Having been hailed as one of the great geniuses of Spanish Music (El Pais) and one of the most important harmonica players of all time, Grammy award winning artist Antonio Serrano has been a reference point for Spanish jazz and one of the most highly acclaimed musicians in the world.
Called “the discovery of the year” by Crescendo classical music magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is one of the most internationally acclaimed artists of the new generation, electrifying the audiences with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and great profundity of her musicianship.
Despite his young age, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian is already one of the great artists of our times. Born in Vienna in 1995, he has made a name for himself both as a violinist and as a conductor, and he inspires audiences and critics with his depth, technical brilliance, and great versatility.
With an important 14-year artistic history, the Ergon Ensemble is nowadays considered one of the most important ensembles of contemporary music in Greece and abroad. Having the International Academy of Ensemble Modern as its starting meeting point, the Ergon – comprising some of the most talented Greek musicians around – revolves around a flexible format of performers according to the needs of each production.
Jiyeong Mun won the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland in 2014, at the age of 18, and subsequently won the Busoni International Competition in Italy in 2015. Since then, she has gained a reputation as one of the most sought-after musicians and pianists of her generation
Pianist Julien Quentin has established himself as a versatile and sensitive musician, exhibiting great maturity and poise. His remarkable depth of musicianship and distinct clarity of sound coupled with flawless technique, make him an artist in demand as both soloist and chamber musician.
Kyril Zlotnikov studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. Prize-winner in many competitions, including the Clairmont Competition, the Braun-Roger Siegl Competition, and the Pierre Tarcali Prize, Zlotnikov is a founding member of one of the most dynamic and exciting string quartets of today – the Jerusalem Quartet, which has gained a vast international acclaim.
One of the most important Cypriot artists of his generation, with an acclaimed international career, Kyros Patsalides first came into the limelight in 1995, when he won the First Prize in the International Song Competition of the Arena di Verona in co-production with the State Opera of Budapest.
Marie Sophie Hauzel
Marie Sophie Hauzel has won a number of international competitions, such as the International Jenö Takacs Competition, the International Hans von Bülow Piano Competition in Meiningen, the International Balys Dvarionas Competition for Young Pianists in Vilnius, the Carl Bechstein Competition in Berlin.
Internationally recognized as one of the foremost panpipes players of our time, Matthijs Koene is celebrated for his ground-breaking vision and approach, which have vastly expanded the technical and expressive capabilities of his instrument, and introduced it to the classical music world.
Since being the youngest prizewinner in the Bonn International Beethoven Competition in 2011, and after winning the Second Prize in the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition at the age of 20, Rémi Geniet has fast established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation.
Described by critics as “extraordinary” with “flawless technique” and “gorgeous stage presence”, French-Cypriot soprano Sarah Aristidou is a star in the making, and has already worked with a number of major conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle and François-Xavier Roth. Sarah has twice been nominated as “Best Newcomer” by Opernwelt. She was most recently awarded the Luitpold Prize for outstanding performance of a newcomer at the Kissinger Sommer Festival (2021).
Suhas Mitra was introduced to the world of Indian Classical Music at the age of 12 by Shree Kaustav Roy of Shahajehanpur Gharana, who identified in him a great talent and provided him with a solid foundation for the sarod playing. He soon moved to Kolkata, where he continued his training under Shree Bidyut Khan in the world renowned Maihar Gharana, School of Hindustani classical music.
Trio Zukan is currently one of the most distinguished ensembles of contemporary music scene in the Basque Country. It emerged in 2014 from the combination of three uncommon instruments: accordion, percussion and txistu – a traditional Basque flute, with three-holes, which can be played with one hand, leaving the other one free to play a percussion instrument.
Vasilios Avraam studied at the Ferenc Liszt Conservatory in Hungary under the supervision of István Adrovicz, then at the Strasbourg National Conservatoire under Pablo Márquez, where he gained his Masters, and subsequently at the Academy of Music in Bratislava where he received his Musical Doctoral Degree (Artis Doctor) in classical guitar under the supervision of Jozef Zsapka. Avraam has also actively participated in master-classes by such renowned musicians as Walter Würdinger, Zoran Dukic, Gérard Abiton, and Devich Sándor. He was the First Prize winner of the National Guitar Competition in Hungary in 1998.
Yiorgos Kountouris is the Artistic Director of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra and its Music School. He graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in 2006, where he studied Symphonic and Operatic Conducting with Prof. Alexander Alexeev and Violin with Prof. Antonina Kazarena.