Laura Mikkola, piano
The Finnish pianist, Laura Mikkola, 1974, has studied at the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the University-School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, United States. She has studied with Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Gary Graffman, Dmitri Baskirov, Tapani Valsta and Ferenc Rados.
She has been the recipient of many awards, including second prize in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition of Brussels, and with the prize of the public, 1995; first prize in the International Unisa Transnet Piano Competition in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, 1994; first prize in the Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki, 1992; and first prize in the International M. Ravel Piano Competition in France, 1988. She was awarded the Finland prize for Young Artist, 1995.
She has been a soloist with Helsinki Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Helsinki, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra of St. Petersbourg, The Residentie Orkest, Stuttgart Staatsoper Orchestra, St John’s Smith Square Orchestra, London, Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, L’orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orchestre National de Belgique, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Virtuosi di Kuhmo, Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Egyptian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra etc. She has had recitals all over Europe, Japan, United States, in China and in South America, in Columbia and Chile. She has also performed in the Festival International de Colmar, France; 14th Festival de Música de Canarias, Spain; the Helsinki Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland; Festival Glories of the Keyboards in Manchester, Great Britain; Yokohama International Piano Concert Festival, Japan; Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Germany; Lutoslawski Festival, Warsaw, Poland; Oslo, Kammermusikfestival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States; Tonhalle, Zürich, Switzerland; Château de Bourlingster, Luxembourg, Châtelet Paris, France, Rudolfinum Prague, Czech Republic, Zipper Hall, Los Angeles, Filharmonia Narodowa, Warsaw, Poland and many others. Laura Mikkola has been chosen to perform with conductors: Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Sergiu Comissiona, Osmo Vänskä, Valery Gergijev, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Pierre Bartholomée, Aleksandr Lazarev, Mikko Franck, Okko Kamu, Peter Csaba, Eri Klas, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ahmed El-Saedi, Hannu Lintu, John Storgards and others worldwide.
Her Suntory Hall debut, Tokyo, was in 1995, Carnegie Hall debut (Weill Recital Hall, New York) was in 1996, her Hollywood Bowl debut with Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1997, Kennedy Center debut with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra in 2002 (Washington D.C) and her debut with Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt in 2005.
She has 49 concertos in her repertoire including: Bartok No. 2, Prokofjev No. 2, von Sauer No. 2, Lindberg piano concerto, Rachmaninov No. 3, Beethoven: Triple Concerto. She also plays chamber music with Maestro Philippe Entremont, Juha Uusitalo etc.. She performs regularly in China and Japan.
Since 2003 she has been the artistic director of Iitti Music Festival (Finland).
Frank Stadler, violin
Frank Stadler received his first violin lessons at the age of five years. His main teacher was Helmut Zehetmair, with whom he studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum, graduated with honors and was his assistant for three years. This was followed by studies in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci and Thomas Brandis, Franco Gulli and Ivry Gitlis.
With his 1993 founded Stadler Quartet has given concerts worldwide and is a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival (including Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon" with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Stockhausen's "Helicopter Quartet" and Haas in summer 2011 with works by Giacinto Scelsi and Georg Friedrich) . The 2010, the "Neos" rehearsed CD with the string quartets of Helmut Lachenmann was taken enthusiastically by the press and got the pastiche price of ORF. The BBC quoted the composer: "... simply everything that an audience awake and alert and a composer makes you happy."
Frank Stadler is the first since 1999, coordinated concertmaster of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and also appears as soloist in appearance. The live recording of "Haffnerserenade" under Hubert Soudant was included among the festival documents, released a live recording of "Concertone" by Mozart under Frans Bruggen as DVD. Of particular importance for Stadler is working with Ivor Bolton, who since 2004 has been principal conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. Under Bolton he was a soloist with works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Strauss.
Boguslav Schaeffer composed for Stadler at Warsaw Autumn 2003, a violin concerto.
2009, the ORF's live feed of the six sonatas and partitas of Bach. As guest concertmaster of the musicians was the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, invited the Nuremberg Philharmonic and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In April 2011, will see a CD with sonatas by Schubert, Schumann and Janacek, which he recorded together with the Portuguese pianist Luis Magalhães the label "Two Pianists".
Frank Stadler is currently leading a violin class at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg
Ramzi Yassa, piano
Victoria Kapralova, violoncello
Was born in Volgograd, Russia where she started music instruction at the age of six. She finished her primary and secondary music schools, where she studied Cello
and piano, with distinction. After that she joined the Volgograd Conservatory where she studied for Five years. She became Concertmaster of the orchestra of the Lyric Theater in Volgograd and
afterwards member of the Academic Symphony Orchestra (under Eduard Sirov) of her native city. Mrs. Kapralova was the Associate Concertmaster of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra 1997- 2000. She is
also the Cello Soloist of the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra since 2003. Mrs Kapralova had manifold activity as a chamber music performer at the Cairo Opera House, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina,
the Sekem Academy, AUC and the Russian Cultural Centre. She has appeared as a soloist with the Volgograd Academic Symphony Orchestra where she played Haydn’s C major Cello concerto with great
success. In 2006 Mrs. Kapralova gave a series of chamber music concerts at different venues in Cairo, Alexandria and Kuwait. Her performance of F. Danzi’s variations on a theme by Mozart at the
Ewart Memorial Hall of the AUC was met with standing ovations. In 2008 she appeared as soloist with Lipetsk Symphony Orchestra on their tour in Austria. She was chosen as member of the World
Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev in 2011. Mrs. Kapralova appeared regularly as soloist with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performing works by Haydn, Danzi, Boccherini,
Couperin, Piazzola among others. Her performance with the Egyptian Sinfonietta at the main hall of the Cairo Opera House in February released standing ovations. Victoria’s recent appearances as
soloist of the Haydn C major concerto with the “Egyptian Sinfonietta” orchestra in Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest featured great success. Perspective appearances include a European tour with
Haydn D major concerto and performances at Cairo Opera House and El Gouna Audi Max
Sergey Matokhin, guitar
Sergey Matokhin was born in 1967 in Volgograd, Russia. He started playing the guitar when he was 11. He was first a student of the Variety-Jazz Department of Saratov College of Music, then of the Classical Guitar Department of P. A. Serebryakov Volgograd Municipal Institute of Arts. Since 2002 he has been doing a post-graduate course within L. V. Sobinov Saratov State Conservatoire (the Department of Chamber Ensemble).Sergey Matokhin has performed in Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Israel and Great Britain both as a solo-plaer and a participant of different chamber orchestra. Nowadays, he frequently performs with various chamber ensembles as well as Volgograd, Elista, Astrakhan Chamber Orchestras and Saratov, Каzan, Volgograd Academic Symphony Orchestras and Russian folk orchestra of Volzhskiy and Tambov.Since 1994 he has been teaching in P. A. Serebryakov Volgograd Municipal Institute of Arts and more than 40 of his students have become prizewinners of regional, All-Russian and international classical guitar-playing competitions. He is a member of the jury of regional and international contests which were arranged in Saratov, Elista, Volgograd, Belgоrоd, Netanya (Israel ). He has also organized a lot of master classes in Moscow, Saratov, Tambov, Volgograd, Elistа, Astrakhan, Wroclaw (Poland), Kharkov (Ukraine), Jerusalem (Israel), Pau (France) and Cordoba (Spain). In 2007 he became a vice-chancellor of educational institution.In 1999 he organized the "Tabula Rasa" Festival-Competition for classical guitar players being its art-director. He regularly arranges meetings with the most famous musicians and composers of Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Georgia, Armenia, Brasilia, Serbia, Hungary, Canada, the USA, Netherlands, Israel, Switzerland, France, Italy, Cyprus and Japan. In addition he is going to active scientifically - methodical activity.Since 2010 he has become a docent of orchestral conducting department of Moscow state university of culture and art and Ippolitov-Ivanov Moscow State musical pedagogical institute. Besides, he is teaching in Moscow educational center “Class-center”
Neveen Allouba, voice
She is one of Egypt’s main Opera stars, performing highly coveted roles locally and internationally. She received a scholarship from the “DAAD” (West German Cultural Exchange) followed by the “Friedrich Naumann Stiftung” scholarship ,which enabled her to study Opera Performance and Vocal Pedagogy at the “Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater”.
Allouba received First Prize in the female voice division of the Berlin Young Opera Singers Competition in 1985. She was a Soloist at the Detmold Opera House in Germany, and has performed since in most West European capitals and Arab countries, to move later on to the Cairo Opera House as a Soprano Soloist, member of the Cairo Opera Company.
Joined the Staff of the Cairo Conservatoire Opera Department, Academy of Arts , in 1989. Member of various National and International Jury Panels, including: The Annual Cairo International Singing Competition of (Fidov), The German “Jugend Musiziert Wettbewerb”, The Fullbright Scholarship Panel, etc.
Received several Awards from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in acknowledgement of her achievements. In February 2007, she joined the Staff of the Department of Performance and Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo (AUC) as an Adjunct Professor of Singing. Allouba has given many vocal workshops for prestigious Egyptian organizations i.e. the “Warsha” theater company and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Independent Theater Forum.
As a Vocal Pedagogue, her students have won many National and International Vocal Competitions since 2002. Amongst them are
8 First Prize winners at the German Music Youth Competitions “Deutsche Jugend Musiziert” beside many 2nd and 3rd Prize winners since 2002 and numerous Winners of Vocal Scholarships were her students.
Also winner of the Grand Prix of the International Opera Competition Guilio Perotti in 2011 and of the 2nd Prize at the prestigious International Robert Schumann Competition June 2012, 1st Prize winner of the Leyla Gencer International Opera Competition, in September 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey was her student.
Various students of hers are currently members of the Cairo Opera Company, as well as some pursuing a career in Opera in Europe, in addition to several Egyptian Pop singers, including the young upcoming Lara Scandar.
In 2011, Allouba founded “Fabrica”, an organization for the Development of Egyptian Contemporary Music Theater. Fabrica now consists of 58 singers, all training to become professional singers. They are also performing in various venues as an essential part of their training.
In the last 20 years, Federico Mondelci has established himself as one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. His principal studies were at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘G. Rossini’ in Italy and later with Jean-Marie Londeix at the Bordeaux Conservatoire, France. In 1981, he was awarded the ‘Premier Prix et Medaille d’Or a l’Unanimite. Alongside the saxophone, his studies also included singing, composition and conducting.
Federico Mondelci has represented Italy on several occasions in the World Saxophone Congress. These include performances in Germany, Japan, USA, and Spain. In Italy, he has performed as soloist with all the major orchestras, including the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala at La Scala, Milan, conducted by Seiji Ozawa and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. During recent seasons, Mondelci has frequently performed in Russia and now enjoys a particularly close relationship with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
As a conductor has appeared regularly throughout Italy with many important orchestras. In recent seasons, Mondelci has been a frequent guest in Germany and Russia, directing concerts to great acclaim including outstanding soloists as Ilya Grubert, Michael Nyman, Kathryn Stott, Pavel Vernikov, Massimo Mercelli, Francesco Manara, Luisa Castellani.
His achievements are listed in Chandos and Delos catalogues.
The concert tour 2013-2024 includes Italy, Finland, Germany, Israel, Russia, U.S.A., New Zealand. In 2014 he will also appear as soloist and conductor in the main season of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Natalia Brajnikova, accompanist
Natalia Brajnikova is a Russian pianist, Professor of the Russian Academy of music named Gnesinyh, winner and winner of all-Russian and international competitions. Has been performing as an accompanist and ensemble play with soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic and orchestras. Participant in several international festivals and concerts in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, England, France, Finland, Sweden. Regularly conducts master classes in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Volgograd, Astrakhan and Samara.