One of Austria's most renowned interpreters: celebrated pianist, organist und conductor. Born in Vienna, Robert Lehrbaumer started his career at the age of 9 when he made his appearance as a pianist in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since then, concert tours have brought him to almost all European countries and capitals, to North, Central and South America, to the Near East, South-East Asia, Korea, and Japan, in famous locations from Viennas Musikverein und Konzerthaus to New York's Carnegie-Hall and Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Casals Hall.
Robert Lehrbaumer began to study piano at the age of six. From 8 to 13 he was a member of the Mozart Boys Choir. Two years later, he entered the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Art to study piano, organ, and conducting. Prizes in numerous competitions, especially Geneva 1985, and scholarships by Bösendorfer and the Alban Berg Stiftung distinguished the young interpreter.
When he was 11, he had his first appearance as a soloist with orchestras and has since performed concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra/Linz the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and with many foreign orchestras under the baton of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Végh, André Previn, Leopold Hager....
He cultivates musical partnerships with Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Anton Dermota, Walter Berry, Angelika Kirchschlager, Bo Skovhus, Friedrich Gulda, Rudolf Schock, Philippe Entremont and others. Robert Lehrbaumer pursued his careers as an organist and as a pianist simultaneously. His special piano-organ-recitals, also with orchestras, are very popular events for which he gets rave reviews.
Robert Lehrbaumer has participated in numerous festivals such as the Vienna Festival, Salzburg Festival, Brucknerfest/Linz, Carinthian Summer/Ossiach, Bregenz Spring, Luzern Music Festival, the Nuremberg Organ-Week, Slovakia Spring-Festival, Schubert-Festival/Washington D.C., Festival Cervantino/ Mexico. At the age of 25, he played a solo-recital in the cycle "Master-Soloists" in the Vienna Konzerthaus, together with Abbado, Sinopoli, Previn, Caballe, Brendel.
In addition, Robert Lehrbaumer has made recordings for radio and TV stations, LP and CD; he has starred in films and videos. He teaches at International master courses in Austria and abroad and holds master classes at the University of Music in Vienna and at universities in USA and Mexico and Asia. Member of juries of international competitions. President of the international piano competition "Zagreb 2006". When conducting Robert Lehrbaumer is known also performing both as conductor and pianist in works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin, In 2014 he was awarded with the title "Professor" by the Austrian Federal President.
Since 2008 Gabriele Fontana is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She marked her Debut at the Age of 21 as PAMINA in the Frankfurt Opera House, she already was a Member in the Opera Studio at the Vienna State Opera, and had won the Bachprize at the international Competition in Leipzig, and the R.Tauber Memorial Prize in London. Her early Career continued when she became a member at the Hamburg State Opera, where she sang parts such as Pamina, Konstanze, Sophie and Sophie Scholl in Zimmermann´s “Weisse Rose”. Sequently she was invited to the Bayr.Staatsoper Munich , Vienna State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Proms, Bregenz Festival, Salzburg Festival and Mozartwoche, Festwochen Vienna, to various Festivals and Operahouses in Berlin, Dresden, Amsterdam, Prag, Israel, USA and Japan. She has worked regularely with conductors as H.Blomstedt, P.Boulez, D.Barenboim, C.Davis, Ch.von Dohnanyi, B.Haitink, E.Leinsdorf, K.Mazur,Z.Mehta,W.Sawallisch, J.Tate, F.Welser-Möst u.a. A wide Discography documents her artistic way, like “Schubert-Lieder”, Bach Cantatas, ZDENKA/Arabella and Rheingold, Moses and Aron/DG, Lieder by H.Wolf/R.Strauss/Preiser and the first recording of all Songs by Clara Schumann. She has appeared in Recitals, Concerts and Master classes in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Savolinna, Amsterdam, Tokio, Taiwan, England, Prag and Vienna Musikverein.
Robert Holl was born in Rotterdam and finished also his degrees with Jan Veth and David Hollestelle there. In 1971 he won the 1st prize with the international song competition in ´s-Hertogenbosch. Then he studied under Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1972 Robert Holl won the 1st prize of the ARD competition in Munich. From 1973 to 1975 he was active member of the Bayrische Staatsoper. He worked with conductors like Eugene Jochum, Karl Richter and Wolfgang Sawallisch. He was a guest in the Wiener Staatsoper, the Brüsseler Oper and since 1991 in the Züricher Opernhaus with parts like Sarastro in the "Zauberflöte" or Basilio in the "Barbier von Sevilla" among conductors like Claudio Abbado, Nicholas Harnoncourt and Franz Wels-Möst. In the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin Robert Holl appeared under Daniel Barenboim as a landgrave Hermann in "Tannhäuser", as Hans Sachs in the "Meistersinger von Nürnberg", as a Daland in the "Fliegender Holländer" and as a Komtur in "Don Giovanni". In the Wiener Staatsoper Robert Holl was to be heard in 2006/07 and 2007/08 as a Pimen / BORIS GODUNOW (new production under Daniele Gatti in May, 2007). In the Bayreuther Festspiele Robert Holl was to be heard since 1996 as Hans Sachs in the "Meistersinger von Nürnberg" and was praised for his achievement.In summer 2004 he sang in Bayreuth for the first time the part of the Gurnemanz in a new production of Wagner "Parsifal" under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez. Beside his engagement in various opera-houses Robert Holl is reknowned as a successful concert singer. He has sung among the most famous conductors of Europe and the USA in Europe, America and Japan. Robert Holl is valid as one of the big Lied-singers of our time. His special predilection is the German Lied and the Russian Lied. A long cooperation connects him with the record company Preiser Records. Lied-evenings lead the artist regularly in the international music centres. Robert Holl is a Lied- and pino-composer, too. The pieces are published by Doblinger. Beside his activity as a singer he regularly holds master classes. Furthermore Robert Holl is artistic director of "Schubertiaden" in Holland and Austria. In October 1990 Robert Holl he got the Austrian title "Kammersänger", became an honourary member of the society of the music lovers in Vienna, in July, 1997 honourary member of the festival "Carinthischer Sommer". In 1998 he was appointed the professor for Lied and Oratorium at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
The tenor Jan Petryka grew up in Linz and in Warsaw. The basis for his musical education was his time at the Adalbert Stifter Gymnasium Linz and his violoncello studies at the Anton Bruckner Private University with Andreas Pözlberger and with Tobias Stosiek at the University of Art in Graz.
He received his first singing lessons by Gertrud Schulz. Then he studied with Rotraud Hansmann and finally with KS Marjana Lipovšek at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 2012 he graduated with honor "Lied und Oratorium".
In addition to performing sacred music and Lied, he gradually has established himself as a concert and oratorio singer. He appeared with renowned ensembles such as the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Radiosymphonieorchester Wien, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchester Dijon Bourgogne, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra etc.
He had his debut in his Polish homeland with Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" and the Warsaw Chamber Opera Choir and Orchestra, which was also broadcasted on Polish radio.
As part of the Lucerne Festival, Jan Petryka sang the leading part in Georg Friedrich Händel's "Belshazzar".
Also focussed on baroque music, he has been working with Bach Consort Wien, Orchester Wiener Akademie, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Concerto Stella Matutina, La Chapelle Rhénane, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu, Solamente Naturali, Collegium Vocale Luzern and Arte dei Suonatori, Cinquecento Renaissance and Clemecic Consort.
His intensive work on Lied repertory and vocal chamber music led to fruitful collaborations with Robert Holl, Helmut Deutsch, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Roger Vignoles, Robert Lehrbaumer, Matthias Lademann and David Lutz.
He performed Schubert programs at the Oxford Lied Festival, accompanied by Julius Drake, Sholto Kynoch and Deirdre Brenner and at the "Internationaal Liedfestival Zeist", "Brahmsfest Mürzzuschlag" and "Festival Cully Classique".
At the Opéra National Lyon, Jan Petryka embodied the role of Tamino and ersten Geharnischten in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute" as well as Pietro in Franz Schreker's "Die Gezeichneten".
Further engagements: Italy/Teatro Comunale in Ferrara (Ferdinando Bertoni: Orfeo ed Euridice), Vienna/Theater an der Wien (Franz Schubert: Lazarus), Children's Opera of the Vienna State Opera (Wilfried Hiller: Das Traumfresserchen), Warsaw Chamber Opera (Georg Friedrich Händel: Ariodante), University for music and performing arts Vienna (Händel: Alcina - with the Vienna Academy Orchestra at the Schönbrunn Palace Theater, Oronte).
His special passion for contemporary music finds its expression in close relationships with leading and pioneering composers, e.g. Johanna Doderer, Elisabeth Naske, Kurt Schwertsik and Tristan Schulze.
In 2018 Jan Petryka made his debut at the Prague National Theater as Novice in Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd", performed Don Ottavio in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni" with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as Jacquino in Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio" as part of the "Styriarte" festival.
He also sang at the Schubertiade with Sir András Schiff, had worldwide performances with Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble/Choir with works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and was soloist in a concert performance of Gottfried von Einem's opera "The Process" at the Vienna Konzerthaus and guest at the Berlin Philharmony with Johann Sebastian Bach's "Kantate Christen, ätzet diesen Tag" (BWV 63) under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski.
At the Salzburg Festival 2020 and the Lucerne Festival 2020, Jan Petryka will be going to perform with Sir András Schiff and mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska.
She performs as a piano soloist, as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists (Hans Hotter, Kim Borg, Iliana Cotrubas, Robert Holl, Elly Ameling, Kurt Equiluz, Graziella Sciutti et al.), as well as an organist and a harpsichordist. She has been the accompanist for master classes in Vienna, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Berlin, Aldeborough, Matsue, Osaka, Nagoya, Cleveland. She has been a teacher for Lied-accompanist in Tokyo, Matsue, Hamamatsu as well as in Seoul and at the Vienna Master Classes. Margit Fussi can be credited with many CD and radio recordings.
Born in Carinthia, Austria; received her first piano lessons at the "Kärntner Landeskonservatorium" followed by studies with Prof. Charles Rainer in Montreal and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (piano and organ) with Prof. Walter Fleischmann and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Scholz. Besides her university studies Judith Velisek has attended various masterclasses.
Since 1991 she has been teaching at Austrian music schools and has been a tutor to many award-winning students. Besides her intensive teaching activities, Judith Velisek regularly performs both as an organist and as a pianist, focusing on chamber music and piano accompaniment, at various music festivals.
Heinz Wallisch was born in Lilienfeld/Lower Austria and studied classical guitar with Karl Scheit; diploma passed with honors, from 1973 - 1981 assistant to o.Prof Karl Scheit at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, since 1981 director of the guitar concert class at the private Konservatorium Wien University. Concerts in Germany, England, France, Hungary and the US. Member of the "Wiener Gitarrenduo", the "Wiener Gitarrentrio" and the "Wiener Instrumentalsolisten" (Flute-Guitar). Braodcast and CD recordings, edited and arranged pieces for the Universal Edition and Doblinger publishing houses, in 1994 foundation of the private publishing house "Edition Heinz Wallisch".
She was born in Tehran, Iran in 1955 and has been living in Vienna, Austria since 1978. In 1977,after professional studies at the Conservatory of music in Tehran, under direction of Prof. Johann Rista,she graduated with distinction and thereupon got a foreign scholarship. She attended the course of studies at the Vienna Academy of Music with Prof. Barbara Gisler between 1978-1984 and got a diploma with an unanimous distinction. . 1980-1982 Soloist and 1st flutist in the youth orchestra "Fest in Hellbrunn" (Salzburg). 1981 Winner of the Wanas-Foundation of Vienna Philharmonic 1981 Concert activities as soloist in Austria, Hungary and Italy. 1982-1983 Worked as 1st flutist (+ Piccolo) at the 'Theater an der Josefstadt', Vienna 1983 1st prize of the international competition of the Vienna Music Seminar. 1983-1984 1st flutist at the first Vienna Women's Chamber Orchestra. 1984 Degree of the pedagogical training for "breath, voice and movement" according to Hilde Langer-Rühls Method with Prof. Robert Wolf at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Active participation in the master classes of solo and chamber music with Peter Lukas Graf, William Bennett, Aurèle Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Werner Tripp, Arriggo Tassinari and Albert Guttmann Since 1986 Founding of the Weber Trio Vienna including flute, Cello and piano, (former name: Moonlight Trio) and concert activities in Austria, at several festivals. 1990 Graduated with excellent success in music education studies at the Vienna University of Music Since 1991 Courses of flute and teaching practice at the Music University of Vienna. 1986-1993 Member of the Vienna Music Forum, numerous concerts, world premieres and radio events. 2001-2003 Lecturer at the international guitar seminar for chamber music in the Lockenhaus. Since 2003 Training and practice in music kinesiology (a new creative way of coping with stress in the music profession), working in various related fields in Austria and abroad as a guest professor. Since 2004 Based on the decision of the Habilitation Commission, finally becoming ao. Professor in the field of Flute at the University of Vienna for music and performing arts Since 2004 she is a renowned guest lecturer at international seminars and masterclasses in Austria and other European countries. This includes several invitations for training seminars and master classes, lectures at concerts, entry exams and competitions with the help of music kinesiology in: Austria (?Schacherhof, Seitenstetten, Bisamberg, Lockenhaus, Vorarlberg, Ober-Grafendorf,Klosterneuburg, Schloss Zeillern, Campus Open-Air an der Uni Wien) Poland (Krakow, Warsaw, Katowice, NowyTarg) Greece (Mani), Thailand (Mahidol University), Germany (Neckarsulm, Wiesbaden, Leipzig)?In 2015 she publishes Papageno Flötenschule.