Akane Sakai - Pianoforte

Born in Nagoya (Japan), Akane Sakai began her piano studies at early age under the influence of her mother. After graduated Toho-Gakuen School of music in the class of Midori Miura, she obtained a 1er prix with excellence guided by Alan Weiss at Lemmens Instituut (Belgium). She received advanced training from Lilya Zilberstein and Pavel Gililov. She regularly appears on musical stages such as Salle Pleyel. She is the prize-winner of the Young artist development by the Japanese Ministry of Culture and also obtained a scholarship by Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan. She regularly appears in the musical scenes including such as Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Theatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Triphony Hall in Tokyo etc. She collaborates with Kremerata Baltica (Conducting / Piano), Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Naoto Ohtomo) and Sinfonia Varsovia (Jean-Jacques Kantorow). She recorded a recital for NHK TV. She also played Bach's Concerto for 3 pianos with Boris Berezovsky and Yu Kosuge. She is regularly invited to various festivals such as Progetto Martha Argerich, Sintra (Portugal), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), La Folle Journée, La Roque d’Antheron. She has performed chamber music with Martha Argerich, Lilya Zilberstein, Ivry Gitlys and Yuzuko Horigome, as well as in a duet with Geza Hosszu-Legocky. Her recording with Lilya Zilberstein appears on the EMI album “Martha Argerich and Friends” from 2009.

Alessandro Preziosi

Alessandro Preziosi was born in Naples in 1973, studied law at the University Federico II of Naples before moving to Milan, where he graduated from the Academy of Drama. In 1998 he was chosen for the role of Laertes in Hamlet, staged by Antonio Calenda at the Teatro Stabile del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, then faced the character of Christian in Corrado D'Elia’s Cyrano, produced and starred in the monologue The latest hours of AI by Thomas Mattei, starred in the Agamennone of Aeschylus and played Orestes in Choephoroi and Eumenides. After a long run as inspector Foschi on the hit Italian soap Vivere, he starred in the costume drama Elisa di Rivombrosa, a performance that earned him the Telegatto prize. He then decided to dedicate himself to the theater, playing the role of Christopher Columbus in the musical Give me three ships! by Carmelo Pennisi and Massimiliano Durante. In 2004, he was the protagonist of his first film Vanilla and Chocolate, directed by Ciro Ippolito, and the TV miniseries in six episodes, Captain Vittorio Sindoni. In 2007, he starred in I Viceré by Roberto Faenza, based on the novel by Federico De Roberto, and The Lark Farm, based on the book by Antonia Arslan and directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. After starring in the TV movie St. Augustine, directed by Cristian Dougay, and resuming his role of Hamlet with Khora.teatro and directed by Armando Pugliese, after debuting on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Shakespeare festival in Verona, he played the role of Antonio in the feature film by Ferzan Ozpetek Loose Cannons and Fausto Brizzi’s Males against females and Females against males. Since September 2009, he is the artistic director of the Link Academy, Department of Performing Art of the Link Campus University and Khora.teatro – theatrical production company founded by Thomas Mattei and Aldo Allegrini – he toured the recitals The king of the he interstices about Fernando Pessoa, The profession of love dedicated to Cesare Pavese, The Confessions of St. Augustine, and The Divine Mimesis by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Amanda Forsyth - Cello

Internationally known for her warm resonating sound and effortless technique, JUNO Award-winning cellist Amanda Forsyth has been praised as both a soloist and chamber musician in more than 45 countries in North and South America, Europe including the Middle East, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, performing with the most prestigious orchestras at world-renowned concert halls and festivals.

Currently on sabbatical from her post as principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ms. Forsyth recently appeared with NACO as soloist as she does each season. Ms Forsyth recently appeared with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg with Valery Gergiev conducting.  For her performance with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich which was recorded in November 2012 she was lauded by the press as a “cello-class genius”. Following her concerts with l’Orchestre National de Montpellier, she returned to Russia to play concertos with the Moscow Virtuosi in both St Petersburg and Moscow which were filmed for national TV.  After her appearances with the Colorado Symphony in Denver she will appear for the first time with the San Carlo Orchestra in Naples.

Her 2012-13 recitals include Ravinia, Toronto, Seville for Placido Domingo’s Festival, Princeton, Philadelphia, and West Palm Beach. In January 2014 Ms Forsyth will tour the US as featured soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with concerts in Newport News, Fairfax, Louisville, Carmel, Los Angeles, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara and San Diego. As a founding member of the Zukerman ChamberPlayers she has previously toured South America several times, performs in the US, Western and Eastern Europe annually and has appeared in Israel, Jordan and New Zealand.  In 2013 she returns to Asia where she has performed frequently as soloist, in recitals and chamber ensembles with the Zukerman ChamberPlayers for concerts in Taiwan, China and Japan and later in the US to Santa Monica and Scottsdale and for Villa Musica in Germany. In May 2013 she returns to the Miyazaki Festival for the third time as soloist with the Festival Orchestra and also in chamber ensembles. In late 2013 Ms Forsyth will return to Australia for performances with the Sydney Symphony, the West Australian Symphony and the Adelaide Symphony. 

Ms. Forsyth’s recordings appear on the Sony Classics, Naxos, Altara, Fanfare, Marquis, Pro Arte and CBC labels.  She performs on a rare 1699 Italian cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore.

Andrea Griminelli

Andrea Griminelli has been acclaimed by the public and critics alike for his interpretive talents and exceptional technical abilities. Born in Correggio, he attended the Achille Peri Conservatory for Music in Reggio Emilia from where he graduated at the age of 19. Soon after, he was selected to be a member of the RAI Orchestra in Turin and the Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice in Venice and later became an instructor at the Conservatory of Ferrara. Griminelli was awarded first place in the entrance exam for the Paris Conservatoire to attend classes with the legendary Jean-Pierre Rampal, a move that encouraged Griminelli to become a soloist. Rampal became both a mentor and a friend, and the two recorded together on Griminelli’s first CD for the Decca label; the recording label with which he has worked most often. He also studied with James Galway, who referred to him “the greatest flute player to have come onto the musical scene in many years.” Galway also became a close friend and musical collaborator in the years that followed. Griminelli’s international debut took place in 1984 when he performed with Luciano Pavarotti at Madison Square Garden in New York. This marked the beginning of a close connection between Griminelli and Pavarotti, spanning more than 200 concerts over 14 years. In 1989 he won a Grammy Award for his CD “Live in Modena. While continuing his activities as a classical soloist, Griminelli’s work extended to collaborations with Elton John, James Taylor, Branford Marsalis, Andrea Bocelli and the legendary Ian Anderson, leader of Jethro Tull.In 2010 he recorded “Andrea Griminelli Cinema Italiano” a CD featuring well-known music from Italian films. Arranged by Bacalov and Morricone, the compositions were performed by Griminelli with Sting, Pavarotti, Lucio Dalla, Deborah Harry and Filippo Giordano. This past season, he undertook a new tour of Asia, highlighted by a concert at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. His recital in Tokyo was included in the prestigious schedule of concerts at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and was broadcast on Japan’s NHK television network.

Angela Cheng - Piano

Consistently praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. In addition to regular guest appearances with virtually every orchestra in Canada, she has also performed with the Alabama Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic.

At the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman, Ms. Cheng will tour China with the Zukerman Chamber Players in May of 2009.  She will join them again in the fall of 2009 for a U.S. tour that will include concerts at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the 92nd Street Y in New York. Mr. Zukerman has also invited her to open the season of the National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467.

An avid recitalist, Angela Cheng appears regularly on recital series throughout the United States and Canada and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles including the Takács, Colorado and Vogler quartets. Her festival appearances include Chautauqua, Colorado, Houston, Vancouver and the Festival International de Lanaudière in Quebec. 

Ms. Cheng's debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include Clara Schumann's Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falletta and the Women's Philharmonic for Koch International; for CBC Records, four Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, both Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra, and a solo disc of selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann; and, most recently, an all-Chopin recital CD released by Universal Music Canada. Angela Cheng has been Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, as well as the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition. Other awards include the Canada Council’s coveted Career Development Grant and the Medal of Excellence for outstanding interpretations of Mozart from the Mozarteum in Salzburg. 

Anneleen Lenaerts - Arpa

At 25, Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is making a name for herself as a soloist of great talent. Her playing is known for the colourful and warm sound, perfect timing and deep musical expression.

In December 2010 Anneleen was appointed Principal harp of the Vienna Philharmonic. As a soloist she performed with orchestras like Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Mozarteum Orchester, Brussels Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic among others. She made her solo debut in Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Bozar in Brussels.

She gave live solo concerts for Radio Klara, BBC 3’s ‘In Tune’, Radio France Musique, Deutschlandfunk and Radio 4 nl. Anneleen won many first prizes at national and international harp competitions in Belgium, France, Austria, Hungary, Spain, USA and Germany of which the ‘Grand Prix International Lily Laskine’, one of the most prestigious harp competitions in the world, and the Internationaler Wettbewerb der ARD München, where she was a prizewinner and winner of the Audience prize.

Anneleen has been reckognized several times for her remarkable results. She received the YoTaM Prize (Young Talented Musicians) from the Flemish Government in 2004. In 2006 she was awarded the Prix Culturel International de la Jeunesse by the governor of Basse and Haute Normandy together with the Cultural Commission of the Lions Club, Deauville. In 2007 she won the Mathilde E. Horlait- Dapsens Artistic Foundation Prize, in 2008 the Lunssens and Van Straelen Prizes, and in 2010 she became a laureate of the Fondation d'entreprise Banque Populaire de Paris. Recently Anneleen was awarded the Belgian Radio Prize for Young Promising Artist, the Culture Prize from the Province of Limburg and became 'Cultural Ambassador' of her home town Peer.

Anneleen started playing the harp at the age of 9 with Lieve Robbroeckx with whom she kept working for nine years. She studied further at the Conservatory of Brussels and Paris, graduating from everywhere with the highest distinction. Anneleen also studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue at the Brussels Conservatory.

Since 2010 Anneleen forms a duo with clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos with performances worldwide. Her work with oboist Karel Schoofs has resulted in a CD of works by French impressionistic composers. Her first solo CD for Egan records was released in 2008. In April 2011 a new solo CD was released by Aliud Records, with works from Chopin and Liszt, a unique addition to the harp repertoire.

Anton Martynov - Violin

Born in Moscow, Anton Martynov graduated from the Special School of Music and at the Academy of Moscow Gnessin (violin classes, chamber music and string quartet, where he won First Prize), studying with E. Malkin, I. Svetlova, V. Spivakov and V. Berlinsky. At the age of 16, he played as guest soloist with orchestras in Russia. At 21, he became a violinist in the Moscow State Chamber Orchestra. In 1993, he obtained a scholarship from the Foundation Romanini and became concertmaster of the Grand Symphony Orchestra of Milan under the guidance of Alun Francis and Ricardo Chailly. He also gave concerts as soloist in Russia and Italy (CNS Orchestra Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Milan Symphony Orchestra in Minsk ...). In 1994 he became a laureate of International Competition in Stresa (Italy) in chamber music. In 1995, he performed the complete Sonatas and Partitas of Bach in Milan, received a scholarship to Boston University and became a member of the “Anton Quartet” in Paris (Grand Prix Award SACEM Evian International Competition, First Prize in the International Shostakovich in St. Petersburg), with which he participated in many festivals in France, Germany and Switzerland, recorded works by Stravinsky, Weinberg, Shostakovich and Haydn and contributed to the restoration of the Schoenberg Chapel. From 1997 to 2005, he was part of the Orchestre des Champs Elysees under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe and “Musicians of the Louvre” under the direction of Marc Minkowski. After studying conducting with G.V. Dumanescu (State Opera in Cluj, Romania), in 2000 he staged a contemporary work and “La Traviata” as assistant conductor. From 2001 to 2005, he is regularly invited as concertmaster for the "Musicians of the Louvre" for programs on modern instruments, and as a soloist and conductor. From 2006 to 2008 he dedicated himself to studies of the organ, including works by J.S. Bach, of which he has performed multiple transcripts. In 2009/2010 his chamber music partners are pianists Elena Rozanova and Boris Berezovsky, violinist Michael Guttman, cellist Diana Ligeti and the Manfred Quartet.

Antonio Florio & I Turchini

Antonio Florio

Antonio Florio was born in Bari, where he studied classical music, receiving his diploma in cello, piano and composition there under the direction of Nino Rota, before going on to study early instruments and Baroque performing practice. In 1987 he founded the ensemble I Turchini, and from that point on has been devoting himself to the giving of concerts and pursuing musicological research, exploring above all the repertory of 17th and 18th century Neapolitan music, reviving masterpieces which had never appeared in print, prior to directing them in major theatres and opera houses across Europe. Some examples of such rediscoveries include ‘’La colomba ferita’’ (1670), ‘’Il schiavo di sua moglie’’ (1671) and ‘’Stellidaura vendicante’’ (1674), all by Francesco Provenzale, ‘’Il disperato innocente’’ by Francesco Boerio (1673), ‘’La finta cameriera’’ by Gaetano Latilla (1673), ‘’Li zite ‘ngalera’’ by Leonardo Vinci (1722), ‘’Pulcinella vendicato’’ by Giovanni Paisiello (1767), ‘’La Statira’’ by Francesco Cavalli (in the Neapolitan 1666 edition) and ‘‘Motezuma’’ by Francesco De Majo (1765).

In 1999 and 2000 he directed the Symphonic Orchestra of Santiago de Compostela with ‘’La serva padrona’’ and ‘‘Stabat Mater’’ by Giovan Battista Pergolesi.

Antonio Florio is equally active as a teacher: he has given seminars and master classes on Baroque vocal and chamber music for the Centre de Musique Baroque, Versailles, the Fondation Royaumont and for the Toulouse Conservatoire. He also holds the chair in Musica da camera at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples where he gives a university course in baroque style and repertoire. Notable recent endeavors include revising and directing a production of ‘’La Partenope’’ by Leonardo Vinci in 2004; which was staged that same year at the Teatro di Ponferrada and the Auditorio di León in Spain.

I Turchini

Founded in 1987 by Antonio Florio, the ensemble I Turchini is made up of instrumentalists and singers living and working in Naples who specialize in the performance of Neapolitan music from the 17th and 18th centuries and in the rediscovery of music by unknown and gifted composers. Their unique programmes and rigorous approach to Baroque performing practices make of I Turchini one of the most interesting ensembles in current European music. The ensemble has been invited to take part in a large number of musical events all across Europe, such as at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Teatro Lope de Vega in Sevilla and the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels. I Turchini have an active participation in European festivals of antique music such as Festival Monteverdi in Cremona, the Versailles, Nancy, Nantes, Metz, Caen and Ambronay Festivals, Festival de Otoño di Madrid, Antique Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Barcellona, Potsdam, BBC Early Music Festival, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Saison Musicale de la Fondation Royamount, Festival “Mozart” in La Coruña, the Vienna Konzerthaus as well as China, Japan and America. They released two CDs with Glossa Records: Cristofaro Caresana’s “L’Adoratione de’ Maggi” (“Christmas Choice’’ of the BBC) and “Tenebrae – musica per la Settimana Santa a Napoli”, in 2011. More recently, they released the “Neapolitan cello concertos” CD with Giovanni Sollima as soloist and composer of a piece written exclusively for I Turchini. Their honorary President is Juan Angel Vela del Campo.

Arriaga Quartet

Named after Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga (1806-1826) a Spanish composer aptly dubbed the “Spanish Mozart”, the Arriaga Quartet was founded by a group of recent graduates of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the illustrious Juilliard School of New York. The group is therefore not only steeped in the traditions of the Belgian school of violin, but has also inherited the more dynamic approach of its mentor, the Juilliard Quartet. This combination of influences has given the Arriaga Quartet both firm technical foundations and the audacity to explore beyond familiar musical horizons.

An extremely active recording and live radio broadcast schedule in 1997 helped the Arriaga Quartet earn the coveted Fuga Prize awarded by the Association of Belgian Composers.

Besides producing its own yearly Quartet Festival in Bruges and performing regularly at the Festivals of Flanders and Walloonia and the Philharmonic Society, the Arriaga Quartet has been invited to participate in numerous other musical gatherings throughout Europe and in Israel, Mexico, China, Canada and the US.

The quartet’s CD recordings include “In Flanders’ Field” (Phaedra), “Quartets Opus 5 and 16 by D. Milhaud ” (Discover International), “The Three Arriaga Quartets” (ASV) and “String Quartets by Felix Mendelssohn” (Pavane Belgium).

Bishara Haroni

Bishara Haroni, born in Nazareth, studied the piano with Esther Balasha at the age of 12 in Haifa and continued his studies for eight years with Dr. Eitan Globerson in Jerusalem. He finished his studies at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany with Professor Arie Vardi. He is currently taking private lessons with Professor Arie Vardi.

As a concerto soloist, he enjoys associations with major orchestras in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Norway, Palestine, Britain, Israel and the United states. He recently performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and unde the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. Haroni was also invited in the coming season to play with Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

Bishara Haroni has given recitals in several major halls in the world including the Carnegie Hall in New York ; he recently replaced the great pianist M. Perahia in a solo recital. He has always been active as a chamber musician, performing with, among many others, Gary Hoffman, Klaus Thunemann, Dale Clevenger, and Nobuko Imai. He also played concerts together with Guy Braunstein and Daishin Kashimoto, both concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, he regularly performed chamber music at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, among numerous appearances in chamber music festivals. He was also invited in the coming season by the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle to play with the first players of the Orchestra in their chamber music series.

Boris & Evelyne Berezovsky - Piano

Boris Berezovsky

Born in Moscow in 1969, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. Following his London début at Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as “an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power”. Two years later that promise was fulfilled when he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Berezovsky works regularly as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de la Monnaie, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Hessischer Rundfunk and New Japan Philharmonic. He has made a considerable number of records for Teldec. His recording of the Rachmaninov Sonata was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and his Ravel disc was specially recommended by Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine and The Independent on Sunday. He won the BBC Music Magazine Awards in March 2006. In trio with Dimitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev, Berezovsky recorded a DVD of Tchaikovsky compositions entitled Pieces for Piano, Violin and Cello that was awarded four stars by Diapason and was presented on television by Arte in Europe and NHK in Japan. With the same trio he recorded Shostakovitch’s Trio n°2 and Rachmaninov’s Trio Elegiaque n°2 for Warner Classics International. The disc was acclaimed by Choc de la Musique in France, Gramophone in England and Echo Classic 2005 in Germany). His solo live recording Chopin/Godowsky received several awards, including the Diapason d’Or and the RT L d’Or. His most recent album, featuring Tchaikovsky 1 and Katchaturian Concerto (with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitri Liss), was released in April 2006 in the UK.

Brett Conway - Dance

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brett began his dance training at the age of five at the Fort Wayne Ballet School under the direction of Michael Tevlin. He later continued his training at the Virginia School of the Arts under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener.

Directly after graduating from Virginia School of the Arts, Brett joined Alonzo King's LINES Ballet in San Francisco, CA in 2002. For eight years, Brett worked closely with Alonzo King, having been a part of many creations and performing his works all over the world.

In 2010 Brett joined Netherlands Dans Theater 1. Since then he has been dancing works by Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, Marco Goecke and Medhi Walerski amongst others.

Bryan Arias - Dance

A native of Puerto Rico, Arias moved at age eight with his family to New York City, where he was exposed to multiple dance styles and studied intensively at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (LaGuardia Arts). Upon graduation, Arias received the school’s Jacques d’Amboise ballet award, going on to perform in New York with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and internationally with Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Kidd Pivot.

Arias has originated roles in and performed works by notable choreographers including Ji?í Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite; he received First Place and Audience Choice awards for his work Without Notice at the Sixth Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, and the Audience Favorite Award for his work at New York City’s Dance Gallery Festival.

He has choreographed for dancers at the Juilliard School, The Peridance Company, LaGuardia Arts, and “Switch,” NDT’s annual choreographic workshop and charity benefit.

Arias full-evening production, a place where something flourishes, premiered to sold-out audiences in November 2013.
Arias is currently a freelance artist, exploring dance through choreography, collaboration, and education.

Camerata di Parigi

The Paris Camerata, a new orchestral ensemble led by violinists Michael Guttman and Anton Martynov, made its debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris in December 2010. The enthusiasm of the audience, including Charles Aznavour present at the event, convinced the exceptional musicians of the new Camerata to continue the adventure together. Very quickly, this new orchestra is requested in San Sebastian in Spain, at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and at Cadogan Hall in London with Joshua Bell. In Paris it will be the resident ensemble throughout the Rive gauche Musique series at the Adyar theatre. Invited in Italy this summer at the festivals of Pietrasanta and Cortona in Tuscany, the Paris Camerata will perform with many celebrated soloists who include Natalya Gutman and Martha Argerich.

The American composer Philip Glass will give a world premiere in 2012 to the Camerata, a new work composed especially for them, with strings, percussion, piano obbligato and solo violin. Other world premieres, which aim to enrich the string orchestra repertoire, will be added, as well as collaborations planned with world music ensembles (Klezmer, Gypsy or Tango). This ensemble, born out of the friendship between two passionate and engaging musicians with a great combined experience of baroque and contemporary ensembles, aims to perform the great masterpieces of the repertoire alongside musical discoveries essential to maintaining the public's curiosity.

Denis Kozhukhin - Piano

Denis Kozhukhin was launched onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23. His playing is characterised by an extraordinary technical mastery balanced by a sharp intelligence, calm maturity and wisdom. Kozhukhin has that rare and special gift of creating an immediate and compelling emotional connection with his audience.

Kozhukhin has quickly established a formidable reputation and has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls including the Verbier Festival, where he won the Prix d’Honneur in 2003, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Santander International Festival, Carnegie Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Rotterdam De Doelen, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Milan, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Théâtre du Châtelet and Auditorium du Louvre Paris.
In the 2014/15 season, Kozhukhin makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Morlot, Philadelphia Orchestra/Denève, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo, Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev, Houston Symphony Orchestra/Hrusa, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic/Gimeno and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo/Alsop. Kozhukhin will also tour to China with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

The 2013/14 season included performances with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Alsop, Philharmonia with Temirkanov, Oslo Philharmonic with Hrusa, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse with Kristjan Järvi, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony with Sinaisky, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Payare, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Gulberg-Jensen, Hallé with Ryan Wigglesworth, BBC Scottish Symphony with Dausgaard and Orchestre National de Belgique with Boreyko. In February 2014, Kozhukhin was Temirkanov’s soloist on his major US tour with the St Petersburg Philharmonic which included performances at the Carnegie Hall and Davies Hall, San Francisco.
As a recitalist, highlights of this season and beyond include returns to the Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists Series, Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and London’s International Piano Series, as well as debuts at the Lucerne Festival, Berlin Staatsoper, Pianos aux Jacobins, Flagey and Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon. Following the 2013 release of his debut recording with Onyx Classics of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas Nos 6, 7 and 8, Kozhukhin will release his recording of Haydn Sonatas in September 2014.

Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1986 into a family of musicians, Denis Kozhukhin began his piano studies at the age of four with his mother. As a boy, he attended the Balakirev School of Music where he studied under Natalia Fish. From 2000 to 2007, Kozhukhin was a pupil at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid learning with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner.

Upon graduating, he received his diploma personally from the Queen of Spain and was named best student in his year and twice best chamber group with his own Cervantes Trio. After his studies in Madrid, Kozhukhin was invited to study at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received tuition from amongst others Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart. Kozhukhin has also been awarded 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006.

Kozhukhin is a committed chamber musician and has worked with amongst others, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatkovic, Jörg Widmann and Alisa Weilerstein.

Denis Kozhukhin is represented worldwide by Intermusica.

Diana Ligeti

Following musical studies in Rumania, the cellist Diana Ligeti entered the Paris Conservatoire post-graduate program. She soon attracted the attention of Lord Yehudi Menuhin, and in 1994?-?1995 attended the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland). Ms. Ligeti also holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from the Sorbonne Paris University. Winner of many competitions in her native Rumania, Ms. Ligeti was a finalist in the prestigious Munich Competition in 1992, and won First Grand Prize at the Douai International Cello Competition the same year. In 1996, the Trio Ligeti won First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka (Japan). Since then, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous festivals around the world. Ms Ligeti has recorded for Arion, Leman Classics, the Japan Chamber Music Foundation, Warner, Polymnies and others. Her two most recent CD with the Ensemble “Musique Oblique” was rated with highest honors by the French press. Diana Ligeti is invited for regular master classes in Europe and Brazil. Equally at home and enthusiastic about baroque performance, she has collaborated with the Lacrimae Consort ensemble. In addition to her performance activities, Diana Ligeti teaches side reading for strings at the Paris Conservatoire and cello at the Music School of Bourg-la-Reine.

Dionysis Grammenos - Clarinet

Dionysis Grammenos won the Eurovision Young Musicians Prize Award, in 2008 in Vienna, and is considered as a "phenomenon in music, tremendously talented and with extraordinary musicality". Grammenos has appeared with prestigious Orchestras and Ensembles, such as the Wiener Symphoniker, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Polnische Kammerphilharmonie, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, State Orchestras of Greece, Berlin Philharmonia Quartet, Swedish Wind Ensemble, and at renown festivals and concert halls, such as the Wiener Festwochen, Rheingau Musik Festival, Athens Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus, Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid, Minato Mirai Hall, Royal Academy of Arts in London, Athens Concert Hall. Future engagements include appearances at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Pietrasanta in Concerto International Festival in Tuscany as well as his debuts as soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and with the Wiener Kammerorchester, playing and conducting.

Regarded as “one of the most important clarinetists of today”, the 23 year-old virtuoso enjoys an inernational career, working with orchestras like the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Luzern festival Strings and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He appears as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Cite de la Musique and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Barbican in London and the Festpielhaus Baden-Baden among others. In chamber music he regularly collaborates with the Berlin Philharmonia Quartet.

Grammenos made his conducting debut at the age of 21 at the podium of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Among his prizes are the Grand Prix at the “Eurovision Young Musicians” International Competition 2008 in Vienna (first time to be awarded to a wind instrumentalist), the “Leonardo da Vinci” European Award for excellence in the fields of art and science and the Golden Medal of the City of Athens, for his services to music. He is selected from ECHO for the “Rising Stars” tour during the 2013/2014 season, performing at 18 major European concert halls. Since 2010 he is the Artistic Director of the Corfu Festival of Arts. 

Dominique Corbiau - Countertenor

Born into an artist’s family, Dominique Corbiau became involved with music from the age of four, playing piano. Later on, he learnt flute and cello, but it is in singing that he was completely fulfilled and where he found his favourite means of expression. Drawn to the baroque period early on, the choice to develop his counter-tenor voice became obvious. After having sung in the Children’s Choir of Belgian Radio-Television he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Musique de Liège and continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Mons, graduating with honours in July 2001, having been awarded three First Prizes: Concert Singing, Chamber Music and Opera Singing. In 2003, he received a First Prize in Lyric Arts at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles.

Since 1994, Dominique Corbiau has performed in concerts in many renowned places, in Belgium as well as abroad, accompanied by numerous ensembles and orchestras in a wide repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary musical creations through opera and film music. In 2008, he came to public attention through ‘Memoria’, an album of original compositions, the fruit of his musical collaborations with French composer Cyril Orcel. Very attentive to developing the creative aspect of his profession, Dominique Corbiau regularly performs in spectacular visual acts creating a bridge between different artistic disciplines. It is in this spirit that he founded the ensemble "Sferarte" and "Sferartefact" his own company, which offers a wide range of projects from small costumed productions of baroque operas to a more contemporaneous mix of music, visual art, theater or dance, most often inspired and nourished by encounters and exchanges between artists from different backgrounds.

Dominique Corbiau is a multi-disciplinary artist, curious about everything, who doesn’t hesitate to make spectacular appearances in unusual places such as the Grand Place of Brussels, the Rambla of Figueres, in the Haydn hall of the palace Estherazy, at the Paris Opera or at Teatro Castro Alves in Bahia (Brazil).

Drew Jacoby - Dance

Drew Jacoby was born in Boise, Idaho in 1984. She went on to study at School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She began her professional career in 2002 with Lines Ballet in San Francisco, where she was a principal dancer and had nume-rous original works created on her by award winning choreographer Alonzo King. In 2005 she was invited on Sylvie Guillem’s Japan tour, where she performed principal roles alongsi-de dancers from the Royal Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. She won a 2005 Princess Grace Award and in 2006 was voted Dance Magazine’s “It Girl.”

She has performed works by acclaimed choreographers including George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rho-den, Mia Michaels, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Itzik Galili, Andrea Miller, Mauro Bigonzetti and Lightfoot Leon.

In 2008 she co-founded her independent partnership, “Jacoby & Pronk,” with former Dutch National Ballet dancer Rubinald Pronk. The duo was featured on the August 2009 cover of Dance Magazine. They made a collection of films together with fine art photographer Alvin Booth, entitled “Le Beau est Toujours Bizarre,” which premiered at American Dance Festi-val’s 2009 Dance on Camera Film Festival. Jacoby and Pronk have guested with Dutch Na-tional Ballet and have performed multiple seasons with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, as well as engaging in their own projects all over the world. In 2010, Jacoby and Pronk for-med a small touring company which was presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Holland Dance Festival, Belgrade Dance Festival, and New Orleans Ballet Association.

Drew continues to perform at prestigious international galas and joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in August 2012. She also founded a media website in 2010 called DancePulp.com (also on Hulu.com in the U.S.), featuring video interviews with high profile dance industry professionals she’s encountered during her travels.

Duo Gurfinkel - Clarinet

The twin brothers Daniel and Alexander Gurfinkel, duo clarinetists, have already established themselves as among today's most important artists. Born in 1992, they began their musical education in the year 2000 and by age 12, they were invited by Zubin Mehta to appear as soloists in the annual concert for young musicians with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

In recent seasons, Duo Gurfinkel were re-engaged with Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and performed abroad with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Vienna Ton-künstler Orchestra, and in Kiev as well as on tour in France with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under Nader Abbassi and with the Moscow Virtuosi and the Israel Sympho-ny Orchestra Rishon LeZion.
Duo Gurfinkel's past engagements have included performances in Switzerland (Mendelssohn concerto) at the “Moscow Meets Friends” festival, with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Or-chestra under Vladimir Spivakov, in Los Angeles under the auspices of Zubin Mehta, and with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists at the Tchaikovsky Hall, in Ekaterinburg, and the Capella Istopolitana at the Rheingau Festival. They have appeared as well across the USA as well as in Hong Kong, Slovenia, Italy, Russia, Germany, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Croatia, Austria, and South Africa.

Daniel and Alexander Gurfinkel preserve a rich family tradition of three generations. Their grandfather Arkady Gurfinkel was a well-known clarinet player, teacher, and arranger, while their father, Michael Gurfinkel, is among the leading clarinet players in Israel as the principal of the Israel Symphony Orchestra and Israeli Opera.

Among recent engagements of Duo Gurfinkel may be counted a tour of Russia with the Hal-born Chamber Orchestra in 2013. In addition, as Duo Gurfinkel are keen on exploring the music of today, they look forward to several commissions in the coming season, including Rashid Kalimulin's concerto for two clarinets and orchestra at the Gewandhaus with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra as well as with Mozartiana de Rome chamber orchestra at the Vatican; a concerto by Gil Shohat with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; and Doron Toi-ster's klezmer concerto with the Raanana Symphony Orchestra Israel.

Duo Lechner Tiempo - Piano

Karin Lechner

Karin Lechner was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She spent most of her youth in Caracas, Venezuela, where she began her musical studies with her mother, Lyl Tiempo. She made her first public appearance at the age of five, and her debut with orchestra when she was 11.

She moved to Europe and continued her piano studies with Maria Curcio and Pierre Sancan and received musical advice from Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Daniel Barenboim, Nikita Magaloff and Rafael Orozco. At 13, Lechner performed in Washington and appeared at the opening concert of the Holland Festival in the Concertgebouw with the Amsterdam Philharmonic.

She has since undertaken an active international career playing in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as frequent appearances in the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela,Mexico and Japan. Karin Lechner has performed in major concert halls all over the world, including Kennedy Center in Washington, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Berlin, Suntory Hall in Tokyo or Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and she participates in important international festivals such as Menton, Toulouse, Montpellier, Colorado, Verbier, Lugano and Schlesswig-Holstein.

Karin Lechner frequently collaborates with other distinguished artists in chamber music performances such as Martha Argerich, Janos Starker, Barbara Hendricks, Viktoria Mullova, and she regularly performs two-piano music with her brother, Sergio Tiempo, with whom she forms a permanent duo and has recorded several CD’s.

She has recently played recitals with Mischa Maisky in Spain, Germany and Salzburg. She made her first record at the age of 13, for EMI, with works by Bach, Schumann and Chopin. When she was 15 she recorded for CBS the Beethoven first piano concerto and Mozart K. 467 and later a recital including works by Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel. She recorded Mozart piano concertos K. 413, 414 and 415 in a CD with the Franciscan Quartet. She made two more CD’s with the Berliner Symphoniker playing Brahms piano concertos nº 1 and nº 2.

Sergio Tiempo

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Tiempo began his piano studies with his mother, Lyl Tiempo, at the age of two and made his concert debut when he had just turned three. Whilst at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, he worked with Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He has received frequent musical guidance and advice from Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire and Nikita Magaloff and performs regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel including concerts with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra.

Sergio Tiempo has made a number of highly distinctive and acclaimed recordings. On EMI Classics’ 'Martha Argerich Presents' label, he recorded Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit and three Chopin Nocturnes, and for Deutsche Gramophon he has recorded several discs with Mischa Maisky, including a disc of Rachmaninov which was awarded five stars by Classic FM and the BBC Music Magazine, which also named it their benchmark recording. In June 2010, Tiempo gave the world premiere of a new work for two pianos and orchestra Tango Rhapsody by Argentinean composer Federico Jusid with Karin Lechner and the RSI Lugano under Jacek Kaspszyk at the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, where he is a visitor each year. Most recently, Sergio Tiempo released a disc of French music for two pianos with Karin Lechner for Avanti Classic entitled La Belle Epoque.

Recent concerto highlights for Tiempo have included return visits to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris and on tour to his native South America, the Singapore Symphony and the Music Days in Lisbon Festival, as well as debuts with the BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Northern Sinfonia, Queensland Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia. Recent recital engagements have included a sell-out recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in the International Piano Series, debuts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and Edinburgh International Festival as well as return visits to the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and the Warsaw Chopin Festival.

Highlights of the 2011/12 season and beyond include two return engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with both Gustavo Dudamel and Nicholas McGegan and return engagements with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a European tour with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra and debuts with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquestra Nacional do Porto as well as recital tours of Seoul, Italy and South America.

Eduard Wulfson - Violin

Eduard Wulfson was born in Riga and began his study of the violin at the age of six, giving his first concert at the age of ten. His early teacher, Professor Sturestep, was followed by Professor Waiman at the Conservatory of St Petersburg and Professor Bezrodny at the Moscow Conservatory. In the 1970s he left the Soviet Union and studied in Western Europe with Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szering and Mylar Solovieff. He is a prize winner of the Paganini and Zagreb Competitions and took a “Grand Prix des Beaux Arts” in Munich. He has performed all over the world, in collaboration with great musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Yehudi Menuhin and many others.

Eduard Wulfson is also an eminent professor that prepares new generation of very talented soloists like Kristof Barati, Ilian Garnet, Kazuhiro Takagi and Sacha Rojdestvenski. They are all prize-winners of most prestigious violin competitions in Paris, Brussels and Moscow for instance.

Professor Eduard Wulfson has been also a leading advisor to the prestigious institutions and private clients in the classical music world since 30 years. He is especially well-known for advising on the fine stringed instruments market.

Eduardo Hubert

Eduardo Hubert received a diploma from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, where he studied with Antonio De Raco, of Vincenzo Scaramuzza’s School. In 1974 he moved to Italy for further piano studies with Fausto Zadra, Carlo Zecchi and Guido Agosti as well as conducting studies with Franco Ferrara and Leonard Bernstein. He received the “Licence de concert” and “Prix de virtuosité” from the Lausanne Conservatory. In recent years he has dedicated himself mainly to chamber music, which is the subject he teaches at the Karlsruhe and Pescara conservatories. He has worked together with artists of the caliber of Martha Argerich, Sandor Vegh, Franco Petracchi, Ivry Gitlis and so on. He attended Franco Evangelisti’s courses in electronic music at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, and he undertakes research projects as a founding member of the Suono-Immagine [Sound-Image] group. Many of his compositions have been performed at such important venues as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Berlin’s Philharmonic, Pesaro’s Teatro Rossini, Milan’s Teatro Smeraldo, and in Sydney, Beppu etc., and they have been broadcast by RAI, BBC and ABC in New York. He has created and conducts the “A. Lualdi” Molise Chamber Orchestra and the Adriatic Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2000 he is the artistic coordinator of the Festival Martha Argerich that takes place in Buenos Aires. Since 2006 he has been working with Venezuela’s youth orchestra network.

Eric Himy - Pianoforte

Eric Himy’s playing has been described by The New York Times as “flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant.” His compelling artistry has  intrigued audiences around the world. The Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande compared him to the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz calling him “a sensual gourmand of sound.” He has played to critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and all the world, notably at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, The Frick Collection, Teatro Amazonas, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris and on NPR “Performance Today.

A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Himy began piano studies at age six, giving his first concert at age 10. He was guest soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and at 19 he made his National Symphony Orchestra debut under Hugh Wolf going on to win numerous competitions and awards including the Gold Medal at the 1988 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York, and top honors in the 1991 Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris.

Himy received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Thomas Schumacher, Adele Marcus and Josef Villa. Mr. Himy was invited by the Bernstein family to celebrate the 90th anniversary tribute to Leonard Bernstein in a Gala concert at the 2008 Lukas Foss Music Festival in the Hamptons. In 2010, Mr. Himy celebrated Chopin’s 200th Anniversary by performing more than 40 concerts worldwide. He also gave several performances of the Chopin Piano Concerto no. 1, one notably at the 2010 Marienbad Chopin Festival in the Czech Republic, and made his debut at the Bayreuth Steingraeber Festival in Germany. In 2011, Mr. Himy celebrated Liszt’s 200th Anniversary and performance highlights were at the prestigious Teatru Manoel in Malta and at the Salle Molière in Lyons, France and Carnegie Hall, NY.

His recordings include an all-Ravel CD for Ivory Classics and the original manuscript version of Rhapsody in Blue in an all-Gershwin CD which features brilliant Gershwin transcriptions of his own and those of Earl Wild. Classics Today 2005 wrote: “There’s no denying Himy’s virtuosic flair, this is a fascinating disc.” He has recorded 14 CDs and 3 DVDs.

Estrio - Trio

“..technically excellent musicians and artists capable of both unsettling and relaxing, playing under the name of Estrio: solidity and imagination, culture and instinct in the beauty of sound...” (Lorenzo Arruga)

Right from the start, Estrio has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike as one of the best Italian chamber music groups.

Laura Gorna (violin), Cecilia Radic (cello) and Laura Manzini (piano) have taken and reinterpreted the tradition of the great Italian school made famous by their maestri, Salvatore Accardo, Rocco Filippini and Bruno Canino.

Estrio has to its credit numerous concerts for the main Italian concert seasons, including Serate Musicali of Milan, Unione Musicale of Turin, Amici della Musica of Padua, Vicenza, Siracusa and Palermo, Filarmonica Laudamo of Messina, Società dei Concerti of Milan, Festival of Ravello, Musica Insieme of Bologna, Mito Festival, Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Amici della Musica of Florence and Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome. For several of these associations Estrio has performed chamber music integrals by Schumann and Mendelssohn.

As soloist, Estrio has interpreted the Beethoven Triple Concerto and the “Albatro Concerto” by G.F.Ghedini with the Balkan Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Ducale and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana.

In March 2009 Estrio gave a performance at the Quirinal Palace in the presence of the Italian President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, which was broadcast live on the national Radio 3 network.

The international experience of the musicians extends far beyond the European borders - from Japan to the United States, from South America to the Middle East, playing alongside such instrumentists as Salvatore Accardo, David Finckel, Bruno Canino, Rainer Kussmaul, Bruno Giuranna, Toby and Gary Hoffmann, Rocco Filippini and Franco Petracchi.

Estrio’s eclecticism and desire to experiment has led the group to collaborate with artists from mixed backgrounds of expression, such as theatre, choreography and jazz. This spirit of research gave rise to a joint project with Sonia Bergamasco and choreographer Antonella Agati, named Pochi Avvenimenti, Felicità Assoluta, a concert dedicated to the artistic and human bond between Robert and Clara Schumann, which was performed for the first time ever in Italy at the MiTo Festival.

The name Estrio is a fusion of different references: the German E flat Es, the Es of Freudian conception and the concept of estro: the passion of fantasy and imagination in the classic Greek culture.

Estrio records on the Foné label.

Five Devils

In addition to classical music, Géza has a passion for performing traditional Hungarian gypsy music and created his award-winning ensemble "The 5 DeVils" and have performed at the major festivals in South America and Europe. They have been invited to perform at the the Salzburger Festspiele in August 2010.

The DeVils symbolize an astonishing virtuosity, spontaneity, and an extraordinary ability to transmit the music to the heart of the listeners, playing the repertoire from miniatures of Paganini, or Boulanger, to dazzling Hungarian, Romanian or Balkan traditional folk tunes, to the attractive Django's swing.

Recognized for his exceptional artistic qualities as a Classical Violin Virtuoso, Geza Hosszu Legocky was invited to take part in the first Martha Argerich Project Festival in 2002, in Lugano, Switzerland, and ever since, with the great success he regularly appears in this prestigious festival. In 2003, Geza was engaged in a closing concert of the second edition of the Martha Argerich Project, presenting himself for the first time as a leader and a founder of the ensemble DeVils. As a result of an instantaneous success, their performance was released by the EMI Classics.

Geza and the 5 Devils:

Geza Hosszu-Legocky, violin

Laly Sarkozy, violin & guitar

György Szücs, bass

Îstván Bango, cimbalom

Csaba Lukács, clarinet

Laszlo Onodi, viola

Frank Braley

Frank Braley was born in 1968, and began his piano studies at the age of four. Six years later he gave his first concert with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, Salle Pleyel. In 1986 he decided to devote himself entirely to music and abandoned his studies in science. He entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and three years later he was awarded unanimously first prizes for piano and chamber music. In 1991, at the age of 22, he took part for the first time in the Queen Elizabeth Competition of Belgium and won the First Grand Prize. Public and press unanimously recognise him as a pianist with exceptional musical and poetic qualities.

Since then, Frank Braley has been regularly invited to Japan, Canada, the United States, and all over Europe, to play with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, Orchestra della Swizzera Italiana, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Montpellier and Toulouse Orchestras, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Liège Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Den Haag Orchestra, Göteborg Symphony, Copenhagen Royal Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, BBC Wales Orchestra, the Royal Scottish Orchestra, the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, the Boston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Jean-Claude CASADESUS, Stéphane DENEVE, Charles DUTOIT, Hans GRAF, Gunther HERBIG, Christopher HOGWOOD, Eliahu INBAL, Marek JANOWSKI, Armin JORDAN, Sir Neville MARRINER, Kurt MASUR, Sir Yehudi MENUHIN, Antonio PAPPANO, Michel PLASSON, Yutaka SADO, Michael SCHONWANDT, Walter WELLER…

Frank BRALEY toured all over the world: notably, in China with the Orchestre National de France under Charles DUTOIT, with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Michel PLASSON, with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes under Emmanuel KRIVINE in France and Italy, and again Italy with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. He gave recitals with the violinist Renaud CAPUÇON, all over Europe and in the United States. He also participates in special projects, such as Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Cycle. He played in recital all over Europe, in duo with Renaud CAPUÇON in many cities. He used to play music chamber with Renaud and Gautier CAPUÇON, Maria Joao PIRES, Augustin DUMAY, Paul MEYER, Gérard CAUSSE, Eric LE SAGE, Emmanuel PAHUD, Mischa MAISKY, Yuri BASHMET…

He has recorded many distinguished works, among which, Schubert’s Sonata in A Major D. 959 and Klavierstücke D. 946 (for which he received the Diapason d’Or and has been compared to Claudio Arrau, Alfred Brendel, Radu Lupu, Andras Schiff...), Richard Strauss’ works for piano solo, Beethoven’ Sonatas Clair de lune op.27 n°2, Appassionata op. 57 and op. 110, Gershwin’s complete piano music; Liszt- Debussy-Gershwin (Choc - Monde de la Musique), and Ravel’s Chamber music, Saint Saens’ Carnaval des Animaux and Schubert’s Trout, Schubert’s Trios, Hungarian Dances with Nicholas Angelich. Last recording : the Integral of Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano with Renaud Capuçon

Géza Hosszu-Legocky - Violin

Swiss violinist Géza Hosszu-Legocky was born in 1985, educated in Austria and studied with Dora Schwarzberg, Ruggiero Ricci, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel and Tibor Varga. He holds a dual Swiss and American citizenship and currently resides in Brussels, Belgium.

Praised by musicians, audiences, and music critics as a rising "tour de force" in the classical music scene, Géza Hosszu-Legocky's critical acclaim culminated with the nomination of two Grammy® Awards.

A regular guest at most major international festivals, around the world including Aspen Festival (USA), Beppu Festival (Japan), Buenos Aires Festival (Argentina), Ludwigsburg Festival (Germany), Lugano Festival (Italy), Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany), Saratoga Festival (USA), Taipei Festival (Taiwan), Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), la Roque d'Anthéron & Bel Air Festival (France) and many others.

He collaborated with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Myung-Whun Chung and Thierry Fischer and his partnerships have included artists such as Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Gautier Capucon, Renaud Capucon, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Gabriela Montero, Lily Maisky and Giorgia Tomassi

This year Géza will make debuts at the Salzburg Festival and Lucerne Festival.

He plays on the Stradivarius 1715 "Joachim" kindly loaned by Nippon Music Foundation of Japan.

Giovanni Sollima - Cello

Giovanni Sollima is a true virtuoso of the cello, to him playing is not an end in itself but a means to communicate with the world. He is an uncommon composer, communicating with a music with Mediterranean rhythms and a typically Italian melodic vein, combining all eras from Baroque to "metal". He writes mainly for cello and contributes significantly to the creation of new repertoire for his instrument. His audience is diverse, from classical music lovers to young "metal heads" , Giovanni Sollima conquers all.

Born in Palermo into a family of musicians, Giovanni Sollima studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and Antonio Janigro and composition with his father Eliodoro Sollima and Milko Kelemen. He began an international career as cellist, collaborating among others with Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jörg Demus, Martha Argerich, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Bruno Canino, DJ Scanner, Victoria Mullova, Riccardo Muti, Ruggero Raimondi, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma.

His activity as a soloist with orchestra and with various ensembles (including the Giovanni Sollima Band, which he founded in New York in 1997) is split between official venues and alternative areas: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Alice Tully Hall, Knitting Factory and Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Santa Cecilia (Rome), Europa Festival (Rome), Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Kunstfest (Weimar), Kronberg Cello Festival, Time Zones Festival (Bari), Teatro Massimo, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), International Music Festival in Istanbul, Cello Biennale (Amsterdam), Summer Festival in Tokyo, Biennale in Venice, Ravenna Festival, "Sounds of the Dolomites", Ravello Festival, Expo 2010 (Shanghai), Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

For his dance works, he collaborates, among others, with Karole Armitage and Carolyn Carlson, for the theater with Bob Wilson, Alessandro Baricco and Peter Stein and for cinema with Marco Tullio Giordana, Peter Greenaway, John Turturro and Lasse Gjertsen (DayDream, 2007). Sollima has just recorded a new album for the Spanish label Glossa, "Neapolitan Cello Concertos" with I Turchini and Antonio Florio and will soon release soon "Ba-Rock Cello" a collection of baroque and rock songs arranged for cello by Sollima himself. The prestigious Chicago Symphony Orchestra has just commissioned a concerto for two cellos for himself and Maestro Yoyo Ma, which premiere will take place in February 2014 at the Chicago Symphony Hall. He teaches at the Fondazione Romanini di Brescia at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He plays a cello by Francesco Ruggeri (1679, Cremona).

Greta Scacchi

Greta Scacchi is an internationally renowned film, theatre and television actress. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked extensively in Australia, America and Europe. Theatre includes Easy Virtue (Chichester), Old Times, Midsummer Night's Dream, Miss Julie, Simpatico and more recently Mary Stuart (Ensemble Theatre Sydney), Private Lives (Theatre Royal Bath) directed by Thea Sharrock. Deep Blue Sea (Theatre Royal Bath, tour & West End) directed by Ed Hall Television credits include Michael Bogdanov’s Macbeth, Rasputin with Ian McKellen and Alan Rickman (for which she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress) and more recently Miss Austen Regrets, Miss Marple, Daniel Deronda, Jeffery Archer: The Truth and Broken Trail opposite Robert Duvall (AMC America) for which she was nominated a screen actors guild award. Her many film credits include Heat And Dust, White Mischief, Presumed Innocent, The Browning Version, Beyond The Sea and Robert Alcman’s The Player.

I Cameristi della Scala

The chamber orchestra of Cameristi della Scala was founded in 1982 and is formed by musicians from the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala.
In 2012 they received from the Province of Milan the Isimbardi Prize dedicated to those institutions which, with their important international activity, have contributed to the prestige of the city of Milan in the world.

Cameristi della Scala has performed concerts in the most prestigious theatres and concert halls in the world.

The next Summer the orchestra will be for the second time on tour in China and next October will be back in the U.S. for a new tour that will see Cameristi performing once again at the Carnegie Hall in New York and then in Washington, Boston, Stanford and Mexico City. Other concerts will lead the orchestra in Dresden, London, Paris and Riga.

In 2013 they performed in the magnificent setting of Hagia Irene for the Istanbul Festival, at the Auditorium National of Madrid, at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires and opened the Festival delle Nazioni in Citta? di Castello. The last October the celebrations for the Year of Italian Culture and the Bicentenario Verdiano brought the orchestra on tour in the most important venues in the United States and, in November, in Russia, performing a unique repertoire of unpublished music dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi. With the same compositions Cameristi della Scala have recently recorded a CD.

In recent years the concert venues where Cameristi performed have included: the Paris headquarters of Unesco and Salle Gaveau also in Paris, the Warsaw Opera Theatre, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Tonhalle in Zurich and has toured Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Serbia and Turkey.

In 2010 the Cameristi went on a tour of four concerts in Israel, including one in the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and they also performed four concerts before a large audience in Shanghai with great success when they represented the city of Milan at Expo 2010. In 2011 they played in the Sony Center in Toronto and they opened the 2011 Emilia Romagna Festival in Imola.

From 2007 and 2009 the Cameristi were the protagonists of the Grand Summer Concert in Piazza del Duomo in Milan, in front of over 10,000 people. For this concert, the Cameristi della Scala commissioned an important Italian composer to composer a piece dedicated to the Cathedral: in 2008 they played a piece commissioned from Carlo Galante, and in 2009 a composition by Giovanni Sollima.

In 2011, for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy and in collaboration with the Associazione Musica del Risorgimento, the Cameristi carried out important research on the new 19th century repertoire and they made a CD, 20,000 copies of which were available in newsagents, dedicated to Italian music in the Risorgimento. In September 2011, for the MiTo Festival, the Cameristi performed Mass for King Charles Albert by the composer from Novara Carlo Coccia (1849) for the first time in modern times. They also edited three volumes on music from the Risorgimento for the publisher Carisch.

The orchestra’s repertoire includes the principal compositions for chamber orchestras from the 18th century to today, including particular attention to the lesser known Italian instrumental pieces of the 19th century, often characterised by solo parts of great virtuosity which fit well with the instrument characteristics of the group’s soloists, all first musicians in the first sections of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and also well-known concert performers at international level.

The constant and many years of attendance of the greatest conductors on the international scene, from Riccardo Muti to Daniel Barenboim, have contributed to shape the sound of the Cameristi della Scala and allowed their musical timbre and phrasing characteristics to emerge – all characteristics that are definitely unique in the Italian musical panorama of chamber orchestras.
The activity of Cameristi della Scala abroad is supported by Eni, orchestra’s Major Partner.

I Profeti della Quinta

The vocal ensemble Profeti della Quinta was founded in Israel by the singer and harpsichord player Elam Rotem, and is nowadays based in Switzerland where its members undertook further studies at the renowned school for early music, Schola Cantorum Basilienses. The ensemble focuses on repertoire from the 16th and 17th centuries, often on hitherto neglected works, and aims to bring it to vivid life for the audience of today. 

Since winning the York Early Music Young Artists Competition in 2011, the ensemble has performed in prestigious venues and festivals in Europe and Israel. Highlights of its 2013 schedule include a tour of the Netherlands as part of the Oude Muziek season as well as concerts at the Göttingen Händel Festpiel, Stockhom early music festival, Festival de l’Abbaye de Saint-Michel en Thiérache and the Festtage Alter Musik in Basel. The ensemble released its first CD of music by Salomone Rossi to great critical acclaim (PAN Classics, 2009) and was featured in the documentary Hebreo: the search for Salomone Rossi directed by Joseph Rochlitz (Lasso productions, 2012).

I Solisti di Mosca

The orchestra made its debut on 19 May 1992 at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and on 21 May the same year at Salle Pleyel in Paris. The orchestra has performed with great success at many famed and prestigious music venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Barbican Hall in London, the Tivoli in Copenhagen, the Berliner Philharmoniker and in Wellington (New Zealand).

The orchestra has performed with soloists including Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Gidon Kremer (violin), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Viktor Tretyakov (violin), Maxim Vengerov (violin), Vadim Repin (violin), Sarah Chang (violin, USA), Barbara Hendricks (soprano, USA), James Galway (flute, USA), Natalia Gutman (cello), Lynn Harrell (cello, USA), Mario Brunello (cello, Italy) and Thomas Quasthoff (bass, Germany).

In 1994 the Moscow Soloists with Gidon Kremer and Mstislav Rostropovich recorded a compact disc for EMI. A disc of works by Dmitry Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms with Sony Classics was named “best recording of the year” by STRAD magazine critics and nominated for a Grammy. The orchestra received a repeat Grammy nomination in 2006 for a disc of chamber symphonies by Shostakovich, Georgy Sviridov and Mieczys?aw Weinberg. In 2007, the Moscow Soloists won a Grammy award for a recording of music by Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev.

The orchestra has frequently performed at the most prestigious music festivals, among them the Rostropovich Festival in Evian (France), the Music Festival of Montreux (Switzerland), Sydney Music Festival, Bath Music Festival (UK), The Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Prestige de la

Musique at Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Sony-Classical at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Semaines musicales de Tours (France) and the December Evenings in Moscow.

The orchestra regularly appears on various television programmes in Russia and abroad. Their concerts have been broadcast and recorded numerous times by the world’s leading broadcasting companies, such as the BBC, Bavarian Radio, Radio France and Japan’s NHK corporation.

Itamar Golan

Itamar Golan leads a distinguished career as a chamber music performer, appearing with outstanding soloists and ensembles throughput the world. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, he emigrated to Israel at the age of one, where he studied piano with Lara Vodovoz and Emmanuel Krasovsky.

At the age of 7 he first appeared in recitals, and from 1985-1989 he studied at NEC in Boston with Leonard Shure, Patricia Zander and, later, chamber music with Chaim Taub. He was repeatedly awarded the American-Israel Foundation Honour Scholarship.

Itamar Golan concentrates almost exclusively on chamber music: he has appeared with Barbara Hendricks, Maxim Vengerov, Tabea Zimmermann, Ida Haendel. At present he performs and records with Shlomo Mintz, Kyung Wha Chung, Julian Rachlin and Sharon Kam. He is a frequent participant in prestigious international music festivals, such as Ravinia, Chicago, Tangelwood, Edinburgh, Besanson, Ludwigsburg, Verbier, Prague Spring. Shlomo Mintz, Matt Haimovich and Itamar Golan tour regularly the world.

He has also appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, and has made a number of recordings for Deutsche Grammophone, Teldec, EMI and Sony Classical.

During 1991-1994 he served on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. Itamar Golan is currently on the staff of the Conservatoire de Paris, sharing his time between teaching chamber music concert tours and other artistic interests, including poetry.

Jaap van Zweden - Conductor

Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. He has been Music Director of the Dallas Sym-phony Orchestra since 2008, and in September 2012 he took up the position of Music Direc-tor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Appointed at nineteen as the youngest con-certmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995 and held the positions of Chief Conductor of many major Dutch orchestras. In Novem-ber 2011 van Zweden was named as the recipient of Musical America's Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious US orche-stras.

Jaap van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many leading orchestras across the globe, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Phi-lharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and London Philhar-monic Orchestra. Aside from an extensive symphonic repertoire, opera also plays an impor-tant part in Maestro van Zweden’s career, and he has conducted La Traviata and Fidelio with the National Reisopera, Madama Butterfly at the Netherlands Opera, and concert performan-ces of Verdi’s Otello, Barber’s Vanessa and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, Parsifal and Lo-hengrin at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.

Recent highlights have included highly acclaimed debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic, To-nhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Boston, San Francisco and London Symphonies, and his BBC Proms debut conducting the Netherlands Radio Phi-lharmonic in Bruckner’s Eighth symphony. Future highlights include subscription debuts with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Budapest Festival Orchestra and return visits to the Orchestre de Paris and the Rotterdam and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He will curate with the Chicago Symphony a three-week festival entitled "Truth to Power" that will focus on music of Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, tour China with the Hong Kong Phi-lharmonic, and return to the Verbier Festival.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Piano

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, considered one of the best pianists in the world, has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess. His talent at coaxing subtle and surprising colors and textures from even old favorites led The New York Times to exclaim “…every note he fashions is a pearl…the joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed.” Thibaudet, who has performed around the world for more than 30 years and recorded more than 50 albums, has a depth and natural charisma that have made him one of the most sought-after soloists by today’s foremost orchestras, conductors, and festivals. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame.

His recordings have been nominated for two Grammy Awards and won many prizes, including the Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two Echo Awards, and the Edison Prize. In 2010 Thibaudet released his latest CD, Gershwin, featuring big jazz band orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” and Concerto in F live with the Baltimore Symphony and its music director, Marin Alsop. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar- and Golden Globe-award winning soundtrack to Atonement and the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice. In 2012 Jean-Yves recorded the soundtrack of the film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, composed by Alexandre Desplat. Known for his style and elegance, Thibaudet wears a concert wardrobe designed by Vivienne Westwood. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet's 2014-2015 season is an intriguing combination of a wide variety of music: a balance of orchestral appearances, chamber music, and recitals and a repertoire that includes familiar pieces, unfamiliar work by well-known composers, and new compositions. He also follows his passion for education and fostering the next generation of performers by becoming the first-ever resident artist at the Colburn School of Los Angeles this year and the following two. Summer 2014 sees him touring with Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Ljubljana Festival. Mr. Thibaudet then travels to play Gershwin paired with a new piano concerto “Er Huang” by Qigang Chen with Long Yu conducting to open the China Philharmonic season in Beijing—a program both artists will repeat in Paris with the Orchestre de Paris. In October, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and its Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, he performs the Khachaturian Piano Concerto, which he also plays in the spring with the Cincinnati Symphony and on tour in Germany and Austria with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the baton of Tugan Sohkiev. After concerts in Prague, Mr. Thibaudet embarks on a US tour with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in November, reaching both East and West coasts with a grand finale at Carnegie Hall, where he performs Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. The end of the year is a whirlwind of Gershwin, Ravel, and Liszt with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.

Karin Lechner - Piano

Karin Lechner was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She spent most of her youth in Caracas, Venezuela, where she began her musical studies with her mother, Lyl Tiempo. She made her first public appearance at the age of five, and her debut with orchestra when she was 11.

She moved to Europe and continued her piano studies with Maria Curcio and Pierre Sancan and received musical advice from Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Daniel Barenboim, Nikita Magaloff and Rafael Orozco. At 13, Lechner performed in Washington and appeared at the opening concert of the Holland Festival in the Concertgebouw with the Amsterdam Philharmonic.

She has since undertaken an active international career playing in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as frequent appearances in the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela,Mexico and Japan. Karin Lechner has performed in major concert halls all over the world, including Kennedy Center in Washington, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Berlin, Suntory Hall in Tokyo or Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and she participates in important international festivals such as Menton, Toulouse, Montpellier, Colorado, Verbier, Lugano and Schlesswig-Holstein.

Karin Lechner frequently collaborates with other distinguished artists in chamber music performances such as Martha Argerich, Janos Starker, Barbara Hendricks, Viktoria Mullova, and she regularly performs two-piano music with her brother, Sergio Tiempo, with whom she forms a permanent duo and has recorded several CD’s.

She has recently played recitals with Mischa Maisky in Spain, Germany and Salzburg. She made her first record at the age of 13, for EMI, with works by Bach, Schumann and Chopin. When she was 15 she recorded for CBS the Beethoven first piano concerto and Mozart K. 467 and later a recital including works by Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel. She recorded Mozart piano concertos K. 413, 414 and 415 in a CD with the Franciscan Quartet. She made two more CD’s with the Berliner Symphoniker playing Brahms piano concertos nº 1 and nº 2.


Since their formation in 1986, the unique sound of Kolsimcha has captivated and enthralled the demanding audiences at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as those at the most renowned jazz, classical and world music festivals on three continents.

Through their original musical language, sheer enthusiasm and virtuosity, they create a concert atmosphere unlike any other group. It is guaranteed to have the listeners cheering on their feet. Hailed by the LA Times as the "fantastic five", this incredible ensemble pairs a front line of clarinet and flute with a super tight rhythm section of acoustic bass, drums and piano to create a groundbreaking mix of thrilling jazz improvisations, dazzling symphonic sounds and exotic Mediterranean melodies alternating with poignant ballads and sensuous Eastern European rhythms.

Their music has been described as everything from "a new world music" (The Independent) to "anatomically impossible" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). As well as appearing at most of the major European venues and festivals, Kolsimcha has provided the music for celebrated international theatre, dance and movie productions. They have played on the soundtrack for Caroline Link's Oscar-nominated drama “Beyond Silence”, and have composed the soundtrack for Academy Award winner Xavier Koller's film “Gripsholm”. They also played on several ballets and theatre productions, composed by pianist Olivier Truan, such as “Ballettabend II” by Marc Ribeaud, "Mayday" by Joachim Schlömer, and “Ghetto” by Josua Sobol.

In addition to performing as a 5-piece band, they also have an original repertoire for quintet and symphony orchestra, “Symphonic World”, which crosses musical boundaries and attracts a wide audience.

L'orchestra da Camera Fiorentina

The Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina was founded in 1981 by Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta, its current chief conductor, with the aim of spreading the knowledge of symphonic and chamber music. Within a few years the Orchestra has gained importance at the national and international level thanks to numerous concerts played for important musical institutions in Italy, and in various tours in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Brazil. It consists of about 40 instruments that can also form chamber music groups. It organizes national and international competitions. It has performed more than 1,350 concerts, many of which for RAI and for important international networks, receiving acclaim from audiences and critics who called it "one of the best chamber orchestras in Europe".

The orchestra has recorded several discs of rare music and baroque music under the direction of Maestro G. Lanzetta, also for the Amiata Records label. It hosted musical formations and internationally renowned soloists such as Mario Brunello, Augusto Vismara and Christiane Edinger, Jorge Demus, Eduard Brunner, David Garrett, Aldo Ciccolini, Rolando Panerai, Andreas Blau, Bruno Canino, Daniele Damiano, Cristiano Rossi, Vincenzo Mariozzi, Domenico Pierini, Piero Bellugi, Alessandro Mirrors, Umberto Clerici, Gary Karr, Andrea Nannoni, Filippo Maria Bressan, Ilya Grubert, The Athestis Chorus, Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Chamber Orchestra of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ensemble Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, and the soloists of La Scala in Milan. It also invited conductors from around the world, chamber ensembles and chamber orchestras. For the City of Florence, it is in charge of the Suono dell’anima festival, the Festival Firenze Classics and the New Year. It received the Beato Angelico award in 2005 and the Florence Prize in 2006 for its 25 years of activity.

Giuseppe Lanzetta
Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta is the founder and chief conductor of the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina. Born in Montecorvino Rovella (SA) in 1960, while studying humanities he graduated in choral music and choral conducting, sacred vocal polyphony under the guidance of Maestro Pierluigi Zangelmi; and in band instrumentation with Maestro Lorenzo Semeraro at the Conservatory "L. Cherubini" in Florence, where he studied composition with Maestro Franco Cioci. He studied conducting with Maestro Bruno Campanella and Sir George Solti, both of which he assisted, before perfecting with Maestro Franco Ferrara in Rome, Assisi, Verona and Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and in choir direction with George Robef and Samuil Vidas.

He has conducted the most prestigious chamber and symphonic orchestras, in Italy and Europe. He debuted with great success in 2003 in Berlin with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and in May 2006 at Carnegie Hall in New York where he returned in 2008-2009. Since 1987 he is a guest conductor in major orchestras of Mexico City. He has directed famous choirs such as the Teatro Comunale of Florence and the International Choir of Leuven (Belgium) and the Madrigal Choir of Bucharest. Since 1986 he conducts major American orchestras with symphonic repertoire. Since 1981 he has been music director of the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, performing more than 1,350 concerts of varied repertoire under the aegis of prestigious musical institutions and for RAI. In America and in Europe, he has conducted famous soloists; among which Leon Spierer, Johan Hye, Sergio Fiorentino, Andrej Kalarus, Margarita Hohenrieder, Nicolae Tudor, Augusto Vismara, Martin Dimitri Sgouros, Marie Luise Neunecker, Gary Karr, Eduard Brunner, Rolando Panerai, David Garrett, Andreas Blau, Ilya Grubert, Daniele Damiano, Michele Campanella, Bruno Canino, Giuseppe Andaloro, Giovanni Sollima, and many others. He also worked with Roberto Benigni on a memorable concert at Piazzale Michelangelo, in addition to directing in the same Piazzale, in Piazza Signoria, Piazza Pitti and Piazza Santa Croce, the New Year concerts of the City of Florence.

He is also artistic director of the Musical Wednesdays of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio in Florence and of the Music and Art project of the CR Firenze, Intesa San Paolo bank. His chamber and symphonic music performances have been broadcast by RAI, and he has done numerous recordings. In 2005 he was awarded the Medal Beato Angelico, and in 2006 was awarded the Florence Prize for Music and the Arts, and in 2010 the prestigious "A Life in Music". He is Professor of Orchestral Training at the Conservatory of Music Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2012 he was appointed Officer of the "Merit" Order by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. He was recently appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Mid-American Production, performing in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York.

Leonard Schreiber - Violin

At the age of 25, Leonard Schreiber is one of the most exciting and promising soloists of his generation. He recently recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra works by Vieuxtemps, Franck, Ysaÿe and a world creation by Brossé conducted by the composer himself.
?In May Leonard was invited to play in Shanghai at the Oriental Arts Centre for the World Expo 2010. One of the performed works will be released on EMI this coming November.

Leonard has given concerts throughout Europe, USA, South America and China in prestigious venues such as: Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salle Gaveau - Paris, Théatre des Variétés de Monaco, Palais de l'Europe, Parvis du Festival de Menton, Queen Elisabeth Hall - Antwerp, Herengracht Amsterdam, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Prince Felipe Auditorium Oviedo, Tel Aviv Opera House, Jerusalem and Haifa Auditoriums, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre.

Orchestras Leonard has performed with, include the London Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia, London Soloists, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Arion Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Prima la Musica, the European Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Lima Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional del Peru, Orchestre Romantique Européen, Collegium Musicum of Kiev, St Petersburg Orchestra to name a few.

Conductors he worked with include Dirk Brossé, Rani Calderon, Christopher Fifield, Achim Holub, Jason Lai, Richard Laing, Michael Lloyd, Sir Roger Norrington, Georges Octors, Jean Bernard Pommier, Brien Stait and Neil Thomson.

Leonard began the violin at age 5 and made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders a year later.?At 11, he won the “Herman Krebbers International Violin Competition” in Maastricht, Netherlands, which gave him the opportunity to perform many concertos with various orchestras. Leonard then won a few international violin competitions including “Piccolo Mozart” in Italy, the “Junge Stars von Morgen” in Germany and the “Young Concert Artist Trust Competition” in the UK.
?He also participates in various Masterclasses with teachers such as Dr. Felix Andrievsky, Herman Krebbers and Boris Kuschnir, and soloists Shlomo Mintz and Maxim Vengerov.

At the age of 13, Leonard left his native country, Belgium, to study in the UK at the Purcell School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship. Subsequently, at only 16 years old, he received the “Foundation Scholarship” to study with Dr. Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with First Class Honours. He then completed a “Masters in Performance” with Dr. Levon Chilingirian also with First Class Honours and became soloist of the year by winning the prestigious “Concerto Competition” at the Royal College of Music.

Mischa Maisky invited Leonard to take part in a programme produced for the Japanese television company NHK. In June 2009, Radio France chose him as “Artist of the month”. This included interviews in the French magazine Classica, on the radio programme “Dans la Cour des Grands” and a recital broadcasted “live” by them.

He has had the honour to play for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, at Spencer House and at Buckingham Palace for his 60th Anniversary. Leonard played at a Gala event for the European Commission and is often invited to give private concerts for Head of States and Royalties.

Leonard plays on an Italian violin by Alessandro Mezzadri, Ferrara 1710, kindly loaned by Georg Von Opel.

Lily Maisky - piano

Lily Maisky was born in Paris, moving to Brussels soon after. She began playing the piano at the age of four, with Lyl Tiempo, also studying with Hagit Kerbel, Ilana Davids and Alan Weiss. Lily was a pupil at the “Purcell School of Music” from 2001 till 2005 where she also studied jazz piano. She has received master classes and musical advice from renowned artists including Martha Argerich, Dmitri Bashkirov, Joseph Kalichstein, Pavel Gililov, Vitali Margulis, Oleg Maisenberg and Marielle Labeque to name a few.

Concert appearances have taken her throughout Europe as well as the Far East, and she has been invited to many of the great festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the Edinburgh Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bergamo-Brescia, the Franz Liszt festival in Austria, Julian Rachlin and Friends in Dubrovnik, Rencontres de Bel Air in France, the Schlesswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Berlin Festival, the Beijing Piano Festival as well as the English Chamber Orchestra Music Cruise. Lily has performed concertos under the batons of maestros Thomas Sanderling, Gerd Albrecht, Daniel Raiskin and Charles Olivieri Munroe, amongst others. She has also performed solo and ensemble works in such prestigious venues as the Royal Festival Hall in London, Vienna’s Concerthaus, Munich’s Prinzregentheatre, Hamburg’s Leiszhalle, Venezia's La Fenice, Bonn's BeethovenHalle, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Rome's Teatro Olimpico, Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg Philarmonie, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul’s Performing Arts Center, Athens Megaron and Buckingham Palace among many others.

Lily features on several Deutsche Grammophon and EMI recording releases, and has been frequently broadcasted on European and Asian radio and television. She enjoys playing chamber music as well as solo piano and forms a regular duo since many years with Mischa Maisky, as well as the Maisky Trio where her brother Sascha joins them. She has also performed with such artists as Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Dora Schwarzberg, Renaud Capuçon, Chantal Juillet, Sergey Krylov, Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Gérard Caussé as well as Alissa Margulis, Hrachya Avanesyan, Geza Hosszu-Legocky, Alena Baeva, Boris Andrianov, Isztvan Vardai, Orfeo Mandozzi, Boris Brovstyn and the Szymanowski Quartet.

Linus Roth - Violin

Since winning the Echo Klassik Award for his EMI debut album in 2006, Linus Roth has made a name for himself both as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation and as a champion of wrongly forgotten works and composers. His live performances and his recording of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s complete works for Violin and Piano for Challenge Classics have brought him both critical and public acclaim. Roth’s commitment to Weinberg is further documented in his recording of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

After joining Prof Nicolas Chumachenco’s pre-college division at the Music Academy Frei-burg, Linus Roth continued his studies with Prof. Zakhar Bron in Lübeck and with Prof. Ana Chumachenco at the Academies of Zurich and Munich. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin all strongly influenced his development as a player as did Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose Foundation awarded him a scholarship for the duration of his studies. In 2012 he was appointed Professor for Violin at the “Leopold-Mozart-Centre” of the University of Aug-sburg, Germany.

Linus Roth has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the SWR and Berlin, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchestra della Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Royal Liverpool Philhar-monic, Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Cham-ber Orchestra and has shared the stage with the conductors Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blom-stedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, Hartmut Haenchen and Antoni Wit, among others. A passionate chamber musician, he can be heard with Nicolas Altstaedt, Julius Ber-ger, Gautier Capucon, José Gallardo, Kim Kashkashian.

Linus Roth has been awarded several high-ranking prizes, including 1st prize at the "Interna-tional Novosibirsk Violin Competition", 2nd prize at the International Music Competition "Joseph Szigeti" and the 1st prize of the German Music Competition. Linus Roth plays the A. Stradivari “Dancla” 1703, kindly loaned to him by the “L-Bank, Staatsbank of Baden-Württemberg, Germany”.

Lorenzo Gatto - Violin

« Creative artist », « libertarian violinist », « passionate virtuoso»: such are some of the expressions used by a unanimous press to describe Lorenzo Gatto’s talent and passion and it has to be said that he maintains a vibrant relationship with his public.

A true revelation in the eyes of the greater public and international critics through his second prize and Public’s prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Concours Musical International Reine Elisabeth )2009, Lorenzo Gatto’s talent has also been recognized with his winning of many other prizes of which the first prize and Public’s Prize at the International RNCM Competition in Manchester (age 18) and first prize at the International Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy (age 16).

Born in Brussels in December 1986, Lorenzo Gatto began studying the violin at the age of 5. At the age of 12 he joined the Brussels’ Royal Conservatory of Music in Véronique Bogaerts’ class where, at 17, he earned a diploma for violin with the highest distinction. After which he continued to perfect his playing under Herman Krebbers in Holland, Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, and Boris Kuschnir in Vienna.

He also worked with other great musicians such as Salvatore Accardo, Zakhar Bron, Pamela Frank, Robert Mann, Midori, Seiji Ozawa, Julian Rachlin, ...

Having been elected Rising Star 2010-2011, Lorenzo started to perform on the major European stages, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Wiener Musikverein, and also in Athens, Baden-Baden, Barcelona, Birmingham, Cologne, Hamburg, Luxemburg, Newcastle and Stockholm.

In Belgium, he has become a major artist for Bozar - the Palais des Beaux-Arts (artist-in- residence for the 2010-2011 season), and Flagey in Brussels, as well as on the other major musical stages of the country. He is regularly invited as a soloist by the Belgian National Orchestra, the Flanders Philharmonic Royal Orchestra (de Filharmonie), the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia. In recent seasons, Lorenzo also played with the BBC Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gelders Orkest, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Moscow Virtuosi, the “New Russia” State Symphony Orchestra, and the Romanian National Radio Orchestra...

Outside Europe, Lorenzo Gatto recently performed in Japan, South Korea, the United States and Abu-Dhabi. Lorenzo has thus appeared as a soloist under the direction of J.C. Casadesus, A. Dumay, S. Goetzel, P. Goodwin, P. Herreweghe, E. Krivine, Y. Nézet-Séguin, V. Sinaisky, V. Spivakov, J. Van Zweden, G. Varga, and W. Weller ...

Lorenzo has also been Artistic Director of several original productions by the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and the Kamerorkest. His usual partners in chamber music are Roberto Giordano (piano), Denis Kozhukhin (piano), Eliane Reyes (piano), Denis Sungho (guitar), Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (piano) and also Camille Thomas (cello) and Béatrice Berrut (piano) within the new Trio Saint-Exupéry.

In a more experimental venture, Lorenzo played in front of 50.000 people in the Royan open air festival “Un violon sur le sable” (“a Fiddler on the Sand”) in 2011; he also performs in the unusual trio, Trilogy, with his violinist friends Hrachya Avanesyan and Yossif Ivanov.

Lorenzo’s discography was recently enlarged with a recording of Martinu’s Concerto n°2 for violin with the Belgian National Orchestra under the direction of Walter Weller. In 2010 he recorded with the pianist Milos Popovic the works of Enescu, Martinu and Mokranjac (“Deconstructing the Wall” album), as well as Vieuxtemps’s Concerto n°4 with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Patrick Davin. He had previously recorded Schubert’s String Trios and Trout, as well as Mozart’s String Trio “Divertimento”.

As a committed musician, in 2007 Lorenzo cofounded the Cl4ssiK association with the aim of raising young people’s awareness of classical music. An accomplished athlete, Lorenzo is also an airplane pilot and enjoys paragliding.

Lorenzo plays a 1864 J.B. Vuillaume violin.

Luc Tooten - Violoncello

Luc Tooten is first cello soloist of the Brussels Philharmonic. He studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatory and perfected his art with Reine Flachot and Mstislav Rostropovitch. Afterwards he established
himself as a chambrist and soloist.

As a chambrist he performed with the Arriaga Kwartet, the Trio Portici and piano player Stéphane De May in Europe, Israel, Canada, China, Mexico and the USA. As a soloist he played under the direction of conductors like Andrzej Borejko, Jan Latham-Koenig, Yoel Levy, Alexander Rahbari and Tan Dun. At Tan Dun’s request, he played in the Belgium premiere of the cello concerti Crouching Tiger and The Map.

His discography with “Pavane Records” comprises the cello sonatas by Saint-Saëns, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, George Onslow, Edouard Lalo and Franz Schubert, as well as the entire cello oeuvre of Franz Liszt. Kalidisc released a CD on which Luc Tooten plays previously unpublished works by tango composers like José Bragato and Ástor Piazzolla.

Luis Bacalov

Luis Enríquez Bacalov is an orchestral director, composer and pianist of world renown. Born in Buenos Aires, he began his music education with Enrique Barenboim and continued with Berta Sujovolsky, a pupil of Arthur Schnabel. He then appeared as a soloist, in a duo with the violinist Alberto Lissy and in several chamber music groups. Luis Bacalov researched popular music all over Latin America and performed and recorded extensively the 19th and 20th century American piano repertoire for the Radio and Television of Colombia. From the sixties onward, Luis Bacalov composed film scores, working with directors such as Fellini, Pasolini, Scola, Lattuada, Petri, Rosi, Wertmuller, Greco, the Frazzi brothers and many others. Luis Bacalov received the Oscar for his composition of the music for Il Postino. The soundtracks written for The Gospel According to Matthew, La Tregua, Il Consiglio di Egypt, Il Cielo Cade and Almost American have earned him prizes, nominations and international recognition including the Davide di Donatello, the Golden Globe award, the Nastro d'argento, the Bafta award and the Nino Rota prize. In recent years, Bacalov has also composed significant works for chorus and orchestra, including Misa Tango, his composition for solos, choir and orchestra, which was performed by the National Orchestra of Saint Cecilia with Placido Domingo, Ana Maria Martinez and Hector Ulises Passarella and was recorded by the Deutsche Grammophon. In addition to his activity as a composer, Luis Bacalov continues to perform extensively as a soloist with the orchestra, as well as recitalist and as a member of his own quartet dedicated to the “tango and around” repertoire, a result of his deep knowledge of ethnic, urban and contemporary music. Since 2005 he has been principal conductor of the Magna Grecia Orchestra in Taranto, Italy.

Mario Brunello - Cello

In 1986 Mario Brunello was the first Italian ever to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which launched him into a stunning international career. Brunello has played with some of the most prestigious orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony, Kioi Sinfonietta, Orchestre National de France, NHK Symphony Tokyo, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, DSO Berlin. He has also collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Vladimir Jurowski, Ton Koopman, Daniele Gatti, Antonio Pappano, John Axelrod, Myung?Whun Chung, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado. Abbado has, over the years, invited Brunello several times to play with him and the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival and the Mozart Orchestra. With both orchestras Brunello has appeared as a soloist and also as a conductor.

He often takes on the dual roles of conductor and soloist, and in 1994 he founded the Orchestra d'Archi Italiana with whom he tours intensively both in Italy and abroad. Chamber music plays an important role in his artistic life and he collaborates with artists including Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Yuri Bashmet, Maurizio Pollini, Valery Afanassiev, Andrea Lucchesini, the Borodin and the Alban Berg Quartets. Brunello also devotes much time to projects involving diverse art forms (literature, philosophy, science, theatre). Through new ways of communication he tries to attract new audiences, creating interactive performances of music, images and words. A large number of these activities take place in Antiruggine, a remodelled workshop that is ideal for these experiments.

The diverse artistic genres with which Brunello experiments are reflected in a wide ranging collection of recordings which include the Beethoven Triple Concerto conducted by Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon), the Bach Suites and Sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven and Chopin, contemporary works for solo cello, and a five?CD “Brunello Series" on Egea Records: “Odusia”, a musical Odyssey through Mediterranean culture, “Brunello and Vivaldi”, dedicated to the cello Concertos by Vivaldi, “Violoncello and” for solo cello, “Schubert e Lekeu” with the pianist Andrea Lucchesini and a double CD with the Bach Suites. This last one was awarded the prestigious Italian Critic Award 2010. The major engagements of the 2012/13 season include a tour with violinist Gilles Apap, Shostakovich Concerto nr. 2 conducted by Valery Gergiev in Paris, concerts with the Liverpool Philharmonic, Philharmonique de Radio?France, Tenerife and Stavanger Symphonies, and a Residency at the Gstaad Sommets Musicaux Festival. In October 2012 a new CD with Dvorak’s Concerto recorded live in Rome with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano will be released by EMI. Mario Brunello plays a precious Maggini cello from the 1600s.

Martha Agerich

Martha Argerich is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of the 20?th century. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she rose to international prominence when she won the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1965 at age 24. Argerich is also famous for her interpretation of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, which she has recorded several times and continues to perform. Though she is permanently invited by the world’s most prestigious orchestras in Europe, Japan and America, chamber music takes a significant part of her musical life. She regularly plays and records with pianists Nelson Freire and Alexandre Rabinovitch, cellist Mischa Maisky and violonist Gidon Kremer. According to Argerich, "This harmony within a group of people gives me a strong and peaceful feeling.” Martha Argerich has been rated highly for her performance of the virtuoso piano literature of the XIX and XX centuries. Her large repertoire includes Bach and Bartok, Beethoven and Messiaen, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovitch, Tchaikovsky. Her acclaimed recordings for EMI, Sony, Philips, Teldec, DGG have received numerous awards including three GRAMMYs, two Gramophone Awards, a French ‘Choc’ and a German Künstler des Jahres Deutscher Schall-platten Kritik. Argerich is also known for promoting younger pianists, both through her annual festival, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, and through her frequent appearances as a member of the jury in important competitions. Since 1998, she is the Artistic Director of the Beppu Festival in Japan; in 1999 she created the International Piano Competition and Festival Martha Argerich in Buenos Aires. Her many distinctions include Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, Academica di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Musical America’s ‘Musician of the Year’, ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette’ by the Japanese Emperor and ‘Praemium Imperiale’ by the Japan Art Association.

Mayu Kishima - Violino

Mayu Kishima is a Japanese violinist who has already won a large number of prizes in her as yet brief career. In 2000, she set the music world abuzz by taking top honors at the age of 13 at the 8th Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists. In 2003, she won the 1st Prize at the Patrus International Violin Competition in Greece, and in 2004, the Grand Prix in the senior section at the Novosibirsk International Violin Competition in Russia. And in 2009, she was laureate at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. In 2011 she won the Cologne International Competition and Special Prize.

Kishima has performed with a variety of orchestras. In June 2004, she played the Brahms Concerto with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov, earning her the praise, ”It is no wonder that the great Mstislav Rostropovich calls her ‘the world’s best young violinist’. Her playing awed audiences with its superb technique and mature understanding of the music…. Playing seems to come to her naturally, she seems to feel completely at home with the music, achieving astonishing depth in her renditions.”

In 2005, Kishima played the Paganini 1st concerto under the baton of Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nationale di Santa Cecilia; the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the National Symphony; the Shostakovich violin concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Brahms violin concerto with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Kishima was chosen to appear as soloist on the European tour of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kenichiro Kobayashi in 2006, and participated as soloist in the Japan tour of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra with Kobayashi. She also performed with the New Japan Philharmonic with Mr. Rostropovich.

Kishima has performed in concert with the Ensemble Kanazawa, the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra. She has given recitals in major European and Japanese cities. Her recent concerts include recitals with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.

Kishima recorded “Tzigane” for a collection of orchestral music by Ravel, released by Octavia Records in 2003. In 2008, Kishima released her solo album Chaconne. Kishima has attended the Seiji Ozawa Academy and is at present enrolled in the Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne.

She performed with Yury Bashmet on Tour , Natalia Gutman, Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstilav Rostropovich, Justus Frantz and others.

Michail Lifits - Piano

Michail Lifits, already compared to the legendary Wilhelm Kempff and praised for "his inspirational tone and his wise maturity", as well as for "the breathtaking beauty of his playing", has increasingly captured public attention since his debut at the age of 13 with Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto.

Winner of the 57th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (2009), he had already collected first prizes in other international competitions in Italy and the USA, such as Pianello val Tidone (2003), Treviso (2004), Monza (2006) and Hilton Head (2009).

Solo engagements have brought Michail Lifits to Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, to the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, the NCPA in Beijing, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Sala Verdi in Milan. He is a regular guest at international festivals in France, Germany, Poland, Italy and the United States, including the Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, the Annecy Festival, the Kissinger Sommer, Rheingau Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Chopin Festival in Duzhniki Zdroj. Among his appearances with Orchestra he has played with the Hilton Head Symphony, the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, the Orchestra del Teatro Verdi di Trieste and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo. In 2011 he made his debut with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO).

The same year saw his debut in London's Wigmore Hall, in the `Keyboard Trust Prizewinners Series' which exhibits the cream of this international foundation's new talent. Critics described his performance as "Perfection itself".

Since 2011 Michail Lifits has been under contract with the classical label
DECCA/Universal Classics. In 2012 DECCA will release his debut CD dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Michail Lifits was born in 1982 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He studied with Karl-Heinz Kammerling and Bernd Goetzke at the University for Music and Drama in Hanover and with Boris Petrushansky at the International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola (Italy).

Mischa Maisky - Cello

Born in Latvia, educated in Russia, after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the major music centers. He considers himself as a citizen of the world: ‘’I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings, my daughter was born in France, my oldest son in Belgium, the middle one in Italy and the youngest one in Switzerland, I’m driving a Japanese car, wear a Swiss watch, an Indian necklace and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music.“

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist during the last 30 years he made well over 35 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna, Israel and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony,  Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus und Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others. One of the highlights in his career was the year 2000 - it was mainly devoted to a world-wide Bach tour which included over 100 concerts! In order to express his deep admiration for this great composer, Mischa Maisky has recorded Bach's Solo Suites for the third time. His recordings have enjoyed world-wide critical acclaim and have been awarded five times the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo, three times Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and Diapason d’Or of the Year as well as the coveted Grammy nominations. 

Truly a world-class musician and regular guest in most major International Festivals he collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel and his partnerships have included artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few.

Monica Guerritore - Narrator

A native of Puerto Rico, Arias moved at age eight with his family to New York City, where he was exposed to multiple dance styles and studied intensively at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (LaGuardia Arts). Upon graduation, Arias received the school’s Jacques d’Amboise ballet award, going on to perform in New York with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and internationally with Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) and Kidd Pivot.

Arias has originated roles in and performed works by notable choreographers including Ji?í Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite; he received First Place and Audience Choice awards for his work Without Notice at the Sixth Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, and the Audience Favorite Award for his work at New York City’s Dance Gallery Festival.

He has choreographed for dancers at the Juilliard School, The Peridance Company, LaGuardia Arts, and “Switch,” NDT’s annual choreographic workshop and charity benefit.

Arias full-evening production, a place where something flourishes, premiered to sold-out audiences in November 2013.

Arias is currently a freelance artist, exploring dance through choreography, collaboration, and education.

Natalya Gutman - Violoncello

Russian cellist Natalia Gutman received her early musical training from her grandfather Anisim Berlin and Professor Galina Kozolupova, as well as artistic input from the late musicians, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, pianist Sviatoslav Richter, and her husband, violinist Oleg Kagan. Maestro Richter once expressed his admiration for Natalia Gutman saying: “... she is an incarnation of truthfulness in music.” In 1967 Natalia Gutman won the Munich ARD Competition, launching her international career. Since then she has performed on all continents with orchestras such as Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Munich and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and many more. Festival appearances include the Salzburg Summer Festival and the Berliner and Wiener Festwochen. Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Bernhard Haitink, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Sergiu Celibidache, Mstislav Rostropovich and Kurt Masur are among the many conductors who favour Natalia Gutman. Another major interest of Natalia Gutman is chamber music. Her regular musical partners have included Martha Argerich and Elisso Virsaladze, Yuri Bashmet, Alexei Lubimov, Sviatoslav Richter and Oleg Kagan. She has premiered many contemporary works; Alfred Schnittke dedicated a sonata and his first Cello Concerto to her. The complete Bach solo suites have been presented by Ms. Gutman all over the world. She has recorded the Shostakovich Concertos No.?1 and 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov for RCA/BMG-Ariola. For EMI she recorded the Dvorak Cello Concerto and other works with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch. 1992 saw the release of the Schumann and Schnittke Cello Concerto with the London Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur. As of late she frequently records for Life Classics. She has been a professor for many years in Musikhochschule Stuttgart and teaches in Moscow. Each year, Natalia Gutman invites internationally renowned artists to the International Musikfest am Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps, a chamber music festival that she founded in 1990 with Kagan and dedicated to him after his death.

Natasha Binder - Piano

Natasha Binder, age 13, is the fifth generation of musicians in her family. Since age three she has studied with her Grandmother, Lyl Tiempo. Since age 7, she has performed in St Johns Smith Square, in London, Belgium Conservatoire, Palais des Beaux Arts and The?a?tre de la Monnaie, Buenos Aires Teatro Colon, Venezuela and the Pietrasanta Festival in Italy. Coming from a family of pianists, Natasha enjoys perform- ing with her mother as conductor Karin Lechner, and her uncle, Sergio Tiempo in the Mozart Triple Piano Concerto and together with her grand- mother, the Bach Concerto for 4 pianos. Most recently, Natasha has performed in Venezuela Liszt and Ravel, and the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Brussels Choral Society in the Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels.

Nestor Marconi - Bandoneon

Nestor Marconi is one of the three most celebrated bandoneonists in the history of tango along with Astor Piazzolla and Anibal Troilo. His romantic, relentless and technically superhuman Nuevo Tango style marks the latest generation of tango artists. He appeared on several recordings with Astor Piazzolla, the leading composer of the Tango Nuevo movement of the late part of the twentieth century. As such, he came into demand in classical recording circles with primarily classical artists, such as Gidon Kremer, Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, and Charles Dutoit, made cross-over recordings of Piazzolla's tango music, and employed side-men artists who had worked with Piazzolla on some of the original concerts and records of the works they proposed to record. He also had a prominent part on an album of music songs by the leading classic tango composer Carlos Gardel with singer Marcelo Alvarez. Throughout his life, he appeared with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Astor Piazzolla, Lalo Schifrin, Gerardo Gandini, Yo-Yo Ma, Juan Carlos Copes and Ballet Argentino in the United States, Central America, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, and Japan. As Director and Conductor of the National Orchestra of Argentine Music, Marconi continues to perform as a soloist with prestigious philharmonic orchestras in Norway, Australia, France, Canada, Russia, England, Switzerland, Austria, and the United States. Marconi is also the leader of his own tango trio with Leonardo Marconi on piano and Oscar Giunto on bass. Grammy-winning composer and performer, he records his works with Milan Sur, Sony Classical and Warner Music labels.

Nicholas Angelich

Born in the United States in 1970, Nicholas Angelich began studying the piano at five with his mother. He entered at 13?the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he studied with A. Ciccolini, Y. Loriod, M. Beroff and M. Bucquet. He won the First Prize for piano and chamber music. Nicholas Angelich followed masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Maria Joao Pires; won in 1994 the First Prize of the International Piano Competition Gina Bachauer, and in 2002 received the “International Klavierfestival Ruhr, Young Talent Award”. He made his debut in 2003 with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur at the Lincoln Center in New York, and opened with him the 2007/08 season of the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow. Among others, he also performed with the Orchestre National de France under Marc Minkowski and Joseph Pons, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Paavo Järvi, Strasbourg and Montpellier orchestras under Jerzy Semkow, the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne and Christian Zacharias, the SWR Baden-Baden orchestra and Michael Gielen, the Tonkünstler Orchester and Kristjan Järvi, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and Roger Norrington, the Atlanta Symphony under E. Krivine, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal with Y. Nezet-Seguin, the Seoul Philharmonic under M.-W. Chung, the London Philharmonic under Kazuchi Ono and Vladimir Jurowsky, the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding, the Los Angeles Symphony with Stephane Denève, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev; as well as recitals all over the world. He is a regular guest of the Verbier Festival and Martha Argerich’s festival in Lugano. He made his debuts at the BBC Proms in July 2009 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Y. Nezet-Seguin. A great interpreter of classic and romantic repertoire, Angelich is also very interested in 20?th century music, and Pierre Henry dedicated the «?Concerto for piano without orchestra?» to him. His partners are Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Maxim Vengerov, Akiko Suwanai, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Joshua Bell, Gérard Caussé, D. Müller-Schott, Jian Wang, Paul Meyer, and the Ysaye, Prazak and Ebène Quartets.

Nicolas Ziélinski

After studies of violin Nicolas Ziélinski begins to sing to the Academy of Valenciennes (France). He learns the stage work by theater then opera and obtains his “Medaille d’or” mention “very well” unanimously. He integrates the “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris” into the Daniel Ottevaere’s class, he obtains a BESTEGUI’s scholarship and the support of ZALESKI’s Foundation. Nicolas Ziélinski also did his training course in the opera studio of Brussels in “La Monnaie” and in the “Musical Chapel Queen Elisabeth” in Brussels, where he perfected himself in particular with José Van Dam and other renowned artists.

He is a prize-winner of some competitions as those of Verviers on 2007 (First Grand Prix awarded unanimously; Public’s prize); of Levallois Paris (First Grand Prix) and Vivonne (young male hope prize; Public’s Prize; Prize of “De Vive Voix”’s friends).

He participates at a lot of Master-class in particular with June Anderson, José Van Dam, Helmut Deutsch, Jocelyn Dienst, Yvon Repérant and develops his knowledge of the various repertories and the requirement of the stage.

Nigel Kennedy - Violino

Nigel Kennedy is one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and is the most important violinist Britain has ever seen, as well as the best selling classical violinist of all time. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire.

From a young age, he was Yehudi Menuhin’s protégé, studying first at the Menuhin School before moving to the Juilliard School of Music in New York to study under Dorothy DeLay. During his career, Nigel Kennedy has undertaken countless international tours, performing with the world's leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe, North America, Central and South America, South East Asia and Australia.

Nigel Kennedy has been presented with many awards including Outstanding Contribution to British Music and Male Artist of the Year at the UK Brit Awards; in France a Vivement Dimanche Gold Award, numerous Echo Awards; in the USA Grammy Awards; Bambi in Germany and Switzerland’s Gold Rose of Montreux.

Kennedy's multi-award-winning discography is extensive. He first recorded Elgar's Violin Concerto, voted 1985 Record of the Year by Gramophone magazine and awarded Best Classical Album of the Year at the BPI Awards. His first landmark recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling classical work of all time. It sold in excess of 2 million copies and the album remained top of the UK classical charts for almost two years. His second Vivaldi volume with the Berliner Philharmoniker won the prestigious German Echo Award for Best Performance of 18th Century music and The Amadeus Prize, for Best Instrumental Recording. He has also made best-selling concerto recordings of Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Walton, alongside chamber music and recital discs. His passion for jazz resulted in the album "Blue Note Sessions", made under the eye of Grammy award winning producer Jay Newland, featuring a band of jazz giants such as Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette, amongst others.

In 2002, Kennedy was appointed Artistic Director of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, with whom he released Emil Mlynarski's Violin Concerto No 2 combined with Mieczyslaw Karlowicz's Violin Concerto in A major, under the title 'Polish Spirit' in 2007.

The Nigel Kennedy Quintet is at the centre of his music-making and the NKQ’s 2009 release, “A Very Nice Album”, a typically bold excursion into non-classical repertoire, was recorded with four of the most dynamic musicians on the Polish jazz scene. 2010 saw the NKQ release of mainly original Kennedy compositions, entitled SHHH! In May 2010, London’s South Bank Centre invited Nigel Kennedy to become Artistic Director of a major Polish weekend.

The violinist’s recently founded Orchestra of Life has a classical chamber group as its nucleus but is uniquely adaptable to perform different styles of music. In April 2010, it made its debut tour in Germany, presenting a programme of Duke Ellington and Bach, before going on to perform in major cities and festivals in Europe. Kennedy presented a programme inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix at Ronnie Scotts on the 40th anniversary of the musician’s death.

Kennedy is currently undertaking an international tour, performing his exhilarating and unique new take (‘re-write’) on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as well as the première of his own brand new composition, the Four Elements, and the Bach PLUS series, an entirely acoustic concert. The first half of the programme consists of solo Bach and, for the second part, Kennedy has arranged the music of Fats Waller for violin, guitar, bass and percussion.

Orchestra Cantelli

The Cantelli Orchestra was founded in Milan in 1992. Starting from its debut concert at the Teatro Regio in Parma, it exhibited at prestigious National and International Music Festivals.

From February 2006 up to April 2008 the Orchestra has been under the lead of M° Romolo Gessi as Musical Director.

Starting from May 2008, and up to the fall, 2009, the Musical Director of the Cantelli Orchestra has been M° Ezio Rojatti.

The Cantelli Orchestra held its own "Stagioni Sinfoniche" on a regular basis at the Sala Verdi of Milan Conservatoire, at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan and also an annual Chamber Concert Series in the Sala Puccini of the Milan Conservatoire.

In 1996 it completed a tour in the United States and was invited by Conductor Claudio Abbado to the Salzburg Festival, a venue where the Orchestra premiered a newly commissioned work by Luciano Berio.

The Orchestra held several concerts in venues such as the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, the Teatro Bibiena in Mantova, the Sala Del Dolder in Zurich (CH), the Teatro Carignano in Turin and the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence.

It also performed in Palermo, in Rome for the "Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti", in Schwamendingen, in Mentone for the "Festival De Musique", in Gand for the Stadtkonzerte and in Salzburg for the Schlosskonzerte at the Schloss Mirabell.

The Orchestra has accompanied famous soloists such as Salvatore Accardo, Katia Ricciarelli, Dmitri Ashkenazy, Piere Amoyal, Aldo Ciccolini, Michele Campanella, Massimo Quarta, Luisa Castellani, Bruno Giuranna, Francois Joel Thiollier, Anthony Pay, Bruno Canino, Jeffrey Swann, Domenico Nordio, Carlo Chiarappa, Radovan Vlatkovic, Bruno Leonardo Gelber, Stefan Milenkovic, Gabor Ötvös, Piero Toso, Anatoli Ugorsky, Manuel Barrueco, Emanuele Segre, Francesco Manara, Dejan Bogdanovic, Paolo Restani, Michele Di Toro, Fabrizio Meloni, Gabriele Screpis, Francesco Di Rosa, Luisa Prandina, Francesco Tamiati, Michael Guttman and many others.

Several composers dedicated their works to the Orchestra: Giacomo Manzoni, Ennio Morricone, Ivan Fedele, Luciano Berio, Mauro Cardi, Aldo Clementi, Adriano Guarnieri, Gabriele Manca and many others.

The Orchestra has recorded several CDs with Classical and Romantic Repertoire, spacing from Cajkovskij Serenades to Dvo?ák "Italian Symphony" and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Salvatore Accardo as Soloist, but also modern works such as Schönberg "Verklärte Nacht" and Stravinskij "Apollon Musagete".

A much acclaimed recording of Salieri's Falstaff for the Chandos label was awarded a prize at the Festival Discografico in Cannes.

The repertoire of the Cantelli Orchestra goes from the classic Authors to the contemporary ones, with a number of musicians varying from 15 to 60.

Since February, 2006, the Orchestra changed its legal status, with a new foundation as an Association of Musicians (they are Laura Magistrelli, Dmitri Chichlov, Claudio Giacomazzi and Curt Schroeter).

On July, 2008, the Orchestra recorded a CD, with the first parts of "Alla Scala" theatre, on unpublished music of F. S. Mercadante. The CD has been published jointly with the number of December 2008 of the journal "Amadeus".

On September, 2008, the Orchestra has been invited to the second edition of the MiTo Settembre Musica festival, to hold a concert on music of George Gershwin; the Orchestra was also invited to the third edition, on September, 2009.

On December, 2009, the Orchestra performed within the show "Ice Christmas Gala", at the Mediolanum Forum in Assago, Milan, playing during the show of the greatest ice skaters of the world. The show was broadcated on television on the afternoon of Christmas' day, on the Mediaset network channel Italia1.

Orchestra da Camera di Basilea - Orchestra

“One of the most exciting formations to be touring on the international orchestra scene." (Fono Forum)

In the 30 years of its existence, the Basel Chamber Orchestra has developed into one of the leading chamber orchestras on the international music scene. Nowadays invitations to the most important concert arenas and festivals of the European classical music scene are just as much part of the schedule as the orchestra's own subscription concerts in Basel. Diverse CD recordings with famous labels like Sony, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Warner Classics and OehmsClassics are evidence of the excellent quality of the orchestra.

The Basel Chamber Orchestra has a predilection for playing under the musical direction of its own concertmaster. The orchestra’s collaboration with its principal guest conductor Giovanni Antonini is especially fruitful. The highpoint of its collaboration with Antonini is the Beethoven Cycle which the orchestra and the Italian baroque specialist developed over the course of 10 years. Symphonies 1 – 8 have already been recorded by Sony; the recording of Symphonies 3 and 4 received the ‘Ensemble of the Year 2008’ award at the ECHO Klassik awards. Between now and 2032, the Basel Chamber Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini’s direction, together with the Italian ensemble ‘Il Giardino Armonico’, will take turns at performing all of Joseph Haydn’s 107 symphonies and recording them on CD.

In addition, the orchestra has a close relationship with conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Heinz Holliger, Paul Goodwin or Mario Venzago. The list of soloists who have performed together with the orchestra is renowned: Emmanuel Pahud, Sol Gabetta, Andreas Scholl, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Matthias Goerne, Sabine Meyer, Angela Hewitt, Renaud Capuçon, Thomas Zehetmair, Sandrine Piau and many more.

The members of the orchestra are passionately committed to various projects aimed at promoting musical education in younger generations. Chamber music concerts complete its multifarious artistic activities in the city and the Basel region.

The 2015|2016 season will kick off with performances of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ under the baton of Trevor Pinnock in the Augusta Raurica Theatre. The musicians will make guest appearances, with Klaus Maria Brandauer as guest narrator, amongst other places at the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. The orchestra will go on concert tours with Sir András Schiff and Heinz Holliger to the renowned ‘George Enescu’ Festical in Bucharest, with Sol Gabetta to Australia and with Daniel Hope to South America. The Basel Chamber Orchestra is also looking forward to working with Franco Fagioli, Renaud Capuçon, Andreas Scholl, Hélène Grimaud, Christine Schäfer and many others. The programme will include both the orchestra’s core classical repertoire with symphonies by Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart’s piano concertos as well as a baroque programme with cantatas by Bach, arias and concertos by Handel and Lully and violin concertos from the 17th century Bolognese School. Contemporary works by Heinz Holliger and the first performance of a commissioned work for solo violin and strings by the Swiss composer Stefan Wirth will round off next season’s programme.

Since 2013 Clariant International Ltd. is presenting sponsor of the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

Orchestra da Camera Italiana

In 1996, ten years after offering several highly selective courses at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona with Bruno Giuranna, Rocco Filippini, and Franco Petracchi, Maestro Salvatore Accardo decided to found a string orchestra that would feature the best students and alumni of the Academy. And so the Orchestra da Camera Italiana - OCI - was born, the only one of its kind in the world – an ensemble whose members all hail from the same school, resulting in an unparalleled unified expressiveness, technique, and style. The OCI was born of the desire to offer young, talented people an opportunity to work at a professional level, and to make use of the didactic experience and artistic development encouraged at the Academy.

Since its first tour in 1997, they have performed most of the major Italian and foreign venues. They successfully toured around South America in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay, and received the 1999 award for Best Foreign Chamber Ensemble from the Association of Argentinian Music Critics. They also participated in the Parma Verdi Festival and the Mentone and Verbier Festivals; in Asia, they performed in China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea. In 1998, at the 50th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Italian constitution, they established the tradition of performing concerts in the Senate chamber, a tradition that continued until 2002.

The OCI has performed, among others, at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Cité de la Musique and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Gulbenkian foundation in Lisbon, the Festival MITO Settembremusica and the Menton and Verbier. festivals. Among its Italian venues are the Auditorium della Fondazione Cariplo e la Sala Verdi in Milan, Teatri Ponchielli in Cremona, Regio in Parma, Carlo Felice in Genova, Pergola in Florence, the Auditorium del Parco della Musica in Rome, Petruzzelli in Bari e Politeama in Palermo.

Salvatore Accardo has played with the OCI on wonderful Stradivari e Guarneri del Gesù, among which the Guarneri del Gesù il “Cannone” which belonged to Niccolò Paganini, in Tokyo, at Lincoln Center in New York and at Lingotto in Turin. The Orchestra da Camera Italiana has recorded with Warner Fonit, EMI Classics and Foné.

Pietro De Maria

After receiving the Critics' Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1990), Pietro De Maria won First Prize in other prestigious international piano competitions, such as the Dino Ciani -Teatro La Scala in Milan (1990), the Géza Anda in Zurich (1994), and the Mendelssohn Award in Hamburg (1997). An active concert pianist, he has played as soloist with the best known orchestras, with conductors of the stature of Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Ingo Metzmacher, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Kwamé Ryan, Yutaka Sado and Sándor Végh. Born in Venice in 1967, De Maria studied piano with Giorgio Vianello and Gino Gorini. Revealing a precocious talent, he won First Prize at the Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition in Milan at the age of 13. He graduated from the Conservatory of Venice and continued his studies with Maria Tipo at the Conservatory of Geneva, where he obtained the Premier Prix de Virtuosité with the highest honours in 1988. His repertory ranges from Bach to Ligeti. He is the first Italian pianist to have played Chopin’s complete piano works in public concerts. These works have been recorded by Decca and have received important acknowledgments from international publications of prestige such as five stars from Diapason, International Piano and Amadeus. In 2010, bicentennial of the birth of the Polish composer, Pietro De Maria was invited to play Chopin in the most important international centers such as Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Zurich, Rome, the Nohant Festival, Beijing and Singapore. He teaches at the School of Music in Fiesole, at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo and at the International Engadin Summer Piano Academy, which is held in Switzerland every two years.

Pinchas Zukerman - Violin

Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa. The name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician.

Pinchas Zukerman's 2012-2013 season includes over 100 worldwide performances, bringing him to multiple destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Zukerman is currently in his 14th season as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa.  In his fourth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, he leads the ensemble in concerts in Switzerland, Russia and the United Kingdom. Additional orchestral engagements include the Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Colorado and Kansas City Symphonies. Guest appearances with international orchestras include the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Maarinsky State Theatre Orchestra, Orchestre de Monte Carlo, Czech Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Miyazaki Festival Orchestra and the Teatro San Carlo Orchestra in Naples.  Recitals with pianist Angela Cheng take the duo to Salzburg, Prague, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Milan, Taiwan, Madrid, Helsinki and Verbier, among others.  His chamber ensemble, the Zukerman ChamberPlayers, appears at the Ravinia and Toronto summer music festivals and later tours to Los Angeles, Phoenix, China, Japan, and throughout Europe and South America.

Over the last decade, Pinchas Zukerman has become as equally regarded a conductor as he is an instrumentalist, leading many of the world's top ensembles in a wide variety of the orchestral repertoire's most demanding works.  A devoted and innovative pedagogue, Mr. Zukerman chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts. In Canada, he has established the NAC Institute for Orchestra Studies and the Summer Music Institute encompassing the Young Artists, Conductors and Composers Programs.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman came to America in 1962 where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded the Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline.  Pinchas Zukerman's extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two awards.

Quartetto Arriaga

Named after Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga (1806?-?1826) a Spanish composer aptly dubbed the “Spanish Mozart”, the Arriaga Quartet was founded by a group of recent graduates of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the illustrious Juilliard School of New York. The group is therefore not only steeped in the traditions of the Belgian school of violin, but has also inherited the more dynamic approach of its mentor, the Juilliard Quartet. This combination of influences has given the Arriaga Quartet both firm technical foundations and the audacity to explore beyond familiar musical horizons. An extremely active recording and live radio broadcast schedule in 1997 helped the Arriaga Quartet earn the coveted Fuga Prize awarded by the Association of Belgian Composers. Besides producing its own yearly Quartet Festival in Bruges and performing regularly at the Festivals of Flanders and Walloonia and the Philharmonic Society, the Arriaga Quartet has been invited to participate in numerous other musical gatherings throughout Europe and in Israel, Mexico, China, Canada and the US. The quartet’s CD recordings include “In Flanders’ Field” (Phaedra), “Quartets Opus 5 and 16 by D. Milhaud” (Discover International), “The Three Arriaga Quartets” (ASV) and “String Quartets by Felix Mendelssohn” (Pavane Belgium).

Quartetto di Cremona

The Quartetto di Cremona was founded in 2000 during a study period at the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona with Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna and Rocco Filippini.

The ensemble - in the present formation since 2002 - took master classes with Piero Farulli of the Quartetto Italiano at the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole and with Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet. Thanks to its ongoing commitment to analytical study and its spontaneous communicativeness with audiences, it rapidly became one of the most interesting and dynamic chamber music groups in Europe.

The important awards that it has obtained at international competitions - the Gui in Florence, the Cremona, and the International Melbourne Competition - gave a great initial push to the Quartet's career and led to invitations to perform at the world's main festivals and concert series, all over Europe and in South America, Australia and the United States. Barge Music in New York, the Beethovenhaus and the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Bozar in Brussels, the Turku Festival in Finland, the Kammermusik Gemeinde in Hannover, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Perth Festival in Australia, are just a few of the Quartetto di Cremona's many performing venues.

The international musical press also underlined the Quartetto di Cremona's artistic and interpretative qualities: the English magazine The Strad wrote, after a concert at Wigmore Hall: "the classic phrasing that perfectly sews Mozart together, as if it were an Armani suit"; in Australia the group was acclaimed as the "glory of the Perth Festival".

Radio and television stations world-wide (RAI, WDR, BBC, VRT, SDR, ABC etc.) regularly broadcast concerts by the QdC in a repertory ranging from early Haydn to contemporary music. Fabio Vacchi, Helmuth Lachenmann and Silvia Colasanti are among the living composers with whom the Quartetto di Cremona has worked.

The QdC has also taught all over Europe, especially in master classes in Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and at many Italian locations. Recent and very significant is its collaboration with the "Paganini" Conservatory in Genoa, which is the four members' city of origin and residence.

The 2009-2010 season was a period of evolution and important turning points for the Cremona Quartet: it made its Decca recording debut; it appeared for the third time at London's Wigmore Hall; it won the eleventh Web Concert Hall Competition (USA), competing against over forty groups; it was invited to the 2009 MI/TO Festival in collaboration with the Società del Quartetto of Milan; it was guest of the concert seasons of the most important Italian associations, such as the GOG in Genoa and the Amici della Musica in Palermo, the Musica Insieme in Bologna and the Associazione Scarlatti in Naples, and the Società del Quartetto of Milan named it "artist in residence" for a project of concerts and collaborations that will culminate in 2014 - for the historic institution's 150th anniversary - with the complete cycle of the Beethoven quartets.

In September 2009 the QdC created its own artistic project for the Stradivari Foundation in Cremona within the Liuteria in Festival.

Among the Quartetto di Cremona's most significant appearances in 2010-11, there will be debuts at the Accademia di S.Cecilia Auditorium - Parco della Musica in Rome and at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, a return to Wigmore Hall for two concerts, an international tour of Denmark, Germany and Great Britain, and performances of the complete Bartók quartets.

The Quartetto di Cremona collaborates on a regular basis with internationally known colleagues such as Bruno Giuranna, Massimo Quarta, Enrico Dindo, Enrico Bronzi, Alessandro Carbonare, Andrea Lucchesini, Pietro de Maria, Angela Hewitt, Ivo Pogorelich, Lilya Zilberstein, Cédric Tiberghien and Pieter Wispelwey.

Ronald Guttman - Narrator

Ronald Guttman will appear in Welcome to New York this October (dir. Abel Ferrara) and Nina (with Zoe Saldana portraying jazz icon Nina Simone), as well as in the PBS three-hour series Mystery of Matter. Recent film credits include Girl Most Likely, Pawn, and 13, as well as Green Card, The Hunt for Red October, Avalon, and Danton. Recent television credits include Elementary, The Good Wife, Mad Men, and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet. Recent stage credits include the title role in Bauer at the San Francisco Playhouse, Woland (the Devil) in The Master and Margarita at Bard SummerScape 2013, and the narrator Brother Dominic in Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher at Carnegie Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Guttman performed the role of the narrator in Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish with Karita Mattila at Salle Pleyel in Paris many years ago and will be performing the role again next year with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Past New York theater credits include work at Second Stage, Circle in the Square, Classical Stage, The Mint, and Long Wharf. Mr. Guttman began his acting career in Brussels, Belgium, where he performed at The National Theatre in plays by Beckett, Schnitzler, Racine, Turgenev, and Camus, among others.

Further acting credits can be found at IMDB.com and acting clips at vimeo.com/ronaldguttman.

Sascha Maisky - violin

Sascha Maisky was born in Brussels on the 11th of May 1989 and began his violinistic studies at the age of three. His early professors include Leonid Kerbel, Leon Souroujon and Igor Oistrakh. At the age of twelve, the course of his musical education led him to the Purcell School in London where his Professors were Macej Rakowski and Evgueny Grach. Sascha performed Solo and Chamber works at prestigious venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall as well as at the Verbier and Lugano Festivals alongside artists such as Martha Argerich, Janine Jansen and Yuri Bashmet. Sascha has also performed on several occasions in Trio with his father Mischa and sister Lily also performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.  Sascha has had the privilege of receiving musical guidance from Julian Rachlin, Maxim Vengerov, Felix Andrievsky, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Vadim Gluzman, Edvard Grach, Nam-Yun Kim and Dmitri Sitkovetsky. Having completed his studies in England with honors, Sascha has now moved to Vienna where his Professor is Boris Kuschnir.

Sergei Krylov

Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Sergej Krylov started studying the violin at the age of five and made his debut with orchestra at ten, performing in Russia, China, Finland and Germany.

At a very young age, he won First Prize at the International Competition “R. Lipizer” and, after studying with Salvatore Accardo, he was awarded First Prize at both the “A. Stradivari” Competition in Cremona and the prestigious “Fritz Kreisler” in Vienna.

Following this he developed a highly successful career, performing at the Berlin Philharmonie, MunichnPhilharmonie and Herkulessaal, Wien Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Théatre des Champs-Elysées and Auditorium de Radio France in Paris, Athens’ Megaron Centre, Brussels Bozar, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Sergej Krylov has appeared with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, English Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt, Camerata Academica Salzburg, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonie, Orchestra “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan, Filarmonica Toscanini, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg and Copenhagen Philharmonic.

His friendship with Mstislav Rostropovich marks a very significant moment in Krylov’s artistic life. They have appeared together several times. Krylov has also appeared with many conductors: Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Nicola Luisotti, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Andrey Boreyko, Vladimir Jurowski, George Pehlivanian, Jutaka Sado, Saulus Sondezkis, Zoltan Kocsis, Julian Kovatchev and Yuri Bashmet.

Sergej Krylov often works on chamber music projects and in recent years he has played alongside Yuri Bashmet, Bruno Canino, Itamar Golan, Lilya Zilberstein, Aleksandar Madzar, Maxim Vengerov, Misha Maisky, Yefim Bronfman, Denis Matsuev, Stefania Mormone, Mikhail Rudy, Nabuko Imai, the Belcea Quartet and Elina Garan?a. Since 2009 he is Music Director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.

His discography, in addition to the recent publication of the Paganini 24 Caprices, includes recordings for EMI, Melodya and Agorà.

Sergej Krylov plays the Stradivari “Scotland University” (1734) from the Sau-Wing Lam Collection, Courtesy of “Fondazione A. Stradivari” in Cremona.

Sergei Nakariakov - Tromba

Sergei Nakariakov has broken through more than a few of the perceived boundaries framing the world of the trumpet in classical music. Dubbed "The Paganini of the trumpet" when he was only 13 years old, and in 1997 "Caruso of the Trumpet" by Musik und Theater, Sergei has developed a unique musical voice, His repertoire is continually expanding into broader territories, including many fascinating transcriptions. At the same time, he has single-handedly brought the flügelhorn to prominence on the concert platform.

Sergei began to play the piano when he was six years old, but moved on to the trumpet, after a spine injury curtailed his piano studies. Sergei pays tribute to the technical and musical gifts he has learned from his father, Mikhail Nakariakov, who has transcribed a large repertoire of classical concertos for the trumpet, and with whom he studied daily from the very beginning.

From age ten Sergei performed with orchestras in major concert halls of the Soviet Union. In 1988, he got a diploma at a brass competition for adults. In order to develop his carrier and to travel, he had to leave the Soviet Union and his family thus moved to Israel. In 1991 he enjoyed great success at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival in Bad Wörishofen, and he made his debut with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival. In 1992 Sergei was a guest at the “Schleswig - Holstein Musikfestival” where he was awarded the "Prix Davidoff" . Since then he has appeared in many of the worlds leading centers of music, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He performs in festivals in most European Countries. He tours for several weeks each year in Japan and also appears as guest soloist in North America and Canada. He is collaborating with the world's most feted musicians, orchestras and conductors, most recently in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic and Youri Temirkanov. His international touring schedule includes performances in the foremost concert series all over the world, both with orchestra and in recital - accompanied by his sister pianist Vera Okhotnikova or Belgian pianist Maria Meerovitch.

In 2006 Sergei Nakariakov premiered “ad absurdum” with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, a concerto specially composed for him by Jörg Widmann. In 2007 Sergei Nakariakov performed “ad absurdum” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavec at the Barbican. Nakariakov's discography has drawn enthusiastic public and critical acclaim; and incorporates the most famous trumpet concertos as well as two recital albums of virtuoso music for trumpet by Bizet, Paganini, de Falla, Gershwin and Rimski-Korsakov with pianist Alexander Markovitch. Recordings include The "Élégie", with pianist Vera Nakariakova; "Concertos for Trumpet" featuring transcriptions for trumpet and flügelhorn of string concertos by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Hoffmeister; and "From Moscow with love" featuring Russian Concertos. His most recent CD is “Echoes from the past”, with trumpet concertos originally written for bassoon and violoncello, by Hummel, Mozart, Weber and Camille Saint-Saens. In Japan he appeared in a romantic film production impersonating a Russian trumpet player: “Taiga-no itteki”, also playing in the soundtrack of the film.

Nakariakov premiered the trumpet concerto "PIETA" by Christian Jost dedicated to Chet Baker, with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg in the Laeiszhalle.

His recent engagements include tours through Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, Japan and the USA. A seasonal highlight was his performance of the trumpet concerto by Jörg Widmann, composed especially for him and which he played with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Sophie Pacini - Pianoforte

Sophie Pacini was born in Munich in 1991. She began to play the piano comparatively late, at the age of six. However, her outstanding talent was recognised quickly: she made her debut with Haydn’s piano concerto in D major in 2000. In 2002, aged 11, she became a student of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2004 she was admitted to the Mozarteum’s institute for highly talented musicians, where she not only studied the piano but also improvisation, aural theory, harmonics, composition and conducting. Since 2007 she has been studying in Pavel Gililov’s master class. Simultaneously, she began her regular university studies in piano, which she completed in 2011. In the summer of 2010 she met Martha Argerich who invited her to take part in the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano.

She has won numeros awards including, in 2002 and 2005 1st prize with distinction at “Jugend musiziert” ; in 2006 1st prize at the Grotrian Steinweg competition, Brunswick ; in 2009 1st prize at the Great Scholaship Competition of the Austrian Academies of Music ; in 2009 The Salzburg Mozarteum’s Huebel-scholarship ; in 2011 « Prix Groupe Edmond de Rothschild » of the “Sommets Musiceaux de Gstaad”, comprising a CD recording for the label “Onyx” – Mozart’s piano concerto in E flat major KV 271 and Schumann’s piano concerto in A minor with the “Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz”and Radoslaw Szulc. In 2011, she won the “Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk”. The prize comprises a studio production as artist in residence at the Deutschlandfunk in Cologne as well as a concert engagement at the Musikfest Bremen 2012.

Stephen Salters - Baritono

Stephen Salters’ passionate and impeccably articulated performances of a wide range of repertoire have won him acclaim throughout Europe, the UK, Asia and the United States. He works regularly with leading conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Nicholas McGegan, Keith Lockhart, Ivor Bolton, Will Crutchfield, Leonard Slatkin, Hugh Wolff, Bobby McFerrin, Jane Glover, Jeff Tyzik, and Martin Haselboeck. On the opera stage with over 35 roles, he excels equally in contemporary works and standard repertory having received superlative international praise and standing ovations consistently in opera, oratorio, recital and concerts for over 20 years. Some highlights include the Minotaur in the world premiere of Philippe Fenelon’s Les Rois for Opera National in Bordeaux, the creation of the title role in Elena Ruehr’s Toussaint Before the Spirits for Opera Boston where The Boston Globe called his performance “Astounding…Salters is a fearless and exhaustingly honest performer and a thrilling singer.”, the lead role of Kovalyov in rare performances of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose, sold-out standing ovation concerts in France and in Africa and week long masterclasses in Hawaii, Mexico, Spain, and soon Brazil.

Acclaimed in roles by Mozart (Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva / Le nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo / Cosi fan tutte) ; Donizetti (Malatesta / Don Pasquale) (Belcore / L’Elisir d’Amore ; Gluck (High Priest and Hercules / Alceste) ; Handel (Melisso/Alcina and Achilla / Guilio Cesare) ; Leoncavallo (Silvio / I Pagliacci); and as Captain Balstrode in Britten’s Peter Grimes at Tanglewood ; as Bill in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, roles of Elijah and St. Paul in Canada & the USA, Jesus in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Orff's Carmina Burana, collaborations with Dance companies including Luna Negra, Nicola Hawkins Dance Companies, the Boston & Joffrey Ballets, recitals at the Kennedy Center and Europe as well as the recent world premiere of William Bolcom's Billy and the Darbies for Mr. Salters and The Lark String Quartet.

Tatjana Vassiljeva

Described as a “phenomenon”, Tatjana Vassiljeva is known as a musician possessing an irreproachable technique and irresistible range of sonorities, whose superlative virtuosity is of only minor importance beside the strength of musical personality and ideas, and her ability to communicate them. Tatjana’s innate musical curiosity is reflected by her extensive repertoire which ranges from baroque to contemporary music and includes several works of which she has given the world première. Since beginning her performing career at the age of twelve, Tatjana Vassiljeva has performed in Russia and throughout Europe and won prizes at many prestigious international competitions. Winning the First Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris at the 7th Concours de Violoncelle Rostropovitch in 2001 and as “Revelation from Abroad” at the 2005 Victoires de la Musique Classique brought Tatjana international recognition. Since then, Tatjana has built a formidable reputation as one of the leading cellists of today, performing with the most prestigious orchestras of today, amongst wich the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Academic Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under such distinguished conductors as Y. Temirkanov, V. Gergiev, D. Zinman, C. Abbado, D. Gatti, V. Spivakov, Y. Bashmet, D. Kitaenko, M. Jurowski, J. Kout, S. Oramo, C. Eschenbach, B. de Billy, V. Sinaisky and K. Penderecki, with whom she gave the world premiere of the revised version of Penderecki’s Largo. As a chamber musician, Tatjana Vassiljeva performs at international festivals such as Lockenhaus, Verbier, Kronberg, Colmar, Elba, and others. She regularly performs chamber music concerts throughout Europe and Japan with soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet. Tatjana has made three CDs for the Accord/Universal label, and two releases for the MIRARE label, was awarded the Diapason d’Or, and established herself as ‘the new diva of the cello.’ She performs on a cello made by Antonio Stradivari in 1725, generously provided by LVMH.

Timbre Russian Accordion Quintet

The Timbre Russian Accordion Group was founded in Moscow in 1982. There are five musicians in the Group today: Paul Zaytsev, Viacheslav Stoma, Alexey Kochurov, Michail Dmitrokopulo, Viacheslav Kuzminskiy (art director of the group). There are only professiona solists in the ensemble. This is the only group in Russia which plays the unique instruments made by the Russian Engineer Nikolai Kosorukov and called timbre accordions. Those instruments don’t have any analogues in the world. Their sound quality resembles closely that of symphonic orchestra wind instruments made of brass or wood. So, they were called “Oboe”, “Clarinet”, “French horn” and “Tuba”. The traditional multitimbral accordion is also used in the Group. Their repertoire includes Russian and foreign classical compositions, folk songs from all over the world, Jazz and contempory music.

At present the Timbre Russian Accordion Group is the leader among all Russian accordion ensembles. The Group has made many recordings on the radio, TV, as well as many CD’s. The musicians have performed in Germany, Switzerland, France, Greece, Finland, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Serbia and more. They are also winners of several Russian (Moscow in 1985,1997, 2007, Tula in 1986, Sverdlovsk in 1990) and foreign competitions: “Grand Prix International ” (France, 1991), “Citta di Castelfidardo” (Italy, 1991). In 2004, the Group was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia by President Vladimir Putin. In 2008, the Ensemble was invited to Sochi for a meeting between President George Bush and President Putin. In 2009, the Group took part in a concert in Hanty-Mansijsk for a Russia-EU Summit. In 2012, the ensemble was awarded the Silver CD, the highest award of Gnesin Academy of Music for achievement in art.

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli - Conductor

Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli started his musical education very young under the guide of his aunt, then entered the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, attending courses of Maestros Conter, Bettinelli and Gusella, and specializing in conducting with M° Franco Ferrara. He has conducted important orchestras both in Italy and Europe, such as the Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and Trento, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto, I Pomeriggi Musicali and Angelicum of Milano, the Symphony Orchestras of RAI in Turin, Rome, Milan and Naples, the Orchestras of Teatro Regio di Torino, La Fenice di Venezia, Carlo Felice di Genova, S. Carlo di Napoli, the Orchestra of the Accademia di S.Cecilia, the Oslo Philarmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Göteborg Symphoniker, the MDR Kammerphilharmonie of Leipzig, the SWR Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Orchestre Phylharmonique de Montecarlo, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Oviedo, the Israel Youth Philarmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

In recent years, he has privileged his interests in the French and classical repertoire, collaborating with orchestras that best enable him to express his inclinations. At this regard, it’s particularly significant his long-standing commitment with the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, that he conducted from 1984 to 2007. The artistic merits of this collaboration resulted in the award “Franco Abbiati” received from the Italian Musical Criticism in 1997, and in further international recognition received during his many tours all over the world.

It is important to highlight his collaboration with the Camerata Academica in Salzburg for a series of concerts at the Schubertiade in Feldkirch in 1996, and the three-year cycle with Kammerorchester Basel as chief guest conductor. In April 2004, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli realised a Beethoven cycle in collaboration with the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, including symphonies, concerts and some of his symphonic-choral works.

Vadim Repin - Violin

Fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity are Vadim Repin’s trademarks.

Born in Siberia in 1971, he started to play violin at the age of five and six months later had his first stage performance. At eleven he won the gold medal in all age categories in the Wienawski Competition and gave his recital debuts in Moscow and St Petersburg. In 1985 at 14 he made his debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall. Two years later Vadim Repin was the youngest ever winner of the most prestigious and demanding violin competition in the world, the Reine Elisabeth Concours.

Since then he has performed with world’s greatest orchestras: the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Philharmonia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and La Scala, working with leading conductors such as Ashkenazy, Boulez, Chailly, Chung, Conlon, Dohnanyi, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Fedoseyev, Gatti, Gergiev, Jansons, Jurowski, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Krivine, Levine, Luisi, Marriner, Masur, Mehta, Muti, Nagano, Ozawa, Rattle, Rozhdestvensky, Temirkanov, Thielemann and Zinman.

He regularly collaborates with Nikolai Lugansky and Itamar Golan in recital; other chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin and Mischa Maisky. Among the highlights of his career in the past few seasons have been tours with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev; collaborations with Christian Thielemann in Tokyo, with Riccardo Muti in New York, with Riccardo Chailly in Leipzig, a tour of Australia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and unanimously acclaimed premières in London, Philadelphia, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw of the violin concerto written for him by James MacMillan.

Vadim Repin’s many CDs include prize-winning recordings of the great Russian violin concerti by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky on Warner Classics. For Deutsche Grammophon he recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti, coupled with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata with Martha Argerich; the Brahms Violin Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto (Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly, the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov trios with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang (which won the Echo Classic) and works by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky, which won the 2011 BBC Music Award and the Edison Award. Last year saw the screening by Arte and Bavarian Television of an hour long documentary film by Claudia Willke Vadim Repin - A Magician of Sound which features the artist returning to Siberia where his career began and follows him to Berlin, Paris and other European destinations.

In February 2010 he was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur, France’s most prestigious musical award for a lifetime’s dedication to music, and in December 2010 he became Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

Engagements this season include chamber music in Paris and Lyon with Denis Matsuev, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gautier Capuçon, Alexander Kniazev and other friends, recitals in Italy, Spain, France and the United States, a series at Japan's Pacific Music Festival, and a BBC Prom.

Vadim Repin plays on the 1743 'Bonjour' violin by Guarneri del Gesù.

Vittorio Ceccanti - Violoncello

Born in 1972, Vittorio Ceccanti began playing the cello at the age of five and studied with Mischa Maisky, David Geringas and Natalia Gutman, graduating with honours as a pupil of Natalia Gutman at the Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart. He also attended classes with Yo Yo Ma, Anner Bijlsma and Valentjn Berlinsky. He has studied conducting with Piero Bellugi and Martyn Brabbins.

Winner of several international prizes, he made his debut as a soloist at the age of seventeen, performing the Lalo Cello Concerto with the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra (ORF) conducted by Pinchas Steinberg at the Musikverein Saal in Vienna.His performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples,was televised by RAI-TV. Since then, he has been invited to perform regularly as a solo artist in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He has played and conducted innumerable world premieres and has close links with many of today’s foremost composers.

He has made a number of recordings including the Beethoven cello sonatas for EMI Classics, Chopin’s complete works for cello and piano and the Trio op.8 as part of the Chopin Edition monography for BRILLIANT Classics, plus the complete works for cello and piano and the cello concerto by Peter Maxwell Davies for NAXOS. He has also recorded both Mendelssohn and Faure?’s complete works for cello and piano with the pianist Bruno Canino on the CD attached to AMADEUS Music Magazine.

Professor at the Castelfranco Veneto Conservatory and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, he has held master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at Cincinnati University. In 2005 he received the silver medal from the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

Wendy Sutter - Violoncello

Heralded as “one of the great leading cellist of the classical stage” by the Wall Street Journal, Wendy Sutter has proven herself as one of the leading soloists of her generation, widely acclaimed by critics in leading publications. Ms. Sutter has appeared as soloist with many prominent orchestras and conductors including The Dallas Symphony, The Brussels Philharmonic, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Seattle Symphony, The Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The Shanghai Symphony, The Juilliard Symphony, The Shenzen Philharmonic, The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, The La Jolla Symphony and The Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She has served as soloists under such conductors as Jaap Van Zweden,  Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, Dante Anziolini, Mikhail Jurowski, Michel Tabachnik and Tan Dun, performing both Tan Dun's cello concertos with the composer on the podium.

As a solo recitalist Sutter has performed in in numerous concert halls and music festivals throughout the United States, Europe, The United Kingdom, Asia, South America, and Australia, including Marlboro, Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Toronto?s Luminato Festival, Spoleto, Ravinia, The Seattle International Festival, Evian, and at the Barbican. She recently performed as soloist at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. performing for Bill and Melinda Gates.

In 1994 Ms. Sutter was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to give the world premiere of “A Suite of Dances” an on stage duet for Ms. Sutter playing Bach solo suites for cello accompanying Mikhail Baryshnikov. This piece was choreographed especially for these two artists by the legendary Jerome Robbins.

Her 2008 recording of Glass Songs and Poems for solo cello, which was written especially for her by the composer Philip Glass, and which has been performed over 60 times world-wide to great acclaim, was voted best new CD of the year by listeners of National Public Radio, and was the second-best selling CD in the classical division on iTunes. Glass has recently completed a sequel, which Sutter will be recording later this year.

Werner Van Mechelen - Bass-baritone

The multi-faceted bass-baritone Werner van Mechelen has achieved great success in grand opera as well as concerts and the more intimate Lieder (Art Song).

His lyric repertoire extends from the Baroque to Puccini and Verdi as well as the masterpieces of the 20th century such as Berg's Wozzeck and new world-creations.

At la Monnaie in his native Belgium he has sung many important parts in major productions as well as in the royal flemish opera in Antwerp and Gent.

He is also a frequent guest in Amsterdam at the Nederlandse Opera.

He is world reknowned for interpretation of Wagner in Meistersinger , Parcifal, Tristan und Isolde...

as well as his Richard Strauss interpretations in the operas Rosenkavalier, Salome...

His career is important in Europe where he sings in the opera houses of Zurich, Cologne, Paris, Barcelona, Venice, Montecarlo...
Werner van Mechelen studied at the Lemmens Institute at Leuven with Roland Bufkens and has participated in the Masterclasses of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, Robert Holl, Mitsuko Shirai, Hartmut Holl and Malcolm King. He has gained several international singing prizes, having participated in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Prize (Brussels), the international Vocalists Competition ('s- Hertogenbosch), the international Singing Competition (Toulouse), the Vinas Competition (Barcelona) and the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Yuri Bashmet - Viola

Through his virtuosity, strength of personality and intelligence, Yuri Bashmet as given the viola a new prominence and motivated the leading composers of our time to expand the repertoire with significant new music. He is Artistic Director of the December Nights Festival, Moscow, Principal Conductor of the Novaya Rorriya State Symphony Orchestra, and the founder / director of Moscow Soloists.

Yuri Bashmet spent his childhood in Lviv in Ukraine before studying at the Moscow Conservatoire with Vadim Borisovsky (of the Beethoven Quartet) and Feodor Druzhinin. In 1976, he won the International Viola Competition in Munich. Since then he has appeared with the world’s great orchestras, including Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston, Chicago and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has inspired many composers to write for him, and has enjoyed strong relationships with Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina. Concertos composed for him include works by Poul Ruders, Alexander Tchaikovsky and Alexander Raskatov. He has also given the world premieres of Styx by Giya Kancheli, The Myrrh Bearer by John Tavener and On Opened Ground by Mark-Anthony Turnage – all of which were written for him. In December 2002 Bashmet became Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia. Other orchestras with which he appears as conductor / soloist include the Dresdner Philharmoniker, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Camerata Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Brussels Philharmonic. He is the founder of Moscow Soloists, an ensemble he has performed with and directed since 1992. In chamber music his closest collaborators have included Sviatoslav Richter, Gidon Kremer, Mstislav Rostropovich, Maxim Vengerov, Natalia Gutman, Viktoria Mullova and the Borodin Quartet. He formed a highly successful trio with mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Other recent chamber music projects include Beethoven trios with Anne Sophie Mutter and Lyn Harrell. He is a frequent visitor to summer festivals such as Elbe, Verbier and Martha Argerich’s festival in Japan.

Among his many CDs is a recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the Gubaidulina Concerto and Kancheli Styx, winner of a Diapason d’Or award and a Grammy nomination. Other notable DG discs are Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Brahms’s Piano Quartet N° 1 with Argerich, Kremer and Maisky, and the recently released Bartók Concerto with Berliner Philharmoniker and Boulez. For Onyx he and Moscow Soloists have embarked on a critically-acclaimed series of recordings: chamber symphonies by Shostakovich, Sviridoc and Vainberg; music by Stravinsky and Prokofiev (which received a Grammy award); and a disc of music by composers from the Far East, as well as a recital disc of Encores with pianist Mikhail Muntian.