Jevgēnijs Čepoveckis was born in 1995 in Riga (Latvia) and received his first violin lessons at the age of four. From 2008 until 2010 Jevgēnijs studied at the Conservatory of Vienna Private University and since 2010 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the class of Prof. Boris Kuschnir, where he has recently completed his Bachelor studies with distinction. Prizewinner of several awards at national and international competitions, Jevgēnijs has also received masterclasses from the likes of Julian Rachlin and the Michaelangelo Quartet, amongst others. As a sought after soloist, he has performed throughout Europe and Russia with various orchestras.
As a composition student of Peteris Vasks, Jevgēnijs won the first prize at the Latvian Competition for Young Composers in 2006. In 2015 he founded the Oberton String Octet, an ensemble with which he performs regularly. The main focus of the ensemble lies in not only performing the great works of octet repertoire, but also less known rarities of the genre. He is also currently concertmaster of the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra.
As a passionate chamber musician, Jevgēnijs performs regularly at prominent festivals such as the Styriarte festival, Carinthian Summer festival, Festival St. Gallen, Arsonore and Tiroler Festspiele with renowned soloists such as Benjamin Schmid, Nils Mönkemeyer, Markus Schirmer, Danjulo Ishizaka, Barnabás Kelemen, Torleif Thedeen, Thomas Selditz and Clemens Hagen.
In 2018 Jevgēnijs was selected as the Vienna Konzerthaus’s Great Talent young artist in residence.
He performs on a 1645 Nicolo Amati “Ex Christian Ferras” violin, kindly loaned to him by the Rare Violins of New York, in Consortium, which was a prize at the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Hanga Fehér was born in 1997 in Miskolc (Hungary) and began playing the violin at the age of seven. From 2011, Hanga studied violin with Teréz Pichner and Zoltán Tuska at the Bartók Béla Conservatory in Budapest, graduating in 2015. In 2016, Hanga began her studies on the viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the class of Péter Bársony, and also took part in several competitions, winning the second prize at the Koncz János Violin Competition.
As a violinist, Hanga took part in masterclasses with Quartetto di Cremona in 2014, as well as with the likes of Raphael Oleg, Kristóf Baráti, Sylvia Elisabeth Viertel and Barbara Doll. As a violist, she received masterclasses and lessons from Hartmut Rohde, Walter Küssner, Máté Szűcs, Thomas Selditz and Reinhard Latzko. She also performed in France on tour with the Egressy Béni Symphony Orchestra as well as having participated in various projects with the Bayerische Junge Philharmonie in 2015.
Hanga is currently in the class of Gertrud Weinmeister at the Vienna Private University of Arts.
Floris Fortin was born in Graz in 1995. After attending the Graz International Bilingual School, he completed his matriculation in 2015 at the music highschool Dreihackengasse in Graz.
Floris received his first cello lessons with Herlinde Schwarz at the Johann-Joseph-Fux Conservatory, after which he moved to the pre-study class of Andrea Molnar at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Since 2014 Floris has been in the class of Prof. Julian Arp, also receiving pedagogical training as part of the IGP study course.
As well as winning first prizes on multiple occasions at the Austrian national Prima la Musica competition, Floris has gained orchestral experience as member of the Musikgymnasium Graz Orchestra, the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra as well as the recreation • GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ.
Apart from his artistic studies in Graz, Floris regularly takes part in international masterclasses with renowned teachers such as Rudolf Leopold, Reinhard Latzko, Franz Bartolomey, Christoph Richter, Christian Poltéra and many others. Of equal importance to Floris is the creation of chamber music in various forms. He is currently a member of the Oberton String Octet, with whom he has performed at several international festivals and debuted at the Musikverein in Graz as part of their 2017/18 season.
Serhii Zhuravlov was born in Russia in 1994 and began violin lessons at the age of five at the N9 Music School in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Winning his first competition at the age of eight, Serhii went on to take part in many competitions in Russia and Ukraine. At the age of twelve he performed works by Bach, Vivaldi, Spohr and Wieniawski as soloist with the Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 he furthered his studies at the Music College of Kharkiv with Juriy Podlesniy.
In 2013 Serhii completed his studies in Kharkiv with distinction and successfully auditioned to study viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in the class of Matthias Maurer and Christian Euler respectively. Serhii has performed widely throughout Europe, including concerts in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Hungary. In 2016 he took part in festivals in Konstanz, Germany and Pordenone, Italy. In 2017 Serhii participated in the 13th annual Masterclasses in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, receiving tuition from Valeriy Sokolov, Wen-Sinn Yang, Werner Bärtschi and Ivan Klánský. Due to a highly positive response from his performance at the final concert, Serhii was invited to perform a concert at the house of Conrad Ferdinand Meyer.
An active chamber musician, Serhii performs regularly as a member of the Oberton String Octet and has performed with them at festivals such as the Styrian Chamber Music Festival. He also won a string quartet stipendium competition with his quartet at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Dorottya Standi was born in Hungary in 1993, where she won the main Hungarian national cello competition as well as chamber music competition at a young age. As a participant of several international competitions, Dorottya won the second prize at the International David Popper competition as well as the second prize at the Classic Pure Vienna International Music Competition. As a soloist she has performed with the Zalaegerszeg and Savaria Symphony Orchestras, playing concerts in Finland and Poland at Presidential events and taking part in two tours with the Central European Initiative Youth Orchestra (CEIYO) in Italy.
Dorottya received her first cello lessons at the age of nine with Euniké Balassa and went on to study under Antal Pálkövi from the year 2008. Since 2012, Dorottya has been in the class of Rudolf Leopold at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where she completed her Bachelor studies in 2017 with distinction and is currently enrolled in a Masters degree programme.
Apart from this, Dorottya has received artistic impulses from musicians such as Heinrich Schiff, Dmitri Ferschtman, Reinhard Latzko, Claudio Bohorquez, Franz Bartolomey, Eberhard Feltz, Patrick Demenga and Marko Ylönen. Her studies are supported by the Keltenklang foundation, Forum Hungaricum and the Ursula Grill Stipendium.
Born in 1993, violinist Andrii Uhrak received his first musical training in his home country of Ukraine. In 2011 he graduated from the Lviv High School S. Kruschelnytska with distinction and made his debut as soloist in the Lviv Philharmonics, performing Vieuxtemps Violin Conerto no. 5. From 2011 until 2013 Andrii studied at the Lviv University of Music. Since then he has been in the class of Vesna Stankovic at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Apart from this, Andrii has won several prizes at numerous competitions in Ukraine and has participated in many festivals, concerts and music academies in Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Switzerland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
An active chamber musician, Andrii has been a member of the Oberton String Octet as well as the Soloway piano trio since 2015, performing regular concerts and taking part in several competitions. Since 2018 Andrii has been member of recreation • GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ
Alberto Stiffoni was born in Treviso (Italy) and received his first violin lessons at the age of four. He is currently a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in the class of Andrej Bielov as well as at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf in the class of Noè Inui.
Alberto has received further musical impulses by way of masterclasses with Marco Rizzi, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Pavel Vernikov and Igor Ozim.
Alberto has won several competitions in Italy and abroad such as the 2nd prize at the 23rd International Violin Competition Young Virtuoso - ZAGREB 2017 and a special prize at the Odessa International Violin Competition in 2018. Together with the pianist Irina Vaterl, he also won 1st prize at the Stockholm International Music Competition. Apart from this, he was also invited to the Joaquin Turina Chamber Music Festival in Seville and to the Nei Suoni dei Luoghi and Asolo Musica festivals in Italy. His chamber music concert in February 2017 at the Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi at Pordenone was recorded by the National Radio RAI and broadcast on the radio.
As a soloist, Alberto has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Konstanz in October 2017.
He also performs regularly as a member of the Oberton String Octet at the Musikverein Graz, Styrian Chamber Music Festival, Carinthian Summer Festival, for the Viennese Jeunesse concert series and for events such as the Vienna Film Festival in Yekaterinburg (Russia).
In September 2017, Alberto was selected by the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI to participate in various projects with them. He also won a scholarship to study at the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo.
Veronika Brecelj was born in Slovenia in 1994, and began taking violin lessons at the age of four. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arts Berlin under Tomasz Tomaszewski, and went on to continue her studies at the University of Performing Arts Graz with Boris Kuschnir. In 2019 she finished master studies with top honours in the class of Silvia Marcovici. She participated in several masterclasses which included teachers such as Pavel Vernikov, Igor Ozim, Latica Honda-Rosemberg, Yair Kless, Krzysztof Wegrzyn and Ivry Gitlis.
Veronika has given numerous recitals around Europe, including Austria, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy. She performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Radio and Television of Slovenia and the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music Ljubljana. She also regularly records for Radio Slovenia. Veronica was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and also substitutes in the Slovenian National Opera Orchestra and in the Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice in Venice.
In addition to her career as a soloist, Veronika is also actively devoted to playing chamber music. As a member of the esteemed Oberton String Octet, she travelled to Russia in 2018 for the Vienna Film Festival in Yekaterinburg and performed numerous concerts in various cities in Austria throughout the year.
Veronika has participated in several international competitions and has won numerous prizes. First prize wins include: Paolo Spincich Competition, Antonio Salieri Competiton, Svirel Competition among many others. She was awarded fourth prize at the International violin competition Georg Philipp Telemann and the special prize at the Marie Cantagrill International Violin Competition. Additionally, she has received the Škerjančeva Prize for outstanding artistic achievement and the award of Šempeter-Vrtojba municipality for individual achievement.