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JOHANNES MEISSL (violin)
Artistic director of European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA)
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria), ECMA


Studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with W. Schneiderhan and G. Hetzel as well as Hatto Beyerle. Graduated with highest distinction and further studied with the LaSalle Quartet in the USA. Since 1982 member of the Artis Quartett Wien. His career took him to the world’s most important music centres and music festivals. Numerous prizes (Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis etc.) for more than 35 recordings. Since 1988 Artis series at the Musikverein Vienna. Johannes Meissl also appears in recitals and as a soloist and regularly takes part in various chamber music projects. He is professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and head of the Joseph Haydn Institute for Chamber Music as well as artistic director of isa. Together with Hatto Beyerle he is also artistic director of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy). His artistic and pedagogic activities always try to connect different fields of performing arts with literature, cultural history, musical analysis and philosophy. Johannes Meissl teaches at numerous summer academies and chamber music courses all over the world. Many of his students are winners of international competitions such as ARD Munich. In recent years Johannes Meissl has also successfully turned to conducting and regularly appears with various orchestras in Austria, Japan, Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania.


JULIUS ANDREJEVAS
(piano)
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania), ECMA / Erasmus

Studied piano and composition at the Lithuanian State Conservatoire, current Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His professional profile reveals a variety of activities – artistic, creative, pedagogic and administrative. He is a founder of chamber music ensemble Musica Humana where performed 15 years as a pianist and harpsichordist. With this ensemble toured in Europe and released several CDs. From 1989 untill 1991 was the President of the Lithuanian Composers’ Society. From 1991 untill 1988 worked as piano professor and Vice-director for Pedagogy at the private conservatoire Mayeusis in Spain. From 1999 untill 2001 was the General Director of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Currently Julius Andrejevas is a professor at the Chamber Ensemble Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Has given chamber music master-classes in Portugal, Spain, Russia (St. Petersburg), and Estonia. Julius Andrejevas is Chair of Jury at the National Balys Dvarionas' Piano Competition, and a member of Jury at the International Balys Dvarionas Piano Competition and the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (Narva, Estonia). As a composer, Julius has written music of various genres including Opera, Concerto for Piano, Concerto for Violin, Concerto for Piano and String Ensemble Negrįžtančiam paukščiui (For a Non Homing Bird), Cycle for Choir and Symphony orchestra Strazdas (The Thrush), Duo for Violin and Viola, pieces for piano, violin, cello, chamber music, music for theatre and film, music for children. His works were performed in Japan, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Poland, and Finland and received a number of awards.


AVEDIS KOUYOUMDJIAN
(piano)
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria), ECMA

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a family of Armenian descent, A. Kouyoumdjian started to play the piano at the age of 4 and began his studies when he was 12 years old at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw). At the University he studied with D. Weber, N. Flores, A. Jenner and G. Ebert and continued his postgraduate work with D. Iliev, St. Neuhaus and A. Kezeradze. A. Kouyoumdjian’s career as an artist performer, professor, director, and administrator is marked by the many accomplishments he has achieved in the field of music since he won the first price at the Sixth International Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1981. Since then he has performed in well renowned concert halls in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan. He has been a soloist with well renowned orchestras around the world and taken part in many different festivals. He is a sought out juror in major international competitions in addition to conducting master classes in many universities in Europe and Japan. His recordings well demonstrate his artistry as a pianist and a chamber musician. In 1997, he was appointed professor of piano and chamber music in the keyboard department at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna where he began his pedagogical career as an assistant professor in 1987. He is the initiator and founder of the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in the same University where he also became the cofounder / director of the Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Institute of the University in 2002 (since 2010 deputy director) and dean of studies in 2010. Since the summer of 2004, he has been the Artistic Director at the “piano a St. Ursanne” festival in Switzerland.


ZDISLAW ŁAPIŃSKI (cello)
Academy of Music in Krakὁw (Poland), Erasmus

Graduated with honours from the State Higher School of Music PWSM+ in Kraków, classes of Prof. Ludwik Solecki and Henryk Zarzycki. He continued his studies under the guidance of Prof. Aldo Parisot at the Yale University (USA, 1981). As member of the quartet, he won the 1st prize at the National Competition of Chamber Music in Lodz (1977) and the 3rd prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian (France, 1978). Received the 3rd prize at the National Cello Competition in Poznan (1978). As member of the piano trio (Trio Jagiellooskie) he was laureate of the International Chamber Music Competition in Florence (1979). Made several recordings for the Polish Radio and Television, and for the French Radio. Gave concerts in many countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Yougoslavia, USA, Brazil, Japan, Lebanon and Malta. During the years 1979-1981 Z. Łapiński worked as the first cellist of Capella Cracoviensis chamber orchestra, between 1981-1989 – as concertmaster of the PRiTV Orchestra in Kraków, and since 1989 he has been working as concertmaster of the Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra in Katowice. Founder and artistic director of the cello ensemble Cantabile (since 1992) and of the chamber music ensemble Primo Allegro (od 1997). Professor of the Academy of Music in Kraków and Head of Department of Cello and Double Bass.


YOVAN MARKOVITCH
(cello)
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (France), Erasmus

After having played the piano, Yovan Markovitch began the cello and the percussion in Chalon-sur-Saône (Burgundy) and Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris), then he studied with Maurice Gendron and Michel Strauss in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and graduated in 1990: first price of cello and chamber music. He studied also in the USA at Yale University with Aldo Parisot and attended masterclasses with Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, Ralph Kirschbaum, Shapiro. Always fascinated by the string quartet, Yovan Markovitch is a founder member of the Castagneri quartet with whom he played 10 years. The group studied with the Amadeus, Berg, Tokyo, LaSalle, Hagen, Cleveland quartets and with Hatto Beyerle. The quartet won prices in international competitions: Banff, Evian, London, Firenze, and performed in many festivals and famous halls like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall of London, Théatre du Châtelet in Paris, Teatro La Pergola in Firenze. He joined the Ysaÿe quartet in 2005 making an important career: tours in USA, Asia, and Europe. They play in Salzburg Festival, Rheingau Festival, Théatre du Châtelet, Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Wigmore Hall in London, Washington library of congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna. The quartet performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Valentin Erben and Isabel Charisius from the Alban Berg quartet, Miklòs Perényi, Ralph Gothoni, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pascal Rogé, Jean-Claude Pennetier, François-René Duchable, Michel Dalberto, Pascal Moraguès, Bernold. Yovan Markovitch is also very much involved in teaching since 1989. The pedagogic commitment and the necessity of transmission are of primary importance in his musical life. He’s now a chamber music teacher in the Paris conservatoire where the Ysaÿe quartet has a residence. He plays a cello from Petrus Guarnerius (1739).






PAAVO POHJOLA
(violin)
Sibelius Academy (Finland), Erasmus

Paavo Pohjola studied violin and chamber music at the Vienna Academy of Music under Professor Ernst Moravec. In addition to his activities as concertmaster in many outstanding symphony orchestras, Pohjola has performed as soloist and chamber musician in many European countries. As emeritus professor Pavo Pohjola still works at the Sibelius Academy, where he leads master classes in chamber music and also in violin. He has also conducted masterclasses throughout Finland and abroad and collaborated on many chamber music recordings.






PETR PRAUSE (cello)
Royal Northern College of Music (United Kingdom), ECMA / Erasmus

Petr started to play cello under the guidance of a dedicated teacher Miroslav Dolezil at the age of six. He continued his musical route at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague where he was taught by Miroslav Petras and members of the Smetana Quartet, who have aroused his interest in chamber music. In 1996 he graduated as Master in Music. While studying in Prague, Petr enriched his studies with a one year study stay at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland under the leadership of Radu Aldulescu and in the school year 1994 – 1995 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Raphael Wallfisch where he was awarded the highest recognition – Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix). In 1995, Petr was appointed a principal cellist and a soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has combined his orchestral duties with a part time cello and chamber music teaching at the Prague Conservatoire. As a soloist Petr has perfomed widely throughout the world namely USA, South Korea and much in Europe. He performed with prominent orchestras such as the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. Since 1997, Petr has been a member of the Talich Quartet, they have visited the most important chamber music venues throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Herkulessaal in Munich, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Theatres Châtelet and Champs-Elysées in Paris, Symphony Hall in Seoul, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Izumi Hall in Osaka and of course Rudolfinum in Prague, where the ensemble was in residence for season 2009/10. They have been invited to numerous international chamber music festivals and have had the opportunity to give master courses in Europe, the Americas and the Far East. Aside the quartet Petr has also joined other musicians (Ronan O’Hora, Ian Fountain, Yakov Kasman, Gil Sharon, Michel Raison, Prazak Quartet, Pavel Haas Quartet and others) in all kinds of chamber music formations – piano trio, piano quartet, clarinet trio and quartet, quintets, sextets etc. He also initiated a piano trio and a quartet of four cellos with his musical friends.



JANINA ROMAŃSKA-WERNER
(piano)
Academy of Music in Krakὁw (Poland), Erasmus

Janina Romańska-Werner graduated her studies in the piano class of Prof. Jan Hoffmann at the Academy of Music in Kraków. Afterwards she worked with professors Guido Agosti, Wiktor Mierzanow and Jakub Zak during summer master-classes in Weimar. She also took part in chamber master-classes in Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she was later engaged as accompanist. Now she is professor and Head of Department of Chamber Music at the Academy of Music in Kraków. She gives chamber concerts with singers, various instrumentalists and ensembles in Poland, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Austria and Canada.








PIOTR TARCHOLIK
(violin)
Academy of Music in Krakὁw (Poland), Erasmus

Studied in Kraków with professors E. Jargon and W. Kwasny. Continued his studies with professor Grigori Zhislin. In 1993 he won the Jeunesse Musicales competition in Weikersheim and the Mozart Competition in Kraków. Piotr Tarcholik cofounded and led the Sinfonietta Cracovia and was also a guest concertmaster of Radio Symphony Orchestra in Kraków. As a solist, he has performed solo concerts with such great orchestras as Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis, Sinfonietta Cracovia. During his career, Piotr Tarcholik has recorded for Naxos, Dux, CD Accord, Chandos Records and Virgin Classics. From 1998 to 2004 he was the concertmaster of Sinfonia Varsovia, where he got the unique experience of cooperating with such eminent musicians as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, K. Penderecki, S. Mintz, E. Krivin and J. Semkow. With the same orchestra, he performed also as a solist playing Bach's, Vivaldi's and Mozart's concerts during festivals in Warsaw, Nantes, Bilbao, Brno and Bratislava. The season of 2002/2003 brought he was the leader of Polish Chamber Orchestra when the ensemble participated in festivals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. Since 2006 Piotr Tarcholik has been the concertmaster of National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, he made recordings and public performances of Prokofiev’s 2nd Concerto and Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. Piotr Tarcholik is a renowned teacher at the Academy of Music in Kraków and is frequently invited to hold master classes all over Poland.


AUGUSTINAS VASILIAUSKAS
(cello)
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Lithuania), ECMA / Erasmus

Augustinas Vasiliauskas is teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre since 1973 and is a professor of the Academy since 1995. Cello graduates of Augustinas Vasiliauskas and his chamber ensemble students and graduates actively perform in Lithuania and abroad appearing as soloists, chamber ensemble and orchestra musicians. Many of his students continue studies in the world known higher music education institutions and are further sucessfully engaged in educational and artistic activities. Augustinas Vasiliauskas is a member of the Vilnius String Quartet (founded in 1973). Having toured in 50 countries throughout the world, the Quartet gives around 80 concerts each year in Europe, Central and South Americas, Asia and Africa. Vilnius String Quartet has represented Lithuania at numerous international festivals and prestigious events, such as December Evenings in Moscow, festivals of Bregenz, Echternach, Cervantes and Kuhmo, appearing regularly at the world’s top concert halls, such as the Merkin Hall in New York, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Musikverein in Vienna, Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Salle Olivier Messiaen in Grenoble and Mozarteum in Salzburg. With the Vilnius String Quartet professor Augustinas Vasiliauskas gave masterclasses in Lithuania (Vilnius, masterclasses with David Oistrach in 1988 and 1989), Finland (1986), France (Grenoble, 1986), the U.S.A. (Boston, 1991), Spain (Merida, 1992), California State University Nortridge (Los Angeles), the Netherlands (Groningen, 2000). In 2007 and 2009 professor Augustinas Vasiliauskas was a member of jury at the N. Rubinstein Chamber Ensembles and String Quartets Competition (Moscow, Russia).