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Eszter Haffner


Eszter Haffner

Pianist: Iris Sentürker

Eszter Haffner is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. Over the last 25 years, she has been captivating audiences around the world with her distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations. She has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras.

Always willing to expand her musical horizons, Eszter is also praised as a viola player.

Eszter plays the 1750 "ex Hamma Segelmann" Violin by Michelangelo Bergonzi on loan to her of the Austrian Nationalbank. Her strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld, her bow by Mr.Charles Shih,China and her 6 CD recordings by NEIRO Productions,Vienna.

Eszter Haffner was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1969. She studied for 13 years in the Gifted Musician Class at the Budapest Liszt Ferenc Music Academy with Andras Kiss, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtag. After the completion of her studies in Hungary, she came to the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria to study with Gerhard Schulz ( Alban Berg Quartet ) and Josef Sivo. She received her Diploma with unanimous distinction and prize from the Department of Culture Vienna.

From 1987-1995 she participated in a variety of Masterclasses with Josef Gingold, Lorand Fenyves, Alberto Lysy, Tibor Varga, Igor Ozim, Sandor Vegh and in 1995, she completed postgraduate study in Holland with Viktor Libermann and Philip Hirschhorn. Ms.Haffner has been the recipient of scholarships from the Alban Berg, M.Sobotka, Erasmus, Janecek and Ziehrer Foundations, as well as the PE Förderkreises (Promotion Circle ) in Mannheim, Germany. She has also been prize winner in numerous international competitions: Concertino Praha, Koncz Violin Competition Hungary, Jugend Musiziert, Stephanie Hohl Vienna, International Chamber Music Competition Trapani and Caltanissetta Italy.

Because of her successful career in the arts, she received Austrian citizenship. She has taught at countless Music Festivals such as the Menuhin Festival Blonay, Prussia Cove, Sion, Brighton Festival, Römerberg Festival, Bates Festival, Montana Festival USA, Wörthersee Classics, Klangbogen Wien, Neuberger Kulturtage, Mondsee, Casals Festival France, Brahms Tage Mürzzuschlag, Styriarte Graz, Villa Musica, Cervantino Festival Mexico, Festival Tamaulipas, Haydn Festspiele, Schubertiade, Bregenzer Festspiele, Macau and Hong-Kong Festivals, Porto Gruaro Festival etc,etc,etc.

As soloist and chamber musician (violin and viola ), she has appeared with artists such as Clemens Hagen, gerhard Schulz, Leonard Hokanson, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alexander Lonquich, Arto Noras, Melvyn Tan, Pamela Frank, Lars Anders Tomter, Patrick Demenga, Christian Altenburger,Wolfgang Schulz, Marko Letonja, Nicholas Chumachenco and Stefan Vladar.

Her recordings reflect her unusually extensive musical range, covering chamber and concerto works from Haydn to Eisler. These include Piano Trios from Martinu,Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Kodaly with the Haffner Trio, Mozarts Sinfonia Concertante with Bettina Gradinger, Schubert, Schumann and Eisler Sonatas on behalf of the Austrian National Bank.

Her newest CD recordings come out in 2016 with Franz Schubert: String Quintet and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintets, sponsored by NEIRO Productions.

As pedagogue, Ms.Haffner`s experiences include 1999-2002 assistant to Prof.Gerhard Schulz and violin Lecturer at the University of Music in Vienna, as well, as being a regular violin and viola instructor at Neuberger Seminare, Casals Festival France, Danish Strings, Int.Sommer Academies Semmering,Tokio,Hamburg,Madrid and Copenhagen, as well in the USA and Villa Musica,Germany.

Since 2002 she has been Professor of Violin at the KUG University of Music Graz, Austria and since 3 years at the Royal Academy of Music Copenhagen. Ms. Haffner plays the „ ex Hamma Segelmann“ violin by Michelangelo Bergonzi ( Cremona 1750 ) from the collection of the Austrian National Bank

Erich Höbarth

Violin and string quartet

Erich Höbarth

Pianist: Nadja Höbarth

Erich Höbarth was born in Vienna in 1956. He studied with Franz Samohyl and Sandor Vegh. Member of the Végh-Quartet; assistent at his master classes.He was 1st concertmaster of the Vienna Symphony from 1980 - 87; concertmaster and soloist with the "Concertus Musicus" under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. 1979 - 2004 member of the "Vienna String Sextet", since 1987 he has been a member of the "Quatour Mosaiques". Erich Höbarth appears frequently as a soloist with the Camerata Academica of Salzburg, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Chapelle Royal of Paris, the Baltic Philharmonia, RSO Vienna, the Vienna Symphony and many others. He performs chamber music with Andras Schiff, Sabine Mayer, Elisabeth Leonskaja und Miklos Perenyi among others.Since 2013 he has been professor at the Musikhochschule Leipzig, having been was guest professor at the Graz University of Music and teacher of chamber music at the Vienna University of Music. He has been professor at the summer academy Prag - Wien - Budapest and the European Chamber Music Academy for string quartet. Artistic director of the CAMERATA BERN from 2000 - 2009.

Thomas Riebl


Thomas Riebl

Assistent: 8.-16.Aug.: Pedrag Katanic (Linz) 16.-24.Aug.: Milan Milojicic (Vienna)

pianists: Egle Staskute (8.-16.8.) and Iris Sentürker (16.-24.8.)

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

Born in Vienna in 1956, Thomas Riebl studied with S.Führlinger, Peter Schidlof and Sandor Végh. He was prize winner at the International ARD competition in Munich (1976) and in 1982 won first prize at the International Naumburg Competition in New York where he also received the Ernst-Wallfisch-Memorial-Award.

He has appeared at venues such as the Goldener Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, the Carnegie Hall and the Concertgebow Amsterdam, with leading orchestras including the Chicago and Vienna Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony and Finish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Horst Stein, Edo de Waart, Andrew Davies and Sylvain Cambreling.

He has been invited to many of the major international music festivals. His chamber music partners have included Jessey Norman, Andras Schiff, Oleg Maisenberg, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Gidon Kremer, Benjamin Schmid, Thomas Zehetmair, 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). He has recorded several CDs for EMI, RCA, Hyperion and pan classics.

Since 1983, Thomas Riebl has been a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg and 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.

Alexander Gebert


Alexander Gebert

pianist: Yannick Rafalimanana

Alexander Gebert was born in 1977 to a family of musicians in Warsaw. When he was three years old, they moved to Finland, where in 1982 he started to study cello with Timo Hanhinen at the Turku Conservatory. Later he became a student at the Sibelius Academy in the classes of Csaba Szilvay, Victoria Yaglig, Kazimierz Michalik, Marko Ylönen and Heikki Rautasalo. From 1995 through 1998 he received a Polish state scholarship to study at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. After his graduation there he continued his studies with Philippe Muller at the Paris Conservatory and on a DAAD scholarship with Natalia Gutman at the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart. In 2002 he was granted a three-year scholarship from the Groupe Banques Populaires in Paris.

Alexander Gebert won his first international contest at the age of 16. In 1997 he came in second at the Lutoslawski Competition in Warsaw, and the year 2000 saw him win Third Prize at the Antonio Janigro Contest in Zagreb, Second Prize and Audience Prize at the International Geneva Cello Competition (where he played with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Heinrich Schiff conducting), and First Prize at the Valentino Bucchi Contest of Rome subsequently.

He has widely performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician at many prestigious venues (i.a. Kuhmo Festival, Oleg-Kagan-Musikfest, Festival de Deauville, Ravinia Festival, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, West Cork Music, Beethoven Festival in Warsaw). Encounters with composers of our time such as Mauricio Kagel, Salvatore Sciarrino, Friedrich Cerha, Krzysztof Meyer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Kaija Saariaho, Aribert Reimann, Albert Schneltzer und Kurt Schwertsik, Richard Dünser were of particular importance to him. 2007-2011 Alexander Gebert gave two yearly recitals in the Musikverein Wien, which included a series of first performances of works commissioned from composers such as Richard Dünser (“Garden of Desires”, Ed. Peters), Tomasz Skweres (“Hesitation” Ed. Doblinger), Lukas Haselböck, Akos Banlaky, Helmut Schmidinger and Christoph Renhart. In 2004 he was invited to join the Altenberg Trio Wien, and stayed with the ensemble until 2012. Since its „official“ debut during the Salzburg Mozart Week (January 1994), the Altenberg Trio Wien has in far more than 1000 performances earned the reputation of one of the most daring and consistent ensembles in this category: its repertory comprises – in addition to a large number of works from directly related fields (piano quartets & quintets, duos, triple concertos, vocal chamber music) near to 200 piano trios, among them many pieces which the Altenberg Trio suggested and first performed itself. Simultaneously with its foundation, the ensemble became trio in residence of Vienna´s Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, annually performing a cycle in the Brahms Saal of Musikverein. Its regular activities also include artistic directorship of the music festival at Schloss Weinzierl, that place so important in music history, where the young Haydn composed his first string quartets.

Alexander Gebert gives numerous masterclasses internationally, and teaches regularly in Germany, Finland, Poland and Belgium. With the Altenberg Trio he taught at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo and the Accademia pianistica de Imola. The trio also held numerous courses in other colleges and universities in Italy, Finland, Russia, Holland, Albania, Denmark and the USA. Alexander Gebert was a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Music in Katowice in 2011/2012. In 2010 he was appointed Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold where he is also the acting Artistic Vice-Dean.

Christoph Richter

Violoncello and string quartet

Christoph Richter

Pianist: Yumi Sekiya

Christoph Richter is professor of cello at the Folkwang University in Essen (Germany) and the Royal Academy, at the European Chamber Music Academy and ChamberStudio (London) and gives masterclasses in Europe and the US (Ravinia). He is one of the leading cellists and chamber musicians in Europe and regularly performs with artists such as András Schiff, Isabelle Faust, Heinz Holliger. After his studies with André Navarra and Pierre Fournier he won prizes at international competitions, and is much in demand as a soloist with leading orchestras. His strong interest in contemporary music has led him to work with composers such as Penderecki, Kurtág, Henze, Lachenmann, Holliger, Reimann and Widmann. Richter performed the complete works for cello of Brahms and Webern (2008), Mendelssohn (2009) Beethoven (2009+2015), Bach (2013) and Schumann (2016) in London. Amongst his recordings are works by Schumann and Holliger for ECM, concertos by Klengel for cpo, the Divertimento KV 563 by Mozart for Naxos and the Brahms Sextet op.36 for Harmonia Mundi, which received the Diapason D’Or.He is frequently invited as a jury member for international competitions in London, Vienna, Weimar and Trondheim.

Artistic director

Thomas Riebl