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STRING QUARTETS

CAECILIUS
Hugh Blogg (I violin), Rebecca Smith (II violin), Jessica Thomas (viola), David Hornberger (cello)
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (United Kingdom), ECMA / Erasmus

Formed of prize-winning post-graduate students in early 2011, the Caecilius String Quartet excelled within the environment of the Royal Northern College of Music, boasting an exciting programme of challenging music. Recent performances include a collaboration with Steve Reich in a performance of his Different Trains in the recent FutureEverything concert held at the RNCM, and Mendelssohn’s op. 80 in F minor in Worcester College Chapel, Oxford, as part of their summer series of concerts 2011. The Caecilius Quartet has taken part in masterclasses with James Boyd at Kings Place, London, and has been fortunate enough to receive lessons from Gábor Takács-Nagy, Malcolm Layfield, Peter Manning, Michael Bochmann, Emma Ferrand, and members of the Talich, Kreutzer and Endellion Quartets. This summer’s plans include a performance and presentation at the Schubert AGM in Sheffield, and studying with the Kopleman Quartet at Aldeburgh’s International String Quartet Academy.


MAINIO
Miia-Mari Turunen (I violin), Katariina Almgren (II violin), Satu Saira (viola), Inkeri Eirola (cello)
Sibelius Akademy, Helsinki (Finland), Erasmus

Mainio string quartet was founded in Sibelius Academy in autumn of 2011. It consists of four first-year students, Miia-Mari Turunen playing the first violin, Katariina Almgren – the second, Satu Saira – viola and Inkeri Eirola – cello. Marko Ylönen has been the tutor of the ensemble. In spring of 2012 Mainio quartet attended masterclass by Mikhail Kopelman, the 1st violin of the Borodin Quartet. The young quartet has already got a good feedback from their performances and has been described as having a real string quartet sound.


MORPHEUS
Min Jung Kang
(I violin) Kana Sugimura (II violin) Justin Caulley (viola) Uwe Hirth Schmidt (cello)
Berlin (Germany), ECMA

Was founded in 2007 and unites four very different personalities from very different countries and musical backgrounds. Kana Sugimura and MinJung Kang (alternatively the 1st and the 2nd violin), Justin Caulley (viola) and Uwe Hirth-Schmidt (cello) have in common all the things that you have read hundred times in soloist's CVs such as countless competition successes, collaboration with top performers. But first of all, and that has to be the first motive why anybody with these qualifications would take on such a venturesome life, they share deep fascination for music. This ensemble's approach is a little different from what you would usually expect from a string quartet. The Morpheus Quartet doesn't rehearse music to make it squeaky clean. Chamber music, and within that: string quartets, usually represent the peak of any composer's artistic skill. To find out everything about this unspeakable wealth is a lifelong process far beyond intonation, synchronisation and balance. And it's also about keeping it fresh, for the audience as well as for the performers. These maximes don't come without downsides as it is very difficult to accept the right of a coexisting but different opinion on a matter that is of utmost importance to oneself. And speaking of acceptance, just in case you actually do enjoy reading musician's biographies anyway, here are some key details about the Morpheus Quartet's members at www.morpheus-quartett.de.


ZAÏDE
Charlotte Juillard
(I violin), Pauline Fritsch (II violin), Sarah Chenaf (viola), Juliette Salmona (cello)
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria), ECMA / Erasmus

In March 2012 Quatuor Zaïde won a grand slam at the International Haydn Chamber Music Competition Vienna, taking the 1st prize in the competition and all three special jury prizes. Last September they also won the 1st prize in the Beijing International Music Competition. In 2010, only one year after its founding the Quatuor Zaïde was already awarded the International Press Prize by unanimous vote at the Bordeaux String Quartet International Competition, the 3rd Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (Canada) as well as the 1st prize at the Charles Hennen International competition (The Netherlands). Quatuor Zaïde has since started to get more and more invitations and has already to its credit a large number of recitals in some prestigious concert halls like London's Wigmore Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Beiijing Concert Hall and has toured in Germany, Holland, Italy, Austria and Greece. Recent engagements include debut concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Jordan Hall in Boston and the Musikverein in Vienna. Repertoire of the quartet is wide and varied and ranges from the classical repertoire to the contemporary music which the quartet is very involved in, playing works by Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, as well as Jonathan Harvey whom they worked with. Among the distinguished artists the quartet has collaborated with are the cellists Julian Steckel, Jerome Pernoo and the pianists Alexandre Tharaud, Bertrand Chamayou, Jonas Vitaud and Edna Stern. Since its constitution, the Quartet receive regular advises from Hatto Beyerle and Johannes Meissl and is one of ECMA’s active ensembles.


YOUNG LT
Kostas Tumosa
(I violin), Bernardas Petrauskas (II violin), Karolis Rudokas (viola), Rokas Vaitkevičius (cello)
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania), ECMA guest ensemble

String quartet “Young LT” was founded in 2011 at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre were members of the quartet were studying string quartet with professor Augustinas Vasiliauskas. All members of the quartet are laureates of many national and several international competitions. They regularly perform solo and chamber music concerts, participate in various artistic projects, masterclasses and in general are active persons of Lithuanian musical life. From the very first performance young and ambicious quartet was rated as one of the most perspective ensembles of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and was nominated to represent the Academy as a guest ensemble of the ECMA Session (Vilnius) and to participate in the ISA Summer Academy (Reichenau, Austria).


CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

CLAVIOLA TRIO
Vytautas Giedraitis
(clarinet), Jurgis Juozapaitis (viola), Ugnė Antanavičiūtė (piano)
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania), ECMA guest ensemble

Trio Claviola started playing together in 2007 when they were studying chamber music with professor Audronė Pšibilskienė at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Currently all three members of the trio are students or graduates of professor Julius Andrejevas. In 2008 ensemble won the Grand Prix at the international competition Music without Limits, the first prize at the National Lithuanian Chamber Music Competition. In 2010 they won the 2nd prize at the International competition Val Tidone, Italy (chamber music category), in 2011 – the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition Jurmala 2011 (Latvia). In 2011 they also won the first prize at the National Lithuanian Chamber Music Competition. In 2012 they receive the Grand Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition Musical Aquarelle (Anykščiai, Lithuania). In 2012 trio Claviola participated in ISA – Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest (Austria), where the trio was nominated as the best chamber music group, got the ISA Chamber Music Prize and participated in masterclasses with professors H. Beyerle, A. Kouyoumdjian, E. Epshtein, J. Meissl, A. Keller, P. Prause, P. Schuhmayer, J. Talich, M. Gulyas. Ensemble also mastered their skills with professors R. Baldini, H. Kefer and A. Bondurianskij and participated in a number of festivals including international students’ chamber music festival Vilnius 2008, Rokiškis Classical Music, Autumn Music, concert cycle Interpretations by Young Generation, festival dedicated to Grieg and Čiurlionis as well as the chamber music festival Harmos in Porto (Portugal). Members of the trio have mastered their skills abroad and studies at the Paul Dukas, Conservatoire de Paris, Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Stuttgart Academy of Music and Fine Arts, and Royal Northern College Manchester. Every member of the trio has received awards at national and international competitions, performed solo concerts and with chamber and symphony orchestras. Famous Lithuanian composers – laureates of the National Prize J. Juozapaitis and O. Balakauskas dedicated their compositions to the Claviola. In 2012 year trio Claviola received Young Artist‘s Award of the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.


CRISTO PIANO QUARTET
Piotr Różański
(piano), Anna Trólka (violin), Lech Kula (viola), Aleksandra Lelek (cello)
Academy of Music in Krakὁw (Poland), Erasmus

Cristo Piano Quartet started playing together in 2012. It is an extraordinary group includes musicians – soloist prize winners. Pre-history of the quartet starts in 2009 when Aleksandra and Piotr established a duo which successfully gave concerts and was received various awards in Poland and abroad. In 2010 the duo recorded a CD with Fryderyk Chopin Sonata for cello and piano. At the same time Anna Trólka formed Megazord String Quartet together with Aleksandra, Lech and another violinist – Katarzyna Szymczyk. The Megazord Quartet specializes in contemporary music, and has participated in masterclasses by Krzysztof Penderecki. Last year the quartet premiered pieces by Zaid Jabri and Emil Bernard Wojtacki during the 23rd Days of Cracow Composers’ Music Festival.
Compilation of two groups – cello duo and string quartet gave an astonishing effect named Cristo Quartet. Their enthusiasm for making music together and their passion drives them and causes the music to come alive.


FORTVIO PIANO TRIO
Indrė Baikštytė
(piano), Ingrida Rupaitė (violin), Povilas Jacunskas (cello)
Vilnius (Lithuania), ECMA

„Such ensemble is like a new theatre group gathered under the influence of mysterious laws of nature“. (Edmundas Gedgaudas, weekly newspaper „Septynios meno dienos“). Members of the piano trio FortVio have been playing together since 2006. The same year, the ensemble of the graduates of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre was granted the 1st prize at the 5th International Stasys Vainiūnas Piano and Chamber Ensemble Competition (Vilnius, Lithuania). In 2006 and 2007, the piano trio FortVio participated in the masterclasses Internationale Sommerakademie Prague-Vienna-Budapest (Reichenau, Austria). In the competition held there, the ensemble won the award for an outstanding performance of a “Viennese Classic” piece (2006) as well as a special prize for the best interpretation of a piece of chamber music (2006, 2007). In 2006, FortVio was granted the 3rd Prize at the 13th International Johannes Brahms Competition (Poertschach, Austria). In 2008 FortVio together with the Kaunas City Symphonic Orchestra made a great debut at the Kaunas Philharmonic Society, where they performed the Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. In 2008 the trio participated in the 3rd S. I. Taneev International Chamber Ensemble Competition where received the 2nd Prize and a Special Prize named after T. A. Gaidamovitch and the award from the governor of the Kaluga Region (Russia). Professor of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Dalia Balsytė consulted the ensemble and helped them to prepare for all competitions. In 2009, FortVio became the laureate of the Golden Disc award established by the Lithuanian Musician Union. The FortVio stands out for its polished performance technique as well as expressive power and is also famous for its interpretations which are sometimes seasoned with a dash of humour. The repertoire of the ensemble includes pieces from Classical to Romantic period as well as works by Lithuanian composers. Recent significant achievement of the FortVio has been the admission to the European Chamber Music Academy (active ECMA ensemble since 2012).


KARÉNINE PIANO TRIO
Paloma Kouider
(piano), Anna Göckel (violin), Louis Rodde (cello)
Paris (France), ECMA


A reunion of three literature enthusiasts’ personalities, the Trio Karénine was founded in 2009 and have chosen to bear the name of Tolstoy's famous heroine for the vital impetus that lives in her. The members of the Trio Karénine graduated from Paris CNSMD or Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot, and study further individually with internationally well-known teachers in Leipzig, Fiesole and Maastricht. They have already received teaching and support from major chamber music artists, such as the members of the Ysaÿe Quartet in Paris CRR, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Roland Pidoux, Avedis Kouyoumdjian Johannes Meissl, Gerrit Zitterbart and Hatto Beyerle. They were "Guest Ensemble" in the Académie Musique à Flaine in August 2011, where they performed the Schumann Quartet op. 47 with Miguel Da Silva, and have also been invited to participate in the Académie Musicale de Villecroze, the Forum de Normandie, as well as the Académie Internationale du musique Maurice Ravel, where they were awarded the Rotary club's Prize in September 2010. The Trio Karenine were invited for the first time to the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) in October 2011 and were named “ECMA ensemble”. The Trio Karénine were recently awarded the 1st prize of the 27th “Charles Hennen” International Chamber Music Competition (the Netherlands). They are also laureates of the 5th “Joseph Haydn” International Chamber Music Competition (Austria) and won the “International Pro Musicis” Prize in Paris in 2011, unanimously awarded. As a winner of this prize, they made their debuts in Salle Cortot in Paris in April of 2012. The Trio perform concerts all over France, in Paris (Maison de la Radio, Hôtel de Soubise, Fondation Singer-Polignac, Théâtre du Ranelagh, Cité des Arts, Cité internationale, Auditorium Marcel Landowski in the CRR), in Lille (salle du Nouveau Siècle), Angers, Ciboure (festival „Ravéliades“), La Charité-sur-Loire („Impromptus“ concert series), Le Mans („Abbaye de l'Epau“ concert series), Schönbrunn Schloss Theater (Austria). Since 2010, the trio have been regularly invited to participate in radio broadcasts for France Musique. (“Génération jeunes interprètes” with Gaelle Le Gallic, “Mardi Ideal” with Arièle Buteaux) Next performances include the opening concert of the "Festival European Jeunes Talents", Beethoven's Triple Concerto in the Oratoire du Louvre with the “Ensemble Parisien” (conducted by Alexis Roy), concerts in Italy and Great Britain (debuts at the Wigmore Hall in January 2013). The trio are holding a residence at the “Singer-Polignac Foundation” in Paris. They receive the support of the „Culture and Music Foundation“ , in collaboration with the “Fondation de France”.


MÉTABOLE PIANO TRIO
Matthieu Stefanelli
(piano), Besa Cane (violin), Julien Lazignac (cello)
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (France), ECMA alumni / Erasmus


Trio Métabole was created by pianist Matthieu Stefanelli, violinist Besa Cane and cellist Julien Lazignac. Having each completed their solo musical courses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur del Musique et de Danse de Paris, they continue their studies there together in chamber music with Amy Flammer, Claire Désert and Yovan Markovitch since 2008. During numerous masterclasses, they have had the occasion to work with such musical personalities as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Alain Meunier, Alain Planès, Phillippe Muller, Johannes Meissl, Avo Kouyoumoundjian, Peter Cropper, Christian Ivaldi, Emmanuel Strosser and the Trio Wanderer. In 2009, they are selected to take part in European Chamber Music Academy. This international organization is chaired by Hatto Beyerle, co-founder violist of Alban Berg string quartet, with who the young trio has the honor to work frequently. In 2010, they won the Ensembles Prize at the FNAPEC international competition in Paris and were awarded the Grand Prix at the Musical Forum of Normandie. Trio Métabole has given many performances in Paris – salle Pleyel, Hôtel des Invalides, Hôtel Soubise, Cité de la Musique, and also performed in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall on the occasion of the project “Rainbow 21”. They have also been invited to play in several festivals in the south of France such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Young Talents Festival, Festival du Parc de Sceaux, Festival Pau Casals, and Festival de l’Epau. In October 2008, under Syrius label and with the support of the “Marc de Montalembert Foudation”, the Trio Métabole made their first recording which is dedicated to the 20th and the 21st century Albanian classical repertoire. Métabole, the name of the Trio, is a word which can be defined as an accumulation of phrases expressing the same core idea; similarly, in a Trio, each unique and individual voice attempts to defend the same musical conception. This name also makes reference to the orchestral work of the French composer, Henri Dutilleux.


STREETON PIANO TRIO
Benjamin Kopp
(piano), Emma Jardine (violin), Martin Smith (cello)
(Australia), ECMA

Formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, from three of Australia’s leading young musicians, Benjamin Kopp, Emma Jardine and Martin Smith, the Streeton Trio has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy since 2010. The trio has studied intensively with some of the world's leading chamber musicians, including Hatto Beyerle, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Johannes Meissl, Gabor Takacs-Nágy, Christoph Richter, Peter Cropper, Miguel Da Silva, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Graffin, Pascal Devoyon and Mihaela Martin. Named after the Australian Impressionist painter, Sir Arthur Streeton, the trio has received great acclaim for its performances across Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia, at venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Het Loo Royal Palace (Holland) and the Melbourne Recital Centre. Winner of first prize in the 2011 Music Viva Chamber Music Competition, The Streeton Trio has been a finalist in several prestigious international competitions and has been awarded scholarships from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and the 2010 Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. The Streeton Trio's debut CD, comprising the piano trios of Maurice Ravel and Johannes Brahms, was released in 2011, and has been broadcast extensively across Australia and Europe. Since its release, the CD has received rave reviews, including, “It is quite clear that these young players have entirely identified with this repertoire – their unerring exactitude of tempo and mood is almost psychic.” (Thomas’ Music, July 2011) and “There are many accomplished recordings of this wonderful work, and this is one of the finest I have heard.” (Limelight Magazine, February 2012).


VIOLIN AND PIANO DUO
Giedrė Žarėnaitė
(violin), Šarūnas Meškys (piano)
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania), Erasmus

Giedrė Žarėnaitė and Šarūnas Meškys are performing together since autumn of 2011. They are studying chamber ensemble with professor Julius Andrejevas. In December of 2011, the Duo received the first prize at the 11st Lithuanian Composers’ Chamber Music (competition dedicated to professor Romualdas Kulikauskas). The duo has participated in master classes by professors Gunta Sproge (Latvia), Pavel Berman (USA/Italy), Keijo Aho (Finland), Marialena Fernandes (Austria).



VIOLIN AND PIANO DUO
Kšyštof Markevič
(violin), Anna Kasperovič (piano)
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania), Erasmus


Anna Kasperovič and Kšištof Markevič started playing together in autumn of 2011 under guidance of chamber ensemble tutor Associate Professor Rusnė Mataitytė. Ana is playing the violin from the age of seven – at the Naujoji Vilnia music school and later at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art. Graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (bachelor degree), and now is studying for master‘s degree with Rusnė Mataitytė. Anna participates in various masterclasses, festivals, projects, contests, and is a member of the Europian Union Youth and the World Youth Orchestras. Kšyštof started studying music (vocals) at Lyra music school, later studied piano at the Balys Dvarionas Music School with teacher Tatjana Radovič. Currently he is studying piano with professor Veronika Vitaitė at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Kšyštof is a laureate of several national piano competitions. In 2003 he received the Queen Morta award.