Sayaka SHOJI

In recent seasons, she has been performed by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä), the Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), the National Orchestra NHK (V.Ashkenazy), the Santa Cecilia National Orchestra ( Gianandrea Noseda), and Tonkunstler (Yutaka Sado) at the Vienna Musikverein.

In 2019 she played with the Estonian Festival Orchestra (Paavo Jarvi), the National Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy (Juraj Valčuha), the Tokyo National Orchestra (Yuri Temirkanov), the Metropolitan Orchestra of Tokyo (Krzysztof Penderecki), the Metropolitan Orchestra and Philharmonia V. Ashkenazy).

Supported by his mentor, the chef Yuri Termikanov since 2001, she was the occasion of many tournaments with him, in Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Latvia, in France, Italy and the United States. They will perform in Japan in 2018.

Sayaka Shoji debuted at Wigmore Hall in London in 2016 with the commissioning and creation of Toshio Hosokawa’s work. She performs regularly in recital and chamber music with Gianluca Cascioli, Menahem Pressler, Vikingur Olaffson, or Steven Isserlis.

She is the guest of the festivals of Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Annecy, the Musical Festivities in Touraine, the crazy Days of Nantes, the Ravenna, the Prague Spring, the Settimane Musicale of Chigiana, the Beethovenfest of Bonn, Musical Meetings of Evian.

Sayaka Shoji recorded at Deutsche Grammophon Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Beethoven with Gianluca Cascioli; a recital with Menahem Pressler; Concertos by Prokofiev, Sibelius, Beethoven with Yuri Temirkanov and Philharmonic of St. Petersburg; His first album Paganini, Chausson, Waxman with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Prokofiev and Shostakovich with Itamar Golan; Live recital from his debut at the Louvre auditorium; and at Mirare solo violin works by Bach and Reger and Shostakovich concertos.

Sayaka Shoji plays the violin Claiming made by Stradivarius in 1729 and lent by the Ueno Fine Chemical Industry Ltd. Foundation.

Jean-Jacques Kantorow

The French violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow began the violin at the age of 6 at the Nice Conservatoire. He was only 13 years old when he won a place at the prestigious Paris Conservatoire to study in René Benedetti’s class, and graduated one year later with a 1st prize.

From 1962 -68 Jean-Jacques won prizes in at least 10 international violin competitions, including 1st prizes in the Carl Flesh competition in London, and the Paganini competition in Genoa, and he was 1st winner in the Geneva and Tibor Varga competitions. In 1970 Jean-Jacques won a grant from the Sacha Schneider foundation.

As a concert violinist, Jean-Jacques has played all round the world giving over 100 concerts a year and receiving rave reviews; « Jean-Jacques Kantorow is a great violinist, a spectacular talent, the most prodigiously original violinist I have heard in this generation » ( Glenn Gould)

Jean-Jacques likes to play chamber music as an antidote to the sometimes lonely career of a soloist. With pianist Jacques Rouvier and cellist Philippe Muller he formed a trio which won 1st prize in the Colmar international chamber music competition in 1970. He was also a member of the Ludwig and Mozart string trios.

Since 1970 Jean- Jacques has held chairs teaching the violin in several Conservatoires, including Paris, Basel and Rotterdam, and given master classes all over the world. In 2019 he starts teaching regularly at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki for annual series of master classes.

To deepen his understanding of music, Jean- Jacques was naturally drawn to conducting. From 1983 he became Musical Director of several orchestras, including the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, the Granada Orchestra, the Auvergne Chamber Orchestra which he conducted for 10 years and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.

Jean- Jacques has made over 170 recordings as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, with numerous important record labels such as Denon, EMI, Erato, CBS, BIS etc. with many recordings receiving international awards.

Gordan Nikolitch

Gordan Nikolić was born in Brus, Serbia in 1968 and began playing violin at the age of seven.
He graduated with the highest acclaims at the Musikhochschule Basel in the class of Jean-Jacques Kantorow working also with  Lutoslawsky and Kurtág and developing an interest in both Baroque and contemporary music. He is the winner of several international awards, which include the Tibor Varga, Niccolò Paganini, Cità di Brescia, and Vaclaw Huml prizes.
In 1989, he was appointed the leader of the Orchestre d’Auvergne, which he conducted regularly from his leader’s chair. He worked as leader with  the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and later with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Since 1997, he has been leading the London Symphony Orchestra as well.
He has also often conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Manchester Camerata and Gordan Nikolić was also the guest of the  Orchestre de Lille, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra , Toulouse Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest.
In 2000, he was appointed “Prince Consort Professor” for string ensembles at the Royal College of Music and in September 2003, he became a professor Codarts School for Music in Rotterdam. A year later, he took over the leadership and became the Artistic Director of the Nederlands Kamerorkest in Amsterdam.
Gordan Nikolić is regularly invited to perform at festivals as The Proms London, Edinburgh Festival, Kuhmo Finland, La Folle Journée Nantes,  with  musicians such as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pieter Wispelwey, Christophe Coin, Eric Le Sage, Maria João Pires,  Emmanuel Ax.

He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Symphonique de Bâle, Combattimento Consort from Amsterdam, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Warsovia and London Symphony Orchestra with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, and André Previn. It is worth mentioning that he gave the première of James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto, “Deep But Dazzling Darkness” with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Gordan Nikolic has made many recordings for various labels (Olympia, Lyrinx, Syrius, LSO Live,Alpha and PentaTone), which won several awards in the press a.o. Deutsche Kritik Preis for his Schumann recording with Eric Le Sage, recommended recording in the BBC Music Magazine and recording of the month in Gramophone Magazine etc.

Gordan Nikolic plays a Venetian Groffriller violin from 1710.

Kirill Troussov

Supported and guided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin at a young age, Kirill Troussov is now widely recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation. He works with renowned orchestras and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals. The international press describes his playing : “…impressive elegance, his irreproachable technique, his exceptional musical sensitivity and his sonorities of immaculate beauty…

Collaboration with celebrated conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Lawrence Foster, Jiri Belohlàvek, Michail Jurowski, David Stern, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikko Frank and Louis Langrée as well as with major orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Radio Orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has brought him to the most famous concert halls and festivals worldwide – Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brüssel, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, De Doelen, NCPA in Beijing, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

Kirill Troussov is a passionate and committed chamber musician who performs frequently with artists like Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Julian Rachlin, Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell, Gautier und Renaud Capucon, Natalia Gutman, Christian Zacharias, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and Elisabeth Leonskaja.
Highlights of his past concert seasons include – substitution for Gidon Kremer in Paris, Asia Tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, his spectacular performance at the BBC Proms and his activity as jury member at international competitions. He has been awarded the European cultural award “Pro-Europa”, the Yamaha Prize, the Davidoff-Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and numerous prizes at international competitions.

2016 Kirill Troussov gave a master class at the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum University in Salzburg and has been reinvited as a member of the jury at the “Schoenfeld International String Competition” in China. 2017 master classes at Mozarteum Salzburg, European Music Intstitute Vienna, in St. Blasien, Berlin and Cremona follow.
Kirill Troussov’s recordings – among others for EMI Classics – were given many awards by the international press. He performs with Yuja Wang on her DVD with Kurt Masur 2011. Schwarz-Schilling`s Violin Concerto with the Staatskapelle Weimar was released 2013 and a recording of chamber music works by Mendelssohn 2014.

His CD “Memories” has been highly praised by the international press and the public – among others by “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and the french trade magazine „Diapason“.  His new CD „Emotions“ is released
in November 2016.

He completed his studies with Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen. His mentors have been Igor Oistrach, Herman Krebbers und Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin “Brodsky” of 1702, on which violinist Adolph Brodsky performed the world premier of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto on Dec 4, 1881.

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