Master Classes Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 4 to 10 February 2008



Valeriy Sokolov – Born in 1986 in Kharkov, Ukraine, Valeriy Sokolov was awarded the Study Grant Prize at the International Pablo Saraste Competition in Pamplona, Spain in 1999 which provided him with a scholarship to study with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School, England. Valeriy Sokolov is in ever-increasing demand for his astonishingly mature interpretations of some of the most difficult works in the violin repertoire. Recent and forthcoming concerto performances include with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris and many others. Highlights also include his own festival in Kharkov, Ukraine (now in its second year). He has worked with such esteemed conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ivor Bolton, Andrey Boreyko, Susanna Mälkki, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Kwamé Ryan, Hubert Soudant and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

Wen-Sinn Yang – The Taiwanese cellist was born in Bern in 1965 and studied with Claude Starck in Zurich and Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin. He was the first principal cellist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for 16 years. He often plays with the Orchestra as a soloist.
After having won the first prize at the Geneva International Competition in 1991, he has been invited regularly to important concert halls in Europe and Asia as well as to international festivals. The distinguished conductor Lorin Maazel wrote about Wen-Sinn Yang: «He plays technically at the highest level with a lovely, full sound and impeccable intonation. He phrases sensitively and has the fullest grasp of the philosophical dimensions of the music he plays.» Yang‘s broad repertoire is well documented on more than 30 CDs. A DVD with J. S. Bachs 6 Solo Suites was published in 2006 in collaboration with the Bavarian TV. Since 2005 he teaches at the University for Music in Munich.

Herbert Schuch – was born in Timis¸oara, Romania, in 1979. He had his first piano lessons in his native city, before his family moved to Germany in 1988, where he has lived since. He continued his musical studies with Kurt Hantsch and then with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Recently, Herbert Schuch has been especially influenced by his encounters and work with Alfred Brendel. He created an international stir when he won three major competitions in just one year: the Casagrande Competition, the London International Piano Competition and the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. He has worked with a number of renowned orchestras and conductors. In 2013, he received the ECHO Klassik award. As a child, Herbert Schuch also played violin for 10 years and has been an enthusiastic chamber musician ever since. In the summer of 2017, he undertook a trio tour with violinist Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott.

Werner Bärtschi has never given up to look after the specific character and aesthetic value of each single piece of music. Therefore his interpretations are regarded as particularly spontaneous and intense. He has played on all continents and at festivals such as Gstaad, Lucerne, Zurich, La Roque d‘Anthéron, Antalya and Salzburg. Broadcast-, tv- and filmappearances as well as numerous CDs give evidence of his succesful activity as a pianist. The focus of his teaching is to develop from the individual personality of each student the aesthetical goals and the ways to achieve them. His approach to music as a composer is helpful. Thus he is able to appreciate the rich complexity of the past‘s masterpieces. Bärtschi‘s talent for communication allows him to transmit his insights effectively.



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