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

 

www.merelquartet.com

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Juliane Banse
Soprano

Juliane Banse

Few artists of her generation are as successful in so many spheres and with such varied repertoire as Juliane Banse. Her extremely broad opera repertoire ranges from the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavallier), Countess in Figaro, Fiordiligi, Donna Elvira, Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Genoveva (title role), Leonore, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Arabella (title role), to Grete (Schreker’s Der ferne Klang). She made her stage debut as a twenty-year-old in the role of Pamina in Harry Kupfer’s production of The Magic Flute at the Komische Oper Berlin. Her performance as Snow White in the world premiere of the opera of the same name by Heinz Holliger at Zurich Opera House is also unforgettable; she works together closely with Holliger. Juliane Banse was born in southern Germany and grew up in Zurich. She took lessons first with Paul Steiner and later with Ruth Rohner at the Zurich Opera House, completing her studies under Brigitte Fassbaender and Daphne Evangelatos in Munich. From the winter semester 2016/2017 Juliane Banse herself took on a guest professorship at the Robert Schumann Academy in Dusseldorf.

 

Two major role debuts are scheduled for the 2017/18 season: in spring she sings in the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s opera Lunea alongside Christian Gerhaher on the stage of Zurich Opera House; the production is staged by Andreas Homoki. Juliane Banse also sings the role of the Marschallin for the first time in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, fulfilling one of her long-treasured wishes. Juliane Banse sings in another world premiere in Amsterdam: Willem Jeths, a well-known composer in the Netherlands, is writing the music-theatre monodrama The Tell-Tale Heart based on Edgar Allan Poe, which will be first performed in April in the context of the Zaterdag Matinee Concerts in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Finally Juliane Banse returns to the Theater an der Wien for a concert entitled In memoriam Nikolaus Harnoncourt, in which she sings in Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots conducted by Stefan Gottfried.

 

Juliane Banse made her US opera debut in Chicago singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus; shortly afterwards she was to be heard in Arabella by Richard Strauss at the MET. Other recent successful engagements include the main role in Girgory Frid’s Diary of Anne Frank at the Theater an der Wien, Jeanne d’Arc in the opera of the same name by Braunfels in Cologne, Elsa von Brabant in Wagner’s Lohengrin in Nantes and Anger, as well as the main role in Poulenc’s mono opera Voix humaine at Cologne Opera and also with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and at the State Opera in the Schillertheater in Berlin.

Juliane Banse is also highly in demand as a concert singer. She has worked together with many renowned conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Franz Welser-Möst, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta and Manfred Honeck.

Lied recitals feature regularly in her calendar. She was recently a guest at the Schubertiade Vilabertran, in Oxford, at the lied week in Schloss Elmau singing Wagner’s Wesendonck lieder and she also performed during the first concerts in the new Boulez Hall in Berlin, giving a recital accompanied by Wolfram Rieger. At present she is concentrating on Hindemith’s Marienleben, in which she can be heard in the current season together with Martin Helmchen in Passau, Bremen and Berne; a CD is in preparation for the alpha label.

Many of her CD recordings have won awards. Two recordings by Juliane Banse received an Echo Klassik: Braunfels’s Jeanne d’Arc with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck (nominated ‘first world recording of the year’) and Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich under David Zinman. Further outstanding projects include a collection of opera arias under the title Per Amore, the recording of lieder Tief in der Nacht with Aleksandar Madzar, and finally the film Hunter’s Bride/Der Freischütz with the London Symphony Orchestra, Juliane Banse in the role of Agathe, conducted by Daniel Harding. In February 2017 her first CD, Unanswered Love, was issued to great acclaim in the media. It contains in some cases the first recordings of works dedicated to the singer by Reimann, Rihm and Henze which she recorded with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and Christoph Poppen. This season her first CD recorded with the Munich Radio Orchestra of works by Braunfels, Korngold, Marx and Pfitzner will be released.

 

www.julianebanse.de

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Claudio Martínez Mehner
Piano

Claudio Martínez Mehner

Born in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martinez-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 Martinez-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 Martinez-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.

 

Claudio Martinez Mehner is in the Piano Faculty of the Miami International Piano Festival academy since 2016.

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Roman Rabinovich
Piano

Roman Rabinovich

Praised by The New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling”, the eloquent young pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He has performed throughout Europe and the USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Millennium Stage at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.

 

Dubbed “a true polymath, in the Renaissance sense of the word” (Seen & Heard International, 2016), Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist. Rabinovich often includes his own compositions in his recital programs. In summer of 2016 he embarked upon the Haydn Project, encompassing recitals of Haydn’s complete keyboard sonatas at the Bath Festival in UK and partial cycles at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and ChamberFest Cleveland, as well as artwork inspired by Haydn. After his recent debut recital in Lincoln Center the New York Times hailed Mr. Rabinovich's Haydn Sonatas as "admirable interpretations, performed with a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity."

 

Lauded as “a master of tone-color” (International Piano, 2018) Rabinovich was the first of three young pianists to be championed by András Schiff, who selected him for his Building Bridges series in Zurich’s Tonhalle, Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, and New York’s SubCulture. Last season’s highlights included Mendelssohn Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Roger Norrington, Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3 with the KBS Orchestra and Yoel Levi, Brahms Concerto No. 1 with the Szczecin Philharmonic, Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto with Israel Symphony, Prokofiev No. 3 with Des Moines Symphony, Bernstein ‘The Age of Anxiety’ with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Bartok Concerto No.2 with the Dohnanyi Symphony in Budapest. Hid recital engagements included the Washington Performing Arts Society, Vancouver Recital Society, the Houston Society for the Performing Arts, the Philip Lorenz Memorial Piano Series, Chopin Society in St Paul, MN, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Walter Reade Theatre and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. In spring 2014 Mr. Rabinovich has toured with the Haifa Symphony throughout the United States, performing as soloist with 4 different piano concertos in 30 concerts.

 

Rabinovich began drawing aged 10, and though he never took formal lessons it has been a passion of his ever since. Since 2010 he has created art on his iPhone and iPad, which are much easier to transport when traveling internationally for concerts. Technology is frequently also a feature of his concerts, as he performs from iPad rather than sheet music.

 

Rabinovich, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Fransisco Classical Voice) made his Israel Philharmonic debut under Zubin Mehta aged just 10, having immigrated to Israel a year before from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Rabinovich’s parents are piano teachers and his earliest lessons were with them, before studying with Arie Vardi in Israel. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and achieved his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School, where he was taught by Robert McDonald.

 

Rabinovich is releasing vol. 1 of the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas on First Hand Records in the fall of 2018. He recently recorded ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for the Orchid Classics label to critical acclaim.

 

www.romanrabinovich.net

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Jürg Dähler
Violin/Viola

Jürg Dähler

Born in Zurich, completed his studies on the violin and the viola at the Music Academy in Zurich with the highest honours. Various prizes and scholarships enabled further studies with Sándor Vegh, Pinchas Zukerman, Kim Kashkashian and Fjodor Druzhinin. That was followed by influential encounters with artists such as Brenton Langbein, Heinz Holliger, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and György Lígeti. He gave his debut in the Tonhalle Zurich with Paul Sacher’s Collegium Musicum in the creation of Daniel Schnyder’s viola concerto. Since then he has played as a soloist with conductors like Beat Furrer, Brenton Langbein, Friedrich Cerha, Giorgio Bernasconi, Douglas Boyd, Heinrich Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Jac van Steen, Marcello Viotti, Petri Sakari and Stefan Sanderling. His multi-faceted artistic activities from the classical repertory to contemporary music and jazz include first performances of solo pieces and concertos - many of them are written for and dedicated to him - by György Lígeti, Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, Hans Werner Henze, Arvo Pärt, Friedrich Cerha, Fjodor Drushinin, Daniel Schnyder, Mischa Käser, John Polglase, Christian Jost, Charles Bodman-Rae, Hermann Haller, Hans Ulrich Lehmann and Nadir Vassena. As a soloist as well as a member of the Swiss Chamber Soloists - the former Kammermusiker Zürich - he regularly performs at important concerthalls and Music Festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Konzerthaus Wien, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, Biennale di Venezia, Lucerne Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival and tours throughout Europe, the USA, South America, and Australia. In 1997 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Festival Kultur Herbst Bündner Herrschaft and since 1999 he is a founder-member and Artistic Director of the Swiss Chamber Concerts. Since 2015 he is Artistic Director of the Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg.

 

He received international acclaim for his CD-productions with labels such as ECM, NEOS, Accord, Jecklin, Claves, Grammont and Cantando. Jürg Dähler is a founder-member of the Collegium Novum Zürich and since 1993 principal violist of the Musikkollegium Winterthur and a member of the Winterthurer Streichquartett. He teaches violin and viola at the Kaleidos University Switzerland and has given masterclasses in many renowned institutions such as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music or the Melbourne National Academy. In 2007 he received the academic title “Executive Master in Arts Administration” (MAS/EMAA) in the philosophy and business department of the University Zurich with summa cum laude. In 2008 he received the Zolliker Kunstpreis for his artistic activities and his services to the cultural life in Switzerland. He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivarius, Cremona 1714, and a viola by Raffaele Fiorini, Bologna 1893.

 

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Enrico Bronzi
Cello

Enrico Bronzi

Tutte le più importanti sale da concerto d’Europa, USA, Sud America e Australia (Carnegie Hall e Lincoln Center di New York, Filarmonica di Berlino, Konzerthaus di Vienna, Mozarteum di Salisburgo, Filarmonica di Colonia, Herkulessaal di Monaco, Filarmonica di San Pietroburgo, Wigmore Hall e Queen Elizabeth Hall di Londra, Teatro Colon di Buenos Aires) hanno ospitato un concerto di Enrico Bronzi.

 

La sua ricca esperienza da solista l’ha portato a imporsi in importanti concorsi internazionali e collaborare con grandi artisti come Martha Argerich, Alexander Lonquich, Gidon Kremer, e complessi quali il Quartetto Hagen, la Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Salzburg e Tapiola Sinfonietta. L’attività da solista di Enrico Bronzi si affianca a quella, altrettanto intensa con il Trio di Parma (link alla pagina interna dedicata al Trio), ensemble che ha fondato nel 1990 e si completa e arricchisce con la didattica. Dal 2007, infatti, è professore all’Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

 

Neben seiner Solistentätigkeit widmet sich Enrico Bronzi ebenso intensiv dem 1990 von ihm gegründeten Trio di Parma sowie ergänzend und bereichernd der Didaktik, ist er doch seit 2007 auch Professor an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

 

Enrico Bronzi non è solo un attivissimo musicista, ma anche un divulgatore in ambito musicale. La sua capacità di trasmettere in modo semplice (ma non banale) l’amore e la comprensione della musica è l’elemento che lo contraddistingue, con l’obiettivo di dare a un pubblico sempre più ampio strumenti per favorire un ascolto consapevole della musica e favorire una crescita culturale. Questa sua vocazione la trasporta anche nei Festival dei quali è direttore artistico: il Festival internazionale di musica di Portogruaro, che ogni anno porta grandi artisti della musica classica nella piccola cittadina veneta, la storica e prestigiosa Società dei Concerti di Trieste, il Festival musicale internazionale Nei Suoni dei Luoghi, che promuove annualmente nuove generazioni di musicisti. Enrico Bronzi suona un violoncello Vincenzo Panormo del 1775.

www.enricobronzi.com

 

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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.

 

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.

 

www.irinaungureanu.ch

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Una Stanic
Violin
Young Festival Artist

Una Stanic

Una Stanic was born on December 13th, 1997. Una began studying violin at the age of five, while her extracurricular music education included piano studies. Una is currently a student of Prof. Pavel Vernikov at the Musik and Art University of the City of Vienna as well as a student of Prof. Vesna Stankovic-Moffatt, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She has participated in masterclasses with Prof.Ana Chumachenco, Pavel Vernikov, Aaron Rosand, Zakhar Bron, Krzystof Wegrzyn, Vesna Stankovic-Moffatt, Joseph Silverstein, Igor Voloschin, Stefan Milenkovich, Nemanja Radulovic, Dejan Bogdanovic and Roman Simovic.

 

Recently, Una was the youngest Finalist of Bartok World Competition in Hungary, Winner of Laureate (Fifth Prize) at the 11th International Violin Competition „Vaclav Huml“ in Zagreb 2017., as well as the Winner of the Second Prize at the 46th International Jeunesses Musicales Competition (WFIMC) in Belgrade 2016. and three special prizes. Una also won the First Prizes at the „Szymon Goldberg Award 2013“ in Germany, „Mary Smart Concerto Competition 2013“ in New York City, USA, „Young talents and orchestra“ in Italy, 2014 and Fidelio Competition in Vienna, in 2015. Her other recognitions are numerous prizes at various International Competitions like “Remember Enescu“ in Romania, “Vittoria Caffa Righetti“in Italy; Kocian in Czech Republic;“Petar Konjovic“( EMCY) in Belgrade;“Ohrid pearls“ (EMCY) in Macedonia; “Andrea Postachinni“ in Italy.

 

She received ArtLink’s prestigious „The Most Promising Young Music Artist Award“ and the Prize – Music scholarship as an outstanding young artist in Steiermark, Austria. She also received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participate regurarly in the activities offered by the Academy.Una received the Scholarship from Maestro Claudio Abbado for her studies at Music Academy Fiesole in Italy and performed solo resitals at Palace Strozzi Sacrati in Florence, in memory of Maestro Abbado. She is also the Winner of the scholarships from Foundation for young talents „Dositeja“ and the Scholarship from the Republic Foundation for the Development of Scientific and Artistic Youth

 

She performed at numerous festivals, like Holand International Music Festival, Evmelia Music Festival in Greece, Luka Festival in Italy, Ljubljana Festival, ArtLink Festival in Belgrade, KozArt, Bunt and Summit Music Festival in New York. Una is a soloist and concertmaster of ArtLink’s Youth Chamber Orchestra, as well as an associate member of Vienna Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the Ensemble Esperanza. In 2017. was published her first compact disc in Edition of ArtLink, Belgrade and with support of „Heger & Partner“ Attorneys at Law from Vienna.

 

She performed the soloist concerts with Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Budapest, „Mihail Jora“ Philharmonic Orchestra in Bacau and Milan, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Belgrade and with Zagreb Phylharmonic Orchestra.

 

www.unastanic.com

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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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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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Marcelo Nisiman
Bandoneon
Special Guest

Marcelo Nisiman

"The star was Nisinman, an enigmatic half smile playing around his lips he coaxed chromatic impossibilities from the tangle of buttons and fingers at his left hand and lower, throatier lines from the right. "
The Independent, UK

 

Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, Marcelo Nisinman, is an internationally renowned bandoneon player, composer and arranger, taking bandoneon playing and the tango to a new level. Nisinman studied the bandoneon with Julio Pane and composition with Guillermo Graetzer in Buenos Aries and Detlev Müller-Siemens in Basel.

 

Nisinman is much in demand as a soloist and composer playing with orchestras and at festivals around the world. He has performed with Mar- tha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Britten Sinfonia, Gary Burton, Fernando Suárez Paz, Assad Broth- ers, and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit. He has appeared as a soloist with the WDR Big Band under Vince Mendoza, the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de La Loire conducted by John Axelrod and the Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.

 

In 2009 he was also artist in residence at the Boswil Festival in Switzerland. In 2011 invited as a performer and composer to the Zeitkunst Festi- val, in Berlin and in Paris, at the Centre Pompidou. Nisinman has also composed a number of vocal works including Desvios, with the text of Carlos Trafic (released on Acqua Records, 2009) and his New Version of María de Buenos Aires (Acqua Records, 2010).

 

In 2009 together with the clarinetist Chen Halevi he formed his own quartet Tango Factory, the group bring together 4 very different musi- cians to explore the tango, playing works by Nisinman, Porat, and arrangements by Nisinman of works by Piazzolla, Weill and others. In 2012 Marcelo made the premier of his piece for bandoneon and orchestra Dark Blue Tango together with the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, conducted by Facundo Agudin.

 

Invited in Ireland and Germany both as com- poser and performer by the Vogler String Quartet. Also participated as a performer and composer with Martha Argerich and Friends at the Ravenna Music Festival edition 2013. During 2014 collaborated as composer with Gerard Depardieu & Philippe Graffin and dur- ing 2015 with the WDR Big Band together with Paquito d’Rivera. During 2014 and 2015 took place the Pre- mieres of Diana’s Tango and Daniel’s Tango (premiered and dedicated to Daniel Rowland). As well during 2015 Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro did the world premier of Nisinman’s new versions for piano solo of the 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires in Europe and South America. On November 2015 the premiere of his pieces Hombre Tango & 4 am Tango for bandoneon and orchestra take place in Buenos Aires, together with the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina conducted by Christian Baldini.

 

During the Kuhmo Festival 2016 in Finland the premier of his piece for Guitar Solo Alberto’s Tango was done by Alberto Mesirca. At the beginning of 2016 Nachum’s Tango for violin and orchestra is premiered in Karlsruhe, Germany by Nachum Erlich. On March 2017 the premiere of his 6 Pieces for bandoneon & symphonic band were per- formed in Teatro Solis, together with the Sym- phonic Wind Band of Montevideo, in Uruguay.

 

During 2018 he presented his new ensemble FRANZ in Buenos Aires (Daniel Falasca, Mariano Rey, Pablo Agri, Marcelo Nisinman and Cris- tian Zarate) and as well two orchestral world premieres of Chen's Tango 1 and 4 for Vogler together with the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariano Chiacchiarini.

 

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Graziella Rossi
Actress

Graziella Rossi

Schauspielausbildung 1980–82 an der Schauspiel-Akademie Zürich und 1982/83 an der Schauspielakademie Prag. 1984–89 gehörte R. zum Ensemble des Kinder- und Jugendtheaters Spatz & Co. in Baden (mehrere Rollen in der Regie von Jean Grädel), daneben spielte sie 1985 am Schaffhauser Sommertheater (Mère Ubu in Jarrys "Roi Ubu", Regie: Grädel). Seit 1989 ist R. als freischaffende Schauspielerin, Sängerin und Sprecherin tätig. Seit 1989 Koleiterin und Mitglied des von R. mitbegründeten Theater-im-Fass-Ensembles Schaffhausen (unter anderem: 1993 Frau in Dragica Rajcics "Ein Stück Sauberkeit", Regie: Helmut Vogel; 1995–97 Clara Petacci/Mussolini in Robert David MacDonalds "Gipfelkonferenz", Regie: Bernadette Evers; 2000 Maria Leidig in Hannes Glarners "Baby Puzzle"). Ausserdem regelmässige Zusammenarbeit mit dem Vaudeville Theater Zürich (unter anderem: 1993 Nelly in Katja Früh/Patrick Freys "Trommeln über Mittag", 2001 Frau in Urs Widmers "Bankgeheimnisse", Regie: Stefan Viering; 2002 in "Kein Land des Lächelns", eine musikalische Revue über Fritz Löhner-Beda, Koproduktion mit dem Sogar Theater Zürich und dem Theater im Kornhaus Baden), mit Helmut Vogel (vor allem diverse Liederabende und szenische Lesungen) und Verena Buss (1999 Marie David in Enquists "Die Nacht der Tribaden" in einem Pavillon unter der Kornhausbrücke in Zürich; 2000 Martha in Yasmina Rezas "Der Mann des Zufalls" im Theater im Kornhaus Baden; 2001 Leni Riefenstahl in Thea Dorns "Marleni" im Sogar Theater Zürich, Regie jeweils: Buss). Weitere Rollen R.s waren: 1988 Alma in der Uraufführung von Hans Peter Gansners "Die Mythenfabrik" beim Schaffhauser Sommertheater, Regie: Vogel; 1990 Taxifahrerin in "Du – Die Stadt" am Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Regie: Fiona Templeton, sowie Camille Claudel in Templetons "Délire d’interprétations", Regie: Michael Ratomski am Theater Cocteau in Basel und Edith Piaf in Ratomskis "Gutter Sparrow", Regie: Robert Lions, beim Ice Factory Festival des Ohio Theatre New York; 1996 Lucy in Bertolt Brechts "Die Dreigroschenoper" und Schauspielerin in Pirandellos "Sechs Personen suchen einen Autor" am Hans Otto Theater Potsdam; 1997 Jaguar in Erica Fischers "Aimée & Jaguar", Regie: Evers, im Studio des Stadttheaters St. Gallen sowie 1999 und 2000 in englischer Sprache bei mehreren Gastspielen in den USA. Diverse Film- und Fernsehrollen, unter anderem seit 1999 Abusinda in der Soap "Lüthi & Blanc", Schweizer Fernsehen DRS.

 

 

www.graziellarossi.ch

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