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Elisabeth Brauß

Elisabeth Brauß, born in 1995, is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of her generation.

She is a regular international guest at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Mariinksy Theater in St. Petersburg, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Barbican Centre in London, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

As a soloist she performs with orchestras such as the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Dortmunder Symphoniker and the Bochum Symphoniker.

In addition to first prizes at the International Steinway Competition in Hamburg and at the International Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition in Braunschweig, she was awarded the 2012 Prätorius Music Prize of Lower Saxony.

In August 2013, she won the main and audience prizes at the TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg. In 2015 she won first prize at the “Ton und Erklärung” competition in Frankfurt, and in October 2016 she won the Kissinger KlavierOlymp in Bad Kissingen.

In May 2017, her debut CD with works by Beethoven, Pr okofiev, Chopin and Denhoff was released by OehmsClassics, which was among others awarded an “Editor´s choice” by the Gramophone Magazine.

For the 2013/2014 season she was a scholarship holder of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund, 2014 she received a scholarship of the Hans und Eugenia Jütting-Stiftung and since 2014 she is also a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

At the age of 6 she began to learn the piano with Dr. Elena Levit, from 2007 to 2010 she was a student at the Institute for Early Encouragement of Musically Highly Gifted Students of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. From 2008 to 2010 she was a student in Hannover in the piano classes of Dr. Elena Levit and Prof. Matti Raekallio, since 2010 she studies at the HMTMH in the piano class of Prof. Bernd Goetzke.

In 2016 Elisabeth Brauß was a scholarship holder of the Chamber Music Academy and returned in 2017 and 2018 as a fellow. In 2019 will be performing again in the festival.



Isang Enders

Isang Enders has quickly established himself as a dynamic artist in search of new-concepts and works for the violoncello. Born into a German-Korean musician family in Frankfurt in 1988, Isang Enders began studying with Michael Sanderling at the age of twelve. His playing has since been influenced by his studies with Gustav Rivinius, Truls Mørk, and above all, by the mentoring of the American cellist Lynn Harrell.

At the age of twenty, Isang Enders was appointed principal cello of the Dresden Staatskapelle, making him the youngest section leader in Germany. During his four years with the orchestra, he also co-founded the Gohrisch Shostakovich Festival alongside Tobias Niederschlag.

Isang Enders recently made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, enjoyed collaborations with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Stavanger Symphony orchestras and performs regularly with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with eminent conductors including Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Pablo Heras-Casado, Eliahu Inbal, Zubin Mehta and Vasily Petrenko.

He has most recently performed Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto in both Stavanger and Paris, and performed the Korean debut of Dutilleux’s Cello Concerto as well the Shostakovich Cello Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a dedicated chamber musician, he continues to work closely with the pianist Igor Levit, with whom he has toured extensively, as well as Kit Armstrong and Sunwook Kim.

Last season he made his debut at the Bach Festival in Montreal, and spent the summer at the Malboro Music Festival in the US. He performs regularly as a recitalist at Heidelburger Fruhling and Rheingau Musikfestivals.

His highly-acclaimed and early recording of the Bach Cello Suites on Berlin Classics was a triumph. One critic describes him as a “reflective and highly intelligent young man”. Isang Enders is signed to Berlin Classics and SONY Music Entertainment and plays an instrument by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris, 1840).

Martin Grubinger

Possibly the best multi-percussionist of the world, Martin Grubinger possesses an unusually broad repertoire ranging from solo works and chamber music with partners including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble, to percussion concertos. His technical perfection, enthusiasm and musical versatility make his performances to real ‘must-see’ events and brought the percussion from the back of an orchestra to the middle of the stage.

Amongst the growing number of works written for Grubinger are Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time (2007) and Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto (2008), performed and recorded with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Peter Eötvös on Kairos, as well as Tan Dun’s concerto, Tears of Nature (2012). Spring 2014 saw the German premiere of Eötvös’ Speaking Drums with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer. 2018/19 sees world premieres of new percussion concertos dedicated to Martin Grubinger by Fazil Say and Daníel Bjarnason. His renowned percussion projects such as The Percussive Planet, Century of Percussion and Caribbean Showdown are further examples of his versatility.

In 2016/17 Grubinger was Artist in Residence at Elbphilharmonie; other residencies led him to Camerata Salzburg and at the Philharmonie Köln, Philharmonie München, Wiener Konzerthaus and Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. He has appeared with orchestras including NHK Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Hamburg, Munich and Dresdner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker and BBC Philharmonic. He guests regularly with leading orchestras in the United States, amongst them Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Regular festival appearances include the Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele, Beethovenfest Bonn, Lucerne Festival and Salzburg Festival, at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Brass & Percussion Festival in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. In 2013 he was Artiste Étoile at Lucerne Festival.

Winner of multiple prizes, Martin Grubinger is recipient of the Bernstein Award by the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the prestigious Jeunesses Musicales’ Würth Prize. Grubinger’s first CD, Drums ‘n’ Chant, was followed by a live DVD recording of The Percussive Planet – both for Deutsche Grammophon. He has since recorded a number of projects for various labels.

Born in Salzburg, Martin Grubinger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He quickly garnered attention through appearances at several international competitions, including the second World Marimbaphone Competition in Okaya, Japan, and at the EBU Competition in Norway. Martin Grubinger holds teaching positions at Zurich University of the Arts and as Professor for Multipercussion at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum Salzburg.

Lisa Batiashvili

Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili has developed long-term relationships with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris among many others. She regularly performs in venues such as Wigmore Hall, London; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Musikverein, Vienna; Philharmonie 2, Paris; and Tonhalle Zurich and works with notable conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Daniel Barenboim, Alan Gilbert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Harding. Gautier Capuçon, Valery Sokolov, Gérard Causse and Emmanuel Pahud are among her chamber music partners.

A student of Ana Chumachenko and Mark Lubotski, Lisa gained international recognition at age 16 as the youngest-ever competitor in the Sibelius Competition.

Lisa lives in Munich and plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector.

Uri Caine

Uri Caine

Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley,Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Caine has recorded 25 cds as a leader. He has made cd’s featuring his jazz trio, his Bedrock Trio and his ensemble performing arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann.

Recently Caine has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, Relache, The Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Koln and the American Composers Orchestra. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003.

He has performed his version of the Diabelli Variations with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the CBC Orchestra in Canada and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. From 2006-2009 he was composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane in May 2006. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for The Othello Syndrome.

He has performed at many jazz festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival. Monterey Jazz Festival, JVC Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, as well as classical festivals including The Salzburg Festival, Munich Opera, Holland Festival, Israel Festival, IRCAM, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center.

Benjamin Appl

Described as the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ (Gramophone Magazine, UK), Benjamin Appl, Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year 2016, was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2014-16 and was also a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and ECHO Rising Star for the 2015-16 season. He became an exclusive SONY Classical recording artist in 2016 and his first solo album of German and English song for Sony Classical, ‘Heimat’, won the prestigious Prix Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Best Lieder Singer) at the 2017/18 Académie du Disque Lyrique Orphées d’Or.

In concert he has appeared with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabrieli Players & Consort, Les Violons du Roy, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Concerto Köln, the Symphony Orchestra of India, the Seattle Symphony, Vienna Symphony, and the major BBC orchestras, among others. Now an established recitalist, Benjamin Appl had the good fortune to be mentored by one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and has performed at the Ravinia, Rheingau, Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh International, and Oxford Lieder festivals, Heidelberger Frühling, and the KlavierFestival Ruhr. He has performed at major concert venues including Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg and the Musée de Louvre, Paris, and he is a regular recitalist at Wigmore Hall and at the Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg. He works closely with pianists Graham Johnson and James Baillieu.

The 2018-19 season will see Benjamin Appl make his professional recital debut in the USA, with a tour including performances at Park Avenue Armory, New York and the Phillips Collection, Washington DC. Mr. Appl will appear in concert with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Concerto Köln, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, alongside recital appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, and Schubertiade Hohenems. He will sing the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington, and will give a performance of Mahler and Bernstein at the Osaka Castle Hall in Japan, broadcast by MBS TV.  His new Sony Classical recording, ‘Bach’ with Concerto Köln, is due for release in September 2018.


Tamar Halperin

With repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance to the present, Tamar Halperin performed as soloist and with various chamber groups in Israel, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.  She appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Recital Hall and Barcelona’s Liceu.

She has collaborated with distinguished musicians including Andreas Scholl, Laurence Cummings, Michael Wollny and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in Israel, Tamar Halperin studied music at Tel Aviv University, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and at the Juilliard School in New York. While the focus of her activities is Baroque music, Tamar is also an enthusiastic performer of classical and contemporary music.  She composes, arranges, and performs popular, jazz, and electronic music and her collaboration with Jazz pianist Michael Wollny led to the award winning album “Wunderkammer”.

She recorded the critically acclaim Wanderer CD – a collection of German Lied – with Andreas Scholl.

Zemlinsky Quartett © Tomáš Bican

Zemlinsky Quartet

František Souček, violin
Petr Střížek, violin
Petr Holman, viola
Vladimír Fortin, cello

Since its founding in 1994, the Zemlinsky Quartett has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. The quartet has won the 1st Grand Prize in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (2010). It also enjoyed a string of top prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition (2007), Prague Spring International Music Competition (2005) and London International String Quartet Competition (2006), where it was also awarded the Audience Prize. Other prizes include Beethovenův Hradec, New Talent Bratislava, Competition of the Martinů Foundation Prague. In 2005, the Quartet was awarded the Czech Prize of Chamber Music and a prize of the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund in Vienna.

The repertoire of the ensemble is far ranging containing more than 200 works by many leading composers, including contemporary music. Since early 2007, the Zemlinsky Quartet has recorded exclusively for the French record label Praga Digitals. The group has also made many recordings for Czech Radio.

During 2005-08, the quartet studied with Walter Levin, the first violinist of LaSalle Quartet. During its tours the quartet is often invited to give numerous master classes to students of any age, and it also performs in school concerts. František Souček and Petr Holman have also been appointed as professors of the Prague Conservatory.

Zemlinsky Quartet is named after the Austrian composer, conductor and teacher Alexander Zemlinsky (1871- 1942), whose enormous contribution to Czech, German and Jewish culture during his 16-year stay in Prague was underestimated for decades.



Julius Drake © Sim Canetty Clarke

Julius Drake

The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc.

He appears regularly at all the major music centres: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre New York; the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philarmonie Berlin; the Châtalet and Musée de Louvre Paris; La Scala Milan and Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid; Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna; and Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms London.

Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, for which the Barber Songs, Schumann Heine Lieder and Britten Songs and Proverbs have won the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards; award winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; several recitals for the Wigmore Live label, with among others Alice Coote, Joyce Didonato, Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Christopher Maltman and Matthew Polenzani; and recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx and English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi. Julius Drake is now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion: the second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012.

Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence.

In 2010 he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he serves as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Hampson was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory, as well as being an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the Heidelberger Frühling’s Lied Academy In 2020, he was awarded the Heidelberger Frühling music award.