Jury 2018


Jury President

Norma FISHER is acclaimed internationally as one of the UK’s leading pianists and teachers.  As a child she was recognised as ‘a rare musical talent’ winning an exhibition, at the age of eleven, to study with Sidney Harrison at the Guildhall School of Music.  At the age of fourteen she came to the attention of the celebrated Greek pianist Gina Bachauer who became her mentor, introducing her to the distinguished Hungarian teacher Ilona Kabos, with whom she subsequently studied. A period was also spent in Paris studying French music with Jacques Fevrier.

 

Her many, highly acclaimed, early performances for the BBC led to an invitation by the German radio station RIAS, in Berlin, to make her debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra - which launched her career in Europe. Success in the Busoni International Piano Competition as a top prize-winner followed and on sharing the much-coveted Piano Prize in the Harriet Cohen International Music Awards with Vladimir Ashkenazy, her international reputation was sealed.  During the same period she made her debut at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and became a favourite soloist with leading British orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, and the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras.

 

Norma Fisher is known for her versatility as a performer, receiving recognition worldwide as one of Britain’s leading pianists. This versatility extends to chamber music, which she plays with leading musicians throughout the world.  Her early relationship with the Dartington, Allegri and Delme String Quartets led to a much sought-after partnership with the Stamic Quartet of Prague, both in the UK and the Czech Republic. She has also performed regularly with the International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, Carmina Quartet and Reykjavik Wind Quintet and partnered such well known soloists as Stephanie Gonley, Alan Hacker, Maurice Hasson, Emanuel Hurwitz, Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Isserlis, Peter Lukas Graf, Gyorgy Pauk, Hu Kun, Sylvia Rosenberg, Grigori Zhislin, Yossi Zivoni and singers Benjamin Luxon, Sherrill Milnes, Nelly Miricioiu and Sir John Tomlinson.

 

Her reputation as a teacher is widely established and many of her top prize-winning students are well known on the international concert circuit. She is a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music. She is invited to give masterclasses throughout the world and has taught at the International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove, UK, the International Summer Academy in Lenk, Switzerland and the Horowitz Foundation Summer Music Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, amongst many others. She is regularly invited on the Jury of leading international piano competitions including Gina Bachauer (USA), Horowitz (Kiev, Ukraine), Joanna Hodges (USA), Boston Grand Amateurs (USA), Newport (Wales), San Marino, Sydney (Australia), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Virginia Waring (USA), 

 

She is the Artistic Director of London Master Classes www.londonmasterclasses.com whose courses attract major talent from around the world to work intensively with top performers/teachers in London. In 2016 London Master Classes celebrated 28 years of offering these prestigious events.

Belgian pianist Ben ROELS graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp where he studied with the Swiss pianist Pascal Sigrist. He continued his education with Leon Fleischer (Master class Germany), Eliane Rodrigues (Belgium) and Lionel Bowman (South-Africa).

 

He obtained the “Diplôme Supérieur de piano” at the “Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot” in Paris, where he studied with the French pianist and famous Liszt interpreter France Clidat. After his remarkable performance in the Salle Cortot (Paris) he became pupil of the legendary Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini (France/Paris). After Paris returning back to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp he obtained the Master Diploma for piano with great distinction. He made his concert debut with Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto and presently offers an extended concerto repertoire including Mozart, Van Beethoven, Liszt, De Greef, Shostakowitch, Gershwin and Addinsell.

In recitals he often plays works from “forgotten” composers such as Arthur De Greef (Belgian pianist/composer and pupil of Liszt). Liszt mainly influences Ben Roels’ repertoire. The virtuosity, sensitivity and lyric aspect of Liszt’s music fit very well with the personality of this pianist.

 

In April 2017 Ben Roels will perform a concert tour in China with the program 'The Maestro and his Pupil' with works of Liszt and De Greef. So far he had performances on four continents. After appearances in Europe, Africa

And the USA, he recently made his debut in Turkey.

 

Ben Roels performed in Belgium (Festival of Flanders, Centre of fine Arts Brussels “Palais des Beaux Arts Henry Le Boeuf Hall, deSingel Antwerp), The Netherlands, France (Salle Cortot in Paris), Germany, Italy, Spain the U.S.A. and concert tours in South Africa. He made guest appearances for the Belgian Classical Radio “Klara”.

 

Ben Roels is founder of the concert series ‘Classical for everybody’ (Klassiek voor iedereen), a successful yearly concert in deSingel in Antwerp to promote classical music.

 

His CD “Liszt Revisited” – tre sonetti di Petrarca – Sonata in B Minor – Funérailles - was recorded in Stellenbosch South Africa. His recent CD “Emotions” with works of Chopin – Grieg – Mendelssohn – Liszt was released in October 2012. Both CD’s are released by PMP -  in Brussels.

Ben Roels is Steinway Artist.

 

“Roels’ Liszt interpretations are extraordinary with an outstanding technique and an unheard

deep expression…” (Lionel Bowman, pianist)

 

France Clidat: ' Ben Roels reinvents the music on stage and plays different when audience is present. The need of communication with the audience is always there, to share the emotion and the colors of the sound....'

Aldo Ciccolini: Pianist Ben Roels has no fear to present the Masterworks on stage and succeeds to forget the technical challenge during telling his musical story....'

 

“Ben Roels is undoubtedly ranked among the most talented and promising Belgian pianists

of his generation…” (Alain Roeland, conductor).

 

“Ben Roels’ playing was so intense he kept the audience quiet, a real achievement during

wintertime…” (D. Clotman, journalist).

 

“In perfect grace and transparency, never sentimental, Ben Roels gave a first-class

Lisztinterpretation…” (Die Speyer Zeitung, Germany).

 

“An amazing sound in forte passages and controlled virtuoso playing, Ben Roels gave an

interpretation with fascinating tension…a maximum musical and physical performance…”

(Speyerer Tagepost).

 

‘The Festival of Cingle 2007 (France) discovered Ben Roels, Belgian pianist, in repertoire of Liszt that requires, of course a great virtuosity, revealed how the playing of this young musician who is not confined to the technique alone, but can be noble and deeply inspired ...... ..is emblematic of his prodigious pianistic skills ... and can convinced pending a public exception.’ (Caroline Feasch, cultural newspaper "491")

 

One of the great qualities of Cingle Festival is to discover performers talent.

Ben Roels: remmember this name, he will be talked about. A Bravura, a concentration, worthy of the greatest sincerity, in a repertoire which steps out of bounderies. Congratulations to Festival du Château du Cingle for the "discovery" ... very great pianist from Belgium.

(P. Crapie 07/2007)

Allison Brewster Franzetti

A multiple Grammy® Nominee and 2008 Grammy® Nominee for Best Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra, pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality, both as a soloist and chamber musician.  She was most recently invited to perform at the Grammy® Awards Classical Music Tribute to Earl Wild and Lang Lang at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  Other invitations include performances at the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Robert Schumann Festival at the Marcella Sembrich Museum in Lake George, New York, the Campeche Festival in Mexico and at the opening of the VI International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She has also been a guest artist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic (featured on NBC-TV News), the Long Island Philharmonic, the English Sinfonia, the City of Prague Philharmonic, the Denver Symphony, the Colonial Symphony playing her own arrangement for solo piano and orchestra of Camille St. Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” the European Women’s Orchestra, and the Adelphi Orchestra, amongst others.  She has played the world premiere of “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti at the Teatro Colon with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires conducted by Javier LoGioia Urbe, commissioned for Ms. Brewster Franzetti as part of their 50th anniversary season, the European premiere with the Janacek Philharmonic conducted by Dennis Burkh, and the US premiere with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.  Solo recital performances include her critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, her recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan.  Ms. Brewster Franzetti is the piano soloist on the soundtracks of the 2006 American/Argentine film, “Tango Fatal,” the 2005 Argentine/French film, “Ronda Nocturna,” and the 2003 French/Spanish film, “Dans le rouge du couchant.” 

Her Grammy®-Nominated CD, “20th Century Piano Sonatas,” was released on the Naxos label in July 2007.  Her CD with flutist Kimberly McCoul Risinger, “Sonata Fantasy,” was released on Albany Records in November 2007.  Her double concerto CD, “Reflexiones,” was released on Amapola Records.  She is the 2003 Grammy® Award Nominee for “Poeta de Arrabal” on Amapola Records for Best Classical Crossover Album and the 2002 Latin Grammy® Award Nominee for “Tango Bar” on Chesky Records for Best Tango Album.  Other solo CDs include “South American Landscapes” on Premier Recordings, “Scriabin/Ravel/deFalla” on Amapola Records and “The Unknown Piazzolla” on Chesky Records.  Also available on Amapola Records is her world-premiere recording of “Piano Concerto No. 2” by Carlos Franzetti with the Janacek Philharmonic.  She is a featured soloist on the 2001 Latin Grammy® Award Winner, “Tango Fatal” on Amapola Records, “Images Before Dawn – Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti” on Premier Recordings, and the 1997 Grammy® Award Winner, “Portraits of Cuba” on Chesky Records.  She has recorded two major works by Roberto Sierra, “El Mensajero de Plata” and “Bayoan,” with the Bronx Arts Ensemble for Newport Classics and Albany Records.  She has also recorded Latin American and English chamber music for the Musical Heritage Society. 

An accomplished accompanist and chamber musician, Allison Brewster Franzetti has collaborated with some of the finest performers and composers in the world, including Sir James Galway, John Corigliano, Stephen Paulus, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Aldridge, Ransom Wilson, Eugenia Zukerman, Julius Baker, Robert White, and members of major US and international symphony orchestras.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, festivals in the United States, Mexico and Europe, and on radio and television. 

Ms. Brewster Franzetti is the author of synopses for the book, “101 Opera Librettos,” published by Black Dog & Leventhal in New York.  She writes liner notes for Amapola Records, Chesky Records, Milan Records, and Premier Recordings. 

Born in New York City, Allison Brewster Franzetti received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School.  She has won first prizes from the Paderewski Foundation and the Piano Teachers Congress of New York as well as awards from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Denver Symphony Orchestra. She was the recipient of two HEART (History, Education, Arts – Reaching Thousands) Grants from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Starr Foundation. Ms. Brewster Franzetti was appointed Concert Artist in Piano and Chamber Music at Kean University in 2001 and was elected to the honor society Phi Kappa Phi in 2002.  Kean University bestowed its first Graduate Commencement Performing Artist Award on Ms. Brewster Franzetti in 2003.  She joined the faculty of Montclair State University in 2007.

 

Allison Brewster Franzetti served on the board of directors for ArtPride, an organization that supports arts advocacy in the state of New Jersey.  She currently serves on the advisory board of Arts High in Newark, New Jersey. 

 

Benjamin Loeb

Benjamin Loeb, a native Texan, is an accomplished conductor, accompanist, and soloist. His widely varied projects range from the classical to the contemporary. He became associate conductor of the El Paso (TX) Symphony and founder and music director of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras. He served four years as assistant conductor for the Haddonfield Symphony (NJ) and two as assistant conductor for the Greater Bridgeport (CT) Symphony Orchestra, and has served for three summers as assistant conductor/chorusmaster for the TodiMusicFest in Portsmouth, VA. He is also the founder and administrator of the International Conducting Workshop and Festival, held around the world in such places as Prague and Zlin, Czech Republic, Sofia, Bulgaria, and Chihuahua, Mexico. In 2002 he completed his Graduate Performance Diploma in Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Gustav Meier, after having completed a bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, a master’s degree at the Curtis Institute, and a doctorate at the Juilliard School. His conducting career began at Harvard, where he directed several ensembles, and took off after he conducted performances by the Harvard Concerto Soloists with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist at Sanders Theater in Cambridge and at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston for the “Profiles in Courage” Awards Ceremony. He has conducted and recorded songs of his sister, the singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, for her three albums, as well as songs that appear on various movie soundtracks. In addition, he has worked frequently with his brother, Philip, a composer and audio engineer, and his other sister, Debbie, an actress and singer. As a pianist, Benjamin Loeb has won critical acclaim, and his concerts have taken him to musical centres throughout the United States, as well as to Argentina, Chile, Tokyo, Seoul, Panama City, and a number of musical centres in Europe. He is based in El Paso, Texas, from where he continues to tour worldwide as conductor and pianist, and teaches at the new El Paso Conservatory of Music.

 

Chin Kim (born 1957) is a Korean-born American classical violinist, largely educated in the United States through the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Chin Kim performs extensively throughout the North America, Europe, and Korea as soloist with orchestras such as, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and with both South and North Korean orchestras with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Gerhardt Albrecht, Ianzug Kakhitzhe, Myung-whun Chung, and Ling Tung. Kim also performs, gives master classes, and teaches at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the International Academy of Music Festival, and the Summit Music Festival. He is active as soloist with orchestras, as violinist in recitals, chamber music, master classes, and as a teacher. He teaches the violin, viola, and chamber music at the Mannes College of Music New York. He is also on the violin faculty as associate professor at the Queens College, the Aaron Copland School of Music, the CUNY Doctoral program, and at the Columbia University Teacher’s College.

His performances were quoted by the critics with comments such as; "Performing each with consummate technical ease, attractive tone, and an excellent lyrical sense. His pianist, (David Oei) displays same appealing qualities" "A gorgeous, lush tone", "Great flair and brilliance", "Transcendent technical control", "Gracefully lyrical...Infectious warmth throughout",

 

Chin Kim was prizewinner in many international violin competitions including at the Concours Musical International Reine Elisabeth de Belgique (Brussels, Belgium) 1985, Concourse International de Montréal (Canada) 1983, Premio Paganini International Violin Competition (Genoa, Italy) 1990, and International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA) 1986.

Chin Kim made CDs of the Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Prokofiev 2nd Concertos, and the Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 (conductor Paul Freeman, with orchestras St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, and with pianist David Oei) have been released by ProArte/Intersound to high critical acclaim "Performing each with consummate technical ease, attractive tone, and an excellent lyrical sense", "Fully in command of his instrument and musically assertive. The Sonata is a superior example of perceptive chamber music collaboration", "Kim's rich, golden tone is a real treat...no doubt many great singers would envy Kim's lovingly phrased and songful performance...easy recommendation". The Starr-Kim-Boeckheler Piano Trio (with pianist Susan Starr, cellist Ulrich Boeckheler) released the Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C minor, and the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in a minor with the Mastersound/Allegro.

 

Graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1979, and subsequently from the Juilliard School 1989, he was awarded the D.M.A. degree, the Petscheck award, the Kreisler award, and the Concerto Soloist award. Mr. Kim was awarded the Nan-Pa award from Korea, which is highest of honors given to a Korean-born musician. His teachers include Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, Jascha Brodsky, Felix Galimir, Sally Thomas, Kyung Wha Chung, among others, and also studied Schenkerian analysis with Dr. Carl Schachter, and Bach with Edward Aldwell.

 

Monika Koerner critically acclaimed by The Age (Melbourne) as 'a player of insight, proficiency and personality' and consistently praised for her clear and warm tone, Austrian flutist Monika Koerner is quickly establishing herself as a 

sought-after chamber musician, soloist and orchestra musician since moving to Brisbane/Australia mid 2014.

 

She appears regularly as principal flute with Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. 

The 2017 season has also seen her as guest artist with Southern Cross Soloists and Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players. 

 

As a passionate chamber musician she is founding member of Brisbane based group Ensemble Trivium which in 2017 received two Arts Queensland grants for their project ‘Locally Sourced’

 

Monika was born in Salzburg and holds a MA degree from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna having studied with Prof. Wolfgang Schulz.

She undertook further studies with Auréle Nicolet, Peter-Lukas Graf, Robert Dick and recently a series of private lessons with Emily Beynon.

 

During her university years she won first prize at the competition Jugend musiziert (now Prima la Musica) as well as an outstanding performers award from the Bruckner Orchester Linz.

 

In Vienna she has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Tonkünstlerorchester,  Mozart Orchester Wien, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and in Australia  the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra. 

She has appeared at festivals Wien Modern, Carinthischer Sommer, Allegro Vivo, Brisbane Baroque Festival and Queensland Music Festival.

 

Johannes Krebs

Born in Goslar, Germany in 1974, Krebs is today one of the most interesting and multifaceted musicians of his generation.

During his studies in Hanover, Madrid, Basilea and Cologne he won numerous prices and awards at competitions in Germany, Austria, England and the USA.

Over the last decade, Krebs has developed an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and  much sought after teacher.

 

As soloist with orchestras he has performed under the baton of conductors like Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Poschner, Marko Letonja, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas Milton and Wolfgang Schmidt and as a member of the STREICHTRIO LIRICO he has been appearing  in concerts and recitals all over Europe and South America.

 

In 1999 Krebs made the world premiere recording of the piece TROVA for cello and orchestra by the spanish composer Enrique Granados for SONY. Furthermore, he recorded Beethoven and Schubert Stringtrios,  Dvorak, Brahms and Shostakovitch Piano Trios, Mozart and Brahms Piano Quartetts and Janacek String Quartetts. From 2016 the Streichtrio Lirico will be recording for the audite label.

 

He was invited for radio and tv-productions in Germany (NDR) and Spain (Tele5, Radio nacional, Canal+, Radio classico).

Krebs is a frequent guest at important music festivals such as the CASALS Festival in Prades, the festivals in Santander and Albal, Schleswig Holstein Festival or the Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium.

Additionally, Krebs fulfills his duties as Principal cellist of the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006.

He greatly enjoys teaching his cello class at the University of Arts in Bremen. He offers masterclasses in Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain and coaches regularly the cello sections of various German youth orchestras. In the academic year 2015/16 he teaches as guest at the Musicacademy in Krakow, Poland.

Recently he has played cello concertos of the standard repertoire by Haydn, Tschaikowsi´s Rokokovariations, the Brahms double, Bruch´s Kol Nidrei, Saint-Saens, Schumann and Dvorak, as well as such extraordinary concertos like Martinu, Tüür, Sallinen's Nocturnal Dances of Donjuanquixote and the Gulda cello concerto. 

In  2015 he served as judge in the Tonali Cello Competition in Hamburg and was appointed Artistic Director of the Musikfest Goslar

Krebs plays a marvellous cello by Carlo Antonio Testore, Milano 1746.

Roger Niese (1969) studeerde klarinet aan de Rijksmuziek Academie te Voeren (B) bij Jean Steutelings. Hij behaalde er zijn Regeringsmedaille en was tevens 1e prijswinnaar tijdens de Nationale Muziekwedstrijd “Pro Civitate”. Hij vervolgde zijn studie aan het conservatorium van Maastricht bij Leo van Tol, soloklarinettist van het voormalige Limburgs Symfonie Orkest. Tegelijkertijd studeerde hij HAFA directie bij de vermaarde Sef Pijpers. Hij was vier jaar lid van het Nationaal Jeugd Orkest en speelde tijdens en na zijn studie in diverse Nederlandse symfonieorkesten. Roger Niese is tegenwoordig vast verbonden aan de philharmonie zuidnederland als (bas-)klarinettist. In oktober 2010 bracht hij samen met het voormalige LSO en haar chef-dirigent Ed Spanjaard het - speciaal voor hem geschreven - basklarinetconcert van Bernard van Beurden in wereldpremière. Zowel de componist alsook Radio 4 waren daarbij aanwezig. Verder speelt hij regelmatig kamermuziek in diverse ensembles en maakt hij producties voor educatie. Zijn directiestudie sloot hij af in samenwerking met de voormalige “Johan Willem Friso kapel” in Assen. Als dirigent is hij werkzaam geweest bij een aantal gerenommeerde blaasorkesten, waaronder Lentekrans Linne en het streekorkest Symphonic Impulse. Momenteel werkt hij met de harmonieorkesten E.M.M. Wessem en Concordia Melick. Hij trad op als gastdirigent bij o.a. het Nationaal Jeugd Harmonie Orkest en philharmonie zuidnederland.

Hij is zeer actief als arrangeur voor o.m. Baton Music; een uitgever die zich wereldwijd inzet wat betreft kwalitatief hoogstaande arrangementen voor de symfonische blaasmuziek en werkte in opdracht voor o.a. omroep L1, philharmonie zuidnederland, Suzan Seegers, Koperensemble van het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest, Koninklijke Marinierskapel, Nieuw Geluid Den Haag, Deutsche Entertainment AG en diverse andere organisaties en artiesten.

Giancarlo TAMMARO Passionate of music since he was a child, he actively played classical guitar. His name appeared in the "Dizionario chitarristico italiano" ("Italian guitar Dictionary" - Ed. Berben, 1968). He never stopped taking care of humanistic culture and classical music. Convinced of the importance of live music performance and awareness in listening he has a long experience in managing and presenting hundreds of both private and public concerts.

He also became art director and organizer of many concert seasons, as, recently, "Assunzione Musica" (Parioli, Rome) and "Il Suono di Liszt a Villa d'Este" (Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Rome) in cooperation with Colle Ionci Association, reaching now its 5th edition

Luca PALMAS trained at the school of distinguished musicians such as: Mario Conter, but also Alexis Weissemberg, P. Badura Skoda, B. Bloch.

Member of Palmas Piano Duo since 1998 with his sister Cristina.  “The Duo Pianistico Palmas is highly talented and unfailingly musical” (Fanfare 2009)

Winner of 7 first prizes in national and international competitions; in 2011 Palmas Piano Duo was recipient of Honorary Mention at the 12th International Web Concert Hall Competition, USA. Awarded Honorary Mention in 2012 at TIM (Tournoi International de Musique) in Paris.

The Duo guested on Italian Rai Radio Tre on Swiss RSI (Radio of Italian Switzerland) Radio Classica, Radio Vaticana, Radio 4 (Netherlands).

The Duo performed throughout Italy: Rome (“Il suono di Liszt a Villa d'Este”-Tivoli, Premio Musica Roma-Palazzo Barberini, Teatro Euclide), Milan (“MiTo Fringe”, EXPO in città-Villa Litta), Turin (Festival Musicale della Riforma), Cremona (Teatro Ponchielli, Auditorium della Camera di Commercio), Padova (A.GI.MUS); but also in Switzerland and France.

Their discography includes two Cds  for the Italian Label “La Bottega Discantica”, that were praised by the international press (Fanfare Magazine-USA, Classical Music- UK). The first cd, with the  world première recording of Dvořák's Dumky, in the composer's original version for piano duet and the Quintet op. 1 by Ernö Dohnányi, was released in 2008. In the occasion of the bicentenary of Robert Schumann (2010), the Duo recorded the Quartett op. 47 and Quintet op.44, in the version for piano duet by Johannes Brahms  and Clara Schumann.

Jury 2017


Chamber Music 2017

Solo Piano 2017

Norma FISHER is acclaimed internationally as one of the UK’s leading pianists and teachers.  As a child she was recognised as ‘a rare musical talent’ winning an exhibition, at the age of eleven, to study with Sidney Harrison at the Guildhall School of Music.  At the age of fourteen she came to the attention of the celebrated Greek pianist Gina Bachauer who became her mentor, introducing her to the distinguished Hungarian teacher Ilona Kabos, with whom she subsequently studied. A period was also spent in Paris studying French music with Jacques Fevrier.

 

Her many, highly acclaimed, early performances for the BBC led to an invitation by the German radio station RIAS, in Berlin, to make her debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra - which launched her career in Europe. Success in the Busoni International Piano Competition as a top prize-winner followed and on sharing the much-coveted Piano Prize in the Harriet Cohen International Music Awards with Vladimir Ashkenazy, her international reputation was sealed.  During the same period she made her debut at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and became a favourite soloist with leading British orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, and the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras.

 

Norma Fisher is known for her versatility as a performer, receiving recognition worldwide as one of Britain’s leading pianists. This versatility extends to chamber music, which she plays with leading musicians throughout the world.  Her early relationship with the Dartington, Allegri and Delme String Quartets led to a much sought-after partnership with the Stamic Quartet of Prague, both in the UK and the Czech Republic. She has also performed regularly with the International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, Carmina Quartet and Reykjavik Wind Quintet and partnered such well known soloists as Stephanie Gonley, Alan Hacker, Maurice Hasson, Emanuel Hurwitz, Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Isserlis, Peter Lukas Graf, Gyorgy Pauk, Hu Kun, Sylvia Rosenberg, Grigori Zhislin, Yossi Zivoni and singers Benjamin Luxon, Sherrill Milnes, Nelly Miricioiu and Sir John Tomlinson.

 

Her reputation as a teacher is widely established and many of her top prize-winning students are well known on the international concert circuit. She is a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music. She is invited to give masterclasses throughout the world and has taught at the International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove, UK, the International Summer Academy in Lenk, Switzerland and the Horowitz Foundation Summer Music Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, amongst many others. She is regularly invited on the Jury of leading international piano competitions including Gina Bachauer (USA), Horowitz (Kiev, Ukraine), Joanna Hodges (USA), Boston Grand Amateurs (USA), Newport (Wales), San Marino, Sydney (Australia), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Virginia Waring (USA), 

 

She is the Artistic Director of London Master Classes www.londonmasterclasses.com whose courses attract major talent from around the world to work intensively with top performers/teachers in London. In 2016 London Master Classes celebrated 28 years of offering these prestigious events.

Per LUNDBERG (born 1962)  is a Swedish solo pianist, chamber musician and professor. 

He has performed with the major Swedish symphony orchestras such as Göteborg, Helsingborg, Norrköping symphony orchestra and Chamber orchestra Musica Vitae Växjö.

Per Lundberg was the first Swede to perform the Lutoslawski piano concerto together with Göteborg’s symphony orchestra. The concert was recorded live by the Swedish Radio.

Together with trombonist Christian Lindberg he has performed at venues such as Köln Filharmonien and De Doelen, Rotterdam, and made a CD for the CD company BIS in a collaboration with composer Arvo Part.

He is regularly engaged by the Scandinavian instrumental elite and has participated at the following festivals: Umeå International Chamber Music Festival, Festival in Pite Älvdal, Lappland Festival, Lyckå Chamber Music Festival, Copenhagen Summer Festival, Tivoli Festival, Kaustinen Chamber Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival (Lübeck), Kissinger Sommer Festival(Frankfurt), Irish Houses Festival(Dublin).

Per Lundberg is a member of the Swedish piano trio, Trio Poseidon. For the recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Gothenburg symphony and Neemi Järvi on the label Chandos, the american magazine Fanfare wrote: ”..the best recording ever, belongs to the Hall of Fame. A must have”.

 

Per Lundberg is regularly engaged by the Swedish Radio for studio recordings and concerts and was since 1990 a member of the Swiss ensembles Ars Amata Zürich and since 2014 a member of Duo Leonore, he has worked with The Britten Quartet, London, Winterthurer Streichquartett, New Helsinki Quartet, Vilnius Quartet, Tale Quartet and Zetterqvist Quartet.

 

Per Lundberg  studied with Marianne Jacobs (1975-79) and at the Swedish Broadcasting Music School at Edsbergs castle and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna (1982-85) he gained his soloist’s diploma.

 

Per Lundberg holds the positions of professor of accompinament and chamber music at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Edsberg.

 

Belgian pianist Ben ROELS graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp where he studied with the Swiss pianist Pascal Sigrist. He continued his education with Leon Fleischer (Master class Germany), Eliane Rodrigues (Belgium) and Lionel Bowman (South-Africa).

 

He obtained the “Diplôme Supérieur de piano” at the “Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot” in Paris, where he studied with the French pianist and famous Liszt interpreter France Clidat. After his remarkable performance in the Salle Cortot (Paris) he became pupil of the legendary Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini (France/Paris). After Paris returning back to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp he obtained the Master Diploma for piano with great distinction. He made his concert debut with Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto and presently offers an extended concerto repertoire including Mozart, Van Beethoven, Liszt, De Greef, Shostakowitch, Gershwin and Addinsell.

In recitals he often plays works from “forgotten” composers such as Arthur De Greef (Belgian pianist/composer and pupil of Liszt). Liszt mainly influences Ben Roels’ repertoire. The virtuosity, sensitivity and lyric aspect of Liszt’s music fit very well with the personality of this pianist.

 

In April 2017 Ben Roels will perform a concert tour in China with the program 'The Maestro and his Pupil' with works of Liszt and De Greef. So far he had performances on four continents. After appearances in Europe, Africa

And the USA, he recently made his debut in Turkey.

 

Ben Roels performed in Belgium (Festival of Flanders, Centre of fine Arts Brussels “Palais des Beaux Arts Henry Le Boeuf Hall, deSingel Antwerp), The Netherlands, France (Salle Cortot in Paris), Germany, Italy, Spain the U.S.A. and concert tours in South Africa. He made guest appearances for the Belgian Classical Radio “Klara”.

 

Ben Roels is founder of the concert series ‘Classical for everybody’ (Klassiek voor iedereen), a successful yearly concert in deSingel in Antwerp to promote classical music.

 

His CD “Liszt Revisited” – tre sonetti di Petrarca – Sonata in B Minor – Funérailles - was recorded in Stellenbosch South Africa. His recent CD “Emotions” with works of Chopin – Grieg – Mendelssohn – Liszt was released in October 2012. Both CD’s are released by PMP -  in Brussels.

Ben Roels is Steinway Artist.

 

“Roels’ Liszt interpretations are extraordinary with an outstanding technique and an unheard

deep expression…” (Lionel Bowman, pianist)

 

France Clidat: ' Ben Roels reinvents the music on stage and plays different when audience is present. The need of communication with the audience is always there, to share the emotion and the colors of the sound....'

Aldo Ciccolini: Pianist Ben Roels has no fear to present the Masterworks on stage and succeeds to forget the technical challenge during telling his musical story....'

 

“Ben Roels is undoubtedly ranked among the most talented and promising Belgian pianists

of his generation…” (Alain Roeland, conductor).

 

“Ben Roels’ playing was so intense he kept the audience quiet, a real achievement during

wintertime…” (D. Clotman, journalist).

 

“In perfect grace and transparency, never sentimental, Ben Roels gave a first-class

Lisztinterpretation…” (Die Speyer Zeitung, Germany).

 

“An amazing sound in forte passages and controlled virtuoso playing, Ben Roels gave an

interpretation with fascinating tension…a maximum musical and physical performance…”

(Speyerer Tagepost).

 

‘The Festival of Cingle 2007 (France) discovered Ben Roels, Belgian pianist, in repertoire of Liszt that requires, of course a great virtuosity, revealed how the playing of this young musician who is not confined to the technique alone, but can be noble and deeply inspired ...... ..is emblematic of his prodigious pianistic skills ... and can convinced pending a public exception.’ (Caroline Feasch, cultural newspaper "491")

 

One of the great qualities of Cingle Festival is to discover performers talent.

Ben Roels: remmember this name, he will be talked about. A Bravura, a concentration, worthy of the greatest sincerity, in a repertoire which steps out of bounderies. Congratulations to Festival du Château du Cingle for the "discovery" ... very great pianist from Belgium.

(P. Crapie 07/2007)

Clarinetist David BLUMBERG is a Performer and Clinician, and gave Masterclasses/Lessons at the Köln, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Utrecht Conservatories in 2015. Also performed in April 2016 in the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Clarinet Festival.

He will be a featured Recitalist, and Clinician in London at the 2016 Clarinet Society of Great Britain’s 40th Anniversary Symposium.

He has performed around the Globe, including 2014 in Shenzhen, China with Hong Kong Philharmonic Members. He plays 1st Clarinet with the National Band “Windworks” of Washington D.C., and also Principal Clarinetist of the Seabrook Opera, and is in the Pizzáz Symphony which toured China in 2014.

He will be touring China (10 Concerts/ 6 Cities) in December/January 2017 as Principal Clarinetist with the Philadelphia Festival Orchestra.

In December, he teaches in Spain at the Agaete International Clarinet Festival. In the Summers he is Clarinet Faculty for the Philadelphia International Music Festival, where he teaches alongside Philadelphia Orchestra Members since 2012.

His students have Won Competitions around the World including a winner of 2012 International Clarinet Association “Orchestral Audition Competition”, and the 1992 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition (Senior Division).

His student Jay S. is Principal Clarinetist of the 2016 Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra (NYO) which will tour Europe in the Summer of 2016.

He is Clarinet faculty of www.PlaywithaPro.com, and also www.EStaccato.com both

being top online Instruction sites for Musicians

Mr Blumberg opened the Masterclass for the Legendary Retired Berlin Philharmonic

Principal Clarinetist Karl Leister at the 2015 ICA ClarFest in Madrid, Spain.

He is an endorsed Artist/Clinician for D’Addario, BG, Silverstein, and Backun Winds.

Website http://www.MyTempoMusic.com

 

NOTOS Quartet

„The Notos Quartet is a fantastic ensemble!” Zubin Mehta

„Phenomenal, this is true musicianship.” Lynn Harrell

„the finest chamber music performance I have heard anywhere“ Classical Voice North America, Robert Markow

From their performances, critics have acclaimed the ensemble‘s virtuosic brilliance and technical

perfection“ which is characterized by „passion and great sensitivity,“ as well as their „mature interpretive

powers and an admirable beauty of sound. Thanks to this they look ahead to a bright future, having

already found their very own style - a style that is never an end in itself, but rather shows the respect of

each work and its creator as a sincere and audible concern.“ With their playing, the young musicians of

the Notos Quartet have thrilled both music critics and their audiences in recent years.

Winning the „Parkhouse Award“ 2011 in London, the First Prize at the „Charles-Hennen-Concours“ 2011

in Holland, the First Prize at the „Premio Vittorio Gui“ 2013 in Florence, the Second Prize, the Special Prize

for the Best Brahms Interpretation as well as the Audience Prize at the „Città di Pinerolo“ 2013 in Torino,

the Second Prize at the „Osaka International Chamber Music Competition“ 2014 in Japan, the First Prize

at the “OnStage Competition” 2016, the First Prize at the “Schoenfeld International String Competition”

2016 and the First Prize at the "International Chamber Music Competition Almere" 2016 in the

Netherlands highlights the success the ensemble can list onstage at home and abroad.

It comes as no surprise that their concert calendar is full after inspiring performances at London‘s

Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the festivals of Schwetzingen, Rheingau, Würzberg,

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Usedom, and furthermore a concert tour through the major cities of

Southeast Asia by the invitation of the Goethe Institute.

Since their inception in 2007, the Notos Quartet has received valuable guidance by the members of the

Mandelring Quartet, the Alban Berg Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, and the Beaux Arts Trio. Supported

by a scholarship of Fundación Albéniz and Santander Consumer Bank AG the Notos Quartet feels

honored to work together with Günter Pichler, first violinist of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, being

the first piano ensemble ever that is accepted in the degree programme for professional string quartets

at the Instituto Internacional de Música de Cámara de Madrid.

In 2014/2015 the Notos Quartet was holding the Waverley Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal

Northern College of Music in Manchester and since October 2015 the ensemble is the Artistic Director of

the NOTOS CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY.

SONY CLASSICAL will release their debut CD in Frebruary 2017.

Giancarlo TAMMARO Passionate of music since he was a child, he actively played classical guitar. His name appeared in the "Dizionario chitarristico italiano" ("Italian guitar Dictionary" - Ed. Berben, 1968). He never stopped taking care of humanistic culture and classical music. Convinced of the importance of live music performance and awareness in listening he has a long experience in managing and presenting hundreds of both private and public concerts.

He also became art director and organizer of many concert seasons, as, recently, "Assunzione Musica" (Parioli, Rome) and "Il Suono di Liszt a Villa d'Este" (Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Rome) in cooperation with Colle Ionci Association, reaching now its 5th edition

 

Luca PALMAS trained at the school of distinguished musicians such as: Mario Conter, but also Alexis Weissemberg, P. Badura Skoda, B. Bloch.

Member of Palmas Piano Duo since 1998 with his sister Cristina.  “The Duo Pianistico Palmas is highly talented and unfailingly musical” (Fanfare 2009)

Winner of 7 first prizes in national and international competitions; in 2011 Palmas Piano Duo was recipient of Honorary Mention at the 12th International Web Concert Hall Competition, USA. Awarded Honorary Mention in 2012 at TIM (Tournoi International de Musique) in Paris.

The Duo guested on Italian Rai Radio Tre on Swiss RSI (Radio of Italian Switzerland) Radio Classica, Radio Vaticana, Radio 4 (Netherlands).

The Duo performed throughout Italy: Rome (“Il suono di Liszt a Villa d'Este”-Tivoli, Premio Musica Roma-Palazzo Barberini, Teatro Euclide), Milan (“MiTo Fringe”, EXPO in città-Villa Litta), Turin (Festival Musicale della Riforma), Cremona (Teatro Ponchielli, Auditorium della Camera di Commercio), Padova (A.GI.MUS); but also in Switzerland and France.

Their discography includes two Cds  for the Italian Label “La Bottega Discantica”, that were praised by the international press (Fanfare Magazine-USA, Classical Music- UK). The first cd, with the  world première recording of Dvořák's Dumky, in the composer's original version for piano duet and the Quintet op. 1 by Ernö Dohnányi, was released in 2008. In the occasion of the bicentenary of Robert Schumann (2010), the Duo recorded the Quartett op. 47 and Quintet op.44, in the version for piano duet by Johannes Brahms  and Clara Schumann.

Chamber Music 2016

The jury committee shall be chosen by ONSTAGE Committee and consists of professional musicians. Other professionals in various fields of music may be invited to join such as music critics, promoters, concert organizers, etc.


Other jury members are being chosen on the basis of the instruments/ensembles taking part to the competition

Jury President


 

I am Maja Weber and was born into a family of musicians in 1974.  My father is a violist and my mother and my elder sister are both violinists.  I first studied with Markus Stocker and Cäcilia Chmel at the Winterthur College of Music, continuing in Cologne with Frans Helmerson (cello) and the Alban Berg Quartet (chamber music).

In 1987, whilst still at school, my sister and I formed a string quartet which has borne the name Amar Quartet since 1995. I have been particularly influenced by personalities like Isaac Stern, Walter Levin, Paul Katz and Valentin Berlinsky. My most important successes were the second prizes in Geneva and Graz, the Millennium Award in London and first prizes in Cremona and Bubenreuth. I received considerable support from the Swiss Chamber Music Competition of Migros Kulturprozent. Together with the Amar Quartet, prior to 2006 I initiated, organized and with a great deal of passion realized several music festivals and crossover projects. As a young quartet, we had the good fortune to be able to perform regularly at all the major concert seasons in Switzerland, as well as at some in Germany and Austria.

I saw it as a logical development to form a new string quartet, the Stradivari Quartet, in 2007. After our brilliant tour debut through a number of European cities including Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest and Prague, I have continued to seek further concert engagements all over the world. The Stradivari Quartet now undertakes annual tours of China, Japan and the USA.

I have made recordings since the start of my career. Apart from various concert and radio recordings, I have recorded more than 20 CDs on various labels with the Stradivari Quartet, the DuoLeonore, the Amar Quartet, Ars Amata Zurich.

I will never forget how extraordinarily delighted I was in June 1999, when I received an inquiry asking whether I and my sister would like our Amar Quartet to play on four Stradivari instruments. Since then I have enjoyed the unique privilege of playing the Stradivari "Suggia" cello of 1717. 

Jury Members

Franc POLMAN studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Bouw Lemkes. He attended masterclasses with Sandor Végh and Berl Senofsky and, in early music, with Jaap Schröder, Lucy van Dael, Elisabeth Wallfisch and Fabio Biondi. With the European Community Chamber Orchestra he toured Europe and the far east, appearing as soloist with them in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Italy. For many years he played first violin in the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. As concertmaster he participated in the Covent Garden Festival Orchestra in London, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, and at present in Musica ad Rhenum (Amsterdam) and Nova Stravaganza (Cologne) with which he regularly records. He performs also with Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Apollo ensemble and Musica Amphion. As a chamber musician he plays in the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet, he forms a duo with Riko Fukuda, and since 2006 he is a member of the Schuppanzigh string quartet based in Germany


Luca PALMAS trained at the school of distinguished musicians such as: Mario Conter, but also Alexis Weissemberg, P. Badura Skoda, B. Bloch.

Member of Palmas Piano Duo since 1998 with his sister Cristina.  “The Duo Pianistico Palmas is highly talented and unfailingly musical” (Fanfare 2009)

Winner of 7 first prizes in national and international competitions; in 2011 Palmas Piano Duo was recipient of Honorary Mention at the 12th International Web Concert Hall Competition, USA. Awarded Honorary Mention in 2012 at TIM (Tournoi International de Musique) in Paris.

The Duo guested on Italian Rai Radio Tre on Swiss RSI (Radio of Italian Switzerland) Radio Classica, Radio Vaticana, Radio 4 (Netherlands).

The Duo performed throughout Italy: Rome (“Il suono di Liszt a Villa d'Este”-Tivoli, Premio Musica Roma-Palazzo Barberini, Teatro Euclide), Milan (“MiTo Fringe”, EXPO in città-Villa Litta), Turin (Festival Musicale della Riforma), Cremona (Teatro Ponchielli, Auditorium della Camera di Commercio), Padova (A.GI.MUS); but also in Switzerland and France.

Their discography includes two Cds  for the Italian Label “La Bottega Discantica”, that were praised by the international press (Fanfare Magazine-USA, Classical Music- UK). The first cd, with the  world première recording of Dvořák's Dumky, in the composer's original version for piano duet and the Quintet op. 1 by Ernö Dohnányi, was released in 2008. In the occasion of the bicentenary of Robert Schumann (2010), the Duo recorded the Quartett op. 47 and Quintet op.44, in the version for piano duet by Johannes Brahms  and Clara Schumann.

Alexander YAKONIUK was born in 1975 into a family of musicians in Minsk (Belarus), where he studied with Prof. Larissa Kolos, Prof. Eduard Kuchinsky, Prof. Olga Parkhomenko, a pupul of David Oistrach and Prof. Anri Yanpolsky, pupil of Leonid Kogan. Alexander Yakoniuk completed his studies at the High School of Music in Cologne under Prof. Victor Tretyakov. He also followed Gennadi Provatorov’s Master classes in Orchestra conduction.

In 1992 Alexander Yakoniuk won the first prize at the National Belarus Violin Competition; in 1995 he got a silver medal with „New Belarus Quartet“ - as first violin - at the International String Quartet Competition in Cremona.

Alexander Yakoniuk played both as soloist and chamber music collaborator in Europe and in the US. He performed to critical acclaim with the Belarus State Symphony Orchestra, Belarus State Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Rhein-Erft, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Camerata Louis Spohr Düsseldorf and New Rhine Chamber Orchestra Cologne. His interest for contemporary music is witnessed by his performance with Ensemble „MusikFabrik“ at “Musikfest Berlin” and CD recordings of  modern belarusian composers. In 2000 he founded Yakoniuk Quartet and the Ensemble Ars Millennium.

Alexander Yakoniuk took part to international Festivals such as: “Minsk Spring”, ”Belarusian Music Autumn”;  “Ete du Grand Jarden”, Haute-Marne, France; “Festival of Church Music”, Shaulai, Lithuania; “Festspieltreffen”, Bayreuth, “Bonner Sommer”, “Bergische Biennale New Music”, „Musikfest Berlin”, Germany. In 2007 he created the Ilfeld Music Festival in Germany.

In 2008 Alexander Yakoniuk began his Conductor career. From 2015 he teaches violin/viola at the University of Wuppertal (Germany).

 

José Luis González MOYA is an outstanding composer, pianist, and maestro. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. At age 10 G. Moya had his first piano recital and at fourteen performed the first time as a piano soloist with an orchestra playing Mozart´s Piano concerto No.21.

G. Moya continued his piano studies with professor Manuel Delaflor in Mexico City, and graduated from the School of Music at the University of Guadalajara in 1978.

In 1979 continued his studies at the Superior Music and Theatre School in Hannover, Germany, where he took piano lessons by David Wilde, Orchestra conducting by Hans Herbert Jöris (Principal conductor of the Hannover Opera) and Choir conducting by Heinz Hennig (conductor of the Hannover Boy´s Choir).

He continued perfecting his piano playing by Heitor Alimonda (Brazil), Jörg Demus (Austria), Guido Agosti (Italy), Helmut Roloff (Germany), Monique Hass and Bernard Flavigny (France).

G. Moya has earned many prizes in Mexico´s various piano competitions, as the second prize "Pianista Sala Chopin" 1979 in Mexico City and received the “Anerkennungspreis” in the “Vienna Music Seminar” 1981.

His career has taken him to Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, United States of America, Uruguay, Argentina and Japan.

Besides teaching piano he works to create original compositions and arrangements in various musical genres.

In July 2008 was performed in Paris his “Poem for piano, voices and orchestra”, in December 2010 his Opera “The King is born” in the Degollado Theatre in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In 2013 he finished and dedicated his Work for strings and percussions “Camerata Passionata” to the Guadalajara Youth Symphonie Orchestra.

December 2014 his Opera “The King is Born” was performed in “concertante” version in Paris and in Versailles.

April 2015 his symphonic work “Tequila” was selected and awarded by the Compositions Contest of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and performed as world premiere.