The Swiss conductor and pedagogue Johannes Schlaefli has developed a distinguished name during the relatively short time he has led the Orchestral Conducting Program at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich School of the Arts).
Johannes Schlaefli worked for many years as a teacher on the “Symphonic Workshops” courses, has been a visiting professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, at Rice University in Houston, the University of Sao Paulo and as part of the Deutsche Dirigirentenforum. The center of his teaching activities is the conducting class at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. As a conductor, he has directed many orchestras (Tonhalle Zurich, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, orchestra della svizzera italiana, Philharmonia Prag, Kammerorchester Basel among many others). He is the Principal Conductor of the Berner Kammerorchester www.bko.ch and also directs the orchestral ensembles at the Universität Zürich (University of Zurich). www.aoz.ethz.ch, www.alumniorchester.ch, www.ako.ethz.ch
In the courses he utilizes a multifaceted teaching method: often there are discussions (Analysis, Rehearsal Technique, Technical Conducting Details) with the entire group, sometimes detailed video reviews in small groups or individually and of course, where and when required, he demonstrates examples with the orchestra. It is a major concern of his to sharpen the awareness and eye of each student and to create a learning atmosphere within the group, whereby students eagerly learn from one another.
The charismatic violin virtuoso, Svetlin Roussev, began his musical education at a very young age as a student of his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. He was accepted in 1991 to the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris”
Svetlin Roussev has won numerous prizes at many international competitions (Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud, Melbourne…) He was voted “Revelation of the year 2000” by the ADAMI at the French industry music festival “Midem” of Cannes and was selected for sponsorship by the Natexis-Banques Populaires Corporate Foundation. May 2001, saw him covered with praises as he was awarded First Prize, Special Audience Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of a Bach concerto at the 1st “Sendaï International Competition”, in Japan.
With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Svetlin Roussev performs a broad ranging repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary. He is also reknowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and is one of the foremost propagators of Bulgarian music. Acclaimed in 2006 Bulgarian “Musician of the Year”, Bulgaria honored him, yet again, in 2007 with the “Cristal Lyra” distinction awarded by the Ministry of Culture.
Svetlin Roussev is a regularly invited guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony orchestra, Bucarest National George Enescu Orchestra, Roumanian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio and Symphony Orchestras, Ankara Presidential Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic…in the United-States, Latin America, Asia and Europe and has performed under the baton of such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, John Axelrod, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel- Davies, Lionel Bringuier, Leo Hussain, Nicholas Milton, Emil Tabakov…
Svetlin Roussev has played in many of the worldʼs concert halls: the Bolchoï Theater, Suntory Hall, Sumida Triphony Center Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, Arsenal de Metz, Halle aux Grains de Toulouse, Bulgaria National Concert Hall, Budapest Bela Bartok National Concert Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles…
Svetlin, shares his love for music with an ever widening public through his chamber music performances with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Marc Luisada, Philippe Cassard, Jean-Philippe Collard, Eric Le Sage, Ralph Gothoni, Peter Frankl, Antoine Tamestit, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Gary Hoffman, Arto Noras, Sung Won Yang, Young Hoon Song, Xavier Philips, François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Philippe Bernold, Nikolaj Znaider and he is a founding member of the “Roussev-Salque-Rozanova Trio”.
Following on the heels of his successful CD recording of pieces by Pancho Vladiguerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova, Svetlin has brought out his recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmannʼs “Concerto Funèbre”, with the Orchestre dʼAuvergne, conducted by Arie Van
Beek, recordings for French labels Integral and Fondamenta, dedicated to the Franco- Belgian school of violin with pianist Elena Rozanova and sonatas by Grieg and Medtner with pianist Frédéric DʼOria-Nicolas.
He is the concertmaster of the “Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra” and, since 2007, Concertmaster of the “Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra”.
Svetlin Roussev is violin professor at his alma mater, the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris”.
He plays the Stradivarius 1710 “Camposelice” violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.
Prizewinner in international conducting competitions, James Lowe is Chief Conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra, Germany and the Vaasa Sinfonia, Finland. His work as Artistic Director of the Hallé Harmony Youth Orchestra was featured in a four-part documentary shown in the UK on Channel 4 in 2010.
Educated at the University of Edinburgh, Lowe continued his development as Benjamin Zander Conducting Fellow with the Boston Philharmonic, and has studied with leading conductors in masterclasses, including Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Bernard Haitink and with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as Assistant Conductor to Haitink in performances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
One of two prizewinners in the Tokyo International Competition for Conductors and special prize winner in the Jorma Panula International Competition, he has appeared in performance with the Osaka and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Ballet, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as working with numerous other ensembles in many European countries, South Africa and the USA.
Boiko Zvetanov studied music and singing at the Bulgarian Academy of Music in Sofia Bulgaria, the city of his birth. Following his studies he was called to the National Opera in Sofia where he sang roles as diverse as The Duke in Rigoletto, Foresto in Verdi’s Attila,
In 1988 Boiko Zvetanov won International Singing Competitions in both Sofia and Bilbao leading to significant successes as a concert and oratorio singer while completing his training by further studies with Boris Christoff in Rome, with the chamber singer Margarita Lilova at the Vienna State Opera and with the famous tenor and singing pedagogue Carlo Bergonzi at the Verdi-Academy in Busseto.
Since 1991 Boiko Zvetanov has been a member of the Zurich Opera House where he has sung much of the standard tenor repertory including Rodolfo in La Boheme und Luisa Miller, Alvaro in La Forza del Destino, Gustavo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Canio in I Pagliacci, Luiggi in Il Tabarro, Lenski in Eugen Onegin, Grigori in Boris Godunov as well as the specialty roles of Arnoldo in William Tell, Gualtiero in Il Pirata, Argirio in Rossini’s Tancredi. It was in 1999 that Boiko Zvetanov shared the title of Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly with Jose Carreras with great success.
He sang Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Munich and Lille, Manrico in Il Trovatore in Hamburg and Edinburgh, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Valencia and December 2000 and Calaf in Turandot and Enzo in La Gioconda in Tokyo. It was also in the role of Calaf that Boiko Zvetanov made his U.S. debut with Tulsa Opera in 2000.
Recent successes have included Puccini`s Tosca in Genova, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in Catania, and in June 2011 he sang Ernani in Bologna.
Other theaters with which Boiko Zvetanov has been closed associated include Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Opera de Paris Bastille and increasingly at the Liceu in Barcelona. He has also appeared in the opera houses of Athene (Megaron Hall), Bologna, Brasilia, Brussel, Catania, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt a.M., Genova, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Messina, Mexico, Moskow, Oslo, Stockholm, Tokyo, Valencia, Verona, Vienna, Wiesbaden.
Boiko Zvetanov has worked under some of the world’s greatest opera conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Bruno Bartoletti, Lamberto Gardelli, Marcello Viotti, Ralf Weikert, Carlo Franci, Nicola Rescigno, Nello Santi, Zubin Mehta, recently with Maurizio Arena in Catania, among many others.
Boiko Zvetanov can be heard on the Arte Nova Classics label in CD’s of operatic arias and complete versions of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera and Attila.