Biographies of International Artists
Leon Spierer (born 1928 in Berlin) is an Argentine-German violinist who served as the first concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1963 – 1993, about 26 years after the conductor of Herbert von Karastan. Prior to That, he worked in the same role as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of 1958 – 1963. 2 He was born in Berlin in 1928 to the Russian-Polish musical family. In the 1930 century, the family left Germany first in Luxembourg, where Leon’s son began his violin studies and from there to Argentina in 1937. In Argentina, Spilier studied under the leadership of Ljerko Spiller, Croatian-born. In addition to the Violin, Spilier studied accounting and finance and conducted an auditor’s degree.
In 1955, Leon Spierer received a scholarship from British Council to study in London under Max Ristal. He served as a concert master for a year Nuremberg, then at the Opera orchestra in Bremen, until he received a seat at the Royal Stockholm Orchestra 1958 and the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 to 1993. In 1969, Spierer received the German Music Critics Award for its versatility as an orchestra musician.
Leon Spiereri’s son is a conductor, born in Stockholm, 1963, Carlos Spierer
Norwegian violinist Ole Böhn pursues an extensive career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.
In 1990 Ole Böhn gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s violin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He has performed this concerto, which was written for and dedicated to him, with the leading orchestras in Europe and the U.S.A. His recording of the concerto on Virgin Classics was nominated one of the best recordings in 1992 by the Gramophone. The Fanfare magazine wrote in July 1993 : ” This release is of Hall of Fame quality. Ole Böhn gives a heroic account of the soloist role. He has comfortably in his grasp all of the unwieldy intervals and expressive devices and makes the music sing.” In 1994 this record gave the composer the prestigious ” Grammy Award ” in the category
” Best contemporary composition” .
After his concert with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1993 the critic from The Plain Dealer
wrote : “ Böhn made a tour de force of the solo part, playing with intrepid power, crispness of attack and sensuous detail.” Describing the performance given by Ole Böhn in Carnegie Hall in 1992, David Schiff of The New York Times wrote : “Ole Böhn projects every nuance like a great dramatic singer.” After a New York recital in 1995, New York Times wrote : ” Ole Böhn played throughout the evening with great authority and unflagging commitment. “
The Boston Phoenix wrote after his performance of Kurt Weill’s concerto in 2002 : ” Ole Bohn played the solo part gorgeously”. The African Art Smart wrote after his performance of the Dvorak violin concerto with the KZN Philharmonic in Durban in 2005: “Ole Bohn has a dark and full tone which this work demands. In addition he displayed well balanced phrasings and nuances. “
In 2008 David Hurwitz from Classicstoday wrote after Ole Böhn’s live recording of Roger Sessions violin concerto on Albany Records: “ Ole Böhn turns in a remarkably confident performance of what must be a terribly difficult piece to play. His tone remains warm and his intonation accurate throughout his range, and the jerky rhythms of the scherzo and finale hold no terrors for him. “
Since his debut in 1969, Ole Böhn has performed regularly with orchestras in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America. In 1983 he toured the People’s Republic of China. He has collaborated with conductors such as Moshe Atzmon, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Lukas Foss, Heinz Fricke, Michael Giehlen, Imre Pallo, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, and Oliver Knussen.
Ole Böhn’s repertoire is greatly varied and ranges from the baroque up until the present day. His programmes are always innovative and exciting.Besides Elliott Carter, composers like Niels Viggo Bentzon, Noel Lee, Ib Nørholm, Pascal Dusapin, Saed Haddad and Arne Nordheim have written for him. Ole Böhn is a great advocate of 20th and 21st century music and has become one of the leading interpreters of American contemporary music in Scandinavia.
As a chamber musician Ole Böhn was for 12 years a member of the Trio du Nord which in 1975 won the UNESCO competition in Bratislava. From 1997 – 2001 he was first violinist of the Leonardo Quartet and first violinist and founding member of the Vigeland Quartet from 2004 – 2008. Mr. Böhn is a frequent guest at numerous chamber music festivals. He also gives a large number of recitals.
As a teacher Ole Böhn is widely recognised. His students come from all over the world and he teaches in seven languages. Many of his students have received international prizes and have won seats in leading orchestras in Europe, South America and in the U.S. In March 2009 Ole Böhn joined the faculty of the Sydney Conservatory of Music. He has taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory and at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo. He has given classes at the Eastman School of Music, The Norwegian State Academy of Music, the Gedai Institute in Tokyo and the University of Northern Illinois. He has for several years taught at the Officina da Musica de Curitiba in Brazil during their summer courses and has been teaching every year at the Pro Musica and the Cinves Festival in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Since 2013 he is also on the faculty of FEMUSC in Brazil. In the spring semester of 2005 he was teaching at Oberlin Conservatory in the US. Ole Böhn has also acted as member of the jury in national and international competitions such as the Sparre Olsen Competition in Norway, The Grieg Society’s International Competition for Composition., the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York , the Canadian Music Competition, Concurso Paulo Bosisio, The Kendall violin competition, Schoenfeldt competiion in Harbin, China and the London International String Quartet Competition.
Ole Böhn has studied under Louise Behrend at the Juilliard School of Music , with Ernst Glaser in Oslo, Henry Holst at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and with Max Rostal at the Statliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
Ole Böhn lives partly in Sydney and in Oslo, Norway and is the Concertmaster Emeritus of the Norwegian National Opera after having been the first concertmaster for 34 thirty years. He has previously held concertmaster position with the Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra, and worked for shorter periods as concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro del Fenice in Venice, Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, the Residentie Orchestra in Den Haag, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn and the Hamburg State Opera.
In addition to his busy life as a performing musician Ole Böhn was artistic director of the Semaine Musicale des Portes du Soleil in France from 1997 to 1999 and is since 1999 artistic director of the summer concerts and at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo. Since 2004 he also is artistic director of the winter concerts at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo. Ole Böhn was President of the National Federation of Norwegian Musical Artists from 1987 until 2012. In 2015 he was appointed Musical Advisor to the Hong Kong International Music Festival.
He is a Commander of the Order of the Norwegian Artists’Association. In 2002 he became the first recipient of the ” Fartein Valen ” prize awarded to a musician who has made an “extraordinary contribution to the performance of the music of Fartein Valen and contemporary music in general”. In 2006 Ole Böhn received from King Harald V of Norway the King’s Order of Merit in Gold. The city of Oslo awarded Ole Böhn the “ Bydelspris 2007” for his contribution to his municipality. In 2007 the Norwegian Opera Foundation awarded Ole Böhn the prestigious “ Augusta Jerwell “ prize for his “ extraordinary contribution to the art of opera in Norway “. The “ Association of Friends of the Norwegian Opera” gave Ole Böhn its “ honorary award” in 2008. In 2012 Ole Böhn was appointed Honorary Member of the Danish Soloist Organisation and in 2013 became Honoray Member of the National Federation of Norwegian Musical Artists.
Ole Böhn uses a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1766 and a Domenic Pecatte bow which were acquired for his use by Nordea Bank of Norway.
Violin and viola
Violin soloist viola and pedagogue
Born in Kochi City in 1947. Graduated from Osaka College of Music. Was member of the
"Osaka Telemann Ensemble" in Kansai.
Is the concert master of the Kochi Symphony Orchestra for 40 years and worked regularly with
Ashiya Symphony Orchestra also as Concert Master.
Toured as soloist in Japan and abroad.
Yasue studied at Mozarteum Music School Salzburg.
In the highschool she became pupil of Helena Spitocova, professor of the Vienna State
Mrs yasue won the 1st prize at the Shimokitachigawa international violin competition.
In 1976, 78 Mrs Yasue played in the UK International Music Festival and performed a trip in
Switzerland with France symphonic orchestra.
In 1980 performed at Middleburg festival in Netherlands. Yasue was laureate of the Belgrade
International Violin Competition.
In 1981 she performed solo concerts in Paris, and Rome.
In 1984 she played in Vienna, Dresden and Leipzig.
In the years of 1985 and 1987 she performed in a tour to China.
In 1988 yasue performed in Australia in a solo concert in the city of Brisbane.
In 1991 she made a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York and in Vienna in musikverein and
Mrs yasue has been always fully dedicate to teaching having prepared many students to
universities all over the world and as orchestra leaders.
Yasue plays in a Nicolaus Gagliano fecit Neap.1824 and with a Dominique Pecatte bow.
Pianist and Maestro
First in Asia and Australia to conduct the complete Beethoven piano concertos from keyboard, Jacky Wong Cho-ki is the Chief Conductor of Shenzhen Symphony Youth Orchestra.
He was the Chief Conductor of Guangxi Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Conductor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Wong graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and received his master’s degrees in piano performance and conducting from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
His conducting mentors included, in Sydney, Imre Palló, Kodály’s godson who himself has studied with Ferenc Fricsay and worked with Karajan and Karl Böhm, and Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak in the USA. While in Australia, Jacky Wong was the Music Director of the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and has conducted the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastern Sydney Chamber Choir and Beecroft Orchestra.
He served as assistant conductor to Maestro Palló in the production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Wong has also worked with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra in Yunnan, Pearl River Symphony Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Professional Winds Orchestra as guest artist.
As an active pianist, Wong has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Asia and Australia and he was the winner of the Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition and the ASKM Gold Coast Open Piano Competition.
His repertoire includes the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, concertos by Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninov, as well as the Yellow River Piano Concerto. He is also the regular accompanist for renowned flautist Jane Rutter, with whom he works frequently on national concert tours in Australia.
Marian Pivka was born in Slovakia. He studied at the Tchaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow where he completed his studies with the highest qualification. He taught piano at Superior Music School in Bratislava.
He has won several prizes in international competitions, including the Beethoven competition. Was juri of international competitions like in the international competition of piano of Hong Kong among others.
He has played with several internationally renowned soloists and orchestra present in countries such as England, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, among others.
He currently lives in Portugal. He is an expert educator having students winners of all competitions in Portugal and in some emblematic competitions abroad.
He recorded some works by Chopin and also with the violinist Eliseu Silva dedicated to several composers, with virtuoso pieces, that was released in August 2016 in the international Festival of Hong Kong, and another one released in Viena in 2019 dedicated to Beethoven violin sonatas.
Violinist and Maestro
Eliseu Antunes Pereira Gomes da Silva, is an International violinist, Conductor and Professor, Festival Director and Phd Researcher.
Eliseu has been invited to integrate the Jury of many international violin competitions such as Talents For Europe International Violin Competition, International Competition Santa Cecília, Alice and Eleonor Schoenfeld intenational Violin Competition, Hong Kong international Competition among others.
Prize winner of many national and international violin competitions. Made many concerts in countries such as Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Romenia, Malta, China, Hong Kong, among others.
He has recorded for Deutsch Gramophone, Munich Regroup, among recordings for Radio and Television. The ensemble he has been a co-founder called Lusitanae Ensemble has a CD called Fado Revisitado, and the Duo with his pianist Marian Pivka has two more CD’s, one released in Hong Kong in 2016 and the other in Vienna in 2019
Currently, obtained the High Specialist Diploma and he’s a PhD student at the Évora University in Musicology, Performance and Interpretation.
He played as Soloist with many orchestras and with many international conductors, such as Ernst Schelle, Colin Touchin, Julius Micalcsky, Anne Wirtsbursch, Antonio Saiote, Cesário Costa.
He was invited by professor Uwe-Martin Heiberg, member of Brahms String quartet, to be part of his class at Hochscule Fur Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.
Studied with emblematic professors rooted in the most well known schools of violin such as Doctor Max Rabinovich former student of Efrehm Zimbalist one of the most emblematic pupils of Leopold Auer; soloist Valentin Stefanov, student of Yehudi Menuhin and Henrik Szering; Portuguese soloist Gerardo Ribeiro pupil of Ivan Galamian, and russian Soloist Sergey Kravchenko disciple of Leonid Kogan.
Finished all the cicles of studies with the heighest classification, having received for that many condecorations and grants.
He did a post-graduation in Performance and finished a Master in Pedagogy and one other Master in Instrumental Teaching and conducting at the same University.
Has supervised several Master-Classes in several schools and universities in Portugal, Australia and China.
He is the resident conductor of the Oporto Orchestra of Bonjóia from the Oporto City Council involving the private Conservatory of Silva Monteiro, the Ministry of Education and two corporations (BPI and Bial).
He has conducted some orchestras in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Portugal.
Eliseu taught for 5 years at Oporto Music University of Arts and teaches at Curso de Musica Silva Monteiro in Porto.
Eliseu Silva is supported by some brands such as D’Addario strings, Sir violins, and Saroni suits.
Plays in a Cremonese violin from Gio Batta Morassi founder of the Italian makers association.
Filipa Abreu is a violinist and a pedagogue from Guimarães.
Filipa began her violin studies at the Professional Art School of Vale do Ave (Artave), with professor Alberto Gaio Lima. In 2002 Filipa joined the National Superior Orchestra Academy (Metropolitana de Lisboa), under the guidance of Professor Aníbal Lima. In 2003 Filipa continued her studies at the Higher School of Music and Performing Arts in Porto (ESMAE), where she graduated in the class of Professor Zofia Wóycicka.
Filipa was a member of the Northern Symphonic Orchestra from 2004 to 2008.
Filipa worked with several national orchestras: Orquestra do Algarve, Madeira Chamber Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra, Studio Orquestra Foundation, among others.
In the year 2013 Filipa finished her Masters in Music Teaching, at the University of Minho, where she worked with teachers like Eliot Lawson and Ilya Grubert.
Filipa teaches at the Guimarães Conservatory since 2008, having students who have won several national and international competitions.
Flilipa plays the role of chief of the 2nd violin in the Orquestra of Guimarães.
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