15.07 – 23.07.2019

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 2013 to 2014 he joined the Staatskapelle Berlin in the same position. In addition, he has been a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra since 2003 and a Principal of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra since 2013.

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.



15.07 – 23.07.2019

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.


After graduating summa cum laude from the Fokwang-Musikhochschule Essen, where she studied with Prof. Vladimir Mendelssohn, she started working at the Essen Philharmonic. 
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.


Prof. Rumen Cvetkov

14.07 – 21.07.2019

Professor of Viola- Tilburg Conservatory (Fontys), Netherlands, and New Bulgarian University-Sofia, Bulgaria
Artistic Director – MurciArt Music Festival
Founder of Chamber Orchestra “Mediterranean Soloists”


Since his solo debut at the age of 8, Rumen Cvetkov has performed in more than 35 countries on 4 continents which won him positive critical claim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Pallacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Chicago Symphony Center, and Bulgaria Hall to name a few. His festival appearances include Red Sea Festival (Israel), Athens, St. Moritz, Mimir, Bruman, I Palpiti, Ascoli Piceno (Italy), as well as “Music in the Old City” and ” European Culture Month”. He has been a guest artist for Van Cliburn Institute and a faculty at Texas Chamber Music Round Up in Fort Worth. He is invited regularly to teach masterclasses in USA, Europe and Asia.

A passionate chamber musician, Rumen Cvetkov has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians today such as Ida Haendel, Bernard Greenhouse, Mihail Muntian, Sir Harold Martina, Jose Feghali, Christian Tetzlaff, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michael Flaksman, Jose Gallardo, Jelena Ocic, Ensemble Oriol (Berlin), Persius Ensemble, and members of Borromeo, Kronos, Aviv, and Verdi Quartets. In the fall of 2007 he cooperated with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project performing the solo part of Brahms Clarinet Quintet arranged for solo viola in a concert organized by Chicago Art Museum. Since 2017, Rumen Cvetkov is the founder and Artistic Director of MurciArt Music Festival (Spain) with Honorary President Maestro Placido Domingo.

In 2012 Maestro Zubin Mehta invited him to become the solo violist of the Royal Spanish Opera House “Queen Sofia” in Valencia. Regularly invited as a guest solo violist, he has performed under great conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Myun Wun Chung, Kent Nagano, Enrique Batiz, Rossen Milanov, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Trevino to name a few.

In Bulgaria, Rumen Cvetkov studied with Georgy Naidenov (pupil of Feodor Druzhinin), and in the USA, with Misha Galaganov, Roger Chase and Shmuel Ashkenasi. In Netherlands, he has worked with Vladimir Mendelssohn.
He performs on a rare viola made by Simon Schodler 1785, named “The Time” and Italian Viola by Giusseppe Ghiacchetti di Roma.


Prof. László Fenyö

12.07 – 18.07.2020

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, possessing the unique capability of presenting the intentions of the composer but also allowing the music to speak at the forefront, thereby capturing and fascinating his audiences. Through his breathtaking technical skills and emotive expressiveness, his concerts become special experiences, where the music can be newly explored with every performance.


In the last few years László Fenyö has performed on the most important stages throughout the world. Including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, London or the Gasteig in Munich. He has been soloist  with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr- Sinfonie Orchester), the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. He has performed many times with conductor Krzysztof Penderecki.

In Hungary, his home country, László Fenyö has long been one of the most sought after soloists; his performances – solo recitals, chamber music events and concerts with orchestras, are broadcast live and recorded by the Hungarian Radio. He has played with most Hungarian orchestras and conductors. In addition, in 2005 he received the highly coveted Franz Liszt Prize awarded by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture, as well as the Junior Prima Prize in 2008.

László Fenyö began his musical education in Hungary. Already at the age of 13 he became a junior student with Professor László Mezö at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Later, while continuing his studies in Lübeck with Professor David Geringas, his brilliant technique, secure sense of style, and his unusually broad repertoire, brought him several prizes at important competitions. Among them, the International Music Contest in Geneva, the Rostropovich Contest in Paris, the Adam Cello Contest in Christchurch, and the Contest of the Hungarian Radio in Budapest. After completing his studies, he decisively extended his musical horizons under the tutelage of Bernard Greenhouse.

László Fenyö gives master courses all over the world, from 2009 until 2011 he was a lecturer at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Frankfurt and from April 2012 he teaches as a professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. László Fenyö has been principal cellist of the Philharmonia  Hungarica 1998-2001 and of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony from 2001 until 2012.

CD´s, released in the past few years include: „Gloria“ by Sony with Gabor Boldoczki and Hedvig Bilgram, Chamber music with pianist Oleg Poliansky by Aulos/Musikado, and the cello concertos of J. Haydn (D Major) and D. Shostakovich (No. 1) accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), conducted by Grant Llewellyn. Enjott Schneider Portrait-CD with DSO Berlin and Ariel Zuckermann.

László Fenyö plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller from 1695.



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).


A finalist and prizewinner at major cello competitions in Paris (Concours Rostropovich) and Moscow (Tchaikovsky Competition), he also took a special award for the best performance of Piazzolla’s Le grand tango at the 4th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition in Christchurch, next to the First Prize. This versatility and open-mindedness towards all genres of music have marked Sasha’s playing ever since.

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.



Ludmil Angelov

Born in Varna, Bulgaria, Ludmil Angelov graduated at the Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy in Sofia. His teachers were Viktoria Spassova, Ludmila Stoyanova and the phenomenal pianist and pedagogue Konstantin Stankovich, former assistant of Pancho Vladigerov in his piano classes. He won prizes and diplomas at international competitions, including the Senigallia (Italy, 1976), Fryderyk Chopin (Poland, 1985), Palm Beach International Competition (USA, 1990), Piano Masters (Monte Carlo, 1994) and World Piano Masters Tour (France, 1997).


Ludmil Angelov has performed at major concert halls, such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Pleyel and Gaveau in Paris, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Herkulessaal in Munich, KKL in Lucerne, the Zürich Opera, the Salle Garnier in Monte-Carlo, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditori in Barcelona, Palau de la Música in Valencia, the concert halls of the Moscow and Milan Conservatories, the National Philharmonic Hall and Polish National Opera in Warsaw, KBS Hall in Seoul amongst many others.

The music of Chopin has been a constant of his performing career. During the 1987–88 season he performed the complete solo-piano works by Chopin in a cycle of twelve recitals, a unique event for which he received the prize of ‘Young Musician of the Year in Bulgaria’. He has also participated in some of the most significant Chopin festivals in Europe, including “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw. In 1999 he presented, in a cycle of recitals, the complete works of Chopin in Madrid and other cities of Spain; ten years later, in the 2009–10 season he again performed the complete Chopin in Spain and Bulgaria. His recording of Chopin’s Rondos and Variations was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque Chopin by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw.

Since 2006 Ludmil Angelov has performed several world-premieres of works by Nikolai Kapustin and is now considered as one of the leading interpreters of this great contemporary Russian composer.The labels for which Ludmil Angelov has recorded include RCA, Danacord, Gega New, Pentatone, Non Profit Music, Toccata Classics, Hyperion and Vela Records. In June 2015 he recorded with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra the world-premiere recording of the recently discovered early Piano Concerto of Moritz Moszkowski for Hyperion.

Ludmil Angelov teaches at New Bulgarian University in Sofia, where he is a Honorary Professor since 2013. He gives masterclasses all over the world and has served as a Jury member at many International Competitions, including Chopin Competition in Warsaw (2010 & 2015). In November 2011 he was awarded the Gloria Artis medal by the Polish Ministry of Culture for his contribution to the international promotion of Polish music.
Since 1992 he lives in Spain, where he is member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Toledo. He is also the founder of Piano Extravaganza Festival in Sofia.


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Hugo Bollschweiler

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.


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.


Antoniya WEB

The Bulgarian pianist Antoniya Yordanova started her musical education at her native country. After graduation from The National School of Arts in the class of Maria Gineva and The National Academy of  Music in the class of the highly acclaimed pianist Yovcho Krushev, she moved to Belgium to pursue a Solo Master  Degree with the distinguished professor of piano, old instruments and improvisation – Boyan Vodenitcharov at the Royal Conservatory, Brussels.


Later on she graduated also the University of Music and Theater in Munich, Germany as a piano duo in the class of the renowned piano ensemble Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen and as a piano trio with guidelines of Friedemann Berger, Wen – Sinn Yang and Kristin von der Goltz. She holds also an Artistic Excellence Degree with the highest honors from the University of Arts in Essen Germany, where her mentor was the prominent Russian pianist Evgeny Sinaiski.

In 2007 Antoniya formed an artistic team ( piano duo ) with the Bulgarian pianist Ivan Kyurkchiev and this collaboration became her main ensemble. The Debut CD Album of the Duo Yordanova & Kyurkchiev – “Synergy”, produced by the M Music Records Label in Munich was released in April, 2017.

More about the piano duo can be found at

Antoniya is a multiple Laureate of various international piano competitions, some to be mentioned:  Absolute First Prize Winner at the “Roma” International Piano Competition of “F.Chopin” Foundation, Rome ; First Prize Winner  at the “TIM” International Musical Tournament, Paris; First Prize Winner at the “Folkwang Prize” Competition ; Second Prize Winner at the Chicago Institute Piano Duo Competition, Chicago; Third Prize Winner at the “Allegro vivo” International Piano Competition, San Marino and at the “F.Schubert” Piano Duo Competition in Jesenik, Czech Republic; Grand Prix Winner of  “Evangelia Tjiarri” International Piano Competition, Cyprus; owns Special Prizes at the Chamber Music Competition “S.Taneyev” in Kaluga/Moscow, Russia and others. For her devotion to the ideas of Yehudi Menuhin’s Foundation “Live Music Now” Antoniya is awarded with the special Honorable Prize “Von Rauscher auf Weeg.” In national frames she is a holder of the honorable prizes for special achievements –  “Varna Award” and  “Talent of the year”.

Besides in the frame of her studies, Antoniya defined her artistic style through personal impressions and working experience with such renowned musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Ivry Gitlis, Boris Kushnir, Nikolaj Znaider, Adrian Brendel, Peter Brechbühler, Catherine Vickers, Georg Friedrich Schenck, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Mintcho Mintchev, Ronon O’Hora, Emanuel Krasovsky, Peter Somodari and others. She has extensive performing experience as a soloist, chamber music player, accompanist and singers coach.

Some of her latest concert and festival appearances are at the “Reger Musik Tage’, Bayreuth, Germany; “Richard Strauss” Festival in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany; Festival de Sintra, Portugal; “Tel-Hai” Piano Festival in Sde Boker/Tel-Aviv, Israel; “Chamber Music Days” in Belfort, France; “Peter the Great” Festival in Groningen, Holland; “Varna Summer” in Varna, Bulgaria, “Motif” Concert Series, Sofia, Bulgaria, “Sofia Music Weeks”, Sofia, Bulgaria, Tours in China and others.

As an accompanist she has worked in collaborations with singers of “La Monnaie” Theater in Brussels ; at the International Music Academy “Anton Rubinstein”, Dusseldorf; with Academics of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich,  accompanying at the ARD International Competition in Munich ; at internal Competitions and events at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg ; at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen ; as a pianist of the “Bayerische Philharmonie” in Munich, at the Master Classes “Sommermusik im Oberen Nagoldtal” and “Interharmony” Festival in Germany ; International Festival and Academy “Allegra”, Bulgaria ; Vocal Master Classes in Ratilly Castle in France and many others.

Besides her performing activities Antoniya is also devoted to the integration of people with special needs and is an Artistic Manager of the “I CAN SO” neuroscientific project, established in London.



19.07 – 26.07.2019

Andreas von Wangenheim is regarded as one of the most interesting and expressive guitarists of his generation. He received his musical education at the music conservatories of Hamburg and Basel.


In 1987, he won the Bach Prize of the international guitar competition for students in Europe and has since given concerts in most European countries as well as Korea, China, Japan, Canada and the USA. He is a guest of well known festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival Delft, Rheingau Music Festival, Appollonia Festival Sofia, “Ticino Musica” Switzerland and “Virtuosii Moscow”.

Andreas von Wangenheim recorded his own transcriptions (Arte Nova/BMG) of the six solo cello suites for the “Bach Year 2000” for which he received excellent reviews. Also with Arte Nova, he recorded a CD containing his own transcriptions of Mozart and Haydn Divertimenti.

Andreas von Wangenheim is also active in other artistic areas:
He released several CDs with his own compositions and improviations blending classical, world and jazz elements. The CD “Orlando” (BMG/ RCA) was awarded by the press the title “audiophile CD of the Month”. As composer from film music he won the first prize in the film festival in Dublin in 1991. His guitar performances are included in the soundtracks of in the films “Beyond the Silence” and “Nirgendwo in Afrika”.

Andreas von Wangenheim is Professor for Guitar at Hochschule Luzern (Switzerland).


Clément Noël

15.07 – 23.07.2019

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, and with Jean-Louis Capezzali, Jérôme Guichard and Fabien Thouand at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon.


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.


Albi Benz

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.


He is also teaching at the Conservatory of Music in Zurich. Albert Benz has been a member of the Orchestra of the Opera Zurich (new Philharmonia Zurich) since 1991. As a conductor, he works with distinguished Brass Ensembles including CORO CANTARINA and the ENSEMBLE CANTUS. In addition, he has served as the president of the SEMPACHER TUCHLAUBENKONZERTE since 2016.