|Dimitri Ashkenazy offers a wide variety of chamber music programmes together with other young first-class musicians. After a resounding success with the Copland concerto in Oklahoma, he has been invited to appear at other venues in the USA. Ashkenazy plans to extend his wide-ranging discography with a recording of the clarinet concerto by Penderecki, conducted by the composer himself, and of the Milhaud and Mozart concertos under his father's baton.|
Lukas Beno has been principal solo trumpeter with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig since March 2004.|
Since September 2005 he has also held the post of lecturer in trumpet and orchestra at the city's Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy College of Music and Drama. Orchestras like the Staatskapelle of Berlin and Dresden "borrow" him from time to time for the trumpet section.
Lukas Beno has given master classes in the trumpet in Caracas (2005 and 2006). In addition to his solo career, he is also a member of the "Leipzig Chamber Brass" quintet.
|17 recordings on the DECCA label (one of them conducted by André Previn) bear witness to the broad spectrum of this fine instrumentalist. He has composed many works of his own, and also has numerous arrangements and first recordings to his credit. Among the arrangements from his pen is a guitar version of the piano part of Schubert's Winterreise, written to a commission from the Leipzig Gewandhaus. ARTE NOVA has released his impressive arrangement of the four Bach suites. Fernández has already recorded his second CD for the label on a modern replica of an early 19th century guitar, which presents the compositions of that period in an entirely new light.|
|Feted as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Bernd Glemser's breathtaking virtuosity and poetic sensitivity have been the subject of frequent critical eulogies. Glemser plays at major concert venues and festivals all over the world, and elicits enthusiastic reactions from audiences and the press alike wherever he appears. At the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Philadelphia Orchestra in November 2000, Bernd Glemser performed Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto. After this triumphant success, Wolfgang Sawallisch wrote: "... the audience could not have reacted more unequivocally than with standing ovations. I've known Philadelphia concert-goers for several years, and this was certainly an exceptional success".|
|The only violinist ever to win Gold Medals at all three of the world's most prestigious competitions, the Tchaikovsky, the Sibelius and the Paganini competitions, Ilya Kaler is already being compared to the likes of Heifetz and Perlman. Kaler's recordings of the Paganini Caprices have been deemed by American Record Guide to be, "in a class by themselves" combining "the perfection, passion, and phrase-sculpting of Michael Rabin with the energy, excitement, and immediacy of Jascha Heifetz." His recordings of both Paganini Concertos and Caprices, the Schumann Sonatas, both Shostakovich Concertos, the Dvorak Concerto and the Glazunov Concerto have met with equally superlative acclaim. The Washington Post unabashedly lauds him as, "a consummate musician, Kaler is in total control at all times, with a peerless mastery of his violin."|
|This exceptional young musician has enjoyed a career to date that can only be described as amazing: he has won a number of important competitions, among them the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition), the Prague Spring Competition and the ARD Competition. As a soloist he has given several concerts each under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Christopher Hogwood and Dennis Russell-Davies. Stefan Schilli has recorded concertos by Vivaldi und Leopold Hofmann, and he recently signed an exclusive contract with ARTE NOVA. As one of the founding members of the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, he will also be going into the recording studio with that ensemble.|
His stunning victory winning First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition at Severance Hall after his performance with The Cleveland Orchestra on August 6, 2011 gives Alexander Schimpf not only one of the most important competitive awards in the world, but also - as a pleasant "side effect" – he receives the largest amount of prize money offered anywhere in the world – more than 50,000 USD, as well as the Audience Favorite Prize. He is the first German pianist in history to win the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
13th International Beethoven Piano Competition, Vienna 2009: