seong-jin-cho

Born 1994 in Seoul, South Korea, Seong-Jin Cho has establishes himself as one of the foremost pianists of his generation.

Seong-Jin Cho began to play the piano at 6 years old and gave his first public recital five years later, when he was eleven years old . Winner of the 1st prize at Hamamatsu Competition in Japan in 2009, he was the youngest winner, aged just 15, in the history of the competition. He also achieved international attention at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, winning bronze medal.

Over the years, Seong-Jin has performed with the world’s foremost orchestras such as Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (Lorin Maazel), St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Yuri Temirkanov),Rundfunk sinfonieorchester Berlin (Marek Janowski), Russian National Orchestra ,Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra (Mikhail Pletnev unless stated), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Myung-Whun Chung unless stated) . He has given recitals at the Tokyo Opera City Hall, Osaka Symphony hall, St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, among many other places.

 Seong-Jin has toured Japan , Germany, France, Russia ,Poland, Israel, China, and the United States, and took part in numerous music festivals, including The stars of the White Night Festival in St.Petersburg (Russia), Moscow Easter Festival (Russia), The Musical Kremlin (Russia), Castleton Festival (USA), International Keyboard Institute and Festival (USA), Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland) .

Seong-Jin often played a roll as chamber musician in such as Seoul Spring Festival and Great Mountains Festival. Legendary violinist, Kyung Wha Chung chose Seong-Jin to play with her in recital in Korea. Since 2012, He has been a student at the Conservatoire National Suprieur de Musique de Paris and resides in Paris . Now, Seong-Jin is learning from Michel Beroff, a noted pianist.

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Widely known and respected conductor, organiser and member of the famous Vienna Philharmonic. His charismatic personality has been valued by the listeners of many European music venues, in which he has made appearances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, Vienna Art Orchestra, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Philharmonic Orchestras in Poznan, Cracox and Lodz, Polish Baltic Philharmonic and National Forum of Music Symphony Orchestra.

As an active performer of early music Jurek Dybal has worked with the renowned ensemble Concerto Köln and Marc Minkowski’s “Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble”. The artist conducted several open-air performances (including the concert with Romani violinist Roby Lakatos), as well as chamber operas and concert galas with the soloists of the Vienna State Opera, staged in Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Open for projects involving jazz, folk, world and film music, he has participated in various cross-over productions and cooperated with gypsy jazz group “No Limit” from Vienna, Chinese erhu player Zen Hu and Tytus Wojnowicz. Having created multimedia performances conveying the unconventional presentation of 20th- and 21st-century music, he invited Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Pszoniak,Edward Lutczyn, Polish Dance Theatre from Poznan and Daniel Stryjecki to participate in his projects.

Jurek Dybal has dedicated himself to promoting and popularizing Polish music. He conducted the Polish premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Adagio for Strings and participated inthe world premiere of the composer’s quintet Leaves from an Unwritten Diary and Duo concertante (Polish and French premiere). He initiated the Viennese premiere of Franciszek Lessel’s Ouverture (performed bu the Vienna Chamber Orchestra) and introduced the music of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki to Concerto Köln ensemble. The artist premiered the compositions of Krzesimir Debski. Together with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra he founded a special award for a prize-winner of the 14th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition by Inviting  Soyoung yoon to perform in Konzerthaus in Vienna.

He has worked with several outstanding artists, including Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Angela Hewitt, Itamar Golan, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Michel Lethiec, Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Erwin Schrott, Konstanty A,drzej Kulka, Piotr Paleczny, Xavier de Maistre, Gabor Boldoczki and many others. As a chamber musician he has performed with Vienna Piano Quintet, Prima Vista Quartet, Silesian String Quartet, Wiener Virtuosen, Fine Arts Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Talich Quartet and Münchner Septet. He recorded for Polish (DUX), Belgian (R.C.P.) and Japanese (Camerata) record labels and was a recipient of two Fryderyk Awards granted by the Polish Phonographic Academy. In the years 2010-2012 he was a professor at Dresden University of Music. During the Mahler’s Year Celebrations the artist was asked to plant the “Mahler rose” in the garden of a newly renovated Mahler’s birth house, among such personalities as Vaclav haver and Thomas Hampson.

Jurek Dybal is a founder and a director of the Krzysztof Penderecki International Music Festival “Level320” organised in the hisotical hall of “Guido” mine in Zabrze.

peter-frankl

Peter Frankl made his name on the international circuit as a young pianist in the 1960s. Following his very successful London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1967, he has been performing with many of the top orchestras in the UK, USA and Europe. He has appeared with numerous conductors, including Abbado, Ashkenazy, Barbirolli, Blomstedt, Boulez, Chailly, Davis, Doráti, Fischer, Haitink, Kempe, Kertész, Leinsdorf, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Sanderling, Solti, Szell, among others. His many tours have taken him often to the Far-East, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, playing with orchestras, in recitals and also in chamber music concerts. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been frequent participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier, Kuhmo, Naantali and Casals Festivals. In the USA, Peter Frankl has been regular guest–artist at summer festivals in Aspen, Chautauqua, Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, Norfolk, Ravinia, Santa Fé and Yellow Barn. Among his many solo, orchestral and chamber music recordings are the complete Schumann and Debussy piano works.

Peter Frankl lives in London and is on the faculty of the Yale University School of Music. In recognition of his artistic achievements he was awarded the Officer’s Cross and Middle Cross by the Hungarian Republic. He is Honorary Professor of the Liszt Academy in Budapest.

charlotte-hellekant

Charlotte Hellekant’s vocal expressiveness and strong stage presence are just two qualities which have helped her build a career which is equally successful on the opera stage and concert platform, and in repertoire ranging from the baroque to contemporary classics.

Hellekant has appeared on stage on both sides of the Atlantic, notably at The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Paris and Glyndebourne Festival. Recent lyric roles include Charlotte (Werther) with Deutsche Oper Berlin and Carmen with Royal Swedish Opera, whilst outstanding Handel interpretations include Ino (Semele) at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) under Marc Minkowski for Opernhaus Zürich. She sang Marguérite in La Fura dels Baus spectacular production of La damnation de Faust at the Salzburger Festspiele under Sylvain Cambreling and in concert she has sung the role of Judith in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at the Bergen Festival under Edward Gardner.

Recently Hellekant has inspired some of the world’s leading composers to write especially for her, including Toshio Hosokawa who created the role of Murasame for her in his acclaimed Matsukaze. Subsequently, Hosokawa wrote his monodrama The Raven for her, which she premièred in Brussels, Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Paris with Ensemble Lucilin. Hellekant also received particular acclaim for her tour de force performance as Sweden’s schizophrenic King Erik XIV – a role also created for her – in Mikko Heiniö’s eponymous opera.

This season Hellekant joins Sasha Waltz & Guests in a major new staging of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo under Pablo Heras-Casado which premieres at Dutch National Opera, followed by performances at the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Bergen International Festival, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Berlin’s Staatsoper im Schiller. She also takes The Raven on tour in Japan and performs Philippe Boesmans’ Au monde at the Opéra Comique, Paris. On the concert platform Hellekant joins the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León for Mahler’s Symphony No.2 under Lionel Bringuier.

In concert Charlotte Hellekant is a regular guest with many notable conductors and orchestras, including Christoph von Dohnányi at the BBC Proms, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Born in Beirut, Lebanon to a family of Armenian descent, Professor Avo Kuyumjian began his studies when he was 12 years old at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna. He was the youngest student at the time majoring in piano performance. At the University he studied with Professor Dieter Weber, Noel Flores, Alexander Jenner and Georg Ebert. He continued his postgraduate work with Djanko Iliev, Stanislaw Neuhaus and Alica Kezeradze.

Professor Kuyumjian’s career as an artist performer, professor, director, and administrator is marked by the many accomplishments he has achieved in the field of music since he won the first price at the Sixth International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1981. Since then he has performed in well renowned concert halls in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan. He has been a soloist with well renowned orchestras around the world and taken part in many different festivals. He is a sought out juror in major international competitions in addition to conducting master classes in many universities in Europe and Japan. His recordings with many great artists and especially with his long time duo partner Takumi Kubota, well demonstrate his artistry as a pianist and a chamber musician.

In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Piano and Chamber Music in the Keyboard Department at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where he began his pedagogical career as an assistant professor in 1987. He is the initiator and founder of the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in the same University and in 2002 he became the cofounder/ director of the Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Institute of the University. Since the summer of 2004 until 2008, he has been the Artistic Director at the “piano a St. Ursanne” festival in Switzerland.

Since 2007, he is Board Member of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy) and gives many master classes at various famous Partner-Institutions around Europe. In October 2010, he was appointed Dean for the Department of Performance and Instrumental Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

luis fernando perez

Born in Madrid in 1977, Luis Fernando Pérez studied under Andrés Sánchez-Tirado at the Conservatorio de Pozuelo de Alarcón, where he received top grades. In 1993 he entered the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, where he studied piano with Dimitri Bashkirov and Galina Egyazarova and chamber music with Marta Gulyas. He continued his training in Cologne (Germany) with Pierre-Laurent Aimardand later with Alicia de Larrocha, Carlota Garriga and Carmen Bravo de Mompou at the Marshall Academy in Barcelona, where he earned an MFA in Spanish Music.

He has taken master classes with maestros such as Leon Fleisher, Andras Schiff, Bruno-Leonardo Gelber, Carmen Bravo de Mompou, Menahem Pressler and Fou Tsong, and has been awarded at contests such as Ibla (Franz Liszt Prize-Italy) and Enrique Granados of Barcelona (Alicia de Larrocha Award).

He teaches master classes in Hungary, France and in a wide range of Spanish cities, and is Professor of Chamber Music at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía,  piano teacher in the ‘Academia Marshall’ in Barcelona, founded by Enrique Granados, followed by Frank Marshall and Alicia de Larrocha (director until her death), temple of spanish music and piano teacher in the “Master in interpretation” of the European University of Madrid. His recent edition of the score of Iberia of Isaac Albéniz, commissioned by the Isaac Albéniz Foundation (Madrid) and free for download on the internet (www.classicalplanet.com), has been highly acclaimed

His career has taken him to myriad stages around Europe, Asia, and America. Whether recitals, chamber ensembles, or with an orchestra, his performances have been warmly acclaimed by critics and public alike. He has been invited to prestigious events such as the festivals in Schleswig – Holstein, La Roque d’Antheron, Festival Richter in La Grange de Meslay, Jacobins in Toulouse, Santander, the Quincena Musical Donostiarra, Granada, Musika-Musica in Bilbao, etc.

He has collaborated with orchestras such as the Sinfónica de Barcelona y Orquestra Nacional de Cataluña, the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Sinfónica de Bilbao, Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestra Ensemble of Kanazawa, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, Chamber Orchestra Mannheim, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Española, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, with conductors such as José Ramón Encinar, Antoni Ros Marbá,  Günther Neuhold, Wilson Hernanto, Kazuki Yamada, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Peter Fraas, Alexis Soriano, Enrique García Asensio, Carlo Rizzi, David Lockington, etc. Similarly, he has been chamber musician with cellists Adolfo Gutiérrez, Henri Demarquette, pianists Momo Kodama, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Arriaga Quartet, Enesco Quartet, Modigliani Quartet, B. Bartok Quartet, Sine Nomine Quartet and Artis Quartet of Vienna.

His recordings, including Albéniz’s Suite Iberia and Navarra, which earned him the Albéniz Medal, cover a broad range of very different styles and composers. The recording of the sonatas of Padre Antonio Soler, released on the Mirare label, has been distinguished as “Exceptional recording” by Scherzo magazine and “Choc de Disc” by the French magazine Classica.

His work, dedicated to Chopin, also released on the Mirare label, has received similar distinctions as exceptional recording in Scherzo and “Choc du Disc” in Classica.  His most recent work, a recording of Enrique Granados’s “Goyescas” (Mirare) has been distinguished with the Diapason d’Or and “Disque du mois” in the prestigious magazine Diapason, and “Choc du Disc” and “Chon de l´ année 2012” of the Classica  magazine. His new work, also in Mirare, will be released in autumn 2014 and is fully dedicated to Manuel de Falla.

His upcoming appearances will take him to Paris, Madrid,  Zaragoza,  San Sebastian, Bilbao, Valencia, Brussels, Saint Petersburg, Budapest, Warsaw, Sharjah, Beijing,  Shanghai, Tokyo, Lyon, Toulouse,  Tours, Elne, La Roque d’Antheron, etc.

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Diemut Poppen is one of the outstanding violists of her generation. Born into a musical family her concert career started at the age of nine. Among her teachers were H.Schlichtig, B.Giuranna, Y.Bashmet, Kim Kashkashian and the Amadeusquartet.

Concerts worldwide as soloists and chamber musician. Invitations to important music festivals worldwide. Broad repertoire, also new music, numerous viola works composed for her.

Professor for viola and chamber music in Detmold, Madrid and Sion-Lausanne. Artistic director of chamber music festivals in Rigi /Swizzerland, and Lisboa/ Portugal.

Solo viola in Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Abbado). Regular international masterclasses and jurys. Recordings with DG, EMI, Live classics, Capriccio, Tudor u.a.