Shlomo Mintz

Critics, colleagues and audiences regard Shlomo Mintz as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike. Born in Moscow in 1957, he immigrated to Israel and studied the violin with Ilona Feher. At the age of 11, he made his concert debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and at the age of 16 he made his debut in Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the patronage of Isaac Stern.

Since then he is a celebrated guest with orchestras and conductors on the international music scene, and has appeared with historical musicians like Sergiu Celibidache, Pablo Casals, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich and Carlo Maria Giulini. In the 2012/2013 Season, he celebrated his 50th anniversary with the National Orchestra of France in a special concert at the Champs Elysées Theatre as a conductor and a soloist.

A regular President of Jury (Wieniawski, Sion, Buenos Aires and Munetsugu violin competitions) and Artistic Director of many International Music Festivals, he is currently sought after to conduct Master Classes all over the world. Mintz is also a co-founder of Violins of Hope, a project that aims to promote peace through music.

He has won several prestigious prizes including the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Diapason D'Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award. In 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

In 2015 and during two years Mintz was named the soloist in residence of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

In Autumn 2016 Shlomo Mintz has been awarded with the Cremona Music Award 2016. Next season includes performances in Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Maxim Vengerov

Maxim Vengerov
was born on 20 August 1974 in Novosibirsk, Russia. His mother was a singer, and his father the 1st oboe player with the local philharmonic. At the age of 5, he began studying the violin with Galina Tourkhaninova, and two years later – with Zakhar Bron. 1984 saw the 10-year-old Maxim go abroad for the first time; in Lublin, Poland, he won the 1st prize at International Karol Lipiński and Henryk Wieniawski Young Violin Player Competition (years later, he recalled: I thought Poland was somewhere at the end of the world.

One does not forget such trips; no wonder I always remember Poland very fondly…) In 1990, he proved his extraordinary talent with victory at the International Carl Flesch Competition in London. At the time, he had already studied with Z. Bron in London and Lübeck. His public appearances – both solo and with orchestras – at major European music venues sparked interest of major record labels (to date, he has recorded close to 100 compositions or cycles) and music magazines.

Numerous recording prizes and "Artist of the Year" titles (incl. one from "Grammophone") followed, as did the celebrated Grammy Award, Edison Award (for the recording of Shostakovich Second Concerto), and the highly prestigious "Echo Klassik" annual distinction awarded to him by the German Television in 2003 (for recital feat. compositions by J. S. Bach).

"Playing by Heart", a Channel 4 production about the virtuoso's meetings with young musicians during his master classes, which was shown at the Cannes Festival in 1999, enjoyed tremendous popularity throughout the world.

Contacts with Mstislav Roztropovich, Daniel Barenboim or Vag Papian, as well as performances with the world's most famous orchestras, like the Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the BBC Philharmonic or the Chicago Symphony, exerted profound influence upon Maxim Vengerov's artistic progress and development of his musical skills. The artist took a two-year course in the Baroque violin and repertoire of the epoch.

However, he does not restrict himself to the violin alone; these are also the viola, jazz improvisation, dance, and finally, conducting that have caught his attention. Since the earliest stages of his career, he has been playing various Stradivari instruments; at present, it is the 1727 "Ex-Kreutzer". Since 2005, Maxim Vengerov has been Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 1997, he became UNICEF's Envoy for Music and has met and performed for children in such places, as Uganda, Thailand or Kosovo.

Recently, the artist has also renewed and consolidated his ties with Poland. He has been performing with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Sinfonietta Cracovia and the Baltic Philharmonic.

In October 2006, his concert with the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Andrzej Boreyko closed the 13th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań. In October 2011, Maxim Vengerov was a chairman of the jury at the 14th edition of the competition.
In 2016 he will chair the jury of 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.
Marianna Vasileva

...She looks like an Angel, but plays a really devilish...CSKG

...There are certainly young players of comparable skill, though none with the breezy confidence and ighthearted
intelligence that she brings to her performance...Opera plus

The only lady today who performs all Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Marianna Vasileva to perform 24 Caprices by N.Paganini in one oncert Mariana's exciting charisma was admitted by Mstislav Rostropovich who has listened to her for the first time at his anniversary party in 1997.

A winner of many international competitions (the Prague Spring International Music Competition, the International Glazunov Competition, the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, the Violin Competition Sion Valais, and others.

Music critics, audiences and fellow musicians have recently been calling Marianna Vasileva an upcoming first lady of violin.

She displays a truly unprecedented violin technique, and resonant tone, digitally precise intonation in all circumstances together with the breezy confidence and light-hearted intelligence that she brings to her performance.

Cooperates with talented young musicians like Vadim Gladkov, Miroslav Sekera, the Amernet String Quartet, as well as with renowned artists, such as Krzysztof Penderecki,Shlomo Mintz, Thomas Sanderling, Itamar Golan, Saulius Sondeckis, Robert Kabara, Victor Yampolsky, and many others.

Mariana Vasileva is one of the few violinists in the world, who performs all 24 capriccios by N.Paganini in one concert Her repertoire includes over 40 Violin Concertos.

In the current season Mariana will appear on stage in Europe performing full circle of 24 capriccios by N.Paganini, concertos by S.Prokofiev, L.Beethoven, J.Sibelius etc
Daniel Hope

...This violinist, now among the best in the world
as well as the most thoughtful, is as brilliant at Bach as
Birtwistle... The Observer, August 2014

...The British violinist has a big, rich sound and a big, enquiring spirit... Los Angeles Times

Daniel Hope is a violin virtuoso who contributes a lot to popularization of violin music, he produces nusual striking projects which lie between classical music and history AIR is a unique project — a collection of violin bestsellers of XVI-XVIII centuries Daniel Hope will perform with the virtuoso musicians who gather in St. Petersburg specially for this evening

Daniel Hope's declared aim is to trace the development of the Baroque violin, mainly through four composers — three Italian, one German.

This throws up some fascinating, sometimes extraordinary, pieces. Among the few surviving works of the Dresden composer Westhoff are a set of amazingly coloured sonatas with movements imitating bells, a lute, and a battle.

Among a kaleidoscope of brief pieces are two complete concertos, one by Telemann, the other Geminiani's arrangement of a Corelli sonata, stylishly accompanied by Hope's five string colleagues and continuo.

A percussionist adds great rhythmic vitality in several dance movements; the opening Falconieri Ciaccona and a Tambourin by Leclair are irresistible. In all, here's a striking demonstration of the sheer variety and invention of Baroque violin composers, though yet another Pachelbel Canon and a 'Greensleeves' arrangement seem to be concessions to the disc's commercial potential.

Although by no means 'period' performances — they're at present-day pitch and, if the
photos are accurate, employ modern strings and bows — they are admirably stylish.

Hope uses vibrato as a colour and there are some delightful hues in the five continuo
options, plucked and keyed. Bar an occasional steely edge from relatively closemiked
solo violin, recorded sound is excellent.
Sofja Gülbadamova and
Grigory Kalinovsky

One of the major concert in the season in the Small Hall of Philharmonia — one of the best acoustic halls of Europe

Meloman programme — duos of Faure, Poulenc, Franck.

Sofja Gülbadamova prizewinner of many international competitions in USA, Spain, France, Germany and Russia, has won 2008 the first prizes at two prestigious piano competitions in France: the International
Piano Competition in Aixen- Provence as well as the 6th International Francis Poulenc Piano Competition,
where she also received the special prize for the best interpretation of Poulenc's music. Sofja Gülbadamova performs regularly at famous festivals, such as the Schleswig- Holstein music festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, the Rheingau Festival (Germany), the International Music Festival Lucerne Switzerland), the "Salzburger Schlosskonzerte" (Austria), to name just a few.

Grigory Kalinovsky Hailed by critics as a «superior poet» (Vancouver Sun), violinist Grigory Kalinovsky has been touring the world with concerto engagements, recitals and chamber music performances, appearing at some of the world's most prestigious venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg.

Praised for his «heart and indomitable will» (Gramophone), he has recently performed with the
Nashville Symphony (USA), Klassik Philharmonie Hamburg (Germany), KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic (South Africa), the Kwang-Ju Symphony (South Korea), Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada), the Bolivian National Symphony, and the Guatemala Symphony, under the baton of Sidney Harth, Irwin Hoffman, Bernhard Gueller, Robert Stehli and François- Xavier Roth, among others.

Antal Zalai

...At times Zalai plays with the aristocratic aplomb of Milstein - and with a tonal luster to match. Occasionally, he's more eclectic: his reading of the Hebrew Melody combines Elman's beauty of tone, Heifetz's intensity, and Grumiaux's pure flow of sound... Gramophone Magazine

Antal Zalai began his classical violin studies at the age of five. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2009 where he was a student of Kati Sebestyén.

Prior to his studies in Brussels, his teachers were László Dénes, Péter Komlós and Jozef Kopelman in Budapest.

In addition, Zalai has attended masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Erick Friedman, Tibor Varga, Lewis Kaplan and György Pauk. At age 15 he gained international recognition by performing the Bartók Violin Concerto No.1 at Lord Yehudi Menuhin's 80th anniversary tribute gala concert at the Grand Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest on 1 October 1996.

In the development of his career, Zalai has enjoyed collaborations with eminent conductors such as Fabio
Luisi, Paavo Järvi, Yoel Levi, Lawrence Foster, Gilbert Varga, Shlomo Mintz, Ludovic Morlot, Laurent
Petitgirard, Enrique Bátiz Campbell, Yip Wing-sie, and Gábor Takács-Nagy.

He made his UK debut in Liverpool in 2008 where he performed the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic and conductor Ludovic Morlot.

He performed the same violin concerto at his Berlin debut in 2008, as soloist of the Deutsches Symphonie-
Orchester Berlin in the Berliner Philharmonie.

In April 2010 Zalai made hisViennese debut in the Vienna Symphony's «Frühling in Wien 2010» gala concert conducted by Fabio Luisi in the Wiener Musikverein. He won the opportunity during an online
competition on the internet platform Talenthouse.

As a recitalist, Antal Zalai has performed in the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Victoria Hall (Geneva), the Concert Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver among others.
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