Monday, March 13, 2017

Keiko Urushihara

   July 18 - July 27, 2017
   English, Japanese 

Keiko Urushihara began to make her mark in the music world while still attending the high school attached to the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. 
In 1981, she took the first place at the 8th Wieniawski International Competition - the youngest performer and the first Japanese to win this prize and six other prizes there as well. 

In 1982, she entered the University and began her career actively as a violinist. Her activities since then include concert tours to Poland and Germany, guest TV appearances and performances at prestigious music festivals like "Prague Spring". 
She was also selected as one of the soloists for the 1991 tour of Europe by the Japan Philharmonic and she performed with the Osaka Century Orchestra on their Asia Tour in 1996. 

Keiko Urushihara has performed under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov, Ervin Lukacs, Jiri Belahovek, Ferdinand Leitner and Heinrich Schiff, among others and played with such orchestras as State Chamber Orchestra Virtuosi di Moscow, Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Warsaw National Philharmonic and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Over the years, Keiko Urushihara has released a large number of CDs and she presently spends some of her time teaching at both the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, and the National University of the Arts in Japan. 

Her consistently high level of performance has gained her a great following. She enjoys the trust and admiration of not only her fans and students but also conductors, other performers both at home and abroad. 

Keiko Urushihara begann ihre musikalische Karriere an der High School, welche an die Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music angeschlossen ist. 
1981 erhielt sie den ersten Preis beim 8. Wieniawski International Concours als jüngste Künstlerin und erste Japanerin, die diesen Preis jemals gewonnen hat. 
1982 begann sie in Tokio zu studieren. Sie konzertierte in Polen und Deutschland, war Gast im Fernsehen und spielte auf weiterin bekannten Musikfestivals wie dem Prager Frühling. 

Keiko Urushihara wurde 1991 als Solistin für die Europatour der Japan Philharmonic ausgewählt und schon fünf Jahre später trat sie gemeinsam mit dem Osaka Century Orchestra während dessen Asientour auf. 

Sie spielte unter der Leitung zahlreicher berühmter Dirigenten wie Vladimir Spivakov, Ervin Lukacs, Jiri Belahovek, Ferdinand Leitner und H. Schiff, und konzertierte mit Orchestern wie den Staatlichen Kammervirtuosen Moskau, dem Ungarischen Nationalorchester, der Slovakischen Philharmonie, den Wiener Symphonikern, der Warschauer National-Philharmonie und dem St. Petersburger Philharmonischen Orchester. 

Derzeit lehrt Keiko Urushihara sowohl an der Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music als auch an der National University of the Arts, Japan.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kimihiko Kitajima

   July 29 ~ August 7, 2017
   English, German, Japanese

Respected as one of the Japanese leading pianists and eminent piano teachers, Kimihiko Kitajima has been teaching at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music since 1986. He studied the piano with Kazuko Yasukawa in high school, undergraduate and postgraduate of Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai). During that time, he received the prize of the Japan Federation of Musicians, and was awarded the distinction prize of the 49th Japan Music Competition, and received the Kawai Award at the 25th Overseas Dispatch Competition. 

From 1982 to 1985, he studied with Hans Leygraf in the Soloist Course (Master's Program) of the Hannover National University of Music, Drama and Media, on a DAAD Scholarship (scholarship of the government of Germany for international students) and completed the course as one of the top students of the National Music Certification Exam of Germany. Several his performances were broadcasted all over Germany. He was awarded the diploma of the 40th Geneva International Music Competition. 

He has solo concerts all over Japan and performs with eminent orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic and the North German NDR radio orchestra and also participates in events such as the Mainichi Newspaper Recital and the Regular Concert of Japanese Chopin Society.

His dynamic, well-refined performance is musically expressive, which is characterized by his rich poetic sense. He has received great reviews, such as “Hats off to his evolving colorful tones”,  “The treasure of the Japanese music world”, and “A person of charming character”.

As a professor, he is producing prize winners of the leading competitions every year. From 1991 to 2002, he taught at the Music High School Attached to The Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2005, he received the prize of the Piano Teachers' National Association for Exceptional Instructors.  From 1995 to 2003, he taught at YAMAHA Master Class as a special lecturer. From 2007 to 2009, he was invited to Music Fest Perugia as a performing artist and a teacher of the Master Class. In 2016, he was invited to the 19th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, Poland, as a jury. From 2004 to the present, he is teaching at professional course of YAMAHA Music Avenue Shinjuku Classe. Presently, he is a professor at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Claude Lelong

   July 18 - July 27, 2017
   English, German, French, Japanese

CLAUDE LELONG Enters the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, Viola class of Maître .Pascal
1958 First Prize First Named,and Award of the Foundation of St.Paul given to the best First Prize of the yearLaureate of the International Competition of Geneva.(Viola)
Beginnings of soloist career, e.g. Schwanendreher(Hindemith)Concerto for Viola and Orchestre (Stamitz),etc. with the Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, and other formations in BerlinBruxellesLilleZürich, LausanneHamburgWarsawAmsterdamLondonetc
Acquiresby competition, the position of principal Viola Soloist in the German Opera of Berlin (Chief ConductorLorin Maazel)
1966-86  Concerts as soloist with“Gruppe Neue Musik Berlin” in EuropeFranceSwitzerlandthe NetherlandsBelgiumEngland and in the United States
Wins First Prize of International Competition of Chamber Music in Colmar (String Trio)
1979 The City of Berlin bestows him the title of“Berlin Chamber Virtuoso”
1981-90 Numerous concerts as soloist with the orchestra of the German Opera of Berlin
1983 The French Government honours him with the title “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite”in acknowledgment of his artistic achievements in the course of his career.                                                                   
1985 Creation of “Ensemble Débussy”numerous concerts in Europe
Concerts as soloist chamber musician in EuropeAsiaUSAWorks with orchestra : BartokHindemithMozartPaganiniStamitzJ.C.BachStraussBerliozSchnittke…

Records made with
- Marcus Berlin 308329Soloist pieces of 20th century1982
- DUX Warsaw 0234PendereckiDrushininMartinu1995
- DUX Warsaw 0292SchubertPaganiniBach-KodalyBacewics1997

Pedagogic activities
Prepares numerous students for admittance examinations to conservatories in Germany, as well as for entrance in various countries.

Invited to teach courses at the orchestras, and as a jury member for international solo and chamber music competitions.             

He taught in the “Hochschule Der Künst”of Berlin (professional class of viola)               
In cooperation with the University of Cracow (Poland), directs the Master Classes of the Summer Course of Silesia

Professor of Viola in the Summer Course, Superior Level, at the International Academy of Wallonie (Belgium)
Master Classes in PolandSpainGermanyFranceCzechItalyUSA.

1999-03 Japannumerous Concerts as soloist and Guest-Professor in TokyoOngaku - Daigaku
2003-05 Guest-Professor in Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
2005     Guest-Professor in The AICHI Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music.
      Docent in Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
2007~      Return to France, Professor in l'Ecole normale de musique

Claude Lelong studierte am Conservatoire Nationel de Musique in Paris (bei L. Calvet) und schloss mit dem I. Preis ab. Preisträger der internationalen Musikwettbewerbe in Genf und Colmar. 

Vom 1966 bis 1998 1. Solobratscher der Deutschen Oper Berlin Bekannt durch zahlreiche Konzerte und Tourneen, Rundfunk- und Plattenaufnahmen als Solist und Kammermusiker. 
Zu seinen Auszeichnungen zählen die Verleihung des Titels Kammervirtuose durch die Stadt Berlin (1979), sowie die Ernennung zum "Chevalier de L'ordre de merite" durch die französische Regierung (1983). Außerdem hat die polnische Regierung ihn mit “Zasłużony dla kultury polskiej” gewürdigt (2012) .
Claude Lelong war Dozent an der Hochschule für Künste Berlin. Vom 1999 bis 2007 wurde er u.a. von der Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku ), der Aichi prefetural university of fine arts and music zum Gastprofesseur berufen. 

Seit seinem Rückkehr nach Frankreich 2007 ist er als Professeur für Bratsche und Kammermusik am Ecole normale de musique de Paris tätig.   

Ya-En Lee

   I : July 18 - July 27
   III : August 9 - August 18, 2017
   English, German, Taiwanese

Ya-En Lee was born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1978. She received her first piano lessons at the age of five. 
During her piano studies at the Taiwan Woman's College of Arts and Technology, under the tutelage of Szu-Chia Yeh and Yuking Chou, she was awarded 2nd prize in the national piano competition of the Vienna Education Institute.   
After private lessons with Prof. Dr. Tibor Szatz in Freiburg, she entered the piano masterclass of Prof. Gerhard Erber at the University of Music and Theatre ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’, Leipzig. After her graduation in 2004 with highest distinction, she continued her musical education with graduate studies in 'Chamber Music and Accompaniment' under Prof. Gudrun Franke and Prof. Phillip Moll.  

Together with the soprano Lily Li and cellist P.H. Li she founded the ‘Formosa Li Ensemble’. She has been invited to perform in Festivals such as the 'Max Reger Tage' in Weiden and the Altenburg Music Festival.  As accompanist she played at the ‘5th Augustusburger Gesangskurs’, the ‘2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions’ in Leipzig / New York, and at ‘Euro Arts Music Festival’ in Leipzig, Wuppertal and Halle.

Since 2008 Ya-En Lee has taught accompaniment at the University of Music and Theatre ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’, Leipzig and at the BelCanto’s Singstudio Leipzig. Since 2011 she has taught piano at the Singschule Halle. She has also given recitals in Germany, Italy and Taiwan. 

Ya-En Lee, 1978 geb. in Taichung (Taiwan), erhielt mit fünf Jahren ihren ersten Klavierunterricht. 1993-2000 studierte sie Klavier an der Frauen Fachschule fuer Kunst und Technologie Taiwan bei Szu-Chia Yeh und Yuking Chou. Sie erhielt den 2. Preis beim nationalen Klavierwettbewerb des Wiener Erziehungsinstituts in Taiwan.

Nach Unterricht bei Prof. Dr. Tibor Szatz in Freiburg begann sie ihr Klavierstudium bei Prof. Gerhard Erber an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig, welches sie 2004 mit Auszeichnung abschloss. An dieser Einrichtung folgte ein Aufbaustudium in den Fächern Klavierkammermusik / Liedergestaltung bei den Professoren Gudrun Franke und Phillip Moll.

Mit der Sängerin Lily Li und Cellistin P.H. Li gründete sie das Trio „Formosa Li Ensemble“. Ya-En Lee konzertierte auf Musikfestivals wie den Max Reger Tagen Weiden und dem Altenburg Musikfestival. Als Begleiterin wirkte sie u.a. beim „5. Augustusburger Gesangskurs“ mit, sowie 2009 bei Young Concert Artists International Auditions“ Leipzig / New York mit und beim „Euro Music Festival“ in Leipzig, Wuppertal und Halle.

Seit 2008 unterrichtet sie im Lehrauftrag für Solorepetition an der HMT Leipzig und dem BelCanto Gesangsstudio Leipzig. Seit 2011 gibt sie im Hauptfach Klavier an der Singschule Halle Unterricht, auch gab sie zahlreiche Konzerte in Deutschland, Italien und Taiwan.

Han-Wen Jennifer Yu

_ SESSIONS (2017)
   I : July 18 - July 27
   II : July 2 - August 7
   III : August 8 - August 18

   English, German, Taiwanese

Praised by RBB (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg) Kulturradio: "New Discovery! A very talented collaborative pianist!"

Han-Wen's collaboration with cellist Tim Oberbillig on Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4 was praised by the Heute in der Konzer Zeitung as a “Fantastic interpretation.” Her solo, Liszt's "Malédiction" with the Trierer Philharmonie was described as "diabolically brilliant"!

Han-Wen, a native of Taichung, Taiwan. She earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Tunghai University (Taiwan), where she graduated with the highest honors with Dr. Juanelva Rose and Dr. Thomas Linde; a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano with Dr. Cameron Stowe, Dr. Pei-Shan Lee and Prof. Jonathan Feldman from New England Conservatory; and a Konzertexamen (equal as doctor program in Taiwan) at the HMT Leipzig with professor Gudrun Franke in piano chamber music, and minor in solo piano with professor Gerald Fauth. She has took masterclasses by Robert Levin, Graham Johnson, Brigitte Engerer, Volker Banfield, Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Rita Sloan and so on. 

As an active pianist, she has performed throughout the U.S., Taiwan, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, England, France Switzerland and Sweden. She has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, America’s Music Festivals, Chicago Radio, Deutschlandfunk and As a soloist, she has performed with Trierer Philharmonie. 

Han-Wen was twice YAMAHA foundation of Taiwan fellowship recipient in 2006, earned scholarships at the Aspen Music Festival from 2010-11. She took part in SongFest as one of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellows in 2010, and was awarded the 2013 Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Music Academy of the West in the U.S. She is a national and international competition prizewinning pianist, 1 prize in the Taichung City's Piano Competition, 1 prize in the Seidof International Piano Competition and 1 prize in the Vienna International Piano Competition. In 2014 she won 1 prize in the Clara Schumann Duo Competition in Leipzig with violist Seungwon Lee and soprano Chueh-Yu Lai. Among 103 groups, she won 1st prize with cellist Mon-Puo Lee in the form of a duo in the 19th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Poland in 2016, the same year in September, she was awarded the Best Accompanist Prize from the George Enescu Festival Competition in Bucharest, Romania. 

Ms. Yu had served as staff pianist at the New England Conservatory, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the 2012 Foulger International Music Festival, as faculty pianist in the Prague Summer Nights Festival in 2015, staff pianist of the Euro Music Festival and Academy and the David Geringas Master Class from Blackmore International Music Academy in 2016, 2017. 

From 2010-2013, she worked as a studio pianist for Grammy Award winner Kim Kashkashian's studio at NEC. She had also worked in studios of Paul Biss, James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Miriam Fried, Nicholas Kitchen, Malcolm Lowe, Donald Weilerstein, Martha Strongin Katz, Dimitri Murrath, Roger Tapping, Marcus Thompson, Natasha Brofsky, Paul Katz, Yeesun Kim, Laurence Lesser, Paula Robison, William Cotten, D'Anna Fortunato, Carole Haber, Karen Holvik, Michael Meraw, Lisa Saffer and Bradley Williams from 2009-2013. Since 2013, she has been working with students of Tabea Zimmermann, Walter Küssner, Nora Chastain, Frans Helmerson, Jens Peter Maintz and so on in Berlin or Leipzig. She has worked on Elgar's Cello Concerto with cellist Kian Soltani for maestro Daniel Baremboim in 2017. Her past and current colleagues including International Tchaikovsky Competition, ARD competition prize winners, Queen Elisabeth Competition participators, Metropolitan Opera singer, Gewandhaus Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic members.

She's now living in Berlin, Germany, a member of the "HoHaiYan Arts" organization, a coordinator and official pianist of the Berlin selection round of the international competition "TIM International Music Tournament" , and playing regularly projects from the Blackmore's - Berlins Musikzimmer

As a fast learner, she constantly serves for emergency concert. Back to 2012, the 1st movement of John Adams's Violin Concerto included more than 20 pages, she learned in 2 days and performed with violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan in the Harris Concert Hall in the Aspen Music Festival. 

Fan Yang

   I : July 18 - July 27, 2017
   English, German, Taiwanese

Eva Sperl

   II : July 29 - August 7, 2017
   English, German

Eva Sperl wurde in Hannover geboren und studierte in ihrer Heimatstadt an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater bei Bernhard Ebert und dem brasilianischen Pianisten Roberto Szidon. Nach Abschluß ihres Studiums  wechselte sie an die Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig „Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy“. Hier folgte ein Aufbaustudium in den Fächern Klavier,  Kammermusik und Liedgestaltung bei Gerhard Erber, Horst Böhm und Karl-Peter Kammerlander.  Nachdem sie zunächst das Konzertexamen für Klavier ablegte, bestand sie das Konzertexamen für Kammermusik und Liedgestaltung  „mit Auszeichnung“.
Meisterkurse bei Klaus Schilde, Ernst Gröschel, Vitaly Margulis und Vladimir Krainev vervollständigten ihre Ausbildung.
Seit 1997 hat Eva Sperl an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig „Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy“ einen Lehrauftrag für Korrepetition inne und betreut u.a. seit einigen Jahren die Studenten der Violinklasse von Carolin Widmann.  Seit dem Jahr 2009 unterrichtet  Eva Sperl an der Hochschule „Franz Liszt“ Weimar das Fach Werkstudium.                        
Weiterhin übt sie eine rege Konzerttätigkeit sowohl als Kammermusikpartnerin vieler Instrumentalisten und Sänger als auch als Solistin aus und ist gefragte Begleiterin bei internationalen Wettbewerben und Meisterkursen, wie z.B. der  „International Summer Academy“ der Julliard School New York und beim „Euro Music Festival.“.
Felix Mendelssohn  Bartholdy bildet einen festen Bestandteil in den Programmen von Eva Sperl, sei es Kammer- oder Klaviermusik. So spielte sie im Jahre 2005 sämtliche „Lieder ohne Worte“ bei den Mendelssohn- Festtagen in Leipzig. Im Jahr 2009 erhielt  Eva Sperl das Stipendium der Mendelssohnstiftung Leipzig für ihren Konzertzyklus mit sämtlichen Klavierwerken Mendelssohns ohne Opuszahl.  Eine CD mit repräsentativen Werken Mendelssohns ist im gleichen Jahr erschienen.                                                                                                                                                          
Konzertreisen führten Eva Sperl nach Frankreich, Belgien, Polen, England, Spanien und Japan.