Julian Rachlin (Chairman)

Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. Over the last 28 years, he has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. He is also praised as a viola player and conductor, and is receiving recognition for his educational outreach and charity work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Highlights of Mr. Rachlin’s 2016/17 season include engagements with the Munich Phil- harmonic and Zubin Mehta, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, as well as the Israel Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda. He will also appear at the London Proms with the

La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly and will tour North America with the China Philharmonic and Long Yu. In the 2015/16 season, Mr. Rachlin opened the seasons of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra with Riccardo Chailly, and of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana with Vladimir Ashkenazy. After that he toured Europe and North America with the Orchestre National de France and Daniele Gatti as the orchestra’s 2015/16 Artist in Residence. Other notable engagements include performances at the Lucerne Festival with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and at the Edinburgh Festival with the Leipzig Gewand- haus Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt.

As conductor, Mr. Rachlin performs his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and returns to the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Camerata Salzburg and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He will also tour Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra and will make his conducting debut with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony and China Philharmonic. Recent conducting highlights include collaborations with the Düssel- dorf Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonia.

Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory, and with Pinchas Zukerman. After winning the “Young Musician of the Year” Award at the Eurovision Competition in 1988, he became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti. At the recommendation of Mariss Jansons, Julian Rachlin has been studying conducting with Sophie Rachlin. Since September 1999, he is on the violin faculty at the Konservatorium Wien University. His recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have been met with great acclaim.

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is one of Britain’s finest young musicians. He has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, Jonathan is equally at home in such diverse activities as baroque opera and the classical symphonic repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Arcangelo, Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants, Artistic Director of Tetbury Festival and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The 2015-16 season includes re-invitations to Les Violons du Roy and Budapest Festival Orchestra, as well as appearances with NDR Radiophilhar- monie Hannover, Zürcher Kammerorchester, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden, Seattle Symphony, and Munich Chamber Orchestra. This summer sees Jonathan conducting Mozart’s Figaro at Glyndebourne, as well as appearances with Isabelle Faust at Wigmore Hall for their 115th Anniversary concert and major European festivals with his ensemble Arcangelo.

Jonathan founded Arcangelo in 2010 and strives to perform high quality and specially created projects. He tours with them to exceptional halls and festivals such as Wigmore Hall where they have a Residency in the 16-17 season, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Musikverein, Salzburg Festival, and Carnegie Hall New York. Recent highlights include a European tour with Vilde Frang including Oslo Opera House and Zürich Tonhalle.

Arcangelo are busy and much in demand for the recording studio, partnering with ne soloists such as Iestyn Davies (their disc Arias for Guadagni won the Recital Category at the 2012 Gramophone Awards), Anna Prohaska, and Christopher Purves on Hyperion Records. Their Mozart disc with Vilde Frang on Warner Classics (2015) reached No. 1 in the UK specialist classical chart and received an Echo Klassik Concert Award. Together with ‘Scene!’ with Christiane Karg, Arcangelo’s disc Arias for Benucci with Matthew Rose was nominated for a 2016 International Opera Award. Their next release is a disc of CPE Bach cello concerti with Nicolas Altstaedt on Hyperion Records.

Tine Thing Helseth

Tine Thing Helseth started to play the trumpet at the age of 7, and is one of today’s leading trumpet soloists.

Highlights of recent seasons include her BBC Proms concerto debut at the Royal Albert Hall in the London premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’Étoiles for two trumpets and orchestra with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; her acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall; the world premiere of Bent Sørensen’s Trumpet Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic, and further performances with the Gothenburg Symphony and Copenhagen Philharmonic orchestras; her recital debut at the Lucerne Festival; performances with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Windsor Festival, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Perth Festival, Belgrade and Helsinki Philharmonic orchestras, and tours with NDR Radio Philharmonic Hanover and the Dresdner Kapellsolisten. In the 14/15 season, Tine also curated her first music series for the Leeds International Concert Season, featuring performances by guest artists and programmes inspired by Norwegian themes. In 15/16, she was Artist in Residence at the Bodensee Festival, and curated Manchester Camerata’s UpClose series.

Tine’s vibrant schedule continues into the 16/17 season, with performances with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Madison Symphony Orchestra; a baroque-repertoire tour in Germany with the Akademie für Alte Musik; and a European recital tour with pianist Gunnar Flagstad. Tine’s all-female brass ensemble, tenThing, will make their debut North American tour in 2017, in addition to concerts in Switzerland and Germany.

In addition to her concert appearances, Tine also curates her own festival, [email protected], which was launched in June 2013 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of fellow Norwegian, Edvard Munch. A three day event in Oslo’s Edvard Munch Museum, the festival featured performances from such instrumentalists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Nicola Benedetti and Truls Mork.

In recognition of her outstanding performing abilities, Tine has been the recipient of various awards including “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards, the 2009 Borletti-Bui- toni Trust Fellowship, “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2007 Norwegian Grammy Awards (the rst classical artist ever to be nominated), and second prize in the 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition.

In early 2012, Tine released her debut discs on EMI Classics: a solo disc with RLPO, Storyteller, and a collaborative album with tenThing, 10. Tine released a further CD in March 2013 – aptly titled Tine, the disc presents a personal selection of original and transcribed works, accompanied by Kathryn Stott.

Andreas Martin Hofmeir

The jury of ECHO Klassik 2013 awarded him "instrumentalist of the year" and thereby gave one of the most important European music awards for the first time to a tuba player.

Andreas Martin Hofmeir, who at present is certainly one of the best and most versatile instrumentalists, loves to commute between different genres: the 38-year-old professor teaches at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, founded the popular Bavarian band LaBrassBanda and is a multiple award-winning cabaret performer. He is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician and gives master classes all over the world.

Born in Munich in 1978 he studied in Berlin, Stockholm and Hanover. In 2004 he won the prestigious “Città di Porcia” International Tuba Competition and – as the first tuba player ever in the history of this competition - the prize of Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Berlin in 2005. He received a scholarship from the orchestra academies of the Berliner and Münchner Philharmoniker. 2004 to 2008 he was Solotubist with the Bruckner-Orchester Linz under Dennis Russell Davies.

As a soloist he performed with the Münchner Philharmoniker, Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim and many others. With the harpist Andreas Mildner he founded the first tuba-harp duo in the world. Together they appeared at noted music festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival Mitte Europa and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele.

Apart from his classical career, Hofmeir has also been standing on stage as a cabaret artist for seventeen years. Presently he tours with his musical-cabaret-reading “Kein Aufwand!”. He is show master of his own cabaret show "Wer dablost’s?", in which artists of different genres perform, talk and try to blow the antique, malodorous tuba Rosalinde.

With his band LaBrassBanda, which he joined until end of 2013, he stormed the top ten of the German charts with their third album “Europa” (Sony). In 2013 LaBrassBanda played for about 500 000 people during their Germany tour.

As cross over artist Hofmeir increasingly links classics, jazz and cabaret in exceptional programmes, in which he is on stage as classical soloist, moderator, actor, cabaret artist and jazz musician. His current cross over project “All About That Bass” was performed with great success in Gasteig, Munich, last year.

His CDs “Uraufnahmen” with recordings of the tuba concertos of Duda, Näther and Roikjer (ECHO Klassik 2013) and “Why not?” with works for the tuba-harp duo have been released by the label Genuin. His new solo album “On the way” (Sony) with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Andrew Manze came out in March 2014.

Alice Sara Ott

German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has gained critical acclaim for her performances at major concert halls worldwide and has established herself as one of the most exciting musical talents of today. The Guardian, commenting on her recent performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, said that she “gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made.”

Alice has worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, James Gaffigan, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Myung-Whun Chung, Hannu Lintu and Robin Ticciati.

Recently Alice has debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), Chicago Symphony (Pablo Heras-Casado), Indianapolis (Krzysztof Urban ́ski) and Toronto (Cristian Macelaru) symphony orchestras. She also returned to Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Esa-Pekka Salonen) and toured with the Philharmonia Orchestra in China (Vladimir Ashkenazy) and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan (John Storgårds).

Highlights of the 2015/16 season include concerts with Wiener Symphoniker (Pablo Heras-Casado), the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (Alexander Shelley) and London Symphony (Antonio Pap- pano) orchestras and Münchner Philharmoniker (Nikolaj Znaider). Alice will also tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Charles Dutoit), hr-Sinfonieorchester (Andrés Orozco-Estrada), Sinfonie Orchester Basel (Dennis Russell Davies) and Tonkünstler Orchestra (Yutaka Sado).

Recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008, Alice has since released albums of works by Beethoven, Liszt and Mussorgsky, among others. Her album of Chopin’s complete waltzes, which entered the German and US Classical iTunes charts at No.1, won Alice the ECHO Klassik Young Artist of the Year Award. Her debut concerto album - works by Tchaikovsky and Liszt with Münchner Philharmoniker and Thomas Hengelbrock - was named Editor’s Choice in both the International Piano and Classic FM magazines.

Alice has recently worked on two unique collaboration projects. With pianist Francesco Tristano, they released their album Scandale on DG in September 2014 and performed it at leading venues in Europe, such as the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Luxembourg, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Berliner Philharmonie, as well as touring with it in Japan, South Korea and Australia. Alice’s latest CD, The Chopin Project, with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, was released in March 2015 on Mercury Classics. The album reached No.1 in the Official UK Classical Chart and the iTunes chart in 25 other countries. They will take the project on a European tour in September 2015, including performances in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Frankfurt, Paris and London.

Cologne 2016

Eurovision Young Musicians 2016 took place in Cologne, Germany, on 3 September at the Roncalliplatz. You can re-watch the show here.

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