Guy Ben-Ziony, viola
Namaan Wagner, piano
Jens-Peter Maintz, cello
Keiko Tamura, piano
L. van Beethoven: Duet for viola and cello in Es major, WoO 32 (Duet “With Two Eyeglasses Obbligato”)
R. Schumann: Fairytale Pictures for viola and piano, op. 113
L. van Beethoven: Sonata for cello and piano no. 4 in C major, op. 102/1
J. Brahms: Trio for viola, cello and piano in A minor, op. 114
Israeli violist player Guy Ben-Ziony studied at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, where he graduated with distinction. Following an encounter with Gidon Kremer at the Kronberg Academy he began performing at festivals around Europe with musicians such as Lisa Batiashvili, Christian Tetzlaff, Alexander Lonquich and Menahem Pressler. From 2006 to 2017 he taught at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. In the 2017/18 season he was a visiting professor at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Alongside his work as a soloist, he frequently performs as first viola with prestigious orchestras. Appearing alongside him will be the pianist Naaman Wagner, an active recitalist and chamber musician who performs extensively in Israel, Europe and Asia. A champion of contemporary music, he is a member of the 21st Century Ensemble.
German cellist Jens-Peter Maintz is a versatile soloist, a sought-after chamber musician and a dedicated cello teacher. As a soloist he has performed under conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt and Dmitri Kitayenko, with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles. He has been principal cello of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2006. Together with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt he founded the cello duo Cello Duello. He has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin since 2004 and has taught at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid since 2017. He will be accompanied by the Japanese pianist Keiko Tamura, a graduate of the Lübeck University of Music and a winner of the prize for best piano accompanist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.