Resumes of the soloists and artists

CANTEMUS CHOIR NYÍREGYHÁZA

Most members of the Cantemus Mixed Voice Choir were pupils of the Kodály Zoltán Primary School of Nyíregyháza. Today they are university students or working professional whose lives all share a common interest- Cantemus. The formation of the choir was inspired by the wonderful experience of singing together since childhood. The Choir first performance took place in 1993 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kodály School, on the occasion of which they sang the famous motetta for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis, Spem in Alium. This was the moment when the choir decided to continue performing as a mixed voice choir. The choir- founded by Dénes Szabó – initially came together only to rehearse and perform on special occasions, and eventually in 1998 under the baton of Soma Szabó. Since its foundation the choir won several international competitions, took part in leading festivals and concert tours all over Europe. The choir won the first prize at several international competitions, performed at major festivals and European concert tours. The choir was awarded with the first prize at its first international competition held in 2001 in Budapest and also won second prize in 2004 at the Debrecen International Bartók Choir Competition. In 2006 at the Seghizzi International Choir Competition in Gorizia they were awarded with four first Prizes, two second Prizes, the Audience award and also with the major prize of the competition. The choir performs representative pieces from the ‘a capella’ and oratorical choral repertoire to the music of contemporary composers. The choir’s first CD recording – published in 2006- was a performance of the complete vespers of Sergei Rachmaninov.

 

JÁNOS PÁLÚR

Awarded with the Grand Prix of Paris, teacher of organ an improvisation at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, organist of the Budapest Fasor Reformed Church. Studied with István Baróti, Gábor Lehotka and Olivier Latry at the Music Academy of Budapest and the conservatory of Paris. During his university studies Pálúr won the 1st prize at the Flor Peeters competition in Mechelen and the Zoltán Gárdonyi Competition in Budapest, also at the end of his French study years also the Grand Prix of Paris of the second International Organ Competition. He has been performing besides 17 European countries, also in the US, Canada, Japan, Russia, Australia and South-Korea, with some of these concerts broadcasted on radio live. He recorded 24 CD-s with four record companies. To commemorate the 200th birthday of Ferenc Liszt Pálúr published 200 improvisation on different Hungarian organs, copies of which he regularly hands down to each student of his at the beginning of the new academic year. He is most dedicated to the nation-wide spreading of the West-European church music tradition of improvisation. For the same reason, in 2002 in the Hungarian Concert Hall of the Music Academy he started the highly popular concert series “Reformed Songs” together with the reconstruction of the Fasor church organ that was carried out according to his plans in 2016. Almost 30 years of artistic career has been awarded by the Liszt Prize in 2017.

 

ENDRE HEGEDŰS

Endre Hegedűs is a well-known soloist of international and Hungarian concert life. He graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest as a pianist in 1980. His professors were István Antal, Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados, András Schiff and Anna Hajdú. After graduation he attended Bruno Leonardo Gelber’s and Tamás Vásáry’s master classes several times.

He won prizes at ten international piano competitions, among them first prize at the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Monza, Italy and at the International Piano Competition Sergei Rachmaninov in Morcone, Italy. He was awarded second prize at the International Piano Competition in Sydney, Australia and at the Dino Ciani International Competition at the Scala in Milan.

The number of his appearances to date exceeds 3100. He has given guest performances to great acclaim in several countries in Europe, in Australia, Japan, the one-time Soviet Union, South Korea, Canada and the United States.

In the course of the past years the Hungarian public service televisions recorded and transmitted 17 of Endre Hegedus’ concerts live; in 1997 the State Television of Japan ( NHK ) broadcast excerpts from his Tokyo concert in an hour duration. The complete duration of his concert films exceeds 20 hours.

He speaks several languages teaching in English, German, Italian and Japanese in Hungary and abroad.

He is married, a happy father of 3. With his wife Katalin Hegedus they often perform works for piano duet and two pianos in Hungary and abroad alike.

 

MISI BOROS

Misi Boros was born on 11th April 2003 in Pécs, Hungary. At the age of 5, he and his brother received a piano and since then he has spent most of his free time playing the instrument. From the first moment he experimented with sounds, inventing his own melodies, and then he played them again and again, with variations. From the age of 6, he has learned to play the piano at the Liszt Ferenc Music School in Pécs, and his teacher is Mrs Ildikó Schmidt Megyimórecz. Since the age of 8 he has won national competitions for all age groups: twice at the Bartók Béla Music School Piano Competition (2011 and 2014) with a special prize. He has won first place in 11 national and international competitions, including Rome, Milan and Paris. He was rewarded with a number of special prizes at each location. In 2013, he was first in the youngest category at the 8th Mozart Piano Competition in Rome. In 2014, he won the Classical Music Talent, the Virtuoso, broadcast on the Hungarian Television, for the younger age group.

He has played in more than one hundred and fifty concerts, including 82 concerts in Hungary and around the world in the year of 2015. He has performed with sixteen orchestras and seventeen conductors at his more than thirty solo concerts where he played Haydn and Mozart. He has given solo concerts in Oradea, Milan, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Stockholm, Göteborg, New York, Brussels, Zurich, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing.

Misi is a Fellow of the MOL New Europe Foundation and the Small Virtuoso Foundation. He is regarded as a promising and outstanding talent by many international artists, including Tamás Vásáry.

 

SZILVESZTER SZÉLPÁL

Szilveszter Szélpál was born in Szeged, Hungary in 1984. He completed his secondary studies at Ságváry Endre Secondary Grammar School and as an outstanding student he was awarded the school’s medallion. At the University of Szeged, Faculty of Science and Informatics he earned his physics degree in 2009 and then Physics and Education Master’s degree in 2013. At the same time he continued his studies in the field of music, earning his Classical Singing BA degree at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Music in 2012.

Szilveszter Szélpál practices both the teaching and artistic vocation actively as being a member of the Szeged National Theatre, and a physics teacher at the Practice Secondary Grammar and Primary School of the University of Szeged.

He started his classical singing studies in 2001 at Király-König Péter Music School in Szeged where he studied with Szél Pálné and István Andrejcsik. At the Music Faculty of The University of Szeged he studied with Dr Mária Temesi and István Andrejcsik. During his studies he took part in master courses led by Adrienne Csengery, Krisztina Laki, Éva Marton, Magda Nádor, and László Kéringer.

Szilveszter Szélpál has participated in a number of singing competitions successfully. In 2006 he was a finalist and special prize winner of Simándy József Singing Competition in Szeged. During the same year he took part in two other competitions in Hungary earning the second place in Varga László Singing Competition in Orosháza and being awarded special prize in Székely Mihály Singing Competition in Jászberény. In December 2007 he won the first prize in the Music Competition of the University of Szeged.

He has been singing in the productions of the Szeged National Theatre and the Szeged Open-Air Festival as a regular member of the choir since 2002. He has been an opera singer and soloist of the Szeged National Theatre since 2009. He is regularly invited to guest appearances in Hungary and other countries. He has already performed on stage in Budapest, Miskolc, Szombathely, as well as London, Avignon, Mexico City and Jersey.

In 2015 he performed the role of Papageno in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, directed by Róbert Alföldi, and the production won the first prize in Armel Opera Festival. In the summer of 2017 he sang the baritone solo in Orff’s “Carmina Burana” in the Szeged Open-Air Festival. His operatic roles include Béni in “King Pomádé’s New Clothes” (György Ránki), Dandini in “La Cenerentola” (Rossini), Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore” (Donizetti), Melitone in “La forza del destino” (Verdi), and Figaro in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (Rossini). He sang the title role in the following operettas: Jenő Huszka’s “Prince Bob”, Ferenc Lehár’s “Der Graf von Luxemburg”, and Pál Ábrahám’s “Ball at the Savoy”.

In 2015 he was awarded the “Best Young Singer of the Year” prize by the Assosiation of Opera Friends of Szeged. In 2016 he won the Dömötör Prize for Best Opera Singer in Szeged.

 

ESZTER KARASSZON

Eszter Karasszon’s career as a cellist has taken her all around the world. Despite her young age, not only has she given concerts in numerous European countries – including The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland – but has also performed in China, Israel and the United States. Music has been a part her life since birth, as she grew up in a family of musicians and received her first instrument at the age of four and a half. “For a long time playing the cello was just a game; everything just happened by itself. I must have been about ten when I realised that music has a serious side, and that was when I started to practice properly.”

At eight years old she won an award, as the youngest competitor, at her first national cello festival, and since then she’s been among the prize-winners at numerous Hungarian and international competitions, most recently in 2015 at the David Popper International Cello Competition. In 2016 she graduated with honours from Csaba Onczay’s class at the Liszt Academy. She has performed several times, with considerable success, at the János Starker National Cello Competition; and in 2010 she had the opportunity to play before the master himself in Bloomington – this meeting remains a defining moment in her life to this day. In spite of her successes in competitions, Eszter Karasszon doesn’t see herself as a competitive type. “It isn’t the competitions that interest me in themselves, but rather the music itself. But of course I’m grateful for all the competitions I was able to take part in, because they strengthened an aspect of my playing that I might otherwise have neglected. I learned to step out of my comfort zone.”

Alongside her solo career, Eszter Karasszon has also had a number of chamber music successes, and in 2013 her ensemble took the Ernő Dohányi Chamber Music Competition by storm. They played Brahms’ Clarinet Trio, and the performance also caught the attention of András Keller, who invited the cellist to join his Concerto Budapest orchestra. As a member of the orchestra, Eszter Karasszon has gained valuable experience both in terms of her repertoire and her understanding of the instrument, and she has the opportunity to work with exceptional
musicians and conductors on a daily basis. Once she accompanied Steven Isserlis in the orchestra, in a performance of Dvořák’s cello concerto, and after the concert Isserlis gave an impromptu masterclass at her request.

She doesn’t see chamber and solo playing as two distinctly separate areas of her life, however, as for her “all music is chamber music”. Even when sitting in front of the orchestra as a soloist, she still plays chamber; and whoever she’s playing with, she always strives for mutual communication. As a soloist she recently performed Dohnányi’s Konzertstück (Concertpiece) in D major, conducted by János Kovács; and they worked together with a special rapport. When it comes to chamber music, Eszter Karasszon regularly plays with Vilmos Szabadi, with whom she travelled to China for a tour, and recently they gave a concert together in New York. “I learned a lot from him about poise and confidence, both as a musician and as a person.”

She often plays together with her brother, Dénes Karasszon, with whom she shares an almost telepathic understanding. Personal relationships are important to her in every area of music, and she believes “it’s not enough to know the music; you also have to understand the other person’s personality. Whether you’re playing an orchestral piece or chamber music, the old adage that ‘your hearts must beat in time with each other’ holds true”

Lately she’s been exploring Shostakovich’s music in greater depth, and she played the composer’s Cello Concerto No. 1 at her diploma concert in the Large Hall of the Liszt Academy. “I’m attracted to the depth of Shostakovich’s music, its sombre or even grotesque world, and infinite sincerity. The performance of Cello Concerto No. 1 was something of a milestone for me, mainly because of the spirit that it conveys. It’s always important for me
to approach not only the notes, but also the soul of the music.”

The works of 20th-century and contemporary Hungarian composers – Kodály, Bartók, Dohnányi, Vajda, Gárdonyi – hold an increasingly prominent place in her repertoire. She regularly plays contemporary music at events such as the Hallgatás Napja (Day of Listening) festival, or the Arcus Temporum Festival in Pannonhalma.

She travels a great deal, but is only interested in travel if she can explore the world with her cello, through music. Besides concert halls, inspired by her organist father, it goes without saying that she also plays in churches; but she also enjoys performing at less formal, open-air concerts and programmes organised for children. “I’m drawn to any situation in which I can demystify classical music, making it more accessible to people. Good music shouldn’t be confined to the concert hall, it deserves to be everywhere.”

 

NOÉMI KEBDEBÓ

Noémi Kabdebó was born in 1993 in Budapest. She started playing the violin at the age of 6 and switched to the baroque violin and viola when she was 16. She attended baroque violin mastercourses held by professors Zsolt Kalló, László Paulik, Simon Standage, and chamber music/orchestral masterclasses with György Vashegyi and Kati Debretzeni. She studied baroque violin with Piroska Vitárius from 2017 to 2019 at Ward Mária Conservatory.

In chamber music, she mostly plays the viola. Her previous ensembles included Animando Ensemble, Musica Florens Chamber Orchestra and Budapest Bach Consort (artistic director: Augustin Szokos). Currently she is a member of Simplicissimus Ensemble (artistic director: Zsombor Németh), and plays regularly with Savaria Baroque Orchestra (artistic director: Pál Németh).

 

LÉNA RUISZ

Lena Ruisz has born in Budapest, started to play the violin at the age of 5. After her early musical studies she attended Bartók Music Secondary School of Liszt Academy at a class led by Erika Petöfi. While she was studying the modern violin, she discovered the world of early music and the historically informed performance practice. After several masterclasses and lessons with Monika Toth, Enrico Onofri, Midori Seiler and Rachel Beesley, she has explored the depth of the baroque violin. In recent years, she is a regular member of several orchestras such as Aura Musicale (artistic director: Balázs Máté-HU), Ensemble Cordia (artistic director: Stefano Veggetti-IT), Capella Leopoldina (artistic director: Jörg Zwicker-AT) She participated in workshops with Accademia Bizantina (Ottavio Dantone, Alessando Tampieri), Rachel Podger and Maxim Emelyanychev.

Currently, she is a student of Ulrike Engel at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität in Vienna.

 

ZSÓFIA BRÉDA

Zsófia Bréda was born in 1998, and started her musical studies in Gödöllő, Hungary. She graduated from Bartók Béla Conservatory Budapest, in Erika Petőfi’s class. Early music has always had a special place in her heart, and she started to discover the secrets of it first at the Miszla Baroque Academy, (at first in 2016, and every year since then) with Monika Toth and Soma Dinyes. In Miszla she decided to dedicate her time entirely to baroque violin and early music. Since 2018 she has been studying with Ulrike Engel at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. Zsófi is a part of Miszla Baroque Orcherstra, the Budapest Bach Consort and the Fortnight Ensemble with Lena Ruisz. She also had a lot of opportunities to play at the Palace of Arts and the Music Academy in Budapest, in the Wiener Konzerthaus (atthe Resonanzen Festival), Hofburgkapelle, and Musikverein in Vienna, and also in the Czech Republic and Italy. She took courses from Monika Toth, Soma Dinyés, Balázs Máté, Dirk Börner, Rachel Podger and Davide Monti.

 

ZSOLT BALOG

Education:
1994-2002 – Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
Piano and harpsichord studies (Master degree ’summa cum laude’)
Professors:
Anikó Horváth (DLA) – harpsichord
András Kemenes, Attila Némethy – piano
Márta Gulyás, Sándor Devich, János Devich – chamber music

2007-2012 – Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
DLA studies (Doctor Liberalium Artium degree)
Dissertation: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Sonatas, Polonaises, Fantasies.

Mastercourses:
Attended courses during academy years with Huguette Dreyfuss, Jacques Ogg, Leon Berben, Miklós Spányi, Menno van Delf, Lajos Rovátkay, Johann Sonnleitner (harpsichord),
Márta Gulyás, Péter Frankl, Jaap Schröder (chamber music with piano),
Rita Széll (baroque dance).

Prizes:
1992-Békéstarhos: National Piano Competition – 3rd prize, special award of the Jeunesses Musicales and Kodály Foundation
1997-Budapest: 1st prize at the Leó Weiner National Chamber Music Competititon
1999-Prague: 4th prize at the 51st Praguer Spring International Harpsichord Competition
2000-Budapest: 1st prize and special awards at the 1st International Harpsichord Competition in Budapest
2004-Brugge: special award at the Musica Antiqua International Fortepiano Competition

Artistical activity:
Piano, fortepiano and harpsichord recitals at the main national and international festivals such as: the Budapest Spring Festival, the Early Music Days in Sopron, the Zemplén Festival, the József Szigeti Festival in Colmar, the Intereuropean Festival in Salzburg, the Haydn Festival in Fertőd, the Bach Weeks in Budapest, the St. Gellert Festival in Szeged.

Artistical and musical directing of theatre performances such as: W. A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, The Armida-story (excerpts from G. Fr. Handel’s, G. Rossini’s, A. Dvorak’s, W. Gluck’s, J. Haydn’s operas), Frank Martin: Le vin herbé, B. Brecht-K. Weill: The threepenny opera, S. Schwartz-A. Spolarics: Godspell, K. Bakonyi-A. Szirmai-A. Spolarics: Magnas Miska.

Orchestral experience:
As harpsichordist: continuo part in different projects with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, MÁV Symphonics, Budapesti Vonósok, Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Capella Savaria, St. Gellert Festival Orchestra etc.

Recordings:
Live recording:s of the Hungarian National Radio (solo, orchestral and chamber music with piano, harpsichord and fortepiano)

CD-s:
Árpád Könczei: The fourth way (Sára Eszter Kőváry – voice and Zsolt Balog – piano)
„Moment within the sound…” – chamber music with flute and piano (official debut in Budapest on 17. 06. 2018, Zsuzsa Vámosi-Nagy – flute and Zsolt Balog – piano)

At the present time professor at the Ferenc Liszt Musicacademy in Budapest (oratorio and opera department).

 

PÉTER ZOLTÁN

Péter ZOLTÁN was born in 1973 in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary, where – inspired by his mother – he took his first lessons of music. Having completed his studies at the Szeged Conservatory of Music, he graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Szeged as clarinet artist, master degree with „summa cum laude”.

Since 2007 he has been principal clarinetist of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra and the leader of the clarinet section. He has been heard as a soloist with the Szeged Symphony Orchestra on several occassions, including performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Double Clarinet Concertos.

In 1990 he was the principal clarinetist of the European Youth Orchestra. Between 1997 and 1998, he was the principal clarinetist of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra led by Maestro Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Semyon Bychkov, Iván Fischer and many others.

He has received several awards: Leó Weiner Memorial Competition Szeged – second prize (1992), „Bessenyei Ferenc Artistic Prize” (2011), „The best orchestral musician of the year at the Szeged Symphony Orchestra” (2013), Prima Prize of Csongrád County (2014).

 

KINGA GÁL

Kinga Gál started playing the cello 16 years ago and she became a student of Kinga Gáborjáni Szabó. During her secondary school years she took part in several competitions including the Starker János National Viola Competition where she won the third place.

At the Széchenyi István University’s Faculty of Art she studied with György Déri. She took part at university competitions for string instrument students winning second prize in 2017 and first prize in 2018 as a soloist, and also several prizes as a chamber musician. She also won the special prize at the Dohnányi Ernő Chamber Music Competition twice. She earned her BA degree with honours in 2018, and she also won special prize for her degree-concert.

She was admitted to the Liszt Ferenc Academy’s master course as a student of György Déri in 2018, and since then she has been learning baroque music with Piroska Baranyai. She took part in several master courses  with such outstanding musicians like Kristin von der Goltz, Katalin Debreczeni, Soma Dinyés and György Vashegyi, just to mention a few. She performs regularly at a number of places, and as she admits, she is becoming more and more devoted to baroque music.

 

YOOJIN JANG

Violinist. Applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances,” violinist YooJin Jang is a winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and is also First Prize winner of the 2016 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. These two victories have resulted in a busy itinerary of international recital and concerto engagements, and also the release of two new recordings, including a CD of her prize-winning Sendai concerto performances. “Jang is a performer without fear or technical limitation” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

A native of Korea, YooJin has been performing with top Korean orchestras since the age of nine, including the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, she has appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra led by Ivan Fischer, Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov, Sofia Philharmonia Orchestra with Ljubka Biagioni, the Erato Ensemble led by Sholomo Mintz, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Spain’s Extremadura Orchestra conducted by Jesus Amigo, and the NEC Philharmonia led by Josh Weilerstein.

Yoojin’s 2018-2019 season begins with a solo appearance with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven Violin Concerto. Additional highlights of the season include performances with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony and DuPage Symphony, as well as recitals at the Nantucket Musical Arts Society, Patrons for Young Artists, Macon Concert Association, Dame Myra Hess Series, Rockefeller University, Pepperdine University and Port Washington Library. In the spring of 2019, Yoojin will give her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall.

Other career highlights for YooJin include recitals in Boston at Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; in Chicago for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series; in Japan for the Sendai Competition Winner’s series in Sendai, Nagoya and at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo; and chamber music performances with Caramoor’s Rising Stars, Ravinia’s Steans Institute on Tour and Music From Marlboro.

In 2017, two new CD’s were released, including YooJin’s live performances of the Mendelssohn and Stravinsky Violin Concertos with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Junichi Hirokami, and a recital disc featuring music of Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Grieg and Sibelius with pianist Kae Ozawa. Her first CD entitled “Korean Young Musicians” was released on the KBS (Korean Broadcast System) label, in cooperation with Aulos media & KBS Classic FM. She is also regularly heard on the radio, including a recent appearance on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase.

YooJin’s latest victories at CAG and Sendai follow a long line of international competition success. In 2013, she won Japan’s 4th International Munetsugu Violin Competition, which included the loan of the 1697 ‘Rainville’ Stradivari violin. She was also a top prize winner at the prestigious International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (including the Audience Prize and Best Performance of the New Zealand Commission Work), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition.

Also a passionate chamber musician, YooJin is a co-founder of The Kallaci String Quartet in 2012, which made its international debut at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea and the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music. Recognized for her creative work in chamber music, she won the 2011 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, and in 2009 she was awarded the Schloss Weikersheim Scholarship as part of the London String Quartet Competition. YooJin has also participated in the Marlboro and Ravinia Festivals, where she worked with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Dénes Várjon, and Peter Wiley.

Born in Korea in 1990, YooJin Jang holds a Bachelor of Music from The Korean National University of Arts, where she studied under Nam Yun Kim. She earned a Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory, as a student of Miriam Fried, and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at NEC.

 

SU YEON KIM

South Korean pianist Su Yeon Kim has been described by the press as “one of the most empathetic and sincere musician among young generation”, “… has a remarkably sophisticated technique with incredibly detailed articulation and miniature values.” She gained international recognition when she was a semi-finalist of both the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2016.

She won numerous prizes at international competitions, including the first and the special prize ‘Fundacion Internacional Gomez-Martinez’ at the Compositores de Espana Piano Competition in Madrid (2014), 1st prize at the J. N. Hummel International Piano Competition in Bratislava (2014), 2nd prize at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (2018) and 3rd prize at the Alaska International e-Piano Competition (2018). She also won Gold prizes at the Manhattan International Music Competition (2018), and at the Asia Chopin International Piano Competition (2005, 2008) and the 2nd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for the Young Musicians (2009)

Su Yeon Kim has given concerts extensively in Korea, Japan, and in Europe (including the recitals in Munich Herkullessaal, Wien Mozarthaus, Budapest Bartok-Memorial House, Slovak Philharmony, Salzburg Grosser Saal, Tokyo Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, and in concert series by invitation of Kawai Piano Germany). As a soloist she performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Fairbanks Philharmonic Orchestra, Poland Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Mozarteum Sinfonieorchester and Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in 1994, she started playing piano at age 5 and studied at The Korean Institute for the Gifted in Arts and at the Korea National University of Arts, under Prof. Choong-Mo Kang and Eunju Heo. She also has been guidanced by Austrian pianist Paul Gulda. Since 2013, she has continued her studies with Professor Pavel Gililov at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg.

 

JAEYEON WON

Born in Seoul,
A gifted south Korean Pianist, Jaeyeon Won began learning piano at the age of 11 and has received many high awards in national competitions and international competitions, including the Dong-A music competition in Seoul, the Long-thibaud competition in Paris, concours Geneve, XXIX Cidade de Ferrol, Karl-Robert-Kreiten Preis in Cologne.

In the year of 2017, He won second prize and the audience prize at the 61th Ferruccio Busoni International piano competition. Since then his concert career has developed on many countries.

Mr. Won has performed in concert venues, including Herkulessaal-Munich, Beethoven Haus-bonn, Alte Aula-Heidelberg, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Opera Comique-Paris, Palacio de Opera-Coruna, Auditorio de Ferrol, Teatro Ricardo Castro in Durango, Seoul Art center concert hall and Lotte concert hall-Seoul.

His performances with orchestras include Korean symphony orchestra, KBS symphony orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic orchestra, Westsächsischen symphonieorchester, Bari Province Symphony Orchestra, Leipizg Musikhochschule orchester, Orquestra Sinfonica de Galicia, Quartetto di Cremona, Das Haydn-Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Also his live performances broadcasted by France Musique, RAI in Italy, ORF in Austria, BR-Klassik in Germany and as well as KBS, MBC in Korea, and his first debut recording will be released in autumn of 2019.

He has also given concerts in Korea, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico and Switzerland. Including Kumho young artist series, Kawai piano series, Association animato in Paris, Durango piano festival, Sociedad filarmónica ferrolana, Sociedad filarmonica de A coruna, festival de Musica Cidade de Lugo and Busoni festival in Bolzano.

Mr. Won has been guidanced by tremendous teachers such as Choon-Mo Kang, Pavel Gililov, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Maria Joao Pires.

 

YOON-HEE KIM

As Korea born Austrian Musician, Yoon-Hee Kim made her first orchestral debut with the Savaria Orchestra of Hungary in 1996 at the age of five and already began playing violin at the age of three.

Within a year she had already performed public concerts. She was admitted to the Vienna University for Music at the age of four as the youngest student ever, studied with Prof. Polatschek, Prof..Gerhard Schulz and Prof.Elisabeth Kropfitsch. Regularly she participated in the Masterclass by Prof. Jakhar Bron.

Yoon-Hee is from South-Korean island, Jeju which was elected as the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” and also she is Honorary Ambassador for Jeju and she got the prize” the young artist of the year 2011” from the ministry of culture in Korea as youngest ever.

She, the youngest soloist of music history performed for the subscription concerts with important world- wide famous orchestras, among them the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Stuttgart Philharmonic(at the age of 15) ,Monte Carlo Philharmonic (at the age of 16), Norway Trondheim Symphony orchestra (at the age of 13) ,Spain Radio Television Orchestra RTVE(15), Slovak Philharmonic, Praha Radio Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, George Enesco Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Bayer Philharmonic, Ukraine National Symphony orchestra, National Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra, Transylvanian Orchestra, Catalunya Orchestra, Katowice Philharmonic, Radio Symphony orchestra in Rumania, Salzburg Kammer Philharmonic, Korea-Austria Philharmonic which is established by UN general secretary BAN, Ki-moon on first concert at the age of 8..
In Korea, she performed with all major orchestra of Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony, Eurasian Philharmonic, Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, Gwangju, Jeonju and Jeju Symphonic.

She played with world-wide famous conductors like Austrian legend Maestro Walter Weller, Roman Kopfmann, Claus Peter Flor, Cristian Mandeal, Philippe Auguin, Petr Altrichter, Berry Wordsworth, Alexander Rahbari, Leos Svarovsky, Erwin Aadland, Othmar Maga, Keiko Mitsuhashi, Damian Iorio, ETC.

She won several international competitions as the First Prize at the Andrea Postacchini international competition in Fermo, Italy, First Prize at Prima la Musica competition in Whole Austria, First Prize by “Concorsi International Di Musica” in Stresa, Italy, First Prize in the Rovere d’Oro Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy, the winner at the Fidelio Competition in Austria, Special Prize and scholarship of the Hebert von Karajan Foundation and Robert and Lina Thyli-Duerr Foundation of Switzerland and Benjamin Prize in Austria.

She gave concerts worldwide famous concert halls, as the Musikverein (Golden hall ), Wiener Konzerthaus Grosser Saal, Brucknerhaus Linz, Berliner Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall in LA, Cadogan Hall in London, Lieder Halle in Stuttgart, Auditorium Rainier III hall in Monte Carlo, Smetana Hall and Rudolfinum in Praha, the International Palace of Arts in Budapest, Atheneum in Bucarest, RTVE Teatro hall in Madrid, Odd-fellow palace in Copenhagen, Olavshallen in Trondheim and Seoul Art Center.

She was invited at the 35th Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS)” Rising Star” Concerts in Cologne, recital at Wiltz festival in Luxembourg, ” New year concert” in Trondheim , Norway, Samobor Festival in Croatia, Seoul Art Center orchestra festival and KBS New Year Concert.

 

HEE JUN HAN

Hee Jun Han has won numerous prizes while competing globally, including 1st Prize and the ‘Arthur Rubinstein’ Special Prize at the Marbella International piano competition in Spain.

She got 1st prize in Grand prize Virtuoso International competition and also she has become Special Prize winner at the Hilton head International Piano competition in USA.

She won prizes at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition , and was a finalist at the Bösendorfer International Piano competition. Ms. Han has won multiple prizes including Grand prizes in Korea at the Dong-A Music competition, Samick-Bechstein Piano competition, Ewha Kyunghyang music competition, Eumyeon piano competition , The Music Association of Korea competition, Suri National piano competition, Nanpa National piano competition, and the International Piano competition.

She has played recitals in prestigious venues including at Brucknerhaus in Linz, Concert hall of Seoul Art Center, at Kumho Art Hall, at Pyeongchang Hall, Buam Art Hall, YongIn Art hall, Gyeonggi Arts Center, Solitär Mozarteum, and Teatro de Marbella. She has also performed with the PRIME Philharmonic Orchestra at the Nanpa Music Festival, and Gunpo Orchestra, the Yewon Orchestra. She is Artist of Salzburg Classic Series of Mirabell.
Ms. Han has performed in master classes with Menaham Pressler, Arie Vardi, Pavel Gililov, Eguchi Fumiko, and Shigeo Neruki.

She holds a Bachelor degree from Seoul National University in South Korea, where she studied with Professors Ick Choo Moon and Soo Jung Shin. She received special grants from Seoul National University and the Oh Jeong Ju Music Foundation. Ms. Han is finished her Master Soloist Degree and continuing her Post graduate degree with Professor Jacques Rouvier at Mozarteum Salzburg.

Recently She has performed with Gwangmyeong Sympony Orchestra in Korea and Solo concert on Salzbuger Mozert Matineen Festival. In 2019, she has solo recitals scheduled in Germany, Korea, Austria.

 

SANG JOON LEE

Sang Joon Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea.

At first he majored in history education from Chong Shin University at February 2004.

The reason that he started to study countertenor is after listening to German countertenor Andreas Scholl’s recording while his military service.

He received his first vocal lessons from Hye Soon Park, who was the head of a “Korean Countertenor Research Institute”. He started his classical singing studies in 2004 at Sang Myung University in Seoul where he studied with Prof. Na Yeon Park.

At Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, he studied with Prof. Maria Cristina Kiehr his Künstlerische Ausbildung Diplom. During his studies, he took part in master courses by Prof. Jeffrey Gall. Then he studied his Konzertexamen with Prof. Aron Proujanski at The International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein in Germany. Lastly, he studied with Prof. Stefan Klöckner, Prof. Maria Jonas and Prof. Dominik Schneider at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Musik des Mittelalters Master’s degree.

He performed the role of Orlofsky in Strauss’s “The Fledermaus”, Junger Rauber in Franz von Suppé’s “Banditenstreiche” and Oberon in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Germany.

He was asked to participate as a soloist of international early music festival in Germany and France. Sometimes he is also invited in master-classes or a jury member of competitions.
Now he is an Adjunct Professor in Catholic University of Korea and a director of “Korean Countertenor Research Institute”.

 

JONG-DAE KOH

Lutenist, also a guitarist Jong-Dae Koh was born in South Korea. He studied Sociology and English Literature at Dongguk University in Seoul. He went to the Mozarteum University of Salzburg to study music and guitar, which he started to play from the age of 12, with Eliot Fisk.

In Mozarteum, he started to study lute-family instruments and early music with Hans Brüderl, Andrea Marcon, Hiro Kurosaki and Dorothe Oberlinger. As a lutenist, he appeared in operas, oratorios and cantatas with several baroque orchestras in Austria and Germany, also invited as a continuo player in ‘Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival.’

He pursues authentic performance of music, concerning harmony, articulations and colour in each musical period. He concentrates on chamber music and collaborates with every performing arts.

He has founded several chamber ensembles as a leader, like IPE (Interdisciplinary Performance Ensemble), IVE (Instrumental Vocal Ensemble) and Agrément (Baroque Music Ensemble).

 

KATARZYNA ZDYBEL-NAM

Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam began her bassoon education in 1998 studying with Jerzy Lisak at the State Music School in Zamość. From 2002 to 2007 she studied at the Academy of Music (currently the Fryderyk chopin University of Music) in Warsaw with Zbigniew Płużek. Three years later she completed her postgraduate studies (Solistenklasse) with honours degree in Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart where she studied with Marc Engelhardt. She continued studies at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław with Czesław Klonowski, where she received the PhD degree in 2015 and teach since 2015. Since 2017 she holds assistant position in bassoon class. Currently she works on pursuing a habilitation degree.

The artist has received numerous awards at international competitions. In the Summer 2012 she won three important prizes: First Prize in IDRS Fernand Gillet – Hugo Fox Bassoon Competition in Oxford, Ohio (USA), in September the Second Prize and the Special Prize during 6th Michał Spisak International Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza. Two years earlier she triumphed in Italy winning the First Prizes at the following competitions: the Gioacchino Rossini International Bassoon Competition in Pesaro and the International Competition for Young Performers in Chieri. In 2009 she won Second Prize (first not awarded) and the prize for the best interpretation of a newly written piece during the International Competition of Moscow Conservatory for Winds and Percussion. In 2016 she was awarded with the Main Prize at the 1st  Matthew Ruggiero International Woodwind Competition in Boston.

She performs as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist she has appeared with such eminent ensembles as: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wrocław, Polisch Chamber Orchestra in Sopot, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra in Tychy, Karol Namysłowski Symphony Orchestra in Zamość, Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. She cooperated with many leading orchestras as a principal bassoonist: Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), Royal Danish Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Gothenburg’s Opera Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra (Norway). Since 2007 she is a principal bassoonist of  NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2014 she released her debut album Portrait (CD Accord), in 2019 she released the new album Romantic works (Orphée Classics).

 

VRATISLAV VLNA

Vratislav Vlna (1975) studied the oboe at the Prague Conservatory under Professor František Kimel (Solo-Oboist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and at the Prague Academy of Musical Arts under Professor Jiří Mihule (Solo-Oboist of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra).

He has taken part in interpretational classes in Germany (Bonn 1993) and in Switzerland (Vevey 1993) and he was the winner of the international competition Concertino Praga 1992.

Since 1996 he has been the first oboist in the Opera Orchestra of National Theatre in Prague and simultaneously since 1999 he has collaborated as a Solo-Oboist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Solistes Européens Luxemburg and with the Virtuosi di Praga.

As a soloist he appears regularly together with the Virtuosi di Praga and the Prague String Orchestra, with the Orchestra of National Theatre, the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra.

 

ZUZANA RZOUNKOVÁ

Zuzana Rzounková is a highly appreciated solo French horn player of the reputable Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. She belongs with no doubt to the top class musicians. Therefore she is regularly invited to cooperate with many orchestras at home and abroad. Often she is performing with the Luxembourg Orchester European Soloists, in the Czech National Symphony Orchestra she is leading the horn group and is a solo horn player there. She is regularly performing on stages of famous festivals and her performances are highly valuated by the audience and the critics as well. During her career she was performing in several countries in Europe, and also in China, Japan, and South Korea as well as in the USA.

With the same intensity Zuzana Rzounková has been focused on solo and chamber playing.  Her active music work includes also teaching, as a professor of the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, she is highly involved in the education of the new generation of Czech French horn players. Many of her graduates have been playing in the best Czech orchestras.

Very often she is asked to participate in master-classes or to be a jury member of competitions. She is an artistic leader of Summer Horn Courses in Broumov, Czech Republic. Zuzana Rzounková studied at the Conservatory of Košice and after that at Janáček Academy of Music in Brno. During her studies she won many prizes, e.g. the first prize of the International French horn Competition in London (2004) and in the Moravian Autumn Competition the year after. In 2010 she earned her PhD degree at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno.