Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner

Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner began his music studies at an early age at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid” in Madrid with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquín Soriano. In addition to his piano studies, he participated in the Spanish National Youth Orchestra as a violist and in the Chamber Orchestra of the German School as a violinist, violist and harpsichord player. He finished his bachelor degree in 1989. He continued his studies at the “Tchaikovsky-Conservatory” in Moscow and the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía” in Madrid with Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov, afterwards at the the “Hochschule für Musik” in Freiburg, Germany (Master of Performance, finished 1994), the “Fondazione per il Pianoforte” in Como, Italy; and the “Peabody Conservatory” in Baltimore, US (Artist degree studies) with Vitalij Margulis and Leon Fleisher. In addition, he participated in masterclasses given by Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, Alexis Weissenberg, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Mstislav Rostropovich, among many others. Lately he has received invaluable advice by Prof. Ferenc Rados in Budapest, Hungary. At the ages of 13 and 15 Claudio Martínez Mehner won first prize with special mention in the German competition “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert”. He was a finalist in the International Piano Competition “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander (1990), Spain, and won first prizes in the international competitions “Pilar Bayona” in Zaragoza, Spain (1992), “Fondation Chimay” in Belgium (1993), and “Dino Ciani” in Milano, Italy (1993). As a soloist he performed in most major cities in Europe, United States, Russia, Central America, Japan and Korea, with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic,
the Moscow Philharmonic, Filarmónica of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, Filarmonia Hungarica and most of the major Spanish orchestras. Claudio Martínez-Mehner is an avid chamber music player and has performed with many ensembles in Europe and Asia. Presently he is piano professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany. He teaches masterclasses in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Prof. Michel Beroff (Fot. Thierry Cohen)

Prof. Michel Beroff was born in France in 1950. After graduating from the Paris conservatoire in 1966, he won the following year the first prize at the first international Olivier Messiaen piano competition. He has been since considered one of the most outstanding interpreter of Messiaen’s music. He then went on to play with the most prestigious orchestras around the world under the direction of such conductors as Abbado, Barenboim, Bernstein, Boulez, Dohnanyi, Dorati, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Gielen, Inbal, Jochum, Leinsdorf, Masur, Ozawa, Previn, Rostropovitch, Sinopoli, Solti, Tennsted, Tilson-Thomas, Zinman. As a chamber music partner , he has been very active playing with Martha Argerich , Barbara Hendricks Jean- Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Pierre Amoyal, Lynn Harrell. As a conductor, Michel Beroff has been conducting the chamber orchestra de la Scala de Milano, the Russian state Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Cannes chamber orchestra, the Berkeley symphony, the Montréal youth orchestra. Professor Emeritus at the Paris Conservatoire, where he taught for 25 years, Michel Béroff is giving regular master classes in many countries, including Japan, China, USA, Italy, Germany and France. Exclusive EMI artist for over 25 years, Michel Beroff has published more than 50 recordings ; among them the complete works for piano and orchestra from Liszt, Prokofieff and Stravinsky , conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. For Deutsche Grammophon, he has recorded Ravel’s left hand concerto with the LSO and Claudio Abbado. His latest recordings include the complete piano music from Debussy. Michel Beroff has been awarded five times the “Grand Prix du Disque”. As a publisher, he participated for Wiener Urtext , to a new edition of Debussy’s piano music. For the japanese network NHK, he realized, in 2006, a serie of fifteen master-classes on french music. As a jury member, he has been serving in many important piano competitions, including Tchaikovsky, Van Cliburn, Leeds, Clara Haskil, Rubinstein, and Marguerite Long competitions, among others. Many of his students have won top prizes at international competitions ; the latest one is SeongJin CHO, who won the Chopin competition in Warsaw.

Ilya Maximov (Fot. Julia Wesely)

Ilya Maximov is the winner of the G.B. Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy. He has a wide range of repertoire starting from early classics to modern composers, while Russian piano music always had a special place in his concert career. He performed at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals in Europe, Asia and America including Bratislava Philharmonic, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Palau de la Música in Valencia, Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Salle Cortot in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Chamber Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Morinomiye Piloti Hall in Osaka, Suginami Kokaido in Tokyo, Esplanade Hall in Singapore, Theatre A. Roldán in Havana and La Sapienza in Rome. He regularly performs as a soloist and with various orchestras such as Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra, Wuhan Symphonic Orchestra, Singapore Youth Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Simfònica del Valles, Ural state symphony orchestra, Havana National Symphonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra among others. He collaborated with such conductors as Justus Franz, James P Liu, Misha Katz, Dmitry Yablonsky, Darrell Ang, and James Ross. Ilya Maximov’s successes include top prizes at many international competitions, including Maria Canals International Piano competition (Spain), Hilton Head International Piano Competition (USA), Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition (Spain) and at the Scottish International Piano Competition. In 2011 he has received the prestigious Public Award prize at Musical Olympus festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Ilya Maximov graduated from Conservatorio Superior del Liceu in Barcelona, Royal College of Music in London and Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg where he studied with a renowned pianists and pedagogues Stanislav Pochekin, Dmitri Alexeev and Pavel Gililov. Alongside his solo career Ilya Maximov teaches at Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg.

Alexej Gorlatch (Fot. Kaupo Kikkas)

Alexej Gorlatch is Professor of Piano at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. He was teaching at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts and at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. He has given masterclasses in Europe, Asia and the USA and has been jury member of international competitions. He studied at the Berlin University of Arts with Martin Hughes and at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Bernd Goetzke, where he graduated with the Konzertexamen. His spectacular victory at the International ARD Music Competition, where Alexej Gorlatch received 1st prize, the audience prize and several further special awards, was preceded by a remarkable musical career – within just six years, he received 1st prize at nine renowned international piano competitions, including the Hamamatsu Int. Piano Competition, Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and the Dublin Int. Piano Competition 2009, as well as being awarded the Silver Medal at the Leeds Int. Pianoforte Competition. Alexej Gorlatch gave highly acclaimed performances at the world’s most prestigious venues – Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Great Hall of Berliner Philharmonie, Salle Cortot Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Suntory Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Herkulessaal and Munich Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig and St. Petersburg Philharmonia. He is a regular guest of leading festivals: “La Roque d’Anthéron”, Lucerne Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Musik Festival, Yokohama Int. Piano Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Wexford Opera, Harrogate UK. He went on concert tours in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Italy, South Africa, Ireland and the USA. As soloist Alexej Gorlatch performed with Orchestras such as NDR Symphony, RSO Stuttgart, BRSO Munich, RSB, Hallé Manchester, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, RTÉ National Symphony, NHK, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Nagoya Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Korean Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique and the Johannesburg Philharmonic. His latest CD “Stravinsky – Works for Piano an Orchestra” on Sony Classical has been greeted with great acclaim.