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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
Thomas Hoppe has collaborated with many renowned musicians and singers, including Itzhak Perlman, Antje Weithaas, Tabea Zimmermann, Alban Gerhardt, Jens Peter Maintz, and Frans Helmerson. After studying under Lee Luvisi, he continued his training at the Juilliard School of Music, where he worked for Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman’s studio. As a pianist for the ATOS Trio and for the wind ensemble 4.1, he has performed to acclaim at many concerts all over the world. For almost twenty years, he has accompanied the candidates at international competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. He teaches masterclasses in musical accompaniment and in chamber music all over Europe, and also performs with quartets such as the Shanghai Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, the Mandelring Quartet, and the Simply Quartet. Thomas Hoppe lives in Berlin with his family and has been a professor of chamber music at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen since 2018.
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Nino Pavlenichvili
Georgia
Born in Georgia, Nino Pavlenichvili began to learn the piano at the age of five. She later moved to France, where she qualified as an accompanist and worked with young singers at the Conservatoire National de Région in Toulouse and later at the Centre de Formation d’Artistes Lyriques in Marseilles. Her work with the Orchestre du Capitole and at festivals in the Toulouse region attracted attention and led to invitations from France’s leading opera houses. She works regularly with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as a vocal coach. She has also worked on a number of productions for the Metz opera house, including Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. An expert on the Russian repertoire, she has also prepared performances of Boris Godunov (Musorgsky) at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Betrothal in a Monastery (Prokofiev) at the Théâtre du Capitole, and Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) at the Metz opera house. She was also invited by the Opéra de Marseille for a production of Sauguet’s La Chartreuse de Parme. She has appeared in recital with many singers, including Vladimir Galouzine, Tamar Iveri, Béatrice Uria Monzon, Jean-Luc Viala, Catherine Dubosc, and Guy Flechter and has taken part in master classes with François Le Roux, Gabriel Bacquier, Jean-Christophe Benoît, Yvonne Minton, and Mady Mesplé. She has performed in concert in the Festival de Radio France (Montpellier), the Printemps des Arts (Monte Carlo), the Festival de Musique d’été (Toulouse), and the Nuits Lyriques en Marmandais. For some years now, she has been an official pianist for a number of international singing competitions, in Toulouse, Marseilles, Marmande, and Vivonne.
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Philippe Riga
Belgium
Philippe Riga is a pianist, harpsichordist, and fortepianist. He graduated from the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels and the Lemmens Luca Instituut in Leuven and went on to further studies under leading figures of the musical world such as Christophe Rousset and Helmut Deutsch. He is a laureate of the Fondation Royaumont. He has taken part in many concerts in Belgium and abroad, both as a soloist and with singers, including José Van Dam, Udo Reinemann, Hélène Guilmette, Veronica Cangemi, and Gabrielle Philiponet. He has performed at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, as well as at masterclasses given by Helmut Deutsch, José Van Dam, Andreas Scholl, Tom Krause, June Anderson, and Dietrich Henschel. He has also performed and recorded as a soloist with the Anima Eterna ensemble, conducted by Jos Van Immerseel. Philippe Riga is currently a pianist coach at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and also teaches accompaniment at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels.
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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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