Tibor Kovac - violin
Tibor Kovac was born in Levice (Slovak Republic) in 1967. He received his first violin lessons from his father at the age of four. He studied in Bratislava, Prague and Vienna. He later continued his training with A. Staar and B. Kuschnir. At the same time he took master classes with Z. Bron and I. Oistrach. He has won international competitions (including M. Abbado, J. Joachim) and has been a member of the Vienna Philharmonic since 1992 (previous violinist since 1994).
Tibor Kovac has performed internationally as a soloist as well as chamber music. His stage partners included Camerata academica Salzburg, Orchester de la Suisse Romande, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Slovak Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra from St. Petersburg (under the direction of Maestro Valery Gergiev), as well as pianists Lang Lang (NCPA Beijing) and Lambert Orkis (Washington DC),
and singers Thomas Hampson, Juan Diego Florez and Bobby McFerrin.
In 2016 he founded the ensemble “Philharmonic Five”. Tibor Kovac held international master classes in Italy and Japan, as well as philharmonic audition seminars in Salzburg. His complete recording of the 24 Capricci by N. Paganini (2005 GRAMOLA) is remarkable. Tibor Kovac plays an Antonio Stradivari, Cremona 1724 “ex Rawark” violin (on loan from the Austrian National Bank).
Lara Kusztrich - violin
Lara Kusztrich, born 1994 in Vienna, studies with Prof. Lieke te Winkel at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She is a multiple winner of national and international competitions. Her solo concert activities have taken her to the Wiener Konzerthaus (Schubert Hall), the Stefaniensaal of the Graz Musikverein, the Great Hall and the Solitaire of the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Lysenko Hall in Kiev, the Swiss Festival “Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad” and much more. She could be heard as a soloist with the State Philharmonic Košice, the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, the Chamber Orchestra of the A.Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic and others.
In April 2019 Lara Kusztrich won the audition for a 1st violin tutti position in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic. She will take up her position on September 1, 2020, but will already be working as a parental leave substitute in the orchestra in the 2019/20 season.
Before that, she was a regular substitute in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Vienna Philharmonic. March to June 2018 temporary contract with the stage orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Lara Kusztrich was and is also regularly active as concertmaster of various youth orchestras.
Masterclasses with professors Milan Šetena (International Music Forum of the Vienna Philharmonic Trenta 2014), Hubert Kroisamer (A. Prokopp-SoAk 2017), Josef Hell (A. Prokopp-SoAk 2018), Eduard Schmieder and Lewis Kaplan (International Summer Academy Mozarteum), Igor Ozim and Serguei Azizian (mdw) and with Ivry Gitlis in Lugano.
Lara Kusztrich plays a violin by Vincenzo Ventapane, Naples 1770, on loan from the Austrian National Bank.
The violinist and violist Holger Tautscher-Groh was born on July 27th, 1976 in Weiz (Austria). He received his training as a violinist from Gernot Masterlier, Franz Diethard, Alfred Staar, Rainer Küchl and Tibor Varga.
From 2000 to 2006 he was first concertmaster of the Graz Symphony Orchestra and at the same time as assistant to Fabio Luisi. From 2004 to 2008 he was artistic director of the Styrian Society of Friends of Music. In 2006 he was accepted as a second violinist in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, and in 2009 finally in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic.
As a soloist he has performed with various orchestras under conductors such as Max Pommer, Israel Yinon, Arturo Tamayo, Milan Horvat, Dmitri Sitkovetsky and others.
As a chamber musician, Holger Tautscher-Groh has made guest appearances at festivals such as the Styriarte, the Carinthian Summer, the Little Gollinger Festival, the Osterklang Vienna, the Bruckner Festival Linz, the Grafenegg Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
Many of his musical activities have been documented by labels such as Columbia, ORF, harmonia mundi, Camerata, Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon.
“One of the best, most fascinating piano albums of the year” wrote the Fono Forum about his recording of sonatas and rondos by CPE Bach, following equally enthusiastic reviews in Gramophone, Piano News and others.
This was preceded by a series of prizes at important international competitions in Leipzig, Saarbrücken, Pretoria, Zurich and Vienna, since then Christopher Hinterhuber has been a regular soloist at home and abroad under renowned conductors and together with high-ranking orchestras and conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yakov Kreizberg, Sylvain Cambreling, Bruno Weil, Dennis Russell Davies, Bertrand de Billy. The festivals at which he is a regular guest include the Styriarte in Graz, the Carinthian Summer in Ossiach, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Prague Autumn and the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival. In 2002/3 he gave concerts in the "Rising Stars" series in New York's Carnegie Hall and in the most important European music metropolises.
A notable project was the recording in sound (Schubert, Rachmaninow, Schönberg) and images (Christopher Hinterhuber's hands) for the French
Austrian film "Die Klavierspielerin" based on Elfriede Jelinek, directed by Michael Haneke (awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes 2001).
The 10 CD recordings, which among other things received the coveted "Editor's Choice des Gramophone or 5 stars in the French Diapason and an appointment as professor for the piano major at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, underline his outstanding position within the younger Austrian Generation of pianists.
Orfei Mandozzi, born in Ticino, made his debut as part of the
Eurovision competition as a soloist with orchestra. He won first prizes in several international competitions, including Johannes Brahms, Osaka, UFAM Paris.
Studies at the CNSM Paris Conservatory, the Conservatory of Milan, the Juilliard School New York and the Vienna University of Music. Orfeo Mandozzi worked regularly with leading cellists, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo Yo Ma, Harvey Shapiro, Paul Tortelier and Maurice Gendron.
Orfeo Mandozzi performs as a soloist with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Kristjan Järvi, Alfred Eschwé, Michail Jurowski, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Philippe Entremont and many others.
Orfeo Mandozzi has given concerts in most of the important concert halls, including the Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Cologne Philharmonic, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall London, Casals Hall Tokyo, Izumi Hall Osaka, Auditorio Nat. Madrid, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Tonhalle Zürich, Viktoria Hall Geneva, Lincoln Center, as well as in Carnegie Hall New York and performed at festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Salzburg Festival, Masterseries Wigmore Hall, Schubert Festival, Haydn Festival, Vienna Festival Weeks, Prague Spring, St. Petersburg White Nights Festival, Richter Festival Moscow, Bregenz Festival, Lockenhaus Festival, Festival di Ravenna, and many others.
After a performance of the Boccherini Sonata, Rostropovich said: & quot; Orfeo Mandozzi has the most beautiful Italian cantilena that I have ever heard. & Quot; Orfeo Mandozzi has been Artistic Director of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation & quot; Live Music Now & quot; since 2011 . Switzerland.
Orfeo Mandozzi plays a cello made by Francesco Ruggeri in 1675 ( Cremona).