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Cordula Hacke, piano (Photo credit: Monika Werneke, Wiesbaden)

Following her orchestral career, the studied pianist and flutist Cordula Hacke is a successful and sought-after chamber music piano partner with an extremely extensive knowledge of the repertoire. She is also professor of Chamber Music and Collaborative Piano at the University of Agder (Norway), lecturer, jury member of international competitions and musical director of various musical, operetta and theater productions.

Her chamber music partners include principal wind and string players from some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Symphony Orchestras (Berlin, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Cologne and Stuttgart), the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 she founded the Trio Art Nouveau, a piano trio dedicated to the music of the Fin de Siècle.

Her extensive discography ranges from the works of contemporary Japanese and women composers to those of artists such as Pavel Haas, Leo Smit, and Paul Hindemith. Having worked closely with American composer George Crumb for many years, Cordula Hacke has been invited to perform his works in prestigious festivals in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Canada, and the USA. Her recording of Crumb's Vox Balaenae was released by Arte Nova-BMG Classics. As an editor she has published works by Claude Debussy and Raoul Laparra with Musikverlag Zimmermann (Schott Music Company) and Edition Kossack.

She has collaborated with Jeanne Baxtresser, former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic, in presenting acclaimed masterclasses in centres such as Frankfurt, Oxford, Toronto, New York, Pittsburgh and Amsterdam. She taught annually at the Salzburg Summer Academy and has served as official piano partner for the ARD International Music Competition (Munich), the Deutsche Musikrat Competition (Berlin), the Aeolus Competition, the Nicolet Competition, and the International Guangzhou Competition (China).

In 2018 she was invited to Korea to give a series of masterclasses on collaborative piano and chamber music at Seoul National University, Sung Shin University and Yonsei University. Masterclasses in Moscow (Gnessin School).

Prof. Hacke was a member of the teaching faculty at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf (2000-2013) and serves on several juries of international competitions. Until 2023 she was chairwoman of the jury at the Internationaler Flötenwettbewerb Friedrich Kuhlau, Uelzen.
In 2022 she established the International Ferdinand Neess Competition in Wiesbaden, Germany. This new competition seeks to build a bridge between Art Nouveau and the music of this era and is therefore dedicated to the Music around 1900.

Acclaimed for her work as musical director in theatre, her productions include My Fair Lady, Acht Frauen, Irma la Douce, Kleiner Mann, was nun?, La Cage aux Folles (own new arrangement),Fisch zu viert, Singin’ in the rain, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Die Fledermaus – leicht gekürzt (a pocket version of the famous operetta), Heisse Zeiten and the highly successful Frankfurt production of Spatz und Engel (The Angel and the Sparrow).

Lousie Bessette p

Anya Alexeyeva, piano

Born in Moscow into a family of concert pianists, Anya Alexeyev started studying at the Gnessin Music School at the age of five, and in 1989 entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to become a student of the renowned professor Dmitri Bashkirov. The following year she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London (studio of Irina Zaritskaya). During her studies in London, she won numerous prizes including Elizabeth, The Queen Mother's Award for "the most outstanding contribution to the Royal College of Music", the First prize at the Newport International Piano Competition, Young Concert Artists Trust, and The Capital Radio/Anna Instone Memorial Prize.
Alexeyev has performed extensively in many countries across Europe (Britain, France, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Ireland, Greece, Germany, Macedonia), as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Malaysia and South Africa.
She has played concertos with numerous distinguished orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony, Vienna Chamber, The Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National, Deutschland Radio, City of Birmingham Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony and Sinfonietta, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, English Chamber, Belgian National Symphony and Quebec Symphony, collaborating with such conductors as Temirkanov, Simonov, Oramo, Bakels, Judd.
Alexeyev has an extensive solo repertoire, ranging from baroque to cutting edge contemporary music. As well, she has been a participant in many chamber music festivals in Europe and North America.
She has recorded for EMI, Dutton Epoch, Toccata Classics, and Marquis Classics labels. Her performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 (UK), GMTV (UK), CBC (Canada), Deutschland Radio, and many other radio stations around the world.

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Dhyan Toffolo, violin

Dhyan Toffolo was born in 1982 in São Paulo. He began his musical studies when he was only 2 years old and chose the violin at four. At the age of eight, he entered the Tatuí Conservatory, São Paulo, and completed his studies at the age of sixteen. She was the shoulder of the Sorocaba Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo. He participated in important music courses and festivals in several Brazilian cities, as well as the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

It has been perfected in courses abroad, such as Laboratorio Musicali I was in Cortanze - Italy and the Exchange Visitors Program at Georgia University - USA.

Dhyan Toffolo taught violin at the Sorocaba Musical Institute, gave master classes in violin and viola at the 21º Winter Festival of São João Del-Rey and master classes in camera music at the Mayor University in Santiago - Chile.

In 2003 he won the special award "Ole Bohn" in the Paulo Bosisio International Contest. In 2005 he won another award in the same competition. In 2009 he participates in the judging committee of this same contest.

Dhyan completed his undergraduate studies in 2007, in the class of Paulo Bosisio, at the University of Rio de Janeiro - UNIRIO.

As a soloist, he performed the Concerto Grosso and the four stations of Vivaldi, Mendelssohn's Concerto in D minor, Rondo by Schubert, Concerto nº1 by Max Bruch and the Concerto in D minor by Tchaikovsky, accompanied by several orchestras from Brazil.

Currently Dhyan Toffolo is a member of the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the Uirapuru Quartet (formed in 2002) as a violinist and a member of the Bosisio Quartet as a violist.

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Hugo Pilger, cello

Hugo Pilger began his cello studies at the Arts Foundation of Montenegro with Milton Bock. In 1987 he went on to study in Rio de Janeiro with Marcio Malard and in 1994 in the class of Professor Alceu Reis. He graduated from the Bachelor's Degree in Cello Instrument at UNIRIO, where he completed his Master's Degree in Music in 2012.

As a soloist he performed in front of several orchestras, among them: Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Campinas, Chamber Orchestra of the City of Curitiba, Symphony Orchestra of Bahia, Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, Ouro Preto Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro, Orchestra of the Teatro São Pedro de Porto Alegre and Symphony Orchestra of Porto Alegre. In 2006 he made the debut in Brazil of the important work for cello and orchestra Tout un Monde Lointain by the French composer Henri Dutilleux and in 2009 the South American debut of the concerto for cello and orchestra Pro et Contra by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Of the works that have been specially dedicated to him, the following stand out: Sonata nº 2 for Solo Cellocello by David Ashbridge, Oregano by Ricardo Tacuchian, Melorythmias nº 10 by Ernani Aguiar, Serenade pro Pilger by Maurício Carrilho, Reflections on the Oyster and the Wind by Wagner Tiso and Sortilégios by Marcos Lucas.

He had his first appearance as a soloist in 2007 on the album Latinidade da Orquestra Experimental UFOP. In 2012 he participated in the CD Alma Barroca within the project "Villa-Lobos e as Crianças" directed by Turibio Santos. In 2013 he participates in the recording of the album Oito Estações - Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla of the Ouro Preto Orchestra. With pianist Lúcia Barrenechea released in two volumes (2013 and 2015) the album Presença de Villa-Lobos na Música Brasileira para Cello e Piano, a project that was among the three finalists of the Brazilian Music Award of 2015 and that contains the first record of the cello that belonged to the composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Martin Diehl of 1779. He recorded solo in 2016 the album Hugo Pilger interprets Ernani Aguiar with works for cello by composer Ernani Aguiar. With Guilherme Sauerbromm released in 2017 the album Ernst Mahle, the integral for cello and piano. In 2020 he released with Ney Fialkov the album Claudio Santoro: the integral work for cello and piano, which competed in the category "Best Classical Music Album" at the Latin Grammys of 2021.

In 2013 he published the work Heitor Villa-Lobos: the cello and its idiomatism, which aims to analyze and discuss the importance that the cello had in the trajectory of the composer Villa-Lobos, as well as identifies the main idiomatic elements that he applied and developed in his numerous compositions for the instrument.

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Carolynm Maule, piano 

Carolyn Maule is a Canadian pianist and vocal coach who lives in Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada.

Much in demand as a vocal accompanist, Carolyn Maule has worked with such renowned artists as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Norine Burgess, Tracy Dahl, Nathalie Paulin, Patricia Racette, Michael Schade, Elizabeth Turnbull, the late Erin Wall, Monica Whicher and is often heard in recital with her husband, baritone Russell Braun. She has also collaborated with various chamber musicians.

Carolyn has performed in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, the National Arts Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, has accompanied recitals in Salzburg, Hamburg, Chicago, Cleveland and New York, as well as at music festivals across Canada, including the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ottawa Chamber Festival, Vancouver’s Music in the Morning and the Sweet Water Festival in Owen Sound.

Carolyn Maule’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, CBC Radio, Radio- Canada and WQXR-FM in New York. She is featured on recordings including Juno nominated Schubert’s Winterreise (CBC Records) Le Souvenir (CMC Records), two CDs of Bach excerpts with the Toronto Bach Consort, as well as recordings for the Ukrainian Art Song Project. Carolyn took part each year of the cross Canada live broadcast Mysterious Barricades Concert which brought awareness and hope for those dealing with the illness of suicide. She was honoured to play Couperin’s Mysterious Barricades for which the event was named.

In 2020, as a Covid 19 initiative, Carolyn and her husband, baritone Russell Braun created an online Wish Concert, inviting their Facebook friends to make requests in order to help ease the anxiety so many were experiencing during this time. In the span of 2 months they created over 80 daily videos.

Visit Wish Concert on YouTube

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