Sivan Rotem

Described by the Salt Lake Tribune, following her Brahms ‘German Requiem’ with the Utah Symphony, as “a classy vocal talent” with an “angelic Soprano voice”, Sivan Rotem is considered one of the most outstanding singers of Israel. She was born in Buenos Aires and started her musical training as a violinist. Rotem graduated the Haifa University in English and Literature and the Tel Aviv Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in singing. She continued her vocal studies with Ellen Faull in the USA.
She made her debut with Zubin Mehta and The Israel Philharmonic in The Magic Flute and appears regularly with all the leading orchestras of Israel, including The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Camerata, The Israel Netanya- Kibbutz Orchestra and the Israel Sinfonietta. She sang leading roles with The New Israeli Opera, (in Don Pasquale, La Boheme, Werther, Orfeo ed Euridice, Electra and Cosi Fan Tutte).
Sivan Rotem enjoys a successful career worldwide and has sung with the Symphony Orchestras of Utah, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Jose, Vancouver, Canada, Bochum, Sinfonietta Krakovia, Lima National Youth Orchestra, Guatemala National Youth Orchestra, I Virtuosi Di Praga, the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, The Uzbek National Symphony Orchestra, The KZN Durban Philharmonic in South Africa, The National Opera Orchestra of Georgia, The National Opera Orchestra of Macedonia and The Seattle Opera, where she sang the roles of “Susanna” in Le Nozze Di Figaro and “Violetta” in La Traviata to great acclaim. She also sung with Opera San Jose in California, at the “Savonlinna Opera Festival” in Finland and gave solo recitals in The National Opera House of Albania, Prague’s “Rudolfinum”, San Francisco, Madrid, Helsinki, Seville, Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, Graz, Bratislava, Sydney, Beijing’s “Forbidden City Concert Hall”, Santiago, Buenos Aires, “Les Invalides” and “The Palace of Versailles” in Paris. Most recently she had a great success as “Alice Ford” in Verdi’s Falstaff with the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra in Uruguay.
Sivan Rotem collaborated with many distinguished conductors including Zubin Mehta, Sergui Comissiona, Gerard Schwarz, Joseph Siverstein, Gary Bertini, Joshua Rivkin, Unichi Hirokami, Leonid Grin, Leon Botstein, Lior Shambadal, Emmanuel Joel, Frederic Chaslin, Martin Andre, Antonello Allemandi, Yoel Levi and Martin Lebel.
Her discography includes Dove in The Clefts of the Rock (Synagogue Music in the Baroque for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Jewish Music Research Center), Aharon Harlap’s Symphony no. 2 – L’oiseau de la Guerre for Helicon, a Spanish CD Viva El Amor for Romeo Records and a CD dedicated to the songs of Giacomo Meyerbeer, which was released by NAXOS.

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Inês Simões

Inês Simões is a versatile lyric soprano whose repertoire encompasses works from the baroque era to nowadays. Recent engagements include Handel’s Messiah, the premier of Play – a new opera by the composer Jamie Man – conducted by Hannu Lintu, the roles of Xivi and Onça Celeste in the “European Premier of Ripper’s opera Onheama”, a co-production of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and the Terras Sem Sombra Festival.

Inês Simões is a Master of Arts – Advanced Vocal Studies by the Wales International Academy of Voice, where she studied with Dennis O’Neill. She also holds a Master Degree in Music – Singing by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the “Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize”. She took part in Opera Works at the English National Opera. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Music by the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra.

Inês has participated in numerous masterclasses with renowned singers, pianists and conductors such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Richard Bonynge and Graham Johnson. She won the 3rd Prize of the “Prémio Jovens Músicos 2010” and the 2nd Prize of the “Prémio José Alegria 2008”.

She has toured Portugal and England and performed with ENOA (European Network of Opera Academies) the following roles: Giulia (La Scala di Seta, Rossini), Rita (Rita, Donizetti), Clarice (Il Mondo della Luna, Haydn), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Susanna (Il segreto di Susanna, Wolf-Ferrari), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne, Mozart), among others.

Inês Simões sings regularly in recitals and is a great enthusiast of contemporary music, with highlights for a concert with new works composed for her voice, under the baton of Magnus Lindberg at the Gulbenkian Foundation. She has sung at “Oxford Lieder Festival”, “Song in the City – Concert Series”, and at halls such as Barbican Hall, Barbican Pit, Arcola Theatre, Tête-à-tête Festival, Sadler’s Wells, London Coliseum, British Museum and Millennium Centre. She also performed at BBC Radio 3’s In Tune Programme and Antena 2.

In oratorio, she made her Gulbenkian Foundation début in the role of Solomon’s Queen in Handel’s Solomon, singing opposite Iestyn Davies under the baton of Paul McCreesh. She has also been a soloist in works by Marcos de Portugal, Rossini, Schubert, Rutter and Orff.

Inês has recorded for the Sonus Music Label the CD Alma Ibérica – a release of Portuguese and Spanish songs from the 20th century with the pianist Daniel Godinho. This project was kindly supported by the Foundation “Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas”.

Next engagements include a production of “Café Carnage” for Opera Lab Europe, in the festival “Música na Fábrica” in July 2017, and a residency and performances for Miso Music, with a repertoire for solo voice, including premieres of commissions for her voice.

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Miguel Fialho

Miguel Fialho began his musical studies at the Setúbal Regional Conservatory, at the clarinet class of teacher Sérgio Oliveira. At the same institution, he completed his studies at Professor Paulo Gaspar’s class, at the age of seventeen. Having completed his secondary education in natural and scientific area, he entered the University and graduated as Orchestra Soloist by the National Superior Academy of Orchestra, in Professor Etiénne Lamaison’s class. Throughout his career, he attended numerous workshops and masterclasses where he worked with different portuguese and foreign musicians, such as Antonio Salguero, G. Lawrie Bloom, Guy Deplus, Hermann Stenfansson, Joan Enric Lluna, Joaquim Ribeiro, Luís Gomes, Manuel Jerónimo, Nuno Silva, Paolo Beltramini, Romain Guyot, Rui Martins or Walter Boeykens. Miguel Fialho has collaborated with different types of groups, amateur and professional orchestras including the Portuguese Orchestra of Music Schools (2002), National Wind Orchestra of Templários (2003), Minho-Galaica Symphonic Band (2004), Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Academic Orchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. He participated in several national competitions for young musicians: he played for “Os Principais”, a RTP1 television channel program (1996), having been selected through a national audition. He also competed in the National Competition for Young Clarinetists organized by the Portuguese Clarinet Association (1999) in which he won the second prize in his category and the competition “Maestro Marcos Romão dos Reis” (2001) in which he won the first prize. Besides his academic and classical music activities, Miguel Fialho has developed a career in other musical styles and languages where he puts into practice his own musical personality which he developed in the context of musical theater, Jazz, Klezmer or World Music. Thereby, he played the character “Nete” in the show The Piano and his Friends (2006), a production of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; he collaborated with a traditional group of Klezmer at the Coches Museum led by Laurentiu Ivan-Coca, he joined a national tour with Melech Mechaya, he collaborated with Volker Bertelmann in “Hauschka”, a prepared piano show commemorating the 41st anniversary of the Maria Matos Theater and he recently presented his own creative show Jean’s War, Madness and Night (1971-1998), at the “International Saxophone Festival” of Palmela, a show produced and directed by himself. Concerning his academic education, Miguel Fialho has a degree in Orchestra Soloist by the National Superior Academy of Orchestra (Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra), a Master degree in Music – specializing in Clarinet, and a Master degree in Music Education, which gives him Professional Qualification for Teaching, both conferred by Lisbon Superior School of Music.

Miguel Fialho was also teacher in Alto Alentejo Regional Conservatory, where he taught clarinet and chamber music between 2008 – 2011. Currently, Miguel Fialho plays as 1.º Clarinet Soloist in the Portuguese Navy Band and performs regularly as a guest soloist in Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Cascais Symphony Orchestra. Since 2010, Miguel Fialho teaches clarinet and chamber music at Cascais Conservatory of Music.

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Inês Madeira

Inês studied Singing at the National Conservatory of Music in Lisbon (Portugal) and did a Pos-Graduation at the Flanders Operastudio Gent (Belgium).

In opera, she performed Dido (Dido and Aeneas/Purcell), Lisinga (Le Cinese/Gluck), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte/Mozart), Narrator in Ned Rorem’s Fables, Amastre (Serse/Handel), Frau Peachum and Jenny (Die Dreigroschenoper/Kurt Weill), Carmen in an adaptation of Peter Brook Bizet’s Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen), Elisa (La Spinalba/F.A. de Almeida), Joana in Jorge Salgueiro’s Saga (world premier), Rosinha in Jorge Salgueiro’s Orquídea Branca (world premier), Hanna in Vasco Mendonça’s Jerusalém (world premier), Luggrezia (Lo Frate ‘nnamorato/Pergolesi), several roles in Luis Bragança Gil’s musical/opera Deus Pátria Revolução; Serena (A Morte do Palhaço/Raul Brandão and José M. Branco); Deuladeu in Jorge Salgueiro’s DeuLaDeu (world premier); Princess Nature (Planeta Tupi/Pessoa Junior), “Woman” in Michael Kohlhaas (world premiere) and Protestant in Apokalypse (world premiere), both from Ulrich Rasche, Mother (Il Sogno del Zingano/António Miró), Narrator in Noite Inquieta (world premiere) and Cléo in Paternel (world premiere), both from Frank Nuyts; Child (Ver e Ler, O Hipopótamo/Jorge Salgueiro), Rosa (Alda/João O. Zúquete) and Carmelita (Dialogues des Carmelites/Francis Poulenc).

In Theatre, she had several projects with Teatro O Bando, such has Saga-Ópera Extravagante; Pino do Verão and Quarentena, music by Jorge Salgueiro and A Morte do Palhaço music by José Mário Branco, all staged by João Brites.

In the musical theatre category, she participated on the plays Afinal Que Musical É Este?Deus Pátria RevoluçãoProcura-se, Planeta Tupi (for children) and Cinderela – O Musical (for children). She is part of the group KaradePalko as a performer and vocal director.

In Oratorios, she performed Handel’s Ode For The Birthday Of The Queen Anne, Carissimi’s Jonas, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Hanssens Junior’s 1st and 2nd Messe Solennelle, Martin-Joseph Mengal’s Salve Regina, Jorge Salgueiro’s O Conquistador, Francisco A. Almeida’s Mass in F. She participated in several masterclasses of opera and lieder with Richard Miller, Mercè Obiol, Elisabete Matos, Loh-Siew Tuan, Ameral Gunson, Sarah Walker, Ronny Lauwers and Graham Johnson. She did also a workshop in Choreographer Theatre/Creative voice with Enrico Pardo in Sicilia (Italy).

In 2004 she was one of the winners of the “Temple Square Concert Award” in Operaplus Summer School in Belgium, and she won a recital in the Leighton House in London.

In 2012 she recorded for Naxus the opera La Spinalba with Músicos do Tejo. In 2015 she did several concerts with the ensemble Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa
(GMCL) in Portugal, Zagreb and Milan. Between 1999 and 2004 sang in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Choir (Lisbon/Portugal). She also collaborated between 2008 and 2011 with “EuropaChorAkademie” based in Germany, conducted by Joshard Daus. Since 2007, she has been singing as a soloist in Malaysia (Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Ipho) with ProMusica, and since 2011 she has been performing every year at Gala Concert in George Town Festival in Penang/Malaysia.

She did several recitals and concerts in Portugal, Belgium, London and Malaysia.
In Portugal, she works with the ensembles Melleo Harmonia directed by Jenny Silvestre and Voces Caelestes directed by Sérgio Fontão.

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António Saiote

Born in Loures, Portugal, António Saiote is an renown artist and educator worldwide.

He studied as a fellow of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris with Guy Deplus and Jacques Lancelot, and in Munich with Gerd Starke, where he got a Meisterdiplom from the Hochschule in Munich with distinction. He completed a post-graduation in Contemporary Music at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain with Arthur Tamayo, and Traditional Repertoire in England with Georges Hurst. He obtained a MPhil in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Sheffield.

He performed with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony, Classical Orchestra of Porto, Régie Orchestra, Radio Lisbon and Porto, São Paulo, Shanghai, Philharmonic of Beiras, North Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Algarve, and Symphony Zurich.

He has been a guest soloist on congresses worldwide, in the United States, Belgium, France, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Spain and Italy.

António Saiote performed in festivals in Sintra, Estoril, Nancy, Shanghai, Macau, Rabat, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Caracas, São José Santos Lima, Yangi, Musicalta, Oviedo, Guimaraes, Aveiro, Vila Real, Vila Nova de Gaia, Paços de Brandão, Espinho, Algarve, Madeira, Azores, Folle Journée (CCB), Camerino, Atri and Porto Alegre.

Since 1998, he has been developing in parallel a fruitful conducting career, having conducted all portuguese orchestras and other orchestras in Spain, Venezuela, France and Germany. He conducted operas such as Sousa Carvalho’s O Amor Industrioso, Haydn’s Il Boticario, Mozart ‘s Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, João Arroyo’s Amor de Perdição, Kurt Weill’s Kleine Mahagony and The Seven Deadly Sins, Alexandre  Delgado’s O Doido e a Morte, Ravel’s The Spanish Hour, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.

He has been a jury member in the prestigious competitions of Toulon, Constancia, Sevilla, Warsaw, Caracas, Kortrik, Ghent, Brasilia and president of the Valentino competition Bucchi in Rome. He was appointed for Honorary Member of the International Clarinet Association by unanimous vote, and was awarded the title of “Latin American Clarinet Personality” by the ClariPeru Association. He was the mentor and co-founder of the 2009 Clarinet World Congress in Oporto and the artistic director of the Guimarães Festival and the Guimarães Academy.

He performed and taught in more than thirty countries in Asia, Europe, America and North Africa. Currently, he teaches at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto (ESMAE). He is the artistic director and chief conductor of the ESMAE Symphonic Orchestra and the artistic director of the “Marcos Romão International Clarinet Meeting”. He is also a founding member of “Opera Norte”.

He collaborates regularly as a teacher, soloist and conductor with the Venezuelan System of Youth Orchestras.

He recorded several CDs and maintains an active profile on the YouTube of his performances. He speaks Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish, and English.

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Duo Schiavo-Marchegiani

“Schiavo-Marchegiani piano duet shows how exciting is to make music together”; “They offered a perfect musical night”; “Two Italian pianists moved audience with their performance of Mozart music”; “They are pianists with amazing sound culture… their performance of Schubert’s pieces was brilliant, noble and extraordinarily original”.

Mr. Schiavo and Mr. Marchegiani are highly appreciated by the audience and critics for their musical personality, great expressiveness and naturalness, beauty of sound, intensity and overwhelming energy of their performances.
At the same time as their solo concert international activity, since 2006 they play together all over the world performing hundreds of concerts in the most prestigious venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall in New York, Goldener Saal at Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Smetana and Dvořák Hall in Prague, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Solis Theatre in Montevideo, Sao Paulo Hall in Brazil as well as in Rome, Paris, Zurich, St. Petersburg, Montreal, Washington, Mexico City, Baku, Astana, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, etc.
In 2013 they made their debut at prestigious Ravello Festival playing Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos and orchestra K. 365.

Their dazzling career has made them regular guests with the most prestigious orchestras such as Berliner Symphoniker, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, New York Symphonic Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Madrid Chamber Orchestra and Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra. They recently performed with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in Dvořák Hall; this concert was broadcasted live by Czech National Radio and later by Italian National RAI Radio3. They also recorded for important National TV and Radio channels in Mexico, Russia, Germany, Hong Kong, etc.
In 2014 Decca label published their first CD, completely dedicated to Franz Schubert which got amazing reviews from the critics. “In the Fantasia the two pianists play with a lively and easy immediacy, whilst giving a strong sense of clarity to Schubert’s more poetic movements… it has some lovely poignant moments and his highly evocative… The remainder of the items on the disc are all admirably played” (Robert Hugill); “Marco Schiavo and Sergio Marchegiani do a nice job with this music… they’re forthright and clear-eyed, producing a nice range of tones and textures, and handling transitions with assurance…” (Stephen Francis Vasta).
A new CD with Brahms’s complete Hungarian Dances will be released soon.

Sergio Marchegiani and Marco Schiavo studied with great musicians such as Ilonka Deckers Küszler, Alexander Lonquich, Bruno Canino, Franco Scala, Aldo Ciccolini and Sergei Dorenski.
At the moment they teach in Trapani and Potenza Conservatories and are in frequent demand for masterclasses and piano competition jury all over the world (Spain, Serbia, Turkey, United States, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Japan, Australia, Brasil, etc.).

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Sergio Marchegiani

A stellar hour of piano music… Those who did not witness it missed an opportunity. We only hope to listen to him again” (Tölzer Kurier); “Marchegiani’s triumph in Berlin” (La Stampa); “By his own nature, Sergio Marchegiani is a thinking mind on piano… he let us perceive a melancholy sublimated by an extraordinary ability” (Berliner Morgenpost).
Mr. Marchegiani has been performing with intense concert activity all over Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. He performed in the most prestigious theatres and concert halls such as: Stern Auditorium at the Carnegie Hall in New York, Big Hall at the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Golden Hall at Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Rudolfinum and Smetana Hall in Prague, Gasteig in Munich, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sala São Paulo in Brazil, as well as in Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Paris, Oslo, Stockholm, Moscow, St. Petersbourg, Montreal, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Mexico City, Montevideo, Baku, Astana, Seoul, Nanjing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Adelaide, etc.
He played as soloist with Berliner Symphoniker, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and Turin Philharmonic Orchestra.
His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music but recently he worked especially on Chopin music, his dearest author. Mr. Marchegiani is currently an acclaimed performer of Chopin by audience and critic all over the world: “Marchegiani seems perfectly commune with Chopin, whom he plays with rare mastery” (La Provence); “Sergio Marchegiani and the spellbinding Nocturnes… his hands floats on the keyboard opening an out of time, oversized space” (La Marseillase). In 2010 he was invited to play at Nohant Festival for Chopin’s 200° birth anniversary together with acclaimed soloists such as Kissin, Ciccolini and Berezovsky.
In 2013 Amadeus label released his double CD with Chopin Complete Nocturnes, which got amazing reviews from the critics: “…a new, excellent complete version of Chopin Nocturnes”; “the Chopin’s brilliance thought emerges in its amazing prominence”; “In this recording Sergio Marchegiani gives us an example of an absolute empathy between composer and performer…”.
Mr. Marchegiani recorded for important National TV and Radio channels in Italy (RAI Radio 3), France (Radio France, live from Roque d’Anthéron), Czech Republic (Radio3, live from Dvořák Hall), Germany, Russia, Mexico, Hong Kong, etc.
Also a keen chamber musician, he performed with renowned musicians as Bruno Canino, Simonide Braconi, Adrian Pinzaru, Moscow Soloists Quartet and Oistrakh String Quartet. For ten years now he has been working with pianist Marco Schiavo, performing hundreds of concerts all over the world. Schiavo-Marchegiani is one of the most dynamic and appreciated Italian piano duet; in 2014 Decca published their first CD dedicated to Franz Schubert. A new CD with Brahms’s complete Hungarian Dances has been released.
Born in Alessandria, Mr. Marchegiani began his piano studies at age 5 and performed his first solo recital when he was 10. He studied with Giuseppe Binasco (who trained under Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Alfred Cortot guidance), Ilonka Deckers Küszler (great Hungarian piano teacher coming directly from Franz Liszt pianistic school), the Polish pianist Marian Mika (coming from Paderewski pianistic school), Alexander Lonquich and Bruno Canino.
He currently teaches piano at “A. Scontrino” Conservatory in Trapani, and is in frequent demand for masterclasses, lectures and piano competition adjudications all over the world.

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Marco Schiavo

Italian born pianist Marco Schiavo studied at the Conservatory of Avellino, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has had many notable teachers and gave his international debut in 1992 with two concerts in Moscow and St. Petersbourg. During his brilliant concert career he has been invited to perform by prestigious institutions worldwide, in major cities such as Rome, Milan (Sala Verdi), Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Prague (Rudolfinum) Tokyo, Sydney (Opera House), Dubai, New York (Carnegie Hall), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), Vienna (Musikverein and Konzerthaus) and beyond. He has played with notable orchestras such as the Russian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Estado de México, The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, The New York Symphonic Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra and many others. His concerts have been broadcast internationally in Spain, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy and beyond, and he has recorded several CD’s and DVD’s. He taught at Messina and Bari’s Conservatory and has given special courses and masterclasses internationally (Japan, USA, Australia).

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Sándor Mester

Sándor Mester is a concert guitarist, producer, composer and a classical guitar teacher. In 1991 he won the Main Prize of the National Guitar Competition in Hungary. He performed more than 900 concerts in 21 countries and gives numerous workshops and masterclasses in several countries for children and for young professional musicians.

His repertoire spans 600 years of classical music from the Renaissance until contemporary music. In 2009 he fell in love with the music of Carlos Paredes and Carlos Seixas, performing their works in many countries. He transcribed the baroque sonatas for harpsichord by Carlos Seixas and the works of Carlos Paredes for portuguese guitar to classical guitar. Sandor Mester also plays as a chamber musician in different set-ups: duo, trio, quartet and quintet with various instruments. Sandor also was a guitarist and producer for some World Music productions and he is composing music for films and pieces for classical guitar as well.

Among his presentations at big concert halls, Sandor Mester is on a cultural mission. He decided to bring classical music to those who otherwise would not go to concerts of professional musicians in the big cities. He plays in cultural centers and schools of small villages and towns because he believes that classical music belongs to everyone.

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Sofia Vasheruk

Sofia Vasheruk was born on 14th May 1988 in Moscow. She began playing the piano at the age of 4. After half a year she was accepted to study piano in Moscow Gnesin’s College with prof. A. Traub. Already at the age of 6 she was giving performances in Germany as a solo pianist and as an accompanist for a choir.

In 2000 Sofia won the Special Prize at the N. Rubinstein Piano Competition in Moscow. In 2003 she finished Moscow Gnesin’s Music College and continued her studying in Chopin Music College in Moscow with prof. K. Knorre. During that period Sofia took part at the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede (The Netherlands) and won the 3rd Prize. The next year she was invited to give several recitals there. Also she became a laureate at the National Competition/Festival of the Romantic Music for Young Musicians in Moscow (March 2007).

Completing her studies “cum laude” in 2007 she was invited to continue her education in the Netherlands with prof. Michail Markov (ArtEZ Conservatory, Enschede). In May 2008 she won the 3rd Prize and the Special Prize of The Youngest Finalist at the Sigismund Thalberg International Piano Competition (Naples, Italy). In 2008 she started playing in a Duo with Daniel Herman Mostert (baritone) and in 2009 they won the Special Prize “Vrienden van het Lied” at the 1st International Lied Duo Competition in the Netherlands.

The interest for tango music from childhood brought her to start playing this music herself and in 2008 she became a part of Siestango Quartet where she found herself in promoting and developing various ranges of this music style. In 2009 she played in Amsterdam as one of the winners of National Dutch Festival “Grachtenfestival”. In that same year she got the 1st Prize in Rhodes International Music Festival Competition.

In May 2010 she was accepted to the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and reached the semifinal. In that same month, she won the 2nd Prize and the Press Prize at National Dutch Competition “Koffie bij de Piano” in Den Bosch. Later on, she took the 1st Prize at the 4th André Dumortier International Piano Competition in Belgium and the Special Prize for the contemporary piece “Espaces oniriques II” of Jean-Pierre Deleuze, written specially for this competition.

In 2012 Sofia successfully completed her bachelor degree in the Netherlands with the highest mark (10 of 10). Sofia was one of the finalists of International Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy (2013)
In November 2013 she won the 3rd Prize at the biggest Dutch National Piano Competition “Young Pianists Foundation” in Amsterdam, performing the Tchaikovsky piano concerto No. 1 in the big hall of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ with Noord Nederlands Orkest and conducted by Stefan Asbury.

Since 2013 Sofia is actively supported and promoted by International Knee and Hip Center Malta Ltd.

Sofia graduated from Artez Conservatory of Enschede in August 2014 and got her Master Degree Diploma ‘Cum Laude’.

She currently gives regular concerts as a solo pianist and as part of various chamber ensembles, such as the duo with Daniel Herman Mostert (baritone) as members of VVHL Foundation, the “Extra Piano Duo” with Andrey Nesterenko (piano), the duo with Yaroslav Abaimov (tenor), member of Siestango Quartet, and many other musicians.


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Miniatura Musical CD

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Anastasia Kobekina

Born in a family of musicians, Anastasia Kobekina received her first cello lessons when she was 4 years old. She began her studies in her hometown, Ekaterinburg, Russia and later continued in the Central Music School in Moscow. From 2012 to 2016 Anastasia was a Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy Masters in Germany taking lessons with Prof. Frans Helmerson. Since October 2016 Anastasia has been a student in the class of Jens Peter Maintz at University of Arts in Berlin.
Following her debut with orchestra at the age of six, Anastasia has played with many orchestras, such as Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Toulouse Symphony Orchestra and Mariinsky Theater Orchestra – under the guidance of Krzysztov Penderecki, Heinrich Schiff, Vladimir Spivakov and Valery Gergiev.
In 2015 Anastasia won the first prize at the TONALi Competition in Hamburg and became a semi-finalist at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In September 2016 she received the second prize at the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest.
One of the main activities and passion of the young cellist is chamber music. She has been a participant of many festivals performing with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Giovanni Sollima, Denis Matsuev, Fazil Say, Vladimir Spivakov and Andras Schiff.
In 2012 Anastasia received a grant named after famous cellist Boris Pergamenschikov.
Anastasia plays a cello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini, 1743.

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Florian Just

Florian Just started his education as a singer with entering the “Dresdner Kreuzchor”. There he was singing as a boy soprano-soloist in Mozarts “Zauberflöte” at the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatsoper Berlin.

He studied at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Metz in the Opera- and Lied class of Udo Reinemann.

He is regularly performing Bach’s Christmas oratory and passions (Staatskappelle Dresden, Amsterdam Bach Consort, Gelders Orkest), Requiem by Brahms, Faure and Sgambati and he performed Mahler’s early songs with orchestra (De Filharmonie) and various times Orff’s Carmina Burana.

His opera repertoire includes Pelléas from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Nationale Reisopera – RAP/ Opera Transparant), Dulcamara from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Enrico from Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (Grachtenfestival). Since a couple of years he is a regular guest at Holland Opera. Beside the title roles from L´Orfeo by C. Monteverdi and Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell, he sang in countless performances of newly composed operas throughout all the Netherlands.He also worked internationally on highly acclaimed contemporary music productions. He performed in Lucia Ronchetti’s new opera Der Sonne entgegen (Opernhaus Gelsenkirchen), sang Xenakis’ Oresteïa and Il Servo in Sciarrinos Luci mie traditrici (Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires and Teatro Argentino in La Plata) and the title role in the world premiere of Morton Subotniks Jacobs Room at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Berlin, Vienna and Dresden. Recently he sang Pelléas at Opera Transparant in Belgium, Norway, France and the Netherlands and Xenakis’ Aïs at Teatro Colon / Buenos Aires.
In the coming seasons he will perform at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the Zaterdagmatinee (conductor Markus Stenz) and as soloist during the Matthewpassion tour with the Netherlands Bach Society (conductor Václav Luks).

He worked with conductors like Reinbert de Leeuw, Jos van Veldhoven, Arturo Tamayo, Alejo Peres and Tito Ceccherini.

With pianist Jan-Paul Grijpink and lute player Israel Golani he forms duos that perform repertoire from the early Renaissance till the contemporary period in numerous concerts throughout the Netherlands.Florian Just won a various number of important prices at international singing contests. So as in march 2004 the „Vriendenkrans” and press price of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in 2006 the prestigious Schubert interpretation price of the contest “Schubert and the music of modern times” in Graz, Austria.

He took part in master classes of Thomas Hampson, Udo Reinemann, Rudolf Jansen, Hartmut Höll, Noëlle Barker, Roger Vignoles and Jard van Nes.

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Orlanda Velez Isidro

Orlanda, was born in Évora, Portugal.
She studied piano, violin and later singing and is graduated in Musicology by the UNL – Portugal and in Classical Singing by the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands.
In Holland, she sings regularly with the Dutch Bach Society conducted by Jos van Veldhoven. She was a member of the Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Ton Koopmann), Dutch Chamber Choir and Radio Koor.
In 2001 won the 3rd prize in “Councours International de Chant Baroque de Chimay”, Belgium.
As a soloist, she sang with many conductors as Frans Brüggen: Tour Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (recording with the Orchestra of the 18th Century); William Christie and Les Arts Florissants: “Le Jardin des Voix” in November 2002, in Versailles 2003 recording Moulinié Motets, and in 2004 recording sacred music by Charpentier; with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir programs like Monteverdi, J.S.Bach, C.P.E. Bach (recording Matthäus-Passion 1769) and sacred music by Buxtehude; with Michel Corboz and the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir.
With the Kassiopeia Quintet recorded the Gesualdo’s “6 Books of Madrigals”; Segréis de Lisboa recorded “A Música na obra de Gil Vicente” (renaissance portuguese music). With Jill Feldmann recorded Mazzocchi duets. With the ensemble “Divino Sospiro” performed in the Festival d’Ambronay 2005, in Nantes 2006 and in Festa da Música Lisboa 2006 conducted by Enrico Onofri.
In Portugal she performs regularly with the Ludovice Ensemble by Miguel Jaloto and with António Carrilho.
She divides her musical activity between professional singing and music lessons (namely: voice/singing and ensemble /choir singing).
She is doing a post-graduation in Somatic Psychoterapy.

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Anna Paulová

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André Baleiro

André Baleiro, born in Lisbon, studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin under the tuition of Kammersänger Siegfried Lorenz, Axel Bauni and Eric Schneider.

In 2016 he was awarded First Prize of the 17th International R. Schumann Competition in Zwickau (Germany), and obtained the same year the First Prize of the 9th Rotary Foudation Singing Competition in Lisbon (Portugal).

Baleiro has often collaborated with the Kammeroper Münchenwhere in 2016 he sung Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), and in 2014 the title role of their new production Kaspar Hauser (Music by F. Schubert, libretto by D. Wilgenbus). His operatic experience includes Don Parmenione (L’occasione fa il ladro – G. Rossini) at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas, Conte Belfiore (Fra due litiganti il terzo gode – G. Sarti) and Capitaine (Les trois Souhaits – B. Martinu) at Uni.T (UdK Berlin), the lead role in the new Opera ‘ainda não vi-te as mãos’ (2011) (Ayres d’Abreu) at Teatro Municipal Santarém (Portugal), Caporale (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze – Nino Rota) and Pantalone  (Turandot – F. Busoni) at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (TNSC) in Lisbon, and Apollon (La Descente D’Orphee aux Enfers – M.-A. Charpentier) in Convento de Mafra (Portugal).

He already enjoys a significant activity in the concert platform and has performed in such countries as Portugal, France, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Spain. Concert Performance highlights include Matthäus-Passion (J.S.Bach) at the Gulbenkian Foudation Concert Hall, Cantata “Dona nobis pacem” (R. Vaughan Williams) at TNSC in Lisbon, Ein deutsches Requiem (J. Brahms) at Salle Métropole in Lausanne, and Requeim (G. Fauré) at the festival “La Folle Journée” in Nantes and in Tokyo.

Baleiro also dedicates himself to the Lied repertoire and modern music working regurlarly with leading Portuguese Pianists João Paulo Santos and David Santos. Together with Eric Schneider and Johanna Knaut they gave a recital in 2015 in Piano Salon Christophori in Berlin with Hugo Wolfs cicle Italienisches Liederbuch.

In 2012 he was awarded a scholorship by the Walter & Charlotte Hamel Foundation in Hamburg, and was supported between 2012 and 2015 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lissabon, with whom he maintains a prolific artistic relatioship.

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Paul Neebe

Paul Neebe is highly accomplished across classical music genres as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber player. The International Trumpet Guild praises his “crystal clear sound” and “ringing articulation,” and the Slovak music magazine Hudobný život sums up his playing in one word: “virtuosity.”
Neebe performs widely as a soloist across the Eastern United States and throughout Europe, where he has appeared with the Goethe Institute Cultural Program in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, as well as in Norway and Slovakia. He currently serves as principal trumpet of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and is the trumpet mentor of the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.
Neebe has been praised for his commitment to the commissioning and recording of contemporary American works for the trumpet. Neebe’s CD Te Deum (MDG 2003) includes the first of his commissions from American Composer Roger Petrich, Prayer and Epilogue, a work for trumpet and organ, premiered and recorded in Germany. His CD American Trumpet Concertos (Albany Records 2005) with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra consists of all world premieres of trumpet with orchestra compositions. For his latest CD, 21st Century American Trumpet Concertos (Albany Records 2014) with the State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice, Neebe commissioned, recorded and premiered each of the compositions.
Paul Neebe holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America. He has taught at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Elon University and the Summer University in Bayreuth, Germany. His teachers have included Bernard Adelstein, Barbara Butler, John Harding, Steve Hendrickson, Arnold Jacobs, Doug Myers, Vincent Penzarella and William Vacchiano.

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James Peng Liu

Acclaimed as one of the most outstanding conductor in China today, James P Liu who are based in China has been just invited to conducted China Philharmonic orchestra which one of the best orchestra in Asia the 15th anniversary gala concert. He also has engagement in 2015 with Duisburger Philharmoniker(Germany) Jerusalem Symphony (National) Orchestra in Israel ,Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra,TianJin Symphony Orchestra and he is invited the third time appearing as principal guest conductor at Tuscia Opera festival in italy and orchestras in China. 
James P. Liu, of Singapore nationality, was appointed Music Director of the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of the Wuhan Municipal Culture Bureau (China) in 2004. 
As the first formal Music Director, and the Chief Conductor, he re-built the orchestra immediately and made it became 80 concerts a year which the very important professional orchestra in the central of China today. In June 2011,he found Wuhan International Piano Festival and became the Artist Director. He was a Research Scholar in the Conducting Faculty at the Michigan State University (USA) College of Music. He is also the principal guest conductor of Pueblo Symphony orchestra of Colorado(USA) and the principal guest conductor of Tuscia OperaFestival in Italy. 

During his first year tenure, Liu implemented the first “Concert Season” for the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, He led the WPO on the first overseas 
tour to Oita, Japan in 2004. In 2009, he conducted the WPO at the 9th Asia Symphony Week in Tokyo and WPO was the only symphony orchestra from China. The concerts, performed at the Tokyo opera house, received high praise from Japanese media. Mr. Liu also led the orchestra during a 13 city China tour in 2011. 

Mr. Liu has been guest conductor with Numberger Symphoniker Orchestra(Germany), Duisburger Philharmoniker(Germany) Thuringer Symphoniker(Germany), Poland Silesian Philharmonic. The Cyprus State Symphony Orchestra, Poland Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra(Israel) Oita Symphony Orchestra (Japan),Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Tuscia OperaFestival(Italy) Orquestra de Camera Chihuahua (Mexico),State Symphony Orchestra(Mexico), Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra (USA),Pueblo Symphony Orchestra(USA), China Philharmonic Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra(TaiWan) TianJin Symphony and Sichuan Symphony (China), and he has cooperated with artists from Europe, America, and Asia. 

During his tenure, he implemented a plan for musician exchanges with the Duisburger Philharmoniker Orchestra of Germany, the Oita Symphony Orchestra of Japan, Poland National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Italian Tuscia OperaFestival and the Sichuan, China Symphony. He successfully conducted joint concerts resulting in high appreciation by government and media for promoting foreign exchange through the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Mr. Liu has been awarded a variety of honors. He received the Gold Medal of the National Youth Art Festival of Singapore and the “Excellent Music Contribution” award by the Japanese Association of Singapore in 2001. In 2005 he received the “Special Contribution in Culture” from the Wuhan Municipal Culture Bureau and the “Chime Bells Award” by the Hubei Provincial Government in 2006. He was listed as one of ten foreign experts for his contributions in economy and culture of Hubei, China. In 2010, he was given the Wuhan Culture Contribution Award from the city government. In 2010, he was named as one of the ten “The Province Culture Fashion Elite” by the Radio Film and TV Bureau of Hubei Province.In 2011, he received the Yellow Crane Friendship Prize as one of the best foreign experts who contributed to Wuhan City. This was awarded by the Wuhan Municipal Government. Special contribution in culture”by Wuhan Propaganda department March of 2012.

Mr. Liu was born to a prominent music family in China. His grandfather was the first westermusic dictionary compiler in China. Mr. Liu was endowed with music genius in childhood. He studied music at Utrecht Conservatorium (Hongeschoolvoor de Kunsten Utrecht) in Holland and Michigan State University in Unite State. He studied under the guidance of his father, Professor Liu Yan, Elias Arizcuren, Michelle Roche, Victor Liberman, Leon Gregorian, Gustav Meier, and Larry Rachlleff.

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CD Sérgio Azevedo & OCCO

A new CD has arrived, with the work of the composer Sérgio Azevedo and performed by OCCO.
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Concertino for guitar and small orchestra
Júlio Guerreiro (Guitar)

Divertimento for strings

A short daytime serenade

Concerto for two violins
Otto Pereira (violin)
Pedro Meireles (violin)

Miniatura MusicalNovos CaminhosSérgio AzevedoSymbiosisMafalda e os seus Novos AmigosO Violino com Verniz de OuroAs Aventuras do Trompete Júpiter]

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João Paulo Monteiro

Born in Lisbon, he began his musical studies at the age of 8. In 2001 he graduated in percussion performance at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional, in 2005 completed a degree in Music at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and in 2015 he completed his Masters in Performance and a Masters in Music Education, under the guidance of Professors Carlos Voss and Richard Buckley, and Pedro Carneiro.

He participated in several orchestra courses from OPEM and INATEL, and masterclasses with Alexandre Frazão, Anders Åstrand, Carlos Voss, Eduardo Campos, Eduardo Lopes, Elizabeth Davis, Felix Sabal Lecco, Jeffery Davis, Joseph Pereira, Kenny Aronoff, Mike Portnoy, Nancy Zeltsman, Ney Rosauro, Pedro Carneiro, Pedro Viana, Steve Gadd, Thomas Alkier, Omar Hakim among others.

He collaborated with the following formations: Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais, Orquestra Sinfonietta, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra do Algarve, Orquestra Didáctica da Foco Musical, Orquestra de Sopros de Sintra, Orquestra de Cordas e Sopros da ESML, Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil, Orquestra do Conservatório Nacional, Orquestra Nacional do Tejo, Orquestra de Câmara do Douro, Camerata de Lisboa, Lisbon Film Orchestra, Orquestra da Companhia Portuguesa de Opera, West Europe Orchestra, Percussionistas de Lisboa, trio de Percussões da Metropolitana and Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, among others.

In 2006 he has performed as solo with the Studenten-Orchester Dortmund conducted by Holger Ellwanger, and has held several solo recitals at the invitation of Academia de Música de Benavente, da Academia de Música de Alcobaça e do Conservatório de Música de Dança e Arte Dramática de Lisboa.

He taught Percussion and Drums in various courses from INATEL, at Encontros Académicos de Percussão de Setúbal, at the Big Band Camp CMDADL and in courses promoted by Confederação Musical Portuguesa.

Participation in ten discographic records: Orquestra de Câmara do Douro – Follies – Inspirações da alma (2007); Percussionistas de Lisboa – BachMarimbas&Brasil (2009); Percussionistas de Lisboa – BachMarimbas (2010); Enchantya – Dark Rising (2012); Camerata de Lisboa – Canções de Natal Portuguesas (2012); Orquestra de Sopros da ESML – Skies (2013); Mons Lunae – Lotus (2015); Ironsword – None but the brave (2015); Viles Vitae – IV; Archaic Tomb – Congregations for Ancient Rituals, 2018.

He currently teaches at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional, Conservatório de Música de Cascais, Academia de Amadores de Música and Rock ‘n’ Raw studios. He maintains a parallel activity as a percussionist / freelance drummer and timpanist at Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras and Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais, and as drummer in the bands Ironsword, Regular Earth (ex-The Kings of Cold) and Archaic Tomb.

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