Dutch pianist Tobias Borsboom performs extensively both as a soloist and in other capacities. In 2015 he toured all the major concert halls of the Netherlands as a soloist in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Dutch Student Orchestra conducted by Quentin Clare. With violinist Piotr Jasiurkowski he played the Masters on Tour series of The International Holland Music Sessions (2013-2014), and in 2015, after being nominated twice, he won the prestigious Dutch Classical Talent Award for his solo performance as well as the audience award with his duo partner Piotr Jasiurkowski.
In recent years, Tobias Borsboom has been successful in several competitions. With Piotr Jasiurkowski he won the audience award and the Who’s Next Award at the Almere Chamber Music Competition (NL, 2015). As a soloist, he was awarded first prize at the Grand Dominique (NL, 2012) and the Concertgebouw Entree Kamermuziek Concours (NL, 2006). Additionally, he was a prize winner at the Young Pianist Foundation Piano Competition (3rd prize and prize for best interpretation of a Dutch work, NL, 2010), and the Prinses Christina Concours (2005).
In 2013, Tobias Borsboom completed his Master’s degree at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, where he studied with Jan Wijn. He has taken lessons with such renowned pianists as Paolo Giacometti, Maria João Pires, Jan Boguslaw Strobel, Georg Friedrich Schenck and Geoffrey Douglas Madge.
Tobias Borsboom performs regularly at festivals, including the Storioni Festival, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, and The International Holland Music Sessions. Additionally, he organizes concerts under the name ‘Podium Pianoboom’ in and around The Hague. He also performs regularly in various theatre productions, both for adults and for children.
South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim graduated from the Royal Academy of Music last year with an Advanced Diploma in Performance, receiving the HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize. In 2015, Somi gained her Master of Arts with Distinction, receiving a DipRAM and the Christian Carpenter Prize for the Best Recital. Somi is the 2017 winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize, and has received the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists, AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Accompanist Prize, Mozart Singing Competition Accompanist Prize, and more prizes. Somi made her debut with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2015.
Sought after as a chamber musician, song accompanist and répétiteur, Somi is an artist for the Kirckman Concert Society, Park Lane Group, Concordia Foundation and is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Somi is a scholar on the Samling Artist Programme and Georg Solti Accademia, and is a staff pianist at The International Holland Music Sessions and the Gisborne International Music Competition. In recital, Somi’s recent and future appearances include Het Concertgebouw, Slovak Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Edinburgh Fringe, Ryedale, Kings Lynn and Oxford Lieder Festivals.
István Lajkó was born on 14 January 1982 in Budapest. After completing a preparatory course in music, he started to play the piano at the age of eight. In 1996 he continued his piano studies in the St. Stephen Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Erzsébet Belák. In 2000 he won First Prize at the Millennium Music Competition at the Conservatory and Grand Prize at the Music Competition of Hungaroton Records Ltd. In 2001 he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, he graduated with Honors/Distinction in 2007 under Sándor Falvai and Balázs Szokolay. He attended the DMA course at the same institution, where he studied with Rita Wagner and earned his doctorate title with summa cum laude honors in 2014. In 2010 he spent 3 months with Erasmus Scholarship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, where he studied with Prof. Matti Raekallio. With the support of the KLASSZ Talents Program he continued his studies with Prof. Raekallio in New York, at the Juilliard School of Music. Currently he is pursuing his Concert Diplom in the class of Prof. Szokolay at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, where he was also assistant of his professor. He is also member of the faculty at the Liszt Academy of Music Budapest.
István Lajkó has won a number of prestigious prizes home and abroad: He won the Béla Bartók Prize in the competition of the International Summer Music Academy of Baden, he is also winner of the Yamaha scholarship. He won First Prize in the Andor Földes Piano Competition, First Prize and Composition Prize in the Carl Filtsch International Piano Competition in Sibiu and First Prize in the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition. He won prizes in the First International Piano Competition in memory of Franz Liszt in Pécs, and in the International Liszt-Bartók Piano Competition in Budapest. In Pécs, he won also the De Profundis Special Prize for the interpretation of Liszt’s rarely played concerto with the same title. He performed Liszt’s De Profundis in Pécs for the first time. In 2009 he received the Special Prize of the Jury in the EU International Piano Competition in Prague, and recently he won the Grand Prize, the First Prize and two Special Prizes in the International Liszt-Bartók-Ligeti Competition in Sofia. In 2010 he was honored with the prestigious Junior Prima Prize. He was recipient of the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic for two consecutive years (2005, 2006), winner of the Annie Fischer Scholarship of the Philharmonia Budapest for three consecutive years (2008-2010) and in 2013 he was awarded with DAAD-scholarship in Germany.
In 2014 István Lajkó gave the world premiere performance of Liszt’s Faust Symphony in the piano solo transcription of Carl Tausig. He regularly plays recitals in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and performs chamber music concerts with members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. István Lajkó recently premiered in Germany Torsten Herrmann’s Levitron for piano and orchestra, and presented in one concert Prokofiev’s complete works for violin and piano with the Russian violinist Andrey Baranov. His future engagements include recitals in Germany and the Netherlands, chamber music concerts with cellists Harriet Krijgh (Academy of Music Budapest) and Ildikó Szabó (Konzerthaus Berlin), concerto performances of works by Dohnányi and Mendelssohn.
In the beginning of February 2017 his new CD, a world premiere recording of Liszt’s Faust Symphony in the piano solo transcription of Carl Tausig was internationally released under the label Hungaroton.
Mana Oguchi was born in Sapporo, Japan and has been studying the piano since the age of three. She studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts and Music Tokyo with Prof. Kei Itoh and the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover) with Prof.Karl-Heinz Kammerling. She completed the ‘Artistic Education’ course and she studied for her master’s degree, including Chamber Music, with Professor Markus Becker. She received a scholarship from the YAMAHA music foundation, the DAAD foundation and the Japanese Government.
Mana is highly valued as both a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in Japan and throughout Europe. As a soloist she has played with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Wernigerode, the Festival Orchestra concert of the International Concert Society Bodensee, and Yokohama City Philhamonic in Japan. Mana has appeared in the Budapest Frühlings Festival in Hungary and she has performed at the Chamber Music Festival of HMTMH. She has a lot of concerts as soloist, accompanist and chamber music extensively in Japan, and also in Germany, England and Holland. She has performed as an accompanist at he International Festival of Young Violin Masters Lindau, the International Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar, the IMAS International Music Academy in Germany, the International Holland Music Sessions.
Mana teaches at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.
Pianist Natsumi Ohno was born in Japan and began studying music in Tokyo. She later completed her graduate recital in Hannover with Prof. Bernd Goetzke. In addition to her soloist training, she specialized in song accompaniment in Justus Zeyen’s class as well as instrument accompeniment for strings and woodwinds. During her studies, she received stipends from Tokyo College of Music as well as the Yehudi Menuhin foundation “Live Music Now”.
Natsumi Ohno is an awardee of the International Chamber Music Competition ‘ Premio Trio di Trieste’ and of the International Piano Competition ‘ Citta di Sulmona’ in Italy. She has performed as an accompanist at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover (2012, 2015), the Schleswig- Holstein Musik Festival, the International Festival of Young Violin Masters Lindau, the IMAS International Music Academy in Germany, the International Holland Music Sessions,the Morges Music Academy in Switzerland, the Summer Academy Cervo in Italy and Gdansk Music Festival in Poland.
Natsumi Ohno is full time faculty at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater and Medien Hannover.
Born in Barcelona, Àlex Ramírez started his piano studies with Margarita Serrat and Benjamí Santacana. In 1999, he was awared an advanced degree with honors by the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona). In 2000, he continued his studies in Madrid with Josep Colom (being later on appointed by him as his assistant teacher). He also received instrument and chamber music lessons from Paul Badura-Skoda, Christophe Coin, Lorenzo Coppola, Lluís Claret, Bernard Greenhouse and Alícia de Larrocha, among others.
He has received numerous awards as a soloist and as a chamber musician: Jugend Musiziert (EMCY), Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España, Ciudad de Albacete, Paper de Música (Barcelona), Ciutat de Manresa (Barcelona), etc.
Currently, he mainly works as a chamber musician, performing in some of the major halls in Spain, and in other countries in Europe and South America. He is member of the Trio Messiaen and the Murtra Ensemble. He has been member of the ensembles Barcelona Collage and Bilbao Cámara, and played with other groups and musicians like Camerata 432, ONCA Soloists, Lleidart Ensemble, Simfonietta Porta Ferrada, Stefan Popov, Wolfgang Güttler, Lluís Claret, etc.
Interested in contemporary music, he has often collaborated with ensembles like BCN216, Grup 21 and Grupo Illana, performing world premieres of spanish composers works like Jordi Cervelló and Leonardo Balada, among others. Beign interested in other artistic disciplines, he regularly colaborates with the grenadian puppet theatre company “Etcétera” (2014 National Prize). He has also participated in different theatre and musical theatre productions at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Teatre Lliure and Teatre Romea (Barcelona).
From 2004 to 2015, he teached at the Liceu Superior Conservatory (Barcelona) and at the Zaragoza Superior Conservatory, among other centers.
Pianist Vital Stahievitch was born in Minsk. He graduated from Republican Music College and from Belarusian Academy of Music under the guidance of Professor Zoya Kacharskaya.
He has taken part in numerous national and international festivals. He frequently appears in many cities in Belarus as a soloist, with orchestras and various chamber groups. He performed as a soloist and chamber musician in England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Norway, Greece, Russia, Lithuania, Poland, France, USA.
In 2000 Vital has recorded a CD with music of Schubert on Italian label “Agora”. In June 2001 he performed Second Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov with National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico in Palacio des Bellas Artes in Mexico-City (conductor – Enrique Arturo Diemecke).
Vital Stahievitch is laureat of International Stasys Vainiunas Piano Competition in Vilnius (Lithuania, 1996, 2nd Prize), Emmanuel Durlet International Piano Competition in Antwerp (Belgium, 2001, 7th Prize) and European Union Piano Competition Arcangelo Speranza in Taranto (Italy, 2005, 2nd prize). On International Piano Competition “Minsk-2005” Vital won a Diploma. In 2006 Vital was awarded with a diploma at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Marianske Lazne (Czech Republic).
In 2007 Vital completed the Master Degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, his piano teacher was Håkon Austbo.
At the moment Vital is teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam as a correpetitor.
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Noriko Yabe made her debut as soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in the United States at the age of twelve. After studying piano at Toho-Gakuen High School and College of Music in Tokyo with Fujiko Yamada and chamber music with Shigeo Neriki, Hamao Fujiwara, Ryosuke Hori and Akira Miyoshi, she continued her study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Willem Brons.
Directly following her graduation, she was appointed as the cello class accompanist at the institute till present. As active chamber music performer, Noriko has appeared in the Netherlands, Japan, the United States, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia and Germany.
Noriko is a regular guest pianist at music festivals and masterclasses such as the International Holland Music Sessions and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam.