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Alban Gerhardt’s profound musicality and charisma have made him one of the most sought-after cellists on the concert circuit. His career was launched in 1991 with an invitation to play with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since when he has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including Masur, Dohnanyi, Janowski, Oramo, Slatkin, Eschenbach, N. Järvi, Kalmar, Kreizberg, P Järvi, Foster, Luisi, Marriner, Lazarev, Sinaisky, Tortelier, Vänskä and Weller.
Anner Bylsma, 1959 winner of the Pablo Casals Competition, is that rare player in the world of classical music, a performer who is equally comfortable on a period instrument and a modern instrument. A noted recitalist and soloist, Anner Bylsma performs frequently throughout Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Russia, and Japan, appearing not only as a guest soloist with some of the world’s finest orchestras but also in recital with L’Archibudelli.
Mr. Greenhouse has won a reputation as one of the major interpreters of his instrument. He has made appearances in most of the major cities of Europe and America in recital with orchestras and chamber music ensembles.His varied career has brought him recognition both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
Carter Brey is principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which makes its home at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.
The Hagen Quartet is committed to interpreting works by contemporary composers such as Ligeti and Lutoslawski, alongside their explorations of the rich heritage of the quartet repertoire stretching back to Bach. This is reflected in their diverse recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, with whom they have had an exclusive contract since 1985. In 1987 they were awarded the Grand Prix International du Disque for their Dvorak/Kodaly disc, and won it again in 1990 for their recording of three Haydn Quartets. Their latest releases include the complete Bartok quartets, Verdi/Puccini, and a Dvorak/Schulhoff/Kurtag disc.
Due to his exceptional virtuoso skills, his sensitive intonation and a distinctive charisma that has already thrilled today’s audiences, Danjulo Ishizaka was recently awarded the internationally renowned “Prix Young Artist of the Year” by a top-class jury, including Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich. His exclusive contract with the internationally renowned CD label Sony Classical emphasizes his extraordinary skills.
David Geringas is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. The cellist and conductor has an unusually broad repertoire from the earliest baroque up to contemporary music. He was the first musician to play in the West works of the Russian avant garde including Gubaidulina, Schnittke, Suslin, Senderovas and Denisov and many composers dedicated works to him. For his special engagement in the sphere of the New Music David Geringas was awarded the remunerative ‘Kultur Aktuell’ prize by the Landeskulturverband Schleswig-Holstein.
David Soyer studied chamber music with Adolfo Betti of Flonzaley Quartet. Before joining the Guarneri Quartet in 1964 he performed with the Bach Aria Group, Guilet String Quartet, New Music Quartet, and Marlboro Trio. He has appeared at many of the world’s famous festivals, including Marlboro, Spoleto, and Israel festivals, and has numerous recordings to his credit. Mr. Soyer plays a Gugliano cello from Naples, Italy, 1778.
His solo career has taken him on countless tours all over Europe as well as the USA, Asia and Russia. He has performed with many of the finest orchestras under the baton of some of today’s greatest conductors.An important aspect of Mr. Helmerson’s musicianship is chamber music, and he is a frequent guest at some of the most important European festivals.
Mr. Lipkind has been hailed as “one of the major musicians to have entered the music scene in recent years.” He won the Most Promising Cellist Prize at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris in 1994, and the top prize in the Second Leonard Rose Competition in Washington, D.C. in 1997.
Hai-Ye Ni was the youngest recipient of the first prize in the history of the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and made her New York recital debut to great critical acclaim at age 19 at Alice Tully Hall in 1991. On her international recital tours, as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II, and as a frequent participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, she has performed with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, David Shifrin, Jean-Ives Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Pahud, Leonidas Kavakos, Barry Douglas and Ida Kavafian.
Seventeen-year-old cellist Han-Na Chang has won international recognition for her exceptional musical gifts. In October 1994, wishing to play before the great cellist, she entered the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris. She left the Competition with the First Prize as well as the Contemporary Music Prize, unanimously chosen for both awards by Maestro Rostropovich and ten other jury members.
For the past 25 years Heinrich Schiff has performed with all the leading orchestras in the major halls and music festivals in Europe, USA and Japan. He has worked with many of the leading conductors such as Abbado, Celibidache, Colin Davis, Dohnanyi, Eschenbach, Gielen, Haitink, Harnoncourt, Jansons, Masur, Salonen, Sawallisch, Sinopoli,Tennstedt and Welser-Möst.He has recorded all the major works of the cello repertoire ranging from Vivaldi and Haydn to Lutoslawki and Zimmermann.
Jaap Ter Linden
The cellist and gambinist Jaap Ter Linden is one of Europe’s most prominent interpreters of baroque music. As one of the first specialists in this field, he has actively participated in the foundation of many baroque ensembles which now play an important role in our musical life.
Has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a concert artist, teacher and arts administrator. As a chamber musician Laurence Lesser has participated at the Casals, Marlboro, Spoleto and Santa Fe festivals; in the last decade he has been a regular contributor to the artistic life of the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Mr. Ryoichi Fujimori,
Ms. Kaeko Mukouyama
Mstislav Rostropovich is internationally acclaimed and acknowledged as the world’s greatest living cellist. He has given countless memorable performances and has inspired the world’s leading composers to enlarge and enrich the standard cello repertoire with works specially composed for and dedicated to him. These include works by Britten, Bliss, Khachaturian, Lutoslawski, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Rostropovich was soloist in the premieres of Prokofiev’s second Cello Concerto in 1952, Shostakovich’s two Cello Concertos in 1959 and 1966, Britten’s Cello Symphony in 1964 and Bliss’s Cello Concerto in 1970. Many other works have been written for him and today his repertoire includes more than 50 concertos, ranging from the baroque, through the classical and romantic periods, to the avant-garde. As a cellist, Rostropovich is noted for his commanding technique and intense, visionary playing.
Being taught by her grandfather Anisim Berlin, and Professor Galina Kozolupova in her early childhood the most significant artistic influence on the musical personality of Natalia Gutman was performed by her teacher Mstislaw Rostropovich, her fatherly and congenial friend the late Svjatoslav Richter and Oleg Kagan, her late husband and famous violinist who passed away in 1990. Maestro Richter once expressed his admiration for Natalia Gutman saying: “… she is an incarnation of truthfulness in music.”
Paul Katz is known to concertgoers around the world as the cellist of the Cleveland Quartet. As a member of this celebrated ensemble from 1969-1995, he appeared in all of the music capitals, great concert halls and music festivals of the world. In addition to his duties as a member of the quartet, Mr. Katz has appeared as a soloist in New York, Cleveland, Toronto, Detroit, Los Angeles, and other cities throughout North America.
Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award and a Grammy nominee, Sharon Robinson is recognized as one of America’s foremost champions of the cello. Whether as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, or member of the renowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, critics and audiences alike delight in her sophisticated blend of intellect and vibrant emotion.
The most eminent Croatian cellist and professor. Valter Despalj comes from a prominent family of musicians from Zadar (Croatia). He started learning the cello in Zadar and then went on to study at the Zagreb Music Academy and at the Julliard School of Music in New York. He recieved further training in Moscow and also in master courses with Pablo Casals, Paul Olefsky, Pierre Fournier and Andre Navarra.
In 1972 he started his international solo career by giving concerts at famous concert halls such as: the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Mozarteum in Salzburg etc.
He has been a non-resident professor at the University of Massachusetts and the Australian National University, he holds master courses in Austria, Germany, Finland, China and elsewhere, he has been a juror at the international competitions “Tchaikovsky” in Moscow, “J. S. Bach” in Leipsig, “Scheveningen” in the Netherlands, etc.
Wolfgang Boettcher was born in Berlin in 1935. He served under Herbert von Karajan until 1976 as principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra before taking on his fruitful post as Professor at Berlin’s Conservatory of the Arts.
Bom in Paris in 1955 to Chinese parents, Yo-Yo Ma began his cello studies with his father at age 4. The family moved to New York where he studied at The Juilliard School and later at Harvard University, where he also received an honorary doctorate. He received the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978 and more recently the Glenn Gould award.
He is an imaginative, amazingly diverse and versatile artist who has gone beyond standard classical repertoire and many new commissioned works to cross-over projects involving not only other musical styles but also collaborations with other art forms, native Chinese music and its distinctive instruments and the music of the Kalahari bush people in Africa.
Adam Levy (Norah Jones Band)
Adam Levy has been adding his flavor of guitar to Norah’s music for 3 years now. He’s played and recorded with musicians that range from Tracy Chapman to New York’s Sex Mob, and he’s been forging ahead with the sounds of his own band as well
Al Di Meola
Al Di Meola’s incredibly fruitful career has spanned a range of styles, emotions and continents. From the velocity and heat of his early solo efforts to challenge of the Di Meola/McLaughlin/De Lucia guitar trios, from the Brazilian explorations of Cielo e Terra Cielo e Terra and Soaring Through a Dream to the global romanticism of Al’s acoustic group World Sinfornias’ self-titled debut and Heart of the Immigrants Di Meola has, almost quietly, matured into a composer of deepening grace and thoughtful lyricism.
Since winning First Price at the 1990 Infanta Cristina Guitar Competition and the 1988 Musical Youths of Spain Competition, the concert career of Àlex Garrobé has quickly developed in Europe, the Middle East, United States and South America, performing in some of the most prestigious international halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Radio France Auditorium in Paris, Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Lutowslasky Auditorium (Warsaw) XXI Century Auditorium (Beijing) . He is also prize winner at the Andrés Segovia Competitions of Almuñecar (1989) and Palma de Mallorca(1987).
AMADEUS GUITAR DUO
Andy Summers (Police)
Since 1986, when the Police left the stage as the biggest rock band in the world, Andy Summers has followed his own muse, cultivating the ambient and improvisatory streaks always evident in his distinctive soundprint. In fact, Andy’s solo albums resonate with a spirit and invention only hinted at by his Police work. Embracing strains of jazz, classical and world music, his records reveal him as an enterprising artist, resolute in his aim to reconcile the accessibility of his pop past with the thrill of the unexpected.
Santana is the primary exponent of Latin-tinged rock, particularly due to its combination of Latin percussion (congas, timbales, etc. ) with bandleader
Carlos Santana’s distinctive, high-pitched lead guitar playing. The group was the last major act to emerge from the psychedelic San Francisco music scene of the 1960s and it enjoyed massive success at the end of the decade and into the early ’70s. The musical direction then changed to a more contemplative and jazzy style as the band’s early personnel gradually departed, leaving the name in the hands of Carlos Santana, who guided the group to consistent commercial success over the next quarter-century
Canadian-born Dale Kavanagh is one of the guitar world’s most gifted interpreters. She now performs internationally as a soloist and also in the Amadeus Guitar Duo with German guitarist Thomas Kirchhoff.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a talent of extraordinary dimension,” David Russell is considered to be one of today’s greatest performers of the classical guitar. For the past decade, his virtuosity and supreme musicality have made him a legend among classical guitarists throughout the world. With his unique artistic abilities, David Russell has captured a large following wherever he has performed. He is equally compelling in recital and with orchestras. His infectious manner and sparkling technical command have warranted the demand for his master classes.
Recognized internationally as an outstanding performing and recording artist, a charismatic educator, and a transcriber and editor of both taste and intelligence, David Tanenbaum is one of the most admired classical guitarists of his generation. David Tanenbaum is currently Chair of the Guitar Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received the 1995 Oustanding Professor Award, and he has been Artist-In-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music. He is in demand for master classes worldwide.
A richly gifted composer, improviser and guitarist, Dusan Bogdanovic has explored musical languages which are reflected in his style today – a unique synthesis of classical, jazz and ethnic music. As a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, Bogdanovic has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Japan and the United States. His performing and recording activities include work with chamber ensembles of diverse stylistic orientations: the De Falla Trio; harpsichord/guitar duo with Elaine Comparone; and jazz collaborations with James Newton, Milcho Leviev, Charlie Haden, Anthony Cox, Arto Tuncboyaciyan and others.
Eddie Van Halen
Second to only Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen was undoubtedly one of the most influential, original, and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century. Eddie Van Halen remains one of rock’s great instrumentalists.
LA GUITAR QUARTET
Recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles, the L. A. Guitar Quartet is one of the most charismatic and versatile groups performing today. Popularly known as the LAGQ, these four virtuosi bring a new energy to the concert stage with their eclectic programs and dynamic musical interplay. Their inventive, critically-acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground.
There may have been other “retro” rock acts before him, but Lenny Kravitz was one of the first to not be pigeonholed to a single style as he’s touched upon such genres as soul, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk, and ballads over the years.
Celebrated worldwide for his thrilling interpretations and flawless technique, guitarist Pepe Romero is constantly in demand for his solo recitals and performances with orchestra. His contributions to the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Rev. Francisco de Madina, Lorenzo Palomo and Celedonio Romero.
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time. ” She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition.Sharon Isbin has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the century.
Steve Morse (Deep Purple)
Steve Morse is simply one of the most amazing guitarists and instrumental songwriters ever. After making another album with Deep Purple and touring with them he still remains one of the greatest rock stars of today.
Sting has already achieved a legacy of music that, like its creator, resists easy definition. Restless, creatively impatient, he will continue to defy expectations. Singer and songwriter, world citizen and activist, globetrotting adventurer and father of six, Sting greets the future – and its every challenge – indeed as a brand new day.
Thomas Mueller Pering
Mr. Goines is an acclaimed solo artist and leads his own quintet. He has performed and recorded with The Wynton Marsalis Septet, The Ellis Marsalis Quartet, The Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, Marcus Roberts and The Academy Of The Ascension, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Terence Blanchard, Ruth Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, and a host of other renowned musicians and ensembles in a wide variety of genres.