Soloist Spring 2018

Called “the exemplary violinist of the twenty-first century” by Yehudi Menuhin, the French violinist became known around the world not only for his virtuoso interpretation of the standards of the classical repertory, but also for his sensual, completely relaxed, yet in the same time highly intense music making which communicates the pure joy of music to everybody listening to him.

Born in Algeria, Gilles Apap was raised in Nice where he studied the violin with André Robert, then later at the Conservatoire de Musique de Nice with Gustave Gaglio and at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Lyon with Veda Reynolds. He came to America to attend the Curtis Institute, and chose to settle in California where he held for some years the position of the concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra.

Apap gained the affection of Yehudi Menuhin when he won in 1985 the Contemporary Music prize at the prestigious International Menuhin Competition. This led to a friendly contact until Lord Menuhin passed away. Still shortly before Menuhin died, they worked together on a film upon Mozart’s 3rd violin concerty inspired by Apap’s meanwhile legendary cadenza of the 3rd movement.  The film had then posthumously been completed “in memoriam Yehudi Menuhin” by ARTE and is still regularly broadcasted by European TV stations.

Nowadays, his engagements include concerts on well known concert stages from New York’s Carnegie Hall to French Salle Pleyel/Paris or the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. He appears in western and eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the Balkans, on both coasts of the United States; Canada, South America, New Zealand, Brazil, India, China, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Israel and Australia.

Aside of most of the philharmonic orchestras of his home country France, he plays with well known international orchestras such as the Boston Philh. Orch., the Russian Nat. Philharmonic Orch., the Israel Philh Orch., the Philh.Orch. of the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Philh. Orch. of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony Orch., the Dresden, Hamburg, Nürnberg Philharmonics,  just to name a few.

He appeared, among many others, at the Lille Mozart Festival, the festival l’Ile de France, the Settembre Musica Torino/Milano, the Würzburg Mozartfestival, Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Int. Ludwigsburger Schloßfestspiele, Meraner Musikwochen, the Tokio Festival.

With his trio “Colors of Invention” Apap is performing spectacular chamber music concerts throughout western and eastern Europe, the U.S., South America, Japan and Russia.

Aside his work as a soloist and chamber musician, Apap is increasingly sought-after as musical leader of International Chamber orchestras, due to his specified conception of how to approach, to convey and to share music.

Apart from performing, Apap has taught at the Menuhin Academy Gstaad, the Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern (Switzerland) and at the Menuhin School, London and holds numerous masterclasses and workshops every year at festivals and academies worldwide.

He started recording with 3 CDs for Sony Classical, but in 1999 he built his own record label Apapaziz Productions. Since then, he has released 6 classical albums with solo (“Hope you like violin?), symphonic (Mozart’s 3rd concerto w. the Sinfonia Varsovia) and chamber music (3 records with “Colors of Incention” and one with sonatas for violin and piano) “Sans orchestre”, his third album with ‘Colors of Invention” was presented on the occasion of an amazing concert at the prestigious Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonie.

Apap’s discography is complemented by his album “friends” recorded with some of the stars of the international scene of ‘fiddl music’ and the CD “Gypsy Tunes – Californian style that is…” presenting Rumanian Dances by Bartok as well as Gypsy traditionals and standards by Django Reinhardt, Fats Weller, Bille Evans or Richard Rodgers.

At present time, he’s working upon a new symphonic recording and a fourth album with “Colors of Invention”. Likewiese, another duo recording is going to be prepared.

Bruno Monsaingeon, noted for his films about Glenn Gould and Sviatoslav Richter, has made two documentaries featuring Apap: “The Unknown Fiddler of Santa Barbara” and “Gilles Apap Plays the Mozart Third Violin Concerto” recorded with the Sinfonia Varsovia and produced by ARTE.  Another film, “Apap Masala” has been produced in spring 2004 in the US and in India, featuring some of the best classical violin players and teachers from India performing together with Apap classical music from both cultures, Europe and India. All three films have been and continue to be repeatedly broadcasted by European and international TV channels.

Soloist Autumn 2017

Murad Adigezalzade was born on November 20, 1973, in Baku. In 1980 he entered Secondary Specialized School of Music named after Bulbul.
In 1984 he participated in the “Concertino-Prague” International Radio Competition and was named amongst the top ten young pianists.
He took part in tour to Czechoslovakia in 1987. In August 1990, participated in the International Pianists Competition in Germany. Toured in Turkey in September and October of the same year. In 1991, he graduated from school and entered the Baku State Music Academy named after Uzeir Gadjibeyli. He attended the classes of Professor R.Atakishiyev and later, classes of  Professor F.Badalbeyli. He toured through Turkey with the State Chamber Orchestra in 1995.
In May 1996, he became The First Prizewinner of Republican Competition of Pianists and was named “The Best Pianist of the Year”. In December of the same year he was named “The Best Musician of the Year”. After graduating from Baku State Music Academy, entered the Higher School for Musicians in Munich, Germany, and studied in classes of Professor E.Virsaladze. He graduated from that school in 1998.
The same year he became a post-graduate student and worked on probation in the State Conservatoire of Moscow named after P.I.Tchaikovsky, where he studied in classes of Professor Virsaladze, too. He graduated form the State Conservatoire of Moscow (SCM) in November 2000. While studying in SCM he performed concerts in Moscow, Turkey, and Baku. Also, together with scholarship holders of Vladimir Spivakov Foundation participated in the Festival of Musicians held in Kiev, Ukraine.
In December 2000, he toured through Turkey with the State Symphony Orchestra of Bursa City, intensively propagandizing Azeri music in Baku and abroad. He performed under the direction of well-known conductors, such as N.Rzayev, R.Abdullayev, Y.Adigezalov, R.Melikaslanov, V. Sirenko, V.Jordaniya, V.Altshuler, V. Verbitsky, Y. Bashmet, V. Fedoseev, V. Kakhidze, D. Yablonsky, M. Vengerov.
In October 2001 he won the II International Piano Competition in Tbilisi, Georgia (2nd prize, 1st prize non-awarded). In December 2001 he took part in International Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. In January 2002 performed on tour with the chamber orchestra from Ingolstadt and performed solo concert in Keningsbakh. In March of the same year performed in the «Richter’s memory» International Festival in Moscow organized by “YAMAHA” and also in Antalya (Turkey) with the State Symphonic Orchestra. In April performed with solo concert in the small hall of Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky and in the museum named after K.Rerikh. In May 2002 performed with the State Symphonic Orchestra of Baku. In June 2002 he took part in 12th International Competition named after Tchaikovsky.

Since 2004 he’s been the soloist of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic. In 2005 Murad Adigezalzade was awarded a rank of the Honored Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic. In 2011 Murad Adigezalzade was awarded a rank of the People’s Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic. Since 2007 receives the Presidential award. At the moment along with concert activity he is the professor of the piano of the Baku Musical Academy, His repertoire includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and others. Also since 2006 to this day he is the director of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic.

Soloist Spring 2017

Born in Germany into a bulgarian family of musicians in 1994, Vivi Vassileva grew up under ideal prerequisites for a musical career and belongs now to one of today’s leading solopercussionist of her generation. Beside her brilliant technique and astonishing virtuosity she holds an exceptional musicality combined with poetic expression. It is like she is seeking a new way of approaching the world of percussion instruments. Rather then merely rhythmic drumming Vivi Vassileva manages to create divine music with distinctive sounds and profound phrasing.
Alongside several prices at numerous renowned international competitions (Two Special Prizes at the ARD-Competition 2014, First Prizes in Musikförderungspreis Ingolstadt 2013, International Marimba Competition Nuremberg 2010, Jugend Musiziert 2007 and Bronze Medal in International Marimba Competition in Paris 2009) she had her solo orchestral debut at the age of 13 and her first professional CD recording supported by the Bayerische Rundfunk at the age of 15.
In addition to her wide repertoire, including concertos for Solo Percussion/Marimba/Vibraphone, innovative chamber music and solo programs, Vivi Vassileva has a special interest in discovering new works and extending the percussion repertoire and its technical possibilities , e.g. with her own adaptations and through cooperation with composers, who already have dedicated their pieces to her. With her infinite curiosity and her extraordinary energy, with which she is able to capture the public’s attention at once whilst performing, Vivi brings a new touch to today’s concerts of classical music.
She is a recipient of the scholarships Talent in Bavaria (sponsored by the Robert-Bosch foundation), Deutsche Musikrat, the Orlandus Lassus Foundation and the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation. Vassileva is currently studying with Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Sadlo at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

Soloist Summer/Autumn 2016

French pianist Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua (pronounced Enkawa) was born near Paris in 1963. He studied with Madeleine de Valmalète from an early age and soon entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur, at which he obtained 1st prize with distinction in piano when aged only fourteen, soon followed by the same award in chamber music.

A finalist and prize-winner at the Clara Haskil and Santander Competitions, he was invited to appear at the Yokohama Piano Festival before he was twenty years of age and was subsequently engaged as a soloist by several Japanese orchestras.

Collaborations with musicians from the former Soviet Union, such as the USSR State Symphony Orchestra and the Kiev Opera Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, later allowed him to perform on several occasions in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Kiev. Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua is also an avid chamber music performer. His partners include several famous violinists such as Valeriy Sokolov and Gilles Apap, with whom he forms an unconventional duo.

EFN’K has performed at such prestigious concert venues as the Theâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Wigmore Hall in London. He has also become a regular guest of the Miami and the Mariinsky (Saint-Petersburg) International Piano Festivals. Critics have often praised his natural sense of phrasing and colour, through an eclectic repertoire that features Bach’s Goldberg variations (recorded in 2000), Liszt-Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, German Romantics (particularly Schumann), French “Impressionits” and jazz-inspired pieces.

The great jazz pianist and composer Martial Solal also entrusted him with being the soloist of his music and for recording a CD of his works, including several world premieres. This recording, together with another CD featuring piano solo transcriptions of music by Stravinsky (Le Sacre du printemps), Ravel (La Valse) and Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue), was released in 2015 by Naxos-Grand Piano (GP696/697).

For Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua’s website (audio and video live recordings) please go to: and the pianist’s YouTube channel:

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