International Summer Academy Bad Leonfelden

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Mark Gothoni

violin

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

Viola

Thomas Riebl

pianist: Sophia Rahman (5.-21.8.)

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

Violoncello

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

Barbara Doll

violin

Barbara Doll

pianist: Iris Sentürker

Barbara Doll performs in the international music scene both as a soloist and chamber musician. Since 2014 she is professor of violin at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland, having hold a similar position at the University of the Arts in Bern since 2004. Barbara is passionately engaged in supporting highly talented young violinists in pre college –age.

Born near Munich, she was taught by legendary teachers as Ana Chumachenco, Thomas Brandis, David Takeno and Sándor Végh. Barbara’s interpretations of both mainstream and rarely performed repertoire have been internationally acclaimed for their personal and authentic approach. She is also a passionate violist and member of the ARIA Quartett.

Barbara is a laureate of the International Schubert Competition Graz, and of the Kuhmo International Duo Competition, Finland. She has appeared at such venues as the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, as soloist e.g. with the English Chamber Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Barbara has been guest leading and directing prestigious chamber orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Basle Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich, Munich and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and the Ensemble Resonanz. For more than twenty years she has been playing in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, often under Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Barbara is regularly invited to prestigious festivals to perform and give masterclasses . Recent and upcoming engagements include Villa Musica Mainz, Künstlerhaus Boswil, Hindemith Foundation Blonay , the Aurora Chamber Music Festival Sweden, International Masterclasses Liechtenstein and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, England. www.barbaradoll.net

Christoph Richter

Violoncello and string quartet

Christoph Richter

Pianist: N.N.

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