CHRISTOPH KONCZ, violin, and ALEKSANDAR MADZAR, piano
The Austrian-Hungarian violinist Christoph Koncz made his North American debut with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit at age 12, followed by appearances on tour and in concert with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields. His concert activities have led him to numerous countries in Europe and to the Middle East, to Asia and Australia, as well as North and South America. In January 2016, he performs the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K. 364 with Les Musiciens du Louvre, under Marc Minkowski, as part of the Salzburg Mozart Week. He performs frequently with his older brother, cellist Stephan Koncz. Further musical partners include Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Kim Kashkashian (viola), Gautier Capuçon, Gary Hoffman (cello), Franco Petracchi (double bass) and Francesco Piemontesi (piano). In 1997, Christoph Koncz played a leading role in the Canadian production of "The Red Violin", which won an Academy Award for Best Score. Christoph Koncz performs on a 1762 Giuseppe Gagliano.
Born in Belgrade in 1968, Aleksandar Madzar first studied piano with Gordana Matinovic, Arbo Valdma and Eliso Virsaladze in Belgrade and Moscow, then with Edouard Mirzoian at the Strasbourg Conservatory and in Brussels with Daniel Blumenthal. In Europe he regularly gives recitals in London’s Wigmore, Milan’s Conservatorio Giuspeppe Verdi, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw halls whilst maintaining close duo partnerships with violinist Ilya Gringolts, and soprano Juliana Banse. He is a regular guest artist at the festivals of Bad Kissingen, Schleswig Holstein, the Ivo Pogorelich Festival at Bad Wörishofen, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Davos, Roque d’Antheron, Salzburg, Sintra and Aldeburgh. A regular concerto soloist, he has worked with conductors of the calibre of Paavo Berglund, Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Carlos Kalmar, Libor Pešek, André Previn, Andris Nelsons and the late Marcello Viotti.