Artists 2018

The artists for the 2018 edition of the festival will be announced later.

Dana Zemtsov, Viola

Winner of numerous competitions and developing an outstanding career, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. Highlights in the past seasons include Dana´s performance of the Bartok Viola Concerto in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), playing chamber music with Janine Jansen and Martin Frost during the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, and a recital in Carnegie Hall (New York). In 2012 she signed an exclusive record deal with Channel Classics Records for three recordings, of which two "Enigma" and "Romantic Metamorphoses" have been received with great success . Dana is 1st Prize laureate of several competitions in Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands.

In 2010 she won the Dutch competition ''Evening of the Young Musician", became the "Young Musician of the Year" and represented The Netherlands at the “Eurovision Young Musicians Competition” in Vienna. Dana is regularly appearing on the most important international stages, amongst others the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, The Opera Hall in Tel Aviv, Carnegie Hall (New York). Dana played chamber music with Janine Jansen, Giovanni Sollima, Martin Frost, Ilya Gringolts and pianist Boris Berezovsky. As a soloist, Dana performed with the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine) Holland Symfonia, Sweelink Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam (the Netherlands), F. Busoni Chamber Orchestra (Italy).

International tours brought her to Denmark, Peru and the USA. She participated in the “Stars of Tomorrow” tour in Germany, together with the most promising young talents of Europe. Performed at the biggest festivals in the Netherlands as the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Storioni Festival, Grachten Festival, the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Three Day Music Festival The Hague. She also performed in festivals in Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Dana was born in 1992 in Mexico City. At the age of 5 she received her first music lessons from her grandmother and from her parents, both viola players (Mikhail Zemtsov and Julia Dinerstein). She has followed master classes with renowned professors such as Bruno Giuranna, Atar Arad and Sven Arne Tepl, and is currently studying with the famous viola virtuoso Michael Kugel.

Dana Zemtsov plays a beautiful Sartory bow kindly granted to her by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

Stephan Koncz, cellist

Stephan Koncz is recognized as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and enjoys a multi-faceted career as soloist, chamber musician, composer/arranger, conductor and member of the Berlin Philharmonic.

 

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Koncz has collaborated with Leonidas Kavakos, Lisa Batiashvili, Janine Jansen, Antoine Tamestit, Nils Mönkemeyer, Gautier Capuçon, Gerald Finley, Thomas Hampson, Anna Prohaska, Rudolf Buchbinder, Emmanuel Pahud, Andreas Ottensamer among others.

He is a member of "The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic", „Philharmonix" (a unique ensemble founded by members of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, looking for all kinds of musical adventures, such as Traditional Hungarian/Romanian Gypsy Music, Viennese Music, Klezmer and Latin Jazz) and also part of an exciting new string quartet project with Ray Chen, Noah Bendix-Balgley and Amihai Grosz: "Made In Berlin".

 

In 2015 Mr. Koncz made his conducting debut at the Easter Festival of the Berlin Philharmonic in Baden-Baden conducting a chamber opera version of „Der Rosenkavalier“ with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

 

Following his enthusiasm for arranging and composing, numerous of his arrangements have been recorded by labels such as Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Classical Music and been performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons, Andreas Ottensamer, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Renaud Capuçon, Thomas Hampson, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Nils Mönkemeyer, and Emmanuel Pahud.

 

Born in Vienna in 1984 into an Austro-Hungarian family of musicians, Stephan Koncz started studying cello at the University for Music in Vienna with Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartett) at the age of 8. In 2000 he continued his studies with the principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Róbert Nagy, and additionally pursued a double-major in conducting and composition.

Furthermore he has had master classes with Steven Isserlis, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Schiff.

From 2006 until 2008 Stephan Koncz was granted a scholarship of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, studying with its principal cellist Ludwig Quandt.

 

After being a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic (since September 2008) he won a position in the Berlin Philharmonic where he is a member since 2010.

Stephan Koncz plays on a violoncello made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris) in 1840.