Gerda GUTTENBERG BASTIAN
Born in Salzburg, Gerda GUTTENBERG BASTIAN received her first piano lessons at the age of seven. At the age of eleven, she took Prof.Kurt Neumüller to his master class at the “Akademie Mozarteum” in Salzburg, where she graduated with honors from her concert diploma. Parallel to her piano studies, Gerda GUTTENBERG BASTIAN studied musicology and pedagogy at the University of Salzburg and completed her studies with a doctorate.
During a three-year stay in the US, she worked as a concert pianist and piano teacher. Since 1995 she is a lecturer in accompaniment and piano at the “Universität Mozarteum”. As part of her responsibilities, she focuses in particular on the chamber music collaboration with strings. As accompanist, she has worked at numerous master classes (Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ivry Gitlis, David Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Denes Zsigmondy and others) as well as at international competitions (Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, International Mozart Competition, Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels and others).
In 2006 she habilitated in piano-chamber music and since then has been a professor at the Mozarteum University.
Concerts take her to many parts of Europe and the USA, as well as participating in the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival. Several CD recordings bear witness to their diverse musical work.
Dimitrios Chandrakis is a professor in violin performance at the Macedonia university of Thessaloniki. He holds a violin diploma from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (1988-class G.Pichler) and a violin diploma from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (1982).
Since 2012 he has been Head of the Department of Music Science and Art at the University of Macedonia. He has also taught at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (1994-2003) and has served as concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of the municipality of Thessaloniki (1993-1997) and concertmaster of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (1997-2003)…
He has also been a founding Member of the New Hellenic Quartet, one of the most prominently active chamber music ensembles in Greece, with over fifteen recordings of mainly Greek and international repertoire (e.g. BIS, Agora Musica,Lyra, EMI, Pikili Stoa- works by Nikos Skalkottas, Giorgo Siciliano, Carl Nielsen, Ottorino Respighi, Dimitri Dragataki)