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Henry Kramer - Piano

Ann Geerts

The winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition and the 2015 William Petschek Recital Debut Award from The Juilliard School, pianist Henry Kramer is establishing himself as one of the most exciting American musicians of his generation. His performances have been praised by critics as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times), and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). A Maine native, Mr. Kramer has also earned top prizes in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He was a laureate of the 2017 American Pianist Association Awards, prizewinner in the 8th National Chopin Competition in Miami, and received the 2014 Harvard Musical Association Arthur Foote Award. He is a winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions.

Henry has been invited to play with orchestras across the globe including the National Belgian Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montreal, and the Yale Philharmonia.  He has soloed under the batons of preeminent conductors Marin Alsop, Jan Pascal Tortelier, and Stéphane Dénève. In recent seasons, Mr. Kramer was featured in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the National Orchestra of Belgium and Hans Graf, in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in the Dominican Republic, Ravel's Concerto in G with Gerard Schwarz and the Indianapolis Symphony, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Symphony in C. 

Mr. Kramer has been a guest performer in recitals at Portland Piano International (Oregon), The Cliburn Foundation, and the National Chopin Foundation in Miami and in important venues like Carnegie Hall (Zankel and Wiell), the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp (Belgium) and BOZAR in Brussels.  Deeply committed to the chamber music repertoire, he has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center, and has participated in the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest, Music@Menlo’s International Program, and the Verbier Festival Academy, where he was awarded the Tabor Prize in piano. He appeared on Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute tour, which included performances at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New York’s Morgan Library, as well as an unprecedented appearance in Havana, Cuba, as a cultural ambassador. This past summer, Mr. Kramer performed in the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Resonance Festival dedicated to the works of Schubert and also at the Salon Chamber Music Festival in Provence where he shared the stage with prominent members of the Berlin Philharmonic including Emmanuel Pahud and Daishin Kashimoto.

Mr. Kramer holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the most outstanding first-year pianist. He is currently finishing his doctorate degree at the Yale School of Music.  He has been the visiting artist in piano at Smith College and currently is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Dance and Music. His musical mentors have included Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, and Boris Berman.   His first commercial recording dedicated to the Oratorio Transcriptions of Liszt was recently released on the NAXOS label.

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Bert Koch - Piano

Ann Geerts

Bert Koch (°1986) is a Belgian pianist, mostly active as a chamber musician. He already concertized in a lot of Belgian concert halls such as the Flagey in Brussels, the Academy Hall in Sint-Truiden, the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, the Concert Hall of the Brussels Conservatory, the Concert Hall in Bruges, AMUZ in Antwerp and a diverse range of cultural centres. Moreover, he was a guest at different festival and cultural days as IedereenKlassiek (Bruges), Cultuurmarkt (Antwerp), KlaraFestival (Brussels), BumaClassical (Utrecht) and Festival van Vlaanderen (Kortrijk). 

As a pianist he made recordings for radio stations Musiq3, Klara, Radio 4 (NL) and he was a host at television stations Cultuur7 and Canvas. As a soloist he performed the third and fourth piano concerto of Ludwig von Beethoven with the Limburg Orkest Jeugd en Muziek and the Symfonieorkest Lemmensinstituut. Beethoven is a composer which is of great importance to him. Bert is active as a pianist-accompanist and a teacher accompaniment at the Stedelijke Academie voor Kunsten Maaseik. Every year he accompanies the Vlamo soloists competition. 

His discography consists of the cd Mockingbird (2015) with music by Wilfried Westerlinck, the cd Fingerprints 2 (2016) in collaboration with ComAV and Radio Klara and the cd Timelapse, the debute cd of the Kugoni Trio. This extraordinary trio (piano – saxophone – violin) was established in the Royal Conservatory in Brussels in 2010. The trio is a very welcome guest on national and international stages and was the first prize winner of Supernova (2013) and Forte (2015). 

Bert cooperated in numerous creations of works from prominent composers such as Jan-Hendrik Van Damme, Paul Steegmans, Jeroen d’Hoe, Benjamien Lycke, Erik Desimpelaere, Wilfried Westerlinck, Hanne Deneire and Jan Van Landeghem. He used to compose a lot of works in which he showed his preference for the variation series. His work Thema met variaties in fis for piano was awarded in 2002 for the Aquarius-composers competition in the Concert Hall in Bruges. 

In 2011 Bert achieved his Master of Arts in Music with the highest distinction in the class of Jan Vermeulen at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. In June 2012 he also completed a post graduate piano accompaniment in the Royal Conservatory Brussels with great distinction. He followed master classes with a.o. Leon Fleisher, Norma Fisher, Paul Komen, Tamara Poddubnava, Bart van de Roer, André De Groote, Nata Tsvereli, Rian de Waal and Bart van Oort. 
 

Kurt Bertels - Saxophone

Ann Geerts

Enriching his performances with in-depth artistic research, Kurt Bertels (°1989) brings the Belgian repertoire for saxophone into the limelight.  As a soloist and chamber music performer this classical saxophonist was already invited to play concerts in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, Great-Britain and Norway.

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He is a member of the Kugoni Trio and the Anemos Saxophone Quartet and he works with pianist Bert Koch. As an artistic researcher Kurt Bertels is is currently preparing a doctorate in arts at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Flemish part). His research focuses on the concept of historically informed performance practice in the field of the early saxophone. More practically, he aims to study the cultural-historical context and the historical performance practice of the Brussels saxophone class between 1867 and 1903. He has given lectures in Belgium (Free University Brussels, Université de Liège) and in Portugal (2nd European saxophone Congress (Porto), 5th International conference on musical research (Evora).

As a soloist, Kurt Bertels obtained prizes at national and international competitions such as the Dexia Classics (2007), the International World Music Concours (2008), the Princess Christina Concours (2009), Forte Limburg (2009) and New Tenuto (2012). The Anemos Saxophone Quartet won the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition (LU) as well as at the 8th National Adolphe Sax Competition (BE). With the Kugoni Trio he became a laureate of Supernova (2013) and was the first prize winner at the Forte-competition (2015). 

Kurt Bertels was awarded with the Medal of the Union of the Belgian Composers for his interpretation of the second saxophone concerto by the Belgian composer Paul Gilson. In addition, he was a guest soloist with the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides and the Orchestra of the Low Countries. In Belgium he performed in the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels, Flagey, Amuz, Concertgebouw Brugge and Kursaal Oostende. He participated in national and international music festivals as Klarafestival (BE), Festival Musiq3 (BE), Klara in de Singel (BE), Buma Classical (NL), Wonderfeel (NL), Is Arti (LT), Muziekfestival Middelburg (NL), Saxperience (RS), Festival van Vlaanderen (BE), B-Major (BE), Festival Consonances (FR), Orlando Festival (NL) en Norwegian Academy of Music (NO) and La Festa della Musica Roma (IT).

Kurt's discography includes the CD Mockingbird (2015) with music by Wilfried Westerlinck, the CD Fingerprints#2 (2016), released in collaboration with ComAV and Radio Klara and the CD Timelapse (2016), recorded with the Kugoni Trio. With the Anemos Saxophone Quartet he released Through Time (2013) and Klapzoen (2017). He made several recordings for the Belgian radios Musiq3 and Klara and for the Dutch Radio 4 and appeared on Belgian national television Canvas and Cultuur 7.

Kurt Bertels is a fervent defender of the Belgian both historical and contemporary saxophone music. He commissioned a large number of pieces and collaborated with composers as Filip Ceunen, Jan Hendrik Van Damme, Paul Steegmans, Jeroen D'Hoe, Benjamien Lycke, Erik Desimpelaere, Wilfried Westerlinck, Jan Van Landeghem, Kris De Baerdemacker, Hanne Deneire en Annelies Van Parys. 

In 2012, Kurt Bertels earned his Master’s Degree in music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Flemish part) under the tutelage of saxophonist Norbert Nozy. He has followed masterclasses with  Jean-Marie Londeix (FR), Lars Mlekusch (AUS), Joseph Wytko (USA), Arno Bornkamp (NL), Jan Schulte-Bunert (DE), Naomi Sullivan (GB) en Vincent David (FR). 

Kurt Bertels is an endorsed artist of Légère Reeds (www.legere.com) and is a member of the Flemish
 

Keiko Shichijo - Piano & pianoforte

Ann Geerts

Pianist & fortepianist Keiko Shichijo is a special voice in both the Classical and new music worlds. Her traditional Japanese sensibilities have combined with her knowledge of European historical performance practices to shape her unique vision, and this is reflected in her feeling for the music, the instruments and the story behind them. 

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Hailing from Japan but residing in the Netherlands for the past decade, she is a prizewinner in many international competitions, including twice the International Early Music Competition (solo and duo) in Brugge, Belgium, The International Early Music Competition "A Tre" in Trossingen in Germany and the Minkoff Prize from the music publisher, Edition Minkoff. Recent performances include the festivals Printemps Des Arts (France), Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival (Holland), MA Festival (Belgium) and Midis-Minimes (Belgium), a Mozart piano concerto with the Stradivaria orchestra, a historical setting of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, a program of Satie at the Concergebouw Amsterdam with mezzo Antje Lohse and tours throughout India and Japan.  In 2012 Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments in Japan released her first fortepiano solo CD of works by Schubert.

Her second solo CD “6 Dances by Komitas Vardapet”was released in 2016.

Keiko Shichijo has a violin/fortepiano duo with renowned violinist Cecilia Bernardini and they have performed throughout Europe.

As a specialist in contemporary music Keiko has worked with many composers, including Helmut Lachenmann, Tom Johnson, Frederick Rzewski, Johannes Kalitzke en Bernhard Lang. Her recent performance includes the premiere performance of piano concerto by Ben Richter Janacek Philharmonic.

"purity of sounds-breathtaking"

"Her sound filled the hall as one huge warm blanket."

Keiko Shichijo studied fortepiano with Prof. Stanley Hoogland and organ with Prof. Pieter van Dijk in Amsterdam Conservatory, and specialized contemporary music with Prof. Daan Vandewalle in Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium.

Keiko Shichijo is active around the world playing both solo and chamber music.

PROGRAMME 2018-2019

♫ Solo PIANO

A tribute to Komitas Vardapet.
In 1906, Komitas Vardapet wrote a cycle of 6 dance for piano in Paris. The music works are based on original Armenian dances and form, at the very least, original compositions. Keiko Shichijo performs them in an immersive, playful and enchanting manner.

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♫ Solo PIANO - contemporary

Modern works by German composer Helmut Lachenmann and his Austrian colleague Alexander Moosbrugger are central to this recital.
John Cage - seven Haiku for piano (1952)
Helmut Lachenmann - Ein Kinderspiel, seven little pieces for piano (1980)
Jo Kondo - High Window (1996)
Alexander Moosbrugger - The Books (Encore) (2005)
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Helmut Lachenmann - Serynade (1998)
Keiko Shichijo - Helmut Lachenmann - Serynade (1998)

♫ Solo PIANOFORTE

FORTEPIANO (5 en 5,5 octaves)

1. Fantasy and Variations

J. S. Bach: Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge mit Frühfassung BWV 903
C. P. E. Bach: Fantasia in A-dur, wq 58-7
Beethoven: Klaviersonate Nr. 14 op. 27 Nr. 2 in cis-Moll „Sonata quasi una Fantasia”
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Beethoven: Bagatelle Op.33-1, Andante grazioso, quasi allegretto
Beethoven: 15 Variationen mit Finale alla Fuga, op.35 (Eroica-variationen) in Es-dur
Keiko Shichijo - C.P.E. Bach - Fantasia in A-dur, wq 58-7

2. Devilish music

J. Gelinek: 6 Variations on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' from Magic Flute by Mozart
Beethoven - J. Gelinek: Symphony No. 1 in C-major Op. 21 (solo arrangement)
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Beethoven: 15 variations and Fugue in E flat major, Op.35 “Eroica”

3. Beethoven (1770-1827)

Klaviersonate Nr.17 Op.31-2, in d-moll, "Tempest" (1801-1802)
I. Largo – Allegro / II. Adagio / III. Allegretto
Klaviersonate Nr.14 Op. 27-2, in cis-moll 'Sonata quasi una Fantasia', "Mondschein" (1801)     
I. Adagio sostenuto / II. Allegretto / III. Presto agitato
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Bagatelle Op.33-1 in Es-dur (1802), Andante grazioso quasi allegretto
Klaviersonate Nr. 23, Op. 57 in f-moll "Appassionata" (1804-1806)
I. Allegro assai / II. Andante con moto / III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

4. Mozart & contemporaries

Mozart: Prelude and Fuga KV 394 in C
Mozart: Rondo in a-moll
Clementi: Sonata in f-moll Op.13-6
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Gelinek: 6 Variations on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' from Magic Flute by Mozart
Mozart: Fantasie in c-moll KV 475 / Sonata in c-moll KV 457

5. Haydn, 7 last words 

Capriccio in G major, on "Acht Sauschneider müssen sein," Hob.XVII/1
KlaviersonateNr.58, in C Hob. XVI 48
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Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze

FORTEPIANO (6,5 octaves Viennese instrument)

1.  Beethoven’s last 3 piano sonatas (1820-1823)

Piano Sonata No. 30, E major, Op. 109
Piano Sonata No. 31, A flat major, Op. 110
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Piano Sonata No. 32, C minor, Op. 111

2. Franz Schubert, later years 

Impromptu Op.90-3 in Ges-dur (1827)
Drei Klavierstücke, D 946 (1828)
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Klaviersonate in A-dur D959 (1828)

♫ Solo PIANOFORTE - contemporary

This program is built around a new composition by Swiss composer Jürg Frey. The work (+/- 50min) can be combined, if desired, with an additional contemporary piece such as
Noriko Koide – Hyssop (2008)
Tom Johnson – Spaces (1994) 
Morton Feldman – Three Piano Pieces (1954)

Roeland Hendrikx - Clarinet

Marjan Hellraeth

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Roeland Hendrikx has a successful dual career as a soloist and an orchestral musician.

Roeland Hendrikx, clarinet-solo of the Belgian National Orchestra, has earned the reputation of being one of classical music's finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. Before joining the National Orchestra of Belgian in 2003, he was es-clarinet solo at "La Monnaie", the National Opera of Belgium for 6 years.
 
Roeland appeared as a soloist with several European and North-American orchestras.

As a distinguished chamber musician, Roeland Hendrikx has performed at well known music-festivals in Europe, Japan and the US. He collaborated with fantastic artists and string quartets.

Roeland is professor of clarinet at the Maastricht Conservatory (The Netherlands) and the Lemmensinstitute (Leuven, Belgium). He has given master classes in Japan, Chicago, New-York, L.A., Oklahoma and Atlanta.
In 2014 he started his own chamber music ensemble.

Roeland is Selmer-artist.

Nicolas Dupont - Violinist

Ann Geerts

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With over 80 concerts a year, Nicolas Dupont (°1992) is one of the most active Belgian chamber musicians of his generation. (El Diario Montanes)

As a member of the Kugoni Trio (violin-saxophone-piano), the Malibran Quartet and the Duo Andaluza (violin-guitar) amongst others, he has already performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. His ensembles are ambassadors for contemporary music and have commissioned over fourty pieces in close collaboration with composers.

In Belgium, Nicolas Dupont has been a guest in major concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts and Flagey (Brussels), AMUZ, deSingel (Antwerp) and the Concertgebouw of Bruges. In the United Kingdom, as a guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet and as a founding member of the London based Argenta Trio, amongst others, Nicolas has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Arts Club, King’s Place, Duke’s Hall, Southwark Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Colston Hall (Bristol), Colyer Fergusson Hall (Canterbury) and The Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh).

Nicolas Dupont took part in the festivals Musica Mundi, Festival van Vlaanderen, Klarafestival (BE), Encuentro de Musica de Santander (SP), Pablo Casals Festival (FR), Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival (USA), Eckelshausener Musiktage (DUI), Norfolk & Norwich, Chipping Campden, Brighton, Windsor and Winchester Festivals (UK) and Buma Classical (NL), performing with Yuzuko Horigome, Máté Szűcs, Mihaela Martin, Pascal Moragues, Rohan De Silva, Michel Arrignon, Michel Béroff, Lucas Blondeel, Marie Hallynck, Gaby Van Riet and Valentin Erben.

Although he has consciously avoided taking part in violin competitions, he was the recipient of first prizes at the Supernova (2013) and Forte Limburg (2015) chamber music competitions with the Kugoni Trio and was awarded the ‘Kolonel en Mevrouw Bisschop-Matthijssen’ prize by the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels for outstanding students. In London, he was a laureate of the ‘Royal Academy of Music Club Award’ (2016), ‘Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award’ (2016), ‘Worshipful Company of Musicians’ and the ‘Concordia Foundation Artists’ Fund’ (2017). In February 2018, the Union of Belgian Composers awarded the Kugoni the Fuga Trophy for the promotion of Belgian music.

Nicolas Dupont has made several recordings for the Belgian radios Musiq3, Klara, the Swiss Radio SuisseRomande, the Dutch Radio 4, the Italian RAI3 and Radio Vaticana, the British BBC3 has appeared on Belgian national television (Stingray Brava and Canvas).
His discography includes the CD ‘Mockingbird’ with music by Wilfried Westerlinck, the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, released in collaboration with ComAV and Radio Klara and the widely acclaimed CD ‘Timelapse’, recorded with the Kugoni Trio. In January 2018, a CD dedicated to the music of Leoš Janáček was released with Da Vinci Classics.
During the 2018-2019 season, Nicolas Dupont will record a new CD with the Kugoni Trio, a first CD with the Duo Andaluza with Da Vinci Classics as well as a CD dedicated to the music of Emil Hartmann together with Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider, Tony Nys, Justus Grimm and Daniel Blumenthal.

After playing for several years in the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Nicolas currently plays with the Young European Strings Camerata and the English Chamber Orchestra. With these chamber orchestras, Nicolas has performed in major European concert halls, such as the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Musikverein of Vienna, the Barbican in Londen,… and in the USA. As a concertmaster he has worked with conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Krzystof Penderecki, Patrick Davin, Michel Tabachnik, Peter Csaba and Dirk Vermeulen.

Nicolas Dupont started studying violin with Dejan Mijajev at the age of four. After having gained solid technical bases, and the love of music and the violin from this great pedagogue, Nicolas continued his education with Yuzuko Horigome at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels and with Rodney Friend at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He obtained both Master degrees with the highest honours for violin. Both professors deeply inspired Nicolas, helped him to develop his technique and musicality, and shaped the musician he is today.
In the meantime, he specialised in chamber music at the CNSM of Paris in the class of concert pianist Itamar Golan, who strongly influenced his musical view and approach to music. As a duo with pianist Olga Kirpicheva, he graduated from this school with ‘mention très bien à l’unanimité’.

Throughout his studies, Nicolas has worked on several occasions with Zakhar Bron and Mihaela Martin and he has participated in Master classes with Maxim Vengerov, Pierre Amoyal , Philippe Graffin, Ana Chumachenko,… and for chamber music with A.R. El Bacha, Paul Badura-Skoda, Rudolf Buchbinder, Bruno Canino, Ralph Kirshbaum, Walter Boeykens,…and with quartets such as Talich, Chilingirian, Prazak, Danel, Enesco, Fine Arts, Ebène, Alban Berg etc.

Nicolas is very grateful for the support that was given to him during his studies abroad. Apart from his family’s and friends’ support, his musical development was generously made possible by the RotaryClub of Antwerp, the Robus foundation, SWUK Vlaanderen, the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, Pirastro Strings, Delen Private Bank, the Jovaro Foundation, the Stephen Bell Trust , the Deena Shypitka Music Awards, the Helen Worswick Scholarship, the Drake Calleja Trust, the Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust and Inspiratum (Axel Vervoordt foundation).

Nicolas is currently a visiting violin teacher at King’s College London, where he very much enjoys working with his students from the musicology department.                                          

Nicolas Dupont plays on a Giuseppe Petrazzini violin, generously on loan by a sponsor.

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More information on the personal website of Nicolas. http://www.nicolasdupont.eu/#biography

Lin Chin Cheng - Marimba

Marjan Hellraeth

"...Lin is considered a real phenomenon in the world of percussion instruments." - Romania Radio Music

"...full of great sensitivity, great positive personality in interpretation with rich harmony..."- Romania Radio Music

Nowadays, Mr. Lin is an endorser of Dutch instrument manufactory - Adams and the French Resta-Jay percussion signature mallet artist

 

Taiwanese marimbist, composer, pedagogue - Chin Cheng Lin is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews he has received for both his live performances and recordings, as a result of Lin’s succession in marimba, he received a “ European Soloist Champion Award” in 2007, “Culture Outstanding Award” by the Taipei Representative Office in Belgium and Europe for promoting the Taiwanese arts and invited to perform for the Belgian Royal Family. Frequently praised for his musical and technical mastery, Mr. Lin is also lauded for his imaginative and illuminating interpretations of the marimba repertoire.

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"Marimba Concerto No.3 creates even new sound on the instruments" - China Times 

Mr. Lin has performed more than 30 countries and received excellent reviews. He also has performed with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as prestige international percussion music festivals.

"...Colorful and almost cinematic in scope..." -The Washington Post

As a composer, Mr. Lin has written more then 50 works for marimba and it has been performed internationally. Lin’s music became standard repertoires in the international music competitions. Recently, he collaborates intensively with Taiwanese orchestras such as the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Winds and Ju percussion Group. As a pedagogue, Mr. Lin developed and found the “Percussion Theater” department at the Leuven University College of Arts in Belgium which is the first university offering this unique study for the young generation. At the same time, he holds also the professorship at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp & Leuven University College of Arts, MUDA art high school in Gent and Bornem Municipal Academy for music, dance & theater.

 

Percussive Notes / July 2016 / Vol. 54 page 71

Marima Concerti - Ludwig Albert and Chin-Cheng Lin - Splendid Arts Edition

 Consisting of two concerti that are quite contrasting, this would be a wonderful addition to your collection of recordings. The performances are fantastic - by both the soloists and the string orchestra.

The disc begins with Chin-Cheng Lin’s popular “Marimba Concerto No. 1.” As one would expect, Lin’s performance is phenomenal. As many students/professionals are programming this work, this recording will be an invaluable resource.

The latter concerto is Ludwig Albert’s “The Universe – Double Marimba Concerto for Two Marimbas and String Orchestra.” While you will definitely hear some of the same neo-Romantic elements, it is entirely complementary to Lin’s work, mainly because of the robust presence of two soloists. The marimbas’ presence is wonderful and powerful. The soloists’ performances are topnotch; one would definitely expect this from these performers. However, I think I am most impressed with the attention to the balance within the recording.

Usually, the accompaniment is so heavy; here, this is not the case. The small instrumentation allows the soloists to be heard clearly and distinctly. I am a fan.

—T. Adam Blackstock

Chin Cheng Lin - 30 Years Preface of the Promotional Materials New International Tours & Projects Coming Soon!

Vitaly Pisarenko - Piano

Marjan Hellraeth

NEW YORK TIMES - Vitaly Pisarenko is an "...Immensely gifted pianist...with prodigious technique, myriad shadings and scrupulous accuracy..."

In April 2008, Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko (born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1987) won First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Vitaly’s packed tour schedule, with world-wide engagements, commenced straight away the morning after the Finals with an appearance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Damian Iorio.
In April 2008, Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko (born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1987) won First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Vitaly’s packed tour schedule, with world-wide engagements, commenced straight away the morning after the Finals with an appearance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Damian Iorio.

Vitaly Pisarenko already had his first public recital at the age of 6. Following his first musical training at music schools in Kiev (with Natalia Romenskaya) and Kharkov (with Garry Gelfgat), he commenced his study in Moscow with Professor Yuri Slesarev at the Central Music School (1999-2005) and State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2005 - 2010 and a postgraduate course from 2010 till 2013) with the same teacher. From 2005 to 2009 he enrolled in a postacademic course of study at Rotterdam’s Codarts Conservatory, as a pupil of Aquiles Delle Vigne. From 2009 to 2012 Vitaly was a student of Oxana Yablonskaya at her Piano Institute in Italy.

Since September 2012 Vitaly is a student at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev. Vitaly completed his Master’s degree with distinction in 2014 and is currently studying for an Artist Diploma and is an Emma Rose Scholar supported by a Kenneth and Violet Scott Award. Starting from 2012 he is also taking lessons with Professor Boris Petrushansky at the Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy.

In 2008 after having won the Liszt Competition Vitaly Pisarenko has performed in more than 25 countries including appearances in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, Belgium, Lithuania, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and the United States and performances at the Basilica Festival of Flanders, the Piano Pic Festival in France, the Berlin International Music Festival, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Busoni Festival in Bolzano.

In 2009 Vitaly made an extensive tour with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, performed with Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Ushuaia Festival in Argentina. That same year he made an international tour with the Heath Quartet, winners of the TROMP International Music Competition and performed Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody in the reopening ceremony of De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam. Furthermore he took part in the European Liszt Nights tour and performed at the Vilnius Piano Festival and in South-Africa. In 2010 Vitaly performed in Shanghai during the World EXPO and toured with the Gelders Orkest performing Rachmaninov Concerto No. 4 in the Netherlands. In 2011 Vitaly was invited to Japan for an extensive tour with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra performing in Tokyo Opera City, Sumida Triphony Hall, Minato-mirai hall (Yokohama) among others. In 2012 Vitaly made his debut in Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), the Musikverein (Vienna), De Singel (Antwerpen) and The Palace of Arts (Budapest), as well as a tour in China including performances at the NCPA in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall. He also participated in the International F.Liszt Piano Academy in Germany having lessons with Elisabeth Leonskaya.

In 2013 Vitaly made his debut in South Korea performing at the Seoul Arts Centre with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. As well as at several prestigious festivals including the International F. Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki (Poland), the Euro Music Festival in Halle (Germany), The Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam) and the Diaghilev Festival (St. Petersburg).

In 2014 he returned to Belgium for the tour “De biecht van Liszt” with a Belgian actor Warre Borgmans, as well as performing a number of solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in USA, Italy, China  and UK (Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Elgar Room of Royal Albert Hall among others).

In 2015 Vitaly performed recitals in Wigmore Hall and St. James Piccadilly in London, followed by concerts in Poland, Italy, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, France and Cyprus. Performance highlights of 2016-2017 include recitals and concerts with orchestras in Israel, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Bulgaria.


In 2018 Vitaly will perform intensively in the UK appearing in the Oxford Piano Series, BMS York, Champs Hill, Erin Arts Centre (Isle of Man), Manchester (with soloists of Manchester Camerata) and Hatchlands along with performances in London for the Chopin Society, St Martin in the Fields, Parliament Chambers, Chelsea Arts Club and at Cadogan Hall with the London Mozart Players. International highlights of 2018-2019 include performances in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Mexico, Turkey (Istanbul Recital Series), China (Hong Kong City Hall) and a South African tour.

 

Judith Ermert - Cellist

Marjan Hellraeth

Judith Ermert has an international career as chamber musician and soloist.

The cellist "thrills… with a distinctive voice and an original mind. The listener is spellbound from the very first note ... a tone that is powerful but never forced." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

The Bangkok Post describes her as "...extraordinary musical and technical talent..."

WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) praises not only her "utter will to shape", but also "the ability to accomplish her ideas authentically".

 ©Thomas Vanhaute

©Thomas Vanhaute

She was solo cellist of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra with concerts at i.a. the Berliner Philharmonie and Wiener Konzerthaus, and since her youth she regularly performs as a soloist with renowned orchestras, such as Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Danzig, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, Moldova State Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Sinfonietta Köln and Detmolder Kammerorchester.

Judith Ermert graduated from the Folkwang Hochschule Essen studying with Young-Chang Cho and Christoph Richter and perfected her skills in the prestigious class of Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester.
Encountering and working with Siegfried Palm she acquired a taste for devoting herself also to the music of our time at young age.
The encounters with Siegfried Palm inspired her so that she also devoted herself to the contemporary repertoire with great passion.

In 2013 her first Hindemith CD was released together with the Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle (Fuga Libera), a recording that received an excellent international acclaim: "a performance with technical perfection, great musicality and imperial sonority" (Diapason). Recommended as "excellent choice" by the Gramophone Magazine during the Hindemith year, the CD was also nominated for the "Listener's Choice Award" of the Violoncello Foundation New York and the same year the Classic Top Ten (end of year list of KNACK).

 ©Dieter Albrecht

©Dieter Albrecht

At the age of 26, Judith Ermert was appointed as solo cellist of the Brussels Philharmonic. A year later she became a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where she is the head of an international cello class. She also gives master classes all over the world. Judith was Vice President of ESTA Flanders for many years and is also very committed to the "Rhapsody in School" initiative of Lars Vogt.

Judith Ermert plays a modern cello made by Andrew Finnigan & Pia Klaembt, Bremen.