International Piano Academy Lake Como is pleased to welcome the following new faces!
Tamás Vásáry (born August 11, 1933, Debrecen, Hungary) is a Hungarian pianist.
Vásáry gave his first public performances at the age of 8. He studied with Ernő Dohnányi and Józef Gát at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and was later assistant there to Zoltán Kodály.
Vásáry won the Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest in 1948. He left Hungary in 1956 and settled in Switzerland. He made his débuts in the major cities of the West in 1960 and 1961. He has subsequently resided in London, England. He has made many recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, particularly of the Romantic repertoire, especially Frédéric Chopin.
As a conductor, Vásáry served as joint artistic director of the Northern Sinfonia from 1979 to 1982, sharing the post with Iván Fischer. With the Northern Sinfonia, Vásáry recorded the Chopin piano concertos, directing from the keyboard. Vásáry was later Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, from 1989 to 1997. He has guest conducted many of the principal British orchestras as well as appearing regularly in the United States and elsewhere as pianist and conductor.
Chi Ho Han
Born in 1992 (Seoul, Korea),Chi Ho Han is one of the most promising pianist of his generation.In spite of his young age.
His most recent achievement is winning the top prize of the ARD International Music competition in Munich which is one of the most important musical event in the world and he also got the all editional special prize including audience award and Special prize for commissioned work in September 2014.
He won many prestigious international Prizes include the 1st Prize in the Seoul international music competition in Seoul (2014) , 1st Prize and Audience Prize in 11th Kissinger Klavierolymp in Germany(2013) ,the 2nd Prize in the Gina Bachauer international Artists Piano Competition in salt Lake City in USA (2014),the 3rd Prize in the 13.Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna(2009) 2nd Prize and the Special Prize in the 12.International Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, Germany (2011) and 2nd Prize and Audience prize in the 4. International Telkom Beethoven Piano Competition in Bonn,Germany (2011).
He has already made numerous concert appearances in many conturies all over the world in prestigious concert venue such as Golden Hall of Musikverein in Vienna (Austria), Herkulessaal in Munich (Germany), Zurich Tonhalle (Switzerland), Seoul Arts center(Korea)and Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing). He played with many orchestras includes Bavarian radio symphony orchestra, Munich chamber orchestra, Austrian Radio symphony orchestra, Korean symphony orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Marseille and Utah symphony orchestra(USA) and more.
He studied in Seoul Arts High School in Seoul, Korea with Mrs. Jiae Kim and Prof. Kyeong Seun Pee and in the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen with Prof. Arnulf von Arnim. In 2014 he is invited to prestigious International Piano Academy Lake Como where he has opportunity to work with great masters of this generation.
Since 2012 he has been studying with world-reknowned Prof. Arie Vardi in the University for Music, Theater and Media Hannover in Germany.
Born in China, Ms. Jia began studying piano at the age of three and made her solo debut in 1995. In May 2004, Ms. Jia played a recital at the Heluting Concert Hall at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her recital was received with great enthusiasm by the audience and the media. Oriental TV broadcasted two documentaries featuring Ms. Jia’s life as a young artist including her live performance at the Conservatory. Ms. Jia at age of 15, studied with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institue of Music, and made her deb ut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully, she has been featured in a live concert on Chicago’s classical music station WFMT as well as a worldwide broadcast on WQXR in New York of a concert in honor of Thelonius Monk’s 90th birthday for which she was the only classical pianist invited to performan.
Ms.Jia has made an acclaimed European recital debut at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in the summer of 2008 playing two Schubert sonatas and has played with St. Lucks Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Canada, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Phiharmonic Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Phihamonic Orchestra, Westfalen Symphony Orchester, Würzburg Symphonische Orchester in Germany and State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. She also made her debut at the Miami International Piano Festival , Shanghai International Piano Festival, ‘MISA’ Summer festival Shanghai, At the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea, Chicago PianoForte Foundation and Myra Hess Series, USA, in the Franz Liszt Festival at Grottammare, Italy; Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, debuts in Dusseldorf Tonhalle, Munich Herkulesssaal, and Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Ran Jia is currently enrolled by the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy, studying under Maestro William Nabore. Her father, Professor Daqun Jia, is one of the leading composers in China. He is the vice president of Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, and a senior professor of composition and theory at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Jie Yuan, appointed “National Arts Youth Ambassador of China” and “Artist of the Year” by the China State Council, selected “Top Ten Chinese Pianists” from the China Central Television, along with LangLang, Yundi Li and Yuja Wang in 2013, Jie has performed with orchestra and in recital throughout all five continents – more than 30 countries and 300 cities.
Jie has earned numerous prizes and awards, including the Gold Medal of Carl Bechstein Competition, 2nd Prize of Shanghai International Piano Competition, 2nd Prize and two special prizes of Casagrande International Piano Competition, Gold Medal of Hong Kong International Open Piano Competition, top prizes at the Ferruccio Busoni in Bolzano, Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City and Hamamatsu Competition in Japan. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from TCU under Dr. Tamas Ungar, Master’s degree and the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Professional Studies Certificate from Manhattan School of Music under Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.
Tuomas Kyyhkynen (b.1987), Finland, started playing piano at the age of four by instruction of his mother. He has now finished his studies in Sibelius Academy with professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna. He has also been taught among others by Dmitri Bashkirov, Bella Davidovich, Pavel Gililov, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Angela Hewitt, Leon Fleisher and András Schiff. Currently he is taking part at Lake Como Piano Academy in Italy.
At the age of eleven Tuomas has played as a soloist of an orchestra. He performed the D – major concerto by Haydn with Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Among other prizes he has received nationally are the second prize and a special prize donated by Finnish Broadcasting company YLE in the national piano competition “Jyväskylän pianokilpailu” in 2004. He has also made a professional CD-record by the age of eleven and performed in various occasions in Finland and as a soloist of many Finnish orchestras, including debute with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Okko Kamu in November 2005. He has also performed across Europe as well as in Brazil, China, Japan, Hong Kong and in the USA, often with great critical acclaim.
Mr. Kyyhkynen has also appeared many times in Finnish National Radio and TV Broadcasts on YLE as well as on Belgian Radio Channel RTBF, BBC Radio 3 and Chinese TV Channel CCTV. Mr. Kyyhkynen has received numerous awards in international competitions such as London International Piano Competition in 2009, Maria Canals Piano Competition in 2011 and more recently First Prize in Nordic Piano Competition in 2013, among others.
Mr. Tuomas Kyyhkynen has also participated in conducting master class by Prof. Jorma Panula.
Dmitry Masleev was born in 1988 in Ulan-Ude, Russia. At the age of 8 he started to study music under the guidance of Olga Chernykh at music school N5. At the age of 10 he gave first recital and also played a piano concerto of Rzaev. In 2002 he took lessons of Elena Stepanova. After that he moved to Novosibirsk to study in Novosibirsk special music college under direction of Irina Berman. Then Dmitry passed exams to Moscow conservatory and from 2006 to 2014 studied under direction of professor Mikhail Petukhov in conservatory and also in graduate school. During the time of studying, participated and won music competitions, such as Adilia Alieva international piano competition in France, 2010, international piano competition “Premio Chopin’ in Italy in 2011, international piano competition of Carl Filtch in Romania, 2012, international piano competition “Antonio Napolitano” in Italy and international piano competition of Stefano Marizza in 2013.
Victoria Vassilenko was born on 09.12. 1992 in Burgas, Bulgaria and comes from a family of musicians. She has won numerous number of awards, most of them first ,as well as many special prizes from international piano competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, England. In November 2012 she won second prize (not awarded first prize of the competition) of “James Mottram” International Piano Competition, Manchester, UK.
She had a great number of solo recitals, some of them in Vienna, (2008) and New York (2010). In october 2014 she played in “Alte Oper”, Frankfurt as a soloist of the “Classic FM Orchestra” in the “European Cultural Days” festival, organized by the European Central Bank. Victoria has been a soloist of many different orchestras in Bulgaria and abroad like the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Liverpool, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (USA), Classic FM Orchestra, BNR Symphony orchestra with conductor Emil Tabakov, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.
She was awarded two times with “Cristal Lyre” for “The best young musician” – as a soloist of 2007-2008 concert season and as a chamber music performer in the 2011-2012 selections. She was nominated for the same prize in 2013 as well. In January 2009 she won the big prize in the “Arts” category of “Dimitar Berbatov” foundation.
In July 2009 she took part in the “Musica Mundi” chamber music course and festival in Brussels, Belgium, where she was a soloist of “Musica Mundi” chamber orchestra conducted by Maxim Vengerov. She was invited in the summer event also in 2010 and 2011. Victoria had taken part in many well known international music festivals as “Mozarteum”, Salzburg, “Musica Mundi”, “Santander Music Academy” 2012, “Appolonia”, “Sofia Music Weeks”, “Music days in Balabanov’s house”, Plovdiv, “Sofia Music Summer”, “Canetti”, “European Music Festival”, “Young classic Europe”, Germany, “March music days” (2014) and others. She had numerous recordings and participations in broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Television and Radio and the “Classic FM” United Kingdom radio station. In 2011 she recorded a CD with the first piano trio of J. Brahms and “Four seasons” from Astor Piazzola with Atanas Krastev (violoncello) and Eri Masaoka (violin, Japan). Victoria’s first CD with live and studio recordings, realized by the Bulgarian National Radio is available since june 2014 (works by Fr. Schubert, P. Hindemith and R. Schedrin).