Pianists of the masterclasses 2023
Our accompanists are in great demand at the most prestigious cello competitions as piano accompanists – and can be heard in their own concerts worldwide.
University of Music Basel
Alessandro Tardino studied at the "Accademia Pianistica Internazionale di Imola 'Incontri col Maestro'" starting in 2003. He performed as a soloist and chamber musician at European festivals.
In 2012, he won the "Concours International de Piano de Lyon."
In 2016, he recorded a highly acclaimed DVD of Max Reger's music for Fugue State Films, together with violinist Egidius Streiff, which was awarded "DVD of the Year" by BBC Music Magazine.
In the same year, he collaborated with André Gallo on a series of CDs, which are part of a new publication for piano learning by composer Marco Di Bari.
Tardino worked as a piano accompanist at the summer courses of Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the Académie de Musique Riviera in Vevey, Switzerland. Additionally, he is a répétiteur at the Musikhochschule and Musikschule Basel, and a piano teacher at the 'Goppisberg Musikfestival and Akademie' in Spiez.
Masterclass: Danjulo Ishizaka
University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart
Following previous studies at the Toho-Gakuen Music Academy in Tokyo with Prof. Tsunemi Naraba and the Academy of Music, Freiburg with Prof. Hiroko Tsuruoka-Barth and Prof. Helmut Barth, Takai completed her musical education with Prof. André Marchand at the Stuttgart Academy of Music.
Alongside her activities at the Music Academies in Freiburg and Stuttgart, Takai has established herself as a much in demand répétiteur, not only at elite competitions (Geneva, ARD etc) but also at festivals and masterclasses throughout the world. As a soloist and chamber musician she performs regularly both at home and abroad and has been broadcasted on SWR and BR.
Masterclass: Sebastian Klinger
University of Music Munich
Born in Japan, Chifuyu Yada began to learn the piano at the age of four. Later she studied in Munich with Prof. Gerhard Oppitz and in Saarbrücken with Prof. Nerine Barrett and Prof. Bernd Glemser, during which time she was a prizewinner at the Walter-Gieseking Competition.
Following her studies, Chifuyu Yada joined the faculty at the Academy of Music in Saarland and in 1995 changed to the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, Munich, whereshe teaches since 2008. Alongside her regular performances as a soloist and chamber musician she can also be heard on CD and radio broadcasts from SR, HR, MDR and BR.
Masterclass: Wen-Sinn Yang
Rostock University of Music and Theatre
The Japanese pianist Kiyoko Wakamatsu graduated from the Toho Gakuen Academy of Music in Tokyo, before studying with Peter Roggenkamp at the Lübeck Academy of Music, where she completed her post-graduate diploma in accompaniment and chamber music. During this time she augmented her education through participating in masterclasses with Arie Verdi, Vitalij Margulis und Andrzej Jasinski.
Since 2011, Wakamatsu assists Prof. Julian Steckel as répétiteur at the Academy of Music in Rostock, where she has been teaching since 1999. As a répétiteur and accompanist she has performed at internationally renowned masterclasses and competitions, including the Rostropovich Competition in Paris, and the German Music Competition.
Masterclass: Claudio Bohórquez
University of Music Lübeck
Yoko Kuwahara was born in Japan. She graduated from Toho Gakuen Highschool of Music and studied with Prof. Keiko Tekeuchi and Prof. Ikuyo Nakamichi at the Toho Gakuen Academy of Music in Tokyo. In 2013, she continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Prof. Konstanze Eickhorst, successfully passed the master's examination in 2016 and in 2019 after her training with Prof. Inge-Susann Römhild the Master of Music Korrepetition .
As a concert pianist, she gives numerous concerts in Japan, Belgium, France, Italy, Israel and Germany and performs as Soloist and also chamber music.
Since 2017 and 2019, she is faculty as accompanist at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre Rostock in several instrumental classes.
Masterclass: Natalie Clein
University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin
Mana Oguchi is a pianist hailing from Sapporo, Japan. She earned her degrees from Tokyo University of the Arts and studied with Professors Markus Becker and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover.
Oguchi's performances as a soloist and chamber musician have taken her to prestigious festivals such as the Budapest Spring Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. She has been awarded scholarships from the YAMAHA Music Foundation, DAAD, the Japanese government, and the German Music Council.
Besides being an accomplished piano accompanist, Oguchi teaches at universities in Hanover and Berlin's Hanns Eisler School of Music.
Masterclass: Jakob Spahn
University of music Hanns Eisler berlin
Nicolai Gerassimez has established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation as a soloist and chamber musician. He received great attention when he won both 2010 and again in 2012 when he won 1st prize at the German Music Competition.
Solo concerts and recitals have taken him to the most prestigious music centers in Europe and the USA, as well as to important international festivals.
He studied with Prof. Galina Ivanzova and with Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit, graduating with honors in his piano diploma and his master's degree in chamber music.
Since 2018 he has been teaching at the University of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin.
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris
Fiona Mato learned to play the piano from her mother. In 2009, she graduated with honors from the Athens Conservatory under the guidance of Meri Manesi. Starting in 2011, she studied at the Paris Conservatory with Michel Béroff and Claire Désert.
Her training includes studies with masters like Rigutto and Bashkirov. As a laureate of several competitions, she performed at venues such as La Roque d'Anthéron and Megaron Mousikis. In 2016, she graduated with honors from her master's program at the CNSM. She has been a scholar of the Onassis Foundation since 2014.
Masterclass: Marc Coppey