Robert Neumann

As a winner of numerous national and international competitions, Robert Neumann (born 2001) was awarded with the International Classic Music Discovery Award 2017, “an exceptional gift”, “one of the most promising piano talents”.

In 2018 the Jury of the SWR (radio broadcasting corporation in Southwest Germany) chose Robert as the “SWR New Talent”. He will be supported for the next three years (including concerts, festivals, broadcasting and media presence).

Robert also recently recieved the “Swiss Charity Award” and furthermore, was selected for the promotion program of the Mozart Society Dortmund.

The young pianist made his orchestral debut with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra when he was eight, and since then he has appeared with other orchestras, including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, German State Philharmonic Ludwigshafen, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, the Praga Philharmonic Camerata and the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

He has collaborated with conductors like Francesco Angelico, Dan Ettinger and Stefan Sanderling.

Robert was a guest of the “Vladimir Spivacov Foundation” at the Festival “Moscow meets Friends” and at the Summer Music Festival of Bad Kissingen (Kissinger Sommer), the Franconian Music Days (Fränkische Musiktage), at the European Cultural Forum at Castle Mainau, the “Piano Festival of Young Masters”, the Lucerne Festival, Interlaken Classics Bern and as “Artist in Residence” at the Festival “Next Generation”.

In the meantime Robert has appeared in the Liederhalle Stuttgart, Tonhalle Zürich, the Bregenz Festival Hall, Salle Cortot Paris, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore and the Moscow International Performing Arts Center.

The highlights of 2019 include debut performances at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and Herkulessaal Munich, Schleswig-Holstein and Mosel Festival.

In 2020 there will be guest concerts with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, as well as Heidelberger Frühling Festival and Konzerthaus Berlin. Robert plays with Daniel Müller-Schott at the Chamber Music Week in Schloss Elmau and with Julia Fischer and Kammerakademie Potsdam at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival.

He grew up in a multilingual family of musicians, and since the age of four Monika Giurgiuman taught him at the Stuttgart Music School. At the age of eleven Robert has been accepted as a junior student into the class of Prof. Elza Kolodin at the Freiburg Music Academy, 15-year-old Robert was already working on his B.A. of music. Further he was a scholarship holder at the International Music Academy Liechtenstein.

After Work Concert: Timothy Ridout & Daniel Lebhardt

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Daniel Lebhardt

In 2014 at the age of 22 Daniel Lebhardt won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York.  A year later he was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in London and in 2016 won the Most Promising Pianist prize at the Sydney International Competition.

Over the last two years Daniel has given debut recitals at Wigmore Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Morgan Library in New York; the Kennedy Center, Gardner Museum, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Usedomer Festival and Steirisches Kammermusikfestival. He recorded music by Bartók for Decca and attended IMS Prussia Cove working with Ferenc Rados.

Engagements during the last season included recitals at the Louvre in Paris, Wigmore Hall, Saffron Hall, the Tallinn, Oxford International and Nottingham International Piano Series.  He made his debut with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, and with the CBSO Youth Orchestra. Further afield he undertook tours of China, Argentina Columbia and Chile.  He continued to give recitals throughout the UK and returns to the US and Canada twice.

Born in Hungary, Daniel studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and at the Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski.

After Work Concert: Rachel Cheung

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Rachel Cheung

Winner of the Audience Award and finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Young Steinway Artist Rachel Cheung was described as “a poet, but also a dramatist” and “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News). She won the Fifth Prize at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition at age 17. A year later, in 2010, she was a semifinalist at the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, Warsaw, to name but a few achievements.

Rachel has appeared in many prestigious music festivals including the 9th Musical Olympus International Festival, Russia, The International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland, and the Miami International Piano Festival. She has also performed at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Steinway Hall in London, the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto and the Philharmonie de Paris.

As an active chamber musician, Rachel has worked with world-renowned musicians such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Ning Feng, the Brentano String Quartet and Quatuor Leonis among many others.

She has collaborated with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the London Chamber Orchestra with Christopher Warren-Green among others.. Most recently, Rachel conducted and played Beethoven fourth piano concerto with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris at the Play-Direct Academy led by Stephen Kovacevich, where she was also awarded the Prix du Jury at the closing concert.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Rachel graduated with First Class Honours at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Eleanor Wong, and later with Prof. Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists.

Her first CD, under the Alpha Omega Sound label of the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, was released in 2009.

Highlights of the upcoming 2018/19 season include a Carnegie Weill Hall debut recital in March, recitals in Mexico, Poland, Italy, the UK, and the US, as well as concerto performances with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden.

After Work Concert: Thomas Enhco & Quatuor Arod

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After Work Concert: Nathan Meltzer & Elisabeth Brauß

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Timothy Ridout

With recent awards including the inaugural Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize in Hamburg and the Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, Timothy Ridout has confirmed his position at the forefront of young European soloists. He has been a BBC New Generation Artist since 2019 and will join the Bowers Program of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in 2021.

Concerto engagements in recent seasons include Berlioz Harold en Italie with the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Orchestre National de Lille; Mozart Sinfonia Concertante at the Sion Festival (alongside Janine Jansen) and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg; Bartok with the BBC Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Sinfonieorchester Aachen; Walton with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; and the Britten Double Concerto with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Sylvain Cambreling and Sir Andras Schiff.

Equally in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician, his engagements include several appearances per season at the Wigmore Hall as well as throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. Festivals invitations encompass Lucerne, Lockenhaus, Heimbach, Bergen, Evian, Boswil Sommer, Heidelberger-Frühling, Montpellier, Aspen, the Enescu Festival and the Marlboro Academy; whilst his chamber music collaborators include Janine Jansen, Isabelle Faust, Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Nicolas Altstaedt, Steven Isserlis, Kian Soltani, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lars Vogt and Christian Gerhaher, among many others. He also maintains a regular relationship with the Nash Ensemble.

His second album, Music for Viola & Chamber Orchestra: Vaughan Williams, Martinu, Hindemith & Britten with Jamie Phillips and l’Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne was released to general acclaim in February 2020 on Claves Records. He released his debut album with Champs Hill Records in spring 2017 Henri Vieuxtemps: Complete works for Viola, with pianist Ke Ma.

In 2016 Ridout won 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis Competition and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Other prizes include the 2019 Thierry Scherz Award at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and 1st Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz Competition.

Born in London in 1995, Ridout studied at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He completed his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai in 2019 and in 2018 took part in Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World.

He plays on a viola by Peregrino di Zanetto c.1565–75 on loan from a generous patron of Beare’s International Violin Society.

Thomas Enhco

Thomas Enhco, born in Paris, France in 1988, is a French pianist and composer. Born in a family of musicians, he starts playing the violin and the piano as a child, with a classical and jazz training in both instruments, as well as composing. Since his studies at CMDL (Didier Lockwood’s jazz school) and Paris National Conservatory (CNSMDP), he has released 7 albums as a leader and has been playing an average of 120 concerts per year around the world, both in classical and jazz venues and festivals.

His first album Esquisse (featuring drums-legend Peter Erskine) comes out in 2006. The same year, Thomas becomes Laureate of Fonds d’Action SACEM.

In 2009 the late great Japanese jazz producer Itoh “88” Yasohachi produces his 2nd trio album Someday My Prince Will Come and numerous tours in Japan. In 2010, Thomas wins two major French awards : Django d’Or “New Talent” and 3rd Grand Prize at Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition.

In 2013 his trio album Fireflies wins the Victoires du Jazz award (French Grammy). After signing with Universal Music, his solo piano album Feathers is released in 2015 on Verve Records and is nominated for “Best Album of the year”. He packs famous Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris at the release concert.

In 2016 the first album of his duet “Funambules” with Bulgarian percussionist Vassilena Serafimova comes out on legendary label Deutsche Grammophon. Together, they win 2nd Grand Prize at Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2017.

Thomas Enhco has composed the original score for the movie Les Cinq Parties du Monde, for which he received the prestigious FIPA d’Or for Best Original Soundtrack in 2012.

He has lived 2 years in New York and has recorded a trio album in 2012 (Jack & John) with jazz giants Jack DeJohnette on drums and John Patitucci on bass.

In 2017, he makes his debut as a soloist with symphony orchestras, such as Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Orchestre d’Avignon-Provence, and Orchestre National de France, and performs his own first Piano Concerto (commissioned by Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn). He also makes his debut as a soloist with Radio France Choir.

Thomas is a Laureate of BNP Paribas Foundation, and continues performing on both jazz and classical scenes all over the world in venues like Paris Philharmonie, Salzburg Mozarteum, La Roque d’Anthéron Piano Festival, Karuizawa Ohga Hall, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Montréal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival…

Nathan Metzler

merican violinist Nathan Meltzer is increasingly hailed as a rising star, offering a compelling combination of exceptional technique and mature musicianship. This season sees his French debut with the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France and Case Scaglione for performances of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, including at the Philharmonie de Paris. He also joins German pianist Elisabeth Brauß for recitals in the Heidelberger Frühling’s Young Artist series and St Bride’s Fleet Street in London and goes to Chamberfest Cleveland in summer 2019.

Performing regularly across America from a young age, Nathan first attracted international attention after winning the International Concert Competition Debut-Berlin in 2016, which led to a performance of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No.1 at the Berliner Philharmonie. A year later he received first prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition, the youngest ever to do so at the age of sixteen. He made his UK concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in autumn 2017, performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto under the baton of Michael Francis.  Other recent highlights have included concerts with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellin in Colombia and first prize in the New York-based competition, ‘Getting to Carnegie’. He continues to appear widely across North and South America where previous engagements have included the Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Adelphi, Bloomington, Muncie and Charlotte Civic orchestras, as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica Concepción in Chile.

A keen recitalist and chamber musician, Nathan has recently performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Giardini La Mortella (the former Italian residence of composer William Walton) and at the Water Island Festival in St. Thomas in the Caribbean. As a member of the Omega Ensemble in New York since 2016, Nathan frequently joins other outstanding artists at the beginning of their professional careers for chamber performances in and around New York. He has appeared with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the coming season sees him return to the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to perform with pianist and composer Julian Gargiulo.

Nathan is a protégé of Itzhak Perlman and currently studies at the Juilliard School with Perlman and Li Lin, his teachers since 2013 at the Perlman Music Program and Juilliard Pre-College.  Prior to that, he was with the ‘Violin Virtuosi’ at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2010-2013). He is a regular guest on NPR’s radio show, ‘From the Top’, and has participated in masterclasses and lessons with Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Jaime Laredo and Donald Weilerstein as well as collaborations with Gilles Apap, Atar Arad, David Chan, Augustin Hadelich, Joseph Lin, Mark O’Connor, The Piano Guys and the Ariel String Quartet.

Nathan performs on the “Ames, Totenberg” Antonio Stradivari violin, Cremona 1734, which is on loan from Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.