CYPRUS ARTIST SERIES
Cyprus Piano Trio
Friday 8 April 2011
The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Street, Nicosia / 8.30pm
The three members of the newly-founded Cyprus
Piano Trio were all born in different countries but their paths met in
Cyprus, which is now their home country. The first official concert of the
Cyprus Piano Trio will be given as part of the Pharos Arts Foundation's
Cyprus Artists Series on Friday 8 April 2011, at The Shoe Factory/8.30pm.
The programme will include the Kakadu Variations '' one of the most
controversial works Beethoven composed during his late period, Arno Babadjanian's monumental piano trio, and a work that is rarely performed
nowadays, Anton Arensky's Piano Trio in D minor.
The CYPRUS PIANO TRIO consists of:
Wolfgang Schröder (violin)
Born into a South German family, Wolfgang Schröder's earliest studies began
with his parents. In 1980, Ana Chumachenko became his teacher and played a
decisive role in his development as a violinist.
At the early age of 17, he won the first prize at the German state
competition Jugend musiziert (Youth makes music) and subsequently a
scholarship at the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA). He has
performed together with Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy, both as soloist and
chamber musician, throughout the world in venues such as the Barbican Center
in London) and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
After graduating from IMMA , he continued his studies at the Mozarteum
University of Music in Salzburg under Prof. Sandor Vegh, and thereafter at
the Mannes School of Music in New York under Prof. Aaron Rosand. Wolfgang
Schröder?s solo career has included performances with the Bavarian Chamber
Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech
Symphony Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic,
Rubinstein Philharmony Lodz, Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic, Camerata
Salzburg, Nuremberg Symphony, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Israel Soloists
Ensemble, Athens State Orchestra, etc. He was also the artistic director of
the European Community Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) from 1993-1995 and has
performed a number of highly acclaimed concert tours worldwide. He has
collaborated with conductors like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreko, Daniel
Raiskin, Simon Gaudenz, Marc Kadim, to name just a few.
As soloist and chamber player, Wolfgang Schröder has appeared in prestigious
venues such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the
Vienna Konzerthaus, as part of the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center
and the Frick Collection Museum in New York, the Masters Series in London's
Wigmore Hall, and the Athens Megaron. Schröder?s chamber music partners have
included artists like Wenzel Fuchs, Eduard Brunner, Charles Neidich,
Vladimir Mendelssohn, Cyprien Katsaris, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen,
Daniel Raiskin, Ramon Jaffe, Levon Chilingirian and Gustav Rivinius. He also
has been invited to major chamber music festivals such as the Kuhmo Chamber
Music Festival in Finland, the Open Chamber Musicians Seminar at Prussia
Cove (England), the Moritzburg Festival in Germany, the West Cork Festival
in Ireland, the Umea and Bostad Festivals (Sweden), the International Music
Festival Middelburg (Holland) , the International Festival of Echternach
(Luxemburg) and the Ojika Festival, Japan.
As an active chamber musician, he founded, in 1992, the Belcanto String Trio
and from 1996 to 2005 has regularly performed as the violinist of the Trio
Parnassus. In September 2001 the Trio Parnassus received the prestigious
Echo Classic Award for their complete recording of the Schumann piano trios.
Since 1998 he has been artistic director of the Camerata Stuttgart.
Appearances with the Camerata Stuttgart include performances in prestigious
concert halls like the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Megaron Music Hall of
Athens, Liederhalle of Stuttgart and the Dortmund Opera House.
Wolfgang Schröder has recorded for the MDG, Divox, Ars Production, Thorofon,
Symicon and CPO labels. Since 2005 he is the First Concertmaster of the
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. He plays on a violin 1857 by Jean Baptist
Peter Gospodinov (cello)
Peter Gospodinov was born in Bulgaria. At the age of 12 he immigrated with
his parents to Cyprus, where he continued his studies with Georgita
Boyadjieva and Olga Argyridou. As the principal cellist of the Cyprus Youth
Orchestra and a tutti cellist in the former Cyprus State Chamber Orchestra
under the baton of Ayis Ioannidis, he studied with Ferenc Gyimes and Antonio
Ramus among others. Gospodinov furthered his studies with Yontcho Bayrov and
Lilia Schulz at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, and graduated Summa Cum
Laude. He followed postgraduate studies at the University of Music &
Performing Arts in Vienna, having specialised in chamber music.
Peter Gospodinov is winner of the Thomastik-Infeld prize, the Zoltan Kodaly
prize and Laureate of the Brahms competition in Austria, and has received
the Medal of Honour and the Jury prize at the 6th International Chamber
Music Competition in Osaka- Japan. He has given numerous chamber concerts
throughout Europe, the Far East and the US. He was member of the prestigious
Bruckner Orchester Linz and now he is the Principal Cellist of the Cyprus
Naoko Kariya (piano)
Naoko Kariya was born in Wakayama- Osaka district in Japan. She took her
first piano lessons at the age of six, at the music academy Toho Gakuen in
Tokyo. Kariya was the First prize winner at the National Piano Competition
and the Bravo Maestro Competition, in Tokyo.
After graduating from Toho Gakuen Tokyo, she was accepted by the Department
of Piano Chamber Music and Special Ensembles of the University of Music &
Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of Avedis Kouyoumdjian, and
graduated with Auszeichnung.
Winner of the Thomastik-Infeld Prize, the Zoltan Kodaly prize and finalist
of Brahms Competition i Austria, as well as winner of the Medal of Honour
and Jury prize winner at the 6th International chamber music competition in
Osaka-Japan as a member of the former METRO TRIO- WIEN with Peter Gospodinov.
Many concert activities as a chamber musician throughout Europe and Japan.
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