Silver Lyre 2013

The Fourth International
Festival Of Chamber Music


Violin I:
Lucio Degani, Nicola Mansutti, Valentina Danelon, Verena Rojc, Erica Fassetta
Violin II:
Stefano Antonello, Martina Lazzarini, Furio Belli, Giuseppe Dimaso
David Briatore, Federico Furlanetto
Francesco Ferrarini, Leo Morello
Double Bass:
Mitsugu Harada
FERRUCCIO BUSONI NEW CHAMBER ORCHESTRA"FERRUCCIO BUSONI NEW CHAMBER ORCHESTRA">, a famous ensemble founded in 1965 by Aldo Belli, was one of the first chamber orchestras to appear in Italy during the post-war period, and is the oldest in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It has maintained a consistently high artistic standard for more than forty-five years, and in 2008 was recognised by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia as an "institution of regional importance."
In 2005 and 2010 the orchestra celebrated its 40th and 45th anniversaries with concerts in the Teatro Verdi of Trieste and in Pordenone. A special performance featuring the violinist Salvatore Accardo received wide acclaim from both critics and the public. The orchestra has caught the attention of public and critics alike by its performances in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, Tunisia, and Italy, with such exceptional soloists as Salvatore Accardo, Ivry Gitlis, Domenico Nordio, Gianluca Littera, Michael Flaksman, Lucio Degani, Federico Agostini, Massimo Gon, Friedemann Eichhorn, Peter Bannister, Markus Placci, Priya Mitchell, Mauro Maur, Ivan Chiffoleau, Cristiano Rossi, Sandro De Palma, Dan Zhu, Niek De Groot, Mirel Iancovici, David Cohen, and Daniel Rowland.
Ever ready to promote contemporary music, the orchestra had the honour to premiere numerous works - some of them dedicated to the Busoni Orchestra by such contemporary composers as Nieder, Sofianopulo, Margola, Conti, Viozzi, Coral, Dott, Visnoviz, and Bellini.
The orchestra's most memorable performances include: the concert in October 2002, held in Trieste, through the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, on the occasion of the visit of the Italian Prime Minister and the Foreign Ministers of several other countries; the concert given as part of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the Cathedral of San Giusto in Trieste; the concerts held in the Cathedrals of Loreto and Ascoli Piceno, together with those given at Lugano "Music Weeks" and the International Festivals of Hammamet and El Jem. On March 6, 2004, the ensemble gave a concert in Vittorio Veneto with the violinist Markus Placci, winner of the 26th National Competition of Vittorio Veneto. In the course of the evening, the Premio Musicarchi 2004 alla Carriera was awarded to Renato Zanettovich (a major award previously granted to Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Salvatore Accardo, and Piero Farulli).
The following reviews by the most distinguished Italian critics may be found in renowned journals an extraordinary institution of the Busoni Orchestra conducted, as an undivided entity, by Massimo Belli. (AMADEUS - Alberto Cantu)
The conductor Massimo Belli surpasses himself in the second part, given over to the instrumental passages of our operatic glories. But the quality of the orchestra Belli is conducting with such dedication emerges in Verdi's Quartet in E Minor in particular: a rendition of a striking formal emphasis within the well-blended quality of the sound. (MUSICA - Gianni Gori)
The orchestra is made up of well-known instrumentalists, winners of important international competitions, who can boast of extensive concert experience as both soloists and members of chamber groups, and who pass on the musical culture of the Trio di Trieste and the Quartetto Italiano (whose pupils they themselves once were).
The Busoni Orchestra is the creator and principal performer of the Mattinate Musicali at Trieste's Museo Revoltella a concert providing a rich variety of chamber music that has been conducted for twelve years already.
The ensemble has recorded a CD for the record company Velut Luna with Domenico Nordio and several others under the Rainbow label. Two tracks include the music of Franco Margola recorded for the very first time.
The orchestra has also made records for Italian Radio and Television, for SKY Classic, and for Channel 5.

Massimo BELLIMassimo BELLI
Artistic director and conductor
Massimo Belli began studying the violin with his father, then continued with Bruno Polli. Under the tutelage of Renato Zanettovich he graduated cum laude at the "B.Marcello" Conservatory of Venice. He followed specialization courses in Fiesole with the Trio di Trieste and Piero Farulli, and at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena with Henryk Szeryng. For two years he was a student of Salvatore Accardo's at the Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento "W.Stauffer" in Cremona.
The winner of numerous national and international competitions, Belli made his debut at sixteen at the Teatro Politeama Rossetti of Trieste for the Concert Society; later, as a soloist, he performed in the most important venues in Italy - the Teatro Verdi of Trieste, La Fenice in Venice, Bologna's Sala Bossi, the Sala Verdi of the Milan Conservatory, the Milan Press Club, the Turin Conservatory, Milan's Teatro Litta, Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo, the Todi Festival, Florence's Estate Fiesolana, Padua's Sala dei Giganti, the Aterforum of Ferrara - but also throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, Turkey, and South America.
He has performed the principal concertos in the violin repertoire, accompanied by such notable orchestras as the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (Ciaikovskji), the Angelicum Orchestra of Milan (Beethoven), Trieste's Teatro Verdi Orchestra (Bruch), the Haydn Philharmonia (Mendelssohn), and the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra (Mozart). He was lead violinist in the Italian Youth Orchestra, the Busoni Orchestra, the Haydn Philharmonia, and both lead violinist and conductor of the Virtuosi dell'Ensemble di Venezia.
Massimo Belli has worked with Salvatore Accardo, Ivry Gitlis, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Adriano Vendramelli, Aldo Bennici, Piero Bellugi, Tiziano Severini, Dan Zhu, Michael Flaksman, Domenico Nordio, and Stefan Milenkovic.
The great Triestine composer Giulio Viozzi dedicated a piece for solo violin to Massimo Belli, "Tema variato", published by Pizzicato.
He has broadcast on radio and television in Italy, the Soviet Union, Germany, Yugoslavia, Brazil, and Austria, has recorded for Sipario Dischi, and performed world premieres of works by Donizetti and Tartini for Nuova Era (together with the pianist Victoria Terekiev) and Tirreno Editoriale di Lugano.
Massimo Belli studied conducting with Aldo Belli and Julian Kovatchev. He teaches violin at the Trieste Conservatory. He has taught at the United World College of the Adriatic, at the summer courses in Solighetto, and has recently been invited to give master classes at the Conservatorio Reale di Murcia (Spain), the Hochschule of Mannheim, and the Academy of Tallin.
In August 2002 he had the honour to conduct the "Orchestra of the 40th", composed of the prize-winners of the Citte di Vittorio Veneto National Violin Competition, on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary.
He was for five years Vice-Director of the "Giuseppe Tartini" Conservatory of Trieste and was on the Administrative Council of Trieste's "Giuseppe Verdi" Opera House Foundation.

Lucio Degani began studying violin at the age of 12 and he was awarded a diploma with full marks at the L. Cherubini Conservatorium of Florence under the guidance of Maestro R. Zanettovich. He continued his studies in chamber music with Zanettovich, De Rosa, and Farulli at the School of Music of Fiesole. He has collaborated as concertmaster and soloist with the Young Symphony Orchestra of Italy, the Teatro Comunale Orchestra of Bologna, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Udine, the Radio Symphony of Lubiana, the Zagreb Philharmonic, l'O.S.C.A. in Assuncion, Paraguay, and many other groups. He has played under conductors such as Bertini, Maazel, Mag, Muti, Nanut, Rostropovic, Sinopoli, and Thielemann. In chamber music he has collaborated with Kostantin Bogino, Patrick Demenga, Vladimir Mendelsshon, and Andrea Rucl".
La Voce del Popolo describes him as "an acrobatic virtuoso and an exuberant personality" These are the characteristics that have distinguished this artist in the most important concert halls around the world including Lincoln Center of New York, Suntory Hall of Tokyo, Musikverein of Vienna, Schauspielhaus of Berlin, La Scala of Milan, and the Opera of Paris. Since 2000 he has been the first violin and soloist of the group "I Solisti Veneti" conducted by Claudio Scimone.
Degani has recorded for Erato, RCA, RCA Victor, EMI Nippon, Rivoalto, Rainbow Classic, and Real Sound. He teaches violin at the Conservatory of Music "Giuseppe Tartini" of Trieste. Also in Trieste, he is a guest violin soloist of the"Busoni Chamber Orchestra" conducted by Massimo Belli.
Lucio Degani plays a Don Niccolo Amati violin of 1734.

Born in Verona, Francesco Ferrarini studied at the Conservatory of Rovigo, the class of Simoncini where he graduated with honors with 10. He attended the courses of Maestro Mario Brunello from 1991 to 1996, while from 1984 to 1999, he studied with Maestro Franco Rossi, whose Ferrarini is considered among the best students. From a young age he won competitions such as: Perosi of Biella, Zamboni Cesena, Nuovi Talenti, and International Competition in Caltanissetta.
As principal cellist and soloist, he has worked with leading ensembles such, I Virtuosi Italiani, I Solisti del Teatro Regio di Parma, Nextime Ensemble, I Filarmonici di Verona, I Solisti Filarmonici Italiani, L'Arte dell'Arco, Parma Opera Ensemble Interpreti Italiani playing in the most important Italian and foreign theaters, to his credit numerous concerts in Italy and abroad.
From 2000 to 2008 he was principal cellist in the Teatro Regio in Parma, collaborating, always as the first part with the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino, is currently working as principal cellist with the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice in Venezia.
Ferrarini is very active in chamber music, playing with musicians such as G. Demus, B. Belkin, B.Canino, P. Vernikov, D.Rossi and many others. He has played under the baton of conductors such as: M.W.Chung, Y. Temirkanov, R. Muti, R.F. de Burgos, D.Kitajenko.
Francesco Ferrarini is a professor of cello at the Conservatory of Music of Adria. He plays a cello of 1700 of the Italian school.

Violin I:
Lucio Degani, Nicola Mansutti, Valentina Danelon, Verena Rojc, Erica Fassetta
Violin II:
Stefano Antonello, Martina Lazzarini, Furio Belli, Giuseppe Dimaso
David Briatore, Federico Furlanetto
Francesco Ferrarini, Leo Morello
Double Bass:
Mitsugu Harada

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(Great Britain)

David Hurley, Countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright, Countertenor
Paul Phoenix, Tenor
Christopher Bruerton, Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas, Baritone
Jonathan Howard, Bass
THE KING'S SINGERS THE KING'S SINGERS - One of the world's most celebrated ensembles; The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. They champion the work of both young and established composers and, whether singing Tomkins or Takemitsu, Bach or Buble, are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.
During the 2012-13 concert season, The King's Singers will perform across the globe in some of the world's most famous venues, including Carnegie Hall, King's College Chapel and Dresden Frauenkirche. Their concert schedule will take them to South America, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, the US and Canada, Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland.
With a discography of over 150 recordings, The King's Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim, including a Grammy in 2009 for their studio album Simple Gifts on Signum. Always deeply committed to new choral music, they have commissioned over 200 works from prominent contemporary composers, including Richard Rodney Bennett, Berio, Maxwell Davies, Ligeti, Lukaszewski, Penderecki, Rutter, Takemitsu and Tavener. Their album High Flight includes works commissioned by The King's Singers from Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott. It was recorded in the USA with the renowned Concordia College Choir and released in Autumn 2011 on Signum. Other recent Signum releases include Swimming Over London, which combines some of the group's favourite numbers with new songs and arrangements; a world premiere recording of Pachelbel's Music for Vespers with Charivari Agreable; and a DVD of Christmas repertoire released for December 2011.
The King's Singers have an extraordinary history of television appearances. A favourite of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, they performed with them for the Winter Olympics and appeared in their 2008 Christmas concert, which was broadcast on PBS across the US to a combined live audience of 80,000 and is available on DVD. Following their televised performance at the 2008 BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, London (also available on DVD - awarded a Midem International Classical Award in January 2010), they have appeared on BBC breakfast television and performed frequently on Songs of Praise.
In addition to their sell-out concerts worldwide, The King's Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and masterclasses, and by publishing prodigious quantities of sheet music: at present, they have over two million items in circulation through their publisher, Hal Leonard. Their arrangements are sung the world over by school and college choirs, and by ensembles both amateur and professional.

David Hurley, Countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright, Countertenor
Paul Phoenix, Tenor
Christopher Bruerton, Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas, Baritone
Jonathan Howard, Bass

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(Czech Republic)

Ivan KLANSKY, Piano
Cenek PAVLIK, Violin
Marek JERIE, Cello
Фортепианное трио GUARNERI TRIO PRAGUE
The Guarneri Trio Prague has been inspiring its audiences for a quarter of a century with an unsurpassable mix of artistic maturity and power of expression.
Since its formation in 1986, the Guarneri Trio Prague has always been one of the leading classical piano trios. Early spectacular concerts ensured the Trio's success among internationally renowned music reviewers, who acclaimed the band as a first-rate chamber music ensemble and praised the immaculate joint performance of the three musicians, the outstanding tone quality and high technical skills.
The Guarneri Trio Prague performs regularly at numerous international music festivals and in major concert venues. Extensive concert tours take the Trio through Europe, Canada, Australia, to the USA and South America, as well as Japan. The Guarneri Trio Prague's recordings for Supraphon and the French Label Praga Digitals feature the complete piano trios of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schubert, Mozart and Brahms. GTP releases frequently receive international prizes (Diapason d'Or, Le Monde de la Musique, Choc).
The Guarneri Trio Prague still consists of its original members, which surely bears witness to the high personal qualities of the musicians and the good friendship that keeps them together. The notable lightness with which they interact during their performances coupled with the complete mastery they show in their repertoire make their music a pure sound experience. The ensemble successfully enchants any demanding chamber music audience be it in Prague, Barcelona, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, London, Geneva or Gettingen. In the last few years, the Trio managed to build an impressive wide-ranging repertoire that not only contains the core classical works but also manifests a determined yet meticulous urge for exploration. In this way, the Guarneri Trio Prague helped contemporary composers such as Lubos Fiser or the Swiss Theuring Braem to get into the lists of famous musical works alongside such Bohemian composers from the great period of the Viennese classics as Jan Vaclav Vorisek or Antonin Rejcha.
In the 2011/12 season, the Guarneri Trio Prague celebrated its 25th anniversary in numerous concerts over the world. The Ensemble has recorded for the BBC, Radio France, ORF, DRS2, NDR, SWR, Czech Radio and many others. In 1996, Czech Television broadcasted a portrait film of the Guarneri Trio Prague.

Ivan Klansky is an eminent Czech pianist in addition to which he is a much sought-after teacher. He holds professorships at the Music Academies of Prague and Lucerne, teaching postgraduate soloists and chamber musicians at both institutes. A former junior chess master of Czechoslovakia, he is responsible for the travel arrangements of the Guarneri Trio Prague knowing, as he does, all the air and train schedules by heart!

Cenek Pavlik is one of the foremost among today's Czech solo violinists. He has won first prizes at both the Prague and London International Competitions. He lives in the Czech Republic. During his free time, Cenek Pavlik enjoys participating in archaeological digs, and has become an expert in ceramic tiles of the Middle Ages; he is also fascinated by steam locomotives and castles.

Marek Jerie is an outstanding cellist and chamber musician. He has a professorship at the Lucerne Academy of Music, and is a teacher of great dedication; his students include chamber musicians and soloists at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Devoted to his family, he also derives much pleasure from exploring new places and meeting a wide variety of people on his travels.

Ivan KLANSKY, Piano
Cenek PAVLIK, Violin
Marek JERIE, Cello

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MAX ZORIN (Violin, France)
RENANA GUTMAN (Piano, Israel)
(France, Israel)

(Violin, France)
Acclaimed for his imaginative and dramatic performances, Max Zorin thrills audiences and critics across four continents. His superb technique and engaging personality have led him to rave reviews. Upon the release of his debut album French Touch, a collection of 20th century French works for violin and piano, Strings Magazine hailed his performance as "simply magnificent". His eclectic style stems from a fusion of Russian and American traditions combined with a vibrant interest that spans beyond the standard repertoire. He brings out individuality through creative programming and writes his own cadenzas. Recent highlights include performances under the direction of Maxim Vengerov, a solo tour across China with the Camerata Philadelphia, as well as performances in Brazil, Argentina, and Russia and in the USA.
Max Zorin has been featured in prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall (New-York), Tel Aviv University (Israel), Bolshoi Hall in Moscow and the Symphonic Hall in Saint Petersburg (Russia), the Philharmonic Hall of Odessa (Ukraine), Summit Music Festival (New-York), Aspen Music Festival (CO), Music at Penn's Woods Festival (PA) and on various international radio and TV broadcasts. As a chamber musician, Zorin was featured as a guest artist with many ensembles including the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet.
Max Zorin is the co-artistic director of Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves, a summer music academy and festival located in the wine region of Bordeaux, France. He regularly performs at some of the most prestigious Chateaux of that region. The festival is family run and has been a great success as well as a platform for education and for premiering new works by composers like Joseph Dorfman, Mikhail Bronner, Viktor Kissine, Graciane Finzi and renown jazz violinist Didier Lockwood among others.
Born in Israel into a Russian family of professional musicians, Max began studying the violin at the age of five with his father and gave his first performances when he was eight years old. At age 17 he won a First Prize at the Corpus Christi International Competition (USA). Max Zorin holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Yale University and a doctorate from Stony Brook University. His past teachers include Dorothy De Lay, Naoko Tanaka, Peter Oundjian, Ani Kavafian and Philip Setzer. During his studies at Yale, he was drawn to acting and directing, an avid childhood interest. His was cast in "The Skriker", a Yale Drama School production and the world premier of Elise Thoron's "The Green Violin" which ran at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia.
Max Zorin is an Associate Professor of Music at Penn State University. He regularly presents master classes at various musical institutions and universities worldwide including the Royal Academy of Music in London (UK), State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece), Illinois State University and Columbus State University (GA) among others.
Max Zorin performs on a violin crafted by J.B. Vuillaume (Paris ~1860) and a bow by Edwin Clement (Paris, 2011).

Renana GutmanRenana Gutman
(piano, Israel)
Praised by the New York Sun for playing "with great vigor and aplomb" and for the "true poetry in her phrasing", Renana Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist.
A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York, and Tel-Hai Internationl Master Classes, she has performed with orchestras including Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian "I Fiamminghi", Mannes College Orchestra.
An earnest student of Beethoven's music, she was one of four young pianists selected by the renowned Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall where she presented performances of "Hammerklavier" and "Appassionata" to critical acclaim. Her new recording of Chopin etudes op.25 will be released at the end of 2013.
Renana spent summers at the Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, members of the Guarneri quartet and clarinetist Anthony McGill. She toured with "Musicians from Marlboro" in series like People's Symphony Concerts (NY), Gardener Museum (Boston) and Freer Gallery (Washington).
High in demand as a chamber musician, Renana serves as the staff collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, where she performs chamber music and lieder extensively. Highlights from 2013/14 concert season include collaborations with violinist Miriam Fried, violinist/violist Paul Biss, a world premiere by composer Paul Schoenfield, and a violin/piano debut in Jordan Hall, Boston.
Renana performed solo and chamber music concerts at Carnegie's Weill Hall and Rockefeller University, NY, Ravinia Rising Stars and Dame Myra Hess, Chicago, Herbst Theatre, St. Francisco, Marlboro College, VT, Washington National Gallery, and Stresa Music Festival, Italy. Her regular duo-partners include violinists Dan Zhu, Tessa Lark and Yoojin Jang.
As a former member of the piano trio "Terzetto", with violinist Diana Cohen and cellist Tanya Ell, Renana won first Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition in Ohio, performed Beethoven Triple Concerto with Lansing Symphony. The trio was featured at "Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival", the Banff Center, Canada, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, North Carolina and Saugatuck Music Festival, Michigan.
From 2008-2010 Renana had been on the piano faculty of the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in the UK. She currently teaches at 92nd Street Y, and Bard College Preparatory. A native of Israel, she started piano playing at the age of six. Soon recognized as a prodigy garnering multiple awards and honors, she became a recipient of America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship with distinction from 1992-2004, and later on of Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women Scholarship.
Her most influential teachers were pianists Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko in Israel, and Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music in New York where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. Her musicianship teacher was the established Israeli composer Arie Shapira.

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Philippe Bernhard, Violin
Loic Rio, Violin
Laurent Marfaing, Viola
Francois Kieffer, Cello
Modigliani QuartetMODIGLIANI QUARTET, formed by four close friends in 2003, is celebrating its 10 years' anniversary this season and is one of the world's most sought after string quartets, performing in venues like Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Cite de la Musique, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Washington DC's Library of Congress, Het Concertgebouw, Herkulessaal, Zurich's Tonhalle, Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverien, Brussels' Bozar, Mozarteum, Stockholm's Konserthuset, Cologne's Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Luxemburg's Philharmonie, Barcelona's Auditori, or at top international festivals like Lucerne, Rheingau, Schwartzenberg Schubertiade, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Silver Lyre in St Petersburgh, La Roque d'Antheron, Schleswig-Holstein, Bad Kissingen, La Folle Journie de Nantes.
In 2012 and 2013, the quartet is touring twice in the United-States and will tour in Japan, Israel and South America. In 2011, they toured for a month in Australia with clarinetist Sabine Meyer whom they very regularly perform with. Other recent tours include a tour in China, where they will return in late 2013.
In 2008, the quartet started a rich and close collaboration with the Mirare label and has now released 4 award-winning albums, all receiving great acclaim in several countries. Their first Haydn CD was a Strad selection; their Mendelssohn CD in 2010 was a Fono Forum selection (disc of the month) and aroused admiration from critics and audiences worldwide. In 2012, their fourth CD was dedicated to youth with quartets by young Mozart, Schubert and Arriaga. And in January 2013, they released a double CD dedicated to French repertoire (Debussy-Ravel, Saint-Saens) which already received wonderful reviews.
In 2004, only one year after they were formed, the quartet attracted international attention by winning the Frits Philips String Quartet competition in Eindhoven. The Quartet then took First Prize at the Vittorio Rimbotti competition in Florence in 2005 and won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 2006.
Following their studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, the Modigliani Quartet studied with the Ysaye Quartet in Paris, attended workshops by Walter Levin and Gyorgy Kurtag, and then had the opportunity to work with the Artemis Quartet at the Universitet der Kunste in Berlin.
Thanks to the generosity and support of private sponsors, the Modigliani quartet members play four outstanding Italian instruments:

Philippe Bernhard plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.
Loic Rio plays a 1734 violin by Alessandro Gagliano .
Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani.
Francois Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller (former Warburg).

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DMITRY EREMIN (Cello, Russia)
INGA DZEKZER (Piano, Russia)

Dmitry Eremin was born in 1976 in Leningrad, in the family of musicians. He studied to play cello with I. Bogdanovich and A. Ponomarenko. During his study at the school of Saint-Petersburg Conservatorium he often won first prizes in different competitions and festivals for young musicians. He took an active part in charity concerts too, including the ones of the German human rights organization "Memorial".
In 1994 the young celloist finished the school and in 1999 he graduated from the Conservatorium (Professor A. Nikitin's class). In 2002-2003 he underwent a study course at the Moscow Conservatorium as a chamber ensemblist with professor Rudin.
Dmitry Eremin is a first prize winner of the National celloists competition (1997, Voronezh), a winner of the Daniil Shafran's award at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (1998, Moscow), a first prize winner in duett and trio of the Fourth International Competition named after Judina (2002, Saint-Petersburg). In 2011 he was awarded with the Saint-Petersurg Government Prize "For good achievements in music and performing art".
Since 1997 he was a concertmaster of a cello group of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Saint-Petersburg Academic Philharmonic named after D.D. Shostakovich. With this orchestra he performed as a soloist in concerts of Dvorak and Shostakovich, as well as in all Saint-Petersburg premieres of cello compositions by R. Schedrin. As a first cellist of the orchestra he worked with such conductors as Temirkanov, Svetlanov, Rozhdestvensky, Gergiev, Jansons, N. Jarvi.
Since 1999 Eremin teaches a cello class at Saint-Petersburg Conservatorium, as well as gives master-classes in the USA, Sweden, South Korea, Italy and Poland. He also records CDs. He was a member of the panel of judges of the 1st National Music Competition, as well as a jury of cello competitions in Chile and Brazil.
Being as "IYF artist" - a member of an international missionary educational and youth enlightening organization - he performs in many prestigious concert halls of the USA, South Korea, Australia and Thailand, countries of the South America as well as Malasia and Africa.
At the moment he is a director of the Saint-Petersburg celloists ensemble. Its performance at the festival in Germany (Schlezwig-Holstein) in 2006 was named the best concert of the year.

After her graduation form the PG course of the Saint-Petersburg Conservatorium (Professor T.L. Fidler class), Inga Dzekzer started to teach at the chamber ensemble chair of the Conservatorium. The young Saint-Petersburg pianist combines her pedagogical and an active concert activity very well. Her name could be seen on event posters of the best concert halls of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, as well as Berlin, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Brussels and other cities of Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, the USA, Japan, Korea and China.
Inga Dzekzer is the winner of the International chamber ensembles competition in Trapani (Italy) and Internatinal piano duettes competition in Tokio (Japan).
She gave master-classes in Japan, Korea and Portugal, worked as a concertmaster at master-classes of Berlin Philharmonia quartet. She also participated in master-classes of "Gustav Mahler International Academy" in Italy, held under the patronage of Claudio Abbado. She also worked in the Summer Music Academy "The International Holland Music Session" in the Netherlands and was a jury of the Internatinal chamber ensembles competition in Linz (Austria).
She took part in many festivals of chamber music, held both in Russia and abroad (in Germany, Finland, Portugal, Italy, France, United Arab Emirates). She participated in the festival of chamber music organized by Yurii Bashmet on the Elba Island (Italy). She was an official concertmaster of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, International Violin Competition "Rodolfo Lipizer Prize" in Gorizia (Italy), Competition named after D.F. Oistrakh in Odessa (the Ukraine) and China International Violin Competition.
Inga Dzekzer recorded CDs for "Melodia" (Russia), "La Salle de Musique de La Chaux-de-Fonds" (Switzerland), "The Catgut Acoustical Society" (the USA) and "Fuga Libera" (Belgium). Her last two CDs she recorded together with the Russian violinist Andey Baranov and young Taiwan violinist Tseng Yu-Chien, who both are the winners of the Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition in Brussels (2012).

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Sebastian Gurtler, Violin
Regis Bringolf, Violin
Thomas Selditz, Viola
Florian Berner, Cello
"Grand personalities interact unsentimentally, considerately and with heart, jointly creating an emotional eddy that is difficult to explain."
The above qualities, combined with a passion for expression and unceasing artistic curiosity, are the trademarks of this quartet. For 17 years already, the Hugo Wolf Quartet has been a fixture on the international chamber music scene and has fascinated audiences around the globe.
Through training with the Alban Berg, Smetana, Amadeus and LaSalle quartets, and also with Ferenc Rados, the ensemble laid the cornerstone for a highly successful career together. Founded in Vienna in 1993, the quartet soon won such coveted awards as the Special Prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the European Chamber Music Prize, followed by the International String Quartet Competition in Cremona in 1995 - the same year that it debuted in the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 1998, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus elected the four as Rising Stars, and since then the quartet has regularly performed in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall, and Berlin's Philharmonie, as well as at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Colmar Festival, La folle journie de Nantes and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
In terms of program, the ensemble equally emphasizes the classical/romantic and contemporary literature. Indeed, numerous compositions have already been written for, and premiered by, the Hugo Wolf Quartet - like Friedrich Cerha's String Quartet No. 4, Johannes Maria Staud's Dichotomie, string quartets by Erich Urbanner, Dirk DeAse and Otto M. Zykan, and a quartet and an octet by the jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel. The recordings of Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18/4 and Op. 132 (Gramola, 2001) and Franz Schubert's String Quartet D887 and D87 (VMS, 2009) both won Austrian radio station Ol's Pasticcio Prize. In addition, the quartet's close collaboration with the legendary jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist John Taylor is recorded on Other People (CamJazz, 2006). In 2007, the CPO label released the first-ever recording of two string quartets by Franz Mittler, an enigmatic Viennese multi-talent of the first half of the 20th century. In 2010, the Hugo Wolf Quartet released a live recording of three early Joseph Haydn works performed during the 2009 Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival. Its latest self-titled CD (Hugo Wolf, 2012) features the complete oeuvre by the string quartet.
From 2009 to 2011, the quartet performed its own concert series in the renowned Hofburgkapelle (Vienna's Imperial Chapel).
Since the 2011/12 season, this series takes place in the Wiener Konzerthaus, thus giving the quartet the opportunity to let the audiences enjoy concerts and programs arranged with a very personal touch.

Sebastian Gurtler, Violin
Regis Bringolf, Violin
Thomas Selditz, Viola
Florian Berner, Cello

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Aleksey Igudesman, Violin
Hyung-ki Joo, Piano
igudesmanandjooALEKSEY IGUDESMAN and HYUNG-KI JOO are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their clips on YouTube, to date, have gathered over 28 million hits, and the duo has appeared on television in numerous countries. Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls, as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.
Aleksey and Hyung-ki met at the age of twelve, at the Yehudi Menuhin School, in England, and since then, have remained strong friends and writing partners. In 2004, following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, they created their first groundbreaking show, "A Little Nightmare Music". Since then, they have performed as a duo, and as soloists, with chamber and symphony orchestras at many of the world's biggest stages and festivals.
Many of classical music's biggest names, such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, and Julian Rachlin, have joined them in their musical sketches. Aleksey and Hyung-ki have also teamed up with actors, such as John Malkovich, and former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, on several occasions in aid of UNICEF.
Individually, Aleksey Igudesman has worked with musicians ranging from Academy Award-winning Hollywood composer, Hans Zimmer, to multi Grammy Award-winning vocalist, Bobby McFerrin. Hyung-ki Joo, has worked with Academy Award-winning composer, Vangelis, and was chosen by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Joel, to arrange and record Joel's classical compositions on a CD, which reached no.1 on the Billboard Charts.
Igudesman & Joo can be seen in several films, including their own "Mockumentary", "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music".
Besides touring "A Little Nightmare Music", they also perform "BIG Nightmare Music", with symphony orchestras, and lead their workshop "8 To 88 - Musical Education for Children of All Ages" at universities and music schools around the world, leaving students inspired and confident to break new grounds for their own musical journeys. On New Year's Eve, 2011, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with the help of 100 violinists from all over the world, Igudesman & Joo set the world record for the most "Dancing Violinists" performing together on stage. The world record was conceived and produced by the duo in aid of UNICEF.
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Aleksey Igudesman was born in Leningrad at a very young age. He has never won any competitions, mainly because he has never entered any. During his studies at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, he read the entire plays of Bernhard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Anton Chekhov, which didn't improve his violin playing, but made him feel foolishly somewhat superior to other less intellectually endowed, yet harder practicing colleagues. After studying with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatoire and being told many times by many people that they were rather worried about his future, he embarked on a successful career playing, composing, and arranging for his string trio, "Triology", recording several CD's for BMG, working in Hollywood with Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, and performing with Bobby McFerrin, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Sir Roger Moore, John Malkovich, and other people who are less famous, but just as great.
Aleksey Igudesman writes a lot of music. Often he goes to bed writing and gets up writing. He sometimes feels a little insecure about his music, although it is published by Universal Edition, and tries to compensate for it by being rather extrovert. In fact, his psychiatrist tells him that he is insecure about a lot of things. Aleksey is not so sure about that.
Back at school he met his "IGUDESMAN & JOO" partner, Hyung-ki Joo. After a few initial small differences, resulting in several people holding them both back from smashing chairs and music stands on each other's heads, Joo offered Igudesman some fish and chips, which he simply could not refuse. This in turn led to collaboration over many years, which culminated in the creation of "A Little Nightmare Music", a show they tour together making people laugh.
Aleksey Igudesman plays with a bow made by the Boston-based bowmaker, Benoit Roland, and on a Santo Seraphin violin from the year 1717, which is kindly loaned to him by ERSTE BANK.

Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both. He showed his first signs of a sense of comedy whilst nappy-changing and shortly thereafter, showed his love for music when his parents would find him at the record store listening for hours to everything from Mozart to Bee Gees. (Although the two are never to be confused, Hyung-ki is often heard singing "Don Giovanni" in the style of Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees).
He started piano lessons at the age of eight and a half 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 school, year after year. In fact, he was not kicked "out" but kicked "around" by teachers and fellow students, such as Aleksey Igudesman. After these painful experiences, Joo invented a new type of piano playing known as "Karate Piano". No matter how difficult his years at the school may have been, it only strengthened his love of music, and he also realised that the world of classical music had little to do with the spirit in which the music was created and so began dreaming of a way to bring this great music to a wider and newer audience - a dream which has been realised through his show: "Igudesman & Joo: A Little Nightmare Music".
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 happily performs chamber music, recitals, concertos, his own compositions, and anything else that includes a piano part. Besides composing, performing, laughing, brushing his teeth at breakneck speed, and writing comedy, Joo's passion for teaching has led him to develop his own personal style of workshops.

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