Musicians

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DANIEL RUBENSTEIN - violin

Daniel Rubenstein performed extensively as a chamber musician, in recitals or as a soloist, across Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Brazil, Turkey, Tunisia, Israel, South Korea and Japan. 1st Prize Winner of several national music competitions, Daniel Rubenstein gave his first concert as a soloist at the age of 15 with the National Orchestra of Belgium under the direction of Mendi Rodan. He performed nearly 200 chamber music works with nearly 100 International artists in festivals and important Concert Series, and has created more than 40 new works by renowned composers, some dedicated to him. His discography of a dozen CD received excellent critics from the International press (Gramophone, Crescendo, Klassik Heute, Fanfare). Graduated with Honors from the Royal Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and the Indiana University (USA) in 3 instruments (violin, viola & piano), Daniel Rubenstein is presently violin, viola and chamber music professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium), Associate Professor in chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and Artistic Director of the Festival Mozart (Belgium & Japan).  

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SOPHIE ACKERMANN - violin

A Prize Winner of the 2013 New Tenuto National Competition (Belgium), Sophie Ackermann performed as soloist in Mozart, Aruntunian, Mendelssohn and Brahms concertos, together with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie in festivals in Belgium and with the Symphony Orchestra of the Alicante University in Italy (Musicfest Perugia). After obtaining her Master Degree with High Distinction at the Mons Royal Conservatory in Belgium in the class of Daniel Rubenstein, she pursue her studies in the class of Hagaï Shaham at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at the University of Tel-Aviv where she also served as concertmaster of the University Orchestra which worked under conductors such as Zubin Mehta. As a chamber musician, Sophie Ackermann was also invited in 2014 and 2015 as a Young Artist at the Festival Mozart (Waterloo) where she performed as a violinist and violist in various chamber music works together with International artists. Since then, and besides teaching, she has been mostly concentrating as a chamber musician, performing in Belgium, France, Luxemburg and Japan among other places 

Gergely Kota

GERGELY KOTA - viola

Originally from Hongary, Gergely Kota is an active concert violist regularly seen on the main concerts hall in Belgium and in Europe, both as an orchestra leader or a chamber musician. Member and founder of the String quartet Quatuor CoryFeye, then fouding member of the Trio Becel (viola, flute & harp), he is also principal viola in chamber orchestras such as the Namur Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Atanares,  and Concertmaster of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Brussels. His participation in international festivals includes also performance in the jazz festival of Pápa (Hungary), or within the German group Kulturtecphniker. Graduated from the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels, he also studied Improvisation and is an avid initiators of various multimedia projects. Besides his concert career, Gergely Kota is an active pedagogue, Chamber music professor at the Academy of Watermael-Boitsfort and teaching in Summer Masterclasses in Belgium, Hungary etc.  

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JOHANNES BURGHOFF - cello

Passionate about chamber music, Johannes Burghoff performed as soloist or as a chamber musician in famous concert halls such as the Tonhalle (Zürich), the Lincoln Center (New-York), the Arts-Center of Seoul etc. Coming from a family of musicians, Johannes Burghoff graduated from Liège and Strasbourg in the classes of Marise Douin and Marc Coppey. Founder of the Trio Mistral, piano trio performing regularly on different continents, a member of the Prosperus4 string quartet, he is also a member of the Ensemble Linea (Strasbourg) and the Concert Olympique (Antwerp). As a chamber musician, he performed with musicians such as Maiko Inoue, Tatiana Samouil, Alissa Margulis, Philippe Graffin, Anne Cambier, Mario Caroli, Aldo Baerten, Marcio Carneiro, Olivier Piguet, Pablo Marquèz, Misha Besverkny, Diederik Suys, Tony Nys, Sheva Tehoval, Ning Kam and others. His discography of more then 10 CD's (labels BMI, UT3-record etcs.) includes works by Beethoven, Bruch, Rachmaninov, Dvorak, Shostakovitch, Mozart... Artistic director of the « Festival International de musique à Jodoigne » (Belgique) , Johannes Burghoff plays on a 1733 cello made by Januarius Gagliano.  

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CATHERINE LEBRUN - cello

Cello-solo during 2 years of the Guayaquil Symfony Orchestra in Equator with which she travelled throughout South America, Catherine Lebrun has been a Laureate of the Pro Civitate National Competition (now Belfius Classics) and the Fondation Belge de la Vocation. As a chamber musician, she performed during 6 years extensively chamber music at the Queen Elisabeth Chapelle. A founding member of the Ensemble Mendelssohn, she is also a member of several chamber music groups such as the Trio Vidas, Sturm und Klang, Franchomme Duo, Limoncello Quartet as well as with pianist Michel Laurent. Graduated with Honor of the Brussels Royal Conservatory, she also received a Virtuoso Diploma in cello at the Ghent Royal Conservatory. Since last year, she explores the world of baroque music. Catherine Lebrun is an active pedagogue, and have been teaching cello and chamber music at the Namur Hight Institute of Music (IMEP - Belgium), as well as cello pedagogy at the Brussels Royal Conservatory.   

 

Partners

Partners involded in recent and actual projects
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MAXIME DESERT

Viola 

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MARTA COSTA SOARES

Double-bass 

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ALESSANDRO CERVINO

Piano 

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AYSEGUL KIRMANOGLU

Clarinet 

Raphael Aubry

RAPHAEL AUBRY

Viola 

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ADRIEN EBLE

Oboe 

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JEAN-MARC FESSARD

Clarinet 

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RACHEL TALITMAN

Harp 

 

Composers

Composers who wrote or dedicated works for the Ensemble Mendelssohn
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GUILLAUME AUVRAY

Timbre électroacoustique

for string quintet 2 cellos and electronics (2018) 

Premiere recording by the Ensemble Mendelssohn in 2018 

Jean-Pierre Deleuze

JEAN-PIERRE DELEUZE

'Vue sur le jardin de lumière'

for piano quintet

Commissioned by the Ensemble Mendelssohn, premiered in 2011 

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JACQUELINE FONTYN

'Sul Cuor Della Terra'

for piano quintet 

Version commissioned for the Ensemble Mendelssohn, premiered in 2019 

Hajime Fukagawa

HAJIME FUKAGAWA

Quartet for piano, 2 violins & cello

Commissioned by Masahiro Kawakami & the Ensemble Mendelssohn, premiered in 2016 

Ola Gjeilo

OLA GJEILO

'Brooklin'

for piano quintet 

 

Commissioned by the Ensemble Mendelssohn, creation in 2005 

Michel Lysight

MICHEL LYSIGHT

'Hexagramme' for string sextet*
'Trois Croquis' for string quintet**

*Premiered by the Ensemble Mendelssohn in 2005 
**Premiered and recorded by the Ensemble Mendelssohn in 2004

Vladimir Mendelssohn

VLADIMIR MENDELSSOHN

Transcription of Beethoven Symphony No.9 op. 125 for string septet, organ, percussion and 8 solo voices

Commissioned by the Ensemble Mendelssohn, premiered in 2021 

Stéphane Orlando

STEPHANE ORLANDO

'Taïko'

for piano quintet

Commissioned by the Ensemble Mendelssohn, premiered in 2016 

Anna Segal

ANNA SEGAL

'Terra Santa Abruzzo' for clarinet, 2 violins, viola and cello
Concertino for clarinet, harp and string quintet
Suite for oboe, harp and string quintet

Creation and Premiere recordings by the Ensemble Mendelssohn in 2017 

Haofu Zhang

HAO-FU ZHANG

'Flowing Sleeves'

for piano quintet

Dedicated to Daniel Rubenstein and the Ensemble Mendelssohn, premiered in 2019