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Born in Naples, Bruno Canino studied piano and composition at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan where he taught piano for 24 years. Then, for 10 years, he gave a course in piano and chamber music at the Berne Conservatoire.

He has performed both as a soloist and a chamber musician in all the principal concert venues of Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan and China. For over 50 years he has been regularly performing with Antonio Ballista, his piano duo partner. He has collaborated with many prominent string players, such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Salvatore Accardo, Viktoria Mullova and Uto Ughi and has played with leading orchestras including the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, and with distinguished conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Pierre Boulez.

Deeply interested in contemporary music, has has worked with many composers including Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna, Luigi Nono, Sylvano Bussotti and Mauricio Kagel often giving world première performances of their works. From 1999 to 2002, he was director of the Music Section of the Venice Biennale.

Bruno Canino’s recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations; Mendelssohn’s compositions for cello and piano (with Lynn Harrell); works by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Stravinsky (with Viktoria Mullova for a disc that was awarded the Edison prize); piano compositions by Debussy (including the Preludes), Chabrier (the complete piano works), and Casella.
Bruno Canino gives regular masterclasses in piano and chamber music in Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan and is frequently invited to serve on the juries of important international piano competitions. He is the author of the book Vademecum for a Chamber Pianist (Passigli Editions, 1997).

Next summer he is invited again at the Marlboro Chamber music Festival in Vermont, and he will visit three times  Japan.

Takashi Shimizu began studying the violin with S.Tokunaga at the age of 6, and then with S.Sumi. He won first prize in the All Japan Student Music Competition at age of 10, and made his debut playing with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Also he studied sometimes under Y.Yankelevich. After Shimizu won 3 first prizes of the All Japan Music Competitions and others at the age of 17, the following year, he was dispatched to United States and studied under Jascha Heifetz at Southern  alifornia University. Shimizu study French style of bowing and French Music under M.Auclair with advice of Heifetz. Shimizu went to London with advice of Auclair. He was studying chamber music with Y. Neaman for 14 years. In the meantime, introduced by Neaman, he studied with Yehudi Menuhin and Nathan Milstein. Shimizu won 1st prize or took high places in many international competitions, and won the Grand Prix at the competition for winners of international competitions in France. Shimizu made his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the leader of Yehudi Menuhin, which many critics praised as “a most unforgettable concert”.After played with the Major Orchestra of the world.

He was given his daughter’s misdiagnosis, it let him go back to Japan. He was resumed playing activities in 1999 by advice of Heifetz’s assistant. Shimizu has performed with many British Orchestra , such as the London S., Royal P., BBC P.,  ournemouth S., City of Birmingham S., London Mozart Players, The Halle, Scottish Chamber, Ulster and others. He has also performed with National de Belgique,Brussel P. and others in Belgium, Her Resident, Stuttgart P. and others in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy In West Europe. Eastern Europe, he has played with the State S. Russia, Moscow Radio S. and others in Russia, George Enescu P. and others in Romania, Sofia P. and others in Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and Montenegro. In Asia he has performed with orchestras in China, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and U.S.A.

He played chamber music with Martha Argerich many time. And played Fou Ts'ong, Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Canino, Pavel Gililov, Yuri Bashmet, Mario Burnello, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky,Jian Wang and Jing Zhao etc.

He served as jury member for such competitions. Seoul International Music Competition, International ISANGYUN  ompetition, China International Violin Competition, Singapore International Violin Competition, Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, International Tchaikovsky Competition , International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young.Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin, Internationaler Joseph Joachim Violinwettbewerb, Hannover,Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition ,Vikutor Tretyakov International ,Spivakov International and others.

Also he was invited in 22countrys for master classes. He is Professor of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music.

Vladimir Mendelssohn was born into a family of long musical tradition in Romania and studied viola and composition in Bucharest.

He is very much in demand as a player of chamber music and regularly performs at numerous international music festivals with the world’s top musicians. With the Enesco Quartet he is invited to play all over the world in the most prestigious concert halls. He has also given solo concerts and made many recordings for different record labels.

Vladimir MENDELSSOHN is a prolific composer, writing works for solo instruments, mixed choir and symphony and chamber orchestras. He has also written chamber music and music for ballet, stage and screen.
At present he is professor of chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire and also teaches in The Hague, Essen and Bologna and gives master classes around the world.
Since autumn 2005 Vladimir MENDELSSOHN is the Artistic Director of the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival in Finland.

Anton Niculescu was born in Bucharest, the only son of a family of musicians. At first he had music lessons with his father, who was violoncello soloist of Bucharest Broadcasting Orchestra. Then he was taught by Radu Aldulescu, Antonio Janigro and Daniil Safran. At the age of 12, he performed his first concert  at “Sala Mica R.S.R.” in Bucharest, at 14 he played soloist in the E. Lalo concert  with the “Moldova” Philharmonic Orchestra in Jasi. He has been the prize-winner of various competitions and was leading Violoncello Soloist at Milan’s “Teatro alla Scala”, at “Teatro Comunale” of Florence and at “Teatro V. Bellini” of Catania.

He is an active figure in the concert life of France, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Madeira, Turky, Cyprus, Arab Emirates, Greece, Japan, Hong-Kong, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, U.S.A., Korea, Mexico, Brasil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Kasakhstan and Usbekistan , giving recitals and taking part as soloist in the orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as recordings for radio and television.

His students, are winning in Germany for years, first prizes at the National Contest “Jugend Musiziert” and at other important international competitions.
In Romania he is State soloist concertist at the Brasov and at the Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since 1997 he is honorary member of the “Academia Filarmonica di Bologna” in Italy, which was founded in 1666.
In Romania he has founded the “Euterpe Foundation” for supporting young talented musicians.

He is member of “The Zurich String Trio”, “Trio di Vienna” and of the “Oistrach
Ensemble” and plays together with pianists like Bruno Canino, Pavel Gililov, ….etc.
Since 2017 he is the General Director of Brasov Philharmonic.
He is playing on a “Pietro Guarnieri – Mantova 1709” instrument.

Leon Bosch is a remarkable figure in the world of the double bass.  From his early years growing up in South Africa to his long tenure with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and his proliferation of solo projects, Leon has approached each challenge with a focus and determination that are incredibly inspiring. This is a “must listen” episode for any musician eager to realize their greatest potential.

After retiring from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to devote himself fully to solo, chamber, and conducting projects, Leon has been working to bring undiscovered treasures of the repertoire to light and to encourage new works for the double bass from composers. New composition are being written for Leon from South African composer Péter Louis van Dijk, British composer Paul Patterson, and American jazz icon Wynton Marsalis.

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