PROFESSORS

Kirill Troussov

violin, Germany

Supported and guided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin at a young age, Kirill Troussov is now widely recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation. He works with renowned orchestras and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals. The international press describes his playing: "... impressive elegance, his irreproachable technique, his exceptional musical sensitivity and his sonorities of immaculate beauty ..."
Collaboration with celebrated conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Lawrence Foster, Jiri Belohlàvek, Michail Jurowski, David Stern, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikko Frank and Louis Langrée as well as with major orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Radio Orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has brought him to the most famous concert halls and festivals worldwide – Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brüssel, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, De Doelen, NCPA in Beijing, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
Kirill Troussov is a passionate and committed chamber musician who performs frequently with artists like Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Julian Rachlin, Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell, Gautier und Renaud Capucon, Natalia Gutman, Christian Zacharias, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and Elisabeth Leonskaja.
Highlights of his past concert seasons include - substitution for Gidon Kremer in Paris, Asia Tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, his spectacular performance at the BBC Proms and his activity as jury member at international competitions. He has been awarded the European cultural award "Pro-Europa", the Yamaha Prize, the Davidoff-Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and numerous prizes at international competitions.
In 2016 Kirill Troussov gave a master class at the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum University in Salzburg and has been reinvited as a member of the jury at the "Schoenfeld International String Competition" in China. In 2017 master classes at Mozarteum Salzburg, European Music Intstitute Vienna, in St. Blasien, Berlin and Cremona follow. For many years, Kirill Troussov has been involved in the project "Rhapsody in School".
Kirill Troussov's recordings—among others for EMI Classics—were given many awards by the international press. He performs with Yuja Wang on her DVD with Kurt Masur 2011. Schwarz-Schilling's Violin Concerto with the Staatskapelle Weimar was released in 2013 and a recording of chamber music works by Mendelssohn in 2014.
His CD "Memories" has been highly praised by the international press and the public—among others by "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and the french trade magazine "Diapason". His new CD "Emotions" was released in November 2016.
He completed his studies with Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen. His mentors have been Igor Oistrach, Herman Krebbers und Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin "Brodsky" of 1702, on which violinist Adolph Brodsky performed the world premier of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto on December 4, 1881.

Santiago Cañón-Valencia

cello, Columbia

Santiago Cañón-Valencia has been praised as one of the most promising young cellists of his generation. Born in Bogota in 1995, his major musical mentors have been Henryk Zarzycki in Colombia, James Tennant in New Zealand, and Andres Diaz in the United States. He is currently pursuing his Professional Studies degree with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Kronberg Academy for Young soloists.
Winner of the Silver Medal and “Audience Favourite” Award at the 2019 XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition and the 2018 Starker Foundation Award, Mr. Cañón-Valencia has been a fixture of the International Cello Competition scene for many years. He was awarded third prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Competition 2017 in Brussels. He is also a First Prize winner of the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, Beijing International Music Competition, Gisborne International Music Competition, and Lennox International Young Artists Competition. He was also a major prize winner of the Sphinx, Casals, Johansen, Cassadó, and Adam cello competitions.
Mr. Cañón-Valencia made his orchestral debut as a soloist when he was six years old with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá. Since then, he has appeared with all the major orchestras in his native Colombia and his international solo career has taken him around the world to perform with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Brussels Philharmonic with Stephane Deneve, St Petersburg Philharmonic with Nikolai Alexeev, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Janos Kovacs, Moscow Soloists with Yuri Bashmet, The Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie with Frank Braley, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester with Clemens Schuldt and Antwerp Symphony with Muhai Tang, among others.
Highlights of his 2020-2021 season include returning concerto performances in Colombia, Japan, South Africa, the United States, and Russia, as well as debuts as a soloist with Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach, Prague Philharmonia and Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Passionate about new music, Mr. Cañón-Valencia was responsible for Carlos Izcaray’s world premiere of his Cello Concerto “Stringmaster” alongside Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Santiago also premiered Jorge Pinzón’s Cello Concerto “Rapsodia a los 4 Elementos” at the Cartagena Interational Music Festival 2019. He was also responsible for the Colombian premiere of Ginastera’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia as well as premiering Gulda’s Cello Concerto in Auckland, New Zealand with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra.
Recording for the Atoll label in New Zealand, his debut CD “Solo” has been internationally acclaimed by the Strad Magazine. Recent recordings include Russian cello sonatas and popular pieces of the cello repertoire with pianist Katherine Austin. His next release will be sonatas by Beethoven and Schubert with pianist Andrea Lucchesini for the Egea label.
Mr. Cañón-Valencia has been sponsored by the Mayra & Edmundo Esquenazi Scholarship through the Salvi Fundation since 2011.

Fedor Rudin

violin, Austria

“A brilliant display of artistry on the violin.” says the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger about Fedor Rudin.
Appointed Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic in 2019, prizewinner of prestigious competitions such as Premio Paganini in Genoa and George Enescu in Bucharest, the French-Russian violinist Fedor Rudin is quickly establishing himself as one of the most unique and polyvalent concert artists of today’s generation. In 2019 he was awarded the Ivry Gitlis Prize in Paris. His newest album “Reflets” was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards.
In the 2020-2021 season, Fedor Rudin will make his debut with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor Vladimir Jurowski), the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (conductor Petr Popelka), the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (conductor Kirill Karabits) and the Deutsches Kammerorchester in the Berliner Philharmonie.
Earlier solo debuts have already taken the violinist to prestigious concert halls like Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in New York, Berlin Konzerthaus, Paris Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein & Tonhalle Zurich, with many world- renowned orchestras including the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of the Opéra Bastille, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has played under the baton of conductors such as Lorenzo Viotti, Darrell Ang, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Christoph Poppen, Maxim Vengerov and Conrad van Alphen.
A devoted chamber musician, Fedor is a founding member of Fratres Trio, hailed as “a new generation of classical music” by the press for their unusual combination of violin, saxophone and piano. The ensemble is a prizewinner of the Illzach international chamber music competition in Mulhouse and has received the Supersonic Award by Pizzicato Magazine for their CD “Couleurs d’un Rêve”.
Further chamber music appearances have taken Fedor Rudin to festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Pietrasanta in Concerto, Crans Montana Classics, ArtenetrA and others.
Passionate of operatic and symphonic repertoire as well, Fedor Rudin regularly works as a conductor. He has been serving as a guest conductor of the Georgian National Philharmonic during the 2012-13 concert season at the age of 20, and has had the chance to conduct orchestras such as the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Lviv Philarmonic, the Orchestra of the Szczecin Opera and the Orquestra Reino de Aragon. Fedor is now finishing his conducting diploma in the class of Simeon Pironkoff at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Born in Moscow in 1992 and raised in Paris, Fedor’s grandfather was the famous Russian avant-garde composer Edison Denisov. A graduate of Zakhar Bron at the Cologne High School of Music and Pierre Amoyal at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, he is currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in the class of Boris Kuschnir.
Fedor plays the “ex-Benecke” violin by Antonio Stradivari, made in Cremona in 1694, generously loaned to him by the Austrian National Bank.

Edgar Moreau

cello, France

Edgar Moreau was born in Paris on 3 April 1994. He began studying the cello at age four with Carlos Beyris as well as the piano, instrument for which he obtained his First Prize at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Boulogne-Billancourt in 2010. After following the teaching of Xavier Gagnepain, he continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris in the class of Philippe Muller in cello and Claire Désert for chamber music.
At the age of 15, he won the Young Soloist Prize at the Concours de violoncelle Rostropovitch and at 17, the second prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2013 he signed an exclusive contract with Erato, and his first recording, a recital of pieces for cello and piano with Pierre-Yves Hodique, was published in 2014. Révélation soliste instrumental de l'année at the Victoires de la musique classique 2013, he was Soliste instrumental de l'année at the 2015 edition. From 2015 to 2018, Edgar Moreau was an artist of the "Junge Wilde" concerts at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.
On 27 November 2015, he played the sarabande of the 2nd suite by Johann Sebastian Bach during the ceremony held at Les Invalides in tribute to the victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Alexandra Conunova

violin, Switzerland

Born in 1988 in Moldavia, Alexandra Conunova won the First Prize at the Joseph Jochim Violin Competition in Hanover in 2012, the jury greeted unanimously her virtuosity, impressed by her technique and musicality. In 2015 she was awarded by the International Competition in Singapore and won the Third Prize at the Tchaikovsky Violin Competition in Moscow (the First prize was not awarded). In 2016 she is the fellowship winner of the prestigious Borletti-Buittoni Trust in London.
Alexandra performs as soloist with the major orchestras such as Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de la Svizzera Italiana, NDR Hannover, Radio Saarbrücken, Mariinsky Orchestra Sankt Petersburg, Camerata Bern, Orchestra di Teatro Regio Torino, Sevilla Orchestra, Toulouse Orchestra, Vienna and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, under Valery Gergiev, Theodor Curentzis, John Axelrod, Vladimir Spivakov, Gianandrea Noseda. She toured Japan with Moscow Philharmonic/Yuri Simonov and Europe with Insula Orchestra/Laurence Equilbey (Budapest, Aix, Paris, London…).
She plays at the prestigious festivals : Verbier, Montreux Septembre Musical, Gstaad, BBC Londres, Ferrara Musica, Accademia Santa Cecilia Roma, Hamburg Martha Argerich Festival, Bonn, Colmar, Menton, Radio France Montpellier, Aix-en -Provence Easter Festival, Folles Journées in Nantes and Tokyo… and collaborates as chamber music partner with Michail Lifits, Renaud Capuçon, Edgar Moreau, Denis Kozhukhin, David Kadouch, Andreas Ottensamer, Gérard Caussé, Boris Brovtsyn, Jean Rondeau…
In summer 2018, great success for her recital with Denis Kozhukhin at Verbier Festival (broadcasted on Medici.tv), as well as Gstaad Menuhin Festival playing Bach Concerti with Basel Chamber Orchestra and Jean Rondeau, « Baïkal Stars » Festival in Russia under Vladimir Spivakov and Besançon Festival.
Highlights of the Season 2018/19 : debuts with orchestra at the Paris Philharmonie playing Berg Concerto « A la mémoire d’un ange » with Orchestre Pasdeloup conducted by Wolfgang Doerner, concerts with Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Mozart Concertante) in Verona, Marseille Orchestra/Lawrence Foster (Bartok 2), Hamburg Symphoniker/Sylvain Cambreling (Wieniawski), Lyon Orchestra (Vivaldi/Piazzolla), Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg/Joana Mallwitz (Sibelius), Luzern Symphonie (Arthur Lourie Concerto)… and recitals in Paris Salle Cortot, Geneva, Lausanne…
Nominated « Maître ès Arts » by the Moldavian President, she founded a charity Foundation « ArtaVie » in her home town Chisinau to help disabled young music students.
Alexandra’s first recording of Prokofiev Violin Sonatas with Michail Lifits (for Aparté) was acclaimed by international critics : « This recording reveals Conunova as a major artist – in terms of both technical assurance and interpretative daring… I can’t recommend their freshly considered, vividly recorded interpretations highly enough. » (Gramophone). She has recorded Beethoven Triple Concerto with Insula Orchestra and Laurence Equilbey for the prestigious label Erato.
For the last 3 years Alexandra has had the pleasure to work under the guidance and mentoring of one of the worlds leading professor, Edouard Wulfson in Geneva.
Alexandra currently plays on Giovanni Batistta Guadagnini, ca. 1785 ex “Ida Levin”, on a kind loan from a music lover.