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Regina Brandstatter

Prof. REGINA BRANDSTÄTTER (Violin)
Austrian violinist Regina Brandstätter graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and has been teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Institut Oberschützen, since 1996. Since her Habilitation in 2012, the main focus of her work has been placed on training young talents as part of the KUG Graz/Oberschützen preparatory course of studies as well as in Major Artistic Subjects. Regina Brandstätter has performed as a soloist with the Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire under Marc Soustrot, the Camerata Istropolitana at the Festival of Flanders, as well as with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. She leads master classes at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, Summit Music Festival in New York, Austrian Art Sessions in Ossiach and Master class of the Great Wall International Music Academy Beijing in China, to which Regina Brandstätter was invited by renowned violin instructor Kurt Sassmannshaus. Her concert appearances and master classes at the Semper Music International Festival in South Tyrol rounds out her profile as an internationally active Austrian musician and teacher. A great number of students in her preparatory and training course for violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Institut Oberschützen have been awarded first prize and special awards in national and international competitions, as well as scholarships from the prestigious Angelika Prokopp Private Foundation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, International Orchestra Institute Attergau (IOIA). The most successful students in her class regularly substitute in the stage orchestra and in the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera or are currently active as academics in the orchestra of the Vienna Philharmonic

Barbara Gisler-Haase

Prof. THOMAS CHRISTIAN (Violin)
 /https://www.thomas-christian.at// 
Thomas Christian wurde in Linz geboren. Er lebt in Wien. Seinen ersten Violinunterricht erhielt er im Alter von sieben Jahren bei Franz Toifl, einem Schüler Jan Mařáks. Mit elf Jahren war er Preisträger eines österreichischen Violinwettbewerbes in Wien. Er studierte beim New Yorker Violinpädagogen Theodore Pashkus sowie bei Jascha Heifetz, Schüler von Leopold Auer, in Los Angeles. Mit neunzehn Jahren debütierte er mit dem ersten Violinkonzert in D-Dur von Paganini in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall. Seither konzertiert er in fast allen Ländern Europas, den USA und Asien. Der Künstler war Gast großer Orchester, wie Dresdner Philharmonie, BSO Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, MDR- Orchester, WDR Symphonie Orchester Köln, RSO Stuttgart, Staatskapelle Halle, Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonie, Königliche Philharmonie Antwerpen, Mozarteum- Orchester Salzburg, Wiener Symphoniker, RSO Wien, Slowakische Philharmonie, Slowenische Philharmonie, Zagreber Philharmonie, Belgrader Philharmonie, Brünner Philharmonie, Orchester Regio Emiglia di Parma, Stockholmer Philharmonie, Helsinki Philharmonische Orchester, FOK Orchester Prag, George Enescu Philharmonie, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic und Korean Philharmonic Orchestra Seoul. Er arbeitete u.a. mit Dirigenten wie Christoph von Dohnanyi, Willem van Otterlo, Horst Stein, Kurt Sanderling, Milan Horvat, Argeo Quadri, Leif Segerstam, Cristóbal Halffter, Paavo Berglund, Heinz Wallberg, Leopold Hager, Hans Graf, Günter Neuhold, Uros Lajovic und Heinrich Schiff zusammen. Thomas Christian gastierte beim Schleswig- Holstein Festival und den Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen, den Salzburger Festspielen, ebenso beim Bruckner Fest Linz, dem Korea Festival Seoul, den Dresdner und Bregenzer Festspielen, beim Prager Frühling sowie bei den Wiener Festwochen und beim Musikprotokoll des Steirischen Herbstes. Seine Kammermusikpartner waren u.a. Bruno Canino, Jeremy Menuhin, Boris Pergamentschikow, Raphael Wallfisch, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Paul Badura–Skoda, Jörg Demus, Antti Siirala, Stefan Vladar, Paul Meyer, Heinrich Schiff und Cornelia Weiß. Thomas Christian gründete das Wiener Streichquintett, das viele Jahre in Europa, Südamerika und Japan konzertierte. Heute leitet er das Thomas Christian Ensemble in unterschiedlichsten Besetzungen. Es entstanden mit ihm zahlreiche Rundfunk- und Fernsehaufnahmen bei ORF, RAI und WDR, SWR, beim Bayerischen Rundfunk, Saarländischen und Norwegischen Rundfunk sowie bei Radio Hilversum und zahlreiche CD- Einspielungen als Solist wie als Kammermusiker. Thomas Christian ist Professor an der Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien und an der Hochschule für Musik Detmold. Gastprofessur an der Tokyo University of Arts.

Claudia Visca

Prof. ELENA FILIPOVA (Voice)
 /www.elena-filipova.de/ 
The soprano Elena Filipova was born in Bulgaria, where she graduated singing and acting training at the Sofia Conservatory (master’s degrees). She continued her vocal training with the famous tenors Mario del Monaco and Franco Corelli in Italy, and with KS Dr.h.c Prof. Hilde Zadek in Vienna. Immediately after her graduation she was hired in Germany. Shortly afterwards she won the “Herbert v. Karajan Competition” in Salzburg and was hired by Herbert von Karajan for the Salzburg Festival. One of her first roles was the Amelia in "Simone Boccanegra" (G. Verdi). Since then she has sung at the world's great opera houses. In Germany she was awarded the title Kamnmersänger. In 1997 Filipova won the "Premio Puccini" alongside Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. She collaborated with the most important conductors of our time: Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, W. Sawallisch, N. Harnoncourt, C. Abbado, C. Thielemann, D. Runicles, F. Luisi, M. Viotti, A. Fischer, S. Soltesz, D. Oren, P. Steinberg, R. Abbado, Simone Young and others. Sergiu Celibidache hired her for the Verdi Requiem for the 150th anniversary of the Munich Philharmonic. (Live - Recording EMI). Elena Filipova has also been teaching for many years. In the USA, South America and Europe she is regularly invited to master courses in song, oratorio and opera, as well as in the Erasmus program. Since 2013 she is professor for singing at the MUK - Music and Arts Private University of Vienna. Many of her students are prize winners of international competitions or look forward to engagements at various opera houses worldwide. Elena Filipova is fluent in German, English, Italian, Russian and Bulgarian.

Barbara Gisler-Haase

Prof. BARBARA GISLER-HAASE (Flute)
 /www.floete.at/ 
is a Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and head of the Leonard Bernstein Institute. In 1974 she won an award in the international competition at "Prague Spring". In the same year she began to teach at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Member of the "Eurasia Quartet", the "Vienna Nonett" and the "Vienna Bach Soloists", in 1983 founded the "Vienna Flautists" and in 1997 the "Jubal Trio". Numerous concerts with these ensembles as well as more than 15 CD recordings. Author of the flute series "Magic Flute" and "Fit for the flute". Development of the "wave line" flute up to international production-ready stage in collaboration with the Wiener Flötenwerkstatt.

Michaela Reingruber

Prof. MICHAELA REINGRUBER (Saxophone)
 /www.michaela-reingruber.at/ 
Member of the Trio Nouvella Wien, the Trio Allegria e pazzia and the Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra. Solistic and chamber music concerts at home and abroad, e.g. at the Carinthian Summer, „Bregenzer Festpiele", Jazz Club Porgy and Bess, Austrian Radio. Participation in leading ensembles and orchestras like RSO Vienna, Die Reihe and NÖ Tonkünstlerorchester. Prizewinner at „Prima la musica", 1st prize at the international competition of the Gedok Stiftung Berlin. Master classes with I. Roth, M. Weiss, A. Bornkamp, J. Rousseau, L. v. Oström and J.-M. Londeix in Vienna. Professor at master classes. Teaches at the University of Music in Graz and at the University of Music in Vienna. Studied at the University of Music Vienna with O. Vrhovnik and C. Maurer. Graduation with distinction.

Thomas Riebl

Prof. THOMAS RIEBL (Viola)
Born in Vienna in 1956, Thomas Riebl studied with S. Führlinger, P. Schidlof and S. Vegh. He has won prizes at the International Competitions in Budapest (1975), Munich (ARD 1976) and in 1982 won first prize and the International Naumburg Competition New York. Thomas Riebl has appeared as a soloist at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the "Goldene Saal" of the Wiener Musikverein. He has performed with numerous leading orchestras including the Chicago, Berlin and Vienna Symphony, the Bavarian and Finish Radio Symphony Orchestras. His chamber music partners have included J. Norman, A. Schiff, O. Maisenberg, El. Leonskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, L. Vogt, G. Kremer, B. Schmid, Is. Faust, J. Bell, T. Zimmermann, N. Gutman, B. Pergamenschikow, St. Isserlis, S. Meyer and the Juilliard String Quartet. From 1972 - 1979 he was a member of the Franz-Schubert-Quartett, Vienna (1.prize at the competition in Stockholm in 1974); subsequently he became a founder member of the Vienna String Sextet (1979 - 2004), which performed worldwide and recorded several CDs for EMI and pan classics. Since 1983, Thomas Riebl has been a professor at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. In addition, he has been Visiting Tuor at the RNCM in Manchester and has given numerous master classes worldwide. Many of his students won international competitions and became professors at music universities or members of leading orchestras and string quartets. He is artistic director of the Internationale Sommerakademie Bad Leonfelden, Austria.

Gustav Rivinius

Prof. GUSTAV RIVINIUS (Violoncello)
 /www.gustavrivinius.de/ 
is the first and only German musician to be awarded a Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition 1990. He has performed with the best world orchestra under L. Maazel, V. Neumann, Chr. Eschenbach, D. Kitaenko, D. Zinman, H. Schiff, V. Gergiev a .o. Along with his solo work, he plays regularly alongside his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet. Gustav Rivinius is a professor at the HFM University of Music in Saarbrucken. He also teaches a number of master courses annually. In addition he is a sought after juror at major music competitions and sat on the jury at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Claudia Visca

Prof. CLAUDIA VISCA (Voice)
graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She was a Fullbright Scholar to Vienna. Over the past years he has guested in more than 25 opera houses in Europe with 74 opera- operetta- and musical roles. Claudia Visca has worked together with numerous artists, like Placido Domingo, Agnes Baltsa, Jóse Carreras, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean Pierre Rampal and Bruno Canino. A spezial highlight of her carreer was to sing West Side Story, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. She is professor of voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna since 2003 and gives international master classes in vocal technique and interpretation. Her students are prizewinners of numerous competitions and members of renowned opera houses.

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