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The Swiss Violinist Christophe Horak began playing the violin at the age of four. He studied with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a Bachelor and a Concert Recital Diploma in 1999 and 2000, as well as numerous awards such as the Max and Peggy Morgan Concerto Prize and a grant from Migros cultural foundation.
Between 2000 and 2002, Christophe Horak was granted a place at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where his mentors were Toru Yasunaga and Axel Gehrardt. He subsequently won a position at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002, and became Principal Second Violin in 2008. Christophe Horak is a dedicated chamber musician. He is a member of the Scharoun Ensemble and a founding member of the Berlin Piano Quartet, whose debut recording in Sony Classical was released in February 2016. Christophe Horak has been a teacher at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010 and is presently performing on a 1719 Francesco Goffriller violin, on loan from the Society of the Friends of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Italian violist Francesca Zappa pursues her passion for chamber music already since her studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin, where she was a student of Ulrich Knoerzer and Wilfried Strehle. She took part in many international Festivals such as Zermatt, Schloss Werdenberg, Max Reger Tage Weiden, L ́Aura des Arts, Encuentros Musicales de Santander and played with the Scharoun Ensemble in Gewandhaus in Leipzig. She played with orchestras as Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig.
She performs in European venues with a large chamber music repertoire.
The Belgian Pianist Yannick Van de Velde was born in Antwerp. He studied the Piano with Klaus Hellwig, Elisso Virsalladze, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and Jan Michiels and participated in several Master Classes with Pavel Gililov, Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Brigitte Engerer, Frank Braley, Evgeny Koroliov, Robert McDonald, Jerome Lowenthal, Rudolf Buchbinder and others. Yannick received the Price of the Chopin Foundation and Artist of the Year. Won 1st Prize in the Nany Phillepart Competition, 2nd Prize of the "Piano Campus d'Argent", Prize of the Public, Prize of best interpretation and finalist of the famous Busoni Competition in Italy and reached the Semi-Finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Yannick performed with several orchestras such as Il Nuovo Musici, Orchestre Symphonique de l'Université de Paris, Orchestre Royale de musique de chambre de Wallonie, Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen, Orkest der Lage Landen, Brussels Chamber Orchestra and Bruoscella Orchestra. Yannick preformed together with Nobuko Imai, Frans Helmerson, Michel Arrignon, Eldar Nebolsin, Zakhar Bron, and performed at the Centre for Fine Arts and Flagey in Brussels, at the Elizabethzaal in Antwerp, at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Berliner Philharmonie and more.