Franziska & Florian Glemser

Das Klavierduo „Franziska & Florian Glemser“ erlebte seine Geburtsstunde im Jahr 2010 bei der Uraufführung des „Valse déconstruite für Klavier zu vier Händen“ des schwedischen Komponisten Henrik Ajax in Würzburg. Der Komponist war so begeistert von der Interpretation durch die beiden deutschen Pianisten und Eheleute, dass er das Werk daraufhin den Musikern widmete.


Franziska Glemser entstammt einer Musikerfamilie, der sie eine Vielseitigkeit verdankt, wie sie selten geworden ist im heutigen Musikleben. Neben dem Klavier studierte sie Geige und formierte mit ihren vier ebenfalls musizierenden Geschwistern ein heimisches Klavierquintett. Außerdem bildete sie bei ihrem Vater, Professor für Gesang, ihre Sopranstimme aus. Bereits mit zwölf Jahren wurde Sie als Jungstudentin an die Hochschule für Musik Würzburg aufgenommen und wurde seitdem für ihr Klavierspiel mit verschiedenen internationalen Preisen ausgezeichnet (1. Preis Steinwettbewerb Düsseldorf, Yamahastipendium, Deutschlandstipendium u.a.)
Ihre pianistischen Vorlieben dokumentieren einen künstlerischen Horizont, der weit über alles Spezialistentum hinausreicht und der sich von Bach und Mozart bis in die sensibelversponnenen Klangwelten eines Skrjabin erstreckt. Als eine in allen Feldern des Ensemblespiels erfahrene Musikerin vermag Franziska Glemser diesem komplexen wie filigranen Repertoire emotionale Zwischentöne und Farben zu entlocken, die ihr Klavierspiel weit über die Sphäre virtuoser Selbstdarstellung hinausheben.

Der Pianist Florian Glemser etabliert sich seit einigen Jahren als vielversprechender junger Künstler im Konzertleben. Seine Konzerte werden von Presse und Publikum als „kraftvollvirtuoses und einfühlsam wechselvolles Gestaltungserlebnis“ bezeichnet und seine Interpretationen für ihre „musikalische Tiefe“ gerühmt.
In einen Musikerhaushalt hineingeboren erhielt er bereits im Alter von drei Jahren den ersten Klavierunterricht von seiner Mutter. Bereits sieben Jahre später wurde er ausgewählt, seine musikalische Ausbildung in der Hochbegabtenförderung der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg fortzuführen. Sein Orchesterdebüt bestritt der Jazzfan, der als Jugendlicher auch als Jazzpianist von sich reden machte, mit dem Philharmonischen Orchester Würzburg: er spielte die “Rhapsody in Blue”. Ein Zufall, der passender nicht sein konnte!
Als er sich mit dem Studium endgültig für die klassische Laufbahn entschied, konnte er etliche Preise und Stipendien erringen und sein Ausbildungsweg führte von der Würzburger Musikhochschule zur Royal Academy of Music in London, an die Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen und schließlich nach Weimar an die „Franz-Liszt-Hochschule für Musik“. Er unterrichtet an der Berufsfachschule für Musik Dinkelsbühl und an der Hochschule für Musik „Franz Liszt“ Weimar.

Franziska und Florian Glemser werden für ihre abwechslungsreichen und originellen Konzertprogramme, in denen vierhändige Klaviermusik mit solistischem Repertoire durchmischt wird, von Presse und Publikum gefeiert. Diesen Abwechslungsreichtum verfolgen die beiden Künstler auch, indem sie Kunstmusik der großen klassischen Meister mit brillanten Bearbeitungen von Komponisten wie Strawinsky, Saint-Saens oder Dukas für Klavier zu vier Händen kombinieren.

Ran Feng

Feng Ran, born in Guizhou, China. Having obtained Performance Diploma at Imola International academy in a italy, as well as PGDip and International Artist Diploma at Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom. She is currently studying in Boston Conservatory at Berklee with Michael Lewin.
 
She has been award 3rd prize and “Most Brilliant Future” prize of Tbilisi International Young Pianists Competition while she was 15 years old. Afterward, she has received many first and second prizes in Italy and United Kingdom.
 
During her study in Europe, she has traveled internationally and given many recitals and piano concerto in Ukraine, Italy, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Georgia and United Kingdom. In 2014, she has performed in Gala Opening Ceremony Concert in TivoliVredenburg Concert Hall, Utrecht, Netherlands; In October 2015, she has been invited by Liszt's competition organization to play the recital at the Liszt House in Weimar, Germany. Furthermore, during the year 2016 in Italy, she has given a Italiantour-recital solo in Milan, Bologna, Intra, Vibo Valentia, Barletta, and so on . Additionally, in 2017, she has played some solo recitals in Manchester and Newcastle; And been invited to play concerto with Manchester Chamber Orchestra "Manchester Camerata" at Chester Music Festival. In July, she has been invited to perform with Jena Philharmonic Orchestra in Weimar concert hall, Germany. On the other hand, She’s also played many chamber music concert such as Presentation concert for Liszt Lieder in Eindhoven, ‘s Hertogenbosch and Utrecht; MUSICAL INSTITUTIONS in Paris and Manchester during the First World War in Opera Comique, Paris; and Piano Quintet with Breton String Quartet in Spain, among others

 

Rokas Valuntonis

Praised for his “liquidity of sound” and “devilish performances”, Lithuanian pianist Rokas Valuntonis has drawn admiration for his imaginative interpretations and striking virtuosity.

A laureate of more than 20 international competitions, Valuntonis won 1st Prize at the 2018 Campillos International Piano Competition (Spain) and previous victories include both the International Music Competition “Societa Umanitaria” (Italy) and the Nordic Piano Competition (Sweden).
 
Valuntonis has performed all over Europe, including Denmark, Finland, France, and Portugal, in venues such as Milton Court (Barbican Centre), La Sala Verdi, The Wallace Collection, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, and La Sala Casella Accademia Filarmonica Romana. He has also performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lund Symphony Orchestra, St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and Panevėžys Chamber Orchestra.
 
Aside from traditional concerts, Valuntonis has collaborated with both actors and presenters. His most recent collaboration, with the celebrated Lithuanian actor Kostas Smoriginas, explored the characters and emotional lives of great composers like Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninov.
 
The 2018/19 season sees Valutonis present solo recitals around Europe in venues such as Teatro Juan Bravo (Spain), Theater Kerkrade (Netherlands), Museum of Applied Arts and Design (Lithuania), and the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great (London).
 
Growing up in Lithuania, Valuntonis studied at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy under Aleksandra Zvirblyte, before attending the Sibelius Academy (Finland), followed by studies with Eugen Indjic in Paris. He is currently completing an Artist Diploma at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Peter Bithell and he joined the City Music Foundation Artist Programme in 2017. For his many achievements, Valuntonis has been honoured with the prestigious Queen Morta Award and acknowledgements by two Lithuanian Presidents.

 

Xiaoyu Liu

Xiaoyu Liu was born in Paris and grew up in Montréal. He is standing out as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted pianists of his generation, heralded for interpretations that are “powerful, polished, and emanates from a disciplined mind” (The Telegram).

His playing has taken him around the world. As a soloist, he has performed with major orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, among others.

He took part in a North-America tour with the China NCPA Orchestra in 2014, and also appeared with them at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2018, he made his China Tour with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and appeared in venues such as the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and Changsha Concert Hall. (National Post) described his interpretation “a subtle range of French colour and feeling ”.

He has made numerous studio recordings with ICI Radio-Canada featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, Kapustin, Satie, and his music has been broadcasted in France (Radio-France), Belgium (RTBF), Switzerland (Radio Télévision Suisse), and Canada (CBC).

Winner of the Prix d’Europe and the Grand Prize at the OSM Competition, Xiaoyu is also a prizewinner at the Sendai International Piano Competition, Grand Prix Animato in Paris, and finalist prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel-Aviv. He earns the diploma of “Le Prix avec Grande Distinction” from Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal under Richard Raymond. He studies with Dang Thai Son at the Université de Montréal.

 

 

Alberto Ferro

Born in Italy in 1996, Alberto Ferro began his piano studies with his mother at the age of seven and gave his first recital at the age of thirteen. He achieved his Master's degree under the guidance of Prof. Epifanio Comis, his lifetime mentor, at the "Vincenzo Bellini" Institute of Music in Catania (2018). He also attended several piano masterclasses held by very important pianists such as Michel Béroff, Dina Yoffe, Leslie Howard, Elisso Virsaladze, Joaquín Achúcarro, Richard Goode, Jörg Demus and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
He won a lot of prizes in national and international competitions, including: 2nd Prize, International Press Prize and Haydn Prize at the "Ferruccio Busoni" International Piano Competition in Bolzano (2015); 1st Prize at the “Premio Venezia” National Piano Competition at Teatro La Fenice in Venice (2015); 6th Prize and Musiq’3 Prize of the public at the “Queen Elisabeth” International Piano Competition in Brussels (2016); Finalist Prize and Children's Corner Prize at the "Clara Haskil" International Piano Competition in Vevey (2017); 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the International Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn (2017).
He has performed many concerts throughout Europe: Teatro Massimo “Vincenzo Bellini” in Catania, Teatro Malibran and Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Sala Verdi of the Conservatory in Milan, LAC in Lugano, Le Réflet Theatre in Vevey, Künstlerhaus and Herkulessaal in Munich, Philharmonic Hall in Liège, Concertgebouw in Bruges, Minardschouwburg and Handelsbeurs in Ghent, Flagey and Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Philharmonie in Luxembourg, Festspielhaus in Erl, Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere in Weimar, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Regentenbau in Bad Kissingen, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg.
Festival and associations appearances have included the Copenhagen Summer Festival, Unione Musicale di Torino, Bologna Festival, Kawai a Ledro, Amici della Musica di Firenze, Società dei Concerti and Società del Quartetto di Milano, Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Tyrolean Festival Erl, Kissinger Sommer, Beethovenfest Bonn, Piano aux Jacobins, Festival Musiq’3, Festival de l’Eté Mosan, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen, Brussels Piano Festival and many others.
He has performed with several orchestras such as the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie dacapo München, the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Bellini, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, under renowned conductors such as Franz Schottky, Risto Joost, Marco Parisotto, Arvo Volmer, Benjamin Haemhouts, Dirk Kaftan, Heribert Beissel, Günter Neuhold, Paul Meyer, Thierry Fischer, Marin Alsop, Christian Zacharias and many others.
In 2016 and 2017 he was awarded the Italian Chamber of Deputies Medal, personally offered by the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Hon. Laura Boldrini, on the occasion of the European Music Day, in recognition of his artistic talent and for the successes achieved in some prestigious international piano competitions over recent years. In March 2017 he gave a recital at the Pauline Chapel of the Quirinal Palace in Rome, for “I Concerti del Quirinale di Rai Radio 3” concert series, receiving many appreciations from the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
Many of his recordings were broadcast by radio and television broadcasters in Italy (Rai 3, Rai 5, Rai Radio 1, Rai Radio 3, Rai Südtirol, Radio Popolare, Venice Classic Radio) and abroad (RTBF, VRT, Musiq'3, Klara, ORF III, MDR Kultur, RTS, arte, Deutsche Welle). Furthermore, some important music magazines (Suonare News, Amadeus, Crescendo, Andante, Pizzicato) have published many articles about him.
As from 2015, he is one of the artists supported by the CIDIM (the Italian National Music Council), that realized the production of his first CD for the label Suonare Records, attached to the national music magazine Suonare News (May 2017). In 2016, the BNP Paribas Fortis engaged him for a concert series in Belgium and published a CD that includes some live performances of him from the “Queen Elisabeth” Competition in Brussels.
He is currently involved in the field of the chamber music performance and regularly performs with the Italian violinist Gennaro Cardaropoli.

 

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