Masterclass

Canto
Michaela Schuster, voice

The mezzosoprano Michaela Schuster was born in Fürth (Bavaria). After completing her oboe studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, she studied singing there with Helena Lazarska as well as at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Jarmila Rudolfowa Kratzer. In 1996 she completed her education with honors. She also undertook master classes with Christa Ludwig, Aribert Reimann, and Julia Hamari.

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Adrian Oetiker, Piano

The Swiss pianist Adrian Oetiker is pursuing a worldwide carrier since many years. He is a successful Soloist and Chamber musician, at the same time he is in great demand as a professor. Critics describe his playing as “flawless, richly varied jeu perlé”, they praise his “touches light as feathers” and “exactly calculated tone colours”. They also appreciate the “eruptive pure energy”, “power and purpose”, and the “ability to conjure lucid and brilliant atmosphere”.

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Ulrich Koella, Piano accompaniment

Swiss pianist Ulrich Koella is much in demand as a chamber musician and accompanist – working among others with renowned artists János Bálint, Olaf Bär, François Benda, Eduard Brunner, Fabio Di Càsola, Thomas Friedli, Martin Fröst, James Galway, Peter-Lukas Graf, Ulrike Helzel, Wolfgang Holzmair, Sharon Kam, Rudolf Koelman, Maxence Larrieu, Regula Mühlemann, László Polgár, Christoph Prégardien, Julian Prégardien, Eugene Rousseau, Andreas Schmidt, Bo Skovhus, Elena Tsallagova, Raphael Wallfisch and ensembles such as the Orpheus Quartet, the Stradivari Quartet and the Winterthurer Streichquartet. His concert activities have led him to most European countries, the Middle East, Japan, China, Canada, Argentina and the USA.

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Stefano Molardi, Organ and Harpsichord

Organist, musicologist, cembalist and conductor, Stefano Molardi owes his musical education to internationally renowned figures such as Kooiman, Stembridge, Vigel, Tagliavini, and specially to Michael Radulescu, with whom he studied at the University of the Arts in Vienna, and with whom he collaborated during the Académie Bach di Porrentruy (CH).

Marco Rizzi Violino
Marco Rizzi, violino

“… un violinista di prima classe, con una ricca tavolozza di suoni, una bella tecnica ed un affascinante legato cantabile, un musicista di sorprendente onestà e maturità…” (STRAD)

Contardo
Viola

Matthias Buchholz studied in Hamburg, Cincinnati, Detmold and at the famous Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His teachers were Bruno Giuranna, Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle.

He won top prizes at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb Bonn 1978, the Coleman Competition Los Angeles 1982 and the International Music Competition Budapest 1984.

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Cello

Born in Pesaro, he graduated with honors and special mention of honor. He studied with W. Di Stefano, M. Cazacu, W. Grimmer, M. Scano, M. Maisky, A. Meneses, and chamber music with the Trio di Trieste, P, N. Masi, K. Bogino, P. Vernikov e A. Menieur. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras and with conductors such as G. Ferro, W. Nelsson, G. Pehlivanian, C. Poppen, J. Valchua, M. Whun-Chung, K. Nagano e Sir A. Pappano, and K. Jarvi. He also performed the Italian premiere of HK Gruber cello concerto under the direction of the composer and for the first time in the history of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Gulda cello concerto.

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Andrea Oliva, Flute

Andrea Oliva is one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the world of flute.”  (Sir James Galway).

He is principal flutist at the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and recently became Professor of Flute at the Italian-speaking Switzerland Conservatory in Lugano.

 Calogero Palermo
Clarinet

Principal Clarinet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, he is considered one of the most important international clarinettists. He started his career very early as Principal Clarinet in “Orchestra del Teatro V.Bellini” in Catania, playing there from 1993 to 1996.

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Bassoon

Born in a family with a great musical tradition, Gabor Meszaros studies with his father Janos Meszaros, former student of Karel Pivonka. He also followed courses with Milan Turkovic, Frantisek Hermann, Werner Seltmann, Knut Sönstevold and Karl Leister. At age 26 he became principal bassoon at the Balearic Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with different orchestras in Switzerland, Spain and Germany, and has acted as soloist under the direction of Arpad Joo, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Anthony Wit, Franz-Paul Decker, Philippe Bender, Johannes Goritzki, Lü Jia, Odón Alonso, Cristian Mandeal and Gilbert Varga. He is regularly invited as jury member in many international competitions.

Deleplancque
Horn

Originally from Pas de Calais, Jacques Deleplancque began his musical training at the age of seven under the guidance of Paul Cantin.

Damrow
Trumpet

Frits Damrow started his musical career as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to finish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 until 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 until 2010.

Lepape
Trombone

He is Principal Trombone of Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino since 1994. In addition to his orchestral career, he is Professor at Trombone Master of the “Istituto Musicale Pareggiato della Val d’Aosta”. Born in Rouen, France, he was schooled in Paris, and he got his Trombone Diploma at the prestigious “Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris”.

Visser
Tuba

Dutch tubist Anne Jelle Visser is Professor of Tuba at the Zurich University of the Arts. From 1989 till 1996 Anne Jelle was Principal Tubist with the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1999 until 2014 he was Solo Tuba with the Zurich Opera Orchestra. Over his orchestral career he has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Georg Solti, Franz Welser Möst, Daniele Gatti, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Ricardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons.

Marquez
Guitar

Argentinean guitarist Pablo Márquez is considered today as one of the most accomplished and versatile virtuosi of his instrument. An outstanding interpreter of contemporary music, who collaborates regularly with groups such as the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he is equally at home in the Argentine traditional music, as well as with the classical repertoire from the Renaissance to the present days.

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Harp

The harpist and conductor Fabrice Pierre was a pupil of Pierre Jamet for the harp and Paul Ethuin and Franco Ferrara for orchestral conducting.

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Chamber music with piano

Swiss pianist Ulrich Koella is much in demand as a chamber musician and accompanist – working among others with renowned artists János Bálint, Olaf Bär, François Benda, Eduard Brunner, Fabio Di Càsola, Thomas Friedli, Martin Fröst, James Galway, Peter-Lukas Graf, Ulrike Helzel, Wolfgang Holzmair, Sharon Kam, Rudolf Koelman, Maxence Larrieu, Regula Mühlemann, László Polgár, Christoph Prégardien, Julian Prégardien, Eugene Rousseau, Andreas Schmidt, Bo Skovhus, Elena Tsallagova, Raphael Wallfisch and ensembles such as the Orpheus Quartet, the Stradivari Quartet and the Winterthurer Streichquartet. His concert activities have led him to most European countries, the Middle East, Japan, China, Canada, Argentina and the USA.

19 - 31 July 2020