Jacques Rouvier, piano

(Week 1, 19-26 July 2020)

Born into a family of musicians in Marseille in, Jacques Rouvier has held concerts and master classes in France and abroad for some thirty years now. He studied with Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan, Jean Fassina and Jean Hubeau at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he was awarded two First Prizes, in piano and in chamber music. He went on to an appointment as professor for piano there in 1979. A true virtuoso, he is the winner of the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris.

In 1970, together with violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow and cellist Philippe Muller, he formed the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller Trio with whom he continues to perform on a regular basis. His discography includes over thirty titles, including the complete works of Claude Debussy. His recordings of the complete works for piano by Maurice Ravel, as well as sonatas for violin and piano by Ravel and Debussy, won the Grand Prix du Disque in France.

Concerts and masterclasses bring him all over the world. Former students include Hélène Grimaud and Arcadi Volodos.

Mikhail Voskresensky, piano

(Week 1, 19-26 July 2020)

Mikhail Voskresensky commands an international reputation as a pianist in the great Romantic tradition. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under Ilia Klyachko, Boris Zemliansky, Yakob Milstein, Lev Oborin (piano) and Leonid Roizman (organ). As student of the famous Lev Oborin, the winner of the First Chopin Competition in 1927, Voskresensky adopted his teacher’s refined romanticism and perfect taste in harmony with the piano’s splendid sound. The images evoked by his playing suggest contrasting musical colours, never out of harmony, and a charming legato inducing the instrument to sing. ‘His playing fascinates audiences with its artistry, cordiality and ingeniousness. Mikhail Voskresensky is a very talented and intelligent musician’, wrote Oborin about his pupil. Mikhail Voskresensky is Prize-winner of the Schumann International Competition in Berlin, the International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest and the Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth.

In 1957 the young pianist took part in the Prague Spring Festival where he performed European premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano concerto with the presence of Shostakovich himself. In 1966 he was honoured with the Merited Artist of Russia award and in 1989 the People’s Artist of Russia.

Mikhail Voskresensky’s concert geography is very large. He performed with more than 150 conductors in almost all countries of Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Australia, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Kenia, Zimbabwe and Peru. He had wonderful critics in international festivals in Tours, Colmar and Aix-en-Provence: “Voskresensky is not only an outstanding virtuoso, he lives in music and plunges into its depths…” Semaines Musicales, Tours. During his New York debut his performance of Liszt Sonata and 5-th Scriabin sonata was highly estimated. His colleagues in chamber music were Borodin quartet, Shostakovich quartet, Tokyo quartet in New York, violinists Marina Yashvili (all violin sonatas of Beethoven in 2004-05 season), Roman Nodel and Pavel Berman, cellists Evgeny Altman and Alexander Kniazev. Voskresensky’s large repertoire includes all Beethoven sonatas, all works of Chopin, 64 piano concertos with orchestra, played with John Pritchard, Franz Konwitschny, Kurt Masur, Stanislav Scrowachewsky, Eugeny Svetlanov, Charles Dutoit etc. He recorded more than 50 CD’s. Among them all 27 concertos by Mozart, Liszt’s sonata b minor, all nocturnes, preludes and sonatas by Chopin, all sonatas and etudes by Scriabin, Schumann’s carnivals op. 9 and op. 26, Beethoven concerto No.3 in c minor, Brahms second concerto B flat major, etc.

Mikhail Voskresensky is a distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory, the chair of the professorship of piano faculty. His pupils have won 111 international prizes including 49 gold medals. Between them Stanislav Igolinsky, Amir Tebenihin, Temirzhan Erzhanov, Yakov Kasman, Alexander Ghindin, Sergej Koudriakov, Sergei Kuznezov, Evelina Vorontsova, Elena Kuznetsova, Mikhail Yanovitsky, Kooryeong Park, Oleg Marshev, Yury Favorin, Varvara Nepomnyaschaya, Sergey Neller, Galina Chistyakova and Nikolay Khozyainov etc.… In 2001-2004 professor Voskresensky taught in Toho Gakuen University in Tokyo where his pupils had won 12 different prizes including Akiko Yamamoto’s triumph at Schumann International competition in Zwickau in 2004. As a competition jurist Mikhail Voskresensky was in Sydney, London, Leeds, Geneva, Hamamatsu, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and many others. He was a jury member of the last Tchaikovsky Competition and constantly is the chairman of Scriabin International Competition in Moscow.

Not so long ago he played the first concerto by Shostakovich in Beijing and the first concerto by Tchaikovsky in Shanghai under the button of Charles Dutoit. In the fall of 2007 during the celebration of the 100 anniversary of his teacher Lev Oborin, Voskresensky played in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory the Forth Concerto by Beethoven under the button of Vladimir Ashkenazi and The Second concerto by Brahms with Leonid Nikolaev.

On June 2nd 2010 Mikhail Voskresensky completed his Mozart Piano Concertos Series; during 3 years all 27 Mozart piano concertos were performed and recorded live in the Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory under the direction of maestro Leonid Nikolaev (1940-2009) – 16 concertos and under the direction of maestro Konstantin Masluk (11 concertos). Now all 10 CD’s are released. In September 2011 Mikhail Voskresensky received ‘Prize of Moscow City’ for the performance and recording of all concertos of Mozart.

Boris Berman, piano

(Week 2, 26 July-2 August 2020)

Boris Berman Photo Bob Handelman
Born in Moscow, Boris Berman studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Lev Oborin and graduated with distinction as both pianist and harpsichordist. He performed extensively throughout the former Soviet Union as a recitalist and appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber orchestras. In 1973 he left the Soviet Union to immigrate to Israel, quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after keyboard performers and a highly influential musical personality. Presently residing in the USA, he continues to perform internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors.

Mr. Berman’s acclaimed recordings on the Philips, Deutsche Gramophon and Melodia labels have been complemented with 2 CDs of the complete piano sonatas of Scriabin for the Music and Arts label and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award in Holland. The recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Neeme Järvi (Chandos) marked the beginning of an ambitious project of recording the complete Prokofiev solo piano works. The first pianist ever to undertake this task, Mr. Berman has released it on nine Chandos CDs to great critical acclaim. His most recent discography shows the breadth of his repertoire: a disc ‘Debussy for Children’ (Ottavo); two releases of works for prepared piano by John Cage (Naxos – named Top Recording by the BBC Music Magazine); piano quintets of Shostakovich and Schnittke with the Vermeer Quartet (Naxos); and a recording of Scott Joplin’s Ragtimes (Ottavo).

A dedicated teacher of international stature, Boris Berman has served on the faculties of Indiana (Bloomington), Boston, Brandeis and Tel-Aviv universities. He currently heads the Piano Department at Yale School of Music. In 2000, the prestigious Yale University Press published his book ‘Notes from the Pianist’s Bench’, in which Berman draws on his vast experience as performer and teacher to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Mr. Berman is a frequent jury member of international competitions such as Leeds, Dublin and the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv. Mr. Berman regularly gives international master classes and he was director of the Yale Summer Piano Institute (1990-92) and of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong (1995-97).


Wei Yi Yang, piano

(Week 2, 26 July-2 August 2020)

Pianist Wei-Yi Yang has received worldwide acclaim for his captivating performances and imaginative programming. Winner of the gold medal at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, he has performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and across America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Most recently, he was the soloist in a performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall that The New York Times hailed as “sensational.”


In demand as a dedicated teacher, Wei-Yi Yang has presented master classes and performances in Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Mexico, Serbia, and Montenegro, among other countries around the world. Mr. Yang’s performances have been featured on NPR, PBS, RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana), ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), and on recordings for such labels as Genuin (Leipzig), Hyperion (London), Naxos (Hong Kong), Albany Records, Renegade Classics, and the Holland-America Music Society.


A dynamic chamber musician with a diverse repertoire, Mr. Yang is a frequent guest artist at festivals in Lucca, Italy; Mallorca, Spain; Novi Sad, Serbia; Monterrey, Mexico; Konstanz, Germany; Kotor, Montenegro; and La Jolla and Napa, California.  Mr. Yang has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Richard Stoltzman, David Shifrin, Frank Morelli, Roberto Díaz, Roger Tapping, Clive Greensmith, Axel Strauss, Syoko Aki, and Ani Kavafian, to name just a few, as well as such esteemed ensembles as the Alexander, Brentano, Cassatt, Pacifica, and Tokyo string quartets, among numerous others.

Mr. Yang has curated inventive interdisciplinary projects, including a collaboration with English actress Miriam Margolyes as part of the “Dickens’ Women” world tour; lecture/recitals on the confluence of Czech music and literature; and multimedia performances of Granados’ monumental piano suite Goyescas with projections of Goya’s etchings. Mr. Yang has worked with several composers including Jonathan Cole, Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, and George Crumb to prepare their works for premiere and recording. He is a founding member of the Soyulla Ensemble, which received the prestigious McKnight Fellowship and recently made its debut at Alice Tully Hall and toured Korea.


Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang studied first in the United Kingdom and then in America with renowned Russian pianists Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music and Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music. Mr. Yang has also worked with eminent pianists Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Vera Gornostaeva, Hans Graf, Byron Janis, Lilian Kallir, and Murray Perahia. Mr. Yang has adjudicated the Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition, the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and the Concert Artists Guild auditions. In 2004, he received his doctorate from the Yale School of Music, where he joined the faculty in 2005.

Graham Scott, piano

(Week 3, 2-9 August 2020)

Graham Scott has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s leading pianists.  Hailed by the Gramophone magazine as ‘an exceptional talent’ he has performed extensively throughout the world most notably in New York (92nd St. Y), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Beijing (Beijing Concert Hall and Forbidden City Concert Hall), Paris (Bagatelle) as well as all the major London venues (Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre.)


Graham’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to many engagements with leading orchestras, notably the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Belgium National Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinlandpfalz (standing in for Martha Argerich), Cape Town Symphony, Singapore Symphony, St Louis Symphony and the New York Chamber Symphony.  He has worked with such conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Alexander Lazarev, Bernhard Klee, Barry Wordsworth, Paul Daniel and Marin Alsop.


Graham’s discography includes CDs of works by Scriabin, Gershwin, Macmillan, Chisholm and a live recital CD from Los Angeles. He has broadcast on BBC Radio and National Public Radio in the USA.


Graham studied with Professor Ryszard Bakst (a student of Heinrich Neuheus and laureate of the Chopin competition in Warsaw) at both Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM.  He became the first artist to win both the YCA Inc. auditions in New York and the YCAT auditions in London. He has also won first prizes in the Dudley National Piano Competition and the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain.


Since 2007 he has held the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Artistic Director of the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition.  He has previously been a member of the jury of the Horowitz Competition (Kiev, Ukraine), Gilels Competition (Odessa, Ukraine), Rina Sala Gallo Competition (Monza, Italy), Jaen International Piano Competition (Spain), Ricard Vines Competition (Lleida, Spain), Nordic Piano Competition, the YCAT auditions in London and others.  This year he has been invited to be a jury member of the Casagrande Competition (Terni, Italy), and the Estonian National Piano Competition in Tallinn.


Graham has taught at many summer schools most notably Musicfest Perugia in Italy, the Colburn Festival Academy in Los Angeles, the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School in Manchester, Duszniki International Chopin Festival and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy.  Last summer he taught on the Kyungsung International Piano Academy in Pusan, Korea and the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Riga, Latvia.

Niklas Sivelöv, piano

(Week 3, 2-9 August 2020)

Niklas Sivelöv demonstrates an impressive artistic range as a pianist, composer and piano professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. Sivelöv is known for his extensive repertoire and creative approach combined with a deep knowledge and sense of style and tradition one can only develop through vast experience and a long outstanding career. Niklas Sivelöv is also an artist who likes to move outside the classical genre and is especially fond of working with improvisational arts. 

Niklas Sivelöv studied with, among others, Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio Diamond, students of the famed Heinrich Neuhaus and Artur Schnabel. Niklas Sivelöv earned his soloist diploma Summa Cum Laude from the Royal College of Music with in Stockholm and Koncertreife diploma from Germany. 

His concert career spans four continents, including venues such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Tivoli Copenhagen, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus Karlsruhe and the Atheneum in Bucharest. He has won critical acclaim and enchanted audiences with his artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence. 

The leading orchestras with which Niklas Sivelöv has performed include the Stockholm Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle, Suisse Romande (Geneva), Rheinische Philarmonie, Danish Radio Orchestra and Prague Radio Symphony under the baton of many distinguished conductors, among them: Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kristjan Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Mario Venzago Jukka-Pekka Saraste , Grzegorz Nowak, Janos Fürst and Leif Segerstam. The instrumentalists with whom he has performed include the Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst, cellist Leonid Gorokhov, flautist Patrick Gallois and violinist Zakhar Bron. 

Award-winning pianist and composer Niklas Sivelöv has taken his career to new international heights with an extensive catalogue of recordings for such labels as BIS, Caprice, Dacapo, Naxos, Toccata Classics and AMC Classical, some of which have been awarded the Diapason d’or, CHOK and the Penguin Rosette. His wide-ranging concert repertoire covers Bach to Skryabin, Scandinavian composers and beyond, and includes approximately 50 piano concerti including five of his own. As a composer of note, his catalogue of works includes four symphonies, 24 Preludes for piano and several chamber music pieces. Niklas Sivelöv is also a notable improviser, with several successful recordings and collaborations: the CD Improvisational 1 was a sensational success at The Independent Music Awards, where he was the first Scandinavian to win the prize for the best classical album and was given the People’s Choice Award. His book on the art of piano-playing, distilled from a lifetime of performance and study, was published in October 2018. Niklas Sivelöv has also been knighted by the Queen of Denmark as ‘Knight of the Order of Dannebrog’. 

As a professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen Niklas Sivelöv has mentored a number of outstanding soloist students, e.g. Søren Rastogi, Christian Westergaard, Kristoffer Hyldig, Julia Dahlkvist, Marie-Luise Bodendorff, Stefano Andreatta and Filip Strauch, many of whom have won international awards in competitions and positions in academia in Denmark and abroad. 

On the AMC/Amchara Classical label, Niklas Sivelöv is recording the complete works of Bach and will soon be working on the Partitas and English Suites. Future repertoire includes all sonatas by Beethoven as well as all 10 sonatas by Skrjabin, but also music by Langgaard and Norgård, and finally Beethovens 2nd and 4th concerts will be recorded with Güzernich Chamber Orchestra in Cologne and Joachim Gustavsson. 

“…With an intense brilliance, a finely controlled touch, exquisitely formed detail and an impeccable sense of style” – Politiken


Takashi Shimizu, violin

(Week 1, 19-26 July 2020)

Takashi Shimizu was studying the violin with S. Tokunaga at the age of 6 and then with S. Sumi. Also he studied sometimes under Y. Yankelevich.

He won the first prize in the All Japan Student Music Competition at age of 10 and made his debut concert with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. After Shimizu won 3 first prizes of the All Japan Music Competitions at the age of 17. The following year he was dispatched to United States by government. And studied under Jascha Heifetz at Southern California University. Shimizu studied French and Russian bowing under M. Auclair with advice of Heifetz. After he went to London with advice of Auclair.

He was studying chamber music with Y. Neaman for over 10 years. In the meantime he studied with Yehudi Menuhin and Nathan Milstein with advice of Neaman.

Shimizu won the 1st prize of Granada, 2nd prize of Carl Flesch and 3rd prize of the Queen Elizabeth and Long Thibaud International competitions. Also he won the Grand Prix at the competition for winners of international competition in France. Shimizu made his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the leader of Yehudi Menuhin. After he played with the major orchestras in UK and many country. He was given his family’s misdiagnosis, it let him to go back to Japan. He was resumed playing activities in 1999 by advice of Heifetz’s assistant Madam Claire Hodgkins.

Shimizu has performed with orchestras, such as Het Residentie, Limburgs S., and others in Netherlands, the London S., Royal P. and othersIn UK, National de Belgique, Brussel P. and others in Belgium, Her Resident, Stuttgart P. and others in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy In Western Europe. Eastern Europe, he has played with the State S. Russia, Moscow Radio S. and others in Russia, George Enescu P., Brasov P. and others in Romania, Sofia P., Plovdiv P. and others in Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and Montenegro.

In Asia he has performed with orchestras in China, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. He played chamber music with Martha Argerich many time. And played with Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Canino, Pavel Gililov, Yuri Bashmet, Mario Burnello, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky, etc. 

He was invited as jury member for many International Competitions and masterclass.

Silvia Marcovici, violin

(Week 2, 26 July-2 August 2020)

Silvia Marcovici, born in Romania is one of the most renowned and highly regarded violinist of our times. 

A student of Professor Stefan Gheorghiu at the conservatory in Bucharest, she made her professional debut at the age of sixteen with the Residentie Orkest of The Hague under Bruno Maderna. A few years later she won first prize in the Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, the special prize of Prince Rainier of Monaco for the intepretation of a contemporary work; and first prize in the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest.

Since then, Ms. Marcovici’s perfomances have brought her to the leading orchestras throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, North and  South America, appearing with the most celebrated conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Claudio Abbado, Erich Leinsdorf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Eugene Ormandy, Kirill Petrenko, Simon Rattle, Eliahu Inbal, Zubin Mehta, David Zinman, Mstislav Rostropovich, André Previn, Riccardo Muti, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Michael Gilen, Herbert Blomstedt and many others. She has been soloist with most of the world’s great orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra della Scala di Milano, New York Philarmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philarmonic, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philarmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra etc.

A multifaceted musician and fascinating stage presence, she maintained a rich involvement in chamber music as well. She appeared frequently with such pianists as Evgeny Kissin, Boris Berezovsky, Pascal Rogé, Valentin Gheorghiu; and cellists David Geringas, Lynn Harrell, Antonio Meneses, Boris Pergamenscikov.

Silvia Marcovici has numerous critically acclaimed recordings including the live performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto with London Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi, the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montpellier under Yoël Levi and the Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin with Valentin Gheorghiu. The Canadian record company DOREMI has released several CDs and DVDs in its «Legendary Treasures» series of live performances by Silvia Marcovici. 

Silvia Marcovici is a passionate and active teacher, currently professor at the University of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. 

Krzysztof Wegrzyn, violin

(Week 3, 2-9 August 2020)

Krzysztof Wegrzyn was born in Gdansk in Poland. He began playing the violin at an early age, studying with Zenon Brzewski and Irena Dubiska in Warsaw, Wolfgang Marschner in Freiburg and Yfrah Neaman in London. He was a laureate in renowned international competitions like the Louis Spohr Competition in Montreal and winner of the Karol Szymanowski and Lipizer Competitions.

His concert activities have taken him around the world and he has made numerous recordings for radio, television and CD. In his broad repertoire he also gives special attention to works by Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki. Krysztof Wegrzyn served for many years as concertmaster of the Hanover State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1993 he has been a professor at the University of Music and Drama Hannover. Among his students are many who have won important prizes at international competitions.

Prof. Wegrzyn has given frequent master classes worldwide including at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Juilliard School in New York, at the Aspen Festival and in Seoul and Tokyo. He has been a juror at such esteemed violin competitions as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Paganini Competition in Genova, the ARD Competition in Munich, among others. Furthermore, he is very active in chamber music, for example as the co-founder of the New Warsaw Piano Quintet. Since 1995 he has also served as artistic director of the Gdansk musical seminar and Spring Music Festival in Poland.

Krzysztof Wegrzyn is the founder and Artistic Director of the Hannover International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition. The State of Lower Saxony awarded him in 2004 the State Music Prize for his outstanding contributions to musical life.


Leonid Gorokhov, cello

(Week 1, 19-26 July 2020)

Leonid Gorokhov was born in St. Petersburg, then Leningrad and begun his cello studies at the age of seven. His first cello teacher was S. Zagursky. From the age of 12 he joined the cello class of Prof. Anatoli Nikitin, where he stayed until graduating the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. He also took part in masterclasses of Daniil Shafran.

Winner of Concertino Praga (First Prize) and Paris chamber music competition (Premier Grand Prix), Leonid Gorokhov is the only Russian cellist to be awarded the Grand Prix and the First Prize of the Geneva Concours. In 1995 the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize to Leonid Gorokhov for “exceptional talent and outstanding artistic accomplishment”.

In 1991 Leonid Gorokhov appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin, who took interest in the young cellist and invited him to join the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK as a teacher. That also provided Leonid with chances to perform under Maestro Menuhin’s baton with many leading orchestras and to share a stage as a chamber music partner in Piano Trios and Beethoven Triple Concerto, which was enormously inspiring for a young musician.

Some of the highlights of this work were appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic as well as other British, Russian, Swiss, Scandinavian orchestras with a range of repertoire, from Haydn, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak to Walton and Lutoslawsky.

Leonid returns regularly to Russia to perform a range of repertoire, most recently in Moscow with the Russian premiere of Sonata Notturna by Nicholas Maw under Evgeny Bushkov as conductor and as a soloist and chamber musician with Musica Viva, a chamber orchestra conducted by Alexander Rudin.

His passion is chamber music where the main interest is to involve younger musicians alongside more prominent and experienced partners.

The other passion is teaching. Leonid is a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik,Theater und Medien in Hannover Germany since 2008.


Chu Yi-Bing, cello

(Week 2, 5-10 August 2019)

Chu Yi-Bing was born in Beijing, China in 1966. His father Chu Yong-Ning and mother Wang Yao-Ling were both professors at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, China.

In 1978, Chu Yi-Bing commenced studying cello with his father at the Middle School of the CCOM in Beijing, China. In 1984 after graduating from the CCOM, Chu Yi-Bing was accepted to Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique à Paris in France where he studied under the tutelage of Maurice Gendron.

1986 Chu Yi-Bing was prize winner at the 42nd Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva. He was the first Chinese cellist ever to win a prize in a major international Cello competition.

After Chu Yi-Bing graduated from the Conservatory in Paris with a Premier Prix in 1987, he served as principal cellist in Basel Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland. During his tenure between 1989-2004, Chu Yi-Bing was also guest principal cellist of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Germany.

It was his principle cellist job that led him to start his conducting career. He has conducted Munich Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra (Berlin), Düsseldorfer Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Zurich Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland and Moravian Symphony Orchestra in Czech Republic.

Chu Yi-Bing was appointed as cello professor and head of the cello department at the CCOM in Beijing, where he taught between 2004 and 2018. He founded the Chu Yi-Bing Cello Ensemble with his students, one of the very few chamber music groups in China, playing countless concerts in a number of diverse cities and provinces, schools, colleges and universities.

He has produced and recorded several CDs and DVDs with his cello ensemble in Dun Huang, a grand historical site which is an ancient city on the silk road in the Northwest China.

This project had been considered somewhat unique because of the performance of Chinese and western style music on this historical crossroad.

Chu Yi-Bing has also played for several Chinese Presidents and many of other nation leaders.

Chu Yi-Bing founded the SuperCello festival in Beijing, 2016. SuperCello is the premier cello festival in Asia. Every year it is attended by hundreds cellists including a number of world leading performers.

Reinhard Latzko, cello

(Week 3, 2-9 August 2020)

Reinhard Latzko is one of the most multifaceted cellists of his generation. In addition to his extensive performing career, he has especially made a name for himself as a successful cello teacher and music communicator. Born in Freising, near Munich, he studied with Jan Polasek, Martin Ostertag and Heinrich Schiff. From 1987 – 2003 Reinhard Latzko was solo cellist of the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gielen. Teaching has been one of the special focal points in his artistic career, already since 1990, when he was tutor in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. From 1988 – 2005 he took over Boris Pergamenschikow’s cello class at the Music Academy in Basel. Since 2003 he has held a professorship at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His students include prize winners of international competitions and hold leading positions in orchestras around the world. World-wide masterclasses underscore Reinhard Latzko’s international status as one of the most sought-after instructors. Additionally he has been since October 2016 Senior Lecturer for chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Reinhard Latzko is himself a winner of national and international competitions, performing as soloist as well as chamber music partner, with Markus Schirmer, Christian Tetzlaff, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger, Christopher Hinterhuber. He has performed in concert halls world-wide, including the Musikverein as well as Konzerthaus in Vienna, Shanghai Concert Hall, Philharmonie in Berlin, among others. He has also been invited to the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the Shanghai Cello Festival and the Supercello Festival in Peking. Reinhard Latzko has performed as soloist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Wiener Kammerorchester and the Camerata Salzburg. His thorough exploration into comtemporary music has resulted in world premieres of works, including those by Wolfgang Rihm, Ernst Krenek and Michael Gielen. Reinhard Latzko is artistic director of the chamber music festival “con anima” in Ernstbrunn. For several years Reinhard Latzko has put his stamp on a new and innovative form of orchestra leading, working with Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg and Het Balletorkest in Amsterdam, among others.