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Malion Quartett

Alexander Jussow, violin
Jelena Galic, violin
Lilya Tymchyshyn, viola
Bettina Kessler, violoncello

The Malion Quartet is comprised of four passionate chamber musicians, each of whom, even before the foundation of the quartet, performed at a number of reknowned Chamber Music Festivals, including Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau Musikfestival, Heidelberger Frühling, Rencontres Musicales d‘Evian, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musikfest Stuttgart, Podium Festival Esslingen, Mozartfest Würzburg, and Konzerthaus Berlin.

The young ensemble‘s busy concert schedule has included concerts in halls such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt, das Holzhausenschlösschen and the Solitude Palace in Stuttgart.

Shortly after the quartet was founded in 2018, they became scholarship holders in the Foundation Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, as well as winning the Competition of the Polytechnic Society in Frankfurt.

In 2019 the members of the young ensemble were taken on as scholarship holders in the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). In the same year, they became prizewinners in the PE-Förderungen Competition, and in 2020 they were the only string quartet to be taken on by the foundation.

All four musicians are prizewinners of national and international competitions, such as Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Peter-Pirazzi-Stiftung and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.

The quartet has received essential musical guidance from Prof. Eberhard Feltz, as well as members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and Cuarteto Casals. The four members of the Malion Quartet are Masters students in the Quartet Class of Prof. Tim Vogler at the University of Music in Frankfurt am Main.

Sindy Mohamed

Sindy Mohamed appears this season as soloist and chamber musician in major festivals in Europe like Moritzburg Festival, Spannungen Heimbach, Schubertiade Hohenems, Kronberg Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival Présences, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Folles Journées de Nantes, collaborating with Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Lawrence Power, Steven Isserlis, Jan Vogler, Maximillian Hornung, Kian Soltani, Yura Lee, Adrien La Marca among many others. Other highlights include performances as soloist with the Ensemble Multilatérale in Paris, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Vigo 430 in Spain. Extended concert tours across the world include recital debuts in the Wigmore Hall, the Carnegie Hall and the Suntory Hall.

Prize winner of the International Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition 2017, Award from the “Ottilie Selbach Redslob Foundation”, scholarship holder of “Spannungen Festival” Sindy in January 2018 made her Debut in England alongside Lars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestra as part of the “New Year New Artists” Festival. She took part in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence performing together with Tabea Zimmermann. On the invitation of Rolando Villazon, Sindy participated to the Program Stars von Morgen broadcasted on Arte TV. She took part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World performing with Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff and Gidon Kremer.

Born in Marseille, into a non-musician family in 1992, the Egyptian violist Sindy Mohamed received her first viola lessons at the age of 8. After graduating from the Conservatoire de Marseille, Sindy pursued her studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. She absolved her final studies as “young soloist” at the prestigious Kronberg Academy with Tabea Zimmermann.

Further musical inspiration was given to Sindy through her participation and special invitations to numerous international masterclasses and academies such as “Festival Quatuors à Bordeaux”,”Festival d’Aix-en- Provence”,”Summer Festival Salzburg”,”Seiji Ozawa International Switzerland Academy”,”European Chamber Music Academy”. She worked with Daniel Barenboim, Antoine Tamestit, Roberto Diaz, Morten Carlsen, Nobuko Imai, Jean Sulem, Sadao Harada, Pamela Frank and Tatjana Masurenko. Alongside her studies and career, Sindy gained already a large orchestral experience. Playing in leading positions of orchestras like the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper Berlin. She had the opportunity to perform with chief conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Vladimir Jurovski, Paavo Järvi, Francois Xavier Roth, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles. In addition, she has been a member of the “West-Eastern Divan Orchestra” since 2013 under Maestro Daniel Barenboim. Sindy plays on a viola by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume generously on loan from Beares International Violin Society in London.

Maurice Steger

The “Paganini (of the recorder)”, “magician of the recorder” and “The world’s leading recorder player” – these are just a few of the descriptions the press has about Maurice Steger. In order to live up to such high expectations, one requires not only astonishing technique, but also charisma, intellect and a special sensitivity for the music. Maurice Steger has been proving all of this to his audiences, inspiring with his intense tone and unstoppable energy in various concert formats all over the world.

As a soloist, conductor or both at once, he regularly performs with the top period instrument ensembles, such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, La Cetra, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the English Concert, the Canadian Violons du Roy and I Barocchisti. He also performs with leading modern orchestras such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Berlin Baroque Soloists (Berlin Philharmonic), or the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

Chamber music plays a notable role in the richly varied spectrum of Maurice Steger’s artistic endeavours. With fellow musicians and friends such as Hille Perl, Avi Avital, Daniele Caminiti, Lee Santana, Naoki Kitaya, Mauro Valli, Sebastian Wienand, Fiorenza de Donatis, Diego Fasolis, Sol Gabetta or the young French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, he dedicates himself to a continuously updated repertoire of Early music. Besides this, Maurice Steger also engages with new concert formats and contemporary compositions.

Maurice Steger loves the interaction between different cultures, and getting to know other ways of working and interpretive approaches, working as a concert artist, teacher and juror, not only in Europe but throughout the world. Tours of Asia and Australia have led to performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei Symphony among others. He was the first recorder player from the West to perform with the Traditional Taipei Chinese Orchestra. He also regularly performs in North and South America.

His commitment to musical education is also extremely important to him: besides the directorship of the Gstaad Baroque Academy at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, which he took over in 2013 in addition to diverse master classes, he invented the character of “Tino Flautino” in order to encourage young children to playfully engage with classical music. Tino Flautino’s newest adventure with his tomcat Leo will be presented in German, Swiss-German and Italien.

Through his own unending thirst for knowledge, he succeeds time and again to show how much there is still to be discovered about Baroque music. For example, on his recording Souvenirs, he presented works that he discovered in the private library of Count Harrach in Naples, and for this was awarded the ECHO Klassik. The latest recording Mr. Handel’s Dinner with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel was released in the spring of 2019 and reflects on Handel’s opera performances and especially their intermissions in London. The recording was received with enthusiasm by listeners and the press.

One wonders sometimes, where Maurice Steger gets all this energy with which he has helped the recorder to make a comeback, as Arte recently presented in a documentary The Recorder: A Comeback. But when you see how much love for the instrument, the music and the audience he has in each of his many projects, it becomes clear: Maurice Steger is also carved out of very special wood.

Paul McCreesh

Paul McCreesh has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival orchestras, and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. As the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, they have toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. He was previously the Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, conducting music from the classical period through to the 19th and 20th century.

In 2019/20, he conducted Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 and excerpts from Schubert’s Rosamunde with the New Japan Philharmonic, Haydn’s Creation with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Handel’s Messiah with the Casa da Música Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Haydn’s London Symphony & Beethoven’s C Major Mass with Filharmonia Poznanska.

In the previous season, he conducted works by Elgar, Haydn and Brahms with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, a programme of Elgar, Britten and Mendelssohn with the Bamberger Symphoniker, he returned to the Filharmonia Poznanska for some Rossini and Britten, and conducted performances with the MDR Sinfonieorchester at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

McCreesh has guest conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including most recently the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival orchestras, and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras.

Juergen Boos

Juergen Boos trained as a publisher at Herder Verlag (Freiburg) in the early 1980s and has degrees in both Marketing and Organisational Theory. He has held management positions at Droemer Knaur Verlag (Munich), Carl Hanser Verlag (Munich), as well as Springer Science and Business Media (today Springer Science) and John Wiley & Sons (Weinheim). He became President and CEO of the Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH (Frankfurt Book Fair) in 2005 and is President of LITPROM (Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature) and Managing Director of LitCam (Frankfurter Buchmesse Literacy Campaign).

On 20 November 2013, he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. In January 2017, Juergen Boos received an honorary degree from the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In February 2018, he was conferred the cultural distinction of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres“ (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) at the French embassy in Berlin. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of Sheikh Zayed Book Award and a member of Akademie Deutscher Buchpreis (German Book Prize Academy).

Holger Speck

Holger Speck is founder and artistic director of the VOCALENSEMBLE RASTATT & LES FAVORIT. He has developed a distinguished international reputation as a charismatic musician who is capable of bringing to life the aesthetic details of the sound particular to different periods, while communicating emotive content to the listener. His keen sense of sound assures the unmistaka ble tonal quality of his ensembles. His compelling, lively, and profound interpretations are regularly praised in specialist publications. He has conducted at famous festivals and concert halls such as the Festspielhaus Baden‐Baden, the Philharmonie Mulhouse, the Händelfestspiele Karlsruhe, the Europäische Musikfest Stuttgart, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik Schwäbisch Gmünd, the SWR RheinVokal Festival, the Festival Merseburger Dom or the Silbermann-Tagen in Saxonia. Holger Speck has won prizes at both national and international competitions with the VOCALENSEMBLE RASTATT. His CD recordings have met with international acclaim (Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide, Fanfare, Fono Forum, L’Orfeo, Pizzicato, Diapa son, Classicstoday etc.). He frequently collaborates with artists such as Anne Le Bozec (Piano), Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet), Wolfgang Meyer (Clarinet), and Veronika Skuplik (Violin). Holger Speck is also in demand as a singer, as a guest conductor, and as a lecturer at seminars for conducting and interpretation. He teaches as professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe.

Anaïs Gaudemard

An internationally recognized soloist, Anaïs Gaudemard quickly stood out in the musical world among the best current harpists and brilliant musicians of the new generation.

First Prize and Special award for the best interpretation of The Crown of Ariane by Murray Schafer at the prestigious International Harp Contest in Israel 2012, 2nd Prize and the Münchener Kammerorchester Prize at the ARD Munich Competition 2016, Anaïs Gaudemard stands out again by becoming « ECHO Rising Star » 2018/19 season hand-picked by the directors of the most important concert halls in Europe. She performed as soloist in venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kölner Philharmonie, Barbican Center London, Philharmonie de Paris, Philharmonie du Luxembourg, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, BOZAR Brussels, Palau da Musica Catalana, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Casa da Musica Porto, Konserthuset Stockholm and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw among others.

In 2015, Anaïs Gaudemard wins the « Thierry Scherz Prize » at the Festival des Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad. This prize awarded by the Foundation Pro Scientia & Arte offers her the opportunity to record her first CD with orchestra. Anaïs Gaudemard has chosen to dedicate it to Debussy, Boieldieu and Ginastera Harp concertos with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie released in November 2016 for Claves Records. This recording has been warmly welcomed by the press and has been nominated at the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) 2017. In February 2019, her new album “Solo”,  dedicated to works by Scarlatti, Bach, Fauré, Renié, Hindemith, Hersant has been released for Harmonia Mundi.

Anaïs Gaudemard had the privilege to collaborate with orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester, Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, WKO Heilbronn, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Ensemble Resonanz, Orchestre National d’Auvergne, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire etc.; under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Leonard Slatkin, Kazushi Ono, Mariss Jansons, Nir Kabaretti, Emmanuel Krivine, Constantin Trinks, So Perry, Kevin Griffiths, Wen-Pin Chien, Jamie Phillips, John Axelrod, Stefano Montanari, Ton Koopman, Roberto Forés Veses, Jacques Lacombe, Andrea Sanguineti,… Anaïs Gaudemard is also this season “Associate Artist” of the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse in France.

Anaïs Gaudemard studied at the CNSMD in Lyon, France (First prize unanimously awarded with the congratulations of the jury in 2013) then she continued her studies at the HEMU in Lausanne where she obtained the Master of Arts specialized « Soloist » with the highest honors and the First Jost Prize which recognizes the best performance of a concerto in 2015.

Since 2014, she is laureate of the Fondation d’Entreprise Banque Populaire which grants her an award to pursue this commitment in creation and the command of works for the harp. She is the dedicatee of three works specially written for her by Charpy, Benzecry and Pépin.

Anaïs Gaudemard  plays on a Style 23 Gold Concert Grand harp, offered by the harp maker Lyon and Healy, Chicago at the 18th International Contest in Israel.

Sam Becker

As an in demand bass player, Sam is equally at home in the studio as he is on stage. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2018 and has since enjoyed a busy and varied musical career in the classical arena as well as on the pop stage with his own band SUN SILVA. He has performed and recorded for some of the UK’s leading orchestras and artists including Bryan Ferry, the John Wilson Orchestra, the Hallé, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip) and the BBC Philharmonic.

Sam’s band SUN SILVA were billed by BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders on his UK wide tour “Hopscotch” and their debut single ‘Blue Light’ featured on the international best-selling game FIFA 19, a game bought by over 20 million people. Their newer releases have been met with critical acclaim; they were featured as ’track of the day’ by Clash Magazine and DIY Magazine described their music as “remarkably assured… propulsive and idiosyncratic’.

Jerusalem Quartet

Alexander Pavlovsky, violin
Sergei Bresler, violin
Ori Kam, viola
Kyril Zlotnikov, violoncello

Since the ensemble’s founding in 1993 and subsequent 1996 debut, the four Israeli musicians have embarked on a journey of growth and maturation. This journey has resulted in a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression, which carries on the string quartet tradition in a unique manner. The ensemble has found its core in a warm, full, human sound and an egalitarian balance between high and low voices. This approach allows the quartet to maintain a healthy relationship between individual expression and a transparent and respectful presentation of the composer’s work. It is also the drive and motivation for the continuing refinement of its interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as exploration of new epochs.

The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and beloved guest on the world’s great concert stages. With regular bi-annual visits to North America, the quartet has performed in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, and Cleveland as well as in the Ravinia Festival. In Europe, the quartet enjoys an enthusiastic reception with regular appearances in London’s Wigmore hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Munich Herkulessaal, Theatre des Champs-Elysées, as well as special guest performances at the Auditorium du Louvre Paris, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and festivals such as Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Rheingau, Saint Petersburg White Nights and many others.

The Jerusalem Quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. The quartet’s recordings, particularly the albums featuring Haydn’s string quartets and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”, have been honored with numerous awards such as the Diapason d’Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music. In 2018, the quartet released two albums, an album of Dvorak’s String Quintet Op.97 and Sextet Op.48, and a much-awaited recording of the celebrated quartets by Ravel and Debussy. In the spring of 2019, the quartet released a unique album exploring Jewish music in Central Europe between the wars and its far-reaching influence. Israeli Soprano Hila Baggio joined the quartet to perform a collection of Yiddish Cabaret songs from Warsaw in the 1920s. The quartet has commissioned composer Leonid Desyatnikov to arrange these songs, which are sung in Yiddish. Schulhoff’s Five Pieces (1924), a collection of short and light cabaret-like pieces, and Korngold’s Quartet No.2 (1937) are completing the program.

Jan Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 25, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Claudio Abbado (†).

Following his acclaimed Night Music recitals, 2019 sees Lisiecki present both a new solo recital programme and a Beethoven Lieder cycle with Matthias Goerne. Return invitations include Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for performances at Carnegie Hall and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Lisiecki has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra.

Having signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon at fifteen, Lisiecki’s sixth album for the label sees him leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from the piano for all five Beethoven concertos. The September 2019 release, recorded live from Konzerthaus Berlin, is the first within the label’s celebration of the Beethoven Year 2020. In March 2020, Deutsche Grammophon released Beethoven Lieder with baritone Matthias Goerne. Earlier recordings have been awarded with the JUNO Award and ECHO Klassik.

At eighteen, Lisiecki became both the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist Award and received the Leonard Bernstein Award. He was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada in 2012.