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.
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.
A Steinway Artist, pianist Min Kwon is in demand around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Her professional engagements have taken her to over 60 countries on 7 continents and to all 50 states in the US, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the United Nations in New York, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and to major venues in Seoul, London, Vienna, Freiburg, Interlaken, Prague, Sydney, and to the festivals of Aspen, Ravinia, Cape & Islands, Caramoor (US), Colmar (France), Salzburg and AMA (Altenburg), and Kuhmo (Finland).
Highlights of her recent seasons include chamber music performances with ten principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a tour and recording of Schubert Four Hand recital with Viennese pianist Robert Lehrbaumer, and world premiere of three newly commissioned works for her in New York, Florida, and Serbia.
Since her North American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1987 in Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 Ms. Kwon has appeared worldwide in over 20 concerti performing as soloist under James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski among others and, as a chamber musician, performed with the principal players of New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic and many other distinguished artists. With her sister, violinist Yoon Kwon, she has given over 200 joint recitals throughout the United States under the auspices of CAMI, and has recorded for BMG/RCA Red Seal. Her solo album of Schubert and Liszt (MSR Classics) earned a Grammy Award for Best Producer of the Year (David Frost) in 2009.
A dedicated teacher, Min Kwon has given master classes at major institutions and festivals around the world, among them the Royal College of Music in London, Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories in China, National University of Singapore, Academy of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, New York University, University of Chicago, Vladmir Feltsman's Summerfest, AMEROPA Int’l Festival in Prague, Kuhmo Int’l Festival in Finland, and Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg. Dr. Kwon is currently Chair of Keyboard Programs and Professor of Piano at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Jersey where she works with a highly selected group of doctoral candidates. Her students have won numerous national and international prizes. She is also Founder and Director of CME, The Center for Musical Excellence in New York, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentor and help careers of gifted young international pianist. With Robert Lehrbaumer, she also serves as Co-Director of Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria.
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".
Albert Aigner was born in Merkstein near Aachen, Germany. 1971 a lectureship for guitar was given to him, 1974 a position as a docent and since 1974 he is the leader of the guitar class and a professor at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany). Apart from his soloist concerts, he often takes part in chamber concerts with Prof. Dieter Kreidler (“Duet Concertante”), which have carried him through Germany and Europe. Aigner is a member of the “Viennese Guitar Trio” since 1996. Additionally he is a member of the trio “Guitar Plus Two”, where it is not only played on guitars, but also on harpsichords, violins, flutes and fipple flutes, sometimes accompanied by vocals. In the latter case, either English Renaissance songs or German Romantic songs are sung and 19th and 20th century chamber music is performed.
Besides, he is known as a renowned docent and cofounder of many national as well as international educational courses for teachers and concertizing artists, e.g.: Seminar for Guitar and Mandolin in Schweinfurt (14 years), Seminar for Guitar in Altheim, Austria (8 years), Guitar Seminar in Ebenfurth (9 years), Seminar in Übach-Palenberg (10 years), master classes in Judenburg, Knittelfeld, Lockenhaus, (all Austria), Kronstadt (Rumania), Meran (Italy) and in Moscow.
Further activities: 1stchairman of the German Musician Association (DTKV), jury member at the regional and nationwide competition “The Youth Makes Music”, and at chamber music competitions.
In Aigner’s numerous records, he either plays a guitar solo or plays together with a chamber musical occupation; also he participated in broadcasting projects and TV productions.
Mieke Stoel wurde in Amsterdam geboren. Sie studierte Klavier und Kammermusik in ihrer Heimat und spezialisierte sich anschließend auf die körperliche Problematik bei Berufsmusikern. Sie ließ sich in der Feldenkrais® Methode von Moshe Feldenkrais‘ langjähriger ersten Assistentin Mia Segal ausbilden und erhielt „advanced trainings“ bei u.a. Yochanan Rywerant, Mirjam Pfeffer, Beatriz Walterspiel und Jeremey Krauss. Sie war 29 Jahre lang (1985-2014) als Vertragslehrerin an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien tätig. Dort war sie Mitbegründerin der musikphysiologischen Abteilung für „integrative Atem-, Stimme- und Bewegungsschulung“. Von 2004-2007 unterrichtete sie Feldenkrais an der Anton Bruckner Privat Universität in Linz. Von 2007-2009 war sie Korrepetitorin in verschiedenen Streicherklassen an der Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg- Augsburg und gab dort auch Feldenkrais Unterricht. In 2009 war sie Gründungsmitglied der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Musik und Medizin und leitete bis 2014 als Vorstandsmitglied die Arbeitsgruppe „Körperarbeit“. Kurse, Vorträge und Konzerte u.a. in den USA, in Japan, Süd-Korea, Indonesien, Malaysia, in den Arabischen Emiraten, Oman und in verschiedenen Europäischen Ländern.
Mirjam Schröder is Professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Before she was teaching at Hochschule für Musik Weimar.
The harpist Mirjam Schröder was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and started her harp studies with Renie Yamahata in Stuttgart. When she was just 15, she debutated with Mozart´s Concierto for harp, flute and orchestra. Since then, she is giving concerts as soloist and chamber musician in all of Europe.
Mirjam Schröder accomplied her studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Susanna Mildonian and at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold with Catherine Michel and Godelieve Schrama. She is prizewinner of multiples international harp competitions, among them the Arpista Ludovico Harp Competition, Madrid, International ARD Music Competition Munich, International Reinl-Competition Vienna/Munich.
In her solo-recitals, Mirjam Schröder shows all the multiple different possibilities and colours of her instrument. She is performing in different chamber music groups too - duos with the guitar player Maximilian Mangold, the percussion player Rie Watanabe and the flutist Kaori Fujii. As she is also interessted in the music of our time, she inspires composers to create works for the harp and her chamber music partners.
Numerous radio and CD-recordings are documenting her work.
Born in Lower Austria, she received her first piano lesson at the age of four and began violin lessons at the age of nine. Since she was 16 years old, she is learning flute as an autodidact.
Beginning in 1972, Astrid Spitznagel received piano lessons in Vienna from Dieter Weber, and in 1976 she began her studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna in piano (concert) and flute (concert). She completes her flute studies with a diploma with unanimous distinction and receives an award from the BM for Science and Research.
This is followed by studies in the subjects flute for teaching qualification, which she graduated with honors diploma, harpsichord concert subject and piano chamber music. She also successfully completes her teaching studies with a diploma with a unanimous award and an award from the BM for Science and Research.
Astrid Spitznagel has been accompanist since 1983 and additionally lecturer in piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 2017.
A flutist, pianist and harpsichordist, she has performed extensively in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Korea and has appeared on CD, radio and TV recordings.
As a composer her orchestral, chamber, film and church music, vocal and instrumental works in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and Korea are performed.