Founder, Artistic Director, Chief Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, The Honored Artiste of Russia, Professor.
Began his studies with G. E. Yampolsky in Kiev and continued the education in Moscow with M. A. Garlitsky at Moscow Gnessin Special Music School, then at the post-graduate course with M. I. Fikhtengolts. Studied chamber ensemble and quartet with v. K. Tonkha and R. D. Dubinsky.
From 1982 to 2010 headed the String Department of the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts. Among his graduates there are winners of international, national and regional competitions. He is the founder, permanent artistic director and conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra. Since 2001 Michael Benyumov is the artistic director of the International Festival of chamber-orchestral music «Asia — Siberia — Europe».
As a violinist and conductor he runs intensive concert activity in Russia and abroad.
There is a number of works specially written for him by contemporary Russian and foreign composers. «Concerto for Violin and Orchestra» by O. Prostitov, «Concerto for String Orchestra, Flute and Accordion» and «Three jokes for Chamber Orchestra» by I. Battiston are among them.
Laureate of prizes of Mayor of Krasnoyarsk;
Winner of the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region Grant in the nomination «For personal contribution to the development of culture»;
Holder of the «Public Recognition» Decoration of the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Region, the Stradivari Medal (Cremona (Italy) for professional excellence, development and consolidation of cultural relations, the Golden Decoration «Coat of arms of Krasnoyarsk» for outstanding contribution to the culture of Krasnoyarsk.
During recent years Simon Gaudenz has made a name for himself particularly as an interpreter of the classical repertoire. A fresh, new approach against the background of historically informed performance practice characterizes his concerts and recordings. In keeping with this philosophy, he is currently forming and shaping the musical profile of the Hamburg Camerata and celebrating the 30 years anniversary season of this chamber orchestra looking back on a rich performance tradition.
Ever since his triumphs at two prestigious competitions, including the German Conducting Price, Europe’s most highly remunerated prize of its kind, Gaudenz has performed as an internationally sought-after guest conductor with numerous renowned orchestras. The list includes the Symphony Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre National de France, WDR Symphony Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Russian National Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony, German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart and Saarbrücken Radio Orchestras, Monte-Carlo, Lyon and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestras and Bavarian State Orchestra.
He engages in enthusiastic collaboration with soloists such as Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Barbara Bonney, Renaud Capucon, Arabella Steinbacher, Sabine Meyer, Lauma Skride, Lise de la Salle, Martin Stadtfeld, Marianna Shirinyan, Julian Steckel and many others.
From 2004 to 2011 he successfully conducted the Collegium Musicum Basel serving as its artistic director and principal conductor. Prior to this time he was a founding member of the camerata variabile basel and this ensemble’s artistic director until 2004. It was during this tenure as the principal guest conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra that he realized recordings of Mozart piano concertos and Schumann’s complete symphonies.
Liu Sha, Level-I Conductor of China, Permanent Conductor of China National Traditional Orchestra, Vice Chairman of the Association of Musicians under Association of Chinese Artists in Russia and Art Director of Jilin Province Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Conducting Department, Central Conservatory of Music, he studied in Saint-Petersburg Conservatory of Russia and then graduated with the highest score and was awarded with the diploma for Conductor of Opera-Symphony. He received instructions from Professor Xu Xin, Professor Wang Fujian and Professor Alexzander Polishuchuk successively. In recent years, Liu Sha was called «Amphibious Conductor» across China and the West. In the field of symphony, he is especially good at performing music works of Russia and Eastern Europe and has been expanding performance programs in a creative way, covering music works of the 20th century of the West and contemporary music works of China. He was reputed as an outstanding representative and leader of the new generation of national music conductors. In 2016, he was listed among the «Top 10 Outstanding National Orchestra Conductors of China» as the youngest conductor during the 5th Global Forum on Chinese Traditional Music. In August 2016, he was selected as the cover figure and exclusively interviewed by People’s Music. He conducted many academic theoretical researches in a large number of artistic practices and teaching activities, published many papers and music reviews and was hired by various art colleges & universities in China.
Over many years, Liu Sha has completed a great number of performances based on cooperation with dozens of orchestras in China such as China National Traditional Orchestra, China Film Symphony Orchestra and China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra as well as many famous orchestras and opera houses around the world, including St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Russia, Orchestra of Saint-Petersburg Conservatory and Rimsky-Korsakov Opera House. He served as Conductor of China National Traditional Orchestra for many times during visits and performances in Russia, France, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, USA, etc. In 2010, he served as the conductor in the Concert for Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of China National Traditional Orchestra and was received and praised by state leaders. In 2011, he had a tour performance in various European countries. In 2013, he performed in the New Year’s Concert for Ethnic Chinese in Hawaii and participated in the Pan Pacific Asia Arts Festival organized by Stanford University in San Francisco. In 2014, he served as the conductor in the concert for «Closing Ceremony of China’s Year of Tourism in Russia» and thus became of the first Chinese musician performing in the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. In the same year, he conducted the orchestra in the welcoming performance for APEC Summit of leaders of 21 countries. In 2015, he conducted the orchestra in the performance of Rebirth of National Music in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall in the United States and was thus greatly praised by the Ambassador to the United States and the Consul General, which caused a sensation among music fans. In 2016, he conducted the orchestra in the performance for the closing ceremony of China-Latin America and Caribbean 2016 Year of Culture Exchange in Colombia and Mexico. During the same year, he conducted the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian State Ballet in the performance of the ballet Swan Lake, which was successful and well-received.
It is no exaggeration to call Victor Tretyakov one of the symbols of the Russian violin school. His unique style is supported by impeccable technique and deep musical insight, created by an expressive use of phrasing — all these typical for the violinist qualities have attracted to him a huge number of music lovers all over the world for many years.
Having started musical education at the Irkutsk Music School and then continuing it in the Central Music School, Victor Tretyakov brilliantly graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of the legendary teacher Yuri Yankelevich, who wrote about his pupil that time:
«He is a massive musical talent with bright and clear intellect. Viktor Tretyakov is a versatile and broad-minded person. There attract to him his huge artistic endurance, some special staying-power, and flexibility.»
In 1966, Victor Tretyakov won the first prize in the Third International Tchaikovsky Competition. That time the violinist started his brilliant concert activity. With solid success he performs all over the world both as a soloist and in ensemble with a lot of outstanding contemporary conductors and musicians, participates in many international festivals.
The geography of his tours comprises the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavian countries and Latin America. The violinist’s standing repertoire includes the violin concertos of the XIX century (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Tchaikovsky); his interpretation of works of the XX century — first of all, of Shostakovich and Prokofiev — are recognized as exemplary in home performing practice.
Viktor Tretyakov has shown his worth in various creative activities: from 1983 to 1991 he headed the State Chamber Orchestra of the USSR, as its artistic director followed the legendary Rudolf Barshai. The violinist successfully combines concerts with pedagogical and social activities.
For many years the musician has taught at the Moscow Conservatory and the Cologne Higher School of Music. He is regularly invited to give master classes and is the chairman of the Yuri Yankelevich Charitable Foundation. From 1986 to 1994 the violinist was the jury president of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Victor Tretyakov has been awarded high titles and awards. He is a People’s Artist of the USSR, laureate of the Shostakovich Prize, awarded by the Yuri Bashmet International Charitable Foundation, and the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1981), «the Order of Service to the Fatherland» by President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Lande is the Music Director and Conductor of Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Krasnoyarsk, Russia). Starting in 2008 he has been The Principal Guest Conductor of St.Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra.
Vladimir Lande is The Music Director and The Conductor of «Washington Soloists» Chamber Orchestra also a Guest conductor of the National Gallery of Art Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of COSMIC Symphony Orchestra.
In January of 2015 Maestro Lande led the St.Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra on a highly successful tour of 11 concerts in major cities in US.
In October of 2014 Maestro Lande conducted the All Gershwin program , in Volgograd ( with The Volgograd Symphony Orchestra ) in Novgorod . Imatra (Finland) and in St.Petersburg.
With The St.Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra .The highlight of that Tour was a collaboration with baritone Kevin Short who was singing a part in Porgy and Bess.
In 2014 he has conducted Washington Soloists Orchestra in a series of concerts in Washington, DC; New York City; and Virginia, and in 2014-15, he has conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma (Rome Symphony Orchestra) and has led the St. Petersburg State Symphony on a tour of South Korea.
In the 2012-2013 season, Lande led the St. Petersburg State Symphony on their hugely successful tour of South Korea, and also led the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra on a Latin American tour incuding Brazil (two concerts in Sala São Paulo), Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. The same season, he guest conducted the National Chamber Orchestra of Chile «Camerata» in Santiago de Chile, released two new CDs on Delos with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (the Shostakovich Cello Concertos with Dmity Kouzov and works of Sean Hickey) and two CDs on the Naxos label (music by M. Weinberg). All CDs released got rave reviews.
In 2011 Maestro Lande led the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra on its 24-concert «Tour of the Americas» including nine countries and the most famous concert halls in the USA (Alice Tully Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Boston, Kimmel Hall in Philadelphia, Meyerhoff Hall in Baltimore, etc.) as well as the most prestigious venues in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile and Uruguay.
Maestro Lande has guest-conducted the Baltimore Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra (in Washington D.C. and on a U.S. tour); the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Opera Orchestra. He regularly conducts the famous Donetsk Ballet Company Orchestra, and is Music Director of the COSMIC Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C.
Maestro Lande has conducted the opening concerts of the internationally renowned White Nights Festival including a performance in the Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has also been Music Director and Conductor of the Contemporary American Music Festival in Washington, D.C. Recent tours have taken him to New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom (including a performance in Cathedral St. Martin’s in the Field, London), Italy, Russia, and throughout the United States.
Maestro Lande has an extraordinarily active recording career. His CDs of Schubert’s Unfinished and Great Symphonies were released on Brilliant Classic in the summer of 2011, as was a CD of American composer James Aikman’s music on Naxos. Also for Naxos, he is recording a 17-CD cycle of the complete symphonic works of the neglected Russian composer Mieczslaw Weinberg. In June of 2011 Maestro Lande also launched a series of video recordings for Naxos of «Concerts from the Palaces of St. Petersburg.» Forthcoming are multiple high-definition video projects with the St. Petersburg Symphony. His many other recording projects include works by Respighi and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, contemporary works for «Parma Recordings» label, among many others.
Vladimir Lande’s vision for contemporary music crosses genre boundaries, as in such ground-breaking projects as «Concerto for Chef and Orchestra,» and, together with the perfume industry in France, «The Fragrance of Sound.»
Vladimir Lande has collaborated with many of today’s leading soloists and rising stars, including Hilary Hahn, Olga Kern, Denis Matsuev, Dmitry Kouzov, Xiayin Wang, Peter Laul, Maxim Mogilevsky, Eldar Nebolsin, Tianwa Yang, Gary Louie, Eugene Ugorski and Marika Bournaki, Nikolay Lugansky, Alexander Knyazev and Andrei Gavrilov.
The basis of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, established in May 1993 by the Krasnoyarsk City Administration, makes the best graduates of the Department of string instruments of the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Music and Theatre. Most of them are the students of Mikhail Benyumov. That is why the orchestra has the unity of school and its own creative style.
Its 20th anniversary year the orchestra finished with a creative trip to the world’s music capital — Vienna, performing a program of Russian music in one of the most legendary concert halls — the Golden Hall of the Vienna Philharmonic «Musikverein».
The creative potential of the Orchestra and the aspiration for performing both the classics and contemporary music attract well-known composers for collaboration who dedicate their works to the Orchestra and trust it the performance of world premieres. From year to year the Orchestra acquaints listeners with never sounded in Krasnoyarsk classical masterpieces. The orchestra has performed the world premieres of contemporary composers Azio Corgi, Jorge Bosso, Ivano Battiston, Alexei Starodubrovsky, Mikhail Arkadiev, Vladimir Ponomarev
The Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra is the initiator, organizer and participant of such large-scale local, regional and international projects and festivals as «Lessons of Live Music», «Musical Wednesday», "Young Krasnoyarsk Virtuosos«.But the most important event in the life of the orchestra is the international festival of chamber-orchestral music «Asia — Siberia — Europe», which has become the field of constant creative collaboration of Siberian and outstanding European musicians, the celebration of classical music, which the Krasnoyarsk public looks forward to.
Since 1994 the Orchestra has successfully been touring in Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, France and Austria, taking part in prestigious international festivals. Concerts of the Orchestra were broadcast by the European channel «SKY CLASSICA», the Russian channel «Culture» and the Krasnoyarsk TV companies. In recent years there has been released a number of audio and video discs, which are highly appreciated by specialized editions.
In 2006, in Italy there was released a disc of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra with soloists F. Faes and A. Serova. The disc got the highest grade of the specialized European edition «Audio File». There were recorded the world premieres of the specially composed for the Winter Arts Surikov Festival the orchestral piece «Morning of Strelets’ execution» by I. Fleischer, the oratorio work by H. Bosso «I am Surikov, a Russian Cossack», Triple Concerto «In Search of Lost Tango» by J. Bosso for Accordion , Violin, Cello and Orchestra. In addition, in 2010 with the support of H. Sovmen there was released a double CD «Cremona — Krasnoyarsk. Symphony of Two Cities » with the recordings of world premier performances of the cantatas by A. Corgi "Endless sorrow "(conductor F. Faes, soloist A. Serova) and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by O. Prostitov (conductor A. Kosinski, soloist M. Benyumov).
Jilin Province Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1954. With the care and support from various circles in the society during the last several decades, the orchestra has been making efforts to strengthen its team building, improve its performance level and accumulate its performance programs. The symphony chorus named Confucius and the program integrating Chinese music and painting named Along the River during the Qingming Festival performed by the orchestra were well-received both at home and abroad, based on which the orchestra was praised and recognized as «One of the Top 10 Symphony Orchestras in China».
During 2008 and 2010, Jilin Province Symphony Orchestra has been invited to have performances in the Concert Hall of National Centre for the Performing Arts for three times. In 2009, the orchestra had a successful performance, namely the 2009 New Year’s Concert of (Jilin Province) China — the Special Performance for Spring in the North, in the Musikverein in Vienna.
In 2010, the orchestra performed a concert of «Works of Famous Composer Shi Guangnan» in the Great Hall of the People.
During 2011, designated by Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the orchestra went to Pyongyang, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to participate in the "Spring in April«International Friendly Art Festival, for which the orchestra was awarded with three Gold Awards and one Silver Award by Ministry of Culture of the North Korea.
In 2014, designated by the People’s Government of Jilin Province, the orchestra went to the United States to participate in «Across the Pacific Ocean-Jilin Cultural Week». In 2015, designated by Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the orchestra went to Algeria to participate in the 7th International Symphony Festival of Algeria. Various performances of the orchestra were praised and well-received by artists and audiences at home and abroad.
WU Wei Sheng Virtuose, was born in China and studied the sheng (Chinese mouth organ) at the Shanghai Music Conservatory. In 1995 he became a DAAD scholarship and studied at the Hans Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, where he is now based. Since 2013 he is Professor at Shanghai Music Conservatory. As a sheng soloist, he has helped to develop the ancient instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music, through the creation of new techniques, the expansion of its repertoire and through integrating different styles and genres. In addition to many prestigious national and international competitions for traditional Chinese music, he won the «Musica Vitale Competition Germany» in 1996 and 2002, and the «Global Root» German world music prize in 2004. In 2011 he won the Herald Angels Award by Edinburgh International Festival. In 2015, the CD «Unsuk Chin’s 3 Concertos», which he has recorded one Sheng Concerto by German Gramophone with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung, won the «International Classical Music Award 2015» and «BBC Music Magazine Award 2015 ». As a soloist he has appeared with many leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Kent Nagano, Los Angeles Phil. Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, Radio France Phil. Orchestra and Seoul Phil. Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Markus Stenz, Netherlands Radio Phil. Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, Royal Stockholm Phil. Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Phil. Orchestra under Matthias Pintscher, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under Christian Vásquez, Netherland Radio Phil. under Edo de Waart, Polish National Radio Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich, Tiroler Symphony Orchestrer Innsbruck and Taiwan Phil. Orchestra under Wen-pin Chien, Luxembourg Phil. Orchestra under Muhai Tang, Marcao Symphony Orchetra under Ja Lü, German Radio Phil. Orchestra Saarbrücken under Lan Shui, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Hartford Symphony Orchestra USA under Carolin Kuan, China NCPA Orchestra under Claus Peter Flor, Luebeck Phil. Ochestra and Tonkünstler-Orchester under Xincao Li, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under Soo-Yeou, German NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra New York, the Belgium Symphony Orchestra Valaanderen, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Westfalen New Phil. Orchetra, the Pannonische Phil. Orchestra Austria, the Metropole Orchestra Holland, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the new Brandenburg Phil. Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, the Nieuw Ensemble Holland, Elision Ensemble Ausralian, Atlas Ensemble Holland, St. Lawrence Quartet, Germn Barock Ensemble Lautten Compagney, the Chamber Ensemble of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Luxembourg Sinfonietta and Asianart Ensemble many more. He has appeared at many of the world’s prestigious festivals and venues, such as BBC Proms, Paris autumn festival, the Berliner Festspiele, the Munich Bienale, the Edinburgh international festival, Musica Nova Helsinki, the Donaueschingen Musik Tage, Warsaw Autumn, Gaudeamus Music Week, the Maerz Musik Festival Berlin, the Musica Viva Munich, the Dresdener Festspiele, the Warsaw Autumn, the Musica Nova Helsinki, the Suntory music Festival Tokyo, the Bartók Festival Hungarian, the Achipel Festival Geneve, the Turku Music Festvial Finland, the Grafenegg Festival Austria, Merano Music Festival Italy, the Cologne Triennal, the Holland Festival, Festival les Musiques Marseille etc., venues: Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Albrecht Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the User Hall Edinburgh, and the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris etc. His international engagements include appearances throughout the USA, Europe, Russia and the Middle and Far East, and he has given the world premieres of more than 300 works, including more than 20 concertos for Sheng and Orchestra, by composers including John Cage, Unsuk Chin, Jukka Tiensuu, Toshio Hosokawa, Enjott Schneider, Joerg Widmann, Guus Janssen, Tan Dun, Chen Qigang, Guo Weijing and Ruo Huang. He is also a prolific composer for Sheng. He already received various composition commissions, such as the foundation Royaumont, «Musica Viva» Munich, the Hanse culture foundation, the Civitella Ranieri foundation New York, the cultural foundation Sachsen. With «his extraordinary virtuosity» (the Guardian) his performance was one of highlight by BBC Proms in 2014. CDs and DVDs published by German Gramophone, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, Wergo ec.
Andrei Bardin was born in 1978 in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod) in a family of musicians. In 2000 he graduated with honors from the State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod by «piano» (class of professor Yelena D. Alekseyeva) and «organ» (classes of professor Galina I. Kozlova , laureate of international and national competitions Yuri A. Kryachko, associate Anna V. Perelman and professor Zaryana A. Skulskaya).
In 2002 he graduated from the post-graduate course of Conservatory (supervisor — professor Zaryana A. Skulskaya). Since 1999 he has been working in the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Society as a soloist-organist.
In 2001, at the Second Michael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (Kaliningrad), Andrei was awarded a special prize «Hope of the Fatherland.» At the First Oleg Yanchenko International Organ Competition (Volgograd, 2002) he was awarded a diploma and a special prize of the Association of Russian organists and Organ Building Expert Council of the International Union of Musicians.
At the Third Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (Kaliningrad, 2003) Andrei Bardin became the laureate and received four special awards: for best performance of works by Michael Tariverdiev, the prize of the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Society, the prize «Faith, Hope, Love» and the Audience Award.
Creatively collaborated with Volgograd, Omsk and Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestras, with Nizhny Novgorod and Krasnoyarsk Russian Folk Orchestras, with the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra.
He has given concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Svetlogorsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Volgograd, Sochi, Chelyabinsk, Perm, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Omsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Barnaul, Irkutsk, Chita, Khabarovsk, Kondopoga, Yakutsk, Pitsunda (Abkhazia), Gdansk (Poland).
Zhou Nan serves as Dulcimer Teacher of Jilin University of Arts, Master of Aesthetics of Music, Member of China Dulcimer Association, Member of China’s Academy of Guqin, Executive Member of National Orchestral Music Association of Jilin Province, Guest Performer of Percussion Music of National Traditional Orchestra of Jilin Province, Guqin Performer and Academic Visitor at Chinese Culture University and has conducted cultural exchanges and performance activities in more than 30 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia. She has performed music works for key politicians and leaders of many countries and participated in performances at world-famous music festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Qintai Music Festival. Zhou Nan was awarded with many important prizes in various competitions such as CCTV Folk Music Instrument Competition and participated in interdisciplinary performance activities with various pop bands and electronic organ performers. In addition, she also published various academic papers in some important academic journals
Natalia Lihopoi was born in Moscow.
Started learning music at age 6 in the class of Professor E. Chugaev, who at once noticed and was able to develop her outstanding talent. After the first successful concerts in Russia she entered the Moscow Conservatory, the class of Professor V. Tretyakov, which she brilliantly graduated due to her exclusive music playing and virtuoso technique.
During the studying, Natalia Lihopoi won numerous prizes at major international competitions, including the competition of violinists in Tokyo, the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, the USSR competition in Tallinn (Estonia), the Kreisler competition in Vienna, the International competition in Trapani (Italy) and the Ruggiero Ricci competition of violinists in Berlin.
She toured in the United States, South America, Japan and Europe, where her energetic, emotional and at the same time timid manner of performing has won the unanimous approval of the critics.
She is a professor at the State University of Music in Bonn (Germany).
Rimma Benyumova was born in 1993 in a music family in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. From 2000 to 2012 she studied with Prof. Mikhail Benyumov at the High School of Music and Drama in Krasnoyarsk. After successful exams, Rimma moved to Berlin to continue her musical education. She was part of the class of Prof. Tomasz Tomaszewski at the University of Arts in Berlin, and since 2015 she has been studying with Prof. Ulf Wallin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.
Her musical career started at the age of seven. Since 2002, Rimma has won many prizes in international competitions in Germany, Austria, Poland and Italy. She also took part in master classes with Maxim Vengerov, Victor Tretiakov, Zakhar Bron, Anna Chumachenko, Savatore Accardo, Dora Shvartsberg and Pierre Amoyal.
As a soloist she has already performed in such concert venues as Carnegie Hall, Moscow International Performing Arts Center, Teatro del Vermo Milano, Harbin Philharmonie, Piano Salon Christophori Berlin and many others.
Ms. Benyumova can be found frequently in concerts with renowned orchestras including with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra «I Pomeriggi Musicali» Milano, the Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Philharmonic, Harbin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra «Kremlin», Moscow Chamber Orchestra «Russian Camerata», Krasnoyarsk chamber orchestra , among others.
She was also a member of Deutsche Oper Orchestra Academy in Berlin.
During her studies Rimma was respectively a scholarship holder of AD Infinitum Foundation Berlin, Oscar und Vera Ritter Foundation Hamburg,Yamaha Foundation of Europe,German National Scholarship. She’s also a member of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation.
Violin — Andrea Postaccini 1876 Fermo Italy.
Born in St.Petersburg (Russia)1993 Aram Yagubyan began studying violoncello at the age of six.Year later he was accepted at the School of Music under St.Petersburg Conservatory where he began cello lessons with Elena Dernova and received Chamber music lessons from Julia Fedoseeva.
Aram has won prizes at the Moscow International Competition"New Names of Russia" 2002(III prize), International String Competition Toljatti 2007(II prize), "Gartov Stiftung«International Competition 2007(II prize),Chamber Ensemble Competition 2009 Tallinn, Estonia (I prize). He also received 2 special prizes in the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012.
Aram has given many concerts , not only as a soloist , but also as a chamber musician.
In St.Petersburg he performed as a soloist with orchestra at the State Conservatory,Symphony Hall as well as he has regularly toured in Germany, England, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain.
In november 2012 Aram performed with pianist Raul Da Costa on the National Radio of Lissabon as well as the with Sophia Körber (Soprano) on the «Deutschlandradio Kultur» in 2014.
Aram has taken Masterclasses with David Geringas, Troels Svane, Philippe Muller, Hatto Beyerle, Ulf Tischbirek, Alexander Knjazev, Leonid Gorokhov, Luc Aeschlimann, Sergei Roldugin, Alisa Weilerstein.
He attended masterclasses at the Kronberg Academy, the Marktoberdorf Summer Academy, Usedomer International Masterkurses, House of Music (St.Petersburg,Russia), Academia Chigiana and Pro Bono Musicae.
In an orchestral settings, Aram performed as principal cellist of the Rimsky-Korsakov School Symphony Orchestra as well as the Hannover University of music.In 2011 he received «Mendelssohn-stipendium» and «Stipendia of Region Hannover» in 2012. In 2013 he was given the «Musik Braucht Freunde» scholarship and the scholarship from the «Live Music Now» foundation.
Now he studies by Leonid Gorokhov in Hochschule fuer Musik Hannover.
Born in 1993, Raul da Costa started his musical studies at the age of seven in his hometown’s Music School, where he first studied piano with Professor Luis Amaro and then with Emília Coelho.
From 2006 to 2011, he studied in Academia de Música S.Pio X in Vila do Conde, Portugal, with Professor Álvaro Teixeira Lopes.
Raúl da Costa has given recitals in the most prestigious halls in Portugal such as in Casa Da Música, Centro Cultural de Belém and in the Teatro S. Luís in Lisbon, among many others. He has also given recitals at the Spring Festival in Vila Praia de Âncora (Chopin’s Concerto no.1), in the Young Musicians Cicle in Portimão, in the Saint Pére de Rodes International Music Festival, in Spain, in the Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival, in the Dias da Música International Festival in Lisbon, in the Marvão International Music Festival, in the Kammermusiktage Ahrenshoop, and in the Hommage à Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Paris. He has also given recitals in Germany, France, Spain, Poland, England and Czech Republic.
Raúl ist the 1st Prize winner of the various international piano competitions, including the San Sebastian International Piano Competition in Spain, the Scriabin International Competition in Paris and in the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle, England. He was also awarded for various times the special prize for best performance of a Portuguese music.
He was a prizewinner of the 1st European Union Piano Competition in Prague (representing Portugal) with only 16 years of age. Raúl is a scholar of the renowned Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation, and presently of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. In 2016, Raúl da Costa won the 1st Prize and all special prizes in the ZFMusikpreis International Piano Competition.
He has made live recordings for both Portuguese and foreign Radio and Television, such as for the NDR and SWR radios in Germany.
Raúl profited of the work with distinguished artists such as Maria João Pires, Dmitri Bashkirov, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Malcolm Bilson, Boris Berezovsky, Roger Muraro, Tatiana Zelikman and Lev Natochenny.
Raúl studied in the Hochschule für Musik, Medien und Drama in Hannover, where he was part of the class of the renowned Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. Currently Raúl studied under tutorship of Professor Bernd Goetzke.