“Classics from the Other Side” was started with the inspiration of bringing together young musicians from Asia and Europe to connect our cultures through chamber music. Music has the ability to bridge cultural misconceptions and divides: The medium of chamber music is ideal, as it is an unique form of collaboration where every individual is equal. We aim to create a multi-national, cooperative network of performance opportunity connecting the younger generation of dedicated professional musicians, as well as to elevate the visibility of young Asian musicians studying abroad.
About Classics from the Other Side
Aoi Selditz left her Japanese homeland in 2017 out of love for music to study viola in Vienna. Coming to Europe was a kind of return for her: her first solo performance was in 2000, when she played as a violinist at an international festival in Rome. Since then, she has pursued her desire to be both a musician and a scientist. She first graduated from Kyoto University with a bachelor's degree in ecology, and has already published articles and lectured at international conferences worldwide. In 2017, she began her
concert studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Already at the end of the first year of study, she was nominated as one of the six semi-finalists of the ARD Competition Munich, where she performed with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In the same year she was awarded a prize at the International Chamber
Music Festival Allegro Vivo. A year later, she was awarded the special prize at the 13th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.
In 2019/2020, she was a
scholarship recipient of the Anny Felbermayer Fund. Since 2017 she has performed at several festivals in Austria with artists such as Benjamin Schmid, Christian Altenburger, Herbert Mayr, Franz Bartolomey, Michel Lethiec as well as Reinhard
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Praised for her musical integrity, flawless instrumental abilities as well as her sensible, warm sound, the Hungarian cellist belongs to the top rank of today’s generation of cellists.
Dorottya is a prize winner of numerous national and international competitions, including the David Popper International Cello Competition or the Mahler Cello Prize, recipient of the Keltenklang, Forum Hungaricum and Ursula Grill Scholarships and recently has been awarded the Honorary Prize of the city Graz. She has held a two-year academy position at the Tonkünstler Orchestra.
She is a passionate chamber musician and has performed at many music festivals, such as the Styrian Chamber Music Festival, the Arsonore Festival or the Sounding Jerusalem Festival and was also invited to participate at the YMCG Festival in China under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma and Michael Stern.
Dorottya is a member of the sought-after young ensemble, the Oberton String Octet. Their debut CD was released in March 2020 under the title “Slavic Soul” on the German label ARS and was nominated for two of the most important German music awards, for the German Record Critics' Award and in three categories for the renowned Opus Klassik. Their second CD was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla and includes their own arrangements of his works.
She has studied cello with Rudolf Leopold and chamber music with Johannes Meissl, and received further musical impulses from Heinrich Schiff, Gautier Capucon, Steven Isserlis, Claudio Bohorquez, Patrick Demenga, Dmitri Ferschtman and Reinhard Latzko, among others.
Canadian violinist Belle Ting is quickly building an international career, receiving accolades in competitions including the International Thomas and Evon Cooper Violin Competition, the 24. International Johannes Brahms Competition, the International Isaac Stern Violin Competition and most recently, the 16th International Khachaturian Violin Competition, where she also won the Audience Award.
Born in Taipei, Belle currently studies with Dora Schwarzberg at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she was one of the youngest recipients of the university's CARSA Rising Star Award.
Belle has performed with the orchestras including the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Philharmonic and the Odense Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Jahja Ling, Zhang Jiemin, Gabor Kali, Vladimir Kiradjiev and Michael Stern, and has played at numerous festivals including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan.
Her performances have been featured in numerous radio, television and digital broadcasts, including ORF "Licht ins Dunkel", Classic FM Taiwan and medici.tv: In November 2021, her debut album “Impressions” was released by KNS Classical.
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Ania and Sophie Druml
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Ania Druml studied cello since the age of 6 years with Christophe Pantillon and Maria Grün and piano at the mdw in Vienna with Alma Sauer. Currently she is a student of Reinhard Latzko and Vladimir Kharin there with both instruments.
Further artistic impulses came from Dmitri Alexeev, Paul Gulda, Christopher Hinterhuber, Thomas Kreuzberger, Peter Ovtcharov, Piotr Paleczny and Dina Ugorskaja as well as Peter Bruns, Gregor Horsch, Josef Luitz, Lilia Schulz-Bayrova, Hans-Christian Schweiker and Wen-Sinn Yang.
She received numerous prizes and awards which led her, apart from concerts, to China, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, Russia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA.
As part of the TV program “Kultur Heute” on ORF III she performed Frédéric Chopin's 24 preludes in June 2020. She also performed the concerto for 2 pianos by Francis Poulenc together with Hyung-ki Joo and the RSO Vienna under Rossen Gergov at the Radiokulturhaus. This concert was broadcast live by ORF in the series “We play for Austria”. At the gala event “Austrians of the Year 2020” of the daily paper “Die Presse” in the Radiokulturhaus she was seen as a cellist live on ORF. Recently she performed Mozart’s piano concerto KV 414 with the Bruno Walter Symphony in Bratislava.
The “Mittelbayerische Zeitung” describes the young pianist and violinist Sophie Druml as “an exceptional talent who impresses the audience with her technical and creative abilities.” She completes her concert studies with Christopher Hinterhuber, Jacques Rouvier and Benjamin Schmid.
Impressive the long list of performances by the “Jeunesse Start Up! Artist” and also awards the young Viennese woman has already won on four continents.
Invitations to numerous festivals in Europe, Japan and the USA. Since 2017 she has been a regular guest at the Wiener Musikverein and the Konzerthaus.
World tour with TwoSet Violin and Hilary Hahn.
Her collaboration with TwoSet Violin as “Sophie Oui Oui” has reached “cult status” on YouTube with now over 15.000.000 views.
Concertmaster at the "International Orchestra Institute Attergau 2019" of the Vienna Philharmonic.
The Austrian National Bank awarded Sophie the violin “Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris 1858, ex Applebaum”.
In October 2020 Ania and Sophie played their debut concert together in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein and at the Großes Festspielhaus of St. Pölten. At the prestigious ARD competition in Munich they were under the last 12 final contestants.
Thank You! Stay tuned for the next CFOS Concert!