Academy & Festival

Istanbul International Music Academy & Chamber Music Festival

Founded by Nil Kocamangil (Artistic Director) and Aycan Altungül (Festival and Academy Director), Istanbul International Music Academy & Chamber Music Festival , in partnership with LocksBridge, will take place between September 21 - October 2, 2021! The academy and festival, which is prepared considering international standards and will host master artists in their field, aims to continue for many years. In addition to being the newest chamber music festival of Istanbul; violin, cello and piano masterclasses will also be held. The festival hosts distinguished names such as Svetlin Roussev, Gary Hoffman and Caspar Frantz in its first year.

Details are coming soon!

Svetlin Roussev

Svetlin Roussev - Photo: Vahan Mardirossian
Svetlin Roussev - Photo: Vahan Mardirossian

Since winning the first prize at the widely acclaimed first Sendai International Competition in May 2001, the charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev enjoys a prestigious international career in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Bulgaria National Concert Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, Konzerhaus in Berlin, Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires, Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles and the Palais of the United Nations in Geneva.

Roussev is a regular guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Belgique, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Bulgarian National Radio among others. In the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe he has performed under the baton of conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, François-Xavier Roth, Jonathan Nott, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Lionel Bringuier and Emil Tabakov.

Svetlin has been leading and conducting various ensembles and orchestras since 2000 in Bulgaria, France, Poland, Korea, Japan and Sweden.

Roussev shares his love for music with an ever-widening public through his chamber music performances, playing with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yeol-Eum Son, Peter Frankl, Ralph Gothoni, Jean-Marc Luisada, Bertrand Chamayou, Jean-Philippe Collard, Antoine Tamestit, Maxim Rysanov, Gary Hoffman, Gautier Capuçon, Jian Wang, François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Nikolaj Znaider, Ning Feng. He is a founding member of the Roussev-Salque-Rozanova Trio.

With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Svetlin performs a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music. Acclaimed Bulgarian Musician of the Year in 2006, his home country honoured him again in 2007 and 2016 with the Cristal Lyra distinction awarded by the Ministry of Culture. In 2018, Mr Roussev became an Honorary Citizen of his hometown Ruse, along with the Nobel Prize of literature Elias Canetti. In February 2019 Svetlin received the Presidential Honorary Award from the Bulgarian President Radev himself.

Following his successful CD recording of pieces by Pancho Vladigerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova (Ambroisie) Roussev brought out his recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann ’s Concerto Funèbre with the Orchestre d’Auvergne, sonatas by Grieg and Medtner with pianist Frédéric D’Oria-Nicolas, “Fire and Ice” with the Sibelius and Vladigerov n1 violin concertos conducted by Emil Tabakov and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the French labels Integral and Fondamenta. In 2016, DECCA released the piano trios by Mendelssohn n1 and Dvorak “Dumky” with Elena Rozanova and François Salque followed by works by Ysaÿe for violin and orchestra (Musique en Wallonie) and Lalo Symphonie Espagnole (Arcantus) under the baton of Jean-Jacques Kantorow. Most recent recording is the album Midnight Bells with pianist Yeol-Eum Son (YESM&ART).

Roussev is a violin professor at the prestigious Haute École de Musique in Geneva after 10 years being a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He has been giving violin and chamber music masterclass around the world. He is also the artistic advisor and artist in residence of the March Music Days International Festival in his hometown Ruse after serving as artistic director and artist in residence of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Svetlin Roussev has won numerous prizes at many international competitions, including Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud and Melbourne. At the Sendai International Music Competition he also garnered the audience prize and the Best Bach concerto performance. He began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. At the age of 15, he was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he studied under Gérard Poulet, Devy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. Three years later, the jury unanimously awarded him the first prize for violin and chamber music. Subsequently he entered the postgraduate program.

Svetlin Roussev performs on the Stradivarius 1710 Camposelice violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Gary Hoffman

“Gary Hoffman’s style is characterised by fullness of sound, instrumental mastery and exceptional artistic sensibility.”

Gary Hoffman - Photo: William Beaucardet
Gary Hoffman - Photo: William Beaucardet

He made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London at the age of fifteen, quickly followed by New York. At the age of twenty-two he became the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music. After winning the Premier Grand Prix of the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986, he embarked on an international career, appearing with the world’s most noted orchestras, in major recital and chamber music series and at prestigious festivals.

Although he has great affection for the classical cello repertoire, Gary Hoffman does not neglect contemporary music, of which he is a committed champion. Numerous composers, among them Graciane Finzi, Renaud Gagneux, Joel Hoffman, Laurent Petitgirard and Dominique Lemaître, to name only a few, have dedicated their concertos to him.

He is a regular guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and is a remarkable and much sought-after chamber partner.

He has made recordings for BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde, and now records on the La Dolce Volta label.

Gary Hoffman has lived in Paris since 1990. He performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the ‘ex- Leonard Rose’.

In 2011, Mr. Hoffman was appointed Maître en Résidence for cello at the prestigious Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.

Caspar Frantz

Caspar Frantz - Photo: Michael Brus
Caspar Frantz - Photo: Michael Brus

Caspar Frantz, a native of Kiel, studied with Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit at the Rostock University of Music and completed his post-graduate chamber music studies with Professor Eberhard Feltz at the Hanns Eisler University, Berlin. He further received great support due to the intense artistic collaboration with Renate Kretschmar-Fischer, Ferenc Rados, Christoph Eschenbach, Andras Schiff, Elisabeth Leonskaja as well as György and Marta Kurtag.

Since his debut at the Rheingau Music Festival Caspar Frantz has played in Germany and abroad, at major Festivals such as Ravinia, Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein, Septembre Musical Montreux, Festival de Pollenca, Beethoven Festival Bonn, IMS Prussia Cove and Festspiele Schwetzingen. He toured South Africa with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and has also appeared with orchestras such as the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Iasi Moldova Philharmonic, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig and Soloist Ensemble Kaleidoskop from Berlin. In 2010, Caspar Frantz played the world premiere of the c-minor Piano Concerto by Friedrich von Flotow, together with the MDR Orchestra Leipzig, conducted by Michael Sanderling.

He appeared in solo concerts, chamber music and solo recitals -among others- at the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Cadogan Hall London, Bennett Gordon Hall Ravinia, Gasteig Munich, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kolarac Hall Belgrade, Seoul Arts Center, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Caspar Frantz also is an ardent chamber music player. With cellist Julian Arp he has formed a duo for 20 years (the duo is 1.Prize Winner of the Mendelssohn Competition, the Premio Vittorio Gui, Firenze, as well as the German Music Competition), and Chloe Hanslip, Rainer Kussmaul, Antje Weithaas, Ingo Goritzki, Sabine Meyer, Bryn Terfel, Anna Prohaska and the Vogler String Quartet as well as members of the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester, Berlin,Gewandhaus-Orchester Leipzig, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Berliner Philharmoniker are among his chamber music partners. Since 2006, Caspar Frantz has played the Beethoven piano sonatas in a series of concerts at Castle Melschede, Westfalia.

Moreover, Caspar Frantz has made recordings which had been highly acclaimed by the national and international press : Felix Mendelssohn’s works for cello and piano as well as the Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord by J.S.Bach, together with Cellist Julian Arp for GENUIN, further Piano Concertos by Joseph Haydn (together with Ensemble Kaleidoskop) and the Six French Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach for ARS Records. His latest recording features early and late solo works by Robert Schumann. From 2009 until 2013, Caspar Frantz was co-director of the ZEITKUNST Festival for contemporary Literature and Chamber Music in Berlin.

In March 2016 Caspar Frantz was chosen into the faculty of the Music University “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig as Professor for piano chamber music.


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