The Artists

Rafael Rosenfeld
Cello

Rafael Rosenfeld, Artistic Director

With his first prize win in December 2000 at the International Geneva Competition, Rafael Rosenfeld firmly established his reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting cellists. He toured Europe as a soloist including performances with orchestras like the SWR Stuttgart, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich, the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Orchestra of Lugano, the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Zürich Chamber Orchestra.

 

In addition to his success at the Geneva competition, Rafael Rosenfeld won numerous other prizes and awards at national and international competitions including third prize at the International ARD competition in Munich, a special prize at the International Jost competition in Lausanne and the highest award at the 1997 Migros Chamber Music Competition. In 1990 he was selected to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision competition in Vienna and in 1994 he was a finalist at the Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow. He has made numerous radio and television appearances.

 

Rafael Rosenfeld received his musical education at the Zürich Conservatory and the Lübeck College of Music where his cello professors were Walter Grimmer and David Geringas respectively. Further inspiration came through world-acclaimed musicians like András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Sandor Végh, Bernard Greenhouse, Ralph Kirschbaum, Menahem Pressler and György Kurtág.

 

Rafael Rosenfeld has followed invitations to important festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Ittinger Whitsun Concerts, Young Artists in Concert, Davos, the Interlakner Festwochen, Zürcher Festspiele and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove. In 1995 Rafael Rosenfeld became the principal cellist of the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the ensemble's youngest member. In addition he is a member of Andras Schiff's chamber orchestra Cappella Andrea Barca.

 

Chamber music plays a cental role in Rafael Rosenfeld's musical life. For many years he performed as cellist of the Rosenfeld Trio and later was invited to join a trio with the violinist Gabor Takács-Nagy, former first violin of the Takács quartet, and the pianist Dénes Várjon. Since 2002 his focus has been on exploring the string quartet literature with the Merel Quartet.

 

Rafael Rosenfeld is a professor of cello at the Basel Music Academy.

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Mary Ellen Woodside
Violin

Mary Ellen Woodside, Artistic Director

 

First violinist of the Merel Quartet, Mary Ellen Woodside is an avid chamber musician, following invitations to festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Lucerne Festival, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Young Artists in Concert in Davos, Kunstfest Weimar, Omaggio a Palladio in Vicenza and Resonanzen in Sils-Maria. Chamber music partners have included Joshua Bell, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Demenga, Julian Bliss, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Christoph Richter and Dénes Várjon and she has performed as guest first violinist with Signum, Gemaux and Amati quartets.

 

Ms Woodside has performed internationally as a soloist including double concerti with Tabea Zimmermann, Hariolf Schlichtig and Adelina Oprean and she gave premiers of violin concerti by Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Derungs. She has recorded CDs of chamber music by Bohuslav Martinu and Robert Blum and with the Merel Quartet CDs with works of Schumann, Janacek, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schönberg. She has numerous radio recordings for Swiss Radio DRS2 and for German radio SWR2.

 

M. E. Woodside is a frequent guest concertmaster with the Camerata Zürich, Basel Chamber Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra. For many years she held the position of principal second of the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich and served prior to that as assistant concertmaster of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a member of Andras Schiff’s Capella Andrea Barca.

 

Mary Ellen Woodside studied at the Eastman School of Music with Charles Castleman, graduated with highest honors and received the coveted Performer’s Certificate. She won numerous prizes before coming to Europe to continue her studies at the Guildhall School in London with Yfrah Neaman. She was selected as a soloist for Yehudi Menuhins’ “Live Music Now”, won second prize in the Bryan Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the Washington International and the Kulenkampff Competition in Cologne, Germany. The focal point of further studies were chamber music coachings with mentors including Sándor Végh, András Schiff, György Kurtág, Robert Levin, Alfred Brendel and Ferenc Rados.

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Mary Ellen Woodside, Violin
Edouard Mätzener, Violin
Alessandro D’Amico Viola
Rafael Rosenfeld Cello

Merel Quartet

„An unforgettable interpretation“ writes the Neue Luzerner Zeitung (Lucerne), „The Merel Quartet’s exploration of Schubert’s inner turmoil, how they created a shadowy stillness in pianissimo, was breathtaking.“

 

Commended for their stylistic awareness, maturity of expression and command of form, the Merel Quartet have been captivating audiences since 2002. An exceptionally communicative quartet, the Merels have received unanimous praise: „This young ensemble’s music-making is extraordinarily precise and tonally excedingly well-matched“ writes the Wiener Zeitung (Vienna) and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zürich) lauded the Merel Quartet for playing „...with utmost expressivity and a subtle sense of form, tone and rhetoric“.

 

The Merel Quartet has performed extensively in Europe in venues like the Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Festspiele and Kunstfest Weimar. Known for their vivid performances, the quartet has excited audiences in Italy, France, Germany, England, Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

 

The quartet enjoys collaborations with artists like Ruth Ziesak, Juliane Banse, Jörg Widmann, Diemut Poppen, Natalia Gutman, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Demenga, Denes Varjon, and Alfred Brendel. Known for their versatility, the Merels perform an extensive repertoire spanning three centuries from Bach and Purcell through to contemporary masters like Kurtag, Saariaho and Holliger.

 

Frequent live radio performances on Swiss Radio SRF2 and Radio Suisse Romande as well as German Radio SWR2 have brought the Merel Quartet added recognition. The quartet’s debut album including works by Schumann, Janacek and award-winning Swiss composer David Philip Hefti was praised as the „...outstanding CD-Premier of a first-rate quartet“ (Neue Zürich Zeitung am Sonntag).

 

Performances of works by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn on the Merel’s second album also received high acclaim. „Permeated with a feverish intensity, with close attention to detail and exquisitely balanced illumination of the voices“ and „..their sound, agile and transparent, with a wide range of tonal colors, is irresistable“ writes Thomas Bopp of Das Orchester. Cathy Fuller, in her show „New and Notable Releases“ on Boston Public Radio WGBH proclaimed „This is a stunning recording, brimming with life and longing and sustained by an intelligent sense of line. The quartet’s devotion to bringing across each of the two quartets as complete unfolding constructions makes the experience all the more poignant. Gorgeous.“

 

„In an age remarkably rich in string quartets of high quality, the Merel Quartet is, in my opinion, one of the very best.“ Alfred Brendel

 

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Ian Bostridge
Tenor

Ian Bostridge

Ian Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, St Petersburg, Aldeburgh and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade (2003/04), a CarteBlanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/05), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall (2005/06), the Barbican, London (2008), the Luxembourg Philharmonie (2010/11), the Wigmore Hall (2011/12) and Hamburg Laeiszhalle (2012/13). In 2018 Ian began an auspicious Artistic Residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the first of its kind for the ensemble.

 

His recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 15 Grammys. His latest recording for Pentatone of Schubert’s Winterreise with Thomas Ades won the Vocal Recording of the Year 2020 in the International Classical Music Awards. Other recordings include Schubert Die schöne Müllerin with Graham Johnson (Gramophone Award 1996); Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Grammy Award, 1999); and Belmonte with William Christie. Under his exclusive contract with Warner Classics, recordings included Schubert Lieder and Schumann Lieder (Gramophone Award 1998), English song and Henze Lieder with Julius Drake, Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers with Daniel Harding, Mozart’s Idomeneo with Sir Charles Mackerras, Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared with Thomas Adès, Schubert with Leif Ove Andsnes, Mitsuko Uchida and Antonio Pappano, Noel Coward with Jeffrey Tate, Britten Orchestral cycles with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Wolf with Antonio Pappano, Bach cantatas with Fabio Biondi, Handel arias with Harry Bicket, Britten Canticles and both Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (Gramophone Award, 2003) and Billy Budd (Grammy Award, 2010), Adès’ The Tempest (Gramophone Award 2010) and Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Recent recordings include Schubert songs with Julius Drake for Wigmore Hall Live; Shakespeare songs (Grammy Award, 2017) and Requiem: The Pity of War with Antonio Pappano for Warner Classics and Berlioz’s Les Nuits d'Eté, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Debussy’s Le Livre de Baudelaire arr. John Adams with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

 

He has worked with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago, Boston, London and BBC Symphony orchestras, the London, New York, Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras and the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam under Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Harding and Donald Runnicles. He sang the world premiere of Henze Opfergang with the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano.

His operatic appearances have included Lysander A Midsummer Night's Dream for Opera Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival; Nerone L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Tom Rakewell and Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for the Bayerische Staatsoper; Don Ottavio for the Wiener Staatsoper; Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Aschenbach Death in Venice and Jupiter Semele for English National Opera; Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Caliban Adès The Tempest for the Royal Opera House; Madwoman Curlew River in the Netia Jones staging for the London Barbican, which was also seen in New York and on the west coast of America; Peter Quint for the Teatro alla Scala and Handel’s Jeptha at the Opéra National de Paris.

Concert performances and other notable events have included the War Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski; Les Illuminations with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Andris Nelsons; European, American and Asian recital tours of Schubert’s Winterreise with Thomas Adès; Britten’s War Requiem with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Antonio Pappano and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot. His book Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession (The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize, 2016) was published by Faber and Faber in the UK and Knopf in the USA in 2014. In the 2018/19 season he took up a residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recent engagements have included a European recital tour with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau which featured a new composition by Mehldau; a world premiere of a new commission by James MacMillan with the London Symphony Orchestra for the WW1 centenary, staged performances of the Zender Winterreise, directed by Netia Jones, in Shanghai, recordings of the major Schubert song cycles live at the Wigmore Hall with pianists Lars Vogt and Thomas Adès and his return to the operatic stage at the Deutsche Oper as Aschenbach Death in Venice.

Future highlights include a recital and lecture series for the University of Chicago, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Barcelona Symphony and Marta Gardolińska, Britten’s War Requiem with Kent Nagano and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and with Philippe Jordan and the San Francisco Symphony, Evangelist St Matthew Passion for Teatro Regio Torino, Bajazet Tamerlano in concert for the Moscow State Philharmonic, Winterreise with Sir Antonio Pappano at the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and further performances with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau of his composition for Ian, The Folly of Desire.

He was a fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1992-5) and in 2001 was elected an honorary fellow of the college. In 2003 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of St Andrews and in 2010 he was made an honorary fellow of St John's College Oxford. He was made a CBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours. In 2014 he was Humanitas Professor of Classical Music at the University of Oxford.

 

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Saskia Giorgini
Piano

Saskia Giorgini

Her last recital was described as “thrilling and flawless” in the Observer (the Guardian).

Winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2016, where she also got the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work, Saskia Giorgini is considered one of the most interesting pianists of the young generation. She is praised for her “unerring technique, a beautiful and moving sound, a phrasing full of fantasy and a pure musicality” (Salvatore Accardo).

 

Saskia Giorgini has appeared in acclaimed recitals and live radio recordings in important halls and Festivals, amongst which Lingotto–Hall in Turin, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Concerti del Quirinale in Rome, Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Großer Saal Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Konzerthaus and Muzikverein in Wien, Philharmonia Skt. Petersburg, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Utrecht Kamermuziek Festival, MiTo Settembre Musica Festival, Unione Musicale Torino, Vancouver Summer Festival, Warsaw’s Filharmonia Narodowa, Festiwal Katowice Kultura Natura, Seoul Arts Center, Cairo Opera House, Toppan Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokio, Wigmore Hall in London.

 

She has played together with important orchestras, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, CBC Radio Orchestra in Canada, and many more, under the baton of conductors as Simon Gaudenz, Eliahu Inbal, Mario Bernardi, Antonello Manacorda, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Antonello Manacorda, Andrea Battistoni, Massimiliano Caldi.

 

A special affinity for chamber music brings her regularly together with renowned partners: Ian Bostridge, Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen, Gilles Apap, Mario Brunello, Thomas Demenga and many others.

 

Her first CD was an admired recording of Enescu for Piano Classics. She has now made 3 recordings for Pentatone: an acclaimed Schöne Müllerin with tenor Ian Bostridge, and 2 CDs due to be released in autumn 2020 - Respighi Songs and Liszt’s Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses.

 

Ms. Giorgini received her first piano lessons at the age of four. At fifteen she was admitted to the piano academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, where she studied with Riccardo Risaliti, Leonid Margarius and Louis Lortie. At the same time she graduated from the Conservatorio di Torino with Claudio Voghera, with the highest grades and honours. She then completed her studies at the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo with Enrico Pace, at the KUG in Graz with Julius Drake (Liedbegleitung), and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Pavel Gililov. Saskia Giorgini is a Bösendorfer Artist.

 

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Claudio Martínez Mehner
Piano

Claudio Martínez Mehner

Born in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martínez-Mehner began his music studies at an early age at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid in Madrid with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquín Soriano. In addition to his piano studies, he participated in the Spanish National Youth Orchestra as a violist and in the Chamber Orchestra of the German School as a violinist, violist and harpsichord player.

 

Claudio Martínez-Mehner continued his studies at the Tchaikovsky-Conservatory in Moscow, the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como; and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. His main professors were Dmitri Bashkirov, Vitalij Margulis and Leon Fleisher. He participated in master classes given by Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, Alexis Weissenberg, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Mstislav Rostropovich, among others. Lately he has received invaluable advice by Prof. Ferenc Rados in Budapest.

 

At the ages of 13 and 15 Claudio Martínez-Mehner won first prize with special mention in the German “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert”. He was a finalist in the International Piano Competition “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander (1990) and won first prizes in the international competitions “Pilar Bayona” in Zaragoza (1992), “Fondation Chimay” in Belgium (1993), and “Dino Ciani” in Milano (1993).

 

As a soloist he performed in most major cities in Europe, United States, Russia, Central America, Japan and Korea, with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, Filarmónica of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, Filarmonia Hungarica and most of the major Spanish orchestras. Claudio Martínez-Mehner is an avid chamber music player and has performed with many ensembles in Europe and Asia.

 

During a seven-year long rest due to an injury, he became interested in conducting, attending master classes with Robert Spano, Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink. He has been invited as a conductor with the “Orquesta Filarmónica de Santo Domingo” and has lead several ensembles of contemporary music. In 1998 he was Associate Music Coordinator of the Spoleto Festival in Italy and Assistant Conductor. From 1999 – 2003 he was Artistic and Academic Director of the Lucena International Summer School and Piano Festival.

 

He has been assistant piano teacher to Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov at the “Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofía” for several years . In addition, he holds a piano teaching position at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música” in Salamanca, Spain. Currently Claudio Martínez-Mehner is a professor at the Basel Music Academy and at the Cologne University of Music. He is frequently invited to teach master classes in Europe, the US and Korea.

 

After his astonishing debut at the Miami International Piano Festival in 2010 he was re-invited to perform in 2012, and 2016. He is one of the most important pianists presented in this Festival for his role as a mentor for several aspiring pianists today. He is in the Piano Faculty of the Miami International Piano Festival academy since 2016.

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Edouard Mätzener
Violin

Edouard Mätzener

"With his bright musical intelligence Edouard has developed a great technique and musical maturity, proving to be an attractive performer received with great enthusiasm from national and international audiences." - Maestro Howard Griffiths

 

In his concerts, Edouard Maetzener is determined to reach out, present and perform for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, using his endless curiosity and training from among the best mentors and Schools of Music in the world.

 

The Swiss-French violinist gave his solo debut at age 12 at the Casino Basel with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Howard Griffiths, further concerts include performances with the Basel Chamber Orchester (Ariel Zuckermann), Camerata Zurich (Florian Ludwig), and Basel Symphony Orchestra (Lorenzo Viotti). Furthermore, his appearances brought him to renowned venues in Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland, Israel, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

 

The current Soloist of the Migros Cultural Percentage is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards such as the 1st prize at the Baden Cultural Found Competition 2012 and special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work, 2nd prize at the International Henri Marteau Competition in 2011, Migros Scholarship in 2011 & 2012 and 1st prize at the Swiss competition for Young Musicians in 2002 & 2006, where he also became Soloist of the Burkhalter Foundation. As a chamber musician, he is laureate of the 2015 Orpheus Competition.

 

Various masterclasses and festivals around the world have led to both solo and chamber music appearances and inspirational encounters with Ana Chumachenco, Vadim Gluzman, Werner Bärtschi, Boris Kushnir, Mikhail Kopelman, Jörg-Wolfgang Jahn, Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis and members of the Tokyo String Quartet.

 

Edouard has regularly performed and toured in numerous chamber music groups, both as a violinist and violist. He is a sought-after player especially in Piano Trios and ensembles such as the 'Sejong Soloists' or 'camerata armonia'. In addition to his love for chamber music he has a great passion for Klezmer and appears as a founding member of the Klezmer Band 'Cheibe Balagan'.

Born in Zurich in 1989, Edouard was invited at age 10 by Maestro Tibor Varga to study with him. In 2004 he became student of Prof. Josef Rissin, with whom he obtained Bachelor degrees with distinction both in pedagogic and performance at the University of Music Karlsruhe. In 2014, Edouard holds a Master of Performance degree from Yale University, where he graduated under the guidance of Prof. Hyo Kang. He completed his studies at the Musikhochschule Basel with a Master of Spezialized Performance, as a student of Prof. Barbara Doll.

 

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Alessandro D'Amico
Viola

Alessandro D'Amico

Alessandro D’Amico was born in 1986 in Caracas and began music lessons in 1997 at the local Music School Montalban. From 2002 to 2009 he was a member of the internationally acclaimed „Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra“ and had the opportunity to work with great conductors like Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Heinrich Schiff and Sir Simon Rattle.

 

Beginning in 2002 Mr. D’Amico began studying with Gerard Caussè and Rainer Schmidt at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, with Peter Langgartner at the Mozarteum in Salzburg before joining the exclusive „Graduate Course for String Quartets“ in Basel under Walter Levin and Günter Pichler. He is currently in the class of Silvia Simionescu in Basel.

 

At the Gaetano Zinetti Chamber Music Competition in 2008, Alessandro D’Amico received an „Honorable Mention“. In addition he has played in masterclasses for musicians such as Nobuko Imai, Veronika Hagen, Atar Arad, Wolfram Christ, Gerard Causse, Ralph Gothoni, Rudolf Barshai, Ferenc Rados and Benjamin Zander.

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Reto Bieri
Clarinet

Reto Bieri

The Swiss clarinettist and improviser Reto Bieri has been playing solo and chamber music for over 20 years. This former artistic director is currently bringing a fresh concept to the classical music scene with his brilliant, poetic theme evenings ‘à la DAVOS FESTIVAL’ in cooperation with various chamber orchestras and accompanied by long-standing chamber music partners – in particular violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Reto Bieri regularly performs with renowned orchestras, and at various festivals and prestigious institutions. He releases CD recordings with the Munich-based cult label ECM, most recently the highly praised album ‘quasi morendo’ with string quartet meta4 from Finland.

 

Reto Bieri grew up with Swiss folk music. Following formative experience playing dance music in taverns and training as a primary school teacher he initially attended music academies in Basel and Zurich, before studying at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York. He was particularly influenced by the composer György Kurtág and his encounters with the writer Gerhard Meier, musician Eberhard Feltz and the clown Dimitri.

 

Reto Bieri served as Artistic Director of the Swiss DAVOS FESTIVAL – young artists in concert between 2013 and 2018. Since 2012 he has taught at the University of Music in Würzburg, Germany as Professor of Chamber Music. He lives with his family in a remote Swiss Alpine location in the Bernese Oberland.

 

 

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Irina Ungureanu
Soprano

Irina Ungureanu

Born 1984 in Bucharest (Romania). Resident in Lucerne. Irina Ungureanu studied singing at the Zurich University of the Arts under Jane and David Thorner-Mengedoth. She is particularly interested in the early and new music, the repertoire of songs and oratorios, free improvisation and Romanian folk music, which has been accompanying her since her childhood. Irina Ungureanu appears in concerts and music theatre and regularly performs in premières.

 

She has also performed as a guest with the Ensemble TaG Winterthur, the ensemble für neue musik zürich, the Ensemble Profil and Seducant in Bucharest, the Basler Madrigalisten and the Vokalensemble Zurich and is a member of the Ensemble ö! for new music in Chur/Basel. Irina Ungureanu also performed as a soloist in changing or close formations at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the MaerzMusik Festival Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Tage für neue Musik Zürich and the week of Contemporary Music Bucharest. She also took part in various concert series in Switzerland and abroad.

 

Close cooperations and profound musical exchange were created with people including performance artist and singer Stefanie Grubenmann, pianist Simone Keller, violinist Vera Kardos, pianist Vera Kappeler, Romanian composer Diana Rotaru, producer Astride Schlaefli, as well as the band „Grünes Blatt“ for Romanian folk music and improvisation with Mats Spillmann (trumpet), Urs Vögeli (guitar), Vera Kappeler (piano) and Dominique Girod (double bass).

 

She was responsible for the musical direction in various theatre productions and arranged readings with music in cooperation with people including the actor Hansrudolf Twerenbold.

 

She was responsible for the musical direction in various theatre productions and arranged readings with music in cooperation with people including the actor Hansrudolf Twerenbold.

 

In 2005, the CD „Linu-i lin, Irina & DRUM“ with Romanian folk music and free improvisation was produced. It was followed by various other CDs produced in cooperation with actor Imo Moszkowicz, organist Nicoleta Paraschivescu and the Basler vocal ensemble millefleurs for improvised music. In 2011, the CD „Thirteen Ways“ by „Grünes Blatt“ was released by the music label UNIT.

 

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Eivind Ringstad
Viola

Eivind Ringstad

The Norwegian violist Eivind Ringstad (b. 1994) is today featured as one of the most prominent violists of his generation. He made his breakthrough after winning the Eurovision young musicians 2012 and has since performed at major festivals and concert venues around the world.

He had his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Eivind Aadland in 2013. This collaboration amounted to a debut CD for Lawo classics in 2017, featuring Walton viola concerto and Sinding suite transcribed/arranged for viola and orchestra.

In 2016, Eivind was awarded the Borletti-Buitoni fellowship award. At the same time, he was appointed to the prestigious talent scheme BBC New Generation Artists 2016-2018.

Through the scheme, Eivind made his recital debut in Wigmore hall in 2017 as well as the Edinburgh festival 2018 alongside German pianist and regular recital partner David Meier.

Eivind has been invited and re-invited to basically all the BBC orchestras in the U.K. Further he has performed with orchestras such as Copenhagen Philharmonic, Trondheim symphony orchestra, Kristiansand symphony orchestra, Dala sinfoniettan, London sinfonietta, Bergen Philharmonic, Vienna radio orchestra, Norwegian radio orchestra, The Norwegian chamber orchestra, Polish chamber orchestra. This season will see his debut with Lahti Symphy and Kuopio Symphony orchestras in Finland.

Eivind is a prolific chamber musician and is a regular fixture on Norway’s thriving chamber music scene. His passion for chamber music is great, and he has collaborated with some of the most distinguished chamber musicians around, among them Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Anthony Marwood, Henning Kraggerud, Beatrice Rana and Steven Isserlis. This season he was appointed artistic director for Norsjø Chamber music festival, which takes place in Telemark, Norway with co-directors pianist Øyvind Sundsvalen and composer Martin Ødegaard.

In addition to performing the standard repertoire for the viola, Eivind often makes his own transcriptions to show all the possibilities of the viola. His transcriptions include virtuoso compositions, as well as famous short pieces by composers such as Grieg, Ysaÿe, Elgar and Bull. He also enjoys playing contemporary music and has commissioned several works. This year he premiered ‘Correspondances’ for viola and piano by young Norwegian composer Peder Barratt-Due at the prestigious Edinburgh festival.

Eivind started to play the violin at the age of 5, moving to the viola as his main instrument nine years later. He studied at Barratt Due music institute in Oslo, Norway with Soon-Mi Chung. In Norway, Eivind has been awarded several prices throughout his career including Arve Tellefsen musician price 2013 and the prestigious Statoil (Equinor) price 2014.

He plays the G. Guadagnini “ex-Vieuxtemps” viola dating from 1768, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

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Werner Bärtschi
Piano

Werner Bärtschi

doesn‘t cease to think after the specific character and aesthetic of every composition. Therefore his interpretations impress with particular spontaneity and thrilling communicative power.

The repertoire of this musician, who was born in 1950 in Zurich, ranges broadly from late Renaissance to contemporary music. Composers like Cage, Klaus Huber, Riley, Scelsi, Schnebel and Vogel confided to him the first performance of important works. If he does have a preference for Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, he also stands up for „outsiders“ like Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Carl Nielsen, Erik Satie, Charles Ives and Giacinto Scelsi.

Concerts all over the world, at festivals such as Gstaad, Lucerne, Zurich, La Roque d‘Anthéron and Salzburg, broadcast-, tv- and filmappearances as well as numerous CDs (with a „Grand prix du disque“ of the Académie de disque française) give evidence of his successful activity as a pianist. In 1980 he founded „Rezital“, his concert series at the Tonhalle Zurich, and he is artistic director of „Top Klassik Zürcher Oberland“ and the Schaffhauser Meisterkonzerte. Always he teached selected students and has initiated and directs the „Master Classes Schaffhausen“.

Bärtschi wrote over 40 compositions of different genres. Marked initially by Cage and Schnebel, later by Scelsi and Wilhelm Killmayer, he liberated himself through very personal experiments from the traditions of the avantgarde and admitted more and more influence to his experiences as a performer of old and new music. His immediatly comprehensible music sounds completely independent and reminds hardly the used to language of contemporary music.

Werner Bärtschi earns his creative interpretations not at least from his understanding of music as a composer. It allows him a profound insight into the rich complexity of the past‘s masterpieces of whom his talent for communication allows him convincing realizations. In his hands, the music of other times is sounding just as new. ‚Here on high artistic level head, heart and hand find together‘ says the press.

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Matthias Neukirch
Recitation

Matthias Neukirch

Matthias Neukirch, born 1963 in Aufsess (Germany), grew up in the city of Karslruhe und studied theatre at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Various engagements lead him to, among others, the theatre Neumarkt in Zurich, the national theatre Mannheim, the Schauspiel Hannover and the Deutsche Theater Berlin. 2015 he changed to the Schauspielhaus Zürich, where he has acted in different roles which include Max Frisch’s “Homo Faber” and as Friedrich Dürenmatt’s teacher in “Besuch der alten Dame”. For ten years he has shown his program “Hans Schleid” through his Grandfather (Director: Julian Klein) nationally and internationally. Currently he is in plays in Zurich by Nicolas Stemann, Suna Gürler and Christopher Rüping.

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Luciano Jungman
Bandoneon

Luciano Jungman

He has participated as a bandoneon soloist, performing his own arrangements and the ‘Concierto para bandoneón, guitarra y orquesta’ by A. Piazzolla, invited by ‘Orquesta de Cámara de La Plata’,’Orquesta de Cámara de la Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional’, “Camerata Bern”, "Berner Symphonieorchester” and “Stringendo”.

 

Since 1993 he has been arranger, composer and bandoneon player of ‘La Camorra’. Together with this quintet he has already recorded six CDs, and performed in the following theatres: ‘Palau de la Música Catalana’ in Barcelona and ‘Kursaal’ in San Sebastián (Spain), ‘Memorial de San Pablo’, ‘Teatro Castro Alves’ in Salvador de Bahía (Brazil), ‘Tropentheater’ (Netherlands), among others.

 

As a bandoneon player of ‘Color Tango’, orchestra conducted by Maestro Roberto Alvarez, he has gone on tours to Switzerland, Italy, Germany, USA, Sweden and Netherlands, among other countries. Conductor, arranger and bandoneon player in ‘Buenos Aires bohemia’, performed in Shanghai (China). ‘Suit para tres bohemios’, ‘Dos piezas en italiano’ and ‘Chapaleando barro’ are some of his works for orchestra already played.

 

The VII Buenos Aires Tango Festival commissioned his ‘Concierto 3 más 4’ to be performed for the rst time in to the ‘New creators’ section. ‘Raul, the terrible’ (Australia) and ‘Círculo cerrado’ (Argentina) are some of the lms and plays that have included some of his works in their scores. Creator of the first bandoneon multimedia learning method, called ‘Don Benito bandoneon method’.

 

He presented in 2021 his CD "Handwritten letters", for bandoneon solo, based only on his own compositions and is now working on a forthcoming CD with Astor Piazzolla’s works and a new Opera-Tango, bases on the playwright from author Miguel Kot Gorodeky.

 

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Rätus Flisch
Double bass

Rätus Flisch

Studies with Romanian master bassist Yoan Goilav, double bass and instrumental pedagogy, Winterthur Conservatory, Bruce Gertz, double bass, Oscar Stagnaro, electric bass, Berklee College of Music, Boston/USA, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook advanced jazz improvisation, Boston/USA classic rep. masterclass with Jean-Marc Rollez, Paris, advanced double bass techniques with Stefano Scodanibbio, Pollenza/ITA and Mark Dresser, San Diego/USA Diplomas: Swiss Jazz School, Bern, BERKLEE College of Music, Boston/USA, Abraham Laboriel Scolarship, Professional Music Scolarship (USA) Professor at University of the Arts ZHdK Zurich, Department Jazz and Pop.

 

Concerts & tours with Gary Burton, Jerry Bergonzi, Paul McCandless, Mingus Dynasty, Ricky Ford, Hal Crook, Mark Turner, Art Lande, Antonio Hart, Mick Goodrick, Igor Butmann, Roman Schwaller, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Scott Kinsey, George Schuller, George Garzone, Bob Gulotti, Geoff Keezer, Salvatore Bonafede, Peter Madsen, Diego Urcola, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Christian Jacob, Junko Onishi, Roy Hargrove, Fabio Morghera, Jorge Rossy, Matt Darriau, Uli Scherer, Chris Neville, Andrei Kontakov, Chris Cheeks, David Azarian, Seamus Blake, Rob Scheps, Mark Gross, Jim Black, Chris Speed, Daniel Schnyder, Kit Walker, Arkady Shilkloper, Bugge Wesseltoft, Reiner Wizel, Rick Margitza, Mark Soskin, John Vidacovich, Jul Baretto, Kenny Wollesen, Kenny Drew Jun., Scott Amendola, Ben Sher, Vera Mara, Valtinho, Paula West, European Double Quartet, Donny McCaslin, Alex Sipiagin, George Gruntz, Chamber Orchestra Bregenz/Austria, Orchestra of Tonhalle Zurich, Opera Zurich, Carmina String Quartet, Casal String Quartet, Amati String Quartet, Amar String Quartet, Belenus String Quartet, Peter Waters, Ensemble TaG Winterthur, Ensemble Ton 3000, Lars Lindvall, Freddie Bryant, Frank Moebus, Rudi Mahal, Arthur Blythe, Christian Röver, Gabriel Rivano, Harald Haerter, Arthur Blythe, Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Goscia, Armen Donelian, Tom Schuman, Lee Pearson, Bassam Saba, Jingh Yang, Marcin Grochowina, Yves Theiler, Enzo Zirilli, Christian Röver etc. in USA, Canada, West Africa, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Greece, Russia, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Central Asia.

 

Radio- & TV-Broadcasts in USA, Germany, Austria, West Africa, Central Asia, Greece, Switzerland.

CD´s with Phil Carmen, „On my Way in L.A.“ (No. 1 Hit in Europe) Max Lässer´s Ark „A Different Kind of Blue“, Phil Cornaz Quartet „Le rire de l´arc en ciel“, Adrian Frey Trio „Adrian Frey Trio“, Chris Tiberghien Trio „Bleu“, Raetus Flisch´s NEWS „American Edition“, Martin Lehner’s „Yellow“, Flisch´s BlackSpeed „Missing Beat“, Flisch/Vidacovich/Kapilidis „Dr. Watson“, ztom feat. Art Lande, Paul McCandless „ztom-live“,Fernando Argenti, Jorge Rossi “Argenti Jazz”, Back to Earth “Mystic Ways”, Ensemble Ton3000 “Cross-volution”, Close-up „Lonely Woman“, Lazaros Stertsos „Nuancen“, Kenny Drew jr./Daniel Schnyder 4tet “Da Skale”, Sampler „Autumn Leaves“ hmtZ, Lupus in Fabula „Lupus in Fabula “ hmtZ, Compo6 „Live at Moods“, Christoph Baumann „WYSEL remix“ , Marcel Oetiker „Soerbaird“, 2nd Room, Wagner/Theiler/Flisch „Tristan & Isolde LIVE“, World of Strings „Pyhä“, Theiler Flisch Renold “European Hits” etc.

 

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Ruven Ruppik
Percussion

Ruven Ruppik

Born in 1986, Ruven auto-didactically got in touch with music from a young age and later on, at the age of 8, Piano and Drums Set lessons started. It became clear quite fast that his focus would lay on Drums/Percussion and over the time, different projects emerged in which he could gain experience as a percussionist/drummer. Alongside different Rock & Pop bands he joined the „OWL - Big Band“ at the age of 14; in this period he started to join different projects as a studio drummer.

With 16 years old, Ruven Ruppik developed a strong interest in western classical music and classical percussion; a few years later, in 2004 he won the national german competition „Jugend Musiziert“ in the category „Solo performance classical percussion“. He achieved the highest score and won the special price of the japanese „Irino-Foundation“ for contemporary music and the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“. He started to tour as a soloist all over Germany, Switzerland, Japan, France etc. During the time of his classical percussion studies, where he mainly focused on contemporary music, Ruven got in contact with music from the balkan countries. He immediately felt connected to the traditional music from this region and next to western classical & contemporary music he started to study and perform traditional music from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia etc

Around this time he played and toured in various contemporary music projects and „world music ensembles“ all over Europe, China, Oman, Macedonia etc. In addition Ruven Ruppik had the great honour to work with very recognised artists from the western classical music scene such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Peter Prommel, Martin Christoph Redel, Jaap van Sweden, just to name a few. In addition to various solo performances that were live streamed in radio or television, he started to work with different Orchestras such as „Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Radio Filharmonie Hilversum and Radio Kamerorkest“, and in the year 2008 he gave a solo recital at Europe's biggest Drums & Percussion Festival („Drums & Percussion Paderborn“).

After his studies in western classical music, he studied a bachelor of world-percussion in the worldmusic deparment of Codarts in Rotterdam and graduated with the highest mark and special honours. Additionally he studied a Master of Music in „North indian classical music - Tabla“ under the guidance of the great Tabla player Niti Ranjan Biswas and Bansuri Legend Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and graduated with „Cum Laude“. Beside the Cajón book „die Groovebox“ (Coda Music Editorial) which he published in 2011, Ruven Ruppik performed live in numerous radio and television shows (Vrije Geluiden, RTV Rijnmond, Virus, Klassik Forum WDR 3, etc)

In addition to performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam/Netherlands), Cairo Jazz Festival (Cairo/Egypt), Drums and Percussion (Paderborn/Germany), Paco de Lucia Festival (Algeciras/Spain), Guitar Festival of Ireland (Ireland), Festival Flamenco de Montréal (Canada) Houdetsi Festival (Kreta/Greece), Echtzeit Festival (Kiel/Germany) Ruven had the honour to share the stage with artists such as Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Estrella Morente, Paco Peña, Jose Manuel Leon, Alicia Carrasco, Kudsi Ergüner, Niladri Kumar, Aynur, Bassam Saba, Rima Khcheich, Carles Benavent, Aziza Brahim, Jorge Pardo, Tino van der Sman, Rosario Toledo, Niti Ranjan Biswas, Karen Lugo, José Carlos Gómez, CHAARTS, Codarts & the Royal Conservatory Big Band (Koninkrijksconcert for the former dutch Queen 2012), (with Rudresh Mahanthappa at North Sea Jazz Festival 2012), Lilian Viera, Izaline Calister, Dina Medina ect.

Over the last years Ruven gave numerous workshops and masterclasses all over Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Greece and was touring with different projects in Canada, Uzbekistan, China, Japan, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, England, Ireland, Spain, France, Macedonia, Rumania etc

He teaches Percussion in the Jazz and Pop Department of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the University of Music in Detmold.

Ruven Ruppik expresses himself through different music styles such as Flamenco, Mediterranean Music, Ottoman Music, Latin/Brazilian Music and explores the rich world of North indian classical music.

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Mireia Coma Casellas
Violin, Young Festival Artist

Mireia Coma Casellas

Mireia Coma Casellas was born in 2001 and started learning the violin at the age of 2 with her father Agustí Coma Alabert. She studied at the Vitoria-Gasteiz School of Music and also received lessons from Sergio Castro, Anna Baget, Catalin Bucataru, Aitzol Iturriagagoitia, Esther Hoppe, Reto Kuppel, Keiko Wataya and Daniel Dodds.

In May 2012 she was selected as concertmaster of the Isaac Albéniz Orchestra at the Vitoria Music School and in October 2016 she became a member of the string orchestra "Camerata Gasteiz". In August 2015 she performed at the Vitoria International Music Festival, together with the pianists Anna Crexells and Ángel García Soria.

Mireia has won several 1st prizes at competitions, such as the 2016 and 2018 "Jóvenes Músicos" chamber music competition in the Basque Country (Spain), the 2017 "Premi de Música Ciutat de Mataró" chamber music competition in Barcelona, the 2017 "Jóvenes Músicos" soloist competition in the Basque Country, and the 2016 2nd prize for violin at the "Concurs de Violí de Barcelona".

At the age of 16, she played the Violin Concerto in B minor by Camille Saint-Saens as a soloist with the Basque Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pedro Halffter in front of more than 1,000 spectators.

Since 2019, Mireia has been studying at the Lucerne School of Music in the class of Prof. Daniel Dodds.

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Aslı Ayben Özdemir
Violin, Young Festival Artist

Aslı Ayben Özdemir

Aslı Ayben Özdemir was born in 2001 in Istanbul, Turkey. At the age of 4 with her mother pianist Zümrüt Alieva's, she started her piano training and participated in class concerts. At the age of 7, she started her violin training at Istanbul University State Conservatory with Prof. Zülfiye Seçkin. Her first orchestral experience was realized in 2010 with the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Naci Özgüç. In October 2013, she participated in the XXXVIII International Violin Competition "Prof. Nedyalka Simeonova" and won the second prize in the first group. In the same year, she joined the Doğuş Children's Symphony Orchestra under Rengim Gökmen's conduct and actively participated in their various projects and concerts till 2016. In 2014-2015 academic year, she graduated with honors with the secondary degree from Istanbul University State Conservatory.

In September 2014, she participated in the XVIII International Young Musicians Dobrich Competition in Bulgaria where she won the second prize in the Category 1 Group B (no first prize was awarded at that competition). Right after that competition, within the AkSanat Festival and IKSV Festival, she gave concerts under the title "Young Talents". In March 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria, she participated in the XI International Competition "Young Virtuosos". Starting from 2015, she toured in Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under Cem Mansur's conduct in such countries as Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and participated in multiple music festivals, such as "Young Euro Classic", "Lisbon Festival'', and "Alicante Festival". During that time, she did some orchestra work with Yannos Margaziotis and Ksenija Zecevic. In February 2016, in Istanbul, she was awarded the first prize in the Yamaha Music Competition for Strings Instruments.

In the 2016-2017 season, she served as a concertmaster in the Leyla Gencer Symphony Orchestra under Stefano Mazzoleni's conduct. In 2017, she gave a concert at the XXI International Classical Music Festival in Cyprus. Next year, she gave a concert at the XVII Afyonkarahisar Classical Music Festival. She attended master classes of Olga Martinova and Gilles Apap and gave concerts together with them. In 2017-2018 season, she served as a concertmaster in the 100th Anniversary of Istanbul University Symphony Orchestra of Istanbul State Conservatory as well as in the concerts of 2018-2019. She also performed in Fazıl Say Festival Orchestra.

In March 2018, alongside with the participants from 34 countries, she participated in "International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists" held in Belgium. At the same time, she gave a concert within the "Shining Stars" series of İş Sanat. In July, following the invitation received, she performed as the 2nd violins leader of group in the concerts of Slovak Youth Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia. She also gave chamber music concerts within Konvergencie Festival with such musicians as Igor Karsko, Nora Skuta, and Juray Tomka. In August 2018, working with Professor Mark Gothoni, she gave a concert within "Internationale Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden" in Austria.

In 2019, she served as a concertmaster in "Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra" under Cem Mansur's conduct in such festivals as "Palermo Festival" in Italy and "Young Euro Classic" at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany. She graduated with an Honors high school degree from the Istanbul University State Conservatory. She will tour as a concertmaster in the Palermo Classic Symphony Orchestra for the festival in Palermo.

She participates as a guest artist in the concerts for Lucerne Sinfonietta, Junge Philarmonie Zentralschweiz, Fazıl Say Festival Orchestra, CRR Symphony Orchestra, Eurasia Philharmonic Orchestra, TRT Philharmonic Orchestra, and Camerata Saygun. Currently, she continues her education in Igor Karsko's class in "Hochschule Luzern Musik" in Switzerland, actively participates in concerts in Turkey and abroad, and is a member of "Yörsiad Quartet".

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Blai Bosser Toca
Cello

Blai Bosser Toca

Born in 1996 near Barcelona, he started his violoncello studies following the Suzuki method with his mother. From 2014 to 2018 he studied his Bachelor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, Barcelona, with Damián Martínez Marco, currently he is studying in the Master program with Rafael Rosenfeld at the Hochschule für Musik FHNW Basel.

In 2017 Blai was awarded the Anna Riera Foundation Scholarship and in 2018 the first prize at the Competition “Cordes de Barcelona”. In the field of chamber music, he studied with Kennedy Moretti and the Casals Quartet in Barcelona, currently he is working with Rainer Schmidt, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Anton Kernjak and Jiří Němeček. He was a member of the Spanish and Catalan national youth orchestras (JONDE and JONC), and since 2020 he is a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. He has collaborated with the Barcelona Symphony (OBC), as well as played in the contemporary music cycle “Sampler Series” of Barcelona’s L’Auditori. In the season 2020-2021 he is doing an apprenticeship at the Sinfonieorchester Biel-Solothurn and academist of Kammerorchester Basel.

Blai Bosser Toca participated in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Marc Coppey, Maria de Macedo, W.E. Schmidt, Peter Bruns, Asier Polo and Raphaël Pidoux, amongst others. His cello was built by his father, Jaume Bosser, in 2020.

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