Kazuko Seiler und Musikalische Freunde

Kio Seiler Violin

Kio began to play violin at the age of 3 years, and studied with Mrs. Mariko Kosai and Mrs. Yoko Tabuchi. After Horikawa High School of Music Course (now Kyoto City Music High School), she graduated from San Francisco Art High School. She entered Eastman Music University.

Kio played at the Aspen Music Festival. She was invited to the Cincinnati State University Music department and studied as a full scholarship student under Mrs. Dorothy Delay. After graduating, she studied a master's course under Mrs. Akiko Aki at Yale University. Kio studied under Master Class Zuckerman, Wyler Stein and other great masters of the world.
Later, she moved to London and graduated with a post-graduate diploma from Prof. David Takeno as a scholar at the Guildhall Conservatory in the United Kingdom.

During that time, she won awards at numerous contests. As a soloist and chamber music player, based in Europe, she has been active in recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestral performances in Europe, America, Asia, South America, Oceania, Africa, Russia, and other countries around the world. She became the second violin chief of the National Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Belgium.

Since 2011 Kio became the first violin of the prestigious Zurich Chamber Orchestra, where she also actively perform as a chamber musician and as a soloist in numerous international tournées.

Along with the conductor Claudio Abad, Pierre Boulez and Daniel Harding, she regularly performs as guest and premier at the Mahler Chamber, the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Scottish Chamber and so on. She is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2017.

In addition to music activities, she has appeared on television and radio since her childhood, and in Japan, she has appeared as the eighth generation Unitika mascot girl and on TV commercials for Daido insurlance, broadcast it on the national net. She worked on a series of essays, reporters and other NHKs and many other TV stations.

Vadim Serebryany Piano

Vadim Serebryany has been acclaimed by audiences and critics on five continents for his sensitive and intelligent music making. He has been highly sought after as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, performing in Europe, South America, Australia and throughout North America. In recent seasons Mr. Serebryany has embarked on many interesting and challenging projects, including performing the complete Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin, as well as presenting various solo and chamber works of the Second Viennese School composers in creative programs. In recent seasons, he has been a guest soloist with the National Arts Center Orchestra, The Kingston Symphony, the Osaka Century Orchestra, and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Serebryany has collaborated with such prominent artists as choreographer Mark Morris, Baritone Gary Reylea, cellists Suren Bagratuni and Eugene Osadchy, violinists Mayumi Seiler, Almita Vamos, and Yosuke Kawasaki, and members of the American String Quartet, the Enso Quartet, and the Glenn Gould String Quartet. In 2007 he and Mr. Kawasaki made their recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

An Honours graduate with Distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he was a student of Marina Geringas, Vadim went on to complete his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School, under the tutelages of the legendary Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya and the esteemed American pianist Jacob Lateiner. The final leg of Mr. Serebryany’s formal education took him to Yale University, where he completed his studies in the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program under the brilliant Russian pianist and teacher Boris Berman.

From 2005 to 2008 Mr. Serebryany served as Artist in Residence at La Sierra University in Riverside, California, and has also served as a visiting professor at Lawrence University. Since September, 2008. Mr. Serebryany has been an Associate Professor of Music at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2015, he was named Huntingdon’s first ever Belcher-Cheek Artist in Residence.

’00 MMA ’06 DMA has been appointed Assistant Professor of Piano in the School of Music at Ithaca College. Serebryany will join fellow YSM alumnus and pianist Dmitry Novgorodsky, who joined Ithaca’s faculty in April 2015.

Chaim Steller Viola

Chaim Steller, born in 1983 in Amsterdam, started playing the violin age 4, and when 16 decided to switch to viola. He studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Marjolein Dispa, and continued his studies with Wolfram Christ in Freiburg, where he obtained his “soloist” diploma with the highest honours in 2009. In the following two years Chaim studied chamber music in Berlin with the Artemis Quartett.

Masterclasses and collaborations with musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Lars Anders Tomter, Thomas Riebl, Antoine Tamestit and Jörg Widmann continue to complete his musical education.

Chaim Steller has been playing as assistant principal violist of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under Iván Fischer since June 2015, after his time as first principal with the Duisburger Philharmoniker/Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Since May 2007 Chaim has been playing in the Orchestra Mozart under maestro Claudio Abbado and other well-known conductors such as Trevor Pinnock and Bernard Haitink. By personal invitation of M° Abbado, he has also been playing in the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2008. Additionally, Chaim works regularly as guest principal with orchestras like the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and the NDR Orchester Hamburg.

Along with American violinist Joseph Puglia and Hungarian cellist Örs Kőszeghy, Chaim founded Trio Dumas, with whom he recorded for Hungarian record label Hungaroton.

Chaim Steller was prize winner at the 42nd International Competition for Viola in Markneukirchen (Germany), and the National Viola Competition in Amsterdam. He was awarded the Gustav Scheck Prize of the Commerzbank in 2008 for outstanding achievements as a student of the University of Arts in Freiburg, and the Alice-Samter-prize with his string quartet from the University of Arts Berlin.

A committed player of 20th century and contemporary music, Chaim participated a number of times in the Lucerne Festival Academy, where he played both in chamber music formations as well as in the orchestra as principal violist under conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Péter Eötvös.

He collaborated with composers such as Boulez, Eötvös, and Márton Illés on their pieces, and premiered works by Eötvös, Lachenmann, Pintscher and Stockhausen.
Chaim Steller plays a 1959 Max Möller viola from Amsterdam.

Erika Akane Schutter Violin

Erika Schutter absolvierte ihre Studien bei Thomas Füri an der Musikakademie Basel und bei Sebastian Hamann an der Hochschule Luzern-Musik und schloss diese im Winter 2012 mit dem Solistendiplom ab.

Ihre Leidenschaft ist die Kammermusik. Als Geigerin des Medea Trios gewann sie den Migros Kammermusik-Wettbewerbs 2009, die ORPHEUS Swiss Chamber Music Competition 2011 und den Concours national pour Trio instrumental – Prix Géraldine Whittaker 2012, bei welchem die Künstler mit dem „Prix de la Fondation Suisa pour la Musique“ für die beste Interpretation eines Schweizer Komponisten ausgezeichnet wurden. Im selben Jahr erhielten sie den „Swiss Ambassador’s Award“. Sie konzertierte mit dem Trio in Europa, den USA und in Japan. David Philip Hefti und Christoph Schiess widmeten ihr Werke „Lichter Hall“ und „Insomnies“ dem Trio. Wichtige Impulse erhielt sie von Anton Kernjak, Andras Schiff und Ferenc Rados.

Seit 2014 ist sie Mitglied der Festival Strings Lucerne. Ausserdem ist sie Zuzügerin im Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich und dem Zürcher Kammerorchester. Von 2008 bis 2009 war sie Mitglied des Gustav-Mahler- Jugendorchesters. Als Solistin trat sie mit Alban Bergs Violinkonzert mit dem Luzerner Sinfonieorchester im KKL Luzern auf. Seit 2012 unterrichtet sie an der Geigenbauschule Brienz das Fach Musik. Sie ist künstlerische Leiterin der Konzertreihen „Dachkammerkonzerte Brienz“ und „Garnlager Lyssach“

Thiemo Schutter Cello

Born in Switzerland in 1985.

Studied with Konradin Brodberg at Bern University of Music and received a teaching license. Studied with Marek Yelier at Lucerne Music University, earned a MA in practical performance (major) and contemporary music (a minor).

As a member of the Lucerne String Quartet in the Chamber Music Class in Cologne Music Academy, he receives instruction from the Alban Berg String Quartet.

He is interested in contemporary music as well as chamber music. Performed in the Swiss contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Bosville. Involved in the formation of Ensemble Proton Bern.

Received craftsmanship education as a violin maker at Brienz violin production school from 2013 to 2015.

While working as a violin maker since summer 2015, he also works as a chamber music player in Zurich and Bern.

Gregory Ahss Violin

Der israelische Violinist Gregory Ahss begann mit dem Geigenunterricht im Alter von fünf Jahren an der Gnessin Musikschule in seiner Geburtsstadt Moskau. Später setzte er seine Ausbildung am israelischen Konservatorium, an der Akademie für Musik in Tel Aviv und am New England Conservatory of Music in Boston bei Lena Mazor, Irena Svetlova und Donald Weilerstein fort. Während seiner Studienzeit gewann er sowohl den Violin- als auch den Kammermusikwettbewerb der Akademie, später den israelischen Interpretationspreis sowie den Internationalen Violinwettbewerb von Porto in Portugal.

Von 1993 bis 2001 war Gregory Ahss Stipendiat der America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Noch als Student gründete er das Tal Piano Trio, das eine Reihe von Preisen gewann, darunter im Jahr 2002 den ersten Preis des renommierten internationalen Kammermusikwettbewerbs „Premio Trio di Trieste“ von Triest in Italien.

Als Solist trat er unter der Leitung von Claudio Abbado und Yannick Nézet-Séguin mit dem Mahler Chamber Orchestra, dem Orchestra Mozart Bologna und der Camerata Salzburg auf. Diese Ensembles leitet er auch in verschiedenen Konzerten vom Pult aus.

Seine Kammermusikpartner sind unter anderen Natalia Gutman, Sabine Meyer, Gautier Capuçon, Valentin Erben und Daniel Hope, mit dem er Bach und Vivaldis Doppelkonzert mit der Camerata Salzburg beim Menuhin Festival in Gstaad zur Aufführung brachte.

In vielen führenden Orchestern gastierte Gregory Ahss bereits als Konzertmeister, darunter das London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal sowie bei den Bamberger Symphonikern, Bayerischen Staatsorchester, Orchestra dell`Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia und das Orchestra Mozart. Er erhielt Einladungen zu internationalen Festivals, darunter dem Verbier Festival, dem Gotland Festival und dem Israel Festival.

Als Konzertmeister hat Gregory Ahss von 2005 bis 2011 zahlreiche Konzerte des Mahler Chamber Orchestra geleitet und ist einer der Konzertmeister des Lucern Festival Orchestra. Seit 2012 ist er Erster Konzertmeister der Camerata Salzburg.

Konstantin Pfiz Cello

Der Cellist Konstantin Pfiz, Jahrgang 1967, stammt aus Wilhelmshaven. Er studierte bei Georg Faust in Berlin, bei David Strange an der Londoner Royal Academy of Music und bei Harvey Shapiro an der New Yorker Juilliard School of Music. Ausserdem besuchte er Meisterklassen von David Geringas, Boris Pergamenschikow, Paul Tortelier, Heinrich Schiff und beim Amadeus Quartett. Von 1997 bis 2011 war Pfiz Solocellist beim Mahler Chamber Orchestra, seit 2014 spielt er als Erster Solocellist im Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Als Solist konzertierte er mit dem Orchestra Mozart, den Bremer Philharmonikern und den Münchner Symphonikern. Konstantin Pfiz gehört dem Clemente Trioan, das 1998 erfolgreich aus dem ARD-Musikwettbewerb hervorging und mit dem er im Wiener Konzerthaus, im Amsterdamer Concertgebouw, in der Londoner Wigmore Hall und in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall auftrat. Er ist Gründungsmitglied des LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.

Kazuko Seiler und Musikalische Freunde
Kazuko Seiler und Musikalische Freunde
Kazuko Seiler und Musikalische Freunde
Kazuko Seiler und Musikalische Freunde
Kazuko Seiler und Musikalische Freunde
Kazuko Seiler und Musikalische Freunde