Violin Professors in 2013 EMFA Halle

Violin courses in 2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy Halle, Germany
the following professors' teaching dates are confirmed:
(More professors in each session will be added newly)

SESSION I (Teaching Dates : July 22 - 31)
Annick Roussin  (CRR de Paris, France)
Ingolf Turban  (Munich, Germany)
Roman Nodel  (Mannheim, Germany)
Tomasz Tomaszewski  (UdK Berlin, Germany)

SESSION II (Teaching Dates : August 2 - 11)
Alissa Margulis  (Antwerp, Belgium)
Elisabeth Kufferath (Hanover, Germany)
Keiko Urushihara (Kunitachi, Japan)
Kevin Lawrence  (North Carolina, USA)
Sonig Tchakerian  (Rome, Italy)
Yoshiaki Shibata (NSO Berlin, Germany)

SESSION III (Teaching Dates : August 13 - 22)
Annette Unger  (Dresden, Germany)
Felice Cusano  (Milan, Italy)
Igor Malinovsky  (Dresden, Germany)
Jeremy Zhu (Eastman, USA)
Muriel Cantoreggi (Freiburg, Germany)




Young Artists Concert Series to be presented in 2013/14

The 30th Euro Music Festival and Academy(EMFA) will be held for one month on July 22 - August 22, 2013 in Halle – Haendel’s City in Germany, in cooperation with the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

During the 2013 EMFA, distinguished participants will be selected to perform in ‘Young Artists Concert Series’ of 2013/14 season which will be held in different cities in Europe, organized by Euro Arts.

Young Artists Concert Series (by EURO MUSIC FESTIVAL)

Participants in 2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy Halle Germany

Participants will be judged and selected while playing in various concerts which will be held during each academy session(all 3 sessions)
(Most of the participants will have a chance to play at one or more concerts.)

Selected participants will perform at ‘Young Artists Concert Series’ which will be presented in various concert halls in Europe including Germany in 2013/14 season.

Euro Arts 

Founded in 1998 by Euro Arts, EURO MUSIC FESTIVAL has been grown up and developed steadily, presenting highly qualified academy and concert programs. It brings the fellowship and harmony among musicians all around the world through mutual exchanges via music which is a universal language.
Many alumni of Euro Music Festival take their active part in music field around the world, as soloist, orchestral member or teaching professor.



Cello Professors in 2013 EMFA

Cello courses in 2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy Halle, Germany
the following professors' teaching dates are confirmed:
(More professors in each session will be added newly)

Prof. Emil Rovner(Dresden, Germany) 
_ Teaching Dates : July 22 - 31, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German, Spanish, 

Prof. David Cohen(Mons, Belgium/London, UK) 
_ Teaching Dates : July 29 - August 7, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, French 

Prof. Asier Polo (San Sebastian, Spain) 
_ Teaching Dates : August 2 - 11, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German, Spanish

Prof. Maria Kliegel (Cologne, Germany)
_ Teaching Dates : August 7 - 11, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German

Prof. Peter Bruns (Leipzig, Germany)
_ Teaching Dates : August 6 - 11, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German


Prof. Laszlo Fenyo (Karlsruhe, Germany)
_ Teaching Dates : August 15 - 22, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German, Hungarian

Prof. Leonid Gorokhov (Hanover, Germany)
_ Teaching Dates : August 13 - 22, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German, Russian





Cello Prof. Leonid Gorokhov in 2013 EMFA

Professor Leonid Gorokhov's cello class will be open at the 3rd Session in 2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy, Halle, Germany. 

_ Teaching Dates : August 13 - 22, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German, Russian

"I was bowled over when I first heard Leonid Gorokhov in a concert a few months ago.              
With a sound reminiscent of the legendary Emanuel Feuermann, Gorokhov is one of those rare artists who combines a natural communicative skill with awesome technical command." 
_ Jeremy Nicolas, Classic FM Magazine

"I am delighted and thrilled to hear artistry of such superior order....."
_ Bernard Greenhouse

One of the finest cellists of his generation, Leonid Gorokhov often returns to his roots to perform in his home city of St. Petersburg. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with Anatoli Nikitin and took part in masterclasses with Daniil Shafran. 
Winner of Concertino Praga(1st Prize) and Paris Chamber Music Competition(Premier Grand Prix), Leonid Gorokhov is the only Russian cellist be awarded the Grand Prix and the First Prize of the Geneva Concours(1986). 
In 1995 the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize to Leonid Gorokhov for "exceptional talent and outstanding artistic accomplishment".
Since 2008, Leonid Gorokhov is a Professor at the "Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater" in Hannover, Germany. 
In 1991 Leonid Gorokhov appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin; their strong musical rapport led to further concerto engagement with the Bergen, Berlin and Royal Philharmonic, English Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Zurich Tonhalle. 
In 1995 he made a triumphant return to Russia in performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia Hungarica, again conducted by Lord Menuhin.
Recent engagements have included the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK and with the Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest; he performed the Walton Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the UK and in Russia he played Haydn in C with the ST. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dvorak Concerto with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the D'Albert Cello Concerto with the St. Petersburg Capella. 
Highlights of this season include chamber music at the Fort Macleod International Festival, Canada; performances at the Mozart Festival and the Schumann Festival at the Hannover Musik Hochschule; recital at the Imperial College, London and an evening of Bach Cello Suites, concerts with the Hermitage String Trio at the Chateau Port Royal, France, Hamburg Musik Hochschule, Germany and Dart Festival, UK; masterclasses in Tarragona, Catalunya and Goslar, Germany. 
Apart from his work as a soloist, Leonid Gorokhov is a founder member of the Hermitage String Trio and plays regularly as a duo with the pianists Kathryn Stott, Niklas Sivelov, Nikolai Demidenko and Gerard Wyss. Duo and Trio concerts have included the Bastad, Belfast, Eilat Winter, Oslo Chamber Music and Petworth Festivals, Munich and Wigmore Hall. In Australia, his residence at the Townsville Festival found him playing a wide variety of chamber music; in Russia he performed "Cello Dialogues" with Alexander Rudin at the Moscow Philharmonia; at the Athens Megaron he played a cello-guitar recital with Elena Papandreou and at the Bargemusic New York he played chamber music with Mark Peskanov. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals such as Budapest Spring, Corinthian Summer, Davos, Evian, Gstaad, Harrogate, Interlaken, Kuhmo, Ljubljana, Munich, Schleswig-Holstein and Spoleto. 
Leonid Gorokhov undertakes regular recital tours of Japan and has played concertos with the Thailand Philharmonic and the Macau Chamber Orchestra. In Europe he has been invited to play among others with the Basel, BBC Scottish, Berlin Radio, Biel-Bienne and Norrkoping Symphony Orchestras; the Prague Philharmonic, Promusica Salzburg and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. 
Leonid Gorokhov's discography includes recordings of Boccherini, Debussy, Haydn, Kodaly, Martinu, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Tortelier for Melodiya. For Supraphon he has recorded concertos by Martinu and Saint-Saens with the Brno Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin and an album of works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Rarely performed gems feature on "Russian Discoveries" on the Olympia label and "Virtuoso Cello Transcriptions" on Cello Classics. His first recording with Nikolai Demidenko was an all-Schubert album for the Munich based AGPL label. This was followed by a recording of Schnittke, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich Sonatas on ASV Gold. 




Violin Prof. Roman Nodel and Cellist Nadege Rochat News

Violin Professor Roman Nodel will teach at the 1st Session in 2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy, Halle, Germany.

_ Teaching Dates : July 22 - 31, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German, Russian

Roman Nodel studied at the Central School of Music for Gifted Children and at the world-famous Tschaikowsky Conservatory in under D. Zyganov (the leader of Beethoven-Quartet Moscow). During the studies, he had successfully taken part in different international competitions, winning the 4th prize and a silver medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the 6th
prize at the 1st Competition in Montreal, Canada and the 4th prize at the Jacques-Tibaud Competition in Paris among others. 
After the studies he was working as soloist and taught at the State Conservatory in Minsk.
He has played far more than 1000 concerts between 1967 and 1980 among others as cycles in this time: The history of the violin concertos(18 concerts, from A. Vivaldi and J. S. Bach till A. Berg and D. Schostakovitsch), all violin concertos by W. A. Mozart, 10 Sonatas for violin and the piano by L. v. Beethoven.
After the emigration in 1980 he was the 1st concertmaster of the State Orchestra of Low Saxony and since 1987 he is a professor at the University of Music Heidelberg-Mannheim. He plays as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, USA, South America and New Zealand.  He performed as soloist under such conductors as Yuri Aranovich, Rene Defossez, Karl Eliasberg, Kirill Kondrashin, Ferdinand Leitner, Otto Müller, Woldemar Nelsson, Karl Österreicher, Leif Segerstam, George Alexander Albrecht, Juri Temirkanov, Saulus Sondezkis,Douglas Runnicles and many others.
His former students are working in Germany including Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmony Orchestra and abroad in leading orchestras as soloist, leader of orchestras or orchestra musicians. Among his former students, Stephan Picard is a Professor at the Hanns-Eisler University of Music in Berln. He gives many Master Classes in Europe, Asia, USA  etc.. 


21-year old cellist Nadege Rochat's album is newly released at the Ars Production:
E. Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor
D. Milhaud Cello Concerto No.1 

Nadege Rochat also has performing actively as Cello-Guitar Duo with guitarist Rafael Aguirre. 

Nadège Rochat, born in Genève in 1991, started studying cello with her aunt Fabienne Dambrini at the age of 4. 
In 2001, aged of 10 then, she became the youngest finalist of the international competition "Jeunes Interprètes", chaired by Pierre Amoyal. In 2003, she won the first prize of "Vatelot-Rampal" competition, and gave her first soloist concerts with the orchestra (at the "Festival cultural pour les jeunes" in Shanghai, then in Chateau d'Oex's festival "Le bois qui chante"). In 2006, Nadège Rochat received the first prize of "Concours des Jeunesses Musicale Suisse" as well as "Prix du Crédit Suisse" and the "prix de la Fondation SUISA" for her interpretation of Heinz Holliger "Trema". 
Since 2006, she is studying with Prof. Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne. In 2007 and 2009, she got the first prize at German Competition "Jugend musiziert" and Classic-Price of WDR. She performed in Kölner Philharmonie, Düsseldorfer Tonhalle, Berlin Konzerthall, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Konzerthaus Dortmund (with Dortmund Philharmonics and Jac van Steen).


Cello Prof. Peter Bruns and Pianist Da Sol Kim's News

   Professor Peter Bruns Cello class will be open during
   the 2nd session in 2013 Euro Music Festival and 
   Academy Halle, Germany. 

   _ Teaching Dates : August 6 - 11, 2013    
   _ Teaching Languages : English, German

"This is one of the best CD recordings of the year - perhaps of the decade... Here we encounter the closest we have witnessed... to a new Casals.." (Early Music Review on the CD Recording of J. S. Bach's 6 Suites for Solo Cello)

"Peter Bruns does what he does best on his Tononi cello from 1730: he declaims, just like Pablo Casals, who also used to own the instrument. Peter Bruns once confirmed the closemess to Casals, saying: 'I also try to speak with the instrument'." (Maja Ellmenreich in Deutschlandradio Cologne, 2006)

The cellist Peter Bruns has established an excellent reputation in the international music world as one of Germany's leading cellists. Born in Berlin, he studied with Professor Peter Vogler at Berlin's "Hanns Eisler" University of Music. 
Peter Bruns has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in renowned concert halls throughout Europe, America and Asia, including in the Berliner Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, in concert halls in Tokyo and Hong Kong, in the Semperoper Dresden, in the Leipziger Gewandhaus as well as at the most important festivals including the Kuhmo, Bergen, Berlin and Dresden music festivals, the Budapest Spring Festival and Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Festival. 
The artist has also performed as a soloist with many major orchestras, and has toured with the Staatskapelle Dresden as well as with the RAI, MDR and Berlin symphony orchestras. He has collaborated with conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Eliahu Inbal, Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Prick, Marc Albrecht and Bruno Weil. His fascination with the language of music and the instrumentation of the various stylistic periods has led to close collaboration with renowned orchestras in this field, in particular with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, with whom Peter Bruns has played for CD productions, concerts and festivals (Bergen, Bruegge, Berlin, Regensburg, Koethen). From 1993-2000, Peter Bruns was the Artistic Director of the Schloss Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival. 
From 1998 to 2005, he was Professor for Cello at the Dresden School of Music and, since 2005, has held the same position at the School of Music in Leipzig. Since September 2006 Peter Bruns has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig, with whom he performed his own concert series in the Gewandhaus Leipzig during the 2007/2008 season. 
Peter Bruns has recorded a series of awarding winning CDs including Brahm's Cello Sonatas, Bach's Six Suites for Cello Solo, the works of Gabriel Faure, Ernest Bloch and Robert Schumann, a recording of a Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach concert which won the Cannes Classical Award for "Best CD of the Year", Antonin Dvorak's works for cello and orchestra with the Staatskapelle Dresden and his highly acclaimed recording of Haydn's Cello Concertos with the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig. A recently issued CD is devoted to the works of Charles Koechlin. 
Peter Bruns plays on a cello from Carlo Tononi, Venice 1730, which was once owned by the legendary Spanish cellist Pablo Casals


Pianist Da Sol Kim won the 1st prize (jointly by Magdalena Muellerperth) in 10th Kissinger KlavierOlymp which was held on October 4 - 7, 2012 in Bad Kissingen. 

The first prize winner will perform as soloist in orchestral concerts in the next 'Kissinger Sommer' and also perform with other prize winners at the 28th 'Internationalen Klassikfestival' which will be held June 9 - July 14, 2013. 

In this annual competition since 2003, there are the prize winners like Alice Sara Ott(2004), Peter Ovtscharov(2005), Alexej Gorlatch(2006), Mona Asuka Ott(2006), Michail Lifits(2007), Claire Huangci(2008), who are the Euro Music Festival Alumni. 

Da Sol Kim has been taking part in the Euro Music Festival since 2006 every year until 2011, taking the masterclass from Prof. Gerald Fauth and Prof. Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling and having recitals or chamber music in various concerts. Da Sol Kim also had recital in 2012 Euro Music Festival Halle, Germany.   


Cello Professor Asier Polo in 2013 EMF Halle and Pianist Danae Doerken's Concert News

Cello Professor Asier Polo's class will be open at the 2nd Session in 2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy Halle. 

_ Teaching Dates : August 2 - 11, 2013
_ Teaching Languages : English, German, Spanish

Asier Polo was born in Bilbao, Spain where he studied at the Conservatory of Music with Professor Elisa Pascu. In 1987-89, he won first prizes in cello and chamber music at the National Young Musicians Competition. Later, he studied at the Queen Sofia School in Madrid, and honed his innate talent with Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Cologne and with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music. Mr. Polo has participated in master classes with Natalia Gutman and Mstislav Rostropovich. During his studies in Cologne and Madrid, he also studied chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet and members of the Italian Quartet.
Since then, he has appeared as soloist and in recitals in Europe, Asia and America. He has performed with such artists as Maria Kliegel, J. Colom, Gerard Caussé, Janacek Quartet and the famous Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus, who, during his last years, invited Asier Polo to appear as soloist in his concerts at Covent Garden in London and Maggio Musicale in Florence, Tonhalle in Zurich, Musikverein in Vienna and Japan. 
Mr. Polo is fast becoming one of the leading cellists of his generation, renowned in his native Spain as well as in other European countries. He has toured South America with the National Orchestra of Spain with Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducting, and has concertized with the Opera Orchestra of Nice, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Basel Philharmonic, the Monterey Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, Berliner Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philarmonie, London Philarmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI de Torino, Mineria Symphony Orchestra (México DF), Norway Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orcheste de París (Salle Pleyel), Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Brasil) among many others. Some of the conductors, with whom he has appeared as soloist, are Christian Badea, Claus Peter Flor, Gunther Herbig, Anthony Witt, Carlos Miguel Prieto and invited in Festivals like Quincena Musical de San Sebastián (Spain), Ohrid (Yugoslavia), Nantes (France), Omaggio a Roma (Italy), Expo de Lisboa (Portugal),  Festival Internacional de Música de Morelia (México), etc…
In 2004, he has played with great success in his Carnegie Weill Hall debut in New York receiving an excellent musical critic at the Strad Magazine.
Asier Polo has recorded for CLAVES, ET´CETERA, RTVE, MARCO POLO and NAXOS labels playing different music from : S.Gubaidulina , Recitals, and different Spanish cello concertos from Bernaola, Rodrigo, Escudero… Spanish composers G. Ercoreca, Luis de Pablo and Antón García Abril, J. Villarojo have all dedicated works to this outstanding musician.
It has been awarded with diverse prizes in Spain for musical interpretation like: “Ojo crítico” National Radio(2002), Prize Fundation C.E.O.E.(2004).
At present, he teaches at the Superior School of Music of the Basque Country, “Musikene” in San Sebastian, Spain.
Invited for Master class in different countries (Italy, Germany, Holland, México, Venezuela,...) and regular member of Jury in national and international Cello competitions (Carlos Prieto competition, Dotzauer Wettbewerb, Jugend musiziert,...)
Asier Polo plays on a Francesco Rugieri violoncello(Cremona 1689) bought in collaboration with Banesto Foundation.


Pianist Danae Doerken has concert in Villa Huegel Essen on Ocotober 24(Wed), 2012 and in Berlin on the next day, on the 25th(Thu) of October in Palace Bellevue Berlin.  

Danae Doerken has been taking part in Euro Music Festival since Leipzig 2009, where she had taken the masterclass of Prof. Karl-Heinz Kaemerling and she has been also performing various concerts including duo-recital with her sister Kiveli Doerken in 2012 Euro Music Festival Halle.  

The detailed information on Danae Doerken at

18-year-old Danae Doerken playing J. Brahms op.118, 6. Intermezzo
"Junge Pianisten Elite", Kunstmuseum Baden, Solingen, January 2010



Piano Faculty of Session III in 2013 EMFA Halle

2013 Euro Music Festival and Academy will be held on July 22- August 22, 2013 in Halle(Haendel City), Germany in cooperation with The Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. 

The Academy will be held divided into 3 sessions for one month.

SESSION I      July 21(arrival) - August 1(departure)
SESSION II     August 1(arrival) - August 12(departure)
SESSION III    August 12(arrival) - August 23(departure)

  • PIANO 
  • VIOLA 
  • CELLO 

  • [SESSION III(Teaching Dates August 13(/14) - August 22) PIANO PROFESSORS]

    *In addition to these 3 professors, more new professors' name will be added later. 

    Prof. Akiko Ebi, Tokyo JAPAN
    Prof. Markus Bellheim, Munich GERMANY
    Prof. Takahiro Hoshino, Tokyo, JAPAN


    Prof. Akiko Ebi
    As a performing musician, Akiko Ebi has actively taken part in music festivals and recording for TV and racio stations and for CD labels all over the world, including her native Japan, Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America, Russia, China, Middle East and Egypt, over the past 30 years.
    She won the 41st Music Competition of Japan as a freshman at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. After graduating from the Paris Conservatoire as the top student, she continued her studies in graduate school of the Conservatoire. Her achievements in competitions include the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition, where she was also awarded four special prizes by A. Rubinstein and others, and the International Chopin Piano Competition and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition where she won high-ranking prizes. She has received numerous awards and official commendations, including the Frederic Chopin Society of Japan Award, two of the Japan Gold Disc Award, Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government, a medal of honorary citizen of Paris and the Exxon-Mobile Music Prize (Japan). 
    She has performed under the baton of Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Vassily Sinaisky, Marek Janowski, Jean Fournet, Zdeněk Košler, Theodor Guschlbauer, Lawrence Foster, Erich Bergel, Rani Calderon, Inoue Michiyoshi, Sado Yutaka, Kobayashi Kenichiro and many other eminent conductors and with orchestras, such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and local symphony orchestras in Sapporo, Kansai, Hiroshima and Kyushu, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Argentine National Symphony Orchestra as well as orchestras in Latvia, UK and other countries. In the field of chamber music, she has played a number of times with Ivry Gitlis, Augustin Dumay, Regis Pasquier, Arto Noras, Gautier Capucon, Toyoda Yumino, Angela Hewitt, Michel Dalberto, the Moragues Quintet, the Parisii Quartet and Quatuor Via Nova.
    Her recent 2-piano recitals with Martha Argerich have been repeatedly broadcast all over the world. She has taken active part in music festivals, such as Verbier, La Roque d'Anthéron, Lugano, Menton, Cannes, New York IKIF, Texas, Salt Lake City, Duszniki, Enescu, Echternach, La Folle Journée (Nantes, Tokyo, Niigata, Lisbon), Buenos Aires, Toledo, Madrid, Tokyo and Beppu. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious music halls, such as Berliner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Wigmore Hall, Teatro Colón and Suntory Hall.
    In spring 2012, EBI completed recording in Warsaw for a CD of Chopin’s complete preludes and impromptus on an Erard of 1838. She has released 11 CD albums, including works of Dynam-Victor Fumet (world’s first performance), Anton von Webern, César Franck, Gabriel  Pierné’s Quartet for Piano and Strings and Hikari Oe’s works for piano. Her publications include sheet music, “Ravel: Complete Piano Works” (3 volumes), and a book, “Aldo Ciccolini - Je Suis Un Lirico Spinto” (Japanese translation) (published by Zen-On Music Company Ltd.).
    Enjoying the full confidence of pianistic circles worldwide as one of the most distinguished pianists representing Japan, EBI has been asked to teach master classes and to serve on the jury of international piano competitions in different parts of the world.
    As a music educator, she formerly served as Visiting Professor at Department of Instrumental Music (Piano), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and is currently Professor at Graduate School, Nihon University College of Art. She is trustee of the Frederic Chopin Society of Japan and chairperson of the Planning Committee of Yokohama International Piano Concert. She studied with Endo Hisako, Kojima Junko, Okamura Rie, Nagai Susumu, Matsuura Toyoaki, Yasukawa Kazuko, Aldo Ciccolini,  Marie – Claire Laroche, Louis Kentner, Conrad Hansen, Colette Zerah and Vlado Perlemuter.

    Prof. Markus Bellheim
    Markus Bellheim sprang into prominence after winning the 2000 International Messiaen
    Competition in Paris, thus securing a position as one of the most interesting and
    multifaceted  pianists of his generation. Extensive concert activities have taken him
    throughout Europe, to America and the Far East. He has also been a guest in many important festivals and concert series, including the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Kassel Music Days, La Roque d'Anthéron, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, and the Shanghai Music Spring Festival.
    Bellheim has been invited to perform the standard concerto repertoire with the Hessen Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestras of Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Munich Radio Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. He also performs contemporary music and has appeared with Ensemble Modern, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In recent years, he has played under the batons of Sylvain Cambreling, Jonathan Nott, Karl Anton Rickenbacher and has worked with composers Steve Reich, György Kurtág and Wolfgang Rihm. Bellheim is also a valued chamber music partner of Ingolf Turban, Eduard Brunner, Marisol Montalvo and the Minguet Quartet. 
    Stylistic versatility is one of the main aspects of Bellheim's playing, and his particular interest in contemporary music is balanced by his intensive engagement with the works of the classical and romantic periods. In his concerts, he seeks to place modern works alongside the standard repertoire, creating new connections between them and questioning the perceived boundaries that have long separated them.
    Markus Bellheim's performances of the complete piano music of Olivier Messiaen have repeatedly drawn an enthusiastic response from international audiences, and he has performed the composer's most important work for piano and orchestra, the Turangalîla Symphony, throughout the world.
    Following his critically acclaimed 2008 recording of the solo piano music of Wolfgang Rihm, Bellheim is now busy recording the complete piano works of Messiaen for the NEOS label, in co-operation with Hessen Radio. The first volume, Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus was released in September of 2009, and the remaining installments will be following in due course over the next three years. For NEOS, he has also recorded the piano concerto by 
    Bruno Maderna with the Hessen Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    Bellheim is active as a piano teacher at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, and became Professor for Piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich in 2011. He regularly gives masterclasses both in Germany and throughout the rest of the world.

    Prof. Takahiro Hoshino
    At the age of 4, Takahiro Hoshino began to learn the piano and improvised and played his own music. The following year, he gave his first piano performance. When he was 12, he won The 1st prize in All Japan Youth Music Competition of Hokkaido and 3rd prize in All Japan Youth Music Competition of Tokyo, Japan. From the Following year he studied at 
    International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum Music Academy, Salzburg, Austria for 3 years and was chosen to be one of the best pianist for the Gala concert every year. 
    Since 1985 He had studied at the TOHO Gakuen High school of Music, Tokyo, TOHO Gakuen College of Music, and research student, Tokyo. During his musical studies in Tokyo, he won many national prizes, Japan-Austria Culture Society New Artist Audition / All Japan Soloist Contest, Tokyo / Hokkaido International Music Exchange Society “HIMES” Competition, Sapporo / IENAGA MUSIC Office Piano Audition, Tokyo and he had many piano recitals and Gala concerts in Japan. After guraduating from TOHO Gakuen College Of Music, he studied abroad at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in 1994 . From 1998 he received scholarship for his studies from Hungarian State. 
    During his musical studies in Europe, he won many International prizes. Maria Canals International Competition, Barcelona (Special Medalist 4th prize) / Viotti Valsesia ValsesiaMusica International Music Competition, Italy(2nd prize) / Cantu International Piano and Orchestra Competition, (1st prize and Public prize ) / Masterplayers International Music & Conductor Competition, Poland & Switzerland (Masterplayers Grand Prize and Honor prize) / TIM ROMA, Italy(Special Honor prize).
    He has given many concerts as a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hungarian symphony Orchestra, Hungarian MAV Symphony Orchestra, Hungary Szolnok Symphony Orchestra, Romanian National State Philharmonic Orchestra, Romanian Craiova Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Sudeteka Philharmonic Orchestra, Lugano Festival Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Chamber Philharmonic orchestra. In addition to cities in Japan he has had piano recitals and Gala concerts in several European towns including Salzburg, Lugano, Milan, Florence, Paris, Prague as well as Budapest.
    He was invited from at “7th Yong Prague International Music Festival” at Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall, Prague and “Hungarian 5 Lyra International Music Festival”. And he was given “Hungarian 5 Lyra Prize” for the best talented musicians in 2000, his official debut recital in Tokyo was a great success and highly evaluated by music journals and musicians. One of the journals, “OngakuGendai” appreciated highly his performances and talent on the top page as “One of the best 10 pianists in Japan”.
    After that he has given some recitals and joint concerts in Sapporo, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Gifu, Fukuoka as well as Tokyo. Last Autumn he has invited as a soloist with the Sapporo Symphonic Orchestra and Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.
    His CD Albums “LISZT-SCHUBERT”,”Apassionata-Kreisleriana”,”LISZT I”were released by AURORA CLASSICAL and Octavia Record.It was appreciated highly by many Music Magazines.
    Until now he had taken lessons from Hiroyasu KAWAHARA, Noriyuki Miyazawa, Sadako MATSUOKA, Etsko TAZAKI, Gyorgy NADOR, Ferenc RADOS, Vincenzo BALZANI, Eric HEIDSIECK.
    At present, he performs in concerts and also teaches at UENO Gakuen College of Music,Tokyo and TOHO Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo, Guest Professor of the Sapporo Conservatoire.