Maria Solozobova is one of the most promising violinists of her generation. She has won several prestigious international music competitions, for instance the Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria (first prize and special audience price 2000), the W. A. Mozart Competition in Zurich (first prize 2005), the Tibor Varga Competition and the Rodolfo Lipizer Prize. Maria is a frequent guest, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, at the most prestigious festivals in the world. She has performed with many leading orchestras including the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zürich, Festival Strings Lucerne, Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow. Her dazzling career has already taken her to the world’s finest concert halls including the Tonhalle Zurich, Berliner Philharmonie, Koelner Philharmonie, Great Hall at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow or Konzerthaus in Vienna. Solozobova has played under many famous conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, David Zinman, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniel Raiskin, Howard Griffiths and Michael Hofstetter. She is a frequent guest, both as a soloist and a chamber musician, at the most prestigious festivals in the world. Solozobova’s performances today include appearances with leading orchestras and musicians worldwide including as Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Maria Joao Pires, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sol Gabetta. Maria Solozobova’s playing is an enthralling combination of virtuosic power, creative spontaneity, beautiful tonal warmth, elegance and musical insight. Her repertoire covers the whole spectrum from Baroque works through classical and romantic music to contemporary compositions. Maria Solozobova plays an Italian violin by Nicolo Gagliano (1728).
The international maestro Conrad van Alphen enjoys standing ovations with top orchestras around the globe. As a guest conductor Conrad works with some of the world’s most respected orchestras, such as the Montreal and Svetlanov Symphony Orchestras, the Brussels, Bogota and Moscow Philharmonics, the Bochumer Symphoniker as well as the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He enjoys a particularly close association with the Russian National Orchestra and its founder Mikhail Pletnev. Furthermore he is an artist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, in which capacity he regularly conducts the major Moscow orchestras. For four years he was chief conductor of the State Safonov Philharmonic Orchestra. At the turn of the new millennium, Conrad founded Sinfonia Rotterdam, of which he remains chief conductor and artistic director. The orchestra presents concert series in The Hague, Rotterdam (de Doelen) and Amsterdam (Concertgebouw). Under Conrad’s leadership, it has become an internationally recognised ensemble, has made acclaimed recordings, and has toured Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Chile and Russia.
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading and longest established Czech ensembles. It has gained an important place on the Czech concert scene through its innovative programming and ever-increasing artistic standard. The orchestra is also a welcome guest in many concert halls abroad. Its history goes back to 1926 and is connected with the beginnings of the radio journal broadcast. The orchestra offers concerts in a series of subscription concerts held at the Dvořák Hall in the Rudolfinum. The members of the orchestra regularly appear as guests all over Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and the USA. The orchestra cooperates with a number of renowned soloists, and their recording activity is significant. Through the EU’s European Musical Exchange the orchestra’s recordings reach hundreds of thousands of listeners all over Europe and overseas. The Prague Radio Orchestra is the residential orchestra of the IMF ČK.