Michel Béroff, piano
(Week 1, 6-11 August 2018)
Not every musician can deal with the music of French avant-garde composer Olivier Messiaen very easily. After all, it isn’t every composer that bases one entire set of solo piano pieces on the songs of birds, or creates as intense and as difficult a composition to play as the Quartet for the End of Time. Michel Béroff has established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of this composer’s music, but is also known for superior performances of composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Prokofiev, Mozart, Debussy, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Schumann, and Schubert.
He undertook his studies beginning with the conservatory in Nancy and later switched to the larger CNSM in Paris where he immediately stood out as one of the best pianists. He gave his first recital in Paris in 1966 for which he won the first prize in the Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition. Since then his career has taken him all over the world. He has performed as a piano soloist under the baton of most of the great conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, and many others. He collaborates with many other performers in the context of recitals or chamber music, including Pierre Amoyal, Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Barbara Hendricks, and Lynn Harrell. He has also conducted detailed studies of the theories of conducting as well as the left-handed piano repertoire. Southpaws everywhere can delight in his recording of the Ravel Concerto for the left hand, done with the London Symphony Orchestra and Claudio Abbado for Deutsche Grammophon. The former interest led to him beginning another career as an orchestra conductor, which continues to be overshadowed by his busy schedule as a pianist. He has however established himself as an educator in the conducting field. He returned to his student haunts at CNSM in 1989 to teach conducting, and has also taught the fine art of baton waving at Freiburg’s Music University (Musikhochschule) since 1994.
In 1996 he toured Japan extensively, performing the works of Debussy and recording these compositions for the Japanese Denon label. The resulting five albums won an equal number of Grand Prix du Disques awards. During this tour he also worked with the NHK Symphony and Shinsei Japan Philharmonic. Received with much enthusiasm in Japan, he returned later the same year for recitals and the recording of Debussy’s Le bal masqué with Seiji Ozawa and Wolfgang Holzmair for Philips Classics. He then undertook a period of concentration on the works of Stravinsky, presenting an orchestral and recital project with the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague. In 2000 he toured England and Spain with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur.
The Béroff discography is immense. His EMI output includes the complete works for piano and orchestra by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Liszt, as well as other works by Messiaen, Schumann, Brahms, and Debussy.
Matti Raekallio, piano
(Week 1, 6-11 August 2018)
Matti RaekallioMatti Raekallio’s concert appearances have taken him as far afield as Japan, though he plays especially often in the USA. His engagements have included many of the leading music festivals, such as in Berlin’s Klavierforum 1999, where he presented the 10 sonatas of Scriabin in one concert. His repertoire includes over 60 piano concertos, both standard repertoire including all the Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofieff concerti, and many rare works such as Hummel or Anton Rubinstein concertos, the Busoni Concerto, as well as several Finnish concertos. Solo recitals often concentrate on a single composer and genres, such as all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, which he has performed as a series eight times in all. His Beethoven cycles included a sold-out, eight-concerts-in-eight-days marathon, broadcast nationwide by PBS, at the first Irving S. Gilmore Piano Festival in the USA. He also plays practically the complete keyboard works of Prokofiev, the entire output of Finnish composer Toivo Kuula (which he also recorded for MILS) and all the Chopin and Liszt etudes.
He has made close to 20 recordings, mostly for Ondine label; the three-CD-series containing the complete Prokofiev sonatas has won particular international recognition. His CDs of Englund’s Piano Concerti (Ondine, 2003) and of Palmgrens Third Concerto (Finlandia Label, 1989) were elected “Record of the Year” by the Finnish National Radio.
Helsinki-born Matti Raekallio has taught piano at the Sibelius Academy since 1978, where he was Acting Professor 1993-94, Associate Professor 1994-98 and Professor since 1998. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Western Michigan University (USA) 1984-85, the Berlin Hochschule der Knste 1998, the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and the Vienna Music Academy in 1999. Matti Raekallio is now teaching at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He has given summer schools and other master classes in Finland and the USA. He joins the International Holland Music Sessions since 2008.
Boris Berman, piano
(Week 2, 13-18 August 2018)
Boris Berman Photo Bob Handelman
Born in Moscow, Boris Berman studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Lev Oborin and graduated with distinction as both pianist and harpsichordist. He performed extensively throughout the former Soviet Union as a recitalist and appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber orchestras. In 1973 he left the Soviet Union to immigrate to Israel, quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after keyboard performers and a highly influential musical personality. Presently residing in the USA, he continues to perform internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors.
Mr. Berman’s acclaimed recordings on the Philips, Deutsche Gramophon and Melodia labels have been complemented with 2 CDs of the complete piano sonatas of Scriabin for the Music and Arts label and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award in Holland. The recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Neeme Järvi (Chandos) marked the beginning of an ambitious project of recording the complete Prokofiev solo piano works. The first pianist ever to undertake this task, Mr. Berman has released it on nine Chandos CDs to great critical acclaim. His most recent discography shows the breadth of his repertoire: a disc ‘Debussy for Children’ (Ottavo); two releases of works for prepared piano by John Cage (Naxos – named Top Recording by the BBC Music Magazine); piano quintets of Shostakovich and Schnittke with the Vermeer Quartet (Naxos); and a recording of Scott Joplin’s Ragtimes (Ottavo).
A dedicated teacher of international stature, Boris Berman has served on the faculties of Indiana (Bloomington), Boston, Brandeis and Tel-Aviv universities. He currently heads the Piano Department at Yale School of Music. In 2000, the prestigious Yale University Press published his book ‘Notes from the Pianist’s Bench’, in which Berman draws on his vast experience as performer and teacher to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Mr. Berman is a frequent jury member of international competitions such as Leeds, Dublin and the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv. Mr. Berman regularly gives international master classes and he was director of the Yale Summer Piano Institute (1990-92) and of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong (1995-97).
Bernd Goetzke, piano
(Week 2, 13-18 August 2018)
Bernd GoetzkeBernd Goetzke was born in Hanover, Germany. Already at the age of 13 he was accepted as a student at the Hanover University of Music and Drama, where he studied piano with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling until obtaining his Concert Soloist’s Diploma in 1975.
An important period in his pianistic development was his long association (1969 to 1977) with Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, who regarded him as his last pupil. He also participated in Beethoven courses given by Wilhelm Kempff and Claudio Arrau.
Bernd Goetzke was awarded prizes in several international competitions. In his concert repertoire Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy appear frequently, but he also devotes himself to works of the twentieth century, reflecting his fascination with the stylistic richness and diversity of the period between Late Romanticism and Avantgarde.
Already at the age of 25 he became lecturer at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. He was appointed a professor’s position in 1982. Today Bernd Goetzke is one of Germany’s most sought-after teachers and musicians. He teaches a class of young pianists from all over the world, many of whom have become prize winners in international competitions. In addition he holds numerous master classes in Germany and worldwide.
He is Head of the Concert Soloist Programme in Hanover. He is also involved in the training of soloists and the development of young talents outside of the University environment: as jury member of many international competitions, or as Artistic Advisor of the ‘Braunschweig Classic Festival’.
Since 2000 he is Director of an Institute for highly-gifted children. This Institute, founded by him, is attached to the Hanover University of Music and Drama and has served as a model to other institutes of its kind in Germany.
Bernd Goetzke joins the TIHMS faculty in 2016 for the first time.
Jacques Rouvier, piano
(Week 3, 20-25 August 2018)
Born into a family of musicians in Marseille in, Jacques Rouvier has held concerts and master classes in France and abroad for some thirty years now. He studied with Vlado Perlemuter, Pierre Sancan, Jean Fassina and Jean Hubeau at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he was awarded two First Prizes, in piano and in chamber music. He went on to an appointment as professor for piano there in 1979. A true virtuoso, he is the winner of the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris.
In 1970, together with violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow and cellist Philippe Muller, he formed the Rouvier-Kantorow-Muller Trio with whom he continues to perform on a regular basis. His discography includes over thirty titles, including the complete works of Claude Debussy. His recordings of the complete works for piano by Maurice Ravel, as well as sonatas for violin and piano by Ravel and Debussy, won the Grand Prix du Disque in France.
Concerts and masterclasses bring him all over the world. Former students include Hélène Grimaud and Arcadi Volodos.
Claudio Martínez Mehner, piano
(Week 3, 20-25 August 2018)
Born in Germany in 1970, Claudio Martínez Mehner began his music studies at an early age at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid” in Madrid with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquín Soriano. In addition to his piano studies, and in a constant search of any activity that would prevent him from practicing piano while still being involved with music, he participated in some youth orchestras as a violinist, violist and harpsichord player.
He then continued his piano studies, touring a nice part of the academic music world in search of wisdom, such as the “Tchaikovsky-Conservatory” in Moscow, the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía” in Madrid, the “Hochschule für Musik” in Freiburg, Germany, the “Fondazione per il Pianoforte” in Como, Italy; and the “Peabody Conservatory” in Baltimore, US, studying mainly with Dmitri Bashkirov, Vitalij Margulis and Leon Fleisher,. In addition, he participated in masterclasses given by well-known musicians such as Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, Alexis Weissenberg, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovich.
As it is the case of almost all aspiring musicians, participating in competitions was a usual part of academic life. As a result of this dubious activity, Martínez Mehner won some top prizes at some of the (at that time still only about 300) International competitions, such as the “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert”, the International Piano Competition “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander (1990), Spain, the“Pilar Bayona” in Zaragoza, Spain, “Fondation Chimay” in Belgium (1993), and “Dino Ciani” in Milano, Italy (1993).
Surfing the following career wave, he performed in most major cities in Europe, the United States, Russia, Central America and Japan, with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, Filarmónica of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, Filarmonia Hungarica and most of the major Spanish orchestras. However, his career got very successfully interrupted for almost 7 years due to an injury of his right arm paired with some serious doubts about the real meaning of this kind of music-making and even more serious doubts about the quality of his own musicianship.
During this time, he tried to be far from professional music, especially after an extremely unsuccessful attempt to become a conductor. Having failed as a translator, language teacher, interpreter, graphic designer, HTML programmer, personal assistant, stage-hand and cook, he finally gave in and started teaching piano back in his hometown, Madrid. Soon, with the help of a student of his, his arm started working again.
In an attempt of re-learning the trade in order to improve his teaching, some years after the beginning of the new Millennium he started having lessons with Ferenc Rados, who he still considers by far the most clear-sighted, deeply intelligent, honest, sensitive, genuinely natural, unpretentious, well-informed and politically incorrect musician alive. He somehow started performing again, mainly in chamber music settings.
As a teacher, Martínez Mehner has been an assistant to Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov at the “Reina Sofia” school in Madrid and piano teacher at the conservatories in Salamanca, Zaragoza and at the “Katarina Gurska” school in Madrid. Recently he got appointed as a piano professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. He teaches courses in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He joins the International Holland Music Sessions for the first time in 2017.
Pierre Amoyal, violin
(Week 1, 6-11 August 2018)
Pierre Amoyal made his European debut at the age of 22 with the late Sir Georg Solti and the Orchestre de Paris, followed by appearances in all of the major European capitals, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, South America and in the Far East.
Amoyal has played under the most important conductors of the last three decades: von Karajan, Ozawa, Boulez, Maazel, Solti, Pretre, Sanderling, Roshdestvensky, Rattle, and Mung Whun Chung, to name only a few.
His first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic under Maestro von Karajan in Berlin was followed by many further performances with this orchestra, including the German premier of the Dutilleux Concerto under Lorin Maazel. In 1985, he made his recital debut in Carnegie Hall, which received outstanding critical acclaim. He was the youngest musician ever to be nominated as a professor at the Paris Conservatory.
Following his move to Switzerland, he was Professor at the Lausanne Conservatory, he also initiated there a novel music academy, dedicated to the violin/piano repertoire, which he gives annually with Anne Quéffelec. He was appointed as University Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Pierre Amoyal is a very touching example of a virtuoso whose exceptional talents never hindered his love of hard work, nor a development of the most essential human qualities.
Krzysztof Wegrzyn, violin
(Week 2, 13-18 August 2018)
Krzysztof Wegrzyn was born in Gdansk in Poland. He began playing the violin at an early age, studying with Zenon Brzewski and Irena Dubiska in Warsaw, Wolfgang Marschner in Freiburg and Yfrah Neaman in London. He was a laureate in renowned international competitions like the Louis Spohr Competition in Montreal and winner of the Karol Szymanowski and Lipizer Competitions.
His concert activities have taken him around the world and he has made numerous recordings for radio, television and CD. In his broad repertoire he also gives special attention to works by Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki. Krysztof Wegrzyn served for many years as concertmaster of the Hanover State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1993 he has been a professor at the University of Music and Drama Hannover. Among his students are many who have won important prizes at international competitions.
Prof. Wegrzyn has given frequent master classes worldwide including at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Juilliard School in New York, at the Aspen Festival and in Seoul and Tokyo. He has been a juror at such esteemed violin competitions as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Paganini Competition in Genova, the ARD Competition in Munich, among others. Furthermore, he is very active in chamber music, for example as the co-founder of the New Warsaw Piano Quintet. Since 1995 he has also served as artistic director of the Gdansk musical seminar and Spring Music Festival in Poland.
Krzysztof Wegrzyn is the founder and Artistic Director of the Hannover International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition. The State of Lower Saxony awarded him in 2004 the State Music Prize for his outstanding contributions to musical life.
Ulf Schneider, violin
(Week 3, 20-25 August 2018)
Ulf Schneider, born in 1968, studied in Hannover, New York and Berlin with Jens Ellermann, Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and Thomas Zehetmair. His artistic development was strongly influenced through impulses from Hatto Beyerle, Eberhard Feltz, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir Roger Norrington.
In 1991 he founded the Trio Jean Paul together with Martin Löhr, violoncello and Eckart Heiligers, piano. As a member of the trio he was awarded first prizes and several special prizes at the international chamber music competitions in Melbourne and Osaka as well as at the German Music Competition in Bonn.
Extensive international concert activities with the Trio Jean Paul, with his duo partners Stephan Imorde and Jan Philip Schulze and with the Bartholdy Quintet regularly take him to the great centres of music such as the Philharmonies in Berlin and Cologne, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zurich, Sydney Opera House, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Mozarteum Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon.
He is a welcome guest at important festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Berlin Festwochen, Beethovenfest Bonn, Mozartfest Würzburg, Edinburgh Festival, Lucerne and Ludwigsburg Festivals, Heidelberger Frühling, Niedersächsische Musiktage, Kissinger Sommer, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, among others.
As soloist, Ulf Schneider has appeared with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, berliner Sinfoniker, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali Milano, Presidential Orchestra Ankara, Nordböhmische Philharmonie Teplice, Dallas Symphony,Tucson Symphony, WDR-Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchester des Prager Nationaltheaters with conductors such as Jörg Faerber, Antonello Manacorda, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Eiji Oue, Petri Sakari, Marc Soustrot, Erich Bergel, Gerd Schaller, George Hanson, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Jaap van Zweden and Sylvain Cambreling.
Since 2001, Ulf Schneider is Professor at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. Many of his students are prize-winners of national and international competitions, members of leading European orchestras, teachers at German universities for music as well as chamber musicians in renowned ensembles. Ulf Schneider is regularly invited to teach master classes, as well as serve as member of the jury for national and international competitions. He is dedicated to the project Rhapsody-in-School and the PE-Förderungen für Musik Mannheim, an association supporting outstanding young musicians.
Ulf Schneider plays a Carlo Gioseppe Testore violin, generously loaned by private collector through the offices of Violin Assets GmbH.
Reinhard Latzko, cello
(Week 1, 6-11 August 2018)
Reinhard Latzko was born in Freising (Bavaria). He studied with Jan Polasek,Martin Ostertag and Heinrich Schiff.
In the period 1987-2003 he was the principal celloist at the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Freiburg (chief conductor Michael Gielen).
During 1988-2005 he was professor at the Music Academy Basel where he succeeded Boris Pergamenschikow.
From 1990 until 1993 he was tutor at the Gustav-Mahler-Youth-Orchestra with Claudio Abbado.
Since 2003 he is professor at the University of Music and performing Arts, Vienna.
Reinhard Latzko was winner of several national and international prizes (Geneva,Venice etc.). He lead masterclasses in Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Korea and Austria (Vienna Master Courses). He performed chamber music with Christian Tetzlaff, Heinrich Schiff, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger and others.
He performed as as soloist with the Basler Sinfonieorchester, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie,Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and others. Latzko made various radio and CD-recordings.
Lluis Claret, cello
(Week 2, 13-18 August 2018)
Born in Andorra in 1951, from exiled catalan parents, Lluís Claret begins his musical studies at the age of 9.
His musical future will be strongly marked by his contact with great teachers as Maurice Gendron, Radu Aldulescu and Enric Casals (Pablo Casals brother) who, besides not being a cellist, will be his principal musical adviser for many years. His meetings with György Sebök, Eva Janzer and Bernard Greenhouse will be also decisive for the development of his artistic personality.
First Prizes at Casals (1976) and Rostropovitch (1977) Competitions help to project his international career to the principal capitals of Europe, America and Asia, invited by orchestras like Washington National Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, English Chamber, France National Orchestra, and others from Tokyo, Seoul, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Bamberg, Moscu, Madrid, Barcelona…Under the baton of Vaclav Neuman, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Pierre Boulez, Karl Münchinger, Dimitri Kitaienko, Sakari Oramo and Georges Malcom among others.
Chamber music and teaching are an important and essential part of Lluís Claret professional activity. He founded the Barcelona Trio (1980-1993), performs regularly with the pianists Josep-Maria Colom and Benedicte Palko and collaborates very often with other prestigious musicians at Festivals like Kuhmo, Naantali, Ernen, l’Epau, Pablo Casals (Prades), Granada, Seoul…
His is actually teaching at the “Victoria dels Angels” Music School at Sant Cugat (Barcelona) and the Toulouse Conservatory (France), and gives Master Classes in France, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, USA, Japan and Korea. Together with Bernard Greenhouse he conducts a seminar at the Abbey of Fontfroide (France). Since 2016 he teaches at the New England Conservatory Boston. Regularly Lluís Claret is invited as Jury Member of International Competitions (Rostropovitch-Paris, Paulo-Helsinki, Pablo Casals-Kronberg, Adam- New Zealand…) and he is the Chairman at the International Cello Competition “Lluís Claret”, City of Moguer (Spain).
His great interest in contemporary music brought him to a close professional collaboration with Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutoslawski, Kristoff Penderecki, Joan Guinjoan, Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Boulez.
Marko Ylönen, cello
(Week 3, 20-25 August 2018)
Finnish cellist Marko Ylönen has performed in as many different roles as almost any other cellist from his generation: soloist, orchestral player and principal, string quartet member, freelance player in duos and trios, and teacher. He has also been a winner and prizewinner in major competitions and a prolific recording artist. Not surprisingly, Ylönen’s repertory is broad, taking in a range of works by C.P.E. Bach, Boccherini, Vivaldi, Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Piazzolla, and especially contemporary Finnish composers like Einojuhani Rautavaara, Joonas Kokkonen, Jouni Kaipainen, Ralf Gothóni, Olli Mustonen, and many others. Ylönen has concertized throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. He has recorded for several labels, including Ondine, Finlandia, and BIS.
Marko Ylönen was born in Rantasalmi, Finland in 1966. He was a student of Csaba Szilvay at the East Helsinki Music Institute and of Heikki Rautasalo and Erkki Rautio at the Helsinki-based Sibelius Academy. From 1985-1989 Ylönen had further studies in Basel, Switzerland, with cello virtuoso Heinrich Schiff.
1990 was a breakthrough year for Ylönen: he captured second prize at the Turku Scandinavian Cello Competition and was a prizewinner at the Moscow-based Tchaikovsky International Competition. That same year he began a season-long stint as principal cellist for the Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Ylönen began teaching at the Sibelius Academy in 1991 and from that year until 1993, he performed with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as first solo cellist. Among Ylönen’s first recordings was a 1994 Ondine CD of Rautavaara’s Op. 41 Cello Concerto. From 1995-2001 Ylönen served as cellist with the New Helsinki Quartet. Meanwhile, he won the 1996 New York City-based Concert Artist Guild Competition.
Ylönen became a tenured teacher at the Sibelius Academy in 2000 and would go on to become a professor there in 2009. In 2003, the busy Ylönen appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the premiere of a work he had commissioned, Jouni Kaipainen’s Cello Concerto.
In 2004 Ylönen served as artistic director of the Korsholm Music Festival in Western Finland. Ylönen was soloist on the acclaimed 2006 Ondine CD of the cello concerto by Peteris Vasks, with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Ylönen returned as artistic director of the 2008 Korsholm Music Festival, then again in 2010 and 2011. Among Ylönen’s more successful recordings is his 2010 Alba CD of sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninov, with pianist Arto Satukangas.