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 Béroff , © 2007 Thierry Cohen

Prof. Michel Béroff 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, ©Julia Wesely

Ilya Maximov is the winner of the G.B. Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy. He is a top prizewinner at more than fifteen 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. He performed at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals in Europe, Asia and America including Salle Cortot in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Chamber Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Morinomiye Piloti Hall in Osaka, Suginami Kokaido in Tokyo, Esplanade Hall in Singapore, Theatre A. Roldán in Havana, Palau de la musica in Valencia, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid and La Sapienza in Rome. In December 2017 Ilya Maximov released his first solo album with works by S. Taneev, S. Rachmaninoff and S. Prokofiev. 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 National Symphonic Orchestra,  Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, Orchestra Simfònica del Valles, Bach Chamber Orchestra, Havana National Symphonic Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra among others. He collaborated with such conductors as Justus Franz, James P Liu, Misha Katz, Darrell Ang, and James Ross. Ilya graduated from Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona, Royal College of Music in London and Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg where he studied with renown pianists and pedagogues Stanislav Pochekin, Dmitri Alexeev and Pavel Gililov. Alongside his solo career Ilya teaches at Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg.

Piotr Sałajczyk , © Karolina Sałajczyk

Piotr Sałajczyk is one of the best Polish performers of his generation. Winner of a Polish Music Industry Prize “Fryderyk” and an “Orfeusz” award for “outstanding performances of Polish music”. He has been nominated for a Passport award of Polityka Magazine (2017) for “the sensitivity and intelligence with which he approaches repertoire that tends to be absent from our stages”. His interests include the latest music as well as unknown music of Polish Romanticism. He has many world premiere performances of contemporary music to his credit, and collaborates with the Apollon Musagete Quartet, the Royal String Quartet, Piotr Pławner, Agata Zubel and the Silesian Quartet, among others. With the last-mentioned ensemble, he recorded Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Quintet (Fryderyk 2018), which marked the start of his fascination with this composer. He is one of the founders of the Weinberg Trio chamber group. His many albums released for DUX, CD Accord, Haenssler, CPO and Naxos have won various awards in Poland and abroad (Maestro Pianiste, Pizzicato Supersonic, 5 de Diapason, four “Fryderyk” nominations, Opera Nederland’s album of the month, La Clef Res Musica, ICMA 2020 nomination). In 2017 he released four-disc album with the complete piano works of Juliusz Zarębski and a year later, album with the complete works for piano of Władysław Żeleński. He also recorded Władysław Szpilman’s Concertino with the AUKSO Orchestra as a part of “100 for 100” project of Polish National Edition PWM celebrating 100 years of Polish Independence. His recordings were used by Polish Radio, Belgian Radio Station Musiq3, Deutschlandradio and HR2. Piotr Salajczyk takes part also in numerous film and theatre projects. With the National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio, he recorded fragments of Andrzej Panufnik’s Piano Concerto for the soundtrack of Andrzej Wajda’s last film, Afterimage. He teaches at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, from which he graduated. He also studied at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg with Prof. Pavel Gililov. Since 2018 he is a vice-president of the Karol Szymanowski Society in Zakopane.