veli-matti puumala

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(c) Saara Vuorjoki


Veli-Matti Puumala (s.1965), on suomalainen säveltäjä. Hän opiskeli Paavo Heinisen johdolla Sibelius-Akatemiassa ja myöhemmin Franco Donatonin johdolla Accademia Chigianassa, Italian Sienassa.
Puumala on sävellyksen professori Sibelius-Akatemiassa. Hänen teoksiaan ovat muiden muassa kontrabassokonsertto Taon ja Chain-tetralogia.

Puumala sai vuonna 2005 Teosto-palkinnon pianokonsertostaan Seeds Of Time.



pierre amoyal

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(c) V. Purdom


Pierre Amoyal is well known to music lovers. He has played with the greatest conductors and orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls of the world. This virtuoso is also the lucky owner of the one of the most beautiful violins ever made : the famous "Kochanski," a Stradivarius that was stolen from him in 1987, and which was miraculously recovered four years later by the Italian Carabinieri.

When Amoyal was only twelve years old, he completed his studies at the Paris Conservatory with a First Prize. The prodigy then left for Los Angeles to study with the legendary Jascha Heifetz. The two spent five intense years together, culminating in chamber music concerts and recordings with cellist Gregor Piatigorski.

At the age of 22, he made his European debut with the late Sir Georg Solti and the Orchestre de Paris, followed by appearances in all of the major European capitals, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, South America and in the Far East. Amoyal has played under the most important conductors of the last three decades: von Karajan, Ozawa, Boulez, Maazel, Solti, Pretre, Sanderling, Rozhdestvensky, Rattle, and Myung Whun Chung, to name only a few. His first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic under Maestro von Karajan in Berlin was followed by many subsequent performances with this orchestra, including the German premier of the Dutilleux Concerto under Lorin Maazel. In 1985, he made his recital debut in Carnegie Hall, which received outstanding critical acclaim.


He was the youngest musician ever to be nominated as a professor at the Paris Conservatory. Following his move to Switzerland, he took up a teaching post at the Lausanne Conservatory. Also in Lausanne, he initiated a novel music academy dedicated to the violin/piano repertoire, which he hosts annually with Bruno Canino. Pierre Amoyal is a very touching example of a virtuoso whose exceptional talents neither diminished his love of hard work, nor development of the most essential human qualities



serguei azizian

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Serguei Azizian was born in Armenia in 1957. For almost twenty years he has lived in Denmark, where he has won great respect for his work as a leader of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra. 


Serguei Azizian has performed as soloist with orchestras in St. Petersburg, as well as with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also especially active as a chamber musician. 


Serguei Azizian has taught at the Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, and is currently Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. 


sigrún edvaldsdóttir


Sigrún Edvaldsdóttir started playing the violin at the age of five. She graduated from the Reykjavik Music Conservatory with a soloist degree in 1984, where she studied with Gudny Gudmundsdóttir, and received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 1988 following studies with Jascha Brodsky and Jaime Laredo. She also studied privately with Roland and Almita Vamos.


 Edvaldsdóttir was a founding member and first violin of the Miami String Quartet from 1988 to 1990. She has performed at numerous chamber music festivals, such as the Marlboro Festival, L´Emperi Festival in Aix-en-Provence, the Kuhmo and Korsholm Festivals in Finland, and the Sangat Festival in Mumbai, India. She is also a regular artist at Music Festival at Sea with P.O. Cruises, and has sailed to the most exotic places with them.


Edvaldsdóttir has been a laureate at a number of international violin competitions: she was 2nd prize winner in the Leopold Mozart Competition in 1987, 5th prize in the Carl Nielsen Competition in 1988, 3rd prize in the International West Palm Beach Competition in 1989, 3rd prize in the 1990 Sibelius Competition, and earned 2nd prizes in 1992 at the Lexus International Violin Competition and the Carl Flesch Competition. She was awarded the Icelandic Optimist Prize in 1992 for her work in music and her positive outlook, and was knighted by the president of Iceland in 1998. She has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall in London and Weill Recital Hall in New York. In 2005 she performed the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano at the Reykjavik Arts Festival.


Edvaldsdóttir actively performs new music. She has premiered violin concertos, and has had numerous other works dedicated to her. She has recorded for the Naxos, Chandos, ITM and Steinar labels, and was mentioned as one of the most interesting violinists of the future in Henry Roth’s 1997 book Violin Virtuosos from Paganini to the 21st century, and in Le monde de la Musique in 1998.  In recent years, her recital touring has taken her to China, and she has been involved in the Reykjavik Midsummer Music festival at Harpa, with pianist and Artistic Director Vikingur Ólafsson. As an orchestral performer, Sigrún Edvaldsdóttir has served as Concertmaster at the Danish Royal Opera. Since 1998, she has been co-Principal Concertmaster with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has appeared as soloist on several occasions, most recently in the Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello in 2011. She also performed the Sibelius concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2014.


pekka kauppinen

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Pekka Kauppinen was born in Lappeenranta. He studied at the Sibelius Academy, from which he graduated with a Master of Music degree in 1998, and the Copenhagen Conservatory. His teachers included Seppo Tukiainen, Milan Vitek and Igor Bezrodnyi.


Kauppinen’s varied musical career was launched with his winning 1st prize in the Kuopio Violin Competition and reaching the finals of the Sibelius Violin Competition at the turn of the 1990s. He has appeared with nearly all Finland’s orchestras, and has recorded violin concertos by Tauno Marttinen with the Lahti Sinfonia under Osmo Vänskä, and Uuno Klami with the Kymi Sinfonietta under Dima Slobodeniouk. He has performed chamber music at the Lemi-Lappeenranta Music Festival and at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.


In his day job, Pekka Kauppinen has been Concertmaster of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years. He is also Concertmaster of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, and he has toured with Valery Gergiev’s World Orchestra for Peace.


Kauppinen has been a part-time lecturer in violin at the Sibelius Academy since 2012.







This acclaimed violinist launched her career with a New York Debut in 1977 as a winner of "Young Concerts Artists" and was immediately recognized as "a first-rate violinist" by the New York Times. Upon graduation from the Julliard School (where she studied with Ivan Galamian, Margaret Pardee, and Dorothy Delay), Sung-Ju Lee was awarded the First Kreisler Fellowship for graduate studies.


Her list of accomplishments is impressive, beginning with her appearance as soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic at age of 9. In the U.S. she has performed with the orchestras of Saint Louis, Seattle, Baltimore, Florida, Duluth and Roanoke, among many others. Around the world, she has performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Taiwan Symphony, KBS Symphony and Orquesta Sinfonica in Caracas, Venezuela. 


She has played solo recitals in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and many other cities. She has held residencies and masterclasses at the Universities of Arizona, Louisiana, Iowa, West Texas, Idaho, San Diego and Stanford, as well as Dartmouth and Amherst Colleges. In 1994, Sung-Ju Lee was appointed as a professor at the prestigious Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea ( Since moving to Korea, she has been an active performer in her native country. 



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(c) Paul Body


Viulisti Cho-Liang Lin on maailmankuulu kaunopuheisten tulkintojensa ja huippuluokan muusikkoutensa ansiosta. Yli kolmekymmentä vuotta kestäneellä urallaan hän on esiintynyt niin orkesterisolistina, resitaaleissa kuin kamarimusiikkikonserteissa, ja hän on myös opettaja.


Linin esiintymiset heijastavat hänen monipuolista muusikkouttaan. Hän on esiintynyt uudella mantereella Detroitin, Toronton, Dallasin, Houstonin, Nashvillen ja San Diegon orkesterien kanssa ja Los Angelesin kamariorkesterin kanssa; Euroopassa Bergenin, Tukholman ja Münchenin filharmonikkojen sekä English Chamber Orchestran kanssa; ja Aasiassa Hong Kongin filharmonikkojen, Singaporen sinfoniaorkesterin, Malesian filharmonikkojen ja Bangkokin sinfoniaorkesterin kanssa.Viime vuosina Lin on myös esiintynyt kapellimestarina. Hänellä oli konserttikauden mittainen kiinnitys sekä Shanghain että Singaporen sinfoniaorkesterin kanssa solistina ja kapellimestarina, minkä lisäksi hän osallistui kamarimusiikin esityksiin ja piti mestarikursseja. Kaudella 2012–2013 Lin palaa Taiwanin kansallisen sinfoniaorkesterin vierailevaksi solistiksi ja johtajaksi ja esiintyy myös Detroitin, San Antonion ja Shanghain orkesterien kanssa.


Cho-Liang Lin on aikamme musiikin kannattajia, ja hän on tehnyt yhteistyötä huomattavien säveltäjien kanssa – mm. Tan Dun, Joel Hoffman, John Harbison, Christopher Rouse, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lalo Schifrin, Paul Schoenfield, Bright Sheng ja Joan Tower. Lin esiintyy kamarimuusikkona Beijingin musiikkijuhlilla sekä säännöllisesti New Yorkin Lincoln Centerin kamarimusiikkiseurassa, Aspenin musiikkijuhlilla ja Santa Fen kamarimusiikkijuhlilla.


Lin on ollut La Jollan musiikkiseuran kesäfestivaalin musiikillinen johtaja vuodesta 2001. Hän on kehittänyt kamarimusiikkiin keskittyneestä festivaalista monialaisen tapahtuman, johon kuuluu myös tanssia, jazzia ja nykymusiikin ohjelma, johon tilataan teoksia hyvin erilaisilta säveltäjiltä: Chick Corea, Stewart Copeland, Leon Kirchner, Christopher Rouse, Wayne Shorter, Kaija Saariaho ja Gunther Schuller. Aasiassa Lin on Hong Kongin kansainvälisen kamarimusiikkifestivaalin taiteellinen johtaja, ja hänet nimitettiin vähän aikaa sitten Taiwanin kansallisen sinfoniaorkesterin nuorison kesämusiikkileirin taiteelliseksi johtajaksi; hän johtaa esityksiä ja on myös leirin jousisoitinopettajia.


Cho-Liang Linin laaja diskografia sisältää levytyksiä Sony Classical, Decca, Ondine, Naxos ja BIS –levymerkeille. Hänen levytyksensä ovat voittaneet mm. Gramophone-lehden ”Vuoden levy” –palkinnon ja kaksi Grammy-ehdokkuutta. Levyjen ohjelmisto on yhtä monipuolinen kuin hänen uransakin, sisältäen keskeisiä viulukonserttoja Mozartista Stravinskiin, kamarimusiikkia Brahmsista Raveliin ja nykymusiikkia Chen Yistä Christopher Rouseen. Hänen viimeisimpiä levytyksiään ovat Vivaldin Neljä vuodenaikaa Sejongin ja Anthony Newmanin kanssa, Bright Shengin ja Gordon Chinin viuluteoksia Naxos-levymerkille sekä George Tsontakisin 1. viulukonsertto Koch-levymerkille. Suunnitelmissa on levyttää Joan Towerin viulukonsertto Nashvillen sinfoniaorkesterin kanssa.


Cho-Liang Lin syntyi Taiwanilla vuonna 1960 ja aloitti viuluopintonsa Sylvia Leen johdolla viisivuotiaana. Hän jatkoi opintojaan Robert Piklerin johdolla Sydneyssä 12-vuotiaana. Sydneyssä hän tapasi Itzhak Perlmanin, jonka innostamana hän matkusti vuonna 1975 New Yorkiin soittamaan koesoiton Perlmanin opettajalle, nyttemmin edesmenneelle Dorothy DeLaylle, Juilliard-musiikkikoulussa. Lin opiskeli DeLayn johdolla kuusi vuotta. Lin teki New Yorkin debyyttinsä 16-vuotiaana Mostly Mozart –festivaalilla ja esiintyi pian myös New Yorkin filharmonikkojen kanssa, mistä hänen uransa voidaan katsoa käynnistyneen. Vuonna 2000 Musical America nimitti Linin ”Vuoden soittajaksi”. Hänet kutsuttiin Juilliardin opettajakuntaan vuonna 1991, ja sittemmin hänet nimitettiin viulunsoiton professoriksi Rice Universityn Shepherd-musiikkioppilaitokseen. Hänen soittimensa on ”Tizian”-Stradivarius vuodelta 1715.





Gerhard Schulz




Itävaltalainen Gerhard Schulz syntyi vuonna 1951 Linzissä muusikkoperheeseen. Hän opiskeli Franz Samohyin oppilaana Wienissä, Sandor Veghin johdolla Düsseldorfissa ja Yhdysvalloissa hänen opettajanaan oli Shmuel Ashkenasi. Schulz oli Salzburg-jousitrion ja Sculz Ensemblen perustajajäsen sekä Düsseldorf- jousikvartetin ykkösviulisti. Maailmankuulun Alban Berg- jousikvartetin jäsenenä hän on esiintynyt yli kolmen vuosikymmenen ajan säännöllisesti kaikissa maailman merkittävissä konserttikeskuksissa. Alban Berg- kvartetti on levyttänyt suurimman osan ohjelmistostaan EMI-yhtiölle ja voittanut lukuisia palkintoja levytyksistään.


Alban Berg- kvartetin lopetettua Schulz perusti kesällä 2008 pianokvartetti Waldstein Ensemblen ja nauttii nykyään esiintyvän taiteilijan ja opettajan kiireisestä elämästä. Hän debytoi kapellimestarina Kööpenhaminan filharmonikoiden kanssa vuonna 2009.


Vuodesta 1980 lähtien Schulz on ollut professorina Wienin musiikkikorkeakoulussa sekä vuosina 1993-2013 vierailevana kamarimusiikin professorina Kölnin musiikkikorkeakoulussa. Lisäksi hän on opettanut kamarimusiikkia Stuttgartin musiikkikorkeakoulussa lokakuusta 2013 lähtien.






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Krzysztof Wegrzyn was born in Gdansk, Poland, and studied in Warsaw, Freiburg and London. His musical personality has been strongly influenced by Zenon Brzewski, Wolfgang Marschner, Yfrah Neaman and Dorothy DeLay. He was a laureate at renowned international competitions (Spohr, Montreal) and was the winner of the Karol Szymanowski and Rodolfo Lipizer Competitions.


His concert activities have taken him around the world, and he has made numerous recordings for radio, television and CD. His broad repertoire also features modern works by Lutoslawski, Ligeti, Nono, Schnittke, Pärt and Penderecki. Krzysztof Wegrzyn served as concertmaster of the Hanover State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, and since 1993 has been a professor at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. Many of his students have won prizes in major international competitions, and have become members of leading German orchestras. Wegrzyn regularly holds masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Asia, including at the Holland Music Sessions, the Ishikawa Music Academy, the Great Mountains International Music Festival, the Bowdoin Music Festival, the Aurora Scandinavian Masterclasses, the Keshet Eilon, and at conservatories in New York, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. He has served on the juries of numerous international competitions, such as the Tchaikovski, Kreisler, Paganini, ARD and Sendai. Furthermore, he has been deeply involved in chamber music, and founded the ensemble ‘il gioco col suono’.


In 2004 he was awarded the State Music Prize. Krzysztof Wegrzyn is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover. He performs on a Venetian violin by Domenico Montagnana.