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Alexandra Moser, Austria

Alexandra Moser is an Austrian violinist, who is currently based in Vienna. The wish to become a musician one day was established soon in her life. Coming from a non-musical, but very supportive family, it was her own decision to start playing the violin at the age of four. A few years later she was accepted to the class of Prof. Lukas Hagen at Mozarteum University Salzburg as a pre-college student. National and international performances with local orchestras as a soloist followed. Important for her further musical education was Prof. Barbara Doll as well as Prof. Johannes Meissl and Prof. Peter Schuhmayer. Her passion is chamber music. She is a regular guest at international festivals and concert halls where she performs with renowned musicians such as Valentin Erben, Jean Sulem, Barbara Doll, Alena Baeva and Lukas Hagen.. Alexandra Moser is a founding member of the Javus Quartett. The quartet’s highlights of the season 2022/23 include concerts at the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, as well as broadcasts on Oe1 radio.

AKELA, Denmark

The AKELA string quartet was formed at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2019 and has since, under the guidance of Prof. Tim Frederiksen, interpreted the classical repertoire for string quartets with attention and curiosity at chamber music festivals, international masterclasses, the P2 Chamber Music Competition and concerts all over Denmark. Most recently AKELA have distinguished themselves by winning first prize in the ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition 2021.
AKELA has Clara Glasdam and Gustav Ranum on violin, Kirsten Wilbrandt Kjær on viola and Oskar Reuben Friis-Hansen on cello and is a very active ensemble in Danish musical life. With a strong dream of being a relevant and inspiring ensemble, also to others than the classical music elite, they strive to explore chamber music with creativity, warmth and open-mindedness.

Lana Suran, Sweden

Lana Suran is one of the leading Scandinavian pianists of her generation and laureate of several international competitions. She gave her debut at Gothenburg Concert Hall at the age of eight and has since performed in all major concert halls in Sweden. Lana has worked closely with Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle-Hadland, Richard Goode and many others, and she is 1st prize winner of the Berlingske Tidendes Musikkonkurrence and the First Swedish Steinway Competition in 2001. She has been hailed by critics for her ”unique poetry and musical drama”. Lana began her musical studies at the age of six at Musikskolan Lilla Akademien in Stockholm with Victoria and Elena Power. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium while finishing her Artist Diploma with Jens Elvekjaer at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Nathan Stiefel, Switzerland

Nathan Stiefel began playing the violin at the age of six and has been taught by Stefan Tarara at the Bern Conservatory since 2017. After he passed his high school with the Matura in July 2022, he began his violin studies in September 2022 with Isabell van Keulen at the Hochschule für Musik in Lucerne, Switzerland. Since 2020 he has been attending master classes with Prof. Zahkar Bron in Interlaken, and with Prof. Pavel Vernikov, Prof. Svetlana Makarova and others. He won several 1st prizes at national and international competitions, such as the Swiss Youth Music Competition, the International Violin Competition ”Concours Flame” in Paris and others. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 12 in Moscow, where he was invited as a soloist to the music festival ”Melodika Pokolenij”. Natan has given concerts in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Russia and Poland. In his spare time Nathan likes drawing and riding his racing bike.

Thomas Kálmán Széll, Hungary

Thomas Kálmán Széll was born on 01.06 1997 in Szombathely, Hungary. At the age of 8 he began piano lessons at the music school in Bruck an der Mur, Austria. 7 years later he started playing the viola and found his love for orchestra and chamber music. After completing a bachelor course in architecture in 2018, he transferred to the KUG University of Graz, studying the viola under Prof. Bársony. A special prize was awardet to him at the first International Lukács competition in 2019. As a member and section leader of various orchestras in Graz and its vicinity, he has gained a lot of experience in this field. Furthermore, he has performed in various chamber music formations, covering a wide spectrum of genres – from classical to modern and jazz/pop music.

Mevsim Engin, Turkey

Mevsim Engin is a Turkish violist and violin player. She previously graduated with bachelor studies at the Ankara Hacettepe Conservatory and attended her master’s studies at the Liszt Music Academy under the guidance of Esztér Perényi. During her studies, she studied with Ildiko Moog, Andras Santora, Lili Tchumbridze and besides she took part in masterclasses with Cihat Askin, Angel Stankov, Mario Hossen, Kelemen Barnabas, Kiril Troussov and lately Nobuka Imai, Tim Frederiksen. She has performed in Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Austria and Italy. She is the winner of second Prize and Editio Musica Budapest special prize in Lukacs Pal viola competition 2022. She is currently studying viola in master degree at Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Prof. Péter Bársony.

Gemma Raneri, Italy

Gemma Raneri was born in 1992 in Catania. She approached music when she was 4 years old, by singing in a children’s choir, then started to play the violin at five. She studied in the Conservatory ”Vincenzo Bellini” of Catania and graduated when she was 18, with Stefano Pagliani. She has taken part in and won several national and international competitions as a soloist and in a string quartet. In 2016 and 2017 she played in the Alma Mahler Kammerorchester, and in 2019 she won the audition in Teatro San Carlo in Napoli. She completed her studies in Lorenza Borrani’s class in the School of Music of Fiesole and she has studied with Prof. Elisabeth Weber in the Musikhochschule in Lübeck. She has now completed her master’s degree with Isabelle van Keulen in the Hochschule für Musik in Luzern, and was invited to play with the contemporary group ”Ensemble Montagne” in Luzern where she regularly performs. 2022 will be her second appearance at HSMC.

Trio Ardeo, Denmark

Trio Ardeo er en nydannet, lovende klavertrio med base i Danmark, bestående af Anna (NO), Maria (NO) og Xenia (DK). Trioen har allerede deltaget i masterclasses og internationale konkurrencer og spillet koncerter rundt i Danmark. Ardeo betyder at brænde eller være forelsket, og det afspejles i trioens udtryk, som er varm, heftig og energisk. Den danske pianist Xenia Kandel Frederiksen er uddannet ved Det jyske Musikkonservatorium Aarhus hos Prof. Anne Øland og ved Sibelius Academy hos Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna. Anna K Sonstad er norsk violinist, født og opvokset i Trondheim. Hendes musikuddannelse begyndte i Oslo i 2017 og har siden bragt hende til København, Los Angeles og Sidney. Maria Kolby Sonstad er norsk cellist med bachelorgrad fra Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium Aarhus. Hun studerer hos Prof. Henrik Brendstrup og har nu efter bachelorgraden fuldført første år på kandidatdelen.

Michael Germer, Denmark

Michael Germer’s innate musicianship and warm, sensual violin tone have brought him success in his native Scandinavia and in Israel. Michael Germaer was born in Copenhagen in 2002. He studied with Serguei Azizian at the Royal Danish Academy of Music until the age of 16, when he began his studies with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg at the Buchmann-Metha School of Music at Tel Aviv University. In 2018 he was awarded first prizes and special prizes at international violin competitions, and in 2019 he was the youngest semi-finalist at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition. As a concerto soloist, Germer has appeared with many national and international orchestras and conductors. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Michael is an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has appeared at festivals around Europe and collaborated with several artists. He is currently an Artist Diploma student with Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

Thoralf Strandli Pedersen, Norway

Since he discovered the double bass at the age of 8, Thoralf Strandli Pedersen has become an active musician in his native Norway, and in Germany and Denmark, where he was employed by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen in August 2022. In the summer of 2022 he took his master’s degree at Hochschule für Musik ”Hans Eisler” in Berlin after 2 years with Janusz Widzyk, studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with Marius Flatby and Dan Styffe, and an exchange year with Frihjof-Martin Grabner at Hochschule für Music und Theater ”Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. Furthermore it was essential for him to participate in master classes with among others Janne Saksala, Matthew McDonald and Dorin Marc. Thoralf has been engaged in the Norwegian Opera and Ballet and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, as well as the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover 2018-2020.

Sophie Knöchelmann, Switzerland

Sophie Knöchelmann began playing the violin at the age of five. She received her first lessons from Seraina Labhardt at the Basel Music School, where she was soon invited to join the Orchestra and received chamber music lessons. She’s continuously been an avid musician who took part in many different projects ever since. In 2010 she continued her studies with Hyunjong Reents. With her support, she successfully participated in several competitions and played as a soloist with a local youth orchestra. She is a member of the Swiss Youth Syphony Orchestra and plays as a concertmaster in the Orchestra Giovane and Central-Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra. In July 2022 she graduated her bachelor’s degree with honours at the Hochschule für Musik in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she will continue her studies with Isabelle van Keulen. Sophie is kindly supported through the Ignaz-Staub foundation.