Vadim Tchijik is a prize-winner of many prestigious international violin competitions such as N. Paganini Competition in Genoa, P.I.Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, R. Lipizer Competition in Gorizia; winner of International Competition in Portogruaro (Italy), Juventus Award (by the European Council), N. and L. Boulanger Foundation Award and Natexis Banque Populaire Foundation Award in Paris, O. and V. Ritter Foundation Award in Hamburg and G. Cziffra Foundation Award (France).Born in November 1975, he started to study the violin at the age of six and gave his first concert when he was only eight. He finished the famous Tchaikovsky Central Music School in Moscow for the gifted children, First Prize unanimously at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon, then he completed his post-graduate studies at the High Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Artist Certificate at the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Arts in Dallas, Chigiana Music Academy in Siena and always obtained the highest honoursAmong his teachers were Boris Belkin, Ivry Gitlis, Edouard Schmieder, Herman Krebbers, Mihaela Martin and Irina BotchkovaHe has performed with Moscow Symphony Orchestra, North Nederland Symphony Orchestra, Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic, Orchestra di Teatro di Genova, Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Ulianovsk Philharmonic, Gunma Chamber Orchestra, Vasteras Sinfonietta, Camerata of Coahuila, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, Basse-Normandie, Garde Républicaine, Yaroslavl Philharmonic, Akademik Baskent (Ankara), Plano Symphony Orchestra and many others, conducted by Michel Tabachnik, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Jean Deroyer, Anton Nanut, Peter Csaba, Paolo Peloso, Enrique Batiz, Naoto Otomo etc. He is very often invited to participate in prestigious music festivals among which Festival Radio France and Montpellier, Pablo Casals, Nancyphonies, Guebwiller, Royan, Festival of St-Riquier, Fetes Romantique de Nohant, Semaines Musicales de Tours, Music Festival des Grands Crus de Bourgogne, Japan Music festival etc. He performs in various radio and TV broadcasts in many countries (France Musique, Radio Classique, NHK, France 3, Mezzo, RAI, Japanese, Russian, Swedish television) and his concerts were broadcasted all over the Europe, USA and Asia.
He recorded several CD’s for Lyrinx (“Recommandé” by Classica Magazine, “Coup de Coeur” by Piano Magazine), Exton (“One of the best CD’s of the Month” by The Record Geijutsu (Japan), Polymnie and DOCdata Benelux labels. In 2006 he participates in Japan at the recording of a series of CD dedicated to the 250th Mozart Anniversary. In 2004, the famous French magazine “Diapason” dedicates one page to Vadim Tchijik entitled “Already Maestro” and in 2010, he is on the cover of the famous “String” Magazine with an exclusive interview of six pages. He is an Artistic Director of the International Music Festival in Hyères, “Les Musicales de Saint-Martin”, “L’Automne Musical du Vesinet” and “Les Heures Musicales de Binic” Music Festivals in France.
Vadim Tchijik is currentely Professor of violin at Toulouse Conservatory and gives master-classes in Europe, in South America and in Asia. He also edited the violin part of music by Saint-Saens, Ravel and Franck for “Zen On” music edition in Japan.
He is a founder and the director of the string ensemble “Les Virtuoses” and the director of the competition for strings “Les Virtuoses du Coeur”.
Eric Courrèges is a soloist in the Philharmonique de Montpellier, European Symfony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra of Lamoureux. Courrèges also plays as a member of ensembles l’Opéra de Paris, l’Orchestre National de France and l’Orchestre d’Ile de France. He playes with some of the most renowed conductors like Lorin Mazel and Seiji Osawa.
He performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in France, Korea, Japan, Isreal, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Norway, Tahiti Mexico and elsewhere.
He is a versatile musician, who fits in many different musical formations, from jazz with Michael Legrand, rock with Johnny Hallyday, roma music, tango and to the world music. He performed with pianists like Erik Berchot, Dimitris Saroglou, violinists Philip Bride, Stéphane Rullière, ensembles 2E2M, Calliopée and quartet Hermarque. He recorded the songs of Prévert-Kosma with arrangements of C. Bolling and complete cello suites of J.S. Bach.
Anna Carrere was born in Russia in a family of talented musicians. At the age of 5 she started studying the violin, and two years later she studied the piano. At 15, she attended the Music Academy in Donetsk Ukraine, while studying with the famous Professor Victor Makarov in Kharkov. In 1998, she is a student at the Higher National Conservatory of Music in Kiev where she completed her training with Professeur Valery Kozlov. She has performed first in Ukraine then in Europe and has participated in several Master classes with the well-known pianists Vladimir Krainev and Oxana Yablonskaya in Nice.
The famous pianist Therese Dussaut has noticed her and has invited Anna Carrere in her class to perfect herself at the national academy of music in Toulouse. Anna laureat of several international competitions. In 2004 she won the second prize at the international piano competition « Arts of the 20th century» in Kiev. Sheʼs been living in France since 2004 and has performed chamber music and also performed as a soloist with different orchestras. She has participated in several music festivals in France, Spain, Israel, The Czech Republic, in Ukraine and others. From 2012 to 2015 she continued her studies with the famous Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya. In 2012 she created her own festival in Pompignan, through her association Franco-Slave,cultural exchanges between the two countries. She teaches the piano and her students have already won numbers of international competitions.
DUO PETER CAELEN – OLSI LEKA (Netherlands)
Peter Caelen, piano Olsi Leka, cello
City Museum – Ljubljana
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) : 7 Variations on ‘Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen ” from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte WoO 46
Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764) : Sonata in D major-Allegro -Adagio-Minuetto
Eric Feldbusch (1922-2007) : Cadence et Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) : 12 Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte opus 66
Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952) : Nuit calme
Astor Piazolla (1921-1992) : Le grand tango
Pianist Peter Caelen studied at the Conservatories of Maastricht and Amsterdam with Frans van Beveren, Joop Celis and Willem Brons. He continued his studies with Peter Feuchtwanger in London and Thomas Duis in Saarbrücken. Furthermore he has taken part in masterclasses with musicians such as Peter Donohoe, Lazar Berman, Eugen Indjic, Piotr Paleczny and Jan Michiels. Peter Caelen played concerts throughout Europe, amongst others in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Rotterdam (De Doelen), Londen, Oxford (Holywell Music Room), Brussels (Main Hall Royal Conservatory), Saarbrücken (Saarbrücker Kammerkonzerte), Koblenz (Rhein Mosel Halle), Rome and Espoo (Sellosali). Furthermore he could also be heard at festivals such as the Mozart Festival, the Klevischer Klaviersommer, the Mendelssohn-Tage, the Feuchtwanger Piano Festival and the Kamarihelmi Festival. As a soloist he performed with several orchestras and as a chamber musician he worked with numerous musicians such as violinists Simone Lamsma, Esther Yoo, Lisanne Soeterbroek, Olsi Leka, Hans van Kerckhoven, the Carducci and Atrium String Quartets, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks and the wind soloists of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Together with violinist Caroline Wagner and horn player René Pagen he forms Trio de Pecare.In 1994 Peter Caelen won a first prize in the Princess Christina Competition in Den Bosch (The Netherlands). In 2001 he was a finalist in the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria) and in 2006 he was awarded a diploma during the World Music Competition Ibla Grand Prize in Italy. The Frits Philips Music Hall in Eindhoven presented him as ‘Zuiderlicht’ in 2005. As a promising young talented musician he was given the opportunity to compose his own concert series. Peter Caelen was to be heard and seen on several occasions on both Dutch and foreign broadcasting networks like Radio 4 and SWR. His cd’s include works by Nordgren, Berg, Schönberg, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Wagner, Debussy, Prokofief, Haydn, Schubert en Liszt.
Peter Caelen was invited to give masterclasses in the United Kingdom and Finland. Besides he is a frequent jury member in competitions both in the Netherlands and abroad (a.o. Belfius Classics). Since 2006 Peter Caelen has been Director of the Virenze Concerts near Maastricht (The Netherlands). From the 2014-2015 season he has as well been appointed artistic leader of the foundation Muziek Klassiek Gulpen (The Netherlands).
Olsi Leka started his cello studies at the age of six. At the age of ten, in 1990, he won the first prize at the « Young Cellists » competition (youth division) with congratulations from the jury. Four years later he won the first prize again in the same competition at the senior level. In 1999, he finished his studies with a « Gold Medal » at the «Tirana Secondary Music School» and continued further specialization at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. In 2002 the Royal Conservatory of Brussels awarded him the honor prize « Van de Kerckhove ». He also received a scholarship from the Erasmus Program to complete an exchange with the Musik Hochschule in Cologne, Germany in the cello class of. Maria Kliegel. In 2003, Olsi Leka won the first prize at the « Concours d’Interpretation Musicale » in Brussels followed by the second prize at the « International Competition of Music Interpretation » in Limasol, Cyprus. In 2004 , at the age of 24, he became principal cellist of the National Orchestra of Belgium and guest teacher of cello at the Koninklijk Muziek Conservatorium in Brussel. Olsi Leka gives great importance to barokcello and contemporary music, as essential languages for an completed modern musician. The last months he played R.Schuman , P,I,Tchaikovsky, E.Lalo, J.Brahms cello concertos…Important highpoint was the succesfull interpretation of Henry Dutilleux cello concerto “Tout un monde lointain…” with the presence and the warm congratulations of the compositor himself. The last years, Olsi Leka has given masterclasses and has appeared as soloist or chambrist in most countries of europe and works regularly with the harpist Samia Bousbaïne with Duo Eden. He is one of the promesing cellists of the young generation of cellists in europe.
PITROS DUO – RECITAL FOR TRUMPET AND PIANO (Italy)
Luigi Santo, trumpetDaniela Gentile, piano
City Museum – Ljubljana
Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759): Larghetto
Eric Ewazen (1954-): Sonata per Tromba e Pianoforte
Arno Babajanian (1921-1983): Notturno
Alexander Fyodorovich Goedicke (1877-1957): Konzert-Studie op.49
George Gerswhin (1898-1937): Rhapsody in Blue
Luigi Santo is a qualified trumpet player at the Academy of Music in the City of Cosenza, his musical studies continue in Paris with P. Thibaud; afterwards he gets specialized in the romantic repertory with the Russian Maestro Timofei Dokshitser. With brass quintet “Brass Collection” he plays an intensive activity of concerts. With the meeting of the American trumpet player David Short, a new collaboration begins, this will afterwards bring them to create the orchestra called “The Brass Choir Consort” with whom he has participated in many RAI television programs.
Author of pieces for brass quintets printed and published by Gerard Billaudot-Paris and by ITC Reift-Switzerland. He worked together with boards like: the Orchestra Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Regional Orchestra of Tuscany, the Symphonic Orchestra of Abruzzi and the Orchestra of the Theater “Massimo” of Catania, there he played with famous Interpreters and Directors. As soloist held concert in “Ramsey Concert Hall” -Georgia University of Athens – USA; in “Rimskij-Korsakov Hall” of S.Petersburg – Russia; in “Segovia Hall” in Linares – Spain, and in Finland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Slovenia, Romania, Moldavia and Middle East. Held performances with knowned international musicians as Fred Mills, Scott Hartman, Mark Mc Connell, Mike Moore, Bobby Shew, Andrei Ikov, Chris Martin, Jim Thompson. Trumpet teacher at the Academy of Music in Matera, is Artistic Director of the International Brass Festival “Tubilustrium”. CDs: “Silenzio…..gli Ottoni!”, (by Marcophon); “Fred&Friends”; “Tubilustrium 2005”. In 2006 played first Italian performance of Shostakovich Piano-Trumpet Concerto, in the famous version by the great Russian Trumpeter Timofei Dokshitser.
Daniela Gentile graduated with honours from the school of Maestro Lethea Cifarelli at the Conservatorio di Musica “A. Casella” in L’Aquila.
She attended a teaching course on “Forme Sonate” held by Maestro Fausto Razzi and Seminars on contemporary music organized by the school of composition of the same maestro.
She attended a teaching course in piano studies at the Julliard School U.S.A., with Maestro David Rose, and also in France with Maestro Bouqueth. She also obtained a Masters in Piano specialization with Maestro Bruno Canino and a specialization with Maestro V. Voskobojnikov. She recorded concerts for mayor broadcasting networks RAI 1, RAI 2, RAI 3.
She has given concerts at Music Institutes and Public Centres in many italian cities performing pieces by great composers: Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven and especially Mozart.
She has done tournees in Russia, France, U.S.A., Greece and has played in the National Theatre of Lagos, Nigeria and in Accra Ghana, receiving praise from both critics and audience. She not only performs solo and her repertoire goes from the classic to contemporary compositions.
She is a Piano teacher at the Conservatorio of Bari.
RECITAL FOR FLUTE AND HARP (Italy, Russia)
Giuseppe Nova, flute – Alexandra Verbitskaya, piano
City Museum – Ljubljana
Giuseppe Nova received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Kyoto, he has performed at the G20 in Guatemala City and in 2011 he received the European Award for Artistic and Cultural activities in Prague. His performances have been hailed in international publications. The Washington Post called his performance “charming.” Other critics have commented enthusiastically: “enlightened performance… an extraordinary musical sense” (Il Giornale); “a magic performance of virtuosity” (Gazzetta del Sud); “musical art at its perfection” (Nice Matin, France); “a genius mode dialogue” (Nürtinger Zeitung, Germany); “in a class of his own” (Secolo XIX); and “simply divine…” Concert Reviews UK, … admirable quality approach, with fluid, gentle and mild interpretation… Arena di Verona ”
Graduated from the Conservatory in Turin and Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon where he studied with the celebrated Maxence Larrieu. Described as one of the most outstanding Italian flutists of his generation, Mr. Nova made his debut in 1982 as a soloist with the RAI Symphony Orchestra. This marked the beginning of a brilliant career which has led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, the United States and Asia (Japan, Thailand, China, Korea, Singapour). Soloist with several Orchestras, such as Prague Virtuosi, Ensemble of Tokyo, Orchestre de Cannes Côte d’Azur, Camerata Bohemica, Arena di Verona Orchestra, Turin Philharmonic, Tübinger Kammerorchester, Thailand Philharmonic, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Chesapeake Orchestra, Astana Symphony Orchestra, Pavlodar Philharmonic, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrapavlosk Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica Cervantes, Pardubice Philharmonic Orchestra in prestigious concert halls and Festivals, like Suntory Hall Tokyo, Rome Parco della Musica, Umbria Jazz, Washington Italian Embassy, Esterhàzy Castle, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona.
As one of the most eagerly sought-after teachers, he has given master-classes worldwide, he taught at the Accademia di Pescara, at the Arts Academy Foundation in Rome, at the Scuola di Saluzzo, at Geneva Conservatory. He has recorded extensively, with partners like Maxence Larrieu, Bruno Canino, Arnoldo Foà, Wolfgang Schulz, since 2006 he record with well-known Japanese label Camerata Tokyo. He now teaches at the Conservatoire de la Vallée d’Aoste and he’s Guest Professor in St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA.