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.
Swiss conductor and violinist Manuel Oswald is the ideal example of a true 21st century classical musician: an artist who combines creative curiosity with his numerous artistic skills.
A prolific chamber musician and artistic co-director of the MOMU Chamber Music Festival, recent highlights include a tour of China with the Stradivari Quartet, performances with the Camerata Variabile in Switzerland and Croatia, collaborations with multipercussionist Pierre Favre, Bach specialist Rudolf Lutz, as well as directing the second edition of MOMU to critical acclaim.
From 2004 to 2014, he was the 2nd violinist of the esteemed Gémeaux Quartet. With the quartet he was a prizewinner at major international competitions such as the ARD Competition in Munich, the Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, and the Franz Schubert Competition in Graz. And between 2014 and 2016, he was a member of the Merel Quartet Zurich.
Manuel Oswald regularly performs in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall in London, the KKL in Lucerne, to name a few. He has also amassed an impressive discography, and records for renowned labels such as RCA Red Seal, cpo, Genuin, among others. A passionate pedagogue, Oswald has worked as visiting professor for chamber music at the Lucerne University of Applied Arts, at the Academy of Music Basel and at the Folkwang Music University of Essen.
Manuel Oswald studied the violin with Gyula Stuller, Sebastian Hamann and Rainer Schmidt, chamber music with Walter Levin and the Hagen Quartet, and influential mentors include Eberhard Feltz and Sir András Schiff. Since 2015, he has been studying orchestral conducting with Christof Brunner and Iwan Wassilevski at the Zurich University of the Arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruxandra Ioana Gereb comes from Romania and started her violin lessons at the age of 5. After studying with Mihaela Tomescu, Nicolae Bilciurescu and Stefan Gheorghiu at the Bucharest University of Music, she switched to Adelina Oprean at the Basel Music Academy in 2006. There she obtained the master’s degree in music performance in 2009 and the master’s degree in music pedagogy in 2011. She learned her skills through masterclasses, among others, rounded off with Alexandru Gavrilovici, Semion Yaroshevici and Avy Abramovici.
Petar Naydenov is Principal Double Bass in the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
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).
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.
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.
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.