is one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. He won the first prize of the prestigious 6th Paulo International Cello Competition in Finland and was awarded in other competitions.
Brannon Cho has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors such as Susanna Mälkki, Stéphane Denève, and Christian Arming.
A lover of chamber music, Brannon Cho has shared the stage with artists such as Anne- Sophie Mutter, Christian Tetzlaff, Gidon Kremer and Joshua Bell. He was invited to various international festivals and won several scholarships.
Highlights of his solo career include debuts at Wigmore Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Brannon Cho participates in the Kronberg Academy graduate program with Frans Helmerson. He plays a rare violoncello built by Antonio Casini in Modena, Italy in 1668.
The cellist, born in 1999
has already made guest appearances at many renowned music festivals in Italy. She has performed as a soloist with the Zagreb Soloists, the Orchestra Sinfónica del Estado del México and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, among others.
In addition to numerous awards from Italian instrumental competitions, she earned first prize at the 2014 International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro in Zagreb and second prize at the 2017 International Johannes Brahms Competition. Since 2017 she has been sponsored by the Associazone Culturale Musica con le Ali. She received a special honor in 2013 when she was awarded the Alfiere della Repubblica for outstanding musical achievement by young artists by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. In 2020, she was named Young Artist of the Year by ICMA.
She released her debut CD in 2018 with pianist Itamar Golan on the Warner Classics label. Erica Piccotti began her training in her native Rome in the class of Francesco Storino at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. At the age of 14, she joined Antonio Meneses, who taught her at both the Bern University of the Arts and the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona. Since October 2017, Erica Piccotti has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson.
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The Italian born in 2000
has earned numerous awards in various national and international competitions since 2011, including the first prize of the Johannes Brahms Competition, the Grand Prix Salzburg, the Rising Star Berlin, the “Crescendo” in Florence, the “Maura Giorgetti” of the Milan Scala Philharmonic, the Antonio Janigro in Croatia, the “A. Zinetti” Sanguinetto (VR), the Grand Prix at the International Music Competition London and the third prize at the Alice & Eleonora Schoenfeld String Competition Harbin.
He has performed on prestigious stages around the world, such as the Museo Casa Barezzi Busseto, the Theaterphilharmonie in Berlin, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harbin Opera (China), the Argenta Little Rock in Arkansas and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Luca Giovannini plays a cello by Ansaldo Poggi from 1927, provided to him by Mario Brunello. Since October 2019, he has been studying with Frans Helmerson as part of the Precollege Program at Kronberg Academy. The study is made possible by the Angela Winkler Patronage.
The first cellist ever to be
awarded the RDS Music Bursary, the most important prize for classical music in Ireland and one of the most important in Europe. Michael Duffy (RDS CEO) described White as “undoubtedly an artist who has a very exciting career ahead of him.”
Killian White studied first with Martin Johnson, principal cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and later with Christopher Marwood at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He enjoyed great success early on, winning several other prizes and awards in addition to his current scholarship.
He is very active chamber music-wise, including appearing at the National Concert Hall Chamber Music Gathering from 2017-2019. He has also performed as a member of several string quartets at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and on tours throughout Ireland supported by the National String Quartet Foundation.
As a soloist, Killian White has performed with renowned orchestras such as Camerata Ireland, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, Dublin Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra or the New York Concerti Sinfonietta on the great stages of the world, such as the National Concert Hall in Dublin and Carnegie Hall in New York. He is currently studying with Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.
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was born in Gdansk in 1996 and started playing the cello at the age of six. He has won many awards, including first prize and a special prize at the 10th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in 2015. He earned a second place at the Tonali Competition in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded a scholarship at the German Music Competition in Bonn as well as a special prize from the German Foundation for Musical Life. He was one of the finalists at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2017.
In many European countries Maciek Kułakowski played as a chamber musician and soloist under conductors such as Frank Brailey, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Stéphane Denève and Marek Pijarowski. His chamber music partners have included musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Arnold Steinhardt and Charles Neidich. In 2011 he performed at the opening concert of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice under Krzysztof Penderecki. At the Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary he played Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Calgary Symphony Orchestra and was awarded prizes there as well. In 2010, he played a leading role with the Kassak Brass Ensemble in the premiere of the composition “McKulak” by Tadeusz Kassak, which was dedicated to him. With the Wiłkomirski Trio he recorded a CD with works by Anton Arensky for the DUX label.
As an active participant, he took part in the Kronberg Academy Cello Master Classes in 2014 and 2016, where he was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize in 2014. In 2015 and 2017 he participated in the Kronberg Academy Festival. Since October 2017, Maciek Kułakowski has been studying at the Kronberg Academy with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. The study is made possible by the Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff Patronage.
Maciek Kułakowski plays a cello by Charles Gaillard, Paris 1867, made available to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Lia Chen Perlov
, born in Tel-Aviv in 1994, received her first cello lessons at the age of 9. For her further musical education she moved to Germany. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Music Lübeck and her master’s degree at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig.
As a soloist, Lia Chen Perlov has performed with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, the Thelma-Yellin Symphony Orchestra and with the Israeli Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Lia Chen Perlov was a finalist at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University Competition in Berlin and at the Aviv Competitions. She won first prize at the Paul Ben-Haim Competition and second prize at the Possehl Music Prize, as well as first prize at the Israel Conservatory Competition, the Turgeman Competition and the competition of the Israeli classical music station Kol HaMusica. Since 2005, Lia Chen Perlov has received annual grants from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation.
One of her main interests is chamber music – she has performed at many festivals with artists* such as Shmuel Ashkenazy, Sabine Meyer, Guy Braunstein, Eckart Runge, Jonathan Brown and others. Lia Chen Perlov was part of the renowned Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and has been principal cellist of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn since March 2021.
Her instrument is privately and very generously provided to her by Mrs. Regina Weinberg.
was born in Hangzhou (China) in 2002 and began her musical training on the piano at the age of four before switching to the cello at the age of seven. Her teachers in the early years included Zhang Baojun and Cao Min.
At the age of nine, she was accepted to the elementary school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2016, Richard L. Aaron and Sieun Lin accepted her into their classes as a precollege student at The Juilliard School in New York. She gained further experience through master classes with renowned cellists such as Frans Helmerson, Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky, Lynn Harrell and David Geringas.
Li La was awarded numerous first prizes at international competitions early on. These include the 2011 Osaka International Music Competition, the 2012 Antonio Janigro International Violoncello Competition in Zagreb, the Fulham International Music Competition in Paris, and the 2014 Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, from which she emerged as the youngest prize winner. She won second prize at the 43rd Stulberg International String Competition in 2018.
Li La was invited to the Verbier Festival and the 5th Mini Verbier Festival in Munich. She has performed with orchestras such as the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra as well as the Moscow Virtuosi and the State Symphony Orchestra “New Russia”. In 2019, she performed at the Kronberg Academy Festival. She has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson since October 2018. The study is made possible by the Verena von der Groeben Patronage.
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inspires press and audience in her concerts with her variety of sound and strong will of expression. After appearing at renowned venues such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, the Beethovenhaus Bonn and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, she can be heard in three seasons of solo performances and recitals at the Nikolaisaal Potsdam as part of the “Debut” series. Anouchka Hack has also worked with the Zagreb Soloists and Sinfonia Rotterdam, among others.
Engagements for the upcoming season include performances with the Erfurt Symphony Orchestra and the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, recitals with Katharina Hack, and the duo’s first tour of China. Anouchka Hack is also a scholarship holder of the Verbier Festival Academy 2021.
Anouchka Hack was born in Antwerp in 1996 and studies with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. She plays a cello by Bartolomeo Tassini, Venice 1769, made available to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.