Kyiv Virtuosi Orchestra (Ukraine)
© Ola Farbe
© Norbert Ittermann
piano (South Korea)
Serenade No. 13 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
for string orchestra in G major, K. 525
Concerto for piano No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Lavard Skou Larsen
Lavard Skou Larsen was born in Porto Alegre / Brazil as son of the violist Perly, and the conductor Gunnar Skou-Larsen from Roskilde / Denmark.
He first received violin lessons at the age of four from his father, Gunnar, and had extra tuition from Professor Ernst Moravec in Vienna.
He was admitted to the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Mozarteum in Salzburg aged fourteen to study with Prof. Dr. Helmut Zehetmair, and gained a performance diploma with distinction.
He later completed a postgraduate diploma under Sandor Végh.
Lavard Skou Larsen has won prizes both as soloist and as chamber musician, including the “Concertino Prague” and the “Sergio Lorenzi” in Triest. He was member of the Camerata Academica under Sandor Végh from 1983-86. He has been teaching violin at the Mozarteum/Salzburg since 1991. First as assistant of Prof. Dr. Helmut Zehetmair and from 2002 his own violinclass. 1991 he also founded the Salzburg Chamber Soloists.
From 1996 to 2002 he takes the charge of leading the European Union Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist he appeard in such important concert-halls like the Konzerthaus / Vienna, Grosser Saal des Mozarteums / Salzburg, Champs Elysee / Paris, Beethovenhalle / Bonn, Philharmonie / Köln, Alte Oper / Frankfurt, Tonhalle / Zürich, Victoria Hall / Geneva, Elizabethzaal / Anvers, Concertgebouw / Amsterdam, Teatro Colon / Buenos Aires, Concert-hall / Birmingham, Opera / Kairo, Katchaturian-hall / Yerewan, etc.
In 1997, he and the pianist Alexander Müllenbach released the first ever recordings of the Brazilian composer, Camargo M. Guarnieris complete violin sonatas for Marco Polo.
Introduced by his father Gunnar and inspired by Sergio Celibidache Lavard Skou Larsen started his conducting activities.
1978 he won, conducting a local orchestra, the first price at austrias music-competition “Jugend musiziert”.
Since than Lavard Skou Larsen has been invited to conduct leading symphony and chamber orchestras in Europe and South- and Northamerica, , including the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerakademe Neuss, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Düsseldorf Sinfonic Orchestra, North-West Philharmony Herford, Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, Bern Sinfony Orchestra, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikkeli City Orchestra, Erasmus Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Cuidad de Almeria, Orquestra National do Porto, Orquestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira Rio de Janeiro, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Houston, Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and many others.
From 2004 to 2017 he was acclaimed chiefconductor of the “Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein”.
In 2011 Lavard Skou Larsen was elected chiefconductor of the Georgian Chamberorchestra / Ingolstadt. www.georgisches-kammerorchester.de
In 2019 he was nominated for the ECHO KLASSIK for his recording of the Michael Haydn Sinfonies with the Deutsche Kammerakkademie.
In 2021 he is nominated for the OPUS CLASSIC AWARD with his orchestra Salzburg Chamber Soloists as best chamber orchestra and best chambermusic recording: J.S.Bach: The art of fugue.
Lavard Skou Larsen has recorded for NAXOS as soloist and leader of the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra with works of W.A.Mozart.
For DENON as soloist and leader of the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, together with Boris Belkin with works of W.A.Mozart.
For COVIELLO CLASSICS as soloist and leader of the Salzburg Chamber Soloists with works of F.Schubert, D.Shostakovitch, A.Vivaldi and A.Piazzolla.
For CPO as member of the Salzburg Piano Trio with works of E.Granados.
Recently, for CPO as conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein with works of H.Kaminski and D.Shostakovitch. Both CDs have received highest acclaim in the international critic and were chosen as CDs of the month of June 2012 at www.klassik.com
Winner of the 2021 International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn, laureate of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition and winner of the Isang Yun International Music Competition 2016, Hans Suh has performed as a soloist at Alte Oper Frankfurt, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Essen, and Seoul Arts Center. He performed with famous orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra or Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Adelson, Myung-Whun Chung, and Pascal Verrot. Hans began playing piano at age four, started composing at age five, and held his first solo recital at seven. After studying with Yuri Kim and Vladimir Feltsman at Mannes, Hans went onto study ancient history at Columbia University and piano with Emanuel Ax and Matti Raekallio at The Juilliard School, New York. After finishing his Master of Music with Olivier Gardon, he now pursues Konzertexamen with Arie Vardi at Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover.
Kyiv Virtuosi Orchestra
Grammy Nominated cellist/conductor Dmitry Yablonsky has been Chief Conductor of Kyiv Soloists for 3 years before deciding to organise a renovated orchestra, Kyiv Virtuosi.
All musicians were hand picked to join this exclusive ensemble and immediate success was obvious. All concerts in Kyiv are performed to a sold out audience. Musicians in Kyiv Virtuosi are the best chamber music players and professional soloists, who performed all over the world from Paris to Japan and from London to San Francisco, not to mention many countries in South America.
In addition to the intense activity as a chamber orchestra, Kyiv Virtuosi are also a symphony orchestra that is very demanded for special projects. In summer 2016, Kyiv Virtuosi chamber orchestra and Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony orchestra were both in residence of Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan, and have toured Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland. In February 2017 Dmitry Yablonsky become the initiator of the tour devoted to the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Izrael. There were 17 concerts in the different places such as: Herzliya, Rishon, Le Zion, Motzkin, Tel-Aviv, Rehovot, Beer-Sheva, Haifa, Hahariya, Ashkelon, Or Akiva, Petah Tikva, Modiꞌin.
A symphonic serie with important soloists have been organized at the Franco Theatre in Kyiv, with a great welcome by the audience and specialized critic.
Kyiv Virtuosi perform and tour around the world, and are starting a very vast and intense recording schedule for Naxos Records, with Chamber Symphonies by Shostakovich and Silvestrov among others.