Muneyuki Nakazawa, Luthier
Muneyuki Nakazawa was born in a family that was engaged in forestry and timber business in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and grew up in an environment brimful of music and wood.
In 1980, he opened his atelier in Tokyo, where he refined his knowledge and repair techniques of music instruments through interactions with instrument dealers and master craftsmen who shoulder European tradition. He has long been engaged in instrument repair and maintenance for musicians from Japan and overseas.
In 2004, he entered his newly made violin in Cannes International Art Festival and was awarded Cote d'Azur Prize.
So far, he has written "Inochi no Violin (Violins of Lives)", "Stradivarius no Shinjitsu to Uso (Truth and Untruth about Stradivarius)" and "Konchu no Uta (Song of Sound Post)."
Kimiko Nakazawa, Violinist
Kimiko Nakazawa studied under Prof.Shinichi Suzuki and Prof. Yoshio Unno, in Japan. Subsequently, graduated with highest honors from the Salzburg MozartiumMusic Academy in Austria and was awarded first prize in the Academy's competition.
In 1991, Kimiko Nakazawa founded the “Ensemble Wien Tokyo”.The Ensemble has repeatedly toured Europe, the USA and Japan, releasing numerous CDs and holding recitals at such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Wiener Konzerthaus, and Beethoven Hall in Germany.
In 2000, she was granted the Artists Practice Abroad fund by the Ministry of Education of Japan to work in Vienna for a year. Among orchestras that she has performed with are the Super World Orchestra, London Virtuoso Orchestra, Wiener Kammer Orchester, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kimiko Nakazawa is presently at lecturer at “Shobi Gakuen” University but still performs as soloist worldwide, participates as a jury member in many international violin competitions (France, Croatia, Switzerland etc.), gives master classes in Japan and abroad.
After the earthquake in 2011, she is dedicated to her passion in TSUNAMI VIOLIN PROJECT, which becomes her life’s work.
Daichi Nakamura, Violinist
He started to participate some competitions when he was 8 years old and awarded many prizes in Japan, and also became Laureate in the following important international competitions, awarded 1st prize at 24.Johannes Brahms International Competition in 2017 and also 3rd prize at the 36.Rodolfo Lipizer Competition in the same week and before that, at the Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians, Aram Khachaturian International Competition, Fritz Kreisler International Competition and etc as well.
After he got the 1st prize in the Nedjalka Simeonova International Competition 2011 in Bulgaria, Ihe was invited and performed Beethoven Violin Concerto with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro.Angel Stankov who was the chairman of that competition.
And awarded also some prizes at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (in Finland) and Allegro Vivo Music Festival (in Austria). When he got the prize at the Allegro Vivo Music Festival, his performance at the Galaconcert is broadcasted by the austrian state-run broadcast “ORF”. Nowadays he is invited as an artist of the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival since 2016.
He is in Vienna since 2009, studied with Prof.M.Frischenschlager who was former directer of University for performing arts and music Vienna, and currently awarded the Culture Prize 2016 from my hometown Kitakyushu-city in Japan.
Georg Hamann, Violist
Georg Hamann was born in Vienna in 1960. He studied at the University of Music in Vienna with members of the Alban Berg Quartett (Klaus Maetzl, violin and Hatto Beyerle, viola) and took part in masterclasses of Max Rostal and William Primrose.
For many years Georg Hamann was the principle violist of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He was teaching viola as assistant of Hatto Beyerle at the University in Hannover (Germany) and was a teacher for chamber music at the University of Music in Vienna.
He was a member of the Ensemble Wien Tokyo and the Arcus Ensemble Wien and has performed with these groups all over Europe, Israel, USA and Japan.
As a violinist ( baroque & modern violin) and a violist Georg Hamann has played in famous halls (Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, Verdi Hall Milan, Casals Hall Tokyo, Carnegie Hall New York etc.) and has appeared with well known festivals (Vienna Festival, Styriarte Graz, Edinburgh Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Santo Domingo Festival, Woodstock Mozart Festival, Nagano Festival Japan etc.)
Michael Williams, Cellist
Michael Williams was born in France 1966 and grew up in Australia where he received his Diploma in 1987. He then moved to Europe to continue his studies in Vienna with Tobias Kühne, and then in Basel with Antonio Meneses and Reinhard Latzko. He also studied privately or had Master classes with William Pleeth, Andre Navarra, Paul Tortellier, and Heinrich Schiff. During this time Michael received many awards including the Queen Elisabeth II award and an Australia Council Award.
After completing his studies Michael returned to Australia where he played as a principal cellist of the renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra with whom he performed throughout the world in the major concert halls and made recordings for Sony Classical. In 1995 he returned to Vienna and took the position of Solo Cellist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Since 2006 he is also associate principal Cellist in the Vienna "Volksoper".
In addition to is commitments with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Volksoper Michael performs regularly with other Chamber ensembles and is a member of Amarcord Wien, Ensemble Wien-Tokyo and the Vienna Art Orchestra. His musical achievements have made him a regular guest at diverse Festivals, and during his carrier he has toured throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
Toshiki Usui, Pianist
Pianist, Toshiki Usui performs worldwide at the highest level, garnering high acclaim not only for his performances, but for his multiple musical activities supporting goodwill initiatives. With a strong interest in building international relations, he travels worldwide and connects through his role as general manager for the Yokohama Sinfonietta and Visiting Professor of Music at the Ueno Gakuen University. His travels have taken him as far as the Antarctic.
After graduating from the High School of Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Mr. Usui continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He is a winner of the Cantu International Piano Competition in Italy, special prizewinner of the Viotti International Music Competition, and recipient of the Donemus Performance Prize at Holland Music Sessions for the best performance of a contemporary work. He has also received a special award for performance of contemporary music from the Viennese contemporary art society, Tamamu.
He has presented charity concerts unde the aegis of the U.N.for the Palestinian Refugee Camps.His ability to effect cultural exchange, through connecting people with the communicative power of music, along with his prodigious pianistic abilities, has made him one of the strongest voices of his generation. In recognition for his work, he was recently awarded the prestigious Foreign Ministry Award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for “Promoting, through music, mutual understanding between Japan and Algeria.”Mr. Usui is currently general manager of the Yokohama Sinfonietta, Chairman of the Japan-Hong Kong Musicians Alliance (Hong Kong), and Visiting Professor at the Ueno Gakuen University.