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Classics from the other side


Man: conflict and mortality


16. April 2023, 19:30
Schubert Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna

“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 2023

Motus Quartet

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The Motus Quartet is a new-born promising string quartet and is composed of musicians from all over the world: Tim de Vries, Karla Križ, Guilherme Marques Caldas and Felix Vermeirsch. The members of the ensemble come from Brazil, Belgium, the Netherlands and Croatia, having met during their studies in Vienna. They are currently studying with Vida Vujic at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW). Besides, they regularly work with Johannes Meissl and Evgenia Ephstein. Individually, the members of the ensemble have worked together with and taken lessons from some of the most renowned chamber musicians worldwide: Eberhard Feltz, Nobuko Imai, Frans Helmerson, Mihaela Martin, Vineta Sareika (Artemis Quartet) and Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel). The Motus Quartet feels grateful to be able to have Italian masterpieces by Pietro Guarneri, Lorenzo Storioni and Gaetano Sgarabotto on loan from various European benefactors.

(c) Tim de Vries

Benjamin Herzl

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Benjamin Herzl, born in Salzburg in 1994, is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and is praised by audiences ans press for his virtuoso perfection as well as his depth and high musicality. He is a scholarship holder of the Dortmund Mozart Society, a prize-winner at the 2016 International Brahms Competition, as well as winner of the Mozart Prize sponsored by Vadim Repin.

At age 13, he made his debut as a soloist performing with the Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra at the International Mozart Festival in Mannheim and has been a guest on the most prestigious podiums ever since including concerts as a soloist in the Large Festival Hall in Salzburg, at the Dortmund Concert Hall, the Wiener Musikverein or the Oratorio San Felipe Neri Havana.

Benjamin Herzl works closely with the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, where he gave a highly acclaimed debut performance together with pianist Ingmar Lazar in February 2017. During that same year, the young duo also took first prize at the Lausanne Music Academy.

For the 2019/20 anniversary season, he was invited by the Jeunesse Musicales to act in several concerts as „Featured Artist“, including his debut with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russel Davies.

Further highlights of the 2022/2023 season include concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Montforthaus Feldkirch as well as the International Music Festival Póvoa de Varzim in Portugal. In the south of France the artist has been a regular guest as an artist in residence at the Château de Lourmarin for several years.

His chamber music partners have included Christoph Croisé, Rafael Fingerlos, Clemens Hagen, Christopher Hinterhuber, Ingmar Lazar, Sascha El Mouissi, Beatrice Rana, Thomas Riebl, Fazil Say and Thomas Zehetmair.

Herzl has been invited to play at such renowned festivals as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, LOISIARTE, Festival du Bruit qui Pense Louveciennes, Julian Rachlin & Friends, Festival Dialoge, Grafenegg Festival and the Mozart Festival Havana.

In January 2021 previously unpublished compositions by Max Bruch where released on recording under the label CPO, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death.

Benjamin Herzl plays the „ex Guilet“ Joseph Guarnerius violin, Cremona anno 1732, which has been provided by the Austrian National Bank. The instrument has been previously played by Daniel Guilet (Beaux Arts Trio), David Oistrach, Henriyk Szeryng and Joshua Bell.

Benjamin Herzl was a student of Klara Flieder at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg and completed his studies at the Vienna University of Music with Christian Altenburger and in Julian Rachlin’s solo class.


(c) Andrej Grilc

Belle Ting

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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 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", IDAGIO and In November 2021, her debut album “Impressions” was released, centered on the works of Debussy, Chausson, Saint-Saëns, and Ysaye.

(c) Raymond Huang

Liliya Nigamedzyanova


Violist Liliya Nigamedzyanova was born in the Urals.  After completing her studies in Russia, she came to Austria in 2012 to continue her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in the class of Prof. Silvia Marcovici (violin)  


During this time she discovered her love for the sound of the viola and decided to devote herself entirely to this instrument.  From 2014 to 2018 she studied viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Thomas Selditz and graduated with distinction. 


She was a chamber music partner of artists such as Benjamin Schmid, Thomas Selditz, Clemens Hagen, Christian Altenburger, Reinhard Latzko, Ernst Kovacic, Martin Hughes and Danjulo Ishizaka. 


Liliya is the founder of the Artel Quartet, with which she studies chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Meissl.

(c) Angelina Larina

Zhiyu Zhang

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Zhiyu Zhang was born in January 2003 in Shanghai, China. She started studying cello at the age of 6 with Prof. Dahai Liu at the Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She was admitted at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2017, where she began her bachelor studies under the guidance of Prof. Reinhard Latzko.

Zhiyu won the 1st prize at the 17th Spain Villa de Llanes International Cello Competition, as the youngest player to be invited to Spain for three personal recitals in different cities, and also at the 2021 Gustav Mahler Competition.

Zhiyu has collaborated four times with conductor Muhai Tang and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto No. l, Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. l and Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and Shanghai Concert Hall. She performed the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Joseph Haydn with the Hamburger Camerata in the St. Johannis-Harvestehude Church, in 2019.

She has participated in the masterclasses of Arto Noras, Mischa Maisky, Miklós Perényi, Jens Peter Maintz, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.


Thank You! Stay tuned for the next CFOS Concert!


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