IGOR KELLER VIOLIN
SILVIA SIMIONESCU VIOLA
DIANA LIGETI CELLO
Founded in 1994 at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland), the TRIO LIGETI received, in the context of the Academy and in several masterclasses, advice from Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Radu Aldulescu, Johannes Eskaer, Bruno Giuranna, Siegmund Nissel, Michel Strauss and Joseph Silverstein. The Trio already played concerts and appeared in Festivals in Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy, among others, at the 'Festival de Pontino' at Sermoneta (Italy) and at the 'Rencontres musicales' and 'Journées Hindemith' at Blonay, Switzerland. In 1995, they were - with the unanimity of the jury - awarded the 'Grand Prix de musique de chambre' of the 'Forum musical de Normandie'. In May 1996, they won First Prize at the 2nd Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan).
Igor Keller, violin
Born in Bouxwiller (Alsace, France), Igor Keller studied at the Musikakademie Basel (Switzerland) with Adelina Oprean and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Sandor Vegh. In 1992, he entered the 'International Menuhin Music Academy' of Gstaad (Switzerland), became student of Alberto Lysy and Sir Yehudi Menuhin and graduated from the Academy in 1995. Furthermore, he participated in several masterclasses directed by, among others, Felix Andrievski, Irina Botchkov, Walter Levin and Hatto Beyerle. Already early on he appeared as soloist with orchestras in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. His récitals and intense chamber music activities have led him all over France, to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Ukraine and Argentina.
Silvia Simionescu, viola
Silvia Simionescu was born in Bucharest, Rumania, where she took up playing the violin at the age of seven. As student of Modest Iftinchi and Stefan Gheorgiu she graduated in 1991 from the National Music Conservatoire in Bucharest, and continued her studies at the 'Scuola di alto perfezionamento musicale' of Saluzzo (Italy) with Mariana Sirbu and Franco Gulli. In 1993, she became a member of the 'Camerata Lysy' and started her studies with Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy at the 'International Menuhin Music Academy', Gstaad, Switzerland, from where she graduated in 1995.
A Prizewinner in several national Rumanian and international competitions (among others, 1st Prize in the International Competition of Brescia), she already made concert tours throughout Rumania, Italy, Germany, France and Argentina. In her great devotion to chamber music she often plays the viola, as in the Trio Ligeti.
Diana Ligeti, cello
A graduate from the National Music Academy of her native town Cluj-Napoca, Rumania, in 1991, as student of Ilse Herbert, 'cello and Ferdinand Weiss, chamber music, Diana Ligeti won 1st Prize (Grand Prix) of the 'Concours International de violoncelle de Douai' (France). She pursued her studies from 1991 in Paris at the 'Cycle de perfectionnement' at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in the 'cello class of Klaus Heitz and with Christian Ivaldi for chamber music. In 1994-1995, she took part in the classes held at the 'International Menuhin Music Academy' of Gstaad, Switzerland. In addition to her numerous concerts all over Europe, she teaches the cello and chamber music class at the National Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca, Rumania, and the cello at the Conservatoire Européen de Musique de Paris.
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