- Andrea Lieberknech
(Professor, Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München)
Professor, Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München
Andrea Lieberknecht was born in 1965 in Augsburg. She studied music under Professor Paul Meisen at the academy of music in Munich. In 1988, even before finishing her studies, she became the soloist flute player with the Munich Radio Orchester. Three years later she changed to the same position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchester in Cologne. As a soloist and member of a chamber music group, with the ARCIS Quintett and with her pianist, Jan Philip Schulze, she has won many national and international competitions: i.e., the international music competition „Prager Frühling" in 1991, the International Flute Competition Kobe in 1993, the German Music Competition in 1996, the ARD-Competition and the international chamber music competitions in Colmar, Trapani and Belgrad.
Since then, recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians, have taken her around the world. She has played solo concerts and chamber music concerts at international festivals such as The Ansbacher Bachwochen, The Rheingaufestival, The Schleswig-Holstein-Festival, festivals in Iida and Hamamatsu in Japan, and The Glasbeni September Maribor in Slovenia. Moreover, during the years 1993 to 1996, she was the solo flute player at The Richard-Wagner-Festival in Bayreuth. In Germany, she has given flute concerts with The Cologne Radio Symphony Orchester, The Munich Symphonists, as well as with the State Philharmony of Rheinland-Palatinate, The Augsburg Philharmonists, The Northwest German Philharmony and various chamber music orchesters.
Numerous compact disc recordings with solo and chamber music, some of them prize-winning, document her versatile artistic activity.
She taught at the academy of music in Cologne from 1996 to 1999. Since 2002 she has been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover. She is regularly asked to be a jury member at flute competitions and she teaches master classes in Europe, Japan and Australia.
From 2002 until 2011 she had been a flute professor at the academy of music in Hannover, since 2011 she is flute professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munic.
- Philip Pierlot
(Principal, Orchestre national de France)
Principal, Orchestre national de France
Philippe PIERLOT began studying the flute at the age of twelve, as the last student of the eminent professor, Joseph Rampal. Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion gave him their advice as well, and five years later he was admitted to the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de PARIS, where he won two brilliant First Prizes, in Flute and in Chamber Music. Shortly thereafter, he won the Barcelona International Competition (2nd prize).
His position as first Flute Solo in the Orchestre National de France has allowed him to play under the direction of the best conductors. While there he also began a career as a soloist and in chamber music concerts, playing in the most prestigious festivals in France: Evian, Colmar, Menton, Strasbourg, Midem Classique, La Chaise-Dieu, Concerts du Dimanche matin, Flâneries de Reims etc…
Philippe PIERLOT also plays in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Japan, Korea, Taïwan and China.
He has been invited as guest soloist with many orchestras: the Orchestre National de France, Les Solistes de Moscou, , Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre Jean-François Paillard, Orchestre de Heilbronn, The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Frisk Orkest (Holland), Orchestre de San-Sebastian, Krakow Symphony Orchestra, etc…
His repertory is eclectic and goes from Vivaldi to Goubaïdoulina and Claude Bolling, he plays on both a wooden flute and a golden one; he has enjoyed sharing music with artists from all horizons.
He has made many CDs as soloist with orchestra, in recital, and in chamber music, for Erato, BMG, EMI, Arion, Maguelone, REM, Naxos, etc., in repertory ranging from Vivaldi to Varèse and Poulenc.
As tenured flute professor for high-level students at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon (in 2007-2008) and the Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison, he welcomes young flutists from every continent. He also gives master classes around the world.
A jury member for the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition and different other Competitions, he has also participated in many national and international flute conventions.
- Luca Vignali
(Principal, Roma Opera Orchestra)
Principal, Roma Opera Orchestra
Luca Vignali studied at "G.B. Martini" conservatory in Bologna (Italy) where he was taught by G. Siviero; he graduated there in 1982 with the highest scores.
Already in 1980 he became leading oboe player of ’Arena di Verona Orchestra’ while he was perfecting his oboe skills coached with Harold Gomberg in Perugia. During the year 1981, he was leading oboe player with the ‘Orchestra Regionale Toscana’ and was studying with Lothar Koch in Assisi, who invited him to attend the ‘H. Von Karajan Academy’ in Berlin. It was during that time of studying at the German Academy that he performed concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, working with the same Karajan and other top conductors such as L. Maazel, S. Ozawa and D. Barenboim.
In 1984, with a score of 30 on 30, he won the competition for the leading oboe role at the: ‘Rome Opera Theatre Orchestra’. Position, he still holds, performing regularly.
In 1986 he won the first Prize at the ‘International music contest in Martigny’: he’s the first Italian to have won this contest.
In the year 2000 he was awarded with the "Franco Alfano - Sanremo Classica" Prize for his talent and quality in the interpretations of oboe literature.
He has appeared with the top Italian Orchestras such as ‘Rome S. Cecilia Academy’, ‘RAI National Orchestra’, Milan ‘Alla Scala Theatre’, ‘Mantova Chamber Orchestra’ (eventually receiving the ‘Abbiati della Critica’ Prize). He is constantly in demand at numerous important concert festivals and reviews such as ‘Spoleto 2 Worlds Festival’, ‘Festival of the Nations’, ‘Settimane Internazionali’ in Stresa, ‘Siena Chigiana Academy’.
He has played the most important soloist repertory with acclaimed Italian Orchestras and his Chamber music performances have included concerts with many famous soloist and pianist: Y. Bashmet, P. Vernikov, A. Pay, U. Ughi, S. Mintz, A. Specchi, A. Lonquich, M. Campanella, S. Bunin... as well as successful tours around Europe, USA, South America, Japan, South-East Asia.
Since 1998 he has been working with Salvatore Accardo and the ‘Italian Chamber Orchestra’ playing all around the world. Bach ‘Doppio Concerto per Oboe e Violino’ that they performed at ‘Senato della Repubblica’ was trasmitted by the main Italian network and recorded for the label ‘Fonè’ – the same performance has also to be re-transmitted World-wide from Jerusalem.
He is as well member of the new ‘Filarmonica della Fondazione Toscanini’ after their debut in Strasburg with L. Maazel as conductor.
In the year 2001 he recorded live from the Mozarteum in Salisburg two ‘adagio’ for oboe and strings by the Italian composer Vittorio Fael.
His recordings can be heard on the Edelweiss, Musikstrasse, Bongiovanni, EMI, Fonè e Tactus.
In 2008 he has played the Concertino for oboe of Marco Taralli (dedicated to Luca Vignali) with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti. From 2014 he is coach in Asian Youth Orchestra.
In 2015 he has played his wind transcriptions from Verdi opera with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra.
He took care and performed plenty of Italian 19th Century transcriptions for Orchestra and woodwind Ensemble (Verdi, Daelli / Lovreglio, Bellini, Rossini…) and Corticelli’s re-edited compositions for oboe, bassoon and piano featuring A. Specchi and P. Carlini.
He is active teaching in many Courses and important High Specialisation Schools, such as the one in Perugia, in Portogruaro, ‘I Fiati di Roma’ Academy, ‘Bologna Philharmonic – Abbado Project’, Modena Conservatory, Reggio Emilia Conservatory and Udine Conservatory. He is often invited as judge in the most prestigious contests, for instance ‘Tomassini’ in Petritoli together with F. Leleux, Ferlendis in Bergamo Muri competition in Switzerland.
- David Seidel
(Principal, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien)
Principal, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
David Seidel, born in 1976 in Salzburg. Bassoon studies under Milan Turkovic, Yoshinori Tominaga and Richard Galler at the Mozarteum University Salzburg (Austria). Member of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (1998 - 2004: First bassoon; Since 2004: Principal bassoon). Many concerts as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles, as well as master classes in Austria and around the world. Various CD/DVD recordings. Since 2010, Professor of Bassoon at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and Oberschützen (KUG).
- Michael Collins
Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. With a continuing, distinguished career as a soloist, he has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor and in 2010 took the position of Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia. Recent guest conducting and play-directing highlights have included engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Ulster Orchestra, and the HPAC Orchestra in Kyoto, Japan.
Highlights this season include a return to the Philharmonia Orchestra as conductor for a regional tour; a Royal Festival Hall concert with violinist Alina Pogostkina; performances worldwide with orchestras including Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and the Rheinische Philharmonie; and tours in South Africa, Melbourne (with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Tokyo (with the City of London Sinfonia).
This season Michael will also conduct and perform wth the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a studio concert and work with the Kymi Sinfonietta and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra for play-direct programmes. He also and makes his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, playing and directing a programme of Mozart, Weber and Rossini. As a soloist, he will work with the Charlotte Symphony and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include OSESP Sao Paulo, as well as a return to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Last season, his play-direct engagements included Adelaide, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, as well as Kuopio Symphony. As a conductor, he returned to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, conducting Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No 5 and Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 and also conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Mozart and Bartók.
Michael Collins has been committed to expanding the repertoire of the clarinet for many years. He has given premières of works such as John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons, Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto - for which he won a Gramophone award for his recording on Deutsche Grammophon - Brett Dean’s Ariel’s Music and Turnage’s Riffs and Refrains, which was commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra. Collins has gone on to perform Turnage’s work with the Residentie Orkest, Royal Flanders and Helsinki Philharmonics, as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Collins has received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2007 in recognition of his pivotal role in premièring repertoire by some of today’s most highly regarded composers.
In great demand as a chamber musician, Collins performs regularly with the Borodin and Takács quartets, András Schiff, Martha Argerich, Stephen Hough, Mikhail Pletnev, Lars Vogt, Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. His ensemble, London Winds, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2013 and the group maintains a busy diary with high calibre engagements such as the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh Festival, City of London Festival, Cheltenham International Festival and Bath Mozartfest. He has a regular relationship with the Wigmore Hall and was one of their Artists in Residence in 2015/16, which includes concerts with London Winds and Christine Rice, Ailish Tynan and with the Borodin Quartet – with whom he will also work at the Cite de la Musique in Paris. Collins is also Artistic Director of the Liberation International Music Festival in Jersey.
Michael Collins records exclusively for Chandos and has covered a wide range of repertoire in his prolific recording career, which also includes releases on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI and Sony. Recent releases include a disc of British Clarinet Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra which features Collins as soloist and conductor, as well as a disc of Brahms and Reinicke Clarinet Sonatas with pianist Michael McHale. Collins’s 50th Birthday was celebrated with a Chandos release of Weber Concertos conducted and performed by himself with the City of London Sinfonia. He has also recorded concertos by Corigliano, Adams, Carter, as well as Spohr, Copland and of course Mozart. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2015, Michael Collins was awarded an MBE for his services to music. He plays exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.
- Wenzel Fuchs
(Principal, Berlin Philharmonic)
Principal, Berlin Philharmonic
Born in Austria. Mr. Fuchs studied with Walter Kafer at Innsbruck Music School, and with Peter Schmidl at Vienna High School of Music. After becoming the principal clarinetist at the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra and the ORF Symphony Orchestra, he has been the principal clarinetist at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 1993.
- Jean-Yves Fourmeau
(Professor, C.N.R. de Cergy-Pontoise)
Professor, C.N.R. de Cergy-Pontoise
Born in France. Mr. Fourmeau graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with a premier prix in 1977. He was awarded second prize at the Gap International Saxophone Competition in France. He has been a professor at C.N.R. de Cergy-Pontoise and a juror at the Paris Conservatoire.
- Nobuya Sugawa
(Guest professor, Tokyo University of the arts/Kyoto City University of the arts)
Guest professor, Tokyo University of the arts/Kyoto City University of the arts
Mr. Sugawa graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1982 he won second prize at the Japan Music Competition and the following year won first prize at the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition.
- Otis Murphy
(Professor, Indiana University)
Professor, Indiana University
Born in 1972, Otis Murphy joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in 2001 at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in the history of the IU School of Music. Murphy has won numerous awards and prizes that include 2nd Prize in the Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition (1998) in Belgium, 1st Prize in the Heida Hermanns Young Artist Competition. Otis Murphy is an active saxophone soloist and clinician and he has appeared at some of the most prestigious saxophone events in the world such as the Ravenna Music Festival in Italy, the 12th and 13th World Saxophone Congresses in Montreal, Quebec.
- David Bilger
(Principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra)
Principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra
David Bilger Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of "easy brilliance" and by the Washington Post for his "engaging legato touch," David Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony. As a soloist, Mr. Bilger has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and others. His solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra include 2013 performances of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, a 2008 US Premiere of Herbert Willi’s "Eirene" for trumpet and orchestra as well as performances of the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto at Carnegie Hall, and on tour in North and South America in 1998; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in February 2003; Copland’s Quiet City in October 2004; and Bloch’s Proclamation in 2006. Mr. Bilger has performed recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities. Mr. Bilger has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as guest appearances with the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass. He released a recording of new electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles. Mr. Bilger is currently on the music faculties The Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University, and was a former faculty member of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. He has performed master classes at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute most recently at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Mr. Bilger holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois.
- Frits Damrow
(Professor, The University of The Arts in Zürich)
Professor, The University of The Arts in Zürich
Frits Damrow started his musical carreer as principal trumpet of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Netherlands when he was 21 and still had to finish his studies at the Maastrichts Conservatory. After 9 years he was appointed as principal trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam holding this position from 1991 untill 2010. He was also active as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam from 1993 untill 2010.
As a chamber musician Frits Damrow played in different groups like the Amsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, the Ebony Band, the Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Since 2009 he has been Professor of trumpet at the University of the Arts in Zürich, Switzerland (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste).
He is a regular teacher and soloist at many summer courses and festivals, like the Hamamatsu Summer Wind Academy in Japan, Musica Verano in Mexico, the Italian Brass Week, Ionian Summer Academy in Greece, Cursu International de Musica in Spain, Blekinge Int. Brass Academy in Sweden, the Tbilisi Wind Festival and Sauerland Herbst in Germany. He also gave Masterclasses at institutions like North Western University in Chicago, the San Fransisco Conservatory, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, the Hochschule in Freiburg, the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Münich, the Tchaikowsky Conservatory and Gnesin Academy in Moskou, the State Conservatory in Athens, Greece, Shobi University in Tokyo, the National University in Seoul and several Universities in China. As a soloist Frits Damrow played with orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symfonietta Amsterdam, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Italian Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lithuania, Slovak Symfonietta and the Symphony Orchestra of Seoul.
- Peter Sullivan
(Principal, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Principal, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Principal trombone Peter Sullivan came to the Pittsburgh Symphony during the 1999-2000 season. In 1985 he joined the Montreal Symphony and in 1990 was appointed to the position of Principal trombone by Maestro Charles Dutoit. Formerly he was a member of the Calgary Philharmonic and the tronto Symphony.Mr. Sullivan has an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician. He has given solo recitals throughout Canada, in Europe and in the United States. He also has been invited on two occasions to participate as a soloist at the annual conference of the International Trombone Association. Peter Sullivan is a native of Timmins, Ontario. He studied at Ottawa and McGill universities at wel as the Aspen School of Music. He was a finalist in the 1990 Munich International Competition. His former teachers include Theodora Griffith, Per Brevig and Christian Lindberg.
- Jens Plücker
(Principal, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester)
Principal, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Jens Plücker was born in 1972 in Haan / Rheinland. Jens Plücker 1994 received his first permanent position as first principal horn of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra . In the same year he won the prize at the International Horn Competition in Markneukirchen and the first Prize in the international competition of the Mozart Society of Munich. He was the first principal horn of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg in 1996 and in 2002 the same position in the NDR Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his orchestral activities (including as an assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra or the SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart ) Jens Plücker performed as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the country's young Endor Chester Bremen and at the chamber music days Hitzacker on.
Up to 1999, was a member of the Plücker Delos Woodwind Quintet, with whom he has performed at home and abroad, and numerous CD and radio recordings for the BR, SWR, WDR and NDR grossed . The ensemble won the 1993 the first Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka / Japan, and in 1994 the first At the German Music Competition. Since its founding in 2004, Jens Plücker member NDR Brass, with whom he regularly makes guest appearances at the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival.
In 2000 Jens was awarded Edward Soering Prize of Hamburg. His concert appearances he supplemented by activities teaching about the Master class in São Paulo (2005) or at the master class for Wagner tuba at the Musikhochschule Hamburg ( 2011). Jens has been CEO of the Academy of the NDR Symphony Orchestra since 2012.
- Christopher Olka
(Principal, Cincinnati Symphony)
Principal, Cincinnati Symphony
Newly appointed Principal Tuba of the Cincinnati Symphony and Principal Tuba of the Seattle Symphony and Opera, Christopher Olka has had a wide and varied career in music before coming to Seattle. His Orchestral experience includes Maestro Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, Guest Principal tuba with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony as well as Principal positions with Gerard Schwarz’s All-Star orchestra and Aspen Festival orchestra.
Before moving to Seattle, Chris was an active freelance musician in New York where he performed with many brass quintets, Dixieland bands, and most of the major orchestras in the area while completing his Masters degree at the Juilliard School.
From 1989 to 1996 he was a staff musician for the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, Florida, where he was a member of many of the bands there including the TUBAFOURS tuba quartet, the world’s only full-time professional tuba quartet.
An active soloist and advocate of solo tuba literature, Chris has performed across the country in recital and masterclass as well as soloing with orchestra, windband and various other groups including Seattle Symphony, Cascade Symphony, University of Washington Wind Ensemble, Brass Band Northwest, Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, and University of Central Florida Wind Ensemble and Orchestra.
In 2006 Chris premiered and recorded the Samuel Jones Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra with the Seattle Symphony for the NAXOS Record Label. The concerto, which was written for him and commissioned by Sandra Crowder, received critical acclaim nationally for the premiere as well as recording.
His education includes a B.M. from the University of Central Florida, and a M.M. from the Juilliard School. During his undergraduate studies, Chris was the Winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate artist Brass Solo Competition in 1996 as well as winning the Southeastern Regional MTNA solo Competition twice and the Florida MTNA solo Competition three times.
Currently on the School of Music faculty at the University of Washington, Chris’ teachers include Warren Deck (New York Phil. Retired), Joe Alessi (New York Phil.), and Abe Torchinsky (Philadelphia Orch. Retired).
Chris is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.