Jury 2021

Chamber Jury
Tobias Koch

To probe the mysteries of sound with open-mindedness, versatility and with a sense of joy for discovery is the musical credo of Tobias Koch. Right from the beginnings of his musical career, Koch has been fascinated by the expressive potential of period keyboard instruments; he plays the harpsichord, clavichord, tangent piano, fortepiano, orphica, piano-pédalier, organ, and romantic grand piano in unorthodox and spirited performances — “with disarming spontaneity,” as a large German weekly put it. Koch chooses the most suitable instrument after extensive musicological research and performance practice studies, always leading to new results. For years, he has been considered one of the leading interpreters in the field of romantic performance practice, and particularly of the work of Robert Schumann. The German Radio MDR Figaro wrote: “Inspired and inspiring right from the beginning – Koch’s playing conjures up images that appear just as quickly as they fade away. Koch’s playing is infectious, every moment is an adventure.“
Koch’s comprehensive musical career has taken him to concert venues throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East and other regions of the world. As a soloist, chamber musician and Lied accompanist he performed at music festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Verbier Festival, Warsaw Chopin Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Schumann Festivals in Düsseldorf, Bonn, Leipzig, and Zwickau, the Mendelssohn Days at the Gewandhaus Leipzig and many international festivals of Early Music.
Koch gained valuable artistic impulses in master classes at the music conservatories of Düsseldorf and Graz with David Levine, Roberto Szidon, Walter Kamper; he has received further musical stimuli from artists such as Jos van Immerseel, Malcolm Bilson and Andreas Staier. He is a recipient of the music award of the city of Düsseldorf, teaches at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf, the Berlin University of Arts and the Warsaw Chopin University of Music and is a much sought-after lecturer at master classes throughout the world as well as at the Academies in Verbier and Montepulciano. In addition, he is jury member of renowned piano competitions such as the International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw or the German Chopin Competition.
Koch has worked with musicians such as the pianists Andreas Staier and Janusz Olejniczak, violinists Gottfried von der Goltz, Rüdiger Lotter and Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis, singers such as Dorothee Mields, Markus Schäfer, Jan Kobow and Thomas E. Bauer, the orchestras Concerto Köln, Frieder Bernius and Stuttgarter Hofkapelle, Václav Luks and the Collegium 1704 Prague, Rüdiger Lotter and Hofkapelle München, as well as the choirs of the West German and Bavarian Broadcasting Corporations. He also collaborates closely with instrument makers, restoration specialists, and major instrument museums. He owns an extensive collection of historical keyboard instruments.
Numerous productions for radio and television, publications on the subjects of historically informed performance, musical rhetoric and music aesthetics, as well as the edition of sheet music for the Wiener Urtext Edition and other publishers are part of his extensive musical portfolio and they complement his more than 40 CD productions with works by composers from Mozart to Brahms, many of them receiving international awards and critical acclaim. Among them, most notably, are the recordings of all piano pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and two CDs for the New Complete Beethoven Edition by Deutsche Grammophon, featuring a number of world premieres of newly discovered and previously unreleased works for piano.

Hanna Holeksa

Hanna Holeksa graduated with honours from Academy of Music in Katowice and Hochschule der Kunste Bern in classes of prof. A. Jasiński, prof. R. Strokosz-Michalak and prof. T. Herbut. She’s a laureate of M. Magin International Piano Competition in Paris (2nd prize), Third F. Liszt National Piano Competition in Wrocław (1995, 1st prize), Polish Piano Music Competition in Słupsk (1996), Frederich Chopin National Competition for artistic scholarships in Warsaw (subsequent editions 1995 – 1998 ), K. Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Kraków (1997, 2nd prize), Yamaha Foundation National Competition in Gdańsk (1999, 1st prize), F. Liszt International Piano Competiton in Wrocław (1999, 5th prize), Odd-Fellows Musikpreis in Bern (2003, 1st prize), RAHN Musikpreis in Zurich (2004, 1st prize). She also honed her skills with such professors like K. Jabłoński, L. Kum-Sing, T. Shebanova, V. Merzhanov, A. Orłowiecki and Fou Ts’ong. She performs chamber music with violinists, violists, cellists, doublebass players, flutists, clarinetists and singers. She was competition pianist on International M. Spisak Music Competition in Dąbrowa Górnicza in category “horn”(2008), “flute”(2009), violin(2010), on International J. Rakowski Viola Competition in Poznań (2013), International K. Penderecki Cello Competition in Kraków (2013), International G.Bacewicz Violin Competition in Łódź (2015). She’s performing in Poland as well as abroad, appearing as soloist and chamber music player. Her repertoire includes solo and chamber music pieces of all periods. Currently she is a chamber music professor in Lodz Music Academy in Poland. In 2016, she was the official pianist of the 15th International Violin Competition. H. Wieniawski in Poznań. In 2011, she defended her doctoral dissertation "The Piano in the Works of Karol Szymanowski", which is the crowning achievement of her many years of fascination with the composer and work on his piano and chamber music. In June 2015, she obtained the title of habilitated doctor of arts. She is the vice president of the Association of Jadwiga Kaliszewska and a member of the board of the Stanisław Liszewski Foundation. She organizes concerts, festivals, competitions for pianists, violinists and chamber musicians, and also workshops on a national and international scale. She conducts intensive teaching activities in the area of piano and chamber music. Her discography contains CDs recorded for the label of Acte Prealable, Ars Sonora and DUX recordings, with works of K.Szymanowski, W.Lutosławski, M.Ravel, F.Poulenc, R.Strauss, E.Elgar, H.Wieniawski, P.Ratez. In the area of her current artistic interests, there is primarily the music of Polish composers.

Domenico Nordio

Domenico Nordio has performed in most of the world's prestigious halls (Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Pleyel in Paris, St.Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Barbican Center in London and Suntory Hall in Tokyo), with leading orchestras, including London Symphony, National de France, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Caracas' Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra, Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Moscow State Symphony and with conductors such as Flor, Steinberg, Casadesus, Luisi, Lazarev, Aykal. Highlights of his last seasons include concerts at Bucarest's Enescu Philharmonic Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Teatro Municipal, Buenos Aires' Teatro Colón, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Great Hall, Istanbul's Zorlu Center, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. at the Philharmonic Halls of Kiev, Chisinau, Vilnius, Moscow, at the Riga's Great Guild Hall, at the Lima's Sociedad Filarmonica, at the Buenos Aires' Teatro Coliseo, at the Sala São Paulo of São Paulo, at the Teatro Manzoni of Bologna, at the Milan's Auditorium, at the Melbourne Recital Hall, at the Turin RAI Auditorium with with the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, at the Mantua's Teatro Bibiena, in Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Brasilia, Mexico City, at the Tbilisi Festival, at the Moscow's Zaryadye Hall, at the Montevideo's Sodre Nacional Auditorium. Pupil of Corrado Romano and Michèle Auclair, born in Venice in 1971, former child prodigy (he gave his first recital at age of ten), at age of sixteen Nordio won the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli with the legendary Yehudi Menuhin as President of the Jury. After the achievements at Paris Thibaud Competition, Viña del Mar Sigall Competition and Marseille Francescatti Competition, the Eurovision Grand Prix obtained in 1988 launched him to the international career: today Nordio is one of the great violinists of his generation.

Piano Jury
Brenno Ambrosini

photo by Alla Kostomarova, Samara (Russia)

Liszt and Venice feature constantly in the work of this Italian pianist who was born in 1967 and who started studying the piano at the age of six, made his first public appearance aged eleven in Venice, the City of the Water, and was trained in the school of Liszt – the genius composer and performer who wrote many of his works in Venice hardly 100 meters from the very place of Ambrosini’s birth.

Brenno Ambrosini, began studying piano with M.I.Biagi (Venice and Florence) and R. Cappello (Parma), and also pursued organ, violin and composition studies with U. Amendola (Venice).

On completion of his studies in the grand tradition of the piano schools of Chopin, Liszt, Sgambati and Busoni, earning an Honours degree in piano awarded “cum laude” in recognition of his academic merits, he continued his training with G. Oppitz (a disciple of W. Kempff) in Munich in 1986-89, then went on to study further with M.de Silva-Telles (C.Arrau’s pupil) in Paris 1989. In 1990 he continued his musical training with J.Soriano ( a disciple of M.Tagliaferro and V.Perlemuter) at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he was awarded the annual Honour Prize on completion of his course of studies. He completed his Ph.D. distinguished by the highest academic achievement and “cum laude” at the Jaume I University in Castellón (December 2015, Spain): “Ethics and Humanism in Franz Liszt”.

Having won public acclaim many a time for his interpretation and performances colourful and with moments of great transcendental depth, critics have said:

His Liszt sonata has been a sacred performance – a monumental interpretation (El País, Madrid - Spain)

His symphonic piano style shone at every performance. (Westfälische Rundschau, Dortmund - Germany)

The right choice, a pianist who is always elegant and refined. (Pianotime, Milan - Italy)

Winner at the XXXIV Concurso Internacional de Piano "Premio Jaén” and the  "Rosa Sabater Prize" for the best performance of Spanish music in the same election. Ambrosini won the First Prize, the Debussy Prize and the Beethoven Prize in the International Piano Competition "Cidade do Porto".  He was laureated in the X Concurso Internacional de Piano de Santander "Paloma O'Shea". Second Prize in the International Piano Competition "José Iturbi" of Valencia, he was awarded Second Prize and the "Golden Harp" Audience Award in the International Competition "Jeunesses Musicales" of Belgrade and won the “Piano Festival Alumni Prize” in the "William Kapell” International Piano Competition at College Park (Washington D.C., USA).

After his orchestral debut at the Liederhalle (Beethovensaal) of Stuttgart in 1986 performing the “Emperor” piano concerto by Beethoven, Ambrosini has performed many concerts as a soloist in cities in Europe, the USA and Japan accompanied by ensembles such as the Royal Orchestra of Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrade, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonia of Japan, New Mozart Chamber in Munich, Orquesta do Porto, Valencia Symphony, Radio Television Symphony in Madrid and Belgrade, Slupsk Chopin Symphony, Bari Symphony Orchestra, Hermitage State Orchestra of St.Petersburg, Schnittke Symphonic in Moscow… performing with conductors such as M.Bamert, H.Vonk  and A.Ros-Marbá, I.Gromov, G.Klementiev...

In chamber music, he started in 1984 the collaboration with the cellist Claudio Ronco (cello soloist of the Clemencic Consort Wien and the Razumowsky Quartet). Since 1990 Ambrosini has performed in duets with the Russian violinist M. Lubotsky, since 1994 with a Dutch pianist David Kuyken and since 2002 with the Russian violinist I. Grubert. He also collaborates regularly with the Prazak and Brodsky string quartets and he played with Jean Pierre Rampal. Founder of the Kether Piano Trio, in 2014 he offered rounds of concerts as Tribute to Haydn, and he celebrated the 20 years anniversary of his piano duo with rounds of 4 recitals for pieces for two pianos .

Ambrosini has recorded CDs for Symphonia, Almaviva, ETG, Several, Playclassics and Dynamic record labels and has recorded for top European radio and television channels and for NHK of Japan. Special mention should be made of his collaboration with the Radio Clásica of Radio Nacional de España which has resulted in more than 350 recordings.

Composers such as H. Vartan, V. Suslin, R. Flender, S. Ikeda, F. Llácer-Pla, T. Catalán, C. Cruz de Castro, Z. de la Cruz, T. Marco, J. Jacinto, J. Medina, J. M. Sánchez-Verdú, C. Perón-Cano, I.Dyaghileva, C. Maresca, A. Meoli and G. F. Prato have dedicated works to Ambrosini. He also premiered works by composers such as A. Pärt, N. Roslawietz, S. Gubaidulina, S. Slonimsky, A. Bax, B. Britten and F. Delius in Spain. Special attention is due for his study of the works of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke: he has performed Schnittke’s works in Europe, Russia and Japan and has offered Schnittke Master Classes at the London University and the Russische Musik Akademie de Dortmund. Ambrosini is an honorary member of the Deutsche Alfred Schnittke Gesellschaft.

Professor of various piano skill development courses in Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom (Goldsmith’s College, University of London) and Poland, Ambrosini was a tenured professor at the Conservatorio Superior of Castellón and Professor at the Alfred Schnittke Akademie International of Hamburg (2011-2014). Now, Master Professor of Piano at the VIU – Valencia International University, Professor at the Internationales Konservatorium am Phoenix See (Dortmund), Ambrosini serves as a jury member at important international piano competitions (Belgrade, Hamburg, Valencia, Valladolid, Madrid, Carlet, Teruel...)

As a piano teacher, he organized a structured program for his class. The lessons are divided into three parts, one about the basics of pianistic technique (pure technique), one for the development of the technique basics (etudes and Bach, mainly), and one for building a piano recital repertoire plus two piano concertos. Apart, every year he includes two monographic programs for all his students around different themes (Sonatas, Suites, or different composers).

Currently he is a piano professor at the High Conservatory of Salamanca and at CSKG Madrid for Bachelor and Master (Spain) where he also develops the subject “Basics and foundations of piano technique: from the school of fingers to transcendental technique”, and he is a coordinator of the ExtraUE-Salamanca partnerships.

In 2011, the year of Liszt, Ambrosini offered a series of recitals and performed with orchestras in Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Poland and Spain, and recorded a CD with the Sonata in B minor and a selection of Liszt´s last works. In 2019 he launched the CD “Ad Astra” (Playclassics) with the Beethoven´s Op.111 Sonata and works by Webern and Stockhausen. He had a tour in Russia performing the Schnittke´s Concerto, apart from Recitals, Masterclass and as jury of the “Schnittke Int. Competition”.

Projects for 2020 included the recording of Beethoven´s piano “Kurfürstensonaten” and the Sonatas Op.53, 54 and 57, Masterclasses in Moscow, Samara, Ufa and Orenburg (Russia), Parma, Piacenza and Venice (Italy), Concertos with orchestra in Spain and Russia, and Recitals in Spain, Italy and Russia.

As organizer, Dr. Ambrosini has developed and led a range of projects, as follows:

2003: Founder of Bell´Arte Europa International Cultural Society, promoting concerts, competitions, exhibitions, Festivals and interchanges between institutions from different countries

2006 till now: Artistic Director, Chairman and founder of the “Jóvenes Pianistas” International Competition in Spain

2010 till now: Artistic Director and founder of the “PGP” International Piano Competition for Young Talents

2011 till 2014: Artistic Director and founder of the ASAI International Piano Competition in Hamburg – Germany, with more than 40 competitors per year, and the ASAI Pianofest, where a special attention was dedicated to promote the contemporary music and to pay tribute to important personages such as A. Schnittke or G.Ligeti, for instance:

2012 – 2015: Director of the International Relationships Department of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castellón, at which together with the Erasmus+ Office he organized more than 180 agreements with European Conservatories, and around 30 masterclasses per year.

He regularly organizes International Piano Meetings for young talents in Italy and Germany (Dortmund, Avezzano, Campli, Bracciano and Foligno) and from 2017 he is the coordinator of the International SalMos Festival (Salamanca – ExtraUE Academies), which takes place in Salamanca and ExtraUE every year. This project is a twinning between two conservatories (Salamanca and Moskow, Samara, etc…) with student exchanges and those of professors. The last meeting in Salamanca amounted to five chamber music concerts, one symphonic concert, a meeting for composers, six masterclasses with more than 150 hours of lessons.

Council Advisor of the Franz Liszt Foundation (France), Member of the “Knights of the Thunderbolt” Association (Italy), “Pegasus” Association (Germany), “Club33” (Barcelona – Spain) and president of the “Asociación Piedra Franca” and “Sapientia Ars Vivendi” in Salamanca and “Círculo de Estudios Franz Liszt”.

Milana Chernyavska

Milana Chernyavska, a German artist with Ukrainian roots. Looking back at her impressive career, she established herself as one of the leading pianists and pedagogues of our times. Her critics agree with Alfred Brendel, who wrote that “Happiness was complete when one listened to Milana Chernyavska”. Since 2009 she is a piano professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. She is also a professor at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein since 2010. With her doctorate theses "The evaluation and pedagogical aspects of the theory of interpretation" she leads a discourse on insights from a perspective of musicology. Milana Chernyavska is a sought-after teacher at international master classes as well as a jury member at various prestigious piano competitions, such as the ARD in Munich, the Busoni Competition, the Mozart Competition in Salzburg , the Santa Cecilia in Porto Competition or the Bluethner Goldaward in Vienna. Her students constantly win top prizes at important international competitions as Santander Paloma O`Shea, Ferruccio Busoni, Maria Canals, Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival, Vladimir Horowitz and competitions in Los Angeles , Ettlingen, San Marino, Malta and many more. Milana Chernyavska appears regularly at international festivals and major music centers around the world. She performed at the Lucerne Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, Pablo Casals Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwetzingen Festival, and in halls like Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Munich’s Herkulessaal, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall. Her artistic achievements were honored with numerous national and international awards, including competitions in Paris, Florence and Kyiv, where she won a gold medal at the International Piano Competition “Vladimir and Regina Horowitz”. As a soloist Milana Chernyavska performs with many renowned orchestras, while audiences and critics cheer for her solo recitals. In 2013 she played at the Ruhr Piano Festival, where she was awarded the prestigious Alfred Brendel Prize. Milana Chernyavska's discography contains more than 20 CDs which have been published with such world leading labels as Decca, Sony, EMI, and others. Her recordings received international prizes like the Diapason d'Or, BBC Music Award and Pizzicato Super Sonic Award. In 2014 she received Germany's most important media prize - the "Echo Prize", in the category "Classical without Borders". Apart from her solo career, Milana Chernyavska is a celebrated chamber musician. As a recital partner, she appears regularly with such artists as Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili, David Garrett, Arabella Steinbacher, Sebastian Klinger, the Vogler Quartet, Maximilian Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott, Susanna Yoko Henkel, and others. She founded the Milander Quartett, which has quickly developed into a sought-after ensemble and was described by the press as “four excellent instrumental soloists who have found each other in a perfect harmony” after the quartet’s debut in Munich Philharmonic. At the age of seven, she played her first concert at the Philharmonic Hall in her native town of Kyiv. In 1990, she graduated with distinction from the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where Prof. W. Sagaidachny was her professor. This was followed by master classes with renowned teachers and famous pianists, including Alfred Brendel, Dmitri Bashkirov, Vladimir Krainev, Sergio Perticaroli, and Alexander Lonquich. In 1994 Milana Chernyavska received the most important award of her homeland, “Merited Artist of Ukraine”. From 1995 to 1998 she completed the master study of Prof. Margarita Höhenrieder and Prof. Gerhard Oppitz at the Munich Music Academy.

Walter Prossnitz

Walter Prossnitz was born in Canada, where he made his debut at the age of 14 years old with the A major Concerto by Liszt. At age 17, he won the Grand Prix at the Canadian National Music Competition, later winning first prize in the Montreal Later studies took him to Vienna and to New York where he earned a Masters Degree at the Juilliard School in 1984. Walter has lived in Switzerland since 1987 and has enjoyed a busy international career, playing in some of the world’s most famous concert halls as a soloist with orchestra or in recital. These include Carnegie Hall, the Place des Arts in Montreal, the Pallacio des Belles Artes in Mexico City, Centre Culturel in Paris, the Carl Orff Hall in Munich, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the City Hall Arts Complex in Hong Kong and the Central Conservatory Hall in Beijing.He has performed over 150 times as a soloist with orchestras around the world, and has given masterclasses in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and China. Walter Prossnitz is very versatile – he has written several sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Saint-Saëns as concertos for solo instrument and orchestra, He has been active as a composer and orchestrator, and has also served as a jury for numerous competitions. Walter's great-great-grand uncle was the head of the piano and music history department at the Vienna Academy from 1875-1900. Among his students were Bruckner, Mahler and Wolf.

Joanna Sochacka has already been a very successful performing artist. So far she performed in such countries as Israel, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, Moldova, Estonia, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, Czech Republic and Germany. She played in many renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, Beethoven Haus Chamber Hall in Bonn, Royal Albert Hall in London, Sala cu’Orga in Moldova, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Philharmonic Hall in Lodz, Philharmonic Hall in Kielce, Philharmonic Hall in Cracow, Villa Atma in Zakopane, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Liszt Concert Hall in Raiding. She regularly takes part in many international piano festivals as well as in chamber music concerts. Soon there will be available her first CD dedicated to F. Chopin’s music, recorded for Sheva Collection label from London as well as CD with Grażyna Bacewicz Piano Sonatas recorded for DUX recording producers (world premiere).

Joanna is a laureate of more than 20 international and national piano competitions including 17th International Competition Citta di Padova in Italy (I prize, special prizes including concert tour and press conference and II prize in Virtuosity Prize category). Lately she has been awarded grants by scholarship foundations such as Polish Ministry of Culture – Young Poland (2020), Julian Cochran Foundation (2019), Rita Zimmermann Musik-Stiftung Bern (2019-2020), Rector of Academy of Music in Lódz for the best students (2019). From 2008 to 2012 she was supported by the Polish National Fund for Talented Children. She received several ,,Sapere auso” prizes for talented musicians (2009, 2010, 2011, 2016), Dartington Trust Scholarship (2007, 2013), scholarship from Institute of Adam Mickiewicz (2010).

At the moment she is studying at Universität fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz in Austria in the class of prof. Milana Chernyavska as well as she is completing her Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Music named of K.G. Bacewicz in Lodz with prof. Hanna Holeksa. She gratuated at the Academy of Music in Cracow with prof. Andrzej Pikul, and Haute École de Musique de Genève with prof. Fabrizio Chiovetta.

Furthermore she took part in many masterclasses and honed her skills under many outstanding teachers, including Dmitrij Bashkirov, Dmitri Alexeev, Jura Margulis, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean Marc Luisada, Dina Yoffe, Anna Malikova, Kevin Kenner Tatiana Zelikman, Ronan O’Hora, Victor Derevianko, Daniel Blumenthal, Aquiles delle Vigne, Janusz Olejniczak, Akiko Ebi, Victor Derevianko, Tamas Ungar, Joaquín Soriano, Ralf Nattkemper, Andrzej Jasinski, Piotr Paleczny, Stanisław Tichonow, Uta Wayand, Waldemar Wojtal, Vida Vujic, Martino Tirimo, Konstanze Eickhorst, Tamara Stefanovich, Carlos Cebro, Elza Kolodin, Lilja Zilberstein.

​Michelle Howland Michelle Howland is a certified piano educator and performer, specialized in teaching young talented children. She has established an exceptional reputation for earning awards with her students, such as piano competitions for young children throughout Germany, and the Victoria Performing Arts Festival in Canada. Her students have achieved high marks and received many valuable scholarship awards. They have participated for many years in events such as Canada Music Week, and Beethovenfest Bonn. During her recent years in Germany, Michelle Howland has combined art and music together to create an environment that exposes children to music in different ways. She created a "Piano Theatre" by combining children's classical stories and plays with piano music, such as "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Princess and the Pea," and "Little Match Girl." Most recently, she designed a project combining ballet and piano together, as an artistic vision using two Chopin Nocturnes. Moreover, Michelle has organized many charity events and concerts, and has worked to promote classical music, especially to a younger audience. ​ 

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