To begin the new 2018/19 academic year, four new talented young musicians are taking up their studies at Kronberg Academy: Marie-Astrid Hulot (violin), La Li (cello) and the pianists Mishka Rushdie Momen and Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula. In addition – as already reported – pianists Kirill Gerstein, Ferenc Rados, Dénes Várjon and Rita Wagner are to join the Academy as new tutors on the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists. To close the 2017/18 academic year, French cellist Bruno Philippe completed his studies at Kronberg Academy and joined the circle of alumni.
Marie-Astrid Hulot, born in France in 1997, studied with Annick Roussin and Olivier Charlier in Paris, and with Mihaela Martin in Cologne. Alongside successes in international competitions, she has gained orchestral experience as leader of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes under the batons of David Zinman and Denis Russell Davies, and as a soloist. Her debut CD, released in 2015, features works for solo violin. She is studying on the Professional Studies study programme at Kronberg Academy with Mihaela Martin.
La Li was born in Hangzhou, China, in 2002. She studied with Min Cao at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as well as with Richard Aaron and Sieun Lin at the Juilliard School Precollege. She has won first prizes in the Osaka International Music Competition, the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition (both in 2012) and the Fulham International Music Competition (2013). In 2014, she became the youngest ever cellist to win first prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow. She is studying on the Kronberg Academy Precollege programme with Frans Helmerson.
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula was born in Switzerland in 1991. He studied piano with Christian Favre at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne and then chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ronan O’Hara, also studying composition with Julian Anderson. He has received many prizes and scholarships for both his piano playing and his compositions. He is studying on the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists at Kronberg Academy.
Born in 1992, Mishka Rushdie Momen studied with Joan Havill and Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in her home city of London, and also with Richard Goode. A multi-award-winning pianist, she is also a passionate chamber musician and has played with artists including Steven Isserlis, Midori and Krzysztof Chorzelski. Her first CD featuring a recording of Mozart’s Triple Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released in 2018. She is studying in Kronberg on the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists.
The study programmes offered by Kronberg Academy are considered the leading courses of their type for young soloists worldwide. For the 25 or so students enrolled at the Academy, these programmes provide tailor-made training, also in collaboration with Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Violin is taught at Kronberg Academy by Ana Chumachenco, Mihaela Martin, Christian Tetzlaff and Antje Weithaas, viola by Nobuko Imai and Tabea Zimmerman, and cello by Frans Helmerson and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. As members of the Artistic Council, Marta Casals Istomin, Christoph Eschenbach, Gidon Kremer and Sir András Schiff are closely involved in the students’ development, which includes giving public performances with them.