Yeol Eum Son

Praised for her widely concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach, all-Mozart, early German and Russian Romantic to Gershwin and Ligeti, Yeol Eum Son has collaborated with major ensembles worldwide such as Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France among many others. She performs with conductors such as Dmitri Kitayenko, Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Andrew Manze and Omer Meir Wellber.

A distinguished Mozart interpreter, in the recent concert seasons, Yeol Eum made major UK debuts with the CBSO in Birmingham (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21) and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 8 & 21). Most recently Yeol Eum made her BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15). Further significant UK debuts in the 18/19 season included appearances at King’s Place with Aurora Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21) and Wigmore Hall debut for a chamber collaboration with the cellist Natalie Klein.

Significant concerti debuts across the 19/20 season and beyond include collaborations with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw debut with The Hague Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne; Philharmonie de Paris debut with Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. Following previous successful concerti collaborations, Yeol Eum will also return to Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.

A sensitive, emotional and powerful recitalist, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber performances across the globe. In the 19/20 season and beyond Yeol Eum makes recital debuts in Luzerne’s KKLSaal, Bern’s Paul Klee Centre, Porto’s Casa da Música, Belgrade’s Kolarac Concert Hall and at the Tallin Piano Festival.

An avid chamber musician, in 2018 Yeol Eum was appointed Artistic Director of Music in PyeongChang, the biggest music festival in her native Korea. Yeol Eum is responsible for programming both summer and winter festivals at the Olympic site in PyeongChang. Further chamber highlights in 2020 include appearances at Philharmonie Cologne for collaborations with the principle players from WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Quatuor Modigliani.

Yeol Eum’s new releases include two DECCA albums: recital CD Modern Times- featuring solo piano music written between 1910-1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel, and Schumann and Brahms CD with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang. Previous albums include debut CD of complete Chopin Etudes (2004); Chopin Nocturnes for Piano and Strings (2008); prize-winning Cliburn Competition live performance (2009) and a multi-channel SACD O’ New World Music (2012).

Yeol Eum is Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju. A double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 2011 and at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Yeol Eum Son was a student of Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, where she now lives. She holds a degree from the Korean National University of Arts.

Kunal Lahiry

The young American Kunal Lahiry is becoming one of the most promising and sought after pianists of his generation. Following his orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra as the first prize winner of the Kiwanis Society scholarship, Lahiry has won top prizes at international competitions including the Atlanta Music Club, New Orleans Piano Institute, Brevard Music Center Piano Competition, Concours “Les Saisons de la Voix”, Toulouse International French Song Competition, and the XXVI Concours de Flame in Paris. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Artist, Center for Musical Excellence (CME) Young Artist, ENOA Artist, Leeds Lieder Young Artist, and Samling Young Artist. Recently, he was selected for Renée Fleming’s inaugural SongStudio program for collaborative pianists and singers at Carnegie Hall, was awarded the 2019 Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize at the Oxenfoord International Summer School directed by Malcolm Martineau, and has been invited to the 2020 Heidelberg Lied Akademie under the direction of Thomas Hampson, with performances at the Boulez Saal and Heidelberg Frühling Festival. He has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Graham Johnson, Sir Thomas Allen, Malcolm Martineau, Murray Perahia, André Laplante, Hartmut Höll, Helmut Deutsch, Susan Manoff, Brian Zeger, and Anne le Bozec.

Kunal Lahiry’s special affinity towards art song has led to concerts at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Room, Wigmore Hall, La Monnaie, Sage Gateshead, Britten Studio, Auditorium Saint-Pierre-Des-Cuisine, Teatr Wielki, Salon Razumovsky, l’Église Américaine de Paris, Musée des Archives Nationales, Musée d’Orsay, Royaumont Abbey, Opéra de Rouen, Petit Palais, Leipziger Oper, Mendelssohn Remise, and in the Lunchkonzert series of the Berliner Philharmonie. He was featured in Clemens Goldberg’s lecture-performance series ‘Slow Listening’, on the radio program ‘Kulturradio RBB’ in Berlin, on the live radio broadcast “Génération France Musique”, and has appeared several times in concert for the Daniel Barenboim Excellence Foundation. In 2018, Lahiry was selected for the first academy of melody and lieder at the Royaumont Abbey and Musée D’Orsay, a year-long residency culminating in a live album recording with B Records. His former teachers include Walter Hautzig, Alan Chow, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Fabio Bidini. Lahiry recently finished his Master’s in song interpretation under the tutelege of Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin

Kateryna Garanich

Kateryna Garanich, born in Ukraine, is a concert pianist. She began her piano studies at age 4 under the guidance of her grandmother Kira Garanich at the Special Secondary Music School in Kharkiv, Ukraine. At the age of 6, Kateryna was already invited to perform with the Kiev National Philharmonic.

Kateryna has won several prizes and special awards at renowned international competitions, including 2nd Prize at the “Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte” Competition in the Czech Republic, 3rd Prize at the 9th International Volodymyr Krainev Competition for Young Pianists, 4th Prize at the 8th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, 2nd Prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists in S. Prokofiev’s Native Land, etc. Kateryna was invited to record the Mozart Piano Concerto with the Kiev National Philharmonic for the “Mezzo” Network. She was then awarded a scholarship by the President of Ukraine.

In 2014 Kateryna began her studies with Gerlinde Otto at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany, sponsored by the “Neue Liszt Stiftung Weimar”. Since 2016 she has studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Eldar Nebolsin. Starting in 2019 she has focusing her studies in vocal collaboration under the tutelage of Professor Wolfram Rieger, specializing in song accompaniment.

Kateryna also frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician, and Lied pianist in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and Asia.

Justine Eckhaut

After training in Lille with Jean Michel Dayez, Justine Eckhaut continued her studies in CNSMD Lyon. Here she studied solo piano with Florent Boffard piano accompaniment with David Selig. She received a Masters Diploma in these two disciplines. Between 2016-2017, she furthered her studies at the University of the Arts (UdK) of Berlin with Björn Lehmann (piano) and Eric Schneider (Lied). She regularly performs recitals, chamber music concerts, and with singers such as Margot Genet, Marie-Pierre Roy, Philipp Mayer and Caroline Macphie.

In 2017, she premiered ‘Oto’, a piece for piano and electronics that the colombian composer Fabian Gonzalez Ramirez wrote for her.

She is a member of the Permanent Ensemble of French Collective for Contemporary Creation E.Ch.O, based in Lyon. In december 2018, she takes part, together with Piano dans l’herbe, in the creation and tour of Sans famille, musical spectacle, after Hector Malot’s book.

Justine is also a prizewinner at the International Piano Competition of Collioure and an ‘Adami’ prizewinner.

Justine has had the chance to play at many prestigious festivals and opera houses such as; the Festspiele of Bregenz (Austria), Mehrlicht ! Musik Festival (Berlin), Opéra Lyon, in ‘Prieuré de Chirens’ (France), Casa Croci (Milano), and in Sanary-sur-Mer (France).

Since April 2019, Justine acts as an accompanist for singing lessons at the University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin.

Gary Beecher

Irish pianist Gary Beecher enjoys a varied musical life performing as a vocal accompanist, chamber

musician and solo pianist. He has been awarded a Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with Julius Drake and Charles Owen. Gary is currently a Junior Fellow and a staff accompanist at GSMD.

Gary completed his Bachelor of Music degree with the ‘Best Overall Student Award’ at the CIT Cork School of Music and studied with Jan Cáp and Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Gary also studied with Dr. John O’Conor in Dublin and Jacques Rouvier at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

Gary is a passionate song pianist and was a winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with Ema Nikolovska, the Guildhall Piano Accompaniment Prize, Graham Johnson’s Song Guild Paul Hamburger Prize, Prince Consort Side-by-Side Recital at Wigmore Hall and the Guildhall Franz Schubert Lieder Prize.

As a solo pianist, Gary was winner of the ‘Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year’ and has performed as a concerto soloist on numerous occasions with both the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with conductors such as José Serebrier, John Wilson and Benjamin Pope.

Gary’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM, and he is a Samling Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist and an Oxford Lieder Young Artist.

Lucas and Arthur Jussen

‘It is like driving a pair of BMWs’, remarked conductor Michael Schønwandt, after directing the Dutch brothers Lucas (25) and Arthur Jussen (21). Despite their young age, they have been part of the international concert world for years and are praised by both the press and audiences.

In addition to all major Dutch orchestras with which Lucas and Arthur have performed, they also received invitations from orchestras such as Mariinsky Orchestra, Dallas, Sydney and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, Camerata Salzburg and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. They collaborate with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Jaap van Zweden.

The 2018/19 season begins with their debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and is followed by the brothers’ presentation at the traditional Prinsengracht Concert, which is the climax of classical music in the Netherlands every summer, and takes place on the canals of Amsterdam. Further highlights of the season include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Symphonieorchester and the Münchener Kammerorchester. They continue to champion Dobrinka Tabakova’s new double concerto, which they premiered in Amsterdam last season, and look forward to its regional premieres in France with the Orchestre de Picardie and in the UK with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In recital the duo perform in Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Moscow’s Zaryadye Hall, Palau de la Música in Barcelona and in the Konzerthaus in Vienna and Dortmund. As ‘Junge Wilde’ of the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Jussen brothers will perform a variety of programmes at the Konzerthaus Dortmund in the next three seasons. They will embark on an Asian tour in June 2019, appearing in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Kaohsiung and Macao.

Lucas and Arthur received their first piano lessons in their native town of Hilversum. It became clear quickly that they were great talents. As children, they were already invited to perform for the Dutch queen Beatrix. First awards at competitions followed shortly. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. In the following years they took lessons from both Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers. Lucas completed his studies with Menahem Pressler in the US and Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid. Arthur graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studied with Jan Wijn.

Recording exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon since 2010, their debut CD with works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the Edison Klassiek audience award. A Schubert recording and their third CD Jeux, dedicated to French piano music, were subsequently released. In October 2015, they released their recording of Mozart’s piano concertos KV365 and KV242 together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner. The album reached gold status and was listed by Gramophone UK amongst ‘The 50 Greatest Mozart Recordings’. Their most recent recording featuring works by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns was released in March 2017 (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Stéphane Denève). Their recording of the Poulenc Double Concerto was chosen as the best recording of this piece ever made by the French radio programme “La tribune des critiques de disques”.

Bertrand Chamayou

Bertrand Chamayou has mastered an extensive repertoire displaying striking assurance, imagination, artistic approach and remarkable consistency in his performances. He is a regular performer in venues such as the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center, the Herkulessaal Munich and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has appeared at major festivals including New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn.

In the 2018/19 season he debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and François-Xavier Roth, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, and Budapest Festival Orchestra under Robin Ticciati. Further highlights include his return to Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra’s season opening concert as well as a project with the Orchestra in April, and his residencies as a featured artist with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Orchestre National de France.

Bertrand Chamayou has worked with orchestras including London and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, hr-Sinfonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights have included his celebrated debuts with New York Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bamberger Symphoniker, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Chamayou collaborated with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Michel Plasson, Louis Langrée, Stéphane Denève, Ludovic Morlot and Andris Nelsons.

Chamayou is a regular chamber music performer, with partners including Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Antoine Tamestit and Sol Gabetta. Following his successful performances at Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and Salzburg’s Easter Festival, this season sees him perform recitals at Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, London’s Wigmore Hall, in Prague, Lucerne and on tour through Italy with Sol Gabetta.

Bertrand Chamayou has made a number of highly successful recordings, including a Naïve CD of music by César Franck, which was awarded several accolades including Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice. The only artist to win France’s prestigious Victoires de la Musique on four occasions, he has an exclusive recording contract with Warner/Erato and was awarded the 2016 ECHO Klassik for his recording of Ravel’s complete works for solo piano. The 2018/19 season sees release of his new recording of Camille Saint-Saëns piano concertos No.2 and 5 with the Orchestre National de France under Emmanuel Krivine.

Bertrand Chamayou was born in Toulouse; his musical talent was quickly noted by pianist Jean-François Heisser, who later became his professor at the Paris Conservatoire. He completed his training with Maria Curcio in London

Cédric Tiberghien

Cédric Tiberghien is a French pianist who has established a truly international career. Performances last season include his debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, DSO Berlin and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. His solo recitals include London, Chicago and Tokyo, and with violinist Alina Ibragimova at the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour to Japan and Korea. He will also perform at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn with viola player Tabea Zimmermann. In Spring 2019 the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) will present the premiere of Zauberland (Magic Land). This music theatre project, staged by Katie Mitchell, will see Schumann’s Dichterliebe performed alongside a new work by Bernard Foccroulle, setting a text by Martin Crimp. This work will be performed by Cédric and soprano Julia Bullock.

Highlights of the past seasons included perfomances with the London Symphony Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras. He also undertook an extensive tour to Asia including solo and duo recitals, the latter with Alina Ibragimova. Their numerous performances that season included the Pierre Boulez Saal (Berlin) and Wigmore Hall (London). Cédric has a particularly strong relationship with the latter, where he a performed a total of five times during the season, in both solo and duo recital.

Cédric recently presented a major focus on the music of Bartok, culminating in a three-volume exploration of his solo piano works for the Hyperion label which has received huge critical acclaim. He has been awarded four Diapason d’Or, for his solo recordings on Hyperion. His solo discography also includes concerto and recital discs on Harmonia Mundi.

He is a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, violist Antoine Tamestit and baritone Stéphane Degout. Cédric’s passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings: his discography with Alina includes complete cycles of music by Schubert, Szymanowski and Mozart (Hyperion) and a Beethoven Sonata cycle (Wigmore Live).

Sergej Babayan

He is one of the leading pianists of our time: Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergej Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to an exceptionally diverse repertoire. Le Figaro has praised his “unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity.” Le Devoir from Montreal put it simply: “Sergej Babayan is a genius. Period.”

Sergej Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as David Robertson, Neeme Järvi, Yuri Temirkanov, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk, among others. Over the years, Babayan has performed with Valery Gergiev numerous times to great critical acclaim, including appearances at the International Festival “Stars of the White Nights”, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Barbican Centre with Mo. Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, in St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Théâtre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris, at the Salzburg Festival, and at the Rotterdam Philharmonic-Gergiev Festival where Babayan was artist-in-residence.

Mr. Babayan performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony.

His engagements and tours have brought him to preeminent international concert venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Warsaw Philharmony, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall in Prague, Victora Hall in Geneva and many others.

Sergej Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release of his own transcriptions for two pianos of works by Sergej Prokofiev, with Martha Argerich as his partner (‘Prokofiev for Two’; DG 2018), was praised by reviewers as ‘the CD one has waited for’ (Le Devoir), an ‘electrifying duo that leaves the listener in consternation’ (Pianiste), taking ‘the piano duo to a new level: If all music was like this, there would be no sorrow in the world.’ (Norman Lebrecht, MyScena). Mr. Babayan’s performances have been broadcast by Radio France, Polish Radio and Television, BBC-TV and BBC Radio 3, NHK Satellite Television and Medici TV.

Born in Armenia into a musical family, Babayan began his studies there with Georgy Saradjev and continued at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Hamamatsu Piano Competition, and the Scottish International Piano Competition. An American citizen, he lives in New York City.

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.