Conductor Michael Repper’s work spans five continents. In 2023, he became the youngest North American conductor to win a Grammy® Award in Best Orchestral Performance. He has an international reputation for engaging and exciting audiences of all spectrums, and for promoting new and diverse musical talents.
Repper is currently the Music Director of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and the Northern Neck Orchestra of Virginia. He recently concluded tenures as Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, and as Principal Conductor of Sinfonía por el Perú, the elite youth orchestras and choruses of one of South America's most versatile social impact music programs. Repper was the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellow for two seasons, and he served as the BSO's New Music Consultant. Recognizing his success at these ensembles, and his growing profile as a guest conductor all over the world, Repper was awarded a Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
His album with the New York Youth Symphony, which features debut recordings of works by Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, and Valerie Coleman, achieved widespread critical acclaim, reached #1 on the Billboard Chart, and won a Grammy® Award, marking the first time a youth orchestra achieved this milestone.
Repper has collaborated on large-scale productions of symphonic and theatrical works with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Peabody Institute of Music, and the New School of Music, among others. An avid pianist, he regularly performs as a soloist alongside his orchestras and choruses, and as an orchestral player as well. Recently, he played in the Chicago Symphony for their performances of Bernstein’s Mass, which was broadcast on PBS Great Performances.
Alongside the standard repertoire, Repper is especially invested in programming new music and showcasing fresh talent. His ensembles have performed dozens of world premieres and pursued innovative commissions, as well as a variety of Carnegie Hall premieres from established and emerging composers. A trusted ear, Repper is asked to assist and cover at orchestras nationwide, including the St. Louis Symphony, the Van Cliburn Competition, and for Naxos recordings with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.
His experience with choruses has been recognized with significant positions, including his tenure as the Music Director at the Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic Cathedral in the United States. Internationally, Repper has performed with highly regarded ensembles and in the world’s greatest venues, including the São Paulo Symphony, and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Carnegie Hall, and others.
His discography includes the aforementioned album of music with the New York Youth Symphony, alongside an album with the Grammy®-Nominated Metropolis Ensemble and Grammy®-Winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus ("Musical America"), and several with the Peabody Institute as an Assistant Conductor. With the New York Youth Symphony during the Coronavirus pandemic, he was one of the first to pioneer the practice of distanced orchestral performance videos, and he made two performance appearances on CNN, the final one with Platinum-Artist Billy Ray Cyrus.
Repper complements his work with professional orchestras with a firm commitment to education, and travels worldwide to work with ensembles of young musicians. As Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland, he ushered in a slate of innovative educational programming, such as the Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Scholarship and Fellowship Program. He has conducted several masterclasses for orchestras from all over the United States on behalf of the New York Philharmonic, and conducts side-by-side and educational concerts with major orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.
Repper's most influential conducting mentors are Marin Alsop and the late Gustav Meier. He believes that a conductor's main role is to connect people and to use performance as a vehicle for positive change. He aims to promote a diverse and inclusive future for the arts, and to pay forward the passion for community that his mentors demonstrated to him.
Farida Bacharova came to South Africa in 1995 from Russia, with her husband, violist and violin/viola maker Oleg Alekseev, to join the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. By then she had already graduated with distinction from the Gnesin Musical Pedagogical College and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the age of 25, Bacharova was one of the youngest female concertmasters in Russia with the Maly Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performed with the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Academic Philharmonic Orchestra. As a recitalist, she also played in the Chamber Hall, Rachmaninov Hall and White Hall in Moscow with internationally-acclaimed pianists. She has been on many international tours and performed with conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Mazur. Since 2000 she has dedicated much of her time to teaching at various institutions and regular performances in and around Cape Town. Since 2002 Bacharova has been extremely active in training various groups such as the Sontanga Quartet and preparing her students for international exposure. As a chamber musician, she has formed the Bacharova Quartet and also plays in the UCT Piano Trio with François du Toit and other ensembles. She is an associate professor at UCT’s South African College of Music (SACM), and has played often as a soloist with orchestras in Cape Town and at festivals. As head of the string department at the SACM, Bacharova has been fundamental in promoting this department across South Africa and abroad.
Suzanne Martens studied violin at the University of Pretoria under Prof. Alan Solomon, where she obtained BMus and BMus Hons degrees. She furthered her studies in Holland and Austria under Lavard Skou-Larsen (Mozarteum, Salzburg), where she was also a member of the Salzburger Musici Chamber Orchestra. She subsequently obtained an MMus degree in Chamber Music at the University of Stellenbosch. Suzanne was the winner of the ATKV Forté competition (Now Musiq) and the University of Natal 75th Anniversary prize. Until June 2000, she held the position of associate concertmaster in the now defunct New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra Pretoria and was also a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. In June 2001, she was appointed concertmaster of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra until she took up a lecturing post at the University of Stellenbosch in 2002. Suzanne has been a guest leader of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005. She is an active chamber musician and is currently a member of the Amici Quartet, the Quartet of Peace and the Lyric Trio. She was also a member of the Rosamunde and Schwietering quartets. Suzanne serves on the faculty of the annual Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival and was invited to Portugal in a similar capacity in 2008 and 2009. She has premièred the violin concertos of two South African composers, Allan Stephenson (2009) and Thomas Rajna (2010). Suzanne is married to cellist Peter Martens and they have two daughters.
Voted ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year at Midem in Cannes, awarded the Sacem Georges Enesco Prize, guest artist at the 23rd Victoires de la Musique in Toulouse and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, Nicolas Dautricourt is one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation.
In January 2019 he made his debuts at the Paris Philharmonie with Orchestre National d’Ile de France, performing Prokofiev second violin concerto under british conductor Jamie Philipps, and appears regularly at major international venues, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Salle Pleyel, Cité de la Musique and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées among others. He also appears at many classical and jazz festivals such as Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest, Festival Enesco in Bucharest, Music@Menlo, Pärnu, Ravinia, Sintra, Davos, Tokyo and Nantes Folles Journées, Jazz à Vienne, Marciac Jazz Festival, Jazz à la Grange, and has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, SWR Saarbrücken, BBC Wales National Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Aachen Symphony, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Quebec Symphony, Oulu Sinfonia, Liège Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Novosibirsk Philharmonie, International Players Busan, Mexico Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo Chamber Orchestra and the Kanazawa Orchestral Ensemble, under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Järvi, Fabien Gabel, Yan- Pascal Tortelier, Tugan Sokhiev, Frédéric Chaslin, Stanislas Lefort, Philippe Auguin, David Niemann, Dennis Russell Davies, Wolfgang Doerner, Carlos-Miguel Prieto, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Yuri Bashmet, Michaël Francis, François-Xavier Roth, Kazuki Yamada and Vahan Mardirossian.
In the fall 2023, will be released a recording of the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Manchester Camerata under conductor and former leader of the legendary Takacs Quartet, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, for the German label Haenssler, and a recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with BBC Wales under great conductor Frederic Chaslin, is also under process.
Awarded in numerous international violin contests, such as Wieniawski, Lipizer, and Belgrade, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, and teaches since 2021 at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Versailles.
Artistic director of the « Fêtes Musicales de Corbigny », Nicolas Dautricourt plays a magnificent instrument by Antonio Stradivari, the "Château Pape-Clément" (Cremona 1713), on loan from Bernard Magrez, and in January 2021, has received from the French Ministry of Culture, the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Peter Martens holds a Masters Degree from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from Stellenbosch University where he studied in his formative years with Dalena Roux before studying with Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1993 he returned to South Africa and occupied principal positions in the New Arts Philharmonic Pretoria and Cape Philharmonic before moving to Stellenbosch University where he currently holds the position of Director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Amici String Quartet, enjoys chamber music with, amongst others, Leon Bosch (double bass), David Juritz (violin), Benjamin Schmid (violin) and Leslie Howard (piano), and has performed with the Brodsky String Quartet in London. Concerto engagements have resulted in collaborations with a number of fine conductors including Victor Yampolsky, Bernard Gueller, Douglas Boyd, Wolfram Christ, Nicholas Cleobury and Jonas Alber. He has participated in festivals in Russia, Holland, Salzburg, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Portugal as well has having performed in the UK and USA. Many South African composers have written for him, the most notable composition being the Cello Concerto by Allan Stephenson, which he recorded for Meridian Records with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded the Bach Cello Suites and Beethoven Cello Sonatas for TwoPianists Records. Martens has recently acquired a Baroque cello having performed with L’Orfeo Baroque in celebrating Dr Barry Smith’s 50 years of music making in Cape Town. He is married with two children to violinist, Suzanne Martens.
“ When it can be hard these days to differentiate between the top violinists’ individual sounds, Rowland truly sounds like nobody else. “ Charlotte Gardner, Gramophone
“ Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom” Richard Bratby, Gramophone
“Glorious … ravishing in its finesse” Tim Ashley, The Guardian
“The kind of authenticity one might expect from Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel or Isaac Stern…a force of nature that raises actual goosebumps“ Robert Maxham, Fanfare
“Naked, vulnerable and extremely virtuosic playing – an ideal soloist‘ Misha Spel, NRC Handelsblad
“Rowland’s spur-of-the-moment, light-on-the-bow inspiration, whereby the music vanished in the very act of articulation – a bewitching quality that few musicians possess.” Andrew Clark, Financial Times
“We haven’t had such an emotive, but also totally and truly a charismatic guest in a very long time. The emotions, smouldering passions, the melancholy… Rowland transported us with daring and severity into the composer’s soul” Thijs Odendaal, Beeld, Johannesburg
“It was not just the technical brilliance of his playing or the astonishing richness of his tone that gave his performance its unique stamp of quality. He radiated a single-minded intensity that made him seem totally at one with the music.” Michael Tumelty, The Glasgow Herald
Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, as „both naked and highly virtuosic“ by NRC Handelsblad, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”.
Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a wide ranging repertoire. In recent seasons Daniel has performed with orchestras from Tromso in the north of Norway to Cape Town, in concertos from Beethoven and Brahms to Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg, Prokoffief and Schnittke and has worked with leading conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, Francois Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Anthony Hermus, Rossen Milanov and Andrey Boreiko. He loves championing contemporary composers and is a passionate advocate of concertos such as those by Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho and Van der Aa. In 2017 he premiered Isidora Zebeljan‘s Violin Concerto „Three curious loves“ and this autumn sees the premiere of Roxana Panufnik‘s „Songs of Love and Friendship“ with the Dutch Radio Choir at the Concertgebouw. September 2020 saw the release of Daniel’s newest CD ‘Distant light’, for Challenge Records with Violin Concertos by Peteris Vasks, recorded live at the Stiftfestival 2019 with the composer present. (“A beautiful ode to Vasks – rich in tension and magic“ – NRC Handelsblad)
A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Gilles Apap, Anna Fedorova, Alexander Lonquich, Nino Gvetadze, Michael Collins, Nicolas Daniel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Lars Vogt, Alberto Mesirca, Willard White and Elvis Costello. He is a frequent guest at foremost international chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo, Stellenbosch, Risor, Sonoro, Rio de Janeiro, Chiemgau and Osnabrück. Daniel is part of acclaimed duo partnerships with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya, “a perfect partnership“ according to BBC Music Magazine, and with cellist Maja Bogdanovic, who‘s recent duo CD „Pas de deux“ (Challenge Records) included 5 world premieres and was described as „a magical meeting between violin and cello“ by Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. He is also a founding member of a cutting edge Tango Quintet with bandoneon virtuoso/composer Marcelo Nisinman (an ensemble with the power of dynamite – Süddeutsche Zeitung)
In 2005 Daniel founded the Stift International Music Festival in the bucolic region of Twente in the eastern Netherlands, where he grew up, with the 15th century Stiftkerk as the main venue. The festival has garnered acclaim as one of great intimacy, adventure and atmosphere. Daniel was for twelve years the leader of the Brodsky Quartet, performing all over the world, and making numerous recordings, including the celebrated Shostakowitch Cycle. He teaches at the Royal College of Music in London.
Daniel was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his parents moved to Twente in the eastern Netherlands. He studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. Meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 was of great significance, leading to lessons in Paris and, later, to musical collaborations. Daniel’s competition successes include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden. His violin is by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona 1796), and his bow is a Maline, kindly loaned by the Dutch Instrument Foundation.
Born into a musical family in Cape Town in 1978, Xandi van Dijk received his first violin lessons at age 4 and has been playing the viola since 1990.
Since the end of 2007 Xandi has been a member of the internationally renowned Signum Quartet. With them he has been a laureate of international competitions, and from 2011-2013 they were BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists. Their recordings have received universal acclaim, and in 2014 the quartet was awarded an International Classical Music Award (ICMA) for their album “No.3”.
Concert appearances have led the Signum Quartet from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie to the the Aldeburgh Festival, the Festival Aix-en-Provence and the BBC Proms. The Signum Quartet has recorded for Capriccio, harmonia mundi and Sony Classical, and currently records for Pentatone.
Xandi has been principal viola of the Munich Chamber Orchestra since 2017. He is a regular guest principal with i.a. the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestre de chambre de Paris and the Estonian Festival Orchestra.
To further his artistic development as both chamber musician and soloist, van Dijk has had classes with i.a. Wolfram Christ, Lawrence Dutton and Yo-Yo Ma, and has worked together closely with the Alban Berg Quartet, the Artemis Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He has had conducting masterclasses with Leonid Grin, Neeme Järvi and Paavo Järvi.
As a conductor, Xandi has worked with all the major South African orchestras. He premiered P.L. van Dijk’s opera earthdiving at the Spier Summer Festival, conducted the William Kentridge production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Cape Town and Johannesburg, recorded the soundtrack to the Philip Noyce blockbuster Catch a Fire and premiered Denis Goldberg and Matthijs van Dijk’s Moments in a Life at the SICMF 2016.
Madeline Adkins joined the Utah Symphony as Concertmaster in September 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was Associate Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for 11 years. Adkins has also recently been appointed as the Music Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series, in its 41st season in Salt Lake City, UT.
A sought-after soloist, Adkins has appeared with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Africa, and 20 US states. Her CD of the complete works for violin and piano by Felix Mendelssohn with pianist Luis Magalhães on the TwoPianists label was released to critical acclaim in late 2016. Additional discography includes 13 recordings with the Baltimore Symphony, where she was a featured soloist on the Brandenburg Concertos No. 2 + 4, six discs with the Utah Symphony, and recordings with Boston Baroque, Armonia Celeste, and the Adkins String Ensemble. Adkins has performed as guest concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. She has been a guest artist at numerous summer festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, and the Grand Teton Music Festival, as well as a coach at the National Orchestral Institute and the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The daughter of noted musicologists, Adkins is the youngest of eight children, six of whom are professional musicians. She received her Bachelor’s summa cum laude from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree from New England Conservatory.
She performs on the "ex-Chardon" Guadagnini of 1782, graciously loaned by Gabrielle Israelievitch to perpetuate the legacy of her late husband, former Toronto Symphony concertmaster, Jacques Israelievitch.
Following her stunning recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall The Strad hailed Maja Bogdanovic for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty and great maturity of interpretation - gloriously honeyed, fiery, eloquent and fervent.” Since then, she has taken her place among today’s foremost cellists. Concerto engagements have included the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Tokyo Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S., Ms. Bogdanovic made her debut at the 2017 Grand Teton Music Festival under the baton of Cristian Macelaru. She has also performed with the Forth Worth Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Portland Symphony, Columbus Symphony and Princeton Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Maja Bogdanovic is a frequent guest at leading chamber music festivals and worlds leading venues such as Kuhmo Festival in Finland,, Amsterdamse Cello Biënnale, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Folle Journée/Nantes, Storioni Festival, and the Stift International Chamber Music Festival in The Netherlands, performing with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Nino Gvetadze, Daniel Rowland, Nemanja Radulovic and Marianna Schiriniyan. Maja has produced several internationally-released CDs for labels Lyrinx and Nimbus and her recital disc ‘Eastern wind’ (Orchid Classics), with pianist Maria Belooussova, dedicated to Glière and Rachmaninoff received rave reviews. Maja’s latest CD release (Challenge Records) with violinist Daniel Rowland, ‘Pas de deux’, includes world premiere recordings of works by Penderecki, Vasks, Sollima and Nisinman, and was described as ‘a magical meeting of cello and violin’ by leading Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad.
Within her wide repertoire, Maja Bogdanovic devotes a special place to contemporary music. She has premiered works of Nicolas Bacri, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Sawyers, Eric Tanguy, Benjamin Yusupov, Natasha Bogojević, Isidora Žebeljan, among others. Her collaboration with Krzysztof Penderecki began with the Belgrade Philharmonic in 2008, and with the Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana, where she performed his Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of the composer. This led to several further collaborations, such as with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestra National de Pays de la Loire and the Krakow Philharmonic. Amongst a select group of the world’s leading artists, including Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and others, she was invited to play for special performances in Warsaw and Krakow celebrating Maestro Penderecki’s 80th and 85th birthdays. In 2019, Maja recorded Krzysztof Penderecki’s Second Cello Concerto under the guidance of Maestro Penderecki, for the DUX Label.
Laureate of numerous international competitions, Ms. Bogdanovic won First Prize at the third Aldo Parisot Cello Competition in South Korea and received the Second Prize and Special Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition in Tokyo. She was awarded the Special Prize at the Concours Rostropovich in Paris and, in the same year.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Maja began playing the cello at a very early age, studying with Professor Nada Jovanovic in Zemun. She went on to graduate with a First Prize from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss; while there, she also studied chamber music with Itamar Golan and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Following her studies in Paris, she pursued further training at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Jens Peter Maintz, as well as Bernard Greenhouse, Alban Gerhardt, and Heinrich Schiff.
Maja’s instrument was custom made for her by French luthier Frank Ravatin. She lives in Amsterdam with her husband, violinist Daniel Rowland and their Daughter Lily.
Boris Andrianov, a renowned Russian cellist, performs in the world's top venues and at most prestigious festivals. While having an extensive touring schedule, the artist is also keen on performing in Russia, whether in big cities, small towns or remote villages that had never seen any concerts at all. He has also participated in many international and national projects aimed at expanding the country’s musical landscapes, especially in Russian provinces. Invariably enjoying great success with the public, those projects bring together internationally renowned performers along with Boris Andrianov himself.
Boris Andrianov was born in Moscow in 1976. He studied at the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music (class of Vera Birina), Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya) and Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (class of Professor David Geringas).
He was the winner of Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb as well as competitions in Johannesburg, Hanover (Classica Nova – In Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich, as part of a duo with Alexey Goribol), Paris (Concours de violoncelle Rostropovitch), and South Korea (Isang Yun Competition). He was also a prize-winner at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Triumph Youth Award, and was titled Honored Artist of Russia in 2016.
Boris Andrianov has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseev, Yury Simonov, Pavel Kogan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alexander Vedernikov, Gianandrea Noseda, Dmitry Liss, Roman Kofman, Vasily Petrenko, Stefan Vladar, Dmitri Jurowski, and Alexander Sladkovsky. In chamber performances, he has played alongside Yury Bashmet, Menahem Pressler, Akiko Suwanai, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Denis Matsuev, Sergey Nakaryakov, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Alexey Lyubimov, Tatiana Grindenko, to name a few.
The musician has participated in the Royal Swedish Festival, as well as festivals in Ludwigsburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Edinburgh, Dubrovnik, Colmar, Davos, Irkutsk (Stars on Baikal), Trans-Siberian Art Festival and others. He is also a regular guest of the Homecoming Chamber Music Festival in Moscow.
Boris Andrianov heads The Generation of Stars, a nation-wide project that has been awarded the Prize for culture of the Government of Russia (2009). He also initiated Vivacello and Vivarte international festivals in Moscow and has been artistic director for both. In addition, he is the artistic director of Musical Expedition festival, that was founded in the Vladimir region and has been expanding every year. In 2021, the festival covered six Russian regions, including Udmurtia, Vologda and Novosibirsk regions, Crimea and Kamchatka.
Widely collaborating with contemporary composers, Boris Andrianov has repeatedly presented premieres of new works, including those by Giya Kancheli, Krzysztof Penderecki, Efrem Podgaits, Michael Berkeley, Richard Dubugnon, Alexander Rosenblatt, Giovanni Sollima, Vangelis, Alexey Rybnikov, Pavel Karmanov, Samuel Strouk, Alexey Shor and others.
The artist's discography includes a joint recording with guitarist Dmitry Illarionov, released by Delos (in 2003 the record was included in the long list of Grammy nominees in Chamber Ensemble category); Sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with pianist Rem Urasin (named the best chamber disc of the month by Gramophone in September 2007), and sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J. S. Bach transcribed for cello and button accordion, recorded with Yuri Medianik (released by Melodiya, 2015). In 2020–2021 he recorded Variations on Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky with the State Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan under Alexander Sladkovsky (Sony Classics), Gabriel Prokofiev's Cello Concerto with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexey Bogorad (world premiere of the recording) as well as the Jazz Reflections of Bach Suites with Leonid and Niсk Vintskevich, as well as all cello suites by J.S. Bach (the release is scheduled for 2022).
Since 2009 Boris Andrianov has been teaching at the Moscow Conservatory. The artist plays a cello made by Carlo Bergonzi from the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments.
“…a natural player who makes you listen…one is struck by his sound and his large music-making gestures” – The Strad Magazine
Andrey Baranov is the winner of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. He also won the Benjamin Britten and Henri Marteau International Violin Competitions, and prizes at more than twenty other international competitions including Indianapolis, Seoul, Sendai, Liana Isakadze, David Oistrakh, and Paganini (Moscow) international competitions.
Andrey is the first violinist of the David Oistrakh Quartet, an outstanding ensemble established in 2012.
Born in St Petersburg in 1986 into a family of musicians, Andrey began playing the violin at the age of five. He attended the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St-Petersburg and the Consevatoire de Lausanne. He studied with L. Ivaschenko, V. Ovcharek, P. Popov, but the most important teacher for Andrey will always be the legendary French violinist Pierre Amoyal. Andrey also has taken masterclasses from B. Kushnir, L. Isakadze, and K. Kashkashian among many others.
Since making his major debut in 2005 at the St Petersburg Philharmonie hall under V. Petrenko and the Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey has performed on renowned stages throughout the world including Bozar Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Großer Saal Mozarteum, Cadogan Hall London, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and St.-Petersburg Philharmonic halls.
Many of Andrey’s performances have been broadcast worldwide – on BR Klassik, Radio Orpheus, Espace 2 (Switzerland), YLE Radio (Finland), WFYI, WFMT Chicago (USA) and NHK Sendai (Japan).
Andrey has appeared with leading international orchestras including Luxembourg Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, MusicAeterna Orchestra, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under direction of K. Nagano, T Currentzis, V. Petrenko, N. Alekseev, M. Tabachnik, W. Weller, K. Yamashita, A. Boreyko and E. Krivine among others.
Andrey has performed alongside such renowned artists as Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Pierre Amoyal, Liana Isakadze.
At the young age of 23, Andrey was appointed as teaching assistant to Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and has since been in demand as a teacher at many international masterclasses. He has been invited to conservatories in Bangkok, Chicago, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Moscow and more.
Violist and director Jennifer Stumm blazes a courageous creative path with diverse projects mixing sheer musical enthusiasm with boundary-breaking artistic direction and committed advocacy for social equity. Known for the “opal-like beauty" (Washington Post) of her sound, Jennifer appears on the world’s great stages like Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Kennedy Center, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She is winner of the William Primrose, Geneva and Concert Artist Guild competitions (and the first violist ever to win first prize.) The 2021-22 season brings appearances at festivals around the world, Jennifer’s debut in the large hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, solo tours of Ireland and the UK and the release of a new album. Jennifer also makes her Lucerne Festival debut, as both director and violist in a new staged program from Ilumina called “The Nature of Light.”
Jennifer is founder and director of Ilumina, the São Paulo-based artist collective and social equity initiative, which has ascended rapidly to prominence as a modern model for 21st century creativity and the advancement of diverse talent. Ilumina unites leading international soloists with the best rising talent from Latin America, working and performing side-by-side at the Ilumina festival and on tour around the world, with the goal that worthy talent receives an equal chance to shine. Ilumina young artists now study at leading music schools around the world. Jennifer’s flair for curation and stage direction has received much attention, and Ilumina concerts invite listeners to be immersed in dynamic musical worlds, steadfastly committed to interpretation, powered by the freshness and energy of cultural exchange.
Jennifer is in much demand as a speaker and regularly interacts with the innovation and technology sector about how artistic thinking can impact social progress, productivity and the world of ideas. Her viral TEDx talk about the viola and the blessings of being different, “The Imperfect Instrument,” was named an editor’s pick of all TED talks and led to a solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonie. Jennifer has released two celebrated solo albums. Her debut recording for Naxos’ Laureate Series featured works by Italian composer/violist Alessandro Rolla, hailed as "an absolutely phenomenal display of virtuoso viola playing" (The New Recordings.) She next released her album of Berlioz's Harold In Italy and performed the work in her unique staging and characterization almost fifty times.
A recipient of the prestigious BBC New Generation artist and Borletti Buitoni Trust awards for her work in chamber music, she appears at major festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Stavanger, Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Delft and IMS Prussia Cove and regularly appears with Spectrum Concerts Berlin and as a trio with cellist Jens-Peter Maintz and Kolja Blacher.
Jennifer Stumm is Professor of Viola at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London and gives masterclasses around the world. Since her school days teaching strings in the Atlanta inner city, she has devoted considerable time to supporting young musicians from developing nations, both in person and online.
Born in Atlanta, Jennifer first heard the viola when she was eight and, enchanted by its sound, began playing in her school's orchestra. She studied with Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, with Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam as well as with Steven Isserlis at IMS Prussia Cove, and also pursued interests in politics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer plays a Gasparo da Salò viola, 1589, generously on loan from a private trust.
Demarre McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras and, at age 15, the Chicago Symphony. In 2018 he performed and presented master classes in Korea and Japan, and was soloist with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
A founding member of The Myriad Trio, and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Demarre has participated in the Santa Fe Chamber, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals, to name a few. He is the co-founder of Art of Élan, a chamber music organization in San Diego and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, "Portraits," released in August 2017, has received rave reviews.
A native of Chicago, McGill received his Bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master's degree at The Juilliard School. In September of 2017 he was named Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
YaoGuang Zhai is currently principal clarinet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and associate professor of clarinet at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
As guest principal clarinetist, YaoGuang Zhai has played with the New York Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber orchestras. He has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Summer Music Festival Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (China), Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra (Aspen), and the Springfield Symphony Orchestras.
A native of TaiYuan, China, YaoGuang began his musical career at the age of three as a violinist, switching to the clarinet seven years later. In 1999 he entered the China Central Conservatory and then came to the United States in 2003, attending the Idyllwild Arts Academy as a full scholarship student. He continued study at the Curtis Institute of Music and graduated in 2009. In that year he represented the Curtis Institute as solo and chamber music clarinetist, touring the US. His solo performance was chosen to be included on Curtis Institute's CD of the Year. During his study, YaoGuang won the Hellam Competition, Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition, the Spotlight Award and the Pacific Symphony Concerto Competition. His instructors include distinguished clarinetists Yehuda Gilad, Donald Montanaro, Ricardo Morales and Joaquin Valdepeñas.
Joshua Elmore is the principal bassoonist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Joshua has performed with many orchestras around the United States including The New York Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and performed a side-by-side collaboration at Carnegie Hall with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Before joining the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Joshua completed his professional studies certificate at the Colburn School in Los Angeles as a student of Richard Beene. Joshua was a Kovner Fellow graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied under Judith LeClair and appeared often as principal bassoon of The Juilliard Orchestra. Joshua has been a member of The New York String Orchestra Seminar and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, and the National Orchestra Institute where he recorded a grammy-nominated orchestral album with NAXOS.
Originally from Cleveland, Joshua began his official bassoon studies with Mark DeMio before joining the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Barrick Stees. During his high school years, Joshua was principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and regularly rehearsed and performed in Severance Hall. Joshua was a member of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA) where he toured China and Europe with Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach. Joshua has also performed on NPR’s From The Top and was selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In 2022, Joshua served as the Principal Bassoon for the Gateways Music Festival for their Carnegie Hall debut as the first All-African American Orchestra to perform at the Hall.
Marco Silva was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1992.
Silva began his studies at the Conservatory of Maia in 2004 with Helder Magalhães. In 2007 he joined the class of Professor Paulo Silva at the ARTAVE School and continued with a Bachelor Degree in 2013 at the Superior School of Music of Lisbon with Stephen Mason and David Burt.
In 2014 he entered for a soloist’s Master’s Degree at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Frits Damrow where he enrolled at the Zurich Opera Orchestra akademie in which he participated until 2016.
In 2012 and 2013 he regularly deputised in the Ochestre de Jeunes de la Méditerranée (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'zur.) having already performed in recitals in Portugal ,Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland and other countries. In 2013 he participated in the national debut of a work by Marc-André Dalbavie, called "Axiom", as part the Debussy Festival under the auspices of the French Institute of Portugal and the Caloust Gulbenkian Foundation. Silva won the "Young Promises" contest in 2007/2008. In 2006/2007 he won the 1st prize in category B at the Internal contest "Manuel Ivo Cruz" at the Music Conservatory of Maia. In 2010 he was awarded a 2nd Prize in the "Terras de La-Sallette" National Competition. In 2011 he won 1st prize in the Junior Category and in 2012, 1st prize in the Senior Category of the International Competition, “Terras de La-Sallette”.
Silva won 1st Prize in the "Young Musicians Prize" (24th Edition) Classic Portuguese Radio Competition and in 2017 was a finalist at the Girolamo Fantini Internacional Trumpet Competition in Rome, Italy.
In 2018 he became a Haag Artist.
He has worked with several orchestras including the Bern Symphonie Orchester, Zürich Opera Orchestra, Santa Siccilla, Caloust Gulbenkian Orchester, The West European Studio Orchestra, and is the current Principal Trumpet of the Konstanz Philharmonie Orchester.
Geoffrey Pilkington was appointed principal horn of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in 2014, after ten years of holding the fourth horn position in the same orchestra. Pilkington completed his degree at The Juilliard School studying with Julie Landsman, and spent a year abroad at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. In 2011, he joined the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra as associate principal/third horn and was featured as a soloist, performing Schumann’s Konzertstuck for four horns and orchestra. An accomplished recitalist, Pilkington has been awarded grand prizes at the International Horn Competition of America, The Florida Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Additionally, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and as guest principal horn with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was featured as a soloist in the 2016 Wagner Ring Cycles at the Kennedy Center, and has joined the San Francisco Opera for six complete Ring Cycles in 2011, and 2018. Pilkington met his wife, Kathryn, while they were studying at Juilliard. She is a founding member and co-artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s modern dance troupe, Company E, as well as a modern dance instructor at George Mason University. They live in Northern Virginia with their sons Gavin and Colin.
Mark was born in Bletchley, England in 1971 and started his musical studies aged 6 with the piano. He took up the euphonium when he was 11 and quickly became involved with the brass band movement playing with the most important London brass bands at the time . He took classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama junior department with John Clark and started playing the bass trombone here under the guidance of Roger Harvey.
In 1991 Mark started his formal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London studying euphonium under John Clark and later bass trombone with Ron Bryans, Eric Crees and Simon Wills. He went on to continue his studies with Hans Rueckert and Andreas Kraft when he moved to Mannheim in Germany.
Mark was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra from 1993 to 1996 where he played under Claudio Abbado, Ricardo Chailly and Sir Neville Marriner receiving coaching here from Denis Wick. He was also a member of the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra during this period.
Professionally Mark worked for two years as a tenor, bass and contrabass trombonist at the National Theatre in Mannheim 1995-1997 and went on to join the Gran Canaria Philharmonic from 1997 where he continues to be a member. He is also a founder member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra having played their first major Project with Claudio Abbado in Aix en Provence in 1998. He continues to be an active member of this ensemble where he has also been a member of the orchestra board for 9 years with special responsibility for education and outreach. He is also a founder member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in its present form having played every year since its establishment under Claudio Abbado in 2003. He is also a founder member of the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra in China where he lived for the season 2016/2017 and was involved in recruitment, management consultancy and playing as leader of the wind section in this orchestra.
Since beginning these Projects Mark has enjoyed a diverse and active career playing in many of the top orchestras in Europe including Bavarian Radio Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,Tonhalle Zuerich, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen ,Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and many others, including many Spanish ensembles. He has also had the pleasure of performing under many of the world’s most famous conductors including, Claudio Abbado, Ricardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Mazur, Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti, Herbert Blomstedt, Fabio Luisi, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons,Gustavo Dudamel to name but a few.
Mark has had an active international teaching career in the last ten years having taught across the globe in such institutions as the Australian National Academy of Music, Griffith University and Sydney Conservatory in Australia, the YST school of music at the National University of Singapore, Beijing Central Conservatory and China Conservatory and Shanghai Conservatory in China, South Africa National Youth Orchestra, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy and Royal Northern College of Music in the UK, Dortmund Orchesterzentrum, and Stuttgart Musikhochschule in Germany, and many establishments in Spain.
He is presently on staff at Essen Folkwang Musikhochschule, Franz Liszt Musikhochschule in Weimar, Superior Conservatory of Music of Aragon in Zaragoza and the Alicante Brass Academy.
He holds positions as artistic consultant at both the Youth Philharmonic of Columbia and the Global Youth Orchestra (China). Furthermore he is a tutor at the Alicante Brass Academy, Superior Conservatory of Aragon in Zaragoza, MpMusic academy in Valencia and Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano amongst others.
Mark has also been engaged extensively as an adjudicator and jury member globally having worked with the Corpus trombone competition in Hungary and the Beijing Central Conservatory amongst others.
Whatsmore he is active as a conductor have founded the South Africa National Youth Brass Ensemble and Colombian National Youth Brass Ensemble and regularly directs concerts of brass and wind music at the Gustav Mahler Academy in Bolzano and the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund.
Mark is also active as a soloist having performed at the Portuguese National Trombone Festival in Braga in July 2018 and the Brazilian National Trombone Festival in Belem in September 2019. He will also undertake a tour of teaching and solo playing in China during the Autumn of 2019.
Jauvon Gilliam was named principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at age 29.
Since 2011, Gilliam performs regularly as guest principal timpanist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is also timpanist of the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-PBS group comprised of players from orchestras across the United States.
Gilliam has previously performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was also timpanist of the Bear Valley Music Festival for three seasons.
Prior to his NSO appointment, Gilliam was timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in Winnipeg, he was also timpanist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and, for a time, played drum set for the WSO pops series.
As an educator, Gilliam has taught clinics at universities and institutions across Canada and the United States, including the Interlochen Arts Academy, New World Symphony and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is currently co-director of Percussion Studies/artist-in-residence at the University of Maryland, co-founder of the annual Washburgh Timpani Seminar and is a timpani coach for the National Youth Orchestra of the USA.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Gilliam began his musical career playing piano, winning his first national competition at age 11. He received a full scholarship in piano performance to attend Butler University, but later changed to full-time percussion study. He graduated with honors with a degree in arts administration and then continued his graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
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“Next it was Gilliam’s turn to take the limelight…he delivered with a virtuosic performance. It was refreshing to see and hear this gifted musician emerge from the back of the orchestra.” -Winnipeg Free Press, 2005, Kraft Timpani Concerto
“Special mention must be made of timpanist Jauvon Gilliam, who pounded the skins right off their kettle drums.” -Winnipeg Free Press, 2007, Rite of Spring
Described as possessing a “wonderfully full sound” and a “polished, refined technique”, Stellenbosch- based pianist Luis Magalhães has achieved critical acclaim as both a soloist and a chamber musician. In addition to numerous performances in South Africa and his native Portugal, Magalhães has also appeared in Germany, Austria, the UK, Switzerland, France, Italy, Brazil, China, Japan, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the US. As one half of the Schumann-Magalhães duo, better known as TwoPianists, he has also released a further three critically acclaimed CDs, with another soon to be released. This collaboration with his wife, Nina Schumann, has been compared to the duos of Ashkenazy-Previn and Argerich-Freire (American Record Guide). Magalhães is a co-founder of the independent label TwoPianists Records, which has been the recipient of both local and international accolades. He is a co-founder of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, which has since 2004 become the premier classical music festival on African soil. He also co-founded the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium. Magalhães was awarded a DMus from the University of Cape Town in 2011, and holds a professorship at Stellenbosch University. He has also given master classes and lessons at New York’s Juilliard School and universities across Europe, Asia and the US. He has served in the jury of the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians (2012). Magalhães is a Yamaha International Artist.
Nina Schumann received her early music tuition from Rona Rupert and Lamar Crowson. International prizes include Best South African Pianist in the 1993 UNISA International Piano Competition, finalist and special prize winner at the Shreveport Concerto Competition (1996), and third prize in the Casablanca International Piano Competition (1997). She has over 140 concerto performances in South Africa, Germany, Portugal, Scotland, Armenia and the USA to her credit and some 40 concertos in her repertoire. After completing her MMus at UCLA, Schumann enrolled at the University of North Texas under Van Cliburn-winner Vladimir Viardo. Following her appointment as Associate Professor and Head of Piano at Stellenbosch University in 1999, Schumann received her Doctorate from UCT in 2005. In 2009 she was awarded the UCT Rector’s Award for Excellence, and was made full professor in 2010. Schumann has formed an internationally recognised duo with her husband, Luis Magalhães. Their CDs have received rave reviews from international publications such as Diapason, International Record Review, Allmusic. com and American Record Guide. In two consecutive years the TwoPianists label won the SAMA for the Best Popular Classical Album. In 2011 American Record Guide named the duo’s CD “Editor’s Choice”. Schumann received the German Critics Choice Award for Shakespeare Inspired, an album with mezzosoprano Michelle Breedt.
Pieter Grobler is a Senior Lecturer in Piano at Stellenbosch University. In addition to lecturing piano performance and chamber music he is currently the head of the Practical Division of the Department of Music. Grobler completed his postgraduate studies with Joseph Banowetz at the University of North Texas in the USA, where he obtained the MM and DMA piano performance degrees. Undergraduate studies were with Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria obtaining the BMus and BMusHons degrees in piano performance, as well as the UNISA Teacher’s Licentiate in Piano, cum laude. His training was further enriched through studies with Polish pianist, Adam Wodnicki, and master classes from a now very long list of artists, of which the most beneficial lessons were from Andrzej Jasinski, Pascal Rogé, Leonard Hokanson and Niel Immelman. In addition to his activities as soloist, his interest in art song led to work with Dr Elvia Puccinelli and Harold Heiberg at the University of North Texas. Since his return to South Africa in 2010, he established himself as a pedagogue and maintained an active concert profile, also performing abroad regularly. His performing interests include solo as well as collaborative work. Highlights include a solo performance and live broadcast in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, USA, and two recent South African tours with the German-Canadian violinist, Annette-Barbara Vogel, and the US cellist, Ben Capps. Grobler regularly acts as adjudicator and examiner throughout South Africa.
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