Yasue Miyauchi

Born in Kochi City in 1947. Graduated from Osaka College of Music. Was member of the “Osaka Telemann Ensemble” in Kansai.

Is the concert master of the Kochi Symphony Orchestra for 40 years and worked regularly with Ashiya Symphony Orchestra also as Concert Master. Toured as soloist in Japan and abroad. Yasue studied at Mozarteum Music School Salzburg.

In the highschool she became pupil of Jae Ra Spitocova, professor of the Vienna State Academy. Mrs yasue won the 1st prize at the Shimokitachigawa international violin competition.

In 1976, 78 Mrs Yasue played in the UK International Music Festival and performed a trip in Switzerland with France symphonic orchestra. In 1980 performed at Middleburg festival in Netherlands. Yasue was laureate of the Belgrade International Violin Competition.

In 1981 she performed solo concerts in Paris, and Rome.
In 1984 she played in Vienna, Dresden and Leipzig.
In the years of 1985  and 1987 she performed in a tour to China.
In 1988 yasue performed in Australia in a solo concert in the city of Brisbane.
In 1991 she made a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York and in Vienna in musikverein and other  cities.

Mrs yasue has been always fully dedicate to teaching having prepared many students to universities all over the world and as orchestra leaders. Yasue plays in a Nicolaus Gagliano fecit Neap.1824 and with a Dominique Pecatte bow.

Jacky Wong

First in Asia and Australia to conduct the complete Beethoven piano concertos from keyboard, Jacky Wong Cho-ki is the Chief Conductor of Shenzhen Symphony Youth Orchestra.

He was the Chief Conductor of Guangxi Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Conductor of Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Wong graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and received his master’s degrees in piano performance and conducting from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

His conducting mentors included, in Sydney, Imre Palló, Kodály’s godson who himself has studied with Ferenc Fricsay and worked with Karajan and Karl Böhm, and Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak in the USA. While in Australia, Jacky Wong was the Music Director of the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and has conducted the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastern Sydney Chamber Choir and Beecroft Orchestra.

He served as assistant conductor to Maestro Palló in the production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. Wong has also worked with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra in Yunnan, Pearl River Symphony Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Professional Winds Orchestra as guest artist.

As an active pianist, Wong has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Asia and Australia and he was the winner of the Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition and the ASKM Gold Coast Open Piano Competition.

His repertoire includes the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, concertos by Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninov, as well as the Yellow River Piano Concerto. He is also the regular accompanist for renowned flautist Jane Rutter, with whom he works frequently on national concert tours in Australia.

Eliseu Silva

Eliseu Antunes Pereira Gomes da Silva, is a international violinist, Conductor and Professor. Eliseu has been invited to integrate the Jury of many international violin competitions such as Talents For Europe International Violin Competition, International Competition Santa Cecília, Alice and Eleonor Schoenfeld intenational Violin Competition, Hong Kong international Competition among others.

Prize winner of many national and international violin competitions. Made many concerts in countries such as Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Romenia, Malta, China, Hong Kong, among others.

Currently, obtained the High Specialist Diploma and he’s a PhD student at the Évora University in Musicology, Performance and Interpretation.

He was invited by professor Uwe-Martin Heiberg, member of Brahms String quartet, to be part of his class at Hochscule Fur Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.

Studied with emblematic professors rooted in the most well known schools of violin such as Doctor Max Rabinovich former student of Efrehm Zimbalist one of the most emblematic pupils of Leopold Auer; soloist Valentin Stefanov, student of Yehudi Menuhin and Henrik Szering; Portuguese soloist Gerardo Ribeiro pupil of Ivan Galamian, and russian Soloist Sergey Kravchenko disciple of Leonid Kogan.
Finished all the cicles of studies with the heighest classification, having received for that many condecorations and grants.

He did a post-graduation in Performance and finished a Master in Pedagogy and one other Master in Instrumental Teaching and conducting at the same University.

He played as Soloist with many orchestras and with many international conductors, such as Ernst Schelle, Colin Touchin, Julius Micalcsky. Antonio Saiote. Made some recordings for Deutsch Gramophone, Re-munich Label, Portuguese Radio antenna 2 and a recent release with portuguese composers with his ensemble Lusitanae Ensemble.

Has supervised several Master-Classes in several schools and universities in Portugal  Australia and China.
He is the resident conductor of the Oporto Orchestra of Bonjóia from the Oporto City Council involving the private Conservatory of Silva Monteiro, the Ministry of Education and two corporations (BPI and Bial).
Eliseu taught for 5 at Oporto Music University of Arts and teaches at Curso de Musica Silva Monteiro in Porto and conservatório Bonfim in Braga.

Plays in a cremonese violin from Gio Batta Morassi founder of the Italian makers association.

Marian Pivka

Marian Pivka was born in Slovakia. He studied at the Tchaikowsky Conservatory in Moscow where he completed his studies with the highest qualification, and where he later became an assistant professor.He taught piano at Superior Music School in Bratislava.

He has won several prizes in international competitions, including the Beethoven competition. Was juri of international competitions like in the international competition of piano of Hong kong among others.

He has played with several internationally renowned soloists and orchestra present in countries such as England, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, among others.

He currently lives in Portugal. He is an expert educator having students winners of all competitions in Portugal and in some emblematic competitions abroad.

He recorded some works by Chopin and also with the violinist Eliseu Silva dedicated to several composers, with virtuoso pieces, that was released in August 2016 in the international Festival of Hong Kong.

Gareth Szakos

Gareth Szakos was born in 1996 and began to play piano at age 5. His most significant early teacher was Victor Makarov in Sydney with later teachers including Rosemary Whitcomb, Alexey Yemtsov and Katya Makarova, before auditioning for the Sydney Conservatorium.

Gareth debuted with orchestra at 8 years of age, performing again as soloist in 2006 with the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra at age 10. He has been successful in various Eisteddfods in Sydney and the Central Coast and in 2007 was a finalist in the Yamaha Youth Piano Competition.

More recently he was awarded the Bruce A. Pontin Scholarship with his audition to Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2013. In 2016 he was runner-up in the Sydney Conservatorium’s Piano Unit Concerto Competition and last year was selected alongside other students at the Conservatorium to participate in the ‘Estivo’ chamber music summer school in Verona, Italy.

Gareth is currently studying privately with Illya Zozulya and about to complete a Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where his teachers have been Associate Professor Gerard Willems and Doctor Paul Rickard-Ford.

Filipa Abreu

Filipa Abreu is a violinist and a pedagogue from Guimarães.

Filipa began her violin studies at the Professional Art School of Vale do Ave (Artave), with professor Alberto Gaio Lima. In 2002 Filipa joined the National Superior Orchestra Academy (Metropolitana de Lisboa), under the guidance of Professor Aníbal Lima. In 2003 Filipa continued her studies at the Higher School of Music and Performing Arts in Porto (ESMAE), where she graduated in the class of Professor Zofia Wóycicka.

Filipa was a member of the Northern Symphonic Orchestra from 2004 to 2008.

Filipa worked with several national orchestras: Orquestra do Algarve, Madeira Chamber Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra, Studio Orquestra Foundation, among others.

In the year 2013 Filipa finished her Masters in Music Teaching, at the University of Minho, where she worked with teachers like Eliot Lawson and Ilya Grubert.

Filipa teaches at the Guimarães Conservatory since 2008, having students who have won several national and international competitions.

Flilipa plays the role of chief of the 2nd violin in the Orquestra of Guimarães.

Fox Chan

Violinist Fox Chan was born into a musical family in Shenzhen China, where he began studying piano and violin at the age of 4 with his mother Professor Luni Chen. At the age of six, he began studies at the prestigious Shenzhen Arts School. He then completed his Bachelor and Masters Degree studying with Professor Peter Shixiang Zhang and Associate Professor Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was the recipient of the highest scholarship award.

Fox has won major competitions and awards in Australia and Internationally, including the 1st prize of the Guangdong National Violin Competition in China (2001), and the prize for “Best International String Player” in the Gisborne International Music Competition (2010). As a chamber musician, Fox is the founder and violinist of the Estivo Trio, which was one of only 8 piano trios chosen from an international field and the only Australian piano trio selected to compete in the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Fox has given numerous solo recitals in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Macau where his performances were met with great enthusiasm. He has made concerto appearances as a soloist with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Xi’an Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in China, Orquesta Sinfonia of Micheoacan in Mexico, as well as chamber orchestras in Australia.

Despite his tremendous load of solo and chamber engagements, Fox maintains an interest in teaching and lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium – the University of Sydney. Fox also is the Founder and artistic director of the Arco Music Academy since 2012. Many of his students have been prizewinners of national competitions and local Eisteddfods. Students from his studio have also been successful in auditioning into Music Colleges in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as receiving full music scholarships at Australian Schools. In 2017, Fox founded the “Fox International Music Association” aimed to nurture the next generation of young musicians and to encourage the appreciation of classical music. In 2018, Fox was nominated by the Australian Council as Citizen of the Year for his outstanding performances and contribution to the community. Fox was also appointed to the Cleveland Institute of Music International Academy faculty in 2018.

Fox Chan plays on an 1886 Eugenio Degani violin.