"A full and luminous sound, immense pianistic poise, sensibility, an originality without overwhelming ego."
Alain Lompech , BNDES Rio de Janeiro Piano Competition Review
Born in 1991, Daniel Ciobanu completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland last year, following on from a First class honours degree at the same institution, under the tutelage of Aaron Shorr, Petras Geniusas and Steven Osborne.
2016 was altogether a notable year for Daniel with competition success at the UNISA international piano competition in Pretoria (First prize) and the BNDES international piano competition in Rio de Janeiro (First Prize). He also won the First prize at the Sheepdrove Competition, where each of the eight majorUKconservatoires present theirbest pianists for critical review.
In performance, he completed a concert tour of China at the behest of Bechstein last September; opened the Fazioli concert series in Sacile, Italy in November and in March this year toured South Africa with six concerts in 8 days.
Daniel now lives in Berlin and studies at the prestigious “Universitat der Kunste” under the tutelage of Pascal Devoyon. He travels each month to Paris for the “Concertiste Diplome” in the Ecole Normale de Musique, having last year obtained success in the “6eme Diplome d’Execution” with “l'unanimité et lesfelicitations du jury”.
'Die Fledermaus' (Strauss/Grunfeld) by Daniel Petrica Ciobanu
"...a fine combination of keyboard mastery and elegant refinement."
Lyn Bronson , "Peninsula Reviews"
Born in Ukraine in 1992, pianist Anna Dmytrenko has dedicated her life to music from a young age. As a concert pianist, Anna has performed at such renowned venues as the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot, Yamaha Salon, Steinway Hall, St James's Piccadilly, and Temple Ernanu-El. Anna won prizes in many international piano competitions - amongst them were first places at the Manhattan International Piano Competition, Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Competition, Viardo International Piano Competition, American Prize, and Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Anna was awarded the third prize at the New York International Piano Competition, and was thus featured on the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on WQXR radio and performed at the Salmagundi Club in New York.
Through numerous master classes, Anna was very happy to receive guidance from famed pianists and teachers including Sergei Babayan, Boris Berman, Alexander Braginsky, Akiko Ebi, Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Klaus Hellwig, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Olga Kern, Piotr Paleczny, Yevgeny Sudbin and Arie Vardi.
In 2004, Anna was admitted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Division to study under scholarship with Oxana Yablonskaya. Most recently, she has completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and received a Bachelor's degree, under the tuition of Christopher Elton. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany, where she is working on a Master's Degree at the University of the Arts with Pascal Devoyon.
Most recent international prize include the 2nd Prize in the First Edition of the "Olga Kern" Piano Competition performing Prokofiev 2nd Piano Concerto wit the New Mexico Philarmonic.
Ksenia had already had her first piano lessons by the age of four. At6 she was admitted to the Gnessin music school in Moscow. At the Academical Music College at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she achieved the highest distinction. Since 2011, she has been studying at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) under Professor Pascal Devoyon and Rikako Murata, following a successful Diploma with progress towards a Masters degree.
She has taken part in numerous festivals and master-classes, working with Klaus Hellwig, Jacques Rouvier, Eldar Nebolsin, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Markus Groh, Alfredo Peri, Gilead Mishory, Elena Lapitskaya and others. As a chamber musician she works with the Artemis Quartet violinist Frau Prof. Natalia Prishepenko at the UdK and her feeling for chamber music has been enhanced bylessons with Jorg Widmann, Francois Benda, Mark Gothoni and Julie Kaufmann.
Ksenia is a laureate andparticipant in a number ofinternational piano competitions and festivals including Euro Arts, Crescendo, Fête de la Musique and Horprobe von Deutschlandradio Kultur. She has also the experience of being a juror, at the German competition "Jugend Musiziert" 2013.
She gives solo recitals and chamber concertsall around Europe and Asia. In 2010 she had the honour to perform in the German Embassy in Moscow at a reception for the ex-minister of culture of the Russian Federation, Michail Schwidkoy, by the Ambassador of Germany to Russia, Ulrich Brandenburg. Since 2014 she has been in receipt ofa scholarship of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Vth Edition. In 2015 she performed at the German Bundestag's Open Day.
"...passionate and affectionate, lively and sympathetic !! "
Born in Tulcea, Romania , Luiza Zan is one of the most prominent voices of Romanian jazz. With virtuosity and elegance, her voice warm and imposing slightly knocks down the barrier imposed by patterns and preconceptions.
She won many prizes in national jazz competitions, her passion for competingleading hear to the prestigious and undeniable much deservedSecond Prize in June 2014 atShure Jazz Voice Competitioninside of Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, which is the oldest festival in Europe and one of the most acclaimed in Europe.
Passionate and affectionate, lively and sympathetic. Such could be described in few words Luiza’s music. New jazz inspired by Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves and especially Nat "King" Cole. Soul & Funk inspired by Aretha Franklin, Chakka Khan, Erykah Badu. Hip hop & R & B inspired by D'Angelo, Angie Stone, Bilal. All being traits of a voice full of strength and feelings.
She performed with well-known national names and from elsewhere:
Sorin Romanescu, Mircea Tiberian, Pedro Negrescu, Romeo Cosma Ion Baciu Jr., Mihai Iordache, Alex Man, Abert Tajti, Liviu Barrels, Nicolas Simion, Arthur Balogh, Catalin Milea, Sebastian Burneci, Vlad Popescu, Emil Bazga, Big Band Radio and many others, as well as foreign musicians:Rick Condit, Dave Stamps, Petras Geniusas, Corinne Chapelle, Gyarfas Istvan Balazs Berkes, Peter Sarika, UNC Jazz Lab 1, McNeese State University Big Band and others.
She wrote film music for productions such "Starfruit", "Merry Circus" (HBO) and "Maria" (nominated for "best documentary" at Locarno Festival in March 2013). She wrote theater music – for the show Scourge, directed by Radu Afrim andplayed at the National Theatre of Bucharest, being also a protagonist - and for the show Three Fractures, also directed by Radu Afrim, played at the Andrei Muresanu Theatr, in which Luiza Zan performs live during the entire show.
2005 – „SLANG” – Slang , Zone Records
2010 – „Carols and Christmas Stories” – Sorin Romanescu, Luiza Zan – Soft Records
2012 – „Like Water” – Pedro Negrescu, Luiza Zan – Soft Records (named "Best Album of 2012" by "Cultural Observer" and "Music and phases")
September 2014 – ”Romanian Impressions” – Nicolas Simion Trio – with Nicolas Simion și Sorin Romanescu
March 2016 – ”Heritage” – Luiza Zan ( recorded at SuperSizeStudios Budapesta with Sarik Peter, Gyarfas Istvan, Fonay Tibor, Attila Galfi și Ioana Mardare) – produced by Luiza Zan si launched with the help of FiverHouse Records.
Pianist Petras Geniušas is one of the most prominent, versatile and adventurous Lithuanian performers. Having mastered an extensive repertoire of classical, romantic and contemporary works, he frequently appears in recitals and concerts with Lithuanian symphony orchestras and various chamber ensembles and musicians.He has shared a stage withsuch giants as Rostropovich, Menuchin, Kniazev, Geringas, Chekassin, Tarasov among others. But apart from his appearances as a classical musician, Petras Geniušas can also often be seen performing in the theatre and in musical performances, as well as in jazz and crossover projects. His musical interests range far beyond his background as a classical concert pianist – from English virginalists and ethnic music from different parts of the world to avant-garde, jazz and electronic dance beats. This also affects the way he interprets classical music and makes this piano virtuoso so special.
A 2004 documentary “Improvisation. Theme: Petras Geniušas” (directed by Monika Juozapavičiūtė for the Lithuanian National Radio and Television) portrays his many-sided personality not in the standard concert tuxedo, but in his casual gear, sharing his time with family, colleagues, friends and pupils between Vilnius, Moscow and London.
In recognition of his wide-ranging concert activities and artistic accomplishments, he became the recipient of the Lithuanian National Award 1992 and WIPO Creativity Award 2004. In 2011 he received the Ministry of Culture medal “Bring your light and Believe.” In 2015 Petras Geniušas was awarded the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas.
At the age of 18, Luka made his US debut at the Carnegie Hall. He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls, such as the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall and the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Barcelona and has also performed in Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Georgia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Luka OKROS performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no.2
The Independent ****
‘IT MADE YOU FEEL AS IF YOU WERE AT THE CENTRE OF AN ARCTIC GALE WITH FROST ON YOUR CHIN!’
The Guardian ****
Since his professional debut, aged 22, William has been invited to conduct orchestras and festivals across Europe, Asia and America. He is Principal Conductor of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Piraeus Festival in Athens. Winner of the 2014 James Conlon Conducting prize at Aspen Music Festival, William was the first conducting fellow ever to be immediately re-engaged as a guest artist by Festival Director Robert Spano.
Recent guest highlights included his American Public Radio debut with Sarah Chang, Tchaikovsky and the US premiere of Mike Mills Violin Concerto with Robert McDuffie and Aspen Festival Orchestra, Rossini and Strauss with Athens Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky with the Romanian Radio Orchestra, and Mendelssohn and Mozart with the Hallé in Manchester.
With the Arensky Chamber Orchestra, William has made London debuts at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Cadogan Hall. He has recorded Symphonies by Beethoven and Mozart, Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and concerti with Jennifer Pike, Benjamin Grosvenor, Andrew Haveron and Andriy Viytovych, all for Classic FM.
As a guest artist William has made appearances at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh (one of an elite group of artists invited to perform at Britten’s centenary weekend), the British Museum in London (the first conductor to have given a concert there) and has conducted the National Radio Orchestras of Bulgaria and Romania, Athens and Tallinn Camerata, Sweden’s O:Mordent Orkester, State Orchestras in Greece and Moldova, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and at festivals in Germany, France and Bahrain.
Born in Tuscany (Italy) in 1990 graduated with honors at “Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan. He completed a Master’s degree in performance with Distinction at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He performed in the USA (Carnegie Hall in New York, NYU and Cornell University in Ithaca), in various cities of Sweden, Germany, Scotland (Stevenson Hall and in the Royal Concert Hall of Glasgow), Mexico (Centro Cultural Bicentenario in Mexico City), Cambodia (Phnom Penh Piano Festival Meta House), Thailand (Bangkok Piano Festival, Siam Ratchada Auditorium).
He has performed frequently in Milan, most notably at Teatro alla Scala, in the Salone Napoleonico of Palazzo Serbelloni, in the Royal Palace, in the Puccini hall and in the Verdi hall, in the great hall of Casa Verdi, in Villa Litta Borromeo Visconti for Società Umanitaria, in the Gaber Hall for the Società dei Concerti.
He performed as a soloist with Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, with Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” Bacau, with Grosseto Symphony Orchestra, and with Reggio Calabria “Francesco Cilea” Orchestra.
Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Nazione, Il Tirreno and Suonare News have given him glowing reviews and RAI TV News (TG1) have interviewed him, introducing him as “A promising young talent on the Italian, musical scene.” In 2011 he recorded a concert for the national service Radio Classica, as guest artist on their programme The Pianist. In 2014 he played live for RadioRai3.
He recorded a CD for Brilliant Classics dedicated to the Russian composer Dimitri Kabalevsky.
Born in Piatra Neamt, Cristina Giurgea studied music at the Vitor Brauner Highschool. During this period she had been the coordinator and director of an English language amateur theatre group called “Teen-Act”, after which she continued her studies in theatre directing at the National University of Theatrical andCinema Arts in Bucharest.
In 2013 she received the Theatre University “Best Director” award for her performance with “The Titanic Orchestra” by Hristo Boythcev. In 2016, Cristina was elected by the University and the Ireland’s Embassy in Bucharest to receive the “Irish Theatre Bursary”, which gives a student the opportunity to study an Irish author. Her choice was “Eden” by Eugene O’Brien – a performance currently in the repertory of the National Theatre of Bucharest.
Managing to create a successful duet between her art making and professional entrepreneurship , her paintings reached many parts of the globe and the events she organized are a continuous flawless success. First she was attracted to Paintings , she loves colours and her works are mainly "captures" from nature . She learned the trade of painting from the artist Arcadie Raileanu from Neamt , who taught and gave her the tools to build a strong career.
In 2006 she organized for the first time in Romania the “International conference for Human rights” followed by a different flavored event “Miss Piatra Neamt, Sport and Beauty” and the “Folk Gala , Good people for the world”
One year later she got together the “National Congress of Surgeons” and the “Traditional Folk Celebration for Christmas “ in Piatra Neamt.
Currently she obtained the Masters Degree in Art from theUniversity of the Arts “George Enescu” , working for her Doctorate inbetween her monthly trips to Venice on a scholarship on the Auction specialisation .
Ioana-Raluca Brăduleţ was born in 1990 in Piatra Neamt. She graduated from the "Victor Brauner" Art School in Piatra Neamt and continues to study at the Faculty of Arts and Design in Bucharest, towards a master's degree in Environmental Design.
She intends viewers to respond to her works with the freedom to create a personal world imbued with their own emotional response. She does not seek to impose a narrative, but rather to encourage the viewer to discover one. Many viewers, many experiences. Her approach is simple, based on the essence of all things, in nature and in everyday life, and her style embraces the viewer in a personal world of colour.
Andrei Nuțu was born in 1996,in Piatra-Neamț, Romania. He developedand refined his art skills at Liceul de Arte Victor Brauner in his hometown, and is currently studying painting in his second year at Universitatea de Artă și Design in Cluj Napoca.
In recent years, as a member of the Association ARTE.RO, he received many national and international prizes, awards and scholarships in Bangladesh, Macedonia, Portugal, France, England, Italy, Bulgaria and Hong Kong. Some of his latest achievements in the field of Art are two scholarships, one for a period of 4 months in Rome, enabling him to study at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Roma, and the other one, the prestigious Tinere Talenteaward (Young Talents) received from the Romanian Royal House’s Foundation,Principesa Margareta a României,in 2016.
Ambitious and hard-working in his painting, drawing, photography and iconography, Andrei Nuțuhopes to find himself in the art world with a lot of challenges, patience and will, thus revealing his both his view of himself and that of the world that surrounds us.
VIDEOGRAPHER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Ana Lefaux is a photographer and video artist, born in 1996 in Paris. After studying French literature and German, she graduated from the Paris Diderot University with honors. In 2016, she successfully passed the entry exam for the National Film Sound and Photography School Louis Lumière in Saint-Denis, France, where she now studies photography. Alongside her photographic work focused on the human body and intimate relationships, she has directed several music videos and a short movie (Summer camp, 2014) about three pianists. She was also the artistic director for the documentary film Still Breathing by Anca Hirte (2015).
COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE
“....strong personality !!! ”
“...an impressive display of character..."
Born in France, Pierre Audiger is a young pianist and composer and has studied Piano performance from 2012 to 2016 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland thanks to a scholarship from RCS Trust. Being classically trained in his piano practice, Pierre has also been writing music since the age of 17. His music has quickly been critically acclaimed and been described as having a “strong personality” and “an impressive display of character”. During his studies at RCS, Pierre studied Composition under the tutelage of the composer Dave Fennessy.
In 2015 Pierre won the Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial award for Composition for his Piece “Not A Clown” premiered by violonist Ilya Gringolts at the RCS.
Multi Award winning Pianist Petrica Ciobanu also commissioned him an encore piece “Paraphrase on Mozart's 23rd Piano Concert” for Piano and Violin, also premiered in 2015.
Pierre also had the opportunity to compose an opera commissioned by Symposium Collective and written by the #loveofhislife April Koyejo. The opera “Moremi Ajasoro” was premiered with support from RCS Equality and diversity Comittee on the 15th of June 2015.
Recent events include the premiere of Pierre's “Piano and Flute Sonata” with flautist Graham Dickson and his Piano Concerto transcribed as a Piano Duet with pianist Sinae Lee at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.