Martin Roscoe

With an extraordinary career spanning over 4 decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. In an ever more distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

With a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded Martin works regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, having especially close links with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has had over ninety performances. Martin has worked with many eminent conductors, including performances with Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.

An equally prolific recitalist, Martin has also performed regularly across Europe, the Far East, Australasia and South Africa. His chamber music partnerships include long-standing associations with Peter Donohoe, Tasmin Little and the Endellion and Maggini Quartets as well as more recent collaborations with such artists as Jennifer Pike, Ashley Wass, Matthew Trusler and the Brodsky and Vertavo Quartets. One of his most important chamber music collaborations has developed in recent years: the Cropper Welsh Roscoe Trio. Together the trio have performed many times across the UK, most notably with several series of concerts at London’s Kings Place.

Recent and future engagements include appearances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra, as well as recital performances at the Bridgewater Hall (where Martin is an Associate Artist), Kings Place, Musée d’Orsay, Wigmore Hall and Festival of the Sound, Parry. Martin is also Artistic Director of Ribble Valley International Piano Week, and Beverley Chamber Music Festival, and will succeed Kathy Stott as Artistic Director of the Manchester Chamber Music Society at the start of the 2014/15 season.

Having had over 500 broadcasts, including seven BBC Prom appearances, Martin is one of the most regularly played pianists on BBC Radio 3. Martin has also made many commercial recordings for labels such as Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. He has recorded the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski, as well as four discs in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. Martin is in the process of recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for the Deux-Elles label. The first three discs have been released to unanimous critical acclaim. The Independent described the sonatas as being “all delivered with Roscoe’s typically scrupulous attention to detail and emotional truth”. The second disc includes the Waldstein Sonata, and was proclaimed on BBC Radio 3 as “one of the truly great recordings of the Waldstein Sonata” … “perfect musical judgement and a formidable technique from Martin Roscoe”.

Teaching has always been an important part of Martin’s life and the development of young talent helps him to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and has just been awarded his Fellowship there.

Martin lives in the beautiful English Lake District with his wife and their two sons. Being in this wonderful place provides inspiration and relaxation, and also enables him to indulge his passions for the countryside and hill-walking.

Marko Mustonen

Marko Mustonen (born 1984) started playing the piano at the age of 4 and is currently studying at the Yale University School of Music with Professor Boris Berman. He graduated from Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki, in 2007 where his teachers were Professors Erik T. Tawaststjerna and Teppo Koivisto. He has also studied with Bernard Ringeissen in Paris. Marko Mustonen has taken part in e.g. Andras Schiff’s, Leon Fleisher’s and Arie Vardi’s masterclasses. Mr. Mustonen has performed in many European countries, in Morocco and in the USA. He has been a piano soloist with different orchestras, such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Marko Mustonen has also performed chamber music with e.g. cellist Torleif Thedeen and violinist-conductor Jan Söderblom. In 2008 Mustonen performs, except in Finland, also e.g. in Denmark, Sweden and Germany with recitals and as a soloist with orchestras.He has been a prize winner at several national and international piano competitions, e.g. 1st prize in the major National piano competition of Jyväskylä in 2007 in Finland, 4th prize in the International Maj Lind Piano Competition in 2007 and 1st prize in the 8th Nordic Piano Competition in July 2007 in Denmark. Mustonen has appeared frequently on the national radio and TV broadcasts.

Love Derwinger

Derwinger has been soloist with the major Scandinavian orchestras, The Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, The Residentie Orchestra Den Haag, The Radio Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, The Philharmonia Orchestra and others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Jun`ichi Hirokami, Paavo Järvi, Lev Markiz, V. Sinaisky, Leif Segerstam etc. He has participated in a number of prestigeous festivals such as Oviedo Piano Festival, Kilkenny Art Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Montreal Festival of Lights, La Folle Journée Nantes, Yuri Temirkanovs winter festival St Petersburg, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival etc. Derwinger also devotes a great deal of attention to chamber music, contemporary music and the Lieder-repertoire. He is a member of the contemporary ensemble “MA “both as a pianist and conductor. As a conductor he successfully performed Morton Feldmans Opera “ Neither”, one of the highlights of the international Festival “Stockholm new Music” together with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Dewinger is also the regular pianist of the world-famous soprano Barbara Hendricks. He has made over thirty recordings on the labels BIS, CPO and others including his critically acclaimed performances of the original version of the Grieg Piano Concerto and Max Reger Piano Concerto.

Lilya Zilberstein

Lilya Zilberstein got her first taste of international success in 1987 when she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. Her victory was a sensation – it took five years until the first prize was even awarded again. By 1988, the Moscow-born pianist was able to perform at big tours abroad in the West. Travelling for her concerts took her to almost all of the European countries, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Canada and Brazil.

Lilya Zilberstein started playing the piano at five years old. After twelve years of lessons with Ada Traub at the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, she continued studying at the Gnessin Institute under Alexander Satz until she graduated in 1988. In 1985, she won first prize in the Competition of the Russian Federation, and was also one of the prize-winners at the All Union’s Competition in Riga. Lilya Zilberstein has been living in Germany since 1990. In 1991, Lilya Zilberstein debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, which formed the basis of a long-term cooperation. She performed concerts with many famous international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra della Scala in Milan, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and many others. Alongside Claudio Abbado, she has worked with conductors such as John Axelrod, Paavo Berglund, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alun Fransis, Leopold Hager, Dmitrij Kitajenko, James Levine, Wassili Sinajski, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jean-Pascale Tortellier, Marcello Viotti and Antonin Witt. In August 1998, she was awarded the ”Accademia Musicale Chigiana” prize in Siena. This accolade has been awarded to, among others, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Krystian Zimerman.

Lilya Zilberstein has recorded eight CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, including recital programmes, the Grieg Piano Concerto (Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) and the Second and Third Piano Concertos by Rachmaninoff (Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). She also contributed to the first complete CD recording of the Frédéric Chopin oeuvre, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999. Recently, several more CDs have been released, including a recording of the Brahms sonata for two pianos with Martha Argerich released by EMI and Clementi, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff released by Hänssler Classic.

In the past few years, the pianist has given guest performances in the USA, Asia, South America, Italy, the UK, France, Sweden, Spain, Poland and Iceland, and has played extended world tours as the chamber music partner of Maxim Vengerov. She recently played with Gustavo Dudamel and his Simon Bolivar Orchestra. She returned to her home city of Moscow for the first time in 16 years and played an acclaimed concert. She is a regular guest at large international music festivals. In 2009, she celebrated her ten-year anniversary on the stage with her long-term duet partner Martha Argerich with concerts in a number of European cities. The prominent duo can also be heard in Germany once again in 2012, at the Ruhr Piano Festival and other locations.

The highlights of the season 2012/13 were a residence at the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra with three concerts, a chamber music evening, a guest performance at the Salzburg Festival in April 2013, three concerts with the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, where Tschaikovsky’s Third Piano Concerto was played, and a performance with the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra under Andrey Boreyko, where Johannes Brahms’ First Piano Concerto was played. She had guest appearances with the Orchestre de Pays de Loire conducted by John Axelrod as well as master classes and concerts in Italy, Ireland, Spain, Poland, Turkey, the USA, Japan and Taiwan.

Lilya Zilberstein devotes big part of her time to education of young musicians. She gives masterclasses during her concert travels , in Universities and Conservatories all over the world. From 2009 till 2013 she was Guest Professor at Musikhochschule in Hamburg.
From October 2015 she has full position as Professor at University of Music in Vienna.

Konstantin Bogino

Bogino belongs to the fourth generation of a renowned family of Muscovite musicians with bonds of deep friendship with such figures as Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Anton Rubinstein and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who have without doubt helped influence his development as a young pianist. His first teacher was his father, Georgy Bogino, pianist and pedagogue, the inventor of a special method for piano and author of numerous texts on music.

From 1957 to 1966, Konstantin was a pupil at the Central School of Music in Moscow, recognized throughout the world for having trained the finest talents in the USSR. At the age of 11, he held his first concert with an orchestra and his first recital dedicated exclusively to J.S. Bach. Subsequently, he gained his diploma with top votes at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in the class of Vera Gornostaeva. From 1973 to 1978, he was professor at the Gnessinih Conservatoire of Moscow. At the same time, he held more than 300 concerts, as a soloist, and in a duo with celebrated violinist Marina Kozolupova, and with the historic Tchaikovsky Trio. In 1979, he won the International Munich Contest and the Grand Prix in Florence. In 1978 he left Russia for Yugoslavia and since 1984 has resided in Paris.

Konstantin Bogino has performed in the most prestigious halls of the word including Teatro alla Scala and the Conservatorio di Milano, the Auditorium Santa Cecilia di Roma, the Théâtre du Châtelet and l’Hotel de Ville of Paris, the Wigmore Hall of London, Lincoln Center in New York, The Herculessaal in Munich, The Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Bunka Hall in Tokyo. As a soloist, with orchestras and chamber music Bogino has played with artists such as Natalia Gutman, Yuri Bashmet, Miomira Vitas, Oleg Kagan, Patrick Gallois, Emmanuel Pahud, Eduard Brunner, Boris Belkin, and Victoria Mullova. He has played in numerous festivals such as Le Settimane musicali dell’Accademia Chigiana of Siena, the Festival Michelangeli of Brescia and Bergamo, the Festival Nantaalie and Kuhmo in Finlandia, the Bad Kissingen in Germany, the Evian Rostropovic Festival and that of Mentone in France, the Festival Richter a Mosca and Dubrovnik, l’Oleg Kagan Musikfest of Kreuth (Munich).
Since 1980, he has dedicated much of his time to teaching and holding master-classes in the leading conservatoires of Italy, Germany, Finland, USA, Japan and South Korea. For many years, moreover, he was professor of the Music faculty in Belgrade, and of the Academies of Novi Sad and Titograd. He is currently professor at the International Academies of Chioggia, Helsinki and Rome, for which he also fills the role of artistic director. He has founded numerous chamber music festivals such as, those of Portogruaro, Mestre, Chioggia and Dubrovnik.

He is frequently invited as a member of the jury for the most prestigious international contests, such as the Gui of Florence, ARD in Munich, the concorso Internazionale di Trieste, that of Trani, etc.

He has recorded with Dynamic, RCA, Ondine, ADDA, Conifer, Musica Imagine and P.G.P.

Julien Libeer

La Libre Belgique

Ever since receiving the prestigious Juventus Award – previously awarded to e.g. Piotr Anderszewski and Emmanuel Pahud – at the age of 20, Julien Libeer has been described by national and international press as one of the most remarkable musicians of the younger generation.

Over the last years, he has been the guest of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels,
London’s King’s Place Concert Hall, the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) and the Juventus Festival of Cambrai. He was invited by such festivals asMentoand Radio France Montpellier (France), to great critical acclaim.
An ardent chamber musician, Julien Libeer studied with members of the Artemis and Alban Berg String Quartets, and performs regularly with the best of the new generation such as Julian Steckel, Alissa Margulis, Lorenzo Gatto…
He is a permanent member of the Avanesyan Trio.Apart from exploring the great repertoire, Julien Libeer is a convinced advocate of the music of Romanian pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti, and regularly collaborates with contemporary composers. His commission to American Bryan Christian, Watercolor, was premiered at his debut for the Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts in 2011.A protégé of Maria João Pires, Julien Libeer will perform regular chamber music and solo concerts with the renowned pianist during upcoming seasons. Other engagements include Sinfonia Varsovia, Brussels Philharmonic…

His playing has been the subject of a documentary on Belgian national television.

After finishing his studies with distinguished professors Daniel Blumenthal (Brussels) and Jean Fassina (Paris), Julien Libeer becomes ‘artist in residence’ at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music. He works for two years under supervision of Abdel-Rahman El Bacha, before joining the class of Maria João Pires. He has benefitted from regular adv

ice of Dmitri Bashkirov.

Jiri Hlinka

Born in Prague in 1944, became a Norwegian citizen in 1982. In his youth he studied with Professor Frantisek Rauch and Professor Josef Pálenícek. In 1964, when Professor Henryk Neuhaus was visiting the Academy of Music in Prague, Jirí Hlinka had the honour to play for him at a private concert. Neuhaus took great interest in the young Czech pianist and arranged for him to be periodically tutored by Svjatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. His career blossomed, and he performed from the age of 17 with many of the leading orchestras in Europe. Jirí Hlinka was awarded a Piano Diploma from Academy of Music in Prague, and in 1966 he was one of the finalists of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.
Tragedy struck this immensely talented musician three years later when he contracted a chronic medical condition in his arms, and, after an unsuccessful operation, he was forced to abandon his glittering solo career. This malady still only allows him to play for short periods at time. However this tragedy opened up another career at which he has become justly renowned.In 1970 he took up the Professorship at the Conservatory in Prague, and in 1972 moved to Bergen where he became the leading piano pedagogue at the Musikkonservatorium. Many of his students are among the most illustrious pianists in Scandinavia. One of his students, Leif Ove Andsnes, has become a world name. Hlinka’s teaching has been recognised by two prestigious awards – the Lindeman Prize and the Bergen Forum of Arts and Culture award in 1992. June 15th 1995, on the composers birthday, he received the prestigious Grieg Prize in Bergen.

But before he was forced to abandon his career, Jirí Hlinka made some excellent recordings: Prokofiev’s two Piano sonatas – No. 2 in D minor and No. 6 in A major. The Liszt’s Sonata in B minor was also recorded in 1987 released by VNP on LP.
In spite of being unable to manage the gruelling schedule demanded of a concert pianist, Jirí Hlinka has always continued to be completely committed to the importance of playing piano, and has nurtured his virtuosity and technique as much as his disability allows. Because of this dedication, he is now able to make recordings. With the intimateknowledge of the music, a perfect recording can take place on the first playing. Thus, once again, we are privileged to be able to hear this remarkable pianist.
In December 1994 VPN presented the CD ”Hlinka plays Haydn”, six months later a new release with the music of Tchaikovsky and in 1999 even one with the music of Janacek and Satie.
But Hlinka’s main interest is within music education. In 1996 an International committee appointed him as professor in piano. Now he teaches at Barratt-Due Institute of Music in Oslo. In addition he gives master classes in piano all over Europe.

In 2004 he was awarded the Kings Order of Merit in gold, in recognition of his many valuable years of service to the Norwegian music community.
In June 2007, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg handed the GRATIAS AGIT 2007 award (the ”Jan Masaryk Award”) over to professor Jiri Hlinka. This award is given to outstanding personalities and organisations that have contributed in a significant way to the presentation of the Czech Republic abroad..

Jiayi Shi

Pianist Jiayi Shi maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. Since her New York recital debut with violinist Midori at the prestigious Mostly Mozart Festival, Ms. Shi has given chamber recitals in notable venues such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and St. Luke’s Hall in London. Her recent concert appearances include recital in Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington D. C, live TV performances with Midori in Korea, and recital appearance in Munich, Germany.

Born in Shanghai, China, Ms. Shi studied at the distinguished Pre-College Division of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She furthered her music education in the USA, receiving both the Master of Music and Performance Certificate in piano solo from the Eastman School of Music and completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She is currently on the piano faculty at Biola University in Southern California.

Jiayi Shi

Pianist Jiayi Shi maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She works extensively with the internationally renowned violinist Midori, and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004. In April 2008, she also made recital appearance in London Symphony Orchestra’ St Luke’s Hall, England. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays solo piano recitals in North America and in her native China. Her performances also took her not only throughout USA, but also to Germany, Hong Kong, as well as the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Soon after arriving the United States from her native city Shanghai, China, Ms. Shi won a succession of honors and awards, including top prizes in the Sydney Wright Competition, the Steinway Society Piano Competition and the state winner of the MTNA piano competition. She has also been accepted in many prestigious music festivals, such as the Shanghai International Music Festival in China, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, the Beethoven Institute, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Luebeck, Germany. Her upcoming performances include performance in New York City and Montana as part of Young Artists Recital Series organized by Partners-In-Performances, an organization aimed to stimulate interests in recitals and chamber music.

Born to a musical family, Ms. Jiayi Shi started to play the piano at age 4. At age 7, she was accepted in the prestigious pre-college division of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. With the support of the Fund for Chinese Pianists in Texas, Ms. Shi received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano at the University of Texas and continued her education at the Eastman School of Music with the renowned pianist Barry Snyder. She graduated from Eastman in 2002 with both a Master’s degree and the Performance Certificate in Piano. Currently she is a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate at the Manhattan School of Music.

Jerome Lowenthal

JEROME LOWENTHAL, born in 1932, continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and the emotions.
Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where, for three years, he played, taught and lectured.

Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Bartok’s Concerto no. 2 in 1963.  Since then, he has performed more-or-less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as such giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets.  He has recently recorded the Beethoven Fourth Concerto with cadenzas by eleven different composers.  His other recordings include concerti by Tschaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartok, and chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Teaching, too, is an important part of Mr. Lowenthal’s musical life. For twenty years at the Juilliard School and for forty-one summers at the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows.