Between 2016 and 2018, Sergej Bolkhovets was the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the RNCM under the mentorship of Sir Mark Elder. As a violinist, he played in the Berliner Philharmonic and worked with conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Levine, Mehta, Abbado, Sawalish and many others. He has been a regular guest at the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and a guest concertmaster in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Frankfurt Opera, Orquestra de Algarve, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic and Stockholm Royal Opera. In 2014, Sergej began receiving conducting tuition and took part in master classes with Kenneth Kiesler, Mark Heron, Jac van Steen, Timothy Reynish, Paavo & Neemi Järvi, Leonid Grin and Peter Rundel. From 2015 to 2016, Sergej studied conducting at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and simultaneously began the master’s programme at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Sergej performed as chief conductor of the Vielharmonisches Orchester student orchestra in Münster, and throughout his studies he conducted Jena Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Dalasinfonietta, NEO, KammarensembleN, Västerås Sinfonietta and Gävle Symphony. Sergej has assisted Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko and Cristian Mandeal at the Liverpool Philharmonic, and Juanjo Mena and Nicholas Collon at the BBC Philharmonic orchestra in Manchester. Since 2017, Sergej has held a position as conducting teacher at the Junior RNCM in Manchester.
Daichi Deguchi is a graduate of the department of conducting of Tokyo College of Music and of the Faculty of Law at Kwansei Gakuin University. He has studied conducting under Junnichi Hirokami, Tatsuya Shimono, Toshifumi Tashiro and Masanori Mikawa. In 2012, he attended the short courses for conductors – hosted by the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and taught by Michiyoshi Inoue – where he was selected as an outstanding student and performed in the closing concert.
Emilia Hoving (1994) began her musical studies at the age of 6 with piano as her instrument. Later she also studied clarinet and cello. In 2015, Emilia started conducting studies at the newly founded Panula Academy with professor Jorma Panula. She is currently studying at the Sibelius Academy under Atso Almila and Hannu Lintu. During her studies Emilia conducted orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra and Pori Sinfonietta. Since 2017, she has been conductor of the string orchestra Helsinginkadun Jouset. She has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras such as Wegelius Kammarstråkar, Ylioppilaskunnan Soittajat and Helsinginkadun Filharmonikot. She recently made her opera debut in Helsinki by conducting a production of Donizetti’s opera Rita.
Haoran Li won first prize at the 5th International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales in Bucharest, Romania. He studied orchestral conducting under Professor Xia Xiao-Tang at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in China. In 2011, Haoran moved to Germany to continue his musical studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. He took part in master classes by Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jorma Panula, Bramwell Tovey, Nicolas Pasquet and Tugan Sokhiev. In 2012 and 2013, Haoran participated at the Dirigenten-Werkstatt Interaktion workshop.
Jaan Ots is an Estonian pianist and conductor. During the 2016/2017 season, he conducted Pärnu City Orchestra and Lahti Sinfonia. The following season included his debut with the Finnish National Ballet and a return to Pärnu City Orchestra. From 2015 to 2016, he served as assistant conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and assisted Maestro Hannu Lintu with the Jean Sibelius Orchestra. He graduated in orchestral conducting from the Sibelius Academy in 2016 with maximum grade. In addition to piano, his strong musical background also includes extensive studies in trumpet playing. Having excelled in both instruments, Jaan is a prize winner in over 20 competitions in Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Germany, such as the Steinway & Sons Competition for Young Pianists, the Estonian National Competition for Wind Instruments and the Estonian National Piano Competition. Jaan is also an active chamber musician and he works with various ensembles such as the Amaryllis quartet and the Frielinghaus Ensemble. Alongside his colleague Kornilios Michailidis, he is founder of the Beethoven Now! project.
In 2017 Johanna Malangré served as conducting fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy where she worked with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Matthias Pintscher, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and conducted the final concert of Wolfgang Rihm's composition master class. She served as assistant conductor with Bergische Symphoniker in the 2016/2017 season, where she assisted music director Peter Kuhn and spearheaded several family and benefit concerts as well as the annual open-air gala. She has regularly performed with the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic since 2016 and recently made her debut with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. She also collaborates with Bern Symphony Orchestra and has directed their series of educational concerts several times this season. Malangré has worked with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staatstheater Cottbus Orchester, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Bergische Symphoniker, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonic, Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra, Hradec Symphony Orchestra and others. A passionate for opera, Malangré started her career working as Assistant Conductor at the Chamber Opera Cologne in productions of Don Giovanni, My Fair Lady, Cenerentola, Die Zauberflöte, Im weißen Rössl and Hänsel und Gretel. The upcoming season will take her to the Opera Pilzen with Dvoráks' Rusalka as well as directing the Staatstheather Cottbus, and she will also return to Bern, Konstanz, Wintherthur and Bad Reichenhall. In master classes, she received valuable advice from Bernard Haitink, Matthias Pintscher, Heinz Holliger, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Nicolas Pasquet. Born in 1989, Johanna Malangré has studied in Köln, Nürnberg and Mozarteum Salzburg and holds a degree in conducting, choral conducting and organ. She is recipient of the 2015 Richard-Wagner-Prize and is currently a student in the renowned class of Professor Johannes Schlaefli at Zürich University of the Arts.
Described by the New York Times as “a musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth”, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich performs as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras. He gave his Wiener Musikverein debut on a European Tour with the Staatskapelle Dresden, his US debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and appears regularly at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms. In 2012, he co-founded the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia, the first orchestra to perform a Mahler Symphony in the nation’s history. Elschenbroich returns to Bolivia on a regular basis to lead educational projects and develop the orchestra. This commitment led Elschenbroich to explore the field of conducting with various orchestras across Latin America and the UK. This year he gave his London conducting debut, leading The Telegraph to write “Elschenbroich gave a performance of Brahms’ 1st Symphony that at times touched the heights.”
Maria Seletskaja is first soloist with Royal Ballet of Flanders, former first soloist with Staatsballett Berlin, Zürich Ballet and Estonian National Ballet over 15 seasons. She is regarded as the first female dancer to pursue a career in conducting. While working in Staatsoper Berlin, she started studying conducting with Connelly and Pope.
In 2011-12, Maria studied at Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), completing a Master Certificate in harmony, theory of music, ear training and orchestration. In 2013-16, Maria started assisting conductors and conducting piano rehearsals for major ballet productions at her company, Royal Ballet of Flanders. In February 2018, she assisted maestro Dominic Grier with Liszt’s Faust Symphony performed by Royal Flemish Philharmonic. In 2015 and 2016, Maria was accepted as a participant for G. Hurst Conducting Course in Sherborne (England), studying there with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Denise Ham. In 2017, Maria participated and conducted during master classes led by Neeme and Paavo Järvi, maestro Martin Sieghart and the all-Beethoven course led by Martin Sieghart. During the 2016-17 season, Maria took on the responsibilities of assistant to the music director of Casco Phil (former Flemish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra). In the 2017-18 season, Maria held the position of assistant to the music director/cover conductor of Stuttgart Ballet (Stuttgart Opera House, Germany) and she continues as an assistant conductor with Casco Phil. In April 2018, Maria made her debut in a full-evening production, conducting F. Herold's/F. Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée for Stuttgart Ballet at Staatstheater Stuttgart. Maria’s most influential teachers for orchestra conducting are Rodolfo Saglimbeni and James Tuggle.
Matthew Lynch studied flute, piano and conducting at the Junior RNCM and went on to receive a first class degree in music from Oxford University, where he was a Joan Conway scholar and held the Anna Haxworth Prize. At the RNCM, Matthew began studying conducting with Matthew Wood and Ewa Strusinska. He then founded the Leicestershire Sinfonia, which is now in its tenth season and continues to put on several critically acclaimed concerts each year. While studying at Oxford, Matthew conducted some of the University’s finest ensembles including the String Ensemble and the University Philharmonia. He also worked as president and musical director for Oxford Opera in several productions including Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, as well as conducting a production of two Holst operas and Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Matthew completed his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden in 2014. He has since studied privately with Neil Thomson in Paris and at the Los Angeles Conducting Institute and was a scholarship holder to the Dartington International Summer School in 2017, where he worked with Sian Edwards on Britten’s Peter Grimes. He has worked regularly with the Vacations Chamber Orchestra and the Ingolstadt Youth Chamber Choir, which included conducting at the Audi Summer Concerts. He has been musical director of the Orchester Lausitzer Braunkohle since March 2013, Artistic Director of the Werkstattorchester Dresden since September 2014 and Musical Director of Szene12 Opera since March 2015.
Matthew Straw is Assistant Conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras. He has led ensembles such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra and Oberlin Opera Theatre. Matthew will graduate in 2020 from the Double Degree Program at the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with degrees in music and philosophy. In 2017, Matthew made his professional conducting debut at the age of 19 with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, after winning the position of Apprentice Conductor of the orchestra under Maestro Kirk Trevor. After one year with the MSO he was promoted as Assistant Conductor in 2018. The son of two conductors, Matthew began his musical studies at the age of 4 on cello, and he progressed with studies in piano, voice, composition and conducting. He served as principal cellist of the Missouri Symphony Conservatory Young Artist Philharmonic, and was a 2015 winner at the National YoungArts Foundation. His multifaceted background led him to the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he directed himself toward studies in piano, conducting and philosophy. At Oberlin, he studies with International Piano Academy Lake Como President Stanislav Ioudenitch, and with Maestros Raphael Jimenez and Timothy Weiss. He has conducted Oberlin’s instrumental ensembles, and he regularly appears as a pianist with the Contemporary Music Ensemble and Sinfonietta.
Like many other successful alumni of the famous conducting class of the Sibelius Academy, Mikk Murdvee started his musical studies as a violinist, graduating from the violin class of Mari Tampere-Bezrodny in 2005. Alongside the violin, Mikk studied conducting with Leif Segerstam, Atso Almila and Jorma Panula, making his conducting diploma in 2007. Mikk Murdvee was Principal Conductor of the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra (Ylioppilaskunnan Soittajat) during 2007-2017, with which he made successful tours to Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Estonia and recorded two CDs.
He was chief conductor of Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra in 2011-2015. Today Mikk Murdvee is internationally active as a conductor and violinist. He has been teaching conducting in Sibelius Academy since 2011. In 2016 he was named artistic director of Kaarina Music Festival and Music Camp, near Turku, Finland. Mikk Murdvee regularly conducts the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and he has also conducted the Philharmonic Orchestras of Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio, Jyväskylä, Vaasa, Joensuu, Lappeenranta, Pori, Seinäjoki and Kemi City Orchestras, the Symphony Orchestras of the London Royal College of Music, Sibelius Academy and Metropolia, the Southbank Sinfonia of London and many others. In 2011, he worked as assistant to Esa-Pekka Salonen in several projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Winner of the first prize for conducting at the national Claudio Abbado competition in L’Aquila, Italian conductor Nil Venditti is a graduate of the Conservatory Morlacchi of Perugia with a diploma in cello. Currently, she is studying conducting at the conservatory Alfredo Casella of L’Aquila, guided by Maestro Marcello Bufalini. She has participated in several conducting master classes led by Peter Gulke, Donato Renzetti, Riccardo Muti, Windfuhr, Gianluigi Gelmetti and in the Gstaad Menuhin Festival master class with Maestro Neeme Järvi and Johannes Schaefli. In 2014, she received an honourable mention by the IMC Project and has recently been conducting the Sinfonica Abruzzese in various occasions, such as at the renowned Reate Festival of Rieti. Nil conducted the Perugia chamber orchestra for the official RadioTre festival in a concert dedicated to France, after which she became the principal conductor of that orchestra. Prior to that, she was asked to conduct for a concert by Nicola Campogrande for public and orchestra at RadioTre’s music festival in Matera, where the public is a soloist. Nil is founder of the Insieme Music Festival, a festival full of musical surprises and collaborations between professionals and students. She is currently studying in the Music Academy in Zurich with Maestro Johannes Schaefli.
Oscar Jockel studied conducting at Mozarteum University Salzburg with Bruno Weil, Reinhard Goebel and Johannes Kalitzke as well as composition with Christian Ofenbauer, Reinhard Febel and Achim Bornhöft. He also obtained a BA in music theory. As a conductor, he was invited to several festivals including the Daegu Contemporary Music Festival in South Korea, Dialoge Festival and Aspekte Festival. As a conducting assistant, he worked with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Münchner Symphoniker, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Münchner Hofkapelle and Tölzer Knabenchor and he regularly conducts ensembles for new music such as the oenm (Österreichische Ensemble für Neue Musik) or ensemble NAMES (New Art and Music Ensemble Salzburg). As a composer Oscar Jockel obtained a commission from the Stiftung Mozarteum to compose the opera Lob des Schattens, which was staged in Salzburg by Karoline Gruber (stage director; Wiener Staatsoper). Formations and artists such as the Ensemble Interface, NAMES, the oenm or Alina Pogostkina and Sarah Christian have performed his compositions in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Finland and Italy. He has been teaching composition at the Salzburg College liberal arts university since the summer semester of 2018. In the field of early music, as a conductor, continuo instrumentalist (organ & harpsichord) and music theorist, he regularly receives commissions and engagements from Berliner Philharmoniker, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Orchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie and the South Netherlands Philharmonic.
Priscila Bomfim was born in Braga, Portugal. She has been a pianist at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro since 2000, where she worked at Bidu Sayão Opera Academy, preparing young opera singers. As a conductor, Priscila performed concertos with the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Cesgranrio Symphonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica de Santo André, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, and Youth Symphony Orchestra of Saint Petersburg. She also directed the Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia, Orquestra Sinfônica da UFRJ and the Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica. Priscila is the first woman to conduct during an Opera Season at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. As Choir Assistant Conductor at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, she prepared operas and choir pieces such as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, among others.
At the start of the 2017-2018 season Gabriella Teychenné was mentored by Vladimir Jurowski at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, following which she worked with him and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She was invited to become assistant conductor to Barbara Hannigan as part of the Equilibrium Young Artists programme, and she has worked with the Munich Philharmonic and the LUDWIG orchestra on a tour across Europe. She became a guest member of the music staff at the Staatsoper Hamburg, for which she will next work on the world premiere of Benjamin. In the 2018-2019 season, she will be working extensively as assistant conductor as part of EQ, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Cleveland Orchestra, Julliard Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where she will prepare a repertoire including Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, Berg’s Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff, and works by Ligeti, Kurtág, Bartók, Haydn, Gershwin and Sibelius. She has been invited to assist the London Philharmonic Orchestra again on several projects in the autumn including the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Cantata for the end of the War, Janacek’s Sinfonietta, as well as Schulhoff’s Concerto for String Quartet & Winds and Martinu’s Concerto for String Quartet alongside the Borodin Quartet. Gabriella began her musical training as a violinist at an early age, and she has performed widely as an orchestral player, soloist and chamber musician in England’s major concert halls and at music festivals across Europe. She read philosophy, archaeology and anthropology at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) before pursuing her postgraduate musical studies at the Royal College of Music, where she was taught conducting by Peter Stark and Howard Williams. She has participated in master classes by Colin Metters, Mark Heron, and Clark Rundell, and is generously supported by Help Musicians UK.
Alexander Zemtsov is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation on the music stage today having achieved recognition as soloist, conductor, chamber musician and teacher. Some of the world’s most famous and finest soloists have performed under the baton of Alexander Zemtsov, including Lars Anders Tomter, Mischa Maisky, Simon Trpceski, Denitsa Laffchieva, Albrecht Menzel, Gordon Nicolic and Roman Simovic. An exclusive recording contract between Toccata Classics London and Alexander Zemtsov as a conductor began in 2017. His conducting debut in Finland was with the Lappeenranta Symphony Orchestra, which was followed by a re-invitation for the following season and an invitation to conduct Sinfonia Finlandia in Jyväskylä. Future conducting engagements have been scheduled with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, with Mischa Maisky as a soloist, with the Mannheim Chamber Orchestra in Germany, the Rijeka Opera Theatre in Croatia for performances of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra with Tabea Zimmermann as soloist, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Liaoning Symphony Orchestra in China and many more. In 2014, Alexander Zemtsov was appointed artistic director and conductor of the International New Symphony Orchestra (INSO) in Lviv, giving this multinational German-Russian-Ukrainian-Jewish musician the role of an "Ambassador of Peace" in Ukraine, with the aim of bringing peace and unity through music. Born in 1978 into a family of musicians – now a renowned dynasty of violists – he attended the famous Gnessin Music School for gifted children in Moscow, where he studied with Elena Ozol. He continued his education with Michael Kugel in the Hoogeschool in Maastricht as a postgraduate and with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Concurrently, he studied conducting, taking inspiration in master classes from his mentors Kirill Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vladimir Jurowski, Kurt Masur, Vassily Sinasky and Leif Segerstam. As a soloist Alexander Zemtsov has appeared regularly under conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Leif Segerstam and Alexander Vedernikov in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. At the age of 23, he was appointed Principal Viola of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, after ten years with the Orchestra, he left to dedicate himself entirely to his demanding career as a soloist and conductor. As a violist, Zemtsov has recorded for Chandos, LPO Live, Navis Classics, Naxos and Toccata Classics. He holds professorships at some of the finest music universities in Europe: the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Vienna Konservatorium, the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. Many of his students are members and often section leaders of major orchestras around the world and are winners of prestigious international competitions.
In 2017 David Bui made his debut with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin. He took part of the Bartok Festival in Hungary, the Mendelssohn Festival in Germany and the PRISMA Festival in Canada, where he worked with Maté Szúcs (Berlin Philharmonic) and Michael Gieler (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra). Currently David Bui is studying orchestral and opera conducting with Professors Christian Ehwald and Alexander Vitlin. In addition to his studies he has visited several masterclasses amongst others with Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr and Prof. Nicolás Pasquet.
In early 2019 David Bui is making his debut with the Hamburger Camerata in the famous Elbphilharmonie.
Maksim Akulov was born in Voronezh, Russia. In the 2014-2015 season he was a chief conductor of the “Vita Nuova” chamber orchestra in his home town.
In 2015 Maksim started his conducting studies with Prof. Aleksadr Skoulsky in the Glinka Conservatory of Nizny Novgorod. He also received lessons in Moscow Conservatory and in Gnesin Academy of music. In 2017 he continued his studies with Prof. Dominique Rouits and Julien Masmondet in Paris.