Krzysztof Wegrzyn - Violon
Krzysztof Wegrzyn, the Artistic Director of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, Hannover, is also the founder of this outstanding music event in Lower Saxony.
He was born in Gdansk, Poland and was educated in Warsaw, Freiburg and London. His collaborations with artists such as Zenon Brzewski, Wolfgang Marschner, Yfrah Neaman and Dorothy DeLay gave him his vital artistic stimulation.
For years, Krzysztof Wegrzyn served as concertmaster for the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover and, since 1993 he has been a professor at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. His brilliant violin classes are internationally known, with many of his students having won awards at international competitions and being members of renowned orchestras.
Krzysztof Wegrzyn has himself won awards at prestigious international events such as the Louis Spohr and Montreal Competitions, and has earned the First Prize of the Karol Szymanowski and Rodolfo Lipizer competitions.
Another focus of his artistic and educational work is the management of master classes in Europe, USA and Asia, which include the Holland Music Sessions, Ishikawa Music Academy, Keshet Eilon, Juilliard School, and music academies in Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
In addition, Krzysztof Wegrzyn is regularly called on to join international juries, such as at the Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Paganini, ARD and Sendai competitions recently.
He has been involved in chamber music for many years and is the founder of the ensemble “Il gioco col suono”. In 2004, Krzysztof Wegrzyn was awarded the Musikpreis des Landes Niedersachsen for his contributions to music.
Alexander Zemtsov - Alto
” …impassioned and technically immaculate playing…” Classicalsource
“…in the same league as Bashmet…amazing emotional depth…” Britten CD Review
Praised for his intense, innovative interpretations Alexander Zemtsov is one of the most versatile and sought after musicians on the music stage today. He has established the recognition as a soloist, conductor, professor and chamber musician. Viola Professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Vienna Koservatorium Privat Universitat and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausane,
Alexander was born in 1978 in a family of musicians. He was studying at the Gnessin Music Lyceum, with Prof.E. Ozol, than with Prof. Michael Kugel in Hoogeschool Maastricht and post-graduated the Hochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin with Tabea Zimmermann. Since the age of 15 Alexander has been extensively performing as viola soloist with renowned orchestras in Europe, USA, with conductors such as Alexander Vedernikov, Vladimir Jurowski and Neeme Jarvi.
First prize winner of the International Competition “Classical Legacy” in Moscow (1995), Elise Meyer competition in Hamburg (1997) and 8th Brahms competition in Poertschach, Austria (2001) he wa at the age of 23 appointed Principal Viola of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. After 9 years of collaboration Alexander left the position and dedicating himself entirely to his demanding career as soloist, conductor and chamber musician.
A devoted chamber musician he is regularly performing with partners such as Misha Maisky, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Viktor Tretyakov, Gerhard Schulz, Peter Donohoe, Natalia Gutman, Patrick Gallois.
His students are members of leading orchestras in the world as well as winners of International competitions prizes and awards.
Alexander is regularly recording for Naxos, LPO Live and Chandos labels.
Orfeo Mandozzi - Violoncelle
“He has the most beautiful Italian cantilena I have ever heard“
Orfeo Mandozzi, born in Ticino, made his debut as soloist after only four years of study as part of the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. He has won first prizes at several international competitions such as the Johannes Brahms Competition (Austria), the Osaka Competition, the UFAM Paris, the Orpheus Competition (Switzerland) and the Illzach Competition (France).
Orfeo Mandozzi’s international solo career includes tours through nearly all European countries, the United States, South- and Central America and the middle East as well as radio-, television- and CD- productions. A prolific recording artist, Orfeo Mandozzi´s releasesreflect his wide-ranging repertoire and include award winning solo and chamber music discs. His world premiere recording of the Fiala cello concertos alone sold over 4000 copies. Award panels have described his playing as “so captivating, one has to hold one’s breath” (pizzicato).
Orfeo Mandozzi’s regular performing partners include Nikolaj Znaider, Julian Rachlin, Boris Kuschnir, Gérard Caussé, Itamar Golan, Stefan Vladar, Jasminka Stancul and Yuri Bashmet.
As soloist Orfeo Mandozzi performs with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Kristjan Järvi, Gerhard Markson, Hermann Breuer, Alfred Eschwé, Ola Rudner, Jesus Amigo, Filip Bral, Mario Venzago, Michail Jurowski, Arid Remmereit, Kees Bakels, Simon Blech, Philippe Entremont and many others.
Orfeo Mandozzi has appeared in some of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Casals Hall Tokyo, the Auditorio Nacional Madrid, the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and Tonhalle Zurich. The cellist is also in demand as a regular guest at festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Vienna Festwochen, the Dubrovnik Festival, Prague Spring, the St. Petersburg White Nights Festival and the Lockenhaus Festival.
Orfeo Mandozzi is Professor at the Zürich University of the Arts and at the „Accademia pianistica di Imola“ as well as Guest Professor at the Tianjin University in China.
Cédric Pescia - Piano
Born in Lausanne Cédric Pescia studied with Christian Favre at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lausanne, later with Dominique Merlet at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva and Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
In addition he has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daniel Barenboim, Henri Barda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ivan Klansky, Christian Zacharias, Ilan Gronich and with the Alban Berg Quartet. From 2003 until 2006 he was invited to attend the famous International Piano Academy, Lake Como (Italy) where he worked with Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts´ong.
Cédric Pescia was the brilliant First Prize Winner (Gold Medalist) at the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA).
Orchestral appearances with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Utah Symphony, Festival Strings of Luzern, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, etc or as on recital, he played in Berlin Philharmonie, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Hamburg Laieszhalle, the Mozarteum Salzburg, Carnegie Hall New York, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zürich, Vienna Konzerthaus
He is giving master classes in the USA and in Europe, a.o. at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy.
In 2005 and 2007 he served as a jury member in the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey.
Since 2012 he is professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
Stephanie Gurga - Pianiste - Accompagnatrice
Stephanie Gurga, a versatile musician, performs on piano, harpsichord, organ and fortepiano. She studied piano at DePauw University in Indiana (USA) with Claude Cymerman, then at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, finally specializing in early music at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In 2009, she graduated with an Artist’s Diploma in harpsichord performance, having studied with Professor Dr. Robert Hill. In 2012, she completed her Master of Music in fortepiano performance, with the unanimous congratulations of the jury. At the same time, she had the privilege of additional studies in accompaniment of lied and opera with renowned professors like René Jacobs, Helmut Deutsch and Jendrik Springer (Wiener Staatsoper).
Invited by various festivals of international renown, she has participated in numerous concerts as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles. She performed at the Palacìos das Artes (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), the National Music Museum (South Dakota, USA), the Ritratti festival (Italy), the Ticino Musica Festival Lugano (Switzerland), the Orecchio di Giano de Rome (Italy), the Lauenen Chamber Concerts (Switzerland), the Associazione Mozart (Italy), the Swiss Chamber Concerts, the Grange Concert Series (Christ Church, Great Britain) (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Artists Festival in Istanbul (Turkey), the National Concert Hall (Taiwan) and the Schloss Bad Krozingen (Germany).
In 2010, Stephanie Gurga was engaged as an accompanist at the HEMU “Vaud-Valais-Friborg” in Lausanne and Sion (Switzerland). In 2012, she was appointed Assistant Musical Director at the Woodhouse Opera (Surrey, England), annually coaching and leading performances of a number of baroque operas.
She is regularly invited to play continuo for orchestras (Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, European Concert, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orquesta), under the direction of conductors such as John Nelson, Paul Goodwin and Michael Hofstetter.
She collaborates with choirs such as Laudate Deum (Lausanne) and Neuer Basler Kammerchor (Basel). Stephanie Gurga is also organist at the Church of Saint-Guérin and Sacré Coeur in Sion (Switzerland). In 2016, she recorded with DakApp the three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J. S. Bach with the violist Diemut Poppen.
Natsumi Ohno - Pianiste - Accompagnatrice
The pianist Natsumi Ohno was born in Japan and began studying music in Tokyo. She later completed her graduate recital in Hannover with Prof. Bernd Goetzke. In addition to her soloist training, she specialized in song accompaniment in Justus Zeyen’s class as well as instrument accompeniment for strings and woodwinds. During her studies, she received stipends from Tokyo College of Music as well as the Yehudi Menuhin foundation “Live Music Now .”
Natsumi Ohno is an awardee of the International Chamber Music Competition ‘Premio Trio di Trieste’ and of the International Piano Competition ‘Citta di Sulmona’ in Italy. She has appeared as an accompanist at a variety of violin competitions, music festivals and masterclasses, including the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the International Festival of Young Violin Masters Lindau, the IMAS International Music Academy in Germany, the International Holland Music Sessions, the Morges Music Academy in Switzerland, the Summer Academy Cervo in Italy and Gdansk Music Festival in Poland.
Natsumi Ohno is full time faculty at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater and Medien Hannover.
Mireille & Urs Neuhaus-Gachet - Technique Alexander
After obtaining her baccalauréat, Mireille Neuhaus-Gachet spent a year in Vienna, where she improved her German at the University and had violin lessons with Wolfgang Brand (Wiener Philharmoniker). On her return to Switzerland, she continued her musical studies: violin certificat and certificat supérieur at the Conservatoire de Lausanne; diplôme d’éducation musicale méthode Willems at the EJCM Delémont. She has been a member or support member of many choirs and orchestras. For many years she led the 2nd violins in the Orchestre des Jeunes du Conservatoire de Lausanne and in the OSUL.
Since 1987, she has had regular lessons in F.M. Alexander Technique, and has taken part in numerous intensive workshops. After undertaking the Training Course she qualified as a teacher of the Technique in 1996.
Since then, Mireille Neuhaus-Gachet has taught both music (Willems method in St-Sulpice, Préverenges and St-Prex) and the F.M. Alexander Technique (in Morges, Fribourg and Lausanne).
For many years she has worked with several HES and with the Académie Musicale de Morges. Since 2013, she and her husband have been teaching the F.M. Alexander Technique at the HEMU in Lausanne.
Mireille Neuhaus-Gachet can provide lessons in French, German, or English.
Urs Neuhaus was awarded a diplôme d’enseignement de la clarinette at the Conservatoire de Fribourg , a Diplom der künstlerischen Reife at the SSPM, and a premier prix de virtuosité at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. At the same time he completed his studies at the University and achieved a diploma in physics.
Since 1989, Urs Neuhaus has been teaching clarinet at the Conservatoire de Fribourg, at the Institut de Ribaupierre as well as providing private lessons. He regularly gives recitals and concerts. He has been a member of the OSUL since 1989 and has been the first clarinet solo since 1990.
In 1998, he qualified as a teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique. He has been teaching this technique in Morges, Fribourg and Lausanne. He has been working for many years with several HES and with the Académie Musicale de Morges. Since 2013, he and his wife have been teaching the F.M. Alexander Technique at the HEMU in Lausanne.
Urs Neuhaus can provide lessons in French, German or English.