BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van

Sonata for violin and piano in A major op 30 no. 1

27-January-2010 Auditorio Sony de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía

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Stankowsky, Eszter

Stankowsky, Eszter

Szombathely (Hungary), 1985. After studying with Zsolt Kalló, in 2003, she became a student at Ferenc Liszt University, with Professor Vilmos Szabadi. She is currently studying in the Violin Chair at Reina Sofía Schoof of Music, with Professor Marco Rizzi. She has attended Master Classes by Marta Gulyás, Geza Hargitai, Bela Bánfalvi, Károly Botvay and Suador Devich. Eszter Stankowsky has played with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danube Symphony Orchestra and the Ferenc Liszt University Orchestra. Member of the Asisa Óscar Esplá Chamber Group and of the Sony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Eötvös.

Gifford, Duncan

Gifford, Duncan

Australian pianist Duncan Gifford's greatest international success took place in 1993 at the prestigious José Iturbe International Competition held in Valencia (Spain) where he won the First Grand Prize, and in 2002 he was distinguished with the Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens. He also was Third Prizewinner at the Sydney's Competition of Music. After studying in Australia, Duncan Gifford entered Moscow's State Conservatory where he studied with Professor Lev Vlassenko where he obtained a Master in Piano Interpretation. Since 1997 he resides in Madrid where he followed improvement courses under the tutorship of Joaquín Soriano. Duncan Gifford is at present Accompanying Pianist Professor at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in the "Fundación Teléfonica" Department of Violin where José Luis García Asesio is Head of the Department. As Professor of the School he has appeared in many concert halls: i.e.: Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Lázaro Galdiano, Marcelino Botín and Caja Madrid Foundations, as well as at the Academy for the Fine Arts and at the Marqués de Salamanca Palace in Madrid. He has also given recitals in many European countries, the old U.S.S.R. and Asia. In 1999 he made his debut in the United States where he played at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and at the "Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts" in Los Angeles. Since his arrival in Spain he has carried out an intensive concerts career and has appeared in the most prestigious venues such as the Palacio de la Música in Valencia and at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. Duncan Gifford has also been soloist with the Valencia and Málaga Orchestras, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Australia Chamber Orchestra, Rome's Mozart Camerata, Irish National, Montreal Metropolitan, Radio Romania National Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra. As piano professor Gifford has given master classes in the United States, Australia, Russia, Greece and Taiwan. He has recorded several CD's with works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

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