Finally- live music!
Through the recently established concert format “Back to live”, you can now invite classical musicians for your personal house concert. Young, top-class musicians are looking forward to sing and play for you the program of your choice! The goal is to not only share music online, but to play for attendant listeners, because the interpersonal exchange is so essential when making music.
Felicitas Schiffner performed as a soloist together with orchestras like the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Harbin Symphony orchestra and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra.
Further she played as a chamber musician in projects like “Nils Mönkemeier and young talents” at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, “Musik Miteinander” in Kronberg and most recently is as a member of the Seiji Ozawa Academy.
Felicitas Schiffner was born in Lübeck (Germany) 1997 and began her first violin lessons with her mother when she was 4 years old. After being taught by Vladislav Goldfeld and by Denis Goldfeld through-out her childhood, she began studying Violin with Prof. Erik Schumann at the Hochschule for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt.
Masterclasses with Vadim Gluzman, Donald Weilerstein, Zakhar Bron, Roland Greutter, Ulf Wallin and Krzysztof Wegrzyn gave her valuable learning experiences that furthered her violin career.
Felicitas Schiffner won several top prizes, most recently at the Washington International String Competition, the International Schoenfeld Competition for Strings in Harbin (China) and the first prize at the International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Violin (Germany).
As the award winner of the 23rd Competition of the German Musical Instrument Foundation‚ Musikleben’, in February 2015 Felicitas Schiffner was granted the Violin built by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in Paris 1863, which is overseen by the Funds of the Hamburg Family property.
Xi Zhai was born in 1987 into a family of musicians in the Chinese province of Shanxi. He began
playing the piano at the age of six and started his studies in 2001 with the distinguished piano
teacher Dachun You in Shanghai. In 2002, Xi Zhai gave his first solo recital in his hometown of
Taiyuan. After his studies with Dr. Zhe Tang and his graduation at the Shanghai Conservatory of
Music in 2009 he moved to Germany to continue his studies at the Frankfurt University of Music and
Performing Arts in the master class of Prof. Joachim Volkmann, graduating in 2015 with a highly
acclaimed concert exam. In addition to his piano playing, Xi Zhai is also active in chamber music,
working with singers, and music for piano four-hands. He also studied rehearsal/coaching with Prof.
Eugen Wangler, and orchestra conducting with Uwe Sandler.
Several awards, such as the Gold Medal of the Toyama Piano Competition in Shanghai and the
Silver Medal of the Asian Music Competition in Hong Kong were the beginning of Xi Zhai’s
international concert career. In October 2013, Xi Zhai was awarded a scholarship of arteMusica for
his outstanding musical achievements. Furthermore he participated in numerous master classes,
among others with distinguished artists such as Elizabeth Leonskaja, Sir Andras Schiff, Paul
Badura-Skoda, Prof. Helmut Deutsch, Prof. Fou Tsong, Prof. Yehoved Kaplinsky and Prof. Arie
Xi Zhai’s extensive repertoire ranges from the Baroque and masters of the Classical and Romantic
era to contemporary composers. His repertoire for piano and orchestra includes the complete piano
concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, as well as works by Haydn, Schumann, Grieg,
Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and other composers.
Xi Zhai has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls, such as in 2009 at the Grand
Theatre in Beijing, and since 2011 he has performed several times at the ‘Alte Oper’ in Frankfurt,
where he played for instance Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Goldberg-Variations.
Xi Zhai has been featured as soloist with several orchestras in China, Portugal, Italy and Germany.
He has performed with renowned conductors such as Karsten Januschke, Erich Wächter, Elahiu
von Erlenbach, Chen Xieyang, Bian Zhushan, Chen Zuohuang, Armando Mota and Fu Renchang.
Since April 2018 Xi Zhai holds a faculty position at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing
Arts and since 2019 a teaching position at the University of Music Mainz.
He ocasionally joins the faculty of some festivals such as Casalmaggiore Music Festival or
Musiktage am Rhein and has recently recorded Paul Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1
together with Christoph Eschenbach.
Adriana Gonzalez is one of the most prominent guatemalan singers of her generation. This last summer Adriana won 1st prize at the 2019 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition and the Pepita Embil Zarzuela Prize in Prague.
Some of her upcoming projects include Micaëla – Opernhaus Zürich, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) & Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) – Tokyo Spring Festival and Contessa (LeNozze di Figaro) – Opéra National de Lorraine.
Also as an Audax Records Artist, Adriana will release her first album along side conductor / pianist Iñaki Encina Oyón.
Adriana was born in Guatemala in 1991 and becomes the first musician of her family. In 2009, she receives the New Upcoming Artist Award by the Hemeroteca Nacional de Guatemala.
After completing her studies at the Universidad del Valle, she is invited to be a member of the Opéra national de Paris opera studio, where she sang the roles of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Così fan tutte), Sapho et Iphise (Les Fêtes d’Hébé). Before finishing the studio in Paris she received the Prix Lyrique 2017 du Cercle Carpeaux.
In 2016 she wins 1st prize at the Otto Edelmann Competition, as well as the Oper Burg Gars Prize, awarding her the role of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). In 2017 she is awarded 2nd prize at the Concurso Francisco Viñas at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, where a year later she debuts Corinna (Il Viaggio a Reims).
Adriana was also part of the IOS at the Opernhaus Zürich singing roles like Erste Blumenmädchen (Parsifal). Gonzalez will return to Zürich in 2019-2020 to sing Micaëla (Carmen).
Florina Ilie is a Romanian soloist who entered the world of musical performance when she was only 7 years old. After 8 years of violin and 10 of choir singing, she joined the National University of Music as a student, improving her remarkable singing abilities during 6 years of study.
She debuted on the stage of the National Opera in Bucharest at only 17, in the role of the third child in “Die Zauberflöte” – W.A. Mozart. Since then she sang in renowned Opera Houses as Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, Opéra de Toulon, Oper Frankfurt and Oper Darmstadt.
She approached complex roles as Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte”, Susanna from “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Despina from “Cosi fan tute”, Serpetta from “La finta Giardiniera”, Adina from “L’elisir d’amore”, Valencienne from “Lustige Witwe”, Italienische Sängerin from “Capriccio”, Najade from “Ariadne auf Naxos”.
She also competes at famous opera competition around the world. Her previous performaces brought her prizes such as: First Prize and Award of Excellence – “Paul Constantinescu” Competition, Förderpreis der Opernstudio OperAvenir am Theater Basel – “Otto Edelmann” – International Singing Competition Wien, First Prize – “Ada Burlui” Lied Contest, Förderpreis der Jungen Oper Austria – ISA Sommerakademie Wien, and First Prize – “Sabin Dragoi” International Singing Competition.
Florina completed her postgradual studies at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien at Professor Karlheinz Hanser class and now she part of the Young singers project of Oper Frankfurt in Deutschland. She strives to enrich her talent through her strong personality and determination, entangled with seriousness, conscientiousness and a great passion for music.