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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.