Alumni: Their achievements, IMMA’s greatest pride

IMMA is launching an appeal to all its former students to contact us in order to reunite in this website the great family network we built over the years: If you are an alumni listed below, please send us a biography and your contact details. We would be happy to add them on our website and allow all of you to communicate.

Ettore Causa

Bogdan Zvoristeanu

Antonio Lysy

Jeffrey Gilliam

Pablo de Naverán

Nora Chastain

Edgar Pujol

Andriy Ostapchuk

Liviu Prunaru

Paul Coletti

Eduardo Vassallo

Sofia-Marie Bergeron

Sophia Reuter

Adelina Oprean

Igor Karskova

Maxima Sophia Sitarz

Stanimir Todorov

Andriy Viytovych

Miguel Angel Clares

Louise de Ricaud

Ben Caddy

Marcel Markowski

Giulia Wechsler

Anna Pokorny – 2011

Veronika Radenko – 2011

Olha Levytska – 2011

Tomas Hernandez – 2009

Sergii Vitchinskyy – 2008

Silvina Alvares – 2007

Ekaterina Ivanova – 2006

Nicolina Onofrei – 2006

Maria Solozobova – 2005

Maija Juuti – 2004

Benjamin Boursier – 2002

Sakir Ozemir – 2002

Victor Plana Alejo – 2001

Gabriel Faur – 2000

Eli Karanfilova – 1999

Ivan Vukcevic – 1998

Cecilia Barraquero – 1996

Alina Komissarova – 1995

Miguel Ángel Clares – 1994

A.C. Keller – 1994

Friedemann Eichhorn – 1993

Lucia Peralta – 1992

Tasana Nagavajara – 1991

Catherine Strynckx – 1991

Claudio Medina – 1991

Indira Koch – 1990

Luigi Piovano – 1990

Piotr Zelazny – 1989

Orlando Theuler – 1988

Kaori Takeuchi – 1988

Juan Aisemberg – 1987

Diego Piccioni – 1987

Silvina Sapere – 1987

Nora Chastain – 1985

Anthea Scott-Mitchell – 1985

Liu Jian – 1985

Sonoko Imai – 1984

Niall Edward Brown – 1983

Chen Leland – 1983

Renata Molinari – 1983

Monika Cekala

Giulia Panchieri

Emilie Weibel

Ciprian Musceleanu – 2011

Alexei Alslamas – 2010

Serena Mariotti – 2009

Yilin Zhu – 2009

Heloisa Ribeiro – 2008

Anca Companie – 2007

Milena Legourska – 2006

Chen Yu – 2005

Ayça Özsögüt – 2005

Timo Vanhamäki – 2004

Evgeni Sakakuschev – 2002

Heather Tuach – 2002

V. Svjatoslavskaya – 2001

Atsuko Neriishi – 1999

Wouter Raubenheimer – 1999

Elisabeth Larson – 1998

Aroa Sorin – 1996

Yi-Fang Huang – 1995

Andrej Vijtovich – 1994

P. de Naveran Urrutia – 1993

Helena Jandejskova – 1993

Humberto Ridolfi – 1992

Grachia Arutiunian – 1991

Petr Prause – 1991

Pamela Kubik – 1990

Wolfgang Schröder – 1990

Roman Oszecsinszkij – 1990

Andelko Krpan – 1989

Carlos Klimpel – 1988

Vinh Pham – 1988

Daire Fitzgerald – 1987

William Schofield – 1987

Maarit – 1986

Mi-Kyung Lee – 1985

Andrea Cappelletti – 1985

Tae Jijima – 1984

Young-Mi Chung – 1984

Alejandro Mettler – 1983

Hongguang Jia – 1983

Zhang Le-Yi – 1983

David Gueran

Valentyna Pryshlyak

Greg Tüske – 2011

Adela Urcan – 2011

Aleksander Koebel – 2010

Thomas Rann – 2009

Natacha Triadou – 2009

Sunny Roh – 2008

Sha Ma – 2007

Ryo Mikami – 2006

Akiko Shimizu – 2005

Vlad Stanculeasa – 2004

Ting Ting Deng – 2004

Lyubov Suvorova – 2002

Mihail Yakovlev – 2002

Jeanne de Ricaud – 2001

Catherine Perron – 1999

Antonina Shvydyuk – 1999

Patrizia Pacozzi – 1998

Kutlwano Masote – 1996

Alexia Büttner – 1995

David Bellisomi – 1994

Emanouela Nikiforova – 1993

Isabelle Meyer – 1993

Alexander Pelovsky – 1992

Petr Bernasek – 1991

Mariko Close – 1991

Tania Maxwell – 1990

Pablo Simonetti – 1990

Anna Wiersum – 1990

Pablo Saravi – 1989

Katinka Korkeala – 1988

Kaori Takuma – 1988

Hannes Giger – 1987

Päivit Rajamäki – 1987

Jeff Gilliam – 1986

Eduardo Vassallo – 1985

Kyung-Min Kim – 1985

Joowha Yoo – 1984

Young-Woo John – 1984

Yi-Gong Chu – 1983

Antonio Lysy – 1983

Zelda Lifschitz – 1983

Saem Heo

Emma Rotomeza

Luis Ortiz – 2011

David Beck – 2011

Nadja Nevolovitsch – 2010

Anna Kolotylina – 2009

Robert Anderson – 2009

Anna Mishkutenok – 2008

Jan Szakal – 2007

Sung-Eun Kim – 2006

Bogdan Banu – 2005

Francisco Pampulha – 2004

Giuseppe Carabellese – 2004

Julio Dominguez – 2002

Maria Held – 2002

Cristina Ratti – 2001

A. Baimukhambetova – 1999

Aaron Choi – 1999

Lorena Tecu – 1998

Nadia Bojadjieva – 1996

Sorin-Radu Guttman – 1994

Sara Bitlloch – 1994

Igor Keller – 1993

Ambra Albek – 1993

Alexander Besa – 1992

Katerina Juraskova – 1991

Igor Karsko – 1991

Ivo Schmid – 1990

Jolene Armstrong – 1990

Miguel Negri – 1989

Chiara Parrini – 1988

Jin Li – 1988

Isabella Piccioni – 1988

Naomi Kasahara – 1987

Maria Brummer – 1987

Christopher Pulgram – 1986

Agusti Coma – 1985

Daniel Lysy – 1985

Catherine Bower – 1984

Josef Hasten – 1984

Matthias Enderle – 1983

Traudi Helmberger – 1983

Yuuki B Ishido

Andrei Stanciu

Priscila Plata Rato – 2011

Raluca Matei – 2011

Anton Skakun – 2010

Doroteya Kostova – 2009

Omar Bayramov – 2009

Matthew Lowe – 2008

Mokie Lee – 2006

Danila Ivanov – 2006

Xin Lu – 2005

Ana Borzone – 2004

Florenta Nicola – 2003

Khrystyna Grytsyuk – 2002

Nadya Husar – 2002

Benoît Loiselle – 2000

Andriy Burko – 1999

Mihai Faur – 1999

Anastasiya Pylatyuk – 1998

Cornelia Fritzsch – 1996

Sarah Sutton – 1994

Silvia Simionescu – 1994

Tashko Tashew – 1993

Ara Abramian – 1992

Jana Kulanova – 1992

Hana Kotkova – 1991

Teresa Nikolova – 1991

Peter Flanagan – 1990

David Cunliffe – 1990

Frédéric Pélassy – 1989

Lu Wei Zhong – 1988

Diana Cahanescu – 1988

Florian Kellerhals – 1988

Nicolai New – 1987

Hu Zhen – 1987

Esko Laine – 1985

Hu Kun – 1985

Jakob Ludwig – 1985

Martin Holtzmann – 1984

Matthias Neupert – 1984

Wendy Champney – 1983

Renée Straub – 1983

Photo Gallery

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Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is considered one of the most brilliant violists performers and pedagogues of our time. Awarded both the “P. Schidlof Prize” and the “J. Barbirolli Prize” for “the most beautiful sound” at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola competition in England in 2000, he is praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship. He has made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Salle Cortot (Paris), Tokyo Symphony Hall, Teatro Colon, etc.

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Pablo de Naverán received his first cello lessons from Mihai Besedovschi, and joined being 17 years old the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, where he studied with Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy and Radu Aldulescu, an experience that profoundly influenced his musical development. He completed his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris under the guidance of Professor Philippe Muller, winning first prize with the highest distinction. Among other awards stresses the obtained in the “Gaspar Cassadó” International Competition in 1997.

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Sophia Reuter, born in 1971, in Dresden, Germany, comes from a family with a long musical history. Her father was the late Rolf Reuter, a famous conductor, and her grandfather, the late Fritz Reuter, was a composer. Sophia is a violinist and violist with a varied solo, orchestral, chamber music and pedagogical career. At the age of 5 she began violin lessons with Prof. Klaus Hertel at the Leipzig Conservatory (Hochschule für Musik “Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.”) Her other childhood teachers include Prof. Peter Tietze in Berlin.

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Born in 1959 in Scotland to an Italian family, Paul Coletti began viola lessons when he was 8 and at 18 became a student of Alberto Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland. During his study years, Coletti performed in over 100 concerts as a soloist throughout Europe, North and South America; on CD and in concert with Lord Menuhin at La Salle Pleyel, Paris and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall; and in Berlin in Bartok’s viola concerto broadcast live on Eurovision TV. At 23, Paul Coletti made his New York, San Francisco and Edinburgh Festival debuts.

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Born in Krementz, Ukraine, in 1971, Andriy Viytovych started to play the violin at the age of seven. He studied in a specialist music school in Lviv and later at the Lviv Conservatory under Professor Shutko. In 1991 he won a scholarship to study at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland, where he was taught by Professors Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskaer. In 1996 Andriy joined the London Symphony Orchestra as co-principal viola and in 2000 became a principal viola with the Royal Opera House orchestra in Covent Garden.

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Born in Barcelona, he starts studying the violin in the conservatory of his city in a very early age. At the age of thirteen he gets to know the chilean violinist Sergio Prieto, with whom he studies for 5 years and plays chamber music. With him he finishes his studies at the age of 17 in the “Consevatori del Liceu” in Barcelona. In 1999 he is accepted at the International Menuhin Music Academy, in Switzerland, where he studies with the teachers Alberto Lysy and Liviu Prunaru. During this period he wins the “Special Prize” in the Renata Molinari International Violin Competition, in Gstaad, Switzerland…

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Igor Karsko was born in Slovakia. He studied under Karol Petroczi at the Conservatory of Music in Kosice and under Jiri Tomasek at the Prague Academy of Music where he graduated with honours. In Prague he also received lessons in chamber music and conducting. In 1991 he was invited by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland) , where he studied under Alberto Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin. He became a member of the Camerata Lysy and the Gustav Mahler youth symphony orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado, and he became concert leader of the State Philharmonia Kosice.

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Since joining the faculty at Western Washington University in 1992, pianist Jeffrey Gilliam has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest as solo recitalist; as guest pianist with The Seattle Chamber Players at Benaroya Hall; as chamber musician and soloist in the Marrowstone and Bellingham Festivals; and as concerto soloist with local orchestras. In addition, Mr. Gilliam’s extended association with the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin has led to his collaboration with superb instrumentalists, with whom he has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Recital Hall

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A former Artistic Director of IMMA, violinist Liviu Prunaru has won the top prizes and gained international recognition at all of the most prestigious International Violin Competitions in the world. Mr. Prunaru was the 1997 Gold Medallist of the Dong-A International Violin Competition in Korea, Silver Medallist of the 1998 Indianapolis International Violin Competition in the USA, Silver (2nd Grand Prize) Medallist at the 1993 Queen Elizabeth in Brussels, Gold Medallist at the 1991 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, and Gold Medallist at the R. Molinari Violin Competition in Switzerland…

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As an appreciated soloist and refined chamber music player, Bogdan Zvoristeanu has been invited to perform at festivals in Japan, China, South Korea, Canada and South America as well as in Europe. Born in Bucharest, Bogdan Zvoristeanu began playing the violin with his father, Radu Zvoristeanu, before pursuing his studies at the Academy of Music in Bucharest, where he got his diploma with Professor Stefan Gheorghiu. Then he obtained a scholarship at the respected “International Menuhin Music Academy” (IMMA) Gstaad/Blonay where he perfected his playing with Maestro Alberto Lysy.

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Nora Chastain, granddaughter of composer Roy Harris, was born in Berkeley, California where she began her violin lessons with Anne Crowden. Her studies continued at the Cincinnati Conservatory and at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy DeLay and in Europe with Alberto Lysy, Sandor Vegh, Ana Chumachenko and Sir Yehudi Menuhin. At age sixteen she made her debut in Berlin playing Barber´s Violin Concerto and since then has been a regular guest with such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris…

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Adelina Oprean was born in Deva, Rumania. She studied at the Bucharest School of music under Stefan Gheorghiu, in Gstaad under Alberto Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin and under Sándor Végh at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She has won international prizes at the Bach Competition in Leipzig, at the chamber music competitions in Belgrade, Colmar and Geneva, in Eisenmatt (Joachim competition) and London (First prize Carl Flesch Competition). From 1982 until 1986 Adelina Oprean taught at the Menhuhin Music Academy in Gstaad and assisted Sándor Végh…

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Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue, has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violions du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit…

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Eduardo Vassallo was born in Buenos Aires in 1961. He studied the cello with Nicolas Finoli and chamber music with Ljerco Spiller, and by the age of 17 was already a founder member of the String Quartet of the National Radio, and the solo cello of the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina. In 1980 he came to Europe to continue his studies at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, to study with Radu Aldulescu for cello, and Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy for chamber music. As a member of the Camerata Lysy Gstaad he took part in many recordings and world wide tours.

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Stanimir Todorov (b. 1967 in Bulgaria). After studying the cello as early as the age of 7 at the Sofia Music School, Stanimir Todorov continued his studies with the maestro Zdravko Jordanov at the Sofia Academy of Music, from which he graduated with the highest distinction. A grant permitted him to attend the highly esteemed International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad in Switzerland, with the result that he left his native country to study with prominent personalities like Radu Aldulescu, Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, Lory Wallfisch and others. In 1994 Stanimir Todorov distinguished himself in the…

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Heather Tuach was born in Newfoundland, Canada in 1977 and now lives in London, England, where she is cellist of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. Heather studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland and with Antonio Lysy at McGill University in Montreal before she went on to the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland in 2002. At the IMMA, Heather was hugely influenced by chamber music and lessons with Alberto Lysy, Radu Aldulescu, Miguel Angel Clares and Pablo de Naveran. Heather continued studies with Colin Carr at Stony Brook University in New York, completing a Doctorate…

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Posted on: October 8th, 2012