Mentors

Internationally renowned musicians recommend young talents.

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Christian Altenburger

Violin. He is an musical communicator par excellence . Rubin Mehta, James Levin or Claudio Abbado – to name but a few of his forerunners – they all have appreciated Christian Altenburger most of all because of his exceptional musicality, a gift which allows him, the winner of the Golden Bow 2015, to perform not only as a soloist but also as a chamber musician and to work as music professor and festival director.

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Jan Vogler

Cello. The multiple Echo award winner started his career in 1984 as „Erster Konzertmeister Violoncello“ (first concertmaster, violoncello) at the Staatskapelle Dresden. Since 2008 he is, among other things, director of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele. He is particularly passionate about unusual works like the cello concert „Dunkle Saiten“ dedicated to him by composer Jörg Widmann.

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Philipp Bohnen

Violin. A member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2008. His concert tours as a chamber musician and soloist have taken him throughout Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. And also during festivals his performances have been enthusiastically acclaimed by audiences and press alike. Moreover, this virtuoso who has been honoured with multiple awards is one of the founding members of the renowned Mariani piano quartet.

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Gábor Boldoczki

Trumpet. Winner of the international music competition of ARD München, first prize winner of the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris. He was the first trumpet soloist to interpret the trumpet concertos of Michael Haydn at the Salzburg Festival. His concert tours take him around the world.

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Julia Fischer

Violin. As one of the top violinists in the world she has been praised time and again by leading international media for her virtuosic playing and her versatility. Moreover, numerous awards honour her as a pianist and chamber musician.

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David Fiuczynski

Guitar. This American Jazz fusion guitarist and musical scientist who teaches at the Berklee College of music is known around the world for his virtuosic playing of double neck guitars. As “Director of the Planet MicroJam Institute for advanced microtonal studies” he also deals with the topic of microtonal music.

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Vilde Frang

Violin. Since her first engagement under Mariss Jansons at the age of 12 for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra she has established herself as one of the leading violinists of her generation. 2012 she was awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award.

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Caspar Frantz

Piano. Concert tours at home and abroad. Chamber music concerts in duo with the cellist Julian Arp. Co-founder of the Berlin “Zeitkunst” festival for contemporary literature and music. Artistic advisor of the Saronic Chamber Music Festivals in Greece.

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Jonathan Gilad

Piano. A first encounter with the piano at the age of 4. Studies with Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid. Performances at important European festivals. Solo evenings took him all over Europe, Russia and the USA.

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Wally Hase

Flute. Prize winner at different competitions and of the German Record Critics’ Prize in 2006. The following year she was awarded the Leopold Media Prize. Member of the Camerata Salzburg, tours and master classes in Europe, Australia, China, Japan, Korea and South America. She’s a professor at the Franz Liszt School of Music Weimar.

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Thomas Hengelbrock

As one of the most sought-after conductors of our time, the founder of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and chief conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra thrills his audiences time and again with spectacular programs. The joy of discovering the unknown, his enthusiasm and commitment to furthering new generations of musicians are the trademarks of this year’s winner of the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize.

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Daniel Hope

Violin. A soloist celebrated around the world and one of the most versatile artists of our time. “The Observer” called Hope “the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pré”. This charismatic artist enthuses also as a writer and through his social commitment for the Yehudi Menuhin Live-Music-Now foundation and Amnesty International among others.

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Christiane Karg

Soprano. The opera, lied and concert singer had her debut in 2006 at the Salzburg festival. She has done numerous music recordings, won awards (i.e. the ECHO Classic) and performed recitals in concert halls and operas around the world.

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Alexander Krichel

Piano. He started playing the piano in 1995 at the age of 6. Currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London, with professor Dmitri Alexeev. He’s an award winner at numerous national and international competitions. In 2013 he won the ECHO Klassik for the newcomer of the year. This season he premiered with a concert evening in Tokio.

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Albrecht Mayer

Oboe. This multiple Echo Klassik winner has been playing the Oboe as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1992. His CD releases set benchmarks and are ever present in the German classical music charts. Most recently, Deutsche Grammophon released the Album “Lost and Found”. In 2013 he was admitted to the Gramophone “Hall of Fame”.

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Sabine Meyer

Clarinet. Having been awarded the “Echo Klassik” eight times already, Sabine Meyer counts among the world’s most renowned clarinet soloist ever. She has performed with the most important orchestras among which the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 1983 she founded the “Trio di Clarone” whose repertoire includes almost forgotten original compositions by Mozart. Since 1993 she passes on her knowledge in her capacity as professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck.

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Dirk Mommertz

Piano. Member of the Fauré Quartett which has won an ECHO twice and assumes the artistic direction of the Festspielfrühling Rügen. He’s a professor for chamber music at conservatories in Essen and Nuremberg. His students are prize winners at almost all relevant chamber music competitions.

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Jory Vinikour

Harpsichord. A Grammy nominee in 2012 for his recording of the complete works for harpsichord by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Vinikours interpretation of the Goldberg variations received attention all over the world and counts amount the top ten of classical CDs. Tours with, among others, soprano Anne Sofie von Otter or the tenor Rolando Villazón took him around the globe.

 

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Arabella Steinbacher

Violin. Celebrated as one of the greatest violinists worldwide, Arabella Steinbacher delights her audience with an extraordinarily rich repertoire. She has performed with almost all relevant orchestras and under the baton of the most famous conductors. Her work includes 15 CDs so far. At the same time she actively supports people in need in her role as CARE ambassador. Her DVD “Music of Hope” documents her trip to Japan in 2011 where she gave concerts for tsunami victims.

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Amadeus Templeton

Cello. Whether as cellist, cultural manager or managing partner of the non-profit organisation TONALi GmbH – the artistic work of Amadeus Templeton leads him onto the most diverse stages. His performances take him to concerts at home and abroad but in spite of all this restless activity he’s always committed to passing on his knowledge, e.g. as a guest lecturer at the private university of Witten/Herdecke.

 

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Alice Sarah Ott

Piano. This German-Japanese pianist and Echo winner performs on a regular basis at all important concert halls in the world. Star conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy or Lorin Maazel as well as international music crititcs praise her talent. Her album “The Chopin Project”, released in March 2015, was number 1 in the UK charts and is top of the iTunes classical music charts in another 25 countries.

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Andreas Ottensamer

Clarinet. First Prize winner of numerous competitions and soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2011. He just released his second CD with Deutsche Grammophon and as a chamber musician he performed in concerts with artists such as Murray Perahia, Leonidas Kavakos and Milos Karadaglic. In 2005 he founded the clarinet trio “The Clarinotts” together with his father and brother. He is also the artistic director of the “Bürgenstock Festival”.

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Quatuor Ebène

Violin Viola Cello. This string quartet, founded in 1999 in Boulogne-Billancourt, has thrilled audiences around the world with its unique versatility which simply ignores the boundaries between “serious” and “light” music. The prize winners of the ARD music competition (2004) released their CD “Felix & Fanny” Mendelssohn on Virgin Classics in 2013.

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Matthias Schorn

Clarinet. He had his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. In 2013, he had several appearances as a soloist with i.e. the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Rundfunk Symphonie Orchester Berlin.

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Daniel Müller-Schott

Cello. He’s one of the most renowned cellists in the world. Combining technical brilliance with a high degree of sensitivity, he’s been inspiring his audiences for the last two decades in all the relevant international concert venues.

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Lauma Skride

Piano. In 2007 she recorded the piano cycle „Das Jahr“ by Fanny Mendelssohn and was awarded the ECHO newcomer of the year. In 2008 she was awarded the Beethoven-Ring. Regular appearances with her sister, the violinist Baiba Skride, have seen her perform on international stages.