At the age of twenty-seven, piano virtuoso Marek Kozák has achieved a series of impressive results in a wide range of competitions, including some of the most prestigious ones. His name is almost always remembered as a semifinalist in the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the top piano contest in its discipline worldwide, or with his success at the prestigious Prague Spring competition a year later in 2016. In 2018, he won the first prize as well as the audience prize at the European Piano Competition in Bremen. In 2019 he was a finalist at the Busoni competition in Bolzano. Critics have consistently praised his flawless technique, his sense of proportion and gradation, his wide range of expression, deep musicality and faithfulness to the musical notation. Marek Kozák is a graduate of the piano class of Prof. Ivan Klánský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Julian Trevelyan is a British musician born in 1998, who in summer 2021 was awarded the Second Prize, the Mozart-Prize and the Audience Prize at the 15th Géza Anda Piano Competition in Zurich. He had already won the renowned Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin at the age of 16; in addition, he is laureate of competitions such as the CFRPM – Competition-Festival of Contemporary Music in Paris, the Dudley in Birmingham, Dumortier in Belgium, and Kissingen KlavierOlymp in Germany. Sponsored by Patrick Masure, he currently studies with Rena Shereshevskaya at the École Normale Alfred Cortot. Julian is an Alumnus of the Lieven International Piano Foundation and underwent his initial training as a pianist with Elizabeth Altman and Christopher Elton. He has performed more than twenty different piano concertos, including the first version of Tchaikovsky’s Op. 23. In Moscow, he gave the first Russian performance of Lucas Debargue’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra. Julian also studied composition and is composer in residence of the Ensemble Dynamique. He takes the position of first violinist in a string quartet, plays historical instruments and is a member of a Mandarin a cappella choir. Moreover, he studied musicology at Oxford University and obtained a degree in Geology. In his spare time, Julian enjoys reading, cooking and sports.
Born in 1996 in Hamburg, Anton Gerzenberg is the winner of the 15th Géza Anda Piano Competition 2021. He began to play the piano at the age of four and was taught, amongst others, by Julia Suslin and Julia Botchkovskaia in Hamburg and Jan Jiracek von Arnim in Vienna. Currently, he pursues his studies with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Cologne. In 2019 Anton became one of the founders of the New Music ensemble ÉRMA in Cologne, which played its first concert in close collaboration with Unsuk Chin. He has played chamber music with such artists as Martha Argerich, Dora Schwarzberg and Alvise Vidolin and concertos with various orchestras including the Taipeh Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Symphoniker, Hamburger Camerata, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich. In 2022-23 the Vienna Konzerthaus presents him as a recitalist and with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in five concerts as part of its “Great Talent” programme. He is also a frequent guest at festivals including the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Mozartfest Würzburg.
Gergely Madaras has been Music Director of Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège since 2019. He regularly appears as a guest conductor with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony, Hallé, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic and Hungarian Radio orchestras, the Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen and Luxembourg Philharmonic orchestras as well as with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and Academy of Ancient Music. As an opera conductor he has appeared at the English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Hungarian State Opera. While his repertoire is rooted in the classical and romantic periods, he maintains a close relationship with new music. He collaborated with composers George Benjamin, Péter Eötvös, György Kurtág, Tristan Murail, Luca Francesconi, Philippe Boesmans and Pierre Boulez.
Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sz 83/BB 91)
Piano Concerto No. 2 (Sz 95/BB 101)
Piano Concerto No. 3 (Sz 119/BB 127)
L. van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major op. 73
When registering for the Concours on 26 May, the candidates will notify the Concours Office about the cadenzas they would like to play in the Final (if they have chosen a Beethoven concerto). If they wish to play rarely performed or their own cadenzas, the candidates must give the Concours Office the music for them.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major S. 124
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major S. 125
The piano concertos by Liszt must be combined with one of the following compulsory works:
Totentanz S. 126
Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Melodies for piano and orchestra S. 123
E. von Dohnányi
Variations on a Nursery Tune in C major, op. 25, for piano and orchestra (1914)
The Musikkollegium Winterthur occupies a prominent position in Europe’s cultural landscape. The orchestra’s long history, which dates to 1629, has clearly left its mark: the commitment of bourgeois families in the 18th century is continued today by the numerous members of the association. The Stadthaus concert hall designed by Gottfried Semper dates from the 19th century and was inaugurated in the same year as Vienna’s Musikverein. The early 20th century was a particularly important time for Winterthur. Patron of the arts Werner Reinhart, together with conductor Hermann Scherchen, transformed the city into a centre of European musical life during this period. Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss and Anton Webern maintained links with the city, as did Clara Haskil and Wilhelm Furtwängler. Such a legacy entails obligations: no other classical symphony orchestra in Switzerland is as naturally committed to the modern classical repertoire as the Musikkollegium Winterthur. The ensemble also gives world première performances, most recently of works by composers such as Richard Dubugnon, Johannes Maria Staud and David Philip Hefti. The orchestra’s other repertoire focuses on the classical and early romantic periods. With more than 40 seasonal concerts as well as foreign tours and an award-winning musical education programme, the orchestra is an outstanding institution. Many personalities have contributed to the excellent quality of the ensemble: not only former chief conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Zehetmair, but also internationally sought-after soloists – who always return to Winterthur with pleasure. The Musikkollegium Winterthur is now launching the 2021/22 season under its promising young Chief Conductor, Roberto González-Monjas.