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.
Born in Salzburg, studied Drums/Drum set and Piano at the “Mozarteum Salzburg” and Vocals with Gerhard Kahry and Walter Berry at the “Wiener Musikhochschule”. Three prizes at the “International Belvedere Competition” in Vienna. First appearances as opera singer at “Wiener Kammeroper”, “Schönbrunner Schlosstheater” and “Opernhaus Graz”, later ensemble member of the “Wiener Staatsoper” and debuts at the “Metropolitan Opera New York”, “Opéra National de Paris” (Palais Garnier), “Sesto” in “La Clemenza di Tito”, “Octavian” in “Rosenkavalier” at the “Grand Théâtre”, Geneve. Worldwide response to her part at the world premiere of “Sophie’s Choice” of the British composer Nicholas Maw at the “Royal Opera House Convent Garden” in London. Remarkable performances of the three Mozart operas “Le nozze di Figaro”, “Cosi fan tutte” and “Don Giovanni” at the “Da Ponte-Zyklus” at “Wiener Festwochen” in June 2002 under Ricardo Muti. New production of “Hoffmanns Erzählungen”, 2004 “Octavian” in “Rosenkavalier”.
At the “Wiener Staatsoper” - amongst others - “Dorabella”, “Cherobino”, “Octavian” and “Prinz Oplofsky”; “Zerlina” and “Cherubino” at guest performances of the “Wiener Staatsoper” in Japan. “Idamante” of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” and “Valerie” in HK Gruber’s “Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald”. “Melisande” of Debussy’s “Pelléas and “Mélisande” at the “Salzburger Osterfestspiele” under Sir Simon Rattle.
Amongst others, performances at the “Wiener Staatsoper” and the “Münchner Staatsoper”, “Mailänder Scala”, “Royal Opera House Covent Garden” in London, the “Metropolitan Opera New York”, “Opéra Bastille de Paris”, “Deutsche Oper Berlin”, “San Francisco Opera”, “Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris”, “<wbr />Bolschoi-Theater Moskau”, “<wbr />Berliner Philharmonie”, “Salle Pleyel”, “Cité de la Musique Paris”, “Avery Fisher” and “Carnegie Hall New York”, “Boston Symphony Hall”, “Barbican Centre” and “Wigmore Hall” in London.
After 15 years of performance, 2007 nomination for the -at the time- youngest chamber singer of the “Wiener Staatsoper”. Since 2009 honorary member of the “Royal Academy of Music” in London.
Performances with conductors like Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano and Donald Runnicles.
Angelika Kirchschlager nowadays concentrates on recitals and concert singing. With projects like “Liedestoll”, together with Konstantin Wecker, “Liederreisen” with Robert Lehrbaumer, or Jazz-performances with Rufus Wainwright, she constantly broadens the range of classical music.
Among others, visiting professor at “Mozarteum Salzburg”, at the “Musikuniversität Graz”, the university “Konservatorium Wien”; Master classes and jurywoman.
She received four “ECHO Klassik”-prizes, the “BBC Music Magazine Award” in London, the “Europäischer Kulturpreis” of the European Culture Foundation “Pro Europa” and is “Grammy”-awardee.
2014 she was nominated as “Austrian woman of the Year”/”Österreicherin des Jahres” in the category “Art & Culture”. Two books published about her: “Liederreise” and “Ich erfinde mich jeden Tag neu.” (“I’m reinventing myself every day”).
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.
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.
Martina Schäffer is an inspired musician, an emphatic teacher and a passionate guitarist.
As a soloist, she is beloved among her audiences in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Mexico and China. Her favorite repertoire includes South American and Austrian music as well as Spanish guitar music from the Romantic era. She also dedicates herself to contemporary compositions, in particular with Lübecker Gitarrentrio, which she co-founded in 2000.
She studied at Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt (Austria), at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and at Luebeck University of Music (Germany). She lives and teaches in Vienna and in her hometown Eisenstadt in Austria.
After her studies, she adopted the expressive, virtuoso technique of Maestro Pepe Romero. She passes on her mastery of this powerful and effortless playing method to her private students and teaches it at seminaries and workshops (Musikforum Viktring, Forum Gitarre Wien, International Guitar Festival Rust)
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".