Artists

Peter-Lukas Graf

Peter-Lukas Graf

Flute

International soloist

Peter-Lukas Graf is nowadays the doyen of internationally well-known flutists. Along with winning the first prize at the Munich Competition, he was appointed the youngest ever principal flutist at the Winterthur and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. After a decade of mainly conducting operas and symphonic concerts, he has been a professor in Basle. The USA National Flute Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the title doctor honoris causa by the Music Academy of Cracow(Poland). From the Italian FALAUT Association, he received the premio di carriera flauto d'oro.

Philippe Pierlot

Philippe Pierlot

Flute

Principal, Orchestre national de France

Philippe PIERLOT admitted to the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de PARIS, where he won two brilliant First Prizes, in Flute and in Chamber Music.
His position as first Flute Solo in the Orchestre National de France has allowed him to play under the direction of the best conductors.

He has been invited as guest soloist with many orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Les Solistes de Moscou, and so on.
He has made many CDs as soloist for Erato, BMG, etc., in repertory ranging from Vivaldi to Varèse and Poulenc.

As tenured flute professor at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon (in 2007-2008) and the Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison, he teaches young flutists from every continent.

Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Clarinet

International soloist

Michael Collins is one of the most complete musicians of his generation. With a continuing, distinguished career as a soloist, he has also become highly regarded as a conductor and is Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.

Highlights this season include performances with the Philharmonia, London Mozart Players, Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Philharmonic, Kuopio Symphony, BBC Symphony and English Chamber orchestras as well as tours to Australia, Japan and a performance at the BBC Proms.

Michael Collins records for Chandos and has covered a wide range of repertoire in his prolific recording career. He was awarded an MBE for his services to music, and plays exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.

Claude Faucomprez

Claude Faucomprez

Clarinet

Principal, Orchestre National de Lille

Born in France. Mr. Faucomprez studied at the Lille Conservatoire and Paris Conservatoire. He is a winner at the Munich International Competition. Before becoming the solo clarinetist at the Lille National Symphony Orchestra, he was a member at the New France Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mizuho Yoshii

Mizuho Yoshii

Oboe

Principal, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Mizuho Yoshii has been principal oboist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2001. Her musicianship and distinctive tone have been acclaimed by critics and have delighted audiences worldwide.

Mizuho has played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and many of the finest European orchestras have invited her to play as Guest Principal Oboist. She has worked closely with the conductors; Claudio Abbado, Gunter Wand, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Daniel Harding.

Mizuho has a flourishing career in Japan, both as a recitalist and as an ensemble player. In 2013 she was selected as a leader in her field to represent the Future of Japan, by the Bungei Shunjyu newspaper group. Mizuho is a prolific and well-respected music journalist who writes a regular column for ‘Ongaku-no-tomo’, and contributes articles to a variety of other Japanese music magazines. She is founder and producer of the Kamakura ReSonance Concert Series.

Mizuho teaches at Tokyo's University of Arts, and has given masterclasses in New York (Manhattan Music School) and throughout Europe.

Laurent Lefèvre

Laurent Lefèvre

Fagott

Principal, Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris

Laurent Lefèvre has been principal bassoon with the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris since 1991. He is also regularly invited to play principal bassoon with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris. He gives numerous master classes globally. As a soloist, Mr. Lefèvre has performed with prestigious orchestras. He has won awards in many international competitions such as first prize in the international competition of Toulon and Geneva.

Jean-Yves Fourmeau

Jean-Yves Fourmeau

Saxophone

Professor, C.N.R. de Cergy-Pontoise

Born in France. Mr. Fourmeau graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with a premier prix in 1977. He was awarded second prize at the Gap International Saxophone Competition in France. He has been a professor at C.N.R. de Cergy-Pontoise and a juror at the Paris Conservatoire.

Nobuya Sugawa

Nobuya Sugawa

Saxophone

Guest professor, Tokyo University of the Arts/Kyoto City University of Arts

Mr. Sugawa graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1982 he won second prize at the Japan Music Competition and the following year won first prize at the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition.

Otis Murphy

Otis Murphy

Saxophone

Professor, Indiana University

Born in 1972, Otis Murphy joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in 2001 at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in the history of the IU School of Music. Murphy has won numerous awards and prizes that include 2nd Prize in the Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition (1998) in Belgium, 1st Prize in the Heida Hermanns Young Artist Competition. Otis Murphy is an active saxophone soloist and clinician and he has appeared at some of the most prestigious saxophone events in the world such as the Ravenna Music Festival in Italy, the 12th and 13th World Saxophone Congresses in Montreal, Quebec.

Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin

Trumpet

Principal, New York Philharmonic

Christopher Martin joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Trumpet, The Paula Levin Chair, in September 2016. He served as principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 11 seasons, and enjoyed a distinctive career of almost 20 years in many of America’s finest orchestras, including as principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and associate principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra. His discography includes a solo trumpet performance in John Williams’s score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012), the National Brass Ensemble’s Gabrieli album, and CSO Resound label recordings. Mr. Martin has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and coached the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Eric Aubier

Eric Aubier

Trumpet

Professor, C.R.R. de Rueil-Malmaison / Haute École de Musique de Lausanne

Born in Paris, Eric Aubier was only fourteen when he was admitted in Maurice Andre's class to at the Paris Conservatoire; by sixteen he was awarded First Prizes. He went on to win International Competitions in Prague, Toulon and Paris. Appointed principal trumpet with the Paris Opera Orchestra at nineteen. Since 1995 he devotes himself entirely to an international solo career. He performed in 25 countries worldwide, and has worked with many famous conductors. In France, he teaches at the Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison in Paris and Haute École de Musique de Lausanne. His discography now comprises over 80 works.

Jens Plücker

Jens Plücker

Horn

Principal, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Jens Plücker was born in 1972 in Haan / Rheinland. Jens Plücker 1994 received his first permanent position as first principal horn of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra . In the same year he won the prize at the International Horn Competition in Markneukirchen and the first Prize in the international competition of the Mozart Society of Munich. He was the first principal horn of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg in 1996 and in 2002 the same position in the NDR Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his orchestral activities (including as an assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra or the SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart ) Jens Plücker performed as a soloist with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the country's young Endor Chester Bremen and at the chamber music days Hitzacker on.

Up to 1999, was a member of the Plücker Delos Woodwind Quintet, with whom he has performed at home and abroad, and numerous CD and radio recordings for the BR, SWR, WDR and NDR grossed . The ensemble won the 1993 the first Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka / Japan, and in 1994 the first At the German Music Competition. Since its founding in 2004, Jens Plücker member NDR Brass, with whom he regularly makes guest appearances at the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival.

In 2000 Jens was awarded Edward Soering Prize of Hamburg. His concert appearances he supplemented by activities teaching about the Master class in São Paulo (2005) or at the master class for Wagner tuba at the Musikhochschule Hamburg (2011). Jens has been CEO of the Academy of the NDR Symphony Orchestra since 2012.

Peter Moore

Peter Moore

Trombone

Co-principal, London Symphony Orchestra

In 2008, at the age of 12, Peter Moore became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician Competition. At the age of 18 he was appointed co-principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra and in 2015 joined the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme. He has been nominated by the Barbican as a European Concert Halls Organization Rising Star during the 2018/19 season.

Over the last two years Peter has appeared as soloist with prestigious orchestras around the world.

Concert highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and Hay-on-Wye Festival. Further afield he has taken part in the BBC Proms in Melbourne Australia and given a recital at the Kumho Art Hall Yonsei in Seoul.

Stephan Vanaenrode

Stephan Vanaenrode

Tuba

Principal, L'Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie

Stephan Vanaenrode was member of the Band of the Belgian Royal Navy and the Belgian Guards. In 2000, he become tuba soloist with the Orchestra of the National Opera at the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie. There he played the great opera repertoire with conductors, Antonio Pappano, Kazushi Ono and so on. He is also member of Belgian Brass.
He is faculty at the Erasmushogeschool Brussel , department Conservatory as well as giving master classes abroad.
Among his important accomplishments are his recordings with Belgian Brass and the National Opera at the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie