Guest of honour

ISABEL CHARISIUS – Guest of honour 2020

Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, soloist and solo violist with leading orchestras, Isabel has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She enjoys working in projects with distinguished string quartets, various ensembles and many renowned soloists at international venues and is frequently invited as a jury member on top international competitions.

For many years, Isabel has been dedicated to the development of new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity at the Universities of Cologne and Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious institutions gave rise to a large community of alumni. Students of Isabel can be found among the winners of international competitions and many of them are members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras.

Isabel Charisius plays the extraordinary viola «ABQ» by Laurentius Storioni (1780).

ANTONELLO FARULLI – Guest of honour 2019

Antonello Farulli is the distinguished viola player of the Quartetto Italiano string quartet.

SIMON ROWLAND-JONES – Guest of honour 2018

The distinguished viola player and chamber musician, Simon Rowland-Jones was a founder member of the Chilingirian sting quartet, with which he played for 10 years. Simon is also a gifted composer, well known for his many chamber music works. In addition he put to use his vast quartet experience and scholarship in his recent “urtext” edition of the complete Haydn string quartets, published by Peters Edition. Since 2017, Simon Rowland-Jones is Honorary President of the Xenia chamber Music Course.
Want to know him better? Here a great conversation with him.

Lyskamm Quartet – Quartet in residence 2017

Cecilia Ziano, violino | Clara Franziska Schötensack, violino | Francesca Piccioni, viola | Giorgio Casati, violoncello

The Lyskamm Quartet was founded in 2008 within the “G.Verdi” Conservatoire of Milan and is the winner of  the chamber music prize “Claudio Abbado” Borletti – Buitoni Trust 2016.From 2009 to 2011, the Quartet was mentored by the Artemis Quartet at the Arts University of Berlin. Subsequently, the Lyskamms joined the ECMA circuit (European Chamber Music Academy), a collaboration between some of the most important European universities. In this environment they met important teachers such as Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Heime Mueller, Ferenc Rados, Antonello Farulli, Claus Christian Schuster, Jerome Pernoo, Christophe Giovaninetti and Andrea Nannoni. Currently the Quartet is studying with Heime Mueller at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Lubecca.In 2014, the Lyskamms received the Vittorio Rimbotti award, appointed every two years within the “Accademia Europea del Quartetto” in “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole”. In 2015 in Graz, they won second prize at the international competition Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne and special prize ” Pro Quartet”.The Quartet just won the first prize at “Possehl Wettbewerb Musikpreis 2015” .The Lyskamm Quartet was a guest for the Quartet Society of Milano, the Mito Festival, the Unione Musicale and the Lingotto Musica of Turin. Other guest work includes the Amici della Musica of Padova, the Quartet Society of Vercelli and the Orta Festival, as well as a live televised performance for RAI Radio3. In 2013 it also participated to the festival “I Suoni delle Dolomiti” as a quintet with Mario Brunello.
The Lyskamms have performed in Italy for: GOG of Genova; Philharmonic Society of Trento; Philharmonic Academy and Musica Insieme in Bologna;  Amici della Musica Walter de Angelis of Sulmona; Ama Calabria; Amici della Musica of Trapani; Etnea Association of Catania; Laudamo Philharmonic of Messina. The Quartet also performed in the historic buildings of the Science Academy of Turin, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan and the Chiostro of the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence.In 2014 the Lyskamm Quartet toured Italy, coordinated by Cidim (Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica); this project will continue in the upcoming months in Verona and Madrid, alongside other concerts in Italy, Spain, Germany and France.The quartet is supported by “Ad Infinitum Foundation” and quartet in residence of the association “Amici della Musica di Padova“

Stefan Metz – Guest of honour 2017

The Transylvanian-born Stefan Metz first studied cello at the Bucarest Conservatory and then continued his studies with Paul Tortelier. A masterclass of the Amadeus Quartet brought him to the Netherlands where he founded the Orlando Quartet. As the cellist of this quartet he has toured over the world and made more than 20 CD recordings and won twice the “Grand Prix du Disque”. In 1982 Stefan Metz founded the Orlando Festival resulted in a close working relationship with György Kurtàg. As a result, he has frequently performed Kurtàg’s music, amongst others at the Edinburgh Festival, Luzern Festwochen, Wien Modern, Festival d’Automne de Paris, Budapest Spring Festival. Stefan Metz is founder of the Dutch Stringquartet Academy, a post graduate institute for the study of string quartet playing. He performed with Heinz Hollinger, Nobuko Imai, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Heinrich Schiff, the Borodin Quartet, members of the Amadeus Quartet. He regularly give masterclasses in Holland, Germany, Great Britain and USA and appears on the jury of international chamber music competitions e.g. Bordeaux, Florence, London, Moscow, Prague. As the cellist of the Orlando Trio in 2003 he has won the “Jahrespreis der Deutsche Schallplattenkritik” and in 2004 the Edison Classic Award. Stefan Metz is appointed Officer of the Royal Order of Orange Nassau.

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