Giuliano Mazzoccante

mazzoccante2Born in Chieti, studied at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” of Florence with M° Lucia Passaglia, where he graduated to full ballots, praise and mention of honour. Winner of numerous national and international competitions (“M. Clementi” of Florence, “Agorà 80” of Rome, the “F. Liszt” of Lucca, , the “Città di Chieti”, the “Città di Stresa”. “T. I. M.” –International Music Tournament- etc.), in 2002 turned out an absolute winner of the 40° piano competition “Arcangelo Speranza” of Taranto. In October 2009 he won the 4th Price in Tbilisi International Piano Competition (WFIMC). He started an important concert activity as soloist as well as chamber musician performing in Italy and abroad in France, Germany (Munich – Prinzregentheater), England (Oxford – Holywell Music Room) , Lithuania (Vilnius – National Philharmonic Hall), Slovenia, Austria, Holland (Utrecht – Concert Hall), Hungary, Czech Republic, China, Switzerland, Turkey, Albania etc.. He participated numerous times in performing recitals and being soloist with the Orchestra of “Internationale Sommer-Akademie Schloss Pommersfelden” (D). In November 2002 he was a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concert n. 1 which was broadcasted by Lithuanian National Radio and TV. The same year M° Mazzoccante performed with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra.

He studied chamber music in Trieste with the famous “Trio di Trieste” and he got the Merit Diploma. He had numerous experiences as conductor of chorus and instrumental ensemble. He regularly takes part in juries of national and international competitions and following his care for development of young talents, in 2001 he gave a start to “S. Giovanni Teatino” piano competition and to “Chamber Music Festival” of Chieti, of which he is an Artistic Director. His organizing activities since 2004 are extending to programming the concert season “Concerti aperitivo” of Teatro Marrucino of Chieti. In a course of numerous years he collaborated with R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance of London).

He studied for many years with legendary russian pianist Lazar Berman. M° Mazzoccante regularly performs in duo with famous musicians (violinists Pavel Berman, Clarinetists Karl Leister and Antonio Tinelli, flutist Rita D’Arcangelo, etc.).

He has recorded for Radio of Bavaria, Radio Vaticana, DAD Records, Wide Classique and Kamerata Tokyo. Moreover he published with Phoenix Classics, distributed from Ducale Discs, monographic work dedicated to Johannes Brahms containing Sonate for Clarinet and Piano op. 120 n. 1, 2 and the Trio op. 114. The Brahms CD was finalist among the 3 best recordings in Italy in “Premio Opera IMAIE III Edition” 2009.

From 2007 he is artistic director of the Institute “Scuola Civica Musicale Città di San Giovanni Teatino”.

He studied for many years with legendary russian pianist Lazar Berman. M° Mazzoccante regularly performs in duo with famous musicians (violinists Pavel Berman, Clarinetists Karl Leister and Antonio Tinelli, flutist Rita D’Arcangelo, etc.).

He has recorded for Radio of Bavaria, Radio Vaticana, DAD Records, Wide Classique and Kamerata Tokyo. Moreover he published with Phoenix Classics, distributed from Ducale Discs, monographic work dedicated to Johannes Brahms containing Sonate for Clarinet and Piano op. 120 n. 1, 2 and the Trio op. 114. The Brahms CD was finalist among the 3 best recordings in Italy in “Premio Opera IMAIE III Edition” 2009.

From 2007 he is artistic director of the Institute “Scuola Civica Musicale Città di San Giovanni Teatino”.

 

Peiyu Huang

Peiyu HuangProf. Peiyu Huang Was born in Taipei, Taiwan, Grotrian-Steinweg Artist. studied piano at the Robert-Schumann University of music and media in Düsseldorf by Prof.Szczepanska. Furthermore got musical support Permanent in masterclasses given by Prof. Karl-Heinz-Kämmerling and different piano personalities from Europe and the USA. From 1992 to 1998 she played many guest performances and Soloconcert in Germany and Europe. After her piano studies she took over the school administration from the Robert-Schumann Music School in Guangzhou / China. Her great pedagogic work can be noticed in her students who won many competitions. To emphasize is the success of two of her former students, Julian Jia und Paul Ye who won prizes at the international competition in Ettlingen. Further students are for example Zhuotao Huang, Zhengqi Hu, Jiayi Xie & Aor
an Chen,Stefanie Ni, just from 10 to 18 Years old,but study abroad in Robert-Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf/Mozarteum Salzburg/Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover Germany and Prize winner many International Piano Competitions.

Prof.Peiyu Huang was the Jurry Members for China International Piano Competition for Youth/ Hongkong International Piano Competition/International Taiwan Piano Competition/ Internationale Robert-Schumann Klavier wettbewerb für Jugend/International Grotrian-Steinweg Klavier Wettbewerbspiele/International ClaviCologne Competition/International Piano Competition of Malta.

 

Alan Chircop

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Over the past fifteen years, Alan Chircop directed several international orchestras in various theatres, concert halls and festivals. Among others, he has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Central Hall in London, the Sofia Philharmonic – National Orchestra of Bulgaria, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Macedonia, L’Orchestra Citta’ di Ravenna (Italy), Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, the Leopoli State Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), L’Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon-Provence (France), the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Mihail Jora Philharmonic of Bacau (Romania), the Kislovodsk – Mineralnye Vody State Symphony Orchestra and the Sochi Symphony Orchestra (Russia); the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria); the Westsächsische Philharmonie and the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (Germany), the Camerata con Cor(d)e of Belgium and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alan Chircop’s musical tastes and repertoire are very wide ranging and apart from an extensive symphonic and concerto repertoire, he has directed several opera productions, pop-classical concerts and contemporary music premieres.

As winner of the 1993 Bice-Mizzi Vassallo Music Competition, he was awarded a one year scholarship at the Conservatoire National de Region de Musique de Lyon in France, where he studied pianoforte with Prof. Andre Chometon, obtaining the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes with distinction. He then moved to Germany to pursue his studies in Pianoforte with Prof. Christoph Taubert (1994-2001) and Orchestral Direction with GMD Prof. Gert Bahner (1997-2003) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig. He graduated, obtaining his Masters Degree in Pianoforte in 2001 and a further Masters Degree in Orchestral Direction in 2003 He also spent a year at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, for further specialized studies in Orchestral Direction with Prof. Uros Lajovic.

Between 1997 and 2006 he was the Principal of the Euro Academy of Music and Arts in Malta. He was also Artistic Director of the Virtuoso Classics Summer Concert Series in 2005, and co-Artistic Director of the Stradivari Season Virtuoso Concerts between 2003 and 2005. Between 2006 and 2008, he was Artistic Director of the Renaissance Cultural Foundation – Malta. In 2013-2014 he served as Principal of the Visual & Performing Arts Schools within the Ministry of Education in Malta. He is the Artistic Director of the Malta International Music Festival & Competition organized by the European Foundation for the Support of Culture (Malta).

 

Brian Schembri

Brian Schembri-001One of the most brilliant musicians to emerge from Malta, Brian Schembri started his music studies under the guidance of his father Carmelo Schembri, very early establishing a reputation as a highly talented concert pianist, frequently performing on TV, radio and at public concert halls.

After he became the youngest ever to obtain the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (London) he continued his studies at the Kiev and Moscow “Tchaikowsky” State Conservatories. There he actively participated in the student concert life, both as pianist and conductor, winning first prize in the “Beethoven Concerto Competition”. He obtained an M.A.(music) and did post-graduate course in piano with Alexander Snegiriov and Serguei Dorensky as well as conducting with Roman Kofman and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

In 1989, he was appointed assistant conductor with Michel Plasson at the Orchestre du Capitole and the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, also collaborating with prestigious conductors James Judd, Edoardo Muller, Serge Baudo, Yuri Temirkanov, Garcia Navarro, Armin Jordan and Emmanuel Krivine.

He has been guest conductor with the State Philharmonic Orchestras of Ukraine, Macedonia, Kielce and Tirgu Muras, l’Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, l’Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, the Sinfonietta, the London Mozart Players, l’Orchestre de Bretagne, l’Orchestra Ciutat de Barcelona, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Odessa, Brasov, Novosibirsk, the Moscow Soloists, the Academic Orchestra of Lisbon, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de France, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, l’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Sofia National Opera Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, EU Chamber orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Brian Schembri has been Chief Conductor of the OPF (Orchestre Philharmonique de France), the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. More recently he was Music Director and Consultant of Malta National Theatre “Teatru Manoel” and is currently Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Brian Schembri has been awarded the Malta Cultural Award and the Medal for Service to the Republic.

He has collaborated with soloists Lucia Aliberti, Tatiana Lisnic, Karen Huffstodt, Sandrine Piau, Jose Cura, Joseph Calleja, Gianluca Terranova, Oleg Kulko, Alexandre Da Costa, Alexander Kniazev, Colin Carr, Sergey Antonov, Ludmila Berlinskaia, Oleg Polianksy, Balazs Szokolay, Anne Queffelec, Emma Johnson and has performed at the “Festival Massenet”, “Kiev Symphonic Evenings”, “Octobre en Normandie”, “Les Rencontres Musicales d’Evian”, “Festa da Musica”, “Lisboa em Festa”, transmitted live on Eurovision, “Festival MusicAtlantico”, “Fêtes de Genève”, “Festival de Piano Vendôme”, “Henley Festival”, “Kings Lynn Festival”, “G7 Summit Concert” in Lyon which was televised internationally. He has also conducted opera productions with ARCAL, Ensemble Justiniana, the Atelier Lyrique du Centre, Opera Nomade (Paris), the Rennes and Nancy Opera Theatres, the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lvov, Opera Hong Kong, Lübeck Opera Theatre and has composed music for theatre productions at the Manoel Theatre and Teatru Strada Stretta in Malta and the Comédie Française in Paris.

Besides giving piano recitals in Malta, Italy, France, Ukraine, Switzerland, Germany, Russia and Great Britain, he has recorded a CD Piano Recital of sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Rachmaninov and other CDs of works by Charles Camilleri with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Divine Art Diversions DDV24126) as well as four Bach concertos with the European Union Chamber Orchestra (Divine Art DDA 25128)

Receiving critical acclaim as an artist of high caliber for his strongly passionate and lyrical performances, he has forged a strong reputation for a moving profound musicality.

 

Ozgur Mert Esen

Ozgur Mert EsenConsidered as one of the important interpreters among the new generation of Turkish pianists Ozgur Mert Esen graduated with excellence from the doctoral program of Musical Arts at St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia in 2007 where he studied under the tutelage of State Artist of Russian Federation Prof. Ekaterina Murina. He has subsequently gained international acclaim playing in national and international piano competitions. A frequent soloist with symphony orchestras, Esen is also the prizewinner of several National and International Piano Competitions and has performed in globally acclaimed venues and festivals. He regularly appears alongside the Borusan Quartet – the first prize winner of the ICMEC International Chamber Music Competition 2010.

Esen started his studies at DEU Izmir State Conservatory under the tutelage of Prof. Secil Akdil. During his education, he started to appear on international stages such as Ville de Mulhouse and the Palais des Rohan, Strasbourg. He was invited to international festivals such as the Festival International Musique de Universitaire in 1997 and 1998. Before starting his doctoral degree in St Petersburg, he accepted the position of assistant professor at the Anadolu University State Conservatory, where he completed his master degree with excellence under the tutelage of State Artist of Azerbaijan Prof. Zohrab Adiguzelzade. He has recorded for Turkish National Radio & Television and was recently requested to appear in a promotion video for Steinway & Sons.

He currently holds the position of associate professor at the Qatar Music Academy where he teaches solo piano and virtuosity.