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Serie Meesters: Gruppman Duo en Ensemble

24 november 2017 20:00

Het Gruppman Duo en Ensemble:

  • Igor Gruppman, viool
  • Vesna Stefanovich Gruppman, viool en altviool
  • Evelina Vorontsova, piano
  • Mikhail Zemtsov, altviool
  • Katja Dirven, cello


De volgende werken staan op het programma (onder voorbehoud).

  • Bohuslav Martinu ( 1890 – 1959) Sonata for Two Violins and Piano H.213
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ( 1756-1791) Sonata for Violin and Piano In e klein,  K.304.
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Sonatina in D-major, Op. 137.
  • Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) Pianokwintet opus 44  in es majeur


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Igor Gruppman

Igor Gruppman
Igor Gruppman

Igor Gruppman is one of those special artists whose career successfully spans a number of artistic fields. Critically acclaimed for his depth of interpretation and sensitive musicianship, Igor Gruppman enjoys an exciting and multi-faceted career as conductor, violin soloist, and orchestra leader. 

As the Leader of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and a frequent guest Leader of orchestras such as the London Symphony, London’s Royal Philharmonic, and St. Martin in the Fields, Mr. Gruppman has collaborated with and was influenced by some of the most esteemed conductors of his generation including Solti, Gergiev, Rostropovich, Colin Davis, Rattle, Haitink and Yannick Nézet Séguin. 

Mr. Gruppman conducts orchestras on four continents. He made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2006/07 season, conducting a special Easter performance of The Last Seven Words by Haydn and Gubaidulina in the Rotterdam Cathedral. This program was repeated during the Easter Festival in Moscow where Mr. Gruppman shared the podium with Maestro Gergiev. Most recently Mr. Gruppman conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in two critically acclaimed Mendelssohn programs and an all-Mozart program at De Doelen Great Hall in Rotterdam where in addition to conducting the RPHO, Mr. Gruppman gave the Netherlands premiere of Mozart’s recently reconstructed Concerto for Violin and Piano (Op. 315F) with pianist Ronald Brautigam. In 2015/16 Mr. Gruppman combined performing chamber music with the great Emanuel Ax in the first half of the concert and conducting Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in the second. This formula proved to be extremely successful.

Igor Gruppman made his conducting debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra during the 2008 Easter Festival in St. Petersburg replacing at the last moment ailing Valery Gergiev and has appeared regularly with the orchestra ever since. In January of 2010,  Mr. Gruppman was honored as the Artist-of-the-Month by the Mariinsky Theater.  The 2014/15 season saw Mr. Gruppman conducting a series of three programs in St. Petersburg as well as a debut with the Orquesta Classica Santa Cecilia in Madrid at the great Auditorio Nacional de Musica. This engagement led to an invitation from the Orchestra Classica de Madeira at the beginning of 2016, which immediately led to a re-invitaion in 2017.

The 2016/17 season will be an exciting one as Igor Gruppman continues his work with the Mariinsky Orchestra, where he will be conducting two programmes as well as appearing as soloist. The summer of 2016 marks his debut at the prestigious Patras International Music Festival in Greece. Furtheremore, his 4-year residency at the Woodstock Mozart Festival continues, where he appears as conductor and soloist, together with his wife Vesna Stefanovic Gruppman.

The 2016/17 season will also mark the launch of a new orchestra/orchestra leadership academy. The academy will attract the highest level of young professionals from all over the world to Rotterdam for two extensive periods each year. The academy will be focused on performing and learning from the top leaders of the international classical music scene.

In 2017, two DVD recordings, as part of a series, will be released on the VAI label.

In the United States in addition to guest appearances, Mr. Gruppman holds the post of Principal Conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. These concerts are now regularly broadcast on cable television in the U.S. and abroad.  In recent seasons some of the world’s great artists have appeared with this orchestra, including Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel and Ida Haendel.

In Asia Igor Gruppman has appeared several times as conductor and soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic. 

As soloist, Mr. Gruppman is critically acclaimed for his “rich and beautiful tone, elegant phrasing, drive, passion and virtuosity.”  (Strad Magazine) He continues the proud tradition of his teachers, Leonid Kogan and Jascha Heifetz.  Most recently Mr. Gruppman received glowing reviews for his performances of the Double Concerto by Brahms under the baton of Valery Gergiev and the Second Violin Concerto by Prokofiev under the baton of Yannick Nézet Séguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Gruppman’s violin solo recordings have met with enthusiastic reception by the international press: Berlioz’ Reverie and Caprice (Naxos); Respighi’s Poema Autunnale (Koch); Miklos Rosza’s Sinfonia Concertante and the Violin Concerto(Koch), which marks the first release of the concerto since the recording by Heifetz for whom this piece was written. Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra won a Grammy Award.  Most recently the long-awaited reconstructed original string version of the Brahms’ F Minor Quintet recorded with the members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was released on the Biddulph label. 

Mr. Gruppman is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Leonid Kogan and Mstislav Rostropovich, followed by studies with Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles, and now is on the faculty of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Igor and Vesna Gruppman co-founded the Gruppman International Violin Institute in 2002 to select, train and develop the careers of exceptionally gifted violinists around the world, using the latest videoconferencing technology. 

Mr. Gruppman plays the 1731 “Julles Garcin” Stradivarius violin generously provided by the Erasmus Foundation.


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Vesna Stefanovich Gruppman

Vesna Stefanovich Gruppman

Critically acclaimed for  “impeccable taste and beautiful  singing tone” – (Gramophone Magazine) Vesna  Stefanovic Gruppman is equally renown as both violinist and violist.

Her  solo career began when she was still a child in her native country Yugoslavia. By the age of fourteen  she had already performed as soloist with Munich Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic and  Prague Philharmonic.  She was  the first and the youngest artist to win the National Violin Competition in Yugoslavia  seven times in a row.  At the age of 16 she became the First Prize winner of  the “Jaroslav Kocian” International Violin Competition.  

A graduate of the Moscow Special School of Music, Ms. Gruppman received  Doctorate in Performance and Pedagogy from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied with legendary teachers David Oistrakh, Yuri Yankelevich and Igor Bezrody.

Today, Vesna Gruppman is critically acclaimed and internationally  recognized  as  soloist and chamber musician.   As a testimony to Ms Gruppman’s active performing career the list of  the orchestras  she has appeared with  includes  Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg,  Academy of St Martin In the Fields,  Edmonton Symphony (Canada), San Diego Symphony, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings,  Utah Symphony, etc.

Among the the prestigious halls she has  performed in  are  Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and  St. John’s Smith Square in London, Rotterdam Philharmonic Hall, Marinsky Zaal, Kiev’s Philharmonic Hall, the Mozart Hall in Prague.

Ms Gruppman has played under the button of Mstislav  Rostropovich, Gennadi  Rozhdestvensky and Valeri  Gergiev.

Ms  Gruppman’s solo performances and recordings have received  impressive  reviews in many international publications such as  Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide, Classical Disc Digest and The Strad Magazine.

She has recorded solo and chamber music CD’s  for  Biddulph Records, Koch International, Naxus,  and the  DVD  for the

Video Artist International named “ An Evening of Chamber Music”. Vesna Gruppman and her husband  Igor Gruppman have establish  a successful Gruppman Duo ensemble,  performing repertoire for two violins  as well as violin and viola. Their recording of Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for two violins and Orchestra was  Grammy Honored  in 1995 , and it became the “best seller” for Koch International recording company that year.

Renowned  composers have written and dedicated their compositions to the acclaimed  Gruppman Duo. Among those  are  Russian composer Vladimir Tarnopolsky,  Kirill Umansky  and the Dutch composer Paul Van Brugge.  In 2010 the Netherlands Performing Arts Foundation awarded   Vesna and Igor Gruppman the commission grant  for  the composer Paul van Brugge’s concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. The premiere  took place in March  of 2011 with The  Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah.

Ms. Gruppman’s 2017-2018  season will feature recitals and chamber music tours of Asia and the United States, and the recording of the Concerto for two violins and orchestra with Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow.   The concerto was  written for  and dedicated to the Gruppman Duo by the American composer Michael Fine.

Vesna Gruppman has been also  a recipient of the   College Teacher Of  The Year Award  by the American String Teacher’s Association.  She is currently a Professor of Violin and Viola at the Rotterdam Conservatory.  She and her husband Igor Gruppman are the Co-founders of the Gruppman International Violin  Institute.


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Evelina Vorontsova

Evelina Vorontsova
Evelina Vorontsova

As prize winner in the International Piano Competition in Padua, the International Piano and Orchestra Competition in Cantù, the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht and the prestigious Rachmaninoff Competition with the special prize for the best performance of the composer’s Preludes and Etudes-Tableaux at only the age of seventeen, it is certain that the Russian-Dutch Evelina Vorontsova is a pianist of international renown.

After her performance in the Franz Liszt Piano competition in Utrecht (1992), the many following concert opportunities caused her to reside in The Netherlands and sustain a concert career from Amsterdam. Furthermore she continued her studies and graduated (1999) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam under Jan Wijn. From that moment on, she appears regularly in collaboration with international orchestras conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Lev Markiz, on whom Vorontsova’s playing left a deep impression. She has also played with Jan Stulen, Stewart Robertson, and Aleksander Wakulsky, and participates in many chamber music projects with Herman Krebbers, Sidney Harth, Valentin Zhuk, Igor and Vesna Gruppman, Vera Bets, Leonid Gorokov, Dimitri Ferschtman, Natasha Korsakova, Marina Shaguch, Leonid Kerbel, Sergei Ostrovsky, Jeroen den Herder, Micha Quint, Ilya Laporev, Daniël Rowland, Arturo Muruzabal, Timora Rosler, Anton Istomin, The Fransiscus Quartet and notably Boudewijn Zwart. Many of these collaborations and solo recitals took place in famous concert halls, such as The Concertgebouw, the Teatro Communale in Bologna, the Suginami Koukaidou in Tokyo, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Russia. Aside from a career as a performing artist, Evelina Vorontsova gives masterclasses annually in countries such as France, Japan, Russia, Germany and Italy.

Due to the many projects Vorontsova has participated in, her repertoire stretches from Baroque to contemporary music. This wide and vast repertoire stretching from solo works, to chamber works, to concerti, combined with a total command of the keys, affects her playing in such a manner that she is often described as being able to paint a wide range of colours on the instrument. Furthermore, her cantabile legato and “ardent fervour” (Luister magazine, 2004) mark a clear Romantic approach to both interpretation and playing. Valentin Zhuk and Mikhail Voskresensky described her playing as “ with a deep singing and unique sound at the piano and with understanding of both form and style, she causes her to get-and-keep the attention of the audience”. And indeed, audiences are often deeply impressed by the flowing serenity of her music, finesse in pianissimo and lyrical prowess. Finally, via her own foundation ArtiMusica she initiates projects that focus on connecting different art forms and consequently connects people, art and culture in more ways than one. 

Evelina Vorontsova was born in Moscow, in a family of pianists. Once Evelina had received lessons from the famous Rudolf Kehrer, her father’s teacher, it was obvious for her to choose to become a concert pianist. Her first public recital was at the age of 6, and at the age of 11 she made her orchestral debut, her debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and her first TV-performance. Yehudi Menuhin, being impressed by her talent, would later acknowledge her talent by personally inviting her to play at his last festival. Subsequently, Evelina studied at the Central School of Music at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow, where she completed her undergraduate (1995) and post-graduate studies cum laude (1997) under the legendary Mikhail Voskresensky and Elena Kuznetsova. Their collaboration lasted for 12 years.


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Mikhail Zemtsov

Mikhail Zemtsov
Mikhail Zemtsov

Mikhail Zemtsov first took violin lessons from his mother Loudmila Levinson at the age of five, later studying viola and composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He gained Soloist Diplomas with Distinction from ABRSM (GB, B. Dinerstein), the Hochschuele fuer Musik in Hamburg (Germany, M. Nichetianu) and the Maastricht Conservatory (Netherlands, M. Kugel).

Mikhail took conducting lessons and masterclasses with Lev Markiz, Juozas Domarkas, Neeme and Paavo Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Raiskin.

He has participated in numerous International Festivals in Europe, the Far East and the Americas as chamber music partner to musicians including Bella Davidovitch, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Sarah Chang, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin. He has recorded six chamber music CDs for Sony Masterworks, Tower Records and Deutche Welle. His Solo CD “The Last Rose of Summer” was placed as number 2 among the Top 50 of the TROS – Dutch Broadcast/TV Channel and it was given 9 points (excellent) in the biggest Dutch record-review magazine “LUISTER”. Mikhail has been a prizewinner at the first International Viola Competion (Vienna) and the Elisa Meyer String Competion (Hamburg).

Zemtsov’s solo appearances include performances with the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Lima Philharmonic, New World Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony of Mexico, Luxembourg Philharmonic (R. Strauss “Don Quixote” with Misha Maisky as cello soloist), Wiener Volksoper, Hamburger Symphoniker, Stavanger Symphon (Norway) and The Hague Philharmonic (Netherlands) with conductors including Neeme Jarvi, Jaap van Zweden and Dmitri Kitajenko.

Mikhail also plays as a duo partner with guitarist Enno Voorhorst (Duo Macondo). He founded the Zemtsov Viola Quartet together with his wife Julia, his brother Alexander and daughter Dana. Mikhail Zemtsov is currently principal violist with The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie Orkest) a position he has held since 2001.

Mikhail Zemtsov is viola teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and at the Utrecht Conservatory. He is chief conductor of the Utrecht Conservatory Strings and the Concerto Grosso Youth Orchestra in Rotterdam.


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Katja Dirven

Katja Dirven
Katja Dirven

Katja is een veelzijdige celliste. Haar klassieke opleiding genoot ze aan het conservatorium in haar geboortestad Kiev (Oekraïne), waar zij cum laude afgestudeerd bij prof. Chervov. Katja heeft deelgenomen aan diverse competities. Zij is prijswinnares bij de International Lysenko Music Competition for young musicians in Kiev.

Ze vervolgde haar studie in Nederland bij Marien van Staalen, Dmitri Ferschtman en Herre-Jan Stegenga. Aan het Rotterdams Conservatorium (huidige CODARTS) behaalde Katja haar master in Kamermuziek en Solo-spel.

Kamermuziek speelt een grote rol in het leven van Katja.Zij treedt veel op als soliste en kamermusicus in verschillende samenstellingen met topmusici uit Nederland en het buitenland, onder andere als cello-viool duo Bravura met Marina Meerson, Vera Laporeva en ensembles met verschillende musici onder anderen József Lendvay, Daniel Kwartet.

Katja is ook regelmatig te beluisteren in de kamermuziekseries van MuziKC in Kralingen, Rotterdam.

Als orkestmusicus speelt Katja in vele Nederlandse en buitenlandse beroepsorkesten zoals Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Kamerata Amsterdam en op verschillende festivals. Al tijdens haar studie speelde ze in diverse beroepsorkesten, zoals Ljatoshinsky Ensemble, Kiev Soloist Ensemble en het Lysenko Youth Orchestra. Met dit laatste orkest maakte zij diverse tournees door Europa. Hierbij trad zij ook op als soliste.

Katja beperkt zich niet alleen tot de klassieke muziek. Zij speelde lange tijd met enkele muzikale vrienden met zangeres Wende Snijders. Wende’s debuut CD ‘Quand tu dors’, waar Katja ook aan meegewerkt heeft, is bekroond met een Edison award.

In Rotterdam heeft Katja een uitgebreide lespraktijk en is zij als cellodocent en dirigent verbonden aan het Rotterdams Hellendaal Muziekinstituut. Sinds kort is Katja ook Artistieke leider van het Rotterdams Hellendaal Muziekinstituut.



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