11-19 August 2022

This year, we celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Greek revolution of 1821, in which the Greeks liberated themselves from the Ottoman Empire and paved the way to the formation of modern Greece as we know it today. It’s in honour of this event that the theme of this year’s festival is LIBERTY – art, science and philosophy being its direct consequence.

Every human action is based on a vision. No vision however could exist without the concept of liberty, an idea that originated in ancient Greece and gave birth to the first European culture.

It‘s in the spirit of liberty as a common cultural purpose and ideal that we embark upon this year’s musical journey. The Greek term „ELEUTHERIA“ is derived from the two words „ελεύθω“ / „to move towards“ and „ερώ“ / „to love“, meaning the ability to consciously pursue what our heart desires. Freedom of the mind and of the heart are equally necessary to live in liberty. This is best illustrated in the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus, the creator of mankind, who – at great sacrifice – steals fire from the Gods and brings it to the people, thereby spreading the very spark that would create human intellect, ingenuity and creativity. In short, he gave them the gift of freedom. Without freedom, any form of artistic expression would be unthinkable. In history and today, music is the first place in which the spirit of liberty is manifested and the last bastion to fall when freedom wavers.

Programme

10.08

Anna Ciborowska

The Agia Paraskevi Schoolhouse

There will be a bus with return service from Molyvos. During the transportation and while in the event space, spectators must follow the applicable hygiene measurements and rules. 20:15

Admission free

  • Maria Szymanowska (1789 – 1831)
    Nocturne in Bb Major
    Vingt Exercises et Préludes
    Prelude no. 3 in D Major
    Prelude no.4 in G Minor
    Dance Polonaise in B Minor
    Jules Zarembski (1854 – 1885)
    Les Roses et les épines
    Andante con moto
    Presto con fuoco
    Maria Szymanowska (1789 – 1831)
    Fantaisie in F Major
  • Anna Ciborowska, solo piano

Finissage of the exhibition “Go straight until you find the sea”
at K-Gold Temporary Gallery,
curated by Susanna Petot.
Guided tour by Nicolas Vamvouklis (19:00).

Musique est une femme, a project supporting music composed by women, is a joint initiative of the foundation TAK-Temat Aktualny Kultura, Handelsbeurs Concert Hall, the Molyvos International Music Festival, and the Cēsis Concert Hall. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme and the Ministries of Culture of Poland and Latvia

11.08

Danae Doerken Sebastian Manz

Rodafnidia

There will be a bus with return service from Molyvos. During the transportation and while in the event space, spectators must follow the applicable hygiene measurements and rules. 20:15

Admission free

  • Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
    Sonata No. 1 in F minor for clarinet and piano (29min)
    Darius Milhaud (1892 – 1974)
    “Scaramouche” (1937) (10min)
    Vif
    Moderé
    Brasileira
  • Danae Doerken, piano
    Sebastian Manz, clarinet

Guided tour for small groups in the excavation laboratory and visit to the archaeological excavations. The tour will be conducted by the director of excavations professor Nena Galanidou.
Arrival time: 18:00, Primary School of Lisvori.

16.08

Spark of Knowledge

Courtyard of the Elementary School of Mithymna, Molyvos 21:00

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  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Viola Duet F 61 in G major
  • Eivind Ringstad, viola
    Przemyslaw Pujanek, viola 

  • L. v. Beethoven
    “Creatures of Prometheus” op. 43: Overture

  • Rosanne Philippens, violin
    Eivind Ringstad, viola
    Tim Posner, cello
    Marco Behtash, double bass
    Sebastian Manz, clarinet
    Theo Plath, bassoon

  • Francois-René Gebauer
    Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon op. 8 no. 1

  • Sebastian Manz, clarinet
    Theo Plath, bassoon

  • L. v. Beethoven
    “Creatures of Prometheus” op. 43: Finale

  • Rosanne Philippens, violin
    Eivind Ringstad, viola
    Tim Posner, cello
    Marco Behtash, double bass
    Sebastian Manz, clarinet
    Theo Plath, bassoon 

  • Dvorak
    Piano Quintet No. 2, op. 81 A major

  • Danae Dörken, piano
    Marc Bouchkov, violin
    Alissa Margulis, violin
    Eivind Ringstad, viola
    Benedict Klöckner, cello 

 

17.08

Young people's concert

Courtyard of the Elementary School of Mithymna, Molyvos 19:00

Admission free

The programme is based on musical improvisations

17.08

Captivity

Courtyard of the Elementary School of Mithymna, Molyvos 21:00

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  • F. Mendelssohn
    Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano op. 113
  • Pablo Barragán, clarinet
    Sebastian Manz, basset horn
    Danae Dörken, piano
  • W. A. Mozart / Rainer Schottstädt
    Divertimento “Don Giovanni” for 2 clarinets and bassoon
  • Sebastian Manz, clarinet
    Pablo Barragán, clarinet
    Theo Plath, bassoon
  • F. Mendelssohn
    Concert Piece for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano op. 114
  • Pablo Barragán, clarinet
    Sebastian Manz, basset horn
    Danae Dörken, piano
  • F. Schubert
    Piano Quintet A major “Trout“
  • Kiveli Dörken, piano
    Hyeyoon Park, violin
    Przemyslaw Pujanek, viola
    Tim Posner, cello
    Marco Behtash, double bass
18.08

Revolution

Mithymna Conference Centre 12:00

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  • L. v. Beethoven
    “The Ruins of Athens” op. 113 (Overture, Turkish march) for 2 violins, viola, cello, bassoon and clarinet
  • Hyeyoon Park, violin
    Alissa Margulis, violin
    Eivind Ringstad, viola
    Tim Posner, cello
    Marco Behtash, double bass
    Pablo Barragán, clarinet
    Theo Plath, bassoon
  • M. Ravel
    Sonata for violin and cello
  • Rosanne Philippens, violin
    Tim Posner, cello
  • N. Astrinidis
    “IV. Revolution“ from “Symphony 1821“
  • Marc Bouchkov, violin
    Przemyslaw Pujanek, viola
    Benedict Klöckner, cello
    Marco Behtash, double bass
    Pablo Barragán, clarinet
    Theo Plath, bassoon 
18.08

Liberty

Courtyard of the Elementary School of Mithymna, Molyvos 21:00

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  • M. Ravel
    Cinq mélodies populaires grècques 
  • Julian Prégardien, tenor
    Kiveli Dörken, piano 
  • F. Schubert
    Lieder nach Mayrhofer und Schiller 
  • Julian Prégardien, tenor
    Danae Dörken, piano
  • K. Gourzi:
    “Songs for Hellas” (with texts by Wilhelm Müller) for piano and voice
  • Julian Prégardien, tenor
    Kiveli Dörken, piano
    Danae Dörken, piano 
  • F. Schubert
    Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D. 965
  • Julian Prégardien, tenor
    Pablo Barragán, clarinet
    Kiveli Dörken, piano 
19.08

Humanism

Courtyard of the Elementary School of Mithymna, Molyvos 21:00

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  • F. Say
    Black Earth (Kara Toprak) for solo piano – 6 min
  • Danae Dörken, piano 
  • F. Schubert
    Fantasy in F minor – 20 min
  • Danae Dörken, piano
    Kiveli Dörken, piano 
  • G. Enescu
    String Octet C major op. 7
  • Alissa Margulis, violin
    Marc Bouchkov, violin
    Hyeyoon Park, violin
    Rosanne Philippens, violin
    Przemyslaw Pujanek, viola
    Eivind Ringstad, viola
    Benedict Klöckner, cello
    Tim Posner, cello

Pablo Barragán

Clarinet

Pablo Barragán

Pablo Barragán

Clarinet

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“This evening it was Pablo Barragán who cast a spell on his audience. In addition to his perfect playing in all respects, it was just his soulful tone, which held in breath.”
Westdeutsche Zeitung

With music one can say what cannot be expressed otherwise. Music makes intangible things tangible and touches in a special way. From the first note Pablo Barragán masterfully creates a connection to his audience. His performance is differentiated, elegant and perfectly nuanced. He wants to tell stories, convey emotions and create his own color palette for every work.
As soloist and chamber musician, his performances lead him again through Germany and Europe, from the Philharmonie Berlin, to the Bayerischen Rundfunk in Munich, the Laieszhalle in Hamburg, the Tonhalle Zurich, to the Konzertgesellschaft Basel, into the Auditori Barcelona and to the Athenaeum in Bucharest with conductors such as Clemens Schuldt, Adrian Pravaba and Gabriel Feltz.

The intimacy of chamber music in turn opens up entirely new views, emotions and colors that characterize the young musician. Making music together with the Martha Agerich, Viviane Hagner, or the Schumann and Novus Quartets, and at festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Martha Argerich Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Young Euroclassics Berlin and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival are thus as important as his solo concerts.

Marco Behtash

Double Bass

Marco Behtash

Marco Behtash

Double Bass

Marco Behtash was born in 1990, in Berkeley, California, to Italian and Iranian parents both connected to the prestigious UC Berkeley University and in a whirlpool of different cultures, languages, and influences. He started playing the piano at age 5 and only as a teenager of fourteen picked up the double bass for the first time.Before focusing his career solely on music Marco had a brief foray into the field of mechanical engineering, another passion and fascination of his. Finally, however, at the age of nineteen he decided that playing music with other people made him feel alive in a way that nothing else had before and that that was the path to follow,leading him later to study with the legendary Rinat Ibragimov in London.

Since then Marco has played around the world primarily with great orchestras,including the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, BandArt, and the Nederlands Kamerorkest. Since 2016 he enjoys being sub-principal double bass the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. Over the past year she has especially enjoyed working with great artists including Gordan Nikolic,Bernard Haitink, Joyce Di Donato, Joseph Calleja, Christian Zacharias, Janine Jansen, Dimitri Hvorostovski, Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Antonello Manacorda,Valery Gergiev, Batio Hagony, and many others.

In his free time Marco enjoys sports, being in nature, reading, going to concerts and cooking. Marco usually plays on an English instrument attributed to John Devereaux(London, ca. 1830) using gut strings (metal-wound or uncovered) and enjoys using a variety of bows ranging from baroque to modern.

Marc Bouchkov

Violin

Marc Bouchkov

Marc Bouchkov

Violin

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Anna Ciborowska

Piano

Anna Ciborowska

Anna Ciborowska

Piano

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Anna Ciborowska is a pianist who likes to stray off the beaten track. Although her concert repertoire includes many pieces from the pantheon of piano literature, her discography refers to less know compositions. With The Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra Amadeus under Agnieszka Duczmal she has recorded Concerto for piano, saxophone quartet and string orchestra by Rafal Stradomski. She has collaborated with the esteemed Belgian writer and composer Gaston Compère who dedicated her many of his compositions. Some of them are recorded on CD’s “Polders “and “Lux Mea”. Suite “Polders” was used as the soundtrack to the film with the same title produced by ARTE and RTBF. She recorded the piano quintet of Jules Zarembski for the Belgian radio RTBF. Her searching passion led to releasing the CD with the music of unfairly forgotten polish XIX centaury woman-composer Maria Szymanowska. Some of the pieces on the CD were world première recordings.

As a soloist Anna Ciborowska performed among others with Dutch Orchestra „Amadeus” in the Chamber Hall of Concergebouw in Amsterdam, Orchestra „Ricercare” in Concert Noble in Brussels. She gave the recitals in many European countries. 

Besides solo performances she is an active chamber musician. She is a pianist in Exprezz Duo which played among others in Bruno Walter Hall in Lincoln Center in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, Rome, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Warsaw, Rotterdam, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Seoul (The South Korea).

Danae Dörken

Piano

Danae Dörken

Danae Dörken

Piano

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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

Piano

Kiveli Dörken

Kiveli Dörken

Piano

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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.

Konstantia Gourzi

Composer - Conductor

Konstantia Gourzi

Konstantia Gourzi

Composer - Conductor

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“I see composing and conducting as a whole, as an inseparable relationship,” says Konstantia Gourzi, who combines the rare roles of composer and conductor in an extraordinary way.

She is influenced by the identity of different cultures and musical traditions. Konstantia Gourzi deals with current social issues and incorporates them into her musical work. Creating a connection between the arts and cultures inspires her time and again to create new performance concepts.

Konstantia Gourzi’s compositional work includes works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and solo pieces as well as works for music theater and film music.

Her musical partners and collaborations include, in addition to renowned soloists and ensembles, the Lucerne Festival, the Grafenegg Festival, the Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Ensemble Musica Nova Israel, among others, the Ensemble Neue Musik Moscow, the Athens State Orchestra, the Kasseler Musiktage, the Nuremberg Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising, the Patrimonio Nacional Spain, the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition and the ARD Music Competition.

Radio recordings, television broadcasts and live streams document her artistic path as well as her collaboration with labels such as NEOS, NAXOS, SONY Classical and ECM.

Konstantia Gourzi was born in Athens in 1962 and studied piano, composition and conducting in her hometown and from 1988 to 1992 at the HdK (UdK) Berlin. She lives in Munich and on Aegina, Greece.

Benedict Klöckner

Cello

Benedict Klöckner

Benedict Klöckner

Cello

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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

Clarinet

Sebastian Manz

Sebastian Manz

Clarinet

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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.

Alissa Margulis

Violin

Alissa Margulis

Alissa Margulis

Violin

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Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmony, the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmony, the Vienna Musikverein, Sumida Triphony Hall Tokyo, the Sage Gateshead, the Tonhalle Zurich and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.

Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov. She won numerous prizes at international violin competitions and was awarded with the “Pro Europa” prize of the European Arts Foundation which was presented to her by Daniel Barenboim in Berlin.

She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, New Russia Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Bilkent Orchestra Ankara, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Belgian National Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Kiev, Skopje, Ljubljana, Minsk and Novosibirsk, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Moscow Soloists, and the Kremerata Baltica, amongst many others.

Alissa Margulis worked together with famous conductors: Ivor Bolton, Jacques Mercier, Arnold Katz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Dmitry Liss, Jaap van Zweden, Enrique Mazzola, Daniel Raiskin, Fabrice Bollon, Stefan Vladar, François-Xavier Roth, Lars Vogt, Howard Griffiths, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Hubert Soudant, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Christian Arming, Augustin Dumay, Mikko Franck and Gerd Albrecht to name just a few of them.

Besides her solo career Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Bruno Giuranna, Mischa Maisky, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Liana Issakadze, Alexandre Tharaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Lonquich, Polina Leschenko, Paul Badura-Skoda and Lars Vogt.

She further appeared at various Festivals: at the Enescu Festival Bucharest, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, in Davos, Tours, Stravanger Festival, at the Mozartwoche Salzburg, “Spannungen”-Festival in Heimbach, “Progetto” Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sotshi Winter Arts Festival and Verbier Festival.

Her discography includes more than a dozen CDs at labels such as EMI Classics, Oehms, Novalis, Avanti Classic and CAvi. Notably two of the six EMI Classics releases of the „Martha Argerich and Friends“ series received a GRAMMY nomination, several others won the Diapason d’or. She recorded repertoire by Mozart, Shostakovich, Enescu, Beethoven, Messiaen and others as well as the complete music for violin and piano by Franz Liszt. She recorded Piazzolla’s seasons and took part in an all Klezmer recording alongside musicians such as Myriam Fuks, Roby Lakatos, Evgeny Kissin, Polina Leschenko and Mischa Maisky. Alissa Margulis will be featured in another live recording of chamber music performed at the Progetto Martha Argerich, a 2016 release by Warner Classics.

Last season she played concerts in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Russia, Luxembourg, Lebanon, South Africa, Aruba, Malta, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA, Italy, France at venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and the Verbier Festival, among many others.

Hyeyoon Park

Violin

Hyeyoon Park

Hyeyoon Park

Violin

 Combining integrity with elegance and focus with panache, Hyeyoon Park is an artist of outstanding style and virtuosity. Since making her orchestral debut at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic, she has achieved international acclaim with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra St Petersburg, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. 

The youngest ever first prize winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich at the age of 17 in 2009, Hyeyoon was also a recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2011 and went on to receive the London Music Masters Award in 2012. Passionate about education, this award has provided her with a regular platform to bring music and performance into London’s schools.

Hyeyoon regularly appears at major festivals and venues around the world, such as London’s Southbank Centre, Spannungen Festival Heimbach, Moritzburg Festival and Marlboro Festival. She has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Yuri Bashmet, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Alban Gerhardt, Jan Vogler, and Benjamin Grosvenor, to name but a few.

Born in Seoul in 1992, Hyeyoon studied at the junior colleges of the Korean National University of Arts and University of Cincinnati with Professor Piotr Milewski. She also studied with Professor Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and with Christian Tetzlaff as a Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy. These studies were funded by the Nikolas Gruber Stipendium.

Hyeyoon Park plays a violin made by the German violinmaker Stefan-Peter Greiner.

Rosanne Philippens

Violin

Rosanne Philippens

Rosanne Philippens

Violin

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Rosanne Philippens is an extraordinary communicator, with an innate musicality and an infectiously joyful yet sincere approach to music-making. She is in high demand across the Netherlands both as soloist and chamber musician. She is also a keen play/director and recently made her debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon leading the Οrchestra in a hugely successful performance. Recent highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Barcelona Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and with orchestras across Germany, Finland, and Switzerland, with conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Lawrence Foster, Otto Tausk, Jan Willem de Vriend, Antony Hermus and Nicholas Collon. Philippens plays regularly with artists such as István Vardai, Vilde Frang, Julien Quentin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Amihai Grosz, Camille Thomas and Zoltán Fejérvári. She runs her own concert series “The Amsterdam Salon Pop-Up”, presenting high-quality concerts in carefully sought-out and unusual locations. Philippens records exclusively for Channel Classics and all her recordings have received glowing praise. The Strad has described her latest CD Insight as being “both softly spoken and intensely powerful”. Earlier albums include Dedications, featuring works by Kreisler, Fauré and Ysaÿe, and a recording of Prokofiev’s Concerto no 2, described by BBC Magazine as “a triumph”. Philippens was taught from an early age by Anneke Schilt at the Amstelveen Music School. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma and Ulf Wallin, receiving the highest distinction from both institutes. Philippens won first prize at the Dutch National Violin Competition in 2009 and the Freiburg International Violin Competition in 2014. Philippens plays on the 1727 “Barrere” Stradivarius, thanks to the generous support of the Elise Mathilde Foundation.

Theo Plath

Bassoon

Theo Plath

Theo Plath

Bassoon

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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.

Tim Posner

Cello

Tim Posner

Tim Posner

Cello

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In 2018, Tim Posner became the first ever British prizewinner at the International Karl Davidov Competition in Latvia. Born in 1995, he began playing the cello at the age of eight and is currently studying in the Solo Classof Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover.

Tim made his debut concerto performance at the age of 14. Since then he has performed as soloist with renowned orchestras including the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Mozart Players with conductors such as Andrew Manze. Highlights of the 2021/22 Season will include the world premiere of Polo Piattis Cello Concerto and a recital debut at the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Between 2017-2019 Tim was the recipient of the prestigious Gundlach Musikpreisaward.

As a chamber musician, Tim regularly plays in various ensembles. In 2010 he founded The Teyber Trio with violinist, Tim Crawford and violist, Timothy Ridout, with whom he continues to perform internationally. As a former member of the Celan Quartet he recorded a debut CD of Bergs Op. 3. Tim has performed at numerous international chamber music festivals such as the Musikdorf Ernen, IMS Prussia Cove (Open Chamber Music), Wye Valley, Lewes, Peasmarsh, Frinton, Musique à Marsac, Buxtehude, Joroisten Musiikkipaivat, Roman River, Cheltenham und Brighton-Festival festivals. Tim has collaborated with internationally acclaimed musicians including Lars Vogt, Alasdair Beatson, Anthony Marwood, Ewa Kupiec, Esther Hoppe, Alexander Rudin, Andrej Bielow, Richard Lester, Elisabeth Kufferath, Matthew Hunt, Katherine Gowers, Bengt Forsberg and the Doric String Quartet.

Julian Prégardien

Tenor

Julian Prégardien

Julian Prégardien

Tenor

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Julien Prégardien was born in Frankfurt in 1984 and received his earliest music training in the choirs of Limburg Cathedral. After studying in Freiburg and joining the academy of the Aix-en-Provence opera festival, he was a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble from 2009 to 2013. At the same time, he developed an international career as a concert performer. Today, the tenor is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of singers.

As an opera singer, he has appeared at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, at the Hamburg and Bavarian State Operas and at the Opéra Comique in Paris. In 2018 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Narraboth in Richard Strauss’ Salome (director: Romeo Castellucci) with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. In 2019 this was followed by his debut as Tamino in a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Berlin State Opera under the baton of Alondra de la Parra. During the 2020/2021 season, he returns to the Berlin State Opera for a revival of Die Zauberflöte.

Highlights of the recent past are concert appearances with the Munich Philharmonic, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Bavarian Radio Chorus. Julian Prégardien was “Artiste Étoile” at the Mozartfest Würzburg in 2019, where he performed with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, among others. In early March 2020 he made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, performing Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang under Franz Welser-Möst. During the 2020/2021 season, he is scheduled to perform with the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock, with the Dresden Philharmonic under Cornelius Meister, with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under Kent Nagano, with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Gotthold Schwarz, with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, with Ensemble Pygmalion under Raphaël Pichon, with Concentus Musicus under Stephan Gottfried and with Les Talens Lyriques under the baton of Christophe Rousset.

Julian Prégardien’s artistic activities focus particularly on song recitals and chamber music projects. During the 2020/2021 season, he will be the focus of a portrait series at Cologne’s Philharmonie, with various song and chamber music projects as well as orchestral songs with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Alondra de la Parra. Apart from numerous song recitals, Julian Prégardien will perform Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Martin Helmchen and Schumann’s Dichterliebe with Eric le Sage.

Julian Prégardien records exclusively for the label Alpha Classics. He is a professor at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre’s vocal department, a member of the Schumann Network and artistic director of the Brentano Academy in Aschaffenburg.

Przemyslaw Pujanek

Viola

Przemyslaw Pujanek

Przemyslaw Pujanek

Viola

Przemyslaw Pujanek, born in Poznan, Poland, began his musical education aged six on violin. In 2010 he graduated Henryk Wieniawski School of Music in Poznan with distinction.

In the years 2007-2010 he simultaneously attended Julius Stern Institut in Berlin, where he mastered his violin skills under Tomasz Tomaszewski. During this time he was successfully participating in many national and international music competitions as a soloist and as a chamber musician.

After changing his main instrument to viola, he studied from 2010 at Berlin University of Arts withnProf. Hartmut Rohde. During his studies, which he graduated in 2014 with the highest mark, he participated in many festivals (e.g. HARMOS festival in Porto, Portugal), won prizes in many international competitions (Max Rostal Competition in Berlin, Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria) and was a recipient of numerous scholarships (DAAD prize, “Ad Infinitum” Scholarship and Paul Hindemith Association Scholarship).

Beetwen 2015 and 2017, after a successful audition, he worked as 1st Principal Viola at the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the years 2017-2018 he worked as a First Solo Violist at the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt (HR Sinfonieorchester). Since 2019 he is the 1st Solo Violist at the German Opera in Berlin (Deutsche Oper Berlin).

Eivind Ringstad

Viola

Eivind Ringstad

Eivind Ringstad

Viola

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The Norwegian violist Eivind Ringstad (b. 1994) is today featured as one of the most prominent violists of his generation. He made his breakthrough after winning the «Eurovision Young Musicians 2012», and one year later made his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2016, Eivind was awarded the «Borletti Buitoni fellowship award» and appointed the «BBC´s New Generation Artists Scheme», leading to engagements in the UK, including debut recitals in Wigmore Hall and the International Edinburgh Festival.

Eivind released his first recording in 2017 for Lawo Classics featuring William Walton´s Viola Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. His second recording «Correspondances» with German pianist David Meier was released by Rubicon Classics in 2020. 

He has appeared with many orchestras, including Copenhagen Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Lahti Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors, such as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Eivind Aadland, Han-na Chang, Anja Bilhmaier and Joshua Weilerstein.

As a prolific chamber musician, Eivind has collaborated with some of the most distinguished musicians around, such as Janine Jansen, Guro Kleven Hagen, Timothy Ridout, Steven Isserlis, Beatrice Rana and Leif Ove Andsnes. Eivind is currently co-artistic director for Norsjø Chamber Music Festival, which takes place annually in Telemark, Norway.

Eivind started to play the violin at the age of 5, moving to the viola as his main instrument nine years later. He studied at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, Norway with Prof. Soon-Mi Chung Barratt-Due.

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