Bertrand Giraud, French Pianist, played on 45 countries as soloist or chamber music (with such artists as Pierre Amoyal, Bruno Canino), recorded 20 cds. Judges for many nationals and internationals competition. He gave many masterclass in Serbie, Germania, Kazakhstan (Academy of music of Astana), Lebanon, (Conservatoire supérieur du Liban), Université of music (Pristina/Kosovo), USA, Yonsei University of Seoul (South Korea), Gnessin School of Moscow.
Linshu LI (China) : Pianist who took 7 years in Paris for her study of classical piano and pedagogy at the normal school of music in Paris . During her life in France, she participated in piano competitions and played concerts with French musicians to the public. She had a lot of passion for making Franco-Chinese musical communications (for example, the 2014 concert ; the 2015 painting exhibition concert; and also the piano concert and duet of 2017; recital of two pianos in Chengdu 2019 etc.) From 2017, she organizes the masterclass of piano-chamber music in China regularly every year, at the same time she works as the piano teacher in China for all levels of students.
Martín Kutnowski is a composer, pianist, and teaching artist from Argentina. His music, fusing folk, world, and classical sources has been performed in four continents. He has received numerous awards, from the National Endowment for the Arts of Argentina, Canada Council for the Arts, Arts New Brunswick, Fulbright, and ASCAP. His music is published by Billaudot, Ricordi, and FJH, and it’s recorded in AVIE (UK), Anima (France), Bridge Records (USA), and MSR (Canada). Kutnowski is Professor of Music and the Director of Fine Arts at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He performs and gives master classes worldwide.
Philippe Portejoie, French Sax Player. He has received numerous awards as a Soloist and as a Chamber Muscian. He has played and recorded with the main French Orchestras (Paris Orchestra, France National Orchestra, Radio-France Philarmonic Orchestra, Colonne Orchestra, Ile-de-France Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Toulouse Orchestra, Oays-de-Loire Orchestra, Slovac Orchestra, Orquesta Sonfónica de Bogotá…) and with a number of directors like Jeffrey Tate, Myu-Wung Chung, Michel Plasson, Peter Eotvos, Luciano Beri, Marek Janowsky, Kurt Mazur, Marc Soustrot, Dervaux). He plays duo saxophone and piano with Fédérique Lagarde, with whom he has recorded 9 CDs and has played in more than 250 concerts. Along with Claude Bolling’s Big Band, he plays first sax alto and has recorded more than a dozen CDs and done more than 500 concerts.
He’s shared the big stage in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Cheque Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden, Greece, South Korea, Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Reunion Island, Canada, Taiwan, Latvia, Guadalupe and Brazil with Top Jazz Players.
He frequently gives master classes like at the Nice International Summer Academy, Flaine International Academy, Colombes International Academy, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, National and Javeriana Universities of Bogota and the Antioquia University of Medellin, Janacek de Ostrava Conseratory, Oslo Royal Conservatory, Seoul University, Universtiy of Taipei, Curitiba Festival, CAFAM Bogota, among others.
Jessica Shuang Wu Violinist
As a founding member of the Vega Quartet, Ms. Wu has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America. In 2018, the Vega Quartet made their debut in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In addition, Ms. Wu’s concert appearances with the Vega Quartet include their critically acclaimed (The New York Times) Lincoln Center Debut and “a Triumphant L.A. Debut” (Los Angeles Times); all three concert halls at Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Museum d’Orsay in Paris; Aspen Winter Concert Series, and La Jolla Concert Series among others. In 1999, The Vega String Quartet was awarded four of total six prizes at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France, including the International Music Critics’ Prize.Ms. Wu appears regularly in chamber music concerts with today’s leading artists such as Richard Stolzman, Andrés Cárdenes, Zuill Bailey, David Coucheron, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, and William Ransom.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Wu serves on the faculty of Emory University as violin and chamber music professor. Her students have been accepted into leading music conservatories and universities including Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and Northwestern University, and music festivals such as Brevard, Bowdoin, and Sewanee.
Ms. Wu holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Harid Conservatory. As a child, she attended the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory. Her teachers include Peter Winograd, Sergiu Schwartz, Lina Yu and members of the Amadeus, American, Cleveland, Emerson, Guarneri, Julliard, Orion and Tokyo string quartets.
Cellist of the award-winning Vega Quartet, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. Mr. Wang has performed in concerts and festivals across North America, Europe and Asia, including the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen Summer Festival and many others. His performance has been heard on many of the nation’s prominent classical radio broadcasts, including NPR’s Performance Today (USA), the National Radio of China, Shanghai TV, Radio France, and France Musiques.
Chinese-born cellist Guang Wang began his cello studies at the age of eight. In 1994, he became the youngest Assistant Principal Cellist at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He worked with Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach and other world leading conductors and played over 200 concerts throughout Asia before he moved to United States. Mr. Wang holds a Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Artist Diploma at Harid Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Wang is a founding member of the Vega String Quartet, and the Artist-in-Residence at Emory University Atlanta since 2006
She graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in Choir Conducting and Solo Singing, and from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire of St. Petersburg in Solo Singing. She made her debut in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” in 1994 at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall. Since 1997, Ms. Schkirtil was engaged in performances of the Opera and Ballet Theater of St. Petersburg Conservatoire and she made her Opera debut abroad in 2001 in “Don Carlos” production (Eboli) of the Stadttheter Klagenfurt, Austria. Mila Schkirtil concertizes much, performing opera parts, cantatas and oratorios with orchestras of several cities of Russia and Europe. She has appeared with chamber programs at the best venues of St. Petersburg and abroad (in France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Eastland, Italy, Brazil, the United States and Japan).
Mila Schkirtil has recorded several CDs for Delos (Complete Vocal Compositions by D. Shostakovich and Complete Songs and Romances by M. Glinka) and Northern Flowers. (Complete Songs and Romances by A. Glazunov, Our Lady’s Rejoicing in Sorrow by D. Smirnov, vocal cycles by G. Sviridov and B. Tchaikovsky, Songs by Russian composers of the first half of the 19th century, Vocal works by V. Gavrilin and collected songs by A. Rubinstein) as well as three programs for Naxos (Kuzmin, Tishchenko and Sviridov).
At present she is teaching vocal art at the Mussorgsky Music College in St Petersburg.
Sihana Badivuku-violinist (Kosovo)
Sihana Badivuku – Hoxha, distinguished Kosovar violinist, was born in Prishtina/Kosovo in 1967, in a musician family. She accomplished elementary and secondary musical school in Prishtina,at the class of prof. Vančo Stoilkov,Blagoja Dimčevski and Pavel Vernikov. At age of 16 she became student of Kiev State Conservatoire”P.I.Tchaikovski”at class of Ukranian prof., Violinist Bogodar Kotorovich(1983-1984).From 1984 she became student at the Moscow State Conservatorium “P.I. Tchaikovsky” where she graduated with well known Prof. Eugenia Tchougaeva , and completed her Master degree(MA).
She played with distinguished artists in chamber ensembles: Pavel Vernikov, Derek Han,Frank S.Dodge,Stephen Prutsman,Matthew Barley,Pierluigi Camicia,Francesco de Zan,Bertrand Giraud ,Alfredo Oyaguez,etc. Active professional collaboration with pianists:Lejla Pula,Teuta Pllana,Meri Stoilkova,Zana Badivuku,Jouni Sommero,Maja Kastratovich&Derek Han.
Jonathan LEMARQUAND is a French guitar and vihuela player.
He performs as soloist and in chamber formation such as early music group named “Passerelle” or guitar duo named “1 pour 2 contemporains”.
He’s given concerts in France and Europe. His musical works highlight the discovery of new repertoires through Middle-Age music and contemporary creations.
He’s Graduated from Center of higher music education in Dijon (DE, DNSPM), and studied ethnomusicology fields in La Sorbonne (Master). Nowadays, Jonathan is teaching in France as Professor of ancient and modern music for guitars. He proposes learning based on sound research, creation, accompaniment and improvisation. He’s using both oral and written transmissions from our traditions.
Blerim Grubi, viola player from Kosovo. He completed his studies at the Faculté et Music Art in Skopje in the class of prof. L. Gospodinov. He received his master’s degree in 1999. He took part in concerts de la music festivals throughout the former Yugoslavia. Regular participant of the Festivals « Summer of Ohrid », « Macedonian Music Days », International Chamber Music Festival in Pristina. He was also presented at the UNICEF in Skopje and Osjek. He is a violinist-leader at the Macedonian Philharmonic. Cours The perfection continued at the « Academia Chigiana » in Sienne, Italy with the world-famous violinist prof. Jurij Bashmet. He has given concerts in Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, France and Spain. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Arts in Prishtina and at the Pedagogical Faculty of Skopje. He is the viola leader of the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Alive of the Vivendi Ensemble.
Graduated from the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 1993, he has studied in Salzburg and Weimar as well. As a conductor and a pianist, Yuri Serov has toured many cities of more than 35 countries; he has recorded over 70 CDs for a number of labels of Russia, Belgium, Japan and the USA.
At present, he is director of the St. Petersburg Mussorgsky Music College and conductor and artistic director of the St Petersburg Mussorgsky Youth Symphony orchestra. He is Artistic Director of the Northern Flowers international music festival, founder and editor of the CD series St. Petersburg Musical Archive.
The Italian guitarist Gabriele Natilla graduated at Niccolò Piccini State Conservatory (Bari), at Accademia Chigiana of Siena with Oscar Ghiglia, at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with Alberto Ponce. At the same time he took lessons with Flavio Cucchi in Florence. He also obtained a degree of University of Siena with a thesis in semiotics about the Jewish humour. Passionate about early music, he regularly attended the Valtice (Czech Republic) summer courses. He plays also the 19th century guitar, the theorbo, the baroque guitar and the archlute.
He obtained prizes in several international competitions, he recorded solo CDs (in Korea and Japan) featuring Italian music, he played concerts in about fifteen countries around Europe, in Israel, Morocco, USA, Korea and Japan. Aside his solo performances, he is involved in several durable projects: « Lo sonar dell’alma » and « Les Esquisses » for baroque music, « Tempéré variable » featuring guitar duo works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the quartet « Zellige », « Un air d’Italie » with the singer Cristina Marocco…
Since 2010 he is co-director of Sul Tasto international guitar festival in Paris. He teaches at the Conservatory of Argenteuil, near Paris.
French-Korean flutist Mihi Kim is an international and cosmopolitan soloist with almost 1000 concerts performed. Mihi Kim is Professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and professor at the Conservatoire of Issy-les-Moulineaux as a French National Professor (PEA). She plays a Platinum Flute made by Miyazawa.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mihi Kim studied at the Paris Conservatory CNSMDP and the Hochschule of Cologne and Munich in Germany. She has a french DMI (Doctor: CNSMDP, 1998). She is laureate of 5th Rampal Competition, Paris and won the Bayreuth competition in Germany (1st Prize).
Yinzi Kong, violist, received her early training at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Miss Kong has enjoyed a versatile career in both solo and chamber music performance and has 20 plus years teaching experience.
As a founding member of the Vega String Quartet, Ms. Kong won top prizes at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France, the Carmel String Quartet Competition and the Coleman Competition in the US, and she performs in major concert halls around the world including the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Festival concert appearances include Aspen, La Jolla, Rockport, Mostly Mozart, El Paso Pro Musica, Highlands- Cahsiers and Brevard.
As a soloist, Miss Kong has given recitals in Canada, China, Italy and the US. Her Collaboration partners are some of the finest musicians of our time including Eliot Fist, William Preucil, Richard Stoltzman, Charles Wardwarth, Zuill Bailey and the Eroice Trio. Her live performances have been heard on NPR’s Performance Today (USA), the National Radio of China, Radio France, France Musiques, and the East German Radio.
Miss Kong currently resides in Atlanta and teaches in both Emory University and Kennesaw State University.
An international soloist, Suzanna Klintcharova performs in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East. She appears regularly in recitals and chamber music. As an invited guest of many famous orchestras, among them The Sofia Philharmonic, The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, The Sofia Soloists, The Provence Apes Côte d’Azur Orchestra, The Bulgarian Radio and TV Orchestra, The Antwerp Philharmonic, The National Orchestra of Belgium, The Kansai Philharmonic Osaka – to name a few, she is appreciated for the quality of her performance and for her wide repertory of harp concertos.
Formed in her native town, in Brussels and in Paris among her masters were Susanna Mildonian and Pierre Jamet with whom she specialized in French music. Member of the most prestigious harp contest’s jury, she is giving master classes trough Europe and USA.
Suzanna Klintcharova has made a contribution in the research and transcription of music for the harp. Supporting the creation of contemporary music, she has premiered numerous pieces for harp, many of them dedicated to her. She is a member of CDMC in Paris. Her interest in improvisation and contemporary jazz has found accomplishment in a duo with Steve Lacy featured several times at the Radio France concert series. She has recorded about twenty harp concertos and other works for harp and orchestra as well as solo CDs.Her recordings are released by more than ten labels worldwide, their number increasing steadily. They are chosen for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France Collection.
Marie Giang NGO, Vietnamese-French musician, has received a rich artistic education and teachings during her studies in Vietnam then in France. After graduation in piano, chamber music and music theory from French music conservatories as well as in musicology at the university of Paris IV – Sorbonne, she has completed her studies by obtaining the « Diplôme Universitaire de Musicien Intervenant » and the « Diplôme d’Etat » which allow her to teach in music conservatories and also in primary schools.
Actually working as a teacher in music theory and children’s choir in Conservatory of Versailles Grand Parc for over 12 years, Marie Giang ‘s passion for artistic pedagogy and her double culture background have guided her to organize several music education exchange projects between Vietnam and France. (masterclass in Hanoi and Hochiminh city, music summer camp in Versailles and Colombe).
Along with her teaching career, she maintains her concertist life as a chamber musician, choir master and choir accompanist in France and in Europe. She has participated in different festivals (i.e Auvers-sur-Oise) and made many concert tours to Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, England, Holland, Serbia and Croatia.