Maighréad McCrann has been 1. Concertmaster of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1993. In 1997 she was appointed Professor of violin at the University of Performing Arts in Graz. During this time she has also enjoyed a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician and directing chamber orchestras from the violin. Her passion for teaching has resulted in many master classes and intense coaching with the youth orchestras of Spain, Catalunya, Columbia, the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute in Washington.
Born in Dublin where she studied with Brian McNamara, she graduated from Trinity College of music in 1984 and commenced studying in Vienna with Ernst Kovacic. Further violin lessons with Sándor Végh and David Takeno. She was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and played baroque violin with Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus.
Julian Arp was born in 1981 in northern Germany into a big family of musicians. He began to study at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin and learned from Jens Peter Maintz, Boris Pergamenschikow, David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he performs worldwide, playing at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and the Berlin Philharmonie.
For over twenty years he has formed the duo Arp/Frantz with the pianist Caspar Frantz. Together they have won a number of prestigious competitions, including the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition, the German Music Competition and the International Chamber Music Competition “Premio Vittorio Gui” in Florence.
Julian Arp is dedicated to a broad repertoire and is increasingly involved in the performance and creation of new music. Composers such as Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Sven-Ingo Koch, Sarah Nemtsov and Violeta Dinescu have written works for him.
Since autumn 2013 Julian Arp has held a professorship for violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and is also a sought-after lecturer at international master classes.
Joseph Breinl studied the piano in Munich with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius and Gitti Pirner. Winning a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes he attended the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, graduating in 2003 with the highest distinction. Joseph worked closely with Irwin Gage and Graham Johnson, who have both remained important musical influences in his career.
Numerous radio broadcasts and high-profile appearances have earned Joseph Breinl a reputation as one of the most highly respected piano accompanists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. He has performed to critical acclaim at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Semperoper Dresden and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Last season’s engagements included recitals with prestigious artists such as Waltraud Meier, Christianne Stotijn, Miah Persson and Audun Iversen at venues including the Beethovenfest Bonn, Fundación Privada Victoria de los Ángeles Barcelona, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Teatro alla Scala Milan.
Since 2010 Joseph Breinl has been professor of song interpretation and vocal accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz
I-Ting Chen was born in 1986 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. At the age of five she received her first piano lessons and, in a few years, later she also learned to play the violin. With piano teachers such as Yunae Lee, Mag. Dr. Mühlböck, she received a sound piano education in the music schools in Tainan City, Taiwan and continued with concert studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She went to the classes of Professors Alexander Jenner, Heinz Medjimorec and Noel Flores and received valuable musical impulses. After graduation, she gained further chamber music experience while studying at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, where she was able to expand her knowledge of instrumental correpetition with Prof. Denise Benda.
She won several national and international competition prizes, including 1st prize of Taiwan National Student Competition of Music in 1998, Taipei Chopin Piano Competition- 2nd and Polonaise special prize in 1999 and 2002, Dr. J. Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna- 4th and special prize in 2005.
She has been working as a répétiteur at the Institute for String Instruments at the University of Arts in Graz since 2012.
Among her solo and chamber music concert activities are debut with orchestra ( Mendelssohn 1st piano concerto) in Tokyo /Japan at the age of 14, solo recitals such as Chopin recital in Taipei and Tainan City, in Johannes Nepomuk Chapel, Bösendorfer Salon, Haus Hofmannsthal in Vienna. As a pianist and répétiteur, she was allowed to participate in many master classes and competitions as well as concerts in Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Austria.
Levon Avagyan, was born in 1990 in Yerevan, Armenia, and studied at the State Conservatory with Professor Vagharshak Harutyunyan. Since 2010 he is a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Prof. Dr. Milana Chernyavska.
In 2017 Levon Avagyan won the 1st prize, the audience prize and several other special prizes at the prestigious Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona. This success was preceded by an outstanding musical career. Levon is a laureate of more than ten international competitions including 1st prize at the International Piano Competition “Forum per Tasti”, in Slovakia (2015), 1st prize at the International Piano Competition “Roberta Gallinari” in Italy (2015), 2nd prize at the XVIII International Piano Competition “Santa Cecilia” in Portugal (2016) and 2nd prize at the International Piano Competition “Isidor Bajic” in Serbia (2016).
Levon Avagyan makes guest appearances at various prestigious festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, “Young Artists – Stars of Tomorrow” Festival in Germany, Marbella Piano Festival in Spain, Next Generation Classic Festival Bad Ragaz, Elisarion Piano Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, Vaduz Classic Festival in Liechtenstein, Arsonore Festival and Alpenarte Festival in Austria.
Levon is a scholarship holder of the Yamaha Music Foundation in Europe. Also, he was a member of the Berlin cultural project Kammerton, Spivakov Fund in Russia and Foundation Clavarte in Germany. Since 2011, Levon has had the privilege of being a scholarship holder at the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He regularly attends master classes there, gets the opportunity to perform at academy concerts and is supported in his projects.
He has also participated in many master classes with Prof. Arie Vardi, Dmitri Bashkirov, Pavel Gililov, Hung-Kuan Chen, Paul-Badura Skoda, Klaus Hellwig and Boris Berezovsky, among others.