Ian Fountain Hartmut Rohde Monika Leskovar Monika Urbonaite Lauma Skride Boris Brovtsyn Susanna Yoko Henkel Isang Enders Guy Braunstein Marko Genero Torleif Thedéen Gili Schwarzman Andra Dārziņa Lise Berthaud Petrit Çeku
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Program

1st concert: OPENING CONCERT

Frédéric Chopin
Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, op. 3    

Isang Enders, cello
Ian Fountain, piano


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Piano Trio No. 1, in D minor, op. 49  

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Monika Leskovar, cello
Ian Fountain, piano

*** intermission ***


Dora Pejačević
Elegy for Violin and Piano 

Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Ian Fountain, piano



Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet in E flat major, op. 47 

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Hartmut Rohde, viola
Monika Leskovar, cello
Ian Fountain, piano


The National Hall's Revival Stateroom of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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3rd concert: BRAHMS ONE

Johannes Brahms
String Quintet No. 1 in F major, op. 88

Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Andra Dārziņa, viola
Hartmut Rohde, viola
Isang Enders, cello


*** intermission ***


Johannes Brahms
String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, op. 18

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Hartmut Rohde, viola
Andra Dārziņa, viola
Monika Leskovar, cello
Isang Enders, cello


The National Hall's Revival Stateroom of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
(Preporodna dvorana palače Narodnog doma Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti)

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5th concert: DANCE!

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in E major, BWV 1035  

Gili Schwarzman, flute
Petrit Çeku, guitar
Monika Leskovar, cello


Ástor Piazzolla
History of Tango 

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Petrit Çeku, guitar


Manuel de Falla
Seven Spanish Folksongs, for cello and piano  

Torleif Thedéen, cello
Lauma Skride, piano


*** intermission ***


Igor Stravinski
Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss    

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Lauma Skride, piano



Luigi Boccherini
Quintet for guitar and strings “Fandango”, G. 448  

Guy Braunstein, violin
Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Lise Berthaud, viola
Monika Leskovar, cello
Petrit Çeku, guitar




The National Hall's Revival Stateroom of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
(Preporodna dvorana palače Narodnog doma Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti)
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2nd concert: SLAVIC NIGHT

Srđan Dedić
String Quartet 

Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Hartmut Rohde, viola
Monika Leskovar, cello



Bedřich Smetana
Piano Trio in G minor, op. 15   

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Isang Enders, cello
Ian Fountain, piano


*** intermission ***


Antonín Dvořák
Piano Quintet in A major, op. 81  

Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Monika Urbonaite, violin
Hartmut Rohde, viola
Isang Enders, cello
Ian Fountain, piano


The National Hall's Revival Stateroom of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
(Preporodna dvorana palače Narodnog doma Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti)
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4th concert: BRAHMS TWO

Johannes Brahms
String Sextet No. 2 in G major, op. 36

Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Marko Genero, viola
Andra Dārziņa, viola
Torleif Thedéen, cello
Monika Leskovar, cello


*** intermission ***


Johannes Brahms
String Quintet No. 2 in G major, op. 111

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Boris Brovtsyn, violin
Andra Dārziņa, viola
Marko Genero, viola
Torleif Thedéen, cello


The National Hall's Revival Stateroom of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
(Preporodna dvorana palače Narodnog doma Hrvatske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti)
Opatička ulica 18, Zagreb, Croatia


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6th concert: VIENNESE NIGHT

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute Quartet in G major, K. 285a        

Gili Schwarzman, flute
Guy Braunstein, violin
Lise Berthaud, viola
Monika Leskovar, cello



Johannes Brahms (arr. Ohad Ben-Ari)
Intermezzo, op. 118/2 
Capriccio, op. 76/2
Capriccio, op. 116/3  

Gili Schwarzman, flute
Torleif Thedéen, cello
Lauma Skride, piano



Franz Schubert
Sonata „Arpeggione“, D. 821

Lise Berthaud, viola
Petrit Çeku, guitar


*** intermission ***


Ludwig van Beethoven
„Kreutzer“ Sonata, op. 47, for string quintet

Susanna Yoko Henkel, violin
Guy Braunstein, violin
Lise Berthaud, viola
Torleif Thedéen, cello
Monika Leskovar, cello



The National Hall's Revival Stateroom of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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SPECIAL CONCERT: "Children's Concert"

CHILDREN'S CONCERT NOW FULLY BOOKED
 
Thank you for expressing your interest in Zagreb Kom's Children's Concert!
Unfortunately, this year's concert is now fully booked.
We hope the young ones will join us next year as well, and in the meantime, we invite you to attend some of the six other Festival concerts.

Musicians

With so many of today's young firebrands driving through Tchaikovsky's «Violin Concerto» at express speed, it is good to find Susanna Yoko Henkel presenting a performance that reminds one of the musical integrity of David Oistrakh.

The Strad Magazine / July 2012

In 2011 Susanna Yoko Henkel was awarded with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award for her live recording of the Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. This award, which has often been quoted as the "European Grammy", has carried the young violinist into the centre of high media interest, which has led to appearances in the most popular German TV-shows and introduced her to a larger audience. In October 2012, Susanna Yoko Henkel made her debut in the sold-out Philharmonie in Cologne. For many years she has been appearing regularly with leading European orchestras such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Sinfonieorchester Mozarteum Salzburg, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and many others. The Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra chose her as "Artist in Residence" in 2009/2010, followed by a close collaboration. In June 2013 Susanna Yoko Henkel performed the Bruch's Violin Concerto with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra; the German State Television WDR was broadcasting this live-performance. The German Welt am Sonntag has named her as one of Anne-Sophie Mutter's heiresses, and the U.S. music magazine Strings honoured her with a cover story in 2007.
Susanna Yoko Henkel has already released 7 CDs, which have all been highly praised by leading music journals. Her discography includes all Bach sonatas and Partitas for violin solo, chamber music by Ravel, Prokofiev and Strauss violin sonatas, solo works by Ysang Yun, Bartók and Ysaÿe, duo works for violin and cello by Händel/Halvorsen, Eisler, Schulhoff and Kodály. In October 2011 Susanna Yoko Henkel released her latest CD with Mozart's violin concertos. For this recording, she directed a chamber orchestra for the first time and wrote all cadenzas herself. She is currently working on different new CD projects.
Born and raised in a German-Japanese family of professional musicians, Susanna Yoko Henkel started playing violin already at the age of two, receiving lessons from her mother. She was mainly trained by the legendary violin pedagogue Ana Chumachenco in Munich; before that, she was receiving lessons as a young student of the former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rainer Kussmaul. Already during her early studies, she has won many prestigious prizes at international competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Tibor Varga Competition in Sion. In 1998, Susanna Yoko Henkel has won the first prize at the German Music Competition in Berlin. She also has received scholarships by the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund and the German Musikleben Foundation.
Besides her work as a soloist, Susanna Yoko Henkel is also a dedicated chamber musician. In 2006 she founded this very chamber music festival in Zagreb, which today, a decade after, belongs to the leading and most prestigious cultural events in Croatia. The festival's live-broadcasts have been released on YouTube and have reached more than one million views so far.
Her chamber music partners include, among others, Gabriela Montero, Lauma Skride, Pavel Gililov, Milana Chernyavska, Radovan Vlatković, Jing Zhao and Maxim Rysanov.
Susanna Yoko Henkel holds a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Susanna Yoko Henkel plays on the Ex Leslie Tate Stradivarius from 1710, which was generously loaned by a private proprietor.

Winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, Boris Brovtsyn appeared, among others, with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre BBC Philharmonic, English Classical Players, CBSO Birmingham, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Berner Symphonieorchester, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Utah Symphony Orchestra.

He has performed at Verbier Festival, Lugano Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Ryedale Festival, Genius of the Violin Festival, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival and in the “George Enescu” Festival. As a soloist, Boris has worked with Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Bashmet, Gerd Albrecht, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Louis Langrée, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gilbert Varga, Antoni Wit, Alexander Lazarev, Vassily Sinaisky, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alain Lombard and Arvo Volmer to name but a few. He regularly performs chamber music, with such colleagues as Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Amihai Grosz, Boris Andrianov, Anastasia Voltchok, Denis Matsuev and Alexei Ogrintchouk. In 2001 he was a finalist at the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition and won the 2001 Reuters Prize. The following year he won the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition. Boris made his UK debut in 1998 with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba. He became a student of David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2000 and since then has been spending most of his time in the UK. In 2004 he won the GSMD’s highest award, the Gold Medal (past winners include Jacqueline duPré, Tasmin Little and Bryn Terfel).

Boris Brovtsyn was born in 1977. After graduating from Moscow’s Central Music School in 1994, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova. During his time there he became a laureate of international competitions, such as “Georg Kulenkampf”, “Transnet” and “Yehudi Menuhin”, before graduating with top honours in 1999.

Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv and studied under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman. He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and since then he has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.  His chamber music collaborations have included projects with Isaac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Angelika Kirschlager, to name a few.

He was the youngest person ever to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position he held for twelve years before leaving to pursue his solo career.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerto performances with Danish National Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Bournemouth Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro di Fenice amongst others. Guy is increasingly in demand as a conductor and, next season, he will conduct orchestras including Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Trondheim Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Lahti Symphony. Guy will also perform chamber music and recitals throughout Europe.

Guy Braunstein plays a rare violin made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1679.

Monika Urbonaite was born into a musical family. In her teens she won numerous competitions, both in her native Lithuania and abroad, and made solo appearances with major Lithuanian orchestras, such as the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, after winning an award as the most promising performer at the Heifetz Competition in Vilnius, she was invited by Gidon Kremer to join the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra. She spent the next five years there, touring all over the world, collaborating with the likes of Martha Argerich, Misha Maisky, Gustavo Dudamel, Yo Yo Ma, and with the orchestra's founder, Gidon Kremer.

In 2009, Monika decided to pursue further studies and enrolled at the Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with Ofer Falk. During her time at TCM, she was a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the Leverhulme, the Founders, the TCM Trust and the Tillett and Colin Keer Trust scholarships and also won the Vivian Joseph classical concerto competition. She was also actively involved in two string quartets, which won various awards and where she had a chance to collaborate with Gabriel Prokofiev on his String Quartet no. 2 in a joint project with the Transitions Dance Company. In addition to her studies at TCM, she also guest led the London Ripieno Society Orchestra and performed with the Torbay Symphony Orchestra, playing Shostakovich’s 1st Violin Concerto.

Monika is an avid chamber musician, collaborating with Janine Jansen, Diemut Poppen, Ksenija Sidorova, Alec Chaushian, Daishin Kashimoto, Boris Brovtsyn, Yevgeni Sudbin, at festivals such as Utrecht, Pharos and the "Night Serenades" festival in Lithuania. In 2013, she was part of an ensemble in a critically acclaimed recording by Janine Jansen of Bach violin concertos, which was followed by two European tours, and recently she toured Israel as a member of Vissi d'Arte string quartet.

Andra Dārziņa is acclaimed throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician. Born to Latvian parents in Australia, she studied in Adelaide and as a Churchill Fellowship and DAAD scholarship holder in Berlin with Wolfram Christ, finishing her Master’s degree with distinction. She was the principal violist of the Hamburg Philharmonic from 1993 to 2004, when she was appointed professor in Stuttgart. She has given several world premieres, including the viola concerto dedicated to her by the Latvian composer Maija Einfelde. Among her awards and distinctions are a first prize at the ABC Concerto Competition in South Australia, the Prix Frédéric Liebstoeckl at the Geneva Competition, a second prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Eduard Söring Prize of the Hamburg Opera. She has released a number of solo CDs, which have received prizes and been highly praised by music critics. The recent CD “America”, on which she plays the solo viola in Feldmans „Rothko Chapel“ together with the SWR Vokalensemble, was awarded the „Prize of the German Record Critics“ in 2014.

Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene. She has performed in various prestigious concert venues throughout the world with artists such as Renaud Capuçon, Baiba Skride, Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh, Julian Steckel, Daishin Kashimoto, Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emmanuel Pahud, Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet.

As a soloist, Lise has played with all BBC orchestras, including for her BBC Proms Debut in 2014 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton. She has also appeared with numerous other French and international orchestras, with conductors like Sakari Oramo, Fabien Gabel,  Emmanuel Krivine, François Leleux, Paul McCreesh, Marc Minkowski and Leonard Slatkin, who invited Lise to perform and record (for Naxos) Harold in Italy with the Orchestre National de Lyon. Lise was part of the prestigious BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme (2013-2015), which allowed her to perform with the BBC orchestras and record a great amount of repertoire both live and in studio.

She took part in Eric Le Sage’s successful Schumann and Fauré recording and released her first solo album in 2013 with pianist Adam Laloum under the French Aparté label. It featured works by Brahms, Schumann and Schubert and it was unanimously praised and won several awards in France. Her passion for contemporary music has also led her to collaborate with various composers, including Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtág, Guillaume Connesson or Florentine Mulsant.

Lise Berthaud was born in 1982 and started studying the violin at the age of 5. She studied with Pierre-Henry Xuereb and Gérard Caussé at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and was a prize winner of the European Young Instrumentalists Competition in 2000. In 2005, she won the Hindemith Prize at the Geneva International Competition. She was short-listed by the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2009 as “Révélation de l’Année” (Newcomer of the Year).

Lise Berthaud plays a 1660 Antonio Casini viola, courtesy of Bernard Magrez.

Hartmut Rohde was appointed a professorship at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in 1993, and he is also a visiting professor and Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music London. He is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Mozart Piano Quartet. Rohde was a student in Vienna and Hannover, under the guidance of Hatto Beyerle.
Through recognition in various competitions (1st prize in the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and prize-winner in the International Naumburg Competition in New York) his performing career became intense and richly international. Rohde’s main interests lie in the historic analysis of various musical styles, the application of the rhetorical musical language of the Baroque period and the progression of the Classical into the Romantic era. In 1991, he presented his arrangement of Bartók’s Viola Concerto, to which further changes were made in 2010, for the premiere in Baden-Baden. He was also the soloist in the first performance of Franz Beyer’s version of the Viola Concerto by F. A. Hoffmeister. 
From 2013-2017, Rohde was the artistic director of the NFM LEOPOLDINUM Chamber Orchestra Wroclaw and will remain their guest conductor. He will also conduct the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. As a much sought-after chamber musician, he has played with Heinrich Schiff, Itamar Golan, David Geringas, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Janine Jansen, and other artists. He also appears with acclaimed orchestras, with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi and many others. Always being open to new possibilities of conveying the language of music is what led Rohde to contemporary music and to working with such composers as Wolfgang Rihm, or Krzysztof Penderecki. Hartmut Rohde has made many radio recordings and has a substantial recording portfolio, for EMI Classics, Decca, BMG/Sony, Musikproduktion Dabringhaus + Grimm, Naxos and the Freiburg Musikforum. He received the 2004 the Supersonic Award.
Eminent in the teaching world, he often gives master classes. His students have won numerous prizes in international competitions and hold a number of important orchestral positions. Since 1997, he has been the artistic director of the International Max-Rostal-Competition for Violin and Viola, Berlin, and a jury member of many competitions. Since 2010 he has been working for the publishers PARTITURA and Hofmeister as a publisher and editor.
Hartmut Rohde plays on instruments from Michael Ledfuss (2002) and a Giuseppe Fiorini (1899).

Marko Genero (Dubrovnik, 1969) graduated in viola under Stefano Passaggio from the Music Academy in Zagreb, where he subsequently taught as well. He was a member of the Zagreb Soloists from 1993 to 1997, when he permanently settled in Germany. Genero furthered his studies under Wilfried Strehle and Serge Collot and earned his Master's Degree from the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen in 2001, under Vladimir Mendelssohn.

He won a number of awards, including the 1st prize of the Nigun International Contest n Duisburg, the 1st prize of the Jean Rogister Contest in Belgium and the Folkwang Preis in Essen.

Marko Genero was the solo violist with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and, from 1999, the First Violist with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. He often performs both as a soloist and a chamber musician and has had a fruitful collaboration with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and their conductor, Helmut Müller-Brühl. He is one of the founders and the viola player of the Bermuda 4 string quartet and has recorded for Naxos, Laska Records and Croatia Records.

Croatian cellist Monika Leskovar (Kreutztal, 1981), began her studies with Dobrila Berković-Magdalenić at Elly Bašić Music School in Zagreb and later with Valter Dešpalj. In 1996 she became a student of David Geringas at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where she was an assistant from 2006 to 2011.  In master classes, she worked together with Mstislav Rostropovitch and Bernard Greenhouse. She won several prizes at the following cello competitions: International Tchaikovsky for Young Musicians, Antonio Janigro, Rostropovich, Eurovision Grand Prix, Roberto Caruana “Stradivari”, International ARD, 5th Adam. Sofia Gubaidulina has said of her: “She is truly remarkable, and simply I adore her… Monika is the sort of talent that only appears by the Grace of God”.

Monika Leskovar performed as soloist with orchestras such as Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic, Essen Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Zagreb Soloists, with conductors such as Valerij Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Krzysztof Penderecki, and in solo recitals, chamber music projects and noted festivals like Lockenhaus, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Dubrovnik, Casals Festival (Tokyo), Rostropovich Festival (Riga), Zagreb International Chamber Music Festival, collaborating with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Tabea Zimmermann, Sofia Gubaidulina, Mario Brunello, Nikolai Zneider, Janine Jansen and Kolja Blacher, among others. Since 2005 she has collaborated with the cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima, with whom she recorded the album “We Were Trees”, recently published by Sony/BMG. In 2008 she recorded the G-major Cello Concerto of Stamitz and the Danzi Variations on a theme from “Don Giovanni” for the label OEMHS classics.

During the 2010/2011 season, Monika Leskovar was the first cello of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2012, she started to teach at the Lugano Conservatory of Music in Switzerland. In 2017, she became an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb. Monika Leskovar plays a cello by Mantegazza (Milano 1765), loaned to her by Kronberg Academy and a cello by Vicenzo Postiglione from 1883, entrusted to her by the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cellist Torleif Thedéen has spent the last 25 years playing on all continents, performing with important orchestras like London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Oslo-Stockholm-Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras and many others. Thedéen has regularly worked with conductors like Salonen, Järvi, Venzago, Saraste, Litton, Oramo, Vänskä, Welser-Möst, DePreist, Rozhdestvensky and others alike. Being a passionate chamber musician, Thedéen often performs in important venues like  the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris and others, and he takes part in festivals like  the Schleswig-Holstein, in Salzburg, Utrecht, Dubrovnik, Bath, Bordeaux, Bergen, at the Prague Spring, Helsinki Festival and the Verbier Festival.

Torleif Thedéen has made recordings for labels like BIS, CPO, DECCA, EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. He has recorded the complete Schnittke works for cello, Britten’s three Solo Suites as well as Concertos  by Dvořák, Lalo, Schumann, Elgar, Saint-Saëns, Kabalevsky, Bloch, Kokkonen and Shostakovich. With the two Shostakovich concertos, he won the 1995 Cannes Classical Award at MIDEM. The release of J. S. Bach Suites for solo cello got tremendous reviews. The BBC Music Magazine made it their ”Editors Choice”.  For the 2016/17 season, Thedéen returned to New Zealand and Australia and performed chamber concerts in Verbier, Carnegie Hall, Berlin, London (Wigmore Hall) etc.

Since 1996 Torleif Thedéen has been a professor at Edsberg Music institute (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm, where he himself received his main and most important education, from Frans Helmerson. In 2003 Thedéen was awarded the Litteris et Artibus medal by the Swedish Academy of Music.

Isang Enders has quickly established himself as a dynamic artist in search of new-concepts and works for the violoncello. Born into a German-Korean musician family in Frankfurt in 1988, Isang Enders began studying with Michael Sanderling at the age of twelve. His playing has been influenced by his studies with Gustav Rivinius, Truls Mørk, and above all, by the mentoring of the American cellist Lynn Harrell.

At the age of twenty, Isang Enders was appointed principal cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle, making him the youngest section leader in Germany. During his four years with the orchestra, he also co-founded the Gohrisch Shostakovich Festival alongside Tobias Niederschlag. Isang Enders recently made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, enjoyed collaborations with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Stavanger Symphony orchestras and performs regularly with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with eminent conductors including Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Pablo Heras-Casado, Eliahu Inbal, Zubin Mehta and Vasily Petrenko. He has most recently performed Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto in both Stavanger and Paris, and performed the Korean debut of Dutilleux’s Cello Concerto as well the Shostakovich Cello Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a dedicated chamber musician, he continues to work closely with the pianist Igor Levit, with whom he has toured extensively, as well as Kit Armstrong and Sunwook Kim. Last season he made his debut at the Bach Festival in Montreal, and spent the summer at the Malboro Music Festival in the US. He performs regularly as a recitalist at Heidelberger Fruhling and Rheingau Musikfestivals.

His highly-acclaimed and early recording of the Bach Cello Suites on Berlin Classics was a triumph. One critic describes him as a “reflective and highly intelligent young man”. Isang Enders is signed to Berlin Classics and SONY Music Entertainment and plays an instrument by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris, 1840).

Petrit Çeku (Prizren, 1985) started his music education in his hometown under Luan Sapunxhiu. In 2002 he arrived in Zagreb to continue his studies under Xhevdet Sahatçiu. In 2008 he graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb under Darko Petrinjak. He continued his studies at master trainings with L. Brouwer, V. Dešpalj, Z. Dukić, C. Marchione, E. Musa, S. Tennant, A. Vidović and D. Gregorian. He has won nine first prizes at several international guitar competitions, such as Anna Amalia in Weimar (Germany), Andrés Segovia in Velbert (Germany), Schadt in Allentown (USA), Michele Pittaluga in Alessandria (Italy) and Parkening in Malibu (USA). His first studio recording was released in 2008 for the American label Naxos and in 2016, the Spanish label Eudora released his recording of Bach’s 6 Cello Suites, arranged by Valter Dešpalj.

Petrit Çeku is the winner of the annual Ivo Vuljević Award (2005), granted by the Jeunesses Musicales Croatia, and The Best Young Musician of the YearAward (2008) granted by the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Croatian Postal Bank as well as the Ferdo Livadić Award (2005) that he won at the competition held as part of the Samobor Music Autumn Festival. He has performed throughout Europe and North America in solo recitals, with chamber ensembles and as a soloist accompanied by symphony orchestras such as the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Albanian Radio and Television, Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra etc.

Petrit Çeku plays the guitar of the American luthier Ross Gutmeier.

In 1989 Ian Fountain became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of nineteen. He was educated as a chorister at New College, Oxford and later at Winchester College. He studied piano under Sulamita Aronovsky at the RNCM. Since that time he has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career, performing extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East, with orchestras such as the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and the Czech Philharmonic and Jiři Belohlavek. He opened the 1992/3 season of the Moscow Conservatoire and marked the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death by playing both Chopin Concertos in Krakow. As recitalist, he has performed in major centres such as New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Jerusalem. He is a regular guest of international festivals such as Prague Spring, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Enescu and Kuhmo. He has performed an extensive repertoire of over 60 concertos, including the complete cycle of Mozart Concertos. 

As a chamber musician, he enjoys long-standing collaborations with musicians such as David Geringas, Ulf Hoelscher, and the Mandelring and Emperor Quartets. In recent years, he has also embarked on performances as a conductor, in which role he has developed a close relationship with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Ian Fountain has made several critically acclaimed recordings, for EMI (20th Century Piano Sonatas), CRD (Beethoven Diabelli Variations), and, for Sony and Haenssler Classics, the complete works for cello and piano of Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov with the cellist David Geringas. He also collaborated in the preparation of the present editions of Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Piano and Cello published by Henle Verlag. 

Since 2001, Ian Fountain has been a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds an annual summer masterclass at the Accademia di Cervo, Italy, and further masterclasses around the world. He has served on the juries of international piano competitions, including at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2011. 

Lauma Skride's playing is 'wonderfully sensitive, with marvellous tone quality, and always with highly virtuosic vigour', according to a review by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service. Combined with brilliant technique, these are the qualities with which Lauma Skride captivates audiences on major concert stages throughout the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Lauma Skride, who was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. She has appeared with numerous European orchestras, with such conductors as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Peter Ruzicka, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter, André de Ridder, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Cornelius Meister and Xian Zhang.

A highly sought after chamber musician, Lauma Skride founded the ‘Skride Quartet’ together with her sister Baiba, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud in 2016. The quartet’s first CD will be released in 2018.

Lauma Skride is also committed to the long established duo with her sister. In 2011, the duo premiered Hans Abrahamsen’s double concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra – a work that was composed for the pair. Passionate energy, youthful vigour and musical sensitivity have become the trademarks of the Skride duo. Other chamber music partners of Lauma Skride include cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, Sol Gabetta and Julian Steckel, as well as Jörg Widmann, Christian Tetzlaff and the Armida Quartett. With Müller-Schott, the duo performs at Auditorium du Louvre this season.

Lauma Skride recorded Fanny Hensel's piano cycle Das Jahr for Sony in 2007 and received an ECHO Classic Award as Best Young Artist for this recording. Together with Baiba in 2011 she recorded the transcription of Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances for violin and piano by Joseph Joachim for ORFEO. In 2016 they released a CD with a pure Scandinavian repertoire.

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1982, Lauma Skride is the youngest of three daughters in a musical family. She began playing the piano at the age of five and was later a pupil of Anita Paze at the Emil Darzin School of Music in Riga. She then studied under Volker Banfield at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Lauma Skride has participated, and has won several prizes, in numerous international competitions, among them the Maria Canals Competition in Spain and the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the USA.

Internationally acclaimed flutist Gili Schwarzman has performed around the globe as a soloist with orchestras such as the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Berliner Camerata, the Valencia Symphony, the Potsdam Chamber Orchestra, the Hulencourt Soloists in Brussles, Trier Philharmonic and Sofia Philharmonic among many others.

Apart from touring as a soloist, Gili Schwarzman is also an avid chamber musician. She enjoys regular collaborations with some of the leading musicians of our times, and has appeared on some of the most renowned stages in Europe - Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Mozarteum Salzburg, Berlin Philharmonie, and Hamburg Laeiszhalle, to name a few. She has also been a regular participant in many prestigious festivals, such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Musique à l’emperi in Salon De Provence, Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival and the Rolandseck Festival. Gili's performances have been recorded and broadcasted by radio stations such as SWR, RBB, WDR Deutschland Radio Culture and BBC.

After graduating her studies in Israel with excellence, she continued at the Munich Music Academy under Andras Adorjan. During her studies, she has won several prizes, including a prize at the Solo International Competition in Prague, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation's scholarships, and a full study scholarship from the Tel Aviv Academy. Ms. Schwarzman also had the privilege of working with distinguished flutists Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Bernold, Michel Debost, Davide Formisano and Pierre Yves Artaud.  During the years 2007-2012, Gili Schwarzman was a member of the “West-Eastern Divan Orchestra” under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

 

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Team

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Susanna Yoko Henkel

Susanna Yoko Henkel


MANAGING DIRECTOR
Dalio Despot

Dalio Despot


PRODUCER
Vanessa Biljan

Vanessa Biljan


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Dina Puhovski

Dina Puhovski


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Sara Ries

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