Borislava Taneva is a pianist-performer, a composer, a pedagogue, a chamber musician, an organiser of musical events. Her active participation in the contemporary cultural life in Bulgaria and abroad defines her as a successful, multispectral musician.
She was born in Sofia in the family of distinguished musicians and started her musical education at a very early age. She completed her master’s degree in piano and composition at the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia. There are some other world famous professors like Jacob Lateiner,Germaine Mounier, Vera Gornostaeva and Ludwig Hoffmann who also played a role in her development as a performer. Borislava Taneva has been a laureate of national and international piano, chamber music and composition competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Greece, etc. She has performed multiple recitals in Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Italy, Brasil, Switzerland, Lithuania, Israel, France, Norway, Macedonia, Spain, etc. After her graduation Borislava Taneva started work as an assistant professor in the Piano Department of the Performance Faculty of the National Music Academy /NMA/ in Sofia. Currently she is a piano and pedagogical practice professor at NMA in Sofia and vice rector of the Academy.
In 2012 a Doctor's degree (PHD) was conferred on Borislava Taneva. For several years she had great success, teaching Interpretation of Contemporary Music in Athens.She gives masterclasses and delivers seminars on various topics at music colleges and academies in Greece, Swiss, France, USA, Luxembourg, Brasil, Spain, USA, Singapore, Norway, Italy etc. Prof. Taneva has appeared as a jury member in many national and international piano competitions in Greece, France, Vienna, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Serbia etc. Her students have been awarded with numerous of prizes from national and international forums and competitions. She is the author of several opuses of piano pieces for beginners, edited by MUSICA FERRUM in London. She is the founder and a member of the Swiss-Bulgarian Association of Culture – SBAC, based in Geneva. B. Taneva was awarded with special prizes for her contribution to Bulgarian culture.
Andrija Blagojević, clarinet
Serbian clarinettist Andrija Blagojević (b. 1981 in Kruševac, Serbia) is an associate professor of clarinet at the University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica and serves as the International Clarinet Association Country Chairperson for Serbia, European Clarinet Association Board member and the president of the Board of Directors of the National Serbian Clarinet Association.
Blagojević performed as a soloist and member of various ensembles and lectured throughout Serbia, as well as in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland and Spain, and was a jury member in the clarinet and chamber music sections at the international competitions held in Serbia and Bulgaria.
Blagojević has published clarinet-related articles in various journals: The Clarinet (USA), Clarinet & Saxophone (UK), ‘rohrblatt (Germany) and Putevi kulture (Serbia).
Andrija Blagojević studied the clarinet with Mihajlo Avramović, Tomislav Nikolić and Milenko Stefanović. During his studies, Blagojević was awarded numerous awards, including the Distinguished Student Award by the Chancellor of the University of Priština, and a grant by the Kingdom of Norway, awarded to the selected best students of the Republic of Serbia. Following his postgraduate studies, Blagojević started his university career as an assistant to Professor Milenko Stefanović, the soloist and former longtime principal clarinettist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2010 Blagojević became the first Serbian clarinettist accepted into the membership of the European Clarinet Association, having been previously the founder of the Serbian section of the International Clarinet Association. The ICA president, Dr. John Cipolla, remarked, “Through all my interactions with Mr. Blagojevic, he has displayed nothing but the highest professional standards. He has opened opportunities for students and professionals in this region of the world (…). I am very impressed by both the quality and volume of his work and contributions.”
Zhanat Yermanov, clarinet
The Artistic Characterization
Yermanov Zhanat Rahmetulinovich was born in February 28, 1965, Bayan-Aul area of Pavlodar region, Alexander farm.
1984, graduated with honors from Ust-Kamenogorsk School of Music.
1991, graduated from KNC named by Kurmangazy.
1993, finished graduate studies at the KNC named by Kurmangazy.
1997, graduated from the European Academy of Music named by Mozart, Poland.
2000, graduated from the International Summer Music Academy in Nice, France.
2001, graduated from the International Summer Academy of Music in the Prado, France.
2002, graduated from KNC named by Kurmangazy, specialty opera and symphony conducting.
Certificates, diplomas and medals
1. Diploma 1st degree. V National Competition for Young Performers. Ministry of Culture, Almaty 1983
2. Diploma 3rd degree. Competition for Wind and Percussion instruments of the republics of Central Asia and Kazakhstan. Almaty. April 1990 the State Culture Committee of Kazakhstan SSR.
3. Diploma 1st degree. I international contest of wind and percussion instruments from central Asia, Azerbaijan, Tatarstan and Bashkortostan. Ministry of Culture. Union of Musicians. State Conservatory named by Kurmangazy, Almaty, 1994
4. In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on May 7, 2002 was awarded the anniversary medal "Kazakhstan Respublikasynyn Karula Kushterne 10 zhyl" Astana. 08/05/2002
5. Diploma. Education Foundation by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. For the great artistic achievements in art. Director of the Fund. D.Kulibaev. The city of Almaty. May 17, 2003
6. Certificate of Merit. For an excellent job in educating the young musicians, and due to Teachers' Day. RSSMSHI named by K. Baiseitova. 03.10.2003
7. Due to the 60th anniversary of the KNC named by Kurmangazy for outstanding achievements in the education of youth and concert activities Yermanov Z.R, was awarded the honorary title of "Madeniet қayratkerі."
8. For his great contribution to the development of performing arts and the creation of a state woodwind quintet by Presidential Decree of December 4, 2009, he was awarded the honorary title "Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan."
9. In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, dated December 7, 2011, was awarded the anniversary medal "20 years of independence, Republic of Kazakhstan".
He actively gives concerts, combining it with teaching being an associate professor at KNC named by Kurmangazy. His concerts were successfully held in Vienna, Riga, Moscow, Budapest, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Marseille, Seoul, Bangkok, London and Odessa. He improves his level of performance, playing music and communicating on joint concerts with such artists like Michelle Letek, Francois Leleu, Ana Casian, Jean Hyenas Keyras, Frederick Baron, John Thomson, Corrado Giuffredi, David Valter and others.
He has a number of scientific and methodological works. Many of his graduates are the laureates of international competitions and working in various musical groups within The Republic of Kazakhstan and beyond.
Currently he heads the department of wind and percussion instruments KNC named by Kurmangazy, the artistic director of the state woodwind quintet created by him
Yuki Negishi, piano
Yuki Negishi has established herself as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity, as well as an adjudicator, educator and researcher, captivating audiences wherever she performs around the world. Yuki has already performed in over 500 concerts in the UK alone, and regularly performs about 30 concerts a year as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in countries such as the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), France, Germany, Switzerland (Zurich Tonhalle), Italy (Festival di Londra, Blanc European Festival), Romania, Japan, China and the USA.
She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ITV, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio. She will be releasing her second CD through the Quartz label (www.quartzmusic.com) in 2022, including music by Chopin and Kapustin. During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, she performed for various online festivals, including the Absolute Classics Festival Live Rooms Online (which reached over 100K views and featured on ITV News). Her "Piano Music by Women" series in June/July 2020 was chosen in the TOP 5 online performances for the week of 29 June 2020 alongside the Wigmore recitals by Angela Hewitt and Mitsuko Uchida/Mark Padmore by PIANIST Magazine.
She also served as a jury member for the Sussex International Piano Competition consecutively four times since its inauguration in 2010 (including the recent 2018 edition), the Open Piano Competition (2012), the London Youth Piano Competition (2019, 2021), Music and Stars Awards (2020, 2021), the Artepiano International E-Competition (2020) and 10 online competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the International Competition of Music and Arts (2021). She will be on the jury of the Indonesia International Youth Music Olympics in April 2022, and the Jean Sibelius International Instrumental Music Competition in Finland in Nov 2022 (online).
Maia Sepp, piano
Maia Sepp was born in 1985 in Tallinn (Estonia). She received her first piano lessons at the music school for gifted children «K. Baisseitow» in Almaty, Kazakhstan in the class of T.Abilchairova. 2003 she graduated this school with the distinction under the direction of famous pianist Prof. Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova, who had a great influence on the formation of pianist’s personality. At the age of eight, she gave her first public concert, the first concert of Ludwig van Beethoven, with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 1999 she was the youngest participant at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the 3rd prizewinner at the International Piano Competition in Naples. The following year she reached the finals of the International Piano Competition in Jurmala (Latvia) and in 2002 attended the International Bach Piano Competition in Leipzig. She is also prizewinner of the annual Festival of the President Nursultan Nazarbaevs Education Foundation.
From 2003 to 2008 she studied at the Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikowsky, where she graduated with honors in the class of Prof. A.Mndoyants. Since 2010 she has continued her musical education at the master's degree with famous pianist Prof. Dr. h.c. Kalle Randalu at the Academy of Music in Karlsruhe (Germany). In 2012 she graduated her master degree with honors and in 2015 - her soloist studies with honors.
In 2009 Maia Sepp was the 1st Prizewinner at the 3rd International Piano Competition in Wien (Austria) and the semi-finalist of the 5th International Piano Competition in Lyon. In 2013 she was the 1st Prizewinner at the International Wolfgang-Rihm-Competition in Karlsruhe (Germany) and at the International Piano Competition Concours Musical de France in Paris. In 2017 she was the 2nd Prizewinner at the XVIII International Maria Yudina Piano Competition in Saint Petersburg (Russia). In 2018 she was 4th Prizewinner at the V Tatjana Gaydamovich Chamber Music Competition in Magnitogorsk (Russia).
Maia Sepp leads an active concert career and performed in Moskau (Rubinstein Museum, P. Slobodkin’s concert hall, Rachmaninov Hall), in Tallinn (Estland), in Kasachstan (Almaty, Astana, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Karaganda), in France (Paris, Wissembourg), in Germany (Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden, Stuttgart, Ettlingen), in Italy (Finale Ligure). She performed with such orchestras as the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana Symphony Orchestra, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Karlsruhe Chamber Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 Maia Sepp won a prestigious scholarship from the Cultural Foundation of Baden-Württemberg (Germany). The grant supports promising young artists. In 2015 Maia Sepp recorded her first solo CD with Sonate B-Dur D960 of Schubert and “Davidsbündlertänze” of Schumann at the record company “Hofa” in Germany. Since 2016 she is a soloist at the Kazakh State Zhambyl Philharmonic and piano teacher at the Piano department of Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory.
Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova, piano
Professor Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova is an exceptional and outstanding authority in the modern piano art of Kazakhstan. Because of her international success and numerous awards she is regarded as one of the best piano players of Kazakhstan. Due to her outstanding performance she was awarded with the title “People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. Her name first became widely known in 1980 when the young musician won the First prize at the 31st Viotti International Competition in Italy. Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova became the first pianist of Kazakhstan awarded the highest international recognition.
According to the contest conditions, the winner was entitled to ten solo concerts in various cities of Italy, and Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova’s performances were a triumphant success everywhere. In their excited reviews musical critics unanimously recognized the emergence of a new bright artistic name, called her a “great pianist”, “pianist of international class”, “tiger of a fingerboard”, emphasized her extraordinary musicality coupled with the “dizzying technique”, noted her “perfect performance” of the works being part of a program of her performances, compared her play with the outstanding artists of the XX century: Ciccolini, Berman and Cziffra.
The time after the contest was marked for the pianist with continuous artistic perfection.
With her inherent persuasiveness of interpretations, she performs works by Scarlatti and Bach, Mozart and Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms, Chopin and Schumann, Rakhmaninov and Prokofiyev, Shostakovich and Gubaidulina. Her extensive repertoire covers all musical periods and styles. Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova is also an active promoter of the works of Kazakh composers: G. Zhubanova, N. Mendygaliyev, T. Kazhgaliyev.
Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova was born in Alma-Ata. She received her initial musical education in the Republican Special Music School named after K. Baiseitova, from which she graduated in the class of Associate Professor Lyudmila Ivanovna Oshkukova. She graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Chaikovskiy and post-graduate school under the direction of Honored Artist of the RSFSR, Professor Gleb Borisovich Axelrod, who had a great influence on the formation of the pianist’s personality.
The high musical culture, honed skills, generosity of her performing style, extraordinary artistic charm and spirituality of the performance – all these qualities brought wide recognition to the pianist.
As a soloist of the Kazakh State Philharmonia named after Dzhambul, Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova lifted a huge collection of complex works of the world’s piano literature both in the performances with orchestra and in solo and chamber music concerts. Her recent concerts include such works as Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand d-moll, Beethoven’s Fantasy for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus C-dur, Concerto No. 5 and Triple Concerto, Chopin’s Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, Brahms’s Concerto No. 1, Chaikovskiy’s Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, Rakhmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Gershwin’s Concerto in D Major, Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos. Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova constantly gives concerts both in her native country and abroad with well-known orchestras and conductors such as the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dm. Kitayenko, Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by O. Balan, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan, etc.
After her success at the contest, Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova gave a series of concerts in Italy and participated in the XX International Music Festival in Stresa with M. Rostropovich, V. Ashkenazi and A.-S. Mutter, where she gave a solo concert, which the reviewers called “magic”. Kadyrbekova’s performance at the festival of young performers “Interforum” in Hungary left a “very good impression”, as it was noted in the press. Her concerts in the best halls of Moscow were a huge success (Hall named after Chaikovskiy, Conservatory Small Hall), St. Petersburg (Great Hall of Philharmonia named after Shostakovich), Rome and Turin (conservatory halls), Vienna, Paris (Debussy Hall in Pleyel, Cortot Hall in the Ecole Normale), Tunisia, Ankara (University Concert Hall), Istanbul (Ayia Irini Hall), the cities of the Baltic states and the Caucasus, etc.
In 1981, the pianist recorded a solo album with the Second Sonata b-moll of Rakhmaninov, “Scherzo and March” and “The Forgotten Waltz No. 1” of Liszt at the record company “Melody” in Moscow.
In 2015 Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova recorded all Impromptus of Schubert at the record company “Hofa” in Germany.
Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova is in the prime of her creative powers, at the stage, when a person combines gained experience, performing maturity and its usual idea of searching. This is reflected in her concert programs, which are always substantial, attracting with their wide range, as well as in the interpretation of the works performed – the ability to give them a live and direct feeling, to speak the language of music sincerely and with emotion. The harmonious relationship of the emotional and intellectual beginning is a characteristic feature of the pianist’s performing image. Her play attracts with its integrity and credibility of the interpretation coming from a deep comprehension of the author’s intention. A wide range of dynamic gradations also draws attention, in which the noble-sounding and very powerful forte stands out. One of the advantages of Gulzhamilya Kadyrbekova is her developed sense and skillful use of the timbre and coloristic capabilities of the instrument. Talent, intelligence, desire of grace communication with the public – this is a key to achieving new heights by the pianist.
Igor Oleksenko, piano
Igor Oleksenko was born in 1973 in Belgorod (Russia). He received his first piano lessons at the music school named after Reinhold Glière in Almaty, Kazakhstan and graduated this school with honors in 1988.
Since 1988 he has continued his musical education at the Almaty Tchaikovsky Musical College in the class of S. Ostrovskaya. The following years he participated in several republican piano competitions (Temirtau, Kazakhstan). 1992 he graduated this Almaty Tchaikovsky Musical College.
From 1992 to 1999 he studied at the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory. He graduated from the Conservatory and postgraduate studies with the distinction under the direction of Professor S. Massover.
In 1995 he participated in the International Nury Khalmamedov Piano Competition in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) and received Diploma.
Since 2000 he is a piano teacher at the Department of Special Piano and an accompanist of the highest category in the class of Honored Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Professor S. Kurmangalieva (operatic soprano). From 2000 to 2009 he participated in department concerts, «Romansiade» international vocal competitions, masterclasses and International Rachmaninov Music festival. Igor Oleksenko constantly gives concerts with soloists such as Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhamilya Baspakova (soprano), Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan Talgat Mussabayev (baritone), N. Usenbayeva, J. Tapin. He performed in Kazakhstan (Almaty, Astana), Russia (Saint-Petersburg, Novosibirsk), China (Hong Kong).
From 2008 to 2009 he was an accompanist in the class of Raissa Borshchevskaya (soprano) at the Saint-Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Music College, where he confirmed his qualification of «accompanist of the highest category» (Russian certification).
Since 2009 he is a piano teacher of the Department of General Piano at the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory.
In 2011 he was the finalist of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition as an accompanist with a soloist of the Kazakh National Opera and Ballet Theatre after Abai Oxana Davydenko (soprano) and received Diploma of the competition.
From 2019 to 2022 he has been the Head of the Department of General Piano of the Faculty of Instrumental Performance of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory. Since 2022 he is the associate professor of the Department of General Piano of the Faculty of Instrumental Performance of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory.
Many of his students received the titles of the laureates of international piano competitions. Igor Oleksenko often joins the jury (Eurasia Piano Forum in Astana (Kazakhstan), International Piano Competition named after E. Bliznyuk in Novosibirsk (Russia).
He published 6 collections for students of the conservatory in the courses «General Piano» and «The Art of Vocal Accompanied». His recent collection called «55 vocal warm-ups on the piano».
Since 2018 Igor Oleksenko is the Holder of the order «Kurmet».
Gulzhan Uzenbayeva, piano
G. Uzenbayeva - Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Professor of the piano department of the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, member of Kazakhstan Union of Composers, soloist of the Zhambyl Kazakh State Philharmonic, the winner of a number of international competitions.
G. Uzenbayeva is a multifaceted musician who has shown herself in various activities - as a pianist, composer and teacher. She actively participates in international and national music forums, such as the Chamber Music Festival Pablo Casals in Prades (France), L. Beethoven festival in Wien (Austria), Festival "Martha Argerich projetto" in Lugano (Switzerland), "Semana Piano Festival" in Spain, a solo concert and master classes at Mobile University (USA), the Festival of new music "Nauryz XXI" in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and others.
The compositions of Gulzhan Uzenbayeva were included in the repertoire of the world's leading musicians and performed in Kazakhstan and abroad, in countries such as Great Britain, Italy, Sweden, USA, China, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey. Among them are the Concertos for piano and orchestra, Sonata for violin and piano, Fantasia for piano, Piano Trio Gasesa and etc.
As a soloist of the Zhambyl Kazakh State Philharmonic Gulzhan Uzenbayeva performs concerts (solo, chamber music, piano duo) and plays with orchestra under the direction of famous conductors, such as D. Wilson, N. Krause, V. Papyan and others.
G. Uzenbayeva undertakes active pedagogical activity. She is a regular member of the Jury of republican and international competitions and conducts master classes in Kazakhstan and abroad. Many of her students became laureates of international competitions. For her teaching activity G. Uzenbayeva has been awarded the diplomas "For pedagogical excellence".
Maria Krasnova, piano
As a concert pianist, Maria Krasnova has given solo recitals around Russia and Europe. Her repertoire includes masterpieces such as late Beethoven's Sonatas (op. 110-111), Chopin's Scherzos, Etudes and Nocturnes and the most virtuosic pieces of piano repertoire such as Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, Petrushka by Stravinsky, and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit. In few past seasons Maria has collaborated with the Ural State Philharmonic Orchestra performing with them Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, Liszt's piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, Prokofiev's Piano Concertos No. 1, Op. 10 and No. 3, Op. 26. Mrs. Krasnova has also appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Evgeny Svetlanov's State Academic Symphony Orchestra performing Piano Concertos by Grieg and Schumann.
Mrs. Krasnova has achieved the International recognition of her performing skills winning at International Piano Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan (Grand Prix, 2003), International Competition "Russian Season in Yekaterinburg", Russia (Grand Prix, 2005), International Piano Competition in Andorra, Italy (Special Prize, 2006), International piano Competition in Ufa, Russia (Third Prize, 2011),Vera Lotar-Schevchenko International Competition in Yekaterinburg, Russia (Fourth Prize, 2012).
Maria has received her advanced degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the Ural State Conservatory and currently holds a faculty position at the same conservatory.
Elena Sharova, piano
Sharova Elena is a pianist, a full-time teacher of special piano at the Chil-dren's Art School named after
E. A. Mravinsky in St. Petersburg.
A gradu-ate of the Gorky Conservatory named after M. I. Glinka in the piano class.
He conducts active competitive, concert, educational and methodological activities, has students-laureates, including winners of the Grand Prix, In-ternational and national competitions.
Tatiana Chistyakova, piano
Tatiana Chistyakova was born in Moscow in a family of musicians. She began to study piano at the age of six at the Children’s Art School named after S. T. Richter (class teacher E. Chistyakova). Throughout her studies at the school, she regularly participated in concerts and competitions. The winners in the youth competitions “Hope” (1996), “Young Talents of Muscovy” (1998), the performance with the orchestra of a concert by I. S. Bach d-moll in the Great Hall of the Kaluga Philharmonic Hall, the first solo concert in two parts in Reutov became significant and participation in the Advendikontsert International Festival in Estonia. Since 2001, she studied at college, and then at the GMPI them. Ippolitova-Ivanova, who graduated with honors in 2011. All the years she studied in the class of professor, member of the Union of Composers of Moscow, laureate of international competitions Aida Petrovna Isakova. She continued her further education at the Incontri col maestro International Piano Academy (Imola, Italy), classes of professors V. Ashkenazi, A. Kravchenko, B.V. Petrushansky. Tatyana took part in master classes by such famous professors as V.K. Merzhanov, M.V. Filippov, V. Chuchkov, A. Kurtev, V.V. Mishchuk, R. Rizaliti, K. Pari, A. A. Pisarev, I. Glinka, D. Masleev. In the summer of 2004 she participated in master classes and concerts at the Margess International creative school in Switzerland. Tatiana Chistyakova is a laureate and diploma winner of more than twenty international competitions in Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, and the USA. Among them: International Competition in Odessa (Grand Prix), «Musica classica» in Ruza, «Great Teachers» in Bulgaria, named after S. V. Rachmaninov in St. Petersburg, «Premio Pianistico Euterpe», «Pietro Argento», « Citta di Pesaro «,» Citta di Fasano «,» Anemos «,» Don Vincenzo Vitti «,» Paolo Serrao «,» Lia Tortora «,» Citta di Barletta «,» Citta di Caraglio «in Italy, Ibiza International Piano Competition , «Contemporary Art and Education», «Talents of the New Century» in Moscow, etc. Tatiana regularly gives solo concerts and in various compositions in the halls of Russia, Italy (including at the MiTo festival), Holland, Kazakhstan, Greece, and Bulgaria. She collaborated with orchestras under the direction of A. Vorontsov, I. Kazhdan, G. Aravidis, A. Khurgin, A. Istomin. Since 2011 - a participant in the programs of the St. Petersburg House of Music under the leadership of S.P. Roldugin. Since 2014, collaborates with the concert agency Classics Concert. Since 2015, regularly takes part in the jury of various competitions, such as the European competition «Don Matteo Colucci», (Fasano, Italy)., International Piano Competition. Aida Isakova (Aiz Almaty, Kazakhstan), the Internet contest «Music Prospect», «Mediterraneo competition» (Bari, Italy), the Art Academy (Kyrgyzstan), the 1st All-Russian Piano Competition «MariaFest» and others. Conducts master classes in Russia and Italy. Since 2017, she is the art director of the Artist creative association. Since 2018 - Member of the World Piano Teachers Association. In November 2018, she performed at Carnegie Hall (New York, USA) Has recordings on the radio «Orpheus», «Russian World». In 2015, a CD was released recording the popular works of P.I. Tchaikovsky in transcription for piano by A. Isakova.
Dinara Aidarkhanova, piano
Associate Professor of the Kazakh National Conservatory named after Kurmangazy
A graduate of the Alma-Ata State Conservatory named after Kurmangazy (now the Kazakh National Conservatory named after Kurmangazy) in special piano. In the same place she completed an assistantship-internship in the specialty "piano" in the class of Professor Anna Lvovna Sapozhnikova. After graduating from the conservatory, to this day she works within the walls of her native educational institution.
For many years of work within the walls of the conservatory, she was engaged in performing, pedagogical, and administrative activities.
Among the favorite authors performed in the concert programs were the works of the Viennese classics, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, modern and Kazakh composers and other authors.
Today, she is fully focused on teaching. Among the graduates of the class there are Laureates of Republican and International competitions. Graduates of the class work in Germany, Mongolia, China, Russia, France and, of course, in Kazakhstan.
In her work at a music school, she combines the skills of a professional and an administrative manager.
She tries to instill in students a creative orientation in work, a reverent attitude to the profession and a great love for music.
Darinka Todorov, piano
I work as a pianist, professor, accompanist and chamber musician, performing mostly classical music. As a piano professor I work almost 37 years at music school "Stanislav Binički" - Belgrade.
During a long career, as chamber musician, I cooperated with musicians from Sweden, Finland, Serbia etc. On International piano competition in Novi Sad (Serbia), and other domestic competitions I was a jury member. In National theatre - Belgrade I was working on opera "Salome" and cooperating with German conductor Johanes Harneit. For about 15 years, Svetozar Vujic - double bass, and I perform and play together, as a chamber duo "DiS". Among other concerts, we had recitals in Belgrade -Serbia, on BASS CONGRES 2016. - PRAGUE, BASS CONGRES 2018. - LUCCA - ITALY, at ISB Convention 2019. - Bloomington - USA. Our most recent concert was at 10.03.2021. - Historical musem - Belgrade - online streaming.
Elena Saveleva, piano
Elena Saveleva – Honored Artist of Russia (2005). Professor of the Piano Accompaniment Department and the Head of the Postgraduate Department of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1998 – present), Elena is a graduate of the Piano Department and Postgraduate assistant traineeship program where she studied in the class of Professor L.N. Naumov. In 2002–2021, she acted as the Deputy Artistic Director for Education of Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center. Elena is a visiting Professor at Kurashiki Sakuyo University (Japan). Elena has appeared as a jury member of various international piano and vocal competitions: International Piano Competition in Taiwan (2002); Jan Norvil Competition (Latvia, 2015, 2016, 2017); International Competition Voci Verdiane (Bussetto, Italy, 2006), Glinka International Vocal Contest (Moscow, 2014), Sviridov International Chamber Singing Competition (Kursk, Russia 2012, 2015, 2017, 2021). Advocating continuous promotion of young artists in classical music, she is the Artistic Director of the 1st International Competition for Young Musicians dedicated to the 100th anniversary of postgraduate and assistant traineeship programs of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2023).
Elena Saveleva's recording credits include multiple live and studio performances on radio and television. Among hallmark releases are two CDs with Rubinstein-Trio (2002) and a 2CD set with music of Georgy Sviridov (2014). Her latest albums with soprano Lyubov Petrova – “Sergei Rachmaninoff. Romances” and “S. Prokofiev. Chamber-vocal and Piano Works: “Hello!” – were released in 2019–2020. The Rachmaninoff album was recognized with the 1st prize at II International “Pure Sound” Award for the best audio recording of works of Russian academic music in the nomination Chamber-vocal Music (2021).
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Moscow Conservatory, she received the Silver Badge of Honors award (2016). Elena is a winner of the City of Moscow Awards in the field of Literature and Arts (2017).
She actively tours in Russia and abroad performing in collaboration with leading soloists of Moscow and St. Petersburg opera theaters, Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society, the Russian Verdi Society, the National Foundation for Cultural Development and Intellectual Property Protection ('New Peredvizhnichestvo'), the International Charity Foundation "New Names" and the Charitable Foundation of Support for the Music Art "Elena Obraztsova Foundation". Elena is a Member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA Russia) and the International Federation of Musicians.
Elena authored and designed educational music projects "There, beyond the Milky Hills …" All chamber-vocal works of Georgy Sviridov," "In Memory of Outstanding Singers" (Galina Vishnevskaya, Irina Arkhipova, Elena Obraztsova), “Moscow of the Opera” (2020–2021) – of which she is the Artistic Director and a permanent participant. Elena is the founding creator and author of unique artistic initiatives celebrating the 150th anniversary of Sergei Rachmanonoff’s birth. “Operas by S.V.” is among her latest projects that take place in the Museum-manor S.V. Rachmaninoff in Ivanovka, Russia (2023).
Natalia Lezedova, piano
Natalia Lezedova (pianist) - is a graduate of the Musical Faculty of the State Pedagogical University of Russia, and she also has postgraduate studies in "Musical Art" (2012). She attended an advanced training course from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (2013). She is also a laureate of five international competitions, among them: two first prizes as a performer-soloist (Saint-Petersburg and Moscow 2012), winner of the Grand-Prix music festival competition “Severnaya Venetsia” (2012) and first prize laureate as a concertmaster (Music Competition in Performing Arts in St. Petersburg, 2013). In recent years she has arranged many concerts in Cyprus, most of them for charity, and she has collaborated with musicians from Russia, Cyprus, Italy, French, Germany and UK.
Jury member of 3rd Avaton Young Performer Competition (Cyprus, Limassol, 2016), and 2023 S.E. Aphrodite Voice International, Competition, (Cyprus)
Founder and artistic director of Pancyprian Instrumental Music Youth Festival «Young Orpheus».
Yunice Tham Mei Shen, piano
●Awarded The Degree Of BACHELOR OF ARTS In University Of
Northumbria At Newcastle
●Founder / Artistic Director In DE MUSIC BOX Since 2005 (19 years)
●Certify Piano Examination In The Associated Board Of The Royal
Schools Of Music London
●Certify Theory Examination In The Associated Board Of The Royal
Schools Of Music London
●Certify Theory Of Music Examination DISTINCTION In London College
Of Music Examinations In Thames Valley University
●Certify Vocal Examination In Music Performances In Trinity
●Jury Member At Malaysia Junior Got Talent 2019
●Certify Of Honorary Teacher In The 5th Hong Kong International
Youth Performing Arts Festival 2017
●Certify Of Honorary Teacher In Southeast Asia (Sea) 2020
●Invitation For The Professional International Jury In Music And
Stars Awards 2020/2021/2022/2023
●Features In The Music And Stars Magazine " THE MAGAZINE"
●Invitation For The Cyprus International Music Competition's Jury
Member at 2022 & 2023
●Professional Piano / Vocal / Music Of Theory Educator
●Professional Rhythmic Gymnastic Coach From Geomatika University
Dominika Eska, piano
Dominika Eska Polish pianist, pedagogue, composer, graduated with honors from the Academies of Music in Kraków, Warsaw, Łódź, and the Universities of Music in Wien and Graz (Austria). Nominated for the
honorable title of "Personality of the Year" in the category of culture for 2022. Professor of piano class Jasna Góra Secondary Music School in Częstochowa Poland. Lecturer of piano workshops at Music High Schools in Poland. Her graduates are already students of many Music Academies in Poland and abroad. She has been a member of the Polish-Austrian Society for many years and represents Poland and Austria artistically in two countries.
She has many piano successes to his credit, e.g. in national and international Piano Competitions in Poland and abroad: e.g. in Warsaw, Kraków, Łódź, the prestigious 1st Prize in the International M .Magina in Paris, laureate of Piano Competitions in Japan, Austria and Sweden. Semi-finalist of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2005. She has released two solo albums with music by Chopin, Mozart and Liszt, as well as her own compositions for solo piano. In 2013, the pianist received the honorable title of the Regional Quality Mark of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship in the category of culture.
She participated in the prestigious piano academy VIENNA INTERNATIONAL PIANISTS ACADEMY in the capital of Austria, gaining her artistry many times and giving concerts.
For 22 years she regularly collaborates with Vienna and Graz in Austria, belonging to the Vienna International Pianists community of the best pianists in the world. She is a multiple winner of the scholarship of the Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and the President of the City of Toruń. She is also a scholarship holder of the Prof. Regina Smendzianka and the Ministry of Culture and Art. She has performed in all important cities of the country, both solo and with orchestras, as well as in Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Italy,
Bulgaria and Scotland. She has recorded both piano recitals and occasional interviews for Polish and foreign media.
She performed during the Probaltica Baltic Countries Festival in Toruń in 2018. 38 years of artistic piano work, 20 years of composition and 14 years of teaching. She has over 70 solo piano pieces to his credit. In January and December 2022 and in June 2023 she went on tour in the south of Poland and in Vienna (Austria). In March, a tour in central Poland.
Soon more concerts and masterclasses in Poland, Austria and other countries.
Violet Wong, piano, trumpet
Violet Wong, the music creative, as a pianist, trumpet player and teacher. Violet started playing the classical piano at 6 and she has been teaching different aged groups of students, she has extensive experience in teaching for over ten years, specialising in children and teenagers. Her students were awarded different competitions such as Hong Kong Music Festivals and Hong Kong Youth International Youth Performance Art Festivals. and recently, her students won the Second place and awarded distinction in Bristol Festival of Music, Drama and Speech 2023.
Ten years ago, Violet started her music career after being awarded the Talent Development Scholarship by HKSAR. Over these years, she achieved herself both teaching and performing. She attained Trinity ATCL Piano in the same year. Since 2014, Violet has served as a trumpet player in the Hong Kong Civil Aid Service (Band Company) and is well-trained in marching music. She has performed at different official functions including Officer Mess Dinners, New Recruit Passing Out Ceremonies etc. She was awarded the "Best Progress Member of the Year" and Commander's Commendation twice respectively. In 2017 and 2019, she sought guidance from Alexandr Smutny, a renowned trumpet player from the Czech Republic, further enhancing her skills. Since 2017, Violet has engaged in performances and collaborations with local musicians in Hong Kong. One notable experience was her participation in the Annual Dinners of the Federation of Australian Alumni Association, leaving a lasting impression on her. Apart from music performance, she also experienced making her music in videos and recording as film production.
In 2020, Violet's music journey took her from Hong Kong to London and Bristol. She provided piano accompaniment for choirs at St. Martin in the Fields and St. Mary Woodford, respectively. She also contributed her talents to brass bands such as the South London Wind Ensemble, the University of Bristol Brass Band (2021/2022), and the Long Ashton Orchestra. Notably, she participated in Unibrass 2022 in Sheffield. In the same year, she achieved Merit in the exam by herself.
Last year, while continuing her teaching and performing career, Violet embarked on her MA in Music Performance at Bath Spa University. During this time, she participated in Sparkfest 2023, a funded project by the school which was titled “Impressions and Expression: La Cathedrale Engloutie”. This unique underwater filming project marked Violet's first professional music endeavour. Together with ideas of music visualisation and Debussy's music ideas, She rearranged the music with different percussion instruments , infusing it with her inspiration. It is possible that her musical creations will receive recognition at upcoming film festivals. In the coming days , she aims to continue her education career and perform her advanced standard of piano and trumpet together in different countries.
Anastasia Dedik, piano
Anastasia Dedik is a concert pianist, educator and founder of Prima Music Foundation. Born and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia to a family of distinguished musicians, Anastasia graduated from The Saint
Petersburg Conservatory in 2004 and moved to the United States tocontinue her education at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School on full talent scholarships. Anastasia has won over 10
International piano competitions, received various international awards,
performed in 22 States and abroad.
Anastasia’s début solo CD was recorded at a live recital in Recco, Italy and was released by GPM Records in 2008. Additional recordings include “Piano” which features solo works by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky; “Akimenko,” which premieres works for piano and violin by Ukrainian composer Theodore Akimenko and Prima Trio CD. Additionally, she manages a busy performing and teaching schedule. As founder of Prima Music Academy Music School in NYC she oversees students who have been recipients of various prizes and awards including performances at Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music, and Seoul Conservatory. Anastasia is an Artistic Director of Summer Concert Series at Ventfort Hall in Berkshires and “Rising Stars” Piano Camp, which is held at Berkshire Music School, where Anastasia is on faculty.
Anastasia is also President and an Artistic Director of Prima Music Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, which supports young talents and provides scholarships to students from under-represented
communities. Anastasia is currently a candidate to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Maria Romanova, conductor
- in music theory at the Gnesin State College of Music (2000)
2000 - 2006: Moscow State Tchaikovskiy Conservatory, Master Degree in composition, teachers:
professor Tchaikovskiy Alexander Vladimirovich (composition), Voronzov Yuriy Vasilievich
(composition), Buzkо Yuriy Markovich (Instrumentation), professor Shtegman Igor Pavlovich
2010-2012: Classical Music Institute of Claudio Abbado (Scuola Civica), orchestra conducting,
teacher: professor Renato Rivolta.
2016 – 2018: Moscow State Institute of Culture, Master Degree in orchestra conducting, teacher:
professor Tkachenko Yuriy Mihailovich, specialization in plectrum orchestra (honors degree).
2018-2020 Moscow State Institute of Culture, Master Degree in orchestra conducting, teacher:
professor Tkachenko Yuriy Mihailovich, specialization in symphony orchestra and lyric opera
conducting (honors degree)
”The development of the performing arts of the orchestra conducting at the University"
"The improving of the performing skills of the students of the lyric opera and the symphony
Articles at the shientific journals:
"The world of science, culture and education"
She is actually the member of the Russian Union of the musicians, the Center of the Contemporary
Music in Milan (Centro di musica contemporanea di Milano). She was the guest jury member of
many international music competitions in Italy, such as: ”Città di Fasano”, “Città di Crispiano”,
“Città di Ostuni”, “M. Ravel composers contest ”. She was the member of the jury of the
international competition of R. Glier in Moscow. From 2021 she is the member of the Uninion of
the composers of the Russian Federation. From 2021 she is the member of Artistic Council of the
"International Youth Philharmonic of the Future" (Moscow, Russia)
Awards: She was awarded by the University of the Free Time of Fasano (Italy) "with the deep
gratitude and friendship."
Collaborations with the orchestras as a conductor:
- Orchestra of G. Verdi (Milan, Italy), 2010-2012
- “Streicher ensemble” from the orchestra "Berliner Symphoniker" (Berlin, Germany)
- 2013 - orchestra “I pomeriggi musicali” (Milan, Italy), 2011-2012
- Philharmonic Orchestra of City of Piacenza (Italy), 2010
- “Study of New Music” (Moscow, Russia), 2006
- Orchestra of the Conservatory of G. Verdi (Turin, Italy), 2007-2009
- Orchestra of Conservatory of N. Paganini (Genoa, Italy), 2016
- lyric opera choir “Cycnus opera festival”, Genova, Italy, 2010-2011
- lyric opera and symphohy orchestra studio of the Moscow Institute of the Culture, 2019.
- “Edles ensemble”, baroque music (Moscow, Russia), 2015-2023
- Chamber string orchestra (artistic director - O. G. Svistunov (Moscow, 2021)
- From 2021 conductor of the "International Youth Philharmonic of the Future" (Moscow, Russia)
- conducted an orchestra of 20 oboes and an orchestra of double basses (2022)
- chief conductor of the opera "Norma" by Bellini at the "Opera Bellissima" theater, Moscow,
Collaboration with music agencies:
2019-2021: Vida Art management (Switzerland)
Winner of the R. Glier international competition, Moscow, 2018, I prize
Winner of the international "Caspi Art" competition, Turkey, 2018, II prize.
International “Avis” competition, I prize, Moscow, Russia, 2021.
2010 - choral conducting masterclass with Maestro Alexandro Caesar Carillo (Caracas,
2007-2013: She studied the symphonic, opera and choral conducting at the Conservatory of
G. Verdi of Turin, Conservatory of G. Verdi of Milan, the Institute of Classical Music of
C. Abbado, European Conducting Academy of Berlin with R. Gessi and L. Shambadal.
2018 - Masterclass with Vasily Petrenko, Moscow
2018 - Masterclass with Simone Fermani, Moscow
2019 - “Cumbre mundial de directores de orchestra” with maestro Fransisco Navarro Lara, Huelva,
From May 1 to May 8, 2021 she held the 1st Russian masterclass of lyric opera and symphony
orchestra conducting for women in Shepsi (Sochi, Russia)
She won the scholarship from the Ministry of the Culture of Rome for studying the composition in
She is winner of national and international competitions such as:
- “The Art's Forum” (former USSR),
- ”The World of Pushkin”,
- "The International meetings of young musicians in Moscow",
- "Orpheus. The mystery of the 21st Century ”,
- international competition of the composers for organ (the international organ festival of
- international competiton "The choral laboratory of the XXI Century” (St. Petersburg, 2012),
- international competition "Donne in musica”, (Serbia, 2015),
- international competition "Tactus forum" for young composers (Brussels / Mons, Belgium, 2015),
- finalist of ”Keuris Composers Contest ” (2016, the Netherlands),
“World Music Competition” (Perrenoud foundation), semifinalist, Vienna (Austria)
– la Vilavella, Castellon (Spain), 2019,
- special prize of the international competition for composers and arrangers of I. Dunayevsky
"Challenge of Time" for the creation of the collective opera "Journalist" (Moscow, 2021).
- In the collaboration with Center of the Contemporary Music of Milan as the project "Archives of
music of the XXI century" the CD's was realised with the pieces "Bela" for orchestra and
"The dream inspired by the flight of the bumblebee the second before awakening up” for violin and
piano inspired by painting of S. Dali (2013/2015).
- In collaboration with the Arsonic (Mons, Belgium) the CD was realised with the composition
"The Seasons. The Symphony of the singing Trees" (Les sons d'Arsonic 2015-2016).
- cooperation with the publishing house ”Musician Classic”, 2016
- book about the composer: ”The Young Russian Composers”, 2010
Her orchestral work "Bela" was performed by united orchestras of Bolshoi and Maly
theaters in Moscow (2013).
José Antonio Méndez Padrón, conductor
Graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba in Choral Conducting with María Felicia Pérez and Orchestra Conducting with Jorge López Marín. He has participated in postgraduate courses at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg with Jorge Rotter and Peter Gülke and at the Carnigie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh and the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana with Ronald Zollman. Since 2009, he has been principal conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica del ISA attached to the Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana and since 2016 of the Orquesta del Lyceum de la Habana, with which he has made concert tours and participated in events such as the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, Rheingau Musik Festival, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Festival de Música Sacra de Quito, the Festival de Música Sacra de Mérida and the Festival Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center Washington. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and in 2018 Chief Conductor of the Matanzas-Cuba Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Camerata Salzburg, Salzburg Soloists, Georgetown Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated on several occasions with important soloists such as Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Clemens Hagen, Niurka González, Sarah Willis, Jonathan Kelly, Wenzel Fuchs, Stefan Schweigert, Virginie Robillard.
Since 2015 he has been Music Director of the Mozart-Havana Festival held annually in the Cuban capital. He has made premieres and first world recordings of Cuban repertoires (S. XVIII-XXI), with emphasis on the recovery of the Cuban musical heritage of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in collaboration with the Musical Heritage Cabinet Esteban Salas. He has obtained several Cubadisco Awards from 2011 to 2023, being in charge of the musical production of several recording projects, such as Música de Salón, La Habana y Santiago de Cuba, siglo XIX (2019), Armonía junto a Bárbara Llanes (2020), Quena Barroca (2021), Ofrenda, (2021), and most recently Hubert de Blanck: un holandés errante collection, with music of this cuban-dutch composer. In November 2021, he was responsible for the premiere and first recording of José María Vitier's Habana Concerto, a piece dedicated to the 500 anniversary of Havana. Between 2020 and 2022, he conducted the HLO in the Mozart & Mambo albums I, II and III with hornist Sarah Willis and the record label Alpha Classics.
Adam Diesner, conductor
Adam Diesner ¬– composer, conductor.
Born on 2nd September 1991 in Puck. Started his musical education in 2004, under the guidance of the composer Zbigniew Pniewski.
A graduate of the Music Academy in Gdańsk, specialization: Composition in the class of prof. Andrzej Dziadek, Choir conducting in the class of prof. Sławomir Bronk and Church Music. Since 2016, a board member of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union. Scholarship holder of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2017/2018 and 2018/2019).
Laureate of several composition competitions, including:
- GRAND PRIZE in Franz Schubert International Music Competition (2023);
- 3rd prize in World Music Championship 2022 (Vienna 2023);
- 2nd prize in World Music Championship 2022 (Vienna 2023);
- 3rd prize in the 5th World Championship in Composition (Vienna 2022);
- 3rd prize in the 5th European Composer Competition (Vienna 2022);
- 3rd prize in the 3rd International Composition Competition NEW VISION (New York 2020);
- 2nd prize in the Composers' Competition Stanisław Moniuszko (Gdańsk 2018);
- Laureate of the 8th Composers' Competition Zygmunt Mycielski (Warsaw 2017);
- 3rd prize in the 5th Competition for Composers Feliks Nowowiejski (Olsztyn 2015);
- Finalist of the 57th Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers (Warsaw 2016);
- 1st prize in the Composers' Competition Henryk Hubertus Jabłoński (Gdańsk 2015);
A. Diesner's compositions were performed, among others, by at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, at the Polish Theater in Warsaw, at Piwnica pod Baranami in Cracow, at Radio Gdańsk Concert Studio, at the New Waves Festival of Contemporary Music in Gdańsk, at the International Festival of Choral Music in Rumia, Music Everywhere National Festival of Contemporary Choral Music in Gdańsk.
Sungsic Yang, violin
Sungsic Yang - violin
The first grand prize winner of the 1988 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London, Sungsic Yang has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation.
Mr. Yang’s international career includes performances with: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the Scottish National Symphony, the London Mozart Players, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ireland, the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra, the Gavleborgs Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, the Stavanger Philharmonic in Norway, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra under Lawrence Foster, the Orchestra Symphonique Français under Laurent Petitgirard, the London BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitri Kitayenko, with whom a live recording of the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos have subsequently been released under the label CBS Korea. Following the success of this first collaboration, he was invited back to perform and record the Brahms and Sibelius violin concertos for Sony Classical Korea in Moscow.
At the request of Lorin Maazel, Sungsic Yang made his Paris concerto debut in 1988 with the Orchestre National de France at the occasion of the conductor’s first subscription concert as the music director of the orchestra. In addition to several studio recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra and for Radio France, Mr. Yang’s European tour with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Scottish National Youth Orchestra, and the Gulbenkian Philharmony of Portugal has taken him to Barcelona, Frankfurt, Amsterdam (Concertgebow Hall), Rotterdam, Glasgow, Dublin, Budapest and throughout England. His recitals in prestigious Halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York were unanimously acclaimed both by the critics and the audiences.
Sungsic Yang was born in Seoul, Korea and started playing the violin at the age of four. While still only eleven he performed in recital and made his concerto debut performing the Mendelssohn concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon his graduation from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England until graduation in 1987.
At the age of seventeen, he was awarded the third prize at the Paganini International Competition, and other international prizes were awarded from the Long-Thibaud, Lipizer, and Indianapolis Competitions. In recent years, he was invited to represent Korea as a member of jury at the prestigious Long-Thibaud violin competition in Paris, the Paganini competition in Genoa, Jeunesse International Music competition in Belgrade as well as Munetsugu competition in Nagoya, Japan. His recording "The streghe", works by Paganini for violin and guitar, is a record setting big success in Korea and is now becoming very popular in abroad as well.
From September 2009, he was appointed Professor of Violin in Daegu Catholic University, and has launched a new string chamber group the "Erato Ensemble" as the Music Director.
In recent years He's been giving concerts and Masterclasses in Switzerland, Italy, USA(Eastman, Indiana, Rutgers, Rowan), Japan, Korea, Russia as well as China and his collegues among others were Professors Zhakar Bron, Shlomo Mintz, David Cerone, Kevork Mardirossian, Takashi Shimizu, Kazuki Sawa and Lenuta Ciulei.
From April 2017 till February 2019 he joined the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts as visiting professor, and from September 2020 he was appointed as the new Dean of Seoul Central Conservatory in Korea. He’s currently playing on a Guarnerius del Gesu 1732, a generous loan from Nippon Violin of Tokyo.
"The 26-year-old Korean had complete command of his instrument, and produced an unusually tense, pure tone...The host of young virtuoso descending on the concert world has increased by one." - The New York Times
"A sensitive player with a strong vibrant tone" - The Strad
"His wistful, even plaintive tone, produced a perfectly suited Poème" - Indianapolis Star
"We enjoyed his clean, elegant and charming playing" - Le Figaro
"His precise and flexible technique enables him to produce real fireworks... This young violinist has a brilliant future." - Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung
"Superbe poignancy and controle revealed an impressive range of expression... the audience was left breathless" - The Salisbury Journal
"The brilliant Korean violinist firmly staked a claim on his audience’s attention with commanding intensity with unhurried grandeur and varied tonal character." - The Times
"Yang’s performance ... was immensely assured, pure in tone, flawless in intonation, a delight to the ear." - The Guardian
An Vedi, violin
An Vedi is a Professional composer, violinist, singer-songwriter, conductor, guitar and keyboard player, music educator and conductor
Soloist at the Philharmonic
Voting Member at the Recording Academy (Grammys®)
Member at the International Conductors Guild
Grammy U® Mentor
Jury Member at the World Online Music Competitions Federation
Jury Member at the Fanny Mendelssohn International Online Competition
Member of The Boston New Music Initiative
Jury Member at the Charleston International Music Competition
Member of Sisters in Music
Member of International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers
Member of Moscow Musical Society
Member of the International Singer-Songwriters Association
Member of The Indie Collaborative
Registered Member of The Musical Explorers Program 2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023 (Carnegie Hall)
Registered Member of the Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)
Member of the National Union of Composers
Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine
Member of LIT Awards Panel of Judges
Jury Member of the International Young Solousts Competition
Jury Member at the Western Canadian Music Awards
Jury Member at the Red Carpet Music Awards (Holland)
Mateusz Kasprzak-Łabudziński, violin
Mateusz Krzysztof Kasprzak-Łabudziński was born on 3rd June 1988 in Katowice, Poland.
He graduated master violin class of Prof. E.Zienkowski at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in 2014 as well as an elite solo studies in the master class of Prof. M.Urbaniak-Lisik at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in 2018 (both with destinction).
He participated in master courses and worked with such excellent violinists as: Prof. Wolfgang Marschner, Prof. Marina Yashvili, Prof. Rainer Küchl, Prof. Roman Lasocki, Prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Prof. Benjamin Schmid as well as Apollon Musagete Quartet.
He graduated an additional studies in specialization of Polish music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka and Prof. Roman Lasocki.
From 2016 Assistant of Violin at Hochschule der Künste in Bern and leads Webern Kammerphilharmonie at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In 2021 appointed on Doctorate research position at K.Penderecki’s Academy of Music in Cracow.
He is the concertmaster and soloist of Lutoslawski Chamber Orchestra (Lomza) as well as the Chamber Orchestra Camerata Polonia in Vienna. Founder and leader of the chamber ensemble Sinfonietta Viennoise in Vienna.
Mateusz Kasprzak-Łabudziński is the winner of prestigious awards at international competitions: IV International Music Competition in Rome- 1st Prize and Special Prize, 44 th Prof. Josef Dichler’s International Music Competition in Vienna- 1st Prize, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition in Vienna- 2nd Prize, 2. Grand Prix Rising Stars International Competition in Berlin- 3rd Prize, XV Osaka International Competition- Finalist, International Anton Rubinstein Violin Competition in Düsseldorf- Finalist, XXX J.S.Bach Competition in Zielona Góra- 2nd Prize, III G.Ph.Telemann Competition in Poznań- 4th Prize, III Prof. I. Dubiska Violin Competition in Musical Interpretation in Łódź- Finalist.
He has performed at the most renowned concert halls of Europe : Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin's Konzerthaus and Philharmony, Tonhalle Maag in Zürich, Marinnsky Petersburg, Tivoli Copenhagen, Musik Casino Konzerthaus Bern, Budapest Philharmony, Gilde Riga.
He took part in the famous international festivals: Murten Classics (CH), Donaueschingen Musik Tage (DE), EU European Opera Sound (IT), Musikfestival Glagolica (SLO), Kärntner Sommer (AT), Usedomer Musikfestival (DE), Goslar-Harz Musikfestival (DE), Internationalen Chopin Festival Gaming-Kartouse (AT), Sacrum et Musica Łomża (PL), Euro Arts (DE), Yehudi Menuhin Forum (CH/DE/PL), Kvarner (CRO), Boulez Integrale (AT), Wien Modern (AT), Muzyka w Starym Krakowie (PL), Muzyka na Zamku Warszawa (PL), Warszawskie Konfronatcje Muzyczne (PL), Międzynarodowy Festiwal Laureatów Konkursów Katowice (PL).
Kasprzak-Łabudziński has collaborated with such eminent artists as: Jerzy Kosek, Massimiliano Caldi, Kristian Järvi, Michael Rot, Czesław Grabowski, Mischa Santora, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki, Andres Estrada-Orozco, Kaspar Zehnder, HK Gruber, Claudio Cohen, Zoltan Kocsis, Neeme Järvi, Utku Usuroglu, Peter Fahey, Alexej Askhenazy , Sławomir Czarnecki, Dieter Schnebel, Helmut Lachenmann.
Mateusz Kasprzak-Łabudziński became artist’s scholarschip granted by Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (2008), Hirschmann Foundation in Geneva (2015) , K.Bartkowiak Foundation in Lugano (2015/2016) , Rita Zimmerman-Stiftung (2017), Polish Ministry of Culture “Youth Poland” (2021) and a prize “Golden Owl” in category Music (2021).
He plays on violin made by Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin from 1900.
Ellen Kogut, violin
Ellen Kogut is a violinist based in Montreal, Canada and has over sixteen years of teaching experience. She recently completed a term of service as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), where she is also a lifetime member. She holds a doctorate in Violin Performance from l’Université de Montréal, as well as Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from McGill University and Ithaca College, respectively. A recipient of the SAA’s Certificate of Achievement, as well as Teacher Certificates of Recognition from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). Ellen is also an affiliate teacher with the Vincent d’Indy music school as well as active member of Suzuki Musique Montréal.
She has taught at institutes and workshops in Canada, as well as the United States, Germany and Poland. She has also taught violin at Cornell University and contributed repertoire guides to the RCM’s Teacher Certification program. Ellen is interested in the benefits of restorative yoga for string players and has registered teacher training through the Yoga Alliance. She enjous performing twentieth-century and contemporary Canadian music.
Joanne Yeoh, violin
Dr Joanne Yeoh obtained a First Class Honours in her degree from the University of
Middlesex, United Kingdom in 1998, majoring in both piano and violin. Upon completing
her degree, she was awarded a Luther and Ernest Gaunt Scholarship for Strings; and
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship to pursue a Masters in Music Performance
(MMUS) at the University of Leeds. In 2009, Joanne completed her PhD studies
with Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom, with a focus on music and consumer
While studying in the United Kingdom, she had the privilege to participate in several
seminars and masterclasses held by prominent musicians. In the summer of 1998, she
participated in the Aberswyth Music Festival, the celebrated Edinburgh Summer Festival
and the Aberdeen Music Festival. She was also given the opportunity to play an active
role with the Sorrel Quartet during the Leeds Annual Music Festival 1999.
Since returning to Malaysia in 2000, Joanne was selected to participate in the prestigious
Asian Youth Orchestra, travelling to Vietnam, Japan, Australia, Korea and Hong
Kong. In 2002, Joanne had the performed alongside Hong Kong superstar Jacky Cheung
in his Music Odyssey Tour 2002/03 covering over 40 concerts around the world.
The following year, Joanne was selected to perform with Taiwanese heart-throb David
Tao in his Soul Power Tour 2003. In 2008, Joanne was invited yet again to play with another
Hong Kong superstar, Alan Tam. Her musical performances are much sought after
by many corporate and international industries, among them Sony, Panasonic, Omega,
Tag Hauer, Mircosoft, HP, Blackberry, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz,
ESPN and British American Tobacco. Joanne has since launched 3 albums, Pulse of
the Metropolis in 2005; After A Dream in 2013, and Life, Interrupted in 2021. All songs
are available for download on all major streaming platforms.
Among the accolades and awards Joanne has received include The Outstanding Young
Malaysian Award 2004 for the category of Personal Improvement and Accomplishment,
Martell’s Rising Personality Award 2008 and the National Academic Award 2012 for the
category of Arts and Creativity. Joanne was also awarded the Malaysian Fujian Exemplary
Performing Art Award in 2017, the Brand Laureate Grand Master Brand ICON
Leadership Award 2017, Elegant International Business Award 2018/2019, and the
McMillan Woods Global Icon Award 2019. More recently, she was selected as the Winner
for the Professional Achievement Award in the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021.
Joanne is also an accredited examiner for Trinity College London examination board,
having travelled to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and
the Asian continent since 2005. Presently, she is a consulting editor with Musicae Scientiae
and lectures as an Associate Professor at the Music Department of Universiti Putra
Bihan Li, violin
Violinist Bihan Li
Bihan Li is a Chinese Violinist. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Bihan is also currently a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the Manhattan School of Music in NYC.
As a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, Chinese Violinist Bihan Li currently earned international recognition as the first prize winner (Grand Prize Nomination) in the 2022 New York International Classical Music Competition. In the same year, she was a prize winner in the 2022 American Virtuoso International Music Competition and the 2022 Medici International Music Competition. During past seasons, Bihan won the first prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition and second place in the Camerata Artists International Competition in 2019. As a chamber musician, she and her string quartet won the 2018 Prix Ravel and the prize of Fontainebleau Castle for the Best Interpretation of the Ravel Quartet.
As a rising star on the international stage, Bihan has performed across Asia, America, and Europe. Bihan has been invited to give performances as a soloist at world-renowned venues like the Carnegie, the United Nations Headquarters in the U.S., and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg in 2018. Moreover, she was featured as a soloist and performed with the Orchestra Now under maestro Leon Botstein at Fisher Center at Bard in 2019.
An avid chamber musician, she joined Dawn Upshaw’s concert at National Sawdust as a collaborative violinist, premiering composer Susan Botti’s Italian Folk Songs in New York City in 2019. In addition, her string quartet, by winning the 2018 Prix Ravel, was invited to perform in the Fontainebleau Castle in France. The same year, Bihan was featured in a Mendelssohn Octet performance with her colleagues at the National Theatre of Cuba.
In addition to solo and chamber performances, Bihan enjoys her musical career as a concertmaster in orchestras. In the summer of 2017, she made her first Carnegie Hall debut as the concertmaster of the NYO-China (National Youth Orchestra of China) under Maestro Ludovic Morlot, collaborating with pianists Yujia Wang and Olga Kern. The tour continued at Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Suzhou Grand Center in China during the summer. Moreover, she was chosen as the representative of NYO-China and gave a speech at Yale School of Music. The same year, Bihan was appointed as the concertmaster of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra under Maestros Leon Botstein and Jean-Marie Zeitouni. In 2019, she joined NYSOS (New York String Orchestra Seminar) under maestro Jaime Laredo and the Juilliard Orchestra under maestros Jeffrey Milarsky and David Robertson.
Bringing music to community spaces has always been an essential part of her musical philosophy. In the summer of 2014, Bihan was invited to teach for public welfare at the only Buddhist art troupe in China - the Hong’an Tiantai Mountain Buddhist Temple Music Troupe; as the adjunct violin faculty there, she held violin master classes and music appreciation activities, leading nuns to experience the charm of Western classical music in the mountains. In 2017, she performed as a chamber musician at school outreach concerts and master classes in Pennsylvania, and in the following year, she was invited to perform at Resident at Kenda on Hudson, a nonprofit life plan community. Most recently, she joins the the Chamber Music Residency Program at Kimberton Hills Pennsylvania, and was invited to give a non-profit concert, connecting with the fascinating life-sharing community that includes individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Born in Wuhan, China, Bihan holds a Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of violinist Ronald Copes, the second violin in the Juilliard Quartet. She completed her double degrees in Violin Performance and Asian Studies as a full-ride scholarship recipient at Bard Conservatory of music, studying with violinist Weigang Li, the first violin in Shanghai Quartet, and violinist Laurie Smukler. Her academic advisors include Li-Hua Ying, Associate Professor of Chinese at Bard, and conductor Jindong Cai, the director of the US-China Music Institute.
During her senior year at Bard, Bihan’s paper Lin Yaoji—The Legend of Violin Education in China was published by Bard Digital Commons, and she gave a lecturer on her paper as the youngest invitee at the international conference, “Being Humane and Humane: A Look at the Last 100 Years Through Chinese, Russian and American Arts, and Culture,” together with faculties from Bard Early Colleges and Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University. Besides, Bihan is fond with literature, and in 2017, she published her article in Music Lover magazine in Shanghai, sharing her thoughts on music and life as a musician.
Bihan is a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Professor Nicholas Mann. Bihan is part of an international jury at the Music Star Award International Music Competition in Europe and Forte International Music Competition in USA since 2022. She works as a doctoral teaching assistant at Manhattan School of Music, and at the same time serves as a violin instructor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology School of Arts since 2023.
Ao Peng, violin
Ao Peng, born in Qinhuangdao China, is currently viola assistant faculty and ensemble
coach in Tianjin Juilliard School and viola faculty in Sun Yat-Sen university in
Guangzhou. He is the founding member of QingXin Ensemble in Tianjin and GCG
Ensemble in Shanghai. He won 2nd prize of the 47th Hudson Valley String Competition
in 2019. He was also the winner of the concerto competition at the Music Academy of
the West in 2016. He toured across South Korea with Richard O’Neill, Yu-Chien Tseng,
Daniel Chong and Steven Lin as guest artist of Ensemble DITTO. He was invited to
multiple music festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Perlman Chamber Music
Workshop, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, and Bowdoin Festival. He shared
stages with multiple great artists around the world, including Itzhak Perlman, Joseph
Lin, Peter Wiley, Shanghai String Quartet, Marcy Rosen, Daniel Phillips, Wei He,
Richard O!Neill, David Geber, and Merry Peckham. He was also a member of the New
York Philharmonic Global Academy, co-principal at Juilliard Orchestra, and the
associate principal in New York String Orchestra Seminar from 2014 to 2015. In 2018,
the album "On & Between” he appears in won the gold metal of Global Music Award,
along with "Best of Show”, "Best Album” and "Best Instrumentalists”. His recent book
“Before the Bell: A Guide of Classical Music” got published and became one of the bestsellings
in Sun Yat-Sen University Publishing House.
Ao Peng began his music studies on violin when he was 5, switched to viola at 14. He
finished his bachelor degree in Manhattan School of Music studied with Karen Dreyfus
and Kazuhide Isomura, and completed his master degree at Juilliard School, studied
with department chair Samuel Rhodes.
Chuong Vu, violin
Praised for his “exquisite playing” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, violinist Chuong Vu has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator, and concertmaster in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, with repertoire ranging from early baroque to modern music. The Saigon Times writes that "Chuong Vu is an instrumentalist to treasure. Not only does he play with exquisite tone and superb technical virtuosity, but he also clearly loves the music, and loves playing it."
A regular soloist with all major Vietnamese orchestras, including the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra (HBSO), and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Chuong has appeared as a guest soloist with the Sun Symphony Orchestra and the Vietnam Classical Players (Vietnam), the Sun Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra (Taiwan), the Orchestra of Slovak Radio and Television (Slovakia), the Amazonas Philharmonic Orchestra (Brazil), the Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the UNT Baroque Orchestra (USA), among others. He has performed a diverse concerto repertoire and popular works for violin and orchestra, among them the violin concertos by Bach, Barber, Bruch, Faure, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Vivaldi, Wieniawski, and Zhanhao He/Gang Chen, Scottish Fantasy by Bruch, Concerto Grosso No. 1 by Schnittke, Double Concertos by Brahms and Mendelssohn, Triple Concerto by Beethoven, Concertos for Four Violins by Vivaldi and Valentini; Sinfonia Concertante for Four Violins by Maurer, and the music by Chausson, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saens, and John Williams. Conductors under whom Chuong has performed as a soloist include Clay Couturiaux, Hector Guzman, and David Itkin (USA), Raúl Velázquez (Mexico), Alexander Mickelthwate (Germany), Kalle Kuusava (Finland), Nathalie Marin and Olivier Ochanine (France), Paul Leenhouts (Holland), Shlomo Mintz (Israel), Wojciech Czepiel (Poland), Branislav Hronec (Slovakia), Christopher Zimmerman (UK), Honna Tetsuji (Japan), Fouad Fakhouri (Lebanon), Ai Kuang Sun (Taiwan), and Fi Fi Le (Vietnam-Macedonia), among others.
An avid chamber musician, Chuong has been heard at Festival Internacional de Música do Pará, Euro Music Festival and Academy, Boston Early Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, HBSO's Autumn Melodies Art Festival, and Vietnam Connection Music Festival, as well as at concert series such as Fine Art Chamber Players, Live at the Steinway Hall, and Chamber Music International. Notable collaborators in concerto and chamber music performances include violinists Shlomo Mintz, Stephanie Chase, Nai-Yuan Hu, Kyung Sun Lee, Cynthia Roberts, Vilmos Szabadi, Chen Xi, and Bui Cong Duy, violist Susan Dubois, cellist Eugene Osadchy, double bassist Jeff Bradetich, pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Max Levinson, and harpsichordist Christoph Hammer, among others.
Chuong's solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television, Vietnamese National Television, and Brazilian TV Cultura Canal 2. Further highlights include a solo performance of the U.S. National Anthem with the Open Classical Orchestra for an audience of more than 40,000 at the national-televised Texas Rangers game at the Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 29, 2016, appearances as the featured soloist with the HBSO Symphony Orchestra, performing the violin concertos by Barber and Sibelius at the special concerts to celebrate 20 years of the Vietnam-U.S. diplomatic relationship and 100 years of Finland's Independence Day, respectively, and a concert tour of 6 major cities in Vietnam with pianist Maxime Zecchini in an official event organized by the French Institute in Vietnam to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Vietnam and France.
A prolific orchestral musician, Chuong has served as concertmaster of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and the VASCAM Ensemble. He has performed as a guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Amarillo, Irving, Monroe, Richardson, and Wichita Falls. Other ensembles he has played with include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, among many others. As a baroque violinist, Chuong has collaborated with early music ensembles including the Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury Baroque, Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Camerata, and Ensemble Fantasmi.
Chuong Vu holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Houston, a graduate artist certificate and a doctorate from the University of North Texas. His principal teachers include Fredell Lack, Emanuel Borok, Philip Lewis, Albert Muenzer, Cynthia Roberts, Nguyen Anh Giang, and Bui Cong Thanh. He has performed in masterclasses given by Ruggiero Ricci, James Buswell, Charles Castleman, Victor Dachenko, Alex Kerr, Elmar Oliveira, Rachel Podger, William Preucil, Lucie Robert, Sylvia Rosenberg, Almita Vamos, and Karen Turtle, among others. A passionate teacher himself, Dr. Vu has cultivated a number of talented young students, some of whom were recently accepted into music programs at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of North Texas, the University of Houston, and Columbia University. His students have been prizewinners in national and international music competitions. Currently a Violin Professor at the Euro Arts Academy, Dr. Vu has held teaching positions at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. He has given masterclasses in the US, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, and Vietnam. In 2019, he served as the Deputy Chair of the Organizing Committee and a jury member of the Vietnam International Music Competition for Violin and Chamber Music. In 2020, he was invited to join the pre-selection jury for the George Enescu International Competition (Romania). In 2023, he was invited as a jury member for the X International Violin Competition "Astana-Violin" 'In Memory of David Oistrakh' (Kazakhstan).
As the artistic director of the Vietnam Connection Music Festival and artistic advisor of the Vietnam International Music Competition, Dr. Vu is actively involved in the process of finding new sponsorship for the organizations, creating music programs to be performed at the festival, inviting international artists to the festival, and judging the competition.
Jovan Jakovljević, guitar
Born in the city of Šabac 28.07.1991. Started his musical education at the "Mihailo Vukdragović" Music School in Šabac. He improved at numerous master courses (Prof. Zoran Krajišnik, Prof. Darko Karajić and Guitar Art Eos Guitar Quartet). During his education, he distinguished himself by winning numerous awards at recognized competitions.He collaborates and performs in several orchestras playing various musical genres on the electric guitar.
Ekaterina Pushkarenko, guitar
Ekaterina Pushkarenko, a famous Russian guitar player, the prize-winner of many International Music Contests, was born in 1984. She graduated from Chaikovsky Music College by Music University of Chelyabinsk where she studied at the class of professor and composer V.V. Kozlov; the Gnesins College, where she studied at the class of A.I. Vinizkii; Maimomid State Classical Academy, where she studied at the class of professor E.U. Finkelschtein.
Ekaterina Pushkarenko has taken part in master-classes of world-famous musicians, such as Fabio Zanon, K.Markione, Andreas von Wangelheim, Yoram Zerbib. At present Ekaterina Pushkarenko is giving concerts and master-classes in Russia, Thailand, South Korea and China, takes part in International Guitar Contests and is a member of a jury board at International Music Contest and Festivals.
Since 2004 Ekaterina Pushkarenko has been teaching in the Sviridov Children’s Music School. Some of her students are among prize-winners of Russian and International Music Contests of Guitar Players.
In 2012 Ekaterina Pushkarenko earned a diploma of the contest “The best teacher and performer of Children Music Schools in the year 2012”.
While playing solo, Ekaterina Pushkarenko also takes part in the group “Duet-Impromptu” together with a famous virtuous balalaika-player Andrew Subbotin. The group has been performing for over 8 years and has 6 different concert programs.She also performs in a guitar-duet with her brother Evgenii Pushkarenko, also a prize-winner of many international music contests.
In Ekaterina Pushkarenko concert programs we can see a big variety in epochs and styles - from Baroque to modern music, for example, the compositions in jazz-rock, or concerts for guitar with an orchestra.
At the moment Ekaterina plays on the music instrument by Kim Xi Xong, a guitar master from South Korea.
A solo DVD of Ekaterina Pushkarenko’s performance, which was filmed in Seoul, South Korea, was released in January, 2013.
Ekaterina Pushkarenko often gives solo performances at International Music Classical Guitar Contests, and has often been a member of the jury in such contests as:
2009-2010 - International contest in the name of |. Kuznetsov, Magnitogorsk;
2010 - a tour in South Korea
2011 - a tour around China (Changdu, Shan to, Zan Dao). While
touring China, Ekaterina gave several successful master-classes.
2011 — International Contest “Guitar in Russia”, Chelyabinsk;
2012 - Russian Contest and Festival “Silver Overtone’”, Cheboksary;
2012 - International Guitar Festival, Thailand, Bangkok.
2012 —Concert in South Korea, Seoul, where her DVD was recorded.
Vladimir Mityakov, guitar
In 1991 he graduated from the Nizhniy Novgorod Conservatory named after M.I.Glinka and completed an assistant internship at the Nizhniy Novgorod Conservatory in 2000.
Vladimir’s the winner of international competitions in Krakow (Poland), Tokyo (Japan). He’s also a diploma winner of the Maria Luisa Anido International Competition, and the All-Russian competition of performers on folk instruments (Nizhniy Novgorod).
Since 2006 - associate professor, and since 2014 - professor of the department of folk instruments of the Glinka National Research University.
Vladimir actively tours with solo concerts in Russia and abroad. He has given Philharmonic concerts in more than 30 cities of Russia and also performed on such prestigious stages as the Moscow International House of Music (MMDM), Suntory Hall in Tokyo (Japan) and others. The assets of the musician - five solo CD’s and four CD’s in a duet with guitarist Irina Chernogorova.
Vladimir Mitaykov is known as a brilliant arranger and creator of the new transcriptions for guitar. Recently he completed a major work on arranging piano cycle ‘Pictures of the Exhibition’ for two guitars.
V. Mitaykov is the initiator and the main organizer of international competitions and festivals in Nizhniy Novgorod. He is the art director of the competition-festival ‘Russian and Classical Guitar’. This is a new format of competition in Russia and it is held on the basis of the Nizhniy Novgorod Conservatory named after M.I.Glinka. The main idea of this competition is to develop traditions that came from the Russian seven-string guitar school and transfer them onto the classical guitar.
He also conducts a series of programs called ‘The Russian Guitar’. It contains works of Russian seven-string guitarists adopted for classical guitar by Sergei Rudnev, and also modern guitar music in Russian style.
V. Mitaykov is involved in a truthful pedagogical activity and has his own original method of teaching guitar playing. His best students such as K.Filimonov, S.Nesterov, V.Danilina are the representation of leading concert guitarists in Russia.
Man-Bun Au, guitar
Man-Bun Au is currently teaching Guitar Performance and Guitar Ensemble at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Music Department of Hong Kong Baptist University. From 2016 to 2019, he has been the Operational Director of the Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium and Competition. Au has been invited as the adjudicator of the Altamira International Virtual Guitar Competition 2020, China National Guitar Competition in Shanghai, the Shen Yang International Guitar Competition in China, and Macao Young Musicians Competition.
Au has been heard both in Hong Kong, China, and North America. He has been the featured soloist of the program “Hong Kong Concert Hall” of the RTHK Radio 4. Au has collaborated with “Zephyr: voice unbound,” a Los Angeles based chamber choir, giving concerts throughout Southern California area. Au has given live performance in television station KLTA and radio channel KPFK of Los Angeles.
Born in Hong Kong, guitarist Man-Bun Au began his guitar training in his teenage. Mr. Au was admitted by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where he studied under Ms. Tina Karen Lo and became one of the first graduates major in Guitar Performance. Au continued his guitar study at the University of Southern California studying Professor James Smith, William Kanengiser, and Brian Head. Au has also been tutored by renowned guitarists, such as, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, David Russell, Manual Barrueco, Oscar Ghiglia, Bruce Holzman and Elliot Fisk. He graduated at USC with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance. In addition, Au was the scholarship recipient to participate the festival “Musica en Compostela” where he studied with Jose Luis Rodrigo.
Cheng-Yu Wu, flute
Cheng-Yu Wu was born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1981. He began his musical education at the National First Senior High School of Taichung under Ms. Li-Ming Chen’s guidance in 1996. He attended National Taiwan University and majored in Philosophy in 1999. Meanwhile, he continued to pursue music career and studied with Mr. Anders Norell and Ms. Yi-Hui Lin. Cheng-Yu was the First Chair flute in the Ministry of National Defense Symphony Orchestra between 2003 and 2004 during the military service. In 2005, Cheng-Yu went to Europe and studied music under Harrie Starreveld, Marten Root, Marieke Schneemann, and Ellen Vergunst at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2011, Cheng-Yu earned his Master’s Degree in Music from Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Cheng-Yu is known as a flutist and specialized in interpreting variety of music styles. He studied contemporary music with Mr. Harrie Starreveld, and Baroque flute with Mr. Marten Root. He formed his chamber music group, The CVA Trio, with Violist Mr. Victor Gil Gazapo and Harpist Ms. Anna Steinkogler in 2009 and performed in both the Netherlands and Austria. During this time, Cheng-Yu also collaborated with Pianist Harimada Kusuma as Goudsbloemduo in 2008. They have been performing in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Taiwan till today.
In 2012, Cheng-Yu started an experimental solo flute recital project titled "Just Flute?!". The project was well received and soon he was invited to feature in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and Taipei International New Music Festival. Cheng-Yu is well-known for his creativity of playing different types of flutes for various music styles. In additional to concert performance, Cheng-Yu is dedicated to flute and composition education. He formed a modern music ensemble, TimeArt Studio, in 2013. Cheng-Yu's first flute solo album Ten Poems was released in 2014 and was nominated for The Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music in Taiwan. His second album Parallaxis was released in May 2018. Cheng-Yu is currently active as a flute soloist and a music educator in Shanghai and various cities in Taiwan.
Elena Shpakovskaia, flute
Shpakovskaia Elena was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia where she started her musical education.
She graduated with honors from the Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatory in 2002.
After graduation Elena had been working for a long time in the Admiralty Orchestra of the Leningrad Naval Base conducted by Alexey Karabanov (Honored Artist of Russia) and Valentin Lyashenko (Captain 2nd rank). Many times Elena Shpakovskaia performed solo on the stages of the leading concert halls in Saint-Petersburg, other Russian cities and also in Europe.
Elena is a laureate of various all-Russian and international musical competitions.
Elena Shpakovskaia had been working for several years in string and flute quartet «Petersburg’s Salon».
At the same time she also started her pedagogical career. From 2012 until the present moment Elena has been working as a flute teacher at the Sviridov Children’s School of Arts.
Elena Shpakovskaia’s students constantly participate in concerts, international festivals and competitions. Elena was awarded with multiple diplomas, letters of gratitude from Saint-Petersburg government.
This year her students took part in the eve of the International Festival The Virtuosi of the Flute and Northern Lyre in the Mariinsky Theatre.
Some of the main competitions in which her students gained the best results are the Young Talent (Saint-Petersburg government award), the Grand Prix of the International Competition «Malenkiy Mozart», the Gran Prix of the International Competition «Polifonika», winners of the Stockholm International Music Competition and many others
Elena Isaeva, flute
Elena Isaeva: flutist, singer, teacher, music psychotherapist. Born in 1982 in Voronezh, Russia. Graduated from the 9th grade of the Voronezh Specialized Music School (class of the teacher Pivovarov A. A.), then graduated from the Moscow Regional Musical College named after S.S. Prokofiev in two specializations (flute class of Sizov A. S., vocal class of Surma L. N.), After graduation she entered the State Musical
Pedagogical Institute named after M. M. Ippolitov-Ivanov (flute class of Professor Korneev A.V.), as well as the Maimonides State Classical Academy (vocal class of Sarkisyan L. A.). After finishing from both
institutes, Elena Isaeva entered the graduate school of the Maimonides State Classical Academy majored in Musicology. Then she studied as a trainee assistant at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of
Professor Golyshev A.M. In 2023, Elena completed a refresher course in the specialty Musical Psychology with a thesis on Teacher’s Psychological Competence Methods Development in Working with Gifted Children. She also improved her qualification at the Sirius Educational Center for talented children. Elena's additional education can also be considered permanent individual lessons in baroque flute performance
with Prof. Benedek Chalog (Hungary). Elena Isaeva has been working as a flute teacher at the M. M. Ippolitov-Ivanov Music School for 20 years, her students are laureates of the most prestigious music competitions. It was due to the unique Technique of Resonant Flute Playing, which Elena Isaeva developped during her pedagogical practice. Elena herself also conducts an active concert activity, performing solo as a flautist and vocalist at numerous concert venues in Moscow and other Russian
cities. She has repeatedly participated as a jury in International competitions, being also the artistic director of the International Singing Flute Competition.
Ella Dolzhikova, flute
President of the Y.N. Dolzhikov Charitable Foundation for the Development of Culture
Laureate of international competitions.
Organizer of the International Competition-Festival of young performers on wooden, brass and percussion instruments named after Yu.N.Dolzhikov, creative school "Dolzhikov Academy".
Soloist of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra "Russian Philharmonic"
Teacher of the College of Theatrical and Musical Art named after G.P.Vishnevskaya.
1994 - Graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory
2000 – Postgraduate studies at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Technical University, class of Professor Yu.N.Dolzhikov
Over the years of her pedagogical activity, she has conducted master classes and solo concerts both in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazakhstan Almaty,Astana, Arkhangelsk, Noyabrsk, Stary Oskol, Perm, Khanty-Mansiysk, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, Izhevsk, Essentuki, Kislovodsk) and abroad (France, USA, Mexico, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, South Korea).
Ella Dolzhikova's students are laureates of international competitions, Russian national competitions
Zhaorong Chen, flute
Zhaorong Chen currently serves as Professor of flute at the China Conservatory of Music. He is the first mainland Chinese flutist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the USA. After he graduated from the University of Bridgeport, he continued his study and achieved a Master of Music degree from the Yale University. Doctor of Music Arts from University of Washington. He is a Guest Flute Professor at Yunnan Arts University and serves as Secretary General of the China Flute Association.
As a flutiest, Chen has performed in the world's most prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Woolsey Hall and Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale University, Musical Hall at the National Center for the Performing Arts.
While pursuing his dream as a flutist in the USA, Chen studied with Yale University's renowned Ransom Wilson, American flute soloist Robert Stallman, the Hartt School flute professor John Wion, the Juilliard School's flute professor Bradley Garner, the University of Washington's flute professor Donna Shin and Zart Dombourian-Ebay, University of Bridgeport flute professor Barbara Siesel, and others.
Cheryl Lim, flute
Critically acclaimed flautist Cheryl Lim has performed solo and chamber recitals, lecture recitals and solo, chamber and orchestral concerts on both modern and period flutes in Singapore's performing venues, as well as overseas in the US, UK, Europe, and Asia. She is currently Artist Faculty at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (part of the National University of Singapore) and is an adjunct lecturer in Flute studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She was awarded the Clinton Lee Arrowood Memorial Prize for excellence in modern flute performance upon her doctoral graduation at Peabody Conservatory back in 2014, and previously attended the Manhattan School of Music for her Masters. She is currently Subject Head of the IBCP at the Singapore School of the Arts, a programme that focuses on developing artistic excellence.
Emanuela Degli Esposti, harp
Emanuela Degli Esposti, Harp Professor at the A.Boito Conservatory of Music in Parma, is Artistic Director of the International Contest and Festival "Suoni d’Arpa", Vice-president of the Association Conoscere la Musica and President of the Italian Harp Association. She studied harp with Prof. A.N.Schirinzi in Bologna Conservatory and at the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv with Prof. J. Liber. She recorded several Album Fonit Cetra, Bottega Discantica and Tactus. As soloist, performed recitals in various Festivals in Italy and abroad, plays in duo and quartet with the harpist Ieuan Jones. She played as 1st harp in the orchestras of Florence, Milan and Naples RAI, Swiss Radio of Lugano, performing with conductors such as Berio, Chailly, Delman, Ficher, Kuhn, Inbal, Mehta, Muti, Oren, Prêtre, and won the 1stPrize at the international chamber music competitions at Stresa and Palmi. She published a book about C. P. E. Bach and publisheded UT Orpheus Edition music for harp which have been included in the programs of international harp competitions such as International Harp Contest in Israel, International American Harp Competition, Franz-Josef-Reinl International Harp Contest in Munich, International Harp Contest Suoni d'Arpa. She is Director of the Leonardo Primavera Harp Orchestra and has been jury member in international harp contests such as Israel (1998 and 2003), Munich (1999), M.Tournier (2009-2012), Belgrade (2014), Novi Sad (2017), Rencontres Internationales de la Harpe en Ile de France (2017), International Slovenian Harp Contest (2019), St.Petersburg Cristal Key Harp Contest (2019), Barcellona – Madrid Arpa Plus and International AEDA Contest (2021). She has helds international master classes and concerts at Assisi Umbria Festival, London Royal College, Lovere Tadini Academy, Belgrade Mokranjac Academy, Madrid Real Conservatorio Superior, Pipkov High School in Sofia, Riga Vītols Academy, Rio Harp Festival, Villa Medici-Giulini, Opera House of St.Petesburg, Feldkirch Stella Vorarlberg Hochschule.
Maria Tuturilova, harp
The young harpist Mag. Maria Tuturilova is one of the new leading harpists on the current concert scene. As further recognition of her excellent skills, she has been officially listed in the encyclopedia “Who is Who Austria” since 2009 and has been awarded Austrian citizenship since December 2010.
Born in Sofia/ Bulgaria, she began her musical education at the age of 7 with the piano and later at the age of 11 with the harp.
International award-winning Harpist and teacher Mag. Maria Tuturilova holds 4 master's degree with distinction from the State Music Academy "Prof. P. Vladigerov” (2000): harp in the class of Prof. Malina Christova (student of the legendary Prof. Vera Dulova in Moscow), conducting, music pedagogy, piano and organ. 1999-2001 postgraduate degree for harp at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in the class of Univ. Prof. A. Blovsky-Miller (member of the Vienna State Opera). Completed numerous harp master classes in Europe (A. Fontaine, C. Popova, Prof. E. Witsenburg, A. Schinozaki, C. Michel, I. Moretti, I. I. Roncea, P. Tassini, J. Molnar, etc.).
As a concert harpist and harp teacher Mag. Maria Tuturilova has won prizes (Grand Prix and 1st prize) at over 55 international competitions and festivals for harp (Sofia, Beograd, Moscow, Munich, Italy, Argentina, Slovenia, Ireland, Spain, USA, Hong Kong, etc). Some of her students are also prize winners of various international competitions.
Mag. Tuturilova has received the following scholarships and other awards: International Foundation "Open Society Soros", Zonta International, Herbert von Karajan Center & Thyll-Dürr Foundation, Live Music Now “Yehudi Menuhin”, etc. Golden Badge for Achievements from the National Society “Mati Bolgaria”, Ministry of Culture of Republic Bulgaria, World Harp Congress Scholarship, etc.
Numerous CD recordings and film music (Ennio Morricone), TV and Radio live broadcasts, etc. Solo recitals, chamber music concerts. Regular soloist with "SOFIA SOLOISTS" Chamber Ensemble, chamber orchestra "EPOCH", chamber orchestra "TEMPI CONCERTATI", State Academic Symphonic Orchestra, Men's Choir "GUSLA", Sofia Women's Chamber Choir "Vassil Arnaoudov", etc. Orchestra concerts (Principal Harpist: 1st Private Orchestra for Film Music, New Symphonic Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, ELO Electric Light Orchestra, Keyo Wagner Society Orchestra Tokyo, etc.) in Europe & USA, World Harp Congress, etc. under Maestros R. Milanov, E. Tabakov, P. Djurov, E. Morricone, K, Jarvi, A. Previn, M. Jurowski, D. Russell Davies, P. Boulez, etc.
2002-2008 solo harpist of the Vienna city hall, 2008-2010 solo pianist & harpist Imperial Riding School. Since 2003 regular substitute for the Tonkünstler Orchestra Lower Austria, RSO, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vienna State Opera, Children's Opera and Philharmonie, Volksoper, Chamber Opera, etc.
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Aidana Karasheva, harp
Aidana Karasheva is the soloist and leader of the
«Velvia music» ensemble and an artist of the cultural charity funds
«Heavenly Bridge» and «Belcanto».
She is an honorable jury member of the international Moscow young musicians competition «Magical Lyre».
Aidana is an active concert artist with additional educational activity.
She performs in prominent venues such as the Moscow State Philharmonic, the Russian National Museum of Music, Perm Philharmonic, Samara Philharmonic and Almaty Philharmonic.
Aidana was born in Almaty into a musical family.
She is a graduate of the secondary special music school for gifted children of the Republic of Kazakhstan named after A. Dzubanov.
She graduated with distinction Moscow State P.I Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of prof. I.P. Pashinskaya).
She is a laureate of international competitions and a member of the Russian Harp Society.
Aidana teaches harp in the Music School of Fine Arts in Moscow.
In 2013, she participated in the International Music Festival in Telavi, Georgia.
In 2014, she performed as soloist in South Korea together with the Kazakh National Conservatory Orchestra.
In 2023, Aidana got an invitation to perform the solo part in Requiem by K. Jenkins with the National Symphony Orchestra of India. The performance took place at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai.
She has shared the stage with notable artists such as E. Virsaladze, N. Gutman, M. Bisengaliev and singer Valeria etc.
Aidana is a delicate and lyrical performer. The outstanding features of her performance are individuality and a rich sound palette. She is both flexible, sensitive and has brilliant technique.
Aistė Bružaitė, kankles
A professional kanklės music performer, Aistė Bružaitė is a laureate of national and international competitions, performing both as a soloist and with ensembles. She has participated in numerous international festivals and has given concerts in Lithuania and abroad, in Latvia, Estonia, Russia, India, the USA, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Turkey, Poland, and Austria, among others.
To unlock the potential of the kanklės, Aistė Bružaitė eagerly participates in numerous projects that bring together both classical and national musical instruments and orchestras of various countries. Besides, she plays with several ensembles and is willing to face challenges and innovations.
Aistė Bružaitė has played a lot of works by Lithuanian composers and it is thanks to her own initiative that these works have seen the world. She is the first performer of Aistmarės, concerto for kanklės and chamber orchestra by Algirdas Martinaitis. The musician has also prepared several programmes and recorded compositions together with the Jauna Muzika Choir of the Vilnius City Municipality (artistic director and conductor Vaclovas Augustinas). Aistė Bružaitė has performed solo with the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella (Russia), and Pskov Symphony Orchestra (Russia).
In addition to this, the musician has prepared and published a collection of the newest compositions for kanklės The 21st Century Music for Kanklės and Kanklės Duo. Together with Jolita Matkiene, Aistė Bružaitė performs in a kanklės duo; she also gives concerts together with Dovile Kazonaitė (soprano), Milda Baronaitė (soprano), Egidijus Ališauskas (birbynė), and Loreta Sungailienė (vocal), among other acclaimed performers.
Aistė Bružaitė’s active engagement with different ensembles has yielded in as many as four CDs. Her first solo double CD Inspired by Kanklės featuring major works by Lithuanian composers performed by various orchestras and created exclusively for Aistė Bružaitė appeared in 2021.
Aistė Bružaitė has been an active organiser of national and international events, concerts, and workshops all over Lithuania. You can also see her as a frequent participant of national and international conferences and seminars. In 2016, together with the Art Vio String Quartet and the Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Aistė Bružaitė organised and recorded a recital of at the radio concert studio of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television. The performance featured works by Lithuanian composers performed for the first time.
A year later, in 2017, Aistė Bružaitė organised another recital named Playing the Kanklės at Concert Performances. Music Today. At the event, the audience could enjoy the newest compositions or those played for the first time by kanklės solo as well as pieces of chamber music played together with various classical music performers.
Aistė Bružaitė also works as an expert teacher at Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School and chairs a methodological group of folk instruments.
Alexey Alexeev, bayan
Alexey Alekseev is a graduate of Moscow Alfred State Institute of Music Schnittke 2016 in the class of Professor Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation Andrey Ledenev. In 2021 year graduated from the Moscow Assistant internship Alfred State Institute of Music Schnittke in the class of the world-famous accordionist, associate professor Sergei Osokin.
Laureate of All-Russian and international competitions, soloist of the song and dance ensemble of the VKS Of Russia. Fellow of the Governor of the Ivanovo region. Participant of International festivals.
He has toured Russia, Germany, France, Turkey and China.
Since 2018, he has been working at the Alfred Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music at the Department of Folk Performing Arts.
He is active in concert activities.
He has performed as a soloist and concertmaster in such halls as: the Small Hall of the Moscow The State Conservatory named after Petra Tchaikovsky; The Great Hall of the Conservatory named after Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Bolshoy Svetlanovsky,
Theater and Chamber halls of Moscow International House of Music; Ivanovskaya and Rostov Philharmonic Society; Cité de la musique in Paris; Harbin Grand Theatre, China.
Among the achievements are such contests and festivals as:
1) All-Russian competition "Gems of Russia" - 1st prize (Ivanovo, 2009, 2010);
2) International Olympiad of Arts - 1st Prize(Moscow),
3) 69th International Competition "Coupe Mondiale"
(World Cup) - DIPLOMA HOLDER (Rostov-on-Don, 2016);
4) International Classical Music Forum - 1st Prize (Moscow, 2016);
5) VIII INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION - 1st Prize (Belgrade, Serbia. 2017);
6) III International Competition "GRAND MUSIC ART" - Zya Award (Moscow, 2017);
7) II Russian-Chinese Festival of Culture and Art (Harbin, China, 2018);
8) XVI Moscow International Festival "Harmonica - the Soul of Russia" - laureate (Moscow, 2018);
9) III International Competition of Bayanists and accordionists "Assorgemiyim" - 1st prize in the ensemble category (Rechitsa, Belarus, 2019);
10) International talent contest "Wiener Träume" - 1st award in the solo and ensemble category, (Vienna, Austria, 2020)
Mikhail Totskii, bayan
Mikhail Totskii (button accordion, accordion, accordina) - soloist of the Karelian State Philharmonic, conductor of the Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra Onego of the Karelian State Philharmonic. Honoured Artist of the Republic of Karelia, laureate of international contests and all-Russian festivals, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Karelia (2006), laureate of the Prize of the Head of the Republic of Karelia (2011). In 2008 he won the European prize Eisernen Eversteiner of the international festival FOLKHERBST (for achievements in the genre of world music) as a member of the Exprompt quartet of Russian folk instruments.
He was Born in 1972 in Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk region, graduated from Glazunov Petrozavodsk State Conservatoire (class of accordion of Kalaberda, conducting class of Mironov). In 1993 he joined the Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra Onego of the Karelian State Philharmonic. Since 1997 he has been a soloist and head of the orchestra of the National Song and Dance Ensemble Kantele. In 2011 he became the second conductor of the Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments Onego. He is the head of the tango ensemble Companeros.
Mikhail tours with solo and chamber programmes, collaborates with many philharmonics and orchestras in Russia and abroad: he has performed at venues such as the Moscow International House of Music, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Small Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Metropolia Hall in Helsinki as well as concert halls in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Italy.
His programmes Music of the Blazing Heart, One-man Band and Tango Formula have been performed with Russian orchestras in numerous Russian philharmonics (Petrozavodsk, Vologda, Cherepovets, Velikii Novgorod, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Volgograd, Tolyatti, Ulyanovsk, Astrakhan, Sochi, Krasnodar, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Archangelsk, St Petersburg and Moscow).
Mikhail Totskii cooperates with many famous performers-instrumentalists and singers (in particular he played with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Blackmore`s Night on their tour around Germany in 2006).
Mikhail is the composer of arrangements for the orchestra of Russian folk instruments and various instrumental ensembles and the creator of musical programmes and season tickets for children and young people (the cycles Tales with the Onego Orchestra, Music of Beloved Books). He is an organiser of a number of musical projects in the Republic of Karelia and beyond its borders
Sergei Osokin, accordion
Sergey Osokin – extraordinar Russian accordion player and the winner of all major International
competitions, such as Dubna (Russia), in Moscow (Russia), in Tula (Russia) as well as Klingental (Germany), the “Cup of the North” (Russia, Cherepovets), “Big award of Don” (Russia, Rostov-on-Don), “Spring voices” in a variety category (Russia, Moscow), in Surgut (Russia), the X International competition in Arrasate-Mondragon (Spain), the International competition in Castelfidardo (Italy and a special prize from “Excelsior”), Grand-Prix at the 5th International competition “Cup of the North” in Cherepovets, Grand-Prix at the International competition “Shabyt” in Astana (Kazakhstan), The International competition “Trophee
Mondial” (Bourboule, France), The international competition “Moro D’ Oro” (Italy, categories: Jazz, variety, classic), Golden prize at the festival “April Spring” (North Korea, Pyongyang)
Sergey is participating at international festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Spain, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia, Kazakhstan, China, North Korea, the United States, France, Italy, regularly tooks part in the music festivals “Bayan and Bayanists”.
Sergey became the soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic society in 2006. He is currently an active concert artist, frequently serves as an adjudicator at international competitions. Since 2006 he has been a
teacher at the Schnittke’s Moscow State Institute of Music.
Mr. Osokin was born in Kolomna, Russia. He started playing the accordion at the age of six and began to study music with O. A. Makarova in Kolomna. Since 1995 he continued his education in Moscow with professor Andrey Ledenev. After finishing the musical school in 1997 he entered the Schnittke’s State Music College in Moscow where he was taught by professor Andrey Ledenev. Since 1997 until 2001 Sergey was a student of Schnittke’s State Music College in Moscow. He was trained by Proffessor Yuri Shishkin at the “New Names” master class in Suzdal, Russia. After completing his studies in Schnittke’s State Music
College in Moscow, Sergey continued his education at the Schnittke’s State Music Institute in Moscow with professor Andrey Ledenev. Later he was a student of Schnittke’s State Music Institute in Moscow. After
finishing the Institute in 2004 Sergey entered the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow in the class of distinguished Russian concert artist and
professor, Friedrich Lips.
Ayaka Sato, euphonium
Euphonium soloist, lecturer at Toho Gakuen College Music Department, and
a euphonium player in the Panda Wind Orchestra and Ueno Bass Clef
Euphonium Tuba Quartet.
She has won many prizes in Japan and abroad, including first prize at
the Lieksa Brass Week International Competition in Finland in 2018, and
attracting attention from abroad as an up-and-coming euphonium player.
She has performed as a soloist with the Biel/Bienne Symphony Orchestra
(Switzerland), the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seto Philharmonic
She released 2 CDs "Beans" (Octavia Records) and "Nokishita Lamp"
Her repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, and she is
particularly active in commissioning works for euphonium.
Denis Penyugin, balalaika
Teacher of balalaika and ensemble of St. Petersburg Musical Lyceum and N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Musical College. Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography, A. I. Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University. Teacher at the Yuri Bashmet Educational Center.
Graduates work in the ensembles "Esse Quintet", "Quintet of Four"; in the V. V. Andreev orchestra, the Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the National Guard Troops of the Russian Federation, the Metelitsa Orchestra, the Terema Orchestra of National Instruments; at the St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture.
Guest artist of the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra. Actor of the theater "Russian entreprise them. Andrei Mironov" and the theater company "Open Space".
Laureate of international competitions.
Laureate of the Prize of the Government of St. Petersburg "Pedagogical Hopes" (2008, 2009).
Awarded with the badge "For the humanization of the school of St. Petersburg" (2014).
Artistic director of the festival of baroque music "Bird Call"
Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam, bassoon
Dr hab. Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam began her bassoon education in 1998 studying with Jerzy Lisak at the State Music School in Zamość. From 2002 to 2007 she studied at the Academy of Music (currently the Fryderyk
chopin University of Music) in Warsaw with prof. Zbigniew Płużek.
Three years later she completed her postgraduate studies (Solistenklasse) with honours degree in Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart where she studied with prof. Marc Engelhardt. She continued studies at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław with prof. Czesław Klonowski, where she received the PhD degree in 2015 and leads bassoon clas. In 2019 she pursued a habilitation degree.
The artist has received numerous awards at international competitions. In the Summer 2012 she won three important prizes: First Prize in IDRS Fernand Gillet – Hugo Fox Bassoon Competition in Oxford, Ohio (USA), in September the Second Prize and the Special Prize during 6th Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza. Two years earlier she triumphed in Italy winning the First Prizes at the following competitions: the Gioacchino Rossini International Bassoon Competition in Pesaro and the International Competition for Young Performers in Chieri. In 2009 she won Second Prize (first not awarded) and the prize for the best interpretation of a newly written piece during the International Competition of Moscow Conservatory for Winds and Percussion. In 2016 she was awarded with the Main Prize at the 1st
Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition in Boston. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist she has appeared with such eminent ensembles as: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester,
Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Polish Radio Orchestra, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wrocław, Polisch Chamber Orchestra in Sopot, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra in Tychy, Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra in Zamość, Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.
She cooperated with many leading orchestras as a principal bassoonist: Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), Royal Danish Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Gothenburg's Opera Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra (Norway). Since 2007 she is a principal bassoonist of NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014 she released her debut album Portrait (CD Accord). In 2019 she released the new album Romantic works (Orphée Classics).
Vicente Moronta, oboe
Vicente Moronta (1985), born in Venezuela, is a performer and researcher with a long career and international projection. He studied oboe with Ricardo Riveiro (Caracas), Diethelm Jonas (Lübeck) and Emanuel Abbühl (Basel); Musicology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and
specialized in Contemporary Music at the Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland and at the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (IEMA) in Frankfurt, Germany.
For more than twelve years he was a member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, with which he performed in the main concert halls of Asia, South America, North America and Europe. He has participated in several prestigious international festivals (such as the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, among others). He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Radio National de France, Swiss Radio and Television (SRF), Westdeutschen Rundfunks (WDR), Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique (IRCAM) and Art Music.
He has had the opportunity to collaborate with conductors Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Heinz Holliger, Krzysztof Penderecki, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Bruno Mantovani, Rafael Payare, among others.
Several composers such as Stefano Gervasoni, Michel Roth, Hinako Takagi, Pedro García-Velasquez, Joan Magrané-Figuera, Alex Nante, Juan Francisco Sans, Adrián Suárez, Ángel Hernández-Lovera, Tobias Krebs, Anna Sowa, Gitbi Kwon, Isandro Ojeda-García, Luis Ernesto Torres, David Hernández-Ramos, Norman Gómez-Ballester, Rodrigo Lima, Carlos Arce, among others, have written and dedicated pieces to Vicente Moronta.
He has been soloist and ensemble musician in contemporary music festivals such as ManiFeste (Paris), Milano Musica, Lucerne Festival, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik (Witten, Germany), Impuls (Graz),
Ensems (Valencia), Klangspuren (Innsbruck), Centro de Experimentación y Producción de Música Contemporánea-CEPROMUSIC (Mexico City), Círculo Colombiano de Música Contemporánea-CCMC (Bogotá), Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival (South Korea), Time of Music (Vitaasaari,
Finland), Labo de musique contemporaine de Montreal (Canada), Sonemus (Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina), Alte Schmiede (Wien), Unehörte Musik (Berlin), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht), Zeit Räume (Basel), FºLab (Frankfurt), Klangzeit_Begegnung (Münster) and Attacca Festival (Basel).
He has collaborated with the Oper Frankfurt, the Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Recherche, the Hamburger Camerata, the Ensemble Phoenix, the Ensemble Proton, the Ensemble Tempux Konnex, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, among many
Vicente Moronta is also a member of the Organizing Committee of "El Oboe y sus Laberintos" in Venezuela, a pedagogical, artistic and social project that supports young talents in his native country and brings music to the diverse audiences of the main Venezuelan cities.
Wannapha Yannavut, percussion
One of the most recognized percussionists in Thailand, Dr. Wannapha Yannavut
is acknowledged by fellow percussionists, both as a musician and educator. With more than twenty
years of experience in both solos and ensembles, Dr. Wannapha Yannavut has performed enormous
concerts, recitals, clinics, masterclasses all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore,
Vietnam, New Zealand, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Thailand, and the USA.
Wannapha Yannavut started her professional percussion education in 1989 at Regina Coeli
College School in Chiangmai, studying with Mr. Chumpol Channarong and Ms. Nanhathai
Vitayanantapornkul. Later she went on to study with Mr. Pinai Preechaporn at Montfort College
High School. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Thai language and literature at Prince of
Songkhla University, she returned to music, earning the Master of Art (Music) Degree in Percussion
Performance with Mrs. Kae Reed and Mr. Shane Constant at Mahidol University, College of Music.
In 2016, she received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from the
University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Dan Moore. Additionally, she studied with Dr. John Parks for
one month at the Florida State University in 2008.
During her study in the USA, she has had many new great experiences in percussion besides
classical percussion. As a member of the UI (University of Iowa) steel band, she has played a tenor
pan and was on tour every summer for four years. Moreover, she was a percussionist of the Midwest
Center of New Music Ensemble and was invited to perform Thomas Beverly Ocotillo, solo
performance on multi-percussion, seasonally, variable electronics, and video piece at The New York
City Electroacoustic Music Festival, New York, 2014.
Continuing to develop her strong dedication for percussion music, Wannapha won the
Alternate winner and finalist of the UI Concerto and Area Competition 2014 on Emmanuel Sejourne
Marimba Concerto and Orchestra.
Since 2006, she has been an artist/instructor of percussion at Mahidol University and director
of the Integrated Percussion Ensemble. Wannapha was also the principal percussionist of the
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra from 2006-2012 and was promoted to timpanist in 2009-2012.
Despite taking the position of “principal timpanist” only one year, the orchestra voted her, “Best
Musician of TPO” in November 2010.
In 2007, she was invited to play as a soloist with the Mahidol Wind Symphony, Ney Rosauro
Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra under the baton of Major Prateep Suphanrojn. Also, she was
invited to play as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazunori Miyake “Elpis”
Marimba Concerto and Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alfonso Scarano in 2022. Recently,
she was invited to solo Kai Stensgaard’s Marimba Concerto (World Premiered) with Songkhla
Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Asst. Prof. Weerasak Aksornteang in 2023.
Currently, Dr. Wannapha Yannavut is an artist/lecturer of percussion at Mahidol University
College of Music, director of the Integrated Percussion Ensemble, Principal Timpanist of the
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. She is an official endorser of Adams Musical Instruments.
Michal Markuszewski, organ
Born in Warsaw in 1980. In 2004 he graduated with honours from the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in organ class Prof. Joachim Grubich and in 2005 in piano class Prof. Kazimierz Gierżod.
In 2007 he completed postgraduate studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin (organ improvisation class Prof. Wolfgang Seifen) and in 2008 Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg (organ master class Prof. Christoph Bossert).
His greatest achievements are: 2nd prize in Polish Contemporary XX Century Organ Music Competition in Legnica (1998), 1st prize in International Organ Music Competition in Rumia (2000), as well as an honourable mention for the best performance of pieces by J.S. Bach. He also received the prize founded by president of the city of Gdańsk and 3rd prize in International Organ Music Competition in Zürich-Wiedikon (2007).
In 2007 he received a scholarship from Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
He gave many concerts at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, Ukraine, Slovakia, Great Britain and in over 170 cities in Germany.
He took part in master classes taught by such famous artists as: Guy Bovet, Aleksander Fiseyski, Julian Gembalski, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Jean Guillou, Bernhard Haas, Naji Hakim, Rudolf Innig, Edgar Krapp, Olivier Latry, Heribert Metzger, Peter Planyawski, Martin Sander, Christopher Stembridge.
He cooperated with many renowned soloists, such as Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis, Camerata Varsovia choir, Camerata Janáček orchestra, Collegium instrumentale Bochum orchestra, Jeunesses Musicales.
He made several CD recordings (Organum Classics, Label Harp, DUX). His recording made on historic organs in the Reformed Church in Warsaw (DUX 0707) received a nomination for Polish music industry award FRYDERYK in two categories. He also made several radio and TV-recordings.
He made first performances of contemporary Polish organ music as well as chamber organ music.
He is also interested in problems of restoration of historic Polish organs. He is a member of Association for Researches and Conservation of Silesian Organ (VEESO), german Society of Organ Enthusiasts GdO (since 2001). He cooperates with editors of Polish Internet Organ Inventory. He prepared the documentation of over 350 Polish historical organs.
On his initiative, restoration work was carried out on the historical organ (built by Schlag und Söhne) in the Reformed Church in Warsaw (2004-2008), where he has served as organist since 2004.
For several years he has been involved in events and cultural management. He is initiator and artistic director of an international cycle of organ concerts on historical organ built by Schlag und Söhne in 1900 in the Reformed Church in Warsaw.
From 2012 he teaches organ improvisation at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Özlem Er Civelek, double bass
Özlem Er Civelek
Associate Professor at Baskent University in Ankara. Double Bass/ Türkiye
Born in Mersin, (south Turkey). Upon receiving a well-earned scholarship, she started double bass education with Zurab Tsitsuachvili at Bilkent University in Music High School in 1997. In 2005, she successfully graduated form Bilkent University, double bass BMus degree. During her education, she took place in the chamber Music, master classes and Symphony Orchestras both in her school or other places.
Taking awards and scholarship both for her education and her success, in master class in France,( IV Rencontres Musicales Internationales de Graves` organised by Mstislav Rostropovich, in September 2005,) she had a scholarship and successfully entered at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and started studying with Professor Thomas Martin in her master degree.
After her great success of playing, Thomas Martin invited her to his master class in Tarragona in 2006, International De Musica De Tarragona.
In July 2006 she graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama for MMus programme and the following year she gained the Artist Diploma Degree in 2008. During her education, she had many solo concerts at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and in London. Besides this, she took place as a principal Double Bassist in both in the Chamber and Symphony orchestras in GSMD.
She had many award for her education by The Leverhulme Trust, The Linklaters Endowment, Barbican Award and Eczacıbaşi Young Artist Award.
She joins some Symphony Orchestras, both in her school and other places conducted by Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Thilson Thomas, Diego Masson, Sian Edwards, Paolo Olmi, Mark Shanahan, George Benjamin and Emil Tabakov. Not only for orchestral works, had she also taken place master classes around the world, with Thomas Martin, Tim Cobb, Giuseppe Ettore, Charlie Haden, Volkan Orhon, Aykut Dursen.
She took in tutti position in London Symphony Orhestra in 2006 in London.
The İnternational Tubin Society in Estonia interested her Doctoral Thesis about Tubin Double Bass Concerto and publish her success on their website.
She has a great musical performance on double bass from Bach to modern compositons like Kassern, from Piazzolla to 21.centuries compositons such as Knific.
Right now, she is the principal double bass player in the Chamber Orchestra called “the Orchestra Academic Baskent” in her home town.
She graduated from Hacettepe University State Conservatory, the class of Prof. Burak Karaağaç and took Doctoral Degree in 2021.
She became an Associate Proffesor in Music. She has continued her Double Bass lessons in Baskent University State Conservatory in Ankara. Not only teaching and playing the orchestra but she also has written articles about double bass study and double bass music that have been contributed to the international academic disciplinary.
Burak Karaagac, double bass
Prof. Dr. Burak Karaagac
Master organized in many countries of the world from Brazil to Turkey and USA. to Poland leading masterclass International Double Bass side of the provision that jury member in the contest as well, just in 2014-2020 years among His students participated with their Doublebass competitions, who has received great praise and interest in the Local and International press by winning 19 First, 7 Second 2 best comments and 4 special awards. Burak Karaağaç graduated from Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in 1998. He continued his academic career at Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Institute. He completed his Master's program in 2007 and Proficiency in Art (Doctorate) in 2010 with high honor. In 2011, he completed the Overseas Specialization (Post-Doc.) Program on the Doublebass Instructor at the Polish Karol Lipinski Music Academy. After returning to the country, he received the title of Associate Professor , he was deemed worthy of an award by Hacettepe University Rectorate for his achievements at home and abroad. He still continues studies as a proffosor in Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory.
Diego Caetano, Brazilia / USA
Brazilian-American pianist Diego Caetano has been performing widely as soloist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including performances at New York's Carnegie Hall, Yokohama's Philia Hall, Lisbon's Palácio da Foz, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecília Meireles, and London's Royal Albert Hall.
Diego Caetano received the top prizes in more than fifty national and international piano competitions. He has frequently served as a masterclass clinician and competition adjudicator in various universities and conservatories around the globe and has presented at various national and international conferences about pedagogical works by Brazilian composers, effective practicing techniques, and performance anxiety. He has recently released the CD “French Connection: Violin Sonatas of the 20th Century” with violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov for the Italian-Japanese label DaVinci Classics.
Diego Caetano maintains an active schedule as an educator. His students have received prizes at national and international piano competitions. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director at Ávila International Music Festival in Ávila (Spain). He is a Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University and a Shigeru Kawai Artist.
Anzhelika Sidorova, Russia
Teacher, member of orchestra
Chuvash Republic honoured culture worker, Honour culture worker of Russian Federation, Teacher of higher qualification, Flute teacher in Cheboksary musical school named after S.M.Maksimov, teacher of Cheboksary musical college named after F.P.Pavlov, senior lecture of the instrumental performance department of the Chuvash State University named after I.N.Ulyanov, senior lecture of the Chuvash State Institute of Culture and Art; actor of the Chuvash State academic symphony chapel.
Being a leaver of the Kazan conservatory conducted expert-classes in Klin, Perm, Uzhgorod, Kazan, Joshkar-Ola, Moscow, Shatarujkhel (Hungury).
Winner of the city competition "Public recognition" under nomination "Person of the year" (2009) - 3-rd place; awarded with the 1st degree diploma of the 1st Republican competition "Teacher of the year: Cheboksary 2003"; laureate of the all-Russia competition "Young Talents of Russia" under nomination "Best Teacher of the art school for children of Russian Federation" (2009, 2014). Winner of the city competition "Public Recognition" under nomination "I give my sole to children" (2011) - 1st place. 1st prize laureate and status of the "Best Teacher of the art school for children" of Chuvash Republic (2014). Diploma of Honour of the Head of Chuvash Republic (2015). Awarded with diplomas of Honour of the Russian Federation Ministry on nationality cause, information policy and archiving of the Chuvash Republic. Head of administration of Cheboksary, of the Head of administration of Cheboksary, of the Union of composers of Chuvashia and editorial staff of encyclopedia "Best people of Russia" , inlisted in "Billboard of Honour" heading of the annual all-Russia encyclopedia "Talented children - Future of Russia".
Vladislav Provotar, Russia
Vladislav Provotar is an accomplished cellist, senior tutor at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, an artist of the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Maestro Vladimir Spivakov.
Mr Provotar began his studies at First Music School of Ryazan, tutor N.Danshina, followed by Central Music School at the P.I.Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, part of the class led by Professor Aleksei Seleznev. In 2003 he enrolled into the Gnessins Specialized Music School, after graduation he continued his study in People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Vladimir Tonkha class at the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music.
Mr Provotar has participated and won plaudits at numerous international music competitions, including
- winner of International A.Janigro Violoncellist Competition in Croatia (2003)
- winner of Russian National Competition Novae Imena in Khanty Mansiisk (2004)
- diploma winner of a prestigious UNESCO program for cellists in People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Tonkha class as well as in chamber ensemble class led by People’s Artist of Russia Professor T.A. Gaidamovich (2004-2005)
- winner of XVIII Citta di Barletta competition in Italy (2008)
- diploma winner at the Ist S.M.Kozolupov All-Russian Competition for Cellists (Moscow, 2009)
- winner of the S.N. Knushevitsky International Competition for Cellists (Saratov, 2012)
In 2013 Mr Provotar has successfully and with honours defended his Master’s Thesis “Cello Applicanture Principles”. In 2015 Mr Provotar has featured in the nationally televised program “Music Lesson”.
In 2020 together with S.Ushakova Mr Provotar recorded and released an album of 24 Preludes for Cello and Piano by S.Tsintsadze.
Actively touring Russia and Europe.
Chaerin Kim, USA
A multi-instrumentalist, being one of the very few in the world who you can see performing as a soloist with two instruments on the same stage with an orchestra, internationally acclaimed harpist, pianist, composer, and professor Dr. Chaerin Kim is the winner of several international competitions. She was the winner of the Special Prize of Best Performance of Russian Music at the International Harp Competition in Russia, winner of the Future Classic Women Award from the London Radio Station, the CFA Award and Department Honor Award from Boston University, the Garrett Award, Foundation Award, and Julia Leney Harp Prize in London, the Soloist Competition Winner at Ewha University, Kaywon School for the Arts, and Boston University, the Bronze Medalist for Solo Piano at the Walgan Music Competition, and winner of the Grand Prize from the Korean Student's Newspaper.
She has been featured as a soloist on both instruments: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Debussy Danses for Harp, Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with UMB Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Boston Chamber Orchestra, the Ginastera Harp Concerto with BU Symphony Orchestra, Ginastera Harp Concerto with Seongnam Philharmonic, a Guest Soloist of the International Music Festival broadcast live in Korea, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro and Debussy's Danses with Yonsei Sinfonietta, and the Pierne Harp Concerto with EU Orchestra. Her harp performance has been used for the British movie Kaleidoscope (Main actor Toby Jones), which was the winner of Best Performance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. As a composer, her composition, Rendezvous, has 100 versions, including versions for orchestra, harp, piano, and voice, with lyrics written by her and translated into 80 different languages, and the orchestral version of Rendezvous had its world premiere in Boston, Massachusetts. She released 146 songs (7 Albums and 91 Singles), and many of her music was aired on the radio stations in U.S., and UK. Most recently, she was nominated for and awarded the Future Classic Women Awards through the London Radio Station, who interviewed her twice, and also interviewed with WCPE Radio in the U.S.
Dr. Kim's musical studies began when she was six years old. She majored in piano at the Yewon Music Middle School, while also beginning studies in cello and voice. After Yewon, she went on to attend Kaywon High School of Arts, where she continued to major in piano. In her last year, at the age of eighteen, she also started lessons on harp, and six months later won the Soloist Audition for Harp. She received her B.A. with Highest Honors from Ewha University in Seoul – then, while pursuing her master's degree at Ewha, she was offered a scholarship for a PGD at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with "distinction." She got her M.M. from Yale University on a scholarship, graduating summa cum laude. She was invited to the Artist's Diploma program at Yale and Graduate Diploma Program at New England Conservatory – however, she decided to pursue her doctorate at Boston University, where she was offered a full scholarship. She was the "quickest recipient of a Doctorate" in BU Music School's history, completing it in three and a half years.
As a contest judge and jury, Dr. Kim was the artistic director of the USA International Music Competition in 2010, and in 2021& 2022, she is judging at 12 international competitions for both harp and piano: the Music International Grand Prix in New York, the King's Peak International Music Competition in California, the World Vision Music Contest in Germany, the Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition in Canada, the International Music Competition in Serbia, Music Modern in Ukraine, Performer's Certificate in Thailand, Musical South Palmyra in Ukraine, the International Youth Music Competition in Atlanta, Danubia International Music Competition in Hungary, Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival and Competition in Australia, IX Stockholm International Music Competition in Sweden, and IX JSFest International Instrumental Music Competition in Finland. Dr. Kim was formerly a professor at Eastern Nazarene College, where she taught harp, piano, music theory and music history classes, and was also the former Head of the Harp Department at Adagio Music Academy and South Shore Conservatory. Currently, she is an artistic director of UIMC, an artist with the TTF Entertainment company in China, and a professor of both instruments; harp and piano at University of Massachusetts Boston, Schloss Akademie in Germany, and harp and piano through the Office of Arts at Harvard University.
Konstantin Krasnitsky, Belarus / Croatia
Konstantin Krasnitsky is the absolute winner, laureate of the 1. Prize of the Competition Jury and of the Special prize awarded by the audience at the 1st International Pianist Competition EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) „Svetislav Stančić“ in Zagreb in 1999. At the 3rd International Pianist Competition
„S. V. Rachmaninov“ in Moscow in 2002 he won the fourth Prize and the title of the laureate. He is the winner of the Special prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in 2002.
He was born in Minsk into the family of professional musicians, he received his first piano lessons from his mother Valentina Krasnitskaya, who was the pianist. At the age of five he enrolled in the Secondary music school for specially talented and gifted children in the class of the professor Yevgeny Puksta.
After successful completion thereof he continued his education at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in the class of the renowned professor Vladimir Nekhaenko. Young Krasnitsky was greatly influenced by the acquaintance of the famous Russian pianist and professor of the Moscow, Trossingen and Warsaw Music Academies, Viktor Karpovič Meržanov with whom he continued his studies for seven years. Konstantin Krasnitsky received his Master's degree from the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, where from 1999 he continued to work as a pedagogue. Soon he attained the position of piano professor of honour at the Anyang Normal University in China, assistant professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Music and associate professor of the Academy of Arts, at the J.J.Strossmayer University in Osijek.
The piano study at the Academy of Arts in Osijek has been founded thanks to his arrival to Osijek and a number of his students have been awarded at international music competitions and festivals.
Krasnitsky has been equally involved in pedagogical work and active concerting. He has been performing as a soloist, in an ensamble and orchestras in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the United States of America, China, Tajikistan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Srbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with leading orchestras in Belarus such as the President's Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Symphony Orchestra of the national academy Great Theatre and Balet of the Republic of Belarus, State academy simphony orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, State chamber orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Symphony orchestra of the city of Gomel, Symphony orchestra of the city of Molodechno, Symphony orchestra of the Belarus State Music Academy „the Young Belarus“ as well as with international orchestras such as the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, St.Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra. He worked together with a number of renowned musicians such as Pavle Dešpalj, Vladimir Ziva, Berislav Šipuš, Yevgeny Xaviereff, Genadij Provatorov etc. He performed at the Berlin Konzerthaus and also at the Great ,"Rachmaninov" and Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Volkstheateru in Vienna, Concert Hall „Vatroslav Lisinski“ and Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb, at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk, Steinway Chamber Hall in Copenhagen etc.
He also performed at numerous festivals of piano music in Belarusian cities e.g. Minsk, Brest, Mogilev and Grodno, at the festival „the Minsk Spring of 1999“, „the Minsk Spring of 2003“, „ Art to Children and Youth“, at the concerts of the 1st prize winners with the Belarus State Philharmonic and leading festivals in Croatia e.g. „Piano-Fortisssimo“ in Zagreb, the Varaždin Baroque Evenings, the Senj Concert Evenings, the Days of Milko Kelemen, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, May Music Memorial “Josip Štolcer Slavenski",
The Osijek Museum Musical Wednesday, "Romberg Musical Evenings" and other.
He has played the premier of the compositions by Croatian composers Davor Bobić, Josip Štolcer Slavenski and Sanja Drakulić and when he performed Tango by Kelemen at the festival „the Days of Milko Kelemen“ the composer himself was so delighted and thrilled with the performance that in the middle of the concert he asked Krasnitsky to play it once again! Krasnitsky has also done radio recordings.
He has been a guest in TV shows in Belarus, Russia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He is a member of the Croatian Society of Music Artists. „As the gentle giant he even looks a bit like the young Rachmaninov, Krasnitsky had the most sheerly beautiful sound – sumptuous and mellow – which he achieved with wonderful economy” ( 25th April 2002 “ In Searching of New Stars” The Independent, London) “In the performance of the young Belarus pianist I have heard a number of pieces by S.V. Rachmaninov including his Second sonata and that was the most impressive performance of all performances that I have ever heard ( 5th June 2004, from a letter, Dmitry Bashkirov, Minneapolis, USA)
Yevgeny Baev, Russia
Yevgeny Anatolyevich Baev (born July 15, 1952, Pervouralsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast) is a Russian guitarist and composer.
In 1977 he graduated from the Ural State Conservatory. M. P. Mussorgsky. Currently he works as a teacher of a guitar class in dshi № 1 the city of Tver (Russia). In 1988, Yevgeny Anatolyevich created an instrumental duo "Musical miniatures" (violin - Elena muravyeva, guitar - Evgeny bayev) for whom he wrote a concert repertoire. The duo "Musical Miniatures" performed concert programs in many cities in Russia, Italy, Latvia, Germany, France and the United States. Currently, the list of writings by author Eugene. Baeva consists of 500 works for guitar, guitar duo, for guitar-violin, guitar-violin-viola, guitar-violin-cello ensembles, for domra-guitar, balalaiki, vocal compositions, for Symphony orchestra, for chamber orchestra, for Russian orchestra. From 2019 - 2020 he wrote four symphonies, five children's musical stories for ORNI and choir: "the adventures of Cipollino", the Show Suite "Malachite box", "jazz-teremok", "Elena wonderraya", "Magic story", thirty symphonic legends (symphonic legends + choir from Greece, Ireland, Poland, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, etc.)
Ulrich Walther, Germany
Ulrich Walther was born in 1980 in Hagen, Germany, and studied concert organ, church and school music, and music education at the State Conservatory for Music & Performing Arts in Stuttgart, where his teachers were Ludger Lohmann, Jürgen Essl, Hans-Martin Corrinth and Willibald Bezler. He then furthered his musical training through private studies with David Sanger, and through participation in numerous masterclasses with artists such as Hans-Ola Ericsson, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Jon Laukvik, Daniel Roth, Gerhard Weinberger and Heinz Wunderlich. He has won prizes in several international competitions, including Second Prize and Special Prize in Graz (2006) and First Prize and Audience Prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition (2007), as well as First Prize and Special Messiaen Prize in the International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition Erfurt – Weimar – Merseburg, performing on historic organs (2008). As the recipient of a grant from the German Music Council, he was admitted in 2010/11 to the national-level selection in Young Artists’ Concerts. Following a two-year stint as a visiting professor, Ulrich Walther was appointed Professor of Organ at the University of Music & Performing Arts in Graz. As a concert artist, he has been the guest of prestigious festivals in Europe, Russia and America, including ION Nürnberg, Jeunesse Wien, St. Albans International Organ Festival, Thüringer Bachwochen, Notre Dame in Chartres, St.-Bavokerk in Haarlem, the Cathedral of Merseburg, the Concert Hall in Bamberg, Capella St. Petersburg, St. James Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, Moscow International House of Music, Frederiksborg Castle in Copenhagen and Birmingham Town Hall. Concurrently, his artistic profile is complemented by teaching courses at home and abroad, improvisations for silent films, CD and radio recordings, publications in specialised journals and serving as a jury member for competitions. Former students include prize-winners at international competitions. His research currently focuses on historical performance practice, as well as innovative musical practice within the area between transcription and composition: 4-CD set of Max Reger’s complete organ arrangements (2018), synoptic CD-project with Bach Trio sonatas in historic, romantic and jazz versions (2018), musicological thesis “concepts of interpretation and transcription on the organ” (2021).
Daniela Iolkicheva, Bulgaria/Spain
Michel Plasson - “Daniela is an extraordinary harpist with a highly consolidated technique and enchanting musicality.”
Daniela was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of 9, she started to study the piano and five years later, commenced her harp studies in the L. Pipkov Musical Institute with Constance Karadjova.
In 1980, she received the harp position in the Bulgarian PIONER Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1984, Daniela commenced her studies in the Sofia National Conservatoire. A year later, she won a scholarship to study at the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, where, in 1990 and under the direction of the renowned harpist Tatiana Tauer, she obtained a PhD in Harp studies (as the first study instrument) and a further PhD in Piano studies (as a second study instrument), graduating with first-class honours (Summa Cum Laude).
The following prizes Daniela has won are worth noting: Silver medal in the 7th Bulgarian National Harp Competition (1985), where she also received the Special Prize for the Youngest Participant; she was a prize winner in the International Festivals in Moscow and St. Petersburg (1988); the Andrés Segovia and José Miguel Ruiz Morales prize as the most distinguished student in the Música en Compostela competition, awarded by the prestigious harpist Nicanor Zabaleta; the Jakez François 1st prize in the 1st Iberian Chamber Music with Harp Competition in Madrid (2004), with violinist Sergei Teslia.
In 1991, Daniela received the harp soloist position in the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002, she has been the harp tutor at the Special School for Music at San Francisco de Paula School in Seville. She also gives master classes sponsored by grants awarded by the Junta de Andalucía (the Andalusian regional government) and the Asociación Amigos de la ROSS (the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra Fellowship).
In 2017, she was named as the tenured harp lecturer for the Master’s degree in Soloist Performance, speciality: Harp Studies at the KATARINA GURSKA Centre for Higher Musical Education, Madrid.
Since 2002, Daniela has led an intensely active career as a soloist and also in chamber music duos with María Antonia Rodríguez, flute soloist in the RTVE Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, in conjunction with Don José Enrique Ayarra, Seville Cathedral’s principal organist, Daniela performed a concert of 19th and 20th century music with an electroacoustic harp in the aforementioned cathedral. This repertoire had never before been performed with this type of harp. For the occasion, the instrument was loaned by the Victor Salvi Foundation.
Composers such as Antonio Noguera, Esteban Sanz Vélez, Julio Lozano, Martín Zalba, Luis Ignacio Marín and Gualberto García have dedicated works to her.
Daniela has recorded with many different record labels for Bulgarian, Russian, Spanish and Italian national radio and television broadcasters. She frequently performs in recitals, chamber ensembles in Europe, the USA, Russia and Asia. Furthermore, she performs with highly prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, the State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Symphony Orchestra of India, the Gürzenich Orchester Köln and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, working with conductors such as Maazel, Muti, Jansons, Lazarev, Rostropovich, Plasson, etc. In addition, Daniela frequently performs at festivals, for instance: the Santander International Festival, International Harp Festival “Northern Lyre”, Mariinsky Theatre, the Festival of Granada, Clásicos en Verano and the Festival Dei Due Mondi – Spoleto…
Ivan Agafonov, Russia
Ivan Agafonov is a co-principal viola of the Russian National Orchestra under M. Pletnev. Since 2017 he has his own viola class in Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
After graduating with honors from The Central music school in 2010 ( viola class of Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation Mariya Sitkovskaya ), he continued his education in Moscow Conservatory in the class of Honored Artist of Russia, professor Alexander Bobrovsky. In 2016 Ivan has made his Master Performance Degree in Zurich University of Arts in the class of professor Christoph Schiller, where he also had his conducting lessons with Marc Kissoczy. After graduation Ivan has come back to Moscow and completed his postgraduate studies in Moscow Conservatory.
Being a prizewinner of many international competitions, he regularly performs as a soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras in Russia and Europe, besides he takes part in different chamber music projects.
Dilbağ Tokay, Turkey
Dilbağ Tokay (cello)
Dilbağ Tokay started studying the cello at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University İstanbul State Conservatory with Reşit Erzin, and received her DMA from the same Conservatory. She has worked with prominent cellists such as M. Khomitzer, N. Ullner, F. Berthold, A. Rudin and has given numerous recitals, chamber and orchestral concerts as a soloist in Serbia, Sweden, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Kygyzstan, Pakistan, Syria, India and Brazil. She has given masterclasses in Bulgaria, Serbia, Kygyzstan and Brazil. Additionally, she has given masterclasses in Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy and Turkey. With Emine Serdaroğlu, as CelloPianoDuo, she has received superb international feedback after performances at prestigious concert halls and festivals. Their “Turkish Music for Cello and Piano” CD is released by NAXOS and was awarded 2016 “Recording of the Year Award” at the prestigious Donizetti Classical Music Awards. For her instrumental teaching rôle at MSFAU Istanbul State Conservatory, Tokay has been awarded numerous prizes for excellence from international competition bodies.
Vladimir Gourevich, Russia
In 1971 he graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatory N. And. Rimsky-Korsakov (piano class of Professor. S.M.Chenevoy, class music theory of Professor Yu.N.Tyulin). In 1972 he defended his thesis in 1990 - a doctoral. Professor (1993). Sphere of scientific interests - the history of Russian music, musical culture of the Central Asia, problems of contemporary music education. In 1969-76, he worked in Turkmenistan. From 1976 to 1999 worked in Higher Trade-Union school of culture (Humanitarian University of trade unions), in 1999 - at the Academy of postgraduate pedagogical education, 2004 - in Russian pedagogical university A.I. Herzen. Invited Professor at the Institute of musicology at Leipzig University. The author of five monographs, more than four hundred articles in scientific journals of Russia and foreign countries. Specializes in the genres of piano ensemble and accompaniment. Zam. Chairman of the St. Petersburg Association of piano duets. Chairman of the organizing Committee of the competition «Brother and Sister», member of the jury all-Russian competition of piano duets A.G. Bahchieva. The author of original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions for choir heard on the Philharmonic stages in different countries. One of the leaders of the Union of Composers of Russia, since 1994 - Chairman of the audit Committee of the UK St. Petersburg, from 1995 to 2010 - Chairman of the audit Committee of the IC of Russia. At the tenth Congress of the Union of composers of Russia (2010) elected Secretary of this creative organization. Chairman of the Dissertation Council of the faculty of music University A.I. Herzen. Honorary worker of higher professional education of Russia (2012).
Denis Oswer, Russia
Denis Oswer (oboe). Soloist of the group of oboes in the State Art Organization "New Russia" Graduated from the Gnessin Academy under Professor Lyubimov in 1997. In 1998. received the highest degree from Boston University, where he studied in the class of prof. Gomberg.
After receiving a master's degree, he continued his education at the University of Hartford in the class of Professor Lucarelli, America's leading solo oboist. In 1998.
Denis Oswer became a laureate of the "Emerson Quartet" Since 2014, Denis Oswer has been actively involved in teaching. Its students are laureates of numerous competitions. Some students from D. Oswer's class enter leading European universities.
Ivan Dyma, Russia
Ivan Dyma - multi-saxophonist, soloist of the Obraztsov’s theatre, professor at the A. Schnittke Institute of Music. Laureate of All-Russian and International Competitions, Artist of the “Firebird” Theater, Artist of the Yamaha Company, Member of the Musical Society under the guidance of the Rector of the Moscow Conservatory A. Sokolov.
Ivan’s performances as a solo artist were accompanied by continued success in the halls of New York (USA), Badenweiler, Essen, Karlsruhe (Germany), Bogota (Colombia), Tel Aviv (Israel), Druskininkai (Lithuania), as well as Russian cities (Moscow, Novosibirsk, Kirov, Ryazan, Yakutsk, Tyumen, etc.). The play “Old Senor” in the Obraztsov’s theatre, in which Ivan plays solo on three varieties of the saxophone and two Colombian traditional instruments, was awarded the title of Laureate of the Russian National Prize “Golden Mask”, 2014.
The solo concerts of the performer were held at the Helikon-Opera Theater, the Moscow Conservatory, the Pavel Slobodkin’s Center, the Alexei Kozlov’s Jazz Club, the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral of St. Andrey and other prestigious concert venues. Ivan gave a solo concert with maestro Fabio Mastrangelo and the orchestra Symphonica Artica.
He has performed at prestigious international jazz and classical festivals, such as the Akkordeonherbst (Germany), “Ethnosphere”, “The Music of the Earth”, “The Absolute Baroque” and many others.
He performed with the masters of classical and jazz music: Boris Berezovsky, Arkady Shilkloper, Vladimir Chekasin, Fabio Mastrangelo, Alexander Zagorinsky. He collaborated with composers Andrei Eshpay, Armando Gidoni, Yuri Chugunov, Mark Watters, Alexei Kozlov, Vladimir Chekasin and many others.
Ivan gives master classes to saxophonists throughout Russia and abroad (Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Poland). Plays all saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone)
Zoraida Avila, Spain
She graduated at Tchakovsky Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with the eminent harpist Vera Dulova, obtaining a "Master of Arts" (1983) and "Philosophical Doctor" (1985). She also has the title of "The Associated of Royal College of Music", London, UK (1989). She has received awards in international competitions and festivals such as the National Harp Competition of the USSR (1984) and the "Andrés Segovia" Spanish Music Award. She has performed in Venezuela, USSR, Russia, Bulgaria, England, Belgium, Denmark, Algeria, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway, India and China.
In some of these countries She performed for television and the recordings of her interpretations are often broadcast by different radio stations worldwide.
She has participated in several international festivals: First Latin American Harp Festival, San Jose, Costa Rica; XV Festival do Estoril, Portugal; II World Harp Festival in Cardiff, Wales; VII Festival of El Hatillo, Venezuela, 5th European Harp Symposium in Amsterdam, Netherlands among others.
She recorded a CD with the chamber music group " Isolda" (1989) Her Solo reccordings have earned her praise from international critics: "Between Two Worlds" (1986) with repertoire transcribed and dedicated to Nicanor Zabaleta; and "Paths" (1998) published by the University of Curaçao, which shows her work as a transcriber and arranger of Latin American music.
She has been a member of the Jury in several competitions: The "International Competition of Harpers", Moscow 1997 and 1999, The "International Festival Vera Dulova" (Moscow, 1997 and 2000) and The "Competition of Chamber Music with Harp," in Arles, France , 2001, The "First International Harp Contest" in Szeged, Hungary, 2007, and The First International Harp Competition "Ksenia Erdely" in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She chairs the Cultural Association Isolda, through which she organizes the international competition " The Iberian Chamber Music Competition with Harp", which reached its fourth edition in February 2014.
In 2008 She participated as a special guest at the Festival "The soul of the Harp" held at The Centre of Art Workers in Moscow, Russia, where she gave a lecture on" the Spanish music for harp". She has coordinated three editions of compact "Isolda sings Tales" (2018, 2010 and 2012) in which her students perform works of didactic repertoire for solo harp and in combination with other instruments.
She held in usufruct the Harp that belonged the harpist Nicanor Zabaleta, which is provided with an eighth damper pedal, a system designed by the same harpist.
With this instrument she touredd as a soloist and with the chamber music group Isolda.
She is currently working on a doctoral thesis in Musicology about" the Romantic Harp in Spain" for the Faculty of Geography and History of the Complutense University of Madrid.
Alexander Zagorinsky, Russia
Alexander Zagorinsky is a renowned Russian cellist. In 1986, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. He is a winner of the domestic (1985) and international competitions, including the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has been a professor since 2018. From 1991 until the year 2000, Zagorinsky was the first concertmaster of the cello group in the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic. As a cellist, he has had a distinguished career in solo and ensemble performance of repertoires ranging from classical to romantic works and modern compositions. He collaborates closely with several contemporary composers and has had the privilege of being the first to perform works by composers such as E. Denisov, V. Dashkevich, Yu. Kasparov A. Shchetinsky (Ukraine), Jon Appleton (USA) and etc. He recorded on compact disc all of Edison Denisov’s chamber works for cello as well as his cello concerto, when the composer was still alive, earning high esteem from him. Alexander Zagorinsky is known for a close creative partnership with the remarkable jazz composer and pianist Nikolai Kapustin, many of whose works he has performed and recorded together with the latter. Alexander Zagorinsky’s recordings were released on Melodiya, Delos and Naxos (USA), Etcetera (Netherlands) and other labels. He has been a member of the duet with the outstanding Norwegian pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg since 2002. Alexander Zagorinsky has been awarded the title Honored Artist of Russia and the Order of Friendship.
Sam-Jong Shim, Korea
CCM Artist, Classical Saxophonist Psalm Shim. An acclaimed Korean saxophonist whose music freely crosses over to the classical, jazz, pop, and CCM, Psalm-Jong Shim has given recitals at the Arts Club of Washington, Baltimore War Memorial Hall, and Strathmore Manson and performed with Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia Ulan Ude Symphony Orchestra, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, W. Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Korea, Cheongju Korean Music Orchestra. After graduating from the College of Music at Hanyang University, Shim received a Master’s degree in Classical Saxophone Performance and a G.P.D diploma at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University studying with Professor Gary Louie, an internationally renowned classical saxophone soloist.
Shim has founded Ensemble INIZ that has successfully merged artistic originality and popularity of chamber music and has also established and conducted Sounds of Heaven Saxophone Orchestra for amateur saxophonists. Shim has been performing at MBC Beautiful Concert, KBS Radio, CBS Make Us New, CTS Happy Every day, C Chanel, and CGNTV in Korea. He has so far published four CDs, Psalm-Jong Shim Hymn & Gospel Saxophone I and II and The Classical Saxophone I and The Classical Saxophone II, The Presence Trio Album, Digital Single offering the general public a fascinating world of saxophone music. Shim was served 12 years as an adjunct professor of wind instruments at the College of Music, Hanyang University. Now Chair of SHIM Saxophone College in Korea and He holds Doctor of Future Education Leadership.
Tatiana Gurbaeva, Russia
Graduated from the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatory the piano department (class of Prof. Portnoy) and got a master degree in pipe organ (class of associate professor Bakaeva-Petrenko). Winner of international competitions and festivals as a pianist, organist, ensemble player and
The winner in the nominations «Organ» and «Сhamber ensemble» in the International music competition of Jean Sibelius in Finland and also a «Solo piano» nomination in the International competition festival «Bravo, Turku!». Teacher and concertmaster of Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography in Herzen University.
Mária Kόsa, Austria
Executive Director International Music Academy INTMA
2011 – Currently working as Executive Director of the "International Music Academy INTMA" based in Vienna, Austria. Ongoing concert and teaching activities with different orchestras and chamber music projects, workshops and festivals.
Founder The Brunette Quartet
2015 – Professional flute quartet based in Vienna, Austria. Ongoing concert activities, co-operations with contemporary composers. Exploring and experimenting with new dimensions.
Board member Austrian Flute Association
2018 – The Austrian Flute Association is a networking platform for all “flute lovers” - our goal is to reorganize and support the Austrian flute society. To connect professional flutists, flute students and amateurs through organizing concerts, workshops, masterclasses, instrument- and music score showcases all around the flute.Education Performance Arts, Flute Vienna Konservatorium, Vienna, Austria
2007 – 2010 - Workshops and masterclasses
Attended masterclasses and was taught by many of the most renowned flutists and professors, like Auréle Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Sir James Galway, Paul Edmund Davies, Wissam Boustany, Carin Levine, Ian Clarke.