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Mirjam Tschopp

Since her debut as a soloist at thirteen, Mirjam Tschopp (born in Zurich in 1976) has enjoyed a varied international career as a violinist and viola player, with both instruments featuring equally in her activities. As a soloist with renowned orchestras and chamber musician with, among others, Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Mandelring Quartet and the Trio des Alpes, she has made a name for herself. She has performed in the Wigmore Hall London, the Kosciuszko Foundation New York, the Philharmonie Köln, the Musikverein Wien, the Tonhalle Zurich and at the Festivals in Lucerne, Gstaad and Verbier. Her special interest for recent music has led her to perform numerous premieres, including the violin concerto dedicated to her by Nicolas Bacri under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. She received outstanding reviews in the international media for her recordings of the violin and viola concertos by A. Adnan Saygun. The only prizewinner of the 2000 Max Rostal Viola Competition in Berlin, she studied violin with Aïda Stucki, Franco Gulli, Thomas Brandis, Herman Krebbers and Herbert Scherz and viola with Christoph Schiller. She held a teaching posts for violin and viola at the Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck and at the Konservatorium Zürich. In 2018 she was appointed University Professor for Violin and Viola at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

Riccardo Bovino

Born in Turin in 1975, Riccardo Bovino began to study the piano in his hometown. Having graduated with top marks, he continued his studies in Basel with Jürg Wyttenbach and Gérard Wyss. Conducting studies took him to Dennis Russel Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Alongside an intensive activity as soloist, his preference for chamber music and singing leads him to collaborate regularly with such artists as Ivan Monighetti, Sol Gabetta, Gautier und Renaud Capuçon, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Reto Bieri, Quartetto di Cremona, Ransom Wilson, Raphäel Oleg, Claudia Barainsky, Jennifer Larmore and Hans Peter Blochwitz. He performs at important venues including the Tonhalle Zurich, the Wigmore Hall London, the Musikverein Vienna, the Coliseo in Buenos Aires, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Rudolfinum Prague and the Stadt Casino Basel and was invited to the Lucerne Festival, the Montpellier Festival, the Davos and the Engadin Festivals, the Båstad Chamber Music Festival, the "Settimane musicali" Stresa and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. He has made numerous recordings for cpo, panclassics and various European radio broadcasters. Riccardo Bovino is a lecturer at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern.

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