Maria Masycheva, the Winner of the prestigious Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud International Competition and the Second Prize Winner of the famous Concours de Genève, has gained an international reputation as an outstanding piano performer with a versatile talent and wide-ranging musical interests.
Concert performances take Maria to the distinguished halls worldwide, such as the Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Konzerthaus and the Great Hall of the Philhramony Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich. She has performed at important music festivals worldwide, such as Klavier Festival Ruhr, "Young Euro Classic", "Les pianos folies", "Musique en cote de Nacre" and "Un violon sur le sable", where Maria played in front of an open air audience of 60.000.
Maria Masycheva regularly gives master courses in Europe and Russia. She is a permanent professor of the summer music academy, "Musique en côte de Nacre" in France. Having more than 15 years of pedagogical experience, Maria combines phenomenal knowledge of music methodology and vividness of thinking. In her lessons, she helps find a right balance between the logic and intuition, concentration and relaxation. Her way of teaching brings students to another level of understanding music and nature of playing piano.
She graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire by Professor Elisso Virsaladze and the Berlin University of Arts by Professor Klaus Hellwig. She is also a certified music physiologist.
A stylistically diverse and versatile artist, Georgy Gromov won 12 international competitions, including the prestigious Seoul Competition 2011 and the Grieg Competition in Norway. Graduated the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire from the class of Professor Elisso Virsaladze, Mr. Gromov moved to Germany and improved his mastery with Professor Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of Arts.
Georgy Gromov performs in major concert halls in Russia, Italy, Norway, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, as well as across Asia and South America. He gives concerts worldwide and collaborates with top-class orchestras: Y. Bashmet's "Novaya Rossija", the Lithuanian Chamber under S. Sondeckis, the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the KBS Symphony. Also, he is regularly invited to give master classes and serve as a jury member at international competitions in Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom and South America.
During the years Georgy Gromov taught in Moscow at the Gnessins' State Music College. At his lessons he amazingly combines delicacy and strictness, serious approach and humor. As a delicate teacher with deep and versatile knowledge, Mr. Gromov attracts many students to every place he works: the International Music Academy in Suolahti, Finland, «Musique en côte de Nacre» and «Musicalta» international summer academies in France.
Alena Baeva is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation, having already carved out an impressive career to date and working regularly with many of the world's finest orchestras and conductors.
She graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire from the class of the Professor Eduard Grach. In addition to her formal studies, Baeva was a protégée of Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa.
Alena won the Grand Prix at the 12th International Henryk Wieniawski Competition as well as the Prize for Best Performance of a Contemporary Work. She went on to take the Grand Prix at the Moscow International Niccolò Paganini Competition, including a Special Prize allowing her to perform on the 1723 Wieniawski Stradivari for one year, and was also awarded both the Gold Medal and the Audience Prize at the Sendai International Violin Competition. Alena Baeva has long-standing collaborations with Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Jurowski. Her performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.2 features as part of the box-set DVD collection released by Arthaus Musik in 2015.
With an already vast and rapidly expanding repertoire, including over forty violin concerti, Baeva is a champion of lesser known works. Her extensive discography reflects the impressive breadth of her repertoire, with recordings of Bruch and Shostakovich, Szymanowski, Debussy, Poulenc, and Prokofiev. She has been frequently broadcast live in concert on radio and television across Europe, Asia, and North America.
A professor of the University of Arts Berlin, Klaus Hellwig is a very well-known piano teacher, who raised incredible number of prize winners. His students garner top prizes at major international competitions, including the Queen Elizabeth, Gina Bachauer, Schumann, Long-Thibaud-Crespin, Seoul and Top of the World Competitions.
He has served as a jury member in many international competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Leeds, the ARD competition (solo and piano duo), the "Busoni", the Vienna Beethoven competition, the Dublin, the "Viotti", "Robert Schumann" in Germany, the José Iturbi" and the Sendai (Japan) competitions.
Klaus Hellwig has given concerts throughout Europe, the United States and Canada, Australia, Brazil, the Middle-East, and the Far East. He has appeared as soloist with important orchestras, such as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (formerly Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin), the West German Radio Orchestra Cologne, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra Munich, among many other German orchestras; the Hungarian Radio Orchestra Budapest, the Bucharest and Cracow Philharmonic Orchestras; the Baltimore and San Francisco Symphonies, among many others in America; and several Japanese and Korean orchestras.
Klaus Hellwig gives masterclasses in Germany, France, the Ukraine, Rumania, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Australia, and the USA. He has recorded more than 25 CDs for great labels as well as German radios.
Chulpan Khamatova is a People's Artist of Russia and theatre and film star. She graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and has been with the company of Moscow's Sovremennik theatre since 1998, where she acted in performances directed by Galina Volchek, Kirill Serebrennikov, Rimas Tuminas, and others. She has also been working with other theatres, including the Theatre of Nations, where she has collaborated with Alvis Hermanis and Thomas Ostermeier and Roman Feodori. One of the most in-demand actresses of Russian film industry, Ms. Khamatova is also the founder of the Gift of Life charity fund. She is a multiple prize winner, including the Russian Federation State Prize, and a special humanitarian prize from the Golden Mask jury.
Adam Boncz is a New York based actor and producer. He started his career at the Szeged National Theater in Hungary where he played in numerous productions including Total Eclipse, Lovers of Ancona, The Lower Depths, Clockwork Orange and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2007 he got accepted to the world renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
He served as the producer of Fatelessness and was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for his performance. As a producer he also worked on productions such as O.Rex, Goblin Market and the staged reading of the Hungarian-American co-production To Dance.
Adam has facilitated shows for the Times Square International Theater Festival and created productions for the New York Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Adam is a graduate of the Broadway League's Commercial Theater Institute, which mentors young theater producers in New York City and is a member of Theater Resources Unlimited, where he was awarded the New Producer Endowment Award in 2016. He holds a certificate in Arts Management from the SUNY Purchase College.
As a casting associate he worked on several feature films (The Independents, Impossible Monsters) and large scale video-installations such as Figure Studies and Groove.
Artem Putilov was born in Moscow in 1981. He graduated from the Gnessins Russian Academy of Music, where his many-sided talent became known to many students and professors. He worked as an assistant researcher at the State Institute of Art Studies. Co-author of the last volume of the renown monograph «History of Russian Music», he writes articles and participates in workshops in musicology and musical sociology.
Already at the age of 26, Artem Putilov became the general advisor at the Classica-XXI Publishing House that specializes on modern literature about classical music, architecture and arts-management. Under Mr. Putilov's management, the Classica-XXI saw a rapid raise, many of the books published under his guidance became bestsellers in Russia.
Mr. Putilov's charisma, creativity and deep knowledge in many musical fields makes him out among other musicologists. Thanks to his vivid language and very uncommon mind, his lectures and articles about music always attract a big number of professional musicians and amateurs.
Esztella Levko received a BA degree in European Theater Arts from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance London, where she explored the famous training methods such as the Meyerhold and Chekhov techniques. She also studied in Moscow at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (ВГИК). She has worked with several European theater companies since 2008. She gave over 200 performances in Europa, Asia and in Northern Africa.
The content of her multidisciplinary work experience has ranged greatly and encompasses a broad spectrum. She has been working with the well known Polish avant-garde theater company OPT Gardzienice. She has played in the production of William Shakespeare's Henry the V. directed by Pippo Delbono (Italy), worked with the critically acclaimed Compagnie Philippe Genty (France), as well as ViaNegativa (Slovenia.)
In recent years, she has led physical theatre workshops in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Japan and the US, sharing her method and techniques with students from all over the world. Besides her professional career she is a PhD student of sociology at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.