Herbert Schuch

In 2013, Herbert Schuch received the ECHO Klassik for his recording of Viktor Ullmann’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Olari Elts. In 2012 Herbert Schuch was already awarded with an ECHO Klassik in the category »Chamber Music Recording Of The Year«.
He has worked with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and Bamberger Symphoniker. He is a regular guest at festivals such as Rheingau Musik Festival and Salzburger Festspiele. He collaborates with conductors Andrey Boreyko, Douglas Boyd, Lawrence Foster, Jun Märkl, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott and Michael Sanderling.
In the recent past, he has particularly been working together with Alfred Brendel. He won three important piano competitions – the Casagrande competition, the London International Piano Competition, and the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna – within the space of a single year.
He has been active for some time in the »Rhapsody in School« organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools.

Alina Pogostkina

Winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki Alina Pogostkina performs at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues. She has performed with orchestras such as Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and BBC Scottish, Cincinnati, NHK and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestras.

Alina Pogostkina performs frequently at festivals such as Schwetzinger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bergen, Beethovenfest Bonn, Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburgh International Festival, Dresden Musikfestspiele and Rheingau Musik Festival. An ardent chamber musician, Pogostkina has worked with musicians such as Steven Isserlis, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer and Christoph Eschenbach.

Born in St. Petersburg, Alina Pogostkina studied with Antje Weithaas at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. She plays on the 1717 ‘Sasserno’ violin of Antonio Stradivari, kindly provided by the Nippon Foundation.

Ewa Kupiec

Ewa Kupiec’s engagements have lead her to perform in the most important festivals in Europe and also with numerous orchestras like the Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony and others. Ewa Kupiec has worked with conductors such as Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Neeme Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Krzysztof Penderecki and Lothar Zagrosek. Since the beginning of her career, she has maintained a particularly close artistic collaboration with conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.

Ewa Kupiec has released many outstanding CDs. They include works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Lutosławski, Szymanowski (ECHO Classic Concert Recording of the Year 1997) and Paderewski. In 2013, the premiere recording of the entire piano solo works by Witold Lutoslawski was released. In 2014, her interpretation of Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik’s piano concerto became part of the complete recording of his œuvre, accompanied by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and awarded with the ICMA Special Achievement Award 2015.

Ewa Kupiec is an equally passionate chamber musician with partners such as cellist Johannes Moser, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Armida Quartet and Apollon Musagète Quartet. She studied in Katowice, at the Warsaw Chopin academy as well as at the London Royal Academy of Music, and won the 1992 ARD music competition. Since Autumn 2011, she has held the position of piano professor at the University of Music, Theater and Media in Hannover.

Sabine Meyer © Thomas Rabsch EMI Classics

Sabine Meyer

At first, Sabine Meyer embarked on a career as an orchestral musician and became member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an engagement as solo clarinettist at the Berlin.

For almost a quarter of a century, numerous concerts and broadcast engagements led her to all musical centres of Europe, to North America, Japan and China and Australia.
She has given guest performances with all the top-level orchestras in Germany and has been engaged by the world’s leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Vienna, Prague and Budapest as well as numerous additional ensembles.
She has explored a wide range of chamber repertoire with such colleagues as Martin Helmchen and the Modigliani Quartet.

Sabine Meyer has made numerous recordings for EMI Classics and for Deutsche Grammophon and Sony. Sabine Meyer received eight “Echo Classic Awards”, is laureate of numerous other prices. In 2010 she received the decoration „Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres“ from the French government.

Sabine Meyer has been appointed to a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck in 1993.

Gautier Capucon © Gregory Batardon

Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon is widely recognised as one of the foremost cellists of his generation and has received consistently high critical praise for his recordings and performances. Born in Chambéry in 1981, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.
The winner of various first prizes in many leading international competitions, including the International André Navarra Prize, Capuçon was named ‘New Talent of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent of a Grammy) in 2001; in 2004 he received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award since which time he has received several Echo Klassik awards, most recently for his recording of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev with Gergiev and for his recording of Fauré’s complete chamber music.

Capuçon performs regularly as a soloist with the major orchestras worldwide, and is a favourite of conductors at the highest level including Gergiev, Dudamel, Bychkov, Haitink, Chung, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Nelsons and Nézet-Séguin.

A regular recital and chamber musician, Capuçon appears in the major halls and festivals across Europe, and every year at the Verbier Festival and at Project Martha Argerich, Lugano, performing with many of the world’s leading artists such as Barenboim, Bashmet, Caussé, Kavakos, Kirchschlager, Pletnev, Pressler, Thibaudet, Znaider, his brother Renaud and many others including those with whom he has recorded.

Capuçon records exclusively for Virgin Classics. He has recorded several discs of chamber music with Martha Argerich, Frank Braley, Nicholas Angelich, Renaud and others, and the Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Cello Sonatas with Gabriela Montero.

Gautier Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller.


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