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Denis Severin
(Switzerland)

Denis Severin is a professor of cello at Geneva University of Music and Bern University of Arts (Switzerland), where he teaches cello as a major, baroque cello as a minor and chamber music.

A coveted guest professor, he also gives master classes and leads orchestra projects at Centro superior de musical Katarina Gurska (Madrid, Spain), Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music (Riga, Latvia), Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary) and National University of Arts (Kharkov, Ukraine); regularly gives summer master-classes in Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Georgia and Brazil.

Denis Severin is a winner of ECHO KLASSIK Prize (2015) and GRAMMY AWARDS (2007), and a laureate of several international competitions in Greece, Italy and Spain.

CD Recordings:

Naxos Records: J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos. (2007 Grammy Nomination, Swiss Baroque Soloists)

Sony Music Entertainment: S. Rachmaninov, Romances for Cello and Piano (Denis Severin, Tatiana Korsunskaya 2009)

Panclassics: G.M. Cambini, String Quintets (Ensemble Entr’acte, 2010)

Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm: Luise Adolpha Le Beau, Chamber Music (Bartek Niziol, Denis Severin, Tatiana Korsunskaya, 2014) ECHO KLASSIK (2015)

Radio broadcasts: Schweizer Radio DRS 2, Radio de la Suisse Romande Espace-2 (Switzerland), Deutschlandfunk (Germany), Radio Belgrade (Serbia) Radio France, and Polskie Radio (Poland).

Denis Severin serves as a jury member for a number of music competitions: International Chamber Music Competition (Illzach, France, March 2013), 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Monteux, Switzerland, March 2012) and Young Swiss Musicians Competition. He is also president of an international charitable organization Art Without Borders and an organizing committee member of the European String Teachers Association (Switzerland).

He performs as a soloist and a chamber musician in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world, among which are Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Musikverein Wien (Austria), Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany), Philharmonic Society Concert Hall (Prague, Czech Republic), Cité de la Musique and Radio France Concert Hall (Paris, France), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Tonhalle Zurich (Switzerland), Lutoslawski Concert Hall (Warsaw, Poland) and many others.

D.Severin collaborates with some of the most distinguished ensembles and musicians. He is a frequent guest artist at classical music festivals in Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, Singapore, China and Brazil.

In 1996 Denis Severin graduated from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied under professor Dmitry Miller.

1996-2003 continued his education under professor Daniel Grossgurin at Geneva University of Music professor Thomas Demenga at Music Academy of Basel and professor Christophe Coin at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland).

He also attended master classes of professors as Janos Starker, Natalia Gutman, Antonio Meneses, Anner Bylsma, Truls Monk and Garry Hoffman.

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Chu Yi-Bing
(China)

Born in Beijing, China 1966. His father Chu Yong-Ning and mother Wang Yao-Ling are both professors at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, China.

From 1978 - 1983 Chu studied cello with his father at the Middle School of the CCOM.

From 1984 - 1987 Chu was student in the class of Maurice Gendron at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

In 1986 Chu was prize winner of the 42nd Concours International d’Exécution Musicale in Geneva, becoming the first Chinese cellist ever winning a prize in an important international Cello competition.

In 1987 Chu graduated from the Conservatory in Paris with a Premier Prix. From 1989 to 2004 Chu was principal cellist of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland. From 1999 Chu was also guest principal cellist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. At the same time Chu began his conducting career. Chu has conducted the Munich Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra (Berlin), Radio Symphony Orchestra Halle, Duesseldorfer Symphony Orchestra,Zuerich Symphony Orchestra and Moravian Symphony Orchestra.

In 2004 Chu was appointed cello professor, head of the cello department at the CCOM in Beijing, China. He founded the Chu Yi-Bing Cello Ensemble with his students, one of the very few chamber music group in China, playing countless concerts in many cities, specially in schools, colleges and universities. He has produced three chamber music CDs and DVD. Chu Yi-Bing Cello Ensemble has played for several Chinese Presidents and many other nation leaders.

In 2016 Chu Yi-Bing has created SuperCello, the first Full-Day Classic Music Festival in China.

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Artem Poludennyi
(Ukraine)

Artem Poludennyi was born 1989 in Kiev, Ukraine

He got musical education in Kiev children Academy of arts first, Middle special music school n.a. M.Lisenko , and then in National music Academy of Ukraine n.a. P.I.Tchaykovsky (graduated in 2011).

Artem leads an active concert life - as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups.

Participant and winner of international competitions. Winner of 1st prize Augustina Prochasku cello festival (1998-Kosice Slovensko)

2nd Prize-winner at the All-Ukrainian festival of chamber and classical music "Spring Rhapsody" (Kiev, 2000)

Diploma-2nd Youth Competition "Sribny dzvin''(Uzhgorod, 2001)

Winner of the international competition of young performers ''The Art of the 21st Century'' (Kiev, 2002)

Winner of 2nd prize in memory of Yuri Polanski Cello Competition (Kiev, 2003)

2nd Prize Winner of the Ukrainian competition (2003, Lviv)

1st Prize Winner of 4th Chamber Music Competition''Tradition and Modernity'' (St. Petersburg, 2006)

Winner of 3rd Prize-Ukrainian Viola and Cello Competition (Lviv, 2008)

Winner of 5th Prize at the International Competition of Chamber ensembles n.a. Taneev (Kaluga, 2008)

Participant of different masterclasses '

From 2010 to 2011 - Artist of the National House of Organ and Chamber Music.

From 2011 - Artist of the Kiev Chamber Orchestra National Philharmonic of Ukraine

From 2014 has own solo and chamber music class in National music Academy of Ukraine.

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Raphaël Pidoux
(France)

Raphaël Pidoux learned the cello with his father and entered Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at age 17.

He obtained a First Prize in 1987 and enrolled in Philippe Muller’s class for graduate studies.

He then joined Jean-Claude Pennetier’s class on chamber music advanced skills, and Christophe Coin’s class on Baroque cello.

He studied under the direction of Janos Starker in Bloomington (USA) in 1989. He is prize-winner of the Bach cello competition in Leipzig.

As the same time as his career with the Trio Wanderer, Raphaël Pidoux frequently plays with Christophe Coin, the Ensemble Orchestral de Limoges and the Mosaïques Quartet as well as with orchestras as Les Siècles Orchestra, the Rouen’s orchestra… He gives concerts of Piazzola repertoire with the accordeonist Richard Galliano and in 2009, he plays in the Noureev choregraphy “Bach Suite” with Kader Belarbi at the Opéra de Paris”.he is regularly invited as jury member in the ARD Munich competition and invited in the Cello Biennale Amsterdam.

Raphaël Pidoux is Professor of cello at the Paris Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique. Raphaël Pidoux has opened with his Trio Wanderer’s colleagues, a piano trio class at the Paris’ CRR which prepares ensembles for concerts and international competition.

Raphaël Pidoux plays on a violoncello by Goffredo CAPPA (Saluzzo 1680) “The cellist Raphaël Pidoux is simply magnificent: the precise bow, the rich and stirring sound, and the profound musical sensibility are all generously evident.” (La Presse – Montréal)

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Katarzyna Polonek (Poland)

Katarzyna Polonek, studied violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna in Prof. Angelica May’s and Prof. Wolfgangs Aichinger’s class. She obtained her concert exam (Konzertexamen) at the University of the Arts Berlin in Prof. Markus Nyikos‘ class, having attended masterclasses taught by notable professors like M. Rostropowitsch, N. Schachowska, A. Orkisz, S. Firlej, M. Sadlo and Z. Nelsova.

She is an award-winning musician; her success comprises polish and international awards like the Grand Prix at the Kazimierz-Wiłkomirski-Competition, the 1. Prize at the International Cello Competition in Liezen, Austria; 3. Place at the International Johannes-Brahms-Competition in Pörtschach, Austria as well as the prestigious scholarship of the Herbert-von-Karajan-Center, Vienna.

Katarzyna has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in Germany and Poland, recorded for the Polish, German and Japanese State Radio and Television and performed at world-renowned festivals. Katarzyna Polonek is a member of the Berlin Piano Trio. Founded in 2004 as „Berolina Trio“, the Berlin Piano Trio counts as one of the leading piano trios. With their charismatic style and warm tone, this trio impresses the audience and press alike.

In 2007 the trio won the biggest international chamber music competition in Poland, the international competition created by Krzysztof Penderecki. As a special recognition the trio also received the interdisciplinary Grand Prix. During that year the trio also won the first prize as well as the audience award of the European Chamber Music Competition in Karlsruhe.

In 2009 the Berlin Piano Trio obtained the highly coveted “Prix Marguerite Dütschler” in Gstaad, Switzerland. Furthermore the Berlin Piano Trio tied in for first (ex aequo) at the international Joseph-Haydn- Competition in Vienna, where they also were honored with the audience award of the Esterhazy Foundation.

Katarzyna works together with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Staatskapelle Berlin; previously she worked with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin; she had the opportunity to play under the direction of conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Ivan Fischer and Bernard Haitink.

After she has finished her doctoral dissertation and habilitation, Katarzyna teaches as a assistant professor for cello at the Music Academy Poznań and leads masterclasses in Szamotuły and Opole among others. Her students go on to win first prizes at international solo and chamber music competitions.

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Yuri Laniuk
(Ukraine)

Сomposer, cellist, professor of cello and composition in The Lviv Lysenko National Music Academy.

Yuri is winner of the L. Revutski Prize for coinposition (1990), the B. Liatoshynski Award (2001), laureate of the Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine (2005), and 1st prize at Lysenko Cello Competition in Kyiv (1979).

Yuri Laniuk was bom in 1957 in L'viv, Ukraine, In 1975-1980 he studied cello with Yevhen Shpitzer and composition with Desideri Zador in L'vi v Lysenko Conservatory. In 1972 he had lessons with Mstislav Rostropovich in L'viv.

In 1975 he studied composition with Andrzej Nikodemowicz.

Yuri Laniuk completed postgraduate studies with Vadim Chervov in Kyiv (1980-1982).

Since 1982 he is Professor of the L'viv Lysenko National Music Academy.

His compositions have been perfomed at concerts and festivals in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Gernany. Poland, Switzerland, Russia, USA and many other countries.

His music bas been perfomed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Cleveland Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, German Radio Symphony Orchestra (MDR), the Polish Radio Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, NOSPR, Canadian Sinfonietta, Aukso, Silesian quartet, DAFO quartet, Ensemble Recherche, with conductors E. London, G. Nowak, V. Sirenko, R. Kofman, P. Guelke, G. Kulesha, V. Baley, R. Rewakowicz, cellists I. Monighetti, A. Bauer, soprano O. Pasiecznik and many others. In 1999 the Polish abel CD-ACCORD relesead his author's CD.

His compositions are published by the Swiss publishing house SORDINO.

He has been a member of various jurys of perfoming and composers competitions, including the International Lysenko Cello Competition in Kyiv 2002, 2007 (head of jury), 2012, and the Lutosławski Award for Compositon (2005, Warsaw) and VIII and X Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition (Warsaw, 2011, 2015), Justus Dotzauer Internatinal Young Cellists Competition (Dresden, 2013).

In 2014 he was awarded with the Merited Honor of Polish Culture by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

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Igor Shcherbakov
(Ukraine)

Born in November 19, 1955 in Dnepropetrovsk. He graduated from the Kiev State Conservatoire named after Tchaikovsky (now National Music Academy of Ukraine) (composition class by Vitaliy Kyreyko). Winner of the First Prize of the Festival "Young composers of Ukraine."

He worked in the State Ministry of Culture (1980-1984). Since 1985 was the editor of the publishing house "Musical Ukraine". He currently teaches composition at the Kiev National Music Academy. Professor (2005).

The organizer, music director of the festival "International Youth Music Forum" (1992 - 1999), the musical director of the International Festival "Musical Premieres of the Season" (1999).

1999 - 2010 - Head of the Kyiv National Union of Composers of Ukraine.

Since December, 2010. - Chairman of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine, Chairman NSKU.

In 1996 received the honorary title "Honored Artist of Ukraine".

In 1999 he was awarded the National Prize of Taras Shevchenko.

Winner of the Art Prize "Kyiv" them. A.Vedelya (2004).

He was awarded the Order of St. Prince Vladimir III. (2005), the Order "For Merit" III. (2008).