Andreas Ottensamer is one of the leading clarinettists of his generation and principal clarinet of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and, together with pianist José Gallardo, is artistic director of the Bürgenstock Festival in Switzerland. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics have won widespread praise, including the Echo Klassik Award for Instrumentalist of the Year 2015.
ANGELA DENOKE ∞ Soprano
Angela Denoke appears regularly at the opera houses of Vienna, New York, Paris, London, Munich, Madrid and Barcelona, and has made notable appearances at the Salzburger Festspiele and with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Many of her major operatic roles, including Salome, Kátya Kabanová and Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Case) have been recorded for DVD. This much-acclaimed German singer also tours with recital programmes of jazz and chansons.
Rebeca Olvera was born in Mexico. In 2006 she won the audience prize at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna and has subsequently become a member of the Zurich Opera ensemble, singing roles such as Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), Despina (Così fan tutte) and Dorinda (Orlando). She is the first Mexican soprano to have appeared at the Salzburg Festival, alongside Cecilia Bartoil in Norma,and has recently made her UK and French debuts.
Thomas Ebenstein is an upcoming Austrian tenor buffo both in opera and concert. Previous engagements include the Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Semperoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Salzburg Festival as well as Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall. In the next season he will make his debut at the Metropolitan Opera. His debut recital album (Capriccio) with lieder by R. Strauss, E. Korngold and A. Zemlinsky has been well received.
The two-time ECHO Award winner Ramón Ortega Quero is recognized around the world as one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation. Alongside his role as Principal Oboist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, he makes regular appearances internationally both as a chamber musician with partners such as Elena Bashkirova, Kit Armstrong, Mitsuko Uchida, Herbert Schuch and Sebastian Manz, and as a soloist with the major international concert orchestras.
Mihoko Fujimura is a leading operatic mezzo, performing at the Wiener Staatsoper and Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. She has appeared notably at the Bayreuth Festival in five Wagner roles over nine seasons, and her repertoire also includes Carmen, Melisánde, Amneris, Eboli and Octavian. Her busy concert career includes appearances with Riccardo Chailly, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Simon Rattle