In Focus 6” where eight different composers from different backgrounds and countries show us what it is possible to achieve when ingenious ideas meet talented performers. Produced by RMN Classical, “In Focus 6” will be released worldwide on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, Youtube Music and all the digital platforms on Friday,
The eight composers include (in order of track-list) João Pedro Oliveira, Gianluca Deserti, Rei Hamakawa, Nicola Fumo Frattegiani, Ion Marmarinos, Benjamin Montgomery, Philippe Mathis and Petar Jovanov.
This immersive work will take you to the enchanting place of the legends and mythology of Northern Europe.
Road to Spasskaya (tower) written by Antoine Villéger (15 y. o.) had it’s world premiere on March 20, 2022 with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra (conductor Dmitry Vasilyev). The magnificent piece, full of Slavic soul and written with outstanding finesse, shows us wonderful orchestral abilities of the young composer.
This piece was written following Antoine’s visit to the Military Music Festival of the Spasskaya Tower in Moscow. In his score he has phrased the impressions of a trip to this major festival of music and cultures.
We invite you to discover this beautiful interpretation of the Omsk Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Vasiliev.
Svetlana Ponomarëva was born in the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia. She went from playing with her fingers on the table at age three to being accepted, with the highest mark, to study in the prestigious Gnessins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Svetlana studied in the classes of Professor Alexander Satz and Professor Alexander Alexandrov. She was a finalist at the Young Concert Artist Competition in New York in 1993 and reached the semi-finals at the 1996 Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition, Canada.
In 2004 Svetlana made her New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since released eight CDs.
Svetlana has performed as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber ensembles, in Russia, Germany, Canada and the U.S.A. She has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Sergey Skripka, Oleg Burakov, Yuri Nikolayevsky, Dmitry Vasiliev, Russian State Prize Winner Vladimir Rylov, Valery Khalilov and Sergei Durygin.
In 2007 she published a book by Svetlana Gordeevtseva “Touching a Mystery” about articulation in clavier music by J.S. Bach and gave presentations in Vancouver and in Omsk (Russia).
In 2016-2017 Svetlana was invited to perform at the the Spasskaya Tower Festival in Moscow Kremlin.
During 2020-2021, together with her son Antoine Villéger – composer and pianist – she participated in various International online competitions in Russia, Europe (Italy, Spain, UK, Luxembourg) and Turkey earning numerous prize-winning places, as well as eight Grand-Prix, in Piano (solo and ensemble), Composition and Acting Skills nominations.
In 2021 Svetlana participated in the International Scientific Conference in Moscow with her presentation “The Art of Interpretation: Artistic Analysis of Piano Concerto #2 (op. 16 in G Minor) by Sergey Prokofiev”, for the composer’s 130th Anniversary.
Antoine Villéger, a 14 year old composer and pianist born in Vancouver, is a graduate of DipLCM in Performance (Recital) of the London College of Music, University of West London and of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). He first studied composition with Alexander Pechenyuk and has worked under the guidance of Juno Award-winning composer Michael Conway Baker. He studies piano with pianist Svetlana Ponomarëva.
Antoine is a winner and a laureate of international and national composers / piano competitions in Canada, Europe (Spain, Luxembourg) and Russia.
His orchestral compositions were performed in Canada by the Lions Gate Sinfonia orchestra and conductor Clyde Mitchell (“The Battle” 2015, “Song without Words” 2018, “The Story of a Theme” 2019, “North Shore Waltz” 2020) and by the Kessler Academy at Music on Main concert series in Vancouver (2019).
Antoine’s choral composition “The Butterfly and The Bee” after a poem by E. Dickinson was premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir and conductor Jon Washburn in 2019 at the 14th Biennial Young Composer’s Competition where it garnered two prizes: the First Place in Elementary Division and a “Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Composition”.
Antoine freely speaks English, French and Russian and in his free time likes to play tennis and chess, reading and acting.
The Golden Key Music Festival combines a unique artistic, performing, and educational experience for professional musicians and students. Each year, it includes a rich variety of musical, artistic, and cultural experiences.
This composition is also coproduced by RMN Music on the CD “In Focus”. This new line and this first CD is dedicated to highlighting successful composers as well as new promises and emerging voices.
Elves are beings that are part of the legends and mythology of Northern Europe. Philippe Mathis’ piano piece creates an ethereal soundscape to evoke such characteristics as those of an enchanted forest where the little fairies may live, beneficial to the world. “The Elves” is a luminous work with wild passages and broad melodic lines that create a captivating and hypnotic atmosphere. The harmonies, also, remind the fantastic world of the Elves as seen in modern media such as books, films and – why not – video games.
Northern Lights – An insight into nordic violin music Published by the record company Solo Musica, the CD “Northern lights” of the Duo Froschhammer allows us to discover with sensitivity and virtuosity several Scandinavian composers. This very successful record brings together works for violin and piano written between the 19th and 20th centuries (Tor Aulin, Edward Grieg, Jean Sibelius) and also folk pieces transcribed by Fritz Froschhammer and the Duo Froschhammer.
The Duo Froschhammer features siblings Felix Froschhammer, violin, and Julia Froschhammer, piano. Founded in 1998, the Duo has since performed in Switzerland, Germany, ltaly, France, Malta and al the famous Atheneum in Bucharest. Together they are prize winners of the International Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for 20th cenlury chamber music and have been recipienls of scholarships from the Bavarian Music Fund.
Felix Froschhammer is first Violinist of the casalQuartett and Concertmaster of both the Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel and Sinfonietta de Lausanne (Switzerland), Felix is also active as a soloist and plays an important role in the Ensemble Chaarts and Tri i Dve, a Quinte! specialising in Balkan music. Previous engagements include appearances al festivals including Salzburger Feslspiele, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau Musikfestival and Lucerne Festival, as well as al worldrenowned venues in Shanghai, Bangkok, Moscow, Singapore, Milan and Paris. Felix’s performances have been broadcast on Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Ôsterreichischer Rundfunk, Südwestdeulscher Rundfunk, Deulschlandfunk, Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2, France 2, Arte TV and Mezzo. His chamber music parlners include Gautier Capuçon, Lawrence Power, Fazil Say, Felicity Lott and Maximilian Hornung. Since 2018 he has been the Artistic Director of the Festival du Jura in Switzerland.
Born in Munich, Julia Froschhammerbegan studying the piano at the age of six with her father, the pianist and composer Fritz Froschhammer. A prize winner of several national competitions, she obtained her artistic diploma with Vadim Suchanov al the Richard Strauss Conservatory, Munich, and joined the Haute école de musique de Lausanne (HEMU) in 2002, studying with Jean-François Antonioli. ln 2007, she completed her studies with the prestigious soloist’s diploma and was awarded the Paderewski Prize and the Ganz Prize. Julia performs regularly as a chamber musician and soloist throughout Europe. Together with harpist Céline Gay des Combes she also enjoys performing as part of the Duo Harpian, a rare harp and piano duo which con be heard on Radio France Musique, Radio Espace 2, SRF and Radio Classique. Recently they have performed for the Swiss Embassy in Washington (USA) and released a CD of French and Spanish music on the Swiss label VDE Gallo. The duo often commissions new works, and in 2016, the Swiss composer Jean Froidevaux dedicated a work to them. With her new ensemble, Pianofolie, Julia performs with three other pianists atone piano, combining music and comedy. Alongside her concert career Julia shores her passion for music through teaching, notably as Professor of piano al the lnstitute de Ribaupierre (EML) in Lausanne.
As an accomplished artist Julia also expresses herself through painting. Her work con be found on her online art gallery, JuArt, and al regular exhibitions and concerts combining music and art.
Philippe Mathis – Prize winner composer of the Composition competition “The contemporary piano 2019” for the music composition “Dimensions 1”.
The competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities and selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas etc will be taken into account.
The quality of the text is examined by the jury. Unpublished works & worksworks (Modern compositions for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes) that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.
The results of this year’s international composition competition can be read here
Dimensions no. 1 – “The ugly duckling” (Toccatina) : Dimensions is a work for contemporary piano on several tonality and the vibrations of the Universe. The Universe contain ten dimensions and the number 1 corresponds at the chaos. Undefinable, impalpable, ineffable.
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Alexandre Dubach is a Swiss violinist. He began studying violin under Elisabeth Schoni at the age of 7. Within two years, he won the Concours National of the 1964 EXPO in Lausanne, followed by appearance on television and radio around Switzerland.
He proceeded to study under Eva Zurbrugg, Ulrich Lehmann, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Magda Lavanchy and Salvatore Accardo. At 15 he gave his debut performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Armin Jordanand the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, where he returned regularly as soloist and from 1981-1985 also as leader.
At the age of 16 he won the Migros study prize and completed his studies at the Conservatoire in Fribourg “summa cum laude”. His talent was recognised in international competitions,including Senigallia, Sion, Vienna, Naples, Gernsbach, Freiburg and Vercelli, where he won 1 st prizes, including the coveted “Premio Rodolfo Lipizer”in Gorizia.
In 2000 the town of Thun awarded him their prize for culture. In 2015 he receives the same award from the Bernese Oberland.
In2007 Dubach performed the Swiss national premiere of Niccolo Paganini’s Third ViolinConcerto. His Claves recording of Paganini’s 6 violin concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo has won great acclaim, including a listing in Jaoachim Hartnack’s Great Violinists of our Time.
Alexandre Dubach has taught in Castel del Monte, Zurich (at the master classes after A. Grumiaux and N. Milstein), Delémont and Sion and is also in great demand as a teacher in eastern Europe.
Sibylle Baehler : After obtaining her teaching certificate at the “Staatliches Seminar Bern”, Sibylle Bähler obtained her teaching diploma at the “Société Suisse de Pédagogie musicale”. She completed her artistic training at the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar by taking part in “Master-Classes” with Alexander Alexandrov.
Her main fields of music activity are piano teaching and chamber music concerts. She often accompanies her daughter in four-handed works and plays in duet with violinist Alexandre Dubach. She is also a remarkable Lieder accompanist.
Deutschland, Bensberg, BenefizKonzert für Bono e.V. mit Alexandre Dubach, Emma Saskia und Sybille Bähler im Autohaus Gieraths 18.01.2019 Ⓒ Markus Bollen
Emma Saskia Baehler, born in 2007, begins playing the piano before four years, and she gave her first official concert two years later playing mazurkas by Chopin and works by Brahms and with his mother Sibylle Bähler who is her first teacher.
Emma Saskia Baehler has already performed in several Swiss cities: Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Avenches, Sigriswil, Zürich and Thun, playing as a soloist and with his mother of fourhands. She has playing also in Germany.
Since 2017, she has been Alexandre Dubach’s partner several times, the great Swiss violinist from Thun.
She has already won several first prizes, even with distinction. In June 2018 she won the first prize at the Steinway Piano Competition.
At the end of February, beginning of March 2019, Emma Saskia Bähler gave for the first time concerts with orchestra.
About the Etude for piano
As in any etude, one particular technical aspect of the piano is explored. This Etude for piano explore the arpeggiated chords. The melody is sentimental and romantic. The harmony is diatonic at first but modulates into a different key. The harmonic development in here is very colorful, deep and emotionally intense. Following section brings back the opening melody that modulates to the original key. There is also a Coda that allows now the arpeggios to be played by the right hand while the melody is given to the left.
This Etude won the First Prize Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna 2015 (category professionnal international)
This piano composition competition is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. Selection criteria are musical and no extra-musical parameters such as gender, level of difficulty, nationality and age quotas.
The quality of the text is examined by the jury. Unpublished works & worksworks (Modern scores for piano solo or piano 4 hands, duration 3 to 5 minutes) that have been performed previously and won competitions in the past may be submitted.
RMN Classical has release a album with Diemensions 7 selected through a call for piano recordings.
Modern Music for Piano will is available on every digital outlet and platform and also on RMN Classical.