Herbert Schuch - piano (Germany)
“The bright young Romanian-German pianist Herbert Schuch is building his career with marvellous consistency. This is demonstrated less by vain, flashy solo appearances than an ever deeper fathoming of individual works. His amazing technique is always in the service of intellectual penetration; that is also conveyed on his CD releases.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
Herbert Schuch is recognized as one of the most interesting musicians of his generation by virtue of his sophisticated programs and recordings. In 2013 he received the ECHO Klassik for his recording of Viktor Ullmann’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, together with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Olari Elts. In 2012 Herbert Schuch was already awarded with an ECHO Klassik in the category “Chamber Music Recording Of The Year” for his CD featuring quintets for piano and winds by Beethoven and Mozart.
Herbert Schuch has worked with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Bamberger Symphoniker, Dresden Philharmonie, and the radio symphony orchestras of hr, MDR, WDR, NDR Hannover, and DR (Danmarks Radio). He is a regular guest at festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, Rheingau Musik Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and Salzburger Festspiele. He collaborates with conductors Pierre Boulez, Andrey Boreyko, Douglas Boyd, Lawrence Foster, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Jakub Hrusa, Jun Märkl, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott, Markus Poschner, Michael Sanderling and Alexander Vedernikov.
In 2014 Herbert Schuch presents a series of six recital programs with works by Franz Schubert and Leoš Janáček at various venues, among others the Mozarteum Salzburg. He performs excerpts of this cycle in Cologne, Munich, Rome and Venice among other cities. In September 2013, Herbert Schuch also released a solo CD featuring works by Schubert and Janáček.
Herbert Schuch was born in Temesvar (Romania) in 1979. After early piano lessons in his home town, he emigrated with his family in 1988 to Germany, where he now lives. He continued his musical studies with Kurt Hantsch and then with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In the recent past Herbert Schuch has been particularly influenced by his encounters and work with Alfred Brendel. He attracted international attention when he won three important piano competitions - the Casagrande competition, the London International Piano Competition, and the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna - within the space of a single year.
Alongside his concert work, Herbert Schuch has been active for some time in the "Rhapsody in School" organization founded by Lars Vogt, which is committed to bringing classical music into schools.
Guelru Ensari – piano (Turkey)
Turkish pianist Gülru Ensari has established herself as one of the leading musicians of her generation. She is best known for her interesting concert programme reflecting her talent both as a soloist and a chamber musician. She is in demand for a wide variety of chamber music ensembles and plays with many world famous musicians including Gautier Capuçon, Herbert Schuch, Ilya Gringolts, Mirijam Contzen, Sebastian Manz, and Ramon Ortega Quero. During 2014-15 season she will perform at the Bozar in Brussels, the Antalya Piano Festival, the Beethovenhaus Bonn, in Schloss Elmau, and at the Sociedad Filarmonica in Bilbao.
Born in Istanbul, she started to play at age 6 and studied at the State Conservatory of Istanbul University where she was a student of Prof. Meral Yapalı. She won a scholarship from the German High School in Istanbul to study at the Conservatory for Music in Cologne with Prof. Vassily Lobanov.
She further polished her musical and technical skills by regularly participating in masterclasses given by Leontina Margulis, Andrei Diev, Sergei Dorensky and Hüseyin Sermet amongst others. She is currently completing a master's degree in chamber music at the Cologne Conservatory for Music with Prof. Anthony Spiri.
Gülru was awarded first prizes at the Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert in the categories “Solo Piano” and “Piano with Voice”, and the International Piano Competition at the Edirne Mimar Sinan University. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Yamaha Prize given to the most successful students of the Conservatory of Istanbul University.
She has appeared on major international concert platforms in solo recitals and chamber performances in Turkey, Macedonia, United States of America, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, and Switzerland, and has performed at international music festivals such as the Bitola Music Festival, the Bebersee Festival, and the D-Marin Turgutreis International Classical Music Festival.
She regularly performs as a soloist with Turkey's leading national orchestras, such as Orchestra Istanbul, Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra , Kadikoy Chamber Ochestra, Bakirkoy Chamber Orchestra and the Istanbul and Bursa State Symphony Orchestras. During 2013-14 season, she made her debut at the Istanbul Classical Music Festival and at the Tonhalle Zurich.