Sharon Bezaly / Flutist
"When I heard for the first time Sharon Bezaly playing my flute piece, Solo III, I felt that I had experienced the presence of a wonder. Sharon Bezaly is the most extraordinary flautist I have ever heard."
- Kalevi Aho, Composer

A brilliant start to a career: Sharon Bezaly began to play the flute at age eleven. Three years later, she appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. With breathtaking speed, Bezaly worked her way to the top of her field internationally. She studied at the famed Paris Conservatoire and perfected her technique, particularly circular breathing, with Aurele Nicolet. The richness of colour and emotional depth of her playing thrill audiences and professionals alike. A critic from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung even went so far as to compare her with David Oistrach and Vladimir Horowitz.

Until the death of Sandor Vegh in 1997, Bezaly was principal flutist with the Camera-ta Salzburg for some time. Since then, she has appeared primarily as a soloist with ensembles such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Wales Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg. Her chamber music partners include Gidon Kremer and the Bartok Quartet. She has performed at the Lockenhaus Festival, the Kissingen Summer, the Festival of Radio France in Montpellier, and Prague’s Martinu Festival.

Constantly in search of new sounds, Bezaly is intensively involved with contemporary music. Sofia Gubaidulina, Kalevi Aho, Sally Beamish and Christian Lindberg have dedicated compositions to her that she has premiered and recorded. She is a particularly strong presence in the recording world. Under her exclusive contract with the Swedish label BIS, she makes numerous recordings that regularly receive prestigious awards. Sharon Bezaly was awarded the Echo Classic prize as Instrumentalist of the Year and received the Cannes Classical Award for 2002/2003 as Young Artist of the Year.
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Ronald Brautigam/ Pianist
Ronald Brautigam, one of Holland's leading musicians, is remarkable not only for his virtuosity and musicality but also for the eclectic nature of his musical interests. He was born in Amsterdam, where he studied with Jan Wijn, and continued his studies in London and in the United States of America - with Rudolf Serkin. In 1984 he was awarded the "Nederlandse Muziekprijs", the highest Dutch musical award.

Since then Ronald Brautigam performs regularly with leading European orchestras under distinguished conductors including Frans Bruggen, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle and Edo de Waart.
Besides his performances on modern instrument Ronald Brautigam has developed a great passion for the fortepiano. He regularly gives recitals on his instrument, including several Mozart and Beethoven sonata cycles, and has played concertos with the 18th-Century Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band, Concerto Copenhagen and l'Orchestre des Champs Elysees.
He is also a devoted player of chamber-music, regularly working together with Isabelle van Keulen, Nobuko Imai and Melvyn Tan.

In 1995 Ronald Brautigam joined the Swedish label BIS. Since then he has recorded Mendelssohn's Piano Concertos (with Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam), and the complete piano works of Mozart and Haydn - on fortepiano. This will be followed in 2003 by a integral recording of Beethoven's piano music on fortepiano.

With the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly he recorded piano concertos of Sjostakowitsj, Hindemith and Frank Martin for DECCA.

For the coming seasons concerts are scheduled with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, Orchestre Symphonique de Liege, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Concerto Copenhagen and l'Orchestre des Champs-Elysees.
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