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Pianist accompanists
Pianist accompanist
Born in Landstuhl (Germany), Daniel Blumenthal is of American origin. He began his musical studies shortly after his fifth birthday and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music) and the Juilliard School in New York (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts). He has won several international competitions : Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1983. He enjoys an international reputation as a soloist, concert musician, and chamber musician. Daniel Blumenthal is professor op piano performance at the Brussels Conservatory and the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark. In 1995 he served on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. He has recorded over 80 CDs. Daniel Blumenthal is honorary member of Icons of Europe and musical advisor to this not-for-profit cultural association.
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Pianist accompanist
Thomas Hoppe is recognised as one of the most outstanding collaborative artists of his generation. He has performed with such eminent artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann, Alban Gerhardt, Frans Helmerson, and Shirley Verrett, to name but a few, and performs frequently with instrumentalists and singers in the US and Europe. As pianist of the renowned ATOS Trio, he performs throughout the world to the highest acclaim. Recipients of the 3rd Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Award in 2007 and members of the BBC3 New Generation Artist Scheme 2009, the ATOS Trio was awarded a Borletto-Buitoni Prize in 2012 in recognition of its artistic excellence. Hoppe has taught master classes in collaborative piano and chamber music in Europe, China, Australia, South America, and the USA and is an official pianist for many international competitions, including the Joseph Joachim Hannover, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the Indianapolis Violin Competition. He was a student of Lee Luvisi and later completed his studies at the Juilliard School of Music, where he worked as studio pianist for Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman. He and his family live in Berlin, where he is full-time faculty at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.
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Pianist accompanist
Born in Akita, Japan, in 1983, Takashi Sato is recognised as one of the most outstanding Japanese pianists of his generation. He has won prizes at several competitions, including the Music Competition of Japan 2001 (1st prize), the Schubert International Piano Competition 2007 (1st prize), the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2010 (laureate), and the Città di Cantù International Piano Competition 2011 (1st prize). After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts with top honours in 2006, he studied with Arie Vardi at Hanover University for Music and Drama until 2011, when he was awarded the Diplom-Konzertsolist. He also attended the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the tutelage of Roland Keller. Alongside his accomplishments as soloist, working with numerous orchestras including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, and the Belgian National Orchestra, he is equally appreciated as an adept chamber musician and has collaborated with many renowned artists, including Karl Leister, Horigome Yuzuko, Watanabe Reiko, Sato Shunske, and Kamio Mayuko. A recording of Edvard Grieg’s complete sonatas for violin and piano with Sato Shunske was awarded a Grand Prize by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan at the National Arts Festival in 2007. Since 2014, he has been giving a recital series, ‘Schubert-Zyklus’, in Tokyo, presenting the complete works for piano of Franz Schubert.
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Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort has been the protagonist of a new generation of Belgian pianists. He studied with renowned pedagogues such as Jan Michiels, Menahem Pressler, Russell Sherman and Elissó Wirssaladze. In 2007 he became a laureate at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. Since then, he has performed in several of the world’s leading concert halls in Europe, Israel, China, South Africa, Canada and the United States, such as the Bozar in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Filharmonia in Kraków, the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, the China Hall in Shanghai, the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch and the Jordan Hall in Boston. The piano concertos of Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninov are currently at the top of the list of his repertoire. In 2014, he performed all of Beethoven’s five piano concertos. Furthermore, he has recorded five albums featuring a.o. Liszt’s two piano concertos, a live recording of Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto and works for piano solo by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort is a passionate chamber musician as well. In this respect, he regularly shares the concert stage with Ning Kam, Severin von Eckardstein and Thomas Blondelle. He is also a member of the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble. He is an official ‘Steinway Artist’ and wears original creations of couturier Guy-David.
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Jonas Vitaud started to study the piano at the age of six and the organ at the age of eleven. Trained by Brigitte Engerer, Jean Koerner, and Christian Ivaldi, he won four first prizes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. A laureate of several international competitions (Lyons, ARD from Munich, Trieste, and Vienna), both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, he has performed at prestigious festivals such as the festival of the Lille Piano(s) Festival, Piano aux Jacobins, Août Musical in Deauville, the Festival de la Chaise Dieu, the Fêtes musicales de Nohant, the Festival Chopin de Bagatelle, the Richard Strauss Festival in Germany, the Musical Autumn in Caserta (Italy), the iDans festival in Istanbul, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and the French May in Hong Kong. He has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre du Capitole and the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Munich Radio Orchestra, and with vocal (e.g. Sequenza and Les Solistes de Lyon) and contemporary-music ensembles. He is keenly interested in chamber music, which he has played with Bertrand Chamayou, Hwang Sumi, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Geneviève Laurenceau, Yann Levionnois, and the Quatuor Zaïde, among others. Passionate about contemporary music, he has worked with modern masters such as Henri Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, György Kurtag, and Philippe Hersant. Jonas Vitaud has taught at the CNSM in Paris since 2013. In 2016, Jonas Vitaud was awarded a Grand Prix as an instrumental soloist by the Académie Charles Cros. He is also an associated artist of the Fondation Singer-Polignac.
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