Klavs Lewinsky

Klavs Lewinsky er uddannet som pianist fra Det Kgl. Danske Musikkonservatorium, hvor han
tog diplomeksamen i 1991.Endvidere har han en bachelorgrad i musikvidenskab fra Københavns
Universitet.
Har i en årrække virket som repetitør/akkompagnatør i utallige sammenhænge, som f.eks. :
Timelærer i repetition samt akkompagnatør på musikkonservatoriet, repetitør ved Det Kgl. Teater, repetition ved opera- og korprojekter etc.
I de senere år har han dog valgt at koncentrere sig om at arbejde med operagenren, hvilket han
ser som sit hovedområde. Han har her oparbejdet et omfattende kendskab til repertoire, stil, og
ikke mindst sangteknik, som han formidler til både aktive og kommende operasangere.

Peter Jablonski

Award-winning Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski has been in demand around the globe for nearly three decades as one of the leading classical music performers. His eclectic and extensive repertoire includes over fifty piano concertos by European, Russian, and American composers and all piano sonatas by Prokofiev.

Praised by Claudio Abbado for his sensitive interpretations, Jablonski is known for his extraordinary breadth of understanding and insight into the piano masterpieces he has been performing on major world stages. He has appeared with world leading orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Kirov, La Scala Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre Nationale de France, NHK Tokyo, DSO Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Jablonski was awarded the prestigious Edison and Grammophone Classical Music awards for his extensive discography made for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Philips. In January 2018 he signed a multi-disk recording contract with Ondine, which will include recordings of Scriabin’s complete mazurkas, the complete sonatas by Anton Rubinstein, and works by Aleksey Stanchinsky.

Jablonski is a Steinway Artist and recipient of the Litteris et Artibus medal for his services to culture, granted to him by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. He was granted a prestigious prize Svenskar i Världen (International Swedish Personality of the Year), receiving it before ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Astrid Lindgren.

Péter Nagy, Piano

Péter Nagy

The first prize in the 1979 Hungarian Radio Competition launched pianist Péter Nagy into a remarkable international career at a young age. Nagy had been admitted at the age of eight to the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and at the age of eleven he won the second prize of the International Concours in Usti nad Labem (Czechoslovakia). In 1980 he was acclaimed at the Bordeaux Festival of Young Soloists and on the Bratislava International Rostrum for Young Interpreters.

Nagy’s concerts include tours throughout Europe, performing concertos and solo recitals in Finland, Germany, Greece, Russia, throughout the former Soviet Union, France (where he has performed at the Louvre in Paris), and London (notably at Wigmore Hall), as well as many other engagements. He has given recitals at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Sydney Opera House, in New Zealand and throughout Japan. Among his concerto engagements in Japan are appearances as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician Péter Nagy has performed at major music festivals in Europe, the United States and Japan. He regularly collaborates with partners such as the New Zealand String Quartet, Biava String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Zoltán Kocsis, László Polgár, Miklós Perényi, Leonidas Kavakos, the St Lawrence String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Pergamenschikow, Charles Neidich, Nobuko Imai, Nathalian Rosen, Jan Vogler, Tanja Becker-Bender, Hí¥kan Rosengren, Ruggiero Ricci, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson and Colin Carr, to name a few.

Péter Nagy is also active as a teacher, holding positions as professor of piano at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and professor of piano at the Hochschule fí¼r Musik in Stuttgart. He has been regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Liszt Hochschule fí¼r Musik in Weimar. Recent achievements include a performance of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto in Budapest. In 2001 he received the prestigious Liszt Award.

Niklas Sivelöv

“a pianist of utmost sensational quality”
Göteborgsposten (recital at the Barbican, London)

Niklas Sivelov
est un pianiste dont l’intelligence sait explorer toutes les ressources de son instrument …
et avec un virtuosité pétillante

[
Niklas Sivelov is a pianist whose intelligence allows him to explore all the
resources of his instrument …
and with a sparkling virtuosity.] (Geneva: Prokofiev Piano Concerto no.3)
“…w
ith an intense brilliance, a finely controlled touch, exquisitely formed detail and an impeccable sense of
style”

Politiken (recital at the Tivoli, Copenhagen)
“The Renoir of the piano. One of the most interesting pianists of our time.”

Nordjyske Stiftstidende (recital in Aalborg)
As one of the leading Scandinavian pianists, the award-winning pianist and composer
Niklas Sivelöv
has taken his career to new international heights with an extensive catalogue of recordings for such labels as BIS, Caprice, Dacapo, Naxos, Toccata Classics and AMC
Classical, some of which have been awarded the Diapason d’or, C
HOK and the Penguin Rosette. His concert career spans four continents, including venues such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tivoli Copenhagen and the Atheneum in Bucharest. He has won critical acclaim and enchanted audiences for his artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence. His wide-ranging concert repertoire covers Bach to Skryabin, Scandinavian composers and beyond, and includes approximately 50 piano concerti including four of his own. As a composer of note, his catalogue of works includes three symphonies, 24 Preludes for piano and several chamber music pieces.
Niklas Sivelöv
is also a notable improviser, with several successful recordings and collaborations: the CD
Improvisational 1
was a sensational success at
The Independent Music Awards
, where he was the first Scandinavian to win the prize for the best classical album and was
given the People’s Choice Award
.
The leading orchestras with which Niklas Sivelöv has performed include the Stockholm Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle, Suisse Romande (Geneva) and Prague Radio Symphony under the baton of many distinguished conductors, among them Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kristjan Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Mario Venzago Jukka-Pekka Saraste , Grzegorz Nowak, Janos Fürst and Leif Segerstam The instrumentalists with whom he has performed include the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, cellist Leonid Gorokhov, flautist Patrick Gallois and violinist Zakhar Bron. Niklas Sivelöv grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden, where he began playing the organ as a six-year-old; his first compositions followed soon after. He played by ear until he was 14, when he began traditional piano instruction and learned to read music. He studied with, among others, Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio Diamond, students of the famed Heinrich Neuhaus and Artur Schnabel.. He lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen. His book on the art of piano-playing, distilled from a lifetime of performance and study, will be published in October. He was recently knighted by the Queen of Denmark as Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.

Antti Siirala

First Prize winner of three international piano competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition (2003), Finnish pianist Antti Siirala has established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. In addition to a stunning debut with the San Francisco Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under Osmo Vänskä, he has appeared in America with the symphonies of Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, and New Jersey, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He made his debut with the Sarasota Orchestra during the 2015/2016 season performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Worldwide, Mr. Siirala has appeared with the Bamberg Symphony, BBC/London, City of Birmingham Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra/Berlin, Liverpool Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra/Hannover, New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, Residentie Orkest/The Hague, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, SWR Orchestra/Freiburg and  Baden-Baden, Vienna Symphony, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, Zurich Tonhalle, and the orchestras of Melbourne and Queensland, among others. During the 2016/2017 season, he will make his debut with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Conductors with whom Mr. Siirala has collaborated include Paavo Berglund, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Stéphane Denève, Thierry Fischer, Mikko Franck, Michael Gielen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Pietari Inkinen, Kristjan Järvi, Neemi Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Susanna Mälkki,  Sakari Oramo, François-Xavier Roth, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lan Shui, Osmo Vänskä, Mario Venzago, Hugh Wolff, and Xian Zhang.

An enthusiastic recitalist, Antti Siirala was selected as one of four pianists to perform on the piano recital series of the Berlin Philharmonic (the others being Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lang Lang, and Martin Helmchen). He has appeared at the Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lucerne Festival, Schumannfest/Düsseldorf, Zurich Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, and major venues in Brussels, Milan, Detroit, and New York. His debut recording of Schubert transcriptions for Naxos (2003) and his subsequent recording of works by Brahms for Ondine both receivedGramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” award. Piano News awarded the Brahms disc its highest rating for interpretation. More recent recordings include the late sonatas of Beethoven for the AVIE label, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto for SONY.

In 2004, Mr. Siirala’s debut in Brussels exemplified his spontaneity and flexibility: asked to step in for the concert’s suddenly indisposed conductor, Mr. Siirala enthusiastically directed the orchestra from the piano in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Following the intermission, he further delighted the audience with a “splendid rendition” of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations in place of the scheduled Third Symphony of Brahms.

He was immediately re-engaged for concerts with the Orchestre National and a recital at the Palais des Beaux Arts! Pianists for whom he has successfully stepped in include Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, and Ivo Pogorelich.

Though the compositions of Beethoven and Brahms are at the heart of Antti Siirala’s repertoire, his grasp of the entire stylistic spectrum is equally impressive. Especially committed to new music, he has premiered works by Walter Gieseler, Kuldar Sink, Uljas Pulkkis, and Kalevi Aho. Kaijo Saariaho’s first work for piano solo, Balladen, is part of his current recital program.

Also an active chamber musician, Mr. Siirala often collaborates with Jan Vogler, Moritzburg Ensemble, Caroline Widmann, Christian Poltera, and Lawrence Power. In addition to his performance activities, in 2013, he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.

Stephen Kovacevich

Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most searching interpreters, never afraid to take both technical and musical risks in order to achieve maximum expressive impact. As a pianist he has won unsurpassed admiration for his playing, non-more than from Leopold Stokowski who wrote: “You do with your feet what I try to do with my Philadelphia Orchestra”.

Born in Los Angeles, Stephen Kovacevich laid the foundation for his career as concert pianist at the age of eleven.  After moving to England to study with Dame Myra Hess, Stephen made his European debut at Wigmore Hall in 1961.  Since then he has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors including Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle and Georg Solti. In addition, he has forged many longstanding professional relationships, most notably with Colin Davis with whom he made numerous outstanding recordings, including the legendary Bartok Piano Concerto No.2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Recent and upcoming recital highlights include an extensive tour of the Far East, recitals in Paris, Berlin, Boston, Zagreb, Dublin and Cardiff, alongside two live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts from St George’s Hall, Bristol and Wigmore Hall. His recent concerto highlights include a triumphant return to Montreal Symphony Orchestra (under David Zinman), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (with Sylvain Cambreling), Malaysian Philharmonic (Jacek Kaspszyk), Orchestre de chambre de Paris (John Nelson) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy).  Stephen recently performed to a sell-out audience for his recital at the International Piano Series at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London.  In addition, Stephen is a regular soloist at the Verbier and Lugano festivals.

Stephen is a committed chamber musician who has collaborated with Jacqueline du Pré ( with whom he recorded their celebrated recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas No. 3 and 5), Martha Agerich, Steven Isserlis, Nicola Benedetti, Nigel Kennedy, Lynn Harrell, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Kyung-wha Chung, Truls Mørk, Emmanuel Pahud, Anna Larsson, Alina Ibragimova, Philippe Graffin, Joseph Suk and the Amadeus, Belcea and-Cleveland Quartets.

Stephen Kovacevich has enjoyed an illustrious long-term relationship with recording companies Philips and EMI.  To celebrate his 75th birthday, Decca has released a Limited Edition 25 CD Box Set of his entire recorded legacy for Philips.  In 2008 Stephen Kovacevich recorded Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations exactly 40 years after his first recording of the work. This Onyx recording won him the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award and the Top Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine in September 2015, to quote: “his seasoned yet fearless mastery reveals something new with each hearing”.

Nina Tichman

Since her debut at the age of seventeen playing Beethoven´s „Emperor Concerto“ Nina Tichman has appeared in the musical centers of the world such as New York´s Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, to name only a few. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions (Busoni, Mendelssohn, Casagrande), she has performed with the Bamberger Sinfoniker, the symphony orchestras of the Bayerische, Hessische and Norddeutsche Rundfunk, the Baltimore and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras under the batons of Moshe Atzmon, Leon Barzin, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Kitaenko und Louis Langrée.  Tichman´s discography includes works by Bartók, Beethoven, Copland (complete), Chopin, Corigliano, Debussy, Fauré, V.D. Kirchner, Mendelssohn, Penderecki, und Reger.  Her recording of the Complete Piano Works was hailed as a milestone in Debussy interpretation. As soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue she has appeared at international Festivals including Marlboro, Tanglewood, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Styriarte, Frankfurt Feste, Rheingau Musikfestival. Concert tours in the last years have taken her to China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Greece, Turkey, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico, the United States as well as almost all in European countries. 2001 she founded the Xyrion Trio with Ida Bieler and Maria Kliegel – the highly successful ensemble has been praised by the press around the world for its recordings of the Complete Piano Trios of Beethoven.

Nina Tichman is a graduate of the Juilliard School, which awarded her the Eduard-Steuermann-Prize for outstanding musical achievement. She is Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and has given Master Classes at Amherst College, Princeton University, IKIF in New York, the Europäischen Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Montepulcianoand at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. She has served as jury member of prominent international competitions such as the European International Piano Competition (Bremen), Rachmaninov Competition (Bonn), Aschenbrenner Wettbewerb (Köln), Busoni Wettbewerb (Bozen).

Highlights of 2015/16 include recitals at Hunter College in New York City as well as further recitals, chamber music and master classes in Europe and North America.

 

www.ninatichman.com

Susanne Grützmann

Susanne Grützmann was born in Leipzig in 1964 and studied with Dieter Zechlin in Berlin. She won prizes at the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau in 1981, the Concurso Vianna da Motta in Lisbon in 1983, the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1984 and other international competitions. Winning first prize at the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in 1989 confirmed her reputation and she is today regarded as one of the best German pianists.

The major orchestras with which Susanne Grützmann has performed include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra in Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Arcos Orchestra New York.

The conductors with whom Susanne Grützmann has performed include Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen and Hans Zender.

Susanne Grützmann has given numerous solo recitals at major venues in Germany and abroad, notably the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Semperoper in Dresden and the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and performed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, at the Laeiszhalle in Hambourg, at the Cologne Philharmonie and the Beethoven House in Bonn.

She has performed in concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the large Festival Theatre in Baden-Baden and the Berlin Festival. She has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos many times with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn. In 2008 she was invited to tour China.

Her chamber music partners are the String Trio Berlin, the Ma’alot Quintet and the Albert Schweitzer Quintet.

Susanne Grützmann has recorded Chopin’s Preludes op. 28 and Schumann’s Symphonic Studies op. 13 for Teldec. For Edition Günter Hänssler she recorded Schumann’s Abegg-Variations, Papillons and Davidsbündlertänze as well as Clara Schumann’s entire oeuvre for solo piano (Editor’s Choice of Gramophone).

 

www.susannegruetzmann.de

Zlata Chochieva

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2011

”Zlata Chochieva is a rising world class pianist. The depth of her performances, unique power and maturity are impressive. It seems, she can easily penetrate the secret treasures of composers’ ideas.
I believe Zlata has a tremendous future. Her performance sparkles with unusual clarity and sincerity which is natural only for exceptional talents”.
Tamerlan Khosroev, Member of the Composers Union Russian Federation
”…Amazing easiness and extraordinary inner power”.
Crescendo magazine

Zlata Chochieva was born in 1985 in Moscow. At the age of four she started receiving her basic music education as a pianist in the studio of Nina Dolenko at the Flier Music School.
From 2000 to 2003 she studied the piano under the supervision of Mikhail Pletnev at the Central Special Music School at Moscow State Conservatory (studio of Kira Shashkina).
In 2008 she graduated with the distinction from Moscow State Conservatory under the instruction of Pavel Nersessian. Zlata is currently a postgraduate student, continuing in the studio of the same professor.
Participated in master-classes with world famous professors: P. Gililov, P. Devoyon, D. Bashkirov, P. Badura-Skoda, A. El Bacha, J. Lowenthal and J. Rouvier who is Zlata’s supervisor at the present moment.
At the age of eight Zlata made her debut on the stage of Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, performing Mozart’s concerto No 17 with an orchestra. Ever since then she has been giving recitals and performing with various orchestras in the most well-known concert halls of Moscow, other Russian cities and abroad (Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, etc.).
She has given concerts with numerous orchestras, including Russian National Orchestra (conductor Mikhail Pletnev), ”Danish Tivoli Orchestra” (conductor Terje Mikkelsen), ”The Royal Chamber Orchestra Wallonia” (conductor Paul Goodwin), ”The Munich chamber orchestra”, etc.
Zlata is the winner of ten international piano competitions, including Agropoly Contest (Italy), Shimanovsky Competition (Poland), Gold Medal at the Piano Competition in Copenhagen (Denmark), Frechilla-Zuloaga Competition (Spain), the third prize winner at ”Tivoli piano competition” (Denmark), ”Mozart prize” at ”ARD” contest (Germany), award from ”Russian Performing Art” Foundation in Moscow. She has recently won Alberto Fano Competition in Italy and Silver medal, ”Chopin prize”, ”Public Preference Prize” at The 1st International Piano Competition of Santa Catarina in Brazil.
In 2005 Zlata was named ”Honorable Artist of North Ossetia Republic”, becoming the youngest artist ever in the Republic to be so recognized.
She has recently performed in such halls as the Herkulessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Tivoli Concert Hall (Copenhagen), Casa da Música (Porto), Belem Cultural Center (Lisbon), the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia among many others.
Her performances have been broadcasted on the radio and TV in Russia and abroad (Italy, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, USA).
Participated in a number of festivals, including ”The Easter Festival”, ”Art-November” in Moscow and ”ARD Festival” in Munich.

”Zlata Chochieva possesses an extraordinary talent and rare personality where modesty, devotion and confidence make a superior artist and person.
She is a complete artist and musician having  no boundaries but amazing possibilities.
I see no reason preventing her from  becoming one of the greatest pianists of contemporary world”.
Per Nystrom, Concert cellist & Artistic director Aurora Chamber Music

”…I believe she is one of those exceptional pianists who can fairly claim advancement in career”.
Pascal Devoyon, Concert pianist

Vanessa Jayne Latarche

Professor Vanessa Latarche

 

Famous pianist and pedagogue Professor Vanessa Latarche, has been Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music in London, UK since 2005.

Vanessa’s recital and concerto work has taken her to Europe, USA and to the Far East. Her interest in Bach led to a performance of the complete 48 Preludes and Fugues at the Lichfield International Festival, the performances being given over four consecutive evenings. This year she performed in the First International Lang Lang Futian Piano Festival in China.

She has broadcast for over 30 years for BBC Radio 3 and has also broadcast extensively on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. She has appeared many times on TV documentaries, and has she has been a juror for numerous worldwide international piano competitions in Russia, Estonia, Hong Kong, China, USA, UK, Serbia, Italy and New Zealand.

Vanessa travels worldwide to give masterclasses at such institutions as the Tchaikovsky Moscow Sate Conservatory, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Tokyo College of Music, Beijing Central Conservatory, and Seoul National University. She is also a frequent visitor to, Lang Lang Music World, Lang Lang’s music school in Shenzhen, China where she is Vice- Chairman.

With many international piano competition prize-winners amongst her students, Vanessa was nominated for the FRCM, Fellowship of the Royal College of Music, for outstanding services to music which was conferred on her by HRH The Prince of Wales in May 2010. In September 2011, Vanessa was appointed to the role of Personal Chair at the RCM, which has given her the title of Professor of International Keyboard Studies. Vanessa is also a Moderator and Trainer of examiners for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music internationally.