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.
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.
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. After graduation from high school, she studied violin performance at the College of Music and Theater in Rostock and in Hamburg with Petru Munteanu.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Born into a family whose musical roots date back to the 19th century, Sebastian Hamann grew up surrounded and inspired by music, first in Scandinavia, and later in Germany. His musical training as a violinist and violist allows him to perform and win international competitions as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster around the world since his youth.
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.
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.
Since winning the first prize at the widely acclaimed first Sendai International Competition in May 2001, the charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev enjoys a prestigious international career in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hal in Tokyo, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, …
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).
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. He was also member of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra.
2003-2008 Sebastian Schindler was Principal Horn in the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.
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).