Kevin Griffiths is the second prize winner of the Sir Georg Solti competition in Frankfurt Main 2010. Thereupon he was invited to conduct the Frankfurt Open und Museumsorchester, followed by many internationally renowned symphony orchestras, such as Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, HR– Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt Main, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Badische Staatskapelle, the Philharminic Orchestra Heidelberg, Nordwest-deutsche Philharmonie, Meininger Hofkapelle, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Chamber Orchestra. Kevin has a great interest in historically informed performance and was appointed “Young Conductor” to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the season 2010/11. As a founder and principal conductor of the London Steve Reich Ensemble, Kevin has also won international recognition for his commitment to contemporary music. His second highly praised recording with the Steve Reich ensemble was published by EMI Classics. Kevin Griffiths has studied with David Zinman, Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davies, Clark Rundell, Sir Mark Elder and has furthermore assisted Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Leonard Slatkin, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Mark Elder. Kevin Griffiths is the current artistic director and chief conductor of the Collegium Musicum Basel.
Claire Huangci has established herself as a highly respected artist, having reached her artistic breakthrough in 2009 when she won the first price at the Chopin piano competition in Darmstadt, as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami. One year later she was the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition. Claire Huangci has performed as a soloist with internationally renowned orchestras such as the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Münchner Kammerorchester, China Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver, Santa Fe, Moscow Radio and Istanbul State Symphonies. She has also made appearances at festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig- Holstein Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzinger SWR Festival. Claire Huangci received significant input from her teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and from Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama & Media Hanover. She has assisted Professor Vardi since spring 2016. Claire Huangci’s second solo album, released in 2015 showcasing sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, has earned widespread praise and was awarded the German Record Critics’ Award and “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine.