Xavier Aymonod


Xavier Aymonod studied piano at Aix-en-Provence conservatory and obtained unanimously a gold medal. He was laureate of international piano competition for outstanding amateurs in Paris from 1998 to 2000, and won 15th international piano competition for outstanding amateurs of Ecole Polytechnique. He was also semi-finalist of international piano competition for...

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Felicia Cheng


Felicia started playing the piano at the age of 5 in Taiwan. Her teachers include Prof. John Vaughan (Taipei), Prof. Mikhail Kazakevich (London), and Prof. Christopher Oakden (Hannover). She was a finalist in the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris (2008) and the 2nd prize winner of Claviarium...

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Michael Cheung


Born with a condition on the left hand, Michael was prescribed the piano by a hand surgeon as a physiotherapy starting age 4. He displayed a growing interest in the piano and trained under private tutors and in masterclasses in North America, Europe and Asia. The piano took a hiatus...

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Florian Chevallier


A graduate of the ingenior school Centrale Paris, Florian Chevallier is working in the energy sector as marketing director in ENGIE. As a passionate young musician, Florian Chevallier studied in the Conservatoire national de région in Lyon, where he graduated at the age of 12. In 1998, as a student...

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Otfried Debus


Otfried M. Debus was born 1963 in Marburg (Germany) and grew up in Kiel where he also studied medicine and obtained his PHD. The last year of training he spent in London, Rochester (MN) and Basel. He was scholar of the «Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes». Debus is specialised in pediatrics...

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Matthias Fischer


Matthias Fischer from Germany got his first piano lessons from his parents. He won prizes at German youth-competitions for piano solo and duo. He studied piano in Munich but switched to medicine after one year (1994). His medical thesis was about localization of a memory in Drosophila flies. Currently he...

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Philip Fowke


".........Claudio Arrau was to have been the soloist in tonight’s Promenade Concert. The virtuosity and acute musicianship of Philip Fowke, who took his place, repaired the omission in no uncertain terms." The DailyTelegraph Philip Fowke, known for his many BBC Promenade Concert appearances, numerous recordings and broad range of repertoire,...

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Amber Glynn


Amber Glynn is not just a business analyst at the Australian Securities Exchange. She was also a finalist in the 2012 Concours International des Grands Amateurs de Piano, playing at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Upon completing her honours degree in pure mathematics whilst on a student exchange program in...

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Thierry Goldwaser


French pianist Thierry Goldwaser began music studies in Paris at age 10. In 2005, Thierry receives first prize at the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris. In 2010 he also gets a special prize at the International Piano Amateur Competition in Berlin. Thierry has made recital appearances in...

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Simon Grisdale


Simon Grisdale's introduction to playing music started at age four, with the violin. Piano lessons followed shortly after, at age six. For both primary school and secondary schools he obtained music scholarships and had a deep involvement in many musical activities. For university Simon opted for a different route, majoring...

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Cécile Guillon


Born in 1986, Cecile Guillon began studying the cello at the age of seven in Paris with Frantz Wiener and in the conservatories of Levallois-Perret and Bobigny with David Louwerse. Along with music, she pursued her studies in literature and linguistics in Paris and Berlin, got a bi-disciplinary License in...

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Gil Jetley


Gil Jetley began piano lessons at age 9 and at 16 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Not having the confidence to pursue a career in music he left after two years and worked as a computer operator before gaining a Bachelor of Education degree...

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Pauline Kempf


Born in 1990, Pauline Kempf started studying violin at the Maurice Ravel Conservatory of Music of Paris with Larissa Kolos and then of Saskia Lethiec. She graduated in violin from the Versailles CRR (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional) and later graduated in music theory from the Paris CRR. She then studied...

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Jean-Marc Kerisit


Jean-Marc Kerisit started playing the violin at the age of 6. He studied at the Conservatoire National de Region de Rennes (FR) where he obtained a first prize at the age of 14. Jean-Marc participated in various orchestras, as for instance the Loewenguth Symphonic Orchestra, and created and animated orchestral...

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Caroline Kirchhoff


Caroline Kirchhoff started playing piano at the age of five. She studied with Klaus Hellwig in Essen, with Volker Banfield in Hamburg and with Leonard Shure in Boston. After her Konzertexamen she taught piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. Additional to her musical career, she studied business economics....

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Jean-Paul Kress


Jean Paul Kress studied the viola with Marie-Thérèse Chailley and chamber music with Alfred Loewenguth and Jean Mouillère at the National Regional Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt. He also took private lessons with Kristos Michalakakos in Paris and with Johanes Eskaer in Copenhagen. JPK holds a MD degree from Faculté de Medecine...

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Julien Kurtz


Julien Kurtz started the piano at 5 and got his initial training from Catherine Silie, a former assistant of French pianist Pierre Sancan. Later on, he studied in the Marseille conservatory, then in the Cachan Music school, where he got his piano degree in 2002. He is currently studying with...

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Loïc Lafontaine


French pianist Loïc Lafontaine grew up in Martinique and later got his musical training in the Bordeaux conservatory, before his admission in the Paris Conservatory. He received many prizes in international competitions, including the Jury, Press and Audience prizes in the Paris international piano competition for outstanding amateurs in 2010,...

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Vincent Letourmy


Vincent Letourmy was born in 1970 in Paris. He studied Mathematics on Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris, and Signal processing in a Telecom Engineering School near Paris. After holding different Engineering and program management positions in the electronic industry, he has been working as Export Program Manager in...

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Lana Levin


The Levins were born in Soviet Union and graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where they studied with Yakov Milstein, Lev Vlasenko and Michael Pletnev. The family came to the United States in November 1989 and have since resided in Overland Park, Kansas. From 1989 to 1995 the couple...

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Slava Levin


The Levins were born in Soviet Union and graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where they studied with Yakov Milstein, Lev Vlasenko and Michael Pletnev. The family came to the United States in November 1989 and have since resided in Overland Park, Kansas. From 1989 to 1995 the couple...

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Julien Lombardo


Born in Toulouse in 1980, Julien Lombardo started playing the piano at the age of 6. His meeting with his teacher Jean-Claude Oleon in Bastia revealed soon his passion for classical music and the instrument. Julien then studied at the Conservatory of Marseille in the class of Erik Berchot and...

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Iona Luke


Iona Luke works as a corporate legal counsel specialising in financial services, regulatory, insurance and corporate advisory. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. She also holds a Masters in Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney. Prior...

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Julien Machet


Julien Machet is a French percussionist and composer. After having attended the music classes of the Conservatory of Châlons-en-Champagne and the Dante Agostini Drum Set School of Paris, he received in 2006 a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music of Boston, where he graduated in 2009....

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Brice Martin


Brice Martin was born in 1981 and began studying piano at the age of five. He gave his first concert at the age of 14 and was simultaneously admitted in the Nîmes Conservatory in the class of Catherine Silie, a former student of Yves Nat and Pierre Sancan. In 1999,...

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Winston Maxwell


Winston Maxwell started violin at the age of 4 under the Suzuki method. He studied violin with Marlon Carlson (Oregon State University), Zvi Zeitlin (Music Academy of the West) and Sonya Monosoff (Cornell), before getting a law degree at Cornell Law School (New York). Today Winston Maxwell practices law in...

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Suzanna Perez


Suzanna Perez was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and began studying piano at the age of 7. She continued her studies with Ernestine Scott at Oklahoma City University where she received her Bachelor's degree in piano. She entered the Master’s program at the University of Kansas, where she studied with Sequeira...

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Jean-Pierre Salmona


Jean-Pierre Salmona started studying piano at 6, first with Jeannine Barbulée, then with Charlotte Causeret and Jules Gentil at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. He then began studying medicine, worked for several years in hospitals, before settling as a cardiologist in 1986. At the same time he continued...

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Ariel Sirat


Ariel Sirat is an Amateur pianist, and he has been performing since many years concerts as a soloist or in chamber music. He learned the piano in Vienne (France) and at Lyon and Versailles Conservatories. He won several prizes at amateur piano competitions (Concours de piano et de musique de...

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Robin Stephenson


Robin Stephenson started playing the piano at the age of 7, after one year of violin lessons. It was at the age of 15, after his meeting with french concert pianist Olivier Cazal, that the piano became his main instrument. After taking the baccalauréat in 2005, he started studies in...

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Christophe Strassel


Christophe Strassel was born in Metz (France) in 1971. He started playing the violin at the age of 6 and got a « First Prize » in violin at the Conservatoire national de Région of Metz at the age of 12. He also studied the violin and chamber music at...

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Geoffroy Vauthier


Geoffroy Vauthier was awarded the First prize of the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris in 1996 by all three juries (professional pianists, press and public). He took his third cycle diploma in Victoria Melki's class, then went on studying with Denyse Rivière and Jean-Marc Luisada ; he...

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