Eren performs as a soloist and in ensemble in Turkey and Zimbabwe. She has performed in concert together with Georgian violinist Nana Jashvili and Russian violinist Valery Oistrakh. She has also performed with Turkish percussionist Burhan Ocal, violinist Cihat Askin and pianist Gulsin Onay. Eren is the Artistic Director and the founder of the Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival and Gumusluk Festival Academy in Turkey.
Eduardo acted as guest concertmaster of international festival chamber and symphony orchestras and substitutes regularly in the Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. As recitalist and chamber musician, Eduardo has performed in major concert halls including recitals in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York, and performed as soloist in Holland, England, Wales, Belgium, Slovakia, Sweden, China, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
Three passionate musicians having roots in Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Austria, Russia, Mexico, Croatia and Turkey, came together in Vienna with a common vision. Each member arranges and composes for Trio KlaViS. Leading the audience through engaging and creative programs that appeal to youthful listeners and classical music enthusiasts alike, Trio KlaViS communicates with the audience through both speech and music with their unique artistic charisma. In the fall of 2013 the trio gave its Vienna Musikverein debut followed by an immediate reinvitation. The internationally renowned violinist and composer Aleksey Igudesman wrote a piece called “Take It To Eleven” exclusively for one of their programs. Some of the upcoming performances include the Vienna Musikverein, ORF Radiokulturhaus Vienna and Rudolf Buchbinder’s Grafenegg Festival. The name Trio KlaViS derives from the German: “Klavier, Violine, Saxophon”.
Bülent Evcil is a Turkish solo flautist and is the winner of the Royal Belgium Encouragement Medal of Art. He received the second place award in the Best Overall Performer Award at the 4th James Galway International Flute Seminar in Dublin. James Galway, the famous flute virtuoso, introduced him as being one of the best flutists of his respective generation.
He was appointed the principal flutist to the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, and was invited to give “Master Classes” at the Texas Tech University at Lubbock, and University of Texas at El Paso in the United States. In May 2004, he was appointed to play the solo flute at the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra in Italy, under the world-famous conductor, Lorin Maazel. He subsequently made an European tour with the same orchestra. He had three recordings and concerts with the São Paulo State Symphonie Orchestra (Brazil), and an Asian tour with the Italian International Symphonic Orchestra. Evcil also completed a CD with Camerata Leonis in Switzerland.
David Pinoit began the cello at the age of 9 in the class of Christian Wolf at the National Conservatory of the Dijon Region. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2012. During various courses and master classes, David also worked with Xavier Gagnepain, Roland Pidoux, Jérôme Pernoo, Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman and Michael Kanen.
David Pinoit regularly performs at various festivals, including in France, Belgium and Switzerland: Festival de Chagny, Festival Au Fil de la Vouge, Music Festival in Voûte, Pablo Casals de Prades Festival, Contemporary Concerts at Montey Castle, Musée des Montey Historical instruments of Brussels David has had the opportunity to perform several times as a soloist at the Festival “Musique en Morvan”, under the baton of Pierre Cao. In 2006, he won the first prize for chamber music in the Avallon Trio Piano Competition.
Jeanette has performed in over a dozen countries worldwide and premiered a number of works in Chicago and New York. She has also performed in Canada, and in Chicago she premiered Paul Renan’s piano concerto ‘Antiphones’. She has accompanied New York mezzo-soprano Barbara Fusco, Spanish tenor Alvaro Vallejo, and South African cellist Peter Martens. She has appeared at the Grahamstown Music Festival with Pierre Amoyal, with the SABC Symphony Orchestra and the Pietermaritzburg. She has toured Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Russia, where she played with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Following this tour, she returned regularly to the Czech Republic, and was a permanent member of the jury for the International Smetana Piano Competition for over a decade.
Oran Ektin has been described as a “great clarinet player” and “an excellent improviser” by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and a “composer of eminent individuality” by his mentor and teacher, the legendary Yusef Lateef.
His music is featured on several CDs, including a GRAMMY Award winning anti-bullying compilation CD. This past year Etkin has been touring his Gathering Light project at venues including Montreal Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Fest, Paris Jazz Fest, London Jazz Fest and New York’s Jazz At Lincoln Center.
Oran continues the tradition of music education through a groundbreaking new methodof teaching music called Timbalooloo. The popularity of Etkin’s educational method has spread through word of mouth and has been endorsed by Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, Live Schreiber, Edie Falco and Ken Burns,- all of whom have enrolled their children in Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo Music Classes.
South African guitarist Derek Gripper released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session the album magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora compositions (21 string harp) on solo guitar, a feat which classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” When Kora maestro Toumani Diabate heard these recordings he asked his producer Lucy Duran to confirm that she had actually seen one person play this music on just one guitar. He immediately invited Derek to collaborate with him in Mali, an invitation which saw Derek performing at the Acoustik Festival Bamako in early 2016, the first international festival held in Mali since 2012.
The UK’s top world music publication, Songlines, called One Night on Earth ”a staggering achievement,” and selected the recording as a Top of the World album in 2013.
Libraries on Fire, a new record of kora compositions has just been completed, exploring kora duets on solo guitar. The Kronos Quartet have also premiered one of Derek’s arrangements for string quartet, continuing Derek’s work to bring “African guitar into the classical mainstream.” (Evening Standard)
Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 72 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Washington DC National Gallery of Art and the New York Miller Theater. She has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Edward Gardner, Neeme Jarvi, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek. Ms. Onay’s many festival appearances include Berlin, Warsaw, Granada, Mozartfest Würzburg, Newport, Schleswig-Holstein and Istanbul.
The …virtuosic Fidelio Trio… (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.
Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus, and from Gregynog to Huddersfield. They regularly perform across the Irish Sea at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the Kilkenny Festival and the Belfast Festival at Queens as well as overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.
Their extensive discography includes Ravel and Saint-Saëns for Resonus Classics; Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nacht arr. Steuermann) for Naxos; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records and Convivium including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon.
Keen to ensure the future of the piano trio, The Fidelio Trio work closely with composition and performance students at institutions across the UK and all over the world including the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, NAFA Singapore, and Stellenbosch Conservatorium South Africa, also they have been artists-in-residence at St. Patrick’s College Dublin City University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the State University of New York, SUNY.
The Fidelio Trio are constantly commissioning new works, giving first performances and, importantly, further performances to introduce them into the repertory. Composers that the Trio have worked closely with include Toshio Hosokawa, Charles Wuorinen, Johannes Maria Staud, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry, Donnacha Dennehy, Evan Ziporyn, Simon Bainbridge, Judith Weir … to name but few.
Inspirational musicians The Fidelio Trio have collaborated with include Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Richard Watkins (horn), Joan Rodgers and Patricia Rozario (soprano), and with spoken word, author Alexander McCall Smith and poet Sinéad Morrissey.
Following on from their recent French Piano Trios Series at at St. John’s Smith Square, London, the 2016-17 season includes an extensive Asia tour (Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong), a further USA tour, many festival appearances and a Schubert cycle at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Their recent release of Ravel and Saint-Saëns Trios was Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice. They are Artistic Directors of their annual Winter Chamber Music Festival at Belvedere House, Dublin City University and continue to be passionate in their advocacy for the piano trio across the world.
Having picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014). He holds Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas with Trinity College London in Classical Guitar Recital and has released four critically acclaimed albums of original material.
Freshly Ground is a South African Afro-fusion band that formed in Cape Town in 2002. The band members have different backgrounds, including South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Freshlyground’s musical style blends elements of traditional South African music, blues, jazz, and features of indie rock.
The German soprano, Christine Wolff, studied with Kammersängerin Sigrid Kehl at the Leipzig Musikhochschule. In 2000 she received the Second Prize from the Council of German Concert Choirs (First Prize was not awarded).
Christine Wolff began her career as a member of the ensemble at the opera theatres in Chemnitz and Dessau. Since then she has made guest appearances at the opera houses of Leipzig, Schwerin and Halle, at the Staatsoper Berlin and the Staatstheater Gärtnerplatz München, where she has performed numerous lyric soprano roles. She has developed a high-profile concert career as well, with hundreds of performances and an extensive repertoire.
Stylistic precision and technical perfection of her voice allow Christine Wolff to feel at home not only in standard concert repertoire, such as Passions and Oratorios, but also to perform classical modern works (War Requiem, Golgotha, Jeanne d’Arc, Carmina Burana), as well as the period music with Musica Antiqua Köln and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.
As a guest artist, Christine Wolff has been invited to sing opera and operetta roles in theatres throughout Germany (Eurydice, Musetta, Rosina, Konstanze among others). Success and great acclaim brought her the role of Maria in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. She went on to sing it in ten different productions in Berlin (Metropoltheater, now Admiralspalast), and later in Munich, Leipzig, Halle and Schwerin.
As her career evolved, concert and opera engagements have taken Christine Wolff around the world. Recent invitations include Amsterdam, Basel, Innsbruck, Vienna, Gran Canaria, Paris, Utrecht, Milan, Lisbon, Budapest, Barcelona, Pennsylvania, Sofia, Korfu, Porto. She has sung with renowned orchestras and choirs such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, La Cetra Basel, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Windsbacher Knabenchor, Dresdner Kreuzchor, under the baton of Kurt Masur, Peter Schreier, M. Jurowski, J.P. Weigle, Hans-Christoph Rademann, M. Tardue, Hermann Max, Georg Christoph Biller and Reinhard Goebel. She has been a guest at many prestigious festivals: Händelfestspiele Halle, Internationale Bachfeste Leipzig, Hamburg, Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg, Festivals für Alte Musik Innsbruck, Melk, Utrecht, Herne, Telemannfesttage Magdeburg, Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte, Internationale Sofioter Festwochen, MDR-Musiksommer. She regularly performs with Germany’s leading concert and church choirs.
Musicality coupled with profound depth of artistry makes Christine Wolff a sought-after interpreter of contemporary music, for example in the first performance of Luca Lombardi’s Dmitri (Opera Leipzig), or as Miss Havisham in the opera of the same title for a Soprano solo by Dominick Argento (USA).
Her recordings range from Baroque and Classical through to contemporary music, they include complete opera recordings, songs by the lesser-known Romantic composers and Spanish songs by Joaquin Rodrigo.
Christine Wolff enjoys passing her knowledge and experience to students in masterclasses and as a lecturer at the University of Halle.