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Piano | Violin | Cello | Chamber Music | Pianists

Piano

Prof. Alexander Jenner
Alexander Jenner studied with Prof. Brundo Seidlhofer and Prof. Richard Hauser at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He was the winner of several first and second prizes in international competitions and played concerts in countries all over the world. At the age of 40 he became a professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. None of his pupils ever failed in an exam and a great number won national and international competitions. In tribute to his artistic performances, Alexander Jenner was awarded medals of honor by several governments.
Prof. Paweł Kamasa
Paweł Kamasa studied piano with Rudolf Buchbinder, Jorge Bolet and Harry Datyner. Since his German debut at the Kissinger Sommer Festival 1987 he has performed in major European centres including the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Tchaïkovsky Conservatory in Moscow. As a soloist he appeared with outstanding conductors: Jan Krenz, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Marek Pijarowski, Tomasz Bugaj, Wilfried Boettcher and Karol Teutsch. He has been invited to participate in numerous international festivals, including Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Mulhouse, St.Savin, Evian, Munich Biennale, Zakopane Szymanowski Festival, Chopin Festivals in Warsaw, Geneva and Antonin. His debut CD with the complete cycle of Mazurkas by Karol Szymanowski for KOCH/Schwann in Munich was very much praised by Gramophone London, and received the Critic’s Choice Award ’98. 2015 a new 2CD-set dedicated to the complete late work for piano solo op. 116-119 by Johannes Brahms has been released.
Prof. Avedis Kouyoumdjian
Very much in demand as pianist, chamber musician and judge at international competitions. Since 1997 Professor for piano and for chamber music at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna — Joseph Haydn Institut für Kammermusik und Spezialensembles (institute for chamber music and special ensembles).
Prof. Emmanuelle Le Cann
Emmanuelle Le Cann has won several international competitions as a soloist (Tunbridge Wells international competition) as well as in chamber music (Florence, Pörtschach, Trapani, Guérande,…). She has appeared throughout Europe, the United States and Africa, playing as a member of the Le Cann-Lejeune-Duo or Una Corda-Trio but also with Sergey Ostrovsky, Alexandre Brussilovski, Pieter Wispelwey, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Valérie Aimard, Eric-Maria Couturier, Aviv-Quartet… She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Alain Planès, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Daria Hovora, then at the London Guildhall School with Joan Havill. As a renowned post-graduated teacher, she is professor-coordinator in Beauvais Conservatoire near Paris and regularly participates in prestigious summer academies such as Musiques en Graves in Bordeaux, MusicAlp in Tignes, Les Arcs, Musicalta in Rouffach.
Sonja Park
Sonja Park was born in Seoul, South Korea and studied at the University of Music and Performing arts Vienna with Prof. Alexander Jenner and Prof. Avedis Kouyoumdjian. During her study in Vienna, she won many scholarships and awards given by the university and the government. She was a winner and a finalist in competitions such as Premio Rodolfo Capiralli, Premio Vittorio GUI, Premio-Trio di Trieste, Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and more. She has saved many concerts often only with a day’s notice and her natural gift to learn things fast made it possible. As a sought after solist and chamber musician, she has collaborated with musicians such as Dora Schwarzberg, Anton Sorokow, Maxim Rysanov, Nikolas Harnoncourt, Michael Gutman, Mark Drobinsky, Otto Edelmann, Peter & Paul Edelmann, Herbert Lippert, Alexey Stadler, Dionysis Grammenos, Philippe Entremont, Benoit Fromanger, Dmitri Kitaenko and Lorin Maazel in venues such as La Scala Milano, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Teatro del Maggio Firenze, Wigmore Hall London, Royal Albert Hall London and Suntory Hall Tokyo. Ms. Park has appeared on Orf, Mezzo, ABC Austrailia, RAI Uno, Nhk, Magyar TV Hungary, Qatar TV, and Al Jazeera. Since moving to Qatar she has been working tirelessly to develop a music scene in Qatar. Sonja was a founding faculty member of the Qatar Music Academy and worked with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra as artist in residence. She was invited to open the prestigious Katara Opera House in Qatar with the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Nr.3 with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, Sonja has founded a Non-Profit-Foundation MYA „Moving Young Artists“ together with her husband and fellow musician Joris to promote and to generate interest in classical music and culture and more to support young talents in Qatar. In 2014, Steinway and Sons honoured her with an inauguration ceremony for becoming the very first „Steinway Artist“ in the Gulf region. In 2017, Sonja and Joris made history in Qatar in creating and organising the First „Qatar National Music Competition“ supported by 13 embassies which resonated a huge response nationwide with more than 700 participants, made huge impact in hundreds of children’s lives who are aspiring young musicians. This competition will be the cornerstone for the „Qatar International Music Competition“ planned for 2021. Earlier April 2018, Sonja founded the „International Chamber Music Concert Series for Peace and Unity“ supported by 6 European embassies, UNESCO and Qatar Airways which promotes European classical music and builds a bridge between Qatari and European culture.
Prof. Maja Weitz
Maija Weitz studied piano with Dieter Weber and Bruno Seidlhofer at the University of Music in Vienna, and received her concert performance diploma there. She also spent a year at the University of Ann Arbor, Michigan, on a Sibelius scholarship. She is one of the Finland’s best known pianists in the field of chamber music and lied recitals, giving concerts with internationally renowned opera singers including the Austrian baritone Benno Schollum. Her chamber music partners have been among others members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian violinist Sergei Kravchenko. Maija Weitz enjoyed a wide concert activity in many different countries. Her cooperation with the Viennese music world is an important feature of her international activities. She taught piano at the Sibelius Academy for ten years and was an accompanist at the International Savonlinna Opera Festival. Maija Weitz has regularly given master classes for chamber music at the Finnish Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Gdansk Music Academy in Poland, and been a jury member at numerous international piano and chamber music competitions. In 2016 she was awarded the Gold Medal of Honour by the President of Austria for services to the Austrian Republic. The same year she received the award of the Order of the White Rose of Finland  bestowed by the Finnish president.

Violin

Prof. Andrej Bielow
Born in 1981 in the Ukraine, Andrej Bielow has developed as one of the leading Ukrainian musicians of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has recorded over 20 CD albums for Naxos, CPO, Avi-Music, Hänssler Classics, Hänssler-Profil, Guttingi, Solo Musica, Genuin, Hyperion and Rakete Media. As a soloist he collaborated with such renowned orchestras under the baton of established conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gianandrea Noseda, Miguel Gomez-Martinez, Christian Arming, Agnieszka Duzcmal, Junichi Hirokami und Christoph Poppen, Enrique Mazzola to name a few of them. At the age of 15, Andrej settled in Germany to study with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music and Drama in Hannover.Andrej Bielow won several major prizes at international competitions such as the Long-Thibaut Paris, ARD Munich, Hanover (Joachim), Citta di Brescia and others. Due to his extraordinary talent and musical qualities, he was awarded various scholarships from the cultural institutions such as the Ukrainian Culture Foundation, Gundlach Foundation, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Förderpreis of the Lower Saxony. Since 2014, Andrej joined the violin faculty at the University of Arts in Graz and regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, Asia and USA. In 2005, together with jazz-guitarist Johan Weiss, he founded the MBF-Foundation (Musik braucht Freunde) which has provided financial support for over 130 needy students at the University of Music and Drama, Hanover. Since 2013, Andrej Bielow has become a regular visiting teacher delivering classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Prof. Arik Braude
Praised for „sophisticated, warm intensity, radiant timbre and well-balanced, harmonious performance style“ (‘Sulzbach-Rosenberg”, Germany) violinist Arik Braude has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His recent performances of concertos by Bach, Haydn and Mendelssohn (double) with the JVNY camerata in repeated appearances at New York’s Bargemusic as well as in Geneva (Switzerland) and throughout France brought audiences to its feet. As an avid chamber musician Mr. Braude has performed at many chamber music festivals including Music@Menlo (CA), Festival des Arcs (France), Killington Chamber Music Festival (VT), and numerous concert series in the US, France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. Arik Braude currently teaches at the Queens College and the Mannes College of Music in New York. His students have appeared as soloists with orchestras in the U.S., France and Germany, including the New York Philharmonic. An interview about his teaching was published in the The Strad magazine, and Mr. Braude has contributed to the magazine’s „Ask the Experts” column. Arik Braude is the artistic director of JVNY, inc. and of the JVNY international chamber music workshops in France and Portugal.
Prof. Johann Ko
Johann Ko is a laureate of several international competitions (such as „Klassitscheskoe Nasledie“ (Classical Heritage) Moscow, 1st prize, „Zemlaj I Ljudi“ (The Earth and Man) Sofia, 1st prize. He graduated from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory and then the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with honors and became an aspirant of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. During this time he very soon became an assistant teacher of a violin class and since 2008 he has had classes at the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. And since 2012 he also teaches at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His concert activities are diverse, including solo and chamber concerts, as well as performances with chamber and symphonic orchestras. He has performed with such well-known pianists like Elizaveta Ginzburg, Volker Gross Beck, Natalia Vinogradova, Ilya Ovtschinikov and others. He also appeared at the opening of the festival to the 300-year anniversary of Peterhof (2003). He often gives concerts in cities of Russia and Europe.
Prof. Elisabeth Jess-Kropfitsch
For decades Elisabeth-Jess-Kropfitsch has been performing as a soloist in many major orchestras in important music centres of the world. Her play continues the school of the famous violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan. After early prize winnings in various competitions she continued her studies with him up to the time when she graduated with distinction at the Vienna University of Music. CDs with her performance were released by EMI, Hungaroton and Gramola. As the Primaria of the JESS-Trio-Wien Elisabeth Kropfitsch has been giving 6 subscription concerts every season at the Vienna Konzerthaus/Mozartsaal. She performs on her violin „d’Elia 1751” by Giambattista Guadagnini. Since 2011 Mag. PD Elisabeth Kropfitsch has been a professor of violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Jan Mráček
Czech violinist Jan Mráček was born in 1991 in Pilsen and began studying violin at the age of 5 with Professor Magdaléna Micková. From 2003 he studied with Professor Jiří Fišer, graduating with honours from the Prague Conservatory in 2013 and until recently at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of the Vienna Symphony concert master Jan Pospíchal. As a teenager he enjoyed his first major successes, winning numerous competitions, participating in the master classes of Maestro Václav Hudeček – the beginning of a long and fruitful association. He won the Czech National Conservatoire Competition in 2008, the Hradec International Competition with the Dvořák concerto and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009, was the youngest Laureate of the Prague Spring International Festival Competition in 2010, and in 2011 he became the youngest soloist in the history of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he took first prize at Vienna’s Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition at the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed as soloist with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Romanian Radio Symphony, both under Sascha Goetzel, Lappeenranta City Orchestra (Finland), Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and almost all Czech regional orchestras. Jan Mráček had the honour of being invited by Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek to guest lead the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in their three concert residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, and the European Youth Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda and Xian Zhang on their 2015 summer tour. In 2008 he joined the Lobkowicz Piano-Trio, which took first prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria) in 2014. His recording of the Dvořák violin concerto and other works by the Czech composer under James Judd with the Czech National Symphony was released on the Onyx label and has received excellent reviews.
Orfej Simic
Orfej Simic was born in Mostar. After completing his studies at the Belgrade Music High School, he continued his studies in 1982 with Marina Yashvili at the famous Moscow Tchaikovsky College of Music. During his studies he took part in several national competitions and was awarded four first prizes. In 1987 he won the second prize at the International Student Competition in Moscow, as well as the prize for the best interrelation of Russian music. In 1989 he received his diploma with distinction and moved to Austria. In 1993, he received the Eastern Trust Foundation-scholarship for advanced solo studies at the David Guildhall School of Music, London, which he completed with success. Orfej Simic has been engaged by the London Symphony Orchestra, the „Barbican Virtuosi“ and the chamber orchestra „Academy of St. Martin in the Fields“ where he has performed with famous soloists and conductors, i.e. Anne Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, Gidon Kremer, Efim Bronfman, Sir Colin Davies, Mariss Jansons, Sir Georg Solti and many others. He is active as a soloist as well as in various chamber music ensembles. Performances followed in Austria, Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Great Britain, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary and the Philippines. He also participated in music festivals such as Carinthian Summer, Schubertiade, Styriarte and others. Orfej Simic lives in Klagenfurt and holds the position of principal of the first violin group in the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra.
Andreas Vierziger
Artistic and strategic consultant Andreas Vierziger has collaborated with clients such as Vivienne Westwood, the Welsh National Opera, record labels, international festivals and many artists. As a former artist manager at Buhl Artists Management he regularly worked with the most important orchestras, festivals and concert presenters across the world as well as with some of today’s most renowned classical musicians. He studied dramatics, film and media science as well as musicology and arts management at the University of Vienna and attended programs at the Fudan University in Shanghai, the Beijing University and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He served as a jury member for the International Johannes Brahms Competition, for Musica Juventutis (Vienna Konzerthaus), for the Fulbright Competition/USA and for the Concorso Ruggiero Ricci.

Cello

Prof. Alexandre Bouzlov
Alexandre Bouzlov is one of the most vivid and talented cellists of the next generation, one who represents the Russian performing school with honour at the world’s leading music venues. Alexandre Bouzlov was born in Moscow in 1983. He graduated from the music school and college of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory; in 2006 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory itself. One of Bouzlov’s most recent achievements came with his participation in the Emanuel Feuermann Cello Competition in Berlin in November 2010, at which he was awarded the Grand Prix and the Audience Award. Alexandre Bouzlov currently teaches at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he has his own class and is an assistant to Professor Natalia Gutman; he runs master-classes in Russia, Europe and the USA. Alexandre Bouzlov performs with such acclaimed musicians as Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Alexei Lyubimov, Vasily Lobanov and Tatiana Grindenko.
Prof. Stefan Kropfitsch 
Stefan Kropfitsch started cello lessons with Prof. T. Kühne at a very young age and was a pupil of Andre Navarras. His diploma at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna he passed with distinction. He was the winner of the first prize at the Dr. Karl Böhm Competition of the Vienna Philharmonics. As a soloist, he travels the world with numerous famous orchestras and conductors. (Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Strings of Lucerne, Orchester des Südwestdeutschen Rundfunks, Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler, Philharmonic Orchestra of Ljubljana, Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Rome Symphony Orchestra, RSO Bratislava). As a cellist of the renowned JESS TRIO-VIENNA, Stefan Kropfitsch has been the organizer of a large number of concerts in important music centres of the world. Since 1993 there has been an unbroken cycle running with the JESS-Trio-Wien in the Mozartsaal of the Wiener Konzerthaus. He has released numerous LPs and CDs at EMI and Gramola. He owns innumerable dedications from works by contemporary composers and can refer to successful cooperation with many well-known artists: e.g. Herbert Willi, Alfred Schnittke, Rainer Bischof, Heinrich Gattermayer, Thomas Daniel Schlee, Meinhard Rüdenauer, Gerold Heitz, Carlo de Incontrera, Tomasz Skweres, Julia Purgina. From 1992-2007 he was holding the position of a professor at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt. In 2004, he was appointed professor for the concert violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2006, Stefan Kropfitsch has been the director of the Fritz Kreisler Institute for concert string instruments, guitar and harp at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. His students win numerous competitions and auditions. He is a juror in numerous international competitions (Gradus ad Parnassum/Austria, Osaka International Music Competition, International Competition Premio Trio di Trieste, International Antonio Janigro Competition, International Music Competition Pacem in Terris – Bayreuth, Prima la Musica, International Brahms Competition Pörtschach, Chatchaturjan Cello Competition). Stefan Kropfitsch plays on his Joseph Gagliano 1766.
Prof. Matthieu Lejeune
Matthieu Lejeune is prize-winner in numerous international competitions such as Bucarest, Florence, Trapani, Pörtschach in Austria, Douai and Guérande. Matthieu Lejeune performs regularly as soloist, as a member of the Le Cann-Lejeune-Duo and the Una Corda-Trio as well as in other prestigious ensembles (Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Multilatérale, Galliano Septet…). Former student of Roland Pidoux at the Paris Superior Conservatoire, he graduated with honors in cello and chamber music, before undertaking postgraduate studies in both disciplines. Then he studied for two years in the celebrated class of Frans Helmerson in Cologne, obtaining the Konzertexam diploma from the Hochschule. He currently teaches at Lausanne High School as the assistant teacher of Xavier Phillips, and has just been appointed Professor at the Pôle Supérieur of Eastern Paris (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés).
Maestro Yuki Miyagi
Yuki Miyagi was born in Osaka, Japan. A Bachelor of Commerce graduate of Hitotsubashi University, and a major in postgraduate marketing at Kingston College in England, he began his conducting studies at the age of fifty under Kazuharu Shirakawa, Kurt Redel, Horst Stein, Ivan Fischer, and Ondrei Renaut. In 2000 he made his debut in Europe conducting for the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has been guest conducting every year for prestigious orchestras with great acclaim. In 2010 he was assigned as the resident conductor for a professional orchestra, Kunitachi Symphoniker. In April 2012 he debuted in the U.K. conducting for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Reviews on Mr. Miyagi’s conducting activities around the world show a record of his steadily growing success.
Prof. Kyungok Park
Kyungok Park studied at the Seoul National University. Having won several competitions in Korea, she was granted a scholarship by the German Government and studied at the Detmold State Conservatory under Prof. A. Navarra. In 1982 she went to the United States to study for her master’s degree at the Yale School of Music with Prof. Aldo Parisot. Subsequently she continued her studies with Prof. Bernard Greenhouse and Prof. Timothy Eddy on „SUNY at Stony Brook“ in order to obtain her doctorate. She performs as a soloist with major orchestras in Korea, appeared in over 20 solo recitals and is a very sought-after member of various chamber music ensembles, including her stringquartet „Quartet 21“, one of the most active chamber music ensembles in Korea. Kyungok Park won the 1st Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and gave concerts in Japan, Germany and Southeast Asia. She teaches with great devotion at Hanyang University in Korea and many of her students have won awards. Every summer she performs concerts in Japan at Kirishima International Music Festival and holds master classes.
Éva Simić-Németh
Éva Simić-Németh was born in Szombathely, Hungary. She graduated with a diploma at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Budapest in 1995 (under Prof. Csaba Onczay). With a state scholarship and the additional support of the Soros Foundation, Éva Simić-Németh was able to continue her studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, under Prof. Julius Berger. In 1997 she received her concert diploma (Master). Following that she studied for two years at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington (USA). Since then Éva Simić-Németh has added many accolades to her career. She has won, among others, the 1st prize at the national competition „Young Musicians“ in Hungary (1990) and also at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria (1999). Currently she is solo cellist with the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra (KSO) in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Chamber Music

Prof. Sophie Arbuckle
Sophie Arbuckle is a faculty member of the Juilliard School pre-college and serves as a visiting professor of viola at the University of Minho in Portugal. Described as „possessing flamboyantly responsive, flexible and supple viola playing” (Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany), she has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Chamber music appearances include Music@Menlo (Calif.), Bargemusic (New York, NY), Festival des Arcs (France), and the Royal Flemish Philarmonie Chamber Music Series (Antwerp, Belgium) among others. Solo appearances include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Belgorade Orchestra (France) and frequent appearances with the Sudbury Symphony (Canada). She also recorded with „Le Chant de Linos”. As an avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Arbuckle has toured extensively premiering multimedia works including performances with dancer & choreographer Ann Carlson at Jacob’s Pillow among others. Ms. Arbuckle is a co-founder and artistic director of JVNY, inc., an ensemble of young professional musicians at the onset of their careers. The ensemble tours extensively on both sides of the Atlantic in prestigious venues and engages in regular outreach and community work. Ms. Arbuckle holds an M.M. degree from the Juilliard School. She plays a Ferdinand Gagliano viola.
Prof. Jiří Hlaváč 
Jiří Hlaváč has frequent appearences as soloist on Czech TV and radio recordings. Many of his students at the Academy of Music, Prague have won prizes at international competitions. He gave concerts in 46 countries.
Prof. Catalin Ilea
Catalin Ilea is a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. Born in 1940 in Romania, he studied cello with Georg Jarosievici, a pupil of Julius Klengel and Dimitrie D. Dinicu, a student of Diran Alexanians. He graduated from the Music Academy Bucharest with distinction and was first solo cellist of the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra George Enescu. Over the following years he received four first prizes in international competitions and critics awards in 1992 and 2001. In 1977 he made Germany his permanent residence. He regularly teaches master classes in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Poland. For many years he was a member of the ensemble Musica Nova, the  Bucharest-Trio (together with Stefan and Valentin Gheorghiu) and the Sharon-Quartet. From a very young age Catalin Ilea had an extensive solo repertoire at his disposal, that included all manners of musical styles and is today one of the most comprehensive in his field. He plays all the major stages in Europe, North America and Asia, where his concerts attract attention by „startling sensitivity, authority and effortlessness“. Ilea remains true to his style by changing it continually. Every interpretation differs from the previous one. Time and again he looks at things from different perspectives, thus compelling his audience to constantly reconsider. His concerts are unusual, they provoke the imagination of his audience. Catalin Ilea has recorded more than 20 CDs and records, including JS Bach’s solo suites and gamba sonatas, cello sonatas by Brahms, Franck and Enescu, the cello concertos by d’Albert, Schumann, William Berger, Bottesini and Offenbach and the Symphonie Concertante by Enescu.
Oliver Kipp
Oliver Kipp studied violin at the Academies of Music in Hanover and Berlin with Atila Aydintan and Thomas Brandis. In the field of chamber music, he received important stimuli by people like Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg-Quartet) and Walter Levin (LaSalle-Quartet). When in 1999 the Hyperion-Trio was founded, very soon extensive international concert activities started. After a very successful participation in the Gyárfás and later the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin, the Hyperion-Trio won the 1st prize at the International Brahms Competition 2001 in Pörtschach, in the category chamber music. Oliver Klipp is a lecturer for chamber music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Hannover.
Prof. Johannes Kropfitsch
Studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Prof. Hans Graf and Prof. Hans Petermandl. Further studies with Stanislav Neuhaus, Wilhelm Kempff and Alexander Jenner. Concert diploma with distinction; first prize winner of numerous international competitions. Soloist, chamber musician and pianist of JESS-Trio-Wien. Since 1998 head of a class of artistic education and since September 2008 head of the department for keyboard instruments at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität.
Prof. Ernst Lintner
Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Voice: Prof. Erik Werba, opera: Prof. A. Kolo, R. Holtenau, KS Renate Holm and KS A. Korn. Stage performances: Sou Chong (Land des Lächelns), 1. Fremder (Vetter aus Dingsda), Alfred (Fledermaus), Sigmund (Walküre, last in 2013 in D); in Baden, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Ghent Opera, Antwerp Opera, SF Berlin 9th Symphony of Beethoven etc.

Collaboration: Lower Austria Tonkünstlerorchester, Stadttheater Baden, STPH Rheinland-Pfalz, Slovak Philharmonic, SWF Radio Orchestra, ND Philharmonic, Frankfurt Symphony, Gotha Philharmonic, etc. Sakralmusik Wr. Festwochen (Concert House, Musikverein): Te Deum (Bruckner, Bizet), Stabat Mater (Rossini, Dvořák), Missa in Gloria (Puccini), Creation (J. Haydn), etc.

Lieder recitals: 1996, 2008: Wr. Festwochen, Atzenbrugg, Pörtschach. 2015: Vienna (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, R. Strauss). 2017: in the Eroica Hall „Schwanengesang“ (Schubert). 2018: „An die ferne Geliebte“ (Beethoven). Head of the Neue Künstlerforum https://kuenstlerforum.at/.

Concert promoter (since 1989): Engagement of more than 200 ensembles e.g. Till Fellner (piano), clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann, violinist Maxim Vengerov. Ensembles: JESS-Trio, Lilac-Trio, etc. Many participating young musicians are now members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, State Opera and Volksoper, etc. As a jury member of the Brahms Competition (since 2006) E. Lintner regularly engages award winners ensembles, since 2010 he has been running the international Dostal Song Contest.

Pianists

Lura Johnson (Cello)
Pianist Lura Johnson is the recent Second Prizewinner, as a member of Duo Baltinati with cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn, of the 2015 International Johannes Brahms Competition Chamber Music Division. Trained by luminaries Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald, she is the Principal Pianist of the Delaware Symphony and has performed extensively as the pianist of choice for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She has collaborated extensively in orchestral performances and recordings with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Leila Josefowicz, Joshua Bell, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and has performed as soloist with the Baltimore and Delaware Symphonies. Devoted to chamber music from an early age, her many recital partners include Baltimore Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Carney, with whom she has presented the complete Brahms violin sonata cycle, clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellists Ilya Finkelshteyn, Amit Peled and Kenneth Slowik, and flutist Marina Piccinini. Ms. Johnson has taught piano at the Peabody Conservatory since 2002 and in 2013 was named Director of Chamber Music at Georgetown University in Washington.
Pantelis Polychronidis (Violin)
Pantelis Polychronidis is a collaborative pianist, educator and scholar who performs regularly in both the U.S. and Europe. He is Senior Lecturer at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Department of Voice/Opera) and also teaches at Vienna Konservatorium. He served as an Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and in 2012 he was a Martin Luther King, Jr.-César Chávez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. Dr. Polychronidis was on the Collaborative Piano Faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria and often performs at the Franz- Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, of which he is an alumnus. Combining the best elements of the European and American musical traditions, he is equally at home in the art song and the operatic repertoire as well as in chamber music. He has been in demand as a collaborative pianist and coach, and has performed in Austria, Germany, Greece, Holland, Slovakia, Belgium, England and the U.S. Polychronidis is one of the official Pianists for the Hilda Zadek International Voice Competition, the Belvedere Voice Competition and the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Poertschach, Austria. He received his Bachelor in Musical Studies from the University of Athens with emphasis on ethnomusicology and historical musicology. He obtained his M.A. in Solo Piano and Collaborative Piano from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Next, he studied with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan where he was awarded his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Collaborative Piano. While at Michigan he accompanied the studio classes of George Shirley and the late Shirley Verrett. During his U.S. studies Dr. Polychronidis was supported by a Fulbright and an Onassis scholarship. He has completed two Postdoctoral Programs at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in Lied accompanying and Chamber music, with Charles Spencer and Roswitha Heintze respectively.