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The Honorable Mentions of 7th International Web Concert Hall Competition

 


Liu Yang

A former first-prize winner of China's National Violin Competition, he was a Starling scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Liu was born in Qingdao, People's Republic of China in 1976. At age nine he was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as a student of the renowned Professor Yao-Ji Lin. His Concerto tours have led him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Poland, Russia, Greece, and Egypt. Yang has also appeared frequently as soloist with the Starling Chamber Orchestra and most recently, during the SCO's, two tours in his homeland, China. Yang Liu's debut recording of Song of Nostalgia was released this year - to critical acclaim. The disc represents the soloist's broad interests, including both traditional Chinese songs and some of the most difficult repertoire ever written for the violin. Yang's long-standing collaboration with Chinese composer and pianist Gao Ping continues on this disc which features a new work by the composer.

 


Roth, Linus

Praised by the press as “an Original, a real artist”, the young German violinist is making his way to a unique career. Anne-Sophie Mutter, who has supported him through her foundation, recommends him saying “ I have seen him develop…to a self-confident young artist whose sensibility and virtuosity are out of doubt”.

Linus Roth appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Berlin Radio Sinfonie Orchester, the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern, the Wuerttembergisch Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen, the Munich Symphonic Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Macedonia, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, the Capella Istrapolitana Bratislava, Orchestra of the State Opera Kiev, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kurpfalzische Chamber Orchestra Mannheim-Ludwigshafen, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Wuerttembergisch Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn. Linus Roth was born in 1977 in Ravensburg, Germany. He studied with Prof. Nicolas Chumachenco and with Prof. Zakhar Bron. From the year 2000 on, he studied with Prof. Ana Chumachenco, who became over the years the most important advisor for him. He was also strongly influenced by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Miriam Fried, Menahem Pressler, Juri Bashmet, Herman Krebbers, Jossif Rissin and Salvatore Accardo. Linus Roth is a prize winner of national and international competitions, such as International Violin Competition Novosibirsk”, 2003 Prize of the Art Foundation, Baden-Württemberg, 2003 Prize of the German Music Council, 2003 Winner of the Bruno Frey Prize of the State Academy Baden –Württemberg. From 1998 until he finished his study in 2003, Linus Roth was supported by Anne-Sophie Mutter through her Foundation, the “Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis.” Recently Linus Roth has recorded his Debut CD and it will be released by EMI. Linus Roth performs with Stradivari “Dancla” 1703, kindly loaned by the “L-Bank, Staatsbank of Baden-Württemberg” / Germany.


Fabrizio Chiavetta

Born in Geneva in 1976, he studied piano at the Superior Concervatory in his native city where he received piano and writing diplomas as well as the Adolphe Neumann prize granted to particularly distinguished students.

He pursues his training in Sion with Prof Dominique Weber. He is a fellow of the Gohner Foundation in 1999 and won both the “new Talents” and Orpheus competitions. He currently teaches piano at the Music Conservatory of Geneva.

 

 


Koji Attwood

Critics have raved about pianist Koji Attwood’s “ice-water” clarity and his “ability to create beautiful transparent textures and evanescent splashes of color.” In a performance with Thomas Kraines, cellist for the Peabody trio, the Raleigh News & Observer commented, “If they were listening in for a clue to the future, the ghosts of Casals and Serkin must have smiled.” A Kansas native, he is a winner of Astral Artistic Services’ 2003 National Auditionsand was the featured artist in May 2003 on yamahamusicsoft.com’s New York City Rising Star Series. Astral features him this season in a concert at Philadelphia’s new National Constitution Center.

Koji Attwood made his solo debut at the age of ten and one year later won second prize at the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Competition. He claimed second prize at both the Stravinsky and the Missouri Southern international keyboard competitions, and was a participant at the International William Kapell Keyboard Competition and the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. He has performed numerous solo recitals across the country, including concerts in Steinway Hall and on the Kosciuszko Foundation Concert Series. He appeared regularly on the “World of the Piano” series at Juilliard and performed on “The Pianist in Comparative Performance” radio show on New York’s WQXR. He recently premièred Daniel Ott’s Piano Concerto with the Curtis Symphony. Active in chamber music, Mr. Attwood collaborates with members of the Borromeo Quartet.

A regular collaborator with Mikhail Baryshnikov, he performs with the dancer’s White Oak Dance Project and provided music for Mr. Baryshnikov’s 2003 solo tour of Alabama, California, Nevada, and Ohio. He recently completed a fourteen city coast-to-coast tour with two sold-out performances in Boston at the Boston Grand Ballet’s Grand Studio. The programs, entitled “Solos with Piano...or Not...an Evening of Music and Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov and pianist Koji Attwood,” began last summer and were performed to benefit the Baryshnikov Arts Center, scheduled to open in the winter of 2004. The tour featured new works choreographed for Mr. Baryshnikov by Cesc Gelabert, Tere O’Connor, Lucinda Childs, and Eliot Feld to the music of Cage, Jaggard, Nancarrow, Berg, and Leon Redbone; Mr. Attwood provided solo interludes as well as accompaniment for the dances.

Koji Attwood received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Seymour Lipkin, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School under Jerome Lowenthal. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Juilliard where he continues studies with Mr. Lowenthal.


Trio di Pavia

The Trio di Pavia was formed in 2003 with the aim of flanking the main repertoire with less familiar works that are of very high artistic value. Each member contributes his own maturity as an interpreter and experience as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, to give the trio a uniform stylistic approach and incisiveness combined with a refine sensitivity and expressiveness.

Giorgia Alessandra Brustia – Piano
Educated at Anna Maria Cigoli’s school and received a diploma from Verdi in Turin. Currently, she teaches piano in the Conservatory of Vibo Valentia.

Marcello Defant – Violin
Studied violin, viola and composition under Dino Asciolla and Renato Dionisi, as well as musicology and literature at the University of Bologna. He is the first violin and co-founder of the “European Music Project” ensemble. He gave concerts in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and made recordings for the Szddeutsche Rundfunk, DLF, BOS.REC, Symposion, and Wergo. He performs with Nicola Amati, dated 1727.

Alberto Drufuca – Cello
Received a diploma at the G.Verdi Conservatory of Milan, under the guidance of Alfredo Riccardi and subsequently studied with AMedeo Baldovino at the Fiesole Music School, with Andrr Navarra at the Chigiana Academy and with Paul Szabo. He is a winner of Vittorio Gue prize in Florence and a finalist at the Melbourne International Competition. He toured France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Israel, and Australia. He teaches at the Conservatory of Novara.