Teachers – Chamber music

Chamber music Master Class are open to two established quartets and one trio.

Academy from 1 to
8 November 2020

Isabel Charisius

Chamber Music Master Class

Isabel Charisius is one of the greatest viola and chamber music performers of her generation, a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, a soloist and first viola for major orchestras. For a number of years, Isabel has been involved in the training of young musicians. Recognized for her teaching of viola and chamber music, her contribution to the universities of Cologne and Lucerne and her master classes have led to the creation of a large body of past pupils.

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Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, soloist and solo violist with leading orchestras, Isabel has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She enjoys working in projects with distinguished string quartets, various ensembles and many renowned soloists at international venues and is frequently invited as a jury member on top international competitions.

For many years, Isabel has been dedicated to the development of new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity at the Universities of Cologne and Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious institutions gave rise to a large community of alumni. Students of Isabel can be found among the winners of international competitions and many of them are members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras.

Isabel Charisius plays the extraordinary viola «ABQ» by Laurentius Storioni (1780).

Academy from 11 to
18 April 2020

Clive Greensmith

Chamber Music Master Class

Clive Greensmith studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in England. In 1987, he made his concerto debut with the London Symphony Orchestra. He performed at numerous festivals around the world and is also known for his extensive recording catalogue, which includes works by some of the world’s greatest composers. In July 2019, he succeeded Günther Pichler as director of string chamber music for at the Accademia Chigiana Festival and at the Summer Academy in Siena.

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From 1999 until its final season in 2013, Clive Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, London’s South Bank, Paris Chatelet, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrocha, and Emanuel Ax.

Mr. Greensmith has given guest performances at prominent festivals worldwide. In North America he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Cleveland Chamber Fest, and the Ravinia Festival. He is a regular guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and will undertake a national tour with Paul Huang, Wu Han, and Matthew Lipman in 2020. Internationally he has appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. As a soloist, Clive Greensmith has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome among others. 

During a career spanning over twenty-five years, Mr. Greensmith has built up a catalog of landmark recordings, most notably The Complete Beethoven String Quartets for Harmonia Mundi with the Tokyo String Quartet, Mozart’s ‘Prussian’ Quartets with the Tokyo String Quartet, Brahms Cello Sonatas with Boris Berman for Biddulph Recordings, and Clarinet Trios of Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse for Harmonia Mundi. Toccata Classics will release a live recording of his world premiere performance of the Pál Hermann Cello Concerto with Theodore Kuchar and the Lviv International Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2019.

Mr. Greensmith studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in England with American cellist, Donald McCall, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He continued his studies at the Cologne Musikhochschule in Germany with Russian cellist Boris Pergamenschikow.

In 1987, he made his concerto debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and went on to be first prize winner in the Sergio Lorenzi chamber music competition in Trieste, Italy, and first prize winner in the Caltanissetta Duo competition. Most notably, he was a major prizewinner in the first ever “Premio Stradivari” held in Cremona, Italy in 1991. 

Deeply committed to the mentoring and development of young musicians, Clive has enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career. In addition to his fifteen-year residency with the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale University, Mr. Greensmith has served as a faculty member at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal Northern College of Music in England, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2013, following the final concerts of the Tokyo String Quartet, Mr. Greensmith joined the faculty at the Colburn School where he teaches cello and coaches chamber music for the Conservatory of Music and the Music Academy. Students of Mr. Greensmith have gone on to secure major positions in orchestras throughout the world and have won a number of prestigious awards. In July 2019, he will succeed Günther Pichler as director of string chamber music at the Accademia Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy in Siena. 

Formerly the principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Greensmith is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and violinist Martin Beaver.

Academy from 7 to
14 February 2021

Ferenc Rados 

Chamber Music Master Class

Ferenc Rados taught at the Béla Bartók School and then at the Budapest Academy of Music. He became a renowned chamber music and piano teacher, who played a decisive role in the careers of an entire generation of musicians. He also devoted a lot of time to listening to and advising artists, chamber music ensembles and even more established orchestras.

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Ferenc Rados was born 1934, in Budapest, Hungary. Attended schools in the same town.

Studied at the F Liszt Academy of Music. Graduated there 1959 as pupil of prof Pal Kadosa.

Afterward he became solist of the State Philharmonie of those times which meant a broad scale of performing tasks, both solistic and in chamber music.

Also a postgraduate study was granted for him at the Moscow Conservatory, with Viktor K. Mershanov.

Started to teach 1964, at the special highschool for future professional musicians.

Later has changed for the Liszt Academy where he was professor for piano and chamber music until 1996 when he took his retirement. In his time at the Academy he was very popular among the foreigner students.

Afterwards he has been participating in the activities of renowned institutions like e.g. Verbier Festival & Academy, ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), IMS Prussia Cove (International Musicians Seminar), Weimarer Sommerkurse, Kronberg Academy;

He has been giving masterclasses e.g. at Basel Hochschule, at the Escuela Reina Sofia, Madrid, etc.

His name emerges in the bios of renowned musicians like Sir Andras Schiff, Zoltan Kocsis, Leonidas Kavekos, Kirill Gerstein and others.

Leonidas Kavakos put his experiences with F R in this way:

„Most teacher tell you what should be done, whereas R teaches you to think. I have learned from him much more than how to play well an instrument.”

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