Alina Ibragimova

Performing music from baroque to new commissions on both modern and period instruments, Alina Ibragimova has established a reputation as one of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of her generation. This is illustrated by her prominent presence at the BBC Proms since 2015: aside from concerto performances from the standard repertoire, her Proms appearances have included a concert with a baroque ensemble and two late-night Royal Albert Hall recitals featuring the complete Bach partitas and sonatas, for which The Guardian commented “The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener”. In the 2018 Proms, Alina will give the World Premiere of the Rolf Wallin Violin Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner.

Highlights among recent concerto engagements include debuts with the Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and returns with the London Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Alina has also toured extensively in Australia with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania symphony orchestras as well as with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Her long-standing duo partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien has featured highly successful cycles of the Beethoven and Mozart violin sonatas at the Wigmore Hall. Highlights among recent engagements included a three-week tour of Japan and Korea, extensive touring of North America and a Berlin debut recital at the Pierre Boulez Saal. In 18/19, the duo looks forward to debuts at the Konzerthaus Vienna and a return tour of Japan and Korea.

Alina is a founding member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet. Together they have toured extensively since 2005 and have become one of the most sought-after period ensembles.

Alina’s discography on Hyperion Records includes 15 albums ranging from Bach to Szymanowski and Ysaye. Her latest release featuring the complete Mozart Violin Sonata cycle with Cedric Tiberghien was referred to as “…A set that will become the modern reference recording…” by Gramaphone Magazine. The next release with Franck and Vierne’s Violin Sontatas is expected in Autumn 2018.

Born in Russia in 1985 Alina studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving with her family to the UK in 1995 where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. She was also a member of the Kronberg Academy Masters programme. Alina’s teachers have included Natasha Boyarsky, Gordan Nikolitch and Christian Tetzlaff. Alina has been the recipient of awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2010, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2008, the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award 2009 and was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme 2005-7. She was made an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List. Alina records for Hyperion Records and performs on a c.1775 Anselmo Bellosio violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.

Lise Berthaud

Lise Berthaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding figure on the international music scene. She has performed in various prestigious concert venues throughout the world (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Het Concertgebouw, Baden Baden Festspielhaus, Elbphilharmonie, Musikverein, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Philharmonie de Paris, Moritzburg Festival, Schwartzenberg’s Schubertiade Hohenems, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian) with such artists as Renaud Capuçon, Baiba Skride, Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh, Julian Steckel, Daishin Kashimoto, Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emmanuel Pahud, Gordan Nikollich, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Alina Ibragimova, Veronika Eberle, Christian Poltera, Quatuor Ebène, the Modigliani Quartet.

As a soloist, Lise has played with all BBC orchestras, including for her BBC Proms Debut in 2014 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton. Other solo engagements include the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, les Musiciens du Louvre, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paulo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, and various orchestras in France, with conductors like Sakari Oramo, Fabien Gabel,  Emmanuel Krivine, Andrew Litton, François Leleux, Paul Mc Creesh, Marc Minkowski., Leonard Slatkin who invited Lise to perform and record (for Naxos) Harold in Italy with the Orchestre National de Lyon as part of the orchestra’s Berlioz complete works recording for Naxos.

During the 2013-2015 period Lise was part of the prestigious BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme which allowed her to perform with all BBC orchestras and record a great amount of repertoire both live and in studio.

After taking part in Eric Le Sage’s successful Schumann and Fauré recording, she released her first solo album in 2013 with pianist Adam Laloum under the French Aparté label. The disc featuring works by Brahms, Schumanna and Schubert was unanimously praised and won several awards in France. Her passion for contemporary music has also lead her to collaborate with various composers, including  Philippe Hersant, Thierry Escaich, Henri Dutilleux, Gyorgy Kurtag, Guillaume Connesson or Florentine Mulsant.

Lise Berthaud was born in 1982 and started studying the violin at the age of 5. She studied with Pierre-Henry Xuereb and Gérard Caussé at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and was a prize winner of the European Young Instrumentalists Competition in 2000. In 2005, she won the Hindemith Prize at the Geneva International Competition. She was short listed by the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2009 as “Révélation de l’Année” (Newcomer of the Year).

Lise Berthaud plays a 1660 Antonio Casini viola, courtesy of Bernard Magrez.

Pekka Kuusisto

Described as “one-of-a-kind” by Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, Pekka Kuusisto is renowned for his fresh approach to repertoire. Widely recognised for his flair in directing ensembles from the violin, Kuusisto is Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of ACO Collective – a string ensemble of Australia’s most talented young professional musicians delivering innovative projects across the country. In 2017 he became Artistic Best Friend of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and in 2018 became an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Other directing engagements include the Tapiola Sinfonietta, and the Scottish and Swedish chamber orchestras.

The Finnish violinist is an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music and has recently premiered new works by Sauli Zinovjev, Philip Venables and Andrea Tarrodi.

Following last season’s Hollywood Bowl premiere of Danel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, this season Kuusisto performs the work with the Iceland and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as its Finnish premiere with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also performs the Austrian premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Bach Materia with the Camerata Salzburg. As a composer, together with Samuli Kosminen, Kuusisto is composing, performing and recording the music for a new animated television series of Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories.

Kuusisto is a gifted improviser and regularly engages with people across the artistic spectrum. Uninhibited by conventional genre boundaries and noted for his innovative programming, recent projects have included collaborations with Hauschka and Kosminen, Dutch neurologist Erik Scherder, pioneer of electronic music Brian Crabtree, eminent jazz-trumpeter Arve Henriksen, juggler Jay Gilligan, accordionist Dermot Dunne and folk artist Sam Amidon.

Other recent highlights have included appearances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris, and a European tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has play-directed the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker with tenor Mark Padmore and completed a mini-residency at Pierre Boulez Saal with REDDRESS; a collaborative project with South-Korean artist Aamu Song that blurs the boundaries between performance and visual art.

Kuusisto has released several recordings, notably for Ondine and BIS. Recent releases include Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Noesis, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra for Ondine, and Sebastian Fagerlund’s violin concerto Darkness in Light for BIS both recorded with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu. This season he records Hillborg’s Bach Materia and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos.3 and 4 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard for BIS.

Kuusisto plays a fine Italian violin by Francesco Stradivari, circa 1738, on loan from Mr Peter Biddulph.

Alexandra Conunova

Alexandra Conunova was born in 1988 in Moldova and began her violin studies at the age of six. Studied at the Rostov College of Music and Theatre (class of Petru Munteanu), the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater (class of Krzysztof Wegrzyn) and the Conservatoire de Lausanne (class of Renaud Capuçon). Has taken lessons from Ivry Gitlis, Igor Oistrakh and Igor Ozim. Has won international acclaim and been a prize-winner at the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover (1st prize).

Recent engagements include concerts at the Radio France Festival, the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence, the Schloss Elmau Festival, the Verbier Festival and appearances with the Camerata Bern orchestra, the Erfurt Philharmonisches Orchester, the Norddeutsche Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and the Moscow Soloists as well as a tour of Japan.

Prize-winner at the International Henri Marteau Violin Competition (2008), the International Ion Voicu Competition (2009), the Tibor Varga Competition (2010), the George Enescu International Violin Competition (2011) and the Singapore International Violin Competition (2015). In 2013 she took 1st prize at the Julius Bär Bank Awards at the Verbier Festival, while in 2015 as the award-recipient she gave a recital at the festival. In 2015 she took 3rd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2016 she was awarded a grant by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and the Max Jost Foundation Prize.

Has appeared with the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Opera Symphony Orchestra, the State Hermitage Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Saarbrücken Sinfonieorchester, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener KammerOrchester and the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra. Has collaborated with the conductors Christian Badea, Yuri Bashmet, Teodor Currentzis, Hannu Lintu and Gábor Takács-Nagy. Has performed chamber music with Boris Brovtsyn, Gérard Caussé, Renaud Capuçon, Finghin Collins, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Michail Lifits, Alexander Melnikov, Paul Meyer, Edgar Moreau, Andreas Ottensamer, Julien Quentin, Alexei Stadler, Kirill Troussov and István Várdai. Currently plays the Santo-Seraphin Violin, dated 1735, on generous loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Cosima Soulez Larivière

Franco-Dutch violinist Cosima Soulez Larivière was born in Paris.

She started to play the violin when she was three years old and was later taught by Igor Volochine. In 2005, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, UK, where she became a pupil of Nathasha Boyarsky.

Concerts have brought her all over Europe and to Japan and Singapore with performances in o.a. het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.

At the 2018 International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition Hannover, Cosima received the 3rd prize as well as the prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work (Rebecca Saunders – Hauch). In 2017, she was awarded the 1st prize, as well as numerous concert engagements, at the inaugural Bartok World Competition in Budapest. In 2015, she won the 1st prize at the Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria. In the same year, she obtained the 3rd prize (no first prize was awarded) and the Bach prize at the Postacchini Competition in Fermo, Italy.

Cosima has participated in master-classes with Salvatore Accardo, Ana Chumachenko and Mihaela Martin, amongst others.

She became a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Centre, USA, in 2016. In 2018, she took part in ‘Chamber Music Connects the World’, Kronberg Academy. Furthermore, she was invited to the Verbier Festival Academy, 2018, and received the APCAV Award. This past summer, she was selected as a fellow, to attend Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, USA.

She is a recipient of the ESU Music Scholarship, UK (2015), the Live Music Now Hannover e.V. Scholarship, Germany (2015-), the Deutschland Stipendium (2016) and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2017-). Since 2018 she is a fellow of the Young Artists Foundation GmbH in Germany.

Currently, she is studying at the Musik Hochschule in Hanover, Germany, with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

Cosima plays on a G. Grancino 1675 kindly on loan to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.


Pierre Fouchenneret

Pierre Fouchenneret, one of the associated artists of the Foundation Singer Polignac, has enjoyed a strong recognition right back to his tender years. Thus as soon as his twelfth year he was granted the first prize for violin at the CNR – National Regional Conservatory – in Nice; then at sixteen the first prize for violin and chamber music at the CNSM – National Superior Conservatory of Music – in Paris; and he was a prize winner for Nataxis, and for the Grand Prize of the International Competition of chamber music in Bordeaux. Enriched by the exceptional teachings he benefited from Alain Babouchian at the CNR in Nice, Olivier Chartier at the CNSM in Paris and Devy Erlih, Pierre Fourchenneret has wished to transmit as well and has become a teacher in the Superior Pole of Bordeaux.

This recognition also gives him the pleasure to collaborate with the most gifted musicians of his generation and to give performances on the greatest national and international stages. This is how in 2013 he founds the quartet Strada with François Salque, Sarah Nemtanu and Lise Berthaud.

His virtuosity, “his intense, precise and colourful playing” (Classica) and his buoyancy are appreciated by French and international orchestras as the ones in Bordeaux Aquitaine, Dijon, the philharmonic in Nice, Brno, the Baltic in St Petersburg. With a passion for chamber music, he is also the violinist of the string trio 71 together with Eric Picard and Nicolas Bone.

In the course of his career as a soloist and as a chamber musician, his first record devoted to Mendelssohn trios comes out in 2007. It will be followed by a series of records, all of them unanimously praised by the critics. Thus he is awarded the Choc Classica for a record devoted to the French composer George Louis Onslow. In 2015 he publishes no less than three opus with works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Chaconne, Kodaly, Bartok, and Beethoven’s. The year 2016 will be marked by numerous projects among which a record featuring the complete music for violin of Fauré. In 2017 he will start a cycle of the complete Brahms chamber music alongside Eric Lesage.

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.

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.

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