“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
Artists November 2023
Cuore Piano Trio
Cuore Piano Trio was founded in 2017 in Warsaw and it has quickly established itself as one of the leading chamber music groups of the young generation. Currently based in Vienna, the musicians are students of Avedis Kouyoumdjian (piano), Christian Altenburger (violin) and Stefan Kropfitsch (cello) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2022 the Trio gave three recitals at the renowned Musikverein in Vienna (Brahms-Saal) as part of the new concert cycle "Souvenir". The concerts were a huge success and the ensemble was reinvited to perform twice as many recitals in Brahms-Saal - a full season of the "Souvenir" concerts in 2023/2024. Additionally the musicians will appear in the Metallener-Saal of the Vienna Musikverein in June 2024.They have been invited to take part in the ECMA Session in May 2023 as a guest ensemble.
Cuore Piano Trio's members - Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin), Jadwiga Roguska (cello) and Szymon Ogryzek (piano) - are passionate about introducing new audiences to the unknown classical music pieces written by less popular Polish composers. They constantly aim to create original music programs which include not only the widely known and loved masterpieceses, but also newly discovered works of the less fortunate composers of different nationalities.
Cuore Piano Trio has been a prizewinner of many international music competitions i.a. the Fanny Mendelssohn International Music Competition in Germany (1st prize in 2023), "Nouvelles Etoiles" International Music Competition in France (1st prize in 2021), Quebec International Music Competition (1st prize in 2020) or the Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards International Music Competition in Singapore (1st prize in 2019). In April 2023 they received the prestigious Ensemble of the Year 2022 award from the Italian chamber music network Le Dimore del Quartetto, as well as the Gioventù Musicale Prize. Cuore Piano Trio has been supported by the Polish Lubelskie Voivodeship within the "Lubelskie - Taste life!" program since 2022.
Ania and Sophie Druml
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 and Vladimir Kharin. Currently she is a student of Reinhard Latzko and Stefan Vladar 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.
She was a part of the 2022 „Geneva International String Academy“ as well as a participant of the „Kronberg Academy“ in the class of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
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, Rainer Schmidt, Benjamin Schmid and Julian Rachlin.
The „STRAD Magazine“ wrote after a concert in Montreal: “That evening, the recital itself began in cracking classical fashion. Sophie Druml (First Grand Prize winner, Concours FLAME; 2016 finalist, New York International Piano Competition) who appears frequently in TwoSet videos as 'Sophie Oui-Oui', has joined this tour as pianist. She opened the concert with an entrancing rendition of Franz Liszt's devilish 'Mephisto Waltz' (No. 1, 5.514), her playing by turns effervescent and vigorous. The dramatic, ten-minute tour de force set the technical bar high for the evening.”
World tours with TwoSet Violin and Hilary Hahn in 2023/2024 in over 60 cities. Her collaboration with TwoSet Violin as “Sophie Oui Oui” has reached “cult status” on YouTube with now over 20.000.000 views.
The Austrian National Bank awarded Sophie the violin „Pierre Silvestre, Lyon, ca. 1830–1840, ex Moser“.
Eva Lucia Schmölzer
Eva was born in Graz in 2000 and studied with Regina Brandstätter and Wladislaw Winokurow at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and the Vienna Music School Margareten from 2008 until 2012 and from 2013 until 2021. She is currently continuing her studies with Christian Altenburger at the University of Music and Performing Art Vienna. Eva has played numerous national concerts at the Musikverein Graz, Altes Rathaus Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Minoritensaal Graz, Orpheum Wien, Muth and many more. She was also invited to play at international concerts in the USA, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Romania, Czech Republic and more. She performed at the Summit Music Festival in New York, the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Internationale Sommerakademie Salzburg Mozarteum, the Crans Montana Classics Festival where she was invited to play as a soloist with Shlomo Mintz, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Musiktage am Starnbergersee, etc. She was invited to play a concert in Belgium organized by the Austrian Embassy. She is the winner of many international and national competitions such as the International Remember Enescu Competition, the International Arthur Grumiaux “Concours Bravo” Competition. She won the national “Prima La Musica” competition for the age groups 1, 2, 4+. Furthermore, Eva is the Grand Prix winner of the International Vasa Prihoda Competition.
Born in Paris in 2002, French pianist Bella Schütz is currently pursuing Master studies in Vienna at the mdw with Prof. Jan Jiracek von Arnim. She also benefits from the mentorship of pianist Cédric Tiberghien through the Académie Jaroussky in Paris.
Bella was first trained by Branka Balevic-Gasparian and later graduated from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris as a student of Yves Henry before joining the class of Prof. Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg for her Bachelor’s degree.
Bella has earned recognition in various international piano competitions, including Piano Campus, Lyon International Piano Competition, Jeunes Talents en Normandie, Claude Bonneton. She was honored with the Matilde Neri-Sclavo scholarship from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
Bella has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists like Tatiana Zelikman, Lilya Zilberstein, Claire Désert, Jay Gottlieb, Matti Raekallio, Michel Béroff, Mischa Maisky. She has collaborated with notable conductors such as José Luis Castillo, Jean-Luc Tingaud, and Daniele Gatti, performing in various countries including France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, England and Spain.
Bella is a regular performer at prestigious festivals, including the Nohant Festival Chopin, the Festival Baroque de Pontoise, the Chigiana International Festival, and the Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise. She has also been invited to perform on French radio station France Musique. Bella is supported by the Fondation Safran.
Since 2021, Bella forms the Trio Callas with violinist Arieta Liatsi (Greece) and cellist Lucas Garcia Muramoto (Brazil/Japan). They were the youngest finalists at the Kiejstut Bacewicz Chamber Music Competition in Lodz and won the ProQuartet prize at the FNAPEC competition in Paris. During the summer of 2023, the Trio Callas embarked on a tour in Japan, where they premiered “Portais Brasileiro #5”, a piece dedicated to them by Brazilian composer André Mehmari.
Yerassyl Khamit was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. He began studying in the “Secondary Special Music School” of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Larisa Baranova in 2006. He continued his studies in the “Central Music School” of the Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Kravchenko from 2013-2018, before studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Pierre Amoyal and at the J. Haydn Conservatory with Anna Kandinsky. He currently studies with Professor Albena Danailova at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Albena Danailova.
Yerassyl was a participant of masterclasses with professors such as Maxim Vengerov, Michaela Martin, Nikolaj Znaider, Tatiana Samouil, Alexandre Brussilovski, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Mari Tampere-Bezrodny, Grigory Kalinovsky and Maxim Fedotov.
He has played in venues including the Festspielhaus Salzburg, the Schloss Schönbrunn, in the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in the St. Petersburg Philharmonia Grand Hall.
Yoanna Ruseva was born in 15.09.1998 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She started her studies of violin at the National Music School of Sofia “Lubomir Pipkov” in the class of Blagorodna Taneva.
In 2013 she received the II prize and the special prize of Z.Bron at the "Young Virtuosos" Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria and she was laureate at International competition “David Oistrach”. In 2017 she was awarded a special prize at the International Postacchini Competition and in 2018 the fourth prize in the International Stephanie Hohl Competition in Vienna. In recognition of her outstanding achievements and extraordinary talent she was presented with the Prize of the Friends of Viennese String Instruments at the MDW University in Vienna (2018). In 2019 she was awarded a special prize in the Anton Rubinstein Competition in Düsseldorf, the special prize of the Audience in the Szymon Goldberg International Competition in Meißen, and the first prize of the Instrumental Competition of the MDW University. In 2020 she was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Competition "La Musique et la Terre" in Paris and was a semifinalist of the Enescu Competition 2022 in Romania.
She has played in the concerts of SMTD ,,Viva la musica”, and appeared as a soloist of the Burgas Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Jordan Dafov, of Radio FMClasic Orchestra with Maestro G.Palikarov and with New Symphonic Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestras of Vraza, Vidin, Pernik, Pleven,Plovdiv and had her debut in Musikverein (Gläserner Hall) in 2016 followed by solo and chamber music performances in 2022.
Since 2022 she is a member of the chamber ensemble Wiener Collage and is performing often in Musikverein and Schönberg Center, as well as being an official MDW Artist. In September 2022 Joanna was part of the prestigious European International Festival with two recitals in Dobrich and Varna, followed by an invitation for performances and concerts in 2023 with Dobrich Chamber Orchestra and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra for March and November 2023.
Yoanna Ruseva took part in different masterclasses with Gerard Poulet, Takashi Shimizu, Sergey Kravchenko, Svetlin Rusev, Zakhar Bron, Michael Frischenschlager and Anton Sorokow.
From 2014-2015 she was a student at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium where she was a student of Augustin Dumay and Tatiana Samouil. She continued her studies in the preparation course in Mozarteum, Salzburg with Pierre Amoyal from 2015-2016. Currently she is a student at the University of music in Vienna in the class of Elisabeth Kropfitsch, after studying for 3 years with Anton Sorokow.
She is currently playing on a Deconet 1760 provided by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
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