Composer Contest 2017 | Violin Competition
Piano Master Class | Maria Satomi | JAPAN
debuted piano career in Japan. She studied in Europe with Prof. Tatiana Nikolayeva, Alfons Kontarsky, Walter Panhofer, Peter Feuchtwanger and has taken master classes from many others. Prof. Satomi graduated with a Concert Diploma “Magistra Artium” in Vienna. Since 1996, Maria Satomi regularly performs concerts in Europe and Asia, participates in music festivals and gives master courses in European countries, Japan and Thailand. She started Music Office “Shoji Seichu Artists Circle” named after her father and commenced record label “Maria Vienna”. Prof. Satomi is a jury of various international competitions.
Saxophone Master Class | William Street | CANADA
has performed and lectured in Belgium, Canada, Federation of Russia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and the USA. He can be heard on compact disc recordings Sunthesis: Les Septs Iles, L’Ensemble International de Saxophones, At Your Service with pianist Sylvia Taylor and the Centaur recording of Evolution V for five saxophonists by Marilyn Shrude, with the Chicago Saxophone Quartet. His recording of Tre Vie, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Malcolm Forsyth with Grzegorz Nowak and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 1999 Juno award and was re-issued in 2009. Dr. Street also participated as a jury member for international competitions in Belgium, France, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States. He served as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance from 1992-1994. His published work includes the English translation of Hello! Mr. Sax, ou les Paramètres du Saxophone (Leduc) by Jean-Marie Londeix, “Elise Boyer Hall,” and “The Life of Elise Boyer Hall” in Les États Géneraux Mondiaux du Saxophone. Mr. William H. Street served as editorial consultant for the biography Jean-Marie Londeix, Master of the Modern Saxophone by James Umble (Roncorp, 2000).
Violin Master Class | Rupert Marshall-Luck | UK
praised by audiences and critics alike for the verve, commitment and intelligence of his performances, Maestro Marshall-Luck appears as soloist and recitalist at major festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and the USA. His discography includes CDs for EM Records and Toccata Classics and his recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the international musical press. His recording of the complete music for violin and piano of Herbert Howells for EM Records will be released in March; he has also, for the same label, made the World Première recordings of Violin Concertos by Robin Milford and Charles Villiers Stanford with the BBC Concert Orchestra, which will be released in May 2014. Future plans for this season include a performance of Moeran’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra at The English Music Festival, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3; a recording in Autumn 2014 for EM Records of the complete music for violin and piano by C. Hubert H. Parry; and recordings of the Violin Sonatas of Percy Sherwood for Toccata Classics and of the Violin Concerto of Felix Draeseke.
Piano Master Class | Reinhard Seehafer | GERMANY
is a sought-after international German conductor and pianist as a successful composer. He studied in Leipzig and Weimar with Kurt Masur and Rolf Reuter, later with Leonard Bernstein and Otmar Suitner. In 1982 he created a sensation with Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly“ at the Komische Oper Berlin, and was immediately engaged there. In 1989 he became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the opera house of Görlitz. He founded the Europa Philharmonie, where he is the Music Director to this day. He was Chief Conductor of the cross-cultural project EUROPERA, and conducted Dresdner Philharmonie, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Belgrad Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, PKF-Prague Philharmonia and many others. As a pianist Reinhard Seehafer performed with soloists of Berlin’s Opera Houses, New York Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and Gewandhaus Quartet Leipzig. He was a Jury member at the International German Piano Award Frankfurt/Main. Maestro Reinhard Seehafer is the Artistic Director of the Altmark Festspiele (Germany).
Violin Master Class | Elisa Kawaguti | JAPAN/BELGIUM
was born in Kitakyushu, Japan. She studied at the University of Music and Arts, Tokyo, with Hisaoki Ohno and Yoshio Unno, then at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with A.Gertler. Elisa Kawaguti is a laureate of several international competitions including Wieniawski Competition (Poland), Paganini Competition (Italy) and the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium). Prof. Kawaguti played solo and chamber music in Japan, Latin America, China and Europe. She was concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flandern. Elisa Kawaguti is professor of violin at the ‘Lemmensinstituut’ (Belgium). She is regularly invited to give Masterclasses around the world and as a juror to divers competitions. Elisa Kawaguti recorded several CD’s and is admired for her crystalline sound and rich musical soul.
Cello Master Class | Nadiya Pakosh | UKRAINE/USA
graduated from the Lviv Conservatory (Ukraine) and Tibor Varga International Music Academy (Switzerland). Her teachers were professors Jevgenij Shpitzer, Marcio Carneiro (assistant of Navarra) and Radu Aldulescu (assistant of Cassado). She received full scholarship from the Academy and special scholarship from Sion Government Department. Nadiya attended courses with professors Gabor Takacs-Nagi, Stanimir Todorov and Tibor Varga. As the member of Passaman Trio won Gran-Prix at the International Competition in Belarus and performed in Poland, UK (Royal College of Music), Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, France, USA and Ukraine.
Body Work Master Class | Kurt Dreyer | SWITZERLAND
was trained in classical and contemporary dance techniques, T’ai chi Ch’uan, Alexander Technique and choreography in Lausanne and London. Since 1974 he has been active as freelance pedagogue as well as professor at different music academies – Berne, Basel, Lucerne and the University of Bern. He works as a guest teacher in Europe and Asia in rhythmical bodywork, placement, stage orientated movement for musicians and singers, dance technique, improvisation and scenic structuring. He has created numerous dance pieces, operas, musical children plays as well as performances in museums, galleries and all kind of environments, most recently: “Limbo Lander” for Darmstadt and Wien Modern 2014; “Les Enfants de la Nuit” for HEM Genève 2015; “Scenic Carmina Burana” in Lucerne 2015 and “Diabelli Machines” in Ghent 2016. The result of years of teaching at the Swiss Opera Studio and Theatre Musical in Biel-Bienne is a body technique, which focuses specifically on the needs of singers and musicians. This includes body placement for singers and expands on scenic approaches, which are common in contemporary stage productions, demanding an extreme alert impact of the interpreter. An important part of Kurt Dreyers interventions in Malta is focused on the unique possibility of coaching singers simultaneously with the vocal teacher Prof. HJ Rickenbacher. Their professional experience over a long period of teaching has led to astonishing results.
Viola/Violin Master Class | Boris Denisov | CHINA
has graduated from Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Prof. A. Dogadin and the Rostov State Conservatory S. Rachmaninov, Prof. V. Gorbunov. Mr. Denisov has an extensive experience as an orchestral and chamber musician in Russia, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and China. He performed with the Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Chapel. Mr. Denisov is based in China and performed with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, joined the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and is a guest player with the Macau Orchestra. He rewarded with many awards and certificates of honor for teachers by various international violin competitions. Many of his students were awarded prizes at international violin competitions. Now Boris Denisov is engaged in active pedagogical and concert activity, as well as a conductor of the HKMCO.
Vocal Master Class | Hans-Juerg Rickenbacher | SWITZERLAND
was born in Switzerland. He studied at the Musik-Akademie Basel. After the Swiss Operastudio he won several awards, attended various masterclasses and studied with Nicolaï Gedda, Stockholm and Margreet Honig, Amsterdam. He has been vocal teacher since 1999 at the Musik-Akademie Basel and in 2010 he opened a new class at the University of Lucerne. Hans-Juerg Rickenbacher is president of EVTA.CH, the Swiss section of the European Voice Teachers Association. Prof. Rickenbacher’s repertory ranges from Monteverdi to contemporary music. He has specialized in singing the Evangelists in Bach’s oratorios, various roles in Mozart’s and Handel’s operas and within the last few years he has focused his attention on many different Art Song programs. He has performed in many European countries, in the United States, in Israel and Argentina (Teatro Colón). Among the conductors he has worked with are, e. g. Giovanni Antonini (Il Giardino Armonico), Michel Corboz, Diego Fasolis, Howard Griffiths, Martin Haselböck (Wiener Akademie), Heinz Holliger, Hans Martin Linde, Jost Meier, Shao-Chia Lü (Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie), Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Thomas Rösner (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande). An important part of Prof. Hans-Jürg Rickenbachers vocal masterclass in Malta is focused on the unique possibility of coaching singers simultaneously with the body placement of Kurt Dreyer. Their professional experience over a long period of teaching has led to astonishing results. Further information.
Piano Master Class | Stefano Severini | ITALY
London as winner of the Liszt Society Piano Prize 2013. Awards as a finalist received in international competitions, in Stresa (1994), G.B. Pergolesi in Naples (1998), C.Vidusso in Milan (1998), at the Università Cattolica in Rome (2000) and in Gorizia (2001). With a wide, versatile repertoire Severini aroused the attention of many cultural institutions: The Liszt Society of London, RSI Lugano, Ensemble 900 Auditorium RSI, Museo d’Arte Moderna Ascona, Museo Hermann Hesse Lugano, Villa Sträuli of Winterthur, Fondazione Valentino Bucchi Roma, Fondazione Rossini of Pesaro, Orchestra Sinfonica Pesaro. During his studies he received scholarships from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, the Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Fondazione Rossini in Pesaro, studying with professors such as Sergio Fiorentino, Joaquin Achucarro, Leslie Howard as well as in the masterclasses of Jürg Wittenbach and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Master Luthier & Violin Expert | Mr. Simeone Morassi | ITALY
born in Cremona, was introduced to the world of artistic woodworking in his father’s workshop, and to the study of music. His limited production is noted for the use of especially selected woods, aged in excess of 20 years. After more than 30 years of activity as a violinmaker, his instruments are well-known and appreciated worldwide. He entered numerous international violin making competitions winning the First Prize and Gold Medal in many competitions in Germany, Poland Hungary and Czech. In addition, he has received various special prizes. Master Simeone Morassi has also been invited as a judge of international competitions: Poland, Finland, Czech Republic, Mexico, China, France and other countries. He’s the President of the A.L.I. Italian Professional violin-maker Association Group. Mr. Morassi has also taken part in numerous exhibitions in Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Paris, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sidney etc. assisting and providing professional demonstrations of the craft, as well as giving lectures on the various aspects of violin making.
Master Luthier & Violin Expert | Prof. Zheng Quan | CHINA
is one of the very few “International Violin Making Masters” in Asia, He won prizes such as the Gold Medals at the Tchaikovsky Competition and established the Department for Violin Making in China. He is integrating his knowledge in violin research into the traditional Chinese musical instruments making. The Chinese Ministry of Culture, the State Science and Technology Commission and the Ministry of Light Industry have jointly awarded him the title of Violin Making Master of China. Prof. Zheng is a member of the National People’s Political Consultative Congress of China and Standing Vice President of the Western Returned Scholars Association, Standing Committee member of the National Musical Instruments Association, Committee member of the International Master Violin Makers and Bow Makers Association. In 2005, the president of Italy awarded Prof. Zheng Quan “Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” and commented him as the modern bridge between the Chinese and European cultures after Marco Polo.
Piano Master Class | Stefano Miceli | ITALY
has quickly established a reputation as a brilliant pianist and conductor. He’s piano solo performances in the Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, Great Hall in Melbourne, B. Rhome Theatre in Washington DC, Bangkok Siam Ratchada Theatre, Tbilisi Opera House, Fenice Opera House, Bellini Opera House and other theatres. Stefano’s played with orchestras such as the Leipzig Philharmonic Orchestra at the Gewandhaus (as a Principal Guest Artist and Conductor in 2010/12), Orchestra of la Fenice, Scala Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg of Mozarteum, Beijing Symphony Orchestra. Stefano is dedicated to teaching as Visiting and Distinguished Professor at the Boston University, Tanglewood Institute, “J.S.Bach Conservatory of Music” in Leipzig, Bangkok University, Steinway Society, University of New Mexico, El Sistema Foundation in Venezuela. He is invited as jury member in competitions such as the “Mozart Piano Competition” in Thailand, “Richmond Piano Competition” USA, “Magda Olivero Voice Competition” in Saluzzo. Stefano was given the Silver Medal by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (2008) and the “New York Bravo Award” prize career (2012). He is the Music Director at the Milano Metropolitan Orchestra. Stefano Miceli is a Steinway Artist.
Violin/Viola Master Class | Oleh Kolos | USA
graduated from the Lviv Conservatory (Ukraine) and the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland). His main influences were professors Jurij Daletsky and Johannes Eskaer. He won scholarship from “Credit Swiss”. Oleh attended courses with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Professors Alberto Lysy and Tibor Varga. In1999 – played for the Pope John Paul II in Rome (Vatican) as the member of Chamber Orchestra “Camerata Lysy Gstaad”. In 2000 he came to USA to study with Professor Czaba Erdelyi at Butler University (Indianapolis,Indiana) and Professor Michael Strauss (Principal Viola, ISO) . In year 2001 he became Principal Viola of Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a teacher of the String program. Later worked as sales manager for RDM string instrument supply company. At the same time gained huge experience in repair and restoration of musical instruments working for Finoccio guitars.
Cello Master Class | Orna Carmel | USA/SPAIN
received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in performance from The Juilliard School with professor Harvey Shapiro in her native New York, and at the New England Conservatory in Boston with Laurence Lesser. She was fortunate to also benefit from the classes of several brilliant musicians and pedagogues of our time including William Lincer, Benjamin Zander, Louis Krasner, Joseph Gingold, Frans Helmerson… As a pedagogue, her experience began in Boston, as an assistant to Mark Churchill in the Preparatory Division of the New England Conservatory. Since 1991, Ms. Carmel has been sought as a private teacher and coach, as well as serving on the faculty of the “Andalucía Música School” in Sevilla, Spain. Her teaching method is characterized by an innovative and intuitive style which allows her students to progress rapidly from their own level, with special emphasis on form and agility as well as efficiency in practice methods.
Violin & Viola d’Amore Master Class | Hans Vermeersch | BELGIUM
graduated from the Bruges, Ghent, Brussels Conservatoire and the Wien Conservatory (G. Octors, R. Werthen, S. Kuijcken, E. Melkus) and has been teaching violin, viola and chamber music since 1975 at the Arts Academy in Knokke-Heist (Belgium). He is experienced with the music for violino discordatura (accordatura-retuned violin), the viola d’amore and performed as a soloist in the UK, USA, Tatarstan, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, France and is one of the few musicians performing the Indian music of Rabindranath Tagore on violin. Vermeersch focuses on the performance of 17th and 18th violin music and is a prolific contemporary composer with his compositions based upon European and Indian music theory. Mr. Hans is the artistic leader of the Indo/Belgian Rajhans Orchestra and Rajhans Ensemble. Maestro Vermeersch was awarded with the Pro Civitate contest for violin and Baron Van Ryelandt Award for violin (Belgium), KLM international Contest “Bridging the World” 1995 (Netherlands) (2nd Prize out of 12.000 international projects with the creation of the Rajhans Orchestra project), Flanders-India Cultural Award 1999 and Knokke-Heist:“International Cultural Award 2009” (Belgium). His rich experience is a powerful tool for guiding young musicians to perform music with enthusiasm and a deep understanding of the creation of music.
Piano Master Class | Julia Miller | POLAND
got the Masters’ Degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from Academy of Music of Lodz. During her time at the Academy Julia was a finalist in several piano competitions, gave performances both as a solo pianist, and as part of a classical trio. Working closely with organisations such as The National Trust she has been allowed to perform in a wide variety of exceptional venues to both intimate and large audiences. Her most recent venue with the charity was the beautiful and haunting Mussenden Temple, perched on its cliff top in Northern Ireland. Julia has moved to Malta where she is sharing her time between teaching, performing and coaching. She is a voice accompanist in well established Johann Strauss School of Music in Valletta , piano teacher in School of Performing Arts by Drama Troupe as well as ballet accompanist in The Dance Academy in Attard. During summer 2013 Julia was chose as one of four piano collaborator- interns at Music Theatre Bavara in Oberaudorf, Germany. In season 2013-2014 she was also one of the repetiteur of Teatru Manoel Youth Opera with which she performed in Manoel Theatre. Recent appearances include St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, St. Francis Oratory in Valletta, St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Pallazzo Parisio in Naxxar and Manoel Theatre, Valletta.
Violin Master Class | Francesco Borali | ITALY
graduated from Milano, Siena (Italy) and Winterthur (Switzerland) under Mrs. Luzzato, A. Piraccini-Stuki and music masters Vegh, Gulli, and Brengola. He distinguished himself by winning the first prize in national and international music competitions: “Città di Genova”, “Premio F. Schubert” in Moncalieri (Italy) and “Festival Internacional” in Murcia (Spain). Mr. Borali played as soloist violin concertos by Kachaturian Mendelssohn, Paganini and others with orchestras in Switzerland, Italy and the UK as well as an orchestra leader performed in Central and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, under conductors such as: Chailly, Muti, Bertini, Gatti, Prètre, Giulini, Renzetti, Yutaka Sado and Sawalish. Mr. Francesco Borali plays at “Filarmonica della Scala” and teaching at the “Academia Internazionale della Musica” in Milano.
Cello Master Class | Linda Lin | UK
is the winner of ´Young Artist of Australia´ at the age of 15, she made her debut performance and a live recording with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. With a flourishing career as an international soloist, Lin gives recitals across three continents including the UK, Asia and Australia. She makes regular appearances in London venues including Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John´s Smith Square, in the Wigmore Hall as the winner of the Derek Butler Award. She has won numerous international competitions and is a regular star performer on BBC radio 3 ´In Tune´ Programme. Whilst on tour with the London Philharmonia Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra, Lin worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder and composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. Recent performance highlights include a solo tour of Australia, Malaysia and Germany with the English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Festival at LSO St. Luke’s, Manchester International Cello Festival, Aspen and Verbier Festivals. Lin has also performed for the Royal Family including Manor House celebration for Prince Harry, Kensington Palace Gala for Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Diana’s Memorial Service at the Guard’s Chapel in 2007, broadcasted live on BBC1 and ITV1 worldwide. Linda Lin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with first class honours, where she was invited to become a Leverhulme Fellow to teach cello and chamber music. Her debut CD with British pianist Ian Brown was launched in London 2013.
Guitar Master Class | Satik Andriassian | Classical Guitar | USA/ARMENIA
Classical guitarist and ethnomusicology scholar is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the distinguished Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Award for her guitar performance and her scholarly achievements. Ms. Andriassian is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Players. Her solo career spans concertizing throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. She specializes in promoting new music written for the guitar by American composers. She has performed works of George Crumb, Leslie Bassett and John M. Kennedy among others. She is an active participant in many music festivals including the renowned Malta International Music Festival and Competition giving masterclasses and serves as a juror. Ms. Andriassian studied the guitar with several renowned guitarists, including Loris Chobanian, Ron Purcell, James Hunley and Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival and participated in several Masterclasses by Manuel Barrueco, Nicholas Galouses , Raphaella Smits, Carlos Barobosa-lima among others. Ms. Andriassian’s teaching philosophy is making sure the students acquire a solid foundation in proper technique. She is a great advocate of teachings of great masters such as Carulli, Giuliani, Carcassi and Sor. Ms Andriassian believes that with a flawless technique, musical ideas may florish and expressed without strain.
Composition Master Class | Improvisation Master Class | Double Bass Master Class | John M. Kennedy | USA
produces an eclectic group of work, ranging from mixed ensemble and solo pieces to multi-media works (which he refers to as his “things and gadgets” series) and a group of “Songbooks” inspired by Whitman. Recent compositions|performances of his work include the premiere of “From the Ground Up” by the Olympia Youth Orchestra in June 2011. His commissions include the Olympia Youth Orchestra, the Baldwin-Wallace College Wind Ensemble and the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. Kennedy’s work has been featured in performances worldwide including his orchestral work “Portrait…” during the 1989 Salzburg Festival at the Mozarteum, and new music festivals in Kwang-ju, Korea, and Daegu, Korea. Early recognition for his work includes the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Young Composer Award from ASCAP. His work receives continuing recognition with grants from Meet the Composer, Inc., annual Standard Panel Awards from ASCAP since 1991 and Subito grants from the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles. Since 1994, Kennedy has been professor of music composition at California State University, Los Angeles, where he is director of the Pacific Contemporary Music Center.
Violinmaker/Bowmaker in Residence | Philip Smith | AUSTRALIA
studied Double Bass at both the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania. Philip commenced his career as a luthier with a Mittenwald-trained violinmaker learning the fine art of bow repair and restoration as well as the restoration, valuation and making of violins, violas, cellos and double basses and also spent time in New York working at Samuel Kolstein and Sons. Philip has made over 40 instruments – violins, violas, cellos, a double bass and a viola da gamba, sought for their great projection right to the back of the concert hall with an homogenous, elegant sound across all strings and registers. Philip was awarded a Fellowship of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to France to study the art of French bow making from Jean-luc Tauziede, Master Archetier. Philip was inducted into the close circle of contemporary French bow makers including an audience with Jean-Francois Raffin, the world’s leading expert in French bow making and its history. Philip hand crafts a range of bows – modern and baroque, for professional orchestral musicians. Each Philip Smith bow is a beautifully weighted work of art.
Cimbalom Master Class | Taras Baran | UKRAINE
cimbalom player, “Inter lyre” prize-winner as a performer-instrumentalist of year 2000 (Hungary), Merited Artist of Ukraine, Candidate of study of art (Doctor of Philosophy, music art), professor of the department of folk instruments, people’s artist of Ukraine, author of a monograph “The Cimbalom World” in four languages and other methodological works, permanent member of jury and presidium of International contests, plenipotentiary of CWA and organizer of the 6th World Academic and Practical Congress of Cimbalom Players. For participation with a solo concert in “Virtuosos” 11th International Music Festival in Lviv he became a nominee “The best representative of the year in culture and arts – musician”. The book “Taras Baran, the Cimbalom Player” (2001), which is a collection of works from the musician’s repertoire, is a summary and quintessence of his output as a performer and studies as a researcher of methods, as well as his co-operation with Ukrainian composers. Many times Taras Baran participated in representative performances on the highest inter-state level: a concert for the Holy clergy headed by Pope John Paul II (Vatican, 1992), a solo concert in the Philharmonic Society of Munich (Gasteig) in the framework of the 3rd International Festival of Cimbalom Players (1993), a concert in the City hall of Paris in the presence of the Royal family heirs (1995), a concert for presidents of Ukraine and France in the Mariinsky Palace, Kyiv (1998), and participation in the concert during the Summit of presidents of central and eastern European countries (The Opera and Ballet Theatre, Lviv, 1999). At a basis of his own researches, he produces an improved model of cimbalom. It is an up-do-date construction of cimbalom with a weight 35-40 kg from A1 to A3.
Violin Master Class | Volodymyr Baran
read his Masters in Classical Music in Ukraine and Switzerland. He studied under the auspices of Maître Tibor Varga, Prof. Victor Pikaizen, Christine Ragaz and Anne Bauer-Loerkens. Volodymyr is the winner of international music competitions in Rome and Toronto. He won scholarships from the “UWL” (USA) and “Rotary International” (Switzerland). Volodymyr attended courses with the acclaimed Prof. Igor Ozim, Vladimir Spivakov, Ivan Monighetti, Thomas Kakuska and Prof. Michael Tseitlin. He performed solos with symphony orchestras and chamber music formations in International Music Festivals in Europe, China and Canada. For four years Mr. Baran was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Zurich Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland), taught violin and arts in Ukraine and Switzerland. Maestro Volodymyr Baran is CEO and Artistic Director of Malta International Music Competition®, Malta International Music Master Classes™ and Violin & Friends International Music Festival (Malta), Central Academy of Arts™. Head of the Performance and Music Department at International Leadership Academy (Beijing). Find him on Google +
Viola Master Class | Andriy Viytovych
graduated from the Lviv Conservatory (Ukraine) and the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland). His main influences were professors Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskaer, his teachers and colleagues in concerto and chamber music recordings. In 1996 Andriy came to London and joined the London Symphony Orchestra as Co-principal Viola. In year 2000 he was appointed Principal Viola of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the same year Andriy Viytovych was given a post as a viola professor at the Royal College of Music in London. Mr. Andriy Viytovych has also played principal viola with many orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta and the London Symphony Orchestra, working with eminent conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink and Sir Georg Solti. In March 2003 by invitation of Sir Simon Rattle Andriy came to Berlin to play principal viola with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Piano Master Class | Luis Becerra Alonso | SPAIN
graduated in Seville at Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel Castillo with honours. He obtained a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM). There, he completed his postgraduate studies under the concert pianist Benjamin Frith. He attended master classes with pianists such as Andras Schiff, Eldar Nebolsin, Maria Joao Pires, Charles Rosen, Julián López Gimeno, Guillermo Gonzalez etc. He obtained the First Prize of the Real Academia Santa Isabel de Hungría competition on 2007. He was also First Prize in the International Competition for Two Pianos Silverstone-Blank that took place at RNCM on 2008. He was awarded the best interpreter recognition at the International Music Course at El Escorial, Madrid. He has given numerous concerts in both national and international scenarios, with very positive reviews. He presently combines his concert activities with music teaching at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Almería, Spain.
Composer and the Juror | Bohdan Sehin | UKRAINE
graduated from Lviv Lysenko National Music Academy (Ukraine), class Prof. M. Skorik, Zb. Bujarski and Z. Krauze, served as a consulting composer on works by A. Pärt, B. Furrer, A. Shchetynsky, J. Beer, Y. Shaked and participated in the “Gaude Polonia”(sponsored by the Polish Cultural Ministry); “Warsaw Autumn Friends Foundation”; “Gulliver Connect”, received a grant “Ukrainian Presidential” and got multiple awards for composition and theatrical work in Ukraine and Poland. Mr. Sehin is a member of the Ukrainian National Composers Union, worked in collaboration with the Polish Institute, the Goethe-Institut, and the Austrian Cultural Forum. Featuring symphonic, choral, chamber works and music for theatrical productions, Sehin’s work has been performed for audiences across Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, France, Switzerland, and Germany. Maestro Sehin is Director of the Ensemble Nostri Temporis, artistic director of the Kiev International Master-Classes for New Music COURSE, founder and artistic director of the Ukrainian Biennale for New Music, and commercial Director for the development of modern music at Lviv Philharmonic Society.
Dr. Mary Lindsey Bailey | is the Instructor of Oboe at Colorado Mesa University and is Principal Oboe of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. She formerly served as Principal Oboe of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Shenzhen, China, and as Co-Principal Oboe of the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She has also performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Baroque Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, and other orchestras. Dr. Bailey has performed internationally in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Turin, and as a featured soloist and clinician with the 2011 IV Festival Internacional de Sopros in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a trip generously sponsored by F. Lorée Paris oboes. She has performed solo recitals at the 2011 and 2013 conferences of the International Double Reed Society. Dr. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Music degree and performance certificate from the University of South Carolina and both a Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in oboe from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to her degree studies, she spent a semester abroad at King’s College London. Her principal teachers have been Mark Ostoich, Rebecca Schalk Nagel, and Tess Miller.
Violin Master Class | Volodja Balzalorsky | Slovenia
a concert violinist who has been noted for having intuitive interpretations and a rich tone, performs regularly as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician at various international festivals and concert series and has made extensive live and archival radio and TV recordings throughout Europe and the United States. He is recipient of several International Music Awards, such as the Independent Music Award, Vox Pop Independent Music Award, The Hollywood Music in Media Award to name a few. Volodja Balzalorsky studied in Cologne with Igor Ozim, in Moscow with Galina Barinova and in Vienna with Josef Suk. In addition to his travels to perform and teach, Volodja Balzalorsky holds a Professor position at the Music Academy of Ljubljana University.
Violin Master Class | Lisha Gu | China
has began playing violin when she was 7 years old. Ms. Gu studied at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from 2000-2007. The year of 2011 Ms. Gu graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with Bachelor of Music degree and got her Master degree at The Julliard School. Ms. Gu made her first debut with Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra when she was 12 years old. She was involved in many major competitions, such as Carl Nielson International Violin Competition, Tchaikovsky Youth Violin Competition. Ms. Gu has received 2nd prize at Central Conservatory of Music Violin Competition in 2000, Special prize at China National Violin Competition in 2006. In February 2010, Ms. Gu got Forth place at Corpus Christi International Violin Competition, and in 2012 she got gold prize at the long island violin competition. While Lisha’s teaching in the USA and China, her students have achieved prizes at international music competitions and have been accepted at various musical institutions.
Composer and the Juror | Benoit Granier | FRANCE/CHINA
a French composer living between Beijing, Singapore, Paris and Dublin. Under the supervision of composer Donnacha Dennehy, he completed a Master’s and PhD degree in Sound Synthesis, Computer Music and Composition at Trinity College Dublin. Mr. Grenier settled down at the Centre for Electro Acoustic Music of China (C.E.M.C.), part of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, where he teaches Computer Music, Composition, and Digital and Interactive Media. Over the past ten years, Dr. Granier has also been active as a composer/visual artist and has written for diverse media ranging from compositions for solo instruments to composition for large orchestra, created composition for mixed ensembles integrating classical and traditional instruments and approaches. Dr. Benoit Granier’s compositions have been played in Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, UK, China, Japan, Australia and America. He has also been invited to present work at numerous festivals including the Sonorities Festival (Queen’s University, Belfast), the International Computer Music Conference (Florida) and Beijing Music-Acoustica.
Violinist Natalija Raithel completed studies at the Lviv and Moscow Conservatories with Prof. Klimov and Prof. Kravchenko. Mrs. Raithel has many years of teaching experience. Her students were accepted to German and international music institutions, many of them won prizes on competitions.She is a prizewinner in Allunionswettbewerb the Soviet Union and the national chamber music competition of Ukraine (1st prize). Mrs. Raithel led engagements as a soloist with “St. Martin – in – the Fields”, “I Virtuosi di Venezia”, as a member of Vienna Pro Arte Quartet, chamber orchestra “Concerto Grosso” at the Music Academy in Frankfurt, the Museum and Orchestra Heilbronn. In duo and trio, Natalija Raithel performed with pianist Pascal Gillot and David Gregorian on podiums of Spain and England. For many years, Mrs. Raithel’s play partner is the famous clarinetist Giora Feidman. With him and the Gershwin quartet she has conquered the stages of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Munich Prince Regent Theater and the Stadt Casino Basel.
Violinist Wladimir Astrachanzew was born in Ukraine.After studying at the Tschaikowsky Conservatory Kiev, he held a lectureship at the conservatory in Charkow. In 1984 Mr Astrachanzew won the Ukrainian Violin Competition. His international career began with concerts with Radio Symhony Orchestra of Berlin (conductor Robert Hanell) and continued with engagements in Eastern in Western Europe, Scandinavia, the Far East and the USA. He has performed in large concert halls such as the Berliner Schauspielhaus, Tonhalle Zurich, Kongress-Konzerthalle Lucerne, Odense Koncerthus, Tokyo Bunka Kaykan Hall etc as soloists and with Maestro Viktor Tretjakow as his musical partner. Appearances in television at the Radio of Berlin, BR Munich, SWR Stuttgart, DRS Zurich and NHK Japan and CD-DVD productions round off his musical activities. Wladimir Astrachanzew has been living in Germany since 1991 and worked as concert master, leader and soloist of Munich Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of the South West German Philharmonic in Konstanz.
Born in Ravenna,Eros Sabbatani began his bass-tuba studies at the age of 14. At the age of 18 he made his debut at the “Sala Verdi” of Milan, per forming Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, accompanied by the orchestra “I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano”. In 1991 Eros graduated with honours at the Conservatorio “G.Verdi” in Milan, and in 1996 he was awarded the Advanced Diploma of Specialis ation in Bass-Tuba from the Musichoschule in Freiburg, Germany. Besides winning several national and international music competitions, such as the prestigious Yamaha, he has distinguished himself by classifying first at the auditions of the Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Teatro Palestrina di Cagliari, and the Teatro Bellini di Catania, amongst others. Eros is currently Professor of Tuba at the Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. His soloist as well as his orchestral activity, which has allowed him to work with worldwide famous conductors such as Muti, Mehta, Pretre and Renzetti, complements his didactic activity.
Katja Avdeeva (piano) studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg before settling first in Neuenburg and then in Basel; in the latter city she continued her training and was awarded the soloist’s diploma with a distinction. Her teachers were the acclaimed professors Marina Wolf, Pavel Egorov, Marc Pantillon and Thomas Larcher.Fascination for contemporary music led Katja Avdeeva to work on several projects in this field – she has worked together with the composer Pierra Boulez, Heinz Holliger, Georges Rochberg, Otto Zikan and Igor Drukh. Sony BMG has produced her first recording: the Rachmaninov’s Etudes-Tableaux op.33 & 39. Katja Avdeeva has appeared in quite a few festivals and international competitions, in which she won several prizes. She has performed with orchestras like St. Petersburg’s Conservatorium’s Orchester, «Windkraft Tyrol» and the Basel Symphony Orchestra. Katja Avdeeva performs in many concert halls of Russia and Switzerland.
Commotio (United Kingdom) is one of Oxford’s foremost chamber choirs, formed in August 1999 to provide a refreshing alternative to the more readily available repertoire offered by most other choral groups, performing primarily lesser known material of the 20th and 21st centuries. Matthew Berry, the founder and conductor of the choir, enthusiastically promotes the work of a younger generation of composers, as well as bringing to the fore little-known works of more established writers. In short, Commotio offers singers and audiences alike something a little different.
Maestro Matthew Berry, the conductor and joint-founder of the Commotio choir, studied music at University College, Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar and then Assistant Organist. He has studied organ under David Sanger, David Goode and Ian Curror. After conducting The Oxford Chamber Choir for two years as a student, he founded Commotio in 1999. Having finished his degree he studied post-graduate choral direction with Patrick Russill for two years at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His expertise lies in the research and promotion of little-known contemporary choral repertoire, principally from Scandinavia, South Africa, the United States and Slovenia. In 12 years working with Commotio he has initiated many UK and World Premieres.
Piano Master Class | Dmytro Sukhovienko | BELGIUM/UKRAINE
began playing the piano when he was seven years old, attending the Kyiv Special Music School “Lysenko”, for eleven years. He studied for five intensive years at the National Kyiv Conservatory with Vsevolod Vorobyov who transmitted to Dmytro his profound passion for pure interpretation in the tradition of Felix Blumenfeld, thus making Dmytro Sukhovienko the last to carry on the great tradition of the Felix Blumenfeld Piano School, whose famous attendees included, among others, Vladimir Horowitz. Yehudy Menuhin gave him a scholarship to study in Switzerland. During his studies, Dmytro Sukhovienko took master-classes with Paul Badura-Skoda, Barry Douglas, Dmitri Bashkirov, Philippe Entremont, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, as well as private lessons with a former pupil of Nikita Magaloff, Alexei Golovine. He has been applauded at prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bozar in Brussels, the Casino in Bern, UNESCO in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna. From 2012 Dmytro Sukhovienko is appointed Artistic Director of a series of classical concerts at the European Parliament.
Yanika Borg (flute) started learning the flute at the age of seven with the Choral and Orchestral Society Maria Bambina. Later, she studied with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Flutist Rebecca Hall. Yanika received her ABRSM Diploma in Flute Performance in 2008. She has played with various chamber groups and orchestras, and has recently taken part in the production of ‘Noye’s Fludde’ by Benjamin Britten, held at the Manoel Theatre. She has also played with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Yanika is a member of the DegreePlus Wind Ensemble at the University of Malta, directed by Dr.Philip Ciantar.
BEETHOVEN QUARTET (Switzerland)The Neue Zürcher Zeitung described the approach and procedure of the quartet to have the “qualities of an event”. This kind of event captures the intention of the BEETHOVENQUARTETT.: Antonio NUÑEZ (violin) studied with Sandor Vegh and Henryk Szering. Mr. Núñez was Concertmaster of the Basle Symphony Orchestra and of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. Laurentius BONITZ (violin) trained by Tibor Varga and Rainer Moog. He is the Artistic Director from the “Chamber Music Society Basel”. Vahagn ARISTAKESYAN (viola) studied with Tibor Varga. He is Deputy Leader of the second violin section in the Basle Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Collegium Musicum Basel. Carlos CONRAD (cello) studied with Andre Navarra. Mr. Conrad is solo cellist of the Basel Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Orion Trio Basel.