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Cellist and conductor, Artistic Director and Conductor of the MUSICA VIVA chamber orchestra. Born in 1960, Moscow. In 1983, graduated...
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was recognized as especially talented at an early age and received a scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she received a diploma in 1973. In 1977 she received her Bachelor´s Degree (cum Laude) from Temple University where she studied with Dee Stewart of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1976 she studied at Yale University, and in 1979 she received her Master´s Degree from the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied with Per Brevig of the Metropolotian Opera. In that same year she was a finalist in the Young Artists Competition in New York City. In 1979 she studied with Vinko Globokar at the L´Accademia di Chigiana in Siena. In 1984 she received a diploma from the Meisterklasse of Branimir Slokar at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Köln.
In 1979-1980 she was solo trombonist of the Royal Opera of Turin. From 1980 to 1993 she was solo trombonist of the Munich Philharmonic.
The International Trombone Association Journal has featured Abbie Conant in a cover article and described her as ”in the first rank of world class trombonists”. She has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of trombone and organ music and performs internationally as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and performance artist, including appearances with the Hessische Rundfunk Symphonie Orchester, the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the St. Joseph´s Symphony, and the Halle Symphony Orchestra. Her work as a performance artist has taken her to most of the large state theaters in Germany, where she has performed to great critical and public acclaim. She has been nominated for the professorships of trombone at the state colleges of music in Köln, Berlin, and Graz.
In 1985 she was a featured solist at the Semaine Internationale du Trombone et du Tuba in Metz. In 1990 she was selected by her peers as a featured soloist at the Internationale Posaunen Verein Werkstatt at the Bundsakademie in Trossingen, where she was also asked to deliver a lecture, ”Die Posaune als Dramatikerin” (”The trombone as Actress”). In 1992 Abbie Conant was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trombone Association by its 3000 professional members, a group of ten trombonists representing the highest professional standards. In both 1992 and 1995 she was selected to be a featured soloist at the International Trombone Association Workshops in Detmold, Germany, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the recent years she has performed as a soloist in over 155 American and European cities. These performances have been written about in articles in countless publications, including the Washtington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Because of her international reputation Abbie Conant’s highly acclaimed ”International Trombone Camp” draws students from all over the world. In 1992 Abbie Conant was featured in the cover article of The Trombonist, the journal of the British Trombone Society.
In 1992 the Baden-Würtenburg State Ministry for Education, in recognition of her international reputation as a trombonist, named her full tenured Professor of Trombone at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen where she replaced Branimir Slokar. In 1996 Abbie was elected as Vice-President/President Elect of the International Trombone Association, though it has been necessary for her to resign to fulfill the obligations of her solo career.
Recipient of a scholarship from the German government, he studied with Helman Jung at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, where he graduated with high distinction in 1984. He completed his training with Milan Turkovic at the famous Hochschule für Musik at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In 1989 Mr Venturieri won First Prize at the International Competition for Wind Instruments organized by the Union of Swiss Musicians. He was appointed as bassoonist for the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, and since 1987 he has held the position of principal bassoon with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.
Mr Venturieri has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, and he regularly gives workshops and master classes in Europe, Asia , South America and Canada.
He is currently on the faculty of the Haute École de Musique in Geneva, and he has served as coach for the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
Alex Klein (born 1964, Porto Alegre) is an oboist who began his musical studies in his native Brazil at the age of nine, and made his solo orchestral debut the following year. At the age of eleven he was invited to join the Camerata Antigua, one of Brazil’s foremost chamber ensembles. During his teenage years he toured and performed as a soloist, recitalist and as a member of several professional orchestras in Brazil. He then studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with James Caldwell, earning a BM and an artist diploma in music performance.
After a year at Oberlin he won first prize in the first Lucarelli International Competition for Solo Oboe Players held in Carnegie Hall. He has received many awards worldwide including at the 1988 International Competition for Musical Performers Geneva International Music Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. There he was the first oboist to be awarded the first prize since Heinz Holliger 29 years earlier. From 1992 to 1994 he was Assistant Professor of Music, with specialty in oboe and chamber music at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where he performed with the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet.
He joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe at age 30 in 1995. He has performed as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Chicago Sinfonietta. He has recorded for Teldec, Boston Records, Newport Classic, Musical Heritage Society and Cedille Records.
Klein won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental soloist with Orchestra for his recording of Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony.
Klein left the Chicago Symphony in July 2004 due to musician’s focal dystonia which had begun within two years of his assuming the first chair; during a tour of the Far East with the orchestra, he found his fingers would no longer allow him to play at his finest level throughout a symphony by Tchaikovsky, and asked to resign. He currently performs as soloist and conductor, often with leading orchestras. He served as a Professor of Oboe at his alma mater, the Oberlin Conservatory. He is also artistic Director of FEMUSC (Santa Catarina Music Festival, Brazil), participant in the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas, USA, and conductor of the Saint Barths Music Festival (in the French Antilles).
Klein plays on an F. Lorée Royal oboe made to his specifications by the Maison Lorée in Paris.
Alex Robson works as a freelance musician in Norway and Sweden. A lot of distinguished leader jobs in such orchestras as Bergen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and The Trondheim Soloists.
Alex also plays frequently with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.Have played under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Andrew Litton and Kristjan Järvi. Also played several times on tour with Anne Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell,Leif Ove Andsnes,Truls Mørk and Ole Edward Antonsen.
Alex also enjoys teaching and coaching chamber groups and occasionally leads Bodø Sinfonietta. Leads the second violins in Swedens Camerata Nordica.
He have toured all over the world with different orchestras, like : North and South America,all over Europe and Asia. Performed several times as soloist i.e Tchaikovsky , Bruck,Schnittke and Mozart concertos.
Alex’s heart lies within the chamber music repertoire . Especially string quartet and chamber orchestra.
Cellist and conductor, Artistic Director and Conductor of the MUSICA VIVA chamber orchestra.
Born in 1960, Moscow. In 1983, graduated from the Gnesin GMPI (now – the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music, cello class of Prof. L. Yevgrafov and piano class of Prof. Yu. Ponizovkin. In 1989, graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory, conductor class of Prof. D. Kitayenko.
Prizewinner of international Competitions:
- 1972: Prizewinner in the ”Concertino Prague” Competition;
- 1975: Prizewinner in the J. S. Bach Competition (Leipzig);
- 1979: Prizewinner in the G. Cassad? Competition (Florence);
- 1978: First Prize winner in the P. I. Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow);
- 1982: Second Prize winner in the P. I. Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow).
Alexander Rudin performs as a soloist, and conducts with a number of famous symphony orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London), Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Copenhagen), Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Greater P.I. Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, and Russian National Orchestra. His regular partners in chamber music performances are Yu. Bashmet, A. Lyubimov, B. Davidovich, D. Sitkovetsky, V. Spivakov, N. Gutman, and V. Krainev. Many years of creative cooperation connect him with such renowned composers as D. Kabalevsky, E. Denisov, I. Cherepnin, V. Silvestrov, R. Shchedrin, and A. Golovin. Alexander Rudin makes extensive tours throughout the world. He participates in chamber music festivals in Edinburgh, Istanbul, Ljubljana, Kuhmo, etc. A. Rudin is the Honored Guest of the Braunschweig Classix Festival.
From 1988: Artistic Director and Conductor of the MUSICA VIVA chamber orchestra, cooperates at the same time with the Austrian ARPEGGIONE orchestra. From 1989: professor and from 2002 – full professor at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, teaches a chamber ensemble class. In 1991-1992: Visiting Professor to the Helsinki Sibelius Academy. Holds regular master classes in European music educational institutions. From 1993: President of the ”Music Assemblies” art projects supporting social fund.
Serves as juror in many international Competitions, including the 10th and 11th Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Competitions and the Leipzig J. S. Bach Competition, 1998. In 2002, President of the Jury of cellists at the 12th International P. I. Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2001, winner of the Moscow Administration Prize.
“Sitkovetsky has a terrific technique to be sure, but his confident, entirely natural musicianship, is what sets him apart from the crowd.”-The Gramophone
“Mr Sitkovetsky poured his warm tone into the music’s soaring phrases, managing to sustain its impassioned lyricism and preserve its broad arcs of sound” – The New York Times
Alexander Sitkovetsky is increasingly more in demand both as soloist and as chamber musician. In 2009-2010 Alexander has performed once again with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National Orchestra in Ecuador, and make his debuts with the l’Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, and the Kammeorchester Heilbronn in Germany. He also made his debut with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, where he on very short notice played Prokofiev no. 1. The concert was a tremendous success and he was reinvited. Sitkovetsky will also make his Swedish debut in 2010-11 seaon with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, where he wil play Brahms Double Concerto with Andreas Brantelid, conducted by Marc Soustrot.
He will also appear at the Dubrovnik, Utrecht, Cyprus and Julia Fischer and Friends Festivals as well as returning to the Wigmore Hall, and giving recitals in the UK, Holland and the USA.
In 2008 he debuted in Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic with Yakov Kreizberg after which he received an immediate re-invitation for the 2010-2011 . Other previous engagements include concerts with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bangkok, Monterey Symphonies and the National Orchestra of Ecuador. He has appeared in prestigious festivals all over Europe.
Alexander is a committed chamber musician and has collaborated with some of the most important artists of today, including, Julia Fischer, Mischa Maisky, Bella Davidovich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Sarah Chang, Natalie Clein, Polina Leschenko, Julian Bliss, Maxim Rysanov, Sebastian Klinger, Michael Sanderling and many others.
Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow in 1983. He has studied with Natalia Boyarsky and Professor Hu Kun. Alexander is currently studying with Pavel Vernikov and has just been accepted for a prestigious Further Masters Program in Kronberg where he will take lessons with Anna Chumachenko.
He has released two CD recordings for Angel Records; one of them was released in 2004 and features concerto performances by Bach, Mendelssohn, Panufnik and Takemitsu This year Alexander has recorded the Mendelssohn Double Violin Concerto with Dinorah Varsi and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for Orfeo, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Decca.
Concertist, professor at Guildhall School of Music in London, at Vienna Konservatorium and at The Academy Lions Clubs Mo
Alexander Zemtsov attended the Gnessin Music Lyceum in Moscow, a school for gifted children, where he studied under Prof.. Elena Ozol. After graduating he joined his family in Germany where he studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Prof. Marius Nichiteanu. He continued his education with Prof. Michael Kugel in Hoogeschool Maastricht and post graduated from the Hochschule ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin in the class of Prof. Tabea Zimmermann.
Zemtsov´s mastery and artistry have been widely recognised internationally and have been brought him numerous prizes: first prize at the International Youth Competition ”Classical Legacy” in Moscow in 1995, first prize at the Elise Meyer competition in Hamburg in 1997, and first prize at the 8th Brahms competition in Poertschach, Austria, in 2001.
That year he was also a winner of the ”Unge solister” audition in Stavanger, Norway, and of the Tenuto competition in Brussels.
Since the age of 19 Alexander has worked with several European orchestras and in September 2002 was appointed Principal Viola with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Alexander is member of the new string ensemble The Hermitage Trio and frequently performing with Razumovsky Ensemble and Aronowitz Ensemble. As a soloist he has performed with Belgian Radio Orchestra, Konzertverein Orchester Vienna, London Philharmonic Orchestra at the prestigious concert platforms like Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Hall in Moscow, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall in London and Musikverein Vienna.
His repertoire embraces all the major works for the instrument, and also includes arrangements of virtuoso violin pieces as the ”Carmen-Fantasy” (Bizet-Waxman) , ”The Last rose of Summer” by Ernst and others. In 2004, he played a leading role in the formation of a chamber orchestra comprising members of the LPO with whom he toured in Germany as a soloist.
Since 2003 Alexander been very active as a teacher. He has given international masterclasses throughout Europe as well in Israel, Australia and New Zealand In 2006 He was appointed a viola professor at the Guildhall School of Music and in 2010 at the Conservatory in Vienna.
Alexander is also executive professor of the new project of the Lions Club the Online MozArt Academy. Recent solo and chamber music recordings are released on Naxos, Chandos and LPO/Live labels.
Alexei Ogrintchouk is one of the most outstanding oboists performing today. A graduate of the Gnessin School of Music and the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Tys and Jean-Louis Capezzali, he combines astounding technique with virtuosity and lyricism.
Originally from Moscow, Alexei was already performing all over Russia, Europe and Japan from the age of 13. He is the winner of a number of international competitions including the prestigious CIEM International Competition in Geneva at the age of 19. He was also the winner of the European Juventus Prize in 1999, two ”Victoires de la Musique Classique” Prizes in France in 2002, the Triumph Prize in Russia in 2005 and Borletti Buitini Trust Award winner in 2007. He has been part of the prestigious Rising Stars and BBC New Generation Artists Programmes.
Since August 2005 Alexei Ogrintchouk has been first solo oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam with Mariss Jansons. Until then he held the same post at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergiev – a position which he secured at the age of 20.
Alexei Ogrintchouk manages to combine orchestral playing with his ever-increasing solo engagements. A charismatic and technically brilliant soloist, he has performed concertos under the baton of conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Seiji Ozawa, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Michel Plasson, Sir Andrew Davis, Roman Kofman, Daniel Harding, Jiri Belohlavek, Stephan Deneve, Lothar Zagrosek, Jaap van Zweden, John Neschling, Andris Nelsons, Susanna Malkki, Walter Weller, Ion Marin, Paul Goodwin, Lu Jia, Gianandrea Noseda, Hubert Soudant, Martyn Brabbins, Thomas Sanderling, Kees Bakels, Enrique Mazzola, Michael Sanderling and with the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestras of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres, Orchestre de l’Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, all the Orchestras of the BBC, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Kontzerthausorchester Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, National Orchestra of Belgium, Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Belgrade Philharmonic, MAV Orchestra Budapest, Dutch Radio Kamer Philharmonie, Sinfonia Varsovia, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Moscow Virtuosi, KREMERata Baltica, Moscow Soloists, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Europa Galante, Koln Sinfonietta, New European Strings, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, as well as the Concertgebouw, Munich, Stuttgart, Mito, Prague, UBS Verbier, Lathuanian and Swedish Chamber Orchestras.
As a recitalist and chamber musician he is much in demand and has performed throughout the world including in Theatre du Chatelet, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Cite de la Musique, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New-York, Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Suntory Hall in Tokyo… He is also a frequent guest at festivals such as BBC PROMS, MIDEM, Colmar, Lockenhaus, Verbier, Luzern, Berliner Festspiele, Santa Cecilia, Cortona, Edinburgh Internation Festival, City of London Festival and the White Nights, Crescendo, Svyatoslav Richter December Nights and Easter Festival in Russia.
His chamber music partners have included Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Thomas Quasthoff, Misha Maisky, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maurice Bourgue, Sarah Chang, Tabea Zimmermann, Nikolai Znaider, Valery Affanasiev, Julian Rachlin, Leif Ove Andsnes, Fabio Biondi, Alexander Lonquich, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and Sergio Azzolini as well as Belcea, Eben, Sine Nomine and Tokyo string quartets.
Alexei Ogrintchouk is named successor of Maurice Bourgue as oboe professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve from September 2011. He also has been a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 2001, professor at the Musikene in San Sebastian since 2009 and at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague since 2010. He is giving a number of masterclasses such as Pablo Casals Chamber Music Academy in Prades, Mahler Academy in Ferrara, Cursos de Verano in Bilbao, Academie Musicale de Villecroze or Weimar International Master Class.
His first CD with the works by Schumann was released on Harmonia Mundi ”Nouveau musicians” Series to exceptional reviews. His discography includes the world premiere of the slow movement of Beethoven oboe concerto (Raptus classics), music by Britten (Record One), Skalkotas (Bis Records), Mozart Oboe Concerto with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (PentaTone Classics). He also recently released Bach Oboe Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Bis Records).
The Guardian” describes Alissa Margulis’s playing as „exceptional”, Ivry Gitlis praises it as ”a revelation”.
Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmony, the Vienna Musikverein, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Izumi Hall in Osaka, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Tel-Aviv Art Center, Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Walton Arts Center Chicago, the Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles or the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov.
She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Beethovenorchester Bonn, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWR and the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the Oxford Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lorraine and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Her many prizes at international music competitions include those at the Wieniawski Competition in Poland, the Spohr Youth Competition, the Novosibirsk Violin Competition, Viotti Vercelli Competition in Italy, the Osaka Chamber Music Competition, the UNISA String Competition in Pretoria, the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence, Alissa Margulis received the Award for Young Artists by the European Foundation for Culture.
Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Lilya Zilberstein and Paul Badura-Skoda.
She appeared further at the Davos Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Encuentro di Musica Santander, the Gstaad Festival Yehudi Menuhin, the Oleg Kagan Festival Kreuth, the Kronberg Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, the Martha Argerich Presents: Odyssey in Ljubljana, the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival of Lugano, the Radio France Festival in Menton at Côte d’Azur, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Tours Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Herbstfestspiele Baden-Baden and the Verbier Festival.
EMI Classics released several CDs of the „Martha Argerich and Friends” cycle with Alissa Margulis’s participation on which she can be heared performing chamber music works and sonatas by Schnittke, Messiaen, Shostakovich, Piazzolla among others.
Alissa Margulis has been presented in numerous productions for international radio stations and is also featured on a TV broadcast of Arte devoted to the Chamber Music Connects the World project.
She plays a Guadagnini Violin dated 1754, a private loan from Jonathan Moulds.
Andrea Lieberknecht was born in 1965 in Augsburg. She studied music under Professor Paul Meisen at the academy of music in Munich. In 1988, even before finishing her studies, she became the soloist flute player with the Munich Radio Orchester. Three years later she changed to the same position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchester in Cologne. As a soloist and member of a chamber music group, with the ARCIS Quintett and with her pianist, Jan Philip Schulze, she has won many national and international competitions: i.e., the international music competition „Prager Frühling“ in 1991, the International Flute Competition Kobe in 1993, the German Music Competition in 1996, the ARD-Competition and the international chamber music competitions in Colmar, Trapani and Belgrad.
Since then, recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians, have taken her around the world. She has played solo concerts and chamber music concerts at international festivals such as The Ansbacher Bachwochen, The Rheingaufestival, The Schleswig-Holstein-Festival, festivals in Iida and Hamamatsu in Japan, and The Glasbeni September Maribor in Slovenia. Moreover, during the years 1993 to 1996, she was the solo flute player at The Richard-Wagner-Festival in Bayreuth. In Germany, she has given flute concerts with The Cologne Radio Symphony Orchester, The Munich Symphonists, as well as with the State Philharmony of Rheinland-Palatinate, The Augsburg Philharmonists, The Northwest German Philharmony and various chamber music orchesters.
Numerous compact disc recordings with solo and chamber music, some of them prize-winning, document her versatile artistic activity.
She taught at the academy of music in Cologne from 1996 to 1999. Since 2002 she has been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover. She is regularly asked to be a jury member at flute competitions and she teaches master classes in Europe, Japan and Australia.
From 2002 until 2011 she had been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover, since 2011 she is flute professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munic.
Andreas Brantelid was born in Copenhagen in 1987 to Swedish/Danish parents. After receiving early tuition from his father Ingemar, Andreas made his soloist debut at the age of 14 in a performance of the Elgar concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen. Today, Andreas is one of the most sought-after performing artists from Scandinavia, winning worldwide critical acclaim for his thought-provoking interpretations, uniquely colorful sound and engaging personality.
Highlights of recent orchestra engagements includes appearances with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Yomiyuri Nippon Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Munich Chamber Orchestra, as well as all the major orchestras in the Nordic countries. He has worked with many distinguished conductors including Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Thomas Dausgaard, Pablo Heras-Casado, Andrew Manze, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Robin Ticciati, and Heinrich Schiff.
In season 2018/19 Andreas Brantelid performs with the Sydney Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Royal Danish, Bilkent Symphony, Artic Philharmonic, and the Norbotten Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he embarks on a large recital tour with Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid and Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland. Solo recitals will lead him to Bruges and Kristianstad. The 2017/2018 season saw his debuts as a soloist with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, and the Iceland Philharmonic, as well as an extensive China tour together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2017. Chamber music performances brought him to the Beethovenfest Bonn, the BOZAR in Brussels, Bergen Festival, and BR Klassik radio in Munich among other things performing all cello sonatas by Beethoven with Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.
Among the musicians who inspired and strongly influenced Andreas are pianist Bengt Forsberg and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf, both of whom Andreas has played with since 2002 in different chamber music formats. Andreas has also collaborated with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Gidon Kremer, Joshua Bell, Vadim Repin, Nikolaj Znaider, Lawrence Power and Paul Badura-Skoda. Recently he has formed a trio with Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid and Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.
Andreas Brantelid has appeared in venues such as Dortmund Konzerthaus, where he has been a ‘Junge Wilde’ artist, New York (Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall), London (Wigmore Hall), Zurich (Tonhalle), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Barcelona (Palau de la Música), Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Tokyo (Metropolitan Theatre). He also performs at festivals including Verbier, Lockenhaus, Jerusalem, Stavanger, Bergen, Risør, Kuhmo, and Wiener Festwochen, and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.
His debut disc of the Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Saint-Saëns cello concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was released by EMI in 2008, followed by a disc of chamber music by Chopin including his cello sonata (2010), and an Encore disc (2012). A recording of the complete works for cello and piano by Grieg was released by BIS in March 2015. Gabriel Fauré’s complete works for cello and piano appeared as a BIS recording in 2017.
Andreas won first prizes in the 2006 Eurovison Young Musicians Competion, the 2007 International Paulo Cello Competition and, in subsequent years, received music awards and fewllowships including the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2008, the BBC’s New Generation Artist 2008-2011, The Europan Concert Hall Organization “Rising Star” tour in the 2008/09 season. In 2015 he received the Carl Nielsen Prize in Copenhagen. In 2018 Andreas Brantelid has become Artistic Director at the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival.
Andreas plays the 1707 ‘Boni-Hegar’ Stradivarius, which has been made available to him by the generous support of Norwegian art collector Christen Sveaas. Andreas Brantelid lives with his wife and four daughters in Nærum near Copenhagen.
Principal Clarinet – Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andreas Sundén is one of the leading clarinetists from the young generation of Scandinavian musicians. He is a musician that manages to combine orchestral playing with his ever-increasing solo engagements which includes orchestras like Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Malmö Symhony orchestra.
Andreas was born in Sweden and started his clarinet studies at The Norwegian State Academy of Music with professor Hans Christian Braein where he graduated 2001 with highest distinction. Then followed two years of soloist studies for Hans Deinzer in Italy and after 2003 he was studying regularly for professor Yehuda Gilad, USC.
He is several times winner of scholarships from Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has been prizewinner in Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition i England (2004) and Ljunggrenska tävlingen in Gothenburg (2001).
Andreas is an active participant in chamber music and the initiator to Nordic Chamber Soloists which is a flexible chamber music group of leading young musicians from the Nordic countries. Andreas has played at Risør Chamber Music festival, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Gloppen Music Festival and performed recitals in The Nordic Countries, Germany, England, Italy, Spain and USA. He has given Masterclasses in USA, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and the Nordic countries.
His solo appearances include Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Swedish Radio
Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Leonberg Symphony Orchestra, Valenciennes String Orchestra, Royal Army Band, Swedish Youth Wind Orchestra.
He is currently a clarinet teacher at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and
Principal Clarinet in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also held the Principal Clarinet position in Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during 4 years and before that the same position in The Norwegian National Opera Orchestra and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Sweden.
Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and astounding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world are stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna’s signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”
She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw where she has performed over 20 times, Carnegie Hall, the Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), the Warsaw Filharmonia and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. She has also appeared at numerous Music Festivals such as the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the IKIF (New York, USA), the Rubinstein Piano Festival (Lodz, Poland), the International Piano Festival in Trieste (Italy), the Orpheum Music Festival (Zurich, Switzerland), Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland), The Corfu Festival of Arts (Greece), the Chopin Festival in Antonin (Poland), and others.
Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, she played with orchestras around the world, among which are the Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Residentie Orkest and the Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Tokyo New City Orchestra (Japan), the Philarmonia of the Nations and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the OFUNAM (Mexico), the Polish Camerata and many others. Conductors with whom Anna has had the pleasure of performing with include Jaap Van Zweden, Alun Francis, Howard Griffiths, Justus Franz, Kevin Griffiths, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Shinik Hahm, Alejo Perez, Martin Panteleev, and Bartholomeus Van De Velde and many others.
Anna has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein ‘In Memoriam’ piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA). Anna is a graduate of the Lysenko School of Music in Kiev (studio of Borys Fedorov). Additionally, Anna studied at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy with professor Leonid Margarius and the Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher. She has also received artistic guidance from world renowned pianists like Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler, and Andras Schiff.
Annamia Larsson was born in Sweden, and since 2010 has been the principal Horn of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. She started her orchestral career in the Verbier Festival Orchestra and after that won the position as Co-principal horn of the Royal Opera in Stockholm at the age of 21.
Annamia studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with prof. Dick Gustavsson and prof. Markus Maskuniitty, and also at Universität für Darstellende Kunst und Musik Wien with prof. Roland Berger.
Annamia is frequently performing as a soloist with orchestras in Scandinavia including the Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gävle Symphony and Reykjavik Chamber Orchestras and since 2010 Annamia has been a member of Stockholm Chamber Brass. She is also a member of the Stockholm Sinfonietta and the contemporary ensembles New European Ensemble in the Hague and KammarensembleN in Stockholm. Annamia has performed at festivals around the world including the Vinterfest International Chamber Music Festival Sweden, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival Norway and the Isla Verde International Brass Festival in Argentina.
Annamia graduated from the soloist diploma class of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2008 and that same year she filled the position as horn teacher of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm before taking on the position full time in 2013. She has given masterclasses for the International Horn Society Macomb USA, South East Horn Workshop Virginia USA and for the Nordic Horn Symposium in various cities in Scandinavia.
In 2006 while Co-Principal Horn in Stockholm Annamia made a video of the famous horn call from Richard Wagner’s opera, Siegfried. This has become one of the most watched videos of classical music on youtube of all time with over a million views, you can watch it here.
Born in Recife, Brazil in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At the age of 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro’s classes in Düseldorf and later in Stuttgart. In 1977, Antonio won the first Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich and in 1982; he was awarded first Prize and gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Regularly appearing in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas, and Asia, Antonio Meneses has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Concertgebouw, Vienna Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Moscow, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), in Buenos Aires, in Warsaw, in Brazil, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn, Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Gerd Albrecht, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Vladimir Spivakov, and Riccardo Chailly.
Antonio is also a frequent guest at many important music festivals, including Puerto Rico (Festival Pablo Casals), Salzburg, Lucerne, the Vienna Festwochen, the Berlin Festwochen, the Prague Spring Festival, New York (Mostly Mozart Festival), Seattle, la Grange de Meslay, the Festival de Colmar, and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival.
A devoted chamber music performer, Antonio Meneses has collaborated with the Emerson Quartet and the Vermeer Quartet on tour as well as with pianists such as Nelson Freire, Menahem Pressler, Cristina Ortiz, and Gérard Wyss. Antonio has been a member of the Beaux Arts Trio since 1998. (beauxartstrio.org)
As a recording artist, Antonio Meneses made two recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Anne Sophie Mutter and Richard Strauss’ ”Don Quixote”. Antonio has also recorded the D’Albert Concerto, works of David Popper—both with the Basel Symphony Orchestra—and Cello Concertos by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (Pan Classics), The Six Suites of Bach (Nippon Phonogram), Tchaikovsky Piano Trio (EMI/Angel), Concertos and the Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Auvidis France), complete works for Cello and Piano by Villa-Lobos with Cristina Ortiz, and Encore pieces with Gérard Wyss (Pan Classics), The Six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach (AVIE), and his most recent recording Schumann/Schubert (AVIE) was released in 2006. (www.avierecords.com)
In addition to a busy concert schedule, Antonio Meneses gives master classes in Europe, the Americas, and in Japan. Antonio will start teaching at Hochschule der Künste Bern in 2007. (www.hkb.bfh.ch)
Antonio Meneses plays ALESSANDRO GAGLIANO cello made in Naples ca. 1730.
First Prize winner of three international piano competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition (2003), Finnish pianist Antti Siirala has established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. In addition to a stunning debut with the San Francisco Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under Osmo Vänskä, he has appeared in America with the symphonies of Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, and New Jersey, as well as the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He made his debut with the Sarasota Orchestra during the 2015/2016 season performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Worldwide, Mr. Siirala has appeared with the Bamberg Symphony, BBC/London, City of Birmingham Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra/Berlin, Liverpool Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra/Hannover, New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, Residentie Orkest/The Hague, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, SWR Orchestra/Freiburg and Baden-Baden, Vienna Symphony, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, Zurich Tonhalle, and the orchestras of Melbourne and Queensland, among others. During the 2016/2017 season, he will make his debut with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Conductors with whom Mr. Siirala has collaborated include Paavo Berglund, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Stéphane Denève, Thierry Fischer, Mikko Franck, Michael Gielen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Pietari Inkinen, Kristjan Järvi, Neemi Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Susanna Mälkki, Sakari Oramo, François-Xavier Roth, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lan Shui, Osmo Vänskä, Mario Venzago, Hugh Wolff, and Xian Zhang.
An enthusiastic recitalist, Antti Siirala was selected as one of four pianists to perform on the piano recital series of the Berlin Philharmonic (the others being Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lang Lang, and Martin Helmchen). He has appeared at the Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lucerne Festival, Schumannfest/Düsseldorf, Zurich Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, and major venues in Brussels, Milan, Detroit, and New York. Hisdebut recording of Schubert transcriptions for Naxos (2003) and his subsequent recording of works by Brahms for Ondine both receivedGramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” award. Piano News awarded the Brahms disc its highest rating for interpretation. More recent recordings include the late sonatas of Beethoven for the AVIE label, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto for SONY.
In 2004, Mr. Siirala’s debut in Brussels exemplified his spontaneity and flexibility: asked to step in for the concert’s suddenly indisposed conductor, Mr. Siirala enthusiastically directed the orchestra from the piano in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Following the intermission, he further delighted the audience with a “splendid rendition” of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations in place of the scheduled Third Symphony of Brahms.
He was immediately re-engaged for concerts with the Orchestre National and a recital at the Palais des Beaux Arts! Pianists for whom he has successfully stepped in include Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, and Ivo Pogorelich.
Though the compositions of Beethoven and Brahms are at the heart of Antti Siirala’s repertoire, his grasp of the entire stylistic spectrum is equally impressive. Especially committed to new music, he has premiered works by Walter Gieseler, Kuldar Sink, Uljas Pulkkis, and Kalevi Aho. Kaijo Saariaho’s first work for piano solo, Balladen, is part of his current recital program.
Also an active chamber musician, Mr. Siirala often collaborates with Jan Vogler, Moritzburg Ensemble, Caroline Widmann, Christian Poltera, and Lawrence Power. In addition to his performance activities, in 2013, he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.
Arthur Bedouelle was born in Paris and had a very important musical experience when he was twelve years old:
− I played in a youth orchestra with the Jeunesse Musicale de Suisse, and discovered the joy of playing symphonic music and sharing this experience with such a large group of people. I remember having felt like a fish in the water from the moment I sat on stage, and since then, I haven´t looked back.
The musician who probably inspired and influenced him the most in the process of becoming a musician was Alexander Zemtsov, his teacher in London.
− He is someone for whom music making is completely natural, an instinctive and sensitive player always looking for freedom and easiness. I also have my heroes of the old times, such as Christian Ferras, a violinist whose expressivity is unmatched by anyone I can think of. Artists like those should, I believe, be our beacon in a milieu that is unfortunately sometimes getting more concerned with control and an artificial ideal of perfection than by generosity and expression.
− A place where everyone is young, fresh and enthusiastic
Arthur joined the Oslo Philharmonic in 2014. He loves seeing the sparkling eyes of his colleagues in the morning while arriving at work:
− It´s a privilege that I believe few share in this world. One of the most wonderful things in the Oslo Philharmonic is that people keep their enthusiasm and their will to play, every day, for their whole career. One of my colleagues told me one morning that she was as happy to play after twenty years as she was the first day she sat in the orchestra. I think this is truly wonderful: it´s a place where everyone is young, fresh and enthusiastic.
He enjoyed a warm welcome on his first day in the orchestra:
− The first day of my trial, my section had put a box of chocolate on my chair, to welcome me. To be unconditionally trusted from the first day is something very rare, a leap of faith that takes a lot of courage and generosity. From the moment I first played here, I have felt surrounded by loving people and trusted both as musician and as a human being. A place where the social aspect and the generosity of people is so intimately linked to the quality of the music making is a hope for all of us and I don’t think anymore that one can separate the human qualities of an individual or the way he behaves with his colleagues, with what he has to give on stage.
− We sometimes forget to listen by ourselves
Richard Wagner is one of Arthur’s favorite composers, though he rarely gets to play his music with the orchestra:
− My first experience in orchestra was a performance of Tristan and Isolde with Kirill Petrenko, in Germany. That piece is associated with some of my best memories and I hope to play it again. I am also very fond of Sibelius, who is for some reason terribly underrated in my home country.
Arthur thinks curiosity is an important key to great experiences in the concert hall:
− We are all very keen on listening to things we know already, but to discover something new is in itself the greatest joy. I also think that with an omnipresent media and every concert and artist being reviewed, hyped and criticized all the time, we sometimes forget to listen by ourselves. It´s very often the case that people ignored by the media have as much, or more, to offer than our music “stars”. My advice would be as follows: don´t only go for the big names: lots of them are unnecessarily inflated and some obscure musicians you may have never heard about are absolute geniuses!
When he´s not playing, Arthur loves being with people – or books.
− I am a very social person, I love company, making friends and sharing moments with others. I am also an avid reader, and find that the experience of a truly great book has a lot to do with listening to a great piece. I also play chess way too much, a virus I contracted a few years ago. Luckily and despite a lot of studying, I am still terrible at it.
ARVE TELLEFSEN VIOLINIST
Arve Tellefsen is one of the most highly regarded violinists in Europe and performs with leading orchestras across the globe.
“… there were times when he made the Shostakovich a bigger, more cohesive work even than did his dedicatee, David Oistrakh” The Daily Telegraph, London.
Arve Tellefsen has worked with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Arvid Jansons, Herbert Blomstedt, Gary Bertini, Evgeny Svetlanov, Bryden Thomson, Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Walter Weller and Zubin Mehta. In the UK, he has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Hallé, BBC Scottish, BBC Welsh, the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National orchestras.
His discography includes concertos by Carl Nielsen, Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven, Bruch and Sibelius, as well as concertos by Scandinavian composers: Tor Aulin, Franz Berwald, Lars-Erik Larsson, Johan Svendsen, Christian Sinding, Fartein Valen, Arne Nordheim and Alfred Janson. In 1997 he gave the world premiere of the Violin Concerto dedicated to him by Arne Nordheim, Norway’s foremost contemporary composer, with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on Sony Classical.
As a chamber musician, Tellefsen has taken part in festivals all over the world, including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Bath Festival, Gidon Kremer’s Festival in Lockenhaus, Barbara Hendricks’ Festival in Montreux and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades.
Arve Tellefsen founded the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, which takes place annually and attracts the cream of international artists, including Anne Sofie von Otter, Randi Stene, Solveig Kringlebotn, Elizabeth Nordberg-Schulz, Barbara Hendricks, Liv Ullmann, Jan Garbarek, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Angela Hewitt, Hagen Quartet, Hilliard Ensemble, Jordi Savall, Rolf Lislevand and Maria João Pires.
Tellefsen broadcasts regularly for the BBC; in Norway he featured in a series of television programmes with the Oslo Philharmonic focusing on classical music. He was music consultant and soloist on the soundtrack of the feature film Sofie, Liv Ullmann’s directorial debut.
Born in Norway, Tellefsen continued his studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music with Professor Henry Holst, before moving to New York to study with Professor Ivan Galamian.
He has recently recorded Edvard Grieg: Complete Violin Sonatas with pianist Håvard Gimse at Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen, for Sony Classical. His latest recording is music by the famous Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull (1810-1880) on Simax label.
Ava Bahari är född 10 november 1996 i Göteborg. Hon började spela fiol vid tre års ålder och åtta år gammal uppträdde hon för första gången som solist på konserthuset i Göteborg. Efter att under sju år ha studerat hos Professor Terje Moe Hansen vid Musikhögskolan i Oslo fortsätter hon nu sina violinstudier för konsertmästaren vid Göteborgs symfoniorkester Per Enoksson, gästprofessor vid Edsbergs musikinstitut i Stockholm.
Hon har även deltagit i mästarklasser för bland annat Boris Kuschnir och Zachar Bron, och 2011 i Music Academy i Kronberg, där hon bland annat fick undervisning av världsledande musikpedagoger som Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff och Ana Chumachenko.
Sedan debuten har hon haft solokonserter i Sverige, Norge och Danmark vid ett stort antal tillfällen. Ava har också medverkat som solist vid konserter med Göteborgs Akademiska orkester, Oscar Fredriks sinfonietta och symfoniorkestrarna i Göteborg, MalmöochBorås.
År 2011 uppträdde hon som solist i sex skolkonserter tillsammans med Göteborgs Symfoniorkester i Mendelssohns violinkonsert.
Ava har vunnit ett antal musiktävlingar. 2007 fick hon första pris i en violintävling sponsrad av Musik i Syd och arrangerad i samarbete med Musica Vitae och Stråkforum. Året därefter fick hon som solist framföra sitt tävlingsbidrag med Malmö symfoniorkester.
ItävlingenÖresundssolist2009, som ägde rum i Köpenhamn, vann hon första pris i avdelningen för yngre deltagare.
I april 2010 kvalificerad hon sig till den prestigefyllda Yehudi Menuhin-tävlingen. Ava var den enda representanten från Sverige i klassen för ungdomar upp till 20 år, och var därmed en av de 20 bästa i sin åldersgrupp från hela världen.
Januari 2012 vann hon Polstjärnepriset, vilket är en av de största tävlingarna i Sverige för unga klassiska musiker.
Ava har också mottagit musik- och kulturstipendier, bland annat från Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för forskning och kultur, Kungl. Vetenskaps- och Vitterhetsamhället i Göteborg och Willinska Stiftelsen.
The Avanesyan Trio was established in 2010, and unites the brothers Hrachya and Sevak Avanesyan with Julien Libeer, whose individual careers have led them to such venues as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Casa da Musica in Lisbon or the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
Since its foundation in 2010, the trio has studied with the members of the Artemis String Quartet at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music in Brussels, and has received regular advice from Augustin Dumay.
The Avanesyan Trio sets as an objective not only to explore the great standards of the repertoire, but also to allow its public to discover less known works, with a particular affinity for Armenian 20th-century chamber music.
Already in their first concert season, 2010 – 2011, the Avanesyan Trio performed at such venues as the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Festival de Radio France Montpellier and the Menton Festival in France, to great critical acclaim. They have further toured in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain…
Following their Antwerp debut, the association of Belgian music critics awarded them the “Golden Label” prize.