At the age of six, Jörg Demus received his first piano lessons. Five years later, at the age of 11, he entered the Vienna Academy of Music, studying piano and conducting. His debut as a pianist came when he was still a student: at the age of 14, Demus played in the Brahms-Saal for the prestigious Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. He graduated in 1945, then 17 years old, after which he continued to study conducting with Josef Krips and Hans Swarowsky. Demus studied in Paris with Yves Nat from 1951 to 1953. In 1953 he studied interpretation further with Wilhelm Kempff, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Edwin Fischer, and attended master classes with Walter Gieseking. In 1956 he won first prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. He has been active as a Lied accompanist and a chamber music partner, appearing with such singers as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Amelingand Peter Schreier and string players like Josef Suk and Antonio Janigro. He has performed widely as a soloist both on modern and on historical instruments and has collaborated with Paul Badura-Skoda on the concert platform and in a book on the interpretation of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. In 1974, Demus performed for the Peabody Mason Concert series in Boston. Demus played Romantic works quite often: among his recordings are sets of the complete piano works of Schumann and Debussy. Among his students is the pianist Domenico Piccichè. Demus is also a composer, chiefly of music for the piano, chamber music and songs, composing in a generally conservative style. Recorded works include Schubert Impromptus on the Deutsche Grammophon label; and a recital of chamber music for cello and piano taking their inspiration from the poems of Paul Verlaine and the later music of Robert Schumann. He received the Mozart Medal of the Mozartgemeinde Wienin 1979.
Arthur Schoonderwoerd is one of the most important fortepianists of his generation. His areas of special interest include the interpretation of music for the piano of the 18th and 19th, the unjustly neglected repertoire of this period, and the study of the various keyboard instruments of this period. After receiving a Master of Music Degree in Modern Piano at the Conservatory of Music, Utrecht (the Netherlands), Arthur Schoonderwoerd attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied Historical Keyboards with Jos van Immerseel. In 1995, he was unanimously awarded First Prize and obtained his Master’s Degree. He went on to earn his Cycle de Perfectionnement with first-class honours. In 1995, he was awarded both Third Prize and the Belgian Radio (BRT3) Prize at the 32nd Early Music Festival of Brugges, Belgium. In 1996, he was nominated the Juventus Laureate by the European Council at the sixth European Meeting of Young Musicians. He also was awarded the prize for the best solo performance for the 1996 Van Wassenaer Competition at the Ninth International Competition for Early Music Ensembles. Arthur Schoonderwoerd performs solo concerts throughout the world. He also devotes his time to chamber music and to the repertoire of the Lied. He performs frequently with well-known singers such as Johannette Zomer, Hans Jörg Mammel, Sandrine Piau, Isabelle Druet, Jan Kobow, David Wilson Johnsen, and Mark Padmore, and with musicians such as Eric Hoeprich, Jaap ter Linden, Barthold Kuijken, Wilbert Hazelzet, Miklos Spányi, François Leleux, Marcel Ponseele. He conducts and performs with his orchestra, Cristofori, exploring and illuminating the repertoire for piano and orchestra in his own unique style. All recordings in Arthur Schoonderwoerd’s discography are performed on historical pianos or facsimiles thereof. Since 2001, he has worked mainly with the Alpha label (awarded best label in 2005); his Alpha recordings include, among others, Dutch piano concertos and the complete piano concertos by Beethoven. Since 2011 he has start with Ensemble Cristofori a complete recording cycle of the Mozart piano concertos for the label “Accent”. Since 2004, Arthur Schoonderwoerd has been teaching classes in historical keyboards and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) Barcelona, Spain.
Temenuschka Vesselinova was born in Schumen, Bulgaria, where she received her first piano lessons. She soon demonstrated musical talent, giving her first concert at the age of eight. In 1968, after training in Sofia, she settled in Italy. A pupil of Maria Tipo, she obtained the “cum laude” diploma at the Conservatory of Florence. Interested in the study of performance practice on historical instruments, she graduated in harpsichord with “First Prize” under the guidance of Robert Kohnen (Mons Royal Conservatory, Belgium). Alternating with numerous tours as a soloist, she taught piano at the Conservatories of Vicenza and Verona. She was commissioned by the Ministry for Universities, Scientific Research and Technology (Higher Education in Art and Music) for the first five-year course of “Old Piano” at the Conservatory of Vicenza. Using period instruments (or copies) she has recorded the complete piano sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Accent, Belgium) and the complete sonatas for piano and violin by the same author, with violinist Chiara Banchini (Harmonia Mundi, France). For the Carisch Editions (Milan) she edited the Urtext edition of the Sonatas for fortepiano by W. A. Mozart. She founded the “Museo del Pianoforte Antico” and the “International Academy of Musical Interpretation on Antique Instruments” in Ala (Trento). Conservatory of Vicenza. Using period instruments (or copies) she has recorded the complete piano sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Accent, Belgium) and the complete sonatas for piano and violin by the same author, with violinist Chiara Banchini (Harmonia Mundi, France). For the Carisch Editions (Milan) she edited the Urtext edition of the Sonatas for fortepiano by W. A. Mozart. She founded in Ala (Trento) the “Museo del Pianoforte Antico” and the “International Academy of Musical Interpretation on Antique Instruments”.
Romano Vettori has a degree in musicology and a PhD in Musicology and Musical Heritage from the University of Bologna. He has published essays in international musicological journals and published numerous editions of sacred and secular music of the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries. His research is accompanied by intensive organisational and concert activity as artistic director of the Academy of Ancient Music of Rovereto (Euregiomusica Project – Mitteleuropean Baroque Orchestra and Choir, PremioBonporti International Baroque Violin Competition and Premio Ferrari International Fortepiano Competition), and conducting in Italy and abroad. He has made recordings, mostly of unpublished works (Viadana, Cavalli, De Kerle), for Fonè, Stradivarius, Bongiovanni. He is the archivist of the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna and Professor of Choral Conducting and Choral Repertory at the Trieste Conservatory of Music “G. Tartini”.