Monday, July 22nd 2019
Musica Mundi's Alumni Concert
Julien Libeer (piano)

Julien Libeer is a regular guest of the Palais des Beaux-Arts and Flagey in Brussels, the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Barbican Hall in London. Recent tours have taken him to Spain, Japan, the Middle East and the US. He is artist in residence at Flagey, Brussels and the Bruges Concertgebouw. He has performed with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Brussels Philharmonic, the Belgian National Orchestra, deFilharmonie, Sinfonia Varsovia and the New Japan Philharmonic among others, under conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Michel Tabachnik, Augustin Dumay, Hervé Niquet, Joshua Weilerstein, Enrique Mazzola, Christopher Warren-Green… An accomplished chamber musician, he works on regular basis with Augustin Dumay, Camille Thomas, Frank Braley, Maria João Pires and Lorenzo Gatto, with whom he performs the complete Beethoven violin sonatas. Julien Libeer has studied piano with Daniel Blumenthal (Royal Conservatory of Brussels), Jean Fassina (Paris), Maria Joao Pires and the members of the Artemis Quartet. Since 2018, he is artist in residence at the Bell’Arte Foundation, under the impulse of Nelson Delle-Vigne. Based in Brussels, he is the artistic director of the musical and social choir project Singing Molenbeek, and spends most of his free time reading, swimming or enjoying a good series. Julien participated several years as a student in the Musica Mundi Chamber Music course and festival. This experience allowed him to enlarge his chamber music repertoire , meet and learn from eminent pedagogues and artistes.

Daniel Losakovitch (violin)

Violinist Daniel Lozakovich’s majestic music-making has left critics and audiences spellbound. “Perfect mastery. An exceptional talent,” observed Le Figaro after a recent performance, while the Boston Globe praised the “poise, tonal purity, and technique to spare” of his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood in July 2017. Daniel Lozakovich was born in Stockholm in 2001 and began playing the violin when he was almost seven. He made his solo debut two years later with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow. Daniel went on to perform with, among others, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, the Orchestre National de France and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.  His prodigious talent has been nurtured through studies with Josef Rissin at the Karlsruhe University of Music and he is now mentored by Eduard Wulfson. The violin grapevine was buzzing with news about the amazing youngster from Sweden long before Daniel made his international breakthrough in May 2016, when he hit the headlines worldwide as winner of the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition and, soon after, as returning soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in the closing concert of the XV Moscow Easter Festival.. He now works regularly with such leading orchestras as the National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, and with some of the world’s most eminent conductors, including Ádám Fischer, Vasily Petrenko, Leonard Slatkin, Marc Albrecht, Robin Ticciati and Lahav Shani. His chamber music partners, meanwhile, include Emanuel Ax, Renaud Capuçon, Khatia Buniatishvili, Seong-Jin Cho, Martin Fröst, Shlomo Mintz and Maxim Vengerov. 

Ivan Karizna (cello)

Cellist Ivan Karizna was one of the audience favourites during the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition, coming in fifth place and bagging the two audience prizes, for musiq3 and Klara. At the age of nineteen, Ivan Karizna had already been thrust into the spotlight after winning the third prize at the famous Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since then, he has gone on to win various other competitions, such as the Suggia Competition in Porto, the Luis Sigall Competition in Chile and the Società Umanitaria International Competition in Milan where he won first prize. Having already performed at various festivals such as the Colmar International Festival, the Festival du Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, the Rostropovich Festival in Berlin, etc., Ivan Karizna’s exceptional talent has been praised by several renowned musicians. He has already worked with a number of leading artists, including Andras Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Nicolas Angelich, Yuri Bashmet, Jérôme Ducros, Ivry Gitlis, Mathieu Herzog and Fazil Say. Ivan Karizna frequently performs with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Ion Marin, Mikhail Jurowsky and Vladimir Spivakov. He has earned an international reputation and has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Concerthaus in Berlin, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot and La Philharmonie in Paris, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Benaroya Hall in Seattle… He has been accompanied by some of the world’s finest orchestras including the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra from St. Petersburg, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra from Mexico and many others. For several years, Ivan has participated in the Musica Mundi workshops and festival as a talented young musician. Thanks to this collaboration, he was able to extend his chamber music repertoire and perform and study with such artists as Ivry Gitlis, Maxim Vengerov and many others.

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