THE MUSICIANS

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TAL BOTVINIK

 

Tal began his guitar studies at the age of 11. He graduated from the Jerusalem Academy High School for Music and Dance. During his military service, Tal participated in the program for “Outstanding Musicians”, while completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the Jerusalem Academy, studying with Ruben Seroussi. He graduated with honors his Master of Music degree, studying with world famous guitarist Roberto Aussel in Cologne, Germany.

He graduated his second Master studies in contemporary music in Cologne, Germany, in the class of Prof.David Smeyers and Prof.Roberto Aussel, followed by a chamber music degree together with the Cologne Guitar Quartet.

Over the years, Tal has won several national and international guitar competitions. He has played with several orchestras and ensembles, including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem Academy orchestra, Musikfabrik Ensemble, Ensemble 20/21 and Israeli contemporary players. He has been awarded several scholarships such as “American-Israel Culture Foundation” for solo and chamber music and Alfred Toepfer “Concerto-Music Stipendium”.

In 2016 Tal participated in the renowned Darmstadt contemporary music course in the class of Yaron Deutsch.  

He has taken part in many master classes with well-known guitarists such as David Russell, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukic, Alvaro Pierri, Hubert Käppel and Scott Tennant.

 

HENRIQUE ALMEIDA

 

Henrique Almeida was born in 1990 in Amarante, Portugal. He starts playing the guitar at the age of 12 in Centro Cultural de Amarante with Hélder Almeida. At the age of 17 he is accepted to study with Professor José Pina, and later with Artur Caldeira in ESMAE, “Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo” in Porto, concluding his studies with highest marks. In 2012 he started his Master studies at the „Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln“ in Cologne with the professor Roberto Aussel and had masterclasses with renown artists like Marcyn Dylla, Chen Zi, Feliu Gasul, Jérôme Ducharme, Margarita Escarpa, José Pina, Artur Caldeira e Miguel Carvalhinho. He won the first prize in the International Guitar Competitions of „Santa Cecilia“ in Porto and „Cidade do Fundão“ in Fundão. Furthermore, he got the third prize in „Jovens Músicos“ competition in 2014. Henrique has played in several concert halls around Europe, such as Paris, Bergerac, Redon, Aarhus, Braga, Maastricht, Cologne, Monschau, Aachen, etc.

Henrique founded in Cologne the project „Cantus Portugueses“ and works at the moment with the ensemble „Cologne Guitar Quartet“, the Duo „Dois Sons“, and also as a composer and arranger. His piece „Cavaquinho in Cologne“ was premiered by the Cologne Guitar Quartet in 2018 and „Cantar Alentejano“ was premiered in January 2019 by the guitarist Adriana Rolão for her Masters Final Exam.

 

PTOLEMAIOS ARMAOS

Armaos Ptolemaios was born in Athens in 1993. He began learning the guitar at the age of 6 in Greece, where he received his Guitar and Harmony diploma in 2010. In 2011 he was accepted into the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne in the class of Prof. Roberto Aussel and he completed his bachelor studies in 2015 with the perfect note. Since September 2015 he is studying his masters degree with Roberto Aussel for guitar and Hans-Werner Huppertz for chamber music.
He has participated as an active member in masterclasses given by Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia and Hubert Käppel, among others. He has won first prizes in national competitions and has been a finalist in the World Guitar Competition in Serbia. He has performed extensively in solo and ensemble works from numerous cultures and styles, with classical and electric guitar, cello, piano, bouzouki and baglama. Besides his instrumental activity he has shown great interest for composition and arranging. Most of his works are written for guitar or ensembles with guitar.

 

TOBIAS JUCHEM

 

Tobias was born 1985 in Aachen, Germany, and studied the guitar and piano with Csaba Szekely and Hella Westendorf. Eightteen years old he has won the first prize in the german national competition “Jugend musiziert”.

In 2007 he started his professional studies of the guitar in Cologne with Ansgar Krause and is currently completing his Master of Music with the famous Professor Roberto Aussel at “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz” in Cologne. With the Cologne Guitar Quartet he got enrolled as the first Guitar Quartet for a Master degree in chamber music. Furthermore, he attended masterclasses with Lorenzo Micheli, Goran Krivokapic, Thomas Müller-Pering and Dale Kavanagh. Today Tobias teaches Guitar in private music schools in Cologne aswell as in Open Jazz House school Cologne.