Professors featured in the 2017 masterclasses
University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart
Ever since the jury at the Kronberg Academy's International Pablo Casals Competition presented him with no less than three awards in 2000, Claudio Bohórquez has been a familiar figure among cello lovers.
In addition to the concert experience he has gained with leading orchestras from Germany, Japan and the USA, he also imparts to young cellists that great passion and intensity with which he pursues his installation, improvisation and meditation projects.
Since October 2011 he teaches as professor for violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart.
Répétiteur: Kiyoko Wakamatsu
University of Music Dresden
German-Japanese cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, first prize winner of the renowned ARD international music competition in Munich and the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin studied with Boris Pergamenschikow. Since then he has performed around the world with leading orchestras and conductors.
He was awarded the Echo Klassik award for his debut CD, the Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award, one of Japan’s major music prizes and the Gramophone Award for the Chambermusic recording of the year.
Danjulo Ishizaka performs on the Stradivarius cello ‘Feuermann’ (1730) on loan to him from the Nippon Music Foundation, previously played by the legendary cellist Emanuel Feuermann.
He teaches as professor for violoncello at the University of Music in Dresden.
Répétiteur: Naoko Sonoda
University of Arts Berlin (UdK)
When Jens Peter Maintz won the first prize in the international ARD competition in 2004, no cellist had received this award for seventeen years.
The following year, Maintz became the solo cellist with the German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin. In 2004, he was made Professor of Cello at the University of the Arts in Berlin, succeeding Wolfgang Boettcher.
Maintz has given concerts all over Europe, as well as in Japan, South America and the USA. He has recorded CDs for Sony Classical (Klassik Echo) and recently made his much-acclaimed recordings of all of Haydn's concerts for Berlin Classics.
Répétiteur: Keiko Tamura
The Liszt School of Music Weimar
Awards in the International Rostropowitch Competition in Paris and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, for example, paved the way for solo concerts with the leading orchestras in Europe and the USA.
Schmidt can also be heard as a chamber musician with Lang Lang, among others. His CDs have been released by Capriccio and Sony Classical. Recently, he recorded Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante.
Répétiteur: Yukie Takai
University of Music Munich
Winning first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1991 led to solo performances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Tokyo under conductors such as Lorin Maazel.
In over 20 CDs he has devoted himself not only to the well-known cello concertos but also to less frequently played, highly virtuoso cello music by Davidoff, Piatti and Klengel.
Born in Bern Taiwanese parentage, he was for years the solo cellist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and since 2004 has been teaching as professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.
Répétiteur: Chifuyu Yada
University of Music Hamburg
The cellist Sebastian Klinger, born in Munich and raised in Spain, is one of the most outstanding young soloists and chamber musicians of his generation. He is praised by the international press for his warm quality of sound and the intensity of his expression, as well as his flawless technique and superb musicality.
As prize winner of numerous competitions at an early age, today Sebastian Klinger plays internationally as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken, and has worked with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Christoph Poppen, Michael Sanderling and Heinrich Schiff.
With his solo programmes and in top-class chamber music line-ups together with, among others, Lisa Batiashvili, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Jörg Widmann and Christian Gerhaher he has played at the most important festivals in Germany as well as in major music centres in Europe and the US. His discography, for which he already received a “Diapason d’Or” (Bach cello suites), includes solo works, chamber music and orchestra repertoire with the labels OehmsClassics, Sony BMG and Deutsche Grammophon. Since 2015 Sebastian Klinger is also teaching as a violoncello professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg.
Répétiteur: Violetta Khachikyan