CHAIRPERSON 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.
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.”
Alexander Maistrenko, clarinet
Alexander Maistrenko was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in the family of a musician - bass clarinetist and saxophonist of the Leningrad Radio and TV Orchestra. His first clarinet teacher was his father. After studying at a music school with an associate professor of the Institute of Culture Ph.D. G.Kupisok, Alexander entered the music college in the class of the Mariinsky Theater clarinetist Associate Professor N. Kiryukhin. After graduating from college, he entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the class of Professor P. Sukhanov, who was his father's teacher.
During his studies, Alexander became a diploma and winner at International competitions and entered the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra Klassika as a soloist, where he was the principal clarinetist for 15 years. Over the years, he has toured numerous countries in Europe, Japan, Korea, USA and Canada, taught master classes in Japan and Korea, and performed сhamber and solo concerts in Finland.
Alexander has repeatedly performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra, and performed in chamber concerts of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In 1995 he performed clarinet solo in Cavaradossi's Aria from Puccini's Tosca at the Placido Domingo Gala Concert in Turku (Finland).
Alexander has also been a guest soloist at the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theaters, the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater, and the Conservatory Music Theater.
Alexander Maistrenko is a regular participant of the St. Petersburg Autumn International Festival, where he performs solo, in an ensemble and with an orchestra, and is the first performer of many works by contemporary composers, some of which are dedicated to him.
Now Alexander Maistrenko is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Music at Herzen University, where he teaches clarinet and saxophone to students from various countries. He is the author of the monograph Clarinet and Saxophone in Russia and many articles on the history of musical art on wind instruments.
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).
Michal Markuszewski, piano
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.
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.
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.
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".
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».
Rintaro Akamatsu, piano
He has studied with France Clidat, Jean Micault in Paris and Kocsis
Zoltán in Budapest. He won third prize in the Clara Schumann
International Piano Competition at Düsseldorf 2000. Since then, has
given concerts as soloist and chamber musician in Japan, USA, Russia,
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Taiwan and
Columbia, and collaborated with orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony
Orchestra, etc. In addition to many CDs for King International and
others, his writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and books.
Professor of Osaka College of Music, Senzoku Gakuen Music College,
Utsunomiya Junior College, Budapest International Piano Masterclass.
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.
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.
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).
Violet Wong, piano
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.
Maria Romanova, conductor of orchestra
- 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).
Adam Diesner, conductor of orchestra
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.
Youngzun Kim, violin and viola
Artistic Director / Young Zun Kim
Violinist and Conductor YoungZun Kim studied Seoul National University, Vienna Music Hochschule (Prof. F. Samohyl) with honor.
Later, he studied conducting at Russian Gnesin’s Academy with Prof. V. Zinovev.
His professional career has started by winning the first prize at the Dong-A Music Competition, the greatest Music Competition in Korea.
His energetic artistic activity both as a soloist and as a leader of chamber orchestra has been acknowledged by numerous awards such as "Nanpa Award"(1987), "Musician of the year Award"(1990), "Musician of the Month" , "Korean Musicians Prize"(1991), "New Renaissance Award" at the 17th World Peace Youth Culture Festival in Osaka, Japan from Italian ISG (1997).
He was awarded "The Greatest Music Award of Korea"(2007) and “Korea Economic Culture Preis”(2020) for his contribution to korean Music and Society by giving numerous Chamber Music Concerts.
He published many recordings, such as "Apres un Reve", Beethoven Sonatas "Spring & Kreuzer", "Violin in Sweet Dream", Wieniawsky - Violin Concerto No.2.
He has appeared as a soloist with Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Donetsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. He has given various concerts all over the world, including Hungary, Ukraina, Japan, France, Philippine, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Russia, and were criticized positively by greatest admirations. He receives many invitations for various international Music Festivals and periodic concerts with orchestras as a soloist and conductor, and presently he establishes his firm status as the first class musician.
After serving as a Concertmaster at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for 15 years, Now he is Soloist and Director of Seoul Sinfonietta and Emeritus professor, Dept. of music college of arts & Physical Education in University of Seoul.
An Vedi, violin and viola
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)
Sungsic Yang, violin and viola
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
Mateusz Kasprzak-Łabudziński, violin and viola
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nadezhda Sergeeva, harp
The best graduate of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory Chords Orchestra Faculty of 2013.
Nadezhda Sergeeva – the modern Russian harpist – had won international renown with her Vatican Radio records and the First Prize at the Forte International Music Competition 2015 in Carnegie Hall in New York. She has been taught by the Russian honored artists Irina Pashinskaya and Yelena Ilyinskaya, heiresses of the great 20th century harpist Vera Dulova.
Nadezhda's repertoire includes masterpieces of more than fifty composers: M.Glinka, P. Tchaikovsky, R.Glier, S. Prokofiev, A. Shaposhnikov, J.S. Bach, G. Handel, D. Scarlatti, C. Dittersdorf, W. Posse, W.A. Mozart, J. Tomas, A. Boieldieu, L. Spohr, J. Dussek, G. Donizetti, J. Krumpholz, N. Paganini, H. Berlioz, C.Ciardi, C. Oberthur, C. Reinecke, A. Zamara, B. Smetana, C. Saint-Saëns, A. Zabel, A. Doppler, G. Fauré, W. Posse, I. Albeniz, E. Granados, G. Mahler, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, B. Hils, A. Bax, M. Tounier, A. Piazzolla, J. M. Damase, G. Rabboni, M.M. Buendia, C. Tedesco, J. André, G. Connesson.
Nadezhda's solo style is remarked by the First Prize, the Golden Medal and the Most Charming Lady Award at the Forte International Music Competition 2015 (New York City, USA), the First Prize at the VI Concorso Internazionale di Esecusione Musicale "Giovani Musiciste 2014 (Trevizo, Italy), Grand-Prix and Special Jury Prize at the Мusic of Europe: Featuring the Paolo Serrao Speсial Award Competition 2013 (Filadelfia, Italy).
Since 2013 Nadezhda is performing in Rome, Vatican Turin, Milan, Latina, Madrid, Toledo, New York. Her constant partners in chamber music Italian flautists Maurizio Bignardelli and Enrico Sartori, and Russian violinists Nadezhda Ostapenko and David Ardukhanyan are performing with Nadezhda all over the world.
The first CD (Sonatas of L. Spohr, N. Rota and J.-M. Damase) was recorded with Italian flautist Enrico Sartori in Turin (Italy, 2014). This duet had been awarded with the Second Prize at the International Copetition Concorso Internazionale "Suoni d'Arpa" 2014 (Monza, Italy).
As well Nadezhda is working with Roman music studio "Discoteca di Stato" and Vatican Radio that had her compositions of M.Glinka, R.Glier, G. Connesson, J. Krumpholz, C.Ciardi, A. Zamara, A. Doppler, G.Fauré, J. M. Damase (several in partnership with Maurizio Bignardelli) recorded.
In 2015, Nadezhda Sergeeva and Nadezhda Ostapenko duet was awarded with the First Prize at the Music of Europe: Featuring the Paolo Serrao Speсial Award Competiton (Filadelfia, Italy).
As well Nadezhda is teaching at the S.I. Taneev Children Music School in Moscow, Moscow State Institute named after A.G. Schnittke, High School of Music "Sirius".
In 2014 she was awarded with the Moscow Government Award for the Best Young Professional for her teaching activity and promoting of young talented musical students abroad. Her students (6-20 years old) were awarded with the first prizes at international competitions in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Czech, USA, Russia.
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.
Sergei Osokin, accordion, bayan
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.
Mikhail Totskii, accordion, 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.
Alexey Alexeev, accordion, 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)
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).