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The friendship between the two performers, who make up MazikDuo, existed prior to the duo's creation. Tolo Genestar (clarinet) and Marc Susmi (piano), both born in 1991 graduated the Conservatorio Superior del Liceo de Barcelona in 2013, where Mark was garlanded with first prize at the end of his degree. Their respective teachers were Isaac Rodríguez and Miquel Ferrer.
With the aim of polishing their musical prowess, Tolo continued his studies at the National Conservatory in Nice (France) by taking masters in Classical Music Performance; Marc went on to specialize as a harpsichord player in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).
They have both gone on to win many prizes as soloists, Tolo was presented with first place in the Arjau 2015 clarinet prize and a place in the final at the International Birkfeld competition in 2015 in Austria, however, his greatest achievement came in 2016 when he was awarded the Special UNESCO prize in Barcelona. As a result of this, he went on to tour Mozart's K622. Meanwhile, Marc was also presented with the first prize in both Vilafranca and in the Concours International de Cuivres Anciens (Toulouse, 2016) together with the Dichos Diabolos ensemble.
Jewish Life came into being just after this period studded with personal successes. It is the point at which maturity, stylistic prowess, and ambition have all merged to open up new horizons.
Jewish Life is a fusion of the ´classical' and the ‘actual’. It unites the tradition of classical music with the sounds of world music.
1. Jewish Life, portraits of the past (+/-70')
• Quatuor pour la fin du temps - Olivier Messaien
III.Abîme des oiseaus
• Sonata for clarinet and piano Op.28 - Mieczyslaw Weinberg
I. Allegro - II. Allegretto - III. Afagio
• Fantasy Klezmer - Marcel Saurer
• From Jewish Life - Ernest Bloch
I. Prayer - II. Supplication - III. Jewish Song
• Sonatina for Klezmer clarinet and piano - Paul Schoenfield
• Sholem Alekhem, rov Feidman! - Béla Kovács
2. Clariforte - from Europe to America (+/-90')
• Fantasiestücke Op. 73 - Robert Schumann
I. Zar und mit Ausdruck - II. Lebhaft, Leicht - III. Rasch und mit Feuer
• Andante et Allegro - Ernest Chausson
• From Jewish Life - Ernest Bloch
I. Prayer - II. Supplication - III. Jewish Song
• Czardas - Vittorio Monti
• Three pieces for Clarinet and piano - Paquito D’Rivera
I. Contradanza - II. Habanera - III. Vals Venezolano
• 3 preludes - George Gershwin
• The Cape Cod Files - Paquito D’Rivera
I. Benny @ 100 - II. Bandoneón - III. Chiquita Blues
• Sholem Alekhem, rov Feidman! - Béla Kovács
The Kugoni Trio have been highly respected guests in concert halls both in Belgium and abroad since their founding in 2010. They owe this not only to their unique blend of piano, violin and saxophone, but also to their energetic performances and their passionate search for new repertoire.
The trio is a frequent guest in many Belgian cultural centres and have already performed in the Palais de Beaux-Arts and Flagey in Brussels, the Academiezaal in Sint-Truiden, AMUZ in Antwerp and the Concertgebouw in Bruges.
The Kugoni Trio have also performed at Iedereen Klassiek (Bruges), the Cultuurmarkt (Antwerp), KlaraFestival (Brussels), BumaClassical (Utrecht) and the Festival Van Vlaanderen. Abroad, the Kugoni Trio have already given concerts in Germany, France and the Netherlands.
They are particularly interested in Belgian works and have been an active source of inspiration for Belgian contemporary composers. The Trio commissions several works each year and has already given the first performances of works by Erik Desimpelaere, Jeroen d’Hoe, Hanne Deneire, Wilfried Westerlinck, Benjamien Lycke, Paul Steegmans, Jan Van Landeghem and Jan-Hendrik Van Damme.
The Kugoni Trio took part in the CD Mockingbird (2015) of works by the Belgian composer Wilfried Westerlinck and also collaborated on the CD Fingerprints (2016) with the Componisten Archipel Vlaanderen (ComAV), Radio Klara and Flanders Arts Institute. The trio now presents its own artistic profile and policy for the first time with its debut CD Timelapse (2016).
The Kugoni Trio has recorded for Radio Klara, Musiq3 and Radio4 (NL) and has also appeared on the TV channels Cultuur7 and Canvas. They were awarded first prize in the Supernova 2014 and Forte Limburg 2015 competitions. The trio was a resident ensemble for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons at SWUK Flanders.
The bright prospects ahead of this young ensemble include more concerts, more first performances and more collaborations with contemporary composers.
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1. BE Kugoni 3.0 (focus on Belgian composers)
• Ward De Vleeschhouwer - Warakun (dedicated to Kugoni Trio, 2017)
• Mathias Coppens - Creation
• Guillaume Lekeu - Adagio molto espressivo pour 2 violons, V. 33
• Jeroen d’Hoe - Creation
• Marcel Poot - Sarabande (from Pygmalion Suite) - (arr. Kurt Bertels)
• Wim Henderickx - Creation
2. CLASSICS Revisited 3.0
• Astor Piazzolla - Primavera Porteña (from Las Cuatros Estaciones Porteñas) (arr. Kugoni Trio)
• Dimitri Shostakovich - Five pieces for two violins and piano (arr. Kugoni Trio)
• Eddy Flecijn - Trance (dedicated to Kugoni Trio, 2017)
• Charles Koechlin - Epitaphe de Jean Harlow
• Alexei Igudesman - Take it to eleven
• Kristina Arakelyan - Two pieces for violin, saxophone and piano (dedicated to Kugoni Trio, 2017)
• Jan Van Landeghem - Musette (dedicated to Kugoni Trio, 2016)
Based in Luxembourg, Arel Ensemble offers a musical journey, from the great classical composers, such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, to the joyful and inventive music of our time.
Arel Ensemble is open to many different genres of music. Would you like to hear a specific “leitmotif”from the great Godfather movies, or a sweet romantic song from the musical “Cats”? – Arel Ensemble is ready!
Arel Ensemble performs mainly as a string quartet, however we also play in formations of duos and trios.
Arel ensemble from left to right:
Bartlomiej Ciaston, violin
Jessica Tortorice, violin
Bartosz Korus, viola
Maria Kulowska, cello
Bartlomiej Ciaston, Violin
Bartlomiej Ciaston, of Polish decent, is a permanent member of the first violin section of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Bartlomiej Ciaston made his debut at twelve years old, with the Legnica Symphonic Orchestra. In the following years, he became a laureate of several competitions for talented young musicians in Stalowa Wola, Wroclaw, Legnica, and Poznan. Especially important was the prize he won at the IV International Violin Competition in Schoss Zell an der Pram, Austria. Winning this prize led to many concert invitations, and collaborations with Igor Ozim, Rudolf Koelman, Ida Haendel, and Bartlomiej Niziol. In 2009 Bartlomiej was awarded 2nd prize at the 2nd International Wilhelm Ernst and Karol Szymanowski Competition.
In recent years, he has appeared as soloist with the Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Euro Iuvenis Sinfonica, and The Open Musical Safety Pin Philharmonic (J&S Pro Bono Foundation). He has performed in and in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmnie, Münchner Philharmonie, Dresden Philharmonie, and Paris Philharmonie. He has played with Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Belgique, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum Breslau, Klassik Radio Proms Orchestra, and Orchestra Wratislawia.
In 2015, Bartlomiej joined the innovative Belgian string orchestra Boho Strings and shortly after Arel Ensemble emerged.
As a chamber musician, he appeared at Festival Internacional Cervantino, Princess Daisy International Chamber Arts Festival, Kunsthaus Muerz, Festival Musiq3, Moritzburg Festival Academy, and Aurora Star Music Festival. He is a founding member of the string quartet, Arel Ensemble.
From 2011-2013 Bartlomiej received a scholarship from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Belgian Government, for extraordinary achievement towards cultural promotion.
He graduated magna cum laude in 2014, with a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the studio of Professor Marek Kowalski at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel.
Jessica Tortorice, Violin
Jessica Tortorice, a native of Southampton, NY, is widely regarded as a versatile violinist, both as orchestral player and chamber musician. She studied at the Juilliard School Pre-college division, the Royal College of Music in London for undergraduate performance studies, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she obtained her masters degree in performance. Among her teachers are Daniel Phillips, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Lewis Kaplan, Lisanne Soeterbroek and Marek Kowalski. She has also performed in masterclasses for Itzhak Perlman, Jamie Laredo, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gordon Nikolitch.
Upon graduating from the Aaron Copland School she won the assistant principal second violin position with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and subsequently the concertmaster position with Skagit Opera. Jessica has been a substitute player at Virginia Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and English National Opera. Most recently she joined the ranks of the New York Philharmonic for their summer concert series, and she performs regularly with the orchestra of La Monnaie Opera (Brussels), Liege Royal Philharmonic, and Opera Wallonie. Now based in Belgium, she is a permanent member of the chamber string orchestra Boho Strings. During her years in London, Jessica toured frequently with her former quartet, the Norris Quartet. At the Aaron Copland School of Music, she was one of the founding members of the new music ensemble InnoVox. Currently, she is a founding member of the string quartet, Arel Ensemble.
Jessica is the artistic director of the very successful Southampton Strings Festival, which offers dedicated string teaching to young students each August, set in the beautiful Hamptons.
Bartosz Korus, Viola
Bartosz Korus was born in Brzesko (Poland), and started playing the violin at the age of 6 and viola at the age of 12. He studied with Anna Nahman, Magdalena Szuster, Jan Kołodziejczyk, and Roman Zubek, before moving to Belgium in 2005, where he continued his musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussel in the violin class of Prof. Adam Korniszewski, Prof. Katalin Sebastyen, and Prof. Marek Zygmunt Kowalski and the viola class of Prof. Paul de Clerck and Ervin Schiffer. In June 2013 he obtained a master degree in performing arts at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
As an orchestral musician Bartosz performs regularly with the following orchestras: Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Belgique, Brussels Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Opera Royale de Liège, Boho Strings and the Filharmonia Gorzowska. He is also second concertmaster in Zomeropera, concertmaster in Vert Theater, and leader with Sebastian String.
In addition to classical music, he also fell in love with jazz music. Since 2016 he plays the viola in Bartosz Dworak String Quartet, where he collaborates with such jazz stars as Dorota Miśkiewicz, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Leszek Możdżer, Andrzej Jagodzinski, Michał Tokaj, Piotr Orzechowski, Włodzimierz Nahorny, Atom String Quartet and many others.
Bartosz has tremendous experience in studio recordings. He has recorded music for 12 CDs, jazz and classical. Examples include: IRA accustic – CD, TV, DVD (Platinium CD), Orchestra Nationale de Belgique Concours Reine Elisabeth 2013 – CD, DVD, TV, Adya Classic 3 – CD (platinum CD), Orchestra Nationale de Belgique Concours Reine Elisabeth 2012 – CD, DVD, TV, Orchester National de Belgique, cond. Walter Weller, soloist Lorenzo Gatto – CD BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ, The KMG’s “Funky Soul Power” – Eurovision CD and much more.
As a chamber musician he is member of Arel Ensemble and NOX Quartet.
Furthermore Bartosz has a keen interest in education. He is founder, director, and teacher of Nox Music School, and participates as member of Arel Ensemble at the annual Southampton Strings Festival (Southampton, NY).
Maria Kulowska, Cello
Maria Kulowska graduated with distinction from F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Musikhochschule Luebeck. She performed in masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Wolfgang Boettcher, Miklos Perenyi and Walter Levin. She was recipient of many scholarships and prizes from DAAD, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Hindemith Foundation, Lucerne Festival and international cello competitions.As an orchestral musician Maria worked with various orchestras: Luebecker Philharmoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Warsaw Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and was the principal cellist of Klassische Philharmonie Bonn. Currently she is a member of Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg.
Apart from classical music Maria works with electric cello and loops, both as a player and composer, creating scores for various dance shows in Germany and Luxembourg. In 2015 she composed music for a stage play ordered by Staatstheater in Trier. Maria is a member of the string quartet, Arel Ensemble.
MUSIC ON : NOISE OFF
Haydn, Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise”
- Stravinsky, 3 werken voor strijkkwartet
- Mozart, D Major Divertimento
- Bacewicz, Allegro Giocoso uit String Quartet no. 4
Theatrum Affectuum, founded in 2003, specialises in music from 17th and 18th century Italy and Germany. Using the combination of recorder, one or two violins, cello, lute and harpsichord, the ensemble has an individual, energetic and insightful approach to interpret the contrasting affects found in baroque music. Press reviews have described the ensemble’s interpretations as both profound and witty. Also the incorporation of the extensive improvisations in different styles from the baroque is one of the group’s prominent features (see critic from early music).
The group has toured extensively in Europe, allowing them to develop a distinct way of performing.
The members of Theatrum Affectuum are regularly performing with leading European baroque and classical groups, such as Accademia Bizantina and Il Giardino Armonico. Under the name of Ricreation d’Arcadia several group members won the 1st prize and the audience prize in the
acclaimed Rovereto early music competition in 2004. The ensemble’s first CD La meraviglia parlante has been received with great success in Europe, Japan and Australia. The second CD with works by Nicola Matteis will be released in spring 2015 on the German label Aeolus.
The recorder and jazz-saxophone player Andreas Böhlen focuses on both early music and jazz. He is particularly interested in various improvisational styles of the renaissance and baroque as well as jazz. Andreas leads his own groups Theatrum Affectuum, Satyr’s Band, Andreas Böhlen Band and Crank and is member of various other groups and
orchestras all over Europe. Born in 1983 Andreas began playing recorder at the age of six, and several years later he started alto saxophone. While a high school student Andreas undertook lessons at the conservatories of Bremen and Cologne. He was awarded many prizes in several national and international competitions. Between 2003 and 2007 he attended the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying recorder with Walter van Hauwe and jazz saxophone with Jasper Blom and Ferdinand Povel. After completing his recorder degree with distinction, Andreas studied musicology in Bologna. He is currently based in Basel, Switzerland, where he has completed both a Masters degree in early music improvisation with distinction and a Masters degree in jazz saxophone in 2011. Andreas has appeared on many CDs and radio and TV broadcasts and is touring regularly. He teaches recorder as a professor at the University of the Arts Graz, Austria. See www.andreasboehlen.com for further information.
Ayako Matsunaga was born in Tokyo, Japan. She started the violin at a very young age. In 1995, she began her studies at the Toho college of Music, where she graduated in modern violin. During her time there she also began studying baroque violin as a minor subject, and quickly gained a strong affinity with early repertoire. Ayako was awarded the Early Music Prize in Japan in 2002, the first prize as one of the members of Ensemble Ricreation d’Arcadia at Premio Bonporti 2004 in Rovereto, Italy and the second prize and audience prize at the Premio Bonporti in 2007. After studying in Amsterdam with Lucy van Dael at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and with Marie Leonhardt, Ayako moved to Italy to study with Stefano Montanari in Milan, where she graduated in 2010. Ayako has an active performing career in Japan and Europe, and works regularly with such ensembles as Il Giardino Armonico, Ensemble Zefiro, Ensemble Cordia, Ghislieri Consort and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.
Pierre-Augustin Lay studied modern cello with Jacques Ripoche in Caen, France. His taste for early music lead him to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he studied with Christophe Coin, Sergio Azzolini and Jesper Christensen and graduated in 2002. His research passion for repertoire made him move to Holland where he studied at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag with a diploma in 2004. He has regularly been playing with ensembles such as Les Musiciens du Louvre, Harmonie Universelle, Ensemble Matheus and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. He has performed with Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Jesper Christensen, Chiara Banchini, Andrea Marcon, Giuliano Carmignola, Maurice Bourgues, Emma Kirkby and Enrico Onofri. He founded the ensemble La Loge Olympique, finalist in the Bruges early music competition. Pierre is active as a soloist and chamber musician and performs in many important music venues all over Europe. He made several recordings with Harmonia Mundi, SWR and Eloquentia.
Takashi Watanabe was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1975. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Music (piano major), followed by postgraduate studies in harpsichord at the Toh! Gakuen School of Music. Having studied harpsichord for two years he won the Early Music Prize in Japan. From 2002 he studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and in 2005 he moved to Pavia, Italy, to study historical organ with Lorenzo Ghielmi at the Scuole Civiche di Milano, graduating in 2010. As founder of Ensemble Ricreation d’Arcadia he won the first prize at “Premio Bonporti 2004” (president of the jury: Gustav Leonhardt) in Rovereto, Italy, as well as the audience prize and the ORF recording prize. The ensemble has since been invited to many early music festivals in Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Takashi has been awarded other prizes including the third prize at the Fano Adriano
International organ competition in Italy and the “Cembalosonderpreis” at the 3rd International
Viola da Gamba Competition in Köthen, Germany. He is in demand in Europe as a harpsichordist and organist, both as a soloist and as a continuo player and has played with such groups as La Divina Armonia, Ensemble Cordia, Ensemble Zefiro etc. Between 2003 and 2008 he has been the conductor at the “Handel Festival Japan”, performing various operas and cantatas by Handel, which were received with great praise. In June 2012, his first solo CD of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” was released on ALM Records and has won several CD awards. Takashi teaches harpsichord and performance practice at the Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland.
What does classical music contribute to the modern world? What does it mean to be a classical musician in today’s internationalised society? Is it possible to present classical music as a source for societal self-reflection?
With his new 13-player string orchestra Boho Strings, conductor David Ramael seeks to answer these questions in an open-minded and unconventional way. David Ramael was originally inspired by the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of his birthplace and hometown Borgerhout. Cognisant of the importance of dialogue in this rich melting pot of cultures and traditions, he seeks to rethink the format of classical music concerts, inviting the listener to participate in a meaningful dialogue with the musicians - before, during and after the performance - on a wide range of social, demographic, cultural and ecological issues.
David has surrounded himself with an eclectic group of highly talented string players who share his vision. As an ensemble Boho Strings is a reflection of the great diversity in our society. Algeria, Belgium, France, Israel, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United States - all these nationalities are represented in Boho Players. This wealth of origins and experiences are a source of creative inspiration. This has already led, during Boho Strings's first season, to concerts in Bozar, Flagey and the Royal Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, and Boho Strings is a guest at MUHKA for a unique artistic and creative residency. Furthermore Boho Strings also wants to play a leading role on social and societal aspects with the creation of the Boho Hub - a panel of leaders on sustainability across various sectors finding each other around Boho Strings.
David Ramael - Artistic director
David Ramael is at the forefront of a new generation of entrepreneurial conductors, who try to give renewed relevance to classical music in today’s fragmented and internationalized society. He is founder and Artistic Director of Boho Strings, an international string orchestra known for building a more inclusive, compassionate and understanding society through music. With Boho Strings he has already achieved a remarkable track record of creating new and unique programs, by concertizing in unconventional venues and by fully embracing the transformative qualities of music.
Prior to his role with Boho Strings, David Ramael was active for 10 years in the United States, where he led a number of high profile orchestral programs at universities in N.Y., as well as being Artistic Director of Gemini Youth Orchestras.
David Ramael holds advanced degrees in conducting and musicology, having studied at the Royal Brussels Conservatory, the Free Brussels University, the University of Vienna and the University of Minnesota. He was grant recipient of the prestigious Belgian American Education Foundation.
Known for his genuine heartfelt musicianship, and his originality in combining a clear artistic vision with a strong interest in social issues, David Ramael is a frequent guest in all the major concert halls in Belgium, such as BOZAR, Concertgebouw Brugge and De Bijloke in Ghent.