Rintaro AKAMATSU, born in Oita (Japan) in 1978, started the piano and violin at 2 year-old and cello at 6 year-old. Many concerts and broadcasts on public since his childhood. He performed Mozart’s concerto with cadenza extemporaneously at 10 year-old. After the Grand Prix of “All Japanese Students’ Music Competition” in 1990, he won numerous prizes in Japan.
His first international honor was the 3rd prize on “Clara Schumann” international piano competition in 2000. One of juries was Martha Argerich, and Dr. Joachim Kaiser mentioned him as “an intelligent and talented pianist” on ZDF’s program. Later years, he won more than 10 prizes in international competitions.
He majored musicology at the Kobe University, and got Diplôme supérieur de concertiste (a l'unanimité avec félicitations du Jury) of both piano and chamber music at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. While staying Düsseldorf, Paris and Budapest, he studied under Mikhail Voskresensky, France Clidat, Jean Micault, Nina Patarcec, Christian Ivaldi, Gyorgy Nádor, Zoltán Kocsis.
He performed in Saint-Petersburg (2000), Düsseldorf (2001/2013), Taipei (2002), Paris (2003-2005), Beppu Argerich Festival (2004), Roma (2005), Budapest (2005-2007), Bogotá (2010), Vienna (2013) etc.. He regularly takes more than 60 concerts a year in Japan including concerto and chamber music. His newest CD recording will be released by KING INTERNATIONAL in 2014.
As a professor, he appears many winners in various competitions from 200 students. In addition, he has much activities as a jury, an essayist of papers and magazines serially, and the managing director of the Japan Liszt Society. He became a guest professor from 2016 april.
Orsolya Korcsolán violinist has recorded recently Sandor's Kuti chamber works, and Miguel Kertsman's violin competition, which was dedicated for her, with the contribution of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Dennis Russel Davis conductor at Deutsche Grammophon, the best-prestigeous classical music publisher of the world.
According to the Scene Magazine, her violin playing is "heartbreakingly beautiful", Pizzicato says that listening to her is an "incredible experience", the Crescendo Magazine considers her performance "full of emotion". "Amazing technique, wonderfully individual violin sound and adorable performance" (Jeremy Kaplan, TIME magazine), what has been getting a great attention by a wide international audience since her New York debut.
Her chamber music partners include the Grammy Award-nominated clarinet player David Krakauer, the Grammy-nominated and Echo-winning Avi Avital mandolin player as well. He performs as a concertmaster of the Kammersymphonie der Wiener Symphoniker and world-famous conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas and Christoph Eschenbach.
She is the soloist of the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Raiding Liszt Festival, the Musikverein of Vienna, the Shir Amy Ensemble in New York several times.
She performed on the Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Concerto Funebre in Hungary.
Her first two recordings, MOSAIC-Classical Jewish themes for violin and piano, and her other album that showed Korn Goldmark -Károly Goldmárk and Eric Korngold's music works, were released at the prestigious Solo Musica München publisher.
Now, the third album, recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, commemorates the work of the Hungarian composer, Sandor Kuti, who was killed in the Holocaust,and presents his never heard chamber music compositions.
She is a dedicated interpreter and researcher for the work of composers who died in the Holocaust. He is one of the founders of the Holocaust Documentation Center and Memorial 'Missing Links' concert series, the Ambassador of the Jewish Cultural and Summer Festival worldwide, the resident musician and art consultant of the Goldmark Festival in Budapest and the Jüdische Kulturwochen Wien.
The young violinist was the student of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest from the age of 12, where he received her diploma with honors. She continued her studies on the recommendation of Sir György Solti in New York, at The Juilliard School, where she obtained her master's degree with the direction of Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman. In New York, he won the Dorothy DeLay Award and the Cornelius Vander Starr Prize. These prestigious prizes only exceptionally talented musicians can get.
Besides the concerts and international masterclasses, she is the founder and director of "Musikschule in Wien" and "International Palffy Masterclasses" which is in Pálffy Palace, in the heart of the imperial city, Wienna, where she lives.
Sugár Gergely kürtművész és karmester a Bécsi Szimfonikus Zenekar tagja, a Graz-i Művészeti Egyetem Oberschützen-i Intézetének professzora. A NAXOS USA és a London Philharmonic Orchestra, valamint a Solo Musica München és a Barocksolisten der Wiener Symphoniker szólistája. Karmesterként a Kammersymphonie der Wiener Symphoniker vezetője, az Ambassad Orchester Wien vendégkarmestere. Nemzetközi mesterkurzusait kürtösök, valamint karmesterek részére a Vienna Summer Music Festival és a Palais Palffy Masterclasses Vienna mutatta be.
A budapesti Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti, és a Bécsi Zeneművészeti egyetem elvégzése után a Graz-i Müvészeti egyetemen szerezte diplomáit, majd Maestro Jorma Panula és Maestro Kees Bakels mesterkurzusain csiszolta tovább technikáját.
A Budapesti Fesztivál Zenekar, majd a Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra egykori tagja, a Concentus Musicus Wien, valamint a Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne vendégművésze.
MARTONE GIUSEPPE (Pianist) Born in Rome, he graduated in piano with honors from the State Conservatory of music "Licinio Refice" in Frosinone, under the guidance of Prof. Marylene Mouquet. He studied jazz music with Maestro Gerardo Iacoucci, later studied composition and has attended various courses of Advanced Piano in Italy and abroad, including the most significant ones stand out with the Masters Vladimir Krpan in Sorrento, Aquiles Delle Vigne in Flaine (France) and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Aldo Ciccolini and Bruno Canino in Rome, Florence, Naples and at the Hochschule "Franz Liszt" in Weimar (Germany). Has always distinguished itself in several national and international piano competitions, since 1991 he performs regularly in concerts, with chamber ensembles (from duo to quintet), as solo several times in recitals and as a soloist with orchestra (Mozart – Concert K466; Beethoven – Concert n. 3; Mendelssohn – Concert in la minor and other) in many italian cities (Roma, Perugia, Napoli, Pizzo, Terni, Taormina, Marsala etc) and abroad; with repertoire ranging from Bach to the authors of the twentieth century. He is the Artistic Director of the Accademia Musicale Romana; of the International Competition "Academy Award" of Rome and of the Accademia Festival and Accademia Festival Jazz in Saracinesco (Rome). He is involved for many years of orchestras and also he is the responsible for the Orchestra of the Accademia Musicale Romana. From 2015 he is Artistic Director and Professor (piano, music theory and solfeggio) in the Courses in Convention with State Conservatory “S. Cecilia” in Rome.
She was born is Miskolc, she started her musician studies at age 5.
- ELTE-PPK Mentor teacher programme
- PTE Musician artist Master piano artist teacher programme
- ELTE-PPK teacher exam – Kovács-method
- Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Főiskola (musician college), Miskolc
- Bartók Béla Zeneművészeti Szakközépiskola (musician high school), Miskolc
- Egressy Béni Zeneiskola (music school), Miskolc
Her piano teachers: Bacsa Tiborné, Csabay Csilla, Balázs Adrienne,
Kincses Margit, Király Csaba.
She has taken part – inter alia – courses of Falvai Sándor, Keveházi Gyöngyi, Némethy Attila, Gyimesi László, Vásáry Tamás, Malcolm Bilson.
Concerts: Austria, Switzerland and Italy
She has given many charity concerts in Hungary and abroad.
She is a constant participant of the Váci Világi Vigalom (Vác secular feasting).
In 2013, EMMI (Ministry of Human Resources, department of Hungarian Goverment) adjudicated her the „Bonis Bona – For the Talents of the Nation” award, because of her prominent work in music teaching and talent management.
From 2014 she is a member of „Nemzeti pedagógus kar” (national teacher faculty).
She has got the Master degree of teachers in 2014.
She became a musician consultant in 2015.
She won the X. International Music Competition „Musica Insieme” III. award, 2015, 15th Concorso Internazionale „Don Vincenzo Vitti” III. award, 2016.
She is a founding member of the Danubia Talents music event, 2016.
She will be a jury member of the 7th International Competition „Youth Academy Award”, Rome, 2017
In the last years, her students have won more than 100 awards, they were winners of national and international competitons.
She is an enthusiastic representative and advertiser of Kovács-method, which takes an important part in her work.
Publications: dr. Kovács Géza Emlék könyv 2016.
The Hungarian soprano and voice instructor, Krisztina Laki, studied with József Réti in Budapest. She made her professional debut in Berne, Switzerland, and was engaged as a leading member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany. Later on she held guest contracts with opera houses of Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Milan, Paris and Vienna, etc. (More than 40 premiers)
Numerours appearances with her wide variety of concert and lied repertoire have taken her to the worldwide most prestigious concert halls. She was a welcome guest at international festivals, too.
She worked with well known conductors like Roland Bader, Frieder Bernius, Adam Fischer, Lamberto Gardelli, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Leopold Hager, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marek Janowski, Sigiswald Kuijken, Raymond Leppard, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, Georges Prêtre, Sir John Pritchard, Helmuth Rilling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Heinz Wallberg, Bruno Weil, Lothar Zagrosek.
And directors such as John Dexter, Michael Hampe, Hans Hartleb, Leopold Lindtberg, Juri Ljubimow, Axel Manthey, Giancarlo del Monaco, Hans Neugebauer, Peter Palitzsch, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Otto Schenk.
Her highly praised interpretations of largely unknown composers like Salieri or are evidance of her experienced singing culture.
Her discography comprises more than 50 recordings.
In 2001 Krisztina Laki retired from activity as a singer. Since then she dedicates herself to pass on her extensive experience and know-how in the art of classical singing- worldwide! She gives mastercourses, was member of various juries, is leader of workshops, holds presentations and was lecturer at several universities.
At present she is a professor for singing at the "Hochschule für Künste", Bremen.
Heir to the chamber music tradition of Eugenio Bagnoli (renowned pianist disciple of A.Casella with multifaceted activities in duo with N.Milstein, H.Szeryng, Y.Menuhin, Z.Francescatti, J.Starker and many others) to which he owes his training, he graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory "B. Marcello" in Venice. Follows the courses of Franco Gulli, Marco Zuccarini and of the New York University-Department of Music, also studying conducting. Performs at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and so on.
The artistic work includes hundreds of concerts in Italy, Europe, Russia, Malaysia and Africa. He collaborates with musicians such as the violinist Felix Ayo and Georg Monch, the tenor Luigi Alva, the soprano Katia Ricciarelli, the mezzosoprano Sara Mingardo, the violinist Giuliano Fontanella, the first flute of RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin Dante Millozzi and others. He gets great success with concerts of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, etc. together symphony complex of fame such as the Orchestra of Radio and Television in Ljubljana.
The repertoire is vast: it includes songs from the eighteenth century to the present day and complete cycles of various authors which all the Mozart sonatas for piano and violin, the work for piano duet by Mozart and Brahms, the Sonatas by Hummel with flute, etc.
He is invited to play in honor to the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the mezzosoprano Giulietta Simionato and others bigs artists; he performs live for domestic and foreign TV broadcasting. Makes recordings for the labels Decca, Newton Compton, Rivo Alto, Idyllium, Inedita CD e Metis Film. He Is often jury president or member in national and international piano and chamber music competition, regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Italy and abroad (Paderewski Academy of Poznan - Poland, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Mannheim - Germany, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn - Estonia, State Conservatoire in Kazan - Russia, etc).
His students are often rewarded in various Italian and international competitions. By years is artistic director of several concert seasons and music performance competitions: actually he is member of the National Artistic Direction of A.Gi.Mus. and the President of A.Gi.Mus Fano Marche-Rotary Club Fano. He is Professor of Chamber Music at the Statal Conservatory of Music "S. Cecilia" in Rome and institutional member of the “European Chamber Music Teachers Association”.
Graduated in June 1999 under the guidance of M° Antonio Di Cristofano and attended the advanced courses at the Ecole Normale “A. Cortot” in Paris weith M° Nelson Delle Vigne and later in Madrid with M° Leonel Morales.
He joined several National and International piano competitions, having been consistently winner and awarded: “Accademia delle Muse” di Camaiore; “Citta di Pietra Ligure”; “Pinerolo citta della cavalleria”; “F.I.D.A.P.A”, Pisa; “Citta di Albenga”; “Giulio Rospigliosi”, Lamporecchio(PT), “Terme di Saturnia”, Saturnia; “Uliveto Terme”, Pisa; “Franz Schubert”, Tagliolo Monferrato; “Citta di Cesenatico”, “Citta di S.Giuliano Terme” (PI), Mallorca International Music Competition, Mendelssohn Piano Competition (Le), “Anton Garcia Abril” a Teruel, Spagna.
He held concerts for several Italian and worldwide institutions such as Salle Munch and the Salle Cortot of Parigi; Concert Noble e Maison du commune de Anderlecht, Bruxelles; Sala de Plenos, Auditorium “Manuel de Falla”, Castello dell’ Alhambra, Granada; Asociacion Ars et Musica, Valencia; Parador de Xabia, Alicante; Volkshochschule Reutlingen, Stoccarda; Sinkt Andraa Kirke, Salisburgo; Societa Dante Alighieri, Berna; Festival Pianistico di Grosseto, Terme di Saturnia, Teatro di Cesenatico, Teatro di Marina di Pietrasanta, Mendelssohn Festival (LE), Chiesa dei Ss. Apostoli, Sala Baldini, Domus Talenti, Roma, Sala Monteverdi Cremona, Festival Echos Alessandria, Auditorium del conservatorio di Cagliari etc..).
His wide repertoire includes solo works, chamber music works and several piano concertos. He cooperated in chambre music projects with artists such as oboist Albrecht Mayer, Soprano Elisabeth Norberg-Schultz, Cellist Hans-Eberhard Dentler.
He recently toured Japan (Tokyo/Nagoya/Chiba) with a program about the diplomatic relationship Italy/Japan. In 2016 he performed the renowned Rhapsody in Blue by G. Gershwin with the Italian National Police State Band, conducted by M° Maurizio Billi.
He is steadily cooperationg with Grosseto Symphony Orchestra, with which he recently performed Rachmaninov Piano concerto op. 18 and Beethoven op. 15 Piano concerto. He is artistic director of Orbetello Piano Festival since 2012, and since 2017 he is the founder and artistic director of Orbetello International Piano Competition.
He’s a Chamber music teacher at “Pollini” Padova's State Conservatoire. He started to study music at Asti’s local music school, where he was violin teacher for nearly 20 years. He went on studying with Camillo Grasso (first violin at Rome’s Opera Theatre), Corrado Romano (teacher of Uto Ughi) and Franco Gulli (concert performer and teacher at Bloomington University- USA). Before getting his degree in violin he started to work for some of the most important National Orchestras (RAI national television, “Carlo Felice” Theatre in Genova, Opera Theatre in Rome, Regio Opera Theatre in Torino and some others…).
Then, he devoted himself to the study of chamber music and founded the Athenaeum Piano Quartet that made him win several prizes in different competitions. He also performed concerts for important associations and attended Siena’s Chigiana Academy (tnanks to a grant) where he got a merit degree. He played in a quartet with Bruno Canino and Pier Narciso Masi, two of the most important Italian pianists. Besides, he often performed solo concerts and he was first violin in many Italian orchestras. He founded Asti’s Chamber Ensemble and promoted Asti’s Symphony Orchestra, whose first concert, conducted by Orio himself, took place at the “Alfieri” Theatre in Asti.
After taking a public examination he became a conservatoire teacher.
He has been giving summer proficiency courses since 1999 and Masterclasses in Malaga and Oviedo, (Spain), Cyprus, Banska Bystrica (Slovak), Porto and Braganca (Portugal), Istanbul (Turkey), Timisoara (Romania), Thessaloniki (Greece), Francisco Beltrao (Brazil), China (Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuhan, and others), Kazakistan (Astana and Almati).
He played in Italy, Swisserland, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Slovak, Chek Republic, Brazil, China, Kazakistan, Cyprus, Syria.
Invited by State Conservatory in St. Petersburg for an educational meeting.
In addition, he got a degree in viola.
He was often invited as a member of the Tekfen Filarmonyc Orchestra in Istanbul, formed by the best musicians of more than 20 different countries.
From november 2009 to 2015 he was director of the “Buzzolla” Conservatory of Music in Adria.