Janos Solyom

Viking with a Hungarian Accent
However Hungarian by birth, Janos Solyom is by now an integral part of the musical history of Sweden, his adopted home-country for over four decades. This is not only due to his distinguished career as a concert pianist but also to his contributions to Swedish musical life as an educator and ”popularizer” of classical music. An imaginative approach to programming combined with countless radio and television shows over the years have firmly established Janos Solyom as one of Scandinavia’s most popular profiles in music, just as well-known to concert audiences as to immigration officers at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport.

The Past
As one would expect of someone born 1938 in Budapest, Hungary, Janos Solyom is a straight-line descendant of the proud musical traditions of Liszt, Bartók and Ligeti. He studied piano, composition and conducting at the Bartók Conservatory and the Liszt Academy of Music under the most renowned teachers of the time: Arnold Székely, Kornél Zempléni, Lajos Hernádi, Leo Weiner, Ervin Major and János Viski. After having escaped Hungary as a result of the 1956 uprising Mr.Solyom settled down in Sweden.

Being only 18 at the time, he continued his studies for Ilona Kabos in London, Nadia Boulanger and Magda Tagliaferro in Paris His official debut in Sweden took place in 1958 with the Stockholm Philharmonic. Since then he has been touring extensively in Sweden, the rest of Scandinavia, in most parts of Europe, the Americas, Israel and China. He has also performed regularly on radio and television, especially for the BBC where he has been a regular for many years.

As a result of a 40-year career on the concert platform Janos Solyom has acquired one of the most extensive repertoires around, from Bach to Bartók, from Alkan to Gorecki. Some of his numerous recordings for EMI, CRD, Caprice and Artemis have become modern classics such as the 2nd Concerto by Stenhammar or the Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux.

Present
In addition to his regular activities as pianist, conductor and TV-educator, Janos Solyom is also a music publicist and a well-nigh legendary improviser. He is a regular member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and has been decorated by H.M. The King of Sweden for ”outstanding achievements in the cultural life of the country”.

Håvard Gimse

Håvard Gimse (from Kongsvinger, Norway) has established himself as a leading Scandinavian pianist.  His distinct and rich musical palette reflect his artistic strength, experienced  from early years and developed  through extensive and varied concert activities.

His repertory is equally broad, already including more than 30 concertos performed with orchestra, numerous solo works and chamber music programs.  This has brought Gimse forward as one of Norway´s most distinguished classical concert and recording artists, with more than 30 CDs to his credit. A large number of  these recordings for NAIM (Chopin & Grieg), Naxos (Sibelius, Grieg and Tveitt), Sony (Grieg Violin Sonatas), Chandos (Mozart) and Simax have received superb reviews, including recommendations in the Peguin Guide, with ”Editor´s Choice´s” and top scores in Gramophone, CD Review, BBC Music Magazine and Phono Forum

After gaining his Diploma at ”Hochschule der Künste Berlin” in 1995 (Leygraf), he studied with professor Jiri Hlinka in Norway. In 1987 he won 1:st prize in the ”Jugend Musiziert Competition”. Since then his career as a recording and concert artist expanded significantly without participating in piano competitions. Gimse is recipient of the prestigious ”Grieg Prize” (1996), the ”Steinway Prize” (1995) and recently the Norwegian Sibelius Society´s ”Sibelius Prize” (Nov 2004).

Håvard Gimse has performed with Baltimore Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Welsh National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Belgian National Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Riverside Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic,Kiel Philharmonic. and most major orchestras throughout Scandinavia and in Latin America. Conductors include Berglund, Wallberg, Segerstam, Soustrot, Kitajenko, Frühbeck de Burgos, Honeck, Nowak,Fritzsch,Engeset,Gullberg Jensen and Ruud. Gimse has toured with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra to Great Britain, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra to Austria, France, Holland and Croatia, Janacek Philharmonic to Tokyo, and Thuringen Philharmonic to Spain. Ongoing and recent seasonse include performing on a number of Scandinavian  festivals,orchestra engagements with Porto National Orchestra,Bergen and Oslo  Philharmonic,Trondheim and Stavanger Symphonies,Norwegian Radio Symphony Tour of Northern Norway,Kiel Philharmonic,Kassel Philharmonic and Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

As a recitalist and chamber musician Gimse has succesfully performed in Wigmore Hall ”Young Master´s Series”, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital & Zankel Halls, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St.Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, Suk Hall Prague, Konzerthaus Berlin, New York Frick Collection and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

International festival engagements include Valdemossa Chopin Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Bath Festival, Bergen International Festival, Kuhmo Festival, Angouleme Piano Festival, Flanders Festival Belgium, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Risør, Stavanger and Oslo Chamber Music Festivals.

Gimse is assistant program manager of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival.

Fabio Bidini

Fabio Bidini is one of the top-flight younger-generation pianists.

At the age of five he was given his first piano lessons and already half year later he played his first public concert. In the following years he won eleven of the most important Italian piano competitions, including always the Audience Prize as well as all the special prizes.

He made his final graduation with “Magna cum Laude” and was one of the youngest graduates ever of the prestigious “Conservatorio Santa Cecilia” in Rome.

Pianists who made a significant contribution to his artistic development are Orazio Frugoni and Maria Tipo.

After winning top prizes in the most famous international piano competitions his sensational success at the Busoni and at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition opened him the door to a constantly growing international career.
Fabio Bidini now is recognized as one of the foremost young pianist to have emerged from Italy since the days of Michelangeli.

His outstanding piano playing that combines technical wizardry with poetic lyricism and his fascinating culture of the attack of the keyboard brought him to have a glowing London debut in the Barbican Center with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas in the presence of Sir Georg Solti, Barbara Hendricks and James Galway in 1992. Shortly after, he had his highly acclaimed North American debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Joel Levi.

Since then Fabio Bidini is a frequent guest of the best orchestras worldwide (San Francisco Sympony, Dallas Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London, BBC Orchestra Wales) playing in the world´s most famous halls (Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center Philadelphia, Kennedy-Center Washington, Royal Festival Hall, Davies Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Rudolfinum, Auditorio Nacionál-Madrid, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, among others).

He collaborated successfully with leading conductors of our time like: Michael Tilson Thomas, Ivan Fischer, Andrey Boreyko, Zoltan Kocsis, Eri Klas, GianAndrea Noseda, Barry Wordsworth, Yoel Levi, Pavel Kogan, Louis Lane, Tadaaki Otaka, Mathias Bamert, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Jorge Mester, JoAnn Falletta, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Max Valdes, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Michael Christie, Thomas Hanus, David Itkin, Joel Levine, Frank Beermann, Thomas Hanus, Daniel Klajner, Carlos Prieto, Jorge Hanson, Rossen Milanov, Keri-Lynn Wilson, among others.

He was repeatedly invited to perform at prestigious festivals (Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona/ Napa, Festival Radio France Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival/ Brescia and Bergamo, Festival dei due Mondi).

His repertory is tremendously vast, it contains 84 piano concerti and the piano works from the baroque to the modern era.

Fabio Bidini is also greatly in demand as a chamber music partner. He enjoyed artistic collaboration with the American String Quartet, the Janacek Quartett, the Brodsky Quartett, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, the Quartetto di Fiesole, Zoltan Kocsis, Nikolaj Znaider, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Paula Robison, Corey Cerovsek, Wendy Warner, Eva Urbanova, Eva Mei, Roberto Fabbriciani, Alexis-Pia Gerlach, Nina Kotova, Dimitri Ashkenazy e Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker
With the latter he is forming a stable duo. With the publication of their debut CD of sonatas of S.Prokofieff and R.Strauss they layed the foundations for an extensive collaboration with the US American label True Sounds.

Fabio Bidini´s discography comprises thirteen CDs of leading recording companies like BMG, Classichord, Musikstrasse, EPR, True Sounds, among others.
CDs can be found directly on this homepage under the chapter “CDs” and can be purchased in internet on Amazon.

In 2005 Fabio Bidini accepted a professorship in the piano departement of the “Universität der Künste – Berlin”.

In 2009 he got appointed one of the few highest chairs for piano in Germany at the world-renown ”Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and teaches as a professor at this prestigious university since then.He is an official Steinway Artist.

Bengt Forsberg

The Swedish pianist, Bengt Forsberg (pronounced ‘Forshbrya’), pursued courses at the Royal Academy of Music in Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden, training to become a church organist and cantor, but by the time of his graduation in 1978 had shifted to piano, in which he obtained his diploma. He then continued his training with Peter Feuchtwanger in London and Herman D. Koppel in Copenhagen.

Bengt Forsberg is one of Sweden’s leading pianists and is particularly esteemed as a recital accompanist. He has become known for his wide repertoire and his constant interest in finding neglected music. In 1999, he performed Nikolai Medtner’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, played as part of the multi-piano recitals in performances of Stravinsky’s The Wedding and George Antheil’s Ballet mécanique in Copenhagen, and the solo part in Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety Symphony with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire includes piano solo works of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Emmanuel Chabrier, and Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, and his recordings include compositions by Godard, Boëllmann, Koechlin, Gabriel Pierné, and Alfvén. As a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist he eagerly promotes also music by lesser-known composers such as Medtner, Suk, Sigfrid Karg-Elert and others, as well as rarely-heard music by more well-known composers such as Fauré, Sibelius, Franck, Messiaen, Janacek, John Ireland, etc.

Bengt Forsberg may be the most esteemed and in-demand accompanists. Among the artists he regularly accompanies are cellist Mats Lidström and violinist Nils-Erik Sparf. With the well-known mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter he has maintained a long-standing partnership resulting in many recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon label, including a Gramophone ”Record of the Year” Award for 1995 for their program of songs of Edvard Grieg. He and Anne Sofie von Otter also collaborated in the BIS label’s ongoing complete Sibelius project. Forsberg also records for Hyperion when partnering with Lidström, and has several releases on the Caprice Records label.

Bengt Forsberg has a strong interest in French music of the 1800s, and in 1999 began a Camille Saint-Saëns series for Hyperion. He continues to keep a relationship with church music as the director of the chamber music series of the All Saints Church in Stockholm. He is also an organist.

Anna Fedorova

Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and astounding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world are stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna’s signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”

She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw where she has performed over 20 times, Carnegie Hall, the Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), the Warsaw Filharmonia and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. She has also appeared at numerous Music Festivals such as the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the IKIF (New York, USA), the Rubinstein Piano Festival (Lodz, Poland), the International Piano Festival in Trieste (Italy), the Orpheum Music Festival (Zurich, Switzerland), Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland), The Corfu Festival of Arts (Greece), the Chopin Festival in Antonin (Poland), and others.

Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, she played with orchestras around the world, among which are the Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Residentie Orkest and the Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Tokyo New City Orchestra (Japan), the Philarmonia of the Nations and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the OFUNAM (Mexico), the Polish Camerata and many others. Conductors with whom Anna has had the pleasure of performing with include Jaap Van Zweden, Alun Francis, Howard Griffiths, Justus Franz, Kevin Griffiths, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Shinik Hahm, Alejo Perez, Martin Panteleev, and Bartholomeus Van De Velde and many others.

Anna has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein ‘In Memoriam’ piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA). Anna is a graduate of the Lysenko School of Music in Kiev (studio of Borys Fedorov). Additionally, Anna studied at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy with professor Leonid Margarius and the Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher. She has also received artistic guidance from world renowned pianists like Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler, and Andras Schiff.

Bernhard Greter

Piano

ARISTS HOMEPAGE: CV AND PHOTO 

Bernhard Greter is a swedish/german pianist/repetiteur born in 1987.
He has a concert pianist bachelor from the Edsberg Manor (part of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm) – prof. Mats Widlund – and is finishing his master studies as an opera repetiteur at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo – prof. Tore Dingstad –
in June 2016.

Bernhard has been participating in several courses and festivals like Aurora Chamber Music Star Festival and the Nordic Song Festival. Among the teachers are Wojciech Gluch, Anders Peterson, Konstantin Bogino, Fabio Bidini and Jiri Hlinka.
In the last years, Bernhard has been playing numerous concerts in Scandinavia/Europe and has become a sought-after repetiteur and duo-partner for singers and instrumentalists.

Ewa Kupiec

Piano

ARISTS HOMEPAGE: CV AND PHOTO

Pure substance“, Ewa Kupiec is praised by Fono Forum, Germany’s leading magazine for classical music. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung certifies: “Kupiec plays with a rare mixture of spirit, a faultless technique, a complete understanding of musical texture and an ability to shape music with transparency and an impressive richness of colours. Her playing is brilliant but never obtrusive, full of atmosphere and subtly virtuosic.”

Ewa Kupiec regularly performs at the world’s leading festivals but also with major orchestras, which in recent seasons have included Munich Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Danish Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Orchestre de Paris. Conductors she worked with include Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Marin Alsop, Neeme Järvi, Ingo Metzmacher, Xian Zhang, Sakari Oramo, Semyon Bychkov, Giancarlo Guerrero, Herbert Blomstedt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lothar Zagrosek, Gilbert Varga, Christoph Poppen, Andrey Boreyko and Marek Janowski. Renowned Polish maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has initiated and supported an exceptionally fruitful musical collaboration between the two, and as such they have performed all over the world and, released in 2003, recorded Chopin’s piano concerti  together.

Ewa Kupiec is a dedicated interpreter of contemporary music. Her Berlin Konzerthaus performance in 2005 of Schnittke’s First Piano Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra was the first performance of this work since 1964 and was released by Phoenix in 2008, together with other Schnittke works for piano and orchestra. Her recital and chamber music programs often include contemporary works, and different composers have dedicated pieces to her. As a result of this collaboration a CD “Conception” with works of R. Meyers and A. Bibalo was released in 2005.
2014 saw four special releases: Polish composer’s Andrzej Panufnik’s piano concerto for the complete recording of his œvre, together with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin for cpo (ICMA Special Achievement Award 2015), Grażyna Bacewicz‘ piano quintet arranged for piano and string orchestra for the Naxos label together with the Capella Bydgostiensis  – awarded the prestigious Fryderyk Award in Poland (2015)

Among other numerous recordings are works by Szymanowsky (ECHO Klassik 1997) and Paderewski. For Sony, she recorded Władysław Szpilman’s music, known from the movie „The Pianist“.
2007 Haenssler released her recording of Janacek‘s solo works and 2010 saw the release of Żal, with solo works by Chopin and Schubert. In 2011, in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk, she published a CD with solo works by Kodály and Enescu (Solaris).  2012 saw the release of Chopin’s piano concertos and Nocturnes selection on the Australian ABC label, and 2013 the premiere recording of Lutosławski’s works for piano solo (Sony). in 2014 Chopin’s works for piano and cello with Johannes Moser (Hänssler), and piano quintets by Scharwenka and Dvorak with the Armida Quartet (Solaris).

Ewa Kupiec born in Duszniki-Zdroj/ Poland,studied in Katowice, at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in 1992 she won the ARD Music Competition (category duo piano/cello). Since autumn 2011, she is a professor for piano at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.