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23rd International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach
Jury, Concert Organizers, Repetiteurs

Members of the Jury

Violin | Viola | Cello | Voice |Chamber Music
Composers | Concert Organizers | Pianists


Prof. Arik Braude
Arik Braude
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Praised for "sophisticated, warm intensity, radiant timbre and well-balanced, harmonious performance style" (Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany) violinist Arik Braude has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His recent performances of concertos by Bach, Haydn and Mendelssohn (double) with the JVNY camerata in repeated appearances at New York’s Bargemusic as well as in Geneva (Switzerland) and throughout France brought audiences to its feet. An avid chamber musician Mr. Braude has performed at many chamber music festivals including Music@Menlo (CA), Festival des Arcs (France), Killington Chamber Music Festival (VT), and numerous concert series in the US, France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. Arik Braude currently teaches at the Queens College and the Mannes College of Music in New York. His students have appeared as soloists with orchestras in the U.S., France and Germany, including the New York Philharmonic. An interview about his teaching was published in the The Strad magazine, and Mr. Braude has contributed to the magazine’s "Ask the Experts" column. Arik Braude is the artistic director of JVNY, inc. and of the JVNY international chamber music workshops in France and Portugal.
Prof. Walter Daga
Walter Daga Immediately after graduation at the Conservatory of Venice, Walter Daga became a member of the "Solisti Veneti". A scholarship granted by the Austrian Government made it possible for him to participate in an advanced masterclass course at the Music Academy in Vienna with Richard Odnoposoff. He has played as a soloist as well as a member of various renowned chamber music ensembles (i.e. "I Solisti di Milano", "Master Player" (Lugano), "Complesso Bonporti"), in major concert halls of Europe, Latin America and the US, and many more. He received valuable advice – technically and musically - from violinists such as Milstein, Szering, Oistrakh, Varga and worked with conductors and musicians like Klemperer, Cellibidache, Jochum, Stravinsky, Scimone, Sonzogno. For many years he has been concdertmaster of the "Haydn Orchestra" of Bolzano-Trent, and concertmaster-soloist of "Orchestra Ente Arena di Verona" and a member of Quintetto Koshick. Walter Daga has made numerous radio and television recordings, and he is also a member of various committees for national and international competitions. After 37 years of teaching, Walter Daga is no longer active as a teacher, but he is still a member of the "Solisti Veneti", with whom he tours the major concert halls of the world. He is also artistic director of the international "Festival Musica in Collina di Lapedona" (Marche, Italy), and every year Prof. Daga invites a winner of the Johannes Brahms Competition to perform at this festival.
Prof. Harald Herzl
Harald Herzl Studied at Salzburg with Sandor Vegh and at Cologne with members of the Amadeus Quartett. Founder of the Pro Arte Quartet Salzburg; successful concert tours took them to the principal European and Asian music centres and festivals. Harald Herzl has appeared as soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Heinz Wallberg; and has made numerous radio and television recordings in the Salzburg Mozart Festival. Since 2000 annual invitations to Japan, Korea and Chian as soloist and sought-after chamber musician. Since 2000 Professor at University Mozarteum Salzburg (since 2004 chairman of the department for string studies).
Prof. Johann Ko
Johann Ko Johann Ko is a laureate of several international competitions (such as "Klassitscheskoe Nasledie" (Classical Heritage), Moscow, 1st prize, "Zemlaj I Ljudi" ( The Earth and Man ) , Sofia, 1st prize). He graduated from the Central Music School of  the Moscow Conservatory and then the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with honors and Aspiratur also of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. During the Aspirantur, he became an assistant of violin class and since 2008 he has classes at the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. And since 2012 he also works at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. His concert activities is diverse, including solo and chamber concerts, as well as performances with chamber and symphonic orchestras. He has performed with such well-known pianists like Elizaveta Ginzburg, Volker Gross Beck, Natalia Vinogradova, Ilya Ovtschinikov and others on . He also appeared at the opening of the festival to 300-year anniversary of Peterhof (2003). He often gives concerts in cities of Russia and Europe.
Prof. Alissa Margulis
Alissa Margulis

"The Guardian" describes Alissa Margulis' play as "exceptional", Ivry Gitlis speaks of it as an "inspiration" and Martha Argerich calls her a "strong musical personality". Born in Germany as the daughter of well-known Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov. Since early childhood, Alissa performs regularly as a soloist, for example with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National d'Ile de France or the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, to name just a few. In addition to her career as a soloist, Alissa Margulis is a keen chamber musician and plays regularly with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Bruno Giuranna, Mischa Maisky, Gabriela Montero , Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexandre Tharaud, Alexander Lonquich, Polina Leschenko and Lars Vogt.


Prof. Sophie Arbuckle
Sophie Arbuckle Ms. Arbuckle is a faculty member of the Juilliard School pre-college and serves as a visiting professor of viola at the University of Minho in Portugal. Described as "possessing flamboyantly responsive, flexible and supple viola playing" (Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany), she has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Chamber music appearances include Music@Menlo (Calif.), Bargemusic (New York, NY), Festival des Arcs (France), and the Royal Flemish Philarmonie Chamber Music Series (Antwerp, Belgium) among others. Solo appearances include Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Belgorade Orchestra (France) and frequent appearances with the Sudbury Symphony (Canada). Recordings with "Le Chant de Linos". An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Arbuckle has toured extensively premiering multimedia works including performances with dancer & choreographer Ann Carlson at Jacob's Pillow among others. Ms. Arbuckle is a co-founder and artistic director of JVNY, inc., an ensemble of young professional musicians at the onset of their careers. The ensemble tours extensively on both sides of the Atlantic in prestigious venues and engages in regular outreach and community work. Ms. Arbuckle holds an M.M. degree from the Juilliard School. She plays a Ferdinand Gagliano viola.
Prof. Stefan Kamasa
Stefan Kamasa Stefan Kamasa studied in Poznan, Warsaw and Paris with J. Rakowski, T. Wronski and Pierre Pasquier. In 1958 he won the 1st prize at the Viola Competition in Warsaw. From 1953-66 he was principal violist at the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra. As soloist he has performed throughout Europe, America and Asia with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Liverpool, the National Orchestre Philharmonique de Paris, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra Warsaw. He has also performed at major festivals: in Europe (Salzburg, Prague, Berlin, Baden-Baden, Zurich, Moscow, “Warschauer Herbst”) as well as America and Asia at important venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Finlandia Hall Helsinki, Tonhalle Zurich and the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Many composers have written pieces and concertos dedicated to him such as Grazyna Bacewicz and Tadeusz Baird . Krystof Penderecki honoured him with a premiere in Berlin in 1984. He is also a gifted chamber musician, having toured the world with the famous "Warsaw Quintet". He was invited to be a member of the juries of the ARD Competition in Munich, Evian, Budapest, Markneukirchen, Kassel, Essen and Poznan. He was a professor for viola at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and Krakow and had master classes in St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Bordeaux, Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf.
Jan Snakowski
Jan Snakowski Jan Snakowski is one of the most promising and versatile musicians of his generation. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow with honors in both violin and viola, then he went on to round off his studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne with Alexander Zemtsov. He has received many prizes in international solo and chamber music competitions, including the 1st prize in the viola division of the 21st International Johannes Brahms Competition. His latest concert activities include acclaimed performances of the Bartok Viola Concerto and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, as well as regular chamber music appearances and participation in the 2016 Verbier Festival Academy. Furthermore, Jan possesses exceptionally broad experience as an orchestral musician. While still a student, he was a member of the 1st violins section of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Orchestra in Krakow. Moreover, he regularly collaborated as a violinist and violist with orchestras such as Sinfonieorchester Basel, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Beethoven Academy Orchestra and many others, working under the baton of world-class conductors including Lorin Maazel, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Dennis Russell Davies. Currently, Jan is deputy Solo Viola of the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Prof. Ognjan Stanchev
Ognian Stantchev Viola-professor at the State Academy of Music "Pancho Vladigerov" Sofia, intensive concert activity at home and abroad. Many recordings for chamber music, concert tours within Europe and overseas. Master-classes in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Austria.
Andreas Vierziger
Andreas Vierziger Artistic and strategic consultant Andreas Vierziger has collaborated with clients such as Vivienne Westwood, the Welsh National Opera, record labels, international festivals and many artists. As a former artist manager at Buhl Artists Management he regularly worked with the most important orchestras, festivals and concert presenters across the world as well as with some of today's most renowned classical musicians. He studied dramatics, film and media science as well as musicology and arts management at the University of Vienna and attended programs at the Fudan University in Shanghai, the Beijing University and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He served as a jury member for the International Johannes Brahms Competition, for Musica Juventutis (Vienna Konzerthaus), for the Fulbright Competition/USA and for the Concorso Ruggiero Ricci.
Prof. Alexander Zemtsov
Alexander Zemtsov

Studied at the Gnessin School Moscow with Prof. E. Ozo, at the Hochschule für Musik Hamburg with Prof. M. Nichiteanu, at the Hoogeschool in Maastricht with Prof. M. Kugel and at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin with Prof. T. Zimmermann. Praised for his intense and 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, chamber musician, conductor. He is a professor at some of the finest music universities in Europe: Viola professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, University Professor at the Vienna Konservatorium Privat Universität und Professeur invité at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland. Among his students are winners of international competition prizes as well as members of leading orchestras, like the New Zealand Symphony (Principal), the Opera Flensburg (Principal), the Malta Philharmonic (Co-Principal), the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Royal Scottish National and the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, to name a few.


Prof. Alexandre Bouzlov
Prof. Alexandre Bouzlov

Alexandre Buzlov is one of the most vivid and talented cellists of the next generation, one who represents the Russian performing school with honour at the world’s leading music venues. Alexandre Bouzlov was born in Moscow in 1983. He graduated from the music school and college of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire; in 2006 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire itself. One of Bouzlov’s most recent achievements came with his participation in the Emanuel Feuermann Cello Competition in Berlin in November 2010, at which he was awarded the Grand Prix and the Audience Award. Alexandre Bouzlov currently teaches at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire where he has his own class and is an assistant to Professor Natalia Gutman; he runs master-classes in Russia, Europe and the USA. Alexandre Bouzlov performs with such acclaimed musicians as Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Alexei Lyubimov, Vasily Lobanov and Tatiana Grindenko.

Prof. Catalin Ilea
Catalin Ilea Catalin Ilea is a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. Born in 1940 in Romania, he studied cello with Georg Jarosievici, a pupil of Julius Klengel and Dimitrie D. Dinicu, a student of Diran Alexanians. He graduated from the Music Academy Bucharest with distinction and was first solo cellist of the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra "George Enescu". Over the following years he received four first prizes in international competitions and critics awards in 1992 and 2001. In 1977 he made Germany his permanent residence. He regularly teaches master classes in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Poland. He was for many years a member of the ensemble "Musica Nova", the "Trio Bucharest" (together with Stefan and Valentin Gheorghiu) and the "Sharon Quartet". From a very young age, Catalin Ilea had an extensive solo repertoire at his disposal, that included all manner of musical styles and is today one of the most comprehensive in his field. He plays all the major stages in Europe, North America and Asia, where his concerts attract attention by "startling sensitivity, authority and effortlessness." Ilea remains true to his style by changing it continually. Every interpretation differs from the previous one. Time and again he looks at things from different perspectives, thus compelling his audience to constantly reconsider. His concerts are unusual, they provoke the imagination of his audience. Catalin Ilea has recorded more than 20 CDs and records, including JS Bach's solo suites and gamba sonatas, cello sonatas by Brahms, Franck and Enescu, the cello concertos by d'Albert, Schumann, William Berger, Bottesini and Offenbach and the Symphonie Concertante by Enescu.
Prof. Matthieu Lejeune
Matthieu Lejeune Prize-winner in numerous international competitions such as Bucarest, Florence, Trapani, Pörtschach in Austria, Douai and Guérande, Matthieu Lejeune performs regularly as soloist, as a member of the Duo Le Cann-Lejeune and the Trio Una Corda as well as in other prestigious ensembles (Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Multilatérale, Galliano Septet…). Former student of Roland Pidoux at the Paris Superior Conservatoire, he graduated with honors in cello and chamber music, before undertaking postgraduate studies in both disciplines. Then he studied for two years in the celebrated class of Frans Helmerson in Cologne, obtaining the Konzertexam diploma from the Hochschule. He currently teaches at Lausanne High School as the assistant teacher of Xavier Phillips, and has just been appointed Professor at the Pôle Supérieur of Eastern Paris (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés).
Maestro Yuki Miyagi
Yuki Miyagi

Yuki Miyagi was born in Osaka, Japan. A Bachelor of Commerce graduate of Hitotsubashi University, and a major in postgraduate marketing at Kingston College in England, he began his conducting studies at the age of fifty under Kazuharu Shirakawa, Kurt Redel, Horst Stein, Ivan Fischer, and Ondrei Renaut. In 2000 he made his debut in Europe conducting for the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has been guest conducting every year for prestigious orchestras with great acclaim. In 2010, he was assigned as the resident conductor for a professional orchestra, Kunitachi Symphoniker. In April 2012 he debuted in the U.K. conducting for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Reviews on Mr. Miyagi's conducting activities around the world show a record of his steadily growing success.

Prof. Kyung-Ok Park
Kyung-ok Park Kyungok Park studied at the "Seoul National University". Having won several competitions in Korea, she was granted a "DAAD scholarship" by the German Government and studied at the Detmold State Conservatory under Prof. A. Navarra. In 1982 she went to the United States to study for her master's degree at the Yale School of Music with Prof. Aldo Parisot. Subsequently she continued her studies with Prof. Bernard Greenhouse and Prof. Timothy Eddy on "SUNY at Stony Brook" in order to obtain her doctorate. She performs as a soloist with major orchestras in Korea, appeared in over 20 solo recitals and is a very sought-after member of various chamber music ensembles, including her string quartet "Quartet 21", one of the most active chamber music ensembles in Korea. Kyungok Park won the 1st Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and gave concerts in Japan, Germany and Southeast Asia. She teaches with great devotion at Hanyang University in Korea and many of her students have won awards. Every summer she performs concerts in Japan at "Kirishima International Music Festival" and holds master classes.


KS Prof. Gabriele Fontana
Gabriela Fontana Gabriele Fontana made her debut as Pamina in Frankfurt at the tender age of 23. She was a member of the Opera Studio of the Vienna State Opera. She was awarded the 1st prize at the J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig and the Tauber Memorial Prize in London. Due to the early start of her career, she travelled widely and performed with growing success at the Hamburg State Opera, where she sang (amongst others) Pamina, Konstanze,Sophie. A great success was her Sophie Scholl in Zimmermann's "White Rose" which premièred there.  She also performed at the Bavarian and Vienna State Opera, the festivals in Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Proms, Bregenz, Edinburgh Festival, Vienna Festival, the Mozart Festival, Santa Cecilia Rome, Semper Opera Dresden, Berlin, Lyon, Geneva, Marseille, Prague, Israel, USA and Japan, where she made an international name for herself with lyric - dramatic soprano parts of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, and especially so as Leonore / Fidelio.
She works with conductors such as Blomstedt, Boulez, Barenboim, Dohnanyi, Haitink, Leinsdorf, Mazur, Mehta, Petrenko, Sawallisch,Thielemann, Welser-Möst and many more. Gabriele Fonatna’s discography : Songs by Schubert, Wolf / Strauss, Bach cantatas , 9th Symphony by Beethoven, total opera recordings of Arabella , Rheingold , The Bat, Moses and Aaron , and the first recording of the complete songs of Clara Schumann. In 1998 she was awarded the title of “Kammersängerin”, an honorary title for female singers in Austria and Germany.
More recently, concerts, recitals and master classes have led her to New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Savonlinna, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Taiwan, England and Prague. Since 2007 she is “Professor of Lied and Oratorio” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Prof. Stephan Matthias Lademann
Stephan Matthias Lademann Stephan Matthias Lademann was born in Meißen, Germany and studied at the Dresden University of Music. From the beginning of his piano studies he concentrated on accompaniment and therefore later majored in piano performance and accompaniment. He has been invited to numerous international music festivals and opera houses such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wiener Musikverein, Klangbogen-Festival Theater an der Wien, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Rheingau-Festival, Schleswig-Holstein-Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Münchner Opernfestspiele, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Semperoper Dresden, Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro della Zarzuela Madrid, Auditorio Santiago de Compostela, New York Carnegie Hall and the Teatro alla Scala di Milano. Stephan Matthias Lademann is currently teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Prof. Barbara Moser
Barbara Moser Concertpianist Barbara Moser tours frequently as soloist, chambermusician and accompanist throughout Europe, the USA and Asia starring at such renowned Festivals as the Summerfestival Salzburg, the Wiener Festwochen and the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival. She has worked together with Orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Dallas Symphony, has accompanied singers Annette Dasch, Natalie Dessay, Placido Domingo, Michael Schade, Mara Zampieri and many more. Her discography comprises 9 recital-CDs, numerous chambermusic- and Lied-recordings. Amongst her teachers were Heinz Medjimorec, Rudolf Buchbinder and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She has been teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 1999, habilitated in 2005 and completed her doctorate-studies with a thesis on embellishments in Bellini’s opera “La Sonnambula” in 2007. This doctorate thesis was in the meantime published by VDM-Verlag.
Prof. Benno Schollum
Benno Schollum After finishing his studies he started teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 1983. Extensive concert activity with – for example – Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Manfred Honeck, Mstislav Rostropovich. CDs with Menuhin and Sinfonia Varsovia with Haydn’s "Schöpfung", Händel's "Messiah", the 9th Beethoven and Schubert's Messen. With Fedoseyev and the Tchaikovsky Orchestra Moscow Tchaikovskys "Jolanta", as well as Wilhelm Bush "In Word and Tone" (Russell Ryan/Stephan Paryla) and the "Winterreise" with Graham Johnson. He plays the part of Kuno in the filming of "Der Freischütz" by C.M.Weber ( beside Juliane Banse, Olaf Bär, Franz Grundheber, Renè Pape. He is the author of the book "German for Singers" which was published in New York.
KS Prof. Helmut Wildhaber
Helmut Wildhaber Graduate of Graz University. Since 1980 member of the Vienna State Opera. In 1990 appointed "Kammersänger". Helmut Wildhaber is a recognized specialist for oratorio and canto. His numerous radio recordings of aria recitals are the very best recommendation.


Prof. Jiří Hlaváč - Clarinet
Jiri Hlavac Many of his students (clarinet) at the Academy of Music, Prague have won prizes at international competitions. Frequent appearences as soloist on Czech TV and radio recordings. Concerts in more than 46 countries.
Oliver Kipp - Violin
Oliver Kipp Oliver Kipp studied violin at the Academies of Music in Hanover and Berlin with Atila Aydintan and Thomas Brandis. In the field of chamber music, he received important stimulus by people like Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet) and Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet). In 1999 he founded the Hyperion Trio. With this, his ensemble he soon started extensive international concert activities. After Competition successes at the Gyárfás and later the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin, the Hyperion Trio won the 1. prize at the International Brahms Competition 2001 in Pörtschach, category chamber music. Oliver Klipp is a lecturer for chamber music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Hanover.
Prof. Jerzy Kosmala - Viola
Jerzy Kosmala Jerzy Kosmala has established himself as one of the world’s premiere violists. Internationally acclaimed as a concert violist and pedagogue, Kosmala has concertized throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, Canada, North and South America, Asia, and South Africa, and has recordings on Orion, Vox/MGM, and Centaur labels. He is a frequent guest artist and performer at the world’s foremost festivals, International Viola Congresses, universities, and academies. Dr. Kosmala is a permanent jury member of virtually all the most prestigious international competitions. In addition, Dr. Kosmala has adapted and published numerous compositions for viola and has premiered many contemporary works, some of which were written especially for him. Kosmala is an erstwhile student of and assistant to the legendary William Primrose, and other masters, and a graduate of the Krakow Academy of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Jerzy Kosmala serves on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine, and was for several decades a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.
Prof. Emmanuelle Le Cann - Piano
Emmanuelle Le Cann Emmanuelle Le Cann has won several international competitions as a soloist (Tunbridge Wells international competition) as well as in chamber music (Florence, Pörtschach, Trapani, Guérande,…). She has appeared throughout Europe, the United States and Africa, playing as a member of the Duo Le Cann-Lejeune or Trio Una Corda but also with Sergey Ostrovsky, Alexandre Brussilovski, Pieter Wispelwey, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Valérie Aimard, Eric-Maria Couturier, Aviv Quartet... She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Alain Planès, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Daria Hovora, then at the London Guildhall School with Joan Havill. As a renowned post-graduated teacher, she is professor-coordinator in Beauvais Conservatoire, near Paris and regularly participates in prestigious summer Academies such as Musiques en Graves in Bordeaux, MusicAlp in Tignes, Les Arcs, Musicalta in Rouffach.
Prof. Ernst Lintner - Concert Promoter, Opera and Lied Singer
Ernst Lintner President of Neues Künstlerforum, Vienna, which, among other activities, organizes concerts in the Eroica hall of Palais Lobkowitz in Vienna. Organizer of the Dostal Operettenwettbewerb at Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria. In recognition of his continued efforts in promoting young talents, he was awarded the professional title of Professor by the president of the Republic of Austria in April 2012.
For more, please see the curriculum vitae, and the video samples of Prof. Ernst Lintner.
Éva Simić-Németh - Cello
Eva Simic-Nemeth

Born in Szombathely, Hungary. She graduated with a diploma at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Budapest in 1995 (under Prof. Csaba Onczay). With a state scholarship and the additional support of the Soros Foundation, Éva Simić-Németh was able to continue her studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, under Prof. Julius Berger. In 1997 she received her concert diploma (Master). Following that she studied for two years at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington (USA). Since then Éva Simić-Németh has added many accolades to her career. She has won, among others, the 1st prize at the national competition "Young Musicians" in Hungary (1990) and also at the "International Johannes Brahms Competition" in Pörtschach, Austria (1999). Currently she is solo cellist with the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra (KSO) in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The following promoters will be present in 2016:

Walter Daga (Lapedona Festival)
Eleanor Hope (Interclassica Music Management)
Dr. Phyo Kim, MD, PhD, DMSc
Ernst Lintner (Neues Künstlerforum in Vienna)
Maestro Yuki Miyagi
Elisabeth Sickl (Albecker Schlosskonzerte)
Andreas Vierziger

RÉPÉTITEURS (Pianists) 2016


Lura Johnson
Lura Johnson
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Pianist Lura Johnson is the recent Second Prizewinner, as a member of Duo Baltinati with cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn, of the 2015 International Johannes Brahms Competition Chamber Music Division. Trained by luminaries Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald, she is the Principal Pianist of the Delaware Symphony and has performed extensively as the pianist of choice for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She has collaborated extensively in orchestral performances and recordings with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Leila Josefowicz, Joshua Bell, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and has performed as soloist with the Baltimore and Delaware Symphonies. Devoted to chamber music from an early age, her many recital partners include Baltimore Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Carney, with whom she has presented the complete Brahms violin sonata cycle, clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellists Ilya Finkelshteyn, Amit Peled and Kenneth Slowik, and flutist Marina Piccinini. Ms. Johnson has taught piano at the Peabody Conservatory since 2002 and in 2013 was named Director of Chamber Music at Georgetown University in Washington.


Etsuko Miyakoda
Etsuko Miyakoda Etsuko Miyakoda was born in Osaka, Japan. After studying at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto and teaching in a junior high school in Osaka, she continues her studies for piano and piano chamber music with Prof. Eduard Mrazek and Prof. Georg Ebert at the then College of Music in Vienna. She graduated with a diploma for piano. Subsequently she was a piano teacher at a music school in Lower Austria. Since 1992 she has been contracted as a teacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In addition to her concert activities as a chamber musician with Wolfgang Klos, Thomas and Atilla Aldemir Selditz (to name a few) in Austria, Turkey and Japan, she has worked as an accompanist at several master classes and competitions. Since 2001 she has been an official accompanist at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.


Chizu Miyamoto
Chizu Miyamoto
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Chizu Miyamoto was born in Nagano, Japan. Her mother started to teach her to play the piano at the age of four. Chizu Miyamoto studied concert piano at Toho Gakuen Music University in Tokyo, one of the most prestigious music academies of Japan and graduated in the subjects concert, education and music theory. Subsequently, she taught those subjects at Kawai Music School in Nagano. She was a founding member of the Suzaka-Piano Trio. In order to further develop her artistic abilities, she came to Vienna in 2001 to study at the Vienna Conservatory with Dr. Johannes Jess-Kropfitsch instrumental accompaniment. and chamber music with the Altenberg Trio. She finished her studies in 2005 with distinction, by unanimous decision of the jury. She performed as an official accompanist at renowned international master classes and competitions such as the Johannes Brahms Competition in Portschach, the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna, the Tibor Varga Violin Competition Sion in Switzerland, the Viennese master classes, the Summer Academy at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Masterclasses at Burg Feistritz, the Estate Musicale in Portogruaro (Italy), the Eilat Music Festival (Israel), Rachlin and Friends (Dubrovnik), the Special Easter Masterclasses in Morges and Blonay (Switzerland), the Nagano Aspen Music Festival, the Miyazaki Music Festival , Japan and many more. In 2010 she was awarded a diploma for excellent piano accompaniment at the International Violin Competition "David Oistrakh" in Moscow. Chizu Miyamoto plays a great deal of chamber music in a wide range of instrumental combinations. Also, she performs regularly as soloist in Japan and Europe. Since 2005 she has been working as piano accompanist at the Music and Art Private University Vienna.


Hedayet Djeddikar
Hedayet Djeddikar Hedayet Djeddikar was born in Basel and grew up in Bonn. He was given his first piano lessons at an early age. Later on he also took violin, recorder and oboe lessons. Promoted by the pianist Rose Marie Zartner from Bonn, he studied piano at the Music Academy in Frankfurt. During his studies he discovered his love for lied interpretation. This passion was largely inspired by his lessons with Charles Spencer. After completing his studies as a soloist he decided to take up his post-graduate studies of lied interpretation and chamber music under Rainer Hoffmann and Eugen Wangler. Furthermore, he gained important insights during numerous master classes and as a guest student of Irwin Gage, Hartmut Höll, Wolfram Rieger, Thomas Hampson, Christoph Pregardien, Ulf Bästlein and Thomas Quasthoff among others. Hedayet Djeddikar has received awards at various lied competitions, i.e. the first prize for best piano accompaniment at the International Paula Salomon-Lindberg Competition in Berlin and as part of a duo at the International Schubert Competition in Graz. He was awarded the North Frisian Lied Prize by the state Schleswig-Holstein. During his studies he received scholarships from the FAZit-Foundation and the Sparkasse Foundation. He has given concerts and recitals throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, England and also the Benelux countries. Since 2006 he has been teaching at the Music Academy in Frankfurt. He works as an official accompagnist at the International Hilde Zadek Competition in Vienna, and has been the official accompanist at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach since 2003. He has also featured in recordings with radio stations such as the Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR and ORF. A recording of the complete songs of Clara Schumann was released by Naxos in 2009.
Pantelis Polychronidis
Pantelis Polychronidis Studies of vocal accompaniment, opera coaching and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan under Martin Katz, graduating with the Doctoral of Musical Arts. During his studies, he accompanied master classes with Shirley Verrett. Postgraduate studies with Charles Spencer and Roswitha Heintze at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna as well as Eric Schneider in Berlin. Since 2014, he is senior lecturer at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Department of Voice/Opera). Constant concert activities in Germany, Greece, Holland and the USA. Since 2012 Visiting Professor at the Music Faculty of the University of Michigan.

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