Boris Berezovsky has established a great reputation, both as the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician gifted with a unique insight and a great sensitivity.
Born in Moscow, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. Subsequent to his London debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power. Two years later, he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaïkovsky Competition in Moscow.
Boris Berezovsky is regularly invited by the most prominent orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Hungarian National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Philharmonia of London, Orchestra Santa Cecilia Roma, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Danish National Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France…
Boris Berezovsky is often invited to the most prestigious international recitals series : The Berlin Philharmonic Piano serie, Concertgebouw International piano serie and the Royal Festival Hall Internatinal Piano series in London, to the great stages as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Palace of fine Arts in Brussells, the Konzerthaus of Vienna, the Megaron in Athena… and to the most famous internatonal festivals in Verbier, Salzbourg, la Roque d’Anthéron… His partners in Chamber Music are Vadim Repin, Dmitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev.
With Teldec, Boris Berezovksy has recorded works of Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Medtner, Ravel and the complete Liszt Transcendental Studies. His recording of the Rachmaninov sonatas was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and his Ravel disc was recommended by Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, The BBC Music Magazine and the Sunday Independent. Boris Berezovsky also won the BBC Music Magazine Awards in March 2006 as Best Instrumentalist. In August 2004, the DVD of The Tchaïkovsky Pieces for piano, violin and cello and Trio Elegiaque “A La Mémoire d’un grand artiste” recorded by the Trio B.Berezovsky, D.Makhtin, A.Kniazev received the Diapason d'Or. The DVD was broadcasted on the TV channels ARTE and NHK in Japan.
In October 2004, with Warner Classics International, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev and Dmitri Makhtin recorded the Shostakovitch Trio n°2 and Rachmaninov Trio Elégiaque n°2, which were awarded Choc de la Musique in France, the Gramophone in England, and the Echo Classic 2005 in Germany. His solo live recording Chopin/Godowsky which got released in January 2006, received the Diapason d'Or and the RTL d'Or.
With Mirare, Boris Berezovsky recorded the Rachmaninov Preludes as well as the complete Rachmaninov Piano concertos with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Liss, and another CD for two pianos dedicated to Rachmaninov with Brigitte Engerer which received several great prizes. He recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall of London and at La Grange de Meslay in Tours, a CD devoted to Liszt. The artist also recorded with his partners : Brigitte Engerer and Henri Demarquette Saint-Saëns’s Carnaval des Animaux (CHOC of the year 2010) / Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and Dmitri Liss the second Brahms’s concerto / the Liebeslieder-Walzer of Brahms with Brigitte Engerer.
His next engagements include, among others, concerts with : Orchestre de Paris/Yutaka Sado, Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra/Zoltan Kocis, Orchestre National de Lyon/Josep Pons - tours in Asia with the NHK Orchestra, in Great Britain with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Jarvi, in Germany with the Deutsches Symphony-Orchester/Tugan Sokhiev and with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin/Marek Janowsky - recitals and chamber music in the most prestigious halls.
Michael Guttman is an eminent violin soloist, conductor and music director of festivals around the world. At age ten, he became the youngest student ever to be admitted into the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music. Encouraged by his late mentor Isaac Stern, Guttman studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy Delay, the Juilliard Quartet and Felix Galimir.
He has performed in halls such as London’s Barbican Centre, New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Tokyo’s Bunko Kaikan. He collaborated with the late conductor and composer Lukas Foss at the Music Festival of the Hamptons, a relationship which initiated his conducting career. Much in demand as a chamber musician, he is regularly invited to perform at festivals by Martha Argerich (Lugano), Yuri Bashmet (Elba), Natalya Gutman (Kreuth), Boris Berezovski (Moscow) or Salvatore Accardo (Vicenza), among others. In the coming season, Guttman is scheduled to premiere the Concerto for Violin and Cello by Philip Glass in the US, Asia and Europe. He will tour the UK with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and appear with the Dallas Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philarmonic, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic and will premiere a concerto by Steven Stucky in 2013.
Mr. Guttman is the principal guest conductor of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, the leader of the acclaimed Arriaga Quartet and of the Michael Guttman Tango Quartet, as well as the founder and artistic director of Pietrasanta in Concerto, the highly praised music festival in Tuscany. The Paris Camerata, an ensemble created by Guttman, will make its Italian debut at both festivals this summer. As a conductor, he has collaborated with such artists as Martha Argerich, Peter Serkin, James Galway and Richard Stolztman. Following his recording of three concertos by Israeli composers with the London Philarmonic and the late David Shallon, Mr. Guttman performed with most Israeli orchestras and will play the concerto by Noam Sheriff with the Israel Philarmonic. Like his mentor Isaac Stern, Guttman is dedicated to helping young artists, notably at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
Winner of the 1st prize at the renowned ARD International Music Competition (54th) in Munich in September 2005. In addition, she was awarded the prize for best interpretation of a new work and the audience prize at this renowned competition. 2009 Music Awards by
ExxonMobil in Japan. Jing Zhao born in Beijing and started playing the violoncello at the age of five.
While studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she was discovered by the Japanese cellist, Mr. Ryosuke Hori. Deeply impressed by her musical gifts, he arranged to invite her to Japan for further study.
In 1996, she received a special scholarship for foreign students from the Tokyo College of Music and enrolled in its affiliated high school. In 1999, Maestro Ozawa helped her to move to Berlin for further study at the Karajan Academy and took private lessons with Maestro Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma.
After winning the first prize at the Second Cello Competition organized by Viva Hall in Japan 1997, she has performed under noted conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Jean Fournet, Myung-Whung Chung,Eliahu Inbal and Riccardo Muti. She is also active in chamber music and performed with Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer,Eric Le Sage,Guy Braunstein, Konstantin Lifschitz and Trevor Pinnock. In January 2007, she was chosen to perform chamber music with H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito (Japanese prince) together with Daishin Kashimoto (vln.), Dong-Hyuck Ahn (contrabass), and Myung-Whun Chung on piano.
Jing ZHAO has played with many world class orchestra as NHK Symphony,New Japan Philamonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonica della Scala,Singapore Symphony Orchestra，Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Prag Symphony. In the year 2008 she played openning new year concert for China Grand Theater in Beijing with Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Five CDs and one DVD have been released from Victor Entertainment in Japan.
Jing ZHAO has studied under Song Tao, Georg Faust, Ryosuke Hori, and Mario Brunello, and from 2002 study at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin under David Geringas.
In July 2009, Jing ZHAO played piano trio tour with Myung-Whun Chung, and in September
after playing in Jerusalem festival, also in September Jing ZHAO played a Japan tour under Mikhail Pletnev.
In April 2012 Jing Zhao performed Haydn cello concerto in C with the philharmonic orchestra under maestro Lorin Maazel. In.June 2012 she was invited by Martha Argerich to she's festival in Lugano.
With her deep musicality and virtuosity, Jing ZHAO is considered one of the most promising artists now establishing an international career.
Jing Zhao uses Giovanni Grancino made in 1690 which is kindly loaned by Mr. Lin Kim Min in Singapore.