Born in Siberia in 1973, Natalia studied with her mother, Tamara Prishepenko, an eminent pedagogue in the Soviet Union. In 1988 Natalia Prishepenko arrived in Lübeck to study at the Musikhochschule with Zakhar Bron. She came to prominence in three of the most prestigious international competitions: the Paganini in 1990, the Tokyo in 1992, and the Reine Elisabeth de Belgique in 1993. Following these successes, her solo career took flight. In 1994 Natalia Prishepenko was a member of the Artemis Quartet. They soon entered the international arena after winning first prize at the ARD Competition in 1996 and the Premio Borciani a year and a half later. Since its successful debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999, the quartet has played in all the leading concert halls and international festivals of Europe, the United States, Japan, South America, and Australia. This time is inspired by the teachings of Walter Levin, the Alban Berg, Juilliard, and Emerson Quartets, Alfred Brendel, and David Geringas; also by the results of a direct contact with composers such as Kurtág, Lachenmann, Lutosławski, Nono, and Ligeti; and not least inspired by a musical exchange with artists like Sabine Meyer, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Juliane Banse, Jörg Widmann, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Thomas Kakuska, Valentin Erben, and the Alban Berg Quartet. Natalia Prishepenko did leave the quartet in 2012. Remembering this exceptional 18 years there exist an extensive discography with her and the Artemis Quartet on Virgin Classics/EMI, which has been saluted by prestigious prizes, including the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or, the Echo-Klassik-Preis and the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in France. Teaching is one of the numerous passions of this artist, who despite her youth can already speak of a pedagogical legacy. For the Armida Quartet, one of today’s promising young quartets and the winner of the ARD Competition in 2012, is the outcome of the passion she has lavished on this branch of her activity and of her teaching as a Professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Born in 1954 in Güstrow, the violist Erich Wolfgang Krüger is renowned as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. After studying with Prof. Alfred Lipka at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, he spent 20 years solo-violist at the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (RSB).
Since 1979 he teaches at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin. From the summer term 1997, Erich Krueger has been Professor of Viola at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” and teaches in numerous master classes. Some of his students have won international competitions and many of his former students occupy prominent positions in the international music scene.
He is a member of various chamber music ensembles, for example, the “Bach-Collegium Stuttgart”, the Chamber Orchestra “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach” and the Victoria-Mullova-Ensemble.
He has toured in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Numerous radio and television recordings and various CD-productions are an eloquent testimony of his work.
Florian Richter has taken over a professorship for the subject Viola for the winter semester 2017 at the University of Music Nuremberg. He received his first lessons in violin at the University of Music & Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig under Prof. Klaus Hertel. In 2000 he moved to the viola, in 2001 to the music high school “Schloss Belvedere” Weimar in the viola class of Prof. Erich Krüger. The multiple 1st Federal Prize winner at “Jugend musiziert”, studied at the Academy of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar with Prof. Ditte Leser / Prof. Erich Krüger, which he finished with the concert exam with distinction. He received important musical impulses at chamber music and viola master classes, among others with Prof. Alfred Lipka, Prof. Dietmar Hallmann, Prof. Hartmut Rohde, Prof. Martin Spangenberg, and Prof. Norbert Brainin. Florian Richter was a fellow of the “Hans & Eugenia Jütting Foundation”, the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” and the “Carl Flesch Academy”. As a soloist, he played under the direction of Johannes Klumpp, Helmuth Rilling, Stefan Solyom, Michael Sanderling, and Marek Janowski. From 2010 to 2012 Florian Richter was solo violist of the Staatskapelle Weimar. In addition, Florian Richter was solo violist in the Staatsorchester Stuttgart from 2012 to 2017. Since 2011, Florian Richter has been involved in the music school “Schloss Belvedere” in Weimar for young talent in the field of the viola. Since August 2017 Florian Richter is solo violist of the “Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden”.
Stephan Forck visited from 1977 the Special School of Music (now the Bach-Gymnasium) in Berlin. He studied from 1983-87 at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Prof. J. Schwab and Prof. E. Feltz, and from 1989 at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the LaSalle Quartet.
In 1995 he started private studies with Prof. B.Greenhouse in Wellfleet (Cape Cod)
In 1999 he became a professor of cello at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler”.
From 2007-2012 Visiting Professor of Chamber Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.
Founding member of the Vogler Quartet in 1985; since 1986 worldwide concert activities, numerous radio, television and CD productions at RCA, Sony, Nimbus, Hännsler Classic and CPO.
Regular coursework during the summer as well as in Oberstdorf Music Summer and at the International Chamber Music Campus Weikersheim.
Frithjof-Martin Grabner studied in Leipzig with Prof. Achim Beyer and Prof. Konrad Siebach double bass and chamber music with Prof. Gerhard Bosse.
He has won prizes at international competitions and has performed in numerous symphony concerts as a soloist and continuo player of the great oratorios. Grabner was committed 18 years as a principal bass player in various orchestras: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, State Opera “Unter den Linden” Berlin. As a guest, he played at the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, the Berlin Opera Houses, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, and many others. Frithjof-Martin Grabner is a member of renowned ensembles such as the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, the Chamber Orchestra “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach”, the Leipzig Consort, the New Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Bach Academy and the “Skyline Symphony”. He played at radio, television and CD recordings.
He has toured throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Israel. Grabner taught at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and is now a professor of double bass at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. He gave Masterclasses in Denmark, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and the Czech Republic and at several international festivals. www.grabner.de
Ulrich Schliephake was born in Leipzig, in 1960. He studied violin at the Leipzig Conservatory “Felix Mendelssohn” together with Horst Sannemüller. After working as a violin teacher at the various music schools in Sondershausen/Nordhausen and Leipzig, the “Ottmar Gerster”- Country, he has worked at the Music School of Leipzig “Johann Sebastian Bach”, since 1999. For a long time, he led a Youth String Orchestra, which he included in guest performances in Lithuania and the United States. Since 2000, he has worked as a consultant for high strings for several music schools in the Leipzig region. The basic work and training of young talent are his responsibilities. He regularly works with different juries as well as a lecturer at the National Youth Orchestra of Saxony. With a focus on “Strings Group Lessons,” he conducted training nationwide. In the Academy of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy,” he is a lecturer of the course “Teaching Practice Violin / Viola” and he is committed to a new educationally orientated training.
Zhora Sargsyan was born in 1994 in the Armenian capital of Yerevan and attended the music school for piano for 13 years. In those years, Zhora was a laureate of several national and international music competitions: Georgia (2007), France (2008), Italy (2009), Armenia (2010, 2011, 2013). In 2014, Zhora received the Youth Award of the President of Armenia in the field of classical music. He completed numerous concert appearances: solo concert at the Salzburg Festival (2008), solo concert at the Bach Festival in Potsdam (2010) as well as numerous appearances in Germany within the framework of the activities of the project KAMMERTON.e. Since fall 2014 he is a student of the Berlin University of the Arts under Prof. Klaus Hellwig.
Ludmilla Kogan was born in Moscow in 1988. She studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in the class of Prof. Galina Iwanzowa. 2009-2010 Erasmus studies in the class of Prof. Martin Hughes at the University of Music and Performing Arts. From September 2011 she studied at the Academy of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig in the class of Prof. Gerald Fauth. Diploma in February 2014. Chamber Music diploma with distinction in June 2011. Special Prize of the German Music Foundation, Diethard-usury-Prize and Special Prize of the Berliner Symphoniker. Concerts with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and the State Orchestra of Frankfurt / Oder.
Numerous solo and chamber music performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the “Classix Festival” Braunschweig, in Glienicke Castle, at the Festival in Port de Soller / Mallorca. Concert tours to Poland, Japan, Spain, Finland and Switzerland. Chamber music CD production in Taiwan in 2008. Scholarship holder of the German Music Foundation, the Karl and Else-Wilke foundation of the Society of the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”, and the association Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.
After the successful participation in the Robert Schumann competition in Zwickau at the age of 16, she already played as a soloist and others. with the European Youth Orchestra Concerts in Germany and various European countries.
The following piano study was completed by Annegret Kuttner at the Dresdner University of Music with Prof. Peter Rösel. She got more musical impulses in masterclasses of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pavel Gililov, and Amadeus Webersinke.
The artist supplemented her education with additional studies for instrumental studies. Correpetition with Prof. Raithel and a study for harpsichord at international level renowned expert on early music, Prof. Ludger Remy.
Annegret Kuttner is a lecturer in accompaniment at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” Leipzig.
The sought-after pianist performs in addition to her teaching regularly as a soloist and as a chamber musician in various German music and cultural centers as well as abroad. Concert tours took her to the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ireland, Israel, South Africa and the USA.
Anja Kleinmichel studied piano with Alan Marks and Gabriele Kupfernagel at the University of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin as well as chamber music and song composition at the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”.
She is a sought-after piano accompanist and performs mainly chamber music in various ensembles. Their special interest is in New Music.
Master classes, among others, at the Ensemble Modern and a stay as a scholarship holder of the Forum Neues Musiktheater of the Staatsoper Stuttgart, were among the important artistic suggestions.
Anja Kleinmichel completed an additional study for improvisation and created in the duo “track of the sounds” music to silent films. In addition to her work as a pianist and lecturer at the Leipziger Musikhochschule, she writes texts about music.
The bandoneonist Facundo Hernán Barreyra comes from Quilmes, a small town near Buenos Aires in the province of Buenos Aires on the banks of the Río de la Plata, studied music at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and now lives in Kraiburg a. Inn.
He is a well-known bandoneon virtuoso in Argentina, who participated, among others, in the “Bandoneon Viajero”, the European Summer Tour 2014 under the auspices of the Argentine Foreign Ministry. Numerous performances throughout Europe and regular guest performances in Buenos Aires testify to an extensive concert activity.
The Tango Chamber Music course features Argentine tangos, milongas and vals in the Bandoneon & String Quintet line-up.
Gerhard Laber, born in Salzburg in 1946, is a musician with a varied repertoire and personal style, which has been active in the jazz and avant-garde. His concertante work is specifically focused on the use of unconventional instruments and ensembles, on “extensions” of traditional musical ideas into new musical dimensions.
Various seminars in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, on behalf of the Goethe Institute: Tanzania, Kenya, Zaire, Ghana.
Thomas Breitsameter studied viola at the University of Music in Würzburg with Professor Anton Weigert (1984 – 1986), and at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, with Prof. Jürgen Geise (1986 – 1991) and Prof. Peter Langgartner (1991 – 1994). In 1987 he was a founding member and a participant of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. In 1988, he became principal violist of the “orchestra dei giovani di alpe adria”. From 1990 to 1997, he was a member of the “Salzburg Chamber Orchestra”. From 1990 – 2000 he was the violist of the “Syrinx Quartet Salzburg”. In 1994 he finished his studies of the viola. Since 1995, he has been the Director of the Municipal Music School in Mühldorf a. Inn. In 1998, he then founded the “Inn-Salzach Euregio Youth Orchestra”. With the salon-music-ensemble “Saitensprünge” he has been performing since 1998. In 2000 he founded the duo “As time goes by”.
To the schools and colleges of music training as instrumentalists is the central, dominant theme. Unfortunately, this is an existentially important issue often neglected: the marketing of their own abilities in the arts. The course provides an insight into a successful self-management, there are tips in dealing with concert promoters and concert agencies and outlines based on case studies, the organization of a concert in their preparation phase. The lecturer Thomas Breitsameter is complemented by his work as a music school director, project manager of the Inn-Salzach-Euregio Youth Orchestra, organizer of the Mühldorfer Summer Academy and managing committee member of the “Förderverein Musikfreunde Mühldorf e.V.” an experienced practitioner in the profession, he has completed his know-how by studying at the University of Hagen in cultural management.
“The reflection of personal impact on the stage”
In his seminar program Prof. Frithjof-Martin Grabner talks about the areas of speaking voice, body language, audition situation, concert clothing, and applause. The formal and content-related aspects of application documents, curriculum vitae, etc. are also examined in greater detail.