Meet the Artists 2021
Peter Rainer, Concertmaster
Violinist/GermanyPeter has been iPalpiti’s Concertmaster since 1994. In his native Germany, he is a concertmaster and a founder of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, and leads an active career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Since 2007, Peter has been on the faculty of the “Universität der Künste” (University of the Arts) in Berlin and of the “Stern Institute” for young talented students. Since 2018, Peter is the Head of the string department of “Musikgymnasium Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach at the “Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik," a school for highly talented musical kids in Berlin. He is the founder and leader of the Persius Ensemble, focusing mainly on 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 releases of 2007. In 2008, he founded the Merlino String Quartet and has been a member of the Max Brod piano trio from 2012. In 2016, the piano trio released a CD of compositions by Robert Kahn, a wonderful discovery of romantic music in style of Johannes Brahms. Peter has worked as the assistant to Professor Schmieder at the Holland Music Sessions, at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas and at Temple University in Philadelphia. Music-loving children know Peter Rainer through the many interactive concerts he developed for them in the past 20 years, such as Till Eulenspiegel, Ferdinand the Bull, The Horse on the Violin, to mention a few. In the past 3 years, he has appeared at the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente together with iPalpiti artist Jacob Shaw, and continues to collaborate with iPalpiti alumni on international musical projects. 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. In 2005, he received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his leadership of iPalpiti and his contributions to culture.
Violinist/JapanWinner of numerous prizes in international and national competitions, Takamori is a graduate of The Tokyo University of Arts with the top score and the Acanthus Music Prize for such outstanding academic achievements. During his college years he was selected numerous times as a soloist with the university symphony orchestras, and play under baton of such conductors, as Prof. Kazuki Sawa, Prof Douglas Bostock, and Prof. Ken Takaseki. He studied with Prof. Eduard Schmieder in his international class Artist Diploma program at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia as a recipient of the scholarship. Currently he is in the doctoral degree program in Tokyo, working with Prof. Takashi Shimizu and Prof. Sung Yang. In 2014 he was selected as a soloist of the Musical Activity Supporting System by YAMAHA Music Foundation, and has been performing in concerts and music festivals in Europe. This is his second season with iPalpiti.
Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev
Violinist/Malaysia-USAAcclaimed by the New York Times as, “a force to be reckoned with…” Miclen LaiPang started his first violin lesson at the age of three, inspired by his brother, a violinist in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. By the age of 9, he was a winner of numerous student competitions, including the grand-prize of the Merit Award Competition for the University of Redlands, the ASTA, and Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition. Miclen has performed in over 40 countries and has won multiple awards. As a chamber and orchestral musician, he has participated in numerous programs including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, Terry King’s Lyricafest, the Castleman Quartet Program, Spectrum New Music Festival, and Boston Music Institute Masterclasses. With a wide range of standard violin repertoire, he is also an advocate for the music of contemporary composers. He has performed and premiered pieces by Steve Reich, John Harbison, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Lansing McLoskey, Augusta Read Thomas, Christopher Theofanidis, and Thomas Sleeper. In 2018, Miclen became one of the violinists for the LGT Young Soloists, described by Fanfare as “one of the finest youth orchestras in Europe.” His primary mentors include Ida Bieler, Charles Castleman, Ruggiero Ricci, and Alice Schoenfeld. He is honored to be an alumni of the Colburn School, Eastman School of Music, and University of Miami. Currently, he is completing his Konzertexamen at the Robert Schumann Hochschule with Ida Bieler. Miclen performs on the 1714 Giuseppe Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ “Sue Miller” violin generously donated by the Miller family and on loan by the Frost School of Music. This is Miclen’s first season with iPalpiti.
Violinist-violist/TurkmenistanAhmed 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, completed his Master of Music degree in violin performance (2014) in the class of Professor Schmieder, and MM as a second major in viola (2017). He plays both as violinist and violist at Symphony in C, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra,Vox Ama Deus Orchestra, Wayne Presbyterian Oratorio Society, and Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem. Ahmed Mamedov is a co-founder and active performer of the Blue Line Quartet. Since 2018, he enjoys teaching at the Perkins Center for the Arts Conservatory in New Jersey. Ahmed is a member of iPalpiti since 2013.
violinist/Canada-ArmeniaAn emerging violinist on the international stage, Nuné Melik made her solo debut at the Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall in 2016. Based in Montreal and New York, Nuné has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia, Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Italy, France and Armenia. An Artist-in-Residence in the Miami Chamber Orchestra since 2015, Nuné has collaborated with Konstantin Orbelian, Nurhan Arman, David Gilbert and has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonia Toronto, Senior Orchestra of New York and Moscow State Chamber Orchestra. Nuné advocates and promotes the music of her heritage, performing and lecturing about music of the Caucasus in venues like Columbia University (New York), Wayne State University (Detroit), Naregatsi Arts Institute (Erevan), Harvard Club of New York, and on the Jeunesses Musicales Canada tour. Her CD “Hidden Treasure” features the unknown works of Armenian composers for violin and piano. Nuné Melik was chosen as a cultural representative of Canada for the Armenian Genocide’s 100th anniversary in 2015. Nuné has been an invitee artist in multiple musical festivals and series such as Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Passion Classica, Musical Armenia, Strad for Lunch (New York), and 1000 violins de Maurienne (France). Top prize winner of various international competitions, she has received numerous awards in her country, including the Canada Council for the Arts Competition and the Prix D'Europe Competition in Montreal (2015). A multi-diverse artist, Nuné has published a self-written book of poetry in Russian and French, later translated to Armenian. She also starred in the short movie “Where is Music ” (director Serge Gabian) which has won the "Award of Merit" at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Nuné has studied in the Moscow State Conservatory and holds her Masters from the University of Montreal. Her teachers include Albert Markov, Vladimir Landsman, with occasional advises from Maxim Vengerov, James Ehnes and Shmuel Ashkenasi. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree at the McGill University. She plays on a Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi violin (1750) on loan from the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank.
Violinist/HungarySamuel Nebyu is the winner of numerous national and international competitions including Grand prizes at the National ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Solo Competition (2015), “Remember Enescu” International Violin Competition (Romania, 2013), Flame International Violin Competition (Paris, 2008), and a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions (CA, 2014). Born in Hungary of Ethiopian-Jewish descent, Samuel spent most of his early childhood in Asia. Starting playing the violin at the age of six, at fifteen, he was admitted to the Young Talents Program at the Brussels Royal Conservatory where he received tutelage from renowned musicians, including Igor Oistrakh. He was a violinist-in-residence for several years at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Currently, he is in DMA program at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University working with Eduard Schmieder who is a Distinguished University Carnell Professor of Violin and Artistic Director of Strings. Samuel has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic and with the iPalpiti orchestra in Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center (2015) and at Walt Disney Concert Hall (2017) and at important international music festivals and in venues such as the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Alice Tully Hall in New York. In 2016, he received the prestigious Clifton Emerging Artist Award, gave a recital at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and became a prize winner of the Mozarteum Salzburg Festpiel competition – the only one of 291 violinists to be selected as one of the eight prize winners – and was further honored to conclude the winners concert at the Mozarteum Grosse Saal. His new CD “Violin Gems from Black Composers” was released on BCM+D label in 2018, selected for Grammy nomination, and named Best Album of the Year by numerous classic radio stations across the nation, including KUSC-FM. Since 2017, Samuel teaches at the Community Music Scholars Program at Temple University. Highlights of this spring were featured soloist at Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, performing Concerto for Violin with Choir and Orchestra by Jennifer Higdon and a recital with Professor Lambert Orkis, long-time piano partner of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. This summer, Samuel was a featured soloist at iPalpiti festival in Los Angeles, and in the fall will join Mutter’s Virtuosi on her sixth tour with the exclusive soloist ensemble of Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing through South America. Samuel is the 3rd iPalpiti artist chosen by the great violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; prior artists were Kian Soltani - Cellist and bassist Roman Patkolo.
Violinist/RussiaNamed a principal soloist of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society in 2015, giving concerts throughout Russia, Finland and Israel, from 2019, Semyon also serves as a Concertmaster of the Tomsk Symphony Orchestra and a Violin Faculty at Novosibirsk College of Music. As a member of the ensemble of violinists “Bright Bows” Semyon performed in numerous international festivals, including the Summit Music festival in New York. Promoe is an Honors Graduate of the Novosibirsk Glinka State Conservatory (with the qualifications of Life Performer, Orchestral Performer, Ensemble Performer, Teacher of Instrumental Performance Majoring in Instrumental Performance) from the class of Professor and Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation Marina Kuzina. He has also completed Postgraduate studies in performance and musicology. He taught a violin class at the Novosibirsk Music College from 2011 to 2013 and participated in the International Forum Musical Performance and Pedagogy in Jyvaskyla, Finland. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous symphony orchestras throughout Siberia’s major cities such as Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Barnaul, and his home city of Novosibirsk. He is a founder of the string quartet Phaeton. Semyon was selected to iPalpiti in 2017 summer festival, and toured with iPalpiti in Israel and Mozarteum Salzburg. This is his 4th season with iPalpiti.
Xuan Shirley Yao
Xuan Shirley Yao
Violinist/ChinaXuan Yao began to learn violin at age four, studying from 2004-2010 with Weijian Tang in the middle school of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. While in Beijing, Xuan was actively performing as soloist, in string quartet, piano trio and was an assistant concertmaster of Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, Xuan was accepted to Temple University in Philadelphia on a full scholarship to study with Professor Eduard Schmieder in his select international violin class at Boyer College in the Center of Performing Arts, receiving Bachelor degree in 2015 and Master degree in 2017. A recipient of the Garrigues Scholarship, Xuan currently is DMA student at Temple University, where she is a teaching assistant in Prof. Schmieder studio. While in Philadelphia, she performs actively as a chamber musician and in Symphony in C. Xuan is a prize-winner of national competitions in her native China including First Prize of Hunan Province Soloist Competition in 2002, First Prize of Chinese Junior New Artist competition, and Grand Prize of Changsha Soloist competition (2003). In USA, she received 2nd prize in Pi Kappa Lambda Competition in 2017 and was a First Prize winner of Young Talents World Festival of Performing Arts in 2018. Xuan performs in numerous international music festivals, including Mozarteum Salzburg and Summit Music Festival in New York. This is her second season with iPalpiti.
As a member of the elite ensemble, Aldeburgh Strings, Julia performs concerts regularly in London and Snape England, with a most recent recording released on Signum Classics. Julia has served as principal violist in numerous international orchestras and has performed frequently in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with The New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Yale Philharmonia among other groups. As a soloist, Julia has performed with the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra as a winner of the concerto competition, and other ensembles. In 2014, Julia held solo viola chair of Krzysztof Penderecki’s festival orchestra, working closely with the composer/conductor and toured Germany and Poland. Other engagements as principal violist have included the Britten-Pears Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, Citymusic Cleveland, Moritzburg Festival orchestra, and Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Orchestra. Julia began playing viola in her hometown, Shoreham NY, and continued at Juilliard Pre-College with Heidi Castleman. Equally committed to academics, Julia pursued a B.A. in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, while simultaneously working toward B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine and Robert Vernon. Currently, she is a graduate fellowship student of Ettore Causa at Yale University. Her 2015 engagements included the Perlman Music Program, the Britten-Pears Orchestra once again as principal violist, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad Switzerland, and in the Aldeburgh Classical-Contemporary Connections Chamber Music Festival. She will be performing in the New York Philharmonic’s 2016 Biennial of New Music in May.
Violist/TurkeyBorn in 1987 in Ankara, Turkey, Can is a member of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra. His M.A.in Viola is from the Lausanne Conservatory (Bruno Pasquier’s class) and his B.M. in Viola is from the Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, where he was awarded 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 from 2005 to 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 as Principal Viola in the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (Summer 2008). 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, and Cyprus and has 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. Member of iPalpiti since 2011.
Violinist-violist/USABorn in Oakland, California, Joseph began his violin studies at the age of five. He has studied with Yayoi Numazawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra, James Lyon and Max Zorin of The Pennsylvania State University, and Eduard Schmieder of Temple University. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, he was honored to receive the Creative Achievement Award, given to only one exceptional student. Winner of many competitions in Pennsylvania, Joseph received first prize in the PSU Philharmonic Concerto Competition performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto (2008). He returns to State College every summer for the Penn’s Woods Music Festival under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein. Kauffman founded and performed with the “Valens” Piano Quartet, which received First Prize in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Most recently, Kauffman (along with his iPalpiti colleague, cellist Yoni Draiblate) founded a chamber music concert series in Wayne, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. As a chamber musician – both as violinist and violist - Kauffman was featured live on classical radio in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In 2008, Kauffman was accepted into the international class of Prof. Eduard Schmieder in the Master’s Degree program at Temple University, which he completed in 2011, with distinction and received the Albert Tashjian Prize for excellence in performance. He frequently served as concertmaster for the TU Symphony Orchestra and TU Opera Theater. In 2010, Kauffman was selected to join the acclaimed iPalpiti orchestral ensemble of international musicians. He has performed on major concert stages including Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, and the Kennedy Center, among others. He has participated in master classes with world-class soloists and ensembles, including Jaime Laredo, Philip Setzer, Martin Chalifour, the Shanghai, Emerson, the American, the Tokyo quartets, and many others. Currently, Joseph is continuing his violin studies in the DMA program at Temple University, where he is also a teaching assistant. He teaches a talented class of students at the NBS School, maintains a thriving private violin studio, and leads an active performance career. Together with iPalpiti alumnus and cellist Yoni Draiblate, he founded the MUSIC TRANSFORMS concert series in Philadelphia.
Cellist/RussiaRussian-born cellist, Egor Antonenko has distinguished himself as a versatile soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Making his solo debut at the age of eight with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra, he continued to perform with many of the prestigious Eastern European orchestras including the Moscow and Ryazan chamber orchestras, and the Petrozavodsk, Yaroslavi and Volograd Symphonies. Egor has made his American orchestral solo debut at the Longy School of Music performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Bard College Symphony, and most recently, performed Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Egor has performed under the baton of Marius Stravinsky, Leon Botstein, Miguel Etchegoncelay, Gil Rose, Benjamin Zander, Terry King amongst many others. A prize winner in numerous competitions including the International Competition of Moscow’s Young Musicians “Rising Stars”, the 18th “Citi di Barletta” Italian International Young Artist Competition, and “Gradus ad Parnassum” of Lithuania 2nd International competition, he has collaborated in performances with Shanghai and Hausmann String Quartets, William Preucil, the Newport and Lyrica chamber music festivals and the International Music Festival of St. Marks. Egor received diplomas from the Moscow State Conservatory and Central Music School as a student of Maria Zhuravleva, an undergraduate diploma in cello performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College as a student of Dr. Terry King and currently continues at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University as Teaching Assistant to his mentor Dr. King. In 2016, Egor toured more than 30 countries, performing over two hundred chamber music concerts through a partnership of the Lincoln Center Stage and the Holland America Line. He also participated in a live performance collaboration between BBC Earth and Holland America Line for a documentary series known as “Frozen Planet Live”. Currently, Egor is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under maestro Benjamin Zander, as well as principal cellist of Lyrica Chamber Orchestra and has participated as acting principal cellist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. This is his 2nd season with iPalpiti.
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.
Javier Iglesias Martin
Cello/MalaysiaPraised for his poetic and engaging performances, Dylan is a graduate of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, completed his Master’s studies with Professor Julius Berger at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum in Augsburg, and currently based in Basel, Switzerland, studying in the School of Excellence at the Musik-Akademie Basel under Danjulo Ishizaka. Most recently, Dylan was the soloist playing Schumann Cello Concerto with the Uzbekistan State Symphony Orchestra as the Grand Prize winner of the Global Music Partnership Concerto Competition. Numerous international awards include 1st prize in the 2019 Andreas Stein Wettbewerb and a Meißterkonzert at the Mozarteum Summer Academy Salzburg. Dylan was among founders in the KL String Project - alongside members of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra - of a chamber orchestra based in the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. As a founding member of the contemporary music quintet, Dylan has premiered chamber music works by young composers from the Asia Pacific region, performing in Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong, Ensemble GO. In 2014, he was invited to and attended the Seiji Ozawa Chamber Music Academy held in Japan. Solo masterclasses include those with artists such as Gavriel Lipkind, Norman Fischer, Natalie Clein, Johannes Moser and Sebastian Comberti, and as a chamber musician, he has played in masterclasses by the Julliard String Quartet, Belcea Quartet, Shanghai String Quartet, and Fournier Piano Trio.
Bassist/USAJustin Smith is an aspiring double bassist from Smithtown, NY with a goal to a professional career as an orchestral musician. He began playing the double bass at age 8, continuing his studies at The Juilliard School pre-college division, and now is a fourth-year student in The Juilliard college division, working with Professor Eugene Levinson. He is recipient of the Ann S. Alderman & Harold Alderman Scholarship, Homer & Constance Mensch, and Jim Wargowsky Scholarships. Since acceptance into the College Division at Juilliard, Justin was offered a mentoring position in the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, where he continues to mentor and teach Pre-College students today. Outside of Juilliard, Justin has worked with Nassau Pops, Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island, The World Youth Alliance, and also as a session musician. Justin also was granted a full scholarship to both the Miami Music Festival, and Summit Music Festivals. Justin is a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Bottesini International Competition in Italy in 2017. In the same year he became a winner of the Camerata Artists International Competition and gave a solo recital in Merkin Hall, New York. For the past three seasons Justin participated in the Summit Music Festival Chamber Orchestra under direction of the Maestro Schmieder who invited him to the iPalpiti. This is his second season with iPalpiti.
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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.”
“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