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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Denmark

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Biography

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider performs at the highest level as both conductor and virtuoso violin soloist with the world’s most-distinguished orchestras. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra Saint Petersburg since 2010, and was previously Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Both as conductor and as soloist, Znaider is interested in deepening his connections with key orchestras where he feels a special bond, working regularly with orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Detroit Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Washington National Symphony, and Munich Philharmonic orchestras.

Eugen Tichindeleanu

Romania

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Eugen Tichindeleanu has studied in Bucharest and in Paris with Olivier Charlier, Gerard Poulet and Jean Jacques Kantorow. Eugen is top prizewinner of international competitions such as Jeunesses Musicales 2002, George Enescu 2003, Warsaw 2004, Uralsk 2005, Moscow 2006, Valsesia and Nielsen 2008 and Jacques Thibaud 2009. Numerous invitations have taken him around the world playing chamber music, recital and concert performances. Eugen is currently concertmaster of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.

Albena Danailova

Bulgaria

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In 2008 the Bulgarian violinist Albena Danailova became the first female concertmaster in the history of the Vienna State Opera and since September 2011 is also the first female musician elected to this position by the Vienna Philharmonic. As a soloist and chamber musician Albena Danailova makes regular guest appearances at festivals in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Israel and the United States, and has performed with orchestras including the Mozart Orchester Hamburg, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Kammerensemble Concertino, New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Soloists, Sofia Philharmonic and others.

Sergey Khachatryan

Armenia

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Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize at the VIII International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2000. In 2005 he claimed First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. In recent seasons, Sergey has performed with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Münchner Phil, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. He has also collaborated with the Berliner Phil, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rotterdam Phil, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, London Phil, Philharmonia Orchestra, NHK Symphony and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

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Nurit Bar-Josef

United States of America

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Nurit Bar-Josef is the Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra since 2001, and at the age of 26 the youngest such appointee to a major U.S. orchestra by then-Music Director Leonard Slatkin. She was previously Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops from 1998–2001 and Assistant Principal Second Violin of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1997–1998. Bar-Josef’s solo appearances have included the National Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony, National Philharmonic, and Britt Festival Orchestras, among others. She has been guest concertmaster for the Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, Arizona Fest Orchestra, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she has performed at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Festival (ME) and Aspen Music Festival, and festivals in Tanglewood, Portland (ME), Kingston (RI), Steamboat Springs, Garth Newel, and Caramoor, where she performed piano quartets with André Previn at his Rising Stars Festival. She was a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players for nine years, and is a founding member of the Dryden Quartet.

Sally Beamish

United Kingdom

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Biography

Born in London in 1956, Sally Beamish initially trained as a viola player at the Royal Northern College of Music before moving to Scotland in 1990 to develop her career as a composer.  Her music embraces many influences, particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music, in a catalogue boasting over 200 compositions including solo, duo, chamber, orchestra, vocal, choral, ballet and opera works.  Her music has been broadcast and performed extensively around the world with notable soloists including Håkan Hardenberger, John Harle, Branford Marsalis, Tabea Zimmermann, James Crabb, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Colin Currie amongst others.

Beamish is currently resident composer at Ryedale and Trondheim Festivals for 2017.  She co-directs the annual St. Magnus Festival Composers’ Course in Orkney with composer Alasdair Nicolson, and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Ingrid Fliter

Argentina

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Biography

Ingrid Fliter sprang to international attention when she was awarded the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of only a handful of pianists to have received this honour. Born in Buenos Aires, Ingrid Fliter began her piano studies in Argentina. In 1992 she moved to Europe where she continued her studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule, then in Rome at the Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola. She was a laureate of the Ferruccio Busoni Competition in Italy and was awarded the silver medal at the 2000 Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Ingrid Fliter was also selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2007-2009, working with several of the BBC orchestras under the auspices of this programme. Ingrid Fliter now divides her time between Europe and the USA, where she works with orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Kathryn Enticott

United Kingdom

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2017 Rhinegold/Association of British Orchestras Artist Manager of the Year, Kathryn Enticott founded her own boutique agency, Enticott Music Management, in 2014, after many years running the Conductors and Instrumentalists Department at IMG Artists. She manages an elite roster of conductors and instrumentalists, and consults to various artistic institutions and organisations including the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival in Norway and the Nielsen International Violin Competition. Kathryn studied Music and English at the University of Birmingham in the UK and later joined Intermusica Artist Management. She then spent four years in the Music Department at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group before joining IMG Artists as an Artist Manager with subsequent promotions which saw her assume the role of Managing Director, Artist Management in 2012.

Tobias Niederschlag

Germany

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Tobias Niederschlag (M.A.) was born in 1976 in the town of Olpe, Westphalia (Germany). He graduated in musicology, theatre studies as well as German language and literature from the LMU Munich with a thesis on Pierre Boulez (“Notations”. A comparison of the original piano version with the orchestral versions, 2003). He spent one year abroad with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From 2003 to 2017 he worked as concert dramaturge for the Staatskapelle Dresden, where he was initially responsible for all the orchestra’s publications and later for planning the concert programmes. In October 2017 he took over the direction of the concert office of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Tobias Niederschlag is also co-founder and artistic director of the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch (Saxon Switzerland), established in 2010, and still the only annual festival dedicated to this composer. He has produced numerous publications for the Saxon State Opera Dresden, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cologne Philharmonie as well as booklets for record labels such as Sony Music and Deutsche Grammophon.

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