Artists

Piano

Konstantin Scherbakov

Violin

Elena Denisova

Piano

Luis Magalhães

Piano Duo

Vilija Poskute & Tomas Daukantas

Seidel
Conductor, Countertenor, Concert Organist

Alexander Seidel

Piano Trio

Trio Amany (Piano Trio)

Violin

Irenè Fiorito

Chamber Orchestra

Moscow Youth Chamber Orchestra

Flute

Bianca Maria Fiorito

Jazz Orchestra

СимфоJazz братьев Ивановых

Jazz Duo

Братья Ивановы

String Trio

Trio Amani (String Trio)

Conductor & Pianist

Alexei Kornienko

Dance Ensemble

Степ-Шоу VORTEX

Conductor

Davide Levi

Piano

Konstantin Scherbakov

Once a “Superstar for insiders” (Die Welt), Konstantin Scherbakov is today one of internationally renowned pianists who take a special place in the modern piano world. His creativity and immense contribution to the piano repertoire and recording catalogue are undisputed. “One of the most capable, daring and interesting musicians of these days” – Peter Cossé , the famous German critic once described him.
Selfless dedication and uncompromising responsibility towards music and piano repertoire set Scherbakov’s priority throughout his thirty-years-long career. For him, being a musician first and foremost means to serve the music and not to stand in the spotlight. Viewing the pianist as an intermediary, communicating the message and intentions of the composer — that is the aesthetic concept that determines Scherbakov’s entire artistic path. An insatiable musical curiosity and an exceptional ability to quickly assimilate unconventional and highly complex texts, an analytical mind and unlimited virtuosity – these are the essential qualities that have accompanied Scherbakov on his journey across the ocean of piano literature.

Manager:Nina Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Violin

Elena Denisova

As an ambassador of the magic of sound Elena Denisova is among one of the most charismatic figures of the international violinist elite. Wherever she performs the press certifies her musical maturity, absolutely individual interpretation and superior virtuosity.

She sees herself as a passionate “Ambassador of the magic of sound” and places this motto first to all interpretations not only of classical music, but also of contemporary pieces. Numerous works have been devoted to her by contemporary composers; some of them are perpetuated on CDs.

Denisova was the student of David Oistrakhs favorite students Valery Klimov and Oleg Kagan, and started her amazing career in 1990, which led her to performances with great orchestras (including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Lodon), numerous festivals (including Salzburger Festspiele) and prestigious concert series (including the Vienna Musikverein).

She founded the Austrian Gustav Mahler Association, the Gustav Mahler Ensemble, the String Orchestra Collegium Musicum Carinthia and the Classic Etcetera Music Association, and has been the director of the Wörthersee Classics festival, since 2002.

Wherever Denisova performs, she touches and fascinates her audiences and critics: “Absolument Remarquable” beamed the French newspaper Le Courier Picard; “Incredible, this Denisova,” said the Hamburger Time; “Worthy of serious investigation,” it says in the magazine The Strad about the always authentic, for all its charisma sympathetic and humble artist.

Manager:Nina Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Piano

Luis Magalhães

Described as possessing a “wonderfully full sound” (American Record Guide) and a “polished, refined technique” (Allmusic.com), Luis Magalhães has achieved critical acclaim as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Born in Portugal and currently residing in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Luis’s career as a pianist displays the cosmopolitanism typical of successful 21st century musicianship. Luis has played extensively across Europe with recent engagements in Germany, Austria, his native Portugal, Switzerland, amongst others. Beyond Europe, he has appeared on stages in Brazil, South Africa, China, Japan, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and on numerous occasions, the United States. Reflecting his eminence as an artist of global standing, Luis was bestowed the honour of being named a Yamaha International Artist.

Luis is active as a studio musician, and has collaborated with many remarkable recording artists including Frank Stadler (violin), Daniel Rowland (violin), Madeline Adkins (violin), Priya Mitchell (violin), Gareth Lubbe (viola), Julian Arp (cello) Peter Martens (cello), and James Austin Smith (oboe). The recording with Martens, featuring the complete cello sonatas of L. v. Beethoven, was awarded a coveted South African Music Award (SAMA) in 2011, while both violin recordings have received glowing reviews in The Strad. As one half of the Schumann-Magalhães duo, better known as TwoPianists Piano Duo, Luis has also released a further four critically acclaimed CDs, with another soon to be released. This collaboration with the pianist Nina Schumann has been compared to the celebrated Ashkenazy-Previn and Argerich-Freire duos (American Record Guide). Furthermore, he has engaged in more frequent duo collaboration with the violinist Alissa Margulis – in 2020 this duo will be touring Beethoven’s Complete Violin and Piano Sonatas in the USA, various European countries and South Africa.

Luis’s further activities in the recording industry include the co-founding of the independent label TwoPianists Records. The result has been both local and international accolades, such as a German Record Critic’s Award in 2011. Luis’s immersion in the world of classical music recording has extended to the role of producer, to which he brings a wealth of experience as a practicing musician of the highest calibre. As a promoter of classical music in South Africa, Luis is a co-founder of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, which has since 2004 become the premier classical music festival on African soil. He is also a co-founder of the biannual Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium.

Eminent musicianship always leaves a legacy in the form of tuition. Luis himself was a student of maestro Vladimir Viardo at the University of North Texas. He has since gone to teach students who have scooped up major awards and placings in National and International competitions. Luis was awarded a Doctorate in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2011, and continues his association with university musical life with his appointment to an Associate Professorship at the University of Stellenbosch. Luis has also given extensive masterclass tuition including lessons at New York’s fabled Juilliard School and numerous universities across Europe, Asia and the United States. As an expert pianist and educator, Luis has also served in the jury of many competitions including the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians.

Manager:Nia Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Piano Duo

Vilija Poskute & Tomas Daukantas

Vilija Poskute and Tomas Daukantas come from the Baltic region. After initial studies at the music conservatory in Vilnius, Lithuania, they perfected their skills at the conservatories in Zurich/Winterthur, Switzerland and Rostock, Germany. Among their teachers were Konstantin Scherbakov, Friedemann Rieger and Hanz-Peter and Volker Stenzl.

In 2000, the two pianists decided to join forces and formed a piano duo. The piano duo is considered one of the most challenging forms of chamber music – it usually takes years for an ensemble of this type to achieve mastery.

The newly founded ensemble soon won competitions such as the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Citta di Pavia, Concorso Internazionale Camillo Togni Brescia, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Zürich and Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Repubblica di San Marino.

In 2005, Poskute and Daukantas won at the coveted ARD Music Competition. Organized by the German Association of Public Broadcasters, the ARD Competition is one of the most important of its kind and has helped launch the careers of many acclaimed artists.

Since then, the pianists gave concerts in Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, France, San Marino, Luxemburg, Norway, Azerbaijan, Austria, Poland, The Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Switzerland, China, the Bahamas and in the USA.

In 2011, the piano duo won the Concours Grieg in Oslo; that same year, Vilija Poskute received the sponsorship award of the city of Winterthur.

The duo performed at the ARD Chamber Music Festival in Munich and Berlin, the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg and Baku, International Chopin Piano Festival in Poland, Prague Spring, Festival Boswiler Sommer, Klavierissimo-Festival in Wetzikon, Klosters Music Festival, Mendelssohn Music Week in Wengen and recorded for radio broadcast with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Radio Suisse Romande and RAI Tre.

The piano duo’s exceptional artistic vision is documented on a number of CD recordings. The German ARS music label released the duo’s first CD with world premiere recordings of works by Camille Saint-Saëns. In 2006 the duo recorded their second CD with the music label Euro Classics in collaboration with DRS 2 under the title Reminiscences, featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt and Lowell Liebermann. The next recording featured some of Saint-Saëns’ more well-known and spectacular compositions. In 2010 the duo released a recording with works by César Franck, followed a recording with works by Edvard Grieg (2013).

The most recent CD is dedicated to Camille Saint-Saëns, Works for Piano Duo, vol. 3.

Manager:Nina Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Seidel

Conductor, Countertenor, Concert Organist

Alexander Seidel

Conductor countertenor concert organist
Alexander Seidel is distinguished by his great versatility:
As a conductor of baroque operas and oratorios, Viennese classical music and choral symphonic works, he is recognised in the European baroque scene.
He is choral conductor in the evangelical parish of Höfe on Lake Zurich and musical director of the Rheintaler Bachchor and the Choir zu St. Otmar in St. Gallen. Every year he conducts highly acclaimed concerts with his choirs, renowned vocal soloists and baroque orchestras. In addition, he conducts a master class every summer, the Arosa Bach Workshop, at the music course weeks of the Arosa Culture Festival, where he conducted Henry Purcell’s opera Dido & Aeneas in 2019.
In 1995 he founded the New Sagittarius Consort Zurich, with which he worked on over fifty concert projects and partly performed at international festivals. Hospitals and assistants brought him together with Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, William Christie, Sir Roger Norrington and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He refined his conducting technique in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Colin Metters and René Jacobs.
He has conducted concerts with musicians from the Berlin Staatskapelle, the RSO Berlin, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the St.Gallen Kammersolisten, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Baroque Orchestras Stella Matutina Feldkirch, Musica Poetica Freiburg La Folia Dresden and La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera House. In 2019 he performed regularly with the baroque ensemble
“Anima Mea Ostschweiz” and the chamber orchestra “ibaroccoli Zurich”.
Alexander Seidel has worked as a countertenor in numerous opera and theater productions ‐ most recently at the Theater Basel ‐ and has sung numerous solo concertos with works by Antonio Caldara, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert and Antonin Dvorak.
His repertoire ranges from early baroque music to Handel, Bach and contemporary music. In 2018 he debuted at the Easter Festival Baden‐Baden, together with Concerto Melante (member oft he Berlin Philharmonics and guests), with music by Bach and Telemann in the master concerts.
The British composer Thomas Adés composed the cycle “Love in Winter” for him. The German composer Manfred Schlenker dedicated a cycle of biblical duets based on Dvorak’s “Biblische Lieder”.
In 2016, the Swiss Frederic Bolli composed the first full‐length German‐language song cycle for countertenor and piano “Flea Market of Dreams” and 2017 Louizes Labès sonnets for countertenor and lute. Both cycles were premiered by Alexander Seidel.
Alexander Seidel is the organist at the Evangelical Reformed church in the district Höfe at Lake Zurich and gave solo concerts u.a. in St. Petersburg, Berlin and Potsdam, as well as throughout Switzerland. He played on many historical
instruments in Europe. His improvisational art was praised by the press as “Simply brilliant” (Märkische Allgemeine).
In 2017 a Telemann CD was released on the label deutsche harmonia mundi with the Concerto Melante.

Dirigent Countertenor Konzertorganist
Alexander Seidel zeichnet sich durch seine große Vielseitigkeit aus:
Als Dirigent für Barockopern und Oratorien, Wiener Klassik und chorsinfonische Werke ist er in der europäischen Barockszene anerkannt.
Er ist Chordirigent in der ev. Kirchgemeinde Höfe am Zürichsee und musikalischer Leiter des Rheintaler Bachchores und des Chores zu St. Otmar in St. Gallen. Alljährlich dirigiert er vielbeachtete Konzerte mit seinen Chören, namhaften Vokalsolisten und Barockorchestern. Zudem leitet er jeden Sommer einen Meisterkurs, die Aroser Bachwerkstatt, bei den Musikkurswochen des Festivals Arosa Kultur, bei dem er 2019 Henry Purcells Oper Dido & Aeneas dirigierte.
Im Jahre 1995 gründete er das New Sagittarius Consort Zürich, mit welchem er über fünfzig Konzertprojekte erarbeitete und teils auf internationalen Festivals aufführte. Hospitanzen und Assistenzen brachten ihn mit Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, William Christie, sowie Sir Roger
Norrington und Nikolaus Harnoncourt zusammen. Seine Dirigiertechnik verfeinerte er in Meisterkursen bei Kurt Masur, Colin Metters und René Jacobs.
Er dirigierte Konzerte mit Musikern der Berliner Staatskapelle, des RSO Berlin, des Sinfonieorchesters Basel, der St.Galler Kammersolisten, der Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie Konstanz, sowie den Barockorchestern Stella Matutina Feldkirch, Musica Poetica Freiburg La Folia Dresden und La Scintilla des Opernhauses Zürich. Ab 2019 tritt er regelmässig mit dem Barockensemble “Anima Mea” und
dem Kammerorchester “I Baroccoli Zürich” auf.
Als Countertenor wirkte Alexander Seidel in zahlreichen Opern‐ und Schauspielproduktionen mit ‐ zuletzt am Theater Basel ‐ und sang zahlreiche Solokonzerte mit Werken von Antonio Caldara, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, Antonin Dvorak.
Sein Repertoire reicht von der frühen Barockmusik, über Händel, Bach bis zu Zeitgenössischem. 2018 debütierte er bei den Osterfestspielen Baden‐ Baden, zusammen mit dem Concerto Melante (Berliner Philharmoniker und Gäste) , mit Musik von Bach und Telemann in den Meisterkonzerten.
Der britische Komponist Thomas Adés komponierte für ihn den Zyklus „Love in Winter“. Der deutsche Komponist Manfred Schlenker widmete ihm einen Zyklus biblischer Duette in Anlehnung an Dvoraks “Biblische Lieder”.
Der Schweizer Frederic Bolli komponierte 2016 den ersten abendfüllenden deutschsprachigen Liederzyklus für Countertenor und Klavier „Trödelmarkt der Träume“ und 2017 Louizes Labès Sonette für Countertenor und Laute. Beide Zyklen wurden von Alexander Seidel uraufgeführt.
Alexander Seidel ist Hauptorganist in der evangelisch‐reformierten Kirchgemeinde Höfe am Zürichsee und gab Solokonzerte u.a. in St. Petersburg, Berlin und Potsdam, sowie in der ganzen Schweiz. Er spielte auf vielen historischen Instrumenten in Europa. Seine Improvisationskunst wurde von der Presse als „Einfach genial“
(Märkische Allgemeine) gelobt.
2017 erschien eine Telemann‐CD beim Label deutsche harmonia mundi mit dem Concerto Melante


Manager:Nina Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Piano Trio

Trio Amany (Piano Trio)

Marina Yakovleva (Violin) Lev Sivkov (Cello) Kateryna Tereshchenko (Piano)

Bereits als Fünfjährige hat Marina Yakovleva die Geige in die Hand genommen. Schon bald waren Schule und Üben nicht mehr zu vereinen, und Marina wurde die Chance zuteil, in die St. Petersburger Musikschule für Hochbegabte einzutreten. Danach folgten Studien bei Michail Gantvarg und Anatoli Schwarzburg, die sie 1999 abschloss. Später studierte sie an der Musikhochschule Sion bei Tibor Varga, wo sie 2001 das Konzertdiplom mit Auszeichnung erhielt. 2004 errang sie bei Pierre Amoyal am Konservatorium Lausanne das Solistendiplom. Sie spielte mit verschiedenen bedeutenden Orchestern, u.a. mit den St. Petersburger Philharmonikern und der Camerata Lausanne. Mit grosser Leidenschaft widmet sich Marina Yakovleva der Kammermusik, dem intimen, feinsinnigen Zusammenspiel mit ausgewählten Musikern. Ihre Duo-Tätigkeit mit ihrem Bruder Michail ergänzt ihr Engagement im „Trio op. 100“, das sie 2008 zusammen mit dem Cellisten Claudius Herrmann und dem Pianisten Oliver Schnyder gründete. In Jahr 2014 hat sie mit ihrem Bruder Mikhail als Bratschist und Lev Sivkov, dem Solo-Cellist des Opernhauses Zürich das Streichtrio Amani gegründet.

In Russland geboren, begann Lev Sivkov seine musikalische Ausbildung in der frühen Kindheit. Im Alter von fünf Jahren besuchte er die Musikschule in Nowosibirsk. Weiter studierte er an der Musikakademie Basel bei Prof. Ivan Monighetti, an der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart bei Prof. Conradin Brotbek bei Prof. Jean-Guihen Queyras an der Musikhochschule Freiburg. 2016 war Lev Sivkov Solocellist der Dänischen Königlichen Oper in Kopenhagen. Z.Z. ist er Solocellist im Orchester des Opernhauses Zürich. Er ist Gewinner und Preisträger von vielen internationalen Wettbewerben, u. a. in New York, Stuttgart, in Portugal, Schweden, Frankreich, Mexico, in der Tschechischen Republik und in Russland. Lev spielt ein Cello von “Miremont et fils” (1880), gestiftet von der Landessammlung für Streichinstrumente Baden-Württemberg.

Kateryna Tereshchenko wurde in der Ukraine geboren. Sie studierte bei B. Fedorov an der Kiewer Lysenko-Musikschule und von 2007 bis 2011 bei Konstantin Scherbakov an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK (Master Specialized Musik Performance – Solistin).
Von 2011 bis 2013 war sie Masterstudentin bei Ulrich Koella (Master Specialized Musik Performance – Kammermusik – Lied). 2011 und 2012 wurde sie mit dem Studienpreis des Migros Kulturprozent Wettbewerbs in Zürich ausgezeichnet. 2013 bis 2016 war sie Mitglied der Orchester-Akademie am Opernhaus Zürich. Zahlreiche Konzerte als Solistin (Klavierabende und Konzerte mit Orchester ), als Kammermusikerin in verschiedenen Formationen sowie als Liedbegleiterin führten Kateryna Tereshchenko in die Ukraine, nach Deutschland, Polen, Tschechien, Österreich und in die Schweiz.

Manager:Nina Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Violin

Irenè Fiorito

Irenè Fiorito was born in Rome in 2000 and graduated from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, Rome, obtaining the highest degree cum laude and honours, at the age of fifteen. She obtained her Master of Arts in Music Performance in 2020 at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, where she is continuing her studies by attending the Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance, in the class of M° Berman, with whom she has been studying since 2015. Despite her young age, she has been a student at the advanced higher musical courses given by M. S. Accardo at the Stauffer Academy of Cremona since 2014. In 2015 and 2016 she was awarded the diploma of merit at the Chigiana Academy of Siena as a part of the advanced higher course. She has also been awarded a scholarship for the best students of Salvatore Accardo’s class and other scholarships given by Orchestra da Camera Italiana (OCI), Rotary Club   Teramo, Rotary Club Naples, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, and Zonta Club Genoa. She has been awarded a large number  of  international and national prizes, winning the first prize such as the first Concentus International Music Competition,  Rome (2013); the first Clivis International Competition,   Rome (2014); the twenty-first Anemos  International Competition,  Rome with the Valerio Marchitelli special prize (2015); the 20th Rotary International Competition, Teramo (2015) (being also the winner  of  a special scholarship for the Mozarteum  of Salzburg); the Lipatti  International Competition, Rome (2016); the Riviera Etrusca Music Competition,  Piombino  (2016). She has been the winner of the first price at the 10th Young Musicians National Competition, Viterbo (2012); the Premio Crescendo, Florence (2015); the IV Selection for Young Musicians, Rome (2017) and the  International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prix Virtuoso (2017). She won the second prize at the  International Music Competition London Grand Prize Virtuoso, (2016); the IV  International Violin Competition Marie Cantagrill, S. Lizier, France (2016) (being also the winner as special prize of a French violin); the Rising Stars Grand Prix International Music Competition, Berlin (2017). In May 2019 she won a special prize for the best performance of Paganini at the XXVI International Violin Competition Postacchini Fermo, Italy; then finalist and awarded at the 38th International Violin Competition Rodolfo Lipizer Prize. As a soloist she has performed in numerous concerts: at the Castle Łańcut, Poland; at the Jacopo Napoli Music Academy, Cava dei Tirreni; at the Duchi D’Acquaviva Festival ,Atri; at the Giovanile Biellese Festival  (performance broadcasted by the local TV channel); at the Chigiana Academy, Siena; at the Easter Festival, Montepulciano; at the Rassegna di Concerti a S. Passera, Rome; at the S. Giovanni Battista Church,Campli; at the Auditorium Augustinianum, Rome; at the Rassegna Classica sul Tevere, Rome; at the IV Portogruaro   International Festival  of Music; at Palazzo S. Teodoro, Naples; for Agimus at Florence Festival Careggi  in  musica; at the prestigious Accademia Filarmonica Romana; at the Wiener Saal at the Mozarteum,   Salzburg  in  the awarding Ceremony of  the winners of the   International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prix Virtuoso; at Teatro Marruccino, Chieti (2018); at the Festival delle Abbazie  of  Canzano, Teramo; at the Kapelle des Diakoniewerks Neumunster, Zurich; at Sala del Ridotto  of Verdi Theatre, Trieste; at Cappella Paolina of Quirnal Palace, Rome (performance broadcasted by Rai Radio 3); at Doges Palace, Genoa for Accelerando Festival; at Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, for Pianissimo VI Festival; at Campana Palace, Osimo and at S. Nicolas Church, San Genesio. Since 2013 she has performed in chamber music concerts at the St. Apollonia Chamber Musical Festival, Salerno; at the Church St. Camillus, Rome and at the University Tor Vergata ,Rome; at the Academic Hall of  the St. Cecilia Conservatoire,  Rome; at the Nepi Theatre;  at the Council Room, Trevignano Romano; at Palazzo Braschi,  Rome; at Sala del Circolo Nazionale dell’Unione  of  Naples; at Ponchielli Theatre, Cremona; at Certosa of  Milan; at Doria- Pamphilj Palace, Valmontone; at Doges Palace, Lucca; at Salle Davel, Cully, Switzerland, at Lavaux Classic festival;  at the Armonie dell’Isola Festival    Salina; at S. Erasmo Church, Formia.As soloist with orchestra she has performed with Archi Nova Ensemble at Palazzo Braschi, Rome; the Ariege Orchestra at the Hall Max Linder  of Saint Girons, France; the Orchestra  Castelli romani; the Youth Rotary Chamber Orchestra; the Ensemble I Baroccoli ,  Zurich, at Festival di Pasqua di Montepulciano, at the Arrischianti Theatre,  Sarteano, at the Chiesa del Gesù   Montepulciano , Reformierte Kirche Zollikon, Kreuzkirche, Zurich, Wasserkirche,  Zurich, Reformierte Kirche, Malans, Semper Aula   ETH Zurich, Reformierte Kirche, Zurich-Enge,  at Embassy of  Switzerland  in  Italy, at Chiesa Della SS. Trinità , Chiusi; the Ensemble 700 napoletano at Church of  S. Lorenzo Maggiore, Naples, and at the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer, Ravello; at the Kaunas State Philarmonie,  Kaunas, Lithuania with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (2018); at St. Silas Church, London with the Angels Orchestra (2019); at Ristori Theatre, Verona with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana (2020); at  Auditorium Leopardi, with the Orchestra da Camera sinfonietta B. Gigli, Recanati, Italy (2020). Since 2017 she is a member of the Orchestra da Camera Italiana (OCI) directed by M. S. Accardo. She performs on the J. Ceruti violin, Cremona 1848 lent to her by thePro Canale Foundation, Milan.

Manager:Silia Casadei, silviacasadei@musicaldiscovery.ch

Chamber Orchestra

Moscow Youth Chamber Orchestra

Moscow Youth Chamber orchestra is a musical band,  that rapidly gained popularity in Russia and abroad.            The Moscow Youth Chamber Orchestra was initiated by the scholarship holders of Regional Public Fund “Russian Performing Art” on the base of State Musical-pedagogical institute named by Ippolitov-Ivanov.  The Orchestra was headed by Honored artist of Russian Federation, President of “Russian Performing Art” Fund, rector of the SMPI named by Ippolitov-Ivanov, professor Valery Vorona. Its original cast included the students of many leading educational institutions of Moscow, many musicians are the winners of the scholarships of “Russian Performing Art” Fund, the winners of the international musical competitions.            The Orchestra’s debut took place in December 2003 at the closing-up concert of the Russian Constellation of the Youth festival held by the Vladimir Spivakov’s International Benefit Foundation at the Rossia State Concert Hall. Consummate skill,  interesting repertoire policy, young enthusiasm and spirits, rich sound assortment, exclusive ensemble integration  – that are the distinctive features, that allowed the orchestra to take the noticeable space on the concert stage. The orchestra takes part in many prestigious international festivals, cultural actions, is the participant of the season concerts of Moscow state academic philharmonic society and Moscow International House of Music. The performances of the orchestra take places on the best concert stages of Moscow- Big,  Small and Rakhmaninov halls of Moscow conservatory, concert hall named by Tchaikovskiy, Hall of church meetings of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, State concert hall “Rossia” and other concert stages of Russia and  abroad. In 2008 orchestra took place in the performance of mono opera by F. Pulenk “Human voice”. This performance was nominated for the National  award “Golden mask” in two nominations. Among the recent concert tours are: the participation in the international musical festivals “Musical meetings” in the residence “La Pree” (France), ” Yurmala classic”(Latvia), “Nancyphonies” (France), “Blooming wild Rosemary” (Cheeta), “Krasnodarskaya camerata”(Krasnodar),  “Christmas concerts” (Riga), “Prikamye -2008” (Perm), “Young musicians of Russia and Korea” (Seul), participation in the government concert in Peking, dedicated to the opening of Year of Russian Language in China. Participation in the cultural program of the XI Petersburg’s  International Economical Forum (Concert cruise Sweden –Denmark –Germany –Russia). The activities of the orchestra invariably attract the attention of famous conductors and outstanding soloists, with many of them orchestra has developed very productive and creative relationships. The concerts with Valery Gergiev, Yuriy Bashmet, Vladimir Ponkin , Saulus Sondetskis, Vadim Repin, Dora Schvarzberg (Austria), Georgiy Garanyan (Russia), ), David Goloschokin ,  Valery Afanasyev (France), Hugues Leclere (France), Denis Shapovalov , Karlos Prieto (Mexica), Brenis McKenzie (USA), Yuliy Milkis (Kanada), Nina Kogan , Sergei Dresnin (USA), Borislav Strulev (USA), Boris Frumkin and his juzz trio, Bridgit Anjerer (France), Irina Bochkova, Paolo Valieri (Italy), Maria Maksakova,  Vladimir Chernov  and others went with great success. For the very short period large concert repertoire has been mastered by the young musicians, which includes quite a lot of very seldom played pieces of past and present times. Orchestra was the first performer of the row of compositions by famous Russian composers, bright and interesting arrangements. Along with that the repertoire of the chamber orchestra invariably includes world-known masterpieces of musical art.

  • The orchestra has many prospective creative plans, many fresh and interesting ideas. One of the most important tasks is the acquaintance of the musical public with the most prospective interesting young performers, composers and conductors, building up the favourable conditions for preservation and development of native traditions of musical art by new generation of musicians in Russia.

Basic concert line-up consists of 25-30 people (chamber program), symphonic line-up varies due to performing program. The rehearsal is essential on the day of the concert in the concert hall (acoustical and microphone) The repertoire of the orchestra is   very various. But the performing of a new program of any level is possible depends on the request of the customer. The preparation takes from two weeks up to two months depends on the amount and complexity of the repertoire.

Manager:Elena Ivanova, elenaivanova@musicaldiscovery.ch

Flute

Bianca Maria Fiorito

Born in Rome in 1999, she graduates with honours at the age of only fifteen at St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music under the guidance of F. Albanese. She continues her studies at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with A. Oliva (2013-2015); she attends as well the chamber music advanced higher musical course at the School of Music of Fiesole in the class of G. Pretto and the Scatola Sonora Academy of Rome with M. Marasco. She is then admitted to the “Académie Supérieure de Musique” of Strasbourg (France) in the class of M. Caroli, where in 2019 she completes her Bachelor of Music with honours. She’s currently attending her Master of Music course at the Universität Mozarteum of Salzburg with Prof. M.M. Kofler.

She has taken part in several MasterClasses with the most influent flutists in the world, such as P. Gallois, P. Taballione, J. Ostry, S. Careddu, U. Miilmann, A. Lieberknecht, M. Moragues and many others. In 2017 she is selected to attend the Neflac Summer Academy with Emily Beynon, at the end of which she has the chance to perform a chamber music program at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

She has been awarded international and national prizes, among which S. Gazzelloni International Flute Competition, C. Abbado Competition, Adriana Giannuzzi Competition, XX Rotary International Competition, International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso of London, AudiMozart International Competition, Krakamp International Flute Competition. Thanks to her first absolute prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, in 2016 she performes as a soloist in the Elgar Room of the London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 2019, she receives the “Windtex Excellence Award” from the Gaspari Foundation of Verona, given every year to a different italian rising musician.

As a soloist accompanied by the orchestra, she performed with Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and Trento, Musici di Parma Orchestra, Rotary Chamber Orchestra, Baroccoli Kammerorchester of Zurich, Orchestre Symphonyque d’Haguenau, Orchestra Appassionata of Verona. She participated to important Festivals on the international scenario and she collaborated with A. Pappano, C. Rizzari, S. Mercurio, B. Canino, G. Pretto, B. Aprea, E. Morricone, T. Guschlbauer, D. Rustioni, X. Zhang, M. Pitrenas, J.P. Wurtz, D.R. Davies and many others. Involved in chamber music as well, since 2017 she performs regularly with her Duo Amigdala, in Italy and France, with the guitarist G.M. Ciampa, and with many other types of ensembles (duo with piano, trio with violin and piano, trio with violin and cello, duo with harp, woodwinds trio, sextet). Previously, she founded the PentElios Wind Quintet, with which she performed for important italian foundations like IUC and Auditorium Parco della Musica. Since 2007, she covered the role of Solo-Flutist in several orchestras and she has been invited as guest player in well-known institutions among which Luigi Cherubini Orchestra, Italian Youth Orchestra OGI, St Gallen Sinifonieorchester, International Orchestra of Rome, JuniOrchestra of St. Cecilia Academy, Italian Conservatories’ Orchestra, HEAR’s Orchestra of Strasbourg, Franco Ferrara Orchestra. From 2017 to 2019 she has been Professor of flute and chamber music at the Municipal Music School of Mertzwiller (France). Since 2018 she is supported by Associazione Culturale Musica con le Ali, thanks to which she could perform at Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Festival Beethoven in Varallo and Mercato Sonato in Bologna.

Devoted to contemporary music, she often performs “prèmieres”, as a soloist and with chamber groups. She regularly collaborates with Imago Sonora Ensemble and Accademia Filarmonica Romana and, as an active member of Pentarte Ensemble, in 2017 she recorded a CD for the label LEAD RECORDS. Many pieces have been written for her over the last three years, among which “IoVis” for solo flute by F. Buonpane (2019) and “Notte di Luna” for solo flute by F.M. Capogrosso (published in 2018 by Edizioni Curci). She is deepening the study of baroque music and ancient instruments with Patrick Blanc and Marcello Gatti. With the Traverso Flute she performed as a soloist with the Baroque Orchestra of the HEAR in Strasbourg and in summer 2019 she was selected to participate at the Génération Baroque Project, performing in Aosta, Novara and Strasbourg under the baton of M. Gester.

Manager:Silvia Casadei, silviacasadei@musicaldiscovery.ch

Jazz Orchestra

СимфоJazz братьев Ивановых

Все программы представленные братьями Ивановыми являются композиторско-импровизационными, где есть доля выписанной партитуры и разделы свободной импровизации.

  1. Симфоджаз братьев Ивановых

Программа «Симфоджаз братьев Ивановых» строится на современном синтезе разных жанров искусства, уникальном сплаве классической, этнической, джазовой и современной импровизационной музыки, – модном и престижном формате во всем мире. Эти программы обладают присущей классике просветительской функцией, в которой музыкальные идеи классической культуры «переведены» на современный музыкальный язык в доступном для них жанре «Симфоджаз». Формат концерта позволяет держать зрителей в едином эмоциональном состоянии, которое можно охарактеризовать как «восторг» от начала до окончания концерта. В программе – авторские композиции братьев Ивановых, известные джазовые произведения  для оркестра и солистов и  многое другое. Это не просто набор музыкальных номеров, а продуманная и аранжированная сюита (музыкальный спектакль), где каждый номер уникален по своему содержанию и индивидуален с точки зрения подачи музыкального материала, а номера связаны между собой особенными музыкальными эпизодами – «переходами», создающими образную платформу следующего номера.

  • Барокко в джазе. «Венецианская сюита в блюзовых тонах».

Сюита «барокко-джаз» написана в синтетическом современном жанре, который объединяет классическое барокко, джазовую ритмику и блюзовую интонацию. По форме это старинная сюита с характерными для неё частями и импровизационное развитие мелодических линий. Барокко – эпоха импровизации. В малых составах музыканты умели по выписанной линии баса и цифровке создавать аккомпанемент солисту и обыгрывать мелодию непосредственно в момент исполнения. Именно импровизация роднит далёкие, казалось бы, джаз и барокко. «Венецианская сюита в блюзовых тонах» написана Михаилом Ивановым в 2018 году, европейская премьера сюиты состоялась в Венеции в театре Ла Фениче в марте 2019 года. В сюите четыре части: Полонез, Менуэт, Сарабанда, Гавот и сольные импровизационные каденции. Исполнители этой программы – джазовые и академические музыканты, которые владеют мастерством джазовой и барочной импровизации. Существует две версии программы: с камерным оркестром и малым составом солистов.

Manager:Elena Ivanova, elenaivanova@musicaldiscovery.ch

Jazz Duo

Братья Ивановы

Впервые бренд “Братья Ивановы” появился в 1988 году на сцене Ростовской филармонии на концертах джазовых абонементов профессора Кима Назаретова. Вскоре коллектив стал лауреатом I премии на Всероссийском конкурсе молодых джазовых исполнителей в городе Ростове-на-Дону (на барабанах играл Гедион Пейсахов, ныне живущий в Израиле). В то время Андрей преподавал на джазовой кафедре Ростовской консерватории, Михаил работал концертным пианистом в филармонии после окончания консерватории. Их совместный джазовый коллектив назывался «Ростов-трио». В 1989 году «Ростов-трио» было приглашено на работу в Ростовскую филармонию, где артисты «защитили» ставки концертных исполнителей и получили право на сольные концерты группы (такие правила были в СССР). Это позволило молодым музыкантам, полным энтузиазма, сделать собственную сольную программу и начать свою концертную деятельность. Музыканты не боялись экспериментировать и работать с самобытным музыкальным материалом, объединяя джаз, фолк и классику (Михаил продолжал образование в консерватории по классу композиции у профессора Анатолия Кусякова). Именно творческие поиски этого периода определили дальнейшую судьбу участников «Ростов-трио».

В 1989 году в составе “Ростов-трио” они стали обладателями Гран-при “Европейского Джазового Конкурса” (“Еuгоpe Jazz Соntest 89”) в Брюсселе, получив возможность выступать на самых престижных джазовых сценах мира наравне с самыми выдающимися джазовыми музыкантами современности. Благодаря этому успеху, их приглашают принимать участие во многих фестивалях и концертах в Западной Европе и Канаде. За этим последовали North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Belga Jazz Festival, – самые престижные встречи джазменов со всего мира и принадлежность к кругу посвященных.

Прожив 6 лет в Европе, они сыграли более 200 концертов во Франции, Бельгии, Германии, Голландии, Швейцарии, Финляндии, Канаде, выступая на концертных площадках многих фестивалей и в именитых джазовых клубах в составе собственного трио, а также вместе с европейскими и американскими джазовыми музыкантами. Это принесло братьям колоссальный творческий и продюсерский опыт, который позволил им в дальнейшем создать собственный бренд и собственный продюсерский центр. В этот период ими были записаны два CD, один из которых, “Мое русское сердце”, стал подлинным прорывом российского джаза на европейскую джазовую сцену. Обладая высоким исполнительским мастерством, они неоднократно подтверждали уровень российской джазовой школы. После выступления на престижном фестивале в Монтре газеты назвали музыкантов “открывателями нового стиля “Гиперклассицизма” в джазе”.

С 1997 года музыканты работают в России. Их авторская концертная программа «СимфоJazz братьев Ивановых» – на сегодняшний день является одним из самых ярких и значимых явлений, представляющих отечественное музыкальное искусство начала XXI века.

Главным творческим достижением братьев является создание собственных инновационных программ и проектов в филармоническом формате на стыке жанров и стилей, что дает им возможность работать совместно с самыми талантливыми и прославленными концертными музыкантами и коллективами современности. Среди их партнеров по сцене Георгий Гаранян, Сергей Мазаев, Аркадий Шилклопер, Денис Мацуев, Игорь и Олег Бутманы, Алексей Уткин, камерный оркестр «Виртуозы Москвы» Владимира Спивакова, Государственный симфонический оркестр «Новая Россия» п/у Юрия Башмета, Борислав Струлев, Валерий Понамарев, Давид Голощекин, Франк Ваганэ (Бельгия), Шэнда Рулл (США), Арлии Леонард (США) и другие.

Manager:Elena Ivanova, elenaivanova@musicaldiscovery.ch

String Trio

Trio Amani (String Trio)

Marina Yakovleva (Violin)
Misha Yakovlev (Violin)
Lev Sivkov (Cello)

The siblings Marina Yakovleva Häfliger and Mikhail Yakovlev often appear as a duet (two violins or violin & viola). They grew up and had their initial violin education in St.Petersburg. Marina completed her studies in Sion and in Lausanne. She currently is a member of the Philharmonia Zurich. Her brother Mikhail (Misha) is first violinist in the Basel Symphony Orchestra.

Les virtuoses Marina Yakovleva & Mikhail Yakovlev, tous deux anciens élèves de l’Académie de Musique Tibor Varga, ont à cœur de faire (re)découvrir les multiples facettes et la valeur musicale des duos de violon.
Leur répertoire couvre toutes les périodes du violon moderne, du 18ème au 20ème siècle.
Lors de ce concert dans le cadre d’exception du Lac Souterrain, ils interpréteront des œuvres de Leclair, de Mazas, de Bériot, de Prokofiev et d’Halvorsen.

The cellist Lev Sivkov, winner of the 2015 Naumburg Cello Competition was born in 1990 in Novosibirsk, Russia where he started studying cello at age five. Since July 2017 he has served as principal cellist of the Zurich Opera in Switzerland. Prior to that he was principal cellist of the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, Denmark.. He plays an instrument by Miremont et fils from 1880.

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Manager:Nina Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Conductor & Pianist

Alexei Kornienko

Kornienko is an outstanding musician whose work is characterized both by an unconditional and joyful attention to text and also a boldness in interpretation. This seeming contradiction in fact stands the Austrian-based conductor Alexei Kornienko in very good stead. His work as a pianist of the Russian school, with his extraordinarily wide classic and romantic repertoire, is combined profoundly with his work as a conductor, which he has steadily expanded in recent years. Kornienko stands out as an extraordinary interpreter of both the modern and the romantic and consequently he is highly sought-after for premieres of complex scores. He has worked with countless internationally renowned orchestras, including the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Orchestra and the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics.
Born in Moscow, Alexei Kornienko began music lessons at the age of five, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (piano class Zak), in Charkov (conducting class Jordania) and was prize-winner at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow.
Since his move to Austria in 1990 he has made his name as a respected competition juror as well as a teacher at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium (Carinthian State Conservatory). He is co-founder of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and a member of the “Bösendorfer Artistic Club”.
In 2000 he was appointed as artistic director of the newly founded “Wörthersee Classics Festival”. His work is documented in numerous CDs

Manager:Nina Orotchko, n.oro@musicaldiscovery.ch

Dance Ensemble

Степ-Шоу VORTEX

  • Это яркое танцевальное шоу
  • Концертные номера из известных бродвейских мюзиклов
  • Шоу-программа в стиле “Гэтсби”,”Чикаго – 30х годов”
  • Синтез современных ритмов и фолк направлений
  • Силовой акробатический стиль степ-танца, исключительная ритмичность и свобода джазовой импровизации

Артисты Степ-Шоу “VORTEX”

  • Виртуозы высокого профессионального уровня
  • Победители чемпионатов России и Мира
  • Обладатели Гран-При международных фестивалей и конкурсов
  • Награждены Премией “Все цвета джаза”, за вклад в развитие джаз культуры в России
  • Постоянные участники телевизионных шоу и концертных программ

Manager:Elena Ivanova, elenaivanova@musicaldiscovery.ch

Conductor

Davide Levi

Davide Levi, young Milanese conductor, presents on the musical scene with a fresh, energetic and highly creative approach, consequence of his international experience and overwhelming personality, sensitivity and intuition. He has been described by the press as “talented”, “brilliant” and “with great theatrical instincts”.

Since graduating from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan in 2013, Davide has worked with some of the finest orchestras and opera companies in Europe, including Oper Leipzig, Garsington Opera, Opera North, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, I Pomeriggi Musicali, the Hebrides Ensemble, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Britten-Pears Symphony Orchestra, English Touring Opera. At home both in the orchestra pit and on the concert platform, Davide has a wide-ranging knowledge of both the symphonic and operatic repertoire.

2021 is a year full of exciting projects and debuts, starting at the Opera de Tenerife with a production of Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto. He will conduct the same production at the Teatro Regio di Parma and the Teatro Massimo di Palermo in the 2021/22 season. Moreover, Davide will carry on working with the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra as the Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellow in Conducting, a post he took up in 2019 and that has led him to conduct a number of projects including side-by-sides with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Welsh National Opera.

Despite the circumstances, 2020 has also been a busy year. Concerts in London featuring Sibelius Violin Concerto, Schumann’s Manfred Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade received high praise. Davide was then invited to prepare the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino for the Cantelli International Competition and to assist Pablo Heras Casado in Madrid, where he had the chance to conduct the orchestra of the Escuela Superior Reina Sofia in an all-Beethoven programme, featuring his Fifth Symphony and the Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and orchestra op.56.

Projects that had to be postponed due to the pandemic include assisting Ivan Fischer on his tour with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tobias Ringborg on a production of Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno at Garsington and performances of Le Villi in Leeds.

Fluent in four languages, opera has become his natural habitat: recent highlights include performances of Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, Cosi fan tutte, Carmen and La Cambiale di Matrimonio. He assisted Ulf Schirmer on Oper Leipzig’s highly acclaimed production of La Fanciulla del West and the entire Ring Cycle in 2018/19, for which he was called back in 2019/20.

Passionate about working with young musicians and bringing music to communities, Davide has conducted workshops for emerging composers with the Orchestra of Opera North and the Hebrides Ensemble, and when he’s not conducting he is usually busy creating and developing exciting, groundbreaking projects like Opera-at-the-Mill in Farsley (UK) or Opera North’s first Orchestra Camp.

Davide has received many awards from various organisations, including the Jerwood Charitable Trust, the Gerald Finzi Trust, the Britten-Pears Foundation and Opera North. He studied violin in Milan, composition in Brighton and conducting with Vittorio Parisi at the Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano and later with Marin Alsop and Ulrich Windfuhr.

Manager:Raquel Jimenez Sola, raqueljimenezsola@musicaldiscovery.ch