Pianists 2015

Marina Belashuk FotoMarina Belashuk was born in Grodno, Belarus. Upon graduating from Music school, she entered Gnesins Musical College in Moscow. Then she continued her piano studies at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow (professor Zvereva) and has post graduating studies in the Academy. Marina Belashuk is a prize-winner of a number International Competitions as a solo pianist and as accompanist. Now she is a docent of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music. In the last season Marina became the diplomant of the Competitions as the accompanist three times. It were "Valentina Levko" International Competition (October 2008, Moscow), Alexandr Dargomyzsky All-russian Competition (December 2008, Thula), Rübezahl International opern singing Competition (July 2009, Jelenja Gora, Poland). At the last season Marina went on tour in Finland, Poland, Belarus, German and Russia. Marina has acted as the soloist and as the accompanist in ensemble withbaritone Dmitry Grinikh and polish flutist Edita Fil. In July 2011 in the 8th time Marina has taken part in work of a master-class of the well-known polish singer Jadwiga Rappe.

Karolina Stanczyk PolenThe pianist, chamber musician and teacher. She graduated from the Music Academy in Poznan, branch in Szczecin, in the class of prof. Franciszek Gajb. She works as a lecturer at the Academy of Art in Szczecin in cooperation with vocal classes of prof. Grazyna Flicinska-Panfil and Dr. Sylwia Burnicka - Kalischewska. She also teaches piano at the Feliks Nowowiejski?s Music School. Karolina Stanczyk has won three editions of the Artistic Scholarship of Szczecin. She took part in many auditions, competitions and festivals where she won numerous awards as a pianist - accompanist (f.ex. the 4th International Competition of Wind Instruments in Wroclaw, the National Competition of Wind Instruments 'Miniature 2011' in Bydgoszcz, the 34th Competition for Young Musicians in Szczecinek). She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the following festivals: the Biennale of Contemporary Music, the Festival of Contemporary Music of Witold Lutoslawski, the Nova Music CONtemplations, the International Festival of Saxophone, the Western Pomerania Clarinet Festival). She has performed with such distinguished artists as Joseph Wytko, Karel Dohnal, Florent Heau, Francois Sauzeau, Riccardo Crocilla and Jan Jakub Bokun. As a pianist - accompanist she accompanied the participants of the Summer Academy of Wind Instruments in Myslib?rz, Summer Music Courses in Leba, Nationwide Saxophone Workshops in Szczecin. The artist collaborates with Mieczyslaw Karlowicz?s Philharmonic in Szczecin, the Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble "Camerata Nova" and the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra.

hinzThomas Hinz studied piano and accompaniment of song in the Music Academy of Robert Schumann in DÜsseldorf in the class of prof. Szczepañska, prof. Schenk and prof. de Bruyn. After graduating, he received many job offers as a coach and accompanist of songs. To complement the knowledge and experience he participated in master classes led by such notables as Thomas Quasthoff, Eberhard Felts, and Klaus Hellwig. He also performed in Salvador and Brazil between 2005 and 2008. In 2006 he was accompanist at the Song Contest in Bad Kissingen. He is currently employed at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Rostock.

DiegoCrovettiMaestroDiego Crovetti, pianist and conductor, was born in Milano, Italy. After having studied piano in M?nchen (Germany) and Milano, havig graduated at Conservatorio Verdi he mastered in the field of opera and orchestral conducting. He studied also musicology and literature at Milano State University. As a pianist he accompanied many vocal concerts and opera shows all around Italy and Europe (Germany, Austria, France, Swiss, Spain) and Asia (China, Korea, Japan), playing with such singers as Barbara Frittoli, Katia Ricciarelli, Jose' Cura, Giuseppe Giacomini, Giacomo Aragall, Salvatore Licitra etc. In 1997-2001 he worked as an opera-coach at Graz Opera House (Austria) and he was also an assistant of such conductors as Ulf Schirmer, Gunter Neuhold, Anton Guadagno and Maestro Riccardo Chailly at the Milano Verdi Symphony Orchestra. He was also a guest of other theaters like Tokyo National Theatre, Teatro alla Scala (for "West Side Story"), Teatro Sociale di Como. He teaches an opera interpretation for singers and orchestral and chorus conducting at Accademia Donizetti in Masate (Milano) and he holds many masterclasses in Italy, Austria, Japan, China, Korea. He is invited as a Jury at many important singing competitions such as "Aslico" in Como, "Tagliavini" in Deutschlandsberg (Austria), "Viotti" in Vercelli, "Zandonai" (2010 special edition at Shanghai Expo), "Bellini" in Caltanissetta. He made his debut as a conductor with "Philarmonia Mediterranea Orchestra" at the 1st Calabria Opera Festival in Cosenza (Italy). In 2002-2006 he conducted many vocal concerts tours in Swiss, Germany, Austria, appearing also in important concert-halls such as Frankfurt "Alte Oper", Muenchen "Herkulessaal", Zuerich "Tonhalle". In 2002 he had his opera debut with "AIDA" of Verdi at Heidelberg Arena (Germany). He followed many opera productions in Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium f.e. "Aida", "Nabucco", "La Traviata", "Die Zauberflöte", "Die Czardasfürstin". In 2004 he conducted "Tosca" at Busan Opera House (Korea) with Seoul Philarmonic Orchestra and in 2006 he made his USA debut with "Pagliacci" and "Lucia di Lamermoor" at Grand Opera Theatre in Wichita, Kansas. In the same year he conducted "Tosca" in Como and "Carmen" in Milano. In 2007 after "Macbeth" of Verdi in Spain (Madrid, Zaragoza, Toledo) and "Barbiere di Siviglia" in Latina, he conducted "Aida" at the important Avenches Arena Opera Festival. In 2008-2011 he prepared various productions as "Tosca" and "Aida" at the Cheliabinsk Opera Festival (Russia), "Carmen" and "Traviata" at Busan Opera House, "Cavalleria Rusticana", "Barbiere di Siviglia", "Elisir d'amore", "Rigoletto" in Milano and in Sicily, "Traviata" at Daegu Opera House (live broadcast by MBC TV) and Seoul Arts Center (Korea) where he will be back next year. His next production will be "Il Trovatore" at Rho Auditorium Milano and in december 2011 he will debut with Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana at Teatro Politeama in Palermo. In 2009 he recorded a CD of "Cavalleria Rusticana" of Mascagni with the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra.