Faculty Summer Academy 2017

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Boris Berman, piano

(Week 1, 7-12 August 2017)

Boris BermanBorn in Moscow, Boris Berman studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Lev Oborin and graduated with distinction as both pianist and harpsichordist. He performed extensively throughout the former Soviet Union as a recitalist and appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber orchestras. In 1973 he left the Soviet Union to immigrate to Israel, quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after keyboard performers and a highly influential musical personality. Presently residing in the USA, he continues to perform internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors.

Mr. Berman's acclaimed recordings on the Philips, Deutsche Gramophon and Melodia labels have been complemented with 2 CDs of the complete piano sonatas of Scriabin for the Music and Arts label and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award in Holland. The recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Neeme Järvi (Chandos) marked the beginning of an ambitious project of recording the complete Prokofiev solo piano works. The first pianist ever to undertake this task, Mr. Berman has released it on nine Chandos CDs to great critical acclaim. His most recent discography shows the breadth of his repertoire: a disc 'Debussy for Children' (Ottavo); two releases of works for prepared piano by John Cage (Naxos - named Top Recording by the BBC Music Magazine); piano quintets of Shostakovich and Schnittke with the Vermeer Quartet (Naxos); and a recording of Scott Joplin's Ragtimes (Ottavo).

A dedicated teacher of international stature, Boris Berman has served on the faculties of Indiana (Bloomington), Boston, Brandeis and Tel-Aviv universities. He currently heads the Piano Department at Yale School of Music. In 2000, the prestigious Yale University Press published his book 'Notes from the Pianist's Bench', in which Berman draws on his vast experience as performer and teacher to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Mr. Berman is a frequent jury member of international competitions such as Leeds, Dublin and the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv. Mr. Berman regularly gives international master classes and he was director of the Yale Summer Piano Institute (1990-92) and of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong (1995-97).


Mikhail Voskresensky, piano

(Week 1, 7-12 August 2017)

Mikhail VoskresenskyMikhail Voskresensky commands an international reputation as a pianist in the great Romantic tradition. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under prof. Lev Oborin (piano) and prof. Leonid Roizman (organ). Prize-winner of Schumann International Competition in Berlin, International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, George Enescu International Competition in Bucarest and Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth.

In 1957 the young pianist took part in the Prague Spring Festival where he performed European premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano concerto with the presence of Shostakovich himself. Voskresensky’s concert geography is very large. He performed with more than 150 conductors in almost all countries of Europe and in Japan, Korea, China, Australia, USA, Mexico and Peru. He had wonderful critics in international festivals in Tours, Colmar and Aix-en-Provence: “Voskresensky is not only an outstanding virtuoso, he lives in music and plunges into its depths…” (Semaines Musicales, Tours). During his New York debut his performance of Liszt Sonata and 5-th Scriabin sonata was highly estimated. Voskresensky’s large repertoire includes all Beethoven sonatas, all works of Chopin, 64 piano concertos with orchestra, played with John Pritchard, Franz Konwitschny, Kurt Mazur, Stanislav Scrowachewsky, Eugeny Svetlanov, Charles Dutoit etc.

He recorded more than 50 CD’s. Among them, Liszt’s sonata b minor, all nocturnes, preludes and sonatas by Chopin, all sonatas and etudes by Scriabin, Schumann’s Carnaval op.9 and Faschingsschwank aus Wien op.26, Beethoven 3rd Concerto c minor, Brahms 2nd Concerto B flat major etc… Mikhail Voskresensky is a distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory, the chair of the professorship of piano faculty. His pupils have won 114 international prizes including 49 gold medals. Between them Y.Favorin, A.Tebenihin, T.Erzhanov, Y.Kasman, A.Ghindin, S.Koudriakov, S.Kuznezov, G.Chistyakova, N.Khozyainov etc… From 2001 till 2004 prof. Voskresensky taught in Toho Gakuen University in Tokyo where his pupils had won 12 different prizes including Akiko Yamamoto’s triumph at Schumann International competition in Zwickau in 2004. As a competition jurist M.Voskresensky was in Sydney, London, Leeds, Geneva, Hamamatsu, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and many others. He will be a jury member of the next Tchaikovsky Competition and constantly is the chairman of Scriabin International Competition in Moscow. Recently he played the first concerto by Shostakovich in Beijing and the first concerto by Tchaikovsky in Shanghai under the button of Charles Dutoit. In the fall of 2007 during the celebration of the 100 anniversary of his teacher Lev Oborin, Voskresensky played in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory the 4th Concerto by Beethoven under the button of Vladimir Ashkenazy and the 2nd Concerto by Brahms with Leonid Nikolaev. In the 2010 he finished the performance and live recording of all 27 concertos by Mozart. CD’s are already published and available.



Claudio Martínez Mehner, piano

(Week 2, 14-19 August 2017)

Claudio Martínez MehnerBorn in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martínez Mehner began his music studies at an early age at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid” in Madrid with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquín Soriano. In addition to his piano studies, and in a constant search of any activity that would prevent him from practicing piano while still being involved with music, he participated in some youth orchestras as a violinist, violist and harpsichord player.

He then continued his piano studies, touring a nice part of the academic music world in search of wisdom, such as the “Tchaikovsky-Conservatory” in Moscow, the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía” in Madrid, the “Hochschule für Musik” in Freiburg, Germany, the “Fondazione per il Pianoforte” in Como, Italy; and the “Peabody Conservatory” in Baltimore, US, studying mainly with Dmitri Bashkirov, Vitalij Margulis and Leon Fleisher,. In addition, he participated in masterclasses given by well-known musicians such as Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, Alexis Weissenberg, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovich.

As it is the case of almost all aspiring musicians, participating in competitions was a usual part of academic life. As a result of this dubious activity, Martínez Mehner won some top prizes at some of the (at that time still only about 300) International competitions, such as the “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert”, the International Piano Competition “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander (1990), Spain, the“Pilar Bayona” in Zaragoza, Spain, “Fondation Chimay” in Belgium (1993), and “Dino Ciani” in Milano, Italy (1993).

Surfing the following career wave, he performed in most major cities in Europe, the United States, Russia, Central America and Japan, with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, Filarmónica of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, Filarmonia Hungarica and most of the major Spanish orchestras. However, his career got very successfully interrupted for almost 7 years due to an injury of his right arm paired with some serious doubts about the real meaning of this kind of music-making and even more serious doubts about the quality of his own musicianship.

During this time, he tried to be far from professional music, especially after an extremely unsuccessful attempt to become a conductor. Having failed as a translator, language teacher, interpreter, graphic designer, HTML programmer, personal assistant, stage-hand and cook, he finally gave in and started teaching piano back in his hometown, Madrid. Soon, with the help of a student of his, his arm started working again.

In an attempt of re-learning the trade in order to improve his teaching, some years after the beginning of the new Millennium he started having lessons with Ferenc Rados, who he still considers by far the most clear-sighted, deeply intelligent, honest, sensitive, genuinely natural, unpretentious, well-informed and politically incorrect musician alive. He somehow started performing again, mainly in chamber music settings.

As a teacher, Martínez Mehner has been an assistant to Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov at the “Reina Sofia” school in Madrid and piano teacher at the conservatories in Salamanca, Zaragoza and at the “Katarina Gurska” school in Madrid. Recently he got appointed as a piano professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. He teaches courses in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He joins the International Holland Music Sessions for the first time in 2017.


Balázs Szokolay, piano

(Week 2, 14-19 August 2017)

Balázs SzokolayBalázs Szokolay was born into a family of musicians in Budapest in 1961. His father is a Kossuth prizewinner, composer Sándor Szokolay. Balázs started to play the piano at the age of five, taught by Erna Czövek. Later, at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, his professors included Klára Máthé, Pál Kadosa, Zoltán Kocsis, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. Following his graduation in 1983, he won scholarships for two more years of studies in Munich and Moscow. He was instructed by Mikhail S. Voskresensky, Amadeus Webersinke, Ludwig Hoffmann and Yvonne Lefebure.

From 1973 to 1990, he has been a prizewinner at many international piano and chamber music competitions, including Usti-nad-Labem, Zwickau, Leeds, Brussels, Montreal, Terni and Budapest. More recently, he has been a frequent juror in major music competitions in countries such as the Netherlands, Italy, Bulgaria, and Russia. He has given concerts and offered masterclasses in over thirty countries on four continents.

His repertoire covers a wide range of styles with a strong focus on chamber music. Among his chamber music partners are Clemens Hagen, Aurèle Nicolet, Miklós Perényi, Vilmos Szabadi, Bartok string-quartett, Shanghai Quartett, Gervaise de Peyer. As a soloist, Mr. Szokolay has performed with many orchestras, including the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. In Belgrade he replaced at the last moment Nikita Magaloff in the Brahms Concerto No. 1. To further expand his repertoire, Szokolay played harpsichord and conducted the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in London.

He has recorded extensively with Naxos, Hungaroton and other recording companies. One of his Grieg-Naxos CDs was named "Record of the Year" by London' s Daily Telegraph in 1992. He has played numerous radio and television broadcasts at the request, among others, of the BBC - London, the RIAS - Berlin, the AVRO and TROS - Holland, the RAI - Torino, the CBC - Canada, and the Hungarian Radio and Television.

He has been a piano professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest since 1987. Some of his best students won more than 20 international prizes. During the 1997-98 academic year, he worked as a guest professor at Yeungnam University, South Korea. In the Spring Semester of 2006 he was invited as a Visiting Scholar and piano professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA and he is a guest professor in the University of Graz since 2001.

In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Government.



Pavel Gililov, piano

(Week 3, 21-26 August 2017)

Klaus HellwigPavel Gililov was born in Donetsk in Southeastern Ukraine. He made his first appearance with an orchestra at age eight and by his 11th year performed the third piano concerto of Dmitry Kabalevsky with such aplomb that the grand master invited him to study in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) at an academy for highly gifted children. The school has produced such talent as Boris Pergamenschikow, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Grigory Sokolov and many others.

During his studies, Pavel Gililov received high honors at the All-Russian Piano Competition in Moscow (1972) and the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1975). As his talents were recognized he became a sought after performer throughout the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations. Gililov also displayed outstanding abilities as an instructor and after his graduation in 1976 he became the youngest professor of concert piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Pavel Gililov soon came to detest Soviet oppression and in 1978 applied to emigrate. He first moved to Austria and then to Cologne, Germany where he re-ignited his passion for musical instruction.

Soon after his arrival in the West, Pavel Gililov won top honors at the renowned Viotti competition in Vercelli, Italy. Pavel Gililov played with countless european orchestras. His recording career includes albums and CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, Toshiba EMI, Virgin and Orfeo to name a few.

In addition to his solo concerts, Pavel Gililov is a lover of chamber music. Along with his schoolmate and friend, the late Boris Pergamenschikow, he created a duo that gained international renown. He also founded the Gililov Piano Quartet (formerly the Philharmonic Piano Quartet Berlin).

Despite his hectic concert schedule, Pavel Gililov continues to guide and instruct promising young musicians. He is a Professor at the Cologne University for Music and Dance, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he has instructed a long list of international award-winning musicians. Pavel Gililov travels the world giving masterclasses to young pianists and for years has supervised the Summer Academy in Lausanne. In addition, he is a jury member in many international competitions.

In 2005, Pavel Gililov founded the Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn where he is currently artistic director and jury president. He joins the TIHMS faculty since 2013.



Jacques Rouvier, piano

(Week 3, 21-26 August 2017)

Jacques RouvierBorn into a family of musicians in Marseille in, Jacques Rouvier has held concerts and master classes in France and abroad for some thirty years now. He studied with Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan, Jean Fassina and Jean Hubeau at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he was awarded two First Prizes, in piano and in chamber music. He went on to an appointment as professor for piano there in 1979. A true virtuoso, he is the winner of the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris.

In 1970, together with violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow and cellist Philippe Muller, he formed the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller Trio with whom he continues to perform on a regular basis. His discography includes over thirty titles, including the complete works of Claude Debussy. His recordings of the complete works for piano by Maurice Ravel, as well as sonatas for violin and piano by Ravel and Debussy, won the Grand Prix du Disque in France.

Concerts and masterclasses bring him all over the world. Former students include Hélène Grimaud and Arcadi Volodos.



Ulf Schneider, violin

(Week 1, 7-12 August 2017)

Ulf Schneider, born in 1968, studied in Hannover, New York and Berlin with Jens Ellermann, Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and Thomas Zehetmair. His artistic development was strongly influenced through impulses from Hatto Beyerle, Eberhard Feltz, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir Roger Norrington.

In 1991 he founded the Trio Jean Paul together with Martin Löhr, violoncello and Eckart Heiligers, piano. As a member of the trio he was awarded first prizes and several special prizes at the international chamber music competitions in Melbourne and Osaka as well as at the German Music Competition in Bonn.

Extensive international concert activities with the Trio Jean Paul, with his duo partners Stephan Imorde and Jan Philip Schulze and with the Bartholdy Quintet regularly take him to the great centres of music such as the Philharmonies in Berlin and Cologne, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zurich, Sydney Opera House, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Mozarteum Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon.

He is a welcome guest at important festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Berlin Festwochen, Beethovenfest Bonn, Mozartfest Würzburg, Edinburgh Festival, Lucerne and Ludwigsburg Festivals, Heidelberger Frühling, Niedersächsische Musiktage, Kissinger Sommer, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, among others.

As soloist, Ulf Schneider has appeared with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, berliner Sinfoniker, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali Milano, Presidential Orchestra Ankara, Nordböhmische Philharmonie Teplice, Dallas Symphony,Tucson Symphony, WDR-Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchester des Prager Nationaltheaters with conductors such as Jörg Faerber, Antonello Manacorda, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Eiji Oue, Petri Sakari, Marc Soustrot, Erich Bergel, Gerd Schaller, George Hanson, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Jaap van Zweden and Sylvain Cambreling.

Since 2001, Ulf Schneider is Professor at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. Many of his students are prize-winners of national and international competitions, members of leading European orchestras, teachers at German universities for music as well as chamber musicians in renowned ensembles. Ulf Schneider is regularly invited to teach master classes, as well as serve as member of the jury for national and international competitions. He is dedicated to the project Rhapsody-in-School and the PE-Förderungen für Musik Mannheim, an association supporting outstanding young musicians.

Ulf Schneider plays a Carlo Gioseppe Testore violin, generously loaned by private collector through the offices of Violin Assets GmbH.



Krzysztof Wegrzyn, violin

(Week 2, 14-19 August 2017)

Krzysztof WegrzynKrzysztof Wegrzyn was born in Gdansk in Poland. He began playing the violin at an early age, studying with Zenon Brzewski and Irena Dubiska in Warsaw, Wolfgang Marschner in Freiburg and Yfrah Neaman in London. He was a laureate in renowned international competitions like the Louis Spohr Competition in Montreal and winner of the Karol Szymanowski and Lipizer Competitions.

His concert activities have taken him around the world and he has made numerous recordings for radio, television and CD. In his broad repertoire he also gives special attention to works by Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki. Krysztof Wegrzyn served for many years as concertmaster of the Hanover State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1993 he has been a professor at the University of Music and Drama Hannover. Among his students are many who have won important prizes at international competitions.

Prof. Wegrzyn has given frequent master classes worldwide including at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Juilliard School in New York, at the Aspen Festival and in Seoul and Tokyo. He has been a juror at such esteemed violin competitions as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Paganini Competition in Genova, the ARD Competition in Munich, among others. Furthermore, he is very active in chamber music, for example as the co-founder of the New Warsaw Piano Quintet. Since 1995 he has also served as artistic director of the Gdansk musical seminar and Spring Music Festival in Poland.

Krzysztof Wegrzyn is the founder and Artistic Director of the Hannover International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition. The State of Lower Saxony awarded him in 2004 the State Music Prize for his outstanding contributions to musical life.


Pierre Amoyal, violin

(Week 3, 21-26 August 2017)

Pierre AmoyalPierre Amoyal made his European debut at the age of 22 with the late Sir Georg Solti and the Orchestre de Paris, followed by appearances in all of the major European capitals, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, South America and in the Far East.
Amoyal has played under the most important conductors of the last three decades: von Karajan, Ozawa, Boulez, Maazel, Solti, Pretre, Sanderling, Roshdestvensky, Rattle, and Mung Whun Chung, to name only a few.
His first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic under Maestro von Karajan in Berlin was followed by many further performances with this orchestra, including the German premier of the Dutilleux Concerto under Lorin Maazel. In 1985, he made his recital debut in Carnegie Hall, which received outstanding critical acclaim. He was the youngest musician ever to be nominated as a professor at the Paris Conservatory.
Following his move to Switzerland, he was Professor at the Lausanne Conservatory, he also initiated there a novel music academy, dedicated to the violin/piano repertoire, which he gives annually with Anne Quéffelec. He was appointed as University Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Pierre Amoyal is a very touching example of a virtuoso whose exceptional talents never hindered his love of hard work, nor a development of the most essential human qualities.
Website: www.amoyal.com



Reinhard Latzko, cello

(Week 1, 7-12 August 2017)

Reinhard LatzkoReinhard Latzko was born in Freising (Bavaria). He studied with Jan Polasek,Martin Ostertag and Heinrich Schiff.
In the period 1987-2003 he was the principal celloist at the  SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Freiburg (chief conductor Michael Gielen).
During 1988-2005 he was professor at the Music Academy Basel where he succeeded Boris Pergamenschikow.
From 1990 until 1993 he was tutor at the Gustav-Mahler-Youth-Orchestra with Claudio Abbado.
Since 2003 he is professor at the University of Music and performing Arts, Vienna.
Reinhard Latzko was winner of several national and international prizes (Geneva,Venice etc.). He lead masterclasses in Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Korea and Austria (Vienna Master Courses). He performed chamber music with Christian Tetzlaff, Heinrich Schiff, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger and others.
He performed as as soloist with the Basler Sinfonieorchester, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie,Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and others.  Latzko made various radio and CD-recordings.


Lluis Claret, cello

(Week 2, 14-19 August 2017)

Lluis ClaretBorn in Andorra in 1951, from exiled catalan parents, Lluís Claret begins his musical studies at the age of 9.

His musical future will be strongly marked by his contact with great teachers as Maurice Gendron, Radu Aldulescu and Enric Casals (Pablo Casals brother) who, besides not being a cellist, will be his principal musical adviser for many years. His meetings with György Sebök, Eva Janzer and Bernard Greenhouse will be also decisive for the development of his artistic personality.

First Prizes at Casals (1976) and Rostropovitch (1977) Competitions help to project his international career to the principal capitals of Europe, America and Asia, invited by orchestras like Washington National Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, English Chamber, France National Orchestra, and others from Tokyo, Seoul, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Bamberg, Moscu, Madrid, Barcelona...Under the baton of Vaclav Neuman, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Pierre Boulez, Karl Münchinger, Dimitri Kitaienko, Sakari Oramo and Georges Malcom among others.

Chamber music and teaching are an important and essential part of Lluís Claret professional activity. He founded the Barcelona Trio (1980-1993), performs regularly with the pianists Josep-Maria Colom and Benedicte Palko and collaborates very often with other prestigious musicians at Festivals like Kuhmo, Naantali, Ernen, l'Epau, Pablo Casals (Prades), Granada, Seoul...

His is actually teaching at the "Victoria dels Angels" Music School at Sant Cugat (Barcelona) and the Toulouse Conservatory (France), and gives Master Classes in France, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, USA, Japan and Korea. Together with Bernard Greenhouse he conducts a seminar at the Abbey of Fontfroide (France). Regularly Lluís Claret is invited as Jury Member of International Competitions ( Rostropovitch-Paris, Paulo-Helsinki, Pablo Casals-Kronberg, Adam- New Zealand...) and he is the Chairman at the International Cello Competition "Lluís Claret", City of Moguer (Spain).

His great interest in contemporary music brought him to a close professional  collaboration with Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutoslawski, Kristoff Penderecki, Joan Guinjoan, Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Boulez.

Website: www.lluisclaret.ad


Julius Berger, cello

(Week 3, 21-26 August 2017)

Julius BergerBorn in Augsburg in 1954, Julius Berger studied at the Musikhochschule of Munich, Germany under Walter Reichardt and Fritz Kiskalt. Later, he studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria under Antonio Janigro (who´s assistant he became from 1979 to 1982) and at the University of Cincinnati, USA under Zara Nelsova and on the occasion of a master-course under Mstislav Rostropovic.

With 28 years Julius Berger was appointed to the Musikhochschule Wuerzburg and was one of the youngest professors in Germany. Starting in Wuerzburg, later in Saarbruecken and Mainz, and since 2000 in Augsburg, he took efforts to promote the top new talents in his subject. Since 1992 he leads a class at the international summer academy at the Mozarteum Salzburg.

Julius Berger devotes a big part of international concert- and recording-works to the rediscovery of Luigi Boccherini´s complete works, the performance and CD-edition of the works für Violoncello and pianoforte by Paul Hindemith, the works of Ernst Bloch, Max Bruch, Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann and Edward Elgar.

Julius Berger is known for his big commitment of contemporary compositions. He published remarkable CD´s, that are known all over the world, featuring the works of John Cage, Toshio Hosokawa and Sofia Gubaidulina. 

Tours and concerts have brought him together - in music and in friendship - with people like Leonard Bernstein, Eugen Jochum, Gidon Kremer, Paul Roczek, Margarita Hoehenrieder, Siegfried Mauser, Joerg Demus, Norman Shetler, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Stefan Hussong, Olivier Messiaen, Sofia Gubaidulina and Wolfgang Rihm. Moreover, Julius Berger works as art director of "Eckelshausen Music Days" and the "Asiago-Festival" in Italy.

He led the international Leopold Mozart-competition in Augsburg as president. For the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes", Berger became trusted tutor several years ago. He is also a member of the permanent musical selecting commission. Working as a juror for some years, Julius Berger got to visit the competitions in Salzburg (Mozart), Kronberg (Casals), Markneukirchen, Munich, Warsaw and many more.

Currently it is possible to study with Prof. Julius Berger at two institutes: the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum der Universität Augsburg (Germany) and the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland (Musikhochschule). He is regularly holding Masterclasses inter alia at the International Summer-Academy of the University of Salzburg and at the Académie Internationale de Musique Tignes, France, and since 2017 at the International Holland Music Sessions.

Julis Berger plays one of the oldest celli of the world, the Violoncello Andrea Amati of the year 1566 - "King Charles IX." 



Piano accompanists

The listing below of our accompanists reflects 2016. In 2017 there may be changes or additions.

István Lajkó

István Lajkó

Hungarian pianist István Lajkó had his professional training at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2007 he participated in the Cleveland International Piano Competition as well as the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006 he won the third prize in the Liszt-Bartók International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary.
Apart from being a soloist he has developed to a respected accompanist. He participated amongst others in the New Masters on Tour series of TIHMS in 2012.

(Photo Zsolt Kováts)


Mana Oguchi

Mana Oguchi

Mana Oguchi was born in Sapporo, Japan, 1984 and has been studying the piano since the age of 3.
In 2007 she graduated top of her year from the State Academy of Fine Arts and Music Tokyo. She went on to study piano at the Conservatory of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover (HMTMH). She completed the 'Artistic Education' course in 2009 and between 2009 and 2013 she studied for her master’s degree, including Chamber Music, with Professor Markus Becker.
In 2007 She received a scholarship from the YAMAHA foundation, and from 2009-2011 from the DAAD foundation.
Mano has recently become the accompanist of the class of Professor Leonid Gorokhov at HMTMH.
Mana is highly valued as both a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in Japan and throughout Europe.
As a soloist she has played with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Wernigerode and the Festival Orchestra concert of the International Concert Society Bodensee. Mana has appeared in the Budapest Fruhlings Festival in Hungary and for the last 3 years she has performed at the Chamber Music Festival of HMTMH. In 2016 she joins TIHMS for the first time as accompanist.


Natsumi Ohno

Natsumi Ohno

Natsumi Ohno was born in Japan. She initially studied in Tokyo, later completing her studies as a concert pianist in Hannover with Professor Bernd Goetzke. She additionally specialized in song accompaniment with Justus Zeyen’s class, as well as in instrumental accompaniment in the fields of string and woodwind instruments. As a student she was a scholarship holder both of the Tokyo College of Music and of Yehudi Menuhin’s ‘Live Music Now’ scheme.
Natsumi Ohno has won the prizes at the international chamber music competition ‘Premio Trio di Trieste’ with the violinist Kana Sugimura, and at the ‘Citta di Sulmona’ International Piano Competition in Italy.
She has appeared as a piano accompanist at a variety of violin competitions, music festivals, and master classes, including the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition (2012), the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the internationales Violinfestival Junger Meister in Lindau, the Braunschweig Classix Festival, the Louis Spohr Musikforum Braunschweig, the IMAS International Music Academy, the Accademia Internationale Eestiva di Cervo in Italy and the Gdansk Spring Music Festival in Poland.
Natsumi Ohno has held a teaching position at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media since 2007. She joins the International Holland Music Sessions in 2014 for the first time as an accompanist.


Alex Ramírez

Alex Ramírez

Born in Barcelona, Àlex Ramírez started his piano studies with Margarita Serrat and Benjamí Santacana. In 1999, he was awared an advanced degree with honors by the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona). In 2000, he continued his studies in Madrid with Josep Colom (being later on appointed by him as his assistant teacher). He also received instrument and chamber music lessons from Paul Badura-Skoda, Christophe Coin, Lorenzo Coppola, Lluís Claret, Bernard Greenhouse and Alícia de Larrocha, among others.
He has received numerous awards as a soloist and as a chamber musician: Jugend Musiziert (EMCY), Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España, Ciudad de Albacete, Paper de Música (Barcelona), Ciutat de Manresa (Barcelona), etc.
Currently, he mainly works as a chamber musician, performing in some of the major halls in Spain, and in other countries in Europe and South America. He is member of the Trio Messiaen and the Murtra Ensemble. He has been member of the ensembles Barcelona Collage and Bilbao Cámara, and played with other groups and musicians like Camerata 432, ONCA Soloists, Lleidart Ensemble, Simfonietta Porta Ferrada, Stefan Popov, Wolfgang Güttler, Lluís Claret, etc.
Interested in contemporary music, he has often collaborated with ensembles like BCN216, Grup 21 and Grupo Illana, performing world premieres of spanish composers works like Jordi Cervelló and Leonardo Balada, among others. Beign interested in other artistic disciplines, he regularly colaborates with the grenadian puppet theatre company “Etcétera” (2014 National Prize). He has also participated in different theatre and musical theatre productions at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Teatre Lliure and Teatre Romea (Barcelona).
From 2004 to 2015, he teached at the Liceu Superior Conservatory (Barcelona) and at the Zaragoza Superior Conservatory, among other centers.

(Photo May Zircus)


Vital Stahievitch

Vital Stahievitch

Pianist Vital Stahievitch (1980) studeerde in Minsk aan het Nationale Muziek College bij Zoya Kacharskaya. In Nederland studeerde hij cum laude af bij Håkon Austbø aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2007/2008 volgde hij het Master Artistic Research-programma aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam bij pianoleraar Naum Grubert. Hij nam deel aan internationale festivals en masterclasses (met Boris Petrushansky, Leon Fleisher).
Zijn repertoire bestaat uit stukken van verschillende stijlen, van oudere muziek tot moderne stukken. Zijn voorkeur ligt echter bij Romantische en Russische componisten zoals Chopin, Schubert, Rachmaninov en Prokofjev.
In 2010 maakte hij twee grote concerttournees. Een theatertournee met het toneelstuk De Pianist een oorlogsdrama over leven van Pools-Joodse pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman en een concerttournee voor het Vriendenkransconcours Het Debuut samen met violiste Ksenia Beltiukova.
Sinds Vital Stahievitch in Vilnius, Litouwen op zestienjarige leeftijd de tweede prijs op de Internationale Stasys Vainiunas Piano Competitie won, kreeg hij vaker optredens in Wit-Rusland en in het buitenland. Hij trad op met orkesten en kamerorkesten in Engeland, Duitsland, Frankrijk, Nederland, België, Mexico, Noorwegen, Griekenland, Rusland, Litouwen en de Verenigde Staten. Op de Internationale pianowedstrijd Minsk-2000 kreeg hij de speciale prijs voor beste uitvoering van een verplicht werk uit Wit-Rusland. Verder nam hij deel aan de Emmanuel Durlet internationale pianowedstrijd in Antwerpen (2001, 7e prijs), de Europese Unie pianowedstrijd Arcangelo Speranza in Taranto, Italië (2005, 2e prijs), de Internationale pianowedstrijd Minsk-2005, de Internationale Chopin pianowedstrijd in Marianske Lazne (Tsjechië), en het YPF Nationaal Pianoconcours (Amsterdam).


Mark Toxopeus

Mark Toxopeus

Mark Toxopeus (1984) begon zijn professionele opleiding aan het Conservatorium van Arnhem bij Frank Peters. Vanaf 2002 studeerde hij bij David Kuyken aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam alwaar hij in 2008 zijn Master-diploma behaalde.

In 2004 won Mark een tweede prijs bij het Nationaal Concours van de Young Pianist Foundation, wat hem o.m. toegang verschafte tot masterclasses van grote pianisten als Idil Biret, Igor Roma en Jacques Rouvier. Verder werd hij uitgenodigd voor masterclasses van Leon Fleischer.

Mark is pianist en arrangeur bij het Rodion Trio dat in oktober 2013 de hoofdprijs won bij het Internationaal Kamermuziekconcours Almere. Daarnaast is hij actief als liedbegeleider. Ook heeft hij ervaring als solist. Zo voerde hij het pianoconcert van Schumann uit met het Wagenings Studenten Orkest en het pianoconcert in G van Ravel en Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue met het Wagenings Symphonie Orkest. Deze concerten werden o.a. uitgevoerd in Musis Sacrum te Arnhem en de Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.

Met sopraan Murni Suwetja organiseert hij in Wageningen een eigen concertserie, onder de naam Arboretumconcerten, waarvoor ze reeds een groep trouwe bezoekers hebben verworven.

Zijn doel is om de vernieuwing te zoeken binnen de programmering door middel van het spelen van minder bekende werken, het zoeken naar verrassende combinaties en het maken van eigenzinnige arrangementen.


Craig White

Craig White

Craig White was born in England in 1984. He started playing the piano at the age of four with Patricia Romero. While actively involved in various aspects of music making he developed a special talent for accompanying while still at school, at Epsom College. Under Richard Deering's tutelage Craig gained his ATCL. Craig studied for his music degree at St Catherine's College, Oxford, and graduated in 2005. He then attended a post-graduate piano accompanist course at the Royal Academy of Music, London, taught by Michael Dussek and Diana Ketler, and was awarded the Daniel Kelly Accompanist Prize and the Gilling Family Scholarship.

He has had the privilege of attending master classes with eminent professors such as, Malcolm Martineau, Paul Hamburger, Robin Bowman, Jan Philip Schulze and Oxana Yablonskaya. At Oxford he held the Répétiteur Scholarship with the New Chamber Opera, performing in their student and professional productions such as Mozart's La Finta Semplice, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Handel's Semele, John Caldwell's Il Trespolo Tutore. In addition, he has worked as a repetiteur for the Oxford Baroque Soloist and Oxford City Opera, including performances of Bach's St John's Passion, Puccini's La Boheme, Britten's Turn of the Screw and Wolf's Italiensches Liederbuch.

Craig was also a regular chamber music performer at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, including a performance with the Allegri String Quartet at their Golden Jubilee Concert in 2004. Other UK engagements have included performances at the Schubert festival in London; recitals, concerts, and music festivals in Aylesbury, Cambridge, Dorking, Bristol and Windsor. Engagements abroad include the Cantiere d'arte Montepulciano in Italy and performances with the Olive Piano Trio in Belgium. In 2007 Craig was accepted on the 'Live Music Now' scheme with the cellist Edward Furse. Craig has also worked as an accompanist at singers' courses in Ardingly and Oxenfoord. He is supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.


Noriko Yabe

Noriko Yabe

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Noriko Yabe made her debut as soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in the United States at the age of twelve. After studying piano at Toho-Gakuen High School and College of Music in Tokyo with Fujiko Yamada and chamber music with Shigeo Neriki, Hamao Fujiwara, Ryosuke Hori and Akira Miyoshi, she continued her study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Willem Brons.
Directly following her graduation, she was appointed as the cello class accompanist at the institute till present. As active chamber music performer, Noriko has appeared in the Netherlands, Japan, the United States, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia and Germany.
Noriko is a regular guest pianist at music festivals and masterclasses such as the International Holland Music Sessions and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam.

(Foto Sarah Wijzenbeek)

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