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Álvaro Baltanás Meliveo

Pianist

Álvaro is possibly one of the most charismatic Spanish pianists of his generation, Álvaro Baltanás Meliveo’s communicative skills succeed to present clearly before the public his great sensitivity, passion and artistic strength. Highly empathetic artist, his commitment to the performance, to the public and to his artistic vision creates the perfect framework for an authentic experience. “He does not do things by halves and certainly does not serve the mainstream. When Álvaro reaches the keyboard on the stage he literally gives everything. Struggling for the greatest possible authenticity, turning his innermost inside out.” Piano News Magazine, 2018 Munich.

Pupil of world renowned pianists Eliso Virsaladze, Stepan Simonian and Ángel
Sanzo, Álvaro gathers the best of the three pianistic traditions: the Spanish, Russian and German ones. Álvaro has performed as recitalist, chamber musician (from duo to piano quintet) and concert pianist having played with several orchestras such as Andalusian Youth Orchestra or Málaga Symphonic Orchestra and Badajoz Symphonic Orchestra. He has performed extensively in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Austria, Poland… in prestigious halls like Horowitz Saal, Steinway Haus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Casa
da Musica (Oporto) or Theater am Rand. Important festivals include Emil Gilels Festival (Freiburg), Festival Internacional de Jovens Pianistes (Oporto), Pontino di Musica (Rome). Besides his main teachers, Álvaro has worked with Leonidas Kavakos, Andrey Gavrilov, Robert Levin, Jacques Rouvier and Arie Vardi among other Great Maestri. Álvaro obtained his Masters Diploma in 2018 at the Hochschule für Musik und
Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig, Germany. He continues his piano studies at both: the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, Italy and the Hochschule für Musik und
Theater of Hamburg, where he is completing his Konzertexamen Diploma and working simultaneously as piano teacher in the same University. Álvaro has been awarded in both national and international competitions including ‘Esteban Sánchez International Piano Competition’, ‘Pedro Bote International Piano Competition’, ‘Campillos International Piano Competition’, ‘Classics on the Danube International Piano Competition in Vienna’ and ‘Ciudad de Albacete National Piano Competition’ as well as being awarded recitals across Europe playing solo and chamber music concerts. He is one of the finalist of ‘Malta International Piano Competition’ in 2021. Álvaro is a ‘Gewa Artist’. His upcoming events include a recording for France Musique in Paris, concerts at Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Elbphilharmonie and with the Hamburger Symphoniker Orchestra.

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Lana Suran

pianist

Lana has given recitals in the most prestigious halls in Sweden such as Berwaldhallen, Konserthuset, Dunkers Kulturhus and Kristinehallen in Falun, among others. She gave her debut recital at Helsingborg Piano Festival in 2014, performing alongside Marc André-Hamelin and Haochen Zhang and has played in renowned festivals such as Festival Internacional de Música de Esmeraldas in Quito, Giresta Musik, ICMF Stavanger, Musica Mundi Chamber Music Festival, Internationaal Kammarmuziek Festivaal Schiermonnikoog and From Easter to Ascension International Festival in Tbilisi. She has also given recitals in France, Austria, Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Denmark and venues across the United States.

Lana is the 1st Prize winner of various international and national piano competitions, including the Berlingske Tidendes Musikkonkurens in Denmark, Peter Jablonski Competition in Sweden and RUM Competition for Young Soloists. Lana won 1st Prize at the First Swedish Steinway Competition (2001) and has since been hailed by critics for her “unique expressive character” and “artistic precision”. She is the 2nd Prize winner of the 17th Young Musician International Competition Citta di Barletta and winner of the prestigious Paskéll Prize (2015) given by the SWEA International foundation with recognition for her “unique poetry and musical drama”. Lana has received numerous scholarships from the Swedish Academy of Music and is the recipient of the Mannes Steinway Award (2019).

Lana has made concerto appearances with Dalasinfoniettan and the Napolinova Chamber Orchestra and has appeared in live recordings for both Swedish and foreign Radio and Television. Notable chamber music collaborations include performances with Andrey Baranov, Astrid Schween of the Juilliard Quartet and the Kodály String Quartet. She has participated in masterclasses and worked closely with Richard Goode, Oxana Yablonskaya, Emanuel Krasovsky, Alon Goldstein, Maxim Mogilevsky, Pavlina Dokovska, Svetlana Navasardian, Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Biss, Lucy Chapman, Laurence Lesser, Tomas Riebl, Frank Wibaut, Hans Leygraf, Lang-Lang, Lev Natochenny, Vladimir Feltsman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle-Hadland, Marianna Shirinyan, Jens Elvkjaer and members of Borromeo String Quartet. Lana had the honor to perform “Songs of Insurrection” by Frederic Rzewski for the composer as part of his 80th birthday celebration (2018) and her world premiere recording of “…such words as it were vain to close…” for solo piano by J.K Randall was released by Open Space in New York (2019).

Lana moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue studies with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Walnut School for the Arts in Boston. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Alexander Korsantia and Ursula Oppens.

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Winni Tsou

Pianist

Winni started demonstrating her talent and aptitude for music at an early age. She began her piano studies at six years old. Within three years, she made her piano debut on stage and also started learning violin. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Tainan National University of the Arts in 2013. Winni continued her music education with a double Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Piano Accompanist & Repetition at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music after receiving scholarships for her studies. She was under the tutelage of
top professors at the Liszt Academy: Dráfi Kálmán, Gábor Farkas, and István Gulyás
for her solo piano performance studies; Harazdy Miklós and Schmidt Eleonóra for her piano accompaniment studies. Winni graduated her Master’s studies with the highest honor and completed her Master’s Degree with a perfect score. Recognizing her academic success, Bank of China awarded Winni with their music scholarship. Her career received press coverage in the media. Currently, she is the piano accompanist as lecturer at Franz Liszt Academy of Music and University of Pécs.
Winni is the recipient of many international awards: First Prize in Taiwan’s National
Classical Piano (2005), First Prize in Japan’s Classical Music Competition (2011),
England’s The Beryl Chempin Beethoven Prize for Pianists (2013), Second Prize in
Italy’s 24th Young Musician International Competition ‘Città di Barletta’ (2014),
Second Prize in Czech Republic’s International Vítězslav Novák Piano Competition(2015)
Winni not only specializes in chamber performance, she also have extensive
accompaniment experience and collaborations with other top musicians. Winni is
often recommended by her peers to compete at music competitions and perform as a piano accompanist. Her previous collaborators include violinist Réka Szilvay, Head
of Violin Department from Sibelius Academy, tenor singer Leonardo De Lisi,
Associate Director from Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, Concert Budapest
concertmaster Miranda Liu, Hungarian flautist and conductor Drahos Béla,
clarinetist Pálfi Csaba, and England Primrose Quartet. She was invited to perform as
piano accompanist in Japan’s Classical Music Competition Winner Concert as well as
Esō Theatricals and Hungarian Dance Academy. Over the past years she performed in many music festivals and notable ceremonies: France’s Val d’Isère Music Festival,
Festival Boult-aux-Bois et Cordes, the Taiwan National Day performance, Taiwan
presidential inauguration ceremony concert, Asian Financial Cooperation Association
event. She receives many performance invitations including the Slovenia embassy and Wen-Lung Hsu, the Board Chairman of Chimei Foundation, to record a Taiwanese music album. Winni performs regularly in prestigious music halls in Asia and Europe: England’s London Wigmore Hall, England’s Symphony Hall Birmingham, Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava. Hungary’s Müpa Bartok Bela national concert hall Budapest, and Hungary’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music Grand Hall

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Elizaveta Frolova

pianist

Elizaveta belongs to the upcoming new generation of pianists. Born in Moscow in 1990 Elizaveta received her first piano lessons at the age of six. She  graduated with distinction from the Moscow Conservatory Music College (professor Vera Choroshina, a disciple of Heinrich Neuhaus), the Paris Conservatory  (professor  Jacques Rouvier) and the Schola Cantorum (professor Igor Lazko). She continued her studies at the Milan Conservatory with Giovanni Bellucci. 

Elizaveta is a winner of various international piano competitions: Maria Yudina International Competition (Russia) Yakov Flier International Competition (Russia)
International Duo Competition (Sweden) International Piano Competition in Monrond-les-Bains (France) Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition (France) Alexander Scriabin International Competition (France) Berlin International Piano Competition (Germany) International Piano Competition in Vulaines-sur-Seine (France) Mayenne International Piano Competition (France) International Piano Competition Citta di Airola (Italy)

Elizaveta Frolova’s career has frequently brought her to perform in Russia, as well as in France, Belgium, Italy,
Greece, Poland, Germany and Sweden. Elizaveta is a guest of the prestigious concert halls of Europe and Russia( such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Rachmaninov Concert Hall, Salle Cortot)   and is
frequently invited to numerous international music festivals. Her performances have been broadcast on television
and radio in Russia, Italy, France, Poland and Sweden.
In recognition of her artistic accomplishments  Elizaveta obtained the Grant of the  President of Russia Vladimir Putin. 

In 2019 Elizaveta released the  album « Centuries of piano ». It features the works by  Bach, Rameau, Debussy,
Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Scriabin.
The playing of Elizaveta Frolova stands out for its power and expressiveness. Her interpretations testify to an
exceptional depth in construction and feeling, as well as an impressive virtuosity.
Piano recitals play a central role in Elizaveta’s artistic life. Her repertoire includes a wide range of music, from the baroque to contemporary works. Elizaveta propose a rich and eclectic programming,  adapted to the
audiences and the wishes of the organizers.

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Giuseppe Chiaramonte

Classical Guitarist

Giuseppe made his concert debut at the age of 15. Since that time he has conducted an intense concert schedule which has brought him to perform in prestigious venues across Austria (Vienna), Germany (Berlin, Schweinfurt, Vaihingen an der Enz), Switzerland (Zürich, Winterthur), Spain (Madrid, León), Italy (Milan, Venice, Bergamo, Brescia, Bologna, Campobasso, Crotone, Vibo Valentia and many other cities), consistently achieving a remarkably favourable response both from the public and from the critics. He performed the inedited “Bosco Sacro”, for solo guitar and orchestra, by Federico Biscione in 2015 in Milan (Chiesa dell’Assunta in Vigentino). He has also performed various concerts live on radio programmes dedicated to him.   Giuseppe Chiaramonte has been the winner of National and International Guitar Competitions and a growing number of contemporary composers have dedicated solo guitar music to him, which he has premiered during his concerts: “Sarabanda e Giga” (F. Biscione), “Variazioni notturne” and “Narciso e l’Edera” (P. Coggiola), “Bacalabra” (F.D. Stumpo). By F.D. Stumpo he has recorded on CD a previously inedited selection of solo guitar music, for the Italian label “Sinfonica” in 2015.

As a winner of the “Sony Classical Talent Scout”, his interpretation of Johann Kasparz Mertz’s Elegie, live recorded during Sony Talent Scout at the Madesimo Music Festival 2013, was selected to be included in a compilationCD by Sony Classical Italia label.   In May 2017, the Japanese label Da Vinci Classics released his solo guitar album “Soul of Strings”, containing pieces from baroque period to contemporary music. In March 2019, the Dutch label Brilliant Classics released his monographic CD “Mertz: Fantasias for solo guitar” which collects the most important Johann Kaspar Mertz’s fantasias, very technically demanding pieces that contributed to have Mertz defined as “the Franz Liszt of the guitar”. Giuseppe Chiaramonte completed his classical guitar studies with Angelo Capistrano, and further perfected his skills with Pavel Steidl, Giovanni Puddu, Emanuele Segre, Zoran Dukic, Stefano Grondona, Andrea Dieci and, at the International Accademy of Music in Milan, with Aldo Minella, who wrote about him: “Giuseppe Chiaramonte is a refined musician, who combines his innate and highly developed musical sensibility with an impeccable and in many respects innovative technique, in particular with regards to tone production. It is truly a pleasure to listen to him.”  He earned his Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2006 and his Master Degree in Electronics Engineering in 2009 with full marks at Politecnico di Milano.

 

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Antonella Carpenito

Classical singer

Antonella graduated from the Conservatory “Domenico Cimarosa” in Avellino with full marks and honors. In 2016 she obtained a second level degree in opera singing at the same conservatory, with the highest marks with honors and mention.

 

Winner of the 1st prize at the XIII National Competition “Napolinova” and of the 2nd prize at the IX International Music Competition City of Caserta – Belvedere of San Leucio; in the XVI Edition of the International Lyric Competition “R returns Vincitor 2010 – City of Herculaneum” she was the winner of the Pergolesi Special Award and the role of Flora in Traviata in the Opera section. Winner of the 18th Edition of the “Francesco Albanese” International Opera Competition in Torre del Greco held in 2013 at the Don Orione Theater in Ercolano (NA). Winner in 2017 of two competitions “City of Airola” and “World Music of Scafati”.

 

Antonella sang at important venues such as the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Verdi in Salerno, the Royal Palace of Caserta, Campidoglio-Capitoline Museums, Chamber of Deputies-Montecitorio, Teatro del Maggio Musicale of Florence, Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini of Torre del Lago, Alighieri Theater of Ravenna, National Barhain Theater in Manama, Municipal Theater of Ferrara and Municipal Theater of Piacenza, Teatro della Grancia, Auditorium of Columbia-Missouri, Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, Auditorium of Cheng-du University in China, Forbidden City in Beijing, Fortezza da Basso, Teatro del Giglio of Lucca, Teatro du Chatelet, Teatro delle Folie Berger, Auditorium of Leon, Filarmonica of Malta, Krakow Philharmonic, Auditorium of Palma de Mallorca, Theater of Correggio in the Pavarotti Award Gala with Daniela Dessi and Fabio Armiliato, Tetro della Pergola, Festival of the two worlds of Spoleto. In

 

2018 she made her debut with the Maestro R. MUTI performing in Macbeth at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, the Pala de André and Norcia broadcast on RAI 5 and shooting on Rai1.

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Emma Arizza

Violinist

Emma is the winner of the Musicians’ Company Award 2019, Emma Arizza has established a fine career as a concert violinist. A native of Como, Italy, Emma regularly performs throughout her home country and the UK, as a soloist and in various ensembles. She is currently based in London having recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with distinction.

Ever since her debut in Romania at the age of 16 with the Orchestra of Bacau playing the Sibelius concerto, Emma’s performances have taken her across Europe, with concerts in France, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Emma has won numerous competitions in Italy, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, including the Rassegna Castrocaro Classica, one of the highest Italian prizes, at which she was also awarded the Audience Prize.

 Recently, Emma performed as soloist with the YMEO orchestra in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as part of CIDIM “Suono Italiano” project. She is a Gladys Bratton Scholar at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she continues her studies with the celebrated Mayumi Fujikawa.

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Beatrice Arizza

Cellist

Beatrice graduated with highest honors at the Conservatory of Como under the guidance of Daniele Bogni. Despite her very young age, she has already won several chamber music competitions

She regularly performs as an active soloist and chamber musician in duo, trio and quartet, in many prestigious venues such as the Fazioli Showroom  and Auditorium Gaber and Sala Verdi in Milan, the Albrizzi Palace in Venice, the Zandonai Theatre in  Rovereto, in Como, Teatro Sociale of Como, Monterosa Theatre in Turin. She also appeared in prestigious Festivals such  as MiTo Settembre Musica, La Società dei Concerti of Milan, “Settimana Mozartiana” in Rovereto,  “Cernobbio Festival”, “Associazione Musica con le Ali”. 

Recently, in 2019 she has won the place of principal cello of the 1813 Orchestra at the Teatro Sociale of  Como. From 2019 she also collaborates with the Filarmonica del Festival Pianistico Internazionale of Brescia and  Bergamo, with opportunities to play alongside distinguished soloists such as Martha Argerich, Giuseppe  Albanese, Francesco Piemontesi.  She collaborates with the orchestra of the prestigious Accademia Teatro alla Scala for the duration of two years (2019-21), with opportunities to play alongside acclaimed artists such as Plácido Domingo and Ferruccio Furlanetto at the iconic Teatro alla Scala in Milan

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Sara Costa

Pianist

Sara graduated with highest honors at “G. Donizetti” Conservatory in Bergamo as student of Maria Grazia Bellocchio, from 2007 she focused her studies on the Russian School under the guidance of Konstantin Bogino, at  Santa Cecilia Academy in Bergamo and Accademia Perosi in Biella.

In 2011 she obtained with highest marks the Chamber music Degree at Pianistic Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, under the guidance of Tchaikovsky Trio. In 2019 she got a II Level Master in Piano and Chamber music at “C.Pollini” Conservatory in Padua (IT).

Sara has also been selected to participate in many prestigious masterclasses by Norma Fisher, Martin Roscoe, Andrzej Jasinski, Sergei Dorensky, Vasilly Lobanov, Pavel Gililov, Mats Widlund, Alexei Kornienko and Marian Rybicki.

Sara is recipient of many awards: Mayr Award, Edoardo Gavasso Award, First prize in the International Piano Forum in Chioggia, Third Prize at Open Piano Competition in London (2013), II Prize at London Grand Prize Virtuoso (2017). She received as well scholarship from Accademia Perosi of Biella (2008) and Royal Academy of London (2011).

From 2014 she has a piano duo with Fabiano Casanova and they have released in 2019 their first four hands CD for Da Vinci Classics label, winner of Global Music Award in California, USA (Best Album and Best Duo).

Her discography includes also a CD with violinist Christian Saccon (2011 – Wide Classique) , a CD with violinist Germana Porcu which got a 4 Stars review on “Musica” newspaper ( June 2018 – Da Vinci Classics) and a CD with Trio Carducci (December 2018 – Brilliant Classics)

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Matilda Colliard

Cellist

Matilda began studying cello at the age of 4. She graduated at Novara Conservatory with highest honors.

Winner of many chamber music competitions (European Music Competition – Moncalieri, National Music Competition “Riviera della Verisilia” – Tuscany,  “International Competion Anemos – Rome, International Music Competition London “Grand Prize Virtuoso”), she specialized in the repertoire for cello and piano at the International Piano Academy of Imola and later at the Academy of Music in Fusignano.
She also did a specialization in baroque cello.

Matilda is a regular guest artists in the main Festivals and Concert Institutions of Italy and she has performed in Europe (France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Great Britain) and in China (Beijing, Tianjn, Yangzhou, Chengdu and Harbin).

From 2013 she started a collaboration as duo cello and piano with Stefano Ligoratti with whom she published (in july 2019) the complete recording of compositions for cello and piano by L. v. Beethoven for Da Vinci Classics’s label.
Her discography includes also a CD with Trio Carducci (December 2018) for Brilliant Classics.

In 2020, Da Vinci Classics will release her recording of  Bach’s Six Cello Suites.

 

In May 2019, she founded Trio Zandonai with Lorenzo Tranquillini (violin) and Francesco Maria Moncher (piano).

 

From september 2017 she’s cello Teacher of Rudolf Steiner School in Milan.

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Juan Carlos Rodriquez

Pianist

Juan Carlos is considered one of the most brilliant pianists of his generation, he dealed with the top studies of piano with Pilar Bilbao, recognized pianist and former pupil of the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau. Likewise he has received pianistic advices from international renowned musicians like Hans Graf, Brétislav Novotny, Edith Fischer or Solomon Mikowsky.

He has been awarded with numerous prizes along his musical career in national and international piano contests, including:

1st Prize – International Music Performance Competition “Les Corts”, Barcelona.

1st Prize – International Piano Competition “Ciudad de San Sebastián”.

1st Prize – National Piano Competition “José Roca”, Valencia.

1st Prize – National Piano Competition “Ciutat de Manresa”.

1st Prize – National Piano Competition “Gerardo Diego”, Soria.

1st Prize – International Music Competition “Palau de la Música Catalana”, Barcelona

As a soloist he offers concerts with several chamber music groups and orchestras, such as Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, Vallés Symphony Orchestra, BCN Sinfonietta, Aron Quartett, realizing the CD recordings of the piano concertos KV 466 by Mozart and op. 19 by Beethoven.

His discography includes piano works by Schumann, Clementi and Falla for Naxos & Paladino Music labels.

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Daniel Arias

Cellist

Daniel is the Winner of a Scholarship for Bachelor Degree with Phillippe Muller and Master Degree Program in Violoncello, Lübeck Musikhochschuler, Germany 2015-16 with the Master Troels Svane and Master Conservatoire Superieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) Class Marc Coppey
Scholarship in 2014 for summer Program ISA in France, Winner .
In 2013 won a scholarship at Versailles Conservatory for the studies of Barroque and Contemporary Music.
Maître Degree Program Mention Très bien à l´unanimité Violoncello, Conservatoire Aulnay Sous Bois, France 2011-12. Under mentoring by Professor Phillipe Müller.
Winner of a Scholarship in Paris, France 2011
El Sistema Music program 2002-2011 his teachers Maestros Valmore Nieves and William Molina

2009-2011 Cello Concertino for TCYOrchestra ( Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra) under the leadership of Maestros Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Vásquez .
Major Perfomances: 2014, Praga, Czech Republic, at the Smetana Hall with the Radio Praga Symphonic Orchestra , Dvorak Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Chamber Music with Edison Ruiz in Caracas, Saint Saëns concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the Conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Edouard Lalo concert for Cello and Orchestra, Quebec and Caracas 2011.
World tours: The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra: Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, China, Japan South Korea under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel leadership
Master classes: Mark Churchill, Adalbert Skocic, Viola Hoffmeister, Natasha Brofshy, Lucas Franzetti, Phillipe Tribot, Francesco Starno, Kristin Leitmer, Mario Brunelo, Francis Burton, Lofgren Blair, Johanne Perron, Paul Marleyn, Matt Haimovitz, Caludio Bohorquez, Jean Queyras, and the world- wide famous Yo-Yo Ma, Phillipe Müller, Alisa Wellerstein and Artos Noras , Jens Peter Maintz, David Geringas

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Petra Gries

Organist

Petra is a classically trained pianist and church musician based in Germany.

At the age of 7 she received piano lessons by the cantor Mr. Hans-Josef Hümbert. As her teacher was a cantor, Petra was very inspired and so she began training as an organist at the age of 11.

She became a part time organist in the church municipality St. Josef in Völklingen, Wehrden. After a few years Petra focused on pop music for some time as well.

She then took a sound engineering course and internship in a recording studio and started to compose  and sing her own songs. With the help of Jean-Pierre Valance she acquired her first recording contract and she sang as a background-singer for PM Sampson.

But soon she reverted to classical- and sacred music, which is her great passion.

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Federica Severini

Violinist

Federica obtained her final diploma cum laude at Conservatorium San Pietro a Majella of Naples. She graduated in violin and chamber music at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Sonig Tchakerian and Carlo Fabiano. 

She has recently won the first prize at the “American Protégé” international concerto competition and she played at the famous Weill Hall of the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Dinu Lipatti International Competition in Rome, where she was awarded a violin by the luthier F. Gyorke. As a member of Trio Pragma she won the second prize at the first edition of the International Competition Antonelli in Latina, first prize at Magliano Sabina International Competition, first prize at Jacopo Napoli International Competition and first prize at Leopoldo Mugnone International Competition.

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Germana Porcu

Violinist

Germana began her musical studies under the guidance of M °F.Cusano. She got degree with highest honors at Conservatorio G.Donizetti in Bergamo. In 2010, as the best graduating, she was awarded the prestigious “Premio Rotary” from the city of Bergamo. In 2009 she performed under the guidance of the composer Giya Kancheli his composition “In l’ istesso tempo”, enjoying the warm appreciation of the author.   

She won several competitions, including: 1st  Prize at the “III International Music Competition of Chamber Music Miryam and Pierluigi Vacchelli”; 1st  Prize at the “XI International Music Competition Italian Festival”, with the Special Prize “Soloist with Orchestra” – so she was invited to perform Concert n.5 K 219 by W.A. Mozart with Orchestra “Alessandria Classica”; 3rd Prize at the XXX edition of the prestigious “International Competition for Violinists Michelangelo Abbado” (1st-2nd Prize not awarded); 1st  Prize as Soloist with Orchestra, at the “26° European Music Competition”. She won a scholarship donated by M° Claudio Abbado. In 2013 she was nominated “Most distinguished violinist” at “World Music Competition Ibla Grand Prize”.  In 2015 she won the 3rd  Prize at “V Concurso y Festival Internacional de Músicos” in Madrid, debuting in the same city, with great appreciation of the Jury President Victor Abramyan (Professor of violin at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire) and of the audience. She has performed in many concerts as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, England, China. 

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Bresler Quartet

String Quartet

Bresler Quartet is a young string quartet named by their mentor Sergei Bresler, violinist and founding member of Jerusalem Quartet, who realized their potential and inspired them to make the quartet playing a part of their lifes. 

In 2018 and 2019 they had an honour to perform together with such masters as Salvatore Accardo and Antonio Meneses. Concerts took a place during in Teatro Ponchielli of Cremona (Italy) during the Festival ‘‘Omaggio a Cremona’’. They also had a pleasure to play for Bruno Giuranna and have a lesson with him. From 2018 Bresler Quartet is a member of Zeist Muziek Dagen festival (Zeist, the Netherlands). 

In 2019 Bresler Quartet entered in the project ‘Le Dimore del Quartetto’ and started to collaborate with Giovanni Bietti in masterclasses and concerts during the ‘Festival Borciani’ in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

In January 2020 Bresler Quartet was one of four selected quartets for the residence program at String Quartet Biennale in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). During this festival they had a chance to work with Jerusalem Quartet, Joel Krosnick (Julliard Quartet), Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), Pavel Fischer (Skampa Quartet), Richard Ireland.

 

Masha Diatchenko, first violin

Cesare Zanfini, second violin

Maria Kropotkina, viola

Santiago Bernal Montaña, cello

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Lies Colman

Pianist

1992: At the age of 14 Lies graduated summa cum laude at the Music Academy of Antwerp and went on to study with Jacques Detiège and Lode Backx, among others. After her studies in Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Ghent, she obtained her Master’s degree in Piano at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp with Robert Groslot and Eliane Rodrigues.

2012: Her first CD “Tête à tête with Chopin” was released by Senza Nome, followed in 2014 by a second album, “Taking Five – Quintets for Piano and Winds”. Together with the Anne Boeykens Formation, she plays the piano quintets by Beethoven and Spindler (BouArt, 2014).

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Luis Andrade

Cellist

2001: Luis graduated with honours after studying with V.S. Tchervov in Kiev. In his career so far, Luis has won many different prizes such as the Portuguese Jeunesse Musicien and the International Young Interpreters Competition in Ukraine.

Luis resides in Germany and has frequently worked with various musicians and ensembles as a cellist, but also as a soloist in private concerts.

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Rik Kuppen

Pianist

Rik is a promising young soloist and chamber musician. Frequently heard on stage and part of innovative, successful ensembles, he is 1st prize winner of the Princess Christina Competition, finalist of the YPF and followed the Dutch Classical Talent trajectory, where he was described as a “color virtuoso”.

For his Dutch Classical Talent tour through the great halls of the Netherlands, Rik made a performance in collaboration with renowned opera director Wim Trompert and poet Myrte Leffring. Music and poetry, lighting and acting melted together in a unique and intimate way.

He started his musical journey when he was twelve years old and was admitted to the Hague Conservatory when he was seventeen. He studied here with Ellen Corver and obtained his master’s degree in 2017. Since November 2019, Rik is sponsored by the Kralings Muziekfonds Stringendo.

Rik took several lessons with Lars Vogt, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, Edith Fischer, Dmitri Bashkirov, Naum Grubert, David Kuijken, Ronald Brautigam, among others. With his ensembles he was coached by Eberhard Feltz, Reinbert de Leeuw, Vera Bets, Johannes Meisll, Hatto Beyerle and Petr Prause, among others.

In 2018, he won the Grand Chamber Music Prize together with his piano quintet. The Formula is an experimental ensemble that creates special performances and combines art disciplines. Their latest performance, Captured in The Formula, made in collaboration with the NJO, was a great success. “This performance has deeply affected me. Musically and theatrically, the fantastic musicians of the ensemble provided an intense, unforgettable rendition of Shostakovich’s piano quintet, in which everything was perfect and reinforced each other: a “Gesamtkunstwerk” in the true sense of the word. Such a performance is rare, time stands still, “Truze Lodder wrote.

This year they participate in the coaching program “Festival Classique”, a talent development project. Their new performance will premiere in June 2020 with the quintet by César Franck. www.ensembledeformule.nl

He has been a regular duo with clarinettist Jelmer De Moed for years. In December 2019 their EP Dwaallicht was released with pieces by Robert Schumann and Alban Berg. They were guests in the “young heroes” segment of the Podium Witteman program. In December 2019 they made their debut at the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht by Janine Jansen.

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Tatjana Neufeld

Pianist

2007: Tatjana graduated with honours from the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) under the apprenticeship of Prof. Elena Lapitzkaja. 

2011: Received an additional degree from the acclaimed International Mendelssohn-Academy in Leipzig awarded by Prof. G. Franke, Prof. H. Bräunlich and Prof. P. Moll.

Tatjana resides in Germany for several years now and regularly performs with violinists Judith van Driel (Dudok Quartet) and Jeroen Dupont among others.

Musicians: Eduardus Lee Photography, 

Constant Notten (Luis Andrade & Lies Colman)