As the first prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in 1980, Horigome has brought her virtuosity and rich musical mind to audiences all over the world. Her brilliant collaborators include such legendary conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Sándor Végh, Herbert Blomstedt, André Prévin, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Iván Fischer, Riccardo Chailly, Simon Rattle.
She has also appeared as a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the London Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Scala di Milano, Czech Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, among others.
Her passion for music has been shared on stage with exceptional artists like Rudolf Serkin, János Starker, Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Charles Neidich, Jean-Marc Luisada and Abdel Rahman El Bacha.
Horigome's prominent recordings are "MOZART Complete Concertos" with Sándor Végh and Camerata Academia, "Violin Works" (series no.1 - 5) as well as her recent recording "BRAHMS Concerti" with Czech Philharmonic.
Based in Belgium, as a professor at Rolal Conservatory Brussels, Yuzuko Horigome has been active in master class projects. She annually gives lessons in master classes in Cassero Italy and Cambridge Trinity College UK. Horigome herself studied under Mr. Toshiya Eto at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Now she is often on the board of the jury at numerous international competitions including Sendai International Music Competition where she presides as the chair.
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Rodney Friend is recognised internationally as one of the most outstanding English born violinists. As a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, director and teacher he has appeared worldwide with the greatest musicians of the last forty five years. He made his London debut playing Sibelius concerto with the Halle Orchestra and his American debut playing Britten concerto with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed extensively as concerto soloist with major orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Scandinavia and the Far East under such conductors as Haitink, Barbirolli, Mehta, Leinsdorf, Solti, Giulini, Davis and Boult. Amongst his many recordings, his performances with the London Philharmonic of the Britten and Bach concertos for EMI received the highest critical acclaim.
In 1991 he formed the Solomon Trio with whom he toured Europe extensively, playing at such venues as La Scala Milan and recording much of the great trio literature for Carlton Records. It is however as a Concertmaster where his experience and reputation is legendary. In 1964 he became the youngest ever leader of the London Philharmonic, working closely with Bernard Haitink, Barenboim, Solti and Giulini. In 1975 he received the unique honour for a British player when he was invited by the New York Philharmonic to be their Concertmaster, playing concerts and recording worldwide with Bernstein, Boulez and Mehta. It is with these two orchestras that he recorded almost the entire orchestral repertoire.
On his return to London he became concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Roszdestvensky and a senior lecturer and consultant of violin at the Royal College of Music, where he formed and directed The RCM String Ensemble, touring and performing with many great artists. Since 1990 he has worked solely in the areas of teaching, solo and chamber music performances, travelling regularly as a professor and jury member at the international violin competitions. His students continue to achieve success in all areas of violin playing.
In 2006 the first two volumes of his books The Orchestral Violinist were published by Boosey and Hawkes, and received universal acclaim as being the most important works so far produced for this discipline.
In 2012, Rodney Friend founded / became the Artistic Director of the Cambridge International String Academy. http://www.stringscambridge.com
In the New Year's Honours List 2015, he received an MBE for services to music.
Rodney Friend is delighted to join the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music - London in September 2015.
He plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dated 1696.
Luc Devos was born in Brussels in 1960 and first played in public at the age of 7. Until 1975 he was a pupil of Jean Brouwers at the Music Conservatory of Leuven. He then spent two years in London studying under directions of Peter Feuchtwanger.
In 1979 he won a First Prize at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels in André De Groote’s class. He subsequently won various competitions in Benelux, including the Tenuto television Prize, the Stephan De Jonghe Prize, the prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work ( Tromp Concours, Eindhoven 1980 ), the Emanuel Durlet Prize in 1983, and others. In 1983 he won the First Prize
at the International Chopin Competition in Palma de Mallorca, and during the same year became a finalist in the
Clara Haskil Competition in Montreux.
Lus Devos has played solo recitals and solo concertos with famous orchestras such as the Zürich Tonhalle-Orchester, the Brabants Orkest, the Lithuanian Philharmonic, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’ RTL, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, and all major Belgian Orchestras.
He has performed in nearly all European countries, as well as in Japan, South America, the former Soviet Union and Canada. He appeared in the program
of many famous festivals and plays regularly for radio and television.
He has performed Mozart concertos on historical instruments with " La petite Bande " under Sigiswald Kuijken, with whom he played recitals and recorded Mozart’s Sonatas for violin and piano. With the flutist Barthold Kuijken he recorded a CD dedicated to Schubert, Mendelssohn, F.X. Mozart and Hummel. He is the pianist of the Grumiaux Piano Trio, and has given concerts with Yuzuko Horigome, Philip Hirschhorn, Arthur Grumiaux, José Van Dam, Augustin Dumay and Liviu Prunaru. He has made numerous records and CD’s as a soloist, in chamber music and with orchestra.
In 1994, the Union of Belgian Musical Press awarded him the prize of " Young European Musician of the Year ".
FRA: Mika Akiyama est née à Tokyo en 1973. Elle est diplômée de la Tokyo Gakuen Music High School. Après un 1er Prix en 1993 au Concours de piano du Japon, elle obtient une bourse du gouvernement japonais pour venir se perfectionner en Europe, tout d’abord en Angleterre puis en France. En 1995, elle est remarquée au Concours International Chopin de Varsovie.
Médaillée en 1995 au très célèbre Concours Chopin de Varsovie, elle remporte en 1997 à l’unanimité le 1er grand Prix du Concours International de Sophia en Bulgarie. Elle est programmée au Festival international de piano de La Roque d’Anthéron et se produit naturellement régulièrement en tournée au Japon.
Depuis 2001, Mika Akiyama fait partie de la Programmation du circuit de concerts ''Nouveaux Virtuoses'' en France. Son premier disque, paru en novembre 2003 chez Lyrinx, est consacré à Dutilleux (sonate et 3 préludes) et Barber (sonate). Mika Akiyama fait partie des Lauréats de la Fondation Banque Populaire.
BARTHOLOMEUS-HENRI VAN DE VELDE
Bartholomeus was Born in June 6, 1960. He graduated from the Conservatory in Antwerp and Brussels. He began his career as a professional violinist and continued as Conductor. He has directed, among others, the Charlemagne Orchestra for Europe, the Hungarian PO Budapest, National Orchestra of Mexico, Dubna in Moscow SO, SO Yamagata in Japan, Tulsa SO in the USA, Deutsche Kammerakademie, Slovak Sinfonietta, PO Buenos Aires, Seoul PO, SO Shenzen, guest star at Borobudur International Festival Indonesia. He was director in residence at the International Opera Competition in Bruges.
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