Teachers of 2017
Born in 1981 in the Ukraine, Andrej has developed as one of the leading Ukrainian musicians of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician he has recorded over 20 CD albums for Naxos, CPO, Avi-Music, Hänssler Classics, Hänssler-Profil, Guttingi, Solo Musica, Genuin, Hyperion and Rakete Media.
As a soloist he collaborated with such renowned orchestras as the New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Radio France, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic and Münchner Kammerorchester under the baton of established conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gianandrea Noseda, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Christian Arming, Agnieszka Duzcmal, Junichi Hirokami und Christoph Poppen, Enrique Mazzola to name a few of them.
His repertoire includes over 30 concertos and all the major sonatas. He has recently performed the Shostakovich no. 1 in Lindau with SWD Philharmonie Konstanz and the Tschaikowsky at the Ryedale Festival with the orchestra of Opera North under Martin Andre. He gave his first successful London recital at Wigmore Hall in 2009 and performed Malcolm Arnold´s concerto for two violins at Cadogan Hall in October 2012.
He received his first violin lessons at the age of five and in 1993 attended the special music boarding school in Kiev. Having recognized his talent, Prof. Michael Kusnetsov took the eleven-year-old boy into his family and guided his further musical education. Already at an early age, Andrej started to perform at carefully selected concerts in Europe and USA.
At the age of 15, Andrej settled in Germany to study with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover. Further study followed with Gerard Poulet in Paris, Herman Krebbers, Ida Haendel, Ana Chumachenko and more recently Alfred Brendel.
Andrej Bielow won several major prizes at international competitions such as the Long-Thibaut Paris, ARD Munich, Hanover (Joachim), Citta di Brescia and others. Due to his extraordinary talent and musical qualities he was awarded various scholarships from the cultural institutions such as the Ukrainian Culture Foundation, Gundlach Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Förderpreis of the Lower Saxony.
Andrej Bielow has devoted much of his career to chamber music, of which he is a passionate advocate. He has appeared at the following Festvals: Schleswig-Holstein, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Rheingau, Kuhmo, Young Euro Classic Berlin, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Ryedale, Macau and many others.
At the Kronberg Academy he performed with Gidon Kremer, Juri Bashmet and the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2011 he joined Kit Armstrong and Adrian Brendel to form a piano trio. Future projects include a complete cycle of Beethoven and Mozart violin sonatas with Kit Armstrong. He joined the Szymanowski Quartett as leader from 2005 until 2014. More recently he has recorded with the distinguished English pianist Christopher Glynn, with whom a new CD of sonatas written during the first World War will soon be released.
Since 2014 Andrej joined the violin faculty at the University of Arts in Graz and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, Asia and USA. In 2005, together with jazz-guitarist Johan Weiss, he founded the „MBF“ Foundation (Musik braucht Freunde) which has provided financial support for over 130 needy students at the University of Music and Drama, Hanover. Since 2013, Andrej Bielow has become a regular visiting teacher delivering classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London’.
Andrej plays the violin “ex Flesch”, built in 1745 by Lorenzo Guadagnini.
Elif Tarakçı began her violin education at the age of 11 under Yusuf Güler Aksöz, leader of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, in the Strings Department. In 1993 she graduated from the same university with a bachelor’s degree. Following her graduation she continued studying with Ayla Erduran. She completed her higher education and proficiency in arts degrees at Hacettepe University State Conservatory in Ankara with Prof. Victor Pikaizen. In addition to giving many recitals in Istanbul, she has taken master classes with violinist Lew Kaplan and violist Ken Haki at Boston Bowdain Music Festival and with Prof. Lukas David at the Ayvalık Music Festival, in addition to performing at these festivals. The artist has played with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra (1991-93), the Akbank Chamber Orchestra (1992-2003), Milli Reassurans Orchestra (1997-2004) and with the Bosphorus (1990-92) and Camerata Saygun Chamber Orchestra (2005-13) as a member of the 1st and 2nd violin groups, as leader of the orchestra and as leader of the 2nd violin group. Between the years 2000-2004 she was a member of the 1st violin group in the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Gürer Aykal. Since 2004 Elif Tarakçı has been concertmaster of the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra and durıng this time has worked with many conductors such as Rengim Gökmen, Cem Mansur, Aydın Karlıbel, Gürer Aykal, Alexander Rahbari, Antonio Pirolli, Andrés Garcia Vélez, Alan Broadbent, Jonathan Griffith, Lei Phi Phi, Daniele Di Gregorio, Martin Kerschbaum and Howard Griffiths. Since 1996 she has been a teacher at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory and she gained her title of Associate Professor in 2011. Greek composer Andreas Tsiartas attributed his piece Violin Piano Sonata to Elif Tarakçı Akyar and Hyunsook Tekin and they performed its premiere in the Greek part of Cyprus in 2013. Elif Tarakçı continues to give solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Turkey and abroad; she performs on a violin made by Joseph Grandjon in the 19th century. She continues as leader of the Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra and as a teacher in the Strings Department of Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory.
Born in 1984, at the only age of fifteen, Marco Misciagna achieved his Diploma in violin and then in viola with full marks at the State Conservatory of Music “N. Piccinni” in Bari. He subsequently obtained his Diploma in viola with distinction at “Santa Cecilia Academy” in Rome. Recognized as one of the best students of the Conservatory, he was invited to the Quirinal Palace in Rome by the Ex-President of the Italian Republic Ciampi. Considered as one of the most virtuous and talented artist of his generation, he continued his development under the guidance of C.Romano and D.Trkulja (ex first violin of the famous Zagreb Quartet) and the great violist Michel Kugel.
Chosen by M° Boris Belkin and M° Yuri Bashmet, he perfected his skills following the International Courses at the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, where he was awarded two Honour Diplomas and won the Prize “Monte dei Paschi di Siena” twice, as best violinist and best viola player in the school (actually the first time in the history of the Academy). He continued further study at the “W.Stauffer” Academy in Cremona with Salvatore Accardo and at the “Fiesole School of Music” with P.Vernikov. In 1999 he won the First Prize for young talented musicians “M.Benvenuti” of Vittorio Veneto and he was invited to take part in the Moscow international N.Paganini violin Competition where he was the only Italian member who had the great opportunity to play in the concert halls of the prestigious Moscow State Conservatory. He has pursued a brilliant career as a soloist, performing with several national and international orchestra, winning great popular and critical acclaim.
He played “The four Seasons” by A.Vivaldi, the Concerts for viola by Telemann, Bach, Handel, Rolla, Stamitz and Hoffmeister, “Rondò in A-Dur D438” by F.Schubert, the Symphonie Concertante K364 by W.A.Mozart for violin and viola, the Concert n. 2 “La Campanella”, the “Carnevale di Venezia” and the “Sonata per la Grand’ Viola” by N.Paganini, the Concert n.1 in F sharp minor by H.Wieniawski, the “Tzigane” by Ravel, the Concert in D-Durby Tchaikowsky, the Concert by Brahms, “Zigeunerweisen” by Sarasate, the Concert by S.Barber, the Concert for viola by W.Walton.
He recorded a CD produced by Dynamic label, supported by the Lions Club (recordings of live performances of Wieniawski “Mazurke” for violin and piano, N.Paganini “Duo Merveille” for violin solo, H.W.Ernst “The last rose in the summer” for violin solo): the proceeds from the sale of the cds went to charity in order to help for the built of a centre for childhood. He played chamber music with several ensembles like the Ensemble Meditèrranèe, Hipponion Ensemble, Ensemble 2 Agosto, Quatuor Abime, Ensemble Oscar Niemeyer, Kissar Ensemble with musicians such as Antony Pay, F.Petracchi, M.Caroli, A.Markov, N.Lomeiko, R.Giordano, M.Wolf, M.Sirbu, R.Bahrami, V.Zubitsky and many others.
He recorded with the labels DAD-Records, Phoenix Classics, Terramiamusic, DigressioneContemplattiva. Some of his violin revisions were published by the publishing house Berben and he published his viola solo arrangements for Partitura Verlag. He was for years Principal Viola Soloist of String Orchestra in Malaga (Spain) with whom he recorded for Deutsche Grammophon together with the legendary guitar quartet “Los Romeros”.
He performed in the most famous concert halls of Europe such as the Berliner Philarmonie, Essen Philarmonie, Hamburg Laieszahalle, Mannheim Rosengarten, the Meistersingerhalle Nurimberg, the Prinzeregententheatre of Munich, Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao, Victoria Eugenia Theatre in San Sebastian, Sala Sinopoli Auditorium Parco della musica of Rome and in the most prestigious halls of America such as the Balboa Theatre in San Diego – California, the Fox Tucson Theatre, S. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe – New Mexico, the C.W.Eiseman Center, the Rudder Theatre, the Empire Theatre in Texas, the American Theatre in Hampton – Virginia, the Lehman Center and Carnegie Hall of New York and many others. He has been invited to teach Master Classes at the “Real Conservatorio Superior Reina Sofia” in Madrid, at the “Royal Irish Academy of Music” in Dublin, at Istanbul University State Conservatory and Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory (Turkey) and in other important academies. His repertoire includes his arrangements\transcription and pieces for solo viola which has never been played before, such as M.Vieux, M.Anzoletti, Casimir Ney, A.Rolla, H.Von Steiner, Hermann, as well as Bach, Telemann, Biber, Hindemith and many others.
He was Professor of violin and viola at the Italian Conservatory in Paris and Hight School of Music and Arts IMEP of Namur (Belgium). He is member of Artistic Advisory Board (strings tutor, trainer, leader and concertmaster) of the Youth Philharmonic International Orchestra (a Project of Turken Foundation) based in New York. Actually he is Professor of viola at the Superior State Conservatory “Gesualdo da Venosa” of Potenza (Italy) and Honorary Professor at the “S.Rachmaninov” State Conservatory (Tambov-Russia) and Far Eastern State Academy of Art (Vladivostok-Russia).
A student of Daniil Shafran, Alexander Rudin is proficient as cellist, pianist, teacher and conductor, exhibiting a universal musicianship characteristic of other great artists of the Russian school such as Rostropovich, Koussevitzky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. He received a traditional academic training in the Soviet system, but has become involved in researching early music and performing on the viola da gamba and other period instruments. He is also renowned for bringing forgotten or unknown works to his audiences, interspersing them with staple repertoire in his concert programming. Rudin’s chamber music activities include not only performing, but also teaching at the Moscow Conservatory and Helsinki Sibelius Academy, and giving masterclasses internationally.
His discography is relatively conservative, revealing a penchant for large-scale Romantic and post-Romantic works. His solo Bach recordings of 2002 (including his own transcription of the Chaconne from Violin Partita BWV 1004) are rustic in style, favouring a senza-vibrato approach and some roughness of tone which might point to an element of historical awareness. The Suite No. 1 is delivered with logical, shapely phrasing and fleetness in the Courante and final Gigue. The Dvořák Concerto (1994) evidences modern traits of reliability and stability, although the Moscow Symphony Orchestra’s rather patchy performance holds some excitement and gravitas. Rudin’s finale is perhaps a little weak, but the first movement is passionately characterised and the second suitably wistful and nostalgic. Glazunov’s Two Pieces Op. 20 (1996) are well-characterised, the famous Sérénade Espagnole aptly juxtaposing a light, humorous opening theme with a portentous minor episode.
Rudin’s approach, whilst generally consistent in these works, does admit variety of colour and characterisation. Thus, Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (1996)—written when Kabalevsky was engaged in composing material for young players—is light and delicate at times, and the effervescent finale is full of excitement. Conversely, Prokofiev’s dark and (in the finale) bleakly ironic Concertino in G minor (1995) has a denser tone with plenty of accentuation and energy. Finally, Rudin’s command of long, unfolding Romantic melodies is amply demonstrated by Strauss’s Romance No. 1 (1997).
Idil Biret born in Ankara she started playing the piano at the age of three and later studied at the Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, graduating at the age of fifteen with three first prizes. She was a pupil of Alfred Cortot and a lifelong disciple of Wilhelm Kempff. She embarked on her career as a soloist at the age of sixteen appearing with major orchestras in the principal music centres of the world like Boston Symphony, Leningrad Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic in collaboration with conductors of greatest distinction such as Erich Leinsdorf, Pierre Monteux, Hermann Scherchen, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit. To many major festival appearances may be added membership of juries for international competitions including the Van Cliburn, Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians and Busoni competitions. She has received the Lili Boulanger memorial Award in Boston, the Harriet Cohen / Dinu Lipatti Gold Medal in London, the Polish Cavalry Cross, the Adelaide Ristori Prize in Italy, the French Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and the State Artist distinction in Turkey. Her more than eighty records since the 1960s include the first recordings of Liszt’s transcriptions of the nine symphonies of Beethoven for EMI, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for Atlantic/Finnadar and for Naxos the complete piano works of Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov, the three Sonatas of Boulez, the Etudes of Ligeti and the Firebird piano transcription by Stravinsky, with a Marco Polo disc of the piano compositions and transcriptions of her mentor Wilhelm Kempff. These records have sold nearly three million copies. Her Boulez recording the Golden Diapason of the year award in France in 1995 and the complete Chopin recordings have received a Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin award in Poland the same year. In 2007 the President Lech Kaczsnky decorated Biret with the highest order of Poland, Cross of the Order of Merit (Krzyzem Kawalerskim Ordera Zaslugi) for her contribution to Polish culture through her recordings and performances of Chopin’s music. The Idil Biret Archive (IBA) label is now issuing her old and new recordings which are being distributed worldwide by Naxos on CD and digitally. More than 50 CDs have so far been released which include Beethoven’s thirty two Sonatas, five Concertos, nine Symphony transcriptions by Liszt, all the LPs she made for Decca, Vega, EMI and Atlantic records in France, Germany and USA as well as recently recorded concertos of Grieg, Liszt, Ravel, Saint-Säens, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and others.
1980 yılında Ankara’da doğdu. Kontrabas eğitimine 1992 yılında Prof. Tahir Sümer ile Hacettepe Üniversitesi Ankara Devlet Konservatuvarı’nda başlayıp, 2001 yılında Doç. Refik Hacıbeyov’un sınıfından mezun oldu. Aynı sene Alman Devleti’nin vermiş olduğu DAAD (Alman Akademik Değişim Servisi) bursunu alarak yüksek lisans eğitimine Münih Müzik ve Tiyatro Yüksek Okulu’nda başladı. 2005 yılında yüksek lisans eğitimini Prof. Klaus Trumpf’un sınıfında doktora derecesinde tamamladı.
Ödül almış olduğu başlıca yarışmalar şunlardır; 1996 yılında Kavaklıdere Rotary Kulübü’nün düzenlediği Genç Yetenekler Müzik Yarışması’nda Türkiye birinciliği, 1999 yılında kurucularından olduğu Anatolia Kontrabas Dörtlüsü ile birlikte 47. Uluslararası Avrupa Gençlik Müzik Festivali (Belçika) kapsamında düzenlenen oda müziği yarışması birinciliği, 2002 yılında Uluslararası J.M. Sperger Kontrabas Yarışması’nda (Almanya) jüri özel ödülü, 2002 yılında Uluslararası F. Gregory Kontrabas Yarışması’nda (Çek Cumhuriyeti) birincilik ödülü, 2003 yılında Uluslararası Rovere D’oro Yaylı Sazlar Yarışması’nda (İtalya) ikincilik ödülü, 2003 yılında üyesi olduğu Bassiona Amorosa Kontrabas Dörtlüsü ile birlikte Avrupa’nın üst düzey onursal ödülü sayılan Avrupa Kültür (İsviçre-Luzern) Ödülü, 2005 yılında Uluslararası V. Bucchi Kontrabas yarışmasında (İtalya) üçüncülük ödülü.
Özkaya, 2006 yılından günümüze çalışmakta olduğu Münih Oda Orkestrası ve 2009 yılında bünyesine katıldığı Borusan İstanbul Filarmoni Orkestrası’nın aktif olarak kontrabas grup şefliğini yapmaktadır. Diğer üyesi olarak çalışmış olduğu orkestralar; Claudio Abbado’nun daimi şefliğini yaptığı Luzern Festival Orkestrası ve Mahler Oda Orkestrası’dır. Viyana Filarmoni, Münih Filarmoni, Bavyera Radyo Orkestrası ve Bamberg Senfoni Orkestrası’nın konserlerine misafir sanatçı olarak katılmaktadır. Ayrıca katılmış olduğu gençlik orkestraları Akdeniz Gençlik Orkestrası, Avrupa Gençlik Orkestrası ve Schleswig Holstein Müzik Festival Orkestrası’dır.
Münih Oda Orkestrası, Cumhurbaşkanlığı Senfoni Orkestrası, Bursa Bölge Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası, Anadolu Üniversitesi Senfoni Orkestrası, Çukurova Devlet Senfoni Orkestrası’nın konserlerine solist sanatçı olarak katılmış, Gyula Fekete ve 100. doğum yılında Eduard Tubin’in kontrabas konçertolarının Türkiye’deki ilk seslendirişlerini gerçekleştirmiştir. 2009 yılında İşviçreli besteci Martin Jaggi’nin kontrabas konçertosunun dünyadaki ilk seslendirilişini Münih Oda Orkestrası eşliğinde şef Alexander Liebreich ile gerçekleştirdi. Süddeutscher Zeitung, Münchener Merkur, Münchener TZ, Abendzeitung ve Klassikinfo’dan almış olduğu konser kritikleri ile dikkatleri çekmiştir. Türkiye, Almanya, Fransa, İtalya, İsviçre, Polonya, Çek Cumhuriyeti, Kore ve Tayvan, resital ve ustalık sınıfı çalışmalarını sürdürdüğü başlıca ülkelerdir.
Özkaya, 2013 yılından itibaren Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi Devlet Konservatuvarında kontrabas öğretmenliği görevine Yardımcı Doçent olarak devam etmekte ve konserlerinde 1852 Cremona yapımı Enrico Ceruti kontrabas ile çalmaktadır.
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