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Lidy Blijdorp
The Netherlands
Lidy Blijdorp, a graduate of the Conservatoire National in Paris (where she was taught by Michel Strauss), is currently completing her studies under Gary Hoffman at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. She has won numerous prizes in major competitions, including at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the Grachtenfestival competition, and the Princess Christina Competition; in 2014, she won the Prix de l’Académie Maurice Ravel. She is a great lover of chamber music, in which she has performed in the world’s great concert halls, with Maria João Pires, for example, with whom she gave a recital in Madrid in 2015.
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Gideon den Herder
The Netherlands
The cellist Gideon den Herder, born in 1986, studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory under Monique Bartels and in Salzburg under Clemens Hagen. He completed his studies, under Thomas Grossenbacher in Zurich, where he qualified as a soloist. He has also followed classes in the baroque cello given by Jaap ter Linden and Roel Dieltiens. With the Trio Ottone, he won the A Tre early music competition in Trossingen (Germany) in 2009. Gideon den Herder is the cellist of the Van Baerle Trio and has been a member of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague since 2014.
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Katharina Litschig
Switzerland
Katharina Litschig is from Switzerland. She studied under Roel Dieltiens in Zurich and Peter Bruns in Leipzig, while also playing in Spira mirabilis, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has studied early music in depth, and in particular continuo practice in the eighteenth century, under Kristin von der Goltz and Jan Freiheit. These days, Katharina Litschig frequently plays continuo as a guest of many baroque ensembles and also teaches in a music school in Leipzig.
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Karel Steylaerts
Belgium
Karel Steylaerts studied at the Brussels Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium with Carlo Schmitz and then at the Hochschule für Musik of Cologne with Maria Kliegel. He was a prize winner of the 1990 Tenuto Competition. He has been Principal Cellist of the Beethoven Academie for many years. Karel Steylaerts is currently Principal Cellist at the Brussels Philharmonic. He is a member of the string trio TrioFenix with whom he is regularly invited to perform in many national and international festivals. He teaches at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles.
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Emilie Wallyn
France
After advanced studies at the conservatories of Boulogne-Billancourt and Paris, Émilie Wallyn continued her musical researches in the field of early music under the direction of specialists such as Christophe Coin and Bruno Cocset at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. With her cello, she journeys through different epochs, engaging with composers and exploring their works and their choice of instruments within a variety of ensembles, including Il Seminario Musicale, Pulcinella, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. For ten years now, she has been co-soloist in the Les Siècles orchestra, to which she has made a major musical and educational commitment. She teaches the cello and chamber music at the Conservatoire du Kremlin-Bicêtre and shares her enthusiasm with audiences keen to learn more about music in discovery workshops at the Philharmonie de Paris.
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Daniel Blumenthal
United States of America, °1952
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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Thomas Hoppe
Germany
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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Anna Naretto
Italy
Born in Italy, Anna Naretto has made chamber music and Lied interpretation the focus of her pianistic activities. Partnering outstanding artists, she has been invited for duo recitals to international concert series and festivals, such as Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Barge Music (New York), Herkulessaal (Munich), Frankfurter Kulturwoche (Cracow) and Kronberg Cellofestival. As a vocal coach and orchestra member, she is also actively involved in the world of opera (Oper Frankfurt and Staatstheater Darmstadt). She complements her artistic activities with an intense didactic commitment at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. In the context of several renowned academies, such as Kronberg Academy, Carl-Flesch-Akademie Baden-Baden, Forum Artium, Weimarer Meisterkurse, Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, she collaborates regularly with professors like Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Boettcher and Nobuko Imai. Her teachers included Sergio Verdirame (Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi", Turin), Rainer Hoffmann, Andreas Meyer-Herrmann, Charles Spencer (Musikhochschule Frankfurt) and the Altenberg Trio’s members (Konservatorium der Stadt Wien). Masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Irwin Gage, Andrea Lucchesini, Emilia Fadini and Jesper Christensen completed her musical education.
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Takashi Sato
Japan, °1983
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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Jonas Vitaud
France, °1980
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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