Meet the Artists
One man. One violin. These two concepts are enough to create a Universe. And when the man is Alexandru Tomescu and the violin is a Stradivarius, the new-born Universe is inhabited by fascinating creatures made out of sonorous colour and density, all destined to cast a spell upon the public.
Alexandru Tomescu proved himself capable of taming any form of music, especially after the „Paganini – angel or demon?” project, a turning point into his career. It was the moment when the violonist reinvented his identity and which brought a radical change in the path to which Alexandru Tomescu engaged himself a few years ago, the one meant to modify the perception of classical music in Romania. Since his return to his native country, after having studied in Switzerland with Tibor Varga and in the U.S. with Eduard Schmieder, Alexandru has undertaken the mission of demonstrating that classical music is a window towards harmony between people, a world open to everyone, and that all deserve the chance to explore it.
After a more than fruitful career in Europe and the world, filled with successes in halls such as Théâtre des Champs Elysees – Paris, Carnegie Hall – New York or Metropolitan Arts Centre – Tokyo, appearing with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur or Christoph Eschenbach, Alexandru came back to Romania, where he comitted himself to organizing classical music national tours, realized exclusively out of private funds. He understood that the non-conventional seen as a combination between professionalism and inovation is the access-key to a large cathegory of public, so he became the main character of several pioneering events in the Romanian classical music world: he played his Stradivarius in a subway station, to prove people are receptive to quality music; he played in a forest to state his position concerning the irational exploitation of the Romanian woods. He played in front of a house in ruins, to stop the destruction of Romania’s National Heritage buildings. He played in order to raise funds destined to the Romanian Association for the Blind or for helping deaf children obtain hearings aids. He is among the first Romanian artists who made a mission out of taking the message of classical music in towns where there are no philharmonic orchestras. His name on a poster is enough to sell all the tickets days before the event.
Alexandru Tomescu is not just playing before his public, but cultivates an intense dialog with it, either on scene, explaining what he plays, either in TV and radio interviews. Wether his voice appears on specialized radio posts or at general ones, wether his thoughts appear in culture newspapers or in glossy magazines, he explains what being an artist in XXIst century Romania is, what nurtures his inspiration and why classical music deserves a chance.
Receiving the Stradivarius Elder-Voicu violin in november 2007, he promised he would familiarize a large number of the Romanian public to the sound of the splendid instrument. After an almost uninterrupted series of concerts in Romania and abroad, his name and the one of his instrument became perfect synonyms.
In the end – a relevant quote, which although reffers to a single concert of Alexandru’s, can be extended to his whole career: „Alexandru Tomescu makes uncommon music out of Paganini’s Caprices, playing up contrasts, letting each phrase live and breathe. I expected an evening of champagne bubbles. Tomescu serves up whiskey.” (David Larsen – Metro Magazine, Noua Zeelandă).
Peter Rainer, Concertmaster
Peter Rainer, Concertmaster
Peter is iPalpiti Concertmaster since 1994. In his native Germany, he is a concertmaster and founder of the Kammerakademie Potsdam since 2000, and leads an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.
With Kammerakademie Potsdam he also regularly plays concerts as soloist and leader and lead CD productions with the oboist Albrecht Mayer and mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital. He was the founder and leader of the popular Persius Ensemble, focusing mainly on a repertoire written for the classical nonet, and has released three CDs; a CD with nonets by Spohr, Clementi and Mozart was chosen by Berlin-Brandenburg Radio (RBB) as one of the best in 2007. In 2008 he founded the Merlino String Quartet, which is touring throughout Germany, and has been member of the Max Brod piano trio for two years. Since 2007 Peter has been on the faculty of the “Universitat der Kunste” (University of the Arts) in Berlin and of the “Stern Institute” for young talented students. Music-loving children know Peter Rainer through the many interactive concerts he developed for them in the past 15 years, such as Till Eulenspiegel, Ferdinand the Bull, The Horse on the Violin to mention a few. In 2010 he appeared at the “Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt” together with “iPalpiti” alumni Tibi Cziger, Caroline v. Bismarck and Eliah E. Sakakushev. Peter studied violin in the U.S. with Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he received his Artist Certificate in 1994 and his Master of Violin Performance degree in 1995. Upon his return to Germany, he was concertmaster of the Brandenburgische Philharmonie in Potsdam from 1996 to 2000. He has worked as the assistant to Professor Schmieder at the Holland Music Sessions and at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Peter has been a member and leader of iPalpiti since 1994. In 2005 he received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his leadership of iPalpiti and his contributions to culture.
Davide de Ascaniis
Davide de Ascaniis
Violinist/ItalyDavide de Ascaniis’ exceptional talent and strong, passionate personality place him in line of prominent emerging Italian violinists. As a soloist and chamber musician he has appeared throughout major cities and venues in his native Italy, and toured Asia, Canada, USA and Europe. He has appeared in international festivals such as Nippon Foundation in Tokyo, Asahikawa in Hokkaido (Japan), Festival Bled (Slovenia), Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Kurt Mazur’ Chelsea Festival in NY, always to the highest acclaim, often being broadcast on the national radio, performing in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide such as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, La Fenice in Venice, National Theater and National Concert Hall of Taipei, Merkin Hall in New York, Teatro dal Verme in Milan, Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Wiener Saal in Salzburg. In 2010 he performed at the Taipei Arena for an audience of 15,000 and received rave reviews from the press. Born in Italy in 1991 to a family of musicians, Mr. de Ascaniis began studying the violin when he was eight years old and in 2000 he made his debut in France playing Bruch concerto with orchestra. After the Master’s Degree cum laude from the Conservatorio Pedrollo in Vicenza at the age of 16, he earned a Diploma at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome Winner of numerous international violin competitions in Italy, he has also participated in master classes with eminent violin professors such as Zakhar Bron, Michael Frischenschlager, Igor Volochine, and since 2012 he resides in New York City, studying with Albert Markov. In 2013, Davide was selected to join iPalpiti. Upcoming engagements include concerts in USA, Mexico, Brazil and Europe as well as his Carnegie Hall debut.
Classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi is an active performer and soloist, based primarily in Los Angeles and the New York area. He has made several Carnegie Hall appearances, and has performed in Europe, the Middle East, and across the United States. Mr. Ashkenazi has also been asked to play at many occasions in Washington D.C., including at the Kennedy Center as part of the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Inauguration, and for the 2011 International Day of Persons with Disability. He is the winner of numerous competitions, including the 2010 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition and the 2007 VSA International Young Soloist Award. He has performed at summer festivals such as the iPalpiti festival of international laureates and the Keshet Eilon Summer Mastercourse, Has been an active member in the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop and Fall Residency in Stowe, VT as well as featured in chamber recitals at the Music Academy of the West Performing to audiences in both concert halls and in the community, recent chamber music collaborations include concerts with Martin Chalifour, Nathan Cole, Roger Tapping, and Merry Peckham. Niv has organized concerts for recent head trauma patients at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and was a founding member of the trio, Ensemble Eclectico, which performed contemporary repertoire for audiences with limited or no access to live music. He has an ongoing collaboration with the dance company TranscenDance as part of a multimedia performance telling the true story of a family’s struggle to stay hidden during the Holocaust and their life after the war.
Mr. Ashkenazi holds both a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Itzhak Perlman and Glenn Dicterow. He serves on the board of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO) and works as a coach with several other local youth ensembles. In addition to his career as a performer, he keeps a small teaching studio in the Los Angeles area.
Born in Ukraine, Irina began her violin studies at the age of six. Between 1996 and 2009 she became First and top-prizes winner in eleven international and national competitions, including Grand-prix at the International violin competition “Forte-Maestro.” In 2007 her name was chronicled in the State book of Ukraine “The Pride of Nation.” She entered the Music College of the famed Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 1998, graduating cum laude from the Conservatory in 2007, and receiving postgraduate diploma in 2010 (with Professors Ivanov/violin and Bonduryansky/chamber music).
As a member of chamber music ensemble in duo with pianist Elena Kuznetzova, she won First prizes at the 16th International Chamber Music Competition in Thesaloniki, Greece, International Competition of Slavonic Music in Moscow, Russia (2006), and the 2nd International Chamber Music Competition named after T. Gaydamovich in Magnitogorsk (2009). She participated in summer festivals such as Mozarteum Summeracademie, Holland Music Sessions, “Zeist music days”, in International Master-classes in Weimar, working with Jerusalem and Ysaye Quartets, and eminent violin professors.
Irina was selected to join iPalpiti orchestral ensemble of international laureates in 2010 and since, performed with iPalpiti in Los Angeles, Israel, Philadelphia and New York. As a member of “Young Russian Talents” program she is engaged in touring Russia as a recitalist and giving master-classes to gifted children. Named a Soloist with the Moscow Philharmonia in 2010, Irina has performed in major halls throughout Russia, and has appeared as soloist with such renown orchestras as Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and with Moscow Philharmonic.
Azer began his musical studies at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted in the Musical College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Maria Keselman from which he graduated in 2007 at the age of 20 with an equivalent of a Bachelor Degree Diploma. Azer participated in master classes and festivals in Dortmund in Germany, Britten-Pearce Orchestra in Great Britain, and Volga Regional Young Symphony festival. Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation’s Stipend, Azer is a Laureate of numerous national competitions. In 2007 Azer received a Diploma at the 14th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy, and a special iPalpiti prize for participation in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. In the fall 2010, Azer was accepted into Bachelor of Music Program at Boyer College at Temple University in the class of Professor Schmieder, where, subsequently he completed his Master’s degree in 2013, and currently pursues a Doctoral degree in Music Performance.
He was a member of iPalpiti in its winter East Coast residency and concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, its Northern California tour, and iPalpiti festivals in Los Angeles. As a Winner of the American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music 2012 he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Born the 18th of June 1996, Anna began to study violin at the age of 5 with Alexandre Zapolski. To this day she is a winner of numerous violin competitions and major awards, including:
• Appointed "International Talent" in Russia - concert in Moscow Conservatory Hall, 2009
• Winner of Øresunds Solist 2009 in the category of 12-16 years
• First Prize and Special award for best performance of a Danish piece in Jacob Gades Violin competition 2008
• Winner, Nordic music competition 'De Unges Konsert' and receiving a grant from Kavlifondet
• Gold medal in Berlingske Musikkonkurrence 2012
• Jacob Gades talent grant consisting of 45 000 DKK, 2011
• Winner of the entire Jacob Gades Violinkonkurrence 2013
• Winner Jacob Gades great grant consisting of 100 000 DKK, November 2014
• First place winner and Judges' Distinction Award winner in the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition 2013, followed by two Recitals in Carnegie Hall, March 2014.
As a winner of competitions, she was featured as a soloist with Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven violin concerto) 2009, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, 2010 and 2014, Bergen Philharmonic in April 2014.
Anna has toured several European countries with Hotel ProForma as musician/actress, 2007.
She performed at Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011, gave several concerts in Sweden and at Båstad kammermusikfestival, solo Recital in Charlottenborg Festsal, July 2014 after receiving Copenhagen Summer Festival's Talent award, and most recently played at Røros Festival as a soloist with musicians from Berlin Philharmonic (March 2015). Anna plays on a 1763 Gagliano attributed by Augustinus Fonden. She speaks four languages fluently: Danish, Russian, French and English
Nora Hapca has won awards in many national and international competitions, including second Grand Prize at the “Remember Enescu” International Competition in 2003 and the Special Artist Prize from Young Artists International in 2004. As a result she was invited to participate in that year’s edition of iPalpiti Festival in Los Angeles, and has been an iPalpiti member since, toured the USA, Slovenia, Austria and Israel, performing in prestigious concert halls of Mozarteum in Salzburg, YMCA in Jerusalem, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Throughout the years, Nora has played many concerts and recitals in Romania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. Born in 1986, Nora began playing violin at the age of six in her home town Baia Mare, and completed her musical education in Bucharest (Romania) and Cologne (Germany) where she was “Erasmus” award recipient for the academic year of 2006 – 2007 at the Musikhochschule Köln with Prof. Mihaela Martin.
Currently Nora lives in Germany and is playing in the Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin. She is also a member of the International Mahler Orchestra both as an orchestra player, as well as a regular member of their chamber music concert series.
Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä *
Violinist/FinlandKreeta-Julia Heikkilä’s Website
Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä has recently been appointed as the 2nd concertmaster of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, prior position being a principal concertmaster in Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland. Next season she will perform as an artistic director, founder and a violinist in TEOS Chamber Music Series in Helsinki.She has performed as a guest chamber musician with ensembles such as Jakobstads Sinfonietta, Athelas Sinfonietta and DiamantEnsemble and as an orchestra musician in Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She graduated with distinction from London Royal College of Music in 2012, and is a graduate of Sibelius Academy, where she has studied with Prof. Tuomas Haapanen, Mi-Kuyng Lee and Päivyt Meller.
Kreeta-Julia has been a prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions as well as winner of numerous awards, including ‘Kees Wiebenga Prize’ at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Course,’The Young soloist of the Summer Prize’ at Levi Music Weeks, ’The Resital Prize’ at the Suolahti International Music Course and the prestigious Pro Musica and Nordea Awards. In 2003 and 2004 she has been selected as a Young Chamber Musician in Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. She has played as a soloist with several orchestras such as Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra and given concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, not only in Finland, but in several European countries and Russia. Last years she has appeared at festivals such as Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, KuruFest and Helsinki Festival in Finland, Riga New Music Festival and Classica NordicBaltic Conference in Latvia, Ecuentro de musica de Santander in Spain, Music Alp Music Weeks in France, Harmos Festival in Portugal and Lake District Summer Music Festival in the UK. Kreeta-Julia has found inspiration and studied chamber music under Paavo Pohjola, Ferenc Rados (IMS Prussia Cove), Johannes Meissl and Hatto Beyerle (ECMA). She is also a first violinist of Copenhagen based Trio Nord (Jacob Shaw, cello and Kristoffer Nyholm Hyldig, piano). With a Finnish pianist Roope Gröndahl (Duo Teos) she has played concerts in Finland and abroad, concentrating in the repertoire of Finnish chamber music for violin and piano. Heikkilä plays an Antonio Stradivarius (1691), kindly on loan from Sibelius Academy.
NOBUKO KAWAMURA was born in Morioka, in Northern Japan. She started playing violin at the age of four, and received a Winner’s Medal at the Children’s Competition of Japan at age ten. She studied at the famous Toho Gakuen School of Music from 1998 to 2001 with Professor Kyoko Suzuki. In 2005 she graduated at the top in her class from Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo, where she studied with Professor Tugio Tokunaga. Nobuko was selected as a soloist for the Graduation Concert, and also named Yomiuri New Young Artist in Tokyo. In 2007 she performed as a soloist with orchestras across Japan. In the Fall of 2006 Nobuko was accepted in the class of Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas into Artist Certificate Program, and followed him to Temple University in Philadelphia into the Artist Diploma Program. Nobuko is a member of iPalpiti since 2009 and has participated in iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. As a soloist and chamber musician Nobuko has performed in Switzerland, France, Germany, and Japan.
Alexandr Kislitsyn was born in Omsk, Russia in a family of musicians, in 1989. He began to play the violin at the age of five with professor Muralev, an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation and the concertmaster of the Omsk Symphony Orchestra. Winner of a number of national and international competitions, including First Prize at the Jyvaskyla International Competition 2011 in Finland, and numerous awards from prestigious Russian organizations, he concertized throughout Russia as a soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras. In 2009, Alexandr toured Finland as a member of a Novosibirsk “Bright Bows” ensemble, and was assistant concertmaster of the International Symphony Orchestra that took part in an International Forum Russia-Asia in Indonesia in 2011 and in Thailand in 2012. That same year he graduated cum laude from Novosibirsk Conservatory (under Professor Marina Kuzina-Koifman) where he was a concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra from 2009. He also took part in Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg. Currently, he is attending Temple University’ Center of the Arts, continuing his violin studies with Professor Schmieder. Before he moved to the United States, he was a leader of a string quartet which premiered compositions of contemporary Russian composers.
Pablo Rapado Jambrina
Pablo Rapado Jambrina
The Spanish violinist was born in Zamora, Spain in a musical family. He began his violin studies at age six, with Jesus Ramos at Zamora Music Conservatory. At 14 years of age, and with many solo apperances done, he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Conservatory orchestra. Pablo continued at the Oviedo Superior Conservatory of Music, also studying baroque music with Zeljko Haliti, performing regularly as a soloist.
During his musical studies, he performed with numerous Spanish and French orchestras, and took part in numerous violin and chamber music master classes with eminent violinists, more recently with Albert and Alexander Markov. In 2006, he was awarded First Prize with honours in Paris, and in 2008 received Cum Laude Bachelor degree from the Maastricht National Conservatory of Music, Holland with teacher Robert Szreder.
Double-laureate of the Sarasate International Violin Competition, Pablo performed as a soloist in the Berlin Konzerthaus with the JOSPA orchestra, in chamber ensembles with Albert and Alexander Markov at the Cordes et Pics Festival (France), and made his recital debuts in Paris in 2008 with pianist Christie Julien. In New York Pablo performed at Merkin Hall (Lincoln Center), WPM Concert Hall, Bargemusic, etc. Pablo began to teach in Spain in 2004, and from 2006 in France, also invited as a teacher at the Cordes et Pics Festival. In orchestral experiences from 2004-2011, Pablo has played at Navarra Symphony, Granada Symphony, Orchestra Les Arts (Valencia) under maestri Zubin Metha, Lorin Maazel, Lopez Cobos, among others. Nowadays he leads Premium Symphony Orchestra in Spain, also keeping residency in Brussels, Belgium, and touring. In 2014 Pablo has won first violin leading position in the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, starting his work in August 2014.
Irakli Tsadaia was born into a musical family in Tbilisi, Georgia. His first music training started with Tamaz Batiaschwili and Konstantin Vardeli – both members of the Georgian States Quartet and teachers at the Tiflis Conservatory. Since the age of eight he received regular lessons with Galina Turchaninova in Moscow and Germany, who also was the first teacher of Maxim Vengerov. In 1997, Irakli was accepted as a student at the Munich Conservatory, being only thirteen. While studying at the conservatory, he also attended the master classes of Alexander Brussilovsky, Boris Garlitzky, Felix Andrievsky and Victor Tretjakov. In 2002 he continued his studies with Professor Victor Tretjakov at the “Hochschule für Musik Köln” (Cologne). He received first prize at the music competition “Jugend musiziert” in Germany, diplomas in the Louis-Spohr International Violin Competition in Weimar (1999) and at the Paganini International Competition in Moscow (2006), and the 2nd prize at the International Violin Competition Valsesia Musica in Italy (2008). He was a winner of a competition in the instrumental foundation of the “Hochschule für Musik Köln” that gives young musicians an opportunity to perform on high quality instruments and was awarded with a G P. Maggini violin. In 2007 he recorded a CD of Four Seasons by Astor Piazolla released by Sony BMG, performing as a soloist with “Kölner Klassik Ensemble.” Irakli is performing as a soloist and in chamber music with internationally known musicians and conductors such as Alexandre Brussilovsky, Ivan Monighetti, Lev Markiz and Vakhtang Kakhidze. His concert performances of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate and the Four Seasons by Astor Piazolla were recorded for Radio and Television and broadcast on ARD, SWR, BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk), and in Tbilisi, Georgia. He was selected to join iPalpiti in 2010. In 2012, he was a selected Prizewinner among ten from 1003 participants at the Mozarteum Summer Academy Salzburg, and concluded the finale concert of the Salzburg Festspiele. In 2013, Irakli was appointed Concertmaster of Georgian Chamber Orchestra.
Yury Revich *
Violinist/AustriaYury Revich's website
Young Artist of the Year 2015 by the International Classical Music Awards, at only 23 years of age, Yury Revich already is a very mature and serious artist. He is one of the most expressive musicians of his generation and is based in Vienna, Austria.
Whenever he is not at performances in all corners of the world – in 2009, he played his debut at Carnegie Hall and in 2013 at La Scala, Milan, he has performed at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Metropolitan Art Space Tokyo,Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall London as well as the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago and many others, and can be heard at many international festivals – Yury tries to use his music for charitable events.
Together with the European-Russian Society for International Cooperation, where Yury functions as Artistic Director, he organized a concert in Vienna in 2011 for the victims of the tsunami in Japan. Additionally, he collaborates with the organisation „Kleine Herzen“ that helps Russian and Ukranian children.
He records for Sony Classical, ARS, Odradek and OnePointFM , WDR, BR, Radio France, among many other European and American radio and television networks.
Born in 1989, Boris began playing the violin at the age of seven in the class of Chantal Crenne at the National Conservatory of Toulouse. He continued at the National Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt, where he was awarded a unanimous first prize with a special mention from the jury and prizes of Chamber Music, Analysis and Musical Culture. He entered the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) in 2009 where he received the Violin 1st prize and honors unanimously, and parallel courses of chamber music with Itamar Golan. He continues mentoring with Dora Schwarzberg and Patrice Fontanarosa at the Vienna University of Arts and Paris.
Over the years, he has participated in the master classes of Vadim Repin, Joel Smirnoff, Krzystof Wegrzyn, Kyung-Wha Chung, Ivry Gitlis, and other prominent musicians.
Boris is a winner of numerous competitions including 2nd prize at the International Foundation "Parnassus" in Paris (2008), Prizewinner and the "Jasha Heifetz" Special Mention at the IBLA foundation of New York International Competition in Italy (2011), Prizewinner of the American Fine Arts of New York City (2013).
In 2012 he gave Carnegie Hall debut and went on U.S.A. Recital tour. He was invited as a Rising Star at the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea in 2011-2013 seasons, and has played with the Academy of the Radio France Philharmonic under the direction of Ton Koopman and Myung-Whun Chung. Boris is performing internationally as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musicians, and in festivals at important venues such halls as Radio France, Cite de la Musique, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral – France; Carnegie Hall, New York City; Opera Festival, Duluth – Minnesota – U.S.A.; Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt – Austria; National Theatre Podgorica – Montenegro; Concert Hall of Macao and Shanghai – China; Hualien – Taiwan ; Festival of Essaouira and Casablanca – Morocco; Verona, Italy and Ragusa, Sicily; Korean National University of Arts in Seoul (KNUA), Busan Art center and Alpensia Pyeonchang Hall, South Korea; Geneva Theater-Switzerland.
Akhmed Mamedov started to play violin at the age of seven and graduated from the Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory in 2005, actively performing in solo, chamber ensembles, and string quartet concerts. Among his awards are the Grand Prize in the Fourth Regional Goldenberg Violin Competition, stipend from the “Russian Performing Art” foundation, Diploma at the 5th Demidov International Violin Competition, and an award from the VI “Golden Talent.” In 2006 Akhmed was selected to join “Youth Symphonic Orchestra of CIS Countries” and through 2009 toured the cities of CIS, Europe, and USA, under such conductors as Yury Simonov, M. Gorenshtein, Vladimir Spivakov. In 2010 Akhmed was accepted into Artist Diploma Program at Temple University in Philadelphia, where currently he works toward his Master of Music degree in the class of Professor Schmieder.
Joseph Kauffman was born in Oakland, California. He began studying the violin when he was five with Dejin Sun, and later with Yayoi Numazawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the summers, Joseph participated in international music festivals such as Interlochen, Luzerne, Music in the Mountains, Kinhaven, and Recontres Musicales International des Graves where he worked with many fine musicians and teachers.
Joseph graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a BM in Violin Performance, and was honored to receive the Creative Achievement Award given out to one exceptional student. Joseph was a winner of the Beene, Kroulik, and Brewster competitions in Pennsylvania, and in 2008, received first prize in the PSU Philharmonic Concerto Competition where he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto. He returns to Penn State every summer for the Penn’s Woods Music Festival under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein. Joseph founded “Valens” Piano Quartet which earned 2st Prize in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Kauffman was accepted into the class of Professor Eduard Schmieder in 2008 where he began his studies in the master’s degree program at Temple University, where he is currently is in DMA program. With Prof. Schmieder’s encouragement, he began playing viola and was invited to join iPalpiti as violist for its Los Angeles festivals and on the east coast. As violinist, he often serves as concertmaster for Temple Orchestra in opera and symphonic performances. In 2010 Joseph was violin soloist with the Wayne Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and his newly formed piano trio premiered a new commissioned work for violin, piano, and horn. He is on the faculty at NBSM and actively performs in ensembles, including Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.
Midori Maruyama *
Midori Maruyama started playing violin at the age of four and has studied at the Tokyo college of Music from 2004-2010 with Prof. Takashi Shimizu and Saiko Azuma. During these years she attended many master classes in Japan, Portugal, Italy, and Austria. In 2008 she won the third prize at the Japan Players Competition and also began to study the viola and play a lot of chamber music. She won the 2nd prize at the Osaka International Competition and received a Special award at the Japan Ensemble Competition with quartet.
Since 2010 Midori continues her studies at Scuola di musica di Fiesole in Italy with Antonello Farulli and Felice Cusano as a scholarship student in Corso di Perfezionamento. In 2011, she was awarded the “Grand Prix d’Honneu” at the Concours International de Musique Léopold Bellan in Paris, France, with piano quintet, followed with the invitation to perform at the “Julita Music Festival” in Sweden. As a soloist, Midori received First Prize at the 4th Concorso Musicale Europea Città di Filadelfia and 10th International Music Competition Premio Vittoria Caffa Righetti in 2012.
In 2013, as a member of chamber music ensemble in duo, Midori received First Prize at Concorso Internazione di Musica “Euterpe” di Corato and VII Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera Città di Chieti. She participated in master class of Jürgen Kussmaul and in summer course of Jurij Bashmet at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. As Mozarteum Summerakademie “praistreger”, Midori performed in prestigious concert halls in Salzburg Festspiele.
Born in 1987 in Ankara, Turkey, Can is a member of Eskisehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra. His M.A. in Viola is from Lausanne Conservatory (Bruno Pasquier’s class) and B.M. in Viola from Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, where he has been awarded with a full scholarship. He also attended master classes of James Creitz, Rusen Gunes, and Tatiana Masurenko at the Ayvalik International Music Academy. Can joined the Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and was its Principal Viola 2005- 2008. Other leading positions were at Bilkent Youth Virtuosos (2006 -2008), touring Turkey and Germany as Co-Principal with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Damiano Guiranna (2007), and in summer 2008, as the Principal Viola in the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 2009, he became a member of the Camerata de Lausanne under the leadership of Pierre Amoyal. He has performed in many chamber music and solo concerts all over the world including Turkey, Switzerland, France, Russia, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Cyprus and participated in festivals such as the Cannes Festival, the Montebello Festival, the Saint-Riquier Festival, the International Students Chamber Music Festival in Stuttgart, the Youth composers and Youth performers, World Music Day, the Festival of Castle of Ankara, and VEKAM Art Festival. He has also performed at television and radio broadcasts on Mezzo, Radio Suisse Romande (La Tribune des Jeunes Musiciens) and Turkish National Television and Radio.
Adelya Shagidullina is a prizewinning Russian violist. Her numerous awards include First Prizes at the Andrey Korsakov International Music Competition, Eugen Coca International Music Competition, All Russian International competition, and a First Prize and special prize for the best performance of a commissioned work at the International J.S. Bach Competition. Named Fellow of the Art Ministry of Russia and Russian Performing Art Foundation (2003-2006), Adelya has performed in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, her native Kazan, and throughout other large cities in Russia. Selected as a principal violist of numerous youth international orchestras under direction of prominent conductors, Adelya has been working professionally in the Kazan State Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera” and the Kazan State Symphony Orchestra. Adelya was selected to join iPalpiti for its east coast residency in 2009, and has since performed as an orchestra member and soloist in concerts throughout America, including the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
A graduate of the Kazan State Conservatoire, she has been studying in the United States since 2009 in the international studio of Professor Eduard Schmieder of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. In the spring of 2013, Adelya Shagidullina was accepted into the Doctoral program at Temple University where she currently studies with Professor Daniel Avshalomov, violist of the eminent American String Quartet.
Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, LARS HOEFS is currently professor of cello and music history at Sao Paulo State University in Campinas (UNICAMP), consistently ranked the 2nd or 3rd best university in Latin America. In Brazil Lars has performed as soloist with orchestras in Barra Mansa, Campinas, Campos do Jordao, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Sorocaba, and has been a frequent guest at the Rio International Cello Encounters and Festival Virtuosi in Recife. With pianist and Polish Music Center director Marek Zebrowski, Lars has concertized in New York, London, France, Italy, Prague, and across Poland and the Ukraine. As cellist of the Blue Rose Trio Lars performed in Jerusalem, Shanghai, and Hong Kong; and as a member of the California Quartet he collaborated in residencies with composers including William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty.
Lars has established himself as a leading expert on the cello repertoire of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Formerly assistant principal cello of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, Lars was invited to perform the complete works for cello and piano of Villa-Lobos in 2012 for the 50th annual Festival Villa-Lobos at the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio. Recently he was the first cellist ever to perform the complete works for cello and orchestra of Villa-Lobos together in one program. Currently, he is planning a Villa-Lobos festival for 2015 in conjunction with the University of California, Riverside.
He received his high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts, a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University studying with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, studying with Piatigorsky Chair and former LA Philharmonic principal cellist Ronald Leonard. Lars joined 2011 joined iPalpiti orchestra on its tour to Israel, and performed in numerous concerts.
Francisco Vila *
Ecuadorian-Spanish cellist Francisco Vila is one of today´s emerging talents. He has been described as …an exceptionally talented young cellist and musician. He is heading for an important place in the world of music. (Janos Starker, cellist) Concert activities have taken him to such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Zankel Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Disney Hall in Los Angeles; Harvard University, and Boston’s Seully Hall. Vila´s principal teachers include Janos Starker, Sharon Robinson, Andrew Mark, David Bjella; chamber music with Menahem Pressler. Vila was the first-prize winner of the ’09-’10 concerto competition, the Kuttner String Quartet in Residence Competition of 2010 at Indiana University; prize-winner of the 2011 Concours FLAME (Paris). Last February 2012 he won the 2nd prize at the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition in the United States.He plays a 1790 Vincenzo Panormo cello on generous loan from the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation. Since September 2011 he is studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Gary Hoffman. He received a scholarship granted by Mr. & Mrs Guy Reyniers.
Vila brought out the fervour and vitality of the piece, boldly emphasizing attack and consummate projection. (The Strad Magazine, April 2012)
Cellist/UK-DenmarkJacob Shaw's website
Award-winning British cellist Jacob Shaw has given concerts across Europe, USA and Asia, establishing himself as one of the most prominent young soloists based in Scandinavia. His program ideas, style, and enthusiasm have gained support and admiration from the public and professional colleagues alike. In 2013, Jacob was appointed “Music Ambassador” for Dulwich College International dedicated to helping youth talents in classical music. Jacob Shaw has performed in some of the worlds greatest concert halls: Berlin Konzerthaus, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guangzhou Opera House, Salle Gaveau, Royal Albert Hall; at top music festivals: Lockenhaus, Kronberg, iPalpiti; as well as with orchestras and conductors such as Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Harbin Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Radio Orchestra, Michael Sanderling and Adrian Leaper.
Jacob works with contemporary composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina, who described his playing as “wonderful sensitivity, just perfect, absolutely perfect…” Last season Jacob gave one of the first Danish performances of Sir John Taveners piece “The Protecting Veil” for cello and orchestra, the world premiere of a new cello concerto in Beijing by Philip Henderson, and in 2014 he will give the Danish premiere of “Herma”, a concerto for cello and strings by Hafliði Hallgrímsson. Together with his family, Jacob Shaw in 2009 founded the “Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente”. It has grown steadily, and is now the most important festival dedicated to chamber music based in south-west France. He frequently gives masterclasses at conservatories and universities all over the world for both cello and chamber music, recently giving classes at CCOM (Chinese Conservatory of Music, Beijing), Sage Concert Hall (Newcastle), Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin), Royal Scottish Conservatoire (Glasgow), Shanghai Conservatory, etc. Jacob is a jury member at the FLAME international competition in Paris.
During his studies in London, Paris, Augsburg and Copenhagen Jacob Shaw became a laureate of numerous national and international prizes – 1st prize and 2 special prizes: FLAME international competition (France), Silver Medal: David Popper International Competition (Hungary), First prize: Andreas Stein Wettbewerb (Germany), and many other awards and prizes. Jacob Shaw plays a cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, kindly on loan to him from the collection of the Royal Danish Academy of Music (presided by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark).
"... Exceptional musical expression and maturity..." —The Strad, Giorgi Kharadze is one of the rising stars on the international music scene!
Providing distinguished performances at the most important international competitions: First Prize in the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2006, Third Prize in the Rostropovitch Competition at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2005, Giorgi Kharadze was also awarded First Prize in the Domnick Cello Prize International Competition in Germany (2001), First Prize at the Georges Prêtre International Competition in Douai (2003), Third Prize and Special Prize at the Pablo Casals International Competition in Germany (2004).
Born into a musical family in 1984 in Tbilisi (Georgia), Giorgi Kharadze began playing the cello at the age of six and was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris at the age of fifteen, where he was tutored by Roland Pidoux and Xavier Phillips, graduating with distinction in 2003.
Giorgi Kharadze now plays on stages such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Hague Theatre in the Netherlands, the Czech Philharmonic in Prague, the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava, the Estonia Theatre in Tallinn, the Lithuanian Philharmonic in Vilnius, the Riga Philharmonic, the Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris and others. He has played with ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Republican Guard, the Frankfurt Sinfonietta, the Potsdam Kammerakademie, where the press gave a rapturous reception to his performance of Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky.
Giorgi Kharadze received a vote of confidence from Gidon Kremer, when he invited the young Georgian to play a solo last March with the Kremerata Chamber Orchestra in Poland and Germany. His upcoming performances include dates with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Beethovenorchester Bonn, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the KBS Symphony Orchestra and more. He will also appear at the Périgord Noir Festival and in the Auditorium du Louvre.
Chamber music is a passion that he shares with luminaries such as Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler and Roland Pidoux, and with young artists such as Fanny Clamagirand, Julien Gernay.
A winner of the Natexis Foundation in France, the Concertante Foundation in Italy and of the Langraf von Hessen-Prize awarded by the Kronberg Academy in Germany, where he received instruction from Frans Helmerson, Giorgi can regularly be heard on radio and television programmes in those countries.
His current discography includes a recording of Pezzo Capriccioso, op. 62 by Tchaikovsky and Cello Concerto by Vasha Azarashvili with the Kremerata Chamber Orchestra, which will appear in autumn 2007 on the "Kronberg Academy - the Vision" label.
Republic of South Africa
Bassist/Republic of South Africa
South African bassist Mariechen Meyer was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1989. She started her double bass studies with Peter Guy in Bloemfontein, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Stellenbosch in 2011 on the string scholarship under the Dutch pedagogue and performer, Roxane Steffen. From a young age she was appointed principal bassist of several orchestras such as the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in USA, and the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. Mariechen has been invited to numerous international chamber festivals, among which are the International Chamber Festival in Stellenbosch (South Africa), MUSICA MUNDI International Chamber Music Course and Festival for Young Musicians in Belgium, the Stift Festival in The Netherlands, and the Interlochen Summer Camp in Michigan, USA, where she worked with Leon Bosch, Lawrence Hurst, Jack Budrow and Zoran Markovic. As a soloist Mariechen has performed with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra (2004) and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (2008).
Currently, Mariechen pursuing her Doctoral Degree at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she also completed her Master’s Degree, studying with the world-renown double bass pedagogue and soloist Jeff Bradetich. In 2013 she was a winner of the University of North Texas Concerto Competition, second prize winner of the Mid-Texas Symphony Solo Competition and a semi-finalist in the prestigious solo competition if the International Society of Bassists. She plays on a modern Rumano Solano bass, owned by Gudrun Raschen. This is her second season with iPalpiti.
*iPalpiti Soloists in Encinitas
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Los Angeles Times
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Ora Binur, Ma’ariv Daily, Jerusalem
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