Alexander Sitkovetsky, Violin

Alexander Sitkovetsky

“Sitkovetsky has a terrific technique to be sure, but his confident, entirely natural musicianship, is what sets him apart from the crowd.”-The Gramophone

“Mr Sitkovetsky poured his warm tone into the music’s soaring phrases, managing to sustain its impassioned lyricism and preserve its broad arcs of sound” – The New York Times

Alexander Sitkovetsky is increasingly more in demand both as soloist and as chamber musician. In 2009-2010 Alexander has performed once again with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National Orchestra in Ecuador, and make his debuts with the l’Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, and the Kammeorchester Heilbronn in Germany. He also made his debut with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, where he on very short notice played Prokofiev no. 1. The concert was a tremendous success and he was reinvited. Sitkovetsky will also make his Swedish debut in 2010-11 seaon with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, where he wil play Brahms Double Concerto with Andreas Brantelid, conducted by Marc Soustrot.
He will also appear at the Dubrovnik, Utrecht, Cyprus and Julia Fischer and Friends Festivals as well as returning to the Wigmore Hall, and giving recitals in the UK, Holland and the USA.
In 2008 he debuted in Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic with Yakov Kreizberg after which he received an immediate re-invitation for the 2010-2011 . Other previous engagements include concerts with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bangkok, Monterey Symphonies and the National Orchestra of Ecuador. He has appeared in prestigious festivals all over Europe.

Alexander is a committed chamber musician and has collaborated with some of the most important artists of today, including, Julia Fischer, Mischa Maisky, Bella Davidovich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Sarah Chang, Natalie Clein, Polina Leschenko, Julian Bliss, Maxim Rysanov, Sebastian Klinger, Michael Sanderling and many others.

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow in 1983. He has studied with Natalia Boyarsky and Professor Hu Kun. Alexander is currently studying with Pavel Vernikov and has just been accepted for a prestigious Further Masters Program in Kronberg where he will take lessons with Anna Chumachenko.

He has released two CD recordings for Angel Records; one of them was released in 2004 and features concerto performances by Bach, Mendelssohn, Panufnik and Takemitsu This year Alexander has recorded the Mendelssohn Double Violin Concerto with Dinorah Varsi and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for Orfeo, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Decca.

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.

Gisela Stille, Soprano

Gisela Stille

From 2001 Mrs. Stille is a principle at the Royal Opera Copenhagen. Her repertoire includes: Agathe (Der Freischütz), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lulu (Lulu), Mimi (La Bohème), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alice (Falstaff), Violetta (La Traviata), and so on!

Gisela Stille has performed with various orchestras in various countries: The Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder. Grieg Songs with I Pomeriggi Musicali in Mayland. Symfony nr 9 by Beethoven in Palermo, Italy. Schubert´s mass in A major in Brussels conducted by Walter Weller, and a tour in Great Brittain with Elvis Costello, performing his Secret Songs written specially for Gisela. She has sung Judas Maccabäus with the Danish National Radio Orchestra under Robert King, and Händel´s Messiah with the Swedish Radio Symfony Orchestra. She sang Vier Letzte Lieder by R. Strauss in Oslo cunducted by Thomas Sondergård, and the sopranosolo in Brahm´s Requiem in Cardiff also conducted by Thomas Sondergård.

In the summer 2013 and 2014 she sang Pamina at the opening of the spectacular Zauberflöte at the Bregenzer Festspiele, staged by David Pountny, conducted by Patrick Summers.

Recently she sang Lucia in the successful staging of The Exterminating Angel, written by Thomas Ades, and performed in Salzburg, London, and at the Met as well as Alban Berg´s Lulu in a very successful production by Stefan Herheim in Oslo and Copenhagen, conducted by Michael Boder, then at the Semperoper Dresden, conducted by Cornelius Meister. She also sang Matilde in Wilhelm Tell at the Welsh National Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, had her debut as Salome, and Helene in Les Vepres Siciliennes at the Royal Danish Opera, and sang Agathe in Der Freishützat the Semperoper Dresden.

Upcoming highlights will be her debut as Desdemona in Otello at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen. She will sing Matilde in Wilhelm Tell in a new production at the Victorian Opera in Melbourne Australia and perform a concert version of Weber`s Oberon at Oper Graz. Gisela Stille will also perform in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.

Gisela Stille has been a finalist in the Queen Sonja´s International singing competition, as well as the Belvedere Competition in Vienna where she got the price from the international press.

She has recieved the Leonine Sonning music prise, and in 2001 she was the recipient of the Birgit Nilsson personal Award. She has also become Ridder af Dannebrogordnen (Night of Dannebrog) by HM The Queen of Denmark.

John Lundgren, Baritone

John Lundgren

John Lundgren is a dramatic baritone with an expressive stage appearance. He combines his powerful voice with an exquisite, theatrical understanding of the dramatic, operatic repertoire. Among his signature roles you find some notorious Wagner roles such as The Flying Dutchman and Kurwenal and often also the evil characters – the bad guys of the operatic literature – like Scarpia and Pizarro.
John Lundgren is born and raised in Sweden. While still attending The Opera Academy in Copenhagen he quite extraordinarily joined the soloist-ensemble at The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen. His debut here was as Schaunard in La Bohème.
John has portrayed several of the most important, dramatic baritone characters at his ‘home stage’ in Copenhagen such as Paolo Albiani, Heerrufer, Conte di Luna, Enrico Ashton, Giorgio Germont, Posa and Amonasro which he sung together with Roberto Alagna at the prestigious opening production of Aida at the new opera house in Copenhagen. Lately, John has made his debut in as diverse roles as Escamillo, Scarpia, Wozzeck, Kurwenal and Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
During 2007 he sang Pizarro at the Danish National Opera. He returned to this opera house in 2008 to make his debut as Fliegender Holländer with tremendous success. And he was invited to sing this role again at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas in 2010. Further-more, John Lundgren made his Tokyo Opera debut as Scarpia in 2009.
2011, he sang Carlo Gérard in Keith Warner’s Andrea Chenier production at the Bregenzer Festspiele. John sang the part of Jack Rance in Christof Loy’s production at the Royal Opera Stockholm with Nina Stemme as Minnie. Recently he had his debut as Alberich in Wagner’s Rheingold in Geneva. He then gave his debut in Munich as Barak in Frau ohne Schatten and as Wanderer in Leipzig.
Contemporary opera is also an important part of John’s repertoire. In 2005 he sang the demanding part of Prospero in The Tempest by Thomas Adès conducted by the composer himself. He also appeared at the Drottningholm-production of Cecilia and the Monkey King, by Reine Jönsson, where he sang nothing less than four different roles. In Gothenborg he performed alongside Nina Stemme in the world creation of Notorious, an opera after the film of Ingmar Bergman.
In 2016 he gave his debut as Wotan in Die Walküre at the Bayreuth Festival and sang his first complete Ring as Wotan/Wanderer at the Royal Opera in Stockholm alongside Nina Stemme. In 2018 he returned as Wotan in Walküre and also as Alberich for the complete Ring under Kirill Petrenko to Munich and went then to Hamburg for Wagners Holländer.
In 2010, he was honoured ‘Ridder af Dannebrogordenen’ (‘Knight of Dannebrog’) by HM The Queen of Denmark.
Among his future projects in 2018 are: Wotan in the complete Ring at Covent Garden in London and Hamburg and his debut as Count Tomsky (Pique Dame) in London.

Nicolas Dautricourt

Voted « ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year » at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem « Georges Enesco » Prize,  Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation.

Invited to join the prestigious Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York, he appears at major venues around the world (Washington Kennedy Center , New York Alice Tully Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Boston Gardner Museum, Teatro Nacional de Belém, Copenhagen Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Nagoya Shirakawa Hall, Sendai city Hall… ), in France (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Cité de la Musique, Metz Arsenal, Musée d’Orsay, Opéra du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Provence, etc.), and he is invited to many artistic events, including La Chaise-Dieu, La Roque d’Antheron, Printemps des Arts (Monaco), La Côte St André, Festival de l’Orangerie (Sceaux), Festival Chopin at Bagatelle (Paris), Parc Floral (Vincennes), Folles Journées de Nantes, Rencontres Musicales de La Baule, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Deauville Easter Festival, Les Arcs, Périgord Noir, Auvers-sur-Oise, Musique à l’Empéri.

 

He also takes part in festivals abroad, such as Bucharest (Roumania), Lockenhaus (Austria), Music@Menlo (Usa), Ravinia (Usa), Himeji/Le Pont Festival (Japon), Sintra (Portugal), Davos (Switzerland), and has performed as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, l’Orchestre National de France, Québec Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Kiev Philharmonic, Mexico Philharmonic, Belgrad Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Scala di Milano Ensemble, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, European Camerata, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre de l’Opéra de St-Etienne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon, Sendai Strings Ensemble, Novossibirsk Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre Symphonique de Caen, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre Français des Jeunes, under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Fabien Gabel, Tugan Sokhiev, Michael Francis, Kazuki Yamada, Dennis Russell Davis, Yuri Bashmet, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Mishiyoshi Inoue, Jacques Mercier, Faycal Karoui, Vahan Mardirossian, Stanislas Lefort, Mark Foster, Arie Van Beek and others.

 

Nicolas Dautricourt, who is appreciated for his « sensitivity and passionate manner », is particularly fond of chamber music, which he plays alongside many inspiring artists, and keenly interested in jazz, he works regularly with top players such as Jean-Marie Ecay, Nelson Veras, Jean-Philippe Viret, Jean-Marc Jafet, Antoine Hervé, Dominique Fillon, Pascal Schumacher, as well as the accordionist Richard Galliano as a member of the Tangaria Quartet the Piazzolla Forever project, in such festivals as Jazz à Vienne, Marciac, Sud-Tyroler Jazz Festival, San Javier, Copenhagen, Athens…

Finalist and prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions, such as the  Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia and the Gian-Battista Viotti in Vercelli Competitions, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gérard Poulet and Jean Mouillère among others, and became in 2007 artistic director of « Les Moments Musicaux de Gerberoy».

Nicolas Dautricourt plays a magnificent instrument by Antonio Stradivarius (Cremona, 1713), the ”Château Fombrauge”, on a generous loan from Bernard Magrez.

 

Graham Mitchell

Winner of the 1998 Scottish Bass Trust International Competition, Graham was born in Scotland and started playing the double bass at the age of 15. He studied with Duncan McTier at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, Graham was invited to become professor of Double Bass, and in 2002 he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for outstanding achievement in the music profession.

Graham enjoys a busy and varied chamber music career, both performing and recording for BBC Radio 3. Among others he has performed with the Nash Ensemble, Leopold String Trio, the Florestan, Angel and Gould Piano Trios and the Composers Ensemble. Graham has recorded Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Leopold Trio and pianist Paul Lewis under Hyperion, and its release has been a huge success including being chosen for Recording of the Week for Classic FM and HMV. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1998, works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) and has been guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio (SWR), BBC NOW, English National Opera (ENO), Welsh National Opera (WNO), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) and the London Chamber Orchestra. Graham is also a guest tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)

As a soloist Graham has performed Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the Oare String Orchestra, Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Violin and Double Bass with the Martel Ensemble (director Malcolm Layfield), Fantasy on La Sonnambula with the English Soloists’ Ensemble and Sound Collective and the Passione Amorosa with Matthew MacDonald (Principal Solo Bass, Berlin Philharmonic). He was the first double bass player to perform at the Manchester International Cello Festival where he performed Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass.

In recent years, he has performed with the Florestan and Gould piano trios at the Peasmarsh and Corbridge chamber festivals, a duet with world-renowned jazz bassist John Patitucci in Mark Anthony Turnage’s A Prayer out of Stillness. Graham was invited by Steven Isserlis to perform at the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festival followed by a national tour and Wigmore Hall performance. These performances resulted in IMS Prussia Cove winning the chamber prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2008.

Graham was a mentor at the Mendelssohn and Mull Festival with Levon Chilingirian, as well as the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festivals and performing at the Kungsbacka festival with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio and Lawrence Power.

He is extremely grateful to the Stradivari Trust in helping him acquire his 1750 Italian double bass attributed to the Testore family.

Cecilia Zilliacus

Cecilia Zilliacus is one of Sweden’s most accomplished violinists, working across the Nordic countries and Europe. Her versatile repertoire of solo and chamber music works has led her to cooperate with a vast number of composers and orchestras. Her interest in newly written pieces and contemporary music has generated several compositions written specifically for her. During the last few years, Cecilia Zilliacus has premiered violin concertos by Anders Nilsson, Fredrik Hedelin and Mika Pelo together with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO and others.

Zilliacus career took off in 1997, when she won both the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s prestigious competition, the Soloist Prize, and the Nordic Soloist Biennial in Trondheim, Norway. She was also named Artist in Residence at Swedish national radio for the year 1997/1998. In the 2001/2002 season, she was Sweden’s representative in the international Rising Star project, a cooperative venture between some of the world’s leading concert houses.

Zilliacus has recorded a number of albums, several of which have won Swedish Grammies. Cecilia´s recording of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as his solo works and sonatas (2015), has won great appraisal internationally. Also her cd with music by JS Bach, Svante Henryson and Sven-David Sandström (BIS Records 2016) was very warmly welcomed by international media and audience.

From the summer of 2015 Cecilia Zilliacus is the artistic director of Katrina Chamber Music Festival on Åland. She will have the same position at The Korsholm Music Festival in Vaasa, Finland, from 2018.

As a soloist, Cecilia Zilliacus has performed with most Swedish symphony orchestras as well as many Nordic and European orchestras, such as BBC Wales, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the conductors she has worked with are Kristiina Poska, Andrey Boreyko, Baldur Brönniman, Olari Elts, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Daniel Harding, Okko Kamu, Eri Klas, Susanna Mälkki, Joseph Swensen, Arvo Volmer, Christian Lindberg and Benjamin Shwartz.

Cecilia Zilliacus regularly performs with musicians and composers active on the international scene,
such as Bengt Forsberg, Martin Fröst, Håvard Gimse, Philippe Graffin, Christian Ihle Hadland, Svante Henryson, Martti Rousi, Paavali Jumppanen, Christian Poltèra, Roland Pöntinen, Sven-David Sandström, Oliver Triendl and Torleif Thedéen.

She is also a driving force in the prize-winning Swedish string trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen. Through the trio, Zilliacus plays an important part in bringing Nordic and European composers and musicians to Sweden as guests in the trio’s chamber music series at the Stockholm Concert House.

Cecilia Zilliacus was born in 1972 and lives in Stockholm with her husband and two children. She is an associate professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Zilliacus’ violin is a N. Gagliano provided by the Järnåker Foundation.

Fabien Boudot

Violoniste engagé et passionné, Fabien Boudot intègre le prestigieux Orchestre de Paris en 2000 après deux années en tant que soliste à l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.
Il s’y produit sous la direction de grands chefs tels que Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi et Daniel Harding.
Parallèlement à son activité au sein de l’Orchestre de Paris, il travaille également avec de nombreux ensembles, Malher Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble les Dissonances, European Camerata, les Solistes du Luxembourg. Premier Prix du Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris dans la classe de Pierre Doukan et Olivier Charlier en 1994, il y continue ses études en quatuor à cordes avec Michel Michalakakos ainsi qu’à la Musik-Akademie de Bâle avec Hatto Beyerle et Walter Levin.
Premier violon du Quatuor à Cordes Brancusi avec lequel il obtient de nombreux prix (FNAPEC, Concours International de Musique Française de Guérande, Concours International de Musique de chambre d’ Illzach) et suit des master-classes auprès de célèbres quatuors ( Amadeus, Alban Berg, Ysaye, Hagen).
Sa passion pour la musique de chambre l’amène à se produire en France comme à l’étranger avec des musiciens de renom tels que Roland Pidoux, Eric Le Sage, Franck Braley, Sarah Nemtanu, André Cazalet, David Grimal, Roland Daugareil, Paul Meyer, Henri Demarquette, le Quintet Moraguès.
Fabien Boudot attache également une grande importance à la transmission auprès des jeunes en enseignant la musique de chambre et le métier d’orchestre au Festival de Verbier, à l’Orchestre Français des Jeunes et l’Atelier Ostinato, ainsi que vers le monde amateur au sein de l’Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Paris.

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Eleonora Matsuno

Violinist Eleonora Matsuno graduated from the Conservatory ‘G. Verdi’ in Milan in 2003 with her Bachelor of Violin performance under the guidance of Umberto Oliveti. In 2007 Eleonora finished her Master degree from the same institute with the highest possible honours while studying with Gabriele Baffero. Musicians and pedagogues Felice Cusano, Davide Zaltron, Rainer Schmidt and Midori Goto have been great inspirations to her.
A renowned chamber musician, Eleonora regularly colaborates with several national and international ensembles: the Swedish chamber orchestra ‘Camerata Nordica’ (first violin since 2013), ‘Norwegian Chamber Orchestra’, ‘Mahler Chamber Orchestra’, ‘ai Pomeriggi Musicali’ (Milan), ‘Le Cameriste Ambrosiane’ and ‘Alter Ego Ensemble’. Eleonora has recorded for BBC Radio Live in England and for Radio 3 in Italy as the first violin in a string quartet formation.
Eleonora plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, previously played by Paolo Borciani, thanks to a private loan.