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13th International Mozart Competition
String Quartet: Jury

  • Lukas HagenHead
    Lukas Hagen was born in Salzburg. He studied at the Mozarteum University under Dr Helmut Zehetmair and graduated in 1983 with distinction. After his university studies he was taught for a year by Gidon Kremer. Other important teachers for Lukas Hagen were Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Walter Levin.
    Invitations to the Lockenhaus Festival of Chamber Music gave him the possibility to make music together with artists such as Oleg Maisenberg, Heinrich Schiff, Andras Schiff and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    Lukas Hagen is first violinist of the Hagen Quartet and since 1981 he has performed in all the world’s major music centres.
    The Hagen Quartet was awarded first prize at the international competitions in Portsmouth and Evian. The quartet has had an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon since 1985.
    Lukas Hagen has performed as soloist at the Salzburg Mozart Week and at the Salzburg Festival. He has given concerts in Italy, Germany, England and Japan. Lukas Hagen is leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and a violinist in the Serapion Ensemble.
    Lukas Hagen has been a professor at the Mozarteum University since 1999 and he is frequently invited to sit on juries at international competitions and to give master-classes.
  • Mark SteinbergVioline (Brentano Quartett, USA)
    Mark Steinberg is first violinist and founding member of the Brentano Quartet, which has existed since 1992. With the quartet he has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Japan, Korea, Israel and Colombia. The quartet is ensemble in residence at Yale University, has recorded extensively, and has won many awards, such as the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the inaugural Cleveland Quartet award and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best debut in the UK. He is also an active chamber musician and recitalist outside of the quartet. He has been heard in chamber music festivals in Holland, Germany, Austria, and France as well as in the United States. He has appeared often in trio and duo concerts with pianist Mitsuko Uchida, with whom he presented the complete Mozart sonata cycle in London’s Wigmore Hall in 2001, with additional recitals in other cities. With Ms. Uchida he has also recorded a group of Mozart sonatas for Philips. Mr. Steinberg has been soloist with the London Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kansas City Camerata, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, with conductors such as Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Mark Steinberg holds degrees from Indiana University and the Juilliard School and has studied with Louise Behrend, Josef Gingold, and Robert Mann. He is currently on the violin faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and CUNY the Graduate Center. Steinberg has been on quartet competition juries at the Banff International Quartet Competition, the London-Wigmore Quartet Competition, and the Mozart Quartet Competition in Salzburg. He has taught often at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Festival and the Taos School of Music and has given master classes at the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England and in numerous other schools.
  • Cibrán Sierra VázquezVioline (Cuarteto Quiroga, Spanien)
    Born in Ourense (Galicia), violinist Cibrán Sierra studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Vigo, Galicia (B.Mus.), Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands (M.Mus.), Oberlin College, US (Artist Diploma) and the University of Göteborg, Sweden (Soloist Diploma). He specialized in chamber music with postgraduate studies at the Basle Musikhochschule, Switzerland, the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid and the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). His main violin teachers include Deborah Hamburger, Milan Vitek, Per Enoksson and Keiko Wataya. Chamber music studies with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), have profoundly influenced his musical personality.
    Cibrán Sierra has been awarded several prizes as violinist, such as the Guido Vecchi Prize (Gothenburg, 2003), 1st prize at the Voldrich Competition (Sweden), the Bärenreiter Prize (Jeunesses Musicales, Spain 2000) or the Dean’s Talent Award (Oberlin, USA, 2002) , etc. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras in Spain and Scandinavia, most notably with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performing Bartók’s 1st Violin Concerto. In Gothenburg he also played the world premiere of Roger Johansson’s Violin Concerto (2004) which was dedicated to him. He has also given recitals in Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, USA, etc. and collaborated with several ensembles and chamber music groups such as the Quarteto Casals, Meta4, Quatuor Ardeo or the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Notable chamber music partners include Eric Hoeprich, Roger Chase, Cecilia Bernardini, Eric de Wit, Darío Mariño, Javier Perianes, David Kadouch, Víctor del Valle and members of the Alban Berg, Hagen, Meta4 and Doric string quartets.
    As concert-master and principal he has collaborated with several orchestras and historic performance ensembles (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra-GSO, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Opera, Forma Antiqva, La Tempestad, Academia de las Luces and several others), working closely with conductors such as Frans Brüggen, John Eliot Gardiner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, Lawrence Foster, Andrew Manze, Hannu Lintu, James Ross, Sir Colin Davis or Jordi Savall, among others.
    With the firm commitment of paying tribute to the great Galician violinist Manuel Quiroga, he founded the Cuarteto Quiroga, prize-winner of several of the most prestigious international competitions for string quartet (Bordeaux, Geneva, Paolo Borciani, Beijing, Paris), the Spanish Radio Culture Prize (Ojo Crítico 2007) and the Gold Medal of the Palau in Barcelona. The Cuarteto Quiroga tours regularly worldwide, performing at the most important venues and festivals on the international scene (Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Berlin, Frick Collection and Lincoln Center New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Doelen Rotterdam, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Beijing National Concert Hall, Teatro Solís Montevideo, Nybrokajen Stockholm, Il Gonfallone di Roma, etc.). It has recently released four CD titles for Cobra and Harmonia Mundi which have won unanimous applause from critics and audiences, as well as several awards, and is considered one of the most dynamic, bold and important quartets of Europe’s newest generation.
    Cibrán Sierra was founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Season Sen Batuta held in his Galician hometown of Ourense between 2007 and 2013. A very committed teacher, he has worked at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and currently holds the string quartet chair at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza, Spain and collaborates regularly as chamber music teacher with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE). He is frequently invited to give lectures or teach chamber music master-classes in universities and conservatories worldwide (USA, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Colombia, etc.) as well as serving as a jury member in several music competitions.
    He has published several articles and essays about chamber music, programming and music education in several music magazines and newspapers and is the author of the book El Cuarteto de Cuerda: Laboratorio para una sociedad ilustrada (The String Quartet, Laboratory for an Enlightened Society) edited in 2014 by Alianza Editorial, one of the leading publishing houses in the Spanish-speaking world.
    He plays the Nicola Amati Arnold Rosé violin (Cremona, 1682), thanks to the generous loan from Paola Modiano’s heirs.
  • Jonathan BrownViola (Cuarteto Casals, Kanada/Spanien)
    Born in Chicago in 1974, Jonathan Brown began his musical studies at the age of four, and later began playing the viola in chamber music ensembles. He studied with Heidi Castleman, Martha Strongin Katz and Victoria Chiang, before receiving his Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School with Karen Tuttle.
    Upon receiving a Beebe Grant for Musicians, Jonathan moved to Salzburg where he studied at the Universität Mozarteum with Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen. He participated in master-classes with Diemut Poppen, Sylvia Rosenberg and Donald Weilerstein and was profoundly influenced by his lessons with Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág.
    In 2002 Jonathan joined the Cuarteto Casals, with whom he has regularly appeared in the most important concert halls and festivals around the world. The quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, for whom they have recorded extensively covering a wide range of repertoire from Boccherini to Kurtág.
    Jonathan has also been a featured guest of other chamber music ensembles, including the Tokyo, Kuss, Miro, Quiroga and Zemlinsky Quartets and the Kandinsky Trio. A dedicated performer of new music, Jonathan is a founding member of Funktion and has often appeared as soloist with BCN216, performing works by Morton Feldman and Luciano Berio. He is currently professor of viola and chamber music at ESMUC in Barcelona and assistant professor of viola at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid, and is frequently invited to give master-classes throughout Europe and America.
  • Isabel CharisiusViola (Alban Berg Quartett, Schweiz)
    Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet in addition to solo performances and engagements as solo violist with various leading orchestras, Isabel Charisius has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Isabel Charisius is regularly invited to perform on both the viola and the violin, with distinguished ensembles and great soloists at international festivals and concert venues.
    Alongside her intense concert activity, Isabel Charisius has for many years been dedicated to training new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity includes a professorship at the Musikhochschule Köln (2005-2012), the Musikhochschule Lucerne (since 2006) as well as a wide range of master-classes at some of the most prestigious academies and institutions. Students of Isabel Charisius can regularly be found among the winners of international competitions. Many of them are also members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras. The ensembles trained by Isabel Charisius include among others the string quartets Heath, Signum, Schuman, Navarra, Amaryllis and Belenus as well as the piano trios Atos and Morgenstern.
    Isabel Charisius plays the extraordinary ABQ-viola by Laurentius Storioni (1780), a viola by Peter Greiner (1999) and a special violin by Joannes Udalricus Eberle (1753).
  • Sally PendleburyCello (Fitzwilliam Quartet, England)
    Sally Pendlebury grew up in Manchester and studied cello at Chetham's School of Music. She continued her cello studies in London where she won the Capitol Radio Award and was a prize winner in the Shell/LSO competition. Subsequent scholarships took her to Düsseldorf and Boston to further her studies and on her return she became a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    She was a founder member of the Vellinger Quartet who won the London International String Quartet Competition in 1994. The quartet played regularly in Europe, Japan and USA, in halls such as Carnegie New York, Casals Japan, Kammermusiksalle Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The quartet also performed in many festivals such as BBC Proms, Salzburg, Mondsee and Edinburgh.
    She plays guest principal cello with Philharmonia, RPO, BBC Philharmonic, London, Sinfonietta, English Chamber Orchestra and Salzburg Camerata.
    She is currently a member of the award winning Fitzwilliam Quartet, in 2018 the quartet embark on their project to record the Beethoven Quartets on gut strings. She is also in the Angell Piano Trio and Möbius Ensemble and plays regularly in Chamber festivals throughout UK, Europe and USA. She is professor of cello at Royal Northern College of Music.
  • Enrico BronziCello (Trio di Parma, Italien)
    Born in Parma in 1973, Enrico Bronzi is the cellist of the Trio di Parma, with whom he has carried out intense concert activity since 1990, appearing in the most important concert halls of Europe, the United States, South America and Australia (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Cologne, Herkulessaal in Munich, in St. Petersburg, the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, in the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires). The trio has also successfully competed in a number of international competitions in Florence, Melbourne and Munich, and has received the Premio Abbiati from Italian musical critics. Since 2001, Bronzi has coupled his chamber music activity with an active career as a soloist, which after having won a prize in the Rostropovich Competition in Paris culminated in an international award: first prize in the Paulo Cello Competition of Helsinki, one of the highest awards given in the world of cello in 2002. On that occasion he also received the Special Prize dedicated to R. Sommer for the best performance of Dvořák's Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic. Since then he has also been asked to play as a soloist in the most important festivals and with orchestras throughout Northern Europe. In April 2004, together with the Trio di Parma, he won first prize in the International Competition of Chamber Music in Lyons. He participates in a number of festivals regularly, including Lucerne, Melbourne, Turku, Naantali, Stresa, Ravenna and Lockenhaus. He has performed as soloist under the conductors Claudio Abbado, V. Delman, C. Eschenbach, P. Berglund, F. Bruggen, K. Penderecki. Enrico Bronzi was taught orchestral conducting by Jorma Panula and has appeared as guest conductor with several Italian groups. For the Brilliant Classics label, together with the Accademia I Filarmonici of Verona, he supervised the vast recording project Boccheriniano. For three years he was the first cellist at Teatro alla Scala and he regularly takes his place in the juries of major international competitions (Premio Trio di Trieste, Concorso V. Gui of Florence, Turku Cello Competition…). In collaboration with the Trio di Trieste and Maureen Jones, he also carries out an intense activity teaching in various schools, taking on dozens of musicians that often receive international awards and acclaim. He has been a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 2007. Enrico Bronzi plays a Vincenzo Panormo cello from 1780.

2017/02/20 - 2017/08/15