Julian RACHLIN (Violin, Viola)
Itamar GOLAN (Piano)
Julian Rachlin captivates international audiences with his distinctive musicianship as violinist, violist, and more recently, as conductor.
This season Mr. Rachlin tours Europe and North America with the Orchestre National de France and Daniele Gatti as the Orchestra's 2015/16 Artist in Residence. He opens the season of the La Scala Philharmonic with Riccardo Chailly, and performs at the Lucerne Festival with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony and Mariss Jansons. Other highlights as soloist include a German tour with the Tchaikovsky Symphony and Vladimir Fedoseyev, his debut at the Edinburgh Festival with the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Herbert Blomstedt, and his return to the Toronto Symphony with Andrey Boreyko.
The 2015/16 season marks Mr. Rachlin's first as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In addition to conducting the season opening concerts of the Moscow Virtuosi and Nice Philharmonic, he conducts orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia and Dusseldorf Symphony. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic also hosts Mr. Rachlin for a two-week residency of conducting and soloing under Long Yu in separate programs.
In recital, Mr. Rachlin is heard among others in Amsterdam, Bologna, New York and Montreal, with pianists Itamar Golan and Magda Amara. He also performs chamber music concerts with EvgenyKissin and Mischa Maisky at the Ruhr Piano Festival and in Paris' Theatre des Champs-Elysees.
In 2014/15 Mr. Rachlin held a residency at the Vienna Musikverein, where he opened the season with the Munich Philharmonic and SemyonBychkov, conducted the English Chamber Orchestra along its European tour, and appeared in trio with Mischa Maisky and Itamar Golan. Other recent highlights include performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic and Andrey Boreyko, Munich Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, as well as Boston Symphony with Alan Gilbert. He toured Europe with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, and China with the China Philharmonic, Shanghai and Guangzhou symphony orchestras under the baton of Long Yu.
Recent conducting highlights include engagements with the Czech Philharmonic, Dublin's RTE National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.
Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin with the eminent pedagogue Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and took private lessons with Pinchas Zukerman. He gained international acclaim overnight in 1988 by winning the "Young Musician of the Year" Award at the Eurovision Competition. He then became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti. At the recommendation of Mariss Jansons, Julian Rachlin has studied conducting with Sophie Rachlin. Since September 1999, he has been on the violin faculty at the Konservatorium Wien University.
Julian Rachlin has been recognized as a young philanthropist for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and for his educational outreach.
For 12 years, Julian has led the internationally renowned "Julian Rachlin& Friends" festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a platform for creative and vibrant projects with leading musicians and actors.
His discography can be found with Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon.
Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika ProkoppPrivatstiftung.
For more than two decades, Itamar Golan has been partnering the most outstanding instrumentalists of our time. His work has brought him great critical acclaim and he is one of the most sought after pianists of his generation, playing at the most prestigious venues around the world.
Born in Vilnius (Lithuania), his family emigrated to Israel when he was one year old. There he started his musical studies and at the age of seven gave his first concerts in Tel Aviv.
He was repeatedly awarded scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation which enabled him to study with Emanuel Krasovsky and his chamber music mentor Chaim Taub. Later under a full scholarship from the New England Conservatory in Boston, he was chosen to study with Leonard Shure.
Since his earliest years, Itamar Golan's passion has been chamber music, but he has also appeared as a soloist with some of the major orchestrasincluding the Israel Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, the Royal Philharmonic under Daniele Gatti, the Orchestra Filarmonicadella Scala and the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Riccardo Muti and the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction ofLorin Maazel.
Over the years he has collaborated with such musicians as Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, ShlomoMintz, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Kyung Wha Chung, Sharon Kam, Janine Jansen, Martin Frost and Torleif Thedeen. He is a frequent participant in many prestigious international music festivals, such as Salzburg, Verbier, Lucerne, Tanglewood and Ravinia, and he has made numerous recordings for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics, Teldec, EMI and Sony Classical.
In 1991, Itamar Golan was nominated to the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, making him one of their youngest teachers ever. Since 1994, he has taught chamber music at the Paris Conservatory. He resides in Paris, where he is involved in many different artistic projects.
GUARNERI TRIO PRAGUEIvan KLANSKY
GUARNERI TRIO PRAGUE
Ivan Klansky is considered one of the Czech Republic’s most outstanding pianists. He studied at the Prague Academy of Music and has won numerous competitions and awards. Ivan Klansky's concert tours have taken him through Europe, Japan, North and South America, Asia and Africa. He teaches at the Prague Academy of Music and held a professorhsip until 201x at the Academy of Music in Lucerne.
Cenek Pavlik is one of the leading soloists of the present generation of Czech violinists. He studied at the Prague Academy of Music and completed his studies in master classes with Milstein. He has won international competitions in Prague and London. Cenek Pavlik has played in concerts with well-known orchestras and conductors in many European countries. He is a freelance musician in the Czech Republic.
Marek Jerie is one of the most accomplished cellists of his generation. He studied at the Prague Academy of Music and perfected his technique in master classes with Casals, Rostropovich and Navarra. Marek Jerie has performed as soloist and chamber musician in most European countries, as well as in the Middle and Far East and South America. Until 2013 Marek Jerie held a professorship at the Academy of Music in Lucerne.
Pavel EGOROV (Piano)
Yulia SAVRASOVA (Soprano)
Peter GAJDUKOV (Tenor)
People's artist of the Russia, professor of Special Piano Department, Pavel Egorov was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (1975), under the tutelage of T. Nikolaeva and V. Gornostaeva.
He was a prize-winner at the International Schumann Competition in Zwickau (Germany, 1974). At the same time he made his debut in the Grand Halls of the Moscow and Leningrad Conservatoires. Pavel Egorov performs in the best concert halls throughout the world, has toured in nearly every European country, and also in Canada, China and Japan. He has conducted master-classes in republic of Korea, Holland, Italy, Taiwan, and Sweden.
Pavel Egorov has made more than 40 solo, chamber and symphony programs for many Russian and foreign record companies ("Melody", Sony, Columbia, HWA EUM, Intermusica).
Musical researcher and scientific editor, Honorary member of the International Schumann Society (Dusseldorf) and of the St. Petersburg's Philharmonic Society, he was awarded the International Schumann Prize (1989), received the Order of Polish Government "For merits in culture" (2003), and has been elected a member of the St. Petersburg's branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the area of Education and Development of Science (2007).
Yulia Savrasova was born in Murmansk, Russia.
Studies at The Herzen State University of Russia and The Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre. Private lessons with Jesus Quinones Ledesma in the United States of America and Viktoria Loukianetz in Vienna (Austria).Singing Masterclasses with Elena Obraztsova, Makvala Kasrashvili (Russia) and Katia Ricciarelli (Italy).
Yulia Savrasova is winner of several international singing competitions. Among others:XXI International Miklaus Schneider-Trnavsky singing competition in Trnava, Slovakia; II International Boris Shtokolov singing competition in Saint Petersburg.
In 2010 Yulia Savrasova made her debut on the stage of The Mariinsky Theatre as
Countess in Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro". That followed an engagementat the Tatar State Opera and Ballet House in Kazan (Tatarstan), where she made herdebut as Micaela in Bizet's opera "Carmen". As a soloist of the theatre she also several times participated in Shaliapin Opera Festival (Kazan) and opera tours.
Yulia Savrasova pays special attention to performing recitals of chamber vocal music.
Particularly notable her creative collaboration with the pianists Pavel Egorov and Norman Shetler.
Since 2012 lives in Vienna.
Peter was born in 1991 in Leningrad. He studied music in the St. Petersburg Musical College named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov and St. Petersburg Conservatory, specializing in "choral conducting".
He is currently the artistic director of the Choir of war veterans and military service named after F. Kozlov. The artist successfully combines conducting with chamber singer performances. He is a participant of the festival "From avant-garde to the present day", "St. Petersburg Music Spring", "Sound Ways", and "Three Centuries of Classical Romance".
Lukáš Vondráček (Piano)
The indisputable winner of the International Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2016, Lukáš Vondráček made his first public appearance at the age of four. His debut as a fifteen-year-old in 2002 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy was followed by a major US tour in 2003. His natural and assured musicality and remarkable technical ability have long marked him out as a gifted and mature musician. He has worked with conductors including Paavo Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hrusa, Anu Tali, Xian Zhang, Krzysztof Urbanski, Stephane Deneve and Alexander Lazarev.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre national de Belgique, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orquesta de Gran Canaria, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege and a return to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He will tour Brazil, India and appear in recitals in Hong Kong, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Prague's Rudolfinum and Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
Recent recitals have taken Lukáš to London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Casa da Musica in Porto, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Washington Performing Arts Society, Boston Celebrity Series as well as Festival La Roque d'Antheron, Gilmore Festival and the renowned Piano aux Jacobins series in Toulouse amongst others.
He works regularly with ensembles such as the London and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, the Philharmonia and Gulbenkian orchestras, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Washington's National and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras. Recent highlights include a tour of Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi and a highly successful tour of Australia including appearances with the West Australian and Sydney Symphony orchestras.
International awards include first prizes at the Hilton Head and San Marino International Piano Competitions and Unisa International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as the Raymond E. Buck Jury Discretionary Award at the 2009 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.
Following studies at the Academy of Music in Katowice and the Vienna Conservatoire Lukáš Vondráček obtained an Artist Diploma from Boston's New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen, graduating with Honours in 2012.
His first commercial recording, a solo album for Octavia Records, was released in 2004 followed by another recital disc in 2012. His most recent CD, a recording of works by Brahms was released in autumn 2013 on the ORF label.
Three passionate musicians having roots in Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Austria, Russia, Mexico,Croatia and Turkey, came together in Vienna with a common vision. They have taken itupon themselves to conquer the music world as Trio Klavis, in the unique formation ofpiano, violin and saxophone.
Trio Klavis has been performing at the most prestigious concert halls in Austria including ORF Radiokulturhaus and MuTh, as well as being re-invited to the Wiener Musikverein three times within two years. Their debut at the renowned Grafenegg Festival was in June 2014. They recently performed at the Turkish International Guumusluk Classical Music Festival and had their Germany Debut in Gasteig Munich with great success. In 2016 they will release their Debut-CD "Geography of Sound" (Label Orlando).
Upcoming concerts include Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, among them concerts atthe Tonhalle Zurich and the Philharmonia Saint Petersburg.
With their unique programs that include works by Haydn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian and Piazzolla, they are able to please a young audience as well asexperienced music lovers. Making their own arrangements and compositions, the trioperforms also works written especially for them by world renowned composers such as Aleksey Igudesman, Hyung-ki Joo and Richard Dubugnon.
The name Trio Klavis derives from the German: "Klavier, Violine, Saxophon".
"I was enchanted from the first moment I experienced Trio KlaViS. They are three uniqueand brilliant musicians who have found their inner voice individually as well as togetherand follow a passion and vision. One can feel their incredible musicality through every noteand every work they interpret. Music seems to flow through them directly into the audiencein a way that is rarely heard in a concert hall. They are virtuosos without borders."Aleksey Igudesman
"Trio KlaViS consists of three exceptional musicians who make music with great passionon the highest level. The original instrumentation of their ensemble lends the pieces theyperform a great range of colours and makes them shine in the world of classical music!"Julian Rachlin
"Kla" of Klavis
Born in Baku Azerbaijan into a Russian family of pianists and growing up indifferent parts of Turkey, Sabina has a relatively long answer to those who askher where she is from.
Her main musical and human inspirations are her parents Olga and Vasif Hasanov, both great pianists and piano teachers. They taught her a great dealabout music and art, as well as how to cope psychologically with being thedaughter of professors. Wanting to pass her knowledge on straight away, Sabina herself taught at the Kafkas University for two years and did charity work, giving piano lessons to underprivileged children.When there was time in between practicing, performing, teaching, and winning numerous competitions, she would make large drawings on the walls of the cafeteria of her University. This finally resulted in her drawings being publishedby Universal Edition in Aleksey Igudesman's book "Horoscope Preludes".
World famous musicians such as Dmitri Alexeev and Boris Bloch, taught Sabina in lessons and masterclasses how to play all the right notes. After receiving her Master's Degree in Istanbul, she moved to Vienna and made her post-graduatestudies at the University of Music with renowned Austrian pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar.
Sabina is also the associate producer, as well as one of the core team members of the film "Noseland", a feature length comical documentary starring John Malkovich, Sir Roger Moore, Julian Rachlin and many other star musicians.
Noseland has been screened at 15 film festivals around the world, including thefamous Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where she enjoyed walking in her favorite Louboutin shoes on the red carpet.
She had solo and chamber music appearances around the world, yet her recentsecret passion is aggressive skating which, to the relief of her biggest love, Trio Klavis, she only does wearing all round protection.
"Vi" of Klavis
Even while in the womb, Jenny was immersed by the sounds of the voices of herMexican mother and Viennese father, as well as the music they loved. Dvorakand Chopin intermixed Mexican danzon and boleros.When Jenny was five years old, she was already asked, "How many languagesdo you speak?" The answer was obvious. "German, Spanish and the recorder."
While German and Spanish remained, musical fluency has only increased indiversity of instruments and skill. Shortly before her 10th birthday she discoveredthe violin to be her voice. Regina Brandstatter was to be her first teacher.
If music is to poetry, what the soul is to the body and they are senseless withouteach other, it was inevitable that her love for music and her love for poetry grewhand in hand.
At the University for Music in Vienna, Jenny eventually met her violin professor, Ernst Kovacic, a tireless explorer of musical worlds. He taught her fearlessness,respect for art, and lasting curiosity. She received artistic guidance frommembers of the Vienna Philharmonic, such as their concert master Volkhard Steude, iconic quartet members such as Gerhard Schulz, influential instructorssuch as Igor Ozim and explored the freedom of Baroque players and ofcontemporary music specialists.
Eventually she received her Masters degree with distinction, only to continue herjourney through the wide fields of music. In the same year, out of her newfoundfreedom, the "Podium Festival Modling" came to life, a chamber music festivalthat aims to tear down creative borders. Jenny proudly founded this uniquemusical platform together with friends and great musicians.
First and foremost, her heart is with Trio Klavis, in her mind a wondrouskaleidoscope of colors of sound and emotion.
"S" of KlaViS
Where Miha's musical journey began is a tricky question to answer. It may havebeen the small guitar he was given as a child with which he immediately begancomposing songs. Perhaps it was the "May Day Parade" of the wind orchestra inhis hometown in Slovenia, that convinced him to play the saxophone. It mighthave been his parents' 50 CD box which drove him into the arms of music forgood. Be that as it may, he devoted his life to music and has not looked backsince.
Before Miha could find freedom as an artist, he had to collect some papers toprove that he had learned and practiced sufficiently as a musician. First hefinished Music High School and went to Vienna to study the saxophone, wherehe received his Master's Degree, both with distinction.
In the meantime Miha played as a soloist with several orchestras, wrote manycompositions, did numerous arrangements, listened to volumes of music andwent to many museums. He also played in various saxophone quartets,conducted, read books, studied the musical language of Luciano Berio andanalyzed Bach's counterpoint. Besides that he met a lot of interesting and lessinteresting people, often sat alone in thought and enjoyed being in nature as wellas partying hard.
Miha is constantly arranging and composing music, often commissioned by great musicians. He is also part of the "Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra", an originalensemble consisting of twelve saxophones. His greatest passion and his strongest musical voice is in Trio Klavis, for which he composes and arranges aswell. Miha's composition "Reflection" is the first official music video of Trio Klavisfeatured on YouTube.
Marc COPPEY (Cello)
Petr LAUL (Piano)
French cellist Marc Coppey, winner of the two highest prizes at the Bach competition Leipzig at the age of 18, first prize and special prize for the best interpretation of Bach, is considered to be one of the leading cellists of today. Sir Yehudi Menuhin discovered Marc's talent at an early age and subsequently invited him to make his Moscow and Paris debuts performing together Tchaikovsky Trio along with Victoria Postnikova, collaboration documented on film by the acclaimed film director Bruno Monsaingeon. In 1989, Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career took off.
A frequent soloist with leading orchestras, Marc Coppey has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Alan Gilbert, Lionel Bringuier, EliahuInbal, Alain Altinoglu, Emmanuel Krivine, Yutaka Sado, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Christian Arming, Pascal Rophe, Kirill Karabits, Yan-Pascal Tortelier and Asher Fisch among others. Mr. Coppey has appeared on numerous occasions in Europe, North and South America and Asia and in some of the most prestigious concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel, the Theatre de la Ville, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the Theatre du Chatelet and the Philharmonie in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Liszt Conservatory Hall in Budapest, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, the Philharmonie in Saint-Petersburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo or the Metropolitan Museum in New York. He is a regular guest of the festivals of Radio-France-Montpellier, Strasbourg, Besanson, La Roque d'Antheron, Monte-Carlo, Nantes and Lisbon "Folle Journee", Bach Fest in Leipzig, Stuttgart, Midem, Kuhmo, Korsholm, West Cork or Prades.
An avid chamber music player, Marc Coppey has explored and performed the cello repertoire with such renowned artists as Maria-Joao Pires, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Michel Beroff, Nelson Goerner, Kun-Woo Paik, Finghin Collins, Peter Laul, Francois-Frederic Guy, Augustin Dumay, Victoria Mullova, Valeriy Sokolov, Liana Gourdjia, Alina Pogostkina, Tedi Papavrami, Ilya Gringolts, David Grimal, Lawrence Power, Gerard Causse, Janos Starker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Emmanuel Pahud and the Tokyo, Takacs, Prazak, Modigliani, Ebene or Talich Quartets. From 1995 to 2000 he was a member of the Ysaye Quartet, performing at the most prestigious international concert venues.
The breadth of Marc Coppey's repertoire is proof of his profound inquisitiveness: he frequently plays the complete Bach Suites and other well-known and loved concert repertoire, and also brings to the public's attention works that are rarely heard. Performing and promoting contemporary music is very important to Marc Coppey and composers such as Auerbach, Christian, Dufourt, Durieux, Fedele, Fenelon, Hurel, Jarrell, Jolas, Krawczyk, Lenot, Mantovani, Meimoun, Monnet, Pauset, Poppe, Reverdy, Staud, Tanguy have all dedicated works to him. He gave the world premieres of Lenot, Tanguy and Monnet cello concertos as well as giving French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tuur.
In 2015, he premiered ten cello solo pieces by today's most prominent composers as a tribute to Pierre Boulez at the Paris Philharmonie.
The Arte TV channel recently filmed him live performing the complete Bach Suites in one evening in Lyon.
Marc Coppey's recordings have received critical acclaim worldwide. They include works by Beethoven, Debussy, Emmanuel, Faure, Grieg and Strauss, produced by the labels Naive, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and K617. Among his last recordings are the concertante works by Theodore Dubois on the Mirare label (world premiere). His release of the complete Bach Suites (awarded Telerama'sffff) and a CD dedicated to Dohnanyi (featured in the 10 de Repertoire), were both recorded for the Aeon/Outhere label. Together with the Prazak Quartet, Marc Coppey recorded the Schubert Quintet for the Praga label. His discography also includes the great Russian cello sonatas, accompanied by pianist Peter Laul (Aeon), a performance of Martin Matalon's concerto (Accord/ Universal), a CD of the Brahms Sonatas with pianist Peter Laul and a Schubert album. His recording of the Dutilleux Cello Concerto and the Caplet Epiphanie with the Liege Orchestra under Pascal Rophe's direction received a BBC Music Magazine *****, a Diapason d'Or and a "Choc" du Monde de la Musique.
In 2016, his recording of the Haydn and CPE Bach cello concertos with the Zagreb Soloists has been released by Audite.
In November 2009, Marc Coppey was invited to play Bach in Paris on the Place de la Concorde marking the 20th anniversary since the Fall of the Wall in Berlin.
In addition to his solo concert career and his chamber music activities, Marc Coppey is a professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris and gives master-classes all over the world.
He is artistic director of the Colmar Chamber Music Festival and since 2011, musical director of the Zagreb Soloists and performs on a rare cello by Matteo Goffriller (Venice 1711), the "Van Wilgenburg". He resides in Paris.
He was made Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Culture Ministry in 2014.
Marc Coppey was born in Strasbourg, France. He studied cello at the conservatory of his home town, before attending the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur and the University of Indiana in Bloomington (USA).
Peter Laul is a diverse and brilliant pianist. He studied at the Middle Special Lyceum School of the St Petersburg Conservatoire in the class of Alexander Sandler, under whom he continued his studies and completed a post-graduate course at the St Petersburg Conservatoire itself. Since 2002, he has taught a special piano class at the conservatoire and the lyceum school; since 2015, he has been an associate professor of the conservatoire.
Peter Laul has won prizes at the Bremen International Competition (Germany, 1995, 3rd prize and special prize for the best performance of a work by Bach; 1997, 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of a sonata by Schubert) and the Scriabin International Competition in Moscow (Russia, 2000, 1st prize).
The pianist regularly performs in recital - his name can be seen on the playbills of the Great and Small Halls of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), the Svetlanov and Chamber Halls of the Moscow International House of Music (Moscow), the Louvre (Paris), the Musee d'Orsay (Paris), the Theatre du Chatelet and the Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Steinway Hall and the Lincoln Center (New York), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Vredenburg (Utrecht), Die Glocke (Bremen), Casino (Basel), Le Corum (Montpellier), Opera City Hall (Tokyo), IBK Chamber Hall (Seoul), Theatre La Monnaie (Brussels), Bruckner-house (Linz), Sapienza University (Rome), Verdi Hall (Milano), Opera Garnier (Monaco), Opera de Lyon (France), Hall of Moliere (Lyon, France), Musikaliska (Stockholm) and numerous other venues in Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, the Netherlands, Turkey, USA, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea and Japan.
Peter Laul has taken part in festivals in Colmar and Saint-Riquier (France), West Cork (Ireland), Progetto Marta Argerich (Lugano, Switzerland), the Art-November Festival (Moscow), the Printemps des Arts Festival (Monaco), Stars of the White Nights Festival, Mariinsky International Piano Festival, Arts Square Festival (St. Petersburg), Diaghilev Festival (Perm) among others. Orchestras with which he regularly works include the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic (Honoured Ensemble of Russia), the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre, the Nordwest deutsche Philharmonie, SWR, theatre orchestras in Dessau, Bremerhaven and Oldenburg and the Urals, Novosibirsk, Voronezh, Kazan, Samara, Karelia and North Caucasus Philharmonic Orchestras. The pianist regularly works with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Nikolay Alexeyev, Vladislav Chernushenko, Vladimir Ziva, Vasily Sinaysky, Mikhail Yurovsky, Vladimir Verbitsky, Felix Korobov, Tugan Sokhiev, Jean-Claude Casadesus and Maxim Shostakovich.
The pianist dedicates particular attention to chamber music. His regular partners include Ilya Gringolts, Maxim Vengerov, Viktor Tretyakov, Graf Mourja, AlyonaBayeva, Borodin Quartet, Ekaterina Semenchuk, AleksandrGindin, Sergey Kuznetsov, Sergey Levitin, David Grimal, Laurent Korcia and Marc Coppey.
The pianist has performed on radio shows on Radio France Classique (France), Radio Bremen (Germany) and Orpheus Radio (Russia) and participated in television shows on Arte TV (France), Kultura (Russia), RTR (Russia), St. Petersburg Channel 5 (Russia). Peter Laul has recorded a number of CDs for Naxos, Aeon, Onyx, BIS, Harmonia Mundi, Querstand, Integral Classic, King Records, Northern Flowers. The most significant work in this area includes the CDs with pieces by Skryabin (2006), a complete collection of trios and cello sonatas by Brahms (2007, 2008), violin sonatas and trios by Schumann (2010), and violin pieces by Stravinsky (2016).
In the season of 2007-2008, Peter Laul performed at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia with a cycle of five piano evenings titled "Three Centuries of Piano Sonatas".
In 2015, he presented a cycle of seven concerts titled "32 Sonatas by Beethoven" in the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia and the University of Tartu (Estonia).
In 2003 Peter Laul was presented with an honorary award by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation "For Achievements in Culture".
TRIO BAMBERG Ilonka HEILINGLOH
When the press reports about "historic moments of chamber music" (Badische Neueste Nachrichten, Karlsruhe), "Encounter with three Olympians" (Nurnberger Nachrichten), "World Class Standard" (Fono Forum), "volcanic temperament" (FAZ) or "extremely fervent" (Frankfurter Rundschau) it spells Trio Bamberg.
The Trio Bamberg has performed in nearly all major German cities like Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Dresden, Hamburg as well as in many international capitals like Brussels, Barcelona, Bergen, Ljubljana, Naples, Osaka, Shanghai, Riad, Sao Paulo
Extensive concert tours brought the trio to South-Africa, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Saudi-Arabia, Norway and South America.
The Bamberg Trio is numbered among the top ensembles and is regularly invited by international music festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein-Musik-Festival, the International Music Festival at Echternach, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The CD productions of the trio were highly praised by the musical press and the audience.
The recording of Trios by Schnittke and Schostakowitsch won the German Grammy Award.
Ilonka Heilingloh, born in Nuremberg, received her first piano lessons with Karl-Heinz Schluter (1.Preistrager Busoni Competition), then with Prof. Annie Gicquel (student of Alfred Cortot) as a young student at the Nuremberg Meistersinger Conservatory.
In 1997 she began her full-time studies at the Musikhochschule (state college of music) in Wurzburg in the class of Prof. Karl Betz (student of Maria Tipo) and closed soloist class with great success in 2005.
She is the winner of various national competitions, winner of the Dr. Josef-E. Drexel- Sponsorship (1995) and several other scholarships.
The fine-tuning as a song accompanist she received subsequently in Karlsruhe in the "Lied- klasse" of the world famous song accompanist Hartmut Holl.
Since 1995 she has regularly performed in Germany and abroad, among others in Munich, Vienna, London, Prague, Bern, Gdansk, Krakow, Kharkov, Meran, St. Petersburg, solo and as a chamber musician.
Even during her studies (2002 - 2010) she already taught at the Musikhochschule (state college of music) in Wurzburg. In 2004 she was appointed to a permanent position at the Musikhochschule (state college of music) in Karlsruhe as a musical assistant / accompanist at the opera school.
Currently (since 2008) she is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and the Stuttgart Municipal Music School.
Additionally she regularly works as a pianist and accompanist in master classes with internationally renowned personalities such as Francisco Araiza, Brigitte Fassbander, Margret Honey, Maria Venuti, Hilde Zadek, DunjaVejzovic and Ulrike Sonntag.
Jewgeni Schuk, born in 1960 inMoscow originates from a famousMoscow family of musicians, hismother being a solo-cellist with thestate orchestra in Moscow and hisfather an internationally renownedviolinist - winner of severalinternational competitions.
From 1978 until 1983 he studied withthe famous Russian violinist Igor Besrodnyat the Tschaikowsky Conservatoire in Moscow. During this time, frequently performing, Schuk was member of Swjatoslav Richter's Quintet, with which he gave many concerts in Russia and abroad.
While still studying, he became assistant of both his professor Igor Besrodnyand Dimitri Schebalin and the Borodin Quartet.
With only 23 he was given the position of first violinist of the Moscow Philharmonic, which he has been filling for five years.
The door to an international career was opened for JewgeniSchuk when Juri Bashmet, one of the most outstanding Russian musical figures, took him asconcertmaster on to his newly-founded chamber orchestra Moscow Soloists.
This event was followed by a three-year-period of worldwide concert tours andmusic festivals, which established Schuk as an authority in his field.
In 1990 he was offered the position of first concertmaster at the Stuttgarter Staatstheater, in which he is still active.
Together with Robert Benz and the cellist Stephan Gerlinghaus he founded the Trio Bambergin February 1994.
Performing with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskauin Berlin, at the Rheingau Musikfestival, music festivals in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein, Ljubljana, Bergen (Norway), Cervantino, Mexico City he proved a masterlysoloist's virtuosity.
He also performed in Japan, China, France and other places.
Alexander Hulshoff has established himself inrecent years as one ofthe world's best-knowncellists. His interpretationsare distinguished fortheir expressivenesscoupled with an unmistakeable,warm and lyricaltone, which are muchappreciated by audiencesand musical partnersalike and are hisoutstanding qualities onthe world's concert platforms.
He is guest soloistwith major internationalorchestras such asthe German Radio Philharmonic, the German State Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonicof Brno, the New Philharmonic of Westphalia, the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra,the Salta Symphony Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Soloist Ensemble and the Limburg Symphony Orchestra of Maastricht.
Chamber music plays a significant role and has an important place in Alexander Hulshoff's work. His cello performances include appearances with the Bamberg Trio and
fellow musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, HagaiShaham, Vadim Gluzman, FineArts Quartett, Gil Sharon, Rainer Honeck, Boris Garlitsky in renowned concert hallssuch as the Berliner Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam's De Doelen and the Wigmore Hall in London. He has been guest instrumentalist at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Enescu Festival, Kfar Blum in Israel and the Amadeo Festival. He is artistic director of the Kloster Kamp Chamber Music Festival.
Numerous CD's testify to the breadth of his musical scope, which includes works by,amongst others, Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovitch, Bloch and Servais. Hisrecordings are released under the Novalis, Naxos, Musicaphon, Brillant and VDM musical treasures labels.
His concert tours regularly take him to other European countries, the Near, Middle and Far East as well as to Asia and North and South America.
In 1997 Alexander Hulshoff, whose most important teachers were Martin Ostertag and Lynn Harrell, was appointed Professor of Cello at the Folkwang University of the Arts. Since 2011 he is the artistic director of the Villa Musica ( www.villamusica.de).
He lives today in Cologne with his wife and two children, born in 2002 and 2006.
Alexander Hulshoff playswith the Grancino-Cello "David Popper", made in 1691.
Fazil SAY (Piano)
of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
With his extraordinary pianistic talents, Fazil Say has been touching audiences and critics alike for more than twenty-five years, in a way that has become rare in the increasingly materialistic and elaborately organised classical music world. Concerts with this artist are something different. They are more direct, more open, more exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. Which is exactly what the composer Aribert Reimann thought in 1986 when, during a visit to Ankara, he had the opportunity, more or less by chance, to appreciate the playing of the sixteen-year-old pianist. He immediately asked the American pianist David Levine, who was accompanying him on the trip, to come to the city's conservatory, using the now much-quoted words: "You absolutely must hear him, this boy plays like a devil."
Fazil Say had his first piano lessons from Mithat Fenmen, who had himself studied with Alfred Cortot in Paris. Perhaps sensing just how talented his pupil was, Fenmen asked the boy to improvise every day on themes to do with his daily life before going on to complete his essential piano exercises and studies. This contact with free creative processes and forms is seen as the source of the immense improvisatory talent and the aesthetic outlook that make Fazil Say the pianist and composer he is today. He has been commissioned to write music for, among others, the Salzburg Festival, the WDR, the Dortmund Konzerthaus and the Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festivals. His work includes compositions for solo keyboard and chamber music, as well as solo concertos and large-scale orchestral works.
From 1987 onwards, Fazil Say fine-tuned his skills as a classical pianist with David Levine, first at the Musikhochschule Robert Schumann in Dusseldorf and later in Berlin. This formed the aesthetic basis for his Mozart and Schubert interpretations, in particular. His outstanding technique very quickly enabled him to master the so-called warhorses of the repertoire with masterful ease. It is precisely this blend of refinement (in Bach, Haydn, and Mozart) and virtuoso brilliance in the works of Liszt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven that gained him victory at the Young Concert Artists international competition in New York in 1994. Since then he has played with all of the renowned American and European orchestras and numerous leading conductors, building up a multifaceted repertoire ranging from Bach, through the Viennese Classics (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven) and the Romantics, right up to contemporary music, including his own piano compositions.
Guest appearances have taken Fazil Say to countless countries on all five continents; the French newspaper Le Figaro called him "a genius". He also performs chamber music regularly: for many years he was part of a fantastic duo with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Other notable collaborators include Maxim Vengerov, the Borusan Quartet of Istanbul and the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.
From 2005 to 2010, he was artist in residence at the Dortmund Konzerthaus; during the 2010/11 season he held the same position at the Berlin Konzerthaus. Say was also a focal point of the programme of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in the summer of 2011. There have been further residencies and Fazil Say festivals in Paris, Tokyo, Meran, Hamburg, and Istanbul. During the 2012/13 season Fazil Say was the artist in residence at the Hessischer Rundfunk in Frankfurt am Main and at the Rheingau Musik Festival 2013, where he was honoured with the Rheingau Musik Preis. In April 2015 Fazil Say gave a successful concert with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York, that was followed by a tour with concerts all over Europe. In 2014 he was the artist in residence at the Bodensee festival, where he played 14 concerts. During their 2015/2016 season the AlteOper Frankfurt invited him to be their artist in residence.
His recordings of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky have been highly praised by critics and won several prizes, including three ECHO Klassik Awards. In 2014, his recording of Beethoven's piano concerto No. 3 and Beethoven's sonatas op. 111 and op. 27/2 Moonlight was released, as well as the CD 'Say plays', featuring his compositions for piano.