Recognised as one of the most talented artists of his generation, Sergej Krylov is a regular feature at Europe’s biggest concert halls, and has collaborated with orchestras like the Staatskapelle Dresden, St Petersburg Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and the Filarmonica della Scala. Of the many artists who have influenced him, the most important was undoubtedly Mstislav Rostropovich, with whom he has developed a long lasting friendship and professional respect. Krylov regularly collaborates with some of the best-known conductors, including Mikhail Pletnev, Andrey Boreyko, Dmitri Kitajenko and Omer M. Wellber. Krylov also dedicates much of his time to chamber music, and has collaborated with Denis Matsuev, Yuri Bashmet, Bruno Canino, Itamar Golan, Lilya Zilberstein, Aleksandar Madzar, Stefania Mormone, Maxim Rysanov, Nobuko Imai, the Belcea Quartet and Elina Garanča. In 2009, he was named the chief conductor of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, where he also performs as a soloist with a repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary music. His discography includes recordings for EMI and Melodya.
The French pianist Marc Laforet was introduced to the musical theatre scene at a young age. He debuted at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées at just eight years of age. The awards received by the maestro include first prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, the Gold Medal of the Czitfrra Foundation and the New York Young Artist Award, which was awarded to him in 1985. In the same year, Marco Laforet was also awarded the silver medal in the International Frederic Chopin Award in Varsavia. The pianist has collaborated with some of the best-known conductors in the most famous theatres worldwide. Laforet is also the founder and soul of the Les Grands Crus Musicaux Festival, an international classical music festival that’s held in the most important cellars of Bordeaux and combines excellent music and equally good wine. View the artist’s YouTube channel here.
Alessandro Quarta inherited the great classical violin tradition from the likes of Salvatore Accardo, Abraham Stern, Zinaida Gilels and Pavel Vernikov. He won Best Italian Talent of the Year at the Premio S.I.A.E in 1994, and was the concertmaster for the Symphonica Toscanini orchestra with chief conductor Lorin Maazel. One More Time was the title of his first album, which blended different styles of blues, jazz, bossa nova and funk. He has performed numerous international concerts and festivals. Currently, Quarta is, among other things, drafting the score for a musical that will be performed on an international scale. It’s a soul, funk and jazz project that’s being produced with the soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and includes a tour along the West Coast with the Los Angeles Booking Agent. Quarta’s violin is a Giovan Battista Guadagnini from 1761.
Orchestra dei Musici di Parma
The Musici di Parma Chamber Orchestra formed in the spring of 2002 as a union of musicians who have collaborated with some of the most important Italian and international orchestral institutions. Created with the intention of rediscovering unpublished scores and reviving the works of prolific musicians, the Musici di Parma perform, both in symphony and chamber form, a wide repertoire ranging from baroque to classicism to the most beautiful chapters of 20th century music. Among the internationally acclaimed artists who have played with the orchestra in concerts and recitals are Federico Mondelci, Mario Marzi, Stefano Pagliani, Francesco Manara, Francesco De Angelis, Crtomir Siskovic, Christoph Hartmann, Davide Burani, Andrea Lucchi, Emanuele Arciuli, the soprano Katia Pellegrino, Katia Ricciarelli, Chiara Taigi, Carmelo Caruso and Federico Canonici.
François – Joël Thiollier
François-Joel Thiollier is one of the most well rounded pianists and musicians of our generation. As a French-American, he has captured the best of both worlds. He was born in Paris and gave his first concert in New York at the age of 5. He began his musical studies in France under the guidance of Robert Casadesus. He then perfected them in the United States with Sascha Gorodnitzi at the Julliard School of Music, where he graduated with the highest marks in all subjects, musical and academic, at just 18 years of age. Thiollier has won 8 Grands Prix (an unprecedented achievement in international competitions), including Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Competition and Moscow’s Tchaikowski Competition. His vast repertoire, exceptional musical culture and mastery of the keyboard are the keys to his international success. Thiollier has today concertized in more than 40 countries with the world’s most illustrious orchestras (the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Residentie Orkest in Aja, Torino’s Orchestra della Rai, Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre National de France and the London Symphony Orchestra) in some of the biggest concert halls in the world (the Théatre des Champs Elysées, the Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, La Scala, la Fenice and the Sydney Opera House).
After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Chinese pianist Wang Wenjiao has regularly performed as a soloist in Paris and overseas. In 2008, she appeared at a recital in Thann in memory of Franz Liszt Che. In the same year, she won the Prix de l‘Académie Maurice Ravel. More recently, audiences have had the pleasure of listening to her in Argentina on the concert tour for her first album, Duo Azar, which draws influences from Spanish music and the tango, and was released in 2011 by PAI Records.
At the age of just 24, Nemanja Radulovic had already exhibited his vast talent in numerous concerts and theatre performances. Born in Serbia in 1985, Nemanja Radulovic began studying music when he was 7 years old. In 1996, he won the prestigious Prize of October in Belgrade. That was quickly followed by the Special Prize of the Ministry of Education of the Serbian Republic “Talent of the year 1997”. Over the years, he has won other important international awards, including the Special Jury Prize of 1997 at Wieniawski. Nemanja has performed with prestigious orchestras all over the world, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in numerous European festivals. In 2005, he received the Revelation of the Year in Classical Musical at Cannes and was nominated a Rising Star the following year. His 2009 album Devil’s Trills received many international awards, including the “Choc“ of Classica and “Clé“ of Res Musica and was recommended by Strad. Visit Nemanja Radulovic’s website or watch his YouTube channel.
Born in New York, Susan Manoff studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music and University of Oregon. Her intensive studies with Gwendoline Koldowsky have led her to become one of most sought-after pianists of her generation. Alongside her work in the vocal repertoire, she has also dedicated herself to other art forms. Passionate about chamber music, Susan Manoff regularly performs at international festivals, including the Covent Garden, Verbier, Braunschweig, Lugano and Montpellier. She has also performed in all the major concert halls, including those of the Champs Elysées, Chatelet, Opera Bastille, Salle Gaveau, Musée d’ Orsay and Louvre Auditorium. Susan Manoff has held the position of assistant chorus director at the Opéra national de Paris and is currently a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris.