Maria Radutu - Piano
Much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Austrian-Romanian pianist Maria Radutu has performed throughout Europe and Asia and has won more than twenty national and international awards.
Maria Radutu's solo career has included a debut in the Musikverein (Vienna), performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto; a performance of Mozart's Concerto in A minor (KV414) with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Salle Gaveau (Paris); and a debut in Madrid's Auditorio Nationale with the Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia with a performance of Richard Strauss' Burleske. Radutu's versatility has also been proven by several collaborations as a guest pianist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Together with Lang Lang and Dominik Hellsberg, Maria Radutu took part in the opening festivities of the Mozart Year in Bejing as well as in Carnegie Hall.
Maria Radutu's Debut CD „Joujoux" was released 2013 by Preiser Records with works from Chopin to Ligeti. Radutu currently resides in Vienna, Austria.
Florian Willeitner - Violin
Having already performed with musicians as Georg Breinschmid, Benjamin Schmid, Stian Carstensen, Enrico Bronzi or Clemens Salesny, Florian Willeitners musical spectrum reaches from classical performances all the way to jazz, folk and pop.
In addition Florian Willeitner is working as a composer and arranger, he wrote for, inter alia, the orchestras of the „Musikwerkstatt Jugend München e.V.", for his contemporary jazz trio „clubtomaniac", for Georg Breinschmid, for Benjamin Schmid (Pianotrio No. 1 which was premiered by Benjamin Schmid in October 2013) and the „New Piano Trio".
Florian has a keen interest in exploring the various world folk music and incorporating it in his own work both as a composer and a violinist. To achieve this, he travels a lot to encounter local people in their countries and learn from them (e.g. roadtrip through France, Spain, and Italy with a jazz trio 2010, Ireland Summer 2011 and 2013, Bretagne 2012).
He is currently finishing his studies with Prof. Esther Hoppe at Mozarteum Salzburg (before with Benjamin Schmid).
Ivan Turkalj - Violoncello
Ivan Turkalj's training on the cello began with Vladimir Malinowski in Vienna, after his family moved from Croatia (Zagreb) to Austria. At the age of 16 he was accepterd at the „Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien" to begin his studies with Prof. Wolfgang Herzer. He completed them in Würzburg with Prof. Orfeo Mandozzi, followed up by Master studies at the „Züricher Hochschule der Künste" on the modern cello. Next to this he was working with Stefan Fuchs on the baroque-cello and historically informed performance in Würzburg.
As a cellist Ivan Turkalj has a strong interest in different musical periods and styles such as contemporary music, classical, baroque but also pop and jazz music and being able to perform them. For this purpose he founded or joined different musical groups such as the known Canadian indie-band 'The Hidden Cameras', 'trio +4′, 'Ensemble Rhapsody' and others. An important part of this journey is also the work with composers, conductors and songwriters.
Ivan Turkalj is currently traveling all over Europe for concerts, witch are often described as fresh and full of new ideas, being able to bring music from different worlds together on one stage, with brilliant technical skills and touching musicality.