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Vasco (Portugal, 27th December 2005) started guitar studies at age 7. Currently attends the 6th grade of music and is a classical guitar student of professor André Madeira at the Coimbra Conservatory of Music. Was awarded 21 prizes in national and international classical guitar competitions (17 in Portugal, 1 in Spain and 3 online), obtaining nine 1st places, three 2nd places, three 3rd places, two second prizes and four honorable mentions. Has performed in 1 classical guitar concert as soloist in Spain and 17 performances in Portugal. Has participated in 7 Master Classes as performer and 1 guitar orchestra internship.
Tudor Torge is a young guitarist from Cluj-Napoca, Romania aged 14, who is studying classical guitar with teacher Viorela Filimon at the Augustin Bena Music School in parallel with his theoretical studies at the Avram Iancu High School in Cluj-Napoca. His talent and virtuosity was recognized from a very young age and until now he has won over 40 prizes at national and international classical guitar competitions. He has won important prizes at the National Musical Performance Olympics (2018, 2019), Sinaia International Guitar Festival (2016, 2017, 2019), International Competition Talente în Afirmare (2019), Pleven International Guitar Festival (Bulgaria, 2017,2019), Guitar Art International Guitar Festival (Serbia, 2017), International Guitar Competition Eduard Pamfil (2015, 2017), Transilvania International Guitar Festival (2016, 2018). One of the most important prizes he got until now is the third prize at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in 2020 and also the First prize at International Moscow Music Online-Competition. He attended masterclasses with some of the best performing artists and teachers of the guitarist community such as Gabriel Bianco, Dávid Pavlovits, Alexis Muzurakis, Liviu Georgescu, Antal Pusztai, András Csáki, Tudor Niculescu-Mizil, Anton Baranov, Carlo Marchione, Girán Péter, Raphaël Feuillâtre, Jonas Egholm and Álmos Tóth. Tudor is also passionate about chamber music and he plays concerts and attends chamber music competitions together with his violin player sister, Mara Torge.
Ausiàs Parejo was born in 2006 and began learning the guitar at the early age of 4 under the guidance of his father Rubén Parejo. He has been awarded First Prize in 25 national and international competitions, and has been invited by prestigious guitar festivals in Italy, Croatia, France, Mexico, Portugal, Czech Republic and Spain. Ausiàs has performed as a soloist, with chamber groups and orchestra. In 2018 he recorded the CD “Con Tanta Tenerezza”, presenting it at the Palau de la Música in Valencia, and also for Media and Press (Radio and TV).
My name is Maxim Rousskikh. I am 15, live in Canada. A couple of years ago I discovered classical guitar, and since then it has become my closest friend. It calms me when I am frustrated or feel distressed but sings with me in joy when I am excited or enthusiastic. KPIMC is the first international music competition I am participating in.
I have been playing the violin since first grade, I was seven years old when I first touched a violin and I fell in love instantly. My first violin teacher was Liuta Cimpeanu and she was the one that made me believe in myself, in my vocation, in the fact that I was able to persue a dream that was just back then begining to take shape. She thought me that art is supposed to touch hearts and that is what I have been trying to do, ever since. I am currently studying the violin with Corina Marc at ''Sigismund Toduta'' music high school, Cluj-Napoca. I have participated in various competitions over time, I have played on different stages over time and came to the conclusion that we feed ourselves with applause and emotion, with feedbacks and critics and try to give back, in a ''wrapped with a bow '' kind of way all the feelings that come along.
Bahar Erünsal She was born in 6th May 2003 in İstanbul. She started playing the violin in 2012 with Yonca Sülün from Istanbul State Ballet and Opera Orchestra. In 2013 she was accepted to the class of Prof. Çiğdem İyicil’s violin class as a part time student in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She has had the opportunity to study with great violinists and gave many concerts in various international music festivals. She is now continuing her violin studies in Istanbul University State Conservatory with Veniamin Varshavsky
Julia Jones is a 17-year old violinist from New York City. She started to take her violin lessons with Viktor Basis at the age of 5 at the Kaufman Music Center. At the early age Julia became a top prize winner of many national and international competitions. In 2013 she won First Prize at the Cremona International Competition, in 2016, Julia became semi-finalist of the 8th International Spohr Competition in Weimar, Germany, she received Grand Prize at the 4th ENKOR International Competition. In 2019 Julia became a Bronze Winner at the National MTNA Competition. As a winner of the Kaufman Music Center Concerto Competition, Julia performed with Kaufman Music Center Orchestra at Merkin Hall in 2018, conducted by Nathan Hetherington, and in the following year she performed Sibelius Violin Concerto with Park Avenue Chamber Symphony under conductor David Bernard. In December 2019 Julia was invited to perform Bach Double Violin Concerto with European Youth Spirit Orchestra(EYSO) around Italy under button of Maestro Igor Coretti Kuret. Julia attended various music festivals in Europe and the United States. She performed at Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Ann Goodman Hall, National Bastille Opera, Paris, Museo Del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Julia performed at many charitable concert such as Fundraising events benefiting Kaufman Music Center where she performed Bach Double Violin Concerto with Joshua Bell. She became part of NGO Committee on Migration, and YouthArt Force where she performs at the charitable concerts benefiting different causes. In 2018 -2019, she became a recipient of merit scholarship from Kaufman Music Center Julia participated in masterclass with Dmitri Berlinsky, Felix Andrievsky, Vadim Gluzman, Cathrine Cho, Alma Vamos, Shlomo Mintz, Sungsic Yang, Cihat Askin, Sonig Tchakerian, Natalia Likhopoi, Viktor Tretiakov, Cho-Liang Lin, Gregory Kalinovsky, Sheryl Staples, Philippe Quint. In the summer of 2018 Julia joined The Perlman Music Program where she studies with Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, and Cathrine Cho.
Maria Elena Lascar was born and grew up in Poland. She is currently a student of the High School in Legnica, in Alicja Dragan’s class. Maria Elena regularly takes part in music courses and violin masterclasses. Her acquired musical and stage experience has resulted in successes in international and national competitions, at which she has won 25 different awards including 1st Prize in the Nationwide Violin Competition “Vivaldi 333” 2011, 1st Prize in the International Violin Competition “Oskar Rieding - Master of Music for Children” 2011 and the distinction in the XVI International Violin Competition “Young Paganini” 2018.
- I was borned in Valencia in 2003. - I studied violin Elemental Degree in the “Cim de Benimaclet” with Alex Puchades. - I was member of the Young Orchestra in the “Cim de Benimaclet” and then in the Symphonic Orchestra in the same place, directed by Alex Puchades. - 1st prize in the “VII Concurso de Interpretación Musical del Cim de Benimaclet”, in the Elemental Degree category, year 2015. - 1st prize in the “VIII Concurso de Interpretación Musical del Cim de Benimaclet”, in the Professional Degree category, year 2016. - 1st prize in the Young category of the V edition of Chamber music groups in “Estudio 21”, year 2018. - 1st prize and honor mention in the “X concurso de Jóvenes Intérpretes de Faura” (Valencia), year 2019. - Selected as member from the “Joven Orquesta de les Comarques Gironines (JOCG)” years 2020/2021. - Selected as 1st violin in the Royal Concertgebouworkest Young 2020/2021. - Selected in the “Concurso de jóvenes talentos musicales a escena Las Provincias” year 2020. - Actually, I study 6th of Professional Degree in the “Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia” with Victoria Lorente.
(*2002) Education: music school (2008-2009), Jelena Wilke (2009-2016), Musikhochschule Freiburg: Prof. Simone Zgraggen (2016-2020), Musikhochschule Münster: Prof. Koh Gabriel Kameda (2020-?) Masterclasses: Z.Bron, S.Jaffé, U.Hoelscher, E.Schumann & Kronberg Academy. 1st prizes: national level „Jugend musiziert“ (2015-2020), international Karl-Adler-Youth-Music-Competition (2012-2020), „Lions Music Prize Violin“ (2016) 2nd prize: international „Radda Connect“-Competition (2021) 3rd prize: international Mozart Violin Competition (2021) WDR 3-Klassikpreis & radio recording (2018) Concerts excerpt: Liederhalle Stuttgart under Prof. Christoph Wyneken (2019), New Palace Stuttgart at the reception of the consular corps, Temppeliaukio Church Helsinki (2019) Scholarships: Pfahlberg-Foundation, Freiburger-Museumsgesellschaft, Crespo-Foundation, „Yehudi Menuhin. Live Music Now“ Violin: J.Gagliano (Naples 1780)
Eldon Bradfield is a violinist from Chicago, Illinois. They are going to major in music performance in college. They especially enjoy studying Contemporary, Modern, and Baroque-era music, as well as jazz and folk. They are an invested member of Whitney M Young Magnet High School's orchestra, led by Mr. Michael Mascari; through this orchestra they had the opportunity to play at the Midwest Conference in their sophomore year. They have also been a member of the All-State Honors Orchestra.
Born and raised on O’ahu, Hawai’i, Taylor DeCastro began learning the violin at the age of 11 under the direction of Ellie Albers LeRoux and later continued with Colin Belisle and Helen Liu-Wong. She has held Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster positions with the Hawai’i Youth Symphony I, Pacific Music Institute Symphony, Hawai’i Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra, and her high school orchestra, and has also performed in masterclasses for Bella Hristova, Victor Yampolsky, Eric Silberger, and Cathy Lee. Taylor is currently a first-year student of Professor Samantha George at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, majoring in violin performance.
My name is Maja Romanowska, I am eighteen years old and come from Kraków, Poland. I have always loved music. When I was a child I wanted to play an interesting, unusual instrument. That is why I chose viola as my primary instrument when I applied to primary music school. To futher develop my musical abilities, I am a pupil of the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary School of Music in Kraków and record music videos with some of my classmates. My other passion apart from music is science - in the future I want to be a doctor.
My name is Çağla Ulusev. I was born in 2002. I have started my music education with piano. I have been playing viola for 5 years. I continue my viola education with Prof. Beste Tiknaz Modiri at Istanbul University State Conservatory. I participated Pino Torinese Master Class, CAKA Winter School and Bosphorus Music Academy. I worked with Eli Kaynor, Sheila Browne, Garth Knox, Hakan Sensoy, Eren Tuncer. I performed concerts with Bosphorus Viola Ensemble.
Arda Aykut was born in 2002 in Ankara. He started his education in Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory,Viola in 2012. Aykut continues his education with Prof. Bediz Kınıklı. Aykut got chance to work with master names like Marco Misciagna,Pauline Sachse,Hartmut Rohde and Tatjana Masurenko.He took place in many concerts in Europe and Asia and gave concert with National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the most important concert hall is Berlin Konzerthaus. Arda Aykut gave concerts as a soloist with Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony ,Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra and qualified to give concert with Hacettepe Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. He was a guest at TRT Radio 3 Young Talents Program. Arda Aykut also won 4.prize in Young Talent Competition of Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and Online Classical Music Competition (Best Turkish work interpretation award). He graduated as a top student of the school from High school and He continues on bachelor degree at Ankara State Conservatory.
Natalia Kosakowska was born on February 16th, 2004. She started her music education at the age of 7 on violin, then switched to the viola. Currently, she continue education at the Fryderyk Chopin State Secondary School of Music in Cracow in viola class of mgr Malgorzata Giza-Piatek.
Born in 2003, working viola with Prof. Beste Tiknaz Modiri since 2013 at Istanbul University State Conservatory. In Piano Certificate Programme by Prof. Lale Feridunoglu & Svetlana Duran. In 8 years participated in viola 22 events in Turkey, USA, Italy, worked with numerous teachers and many concerts at events & master classes. Plays in, Dogus Group – Children’s Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Took 3rd place in. In Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition. The Winner of Contest “Young Soloists” and played at concert as a soloist with (Eskisehir Metropolitan Municipality Symphony Orchestra) . Granted Special Jury Honor Award in Trio Animus (Chamber Music Contest “International Ceren Necipoğlu İstanbul Harp Festival) . Played in Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra at new year concert 2019, conductor Toshiyuki Shimada. Selected to Concertgebouworkest Young international Youth Orchestra, mentorship by Edith van Moergastel. Selected to Turkish International Youth Philharmonic Orchestra summer camp 2020.Played tune from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony online with Over 100 participants from 29 countries with “Concertgebouworkest Young” joined the #GlobalOdeToJoy! Took FIRST PRIZE in Viola in King’s Peak International Music Competition 2020, 2021 International Music Competition “London” Grand Prize Virtuoso and selected to perform, 2021 “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition. Selected to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carneige Hall. Took part in the “Wolfgang Entertainment” concert for Mozart's birthday with the CRR Youth orchestra under the conductorship of Cem Mansur, 2021.
Hyunah Pyo was born in South-Korea in 2001. She started playing cello at the age of eight. She is currently studying with Pieter Wispelwey at the University of Germany. Before studying with him she studied with Jeong Joo Choi. In 2014 she won the fourth prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. In 2017 she won Grand prix in String, Hanye Music Competition. Performed at the Kumho Prodigy Openning Concert, Kumho Prodigy Solo Recital, Seoul Spring Chamber Festival in Korea, Calahorra International Festival of Chamber Music in Spain.
Jan Łomozik is a student at the University of Music in Lodz. His most recent achievements are receiving six special prizes and the title of the Overall Winner of the 14th Prague Cello Competition Jan Vychytil, 1st prize at Music Festival in Rybnik (Poland), 1st prize at Bydgoszcz Cello Competition (Poland), 2nd prize at the Polish Musical Center Competition in Warsaw (Poland), Jan had an opportunity to work with such renowned artists like Arto Noras, Mats Lidstroem, Daniel Geiss, Claus Reidchart, Tomasz Strahl. The young cellist is a scholar of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Lilla SZABÓ was born into a family of cultur and classical music lovers in Hungary in 2003. She began her cello studies at age 9 in Budapest, and she received coaching from prof. Ádám Jávorkai. Since 2018 she was taught by the great hungarian cellist prof. Péter Szabó at the Leó Weiner Catholic School and High School of Music in Budapest.She is a laureate of several international competitions. Lilla Szabó has attended masterclasses hosted by prof. Ildikó Szabó and Péter Szabó at Cellissimo Academy, Budapest (2019, 2020)and Prof. Reinhard Latzko, Ádám Jávorkai and Mr. Zoltán Onczay at Gutensteiner Meisterklassen, Austria (2018, 2019). As a sensitive and creative soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician she makes it her goal to build bridges between each work andthe audience, enabling the listener to completely engage with the music. Since 2019 Lilla Szabó plays an Johann Christoph Leidolff (1690 - 1758) cello, generously loaned by an Austrian patron. In 2020 her was provided also a cello made by Ferenc Kőrösi, based on a Stradivarius model, allowing by the Leo Weiner Conservatory. In 2020 Lilla Szabó won a very significant sponsorship of the MOL Foundation Talent Support Program Art - Science 2020 in Hungary, for purchase her master cellobow, made by Bernd Etzler.
Marina was born in 2002 in Rovigo, Italy; she has played the cello since she was 8 years old at Conservatoire “Venezze” in Rovigo. She attended Bachelor Studies in Cello under the guide of Maestro Luca Simoncini and got Final Degree cum laude in September 2020. Winner of Scholarships as best musician in International Music Competitions in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, she has also attended masterclasses with important cellists like Sollima, Gnocchi, Somodari, Laffranchini, Polidori, Persichilli. She has played as soloist cello with orchestra at Teatro Fabbri, Forlì (2015), La Rotonda, Rovigo (2017), Fabbrica dello Zucchero, Rovigo (2019). In various ensemble and orchestras she played at La Fenice (Venice); Museo della Musica (Bologna); Auditorium Pollini (Padua); Teatro Fabbri (Forlì); Teatro Ferrini (Adria); Teatro Balzan (Badia Pol.); Teatro Sociale (Rovigo).
Lavinia Golfarini was born in 2002. She started to play the cello at “ISSM P. Mascagni“ in Livorno around the age of 9. She studied with important figures of cello, such as M° Marianne Chen, M° Luca Provenzani, M °Alberto Casadei, M° Vittorio Ceccanti, M°Lucio Danzi Labella and M° Diego Romano. She also attends the “Baroque Practice Laboratory“ at the ISSM P. Mascagni Conservatory with M° Renata Sfriso, M° Gabriele Micheli and M° Maria Luisa Di Menna. She won numerous competitions and awards in Italy such as “Scholarship Cesare Chiti A“, International Competition „Città di Massa“ and "Riviera della Versilia“ Competition. She played in several orchestras of Toscana in the best cultural spaces of Italy. She also performed as soloist with the Orchestra “EstrOrchestra“ directed by M° Chiara Morandi and with the Cello Ensemble “Florence Cello Ensemble“ directed by M° Lucio Danzi Labella with the famous Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85.
Miriam is 17 years old and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire. She began cello at age five, taking lessons at the Upper Valley Music Center. Since grade eight, she has been taking lessons and playing in orchestras at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston, MA. In this program, Miriam has studied with Emmanuel Feldman for the past two years.
Hello, I’m Ethan Hsu! I currently study at the Singapore American School. I’ve always felt a deep connection to not only music but the cello in particular; as a child, I would often watch grand concertos be played on television, mimicking the expressive emotions of the baton from the conductor. Eventually, I grew fond of the deep register out of the many orchestral layers that the cello was able to project. Fast forward a couple of years later—from a listener to a performer—I now enjoy myself in the spotlight of a concert, expressing my own emotions and stories through my cello.
Natalia Skonieczna-born in 2003 in Bydgoszcz (Poland). Currently student of Maria Lewandowska. Prizewinner of many national and international music competitions. Recently Natalia has received 2nd Prize on X International Music Competition „Citta di Massa”, 2nd Prize and Polish Harp Society special prize on 2nd National Harp Competition (Poland, 2021), 1st prize in category VI and 2nd prize in category VIII on X International Harp Competition (France, 2019), as well as New Millenium International Music Festival scholarship (Hungary, 2020), and Polish Children’s Fund scholarship (Poland, 2020). Natalia regularly performs at concerts or recitals. As a soloist, she made her debut performing 1st movement of G. F. Haendels’s Concerto in B-major with Pomeranian Philarmonic chamber orchestra in January 2021.
Krystyna Siek was born on November 13, 2003 in Cracow, Poland. At the age of six, she began private piano lessons. At the age of 13, she continued her piano education at a music school. She plays the harp from September 2019. She participated in master classes with jazz harpist Pia Salvia and professor Carlos Pena Montoya - 1st harpist of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk. Her first success is taking third place in the school competition of the stringed instruments section. Krystyna is currently continuing her education at the F. Chopin State Secondary Music School in Cracow.
Anna Chludzinska was born on March 20, 2003 in Cracow, Poland. She has been playing the harp for five years. In 2019, she participated in the Prof. K. Patras Competition in Prague. She performed in Radio Cracow and participated in master classes of professor Anna Piechura-Gabrys, harpist of The Teatr Wielki National Opera in Warsaw. Anna is currently continuing her education at the F. Chopin State Secondary Music School in Cracow. .
Marta Papierz was born in 2002 in Poland. She started to play the guitar at the age of nine. Nowadays she is a student of the last grade at the Fryderyk Chopin State Secondary Music School in Cracow. From the beginning of her music education she has performed in many concerts as a soloist or in a chamber ensemble. She also participates in many international and nationwide guitar competition. Her most important achievements are: first prize at “11th International Music Competition” in Belgrade, second prize at “2021 American Music Talent Competition” or first prize at “7th International Guitar Competition Zruc nad Sazavou”.
I am Kovács Zoltán from Romania. I am studying at the arts high school in Targu Mures (Liceu vocational de arte Targu Mures). I started learning classical guitar two years ago, with the help of my teacher Orosz Dávid. This is the second time I take part in "Kings Peak International Music Competition". The first time I participated I was placed first in my category. I have also participated in a smaller competition in Bucharest, Romania called "Treptele Chitarei (Sixth Edition)" where I was placed second in my age category.
I was born on the 13th of March in 1999 in Poznań. Since 2018 I have been studying violin at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan. Among my biggest achievements are: IV Polish Nationwide Violin Festival in Kielce - fourth place, International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso in Salzburg - second place, International Music Competition Golden Classical Music Awards in New York - second place, International Music Competition in Geneva - first place, II International Cieszyński Violin Competition - honorable mention. I have taken part in many violin courses conducted by Z. Bron, M. Baranowski, J. Stanienda, A. Szymczewska and S. Tarara.
Johanna started playing the violin at the age of four. From 2009 until 2018 she was a student of Emilie Haudenschild at the Music-Academy Basel. As a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician she has played at the "Festival international de musique" in Colmar, the Kronberg-Academy in Germany and the Menuhin-Festival Gstaad. She performed works by Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky and Schubert as a soloist and did an internship with the Basel Symphony-Orchestra. Johanna won the 1st prize of the Swiss-Youth-Music-Competition several times and won the SMPV-Music-Competition 2016. Johanna participated in several masterclasses with Monika Urbaniak, Andreas Janke, Adelina Oprean, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Guy Braunstein and Baiba Skride. In 2019 she was invited to perform Schubert's Rondo at the Klassik Sommerfestival Ettal as a soloist. Now she studies with Barbara Doll in Basel.
I started playing the violin at the age of 5. Coming from a family full of artists not just musicians but also poets and sculptors it was pretty obvious from early on that I am going to become a musician. All this would have meant nothing if I hadn't met a teacher like Ferenc Szecsődi with whom I studied for five years at the SZTE Special School for Young Talents. Subsequently I got accepted at the Manhattan School of Music in Albert Markov's class but having felt the need to really soak in the great Hungarian musical tradition I decided to remain in Hungary and study at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music with professor Miklós Szenthelyi. I had the luck to play concerts in countries like Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Greece, Germany, France, the USA and places like the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy and Luzerne Music Festival in New York, with orchestras like the MÁV Symphony, Europa Jugendorchester, the Hungarian Chamber Orchestra and other chamber ensembles.
Emily Bosenius currently studies with Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, where she holds Principal and Concertmaster positions in the Symphony and Opera Orchestras. She had her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jacques Israelievitch, and as a recent winner of multiple concerto competitions, is looking forward to upcoming solo performances with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in masterclasses for Pavel Vernikov, Mimi Zweig, Cho-Liang Lin, and the St. Lawrence and Rolston String Quartets. Emily has been granted acceptance to international music festivals such as the 2020 Aspen Music Festival, the Orford Music Academy, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and has toured Europe with the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Critics call Alexandra Santarcangelo an emotional, passionate, and powerful violinist with the most impressive technique and musicianship one has seen. She is currently studying under Cordula Merks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the Isidor Geiger Full Violin Scholarship Student. Alexandra also studies Baroque Violin with Elizabeth Blumenstock. Her past teachers include Keita Fukushima, Carol Ruzicka, Julian Ross, and Aaron Rosand. Alexandra has won awards such as a George Coombe Scholarship at Cleveland Institute of Music, The Koch Scholarship at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, The Meadville Medical Center of Foundation award for recitals benefitting the Yolada G. Barco Oncology Institute’s Benevolent Fund, acceptance into the Performing Arts Academy at Connections Academy Cyber School, position of first violin in the Baldwin Wallace Highschool Honors Quartet, a full scholarship to study with Milan Vitek at the CREDO Chamber Music Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, a full scholarship to the University Division of the Marrowstone Music Festival in Washington, a scholarship to study with Gerardo Ribeiro and Ann Setzer at The Meadowmount School of Music in New York, and 7 consecutive appreciation awards from the Coffee House Historical Society for devoting her life to sharing music with others. In the Summer of 2020, due to the Covid-19 Virus, Alexandra attended the CREDO Chamber Music Festival Online as a counselor and full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Robin Scott and Marilyn McDonald, the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artists Program Online as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Desirée Ruhstrat, and the Frost Flavin Violin Intensive Online as a full scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Scott Flavin. She has been honored to join the Jascha Heifetz Violin Society, and the opportunity to play on the 1726 Chanot-Chardon Stradivarius, a 1750 Gennaro Gagliano, and a 1741 Guarneri Del Gesu. Alexandra made her first solo debut at age 14 with the Show Stopper Strings soloing Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.5. She then made multiple appearances soloing Mozart’s 1st Violin Concerto, Saint Saens Rondo Capriccioso, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and recently, performed 1st Violin for Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins with the Young Artist Debut Orchestra. She has been featured on WQLN Radio, and has performed in masterclasses for Earl Carlyss, Sarita Kwok, Marilyn McDonald, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Peter Slowik, Ken Slowik, Sally Thomas, Anne Martindale Williams, James Howsmon, Ida Kavafian, Steven Rochen, James Ehnes, Nikki Chooi, Ray Chen, Soovin Kim, Jennifer Koh, Bill Van Der Sloot, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Daniel Phillips, and Josef Špaček. At the age of 9, Alexandra became a dedicated chamber musician. She has worked with people from the Alexander String Quartet, Arianna String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet, Callisto String Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, Kronos String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Telegraph String Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, and American String Quartet. Her first chamber experience consisted of first violin for Dvorak's American Quartet, and Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet. Since then she has performed chamber music all over the United States. Alexandra also enjoys having solo recitals benefiting the Yolanda Barco Cancer Center, The Erie Area Rabbit Society and Rescue, People affected by the Covid-19 virus, and concerts for disaster relief around the world.
Agata Niewiadoma was born in 1999 in Lodz, Poland. Since 2018 she has been studying at The Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz University of Music in Lodz under the direction of prof. Lukasz Blaszczyk and Slawomira Wilga. She is a laureat of the violin national and international competitions. Also she participated in various masterclasses and courses where she worked with renowned professors such as Barnabas Kelemen, Jakub Jakowicz, Marcin Baranowski, Dima Tkachenko, Łukasz Błaszczyk, Agata Szymczewska, Jan Stanienda. She has performed as a soloist with orchestra “Arte Postiva”. From 2019 she has been playing in the Primuz Chamber Orchestra.
Chicago native Robert Sanders currently studies at the Eastman School of Music with Renée Jolles. At Eastman, Robert serves as a concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia and was a member of the Asha String Quartet, with whom he performed at the Kennedy Center in February 2019. In the summers, Robert has attended the Chautauqua Institution as a concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he performed with Robin Scott, first violinist of the Ying Quartet. He has performed in masterclasses for esteemed artists including Augustin Hadelich, Sarah Chang, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Tessa Lark, and Paul Kantor. Previous teachers include Tamara Glassburg, James Sanders, Hye-Sun Lee and Robert Hanford.
Monika was born in 1998 in Przemyśl, Poland and started playing violin at the age of 10. Currently she is a student at the Music Academy of Karol Szymanowski in Katowice under the guidance of Professor Adam Mokrus. Throughout her education she attended over 10 masterclasses of prof. Sergey Kravchenko, Janusz Wawrowski, Andrzej Gębski, Walentyna Jakubowska, and others. Since 2015 she has been the member of ochestras like Polish National Youth Orchestra LYO, Young Polish Philharmonic Orchestra, and International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra.
Andrea García was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 2001. She is attending her last year of Bachelor at the Catalonia College of Music with the teachers Helena Satué and Kai Gleusteen and receives chamber lessons from the Casals Quartet. She has been awarded with first prizes in national competitions and scholarships and has received masterclasses from international violinists like Kyoko Takezawa, Veronika Eberle or Eszter Haffner. In 2019 she participated in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy, and since 2018 she is a member of the Youth Orchestra of Catalonia. She is also a member of the Youth Orchestra of Spain.
Havuka Lund is a senior Music Therapy major at West Texas A&M University. Havuka is a recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship, and as a representative of all four year, public universities in Texas, was invited to perform at the Texas Association of Music Schools State Convention in 2017. In the summer of 2019, She was offered a fellowship with the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, and later attended the highly selective RoundTop Festival Institute in RoundTop, Texas. She is the winner of the 2019-2020 WTAMU Concerto Competition, and the former concertmaster of the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra. As a competitor in the prestigious Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, she is both a state and division winner, and placed third in the MTNA National Finals. Currently, she serves as assistant-concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony, and enjoys performing with Chamber Music Amarillo and the Tulsa Symphony on occasion. She credits her current teacher, Dr. Rossitza Goza, as well as Dr. Choong-ha Nam, Dr. Sarah Kemmerling, Dr. Mark Bartley, and Vesselin Todorov as her most significant mentors.
My name is Aleksandra Borowik and I started my musical education at the age of six as a violist and later I changed the instrument to viola. I am currently studying at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan in a viola class of Ewa Guzowska. In my musical journey I have participated in various masterclasses and competitions. I performed as a soloist with Silesian Philharmonic and cooperated with many orchestras, among other New Music Orchestra and Polish Youth Orchestra LYO. I am also a scholar of the Polish Children’s Fund.
Violist Kinga Wojdalska is a Yeoman of the Musicians’ Company, and a Hattori Foundation scholarship holder. Currently she is studying at the Royal College of Music in Nathan Braude's class. Her acquired musical and stage experience has resulted in successes in national and international competitions, at which she has won 18 different awards, including: 1st prize in the Bach Solo Competition 2020, 3rd prize in the Anton Rubinstein International Viola Competition 2020 and Karl Doctor Prize in the Lionel Tertis Competition 2019. As a young musician she performed internationally at venues including Musikverein in Vienna, Jordan Hall in Boston and Kings Place in London.
Zuzanna Mańka - violist, born in 2000, Katowice. She has gained her musical experience during workshops, courses, chamber music projects. She graduated from music schools in Katowice in violin (1st degree) and viola (2nd degree). Since 2019, she studies at The Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under professor Katarzyna Budnik. In 2019, she performed as a soloist in the Silesian Philharmonic, backed by the school orchestra (graduate concert). Participant of domestic and foreign musical projects. Laureate of solo competitions (2nd place in the 7th Young Viola Player Competition in Wrocław , 3rd place in the All-Polish Mieczysław Karłowicz Viola Competition in Poznań ) and competitions for chamber music groups (2nd place and special award during the 20th International Juliusz Zarębski Music Competition ).
Since 2017 I have been studying orchestra conducting at Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow with Maestro Lukasz Borowicz. Whereas I am also studying viola playing since 2019 with dr hab. Aneta Dumanowska at my alma mater. In 2019, as a part of Erasmus+, I had been developing my conducting with Maestro Marc Piollet at Kunstuniversität in Graz. I enjoy music making as a conductor and violist. I played many concerts as a member of Polish Youth Orchestra LYO, Cracow Youth Chamber Orchestra, FMF Youth Orchestra and also conducted different orchestras: Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra da Costa Atlântica, Symphony Orchestra of Academy of Music in Cracow and Arco Andare String Chamber Orchestra which I founded and have been directing since 2018.
Julianna Vinci is a student at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of cello of adt dr hab. Natalia Kurzac - Kotula. She is an active performer and member of various chamber ensambles. During her studies she had the chance to participate in workshops and master classes for cello and chamber music with outstanding musicians such as : Paweł Głombik, Michał Dmochowski, Philippe Muller, Angel Garcia Jermann, Bartosz Koziak, Jelena Ocić, Alexander Gebert, Andrei Ionita, Amanda Forsyth, Danjulo Ishizaka and many others. She is a laureate of many awards at national and international competitions.
Edyta Matonóg was born on 19th December 1999 in Chrzanów, Poland. Since 2018, she attends Władysław Żeleński State Music School in Krakow in cello class of Ewa Wojsław- Bober. She is taking part in several music competitions, courses and masterclasses. She performs orchestral, chamber, broadly understood popular genres (folk, gospel, singing poetry, rock etc.) and solo classical music. She is also interested in vocal performance, piano, composition and conducting and those are skills that she would like to develop, beside cello performance, in future
I’m Andranik Armeni Aghajanyan, the Republic of Armenia, was born on May 22, 2000. In 2007-2017, I studied the cello at the Yerevan Tchaikovsky Secondary Music School. - 2012 “You Are Our Pride” Inter. Festival-Competition, the Grand Prix; - 2012, 2013, Samara (Russia), II and III children's music academies of CIS and Baltic countries; - 2015, Novosibirsk (Russia), IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, a special diploma for the perfect performance of variations on a theme from Rossini`s “Moses in Egypt” ; - 2018, Berlin (German) entered The International Musikakademie Anton Rubinstein; - 2019, Yerevan (Armenia), RA Presidential Award. .
Ian Wasserman is a Milwaukee based Cellist who has placed 1st in the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and placed 3rd in the New Jersey Camerata International Solo Competition. Wasserman has performed with Piano Arts of North America, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Dream City Strings, and Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Wasserman has a private studio, and teaches through Brass Bell Music Store, and the Online Music Group. Wasserman has performed for groups including: The Emerson Quartet, Kronos Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.
She begins to play the cello at the age of 14, the following year she enters the Faculty of Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she is currently studying for a degree. She has been a three-time winner of the internal faculty contest. She has received master classes from various teachers.
My name is Ludovico Perenzin. I live in Vittorio Veneto (Italy) and i’m 20 years old. I started playing classical guitar at the age of 11 with Roberto Vettorello, and now i’m currently studying at the conservatory “B.Marcello” in Venice with Florindo Baldissera.
Acclaimed as “a musician of daring virtuosity with gripping access and noble elegance” (Die Welt), violinist Miclen LaiPang is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile artists of his generation and has earned global recognition as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Winner of multiple accolades and awards, Miclen has performed in over 50 countries and has recorded numerous CD’s on both Sony RCA Red Seal, Naxos and more. Currently, Miclen resides in Cologne, Germany and is the teaching assistant of renowned violinist Ida Bieler while completing his post-graduate Konzertexamen at the Robert Schumann Hochschule and further studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz with Boris Kuschnir in September of this year.
Shan-Shih Chang is the first Taiwanese violinist admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, where she studied with Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, Marc Danel and Laurence Ketels. She received her DNSPM and Mention spéciale musique de chambre in 2015, and her Master's degree in 2017. Shan-Shih is currently studying with Alexander Sitkovetsky in Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Switzerland. Shan-Shih is the First Prize Winner of the International Music Competition Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso 2018, and has been selected to perform at Gläserner Saal, Musikverein. She won also the Second Prize at The North International Music Competition 2018, the Second Prize at The 30th European Music Competition Città di Moncalieri 2018 and the Third Prize at the Concours International Léopold Bellan 2019. She was one of the finalists of the International Music Competition Luigi Nono 2019.
Active violin performer and violin instructor Tingting Wang began studying violin at age five. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in music at Shenyang Conservatory of Music and Master’s degree in violin performance at University of North Texas and minor in music education. Tingting got the first place winner in the American Protege International Music Talent Competition Fall 2017 and played as a violin soloist in Carnegie Hall. She played as the lead violinist in Eclectic Trio Concert 2017 and played as the violinist for Opening Ceremony of Winter Festival at Florence Culture and Art Exchange Centre. In 2020, she taught many virtual lessons to students around the world in English and Chinese, which helps many students and families have positive attitude during pandemic. Tingting had thousands of followers on RED app (xiaohongshu). One of her online student Julia Chen (6 years old), after taking twenty hours virtual lessons with Tingting, Julia get admitted in the KPIMC 2021 finalist(age A category).
I graduated from Central Conservatory of Music, majoring in Violin Performance. My first job was in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Now I am a Master’s tutor the School of Art, Shandong University. Reward: 1 “Butterfly” Violin elite competition of China Musicians Association 2 Third prize of the third violin competition of the Central Conservatory of music 3 First prize of Violin Competition (teacher group) in Shandong Art Colleges 4 Shandong Musicians Association holds the first prize of violin group in Instrumental Music competition(Qilu)
Violinist born in Carúpano, Venezuela Started playing at the age of 4 as a student of El Sistema in Venezuela Pablo holds the title of " Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music" granted by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music in London Master studies in Violin Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia Pablo´s latest Baroque Music album release: "6 Canonic Sonatas by Telemann" is available on all major digital music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube Music. Is an Artist/Member of iPalpiti Artists International giving concerts in Walt Disney Hall and other venues in the US Tours in Europe and the US, performing in such venues as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna. In his hometown Carúpano in Venezuela he holds the award of “Good and Honorable Citizen.” Pablo is also a Youtuber with more than 50 videos uploaded and 3k subscribers
Born in Shanghai, China, Peijun started her musical education at the age of four. After 5 years working in the tourism industry, Peijun hopes to study music in the United States. Currently, Peijun is attending violin and viola classes from the studio of Dr. Alex Russell in the Artist Certificate program at APU to pursue further professional performing skills in violin and viola. In Summer 2020, Peijun was awarded the Apprenticeship position in viola for the MasterWorks Festival 2020 Program, which is regarded as “the most well-qualified and responsible applicants with significant education, performance and leadership experience.” During the MasterWorks Festival 2020, under the tutelage of Ms. Lisa Boyko, a violist member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Peijun was selected to perform Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major for a masterclass lectured by Ken-David Masur, the word-renowned conductor. Peijun has earned a master’s degree of Music Education (M.M. Instrumental Emphasis) of Azusa Pacific University, and also the first Artist Certificate in Combined Violin and Viola Performance in APU’s history.
Young aspiring violist from Poland. He started playing instrument when he was 6 and since then he is improving his skills under great professors in Poland and abroad. He was involved in many international chamber and orchestra projects. Currently he is studying in Poznań Music Academy.
Yijing Guo, China.She started to play the violin at age 6, she was admitted at the Attached Secondary Music School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 2008, and she has studied viola at age 15. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in music at Royal Birmingham Conservatory in 2018, studied with Robin Ireland. During that time, she has participated viola master classes with Thomas Riebl, Louise Lansdown, Lucy Nolan. She has participated Texas Music Festival in 2017 and Seper Music International Festival in 2018. She graduated a Master’s degree at New England Conservatory in 2020, studied with Nicholas Cords. She currently pursuing a Doctoral’s degree at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, study with Dr. Catherine Lees.
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Patrick Prejean first started his studies at age 8 at the Acadiana Conservatory. Prejean recalls about his beginnings saying, “My mother was against me playing the viola initially. Her exact words were: Black people don’t play that instrument.” It was the spark needed to prove a point for him. Since then, he has gone on to graduate from Interlochen Arts Academy and has won orchestral positions with Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. their youngest member at age 18. In 2014, he moved to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Stanley Konopka. It was here that his interest in composition started to take root. It was here that his “String Quintet” was premiered. After graduating from Cleveland State University in December, Prejean plans to continue his pursuit of an orchestral position with a major orchestra.
Domenico Ermirio was born 1990 in Genova and has been playing cello since he was eight. He took the first degree ‘with honors’ in 2008 at Genova's Conservatorio “N. Paganini” in the class of Nevio Zanardi. Then he studied with Dario Destefano in Turin. Meanwhile he graduated in Architectural Restoration at the Genoa's University, and in Summer 2016 he successfully obtained the Master of arts in Music Performance with Johannes Goritzki in Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano. Always interested on proposing different pieces and authors from the traditional repertoire, he spent a lot of activity in chamber music groups with different performances in Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Since 2005 he has been working together with many Italian orchestras. Between 2018 and 2019 he has been co-principal cellist in the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie (Germany) and he has actually the same role in the orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège (Belgium).
Praised for displaying “great poise and masterful technique” and possessing “an amazing rich tone,” by The Day, cellist Yi Qun Xu is the Prima Finalist of 2019 Internationals Cello Competition Benedetto Mazzacurati. She has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Marlboro Music Festival, and has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, and Tokyo Quartets. She received honors including the 2018 Sanders-Juilliard-Tel Aviv Museum Prize. She is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. Yi Qun is the Artistic Director of Noree Chamber Soloists.
Radosława Lascar is currently a student of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, in Anna Banaś’s class. She regularly takes part in music courses and cello masterclasses. She performed in such an orchestras as: Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Neue Philharmonie München, United Soloists Orchestra and others, taking part in many orchestra projects. She has won awards including laureate title in the Nationwide Competition “In Baroque Style” in 2021 and II prize as a soloist at the Miniature Interpretation Competition at the Academy of Music in Wrocław in 2017. In 2017 and 2018, Radosława received a full scholarship from the Rector of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.
Vilde Alme is a cellist currently studying master´s degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has been taking lessons with teachers as Bjørg Lewis, Ole Eirik Ree, Wolfgang Boettcher, Torleif Thedeen, Quatuor Ébène and Emerson String quartet. In 2019 she participated in the Carl Flesch-Akademie in Baden-Baden where she played Schumann cello concerto and won a Förderpreis. She has been accepted as a substitute in many of the professional orchestras in Oslo, such as The Oslo Philharmonic, The Norwegian Opera and Ballett and Arctic Philharmonic, and is an active freelance musician in Norway. She plays on a cello by Christian Bayon, lended to her from the Dextra Musica foundation.
Jiyeon Kim was born in Jinhea, South Korea, and began her cello studies at 10 years of age. She then moved to Seoul, where she studied at the Seoul Art Center Musik Academy and Sunhwa Art Highschool. She continued her cello studies at The Yonsei University in Seoul, where she received her Bachelor of Music(Prof. Youngchang Jo)in 2019. She has been studying Master of Music with Prof. Niklas Eppinger at the University of Music in Würzburg since October 2019. She participated in numerous masterclasses and was able to learn from many renowned cellists, among them Pieter Wispelwey, Maria Kliegel, Jean-Peter Maintz. She also performed with USP Orchester, Changwon Orchester, Jinju Orchester, Sunhwa Art High School Orchestra , Gimhea Symphonie Orchester, City Philharmonic Orchester and other. She is a cello guest artist with many symphonies across Korea including Des Moines Symphony, Gangneung-si Philharmonie, Hanam-si Philharmonie. As a passionate chamber musician, she worked with the Seoul Soloist Ensemble and played Bach's “Goldberg Variations” in the String Trio at the Goldberg Festival. She also played in the ensemble at “The seoul rising star concert” and performed as a soloist in the “Yejin Young Artists” and “Seoul Young Artists” concert series. Between 2007 and 2012, Jiyeon Kim won first prizes in various major national cello competitions in South Korea, such as the Korea Music Institute Competition, the CBS Broadcasting Competition, as well as the KIMP Competition and the Seoul Philharmonic Music Competition. Jiyeon Kim received the Deoksan Scholarship in 2007 and the Gyeongnam Mecenat Association in 2011 and a Korea Student Aid Foundation grant from 2014 to 2018.
Alena Šístková comes from a musical family. She started playing the cello in the age of six. Her first teacher was Mirko Škampa and later on Kateřina Hroníková. Under her leadership, she participated in many national and international competitions - e.g. Elementary Art School National Competitions (3rd and 1st place), Prague Junior Note (1st place), Vychytil's cello competitions (1st and 2nd place), international Heran competitions (2nd place), international competitions in Austria Liezen (twice 3rd place). Since 2010 she has studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jaroslav Kulhan. She participated in two years of the conservatory competition, where she won 2nd and 3rd place. Under the leadership of professor Jindřich Pazdera participated with the string quartet of students of the conservatory of the international competition Talents for Europe in Dolný Kubín, where they won 1st place. She completed summer courses "Czech-French Academy Telč" with Michaela Fukačová and "Music Master Courses" in Dobřichovice by Emirhan Tunca. During her studies at the Prague Conservatory, she participated twice in a masterclass Jiří Bárta and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague masterclass with Reinhard Latzko and Emil Rovner. She worked for two years in the Academy of the Czech Philharmonic. Under the baton of Chuhei Iwasaki, she performed with the Tchaikovsky Orchestra Rococo variations, Saint-Saëns 2nd Concerto in D minor, Brahms Double Concerto a minor and Shostakovich's 1st Concerto in E flat major. Since 2018 she has been a cello teacher at the private school “Music Academy Prague". She is often invited to the symphony orchestra “FILMHARMONIE", Quattro Chamber Orchestra as the leader of the cello and do Student Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic. In 2021 she won the 4th prize at the international competition “Rudolf Barshai International Strings Competition” and 2nd prize at the Gustav International Competition Mahler. She is currently a final year student at the The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Mikael Ericsson.
After graduating from Chung-Ang University College of Music (Prof. Jin-kyung Ji), I graduated from Hanyang University with excellent grades in master's course. (Prof. Gyeong-ok Park) While in school, I performed the Elgar concerto, the Haydn concerto with the Evergreen Orchestra. As an external activity, I participated in the founding performance of the Phnom Penh Orchestra in Cambodia as a senior cello player. With a passion for learning, I participated in various music camps such as Euroasia Music Festival and master classes such as Kiril Rodin, Suren Bagratuni, Tilmann Wick, Ole Akahoshi, Yang Sung Won, and Isang Enders.
Natalie Galster-Manz is a passionate cellist, performer, and educator based in Wisconsin. She recently graduated from Lawrence University with degrees in cello performance and instrumental music education. While at Lawrence, Natalie contributed to countless chamber and orchestral ensembles, including the position as principal of the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. Natalie’s personal projects include a multi-year endeavor to perform the five Beethoven sonatas for piano and cello, which culminated in a special two-day performance at Lawrence University in the Spring of 2019. Natalie will begin pursuing her Masters in Cello Performance in the Fall of 2021.
Juliusz Wesołowski, born in 1994, is the principal harpist of the Koszalin Filharmony in Poland. He graduated masters at the Academy of Music in Lodz with the highest honours at the beginning of 2019. He regularly performs as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber groups. Juliusz began his musical education at the age of eleven and has won many prizes at the international harp competitions in Russia, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Czech Republic. He actively participates in harp events and masterclasses to develop and master his musical skills.
Esther Pinyol Grífols took her advanced studies of harp with the principal harpist of OBC, Magdalena Barrera, at the “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.” Indeed, she was the first harpist graduate of the ESMUC, obtaining the qualification of High Honors in her final degree project entitled “L’arpa impressionista.” She was pupil of various European harpists such as Stephen Fitzpatrick, Alexandra Clemenz, Jana Bouskova, Marianne ten Voorde, Cristina Montes, Charlotte Steale, and Nicolas Tuillez, among others. She was member of the most important youth orchestras of both Catalonia and Spain. She was also part of the “Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya” (JONC) from 2006 to 2013, of the “Joven Orquesta Nacional de Espanya” (JONDE) from 2011 to 2014, of the “Orquestra de Joves Intèrprets dels Països Catalans” (OJIPC) from 2007 to 2013, and of the “Orquestra Simfònica de Monzón” from 2005 to 2012. The membership of all these orchestras allowed her to perform not only in the greatest Spanish concert halls and auditoriums but also in the best music festivals such as the Santader Music Festival and the Berlin Young EuroClassic Festival, among others. During the academic year 2011-2012, she enjoyed a scholarship from the Anna Riera Foundation and from the “Academia d’estudis orquestrals de la Fundación Barendoim- Said” as well. Moreover, she was academician of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from 2011 until 2013. While being tutored by Micaela Serracarabasa, Esther is taking the master’s degree of interpretation at the ESMUC with Madgalena Barrera. The “Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya” (OBC), the “Giorquestra” (GIO), the “Orquestra de Cambra de L’empordà” (OCE), the “Òpera Mosset” company in France, and the “MCO” in Germany are some of the professional orchestras in which she is currently involved. Additionally, she is part of the “Orquestra Camera Musicae,” of “Orquestra Simfonova,” and of “Giorquestra.” She has acted under the instructions of different conductors including Esa-pekka Salonen, Esa-pekka Salonen, Marc Minkowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Pablo González, Kirill Karabits, George Pehlivanian, Manuel Valdivieso, Jordi Mora, Valery Ovsyanikov, Lutz Köhler, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, Salvador Mas, Salvador Brotons, Edmon Colomer, Josep Pons, Jaime Martin, Andrés Orozco, Guerasin Voronkov, Mireia Barrera, and Josep Vila, among others.
Roksana Puchniarz is a 25 years old harpist and student of Kiejstut and Grazyna Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz (Poland) in the harp class of Mrs. Beata Kaminska. She began her musical journey at the age of 9 with the piano. Then, at the age of 16, she discovered her true love and passion, harp. Since then she has taken part in masterclasses with: Anneleen Lenaerts, Elzbieta Szmyt, Agnieszka Gralak, Joanna Kozielska. Roksana collaborates with the various orchestras in Poland and Czech Republic. Her second passion is Spanish language, she is also a student of master's degree in Spanish Philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan (Poland).
Zlata Kryachkova is a harpist from Uzbekistan, Tashkent. She graduated from Uspensky music school and State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. She is a principal harpist of the National Symphony orchestra of Uzbekistan. Zlata has a lot of concert like soloist with symphony and chamder orchestra. She also perform contemporary music.
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