Meet the Artists

• ALUMNI •• PREVIOUS ARTISTS

Featured Soloist
July 19/Soka University Performing Arts Center & July 25/Walt Disney Concert Hall
Alexandru TomescuAlexandru Tomescu, Violin
Romania
STATE SOLOIST OF ROMANIA • iPalpiti alumnus



Violins

Peter RainerPeter Rainer, Concertmaster
Germany


Davide de AscaniisDavide de Ascaniis *
Italy


Niv AshkenaziNiv Ashkenazi
Israel-USA


Boris BorgolottoBoris Borgolotto
France


Azer DamirovAzer Damirov
Azerbaijan


Anna EgholmAnna Egholm
Denmark


Nora HapcaNora Hapca
Romania




Kreeta-Julia HeikkiläKreeta-Julia Heikkilä *
Co-Concertmaster
Finland

Pablo Rapado JambrinaPablo Rapado Jambrina
Spain


Noco KawamuraNoco Kawamura
Japan


Alexandr KislitsynAlexandr Kislitsyn
Russia


Akhmed MamedovAkhmed Mamedov
Turkmenistan


Yury RevichYury Revich *
Austria


Irakli TsadaiaIrakli Tsadaia
Co-Concertmaster
Georgia


Violas

Joseph KauffmanJoseph Kauffman
USA


Midori MaruyamaMidori Maruyama *
Japan




Can SakulCan Sakul
Turkey


Adelya ShagidullinaAdelya Shagidullina
Tatarstan



Violoncelli

Lars HoefsLars Hoefs
USA-Brazil


Francisco VilaFrancisco Vila *
Ecuador




Jacob ShawJacob Shaw
UK-Denmark


Giorgi KharadzeGiorgi Kharadze
Georgia-Germany



BASS

Mariechen MeyerMariechen Meyer
Republic of South Africa



PIANO

Svetlana SmolinaSvetlana Smolina *
Russia-Belgium-USA



TABLA

Christopher GarciaChristopher Garcia
USA



*iPalpiti Soloists in Encinitas

Critics around the world say

“iPalpiti provides polish for talented young professional musicians from around the world.”
Los Angeles Times

“…a fitting name for the vibrant string orchestra from which the conductor Eduard Schmieder elicited a lively pulse…the ensemble was particularly noteworthy for its unity of purpose and blend. It was as if the musicians’ hearts were beating to the same buoyant rhythm…lustrous, polished tone and graceful phrasing.”
New York Times

“…rich sonorities [of iPalpiti] audibly took the audience’s breath away – especially whenever concertmaster Peter Rainer, whose technically immaculate tone throughout the night was sweet and thrilling, had a few bars to play – showed that iPalpiti had charms to soothe a hall well filled with music lovers of all ages.”
STRINGS Magazine

“This was an invigorating world-class performance by young players with technique to burn and a palpable desire to live every note.”
Los Angeles Times

“…the highlight of this astonishing musical odyssey was the sold-out performance at Disney Hall with elegant Maestro Eduard Schmieder at the helm, conducting this world-class group with a brilliant sense of balance, tension and phrasing.”
Beverly Hills Outlook

“…The musicians played with vivid unanimity and committment… The playing was masterly…”
Los Angeles Times

“iPalpiti played with striking unity and spirit and had an infectious way of making music…All [artists] clearly stimulated each other musically, showing mutual inspiration and respect.”
The Strad Magazine

“…cool display of virtuosity… unified to an often a startling degree…”
Los Angeles Times

“[iPalpiti] performance can be called righteously overwhelming…”
Noord Holland Dagblad

“Exhilaration, thrills, and awe conquer audiences…. These are the stock and trade of Young [iPalpiti] Artists International.”
Los Angeles Times

“When one hears these musicians play, one realizes there is a connection between the title and the musical outcome…when it comes to 24 very talented string players (some have independent successful careers) and a conductor who leads them with great musicality, the result is naturally captivating and exciting.”
Ora Binur, Ma’ariv Daily, Jerusalem

“…an astounding demonstration of seamless and beauteous string playing… memorable, luminous, deeply moving performance…”
Los Angeles Times