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.
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.
Michael Salm, who studied in his native Berlin аnd at the New York Manhattan School of Music, has been serving as Assistant Principal in the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House since 1998.
From 2005 to 2006 Michael Salm was Concertmaster of the Korean Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.
Michael Salm appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, the German Chamber Orchestra in Beijing, the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, in New York in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and in Korea with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra and the International String Festival Daejon, among others.
As a Guest Principal he performed with renowned orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt City Opera House Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Bergen Philharmonic and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. His guest appearances as Concertmaster include the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.
Michael Salm is teaching at the Orchestra Academy of the Zurich Opera House and working as a tutor with various Youth Orchestras. Since 2015 he is also the conductor of the Orchestra Staefa-Uerikon in Switzerland.
Studien bei Aida Stucki Piraccini und Primoz Novsak. Meisterkurse bei Igor Ozim und Abraham Shtern in Los Angeles
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.
Bulgarian violist Rumjana Naydenova has held the position of Assistant Principal Viola at the Zurich Opera House since 1998. Born into a musical family, she received her first lesson from her father who was one of the founding members of the Sofia Soloists Ensemble.
In addition to her career as an orchestra musician, Mrs. Naydenova is also a sought-after chamber performer. She appears regularly in various ensembles in the chamber music series of the Zurich Opera House. Among her chamber music partners are such artists as: Karl Leister, Heinz Holliger, Ina Dimitrova, Bartek Niziol, among others. As a soloist, she has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinist Ina Dimitrova at the Sofia Music Weeks Festival.
Rumjana Naydenova plays on a 1778 Antonio Gragnani viola.
15.07 – 23.07.2019
Sasha Neustroev was born in Novosibirsk (Russia). After graduating from the Moscow Central Music School he became a student of distinguished cellist David Geringas in Lübeck (Germany).
He has performed as a soloist with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, where he has been deputy solo cellist since 1999, under Lorin Maazel (Schumann concerto, broadcasted live on Swiss National Radio) and David Zinman (Bloch’s Shelomo). Moreover, Sasha has played with various orchestras at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), the Festival International de Colmar (France), on tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as with various chamber orchestras in Russia and Switzerland.
Sasha shared his great love for chamber music with Julia Fischer, Gerhard Schulz, Christian Tetzlaff, Heinz Holliger, Lyudmila Berlinskaya, Oliver Schnyder, and Martha Argerich, joining her in a performance of Juliusz Zarebski‘s Piano Quintet that was later released on DVD.
Between 2016 and 2018, he was a member of the Swiss Piano Trio. Two highlights of this collaboration were a prolonged tour to Canada and performances in South America of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and a corresponding CD recording.
Currently, Sasha is a member of different chamber ensembles: the Valentin Berlinsky String Quartet, with whom he performed at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Chopin- and Rubinstein-Festivals in Poland, and made a number of highly acclaimed recordings, amongst others, as well as AOIDE Trio, with which he will tour through South Korea.
In addition to his busy career as a performer, Sasha is an enthusiastic teacher and has held master classes in South Korea, Poland, and Switzerland.
Petar Naydenov is Principal Double Bass in the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
Born in Nancy in 1987, Clément Noël began oboe lessions with Jean-Paul Hansen at the Conservatoire de la Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg). Later he continued training with Christian Schmitt, Pascal Saumon at the Conservatoire National de Région de Versailles,
Since 2010 Clément has been solo English Horn in the Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, and performed under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Fabio Luisi and Nello Santi. In September 2010 he played the English Horn part of Tristan and Isolde under the direction of Bernard Haitink.
Since 2011 he is a regular guest of the Budapest Festival Orchestra as first oboe or solo English horn.
He has also appeared as first oboe at Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester (dir. Claudio Abbado) and is regularly invited to perform as a guest player with orchestras like the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra dell’Academia di Santa Cecilia di Roma, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, or the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Clément has been awarded several prizes in prestigious competitions : a special prize in the European Music Prize of Youth in 2003 (Linz, Austria), the special prize for the set piece in the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, the first prize and the SACEM Prize of the International Competition for Young Soloists in Luxembourg.
He is also a founding member of Labyrinth Ensemble and is assistant teacher of the oboe class in the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.
Clément is also holder of a Degree in History (Paris Sorbonne), and of a Master Degree in Political Sciences obtained in the Institut d’Études Politiques of Lyon.
Albert Benz is born in Marbach, Lucerne. He studied trumpet and conducting at the Conservatory of music in Lucerne, Wintherthur and Zurich. Albert Benz is a founder of the Philharmonic Brass Quintett.