Founder, Artistic Director, Chief Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, The Honored Artiste of Russia, Professor.
Began his studies with G. E. Yampolsky in Kiev and continued the education in Moscow with M. A. Garlitsky at Moscow Gnessin Special Music School, then at the post-graduate course with M. I. Fikhtengolts. Studied chamber ensemble and quartet with v. K. Tonkha and R. D. Dubinsky.
From 1982 to 2010 headed the String Department of the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts. Among his graduates there are winners of international, national and regional competitions. He is the founder, permanent artistic director and conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra. Since 2001 Michael Benyumov is the artistic director of the International Festival of chamber-orchestral music «Asia — Siberia — Europe».
As a violinist and conductor he runs intensive concert activity in Russia and abroad.
There is a number of works specially written for him by contemporary Russian and foreign composers. «Concerto for Violin and Orchestra» by O. Prostitov, «Concerto for String Orchestra, Flute and Accordion» and «Three jokes for Chamber Orchestra» by I. Battiston are among them.
Laureate of prizes of Mayor of Krasnoyarsk;
Winner of the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region Grant in the nomination «For personal contribution to the development of culture»;
Holder of the «Public Recognition» Decoration of the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Region, the Stradivari Medal (Cremona (Italy) for professional excellence, development and consolidation of cultural relations, the Golden Decoration «Coat of arms of Krasnoyarsk» for outstanding contribution to the culture of Krasnoyarsk.
Yoichi Sugiyama (born in 1969 in Tokyo) has studied orchestral conducting with Emilio Pomàrico and Morihiro Okabe as well as composition with Franco Donatoni, Sandro Gorli and Akira Miyoshi. He is active both as a conductor and as a composer in Europe and Japan.
Since he conducted Luigi Nono’s opera Prometeo with the Ensemble Modern Orchestra in 2000, he’s been involved in various important international festivals such as Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Milano Musica, Verdi Festival (Parma), Settembre Musica and Suntory Summer Festival. Sugiyama has collaborated with various prestigious orchestras and ensembles, including Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Arena di Verona, New Japan Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Orchestra Friuli Venezia Giulia, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Izumi Sinfonietta, Orchestra Regionale Marchigiana, Orchestra Sinfonica della Repubblica di San Marino, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, Klangforum Wien, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Remix Ensemble, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Alter Ego, Collegium Novum Zürich, Icarus Ensemble, Ensemble dell’Accademia della Scala and mdi ensemble.
As a composer, Yoichi Sugiyama’s pieces can be heard at various international festivals such as Biennale di Venezia, Milano Musica, Beyond the Frontier, Tiroler Festspiele, Erl, Bologna Angelica Festival), Festival d’Autunno (Paris), Takefu International Music Festival, etc. In 2015, Sugiyama was invited as the theme composer from Music from Japan Festival in NYC.
Sugiyama received the Italian Composers’ Society Award in 1994, Keizo Saji Prize from the Suntory Foundation for Arts in 2013, the Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Contemporary Prize in 2017 and the Art Encouragement Prize from the Government in 2018.
He has been residing in Milan and he is currently teaching at Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano “Claudio Abbado”.
After graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, pianist Aki Kuroda went on to further her studies in Italy with Bruno Mezzena, receiving a degree in twentieth-century piano music with distinction from the Accademia Musicale Pescarese.
Aki performs extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician both in Japan and in Europe, especially in Italy. She won first prizes in the 1993 French Music Competition and the 1997 Contemporary Music Competition. In 1995, she was awarded the Xavier Montsalvage Prize for Performance of Contemporary Piano Music in Spain.
Besides the classical repertoire, Kuroda has performed pieces by many contemporary composers, such as Ligeti, Xenakis, Donatoni, Boulez, Campo, Mochizuki and Takemitsu. In 2003 she gave a brilliant performance in the Teatro Regio di Parma, playing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and a composition dedicated to her by Maurizio Pisati. She subsequently performed Michael Jarrell’s Modifications at the Ticino Musica Festival. In 2004, Kuroda gave a wonderful performance of Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie Op. 9 in its piano solo version in Tokyo and Osaka. At present Kuroda is working with renowned musicians such as the clarinettist Alessandro Carbonare and the Prometheus Quartet.
She has devoted special attention to Astor Piazzolla’s works, to whom her first solo albums are dedicated (Japan Victor). Kuroda is acclaimed not only as a classical and contemporary music pianist, but also as a tango and jazz music performer. Her videogame music recording Final Fantasy X. XIII, Piano Collection - has been universally praised. In 2004, she released the album Tarkus and Pictures at an Exhibition, dedicated to the works of Keith Emerson. In 2008, she performed Sylvano Bussotti’s new composition The Poetic Keyboard at the Cagliari Spaziomusica Festival.
Aki Kuroda's 2014 disc 'Firebird', released by the Ordradek label, has also earned her considerable critical acclaim, receiving 5 stars from the BBC Music Magazine among various other distinctions. Kuroda is also a member of the Tokyo Gen'On project and the commission of the Piano Teachers' National Association of Japan (PTNA).
Graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music and completed the music course as a research scholar. Completed the course of the Institute of Japanese Traditional Music
He started to learn the piano in childhood and the shamisen at age 15. He studied under Hidetaro Honjo, the head of Honjo School, and was approved to use the name Hidejiro Honjo. He studied Tsugaru shamisen under Yusho Hasegawa and shamisen under the late Katsuyoshika Kineya. He studied abroad in New York under the ACC Nakamura Kimpei Fellow. Besides the voluntary recitals , he has performed in Japan, U.S., Europe and Asia.
His performances are following, sessions with composers Ryuichi Sakamoto and Dai Fujikura, playing as a soloist with conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra , Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and JASDF Central Band, joint appearances with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble NOMAD, Quartet Excelsior members, Kari Kriikku, Claire Chase, Norio Sato, Souju Nosaka, and Mayumi Miyata. He often attempts to fuse shamisen and other genres of art such as with dancer Motoko Hirayama and designer Leeroy New. He is currently serving as a lecturer at Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music. Japan Cultural Envoy.
2005 Received the first prize at the 2nd Tokyo Hogaku Competition
2009 Held the first recital (four times so far)
2010 Made a concerto debut at the “Evening of Concerto” organized by the Japan Society for Contemporary Music
2013 Received favorable review for his performance produced by Toshi Ichiyanagi and organized by Tokyo Wonder Site
2014 Received the third prize at the 11th competition for interpretation of contemporary music “kyou-gaku XI”
2015 Received the Best Performance/Minister of Education Award at the 21st Japanese HOUGAKU Music Competition in Kumamoto commemorating Kengyo Nagatani.
Selected as the first shamisen player for a concert at the “B to C Series” organized by Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation.
Received the 25th Idemitsu Music Award
Received the New Artist Award of the 70th National Arts Festival by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA)
Received the 12th Utsunomiya Espère Award and Utsunomiya Citizen’s Award in his hometown and was designated as Tochigi Future Ambassador.
Described by The Strad Magazine as one of the finest Portuguese violinist of his generation, Emanuel Salvador has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader in four continents. After studies in his native Portugal, he moved to London where he graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music. His multi-faceted career led to regular solo appearances with over 30 orchestras (such as Brasilian National Orchestra, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic, Mexican Radio orchestra, among others), festival appearances, critically acclaimed CD recordings and teaching both at the Szczecin Academy in Poland and at masterclasses worldwide. Emanuel was the concertmaster of Orquestra do Norte from 2005 to 2014 and is currently the concertmaster of Baltic Neopolis Orchestra. As a guest concertmaster he works regularly with Spanish National Orchestra, Seoul Classical Players and Chestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra.
Adam Klocek in Cologne and in Berlin B. Pergamenschikov's class. He is the winner of international competitions, among others in Cologne, Munich and New York. He plays the cello constructed by Antonio Stradivari in 1717. The artist released three records and recorded for TV and radio stations throughout Europe. He gives many concerts in European countries as well as in Asia and America. He was invited as a guest to a cello symposium in Essen with participation of Mścisław Rostropowicz. The artist's position on international music market was confirmed by putting his name on the prestigious list «Ten Top Cellists 2000» published by the magazine «Bow&String».
The name of Eliso Virsaladze is known and appreciated all over the world. Without any exaggeration, we can say that every concert of this outstanding artiste becomes an artistic event, amazing with extraordinary power of influence, spirituality, sincerity and emotional commitment. S. Richter, repeatedly listening to Eliso Virsaladze, wrote: «It is a large-scale artist, perhaps the strongest pianist-woman now ...».
Eliso Virsaladze is Winner of the Schumann National Prize of the GDR (1976),
Laureate of the Shota Rustaveli State Prize of the Georgian SSR (1983),
Laureate of the State Prize of Russia (2000),
Holder of the Order «For Merit to the Fatherland» IV class (2007),
Laureate of the VII World Youth and Students Festival in Vienna (1959, 2nd prize, silver medal);
Laureate of the All-Union Competition of performing musicians in Moscow (1961, 3rd prize);
Laureate of the II International Tchaikovsky Competition (1962, 3rd prize, a bronze medal);
The first prize in the Schumann Competition in Zwickau in 1966.
She was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR in 1971 and of People’s Artist of the USSR in 1989.
Performing art of Virsaladze was appreciated by outstanding musicians of the XX century: A.Goldenweiser, H. Neuhaus (often listened to the pianist in her school and conservatory years, as well as advised her during the preparation for the Tchaikovsky Competition), Y. Zak, M. Greenberg, S. Richter and many others. «Her playing is amazing and harmonious, there is a feeling of real poetry», said Y. Flier after the performance of the 19-year-old pianist at the Tchaikovsky Competition. «Can I wish a better Schumann after the Schumann, played by Virsaladze today? I think that after Neuhaus I haven’t heard such Schumann, »- wrote in his diary S. Richter, who had great respect for the creativity of Virsaladze.
By invitation of S.Richter the pianist took part in the International festival «Musical Festival in Touraine» and «December Nights». Virsaladze is a permanent participant of the festival in Kreuth (since 1990) and the Moscow International Festival «Dedication to Oleg Kagan (since 2000). She has founded the International Chamber Music Festival in Telavi (was held annually in 1984-1988, was renewed in 2010).
Over 70 concerts were given by Eliso Virsaladze with major international orchestras under Yevgeny Svetlanov, Kyrill Kondrashin, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. In the 70s Virsaladze was one of the first Soviet pianists who performed all Mozart’s piano concertos.
Virsaladze enjoys playing chamber music, partnering with N. Gutman, O. Kogan, V. Tretiakov and E. Brunner, the Borodin Quartet and others. «Live Classics», «Melody», «Russian Disc» companies have recorded most of her broad repertoire.
Since 1967 Virsaladze has been teaching at Moscow Conservatory. At first as an assistant of L. Oborin (until 1970), then of Y. Zak (1970-1971). Since 1971 she has been running her own class, since 1977 she is Associate Professor, since 1993 is Professor (academic title — 1997). From 1995 to 2011 she also taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany. Since 2010 — Professor Scuola di musica di Fiesole (Italy). The pianist gives master classes in many countries around the world. Among her students there are many winners of the great international piano competitions: B. Berezovsky, E. Voskresenskaya, V. Bronevetsky, Y. Katznelson, A. Volodin, D. Kaprin, M. Kolomiytseva, A. Osminin, L. Akopova, M. Nahapetov, T. Chernichko, O. Macheratini, E. Mirkasimova, D. Shishkin and others.
Since 1975 E. Virsaladze participates as a jury member in many international piano competitions.
Among them there are
the Tchaikovsky Competitions,
the Queen Elizabeth Competition (Brussels), the F. Busoni Competition (Bolzano),
the Geza Anda Competition (Zurich),
the Viana da Mota Competition (Lisbon),
the A. Rubinstein Competition (Tel Aviv), the Schumann Competition (Zwickau), and others.
Started her musical education in the Pedagogical College named after M. Gorky in T. Korotkova's class and then at the faculty of choir conducting in the Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Music and Theatre in Prof. L. Kraevaya's class.
Maria was an active participant of the first International Bach Academy sessions in Krasnoyarsk and Stuttgart. In 2004 she continued her study in Germany in High Music School in Essen (Prof.R. Otto's class) and Munich (Prof. M. Glezer's and Prof. B. Weil's classes), which she graduated with distinctions on choir and symphony conducting. For her progress she was appreciated with the DAAD Special Prize.
At the age of 26 Maria was invited to the Theatre in Krefeld Mönchengladbach as a choir director and conductor. Under her conducting there sounded such large-scale works as Masses C minor by W.-A. Mozart, A flat major by J. Haydn, C major by L. Beethoven, oratorios «The Creation» by J. Haydn, «Paul» by F. Mendelssohn, performances «A masked ball» by G. Verdi, «Cavalleria rusticana» by P. Mascagni, «Gianni Schicci» by G. Puccini, «The Bat» by J. Strauss, «The Barber of Seville» by G. Rossini, «Norma» by V. Bellini, «Carmina Burana» by K. Orff and others.
As a guest conductor Maria Benyumova worked with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Westphalia New Philarmony, Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Georgian Ingolstadt Chamber Orchestra and the Sun Remo Symphony Orchestra.
In July of 2011 for the creation merits she was rewarded with the Prize of the Krefeld Mönchengladbach Community. Maria Benyumova was a fellowship of the Alfred Turpfer and Lizalott Klein Foundation, the Choir Bavarian Radio Forum and the German Musical Community Forum.
The basis of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, established in May 1993 by the Krasnoyarsk City Administration, makes the best graduates of the Department of string instruments of the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Music and Theatre. Most of them are the students of Mikhail Benyumov. That is why the orchestra has the unity of school and its own creative style.
Its 20th anniversary year the orchestra finished with a creative trip to the world’s music capital — Vienna, performing a program of Russian music in one of the most legendary concert halls — the Golden Hall of the Vienna Philharmonic «Musikverein».
The creative potential of the Orchestra and the aspiration for performing both the classics and contemporary music attract well-known composers for collaboration who dedicate their works to the Orchestra and trust it the performance of world premieres. From year to year the Orchestra acquaints listeners with never sounded in Krasnoyarsk classical masterpieces. The orchestra has performed the world premieres of contemporary composers Azio Corgi, Jorge Bosso, Ivano Battiston, Alexei Starodubrovsky, Mikhail Arkadiev, Vladimir Ponomarev
The Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra is the initiator, organizer and participant of such large-scale local, regional and international projects and festivals as «Lessons of Live Music», «Musical Wednesday», "Young Krasnoyarsk Virtuosos«.But the most important event in the life of the orchestra is the international festival of chamber-orchestral music «Asia — Siberia — Europe», which has become the field of constant creative collaboration of Siberian and outstanding European musicians, the celebration of classical music, which the Krasnoyarsk public looks forward to.
Since 1994 the Orchestra has successfully been touring in Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, France and Austria, taking part in prestigious international festivals. Concerts of the Orchestra were broadcast by the European channel «SKY CLASSICA», the Russian channel «Culture» and the Krasnoyarsk TV companies. In recent years there has been released a number of audio and video discs, which are highly appreciated by specialized editions.
In 2006, in Italy there was released a disc of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra with soloists F. Faes and A. Serova. The disc got the highest grade of the specialized European edition «Audio File». There were recorded the world premieres of the specially composed for the Winter Arts Surikov Festival the orchestral piece «Morning of Strelets’ execution» by I. Fleischer, the oratorio work by H. Bosso «I am Surikov, a Russian Cossack», Triple Concerto «In Search of Lost Tango» by J. Bosso for Accordion , Violin, Cello and Orchestra. In addition, in 2010 with the support of H. Sovmen there was released a double CD «Cremona — Krasnoyarsk. Symphony of Two Cities » with the recordings of world premier performances of the cantatas by A. Corgi "Endless sorrow "(conductor F. Faes, soloist A. Serova) and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by O. Prostitov (conductor A. Kosinski, soloist M. Benyumov).
The Baltic Neopolis Virtuosi project presents the most valuable phenomena and trends in Polish music through concerts of a Baltic ensemble comprising of outstanding musicians. Baltic Neopolis Virtuosi was set up by a Polish orchestra in cooperation with Baltic countries.
Baltic Neopolis Virtuosi is a new international ensemble whose aim is to connect the incredible talent of the Baltic Sea region. Its members are all internationally recognised musicians who share a passion for chamber music and enjoy sharing it through various successful concert tours. Although the base of the ensemble is in Poland, BNV was touring in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia.
BNV main mission is to promote both Polish and Baltic Sea region music and standard chamber music for larger ensembles from quintets to octets delivering high quality concerts.
During the Festival in Krasnojarsk the ensemble consists of members of Baltic Neopolis Orchestra.
Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, winner of the Polish Grammy for the best Music album of 2015,
the first Polish participant of Toyota Classic Tour 2016 Asia is an exciting orchestra that was founded in 2008 and gathers the best musicians from Poland. Since that time, the orchestra has performed countless times, both in their own cycles, as well as guests in various concert halls and prestigious festivals both at home and abroad.
Violist Emilia Goch is Baltic Neopolis Orchestra CEO who, with true passion and dedication promotes this new brand in Polish culture. The orchestra aims for the highest artistic standards and therefore attracts the region best musicians who work together in both national and international music projects. Counting with the expert guidance of Deutsche Oper concertmaster, Tomasz Tomaszewsky (Artistic Director of BNO from 2012-2015) followed by Vasko Vassiliev, concertmaster of Covent Garden orchestra, who took over as artistic director in 2015, the orchestra is building its reputation as a fast rising ensemble in the European music scene. Apart from regular work with standard repertoire, BNO is always looking for adventurous programming and is especially interested in making classical music appeal to a wide audience.
Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, already widely-recognized in Europe and Asia, continues exploring different musical fields and prides itself on long-term collaborations with some of today's finest musicians, such as: Krzysztof Penderecki, Paweł Łukaszewski, Mikołaj Górecki, Daniel Stabrawa, Daniel Rowland, Maxim Rysanov, Boris Brovtsyn, Richard Galliano, Josef Lendvay.
To date, Baltic Neopolis Orchestra has released five albums. Ego Sapientia by Professor Marek Jasiński recorded together with The Jan Szyrocki Choir of West Pomeranian University of Technology (2013), compositions by Mikołaj Górecki and Paweł Łukaszewski, recorded with Tomasz Tomaszewski (2013), Tribute to Carl Loewe with Urszula Kryger, Adam Kruszewski and Paweł Kotla (2014), Sonatina für Alina with saxophonist Alina Mleczko (2014) and Il Tramonto with soprano Joanna Tylkowska-Drożdż (2015) .
Baltic Neopolis Orchestra progressive and unique musical identity, allied with high professional standards which are delivered with full commitment, makes each concert a memorable occasion.
Baltic Neopolis Quartet was founded in 2008 by the leaders of Baltic Neopolis Orchestra. The Quartet's main repertoire is classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Apart from that, and due to the artistic vision of its members, BNQ feels equally at home in unconventional musical projects.
The Quartet plays regularly in important concert halls both in Poland and abroad, and played in festivals such as the International Organ Festival in Szczecin (2009), the «International Sacrum non profanum in Trzęsacz» (2012), International Spring Festival of Contemporary Music in Poznan (2013), the Lutoslawski Celebration year in Prague (2013), Wojciech Kilar Festival of Contemporary Music in Gorzów Wielkopolski (2013), Usedomer Musikfestival (2014), Oldenburger Promenade (2015/16),
Gaia International Music Festival, «Rovinj» and «Umag» Music festivals in Croatia and Montserrat Music Festival in Spain. The quartet is also active in the recording studio and has recorded a number of Quartet albums, music for theatre and even with pop artists. BNQ's albums include «Compositions from Szczecin» (2013) which comprises five string quartets by Szczecin contemporary composers, «Tribute to Carl Loewe» (2014), and «Il Tramonto» (2015).
BNQ is the dedicatee of two quartets by Piotr Klimek and String Quartet «Orestes» by Michał Dobrzyński. The varieties of personalities of their players gives a perspective on modern performance and interpretation trends, which they effectively apply in the quartet medium. The results are exceptional concerts that combine artistic uniqueness with extraordinary professionalism.
Baltic Neopolis Quartet during ХVII International Festival «Asia-Siberia-Europe»:
Emanuel Salvador – violin
Aleksandra Abramowicz – violin
Wojciech Kołaczyk – viola
Adam Klocek – cello