SLOVAK YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Slovak clarinetist. In 2016 he became a soloist of the prestigious Parisian Ensemble intercontemporain. Graduate from Bratislava Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing arts in Brno, Czech Republic, he is also acquiring experience in orchestras such as Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and European Union Youth Orchestra under the baton of Philippe Jordan, Christoph Eschenbach or Vladimir Ashkenazy to name a few. Despite his short career, he has achieved remarkable success at home as well as abroad. He received first prize at the Leoš Janáček International Competition (Czech Republic, 2014), Clarinetto Concorso Carlino (Italy, 2013), and Concorso Anemos (Italy, 2013), as well as other awards. At various masterclasses, he has had the opportunity to study with Charles Neidich, Harri Mäki, Yehuda Gilad, Philippe Berrod and others. As a soloist, he regularly presents himself on the international scene in Europe, North America and Asia. In Slovakia, Martin Adámek collaborates with Cluster Ensemble, Veni Ensemble and Veni Academy, three ensembles specializing in contemporary music. Together with pianist Zuzana Biščáková and soprano Nao Higano, he founded the trio Sen Tegmento, and has been commissioning new pieces ever since their first concert in 2016.
Slovak pianist. He studied in Bratislava with Eva Fischerova, and in Paris with Claude Helffer. He is laureate of several domestic and foreing competitions. He has collaborated with notable artists of both genres, amongs them B. Schmid, B. Mütter, Ch. Muthspiel, J. Bartoš, T. Stanko, G. Demeterova, D. Lockwood, M. Feldman, A. Kirschlager, A. Shilkloper, J. Stivín, W. Muthspiel, E. Molinari, K. Dickbauer, etc. As a solois and/or a member of various ensembles, he has played with the Symphony Orchestra Danubia-Budapest, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, Slovak Sinfonietta – Zilina, OENM, die Reihe, amongst others. He has performed in several international festivals (of classical as well as jazz music) in Slovakia and abroad. As a soloist, he has worked with such conductors as J. Kalizke, B. Warchal, T. Kuchar, L. Svárovský, Z. Nagy, R. Stankovský, D. McQueen, M. Sieghart, D. Héja, S. Bywalec, O. v. Dohnányi, D. Gazon and others. Apart from a great number of recordings having been made for the BMG, Amadeo, OEHMS Classics, ORF, Preiser Records, Slovak Music Fund, Pavlik Records and the Goldberg Variations for Hevhetia. For this recording, he received the highest points (2×5*) by the BBC Music Magazine. As a result of this evaluation, he was offered to make his recital debut in London and in Paris. He was artistic director of the International art festival “Arcus Temporum” in Hungarian Pannonhalma. He is laureate of the “Cristal Wing prize” and “Frico Kafenda prize”. In 1996, Miki Skuta and his wife Nora Skuta formed the Piano duo Skuta and since that time they have been focusing on rendition of the 20th century music.
Benjamin Bayl is co-founder and Principal Guest Conductor of the period instrument Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO), Associate Director of The Hanover Band, and Artistic Director of Odissea. Holding both Dutch and Australian nationalities, he was the first Australian Organ Scholar of King’s College Cambridge, and then studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Colin Metters and George Hurst. An alumnus of the National Opera Studio, he became Assistant Conductor to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer in 2006, and was also mentored by and assisted Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Hickox, Harry Bicket and Ivor Bolton. From 2007-2010 he served as Assistant Artistic Director to the Gabrieli Consort & Paul McCreesh, and also worked with Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
He recently made his conducting debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Collegium Vocale Gent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and was immediately re-invited to conduct them on a European tour with the music of CPE Bach in the 18/19 Season. Working extensively in the early music field (both as conductor or directing from the keyboard) recent and regular collaborations include The Hanover Band, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Köln, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, and Warsaw Chamber Opera. In the realm of opera, he has conducted at Wiener Staatsoper (Fatima oder von den mutigen Kindern), Dutch National Opera (Il matrimonio segreto), Staatsoper Berlin (Fairy Queen / AscheMond), Royal Danish Opera (Don Giovanni), Danish National Opera (Così fan tutte), Opera Vlaanderen (Idomeneo), Opera Australia (Orlando), Opera de Oviedo (Agrippina & Le nozze di Figaro), Budapest State Opera (Fairy Queen), Polish National Opera (La clemenza di Tito), Deutsche Oper am Rhein & Teatro Comunale di Sassari (Carmen), NorrlandsOperan (Le nozze di Figaro), Warsaw Chamber Opera (Pigmalion) and Nordic Opera (L’incoronazione di Poppea & Cavalli’s Gli amore d’Apollo e di Dafne), working with stage directors such as Claus Guth, Mariame Clément, Ivo van Hove, David Bösch and Guy Joosten.
Benjamin has made highly successful debuts in recent seasons with such orchestras as Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Musikfest Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie, and Ruhrtrienniale Festival), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker, Britten Sinfonia, Netherlands Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, and Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino, as well as numerous orchestras throughout Scandinavia, conducting a broad range of repertoire from the great Viennese classics, historically informed Baroque and Romantic music, and new commissions. He is often invited to present the oratorios of Bach, Handel, Mozart and Haydn.
Current and forthcoming season highlights include concerts with Malaysian Philharmonic & Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, his debut at Den Norske Opera conducting Don Giovanni, his USA debut conducting Partenope for Opera Neo San Diego, Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, Orchestra Sinfonia G.Rossini, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Bremer Philharmoniker, ARCO, Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in the Melbourne Festival, Orchestra i pomeriggi musicali, Croatian Baroque Orchestra, a tour of China with The Hanover Band, a tour of Europe with B’Rock and Vocalconsort Berlin, La finta semplice and Lully’s Armide at Warsaw Chamber Opera, La Clemenza di Tito at Polish National Opera, Così fan tutte at the Cartagena Festival in Colombia, and performances in Oviedo, Wroclaw, London and Sydney.