Leena Hiltunen works in the cultural center Turku, in the cultural department on work with children. She is a master of arts, a teacher and a musician. Leena Hiltunen worked as a musician in the city orchestra of the city of Turku, and as a teacher of violin and alto in conservatory and regional musical school of the city of Turku. Before coming to the cultural department on work with children, Leena Hiltunen worked in a philharmonic society of the city of Tampere as an assistant to the managing director, as a director for marketing of an orchestra of a philharmonic society of Turku, and as a head of projects in the cultural department of the city of Turku.
Borislava Taneva, Bulgaria
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.
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)
Tatiana Chistyakova, Russia
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.
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".
Normunds Dregis, Riga, Latvia
Normunds Dregis is a artistic director and conductor of Jazeps Medinš Riga 1st Music School chamber orchestra Armonico, Latvia. He is also chief conductor of joint symphony orchestras in the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration (since 2015), as well as a conductor and leader of many workshops with international youth orchestras in Latvia, Estonia and France.
Normunds Dregis is founder and president of Latvian Orchestras Association, as well as an alderman of Riga Latvian Society (since 2011).
At the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music he received masters`s degrees in choir conducting, opera and symphony orchestra conducting. As a conductor he studied by prof. Imants Kokars and prof. Viesturs Gailis. The professional competence was developed by prof. Volker Wangenheim at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, prof. Eri Klaas at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and master classes with prof. Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany.
Conductor collaborated with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia), the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra (Cologne, Germany), South-Westphalen Philharmonie-Orchestra (Germany) and early music ensemble Ludus (Riga, Latvia).
He has given concerts in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden and England.
He conducted many recordings including W.A.Mozart opera Bastien and Bastienne (2014), ballet Gems (2007), Ecumenic Christmas (2007), Armonico (2007), the recordings of classical operettas (1995) and sacred music recordings (1993) for the Latvian Radio.
He was a conductor at the Latvian National Opera (1996-2013), lecturer at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (2008-2010), principal conductor at the Emils Darzinš Music High School Symphony Orchestra (2008-2011), chief conductor at the Riga Musical Theatre (1993-1996). He founded a sacred music choir Arcus and was its artistic director (1990-1993). He was artistic director and chief conductor of the youth choir Balti of Saldus district (1988-1992), Latvia.
Conductor’s creative work has been awarded with the paper of honor by the Latvian Minisrty of Culture (2015), Ministry of Science and Education (2015), Riga City Council (2015, 2007).
With the chamber orchestra Armonico he gained 1st degree diploma in the 6th International JSFest competition in Turku (Finland, 2018), 1st degree diploma of symphony and chamber orchestras festival-competition for Latvian educational institutions (2018, 2012, 2008), the Laureate diploma in 3rd International festival-competition of chamber music Fiori Musicali in Šiauliai (Lithuania, 2011), and 1st place in the Latvian state music school chamber orchestras competition (2004).
Conductor's repertoire includes more than 20 operas, ballets and operettas, some of which are W.A.Mozart Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Bastien and Bastienne, G.Rossini Il barbiere of Seviglia, R.Wagner The Flying Dutchman, Das Rheingold, G.Bizet Carmen, P.Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, E.Kalman Silva/Csardasfurstin, Joh.Strauss ballet The Blue Danube, L.Delibes ballet Coppelia, B.Asafjev ballet Fountain of Bakhchisaray, Oleg Hodosko Cinderella, J.Lūsēns The Birds’ Opera, Z.Liepiņš opera Of rose and blood, J.Nīmanis Lysistrata, K.Ewald The return of Lysistrata.
Isaac Schuldman, Norway
Graduated from the Leningrad ( St. Petersburg ) State Conservatory named after Rimskij-Korsakov. Class of professor Beljakov. Laureate of Carl Flesh International Competition in London. Participated in Isaac Stern and Henryk Szeryng’s master classes as well as received individual tuition from them. Played in the major festivals in London, Jerusalem, Bergen, Oslo etc. Performed as soloist with conductors such as Charles Groves, Neville Mariner, Marc Soustrout, Gary Bertini, Konstantin Orbeljan,Igor Golovtsjin, Vladimir Verbitskij, Vitalij Kataev and others. Made many recordings and played a lot of programmes for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Moscow State Radio. Made compact discs with Jevgenij Svetlanov’s Orchestra. As a chamber musician he played concerts with pianists such as Frida Bauer, Robert Levin, Einar Steen Nokleberg, Irina Osipova and many others. Received brilliant critics on his performance from Yehudi Menuihin, Henryk Szeryng and Isaac Stern as well as from other leading musical critics in Europe. Since 1979 he has been a Professor in violin at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. Among his students many are vinners of International Music Competitions, and several of them have leading positions in different orchestras and are touring all over the world.
Paolo Pegoraro, Italy
Elected in 2003 best Italian guitarist of the year by the readers of the magazine Guitart, both the critics as recognized figures of the music world appreciate in Paolo Pegoraro an uncommon depth and artistic sensibility. Winner of prestigious competitions, he performs regularly at major festivals throughout Europe, USA, South America, Africa and Asia. In 2001, in an interview in one of the most important specialized magazines, David Russell cited him as one of the best concertists of the present time. Paolo loves to teach, so much so, that he and his wife Angela Tagliariol, together with six ex-students, founded the Segovia Guitar Academy, now an established and internationally recognised seat of learning for guitarists, with students from various countries around the world. In 2010 Paolo was elected guitar chair at the “Universitat für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Graz (Austria). Over the years the students at these institutes have won over 180 awards at major national and international competitions, including those of Alessandria (Pittaluga), Benicassim (Tárrega), Almeria (Arcas), La Herradura (Segovia), Malibù (Parkening), Rome (Sor) and Gargnano. He was the creator and artistic director of the Pordenone Guitar Festival held in Pordenone for 18 years. He has several recordings and the CD “Solo” has received enthusiastic reviews; in particular, the German magazine “Gitarre & Laute” declared “... the discovery of the year”. For his last CD, he was awarded with “La chitarra d’oro” at the Alessandria Guitar Convention, as the best CD of the year (2010).
Liudmila Gurevich, Russia
Liudmila Gurevich was born on 16 July 1950 in Leningrad, USSR. She took her first music lessons at the age of seven. Since 1966 studied in the Music College named by Modest Mussorgsky (violin, class by Anatoly Reznikovsky). Since 1970 studied in Saint-Petersburg Conservatory (class of Prof. Mikhail Belyakov). Graduated from the Conservatory in 1975 with the first-class honors degree. Doctor of Artknowledge (1984), Docent (2008). Since 1970 worked at the Music school No.2 in Saint-Petersburg. Since 1990 is working at the Music College named by RimskyKorsakov (since 2009 – head of the String department). Also since 1984 she is working at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory, now as Docent by the chair of violin and viola. Dr.Doc. Liudmila Gurevich - one of the leading violin-teacher in St.- Petersburg. The author of the monograph «The Violin strokes and fingering» and «The Violin ABC». The leader by the Violin department at the Saint-Petersburg musical college named by Rimski-Korsakov, Docent by St.-Petersburg Conservatory.
Michail Kazinik, Sweden
Michail Kazinik, a world famous violinist virtuoso, a bestselling writer, a director, an educator, and a leading expert of the Nobel Concerts. Michail Kazinik was born in 1951 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia). In 1991 he immigrated to Sweden, where he became a professor at both the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm and the International Business School of Scandinavia, as well as an expert of Nobel Concerts. His life-long passion for the arts has led to a celebrated and prolific career. He has found success as a musician, an art historian, and as an acclaimed director and actor at the Lederman Theater in Stockholm. Kazinik is an author of a number of books and musical albums for adults and children, including a bestselling book “The Secrets of Geniuses.” He lives in Sweden and tours the world leading concerts, lectures and creative programs.
Natalia Preziosi, Italy
Natalia Preziosi is one
of the most prominent composers and talents of the vast European music scene, thanks to the collaboration with great artists, theaters and concert squares of Alto Prestiggio "as a Milanese publishing house writes.
Natalia Preziosi graduated in Orchestral Conducting in Minsk, studied the Composition in Moscow,The Aesthetics of Composition in Turin.
Member of the Italian National Composers Committee since 2006,
of the S.I.A.E (music, lyric, DOR) from 1994.
of the "Donne in musica" foundation from 2005 in Rome.
She is a finalist and winner of international composition competitions, such as "Donne in Musica" (2007-2008), T.I.M. Rome 2010, M.A.P. Milan (2014) for Carnegie Hall, "Eurodonne" Award Rome (2016).
Knight of honor of the Federation
United European Nobility (2018.)
His music was performed at the theaters of the main Italian cities in monographic concerts and together with those of:
Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Schubert, Mascagni, Clara Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Biset, Fanny Mendelssohn, Debussy, Ravel, Dvorak, Brahms, Albeniź, Coplamd, Tchajkovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Britten, Berio.
With the presence of the MAESTRO he makes the concert THE ONLY, THE INNOVATIVE and THE AUTHENTIC.
His music is broadcast by some radios including Vatican Radio.
His symphonic compositions, such as baletti "L'aquila di legno", "Soufflè", symphony 1 "L'italiana", "Little simphony", "Concerto for violin and orchestra", "Simfonietta", chamber music are published in Italy and Germany.
Mentioned by newspapers and periodicals such as "La Stampa", "Culture and Entertainment" ,, "Ozero Como", "Basilicata Magazine".
Anatoly Krastev, Bulgaria
Anatoly Krastev is a cello professor and vice-principal at the State Academy of Music “Pancho Vladiguerov” in Sofia. He has done master classes in Belgium, France, England, USA, Greece, Brazil, Macedonia, Korea, Serbia etc. He is honorary president of the Academy for Young Talents in Marseille (together with Janos Starker and Maurice Baquet). Krastev has numerous awards and distinctions and is a member of the jury of the International competitions in Weimar (”Jeunesses Musicales”). Prague (“Prague spring”), Rio de Janeiro, Bulgaria etc. His unconditional professionalism, bright artistic presence and impressive repertoire bring him to the most prestigious stages in Europe, USA, Asia, Africa. He has been soloist of all Bulgarian and a number of European and American orchestras. The international concert activity of Anatoly Krastev includes participation in festivals (the Flanders’ festival in Belgium, the International meetings of violoncellists in Brazil etc.), solo recitals and music-making with famous artists and conductors. Since 2000 he founded the piano trio “Kinor” and the violoncello trio “Cellissimo”. He has accomplished a great number of premieres, has recorded over 25 CDs for European, North and South American Labels, numerous radio and TV recordings and live broadcasts in Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Russia, Hungary, Greece, Brazil, Vietnam etc.
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).
Carl Petersson, Sweden
Born in 1981 in Lund, Sweden, Carl Petersson started to play the piano at the age of fifteen. Ten years later he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he completed both his studies in piano and pedagogy with José Ribera. During his studies he took part in numerous international masterclasses in Denmark, Sweden and Israel. Four times in succession he won a scholarship to the Tel-Hai International Piano MasterClasses, where he studied with Pnina Salzman, Victor Derevianco, Emanuel Krasovsky, Staffan Scheja and Nikolai Petrov. Carl has performed as a soloist as well as with orchestras on numerous occasions in Canada, the United States, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Israel. In 2013 he received his PhD from the Music Academy in Kraków, where he also assisted Mariola Cieniawa’s class. In 2008 he made an acclaimed recording with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra of the two piano concertos by the romantic composer Friedrich von Flotow, released on the Sterling label, and in 2011 he recorded Leopold Godowsky’s Java Suite, again for Sterling, followed in 2012 by the duets for cello and piano of Jacques Offenbach and Friedrich von Flotow. During his Canadian tour he also made a live recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at CBC (Canadian Radio). Carl Petersson is currently teaching at the Wrocław Academy of Music in Poland.
Mikhail Dzyudze, Russia
Mikhail Dzyudze is an outstanding performer on bass-balalaika, since 1986 to 2015 - a soloist of "Terem-Quartet" ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia. Until now he remains an unsurpassed music performer on bass balalaika by virtuosity and power of impact on the listener. A true innovator, who invented many performing tricks to this instrument, Mikhail Dzyudze first transferred it to the rank of solo instruments. The musician has a unique performing style of playing the instrument, which attracts the musicians all around the world. Thanks to a bright performing and artistic manner such compositions as “Bachianas Brasileiras No.5” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, "Shutkabaha" by Terem-Quartet, "Imitation to Albenis" in Shchedrin’s arrangement, and many others acquired their unique sound and performing interpretation.
As a part of "Terem-Quartet" Mikhail Dzyudze had created many iconic programs for this group. For the first time in the history of Russian musical culture in a group of folk instruments he creates a program with a symphony orchestra which was performed with the leading orchestras of the world: State Chamber Orchestra "Moscow Virtuosi", The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, orchestras of Russia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway and others.
Memorable performances of Mikhail Dzyudze at events of international importance: in Vatican in front of 120,000 audience, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa; in Venice at St. Mark's Square, in London at St. James's Palace by the invitation of Prince Charles, at 3000 Anniversary of Jerusalem, at G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, at Eurovision Contest (2009), at Olympic Games in Vancouver (2010), at Moscow International Film Festival (2011), at the Olympic Games in London (2012), at the Olympic Games in Sochi (2014), at "Russian Night" at Odeonsplatz (Germany 2014).
As a part of the "Terem-quartet" Mikhail Dzyudze has recorded 24 albums.
Mikhail Dzyudze belongs to that rare type of an artist who is capable to create the atmosphere, to set the intonation and to “make music” yet by his look. His cinematic and magnetizing appearance is the dream of every musical ensemble, where the personal look of the soloists plays a significant role in the era of visual principle dominance. Stage existence organics that usually gives grounds to talk about such artists as “stage animals”, where all actions are performed as if by instinct, easily and naturally, allows him to use a generous range of expressive possibilities – from comedy to tragedy, from great to amusing. Mikhail’s innate ironical view of life is a kind of a lie detector that does not allow him to neither slide into vulgarity nor to rise to false pathos. He travels around the world for many years together with his inseparable “friend” balalaika-contrabass as Don Juan with Leporello, who could not imagine a day without an adventure. One of the founders of the legendary ensemble “Terem-Quartet” from St. Petersburg, being a part of it for 29 years, Mikhail was not only its so called “broad back”, the vivid expression of masculinity, but also de facto the ensemble’s image, as long as for all these years he was in a vertical position mostly opened to the insatiable eyes of the public. The performing manner of Mikhail Dzyudze – the flesh and blood of Terem’s style – combines a bouquet of qualities. External modesty and economy hides a volcano of passion. His artistic flair, intuition and the ability to get used to the polar opposite of musical images, give him the opportunity to speak a variety of musical languages revealing different stylistic codes.
Trofim Antipov, Belarus
Trofim Antipov is undoubtedly the national pride of Belarus, the face of modern Belarusian culture. He is a laureate of a special award of the President of the Republic of Belarus to cultural and art workers.
After studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Master’s degree programme at the Belarusian Academy of Music in 2000, Trofim Antipov immediately attracted the attention of the international public. Within just a few years, he became a laureate of many world’s famous competitions and festivals, 36 awards.
For the last 20 years, Trofim Antipov toured with various programs in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, etc.), Latvia (Riga, Jurmala, etc.), Lithuania ((Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga, etc.), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto), China (Beijing and Shanghai), Poland (Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Helm, Zielona Góra, Przemysl, etc.), Serbia (Belgrade, Niš, etc.), Montenegro (Tivat, Podgorica, Budva, etc.), Germany (Dresden, Munich, Frankfurt, Klingenthal, Konstanz, Schalksmülle, Frankfurt (Oder), etc.), Austria (Vienna, Linz, Freistadt, Salzburg, etc.), Italy (Rome, Milan, Venice, Verona, etc.), Ukraine (Kiev, Odessa, Uzhgorod, Drohobych, Lviv, Dnepr, Kryvyi Rih, etc.), Portugal (Lisbon, Alcobasso and Sabugal), France (Paris, Cannes, Mont-Dore, La Bourboule, etc.), Bulgaria (Albena, Dobrich, etc.)
Contributing to the development of musicians' technical skills, Trofim Antipov in 2017 organized an international competition of accordionists and ensembles AccoPremium, as well as an international summer and winter school of master classes AccoPremium.
Fredrik Sixten, Sweden
Fredrik Sixten, born 1962, is one of Swedens most rekognized and acclaimed composers of today. He is known for his skillfully written choral music which are being performed all over the world as well as music for organ and chamber music. He is very famous for his Requiem and two oratorios based on Swedish folk tunes: ”A Swedish St Mark Passion” and ”A Swedish Christmas Oratorio”. During 2016 his first full-length Opera will be premiered in Germany, «Opera W - The Truth Beyond»and his Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra in New York. In recent years Fredrik got a lot of attention for his St John Passion and the Missa Brevis for mixed choir a cappella, the latter one premiered in San Francisco. Fredrik studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He also been a cathedral organist in Härnösand, Sweden and at Nidaros Cathedral, Norway. He lives and have his output in Trondheim, Norway.
János Bálint, Hungary
Born in 1961 in Hungary. Graduated from Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 1984. He won many awards at international competitions (Ancona, Leipzig, Markneukirchen). He was solo flutist of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra 1981-1991 and at the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra 2000-2006. He was the founder and director of Doppler Flute Institute at Budapest. At the moment he is a professor at Musikhochschule of Detmold, Germany and supervisor at Music Academy of Kragujevac, Serbia and guest professor at Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice . As soloist he has performed in almost all European contries and also in the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Israel with partners like András Schiff, Martha Algerich, Miklós Perényi, Zoltán Kocsis, Auréle Nicolet. He has recorded over 30 CD-s with Hungaroton, Capriccio and Naxos. Every year, he conducts 10-12 master classes all over the world. In 2008 he was awarded the highest Hungarian recognition for musical performance, the Franz Lisztprize by the Ministry of Culture and Education of Hungary.