Rainer Honeck was born in 1961 in Nenzing, Vorarlberg. He studied violin at the school of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Edith Bertschinger amongst others and later privately with Prof. Alfred Staar. Rainer Honeck joined the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as a first violinist in 1981, advancing to the position of concertmaster in the Opera in 1984 and to that of concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992.
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.
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).
“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, …
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.
Petar Naydenov is Principal Double Bass in the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).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.
Nadejda Tzanova is born in Bulgaria . She started her musical education when she was 5 years old at the School of Arts under the guidance of Mrs. Elena Yulianova. In 2005 she was enrolled at the National Musical Academy “P. Vladigerov” in the piano class of Professor Stela Dimitrova – Maystorova and a lecturer Iliya Chernaev. In 2011 Nadejda Tzanova was graduated and earned Master’s degree in specialty: Piano. During the same year she began specializing at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium under guidance of Professor Boyan Vodenicharov.
The Bulgarian pianist Ivan Kyurkchiev is renowned for his subtle, authentic artistic style. He has a large range of experience as a soloist, chamber music player, accompanist and singers coach in Europe, North America and Asia. He is alumni of The Royal Conservatory, Brussels in the class of professor Boyan Vodenitcharov and The University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich in the class of the piano duo Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen. Currently he is in the class of Evgueni Sinaiski, pursuing artistic specialization at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen.
Born 1994, the German pianist Max Philip Klüser decided to focus his musical career on the piano at the age of 20, after being a student in the pre-college programme at the Robert-Schumann-Conservatory (RSH) in Düsseldorf for both the trumpet and the piano. During the past years he has performed inter alia at the Robert-Schumann-Saal Düsseldorf, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Arlberg 1800 Concert Hall, the Kongresszentrum Davos and the Düsseldorf Festival.
Martina Tabakova was born in Bulgaria in a large musical family with traditions in orchestral and choral art. At the age of 5, she began piano and ballet lessons. Her first recital at the age of 11 was followed by many musical competitions and concerts.
She graduated from National School for Music and Scenic Art “Pancho Vladigerov” in her home town – Burgas. In 2014 She graduated from the National Music Academy ”Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” – Sofia.
Bence Temesvári was born in 1999 in Budapest. He started playing cello at the age of six. Since 2015, he has studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Robert Nagy, Peter Somodari, solo cellists of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and István Várdai. Highlights of recent years include: David Popper Competition (1st Prize –Hungary, 2017), Talents for Europe (1st Prize and Grand Prix, Slovakia, 2019), Mahler Competition
was born in Leipzig in 1999. He has been playing the cello since he was seven years old.
Sven Schreiber was his first cello teacher at the Leipzig Music School “Johann-Sebastian-Bach”. Afterwards, he was in the young talent promotion class of Anna Niebuhr.
Since October 2017, he has been studying with Prof. Peter Bruns at the HMT Leipzig “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”.
Bobby Kostadinov has won four federal first prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” national competition in different categories.
Jeongheon Nam was born in Incheon (South Korea) in 1993 and began playing the cello at the age of six. His musical education as a junior student at the School of Music under St.Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory Russia with Professor Elena Dernova. After returning back to Korea, studied the Korea National University of Arts, studied under Myung-wha Chung and Hyoung-won Chang.
Seoul Arts High School
Solo Recital at the Kumho Art Hall
Participated at the Cello Academy Ruteseim
Played with the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim,Seoul Chamber Orchestra,New
England Conservatory cello encemble
Grand Prix at the Seoul Chamber Music Competition and the J&R Musik Camp
First prize at the Music Association of Korea Competition
Izabel Markova was born in 1997 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She begins her musical studies with the classical piano and singing at the age of three. At the age of eleven she enters the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria with viola in the class of prof. Stefan Jilkov. During her studies she receives first prizes from international viola competitions such as: “Balkan Festival for Youths” International String Competition-Nis, International Competition for German and Austrian Music-Burgas, International Competition “Dobrin Petkov”- Plovdiv,
Lora Markova is born on July 14th, 2003 in Sofia, Bulgaria and at the age of 5 started studying the violin with Mrs. Blagorodna Taneva in The National School of Music “Lyubomir Pipkov”, Sofia. She is a laureate of major prizes from international violin competitions; to name some of them:
– First Prize from the International Competition “Young Virtuosos”, Sofia 2013,
– Gran Prix from the International Stringed Competition, Nis 2013,
– Third Prize from the International Competition “Andrea Postacchini”, Italy 2014
Syon was born on June 9 2002 in Antwerp, Belgium.
Already at a young age he started singing with the Bulgarian Collegium Hosanna, where he was trained by Elitza Hristova and composer Georgi Popov.
When he was 6 he joined the cello class of Daniela Cherpokova at the Bulgarian National Music School Lyubomir Pipkov in Sofia.
Zornitsa Ilarionova studied with the world-renowned professor Zakhar Bron at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, Madrid and with the prominent international violinist Mario Hossen at New Bulgarian University, as well as at “Santa Cecilia” Music Academy in Bergamo, Italy under Professor Pavel Vernikov. She has numerous prizes in many national and international violin competitions, including “Pancho Vladigerov”, “Young Virtuosos”, ”Kanetti” (Antaliya, Turkey),