Monet Bläserquintett

Anissa Baniahmad, flute
Johanna Stier, oboe
Nemorino Scheliga, clarinet
Marc Gruber, Horn
Theo Plath, bassoon

The musicians of the Monet Bläserquintett – Anissa Baniahmad, Johanna Stier, Nemorino Scheliga, Marc Gruber and Theo Plath – have all won prizes in national and international competitions, including the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb and the ARD Competition, and play in major symphony orchestras such as the Sinfonieorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks und dem NDR-Elbphilharmonieorchester Hamburg.

Since the formation of the ensemble in 2013, the musicians have been engaged in intensive rehearsals and concerts, which have taken them to venues such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Opéra de Lyon.

The Monet Bläserquintett is a regular guest at renowned international festivals, including the Schumannfest in Bonn and the Davos Festival in Switzerland.

The ensemble is a scholarship holder of the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, in addition, all members are scholarship holders of the Mozartgesellschaft Dortmund.

The Monet Bläserquintett was awarded a scholarship at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb 2016 and 2019, and the ensemble also won prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition in Lyon.

After recording “Scaramouche” by Darius Milhaud together with saxophonist Asya Fateyeva for their latest CD “Carneval”, the Monet Bläserquintett will release the ensemble’s first own CD with works by Paul Taffanel, Gustav Holst, Jean Françaix and Charles Dubugnon at the end of 2019.

Quatuor Alfama

Elsa De Lacerda, violin
Céline Bodson, violin
Morgan Huet, viola
Renaat Ackaert, violoncello

The Alfama Quartet was established twelve years ago in Brussels and is now one of the major young chamber ensemble on the Belgian classical scene. It pursues its musical journey through different repertoires ranging from classical to contemporary music.

The Alfama Quartet has been trained by Walter Levin from the Lasalle Quartet, Rainer Schmidt from the Hagen Quartet, Heime Müller and Natalia Prischepenko from the Artemis Quartet, Eberhard Feltz and members of the Danel Quartet.

All their recordings have been covered with praise by the specialized Belgian and international press.

In spring 2019 the Alfama Quartet will release its new CD of Schubert and Fafchamps on the Cyprès label.

The quartet has played at many prestigious venues and festivals, including Bozar, Luxembourg Philharmony, Ambronay Festival, Cité de La Musique, Philharmonie de Paris, Flagey, Orsay Museum, Stavelot Festival, Bordeaux Opera House, Dijon Opera House, Alcobaça Festival, Espinho…

In addition to its recitals, the Alfama Quartet sometimes have the opportunity to perform alongside partners such as cellists Marie Hallynck and Camille Thomas, pianists Guillaume Coppola and Nathanaël Gouin, accordionist Anne Niepold, soprano Jodie Devos and mezzo-soprano Albane Carrère.

In 2011, the Alfama Quartet created Le Rêve d’Ariane with the Belgian comedian Ariane Rousseau. This playful and delicate piece is aimed both at adults and children and has been played more than 200 times in front of more than 70 000 children. After that, the Alfama Quartet and Ariane Rousseau produced a second stage show for children, Pomme-Henriette, which was premiered at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and performed again at the Philharmonie de Paris as well as the Bordeaux Opera.

The Alfama Quartet is currently preparing its third stage show, based around Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. It will be premiered in 2019.

Andreas Ottensamer

The Austrian clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer has captured audiences and critics alike with the singular beauty of tone that he coaxes from the instrument.

Ottensamer performs as a soloist in the major concert halls around the world, with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Philharmonie, Rotterdam Philharmonie, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonie, the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonie under Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert and Lorenzo Viotti.

His artistic partnerships as a chamber musician include work with Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Nemanja Radulovic, Nicolas Altstädt and Sol Gabetta. In 2005 Ottensamer founded the clarinet trio “The Clarinotts” with his father Ernst and brother Daniel.

He is also artistic director of the “Bürgenstock Festival” in Switzerland, together with pianist Jose Gallardo, and the “Artström Festival” in Berlin.

In February 2013 Andreas Ottensamer entered into an exclusive recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon, making him the first ever solo clarinettist to sign an exclusive agreement with the Yellow Label. For his second album, “Brahms – The Hungarian Connection”, Ottensamer was awarded the ECHO KLASSIK as “Instrumentalist of the year 2015”. He went on to record “New Era” on the Decca Classics label, performing repertoire of the Mannheim school with Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

This season sees the release of his latest album for Deutsche Grammophon, “Blue Hour”, a collaboration with Yuja Wang, Mariss Jansons and the Berliner Philharmoniker performing works by Weber, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

For the 2017/18 season, Ottensamer held the title “Artist in Residence” with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, as weil as being “Menuhin Heritage Artist” with the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and “Junger Wilder” at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. In May 2019 he is Artist in Residence at the Schwetzingen Festival. Other highlights of the 2018/19 season include guest solo performances with the London Philharmonie Orchestra, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony, the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival and the Salzburg Festival where he performs the Weber Clarinet Concerto with the Camerata Salzburg and Lorenzo Viotti. He performs in the Utzon Recital series at Sydney Opera House and makes his solo Carnegie Hall debut with pianist Yuja Wang. In January 2020 he performs the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Salzburg Mozartwoche.

Andreas Ottensamer was born in 1989 in Vienna. He comes from an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians and was drawn to music early, receiving his first piano lessons when he was four. At the age of ten he began studying cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, switching to the clarinet in 2003.

In 2009 he interrupted his Harvard undergraduate studies to become a scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Since March 2011 Ottensamer is principal clarinettist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

American String Quartet

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The Quartet will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2019, and, in its years of touring, has performed in all fifty states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide. The group’s presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Mozart have won widespread critical acclaim, and their MusicMasters Complete Mozart String Quartets, performed on a matched quartet set of instruments by Stradivarius, are widely considered to have set the standard for this repertoire.

The Quartet’s 2018-19 season features additional performances of their major project together with the National Book Award-winning author Phil Klay and the poet Tom Sleigh, which offers a groundbreaking program combining music and readings that examines the effects of war on people, their hearts, and their minds. The Quartet will also collaborate again with the renowned author Salman Rushdie in a work for narrator and quartet by the film composer Paul Cantelon built around Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence. These tremendously imaginative projects cement the American String Quartet’s reputation as one of the most adventurous and fearless string quartets performing today, as comfortable with the groundbreaking as with the traditional.

The Quartet’s diverse activities have also included numerous international radio and television broadcasts, including a recent recording for the BBC; tours of Asia; and performances with the New York City Ballet, the Montreal Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recent highlights include performances of an all-sextet program with Roberto and Andrès Díaz, many tours of South America, and performances of the complete Beethoven cycle of string quartets at the Cervantes Festival in Mexico and the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel.

The American’s additional extensive discography can be heard on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, and RCA labels. Most recently the group released “Schubert’s Echo,” which pairs Schubert’s monumental last quartet with works bearing its influence by Second Viennese masters Alban Berg and Anton Webern. This repertoire posits that the creative line from the First to the Second Viennese Schools is continuous and evident when these works are heard in the context of each other.

As champions of new music, the American has given numerous premieres, including George Tsontakis’s 2015 Quartet No. 7.5, “Maverick,” Richard Danielpour’s Quartet No. 4, and Curt Cacioppo’s a distant voice calling. The premiere of Robert Sirota’s American Pilgrimage took place in September 2016, and will be performed around the U.S. in the cities the work celebrates. In January 2009 the Quartet premièred Tobias Picker’s String Quartet No. 2 in New York City in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Manhattan School of Music.

Formed when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet’s career began with the group winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Award in the same year. Resident quartet at the Aspen Music Festival since 1974 and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York since 1984, the American has also served as resident quartet at the Taos School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Tanja Tetzlaff

Tanja Tetzlaff continues to perform an extensive range of works, embracing both core repertoire and contemporary compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her recording of the cello concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and Ernst Toch was released by NEOS.

The 2018/19 season saw Tanja Tetzlaff perform with orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, Zuger Sinfonietta and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and collaborate with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, André de Ridder and Jaime Martín. After enjoying great success in numerous international competitions, she has subsequently performed with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with notable conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Haring, Sir Roger Norrington, Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen, and Heinz Holliger, amongst others.

Chamber music plays a significant role in Tanja’s career. She regularly performs in a piano trio with Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, and this season will see them tour in the USA. In addition to this, she will appear in concert with Sharon Kam, Carolin Widman, Antti Siirala, and duet with Dina Ugorskaja.

Tanja Tetzlaff regularly appears at world-renowned chamber music series and festivals, such as the Heidelberger Frühling as well as the festivals in Bergen, Baden-Baden and Edinburgh. She is a member of the core ensemble of the Heimbach Festival “Spannungen”. Her regular chamber music partners include Lars Vogt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, Christian Tetzlaff, Carolin Widmann and Sharon Kam.

Tanja Tetzlaff is a member of the Tetzlaff Quartett, founded in 1994 with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister. In the current season the quartet performs at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and the Philharmonie Luxembourg.

Tanja Tetzlaff and her duet partner Gunilla Süssmann have recorded three CDs together. The first two were released by CAvi-music featuring Brahms (2012) and a Nordic-Russian programme (2008), and their third disc was released in spring 2018 featuring works by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Tanja studied at the Musikhochschule Hamburg with Bernhard Gmelin and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Heinrich Schiff, and plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini from 1776.

Trio Zadig

Boris Borgolotto, violin
Marc Girard-Garcia, violincello
Ian Barber, piano

Awarded 11 international prizes, the Zadig Trio captivates audiences with its virtuosity, elegance and irresistible enthusiasm.

Friendship is at the core of the Zadig Trio’s strength and authenticity. Boris Borgolotto and Marc Girard Garcia are childhood friends who studied together at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique and at the University of Music in Vienna. Upon their return to France, they crossed paths with Ian Barber, an American pianist from the renowned André Watts’ studio at the University of Indiana. The chemistry between them is immediately apparent. All three men are drawn by a strong desire to live out their passion as sincerely as possible and therefore decided to combine their desires together and found the Zadig Trio.

In just a few years, the Zadig Trio has become very successful and won numerous awards, including the First Prize of the “Fnapec Musiques d’Ensemble” – in the footsteps of renowned ensembles like the Ysaÿe Quartet, the Ebene Quartet and the Wanderer Trio – as well as the Second Prize of the Fischoff Competition (USA)

The trio has performed all over the world, from the USA to the Republic of Congo, and played in several prestigious concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Shanghai City Theater and Paris’ Philharmonic and Salle Cortot. In parallel with this demanding schedule, the Zadig Trio has met with great artists who have contributed to the development of its musical expression, most notably Ivry Gitlis and Menahem Pressler.

Due to its auspicious beginning, the Zadig Trio has been invited to several broadcast shows: « Génération Jeunes Interprètes » by Gaëlle Le Gallic and « Le nouveau Rendez-Vous » by Laurent Goumarre on French Public Radio (France Musique & France Inter) as well as « Puisque vos avez du talent » by Laurent Graulus on Musiq’3 (RTBF) in Belgium.

The Zadig Trio is currently a resident of the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel alongside the Artemis Quartet. It is also the first resident of ProQuartet and is supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation.

This season’s itinerary will highlight the trio’s commitment to openness and sharing. First the Zadig Trio will tackle the piano quartet repertoire with violists Krzysztof Chorzelski (Belcea Quartet) and Yung-Hsin Chang (Hermes Quartet). It will also participate in a project with the composer Benjamin Attahir, currently in residence at the Villa Medicis. Finally, because its members firmly believe in the universal power of classical music to break down barriers, the Zadig Trio will continue to engage in humanitarian and social projects, notably by playing for prison inmates and handicapped children.

From Haydn to contemporary composers, the Zadig Trio’s audacity and freshness gives youth and vitality to the trio repertoire. The depth and sincerity of its interpretations, as well as its vivid poetic sound, make it the creator of captivating performances.

Boris Borgolotto plays a 1750 violin by the famous Italian maker Carlo Antonio Testore. Marc Girard Garcia plays a Frank Ravatin cello, generously loaned to him by the El Pasito association.

Castalian String Quartet

Sini Simonen, violin
Daniel Roberts, violin
Charlotte Bonneton, viola
Christopher Graves, cello

In 2018 the Castalian Quartet received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

Last season the Quartet gave debut concerts in North America (Phillips Collection Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center New York), the Salle Bourgie in Montréal, Vancouver Recital Society, Konzerthaus Vienna, Théȃatre d’Orléons, Louvre in Paris, Flagey in Brussels and Lucerne. They appear regularly in the Wigmore Hall main series.

Highlights over the last year have included performances of the complete Haydn Op.76 Quartets at Wigmore Hall, and concerts in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frühling, East Neuk and Banff International Festivals. They undertook tours of China and Colombia.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. Awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by YCAT in 2016.

Daniel Müller-Schott

With technical brilliance and authority, with intellect and emotional esprit, Daniel Müller-Schott is celebrated as one of the most sought-after cellists in the world. Notable conductors he collaborates with include Thomas Dausgaard, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Gimeno, Bernard Haitink, Neeme Järvi, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kirill and Vasily Petrenko, André Previn and Krzysztof Urbański.

Müller-Schott works with internationally acclaimed orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, the Radio Orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Hamburg, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. In North America, he performs with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington and the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia and Vancouver. Further afield, he is joined by the NHK Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, Seoul Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.

2018/19 season began with Müller-Schott’s return to the BBC Proms as soloist with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Otto Tausk, followed by concerts with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall in London, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Göttinger Symphonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE Madrid, St Louis Symphony and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He also play-directs the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt in three concerts with a programme featuring Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Bloch.

Chamber music is an important part of Müller-Schotts music-making. In addition to a solo recital tour to Asia, he performs in trios with Julia Fischer and Nils Mönkemeyer as well as with Baiba Skride and Xavier de Maistre. He will premiere Sebastian Currier’s piano trio with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis in New York’s Carnegie Hall and in Chicago. His other regular chamber music partners include Igor Levit, Francesco Piemontesi and Simon Trpčeski. Müller-Schott is Artistic Director of the Rügen Classical Music Spring Festival 2019.

Recording for Orfeo, Müller-Schott’s extensive discography includes his latest release ‘#CELLOREIMAGINED’ with l’arte del mondo, featuring arrangements of concertos by C.P.E. and J.S. Bach, Haydn and Mozart. His ‘DUO SESSIONS’ recording with Julia Fischer won numerous awards not least the ICMA 2017 (chamber music) Award. He anticipates the release of his next disc in autumn 2018, which includes works by Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Aziz Shokhakimov.

Müller-Schott received the 2013 Aida Stucki Award and also benefited early on from sponsorship by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Through this support he was taught privately by the late Mstislav Rostropovich for a year. Müller-Schott also studied with Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff and Steven Isserlis. In 1992 Müller-Schott won first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow. He plays the “Ex Shapiro” Matteo Goffriller cello, Venice, 1727.

Armida Quartett

Winning the ARD International Competition in 2012 (also sweeping all other prizes including the audience prize) propelled the Armida Quartett on to the international concert platform. 2018 saw the quartet make their USA debut. In 2017 the quartet completed a season as ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) “Rising Stars” as their fourth disc was released. In 2016 they participated for two seasons on the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, during which the Armida Quartett gave its’ BBC Proms debut and celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Founded in Berlin in 2006, the Armida Quartett took its’ name from a Haydn opera, the “father of the string quartet”. They have studied with members of the Artemis Quartett and Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartett), also drawing musical inspiration from Alfred Brendel, Reinhard Goebel, Eberhard Feltz, Walter Levin, Natalia Prischepenko and Tabea Zimmermann. The quartet has participated in masterclasses with the Arditti, Alban Berg and Guarneri Quartets.

The 2019/20 season sees the quartet as guest artists in major European cities including the Louvre, Paris, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Barcelona, Zaragoza and Bilbao – the latter with pianist Pavel Kolesnikov. In Barcelona the quartet will give the world premiere of a new work for quartet and electronics by Ramon Humet. Joining the Beethoven anniversary celebrations they are guests of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, joined by their mentor and colleague, Tabea Zimmermann in an all-Beethoven programme. In spring 2020 they will tour to China with Sabine Meyer.

Leading towards a CD release of the complete Mozart quartets (CAvi records) in 2021, the quartet’s unique editing project working alongside G. Henle Verlag publishers on a new edition of the Mozart quartets continues. The quartet established its own Berlin concert series, “Mozart Exploded”, in 2016. The series explores Mozart as an avantgarde of his time and each programme juxtaposes a new composition currently including works by Jörg Widmann, Frangis Ali-Sade and Marco Nicodijevic. Other recent highlights have included tours to the USA and in Europe, they were guest artists at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where they premiered and performed a new quintet by pianist Kit Armstrong as well as collaborating with Daniel Müller-Schott and the Modigliani Quartet. In the 2018/19 season, their first orchestral residency as Artists in Residence with the Duisburger Philharmoniker saw them performing Daniel Schnyder’s concerto, “Impetus” for string quartet and orchestra alongside chamber and education concerts. As guests of the 2019 Vale of Glamorgan festival, they performed three programmes with works entirely by contemporary composers including a world premiere by Robert Fokkens and works by Dobrinka Tabakova, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks, Steve Reich and Johannes Fischer.

The ensemble’s debut CD for CAvi in 2013, featuring works by Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág, was selected for the critics’ choice list by the German Record Critics’ Award. Their disc of Mozart quartets (2016) won equally high praise and 2019 has recently seen the release of their next Mozart disc in a project that will see the complete Mozart quartets recording released in 2021. Beethoven, Shostakovich and a disc exploring their fascination in the fugue, “Fuga Magna” (2017) have all received notable praise.

Working with chamber partners is an inspiration for the Armida Quartett – they have additionally worked with Raphael Alpermann, Thomas Hampson, Ewa Kupiec, Maximilian Hornung, Sabine Meyer and Jörg Widmann and fellow BBC NGA alumni including Pavel Kolesnikov, Lise Berthaud, French horn player Alec Frank-Gemill and Quatour Van Kuijk.