Australian violinist Suyeon Kang is currently undertaking her Konzertexamen degree at the Hochschule für Musik Berlin ‘Hanns Eisler’ studying with Professor Antje Weithaas, under whom she completed her Master of Music with honours in 2015.
In 2015, Kang was awarded 1st prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand) as well as securing the audience prize. Other international competition successes include major and/or special prizes at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (2014), International Music Competition Bayreuth ‘Pacem in Terris’ (2014), 2nd International Violin Competition Buenos Aires (2012); Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition (2010); and the International Leopold Mozart Violin Competition (2009). At the age of 16, shortly before relocating to Germany, she was the Grand Prize winner of Australia’s most prestigious award: the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performer’s Awards.
As soloist with orchestra in competitions and concerts she has appeared with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Teatro Colon Symphony Orchestra, Euro-Asian Philhamornic and many of the major Australian orchestras
(Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian, Canberra, Orchestra Victoria).
Alongside her solistic endeavours she is a passionate chamber musician and is frequently sought out for various festivals in Europe. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the prestigious ‘Chamber Music Connects the World’ in Kronberg, Germany, collaborating with artists such as Gidon Kremer, Christian Teztlaff, Steven Isserlis and. In 2015 she appeared next to Lukas Hagen, Clemens Hagen, Hannah Weinmeister, in the first edition of the Montecastelli Chamber Music Festival, Italy.
She has appeared as guest assistant concertmaster with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (DSO, Berlin), and has previously been invited to play in leading positions with Ensemble Kontraste (Nürnberg), Deutsche Mozartsolisten (Bamberg), the Euro-Asian Philharmonic (South Korea) and the Wanderoper Berlin. Since 2008 she has also been a member of the European chamber orchestra ‘Spira Mirabilis’, based in Italy. She also taught at the ‘Humilitas Masterclasses’ in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Her first CD will be produced under the Atoll label in 2016, including works by Schubert, Bloch and Bartok.
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, Moritzburg, 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 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 with the delian::quartett at the Rheingau Music Festival, Zurich Tonhalle, and Konzerthaus Berlin as well as with Christian Tetzlaff and Steven Isserlis at Kronberg Academy’s Chamber Music Connects the World. She has also previously collaborated with such reknowned artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Nobuko Imai, Arnold Steinhardt, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, and Peter Wiley.
As an orchestral musician Ms. Powell has appeared as Guest Principal of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,
and performs frequently with the New York Philharmonic, IRIS Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She also served as Principal Viola of Symphony in C from 2012-2015.
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. Ms. Powell has also collaborated with the Medair organization (relief.medair.org), which helps people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities around the world survive crisis, recover with dignity, and develop skills to build a better future.
Born in Chicago in 1988, Ms. Powell began her musical studies in Madison, Wisconsin with Eugene Purdue and Sally Chisholm. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Misha Amory and Roberto Diaz, and is currently pursuing studies with Máté Szűcs, Principal Violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. She plays on a copy of the Primrose Guarneri by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
Recent winner (2016) of the first prize at the XX International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, Paolo Bonomini began studying the cello under the guidance of P. Perucchetti at the L. Marenzio Conservatoire in Brescia, Italy. He went on to obtain his Bachelor’s degree with the highest marks, honours and distinction.
Student of Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses and Jens Peter Maintz, Paolo has participated in masterclasses with Giovanni Sollima, Enrico Dindo and David Geringas. In summer 2012, Paolo completed his Master’s degree in Specialized Performance at the Bern Hochschule der Künste under Antonio Meneses. Subsequently, he was awarded the Edward Tschumi Prize by the school for the best graduating student. 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 is currently completing a Konzertexamen degree at the Universität der Künste in Berlin under Jens Peter Maintz.
His 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.
He has played as a soloist with numerous 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.
Paolo Bonomini has worked in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and was invited as guest principal cello in the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Camerata Bern and Camerata Salzburg.
These and other orchestral collaborations led him to play under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Harding, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Roger Norrington and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
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, Olimpico di Vicenza, San Carlo in Napoli and numerous other venues.
He has played in chamber music ensembles alongside Sonig Tchakerian, Mario Brunello, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, Franco Petracchi.
Paolo has performed many times live on Italy’s Radio RAI 3, both as soloist as in chamber music ensembles.
In 2016, following the first prize at the XX International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig, he was invited to produce a recording project with the label Genuin Classics.