The Artists Managements portfolio of IfBK provides classical music artists with a full range of services. In addition to the standard tasks of an agency – such as developing performance opportunities and public relations – based on the work of our institute, we also prepare our artists psychologically for the high demands of this profession. This includes aspects such establishing one’s own identity as a prerequisite for a career as an artist, giving advice and ongoing support in the biographical and individual career through personal talks, as well as identifying and focusing in on market opportunities using social science methodology.
The young soprano Ania Vegry is one of the most promising rising stars of her generation. Laureate of the 2011 Geneva International Music Competition, she has been member of the solo ensemble of the Hannover State Opera for several years, where she has performed brilliantly in a number of leading roles.
David Alexander Rahbee
David Alexander Rahbee is currently Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, where he is director of orchestral activities and teaches conducting.
A finalist and laureate at the prestigious Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Ewa Strusińska is Music Director and Principal Conductor of Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Austrian conductor Peter Sommerer, who in 2013 was promoted after just one season from 1st conductor to Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Schleswig-Holstein in Flensburg, is enthralling audiences as a “transitions expert” with deep-felt musicality and compelling clarity. As an ambassador of music, he is expanding horizons and winning over new audiences with charming as well as refined but also popular concert formats and programmes.
Chef zugleich in Taiwan und Dänemark, und laut Süddeutscher Zeitung ein „Meister der Zwischentöne – ein begnadeter Dirigent“ – so bewegt sich Shao-Chia Lü zwischen den Konzertsälen und Opernhäusern Asiens und Europas. 2017 leitet der musikalische Weltbürger sowohl die chinesische Erstaufführung des „Tristan“ in Peking als auch eine ausgedehnte Konzerttournee mit seinem Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra durch europäische Hauptstädte.
Svetoslav Borisov is a true representative of the modern Central European conductor. He comes from Bulgaria and knows the music of the Slavic countries in and out. And after years of artistic activity in Austria and Germany, the musical heritage of these countries has become his own as well. Since the season 2016/2017 he is Principal Conductor at the Magdeburg Opera and remains Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra “con fuoco” in Graz.
In the beginning, Wolfgang Wengenroth was particularly committed and passionate about music theatre. In recent years, however, the symphonic field has become just as important to him.
Under his direction, performances of both genres are being performed throughout Europe as well as on stages in Japan and South America. Furthermore, he was part of various performances of new music – including important world premieres. Wolfgang Wengenroth has been a professor at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz since 2016.
„Markovina’s sensitive phrasing seems just about perfect“ was written in the Fanfare Magzine about her recordings. Ana-Marija Markovina is an authentic and unconventional artist whose career was guided by important teachers from the very beginning.
Jean-François Heisser is a well-rounded artist, leading a versatile career as a pianist, conductor and teacher, fueled by a vast cultural knowledge and tireless intellectual curiosity. Born in Saint-Etienne, he is the disciple and heir of Vlado Perlemuter, Henriette Puig-Roget and Maria Curcio.
With her second prize of Long-Thibaud International Competition, Shion Minami attracted a great deal of international attention in 2005. In 2015, she was awarded second prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover. She is one of the most acclaimed talented young violinists of her generation.
An all-round artist who’s not only playing the piano on an extraordinary high level, but the cello too? Yeah, you heard right! Elena Gaponenko is a versatile artist who already proved with her first CD release ‘Duo for One’ that she’s capable of playing two instruments on a same high level of quality. An artist who knows how to impress her audience.
Die Überschrift von Beethovens Kreutzersonate lautet: „in stilo molto concertante“ – die Instrumente sollen gleiche dynamische Stimmen haben. Dies ist das Anliegen des Duo Concertante: die vollständige Gleichberechtigung der beiden Instrumente. Die Kreutzersonate war jenes Stück, mit dem das Duo im Jahr 1997 die Bühnenwelt mit „musikalischem Dynamit“ (Hallifax Chronicle Herald) eroberte.
In den darauffolgenden zwanzig Jahren hat sich das Duo Concertante zum führenden Duo in Canada entwickelt. In Europa sind sie noch ein Geheimtipp, finden aber einen immer größer werdende Fan-Gemeinde
María Cecilia Muñoz
Born in Argentina, the young flautist Maria Cecilia Munoz has been a prize-winner at many national and international competitions. She can be heard as a soloist with major symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as in fascinating recitals with brilliant pianists and chamber music partners and in modern music concerts.
Reviewers are describing the concerts with KBB as „a masterly performance“ with an emphazise on the „perfectly matched sound“ and the „visible devotion and love of the play“ of the musicians, whether in previous concerts in Berlin, or at the Brandenburg Summer Concerts, the Music Summer Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the MDR Music Summer.
Only a few composers had such a lasting impact on the contemporary music than the french composer Betsy Jolas has. Praised by the international press her large oevre was already played at every grande stage all over the world. Within her long lasting career as a composer she was able to constantly give new impetus to the contemporary music.
Federico Biscione, composer, was born in Tivoli in 1965. After graduating from the Tivoli Humanities High School, he obtained diplomas in Piano, Composition (under the guidance of Vieri Tosatti) and Orchestral Conducting at the „A. Casella“ Academy of Music in L’Aquila.