Summer Academy 2018

The Summer Academy 2018, a three-week period, will be held in August 2018. There will be concerts in the week before and the week after that period. The information below as well as the information on the other Summer Academy pages refers to 2017. It gives you the opportunity to see what 2018 will be like.



Faculty Summer Academy 2017

On this page you will find our piano faculty, followed by the violin and cello faculty.

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Click here for the corresponding public master classes by this international faculty.



Boris Berman, piano

(Week 1, 7-12 August 2017)

Boris Berman Photo Bob Handelman
Boris Berman Photo Bob Handelman

Born 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 Voskresensky
Mikhail Voskresensky

Mikhail 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 Mehner
Claudio Martínez Mehner

Born 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 Szokolay
Balázs Szokolay

Balázs 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)

Pavel Gililov
Pavel Gililov

Pavel 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 Rouvier
Jacques Rouvier

Born 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
Ulf Schneider

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 Wegrzyn
Krzysztof Wegrzyn

Krzysztof 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 Amoyal
Pierre Amoyal

Pierre 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.



Reinhard Latzko, cello

(Week 1, 7-12 August 2017)

Reinhard Latzko
Reinhard Latzko

Reinhard 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 Claret
Lluis Claret

Born 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.



Maria de Macedo, cello

(Week 3, 21-26 August 2017)

Maria de Macedo
Maria de Macedo

Maria de Macedo began her violoncello studies in Oporto (Portugal) until she got the top grade with Professor Madalena Costa. She won the prize "Suggia" and played the “Montagnana” Suggia´s cello.
She continued her training in Paris and Geneva with Pierre Fournier and after that in the United States (Bloomington) with a scholarship Fullbrigt as pupil and assistant of Janos Starker.
In Chamber music she received classes of G. Sebök, B. Greenhouse and M. Pressler. In early music with Safford Cape in Belgium.
In the 1950-60s she carried out an intense activity as a soloist, featuring recitals, orchestra concerts and making recordings. This activity culminated in her presentation at the Wigmore Hall in London with Sequeira Costa.
She was a member of the Orchestra Sinfonica de Porto, national Lisbon and Professor at the national Superior Conservatory of Lisbon. She was co-soloist in the Gulbenkian Orchestra for twelve years.
In 2001 she created the prestigious Cello Forum of Spain which continues to operate and is a reference for students of conservatories cello Spaniards.
Currently she teaches courses in different parts of the Spanish geography, Portugal and Germany.


Piano accompanists

Tobias Borsboom

Tobias Borsboom Photo Marco Borggreve 2017
Tobias Borsboom Photo Marco Borggreve 2017

Dutch pianist Tobias Borsboom performs extensively both as a soloist and in other capacities. In 2015 he toured all the major concert halls of the Netherlands as a soloist in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F with the Dutch Student Orchestra conducted by Quentin Clare. With violinist Piotr Jasiurkowski he played the Masters on Tour series of The International Holland Music Sessions (2013-2014), and in 2015, after being nominated twice, he won the prestigious Dutch Classical Talent Award for his solo performance as well as the audience award with his duo partner Piotr Jasiurkowski.

In recent years, Tobias Borsboom has been successful in several competitions. With Piotr Jasiurkowski he won the audience award and the Who's Next Award at the Almere Chamber Music Competition (NL, 2015). As a soloist, he was awarded first prize at the Grand Dominique (NL, 2012) and the Concertgebouw Entree Kamermuziek Concours (NL, 2006). Additionally, he was a prize winner at the Young Pianist Foundation Piano Competition (3rd prize and prize for best interpretation of a Dutch work, NL, 2010), and the Prinses Christina Concours (2005).

In 2013, Tobias Borsboom completed his Master's degree at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, where he studied with Jan Wijn. He has taken lessons with such renowned pianists as Paolo Giacometti, Maria João Pires, Jan Boguslaw Strobel, Georg Friedrich Schenck and Geoffrey Douglas Madge.

Tobias Borsboom performs regularly at festivals, including the Storioni Festival, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, and The International Holland Music Sessions. Additionally, he organizes concerts under the name 'Podium Pianoboom' in and around The Hague. He also performs regularly in various theatre productions, both for adults and for children.

Somi Kim

Somi Kim Photographer Thomas Atkins
Somi Kim Photographer Thomas Atkins

South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim graduated from the Royal Academy of Music last year with an Advanced Diploma in Performance, receiving the HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize. In 2015, Somi gained her Master of Arts with Distinction, receiving a DipRAM and the Christian Carpenter Prize for the Best Recital. Somi is the 2017 winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize, and has received the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists, AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Accompanist Prize, Mozart Singing Competition Accompanist Prize, and more prizes. Somi made her debut with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2015.
Sought after as a chamber musician, song accompanist and répétiteur, Somi is an artist for the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Somi is a scholar on the Samling Artist Programme and Georg Solti Accademia, and is a staff pianist at The International Holland Music Sessions and the Gisborne International Music Competition. In recital, Somi’s recent and future appearances include Het Concertgebouw, Slovak Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Edinburgh Fringe, Ryedale, Kings Lynn and Oxford Lieder Festivals.


István Lajkó

Istvan Lajko Photo Zsolt Kovats
Istvan Lajko Photo Zsolt Kovats

István Lajkó was born on 14 January 1982 in Budapest. After completing a preparatory course in music, he started to play the piano at the age of eight. In 1996 he continued his piano studies in the St. Stephen Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Erzsébet Belák. In 2000 he won First Prize at the Millennium Music Competition at the Conservatory and Grand Prize at the Music Competition of Hungaroton Records Ltd. In 2001 he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, he graduated with Honors/Distinction in 2007 under Sándor Falvai and Balázs Szokolay. He attended the DMA course at the same institution, where he studied with Rita Wagner and earned his doctorate title with summa cum laude honors in 2014. In 2010 he spent 3 months with Erasmus Scholarship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, where he studied with Prof. Matti Raekallio. With the support of the KLASSZ Talents Program he continued his studies with Prof. Raekallio in New York, at the Juilliard School of Music. Currently he is pursuing his Concert Diplom in the class of Prof. Szokolay at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, where he was also assistant of his professor. He is also member of the faculty at the Liszt Academy of Music Budapest.

István Lajkó has won a number of prestigious prizes home and abroad: He won the Béla Bartók Prize in the competition of the International Summer Music Academy of Baden, he is also winner of the Yamaha scholarship. He won First Prize in the Andor Földes Piano Competition, First Prize and Composition Prize in the Carl Filtsch International Piano Competition in Sibiu and First Prize in the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition. He won prizes in the First International Piano Competition in memory of Franz Liszt in Pécs, and in the International Liszt-Bartók Piano Competition in Budapest. In Pécs, he won also the De Profundis Special Prize for the interpretation of Liszt’s rarely played concerto with the same title. He performed Liszt’s De Profundis in Pécs for the first time. In 2009 he received the Special Prize of the Jury in the EU International Piano Competition in Prague, and recently he won the Grand Prize, the First Prize and two Special Prizes in the International Liszt-Bartók-Ligeti Competition in Sofia. In 2010 he was honored with the prestigious Junior Prima Prize. He was recipient of the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic for two consecutive years (2005, 2006), winner of the Annie Fischer Scholarship of the Philharmonia Budapest for three consecutive years (2008-2010) and in 2013 he was awarded with DAAD-scholarship in Germany.

In 2014 István Lajkó gave the world premiere performance of Liszt’s Faust Symphony in the piano solo transcription of Carl Tausig. He regularly plays recitals in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and performs chamber music concerts with members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. István Lajkó recently premiered in Germany Torsten Herrmann's Levitron for piano and orchestra, and presented in one concert Prokofiev’s complete works for violin and piano with the Russian violinist Andrey Baranov. His future engagements include recitals in Germany and the Netherlands, chamber music concerts with cellists Harriet Krijgh (Academy of Music Budapest) and Ildikó Szabó (Konzerthaus Berlin), concerto performances of works by Dohnányi and Mendelssohn.

In the beginning of February 2017 his new CD, a world premiere recording of Liszt’s Faust Symphony in the piano solo transcription of Carl Tausig was internationally released under the label Hungaroton.


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

Pianist Natsumi Ohno was born in Japan and began studying music in Tokyo. She later completed her graduate recital in Hannover with Prof. Bernd Goetzke. In addition to her soloist training, she specialized in song accompaniment in Justus  Zeyen's class as well as instrument accompeniment for strings and woodwinds. During her studies, she received stipends from Tokyo College of Music as well as the Yehudi Menuhin foundation "Live Music Now".

Natsumi Ohno is an awardee of the International Chamber Music Competition ' Premio Trio di Trieste' and of the International Piano Competition ' Citta di Sulmona' in Italy.  She has performed as an accompanist at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover (2012, 2015), the Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival, the International Festival of Young Violin Masters Lindau, the IMAS International Music Academy in Germany, the International Holland Music Sessions,the Morges Music Academy in Switzerland, the Summer Academy Cervo in Italy and Gdansk Music Festival in Poland.

Natsumi Ohno is full time faculty at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater and Medien Hannover.


Alex Ramírez

Alex Ramirez photo May Zircus
Alex Ramirez photo May Zircus

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.


Vital Stahievitch

Vital Stahievitsch
Vital Stahievitsch

Pianist Vital Stahievitch was born in Minsk. He graduated from Republican Music College and from Belarusian Academy of Music under the guidance of Professor Zoya Kacharskaya.

He has taken part in numerous national and international festivals. He frequently appears in many cities in Belarus as a soloist, with orchestras and various chamber groups. He performed as a soloist and chamber musician in England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Norway, Greece, Russia, Lithuania, Poland, France, USA.

In 2000 Vital has recorded a CD with music of Schubert on Italian label "Agora". In June 2001 he performed Second Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov with National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in Palacio des Bellas Artes in Mexico-City (conductor - Enrique Arturo Diemecke).

Vital Stahievitch is laureat of International Stasys Vainiunas Piano Competition in Vilnius (Lithuania, 1996, 2nd Prize), Emmanuel Durlet International Piano Competition in Antwerp (Belgium, 2001, 7th Prize) and European Union Piano Competition Arcangelo Speranza in Taranto (Italy, 2005, 2nd prize). On International Piano Competition “Minsk-2005” Vital won a Diploma. In 2006 Vital was awarded with a diploma at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Marianske Lazne (Czech Republic).

In 2007 Vital completed the Master Degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, his piano teacher was Håkon Austbo.

At the moment Vital is teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam as a correpetitor.


Noriko Yabe

Noriko Yabe Photographer Sarah Wijzenbeek
Noriko Yabe Photographer Sarah Wijzenbeek

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.

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