Kammerakademie Potsdam

The debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, successful tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America and the 2015 Classical prize in the “Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year” category are just a few highlights of the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s exciting development. A leading chamber orchestra in the state of Brandenburg and resident orchestra of Potsdam’s Nikolaisaal, Kammerakademie Potsdam impresses with the highest artistic quality, outstanding live performances and both contemporary and historically-informed interpretations. Musically versatile and with a vibrant style of music-making, the orchestra offers a more wide-ranged programme than ever in 2020/21.

Antonello Manacorda was appointed artistic director and principal conductor in the 2010/11 season; his predecessors include Sergio Azzolini, Andrea Marcon and Michael Sanderling.

For the 2020/21 season KAP will be bringing world renowned soloists to Potsdam. The orchestra is proud to present clarinetist, conductor and composer Jörg Widmann as artist in residence and looks forward to tours through the concert halls of Germany with violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Joining KAP for their debuts with the orchestra are Elisabeth Leonskaja, Cédric Tiberghien and Kian Soltani and the orchestra also welcomes returning solists Dagmar Manzel, Robin Johannsen, Andreas Ottensamer, Gábor Boldoczki, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Igor Levit. Internationally acclaimed guest conductors such as Michael Sanderling, Trevor Pinnock, Paul McCreesh and Adam Benzwi will be on the podium leading the orchestra. Following its recording of Mendelssohns “Lobgesang”, the orchestra will continue its collaboration with the NDR Choir under the baton of Klaas Stok.

The Potsdamer Winteroper, a coproduction of KAP and the Hans Otto Theater, will make its long awaited return to the Schlosstheater im Neuen Palais with Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera “The Rape of Lucretia” in 2020. Isabel Ostermann will direct and the orchestra will perform under the baton of British conductor Douglas Boyd. Soprano Kate Royal will join the star-studded cast as narrator.

The Kammerakademie Potsdam will continue to be a cultural ambassador for the city and the state of Brandenburg and will be making appearances at prestigious festivals and concert venues including the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Bozar Brüssel, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Köln, Philharmonie Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Heidelberger Frühling.

Musical and cultural education has always been a vital part of the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s work. A particularly special collaboration has been formed with the Drewitz Primary School, where the trio of orchestra, school and community centre, named “Music Creates Perspectives”, has created a unique and nationally recognised model of cultural outreach. It has been awarded the coveted “Kultur öffnet Welten” prize by the Minister for Culture and Media.

Till Fellner

Austrian pianist Till Fellner’s international career was launched in 1993 when he won First Prize at the renowned Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Over a period of more than two decades, he has become a sought-after guest with many of the world’s most important orchestras and at the major music centres of Europe, USA and Japan, as well as numerous festivals.

Highlights in Till Fellner’s diary during the 2018-19 season will be debuts with three major European orchestras: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, London Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Further he will perform with the Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and at the Kulangsu Piano Festival in China. Last season Till Fellner amongst others performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Till Fellner has collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Kirill Petrenko, Claudius Traunfellner, Hans Zender, among many others.

In the field of chamber music Till Fellner regularly collaborates with British tenor Mark Padmore, with whom he premiered a composition by Hans Zender in 2016, toured Japan in 2017 and Europe in 2017-18 (amongst others with Lieder recitals in Vienna and Salzburg). Further he performs with the Belcea Quartet. In spring 2019 Till Fellner will tour the US with cellist Johannes Moser.

Over the past few years he has dedicated himself to two milestones of the piano repertoire: The Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach and the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. He performed the Beethoven cycle from 2008 to 2010 in New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna. Furthermore, contemporary music is of great importance to him; he has given the world premieres of works by Kit Armstrong, Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Larcher, Alexander Stankovski and Hans Zender.

The ECM label, for whom Till Fellner is an exclusive recording artist, has released the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Two & Three-Part Inventions of J. S. Bach, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano and, most recently, a CD of chamber music by Harrison Birtwistle. In autumn 2016 Alpha Classics released the recording of the piano quintet by J. Brahms with the Belcea Quartet, this recording received the “Diapason d’Or de l’Annee”.

In his native Vienna, Till Fellner studied with Helene Sedo-Stadler before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.

Since autumn 2013, Till Fellner teaches at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste.

Signum Quartett

Florian Donderer, violin
Annette Walther, violin
Xandi van Dijk, viola
Thomas Schmitz, violoncello

The Signum Quartet has made its mark (lat. signum) on the international quartet scene by virtue of its energetic and lively interpretations, and has established itself as one of today’smost exciting ensembles of its generation.

Intensive studies with the Alban Berg Quartet, Artemis Quartet and the Melos Quartet, as well as collaborations with György Kurtág, Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher and Jörg Widmann have characterised the artistic development of the Signum Quartet, a laureate of numerous awards, among others Premio Paolo Borciani and London International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has enjoyed support from Bayer Kultur as part of its stART cultural programme and as ensemble of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.

Chamber music partners of the quartet include Jörg Widmann, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexander Krichel, Adrian Brendel, Christian Ihle Hadland, Eckart Runge, Nicolas Altstaedt, Mark Simpson, Carolin Widmann and the actor Dominique Horwitz.

The quartet has performed throughout their native Germany including at the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Philharmonie Essen and Gewandhaus Leipzig and abroad: Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, as well as venues across Finland, Norway, Switzerland, France and at the Harvard Musical Association in Boston. It has appeared also at music festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Aldeburgh, BBC Proms, and Aix-en-Provence. Performances of Bruno Mantovani’s 3rd string quartet which he composed for the Signum Quartet were given in Vienna, Luxembourg and Frankfurt. Lately the quartet performed together with Nils Mönkemeyer in Hamburg, in Cologne with Paul Watkins (Emerson String Quartet) and with Daniel Ottensamer in Frankfurt as well as the Bonner Beethoven-Haus. Future concerts will bring the quartet amongst others to Concertgebouw and the biennale in Amsterdam, to Madrid, Monte Carlo, once again to Cologne, Frankfurt, to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and to Wigmore Hall London.

In 2009, the Signum Quartet began recording for Capriccio Vienna and their first release – a CD of quartets by Ludwig Thuille – was awarded the Supersonic in Luxemburg, which they followed in 2012 with a recording of movements by Schubert, Rihm, Wolf, Ives and Orff. Their third Capriccio recording ‘No.3’, released in May 2013, presents quartets by Bartók, Schnittke and Berg, and was awarded the International Classical Music Award’s 2014 as ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’. A CD called “soundescapes” with works by Ravel, Debussy and Adès has been released in 2015. A recording of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances featuring Nils Mönekemeyer followed in the same year (Sony) and the latest CD is called “Alla czeca” (Suk, Schulhoff, Dvorak) (Capriccio). A new Schubert CD “From Afar” has just been released on the label Pentatone.

The Signum Quartet has launched a project called #quartweet which invites composers of all ages and abilities to tweet them a short quartet of 140 notes or less on Twitter. Composers like Bruno Mantovani, Sebastian Currier, Konstantia Gourzi, Caroline Shaw, Julian Grant und Steven Mackey and many more already participated. At the Signum Quartet’s concerts now their #quartweets can be heard offline as well and of course for the year 2020 there will be #BEEtweets!

Cuarteto Quiroga

Aitor Hevia, Violine
Cibrán Sierra, Violine
Josep Puchades, Viola
Helena Poggio, Violoncello

Cuarteto Quiroga has established itself as one of the most dynamic and unique quartets of its generation, winning international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its distinctive personality as well as its bold and original approach to the string quartet repertoire. The quartet honours the memory of galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, one of the most outstanding instrumentalist of spanish music history.
Prizewinners of several major international competitions (Bordeaux, Paolo Borciani, Genève, Beijing, Fnapec-Paris, Palau-Barcelona), the ensemble appears worldwide on emblematic stages (Wigmore Hall, Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Muziekgebouw und Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam and Auditorio Nacional Madrid).
Frequent stage partners include Martha Argerich, Veronika Hagen, Valentin Erben, Javier Perianes,  Jörg Widmann and Jonathan Brown.
Their CD-albums »(R)evolutions« and »Statements« have been acclaimed by the trade press and the international audience. In 2015 they released »Frei Aber Einsam«, dedicated to Brahms (Cobra) and the piano quintets of Granados and Turina (Harmonia Mundi) in collaboration with pianist Javier Perianes. The latest albums are »TERRA«, dedicated to works of Bartók, Ginastera & Halffter, and »HERITAGE« with music of the Spanish Court in the XVIII Century.
Cuarteto Quiroga has its official residence throughout the year at Madrid’s Cerralbo Museum.

Masato Suzuki

A multifaceted musician, Masato Suzuki appears on the concert platform in the capacity of conductor, composer and keyboard player.

On the conducting podium Masato Suzuki works with such orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras as well as the Hiroshima Symphony, Ensemble Kanazawa, Kyushu Symphony Orchestras, and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In his role as Music Director of Ensemble Genesis, he presents ambitious programmes of baroque, classical and contemporary music in imaginative combinations.

Recently appointed Principal Conductor of Bach Collegium Japan, last season he made his subscription series conducting debut with the ensemble directing Bach’s St John Passion and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and leading them at the Thüringen Bachwochen. This year BIS releases the first disc of Bach Harpsichord concertos Suzuki has recorded with Bach Collegium Japan leading from the keyboard, alongside numerous other recordings.

Suzuki makes his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in the 2018/19 season performing three of Bach’s Harpsichord concertos with musicians from the Dunedin Consort; other festival appearances as recitalist and chamber musician include the Chofu International Music Festival (of which he is Artistic Director and Executive Producer), Schleswig Holstein and Verbier.  He continues a collaboration with violist Antoine Tamestit touring an all Bach programme centred on the three viola da gamba sonatas; their recording of these works is released by Harmonia Mundi in August.

Suzuki’s composition portfolio includes works for both instrumental ensembles and choir; his work is published by Schott Japan and he has received recent commissions from Sette Voci, Tokyo Musik Kreis and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall among others.  Suzuki’s reconstruction of lost movements of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV190 (Carus) and his completion and revision of Mozart’s Requiem have been highly praised.

Masato Suzuki studied Composition and Early Music at the Tokyo University for Fine Arts and Music before studying Organ and Improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Jussi Juola

The Finnish bass-baritone Jussi Juola is currently enrolled at the Meisterklasse program at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden, Germany. There he studies with Prof. Christiane Junghanns and participates in the Lied class of KS. Prof. Olaf Bär. He finished his Bachelor of Music in Oulu University of Applied Sciences with a focus on pedagogy as well as voice performance under the care of Markku Liukkonen. At 2019 Heidelberger Frühling he was a singer in the multimedia music theatre production »Castor&&Pollux« and also took part in the Lied Academy as a scholarship holder.

During his studies he has taken part in several masterclasses with artists such as Elly Ameling, Thomas Hampson, Hartmut Höll, Robert Holl, Georg Zeppenfeld, Konrad Richter, Jorma Hynninen, Ilkka Paananen, Graham Johnson and Rudolf Piernay.

Jussi Juola has taken part in several competitions. He placed second at the Lappeenranta Singing Competition with an invitation to do a recording at the Finnish broadcasting company YLE, and at the Ensemble Competition at the Hochschule Dresden he received the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of contemporary music. He is awarded Vocallis Lied Award in Neatherlands and at the International Robert Schumann Competition Zwickau he achieved finals. At the International Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne Competition he received together with a pianist Eun Hye Kang the 3rd Prize.

Quatuor Bergen

Mathilde Klein, Violine
Sakkan Sarasap, Violine
Mirabelle Le Thomas, Viola
Magdalena Probe, Violoncello

Das Quatuor Bergen begann seine musikalische Reise 2015 mit einem Studium am Pariser Konservatorium (CNSMDP) in der Klasse von Emanuelle Betrand. Von den unzähligen Möglichkeiten, dem außergewöhnlichen Timbre des Streichquartetts und dem vielschichtigen Repertoire für diese Besetzung begeistert, entschlossen sich die vier Musiker eine intensive und vielversprechende Zusammenarbeit zu beginnen.

Neben der Arbeit an klassischem Repertoire, arbeitet das Quatuor Bergen stets daran, seinen musikalischen Horizont zu erweitern, mit anderen Kunstformen den Schulterschluss zu suchen und seine Kunst auf neuen Wegen weiterzutragen. So wirkte das Quartett 2018 in dem Projekt „Boxe Boxe“ des Choreografen Mourad Merzouki gemeinsam mit 80 Tanzstudierenden der MPAA Paris mit und entwickelt gemeinsam mit einer Grundschule in Lyon das Opernprojekt „Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Haydn“ für Kinder.

Das Quatuor Bergen schärft seit Beginn seiner Zusammenarbeit sein künstlerisches Profil durch die Teilnahme an diversen Meisterkursen unter anderem bei Luc-Marie Aguera, Yovan Markovitch,Quatuor Modigliani, Alfred Brendel oder Roland Pidoux und die mehrfache Teilnahme an der European Chamber Music Academy, in Rahmen derer das Quartett Unterricht bei Johannes Meissl und Hatto Beyerle erhielt. Außerdem ist das Quatuor Bergen Preisträger des “Tremplin Jeunes Quatuors” Wettbewerbs der neuen Pariser Philharmonie.

Derzeit studiert das Quatuor Bergen sowohl am CCR in Paris bei Luc-Marie Aguera als auch am Konservatorium von Lyon in der Klasse des Quatuor Debussy.

Noa Wildschut

Noa Wildschut hat mit erst 17 Jahren bereits ihren Platz in der internationalen Musikszene eingenommen. 2017 veröffentlichte Sie ihre Debut-CD als und wurde zur Saison 2019/20 zum „Rising Star“ der ECHO ernannt.

Solistisch konzertiert sie mit internationalen Orchestern (Gürzenich Orchester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin u.a.) europaweit in bedeutenden Konzertsälen und auf renommierten Festivals (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rheingau Festival).

Die Preisträgerin diverser internationaler Wettbewerbe ist außerdem Stipendiatin der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung und besuchte Meisterkurse u.a. bei Frank-Peter Zimmermann und Jaap van Zweden.

Ihr Studium absolviert Noa Wildschut in Berlin bei Antje Weithaas. Sie spielt eine Geige von G. Grancino (1714), die ihr von der Niederländischen Stiftung für Musikinstrumente zur Verfügung gestellt wurde. Ihr Bogen von B. Rolland wurde von der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung für sie erworben.

Lilya Tymchyshyn

Lilya Tymchyshyn (*1993 in Bolton, UK) erlernte zunächst das Klavierspiel ehe sie sich letztlich für die Viola entschied und 2012 ein Studium in München bei Hariolf Schlichting aufnahm.

Sie war bereits Akademistin des Symphonieorchesters des BR, Mitglied des GMYO und Preisträgerin und Stipendiatin mehrerer internationaler Wettbewerbe wie der International Beethoven’s Hradec Competition und dem Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb in Pörtschach.

Lilya Tymchyshyn konzertierte bereits europaweit, u. a. in der Royal Albert Hall und war auf Festivals wie dem Aurora Chamber Music, dem Verbier Festival und Rencontres Musicales d’Evian zu Gast.

Als Stipendiatin der Deutschen Stiftung Musikleben spielt Lilya Tymchyshyn seit Februar 2017eine Viola von Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Parisca. 1850, eine private treuhänderische Eingabe.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Since being awarded the Best Interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Second Prize at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has gained international attention.

He has been selected to take part in the 2017/18 Rising Stars series of the European Concert Hall Organisation following nominations by the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Vienna Musikverein. On this tour, he will perform in some of Europe’s most renowned concert halls. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has also been chosen to be a Great Talent at the Vienna Konzerthaus and perform in various chamber ensembles with artists such as Elisabeth Leonskaja.

Further highlights of the current season include debuts with the DSO in the Berlin Philharmonie and with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra as an Orpheum Foundation soloist. He will also work with Austria’s most important orchestras, such as the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Innsbruck Symphony Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian will perform once again with the Wiener Symphoniker, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Linz Bruckner Orchestra and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra in the Vienna Musikverein. Following his most successful debut-recitals, he received immediate reinvitation to the Rheingau Music Festival and the Hanko Music Festival in Finland. Furthermore, he will make his debut at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival as part of the Young Elite series.

In his young career, he has already performed with orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Adam Fischer, Keith Lockhart, Hannu Lintu, Cornelius Meister, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kristiina Poska and John Storgårds.

Since September 2017 Emmanuel Tjeknavorian presents his own monthly programme on Austria’s private classical music station „Radio Klassik“. In March 2018, he appeared on the Arte TV show “Stars von morgen” (Tomorrow’s Stars) with Rolando Villazón.

Born in Vienna in 1995, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian grew up in a musical family and took his first violin session at the age of five. Two years later, he had his first public performance with an orchestra and since 2011 he has studied under Gerhard Schulz, a former member of the world-famous Alban Berg Quartet, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian plays an Antonio Stradivari (Cremona) violin.