Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School
With the generous support of Il Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco” di Verona and “Conservatorio di Musica “Lucio Campiani”, Mantova
An exciting opportunity is being offered to 47 tertiary instrumental and vocal students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to participate in the inaugural Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School.
This two-week intensive learning and performance summer school will take place in and around Verona, Italy from 7 to 19 July 2014. Travel, accommodation and all tuition will be provided for students, who will be tutored by local and international guests to the school.
Applicants will be required to complete an audition as part of the application process. Please refer to the “Audition Times” section below for details of the audition schedule.
2014 Successful Applicants
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to attend Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School in Verona, Italy from 7-19 July 2014.
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Places are available for three string quartets, a piano trio, a wind quintet, a brass quintet, a saxophone quartet, six vocalists, and six pianists. Auditions will be open to:
- Strings, woodwind, brass and piano – Undergraduate and Postgraduate.
- Voice students from Year 3 and Year 4 Bachelor of Music (Performance) only.
- All students must be enrolled at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014.
- Audition via chamber ensemble only.
- The following ensemble types will be auditioned – string quartet, piano trio, wind quintet, brass quintet, and saxophone quartet.
- Vocal and piano students auditioning should do so in a chamber ensemble setting, either being accompanied or accompanying.
- Suggested repertoire for vocal ensemble students includes Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and other quartets by Monteverdi, Palestrina, Parry, Stanford, Elgar, Schumann, Brahms, Bartok, Poulenc and Messiaen. Vocal quartets must audition with two pieces.
- For string quartets and trios, prepare two complete quartets of own choice.
- For brass quintets, prepare Quintet by Malcolm Arnold and a Contrapunctus by J.S Bach (own choice).
- For saxophone quartets and wind quintets, prepare two complete quartets of own choice.
- For pianos and voice – see the Chair of your Unit.
Goetz Richter’s (Violin) diverse career encompasses concerto, recital, chamber music and orchestral performance. Appointed as concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra at the age of 22, Goetz has held principal and leadership positions in Australian orchestras for two decades (including principal violin of the Melbourne Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony from 1987- 2002). Goetz is also the founding artistic director of the Kendall National Violin Competition and president of the Sydney Schubert Society. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with leading Australian and international artists such as David Pereira, Roger Benedict, Hermann Baumann, Gerhard Fauth and Bernhard Greenhouse.
At the Sydney Conservatorium, he supervises postgraduate doctoral and master’s students, and he teaches a large class of tertiary and pre-tertiary performance students. Goetz was a leader in the reinvention of working conditions for orchestral musicians in Australia in the 1990s, and he continues to serve orchestras in a number of capacities, including as a member of the board of directors of the Sydney Symphony.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Goetz studied violin performance in Germany and Switzerland with Helmut Heller (Hamburg), Gerhart Hetzel (Vienna/Munich), Max Rostal (Berne) and advanced solo performance with Artur Grummiaux and Riccardo Odnopossoff. From 1990 onwards, he undertook extensive studies in philosophy and psychology at Sydney University, completing a PhD in Philosophy and the Philosophy of Music in 2007. His publications engage with topics in philosophy, the philosophy of music as well as violin performance and pedagogy.
Ole Bohn (Violin) has pursued an extensive career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has collaborated with conductors such as Moshe Atzmon, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Lukas Foss, Michael Giehlen, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, and Oliver Knussen, and is a frequent performer on radio and television world-wide.
In 1990 he gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s violin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and has since performed this concerto, which was written for and dedicated to him, with the leading orchestras in Europe and the United States.
He has taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory and at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo; given classes at the Eastman School of Music, Hart School of Music, the Norwegian State Academy of Music, Gedai Institue, Tokyo, and the University of Northern Illinois; and for several years conducted summer classes at the Officina da Musica de Curitiba, Brazil.
Ole Böhn has studied under Louise Behrend at the Juilliard School of Music, with Ernst Glaser in Oslo, Henry Holst at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and with Max Rostal at the Statliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
He is the concertmaster of the Norwegian National Opera and has previously held a similar position with the Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra, and worked for shorter periods as concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro del Fenice in Venice, Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, the Residentie Orchestra in Den Haag, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn and the Hamburg State Opera. He joined the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as Associate Professor in 2009.
The Goldner String Quartet (Dene Olding, Dimity Hall, Irina Morozova, Julian Smiles) has widespread and long-standing recognition for excellence, favourably compared with the best in the world. Launched in 1995, and still retaining all four founding members, the players are all well known to Australian and international audiences through solo performances, recordings and their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.
In 1997 the Goldner String Quartet made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in London. Unanimous audience and critical acclaim has ensured the Quartet’s regular return invitations to London and many major UK, European and Asian festivals. In 2001 the Quartet made its American debut with concerts at the prestigious 92nd St Y in New York, and in Washington DC. Closer to home, the Goldner String Quartet has performed in Korea, Singapore and Brunei and has undertaken several extensive tours of New Zealand.
The Quartet regularly appears at major music festivals around Australia in addition to national tours for Musica Viva. The quartet members have been a mainstay of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville since 1993.
The Goldner String Quartet’s live recordings of the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, released on ABC Classics won the 2009 Limelight Award for Best Classical Recording. The Quartet has numerous recent recordings for UK label Hyperion; each disc highlights string quartets and piano quintets of a different composer (Bloch, Bridge, Dvorák, Elgar, Harty and a soon to be released Arensky and Tanyeyev recording) with pianist Piers Lane. These recordings have received universal rave reviews including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine and BBC Music Magazine, as well as finalist for the BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Music Award in 2009.
The national and international reputation of the Goldner String Quartet continues to grow from strength to strength, with invitations for 2013 including a national tour of New Zealand for Chamber Music New Zealand, Oxford May Music Festival (UK), Musica Viva Festival 2013, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and Music in the Hunter.
Klaus Marx (Cello) studied Violoncello in Saarbrücken with Maurice Gendron, later earning a PhD in music based on his thesis work entitled “Die Entwicklung des Violoncells und seiner Spieltechnik bis J. L. Duport“ at the University of Saarland. Marx performed as principal cellist in Münster and at the Staatstheater Kassel from 1965 to 1980.
As a founding member of the Kolisch Piano Trio (1975-1980) and the Leonardo Quartet Cologne (1981-1999) Marx toured Europe and produced numerous recordings for radio, television and CD. His expertise and passion spans the interpretation of contemporary music, which led to frequent cooperation with composers and numerous prestigious premieres.
Marx is currently professor emeritus of violoncello and chamber music at the University of Mainz, where he was a tenured professor from 1980 through 2007. In addition, Klaus Marx taught chamber music classes at the Basel Music Academy from 1985 to 1989, as well as master classes for violoncello and chamber music in several cities including Montreux and Rio de Janeiro throughout his career.
Mark Tukh (Viola) is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory of Music with Prof. Elena Panfilova. He continued his postgraduate studies with Prof. Yuri Kramarov. As part of his postgraduate studies, Mark also worked as a teaching assistant. For many years a principal violist of the Leningrad State Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre, he was also a member of the Theatre’s String Quartet. The quartet concentrated mainly on performing contemporary music.
In 1990 he settled in the USA. He has played with the New Hampshire Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and New London Symphony orchestras. In 1992 he was invited to lead the viola section of the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra during their tour of Germany. He has played numerous chamber music concerts and solo recitals in New England, USA, including a live recording for WGBH Boston Radio and a quartet performance in the United Nations Headquarters in New York. During his stay in the US, he also had a position at a music school in Providence, Rhode Island, teaching both violin and viola.
In 1992/93 he was a member of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and professor of Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, in Portugal. During this period he gave solo recitals in Lisbon, was a member of the Fidelio Quartet and also had undergraduate viola students.
For many years, he has participated in the annual Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire USA, and has also taken part in the Festival de Musique des Portes du Soleil in France, Gotland Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, and was also invited to teach in the Festival de Musica Antiga Colonial in Brazil.
He is currently a resident of Norway and solo violist of Den Norske Opera og Ballett. As part of a cooperation between Den Norske Opera and the Murmansk Philharmonic, he has coached the viola section and has also worked individually with the musicians of the philharmonic. For many years he has played in the Vigeland Quartet participating in various concert series in Norway and Brazil.
Dr Karl Kramer (Tuba) came to the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music after holding the position as professor of music and director of the University of Illinois School of Music for ten years. Prior to that, he served as Dean of the Purchase Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York and dean of music at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, Dr Kramer also holds degrees from Yale University and Temple University.
A founding member of Brass Ring, Dr Kramer is an authority on the performance of modern brass chamber music and has written on the symphonic brass music of Richard Strauss. For thirty years he was principal tubist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and also performed with Sinfonia da Camera, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Florida Philharmonic, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. While at the University of Illinois, Dr Kramer was the founder and artistic director of the annual Allerton Music Barn Festival, a five-day event showcasing the Illinois music faculty in the chamber and jazz genres, along with guest artists of international renown.
As a member of Brass Ring, Dr Kramer toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe and performed on world premiere recordings for the Crystal label featuring works by Witold Lutoslawski, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and David Del Tredici. The quintet recorded soundtracks for the Public Broadcasting Service series The American Experience and is broadcast regularly on National Public Radio. He has also premiered works by composers such as John Harbison, Christopher Rouse, Martin Bresnick, and Roger Kellaway and two compositions written specifically for him by Neely Bruce (“Songs of Zion Recycled”) and Eric Ewazen (“Sonata for Tuba and Piano”). The Kendor Music Company and Brass Ring Editions publish Dr Kramer’s arrangements for brass ensemble.
Andrew Evans (Trumpet) began his career in music as a cornet player in brass bands in Hobart, Tasmania. He studied trumpet with Arthur Edwards and Bruce Lamont and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tasmania.
From 1984-1995 Andrew was a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and taught trumpet at the University of Western Australia. In 1987 he won a German Government Exchange scholarship (DAAD) to continue his studies with Konradin Groth at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and performed as an extra player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
After returning to Australia, he toured internationally with the contemporary music ensemble, ELISION, and was a lecturer at Monash University. Having joined the Sydney Conservatorium’s faculty in 2001, Andrew is also a member of Sydney Brass, which has recently recorded for Tall Poppies and toured for Musica Viva. Recent career highlights include tours and performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Sting, Burt Bacharach, the Sydney Symphony and SSO Brass Ensemble.
Andrew is an active researcher of early brass instruments and performers. Specific areas of interest delve into the trumpeters aboard the Dutch East Indies ship Batavia in 1628 and early brass instrument manufacturing in Sydney in the early 20th century. He has recently presented papers at the Performers Voice Symposium in Singapore, the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS).
Andrew Barnes (Bassoon) studied bassoon with Marion Stanley and John Cran while pursuing degrees of Economics and Law at Macquarie University. Upon graduation he accepted a position with chartered accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick and worked for several years before receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust Scholarship and moving to Europe to pursue study of the bassoon in a full time capacity. Lessons with William Waterhouse in London and at the Conservatoire de Geneve with Kim Walker and Roger Birnstingle helped Andrew to win the bassoon section of the Swiss International Performance Competition in Riddes. Andrew subsequently completed studies at Indiana University in the United States, receiving a Performer Diploma. He was also awarded the “Performer Certificate”, the highest performance prize offered by the School of Music.
Returning to Australia in 1995, Andrew won a position with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, where he played full time for 3 years. During this period he was a founding member of the [new] Adelaide Wind Quintet, a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards and appeared as soloist with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Andrew was appointed to the distinguished faculty of Indiana University School of Music in 1998 where he taught bassoon and coordinated chamber music. He returned to Australia in 2002 to take up the position of Lecturer of Bassoon and Chair of Woodwind at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Since that time Andrew has been regular principal bassoon with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australia Ensemble and a founding member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet. He has also performed regularly as principal with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Queensland Orchestra. Andrew is currently Senior Lecturer of Bassoon and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
David Thompson (French Horn) was born in Ada, Oklahoma, into a family dedicated to music (his father a composer, and his mother an opera director). He studied at the Indiana University School of Music with Michael Hatfield, where he received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with high distinction, as well as the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. He was also the first hornist in 25 years to win the Brass Concerto Competition.
His distinctions in international competitions include the first prizes of the American Horn Competition (Michigan, 1994) and the Performance Competition of the International Horn Society (Munich, 1989), as well as the Festival Prize for the Most Artistic Interpretation at the International Competition for Wind Instruments (Leeuwarden, 1995).
Since 1989, he has been Solo Horn of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. He also performed and recorded extensively for Harmonia Mundi as Solo Horn of the Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra and collaborates regularly with the modern music ensemble Barcelona 216. He also serves as Solo Horn and Director of Chamber Music for the Navarra Symphony Orchestra of Pamplona. In 2011, he took leave from his positions in Spain to assume the position of Principal Horn of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
As a pedagogue, he was professor of horn at the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña, and has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has presented masterclasses and workshops at institutions around Europe, the United States, and Asia, and is the author of two pedagogical texts in widespread use: Daily Warm-Up and Workout (1994) and The Orchestral Audition Repertoire for Horn: Comprehensive and Unabridged (1995).
He is the founder and moderator of the Yahoo horn list, the largest horn-related internet forum with 2700 members on six continents, and has served as Vice President of the International Horn Society.
Mario Marzi (Saxophone) has performed with many important symphonic orchestras, amongst them the Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Torino, Accademia naz. di Santa Cecilia, Arena di Verona, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro alla Fenice di Venezia, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Caracas Symphony Orchestra. For twenty years he has been working with the Teatro alla Scala and with the Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of leading conductors Muti, Giulini, Maazel, Berio, Bychkov, Chailly and Harding.
He is regularly tours with Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and has performed at national and international festivals such as the Biennale di Venezia, Settembre Musica, La Scala di Milano, Accademia Filarmonica di Roma and the Ravenna Festival.
He has devoted himself to 20th Century repertoire and some of the most well-knownl contemporary works for saxophone are dedicated to him. He has recorded for EMI, Edipan, Stradivarius, Agorà, BMG and Sony Classical. His CD of the major saxophone concertos for soloist and orchestra, which he recorded with G. Verdi Symphony Orchestra conducted by H. Schellemberger, was recently released in Italy by Amadeus.
Marzi teaches saxophone at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan, gives post-graduate courses and master classes in Oporto, Amsterdam, Lisboa, Frankfurt, Beijing and Denver.
Lars Mlekusch (Saxophone) was born in 1978 in Switzerland and has established himself as one of the most sought after saxophonists and teachers with a special focus on contemporary music. He has performed in many European countries as well as in Japan, Taiwan, China, Canada, USA and New Zealand. Lars Mlekusch was a guest musician with the world renowned Klangforum Wien for ten years until he joined the Vienna based ensemble PHACE as their saxophone soloist. He is the artistic director and conductor of the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra and with his Duo Saxophonic he is exploring the possibilities of saxophone with live-electronics. In 2005, at the age of only 26, he was appointed professor of saxophone and chamber music at the Konservatorium Wien University in Vienna, where he is leading a highly successful international saxophone class. From 2004 to 2007 he was also teaching saxophone at the University of Music in Basel.
Lars Mlekusch has been invited to teach masterclasses at renowned institutions such as the CNSMD Paris, Conservatorium Amsterdam, Koninklijk Conservatorium and Conservatoire Royal Brussels, Chopin University of Music Warsaw, Lucerne University of Music, Lausanne University of Music, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi Milano, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia Roma, Conservatorio Real Superior Madrid, Conservatorio Superior Sevilla, Conservatoire Boulogne- Billancourt, Royal College of Music London, Conservatorio Superior Palma de Mallorca, Shanghai Conservatory, Bejing Central Conservatory, Senzoku Gauken College Tokyo, Kunitachi College Tokyo, Northwestern University Chicago, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University or University of Toronto. Since 2007 he is teaching an annual saxophone masterclass as part of the Arosa Music Academy in Switzerland.
In 2011 he was a jury member at the Int. Saxophone Competition Nova Gorica and at the 3rd Int. Jean-Marie Londeix Competition Bangkok. He has been invited to the faculties of the prestigious European Saxophone University Gap and of the Impuls Academy Graz.
Lars Mlekusch is a graduate from the University of Music in Basel (Marcus Weiss) and from Northwestern University (Frederick L. Hemke). He also enjoyed conducting classes with Emilio Pomárico in Milan which led him to explore a new musical journey through conducting.
Lella Cuberli is an American soprano, particularly associated with the Belcanto repertory. Born in Austin, Texas, she studied in Dallas and later in Milan. She made her professional debut in Siena in 1973, and for some years pursued her career mainly in Italy, making her mark in Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini operas.
She sang at Martina Franca from 1976 to 1982, as Amenaide, Adalgisa, and in Paisiello operas. She appeared at La Scala from 1978 to 1985, as Aminta, Ginevra, Rodelinda, Giunia, Contessa di Folleville. Other roles at the major opera houses of Italy have included Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Rossini’s Elisabetta and Desdemona, etc. She also appeared at the Paris Opéra, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival.
Returning to the United States, she made her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1989, as Amenaide, and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1990, as Semiramide. In 1990, she also made her debut at Covent Garden in London, as Mathilde. She can be heard on disc in works by Mozart, notably in Daniel Barenboim’s recording cycle of the Lorenzo Da Ponte’s operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. She also recorded Giunia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla and the Great Mass in C minor under James Levine, the soprano part in Herbert von Karajan’s recording of the Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and the 9th Symphony, Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and Tancredi, and Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei. She has also recorded two solo recitals of works by Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, Pergolesi and Mozart.
Fabio Centanni graduated from the Conservatory of Santa Ceciliawith full marks and Honours. He has participated in numerous national and international competitions, including winning first prize at the Tenth National piano competition “Città di Velletri”, third prize in the international competition “Citta di Sulmona” in 1999, the critic’s Award at 38° Concorso Nazionale Pianistico “a. Speranza Taranto in 2000.
Since 2001 he has worked as an accompanist at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Since 2006 he has been the pianist of Ms. Renata Scotto in the Operastudio dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
From April 2006 to April 2008 worked as Only Repetiteur at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf-Duisburg, preparing numerous productions (Elisir D’amore, Der fliegende Hollaender, L’Amour des trois oranges, Falstaff, Otello, Tosca, Julius Caesar, Carmina Burana, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Un ballo in maschera, La Bohème). He was twice a guest at the Verbier Festival in 2009 and 2010 to accompany two masterclasses: one held by M° Claudio Desderi on Don Giovanni and the other held by Mrs. Nelly Miricioiu on Puccini’s La Bohème. In December 2009 he held an international opera singing Masterclass at the school “Voz Plena” in Rio de Janeiro.
In October 2010 was the official pianist of International Violin Competition Città di Brescia. Fabio holds numerous concerts in Italy and abroad is as a soloist as well as in chamber ensembles.
Aquiles Delle Vigne gave his first recital at the age of 8. At 17 he was already a disciple of Claudio Arrau and won the Grand Prix “Albert Williams”, the most prestigious competition in South America. Later, he completed his training in Europe with Prof. Eduardo del Pueyo and György Cziffra.
He has accomplished 20 tournées in Japan, 8 in Australia, the United States of America and Mexico. Today, he is invited to the most important festivals and performs in the most important halls in the world, including Santa Cecilia in Rome, Salle Gaveau in Paris, The Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, The Arts Center in Seoul, The Atheneu George Enescu in Bucharest, Tchaikowski Hall in Moscow among many others.
Aquiles Delle Vigne has been a concerto soloist with numerous orchestras including the Orchestre de la Radio et Télévision Française, the RAI in Rome, the National Orchestres in Argentine, Belgium, Colombie, Mexico, the Orchestre of the Bulgarian Radio in Sofia, the Solisti di Roma, the Philharmonic Orchestres in Buenos Aires, Skopje, Fort Worth, Fort Wayne, Bucharest, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Rosario, Bangkok, Parana, Lima, Mexico, Bogota, Camerata Menuhin, Belgische Radio en Televisie, and Carlos Chavez in Mexico DF.
As a teacher, Aquiles Delle Vigne is highly sought after internationally. He currently holds post at the Rotterdams Conservatorium (Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) in The Netherlands. He also gives masterclasses at the International Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, and is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He chairs and juries in the most important international Competitions in all five continents: Sydney, Pretoria, Cincinnati, Turin, Paris, Texas, Casagrande, Masters in Monte-Carlo, Bellini, Madrid, Roma, Warsaw.
His vast discography with EMI His Master’s Voice, BASF Harmonia Mundi, BMG-RCA Victor, Pavane and EMS have received outstanding praise and distinction. His performance of the Preludes by Olivier Messiaen for the Pope John Paul II at the Vatican earned him tremendous praise from the composer.
Marco Rapetti graduated with the highest honours from the Conservatory of Genoa (Italy), and furthered his musical studies in Florence, Paris and in the United States with a Fulbright scholarship. At the Juilliard School of New York he received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees (with a dissertation on cognitive psychology related to musical memory). He has studied, inter alia, with such noted musicians as Aldo Ciccolini, Seymour Lipkin, Rosalyn Tureck, the Trio di Trieste and the Juilliard Quartet.
Rapetti has been awarded many prizes in national and international competitions. He has performed in important concert halls (Alice Tully Hall, New York; Foro Italico, Rome; Teatro Regio, Turin; Palazzo Labia, Venice) and prestigious musical festivals (Festival Chopin, Paris; Estate Chigiana, Siena; Amici della Musica, Florence; Ravello Festival, Bologna). He has also appeared with chamber ensembles and orchestras, playing concertos by Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninov, Britten, and others.
Rapetti has made numerous recordings both for radio and television and for the Fonit-Cetra, Dynamic, Stradivarius, Frame, Phoenix Classics and Brilliant labels. His passionate activity as a researcher in the field of piano repertoire has led him to rediscover forgotten works, among which some unpublished pieces by Borodin, Ravel, and Dukas, and to revalue several lesser known composers. In 1994 he premiered the complete cycle of 36 Fugues by Antonin Rejcha in Lincoln Center (New York).
Rapetti started teaching when he was 22 at the Conservatory of Milan and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence). Between 1990 and 1992 he was teaching assistant at the Juilliard School. For several years he has been assistant at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena in both chamber music and conducting classes. He has also given masterclasses at the University of Hawai’i, at the Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt (Vienna) and at the Sydney Conservatorium. He is presently professor at the Conservatory of Florence.
Christian Wilm Müller studied with Volkmar Lehmann (Weimar) and Oleg Maisenberg (Vienna/Stuttgart). He has received numerous awards and stipends for both solo and chamber music work (Ustinad Labem, Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, Allianz-Prize of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, German National Merit Foundation, work stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris etc.).
Concert tours as a soloist and chamber musician – often as the pianist of the Liszt-Trio Weimar (www.liszt-trio-weimar.de) – have taken him throughout Europe as well as to Australia, Iran, Japan and South Korea; he performed with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baden State Orchestra Karlsruhe, the Schleswig-Holstein-Symphony Orchestra, the orchestras of Gotha/Suhl, Meiningen und Thessaloniki (Greece), as well as for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Rheingau-Festival, Oleg-Kagan-Festival, Beethoven-Fest Sutri (Italy) and the festival of the Arts Weimar.
Concert recordings and radio/ television productions (NDR, MDR, Bartók-Radio Budapest, DW, 3Sat, NHK Japan) and a number of CD recordings are numerous. The second CD of the Liszt-Trio Weimar, which includes the piano trios of Mauricio Kagel and Alfred Schnittke and was released in 2006 by æon (Paris), has been honored with the Coup de Coeur der Académie Charles Cros. In 2012, spectral will release a solo album with the late works op.116 through op.119 of Johannes Brahms.
At the Franz Lizst School of Music Weimar, Christian Wilm Müller teaches piano and piano chamber music. He was appointed Professor in 2007. Since 2008, he is the artistic director of the Center for Particularly Talented Young Musicians of this school. Christian Wilm Müller teaches piano and chamber music courses in Europe, the USA, Japan and South Korea.
Conductors in attendance will be Eduardo Diazmunoz and John Lynch.
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