VERA BETHS - VIOLINE
Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague, Marlboro Music, Archibudelli
Vera Beths wurde in Haarlem in Holland geboren und erhielt ihre erste Violinestunde von ihrem Vater. Ihr Studium schloss sie am Konservatorium von Amsterdam mit Herman Krebbers ab. Im Jahr 1969 erhielt sie den ersten Preis des Wettbewerbs Oskar Back und im selben Jahr wurde ihr auch der Prix D’Excellence verliehen.
Vera Beths trat mit vielen Orchestern weltweit als Solistin auf, u.a. unter der Leitung von Bernard Haitink, Kiryll Kondrashin und Edo de Waart.
Die Barock-Violinistin hatte Frans Brüggen als Musikpartner und ist mit vielen der von ihm gegründeten Orchestern aufgetreten, darunter auch dem Orchestra of the 18th Century. Sie arbeitete auch mit Jean Fournet, Lorin Maazel, Walter Susskind zusammen.
Im Bereich der Kammermusik gründete sie zusammen mit Anner Bijlsma und Jürgen Kussmaul das Ensemble L’Archibudelli, das auf internationaler Ebene auf beachtlichen Erfolg stieß.
Vera Beths unterrichtet seit 1978 am Royal Conservatory von Den Haag. Sie spielt auf einer Stradivari aus dem Jahr 1727.
VOLKER JACOBSEN - VIOLA
Artemis Quartett, Hochschule Hannover
In Hannover geboren und aufgewachsen hatte Volker Jacobsen ohne Umwege über die Geige Bratschenunterricht bei Christian Pohl, bevor er sein Studium bei Prof. Barbara Westphal an der Musikhochschule Lübeck aufnahm, das er auch dort mit dem Konzertexamen abschloss. Bereits mit Studienbeginn gründete er 1989 das Artemis Quartett, eine zunächst studentische Formation, die regelmäßig mit dem Lasalle, Emerson und Juilliard Quartett arbeitete und der mit ersten Preisen beim Deutschen Musikwettbewerb (1995), dem ARD Wettbewerb München (1996) sowie dem Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia (1997) der Übergang in eine herausragende internationale Karriere gelang. Es folgten Jahre intensivster Konzerttätigkeit in allen großen Konzerthäusern und bei den großen Musikfestivals in Europa, Nord- und Südamerika, Japan und Australien. Begleitet wurden diese Tourneen durch zahlreiche CD-Veröffentlichungen für Virgin/EMI sowie von 3 Filmen unter der Regie von Bruno Monsaingeon. Regelmäßig wurde das Ensemble für seine Tätigkeit geehrt durch Auszeichnungen wie den Diapason d'or, Echo Klassik, Ehrenmitgliedschaft Beethovenhaus Bonn oder der Accademia Chigiana Siena. Als Mitglied des Artemis Quartetts war Volker Jacobsen Professor an der UdK Berlin sowie Visiting Professor an der Chapelle Reine Elisabeth in Brüssel. 2007 schied er aus dem Quartett aus, um sich intensiviert der Arbeit an anderen kammermusikalischen Projekten und dem Unterrichten zu widmen. Im selben Jahr wurde er auf die Bratschenprofessur an der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover berufen. Heute bekleiden seine Schüler zahlreiche Solo- und Tuttistellen in deutschen und internationalen Orchestern. Regelmäßige Partner bei der Arbeit als Kammermusiker für Konzert- sowie Aufnahmeprojekte sind heute Lars Vogt, Matthias Kirschnereit, Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Daniel Gaede, Isabelle van Keulen, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam neben zahlreichen anderen. Kontinierliche Ensemblearbeit verbindet ihn mit dem Bartholdy Quintett, dem Humboldt Trio und dem MAX Piano Quartet.
JULIAN STECKEL - CELLO
Musikhochschule München, Solista
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Chiara Tonelli has been the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s solo flutist since the group was founded, and is also a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
For ten years, Chiara was the first solo flutist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (under principle conductor Zubin Mehta) and prior to that of the Teatro Regio in Turin. She has additionally performed with orchestras like the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Mozart Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Camerata Salzburg, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Musiciens du Louvre.
As a soloist she has appeared with numerous ensembles, including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, String Academy Bolzano, Orchestra della Toscana, Chamber Orchestra of Bergamo and Brescia, Salzburger Chamber Philharmonic, Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara.
Chiara has performed on invitation at such chamber music festivals as the Festival Spannungen in Heimbach, Storioni Festival in Eindhoven and the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival in Virginia.
She has taught her own class at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence since 2005.
Following her graduation from the conservatory in her hometown of Bolzano, Chiara studied with Irena Grafenauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and appeared for four years with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra as solo flutist.
Along with her husband, Philipp von Steinaecker, Chiara founded the group Musica Saeculorum, and performs regularly with that orchestra on period instruments.
For the past ten years, Céline Moinet has been one of the most exceptional performing artists on her instrument. The young oboist’s concerts bring both audiences and critics alike to rapturous applause.
Céline Moinet is in demand as a soloist with all the major orchestras in the world. She has played at the Salzburg Easter Festival under Christoph Eschenbach, with the Staatskapelle Dresden, at the Pacific Music Festival under Fabio Luisi and with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Suntory Hall. She also regularly tours solo with the Dresden Kapellsolisten and the Kammerorchester Basel.
Céline Moinet was born in Lille, France in 1984 and completed her studies with highest honours at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique under the tutelage of David Walter and Maurice Bourgue. She continued her artistic training with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the orchestra of the National Theater Mannheim. At just 23 years of age, Céline Moinet won the prestigious position of solo oboist at the Staatskapelle Dresden. Since then, she has performed with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado and Andris Nelsons. She is also a regular guest of orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Céline Moinet is signed with harmonia mundi as an exclusive artist. Her CDs, with works for solo oboe and chamber music with oboe and harp, have been praised by the critics and have achieved outstanding sales for the French, German and British record industries. As a result, Céline Moinet was invited by renowned TV Network Arte and Rolando Villazón to appear on the show “Stars of Tomorrow”.
Since 2013, Céline Moinet has had a chair at the Carl Maria von Weber College of Music and she conducts master courses in France, Germany and Japan.
She plays oboe and cor anglais exclusively from Marigaux, Paris.
MARIA FRANCESCA LATELLA
Mariafrancesca Latella graduated in July 2000 from the Conservatorio di Musica “S.Giacomantonio” in Cosenza, Italy under Antonio Bifano and continued her studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna with Alessandro Carbonare.
As a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, Mariafrancesca has performed under the baton of Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis and Sir John Eliot Gardiner among others.
She has won different prizes at international competitions such as the Rino Viani in Modena, Castrocaro Terme in Forlì and Amilcare Ponchielli in Cremona.
Mariafrancesca Latella currently plays with orchestras such as Les Dissonances in Paris, Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra Leonore in Pistoia and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Andrea Zucco began studying the bassoon when he was 10. He studied, among the others, with Sergio Azzolini at the Musik Akademie of Basel and with Stefano Canuti. At only 22 he was Principal Bassoonist of the Rome Opera House and from 2006 is Principal Bassoonist of the “Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” of Rome.
As Principal bassoon he has performed all over the world with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, La Scala Theatre of Milan, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. In 2008 Andrea Zucco was personally invited by Claudio Abbado as Solo Bassoonist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to play Strawinsky’s “Firebird” at the “Musikverein” of Wien.
He works regularly with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Sir Antonio Pappano, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding and Gustavo Dudamel.
Alongside the activity of Principal Bassoonist and chamber musician Andrea Zucco is developing a soloist carreer that sees him active in many Festivals - like the main season of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia of Rome under Antonio Pappano or the “Verdi Festival” of Parma - and in prestigious venues like the IDRS conventions where he performed music by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Fasch. He recently performed Bach and Vivaldi's concertos with the Soloist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra broadcasted from the Italian Radio Rai Tre.
Andrea Zucco held masterclasses in prestigious Universities like the Royal Northern College of Music of Manchester, the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama of London and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama of Cardiff.
Since 2015 Andrea Zucco is bassoon professor of the "Scuola di musica di Fiesole", Florence.
Peter Erdei was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1975. He received his diploma in Budapest in 1999 from the Franz Liszt Music Academy having studied with Ferenc Tarjáni.
His first engagement as a professional musician was at the State Opera in Budapest. He has won several national and international prizes in horn competitions. He has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Iván Fischer and Daniele Gatti.
Peter Erdei is the Solo Horn assistant of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Amongst others, he regularly plays with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and with Budapest Festival Orchestra.
After studying in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and an Aufbaustudium in Mannheim for two years, Mark Hampson worked at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester from 1993 till 1996, before moving to Spain.
Mark has been a member of the orchestra in Gran Canaria ever since, and is also a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has played every project with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and has collaborated with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, NDR Hannover, Cadaquéz Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and with most of the orchestras in Spain.
He is also a member of various brass ensembles including MCO Brass, Canarian Brass Quintet and LFO Brass. He has played with World Brass and founded the South Africa National Youth Brass Ensemble.
Mark’s teaching activities include workshops in Seville and Zaragoza, Spain. He is a tutor at the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria Academy and of the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya. He has also given workshops in Singapore and for the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela.
Originally from Bonn, Germany, Martin Piechotta devoted himself to the study of historical performance practice of early music and techniques and tonal range of historical instruments at the Cologne Conservatory.
He has performed throughout Europe as well as in Israel, the Ukraine, and China, with specialist ensembles such as the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Musica Antiqua Cologne, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and Concentus Musicus Vienna. Martin has played with these groups under numerous renowned conductors, among them Joshua Rifkin, Roger Norrington, Marc Minkowski, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
In addition to early music, Martin’s repertoire spans a large number of classical and romantic works, as well as contemporary concert and opera literature, acquired during his 7-year tenure as solo timpanist of the Stadttheater Orchestra Trier, his longstanding membership with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and through regular appearances at many international opera houses and concert halls.
He has played with the Münchner Kammerorchester, the RSB-Berlin, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and since 2011 is a permanent guest in the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.
Violinist Timothy Summers has been a member of the first violin section of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2009, and has performed on violin, viola, and occasionally mandolin with the orchestra at venues across the world. For fifteen years, he has been co-director of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, which he also founded in 2000, and is second violinist of the celebrated Orpheus String Quartet.
Tim recently appeared as a chamber musician in concert at the Wiener Festwochen, the Schumann Festival in Düsseldorf, at the Berlin Philharmonie, at Schloss Elmau in Germany, and at Ferrara Musica in Italy. He has performed as a chamber musician at festivals across the US and Europe, including those in Aix-en-Provence, Lucerne, Trasimeno, Savonlinna, Bonn, Taos, Tanglewood, Banff, Sarasota, and Token Creek, Wisconsin. He has also performed extensively as an improviser with electronics and collaborated with the Sasha Waltz & Guests dance Company in Berlin, Ferrara, and Kolkata, India, and participated for several years in the Emmanuel Music cycle of Bach Cantatas in Boston, led by the late Craig Smith.
Tim currently teaches violin on the faculty of the Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin. He has also taught violin and chamber music at the Liceu in Barcelona, the Musikene in San Sebastian, the Curs Internacional de Musica in Cervera, the Savonlinna Music Academy in Finland, the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund, the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia, and the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England.
In 2005-2006, Tim was an artist-in-residence at the Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music in Århus, funded by a grant from the Fulbright Commission. He has worked for several years on improvisation and computer programming projects with improvisation artist Steven Nachmanovitch. He recently developed a small suite of music learning tools (PitchMemory, IntervalMemory, ChordMemory) and music reference tools (PocketHarmony, ModeMap, StringYoga) for the iPhone . He has also worked as a teacher and developer of educational mathematics software at the University of Virginia's Center for Technology and Teacher Education.
Tim holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an M.M. in violin Performance from The Juilliard School. He was a student of Ronald Copes and Robert Mann at Juilliard, Mark Rush at the University of Virginia, James Buswell at the New England Conservatory, and Robert Levin at Harvard.
ANNETTE ZU CASTELL
Annette zu Castell studied with Wilhelm Melcher in Stuttgart, with Magdalena Rezler in Freiburg and with Simon Fischer at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She also studied chamber music with the Melos Quartet in Stuttgart and the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. In London she studied baroque violin with Mica Comberti. She attended masterclasses with the Borodin quartet, the Takacs quartet, Zvi Zeitlin, Tibor Varga and others.
She has received awards at both the German youth competition Jugend musiziert, and the Polish national chamber music competition.
She has been invited to the German National Youth Orchestra, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and has performed under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Lothar Zagrosek and Christobal Halffter.
Annette is one of the founding members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She also has been on the board of the self-governed ensemble since the beginning.
Annette was leader of the second violins in the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden and continued this position with the Radioorchester Frankfurt, the Sinfonieorchester des Südwestfunks, the Orchester der Ludwigsburger Festspiele and the Oper Frankfurt. She has also played in the Orchestra Mozart Bologna. She also founded an ongoing series of concerts on historical instruments in Wiesbaden.
Christian Heubes, born in Koblenz in 1976, received his first violin lessons at age 11 from Manfred Gotsch. Ernst Triner was his teacher until he began as a pre-university student with Maria Egelhof in Lübeck at the age of 16. While still in school, he served as concertmaster of the state youth orchestra of Rheinland-Pfalz. After completing his Abitur, he went to Vienna to study with Günter Pichler at the Univeristy of Music and Performing Arts. In 2001 he moved to Hamburg to study with Kolja Blacher, and in 2004 he finished his studies there.
He was a scholarship recipient of the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation and a member of the chamber music foundation Villa Musica as well as a prizewinner at the national competition Jugend musiziert and at the W.A. Mozart Competition in Koblenz. He received further scholarships through the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.
As a soloist, he has performed several times with the Bodenseekammerorchester with works by Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi. From 2000-2001 he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
Christian Heubes is a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and also plays regularly with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He has worked with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding, Marc Minkowski, Ingo Metzmacher and Claudio Abbado.
Florent Bremond was born in 1973 in Marseilles, France. He studied viola at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique (CNSM) in Paris, graduating with honours in 1996.
From 1999 till 2005 he was a member of the Orchestre de Paris under the then Principal Conductor Christoph Eschenbach, and from 2005 till 2007 he was solo viola of the Orchestre Philharmonique de l'Opéra de Marseille. Since 2007, Florent Bremond has worked freelance as a chamber musician, teacher and violist with numerous orchestras, such as the Orchestre de Chambre d’Auvergne, the European Camerata, the Camerata Bern and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Florent Bremond taught as Lecturer in Chamber Music at the Conservatoire National de Marseille from 2000 till 2005. From 2007 till 2012, he held as an Assistant Professorship for Viola at the CNSM in Paris.
Norbert Anger is regarded as one of the most outstanding cellists of his generation, and has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, such as the Orchestre de Paris, the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Beethovenorchester Bonn. He has made guest-appearances at renowned international venues, such as the Salle Gaveau, the Salle Pleyel and the Comédie des Champs-Elysées, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Semperoper Dresden, and has collaborated with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Vladimir Spivakov, John Storgards and Andrea Marcon.
As a devoted chamber musician, he has worked together with many distinguished musicians, such as Daniil Trifonov, Denis Matsuev, Sol Gabetta, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, David Geringas and Christoph Eschenbach, and has performed at international music festivals, such as the Osterfestspiele Salzburg, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele.
Norbert Anger started his musical education at Saxony’s Special School of Music Carl Maria von Weber, with Christoph Schulze. Already at an early age, he attracted public interest by winning international competitions, such as the Vibrarte Competition in Paris and the Domenico Gabrielli Competition in Berlin. He completed his studies with Prof. W.E. Schmidt at the Berlin University of Arts, and also gained valuable musical input from David Geringas, Heinrich Schiff and Sir Colin Davis. Norbert Anger has impressed the music world as a laureate of the Concours Rostropovich in Paris, the Tschaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Paulo Cello Contest in Helsinki and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. In 2012, the German label Genuin Classics released his first CD with works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Debussy, which was highly praised by the press. Furthermore, he has been involved in numerous projects of the Bavarian and the Hessian broadcasting studios, as well as the SWR, WDR, NDR and DeutschlandRadio Kultur. In 2016 he recorded the cello concertos by Joseph Haydn and Mozart/Cassadó with the Dresdner Kapellsolisten under the baton of Helmut Branny for the label Querstand. The recording was highly praised by the European press.
Since 2013, Norbert Anger holds the position of First Concertmaster of the cello section of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and recently in 2015, he was also named solo cellist of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
Norbert Anger plays a violoncello by Alessandro Gagliano, Neapel 1720 and plays strings exclusively by Larsen strings A/S.
Brilliant technique and remarkable sound characterize French cellist Christophe Morin. He is an avid chamber music player and performs both as a soloist and as an orchestra musician. His chamber music partners include internationally renowned soloists like Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros and Nicholas Angelich.
Christophe studied at the Conservatoire National de Paris where he won several first prizes for cello and chamber music. He also attended masterclasses with Janos Starker, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo Yo Ma. His career then unexpectedly slowed down because of a physical problem with his left hand that prevented him from performing live for many years.
The problem resolved itself in 2010, but he was not deterred from developing his exceptional technique even during the years he could not perform live. In fact, his maturity and desire to play allowed him to evolve even further and to become the cellist he is today. Curious and passionate, Christophe is co-founder and Artistic Director of the yearly chamber music festival Printemps Musical en Ré.
RODRIGO MORO MARTÍN
Born in Salamanca in 1990, Rodrigo was introduced to music very early by his parents, especially his father, Victor Moro, viola professor and pedagogue in Spain. After trying and listening to many instruments, he began his studies of double bass at the age of eight at the Antonio Machado School with Professor Javier Gil Ajero. In 2006, he was accepted in the Yehudi Menuhin School in England to study with professor Caroline Emery where he became the first international double bass student in the history of this prestigious school. In 2010, he was given a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music to continue his studies with professor Caroline Emery graduating in 2014 with first class honors and the Tagore Gold Medal Award, presented to him by HRH Prince Charles. In 2016, Rodrigo finished his master studies in the Luzern Hochschule with professor Bozo Paradzik.
Rodrigo's concerto debut was at the age of 16 playing with the Salamanca youth orchestra. Since then Rodrigo has performed concertos with different orchestras such as Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, Opera Studio Orchestra of Lviv Music Academy amongst others.
In 2009 Rodrigo was the first Double Bassist to win the Royal College of Music Junior Department ‘Peter Morrison‘ concerto competition performing the Nine variants on a theme by Paganini. Furthermore, in 2010 he was the winner of the ''Young Students Category'' in the international competition held in the Double Bass convention Berlin10. Other Prizes include 2nd prize in the under 18’s international competition held in the Bass convention in Paris in 2008, 2nd prize in the Spanish national competition ‘Juventudes Musicales de España’ in 2012 and 3rd prize at the Golden Bass international competition held in Lviv, Ukraine, in 2013. He was also semifinalist in the Markneuekirchen double bass competition and selected for the last edition of the ARD double bass competition.
Rodrigo's first orchestral experience was at the age of 12 in the Salamanca Youth Orchestra, which helped him develop his love for music and orchestral playing. Since then he has played in many orchestras in Europe including London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Luzern Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta de Castilla y León amongst others. He was also selected Principal Double Bass in the European Union Youth Orchestra in the summer tour of 2015.
Rodrigo currently works in the National Orchestra of Spain and is also a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.