ALFRED BRENDEL - CHAMBER MUSIC
MARC BOUCHKOV - VIOLIN
Marc Bouchkov’s artistry is driven by expression. His violin playing is grounded not only in a thorough knowledge of the score, the historical content and the authenticity of the interpretation, but also in his belief that performance is a way to communicate directly with his listeners. The closeness of the violin’s sound to the human voice is his inspiration for expressing feelings and emotions in music, turning these into a musical experience for the audience.
Marc Bouchkov was born 1991 into a family of violinists. He received his first lessons at the age of five from his grandfather, Mattis Vaitsner. Studies with Claire Bernard and Boris Garlitzky followed. From October 2014 to July 2017 Marc pursued his studies with Mihaela Martin as a Young Soloist in a postgraduate course at the Kronberg Academy. Since October 2018 he is under the musical tutorship of Eduard Wulfson. Bouchkov teaches as professor for violin at the Conservatoire Royale de Liège and also, as of this year, at the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein. Marc Bouchkov’s artistic development has been marked by numerous international awards. He is prize winner of the highly-regarded “International Violin Contest Henri Koch”, the “Queen Elizabeth Competition” and the “Montreal International Musical Competiton”. Most recently Bouchkov was awarded the second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and has been honored with the music prize of the Kulturstiftung Dortmund. As a concert artist, the young musician has enjoyed a rapidly growing and widely acclaimed career. “Without doubt: an exceptional talent!” wrote the Neue Zürcher Zeitung after his concert with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Lionel Bringuier. Bouchkov has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Stanislav Kochanovsky, Howard Griffiths, Andrey Boreyko, and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI in Turin, the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie. In 2014, upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Bouchkov performed the inaugural concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's "Essentials" series.
LAWRENCE POWER - VIOLA
Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner. His artistry and penetrating musicianship gains him constant plaudits around the world, reflected in turn in eloquent reviews: ‘no musician today better equipped to play than the minstrel-like Power’ (Financial Times), ‘Power is something more: a profound musical personality, his every phrase new and noteworthy’ (Sunday Times).
Over the past decade, he has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest calibre, from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Stockholm, Bergen and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras to the Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. In addition, as a guest soloist with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony orchestras, he has established a strong presence in Australia where he returns regularly to ‘play direct’ at the Australian National Academy of Music. Recent highlights include his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Staatsoper Kassel, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Daniel Hope at the Zurich Chamber Orchestra Season opening concert, his Salzburg Festival debut with Vilde Frang, as well as recitals in Dresden Music Festival, USA Savannah Festival and a concert series at London’s Kings Place. 2018-19 has seen a residency with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and another one with Turner Sims Southampton where he will act as a curator as well as a performer.
As a fervent champion of contemporary music, Lawrence has developed a large repertoire of new works. He gave the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s Viola Concerto, UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s concerto Remnants of Song at the 2012 BBC Proms, and the world premieres of scores written for him, including Salonen’s Pentatonic Étude, Turnage’s Power Play, Anderson’s Prayer, Goehr’s Hymn to Night, MacMillan’s Viola Concerto and Watkins’s Fantasy.
His recital credits include performances at Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s, Lincoln Centre NY. He has developed an acclaimed partnership with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, collaborates with musicians such as violinist Maxim Vengerov or Joshua Bell. A former Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, he has also forged a close relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Power’s Award-nominated Hyperion recordings include Bartók, Rósza, Walton and Rubbra’s viola concertos, Shostakovich and Brahms’ viola sonatas, and York Bowen's complete works for viola and piano (with Crawford-Phillips). His three-disc Hindemith survey stands as a benchmark recording of the composer’s complete works for solo viola. His release, Fin de Siècle includes world premiere recordings of works by Büsser, Hüe and Honnoré, together with compositions by Chausson, Debussy, Enescu and Ravel. Power also features on Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano’s Shakespeare Songs, joint winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. His most recent releases were Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Bergen Philharmonic for Hyperion and Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Illumination with the Tapiola Sinfonietta for Ondine.
Lawrence Power is founder and Artistic Director of West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival.
MAXIMILIAN HORNUNG - CELLO
With his striking musicality, instinctive stylistic certainty and musical maturity, the young cellist Maximilian Hornung is taking the international music scene by storm. Today, he regularly performs as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony under conductors such as Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézét-Séguin, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Zinman, Pablo Heras-Casado, Semyon Bychkov, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Antonello Manacorda, John Storgårds, Mario Venzago, Jonathan Nott, Kristjan Järvi, Andrew Manze, Krzysztof Urbański and Robin Ticciati. His chamber music partners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Antje Weithaas, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Christian Tetzlaff, Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Hisako Kawamura, Herbert Schuch, Lars Vogt, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. He has performed with the Arcanto Quartett and the Cuarteto Casals and has been invited to perform at festivals including Schwetzingen, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Lucerne, Verbier, Ravinia and Hong Kong. He has appeared in concert halls such as the philharmonic halls of Berlin, Cologne and Essen as well as the Vienna Musikverein, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season include re-invitations to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and the Florida Orchestra, both under Michael Francis, the Bern Symphony Orchestra under Mario Venzago, the Munich Symphony under Kevin John Edusei , the Bochum Symphony under Hans Graf and the Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim under Roderick Cox. He will make his debuts at the Bregenz Festival, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna under Jérémie Rhorer, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Ruth Reinhardt, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under Kahchun Wong and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra under Erik Nielsen. Additionally, he will be Artist-in-Residence at the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt and showcase the wide-ranging cello repertoire as well as his own musical versatility.
His versatile discography is impressive, and includes solo concertos as well as recordings with prominent chamber musicians. He received the ECHO Klassik Prize for his first album (Sony 2011) – for which he was designated as Young Artist of the Year – as well as for his recording of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Bamberg Symphony under the direction of Sebastian Tewinkel the following year (Sony 2012). Further recordings have included Richard Strauss’ major cello works with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink (Sony 2014) and Joseph Haydn’s cello concertos with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello Manacorda (Sony 2015). In 2017, Deutsche Grammophon released a highly acclaimed recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniil Trifonov amongst others. Further recordings were released on Genuin, Linn Records, NEOS, Bridge Records and CPO. In October 2018, myrios classics released his recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 and Sulkhan Tsintsadze’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Andris Poga. The spring of 2020 will see the release of his next myrios CD of Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.
Maximilian Hornung, born 1986 in Augsburg, began taking cello lessons at the age of eight. The teachers with whom he has studied most intensely are Eldar Issakadze, Thomas Grossenbacher and David Geringas. As cellist of the Tecchler Trio, in which he played until 2011, he won the First Prize of the ARD Music Competition in 2007. At the age of only 23, he became first principal cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and held this position until 2013. Maximilian Hornung has been supported and sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation and Borletti-Buitoni Trust London.
MARCO POSTINGHEL - BASSOON
The bassoonist from Bolzano completed his musical training in his native city with Romano Santi, then later in Hannover with Klaus Thunemann. After three years on the faculty of the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, he put the finishing touches on his performance at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, while concurrently, from 1986 to 1991 performing as a member of the Youth Orchestra of the European Community.
He was awarded a number of prizes at international competitions, including the ones in Martigny, Ancona and Prague. His concert activity subsequently took him to the United States, Japan, Korea and South America. He has appeared as soloist in a number of bassoon concertos with such eminent conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kent Nagano, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Franz Welser-Möst. After four years as principal bassoonist in the Orchestre de Paris, he assumed the same position in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich in 1994.
Marco Postinghel performs the classic repertoire as well as the baroque literature on period instruments and also concertizes with such ensembles as Concerto Italiano, the English Baroque Soloists, I Barocchisti, the Accademia Bizantina and Musica Saeculorum. The bassoonist also appears with orchestras that primarily specialize in cotemporary music such as the Ensemble Ricerca Nuova and dem Ensemble Modern, as well as chamber orchestras like the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, dem Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Cappella Andrea Barca.
Meanwhile Marco Postinghel has assumed a professorship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and also teaches at the Mahler Academy in Ferrara and Bolzano as well as at the Scuola di musica di Fiesole in Italy and is a woodwind instructor with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He conducts master classes in bassoon and chamber music in Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Korea and Japan.
Marco Posinghel has also served as a juror at international competitions such as the competitions in Tokyo and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
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.
Andrey Godik (Moscow, 1989) started his music education in 1996 at the Gnesiny State Music School on the recorder. Soon after, he picked up the oboe. From 2004 until 2008 he studied at the prestigious Central Music School, P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. For these studies he received scholarships from the New Names Foundation and Russian Performing Arts Foundation. Throughout his studies in Moscow, highly acclaimed oboist Dmitri Kotenok, was Andrey’s mentor.
From 2008 he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts in Munich under professors Ingo Goritzki and Francois Leleux, where he obtained his Bachelor of Music with distinction in 2013. He is currently finishing his Master studies in Munich. Andrey also attended many international masterclasses with renowned oboists such as Maurice Bourgue, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Jacques Tys, David Walter, Nick Deutsch, Klaus Becker, Jerome Guichard, Ramon Ortega Quero, Marie-Luise Modersohn. Alongside, he won prizes in renowned international competitions. In 2014 he was awarded the Special Prize for Interpretation of Schumann at the Gasteig Cultural Music Competition and the Special Prize „Honorable Mention“ at the 66th Prague International Music Competition.
As a chamber musician, Andrey has performed with Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Andrea Lieberknecht, Dag Jensen, Michael Martin Kofler, Johannes Hinterholzer, Bruno Schneider, Elisaveta Blumina, Mathias Baier, Silvia Careddu and others.
Andrey has given solo performances in the major concert halls of Moscow and St Petersburg as well as the major concert halls in Europe such as Gasteig Philharmonie Munich, Herkulessaal Munich, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Musikaliska Concert Hall Stockholm, Brucknerhaus Linz, Palaca Grand Hall Bucharest.
Andrey has also given many solo performances. In 2012 he appeared as a soloist with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra in the Auditorium Rainer III. In 2013 he premiered “Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon“ by the Georgian Composer Igor Loboda with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra.
Since 2014, Andrey Godik is a soloist of the Saint-Petersburg House of Music.
Since 2016, Andrey is a woodwind coach at the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic.
From 2012 to 2014, Andrey was a member of the Orchester Akademie of Munich Philarmonic under Lorin Maazel. In the season of 2014-2015, he was principal oboe of the Komische Oper Berlin. Since the season 2015-2016, he is principal oboe of the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Alongside he is principal oboe of Gstaad Festival Orchestra, with whom he recorded Tchaikovsky´s „Swan Lake“ under Kristjan Järvi for Sony Classical. He is often invited to play first oboe with many other renowned orchestras, including Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Munich Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Staatsoper Hannover, NDR Radiophilharmonie. Andrey worked with many famous conductors, amongst others Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher, Alan Gilbert, Jonathan Nott, Christopher Eschenbach, Giovanni Antonini, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Bychkov and Valery Gergiev.
Principal clarinettist of the Concertgebouworkest, Olivier Patey was born in the French city of Lille and studied at the conservatories in Lille and Rueil-Malmaison, continuing his studies with Michel Arrignon at the Paris Conservatory. After graduating with the highest honours in 2005, he enrolled on the two-year cycle de perfectionnement programme there.
Patey has regularly performed in the orchestra of the Opéra de Paris and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He is a prizewinner of the ARD International Music Competition and the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition.
As a soloist, he has worked with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Kammerorchester and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Between 2005 and 2013, Olivier Patey played in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Berlin, where he was appointed principal in 2009. He has also been a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and (from 2012 to 2013) principal clarinetist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2013 he joined the Concertgebouworkest.
Before joining the Concertgebouworkest, Patey had served as principal clarinettist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for one year. Patey is also active as a chamber musician. He is involved in the Arties Festival in Mumbai as a co-founder of the Arties Records label.
On his initiative, a first set of boxwood clarinets were built for him by Schwenk & Seggelke in Germany. This set of clarinets was provided to him on loan through the Foundation Concertgebouworkest with the support of private donors. When this proved to be a success, similar clarinets of this striking light-colored wood were built by this builder for the other clarinettists of the orchestra. Olivier also plays clarinets from Buffet Crampon from Paris.
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.
STEFÁN JÓN BERNHARDSSON
Sarah Slater began playing the cornet at age 6 at the Salvation Army in Ballarat, Australia where her father, a passionate soprano cornet player, gave her her first lessons.
After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne where she was inspired in lessons with Robert Sims, Geoff Payne and Tristram Williams, she decided to venture to Germany where she has been living since 2003. After studying modern trumpet with Reinhold Friedrich and later natural trumpet with Prof. Dr. Edward H. Tarr at the Music Hochschule in Karlsruhe, Sarah went on to play in the National Theater Orchestra in Mannheim and then the Essen Philharmonic.
Sarah taught the trumpet class at the Music Hochschule in Karlsruhe as assistant to Professor Reinhold Friedrich from 2013-2019 and in September 2019 became Professor for Trumpet, Brass Chamber Music and Pedagogy at the Institute for Music, Hochschule Osnabrück in Germany. Sarah enjoys chamber music projects with her ensemble WorldBrass, she is a regular guest with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and also plays barock Trumpet with different Ensembles throughout Germany.
Cindy Albracht studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely and Else Krieg at the conservatory of Amsterdam, and with Gerhard Schulz at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She graduated with the highest distinction for both her Bachelor and Master exams. Cindy took Masterclasses and additional studies with a.o. Herman Krebbers, Denes Zsigmondy, Victor Liberman and Thomas Brandis.
As first violinist of the Romeo Quartet, Cindy worked intensively with a.o. members of the Amadeus Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartett and the Borodin Quartet; also with Isaac Stern, György Kurtág and Andreas Rainer.
Her passion for chamber music also showes in her collaborations with musicians such as Janine Jansen and the Faust Quartett.
She won prizes at several competitions, with and without her string quartet, including at the Dutch national Violin Competition Oscar Back, and the Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Next to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, she has been working in the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, from 2007-2017 as leader 2nd violins, and since 2018 as associate concertmaster.
Cindy plays on a violin built in 1705 by Alessandro Gagliano.
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.
Born in 1983 in Salzburg, Stephanie Baubin grew up in this town, where she received her first violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997, she started studying with Jürgen Geise at Mozarteum. Furthermore, during those years she focused also to piano and viola.
In 2004, she moved to Wien to continue her studies, first with Günter Pichler and then with Ernst Kovacic, getting her degree with honors in 2011. Alongside, she worked on historical performance style of baroque violin with Hiro Kurosaki.
In 2013, Stephanie started collaborating with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in order to become Associate member in 2019. Apart from that, she regularly performs with Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Wiener Symphonikern, and is Concertmaster for projects of Brandenburger Symphonikern, Academia Allegro Vivo, Webern Symphonieorchester, ESTA-Kammerorchester and Ensemble CIS.
She held concerts as soloist or with chamber music groups at Konzerthaus Wien, Wiener Musikverein, Brucknerhaus Linz, Felsenreitschule and the Großen Saal of Salzburg’s Mozarteum.
ANNA PUIG TORNÉ
Anna Puig Torné has been a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2009. She is also principal viola player of Camerata Bern and Camerata 432, and collaborates with other orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestra Mozart, Maggio Fiorentino Musicale, and the Spanish ensemble BandArt under the leadership of Gordan Nikolic.
Anna has been invited as guest leader in the major orchestras of Spain, has made several solo appearances with orchestras, and is a member of various chamber music ensembles. She is the viola player of Dalia Quartet and is invited regularly to join chamber music festivals around Europe where she has the opportunity to play with fantastic musicians.
Anna is involved in a variety of music education projects around the world, and collaborates regularly with associations and organisations that develop projects to integrate and educate children at risk of exclusion. Born in Cervera (Spain) in 1982, Anna started her musical studies at the age of five with Paul Cortese. She continued her studies first with Walter Küssner and then with Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin.
Frank-Michael Guthmann, born in Lahr/Schwarzwald, is principal cellist of the SWR Symphony Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Frank-Michael studied in Karlsruhe with Martin Ostertag and in Basel with Ivan Monighetti. He was also a scholarship student of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy. Furthermore, masterclasses with Heinrich Schiff, Wolfgang Boettcher, Ralph Kirshbaum and – above all – intensive work with Steven Isserlis have played an important role in his career as a cellist.
As a founding member of Trio Echnaton, Frank-Michael Guthmann has won prominent awards including the German Music Competition, International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar and ensemble prize of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Frank-Michael has toured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. He has also given concerts at such festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music, Salzburg Easter Festival, La Folle Journée Nantes and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove. His chamber music partners have included such artists as Imogen Cooper, Martin Stadtfeld, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Julia Fischer, Daniel Müller-Schott and Emmanuel Pahud.
Frank-Michael Guthmann’s recordings on CD, radio and TV feature chamber music works by Bach, Mozart, Sibelius and Saariaho for the Coviello Classics label, as well as the solo part in Strauss’ Don Quixote with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg under François-Xavier Roth for the SWRmusic label.
He performs regularly as guest principal cellist with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Frank-Michael Guthmann has taught at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and gives masterclasses in Germany, Belgium and Italy.
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.
And many more.
Since 2013, 15 musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra have been invited each year as Resident Tutors, to perform alongside our students, and to transmit their knowledge, their sense of quality and perfection and their absolute dedication, which are the specific and characteristic features of all Claudio Abbado projects and ideals of the MCO itself.