Svetlin Roussev

The charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. In 1991, he was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied under Gérard Poulet, Devy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. In 1994 the jury unanimously awarded him first prize summa cum laude for violin as well as first prize for chamber music. Roussev subsequently entered the postgraduate programme.

 

Roussev has won numerous prizes at many international competitions, including those of Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud and Melbourne. He was voted Revelation of the Year in 2000 by the ADAMI organisation at the Midem, the French music industry’s major annual event in Cannes, and was selected for sponsorship by the Natexis-Banques Populaires Corporate Foundation. In May 2001, he was widely acclaimed at the first Sendai International Competition in Japan, which garnered him not only the first prize, but also the audience prize and the special prize for the best Bach concerto performance.

 

With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Roussev performs a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music. Acclaimed Bulgarian Musician of the Year in 2006, his home country honoured him yet again in 2007 and recently in 2016 with the Cristal Lyra distinction awarded by the Ministry of Culture.

 

Roussev is a regular guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio and Symphony Orchestras, Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe Roussev has performed under the baton of conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Emmanuel Krivine, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Lionel Bringuier, Leo Hussain and Emil Tabakov.

 

Roussev has played in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, Arsenal de Metz, Halle aux Grains de Toulouse, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles.

 

Roussev shares his love for music with an ever-widening public through his chamber music performances, playing with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Yeol-Eum Son, Peter Frankl, Ralph Gothoni, Jean-Marc Luisada, Bertrand Chamayou, Jean-Philippe Collard, Antoine Tamestit, Lise Berthaud, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Maxim Rysanov, Gary Hoffman, Gautier Capuçon, Sung-Won Yang, Young-Hoon Song, Jian Wang, Myung-Wha Chung, François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Nikolaj Znaider. He is a founding member of the Roussev-Salque-Rozanova Trio.

 

Following his successful CD recording of pieces by Pancho Vladigerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova, Roussev brought out his recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto Funèbre with the Orchestre d’Auvergne conducted by Arie Van Beek, recordings for French labels Integral and Fondamenta dedicated to the Franco-Belgian school of violin with pianist Elena Rozanova, and sonatas by Grieg and Medtner with pianist Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas, ”Fire and Ice” with the Sibelius and Vladigerov n1 violin concertos under the baton of Emil Tabakov and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 DECCA released the piano trios by Mendelssohn n1 and Dvorak ”Dumky” with Elena Rozanova and François Salque followed by works by Ysaÿe for violin and orchestra and Lalo Symphonie Espagnole.

 

Roussev is the concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and was the concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra between 2007 and the end of 2015.

He is violin professor at his alma mater, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

Svetlin is the artistic director and artist in residence of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Svetlin Roussev plays the Stradivarius 1710 Camposelice violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Lissy Abreu Ruiz

Lissy Abreu Ruiz was born in Havana, Cuba. In 2014 she graduated for her Soloist Diploma degree at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of prof. Henryk Kowalski. In 2011 she graduated for Masters in solo performance and chamber music at the renowned Edsberg Slott Institute also part of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of prof. Per Enoksson and Mats Zetterqvist. She also studied shortly at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne for prof. Svetlana Makarova.

She has attended to numerous international Master Classes with professors like: Milan Vitek, Dora Schwarzberg, Philippe Graffin, Igor Ozim, Gerhard Schulz, Mi-Kyung Lee, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Ulf Wallin, Massimo Quarta and Antje Weithaas.

She has received numerous scholarships awards including Konstnärsnämden Arbetstsipendie, Längmanska Kulturfonden, Freemasons Stiftelse Jubelårsfonden & S:t Eriks, Royal Academy of Music Stockholm Scholarship, Willinska Stiftelsen, Petersenska Hemmet Sftiftelsen, Royal Academy of Arts Stockholm, Eduard Magnus and Marianne & Ary Paleys Stipendiefond.

Ms. Abreu performs regularly as a soloist and in different chamber music constellations.The acclaimed Duo Abreu Sisters was founded 2005 with her sister and guitarist Ariadna Abreu Ruiz. Duo Abreu Sisters had a Swedish tour in 2012 in collaboration with the chamber music association Musik i Syd. Duo Abreu Sisters performs regularly in prestigious halls in both Sweden and Cuba. With Serbian pianist and friend Natasa Penezic she formed Duo Abreu-Penezic year 2010 and short after they had a debut concert at Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade and several concerts around Serbia.

As an orchestra musician Ms. Abreu has a vast experience there she is invited as regular guest player in world top orchestras like Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orquestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, between others. From 2014 to 2016 Ms. Abreu was on full contract with Orquestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, OPL under the leading of chef conductor Gustavo Gimeno including several international tours and wonderful orchestra series/ seasons with world soloists like Janine Jansen, Edicson Ruiz, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Hilary

Hann, Leonidas Kavakos, and others with performances in Europe’s most prestigious concert halls like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Wien, Palau de la Musica Valencia, and more.
Due to her orchestra experience she has hold significant invitations to audition at the Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic.

Ms. Abreu is an official member of the Aurora Chamber Orchestra, ACO Sweden. An ensemble formed by world class string musicians under the leading of violinists such like Terje Tønessen, Svetlin Roussev, Nicolas Dautricourt and Gordan Nikolic.

Since 2016 she plays on a violin signed J.Shade as a loan from the string instrument foundation Järnåkersfonden.

From 2017, she is assigned as Artistic Coordinator of Habana Clásica, The International Classical Music Festival of Cuba, www.habanaclasica.com

Sara Chen

Sara Chen (born in Oslo, October 27, 1990) began to play the violin at the age of five and
already two years later, she had her first performance as a soloist with Bærum Symphony
orchestra. Sara has studied with Alf Richard Kraggerud (1998 – 2005), with Stephan
Barratt-Due (2005-2011) and she has a performance diploma as a student of Prof.
Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University (2011-2014). Her Masters degree is from Munich
Hochschule für Musik und Theater, with Prof. Christoph Poppen. Sara has had master
class with well-known violinists, both nationally and internationally, such as Ana
Chumachenco, Henning Kraggrud, Piotr Janowski, Detlef Hahn, Stephen Shipps, Almita
Vamos, Ida Haendel, and Aaron Rosand. She also has attended many of the most
prestigous masterclass festivals, such as Kronberg Masterclass, and Keshet Eilon.
Sara has had numerous of performances broadcasted on television since the age of nine.
Her first appearance was with Arve Tellefsen, where she played the ”Bach double violin
concerto” in 1999. Later she was invited to play at a children channel with Minken
Fossheim, and in 2001 she had her piano performance broadcasted at NRK’s ”Happy New
Year”. Two years later she played at another Christmas program all broadcasted by NRK.
In 2006 she had a great performance on the Norwegian National Television program:
”Great opportunity”, a live competition program of selected young artists from around the
country.
As a soloist, and a chamber musician, Sara has contributed in several national and
international tours and festivals in the world, such as in Brasil, Tanzania, China, Germany,
Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, England and USA.
Solo performances:
2007 – Soloist with Bergen Philharmonic orchestra.
2007 – Soloist by Lofoten Festival, Grieg Festival, Tønsberg ”Levende Musikk” and Olav’s
dagene in Trondheim
2008 – Soloist with Kristiansand and Tromsø Symphony Orchestra
2008 – Soloist in Bergen International music Festival.
2008 – Soloist with Oslo Symphony Orchestra
2008 – Soloist with Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra.
2009 – Soloist in Hardanger Music festival.
2009 – Soloist in Ljubljana in Slovenia.
2009 – Soloist by Chinese New years Concert in Oslo Concert Hall.
2009 – Soloist in Grieg festival in Bergen
2009 – Soloist in International Young Artist Festival in Los Angeles.
2010 – Soloist with Shanghai WanFang Symphony Orchestra in Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
2011 – Soloist with Shanghai WanFang Symphony Orchestra.
2013 – Soloist with Oslo Camerata, on the main stage of the Oslo Opera
2014 – Solo recitals at the Villefavard Festival in France
2015 og 2016 – Solo- and Chambermusic Recitals at the Incontri Musicali Festival in
Spoleto, Italy
2016 – Chamber music concerts at the Marvao Festival in Portugal
2016 – Chamber music concerts at Oslo Chambermusic Festival
Awards:
2003- Virtuoso prize at the Gnessin International Violin Competition in Moscow.
2004 – Winner of ”the Dream Scholarship”
2004 – Ånun Lund Rej’s Scholarship.
2006 – 1st Prize of the Remember Enescu International Violin Competition in Romania.
2007 – Winner of the ”Karoline Prize.
2008 – 1st Prize Norwegian Youth String competition
2011 – Received the Fulbright Scholarship
2013 – Drewes Merit Award from National Society of Arts and Letters
2014 – Received the Ingar Dobloug Award
2015 – Received the DEA Award
Home page:
www.sarachen.no

Sebastian Gürtler

Was born in Austria, and studied with Helmut Zehetmair, Corrado Romano, Ernst Kovacic and Philippe Hirschhorn.

From 1997 until 2008, he served as first Concertmaster of the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra.

In 2000, he founded the ensemble Amarcord Wien. Most of the transcriptions, which are the specificity of the ensemble, are done by him.

In 2005 he joined the Hugo Wolf Quartet on the first violin.

His chamber music partners include Stefan Mendl, Markus Schirmer, Philippo Gamba, Clemens Hagen, Mario Brunello, Orfeo Mandozzi, Christian Poltera and members of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin as well as Wolfgang Muthspiel, Allegre Corrêa, Georg Breinschmid, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Aleksey Igudesman, Benjamin Schmid and Rebekka Bakken.

In 2016 the quartet founded in collaboration with Alban Berg Foundation, the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien, a group including stringquartet, piano, flute and clarinet. A new concept of programming and repertoire is the aim of the ensemble who is running a own serie of concert in the Brahmssaal of the Vienna Musikverein.

His Compositions and Arrangements appeared on Material Records, Preiser Records and Deutsche Grammophon and are published by Edition Walhall Magdeburg, Germany.

Eduardo Paredes

Bolivian/Brazilian violinist Eduardo Paredes began his musical studies in Cochabamba, Bolivia before moving to the Netherlands with the help of the Rotary Club at age 14.
Eduardo performs extensively across four continents as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist in halls such as Carnegie Hall(Weill recital hall 2008) in New York and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and in halls in the Netherlands where is he based. He plays chamber music together with the Stanislavsky String Quartet and with his wife the cellist Isabel Vaz, with the New European Ensemble and the trio 258. He is the artistic director of FIMCA, a chamber music festival in Faro, Portugal
 He studied with, Ofer Falk,Pinchas Zukerman,Gordan Nikolic, Joan Berkhemer and graduated from the Rotterdam Conservatory with a Master of Music degree in 2010. He has received coaching and masterclasses from some of the foremost pedagogues  and artists, such as P. Vernikov, Robert Cohen, J. Rouvier,  D. Ferschtman and from the members of the Vermeer, Fine Arts, Alban Berg and Parkanyi quartets

Dinara Mansurova

Dinara Mansurova Russian violinist living in Sweden, Stockholm.

At the moment Dinara is a freelance musician, playing in such orchestras as Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009 graduated from Petrozavodsk State Conservatoire with distinction under tuition of Honorable Artist of Russia Klimenty Veksler. In 2011 completed her master degree in Malmö Music Academy under tuition of  brittish violinist Matthew Trusler.

Prize winner of several international competitions, including Mariya Yudina Chamber Music international competition (St. Petersburg 2007, 2009), scholarship holder of Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation.

Participant of Yehudi Menuhin Masterclasses in Kronberg (Germany, 2009), Aurora Chamber Music Masterclasses (Sweden, 2010-2015), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland, 1998,1999), Dartington International summer school (England, 2011).

Leader of the international youth symphony orchestra “AYSO” (Norway, 2007, 2008), leader of Scheersberg symphony orchestra (Germany 2010).

Sophie Rosa

Sophie Rosa first garnered attention after winning the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall as well as appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Sophie has broadcast for Radio 3 and Classic FM.

 

Sophie’s debut album, ’Reve d’Enfant’ was released in 2016 on the Champs Hill Records label. It was described in Musical Opinion as, ’….a very fine disc, containing uniformly excellent performances in great style and played with complete musical understanding….a very desirable record of the year’. Sophie’s second CD of English violin duets with Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan, has recently been released on the EM Records label.

 

As a chamber musician, Sophie has collaborated with notable musicians including Martin Roscoe, Nobuko Imai, Craig Ogden, Guy Johnston, Joan Rodgers and James Gilchrist. Sophie also performs with Pssapha contemporary music ensemble and is a member of Pixels Ensemble.

 

Sophie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Wen zhou Li. She was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and was also awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in recognition of her musical achievements. After completing her Masters Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America with Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.

 

Sophie was kindly supported by several award foundations including the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship, The Solti Foundation, The Hattori Foundation, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, The Lauriston School Trust and Help Musicians UK.

 

Sophie currently plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.

 

www.sophierosa.com

Mihkel Kerem

Mihkel Kerem was born in 1981 into a family of musicians. He studied violin and composition in Tallinn and London graduating from Royal College of Music in 2006.

As a solo violinist, Mihkel has played with many orchestras including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Opera Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia. He has appeared Live on BBC radio 3 and his performances have been broadcast on national radios in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. He has performed all the major concertos, as well as some lesser known works, such as Trandafilovski’s violin concerto (of which he gave the London premiere in 2004). He has lead Estonia State Symphony Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia (UK) and directed Camerata Nordica (Sweden). He has also appeared with English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Mihkel is prolific composer with over 150 works to date. His works have been performed in the USA, Russia, UK, Germany, Holland, and many other European countries. In 2012, Toccata Classics released a CD of his 4 Violin Sonatas. A second CD of Symphony No. 3, Lamento for Viola and Strings and the String Sextet was issued in 2013.

Mihkel is the leader of Brandenburg Sinfonia (London), joint assistant leader of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra a section principal in Camerata Nordica (Sweden) and member of New European Ensemble (Holland).

 

www.mihkelkerem.com

Nataša Grujić

Nataša Grujić (1989) is a Serbian violinist born in Belgrade. At the age of 14 she entered the Bachelor degree at the University of Belgrade. After finishing her bachelor and master degree in Belgrade, funded by the scholarship of the Serbian Governament, “Young Talents” ,Nataša moved to the Netherlands (2009) and got a fellowship in the Master of Music Program at “Codarts” University in Rotterdam. Under the leadership of prof. Gordan Nikolić, Goran Gribajcević and prof. Mischa Furman she graduated her second master degree in 2010.

During her student years as well as after graduation Nataša cooperated with the Nederlands Kamer Orkest as well as NedPHo (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra) playing all around Holland and enjoying many festivals including “Le Folle Journee” (2011 and 2012) in Nantes, France.

From 2010 she is a member of orchestra “Bandart” situated in Spain and led by Gordan Nikolić , where she found the magic of symphonic music in projects throughout Madrid, Valencia, Granada, Peralada, Alicante etc. In the summer 2012 she won a scholarship to attend “Holland music sessions”- young musicians in career making where she had various concerts and lessons with prof. Sherban Lupu (Romania/USA). In 2013 Nataša joined the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra (California USA) led by Ashot Tigranyan, later to become the concertmaster on many tours around Europe: Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Poland, Armenia etc.

2015 brought cooperation with a chamber orchestra “Camerata Nordica” situated in Sweden. With them Nataša enjoyed many projects one of which was “Metamorphosis” where R.Strauss “Metamorfozen” for 23.strings was performed entirely by heart, under tutoring and leaderships from Terje Tonnesen (violin), Per Nystrom (cello) and Bud Beyer (acting).

In 2016 Nataša was invited to join “Double Sens” (France/Serbia), a chamber ensemble of a world renowned Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović. They perform on many festivals around Europe : Mezzo Festival in Le Folie Bergere (Paris),  festival “Boljšoj” (Mokra Gora, hosted by the incredible movie director Emir Kusturica), Victoires de la Musique classique etc. She is also a proud member of the “Mokum Symphony” (Amsterdam) whose message is to prioritize the musical expression, inspired by the old masters, led by the violinist and founder of the orchestra Joan Berkhemer.

Giving great importance to teaching Nataša had an opportunity to live in Portugal from 2012-2014 where she had a position of a violin docent at the Esproarte Escola Profissional de Arte de Mirandela.

Living in The Netherlands she is currently giving lessons in Haarlem and Amsterdam.

Playing in orchestras, performing recitals or playing chamber music with friends Nataša uses all her time developing as an artist and has devoted herself to music making as the ultimate way of communicating with no boundaries, in this world with so many.

Mats Zetterqvist

Mats Zetterqvist has been principal second violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2009. He joined the COE as guest leader in 1994 with conductors such as Boulez, Pretres, Chung and Fischer.

In 2009 and 2010, he led the Orchestra for two projects with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard to Tanglewood and New York’s Lincoln Center, USA, in performance of works by Bach, Mozart, Ligeti and Carter. Since he joined the COE, Mats has been much involved in chamber music concerts and particularly enjoys taking part in educational and outreach projects for children and music students as well as audiences unused to listening to classical music.

Born in 1954 in Sweden, he graduated with a Soloists diploma at the Stockholm Royal College of Music in 1976 and continued his studies at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Mats has been a soloist with all the leading orchestras of Sweden, with conductors such as G.Rozhdestvensky, Myung-Whun Chung, Paavo Berglund and Leif Segerstam. His numerous Solo recitals include all the solo pieces by J.S.Bach and Bartók’s Solo sonata. He was the leader of the Zetterqvist Quartet from 1974 to 2002 and the Zquartet until 2007. He was also leader of the Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 1994. He is a member of Trio Mats, a piano trio with international reputation, alongside pianist Mats Widlund and cellist Mats Rondin.

Mats has also appeared as a conductor in recent years with various chamber and symphony orchestras. In the new trio RoMA, together with pianist Roland Pöntinen and percussionist Anders Loguin, he performs music written for this ensemble by prominent contemporary composers. He is a Professor of Chamber Music at Edsberg High School of Music in Stockholm and a member of the Stockholm Royal Academy of Music.

He plays a 1768 Guadagnini violin.

Beside his musical activity, Mats particularly enjoys walking across the Swedish countryside, reading and cooking.