8-19 August 2018
“What comes of a Catharsis? A Genesis of a new identity, of a new self with renewed hope and a new direction in life. With that comes a whole new set of challenges but also opportunities that need to be explored. That is the path we would like to embark on musically during the 4rth Molyvos International Music Festival. We are looking forward to it!”
Danae & Kiveli Doerken, MIMF artistic directors
When Adrien Boisseau discovers the music at the age of five, he decides almost immediately to become a musician. After attending the music school of Nevers and the Regional Conservatory of Saint-Maur, Adrien integrates the CNSM of Paris at the age of 14, becoming a student of Jean Sulem. In 2009, aged 17, Adrien picks 1st Prize as well as the Audience Award at the International Max Rostal Competition and is subsequently invited to make his debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin in 2011, with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski. He got his diploma with the congratulations of the jury at the National Conservatory in Paris. He continued his studies with Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin. At the same time, Adrien is successful in several competitions. From 2013, Adrien improves his skills with prestigious teachers of the Kronberg Academy: András Schiff, Nobuko Imaï, Steven Isserlis, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivry Gitlis.
For Adrien, since long, chamber music represents the opportunity to share the most intimate feelings. He is the guest in festivals such as these of Deauville and Radio-France Montpellier. His partners are, among others, Eric Le Sage, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Adam Laloum, Edgar Moreau. In 2014, Adrien wins the title of Young Artist of the Year of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Ιn 2015, he is asked to join the famous Quatuor Ebène, one of the foremost string quartets in the world. He appears with the Quartet in the most famous halls (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall) and with the most renowned musicians (such as Mitsuko Uchida, Matthias Goerne, Anne Sofie von Otter). In the same year, Oehms Classics publishes his first CD, a Schumann recital with pianist Gaspard Dehaene. The album gets ravishing reviews. Αdrien gives masterclasses in Paris CNSM, Queen Elizabeth Chapel, Royal Conservatory Brussels etc. After almost three years with the Ebène Quartet, Adrien decides to focus on his own path.
Born in Spain in 1985, Luis Cabrera started playing the double bass at the age of ten. After graduating from the Conservatorio Profesional Joaquin Turina, where he studied with Professor Rafael de Frias and later on with Karen Martirossian, he moved to London in 2002, to complete his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Professor Rinat Ibragimov. Luis then completed a Master’s at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler School of Music under Professor Janne Saksala. Having received numerous awards and scholarships, he became Principal Double Bass of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam in 2006. Ηe has been invited to play as guest Principal Double Bass with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, among others, where he played under distinguished conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev and Kurt Masur. Luis has collaborated with ensembles of different styles such as Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta Nacional de España, and he is very active as a chamber music player. He has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Het Concertgebouw and Ateneo in Madrid. He joined the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s teaching staff in 2012, and has been visiting as a teacher and a coach several colleges and youth orchestras. Luis has recorded with several chamber groups for labels including EMI Classics and Pentatone, and has collaborated with BBC Radio’s 3 prestigious New Generation Artists scheme.
Sarah Christian, born in Augsburg, completed her studies with Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, where she, since 2013 has held a teaching position. Christians advanced studies began with Prof. Igor Ozim at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg from which she graduated at the age of 20 with the highest honours. She has also gained invaluable musical insight by taking part in master classes with Prof. Thomas Brandis, Donald Weilerstein, Prof. Rainer Schmidt, Maxim Vengerov and Miriam Fried.
Internationally celebrated, Sarah Christian has won numerous competitions. In Austria, Christian was awarded first prize at the Brahms Competition, and the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg awarded her the prize for the youngest finalist in the 10th annual Mozart Competition. Her success continued in Salzburg, where in 2008 she was awarded the “Best string player of the year” as well as the “Yehudi Menuhin Medal” of the Universität Mozarteum. In early 2012 she won the 1st prize and the Friends of Young Musicians prize at the “Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” Competition in Berlin.
Sarah Christian has always placed special emphasis on her chamber music training and development. Her studies in Salzburg have led to an undeniable influence from the Hagen Quartet. 2015 brought about the debut season of Carte Blanche in Augsburg, a self-initiated chamber music series of which Christian is co-artistic director together with cellist Maximilian Hornung.
Sarah Christian pursues a busy concert schedule, which has already led her to many European countries as well as, China, Japan, South America and the United States. As a soloist she has played with many ensembles including the the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, the Camerata Salzburg e.t.c.
In 2013, Sarah Christian began as the first concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In addition to continuing projects with world-famous conductors and soloists, she especially enjoys the opportunity to lead the orchestra from the first desk.
Matvey Demin belongs to the most promising artists of his generation. Born in Siberia, Russia in 1993, Matvey started to study flute with his grandmother, continuing his education in Hannover and Munich with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht. He is a prize winner of such competitions as international «Aeolus» competition, ARD International Music competition (Munich), international flute competition in Krakow, Unisa International music competition and many other competitions. Since the age of 20 Matvey holds a position of Co-Principal Solo flute in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, where he works under the baton of Paavo Järvi, David Zinman, Bernhard Haitink and many other conductors. He is very active at chamber music scene, playing concerts at festivals like «Flute Virtuosi» in Sankt-Petersburg, «Molyvos festival» and «Samos young artists» festival in Greece. As a soloist Matvey recently performed with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Called “the discovery of the year” by classical music magazine Crescendo and “on her way to the very top” by Concerti magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is, at age thirty, among the elite of internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences, and peer musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma, and great profundity of her musical thinking. A uniquely gifted talent at very young age, Danae received the support of Lord Yehudi Menuhin when she was seven, and soon began to cause a stir at major European venues with her “sparkling joy of playing” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger). Following her studies with the internationally venerated teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and with Lars Vogt, she is today a regular guest of major orchestras including the Munich Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan Symphony and Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. She has performed to great critical acclaim at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, KKL Lucerne, Κölner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Essen, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Bozar Brussels, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Danae Dörken also performs regularly at major festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Schwetzingen Festival, LuganoMusica, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, PianoEspoo Festival, Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau Musik Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, and the renowned Spannungen Festival in Heimbach. Danae Dörken’s groundbreaking recording of piano concertos by Mozart and Mendelssohn (with Royal Northern Sinfonia) was released in 2016, to raving critical acclaim. Previously, her solo recording of fantasies by Schumann, Schubert und C.P.E. Bach (Ars Produktion) was nominated for an ICMA Award. Her 2012 debut CD, featuring solo works by Leoš Janáček (also on Ars Produktion), received equally enthusiastic reviews. Of Greek descent, Danae and her sister Kiveli Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) in 2015 on the island of Lesbos.
Kiveli Dörken’s temperament, passion and dedication to music is palpable in every one of her concerts. With her infectious enthusiasm and captivating presence, she values a close contact with her audience, often addressing the listeners first, before sitting down at the piano and pushing the boundaries of sound diversity and artistic expression. Kiveli began her musical path as a seven-year-old student of the renowned piano pedagogue professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, who taught her until his death, ten years later. She continued her musical education with professor Lars Vogt, with whom she studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover until today. She is a member of the TONAListen agency, and has received scholarships and support from various foundations, such as the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the renowned Spannungen Festival, the International Musikakademie in Liechtenstein and the Werner Richard-Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung (no relation). At the age of eight, she gave her orchestral debut. She has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Hamburger Camerata, the Camerata Bern and the Athens State Orchestra. In the last season Kiveli gave her debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen playing César Franck’s Variations symphoniques under the direction of conductor Alondra de la Parra. She has performed in most European countries, China and the USA, in some of the most famous halls, the Elbphilarmonie, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Alte Oper Frankfurt, to name just a few, and is a regular guest at many prestigious festivals, like the Kissinger Sommer, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Spannungen Festival in Heimbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Highlights of her early career were performances for the Dalai Lama in 2007 and for the German chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Kiveli dedicates a considerable amount of her time to playing chamber music. She performs regularly with artists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam, Maximilian Hornung and Tanja Tetzlaff. Together with her sister Danae Dörken, she has been playing as a piano duo since the age of five. In 2015 she founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) on the Greek Island of Lesbos, of which she is also the artistic director. The MIMF does not only bring the tradition of classical music to Lesbos, but it has also become a symbol of hope for the entire region. Last season Kiveli released her debut CD with the label Ars Produktion featuring solo and chamber music works by Josef Suk.
Emre Elivar was born in Ankara in 1976. Between 1981 and 1987, he learned to play the piano with Prof. Kamuran Gündemir. He graduated the Piano and Composition Department of the Ankara State Conservatory with distinction in 1996. Emre received a scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and continued postgraduate studies at the Music Academy Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden with Prof. Peter Rösel (1996-1999), receiving his Master’s degree with distinction in January 1999. He completed his virtüözite doctorate Meisterklassen-Studium with Prof. Georg Sava at the Hanns Eisler School of Music.
Emre has won many prizes in many international piano contests: 4th Prize at the 7th International Piano Contest Perfecto Garcia Chornet in Valencia (Spain, 1998), 3rd Prize at the 16th International Piano Contest Cidadão do Porto in Porto (Portugal, 1999), 2nd Prize and special prize for the Best Interpretation of a Piece by J.S. Bach and a Piece of Romantic Period at the 7th International Bremer Klavierwettbewerb (1999), 3rd Prize at the 42nd International World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (USA, 2000). He was also the winner of the Steinway Prize (2001), of Arthur Schnabel Prize (2002), and of the Piano Contest Vendοme Prize for Germany and Switzerland (2003). As soloist he performed with orchestras such as Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic, Kassel State Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra etc.
Emre Elivar has recorded, among others, important works of several Turkish composers, and as a double album the Three Last Sonatas, Οpp. 109, 110, 111 and the Diabelli Variations, Οp. 120 by Beethoven. His CD released by Sony BMG with works by Schubert and Schumann earned great reviews internationally. Emre Elivar is since June 2011 co-founder of Arkas Trio and lives in Berlin, Germany.
A champion of Norway’s rich musical tradition, Eldbjørg Hemsing has been a household name in her native country since childhood and made her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic at the age of 11. Studying with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna, she has since carefully positioned herself on both the national and international stage, fine-tuning her performance-style and absorbing repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Dvořák, Grieg to Tan Dun. Together with Tan Dun she has collaborated on numerous projects in both Europe and Asia and is currently working with the composer on a new work scheduled for a 2018 world premiere.
In March 2018 Eldbjørg Hemsing released her debut CD on the Swedish label, BIS, featuring violin concertos by Hjalmar Borgström and Dmitri Shostakovich, recorded with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Olari Elts.
In the autumn of 2018 she will release a recording of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Suk’s Fantasy and Love Song with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Alan Buribayev. She is also the subject of an upcoming documentary directed by David Donnelly, focusing on women in the arts..
Upcoming engagements in the 2017 / 18 season include regular performances at the Stormen Concert Hall in Bødo where Eldbjørg is the 2018 Artist in Residence and performances with, amongst others, the Oslo Philharmonic, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. She also joins Julien Quentin for a recital tour in Spring 2018 and appears as a guest at Paavo Järvi’s Pärnu Festival in Estonia.
Engagements in the 2017 / 18 season included regular performances at the Stormen Concert Hall in Bødo where Eldbjørg has been the 2018 Artist in Residence and performances with, amongst others, the Oslo Philharmonic, MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. She also joined Julien Quentin for a recital tour in Spring 2018 and appeared as a guest at Paavo Järvi’s Pärnu Festival in Estonia.
Eldbjørg Hemsing plays a 1754 G. B. Guadagnini violin on kind loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation. Her long-term artistic development is generously supported by Göhde Foundation.
With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung, is taking the international music scene by storm. He received an ECHO Klassik prize as best newcomer of the year for his first Sony CD in 2011, followed by an ECHO Klassik prize for the best cello concerto recording of the year.
Maximilian Hornung regularly performs as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Bamberg Symphony under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Daniel Harding, Semyon Bychkov, Bernhard Haitink, Manfred Honeck and many others. His chamber music partners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud and Lars Vogt. In August 2014, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen and produced a CD of Richard Strauss’ most important works for cello, as well as a CD of the cello concertos of Joseph Haydn and Vaja Azarashvili with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello Manacorda on Sony Classical in the same year.
Maximilian Hornung began taking cello lessons at the age of eight. The teachers with whom he has studied most intensely are Eldar Issakadze, Thomas Grossenbacher and David Geringas. He is supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation and Borletti-Buitoni Trust London.
Truly it can be said of violinist Noé Inui that he is a citizen of the world! Born in Brussels in 1985 to a Greek mother and a Japanese father, he has been living in Düsseldorf since 2006. As a graduate of the Conservatories of Brussels, Paris, Karlsruhe and Düsseldorf, Noé is still having lessons on a regular basis with mentors Ulf Hoelscher and Rosa Fain. Noé has won many prestigious prizes, among others at the Verbier Festival Academy with the Prix d’Honneur and Prix Julius Bär, the Special Prize for Young Talents at the 2005 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, and in 2011 the Gina Bachauer Prize in Greece. He is frequently invited to perform as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors in Europe, Japan, Brazil and the USA. As a chamber musician he has played with musicians such as Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos, and often collaborates with Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. With him and the German cellist Benedict Klöckner, Noé formed the acclaimed Trio Bell’Arte. His interest in modern music offers him fresh scope, combining strength, virtuosity and vigour with sensitivity. He has also recorded three cds with the Trio Carlo Van Neste, of which he was a member. Noé is playing a Tommaso Balestrieri (Mantua, 1764).
Kristian Katzenberger has been principal horn of the Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester Germany since 2016. He was born in Oldenburg (Germany) in 1991 and started his studies at the Academy of Music »Hanns Eisler« Berlin with Prof. Marie Luise Neunecker in 2010. In addition to his studies, he participated in numerous master classes with Prof. Penzel, Prof. Vlatkovic and Prof. Lampert.
At the »Deutsche Musikwettbewerb 2014 he was awarded a scholarship and selected for the “Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler.” Furthermore, he was scholarship student of the Villa Musica Rheinland Pfalz.
As principal Horn he played in orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Bamberg Symphony or Munich State Opera under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt, Daniel Barenboim, and others.
In addition to his orchestral work, Kristian Katzenberger is also a very passionate chamber musician – he has worked with musicians such as Sebastian Manz, Maximilian Hornung and Lars Vogt and recently been on a US tour with the renowned Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Andreas Kerkezos started playing the violin since his four years and soon after he took up the piano. His first appearances as a soloist (age 7) was with the ensemble of his father playing the Mozart’s concerti in Athens Megaron Concert Hall, Athens State Conservatoire Hall, Florentinersaal, Stefaniensaal, Sala Patria etc. and in all major Festivals in Greece, in Lendwirbel-Austria etc.
As a “young talent” he won a scholarship and he entered for studies at the Athens State Conservatoire. He studied piano with Dimitri Toufexis and violin with Apollon Gramatikopoulos, Anton Sorokov and Priya Mitchell at the University of Graz.
So far he has won Awards and Prizes including the: 2nd Prize at the UNESCO Music Competition and 2nd Prize in the “Maria Cherogiorgou-Sigara Music Competition”.
As a soloist he has collaborated with the Brasov Philharmonic in Romania, Greek Radio Symphony, Athens State Conservatoire Symphony and Greek Youth Symphony. He works with the pianist/composer Christos Papageorgiou, Titos Gouvelis and with the soprano Matina Velimachiti and Vanesa Kalkani in International Festivals. He has attended lessons with Christian Altenburger and Maighread Mc Crann. In 2018 he was invited by the Hellenic Composers Association and recorded his first CD with works by Errikos Vaios.
Benedict Klöckner, born in 1989, is one of the outstanding artists of his generation. He has won numerous competitions and awards, most recently the OPUS Klassik 2021. He performs worldwide as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, the Kremerata Baltica, the Camerata Oslo and the Munich Chamber Orchestra and works with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Sanderling, Heinrich Schiff, and Sir Simon Rattle. A keen chamber musician, Benedict is performing with artists such as Sir András Schiff, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Antoine Tamestit, Emmanuel Ax, Fazil Say, Lisa Batiashvili, Yuri Bashmet, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff. In October 2021 Brilliant Classics released his recording of the Bach cello suites. Since 2014 Benedict is the artistic director and founder of the International Music Festival Koblenz. Benedict Klöckner studied with Martin Ostertag, and as a young soloist of the Kronberg Academy Master with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman. He plays an Italian cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona, 1690), formerly played by Maurice Gendron, and a bow by Etienne Pajeot (Mirecourt, 1820).
Sebastian Manz, international soloist, chamber musician and solo clarinetist with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, had his big breakthrough with his sensational success at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2008. He wins not only first prize in the Clarinet category, which had not been awarded for forty years, but also the coveted Audience Prize and other special prizes. With his partner Martin Klett at the piano, he had also won the German Music Competition just a few months before. Since then, Manz was awarded thrice with the ECHO Klassik Award for his outstanding album releases. His discography includes numerous awards underscoring Manz’s intuition for details and overarching concepts. The album A Bernstein Story, released in 2019 (Berlin Classics) as a collaboration with Sebastian Studnitzky, presents arrangements as well as original compositions of both musicians and is placed in between classical and jazz music. Manz’s new album with clarinet concertos by Carl Nielsen and Magnus Lindberg was released in September 2020 on Berlin Classics. For this recording, Magnus Lindberg conducts his clarinet concerto himself. Being the grandson of the Russian violinist Boris Goldstein and the son of two pianists, born in Hanover in 1986, Manz’s musical roots are in his German-Russian family background. He begins singing in a boys’ choir at the age of six. He first learns the piano, which he plays very well, but soon concentrates on the clarinet. Among his most important teachers and supporters are the acclaimed clarinetists Sabine Meyer and Reiner Wehle.
Raphael Paratore was born into a musical family in Munich in 1992. After graduating from Gymnasium he studied cello with Peter Bruns, Claudio Bohorquez, Reinhard Latzko and Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt. In addition, as a founding member of the Goldmund Quartet he studied with the Alban Berg Quartet and Artemis Quartet in Madrid and Berlin.
Raphael is first prize winner and laureate of national and international cello competitions.
He has received scholarships from Yehudi Menuhin “Live Music Now” society and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Furthermore, he is a scholar of TONALI, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and PE-Förderung.
International concert activities of his Quartet have taken him throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. The Goldmund Quartet is first prize winner of international competitions and laureate of the international ARD Music Competition. Aside from his quartet activity, he regularly performs in various chamber music formations at international music festivals, such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Molyvos Festival and Marvao Festival. Invitations have brought him together with other musicians, such as Julia Fischer, Ksenija Sidorova, Andreas Hofmeir, Alexey Stadler, Christoph Poppen and Jörg Widmann.
Bassoonist Theo Plath is in high demand as a soloist, chamber-music partner and orchestral musician. His artistry has been recognized with prizes at many competitions, among them the Aelous International Competition for Wind Instruments, the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition) and the ARD International Music Competition Munich.
He has gained important musical insight from Sergio Azzolini, Klaus Thunemann, Nikolaus Maler, and Dag Jensen, with whom he studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
Theo Plath has performed as a soloist with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Münchner Kammerorchester and has appeared at music centers such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
He is a welcome guest at international chamber music festivals, including the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and “Spannungen” in Heimbach and is also a member of the Monet Wind Quintet.
Since 2019 Theo Plath is principal bassoonist of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.
In 2020 his Debut-CD was released, featuring bassoon concertos by Weber, Crusell, Bitsch and Jolivet, recorded together with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Leo McFall.
In May 2021 Theo Plath releases his second CD “lost times” together with pianist Aris Alexander Blettenberg.
Theo Plath regularly takes part in the “Rhapsody in School” outreach program through which he passes his enthusiasm for classical music on to young people.
Anna Reszniak is a highly sought after violinist today, as soloist, chamber musician and as concert master with renowned orchestras. Born in Olsztyn in Poland, she soon was recognised as child prodigy with concert and television appearances. She studied in Poznan, Zürich, Bern and Paris and amongst her teachers were Jean- Jacques Kantorow and Igor Ozim. Throughout the years Anna Reszniak has received many awards from international violin competitions, including the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan and Shlomo Mintz competition in Sion-Valais. She has performed as a soloist with many European orchestras under such conductors as Alexander Shelley, Claus-Peter Flor and Howard Griffiths. She has performed throughout Switzerland a program that included all twenty-four of the Paganini Caprices in one concert.
As concertmaster she has lead several orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Spain and in South East Asia, such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Orquesta del Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur.
Anna Reszniak is also very active as a chamber musician and performed with such renowned musicians as Olli Mustonen, Itamar Golan, Lars Vogt, Florian Donderer, Tanja Tetzlaff and Maximilian Hornung. She is a regular guest at the chamber music festival „Spannungen“ in Heimbach.
From the 2014/15 season Anna Reszniak holds the position of Concertmaster of the Nürnberger Symphoniker.
She was born in Athens. She started piano lessons at the age of four and later on she was taught zither by the great master Panagiotis Vergos. She has graduated from the Music High School of Pallini and is a graduate of the Department of Popular and Traditional Music. She has participated in various musical activities of Department as well as in record productions. Along with her musical studies she has also participated in seminars about Education and the Theatre as well as Experiential Musical Education.
Since 2009 she has been cooperating with other professional musicians from Greece and abroad in the area of popular and traditional music, and has participated in concerts and international festivals. She has been teaching students how to play zither in music schools and conservatories. Since 2013 she has been working with the film producer Dimitris Kitsikoudis, the ethnomusicologist Charis Sarris, and the operator Dionisis Gagatsos, in the area of research and processing of source material for the production of ethnographic film of musical interest : “Music and Musicians of Andros”, “The Tiger of Apetathos”, “Bucolic Songs” (still in progress).
Gustav Rivinius is the first and only German musician to be awarded a first prize Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In addition, he received a special prize for the Βest Ιnterpretation of a Tchaikovsky Composition. Since then, he has appeared with leading musicians, orchestras and conductors around the world.
Among the many high points of an illustrious career, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski, and with the London Philharmonia under Heinrich Schiff. Along with his solo work, Gustav Rivinius has a passion for chamber music. Having been born into a large musical family, he plays regularly alongside his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet and holds recitals with his brother Paul at the piano. He participated for years in a quintet with Irena Grafenauer, Maria Graf, Ana Chumachenco and Gérard Caussé. Ηe is also an annual participant in the Heimbach Spannungen Festival. Gustav Rivinius is a professor at the HfM University of Music in Saarbrücken.
He also teaches at the Conservatorium Maastricht (Netherlands) and at a number of master courses annually, including at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In addition, he is a sought-after juror at major music competitions and sat on the jury at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2016 he was awarded the “Kunstpreis des Saarlandes”.
One of the most exciting baritones of his generation, Dimitris Tiliakos has already trod the boards of some among the major theaters of the world, including New York Metropolitan Opera, London Royal Opera House, Opéra Nationale de Paris, Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro Liceu de Barcelona, Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Perm Tchaikovsky Opera Theatre, Teatro La Fenice, Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall, Greek National Opera, Opéra de Nice, Staatsoper Hamburg, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, La Monnaie de Bruxelles, Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, Royal Danish Opera and many others.
Born in Rhodes, after studying the viola, he began his vocal training at the Athenaeum Conservatory. He won the Maria Callas Prize and scholarship, which allowed him to continue his studies in Munich, at Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Shortly thereafter he made his debut at the Prinzregententheater in Munich as Conte d’Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and won the W.D. Fassbaender Prize for young baritones. His discography and DVD releases include Verdi’s Macbeth for Bel Air Classiques with the Paris Opera Orchestra, Dido and Aeneas for Alpha, Francesca da Rimini (Lanciotto) for Bel Air Classiques, Schubert’s Winterreise for Navis Classics, as well as Mozart’s Don Giovanni (title role) for Sony Classical under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.
Philippe Tondre has been Principal Oboe in the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart since 2008. He also holds the position of Principal Oboe in the Mito Chamber Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra Matsumoto Japan. He was born in Mulhouse (France) in 1989 and entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 15, where he studied with David Walter and obtained his Master’s Degree with distinction in 2010.
Philippe is prizewinner of all the major international oboe competitions. As Principal Oboe Philippe Tondre has played in the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Paris Orchestra, the Radio France Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the National French Youth Orchestra. Philippe has also appeared as soloist and chamber musician with leading orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich, the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and others. He has worked with eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Myung Whun Chung and has been invited to give Master-Classes in Germany, Japan, China and Taiwan.
In May 2013 Philippe Tondre performed the German Première of James MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto under the baton of the composer and accompanied by the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. In September 2013 he played the Japanese Première of György Ligeti’s Double Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra with Jacques Zoon (flute).
In 2012, after his successful debut at the Beethoven Festival Bonn, Philippe Tondre was awarded the prestigious Beethoven Ring Prize. In June 2013 he made his debut in the Philharmonie in Berlin playing Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for Oboe accompanied by the German Symphony Orchestra.
Lech Antonio Uszynski
Lech Antonio Uszynski has come to prominence as one of the most exciting and versatile viola players of his generation thanks to what the Badische Zeitung has described as his “thoughtful playing, which banks not on showy effects but on timbre, texture and emotion”. As a soloist and chamber musician he has played in concert halls that include the Philharmonie Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Seoul Arts Center and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He is also a regular guest at international festivals. He has been the Stradivari Quartet’s viola player since 2010 and enjoyed great acclaim with this ensemble on international tours throughout Europe, Asia and America. Additionally, to his performance as chamber musician and soloist, he has been invited in the past years as guest principal Viola by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Lucerne Festival Strings and other Ensembles.
2019 his solo album “Progetto Gibson” was released by RCA Red Seal (Sony Classical). In 2018 his quartet released two CDs (Works by Schumann & Schubert) for RCA Red Seal (Sony Classical).
As a chamber musician he has worked with artists such as Vilde Frang, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antoine Tamestit and many others. In addition to his wide stylistic range as a performer, he is also passionate about teaching. Lech Antonio Uszynski is fortunate to have been playing from 2010-2017 on the “Gibson” Stradivari 1734. Currently he performs on a rare Viola made in 1690 by Hendrick Willems.
Vassilis Varvaresos’s 2017-2018 season has included, among else, performances at the Istanbul Music Festival, the Enescu Festival, the Festival des Musicales du Golfe, the Festival de la Rochelle, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, and the Kulturscopes Festival in Basel. He has performed with the Orchestre de Normandie, the Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, and is currently working on his next recording for Aparte Records, with works by Schumann, Ravel and Scriabin.
In recent years, Varvaresos has performed at some of the greatest concert halls in Europe and has given concerts in China, Japan, Egypt, Korea and Israel. He has performed with famous orchestras and has appeared as a soloist in virtually all states of the U.S.A., including noted performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as at the White House for President Barrack Obama.
Vasilis Varvaresos has recorded two albums for NAVIS Classica and one album for Global Private Equity. He has written a book on the music of Debussy, and he has composed music for two documentaries, a short film and a musical. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with noted performers such as Michel Dalberto, Henri Demarquette, Nicolas Dautricourt, Noe Inui and Benedict Kloeckner.
Varvaresos has studied on a full scholarship at Juilliard School, New York, where he obtained his Bachelor, Master, and PhD. He then obtained his Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interprète from the Paris Conservatory. He won the First Prize in the Young Concerts Artists Competition aged 14, and he has also won third prize in the Enescu Competition and second prize in Piano Masters in Monte Carlo. In 2010 he was named “Most Promising Young Greek Artist” by the Greek Critics’ Association.
Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for nearly twenty-five years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto. Lars Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras both as conductor and directing from the keyboard. In September 2015 he took up his post as Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage, Gateshead reflecting this new development in his career. Highlights of their inaugural season together include presenting the series’ ‘Reclaiming Mozart’ and ‘Sibelius and the Musical North’ as well as various chamber projects.
During his prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Orchestre de Paris. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado and Andris Nelsons. His special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “pianist in Residence” in 2003/4.
In June 1998 he founded his own chamber festival in the village of Heimbach near Cologne. Known as “Spannungen”, the concerts take place in an art-nouveau hydro-electric power station. Its huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI.
A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 Lars Vogt established the educational programme “Rhapsody in School” which brings his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria, connecting children with inspiring world-class musicians.
Anne Maria Wehrmeyer started playing the violin at the tender age of four. She became a junior student at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin in 2009, and in the same year she and her family moved to Regensburg, where she has since been studying under Prof. Conrad von der Goltz.
In 2014, she continued studying at the Leopold Mozart Centre at Augsburg University (Prof. Linus Roth). Anne Maria has already performed as a soloist with the New Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the symphony orchestras of Regensburg and Nuremberg, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Since 2011, she has given regular recitals at events such as Antidogma Musica (the international festival of early and contemporary music in Turin), and the concert series at Speinshart Abbey. In 2017, she was awarded a 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the TONALi17 Competition and is working with the Tonalisten Artist Management.
As the holder of a scholarship from the German music foundation Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Anne Maria has performed several times in the foundation’s “Foyer of Young Artists” concert series and was featured on its 2014 annual CD. She has been playing instruments from the German Musical Instruments Fund since 2010, and is currently playing a violin made by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in Milan in around 1710.
The first musician in his family, Tuncay YiΙmaz began his education in Izmir, later continuing at the Ankara State Conservatory and graduating first in his class. While still a student, he gave his first concert as a soloist, performing the Turkish premiere of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra.
He gave his first recital with Fazil Say. He was awarded a DAAD German State scholarship and continued his studies in the soloist classes at Freiburg and Saarland Music Universities. Yilmaz has performed with many major orchestras around the world, including Salzburg Mozarteum and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and has given numerous recitals; accompanied by his regular pianist Robert Markham, he has performed in locations and concert halls around the world including Ankara, Berlin, Istanbul, Boston, Chicago and New York (Carnegie Hall).
Yilmaz, was described as a “young prince of violinists” by Nice–Matin in France, while the Boston Globe called him a “sophisticated concert violinist”. Parallel to his successful international career, he has been a State Soloist of the Turkish Ministry of Culture since 1996. He is a violin virtuoso and co-ordinator of the Arkas Trio. Tuncay Yilmaz performs on an 1731 Petrus Paulus Devitor “Red Diamond” violin.
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