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Concierto: Ensemble SAPIACE. [AUSTRIA / ALEMANIA]

Piano: Eugenia Radoslava (Austria)
Violonchelo: Matthias Gredler (Austria/Alemania)

28 oct 2022


- Albena Petrovic - "Turquoise" for vioioloncello and piano
- Albena Petrovic - "Wait, please" for piano
- Michael Gredler - "Space" for violoncello and piano (dedicated to Matthias Gredler)
- Beat Furrer - "The snow has no voice" for piano
- Paul Engel - "Hellas" for violoncello and piano (dedicated to Matthias Gredler)

Eugenia Radoslava gave her first solo piano recital at the age of ten and her first performance with orchestra a year later. She studied piano at the Music High School and concert piano and music pedagogy at the Music Academy "Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia in the class of Prof. A. Dikov. She finished her studies with gold medal and distinction and received the honorary scholarship "Pancho Vladigerov".

She also studied concert piano with Prof. N. Flores and chamber music with Prof. A. Kouyoumdjian at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and music pedagogy at the Vienna Conservatory/Private University. At the master classes of Prof. V. Nosina, Prof.V. Gornostajewa, Prof. E. Tkach and Prof. O. Meisenberg she received valuable artistic impulses.
At the age of twelve she became a prize-winner at the international "Piano Competition for Young Virtuosos" in Czechoslovakia, at the Bulgarian National Music Competition as well as at the competitions "Svetoslav Obretenov" in Bulgaria, "Senigalia" in Italy and "Usti nad Labem" in the Czech Republic. She has also given numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra. Her CD recordings in the series "Piano-Piano" were among the ten best-selling classical CDs in Germany in 2009. In addition to her teaching activities in various music teaching institutions in Austria and at the MDW Vienna, she has participated as a juror and lecturer in master classes and international competitions in Austria, Denmark, Ukraine, Portugal, Italy, Finland, Russia and Bulgaria. Among her students are numerous prize winners of national and international competitions.

She is the Austrian representative of the international pedagogical organization "Art & Education in the 21st Century", honorary and jury member of the international competition "Viva Piano" in Bulgaria, artistic director of the concert series "Sommerklänge aus dem Stift" in Klosterneuburg, organizes charity events and is involved in charitable projects. Her activities also include video recordings, radio and television performances, and premiere recordings of works by contemporary composers, such as the CD "Ways," which she recorded with Luxembourgian flutist Maria Miteva in 2021 and presented internationally at concerts, radio and television broadcasts.

In 2014, she formed a chamber music duo with Austrian saxophonist Michael Krenn, with whom she also released their first joint CD, "Fantastia," featuring works by French composers as premiere recordings. This was received with enthusiasm by critics and was broadcast several times by various international radio stations. The duo experienced great success and participated in various international festivals such as "Varna Summer", "Apollonia", "Salon of Arts", "Music Academy Apollonia", "Weeks of Austrian Music" and "Sofia musikweeks" in Bulgaria "Trencin Autumn" in Slovakia, "Les Concerts du Foyer européen" in Luxembourg, "Gnesina Music Academy" in Moscow and "Alpen Classica SaxFest" in Innsbruck. Also participated several times in the International Music Forums in Stavropol, Trencin, Madeira and Lonigo and gave numerous concerts in Italy, Turkey, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Finland and Austria. In 2021, cellist Matthias Gredler joined the duo and thus the Ensemble Sapiache was born. This unusual instrumentation inspired composers such as R. Bischof, M. Gredler and A. Petrovic who dedicated their works to the trio.

Matthias Gredler was born in Munich in 1975. Coming from an Austrian family of musicians, he received his first cello lessons from his father Edgar Gredler (principal cellist of the Munich Radio Orchestra), then studied with Heinrich Schiff and Clemens Hagen in Salzburg and Vienna from 1990 - 1998. He continued his studies with Martin Hornstein in Vienna and Miklós Perényi in Budapest 1998 - 2000. From 1997 - 2000 Matthias Gredler studied chamber music (string quartet, piano/cello duo) with the Altenberg Trio at the Vienna Conservatory and with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Matthias Gredler received further musical impulses from master classes given by such musical personalities as Arto Noras, Peter Matzka, Claus Christian Schuster, Hatto Bayerle, Norbert Brainin, Sigmund Nissl, Martin Lovett, and Valentin Berlinsky.

His involvement with chamber music began at an early age. In 1986, together with his sister Manuela Gredler and the pianist Jakob Fichert, he founded a piano trio which existed until 1998. During his youth he won numerous prizes, which enabled him to become active in international concert activities at an early age. Through numerous performances at renowned festivals Matthias Gredler became known as a soloist as well as a chamber musician.
1997 - 2001 intensive occupation with string quartet as cellist of the "Viatores - Quartet". In addition, Matthias Gredler was the solo cellist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 1999 - 2001. In 2001 Matthias Gredler took over the position as cellist of the internationally renowned Vienna Piano Trio. With this trio he performed for more than 17 years in important music centers and festivals worldwide. Master classes, such as at the Toronto Summer Music Academy, or the International Chamber Music Academy Hohenstaufen, as well as tours in the USA, England, Asia, Europe and South America, are a regular part of his pedagogical activities.

An important focus for Matthias Gredler is the study of contemporary music. Works by composers such as Friedrich Cerha, Johannes Maria Staud, Paul Engel, Harrison Birthwisthle, György Kurtag, Michael Gredler, Thomas Larcher, among others, have been premiered by the Vienna Piano Trio and some of them have been written for this ensemble and its own cycle at the
Vienna Konzerthaus.
Numerous recordings have received awards, including the Echo Klassik 2010 for Joseph Haydn piano trios and 2017 for piano trios by Johannes Brahms. Since October 2019 Matthias Gredler teaches violoncello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, as well as at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich.
Matthias Gredler plays a cello by J.B. Guadagnini from 1752.
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