Scott Lee has established himself as one of the most exciting and unique violists. His exceptional musicality and virtuosic playing distinguish him as one of this generation's quintessential artists. New York Times described his playing as “flawless technical resources combined with an assured sense of musicianship, a remarkable and auspicious talent.” Also, hailed as “the superstar of his generation” by String Magazine. Winner of the 1996 Concert Artists Guild Competition, he became the youngest winner in the Competition’s 50 year history.
Mr. Lee has been a top prizewinner in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the William Primrose Viola Competition, and the Corpus Christi (TX) Young Artists Competition.
Scott Lee has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including, the Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony and L.A Chamber Orchestra. Other orchestral performances include the Longmont Philharmonic, and the International Sejong Soloists. In recital, he has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Scott Lee has been a featured soloist at the International Hindemith Viola Festival and at the 22nd and 24th International Viola Congresses.
Scott Lee is also an extremely active chamber musician. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Lee joined the Miami String Quartet. Recent highlights of Mr. Lee’s chamber music concert schedule include performances at the El Paso Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart Festival, Newport Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Ravinia Festival, Savannah Music Festival, New York City’s Bargemusic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Musicians from Marlboro, Merkin Concert Hall, and Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Gardner Museum in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum, the Marlboro Festival and in other numerous chamber music venues across the United States. He has also collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, and Miami String Quartets, and performed with members of the Beaux Arts and Mannes Piano Trios. His chamber music partners have included such renowned artists as Cho-Liang Lin, Nai-Yuan Hu, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn, Ralph Kirshbaum, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, and Gary Hoffman.
Mr. Lee has studied with Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Juilliard School where he studied with Paul Neubauer. He is now Professor of Viola at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and a faculty member at the Idyllwild Chamber Music Festival and Workshop in California.
Matthias Buchholz was born in 1957 in Hamburg where also began his music studies. Further studies have taken him to Cincinnati, Detmold and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His teachers include Hirofumi Fukai, Bruno Giuranna, Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle. He received further important musical guidance from Felix Galimir, Alexander Schneider and the LaSalle Quartet.
Since 1976 he has performed as a violist in the Brahms Quartet of Hamburg, the Ridge Quartet of New York and numerous other performances in major cities inside Europe, the USA, Canada, South America and the Far East. From 2003-2008 he was a founding member of the Heine Quartet.
He was a laureate of the German Music Competition of Bonn 1978, the Coleman Competition in Los Angeles 1981 and the International Music Competition Budapest 1984.
From 1986 onwards, Matthias Buchholz became the first solo violist in the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra until he was appointed Professor of Viola at the Cologne Conservatoire in 1990. Since then he has been teaching master classes in Taiwan, Japan and Korea, the US and many European countries.
He regularly teaches at the Great Wall International Music Academy / Beijing and at the Rencontres Internationales d'Enghien in Belgium. From 2013 he will take over a professorship for viola at HEM Genève as successor to Nobuko Imai. Repeatedly he is invited to the festivals in Avignon, Berlin, Marlboro, Hitzacker, Lyon, and Schleswig-Holstein.
Artists such as Salvatore Accardo, Norbert Brainin, Rainer Kussmaul, Joseph Silverstein, Benny Goodman, Anner Bylsma, Frans Helmerson and members of the Guarneri Quartet are some of his chamber music partners.
As a guest he performs with the Auryn, Fine Arts, Petersen, American and Vermeer Quartet as well as the Trio Fontenay. He has performed on world premieres and German premieres of original works by the composers Hans Zender, Heinz Holliger, Per Nörgard, Peteris Vasks and Detlev Müller-Siemens His accomplishments and his work are testaments to his untiring commitment to contemporary viola music.
Mikhail Zemtsov ha desarrollado una importante carrera internacional en varios campos: solista y músico de cámara, profesor y director de orquesta.
M. Zemtsov se presentó como solista con la Orquesta de Cámara del Conservatorio Tchaikovsky de Moscú, Orquestas Filarmónicas de Lima, de Luxemburgo, de la UNAM, las Orquestas Sinfónicas Nacionales de México, Estonia y Lituania, Sinfónicas de Stavanger (Noruega) de Hamburgo (Alemania) Ontario (Canada); Volksoper (Viena, Austria) de la Residencia (Holanda) bajo la batuta de Neeme Jarvi, Jaap van Zweden, Dmitri Kitajenko, Ilan Volkov, David Shallon, Leif Segerstam.
Ha participado en numerosos Festivales Internacionales en todo el mundo, donde ha tocado recitales y música de cámara con los músicos más destacados como Bella Davidovitch, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Mischa Maisky, Sara Chang, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Nobuko Imai, Alfredo Marcucci; los quartetos Aviv, Jerusalem y Leipziger, el quinteto vocal Amarcord.
Toca en dúo con el guitarrista holandés Enno Voorhorst (Duo Macondo) y es miembro del Utrecht String Quartet. In 2010 ha formado el Zemtsov Viola Quartet junto con su hermano Alexander, su esposa Julia Dinerstein y su hija Dana Zemtsov.
Mikhail ha grabado numerosos discos compactos (Chandos, Sony Masterworks, Tower Records, Deutsche Welle Colonia, Ottavo, MDG) y participa regularmente en los programas de TV y Radio. Su CD solista «The last Rose of Summer» (que incluye estreno mundial de «La última Rosa del verano» de W. Ernst-Kugel en viola), ocupó el 2do lugar en Top 50 del TV canal holandés TROS y fue valorado con un 9 (excelente) en «Luister»- la más importante revista holandesa para la música clásica. Su grabación más reciente para la compañía Chandos apareció en 2016 – Rhapsody Concerto de B. Martinu con la Orquesta Nacional de Estonia bajo la batuta del Mtro. Neeme Jarvi; fué altamente apreciada por la prensa internacional, entre otras la revista británica Gramophone.
Se desempeña como profesor de viola en el Conservatorio de Utrecht y el Real Conservatorio de La Haya (Holanda). Ha impartido clases magistrales y ha sido miembro del jurado en los Concursos Internacionales en Europa, América y Lejano Oriente.
Mikhail es director artístico de la Young Talent Symphony Orchestra del Conservatorio de Rotterdam, ha trabajado regularmente con Orquesta de Cámara Atheneum y La Orquesta Sinfónica del Real Conservatorio de La Haya (Holanda). Se ha presentado como director huésped en orquestas en Bélgica, Italia, España, América Latina; ha trabajado con solistas como Janine Jansen, Atar Arad, Timothy Ridout, Dmitri Makhtin y Gavriel Lipkind e imparte clases magistrales de dirección orquestal en el curso de verano "Kurt Thomas" en el Conservatorio de Utrecht.
Empezó sus estudios musicales a la edad de 5 años bajo la tutela de su madre. Posteriormente estudió viola y composición en el Conservatorio Tchaikovsky de Moscú (Prof.G.Odinets y T. Tchudova), obtuvo diplomas solísticos con distinción de la ABRSM (México-Inglaterra, Prof. B. Dinerstein) Hochschule für Musik de Hamburgo (Alemania, Prof. M. Nichetianu) y Conservatorio de Maastricht (Holanda, Prof M. Kugel). Ha terminado Maestría en Dirección Orquestal en la Academia Nal. de Música de Lituania con el Mtro. Juozas Domarkas y participó en clases magistrales con los Maestros Neeme y Paavo Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Lev Markiz.
Mikhail Zemtsov ha ganado premios en el 1er Concurso Int. de Viola en Viena (Austria) y del Concurso Elisa Mayer en Hamburgo (Alemania).
El maestro Zemtsov impartirá clases magistrales de viola, ofrecerá el taller de "Pedagogía de la viola" y dirigirá la Orquesta de violas 2019.
Isabel Villanueva is valued for her expression and sensibility as well as for her passion and commitment to promote the viola as an instrument with its own voice. Isabel announces herself as one of the best international violists of the new generation, The Strad Magazine wrote : ‘Isabel Villanueva, an artist who risks’. Recognized with numerous awards, including the ‘Prix Albert Lullin’ in Geneva to the most outstanding instrumentalist of the year 2014, the Spanish National Radio Classical Music Prize 2015, ‘Best Classical Album of the Year’ to ‘Bohèmes’ her debut album at Spanish Independent Music Awards 2018 and the Culture Prize in Classical Music from the Community of Madrid 2019.
Since she made her official soloist debut with Bartók Viola Concerto at the age of 18 with Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra in Madrid, she has been invited with Moscow Soloists (Mozart & Bartók), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Gubaidulina), New Russia State Symphony Orchestra (Bartók), Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra (Bartók), Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra (Walton), Orquestra Nacional d’Andorra (Hoffmeister & Rolla), Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Bartók), Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra (Khoury), Real Filharmonia de Santiago (Walton), Oviedo Filarmonía (Walton), Orquesta de Córdoba (García-Abril), under the baton of maestros including J.Kaspzyck, P.Daniel, L.Shambadal, M.Plasson, S.Brotons, Y.Traub or A.Mustonen. She has a wide range solo repertoire from Baroque to collaborations with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Betti Olivero or Antón García-Abril and several world premiere including concertos and pieces by M. Sotelo, G.Khayam, J.Cervelló, H.Khoury or J.Zárate, dedicated to her.
Villanueva regularly appears as a soloist and recitalist in Europe, Asia, Russia and Middle East, in prestigious venues including the Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, Bath Music Festival, Estonia Concert Hall, Rottweil Musikfestival, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Schubertiade RTS, Lavaux Classic, Royal Court Theatre in Copenhagen, Assembly Hall in Beirut, Wigmore Hall in London, and main concert halls and festivals in Spain including Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Palau in Valencia or Santander Festival. A hit marked 2013, when she performed at Roudaki Hall in Tehran becoming the first foreign violist to perform solo recitals in Iran.
In 2019/2020 she will make her debut tour in Latinamerica presenting her album BOHÈMES with her regular duo partner pianist François Dumont and as a soloist performing Bartók, Paganini and Berioz concertos with several orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
She has performed chamber music with wonderful musicians such as Prazak Quartet, D.Schnyder, I.Barshai, T.Papavrami, A.Sitkovetsky, A.Pritchin, N.Borisoglebsky, V.Julien-Laferrière, M. Roussi, L.Elschenbroich and R.Aguirre.
Villanueva is regularly invited to give masterclasses worldwide at institutions such as Royal College of Music in London, Pacific International Youth Orchestra in Guangzhou (China), Bath University, Conservatoire Superieur de Musique du Liban, Tehran National University of Music and Arts, Spanish Youth National Orchestra. She is viola professor at High Performance Advanced School of Music (ESMAR) in Valencia.
Born in Pamplona (Spain) in 1988, Isabel studied at Royal College of Music in London, Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. She is prizewinner in many viola competitions including Mravinsky Competition in St. Petersburg, Beethoven Viola Competition in Czech Republic or Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition in Moscow. In 2015 she was recognized by Marca España and named ‘Global Ambassador of Spanish Talent’ by Clear Channel. She is ‘Cultural Ambassador’ from Fondation Prim’Enfance in Switzerland. Villanueva plays an Enrico Catenar viola (Turin, 1670) and uses Peter Infeld strings by Thomastik-Infeld (Vienna).
Principal Violist of the Colombia National Symphony Orchestra Raúl García is the winner of theGeorgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Viola Prize at the Yale School of Music for excellence in performance in 2010. Colombian Violist Raúl García has established himself as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Mr García holds a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor´s Degree in Music from Juan N.Corpas University; Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the prestigious Yale School of Music holding the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship. He later continued his Doctorate studies at Rutgers University where he was trained by Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Violist Choong-Jin Chang. His main teachers include Anibal Dos Santos, Jesse Levine, Toby Appel, Ettore Causa and The Tokyo String Quartet.
Mr. García has concertized at the most prestigious concert halls in his native country and abroad including the Luis Angel Arango Music Library, Teatro Colón, Carnegie Hall, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Merkin Concert Hall, the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Stage, the National Arts Centre, and the Lincoln Center. Mr Garcia has collaborated with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Gary Hoffman, Andrés Díaz, Chee Yun Kim, Donald Weilerstein, David Shifrin, Ettore Causa, Gilbert Kalish, y miembros del Tokyo y Julliard String Quartets, among others.
A passionate chamber music and solo performer García has appeared at The St. Lawrence Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, Innsbrook Institute, Zukerman´s Artist Program, the Pacific Music Festival, Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program, the Menuhin Music Festival, Pro Música, and the Esmeraldas International Music Festival.
Recent recording projects include a CD for NAXOS titled ‘’Tango Distinto’’ with music of Astor Piazzola; along with trombone player Achilles Liarmakopoulos; as well as a collaboration with compositor Andy Akiho in his Album “No one to know one’’.
Mr García serves on the viola faculties of Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas and
Universidad Central in Bogotá. He is regularly invited to give master classes at important music conservatories, such as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee college of Music.
Raúl plays a contemporary violas made by Sergio Peresson (1979).
Sharon is a Pontifical Xaverian University of Bogota Cum Laude music graduate. She is currently working on her master’s degree as a Viola Soloist from the Cologne Music and Dance University, Germany. She has recently won first place in the HfMT-Kolncompetition and is a member of the “Neuss-Kammerorchestra”. She works with the “Musikfabrik” ensemble and has played with the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund.
Sharon has been the first Colombian to participate in the “Lional Tertis Festival” (Port Erin, England), she has won the “Jovenes Interpretes” (young performers) competition of the Luis Angel Arango Library, she was the winner of the “Solistas with the OSJ, Antioquia Symphonic” competition, and is a three time winner of the “Viola Night” competition in Bogota. She began her musical education in the “Batuta” program under the direction of Feliciano Acuña and then earned her undergraduate degree in music from the Pontifical Xaverian University of Bogota under the direction of Sandra Arango.
She has participated in various viola events and has played with various orchestras and quartets in Colombia. She was a member of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic alongside musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Champs-Elysees and Houston Symphony orchestras. She has played chamber music in the Moores Opera House (Houston) and has also participated in the Santa Catarina Music Festival (Brazil FEMUSC) as first viola for several of the festival orchestras. In 2015 she participated as scholarship winner in the Cartagena Music Festival in 2016 and was chosen as an outstanding young talent during that same festival.