Sept 2014: The young up-and-coming German violin talent Ferdinand Ries played himself successfully into the finals of the âQueen Sophie Charlotte Violin Competition 2014â earning him the Special Award "Friedrich Hofmeister". He plays on âGaribaldiâ which was built from artificially aged tone wood (see also string instrument section).
Sept 2014: Members of the Opera Frankfurt were backbone of an orchestra accompanying Ena Maria Aldecoa with Mozartâs âExsultateâ under the baton of Hans-Georg Dechange. Her impeccable presentation drew enthusiastic applause from the audience as well as thundering acclaim from the orchestra and KammerChor Hofheim.
August 2014: Germanyâs first piano manufacturer in history Steingraeber & Sons, Bayreuth has nominated Isis Concert Group their official representative in the Philippines. This piano had been selected by Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and more recently by musicians like James Levine and Daniel Barenboim. Singapore has already 200. The first in the Philippines will arrive in March 2015.
March 2014: Finally we managed to get a recording of MANTOVA, a violin that had recently been commissioned by ICG and built from artificially aged spruce. Igor Tsinman is playing the highly virtuoso piece "Nel cor piu non mi, sento" by NicolÃ² Paganini.
January 2014: Schloss Gottesaue prepared for Mozartâs birthday a very special gift, arias performed in their historic style. Listen to Ena Maria Aldecoa with her furioso "Fra cento affanni a cento" KV88 written during Mozartâs first trip to Milano in 1770, emotionally possibly a prevision of the Queen of the Night 20 years later. The world premiered Cadenza was written by Uwe Kremp.
Sept 2013: Yehudi Menuhin Prize Winner 2012 Ji Eun Anna Lee plays Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. She is currently studying violin with Ana Chumachenco and Don Weilerstein, while attending Harvard College (Cambridge, CT) and studying comparative French and Russian literature.
Sept 2013: Yena Lee has successfully been enrolled at Yale School of Music (New Haven, CT) on a Teaching Artist Program.
August 2013: Igor Tsinman was confirmed 1st violin at the Stadttheater Giessen. He had been invited to join the orchestra by their highest ranking conductor Michael Hofstetter in summer 2012.
Link: J.S. Bach, Chaconne [YouTube]
Jul 2013: Ena Maria Aldecoa does a recording of âCinqiÃªme Ordre de Clavecinâ by Francois Couperin at Schloss Gottesaue.
Link: âPremiÃ¨re Couranteâ [YouTube]
Juli 2013: A Cremona copy violin (âGaribaldiâ) built on order of ICG with our own aged tone wood (patent pending) was played by the young talent Ferdinand Ries who is studying with Prof. Maria Egelhof at the College of Music in LÃ¼beck. Link: Cesar Franck, Sonata #8 A-major, Allegro with Jong Yoel Choi, piano in a live performance.
Feb 2013: The ICG Piano Trio (2013) and Ena Maria Aldecoa do a studio recording of 5 Songs for voice and piano trio by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Link: "Cupid's Kindness" op.155#21 [YouTube]
Aug 2012: Pavel Kolesnikov receives $100.000 by winning 1st prize at the HONENS International Piano Competition in Calgary, Alberta. Additionally he is getting $500.000 in record sponsorships. Link:
Jul 2012: Ena Maria Aldecoa with 5 Songs op.48 by Richard Strauss at Schloss Gottesaue, Karlsruhe. Link: Winterliebe, with Woojung Jang, piano in a live performance