A doctor of musicology and the winner of four first prizes at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse in Paris (music history, aesthetics, pedagogy and musicology), Emmanuel Hondré is the head of the concerts and shows department at the Philharmonie de Paris. He previously served as the music editor at the Cité de la Musique (1997), as well as the head of the cultural service at the Musée de la Musique (2002) and the production manager at the Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel (2005). Every year, he currently puts together a season of 500 concerts in this complex of five halls: it is a themed season open to all music genres, intending to make music more democratic. He is also regularly invited to work with young professionals to help them prepare for a career in music (Paris, Lyon, Saint-Étienne, Geneva, Moscow, Amsterdam and Shanghai). He is a member of various expert panels aimed at exchanging musical projects, including at the Diaphonique Franco-British fund for contemporary music (London), the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Île-de-France (DRAC) – musical commission, the French-American Cultural Exchange (New York), and Impuls – the Franco-German fund for contemporary music (Berlin). Last but not least, he is regularly invited to be a jury member at international competitions: International Competition of Opera Singers – Galina Vischnevskaïa Opera Centre in Moscow (2012), Saint Petersburg International Competition of Opera Singers (2015), Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (2016 & 2018), Lyon International Chamber Music Competition (2017), Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (2019), and Beijing Composition Competition (2019).
Canadian violinist Martin Beaver was First Violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from June 2002 until its final concert in July 2013. As such, he appeared to critical and public acclaim on the major stages of the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
As a member of the Tokyo String Quartet, Mr. Beaver was privileged to perform on the 1727 Stradivarius violin from the “Paganini Quartet” set of instruments, on generous loan to the quartet from the Nippon Music Foundation. Recordings of the Tokyo String Quartet during his tenure notably include the complete Beethoven quartets on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Mr. Beaver’s concerto and recital appearances span four continents with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and under the batons of Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Raymond Leppard, Gilbert Varga and Yannick Nézet-Séguin among others. Chamber music performances include collaborations with such eminent artists as Leon Fleisher, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Sabine Meyer and Yefim Bronfman.
Mr. Beaver is a regular guest at prominent festivals in North America and abroad. Among these are: the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla SummerFest, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Edinburgh Festival (U.K.) and Pacific Music Festival (Japan).
Following his early studies with Claude Letourneau and Carlisle Wilson, Mr. Beaver was a pupil of Victor Danchenko, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng. He is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth, Montreal and Indianapolis competitions. Subsequently, he has served on the juries of major international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth and Montreal violin competitions, the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Beaver has been the grateful recipient of generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts. This includes Arts Grants for his studies at Indiana University, Career Development Grants and the 1993 Virginia-Parker Prize. In 1998, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Canada Council awarded Mr. Beaver the loan of the 1729 “ex-Heath” Guarnerius del Gesù violin for a four-year period.
A devoted educator, Mr. Beaver has conducted masterclasses throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has held teaching positions at the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of British Columbia and the Peabody Conservatory. More recently, he served on the faculty of New York University and as Artist in Residence at the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded its highest honor – the Sanford Medal. He joined the faculty of the Colburn School in Los Angeles in August 2013 where he is currently Professor of Violin and Chamber Music.
Martin Beaver is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and cellist Clive Greensmith.
Mr. Beaver performs on a 1789 Nicolo Bergonzi violin.
Francesco Dillon (born in Turin, 1973) already has a brilliant international career to his credit, characterised by the originality and variety of the repertoire that he has embraced. As a soloist he has performed on such prestigious concert stages as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal of Munich, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Jordan Hall in Boston and the Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires, with such orchestras as the Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI), the Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, the Orchestra of the Colon Theatre, Ensemble Resonanz, Oulu Sinfonia Finland, and the Tuscany Regional Orchestra (ORT). Most recently he made an acclaimed debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, conducted by Susanna Mallki.
Having graduated in Florence under the guidance of Andrea Nannoni, he continued his studies with Anner Bijlsma, Mario Brunello, David Geringas and Mstislav Rostropovich, thereafter studying composition with Salvatore Sciarrino.
In 1993 he was one of the founders of the Quartetto Prometeo, a chamber group of international acclaim and winner of numerous prizes (Prague Spring, ARD Munich, Bordeaux) and recently honoured with the Leone d’Argento award of the Biennale Musica of Venice. Dillon is also a stable member of the Alter Ego ensemble which is regularly invited to the major contemporary music festivals around the world. His passion for chamber music has led to performances with musicians such as Irvine Arditti, Mario Brunello, Giuliano Carmignola, Piero Farulli, David Geringas, Veronika Hagen, Alexander Lonquich, Enrico Pace, Jean-Guihen Queyras.
The profound interest in contemporary music which he has always cultivated has led to solid collaborations with the major composers of our time: Gavin Bryars, Ivan Fedele, Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Philip Glass, Vinko Globokar, Sofija Gubaidulina, Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Giya Kancheli, Alexander Knaifel, Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, Alvin Lucier, Arvo Pärt, Henri Pousseur, Steve Reich, Fausto Romitelli, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino and with cult experimental musicians such as Matmos, and Pansonic, William Basinsky and John Zorn.
Dillon’s performances have been transmitted by such important broadcasters as the BBC, RAI, ARD, Radio France, ORF, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and WDR.
He has recorded for the ECM label, as well as Kairos, Ricordi, Sony, Stradivarius, Die Schachtel and Touch.
He recently recorded for the first time, Variations by Salvatore Sciarrino which received the Diapason d’Or prize, and Ballata by Giacinto Scelsi, both with the Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI). As a duo with the pianist Emanuele Torquati, he has brought out three CDs of rare music of Schumann and the complete works for cello by Franz Liszt for Brilliant Classics.
Along with his concert activity there have been teaching experiences in institutions such as the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Royal College in London, Liszt Academy in Budpest, Premio Borciani/Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia, School of Music of Fiesole, Tokyo music University, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, the Pacific University in California, Untref-Buenos Aires, Manchester University.
From 2010 he has been artistic director of the season of contemporary music Music@villaromana in Florence.
Co-Artistic Director, Viola Space Festival / Artist in Residence, Kammerakademie Potsdam / LSO Artist Portrait, London Symphony Orchestra Antoine Tamestit is recognised internationally as one of the great violists – soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In addition to his peerless technique and profound musicianship, he is known for the depth and beauty of his sound with its rich, deep, burnished quality. His repertoire is broad, ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, and he has performed and recorded several world premieres.
One of the concertos Tamestit commissioned is the concerto by Jörg Widmann. Since giving the world premiere performance in 2015 with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi, Tamestit has given performances of the concerto with the co-commissioners, Swedish Radio Symphony and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, both under Daniel Harding, again with the Orchestre de Paris, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Tamestit’s other world premiere performances and recordings include Thierry Escaich’s La Nuit Des Chants in 2018, the Concerto for Two Violas by Bruno Mantovani written for Tabea Zimmermann and Tamestit, and Olga Neuwirth’s Remnants of Songs. Works composed for Tamestit also include Neuwirth’s Weariness Heals Wounds and Gérard Tamestit’s Sakura.
In the 2020/21 season, Tamestit has been invited to perform with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and Orchestre de Paris. In chamber music, Tamestit will be joined by Martin Fröst and Shai Wosner for a recital tour of Europe, including performances at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, WIgmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus and Berlin Konzerthaus.
Last season, Tamestit was Artist in Residence at the Kammerakademie Potsdam, performing as soloist in symphonic concerts and including three play/conduct concerts. He performed also with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Bayerische Staatsoper, and Czech Philharmonic, including returning to NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre deParis. Tamestit embarked on a European recital tour with chamber music partner Masato Suzuki, playing an all-Bach programme at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Innsbruck and at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.
Tamestit has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, WDR Köln, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has worked with many great conductors including Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Antonio Pappano, François-Xavier Roth, Emmanuel Krivine and Franz Welser-Möst.
Antoine Tamestit is a founding member of Trio Zimmermann with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltera. Together they have recorded a number of acclaimed CDs for BIS Records, most recently Bach’s Goldberg Variations which was released in May 2019, and they have played in Europe’s most famous concert halls and series. Other chamber music partners include Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capucon, Martin Fröst, Leonidas Kavakos, Nikolai Lugansky, Emmanuel Pahud, Francesco Piemontesi, Christian Tetzlaff, Cédric Tiberghien, Yuja Wang, Jörg Widmann, Shai Wosner and the Ebene and Hagen Quartets.
Antoine Tamestit records for Harmonia Mundi and his most recent release was Bach’s Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba which he recorded with Masato Suzuki in 2019. His other most notable release was the Widmann Concerto, recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding in February 2018. The recording was selected as Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine and also won the Premier Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2019. His first recording on Harmonia Mundi was Bel Canto: The Voice of the Viola, with Cédric Tiberghien released in February 2017. Tamestit’s distinguished discography includes Berlioz’s Harold en Italie with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev for LSO Live; for Naïve he has recorded three Bach Suites, Hindemith solo and concertante works with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi; and an earlier recording of Harold in Italy with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. In 2016 he appeared with Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on a new recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (Hännsler Classic).
Together with Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit is co-artistic director of the Viola Space Festival in Japan, focusing on the development of viola repertoire and a wide range of education programmes.
Born in Paris, Antoine Tamestit studied with Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine, and with Tabea Zimmermann. He was the recipient of several coveted prizes including first prize at the ARD International Music Competition, the William Primrose Competition and the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, as well as BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2008.
Antoine Tamestit plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, loaned by the Habisreutinger Foundation.
Photo Julien Mignot
Violinist Anthea Kreston leads a varied and interesting life. She was the first American violinist to be a member of a major European string quartet, Germany’s Artemis Quartet,
and enjoys a robust international touring and recording career. She was Professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin and Master Teacher at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels.
An avid writer, she has written for major classical publications such as Strings and Chamber Music Magazine, as well as penning a weekly music blog for Slipped Disc which clocked in as one of the top-5 most read music blogs internationally. She has produced and hosted a variety of podcasts (notably a series of podcasts for the Pierre Boulez Saal for their Quartet Festival), and curated the Fortnightly Music Book Club, which brought music lovers, musicologists, performers and authors together for in-depth discussions.
She has an incredible husband and two funny and generous daughters. Her recent release on Warner Classics is Shostakovich Quartets and Piano Quintet with the Artemis Quartet and pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja won the Diapason d’Or.
The San Diego Reader said of her “…Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz-Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy.” She made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and performs frequently as a concertmaster, soloist and chamber musician. She is equally at home as the Director of the Majestic Chamber Music Series, as well as founder and Executive Director of the Inside Music Academy.
Anthea has won awards from Chamber Music America for her groundbreaking work with abused children and AIDS patients in Hartford, CT. Anthea holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Cleveland State University and a performance degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.
Jana Kuss was born in East Berlin in 1975 and began playing the violin at the age of six. As a student Jana won many first prizes and scholarships from the German Republic and was given the use of a violin made by J.B. Vuillaume by the Mannheim Sinfonima Foundation
When she was 14 years old and still at school, she founded the Kuss Quartet together with Oliver Wille. For many years they were taught and accompanied in their progress by Eberhard Feltz, and after the fall of the Berlin Wall they met Walter Levin who invited them to masterclasses in Paris, Salzburg, Spain and the Netherlands.
In 2001, Jana and her colleagues were invited to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and were the first quartet in the now famous programme founded there by members of the Cleveland Quartet.
As leader of the Kuss-Quartet, Jana has won numerous prizes and competitions. These include the Deutscher Musikrat and the Premio Borciani in Reggio Emilia (Italy).
In 2002 and 2003 the Kuss-Quartet studied with the Alban Berg-Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne where they completed their studies.
Jana Kuss studied the violin with Eberhard Feltz, Adelina Oprean, Thomas Brandis and Michelle Auclair. As a 16 year old she met György Kurtag for the first time, with whom she subsequently studied many of his works.
In her role as a member of the Kuss-Quartett she has been invited to teach chamber music at the Kronberg Academy, Indiana University, as well as Universities in Berlin, Hamburg and Japan.
She has performed with many musicians including Kim Kashkashian, Miklos Perenyi, Sharon Kam and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as well as sopranos Mojca Erdmann and Juliane Banse.
Jana Kuss is one of „100 Brains of Tomorrow“, an initiative of Germany – „Land of Ideas“
In 1977 Alexander Lonquich won the First Prize at the Casagrande Competition: since then he has given concerts in all the main musical centres of the world; he has collaborated with orchestra conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Ton Koopman, Emmanuel Krivine, Heinz Holliger, Sandor Vègh and many others. In the chamber music field, Alexander Lonquich collaborates with esteemed partners such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Carolin Widmann and Jörg Widmann, to name a few. Alexander Lonquich has received numerous awards from Italian and international critics, such as the “Diapason d’Or” and the “Premio Abbiati” (as ‘best soloist’ in 2016).
In the role of conductor/soloist he collaborated with the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, the Filarmonica della scala, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Alexander Lonquich is a regular guest of internationally renowned festivals including Schubertiade, Lockenhaus, Mozartwoche Salzburg in Austria, Beethovenfest Bonn and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen in Germany. Among the most relevant engagements outside Italy we mention collaborations with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Camerata Salzburg. Very active also in the recording field, his most recent publication (October 2018) is a double CD for the Alpha-Outhere label entitled “Schubert 1828” and containing the Sonatas D958, D959 and D960. Since 2014 Alexander Lonquich has been Principal Conductor of Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. In 2013 he created, together with his wife Cristina Barbuti, ‘Kantoratelier’, a theatrical space where his favourite subjects – psychology, music and theatre – are studied and developed thanks to workshops, seminars and concerts.