Praised for her innate sensitivity and compelling performances- ‘..she captivated her audience- intimacy, tension, inspiration and soul in every note,‘ (Der Tagesspiegel), as well as an extraordinary musical depth- ‘…incredible maturity…more than mere playing of the music but an appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of the music and brought out qualities of ecstasy, pathos and introspection. Kang’s playing at times appeared to be a human, animal or avian presence, intruding into the landscape or soaring above it..’ (National Business Review), Korean-Australian violinist Suyeon Kang- born in South Korea and raised in Canada and Australia- is pursuing a colourful and multifaceted musical life in Europe, where she has been based since 2007.
2015 she was awarded 1st prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition as well as securing the audience prize. Other international competition successes include major and/or special prizes at the Princess Astrid, Indianapolis, Bayreuth, Buenos Aires, Yehudi Menuhin; and Leopold Mozart international violin competitions. At the age of 16, shortly before relocating to Germany, she was named the Grand Prize winner of the
Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards. She has performed as soloist with numerous European and Australian orchestras.
Alongside her solistic endeavours she is a passionate and sought-after chamber musician; previous and/or upcoming collaborations alongside Lukas Hagen, Clemens Hagen, Bruno Canino, Nicholas Rimmer, Antje Weithaas, Thomas Hoppe, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Julian Steckel, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Daniel Gaede. She was a previous participant in the prestigious ‘Chamber Music Connects the World’ in Kronberg, Germany. In 2017 she joined the Kallaci String Quartet (South Korea) as their newest member.
She has appeared as guest concertmistress/leading orchestral positions with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, Wuerttembergisches Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. Since 2017 she is a member of Camerata Bern (Switzerland). Since 2016 she holds a contract as teaching assistant of Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, under whom she graduated her Master of Music and Konzertexamen Degree with highest honours.
Praised by the New York Times for her ‘probing introspection ‘ , and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as ‘a star‘ with ‘a voluptuous tone’, violist Vicki Powell has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and has been a featured artist at the Verbier, Ravinia, Caramoor, Spannungen, and Marlboro Music Festivals.
Ms. Powell is the recipient of a Gold Award in Music from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Other awards include Third Prize and the Sonata Prize at the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, as well as First Prizes of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, the Johansen International Competition, and the Aspen Low Strings Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Powell performs throughout Europe with the Boccherini Trio. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia ’ s Steans Institute, and Curtis on Tour, and performs with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. Recent highlights include performances at the MITO Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Zurich Tonhalle, and Konzerthaus Berlin. She has also previously collaborated with such reknowned artists as Mitsuko Uchida,
Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Nobuko Imai, and Pamela Frank.
Ms. Powell is the Principal Viola of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and has been invited to perform as Guest Principal Viola of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata Bern.
In addition to her pursuits as a violist, Ms. Powell is passionate about using music to engage communities from diverse backgrounds in order to strengthen social ties, as well as to raise awareness for humanitarian efforts across the world. As Director of the Verbier Festival Academy ’ s “ Reaching Out ” program, she helped enable musicians to broaden their business and networking skills in order to be innovative and active participants within their own communities.
Born in Chicago, Ms. Powell began her musical studies in Madison, Wisconsin with Eugene Purdue and Sally Chisholm. She is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music, and studied with Máté Szűcs, Misha Amory, and Roberto Diaz.
Recent winner of the first prize at the XX International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, Paolo Bonomini is currently solo-cello in Camerata Salzburg and Jens Peter Maintz’s assistant at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He is also regularly invited as assistant of Antonio Meneses at the Hochschule der Künste Bern.
His debut CD, Violoncello Italiano published by Genuin Classics received praise from various sources and was declared ‘record of the month’ on Fono Forum, one of Germany’s main music magazines. A review on Italian music journal Archi spoke of the “beauty and uncommon qualities” found on the CD.
He began studying the cello at the L. Marenzio Conservatoire in Brescia, Italy. Student of Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses and Jens Peter Maintz, Paolo has participated in masterclasses with Giovanni Sollima, Enrico Dindo and David Geringas.
Paolo completed his studies at the Bern Hochschule der Künste under Antonio Meneses and at the Berlin Universität der Künste under Jens Peter Maintz. He has received the Diploma of merit several times by Antonio Meneses, David Geringas and Günther Pichler at the Accademia Chigiana summer course in Siena.
Paolo Bonomini’s debut with orchestra was at the age of 15 performing Camille Saint-Sæns’ cello concerto.
Numerous engagements as soloist followed in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, Brazil, Greece and Australia, with various orchestras including: Orchestra del Festival Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo, Virtuosi di Praga, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Odessa Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonie Orchester Biel, Camerata Bern, Pauliner Kammerorchester.
He has worked in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and was invited as guest principal cello in the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Camerata Bern, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (2019).
Being part of the project “Tenebrae, il principe dei Musici”, Paolo has toured some of the most important Italian theatres alongside Giovanni Sollima. They include A. Ponchielli in Cremona, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, San Carlo in Napoli and numerous other venues.
He has played in chamber music ensembles alongside Mario Brunello, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, Bruno Canino, Franco Petracchi, Lucas Macias Navarro and Avo Kouyoumdjian.
Paolo has performed many times live on Italy’s Radio RAI 3, both as soloist as in chamber music ensembles.