Alexander Sitkovetsky, Violin

Alexander Sitkovetsky

“Sitkovetsky has a terrific technique to be sure, but his confident, entirely natural musicianship, is what sets him apart from the crowd.”-The Gramophone

“Mr Sitkovetsky poured his warm tone into the music’s soaring phrases, managing to sustain its impassioned lyricism and preserve its broad arcs of sound” – The New York Times

Alexander Sitkovetsky is increasingly more in demand both as soloist and as chamber musician. In 2009-2010 Alexander has performed once again with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National Orchestra in Ecuador, and make his debuts with the l’Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, and the Kammeorchester Heilbronn in Germany. He also made his debut with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, where he on very short notice played Prokofiev no. 1. The concert was a tremendous success and he was reinvited. Sitkovetsky will also make his Swedish debut in 2010-11 seaon with Malmö Symphony Orchestra, where he wil play Brahms Double Concerto with Andreas Brantelid, conducted by Marc Soustrot.
He will also appear at the Dubrovnik, Utrecht, Cyprus and Julia Fischer and Friends Festivals as well as returning to the Wigmore Hall, and giving recitals in the UK, Holland and the USA.
In 2008 he debuted in Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic with Yakov Kreizberg after which he received an immediate re-invitation for the 2010-2011 . Other previous engagements include concerts with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bangkok, Monterey Symphonies and the National Orchestra of Ecuador. He has appeared in prestigious festivals all over Europe.

Alexander is a committed chamber musician and has collaborated with some of the most important artists of today, including, Julia Fischer, Mischa Maisky, Bella Davidovich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Sarah Chang, Natalie Clein, Polina Leschenko, Julian Bliss, Maxim Rysanov, Sebastian Klinger, Michael Sanderling and many others.

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow in 1983. He has studied with Natalia Boyarsky and Professor Hu Kun. Alexander is currently studying with Pavel Vernikov and has just been accepted for a prestigious Further Masters Program in Kronberg where he will take lessons with Anna Chumachenko.

He has released two CD recordings for Angel Records; one of them was released in 2004 and features concerto performances by Bach, Mendelssohn, Panufnik and Takemitsu This year Alexander has recorded the Mendelssohn Double Violin Concerto with Dinorah Varsi and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for Orfeo, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Decca.

Nicolas Dautricourt

Voted « ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year » at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem « Georges Enesco » Prize,  Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation.

Invited to join the prestigious Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in New York, he appears at major venues around the world (Washington Kennedy Center , New York Alice Tully Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Boston Gardner Museum, Teatro Nacional de Belém, Copenhagen Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Nagoya Shirakawa Hall, Sendai city Hall… ), in France (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Cité de la Musique, Metz Arsenal, Musée d’Orsay, Opéra du Rhin, Grand Théâtre de Provence, etc.), and he is invited to many artistic events, including La Chaise-Dieu, La Roque d’Antheron, Printemps des Arts (Monaco), La Côte St André, Festival de l’Orangerie (Sceaux), Festival Chopin at Bagatelle (Paris), Parc Floral (Vincennes), Folles Journées de Nantes, Rencontres Musicales de La Baule, Flâneries musicales de Reims, Deauville Easter Festival, Les Arcs, Périgord Noir, Auvers-sur-Oise, Musique à l’Empéri.


He also takes part in festivals abroad, such as Bucharest (Roumania), Lockenhaus (Austria), Music@Menlo (Usa), Ravinia (Usa), Himeji/Le Pont Festival (Japon), Sintra (Portugal), Davos (Switzerland), and has performed as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, l’Orchestre National de France, Québec Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Kiev Philharmonic, Mexico Philharmonic, Belgrad Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Scala di Milano Ensemble, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, European Camerata, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre de Cannes, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre de l’Opéra de St-Etienne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon, Sendai Strings Ensemble, Novossibirsk Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre Symphonique de Caen, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre Français des Jeunes, under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Fabien Gabel, Tugan Sokhiev, Michael Francis, Kazuki Yamada, Dennis Russell Davis, Yuri Bashmet, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Mishiyoshi Inoue, Jacques Mercier, Faycal Karoui, Vahan Mardirossian, Stanislas Lefort, Mark Foster, Arie Van Beek and others.


Nicolas Dautricourt, who is appreciated for his « sensitivity and passionate manner », is particularly fond of chamber music, which he plays alongside many inspiring artists, and keenly interested in jazz, he works regularly with top players such as Jean-Marie Ecay, Nelson Veras, Jean-Philippe Viret, Jean-Marc Jafet, Antoine Hervé, Dominique Fillon, Pascal Schumacher, as well as the accordionist Richard Galliano as a member of the Tangaria Quartet the Piazzolla Forever project, in such festivals as Jazz à Vienne, Marciac, Sud-Tyroler Jazz Festival, San Javier, Copenhagen, Athens…

Finalist and prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions, such as the  Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia and the Gian-Battista Viotti in Vercelli Competitions, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gérard Poulet and Jean Mouillère among others, and became in 2007 artistic director of « Les Moments Musicaux de Gerberoy».

Nicolas Dautricourt plays a magnificent instrument by Antonio Stradivarius (Cremona, 1713), the ”Château Fombrauge”, on a generous loan from Bernard Magrez.


Graham Mitchell

Winner of the 1998 Scottish Bass Trust International Competition, Graham was born in Scotland and started playing the double bass at the age of 15. He studied with Duncan McTier at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, Graham was invited to become professor of Double Bass, and in 2002 he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for outstanding achievement in the music profession.

Graham enjoys a busy and varied chamber music career, both performing and recording for BBC Radio 3. Among others he has performed with the Nash Ensemble, Leopold String Trio, the Florestan, Angel and Gould Piano Trios and the Composers Ensemble. Graham has recorded Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Leopold Trio and pianist Paul Lewis under Hyperion, and its release has been a huge success including being chosen for Recording of the Week for Classic FM and HMV. He has been a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1998, works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) and has been guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio (SWR), BBC NOW, English National Opera (ENO), Welsh National Opera (WNO), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) and the London Chamber Orchestra. Graham is also a guest tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)

As a soloist Graham has performed Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the Oare String Orchestra, Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Violin and Double Bass with the Martel Ensemble (director Malcolm Layfield), Fantasy on La Sonnambula with the English Soloists’ Ensemble and Sound Collective and the Passione Amorosa with Matthew MacDonald (Principal Solo Bass, Berlin Philharmonic). He was the first double bass player to perform at the Manchester International Cello Festival where he performed Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass.

In recent years, he has performed with the Florestan and Gould piano trios at the Peasmarsh and Corbridge chamber festivals, a duet with world-renowned jazz bassist John Patitucci in Mark Anthony Turnage’s A Prayer out of Stillness. Graham was invited by Steven Isserlis to perform at the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festival followed by a national tour and Wigmore Hall performance. These performances resulted in IMS Prussia Cove winning the chamber prize at the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2008.

Graham was a mentor at the Mendelssohn and Mull Festival with Levon Chilingirian, as well as the IMS Prussia Cove Chamber Festivals and performing at the Kungsbacka festival with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio and Lawrence Power.

He is extremely grateful to the Stradivari Trust in helping him acquire his 1750 Italian double bass attributed to the Testore family.

Cecilia Zilliacus

Cecilia Zilliacus is one of Sweden’s most accomplished violinists, working across the Nordic countries and Europe. Her versatile repertoire of solo and chamber music works has led her to cooperate with a vast number of composers and orchestras. Her interest in newly written pieces and contemporary music has generated several compositions written specifically for her. During the last few years, Cecilia Zilliacus has premiered violin concertos by Anders Nilsson, Fredrik Hedelin and Mika Pelo together with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO and others.

Zilliacus career took off in 1997, when she won both the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s prestigious competition, the Soloist Prize, and the Nordic Soloist Biennial in Trondheim, Norway. She was also named Artist in Residence at Swedish national radio for the year 1997/1998. In the 2001/2002 season, she was Sweden’s representative in the international Rising Star project, a cooperative venture between some of the world’s leading concert houses.

Zilliacus has recorded a number of albums, several of which have won Swedish Grammies. Cecilia´s recording of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as his solo works and sonatas (2015), has won great appraisal internationally. Also her cd with music by JS Bach, Svante Henryson and Sven-David Sandström (BIS Records 2016) was very warmly welcomed by international media and audience.

From the summer of 2015 Cecilia Zilliacus is the artistic director of Katrina Chamber Music Festival on Åland. She will have the same position at The Korsholm Music Festival in Vaasa, Finland, from 2018.

As a soloist, Cecilia Zilliacus has performed with most Swedish symphony orchestras as well as many Nordic and European orchestras, such as BBC Wales, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the conductors she has worked with are Kristiina Poska, Andrey Boreyko, Baldur Brönniman, Olari Elts, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Daniel Harding, Okko Kamu, Eri Klas, Susanna Mälkki, Joseph Swensen, Arvo Volmer, Christian Lindberg and Benjamin Shwartz.

Cecilia Zilliacus regularly performs with musicians and composers active on the international scene,
such as Bengt Forsberg, Martin Fröst, Håvard Gimse, Philippe Graffin, Christian Ihle Hadland, Svante Henryson, Martti Rousi, Paavali Jumppanen, Christian Poltèra, Roland Pöntinen, Sven-David Sandström, Oliver Triendl and Torleif Thedéen.

She is also a driving force in the prize-winning Swedish string trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen. Through the trio, Zilliacus plays an important part in bringing Nordic and European composers and musicians to Sweden as guests in the trio’s chamber music series at the Stockholm Concert House.

Cecilia Zilliacus was born in 1972 and lives in Stockholm with her husband and two children. She is an associate professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Zilliacus’ violin is a N. Gagliano provided by the Järnåker Foundation.

Fabien Boudot

Violoniste engagé et passionné, Fabien Boudot intègre le prestigieux Orchestre de Paris en 2000 après deux années en tant que soliste à l’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.
Il s’y produit sous la direction de grands chefs tels que Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi et Daniel Harding.
Parallèlement à son activité au sein de l’Orchestre de Paris, il travaille également avec de nombreux ensembles, Malher Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble les Dissonances, European Camerata, les Solistes du Luxembourg. Premier Prix du Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris dans la classe de Pierre Doukan et Olivier Charlier en 1994, il y continue ses études en quatuor à cordes avec Michel Michalakakos ainsi qu’à la Musik-Akademie de Bâle avec Hatto Beyerle et Walter Levin.
Premier violon du Quatuor à Cordes Brancusi avec lequel il obtient de nombreux prix (FNAPEC, Concours International de Musique Française de Guérande, Concours International de Musique de chambre d’ Illzach) et suit des master-classes auprès de célèbres quatuors ( Amadeus, Alban Berg, Ysaye, Hagen).
Sa passion pour la musique de chambre l’amène à se produire en France comme à l’étranger avec des musiciens de renom tels que Roland Pidoux, Eric Le Sage, Franck Braley, Sarah Nemtanu, André Cazalet, David Grimal, Roland Daugareil, Paul Meyer, Henri Demarquette, le Quintet Moraguès.
Fabien Boudot attache également une grande importance à la transmission auprès des jeunes en enseignant la musique de chambre et le métier d’orchestre au Festival de Verbier, à l’Orchestre Français des Jeunes et l’Atelier Ostinato, ainsi que vers le monde amateur au sein de l’Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Paris.

Sara Övinge

Eleonora Matsuno

Violinist Eleonora Matsuno graduated from the Conservatory ‘G. Verdi’ in Milan in 2003 with her Bachelor of Violin performance under the guidance of Umberto Oliveti. In 2007 Eleonora finished her Master degree from the same institute with the highest possible honours while studying with Gabriele Baffero. Musicians and pedagogues Felice Cusano, Davide Zaltron, Rainer Schmidt and Midori Goto have been great inspirations to her.
A renowned chamber musician, Eleonora regularly colaborates with several national and international ensembles: the Swedish chamber orchestra ‘Camerata Nordica’ (first violin since 2013), ‘Norwegian Chamber Orchestra’, ‘Mahler Chamber Orchestra’, ‘ai Pomeriggi Musicali’ (Milan), ‘Le Cameriste Ambrosiane’ and ‘Alter Ego Ensemble’. Eleonora has recorded for BBC Radio Live in England and for Radio 3 in Italy as the first violin in a string quartet formation.
Eleonora plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, previously played by Paolo Borciani, thanks to a private loan.

Eva Bindere

Eva Bindere (1974) is a violinist – a chamber musician and a soloist. She was born in Riga, Latvia, in a well-known family of musicians.

As a young girl Eva took her first steps towards becoming a musician in Emils Darzins Special Music College (Emīla Dārziņa Speciālā mūzikas vidusskola) and then moved forward to do her Bachelor’s degree in Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija) with teachers Anete Zvaigzne, Uldis Sprudzs and Andris Baumanis. It was the autumn of 1997 when she was awarded a scholarship to study with Eduard Schmieder in Dallas, USA for a year.

Having finished her studies in Riga, she became a student in the City of Basel Music Academy (Musikakademie der Stadt Basel), Switzerland, where she took part in a chamber music course led by Walter Levin and Hatto Bayerle and was a student of the renowned French violinist Raphael Oleg. Eva graduated in 2003.

Eva has been a member of Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, however, in 1997, when Gidon Kremer announced an audition for a new chamber orchestra, Eva auditioned and since then was the first violin of Kremerata Baltica for 15 years until 2012. She has performed with Kremerata Baltica almost everywhere in the world, many times as a soloist and as a duo partner with Gidon Kremer. The CD ”After Mozart” with Eva being a soloist received a Grammy award. Eva has performed as a soloist with virtually all orchestras in Latvia, she records for Latvian Radio on a regular basis and founded a string quartet named „Euphonia” together with her colleagues from Kremerata in 2004. They received the highest award in Latvia in the field of classical music – The Great Music Award (Lielā Mūzikas balva) (2006).
Eva has always had a special love for chamber music, she has had great opportunities to play together with such artists as violinists Pierre Amoyal, Renaud Capucon, Lukas Hagen, Boris Garlitsky, violists Maxim Rysanov, Antoine Tamestit, Wolfram Christ, Veronika Hagen, Gerard Causse, Vladimir Mendelssohn, cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Clemens Hagen, Gautier Capucon, Mario Brunello and Boris Pergamenschikov, pianists Katia Skanavi, Martin Statfeld, Martin Helmchen, Katrine Gislinge, Leif Uve Andsnes and Alexander Melnikov.
In 2008 Eva joined the string faculty in Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. She has since become one of the associated professors and is also a beloved lecturer. She is giving regular masterclasses in Latvia and abroad as well (Schloss Pommersfelden, Germany, where she belongs to the board of teachers for a fourth time, Jarvi String Academy in Estonia). Eva has been a jury member of Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition 2016 in Fermo, Italy.
Eva has been invited to perform as a guest-leader of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Roman Kofman personally invited her to lead Kremerata Baltica and Kiev Chamber Orchestra on a project they made together. She has been the leader of similar projects involving Kremerata and other chamber orchestras like Moscow Soloists, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Basler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Suedwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and she also led Sinfonietta Basel on their Japan collaboration tour with Theater Basel performing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2013. Eva is regularly playing with The Russian Virtuosi of Europe led by the professor of the Royal Academy of London – violinist Yuri Zhislin. Recently Eva has been asked to lead the orchestra for the world famous conducting course led by Maestro Paavo Jarvi in Tallinn, Estonia.
In the 2013/2014 season Eva performed the Latvian premieres of Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto and Kurt Weill’s Violin Concerto as a soloist in her native city Riga, Latvia. She also gave the first performance in Latvia of Sir John Tavener’s The Ikon of Eros for solo violin and soprano with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming performances this year include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Kremerata Baltica during the festival Gidon Kremer has founded in Latvia, Dzintari, recital and a Beethoven Violin Concerto in Stadthalle Erlangen, Germany. Eva is invited for the 4th time to take part in Paavo Jarvi’s Estonian Festival Orchestra in Pärnu, Estonia, to perform chamber music and teach as well. Concerts played with Evas Latvian collegues residing in London in Great Britain and Ireland representing Latvia to European Parliament have grown into an established piano trio with the LPO cello concert master Latvian cellist Kristina Blaumane and pianist Reinis Zarins. Upcoming performances recently included the newly-established trio’s presentation at the world famous composers’ Peteris Vasks chamber music festival in Riga and a concert in Cesis, Latvia, where trio presented themselves under a new name- Trio Palladio. In the spring of 2016 Latvian National Symphony orchestra provided 3 presentation concerts in all three capitals of Baltic states for the first time – Eva played L. van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto under the baton of the orchestra’s chief conductor Andris Poga. In March 2017 Eva was honoured to receive the Great Music Award of Latvia.

Igor Gruppman

Igor Gruppman is one of those special artists whose career successfully spans a number of artistic fields. Critically acclaimed for his depth of interpretation and sensitive musicianship, Igor Gruppman enjoys an exciting and multi-faceted career as conductor, violin soloist, and orchestra leader. 

As the Leader of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and a frequent guest Leader of orchestras such as the London Symphony, London’s Royal Philharmonic, and St. Martin in the Fields, Mr. Gruppman has collaborated with and was influenced by some of the most esteemed conductors of his generation including Solti, Gergiev, Rostropovich, Colin Davis, Rattle, Haitink and Yannick Nézet Séguin.

Mr. Gruppman conducts orchestras on four continents. He made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2006/07 season, conducting a special Easter performance of The Last Seven Words by Haydn and Gubaidulina in the Rotterdam Cathedral. This program was repeated during the Easter Festival in Moscow where Mr. Gruppman shared the podium with Maestro Gergiev. Most recently Mr. Gruppman conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in two critically acclaimed Mendelssohn programs and an all-Mozart program at De Doelen Great Hall in Rotterdam where in addition to conducting the RPHO, Mr. Gruppman gave the Netherlands premiere of Mozart’s recently reconstructed Concerto for Violin and Piano (Op. 315F) with pianist Ronald Brautigam. In 2015/16 Mr. Gruppman combined performing chamber music with the great Emanuel Ax in the first half of the concert and conducting Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in the second. This formula proved to be extremely successful.

Igor Gruppman made his conducting debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra during the 2008 Easter Festival in St. Petersburg replacing at the last moment ailing Valery Gergiev and has appeared regularly with the orchestra ever since. In January of 2010,  Mr. Gruppman was honored as the Artist-of-the-Month by the Mariinsky Theater.  The 2014/15 season saw Mr. Gruppman conducting a series of three programs in St. Petersburg as well as a debut with the Orquesta Classica Santa Cecilia in Madrid at the great Auditorio Nacional de Musica. This engagement led to an invitation from the Orchestra Classica de Madeira at the beginning of 2016, which immediately led to a re-invitaion in 2017.

The 2016/17 season will be an exciting one as Igor Gruppman continues his work with the Mariinsky Orchestra, where he will be conducting two programmes as well as appearing as soloist. The summer of 2016 marks his debut at the prestigious Patras International Music Festival in Greece. Furtheremore, his 4-year residency at the Woodstock Mozart Festival continues, where he appears as conductor and soloist, together with his wife Vesna Stefanovic Gruppman.

The 2016/17 season will also mark the launch of a new orchestra/orchestra leadership academy. The academy will attract the highest level of young professionals from all over the world to Rotterdam for two extensive periods each year. The academy will be focused on performing and learning from the top leaders of the international classical music scene.

In 2017, two DVD recordings, as part of a series, will be released on the VAI label.

In the United States in addition to guest appearances, Mr. Gruppman holds the post of Principal Conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. These concerts are now regularly broadcast on cable television in the U.S. and abroad.  In recent seasons some of the world’s great artists have appeared with this orchestra, including Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel and Ida Haendel.

In Asia Igor Gruppman has appeared several times as conductor and soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic.

As soloist, Mr. Gruppman is critically acclaimed for his “rich and beautiful tone, elegant phrasing, drive, passion and virtuosity.”  (Strad Magazine) He continues the proud tradition of his teachers, Leonid Kogan and Jascha Heifetz.  Most recently Mr. Gruppman received glowing reviews for his performances of the Double Concerto by Brahms under the baton of Valery Gergiev and the Second Violin Concerto by Prokofiev under the baton of Yannick Nézet Séguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Gruppman’s violin solo recordings have met with enthusiastic reception by the international press: Berlioz’ Reverie and Caprice (Naxos); Respighi’s Poema Autunnale (Koch); Miklos Rosza’s Sinfonia Concertante and the Violin Concerto(Koch), which marks the first release of the concerto since the recording by Heifetz for whom this piece was written. Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra won a Grammy Award.  Most recently the long-awaited reconstructed original string version of the Brahms’ F Minor Quintet recorded with the members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was released on the Biddulph label.

Mr. Gruppman is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Leonid Kogan and Mstislav Rostropovich, followed by studies with Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles, and now is on the faculty of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Igor and Vesna Gruppman co-founded the Gruppman International Violin Institute in 2002 to select, train and develop the careers of exceptionally gifted violinists around the world, using the latest videoconferencing technology.

Mr. Gruppman plays the 1731 “Julles Garcin” Stradivarius violin generously provided by the Erasmus Foundation.

Isabelle van Keulen

”Her taut musical intelligence and vivid sound combined with a fine instinct for the tender, searching quality of this music … absolutely magical.” The Guardian

Since her breakthrough in 1984 winning the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year, a competition that was broadcast all over Europe and watched live on television by millions, Isabelle van Keulen can now look back on many years of musical diversity. Not only is it always vital for her to approach the musical score with honesty and with an extremely consious approach to interpretation, she also strives to communicate with her audiences and musical partners, allowing her to perform in an inspirational, lively and enthusiastic manner.

Her versatility lies in the fact that she not only plays the violin, but as well viola with the same energy, performing chamber music in any thinkable combination and directing chamber orchestra performances. Whether in the over 20 year intense collaboration with the Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam, concerts with mezzo Christianne Stotijn, performing/directing the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, combining violin and viola in one appearance, founding a chamber music festival – from 1997 until 2006 Isabelle van Keulen was Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival – giving masterclasses or being a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic or NHK Tokyo. Above all, being faithful to the music is her highest priority.

She has over the course of her career engaged works written by contemporary composers. She had many concertos written especially for her (Theo Loevendie, Erkki-Sven Tüür) and has many other 20th and 21st century works in her repertoire: Concertos by Henri Dutilleux, John Adams, Lera Auerbach, Oliver Knussen and Brett Dean. She also likes to perform less known works by Colin Matthews and Concertos by Krenek, Pettersson and Busoni.

Isabelle van Keulen has made many recordings in the past decades, the most recent ones are Berg Violin Concerto (Chandos), a CD of violin-piano sonatas by Strauss, Nino Rota and Respighi (Channel Classics), Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Sharon Kam (Berlin Classics) , Bach’s Goldberg Variations  with the Leopold String Trio (Hyperion) and Prokofiev Complete Works for violin and piano with Ronald Brautigam (Challenge, December 2012). In May 2013 a high profile CD with music by Astor Piazzolla was released on Challenge Records, Tango!, combined with DVD/Bluray and documentary, with the Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble.

Since autumn 2012 she is professor for violin, viola and chamber music at the Luzern University of Arts.