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 the age of 5.
- ELTE-PPK Mentor teacher program
- PTE Musician artist Master piano artist teacher program
- 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: European countries (Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine).
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 competition and master class, 2016.
She was a jury member of the 7th International Competition „Youth Academy Award”, Rome, Italy, 2017.
She will be a jury member of the 8th International Competition „Youth Academy Award”, Rome, Italy, 2018.
She will be a jury member of the VI Concurso Internacional de Piano "Vila de Xabia", Spain, 2018.
She is the jury member of the Danubia Talents competitions in Hungary and in Italy.
She will be a teacher of the masterclasses in Saracinesco and Rome, Italy, 2018.
In the last years, her students have won more than 100 awards, they were the winners of several 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 Emlékkönyv 2016.
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.
Hungarian born conductor and horn player of the Wiener Symphoniker Gergely Sugar received his principal education at the famous Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and at the University of Music in Vienna where his professors included composers Ivan Madarasz, Adam Kondor, conductors Tamas Gal, Laszlo Kovacs, and horn-players Friedrich Gabler and Adam Friedrich.
At the age of 21 he became one of the youngest members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ivan Fischer who influenced him to persuade his conducting carrier. After winning the horn-audition and becoming a member of the prestigious Wiener Symphoniker at the age of 23 Gergely continued his conducting studies with legendary Maestro Jorma Panula in St. Petersburg Russia, dutch orchestra creator Maestro Kees Bakels and David Gimenez Carreras.
His first conducting engagement included the St. Petersburg Academic Festival Orchestra in Russia the chamber-players, chamber choir, brass ensemble and youth orchestra of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra throughout Malaysia as well as the Kammersymphonie der Wiener Symphoniker at the majestic Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Gergely has been cover conductor for Christoph von Dohnanyi and Thomas Hampson for Arnold Schoenbergs 'A Survivor from Warsaw' collaborated and conducted works by the american composer John Adams in Konzerthaus Wien, premiered compositions by Miguel Kertsman and led the Illustrated Chamber Performances Concert Series at the Petronas Twin Towers presenting classical masterpieces by Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Antonin Dvorak, Johann Strauss and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Kuala Lumpur.
His upcoming performance highlights in the 2017 season include works by Gustav Mahler ('Das Lied von der Erde'), violin concertos by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Kurt Weil, works by Conlon Nancarrow, Aaron Copland, Sergei Prokofiev, Ludwig van Beethoven and Igor Stravinsky.
Gergely's recordings as soloist of the Christoph Förster Horn Concerto, 'Jugend' by Siegfried Karg Elert, Septett Op.20 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann's Adagio and Allegro are available at the labels Solo Musica München, Hungaroton and Schloss Weinzierl respectively.
Gergely Sugar is University Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.
Gergely resides in Vienna with his wife violinist Orsolya Korcsolan and his son Natan.
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.
Born into a family of musicians in Budapest, Imola Jóo studied the piano at the “Béla Bartók” Conservatory in Professor Zempléni´s class.
Following her graduation from the Budapest Music High School and her graduation from the Conservatory cum laude she continued her studies at the Vienna University of Music in Professor Hans Graf´s Concert Class.
She obtained her concert class diploma as well as her diploma in educational theory cum laude, the topic of her thesis being “The Kodály Method and its Meaning for the Pianist”.
Furthermore, she completed master classes in Paul Badura-Skoda´s class, among others. Since 1976, Imola Joó has been heading a Piano Preparatory Class at the Vienna University of Music.
Parallel to teaching, further milestones of her professional activity include presentations, workshops and master classes in Austria and around the world (Canada, Japan, South Korea, Hungary).
Several of her former students are already teaching at the University and renowned soloists themselves.
Imola Jóo performed in several concerts with the “Dinu Lipatti Symphonic Orchestra” in Satu Mare, Romania.
Recently she played in the Vienna Musikverein with the “K.u.K. Symphonic Orchestra”.
She recorded a CD in 2001, including works of Mozart, Liszt, Bartók, Kodály and Dieter Kaufmann, with a further CD with J. L. Dussek´s Piano Concerto in E flat major, op.15 (first recording) currently being in preparation.
In 2004, Imola Jóo has obtained her postdoctoral lecturing qualification, officially becoming a university lecturer.