Luc AnthonisChoir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
At the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory of Antwerp Luc Anthonis received qualifications for solfeggio, flute, chambermusic, harmony, choral conducting.
He rounded out his knowledge on choral conducting in master classes with Eric Ericson, Simon Halsey, Péter Erdei, Jan Eelkema, Michael Scheck and others.
In 1980 Luc Anthonis took over the choir Cantilene from its founder Jozef Cleymans and in 1989 he himself founded the Vocal Ensemble Cantando. He still is the conductor of both choirs. The latter has won a great number of prizes in (inter)national competitions.
He conducts the Flemish Radio Choir on a regular basis and has been choirmaster of an international choir in Italy for four years. He gave choralconducting masterclasses in Bludenz (Austria).
Luc Anthonis is a standard member of the jury for the international youth choir competition in Neerpelt (EMJ-Belgium).
In September 2007 Luc Anthonis became professor of choral conducting at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp (Belgium).
Since 1982 Luc Anthonis has taught flute and instrumental ensemble at the Ekeren music academie (Antwerp-Belgium). Over the years his “Strings Ensemble” has grown to become the “Symphonic Ensemble of Ekeren” (SEE), one of the few “School Symphonic Orchestras” in Belgium.
Pablo BoggianoChoir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Pablo Boggiano was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied conducting at the national conservatory “Lopez Buchado” with Mario Benzecry and at the Argentinean Catholic University. At the age of 18 he made his debut at the cathedral of Buenos Aires with the Requiem of Faurè and became assistant of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In Europe he studied with Prof. Scott Sandmeier Conservatory of Paris, with Thomas Doss Konservatorium Wien, Erwin Accel as well as with Jorma Panula in Helsinki. Prof. Berau, a former student of Olivier Messiaen, grants him the prize as winner of international competitions and conducted the Orchestra Boréal in Paris.
In 2003 he was invited by Ivan Fischer to work with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Pablo Boggiano works regularly in Eastern Europe in Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Slovakia with Orchestras such as Sofia Philharmonic, Kiev and Kharkov Philharmonic, Bratislava Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, and others.
In Argentina he works also regularly with the Sinfónica Nacional and Orquesta Filarmónica del Teatro Colón, and was second conductor at the production of “Der Rosenkavallier” from New Yorok Metropolitan at Teatro Colón in 2017.
After ten performances of “The Magic Flute” in Niederösterreich with the support of Austrian government, he produced the World Opera-Tango premier in Theater Akzent Wien, with “Maria de Buenos Aires” from Piazzolla and “Mateo” from Martin Palmeri.
In 2013 he worked with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra of London in CADOGAN HALL.
During the season 2018-2019 he will work with the Tonkünstler-Ochester in Wiener Musikverein und Sankt Pölten and in 2020 will start his collaboration as a conductor with the Wiener Concert Verein, in Musikverein and Villach.
In May 2019 he will record a CD for Naxos Europe with music of the composer Esteban Benzecry and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Lviv- Ukraine.
Christoph EhrenfellnerOrchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
The Salzburg born conductor-composer-violinist has chosen 3 tracks to bring the fruits of a blossoming spirit to full exchange with our musical world. His actual position as an artist-in-residence at Theater Nordhausen has been preceded by composing-residencies at Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Ozawa Academy Geneva, Festival Retz, Loisiarte, St.Gallen- and Palmklang. Among the acclaimed premieres are works such as Ehrenfellners 1st Symphony, 2nd Opera, 1st Ballet, or 3rd violin-concerto.
His partners are Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Kransnojarsk Chamber Orchestra, the Dialoge-Festival Salzburg, Brucknerhaus Linz, Allegro Vivo Festival. Musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Leif Segerstam, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Enrico Pace, Erwin Ortner, Christoph Sietzen etc. perform his music. In the coming season it will be Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Liszt Biennale Weimar, Tyrol Festival Erl, Tchech Chamber Philharmonic Praha und Manila Youth Orchestra, who will have encounters with Christoph Ehrenfellner.
Enthusiastic reviews about his music come from NY Times, Spiegel online, Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Salzburger Nachrichten, Kurier, Krone and many more. The Tjeknavorian-CD-recording of Ehrenfellners Suite des Alpes at SONY-Classical won the OPUS-classic-prize 2018 in Germany. Elbphilharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, Cité de la Muisque, Concertgebouw or Vienna Musikverein: in nearly all of the leading European Concert Halls the music of Christoph Ehrenfellner has won enthusiastic audience.
Ehrenfellner is honorary member of the Japan Austria Cultural Association. His thesis ‘Art&Money’ is edited at the Akademiker Verlag Saarbrücken.
Heinz FerleschWorkshop Lecturer
Born in Lower Austria, Heinz Ferlesch has successfully established himself as a conductor of his baroque orchestra Barucco as well as a longtime choirmaster of Wiener Singakademie.
He studied at the Anton Bruckner Conservatory Linz and at the University of Music and Performing Arts with Herwig Reiter and Johannes Prinz. At the age of 27 Heinz Ferlesch has been appointed Artistic Director of Wiener Singakademie by the Vienna Konzerthaus, therefore he is the youngest Artistic Director in the choir’s history.
Within his career he has worked with conductors as Georges Prêtre, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Adam Fischer, Bertrand de Billy, Ton Kopmann, Helmuth Rilling und Simone Young. Engagements of the Wiener Singakademie took him – besides periodic performances at Vienna Konzerthaus – to London, Zurich, Budapest, Venedig and New York. Close collaboration with orchestras like Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Zurich Opera House Orchestra have shaped the musical development of Wiener Singakademie and its Artistic Director.
In 2002, Heinz Ferlesch founded his orchestra Barucco and since then he has increased his appearances as an orchestra conductor. Barucco, a young ensemble consisting of international baroque specialists, focuses mainly on the music of 18th century. Various CD recordings and broadcasts show the wide range of the orchestra’s repertoire: in 2004 the orchestra has recorded music by Antonio Vivaldi for the Austrian broadcasting station ORF, in 2006 a live recording of Handel’s „Judas Maccabaeus“ has been released by the ORF Edition of Ancient Music. In 2009 a recording of Handel’s oratorio “Alexander´s Feast” has been published. Recently the ensemble published H. Purcell’s "King Arthur" in an arrangement by H. Jasbar.
Heinz Ferlesch also works extensively with the choir Ad Libitum, which he has founded in 1993. This mixed choir is focusing on A-capella music and has been invited to Festspielhaus St. Pölten, to the Brucknerhaus Linz and various festivals, e.g. Internationale Barocktage in the Melk Monastery, Carinthischer Sommer or Internationale Händelfestspiele Halle. Concert tours took the choir to England, Italy, Greece and Germany.
Conductor Heinz Ferlesch and his ensembles have been awarded various national and international prizes. In 2007 he was awarded the highly respected Ferdinand-Grossmann prize. In 2009 Heinz Ferlesch was awarded in the context of his activities for the choir scene Lower Austria with the Erwin Ortner price to the promotion of the choir music. 2013 Heinz Ferlesch was honoured by Lower Austria in the category of music and got the Golden Badge of Honour of the Municipality of St. Valentin.
Heinz Ferlesch is a guest lecturer of Berkshire Choral Festival and also member of the jury of several national and international choir competitions. Since 2002 he is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Photo credits: Nini Tschavoll
Anna Grabowska-BorysChoir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Anna Grabowska-Borys graduated the Karol Lipinski Wroclaw Academy of Music (choir conducing - degree with honors, opera-symphonic conducting and theory of music) followed by postgraduate degree in Choirmasters at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music.
During her studies she received Scholarships funded by Polish Minister of Culture and Vice-Rector of Wroclaw Academy of Music. At this time she became laureate of The IIIrd International Choir Conductor Competition - Towards Polyphony.
Anna Grabowska-Borys is a cofounder, art director and conductor of Wroclaw University of Economics Ars Cantand. AC for it’s beginnig (15 years) is the laureate of international choir competitions in Poland and abroad, takes part in most important artistic venues in Wroclaw and it’s appreciated for musicality and good quality sound. Ars Cantandi’s already given concerts in Spain, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, Macedonia, Italy, Germany and Greece.
For 15 years Anna is a teacher of music theory, orchestra and ensembles in Grazyna Bacewicz’s Music School. As a conductor she cooperated with most of the Wroclaw University youth and children choirs.
10 years ago she became the Chief of Wroclaw Opera Choir, which has prepared for about 50 premieres (from baroque operas to modern times pieces).
For her activities and successful work Anna was awarded individual prizes (for best conductor during choir competitions, teaching and choir’s activities).
Alexandre GrandeChoir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Born in Russia (1972), Alexandre Grandé began studying music at the age of seven at the prestigious School of Choral Art in Moscow. Eleven years later, he graduated with a diploma in choir conducting and music pedagogy. He also studied conducting at the Moscow Conservatory, graduated from the Paris Regional Conservatory in composition and orchestration, and received an Excellency Prize in orchestra conducting at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory.
To improve his conducting level, Alexandre Grande went to Israel to study at Rubin Academy of Music of Jerusalem with maestro Mendi Rodan.
Upon his return to Paris in 1999, where he lives now, he was named as the assistant conductor of the Polyphorum Orchestra and conducted Mascagni's « Cavalleria Ruscticana ». In 2000, he created the Calli-Phonia Orchestra which he conducted until 2003.
In August 2005, he conducted the first performance in Holland of Chostakovitch's « Story of a silly baby mouse » (for the Orlando Festival).
In 2006, he conducted a production « Comme des Bêtes » at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), a musical show including his own music and music of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky...
Since then, Alexandre Grandé has been invited to conduct the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Bielorussia Philharmonic Orchestra, Minsk Opera Bolchoï, Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France, Orchestre de Massy, Opéra de Toulon, Opéra d’Avignon, Beethoven Orchester in Bonn, Vinteuil Ensemble, Académie de St. Louis Orchestra (Paris), Carpe Diem Ensemble in a program of contemporary music, etc... Furthermore, he participated in musical projects of the Chostakovitch International Association in Paris.
Today he is one of artistic directors of the Ensemble Orchestral Integral, which he formed in 2006.
With this orchestra, among the most importants projects, he created the « Songe dune nuit d’été. Variation printanière », which he performed with Ensemble Orchestral Integral in the theater of Fontainebleau. In the same theater, he conducted 2 operas buffa « Rayon de Soieries and La Poule Noire » by Manuel Rosenthal.
The repertoire of Alexandre Grandé consists contemporary music as well.
He gave the premiere « Noctifer » by Vincent Manac’h for choir, orgel and percussions group, « Qui sème le vent » by Xavier le Masne for flutes orchestra, and the French premiere of « Crossing II » by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, « New York song » by Christine Massetti…
Professor of orchestra conducting, he is today a director of the Conservatoire Régional d’Aubervilliers - La Courneuve, an spécial music / dance / theatre school (about 1500 students).
Andy Icochea IcocheaChoir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 29 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich and Berliner Konzerthaus. As a guest conductor, he has led the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú and the Brookline Symphony, among others.
Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist with Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy and Bernard Haitink. His choruses have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has conducted world premieres of operas in Austria, Italy and the United States. Additionally, he has served as guest Clinician for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's education programs.
He currently serves as Music Director of Superar, a non-profit organization that provides high quality music instruction free of charge to 2000 children in six countries in central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he has served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston and Harvard Pro Musica.
Milan KolenaChoir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Milan Kolena is a conductor, artistic director of Bratislava Music Festivals, Associate Professor of choral conducting and Gregorian Chant at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and the president of the Slovak Choral Association. With his choir Apollo and Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis Milan Kolena visited many prestigious choral competitions.
In 2014 he gave lectures at three American universities: Illinois Wesleyan University School, University of Missouri School of Music, Colorado State University. He frequently works as a member of the jury at various international choral and orchestral competitions in Slovakia, Europe and Asia. He was awarded the best conductor special prize of the „Singing World“ choral competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2015. In the same year he held choral workshops in China and Hong Kong.
He is a member of the International Council of the World Choir Games and Vice President World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association.
In 2018 he received the first place with his Apollo choir at “Moscow Sounds” Festival in Folk Music category and a Grand Prix for Sacred Music category.
Carolin NordmeyerChoir Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Carolin Nordmeyer was born in 1975 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Having grown up „under the grand piano“, she became interested in scores and developed an eye for the big picture alongside playing piano, violin, viola and french horn.
After graduating from high school, she began studying french horn in Detmold (Germany), followed by conducting studies with a major in piano, although her focus clearly shifted towards conducting. Her contact with various conductors during her academic year as a scholarship holder at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris gave her important inspiration.
Carolin Nordmeyer was appointed conductor and répétiteur at the Theater Bielefeld whilst still a student. She built up a broad repertoire and, in addition to her own opera productions such as Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" or Scarlatti's "Griselda", she conducted performances of Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera", Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims", Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail", Weber's "Freischütz", Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel", Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" or Lehár's "Lustige Witwe". In addition, she regularly planned and conducted youth and family concerts.
From 2009-2017 Carolin Nordmeyer was engaged as second Kapellmeister and assistant of the general music director at the Theater Augsburg. Carolin Nordmeyer conducted the premieres of Verdi's "La Traviata", Mozart's "La Finta giardiniera", Chabrier's "„Etoile" and the ballet productions "Romeo and Juliet" and "Cinderella", the gala concerts on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (2011/12), as well as various youth and family concerts. She expanded her conducting repertoire with numerous revivals, including Berg’s "Lulu", Verdi's "Aida" and "Il Trovatore", Wagner's "Der Fliegende Holländer" and Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Die Zauberflöte".
Carolin Nordmeyer is a lecturer in Opera Studies at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory Augsburg.
In November 2006, Carolin Nordmeyer was accepted as a scholar into Deutsche Bank’s "Akademie Musiktheater heute" Scholarship Program.
In addition to her professional activities, Carolin Nordmeyer has a great passion for music education and musical work with amateurs and young people. Carolin Nordmeyer is chief conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendsinfonieorchester. Since 2013 she is chief conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra Munich. She has also conducted projects and performances with the Saarland Youth Orchestra, the Young Orchestra Academy of the Moselle Music Festival, the Rheinische Orchesterakademie Mainz, the Märkisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, of which she was chief conductor from 2004 to 2011, and the Freie Sinfonie Orchester Bielefeld founded by her in 2003.
Hermann PallhuberSymphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Hermann Pallhuber completed his musical education at conservatories in Innsbruck and Vienna (piano, trombone and ensemble direction), after which he went on to further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then again in Innsbruck (musical pedagogy with special emphasis on ensemble and choir conduction, trombone and piano). At the same time, he also completed his studies in classical philology (Latin).
From 1994-2004, he focused mainly on conducting and teaching at various high schools and musical academies. He also deepened his interest in conducting and composition at the Pedagogical University Tyrol, the University of Innsbruck and the Musical Universities of Zürich and Augsburg respectively, after which he obtained an artistic diploma in “Conducting, wind band direction and instrumentation” from the Musical Academy of Nüremberg-Augsburg. For many years, Hermann Pallhuber led professional and semi-professional wind ensembles and orchestras (Wind Music Project of the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Three Lions Brass Band Stuttgart, Brass Band Tirol, The Symphonic Wind Orchestra Innsbruck, and many more), with which he achieved numerous impressive musical successes. Furthermore, he was in charge of running and moderating factual programmes on wind music for the Austrian national television broadcasting service (ORF) from 2001-2016. Internationally, Hermann Pallhuber, functions as a guest conductor, juror, composer and lecturer in wind orchestration. His compositions were published by Faber Music London and Beriato (De Haske/Hal Leonard).
Since 2009, he has been teaching at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, where he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor for wind orchestra conduction in 2013. He has also been leading a class in wind orchestra direction at the Tyrolean State Conservatory.
In October 2016, Hermann Pallhuber was awarded the professorship for conducting and direction of wind orchestras at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Mannheim.
Philipp PointnerOrchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Viennese-born conductor Philipp Pointner started his career at Cape Town Opera/South Africa. There and at Gauteng Opera Johannesburg he is still a regular guest.
He continued his way in Germany, where he was Erster Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Nürnberg for many years. He is guest at many European opera houses such as Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Köln, Staatstheater Mannheim, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Opera Vlaanderen Antwerp/Belgium, just to name a few. In Austria he conducted at the Volksoper Vienna and the Oper Graz.
In concert Philipp Pointner is working with orchestras like WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Staatsphilharmonie Braunschweig, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg and Oviedo Philharmonic/Spain. He is regular guest conductor at the Filarmonia de Stat Transilvania Cluj/Romania. In 2017 he will debut with the RSO Vienna.
David SlaterChoir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
David Slater is an Australian composer, conductor and music educator.
His compositions have received numerous awards and were twice short-listed for Australia’s richest composition prize. His work encompasses many genres from concert hall to TV, film and advertising, and includes solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music. He receives regular commissions and his work is performed throughout Australia and the world.
Mr Slater is an experienced conductor with an extensive repertoire spanning from the Baroque to the present day. He has conducted student and professional orchestras and choirs in several countries, and many seasons of musical theatre. He founded and directed a number of award-winning ensembles which include contemporary music groups, orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras and musical theatre companies. Since 2016 he has worked with choirs and orchestras from Austria, China, England, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan and USA, as well as in Australia.
He is a regular guest at international music festivals, where he sits on international juries, conducts masterclasses and gives lectures. His regular schedule includes engagements in Austria, Italy and Slovakia, with notable events in Germany, Latvia and Russia, among others. Mr Slater has over 35 years’ experience as a music educator and lecturer. He is passionate about the role of music in society and in education, and has promoted the creation, study and performance of great music throughout his career. He has been a consultant on music curriculum and final year examiner in three Australian states.
He has won many major awards for composition, conducting and services to music in the community, including the Symphony Australia Prize, the National Award of the Orchestras of Australia Network and Australia Day awards for services to music in the community. He has published articles on music and music education and is Australia’s representative to the World Choir Council.
Saul ZaksArtistic Director of the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival; Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 and living in Denmark, Saul Zaks is and international conductor and mediator who connects people from different cultures and provides a cross-cultural communication through music and the arts.
He has been the conductor of The Musicology Students Choir at the University of Aarhus, and of The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra.
Saul Zaks is a guest professor in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica de Asunción del Paraguay, Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba.
He studied at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music & Dance, Israel, with Prof. Mendi Rodán, and at The Royal Danish Academy of Music Aarhus.
Saul Zaks is specialized in the music from Latin America and has performed and recorded with, amongst others, the composer Ariel Ramirez, the singer Mercedes Sosa, the composer & pianist Pablo Ziegler and the bandoneón players Daniel Binelli, Pablo Mainetti, César Stroscio and Rodolfo Marcelo Zanetti.
As Chorus Master, Saul Zaks has gained a nomination for the Danish Grammy Award 2006 - Best Classical Album - together with the Danish National Choir & Symphony Orchestra for recordings of "Choral Symphony & Requiem" by Asger Hamerik.
Additionally he has gained a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award 2016 in the category Best Tango Album - "Sax to Tango" - together with Pablo Ziegler, Julio Botti, Franco Pinna & The University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra.
Together with Argentinean composer Martin Palmeri, Saul Zaks performed the Scandinavian premiere of "Misatango", and the World Premiere of the "Tango Credo" at Lincoln Center, New York in 2017.
Today Saul Zaks is the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Misatango Festival Vienna (www.misatango.com).
In 2018 Saul Zaks was appointed Artistic Director for the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.
Appointments in 2019 include the World Premiere of Martin Palmeri´s "Gran Misa" in Carnegie Hall, New York City, The International Music Festival in Bratislava and workshops and concerts at Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media.