Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts, in Vienna. Director of the programme for highly gifted students
Vladimir Kharin was born in 1974 in Moscow. His education began in the special music school for highly gifted students, at the Moscow Tschaikowsky Conservatory.
At the young age of 11 years old, he gave his first concert, and at the age of 13 he made his debut playing with an orchestra. Many of his concerts were broadcast live on Russian TV and radio.
After graduating in 1992, he studied in the Moscow Tschaikowsky under Evgeny Malinin and Lev Naumov, both representatives of the famous “Neuhausschen Piano School”.
In 1998 he was awarded a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, which enabled him to study further with Michael Roll and Boris Bloch, at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. During his studies in Germany, the pianist was sponsored by the Werner-Richard-Dr.Carl Dörken Foundation, and the Annemarie&Fritz Schlesinger Foundation. He was awarded with distinction in both his final exam and his graduate recital. Participation in masterclasses with Vitaly Margulis, Oleg Maisenberg and Dmitri Bashkirov gave an extra edge to his musical education. As the winner of international piano competitions, Kharin has been invited to perform at numerous solo piano concerts, chamber music evenings, and concerts with orchestra in Germany, the CIS countries, France, Italy, Japan and China. On several occasions, he has given recitals at the Ruhr Piano Festival. Vladimir Kharin can be heard on many CDs, for example with the Duisburger Philharmonic under Jonathan Darlington.
Between 2005 and 2010 Kharin taught in the Folkwang-Hochschule, in Essen, Germany. In 2009 he became the director of piano instruction at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in the programme for highly gifted students. His students have become renowned for winning international piano competitions such as the Pancho-Vladigeroff Competition (Bulgaria), The Steinway-Competition in Hamburg (Germany), The Smetana International Piano Competition in Pilsen (The Czech Republic), The International Competition for Pianists “Ivan Rijavec“ in Idrija (Slovenia), The Chopin Competition in Szafarnia (Poland), The Wiener Pianisten Competition, The International Jenö-Takács Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Oberschützen (Austria) and many others.
Born in Sverdlovsk, Russia, Elena Tolstykh acquired her first teaching license in Ufa (Russia) at the Music Lyceum for gifted children and continued her studies in Moscow at the Gnesin Music Academy with an honors degree in education and musicology. Parallel to her scientific and educational activities at the Gnesin Academy of Music and teaching piano in Gottingen, Germany, Elena went abroad as an artist with the project "Bell Tango". In 2005 Elena founded and currently directs the music education institution SPIELSTATT in Vienna, a private music school for children and adults, hobbyists and professional.
Students of her own piano classes include several winners of Austrian and international competitions (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, USA etc.) in both classical and innovative directions. Particularly well received is a new genre of children's theatrical piano duo invented by Elena Tolstykh, which has brought not only victories at prestigious national and international competitions, but has also been recognized in the best concert halls (Carnegie Hall in New York) and festivals (Classic op’t Amstelvelden in Amsterdam).
Elena received several awards for special achievements as a musical educator at national and international competitions in Europe and the USA. She is also jury member at international musical competitions for children and youth and special representative of FEURICH piano manufacturer, acting as worldwide award distributor, which foster creativity and originality of performance and performer.
In 2012 Elena Tolstykh opened the Summer Music Academy in Vienna which is a platform for high-level professional master classes, courses for teachers and workshops for music lovers, combining music lessons with cultural program in Vienna.
Since 2016 Elena Tolstykh is the main organizer and artistic director of the International FEURICH Piano and Chamber Music Competition. For the winners, she arranges concerts on the stages of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Hamburg (Germany), London (UK), and St. Petersburg (Russia).
Evgeny Petrov (Russia) is a composer and lecturer for composition and instrumentation at the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. He is also the Chairman of the Art Council of the International music festival “Earth of children”. Evgeny Petrov was born in 1973 in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region. He graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in composition (2001) and finished post-graduate school (2003) under the supervision of Professor Yuri Falik.
Evgeny Petrov is a laureate of five Russian composers’ competitions. His compositions are performed at concerts and festivals all over Russia and in other countries across the world. Conductors like Mariss Jansons, Yuri Bashmet, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Fabio Mastrangelo, Gavriel Heine, Vladimir Simkin, Alexander Titov, Vladimir Altshuler, Valentin Nesterov, Alexander Chernushenkо, Arcady Steinlucht, Alim Shakh, Fyodor Lednyov, Mikhail Golikov, Edward Banko, Ho Chung Yeh (Taiwan), and others include Petrov’s compositions in their repertoire.
Among Petrov’s opuses one can mention the instrumental opera “Olga the Russian”, the symphony “Petersburg”, Concerto for symphony orchestra, musical-theatrical performance “Russian Proverbs”, Concertino for piano and chamber orchestra “Italian Carnival”, 2 concertos for choir, 6 chamber concertos, “Film-concert(o)” for double bass and piano with orchestra and many other chamber, choral and orchestral works, as well as music for theatre. Evgeny Petrov’s works are being published in the “Compozitor • Saint Petersburg” Publishing House. In 2016, the publisher released the book “The Composer Yevgeniy Petrov” by Marina Smirnova, Professor of the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.
Christian Kliber is a classical pianist and pedagouge, born in Copenhagen in 1980. At 16, he won 1st prize in Berlingske Tidende Classical Music Competition and subsequently won the Steinway Piano Festival twice in a row. Furthermore he won the top prize at the International Greta Erikson Piano Competition (2000). He then studied piano performance with the top celebrity pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Prof. Niklas Sivelöv at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 2010 he co-founded the Copenhagen Piano School, which has since helped many talents and piano amateurs grow and develop their pianistic skills.
She was born in Brno / CZ and sang from the 2nd year of life. After completing her Matura at the Gymnasium in Brno, she studied singing and singing pedagogic at the Leoš Janáček Music Academy in Brno. She successfully completed her studies in 1982 and debuted with the role of Desdemona (Otello von G.Verdi) at the opera of the Theater in Troppau / CZ, followed by a solo engagement at the State Theater in Moravian Ostrava / CZ. For political reasons she was no longer allowed to work as a soloist and has accepted a choir at the National Theater in Prague. However after 5 months she left Czechoslovakia and went to Germany. There she had her foot in 1987 at the Opernchor der Oper Frankfurt / M. caught. She has become a soloist of the Radio Orchester of Hesse Radio und Television, and has sang concerts under the direction of Peter Falk. She has won prizes in several singing competitions (Bregenz 1991, Hamburg 1992, Vienna 1993). From 1992 onwards, she became a sololist of the City Ttheater Kaiserslautern and was given a guest performance at the State Theater in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt and other cities in Germany. From the season 1996/7 until 2001/2 she was to be seen in the title and main roles at the Volksoper in Vienna. Sang under the direction of Prof.L.Hager, Prof.R Bibl, B.de Billy, Asher Fisch, A.Eschwé and others. Numerous tours to Japan, all Asia and performances with RSO BR, TV ORF, ARD and ZDF joined. From 2002, she was a soloist of the National Theater in Brno, where she sang the double role of the Marietta / Marie in Korn-gold's The Dead City at the E.W.Korngold Festival in 2002 and won the National Prize THALIE 2002. He then worked with RSO Prague and performed at the Prague Spring 2004 Festival, soloist roles at the Pilsen Opera in 2006-2011 and Master Class in Beijing 2006-2009. Since 2011 she has been teaching voice and classical singing at the State Conservatory in Brno / CZ. Their students were singing at various charity and education concerts in Vienna. She also gives private lessons in Vienna in the piano gallery Feurich Wien.
Born and raised in Vienna, the renowned teacher studied at the University and Academy of Music (today University for Music and Performing Arts).
Under the name Helga Wagner she enjoyed an international carreer as opera and concert singer: 1966 as alto singer at Wiener Volksoper, 1969-1976 as mezzo-soprano at Landestheater Linz, where she changed to dramatic sopranist. Years of various performances in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland followed until 1997 (Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Volksoper, Salzburger Festspiele, Bregenzer Festspiele, Hamburg, Duesseldorf, Wuerzburg, Kassel, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Basel, Zurich, Prague etc.)
Her repertoire in the opera contains about 100 parts in three vocal registers. As she changed her voice register during her carreer, she sang different parts in some operas like Ottavia and Poppea in Monteverdis L'incoronazione di Poppea, Marcellina and Countess in Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro, Ulrica and Amelia in Verdis Un ballo in maschera, Oktavian and Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Cavalier of the Rose) as well as Elektra and Klytemnestra by Richard Strauss. She had amazing success in the contemporary opera as Katja Ismailowa in Lady Macbeth by Mzensk, Schostakowitsch, Schönbergs Erwartung and Mathis der Maler (Expectation and Mathis the Painter), Cardillac by Hindemith, Melusine and Das Schloss (The Castle) by Reimann.
1990 – 1993 at the drama school of Wiener Volkstheater, since 1992 at Konservatory of the City of Vienna (today KWU), since 1993 in the departements for voice solo and music pedagogy (today Institute Antonio Salieri) at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 1995 she implemented the discipline Ensemble Practice at the conservatory: Students worked out musical and scenic opera sections and performed them in schools. The young school audience reacted enthousiastic on this opera experience, proofed by noumerous feedbacks. Until today she is frequently invited to realise her proven project in workshops and summer classes to prepare young talents for the real situation in opera establishment.
Helga Meyer-Wagner is founder and president of EVTA-Austria (Bund Österreichischer Gesangspädagogen/Federation of Austrian Voice Pedagoges) and editor of the spezial interest magazine vox humana, published in cooperation by BDG and EVTA-Austria. For her merits on the mediation of cultural values she was honoured with the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art in 2014.
Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin was born in 1968 in Moscow and is a renowned Austrian pianist and composer. In 2007, the premiere of her violin concerto Mahagony was performed in Carnegie Hall with David Bowlin as soloist and the Bulgarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, directed by Stefan Linev. In 2009 the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the premiere of her work Kastena in the Chamber Series at the Art Institute Chicago.
Premieres of her works have been held in: Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Merkin Concert Hall New York, Austrian Culture Forum New York, Chicago Cultural Centre, Parliament of Canada, Villa Massimo, Nordic House Faroe Islands, Flagey Brussels, Megaron Athene, State Opera Donetsk, Sibelius Academy, Palacio da Justica Manaus, Komitas Chamber House Yerevan und Klaus-von-Bismarck Köln, as well as at numerous Festivals: Aspekte Salzburg, Klangspuren, Kiev-MusicFest, ppIANISSIMO Sofia, International Review of Composers Belgrade.
For the Mozart Year 2006, she was commissioned to compose the piece Annäherung, which was presented as a part of the VIVA! Mozart exhibition in Salzburg museum, with over 219,000 visitors.
Interpreters of her works include such names as Johannes Kalitzke, David Fulmer, Katinka Kleijn, Artem Nyzhnyk, Hayk Melikyan, Alexander Janiczek, Per Rundberg, Dimo Dimov, Orchestras and Ensembles such as ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble New York, RSO Wien, Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg, Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, Zaporozhye Symphony Orchestra, öenm Salzburg, Wiener Collage, die Reihe, Cantus Zagreb. She has received commissions from Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Wiener Konzerthaus, WDR, ORF, Aspekte Salzburg, Ensemble PHACE, HAMS Competition Chicago.
She was awarded the Austrian state award "Outstanding Artist Award in Music" in 2013 for her composition Elimo. Further Prizes include: Austrian State Scholarship for Composition (2001, 2006, 2010), a subsidy from the City of Vienna, Aaron Copland Fellowship MacDowell Colony/USA, Wiener Symphoniker Stipendium, Theodor-Körner Preis, Winner of the Young Composers Project – ICE, a year’s Scholarship,Salzburg.
Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin studied composition with Boguslaw Schaeffer and piano with Alfons Kontarsky at Mozarteum Salzburg. Before this, she had studied piano with Dimo Dimov and Boyan Vodenitcharov at the State Music Academy in Sofia, and also with Sergei Solodovnik at the Music College Ippolitov-Ivanov in Moscow. She lives in Vienna and since 2002 has been professor of piano, composition and chamber music at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna.
Oleg Poliansky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1968. He is prize winner of many international competitions, first of all of the international `Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow` (Russia) in 1998. In addition to that, he won prizes in Tokyo (Japan) in 1986, in Montreal (Canada) in 1988, at `The international Duo Competition in memoriam of Christian Ferras and Pierre Barbìzet in Marseille (France) in 1997, at the `World Pianno Competition`in Cincinnati (USA) in 1999 as well as at `Citta di Cantu (Italy) in 1998 and 2003.
In the course of his career, Mr. Poliansky has made appearance at the largest international concert arenas and given concerts as a soloist with renomated orchestras such as, e.g., The Moscow Soloists, The Moscow Sympony Orchestra, The National Symphony of Ukraine, The Novosibirsk Sympony Orchestra, the Urals Symphony Orchestra Yekaterinburg, Budapest Strings; Neue Philarmonie Westfallen, Sinfonietta Hungarica, Junge Philarmonie Köln, The National Orchestra of Malta, Orchestra Giovanile della Calabria-Italy, The KBS National Radio Orchestra of Korea, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with Myung-Whun Chung .
Among his teachers are three well-known personalities: Alexandr Alexandrov at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow Conservatory and Pavel Gililov at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Oleg Poliansky has lived in Cologne since 1993 and has held the academic position of Associate Professor for Major Piano at the Hochschule für Musik Köln since 2007.
Pianist, Associate Professor for Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (Germany)
• Graduated Wonkwang University (BA), Hanyang University (MA) and Cologne University of Music (Diploma)
• Associate Professor at Jeonnam University
• Principal of Yein School of Music and Fine Arts
• Exchange Professor at Dortmund Music College in Germany via the D.A.A.D. scholarship.
• Supervisor of the Korean Music Association winning the Tokyo International Music Contest in Japan.
• Performed Mozart’s piano sonatas (18 pieces) and Beethoven’s piano sonatas (32 pieces)
• Played the first performance in Korea of Chopin’s piano etuden (24 pieces)
• Recipient of the Korean Music Award and the Seoul Music Award.
• Held solo performances in Europa, Japan, and China
• Performed with the Seoul Academy Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra, Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra, French Chamber Orchestra, National Police Orchestra, and W. Philharmonic Orchesra.
• Performed in Germany, Russia, and Ukraine
• Konzertierte in Deutschland, Russland und in der Ukraine
• Currently the representative of the Naejang Mountain International Music Festival and principal of the Yein School of Music and Fine Arts.
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