Prof. Arnulf von Arnim was born in Hamburg, studied in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and with Pierre Sancan in Paris. He took part in master classes with Claudio Arrau and Wilhelm Kempff. He won first prize at the "Viotti" in Vercelli and "Maria Canals" competitions, among others.
Prof. Markus Bellheim tours as a pianist on international stages and festivals. He is particularly committed to contemporary music. His recordings have been awarded various prizes, including the German Record Critics' Prize.
Hsueh-Fong Chien studied with Prof. Sontraud Speidel at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and with Prof. Peter Eicher. She was a founding member of "Piano Podium Taiwan" and leads the "Crossplay Piano Ensemble".
Prof. Ingo Dannhorn is professor of piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen. He previously taught as a visiting professor at the renowned Yonsei University in Seoul/Korea, at the universities in Munich, Augsburg, Bremen and the Wiesbaden Music Academy.
Philip A. Draganov is professor of violin at the Bern University of the Arts and also leads the violin class in the PreCollege Music of the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2010, he has been artistic director of the Swiss International Music Academy of YOUTH CLASSICS.
Prof. Wolfgang Gaag studied sound engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and music (French horn) at the same time. He became principal horn of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in 1969 and joined the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra as principal horn in 1980.
Prof. Daniel Gaede was concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic from 1994 to 2000. As a soloist he has performed with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Polish Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti and Michael Tilson Thom.
Prof. Bernd Glemser experienced an almost meteoric rise to fame as a pianist. As a student of Vitalij Margulis, he won 17 international music competitions in succession from 1981 onwards (e.g. ARD Music Competition 1987).
Prof. Johannes Hinterholzer studied with Prof. Josef Mayr and Prof. Radovan Vlatković at the University Mozarteum University Salzburg and won numerous prizes at national music competitions while still being a student. In 1998 he received the first prize at the competition "Gradus ad Parnassum" Austria.
Christiane Iven was internationally active as an opera and concert singer for three decades. Today, she is professor of singing and vice-president at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich and also works as a director and coach.
The Norwegian bassoonist Prof. Dag Jensen has played as solo bassoonist in several important orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Cologne Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra.
Susanne Kelling has been internationally active as an opera and concert singer for two decades since her first engagement in the "Junge Ensemble" of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Today she is a professor of singing at the Nuremberg University of Music.
Prof. Andreas Langenbuch, born in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in 1978, was already a guest student at the Würzburg Conservatory at the age of 14. He completed his studies with Prof. Norbert Kaiser at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. He repeatedly attended master classes with Prof. Hans Klaus.
Prof. Hannes Läubin received his training under Prof. Bodenröder at the University of Music Freiburg/Breisgau and was a member of the Bundesjugendorchester from 1971 to 1976. During this time he won three first federal prizes at "Jugend Musiziert" and second prize at "Concertino Praga".
Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht was principal flutist from 1989 to 2002 - first in the BR Radio Orchestra, and from 1991 in the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was also principal flute in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra for three years.
Prof. Dorin Marc studied with Professors Nicolae Popa and Ion Cheptea at the Bucharest Academy of Music, he was double bass player in the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania) from 1981 to 1992.
Prof. Rolf Plagge received his first piano lessons at the age of six, studying with Peter-Jürgen Hofer and, after graduating from high school, with Vitaly Margulis in Freiburg. His studies took him to the conservatories in Vienna, New York and Hanover.
The brass quintet Rekkenze Brass - named after the Slavic name of a village settlement from which the town of Hof emerged - was founded in 1978 and has performed in over 20 countries including America and the Far East.
After Prof. Linus Roth was already named ECHO Young Artist in 2006, he received his second ECHO award in 2017 for his recording of the violin concertos by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Prof. Josef Schwab studied at the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Academy of Music in Leipzig, then spent two years as principal cellist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and became principal cellist of the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin in 1962.
Prof. Christoph Sischka holds a professorship for piano and piano methodology at the Freiburg University of Music and is head of the highly gifted department "Freiburger Akademie zur Begabtenförderung".
Prof. Ulrike Sonntag first studied school music and German language and literature in Stuttgart, then singing in Romania and at the Berlin University of the Arts. She was a prize-winner at several competitions. While still a student, she made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
The cellist Prof. Jakob Spahn studied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin n and completed his soloist diploma with distinction. Following his two-year scholarship of the "Karajan Academy" with the Berlin Philharmonic, he became principal cellist of the Bavarian State Opera in 2011.
Prof. Ingolf Turban has already performed as a soloist in the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Halls, the Kennedy Center in Washington, New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, the Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein or Milan's La Scala.
Prof. Galina Vracheva was born in Bulgaria, began her musical education at the Sofia Conservatory and studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and at the Munich University of Music and Theatre.
Prof. Christian Wetzel has been professor of oboe at the Cologne University of Music since 2008. He is also a guest lecturer at important music institutes such as the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Juilliard School in New York.
Prof. Lars Woldt was born in Herford in 1972. He studied singing with Martin Christian Vogel and composition with Giselher Klebe and Martin Christoph Redel at the University of Music in Detmold. Further vocal studies led him to KS Franz Crass.
Prof. Markus Wolf has been first concertmaster at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 1989. He taught at the Vienna University of Music and at the Augsburg University.
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