OrchestrAMATA TEAM

Members from three top-tier orchestras, Tonhalle Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich (Zurich Opera House), and Luzern Sinfonieorchester, will not only be part of OrchestrAMATA and lead as principal players in their respective groups, but also coach and train the orchestra members in selected sectionals. They combine exceptional experience at the highest level, pedagogical impetus and an inspirational presence, and will provide the best possible learning experience and support for all participating members. Last but not least, the joy of playing should be at the core of the whole project.

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Hugo Bollschweiler
CONDUCTOR

Heralded for his vibrant and enthusiastic music making, Hugo Bollschweiler has emerged as one of conducting’s outstanding new talents, combining warmth, excitement, and an ability to connect and engage with audiences of all ages.

BIO

Hugo currently serves as principal conductor and artistic director of the Aargau State Youth Symphony Orchestra, the stadtorchesterSCHLIEREN, the Orchestergesellschaft Affoltern am Albis, the Orchesterverein Chur and the SinfonieON. A native of Switzerland, Hugo received his training at the Conservatoire de Fribourg, the Musik-Akademie Basel, Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Institute of Music and the Zürich Hochschule der Künste where he earned his Soloist Diploma in Viola Performance and his Master in Orchestral Conducting with the highest distinctions. His teachers have included Roberto Diaz, Victoria Chiang, Michel Rouilly, and Christoph Schiller (viola) and Johannes Schlaefli, Christof Brunner, and Markand Thakar (conducting). He has toured five continents and performed and taught at the Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Lucerne, Donaueschingen, Davos, Montreux, Kuhmo, and Yellow Barn festivals, and the New Zealand and Hong Kong Arts festivals. He also served as faculty member and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University and artistic director of the Norse Chamber Music Festival. Hugo has conducted, among others, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Berner Symphonieorchester, the Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra, the argovia philharmonic, the Sofia Academic Chamber Orchestra, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste Orchestra and the Zürich Youth Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the premieres of new works by Paul Hanmer, Balz Aliesch and Hans-Jürg Meier. As an orchestral musician, Hugo played in principal positions with the Swiss Chamber Orchestra, the Swiss National Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Neuchâtel. Hugo was on the faculty of the Cincinnati College Conservatory Accent09 Festival, Norse Chamber Music Festival, the Austin Chamber Music Festival and Workshop and the Escola de Musica do Estado de Sao Paulo. Hugo Bollschweiler has been featured on Sony Classical and NEOS.

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Fióna Kraege
CONCERTMASTER

Fiona Kraege started to play the violin at age five and entered the professional study class of P. Amoyal at the Lausanne Conservatory at age nine. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in 1998 and her Master’s degree in 2002, whereupon she went on to study with G.Stuller and T. Varga. She was accepted into Z. Bron’s class at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste, with whose guidance she received her Konzertdiplom with special mention in 2006, and the Soloist Diploma two years later.

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Fiona has been performing internationally as a soloist and chamber musician since a very young age. She holds the position of second concertmaster in the Bern Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and will be starting work in the same position at the Luzern Symphony Orchestra in 2020.

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Fiona Milla Jäntti
VIOLIN

The violinist Fiona Milla Jäntti is characterized by her musical versatility. Her artistic activities range from baroque to contemporary music. She is a laureate of several competitions. In september 2019 she was awarded second price together with her duo partner Ryo Yamanishi in the „European Chamber Music Competition“. In may 2015 she won an honouring prize for the best interpretation of a 21st century composition at the „International Knopf violin competition 2015“. In the same month she was also awarded with the „Edwin Fischer recognition prize 2015″ of the music university Lucerne. In 2002 she won the first prize in the „International Königin Sophie Charlotte competition “. In 2009 she gained the promotion prize at the „Walter Gieseking competition“ in Saarbrücken. She was a scholar of the „Live music Now E.V. Leipzig“ and was promoted by the Landessammlung Baden-Württemberg.

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 Fiona Milla Jäntti has given concerts in the Konzerthaus Berlin, Kuopio Music Centre, KKL Lucerne, Tonhalle Zurich and the Mendelssohn House Leipzig and has given guest appearances at the Lucerne Festival, Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and the Festival of Arts Mirow. She has given solo performances with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock under the direction of James Gaffigan, Wojciech Rajski and Ullrich Windfuhr. As a passionate chamber musician she has played with well known artists such as Eduard Brunner, Tania Becker- Bender, Gustav Rivinius and Hagai Saham. During her studies with Carolin Widmann she became more involved with contemporary music and worked together with the composers Wolfgang Rihm and Alexander Goehr.
She has made recordings for German MDR and SWR radio broadcasts.

Born in Berlin to German/Finnish parents she began to play the violin at the age of five, inspired by her Finnish grandfather who entertained her by playing folk music on his fiddle.
She studied with Tanja Becker-Bender, Carolin Widmann and Sebastian Hamann. In the class of Sebastian Hamann she passed her concert exam with distinction. Her interest in Barock music has intensified since spending time working with Petra Müllejans and Giuliano Carmignola. Her chamber music teachers were Eduard Brunner, Roglit Ishay, Christian Poltera, Juhani Lagerspetz, Tatevik Mokatsian and Isabelle van Keulen. In addition, she attended masterclasses with renowned artists such as David Alberman, Thomas Brandis, Zakhar Bron, Ebarhardt Feltz, Ton Koopman, Yair Kless, Hagai Shaman, Michaela Martin, Igor Ozim, Heinrich Schiff and Maxim Vengerov.

Since october 2019 Fiona Milla Jäntti is holding a lecture ship at the University of Music Freiburg.

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Michel Willi
VIOLA

Studien bei Aida Stucki Piraccini und Primoz Novsak. Meisterkurse bei Igor Ozim und Abraham Shtern in Los Angeles

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1993/1994 Preisträger der Kiefer-Hablützel-Stiftung & des Schweizerischen Tonkünstlervereins.
1993-1998 freies Mitglied des Stadt-Orchesters Winterthur, des Orchesters der Oper Zürich, und der Bayrischen Kammerphilharmonie. Seit 1998 Mitglied des Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.
Mitglied im Niziol-Quartett Zürich 2000-2010
Mitglied im Schweizeroktett.

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Lev Sivkov
CELLO

Lev Sivkov was born into a musical family in Novosibirsk, Russia, in 1990. He began to play the cello at the age of five.
He moved to Basel, Switzerland, aged 16 to study with Ivan Monighetti, continuing his studies in Stuttgart with Conradin Brotbeck, and most recently in Freiburg with Jean-Guihen Queyras.

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He also participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, Wolfgang Schmidt at the Kronberg Music Festival, Germany, and Ferenc Rados at the Prussia Cove Music Seminars, England.
From 2016-17 Lev was Principal Cellist of the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen, Denmark. In July 2017 he was appointed Principal Cellist of the Zurich Opera, Switzerland.
Lev is prizewinner of following competitions:
1st Prize: “W.Naumburg International Cello Competition” in New York, USA (2015).
1st Prize: “Concours International de Cordes” in Gerardmer, France (2015).
1st Prize: “International competition for string performers Julio Cardona” in Covilha, Portugal (2015).
1st Prize: “Domnick Cello Prize” international competition in Stuttgart, Germany (2009).
1st Prize: “D.Gavrilin International Music Competition” in Vologda, Russia (2005).
2nd Prize: “VIII Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition” in Morelia, Mexico (2016).
2nd Prize: “S.Knushevitsky International Cello Competition” in Saratov, Russia (2014).
2nd Prize: “III M.Yelsky International Contest of String Instrument Performers“ in Minsk, Belarus (2013).
2nd Prize: “6th Swedish International Duo Competition” in Katrineholm, Sweden (2010).
2nd Prize: “L.v.Beethoven International Competition” in Hradec-nad-Moravici, Czech Republic (2010).
3rd Prize and Unesco Prize: “Isang Yun International Music Competition” in Tongyeong, South Korea. (2018)
Prize of Jury: ”V International W.Lutoslawski Cello Competition” in Warsaw, Poland.(2005).
He concertizes frequently as a recitalist and soloist. He played recitals at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, the San Francisco War Memorial and Performance Arts Center, “ La Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier”, “Festival International de Musique de Besançon”,”VP Bank Classic Festival Bad Ragaz”, “Festival International de Musique de Wissembourg”, among others.
Lev plays an Italian cello by Vincenzo Postiglione, 1893, Naples.

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Petar Naydenov
PETAR NAYDENOV
DOUBLE BASS

Petar Naydenov is Principal Double Bass in the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

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After completing his studies with the highest distinction in Bulgaria, he was engaged as Solo Double Bass player in the Bulgarian National Radio Chamber Orchestra. He continued his education with Prof. Wolfgang Güttler in Germany and has performed orchestra and chamber repertoire in top European concert halls. He played in concert with renowned soloists such as Placido Domingo, Mstislav Rostropovich, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, and James Galway, among others.

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Isaac Duarte
OBOE

Isaac Duarte is a co-soloist oboist and English horn player at the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich (Switzerland).
Born in Olinda, Pernambuco State, Brazil, he studied at the Federal University of Paraíba, was the first oboist of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Recife (Pernambuco, Brazil), and teacher at Centro de Criatividade Musical de Pernambuco (Center of Musical Creativity of Pernambuco) before starting his studies with Peter Fuchs at the Konservatorium und Hochschule der Künste Zürich (Zurich University of the Arts).

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As a soloist he performed with several conductors such as David Zinman, Marek Janowsky, Claus Peter Flor and Lanfranco Marcelletti.
His recordings included concerts for oboe and orchestra by W. A. Mozart, J. Haydn, J. Fiala, as well as J. S. Bach’s Concert for violin, oboe, and string orchestra with Brixi Chamber Orchestra of Prague, conducted by Christoph Meister.

Working with students and young musicians is an important professional activity for him. He has been a member of faculty at the Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão (Campos do Jordão, Brazil), Seongnam Alpmusic Festival (in Seongnam, South Corea), Festival Instrumenta (in Oaxaca, México), Doppelrohrfestival (in Herzberg, Switzerland), and Oficina de Música de Curitiba (Musical Workshop of Curitiba, Brazil), and has also been teaching courses of oboe in Northeastern Brazil.

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Sebastian Schindler
HORN

Born in Leimen Sebastian Schindler´s teachers were Georges Delvigne, Horst Ziegler and Prof. Christian Lampert.
He began playing in the World Youth Wind Ensemble and the Bayreuth Festival Youth Orchestra before joining the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in 2003.

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He was also member of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra.
2003-2008 Sebastian Schindler was Principal Horn in the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2008 he is Co Principal Horn in the “Berner-Symphonieorchester”.
2013-15 he studied Natural Horn at the HKB Bern with Thomas Müller.
Since 2016 he has a Horn and Alphorn Class at the Music School Seeland in Ins.
Sebastian is a Passionate Chamber Musician from the small Ensembles up to Chamber Orchestras like Festival Strings Lucerne or the Zürich Chamber Orchestra.

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Krasimir Stefanov
TROMBON

Bulgarian trombonist Krasimir Stefanov was born in 1980 into a musical family. He began his musical studies at the National School of Music and Dance Arts “Dobrin Petkov” in his native city of Plovdiv. Mr. Stefanov continued his musical education at the National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, Sofia.

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There he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. While still studying at the National Musical Academy, in 2001 Mr. Stefanov won a position as a trombonist at the National Opera Orchestra in Sofia.

In 2004 Mr. Stefanov participated in a trombone master class with prof. Branimir Slokar. After their meeting, Mr. Stefanov was invited to join the prominent professor’s trombone studio at the Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland. He graduated the University with distinction, receiving both a Diploma for Orchestral Studies and a “Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance”. While studying in Bern he worked as an intern of the Bern Symphony Orchestra Academy (2007-2008), and became a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra (2006-2008).

In 2008 Mr. Stefanov won the position of principal trombone player at the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, where he is currently employed. Besides his active performance career, he is also a sought-after trombone pedagogue. He has taught trombone in several specialized music schools in Switzerland, including the Music School in Interlaken (2007-2008) and the Music School in Flawil (2010-2012).

Since 2011 Mr. Stefanov is on the faculty of the Appenzell Music School (Switzerland), in addition to being a professor of trombone and chamber music at the State Conservatory in Feldkirch, Austria.

Mr. Stefanov is a winner of numerous national and international competitions including the title „Brass Musician of the Year 2006“ at the Bern University of the Arts, 1st Prize at the International Competition “Music and the Earth”– Sofia 2003, Special Prize for Interpretation of Contemporary Solo Trombone Works and 3rd Prize at the European Competition for Young Soloists “Aix-Les_Bains” – France 2001, Grand Prize at the National Competition “Svetoslav Obretenov”– Provadia 2000, and 1st Prize at the International Competition “Young Musical Talents”– Sofia 1998.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Stefanov has collaborated with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic and, in his native Bulgaria, with the Sofia Philharmonic, the National Academy of Music and the Classic FM Radio Orchestras. In addition, his career features solo performances with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band Berner Oberland, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), as well as the Orchestra of the Bern University of the Arts.

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