Violinist Lucie Robert, a native of Montreal, has received enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics alike for the expressive lyricism and tonal beauty of her playing. Robert carries on the great violin tradition of her teacher, the legendary Josef Gingold. A prize winner of the First Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Austria, Ms. Robert has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East. Highly sought after as a violin pedagogue, For over thirty years, Robert has served as violin professor at the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Robert has served as an adjudicator for several international competitions including the Montreal, Fritz Kreisler, Jozsef Szigeti, Seoul and Joseph Joachim international violin competitions. In the past several years, Robert has given lectures on violin technique and her teaching philosophy and is a frequent contributor to “The Violin Channel”.
Isabelle van Keulen a truly versital musician. Her versatility lies in the fact that she plays the violin as well as the viola with the same energy, performing chamber music in any thinkable combination and directing chamber orchestra performances. She has over the course of her career engaged in works written by contemporary composers, and has had many concertos written especially for her. She is professor at the Luzern University of Arts and visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Professor Stephan Barratt-Due has had a wide-ranging career as a soloist, chamber musician and chamber music coach. In his teaching career he has taught several of the best Norwegian violinists of the younger generation. He is Artistic Director of Barratt Due Music Institute and leader of the Oslo Camerata.
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Mark Messenger is recognised globally as a violinist, conductor, teacher, and educationalist. As a soloist, conductor and chamber musician he has worked togheter with many of the great names. He is member of the Bochmann and Bingham Quartets since 1984. Since 2002, he has been much in demand as a teacher, international judge, external examiner, to give masterclasses and as a lecturer. He is currently Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music in London, and consultant for the Norwegian Academy in Oslo.
Diemut Poppen is one of the most outstanding violists of her generation. Poppen studied in Düsseldorf, Aachen, Cologne, Berlin, Bloomington (USA) and Paris. As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared in the most important music centres around the world. Well-known musicians have invited Diemut Poppen to participate in their festivals – amongst others – C.Abbado, A.Schiff, G.Kremer, T.Mork, L.Kavakos, N.Gutman, A.Chaushian. Diemut Poppen performed as a soloist under the baton of conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Frans Brüggen and Claudio Abbado. She is currently Professor for Viola and Chamber Music in Detmold, in Madrid, at the Escuela de Musica Reina Sofia and at Hemu Lausanne. Diemut Poppen was co-principal in Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado and principal viola and a founding member of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Poppen’s repertory spans from the classical viola concertos to all combinations of chamber music as well as contemporary music. Several composers have written new pieces for her, solo as well as concertos, sonatas and chamber music.
Stephanie Baer is Director of String Studies, Viola and chamber music professor at New York University. She has toured extensively around the world and currently plays together with the piano quartet Metamorphosis. She has toured around the US with the Arioso Ensemble and has been first viola at the Carmel Bach Festival.
The cellist Henrik Brendstrup trained in Copenhagen with Erling Bløndal Bengtsson and in London with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum. He is one of the few Nordic musicians who has received both the French music prize Diapason d’Or and the German Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. Henrik Brendstrup has performed as soloist and chamber musician in most of Europe, and has played with most of the Danish orchestras. For several years he has taught cello at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, but are now working as a professor at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.
Bjørg Lewis is one of Norway’s most highly esteemed cellists. As a soloist, she has played with the Oslo Philharmonic as well as many other orchestras throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltics. Bjørg is a founder member of the Vertavo String Quartet, an internationally acclaimed ensemble, which has received numerous awards including Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize. A busy performance schedule takes Bjørg throughout Europe and North America. A frequent participant in many international chamber music festivals, Bjørg has also been regularly invited to join the Nash Ensemble for the past five years. Bjørg is Associate Professor of Cello Studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
Melissa Phelps, described by The Guardian as “one of the most talented cellists of her generation”, has played throughout the world as soloist and recitalist, is in wide demand as a chamber music player. She is also a highly respected teacher, having taught at several major European conservatories. Melissa Phelps currently teaches at The Royal College of Music i London. Her own teachers were Paul Tortelier and Joan Dickson. One of her major musical influence was the late Jacqueline du Pré and in whose BBC Television masterclasses she played. Melissa Phelps has premièred many important new works in the UK including pieces by Witold Lutoslawski, Roger Smalley and Mark Anthony Turnage. She is a member of the Camilli String Quartet who recorded Michael Nyman’s 4th Quartet for Decca and she has also recorded for ASV, Meridian and Teldec, winning a Best Chamber Music Record of the Year award.
Ole Eirik Ree is teaching cello at Barratt Due Institute of Music. He is also artistic director of the organisation Valdres Festival and Valdres Sommersymfoni – a summer course for classical music. Ree has a doctorate in music from Mason Gross School of the Arts, USA, were he studied with the cello legend Zara Nelsona and Guarneri Quartet.
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Rick Stotijn, these days, is considered one of the most leading bass players in the
world. He studied at the Conservatory in Amsterdam with his father Peter Stotijn where he graduated with the highest distinction. Later on he studied with Bozo Paradzik at the Hochschule in Freiburg. He performs regularly as soloist with Orchestra’s such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has worked with Janine Jansen, Christianne Stotijn, Liza Ferschtman, Robert Holl, Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power and many others. Rick was principal double bass in the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and is currently principal in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. As guest principal Rick plays regularly in the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra Mozart and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Rick is teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and will be the new Professor Double Bass at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf from September 2015.
Rüdiger Ludwig is born in Mainz in 1970. From 1991 to 1993 he studied at the Hochschule Frankfurt with Professor Günther Klaus. Before he was hired a the NDR Radio Filharmonics he was the basist of the Filharmonic City Orchestra in Mainz. Rüdiger also plays chamber music in the ensemble Kammermusik 21, an ensemble consisting of the two NDR-Orchestras, and Isabelle van Keulen.
From a very young age, Isabelle Perrin has been passionate about the harp. She began her training at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, where she gave her first public recital at the age of seventeen, then continued her studies at the Juillliard School of Music in New York before joining the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and later on the Orchestre National de France as co-principal harpist during 25 years. Isabelle Perrin is regularly invited to play with prestigious ensembles in Europe and the USA. In addition to her career as a soloist, Isabelle Perrin is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and is regularly invited as a guest professor by renowned institutions such as Indiana University, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. Isabelle Perrin has been decorated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and admitted to the Knighthood of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Erik Groenestein-Hendriks is harpist of the Gothenburg Symphony. He has previously been employed at the Philharmonic in Santiago. Erik took his Masters at the Conservatory in The Hague and has played in orchestras like the European Youth Orchestra under the bation of Bernhard Haitink and Eliot Gardiner, and in the World Youth Orchestra. He is also sought-after as chamber musician and soloist.
Stephen has worked with many performers throughout the length and breadth of Norway and Sweden. At present he runs private practices in Bergen and Oslo, and works on a regular basis with members of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Norwegian Opera, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera, as well as with students and teachers from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where he holds a teaching position.
He has previously worked with the Norwegian Contemporary Dance Company (Carte Blanche) for over ten years, and has held numerous seminars for schools and organizations in Norway and Sweden.
Stephen emphasizes the direct application of the Alexander Technique regardless of what one may be engaged in, whether this be playing an instrument, singing, using a computer, meditating, working out, etc.
Born in 1976 in Germany, he is one of Europes promising new Bandoneón players. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin. Already in 1994 he began to focus himself intensively on Argentinean tango. He shares stages with tango legends like Alberto Podestá, Juan José Mosalini, Alfredo Marcucci, Raul Garello and Luis Stazo and performed with the legendary Tango Broadway Show „Tango Pasión“ amongst others. In 2001 he founded his „Quinteto Ángel“ which is touring all over Europe since then. Besides performing in numerous projects and concerts of contemporary music (e.g. “Novemberland” with Nobel prize winner Günther Grass), film and theater music works complete his musical activities. Since 2003 he playes regularly with the innovative group “Tangocrash” and is part of grammy-awarded Luis Stazo´s “Stazo Mayor”.
*Christian is a member of the Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble and will be perfoming with the ensemble in the start of the string course. He will also be having a tango session.
Ulrike Payer counts among the most versatile pianists of our time. Her repertoire not only includes solo pieces, as well as all renowned concerts and chamber music pieces and lieder, but also covers various styles and eras, from Baroque to modern day classical music. She studied with Alexis Weissenberg, Tatjana Nikolajewa and the Amadeus Quartet. As a pianist, Ulrike distinguished herself not only in the world of classical music, but also as an interpreter of Tango Argentino. Consequently, Ulrike played concerts alongside the most prominent Argentine musicians, such as Cholo Montironi, Noberto Bondino, Carlos Buono and the Sexteto Mayor. Since 2004, she has been teaching at the Musikhochschule Mainz and the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken.
*Ulrike is a member of the Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble and will be perfoming with the ensemble in the start of the string course. He will also be having a tango session.
Alison Rhind was educated at the Chetham´s School of Music Oxford University and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Edith Vogel. Since 2006 Alison regularly has been invited to work at the Royal College of Music i London. This was formalized in 2009 when she was offered a position as coach/accompanist for the string Institute.
Maria Tarasewicz has already gained an enviable international reputation as a chamber musician, duo partner and a pedagogue. The depth and quality of Maria’s credentials can be judged through the collaborations she has had with many great international artists, such as Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov, Gavriel Lipkind and Truls Mørk. She is also committed to working with and developing younger artists. Maria has performed in all of London major concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Southbank, Royal Albert Hall and many others. One of Maria’s current projects is the initiative of cofounding The Thinking Musician©, the platform organising summer music courses combining music as art, philosophy, intellectual provocations and speaking of the artist’s role in world.