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The 37th Early Music Days will take place 3-10 July in 2021. Over the past decades the festival had the honour of hosting numerous excellent professors. In line with our outstanding reputation, this year we are going to host some of the finest masters of early music. Students attending the master classes held by professors like Ágnes Kovács and Elisabeth Scholl in singing, Vera Balogh on flute, Piroska Baranyay on baroque cello, Sheng-Fang Chiu on recorder, Malcolm Bilson on fortepiano, Simon Standage on violin, and György Vashegyi on chamber music will learn the secrets of playing Baroque music.

 

agneskovacs-1Agnes Kovacs soprano was born in Budapest in a musicians’ family. She received a degree in conducting at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, and then graduated as an opera singer at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt in the class of Heidrun Kordes. She has been working with conductors such as Howard Armann, Ivor Bolton, Olof Boman, Jonathan Cohen, Iván Fischer, Nicolas McGegan, Thomas Hengelbrock, Helmuth Rilling, Michael Schneider,  Steven Sloane and György Vashegyi. She has been singing with Ensembles as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Berlin Phlharmonic, B`Rock Orchestre, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, NDR Sinfonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, the Hungarian Radio Simphony Orchestra  and the Orfeo Orchestra Budapest.
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Elisabeth SchollElisabeth Scholl started her carrier as the member of the choir Kiedricher Chorbuben. At university she studied musicology and English literature. She began voice training with Professor Eduard Wollitz later specialising in early music and historical performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (also studied with René Jacobs). This is where she developed her ongoing interest for researching libraries for unpublished music manuscript. Her numerous CD-recordings from the early baroque to the romantic period testify to her stylistic diversity.
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Vera Balogh is one of the most representative flutist of Early Music in Hungary, her repertory reaches from the Baroque to the Early-Romantic period. In 1999 she received her diploma as the student of Barthold Kujiken in Brussel, in 2015 she received her Doctoral Degree at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, where she is teaching Baroque flute. She regularly gives lectures in the field of Early Music. 
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Simon Standage 50mmSimon Standage is well known as a violinist specialising in 17th and 18th-century music. Leader and soloist with The English Concert from its foundation until 1990, he also fulfilled the same role for many years with the City of London Sinfonia. He is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and teaches at summer courses in Europe. He received a medal for services to Polish culture in 2008, was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in 2009, and in 2010 received the Georg Philipp Telemann Prize from the city of Magdeburg.
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chiu 1 (c) Theresa PewalRecorder player Sheng-Fang Chiu, an active soloist, chamber music performer and teacher. Born in Taiwan, she came to Europe to further pursue her  interest in the recorder and early music, studying with Michael Posch and Anna Januj. Later on she received additional mentoring and has collaborated with Walter van Hauwe. Her solo and chamber music performances have taken her throughout Europe and Asia. She is currently teaching recorder at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig.
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Malcolm Bilson has been in the forefront of the period instrument movement for more than forty years.  A member of the Cornell University Music Deparment since 1968, where he is currently Frederick J. Whiton Profesor of Music Emeritus, he began his pioneering activity in the early 1970s as a performer of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on late 18th and early 19th century pianos.  He has been a key contributor to the restoration of the early piano to the concert stage and fresh recordings of the mainstream repertory.
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Stefania NeonatoStefania Neonato will replace Malcolm Bilson as the professor of fortepiano master course at the 37th Early Music Days.

Her repertoire ranges from Classicism to the 20th century; five recordings mark Stefania Neonato’s career featuring solo and chamber music literature on period pianos. She is also active as pedagogue around the world with seminars and masterclasses on performance practice and was in the jury at the first two editions of the International Fortepiano Competition “G. G. Ferrari” in Rovereto, Italy (2012, 2016). More

 

BaranyayPiroskakicsiPiroska Baranyay regularly performs in Hungary and Europe on modern and baroque cello and viola de gamba. She is a principal cellist with leading early music ensembles (Arcangelo, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, English Baroque Soloists, Orfeo, The English Concert), active chamber musician and since 2018 professor of baroque cello at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. She studied in Budapest, Berlin, London and Lubeck, with Ferenc Rados, Csaba Onczay, Phoebe Carrai, Markus Möllenbeck, Jonathan Manson. She teaches cello courses on Baroque music and its authentic performance in Hungary and in Germany.
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Vashegyi Gyorgy _Wágner Csapó József, 2013_december 9.Liszt Award winning conductor, György Vashegyi, professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in the fields of early chamber music and early music performance, basso continuo and historical musicology, artistic director of the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir, conductor, guest conductor at the Hungarian State Opera and member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. 
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