“a chamber musician par excellence” (Frankfurter Rundschau). Mr. Aner has performed as a soloist with Israel's leading orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. Further engagements as a soloist followed in Italy, Germany and China, where he recently performed at the closing concert of the NCPA (National Centre for the Performing Arts) May Festival 2010. He has won international prizes at the Città di Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy, the Schubert International Competition, the Ben-Haim Competition and the Julius Katchen Award.
The Art of Interaction. Individuality, fusion and confrontation of two personalities on two pianos. This is the fascination of being a soloist and partner simultaneously, to sound new tonal experiences and arrangement possibilities to their limits.
Aissa Bah has a large repertoire gave a very successful "Début-recitals" in Finland and in Belgium with the entire "20 Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus" by Messiaen. Aissa Bah started her piano studies in Finland in 1986 and continued them later on in France i.a. with the Lithuanian pianist Muza Rubackyte. For professional studies she returned to Finland but studied also in Brussels and graduated from the Sibelius-Academy and the Brussels Conservatory simultaneously in 2003. Her professors were H-Y Liu-Tawaststjerna, Liisa Pohjola and Daniel Blumenthal.
A Blüthner recording artist and concert pianist. Elena was born in St. Petersburg (Russia). She made her debut as a pianist at a very early age and was only 12 when she made her first appearance with an orchestra. After her preparatory studies at the school and college of music in her hometown, she studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov conservatory with Leonid Sintsev between 1988 and 1993 and received her university degree there.
Sibylle Briner became well known to a wide audience through her joint concerts throughout Germany with the tenor Björn Casapietra. She also accompanied him during the moving benefit concert given for the victims of the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 by the Berlin Philharmonic. A CD of which is soon to be released by Sony Music. In contrast to this classical side, she has given many "cross border" concerts with Casapietra’s half-brother Uwe Hassbecker, guitarist in the rock band "Silly".
is a critically acclaimed multi facetted improviser, pianist and recording artist and has played and worked with: Joe La Barbera, Bob Magnusson, Peter Weniger, Kenny Wheeler, Normah Winston, Marshall Hawkins, Andrea Tofanelli, Paul Kreibich, Cecil Payne, John Tchicai, Bob Mintzer, Jan von Klewitz, Chris Walden,Michael Schiefel, Jim Linahon, Bill Yeager, Mat Marucci, Mitch Holder to name a few! He played Jazz Festival throughout Europe, Africa and the US.
First place winner of the Blüthner Piano Competition in Madrid - 2002. Pedro Casala began his piano education when he was five years old. Untill the year 1998 he had been taught by the Madrilenian pianist Carmen Deleito. Afterwards he continued his piano studies in the "Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid" with the professor Mr. Joaquin Soriano and finished with best marks. The spanish piano player has performed in various national and international concert halls like in the “Audiorio Nacional de Música de Madrid” (2002) or in some spanish embassies during his tour through Africa (2003).
Philippe Cavagnat has already colaborated with various piano masters, including: Jean-Claude Pennetier, Henri Barda, Dominique Merlet, Itamar Colan and Giovanni Bellucci. He has won multiple awards at the Médoc Aquitaine Piano Competition and has performed at the music festival in Grésivaudan in July 2005 and at the Festival Lisztmania in 2007. More recently, Phillip Cavagnat has performed together with the Trio „Verlaine“ (Simon Roturier Geige, Nicolas Defranoux Violoncello) at the Festival Rocque D'Antheron, at the Folles Journées in Nantes and at the Grange de Meslay music festival.
Rima Chacaturian was born in 1984. She studied in M.K.Ciurlionis music school with professorVeronika Vitaite and studied under professor Veronika Vitaite at the Academy of Music and Theater in Vilnius. Rima Chacaturian studied in Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover by Erasmus Socratus programme in a class of prof. B.Berthold. R. Chacaturian won several international and national competitions, including second place in the International Rubinstein Piano Competition in Paris in 2000.
Thus far, in his career, Childs has garnered ten Grammy nominations and three Grammy awards: two for best instrumental composition and one for best arrangement accompanying a vocalist. In 2009, Childs was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2006 was awarded a Chamber Music America composer’s grant. As a pianist Childs has recently performed with, among others, Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Ron Carter, the Ying String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, and Chris Botti. In January 2010, The Detroit Symphony (Leonard Slatkin conducting) premiered Childs’ Concerto For Violin And Orchestra with Regina Carter as soloist.
Thomas Chiron, born in France, was a member of the XXth Century Ensemble in Lyon from 2000-2002, worked as a soloist with Pierre Boulez (June 2002) and the NEXUS Ensemble (July 2005), like as an ensemble musician with J. Harvey and L. Berio. He played a number of national and international Concerts. For Example he was part of the first French festival dedicated to the music of Conlon Nancarrow in 2002, and played the solo piano part in the first performance of Takemitsu’s „Madrugada“ under K. Nagano at the “Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival” in 2005.
At just twenty six years of age, Emmanuel Christien is one of France s most diverse young pianists. Admitted by unanimous jury vote to the prestigious National Conservatory Superior of Music and of Dance, Paris (CNSMDP) as a student of Jacques Rouvier, he obtained the “ Diploma de Formation Supérieure” with a unanimous jury distinction, also receiving the “Feydau de Brou Saint-Paul” award. He has performed and participated in masterclasses with celebrated musicians and personalities including Jean-Philippe Collard, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ann Quéffelec, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Aldo Ciccolini.
“…one sat awe-inspired in amazement, wondering how it could possibly be played any better…” is how the Kölnische Rundschau described Lance Coburn’s performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Since winning 1st prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, Russia, United States, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Korea as both concerto soloist and recitalist.
Nikolai Demidenko has a flourishing relationship with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov, with whom he has performed in Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Glasgow, London, Lugano, Manchester and St. Petersburg.
Romain Descharmes was born in 1980. In 1997 he studied piano with Jacques Rouvier, chamber music with Christian Ivaldi and piano accompaniment with Jean Koerner at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris” . There he received three 1st prizes. In 2001 he participated in the “Cycle de Perfectionnement“ and further continued his training with Jacques Rouvier. He also received a Blüthner grand piano from the Alfred-Reinhold Foundation..
Mr. Drewnowski is a professor at the Lodz Academy of Music in Poland and gives master classes all over the world. He is currently devoted to recording the piano concertos and other treasures from the work of W.A. Mozart in preparation for the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. He was born in Kolobrzeg, Poland and began playing the piano as a young child. He went on to study piano at the Warsaw Academy of Music with Ryszard Bakst and Zbigniew Drzewiecki.
"The Duo Tal & Groethuysen made its New York debut at the Frick Collection on May 13 with an unusually substantial program, superlatively played. ..."They discovered", as their program biographies put it, "that their musical talents matched when they played as a duo" (That is an understatement: their unanimity verges on clairvoyance)..." -Harris Goldsmith - American Record Guide.
Leonid Egorov was born in Moscow in 1982. He is a winner of numerous Russian and international prizes and is currently a scholar of the prestigious "Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation" and "Russian Performing Art Public Foundation".
Ying Feng is a star pianist in China. Born in 1976 in Xinjiang, P.R.CHINA, she was accepted into the Shanghai Conservatory at 10 years old. At twenty, she began her studies at the National Superior Music and Dance Conservatory of Paris, where she would complete the III Cycle programin 1999, the highest level of music performance program in Europe. In 2001 Ms. Feng came to United States to study with the one of the most famous classical pianists, Mr. Claude Frank.
Hans Joerg Fink, contemporary artist and interperter of todays Swiss music scene.Born in Basel. His piano studies began in Bern with Franz Josef Hirt and continued in Basel with Klaus Linder. Diploma and masters diploma both with honors. He continued his studies in Florence with Orazio Frugoni. Participated in various masterclasses, for example with alfred Brendel in London. Prize winner in various competitions as soloist and chamber music player: Enna, Caltanissetta, Trapani, Winner of the international Max Reger competition in Sondershausen.
Hailed by the London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” Tanya Gabrielian combines emotional vulnerability with thoughtful artistry, captivating audiences worldwide with her gripping, commanding performances. Tanya Gabrielian has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, in venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago.
"...This was a stunning show of the most phenomenal pianism, Gärtner knows how to match technique with musical intelligence." - Bob Briggs, Music Web International.Although still young, Henriette Gärtner can look back on an extensive thirty-year musical career, in the course of which she has become widely known in international musical circles. Her outstanding musical talent unfolded at a very young age: Starting her piano studies as a three-year-old, she gave her first major concert in Stuttgart just two years later.
A non-conformist known for the original choices in her repertoire, Marie Catherine Girod has managed to create a place apart in the music world by her way of approaching unknown or rarely-played scores with virtuosi and daring.
Panayiotis Gogos is an extraordinary musician, an artist who unites sensibility, an effervescent spirit and poetry and it is exactly this unique composition that renders him a remarkable pianist. Numerous honours and awards mark his artistic career. The Greek Academy of Art & Literature Athens awards Panayiotis Gogos the title of "Best Young Soloist" in 2005. A close collaboration connects him to the renowned pianist and pedagogue Monique Deschaussées in Paris. His artistry continues the great pianistic tradition of Alfred Cortot and Edwin Fischer.
"An impressive pianist, who self-consciously disclaims show-effects."
A pianist, whose love to the piano is revealed through his passionate play - poetic, full of emotion, absorbing, and always uncompromising. The press admired him for his virtuosity, his temperament, and his analytic character; for the rhythmic finesse of his interpretations, as well as the powerful and explosive performance of his pieces.
(German Only) Geboren in Uman (Ukraine), erhielt Margarita Greiner ihren ersten Klavierunterricht mit 8 Jahren. Aus der Begeisterung für das Instrument erwuchs eine ernsthafte Beschäftigung mit der Musik.
The Danish pianist Emil Gryesten Jensen is rapidly gaining reputation as one of the most talented and successful classical musicians of the Nordic region. With victories in some of the most prominent piano competitions in Scandinavia, such as the the Danish Steinway Piano Competition, the Malmö-Blüthner Piano Competition, the Finnish National Piano Competition, and the Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg, many music critics, classical music professionals, and music lovers consider him the leading Danish pianist of the younger generation.
Was Anja Halefeldt dem Klavier entlockte, was eine begeisternde Mischung aus Klassik, Jazz und Pop: Mozart und Chopin, Coltrane und Brubeck, MaCartney und Joel. Auch eigenes gab die Pianistin zum Besten. Das Publikum war sich einig: einen besseren "Ersatz" für die verhinderten Kabarettisten hätte man sich nicht wünschen können." - Skeuditzerbote März 2008
Pianist Alice Hampel distinguishes herself through musical diversity. She is a soloist, accompanist and plays piano duets in numerous international concerts. She has received various honors at competitions and has won awards as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In 2008 she received an artist scholarship at the „Cité Internationale des Arts“ in Paris which was awarded to her through direct selection by a national French commitee.
"... Guzal Hilbertz-Enikeeva is a phenomenal tone-enchanteress with literate lyrical qualities and a highly perfected virtuosity" -Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. The Rhein-Sieg-Newspaper reported: “… brilliant piano playing ” and “ the artist enchants the hearts of the fascinated audience.”
(German Only) „Technisch standen Ivanova alle Mittel zu Gebote, um aus den mitunter anspruchsvollen Werken musikalische Erlebnisse zu machen. Bei Ivanova paart sich Virtuosität mit einem Gespür für musikalisch-emotionale Inhalte. Jeder Moment ihrer Interpretation zeugten von unbedingtem Ausdruckswillen.“ - Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 29.06.2002
"Ein tiefes emotionales Gespür und technische Souveränität... bildhafter, stimmungsvoller Klangzauber..." - Die Welt, 1.8.1998.
“Forget about Lang Lang and Arcadi Volodos. Austria has its own virtuosic tiger of the keyboard” was how the newspaper “Die Presse” put its pronouncement of Florian Krumpöck.
The quintessential jazz artist of a new era- "His airy textures and ironic, almost humorous detachment set [his] music sharply apart from the sobersided neo-bop of the young lions on the other side of the Atlantic. He turns Sonny Rollins' barreling "Sonnymoon For Two" into a playful and bluesy romp and twists the potentially corny "Someday My Prince Will Come" into a tender meditation... clever conversation." (****) -Larry Birnbaum (Down Beat Magazine, USA):
Since winning the 6th Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, Chenyin Li has established herself as one of the most sought-after young Chinese pianists of her generation. She has also collected an impressive array of international first prizes including the European Beethoven Gold Medal, the Jacques Samuel Competition, the Sheffield Piano Competition and the Dudley International Piano Competition. Her most recent win at the Campillos International Piano Competition in 2007 led to further engagements.
Marta Lledo is an internationally renowned pianist, known for her passionate tango interpretations as well as her classical repertoire. Born in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, Marta Lledo began her classical piano studies at four years old, performing on radio broadcast s at six. Marta Lledo is a graduate of Williams Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, and the Tucuman Conservatory of Music. By the time she turned 21, she was regularly performing with the the National Symphony of Argentina, and in such venues as the San Martin Theater, the Belgrano Auditorium and the Colon Theater.
“Formidable…dizzying…magical.” These words from New York reviewer Harris Goldsmith vividly illustrate pianist Petronel Malan’s uniquely captivating style. Indeed, as a multiple Grammy® nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions, Ms. Malan continues to enthrall audiences worldwide."
The Finnish pianist Julia Mustonen is gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting young artists in nothern Europe. Among a number of prizes in International Competitions, she is the winner of Nordic International Piano Competition in 2004 where she was awarded with a Blüthner Grand Piano. 2006-2008 she performed the Complete Piano Repertoire of Claude Debussy on tours in the Nordic countries. Born in a Finnish-Russian family, she started to play piano at the age of 3. Growing up in communist Siberia, she was considered a child prodigy and gave concert tours at a very early age, sometimes under inhumane conditions.
Following a successful debut at London's Wigmore Hall, Niu Niu became the youngest pianist ever to sign an exclusive recording contract with an international classical label - EMI Classics.
Internationally recognized for his exceptional and comprehensive repertoire of concert and solo-piano works, along with his brilliant technique and convincing, personal interpretations. Born in 1956 in Moldova, Paley studied under Bella Davidovich and Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In the U.S., The Washington Post called Paley’s debut with the National Symphony Orchestra a “flawless performance”.
Pianotainment’s up-beat duo-piano concerts have become a global sensation, bringing their unique brand of complex four-handed piano and humorous stage performance to sold out crowds world-wide.
‘...for those who value above all the intoxicating allure of these treasurable pieces, Pizarro has no rivals’ - International Record Review. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, Artur Pizarro gave his first public performance at the age of three and made his television début on Portuguese television at four. He had been introduced to the instrument by his grandmother, pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and her piano-duo partner, Campos Coelho, who was a student of Vianna da Motta, Ricardo Viñes and Isidor Philipp.
Hannes Pohlit ist als Komponist, Pianist und Dirigent einer der vielseitigsten Musiker seiner Generation.
Nach Studien in Frankfurt, München, Leipzig und Weimar (Komposition, Musiktheorie, Dirigieren und Klavier) und einem Engagement als Korrepetitor mit Dirigierverpflichtung am Theater Erfurt führten ihn Konzerte als Dirigent zu zahlreichen Orchestern und Ensembles. Er komponierte im Auftrag u. a. für die Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt, das Thüringer Landestheater, das Künstlerhaus Edenkoben und für das von Hans Werner Henze gegründete Festival "Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte" in Montepulciano/Italien, wo er im Sommer 2014 als "Composer in residence" mit mehreren Uraufführungen gewürdigt wurde.
The Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes is a radiant personality on today’s music scene. Aged thirty-three, she has an astonishingly rich career as a result of her early vocation, having given her first concert when she was just five years old. Eliane has performed in North America and in the Far East in addition to Europe where she has appeared in a broad range of music events including the Klavier Ruhr Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Festival van Vlaanderen and the Festival de Wallonie, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Nohant’s International Chopin Festival, the David Oistrackh Festival in Estonia, the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon.
Timur Sergeyenia has been performing in public concerts for 35 years now. He has given more than 2000 concerts in Germany, England, France, Monaco, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, the Ukraine, Lithania, Latvia, and other countries.
This unique piano trio unites on a single grand piano, three young pianists that have found the courage to make music at close quarters. The Trio: Anne Salié, Alina Pronina, and Alyana Abitova. With great esprit and verve the ensemble traverses the musical literature across all boundaries. The hard work and dedication required of this constellation has already resulted in the award of the 1st Prize at the 5th International Piano Competition for Piano Playing for Several Hands in Marktoberdorf, Germany and a Scholarship from the Doms Foundation in Basel.
"Her exuberance, vitality, enthusiasm and innate musicality, combined with an extensive repertoire, a perfect command of the instrument, a total professionalism and a keenly analytical approach all indicate that Juliana Steinbach is destined for an international concert career. Her concerts are always greeted with great enthusiasm, for she knows how to achieve a close rapport with the public." -Franco Scala, director of Imola International Piano Academy (Italy)
Pianist Martin Sturfält has quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and sought-after Swedish musicians of his generation. Equally interested in performing as a soloist in recitals and concertos, he also devotes much of his time to chamber music and ensemble work.
Alexander Sung has been an accomplished pianist and harpsichordist for more than 30 years. A charismatic performer and teacher, he has won the devotion of both his audiences and students through his passionate yet genuine interpretation and style. He began his music studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, under Heinz Scholz, a student of Theodor Leschetizky (Carl Czerny's own student). Alexander then moved to Vienna to study piano under Richard Hauser, a student of Emil von Sauer (Franz Lizst's own student) and harpsichord under Isolde Ahlgrimm.
Amir Tebenikhin was born in Moscow in 1977 and is now living in Hannover. At six years old he started playing the piano with his father Wladimir Tebenikhin, a pupil of the distinguished pianist Leo Oborin. He continued his education with Janija Aubakirowa and Michail Balabitchev at Baischowa Music College in Almary (Kazakhstan). From 1996 to 2003 he was studying with Michail Voskressensky at Tschaikowsky-Conservatory Moscow.
Anastasya Terenkova is a breathtaking artist, whose performance style and elegance is standout among the young generation of world pianists today." Born in Moscow, Anastasya started taking classes of piano at the age of six entering the famous Moscow Gnessin's Special Music School for Gifted Children, The Alma Mater of such a musicians as Evgueni Kissin, Boris Berezovsky Alexander Kniazev. At the age of eleven she gave her first solo recital.
Mitra Alice Tham donne ses premières performances publiques à l'âge de 3 ans et sa première internationale à 8 ans au Japon. Originaire de Malaisie, elle remporte des prix lors de compétitions internationales variées, dont le prix Rosario-Marciano pour l'artiste à la personnalité la plus éminente, le prix de Musique Russe, pour la meilleure interprétation d'une oeuvre musicale russe, le titre convoité "The Excellent Player Award" lors du pretigieux festival Asia Oceania qui a lieu en Thaïlande et enfin le ‘Young Millennium Pianist’ de Singapore.
"Titova conjures a lush Rachmaninov from her instrument such as we know – and love – from pianists of the Russian school. This young pianist never loses her feeling for a grand sound, which is one of her distinguishing features, and she also has a truly remarkable chordal technique. Rachmaninov's delicate solo pieces Prélude op. 23 (No. 4 & 5) and Élegie op. 3/1 turn into gleaming gems in her hands." -Piano News, 2/2008
Born in Havana in 1976, begins his musical studies at the age of 7 with the professors Viera ULASHKIEVICH and Vilma GARRIGA in the Elementary school of Music “Alejandro Garcia Caturla” in Havana. In 1992 he continues in the “Amadeo Roldán Conservatory” as a pupil of the pianist Teresita JUNCO, with whom he will finish also the Superior Arts Institute of Cuba. He has won several national and international prizes such as the Grand Prix of the “National Amadeo Roldán Piano Competition” 1991 and 1993, La Havana, Cuba.
"A deep, résonant tone, the way he plays immediately captures the attention and Works miracles."- Alain Cochard, Diapason. Jonas Vitaud studied with Brigitte Engerer, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Christian Ivaldi and was given four first prizes at the Paris National Conservatory in the areas of piano, chamber music, harmony, and piano accompaniment.He was awarded several international prizes as a soloist and in chamber music.
„Anastasia Voltchok is a representative of the great Russian pianistic tradition. Her playing is powerful, vigorous and volcanic. Not only does her technique appear to be boundless but it seems that Richter’s spirit is in the hall." -Rocco Zacheo, Le temps, Geneva
„Anastasia Voltchok: an excellent New York recital debut at Lincoln Center.“ -Harris Goldsmith for American Record Guide. Born in Moscow to a family of professional pianists Anastasia Voltchok began piano studies at age 4.