Universally recognized among today’s top performing artists, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman is acclaimed for his appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw under Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Michael Tilson Thomas and other leading conductors.
Mr. Gluzman has introduced the public to new works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Moritz Eggert, Elena Firsova, Lera Auerbach and Pēteris Vasks, and will soon premiere concertos by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Joshua Roman.
Accolades for Gluzman's striking catalogue of recordings for the BIS label include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica magazine’s Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, andClassicFM.
Distinguished Artist in Residence at The Peabody Conservatory, Gluzman performs on the extraordinary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari, on loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Lara Boschkor gained international attention when she won the first prize and the gold medal of the 7th Henryk Szeryng violin competition in Mexico in 2013 and the first prize of the 12th Carl Flesch Violin Competition in Hungary – as the youngest violinist of the competitions ever.
In 2015 Lara won the 1st prize at the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington D.C., and the 1st prize at the 11th International Queen Sophie Charlotte Violin Competition (Germany), as well. In 2017 she won 1st prize at the International Tonali17 Music Competition in Hamburg (Germany) and in 2021 the 3rd prize a the 56th Paganini Competition.
Lara Boschkor was born in Germany in October 1999, and is of German-Hungarian parentage. She started her studies at an early age at the Precollege Division of the Hochschule für Musik Cologne and Detmold, and then went on to study with Liviu Prunaru at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and with Kolja Blacher at the “Hanns Eisler” College of Music in Berlin.
Since October 2015 Lara is studying with Erik Schumann at the Kronberg Academy, which is run in cooperation with the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.
She plays on a 1735 Santo Seraphin violin from Venice, generously loaned by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
“His playing was commendable for its fluidity and virtuosity, distinguished by both a fleet-fingered lightness and a rich timbre” (Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times)
István Várdai is highly regarded for his joyous energy, rhythmic vigour and elegant grace in his soulful renditions of solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoires for cello. As Artistic Director of Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra since 2020, István presents inspiring and creative programmes.
Alongside this, István welcomes world-renowned musicians at the Kapostfest Chamber Music Festival in Hungary, which he co-curates with violinist Kristóf Baráti, and continues his soloist career with leading orchestras performing repertoire from Bach to Saariaho.
2021/22 season orchestral highlights include Orchestre national d’Île-de-France with Case Scaglione, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille with Larry Foster, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mark Wigglesworth and the Hallé with Jamie Phillips.
A passionate chamber musician, István Várdai reunites with Elizabeth Leonskaja and Liza Ferschtman to revive their Schubert Piano Trios programme in Madrid, Utrecht, Hamburg and East Neuk in Scotland. He joins Sir András Schiff, Ivan Fischer, Jörg Widmann, Kirill Gerstein, Lawrence Powell in celebrating Neumarkter Konzertfreunde’s 40th Year Anniversary Festival. Kissinger Sommer Festival brings him together with violinist Josef Špaček and pianist Lukáš Vondráček in a trio programme.
Standing on stage and indulging in the fleeting moment in the music - violist Karolina Errera has had this special feeling for a lifetime: from when she first appeared on stage at the age of five to her collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as a student of the Kronberg Academy or as a chamber music partner at well-known festivals.
Karolina Errera grew up in a Dominican-Russian family with musical influences from all over the world. Making music was initially only intended as a pastime after schoolwork, but it quickly developed into a passion that has become an integral part of Karolina's life. After completing her studies at Central Music School, the violist studied with Wilfried Strehle as part of her bachelor's degree at the Berlin University of the Arts. Until 2019 she studied with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin, then at the Kronberg Academy. During her training, Karolina Errera appreciates the support of other musicians, who always inspire her in the search for her own musical voice.
Karolina enjoys developing her artistic personality in different formations. As an academician with the Berliner Philharmoniker, she learned to be part of a bigger whole without forgetting herself. In chamber music, she is fascinated by the sensitivity of the shared creative moment and the direct communication with one another.
To celebrate the Beethoven anniversary in 2020 Giltburg embarked upon a unique project to record and film all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas across the year, blogging about the process as it unfolded. The cycle, released on Naxos on all the major digital platforms - and subsequently as a boxed set - combines the high production values of a studio recording with the immediacy of a live performance, resulting in a uniquely fresh and personal take on these pillars of repertoire. Giltburg’s intense focus on Beethoven extended to the stage platform, as he performed the last four sonatas throughout the 20/21 season. He is recording the complete Beethoven piano concerti with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, performed them as a cycle on three consecutive nights with the Brussels Philharmonic at the 2020 Flagey Piano Festival, and appeared in the BBC TV series “Being Beethoven”.
He regularly plays recitals in the world’s most prestigious halls, notably the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, London Southbank Centre, Prague Rudolfinum, Auditorium Radio France, Teatro Colon, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Tokyo Toppan Hall and Wiener Konzerthaus. In 2021-2023 he plays the complete solo works of Ravel at Wigmore Hall and in Brussels at BOZAR and Flagey, also performing part of the cycle at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw. In Autumn 2021 he curates the chamber music series of the Dvorak Prague Festival.
With these words closes the 2019 review by RBB kulturradio of the quartet’s third album including the Berg’s Lyric Suite and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”.
Established at the Korean National University of Arts in 2007, the Novus String Quartet is one of the leading chamber music ensembles in Korea, and first caused a sensation in Europe in 2012 when they earned the Second Prize in the string quartet category at the renowned ARD Music Competition. Two years later the quartet crowned itself with the First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition where Lukas Hagen of the Hagen Quartet was the Jury Chair. Ever since the quartet is filling the international concert halls and inspires audience and critics likewise.
One year after its founding, the quartet celebrated inaugural success at the International Chamber Music Competition Osaka, where the musicians were awarded 3rd Prize. One year later, the quartet received also the 3rd Prize at the 2009 Chamber Music Competition in Lyon.
From 2011 to 2014, the Novus String Quartet studied with the Professors Christoph Poppen and Hariolf Schlichtig at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and in the season of 14/15 at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck with Professor Heime Müller, former member of the Artemis Quartet. Since June 2015, the Belcea Quartet has been the mentor of the Novus String Quartet, and included them in their Belcea Quartet Trust Coaching Scheme.