Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable subtlety of colouring, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and wealth of experience to a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Lutosławski. Babayan performs with the world’s foremost orchestras including the London Symphony, Cleveland, Mariinsky, BBC Scottish Symphony, Detroit, and the New World Symphony. Born in Armenia, Babayan began his studies with Georgy Saradjev and continued at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, he won first prizes in major competitions including the Cleveland International, Hamamatsu, and Scottish International Piano Competitions. Recent and forthcoming recital highlights include performances at the Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Zurich Tonhalle, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Auditorium Radio France, Edinburgh International Festival, Wigmore Hall, and the Celebrity Series of Boston. He also appears at major festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, and Verbier.
After studying with Eliso Virsaladze and Alexander Satz, Boris Berezovsky made his debut at Wigmore Hall in 1988, before winning the gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1991. He has performed in recital worldwide at venues including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Royal Festival Hall, and appeared at festivals including Gstaad, Verbier and Salzburg. Berezovsky regularly performs chamber music with Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Alexandre Gindin, Michael Collins, Henri Demarquette, Alexandre Melnikov, and the Borodin, Britten, Endellion, and Takács quartets. As a soloist he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, Mariinsky Theatre, Santa Cecilia, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, and worked with distinguished conductors including Antonio Pappano, Leif Segerstam, Leonard Slatkin and Kurt Masur. His recordings have won the Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassick awards. In 2014, Berezovksy was appointed Artistic Director of Music of the Earth Festival in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Alfred Brendel has enjoyed a distinguished international career for over 70 years. He was the first pianist to record Beethoven’s complete piano works, and has performed regularly at the world’s most prestigious music festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. He has received honorary degrees from many universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, and was awarded an honorary KBE in 1989. In 1992 Brendel received the Hans von Bülow Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic and was granted Honorary Membership of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in December 1998. He has received countless awards including the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the MIDEM Cannes Classical Awards, the Leonie Sonning Prize, the Robert Schumann Prize, the 2002 South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the 2008 Karajan Prize and the 2010 Gramophone ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award. Brendel is Patron of the Oxford Piano Festival.
Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter has won the hearts of audiences around the world with her passionate yet sensitive music-making and effortless technique. Recent UK engagements include appearances with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms. Internationally Fliter has performed with the Israel, Hong Kong, Rotterdam and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and recent highlights include her debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood and re-engagements with the Toronto, Vancouver and New World Symphony Orchestras. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, La Roque d’Anthéron and the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. She has given recitals at major venues in Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Stockholm, Sydney and London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls. Fliter’s latest recording, the complete Chopin Nocturnes, was released for Linn Records in September 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. In 2006 Fliter won the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award. She has been a professor at the Imola International Academy since 2015.
Konrad Engel is currently a Professor at Hanns Eisler University as well as Head of the Piano Department at the Bach-Gymnasium, Berlin. He has previously taught at universities in Hanover and Bremen. Before choosing to focus on the pedagogical aspects of music, his international activities as a concert soloist were highly applauded. His own studies were characterised by his intensive work with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and he received his highest degree as a soloist concert performer at Hanover University of Music in 2006. During his studies, Engel won numerous prizes at international competitions and was supported by the National Concert Agency. He also took part in international masterclasses, including with John O’Conor at the Wilhelm-Kempff-Academy. In his free time, Konrad Engel has many other areas of interest, including astronomy and the visual arts. His motto can be described in Eisler‘s words: ‘Who seeks to understand music only, won’t understand music at all.’
Ian Jones is a Professor of Piano and Deputy Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music. His career as a Steinway Artist has taken him to all five continents for concerts and broadcasts, including acclaimed performances in London with the Royal Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras. His world premiere performances and recordings of music by British composer Rebecca Clarke have received enthusiastic attention. On the recent release of his CD, Chopin: Summer in Nohant, Classic FM Magazine drew comparison with Rubinstein and Arrau, whilst BBC Music Magazine described his playing as having ‘a lyrical elegance and unselfconscious purity of expression’. He is Artistic Director of the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition, a frequent juror at other international piano competitions and performs and conducts masterclasses in many countries, most recently in the USA, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Serbia, Russia and China.
Since 2005, Vanessa Latarche has been Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music, formerly having been a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made an Honorary Associate in 1997. Latarche was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, an honour conferred on her by HRH Prince of Wales in 2010. In 2011, she was granted a Personal Chair, and in 2017 was made the Associate Director for Partnerships in China. Latarche frequently travels to give masterclasses in such institutions as Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Beijing Central Conservatory, and she is an advisor to Lang Lang’s music school, in Shenzhen, China. In the UK, Latarche has performed as a soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert and BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestras and appeared at festivals including Cheltenham and Harrogate. She has been a juror for competitions worldwide including BBC Young Musician of the Year.
Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. His residencies at London’s Wigmore Hall, Antwerp’s deSingel, the Bath International Music Festival and most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are a testament to the breadth of his interests and the respect he commands. Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programmes are publicly and critically acclaimed without exception. He has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and Wigmore Hall. 2018 marked 20 years of Osborne’s relationship with Hyperion, with his 28 releases for the label covering a wide range of repertoire including Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Messiaen, Britten, Tippett, Crumb and Feldman.
Marios Papadopoulos is Founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Piano Festival. Enjoying an international career as a pianist and conductor, he has worked with many eminent musicians including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Renée Fleming and Lang Lang. In 2018, Papadopoulos performed a mini-cycle of Mozart’s piano concertos in China with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. The 2018-19 season sees him direct the Oxford Philharmonic in Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds, and conduct a new production of The Marriage of Figaro at the Greek National Opera. Papadopoulos’s recording catalogue includes his critically acclaimed Beethoven sonatas – which have been set on a level with Schnabel, Brendel, Barenboim, and Kempff (Daily Telegraph, Classic FM Magazine) – and works by Stravinsky (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Mozart, Mussorgsky, Franck and Shostakovich. He and Maxim Vengerov have recorded the complete Brahms violin sonatas and performed them at Vienna’s Musikverein in 2016. Papadopoulos was awarded an MBE in 2014 and is a Fellow by Special Election of Keble College, Oxford.
Born in Germany in 1923, Menahem Pressler is one of the world’s most distinguished and honoured musicians. He was the founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio for all of its 51 years. After winning the Debussy Competition in San Francisco in 1946, he made his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra; performances with the New York, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and London Symphony Orchestras followed. Both an outstanding solo and chamber performer, Mr Pressler has collaborated with nearly all the greatest quartets and given lieder recitals with Christoph Pregardien and Matthias Goerne with whom he is recording Schumann’s Dichterliebe for Harmonia Mundi. His 2018 solo recording of French music for Deutsche Grammophon received high critical acclaim. His acclaimed 2014 performance with the Berlin Philharmonic under Rattle was televised worldwide. Concert engagements and masterclasses take him all over Europe, Asia, Israel and America. He holds the position of Distinguished Professor, Charles Webb Chair at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington where he has taught since 1955.
Beatrice Rana has prompted admiration from conductors, critics and audiences worldwide. She has performed at the world’s most esteemed concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Beatrice has collaborated with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, and Gianandrea Noseda, and orchestras including the London Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Santa Cecilia, and Bavarian Radio Symphony. Awards include first prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International Competition (2011), and Silver and the Audience Award at the Van Cliburn Competition (2013). Beatrice was part of BBC New Generation Artist Scheme (2015-17) and was awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2016. In 2017, Beatrice released the award-winning Bach: Goldberg Variations on Warner Classics.
Siblings Joseph, Justine and Victor Metral form Trio Metral, known for their commitment and passion, as well as their constant striving to discover new boundaries within music. Having studied at the National Conservatory of Paris and the European Chamber Music Academy, they have won prizes both individually and as a trio at numerous competitions including First Prize, the Audience Award and the Best Interpretation of Haydn’s trios at the Joseph Haydn International Trio Competition in 2017. Trio Metral have performed at prestigious concert halls including the Paris Philharmonie, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, as well as at numerous festivals throughout Europe. Trio Metral is Ensemble in Residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth and at ProQuartet. Their first recording, the two piano trios by Mendelssohn, will be released by APARTE in 2019.
With a career spanning 64 years, Mikhail Voskresensky performs in recital and with orchestras throughout Moscow and worldwide. He gave the debut performance outside of the USSR of Shostakovich’s second piano concerto during the 1957 Prague Spring Festival, a performance attended by the composer himself. During 1982-83, Voskresensky gave the complete cycle of Chopin’s piano works at the Moscow Conservatory. With a vast and ever-expanding repertoire, recent seasons have seen him perform works including Schnittke’s Piano Concerto for Four Hands, Kurbatov’s Concerto for Four Pianos, and a rare concerto by Taneyev. His highest achievement is his complete Mozart Piano Concerto Series of live recordings, for which he received ‘Prize of Moscow City’ in 2011. In 2015, he was made a Knight of Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun. A distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory since 1959, Voskresensky’s pupils have won 130 international prizes including 57 gold medals.