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The Vienna Piano Trio's debut with new violinist David McCarroll included highly successful tours of United States and Mexico (September) and New Zealand (October ). David has been described as "a violinist of mature musicality and deep understanding", and in spite of his youth is already an accomplished chamber musician. He has been a guest for years at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, and at the Marlboro Music Festival where he has worked with some of the most important musicians of our time. He is the winner of the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions and Silver Medalist at the Klein International Competition. The 2015-16 season will also find the Vienna Piano performing more concerts at Wigmore Hall,
and at their new residency at the Turner Sims Hall in Southampton, England. The trio has just finished recording the Brahms trio for MDG.

In June 2017 the trio will be performing within their concert series at the Konzerthaus a program that along with either a major Beethoven or Schubert trio work will feature Mark Padmore, tenor, Musical America's 2016 musician of the year, and will include a new work by Thomas Larcher for tenor and piano trio,. Mr. Larchner is the winner of the Stoeger prize of the Chamber Music society of Lincoln Center 2014/15. Other future plans include performing at the Grafenegg Festival the Beethoven Triple with theTonkuenstler Orchester and recording in December 2016 both the Beethoven Triple and Alfredo Casella triple concerto with the Radio Symphony Orchester Wien. To watch the new Vienna Piano Trio video of the
Brahms or Schubert

The Mozart Piano Quartet will be performing at such prestigious venues such as the Liederhalle Stuttgart, Herkulessaal München (Bayrische Rundfunk), and in Utrecht and Rotterdam. The ensemble will be joined by Nabil Shehat , 1st solo bassist of the Staatskapelle Berlin for a performance of the
"Trout Quintet" by Franz Schubert. The group also plans on recording the Fauré Piano Quartets for MDG at end of 2015.

This year has been a busy one for the Auryn Quartet from Cologne with tours in the United States in February that included stops at the Frick Collection in New York where The New York Times praised the ensemble's "radiant sound" and in LA and San Jose. Tours of South America (Chile and Colombia) and Italy followed including a performance at La Fenice Opera House in Venice in April. They also performed with acclaimed soprano Christine Schaefer in Brussels and Paris. Festial appearances include Detmold and Este, Italy, in May. The Dresden Musikfestspiele in June, the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, in July, the Luberon,France, festival in August and the Modsee Festival, Austria, in September, where they gave the premiere of a specially commissioned quartet by Thomas D. Schlee. Later that month they performed at the Hamburg International Mendelssohn Festival, playing the Chausson Concerto with Midori. The quartet is looking forward to March 2016 when they will celebrate their 35th anniversary at the Konzerthaus Wien with a commissioned quartet by Thomas Demenga.

The Bennewitz Quartet just released its CD of Dvorak quartets, following one of Dvorak Cypresses with baritone Martin Bruns. This summer they performed at the Gstaad Festival with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The group has also been nominated for Boreletti-Buitoni Trust award which has been given to individuals and ensembles since 2003 for musical excellence.

Cuarteto Quiroga, quartet-in-residence at the Royal Palace in Madrid has been busy in the recording studio. Earlier this year it released its album with Brahms quartets Op. 51. To hear the ensemble performing Brahms on the set of decorated Stradivari that are in the palace collection go to : More recently the quartet recorded the piano quintets of Turina and Granados with acclaimed pianist Javier Perianes which has just been released, and is already garnering rave reviews.
In addition to continuing with their residency at the Royal Palace , the 2015-6 season has the ensemble touring the United States, which included their Lincoln Center debut, and giving concerts in Paris, London, Geneva, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich among others.

The Utrecht String Quartet is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 with its first masterclass summer school, and its series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with special guests Thomas Oliemans, Pieter Wispelwey and Ralph van Raat.

Boston vocal ensemble Tapestry and Shira Kammen, vielle and harp, presented a shortened version of their touring Choral Residency  A n i m a : V i s i o n s  o f  H i l d e g a r d' s  M y s t i c a l  P l a y  which combines Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutem with the music of Patricia Van Ness on June 10th , a Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert, which the Boston Musical Intelligencer called a "dynamic sonic sensation" For this performance, they were joined by Viriditas, the Nightsong Women's Schola at First Church Congregational in Cambridge. Besides offering other exciting programs Tapestry will offer this project to colleges and communities throughout the US in the 2016-17 season, collaborating with local choruses and music departments to create unique versions of Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutem, besides offering other exciting programs, including a new program Starry Night including works by Hovhaness and Debussy which will have its premiere at the Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles.

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet toured Austria and Slovenia in May. The tour included a debut at the prestigious Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna and featured Brazilian and Spanish composers, including music by Heitor Villa-Lobos from their 2011 Latin Grammy winning album.

Guitarist Stephen Marchionda is currently working on a new SACD project for the 100-year celebration of Enrique Granados in 2016 which includes transcriptions from piano original to guitar. To view Granados' Maja Dolorosa #2 with acclaimed cantadora Rocío Márquez click here

The Alliage Quintet was given the honor of performing the opening concert at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France on June 9th.
In addition to many concerts in and around Germany, other activities this summer included performances in Istanbul, four concerts at the Ottawa Music and Beyond Festival of Canada, and the Music Alpes Festival in southern France.

Ensemble La Morra's co-director, Michal Gondko, has just released a solo CD of Renaissance Polish lute music entitled Polonica.
To view a sample, click here:

Musica ad Rhenum from Amsterdam completed, though the winter weather did its best to hinder them, a very successful tour of the US with Canadian soprano Stefanie True, and they performed this summer at the Utrecht Early Music Festival ,and for the BBC in London in the fall. A double CD of flute sonatas by Johan Helmich Roman (the "Swedish Handel") has just been released. This is the world-premiere recording of many of these sonatas, and was just named MDR Figaro's CD of the week. The members have also been busy on the academic front. Flauto traverso player Jed Wentz has continued his impressive list of publications with articles and extended essays on declamation, rhetoric and gesture appearing in book and journal form ,and directed a production of Rousseau's Pygmalion at the historical theatre in Cesky Krumlov (a world heritage site), while the ensemble's cellist Job ter Haar, is in the middle of his doctoral studies at King's College in London. Michael Borgstede, Musica ad Rhenum's harpsichord player has moved from Israel to Germany in order to take up a prestigious professorship; he is the new harpsichord teacher at the Conservatory of Cologne.

Violinist/conductor Igor Gruppman and his wife violist Vesna Gruppman will premiere Orlando Garcia's DIALOGS for violin, viola and orchestra as part of the Marinsky Theater's New Horizons series in 2016. Also, as part of a special project exploring the healing power of music in times of war and disaster, the Gruppmans will premiere works by Yuri Laniuk (Ukraine), Vladimir Tarnapolski (Russia), and Fred Momotenko (Netherlands) in Kiev, Lviv and Amsterdam. In January 2016, Igor will take part in the inaugural concert of Rotterdam Philharmonic's new series, playing chamber music with Emmanuel Ax in the first half, and conducting the orchestra in Beethoven's First Symphony in the second. The concert will be recorded by Dutch TV. Igor and Vesna continue their teaching activities, having been appointed to lead the violin and viola departments of the Rotterdam Conservatory's post-graduate VIRTUOSO program for outstanding young performers. In the summer 2016, they will start the Gruppman International Music Institute in collaboration with the Miami Piano Festival.