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Regula Baenziger
(voice)

Regula Baenziger studied at the „Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini“ in Genova with Gabriella Ravazzi, after her diploma with Wally Staempfli at the Music Academy Basel. She took part in a series of masterclasses near celebrated personalities, such as Giovanna Canetti, Carmen Vilalta, Vera Bertinetti and Beppe di Tomasi and has been a winner at the international competition „Le nozze di Figaro“ in Italy. She sang leading parts like Cherubino in „Le nozze di Figaro“, Dorabella in „Così fan tutte“ and Santuzza in „Cavalleria Rusticana“. For a long time she seriously occupied herself with the Lied. Accompanied by the greek pianist Evangelos Sarafianos she sang numerous recitals, amongst others in Patras and Rhodos. While performing and continuing her own vocal enhancement, she early founded her own singing class in Basel (Switzerland).

 

 

George Koutlis
(stage direction)

Born in Athens, graduated from law department of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and acting department of Athens Conservatoire Drama School. He is currently studying theater directing in the Russian University of Theater Arts GITIS (master Y.Kamenkovich – D.Krymov).
As an actor he had worked with directors like N.Mastorakis and K.Evangelatos (“Angels in America” of Tony Kushner, “Rhesus” of Euripides for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival) and as a director he had worked with Russian, Greek and French actors directing Shakespeare (“The Merry Wives of Windsor”, ”Julius Caesar”), Dostoevsky (“Demons”) and modern Russian playwrights, like brothers Presnyakov (“Playing the victim”).He currently lives,works and studies in Moscow.

 

 

Giorgos Paterakis
(piano)

Giorgos Paterakis is a Greek pianist born in Athens. He studied piano and composition, graduated the Athens Conservatory and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London (P. Fowke class), and at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Budapest (K. Zempleni class), under the "Alexander Onassis Foundation" scholarship. Until a few years ago he was a piano teacher giving lessons and masterclasses and led a solo career performing as a soloist in orchestras, giving recitals and chamber music concerts, recording for the radio in Greece and abroad. After giving up teaching and solo-career he founded the String Theory Ensemble, a pioneering and very active group of classical & folk musicians, actors and visual artists, merging Greek, Balkan and oriental ethnic regional music with classical forms and establishing a quite original artistic genre. Until now he keenly and exclusively composes and performs as a pianist at The String Theory Ensemble.

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Evangelos Sarafianos
(piano)

Evangelos Sarafianos is a pianist of Greek origin, born in Cairo. He studied piano at the Athens Conservatory with Professor George Arvanitakis and later on with Peter Efler at the Musical Academy of Basel where he graduated in 1987 with the highest grade, the „Solisten-Diplom". Between 1987-1991 he concentrated on historical instruments including the hammerklavier, cembalo and clavichord. He studied with Jean Goverts at the „Schola Cantorum Basiliensis" and Christine Sartoretti at the Conservatoire de Lausanne where he earned a diploma in Cembalo. He won the Bachauer Competition in Greece, the Swiss National Competition, PIANO 80, in Winterthur and subsequently he was awarded the most prestigious scholarship of Greece, by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation.
Mr. Sarafianos' activities range over various artistic fields including concerts in Europe, Canada and Egypt. Since 1999 he performs almost every year in Japan where he gave masterclasses (as in Showa University) as well as in Greece and Canada.
His repertoire extends from the Baroque to the present and includes works of the most challenging difficulties, such as Rachmaninoff's 3rd concerto for piano in d-Minor, as well as the most strict stylistic pieces, such as Bach's Concertos.
He currently holds a post at the Conservatory of Zurich as well as at the Musikschule der Musik-Akademie in Basel.

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Johannes Schild
(piano)

Johannes Schild studied composition, music theory, piano and conducting at the Music Academies of Detmold and Wuerzburg, professors included Dietrich Manicke, Zsolt Gárdonyi and David de Villiers. He composed pieces for piano, organ, voices and orchestra, music for film and stage and orchestral arrangements of popular and classical music. Notable compositions in the recent past were Fresko for organ (première 2009 cologne cathedral), Metávasi – Three symphonic sketches (première 2011 auditorium university cologne), Sternherz – Christmas opera (première 2013 aesch/switzerland).
Johannes Schild is professor of theory and composition at University of Music and Dance Cologne and at Zurich University of the Arts. He performed as concert conductor and film music conductor on various productions in conjunction with numerous orchestras such as Hamburger Symphoniker, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra Sofia, German Pops Orchestra Stuttgart, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Hofer Sinfoniker. He has been piano accompanist for numerous voice master classes held in France, Italy, Greece and Switzerland.

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