Professors at Hvide Sande Masterclass 2022

Péter Bársony, Hungary

Mr. Peter Barsony violist, professor at Kunstuniverität Graz and Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, is a frequent recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. He participates in prestigious international festivals such as Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart, Schubertiada and others. As a passionate contempory music player, Mr. Barsony frequently worked with György Kurtag, Peter Eötvös, Krysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina and Steve Reich. He has been invited as a guest principal violist to several orchestras like Budapest Festival Orchestra. Camerata Salzburg, Haydn Philharmonie among others. He is giving regular master courses, teaching all over Europe, China, UK, Hong Kong and in the USA. In 2012 Mr. Barsony was awarded the prestigious Liszt Ferenc Prize, the highest Hungarian Governmental musical award. He has also appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, and recorded many CDs.

Isabelle van Keulen, Holland

Isabelle van Keulen is a violinist and violist and began playing the violin at the age of 6. She was educated at the Sweelinck Konservatorium in Amsterdam and continued her studies with Sandor Vegh in the Salzburger Mozarteum. Since her break-through in 1984, when she won the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year, Isabelle van Keulen has played with many famous orchestra, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker and Philharmonia Orchestra London. In 1996 she founded the international chamber music festival in Delft, and here played with musicians such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Håkan Hardenberger and Gideon Kremer, beside being manager until 2006. She has worked with conductors such as Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi and Sir Neville Marriner. She is a professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, where she teaches violin, viola and chamber music.

Marianna Shirinyan, Denmark

Armenian-born Marianna Shirinyan is one of the most creative and sought after pianists in Europe today. Her vibrant and virtuoso musicianship puts her in demand, both as soloist and as chamber musician. Shirinyan plays with great sensitivity, understanding, technical brilliance and beauty of tone, which allows her to offer a wide range of repertoire. She has received the Danish Broascasting Corporatio’s prestigious P2 award for her recording of Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra by Louis Glass, recorded with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz under the baton of maestro Daniel Raiskin. Other solo appearances with orchestras such as Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Munich Symphony Orchestra has won her the reputation as one of her generation’s leading pianists. Shirinyan is Professor of Piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and artistic director of the Oremandsgaard Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.

Photo, Nikolaj Lund
Henrik Brendstrup, Denmark

Born in Denmark, Henrik studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Erling Bløndal Bengtson, and later in London with William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, and is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals such as Risør, Stavanger, Oslo and Lockenhaus. His numerous recordings include the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven, solo works for cello by Sofia Gubaidulina, and cello works by Chopin and Liszt which won the French award ”Diapason d’Or”. Henrik is a very active chamber musician and has been the cellist of several leading ensembles in Denmark, such as The Danish String Quartet, the sextet ”Copenhagen Classic” and the Gefion Trio. He is Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus Denmark, and artistic director of Hvide Sande Masterclass.

Photo, Nikolaj Lund