One of the leading Greek pianists, Titos Gouvelis enjoys a busy performing schedule in his native country and abroad. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the State Philharmonics of Transylvania and Tirgu Mures (Romania), the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (Thailand), the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Armonia Atenea, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra among others, collaborating with distinguished conductors (M. Tilkin, E. Tabakov, A. Ertüngealp, V. Christopoulos, G. Petrou and others). He appears in solo and chamber music concerts in many countries (Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Holland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Nigeria and Cyprus).
His vast repertoire ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Apart from his special affinity for the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff, Greek music is also a major part of his work; he has performed works by more than 60 Greek composers including many world premieres. A significant moment in his career was the first performance in Greece of Eric Satie’s Vexations for solo piano (Athens, April 2010), which lasted about 16 hours and received a praising acclaim from press and public. Titos Gouvelis is currently Piano Professor at the Athens Conservatory, gives often piano masterclasses and is a regular member of juries in piano competitions in Greece. He has also taught at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory and at the Mantzaros Conservatory (Athens). Together with the prominent cellist Angelos Liakakis, with whom Gouvelis is playing on a regular basis, they hold an annual Chamber Music Workshop at the American College of Greece (Deree). He is also programs’ annotator of the Athens State Orchestra and the Athens Megaron Concert Hall. Considered a gifted speaker, he is often invited to give pre-concert talks.
He was born in Athens. He studied the piano at the Athens Conservatoire with Aris Garoufalis, at the Royal College of Music (London) with Peter Katin and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow) with Fali Pavri, graduating with a Masters’ Degree with distinction. He has also gained from the valuable guidance of the famous pianist and pedagogue Dominique Merlet in Paris and has studied the organ with the distinguished British organist Nicolas Kynaston. He has won prizes in many piano competitions in Greece and abroad (including a 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Chieri, Italy) and he has been awarded the “Mykoniou” Prize from the Academy of Athens for his artistic activity.
Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria
Andreas Weber began his pianistic education at the Music University of Cologne with Prof. Karin Merle and continued with Prof. Hans Leygraf at the University of Music in Salzburg. His gives concerts as a soloist and as chamber musician in Europe and Asia, i.a. with the Trio Cartellieri and with the Violinists Luz Leskowitz and Albert Fischer. Television recordings in Austria, Korea and China. He holds many Masterclasses in US, Japan, Russia, Korea, China, Thailand, Australia, Germany, Croatia and Belgium and is
member of juries in national and international piano competitions in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Singapore, Russia, China and Korea. He has made CD recordings with the Cellist Hanna Spielbüchler (Brahms, Schubert and Franck) as well with the Violinist Albert Fischer (Mozart, Brahms, Schubert) and with the Trio Cartellieri (Turina, Takacs, Piazzolla)
Since 2002 Andreas Weber is professor for piano at the University Mozarteum and since 2005 he is the head of the Leopold-
Mozart-Institute for highly talented young students and is promoting young talents at national and international level. Concert tours in Japan, Russia and China with the violinist Luz Leskowitz.
Since 2009 he is professor at the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum and the head of the Leopold-Mozart-Institute as the representative for the highly talented program. Many of his students are prize winners of renown international piano competitions in Germany, Austria, South Corea, Spain, Serbia, Netherlands, Kazakhstan,Poland, Italy, Hungary etc.
Conservatory of Bari, Italy
Giuseppe Campagnola is one of the most important pianists of Puglia. He has been a piano professor at the Conservatory of Bari since 1979. Under his excellent teaching, his students received several internationally reknown prizes. He led about 100 students towards their final diploma, and many
of them are now piano teachers in conservatories of Italy and France. One of them also became a
great international orchestra director.
Giuseppe graduated with full marks, honors and honorable mention at the Conservatory of Bari. He
studied with Pierluigi Camicia and Sergio Perticaroli. He perfected his studies with Michele
Marvulli, Marie Francoise Bucquet, Adam Wibrovski e John Perry.
He won several national piano competitions in the 70s and 80s. In those same years he began a
brilliant career as a soloist and in chamber music groups. He played in many italian towns such as
Bari, Brindisi, Lecce, Foggia, Taranto, Cremona, Cagliari, Oristano, Avellino, Cosenza, Pescara,
Roma, Ferrara, Jesi, Bologna, Padova, Rimini, Ravello, Terracina, Lanciano, and so on. He also
played abroad in USA, Holland, France, German.
He inaugurated the Grenoble festival, and when he played in Poland at Dworek Chopina and
Duszniki Zdroj, critics said he was one of the most interesting heirs of the best traditions of the
School Italian piano.
After he played as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Bari, the Youth Symphony Orchestra
“F.Fenaroli” of Lanciano, the Redding Symphony Orchestra of the USA, the Symphony Orchestra
of Debrecen (Hungary). He worked with chamber orchestra of the Teatro Petruzzelli, in Bari, too.
On the other hand, he played for a long time in piano duo with Pierluigi Camicia and Gregorio
In 2005, he awarded the “Premio Luigi D’Angiò” from the cultural Association “Archeoclub
d’Italia” of Bisceglie, on the 5th Day of the Apulian Culture because of the his intense activity and
his high professionalism for the music.
In the previous years, he attended at the revision of the “Three portraits for piano” written by the
composer from Bari, Ottavio De Lillo: “A la maniere de Shostakovich, Rota, Prokofiev”, for the
publishing house “Salatino”, and recorded two CDs in duo with the violinist Giulia Buccarella, for
the record label “Farelive”. He also recorded for RAI.
He took part as jury member at important national and international piano competitions held in
Barletta, Cagliari, Casamassima, Gabicce Mare, Sannicandro Garganico, Taranto, Corato.
Adria Conservatory A. Buzzolla & Artistic Director of the International Piano Competition Città di San Donà di Piave, Italy
Francesca Vidal, born in San Donà di Piave (Venice), started playing piano at early age.
In 2002 year she graduated summa cum laude at “G. ” Conservatory in Pesaro and in 2008 year she achieved the Diploma Accademico Superiore-2nd level- summa cum laude, under the supervision of M° V. Balzani, at “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan. In 2002 year she earned master’s degree, mentored under the tutelage of M°Piero Rattalino, at “Saint Cecilia Foundation” in Portogruaro (Venice). She has study with M°F. Scala, M° B. Petrushansky and M° G. Valentini at “Incontri con il Maestro” International Piano Academy in Imola and also with M° Marian Rybicki at “Alfred Cortot” Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (France).
In 2010 year she earned the “Konzert Diplom”, under the tutelage of M° Filippo Gamba, with full marks excellence at Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in Basel (Switzerland). From 2011 year she pursued the academic career at “Santa Cecilia” Academy in Bergamo under the tutelage of M° K. Bogino and his aides. She attended Master classes taught by M° L. Morales, M° P. Badura.Skoda, M° C. Berner, M° E. Fadini, M° M. Beroff and M° A. Jasinski.
She won numerous prizes at national and international music competitions, i.e.: “Mozart Prize”, “Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe” in 1999 year, “Taddei” competition in 2003 year, “Paul Harris 2005” international competition in Milan , “Val Tidone 2005” international competition, “Valsesia Musica Monterosa Kawai” international competition in 2007 year, “Dino Ciani in the world” award plaque by Dino Ciani Association, international competition “Karl Drechsel Forderprieis” in Norimberga (Germany) in 2009 year, “Umanitaria” Competition in Milan and reached the final at the international competition “Pecar” in Gorizia, the third prize at international competition “Abano Terme City” in Abano Terme (Padua).
In 2014 year She won the first prize at international competition “Hyperion, Rospigliosi” in duos category and the second prize at international contest “Gaetano Zinetti” in Verona and Val Tidone (Piacenza).
She performed piano concerts at renowned associations both in Italy and abroad; i.e.: “Verdi” auditorium in Milan , “Alfred Cortot” theatre for Animato Association in Paris (France), “Stora Salen” at Royal College in Stoccolma (Sweden), “Manuel De Falla” theatre in Granada (Spain), “Steiway and Sons” concert hall in Monaco (Germany), Hamamatsu Concert Hall in Hamamatsu (Japan), “Gran Teatro La Fenice” in Venice, Italian Culture Institute of Barcellona (Spain), “Grosser Saal della Musik” Academy in Basilea (Switzerland), “Cancelleria di Roma” palace in Rome on occasion of “Uto Ughi for Rome” festival, “Teatro dell’Aquila” for Sinfonica Abruzzese Orchestra, Unesco World Heritage Center in Paris (France), “PucciniHall" for Società dei Concerti in Milan Conservatory, “Pierre Giannada Martigny” Foundation in Switzerland, “Parco della Musica ” in Rome, San Girolamo church in Assisi on the occasion of “Assisi nel Mondo” festival, “Sala Mozart” Philharmonic academy in Bologna, "Piatti Hall" in Bergamo and many other esteemed organizations.
She performed for Italian national radio broadcaster and tv stations such as Radio Classica, Canale 5 and Italia Uno.
She played with Philharmonic orchestra “Mihail Jora” in Bacau (Romania), “La Piccola Sinfonica” orchestra in Milan, Ensamble Discovery Orchestra on the occasion of MITO (Milan-Turin International Music Festival), “Cantelli” orchestra of Milan.
She played chamber music V. Balzani, M. Massa and A. Vinnisky.
In 2017 year with Radio TV orchestra of Kiev she performed N° 5 concert by Beethoven – M° Vladimir Sheiko conductor – at “Gesualdo da Venosa” Auditorium of Conservatory in Potenza.
She currently teaches at "A. Buzzola" Conservatory in Adria.
She has been teaching at "F. Cilea" Conservatory in Reggio Calabria, at " G. Donizetti " Conservatory in Bergamo and at “A. Peri” Conservatory in Reggio Emilia.
She is Artistic Director of International Piano Competition "Città di San Donà di Piave”.
She hold several masterclasses and she has the honor of being part of the jury at several international competitions both in Italy and abroad.
Robert Schumann Conservatory, Düsseldorf, Germany
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.