Albena Danailova was born in Sofia as the daughter of a violinist and a pianist. At the age of five she began her musical education with Nely Jeleva and Dora Ivanova at the music school and academy in her home city. After graduation from high school, she studied violin performance at the College of Music and Theater in Rostock and in Hamburg with Petru Munteanu.
“Mei produced a reading [of Bartok’s Viola Concerto at the 2018 ARD competition] that was clear sighted, outgoing and thoroughly enjoyable. As he had shown in the commissioned piece, he is an imaginative interpreter. In his hands the opening theme wandered like a lost soul, full of desolate, keen-edged beauty; elsewhere he delved into the darker, aggressively rhythmic passages with thrilling tenacity.” Chloe Cutts, The Strad, January 2019
University of Music Karlsruhe
Professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.
The Hungarian cellist László Fenyö, born in 1975, has belonged to the world elite of cellists since he won the 2004 International Pablo Casals Contest in Kronberg, Germany. He is hailed by both audiences and critics as one of today’s most exciting artists, possessing the unique capability of presenting the intentions of the composer but also allowing the music to speak at the forefront, thereby capturing and fascinating his audiences.
Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Born into a family whose musical roots date back to the 19th century, Sebastian Hamann grew up surrounded and inspired by music, first in Scandinavia, and later in Germany. His musical training as a violinist and violist allows him to perform and win international competitions as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster around the world since his youth.
Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mark Kadin is Music Director of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra since September 2017. From 2004 to 2014 he was Music Director of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra and from 1996 to 2004, Associated Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra. He has maintained a regular relationship with orchestras in about 30 countries around the world and has worked with top level artists such as Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Mikhail Pletnev, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Boris Berezovsky and many others.
Since winning the first prize at the widely acclaimed first Sendai International Competition in May 2001, the charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev enjoys a prestigious international career in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hal in Tokyo, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, …
Péter Somodari was born in 1977 in Veszprem, Hungary. He began playing cello at the age of four. Between 1997 and 2006 he studied at the music academies of Budapest and Saarbrücken, under the guidance of Làszlo Mezö, Miklos Perényi, Gustav Rivinius, Ferenc Rados, and György Kurtàg. He holds numerous awards, among which the first prize at the 2005 International Music Competition in Markneukirchen.
University of The Arts Berlin
After his studies with Emil Kessinger, Ulrich Koch and Tibor Varga in 1971 Wilfried Strehle, then just over 20 years old, became a member of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra led by Herbert von Karajan. From 1984 to 2013 he held the position as viola soloist. At the University of Arts Berlin Professor Strehle teaches Viola since 2001 as well as at Barenboim-Said Academie (2017-2020).
The art of the musician has a long tradition in the Tilev’s family. Georgi Tilev, Vlado’s father, is one of the most famous Bulgarian violin players. For more than 20 years he is a concertmaster of the Niederrheinische Philharmonie.
Vlado Tilev has graduated from the Musical Academy in the city of Essen, Germany, specializing in violoncello, and before that – from the Musical High School in Sofia, where he was also accepted as a student in the State Musical Academy.