Our young musicians
Cassandra Andrea, Denmark
Cassandra Andrea Juul was born in 1999 and began playing the violin at the age of 6 at Århus Musikskole. Later she entered MGK-Ø, a 3-year pre-academy course, and now studies for her bachelor degree at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Prof. Eszter Haffner. She has studied with and attended masterclasses by among others Serguei Azizian, Joseph Swensen, Odin Rathnam, Andrej Bielow and Gerhald Schultz. In the last few years Cassandra has been leader in several youth symphony orchestra in Denmark as well as abroad, e.g. Orkester Norden 2018 on their summer tour of Denmark and Iceland. Cassandra is a participant at Hvide Sande Masterclass for the second year in a row.
Gustav Piekut, Denmark
Gustav Piekut is a pianist and was born in Kolding in 1995. He started piano lessons at the age of 6, at 12 he made his debut with Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and went on to win prizes at all youth competitions in the country. At he age of 14 he travelled across Denmark, playing his first solo-recitals, and went on to perform with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kazakh National Orchestra and the Lithuanian National Orchestra. After studies at Klaverskolen Gradus with Martin Lysholm Jepsen, Gustav went to Berlin where he finished his bachelor degree with a first at Universität der Künste with Prof. Klaus Hellwig. In 2017 he won second prize at Aarhus International Piano Competition. He has also won the Bridget Doolan Prize for best Mozart performance in Dublin, the Golden Parnassus Prize in Poland and the Grand Prix at Music Without Limits in Lithuania. In 2019 Gustav released his acclaimed CD recording of Beethovens’s ‘Diabellivariations’.
The Akela quartet has Kirsten Wilbrandt Kjær on viola, Oskar Reuben Friis-Hansen on cello, Clara Glasdam and Gustav Ranum on violin. They have all had their pre-academy education in various parts of Denmark and gathered in Copenhagen in the summer of 2018, when they all began studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. Clara and Oscar both come from Copenhagen and have played together since they were 10 years old.Together they have studied at Sankt Annæ MGK and finished studies in 2018. Kirsten comes from Thy, took her pre-academy course in Aalborg and also finished in 2018. Gustav is from Vordingborg and took his pre-academy course in Nykøbing Falster and finished in 2017. The quartet was established after just one year at the Academy and they all started studies with Professor Tim Frederiksen. During the last 4 years the members have played together in various constellations and they are all members of The Danish Youth Ensemble, DUEN with which they have collaborated with orchestras at home and abroad, in Russia and Romania.
Haike Dietrich, Germany
Although playing piano and violin has always been a part of her life since early childhood, German pianist Haike Dietrich has also finished a PhD in Neurosciences befor deciding to fully dedicate herself to a professional career as a musician. Already in the first year of her Bachelor studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Silke Avenhaus, she performed the Choral Fantasy by Beethoven, followed by several other engagements as a soloist, chamber musician, Liedaccompanist and orchestra pianist. Recently she received a scholarship from the German Government that fully supports her continued education in the Artist Diploma Master program of the Norges Musikhøgskole starting in autumn 2020 with Håvard Gimse.
Josef Alin, Sweden
Josef Alin was born in Stockholm 1995 and started playing the cello at the age of six. After four yars of studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Prof. Jens Peter Maintz, he is a student at Edsberg music institution in Stockholm with Torleif Thedéen and Jakob Koranyi. He has also taken part in master classes across Europe with cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bylsma and Frans Helmerson. In 2017 Josef Alin won First Prize at the ‘International Anton Rubinstein Cello Competition’ and he has received numerous scholarships. He is an active chamber musician and has received tuition from ensembles such as ‘Artemis Quartet, ‘Brodsky Quartet among others. As a soloist and chamber musician he has given performances in most European countries.
Clara Lindenbaum, Austria
Cellist Clara Lindenbaum, originally from Vienna, has made several appearances throughout Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Vivaldi’s Concero for Two Cellos with orchestra in Vienna, she has toured as a soloist with the Young Master Players Vienna, performing in Chile and Germany. She has also appeared several times as a soloist and a chamber musician in prestigious venues such as the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein Wien. Clara started the cello at the age of seven. In 2010 she entered the Highly-Talented Program at the J.S.Bach Music School in Vienna. She studied with Prof. Reinhard Latzko at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and then continued her studies with Prof. Thorleif Thedéen at the Norwegian Academy of Music.From autumn 2020 she will be a student of Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt in Weimar, Germany.
Zhora Sargsyan, Armenia
Zhora Sargsyan is an Armenian born pianist who currently lives and studies in Berlin at the University of Arts in the class of Prof. Klaus Hellwig. Before he studied in Armenia at the State Conservatory of Yerevan in the class of Prof. Vagharshak Harutyunyan. He is a prize winner of many international competitions, among others the ‘Long-Thibaud-Crespin’ competition in Paris, the ‘Arthur Schnabel’ competition in Berlin and the ‘Anton Rubinstein’ competition in Düsseldorf. He has given many concerts throughout the world as a soloist and a chamber musician, and he plays in a duo with violinist Natalia Prishepenko. He has played with many orchestras, such as Orchestra National de France, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and has got masterclasses from several renowned musicians such as Dmitry Bashkirov, Eldar Nebolsin, Paul Lewis and Severin von Eckardstein.
Adam Koch Christensen, Denmark
Adam is a former pupil of Serguei Azizian and now studies with Prof. Eszter Haffner at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 2019 he got the post as alternating leader in the Leopoldinum String Orchestra, Wroclaw. He has won several prizes at home and abroad, such as the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, Mozart International Violin Competition and the Danish String Competition. Adam has taken part in several masterclasses at Kronberg Masterclasses, IMS Prussia Cove, Starnberger Musiktage with among others Pinchas Zukerman, Gerhard Schulz and Mihaela Martin.
Filip Zaykov, Czechoslovakia
Filip Zaykov started playing the violin at the age of 5 with Magdalena Micková and continued his studies under Jiří Fišer at the age of 11 at the Premier Music College of Prague and Prague Conservatory. Nowadays he is in the class of Natalia Prischepenko at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. He made his debut with Prague Chamber Philharmonic at the age of 10 playing Vivaldi Concerto A minor for 2 violins with Josef Suk. He has appeared several times as a soloist with Prague Chamber Philharmonic and Prague Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of Incendio Piano Trio he is a first prize winner of several competitions. Filip has given concerts in important venues like Wigmore Hall and Philharmonie Berlin.
Trio Oriundi, Hungary, Australia, France/Italy
Trio Oriundi is a piano trio formed in 2018 by Kendzsi Tanaka (piano), Alexander Chiu (violin), and Giacomo Oudin (cello) at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Trio Oriundi is currently studying under the guidance of violist, violinist and pedagogue, Tim Frederiksen, and have previously studied with Danish pianist, Amalie Malling. The trio has also participated in masterclasses with Erika Geldsetzer, Richard Ireland, Ian Fountain, and Ma Wen. The members are all students of the Soloist Class and Masters Course and accomplished solo musicians, having won competitions around the world and played with various orchestras. They have performed in various venues, with highlights so far being at the Bozsok Music Festival in Hungary, and being a regular fixture in the Onsdagskoncert series.
Gabriel Iscuissati, Brazil
Gabriel Iscuissati, 22, was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and currently lives in Vienna, Austria. He began his viola studies at the age of 14 and only two years later was accepted to the State University of São Paulo with Ricardo Kubala. He is currently a masters degree student at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien where he studies with Jennifer Stumm. Gabriel has participated in masterclasses with leading violists including Veronika Hagen, Wilfried Strelle, Walter Küssner, Julia Gartemann, Thomas Riebl and Lars Anders Tomter. He is devoted to chamber music performance, having collaborated with artists such as Anthony Marwood, Lorentz Nasturica, Fedor Rudin, and Marianna Shirinyan, and is a Next Level Artist of Ilumina Music, a forward-thinking international mucic collective and social project in São Paulo. Currently, Garbriel performs with the Vienna Ensemble and Souvenir Quartet.
Lucas Blekeberg, USA
Violist Lucas Blekeberg has performed chamber music across Canada and the United States. In 2019 he was invited to perform chamber music with a number of Canada’s leading musicians at Music By The Sea in Bamfield, BC. In 2018 Lucas was chosen by the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra as their Orchestra Academy violist, and subsequently performed with several orchestras in Toronto. He was raised on a farm in Iowa and completed his Bachelor’s degree at McGill University in Montreal and Artist Diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His primary teachers were Steven Dann, Felicia Moye, and Erik Sessions. Since autumn 2019 Lucas has been living in Copenhagen, where he studies with Lars Anders Tomter at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Lucas is a participant at Hvide Sande Masterclass for the second year in a row.
Elsa Klockenbring, France
Elsa Klockenbring, born 1996 in Strasbourg, France, began to play the violin at her earliest age. After seven years of private violin lessons with Russian Prof. Walery Gradow in Mannhein, she entered the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, by Haik Davtian, and in 2012 got her DEM diploma (Diplomes d’études musicales). There she also completed a DEM of piano with Prof. Amy Lin. In 2018 she completed her Violin Bachelor Degree with high distinction af the University of Music in Trossingen by Prof. Ostertag and Prof. Winfried Rademacher and since then she is studying Master at the University of Music in Dresden, by Prof. Natalia Prishepenko. At the same time, she is member of the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle in Dresden. She played as a soloist under the direction of various conductors and has taken part in several music festivals.
Amelia Jakobsson, Sweden
Amelia Jakobsson is a musician of rare gifts, who has successfully transitioned her career from that of instrumentalist to that of singer. She is in the unique position of having won the Malmö Conservatory’s concerto competition twice, as both cellist and soprano. She later studied at the University College of Opera in Stockholm and with Anna Larsson, Britta Johansson, Kerstin Meyer and Edda Moser. Her operatic roles have included Micaela in Carmen, Mrs Fitzpatrick in the Dags, Mother in Sen packar jag aldrig mer and the title role in the world premiere production of Coco Chanel and made her professional operatic debut as Ivona in the world premiere of Kärleksskriget. Amelia’s concert repertoire includes Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Poulenc’s Gloria, Requiems by Mozart, Verdi and Karl Jenkins, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Lars Erik Larsson’s Forklädd Gud and symphonies by Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich.