Alina began studying the violin at the age of six under the guidance of Virgil Simionca and Mariana Suma in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in a few years she is affirmed winner in various national competitions and in six editions of National Music Olympics obtaining the “Place of Excellence in the Romanian School Olympics Gallery.” In 2010 she moved to Italy where she continues her studies with Maestro Francesco Solombrino under the guidance of which concluded both Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree with top marks and honors. Participate in various master-classes held by Cristiano Rossi, Vadim Brodsky, Ilya Grubert, Stefano Pagliani, Carlo Maria Parazzoli, Alessandro Milani. Since 2013, in duo with the pianist Gianluca Di Donato, she has performed the complete Mozart sonatas for the “Concert Society” of Ravello, “Amici della musica” of Trapani, Mola di Bari and “Associazione Mozart” of Avellino. In October 2015 she made her debut as soloist with the “Filarmonica Moldova” orchestra of Iasi (Romania), conductor Adrian Morar and then with the Chamber Orchestra of the Conservatory of Benevento, conductor F. D Ovid and the Chamber Orchestra “R. Strauss “, conductor M. Petrolo.
She performed in chamber music groups for important musical events such as: “Remember Enescu” Festival, Concert Season “Sigismund Toduta” Association, Concert for the Academy of Music of Szeged (Hungary), at the Court Theater of the Royal Palace of Naples, Diana Theater of Naples, House of Music of Cosenza, Amandola’s “La Fenice” Theater, “Friends of Music” of Arezzo, Festival “Jommelli / Cimarosa” of Aversa, “Autumn Music 2014” of the New Scarlatti Orchestra. In 2016 she formed the piano trio “César” with which she quickly established herself in national and international competitions, obtaining the first prize in the competitions “Napolinova” (NA), “Sant’Alfonso Maria de ‘Liguori” (SA), ” Young Musicians “(VT). The trio is also the winner of the first prize at the “Città di Airola” International Competition (BN) and recently the III ° prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “G. Zinetti “. In 2010, she was the winner of the new Scarlatti Orchestra and is currently also part of the Accademia di Santa Sofia Chamber Orchestra.
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Stéphanie is recognized as “one of the most outstanding rising stars on the international piano scene”, especially for her ability to provide highly poetical and technically impressive renditions. Her natural musical sensitivity combined to a life spent dedicating to technical mastering of piano allow her to express her emotion and passion in a very broad repertoire, which ranges from the great classics of the three previous centuries to the most prominent composers of today. The fascination arising from her technical and interpretation virtuosity makes her to be continuously praised with standing ovations in the venues she performs. Her “breathtaking performances, where technical brilliance, virtuosity, charm and sensitivity are all brought together”, has already captured the attention of audiences from more than 40 countries throughout the world. Stéphanie has spent many years perfecting the broadest and richest possible range of sound colors through an extensively large academic program. In particular, she has not only refined her skills in six amongst the most prestigious French conservatories since her childhood, but also studied for several years in prestigious, leading higher conservatories in Belgium, the Netherland and Austria.
This very valuable learning has resulted in Stéphanie being academically rewarded by inter alia Bachelor’s, Master’s and Postmaster’s degrees in piano, two gold medals of piano, as well as three degrees of post-specialization, each time with highest honors. Still avid for technical and musical perfection, Stéphanie has regularly traveled in Germany and Austria over these last years, where she has been in full immersion in the cradles of prominent composers and concretized these unique experiences through concerts and recordings.
Stéphanie is very active on the international musical scene, playing in wide array of instrumental configurations. To be more specific, she has a strong experience in performing piano solo in prestigious concert halls, such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, the De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Alfred Cortot Hall in Paris, the Sao Luiz Theater in Lisbon, the Palazzo Duccale in Tuscany, as well as international festivals, in particular “Le Printemps des Alyzées” in Morocco, “Itinéraire culturel de l’Abbaye de Valmagne” in France, the “Palermo Classica” in Sicily. In addition to her solo career, she enjoys sharing her musical passion on scene with other instrumentalists. For example, she has performed piano concertos with European Orchestras, and collaborated on many occasions with other international pianists, such as J-B. Pommier, M. Rubackyté, and N. Luganski. Also, she is currently member of an international trio in Munich, and is preparing a piano recording in Roma with A. Viana, a famous Brazilian composer. Stéphanie’s international reputation always expanding, she will have a substantial schedule of concerts in China and other Asian countries in 2020. She will also perform in concert halls in Europe and other continents. Although her career has been consciously orientated toward multiplying concert performances and focusing on intensive studies, Stéphanie has nevertheless really enjoyed participating to a reduced number of highly-regarded international competitions, where she has always won or reached the top places. These international competitions include those of Ile de France and Jean Françaix in Paris area, as well as the Franz Liszt in the Netherlands. Stéphanie’s career has reached new dimensions after an outstanding live performance of the monumental Alkan’s concerto for solo piano in Prague. This 50-minute, high-voltage piece requires fiendishly high levels of technical ability and physical stamina, which make it almost never performed in live. Her achievement in wrapping this formidable technical challenge with high amounts of poesy and romanticism has made her unanimously acclaimed by the public and critics. Her impressive performance has been referenced in rankings of the hardest pieces ever written for the piano. Stéphanie has recently put her international reputation at the service of the luxury brand for pianos Gary Pons, for which she will be the world ambassador for the upcoming years.
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Julia was born in 1992 in Bad Dürkheim into a family of musicians and began violin lessons with her parents at the age of three. She studied in Cologne, Berlin, Vienna, London and Karlsruhe, where she completed her academic training in the summer of 2017 with the highest marks in the Soloist Examination at the Hochschule für Musik in the class of Prof. Nachum Erlich. Musical icons such as Ida Haendel, Rodney Friend, Michaela Martin, Yuzuko Horigome and Gregory Pauk further shaped her artistic development. As an orchestral musician, chamber musician and soloist, the young violinist performs in first-class concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, South and North America. As a passionate chamber musician, she has had the privilege of working with such musical greats as Vilde Frang, Andreas Brantelid, Ralf Gothóni, the Fine Arts Quartet, Alfredo Perl, Guido Schiefen and Kian Soltani. The young violinist has been in front of the camera since her childhood and has been involved in many radio and television productions for ZDF, RBB, SWR, WDR and BR as an interviewer, musician and presenter. She met current stars of the music scene, such as Peter Fox and STING, and performed together with them.
She was able to demonstrate her interest in the border area pop/rock/jazz several times at the invitation of the “Jazztreff” in the Stilwerk Berlin and as a violinist of various German singer-songwriter bands. The violinist has also gained a great deal of experience in the field of ancient as well as modern music and, in the course of the Munich Biennale 2010, in addition to her role as concertmaster of a world premiere, she also interacted scenically on stage. Since her studies, she has played in many renowned orchestras such as the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Münchner Philhamoniker, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and as concertmaster on a project basis in the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim. In 2014, Julia became a scholarship holder of the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. After a season in the first violins in the State Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Julia was 2nd concertmaster of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz for two years starting in the 2018/19 season. Since the summer of 2020, the young musician has increasingly turned herself to music education and cultural promotion and, in addition to her solo and chamber music activities, is involved in many youth and student orchestras for the next generation. Since this summer, she has also been a violin teacher and project leader at the Al-Farabi Music Academy in Berlin.
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Ottavia Maria Maceratini
Ottavia was born in Recanati, Italy and took her first piano lessons with Ermanno Beccacece at the age of five at the ‘Civica Scuola di Musica Beniamino Gigli’ in Recanati. Between 1997 and 2005, she was a student of Maestro Lorenzo di Bella. She graduated from the Italian Conservatoire with the highest grade. From 2005, she was studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with Prof. Elisso Wirssaladze to whom she owes her refinement as a pianist. She completed her postgraduate Master Class degree in June 2010. Since 2010, she has been preparing her programmes with the conductor Christoph Schlüren. She is the First Prize winner of 28 Italian piano competitions.
In 2003, she won the ‘Premio delle Arti’ prize competition offered by the Ministry of Education to all Italian conservatoires, and appeared in Rome at the ‘Auditorium Santa Cecilia’. She has given concerts with various orchestras and performed as a soloist, in Rome, Milan, Munich, Berlin, Verona, Tbilisi, Novosibirsk, Bordeaux and many other cities. In June 2012, she was chosen as pianist for ‘Chamber Music Connects the World’ in Kronberg and performed, amongst others, with Gidon Kremer and Steven Isserlis. On 7th July 2012, she gave her debut with the Munich Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major KV 415 at the Oleg Kagan Music Festival in Kreuth. On 13th October 2012, she made a debut stepping in for Anna Gourari at Elmau Castle. On 28th February 2013, she performed at a state reception hosted by the German Federal President Joachim Gauck for the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at Bellevue Palace in Berlin. And in July 2013, she played as a soloist at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival with the KremerataBaltica and Gidon Kremer.
In January 2014 she had her debut with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchester with Ravel’s Left Hand Concerto, she was invited in June to open the “Bonner Schumannfest” at Schumann’s house in Bonn and in September she played the opening concert of “Schumann Festwoche “ in Lipsia.In February 2015 she gave her debut in the Big Hall of the “Berliner Philarmonie” with DSO-Orchester under the conductor Gustavo Gimeno and in April 2016 she will have her debut concert at the “Tonalle” in Zurich. In 2018 she had her debut at the Herkulessaal in Munich with the 3rd Beethoven concerto under the conductor Jordi Mora. In 2019 Ottavia released her third album with the title “Wanderer Inside”.
In a review of her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major KV 488 with the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Thomas J. Mandl, published in the Reichenhall daily paper ReichenhallerTagblatt, it said, inter alia: “(…) As a musician, she impressed with her amazing maturity, expressed not only in the refinement of sound, virtuosic brilliance and an extraordinary awareness of phrasing and articulation, but also in her calm and light appearance. At the same time, her overwhelming and sweeping energy, felt throughout the entire piece, makes her approach the piano like a lion and unleashes such elemental forces in Mozart’s music which refute any stereotypes but, indeed, go hand in hand with great delicateness and always preserve their transparency and clear structure. What makes stand out Maceratini’s play from the conventions of our time is the incredibly agile and weightless art of articulating which is never sacrificed to the natural primitiveness of accentuating the main beats. (…)”
In November 2011, she recorded her debut CD ‘One Cut’ on which the most diverse styles and expressive spectra, ranging from the Baroque period up to the 20th century, are related to each other in a highly diversified programme. The album includes the world premiere recording of Heinz Tiessen’s ‘Notturno tempestoso’ and received ecstatic reviews, inter alia, in the Frankfurt daily paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Austrian broadcaster ORF, as well as in the specialised media, such as Fono Forum, Crescendo, Klassik heute, or klassik.com.
In her second CD ‘Untitled’, recorded in May 2012, she contrasts three of Robert Schumann’s main works with two French bird miniatures by Rameau and Ravel. ‘Untitled’, inter alia, was highly recommended by the Central German broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and the Munich daily paper Münchner tz (‘Rose of the Week’), was entered in the Best Albums of the Year by the critics of the professional music journal NMZ, and was also nominated for the ICMA (International Classical Music Award) 2013. Along with playing music, Ottavia Maria Maceratini pursues yet another passion: Bujinkan, Japanese martial arts, which also includes sword fighting and she studies Psychology at the University in Urbino “Carlo Bo”. She likes contrasting in her recital and CD programmes the great classics with unknown masterpieces in a most surprising and dramaturgically convincing manner. As a musician, she always seeks to combine content and form into a coherent experience in which structure and expression blend to form an inseparable unity. At the same time, music is to her a constant new encounter with the unknown, a continuous adventure requiring that full risks be assumed to make sure that the sound will be the same the hundredth time as if it had just arisen for the first time.
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Maryam is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning concert pianist based in New York. At the age of nine, Maryam performed her first piano recital. By the age of fourteen, her virtuosity immediately attracted professional reviews, which led to her first appearance in Carnegie Hall at the age of sixteen. Since then, Maryam has performed recitals worldwide, including in countries such as England, Spain, France, Italy, China, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, and Dubai. She possesses an extensive and diverse piano repertoire, including numerous solo programs and over thirty concerti for piano and orchestra.
From a young age, she studied with former professors of the Moscow Conservatory and St. Petersburg Conservatory. After completing pre-college studies at the age of sixteen, Maryam graduated with honors from the Eastman School of Music in 2016, with a Master’s degree and two Bachelor’s degrees in Piano and English Literature. Her work in literature features a specialization in metaphysical poetry.
Described as a “Complete Artist of the 21st Century” by Info Music France, Maryam has been featured in countless international art, fashion, and music magazines across Europe as well as American news outlets such as CBS news. Maryam’s passion for the interconnectivity of all art forms has led her to perform in places outside of the traditional recital hall such as art galleries and museums, as well as fashion and film festivals, including Couture Fashion Week in both New York City and Cannes, France. Additionally, she has collaborated with New York’s leading industry professionals in fashion and film.
Praised for her “dynamic stage presence” by the Union of Excellence, her Fall 2019 season featured a lecture-recital at Columbia University, two recitals for New York’s premier fashion and film communities, a recital abroad in Paris, a featured recital in Sicily’s premier international piano festival, and a return to Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, to perform a piano concerto with orchestra for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. As an award-winner of numerous piano competitions, Maryam has performed recitals throughout the United States and at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, Tenri Cultural Institute, The National Opera Center, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Embassy of Poland, and the Embassy of France, among others.
Maryam is passionate about bringing classical music to younger audiences through her captivating performances and lectures. She is currently a partner with the New York City public schools, where she performs piano recitals and speaks with students about classical music and its impact and relevance in today’s world. Maryam has also taught as a faculty member at New York University, teaching private piano lessons to undergraduate piano students.
Maryam is currently studying and recording the seldom performed works of legendary piano virtuoso & polymath Josef Hofmann. Her original interview series, entitled “The Hofmann Files,” features pianists who possess abilities beyond the piano with engaging conversations centered upon pianistic relevance in the twenty-first century. With upcoming recitals in France and Italy and exciting new projects on the horizon, Maryam looks forward to connecting with audiences from around the world through her performances and social media.
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Ana is an award-winning violist and a full professor at the Royal Conservatory of
Music in Madrid since 2019.She offers chamber music concerts on a regular basis, having performed in countries like Russia, Morocco, Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, Croatia, Sweden, and Italy. Her repertoire, both solo and collaborative, spans from the baroque style to 21st-century music.
After many years working in The Netherlands, she moved to Madrid, where she has
collaborated with Spanish Radio and Television´s orchestra (ORTVE) and the Spanish
National Orchestra’s chamber music series (Satellites, OCNE). Currently, she is a
member of various projects such as the Alenta Duo and the Horák Conexion trio. She also collaborates with various pianists and chamber music ensembles.
Born in Huesca, Spain, she started her musical education at the age of six. In 2008, she graduated from the Aragon Conservatory of Music (Zaragoza, Spain), with Alan Kovacs and the Casals quartet, obtaining the highest grades in Viola and Chamber Music. She continued her music education for the next eight years in The Netherlands, under the guidance of Julia Dinerstein, Mikhail Kugel, and Mikhail Zemtsov.
She has also taken master classes from acclaimed violists such as Lawrence Power,
Maxim Risanov, Alexander Zemtsov, Lawrence Dutton, Hariolf Schlichtig, and Gordan
Nikolic among others. An avid chamber musician, she has also received musical advice from the Jerusalem Quartet, Benzion Shamir (Daniel Quartet), Henk Guittart, Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet), and Asdis Valdimarsdottir (Chilingirian String Quartet).
With different projects, she has appeared in halls like Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),
the Doelen (Rotterdam), the Teatro Real (Madrid), the Auditorio Nacional de Música
(Madrid), the Palazzo Barberini (Rome), as well as in numerous international festivals.
In 2015, she recorded a CD under the label iTinerant, with the trio Horák Conexion.
She is currently doing a research for the International University of Valencia on music written by female composers. Since 2016, she has been playing with a Dupont bow, courtesy of the Dutch foundation Eigenmuziekinstrument
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Ieva joined the Grammy award winning Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra of musicians from the Baltic states led by the famous violinist Gidon Kremer since 2012. While touring in one of the most prestiges halls in the world, she has played with G. Kremer himself as well as other famous artists, such as Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, Gábor Boldoczki, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Andrei Korobeinikov, Heinrich Schiff, Sergei Nakariakov, M. W. Pletnev, Yulianna Avdeeva and others.
Ieva Pranskutė was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and started playing the violin at the age of five. Only a year later, she played her solo debut with the Lithuanian chamber orchestra. Following that, Ieva Pranskutė enrolled in the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art. In 2010 she was a student of Ingrida Armonaitė who teaches at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. From 2011 Ieva Pranskutė enrolled at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Since 2017, she has been studying in the class of Pavel Vernikov at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and in the class of Johannes Meissl member of the Artis-Quartett. In 2020 Ieva completed her education in the University of Music and Performing Arts.
In the years 2015–2016 Ieva Pranskutė was a visiting student at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon, France in the class of Marianne Piketty.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician Ieva participated in the international festivals of classical music, such as “MUSIQUE AUX QUATRES HORIZONS” in France, “Wien Modern”, “Steirisches Kammermusik Festival”, “ISA Festival” in Austria, “Holland Music Sessions” in the Netherlands, “Accademia e Festival Internazionale di Musica di Cagliari” in Italy, “Academie-villecroze” in France, “National Young String Quartet Weekend” in UK, European Parliament in Brussel and in the famous Wigmore Hall in London. She has cooperated with such artists as Vilmos Szabadi, Lieke te Winkel, Marianne Piketty, Jan Talich, Romain Garioud, Lars Anders Tomter, Markus Schirmer, André Cazalet, Mislav Brajković.
Since 2014 Ieva Pranskutė has been a member of the Doreen Quartet participating in various projects, master classes and playing in prestigious Austrian concert halls, such as Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein, F. Schubert Geburthous, Austrian National library, Altes Rathaus, A. Schönberg Center. In 2018 Ieva has played solo in Vienna Hofburg “FESTAKT GEGEN GEWALT UND RASSISMUS” event.
2015 Ieva Pranskutė won the contest to become an artist of the British music organization Live Music Now, established by the legendary violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin. She has been participating in diverse music projects as a soloist and chamber musician since her early age. Not only has she played with the Lithuanian chamber orchestra and other orchestras in Lithuania, but has also worked with many world-famous masters such as professors of violin Igor Ozim, Pavel Vernikov, Dora Schwarzberg, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Stephan Picard, Sergei Malov, Petru Munteanu, Sergei Krylov and Tanja Becker-Bender, as well as cellists Heinrich Schiff, Reinhard Latzko and Chu Yi-Bing.
Pranskutė holds various titles in international competitions (e.g. “Olympo Musicale”, the International Competition of Saulius Sondeckis , “Pavasario Sonata” ). Together with cellist Mislav Brajković she won “Kodály Award” for an outstanding performance of Duo, op. 7, at the ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest festival in 2017. In 2018 together with Xylos trio members Ieva has won Fidelio competition in Vienna. Among many concert activities Ieva is cooperating with other artists and had a concert tour in India called “Die Suche nach der Leidenschaft Februar 2019” and a concert tour in the Netherlands and Lithuania with Xylos Trio. She is often invited to be a concertmaster in the different projects.
Ieva has worked with renown composers such as K. Penderecki, F. Cerha, V. Barkauskas. Her performances have been broadcast on Ö1 Austria and National Radio of Lithuania. As an active performing violinist in Vienna, Ieva Pranskutė has received special acknowledgment from the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Vienna for promoting Lithuanian culture internationally.
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Anna has established herself as a refined, intelligent musician, who is well-versed in a diversity of styles. In her interpretation she acquires instrumental brilliance, emotional maturity, and a varied tonal palette.
As a soloist and chamber musician she regularly appears with performances in Israel, European countries, Russia, China, and Japan. She has also been participating in music festivals, such as the Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden), the Grieg-Tchaikovsky Festival (Russia), the Suolahti Summer Music Festival (Finland), and the Kol HaMusica Chamber Music Festival in Kfar Blum (Israel). Anna has performed with several orchestras in Russia and Ukraine, the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania), as well as the Rishon Le-Tzion Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Camerata, and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (Israel). Several of her concerts have been recorded by Israel Radio.
After graduating the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2012, Anna moved to Israel, where in 2015 she completed her master’s degree with Professor Emanuel Krasovsky at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University. Among other teachers, Anna worked with Professor Alexei Nasedkin, Professor Nina Kogan, Professor Massimiliano Ferrati, and Professor Yaron Rosental. Anna participated in the masterclasses of well-known musicians, such as Lazar Berman, Vladimir Krainev, Steven Kovachevich, Murray Perahia, and Robert Levin.
During her studies, Anna won several international competitions in Russia and Europe. She was the recipient of grants from Vladimir Kraynev, as well as from the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation, and is a laureate of the Russian Performance Arts Foundation. Anna was acclaimed as an outstanding musician at the Tel Hai Piano Masterclasses (Israel), and received the Marina Bondarenko Memorial Prize. She won First Prize at the Yasha Bistritsky International Piano Concerto Competition that led her to performances with the Israel Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she was awarded the Dorothy Mackenzie Artist’s Recognition Prize at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York). Anna also won Second Prize at the San Dona di Piave International Piano Competition, the Gran Prix at the International Piano Competition “Lazar Berman” in Italy, First Prize at the Gabala International Piano Competition in 2016 (Azerbaijan), and Second Prize at the 2017 Clamo International Piano Competition in Murcia, Spain.
Being an active participant in the charity project of Vladimir Spivakov “Children against Terror”, Anna was decorated with the Order of Charity of Maecenas of the Century Foundation (Moscow).
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Danae belongs to the promising new generation of young violinists. Born in Athens, she takes her first violin lessons in her hometown, followed by studies at the “Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere” in Weimar with Jost Witter, the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Igor Ozim and the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg with Tanja Becker – Bender, all completed with the highest distinctions. Today she is PhD Candidate at the Macedonian University, Thessaloniki. At the age of 11, she makes her debut in Greek music festivals, soon followed by concerts in German cities with enthusiastic press reviews. She has given recitals in Germany, USA, China, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Cyprus and has worked as a soloist with a variety of symphony orchestras, such as the Athens and Thessaloniki State Orchestras, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Association of Friends of Music “Camerata”, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig, the Thüringer Philharmonie a.o. As a soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician, she regularly appears at international music festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the International Mendelssohn Festival Hamburg, the Pharos International Music Festival, the Samos Young Artists Festival and the Molyvos International Music Festival as well as at the large music centres such as Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Beijing National Performing Arts Centre and the concert halls of Athens and Thessaloniki. International master classes with Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenko, Zakhar Bron, Donald Weilerstein, Vanya Milanova, Boris Garlitsky, Tanja Becker – Bender, Christiane Hutcap and the Szymanowski Quartet gave her special artistic impulses.
Danae is the 1st prize-winner in numerous national and international competitions such as the International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” (IT), “Henri Marteau”, “Jugend musiziert” (DE), the International Competition for Young Soloists “Ersi Saratsi” and the “Panhellenic Violin Competition” (GR). In addition, she won special prizes for the best interpretation of a virtuoso work at the international “Henri Marteau” violin competition and for the best interpretation of a contemporary work at the International “Szymon Goldberg Award” (DE). Two CD productions present recordings of works by J. S. Bach, L. v. Beethoven, E. Bloch, C. Franck, C. Debussy, M. Ravel and D. Terzakis (IRIDA Classical).
She was repeatedly honoured with grants from international non-profit organizations for her outstanding achievements. She was a scholarship holder of the Association of Music Friends Athens, the “Alexandros S. Onassis Foundation”, the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”, the “Hermann and Milena Ebel Foundation” and the “Berenberg Bank Foundation”.
She is also particularly interested in chamber music. Since 2018 she is leading violinist of the “Nichiteanu Trio” and regularly performs in Germany and abroad.
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Álvaro Baltanás Meliveo
Álvaro is possibly one of the most charismatic Spanish pianists of his generation, Álvaro Baltanás Meliveo’s communicative skills succeed to present clearly before the public his great sensitivity, passion and artistic strength. Highly empathetic artist, his commitment to the performance, to the public and to his artistic vision creates the perfect framework for an authentic experience. “He does not do things by halves and certainly does not serve the mainstream. When Álvaro reaches the keyboard on the stage he literally gives everything. Struggling for the greatest possible authenticity, turning his innermost inside out.” Piano News Magazine, 2018 Munich.
Pupil of world renowned pianists Eliso Virsaladze, Stepan Simonian and Ángel
Sanzo, Álvaro gathers the best of the three pianistic traditions: the Spanish, Russian and German ones. Álvaro has performed as recitalist, chamber musician (from duo to piano quintet) and concert pianist having played with several orchestras such as Andalusian Youth Orchestra or Málaga Symphonic Orchestra and Badajoz Symphonic Orchestra. He has performed extensively in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Austria, Poland… in prestigious halls like Horowitz Saal, Steinway Haus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Casa
da Musica (Oporto) or Theater am Rand. Important festivals include Emil Gilels Festival (Freiburg), Festival Internacional de Jovens Pianistes (Oporto), Pontino di Musica (Rome). Besides his main teachers, Álvaro has worked with Leonidas Kavakos, Andrey Gavrilov, Robert Levin, Jacques Rouvier and Arie Vardi among other Great Maestri. Álvaro obtained his Masters Diploma in 2018 at the Hochschule für Musik und
Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig, Germany. He continues his piano studies at both: the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, Italy and the Hochschule für Musik und
Theater of Hamburg, where he is completing his Konzertexamen Diploma and working simultaneously as piano teacher in the same University. Álvaro has been awarded in both national and international competitions including ‘Esteban Sánchez International Piano Competition’, ‘Pedro Bote International Piano Competition’, ‘Campillos International Piano Competition’, ‘Classics on the Danube International Piano Competition in Vienna’ and ‘Ciudad de Albacete National Piano Competition’ as well as being awarded recitals across Europe playing solo and chamber music concerts. He is one of the finalist of ‘Malta International Piano Competition’ in 2021. Álvaro is a ‘Gewa Artist’. His upcoming events include a recording for France Musique in Paris, concerts at Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Elbphilharmonie and with the Hamburger Symphoniker Orchestra.
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Lana has given recitals in the most prestigious halls in Sweden such as Berwaldhallen, Konserthuset, Dunkers Kulturhus and Kristinehallen in Falun, among others. She gave her debut recital at Helsingborg Piano Festival in 2014, performing alongside Marc André-Hamelin and Haochen Zhang and has played in renowned festivals such as Festival Internacional de Música de Esmeraldas in Quito, Giresta Musik, ICMF Stavanger, Musica Mundi Chamber Music Festival, Internationaal Kammarmuziek Festivaal Schiermonnikoog and From Easter to Ascension International Festival in Tbilisi. She has also given recitals in France, Austria, Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Denmark and venues across the United States.
Lana is the 1st Prize winner of various international and national piano competitions, including the Berlingske Tidendes Musikkonkurens in Denmark, Peter Jablonski Competition in Sweden and RUM Competition for Young Soloists. Lana won 1st Prize at the First Swedish Steinway Competition (2001) and has since been hailed by critics for her “unique expressive character” and “artistic precision”. She is the 2nd Prize winner of the 17th Young Musician International Competition Citta di Barletta and winner of the prestigious Paskéll Prize (2015) given by the SWEA International foundation with recognition for her “unique poetry and musical drama”. Lana has received numerous scholarships from the Swedish Academy of Music and is the recipient of the Mannes Steinway Award (2019).
Lana has made concerto appearances with Dalasinfoniettan and the Napolinova Chamber Orchestra and has appeared in live recordings for both Swedish and foreign Radio and Television. Notable chamber music collaborations include performances with Andrey Baranov, Astrid Schween of the Juilliard Quartet and the Kodály String Quartet. She has participated in masterclasses and worked closely with Richard Goode, Oxana Yablonskaya, Emanuel Krasovsky, Alon Goldstein, Maxim Mogilevsky, Pavlina Dokovska, Svetlana Navasardian, Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Biss, Lucy Chapman, Laurence Lesser, Tomas Riebl, Frank Wibaut, Hans Leygraf, Lang-Lang, Lev Natochenny, Vladimir Feltsman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle-Hadland, Marianna Shirinyan, Jens Elvkjaer and members of Borromeo String Quartet. Lana had the honor to perform “Songs of Insurrection” by Frederic Rzewski for the composer as part of his 80th birthday celebration (2018) and her world premiere recording of “…such words as it were vain to close…” for solo piano by J.K Randall was released by Open Space in New York (2019).
Lana moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue studies with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Walnut School for the Arts in Boston. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Alexander Korsantia and Ursula Oppens.
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Winni started demonstrating her talent and aptitude for music at an early age. She began her piano studies at six years old. Within three years, she made her piano debut on stage and also started learning violin. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Tainan National University of the Arts in 2013. Winni continued her music education with a double Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Piano Accompanist & Repetition at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music after receiving scholarships for her studies. She was under the tutelage of
top professors at the Liszt Academy: Dráfi Kálmán, Gábor Farkas, and István Gulyás
for her solo piano performance studies; Harazdy Miklós and Schmidt Eleonóra for her piano accompaniment studies. Winni graduated her Master’s studies with the highest honor and completed her Master’s Degree with a perfect score. Recognizing her academic success, Bank of China awarded Winni with their music scholarship. Her career received press coverage in the media. Currently, she is the piano accompanist as lecturer at Franz Liszt Academy of Music and University of Pécs.
Winni is the recipient of many international awards: First Prize in Taiwan’s National
Classical Piano (2005), First Prize in Japan’s Classical Music Competition (2011),
England’s The Beryl Chempin Beethoven Prize for Pianists (2013), Second Prize in
Italy’s 24th Young Musician International Competition ‘Città di Barletta’ (2014),
Second Prize in Czech Republic’s International Vítězslav Novák Piano Competition(2015)
Winni not only specializes in chamber performance, she also have extensive
accompaniment experience and collaborations with other top musicians. Winni is
often recommended by her peers to compete at music competitions and perform as a piano accompanist. Her previous collaborators include violinist Réka Szilvay, Head
of Violin Department from Sibelius Academy, tenor singer Leonardo De Lisi,
Associate Director from Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, Concert Budapest
concertmaster Miranda Liu, Hungarian flautist and conductor Drahos Béla,
clarinetist Pálfi Csaba, and England Primrose Quartet. She was invited to perform as
piano accompanist in Japan’s Classical Music Competition Winner Concert as well as
Esō Theatricals and Hungarian Dance Academy. Over the past years she performed in many music festivals and notable ceremonies: France’s Val d’Isère Music Festival,
Festival Boult-aux-Bois et Cordes, the Taiwan National Day performance, Taiwan
presidential inauguration ceremony concert, Asian Financial Cooperation Association
event. She receives many performance invitations including the Slovenia embassy and Wen-Lung Hsu, the Board Chairman of Chimei Foundation, to record a Taiwanese music album. Winni performs regularly in prestigious music halls in Asia and Europe: England’s London Wigmore Hall, England’s Symphony Hall Birmingham, Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava. Hungary’s Müpa Bartok Bela national concert hall Budapest, and Hungary’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music Grand Hall
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Elizaveta belongs to the upcoming new generation of pianists. Born in Moscow in 1990 Elizaveta received her first piano lessons at the age of six. She graduated with distinction from the Moscow Conservatory Music College (professor Vera Choroshina, a disciple of Heinrich Neuhaus), the Paris Conservatory (professor Jacques Rouvier) and the Schola Cantorum (professor Igor Lazko). She continued her studies at the Milan Conservatory with Giovanni Bellucci.
Elizaveta is a winner of various international piano competitions: Maria Yudina International Competition (Russia) Yakov Flier International Competition (Russia)
International Duo Competition (Sweden) International Piano Competition in Monrond-les-Bains (France) Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition (France) Alexander Scriabin International Competition (France) Berlin International Piano Competition (Germany) International Piano Competition in Vulaines-sur-Seine (France) Mayenne International Piano Competition (France) International Piano Competition Citta di Airola (Italy)
Elizaveta Frolova’s career has frequently brought her to perform in Russia, as well as in France, Belgium, Italy,
Greece, Poland, Germany and Sweden. Elizaveta is a guest of the prestigious concert halls of Europe and Russia( such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Rachmaninov Concert Hall, Salle Cortot) and is
frequently invited to numerous international music festivals. Her performances have been broadcast on television
and radio in Russia, Italy, France, Poland and Sweden.
In recognition of her artistic accomplishments Elizaveta obtained the Grant of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
In 2019 Elizaveta released the album « Centuries of piano ». It features the works by Bach, Rameau, Debussy,
Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.
The playing of Elizaveta Frolova stands out for its power and expressiveness. Her interpretations testify to an
exceptional depth in construction and feeling, as well as an impressive virtuosity.
Piano recitals play a central role in Elizaveta’s artistic life. Her repertoire includes a wide range of music, from the baroque to contemporary works. Elizaveta propose a rich and eclectic programming, adapted to the
audiences and the wishes of the organizers.
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Giuseppe made his concert debut at the age of 15. Since that time he has conducted an intense concert schedule which has brought him to perform in prestigious venues across Austria (Vienna), Germany (Berlin, Schweinfurt, Vaihingen an der Enz), Switzerland (Zürich, Winterthur), Spain (Madrid, León), Italy (Milan, Venice, Bergamo, Brescia, Bologna, Campobasso, Crotone, Vibo Valentia and many other cities), consistently achieving a remarkably favourable response both from the public and from the critics. He performed the inedited “Bosco Sacro”, for solo guitar and orchestra, by Federico Biscione in 2015 in Milan (Chiesa dell’Assunta in Vigentino). He has also performed various concerts live on radio programmes dedicated to him. Giuseppe Chiaramonte has been the winner of National and International Guitar Competitions and a growing number of contemporary composers have dedicated solo guitar music to him, which he has premiered during his concerts: “Sarabanda e Giga” (F. Biscione), “Variazioni notturne” and “Narciso e l’Edera” (P. Coggiola), “Bacalabra” (F.D. Stumpo). By F.D. Stumpo he has recorded on CD a previously inedited selection of solo guitar music, for the Italian label “Sinfonica” in 2015.
As a winner of the “Sony Classical Talent Scout”, his interpretation of Johann Kasparz Mertz’s Elegie, live recorded during Sony Talent Scout at the Madesimo Music Festival 2013, was selected to be included in a compilationCD by Sony Classical Italia label. In May 2017, the Japanese label Da Vinci Classics released his solo guitar album “Soul of Strings”, containing pieces from baroque period to contemporary music. In March 2019, the Dutch label Brilliant Classics released his monographic CD “Mertz: Fantasias for solo guitar” which collects the most important Johann Kaspar Mertz’s fantasias, very technically demanding pieces that contributed to have Mertz deﬁned as “the Franz Liszt of the guitar”. Giuseppe Chiaramonte completed his classical guitar studies with Angelo Capistrano, and further perfected his skills with Pavel Steidl, Giovanni Puddu, Emanuele Segre, Zoran Dukic, Stefano Grondona, Andrea Dieci and, at the International Accademy of Music in Milan, with Aldo Minella, who wrote about him: “Giuseppe Chiaramonte is a reﬁned musician, who combines his innate and highly developed musical sensibility with an impeccable and in many respects innovative technique, in particular with regards to tone production. It is truly a pleasure to listen to him.” He earned his Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2006 and his Master Degree in Electronics Engineering in 2009 with full marks at Politecnico di Milano.
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Antonella graduated from the Conservatory “Domenico Cimarosa” in Avellino with full marks and honors. In 2016 she obtained a second level degree in opera singing at the same conservatory, with the highest marks with honors and mention.
Winner of the 1st prize at the XIII National Competition “Napolinova” and of the 2nd prize at the IX International Music Competition City of Caserta – Belvedere of San Leucio; in the XVI Edition of the International Lyric Competition “R returns Vincitor 2010 – City of Herculaneum” she was the winner of the Pergolesi Special Award and the role of Flora in Traviata in the Opera section. Winner of the 18th Edition of the “Francesco Albanese” International Opera Competition in Torre del Greco held in 2013 at the Don Orione Theater in Ercolano (NA). Winner in 2017 of two competitions “City of Airola” and “World Music of Scafati”.
Antonella sang at important venues such as the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Verdi in Salerno, the Royal Palace of Caserta, Campidoglio-Capitoline Museums, Chamber of Deputies-Montecitorio, Teatro del Maggio Musicale of Florence, Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini of Torre del Lago, Alighieri Theater of Ravenna, National Barhain Theater in Manama, Municipal Theater of Ferrara and Municipal Theater of Piacenza, Teatro della Grancia, Auditorium of Columbia-Missouri, Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, Auditorium of Cheng-du University in China, Forbidden City in Beijing, Fortezza da Basso, Teatro del Giglio of Lucca, Teatro du Chatelet, Teatro delle Folie Berger, Auditorium of Leon, Filarmonica of Malta, Krakow Philharmonic, Auditorium of Palma de Mallorca, Theater of Correggio in the Pavarotti Award Gala with Daniela Dessi and Fabio Armiliato, Tetro della Pergola, Festival of the two worlds of Spoleto. In
2018 she made her debut with the Maestro R. MUTI performing in Macbeth at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, the Pala de André and Norcia broadcast on RAI 5 and shooting on Rai1.
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Emma is the winner of the Musicians’ Company Award 2019, Emma Arizza has established a fine career as a concert violinist. A native of Como, Italy, Emma regularly performs throughout her home country and the UK, as a soloist and in various ensembles. She is currently based in London having recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with distinction.
Ever since her debut in Romania at the age of 16 with the Orchestra of Bacau playing the Sibelius concerto, Emma’s performances have taken her across Europe, with concerts in France, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Emma has won numerous competitions in Italy, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, including the Rassegna Castrocaro Classica, one of the highest Italian prizes, at which she was also awarded the Audience Prize.
Recently, Emma performed as soloist with the YMEO orchestra in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as part of CIDIM “Suono Italiano” project. She is a Gladys Bratton Scholar at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she continues her studies with the celebrated Mayumi Fujikawa.
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Beatrice graduated with highest honors at the Conservatory of Como under the guidance of Daniele Bogni. Despite her very young age, she has already won several chamber music competitions
She regularly performs as an active soloist and chamber musician in duo, trio and quartet, in many prestigious venues such as the Fazioli Showroom and Auditorium Gaber and Sala Verdi in Milan, the Albrizzi Palace in Venice, the Zandonai Theatre in Rovereto, in Como, Teatro Sociale of Como, Monterosa Theatre in Turin. She also appeared in prestigious Festivals such as MiTo Settembre Musica, La Società dei Concerti of Milan, “Settimana Mozartiana” in Rovereto, “Cernobbio Festival”, “Associazione Musica con le Ali”.
Recently, in 2019 she has won the place of principal cello of the 1813 Orchestra at the Teatro Sociale of Como. From 2019 she also collaborates with the Filarmonica del Festival Pianistico Internazionale of Brescia and Bergamo, with opportunities to play alongside distinguished soloists such as Martha Argerich, Giuseppe Albanese, Francesco Piemontesi. She collaborates with the orchestra of the prestigious Accademia Teatro alla Scala for the duration of two years (2019-21), with opportunities to play alongside acclaimed artists such as Plácido Domingo and Ferruccio Furlanetto at the iconic Teatro alla Scala in Milan
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Sara graduated with highest honors at “G. Donizetti” Conservatory in Bergamo as student of Maria Grazia Bellocchio, from 2007 she focused her studies on the Russian School under the guidance of Konstantin Bogino, at Santa Cecilia Academy in Bergamo and Accademia Perosi in Biella.
In 2011 she obtained with highest marks the Chamber music Degree at Pianistic Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, under the guidance of Tchaikovsky Trio. In 2019 she got a II Level Master in Piano and Chamber music at “C.Pollini” Conservatory in Padua (IT).
Sara has also been selected to participate in many prestigious masterclasses by Norma Fisher, Martin Roscoe, Andrzej Jasinski, Sergei Dorensky, Vasilly Lobanov, Pavel Gililov, Mats Widlund, Alexei Kornienko and Marian Rybicki.
Sara is recipient of many awards: Mayr Award, Edoardo Gavasso Award, First prize in the International Piano Forum in Chioggia, Third Prize at Open Piano Competition in London (2013), II Prize at London Grand Prize Virtuoso (2017). She received as well scholarship from Accademia Perosi of Biella (2008) and Royal Academy of London (2011).
From 2014 she has a piano duo with Fabiano Casanova and they have released in 2019 their first four hands CD for Da Vinci Classics label, winner of Global Music Award in California, USA (Best Album and Best Duo).
Her discography includes also a CD with violinist Christian Saccon (2011 – Wide Classique) , a CD with violinist Germana Porcu which got a 4 Stars review on “Musica” newspaper ( June 2018 – Da Vinci Classics) and a CD with Trio Carducci (December 2018 – Brilliant Classics)
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Matilda began studying cello at the age of 4. She graduated at Novara Conservatory with highest honors.
Winner of many chamber music competitions (European Music Competition – Moncalieri, National Music Competition “Riviera della Verisilia” – Tuscany, “International Competion Anemos – Rome, International Music Competition London “Grand Prize Virtuoso”), she specialized in the repertoire for cello and piano at the International Piano Academy of Imola and later at the Academy of Music in Fusignano.
She also did a specialization in baroque cello.
Matilda is a regular guest artists in the main Festivals and Concert Institutions of Italy and she has performed in Europe (France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Great Britain) and in China (Beijing, Tianjn, Yangzhou, Chengdu and Harbin).
From 2013 she started a collaboration as duo cello and piano with Stefano Ligoratti with whom she published (in july 2019) the complete recording of compositions for cello and piano by L. v. Beethoven for Da Vinci Classics’s label.
Her discography includes also a CD with Trio Carducci (December 2018) for Brilliant Classics.
In 2020, Da Vinci Classics will release her recording of Bach’s Six Cello Suites.
In May 2019, she founded Trio Zandonai with Lorenzo Tranquillini (violin) and Francesco Maria Moncher (piano).
From september 2017 she’s cello Teacher of Rudolf Steiner School in Milan.
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Juan Carlos Rodriquez
Juan Carlos is considered one of the most brilliant pianists of his generation, he dealed with the top studies of piano with Pilar Bilbao, recognized pianist and former pupil of the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau. Likewise he has received pianistic advices from international renowned musicians like Hans Graf, Brétislav Novotny, Edith Fischer or Solomon Mikowsky.
He has been awarded with numerous prizes along his musical career in national and international piano contests, including:
1st Prize – International Music Performance Competition “Les Corts”, Barcelona.
1st Prize – International Piano Competition “Ciudad de San Sebastián”.
1st Prize – National Piano Competition “José Roca”, Valencia.
1st Prize – National Piano Competition “Ciutat de Manresa”.
1st Prize – National Piano Competition “Gerardo Diego”, Soria.
1st Prize – International Music Competition “Palau de la Música Catalana”, Barcelona
As a soloist he oﬀers concerts with several chamber music groups and orchestras, such as Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, Vallés Symphony Orchestra, BCN Sinfonietta, Aron Quartett, realizing the CD recordings of the piano concertos KV 466 by Mozart and op. 19 by Beethoven.
His discography includes piano works by Schumann, Clementi and Falla for Naxos & Paladino Music labels.
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Daniel is the Winner of a Scholarship for Bachelor Degree with Phillippe Muller and Master Degree Program in Violoncello, Lübeck Musikhochschuler, Germany 2015-16 with the Master Troels Svane and Master Conservatoire Superieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) Class Marc Coppey
Scholarship in 2014 for summer Program ISA in France, Winner .
In 2013 won a scholarship at Versailles Conservatory for the studies of Barroque and Contemporary Music.
Maître Degree Program Mention Très bien à l´unanimité Violoncello, Conservatoire Aulnay Sous Bois, France 2011-12. Under mentoring by Professor Phillipe Müller.
Winner of a Scholarship in Paris, France 2011
El Sistema Music program 2002-2011 his teachers Maestros Valmore Nieves and William Molina
2009-2011 Cello Concertino for TCYOrchestra ( Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra) under the leadership of Maestros Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Vásquez .
Major Perfomances: 2014, Praga, Czech Republic, at the Smetana Hall with the Radio Praga Symphonic Orchestra , Dvorak Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Chamber Music with Edison Ruiz in Caracas, Saint Saëns concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the Conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Edouard Lalo concert for Cello and Orchestra, Quebec and Caracas 2011.
World tours: The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra: Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, China, Japan South Korea under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel leadership
Master classes: Mark Churchill, Adalbert Skocic, Viola Hoffmeister, Natasha Brofshy, Lucas Franzetti, Phillipe Tribot, Francesco Starno, Kristin Leitmer, Mario Brunelo, Francis Burton, Lofgren Blair, Johanne Perron, Paul Marleyn, Matt Haimovitz, Caludio Bohorquez, Jean Queyras, and the world- wide famous Yo-Yo Ma, Phillipe Müller, Alisa Wellerstein and Artos Noras , Jens Peter Maintz, David Geringas
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Petra is a classically trained pianist and church musician based in Germany.
At the age of 7 she received piano lessons by the cantor Mr. Hans-Josef Hümbert. As her teacher was a cantor, Petra was very inspired and so she began training as an organist at the age of 11.
She became a part time organist in the church municipality St. Josef in Völklingen, Wehrden. After a few years Petra focused on pop music for some time as well.
She then took a sound engineering course and internship in a recording studio and started to compose and sing her own songs. With the help of Jean-Pierre Valance she acquired her first recording contract and she sang as a background-singer for PM Sampson.
But soon she reverted to classical- and sacred music, which is her great passion.
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Federica obtained her final diploma cum laude at Conservatorium San Pietro a Majella of Naples. She graduated in violin and chamber music at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Sonig Tchakerian and Carlo Fabiano.
She has recently won the first prize at the “American Protégé” international concerto competition and she played at the famous Weill Hall of the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Dinu Lipatti International Competition in Rome, where she was awarded a violin by the luthier F. Gyorke. As a member of Trio Pragma she won the second prize at the first edition of the International Competition Antonelli in Latina, first prize at Magliano Sabina International Competition, first prize at Jacopo Napoli International Competition and first prize at Leopoldo Mugnone International Competition.
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Germana began her musical studies under the guidance of M °F.Cusano. She got degree with highest honors at Conservatorio G.Donizetti in Bergamo. In 2010, as the best graduating, she was awarded the prestigious “Premio Rotary” from the city of Bergamo. In 2009 she performed under the guidance of the composer Giya Kancheli his composition “In l’ istesso tempo”, enjoying the warm appreciation of the author.
She won several competitions, including: 1st Prize at the “III International Music Competition of Chamber Music Miryam and Pierluigi Vacchelli”; 1st Prize at the “XI International Music Competition Italian Festival”, with the Special Prize “Soloist with Orchestra” – so she was invited to perform Concert n.5 K 219 by W.A. Mozart with Orchestra “Alessandria Classica”; 3rd Prize at the XXX edition of the prestigious “International Competition for Violinists Michelangelo Abbado” (1st-2nd Prize not awarded); 1st Prize as Soloist with Orchestra, at the “26° European Music Competition”. She won a scholarship donated by M° Claudio Abbado. In 2013 she was nominated “Most distinguished violinist” at “World Music Competition Ibla Grand Prize”. In 2015 she won the 3rd Prize at “V Concurso y Festival Internacional de Músicos” in Madrid, debuting in the same city, with great appreciation of the Jury President Victor Abramyan (Professor of violin at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire) and of the audience. She has performed in many concerts as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, China.
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Bresler Quartet is a young string quartet named by their mentor Sergei Bresler, violinist and founding member of Jerusalem Quartet, who realized their potential and inspired them to make the quartet playing a part of their lifes.
In 2018 and 2019 they had an honour to perform together with such masters as Salvatore Accardo and Antonio Meneses. Concerts took a place during in Teatro Ponchielli of Cremona (Italy) during the Festival ‘‘Omaggio a Cremona’’. They also had a pleasure to play for Bruno Giuranna and have a lesson with him. From 2018 Bresler Quartet is a member of Zeist Muziek Dagen festival (Zeist, the Netherlands).
In 2019 Bresler Quartet entered in the project ‘Le Dimore del Quartetto’ and started to collaborate with Giovanni Bietti in masterclasses and concerts during the ‘Festival Borciani’ in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
In January 2020 Bresler Quartet was one of four selected quartets for the residence program at String Quartet Biennale in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). During this festival they had a chance to work with Jerusalem Quartet, Joel Krosnick (Julliard Quartet), Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), Pavel Fischer (Skampa Quartet), Richard Ireland.
Masha Diatchenko, first violin
Cesare Zanfini, second violin
Maria Kropotkina, viola
Santiago Bernal Montaña, cello
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2007: Tatjana graduated with honours from the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) under the apprenticeship of Prof. Elena Lapitzkaja.
2011: Received an additional degree from the acclaimed International Mendelssohn-Academy in Leipzig awarded by Prof. G. Franke, Prof. H. Bräunlich and Prof. P. Moll.
Tatjana resides in Germany for several years now and regularly performs with violinists Judith van Driel (Dudok Quartet) and Jeroen Dupont among others.