Academy from 7 to 14 February 2021

Yi-Bing Chu

Cello Master Class

After his studies at the Beijing Conservatory, Chu Yi-Bing enrolled in Maurice Gendron’s class at the CNSMD (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse) in Paris in 1984. Winner of the First Prize at the Concours international d’exécution de musique in Geneva in 1986, he became a soloist at the Basel Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2004. From 2004 to 2018, Chu Yi-Bing was professor at the Beijing Conservatory where he contributed to the dissemination of chamber music throughout China. He founded the China Philarmonic Cellists and gives hundreds of concerts across the country. He is also the founder and director of the SuperCello festival.

Find out more

Born into a family of musicians, Yi-Bing Chu began to learn the cello at the age of 8 with his father, who was professor at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China). At an early age he began to perform, and at 10 recorded his first disc. At that time, the Cultural Revolution was not over and classical music was banned. Then Chu enrolled in the class of the famous cellist Maurice Gendron at the CNSM in Paris, France (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique). He graduated in 1987 with a Premier Prix. He won first prize at the Concours international d’exécution de musique in Geneva in 1986. In 1989 Chu became principal cellist at the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland, and stayed there until 2004. From 2004 to 2018, he was appointed cello professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. There, he contributed with passion to the spread and influence of chamber music all over China. Chu also founded the China Philharmonic Cellists, made up of his cellist students. With them, he has given hundreds of concerts across the country over the 15 years. He has performed before prominent figures, such as the presidents of China, France and the United States. Chu is keen on spreading classical music to as many people as possible, by giving concerts in universities, hospitals, factories and jails for millions of Chinese people who have little access to this genre. He also founded the SuperCello Festival, Beijing, and produced three recordings with his cellist students.

Academy from 1 to 8 November 2020

Marc Coppey

Cello Master Class

Marc Coppey is considered one of the most eminent cellists of our time.
First prize and special prize for the best performance of Bach at the Leipzig Bach competition at the age of 18, he began his career with Yehudi Menuhin in Moscow and Rostropovich invited him to the Festival d’Evian. His solo career has been built playing with the greatest conductors and prestigious orchestras.
He champions the major concert repertoire and frequently plays the complete Suites by Bach, while actively participating in drawing attention to the contemporary repertoire, contributing to the creation of a number of works.
He performs on the major stages of the five continents and is often invited to international festivals.
He is a professor at the CNSMD in Paris and gives master classes around the world. He is artistic director of Saline Royale Academy.

Find out more

marccoppey.com

Marc Coppey is considered to be one of today’s leading cellists. He first came to the notice of Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the 1988 Leipzig Bach competition where he won the two most important prizes – first prize and special prize for the best Bach performance. He was 18 at the time. He soon after made his Moscow and Paris debuts performing the Tchaïkovsky Trio with Menuhin and Victoria Postnikova, a collaboration documented on film by the famous film director Bruno Monsaingeon. In 1989 Mstislav Rostropovitch invited Marc to the Evian Festival and from that moment on his solo career quickly developed. He performs regularly as a soloist with leading orchestras in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors – Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Christian Arming, Lionel Bringuier, Alain Altinoglu, Michel Plasson, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Theodor Guschlbauer, John Nelson, Raymond Leppard, Erich Bergel, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Rophé, Philippe Bender, Paul McCreesh, Yutaka Sado, Kirill Karabits and Asher Fisch.

In 2021 Marc Coppey will be Artist in Residence with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música – performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Christian Zacharias, Dvorak with Vassily Sinaisky, Shostakovich No.1 with Stefan Blunier, Rhim Concerto with the Remix Ensemble and Peter Rundel and the Dutilleux Concerto with John Storgards.

Marc Coppey appears regularly in Europe, North and South America and Asia in some of the most prestigious concert halls – the Wigmore Hall in London, the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel, the Théâtre de la Ville, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Philharmonie in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Liszt Conservatory Hall in Budapest, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, the Philharmonie in Saint-Petersburg, the Casals Hall in Tokyo or the Metropolitan Museum in New York. He is a regular guest of the festivals of Radio-France Montpellier, Strasbourg, Besançon, La Roque d’Anthéron, Monte-Carlo, the Nantes and Lisbon “Folle Journée”, Bach Fest in Leipzig, Stuttgart, Midem, Kuhmo, Korsholm, West Cork and Prades.

A passionate chamber musician, he has extensively explored the cello’s repertoire with such renonwed artists as Maria-João Pires, Stephen Kovacevich, Nicholas Angelich, Aleksandar Madzar, Michel Beroff, Kun-Woo Paik, Finghin Collins, Michel Dalberto, Peter Laul, François-Frédéric Guy, Nelson Goerner, Augustin Dumay, Vadim Gluzman, Victoria Mullova, Liana Gourdjia, Valeriy Sokolov, Ilya Gringolts, Alina Pogostkina, Tedi Papavrami, David Grimal, Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Gérard Caussé, Janos Starker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Michel Portal, Romain Guyot, Emmanuel Pahud as well as the Takacs, Tokyo, Prazak, Modigliani, Ebène and Talich Quartets. From 1995 to 2000 he was cellist of the Ysaÿe Quartet, performing in many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues.

The breadth of Marc Coppey’s repertoire is proof of his profound inquisitiveness: he frequently performs the Bach suites and main stream concerto repertoire, but is also dedicated to performing less well-known works. Performing and promoting contemporary music is very important to him and many composers have dedicated works to him, including Auerbach, Bertrand, Christian, Dufourt, Durieux, Fedele, Fénelon, Hurel, Jarrell, Jolas, Krawczyk, Lenot, Leroux, Mantovani, Meïmoun, Monnet, Pauset, Poppe, Pécou, Reverdy, Staud, Tanguy, Verrières. He gave world premières of concertos by Lenot, Tanguy and Monnet, as well as giving French premieres of concertos by Carter, Mantovani and Tüür.

In March 2015 he premièred ten works for solo cello by some of today’s most prominent composers as a tribute to Pierre Boulez at the Paris Philharmonie.

The Arte tv channel recently filmed him live performing the complete Bach Suites in one evening in Lyon.

Marc Coppey’s recordings have received critical acclaim worldwide. They include works by Beethoven, Debussy, Emmanuel, Fauré, Grieg and Strauss, for the Naïve, Decca, Harmonia Mundi and K617 labels. Among his most recent recordings are world premières of the concertante works of Théodore Dubois on the Mirare label. His release of the complete Bach Suites (awarded Télérama’s ffff) and a CD dedicated to Dohnanyi (awarded “10 de Répertoire”), were both recorded for the Aeon/Outhere label. Together with the Prazak Quartet, Marc Coppey recorded the Schubert Quintet for the Praga label. His discography also includes the great Russian cello sonatas, accompanied by pianist Peter Laul (Aeon), a performance of Martin Matalon’s concerto (Accord/ Universal), a CD of the Brahms Sonatas with pianist Peter Laul and a Schubert album. His recording of the Dutilleux Cello Concerto and the Caplet Epiphanie with the Liège Orchestra under Pascal Rophé’s direction received a BBC Music Magazine *****, a Diapason d’Or and a “Choc” in the Monde de la Musique.

In 2016, his recording of the Haydn and CPE Bach cello concertos with the Zagreb Soloists was released by Audite. Forthcoming recordings include the Dvorak Concerto with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and a Beethoven Sonatas cycle recorded live in the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.

In November 2009 Marc Coppey was chosen to perform Bach in the Place de La Concorde in Paris to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. In addition to his solo concert career and his chamber music activities, Marc Coppey is also a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and gives master-classes all over the world.

He is artistic director of the ‘Musicales de Colmar‘ chamber music festival and since 2011 musical director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists). He performs on a rare cello by Matteo Goffriller (Venice 1711), the Van Wilgenburg and resides in Paris.

He was made Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French culture ministry in 2014.

Marc Coppey was born in Strasbourg where he studied at the Conservatory before attending the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur and the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

Academy from 14 to 21 February 2021 

Frans Helmerson

Cello Master Class

Combining his love of chamber music and a solo career, Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson has performed with leading conductors and orchestras and at pretigious international festivals. During the 1970’s he was principal cellist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he received important musical influences from Celibidache. William Pleeth and Rostropovich have also been important influences. He holds a professorship at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin and the Kronberg Academy.

Find out more

The Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson began his musical training with Guido Vecchi in Göteborg before moving on to study with Giuseppe Selmi in Rome and William Pleeth in London. Sergiu Celibidache and Mstislav Rostropovich also played a very influential role in his artistic development. In 1971 he won one of the most famous music prizes for cellists, the Cassado Competition in Florence – the first of many other distinctions. Tours have taken him to other countries in Europe as well as to Japan, Russia, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Frans Helmerson plays with many well-known orchestras and receives outstanding critical acclaim for his concerts and recordings.

His love of chamber music is another important driving force in his musical endeavours. He is a regular guest at the major European festivals such as Verbier, Pablo Casals-Festival or the Ravinia Festival, and spent many years as the artistic director of the Umea-Korsholm International Chamber Music Festival. In 2002 he founded the Michelangelo String Quartet with Mihaela Martin, Stephan Picard and Nobuko Imai. In addition to his career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, Frans Helmerson taught many years as a professor at the Conservatories in Cologne and in Madrid. Since 2011/12 he has been teaching as a guest professor at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Frans Helmerson plays a cello by Domenico Montagna (1690-1750).

He teaches at the Music Academy of Villecroze in 2012, 2014 and 2020.

Source : https://www.academie-villecroze.com/en/young-talents/teachers/frans-helmerson?set_language=en

Academy from 25 October to 1 November 2020

Gary Hoffman

Cello Master Class

Gary Hoffman is one of the exceptional cellists of our time.
Often invited as a soloist by the most renowned orchestras in the world, he plays recitals and chamber music at prestigious festivals and the biggest concert halls in the world.
He taught at the Indiana University School of Music, and regularly holds master classes around the world.
In September 2011, he was appointed to teach at the Chapelle Musicale in Brussels.

Find out more

gary-hoffman.com

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986.

A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National symphony orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Netherlands and Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra for the Blossom Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine…

Gary Hoffman performs on major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as in such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, Stresa… He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye.

Mr. Hoffman is an regular guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.

Gary Hoffman premiered many concertos (Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi, Dominique Lemaître, French Premiere of Elliott Carter Cello Concerto… )

Sharing his time and engagements mainly between Europe and America, he also regularly travels for concerts in Asia. He is the guest of main halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center, and numerous festivals: Ravinia, La Jolla, Schleswig Holstein, Verbier, Festival International de Colmar, Evian, Prades Festival, Honk Kong International Chamber Music Festival, Vancouver, Storioni, … etc. Gary Hoffman plays and gives master classes at the Ravinia Festival, Bloomington, Kobé, Manchester Cello Festival, Salzburger Mozarteum, Festival de Prades , Santa Fe… he is a close part of the Kronberg Academy family for years, intimately involved in the Academy Masters, the festivals, and the master class weeks .

Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1956, Gary Hoffman devotes time to teaching, as well, having been the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music, where he remained for eight years. Mr. Hoffman regularly holds master classes world-wide. He studied the cello with Janos Starker.

In September 2011 he has been appointed as Professor at the Musical Chapel in Brussels, opening the cello class.

Residing in Paris, he is an active recording artist with the BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde and La Dolce Volta labels.

His Brahms Sonatas’ recording with Claire Désert – will be published in the autumn 2017 onto label La Dolce Volta. He participated to Dvorak recoding with the Jerusalem Quartet (Harmonia Mundi)– they are touring together in the main European cities.

NEWS: Elgar cello concerto and Shelomo (Bloch) recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège conducted by Christian Arming is released in October 2018 onto La Dolce Volta.

Gary Hoffman performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex- Leonard Rose”.

Academy from 11 to 18
April 2021 

Jens Peter Maintz

Cello Master Class

Jens Peter Maintz enjoys an outstanding reputation as a versatile soloist, highly sought-after

chamber musician, and committed cello teacher. Originally from Hamburg, he took part in many masterclasses and collaborates with the greatest orchestras and artists of our time. In 1994 he won the first prize in the ARD International Music Competition, which had previously not been awarded to a cellist for 17 years. Since 2004 he has been a professor at Berlin University of the Arts, where he teaches cello to the most prestigious students and since 2006 he has been principal cello of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Find out more

https://www.jenspetermaintz.com/doorpage

Jens Peter Maintz enjoys an outstanding reputation as a versatile soloist, highly sought-after
chamber musician, and committed cello teacher. Originally from Hamburg, he studied with
David Geringas and took part in masterclasses with other great cellists such as Heinrich
Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, Frans Helmerson and Siegfried Palm. He was further
influenced by his intensive chamber music study with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Walter Levin.

In 1994 he won first prize in the ARD international Music Competition, which had previously
not been awarded to a cellist for 17 years.

He gathered several years of valuable orchestral experience as principal cello of the
Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, and travelled the world as a member of the
renowned Trio Fontenay. Since 2006 Jens Peter Maintz has been principal cello of the
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, on the invitation of Claudio Abbado.

His solo career has brought him into contact with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy,
Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, Dmitry Kitajenko, Franz Welser-Möst, Reinhard Goebel
and Bobby McFerrin. He has appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony
Orchestra, Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Den
Haag Residenzorchester and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Alongside classical repertoire, Jens
Peter Maintz has performed numerous works by contemporary composers from Isang Yun to
Georg Friedrich Haas.

Since 2004 he has been professor at Berlin University of the Arts, where he teaches an
exceptionally successful cello class. Many of his students are prize winners in important
international competitions and some hold leading positions in major orchestras.

Jens Peter Maintz is in equally great demand as a chamber musician. He is a member of the
prestigious ‘Spectrum Concerts Berlin’ concert series, and performs with chamber music
partners such as Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Torleif Thedéen, Hélène Grimaud, Kolja
Blacher, Isabelle Faust, Antoine Tamestit, and also the Artemis, Carmina and Auryn Quartets.

It is now 25 years since he formed the cello duo ‘Cello Duello’ with Wolfgang Emanuel
Schmidt. Together they perform at the world’s most eminent festivals, such as the Kronberg
Festival, the Cello Biennale Amsterdam and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.

For his Sony Classical CD of solo works by Bach, Dutilleux and Kodaly, Jens Peter Maintz was
presented with an ECHO-Klassik award. His highly acclaimed recording of Haydn’s cello
concertos with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was released on the Berlin
Classics label.

In the 2016/17 season he can be heard at the Vivacello Festival in Moscow, the Tokyo Spring
Festival in Japan, the Tonyeong Festival in South Korea, with the Hamburg Camerata in
Hamburg, in Freiburg, Madrid and Berlin, and also with the Kuss and Mandelring Quartets.
Cello Duello will also give several concerts, including the double cello concertos by Hoffmann
and Menotti with the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra Bad Brückenau.

Jens Peter Maintz plays the ‘Ex-Servais’ cello made by Giovanni Grancino in 1697.

The next sessions of the Saline Royale Academy

Share this content :