Juliette Kang, Canada
Canadian violinist Juliette Kang is celebrated on several continents for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery. After serving as Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony from 2003-2005, she was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005. Her engagements to date include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Acquitaine, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Philadelphia and National Arts Centre Orchestras, as well as the American, Syracuse, Omaha, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Toronto, Houston, Montreal, Korean Broadcasting, Singapore, Russian National and Kyushu (Japan) Symphonies. She has also appeared with the Hong Kong and Calgary Philharmonics and the Chicago Sinfonietta.
An especially accomplished recitalist, Ms. Kang's invitations include New York's Carnegie Hall, Frick Collection, Rockefeller University and 92nd Street Y. She has performed in recital at Théâtre Châtelet in Paris and Tokyo's Suntory Hall, as well as Boston's Gardner Museum, the Kennedy Center, in Seoul, Taipei, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. In addition she has enlivened Canada's Festival International de Lanaudiere and Festival International d'Eté, America's Spoleto, Bravo! Colorado, Marlboro Festivals, and France's Colmar Festival.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Ms. Kang began her violin studies at age four. Five years later she began to study with Dr. Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which she earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1991. In 1993 she earned her Master's Degree from The Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and Robert Mann. She came to international attention as winner of First Prize in both the Yehudi Menuhin and Indianapolis International Competitions and is also a Young Concert Artists winner.
Ms. Kang's recording debut - a recital on the Discover International label including the premiere recording of Lutoslawski's Subito - was issued to rapturous acclaim and followed by a recital compact disc recorded "live" at a Carnegie Hall recital released by the Nices label. Her most recent recording work on the CBC label includes the Schumann and Wienawski (No. 2) Concertos with Sergiu Comissiona and the Vancouver Symphony and Mozetich's 1997 violin concerto, Affairs of the Heart both released in 2000. When CBC Radio broadcast the concert performance of Mozetich's 1997 violin concerto, Affairs of the Heart, with Ms. Kang as the featured violinist, the switchboards lit up from coast to coast. There were numerous reports of what those who work in radio sometimes call "the driveway experience," where listeners are so captivated by what they're hearing, they remain in their cars, listening to the end, even though they've long since arrived home. Ms. Kang has been profiled in The Strad, The Indianapolis Star, The New York Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail as well as many other publications
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Stefan Milenkovich, Yugoslavia
Awarded Serbia’s “Brand Personality of the Year” for 2010, Stefan Milenkovich is a unique artist with an extraordinary productive longevity, professionalism and creativity. His musical philosophy as well as lifestyle are a true definition of eclectic, exploring general human and musical heritage and experience in order to connect directly with the audiences and provide fun, engaging and energetic performances.
Highlights of this season include performances at the Manchester Music Festival (Manchester, VT), High Peaks Music Festival (Catskill Mountains, NY), Jupiter Chamber Music Series (New York, NY) and the Zagreb Chamber Music Festival (Zagreb, Croatia). He will make concerto appearances in Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra della Fondazione Pro Musica di Pistoia and Orchestra Camerata Strumentale Pratese, as well as in Germany with the
NDR Radiophilharmonie. He will also be the featured soloist with Ars Tango in their presentation of the “Tango Story” project in Europe and the United States.
In recent seasons, Mr. Milenkovich performed with the Belgrade Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, Radio Television Orchestra of Slovenia under conductor En Shao, and the Adana and Izmir Symphony Orchestras with Ibrahim Yazici. He has collaborated with lutist Edin Karamazov and extensively toured the Balkans, as well as produced a CD recording and appeared at the Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade. As a musician of broad stylistic interests, he has collaborated with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski and his trio, with Mr. Milenkovich exploring the realm of improvisation and acustic-electric violin. He gave the world premiere of Rudolf Haken’s Violin Concerto written for him at the NOMUS Music Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Mr. Milenkovich is a violinist who is recognized internationally for both exceptional artistry and his lifelong commitment to humanitarianism. His orchestral appearances include performances with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Radio-France, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico State Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo in Brazil, and the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies in Australia. An avid chamber musician, he performs regularly in the Jupiter Chamber Music Series in New York City and is the founding member of Corinthian Piano trio, as well as recently joining the Formosa Quartet.
Mr. Milenkovich is deeply committed to international humanitarian causes. In 2003, he received the “Most Humane Person” award in Belgrade, Serbia. He also participated in a number of gala concerts under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris with such artists as Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alexis Weissenberg, and Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Mr. Milenkovich started his career at a very young age, performing with his first orchestra at the age of 6, performing his 1000th concert at age 16. By age 17, he was a prizewinner in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), Hannover Violin Competition (Germany), Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland), Rodolfo Lipizer Competition (Italy), Paganini Competition (Italy), Ludwig Spohr Competition (Germany), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (England).
Mr. Milenkovich’s discography includes four commercial releases on the Italian label Dynamic and numerous recordings for the Yugoslavian label, PGP. He taught in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School before accepting his current position as an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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David Chan, United States
Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York
David Chan is the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Mr. Chan made his Carnegie Hall debut during the 2002-03 season performing the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Rafael Figueroa and the Met Orchestra under the baton of James Levine. In addition, he was a featured soloist in the Met Chamber Ensemble's performance of Alban Berg's Chamber Concerto for Piano, Violin, and 13 Winds at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, also with Levine.
A top prize winner at the Tchaikovsky and Indianapolis international violin competitions, Mr. Chan made his New York debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in 1995 performing Paganini's Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Hugh Wolff. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East, appearing as soloist with such orchestras as the Moscow State Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and the San Diego, Indianapolis, Richmond, Springfield, and Northbrook symphonies. He has released two recordings: a recital album and a disc of two Paganini concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, both for the Ambassador label.
A native of San Diego, Mr. Chan began his musical education at the age of four. When he was fourteen, he won the San Diego Symphony's Young Artists Concerto Competition and subsequently appeared with the orchestra in two series of concerts. Mr. Chan, whose principal teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and Michael Tseitlin, received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his master's degree from the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Catherine Ro.
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Jaakko Kuusisto, Finland
Jaakko Kuusisto (b. 1974 in Helsinki) studied the violin with Géza Szilyay and Tuomas Haapanen at the Sibelius Academy, and with Miriam Fried and Paul Biss at Indiana University. In addition, he has worked with, among others, Atar Arad, Leon Fleischer and Leon Kirchner at Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, and has participated in master classes given by Sylvia Rosenberg and Arve Tellefsen.
Mr. Kuusisto won the Kuopio Violin Competition in 1989. Since then, he has claimed top prizes at several major competitions - 4th prize and a special prize for the best performance of a new work in the International Jean Sibelius Competition in 1990, and also 4th prize and a special prize for the best performance of a Beethoven Sonata in the Indianapolis Competition in 1994. In the Carl Nielsen Competition in 1996 he took the 2nd prize and in 1997, he was a finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium. He also won the Indiana University Concerto Competition in 1994 and has also been the recipient of several awards, including a grant from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (1992), the Josef Gingold Award of Indiana University (1994) and the Finland Youth Award for Art (1996).
Mr. Kuusisto performs frequently as both soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with practically every Finnish orchestra, and concert tours have taken him to Japan, China, the United States, Ecuador, and many European countries. He has performed at, among others, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Palace de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Tivoli in Copenhagen, and New York's Alice Tully Hall. As soloist with major orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with distinguished conductors such as Jukka-Pekka Sarasate, Eri Klas, Leif Segerstam, Heinz Wallberg and Osmo Vänskä.
Jaakko Kuusisto, also active as a composer, has had his works performed at the Marlboro Festival, the Kuhmo Festival, the University of Minnesota, as well as the 1996 Young Nordic Composers' Festival in Copenhagen. His composition teachers have been Eero Hämeenniemi and David Dzubay. Mr. Kuusisto's works include mostly chamber music and solo songs.
Mr. Kuusisto was recently appointed artistic director, together with his brother Pekka Kuusisto, of the Järvenpää Sibelius Weeks and the Tuusula Lake Chamber Music Festival. Jaakko Kuusisto plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin of 1702 and has recorded for the Finlandia label.
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Michiko Kamiya, Japan
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Michiko Kamiya started playing the violin at the age of five and studied with Noriko Kitagaki, the late Ryosaku Kubota and Koichiro Harada. After completing the soloist diploma course at Toho Gakuen School of Music with top honors, Kamiya studied with the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School and György Pauk in London.
Kamiya is a recipient of numerous prizes outside of the Fourth Quadrennial IVCI, including Second Prize at the 39th International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini" and First Prize at the Hannover International Violin Competition in 1997.
Kamiya has performed as a soloist with many leading orchestras in Japan and the world including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra collaborating with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung and Charles Dutoit. In 2001 she toured as the soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Her appearances with these orchestras as well as recitals given in Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Helsinki have received high critical acclaim. She is also active in chamber music appearing in concert in Japan and Europe.
Her debut recording, a double CD of recital pieces, is available on the Naxos-Laureate Series label.
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Robin Sharp, United States
Violinist Robin Sharp, a native of California, is in demand as a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. In addition to maintaining private teaching studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Ms. Sharp performs as concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with conductor Benjamin Simon, and has recently joined the music faculty at Stanford University as full-time Lecturer in Violin. Ms. Sharp also served as concertmaster for the Berkeley Symphony with conductor Kent Nagano for six seasons, and was a guest concertmaster for a concert in Germany under conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. She is currently on the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and teaches violin at UCBerkeley. She is also on the faculty of California Summer Music in Pebble Beach, California where she played a special Tenth Anniversary Celebration Art and Music recital in 2006 with pianist Lori Lack, featuring the works of painters Tiffany Graham and Kathleen Lack.
Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Music Hall in Taipei, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where she performed on Jascha Heifetz's Del Gesu violin. She is a frequent guest on the Chancellor's Concert Series sponsored by the University of California at San Francisco and has appeared in recital on the Old First Church concert series in San Francisco. In January 1998 Ms. Sharp represented Carnegie Hall in their Rising Stars Series, when she and her duo partner Jeremy Denk played a recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall following a European tour. The duo also performed on Carnegie Hall's main stage under the guidance of Isaac Stern.
Ms. Sharp has participated in music festivals worldwide, including the Musikalischer Sommer Festival in Germany, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Sandor Vegh masterclasses at Prussia Cove, and the Isaac Stern Seminar in New York. She has formerly served as first violinist of the Ives String Quartet, which toured nationally, and has played several seasons with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Sharp has been a professor of violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in both the Preparatory and Collegiate divisions, at Santa Clara University, and at Sacramento State University of California. Among her collaborators in performance have been such artists as Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet), Jon Nakamatsu (piano), Lori Lack (piano), and conductors such as Raymond Leppard, Peter Oundjian, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Ms. Sharp is a Laureate prize winner of the 1994 Indianapolis Violin Competition and is featured in a documentary about the competition. At present, a violin concerto is being composed for Ms. Sharp by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.
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Judith Ingolfsson, Iceland
Since winning the Gold Medal of the prestigious International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998, the violinist JUDITH INGOLFSSON has established herself worldwide as an artist of uncompromising musical integrity, extraordinary technical command and charismatic performance style.
Judith Ingolfsson has been heard with over one-hundred orchestras in the United States, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Abroad, her engagements have included the Bollington Festival Orchestra (UK), BrandenburgischesStaatsorchester Frankfurt, JenaerPhilharmonie, Neubrandenburg Philharmonie, the Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu (Romania), Saratov Philharmonic (Russia), Royal Chamber Orchestra of Tokyo, OrchestrePhilharmonique de Marseille, the Iceland Symphony and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. She has collaborated with many of the acclaimed maestri of our time, including Jesus López-Cobos, Raymond Leppard, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwarz, Rico Saccani and Leonard Slatkin. Ms.Ingolfsson was also heard as soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2000 on its highly acclaimed 15-city North American tour, highlighted by performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Judith Ingolfsson's recital performances have taken her to many of the world's leading stages including Carnegie Hall, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Cleveland Museum of Art, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Reyjavík Arts Festival, Pro Arte Musicale of Puerto Rico, La AsociaciónNacional de Conciertos de Panamá, Macao Cultural Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Center, the Bargemusic series in Brooklyn and Konzerthaus Berlin. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Avalon, Miami and Vogler String Quartets and the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two on tour and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Her festival appearances include the Appalachian Summer Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains Music Festival, Finland's Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Germany's Bodensee Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Poland's "New Faces, New Music" Festival and the Spoleto Festival USA. Since 2006, she tours with the pianist Vladimir Stoupel as The Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo.
Prior to her triumph at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Ms.Ingolfsson was a top prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City, the D'Angelo International Young Artists Competition and the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. In 1999, National Public Radio's "Performance Today" named her "Debut Artist of the Year" for her "remarkable intelligence, musicality, and sense of insight." She is also the recipient of the 2001 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award for her debut CD on Catalpa Classics. Her recording of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, available on the BPO Live label, was released in 2007. Her CD "En Hommage: Simon Laks" was released on EDA in 2010. In 2011 Judith Ingolfsson released a highly acclaimed recording of the Ysaye Solo Sonatas on the GENUIN label and, together with the pianist Vladimir Stoupel, a CD on the AUDITE label including works of Shostakovich and Stravinsky.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland to an Icelandic father and Swiss mother, Judith Ingolfsson began her violin studies at the age of three and gave her first public performance on Icelandic State Television at age five. At the age of eight she recorded as soloist with the Iceland Symphony for Icelandic State Radio and a few weeks later performed her orchestral solo debut in Germany. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1980, and at the age of 14 was admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Jascha Brodsky. She went on to earn her Master's degree and Artists Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein.
She is currently Professor at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and co-artistic director and founder of Festival International "Aigues-Vives en Musiques" in France.
She performs on a Lorenzo Guadagnini violin, crafted in 1750, and a Dominique Peccatte bow. She also uses a baroque bow made by the modern German maker Bastian Muthesius.
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Liviu Prunaru, Romania
Violinist Liviu Prunaru won the Silver Medal at the 1998 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where a reviewer from The Strad wrote that his performance was "Technical mastery...he can turn a single phrase with one note." He gained international recognition through his participation at several prestigious violin competitions winning Gold Medals at the Dong-A competition in Korea, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Italy, and the R. Molinari Violin Competition in Switzerland, in addition to a Silver Medal at the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels. After capturing First Grand Prizes at the E. Nakamichi Wieniawski Violin Competition and the Juilliard Mendelssohn Competition, Mr. Prunaru made his New York City debut in 1999 with the Juilliard Symphony at Alice Tully Hall.
Mr. Prunaru has performed recitals in many of the world's major cultural centers and has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony, Belgium National, Bucharest Radio-Symphony, and the Puchon Philharmonic in Korea. His work has also been in demand at renowned festivals including the Menuhin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Evian, Athens, and Salzburg festivals. Mr. Prunaru can be heard on CD with Camerata Lysy, as well as his own debut CD released by Pavane Records. He recently released a disc on the Swiss label Claves which includes the three violin concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, directed by Lawrence Foster.
Born in Craiova, Romania, Mr. Prunaru studied at the renowned Menuhin Academy of Gstaad, Switzerland and completed his professional studies at The Juilliard School where he was an assistant to Dorothy DeLay and actively participated in master classes with Itzhak Perlman. Currently a professor at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, Mr. Prunaru performs on a 1676 Guarneri violin graciously loaned to him by Professor M. Muller.
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Ju-Young Baek, South Korea
Violinist Ju-Young Baek's extensive solo concert engagements have taken her to some of the world's most prestigious venues. She has been presented in recital at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Seoul Arts Center. Ms. Baek has also performed as soloist with many orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tblisi Philharmonic, the Alma-Ata Symphony in Kazakhstan, and with Norway's Oslo, Drammen, and Baerum Symphony Orchestras.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Baek has performed at the festivals of Marlboro, Ravinia, and Bridgehampton as well as at Juilliard's FOCUS! Festival, the Salzburg Summer Music Festival, the Rencontres Musicales Festival in Evian, France, and at the Kusatsu International Music Festival in Japan.
The recipient of numerous awards, Ju-Young Baek received the Bronze Medal at the 1998 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, along with four Special Prizes. Her competition successes include First Place Prizes at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Astral Artistic Services Auditions, and the International Dong-A Violin Competition (Korea). She won top prizes at the International Paganini, the Queen Elisabeth International, the Concours International Long-Thibaud, and the International Sibelius violin competitions, as well as The Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artists Competition.
Ms. Baek holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Aaron Rosand. She received a Master's degree from The Juilliard School where she was a student of Robert Mann. She continued with Professional Studies at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Paris, studying with Lucie Robert and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, respectively. In 2005, she was appointed the youngest violin faculty member in history at the prestigious Seoul National University.
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Svetlin Roussev, Bulgaria
Svetlin Roussev, a native of Roussé, Bulgaria, was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. A decorated international competition winner in solo playing and chamber music, Roussev won more than ten international prizes including awards at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition (France), and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (Australia). At the first Sendai International Music Competition (Japan) in 2001, he was awarded the Grand Prix, Special Public Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of a Bach concerto. He was also voted "Discovery of the Year 2000" by ADAMI and was selected for sponsorship by the Natexis-Banques Populaires Corporate Foundation in 2001.
Formerly Concertmaster of the Auvergne Chamber Orchestra in France, Svetlin Roussev is a member of the Rachmaninov Piano Trio and regularly performs with the Argentine Tango Orchestra, Tanguísimo.
Svetlin Roussev has played under conductors such as Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin and Yuzo Toyama and has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Philharmonic, and Sendai Philharmonic. He has performed at many festivals including Radio-France Montpellier, Sully-sur-Loire, Kuhmo (Finland), La Roque d'Anthéron, L'Empéri, La Vésère, and Orangerie de Sceaux. He has also given recitals in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand, as well as throughout Europe and in the United States.
He received his earliest training from his mother at the Music School in Roussé. In 1991 he entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris where he studied with Gérard Poulet, Dévy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. In 1994, the jury unanimously awarded him First Prize for violin Summa Cum Laude and First Prize for chamber music.
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Andrew Haveron, Great Britain
The highest British prize-winner at the prestigious 'Paganini' competition for the last fifty years, Andrew Haveron is one of the UK's most sought after violinists. He was born in London in 1975 and took up the violin aged five. After studying at the Purcell School and London's Royal College of Music with Dr. Felix Andrievsky, Andrew also took prizes at the 'Queen Elisabeth' and Indianapolis competitions.
Since making his concerto debut at the age of fifteen Andrew has appeared with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Kent Nagano, Stanislaw Skrowachewski, Raymond Leppard, John Lubbock, Jean-Jacques Kanteroff, Darrell Davison and John Wilson, performing a broad range of well known and less familiar repertoire.
In 1999 Andrew was appointed first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet. A busy schedule saw the quartet perform and broadcast in their unique style all over the world. Andrew recorded more than fifteen CDs with the quartet, many of which received industry awards such as "Diapason d'or" and "Choc du Monde."
Andrew also enjoys frequent invitations to guest lead major symphony orchestras including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia orchestras and in July 2007 took up his new post as leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In 2004 Andrew received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to music.
Andrew plays on a violin made for him in 2001 by the American luthier Sam Zygmuntowicz.
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Bin Huang, China
Bin Huang endeared herself to the musical world when at age fourteen she won the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland, sharing First Prize with Maxim Vengerov. She has maintained international prominence, winning both the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy in 1994 and the Munich International Music Competition in 1999. Ms. Huang has been universally lauded for her interpretive and technical skills, hailed as "a talent that leaves a listener flabbergasted..." (The Sun, Baltimore), and "a winner at what matters the most…" (The Washington Post).
Bin Huang's live recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto on Paganini's own violin, the "Cannon," is the only live recording played on that legendary instrument. Both the Audio Review in Italy and the Diapason in France have highly praised this CD: "The Chinese violinist astounded the listener with both her technical abilities and her musical maturity: ideal intonation, elegant lines…everything that gives the concerto its noble character…" (Diapason, France, September 2000). During 2002-2003 season, Bin Huang appeared in the People's Great Hall in Beijing as one of the ten most outstanding Chinese performing artists living abroad. Her recent recording of the "Baroque Violin Favorites" has been released on the Naxos label, The Strad magazine praised her for her " commendable technique and vigorous energy" (The Strad, March, 2003). Upcoming engagements enclude New Year Concert with the Genoa Youth Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, appearances with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in Hong Kong and with the Shanghai Symphony in Washington D.C., tours in Italy and China, and recitals in the United States.
Regularly appearing in concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, her career has brought engagements with leading orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony.
As the result of her love for chamber music, she formed the Fideo Piano Trio together with cellist Soo Bae, and pianist Hyun-Sun Kim in 2002 and it has performed in concerts in the United States including a performance in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and in Toronto, Canada. In the summers, she as participated in the Marlboro Music Festival where she has coached and performed with members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets.
Bin Huang began her violin studies at age four in her hometown of Hunan, China, and entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at age nine. After graduating from its high school, she came to the United States to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma degrees. Her major teachers include Shu-Min Guo, Zhi-Long Wang, Berl Senofsky, Igor Ozim, Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and Gennady Kleyman. She has also won top prizes in the Jacque Thibaud International Violin Competition in France, the Prague Spring
International Music Competition in Czech Republic, the Tchaikovsky
International Violin Competition in Russia, the Queen Elisabeth
International Violin Competition in Belgium, the Hanover
International Violin Competition in Germany, the Dong-A
International Violin Competition in Korea, and the Indianapolis
International Violin Competition in the USA.
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Barnabás Kelemen, Hungary
An artist of 'innate musicality' with a technical execution that belongs 'only to the greatest' (The Guardian), Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen has already captured the attention of the music world.
Born in Budapest in 1978, Kelemen entered the Franz Liszt Music Academy at the age of 11 and later went on to become Third Prize Winner of the 2001 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels and took First Prize at the International Violin Competition Indianapolis in 2002. In recognition of his achievements the Hungarian Government awarded him the Sándor Vegh Prize 2001, the Franz Liszt Prize 2003 and the Rózsavölgyi Prize 2003. Since 2005 he has been a professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest and a guest professor at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.
In addition to appearances with all the major orchestras in Hungary, Barnabás Kelemen has collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, Belgian National, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Mozarteum, Lahti Symphony, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, performing with such esteemed conductors as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Marek Janowski, Peter Eötvös, Robert Spano, Zoltán Kocsis and Ivan Fischer. As a chamber musician he has performed with Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi and Shai Wosner amongst others, with recitals in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Barnabás Kelemen's repertoire spans from classical to contemporary music. He has performed the Hungarian premieres of the Ligeti and Schnittke Violin Concertos and gave the Hungarian premiere and world premiere of violin works by Gubaidulina and Kurtag respectively.
Kelemen's varied discography has been received to critical acclaim with his recording of Brahms's Sonatas for Violin and Piano winning a Diapason d'Or. Similarly his recording of Liszt's complete works for Violin and Piano was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque 2001 by the International Liszt Society. Among his more recent recordings are a live DVD of the complete Mozart Violin Concerti and CDs of Bartók's Violin Concerto No 1 and Solo Sonata.
Highlights of the 2008/09 season include performances with the Hungarian National Symphony with Zoltan Kocsis, Helsinki Philharmonic with Lionel Bringuier, Lahti Symphony with Hannu Lintu, Columbus Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras with Olari Elts, and at the Budapest Festival. In addition, there will be recitals and chamber music in Budapest, Dallas, Indianapolis, Pamplona and recordings of works by Haydn and Bartók.
He performs on a Guarneri del Gesú violin of 1742 (ex Dénes Kovács), generously on loan from the State of Hungary.
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Sergey Khachatryan, Armenia
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize in the VIII International Jean Sibelius competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed the First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Sergey has performed with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Munich Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.
Following his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2004, Sergey has subsequently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and Kurt Masur, the Boston Symphony and Bernard Haitink, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and StéphaneDenève, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit, and the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. In August 2005 Sergey performed at the Ravinia and Blossom Festivals and in 2006 made his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival performing the Beethoven concerto with OsmoVänskä.
Sergey has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, EsaPekkaSalonen, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Alexander Lazarev and TuganSokhiev. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra Sergey performed the Bach Double Concerto with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Sibelius concerto with JukkaPekkaSaraste and the Khachaturian concerto on a major North American tour in March 2006. In January 2011 he made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra performing Shostakovich’s second concerto conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Since December 2002 Sergey has performed regularly with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, including a Proms debut in 2005 conducted by VassilySinaisky and regular concerts subsequently with GianandreaNoseda.
Sergey works regularly with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St Petersburg and at the Mikkeli Festival in Finland. His 2010-11 season included debut performances with the Dresden Staatskapelle, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Rotterdam Philharmonic as well as the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Other highlights included the Munich Philharmonic with Thomas Hengelbrock, Orchestre National de Belgique with James Gaffigan, Swedish Radio Symphony with Susanna Mälkki, and the Berg concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Kirill Karabits.
Sergey’s 2011-12 season includes concerts with the Bamberg Symphoniker and Herbert Blomstedt, RundfunkSymphonieorchester Berlin with JurajValcuha, Orchestre de Paris with Andris Nelsons, his debut in China with the National Centre of Performing Arts Orchestra for New Year’s concerts conducted by LorinMaazel and the world premiere of a new concerto by Arthur Aharonian with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
With his sister LusineKhachatryan Sergey has performed recitals at the Wigmore Hall, AlteOper Frankfurt, the National Auditorium in Madrid, Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2011-12 they will perform recitals in the series of Chicago University Presents, Detroit Chamber Music Society, Cite de la Musique in Paris, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Alice Tully Hall in New York and Herbst Theater in San Francisco.
His recording of the Sibelius concerto was released by Naïve Classique in October 2003, followed by a double Shostakovich concerto disc with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Kurt Masur, a recording of the Shostakovich and Cesar Franck sonatas for violin and piano in February 2008 and most recently the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach.
Sergey plays the 1740 ‘Ysaye’ Guarneri violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
An 18th Century Guadagnini violin is on loan to Sergey from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Antique Musical Instruments Society.
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Soovin Kim, United States
American violinist Soovin Kim is an exciting young player who has built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature artist equally gifted in concerto, recital, and chamber music repertoire. Mr. Kim began the 2008-2009 season touring Europe with pianist Mitsuko Uchida performing Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps to rave reviews. Highlighted among his concerto appearances will be his Russian debut performing the Sibelius concerto with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn, coupled with a special recital performance at the American Embassy. The opening of the season also saw the release of Mr. Kim’s new recording on Azica Records of Chausson’s Concert for violin, piano, and string quartet and Fauré’s Sonata in A Major, op.13. This has been followed by concerto, chamber music, and recital performances in some of the world’s most prominent venues – Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Lincoln Center, Royce Hall, Herbst Theatre, and Strathmore Hall among them. Soovin Kim’s Chausson and Fauré recording with Azica Records was a collaboration with pianist Jeremy Denk and the Jupiter String Quartet.
Mr. Kim’s recording of Niccolò Paganini's demanding 24 Caprices for solo violin was released in February 2006, rose to Billboard’s Classical Chart, and was named Classic FM magazine’s Instrumental Disc of the Month. Mr. Kim also recorded Schubert’s cello quintet with Janos Starker and Arensky’s cello quartet with Lynn Harrell, both released by Delos International, and duo works by Schubert, Bartok, and Strauss with Jeremy Denk for Koch/Discover. Mr. Kim is recognized for his commitment to fresh interpretations of standard repertoire.
In recent seasons he has played the Mendelssohn concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada), Cincinnati Chamber, and National Philharmonic orchestras; Mozart with the Baltimore and Nashville symphonies; Sibelius with the Moscow and Vermont symphonies; Brahms with the Annapolis symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic; and Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and other ensembles without conductor. Mr. Kim and Mr. Denk have performed the Brahms sonatas in Seoul and Rome, and the Charles Ives sonatas in Philadelphia and at Bard College. Mr. Kim has also given recitals of the Bach solo sonatas and partitas in New York, Philadelphia, Seoul, and at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Along with his love of the classic works, Soovin Kim is passionate about commissioning new works. Mr. Kim is the first violinist of the Johannes Quartet which is touring this season with the venerable Guarneri Quartet performing newly-commissioned works by Esa-PekkaSalonen, Derek Bermel, and William Bolcom. Mr. Kim’s Korea-based piano quartet, M.I.K., recorded four commissioned works by Korean composers for its first album for Stomp/EMI. He also arranged for and performed the premiere of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer’s string trio in 2007.
Soovin Kim won first prize at the Paganini International Competition when he was only 20 years old. He was later named the recipient of the HenrykSzeryng Career Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Subsequently he went on to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra. He has given solo recitals at Weill Hall in New York, Terrace Theater in Washington D.C., Ravinia, Tokyo’s Casals Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. Mr. Kim devotes a considerable amount of time to teaching at Stony Brook University and is also on the faculty of Bard College. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Jaime Laredo and Victor Danchenko, and he also studied with David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Kim maintains a close relationship with the Marlboro Festival and regularly spends summers there. Soovin Kim plays on the 1709 “ex-Kempner” Stradivarius which is on loan to him.
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Frank Huang, United States
First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, Frank Huang has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. At the age of eleven, he performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in a nationally broadcast concert and has since performed with orchestras throughout the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Saint-Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and the Genoa Orchestra. He has performed on NPR's Performance Today, Good Morning America and CNN's American Morning with Paula Zahn. Mr. Huang's first commercial recording, comprised of Fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg and Waxman, was released on Naxos in the fall of 2003.
He has had great success in competitions since the age of fifteen with top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. He also received Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, the Irving M. Klein International Competition and the D'Angelo International Competition.
Recent concerts include debuts in Wigmore Hall, (London) Salle Cortot, (Paris) Kennedy Center, (Washington) Herbst Theatre, (San Francisco) and also his second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the world premiere of Donald Martino's Sonata for Solo Violin.
In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He has attended the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia's Steans Institute, The Seattle Chamber Music festival, and the Caramoor Festival, and frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro tours. He was also selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious Chamber Music II program. Before joining the Houston Symphony, Mr. Huang held the position of first violinist of the GrammyR Award-winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.
Mr. Huang began his tenure as concertmaster of the Houston Symphony in 2010, and is also on the faculty at Rice University and the University of Houston. He teaches during the summers at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. Mr. Huang performs in a trio with pianist Gilles Vonsattel and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, and also serves as the concertmaster and leader of the Sejong Soloists, a conductorless chamber orchestra based in New York.
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Susie Park, Australia
Hailed as "prodigiously talented" (Washington Post) and praised for her "freedom, mastery, and fantasy" (La Libre, Belgium), Susie Park is gaining worldwide recognition for her emotive range and dynamic stage presence. Concertizing around the world she has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay in California, all of the major Australian orchestras including those of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, West Australia, and Canberra, Korea's KBS orchestra, the Lille National Orchestra under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin in France, and the Wellington Sinfonia, New Zealand. Highlights of this season include performances of Mozart's Sinfonie Concertante with Jaime Laredo and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Alice Tully Hall, New York, recitals in Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, a live radio recital for WGBH Boston, and appearances in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 92nd St. Y in New York, Philadelphia's Kimmel Centre, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Winner of numerous awards and honors, Miss Park was a Laureate in the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She garnered first prize in the senior division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, second prize in the junior division of the Henryk Wieniawski/Karol Lipinski Competition, first prize in the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition, the City of Sydney Reg Marsh Award for Most Outstanding String Performer, and the Ernest Llewellyn String Award. She took top honours at the national string division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Young Performer's Award and her performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was televised nationally, earning her the Victorian Premier's Award.
A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Park is the newly appointed violinist of the most sought-after trio in the world, the Eroica Trio. The Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm, and sensual elegance. During the 2007-2008 season, the Eroica Trio will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Season with a cross-country bus tour to coincide with the release of the Trio's eighth CD for EMI featuring all-American music, including a new arrangement of music from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" commissioned by the Eroica. During the 2006-2007 season, Ms. Park participated in a professional residency as a member of CMS Two of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She performed with such Society members as Wu Han, Gary Hoffman, and Ida Kavafian. She has participated in numerous tours with "Musicians from Marlboro" to critical acclaim as a result of her three consecutive summers in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival. Collaborations include performances with members of the Guarneri Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes, and Jaime Laredo. Additional festival appearances include Music from Angelfire in New Mexico, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, England, the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Austria, and Israel's Keshet Eilon. Ms. Park is also a founding member of ECCO, a conductor-less chamber orchestra comprised of some of the most talented young chamber musicians, soloists, and principal string players in major American orchestras. Translating this diversity of experience and virtuosity into a unified ensemble approach, ECCO combines the strength and power of an orchestral ensemble with the personal, intimate nature of chamber music.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Ms. Park first picked up the violin at age three making her solo recital debut at the age of five in a Suzuki showcase. Prior to moving to the U.S., Ms. Park studied in the preparatory division of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has taken master classes with Yehudi Menuhin, Pinkas Zukerman, Pamela Frank, Steven Isserlis, Menachem Pressler, and with members of the Juilliard and Emerson string quartets. Ms. Park holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of renowned violinists Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. She served as Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony in the 2001-2002 season, and as Concertmaster of the 2002 New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall. She continued studies with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried in the Artist Diploma program at the New England Conservatory.
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Alina Pogostkina, Germany
Winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, AlinaPogostkina's recent concert tours have seen her perform at some of the world's most renowned festivals and concert venues. She has collaborated with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Roger Norrington, SakariOramo, Andris Nelsons, PaavoJärvi, Jukka-PekkaSaraste, Gustavo Dudamel, AndreyBoreyko and Thomas Hengelbrock.
In the 2012/13 season AlinaPogostkina will perform with the San Francisco Symphony (under Michael Tilson Thomas), NDR Sinfonieorchester (SakariOramo), Dresdner Philharmoniker (Michael Sanderling), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Mario Venzago), Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lawrence Foster) and Orchestre National de France (David Zinman). In February 2013 Pogostkina embarks on a tour with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Jonathan Nott for concerts in Germany and Spain. April 2013 sees the premiere of a new violin concerto by Walter Steffens with the DeutschesSymphonie-Orchester and MartynBrabbins at the Radialsystem in Berlin.
Past seasons have included concerts with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel and with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Alina has also appeared with orchestras including the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, ResidentieOrkest, OrchestrePhilharmonique de Radio France and the Hallé, as well as the Mahler Chamber, BBC Scottish, Cincinnati Symphony, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Finnish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic orchestras.
An ardent chamber musician, AlinaPogostkina has worked with musicians such as Steven Isserlis, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, MenahemPressler, ChristophEschenbach, PekkaKuusisto, Maxim Rysanov, JörgWidmann and Joshua Bell. Current chamber music activities focus on performances with pianist HavardGimse and trio recitals with clarinettistRetoBieri and pianist Diana Ketler.
Appearing in numerous radio and television recordings and broadcasts Pogostkina's passion for contemporary music in particular is evident in her recording of PeterisVasks' complete body of works for violin, released in Spring 2012.
Pogostkina performs frequently at festivals including the SchwetzingerFestspiele, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bergen and Aspen, Beethovenfest Bonn, SalzburgerFestspiele, Edinburgh International Festival - where she appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati - as well as the Dresden Musikfestspiele and Lockenhaus Festivals.
Born in St. Petersburg, AlinaPogostkina moved to Germany in 1992, receiving her first violin lessons from her father. She was a student of Antje Weithaas at Berlin's HochschulefürMusikHannsEisler.
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