.
    Barbara was awarded a doctoral degree for her research on the topic of „A holistic view of the creative potential of performance practice in contemporary music“. Her latest research project, TransCoding | what if?, explores social media and their potential to interest and engage a young audience for the new arts.
    Barbara Lüneburg holds a professorship for Artistic Research at Anton Bruckner Private University (Austria) where she is also head of the doctoral programmes. She has given workshops, talks and seminars at major European, Asian and American universities and has been invited for master courses at the European Orchestra Academy, the Chiffren ensemble Schleswig Holstein and the International Summer Academy of the mdw.

  • 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).

  • 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 festival 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.

  • Chaos String Quartet

    STRING QUARTET
    VIENNA
    STRING QUARTET
    VIENNA

    Founded on the principles of the rich interdisciplinary concept of “Chaos”, the ensemble’s members Susanne Schäffer, Eszter Kruchió, Sara Marzadori and Bas Jongen share the firm conviction to overcome shallow, superficial aesthetics by the willingness to explore extremes, to take risks and to welcome the unpredictable. Despite its relatively short existence, the Chaos String Quartet has already proved themselves as one of the more exciting, independent and innovative ensembles in tomorrow’s music scene.
    The group is currently mentored by Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet) in Vienna and received additional musical training from artists such as Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet), Clive Brown, Patrick Jüdt, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), and others. In 2019, the quartet was selected for the prestigious ECMAster (European Chamber Music Master) Programme: the Chaos String Quartet will receive valuable artistic guidance and take advantage of the expertise, culture and tradition of the universities in Vienna, Oslo, and Paris. This includes an inter-disciplinary project centered on the science and philosophy of the group’s namesake concept of “Chaos”.
    Social outreach is an important aspect of the ensemble’s ethos ‒ through programmes like Musethica, the group has committed themselves to bring the wonderful musical world of the string quartet to audiences that would normally not attend a concert; these include children, the elderly, the mentally- and physically disabled, the incarcerated, youths from difficult socio-economic backgrounds, and others.
    Bas Jongen plays a rare cello by Hendrick Jacobs (Amsterdam, ±1690), kindly loaned to him from the Dutch National Musical Instruments Foundation.

  • Christian Lampert

    HORN
    STUTTGART
    HORN
    STUTTGART

    Christian Lampert was born in 1967 in Offenburg. He attended his first music classes on the French horn with Francesco Raselli in Basel, Mahir Cakar in Stuttgart and Erich Penzel in Cologne. During his studies he was laureate of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and won several awards in national and international music contests, e.g. the International Instrument Contest Markneukirchen and the German Music Competition Bonn. From 1989 to 1996 he played solo French horn in the Frankfurt Opera and the Museum Orchestra Frankfurt. In 1996 he was offered the solo position in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and engaged as solo French horn in the Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra in the same year.
    Next to his solo career he is also active as a chamber musician and recorded numerous CDs with the Avalon Woodwind Quintet. Since 2004 he teaches French horn at the University of Music Basel and Stuttgart. He works as coach for French horn in the Internationale Junge Orchesterakademie projects since 1999.

  • Christian Wetzel

    OBOE
    COLOGNE
    OBOE
    COLOGNE

    The oboist Christian Wetzel studied at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media with Ingo Goritzki. At the age of 24 he became principal oboist in the Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, nine years later he was named Professor for Oboe at the University of Music and Theatre „Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy“ Leipzig. He taught there until 2008 when he accepted the title as Professor at the Cologne University of Music where he currently works as one of Germany’s most renowned teachers.
    Wetzel also holds a class at the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country “Musikene“ in San Sebastián (Spain) and teaches at other leading music conservatories like the Juilliard School in New York, the Royal Academy of Music in London or the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and holds masterclasses throughout the world .
    When not teaching, he enjoys appearing as a soloist and chamber musician at various renowned international music festivals and as founder and oboist of the internationally acclaimed Ma’alot Wind Quintet which has won many competitions and CD-awards throughout its long-lasting history.

  • Christoph Richter

    VIOLONCELLO
    ESSEN/LONDON
    VIOLONCELLO
    ESSEN/LONDON

    The cellist Christoph Richter performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, with musicians such as András Schiff, Miriam Fried, Isabelle Faust, Menahem Pressler, Midori and many others, at festivals including the Salzburg Festival and Marlboro Festival (USA), and with composers such as Heinz Holliger and György Kurtág.  After his studies with André Navarra and Pierre Fournier he won prizes at international competitions which led to concert appearances with many leading orchestras.  His strong interest in contemporary music has led him to work with composers such as Penderecki, Kurtág, Henze, Lachenmann, Holliger, Reimann and Widmann. He has performed the complete works for cello of Brahms and Webern, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach and Schumann in London.  Amongst his recordings are works by Schumann and Holliger, Klengel concertos, Mozart Divertimento and the Brahms Sextet op. 36, which received the Diapason D’Or in 2014.
    Christoph Richter is professor of cello at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen (Germany) and the Royal Academy of Music in London, at the ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) and ChamberStudio (London), and gives masterclasses in Europe and the US.  He is frequently invited as a jury member for international competitions in London, Vienna, Weimar and Trondheim.

  • Claudio Bohórquez

    VIOLONCELLO
    BERLIN
    VIOLONCELLO
    BERLIN

    The German-born cellist of Peruvian-Uruguayan descent is one of the most sought-after musicians in his field. As a student of Boris Pergamenschikow, Claudio Bohórquez achieved success at an early age at international competitions such as the Tschaikowsky Youth Competition in Moscow, the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris, the International Pablo Casals Competition, and the International Music Competition in Geneva.
    From 2011 to 2016 he was professor at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, in September 2016 he was appointed to the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.
    Claudio Bohórquez has performed with numerous renowned orchestras and worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, and Krzysztof Penderecki. He is a guest at numerous international festivals such as the Dresden Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival.
    In addition to numerous CD recordings, radio recordings and television appearances, Claudio Bohórquez was part of the ECHO-winning album „Four Seasons“ (2017) of Daniel Hope, released by Deutsche Grammophon.
    Since the season 2017/18 Claudio Bohórquez is Artistic Director of the Festival Winnenden.
    Claudio Bohórquez plays a G. B. Rogeri violoncello presented to him by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg.

  • Clive Brown

    APPLIED MUSICOLOGY
    LEEDS/VIENNA
    APPLIED MUSICOLOGY
    LEEDS/VIENNA

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

  • Dominik Wagner

    DOUBLE BASS
    VIENNA
    DOUBLE BASS
    VIENNA

    Dominik Wagner is a scholarship holder of the Anne-Sophie Mutter foundation and prize winner of the ECHO Classic award. He won prizes at the ARD Music Competition and Eurovision Young Musicians Competition.
    As a soloist Dominik played with orchestras such as the BR-Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and in renowned concert halls such as Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
    Recently, he won the International Bradetich Competition, which was rewarded with the opportunity to record a CD and play a recital at Carnegie Hall.
    Dominik also works closely with contemporary composers. He premiered several double bass concertos e.g. by Georg Breinschmid in 2019 which he also recorded, as well as pieces for double bass solo and chamber music. Together with the clarinet player Vera Karner, Dominik performed in many concerts and competitions with the instrumentation clarinet, double bass and piano. They were awarded the Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis, which lead to the production of a CD with Berlin Classics.
    As a part of to the Great Talent programme of the Wiener Konzerthaus, Dominik performed together with Elisabeth Leonskaja and Gerhard Schulz. To show the potential of using unusual instrumentations, he recently played a concert together with Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (violin) and Christoph Sietzen (percussion).
    Dominik Emanuel Wagner was born in Vienna in 1997 where he started his musical education at the age of 5, at first as a cellist, later as a double bassist. In 2009 he started studying at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Josef Niederhammer and Werner Fleischmann. Currently he is studying at the Nuremberg University of Music with Dorin Marc.

  • Dora Schwarzberg

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA

    Dora Schwarzberg studied in Russia at the Stolyarsky School as well as with Yuri Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory. She has since performed with the world’s most important orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. As a highly qualified chamber musician, she has given concerts in famous concert halls including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Musikverein Wien. Her artistic and personal ties to musical figures such as Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin have been crucial influences, as have her collaborative activities with numerous further renowned musicians including Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Boris Berezovsky, David Geringas, and Yuri Bashmet.
    Schwarzberg gives master classes and has brought forth many outstandingly successful violinists as long-time professor at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA

    Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has quickly become one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. In 2020, his second album was released by Berlin Classics. His debut album, released by Sony Classical, won the OPUS Klassik in 2018.
    Emmanuel first came to international attention when he won the prize for the best interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto as well as Second Prize at the Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015. Since then, he has received invitations from orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, working with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Adam Fischer, Edward Gardner, and Nicholas Milton.
    Emmanuel Tjeknavorian won the LOTTO Sponsorship Prize of the Rheingau Music Festival, as well as the NORDMETALL-Ensemble Prize from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (with his piano-partner Maximilian Kromer). He gave concerts at the Enescu Festival, the Grafenegg Festival and at the Festival St. Gallen, at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg and the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence. As a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organisation, “Great Talent” of the Wiener Konzerthaus and a protégé of the Orpheum Foundation in Zurich, he has performed in Europe’s most prestigious concert halls.
    Born in Vienna in 1995, Emmanuel took his first violin lessons at the age of five and two years later gave his first public performance. After initial studies with Petros Haykazyan, Artashes Mkrtchyan and Arkadij Winokurow, Gerhard Schulz has been his main teacher since 2011. In 2014, he began to study conducting with his father, Loris Tjeknavorian, and has taken part in masterclasses for young conductors.
    Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays a 1698 violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, generously loaned to him by a benefactor from the Beare’s International Violin Society in London.

  • Evgenia Epshtein

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    SPLIT
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    SPLIT

    Born in Russia, Evgenia Epshtein began her violin studies at the age of six and completed the High School for Gifted Musicians with Vladimir Milshtein. After immigrating to Israel in 1990, she studied with Arthur Zisserman, Yair Kless and Irena Svetlova at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music followed by Benzion Shamir at the Rotterdam Royal Academy, where she received her Master’s Degree.  During her studies at the Academy she won several prizes and competitions and took part in masterclasses of Isaak Stern, Henry Mayer and Zakhar Bron.
    Evgenia Epshtein was a co-founder of the Aviv String Quartet which won several top prizes. The Aviv quartet was also proclaimed as the “Best young ensemble” by the Culture Ministries of Germany and Israel several times.
    As a soloist she has performed with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Zadar Chamber Orchestra, Split Symphony Orchestra, Bohemian Philharmonic, and others. She has given recitals in all major Israeli venues and radio broadcasts worldwide.
    She has also performed at festivals including the Estonian Baltic Festival, Gotland Chamber Music Festival and Ursus Chamber Music festival.
    Evgenia frequently gives masterclasses, including at the isa ‒ International Summer Academy, Prague Music Academy, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Latvian Academy of Music.
    Currently Evgenia Epshtein is a docent of the Arts Academy of the University of Split and professor of violin and chamber music and Artistic Director of the summer school “Summer Con Spirito” in Trogir (Croatia).

  • Felix Renggli

    FLUTE
    BASEL
    FLUTE
    BASEL

    Felix Renggli was born in Basel (Switzerland) and studied the flute with Gerhard Hildenbrand, Peter-Lukas Graf and Aurèle Nicolet. He gave up his chair as a solo flautist with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen, to start a freelance career in the same position with several orchestras in Europe (Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe) and perform as soloist at several international festivals as in Paris, Bourges, Lucerne, Rio de Janeiro, etc. Working and playing regularly together with oboist, composer and conductor Heinz Holliger has deeply marked his musical career.
    He tours as soloist and member of different chamber music groups, such as the Ensemble Contrechamps, Holliger-woodwind-quintet, and Nova Stravaganza, in Europe, Asia, South America and the USA, playing in prestigious halls like Merkin Hall/New York, Opera Bastille/Paris, Beethoven Hall/Tokio, and Alte Oper/Frankfurt.
    Felix Renggli has been awarded prizes at various international music competitions. He has recorded for the radio in different countries and appears on a growing number of CDs, with the Ensemble Contrechamps, Heinz Holliger, the Arditti Quartet, the pianist Jan Schultzs and others. Renggli teaches a professional flute class at the Music Academy of Basel, and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, Japan, Australia and South America.
    His repertoire includes a wide range of music, from the 18th century, played on historical instruments, up to the avant-garde of our time, having played first performances from many solo- and chamber music works. Since 1999 he is artistic director of the concert series “Swiss Chamber Concerts”.
    In 2004 he was nominated professor at the University of Music in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany).

  • Georg Nussbaumer

    COMPOSER
    VIENNA
    COMPOSER
    VIENNA

    Georg Nussbaumer was born in Linz in 1964. He works frequently with musical instruments expanded into installations, and his employment of highly varied organic and inorganic materials is as much a matter of course as is his use of machines, video material, and live animals. The scores of his works, which frequently fill entire evenings, govern processes that manifest themselves as plastic, acoustic, visual, and sometimes even haptic or olfactory events.
    Nussbaumer was an artist in residence at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program (USA) and the Villa Aurora (USA) and has realised projects including: orpheusarchipel (Bielefeld Opera, 2002), Märchen vom Lied vom Wald (Museum for Contemporary Art, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2002), Von der Wiege bis zum Graab (Donaueschingen Festival, 2003), schlachten:szenen (Wien Modern, 2005), Schwerefeld mit Luftabdrücken (Steirischer Herbst, Graz, 2006), Tristan – Schwimmen und Schweigen (Mannheim National Theatre, 2006), Die schönsten Gipfel der Alpen (MaerzMusik Festival, Berlin, 2007), Lawine, Wald und Stubenmusi (Bregenz Festival, 2009), and Walküren, Wölfe, Waldvöglein (Academy of Arts, Berlin, 2010).
    His most recent output has included large-scale and long-duration public space works such as Organopolis (three evenings for seven church organs, broadcast into a park in Vilnius), Barkarola (for six “listening” grand pianos that spent an entire week roaming around Łódź), and the four-day, 32-kilometre-long “marching opera” Invisible Siegfrieds Marching Sunset Boulevard (Ring Festival LA).

  • Gilad Karni

    VIOLA
    LAUSANNE
    VIOLA
    LAUSANNE

    Gilad Karni has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and teacher worldwide.  He appeared at many of the world’s great festivals and engagements include solo appearances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Malaysian Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, and others.
    He won First Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition 1994, and Third Prize at the ARD Munich International Music Competition in 1993 and several others. His CD recordings were released to great critical acclaim.
    Karni is Professor of Viola at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music since 2008 and has been giving masterclasses e.g. at the Curtis and Baltimore Schools of Music and the isa ‒ International Summer Academy and 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 the youngest member of the New York Philharmonic. He was 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.

  • Gottfried Johannes Pokorny

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR WINDS
    VIENNA

    Gottfried J. Pokorny is a solo bassoonist of the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich and a teacher of wind chamber music at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Formerly, he played with the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the Wiener Symphoniker, and he also taught at the J. M. Hauer Conservatory in Wiener Neustadt. His teachers and master course instructors included Karl Öhlberger, Dietmar Zeman, Daniele Damiano, Milan Turkovic and Michael Werba. Pokorny is a founding member of the wind octet Collegium Viennese and the Zemlinsky Quintett Wien, and has made numerous radio and CD recordings and given both bassoon and chamber music master classes. He has participated in concerts and tours under such conductors as Sándor Végh, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Georges Prêtre, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Sir George Solti, Sir Simon Rattle, and Mariss Jansons.

  • Gottlieb Wallisch

    PIANO
    BERLIN
    PIANO
    BERLIN

    Born to a Viennese family of musicians, Gottlieb Wallisch studied in Vienna, Berlin and Paris. At the age of sixteen he won first prize in the prestigious international piano competition The Stravinsky Awards in America. He was a finalist in the 1999 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels and at the XXI. Concours Clara Haskil in Vevey in 2005.
    A concert in 1996 under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin was the starting point of his international career. Since then, he has been performing with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Festival Strings Lucerne, Camerata Salzburg under distinguished conductors (Sinopoli, Marriner, Foster, Davies, Hogwood, …) and appearing at leading festivals and in major concert-halls (Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, …).
    In 2010 Gottlieb Wallisch was appointed professor for piano at the Geneva University of Music. In 2013 he served as visiting professor at the Franz-Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. He was named a Steinway Artist in early 2012.

  • Hatto Beyerle

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    VIENNA/HANNOVER
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    VIENNA/HANNOVER

    Hatto Beyerle studied viola at the Academy of Music in Freiburg with Ulrich Koch and in Vienna with Ricardo Odnoposoff (violin), Alfred Uhl (composition), and Hans Swarowsky (conducting). He went on in 1960 to co-found the chamber orchestra Wiener Solisten, with whom he was to go on numerous concert tours. 1970 saw him join forces with Günter Pichler to found the Alban Berg Quartet. With this string quartet, he was a co-recipient of numerous international awards including the German Record Prize and several Japanese Prizes as well as two “Artist of the Year” titles from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. He then played as a member of “L’Ensemble” from 1982 to 1998. Beyerle taught at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from 1964 to 1987 as a professor of viola and chamber music. Since 1987, he has been a professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, and he also held a professorship at the City of Basel Music Academy from 1990 to 2004. He has been giving regular master classes at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence) since 1998, and he has also taught courses in viola and chamber music as a guest in the USA and Canada.
    As a conductor, Beyerle led the orchestra Konzertvereinigung der Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft from 1985 to 1998. And in 2004, he initiated the founding of the European Chamber Music Academy and assumed artistic directorship of the Europäisches Kulturforum Großraming (Austria).

  • Helene Feldbauer

    VOICE
    VIENNA
    VOICE
    VIENNA

    The Mezzo Soprano from Upper Austria recently completed her bachelor’s degree with Margit Klaushofer at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. As of autumn 2019, she has undertaken a master degree in Vocal Performance (with a focus on opera). She also previously graduated in Music and Instrumental Music Education at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where she, as a longtime clarinettist and oboist, had her first experiences with singing.
    She has been a soloist several times at the opening of the Salzburg summer festival. Credits include Schubert’s solo for alto „Hesitantly quiet“, and the solo part in the “Biberrequiem”. In Vienna, she has been seen in several opera productions, in roles such as: Larina (Eugen Onegin), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Hänsel (Hänsel and Gretel) and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), which she also sung in autumn 2017 with the Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein Graz amongst other venues. In September 2019 she performed the role of Ruggiero in Händel’s „Alcina“ at the summer festival jOPERA in Jennersdorf and then, in November 2019, she jumped in for Fidalma in „Il matrimonio segreto“.
    In spring 2020 she won the international singing competition of the Chamber opera Schloss Rheinsberg. In the course of the Summer festival of Schloss Rheinsberg she should sing the role of Pamela in “Fra Diavolo” by Auber, but due to Covid-19, the production was postponed to 2021.

  • Hiro Kurosaki

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA/SALZBURG/MADRID
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA/SALZBURG/MADRID

    Hiro Kurosaki is an Austrian violinist of Japanese origin. He studied in Vienna with Franz Samohyl at the mdw ‒ University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and attended masterclasses with Nathan Milstein. As a prizewinner in the Henryk Wieniawski Competition (Poland), and the Fritz Kreisler Competition (Austria), his career quickly developed and he gave concerts as soloist with, amongst others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Wiener Symphoniker, and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. Since becoming interested in historical performing practice on original instruments Hiro Kurosaki has collaborated with some of the most outstanding musicians in the field, such as René Clemencic, Sigiswald Kuijken, John Eliot Gardiner and Bruno Weil. He has performed as concertmaster and soloist with Les Arts Florissants, the Clemencic Consort, London Baroque, and others, touring worldwide and making many award-winning recordings.
    Hiro Kurosaki has had an especially close association with William Christie, not only as leader of Les Arts Florissants, but as chamber musician. In 2003 they made a prestigious tour of Europe together, and produced a highly praised recording of the complete Handel violin sonatas. He has had a longstanding musical partnership with Linda Nicholson, concentrating on the Classical and Romantic repertoire. Together they made a recording of all Beethoven violin sonatas issued on the label of Accent. In addition to his performing activities Hiro Kurosaki has a distinguished pedagogic career. He teaches in Vienna, Salzburg and Madrid, gives masterclasses, and is regularly invited as an interpretation coach by the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and the Bavarian State Opera.

  • Hyung-ki Joo

    PIANO
    VIENNA
    PIANO
    VIENNA

    Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both. On the Internet, related searches for #Hyung-ki_Joo include: #Composer, #Pianist, #Conductor, #InspiringStudents, #YouTubeSensation, #KaratePiano, #FastestToothbrusherInTheWorld, and #WatchedMissionImpossibleEightTimesInARow. Hyung-ki, pro­nounced forever, YOUNG-KEY with an “H” in front, is also the only Korean Jew, (spelt J-O-O), in the world.
    He started piano lessons at the age of eight and a quarter, and two years later won a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School. There, he discovered that he was among geniuses and child prodigies and was convinced he would be kicked out of the school. In the end, he was never kicked out but teachers and fellow students, such as Aleksey Igudesman, did kick him around in various parts of his anatomy, making the future of any offspring rather bleak. No matter how difficult those seven years at the school may have been, it only strengthened his love of music, and a while after graduation, he was chosen by Yehudi Menuhin himself to perform as soloist for his eightieth birthday concert at the Barbican Hall, London.
    Hyung-ki’s teachers have included Nina Svetlanova, Beryl Kington, Peter Norris, Seta Tanyel, Irina Zaritskaya, Vlado Perlemuter, Oleg Maisenberg, Richard Goode, and Ferenc Rados. He is eternally thankful to them for all their time, generousity, and sharing the gift of their knowledge.
    Hyung-ki has small hands, (but only hands small), and therefore finds some piano repertoire quite difficult to play, such as the music of Rachmaninov, who had Big Hands.
    Anyway, even with this small hindrance, he performs chamber music, recitals, concertos, his own compositions, and anything else that includes a good piano part.

  • Irvin Venyš

    CLARINET
    PRAGUE
    CLARINET
    PRAGUE

    Irvin Venyš is invited to prestigious festivals at famous venues in Japan, Europe and the USA. The variety of Venyš’s musical activities is extraordinary, ranging from the classical clarinet repertoire to extremely demanding compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Czech and the world premieres to folklore. He earned his PhD at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he teaches at present and is an acting vice dean for foreign affairs and research. He also studied during a year-long internship at the CNSM de Paris. He is a laureate of various international competitions such as Prague Spring, Jean Françaix Competition in Paris, International Competitions in Markneukirchen and Bayreuth. He frequently records for Czech Radio and Television, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Arco Diva, NAXOS and Supraphon. His CD recordings contain music from classical clarinet repertoire to works inspired by folklore and jazz.

  • Jan Jiracek von Arnim

    PIANO
    VIENNA
    PIANO
    VIENNA

    Born into a family of musicians, pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim was described by BBC Music Magazine as one of the leading pianists of his generation. A top prize winner at the Busoni Competition (Italy) and Maria Canals Competition (Spain), he was one of the winners of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA). He regularly performs in musical centres such as the Musikverein Wien, Philharmonie Berlin, Carnegie Hall New York, and others.
    He was appointed professor for piano at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2001. His students are prizewinners of major international piano competitions.
    He gives master classes on a regular basis in North America, Asia and Europe, most recently for the PTNA Prizewinners and Junior Grade Talents at the Toho Gakuen College in Tokyo, the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation in Positano (Italy), as well as the Paderewski International Piano Concerto Academy in Bydgoszcz (Poland). Jan Jiracek von Arnim is frequently invited as a judge at international piano competitions, e.g. the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, and the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for young musicians. Since 2011, he is the Artistic Director and Chairman of the International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna.

  • Jiří Hudec

    DOUBLE BASS
    PRAGUE/MANCHESTER
    DOUBLE BASS
    PRAGUE/MANCHESTER

    Jiří Hudec was born in Brno in 1953 and studied at the local academy of music under Julius Vetruba. In 1977 he graduated from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, successfully auditioning for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the same year.
    He has enjoyed success in a number of international competitions, notably in Markneukirchen in the former DDR in 1975 finalist, in 1977 2nd prize, in ARD Munich 3rd prize, and at the first Isle of Man International Double Bass Competition in 1978, which he won outright. This led to a broadcast solo recital in London’s Wigmore Hall and the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Richard Rodney Bennett with the English Chamber Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
    Hudec is currently the principal Double Bass player for the Czech Philharmonic.

  • Johannes Fleischmann

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA

    Johannes Fleischmann studied at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in the classes of Klaus Maetzl and Christian Altenburger. He graduated in 2011 with distinction and continued his studies with Johannes Meissl and Hatto Beyerle specializing in chamber music. He has attended masterclasses by Erich Höbarth, Rainer Honeck, András Schiff, Dora Schwarzberg and others.
    In 2009, Johannes Fleischmann made his solo debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus. As a chamber musician, he has worked with artists such as André Cazalet, Johannes Meissl, Christopher Hinterhuber, François Benda and members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic. He has attended multiple festivals including Prussia Cove, the Europäische Kulturtage Frankfurt, and the Festival Pablo Casals de Prades and has performed in concert halls such as Musikverein Wien, the great hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich. Johannes Fleischmann also regularly performs in orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic.
    He has worked with contemporary composers such as Paul Gallister, Rudolf Kelterborn and Ernst-Ludwig Leitner. Christoph Ehrenfellner and Serkan Gürkan dedicated compositions to him.
    In addition to giving masterclasses and workshops for deprived children and students, Johannes Fleischmann has developed a project to collect instruments for in-need music schools in Africa. Appointed by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as ambassador for the New Austrian Sound of Music programme, he undertook numerous international concert tours. Since 2018, he is the artistic director of the Palais Coburg in Vienna.
    Johannes Fleischmann currently performs on a violin by Stephan von Baehr, anno 2016.

  • Johannes Meissl

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    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. 1982 saw him join the Artis Quartet (in which he continues to play). This 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 he also gives master classes at numerous renowned schools and summer academies worldwide. Furthermore, 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, as which he regularly works together with orchestras in Japan, Romania, Lithuania, Austria, and Finland.

  • Josef Niederhammer

    DOUBLE BASS
    VIENNA
    DOUBLE BASS
    VIENNA

    Linz-native Josef Niederhammer began learning to play the violin at the age of six, and after first switching to the violoncello he ultimately began playing the double bass at age 14. He went on to study with Ludwig Streicher at the mdw – University of Performing Arts Vienna, where he graduated with honours in 1977. Niederhammer was a prizewinner at the ARD Competition in Munich in 1979, and following engagements with the Vienna and Bamberg Symphonies, he was hired as solo bassist by the Bavarian State Orchestra (of the Bavarian State Opera) and thereafter by the Munich Philharmonic, also becoming a member of the ensembles Wiener Virtuosen and Ensemble Wien. Niederhammer continues to perform internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a full professor of double bass at the mdw since 1991, prior to which he taught at the Richard Strauss Conservatory and the Academy of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

  • Julia Reiter

    FILM
    VIENNA
    FILM
    VIENNA

    Julia Reiter grew up in Klein Krummnußbaum (Austria) and graduated from school in Vienna in 2009. During her studies of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Vienna, she completed various internships in journalism (e.g. at the monthly magazine Datum). Since 2014, Julia Reiter studies Screenwriting and Dramaturgy with Götz Spielmann, and since 2016 Directing with Michael Haneke at the Film Academy Vienna.
    Julia Reiter was screenwriter and director of the films Das bin ich (2020), Märchenland (2016), Was machst du eigentlich? (2015), Grau (2015), and Michi Jäger (2014).

  • Kiron Atom Tellian

    PIANO
    VIENNA
    PIANO
    VIENNA

    Kiron was born in Vienna in 2002 and has been playing piano since he was five. Since 2010, he has been studying at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Alma Sauer and Vladimir Kharin. He has also, since 2009, received instruction in composition from Rudolf Hinterdorfer and Wilhelm Spuller (Hernals Music School) as well as privately from Bernhard Eder.
    Kiron attended the music-focused upper secondary school Musikgymnasium Wien, from which he graduated with high honours in 2020. He has won multiple prizes, first prizes, and special prizes at national and international piano, chamber music, and composing competitions in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Slovakia, Russia, the US, and Japan, also performing in numerous concerts and prizewinners’ concerts both domestically and abroad.
    Kiron gave his first public piano performance with an orchestra when he was nine and his first public solo recital at age 13.

  • Laura Aikin

    VOICE
    BERLIN
    VOICE
    BERLIN

    Possessing a range of over three octaves, the repertoire of world-renowned American soprano Laura Aikin embraces works from the Baroque to the contemporary. She began her career as a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin under the artistic direction of Daniel Barenboim and is a regular guest at the leading opera houses worldwide.
    Being also a sought after concert singer, she performs with orchestras such as the Berlin, Munich and Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago and Vienna Symphonic, the Cleveland Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Arts Florissants and Concentus Musicus Wien.
    She performed with leading conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Alain Altinoglou, Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnányi, Iván Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, Cornelius Meister, Ingo Metzmacher and Riccardo Muti.
    Operatic successes of the past years have included her first Giunia (Lucio Silla) at Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Opéra de Montpellier, Lulu in Paris and at the Lyon Opera, La Scala and the Wiener Festwochen in the new Peter Stein production and Marilyn Monroe in the première of De Raaff’s opera Waiting for Miss Monroe at Netherlands Opera.
    Her recordings include Schoenberg’s Die Jakobsleiter with the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, Respighi’s La campana sommersa (Montpellier Opera), a solo recording of Songs and Cycles by Rorem with pianist Donald Sulzen (Orfeo) as well as Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge and his Missa solemnis – both under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Sony Music). Most recently, a widely acclaimed recording of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Laura Aikin as Rosalinde appeared (Pentatone) – recorded with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Foster.

  • Lisa Hasenhütl

    FILM
    VIENNA
    FILM
    VIENNA

    Lisa Hasenhütl, born 1988 in Graz, studies Directing with an emphasis on Script Writing at the Film Academy Vienna since 2015. In 2013 she earned an English and American Studies degree with an emphasis on Transnational Feminism, before she went to Luxembourg to work for the production company Minotaurus Film (now called Amour Fou Luxembourg). Eventually, she transferred to Amour Fou Vienna and above other things, worked for directors such as Virgil Widrich and Katharina Mückstein. Gaining set-experience in the areas of advertisement, TV and Movies, she also worked as an assistant director for several short-films by directors such as Martin Winter, Bernhard Wenger, Rafael Haider, Magdalena Chmielewska und Jan Prazak.
    Lisa Hasenhütl was writer and director of the short-films Mission moto (2020), Vote! (2020), Cupido (2017), Lola fährt (2016), Auszeit (2015) and Kernölkid (2014), as well as director of the short-film Fux (2017) and the animation Na gut, Danone (2020), for which she also did the concept.

  • Manfred Schiebel

    PIANO
    VIENNA
    PIANO
    VIENNA

    Manfred Schiebel was born in Vienna and got his first music lessons at the age of seven, when he joined the Mozart Boys Choir Vienna. Later, he studied piano with Thomas Kreuzberger, as well as conducting with Karl Oesterreicher and accompanying with Harald Goertz at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
    Since 1991 he has been teaching at the MUK ‒ Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and since 2002 also at the mdw. He has repeatedly worked with artists such as Edita Gruberová, Elīna Garanča, Grace Bumbry, Mara Zampieri, Mojca Erdmann, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Rainer Trost, and many others. He also accompanied various masterclasses and worked with famous singing-teachers such as Martha Eggerth, Jewgenij Nesterenko, Walter Berry, and Hilde Zadek, and he gave masterclasses for singers and pianists.
    From 1994 to 2008 he was the art director of the internationally successful Young Vienna Choral Society. Now, he leads the choir of the students in singing at mdw. Several years ago he also founded a piano duo with Polish pianist Marcin Kozieł, with whom he had concerts in Austria, Poland, Italy and Latvia.
    His extensive repertoire, reaching from the classical song and oratorio via opera to operetta and musical, but also including chamber music and the Viennese art and Austrian folk music, makes Manfred Schiebel a much sought-after accompanist. Since he was the musical director of the Nestroy-Festival at Burg Liechtenstein with Elfriede Ott in 1993, he has been dealing with theatre music and chansons more intensively.
    Concerts, CD-recordings as choir director, pianist and organist, as well as appearances on TV and radio broadcasting on several continents are rounding off his activities as a pianist and conductor.

  • 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.

  • Máté Szücs

    VIOLA
    GENEVA
    VIOLA
    GENEVA

    Hungarian born violist Máté Szücs has had a career as an award winning soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Máté was principal viola in the Berliner Philharmoniker 2011‒18 where he also appeared as a soloist.
    He graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp with the highest distinction and also obtained a diploma at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Élisabeth with the highest distinction.
    Máté was eleven when he won the Special Prize of the Hungarian Violin Competition for Young Artists. He also won First Prize of the Violin Competition of Szeged (Hungary) and later at the International Violin and Viola Competition in Liège (Belgium). He was a finalist of the International Viola Competition „Jean Françaix“ in Paris and Laureate of the International Music Competition „Tenuto“ in Brussels.
    As a chamber musician, Máté has been a member of various ensembles including the Con Spirito piano quartet, Trio Dor, Enigma Ensemble and Fragments. He has worked with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Frank-Peter Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Vadim Repin, Ilja Gringolts, László Fenyő, and István Várdai.
    He has soloed with orchestras such as the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, where he was as well principal viola.
    Máté is also a sought after pedagogue. Since 2006 he has been a regular professor at the Thy Masterclass chamber music summer festival (Denmark) and 2012‒14 was also teaching at the Britten-Pears Festival in Aldeburgh. He has taught at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, and at the Music Academy of Budapest and gives masterclasses all over the world.
    Since 2018, he has been the Professor of Viola at the Geneva University of Music.

  • Matthias Naske

    CULTURAL MANAGER
    VIENNA
    CULTURAL MANAGER
    VIENNA

    Matthias Naske began studying law but eventually switched course in favour of the cultural realm, working in the general secretariat of the Austrian branch of Jeunesses Musicales. In 1988, he assumed artistic management of Claudio Abbado’s Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, where he was to stay until 1991. Naske was also general secretary of the International Fritz Kreisler Society in Vienna as well as head of the “Webern Ensemble” project for the festival Wien Modern. His career took him to Salzburg from 1991­ to 1996, during which time he served as general secretary of Sándor Végh’s Camerata Academica. He then returned to Jeunesse Musicales as its general secretary. From 2003 to 1013, he headed the Établissement public Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte as its general director. As such, he was responsible for developing this new venue (also known as the Philharmonie Luxembourg) as well as for its organisational and artistic direction. Following his period there, Naske assumed leadership of the Wiener Konzerthaus on 1 July 2013.

  • Michel Lethiec

    CLARINET
    PARIS
    CLARINET
    PARIS

    Besides his numerous concert and festival performances, clarinettist Michel Lethiec is also devoted to teaching and participates actively in research and the promulgation of the repertoire.
    He has played as a soloist and chamber musician with performers such as Leonidas Kovakos, Frans Helmerson, Régis and Bruno Pasquier, Hagai Shaham, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Patrick Gallois, Yehudi Menuhin, and the Talich, Enesco, Artis and Amati Quartets, and has appeared with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Stockholm Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Philharmonique de Radio France and others.
    Devoted to contemporary music, he has played premier performances of numerous pieces including concertos by Corigliano, Denisow, Ballif, and Scolai.
    In recent years, he played on tour in Spain, at the Puerto Rico Festival, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Festival Présences in Paris, in Korea, Japan, China, and Warsaw (Beethoven Festival).
    His recordings include about twenty CDs, among which are two Grands prix du Disque. Recently, he has recorded the three concertos by Penderecki with the St. Petersburg Camerata conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki and Emmanuel Leducq-Barome, as well as “Ludarium” by Kryštof Mařatka with the Talich Orchestra of Prague, and the Sonatas by Auric, Honegger and Poulenc (with Christian Ivaldi).
    He has taught at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Nice Conservatoire and gives frequently masterclasses in other renowned music schools. He also participates regularly as a member of the jury in international competitions (e.g. Geneva, Leipzig, Prague).
    He is the Artistic Director of the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades.

  • Milan Turkovic

    BASSOON
    VIENNA
    BASSOON
    VIENNA

    Milan Turkovic originates from an Austro-Croatian family, grew up in Vienna and became internationally known as one of the few bassoon soloists. Over the past two decades, he has become a most successful conductor, making appearances all over the world with orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Philharmonia. He regularly acts as a principal conductor at the Japanese Festival of Kusatsu and has worked with the soloists Mischa Maisky, Jan Vogler, Benjamin Schmid, Vadim Repin, Georg Breinschmid, Lise de la Salle and many others.
    His discography currently consists of numerous CDs as a conductor, with solo repertoire, with chamber music and with the Concentus Musicus Wien. A recipient of the Edison Award, he also received the Echo Klassik Award in 2010.
    As a soloist Milan Turkovic has performed at numerous musical centers of the world with renowned orchestras (e.g. Wiener Symphoniker, Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Camerata Salzburg, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra). He has worked with such conductors as Eschenbach, Giulini, Harnoncourt, Marriner, Pinnock, Sawallisch, among others.
    He was a member of the Concentus Musicus Wien, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a founding member of Ensemble Wien-Berlin.
    Milan Turkovic has appeared at important festivals all over the world and has performed numerous premiere performances, including works by Jean Francaix, Sofia Gubaidulina, Ivan Eröd, Rainer Bischof and Thomas Daniel Schlee. Marsalis’s quintet “Meeelaan” for bassoon and string quartet is dedicated to him.
    Milan Turkovic regulary acts as a jury member and jury chairman at international competitions.

  • Mina Yang

    MUSICOLOGY
    SAN FRANCISCO
    MUSICOLOGY
    SAN FRANCISCO

    Mina Yang is the author of California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Planet Beethoven: Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). She has taught in music schools and universities throughout California, including the San Francisco Conservatory, University of California San Diego, and University of Southern California. As Professor of Arts & Humanities at Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, Dr. Yang teaches music, visual arts, literature, and social history courses to students around the world on Minerva’s state of the art e-learning platform. Her research focuses on the convergence of commercialism, racial and sexual politics, and technology in global musical cultures.

  • Miriam Gadjiyeva

    VOICE
    VIENNA
    VOICE
    VIENNA

    The soprano Miriam Gadjiyeva first studied violin at the Conservatory of Music in Afula (Israel) before she got her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She is currently getting her second master’s degree of Opera at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studies with Margit Klaushofer. Previously, she studied with Sylvia Greenberg.
    In 2019, Gadjiyeva performed as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with the Vienna Tel-Aviv Vocal Connection and as Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium) at the mdw Probebühne in Vienna. Other roles include Suor Genoveffa (Suor Angelica) at the Meitar opera studio in Tel-Aviv in 2018 and Annina (La Traviata) at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel-Aviv in 2016.
    The soprano also appeared as Sylva Varescu (Die Csárdásfürstin) and Juliette (Romèo et Juliette) at the Probebühne mdw, and as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Musetta (La Bohème) at the Ehrbar-Saal in Vienna in 2018.
    Miriam Gadjiyeva has worked with conductors Christoph Meier, Peter Marschik, David Aronson, Daniel Linton France, and David Zebba, with coaches Giulio Zappa, John Norris, and Claude Webster, and with directors Helen Malkowsky, Robert Simma, Shirit Lee Weiss, and Steven Goldstein.

  • Nora Schmid

    CULTURAL MANAGER
    GRAZ
    CULTURAL MANAGER
    GRAZ

    Born in Bern (Switzerland) Nora Schmid studied musicology and economics in her hometown and in Rome (Italy). Besides her studies she dedicated her time to singing classical music and took her first steps on the stage of Stadttheater Bern.
    After gathering first experiences in orchestral management at basel sinfonietta and marketing at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin she became dramatic adviser at Theater Biel Solothurn in 2005. From 2007 on Nora Schmid was dramatical adviser for opera and concert at Theater an der Wien. With the season 2010/11 she transferred as head of dramaturgy to Semperoper Dresden. After Dr. Ulrike Hessler’s untimely death in July 2012 Nora Schmid was part of the interim general management of the Semperoper Dresden.
    Since 2015/16 Nora Schmid is intendant and managing director of Oper Graz. The wide program of Oper Graz includes opera, operetta, musical, ballet and concert, but also new elements (such as short opera productions at unusual locations) as well as unknown pieces. Among the many highlights in the last years were several awards at the Austrian Musical Theatre Awards, and the nominations for the International Opera Awards 2018 for Opera Company and Recording (Complete Opera).

     

  • Patrick Jüdt

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    BERN
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    BERN

    Patrick Jüdt, former student of Hatto Beyerle, is active on an international scale as a soloist and chamber musician and especially engaged as a player and a conductor in the area of contemporary music. Since 2006 he is closely cooperating with Ensemble Modern Frankfurt. He is a member of Collegium Novum Zürich.
    His playing career let him appear in the most important music festivals and concert halls such as Wiener Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Lucerne Music Festival, Ojay Festival (California), Philharmonie Berlin, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zürich, Théatre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London). The close cooperation as a chamber musician with composers and musicians such as Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtag, Heinz Holliger, Jürg Wyttenbach and Hansheinz Schneeberger built his deep interest in the intimate connection
    between avantgarde and cultural tradition.
    Patrick Jüdt is professor for viola, chamber music and contemporary music at the Bern University of Arts and Tutor of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) and is the artistic director for the Bern ECMA Session. He teaches viola and chamber music at numerous international master classes.
    In 2016 he founded the unique string ensemble “Le tre C’” together with Imke Frank and François Poly.

  • Péter Nagy

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    STUTTGART
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    STUTTGART

    Capturing the first prize at the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition launched virtuosic pianist Péter Nagy into a remarkable international career at a young age, after having begun his studies at the age of eight at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
    Nagy’s concert activities have included tours throughout Europe with performances in many countries including France (at the Louvre), and the UK (Wigmore Hall), as well as many other engagements. His worldwide concert tours have included recitals in New York, Australia (Sydney Opera House), New Zealand, and throughout Japan.
    As a soloist and as a chamber musician, he has performed at major music festivals including the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, the Beijing International Piano Festival, the Shanghai International Piano Festival, and festivals in Davos Divonne, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Llandoff, Kilkenny, Kuhmo, as well as at the Marlboro Music Festival.
    Nagy performs regularly  as a chamber musician, giving concerts with partners such as Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Leonidas Kavakos, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Charles Neidich, Nobuko Imai, Tanja Becker-Bender, and Ruggiero Ricci, to name a few.
    He is a professor of piano at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart and director of the keyboard department at the Doctorate School of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. Recent achievements include a performance of the Ligeti piano concerto in Budapest. Nagy has recorded for numerous labels. In 2001, he received the prestigious Liszt Award.

  • Philipp Scheucher

    PIANO
    GRAZ
    PIANO
    GRAZ

    Whether in Vienna’s Musikverein, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Berlin’s Konzerthaus or Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie – Philipp Scheucher is at home in the most prestigious concert halls. He studied with Markus Schirmer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he received his master’s diploma with distinction in 2018. Currently he receives further impulses from Ilja Scheps at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and Markus Becker at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.
    Philipp Scheucher’s concert invitations lead him all around the world, to important cultural centres in Europe, Canada, the United States, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, China and Japan.
    Over the last years, he won first prizes at international piano competitions e.g. in Cologne (Germany) and Aarhus (Denmark). In 2018 he was among the top ten emerging young pianists to perform in the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary (Canada). His latest achievements are the first prize in the Karlrobert Kreiten piano competition in Germany and the third prize in the Santa Cecilia International Piano Competition in Porto (Portugal).
    Philipp Scheucher’s active collaboration with renowned conductors and orchestras include concerts with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, the WDR Funkhausorchester, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra or the Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Dirk Kaftan, Alexander Prior, Mei-Ann Chen, Daniel Boico or Osvaldo Ferreira.
    Philipp Scheucher is regularly invited to international festivals, such as the Copenhagen Summer Festival, ar|:s:|onore in Graz or the Matthias Kendlinger Music Festival in Lviv.
    His solo debut album was released in 2019 by KNS Classical.
    Philipp Scheucher is an official „Bösendorfer Artist“.

  • Piano Duo Silver-Garburg

    PIANO DUO
    GRAZ/BERLIN
    PIANO DUO
    GRAZ/BERLIN

    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; they have concertized in approximately 70 countries on five continents; and they 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 present masterclasses at leading academic institutes in Moscow, Beijing, Melbourne, Vienna, Jerusalem, Washington, Helsinki, Bratislava and more. Previously, they taught at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, at which they themselves completed their studies in 2007 under Arie Vardi.

  • Rainer Trost

    VOICE
    VIENNA
    VOICE
    VIENNA

    Tenor Rainer Trost was born in Stuttgart and studied with Adalbert Kraus in Munich. He has already been a guest at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the State Operas in Munich, Dresden and Vienna, at the Opéra Bastille, at the Metropolitan Opera, at the Komische Oper Berlin, at the Cologne Opera, at Theater an der Wien, as well as at the Salzburg Festival.
    Concert performances have led the singer to the concert halls of Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Zurich and Lisbon, as well as to the Musikverein Wien. Rainer Trost has sung under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Muti, Helmuth Rilling, Seiji Ozawa, and Trevor Pinnock.
    He has worked on numerous CD recordings, including Mozart’s „Così fan tutte“ conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Lehár’s „The Merry Widow“, Mozart’s „La clemenza di Tito“, Mendelssohn’s „St. Paul“, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and „Fidelio“, as well as on album recordings such as Schubert’s „Die schöne Müllerin“ and „Schubert’s Friends“.
    Further highlights include his involvement as Moses at the Welsh National Opera with a guest performance at Covent Garden, performing Elias under Daniele Gatti in Paris, and his engagement as Tamino at the Semperoper.
    Rainer Trost is currently professor for voice at the mdw ‒ University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

  • Richard Haynes

    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (CLARINET)
    BERN
    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (CLARINET)
    BERN

    Richard Haynes performs music spanning the 18th to 21st centuries all over the world in a multitude of contexts. During the course of undergraduate study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and further study at the University of Arts Bern his teachers included Brian Catchlove, Paul Dean, Ernesto Molinari, Diana Tolmie, Donna Wagner-Molinari and Floyd Williams.
    He has maintained regular concert activity in Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand over the last 15 years and is a 1st Prize Winner of the International Concours Nicati Switzerland and the 2008 recipient of the Tschumi Music Prize.
    Richard Haynes has performed at many of the major Australian, American and European festivals for classical and contemporary music. The symphony orchestras of Christchurch, Dublin, Hagen, Queensland, Tasmania and the radio symphony orchestras of the SWR and WDR have engaged Richard Haynes as clarinettist in various projects. He maintains regular international concert activity as clarinettist of Ensemble Proton Bern, Manufaktur für Aktuelle Musik, Elision Ensemble and Praesenz and is a regular guest performer with the Basel Sinfonietta, Collegium Novum Zurich, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Stroma and others.
    New works for clarinet have been written for and dedicated to him by e.g. Trevor Bača, Richard Barrett, Aaron Cassidy, Robert Dahm, Chris Dench, Füsun Köksal, Liza Lim.
    Richard Haynes has undertaken residencies at the UC Berkeley, Harvard, Huddersfield, Melbourne, Stanford and Sydney Universities, as well as CALarts, New Zealand School of Music and the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart. He is the returning Clarinet Professor at the International Summer Academy Masterclass for Contemporary Music in Austria.

  • Romain Garioud

    VIOLONCELLO
    DARMSTADT
    VIOLONCELLO
    DARMSTADT

    Romain Garioud is prize-winner at such prestigious international competitions as Moscow’ s Tchaikovsky (2001) and Paris’s Rostropovitch (2002) and 1st Price of Valentino Bucchi Competition in Italy (2005).
    Nowadays, his career alternates between soloist engagements on every continent, masterclasses and his both positions of Cello-Solo in the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz and as Professor in the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt.
    He played with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach (Orchestre de Paris), Michael Sanderling (Aalbord Symphoniker), Volodymir Sirenko (Nat. of Ukraine) and with prestigious chamber music partners like Mstislav Rostropovitch, Menahem Presler, Gilles Apap, Philippe Entremont, Régis and Bruno Pasquier, in the most famous concert halls (Musikverein Wien and Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Berlin) and festivals such as Martha Argerich Projetto (Lugano) or Yuri Bashmet’s Festival (Lutosławsky Cello Co).
    Several of his concerts were recorded by Radio France or Music Cable TV channel Mezzo.
    From 2016, he is founding member of the Vesna Ensemble with the violinist Natalia Prishepenko.

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    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.
    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 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 e.g. in Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier, as well as at the Schubertiade festival.
    An active performer of contemporary music, she has premiered many works, including Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto and Quartet and concertos by Herbert Willi (at the Salzburg 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 received the ECHO “Instrumentalist of the Year” award twice, her “American Classics” CD with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by her husband Gregor Bühl, was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize.
    In September 2019 her new Trio album was released, recorded with her long-term partners Ori Kam and Matan Porat, with whom she will also present their acclaimed programme again at various chamber music series.
    Sharon Kam is a Buffet Crampon Artist and has always been playing the R13 model. Her mouthpiece is made by Peter Eaton, London.

  • Simply Quartet

    STRING QUARTET
    VIENNA
    STRING QUARTET
    VIENNA

    The Simply Quartet was founded in Shanghai in 2008. In Vienna, two of the original players, Danfeng Shen (violin) and Xiang Lu (viola), were joined by Norwegian cellist Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald (in 2016) and Austrian violinist Antonia Rankersberger (in 2018). They are currently studying with Johannes Meissl at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
    At the 2017 Haydn Competition in Vienna they were awarded First Prize in addition to the special prizes for the best interpretation of a work by Joseph Haydn, and for the best interpretation of the competition’s commissioned work. In 2018 they won the First Prize in the International Schubert and Modern Music Chamber Music Competition.
    The quartet is also exploring new music and performed the premiere of Brad Lubmans’s Fleeting Moments at the Grafenegg Festival 2017.
    The last seasons have included performances at the Musikverein Wien and Wiener Konzerthaus, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow and the Vatican Museum. They also played at festivals such as the Pablo Casals Festival, the Shanghai Chamber Music Festival, and the Ghent Festival in Belgium.
    At the international string quartet competition Quatuors á Bordeaux 2019, the Simply Quartet was awarded the Grand Prix, which contains a three years world tour arranged by the CLB Management and Künstleragentur Vivace.
    In 2017 they took part in the Musethica Festival in Zaragosa and Vienna, where they played at institutions such as schools for special needs pupils, prisons, homeless shelters and adult education centres.
    The Simply Quartet became a member of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) in 2017. Within this context, they work with teachers such as Hatto Beyerle, Alfred Brendel, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, and Michel Lethiec, in addition to being able to participate in workshops and enjoy lessons with Gerhard Schulz.

  • Stefan Gottfried

    HARPSICHORD / CONDUCTOR
    VIENNA
    HARPSICHORD / CONDUCTOR
    VIENNA

    Born in Vienna, he studied piano, harpsichord, composition and music pedagogy at the mdw ‒University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, as well as basso continuo and historic keyboard instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, French horn at the MUK ‒ Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology.
    This was followed by a varied international concert career with harpsichord, fortepiano and piano as soloist, chamber music partner and continuo player in ensembles with historical instruments (e.g. Concentus Musicus Wien, Bach Consort Wien) and modern orchestras (including Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Georges Prêtre or Kent Nagano).
    Since 2004, Stefan Gottfried has worked regularly with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, in his opera productions at the Styriarte and the Salzburg Festival and at many concerts (e.g. Musikverein Wien, Lucerne Festival).
    Stefan Gottfried is professor for piano at mdw and gives lectures on various aspects of historical performance practice.
    In 2015 he made his debut as a conductor at the Vienna Chamber Opera and has conducted since then amongst others the Bach Consort Wien, the Wiener Symphoniker and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    In December 2015, Stefan Gottfried, together with Erich Höbarth and Andrea Bischof, took over the artistic direction of Concentus Musicus Wien. As leader of the Concentus Musicus Wien he conducted concerts at the Musikverein Wien, at the International Baroque Days in Melk, and at the Brucknerfest Linz. He was also conductor in residence at the Theater an der Wien in the season of 2018/19.

  • Stephan Picard

    VIOLIN
    BERLIN
    VIOLIN
    BERLIN

    Stephan Picard’s most heartfelt objective is to support and encourage violin students until they become truly independent musicians. Since 1995 he has been Professor of Violin at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, after having taught at the music academies of Mainz, Münster, and Aachen. He regularly gives masterclasses at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, was invited to teach e.g. at the CNSM Paris, Conservatorio Real de Madrid, Tokyo University of Arts-Geidai, and has taught masterclasses at Académie de Musique de Sion (Switzerland), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Bowdoin International Music Festival (USA), and others.
    Stephan Picard studied with Saschko Gawriloff, Wolfgang Marschner, Rami Shevelov, and Roman Nodel. He won a series of competitions including the German Music Competition (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb) and performed with orchestras such as the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Beethovenhalle Bonn Orchestra and the Bremen Philharmonic.
    He is a member of the Michelangelo String Quartet and the Mendelssohn Trio Berlin. As chamber musician and soloist, Picard has performed e.g. in the Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, and Wigmore Hall in London. He has been invited to festivals such as Edinburgh, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival.
    Stephan Picard was the leader of the Stadttheater Aachen opera orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra; he also guested as leader in the NDR Sinfonieorchester and freelanced in the Berliner Philharmoniker. With pianist Ben Süverkrüp and cabaret artist Tina Teubner he has developed the Musikgedankentheater project (Theatre of Musical Ideas).
    Stephan Picard was head of the string department at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin and has been a member of competition juries such as the Max Rostal Competition, and the Seoul International Violin Competition.
    Stephan Picard plays a violin made by Petrus Guarnerius in Mantua in 1715.

  • Susanne Schäffer

    VIOLIN
    VIENNA
    VIOLIN
    VIENNA

    Born into a musical household, Hungarian-German violinist Susanne Schäffer studied with Felix Andrievsky in London and Dora Schwarzberg at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she graduated with distinction. She is currently completing her studies in chamber music with Johannes Meissl at her alma mater in Vienna.
    Her additional musical mentors include such artists as Hatto Beyerle, Gerhard Schulz, Ferenc Rados and Steven Isserlis.
    A prize winner at renowned national and international music competitions, Schäffer regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician, including concert tours throughout Europe, Israel, Venezuela, the USA and Japan.
    Moreover, Susanne is a welcomed guest at prestigious festivals such as the Cully Classique Festival, the isaFestival, and IMS Prussia Cove. She regularly appears on television, on broadcast and has recorded several CDs.

  • Tanja Becker-Bender

    VIOLIN
    HAMBURG
    VIOLIN
    HAMBURG

    Tanja Becker-Bender was early on awarded top prizes at the international competitions in Geneva, Tokyo, Houston, Gorizia and Genoa. As a soloist, she performed under the baton of Kurt Masur, Gerd Albrecht, Lothar Zagrosek, Uriel Segal, Fabio Luisi, and others, with renowned orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Houston Symphony, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the Vienna, Zurich and Prague Chamber Orchestras, as well as the English Chamber Orchestra. She is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals.
    Her latest CDs for Hyperion Records were awarded numerous distinctions by the international press. Working with contemporary composers is of special importance to her, leading to collaborations with Peter Ruzicka, Cristóbal Halffter, Peteris Vasks and Michael Gielen, as well as premieres of works by Alexander Goehr, Rolf Hempel and Benedict Mason.
    Tanja Becker-Bender studied with the leading quartet musicians of the world, with Wilhelm Melcher (Melos Quartet) in Stuttgart, with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) in Vienna, and with Robert Mann (Juilliard String Quartet) in New York. Important impulses came through Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados.
    Already in 2006, she was appointed professor at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, and since 2009, she has been teaching as a professor at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre.

  • Thomas Frey

    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (FLUTE)
    VIENNA
    CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (FLUTE)
    VIENNA

    Having studied with Norbert Girlinger at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Thomas Frey completed his flute studies with distinction in 2003. However, he continued studies with Wolfgang Schulz and in addition he attended masterclasses with Robert Aitken, Walter Auer, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Erwin Klambauer, Ernst Kovacic, Matthias Ziegler and participated in the International Ensemble Modern Academy 2004 (as part of the Klangspuren Schwaz).
    In particular, his interest for contemporary chamber music led to his participation in internationally renowned festivals such as the Bregenz Festival, Wien Modern, the Carinthian Summer Festival, Arcus Temporum Pannonhalma and quantum jumps at the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe and Computing Music Cologne.
    He is a regular visiting artist  with the Klangforum Wien and has been involved in intriguing projects at Salzburg Festival, Ruhr Triennale, the Venice Biennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Darmstadt Summer Course, Contemporary Music Festival Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Ultima Oslo, Internationales Musikfest Hamburg, arcus temporum Pannonhalma, Wien Modern, steirischer herbst, Sacrum Profanum in Krakow and the Territory Festival in Moscow.
    Since 2009 he has been a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra. 2019 resident member Klangforum Wien.

  • Trio Bohémo

    PIANO TRIO
    BUDAPEST
    PIANO TRIO
    BUDAPEST

    Trio Bohémo was founded in 2019. The members of the ensemble are Jan Vojtek, piano, Matouš Pěruška, violin, and Kristina Vocetková, violoncello. Currently, they are studying under the guidance of Mezö Péter. All the members used to play together in various chamber music formations over the past years. Through this experience, they gradually built connections and a strong network of supporters, which led them to the idea of founding a piano trio.
    Since 2020 they have been members of the European Chamber Music Academy, studying under the guidance of professors such as Hatto Beyerle, Dirk Mommertz, Johannes Meissl, Avedis Kouyoumdjian or Patrick Jüdt. The opportunities provided by the ECMA enabled them to perform at multiple stages across Europe.
    After few months following their establishment, they were awarded 2nd prize at the prestigious Gianni Bergamo Award in Lugano (Switzerland), where they competed with some of the best young European chamber music ensembles. Following this success, they have been selected to join the Le Dimore del Quartetto network.
    They performed at concert halls such as Nagyterem of Zeneakadémia (Budapest) or TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht).
    In the 2020/2021 season, they will be performing at festivals such as Pablo Casals Festival in France, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen in Belgium or at the Kloster Konzerte St. Blasien concert series in Germany.

  • Ulla Pilz

    PRESENTATION
    GRAZ
    PRESENTATION
    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.

     

  • Ulrike Sych

    RECTOR OF MDW
    VIENNA
    RECTOR OF MDW
    VIENNA

    Singer and vocal pedagogue Ulrike Sych has served as rector of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since October 2015.
    Ulrike Sych studied music education with majors in voice and piano at Mozarteum University Salzburg, after which she continued her own vocal training in New York and Italy. She began working at the mdw as a teacher in 1990. In 2007, she broadened her university-level activities by accepting an invitation to also teach at the Anton Bruckner Private University, where she headed the Institute for Voice and Music Theatre until her appointment as mdw vice rector in 2011.
    Since the very beginning of her professional career, countering discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities have been among Ulrike Sych’s central concerns: she has headed both the mdw’s Working Group on Equal Opportunities and the Bruckner University’s Non-Discrimination Commission as well as been a member and/or chair of various other university representative bodies and commissions.
    Alongside her university obligations, Ulrike Sych has continued to perform in concert internationally. At the mdw, she was elected Vice Rector of Academic Affairs and the Advancement of Women by the University Board in 2011, and 2014 saw her transfer to the area of Central Resources while also being appointed as the rector’s deputy.
    Her work today as mdw rector is founded upon the linkage of art, research, and teaching, the ideals of participation and transparency, and a style of communication that strives to be both open and esteeming along with the non-negotiable principle of upholding human dignity and human rights.

  • Vera Karner

    CLARINET
    VIENNA
    CLARINET
    VIENNA

    Vera Karner is a young clarinetist and chamber musician from Austria. She has given concerts as a soloist with a number of ensembles including the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Varna State Opera (Bulgaria), Camerata Musica Hungarica and Camerata Universidad Andres Bello (Santiago de Chile).  She has also played as an orchestra musician in concerts with the orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper and the Wiener Symphoniker.
    Vera Karner has already performed at venues such as at Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin and at various festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Musicfestival, Chelsea Music Festival (New York), Sumito (Switzerland), Musicales de Baabdath (Lebanon) and the Austrian Music Festival (Bulgaria).
    She has been involved in a number of projects broadcast on various Austrian and German classical radio stations and was chosen as Musician of the „Young Musicans“ concerts by Musikverein Wien in 2019. In 2018 she was selected by the Austrian Federal Chancellery for their worldwide concert program NASOM and therefore performed in Japan, Kuwait, Croatia and Denmark.
    Vera Karner has won several prizes at national and international music competitions, as well as awards and grants. These include the Fidelio Competition 2015 in Vienna, Yamaha Music Competition Germany 2018 and Lions Music Prize Austria 2016. In 2015 she won the Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis and released her debut album together with double bass player Dominik Wagner (Berlin Classics).
    Vera Karner is founder of the organisation Musericordia, which hosts charity concerts and festivals as well as free music workshops for children in need in Romania, and she also supports the Live Music Now project founded by Yehudi Menuhin. Vera Karner was born in Vienna in 1994 and has been a student of Alexander Neubauer in Vienna, Reiner Wehle and Sabine Meyer in Lübeck and François Benda in Berlin.

  • Vida Vujic

    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    VIENNA
    CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRING PLAYERS / PIANISTS
    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.This was 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 which earned her a 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 is teaching 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 also 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 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.

  • Vlastimil Mareš

    CLARINET
    PRAGUE
    CLARINET
    PRAGUE

    Vlastimil Mareš has shown his exceptional musical talent at international and national competitions. He is the winner of Prague Spring (1981), won first prize in K. Krupinsky‘s Competition (Poland, 1979), and first prize at Markneukirchen (Germany, 1980), among others.
    He graduated from the Music Conservatory in Pilsen, studying in the class of Jiří Hlaváč. While in his second year at the Conservatory he became the winner and laureate of the international competition Concertino Praga. He later graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
    Mareš is a member of The Prague Wind Quintet and the Five Star Quartet. Since 1985, he has been the first clarinet player of the Symphonic Orchestra FOK. He has led a busy soloist career, performing at prominent venues in most European countries as well as in the USA and Japan. He teaches at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he was appointed a professor in 2002. He currently serves as the Vice Dean of the Academy, taking care of study programs.
    Mareš’s recordings are also widely recognized. In 1996, he won the CD of The Year prize awarded by the Repertoir magazine in Paris. Other prizes include Grammy Asia 97 and Grammy Classic 93 for recordings of concerts by F. V. Kramář.

  • Wally Hase

    FLUTE
    VIENNA
    FLUTE
    VIENNA

    Flutist Wally Hase was born in Freiburg/Brsg. and was a student of Karl Friedrich Mess. In 1986 she began her studies with him at the State University for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, later she continued her studies with Jean-Claude Gérard and Aurèle Nicolet.
    As a member of the Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra, Wally Hase participated in international concert tours. She was a fellow of the Richard Wagner Society Bayreuth in 1990 and, from 1990 to 1993, a member of the Karlsruhe Ensemble 13 and the Bach Collegium Stuttgart under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.
    At the age of 22, Wally Hase became solo flutist with the Staatskapelle Weimar, a position she held until 2009. Since 2008 she has collaborated regularly with the Camerata Salzburg. She performs as solo flutist with various ensembles and orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the radio symphony orcherstras of SWR Freiburg-Baden Baden, MDR Leipzig and WDR Köln, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. As well as being soloist, she frequently appears as a chamber musician.
    Her all-around engagement is complemented by CD recordings, as well as television and radio productions. In 2006 she was honored with the German Record Critics’ Award and in 2007 with the Leopold.
    In 2000 Wally Hase was appointed Professor of Flute at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar; between 2014 and 2018 she was also guest professor for flute at the University of Music Krakow. In addition, she gives master classes throughout Europe, Australia, South America, Japan, Korea and China.
    In 2018 Wally Hase was appointed to the prestigious chair of Professor of Flute at the mdw ‒ University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
    Wally Hase is a Haynes Artist and plays on a silver flute by Wm. S. Haynes / Boston.

  • 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 the 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 by numerous festivals including Lockenhaus and Ernen, have been enthusiastically acclaimed by the public and the 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)