Liam Byrne divides his time between making very old and very new music on the viola da gamba. He plays with many leading European early music ensembles including the Huelgas Ensembe, Dunedin Consort, Academy of Ancient Music, and Fretwork. Liam also works frequently with composers, folk-, and electronic musicians making new music with his 17th century instrument, such as Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy, David Lang, Shara Nova, Efterklang, Martin Hayes, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Greg Saunier, Cleek Schrey, and many others. Liam has created sound installations for the Victoria & Albert museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, and in collaboration with Nico Muhly for the National Gallery in London. 2017 saw the release of Tessellatum, a duo album with violist Nadia Sirota with music by Donnacha Dennehy, and Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Dissonance, for which Liam co-authored the title track. He is a member of the Icelandic artist collective and record label Bedroom Community.
In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg
Antoine Tamestit is recognised internationally as one of the great violists – soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In addition to his peerless technique and profound musicianship, he is known for the depth and beauty of his sound with its rich, deep, burnished quality. His repertoire is broad, ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, and he has performed and recorded several world premieres.
Hes has given the world premiere performance of Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto in 2015 with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi and performed it with many other renowed orchestras. Tamestit has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, WDR Köln, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
He has worked with many great conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Antonio Pappano, François-Xavier Roth and Franz Welser-Möst. Antoine Tamestit is a founding member of Trio Zimmermann with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltera. Other chamber music partners include Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicholas Angelich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Gidon Kremer, Emmanuel Pahud, Christian Tetzlaff and the Ebene and Hagen Quartets.
Antoine Tamestit records for Harmonia Mundi. His distinguished discography includes the Widmann Concerto, recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding in February 2018. The recording was selected as Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine.
Together with Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit is co-artistic director of the Viola Space Festival in Japan, focusing on the development of viola repertoire and a wide range of education programmes.
Born in Paris, Antoine Tamestit studied with Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine, and Tabea Zimmermann. He was the recipient of several coveted prizes including first prize at the ARD International Music Competition, the William Primrose Competition and the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, as well as BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2008.
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.
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.
Born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1991, she starts playing the viola at the age of 9 at the Municipal Conservatory of Leioa. She continued her university studies with Professor Ashan Pillai in Barcelona and then finished her master’s degree in interpretation at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg with Professor Wolfram Christ. Since early age, she has been a member of several youth orchestras such as the Youth Orchestra of Euskal Herria, the academy orchestra of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and since 2016 is member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. As for professional experience, she has collaborated in her native country with orchestras such as the Symphonic Orchestra of Barcelona and National of Catalonia, Orchestra of Cadaqués, Symphonic Orchestra of Les Comarques Gironines. Besides, she was practitioner in the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, and she has collaborating with orchestras like the European Philharmonic of Switzerland and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, among others. Maite Abasolo worked under the baton of directors such as Krzysztof Urbansky, Manfred Honeck, David Afkhan, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Harding or Riccardo Chailly. She received chamber master classes from quartet Casals, quartet Quiroga and Kennedy Moretti, among others, and she also has participated in several chamber concerts of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and is a member of the Freiburg Kammersolisten.
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