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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.
Lura Johnson
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.
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. 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 from September 2008 head of the department for keyboard instruments at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität.
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.

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. Michael Frischenschlager
Michael Frischenschlager, born in Salzburg, studied violin, conducting and musicology in Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vienna and Rome. He studied with Yehudi Menuhin and for several years played the violin as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He frequently performs as soloist as well as a member of chamber ensembles. Since 1971 professor for violin at the academy of music in Vienna of which he was also principal from 1992 to 1996.
Anna Kandinsky
Anna Kandinsky was born in Moscow. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory, the “Musikhochschule Bern” and absolved postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Elisabeth Gilels, Abraham Shtern, Valerij Klimov and Igor Ozim.
She was successful in many competitions and – amongst others – came first in the München Konzert Gesellschaft and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition 1991 in Paris where, as a consequence, Anna Kandinsky was invited by Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Regular studies with the great violinist together with joint tours and concerts through Europe opened her ways for a career as a soloist.
She has been soloist with renowned orchestras like the St. Petersburg Philharmonics and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. She performed in the London Wigmore Hall and in the Barbican Centre, in the Philharmonie am Gasteig and in the Munich Residence, with the Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, the Tonhalle Zurich and at the Wiener Konzerthaus, but also with the Festivals of Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Kopenhagen, Bad Kissingen and the Salzburger Mozartwoche.
She was invited by Valerij Gergiev to the “Weiße Nächte” in St. Petersburg and to the Finnish Mikkeli to perform Alban Berg´s violin concerto under Gergiev´s baton. There are regular appearances with Yuri Bashmet at his festival on the island of Elba or concerts with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra under Alexander Rudin. For many years Anna Kandinsky was also guest at the International Oleg Kagan Musikfestival Tegernsee, invited by Natalia Gutman.
Gidon Kremer invited her to his Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus. As a member of his Kremerata Baltica she was able to perform both as a soloist and as a member of chamber music in concert halls all over Europe. Her partners were Gidon Kremer, Natalia Gutman, András Schiff, Lars Vogt, Mikhail Rudy, Nobuko Imai and Miklos Perényi. Artistic cooperation in Austria concentrates on the Altenberg -Trio and the pianist Christopher Hinterhuber. Natalia Kandinsky is also founding member of the string trio “Impression III”, which predominantly devotes itself to the presentation of contemporary European and Russian composers.
From 2004 to 2012 Anna Kandinsky was a lecturer for violin at the University for Music and Acting in Vienna, since 2012 she has been professor for violin and is in charge of a class for soloists at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt. She is also guest lecturer at the London Royal College of Music and at the Shanghai Conservatory and holds master-classes for violin from Western Europe via Russia to Asia, amongst others at the Hochschule für Musik Saarbrücken, Sommermusik Altensteig/Stuttgart and the Japanese Osaka Music Festival. She has been juror at international competitions in England, Russia and Italy (Concorso R.Lipizer, London-Gates-Competition, Jampolsky Competition, etc.).
The family Razumovsky, resp. the Razumovsky Society,appointed Anna Kandinsky Primaria of the Razumovsky Quartett in Vienna.
Anna Kandinsky plays the violin Nicolas Lupot, Paris 1806.
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.
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 collaborates internationally with concert presenters, festivals, orchestras, record labels, educational institutions and other partners across the classical music business and beyond. As a former artist manager he worked with several artists of highest international acclaim including GRAMMY winners.

Andreas Vierziger lectures internationally at universities such as Paris-Sorbonne, Tokyo University of the Arts, Helsinki Sibelius Academy, Royal Academy of Music Copenhagen, Zurich University of the Arts and he holds a lecturing position at Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.

He was a board member of Camerata Salzburg and he judged more than 20 international music competitions such as International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, Fulbright Concerto Competition and New York Concert Artist Auditions in the USA and Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Poland.

Voice

Erwin Belakowitsch
Erwin Belakowitsch, once a soloist with the Viennese Boys´ Choir, studied voice with Prof. Ralf Döring and KS Robert Holl at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has performed in more than 60 roles from opera, operetta, musical and acting in places like the state theatres Gärtnerplatztheater Munich, Schwerin, Cottbus, Braunschweig and Kassel, at the theatres Regensburg, Münster, Luzern, Osnabrück, Magdeburg, the Tiroler Landestheater, the Vorarlberger Landeshteater, the Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen, the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the Schauspielhaus Vienna, with the Bregenzer Festspiele and the Seefestspiele Mörbisch.
For several years he was an ensemble member of the Theatre Ulm and the State Theatre Meiningen.
Amongst many other prizes he won the International Joseph Suder Lied Competition and in 2010 he came first in the International Johannes Brahms Competition at Poertschach.
Lied recitals and opera productions took him to Japan, Korea, South America and Australia where he worked as a lecturer for voice at the Sydney University of Music. His discography comprises “Die schöne Müllerin” and “Drang in die Ferne” (Gramola records), complete recordings of „Der Bettelstudent“ and „Anatevka“ (oehmsclassics) as well as lieder and chansons by Walter Jurman (orlando records).
Olaf Bär
Olaf Bär started his musical training at an early age when entering the traditional boys´choir “Dresdner Kreuzchor”. In 1978 he began his studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Carl Maria von Weber” in Dresden. His international career as a concert and lied singer started when having won the first prize in the Walther Gruner Competition for German lied in London. Concert tours took and take him to the music centres all over Europe, to America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
His successful career as an opera singer gave him the opportunity to work with renowned conductors like George Solti, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Hartmut Haenchen, Riccardo Muti, Peter Schreier, Jeffrey Tate, John Eliot Gardiner, Franz Welser-Möst, Adam Fischer, Mark Minkowski, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Barenboim und Pierre Boulez.
He received formative influence from working with producers like Joachim Herz, Ruth Berghaus, Jürgen Flimm, Hans Neuenfels, Andreas Homoki, Sven-Eric Bechtolf und Patrice Chereau.
For many years now he has had ties with the Dresden State Opera in the form of a guest contract.
Tours took him to the Covent Garden Opera House in London, to the Scala in Milan, the Viennese State Opera, the State Opera Berlin, die opera houses in Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfort, Zurich, Chicago, Rome, Naples and Turin as well as to the Festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Aix en Provence, Japan und Glyndebourne and Vienna and to the Ruhr-Trienale.
Since 2004 Olaf Bär has been in charge of a lied class at the University of Music in Dresden and has for many years been invited into the juries of international competitions. He gives master classes mainly focusing on the German Lied repertoire
His musical activities have been documented in numerous recordings by EMI, Decca, Philips and others.
In 1998 Olaf Bär was awarded the Schuman prize by the town of Zwickau.
Helena Dearing
Helena Dearing was educated at the Music University in Vienna, majoring in “Voice” and “Lied and Oratorio”. Among her teachers were Erik Werba, Helmut Deutsch, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and René Jacobs at the Scola Cantorum in Basel. Concert tours included appearances in Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Japan and the U.S. She has performed with several well-known instrumentalists, such as Christopher Hinterhuber, Norman Shetler, Clemens Zeilinger and Eduard Kutrowatz at the piano, the Altenberg Trio Vienna, the Haydn Academy in Eisenstadt, the Capella Academica Wien and other orchestras. She has recorded several Cds with Lieder by Schubert, Haydn and Brahms. In opera she has performed in several productions of baroque opera with period instruments. She has been a teacher of vocal technique at both the Universities for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and in Graz. In 2007 she was appointed Professor of Vocal Training at the Music University in Vienna. From 2007 – 2016 she was Artistic Director of the International Brahms Festival in Mürzzuschlag, Styria.
Since 2013 she has been organizing the annual event of 4 “Schubertiaden” at Schloss Atzenbrugg/Lower Austria in support of the Schubert memorial. When carrying out this function it is her special concern to present young lied singers in this very special historical frame.
Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Barbara Moser
Concertpianist Barbara Moser tours frequently as soloist, chambermusician and accompanist throughout Europe, the USA and Asia starring at such renowned Festivals as the Summerfestival Salzburg, the Wiener Festwochen and the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival. She has worked together with Orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Dallas Symphony, has accompanied singers Annette Dasch, Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Michael Schade, Mara Zampieri and many more. Her discography comprises 9 recital-CDs, numerous chambermusic- and Lied-recordings. Amongst her teachers were Heinz Medjimorec, Rudolf Buchbinder and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She has been teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 1999, habilitated in 2005 and completed her doctorate-studies with a thesis on embellishments in Bellini’s opera “La Sonnambula” in 2007. This doctorate thesis was in the meantime published by VDM-Verlag.
Prof. Benno Schollum
After finishing his studies Benno Schollum started teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 1983. Extensive concert activity with – for example – Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Manfred Honeck, Mstislav Rostropovich. CDs with Menuhin and Sinfonia Varsovia with Haydn’s “Schöpfung”, Händel’s “Messiah”, the 9th Beethoven and Schubert’s Messen. With Fedoseyev and the Tchaikovsky Orchestra Moscow Tchaikovskys “Jolanta”, as well as Wilhelm Bush “In Word and Tone” (Russell Ryan/Stephan Paryla) and the “Winterreise” with Graham Johnson. He plays the part of Kuno in the filming of “Der Freischütz” by C.M.Weber (www.huntersbride.com) beside Juliane Banse, Olaf Bär, Franz Grundheber, Renè Pape. He is the author of the book “German for Singers” which was published in New York.
Prof. Maija 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 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.
KS Prof. Helmut Wildhaber
A graduate of Graz University, Helmut Wildhaber has been a member of the Vienna State Opera since 1980. In 1990 he was appointed “Kammersänger”. Helmut Wildhaber is a recognized specialist for oratorio and canto. His numerous radio recordings of aria recitals are the very best recommendation.

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. 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. 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.
Prof. Stefan Mendl
Stefan Mendl was born in Vienna. He started playing the piano at an early age, his first teacher being Manfred Wagner-Artzt. He continued his studies with Alexander Jenner at the University for Music and Acting in Vienna. His great interest for chamber music resulted in the founding of the “Wiener Klaviertrio” in 1988. The ensemble ranks among the leading chamber music formations in Europe and has since then been performing worldwide. In 2006 they started a series of 4 concerts per year for the Viennese Concert House Society at the Mozartsaal of the Wiener Konzerthaus. Since 2015 Stefan Mendl has been teaching chamber music with piano at the University for Music and Acting in Vienna. He gives master classes und has been juror with international competitions like ARD Munich in 2019 or Joseph Haydn Competition Vienna 2014.
Séverine Payet
Séverine Payet was born in Montreal where she received her first lessons at the Conservatory. She continued her studies at the Hochschule der Kunst in Zurich and the Conservatorio Lugano where she finished her studies with F. Benda. Important impetus came from master classes taken with Sabine Meyer, Charles Neidich and Michael Collins. She won several prizes like the Brahms Competition in Zurich and the first prize in the Chamber Music Competition in Barletta, Italia.

Séverine Payet is much in demand as a soloist, as a partner in chamber music ensembles as well as a solo clarinetist of the Beethoven Philharmonics. She has been giving concerts with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, at the Music Festival Bern, with the “Carinthische Sommer” in Austria and several times at the Tonhalle Zürich and the Wiener Musikverein. Several pieces of music were dedicated to her by the Swiss composer Rodolphe Schacher. As a member of orchestra she performs with the Symphony Orchestra Bern, the Chamber Orchestra Basel, the Collegium Musicum Winterthur or the Ensemble Kontrapunkt Vienna. Séverine is a member of the „Berner Bläser Oktett“, the „Ensemble 5” and the “Trio Clarion”, formations which regularly perform at festivals in Switzerland, the “Carinthische Sommer” in Austria as well as in France, Germany, Canada, China and Brasil..

Pianists

Miyuki Maruyama (Violin)
Miyuki Maruyama was born in Toyama/Japan. 1993 studied with Prof. Alexander Jenner at the University of Music in Vienna. 2000 graduated from the University of Music in Vienna (Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien) with master’s degree. She had many concerts in Europe and Japan while she was in University
and worked as repetitor at the conductor’s class, and served as the official accompanist of international music competitions.2002 returned to Japan and then started giving many recitals and piano concertos with orchestra. She continues giving concerts at schools and starts her performances with a short presentation about the music. 2009 released the first album (Mozart/Beethoven/Schubert piano sonatas). 2010 released the second album (Chopin 4 Ballades and Liszt Vallee d’Obermann), and gave the first public performance of Khachaturian’s piano concerto in Toyama. 2017 gave the performance of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (original piano version).
Chizu Miyamoto (Violin)
Chizu Miyamoto was born in Nagano, Japan. Her mother started to teach her to play the piano at the age of four. Chizu Miyamoto studied concert piano at Toho Gakuen Music University in Tokyo, one of the most prestigious music academies of Japan and graduated in the subjects concert, education and music theory. Subsequently, she taught those subjects at Kawai Music School in Nagano. She was a founding member of the Suzaka-Piano Trio. In order to further develop her artistic abilities, she came to Vienna in 2001 to study at the Vienna Conservatory with Dr. Johannes Jess-Kropfitsch instrumental accompaniment. and chamber music with the Altenberg Trio. She finished her studies in 2005 with distinction, by unanimous decision of the jury. She performed as an official accompanist at renowned international master classes and competitions such as the Johannes Brahms Competition in Portschach, the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna, the Tibor Varga Violin Competition Sion in Switzerland, the Viennese master classes, the Summer Academy at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Masterclasses at Burg Feistritz, the Estate Musicale in Portogruaro (Italy), the Eilat Music Festival (Israel), Rachlin and Friends (Dubrovnik), the Special Easter Masterclasses in Morges and Blonay (Switzerland), the Nagano Aspen Music Festival, the Miyazaki Music Festival , Japan and many more. In 2010 she was awarded a diploma for excellent piano accompaniment at the International Violin Competition “David Oistrakh” in Moscow. Chizu Miyamoto plays a great deal of chamber music in a wide range of instrumental combinations. Also, she performs regularly as soloist in Japan and Europe. Since 2005 she has been working as piano accompanist at the Music and Art Private University Vienna.
Hedayet Djeddikar (Voice)
Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar, born in Basel, performs at concert series and festivals such as the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the styriarte Graz, the Eppaner Liedsommer, and the Rheingau Music Festival. In addition to maintaining his repertoire, he is particularly interested in discovering rarely performed pieces. Radio recordings were made for SWR, BR, HR, WDR, SR2 and ORF.
A complete recording of Clara Schumann’s songs, recorded on her own grand piano, was released for Naxos, various recordings have been published by OehmsClassics and Thorofon, among others, most recently in early 2019 “Deutsche Winterreise” with speakers Jens Harzer, Eva Mattes and Birgitta Assheuer on the speak low label.
For many years he has been the official accompanist of the ARD Music Competition and the Johannes Brahms Competition.
He is a lecturer at master classes in Europe, China and Japan and teaches at the music academies in Frankfurt and Mannheim. He received his training with the Bonn pianist Rose Marie Zartner, as well as the music academies in Frankfurt with Charles Spencer, Rainer Hoffmann and Eugen Wangler, in Karlsruhe with Hartmut Höll, as well as in numerous master classes, among others with Dietrich Fischer – Dieskau, Wolfram Rieger and Helmut Deutsch.