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When in 1998 Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir met first during their academic studies at the Lviv Music Academy in the Ukraine, it was like magical gravity. A moment later their successful, creative musical collaboration began, they won e.g. the highest award at the international contest “Rome-98”. But this achievement hasn’t been enough for them. They were keen on expanding their artistic horizon and went on studying with the German piano duo Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Rostock. In 2005 Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir completed their studies with a graduate recital.

Born in Italy she began her studies at the age of six and graduated with highest honours at the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence. She participated in numerous National and International competitions, winning first prizes in the "Franz Liszt" competition in Lucca, the "Rome '89" competition, the "Scriabin" competition and the "Sulmona" contest (1993). She has won first prizes in the International Contest in "Stresa" (Italy) with clarinettist Carlo Failli, as well as in "Kingsville" (USA) with clarinettist Ilya Shterenberg.

Sachika Taniyama began her musical studies at the age of five in Japan. Since she moved to the UK in 1997, she has studied with Carolyn Tailby, Guy Johnson from Royal Academy of Music, and Robert Markham from Birmingham Conservatoire and she has won many prizes in competitions and music festivals in the Midlands. In 2003, she made her concerto debut by performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Sutton Coldfield Orchestra. In the same year, She continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of pianist, Charles Owen.
Born in Sardinia, Paola Erdas was awarded her diploma in harpsichord at the Conservatory of Venice in 1991. From 1992 to 1996, thanks to a five-year scholarship, she studied under Kenneth Gilbert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 1996 she has been a member of the ensemble L'Apothéose, recording for the Stradivarius label.
Jose Daniel MartinezJosé-Daniel Martínez was born in Washington DC. Between 1991 and 2004 he worked at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg and is presently piano professor for the Landesmusikschulwerk Oberösterreich, based in Linz, Austria. He also worked as Chamber Music /Accompanying coach at the Mozarteum University. At the Summer Academy he offered his own course titled: Coaching and Accompanying: for Pianists.
Dagmar Feyen (www.dagmarfeyen.com) is both a pianist and a composer. He has a broad repertoire that also includes improvised music and jazz performance. He studied in Belgium and the Netherlands with distinguished professors as Jacques Detiège (piano) and Piet Swerts (composition) and is currently teaching at the Music Academy of Mol (Belgium) and at the Media and Design Academy in Genk (Belgium). His compositions include small piano miniatures as well as large scale choral works.
Matthias Roth was born in 1971 in Munich, Germany. He studied at the Academy of Music in Munich under Prof. Franz Lehrndorfer and Prof. Edgar Krapp (organ) and with Roderich Kreile, Prof. Wolfram Menschick and Prof. Michael Gläser (choir direction). He graduated from the Academy with the A-exam in the field of evangelical church music, the diploma for organ education and the diploma for excellence, earned in master classes, the “Meisterklassendiplom”, also in the category organ.
Grzegorz Niemczuk – concert pianist – winner of the 40th National Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2010 - graduated with the highest distinction from the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice in the class of Jozef Stompel (with whom he has been working since 2001).
"A certitude of her generation", boasting "an unerring and complete technique", endowed with "a special musical sensitivity and intuition"; "firmness, balance, accuracy, a special sense of the sonorous colour" - these are some of the critical remarks made on the occasion of the concerts given by the young pianist Alexandra Costin.
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