Ye-Eun Choi - violin (South Korea)
Twenty-six-year-old South Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi is heralded as one of the most promising talents of her generation.
Her debut CD of sonatas from Mendelssohn, Schubert and Prokofiev appeared in 2013 with Deutsche Grammophon.
The artist has already worked with such renowned conductors as Sir André Previn, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Charles Dutoit, Michael Francis, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Vasquez and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Ye-Eun Choi made her debut in 2009 with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert. She subsequently performed with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nurnberg Symphony Orchestra and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
She recently debuted with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie and with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional recent highlights include Ye-Eun Choi’s successful first performance in the US with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and her recital premiere in the Kennedy Center in 2013 with Christoph Eschenbach. In the same year, the artist was a guest of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio under Vladimir Fedoseyev in the Tonhalle Zurich.
In 2015 Ye-Eun Choi will debut with the San Franscisco Symphony under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
She has already performed at major festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Dresden Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, the Recontres Musicales d’Evian, La Folle Journée, the Bulgos Festival and the Walled City Music Festival.
Ye-Eun Choi studied under Ana Chumachenco at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich. Her extraordinary talent and her musical maturity were discovered at an early age. She was noticed in 2005 by Anne-Sophie Mutter and shortly afterward awarded a scholarship from the Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Ever Since, Ye-Eun Choi has been personally promoted and intensively supported by Anne-Sophie Mutter. In November 2014 Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ye-Eun Choi and further scholarship students of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation performed at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of a North American tour.
In 2007 the American Symphony Orchestra League honored her in the category ‘Rising Star’. She received the Young Talent Prize of the European Cultural Award in 2013.
Ye-Eun Choi lives in Munich and plays a Pietro Giacomo Rogeri violin (1710) generously provided by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
The artist is represented internationally by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.Additional information is available at www.imgartists.com
Silke Avenhaus – piano (Germany)
Emotionality paired with sense of form, sensitivity, creativity and curiosity - these are the qualities attributed by music critics to the pianist Silke Avenaus for her international concert appearances and for her more than 20 CD productions.
Her solo concerts and her much-in-demand appearances in chamber music ensembles have taken Silke Avenhaus thoughout Europe, the USA and South East Asia. She has appeared in concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Brahms-Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, in the Philharmonie in Cologne, Munich and Berlin as well as in the Carnegie Recital Hall, New York.
She has accepted invitations to the Marlboro Music Festival, to the Chamber Musuc Festivals in Prussia Cove and Moritzburg, to the Berliner Festwochen and to the Rheingau Music Festival, to the Salzburg Festspielen, the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and to the Beethovenfest in Bonn. Silke Avenhaus has made guest appearances with the NDR Sinfony Orchestra Hamburg, the Berlin Radio Sinfony Orchestra, the German Radiophilharmonie and with the Munich Chamber Orchstra.
Born in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany, Silke won a number of competitions at an early age, studied with Bianca Bodalia and Klaus Schilde (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich), György Sebök (Indiana University, Bloomington) and with Sandor Végh and Andras Schiff.
Silke Avenhaus performs together with artists such as Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Zehetmair, Benjamin Schmid, Christoph Poppen, Isabelle Faust, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Jörg Widmann, Clemens Hagen and with Sabine Meyer in the Ensemble Collage. An especially close musical affinitybrought her together with Quirine Viersen and Antje Weithaas, with both of whom she has produced several CDs.
Various composers have written works for which she has given first perfomances, for example Wilfried Hiller, Jörg Widmann, Magnar Aam, Akikazu Nakamura, Helmut Eder and Detlef Glanert.
In only a few years Silke Avenhaus recorded more than 20 CDs with solo works, chamber music and orchestral pieces, among others for EMI, ECM, Koch, Tudor, cpo, Berlin Classics, CAvi and harmona mundi. Included in these are works for Violin and Piano by Szymanowski (with Thomas Zehetmair), Beethoven Cello sonatas (with Quirine Viersen), Schumann Violin sonatas (with Isabelle Faust), the "Quartett vom Ende der Zeit" (with the Munch-Trio and Charles Neidich), Mozart's concert aria "Ch' io mi scordi di te" (with Juliane Banse and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Christoph Poppen), the "Concertino von Triebensee" (with the German Kammerphilharmonie), piano trios by Beethoven, Hiller and Mendelssohn (with the Munch-Trio).
The CD "leggiero, pesante", recorded together with the Rosamunde Quartett and Anja Lechner and with chamber music by Silvestrow, was nominated for the Grammy Award
200. She recorded the Brahms Piano Quintett with the Arcanto Quartett.
Most recently, various CDs have appeared with solo works: First recordings of Alexander von Zemlinsky (Naxos), the "Buch der Sterne" by Wilfried Hiller as well as piano pieces by Robert Schumann and Peter Tschaikowsky.
The CD-Edition consisting of Anthologies from Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn and French composers , produced together with Antje Weithaas on the CAvi label, is being continued.
Silke Avenhaus teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and as a regular lecturer at the Villa Musica.
For Silke Avenhaus, bringing "classical music" to children and young people is of special importantance, whether it be with audio books for children, via workshops or taking part in the "Rhapsody in School" project initiated by Lars Vogt.