Yu Kurokawa was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1990 and began to play the violin at the age of five. He attended Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and got his master’s degree of Musical Arts from Toho Gakuen Graduate School in 2017. Studied with Chihiro Kudo, Keiko Urushihara, Pavel Vernikov, Yuzuko Horigome, Hamao Fujiwara and Svetlin Roussev and also has taken masterclasses from Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Rodney Friend. He won the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Music Competition of Japan in 2006. And he has won prizes at international competitions including the 2nd prize and the best Bach prize at 1st age group of the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition in Germany in 2003, the special prize "Anna Piciulin" at the International Violin Competition 'Rodolfo Lipizer Prize’ in Italy in 2015, and the Audience Prize at the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan in 2016. He has got Idemitsu award in 2013 - a distinction awarded to prominent, internationally active Japanese musicians. He has collaborated with many Japanese and European Orchestras such as l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (cond. Kazuki Yamada) in 2014, Orquesta Nacional de España in 2016, The Prague Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, The Rousse Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He was invited as a guest soloist twice at “The International Music Festival Young Prague”. He has also appeared as a recitalist in concerts in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama and other cities and has played chamber music with renowned musicians including Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Yuzuko Horigome, Haruko Ueda and Jean-Marc Luisada. His performance as a soloist with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra was broadcasted at classic music program on NHK TV and its recording on CD was released (Prokofiev / Violin concerto No.2). For Residart Festival 2018 he is accompanied at the piano by Keigo Mukawa.
Kristina RIMKEVICIUTE (violin)
Was born in 1991 in Kaunas ( Lithuania). She started to study violin from 6 years in Kaunas Juozas Naujalis music gymnasium ( teacher Ilona Klusaite). In 2007-2008 she studied in National M.K.Ciurlionis art school with Prof. Undine Jagelaite. From 2011 she was studying Bachelor degree in Conservatorium Maastricht in a class of Prof. Robert Szreder, Maestro Boris Belkin and prof.Henk Guittart (chamber music). Now she continues her Master degree with Prof. Yuzuko Horigome. Kristina Rimkevičiūtė participate in many concerts in Italy, Slovakia, Poland , Estonia , Austria, Lithuania, The Netherlands ,Belgium. She has performed solo with Tallinn, Kaunas, and Slovakia Chamber Orchestras, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra. Participated in the project JAPANotion, Pažaislis, ‘’Great Aula’’, Bled Festival in Slovenia music festivals. The young violinist had Masterclasses with professors : Zakhar Bron, (Germany),Boris Belkin Belgium),Sergej Kravchenko( Russia), Emmanuel Hurwitz'o (UK), Pavel Berman (Italy), Peter Munteanu (Germany), Galina Turčaninova (Russia) and participated in music Academy of M. Rostropovich Charity and Support Fund. Kristina won many international competitions, including first prize in the International Competition "Talents for Europe in 2006, public prize in Maastricht Music Awards in 2011, The Netherlands,the first prize in Bled festival Competition in Slovenia in 2013.
Diplomatosi brillantemente in clarinetto al Conservatorio di musica “G. Rossini” di Pesaro, si e' poi perfezionato con i Maestri A.Carbonare, F.Meloni (clarinetto), D.Zanchetta (corno di bassetto), H.Sparnaay (clarinetto basso). Ha collaborato, tra l'altro, con l’Orchestra Filarmonica della Fondazione “A. Toscanini”di Parma, l’Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, l’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli” di Spoleto, l'Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona sotto la direzione di importanti direttori quali H.Soudant, G.Kuhn, D.Renzetti, J.Kovatchev, W.Nelsson, A.Weiser, G.Gelmetti, B.Bartoletti. Vincitore di numerosi concorsi nazionali ed internazionali tra cui “Marco Fiorindo” (TO), “Città di Grosseto”, “Ottocento Festival”, “Nuovi Orizzonti”, si e' esibito in importanti teatri e festival in Italia (Lingotto, Sala Verdi di Milano) e all'estero (Svizzera, Olanda, Francia, Spagna, Croazia, Bosnia, Serbia). Musicista eclettico, ha eseguito prime esecuzioni di compositori come A.List, D.Gasparini, V.Guastella, ha collaborato con gli Avion Travel (“Chanson Metropoli”), Musica Nuda (“Banda Larga”) e Giovanni Seneca (“Per Aspera”). Ha suonato per Rai1, Rai3 e Radio3 RAI. Ha scritto ed eseguito la colonna sonora di documentari e cortometraggi risultati vincitori in concorsi nazionali ed internazionali, tra cui “Jonio International Film Festival”, “Fano International Film Festival”, “Premio CortoLazio”. Dal 2004 collabora stabilmente con l’Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana in qualità di clarinettista e responsabile dei Servizi Musicali.
Was born in 1993 in Aichi, Japan. In 2012, he won the 1st prize at the 81st Japan Music Competition when he was a first year student at Tokyo University of Arts. Other achievements in international piano competitions include 2nd prize at the 25th Epinal International Piano Competition(France) in 2015, 18th Ile de France International Piano Competition(France) and 1st prize and audience prize in 5th Coop Music Award(Italy) in 2016. He was selected to perform for the CHANEL Pygmalion Days 2017 in Tokyo to hold a series of 6 recitals in which he has mainly played the complete piano solo works by Ravel. He performed with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lorraine National Orchestra in France, etc, and gave recitals in France, Switzerland, Latvia, China and Japan. While he was a second year student at Tokyo University of Arts, he was accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2014 with unanimity of juries, where he is now pursuing his studies for a Master degree. Currently he is studying under Frank BRALEY, Haruko UEDA, Théodor Paraskivesco and Yukio YOKOYAMA. He was awarded the Rohm Music Foundation scholarship in 2015 and 2016, and the Ezoe Memorial Foundation Scholarship in 2017.
Aliaksandr AVRAMCHYK (cello)
Was born in Minsk ( Belarus) in 1991. He studied cello at the Music College of Minsk with Prof. I.Stepanova. From 2010 he entered at the Moscow State Conservatory in a class of Prof. Dmitri Miller. Since 2015 continuing his Master degree with Prof. Gustav Rivinius at the Conservatorium Maastricht. Aliaksandr won many International Competitions and Festivals: 2nd prize winner at Kishinev Cello Competition (Moldova) in 2009, Master Classes in Minsk (Belarus) at College of Music with prof.K.Rodin, Festival and Master Classes “New Names” in Moscow with N. Shahovskaya, A. Seleznevand and A. Bonduriansky, in 2012 1st prize winner at V. Berlinsky Competition (Moscow, RU) as a member of “Life” String Quartet, in 2014 Merit Diploma at “Taneev Competition” for Chamber Music Competition, 2015-2016 participant at the “Orlando Festival and Masterclass” in Kerkrade (The Netherlands), 3rd prize winner at the international competition “Virtuoso Belcanto” in 2017 (Italy).
Was born in Minsk (Belarus). He started playing piano at the age of 8. After graduating Republican College at the State Music Academy of Belarus in Minsk in 2010, he decided to study in the State Academy of Music of Belarus. He was also working as a piano teacher in the music school. After obtaining his Bachelor degree in Minsk , he went to study in Strasbourg Academy of Music ( France).
Aliaksei is a winner of many national and international competitions : in 2004 1st prize winner of the international competition in Bucharest, Romania, in 2005 winner of the international competition of Artobolevska, Moscow, in 2006 winner of the international competition of Scriabin, Paris (3rd prize) and in 2010 3rd prize winner in the national competition, Minsk, Belarus. Now he continues his career by giving solo performances, playing chamber music and teaching piano in the music school in Saverne.
Débute le violoncelle à l’âge de neuf ans avec son père, avant de rencontrer Philippe Muller. Il obtient son Master du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris dans la classe de Raphaël Pidoux. Attiré très tôt par la musique de chambre et son répertoire, il s’y consacre très tôt, et s’y forme notamment au sein des prestigieuses académies Seiji Ozawa ou Verbier, ainsi qu'auprès des membres du trio Wanderer. Il a régulièrement l’occasion de se perfectionner auprès de grands maîtres tels que Wolfgang Boettscher, Franz Helmerson, ou Gary Hoffman, en participant aux académies de Villecroze, Karl Flesch, Kronberg et Verbier. À Verbier, il est lauréat du Prix Firmenich, et l'Académie Karl Flesh lui décerne un Prix spécial pour son interprétation du Concerto n°2 de Haydn. Il remporte en 2016 le 2e prix ainsi que le prix du public du Concours FMAJI, qui lui permettent de se produire en soliste à de nombreuses reprises avec les ensembles Furians, la Symphonie de Poche, les Bagatelles, Nouvelle Europe, l'orchestre Pasdeloup... Il forme en janvier 2016 le Trio Cantor avec le violoniste Shuichi Okada et le pianiste Jean-Paul Gasparian, formation déjà Lauréate du Concours FNAPEC, et résidente à la fondation Singer-Polignac. De prestigieuses programmations lui donnent l’occasion de se produire au sein d'ensembles, en musique de chambre ou en soliste : le festival ‘’Saou chante Mozart’’, la saison musicale d’Arandon, le festival du Périgord Noir, la folle Journée de Nantes, le festival de l’orangerie de Sceaux, le festival Ravel de Saint-Jean de Luz, le festival de Pâques de Deauville, le festival de la Vézère, le festival ‘’ les Alizés’’ d’Essaouira, l'Académie du festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, l'émission Génération Jeunes Interprètes, le festival Jeunes Talents, le festival ''Notes d'été’’ d’Irancy, l’ensemble ‘’les Dissonances’’ de David Grimal… Il fait également partie de la jeune équipe du festival La Brèche d’Aix-les-bains. Il se consacre depuis 2017 tout particulièrement à la musique ancienne et au jeu sur instrument historique qu'il étudie auprès de Bruno Cocset et Christophe Coin au Conservatoire de Paris. Il a notamment déjà eu l'occasion de se produire lorsque avec l’ensemble la Diane française au festival de Sablé, d'interpréter le concerto de Haydn en ut dans la programmation de l'Académie de Vannes, ou encore de jouer en duo un programme autour de Mozart avec Christophe Coin...
With over 80 concerts a year, Nicolas Dupont (°1992) is one of the most active Belgian chamber musicians of his generation. (El Diario Montanes)
As a member of the Kugoni Trio, the Malibran Quartet and the Duo Andaluza, amongst others, he has already performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
In Belgium, Nicolas Dupont has been a guest in major concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts and Flagey (Brussels), AMUZ, deSingel (Antwerp) and the Concertgebouw of Bruges. In the United Kingdom, as a guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet and as a founding member of the London based Argenta Trio, amongst others, Nicolas has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Arts Club, King’s Place, Duke’s Hall, Southwark Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Colston Hall (Bristol), Colyer Fergusson Hall (Canterbury) and The Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh).
Nicolas Dupont took part in the festivals Musica Mundi, Festival van Vlaanderen, Klarafestival (BE), Encuentro de Musica de Santander (SP), Pablo Casals Festival (FR), Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival (USA), Eckelshausener Musiktage (DUI), Norfolk & Norwich, Chipping Campden, Brighton, Windsor and Winchester Festivals (UK) and Buma Classical (NL), performing with Yuzuko Horigome, Máté Szűcs, Mihaela Martin, Pascal Moragues, Rohan De Silva, Michel Arrignon, Michel Béroff, Lucas Blondeel, Marie Hallynck, Gaby Van Riet and Valentin Erben.
Nicolas Dupont has made several recordings for the Belgian radios Musiq3, Klara, the Swiss Radio Suisse-Romande, the Dutch Radio 4, the Italian RAI3 and Radio Vaticana, the British BBC3 has appeared on Belgian national television (Stingray Brava and Canvas).
His discography includes the CD ‘Mockingbird’ with music by Wilfried Westerlinck, the CD ‘Fingerprints 2’, released in collaboration with ComAV and Radio Klara and the widely acclaimed CD ‘Timelapse’, recorded with the Kugoni Trio.
Nicolas Dupont plays on a Giuseppe Petrazzini violin, generously on loan by a sponsor.Website: www.nicolasdupont.eu”
Stijn KONINGS (Guitar)
Stijn Konings (°1993) débute la guitare dans la classe de Wim Brioen. Sur les conseils de son professeur, il suit alors régulièrement les stages d'Olivier Chassain à l'Ecole Britten de Périgueux puis en Limousin. En 2011, après avoir clôturé avec succès ses études générales, Stijn se consacre entièrement à la guitare. Il intègre alors le Conservatoire de Bordeaux afin de se perfectionner avec Olivier Chassain. L'année suivante, il intègre le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Stijn s'est déjà produit en solo en Belgique, en France, en Espagne et aux Pays-Bas mais s'intéresse de plus en plus à la place de son instrument en musique de chambre. Durant ses études, il rencontre le violoniste Nicolas Dupont avec qui il va former le Duo Andaluza. Cette formation va permettre à Stijn de se tourner vers la création (Boutros, Westerlinck) et a été diffusé sur les radios Musiq3 et Klara en Belgique. D’autre part, avec le guitariste français Romaric Martin, Stijn forme le Duo Tarantelle. Le Duo Tarantelle est guidé par Bruno Marlat, historien et professeur de guitare, et par Olivier Chassain, professeur de guitare au CNSM de Paris. En 2015, ils ont été soutenus par l'association Amitiés Internationales André Malraux pour un série de concert en hommage au guitariste catalan François de Fossa pour les 240 ans de sa naissance.
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.
RESIDART'S SOLISTS - Young String Talents of the World
Mizuki Chiba (Japan) , Nicolas Dupont (Belgium) , Yuri Egawa (Japan) , Clara Evans (Belgium) , Mimi Jung (USA) , Aya Kawabata (Japan) , Aya Kitaoka (Japan) Iku Kodama (Japan) , Maria Krohn (Spain) , Yu Kurokawa (Japan) , Clara Levy (Belgium) , TePei Lin (Taiwan) , Luka Ljubas (Austria) , Charles Lovell-Jones (UK) , Emanuele Luttazzi (Italy), Dieuwke M. van der Molen (Netherlands) , Ana Julia Mlejnik (Slovenia) , Kaoru Oe (Japan) , Kumiko Okutomi (Japan) , Tiffany Pan (Taiwan) , Théa Portais (Portugal) , Emma Rhebergen (Netherland) , Kyoka Saito (Japan) , Moe Shono (Japan) , Julie Svecenà (Czeck Republic) , Natalia Szmydt (Poland) , Yangja Yoko Yang (Japan) , Maité Wenda (Belgium).