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Tanja Becker-Bender


Tanja Becker-Bender

pianist: Iris Sentürker

Tanja Becker-Bender was born in Stuttgart, Germany, into a family of scientists and musicians of Bohemian origin. Early musical success, manifested in top prizes at the international competitions in Geneva (CIEM), Brussels (CIM Chimay), Tokyo (Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award), Houston, Gorizia and Genoa (Premio Paganini), led her to perform as a soloist under the baton of Kurt Masur, Gerd Albrecht, Fabio Luisi, Uriel Segal, Hartmut Haenchen, Hubert Soudant, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and Carlos Miguel Prieto with renowned orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, and Houston Symphony, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart of the SWR, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and the Vienna, Zurich and Prague Chamber orchestras, as well as the English Chamber Orchestra.

Also an avid chamber musician, Tanja Becker-Bender has played in festivals together with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Pergamenschikow and Arnold Steinhardt and given recitals in New York, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paris, London, Rome and Vienna.

Tanja Becker-Bender has received her most significant musical education from the world’s leading quartet musicians: early studies with Wilhelm Melcher (Melos Quartett) in Stuttgart and a year of studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School in London were followed by studies with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartett) at the University of Music in Vienna and with Robert Mann (Juilliard String Quartet) and Bartók’s student György Sándor at The Juilliard School in New York. Further important impulses came through work with Eberhard Feltz in Berlin and Ferenc Rados in Budapest.

Applying the idealistic approach of chamber music to all genres of music, whether concertos, virtuoso pieces, new music in first performances or baroque music on period instruments, Tanja Becker-Bender is constantly striving to get to the essence of each work she performs, and dedicates herself to a wide range of repertoire. Her interest in new music has led her to collaborations with composers such as Cristóbal Halffter, Peteris Vasks and Michael Gielen, and first performances of works by Rolf Hempel, Alexander Goehr and Benedict Mason.

After the release of CDs with works of Dvorák, Beethoven, Albinoni, and Swiss composer Jean Perrin, her recording of Niccolò Paganini’s “24 Capricci” for Hyperion Records in London (2009) has received accolades from critics around the world and was distinguished as “Editor’s Choice” of both the magazines “Gramophone” and “Classic FM”. In February 2011, a recital disc for Hyperion was released, featuring violin works by Erwin Schulhoff. This CD was chosen as “Disc of the month” by the renowned “BBC Music Magazine”. In January 2012, Max Reger’s Violin Concerto and Romances followed, also for Hyperion, collaborating with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the baton of Lothar Zagrosek. This disc was labelled “Outstanding Disc of the Month” by the “International Record Review” and awarded the “Star of the Month” by the German “Fonoforum”.

The new season will begin with the release of a recital disc, together with pianist Péter Nagy, featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Works for Violin and Piano. Performances include the Violin Concerto by Peter Ruzicka under the baton of the composer himself, as well as a return to the Konzerthaus Berlin performing Max Reger’s Violin Concerto.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung characterized Tanja Becker-Bender’s playing as consisting of ‘completely mature virtuosity and phenomenal intensity of expression and balance’. In 2006 she was appointed one of the youngest-ever professors in Germany, at the University of Music Saarland in Saarbrücken, succeeding Maxim Vengerov. After being offered positions at the University for Music and Theater in Hamburg and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 2009, she is now professor for violin at the University for Music and Theater in Hamburg.

Tanja Becker-Bender plays on a violin by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù (Cremona, 1728), on loan through the Instrument Fund of the German Music Foundation, to which it is entrusted by its private owner.

Mark Gothoni


Mark Gothoni

Pianist: Iris Sentürker

Finnish Violinist Mark Gothoni began his musical training at the age of six at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and subsequently became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco in Munich. He received further guidance from Shmuel Ashkenasi in Chicago and Sandor Vegh in Salzburg. Winner of several international competitions, Gothoni was honored in 1991 as “Debut-of-the-Year” at the Jyväskylä Arts Festival in Finland. Since then he has performed as a soloist and as chamber musician around the globe, including major festivals in Europe, Israel, the United States, and the Far East and concert halls like the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, Library of Congress Washington, Wigmore Hall London and Kioi Hall Tokyo. He served as concertmaster of the Zurich and Munich Chamber Orchestras amongst others and in 2004-08 he was the leader and musical director of the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Since 2004 he is the first violinist of the Orpheus Quartet and member of the Mozart Piano Quartet, with which he records exclusively for the German label MDG - Dabringhaus&Grimm. As professor of violin at the University of Arts Berlin he is giving master classes all over the world - Tokyo University of Arts, Liceo Barcelona, Western University of Ontario, Campus do Jordao, Brazil. In 1998-2011 he was the artistic director of the "Festivo" music festival in Rauma, Finland and since 2001 he is head of the chamber music department of the Savonlinna Music Academy. He plays a 1709 A. Stradivari that belongs to the University of Arts Berlin.

Thomas Riebl


Thomas Riebl

pianist: Sophia Rahman (6.-22.8.)

Repertoire: one piece by J.S.Bach and at least one other piece

Born in Vienna in 1956, Thomas Riebl studied with Siegfried Führlinger, Peter Schidlof and Sandor Végh. He was prize winner at the International Competition in Munich (ARD 1976) and in 1982 won first prize at the International Naumburg Competition New York Thomas has been invited to many of the major international music festivals (e.g. Salzburger Festspiele) and has appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the "Goldene Saal" of the Wiener Musikverein. He has performed with numerous leading orchestras including the Chicago, Berlin and Vienna Symphony, the Bavarian and Finish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Horst Stein, Edo de Waart, Andrew Davies and Sylvain Cambreling. His chamber music partners have included Jessey Norman, Auréle Nicolet, Andras Schiff, Oleg Maisenberg, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lars Vogt, Gidon Kremer, Benjamin Schmid, Isabelle Faust, Joshua Bell, Tabea Zimmermann, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Steven Isserlis, Sabine Meyer and the Juilliard String Quartet. From 1972 - 1979 he was a member of the Franz-Schubert-Quartett, Vienna (first.prize at the competition of the European broadcast cooporations in Stockholm in 1974); subsequently he became a founder member of the Vienna String Sextet (1979 - 2004), which performed worldwide and recorded several CDs for EMI and pan classics. Since 1983, Thomas Riebl has been a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. In addition, he has been Visiting Tutor at the RNCM in Manchester and holds the International Chair for Viola at the Conservatoire in Birmingham. He has given numerous master classes worldwide. Many of his students won international competitions and became professors at music universities or members of leading orchestras and string quartets. He is artistic director of the Internationale Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden, Austria and has recorded for RCA, pan classics and Hyperion Records. In 2011 he developed, together with luthier Bernd Hiller, a five stringed tenor viola, on which he performes F.Schubert´s Arpeggione Sonata, Beethoven´s first cello sonata op.5/1, the 6th cello-suite and the sonatas for viola da gamba by J.S.Bach as well as newly written pieces for this instrument.

Conradin Brotbek


Conradin Brotbek

pianist: Yumi Sekiya

Conradin Brotbek was born in 1960 in Biel. He studied with Stanislav Apolin and Marek Jerie among others at the Music Academy Lucerne where he earned the soloist diploma in 1985 and was awarded the Edwin-Fischer Memorial Prize of the City of Lucerne.

He studied further with Pierre Fournier in Geneva, with Janos Starker in Vienna and with Jacqueline du Pré and William Pleeth in London. He also perfected his technique with the LaSalle Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet and the Quartetto Italiano (Franco Rossi).

He has instructed a concert and soloist class for cello and a chamber music class since 1987 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berne and since 2001 at the International Summer Academy in Lenk. In 2007, he received a call to professorship for violoncello at the State Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. Conradin Brotbek plays the Joseph filius Andrea Guarnerius cello "ex Jules Delsar, André Levy" of 1700 and is the cellist of the Aria Quartet Basel. As a chamber musician and soloist he has played many concerts at important festivals and music centres of the world. Conradin Brotbek's concert travels have taken him through Europe, the near and far east, Australia, China and USA.

Many radio and television recordings as well as records and CD recordings document his artistic work (ECM, Novallis, Pan Classics, Derecha a. o.).

Conradin Brotbek also works as a composer

Reinhard Latzko


Reinhard Latzko

Pianist: Hemma Tuppy

born in Freising(Bavaria), studied with Jan Polasek,Martin Ostertag,Heinrich Schiff 1987-2003 principal cello SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Freiburg (chief conductor Michael Gielen) 1988-2005 professor at the music academy Basel as successor from Boris Pergamenschikow 1990-1993 tutor at the Gustav-Mahler-Youth-Orchestra with Claudio Abbado Since 2003 professor at the University of Music and performing Arts Vienna Winner of several national and international prizes (Geneva,Venice etc.) Masterclasses in Germany, France,Spain,Switzerland,Korea and Austria (Vienna Master Courses) performing chamber music with Christian Tetzlaff,Heinrich Schiff,Ernst Kovacic,Christian Altenburger etc. performing as soloist with Basler Sinfonieorchester,SWRSinfonieorchester,Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie,Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich etc. performing at Wiener Konzerthaus,Wiener Musikverein,Philharmonie Berlin and Cologne,Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels various radio and CD-recordings

Artistic director

Thomas Riebl