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Alexander Rudin is an internationally acclaimed cellist, conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, professor at the Moscow Conservatoire, researcher of early scores, author of orchestral versions of chamber works and the mastermind behind unique themed series. The musician’s repertoire includes cello music from four centuries – both pieces that are exceedingly well-known and others that have never been performed before. Thanks to Rudin’s attention to forgotten episodes in the history of music, music-lovers throughout the world have heard many new works for the first time. These include Mikhail Vielgorsky’s Theme and Variations for cello and orchestra, cello concerti by Antonín Kraft, Jean Balthazar Trickler, Johann Heinrich Facius and Robert Volkmann, Dvořák’s First Cello Concerto and original versions of works for cello and orchestra by Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme and Pezzo capriccioso. Much of Rudin’s repertoire features works by contemporary composers including Valentin Silvestrov, Vyacheslav Artyomov, Edison Denisov and Andrei Golovin.
Having received a traditional academic education, Alexander Rudin became interested in the authentic performance of early music, and in time came to a natural synthesis of moth movements. He currently combines performances on a modern cello and a viola da gamba and he performs both music by the Romantic composers and works from the baroque era and early classicism. Rudin’s activities as a pianist and conductor are developing in much a similar manner.
Since 1988 the musician has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Musica Viva Moscow chamber orchestra. Together with the ensemble, in Moscow he has presented unique concert programmes, many of which have been held during the subscription series Masterpieces and Premieres and Musical Gatherings at the Tretyakovs’ House, subscription series at the Moscow International House of Music and the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music and the Dedication festival.
The conductor has earned a reputation as a brilliant interpreter of opera scores and major works in the cantata and oratorio genre. In Moscow, he has conducted the Russian premieres of the oratorio Juditha triumphans by Vivaldi and an original version of Degtyarev’s oratorio Minin and Pozharsky, or the Liberation of Moscow. There have been performances of Haydn’s oratorios The Creation and The Seasons, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 2 (Hymn of Praise) and concert versions of the operas Idomeneo by Mozart and Oberon by Weber.
As a guest conductor, Alexander Rudin appears with numerous acclaimed orchestras including the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic (Honoured Ensemble of Russia), the Russian National Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia and symphony and chamber orchestras in Norway, Finland and Turkey.
Alexander Rudin frequently appears on tour. As a soloist and conductor he has taken part in the international festivals Les Pianos folies (France) and La Follе Journée (France, Spain, Japan) among others. Rudin performs recitals in such countries as Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, Canada, Great Britain, Hungary, Slovenia and Turkey.
The musician’s activities as a teacher are linked with the Moscow Conservatoire (where he teaches a chamber ensemble class) and one of Turkey’s most prestigious higher education institutions – Yaşar University in Izmir. The performer gives master-classes around the world and collaborates with Youth Orchestras as a conductor.
Alexander Rudin’s discography includes over thirty discs released on leading Russian and international labels (Naxos, Olympia, Tudor, Melodiya, Cello Classics, Russian Season, Russian Disc, RCD). Particularly well received were his recordings of six suites by Bach (Naxos), cello concerti by Trickler, Myaskovsky’s Cello Concerto, a Grieg Album, works by Alexander Alyabiev and Alexander Cherepnin as well as a live recording of a concert from the Great Hall of the Conservatoire (Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Kraft’s (Cello Concerto).
In 1983 Alexander Rudin graduated from the State Gnessin Musical Education Institute (cello class of Lev Yevgrafov and piano class of Yuri Ponizovkin). In 1989 he completed his studies at the Moscow State Conservatoire (conducting class of Dmitri Kitaenko). While still a student he was a prize-winner at the prestigious Bach Competition in Leipzig (1976), the Cassado Competition in Florence (1979) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1978, 1982).
Alexander Rudin is a People’s Artist of Russia, a recipient of the State Prize of Russia and a recipient of the City of Moscow Government Prize.
Elisso Virsaladze grew up in Tbilisi, in a family of musicians, who for generations were involved in Georgian cultural life. She received her first piano lessons from her grandmother, Professor Anastasia Virsaladze. After completing her studies at the Tbilisi Conservatory, she moved to Moscow. She was only 20 years old when she won 3rd prize in the famous Tchaikovsky Competition.
She then continued her studies in Moscow with Henrich Neuhaus and Yakov Zak.
These two legendary teachers not only had an influence on her artistic development, but immersed her in a recognized pianistic tradition. It’s not surprising to see her now recognized as an outstanding teacher, whose students are winning the biggest competitions. Elisso Virsaladze teaches regularly at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Musikhochschule in Munich and there are few International Competitions that have not won their participation as a member of the jury, among the most recent, Santander, Geza Anda in Zurich, Rubinstein in Tel Aviv or Tchaikovsky in Moscow, to name a few.
She has a special love for 18th and 19th century composers, in particular Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann. At the age of 24, she won first prize in the Schumann competition in Zwickau and is recognized by the international press as one of the great current performers of this composer's works.
Elisso Virsaladze has a very extensive repertoire, also encompassing various Russian contemporaries. The Soviet Union has awarded him its most prestigious awards.
Elisso Virsaladze performs regularly in London, Milan, Rome, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin and Barcelona; in duet with Natalia Gutman, in Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Milan, Geneva and Lausanne to name only the most important European cities. In chamber music or in concerts with orchestras such as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonia London, Elisso Virsaladze has toured extensively in the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain etc. … She has collaborated with internationally renowned chefs such as Rudolf Barshai, Kyril Kondraschimm, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Sanderling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Evgeny Svetlanov, Juri Temirkanov and Antoni Wit, to name a few.
Elisso Virsaladze also performs in recital, mainly in Europe (Wigmore Hall, London, Conservatorio Verdi, Milano) but also in the United States, Russia and Japan.
Many recordings for the Live Classics label (with Sviatoslav Richter, Oleg Kagan or Natalia Gutman) perfectly reflect the musical personality of Eliso Virsaladze. The Live Classics label, where many recordings have been released, opens up a wide perspective on the musical personality of Eliso Virsaladze.
The 2021/2022 season is as always composed of solo-recitals and chamber-music (f. e. in Brussels, Milan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong and Seoul), orchestra-concerts with Petersburg Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Israel Chamber Orchestra among others, master-classes (f. e. in Fiesole and Kirishima) and jury-competitions in Lyon and Sendai.
A radiant and committed personality, Emmanuelle Bertrand is recognized as an essential figure of the European cellists. Trained at the CNSM of Lyon and Paris in the classes of Jean Deplace and Philippe Muller, winner of numerous distinctions and international competitions, she was notably elected "artist of the year" in France by Diapason magazine. and the listeners of France Musique (2011), Diapason d'Or of the year for her album Le violoncelle parle. In 2002, she was revealed to the general public by a Victoire de la Musique. In 2017 the Academy of Fine Arts awarded her the prestigious Simone and Cino Del Duca Interpretation Prize.
At the age of 25 she met the composer Henri Dutilleux who spoke of her as a "true revelation". She has since been the dedicatee of works by Nicolas Bacri, Édith Canat de Chizy, Pascal Amoyel, Bernard Cavanna, David Lampel, Thierry Escaich and Benoît Menut. She also played the world premiere of Chanson pour Pierre Boulez by Luciano Berio.
It was also during this period that she formed a duo with the pianist Pascal Amoyel, her partner both in the city and on the stage, with whom she fervently defended as many forgotten works as great repertoire.
Passionate about the links between music and the verb, she works closely with Laurent Terzieff on texts by Jean-Pierre Siméon. In 2005 she co-wrote and played with Pascal Amoyel Le Block 15 or Musique en Résistance directed by Jean Piat. In 2011, she created Le violoncelle de guerre in homage to Maurice Maréchal and his cello made in the trenches in 1915. She went on tour with this program until 2018 in turn with Didier Sandre, Christophe Malavoy, Francis Perrin, François Marthouret or Richard Bohringer. In 2020, Robin Renucci entrusted her with the role of Agafia in Oblomov by Gontcharov (Tréteaux de France), offering her to reconcile the roles of actress and musician.
She performs regularly as a soloist, notably with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Busan Symphony Orchestra (Korea), Musica Vitae Orchestra of Sweden, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, RTV Symphony Orchestra of Slovenia, Wuhan Symphony Orchestra (China), the National Orchestras of Lille, Ile de France, Lorraine, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Strasbourg, Monte Carlo...
The 2021-22 season will see the creation of a new musical-literary show based on Twenty four hours in the life of a woman by Stefan Zweig (directed by Laurent Fréchuret, alongside actor Gilles Chabrier and the Ensemble Sylf) and the publication of her next disc devoted to Sonatas and Lieder by Brahms appears in the summer of 2021 (Harmonia Mundi) which marks the 20th anniversary of the duo she forms with the pianist Pascal Amoyel.
Professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris since 2008, she was appointed cello professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Lyon in 2021. She is artistic director of the Beauvais Cello Festival.
Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson began his musical training with Guido Vecchi in Gothenburg before moving on to study with Giuseppe Selmi in Rome and William Pleeth in London. Sergiu Celibidache and his mentor Mstislav Rostropovich also played a very influential role in his artistic development. In 1971, he won the renowned Cassado Competition in Florence – the first of many distinctions. Tours have taken him to other countries in Europe as well as to Japan, Russia, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Frans Helmerson plays with many well-known orchestras and receives outstanding critical acclaim for his concerts and recordings. His recording of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra was acknowledged as the “best recording currently available on the market”. His recording of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1 is also highly praised.
Frans Helmerson’s love of chamber music is another important driving force in his musical endeavours. He is a regular guest at the major European festivals, including the Verbier Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and the Ravinia Festival, and spent many years as the artistic director of the Umea-Korsholm International Chamber Music Festival. In 2002 he founded the Michelangelo String Quartet with Mihaela Martin, Stephan Picard and Nobuko Imai, who were later joined by violinist Daniel Austrich in 2012.
In addition to his career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, Frans Helmerson taught for several years as a professor at the conservatories in Cologne and in Madrid. Since 2011/12, he has been teaching as a guest professor at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. 2016 saw him gain an additional professorship at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. Frans Helmerson has been teaching on the Kronberg Academy Study Programmes as a principal professor since 2006. He plays a cello by Stefan-Peter Greiner.
Born to a French father and a Sino-Vietnamese mother, Marie-Josèphe JUDE began her musical studies at the Nice Conservatory. She received a double training there, simultaneously pursuing a course in piano and harp.
A precocious artist, at the age of 13, she entered the CNSMD in Lyon in harp (Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche's class) and at the CNSMD in Paris in piano in Aldo Ciccolini's class.
After obtaining her first prizes in piano and chamber music, as well as the harp concert license at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, it was in London that she went to improve her skills with Maria Curcio- Diamand, great teacher, disciple of Arthur Schnabel.
She then decides to devote herself exclusively to the piano: she will be Laureate of the Clara Haskil International Competition in Vevey in 1989 and Victoire de la Musique in 1995.
Her career as a soloist leads her from then on in venues and festivals all over the world, from Montpellier to Bath, from La Roque d'Anthéron to Kuhmo, from Bagatelle to Locarno, she has collaborated with the Orchester de Paris, the Orchester Philharmonique de Nice, the Orchester National de Lyon, Les Siècles, the Orchester Symphonique de Tours, the Orchester de l'Académie Chopin de Varsovie, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the Orchester Symphonique de Bâle, the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the MDR Orchestra in Leipzig and performed under the direction of J.Märkl, F. Brüggen, C. Dutoit, E.Krivine, FX.Roth, J.-Y. Ossonce, J. Axelrod, A.Tamayo or K.Weise.
A confirmed chamber musician, she has formed a duo with Laurent Korcia for many years, and regularly meets Henri Demarquette, Xavier Phillips, Jean-Marc Phillips, Marc Coppey, Philippe Graffin, Gary Hoffmann, Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Mireille Delunsch ...
She has also traveled through a very large part of the repertoire for 2 pianos and 4 hands, in the company of Jean-François Heisser, Claire Désert and Michel Béroff.
Finally, she participated in many ballet shows, sharing the stage with her brother Charles Jude, principal dancer and director of the Bordeaux ballet.
Her favorite repertoire is reflected in her extensive discography: the complete piano work of BRAHMS (the last volume of which is scheduled for 2019), Clara SCHUMANN, MENDELSSOHN, BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, but also Henri DUTILLEUX, Maurice OHANA ( who had made her one of his favorite performers) BERG, JOLIVET, LISZT (in duet with Michel Béroff).
A recording of the Symphonie Fantastique à deux pianos with Jean-François Heisser has just been released by Harmonia Mundi. His next album recorded with flautist Raquele Magalhães for NoMadMusic will be released in spring 2020.
Marie-Josèphe JUDE also devotes a large part of her activity to teaching: after having been a professor at the CNSMD in LYON for 4 years, she has been teaching since 2016 at the CNSMD in Paris. In addition, she will be part of the jury for the next Marguerite Long Competition (November 2019) which has tasked her throughout the 18/19 season to select future candidates around the world.
She was appointed President and Artistic Director of the International Summer Academy of Nice in October 2017.
Artistic director of Südwestfalen Philharmonie / Bass player
Artistic director of Südwestfalen Philharmonie / Bass player
Chief conductor of the Philharmonie Südwestfalen since 2019, Nabil Shehata began his conducting career in 2006 having received encouragement and instruction from Daniel Barenboim, Rolf Reuter, Lawrence Foster and Christian Thielemann. After gaining initial experience working with various youth and chamber orchestras, Nabil gave his critically acclaimed conducting debut in Cottbus in 2007 and a year later conducted the Simon Bolivar Orchestra.
Since then, he has conducted orchestras all over the world including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Düsseldorf Symphony, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, Ljubljana Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Padua Chamber Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra as well as the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, the Evermay Chamber Orchestra in Washington, the Osaka Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony, Kioi Sinfonietta, New Japan Philharmonic and Macau Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following a hugely successful production of Mozart’s Der Diener zweier Herren with the Munich Chamber Opera, Nabil was appointed by the orchestra as Music Director with immediate effect. Since then he has led the orchestra in a varied range of productions from La finta semplice, Cenerentola, Barber of Seville to Salieri’s Falstaff. The orchestra also runs a popular series of special concerts including performances of Mahler’s Song of Earth and specifically designed concert formats with actors focusing on the life and times of composers such as Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Mahler and Schumann.
Recent highlights include Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Munich Chamber opera, debuts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, and returning to conduct the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz as well as leading the Bremer Philharmoniker on tour. In 18/19 he began a residency at the Berlin Staatsoper working alongside Daniel Barenboim and 19/20 sees him begin his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, and he also returns to conduct the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and makes his debuts with the Stuttgart Kammerorchester and the Dresdner Philharmoniker.
Born to parents of German and Egyptian descent, Nabil Shehata grew up in Germany and having received piano lessons from his mother at the age of six he took his first doublebass lessons three years later with Thomas Zscherpe, going on to study with Michinori Bunya and Esko Laine.
He is the laureate of several international competitions including the ARD competition in Munich, where he received not only the first prize but also the coveted audience award as well. From 2004 to 2008 he was the principal bass player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he performed as soloist under Daniel Barenboim. He has commissioned many double bass works from composers including a concerto by Moritz Eggert.
Supporting young artists is of particular importance to Nabil Shehata and he is strongly committed to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, of which he has been a member for many years.
Stefan Mendl was born in Vienna in 1966. He took first piano lessons with Manfred Wagner-Artzt and later studied with Alexander Jenner at the University of Music in Vienna. In his early years he appeared regularly as a soloist in Austria and abroad.
He was a founding member of the "Vienna Piano Trio" in 1988. The trio has worked with artists suche as the Trio di Trieste, the Haydn Trio, the Beaux Arts Trio, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and members of the La Salle and Guarneri Quartets. They soon became one of Europe’s leading chamber ensembles. Since then the ensemble has appeared in literally most of the major chamber music venues in Europe and overseas and has taken part in many of chamber music festivals.
Numerous CD recordings of the trio on the Naxos, Nimbus and MDG labels have found international acclaim (Gramophone Editor's Choice, Echo-Klassik (2010 and 2012), Opus Klassik (2020) among many others).
The "Vienna Piano Trio" was in residence at London’s Wigmore-Hall in 2010/11 and is resident at the Wiener Konzerthaus since the 2006/7 season.
Stefan Mendl appears frequently in duo recitals with cellist Clemens Hagen and works regularly with artists like J. Widmann, Daniel Sepec, Ruth Ziesak, Donna Brown and Mark Padmore.
He was giving masterclasses at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Royal College of Music in London, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the HMdK in Stuttgart, the Hochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin, the Toronto Summer Music Academy, the
Tronheim Chamber Music Festival and Academy as well as many universities in the United States and New Zealand among others.
Stefan Mendl is teaching chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
He served and will serve frequently as a jury-member (e.g. Internationaler Joseph Haydn in Wien (2014), ARD competition in München (2018).