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List of all accompanists who participated in the convention.
Heidi von Bernewitz
Heidi has lived and worked professionally in England, Germany, Australia and America. Prior to moving back to the U.S. from England in 1999, she had worked for three years with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Opera and the Halle Orchestra.
In Australia she held positions with the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera Orchestras and performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She also previously held the position of Assistant Principle viola of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in Germany; While in Germany she also appeared with the Ensemble Oriel, and Gruppe Neue Musik (Berlin).
She is a graduate of Boston and Yale Universities and attended as a scholarship recipient the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals in the U.S. and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany. Her teachers include Wolfram Christ, Michael Zaretsky, Atar Arad and Nabuko Imai.
In America she has performed with the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, the Renaissance Chamber players (Pittsburgh), and at the Cabrillo and Eastern Music Festivals. She has performed at such international festivals as Glyndebourne, the London Proms, the Edinborough Festival and St. Endellion. In the early music world she has performed the London Classical Opera and Modern Musicke of Washington D.C.
A frequent chamber musician, Heidi has also performed solo recitals in the U.S., U.K. and Australia and together with her husband, bassist Rob Nairn is active in arranging and commissioning new works for viola and bass. Their first duo CD will be released in Fall 2012.
Edwin van den Berg
Edwin van den Berg is a pianist from the Netherlands. He studied in Amsterdam with Edith Lateiner-Grosz and Willem Brons. Edwin also studied in Paris and Brussels with French pianist François-René Duchâble.
He received coaching from Lithuanian pianist Muza Rûbackyté. He forms a duo with Dutch double bassist Hans Roelofsen with whom he has played many concerts in the Netherlands, France, Luxemburg and Germany. They have performed an extraordinary program with transcriptions of cello-sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff. They made a recording with French and Russian music for double bass and piano on the Dutch label Ottavo.
On YouTube a performance of the Elegy by Glazunov was given highest rankings and has been watched by more than 21000 people so far. Together they explored the entire original repertoire for double bass and piano as well as many transcriptions from the cello/piano repertoire. www.edwinvandenberg.com
Mette Burild, born in 1972 in Denmark studied jazz vocals at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands.
Has lived and studied percussion in Cuba and later traveled with her husband Brice Soniano to the rainforest of Cameroon to experience daily life and music tradition with a Baka pygmy population.
Devoted to improvised music, old song traditions and world music. Currently living in the forest and curves of the Danish "outback" with her little family.
Praised by the Strad magazine: “Chaoi Chou is an excellent partner, there is plenty to admire in her technique and sound”. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed extensively in the United States and Asia; sites include Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, Bowdoin Summer Festival, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Izuminomori Hall, Osaka, Japan, Auditorium Komtar, Pulau Pinang, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Berlin University of Arts.
Chaoi received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include Fernando Laires, Douglas Humpherys, Alan Feinberg, Elizabeth DiFelice, Benjamin B. M. Yu, Malcolm Bilson and Yoheved Kaplinsky. Chaoi is currently the assistant professor of Music in the Shih Chien University, Kaohsiung Campus.
Ingerine Dahl is alt. 2. concertmaster in SSO and primarius of Skasei trio and Katedralensemblet.
She has spent the recent two seasons with two major projects, all Beethoven sonatas and all Schubert works for violin and piano touring both locally and internationally with complete works in concert together with the serbian pianist Milan Rabrenovic. They will take this project to China with WU-Promotion in 2013.
She has studied in Stavanger, Copenhagen, Lausanne and Salzburg and is starting a doctorate in 2013.
Ingerine won prizes in solo and chambermusic competions and has played as soloist with several orchestras. The latest was Prokofiev 1 with SSO in the new orchestral hall in Stavanger in May 2012.
She has played Grand Duo by Bottesini together with Igor Eliseev in Stavanger and in St.Petersburg in 2011.
Ingerine Dahl playes a J.B. Vuillaume(1850) on loan from Dextra Musica.
Comedy & narrator,
Comedian & narrator,
French comedian and narrator, Michèle DELACHE with multiple facets enjoys to melt music, tales, novels and poems together.
Founder and President of "Le Baladin Théâtre" of Saint-Jean. TLT (Toulouse cable TV) filmed a working session with the children at "Le Baladin Théâtre" and recently with the "Duo i Conte i Basso".
She is the autor of about ten plays. She has created costumes, masks of Commedia dell'Arte, settings.
Her training: with Maurice SARRAZIN (drama) - Jean-Paul JOURDAA (voice) - Claude BARDOUILH (neutral mask) - Corinne MARIOTTO (commedia dell'arte) - Nicole GARETTA (clown)
Pianist, Matthew Fries, has been making waves in the jazz world as both a soloist and accompanist. The winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, his debut album, Song for Today (TCB Music) was named a 2001 critics pick by Jazziz Magazine, and his continuing work with his collaborative trio, TRI-FI, “takes on the Jazz Trio challenge and delivers a ‘knock out’ punch” (Jazz Review). As a sideman his work has been described as “the best jazz accompaniment I’ve seen in a cabaret in years” (The New York Times), and “the crispest rhythm section imaginable” (The London Times).
Matthew now lives and works in New York City. He tours frequently with his collaborative trio, TRI-FI, and with singer, Curtis Stigers, as a regular member of his band. He continues to perform with a diverse lineup of artists that has included Stacey Kent, DeeDee Bridgewater, Vincent Herring, Steve Wilson, Dave Samuels, Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford, and many others.
The german pianist Yvonne Gesler studied piano and chambermusic with Prof. Georg Friedrich Schenck at the "Robert-Schumann-Hochschule" Düsseldorf and Lied interpretation with Prof. Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.
Drummer Keith Hall has established himself as a passionate educator and joyful performer.
He has toured and recorded with Curtis Stigers for the last 10 years. Keith spent 8 years in New York City where he played drums on Broadway's 'Lion King' for 3 years. He has performed with Betty Carter, Roland Hanna, Michael Phillip Mossman, Luciana Souza, Terrell Stafford, Joe Wilder and Steve Wilson. He has appeared on many recordings that include Curtis Stigers, Tom Knific, Jesper Dupont, and his own projects The Groov’tet, Skyline and most recently TRI-FI.
Keith has given clinics and master classes around the world and according toJazzPolice.com “He has the chops and fuel to hit the afterburner zone”, and Modern Drummer Magazine says “Hall has a nimble, grooving, and 'melodic' touch.”
Keith now lives in Michigan where he teaches at Western Michigan University, is the director of the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive and the author of Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1. Contact him at www.KeithHallMusic
Ole Kock Hansen
Ole Kock Hansen is a versatile musician, whose amazing abilities as a pianist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer since the 60s has established him in the top of the Danish and international jazz scene.
He has played freelance with the entire Danish jazz elite. Among others, the group Iron Office, Thad Jones, Ben Webster, Etta Cameron, and the world-renowned contrabassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.
From 1968 to 1996, Ole Kock Hansen was the pianist, arranger and chief conductor of the Danish Radio Big Band, and he has since then worked freelance as a producer and arranger.
Furthermore, Ole Kock Hansen has participated on a range of recordings of children’s music and Danish music, in which he has been capable of incorporating the national features into his jazz music.
Ingunn Hildur Hauksdóttir
Ingunn Hildur Hauksdóttir studied at The Reykjavík College of Music and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music Diploma in performance and teaching.
Ingunn continued her studies with Roger Vignoles in London and attended masterclasses with artists including György Sebök, Dalton Baldwin and Nelita True.
Ingunn participates regularly in chamber music performances alongside her work as accompanist and teacher.
She has made recordings for radio and CD, the most recent features music for violin and piano by the icelandic composer Helgi Pálsson.
Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen ( b. 1980 ) is an improvising saxophonist and composer from Denmark, currently based in New York. She has developed a highly personal and emotional language for the saxophone with influences ranging from Lee Konitz to Björk. She is a busy performer in a variety of ensembles in Europe and the US.
She co-leads the duo Herbert Eckardt with drummer and percussionist Luca Marini, the duo Seiki with drummer Andreas Pichler (of the Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio) and the duo The Home of Easy Credit with her husband, bassist Tom Blancarte.
In the last two years she has begun exploring long-form solo performances, which resulted in a solo album, "You Look Like Your Mother, Would You Like More Sauce?" on Peacock Records.
Sung-Suk Kang was born in Seoul, south Korea. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Derrick Wyntham. After graduating, she studied with renowned pianist Paul Badura-skoda at the Vienna Musik Hochschule in Austria and acted as his assistant. This rewarding experience was followed by winning a schlarship at Banff Center for the Arts in Canada and soon after ahe won first prize in the Schumann competition in Italy resulting in a string of engagements.
Anna was born into a family of musicians in Surgut,Russia.There she began her music education,attended a music school and a music college.In 1998 Anna transferred to the Rimsky-Korsakov Music college in St.-Petersburg,later continuing her education at the St.Petersburg conservatory under guidance of professor Vladimir Mischouk. During her conservatory years Anna regularly appeared as soloist and chamber musician at the main concert halls of St.Petersburg.In 2006 by the special invitation of professor Daniel Pollack Anna went to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California.
Bilal Irshed is a Palestinian music composer and Oud player currently living in Denmark. His solo project, Bilal’s Trio, is an experimental re-arrangement of traditional Middle Eastern music combined with original compositions and world music elements. Bilal’s other project, The Fifth String, is a fusion between classical Arabic music and Western chamber music. Bilal is also a member of The Middle East Peace Orchestra and he lives in Denmark where he teaches Oud as well as Arabic music theory and orchestration.
Pianist, composer and arranger Gene Knific is the recipient of 4 Down Beat Student Music Awards.
Gene has appeared at Jazz Festivals in Michigan, Florida and the 2011 ISB convention in San Francisco. He studied at Western Michigan University while in high school and will be a junior at The University of Miami, where he studies with Shelly Berg and Martin Bejerano.
An active composer in both jazz and chamber music settings, he has recently had his works rehearsed by Dave Douglas, Mark O'Connor and Terrence Blanchard, and had a work read by members of the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by James Feddeck.
He leads an adventurous trio, The Science Project, dedicated to original works and those of the likes of Avishai Cohen and Robert Glasper. Gene performs regularly with his father, Tom Knific.
Renata Artman Knific’s career began in London joining the English Chamber Orchestra at the age of 21. World tours followed with artists such as Isaac Stern, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, and dozens of records for EMI, Decca, and CBS.
As violinist of the Merling Trio, she performs 40 concerts annually, released 4 CD’s and premiered many works written for the group. She has also appeared as soloist throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada.
Renata is Professor of Music at Western Michigan University and taught at the Encore School, Cleveland Institute, and Interlochen Arts Academy. She has been in residence at The China Conservatory,and at the Orfeo International Festival, Italy. Her students perform in quartets and symphonies world wide.
Knific released “West of Everywhere”, with jazz greats Gene Bertoncini, Sir Roland Hanna, John Abercrombie, and Billy Hart. Her recent CD of the violin works by William Bolcom was The BBC Music Magazine CD of the Month.
Galya Ivanova Kolarova
Galya Kolarova was born in Bulgaria and currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ms. Kolarova obtained her soloist postgraduate diploma at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2012.
She studied with teachers as Jose Ribera, Bohumila Jedlickova and Konstantin Bogino.
Different foundations in Denmark granted Ms. Kolarova scholarships for studying and traveling.
Ms. Kolarova has performed at numerous masterclasses and festivals.
She regularly plays solo and chamber music concert, and works with opera singers and as an accompanist of instrumentalists.
As a soloist and chamber musician she has played in prestigious concert halls all over Europe and China.
Tom Larson teaches jazz piano, jazz history, and digital audio production at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has scored numerous national PBS presentations including segments for NOVA, specials for WGBH (Boston) and WNET (New York), and full length documentaries such as Most Honorable Son, In Search of the Oregon Trail, and Standing Bear's Footprint.
He has written three college textbooks which are currently in use at over 50 universities in the US.
He studied jazz piano with Fred Hersch, Bruce Barth, and Kenny Werner and has performed with many internationally renown jazz artists including Jackie Allen, Chris Potter, Bobby Shew, Victor Lewis, and Dave Stryker.
Thirty years of professional activity, including New York, Rome, Milan, London, and Seoul. An active piano composer and arranger, his works are a regular presence in concert seasons, festival, and conferences, around the globe. In the past season Lupis’ works have been presented in the United States, Canada, Italy, England, Scotland, Poland, South Korea and in a broadcast for TV2000.
Performers include Roberto Prosseda (Decca), Gabriele Baldocci, Stacey Barelos, Giuseppe Gullotta, Pianos Eight, Tomislav Baynov, Luigi Ceci, Hyunjung Chung, Denis Plutalov, Gabriele Sarandrea, Matteo Andreini, Fabio Ludovisi and others. Pianist Nicholas Phillips is currently working on a CD recording of Lupis’ works.
The Nuova Coppa Pianisti Osimo piano competition has included Lupis’ compositions as part of its repertoire. Lupis is also an active clinician. He has given masterclasses in South Korea, Brazil, Italy, Ukraine, and the United States, and teaches piano at Grand Valley State University.
Studied Composition at the Catholic University of Chile and Sonology at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
Part of several ensembles related to Guitar Craft, a school founded by Robert Fripp.
A regular collaborator of artists like Frances Marie Uitti, Richard Craig and KLANG, is founder and active member of The Electronic Hammer, a Computer and Percussion trio and Wiregriot, (voice & electronics).
He is currently a PhD candidate of Leiden University(NL) focused on performance practice in Computer Music, supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds.
He is also a researcher for ORCiM (Orpheus Institute Research Center in Music).
Kathron Sturrock was twice the winner for the best pianist at the Sofia International Opera Competition. After these awards she was invited to work for several years with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in her Master Classes throughout Europe.
She is a founder member and Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble The Fibonacci Sequence, and records frequently for BBC Radio 3.
As a soloist she has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, making her Proms debut in 1994 playing Alan Rawsthorne’s Concerto for 2 pianos with Piers Lane.
She has recorded CDs for Hyperion, Chandos, Gamut, Pickwick, Sain, ASV, Black Box, Quartz and Deux-Elles. In September 2003 she joined the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal College of Music, London.
Haruko began studying the violin at age 3, and the piano at age 5. She studied with the famous teacher, Prof. Shinichi SUZUKI. During her childhood, she took part in numerous international tours (USA, Canada, France, Germany, China...) as a violoinist and as a pianist.
When she was 18, Haruko Tanabe came to Belgium where she studied with Lola Bobesco and Georges Octors at the Brussels Conservatory. Here she obtained the Premier Prix and the Diplôme Supérieur for violin.
Mrs. Tanabe has also studied the baroque violin and viola with Mira Glodeanu in Brussels and Hélène Schmitt in Paris. She became one of the foremost Viola d’Amore players in recent years.
She has been a violinist at the Brussels “La Monnaie” National Opera since 1992.
Kai Shu Zhao
Master of Piano Performing at Central Conservatory of Music, China.
Honorary Award of Piano Art Director at 'Saitenklang' Double Bass Competition, Germany.
Guest Piano Art Director of Singapore International Music Festival. Best Art Director of the Second 'Zhongyin' Cup Double Bass Competition at Central Conservatory of Music.
Being active in chamber music arena in the recent years.
Collaborated with numerous artists in performances.