PIANO FACULTY

Nina Tichman, piano

(Week 1, 29 July – 3 August 2019)

Since her debut at the age of seventeen playing Beethoven´s „Emperor Concerto“ Nina Tichman has appeared in the musical centers of the world such as New York´s Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, to name only a few. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions (Busoni, Mendelssohn, Casagrande), she has performed with the Bamberger Sinfoniker, the symphony orchestras of the Bayerische, Hessische and Norddeutsche Rundfunk, the Baltimore and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras under the batons of Moshe Atzmon, Leon Barzin, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Kitaenko und Louis Langrée.  Tichman´s discography includes works by Bartók, Beethoven, Copland (complete), Chopin, Corigliano, Debussy, Fauré, V.D. Kirchner, Mendelssohn, Penderecki, und Reger.  Her recording of the Complete Piano Works was hailed as a milestone in Debussy interpretation. As soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue she has appeared at international Festivals including Marlboro, Tanglewood, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Styriarte, Frankfurt Feste, Rheingau Musikfestival. Concert tours in the last years have taken her to China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Greece, Turkey, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico, the United States as well as almost all in European countries. From 2001 until 2015 she was a founding member of he Xyrion Trio with Ida Bieler and Maria Kliegel – the highly successful ensemble has been praised by the press around the world for its recordings of the Complete Piano Trios of Beethoven.

Nina Tichman is a graduate of the Juilliard School, which awarded her the Eduard-Steuermann-Prize for outstanding musical achievement. She is Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and has given Master Classes at Amherst College, Princeton University, IKIF in New York, the Golandsky Institute, the Europäischen Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Montepulcianoand at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. She has served as jury member of prominent international competitions such as the European International Piano Competition (Bremen), Rachmaninov Competition (Bonn), Aschenbrenner Wettbewerb (Köln), Busoni Wettbewerb (Bozen).

In 2016 Nina Tichman assumed the artistic directorship of the Andernacher Musiktage.   This exclusive chamber music festival highlights unusual themes such as “Brahms – the Janus-faced”, “Slavic-hungarian Rgapsody”, or “The muse and the poet”. Recent projects have included a recital series “the last three”, in which she performs the last three Sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert as well as chamber music highlights (Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Mozart with Ariadne Daskalakis) and concerto appearances (Mozart K. 271, K. 450, K. 365, K. 456). For the 2019-2020 season a cycle of the complete Piano Sonatas of Franz Schubert is planned.

www.ninatichman.com

Filippo Gamba, piano

(Week 1, 29 July – 3 August 2019)

In the summer of 2000 Filippo Gamba won the First Prize at the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich. The Jury, chaired by Vladimir Ashkenazy, awarded him also the Mozart Prize for the best performance of the Mozart’s piano concerto.

Filippo Gamba had already been a prizewinner at numerous piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn, the Leeds, the Gina Bachauer, the Rubinstein-Tel Aviv and the International Beethoven Competition Wien and in 1995 he won the Bremen Piano Competition.

He has given recitals at many notable festivals: the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Dortmund “Next Generation”, the Stresa Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the “Oxford Philomusica” Festival, the “Meister des Klaviers” Festival in Krakow, the Beethovenfest in Bonn and the St. Petersburg Musical Olympus Festival.

He has been invited to play in several well-known concert halls of Europe, in Paris (Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Munich (Herkulessaal), Vienna (Konzerthaus), Lyon (Salle Molière), Barcelona and Hanover (NDR-Saal).

Filippo Gamba has performed with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Cologne WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Winterthur Musikkollegium, the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic.

Among the conductors he has worked with are Simon Rattle, Pinchas Steinberg, James Conlon, George A. Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Lawrence Foster.

In Italy Filippo Gamba has collaborated with important concert societies in Rom, Milan, Venice, Florence, Perugia, Palermo, Turin and he has made concerto appearances with the RAI Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra Teatro Verdi of Trieste.

Filippo Gamba has made studio recordings for French Radio, Bremen Radio, Italian Radio and other prominent broadcasting organizations. He recorded two CDs for Sony, with the violinist Niimura and five CDs with LOL Production.

He recorded all Beethoven Bagatelles and Schuman Humoreske &Davisdbuendlertaenze for DECCA.

He has held masterclasses for the Bachauer Foundation, the Music of Southern Nevada, the Asolo Musica, the Oxford Philomusica.

He is Professor at the Musik-Akademie in Basel

Born in Verona in 1968, Filippo Gamba pursued his musical education with Renzo Bonizzato at the Verona Conservatoire, Maria Tipo and with Homero Francesch.

www.filippogamba.it

Michel Béroff, piano

(Week 2, 5-10 August 2019)

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.

Boris Berman, piano

(Week 2, 5-10 August 2019)

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).

www.borisberman.com

Bernd Goetzke, piano

(Week 3, 12-17 August 2019)

Bernd 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, 12-17 August 2019)

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.

VIOLIN FACULTY

Pavel Vernikov, violin

(Week 1, 29 July – 3 August 2019)

Pavel Vernikov, a student of David Oistrach and S. Snitkowsky, gained a reputation as virtuoso violinist more than twenty years ago. Among other prizes he won the International ARD Violin Competition in Munich and the Grand Prix at the International Violin Competition “Vittorio Gui” in Florence. He has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, La Salle Gaveau in Paris, La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome.

For the last 30 years he has been a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio.

His artistic partners have included Sviatoslav Richter, James Galway, Alain Meunier, Patrick Gallois, Maria Tipo, Natalia Gutman, Oleg Kagan, Yuri Bashmet, Elisso Virsaladze, Christian Zimmermann and Anthony Pay. He inaugurated the Russian Academy of Higher Learning in Portogruaro and was the Artistic Director of the Gubbio Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.

He teaches and gives master classes around the world, in Italy, France, Finland, Spain (Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia Madrid), Israel (Rubin Academy), Germany (Kronberg Academy), etc. and has been invited to be a member of the jury at international competitions (Szigeti, Kreisler, Gui, ARD-Competition in Munich, Sendai (Japan), Budapest, Sarasate, Wieniawski, etc.).

Pavel Vernikov has recorded for RCA, Ondine and Dynamic.

He was Professor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Lyon. At present he’s Professor at the famous Konservatorium Wien University and at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Site de Sion).

Among his many laureate students are people like Massimo Quarta (1. Prize Paganini International Violin Competition, Genua), Fumiaki Miura (1. Prize Hannover International Violin Competition), Lorenza Borrani (Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Fanny Clamagirand (1. Prize Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, Vienna and 1. Prize International Monte Carlo Violin Competition) and Miki Kobayashi (2. Prize Wieniawski Competition).

In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Sion Festival in Switzerland.

He plays the beautiful Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, Milano 1751, owned by the family of Tibor Varga.

www.pavelvernikov.com

Takashi Shimizu, violin

(Week 2, 5-10 August 2019)

Takashi Shimizu was studying the violin with S. Tokunaga at the age of 6 and then with S. Sumi. Also he studied sometimes under Y. Yankelevich.

He won the first prize in the All Japan Student Music Competition at age of 10 and made his debut concert with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. After Shimizu won 3 first prizes of the All Japan Music Competitions at the age of 17. The following year he was dispatched to United States by government. And studied under Jascha Heifetz at Southern California University. Shimizu studied French and Russian bowing under M. Auclair with advice of Heifetz. After he went to London with advice of Auclair.

He was studying chamber music with Y. Neaman for over 10 years. In the meantime he studied with Yehudi Menuhin and Nathan Milstein with advice of Neaman.

Shimizu won the 1st prize of Granada, 2nd prize of Carl Flesch and 3rd prize of the Queen Elizabeth and Long Thibaud International competitions. Also he won the Grand Prix at the competition for winners of international competition in France. Shimizu made his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the leader of Yehudi Menuhin. After he played with the major orchestras in UK and many country. He was given his family’s misdiagnosis, it let him to go back to Japan. He was resumed playing activities in 1999 by advice of Heifetz’s assistant Madam Claire Hodgkins.

Shimizu has performed with orchestras, such as Het Residentie, Limburgs S., and others in Netherlands, the London S., Royal P. and othersIn UK, National de Belgique, Brussel P. and others in Belgium, Her Resident, Stuttgart P. and others in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy In Western Europe. Eastern Europe, he has played with the State S. Russia, Moscow Radio S. and others in Russia, George Enescu P., Brasov P. and others in Romania, Sofia P., Plovdiv P. and others in Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and Montenegro.

In Asia he has performed with orchestras in China, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. He played chamber music with Martha Argerich many time. And played with Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Canino, Pavel Gililov, Yuri Bashmet, Mario Burnello, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky, etc. 

He was invited as jury member for many International Competitions and masterclass.

Krzysztof Wegrzyn, violin

(Week 3, 12-17 August 2019)

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.

CELLO FACULTY

Reinhard Latzko, cello

(Week 1, 29 July – 3 August 2019)

Reinhard Latzko is one of the most multifaceted cellists of his generation. In addition to his extensive performing career, he has especially made a name for himself as a successful cello teacher and music communicator. Born in Freising, near Munich, he studied with Jan Polasek, Martin Ostertag and Heinrich Schiff. From 1987 – 2003 Reinhard Latzko was solo cellist of the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Gielen. Teaching has been one of the special focal points in his artistic career, already since 1990, when he was tutor in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. From 1988 – 2005 he took over Boris Pergamenschikow’s cello class at the Music Academy in Basel. Since 2003 he has held a professorship at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. His students include prize winners of international competitions and hold leading positions in orchestras around the world. World-wide masterclasses underscore Reinhard Latzko’s international status as one of the most sought-after instructors. Additionally he has been since October 2016 Senior Lecturer for chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Reinhard Latzko is himself a winner of national and international competitions, performing as soloist as well as chamber music partner, with Markus Schirmer, Christian Tetzlaff, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger, Christopher Hinterhuber. He has performed in concert halls world-wide, including the Musikverein as well as Konzerthaus in Vienna, Shanghai Concert Hall, Philharmonie in Berlin, among others. He has also been invited to the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the Shanghai Cello Festival and the Supercello Festival in Peking. Reinhard Latzko has performed as soloist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Wiener Kammerorchester and the Camerata Salzburg. His thorough exploration into comtemporary music has resulted in world premieres of works, including those by Wolfgang Rihm, Ernst Krenek and Michael Gielen. Reinhard Latzko is artistic director of the chamber music festival “con anima” in Ernstbrunn. For several years Reinhard Latzko has put his stamp on a new and innovative form of orchestra leading, working with Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg and Het Balletorkest in Amsterdam, among others.

www.reinhardlatzko.at

Chu Yi-Bing, cello

(Week 2, 5-10 August 2019)

Chu Yi-Bing was born in Beijing, China in 1966. His father Chu Yong-Ning and mother Wang Yao-Ling were both professors at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, China.

In 1978, Chu Yi-Bing commenced studying cello with his father at the Middle School of the CCOM in Beijing, China. In 1984 after graduating from the CCOM, Chu Yi-Bing was accepted to Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique à Paris in France where he studied under the tutelage of Maurice Gendron.

1986 Chu Yi-Bing was prize winner at the 42nd Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva. He was the first Chinese cellist ever to win a prize in a major international Cello competition.

After Chu Yi-Bing graduated from the Conservatory in Paris with a Premier Prix in 1987, he served as principal cellist in Basel Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland. During his tenure between 1989-2004, Chu Yi-Bing was also guest principal cellist of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Germany.

It was his principle cellist job that led him to start his conducting career. He has conducted Munich Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra (Berlin), Düsseldorfer Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Zurich Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland and Moravian Symphony Orchestra in Czech Republic.

Chu Yi-Bing was appointed as cello professor and head of the cello department at the CCOM in Beijing, where he taught between 2004 and 2018. He founded the Chu Yi-Bing Cello Ensemble with his students, one of the very few chamber music groups in China, playing countless concerts in a number of diverse cities and provinces, schools, colleges and universities.

He has produced and recorded several CDs and DVDs with his cello ensemble in Dun Huang, a grand historical site which is an ancient city on the silk road in the Northwest China.

This project had been considered somewhat unique because of the performance of Chinese and western style music on this historical crossroad.

Chu Yi-Bing has also played for several Chinese Presidents and many of other nation leaders.

Chu Yi-Bing founded the SuperCello festival in Beijing, 2016. SuperCello is the premier cello festival in Asia. Every year it is attended by hundreds cellists including a number of world leading performers.

Leonid Gorokhov, cello

(Week 3, 12-17 August 2019)

Leonid Gorokhov was born in St. Petersburg, then Leningrad and begun his cello studies at the age of seven. His first cello teacher was S. Zagursky. From the age of 12 he joined the cello class of Prof. Anatoli Nikitin, where he stayed until graduating the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. He also took part in masterclasses of Daniil Shafran.

Winner of Concertino Praga (First Prize) and Paris chamber music competition (Premier Grand Prix), Leonid Gorokhov is the only Russian cellist to be awarded the Grand Prix and the First Prize of the Geneva Concours. In 1995 the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize to Leonid Gorokhov for “exceptional talent and outstanding artistic accomplishment”.

In 1991 Leonid Gorokhov appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin, who took interest in the young cellist and invited him to join the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK as a teacher. That also provided Leonid with chances to perform under Maestro Menuhin’s baton with many leading orchestras and to share a stage as a chamber music partner in Piano Trios and Beethoven Triple Concerto, which was enormously inspiring for a young musician.

Some of the highlights of this work were appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic as well as other British, Russian, Swiss, Scandinavian orchestras with a range of repertoire, from Haydn, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak to Walton and Lutoslawsky.

Leonid returns regularly to Russia to perform a range of repertoire, most recently in Moscow with the Russian premiere of Sonata Notturna by Nicholas Maw under Evgeny Bushkov as conductor and as a soloist and chamber musician with Musica Viva, a chamber orchestra conducted by Alexander Rudin.

His passion is chamber music where the main interest is to involve younger musicians alongside more prominent and experienced partners.

The other passion is teaching. Leonid is a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik,Theater und Medien in Hannover Germany since 2008.

www.leonidgorokhov.com