Ilya Konovalov | Tel-Aviv, Israel

Ilya-KonovalovIlya Konovalov was born to a musical family in Novosibirsk (USSR) in 1977. At the age of 7 he commenced his studies with Prof. Zakhar Bron and later with Prof. Alexey Gvozdev in Novosibirsk. During this time he was a prize winner in the All-Russian and Wieniawski International Violin Competition. He later studied with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg at the Vienna Academy of Music.

Ilya has perfomed all over Russia and Europe and in Brazil, Indonesia,Korea and Japan. He has appeared with prestigious orchestras such as the “Moscow Virtuosi”, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra,the Israel Sinfonieta Beer-Sheva, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra “Musica Viva” , the Saint Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the American-Russian Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Hugh Wolf, Zubin Mehta and Yoel Levi. He played chamber music with many prominent artists, among them: Yuri Smirnov, Yuri Bashmet, Yuri Gandelsman, Kyoko Takezawa, Guy Braunstein, Dora Schwarzberg, Steven Isserlis, Matt Haimovitz etc.
For the past 10 years he has been participating many prestigious festivals such as: “Young Artists in Concert”, Festival in Davos Switzerland, “Schubertiaden” Music Festival in Germany, Haifa Music Festival and ” Dreiklang” Festival in Gemany. Ilya Konovalov has recorded two CD’s for Melodiya label in Russia and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra under Arnold Katz. Since 1997 he has been Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta.

Ilya Konovalov is the 1st violinist of the Israel Philharmonic String Quartet  wich was found in 2006 by the the request of Maestro Mehta and supported by the Richter family.

Since 2006 Ilya Konovalov teaching violin and chamber music at the Buchmann – Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University.

Stefan Kelber | Berlin, Germany
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Stefan Kelber, born in Rio de Janeiro -Brazil, the German musician has a very diverse musical education. Since he was seven years old, he leart the violin at Rio de Janeiro -Brazil, with José Alves da Silva. From 1995, Stefan studied at the Musikhochschule Köln, Standort Wuppertal with Professor Johannes Prelle. It was followed by a music pedagogy degree and music education degree with Professor Karl-Heinz Zarius. In 2004, Stefan began his viola studies with Susanne Scholz at the Musikhochschule Köln, Standort Wuppertal. In 2006, Stefan graduated with high distinction. Whilst still studying, Stefan Kelber commenced conducting lessons with Frank Doolan, GMD Stefan Fraas, Professor Andreas Weiss (Karlsruhe) and Lothar Seyfarth (Weimar).Before Stefan Kelber was appointed as Head of the Strings of the orchestral work at the music school “Paul Hindemith” Neukölln, he was a soloist, member and guest conductor of various ensembles, including Rio de Janeiros Jugend Symphonie Orchester, Brasilianisches Symphonie Orchester, Junges Philharmonisches Orchester Wuppertal, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Bayrisches Symphonieorchester München, Kammerphilharmonie Leipzig and Vogtland Philharmonie. Stefan Kelber is currently conductor of the chamber orchestra Schloss Britz (Berlin-Neukölln).

Aaron Brown | USA

 Aaron-Brown1-300x298Violinist Aaron Brown began music studies at age 4 at the Stoliarsky School of Music in Brisbane, Australia. He was a prizewinner at numerous Brisbane Eisteddfods, and in 1997 was a finalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition. In early 1998 he began working as a violinist with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, and later that year won the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship and the Anglican Church Grammar School’s Overseas Study scholarship for study at the Juilliard School in New York, in the studio of Dorothy DeLay. In 2001 he co-founded the New Bach Players with pianist Francesco Schlime, appearing as concertmaster and soloist with the group for performances in New York and two European tours, and recording J.S. Bach’s complete keyboard concertos for the CD Accord label. Soon after he began studies in Baroque violin at Mannes College of Music and later at Hunter College, earning an M.A. in baroque violin performance, and quickly became an active member of the early music community in New York and elsewhere in the United States, performing with the Clarion Music Society, Opera Lafayette, the Mark Morris Dance Group, The New York Collegium, The American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Early Music New York, and Sinfonia New York.

In 2008 Aaron released his first solo CD, Aaron Brown: Baroque Violin, and in early 2009 co-founded Guido’s Ear (Guidosear.com), an ensemble dedicated to the performance of music from the Renaissance and early Baroque. Later that year he returned to Australia to begin work with Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and has been involved in many of their productions since, including performing as a featured soloist in the orchestra’s 17th century Tapas program, which won the 2010 ARIA award for best classical CD. In 2010 the orchestra generously awarded Aaron a mentorship and professional development grant to work with acclaimed Canadian violinist Marc Destrube and the Orchestra of the 18th Century in Amsterdam, and in 2011 he was awarded a grant from the Australia Council to work with Chicago-based virtuoso violinist and Renaissance music specialist David Douglass and the Newberry Consort.

 Aaron has appeared at many of the world’s major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, BAM, the BOZAR Brussels, Grand Teatre Luxembourg, the Arsenal in Metz, Sydney City Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Center, Adelaide Town Hall and the Queensland Performing Arts Center, and has recorded for Naxos, Lyrichord, ABC Classics and CD Accord. He currently divides his time between performing in Australia and the United States, and is working on his second solo CD.

Tania Frazer | Brisbane, Australia

Tania Frazer, Oboe / 24.05.2006 / Philharmonie Essen

Tania Frazer, Oboe / 24.05.2006 / Philharmonie Essen

Born in Australia,Tania Frazer completed both her postgraduate degrees with David Theodore at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London on full scholarship. Following graduation she performed with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra for three years working closely with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Lorin Maazel, Rostropovich, Solti and others.

At the age of 23 Tania was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform with the famous Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under his direction. Tania has since appeared with the IPO on many occasions under Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev and other celebrated conductors.

Tania has performed with many fine orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Jerusalem, the Stavanger Symphony in Norway, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and was principal English Horn of the Sydney Symphony orchestra for a season.

From 1997-2001 Tania held the position of principal oboe with the prestigious Israel Opera in Tel Aviv. In this capacity she toured Europe and performed and recorded a number of oboe concertos, most recently the Strauss Oboe Concerto.

Tania has appeared as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on a number of occasions including the ACO’s 2006 tour of Europe performing Bach Cantatas alongside American Soprano Dawn Upshaw at some of the continent’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls.She has also performed over 100 concerts as principal oboe with the ACO Australia-wide including live radio broadcasts, streaming video productions and CD recordings.

A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Tania won first prize at the Coleman International Competition in L.A, the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Award in London, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Award and was recently included in the “Who’s Who of Australian Women” in recognition of her contribution to the arts.

 Oleg Stepanov | Brisbane, Australia

oleg-stepanovA soloist and ensemble player, Oleg has performed in the USSR, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Cuba, China, Japan and Vietnam. He also features on radio and television. For several years, he performed in ensemble with internationally renowned cellist Daniel Shafran, giving numerous recitals all over the world.

Oleg won first prize and Gran prize at the prestigious international competition “Music de chamber” in Florence, Italy. Born in Riga, Latvia, Oleg studied at the Riga Music College with Professor Lifshits. He continued his studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Lev Vlassenko and later taught there.

Oleg is currently in charge of the Young Conservatorium Piano Program as well as a senior lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

 Natasha Vlassenko | Brisbane, Australia

natasha-vlassenko-200x300As well as performing in Australia and in the territories of the former USSR, Natasha has also played and gave masterclasses in Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea and New Zealand.

Natasha was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Jakob Flier. She later pursued her postgraduate studies with her father, Professor Lev Vlassenko.
As a student she was awarded the prestigious Tchaikovsky Scholarship and after this went on to win major prizes in international competitions, including the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna and the Busoni International competition in Bolzano, Italy.

Natasha has played under the baton of conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Gennady Rozdestvensky, Karl Osterriher, Vladimir Verbitsky, Karl Martin, Edvard Chivzel, Veronica Dudarova, Richard Hickox, Grant Huvellin, John Curro and others. Natasha is currently head of keyboard at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Margaret Schindler | Brisbane, Australia

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In 1983 Lyric Soprano Margaret Schindler was awarded the German Operatic Award through the Opera Foundation of Australia, which enabled her to become a member of the Opera Studio attached to the Cologne State Opera.Margaret sang with the Australian Opera for two years and appeared as soloist throughout the country.Past engagements include: First Lady in The Magic Flute with Opera Queensland, Britten’sWar Requiem in Newcastle, concert performance of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Brisbane Biennial, principal role in Graham Koehne’s Love Burns with Opera Queensland, CD recording of Dead Songs by Andrew Schultz for Perihelion, and many performances of Handel’s Messiah.Also notable are her performances of Handel’s Solomon with the RIAS Kammerchor and The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Rameau’s Anacreaon, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Les Incas de Perouwith the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’ete, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, and Haydn’s Creation with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.Margaret is a Lecturer in Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.Piece of music Margaret most enjoys listening to:
Richard Strauss, Four Last Songs
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