NUME Academy & Festival will host internationally acclaimed artists that will be performing and holding extraordinary masterclasses.
The two founding members, the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea and the Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, brought a very different artistic provenance to the ensemble in 1994, which was expanded by the French musicians Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (violoncello).
Between 2017 - 2020, the quartet was the Ensemble in Residence of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, to which the four return to regularly since then. Since 2010 the Belcea Quartet is part of a string quartet cycle at the Konzerthaus Vienna, with 2-3 double concerts per season.
Having launched his career with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Semyon Bychkov in 1991, Alban Gerhardt has notable orchestra collaborations include Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London Philharmonic, all of the British and German radio orchestras, Berliner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre National de France as well as The Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, under conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko and Andris Nelsons.
American violinist Stella Chen garnered worldwide attention with her first-prize win at the 2019 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, followed by the 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award.
She is the first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University, the top prize winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and youngest-ever prize winner of the Menuhin Competition. Stella plays on the 1700 ex-Petri Stradivarius, on generous loan from Dr. Ryuji Ueno and Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.
Stella received her doctorate from the Juilliard School, where she serves as a teaching assistant to her longtime mentor, Li Lin.
José Gallardo has won numerous international prizes and plays concerts at renowned festivals as Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cello Festival Kronberg and Chopin Festival in Warsaw.
Since autumn 2008 he has been teaching at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg and since 2013 he is artistic director of the chamber music festival Bürgenstock Festivals in Lucerne.
Has appeared as soloist with orchestras such Royal Philharmonia ancd Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle and others. Lysy has recorded for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM and many live performances for cello solo.
Prize winner in the Enescu, Valsesia and Molinari competitions, Vlad Stanculeasa is an active solo and chamber music performer, as well as a teacher in european conservatories. As a soloist, he’s performed with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Kammersymphonie Leipzig. He’s collaborated as soloist with many conductors including Kent Nagano, Lahav Shani, Han Na Chang, Konrad von Abel.
Was selected by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to be the pianist of the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland where she performed concerts and tours. Tecu has recorded together with violinist Alberto Lysy “Romantic pieces for violin and piano. Lorena is a staff pianist at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Boston University College of Fine Arts.
In 2019 she was among the students of NUME Academy & Festival, formerly Accademia Isola Classica. Winner of numerous competitions, she received the "Barbirolli Prize" at the Tertis International Viola Competition 2019. Following the victory of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition 2017, in July 2021 she released her debut album of rare Austrian works for viola, together with the pianist Albert Cano-Smit, for the Champs Hill label. She received a scholarship from the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund and is invited as a soloist in their 2021/22 season. She is currently a pupil of Tabea Zimmermann at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler and lives in Berlin.
Hans Christian Aavik studied at the Tallinn Music High School, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts under Erik Schumann and at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien where he studies with Julian Rachlin. He participated at our masterclasses in 2021. He has appeared as a soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Jyväskylä Sinfonia and released his debut CD in 2021 on Pilw Records. He is a laureate of the Làszlò Spezzaferri International Music Competition (First Prize), the Eduard Tubin Estonian String Players Competition (First Prize) and the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition (Second Prize and Special Prize).
Alfredo has been conducted by Zubin Mehta, Günter Pichler, Juanjo Mena, Gordan Nikolic or Pablo Gonzalez, and he has performed some of the most important cello concertos with the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Queen Sofia Academy Orchestra, Elche Symphonic Orchestra, or the Juan Pablo Duarte Orchestra in Santo Domingo, among others. Among his international prizes, stands out the first prize and four special awards in the International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition, in Zagreb and the Nicolas Firmenich Prize, awarded by the Verbier Festival. In 2015 he received from her Majesty the Queen Sofia the prize to the most outstanding student of the cello class. He is currently studying a Master performance in the Basel Musik-Akademie with Ivan Monighetti and Sol Gabetta. Alfredo was among the participants of our Academy in 2020.