Professors

Violin

Mark Gothoni

Mark Gothoni

Violin

Pianist: Marta Kucbora

Mark Gothoni born in Finland is a student of Ana Chumachenco in Munich, Shmuel Ashkenasi in Chicago and Sandor Vegh in Salzburg. He appears in the most important halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, Wigmore Hall London, Kioi Hall Tokyo, as well as at music festivals from Kuhmo, Finland to Casals Festival, Puerto Rico. Since 2004 he has been first violinist of the Orpheus Quartet and a member of the Mozart Piano Quartet. From 1996-2004 he worked as concertmaster with the Munich and Zürich Chamber Orchestras and from 2004-08 he was musical director of the European Union Chamber Orchestra. His teaching activities brought him to McGill University in Montreal and the Sibelius Academy Helsinki before he was appointed professor for violin at the "Universität der Künste, Berlin". He also gives master classes around the world, including Tokyo University of Arts, Liceo Barcelona, ​​Western University of Ontario, Campos do Jordao, Brazil. From 1998-2011 he was artistic director of the "Festivo" music festival in Rauma, Finland, and since 2001 has directed the chamber music courses at the Savonlinna Music Academy. He plays an A. Stradivarius from 1709, owned by the Berlin University of the Arts.

Viola

Thomas Riebl

Thomas Riebl

Viola

Pianist: Egle Staskute

Repertoire: one piece by J.S.Bach and at least one other piece.

Thomas Riebl was born in Vienna. He studied with Siegfried Führlinger, Peter Schidlof and Sandor Végh. At the age of 16 he made his debut at the Konzerthaus in Vienna; since then he has given concerts all over Europe and in the USA (including the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, Concertgebow Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, NY), with many orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Horst Stein, Edo de Waart, Sir Andrew Davies and Sylvain Cambreling. He was guest at many renowned international music festivals (e.g. Salzburg Festival), and performed with Jessye Norman, Brigitte Fassbaender, Auréle Nicolet, Gidon Kremer, Benjamin Schmid, Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Steven Isserlis, Sabine Meyer, Andras Schiff, Oleg Maisenberg, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Lars Vogt and the Juilliard String Quartet.

Thomas Riebl won 1st prize at the international Naumburg viola competition in New York in 1982.

1972 - 1979 he was violist with the Vienna Franz Schubert Quartet (1st prize in the competition of the European broadcasters in Stockholm 1974); From 1979 to 2004 he was a member of the Vienna String Sextet. Since 1983 he has been a professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and has given countless master classes at the most important international music universities. Many of his students won international competitions and became professors at music universities as well as members of leading orchestras and string quartets. He is the artistic director of the International Summer Academy Bad Leonfelden, Austria and has recorded numerous CDs for EMI, RCA, pan classics and Hyperion Records. In 2010, together with master violin maker Bernd Hiller, he developed a five-string tenor viola, on which he played the Arpeggione sonata by F.Schubert, Beethoven's sonata op.5 / 1, the sixth cello suite and the viol sonatas by JSBach, the clarinet concerto by Mozart (in the original version for basset clarinet) as well as new works written for the instrument.

He is the artistic director of the International Summer Academy Bad Leonfelden, Austria and has recorded numerous CDs for EMI, RCA, pan classics and Hyperion Records. In 2010, together with master violin maker Bernd Hiller, he developed a five-string tenor viola, on which he played the Arpeggione sonata by F.Schubert, Beethoven's sonata op.5 / 1, the sixth cello suite and the viol sonatas by JSBach, the clarinet concerto by Mozart (in the original version for basset clarinet) as well as new works written for the instrument.

Predrag Katanic

Predrag Katanic

Viola

Predrag Katanic, Predrag Katanic, born in Serbia, studied at the Music Academy in Belgrade and with Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he graduated with the Appreciation Award of the Austrian Ministry of Culture.

He started teaching as an assistant in Thomas Riebl's class. Since then he has taught at the International Music Seminar in Prussia Cove, England, the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Royal College of Music, London. Starting from 2003 he has been a professor at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz.

Predrag Katanic has been a violist with the Stadler Quartet since 1997. He regularly gives master classes and concerts in Austria, Spain, Portugal, England, Germany, South Korea, Japan and South Africa

He regularly gives master classes and concerts in Austria, Spain, Portugal, England, Germany, South Korea, Japan and South Africa.

Cello

Gustav Rivinius

Gustav Rivinius

Violonchello

Pianist: Srebra Gelleva

In 1990 Gustav Rivinius was the first and only German musician to be awarded first prize and the gold medal of the International Tchaikovsky Competition . The then 24-year-old cellist also received the special prize for the best interpretation of a Tchaikovsky work by all participants.

The highlights of his career so far are the performances with the BR Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, Ingo Metzmacher and Hans Zender. To mark the reopening of the Golden Hall of Prague Castle, Gustav Rivinius played the Dvořák Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic under the direction of Vaclav Neumann and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bamberg Symphony, where he was a guest soloist several times.

In the USA, Gustav Rivinius performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with the orchestras of Saint-Louis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and Houston, in Tokyo with the Moscow Philharmonic, in Seoul with the KBS Symphony Orchestra and in Beijing with the National Ballet Orchestra. He worked together with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Christoph Eschenbach and Dmitri Kitajenko. Gustav Rivinius has given concerts with the orchestras of Lisbon, Toulouse, Lyon, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, and in Lucerne with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman. In Germany he appeared with all radio symphony orchestras, with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

In addition to performing as a soloist, Gustav Rivinius devotes himself to chamber music. He regularly makes music with his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet, as well as in recitals with his brother Paul at the piano. At the Festival Spannungen Heimbach he works with his musical friends Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Sharon Kam. He founded the Trio Gasparo da Salò, the Bartholdy String Quintet and the Tammuz Piano Quartet, with which he recorded the two piano quartets by George Enescu for cpo. Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's Cello Concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Alan Francis (cpo) and H.W. Henze the ode to the west wind with the RSO Saarbrücken under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (Arte Nova). He recorded the Brahms clarinet trio for Berlin Classics with Sharon Kam and Martin Helmchen. Gustav Rivinius has been teaching as a professor at the Saar University of Music for many years. He is co-founder of the Chamber Music Days Mettlach and has thus influenced the musical landscape in his native Saarland for over 30 years. He gives annual master classes, e.g. at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and is a juror in important music competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

He founded the Trio Gasparo da Salò, the Bartholdy String Quintet and the Tammuz Piano Quartet, with which he recorded the two piano quartets by George Enescu for cpo. Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's Cello Concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Alan Francis (cpo) and H.W. Henze the Ode an den Westwind (ode to the west wind) with the RSO Saarbrücken under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (Arte Nova). He recorded the Brahms clarinet trio for Berlin Classics with Sharon Kam and Martin Helmchen.

Gustav Rivinius has been teaching as a professor at the Saar University of Music for many years. He is co-founder of the Chamber Music Days Mettlach and has thus influenced the musical landscape in his native Saarland for over 30 years. He gives annual master classes, e.g. at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and is a juror in important music competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.