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The International Holland musical sessions

Tuesday, 2008 April 8th, 7 PM

Small Guild Hall


The International Holland musical sessions


The new generation of performing musicians in classical music


Håkon Samuelsen (cello, Norway)
Mirsa Adami (piano, Albania)

Miroslav Kultyshev (piano, Russia)

Program – Brahms, Liszt, Hindemith        




The new generation of performing musicians in classical music lives in a world where it seems there is only room for a few stars. But just like the millions of stars in the sky, these musicians in their own way, with their own individual fire, pass on the spark of a great musical heritage to the people of today.

In a world in which the development of a career depends not only on talent, well-structured supervision is essential. The International Holland Music Sessions creates opportunities for young talented musicians. The International Holland Music Sessions makes use of its worldwide network to discover these talents. The young musicians are offered support in finding their way to the international concert stage, not only through musical coaching, but also by intensive supervision and the creation of numerous opportunities for gaining stage experience. Thanks to its globally renowned formula for career development, The International Holland Music Sessions is able to help truly gifted musicians to realize their dreams and achieve their goals.

Since 1988 master classes form the core of The International Holland Music Sessions. During the Summer Academy in Bergen NH, a new generation of soloists is intensively supervised by internationally renowned musicians and pedagogues, representing top institutions from all over the world. The Summer Academy also forms the basis from which the young musicians are selected to take their steps on the road to the international concert stage. The quality and international reputation have put the Summer Academy on the map throughout the world.

Within the concept of The International Holland Music Sessions, stage experience is an essential element in a beginning career. This route starts with participation in auditions held in cultural cities throughout Europe and the United States of America including Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Cleveland, Helsinki, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Prague, Riga, St. Petersburg, Sofia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw. The talents who stand out there are given the opportunity to participate in the Summer Academy. The master classes and performances in local venues, created in accordance with their artistic development, can lead to the "grand finale", an invitation to perform a recital in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. After successfully completing this last step, a number of these young musicians will be invited to perform in the ŒNew Masters on Tours¹ series in Amsterdam, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Helsinki, Moscow, Prague, Riga, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius and Warsaw.

Håkon Samuelsen, cello

Håkon Samuelsen studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany, with Prof. Frans Helmerson and in addition received master classes from Natalia Shakowskaya,  Truls M¸rk,  Colin Carr, Philippe Müller, Gary Hoffman and Zakhar Bron. The young Norwegian has won a number of prizes, including the first prize plus a special prize at the Norwegian National String Competition. He has also received several honorary prizes and culture prizes from the Norwegian State. Håkon Samuelsen gave concerts in England, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, Hungary, Lithuania, Monaco, Spain, India, France and the United States of America and performed with artists like Alfred Brendel, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls M¸rk, Lawrence Power, Joshua Bell, The Grieg Trio, Phillipe Graffin, Lev Maisky and Seji Ozawa. He has given concerts with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Oslo Symphony Orchestra, the Barrat-Due Chamber Orchestra and the Syrinx Festival Orchestra. The international Holland Music Sessions invited him for international concerts in the serie New Masters on Tour season 2007/2008.

Håkon Samuelsen plays a Francesco Rugieri (Cremona 1688) and a fine E. Sartory cello-bow (Paris 1898) kindly on loan from Anders Sveaas' charitable foundation.

Miroslav Kultyshev, piano

Miroslav Kultyshev was born in 1985 in Leningrad and studied in his home town in the class of Prof. Sandler. Allready very young he was laureate of the many International competitions and festivals, given concerts in France and Germany. Also he was scholar of the Yuri Bashmet International Charity Fund and the  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society. In 1996 he made his debut in Grand Philharmonic Hall with St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the guiding of Yuri Temirkanov. In 2006 Miroslav Kultyshev was invited by The International Holland Music Sessions to participate in their international Summer Academy & Festrival. Immediately after his participation this foundation invited him for the serie 'New Masters on Tour' for international concerts in the season 2007/2008. In the meantime his great success came in 2007 by winning the famous XIII International Tchaikovksy Piano Competition in Moscow, which brought him for concert tours to Korea, Japan and the United States of America.

Mirsa Adami, piano

Mirsa Adami was born in in Tirana, Albania, where her mother gave her her first piano lessons when she was five years old. She continued her studies under the tuition of Elsa Veizi at the "Jordan Misja" music lyceum in Tirana. Very young she gave regularly recitals and played with several orchestras in Albania. In 1990 she won the first prize in a youth competition in Stresa, Italy and played a year later in the Doelen Hall in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and was invited to continue her study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Prof. Jan Wijn. Also she followed master classes with Vladimir Tropp, Georgy Sebok, Eugen Indjic, Lee Kum-sing, John Perry, John O' Connor, Marie-Françoise Bucquet and Leon Fleischer. Mirsa Adami performed as soloist with orchestra and in recital in many European countries. She is accompanist at the Summer Academy of The International Holland Music Sessions since 1998.

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08.04.2008  19:00
Small Guild Hall

The International Holland musical sessions
The new generation of performing musicians in classical music

Program – Brahms, Liszt, Hindemith


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