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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.
Since the beginning of his career, Spanish-born pianist Juan Lago has attained numerous prizes in the foremost piano competitions in Spain. Most recently, he has been awarded at the XXIII Concorso Internazionale “Valsesia-Musica” in Varallo, Italy; the XX “Cidade de Ferrol” Piano Competition; the IX Premio Internazionale Pianistico “A. Scriabin” in Grosseto, Italy; and the VI “Compositores de España” International Competition of Las Rozas de Madrid. As a consequence of these successes, Juan Lago performed his first European tour and his first recording of an album for “Radio Clásica,” Spanish National Radio, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin, and Bartók.
Juan Lago has performed in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, England, Russia, Latvia, Turkey, United States, China, South Korea and all major cities in Spain as a recitalist, chamber musician and as concerto soloist playing under conductors such as Ovidiu Balan, Emin Guven Yasliçam, José Ramón Encinar, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Joachim Jousse, José Luis Martínez and Francisco de Gálvez among others, as well with orchestras such as the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau (Rumania), Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), Istambul Chamber Orchestra (Turkey), and the Spanish Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta Sinfónica de Málaga.
Lago has appeared as a master artist at the Washington International Piano Festival (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.); the Festival del Mediterráneo at the Palau de les Arts (Valencia, Spain), directed by Zubin Mehta; Talent Music Summer Courses (Brescia, Italy); Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany); Musical Krasnogorsk (Moscow, Russia); Schubertiaden Schnackenburg (Germany); Festival de Vila-seca (Spain); Alion Baltic International Music Festival or Semaine Internationale Piano et musique de chambre (Blonay, Switzerland).
As an avid chamber musician, Juan Lago has collaborated with violinists Vasco Vassilev, Alissa Margulis and Santiago Juan, violist Santiago Cantó, cellist Alexander Buzlov and Iván Balaguer and pianist Belén Navarro. He has presented lectures at Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany), Hochschule für Musik Aachen (Germany), Gulangyu Conservatory of Xiamen (China), Latvian Academy of Music, Riga (Latvia) or Conservatorio José Iturbi of Valencia (Spain).
Juan Lago is the Founder and Artistic Director of Campillos International Piano Competition since 2007, Piano Department Director of Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA) and Artistic Director of Malaga International Piano Festival (FIPMA). In addition, he is the Artistic Director of the “Amadeus” piano concert series. He is often invited to serve as a jury member in competitions like Cantù (Italy), S. Rachmaninoff (Moscow, Russia), F. Chopin (Hartford, CT. USA), Parnassós (Monterrey, Mexico) and many others. Since 1999, Juan Lago has served as professor of piano at the “José Iturbi” Conservatory of Valencia, where he became piano department Chair in 2010. He has also been teaching piano performance at the Talent Music Master Courses in Brescia, Italy, since 2017. Currently Juan Lago is teaching piano at the Qatar Music Academy by the Qatar Foundation. His students have been awarded numerous times in international and Spanish competitions.
Lago holds a Master’s degree in Performance and Musical Research from the Valencian International University; an Artist Diploma from the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where he studied under the tutelage of Professor Jan Wijn; a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he studied with Professor Ana Guijarro, and a degree from the Conservatorio Superior de Málaga (Professional Degree), where he studied with Professor Juan J. Peralta. He has also been influenced by pianists Gyorgy Sebok, Eugen Indjic, Stanislav Pochekin, Imre Rohmann, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Leonel Morales.
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.
Since 2019 associate concertmaster of Copenhagen Phil.
Jordi studied at the Reina Sofía School with professors Vicente Huerta, Jose Luis García and Rainer Schmidt. He also studied at the Universität für darstellende Kunst in Graz and Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf with professors Ida Bieler, Jürgen Kussmaul and Christoph Richter where he graduated with honors. In addition, Jordi has a Diploma of advanced studies in Ochestral Performance studied at the Haute Ecóle de Musique de Genève in collaboration with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He received a scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and the Carl Dörken Foundation.
Jordi Rodriguez received first prizes in the Violin Competition at the Murcia International Festival of Youth Orchestras, in the National Competition for Young Performers in Xàtiva (Valencia), in the Music Competition in Villa de Cox (Alicante), and in the Schmolz-Bickenbach Chamber Music Competition in Düsseldorf.
During his career, Jordi has worked together with great soloists and conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Maria João Pires, Evgeny Kissin, Natalia Gutman, Ray Chen, Vadim Gluzman, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Radu Lupu, Zubin Metha, Lorin Maazel, Semyón Bychkov, Ton Koopman, Neeme Järvi, Lorenzo Viotti, etc.
Together with his job as associate concertmaster at Copenhagen Phil, Jordi has played and still plays as guest concertmaster with other orchestras like Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Extremadura, Camerata Murcia, Orquesta Opus 23, WDR Funkhausorchester Köln and Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi.
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.
One of the most talented viola performers in Europe, David Fons began with his viola studies with Vicente Ortiz and Lluis Roig, following them with Luis Llacer, Jesse Levine, and Wilfried Strehle, obtaining the Prize of Honor at the Conservatorio Superior of Valencia, First Prize in the International Viola Competition in Murcia, in 1994, and the First Prize in the France-Spain Bi-National Contest, Bayonne, in 1995.
He is currently a professor at the Conservatorio "José Iturbi" of Valencia. As a member of orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana or Collegium Instrumentale, he has been able to work with teachers such as Félix Ayo, Nicolás Chumachenco, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, and Zubin Mehta. As Guest Principal Viola in the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, he has worked under the baton of conductors like E. Martinez-Izquierdo, R. Gupta, F.X. Roth, or A. Witt, among others.
He has participated in the principal chamber music festivals in Spain, France, and Italy as a member of the Rebec Trio, Palomares-Fons duo, Naght Trío, and as a collaborator with the Beethoven Klavier Quartett, V430, and Ensemble de Cadaqués. As a soloist, he has performed in the auditoriums of Zaragoza, Vigo, Valencia, among others, along with conductors and soloists such as Cristobal Soler, Vicent Alberola, Jesse Levine, Vasko Vassilev, or Franco Petrachi.
In January 2019 he presented his first album "Viola Oppression" containing the sonatas by Rebecca Clarke and Dimitri Shostakovich, for viola and piano with Kei Hikichi for the Orpheus Classical label.
David uses a 1954 Giacomo and Leandro Bisiach viola for his performances.
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.
Born in Castellón (Spain) in 1967, where he started his cello lessons with Prof. D. Ramia and Prof. J.A. Ros (Conservatorio Profesional “F. Tárrega” de Castellón). Later he attended “Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid” with Prof. R. Ramos (where he was awarded 1st Prize), Centre Internacional d´Ensenyaments Musicals de Barcelona with Prof. M. Cervera, Conservatorio Superior de Salamanca (Chamber Music Diploma) and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia of Madrid, Faculty of Education (Doctoral Program: Research in Music Pedagogy Diploma), supported by Banco Exterior de España Foundation, Conselleria de Cultura, Educaciò i Ciéncia de la Generalitat Valenciana (Valencian Government) and Erasmus Program.
Performings in Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Greece, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Brasil, Norway, Japan and U.S.A. and often participates at festivals like Festival Internacional de Santander, Festival Internacional de Pollença, Spain in Tokio (Japan), Festival Internacional “Chopin” de Valldemossa, Festival de Música Contemporánea de Alicante, Ciclos de Música de Cámara de Cajamadrid, Ciclos de Música de Cámara de Ibercaja, Fundación Botín, Festival Internacional de Música de Cámara de Segovia, Fundación March, Children4Music (London), Puentes Project-New York (E.E.U.U.), Sighisoara Academy Festival (Romania), Festival Grieg in Bergen (Norway), Supercello, Beijing (China), etc., performing in halls such as: Auditorio Nacional, Teatro Real and Teatro Monumental (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Valencia), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Teatro Rossini (Pesaro), Fraumünster (Zürich), Grosser Saal (Bern), Nissay Theatre (Tokyo), Teatro Avenida (Buenos Aires), Teatro Solís (Montevideo), Teatro Oriente (Santiago de Chile), Teatro Presidente (San Salvador), Teatro San Carlos (Lisbon), Concert Hall of the Americas Society (New York), Teatro Manzoni (Milano), Teatro Arriaga and Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao), Auditorio de Santiago de Compostela, Palazzo Pisani (Venezia), Sala Bossi (Bologna), Auditorio de Murcia, Auditorio de León, Auditorio de Palma de Mallorca, etc.
Bouché has recorded several solo and chamber music Cds for the labels Tecnosaga, Edelweis, S.G.A.E., Saimel, R.T.V.E. (Finalist Work at the 6th Edition of Music Awards of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias de la Música, 2002), Warner Music (Pop music: 4 nominees 16th Latin Grammy Awards, 2015) and Cooperativa de Cine, performs regularly with the pianists Juan Carlos Cornelles and Brenno Ambrosini and has collaborated with prestigious musicians and ensembles: Michael Thomas, Ilya Grubert, Vasko Vassilev, Alexandru Gavrilovici, Nobuko Imai, Imre Rohmann, Jean-Philippe Vasseur, Joan Enric Lluna, Massimo Paris, José Franch Ballester, Covent Garden Virtuosos, G. Sollima, Ensemble Laureate, "Leonor" String Quartet and Shanghai Quartet, among others.
He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of Engelberg, Orquesta de Cámara “Reina Sofía” de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castellón, Orquesta Sinfónica del Mediterráneo, Orquesta de les Arts, Camerata de Madrid, Castelló XXI, Nomos Group, Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba, etc. and has been conducted by V. Cacciatori, C. Halffter, M. Thomas, J. Vicent, H. Adams, E. García Asensio, S. Brotons, P. Miyar, etc. His solo appearances with orchestra include such major concerts as Dvorak, Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Boccherini, Beethoven´s Triple concerto, etc.
Member of the “Ars Hispanica Quartet”, “Dubhe Quartet”, “Nomos Group”, “Arkhé Piano Trio” (Ambrosini-Huerta-Bouché) and currently of the “Mediterranean String Trio” (Correa-Hontañón-Bouché). Principal cello at Orquesta Sinfónica del Mediterráneo, Valencia, Camerata de Madrid and ABCámara. Co-principal cello at Chamber Orchestra “Reina Sofía” de Madrid from 1986 until 1999, performing with soloists and conductors such as: N. Chumachenco, R. Frübeck de Burgos, Ph. Entremont, Sir Neville Marriner, N. Yepes, N. Zabaleta, M.J. Montiel, T. Berganza, P. Romero, M. Bayo, I. Haebler, H. Schellenberger, J. Achúcarro, Y. Basmeth, etc.
His great interest in Spanish contemporary music has brought him to perform the premier of composers: P. Artola, R. Beltrán-Moner, F. Colás, J. Sánchez, E. Lorenzo, A. Gómez, R. Paús, Z. de la Cruz, F. Ferrer, C. Cruz de Castro, S. Brotons, M.A. Coria, A. González Acilu, R. Barce, T. Marco, C. Prieto, J. Villa-Rojo, G. Gombau, P. Miyar, M.A. Roig-Francolí, M.A. Berbis, etc.
Regularly he is invited to hold masterclasses throughout Spain and Europe: Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Greece and to coach youth orchestras: Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana, Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Castelló, JOBASCYL de Castilla y León, Joven Orquesta “Ciudad de Salamanca”, Orquesta Juvenil “Don Bosco” de El Salvador and The World Orchestra.
Pedagogy is a very important part of his professional activity. Bouché has taught at Conservatorio Superior de Zaragoza, Conservatorio Profesional de Salamanca, Conservatorio Profesional de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Conservatorio Superior de las Islas Baleares, Conservatorio Profesional “Adolfo Salazar” de Madrid and Valencian International University-VIU. Currently Bouché is Senior Professor at Conservatorio Superior “Salvador Seguí” de Castellón-Spain. Has been Syllabus Designer, Director and String Pedagogy Teacher of the “Master in Music Performance and Research-Valencian International University-VIU”, awarded in the 5th edition of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award-TWSIA (U.S.A. 2012) by promoting excellent pedagogy and innovation in teaching and learning programmes through Sakai, Elluminate and Blackboard Collaborate technological platforms. In 2013 joint as Cello and Pedagogy teacher the project “Addressing Youth Violence through Cultural and Music Learning” in El Salvador (Central America) supported by The World Bank, Edytra Foundation, Don Bosco University, Ministerio de Educación de El Salvador and Embassy of Japan.
Currently is Co-artistic Director of the international cello meeting “Cellosmagics” (https://www.cellosmagics.org) and Deputy Coordinator of the “Mediterranean Network for Music” (https://mednet4music.weebly.com).
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.
Catalin Rotaru joined the School of Music at Arizona State University, in 2005. Mr. Rotaru is in demand as a performer and clinician throughout the world. He is a graduate of the National University of Music from Bucharest, Romania, and holds a Master’s degree in music performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously he was Associate Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, taught at Millikin University and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He served as associate principal bass in the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, principal bass in the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra, Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest, associate principal and principal bass in Sinfonia Da Camera, and principal bass of the Orchestra Sinfonica Europea.
He received the second prize at the 1997 International Society of Bassists Solo Division Competition and the Jury's Special Award for the best performance of the required piece at that competition. He was the winner of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Debut Recital Award in 1997, the Central Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Award in 1996, and in 2013 he was honored with the “Recognition award for Solo Performance” by the International Society of Bassists.
Mr. Rotaru’s debut solo CD, entitled “Bass*ic Cello Notes” was released by Summit Records in March 2007 and in 2010 released his second CD entitled “Juliana D’Agostini + Catalin Rotaru” which was recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2012 Mr. Rotaru recorded his third CD, in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, which includes the world premiere of a double bass performance of the famous violin concerto no. 5 by W.A. Mozart, and in 2014 he released a special CD/DVD package with works by Frank Proto which includes the world premiere recording of Proto’s Sonata no. 2 dedicated to him. In 2017 Mr. Rotaru had the great honor of recording a world premiere historical CD entitled “The Lord of the Basses – Bottesini’s Testore” performing on Bottesini’s double bass made by Testore in 1716, and in the same year he released another CD album entitled “Sonic Bridges vol. II” recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay. This album includes a few world premiere works dedicated to him as well as the first rendition of Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” where the solo viola part is played on double bass. More recently, in 2018, he releases his 7th CD album recorded in Italy featuring two prominent sonatas from the violin and cello repertoire.
Professor Rotaru has been a frequent solo performer as recitalist or guest soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and gave master classes at many prestigious institutions and festivals in United States, Asia, Europe, and South America. Mr. Rotaru performs on a modern instrument made in Italy by Luciano Golia and a bow made by Marco Pasquino, and is a Pirastro Strings endorsing artist.
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).
Soprano Emily Hindrichs, born in New Orleans, made her European concert debut in 2008 as the Angel in Händel's Jephtha with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling. One year later, she debuted as Queen of the Night at the English National Opera. Engagements followed with the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where she performed again with Helmuth Rilling.
2012 brought Hindrichs' French operatic debut at Opéra Théâtre Saint-Étienne as Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress, her first engagement with Oper Frankfurt as Königin der Nacht, and a role debut as Konstanze with the Connecticut Early Music Festival. The following season she appeared in Chicago Opera Theater's production of The Magic Flute, and gave a recital with pianist Joseph Middleton during Britten Weekend in Aldeburgh (England), featuring world premieres of song cycles by Christian Mason and Edmund Nesbit. That weekend also saw performances of Hindrichs' reconstructed edition of Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc), as arranged by Benjamin Britten.
From 2013-2015, Hindrichs was a soloist at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, making role debuts as Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), and Musetta (La Bohème), as well as reprising her Königin der Nacht. In her breakout performance in the 2014 International Händel Festspiele production of Riccardo Primo, she was hailed as "the discovery of the evening" (Opernnetz). The same season, she was celebrated in the title role of Stravinsky's Le Rossignol, returned to Oper Frankfurt for performances of Die Zauberflöte, and made her London concert debut at the Barbican Centre, singing Reinhold Glière's Concerto for Coloratura Soprano.
In 2015 Hindrichs became a soloist in the ensemble of Oper Köln, where she has made notable role debuts as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Teresa (Benvenuto Cellini), Cunegonde (Candide), and Rose Maurrant (Street Scene). In her first collaboration with Ensemble Musikfabrik, she gave the world premiere performance of Adela in Liza Lim's Tree of Codes, heard at both Oper Köln and the HELLERAU Tonlagen Festival, followed by an appearance with the ensemble at the ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival in Unsuk Chin's Cantatrix Sopranica. Later that year, Hindrichs made her house debut at Komische Oper Berlin in Barrie Kosky's acclaimed production of L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, and at the Aalto-Theater Essen in Die Zauberflöte. 2018 marked an important role debut for the soprano. As Marie in Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Die Soldaten, Hindrichs "left no musical wish unfulfilled, rose to every challenge, never weakened" (Die Deutsche Bühne). She was immediately engaged by the WDR Sinfonieorchester for their performance of the Zimmermann Soldaten Vokalsinfonie, under the direction of Emilio Pomàrico, and later nominated for "Sänger/Sängerin des Jahres" in the Opernwelt Critic's Survey.
In the 2018-19 season Hindrichs returned to the Aalto-Theater Essen (Die Zauberflöte) and made her debut as Ishmaela in Olga Neuwirth's The Outcast at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. At Oper Köln, she made debuts as Wanda in Offenbach's La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, as Ottilie in Im weißen Rössl, and as Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene. The 2019-20 season included her house debut with the Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar in Peter Konwitschny's new production of Lanzelot (Paul Dessau) and her concert debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, under the direction of François-Xavier Roth. Future engagements include a role debut as Clémence in Kaija Saariajo’s L’amour de loin and Marie in Calixto Bieto’s semi-staged concert production of Die Soldaten at the Philharmonie de Paris and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Hindrichs was a recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, a Sullivan Foundation Award, the winner of the Les Azuriales Opera Competition in France, and a New England regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Exeter, and a doctorate from the New England Conservatory. She completed her musical formation as a Max Kade Scholar at the Middlebury College German for Singers program, as a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program, and as Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellow.
Daniel Beckwith has conducted in many of the major opera houses throughout North America and Europe. With a repertoire that spans the 17th through the 20th centuries, he has been hailed as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation.
Mr. Beckwith’s conducting career began in 1991 in an all-Mozart concert with Virginia’s Norfolk Symphony. Only a year later, Houston Opera invited him to conduct Gretry’s rarely performed Zémire et Azor. Many important engagements followed, notably Canadian Opera Company (Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Glimmerglass Opera Festival (Rossini’s Le Comte Ory), The Lyric Opera of Chicago ( Così fan tutte), Edmonton Opera (Handel’s Guilio Cesare), and The Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Haydn’s Armida).
Mr. Beckwith served as assistant to James Levine for six seasons at the Metropolitan Opera and was given his conducting debut with Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1995 after Mr. Levine observed his conducting of a stage rehearsal. On the strength of these performances, Daniel Beckwith was engaged for several important debuts conducting the works of George Frideric Handel, both nationally ( Serse, Seattle Opera) and internationally ( Rinaldo, Grand Theâtre du Genève, Theodora, The Glyndebourne Festival).
The operas of Mozart have figured prominently in Mr. Beckwith’s career. His return engagement to the Metropolitan, as well as his San Francisco Opera and Portland Opera debuts was with Don Giovanni; Vancouver, Baltimore, Edmonton and Arizona opera companies have all heard his performances of Le Nozze di Figaro. Daniel Beckwith’s Australian opera debut in 1998 was with another personal favorite, La Clemenza di Tito. Mr. Beckwith’s return engagement to the Seattle Opera and his debut with the Washington Opera was with Die Zauberflöte.
His love of, and affinity for, the baroque, early classical, and the bel canto repertory has given him the opportunity to perform many of the cornerstone operas of these varying periods: Orphée et Euridice (Utah Opera), Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (Wolftrap Opera Festival); Lucia di Lammermoor (Cincinnati Opera), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (UK’s Opera North, Florida Grand Opera, Wolftrap Opera Festival), La Cenerentola (Kentucky Opera) L’Elisir d’Amore (Fort Worth Opera), L’Italiana in Algeri (Cleveland Opera, Opera Columbus, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey), and Handel’s Oreste (The Juilliard School and Spoleto Festival, Italy). The vehicle of his April 2000 New York City Opera debut was a new production of Rameau’s Platée which featured the Mark Morris Dance Group.
With an increasingly diverse repertory, Mr. Beckwith has had many return engagements with The New York City Opera (Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Handel’s Alcina, revival of Platée), The Washington Opera (Ward’s The Crucible), The Cincinnati Opera (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette), Calgary Opera ( Floyd’s Susannah, Don Pasquale, Carmen) Canadian Opera Company (Mozart’s Il Re Pastore), Edmonton Opera ( The Rape of Lucretia, Turandot), Wolftrap Opera Festival (Falstaff, Die Entführung aus dem Serail). From 1999 to 2001, he was Artistic Director of the Lake George Opera Festival, during which time he conducted performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Govanni, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, Il Re Pastore and Ariadne auf Naxos. His concert appearances have included performances with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society in a program of Bach, Handel and the world premiere of Dan Welcher’s JFK: the Voice of Peace; an all-Handel concert with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall; orchestral and vocal repertory from Mozart to Wagner with Metropolitan Opera soprano YoungOk Shin at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea. He made his debut with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. A return to Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival featured mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore in a concert of Bel Canto rarities; his first appearance at Spain’s Santander Festival with soprano Renée Fleming included orchestral and vocal repertory drawn from the 17th to 20th centuries.
In celebration of the Mozart year, Mr. Beckwith conducted an all-Mozart orchestral concert for the Princeton Festival. A concert tour with Renée Fleming included debuts with the Hartford Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Recent engagements included a return to Fort Worth Opera for Giulio Cesare; Carmen for the Green Mountain Opera Festival; Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Bohème, Serse and Le Nozze di Figaro for Michigan State University; L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Florida State University.
In demand as a partner in recital, he has appeared in the United States and Europe accompanying artists such as Renée Fleming, Benita Valente, Carol Vaness, Nancy Gustafson, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Jennifer Larmore, Denyce Graves, Susanne Mentzer, Jerry Hadley, Ben Heppner, Richard Leech, Nathan Gunn and Samuel Ramey. His television credits (with Ms. Fleming) include Good Morning America, The View, Martha Stewart Living.
As a church musician, Mr. Beckwith has served several landmark churches as Assistant Organist: The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Bartholomew’s Church and the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine; Interim Director of Music/Organist at St. John’s-in–the-Village, NYC; Director of Music/Organist at The Second Congregational Church, Greenwich, CT.; Interim Director of Music/Organist at St. Luke’s Parish, Darien, CT., Director of Music/Organist at The Reformed Church, Bronxville, New York. He returned to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as a professional staff singer and Assisting Organist. He is presently the Principal Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola and Assistant Organist at Temple Emanu-EL, both in NYC.
Staatsoper Berlin, Assistant Conductor.
Born in Böblingen, Germany, studied piano, composition and conducting in Karlsruhe and Vienna, with a. o. Paul Badura-Skoda, Nikita Magaloff, Wolfgang Rihm and Sergiu Celibidache. Since 2012 he is member of Berlin Staatsoper as assistant of Daniel Barenboim, since January 2020 he is head of music in this institution.
He has worked at Hamburg and Munich Staatsoper, Maggio musicale Florence, La Scala Milano, Metropolitan Opera New York, Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals and many other houses and festivals. He assisted Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel, and played Lieder recitals with Edita Gruberova, Waltraud Meier, Peter Seiffert, Andreas Schager and Matti Salminen. He taught at the Centro de Perfeccionamento Plácido Domingo in Valencia as well as at Tel Aviv University, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin and at Lotte Lehmann academy. Sallmann constantly works with singers of all generations and tries to pass on the great traditions of singing and dramatic interpretation.
Internationally-acclaimed Stage Director, Actor, and Coach.
Marc Verzatt is an actor, singer, competitive ballroom dancer, stage director, and an acting coach. He appears in several independent films, and has recently turned to play directing. In the past year he has done the roles of Mephistopheles in Goethe’s “Faust”, Leontes, Camillo and Autolycus in “The Winter’s Tale”, and Dogberry in “Much Ado About Nothing”. At the Metropolitan Opera, he performed the role of the Major-Domo in Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos”. He has directed opera productions with the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Sinfonia Stuttgart, the 5th Festival of Music in Victoria, Brazil,, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and dozens of regional opera companies in the US. He was awarded Classical Singers Magazine Stage Director of the Year in 2006.
With over 30 years of experience as a teacher and coach for actors and singers, Marc Verzatt's pupils have gone on to have careers in some of the world's top institutions including: Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Vienna Staatsoper, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, and numerous regional houses and theaters. With a unique emphasis on harnessing the power and drama in words and music, Marc strives to foster the sincerity and intention required to begin and maintain a successful performance career.
José Ramón Martín Díaz initiated his piano and violin studies at the age of 8 in the Escolanía of Valencia, and later studied piano with Ricardo Roca and Mario Monreal. He assisted to masterclasses with Guillermo González, Rita Wagner, Wolfram Rieger and Miguel Zanetti, and has won the “Maestro Serrano” competition 5 times, 1st place in the “Ciudad de la Línea” National Contest and 1st prize “Concurso Internacional José Roca." In 2007, José Ramón was selected by the “Centre de Perfeccionamiento Plácido Domingo” where he specialiced as repertorists working with A. Zedda, A. Zabala, K. Sallman, R. Vignoles o G. Fabbrini, among others; and trained as musical director with J.M. Pérez Sierra. Since then, he has been working as pianist repertorist and director assistant at the “Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía” where he has been working with masters like Maazel, Mehta, Domingo, Chailly, Prêtre, Abbado, Biondi, Luisotti, Wellber, Dantone, among others. He collaborates with Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana addressing the symphonic repertoire with the piano and, occasionally, as harpsichord or fortepiano player; he debuted as musical director in 2016 with the Mozzart “Idomeneo” at the Palau de les Arts, receiving excellent reviews, and in 2017 directed Le Carnival des Animaux at the Martín y Soler venue.
José participates in important opera festivals like the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro, Alejandro Granda in Lima (Peru) and with the Grighallen of Bergen (Norway). He has performed recitals with Gregory Kunde, Marianne Cornetti, Ana María Sanchez, Manuel Cid, Carmen Romeu, Robert Expert, Juan Pechuán, Vasko Vassilev, Claude Delangle combining classical music with incursions to other music like jazz, blues, reggae or tango. Since 2017 he retired working as a collaborative pianist in the grand theatres to be the artistic director of the Matisse Club, with the purpose of encouraging live music and undertake a new path as interpreter towards improvisation and its infite possibilities.
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.
Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann (b. 1973) is a composer whose music reveals an innately lyrical vein within a texturally and formally complex modernist framework. His musical interests are multifaceted, and his pieces often reflect his passion for revisiting classical models. From hockets, troped passacaglias and variation forms to works for electronics or Peruvian indigenous instruments, his oeuvre is as diverse as his cultural background. The son of a Peruvian scientist and a Brazilian teacher and visual artist of Austrian extraction, he was born in Lima, Peru. When the terrorist organization, the Shining Path, became stronger causing massive unrest in Peru, his family emigrated to Brazil in 1989. Initially intending a career as a violinist, he stopped playing due to the effects of focal dystonia. After moving to the United States in 1998, he completed his graduate degrees studying composition with Orlando García, Fredrick Kaufman, John Harbison and, with whom would become his greatest influence, the American composer Lukas Foss.
His music has been performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Peruvian National Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Kiev Camerata, Klangforum Wien, Boston Musica Viva, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Da Capo Chamber Players, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien®, Seattle Chamber Players, Talea Ensemble, ALEA III and the Amernet, Borromeo, Mivos and JACK quartets. He has lived in Spain as a Fulbright Scholar and his awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Fromm Music Foundation Commission, the Aaron Copland Award, Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a fellowship from Vitae – Associação de Apoio à Cultura. He has been in residence at the Copland House, MacDowell Colony and Atlantic Center for the Arts. He teaches music composition at Ithaca College and is the director of the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble. In addition, he is Head of Composition at VIPA, Valencia International Performance Academy.
Composer, scholar, and project manager J.J. Peña Aguayo (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1973) studied music composition at The Peabody Institute (B.M., 1996) and at The Juilliard School (M.M., 1998), and holds a Doctorate from the Universitat de València.
His composition teachers were Morris Cotel, Ronald Caltabiano, Milton Babbitt and Christopher Rouse. His musical works have been premiered and performed by orchestras, chamber groups and soloists in concert series and festivals across the Americas and Europe, with commissions such as from the Neanderland Biennale, the Insitut Valencià de la Música, Val Tidone Competitions and the Godella Chamber Music Festival.
He has been awarded prizes from ASCAP and BMI as well as in competitions such as the Gofreddo Petrassi and the Edigio Carella competitions, among others.
His work is published By the Sociedad Latina de Comunicación Social, Bèrben and Periferia.
He has taught at the Conservatories of Alicante and Castellón, and at the TAI Institute in Madrid. He is founding member of Ars-On (arte abierto) and is currently Artistic Director of the Sonamens Puerto Rico International Musical Creativity Summit.
Voro García was born in Sueca (Spain). Studied trombone, piano, singing, chorus, orchestral conducting, musicology, and composition, at the Conservatory of Music of Valencia, with R. Ramos and M. Galduf, among others. He attended master classes of composition with composers like Mauricio Sotelo, José Manuel López. Doctor of Music from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
He was awarded First Prize of the Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (2004), Oïda (2001), Prize Luis Morondo (2007), Matilde Salvador (2007), best original music (short films), and K-Lidoscopi (2012), and was a finalist of the Bell’Arte Europa (2005), Pablo Sorozábal (2001) and ALEA III International Composition Prize (2007) competitions.
He received commissions from several official and private institutions as well as from numerous individual performers such as INAEM (Spanish Ministry of Culture), JONDE (Young National Orchestra of Spain), CDMC, IVM (Valencian Music Institute), National Auditorium, FestClásica Ensems, Mixtur, Quatuor Tana, Ascolta Ensemble or Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication Français.
His works have been selected or commissioned by different competitions, festivals or sound platforms from around the world, his performers being: Intercontemporain Ensemble, Proyecto Guerrero, Arditti Quartet, Quatuor Tana, Court-circuit, Mivos quartet, Grup Instrumental, Ensemble Residencias, Espai Sonor, Zahir Ensemble, NeoArs Ensemble, NEXEnsemble, Plural Ensemble, Ensemble Kuraia, Grupo Enigma, Ensemble d'Arts, Sonido Extremo, Spanish Brass, Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla and León, Orchestra of Valencia, ADDA Simfònica Orchestra, JONDE (Young National Orchestra of Spain), JOGV (young orchestra of Generalitat Valenciana), Carnegie Mellon Ensemble, Ensemble ALEA III, Trío Arbós, B3 Brouwer Trío, TDM Trío de Magia, Feedback, Alter Face, Ascolta Ensemble, Amores Grup de Percussió, Synergein project, Municipal Winds Orchestras of Barcelona, Bilbao or Palma de Mallorca, and soloists like B. Ambrosini, A. Sukarlan, C. Dierstein, P. Carneiro, C. Dierstein, M. Weiss, M. Bernadette, S. Aparici, R. Capellino, X.Giner, A. Gomis, M. Santapau, M. Bernat…
Founder and creator of the Ensemble Espai Sonor in 2003, in his role as director, he has performed world premieres of countless pieces.
He has been composer-in-residence of the Grup Instrumental de Valencia, in 2001-02, JONDE (Young National Orchestra of Spain), in 2005-06 and MNCARS (Auditorio 400 at the "Reina Sofia" National Art Centre Museum) in 2009, JOGV (Youth Orchestra of Generalitat Valenciana) in 2009/10 SOMELGRUP FESTIVAL (2018), AGORA FESTVAL (2019) and SBALZ Festival (2018).
Artistic director of the Mostra Sonora in Sueca (2005-2017), he is currently a composition Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Valencia and artistic director of the Festival Ensems.
He edits his works in Babelscores, SB edicions, and Ed. Piles.
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 Oboist, Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana.
Christopher Bouwman is principal oboe of the Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, titular orchestra of the Valencian opera house “Palau de les Arts, a position he has held since 2006 after auditioning for music director Lorin Maazel.
Christopher has also worked as principal oboe of both the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Israel Philharmonic orchestra and has made frequent guest appearances with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Bayerische Staatsorchester.
As a solo performer, Christopher has performed with orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has made multiple appearances during international tours as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Christopher is a prize-winner of multiple international music competitions, such as the Fernand-Gillet Oboe competition, Barbirolli Oboe competition, and the European Music Prize for Youth, at which in 2003 he was given the title of Young Musician of the year.
Born in The Hague - The Netherlands and growing up in a family of musicians, Christopher started playing the oboe at a young age and was soon accepted at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he would study with Ali Groen, Frank Minderaa, Han de Vries, and Pauline Oostenrijk. There he received both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree, after which he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in the class of Maurice Bourgue.
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.
He has worked with conductors like Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomsted, Paavo Järvi, Iván Fischer and Christoph Eschenbach, among others. As a chamber musician, he founded the Natalia Ensemble, the Hanns Eisler Trio, and the Berliner Nonett and has collaborated with musicians such as Leif Olev Andsnes, Amihai Grosz, Guy Braunstein, John Corigliano, Anne LeBozec, Cuarteto Quiroga, Alain Meunier, Paul Rivinius, Scharoun Ensemble, Maurice Bourgue, Radovan Vlatkovic and Klaus Thunemann.
Darío won the First Prize and Gold Medal in the Soloists' competition of the Primer Palau in Barcelona, which resulted in performing and recording the clarinet concertos by Mozart, Weber, Shaw, and Copland.
Passionate about pedagogy, he teaches in Masterclasses both clarinet and chamber music and orchestra in various formats, such as seminars with the Natalia Ensemble - reduction of large orchestra scores for small ensembles without a conductor -, and in orchestras such as the Theater Jugendorchester Kassel, the Andalusian Youth Orchestra (OJA) or the JONDE Darío Mariño was a clarinet soloist with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Staatstheater Kassel and currently the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona.
Ausiàs Garrigós Morant
Bass Clarinet, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ausiàs Garrigós Morant is the bass clarinetist in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and he also performs regularly with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera. Ausias is a founding member of The Riot Ensemble, contemporary music group based in London with whom he has premiered and recorded new music playing in numerous festivals across Europe.
Born in Potries (València, Spain), Ausias studied at Conservatory of Castellón (Spain) before attending the Guildhall School in London. He has studied with Juan Esteban Romero, Andrew Webster, Julian Farrell, James Burke and Andrew Marriner, and bass clarinet with Javier Ros, Laurent Ben Slimane and Lorenzo Iosco
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.
Bassoon, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Jesús Villa Ordóñez, born in Córdoba in 1993, received his first bassoon lessons at the age of 9. After graduating from highschool, he began his studies at the Córdoba Conservatory with Celia Villora. He was a member of the Barenboim Said Academy, where he studied with Holger Straube and Javier Aragó, and was doing an Erasmus year with Codarts in Rotterdam. He was taught by Pieter Nuytten and Bramvan Sambeek. In 2016 he continued his studies in Salzburg, with Marco Postinghel at the Mozarteum, where he did his master’s degree.
He was a member of many Spanish and European youth orchestras and was accepted into the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018.
As a guest, Jesus already played in orchestras such as the Frankfurt Opera, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orquesta de RTVE…
He has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2020.
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.
Co-principal Solo Trumpet of Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
Jose Real Cintero was born in Llíria in 1992. At the age of 8 he began his musical studies at the Centro Unió Musical de Llíria, studies that he would continue at the Professional Conservatory of Llíria, Conservatorio Superior de Castelló and at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt (Austria), with Professor D. Reinhold Ambros. He extended his training by pursuing a Master’s degree in Interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, under the direction of Prof. Matthias Höfs.
He has attended courses and classes from professors Andrés Simeó, Vicente Campos, Enrique Rioja, Luis González, James Watson, Charles Geyer, Bárbara Buttler and Johannes Bartmann, among others.
He has revived the following PRIZES : Winner of the National Competition for Young Performers «Ciudad de Llíria». First prize in the «Villa de Castellnovo» Young Performers Contest. Professional Music Prize at the Llíria Conservatory, first classified in the Autonomous Phase of VII National Interpretation Contest «Intercentros Melómano» Valencian Community, first price in the International Trumpet Competition in Monçao (Portugal), among others.
He has received Scholarships from…the Balaguer Gonel Hermanos Foundation, Dávalos Fletcher Foundation and CulturArts Scholarship from the Generalitat Valenciana (Institut Valencià de Cultura).
Among his recordings: “Promenade” together with the pianist Miriam Montañana and “Kind of Gold” with Matthias Höfs-Ensembles.
He has collaborated with different orchestras such as JONDE, RTVE, Orquesta «Gran Teatre Liceu» Barcelona, Orquesta de Valencia, Orchestra Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, European Union Youth, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Verbier Festival Orchester, Essen Philharmoniker, Noord Nederlands Orkest , Bremen Philharmoniker, Hamburg Symphoniker, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and MúsicaAeterna, among others.
Most recently he has played with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and has collaborated as a solo trumpe with the Oslo Philarmonic and co-principal in Essener Philharmoniker.
Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Montone has been hailed by the New York Times for her "flawless horn solos... and warm and noble sound". As Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a world-acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and teacher, she has been on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School since joining the orchestra in 2006.
Previously the Principal Horn of the Saint Louis Symphony and Associate Principal Horn of the Dallas Symphony, Ms. Montone was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University, performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and coaches on occasion at the New World Symphony. She was third horn of the New Jersey Symphony from 1997-2000, and has performed as a guest artist with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Montone regularly performs as a soloist, with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, among others. Her recording of the Penderecki Horn Concerto, "Winterreise" with the Warsaw National Philharmonic won a 2013 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Classical Compendium". Other recordings include "Jennifer Montone Performs"- her first solo cd, "Still Falls the Rain"- works of Benjamin Britten, "Gabrieli" by the National Brass Ensemble, "Philadelphia Orchestra, Tchaikovsky and Ewald"- featuring the orchestra's principals brass quintet, and Song of Shinobeu"- works of Haruka Watanabe.
Ms. Montone made her Carnegie Weil Hall solo recital debut on October 22, 2008. She has enjoyed appearing as a featured artist at many International Horn Society workshops, and as a soloist and collaborator with artists such as Emmanuel Ax, Eric Owens, Christoph Eschenbach, Shmeul Ashkenazi, and Joseph Silverstein, and David Soyer, among many others.
As a chamber musician Ms. Montone performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, National Brass Ensemble, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Bravo Vail Chamber Music Festival,Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Spoleto Italy Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival.
Ms. Montone is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julie Landsman, legendary pedagogue and former principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera. In May 2006 Ms. Montone was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also the winner of the 1996 Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year Award in London, England. A native of northern Virginia, Ms. Montone studied with Edwin Thayer, principal horn of the National Symphony, in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program. She is married to double bass player, Timothy Ressler, and immensely enjoys spending time with her two young sons, Max and Felix.
Marie Luise Neunecker
Marie-Luise Neunecker has excelled as an orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher. She has won competitions, served on competition juries, and recorded concertos and chamber works. Among her premieres is György Ligeti's Hamburgisches Konzert, which was composed especially for and dedicated to her.
Marie-Luise was born in 1955, first studying musicology and German, then completing her horn studies with Erich Penzel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Her playing career began with the Frankfurt Opera. In 1979 she was appointed principal horn with the Bamberg Symphony, followed by principal horn with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (1981-1989).
Marie-Luise won the German Music Competition in Bonn (1982), and the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York (1986). She was also a prize-winner at ARD Competition in 1983 and was awarded the Frankfurt Music Prize in 2013. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the world.
In addition to Ligeti's Hamburgisches Konzert, she has recorded works by Mozart, Strauss, Britten, Hindemith, Gliere, Glazunov, Schoeck, Shebalin, Koechlin, and Smyth. Volker David Kirchner dedicated Orfeo for baritone, horn, and piano to her, as well as his Horn Concerto, and his well-known Tre Poemi, for horn and piano. She has participated in festivals including Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Marlboro, Aldeburg, Risör, and Vienna.
Marie-Luise was appointed professor at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts in 1988 and has been professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin since 2004. She wrote about preventing dystonia in the May 2017 issue of The Horn Call and was a featured artist at the 2017 IHS International Symposium in Natal, Brazil. She was elected an IHS Honorary Member in 2017.
Nathaniel Silberschlag was appointed principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra in May 2019, at age 21, and took up the position in August prior to the start of the 2019-20 season. He previously served as assistant principal horn of the Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, where he was the youngest member ever to win a position with the ensemble, at the age of 19. He completed his bachelor of music degree from New York's Juilliard School in May 2019, where he was a student of Julie Landsman and recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
Born in Leonardtown, Maryland, in the Chesapeake region, Mr. Silberschlag comes from of a family of sixteen professional musicians across several generations. These include former principal players of the New York Philharmonic, Italian National Orchestra RAI, and Jerusalem Symphony. He is the third generation of his family to attend the Juilliard School. He made his debut in Italy at age 9, with news of the performance appearing on the front page of Italy’s newspaper La Stampa.
As a soloist, Nathaniel has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Bulgarian Philharmonic, Romania State Symphony, New York’s Little Orchestra Society, and the Chesapeake Orchestra. He has also played concerts with a variety of ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mr. Silberschlag became a graduate of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program under the tutelage of Sylvia Alimena as part of her "Brass of Peace" scholarship program. He also spent two summers in the Kennedy Center’s Summer Music Institute. He was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in the summers of 2017 and 2018, and in 2018 was named one of ten Zarin Mehta Fellows to perform with the New York Philharmonic as part of their 2018 Global Academy.
In 2015, he was the first recipient of the Edwin C. Thayer / Laurel Bennert Ohlson award for artistry and excellence in horn performance. Since 2007, he has been a full participant fellow at Italy's Alba Music Festival, and also attended the Eastern Music Festival in 2016. He is also a member of the New York Festival Brass Quintet.
Maria Rubio Navarro began her French horn studies at the Alboraya Musical Society with Gabriel Diago, continuing her training at the Conservatorio Superior de Valencia, with José Rosell, at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg with Bruno Schneider, and with Javier Bonet, both in modern and natural horn.
She has been awarded prizes in numerous competitions, the most important of which are the Città di Porcia International Competition and the scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
She is frequently invited to perform as a soloist at festivals both nationally and internationally such as the British Horn Society and has collaborated continuously as principal horn with the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as many other European orchestras.
As a teacher, she has been invited by young orchestras around Spain, such as JONDE, OJA, JOGV, and conservatories like Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Berklee College of Music. She was a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Teatro Real), and since 2002 she holds the position of principal horn at the Orquesta de Valencia. She is a member of Quintet Cuesta, Dreisam Ensemble and Metal.lògic Ensemble.
Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic.
David Rejano is the Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 2016. Before that, he served as Principal Trombone with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra from 2002 to 2007, Principal Trombone with the Orquestra del Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona (Barcelona Opera House) from 2007 to 2010, and Principal Trombone with the Münchner Philharmoniker from 2010 to 2016.
He has also performed as a guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, Seoul Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks or the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris.
David Rejano appears frequently as a soloist at the Festival Européen du Trombone, Concours National de Trombone de France, Sapporo Festival, Summer Brass Festival or the International Trombone Festival, as well as with top orchestras like the Vancouver Symphony or the LAPhil. He frequently works together with Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev.
As a sought-after teacher, David gives regularly Masterclasses all over the world, including the Guildhall School of London (England), Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris (France), New England Conservatory, CSU Northridge, UCLA, USC, Montclair State University (USA), Münchner Musikhochschule (Germany), Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck (Austria), Barenboim-Said Academy (Spain) and the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China); as well as coaches youth orchestras as the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, Youth Orchestra of Central America (Guatemala), Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) and the Odeon Jugendorchester (Germany).
David Rejano (1982) was born in Badajoz /Spain/, and initially studied music at the Conservatory in Madrid. Then he moved to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, with professor Gilles Millière, where he graduated with the "Diplôme de Formation Supérieur - Mention très bien à l'unanimité" and the "Prix Spécial du Jury". He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra -EUYO- and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra -WEDO- (with Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez).
Principal Trombone, San Francisco Symphony.
Timothy Higgins was appointed to the position of Principal Trombone of the San Francisco Symphony by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2008. He was previously the acting Second Trombonist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Mr. Higgins, a Houston native, has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Northwestern University and has performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Aspen Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Washington National Opera, and Baltimore Symphony. His principal teachers have been Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), Michael Warny (Houston Grand Opera), and Royce Landon (Des Moines, Iowa). He has participated in music festivals with the Roundtop Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Along with a busy orchestra career, Timothy Higgins is a sought after arranger of music. He was the sole arranger of the National Brass Ensemble’s Gabrieli recording. Additionally, he has arranged music for CT3 Trombone Quartet, National Brass Quintet, Bay Brass, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Brass Ensemble. Timothy Higgins has also composed works for brass instruments in solo and chamber settings. His arrangements and compositions have been programmed by the Washington Symphonic Brass, Bay Brass, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony and numerous university brass ensembles. His arrangements and original compositions are available through his publishing company, 415Music.
As a teacher, Timothy been a faculty member of the Pokorny Seminar since 2012, and is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. He has also led masterclasses in Japan, China, Canada and the United States, including classes at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, the New World Symphony, Vanderbilt University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music.
In 2005, Timothy won the Robert Marsteller Solo trombone competition, as well as the ITA Trombone Quartet competition with CT3. While attending the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Higgins was awarded the Grace B. Upton Award for Outstanding Fellow. In 2013, Timothy released his solo CD, Stage Left, which can be found on here. Recent albums include two self-produced recordings from 2020 in the Underground series.
Miguel García Casas (1994, Les Coves de Vinromà -Castellón-) began his musical studies with Israel Salvador at the music school of the Unió Musical Covarxina in his home town and with Félix García at the “Mestre Feliu” Conservatory in Benicarló (Castellón). He finishes the Professional Degree at the Conservatory “Mestre Tárrega” in Castellón with Juan Domínguez, obtaining the highest qualification and the Professional Degree Award. Later he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid with Professor Elies Hernandis, finishing his studies with the highest marks and winning the RCSMM Extraordinary End of Studies Prize. He furthered his musical training by taking a Master’s Degree in Musical Performance at the Hochschule der Künste Bern with Professor Ian Bousfield. In addition, he has participated in numerous improvement courses with prestigious teachers at a national and international level, being also a student of Carlos Gil and Indalecio Bonet in the Stomvi Trombone Classroom.
From the beginning he is a member of the Unió Musical Covarxina and the Associació Musical Ciutat de Benicarló. He has been a full member of the Banda Federal de la Federación de Sociedades Musicales de la Comunidad Valenciana, the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Castelló (JOSC), the Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (JORCAM), the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), the Nationaal Jeugdorkest (NJO) and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra Academy (SHMF); reserve of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). He has also been awarded in competitions for young performers, such as the Second Prize in the Competition for Young Soloists of the “Mestre Tárrega” Conservatory in Castellón and the First Prize in the National Competition for Young Performers Ciutat de Xàtiva. As a soloist, he has performed with the Asociación Musical Ciutat de Benicarló and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, interpreting the concerts of Launy Gröndahl and Nino Rota, respectively.
In the professional field, he has collaborated with the Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Barbieri Symphony Orchestra and the European Philharmonic of Switzerland (EPOS), among others. In addition, he has been an academician of the “Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balear” and the “Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España”. In April 2017 he is selected as a trainee of the Biel Solothurn Theater Orchestra (Switzerland) and in September 2017 he wins the place of Trombone Soloist of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester (Frankfurt Opera House Symphony Orchestra).
With regard to chamber music, he has also collaborated with the ARTE chain (Germany) for the recording of Uwe Dierksen’s music in the film “Der Geiger von Florenz”, with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach together with the Kronberg Academy recording P. Hindemith’s Kammermusik and assiduously with the Frankfurt Chamber Brass ensemble. He is also a founding member of the bass brass group And The Brass and the trombone choir Nineties Trombone Ensemble.
Principal Tuba, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
David Cribb was born in Murgon, Queensland. His first musical experiences were in the church choir and singing with his family at various functions in the area. After receiving piano lessons David started learning the Euphonium at the age of ten as part of the Queensland Department of Education instrumental music programme. At thirteen he changed to the tuba and after completing high school, was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Craig Cunningham and Adrew Jarvis. In 1995 David transferred to the Sydney Conservatorium to study with Steve Rosse and while completing his diploma of music worked extensively in Sydney and Melbourne as a freelance musician. David was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and took part in their 1996 Europe/North America tour.
In 1998 David moved to Frankfurt/Main to continue his studies with David Glidden (Solo-Tuba Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Bayreuth Festival Orchestra). In his two years in Frankfurt, he worked with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Theater Karlsruhe, Theater Wiesbaden, Darmstadt Theater, HR Brass, „bach, blech and blues“ and many other ensembles.
In 2000 David was awarded the position of Solo-Tuba with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin where he remained for five years, in this time he played with all of the Berlin orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle and the Staatsoper unter den Linden under Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez.
2005 saw David move to the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra where he is involved in regular international touring and recording. He has performed the Vaughan-Williams tuba concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, is a founding member of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintet and teaches at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin and the Hochschule for Music and Theater in Leipzig.
Principal Tuba, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Principal Tuba of the Cincinnati Symphony since 2016 and former Principal Tuba of the Seattle Symphony and Opera from 1999-2016, Christopher Olka has had a wide and varied career in music. His orchestral experience includes Principal Tuba of Gerard Schwarz’s All-Star Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, Guest Principal Tuba with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
Before becoming a full-time orchestral musician in 1999, Chris was an active freelance musician in New York where he performed in brass quintets, Dixieland bands, and most of the major orchestras in the area while completing his Master's degree at The Juilliard School.
From 1989 to 1996 he was a staff musician for the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, Florida, where he was a member of many of the bands there including the TUBAFOURS tuba quartet, the world’s first full-time professional tuba quartet.
An active soloist and advocate of solo tuba literature, Chris has performed around the world in recitals and masterclass in addition to numerous orchestra, brass band, and wind ensemble solo appearances.
In 2006 Chris premiered and recorded the Samuel Jones Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra with the Seattle Symphony for the NAXOS record label. The concerto, which was written and commissioned for him, received critical acclaim internationally for the premiere and subsequent recording.
Chris started a YouTube channel in 2011 dedicated to education, product reviews, and all things tuba-related. His channel has thousands of subscribers and hundreds of thousands of views from around the globe. His website, www.chrisolka.com also hosts these videos along with a growing catalog of transcriptions of music arranged for solo tuba.
His education includes a B.M. from the University of Central Florida and a M.M. from the Juilliard School. Chris’s teachers include Warren Deck (New York Phil. Retired), Joe Alessi (New York Phil.), and Abe Torchinsky (Philadelphia Orch. Retired).
Chris is proud to be an Eastman Winds Performing Artist.
Principal Tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Eugene (Gene) Pokorny is Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has previously served as the tubist in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to playing for Hollywood film scores such as Jurassic Park and The Fugitive, he has performed worldwide in opera orchestras, chamber music ensembles and orchestra festivals.
Pokorny regularly participates in brass seminars, playing recitals and holding masterclasses. He annually returns to Southern California to teach, play, and lecture at the Pokorny Seminar held at the University of Redlands; 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of this event. Pokorny has recorded several solo and educational CDs of his own and assisted Rolling Stones’ trombonist Michael Davis in recording numerous educational workbook CDs.
Pokorny studied tuba with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo. He graduated from the University of Southern California and has received an outstanding alumnus award from USC and an honorary doctorate from the University of Redlands.
Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Mike W. Roylance became the tubist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2003 Tanglewood season. Mr. Roylance attended the University of Miami and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. At Rollins College, he served on the faculty, conducting the brass ensemble and directing the Pep Band. He was also the professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Central Florida. In Chicago, he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He was also the principal tubist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2001–2002 season. Mr. Roylance performed on tuba and electric bass in a wide genre of ensembles such as orchestra, chamber groups, Dixieland bands, big bands, and Broadway shows. He was a member of Walt Disney World’s Orchestra and Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band. His career also includes performances in Europe and Japan, where he performed as a soloist and taught master classes. His European performances have included the Classical Festival Orchestra in Vienna, Austria, and the Sam Rivers RivBea Orchestra in Portugal. Mr. Roylance has studied with such notable players as Conni Weldod; former University of Miami professor James Jenkins (Jacksonville Symphony); Bob Tucci (Bavarian State Opera); Chester Schmitz (Boston Symphony, retired); Gene Pokorny (Chicago Symphony); and Floyd Cooley (San Francisco Symphony, retired).
Anne Jelle Visser
Professor, Zurich University of the Arts.
Dutch tubist Anne Jelle Visser is Professor of Tuba at the Zurich University of the Arts. From 1989 till 1996 Anne Jelle was Principal Tubist with the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1999 until 2014 he was Solo Tuba with the Zurich Opera Orchestra. Over his orchestral career, he has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Georg Solti, Franz Welser Möst, Daniele Gatti, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Ricardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons.
As a freelancer, Anne Jelle has played with several orchestras around the world including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He performs frequently with the Zurich Jazz Orchestra.
As a soloist, he is in high demand and has played on all continents as a soloist with orchestra and in recital. Anne Jelle has given masterclasses in Japan, China, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria, Chile, France, Spain, Norway and Portugal. He has also performed at several Tuba and Brass Conferences.
Together with his good friend and Portuguese Tuba virtuoso Sergio Carolino they formed the duo 2tUBAS&friends. They have recorded several CDs and won the Roger Bobo Award for excellence in recording in 2008.
Anne Jelle studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. His teachers include Roger Bobo, Mel Culbertson, Rex Martin, Gene Pokorny, Donald Blakeslee, Warren Deck, Arnold Jacobs, Tommy Johnson, Bob Tucci and Laszlo Szabo.
His students from the Zurich University of the Arts have gone on to win orchestral positions in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Estonia, Australia and China. Several students have become prizewinners at major international competitions.
Anne Jelle Visser is an International Yamaha Performing Artist.
Principal Tuba, Spanish National Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Chelva (Spain), Jose Martinez is the principal tuba of the National Orchestra of Spain since 2017.
An enthusiastic orchestral player, Martinez was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed as a guest with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Jalisco Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Porto Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony and the Seattle Symphony.
A strong proponent of training orchestras, he was invited to play at the Spoleto Festival USA, Music Academy of the West Festival, Castleton Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and with the Swedish National Orchestra Academy, Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, European Union Youth Orchestra or the National Youth Orchestra of Spain.
Fascinated by chamber music, Jose is a member of brassONEquintet and cofounder of Duo2Artst!, a music, dance and theater project, alongside the ballerina Sherezade Soriano. He performed with artists from the New York Philharmonic and the American Brass Quintet as a Zarin Mehta Fellow or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the MusicNOW contemporary music series.
He will forever be indebted to Mike Roylance, Gene Pokorny, Morten Agerup and Sergio Finca, his greatest influences. Having studied in Spain, Sweden and the USA, doctor Martinez is flattered to join Mediterranean Music College.
Principal Timpanist, Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Joseph Pereira (1974) enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist/percussionist, composer, conductor, and teacher. His work in all areas has been widely hailed for his creativity and virtuosity, and has been profiled in feature articles in both The New York Times (2006) and The Los Angeles Times in 2012 and 2015.
Pereira’s music has been described as “restless yet lucidly textured” (The New York Times), “striking atmospherics of colour” (The Guardian), and “one sonic surprise after another” (The Los Angeles Times). His works have been commissioned and performed worldwide, most notably by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, the Singapore Symphony with Pascal Rofe, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Series, the Miro Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, percussionist Colin Currie, Duo Harpverk, French Ensemble TM+, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. In 2013 the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet recorded his piece Repousse’ (2009), which was nominated for three 2013 Grammy Awards. The following year LAPQ recorded Pereira’s Mallet Quartet (2013), and it was rated “Best of 2014 Classical Music” from itunes. Pereira’s works can be heard on, Sono Luminus, Yarlung Records, Electrum Duo, and New Focus Recordings. His percussion works are published by Bachovich Music in the US, and Black Dot Press in the UK. and he is managed by Price Attractions.
Pereira has been the Principal Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2008. As a versatile performer, Pereira is in demand as an orchestral timpanist, studio recording percussionist, and a contemporary music soloist. He regularly appears as a solo percussionist in the orchestra’s “Green Umbrella” new music series and has also conducted his music and other world premieres on the orchestra’s chamber series. In Los Angeles, he also can be found in the recording studios and can be heard on many major motion pictures. Previously Pereira was a member of the New York Philharmonic form 1997 to 2008, as a timpanist and percussionist. His line of signature timpani mallets by JGPercussion are sold and used worldwide. Pereira currently runs the highly successful percussion studio at USC Thornton School of Music, and is also on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West. Pereira was previously on the faculty of the Juilliard School, from 2004-2012.
Artist in Association, Southbank Centre, London Artistic Director, Colin Currie Group Artistic Curator, Grafenegg Academy.
Colin Currie is as solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, he is hailed as being “at the summit of percussion performance today” (Gramophone). Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and conductors and he performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestras.
A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award. From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, HK Gruber, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Sir James MacMillan, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Helen Grime, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Andy Akiho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Andrew Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, in the coming seasons Currie will premiere new works by Bruno Mantovani, Danny Elfman, and Steve Reich.
In October 2017 Currie launched Colin Currie Records, in conjunction with LSO Live, as a platform for recording his diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music in recent times. The label's first release was the Colin Currie Group's debut recording, Steve Reich's Drumming, which was hailed as "thunderously exciting" (The Times). In October 2018 Currie released the second disc in this catalogue, The Scene of The Crime, with Håkan Hardenberger, the third release following in April 2019, Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton, once again featuring the Colin Currie Group.
A major highlight of Currie’s 2020/21 season is the world premiere of Bruno Mantovani’s Percussion Concerto, Allegro Barbaro, with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in June 2021, following the postponement of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France’s premiere last season.
Currie also returns to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performs with the Warsaw Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice and the Colin Currie Quartet make their Lithuanian and Hong Kong debuts.
Currie's dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally. The Colin Currie Group return to the Royal Festival Hall in April 2021 for an all-Reich programme including Music for 18 Musicians.
Currie is Artist in Association at London's Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin in 2014 and continues to perform there every season.
Colin Currie plays Zildjian cymbals and is a Marimba One Artist.
Sam Walton appears regularly as a percussionist and timpanist with many of the UK’s top orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, London Sinfonietta and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also works in West End theatres on a variety of shows.
As a soloist, Sam has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta de Castilla y Leon, and the Gurzenich Orchestra in Cologne. He has appeared both as a solo recitalist and with his duo partner Colin Currie at numerous venues in the UK and worldwide.
As a chamber musician, Sam has performed on two recital discs with Colin Currie, with whom he has performed the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms. He performs regularly with violist Viktoria Mullova and appears on her recital disc Through the Looking Glass. He is a member of the contemporary group Between The Notes, with whom he has travelled to Asia, Europe and Australia. He has also appeared as a soloist at the BBC Proms in a programme of music by Steve Reich.
Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).
Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Peter premièred the double percussion concerto Fractured Lines, composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, at the BBC Proms with Andrew Davis conducting, and has collaborated frequently with Sir Simon Rattle. He also premiered the Turnage opera “Anna Nicole” at the Royal Opera House in London. Turnage has composed a solo concerto for Peter titled “Erskine,” which received its world premiere in Bonn, Germany in 2013, with a US premiere at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic. Peter has been voted ’Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine and was elected into the magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. In 1972 Peter commenced his pro career playing with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Four years later, he joined Maynard Ferguson before working with Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report and moving to Los Angeles. Peter recorded five albums with the band. He won his first Grammy Award with their album ’8.30’. During this time in LA, he also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Farrell and George Cables. Peter then moved to New York City where he worked for five years with such musicians as Michael Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Eddie Gomez and Eliane Elias in Steps Ahead, John Scofield, Bill Frisell and Marc Johnson in the legendary group Bass Desires, the John Abercrombie Trio plus Bob Mintzer’s Big Band.
Peter’s lived in LA since 1987 but has been traveling around the world all of that time, working with such artists as Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Vince Mendoza, Steely Dan, plus European musicians Jan Garbarek, Kenny Wheeler, Palle Danielsson, John Taylor, Kate Bush, Nguyen Lê, Rita Marcotulli, the Norrbotten Big Band in Sweden plus Sadao Watanabe in Japan. He won his second Grammy Award as the drummer of the WDR big band in Köln along with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza and others for the “Some Skunk Funk” album. Meanwhile, Peter keeps busy in on the road and in LA with such artists as Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Williams, plus John Beasley, Bob Sheppard and Benjamin Shepherd (all 3 musicians members of his Dr. Um Band), as well as playing in the studios. Films where Peter’s drumming can be heard include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” all three of the Austin Powers movies, “The Secret Life of Pets,” plus the title music of the Steven Spielberg/John Williams collaboration, “The Adventures of Tintin.” He also played the jazz drumming cues on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack for “La La Land,” and can be heard playing on the scores for “Sing,” “Logan” and “House of Cards.”
Peter produces jazz recordings for his record label, Fuzzy Music, with 4 Grammy nominations to its credit. Peter is also an active author with several books to his credit; titles include “No Beethoven (Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report),” “Time Awareness for All Musicians,” “Essential Drum Fills,” and his latest book (co-authored with Dave Black for Alfred Publishing), “The Drummers’ Lifeline.” He is also authoring a series of iOS Play-Along apps suitable for all instruments.
Peter is Professor of Practice and Director of Drumset Studies at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. Peter plays Tama Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Meinl Percussion, and uses Shure Microphones and Zoom digital recording devices.
The Russian-Greek percussionist Theodor Milkov is one of the most innovative marimba players. Well known for his "pianistic" approach, revolutionary ideas and technical abilities, bringing the marimba to a new level of performance. Milkov's repertoire includes music written for harpsichord, piano, from baroque to romantic epoch as well as contemporary music.
Through collaboration with the composer Ruud Wiener, Milkov has created new Marimba repertoire, as well as an educational series of Marimba études under the title “Fluent Movements for Marimba.” This collaboration was the inspiration of the two Marimba Video Tutorials, available on his official website. Commissioning new music has been an important aspect of Milkov's artistic life. That is how “Passacaglia" is born; a massive, weighty, tonally contrapuntal, and technically brilliant tour de force, written by Raymond Helble for his 2016 PASIC debut. Milkov’s ability to perform classical repertoire on Marimba, have opened him doors to prestigious festivals such as Sofia Music Weeks - Bulgaria , Oranjewoud Festival - The Netherlands , Bach Academy Brugge - Belgium.
Theodor has been giving masterclasses in musical institutions all over the world, such as HfM Muenster (Germany), Colburn School of Music Los Angeles (USA), Northwestern University (USA), Conservatorium van Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Conservatoire Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (France), Salerno Conservatory (Italy) and Taiwan, to name a few.
Milkov began his percussion studies at the age of 7, in Municipal Conservatory of Patras (Greece), under his stepfather Maxim Mankovski. Later on, over the period 2002-2009, he continued his studies in Musikhochschule Detmold (Germany), Royal Conservatoire Den Haag and Conservatorium Van Amsterdam ( The Netherlands) under Profs. Peter Prommel, Hans Zanderoep, Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagdegaal, Nick Woud and Gustavo Gimmeno.
Milkov holds a Bachelor of Music from Detmold Musikhochschule (Germany) and Conservatorium Amsterdam ( The Netherlands). Masters of Music from Royal Conservatoire Den Haag (The Netherlands)and Konzertexamen from Detmold Musikhochschule (Germany).
In 2017, Theodor Milkov held his first International Marimba Summer Camp, a training course based his method "Fluent Movements for Marimba.” MIMSC became quickly one of the most interesting and successful annual events, attracting participants from all over the world – USA, Japan, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, China, Latvia and Hungary.
Roxan Jurkevich is a dynamic, multi-faceted percussionist whose many musical influences allow her to perform in a myriad of musical styles. She worked as Principal Percussionist/ Assistant Principal Timpanist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years and with whom she appeared as soloist, performing the world premiere of Alejandro Civilotti’s Rhapsódia para Percusión y Orquesta, and solo timpani on Franz Waxman’s Sinfonietta for String Orchestra and Timpani (Koch records, 1998). She has now chosen to pursue other musical projects and collaborations outside of a strictly Classical genre.
Ms. Jurkevich has performed with many orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and has toured with the Israel Philharmonic led by Zubin Mehta. She frequently played under maestros Mehta and Lorin Maazel at the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) in Valencia, Spain, as well as with other prominent orchestra conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Esa- Pekka Saalonen, André Prévin, Yuri Temirkanov, Christopher Hogwood, and Jesús López-Cóbos, to name just a few.
In the New York/Tri-State area she has performed with the American Symphony and American Composers Orchestras, the New Jersey, New Haven, Stamford, Albany, and Harrisburg Symphonies, and has played for various Broadway shows (West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls, Beauty and the Beast). She has appeared on American TV, performing with Enya on Live with Regis and Kelly, on 60 Minutes with U2’s Bono and The Edge during a rehearsal for Spiderman: The Musical – Turn off the Dark, as well as on the popular soap opera Days of Our Lives. She has also appeared frequently on Spanish TV, most notably during the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, and can be seen online, on medici.tv broadcasts, on YouTube, on Spanish TV concert broadcasts and on all the main social media sites.
Roxan has performed at prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House and Alice Tully Hall in NYC’s Lincoln Center, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Paris Philharmonie, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, at the Palau de la Música and L’Auditori in Barcelona, among many others. She has recorded for major record labels such as RCA Victor/BMG, EMI, Decca, Telarc, Koch, Harmonia Mundi, and Naxos, two of those albums having won Latin Grammy awards.
As an active chamber musician, Roxan has performed with I.C.E. (International Contemporary Ensemble), Newband, Speculum Musicae, Drumfire Quartet, and Percussions i Solistes de l’OBC, and collaborates with living composers to help create new works for percussion. In October 2020 she performed the world premiere of the very first-ever duo for marimba and electric guitar, Pandemic Dance No. 18, by Gene Pritsker and is a member of Fifth Essence, a pop music “cover” band made up of string quartet plus percussion.
Ms. Jurkevich runs a private teaching studio in Barcelona, is an active international clinician, has been on faculty at the JONC (Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya), at Camporrobles and Benisannó summer percussion festivals, and presented classes at Paris’ PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). She has recently been appointed to faculty at the new Mediterranean Music College in Valencia, Spain, and online at The Percussion Conservatory. She was supervising editor for the translation from English to Catalan of the book How to Write for Percussion by Samuel Z. Solomon and has served as interpreter for English-speaking artists at many Spanish percussion festivals and press conferences.
A native of New York City, Ms. Jurkevich holds Bachelors's and Masters's degrees in Percussion Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Roland Kohlhoff and Elden C. Bailey of the NY Philharmonic, as well as with Gordon Gottlieb. Prior to that she studied at Queens College with Richard Horowitz of the Metropolitan Opera, spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival and Berklee World Music Festival, and is also a DJ/Producer/ Electronic artist, having studied electronic music production at Berklee (Boston), Dubspot (NYC), and Plástic (Barcelona). She is currently working on material for a future album release.
Roxan proudly endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums, RhythmTech Percussion, Freer Percussion Products, and Jason Ginter (JG) Timpani Mallets.
Prize-winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in 2019, bassoonist Lola Descours has established a place among the most talented musicians of her generation.
An accomplished orchestral musician, Lola has been solo bassoonist of the Frankfurt Opera since 2017. Her talent was noticed at an early stage when she joined the Orchestre de Paris at the age of only 19. She is a regular guest in renowned orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symphoniker, and the Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest.
As a soloist, she has recently performed with the Frankfurter Opern Orchester and with the Marinsky Theatre Orchestra.
After studies at the Conservatoire of Paris (CNSMDP), Lola won first prize at the International Double Reed Society’s (IDRS) Young competition in 2009 in Birmingham. In 2011, she was laureate of the Crusell competition in Finland, the Lodz Competition in Poland, and in 2018 the IDRS in Spain.
Eager to constantly broaden her artistic field and her sources of inspiration, she performs at numerous festivals with chamber music partners such as Pierre Génisson, David Guerrier, Geneviève Laurenceau and Pierre Fouchenneret. In 2018, she founded the Cocteau Trio with clarinettist Renaud Guy-Rousseau (Orchestre National de France) and oboist Ilyes Boufadden (Orchestre de Chambre de Paris).
Her commitment to the young musical generation is another of her many facets. She has been a regular tutor at the Verbier Festival and the French Youth Orchestra. She held a position as bassoon teacher for 5 years at the CRR in Saint-Maur before moving into the same role at the Pôle supérieur of Aix-en-Provence.
A sparkling young woman whose activity is characterized by her curiosity, her virtuosity, and her energy, Lola wishes actively to introduce her instrument to a much wider audience. She dreams of giving the bassoon the visibility it deserves like his close cousin the cello, the works of which she regularly performs.
Attracted by other art forms such as theatre and dance, her global approach to musical interpretation allows her to be actively involved in the creation of transversal and innovative projects. Her interest in contemporary music has led her to commission new works and to collaborate with composers such as Laurent Lefrançois, whose works she recently recorded.