studied piano and composition at the Neshdanova University in her home town of Odessa, Ukraine. She continued her studies in piano with Professor Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since her debut with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, she has worked in close collaboration with orchestras throughout Russia and Ukraine. Concert tours have taken her to Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Baltic countries and the USA; there, she performed as soloist and chamber music partner of musicians such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Kurt Rydl, Klaus Thunemann, Karl Leister and Reinhold Friedrich.
A prizewinner at the Prokofiev Competition, she has had guest performances at many international festivals. She has made recordings with Bavarian Radio, the BBC, Radio France and the Deutschlandradio. Since 1998, Anna Kirichenko has been teaching at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. From 2000 to 2002, she also had a contract with the Cologne Music Academy.
was born in Busan, South Korea where she also studied the piano. After completing her degree, she continued studying with Prof. Bernhard Wambach, Prof. Arbo Valdma and Prof. Jürgen Glauss at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and at the University for Music and Dance in Cologne where she obtained her diploma and her concert exam. In addition to her solo career as a pianist, Jin-Young Lee focuses on chamber music, contemporary music and accompanying Lied singers on the piano. She works regularly as a piano accompanist with renowned singers, instrumentalists and conductors at international music festivals, master classes and competitions. As a soloist and chamber musician she has undertaken numerous concert tours throughout Europe and Korea. Since 2006, Jin-Young Lee has worked an instructor at the University for Music and Dance in Cologne.
Igor's extensive work with singers and opera productions started in 1990 as a solo répétiteur for the staging of some of the most popular operas in Italy. He conducted the opera "Betly, ossia la Capanna Svizzera" by Gaetano Donizetti, in 2019. Thanks to his in-depth knowledge of choral conducting, Mr. Longato was appointed as substitute choirmaster or répétiteur at the Coro della RSI-SSR to prepare productions such as CDs, performances, or entrance examinations. Igor Longato has worked well-known conductors: he was involved in the preparation of the Lucerne Festival Academy Choir in the composition "CORO" by Luciano Berio as répétiteur (conductor: Simon Rattle); with Gianandrea Noseda and with Bernhard Haitink Mr. Longato started a long-term collaboration with the Lucerne Festival as pianist for his conducting master classes.
Igor is a highly appreciated chamber music partner and an active performer as pianist, soloist and conductor, working with orchestras such as the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in the USA, Accademia I Filarmonici of Verona, I Virtuosi Italiani and I Solisti della Scala in Milan in Italy; State Philharmonic Orchestra of Belarus; I Solisti della Svizzera italiana, Collegium Musicum Luzern and others. As a soloist he has performed concerts by J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. v. Beethoven, F. Mendelssohn, P. Tchaikovsky, S. Rachmaninov, G. Gershwin and A. Piazzolla.
Since 2001 he has been a member of staff at the HSLU in Lucerne, and since 2020 he has also worked at the Lucerne Theater.
belongs to the younger generation of upcoming pianists. As a student at the Moscow Conservatory and the Zurich University of the Arts she has already shown herself to be a player of presence and individuality. Yulia was born into a musical family, showing great interest in music from her earliest years. Upon graduating from music high school in 2004 she entered the Moscow Conservatory where her professors included the notable pianists Naum Shtarkman and Ruvim Ostrovsky. Resident in Switzerland since 2010, she continued her musical education as a student of Konstantin Scherbakov (Concert Diploma and Diploma in Music Pedagogy) and Peter Solomon (orchestra piano, harpsichord and organ). An extensive repertoire and outstanding skills have won her prizes and acclaim at several renowned international competitions. As a soloist and chambermusician she took part in festivals such as Rainbow 21 im Suntory Hall Tokyo, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad und Zürcher Festspiele an others. She has participated in numerous masterclasses and was also awarded scholarships by the Marguerite Meister and Rahn Foundations in Zurich. Her pianistic activities are not confined to solo performance: she also plays in various ensembles, duets, trios and other musical groups. She has performed together with Konstantin Scherbakov (piano), Alexander Rudin (cello) and other musicians. As a concerto soloist she has played with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), Kazan "Romantic" Orchestra (Russia), Orchestra of the Zurich University of the Arts and more. Other engagements, for example as church organist in Wildberg ZH and musical assistant, harpsichordist and organist at the OperOderSpree Festival (Germany) testify to Yulia’s versatility. As an orchestra pianist she has performed under conductors including David Zinman, Franz Welser-Most, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marc Kissoczy, Pierre-Andre Valade and Lionel Bringuier.