Mikhail Voskresensky commands an international reputation as a pianist in the great Romantic tradition. He is prizewinner of four international piano competitions (Schumann in Berlin, in Rio de Janeiro, George Enescu in Bucharest, and Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas). He is the only pianist in Russia to perform all of Chopin's piano compositions during one concert season; this in 1982-83, in nine recitals in the Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. In 1957 the young pianist took part in the Prague Spring Festival where he performed European premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano concerto with the presence of Shostakovich himself. He is a distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory, the chair of the professorship of piano faculty. His pupils won 126 int. prizes including 55 gold medals. He is President of the Scriabin International Society and the chairman of jury of Scriabin Int. Competition. His discography has more than 60 CD's including all piano concertos by Mozart, all sonatas by Scriabin, 3 and 5th concertos by Beethoven, 2d Concerto by Brahms, concertos by Shostakovich, Schnitke, Britten, Khachaturian. He played more than with 150 conductors (Dutoit, Svetlanov, Mazur, Pritchard, Rojdestvensky, Ashkenazy, Kondrashin etc.)
Wu Ying, born in Shanghai, China in 1957, has studied piano since 5 years old. While studying in Central Conservatory of Music, he finished his undergraduate degree in 1976 and his master degree in 1982. Then he continued his study in Austria, being taught by Paul Badura-Skoda. In 1984, he graduated from University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. After that, Wu Ying came back and started teaching in his Alma Master, being awarded the title of "Outstanding Contributor as a Chinese Master's Degree Recipient" by the State Education Commission of China State Council. In 1992, he gained the "Badura-Skoda Prize" by Swiss Goethe Foundation. In 1994, he taught in Shanghai Conservatory of music as the head of piano department. In 2004, he became the professor and dean of piano department in Central Conservatory of Music. In 1982, he was the performer in the live concert held by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London. He held concertos in Ai nunez library music festival and Chopin music festival in 1985. Wu Ying was invited to attend regular concerts in Royal ?azienki Museum in Warsaw as well.
In recent years, his concerts took place in Czech Republic, Romania, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, and Greek. He also had collaborating performance with domestic famous symphony orchestras in cities of China. His performances are always broadcasted over the radio and television, and he has his own record of concerto, ensemble playing and recital.
Mikhail Alexandrov received his musical education at the Rostov-Don Art College and the Saratov State Conservatory. In 1975 he finished the post-graduate course at the same conservatory. Since 1969, he taught at the Kalmyk College of Music, then - at the Rostov College of Arts, at the Rostov Conservatory named after S. Rachmaninoff, at the Central Music School attached to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1989, Mikhail Alexandrov founded the All-Union Center for the Arts charity "Young Talents", which was the first Soviet organization to support children's music professional creativity. Mikhail Alexandrov is the organizer of many major musical event in Russia - festivals and international competitions, including Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov international competitions. Since 1991, he is a permanent director and artistic director of the International Frederick Chopin Society in Moscow, one of its major projects is the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. Mikhail Alexandrov's concerts as a soloist and chamber musician. In recent years, his performances took place in Germany, Scotland, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Turkey, Belarus, the Russian cities. M. Alexandrov is Guest-Professor at Conservatoire of Beijing, Tianjin, University of Tokyo, Seoul and Daegu. He regularly holds master-classes in Korea, Japan, China, Germany and elsewhere. He served as a jury member at international competitions in France, Spain, Poland, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, China and Korea. Honored Master of Arts of the Russian Federation, Honored Master of Arts of the Republic of Poland, Honored Master of Arts of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the title "Person of the Year 2006". Awarded a number of government awards.
Eteri ANDJAPARIDZE (USA)
Pianist Eteri Andjaparidze has performed on the world's most prestigious concert series as guest soloist with major orchestras and leading conductors, as well as in solo and collaborative recitals. Highlights of her international festival engagements as an artist and faculty have included Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, International Keyboard Festival and Institute in New York, Mannes College Yearlong Festival, NYU Summer Piano Intensive, Round Top Festival-Institute, PianoSummer at New Paltz, Los Angeles International Piano Symposium, Piano Festival Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival International de Colmar, Duszniki-Zdroj International Chopin Festival, White Nights, and Russian Winter. Her discography on Naxos, Marco Polo, and Melodiya labels includes solo albums nominated for Grammy and Deutsche Schallplatten awards. Andjaparidze has served as Head of the Keyboard Programs and Professor of Piano at DePaul University in Chicago, the State University of New York, the Moscow Tchaikovsky and Tbilisi State Conservatoires, and conducted masterclasses worldwide. She is currently teaching on the piano faculties of New York University Steinhardt and Mannes College the New School for Music, as well as Visiting Professor at Foshan Liu Shi-Kun Music & Art School in China. A Steinway Artist, she is founder and artistic director of The United Sounds of America music festival and the AmerKlavier Studio. Born to a musical family in Tbilisi, Georgia ¨C her father Zurab Andjaparidze, the leading tenor with the Bolshoi Opera and mother, pianist Yvetta Bachtadze, a student of Alexander Iokheles from Konstantin Igumnov's piano lineage ¨C Andjaparidze studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire with Vera Gornostaeva, a student of legendary Heinrich Neuhaus. She was the youngest participant to receive Fourth Prize at the Fifth Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the first Soviet pianist to win Grand Prix at the Montreal International Piano Competition. Her recognitions include International Friendship Order, Georgian Order of Honor, and People's Artist of Georgia title.
Peter Donohoe(Great Britain)
Peter Donohoe born in Manchester, England in 1953. He studied in Royal Northern University of the UK, then with Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod in Paris. Winning an award in International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1982 was the beginning of his performance career. He has toured around Europe, Asia and America. During recent years, he mainly collaborated with five major orchestras in London, leading orchestras in the British Isles, and renowned European orchestras in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Orchestre Nationale de Radio France. Donohoe made many records. He is also a popular conductor. He has been working as a conductor more and more frequently since 1984. In 1987, he founded his own symphony orchestra, and became a guest conductor for many world-class chamber orchestras, including Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Netherlands Limburg Symphony Orchestra. In the early 1990s, he also served as chief conductor for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. From 1991 to 1995, he served as the artistic director of Solihull Arts Festival. At present he is the vice President of The Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was granted an honorary doctorate in 1992. In 1994, he got an honorary doctorate from the Central England University and from Warwick University in 1996.
Graduated with honors in 1987 from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1996. He is a Professor of The F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Krzysztof Jablonski is the Laureate of numerous top prizes at international piano competitions. For almost 30 years he is active performing solo, chamber music as well as with orchestras on stages in Europe, Americas, Asia and Israel in prestigious concert halls. Frequent guest of many orchestras, performed under baton of V. Gergiev, A. Boreyko, K. Penderecki, J. Semkow, J. Maksymiuk, F. Brueggen, W. Bothe, Y. Tezuka, T. Shimono, A. Wit, J. Krenz and with prominent ensembles such as Orchestra of the 18th Century, Berner Symphonie-Orchester, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Duesseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Jenaer Philharmonie, Festival Orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kirishima Festival Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. As chamber music recitalist he recently performed with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Arto Noras, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Teng Li - to name just a few. He is a member of "Warsaw Piano Quintet" which was first founded by W. Szpilman in 1962. He has made live recordings for radio and television in many countries as well as numerous CDs in Germany, Japan, and Poland.
Yakov Kasman was born in Orel. A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, a post-graduate. Laureate of international competitions including the World Piano Competition in London (UK), Bucchi Competition in Rome (Italy), Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (Israel), Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg (Russia) and the Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth (USA). The pianist has recorded 15 CDs, which include all the sonatas by Prokofiev and Scriabin, the works by Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Haydn, Rachmaninov, Schnittke, Shostakovich's chamber music. Many of these entries are marked by prestigious awards of the French press. He has performed with more than 60 orchestras in different countries - Greece, France, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Ukraine, USA and Russia . A jury member at international competitions. Before leaving for the U.S. Kasman was a teacher at the Academic College of the Moscow Conservatory . Now the musician is Professor of Piano and Artist -in- Residence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Among his students there are winners of regional, national and international competitions.
Dong-Hyek Lim(South Korea)
Acclaimed by audiences, critics and fellow musicians, Dong-Hyek Lim has quickly established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Dong-Hyek's stunning musicianship and early critical acclaim saw him become the youngest pianist ever to sign a recording contract with EMI Classics at the age of 16. His debut album of Chopin, Schubert, and Ravel under the "Martha Argerich Presents" series, received the 'Diapason d'Or' award in France. His second recording featuring Chopin's B minor sonata and other piano works, , was awarded the "Choc' Prize by Le Monde de la Musique. He also had appearances with reputable orchestras including the NHK symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, the National France Orchestra under Kurt Masur, the Radio France Philharmonic under Lawrence Foster the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek, the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. His performances include the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Theatre du Chatelet, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Wigmore Hall in London, Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussel, Tonhalle Hall in Zurich, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, have met with great acclaim. He has appeared at many renowned festivals including Verbier in Switzerland, the Klavier Festival Ruhr in Germany, the Chopin Festival in Poland, La Roque d'Antheron and Martha Argerich festivals in Lugano in Switzerland. Laureate of Hamamatsu competition(Japan), Long-Thibaut competition(France), Chopin competition(Poloand) and Tchaikovsky competition(Russia). Dong-Hyek Lim was born in 1984 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. After early studies at the Korea National University of Arts' Pre-College, he moved to Russia and became the youngest student in the history of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Lim moved to Germany and studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theatre in Hannover. Later, he moved to New York and graduated the Artist diploma degree at Juilliard School under Emanuel Ax.