Vienna Young Pianists 2017
International Piano Festival
TAMARA ATSCHBA (g, e, r, skr, pn, geo)
Tamara Atschba grew up in a family of singers in Tbilisi, Georgia. At the age of four, she received her first piano and composition lessons with her mother, Prof. S. Egorowa and with Prof. L. Nikabadze. She continued her studies at the Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory in the classes of Prof. E. Russischvili and Prof. L. Bakrazde and received four diplomas as a concert pianist, chamber musician, accompanist and teacher.
Tamara Atschba is winner of several competitions, such as the Dmitri Kabalewski Piano Competition, the Caucasian Piano Competition for Young Artists, the Piano Soloists Competition of the Philharmony of Tbilisi and the National Georgian Composition Competition of Georgian National TV and Radio. At an early age, she performed as a soloist together with the Georgian National Philharmonic orchestra.
As a chamber musician as well as a soloist, Tamara Atschba is busily concertising. Described by critics as an "incomparable, inspired pianist", she has been playing in Austria, Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Turkey, Russia, Israel, USA, Japan, Korea and Mexico and has been performing at numerous international festivals, such as l’Eté Musical dans la Vallée du Lot, L'Eté Musical en Bergerac, Ankara Music Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival "Libertas", Zarlino Festival di Musica da Camera, Tel Aviv chamber music festival "Bridges" and Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
Numerous CD recordings and concert performances at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the large ORF broadcasting hall in Vienna, Bösendorfer Hall, the ceremonial hall of the Austrian National Library, radio and concert hall Flagey in Bruxelles, the Liszt concert hall of the conservatory in Budapest, the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Hall (Italy), Rose Theater Hall Fuji (Japan), Jacques Thibaud Conservatory Hall in Paris (France), Kaufman Hall in New York (USA) among other concert halls in London, Freiburg, Hannover, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Florence, Istanbul, Ankara, Prague, Warsaw and Moscow testify her agile artistic activities.
With her latest Album "1914", published by Gramola, Tamara Atschba marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. A range of works have been written during the years of war. In her album, Tamara Atschba presents the following selection, as a musical commemoration of the year 1914, together with her colleagues Louise Chisson, Matthias Adensamer, Alexander Znamensky und Christophe Pantillon: Preludes for Piano op. 38 and piano quintet in c minor op. 42 (1917/18) by Louis Vierne, as well as the Sonata for Violin and piano op. 64 (1915/16) by Charles Koechlin. One of her CD's has been added to the list of the “Top10 classical” of 2013 and published in the „Magazine Artistxite“. In 2015 she started the project „Dialogue entre musique et lumieres - Hommage á Scriabine - Synesthetic Perception: Alexander Scriabin's Color Hearing“ at the French fesival „L'Eté Musical en Bergerac“, in memory of the 100th anniversary of the composer's death.
Tamara Atschba is a long-term chamber music partner of the violinist Prof. Dora Schwarzberg, who said „in noumerous concerts, Tamara Atschba showed her refined skills, as well as her extraordinary musicality“. The prime violinist of the Alban Berg Quartett verified her as „an outstanding partner for the entire chamber music repertoire“. Furthermore, she is duo partner of the French violinist Louise Chisson. In 2016, the two musicians founded a summer music academy in Monpasier, France.
Through her carreer, Tamara Atschba came across fascinating artistic personalities, such as Valentin Berlinsky, Claudio Abbado, Ruggero Ricci, Martha Argerich, Boris Berezovsky and Maxim Vengerov.
Her strong musical personality, the high quality of her playing and the exceptional colours of her piano sound have been noticed by outstanding musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin, Zubin Metha ("such a wonderful and powerful sound!"), Vladimir Ashkenazy ("an exquisite piano playing"), Vladimir Krainev, Liana Isakadze, Wolfgang Marschner, Ivry Gitlis („she is an amazing musician!“) and Yuri Bashmet.
In 2015, the book „Georgian – German Faces and Names“ was published, in which contains a detailed report about the pianist Tamara Atschba („Professor of Music from Georgia“).
Tamara Atschba has been frequently invited to give master classes throughout Europe and Asia, as well as a juror at international music competitions. 2015 she became a member of the „International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences“.
Since 1995, Tamara Atschba has worked as a teacher and accompanist at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and since 2012 she is Professor at the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Drama in Vienna. Several of her students are prize winners of international competitions and festivals.
MILAN FRANĚK (g, e, f, s, cz)
Czech pianist Milan Franěk studied at the Conservatory in Pilsen and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and in Graz, Austria and at the Charles University in Prague. He also participated in several international piano master classes with renowned pianists (Eva Solar-Kindermann, Williard Schultz, Pierre Jasmin - Canada, Peter Roggenkamp – Germany, Avo Kouyoumdian – Austria, Eugen Indjic and Livia Rév – France).
In the year 1984 Milan won with his piano trio the 3. prize at the International Radio Competition "Concertino Praga" and in the year 1988 the 3. prize at the National wind instrument competition of music conservatories in trombone playing in Brno, Czech Republic. Milan tought at various music institutions and music universities both in the Czech Republic and abroad (Malaysia, Austria).
He made several recordings of classical music for Czech Radio and performed concerts in the Czech Republic, Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Norway, Lithuania, Serbia, Malaysia, China and Japan. Since the year 2012 Milan Franěk has conducted piano masterclasses at renowned music universities and music institutions in many countries in Asian region (Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Japan). In January 2015 conducted Milan a piano masterclass with students from various music institutions in South Korea at the Vienna Music Academy in Vienna, Austria.
In 2015, Milan featured the complete Jazz etudes by Czech composer Milan Dvorak in several piano recitals at the International Music Festival "Smetana days" in Pilsen, Czech Republic and in Petrof Piano Prep. Co. in Tokyo, Japan. He also recorded the complete Jazz Etudes by Milan Dvorak in April 2015 for the English label Toccata Classics in London. In July and August 2015 took Milan Franěk part of the renowned Summer Music Academy and Festival "MusicFest" Perugia in Italy, Milan teaches currently at the Vienna Music Academy and in the Amadeus International School Vienna in Austria.
Mr. Franěk´s teaching approach combines both the physical side of piano playing (such as correct posture and prevention of pain and injuries) and musical aspects (based on the historically informed performance especially in the baroque and classical period). Milan Franěk teaches in 5 different languages – English, German, French, Spanish and Czech. Since 2010 is Milan Franěk the President of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) for the Czech Republic (www.epta-cz.com).
PATRICK LECHNER (g, e, i, s, c)
Born in Austria, Patrick Lechner studied in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. Among his teachers were Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Thomas Böckheler and Noel Flores. Lechner won several awards in national and international competitions. In addition, he was awarded the Bösendorfer Scholarship of the music university in Vienna and the "Großer Steinway Förderpreis" in Munich. He took part in masterclasses with Zoltan Kocsis, Mikhail Voskressensky, Emanuel Ax, Lylia Zilberstein and Philippe Entremont, as well as in the International Piano Academy of Sergei Babayan in Cleveland and in the Beethoven-masterclass of the Wilhelm-Kempff-Stiftung in Positano with John O' Conor.
Patrick Lechner frequently concertises throughout Europe, in the USA, Korea and China. He collaborated with prominent musicians, such as the conductor Martin Wettges, Maxim Heller, the violinist Ekatherina Frolova and the Tenor Erkan Aki.
Lechner is a sought after pedagogue and was appointed professor at the Tyrolean State Conservatory, the Yeungnam University in South Korea and Hunan First Normal University in China. His students won several top awards at the German and Austrian competitions “Jugend musiziert” and “Prima la musica”. Patrick Lechner regularly holds master classes in Europe, China and Korea, among them at the Austrian Music Festival „Allegro Vivo“. He is also in demand as a jury member for the major German national competition „Jugend musiziert“.
Patrick Lechner is currently pursuing his doctoral degree on a full scholarship at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, USA, under Awadagin Pratt.
JEAN MULLER (g, e, f)
Jean Muller was born in Luxembourg in 1979. Since 1994, Jean Muller has been awarded no less than twelve first prizes at international competitions among them the unanimously awarded first prize of the renowned “Concours Francis Poulenc” in France.
The international press emphasizes the fact that he uses his exceptional virtuosity in the service of intense, well thought-out interpretations. At the Poulenc Competition, Jean-Claude Pennetier, president of the jury and renowned pianist, said, “Everything is there: fingers, head and heart”. Jean Muller performs regularly at major concert halls worldwide. His sttudio and live recordings are being broadcasted by top braodcasting institutions. Currently he is performing Mozart’s complete piano sonatas in concert.
SUSANNA SPAEMANN (g, e)
Susanna Spaemann is much in demand as a pedagogue for exceptionally gifted young pianists. She is frequently invited to hold master classes and to act as a jury member in numerous piano competitions in Austria and abroad, such as the Blüthner Piano Competition (Austria), Münchner Klavierpodium (Germany), Brin d'Herbe Orléans (France), Ahorn Piano Competition (Japan). Among her pupils are first prize winners of national and international competitions.
Susanna Spaemann was born in Germany and lives in Austria. She studied piano performance with Anton Czjzek and piano pedagogy with Brian Lamport at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, completing her studies with Harald Ossberger and Klára Harrer-Baranyi at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In addition, she received advanced training in the fields of physiology and mental training for musicians at the department of performing Arts Medicine at the University of Music in Berlin. The influence of Peter Feuchtwanger, Noel Flores, Paul Badura-Skoda and others continues to inform both her playing and teaching. Susanna Spaemann concertises throughout Europe and Japan as a soloist, chamber musician and lied accompanist.
Since 2000 Susanna Spaemann holds a piano class at the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Drama in Vienna and is also an experienced chamber music player and coach. She is the founder of the international piano festival Vienna Young Pianists, of which she has been the artistic director since 2005.
e: English, g: German, f: French, s: Spanisch, c: Chinese, r: Russian, cz: Czech, skr: Serbo-Croatian, pn: Polish, geo: Georgian