We are a College for the 21st century musician.
Musical training for a real, digital, global life.
A New Approach to Music Education
Mediterranean Music College (often abbreviated as MedMusic or MMC) is a new music school offering Undergraduate and Graduate degrees valid throughout the EU, and easily validated in most countries around the world. MMC is located in the vibrant city of Valencia, Spain, which is one of the most culturally-expanding cities in Europe, and home to three public universities and seven private colleges, including Berklee’s Graduate College. We offer a unique educational perspective and curriculum, where students are trained not only in the performing/creative musical skills but also on how to get the maximum benefit from those skills. Our facilities are located in the Cabañal district, at walking distance from Malvarrosa Beach and the Port of Valencia — these historical places serve as an entry point for our students to also be exposed to the richness of Mediterranean musical and cultural traditions.
Herein lies the main goal of MMC: to provide a musical education for a real, digital, global life.
Starting in September 2022, MMC will gather together top music performers and leaders from around the world to provide first-class musical education. The opportunity of learning from and being mentored by these educators is complemented with a focus on building networking, digital, social media, and leadership skills, in order to help our students build their careers from day one.
We’ve gathered some of the best educators in the planet, creating an environment conducive to creativity and goodness.
Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev is one of the world's most highly regarded artists. His critically praised recitals on the world's leading concert stages and his concert appearances with the most prestigious orchestras have secured his position as one of "the most remarkable pianists of the day" (Daily Telegraph).
He has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the five London orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, and the Munich Bavarian Radio Orchestra amongst others. He has worked with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Boulez, Svetlanov, Dorati, Gergiev, Giulini, Jansons, Muti, Pappano, Rozhdestvensky, Salonen, Temirkanov, Tilson Thomas, and Klaus Tennstedt to name just a few.
During recent seasons he was the Artistic Director of the Leeds International Recital Series, and for the 2013-14 season, he was appointed Artistic Director (and Artist in Residence) of a concert series in Arnhem and Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. Alexeev has been a juror for many of the world’s most prestigious International Piano Competitions, including the Leeds, Chopin (Warsaw), Van Cliburn, Santander, Beethoven (Vienna), and Tchaikovsky (Moscow). He gives masterclasses regularly around the world.
Dmitri Alexeev has made many fine recordings for EMI, BMG, Virgin Classics, Hyperion, and Russian labels. His discs include piano concertos by Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Medtner and solo works by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev. Following his Virgin Classics recording of the complete Rachmaninov Preludes, which won the Edison Award in the Netherlands, BBC Music Magazine said: "He is a pianist at once aristocratic, grand and confessionally poetic. This is an inspiring disc." His latest recordings include Scriabin‘s complete Piano Sonatas (Brilliant Classic, 2012), Chopin’s Mazurkas (2014), and Scriabin’s complete Études (2015) and Preludes (2017).
Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions.
Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, Bern Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, RAI Orchestra in Milan, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia, and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. His North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah, and Toronto Symphonies.
Slutsky has been heard on recital series throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Performing Arts Center in Seoul, and Teatro Colon in Bogota, among many others. An avid chamber musician, Slutsky’s more than two decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label, as well as performances with many renowned artists.
Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and served as a jury member for many international piano competitions.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Slutsky received his early training at Moscow’s Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor, and completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Nadia Reisenberg, Nina Svetlanova, John Browning, and Joseph Seiger. In addition, he has worked for many years with his mentor Alexander Eydleman.
One of the most outstanding Polish pianists and professors, laureate of five international piano competitions, Piotr Paleczny completed his piano studies at the Frederick Chopin Music University in Warsaw, in the class of prof. Jan Ekier. The opportunity of having artistic contact with Arthur Rubinstein and Witold Lutoslawski also had a huge impact on the final development of his artistic personality.
His success achieved at the 8th Frederick Chopin International Piano Competition opened the doors of many prestigious world concert halls to Piotr Paleczny. In this competition he was awarded, together with Garrick Ohlsson and Mitsuko Uchida, the Third Prize, the Special Prize for the best performance of a Polonaise and the Witold Małcużyński Prize.
He performed as a soloist with such prominent orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, RAI, Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina, and Orquesta Nacional de España, to name just a few.
He has performed in prestigious concert halls including the Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall and the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, the Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Festival Hall in London, and Festspielhaus in Salzburg.
He has held master classes in New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Fort Worth, Bordeaux, Paris, Seoul, Beijing, Brescia, Madrid, Amsterdam, Hamamatsu, Montevideo, Mexico City, and many others.
Mr Paleczny has gained great recognition as a juror at prestigious international piano competitions such as those organized in Warsaw (eight last editions of the Chopin Competition), Leeds, Montreal, Moscow (Tchaikovsky - in 2002 and 2019), Paris, A.Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, London, Cleveland, Geneve, Hamamatsu, Toronto, Tokyo, Takamatsu, Seoul, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Santander, Sendai, Taipei, Weimar, Manchester, Shenzhen, Los Angeles, Hilton Head, etc.
In July 2007, he led the Jury works at the prestigious piano competition in Cleveland, thus he was the first and only Pole invited to fulfill the function of Jury Chairman at a major USA international piano competition.
On 5 November 2001, Piotr Paleczny was invited to be a soloist of the extraordinary Gala Concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1993 he has been Artistic Director of the world's oldest existing piano festival, the Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival, and since 2004 he has also served as the Artistic Director of the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz.
In 2015 the National F.Chopin Institute has released a highly awaited CD recorded by Piotr Paleczny, an all-Chopin recital that became a huge success among critics and the audience.
Piotr Paleczny conducts the piano class at the Frederick Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. His students have won dozens of awards at the most important international and national piano competitions. He is also a Professor at the Talent Music Academy in Brescia, Italy, as well as a member of the executive committee of the International Pianists Association.
Mr Paleczny is honored with many superior and prestigious Polish and foreign states decorations, such as the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Mexican Order of the Aguila Azteca.
In September 2005, Piotr Paleczny was awarded the highest Polish artistic distinction: Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.
In March 2017, Piotr Paleczny was awarded the "Diploma and Title of Honorary Professor "of the F.Chopin University of Music. In April 2017, the Board of the Polish Phonographic Academy, in recognition of his artistic achievements, awarded him with the prestigious 'Golden Fryderyk' Award.
In 2018, he received an extraordinary and unique prize - The C.K. Norwid Award "Work of Life." In 2019, the Government of Japan awarded him one of the highest Japanese honors: the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Ribbon.
Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and embarked on a career that continues to extend across five continents. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a Silver Medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Mr. Pompa-Baldi appears at the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Paris Salle Pleyel, to name a few.
He has collaborated with leading conductors including Hans Graf, James Conlon, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Theodore Kuchar, Benjamin Zander, Louis Lane, and Keith Lockhart. He has performed with ensembles and colleagues such as Takacs String Quartet, Alison Balsom, Sharon Robinson, and principals of the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, and New York Philharmonic, among others.
With a concerto repertoire including more than 60 works, Mr. Pompa-Baldi recently performed cycles of all the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos, the five Beethoven Piano Concertos, and both Brahms Concertos with various orchestras. He has played recitals in most major venues over the world.
In 2019, he was a returning guest at the third edition of the Lang Lang International Piano Festival in Shenzhen, China, continued his honorary guest professorship at the Beijing China Conservatory, and was named honorary professor at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music.
Among the stops on his tours, he performed in Vienna (Austria), Malaga (Spain), Nancy (France), New York, and throughout China (Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Dalian, Guangzhou).
Mr. Pompa-Baldi has recorded over 30 CDs to date, for various labels including Centaur Records, Harmonia Mundi, Steinway, TwoPianists, Azica, and Brilliant Classics. Among them, the complete piano and chamber music works of Grieg, the Josef Rheinberger Piano Sonatas, the complete Hummel Piano Sonatas, and CDs dedicated to Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Respighi, and Rachmaninoff. For the Steinway label, Pompa-Baldi recorded a disc of songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf, arranged for solo piano, to commemorate the 50th year of the passing of both French musical icons, as well as a CD titled “Napoli”, which features new piano versions of famous Neapolitan songs. His latest releases feature Concertos for Violin, Piano and Orchestra by Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Hummel.
Antonio Pompa-Baldi is a Steinway Artist since 2003.
He is often invited to judge international piano competitions such as the Cleveland, Hilton Head, E-Competition (Minneapolis), BNDES Rio de Janeiro, and Edward Grieg (Bergen), among many others. He serves as president of the jury and artistic advisor for the San Jose International Piano Competition since 2006.
Pompa-Baldi is on the Piano Faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. His students have been prizewinners in important competitions such as Marguerite Long, Hilton Head, Isang Yun, and Gina Bachauer. He is regularly invited to teach masterclasses in countless Universities, Music Schools, and Festivals in the US and all over the world.
From 2009 to 2012, Pompa-Baldi worked in Santo Domingo with Fundación por la Música, mentoring young Dominican pianists through the "Manuel Rueda" program.
In 2015, Pompa-Baldi founded the Todi International Music Masters festival, of which he is also Artistic Director and Faculty Member. This summer festival takes place every August in the beautiful Italian town of Todi. It features 15 concerts in 15 days, with internationally renowned faculty members, and students from all over the world.
Ilya Kaler is one of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today, with a career ranging from that of soloist and recording artist to chamber musician and professor. He is the only violinist in the world to win the Gold Medal at three of the world’s most prestigious international violin competitions: the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981).
Praised by Gramophone magazine as "the magician, bewitching our ears," Kaler has earned rave reviews for his solo appearances with distinguished orchestras such as the Leningrad, Moscow, and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras, the Montreal Symphony, the Danish and Berlin Radio Orchestras, the Moscow and Zurich Chamber Orchestras, and most major American orchestras. He has collaborated with a number of outstanding conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Dmitri Kitayenko, Mariss Jansons, and Jerzy Semkow. Kaler’s solo recitals have also taken him to five continents, where he received enthusiastic reviews.
Kaler performs across the globe as a member of The Tempest Trio with cellist Amit Peled and pianist Alon Goldstein, a constellation of internationally acclaimed soloists. The trio recently released their debut album for Naxos Records, featuring the complete set of piano trios by Antonin Dvorák. His musical versatility extends to the symphony orchestra, as well, and he has appeared as guest Concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphonies, and on tour with the World Orchestra for Peace under Valery Gergiev. Kaler also held the Concertmaster position with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York.
As one of the most sought-after teachers in the world, Kaler was recently invited to join the violin faculty at the distinguished Cleveland Institute of Music, where he will begin teaching full-time in the Fall of 2018. He has also held professorships at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, IN, and at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, IL. Kaler regularly serves as a jury member at international violin competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, Russia, the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition, the Henri Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany, the International Music Competition Harbin (IMCH), the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, and the Karol Lipinski International Violin Competition in Torun, Poland.
He received his education at the Moscow Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and at the Moscow State Conservatory under Leonid Kogan and Victor Tretyakov. Further influence and inspiration came from his long-time mentor, superb violinist and pedagogue Abram Shtern.
Kaler records for Naxos Records and Ongaku Records. His highly acclaimed albums include Sonatas by Schumann and Brahms, Concertos by Paganini, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Glazunov, Szymanowski, and Karlowicz, as well as the Taneyev Concert Suite, J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, and an album of works for solo violin.
Professor of Violin, Artist Teacher, Michigan State University.
Dmitri Berlinsky, professor of violin and artist teacher at the Michigan State University College of Music, has performed in major venues such as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Concert Hall.
Recent highlights include appearances as a soloist in Berlin Philharmonie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, among others on a European concert tour “ Paganini Night” with Russian Philharmonic of St. Petersburg.
Last season Mr. Berlinsky performed and taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Royal Conservatory and Glen Gould School in Toronto, Tel Aviv University, Eastman School of Music, China Conservatory in Beijing, Xiamen and Fujian Universities in China, National University of Singapore, and Institute of Music in Thailand.
In high demand as a teacher, Mr.Berlinsky has given Master Classes at the University of South California in Los Angeles, Menuhin School in London, Manhattan School, Temple University in Philadelphia, DePaul and Roosevelt University in Chicago and served on the jury of Paganini International Competition, Washington International Competition, YCA, and Astral Auditions.
Mr. Berlinsky is a founder of “Dorothy DeLay MasterClass Series” and Artistic Director of “International Chamber Soloists”. He is the co-founder of the “Juventus ProMusica” concert series in New York City, providing chamber music experiences for young students alongside distinguished guest artists.
Mr. Berlinsky arrived on the International scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini's own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, and Young Concert Artists auditions in NYC led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.
Silvia Marcovici, born in Romania is one of the most renowned and highly regarded violinists of our times.
A student of Professor Stefan Gheorghiu at the conservatory in Bucharest, she made her professional debut at the age of sixteen with the Residentie Orkest of The Hague under Bruno Maderna. A few years later she won first prize in the Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, the special prize of Prince Rainier of Monaco for the interpretation of a contemporary work; and first prize in the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest.
Since then, Ms. Marcovici's performances have brought her to the leading orchestras throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, North and South America, appearing with the most celebrated conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Claudio Abbado, Erich Leinsdorf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Eugene Ormandy, Kirill Petrenko, Simon Rattle, Eliahu Inbal, Zubin Mehta, David Zinman, Mstislav Rostropovich, André Previn, Riccardo Muti, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Michael Gilen, Herbert Blomstedt and many others. She has been a soloist with most of the world's great orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra della Scala di Milano, New York Philarmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philarmonic, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philarmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, etc.
A multifaceted musician and fascinating stage presence, she maintained a rich involvement in chamber music as well. She appeared frequently with such pianists as Evgeny Kissin, Boris Berezovsky, Pascal Rogé, Valentin Gheorghiu; and cellists David Geringas, Lynn Harrell, Antonio Meneses, Boris Pergamenscikov.
Silvia Marcovici has numerous critically acclaimed recordings including the live performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto with London Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi, the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montpellier under Yoël Levi and the Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin with Valentin Gheorghiu. The Canadian record company DOREMI has released several CDs and DVDs in its «Legendary Treasures» series of live performances by Silvia Marcovici.
Silvia Marcovici is a passionate and active teacher, currently a professor at the University of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.
He began his studies at the Unión Musical de Llíria at the age of five, then he studied at the conservatories of Valencia and Barcelona with and finished his studies in the Royal Conservatory of Music of Brussels with professors T. Adamopoulos and Agustín León Ara, obtaining the highest awards and the Virtuosity Award "Avec la plus grand distinction." He won First prize in the Martínez Baguena, Ciudad de Soria and Gyenes violin competitions.
He has collaborated with world-famous artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Jorge Bolet, Gerard Causé, Marçal Cervera, Yvry Gitlys, and Nobuko Imai. As a soloist he has performed with an extensive repertoire in most European countries under the baton of conductors like; Gianandrea Noseda, Meir Minsky, Michael Thomas, Robert Jansens, L Dewez, E García Asensio, Max Bragado, Henri Adams, Odón Alonso, Boguslaw Madey, Álvaro Albiach, and many others.
Vicente Huerta has been a violin teacher at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, as well as at the Universitat de Valencia, his students receiving the most important awards in the main international competitions (Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Tibor Varga, Wienawsky, Queen Elisabeth...), as well as prominent positions in many European orchestras.
He recorded the violin part of the original soundtrack composed by Alberto Iglesias for the film “La Piel que Habito” by Pedro Almodóvar, being awarded the “Goya” prize for the best Soundtrack in 2012.
He has been developing an intense pedagogical activity, with many students getting positions in orchestras in Spain and Europe, and he is regularly invited as a teacher in the principal Spanish youth orchestras; JONDE (National Spanish Youth Orchestra), OJA (Andalusia), EGO (Basque Country), JORVAL (Valencian region), OJRM (Murcia), and others.
Now in his third season as Concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Igor Yuzefovich had previously served in the same role with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, and prior to that, as Assistant Concertmaster with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to a busy orchestral performing calendar, Igor Yuzefovich continues to be an active chamber musician, often reuniting with the Monument Piano Trio which he co-founded in 2004. The trio made its concert debut in the US to critical acclaim and has since captivated audiences across the United States and in China. Its debut recording, featuring works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Schoenfield received high praise from critics and audiences alike.
While Mr. Yuzefovich’s concerts and recitals have taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Cairo Opera House, across Europe and throughout Asia, he has been equally committed to educating the next generation of musicians as a Visiting Artist at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is highly sought after for solo, chamber music and orchestral masterclasses around the globe.
Born into a musical family in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Yuzefovich began his violin studies at the age of 5, and soon after enrolled at the Gnessin Music School, studying with Irina Svetlova. In 1991, Mr. Yuzefovich moved to the United States where he continued his violin studies and later earned advanced degrees from The Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of world-renowned pedagogue Victor Danchenko.
When he is not leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Yuzefovich can be seen and heard in his frequent appearances as guest concertmaster with many of the world’s well-respected orchestras.
Mr. Yuzefovich plays a Ceruti violin kindly loaned to him through the Beare’s International Violin Society.
Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is celebrated for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship. In 2000, Causa was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the J. Barbirolli Prize for “the most beautiful sound” at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola competition in England.
Ettore has appeared as soloist and in recital at major venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Salle Cortot, Tokyo Symphony Hall and Teatro Colon. He performs regularly at international festivals including the Menuhin, Salzburg, Tivoli, Prussia Cove, Savonlinna, Launadire and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals.
As a devoted chamber musician, Mr. Causa actively collaborates with internationally-renowned musicians including the Tokyo, Artis, Brentano, Cremona and Elias String Quartets, as well as with esteemed artists such as Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Peter Frankl, Thomas Ades, Natalie Clein, Ana Chumachenco, Ani Kavafian, Alberto and Antonio Lysy, Liviu Prunaru, Thomas Demenga, Ulf Wallin, and William Bennett, among others.
Causa’s collection of highly-praised recordings includes several produced by Claves Records. Ettore’s distinguished recording of Romantic Transcriptions for Viola and Piano feature his work as both transcriber and performer, and was awarded a coveted “5 Diapasons” by the French magazine.
In 2016, Causa was invited as a guest of honor at the 43rd International Viola Congress held in Cremona, Italy, where he performed with enormous accolades his own arrangement of the Schumann cello concerto.
Causa studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskar, and later at the Manhattan School of Music with Michael Tree. For many years after his studies, Ettore taught both viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland, and in 2009, Causa joined the renowned faculty of the Yale School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut.
Principal Violist Emeritus, Berliner Philharmoniker.
After his studies with Emil Kessinger, Ulrich Koch and Tibor Varga in 1971 Wilfried Strehle, then just over 20 years old, became a member of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra led by Herbert von Karajan. From 1984 to 2013 he held the position as viola soloist.
At the University of Arts Berlin Professor Strehle teaches Viola since 2001 as well as at Barenboim-Said Academie (2017-2020). Moreover for decades he has been teaching at the Karajan-Academy of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. A lot of his students earned great success and went on to become members of Berlin Phil as well as other important orchestras in cities like Berlin, Wien, Munich, Dresden and Hamburg. Wilfried Strehle also frequently has been asked to teach in master classes all over the world, for example by the Summer Academy of Mozarteum Salzburg and by the conservatories of Moscow, Yale, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.
Apart from his activities in orchestra and as a teacher he also enjoys to pursue his career as a well renowned soloist and a high-profile chamber musician. Notably he was a founding member of world famous Brandis Quartet for 25 years. Amongst many others his musical partners are Yefim Bronfman and David Geringas with whom in 2016 and 2019 he was invited by Valery Gergiev to perform Richard Strauss “Don Quixote” as soloists with Mariinsky Orchestra at the Festival Stars of the White Nights in St. Petersburg. For chamber music he is regularly invited by this Festival.
Playing chamber music and as soloist he travelled to South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the USA. A lot of chamber music is recorded by Harmonie Mundi, Orfeo, Teldec, Emi, Deutsche Grammophon und Nimbus Records.
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 and the Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris.
This culminated in 2000 with three awards at the first International Pablo Casals Competition held under the auspices of the Kronberg Academy: Marta Casals Istomin presented Claudio Bohórquez with first prize, a special award for the best chamber music, and also the use of Casals’ Gofriller cello for a period of two years. He also won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva, an achievement that marked the start of his career as a soloist. Meanwhile he has become a teacher himself: from 2011 to 2016 he was professor at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, in September 2016 he was appointed to the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, where he has been a guest professor since 2003.
Among others, Claudio Bohórquez has performed with almost all German radio orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In Japan, he performs with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the US, Claudio Bohórquez recently gave concerts with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Renowned conductors Claudio Bohórquez has worked with include Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Krzysztof Penderecki, Leonard Slatkin, Tugan Sokhiev, Lothar Zagrosek and David Zinman.
Claudio Bohórquez is a guest at numerous festivals. Among them are the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the City of London Festival, the Penderecki Festival in Warsaw and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. Appearances in the United States have included performances at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Aspen Festival as well as the Hollywood Bowl. He participated in the chamber music festival Lockenhaus in Austria and at Gidon Kremer's festival "Les Musiques" in Basel. As a passionate chamber musician, he has performed together with Jörg Widmann in Bilbao/Madrid, and with Viviane Hagner and Jonathan Gilad at the Beethoven Marathon at Konzerthaus Berlin.
The past seasons have led the artist to many festivals, including: a. to the Rheingau Music Festival with the Columbian Youth Philharmonic under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, to the Dresden Music Festival with a Chamber Music Project together with the violinist Philippe Quint and the pianist Boris Giltburg, to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival. The upcoming season includes, among others, the Elbphilharmonie debut on November 8, 2018 and an Elgar cello concert with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg on February 15, 2019.
In addition to numerous CD recordings, radio recordings and television appearances Claudio Bohórquez worked as an interpreter for the soundtrack of Paul English by to the film "Ten Minutes Older - The Cello", which was shown in theaters worldwide. Together with the painter Klaus-Peter Kirchner, Claudio Bohórquez developed the installation project "Raum für Pablo Casals" in homage to this great cellist. He was part of the ECHO-winning album "Four Seasons" (2017) of Daniel Hope, released by Deutsche Grammophon. In July 2018 Berlin Classics will release a new CD with the sonatas of Johannes Brahms and some bonus tracks together with Claudio Bohórquez's duo partner Péter Nagy.
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.
Praised by The Strad magazine and The New York Times, internationally renowned cellist Amit Peled is acclaimed as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Having performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Konzerthaus Berlin, Peled has released over a dozen recordings on the Naxos, Centaur, Delos, and CTM Classics labels. Musical America named Peled one of the Top 30 Influencers of 2015.
Recent career highlights include Bach Suite cycles in the United States, Europe, and Israel; performances of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto at the Kennedy Center; a debut collaboration with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra led by Maestra Marin Alsop; a return to the Ravinia Festival in celebration of Peled’s recording of the Brahms Cello Sonatas on the Goffriller cello (1733) once owned by the legendary cellist Pablo Casals; a return visit as a soloist to the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; performances of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Penderecki’s Second Cello Concerto conducted by the legendary Krzysztof Penderecki himself; Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata recorded on the Casals cello; and a worldwide musical celebration of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano to commemorate the composer’s 250th anniversary.
An enthusiastic chamber music artist, Peled is a member of the acclaimed Tempest Trio with violinist Ilya Kaler and pianist Alon Goldstein. Peled also performs with Goldstein and clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein as a member of the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio.
One of the most sought-after cello professors in the world, Peled is a professor at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University where he has taught since 2003 and was one of the youngest professors ever hired by a major conservatory. He has instructed students who have gone on to garner top prizes at international competitions such as the Carlos Prieto International Competition in Mexico, the Schoenefeld International Competition in China, and Young Concert Artists Guild in New York. Embracing the new era of the pandemic, Peled recently established the Amit Peled Online Cello Academy in order to reach cellists all over the world with private lessons and in-depth courses on his First Hour technique method.
Passing on the tradition in which he performed with his mentors Bernard Greenhouse and Boris Pergamenschikow, Peled regularly performs with the Amit Peled Cello Gang. Composed of students from Peled’s studio at the Peabody Institute, members of the Cello Gang range in age from undergraduate freshmen to second-year master’s students. Peled and the Cello Gang tour regularly around the country with recent performances at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, as a resident ensemble in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and all across Maryland, the gang’s home state. Peled is also the founder, conductor, and artistic director of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra dedicated to nurturing the careers of recently graduated music students, which annually performs a five-program season in Baltimore, Silver Spring, and Rockville, Maryland.
Raised on a kibbutz in Israel, Amit Peled began playing the cello at age 10. From 2012 through 2018, Peled performed on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello, which was loaned to him personally by Casals’ widow, Marta Casals Istomin. Today, he performs on a cello made by the Italian master Giovanni Grancino, ca. 1695, on generous loan from the Roux Family Foundation.
Amit Peled is represented worldwide by CTM Classics.
Thierry Barbé is principal bass in the Paris National Opera Orchestra and double bass professor at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris. Born in Metz, Eastern France, Barbé studied piano and double bass while simultaneously pursuing a degree in science, before devoting himself exclusively to music at the CNSMDP, where he earned degrees in Harmony, counterpoint, First Prize in music analysis, music history, and First prize in double bass with JM Rollez.
Barbé likes to perform recitals with piano, and he plays all types of expressive music, with the “French touch” sound and sense of phrasing. He has performed and has been featured in master classes in about 24 countries. He has taught double bass since 1982, notably at the Saint Maur conservatoire, near Paris, where he keeps advanced students from all over the world.
He frequently performs his own compositions (his first CD, “Nomade”, was released in 1998, DVD “French Impressions,” in 2016). Barbé has experimented with numerous technical approaches to the double bass (all techniques, left-hand positions, and all kinds of bows, regulations…). He likes to reconcile all of them. Since 2001, Barbé is the French Bass Society president (ABCDF). He was a member of the I.S.B. board and organized, with Riccardo Del Fra, a successful International Bass Convention in Paris in 2008. He was a board member of Bass Europe Society in 2017. He is the artistic director of the summer camp “Biarritz International Bass Academy.”
Jeff Bradetich, Double Bass
Proclaimed by the New York Times as "the master of his instrument," Jeff Bradetich is regarded as one of the leading performers and teachers of the double bass in the world today. He gave his professional concerto debut at the age of 16 and was appointed to the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago by age 19. Since his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982, he has performed solo concerts on five continents and in many of the major cities of the world. He has, recorded seven solo albums of music for double bass and piano and has been featured on radio and television throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Bradetich began his study of the bass at age 10 in the school orchestra program in Eugene, Oregon studying with Royce Lewis and cellist Dr. Robert Hladky. He earned both Bachelor and Master's degrees studying at Northwestern University with Chicago Symphony bassists Warren Benfield and Joseph Guastafeste. Other major musical influences include performing for ten seasons at the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, one of the world’s leading Bach authorities, and summer study with Gary Karr and many of the leading double bass pedagogues in the US.
In addition to being an active lecturer and clinician, Mr. Bradetich has transcribed more than 100 solo works and served as a judge on many international solo competitions. He has produced both intermediate and advanced level instructional videos and numerous DVD recordings for Youtube including the first and fourth Bach cello suites and the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto. He has given more than 1500 master classes throughout the world including annual week-long workshops in the US (35 years), Germany and Hong Kong. He also served as Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists from 1982-1990 where he established the ISB Conventions and Solo Competitions. He was editor of its magazine for 6 years. In June, 2021 the ISB recognized his 40 years of teaching with their Special Recognition Award in Teaching.
Mr. Bradetich has taught on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan and Northwestern University prior to his 1994 appointment as director of the largest double bass program in the world at the University of North Texas (UNT). His students hold positions in major orchestras on six continents and occupy many important teaching and leadership positions throughout the profession. In 2011 he was honored by UNT as the first recipient of its Creative Impact Award - designed to honor the faculty member whose work in the literary or creative arts has had the greatest societal impact.
In 2008 Mr. Bradetich established the Bradetich Foundation for the advancement of the double bass. The Foundation has hosted two Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competitions at UNT offering the largest prizes in double bass history. www.bradetichfoundation.org
His book – Double Bass: The Ultimate Challenge, on pedagogy and performance on the bass, was released in 2009. Now in its third printing and considered one of the most important books of its kind in the past 50 years, it has been translated into Spanish and Chinese on eBook and is now available in video format with hundreds of short videos teaching every aspect of bass technique from www.miabass.org.
Stefan Schäfer is principal bass at Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg. He is professor for double bass at Hamburger Konservatorium and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
He studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and graduated with a diploma and soloist exam with distinction.
Schäfer has recorded several CDs as a soloist as well as a chamber musician.
He founded the Aktionstag Kontrabass in Hamburg and HanseBass, a national forum for double bass teachers of northern Germany.
Schäfer is often invited to international masterclasses for double bass and chamber music, e.g. Bass Europe Academy.
In addition, he has been appointed as member or chairman of the jury of international double bass competitions like International Sperger Competition/Germany or International Janáček Competition/Czech Republic.
Schäfer’s numerous compositions for double bass are wide-ranging in genre and instrumentation. They are performed all over the world, e.g. in famous concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Konzerthaus Wien, or Philharmonie Berlin.
His works are also played in several competitions, e.g. he composed the compulsory piece for the III. International Sperger-Competition. In Great Britain and the USA, his works were awarded with composition prizes (British and International Bass Forum, International Society of Bassists).
Schäfer's oeuvre also includes orchestral works, songs and chamber music. In commission of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, he composed several works for orchestra. His compositions are edited at his own publishing company bassist-composer publications and Hofmeister Musikverlag.
After studying piano at the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University, he was awarded with the prestigious ‘Bruno Walter’ orchestral conducting scholarship to study at the Juilliard School of Music with conductor such us, Otto Werner Mueller, Charles Dutoit or Yuri Temirkanov.
Back from the United States, he founded the Gijón City Symphony Orchestra and the Barbieri Symphony Orchestra, being the artistic director and conductor of both Orchestras.
With an extensive repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary Music , led him to conduct most of the main Spanish Orchestras such as the RTVE Orchestra , the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the Gran Teatro del Liceu Symphony Orchestra, the Valencian Community Orchestra or the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of Galicia, the Euskadi Orchestra, the Oviedo Philharmonic, the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra or the Principality of Asturias Orchestra. Abroad he has also worked with the Monte Carlo Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony, Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has constant collaboration, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra or the National Orchestra of Peru.
He has also worked in important Spanish opera houses such as the Palau de Les Arts, the Campoamor Theater, the Zarzuela Theater, the Royal Theater of Madrid, the Gran Teatro del Liceu or the Teatro de la Maestranza, and outside our borders, in the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, in the Roman Theater in Orange, in the Royal Opera House in Muscat (Oman), being the first Spanish conductor to debut in the pit of the prestigious Helikon Theater in Moscow.
He has been invited to conduct at prestigious festivals such as the Santander International Festival or Les Chorégies d’Orange.
Future commitments include his return to the Teatro de la Zarzuela, or coliseums such as the Teatro de la Maestranza, the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo or the Gran Teatro del Liceo, as well as concerts in Madrid, Tenerife and his debut in the ABAO season.
Between 2015 and 2019 he held the position of Musical Director of the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and is a founder member and vice-president of the Spanish Association of Orchestra Directors (AESDO).
In recent years, he has developed his double role as a composer and musical arranger in different productions commissioned by the Teatro de la Zarzuela, RTVE Orchestra, and the Spanish National Dance Company.
He has to his credit more than a dozen recordings made for the record labels NAXOS or Warner Music Spain, among others.
Jennifer Larmore is an American mezzo-soprano, with a wide-ranging repertoire, having begun with coloratura roles from the Baroque and bel canto then adding music from the Romantic and Contemporary periods.
She began her career at Opera de Nice in 1986 with Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and went on to sing at virtually every major opera house in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Paris Opera, Tokyo, Berlin Deutsche Oper, and London Covent Garden.
She is a two-time Grammy Award winner who has recorded widely for the Teldec, RCA, Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Arabesque, Opera Rara, Bayer, Naive, Chandos, VAI and Cedille labels in over one hundred CDs to date as well as DVDs of “Countess Geschwitz” in Lulu, Jennifer Larmore in Performance for VAI, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Netherlands Opera), L'Italiana in Algeri (Opera de Paris), La Belle Hélène (Hamburg State Opera), Orlando Furioso (Opera de Paris) and Jenufa (Deutsche Oper Berlin). She has recorded three charming books on tape for Atlantic Crossing Records with stories by Kim Maerkl entitled Mozart's Magical Night with Hélène Grimaud and the Bavarian State Orchestra, Puccini’s Enchanted Journey with story by Kim Maerkl, and The King’s Daughter with story and music for flute and string orchestra by Kim Maerkl with the flute player Natalie Schwaabe.
With her frequent collaborator Antoine Palloc, she has made many International recital tours, including appearances in Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Vietnam, Vienna, London, San Juan, Prague, Melbourne, Brussels, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon, Sao Paolo, Athens, and Copenhagen, as well as all the major American venues. Symphonic repertoire plays a large role in this mezzo’s career with the works of Mahler, Schoenberg, Mozart, de Falla, Debussy, Berlioz, and Barber featuring prominently. Miss Larmore has enjoyed great collaborations with world orchestras under the direction of Muti, Lopez-Cobos, Bernstein, Runnicles, Sinopoli, Masur, von Dochnanyi, Jacobs, Mackerras, Spinosi, Abbado, Barenboim, Bonynge, Maazel, Osawa, and Guidarini.
Jennifer’s repertoire has expanded to include new roles such as "Marie" in Berg's masterpiece Wozzeck, which she sang to great success at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Berg is a specialty of Miss Larmore, with her having sung “Countess Geschwitz” in Berg's Lulu at Covent Garden in the Christof Loy production with Tony Pappano, then again in Madrid. At Paris Opera Bastille she sang in the Willy Decker production of Lulu and she reprised the role yet again in a new production of William Kentridge with Lothar Zagrosek conducting for the Nederlandse Opera, and at the Rome Opera. She has also become well known for "Kostelnička Buryjovka" in Janacek's Jenůfa which she performed with Donald Runnicles at Berlin Deutsche Oper. The DVD of this production was nominated for a Grammy. She reprised her "Kostelnička" in this same production for the New National Theater in Tokyo. “Lady Macbeth” in Verdi’s opera Macbeth is a role she debuted in a striking new production of Christof Loy at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, then in the Robert Wilson production in Bologna and Reggio Emilia. Her first “Eboli” was in the French version of Don Carlos at the Caramoor Music Festival in New York, with Will Crutchfield conducting, and she sang “Jocasta” in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex at the Bard Festival. Adding to her growing list of new repertoire, Miss Larmore debuted the role of "Mère Marie" in Les dialogues des carmélites at the Caramoor Festival, New York. She went back to her roots with "Ottavia" in Monteverdi's l'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Theater an der Wien in October 2015 and returned there in December 2016 for her debut in the role of "Elvira" in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Debuts for more new roles came in 2017 with the title role of La Belle Hélène at Hamburg State Opera, and then "Anna 1" in Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins for the Atlanta Opera. In 2018 she debuted the role of "La Dama" in Hindemith's Cardillac for the Maggio Musicale in Firenze, "Fidalma" In Il Matrimonio Segreto for Opera Köln, and "Marcellina" In Le Nozze di Figaro in Tokyo. Engagements in 2019 included concerts in Grenoble, Olten and Magève with OpusFive, "Marcellina" in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and she returned to Opera Köln in the title role of a new production in her on-going collaboration with Doucet/Barbe of La Grand Duchesse de Gérolstein.
2020 was an interesting year, but also because she debuted “Herodias” in Salome for the Atlanta Opera before going into lockdown.
Miss Larmore, in collaboration with the double bass player Davide Vittone, created an ensemble called Jennifer Larmore and OpusFive. This is a string quintet offering programs that are entertaining and varied with Songs and Arias, Cabaret/Operetta, and Movies and Broadway. They have given concerts in Seville, Pamplona, Valencia, Las Palmas, Venice, Amiens, Olten, Aix en Provence, Dublin, and Paris. At the Magève Festival in August 2018, they presented a World Premiere work by composer Scott Eyerly, called Creatures Great and Small on the theme of animals.
Throughout her career, Jennifer Larmore has garnered awards and recognition. In 1994 Jennifer won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award. In 1996 she sang the Olympic Hymn at the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta. In 2002, “Madame” Larmore was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in recognition of her contributions to the world of music. In 2010 she was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in her home state of Georgia. In addition to her many activities, travels, performances and causes, author Jennifer Larmore is working on books that will bring a wider public to the love of opera. Her book "Una Voce" is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Lulu.com and explores the world and psychology of the performer: web site: jlarmorebook.com.
Miss Larmore is widely known for teaching and giving master classes and in 2018, she went to New York's Manhattan School of Music, Santiago, Chile, Luxembourg, Atlanta, and to the new Teatro Nuovo at Suny Purchase College, New York. She began the New Year 2019 with masterclasses for the Atlanta Opera and Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. In March 2019, Miss Larmore gave masterclasses and workshops at the École Normale and for the Philippe Jaroussky Academy in Paris. In 2020 she gave classes at the École Normale, Atlanta Opera, Kennesaw State University, Luxembourg, and on ZOOM for the Kiefersfelden Master Classes and Utah Valley University. 2021 took her to Sion, Switzerland, Nangis, France, and Seoul, South Korea.
Regarded as one of the most accomplished singers on the international opera stage today, the American tenor Gregory Kunde appears regularly at the most prestigious opera houses around the world, working with conductors and orchestras of the highest calibre. Kunde’s achievements have been recognised with a number of awards, most recently ‘Male Singer of the Year’ at the 2016 International Opera Awards.
Recent highlights include the title role Otello at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Calaf Turandot at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Jean de Leyden Le prophète at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the title role Don Carlos for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Samson Samson et Dalila at the Metropolitan Opera, title role Otello for Opéra national de Paris and Opéra de Monte-Carlo, title role Andrea Chénier and Radames Aida at the Wiener Staatsoper, Calaf Turandot at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Renato des Grieux Manon Lescaut in concert for Dallas Opera, Don Alvaro La forza del destino at the Semperoper Dresden, title role Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, Radames Aida at the Teatro Real, Madrid, and a return to the podium to conduct Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro La Fenice. Invitations to be rescheduled to future seasons include Manrico Il Trovatore for LA Opera.
On the concert platform, recent highlights include Verdi Requiem and Calaf Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Das Lied von der Erde at the BBC Proms, Verdi Requiem in Bilbao, the title role Verdi Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival, title role Peter Grimes with Sir Antonio Pappano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Faust La damnation de Faust in concert at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Charles Dutoit.
Acclaimed throughout his earlier career for his performances in French and Italian bel canto roles, Kunde has now established himself as a leading exponent of many of the Verdi roles and other such dramatic repertoire. Since his critically acclaimed debut as Verdi Otello at La Fenice in 2012, he has performed this signature role in Valencia, Genoa, Salerno, Florence, Turin, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, and São Paulo. Since moving into this repertoire, Kunde earned the unique distinction of being the only tenor in recorded history to perform both Rossini Otello and Verdi Otello in the same season (2014/15 and 2015/16).
Kunde’s discography includes his solo album Vincerò! (Universal Music Group), Verdi Il Trovatore at Royal Opera House London (Opus Arte DVD), Berlioz Les Troyens at the Théâtre du Châtelet (Opus Arte DVD, Gramophone magazine’s ‘DVD of the Year’), Benvenuto Cellini (Virgin Classics CD, Gramophone’s ‘Opera Recording of the Year’), Benvenuto Cellini with Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live CD), and Verdi Otello from the Palazzo Ducale in Venice (Unitel DVD).
Tania León (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator and advisor to arts organizations. In 2021, her orchestral work Stride, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Recent commissions include works for New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Grossman Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and pianist Ursula Oppens with Cassatt String Quartet. Appearances as guest conductor include Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Gewandhausorchester, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba.
Upcoming premieres feature commissions for the NewMusic USA Amplifying Voices Program, The Musical Fund Society in Philadelphia to celebrate their 200th anniversary, and for The Crossing chamber choir with Claire Chase, flutist, among others.
A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded the American Composers Orchestra’s Sonidos de las Américas Festivals, was New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic, and is the founder/Artistic Director of the nonprofit and festival Composers Now.
Her honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement, awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the ASCAP Victor Herbert Award, among others. She also received a proclamation for Composers Now by New York City Mayor, and the MadWoman Festival Award in Music (Spain).
Tania León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin, and SUNY Purchase College, and served as U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A CUNY Professor Emerita, she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship.
Principal Flute, Wiener Philharmoniker; Wiener Staatsoper.
Karl-Heinz Schütz is Solo Flute of Wiener Philharmoniker and therefore in the same position at the Wiener Staatsoper, having held the same position with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker for four years, and with the Wiener Symphoniker from 2005 to 2011. Born in Innsbruck and raised in Landeck, Tyrol, he received his musical education at the Landeskonservatorium in Vorarlberg with Eva Amsler, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Lyon with Philippe Bernold, and with Aurèle Nicolet in Switzerland.
He won first prizes at the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in 1998 und the International Flute Competition Kraków in 1999. He has performed as soloist across Europe and Japan, with performances of the importantflute concertos with Wiener Philharmonikerand Symphoniker as well as NHK Tokyo and Sapporo symphony orchestra, a.o. Conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, Yakov Kreizberg, Dmitrij Kitajenko and Bertrand de Billy invited him to be the soloist in their concerts.
Karl-Heinz Schütz is a passionate chamber musician and a member of various ensembles from baroque to contemporary. In 2013 he succeeded Wolfgang Schulz in the Ensemble Wien-Berlin and in the WIENER RING ENSEMBLE. He has appeared at international festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Graz, Montpellier, Rheingau, Sapporoand Prague, among others.
Karl-Heinz Schütz is Professor of Flute at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität Wien and has held several guest professorships. He gives master-classes throughout Europe and is also an active recording artist, especially for CAMERATA TOKYO, where his Mozart, Prokoffiev and Brahms Cds were released. With the Academy of St. Martin in the fields under Sir Neville Marriner an album was published at CHANDOS, with the title: 20th centuries concerto grosso. He is artistic director at HORIZONTE Landeck.
Álvaro Octavio Díaz
Principal Flutist, National Orchestra and Choir of Spain.
Álvaro Octavio Díaz was born in Alcázar de San Juan, in the autonomous community of Castille, and started his flute studies at age 6 with professors Joaquín Mira, and Ana Alcaraz. Díaz attained the Extraordinary End-of-Career Award at Conservatorio Superior de Madrid, where he studied under Manuel Guerrero. He also did continued studies with Miguel Ángel Angulo in Madrid, and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where he studied with Jaime Martín and Katie Hill.
Díaz has performed as soloist with the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with Berlin Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zurich Opera House orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Galicia Philharmonic Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, and Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has worked under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Daniel Baremboim, Rocardo Chailly, amongst others.
Currently, he is the principal flutist of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain, and previously he served as principal flutist of the Valencian Community Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana), and the Cadaqués Orchestra in Catalonia.
Principal Oboe, Philadelphia Orchestra.
Born in Mulhouse, France, in 1989, he started studying the oboe at the age of six in Yves Cautrès's class at the Mulhouse National School of Music before joining the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied with David Walter and Jacques Tys. Mr. Tondre also took lessons by teachers such as Maurice Bourgue, Heinz Holliger, Jean-Louis Capezzali, Dominik Wollenweber, and Ingo Goritzki.
Mr. Tondre has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in June 2013, playing Martinů’s Oboe Concerto, accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He is currently principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (since March 2019), the SWR Symphonieorchester (since January 2009), the Budapest Festival Orchestra (since September 2014), the Mito Chamber Orchestra (since January 2012), and the Saito Kinen Orchestra (since January 2012). During the 2016–17 season, he held the solo oboe chair at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and as a guest principal oboe he has regularly performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Since 2015 he is also a professor at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken.
Mr. Tondre has competed in numerous international competitions and has been awarded First Prize at the International Double Reed Society’s Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition (2009); Second Prize at the Tokyo International Competition (2009); Third Prize at the Geneva International Competition (2010), and Third Prize and the Gustav Mahler Prize at the Prague Spring International Competition (2008). In 2012 he received the Beethoven Ring, a musical honor given by the city of Bonn at the Beethoven Festival, thus joining the prestigious list of previous recipients including Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili, and Gustavo Dudamel. Mr. Tondre also appeared in the ARTE television program Stars of Tomorrow, hosted by Rolando Villazón. He won the ARD International Music Competition as well as the Audience Prize and the prize for the best interpretation of Liza Lim’s commissioned composition in Munich (2011).
Mr. Tondre has collaborated with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lars Vogt, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yuri Bashmet, and Nathalie Stutzmann. He has attended the Tokyo Spring Festival, Mozart Fest Würzburg, the Sochi Winter International Arts Festival, the Besançon International Music Festival, and the Molyvos International Music Festival. He has recorded for BR Klassik and is currently working with pianist Danae Doerken on a "Trilogy" Recording Project for Klarthe France and SWR Classic Labels.
Principal Oboist, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Guest Principal Oboist, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Arkhangelsk, Russia, he commenced his musical education at the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow with Ivan Pushetchnikov. Since 2006 until 2011 Ivan has been studying with Maurice Bourgue at the Geneva Conservatory. During his studies in Geneva, Ivan Podyomov has won a number of important oboe competitions: ARD International Competition in Munich in 2011, Geneva Competition and Markneukirchen Competition in 2010, the "Sony" Oboe Competition in Karuizawa Japan in 2009, the Prague Spring International Competition in 2008.
These successes resulted numerous concerts at major venues around the world. In 2009 Ivan gave his solo debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He has made solo appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Michael Sanderling, David Afkham, Trevor Pinnock, Leonardo García Alarcón and others.
Ivan has performed at the Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Festival of Radio France in Montpellier, Festival Mäcklenburg-Vorpommern. Among his chamber music partners were the Hagen Quartet, Trevor Pinnock, Lars Vogt, Yulianna Avdeeva, Sabine Meyer, Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Zoon, Leonardo García Alarcón, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Olga Paschenko and others.
Ivan Podyomov is a principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam since 2016. He held the same positions earlier at the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the MusicAeterna. Ivan has been frequently playing as the guest principal Oboist with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart Bologna, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink, Richardo Chailly and Claudio Abbado.
Principal Clarinet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra.
Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has been asked to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinet with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra, at the invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Morales has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Flemish Radio Symphony. During his tenure with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, he soloed in Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He made his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2004 and has since performed as soloist on numerous occasions. Ricardo performed the world premiere of the Clarinet Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff, commissioned for him by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Morales has performed in the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival, and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, on NBC’s The Today Show, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed with many distinguished ensembles, such as the Juilliard Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the Leipzig Quartet, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has also collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, André Watts, Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, and Kathleen Battle. Mr. Morales is highly sought after for his recitals and master classes, which have taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, he currently serves on the faculty of Temple University.
Mr. Morales’s performances have been met with critical acclaim. The Philadelphia Inquirer hailed his appointment to The Philadelphia Orchestra, stating that “… in fact, may represent the most salutary personnel event of the orchestra’s last decade.” He was praised by the New York Times as having “ … fleet technique, utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer.” Mr. Morales was also singled out in the New York Times review of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, describing his playing as “exquisite” and declaring that he “deserved a place onstage during curtain calls.”
Mr. Morales’s debut solo recording, French Portraits, is available on the Boston Records label. His recent recordings include performances with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, with the Pacifica Quartet, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, as well as the Mozart Concerto with the Mito Chamber Orchestra for DECCA. Ricardo is a sought after consultant and designer of musical instruments and accessories, and enjoys a musical partnership with F. Arthur Uebel, a world renowned manufacturer of artist level clarinets.
Born in Brazil, François Benda comes from a long line of professional musicians. He completed his studies in Graz and Geneva (clarinet, composition, conducting) and gave his solo debut in 1988 at Zurich’s Tonhalle and at the Victoria Hall in Geneva. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) published the following review: “His playing moved with authority between just barely perceptible pianissimi and dramatic, nearly ecstatic crescendi and was brilliant at every moment.”
In 1991 François Benda was awarded the Premio internationale per le Arti dello Spettaccolo in Rome.
Today François Benda performs at all the important music venues (Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, the Tonhalle in Zurich) and appears as clarinet soloist with many leading orchestras (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne’s WDR Sinfonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic).
François Benda is a highly sought-after performing artist both as a soloist and chamber music partner and regularly appears as a guest artist at music festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, Styriarte, Musicades Lyon, and the Pentecost Concerts in Ittingen, Switzerland. He performs in chamber concert recitals with Heinz Holliger, Paul Badura- Skoda, Bruno Giuranna, Isabelle Faust, Josef Silverstein, and Bruno Canino.
His comprehensive discography (for Labels like ECM, Fono, Pantheon, EPU, Hänssler, and Genuin) includes the complete work for clarinet by Johannes Brahms and works for Clarinet and Orchestra by Nielsen, Debussy, Busoni, and Rossini. François Benda’s intensive study of recent instrument-making developments led to the founding of the Clarinartis company in collaboration with instrument makers René Hagmann and Jochen Seggelke. Clarinartis develops clarinet parts such as barrel joints and bells in order to optimize tonal production and intonation.
François Benda is able to move easily between classical concert repertory and contemporary music both as a clarinetist (important composers, including Georg F. Haas, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, and Bernhard Lang, have dedicated works to him for which he has given the premiere performances) as well as with an increasing number of appearances as conductor. In addition to his solo career, François Benda is also professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.
Wenzel Fuchs was born in Innsbruck, Austria, where he began his study of the clarinet with Professor Walter Kafer at the local conservatory. He continued his studies with Professor Peter Schmidl at Vienna University of Music and the Performing Arts, taking his degree with high honours. He also won awards from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Art and the Jugend Musiziert competitions.
During his studies he deputized regularly in all Viennese orchestras, including the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic. At the age of 19 he became the solo clarinetist in the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, followed five years later by a similar appointment in the Vienna RSO. Since 1993 he has been the solo clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic; he also teaches at the orchestra's Karajan Academy.
He has held a professorship at the Hanns Eisler University of Music (2008-2013) and has been a visiting professor at Geidai University in Tokyo.
In 2015 he became a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Besides his many masterclasses in Japan, Europe and the United States, he appears throughout the world as a soloist with such orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic, the China National SO, the Korean SO, the Berlin Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic.
His chamber music partners include Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Andras Schiff, Albrecht Mayer, Mitsuko Utchida and David Geringas.
He is a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Soloists, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, the Berlin Philharmonic Octet and the Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin.
Principal Bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra.
Daniel Matsukawa has been principal bassoon of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider, the Curtis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonic, and the Sapporo Symphony in Japan. Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, he served as principal bassoon with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., the St. Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony. In 1998 he performed and recorded Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 as acting principal bassoon with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur. He has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a solo concerto debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 18. He is an active chamber musician and has performed and toured with the Marlboro Festival. He also conducts regularly and studied conducting privately with Otto Werner Mueller, who was the head of the conducting department at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has conducted the Pacific Music Festival every year since 2009, and he recently made his US professional debut conducting the Virginia Symphony. Born in Argentina to Japanese parents, Mr. Matsukawa moved with his family to New York City at age three. He studied with Harold Goltzer and Bernard Garfield at both The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. He also serves as a regular member of the faculties at both the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University.
Rie Koyama was born in Stuttgart in 1991 and grew up in Germany. She studied with Akio Koyama in Trossingen and with Dag Jensen in Munich.
She won first prizes in 24 national and international competitions, including The Muri Competition and in 2012 the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. The greatest success of her career was when she won the International Music Competition of the ARD in 2013 in the category bassoon. She was also awarded with the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned piece at this competition.
As a soloist, she has performed with numerous orchestras in Europe and Asia and is a regular guest at renowned music festivals. Her regular chamber music ensembles include the Trio Walter, the Veits-Quintett, and the »franz ensemble«.
Since 2015, Rie Koyama has been principal bassoonist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under the baton of Paavo Järvi and in November 2020 she joined the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as a principal bassoonist.
By the age of six, Matthias Höfs declared the trumpet his instrument, “because it shines so nicely”. He received his musical education from Professor Peter Kallensee at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, as well as from Professor Konradin Groth at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Just being eighteen years old, Höfs was already engaged as solo-trumpeter at the Philharmonic State Orchestra in Hamburg, where he enjoyed the fascinating world of opera for sixteen years. At the same time, Höfs became a member of the GERMAN BRASS Ensemble, with whom he continues to achieve worldwide successes.
Since their ﬁrst joint concert in 1985, he has been writing customized and innovative arrangements for his colleagues and himself, which span more than one genre and continue to inspire the world of brass. Matthias Höfs always proved to be a pioneering spirit by consistently widening the horizon of his instrument. These continuous developments are encouraged by a close cooperation with other composers, who feel themselves inspired by his incomparable virtuosity and joy of experimentation. Additionally inspired by his position as “trumpet ambassador” in his home state Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany as well as the cooperation with the instrument makers Max and Heinrich Thein.
Starting in 2000, Matthias Höfs has been teaching as a Professor at Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, where he continues to inspire his students with enthusiasm, passion for his instrument, and great knowledge. In addition to his extensive concert performances as solo-trumpeter and chamber musician, Höfs recorded numerous solo-albums, as well as over twenty recordings with GERMAN BRASS.
In October 2016 GERMAN BRASS was awarded with the ECHO Klassik – one of the most outstanding awards for national and international musicians.
Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Frits Damrow started his musical carreer as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to ﬁnish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 untill 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 untill 2010.
As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste).
He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy and the Affinis Festival in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy and the Aurora Festival in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival in Georgia and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave Masterclasses at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschulen in Freiburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China.
As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, the Philharminic Orchestra of Transilvania in Rumania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.
Trumpet, Berliner Philharmoniker.
Andre Schoch has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2017. From 2014 to 2017 he was principal trumpet at the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. Before that, engagements as principal trumpet took him to the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. As soloist, Schoch has performed with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg conducted by Kent Nagano, the Polish Kammerphilharmonie as part of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Berliner Barock Solisten.
Alongside his orchestral engagements Andre Schoch is also in high demand as a chamber musician. He is a founding member of the ensemble “10forBrass” and the Duo Schoch/Höricke. Regularly Schoch is also invited to play with the famous ensemble “German Brass”.
Since 2020 Schoch is tutoring trumpet students at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and frequently leads rehearsals for the academy’s brass ensembles. From 2015 to 2017 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Schoch has given serval acclaimed Masterclasses at the Karajan Academy, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Manhattan School of Music.
Born in 1987, Schoch was given his first trumpet lesson at the age of eight by Ansgar Dümchen. From 2004 to 2007 he was a student at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, studying with Professor Reinhold Friedrich and Professor Klaus Bräker. Later he studied with Professor Matthias Höfs at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and from 2010 to 2012 with Gábor Tarkövi at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Schoch‘s versatile repertoire, as soloist and chamber musician, has been released on various audio- and video recordings by labels such as Berlin Classics, Dabringhaus & Grimm and Genuin.
We at MMC believe that one of the challenges for music education today is not the need to create and offer unique programs, but to make the experience authentic and memorable on every program offered, no matter how traditionally-focused or modern it may be. We think it is important to expose students to a wide variety of performance and creative styles, periods and techniques, but it is perhaps more important to help students discover their best skills and artistic preferences, and then support and foster those into the global market, the new cultural (musical) reality.
Carlos Amat is the founder and Executive Director of the Valencia International Performance Academy & Festival, widely known as VIPA, a summer festival concentrated on piano performance and composition. His experience in leadership brings him back as Musical Director and Producer at the opera company Amics de l'Òpera de Castelló during four seasons, and author/producer of the nationwide acclaimed children's opera show La Ópera de Los Tres Cerditos.
Born in Alzira (Valencia), conductor, pianist, producer and composer Carlos Amat has given concerts in Spain, the United States, Russia, Cuba, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and France, and has premiered several of his works in Spain, Germany, Greece and the United States.
He holds a Master’s degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and worked as a pianist at the Palau de Les Arts “Reina Sofía” in Valencia, where he was also an assistant to conductors Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel, among others, having the chance to work with some of the best singers, such as Plácido Domingo, Matti Salminen, Erwin Schrott, Jorge de León, Ramón Vargas, Maria Guleghina or Waltraud Meier.
He has conducted the Academic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Orchestra of Valencia, Orquesta de Cámara de Minería (Mexico City), National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, Philharmonic Orchestra of Honduras, National Symphony Orchestra of Guatemala, Chamber Orchestra “Joaquín Rodrigo,” New Music Ensemble of Miami and Castellón Symphony Orchestra. He has directed soloists like violinist Vicente Huerta, cellist Adrian Van Dongen, pianists Leonel Morales, Brenno Ambrossini, Soyeon Lee, Jenny Lin and Ran Dank, the trumpeters Otto Sauter and Vicente Campos and the oboist Vicente Llimerá, as well as dozens of singers such as Mayte Alberola, Silvia Vázquez, Ilona Mataradze, Mª José Martos, Beatriz Lanza, Manuel de Diego or Javier Franco, among many others.
Among the titles he has conducted are Pagliacci, La Traviata, L'Elisir d'Amore, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, La Rondine, Doña Francisquita, El Barberillo de Lavapiés, La Verbena de la Paloma, Don Pasquale and Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as the children’s opera La Ópera de los Tres Cerditos, adaptation with music by Mozart ,of which he is also co-author and producer.
He has recently carried out the re-orchestration and premiere of the first-ever flamenco opera, “Bailando con Carmen”, an adaptation of Bizet's opera in which classical and flamenco merge as never before, premiered in the Roman Theater of Sagunto.
Carlos Amat is a champion of contemporary music, having been frequently invited by groups such as the Ensemble d'Arts, Espai Sonor, VICE (Valencia International Contemporary Ensemble), or the Distractfold Ensemble (Manchester), conducting dozens of world premieres of music by authors from various nationalities.
He has worked as a professor at the Conservatorio Superior “Salvador Seguí” in Castellón, between 2004-2016. Currently, he is Professor of Chamber Music at the “Joaquín Rodrigo” Superior Conservatory of Valencia. Carlos Amat holds a Doctorate degree in Music from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
Sayuri Akimoto was born in Japan and started to play the piano from 6 years old. When she was 8, she moved to Seattle, USA, where she studied with pianists Michi Hirata North and Dr. Charles Murray North. She graduated with a BA in Western History from Waseda University (Tokyo), with a BA in Piano Performance with Marisa Blanes from Valencia Music Conservatory (Valencia), and with a MA in Music as Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Barcelona/ESMUC (Barcelona), where she specialized in Arts and Production Management.
She won various first-prize awards as a pianist in international competitions such as the Eastside Chapter Piano Competition, WSMTA (Seattle, 2002, 2004), the Helen Crowe Snelling Memorial Awards Competition (Seattle, 2003), and the Ida Zelikovsky Green Award (Seattle, 2004), among others.
She participated in master classes with Joan Havill (Guildhall School of Music, London), Bryce Morrison (music critic from the BBC), Mauricio Vallina and Josep Colom. In 2014, she gave a speech and a recital on “Spanish Music Nationalism”, organized by the University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).
She has played at concerts and recitals in USA and in Spain. Her first performance was with Classical KING FM radio station (Seattle) at the age of 9. She has played at concert halls such as the “Benaroya Hall” in Seattle and the “Paraninfo” in the University of Santiago de Compostela, as well as the University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and the Sagunto Auditorium (Valencia). She also played as a soloist for the Plano Symphony Orchestra (Texas) with the A minor Piano Concerto by E. Grieg, and for the International Conducting Festival (Sagunto) with the Piano Concerto KV466 by W.A. Mozart.
She has been in charge of several different artistic projects as a producer, including the creation of “RDMS (Ronda de mort a Sinera)”, a short film presented at the VI UB Scene Festival. She was also responsible for the production of the exhibition “La dona i la música” at the Palau de la Música Catalana. Furthermore, she was part of the founder member of a startup art project “Atravesart”, which received a second prize at the Social Startup Meeting 2014 in Barcelona.
Will your degrees be recognized officially? What about other countries?
Yes! MedMusic will be offering official Spanish Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in all specialties (except for Orchestral Conducting, that will only offer Master’s degree). Based on ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), our degrees will be recognized in all EU countries as well, and we in the process to obtain a Credit Recognition from Education Credential Evaluators (ECE), one of the most recognized degree validation agencies in the US, which will make it easy and quick for our students to get their American validation once they graduate at MMC. Furthermore, we’ll be expediting our official transcripts in English and the grades will be shown in both Spanish and American grading systems. MMC is created under a globalized world and this is part of our identity!
Is there a theory/musicianship test during auditions?
No. At MMC we’re assuming that students who show a good level of performance abilities will have a similar level of musicianship. Auditions to MMC are held online, but not streaming, and it would be very difficult to perform a theory/musicianship this way. However, during the first week of classes in September, there will be placement tests for all students, and a theory and history review class will be available for those who need it, so the musicianship level of our students is guaranteed.
Is COVID-19 going to present a problem when I move to live and study in Valencia?
No one can predict the future with detail, but at this point there’s no doubt Spain is one of the safest countries to live in concerning COVID-19 (rating 2nd most resilient country in the world, according to Bloomberg ranking!), due to the effective sanitarian policies applied during the pandemic. Except for the first months of lockdown, Schools and universities opened almost normally since September 2020 (before any vaccine was available), and thanks to the contingency plans required in each of them there were almost no cases originated at schools. Today, with almost 75% of Spanish population vaccinated, schools are running with full normality, still using masks, of course. Under this situation, one can almost surely predict that for 2022-2023 COVID will not represent a problem any more. In any case, MMC has its own contingency plan, officially approved, that would ensure it as a safe institution, so there’s nothing to fear when applying to MMC!
How will I obtain my student visa?
Once accepted and the reservation fee paid, MMC will prepare the necessary immigration paperwork for you to go to the Spanish embassy in your home country, where you will be able to obtain your student visa. More information will be posted here soon.
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