Howard Griffiths

Conductor of the Animato Academy and Concert Tour 2008, 2010, 2012

Ralf Weikert

Conductor of the Animato Academy and Concert Tour 2006



Fanny Clamagirand
Fanny ClamagirandSoloist
Considered to be one of the best violinist of her generation, Fanny Clamagirand has made her mark at the most prestigious international venues and festivals around the world. She performs with renowned orchestras, of which lately the Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and National de France Orchestras. Her elegance, the brightness of her playing, the sensitivity and authority of her interpretations received many times the critics’s praise. Born in 1984, Fanny studied the violin with Larissa Kolos before joining, at sixteen, Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s Postgraduate course in the Conservatoire de Paris. She obtained her Artist Diploma under Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London, then was coached by Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory. She has won numerous prizes and awards, notably First Prizes at the Monte-Carlo Violin Masters (2007) and Fritz Kreisler (2005, Vienna). She collaborates with artists like Tugan Sokhiev, Dennis Russell-Davies, Ken-David Masur, Pietari Inkinen, Alain Altinoglu, Franz-Welser-Möst, Constantin Trinks, Gidon Kremer, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Adam Laloum, Lise de La Salle, Antoine Tamestit, Ysaÿe String Quartet… She is supported by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Vladimir Spivakov. Her first CD, Six Solo Sonatas by Ysaÿe (Nascor ; 2007) was highly acclaimed by the press. The Three Violin Concertos by Saint-Saëns (Naxos ; 2010) were awarded a “Choc” from Classica (Feb. 2011). Her new release (Naxos ; April and Sept. 2013) is dedicated to the complete works for violin and piano by Saint-Saëns, together with pianist Vanya Cohen. Fanny is a regular guest on French and foreign radio and TV shows. Last year, she appeared in the Arte «Stars of Tomorrow» TV show hosted by tenor Rolando Villazon.

Fanny plays a 1700 Matteo Goffriller violin.

At the Animato Concert Tour 2012 Fanny Clamagirand took the role of the violin soloist.


Claire Huangci
Claire HuangciSoloist
Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine, billed a prodigy and playing in a concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. Since then, Claire has been awarded many grants, performed numerous concerts and won several prizes. Claire Huangci is already regarded as one of the premiere Chopin interpreters of her generation, and is one of the five nominees for the highly regarded American Pianists Association Awards in 2013. In the summer of 2013 Claire Huangci’s solo debut recording of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev will be released by Berlin Classics.
During the Animato Concert Tour 2010 Claire Huangci took the role of the piano soloist.


Regina Chernychko
Regina ChernychkoSoloist
Regina Chernychko was born in Charkiw (Ukraine) and has received her first piano lessons at the age of four. She began her studies in Ukraine and continued them in Karlsruhe, Germany and Imola, Italy.

Regina Chernychko is a prize-winner of international piano competitions and one of them was also the International Competition of the Animato Foundation in 2008.

In 2008 she was the solo pianist during the Animato Concert Tour.

Benedict Klöckner
Benedict KlöcknerSoloist
Benedict Klöckner, born on 1989 is one of the highest admired talents of a new generation of soloists and has won several prizes at international competitions such as the 2010 European Broadcasting Union Award in Bratislava, the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann cello competition in Berlin. Furthermore he received the “European Culture Prize” by the European Culture Foundation.

Benedict Klöckner has been studying with Martin Ostertag at the Hochschule für Musik, Karlsruhe since 2002, as well as with Frans Helmerson within the Kronberg Academy Masters Program.

Klöckner has performed as soloist with many well known orchestras and he has frequently been invited to famous music festivals.
2012 he won the cello prize at the Verbier Festivals: Prix Nicolas Firmenich de Violoncelle”

As prize winner of the International Animato Soloist Competition 2008 he took the role of the solo-cellist on the Animato Concert Tour of that year.


Andreas Janke
Andreas JankeSoloist
Andreas Janke was born in Munich into a German-Japanese family of musicians and received his first violin lessons at the age of three. He completed his training at the University Mozarteum Salzburg in the master class of Professor Igor Ozim.

Since his initial successes in the ‘Jugend musiziert’ competitions, he won and was awarded prizes in numerous international competitions including the international solo competition of the Animato Foundation. Andreas Janke has been active as soloist as well as chamber musician with many leading international orchestras.

Presently he is the first concertmaster of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich and a member of the Oliver Schnyder trio. He is a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts teaching violin.
Andreas Janke plays a violin by Carlo Bergonzi “Hozier, Andrews” 1733-39, courtesy of the Mercedes-Benz Automobil AG, Zurich.

Andreas Janke was one of the three soloists during the Animato Academy and Concert Tour 2006.

On the Animato Concert Tour 2006 Andreas Janke has been the solo-violinist and acted as well as concertmaster in several concerts.


Philipp GrzondzielSoloist
Philipp Grzondziel was solo-clarinettist during the Animato Concert Tour 2006.

Daniel OttensamerSoloist
Daniel Ottensamer was solo-oboist during the Animato Concert Tour 2006.


Jens Lohmann, 1st Violin
Jens Lohmann, 1st ViolinCoache
Jens Lohmann is a German violinist and professor. He was born in Stuttgart, completed his studies in Winterthur and in London. He is member of many ensembles and chamber orchestras, founder of the festival week „Herbst in der Helferei“. After finishing his violin studies, Jens Lohmann studied further philosophy and musicology in Freiburg (Germany). At present, he is violin professor at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the Musikschule und Konservatorium Zürich MKZ.

During the Animato Academy 2012 Jens Lohmann has coached the 1st violin group.

Paul Scharf, 2nd Violin
Paul Scharf, 2nd ViolinCoache

Geboren in Zürich. Violin- und Klavierunterricht. Violinstudium in Zürich, Basel (Primoz Novsak) und Bern (Meisterklasse Igor Ozim). Weitere Studien und Meisterkurse bei Tibor Varga, Ana Chumachenko und Yfrah Neaman (London). Zahlreiche Kammermusikkonzerte (Salzburger Festspiele, Musikfestival Davos, Festival de Radio France etc.); wichtige Impulse von Lehrern wie Walter Levin und György Kurtag. “Förderpreis der Landeshauptstadt Salzburg” im Rahmen der Salzburger Festspiele.  Zuzüger im Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, im Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks unter Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch u.v.a. Im Jahr 2000 wurde Paul Scharf Mitglied des Sinfonieorchesters St. Gallen (1. Violine). 2001 gab er seine Stelle im Orchester auf, um sich vermehrt der Kammermusik zu widmen; u.a. als erster Geiger der Camerata Bern in Zusammenarbeit mit Persönlichkeiten wie Heinz Holliger, Ana Chumachenko, Erich Höbarth , Andras Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos u.v.a. Auftritte in vielen Konzerthäusern und Festivals in ganz Europa, Südamerika, USA.

Solistische Auftritte u.a. mit dem Zürcher Kammerorchester und der Camerata Bern.

Paul Scharf gibt zahlreiche Rezitals in der Schweiz und ist Mitglied des Schweizer Oktetts, für das er auch viele Arrangements schreibt. Die neueste C D „Lebensstürme“ mit Schubert-Arrangements von Paul Scharf erschien 2012 beim Label Novalis.

Er engagiert sich auch pädagogisch, seit 2007 als Lehrer am Konservatorium Zürich Klassik und Jazz (neu: MKZ) und an der europäischen Animato-Stiftung (Sinfonieorchester unter Chefdirigent Howard Griffith), wo er Stimmproben betreut; ausserdem gibt er Violinkurse.

Karlheinz Steeb
Karlheinz SteebCoache

Karlheinz Steeb was born in Meisenheim, Germany. He finished his viola studies in Freiburg/Breisgau and was the first solo viola player in the Rundfunksinfonieorchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks. Member of numerous string Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras he has founded the string quartet “Collegium Aureum” and the “Solon-Orchester Cölln”.

Karlheinz Steeb was the coach of the viola instrument group during the Animato Academy in 2010 and 2012.

Further Coaches

  • Kevin Griffiths, Brass and Percussions
    Coache 2012 and 2010