Mischa Cheung – Yulia Miloslavskaya – Sergey Simakov & Giraud Ensemble Chamber Orchestra
Mischa Cheung studied with Prof. Konstantin Scherbakov at the Zurich University of the Arts and has taken up a busy career bringing him to many concert stages and festivals throughout the world. He is a member of the Gershwin Piano Quartet, a highly praised ensemble which performs spectacular arrangements on four pianos and released its newest album “Transatlantiques” with Sony Classical in 2018. He is a popular soloist at the Symphonic Game Concerts produced by the Merregnon Studios and has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016 he developed and performed the music for a dance performance directed by the choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis and commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art New York. From 2011 until 2015 he was the pianist of Spark and took part in extensive concert tours and CD productions including for Deutsche Grammophon. Mischa Cheung teaches piano at the Zurich University of the Arts and has also been appointed assistant to Prof. Scherbakov’s masterclasses. In 2019, he was awarded the Arts Prize of the Basel Region canton.
Yulia Miloslavskaya belongs to the younger generation of up-and-coming pianists.
She comes from a musical family and has showed great interest in music since her earliest years. During her studies at the Moscow Conservatory (with Naum Starkman and Ruvim Ostrovsky) and at the Zurich University of the Arts (with Konstantin Scherbakov and Peter Solomon), she has proved to be a pianist with exceptional charisma and musical individuality. With her outstanding skills and a wide repertoire, Yulia was awarded numerous prizes at several renowned international competitions and festivals. Her pianistic activities are not confined to solo performance; she also regulary performs in various ensembles, duets, trios and other musical groups and has appeared with Thomas Grossenbacher (cello), Martin Grubinger and Rainer Seegers (percussion), Ilya Gringolts and Andreas Janke (violin). Her solo CD “Novelettes” was released in 2015. In December 2017, Yulia Miloslavskaya debuted “Primus”, an album recorded in collaboration with the Giraud Ensemble Chamber Orchestra.
Sergey Simakov is an outstanding Russian-born conductor. In 2015, he was awarded the 1st prize at the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest. He worked as an Assistant Conductor at the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie as well as at the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (2012-2013 season) as assistant to Principal Conductor Daniel Raiskin. Sergey Simakov was Music Director at the “Oper Oder-Spree” festival in 2016, and in 2019 he was guest conductor for the production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the State Opera House in Cottbus, Germany. Furthermore, he has appeared with a number of orchestras and ensembles including the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philarmonique de Strasbourg and Komische Oper Leipzig. From 2003 to 2011 Sergey Simakov studied in Russia at the State Conservatory Kazan with Prof. Fuat Mansurov Between 2003 and 2010, Sergey Simakov studied in Russia at the State Conservatory of Kazan with Prof. Fuat Mansurov. He continued his studies from 2011 until 2015 with Prof. Scott Sandmeier, Prof. Lutz Köhler and Prof. Massimiliano Matesic at the University of Music Freiburg. Sergey Simakov has been a recipient of a grant from the Deutsches Dirigentenforum since 2012.
The Giraud Ensemble Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2015 and has since performed in various formations: from the quintet to the forty-member chamber orchestra. The young ensemble cultivates a diverse repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the Modern, always placing great importance on making less known musical works heard. In 2017, the Giraud Ensemble Chamber Orchestra released the CD “Primus” with works by Shostakovich, Vasks and Baum. It has been under the direction of internationally active and award-winning conductor Sergey Simakov since its foundation.