The pianist Biliana Tzinlikova is at home on the solo stage and both as a chamber musician and song accompanist. Her curiosity and spirit of discovery enable her to look back on a multi-faceted discography, which largely includes world premiere recordings from the piano literature.
Biliana Tzinlikova developed the broad spectrum of her pianistic abilities during her studies, influenced by diverse piano traditions: the Russian Piano School – studies with Marina Kapatzinskaja at the State Academy of Music in Sofia – as well as the Leygraf Piano School – master’s concert studies with Christoph Lieske at the Mozarteum University. Biliana Tzinlikova also gained important impulses from master classes with Elisso Virsaladze, Arndzej Jaszinsky, Pavel Gililov, Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Alexander Lonquich and Klaus-Christian Schuster. Especially notable was her intensive work with Ruggiero Ricci (1998-2003) and Ferenc Rados (2002-2005).
More recently, her artistic work as a concert pianist has focused on the rediscovery and performance of forgotten piano music. This passion is showcased in her CD recordings. In 2014, she released a world premiere of Franz Anton Hoffmeister’s Piano Sonata on a 3 CD set (Grand Piano, Naxos International), which promptly made a name for her in the professional world. The recordings received enthusiastic reviews from internationally recognized music organizations and academics alike. She continued recording, releasing a CD with virtuosic variations from Stephen Heller in 2016, piano music of the French composer Louise Farrenc in 2018, and a CD with works from Germaine Tailleferre, Georges Auric and Louis Durey in 2020. (All three published by Paladino Music)
Since 2017 Tzinlikova has also been working together with actresses and actors to organize cross-genre concert programs that focus on female composers’ works in music history.
As a sought after chamber music partner, she collaborates often, locally and abroad, with internationally renowned artists such as Christian Gerhaher, Adrian Eröd, Thomas Selditz, Klara Flieder, Thomas Riebl, Colin Jacobsen, Ulf Schneider, Ann Harvey-Nagl, Vesna Stankovic, Stephan Picard, Patrick Demenga, Gustav Rivinius, Dany Bonvin, Esther Hoppe, Christophe Pantillon, Marta Sudraba, Andreas Schablas, Christoph Zimper, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a soloist, she has performed at the Mozart Week Festival in Salzburg, and with Stefan Sanderling with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has given concerts in almost every country in Europe, as well as the USA. In 2004, she had her debut in the Viennese Concert house.
Biliana Tzinlikova teaches at the Mozarteum University. Since her habilitation in 2019 she has led a class for piano and chamber music there, and is the initiator and artistic director of the festival „Kammermusiktage Erika Frieser“, which is dedicated to works by female composers.
Klara Flieder was born into a Viennese family of musicians. She began her violin studies with Margarethe Biedermann at the Vienna Conservatory and continued with Christian Ferras in Paris and Arthur Grumiaux in Brussels. Master classes with Henryk Szeryng, Nathan Milstein and Augustin Dumay rounded off her education.
Concert activities as a soloist and chamber musician have taken her to the world's most renowned concert halls (including the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, South Bank Center) and to numerous international festivals throughout Europe, the USA, South America and China (including Kuhmo Festival Finland, Carinthian Summer, Midsummer Music Festival Sweden, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Narnia Festival Italy).
She is a long-standing member of the Flieder Trio, the Leschetizky Trio Vienna and the Hyperion Ensemble and also looks back on many years of intensive collaboration in the violin-violoncello duo with Christophe Pantillon and in the violin-piano duo with Patrick Leung.
In 2014 Klara Flieder gave performances of the complete sonatas for piano and violin by W. A. Mozart with Patrick Leung in Shanghai. She has also participated in a number of CD recordings (EMI, Dabringhaus & Grimm, Extraplatte and Preiser Records) in all of the above-mentioned ensemble formations and works with artists such as Pierre Amoyal, Roberto Benzi, Ernst Kovacic, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Ludwig Streicher.
Since 2005 Klara Flieder has held a professorship for violin at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. She has held teaching positions and guest professorships at the Universities of Music in Vienna and Graz, and also gives master classes in Austria, Sweden, Spain, Italy, the USA and China.
The cellist Christophe Pantillon was born in Neuchâtel; he comes from a family of musicians of Swiss and American origin.
He received his first cello lessons in his hometown with J.-P. Guy and with Elena Botez in Bern. He then continued his cello studies with Heinrich Schiff at the Music Academy in Basel. Further studies with Valentin Erben ( Alban Berg Quartet ) at the Academy of Music in Vienna and with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as well as master classes, among others with Mischa Maisky in Siena, complete his education.
He has lived in Vienna since 1992, where he co-founded the aron quartet in 1998. He is also a member of various chamber music ensembles and performs regularly as a duo with his wife, the violinist Klara Flieder.
Christophe Pantillon has recorded numerous chamber music CDs (cpo, Cascavelle, Preiser Records, Nimbus Records), many of which have won international awards. His CD "Paroles de violoncelle", released in 2013, with French works for violoncello solo, enjoys the highest national and international recognition.
Performances as a soloist or as a member of various chamber music ensembles have taken Christophe Pantillon to Vienna ( Musikverein, Konzerthaus), Salzburg ( Mozarteum ), London ( Wigmore Hall ), Washington ( Library of Congress ), Paris ( Opéra Bastille ), Tokyo ( Casals Hall, Oji Hall ), Moscow ( Tchaikovsky Conservatory ), Buenos Aires ( Teatro Colon ), Madrid ( Teatro Real ), Zurich ( Tonhalle ), Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Saint Petersburg, Helsinki. ... and to internationally renowned festivals.
Christophe Pantillon teaches at the Musikschule Wien and is a sought-after teacher at national and international master classes (Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale School of Music)USA, Académie Internationale d'été de Nice, Sommerakademie Lilienfeld, austrian arts session (Ossiach), Sommerakademie Schässburg (Romania), Sounding Jerusalem, etc.).
Adrian Eröd is one of the most successful Austrian singers of his generation. Apart of the Vienna State Opera he performs at the Salzburg Festival, the Bayreuth Festival, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Scala in Milan, the Opéra de Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Opera Zürich and the National Opera in Tokyo. His roles include Figaro in BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Eisenstein in THE BAT, Valentin in FAUST, Britten’S BILLY BUDD, Sixtus Beckmesser in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Loge in RHEINGOLD and Prospero in T.Adès’ THE TEMPEST.
Adrian Eröd is also frequently performing on the concert stage. He has appeared with the Vienna and the Berlin Phiharmonic, working with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons.
He is particularly fond of Lied and is singing recitals with Helmut Deutsch, Justus Zeyen and Christoph Traxler. Adrian Eröd was nominated an Austrian Kammersänger.
Thomas Selditz has made an international name for himself as a chamber musician. After his studies, he played as 1st solo violist under Daniel Barenboim in the Staatskapelle Berlin. Before being appointed professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2010, he held professorships at the conservatories in Hanover and Hamburg.
He belonged to the renowned Gaede Trio for over 20 years and was a member of the Hugo Wolf Quartet from 2013-2016. He has performed in halls such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus, London's Wigmore Hall and the Cité de la musique Paris.
As a chamber musician, he has been a guest at many renowned international festivals and has recorded over 20 CDs for labels such as Sony, Largo Records, Tacet, MDG, Audite and Phoenix. His recording of Henri Vieuxtemps' works for viola and piano was awarded the Diapason d'Or and the German Record Critics' Prize in France in 2003. Most recently, the solo recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra London (Sinfonia Concertante by Walter Braunfels) was also awarded the German Record Critics' Prize in 2019.
Tommaso Huber grew up in an environment influenced by folk music in Putzleinsdorf/Mühlviertel. He learned to play the accordion from his father at an early age and began his specific musical education at the Linz Music High School.
He studied concert double bass in Vienna and Graz with Ludwig Streicher, Josef Niederhammer and Johannes Auersperg, and in 2000 was engaged in the orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, where he has been playing ever since.
As an accordionist he plays in the ensembles AMARCORD WIEN, "The Flying Schnörtzenbrekkers" and in the Duo GürtlerHuber, for which he also composes and arranges.
1998 - 2007 Training as a violin maker privately in the workshop of Konrad Stoll, Haldenwang/Allgäu. In 2010 he passed the professional examination before the Vienna Guild of Craftsmen and obtained the authorisation to practice the violin making trade for new construction and repair of double basses.
At today's concert, Tommaso Huber will play a double bass from his own workshop, built in 2000.
Johannes Flieder was born in Vienna in 1959 and studied violin with M. Biedermann at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität from 1966 to 1977, and subsequently viola with Siegfried Führlinger at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna from 1977 to 1983.
In 1980 he won 2nd prize at the international ARD competition in Munich and in the same year became principal violist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed in Austria, Germany and Hungary, including at the Vienna Musikverein with the Wiener Concert-Verein, at the Bregenz Festival, at the Carinthian Summer, as well as in Berlin, Essen and Lübeck.
As a chamber musician he is a member of the Flieder Trio and the HABE Quartet, as well as other formations, and can point to a rich palette of radio and CD recordings. Johannes Flieder is a member of the Wiener Concert-Verein and regularly participates in the Concentus Musicus under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Sophie Druml was born in Vienna and has been taking piano and violin lessons since the age of six. She studied concert piano at the mdw and at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, as well as concert violin there and at the MUK.
Sophie is a recipient of numerous international awards and prizes and was among the last 12 in the piano duo category at the ARD Competition 2021. She has been invited to various festivals such as the Chopin Festival at Kartause Gaming, Klassik im Burghof Klagenfurt, LOISIARTE Festival, Kyoto International Music Festival, CLASSIX Kempten, Attergauer Kultursommer, Mattseer Diabellisommer, Schloß Walpersdorf and with the Arton Trio to the Megaron Gyzi Festival in Santorini.
With the "Eurydice Quartet" she made her debut as 1st violinist at the Herbstgold Festival 2021 by Julian Rachlin. She is a musical partner of the Aron Quartet, Paul Gulda, Veronika Hagen and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in 1998 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Andreas Siles-Mellinger received his first violin lessons at the age of eight at the "Instituto Eduardo Laredo". In 2013 he received a scholarship from IMEN (International Music Education Network) to study in Austria at the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School.
He leads a busy concert schedule at home and abroad (Baroque Festival "Misiones de Chiquitos" in Bolivia, Japan, USA, Greece, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Germany), playing in famous concert halls such as Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Auditorium "Giovanni Arvedi" del Museo del Violino Cremona, Greek National Opera, The Masonic Temple in Washington and others.
Since October 2020, Andreas Siles Mellinger has been studying at the University Mozarteum Salzburg with Prof. Klara Flieder-Pantillon.
The Doppler Quartet (Julia Dueñas and Nora Ratzberger, violins | Laeticia Lermer, viola | Franziska Lermer, violoncello) was founded in Salzburg in 2017. By now the members are between 13 and 16 years young and study at the University Mozarteum Salzburg (Pre-College), at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna mdw (Highly Gifted and Preparatory Course) and at the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School (Intensive Training and Young Masters Programme). As a quartet they are taught by Christophe Pantillon at the Margareten Music School.
The Doppler Quartett is a multiple prize winner in the youth competition "Prima la musica" and records 1st prizes in the regional competition in Salzburg 2019, 2021 and in Vienna 2023, as well as a 1st prize in the national competition in Salzburg 2021. In the national competition 2023, the Doppler Quartett emerged as national winner in the corresponding age category.