Soloists Autumn 2018

«… A wonderful talent with a lively temperament, virtuosic brilliance and a very high professional level …» (Yehudi Menuhin)

Maria Solozobova is one of the most promising violinists of her generation. Her dazzling career has already taken her to the world’s finest concert halls including the Tonhalle Zurich, the Stadtcasino Basel, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Koelner Philharmonie, the Great Hall at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Ljubljana’s Philharmonic Hall. Solozobova has played under many famous conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, David Zinman, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Daniel Raiskin, Muhai Tang, Peter Csaba, Howard Griffiths and Michael Hofstetter. She is a frequent guest, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, at the most prestigious festivals in the world. Solozobova’s performances today include appearances with leading orchestras and musicians worldwide including as Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Maria Joao Pires, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sol Gabetta and Mikhail Pletnev.

Maria Solozobova’s numerous concert tours have taken her to Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Argentina, the USA, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Slovenia, Romania and Russia. She has performed with many leading orchestras including the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, Wuerttembergische Philharmonie, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zurich, Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow philharmonic orchestra, Moscow chamber orchestra, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow.

Maria Solozobova was born in Moscow and now lives in Switzerland. Her exceptional musical talent was evident even as a child and at the age of ten she won first prize in Russia’s most prestigious national music competition. After attending Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music for gifted children, she continued her studies at the famous Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (concert diploma degree with honours) and with Professor Zakhar Bron at Zurich University of Music and Drama. She completed her studies with Professor Raphael Oleg at the Basel Music Academy (soloist diploma degree with honours).

Solozobova was appointed leader of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande even before completing her studies. She has won several prestigious international music competitions, for instance the Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria (first prize and special audience price 2000), the W. A. Mozart Competition in Zurich (first prize 2005), the Tibor Varga Competition (2009) and the Rodolfo Lipizer Prize.

In 2007 her debut CD, on the Antes label (Bella Musica Edition) with works by Peter Tchaikovsky and Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, was enthusiastically received by the international press. This was followed in 2011 by a recording of selected works by Joseph Haydn, Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. “Her modern style will certainly appeal to future generations too,” observed the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. 2013 sees the release of “Paganini”, Solozobova’s new Bella Musica CD, on which she plays Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and the “Nel cor piu non mi sento” variations for solo violin with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2009 Maria Solozobova founded as artistic director the «Classical Highlights» Zurich, an annual international series of four concerts in distinguished concert halls in Switzerland. As part of a broader program encompassing artists and writers, this offers a dynamic meeting point for outstanding orchestras and the most distinguished young soloists and conductors from Russia, Germany and Switzerland.

Deutsche Gramophone Recording Artist Ms. Meehae Ryo’s breathtaking technical virtuosity and captivating melody puts her as the most recognized cellist in the Republic of Korea. She endeavors to play music which makes both herself and her audiences happy.  Not only is she a beloved cellist, but she is also determined to train pupils by sharing her experiences and skills.

Meehae had her first cello lesson at age of six. After she won many of national competitions, her ambition to study abroad at early age, she asked her parents to search for a school which could provide the best educational background to prepare her to become a true musician for inside and outside.  She accepted a place at Juilliard School when she was sixteen and then finished her studies with DMA degree at the University of Michigan in the USA.

Meehae’s passion for music is enough to make her as one of the most preferred cellist by numerous orchestras. These include: the Wiener Concert Verein ( Wiener Symphoniker Kammer Orchester), Berliner Symphony Orchestra, , Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrad Philharmony Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaerntner Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmony, Madeira Classical Players in Portugal, Kazakhstan National Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Classical Players.

In July 2013, Meehae and Albena Danailova, who is the first female concertmaster in the history of the Vienna Philharmony Orchestra, were invited to play Brahms Double Concerto at Cesky Krumlov Music Festival, and their stage was broadcasted live on the Czech National Broadcast. General Manager of Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV was very happy of this concert and sent to Meehae a invitation to perform once again in Abonoment program of Budapest Symphony Orchestra with concert master of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Mr. Andreas Buschatz Brahms double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra on 10th. October 2014 in Liszt Hall, Budapest.

Meehae has performed in the most well-known concert halls, including Musikverein Golden Hall, Verdi Hall, Hercules Hall, Smetana Hall, Dvorak Hall, Liszt Hall, Carnegie Hall, Auditorium della conciliazione  and Berliner Philharmonie Hall.

Meehae’s first recording was with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under maestro Vladimir Valek as the conductor; it was a commemoration album of Schumann’s 150th death by Sony Classic. In 2013, she recorded Saint-Saëns and Elgar cello concerto with Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra , which is released by Deutsche Gramphone.

Meehae does not limit herself as a concert cellist, she is also one of most respected professor in Republic of Korea.  Based on her personal experiences, she not only teaches them techniques needed to play cello, but also about life as a cellist.  She has been invited to give master classes in some of the most renowned music schools such as Vienna University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Kazakhstan Conservatory of Music.  She plays on a Storione Cello.

Einer der noch  jungen Musiker in der klassischen Musikszene ist der  deutsche Geiger Tassilo Probst. Geboren im Juli 2002 in München besucht er die 10. Klasse des Graf-Rasso-Gymnasiums in Fürstenfeldbruck. Mehrfach erspielte sich der junge Geiger 1. Preise bei „Jugend musiziert“. 2015 war er erstmals alt genug, um zum Bundeswettbewerb zugelassen zu werden und wurde im Duo mit seinem Klavier- Partner auf Anhieb mit einem 1. Preis mit Höchstpunktzahl, verbunden mit einem Sonderpreis der Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben, ausgezeichnet. Im selben Jahr wurde dem Duo der 2. Preis beim Carl Bechstein-Wettbewerb Berlin zuerkannt. Auch beim Bundeswettbewerb „Jugend musiziert“ 2016 war Tassilo erfolgreich und erspielte sich 1. Preise als Solist, erneut samt Sonderpreis der Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben, und in der Kategorie Klavier-Kammermusik, verbunden mit einem Sonderpreis des Bärenreiter-Verlags sowie   Stipendien für den „Europäischen Musikworkshop“ und die „International Summer Academy for Young Artists“. Weitere Auszeichnung war im Juni 2016 die Nominierung für den „Tassilo Kulturpreis“ der Süddeutschen  Zeitung. Im Frühjahr 2017 wurde Tassilo Probst von der „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“ eingeladen und erspielte sich  als einer der jüngsten Teilnehmer die wunderbare, klangstarke „Giovanni Grancino Violine (Mailand 1690)“ aus dem „Deutschen Musikinstrumentenfonds“ in Hamburg. „Dies ist eine Anerkennung für seine besonderen Leistungen, trotz seines sehr jungen Alters“. Im April  2017 erspielte er sich beim „Internationalen Anton Rubinstein Wettbewerb Violine Junior“  in Düsseldorf einen 1. Preis. Bei den Internationalen Geigen Meisterkursen der Kronberg Academy im Mai 2017 war er einer der ausgewählten, „aktiven“ Teilnehmer und hatte die Ehre, am Abschlusskonzert mitwirken zu dürfen. Im Mai 2017 erhielt er auf Grund seiner hervorragenden Leistungen die besondere Auszeichnung eines  „Gerd Bucerius-Stipendiums“  der Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben. Dieses Stipendium ermöglicht ihm weitere Teilnahmen an Meisterkursen an der Zakhar Bron Academy bei Prof. Zakhar Bron in Interlaken.

Auf Grund seiner Wettbewerbserfolge debütierte Tassilo als Solist im Oktober 2016  mit dem Glazunov Violinkonzert  mit der Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall unter der Leitung von Generalmusikdirektor Christian Simonis. Tassilo hat im übrigen schon seit einigen Jahren Konzerterfahrung als Solist und auch im Ensemble. Er konzertierte sehr erfolgreich bei den Kinderkonzerten der Münchner Philharmoniker unter der Leitung von Heinrich Klug u.a. im Gasteig München mit Vivaldi „Die vier Jahreszeiten“. Die Kronberg Academy hat Tassilo Probst ebenfalls im Oktober 2016 zu  ihrem  Kammermusikprojekt „Mit Musik Miteinander“ eingeladen. Unterrichtet von namhaften Dozenten konzertierte er gemeinsam mit ihnen in öffentlichen Konzerten. Bereits in jungen Jahren spielte er u.a. gemeinsam mit seinem Bruder und seinem Vater auf dem  Petersplatz in Rom bei  einer  Audienz von  Papst Benedikt XVI  sowie im Pantheon.

Tassilo erhielt mit 4 ½  Jahren seinen ersten Geigenunterricht nach der Suzuki-Methode bei Hannelore Dörries. Darüber hinaus spielt er Saxophon und Klavier. Seit  Anfang 2015 erhält er Geigen Unterricht  von dem Österreicher David Frühwirth. Im  Sept. 2015  bestand er die Aufnahmeprüfung für Jungstudenten  an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München. Unterrichtet wurde er zunächst von  Frau Prof. Sonja Korkeala. Seit  dem Sommersemester 2017 wird er  von Prof. Ingolf Turban unterrichtet. Tassilo Probst sucht trotz seines jugendlichen Alters den Weg einer vielfältigen Ausbildung und besuchte schon mehrfach Meisterkurse bei Prof. Zakhar Bron,  Prof. Boris Kuschnir,  Prof. Julia Fischer,  Prof. Ingolf Turban und dem Barockgeiger Rüdiger Lotter.

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: www.efnk-piano.com and the pianist’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/EFNKpiano.

Soloist Spring 2016

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Stefan Hadjiev

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Foto van Bellen: © Andrei Grilc

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