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The Kempinski Young Artist Programme was established to support young talents in the arts. Its mission: to further cross-cultural education in the arts, to join with arts organisations, to increase cultural awareness

Fellowships are awarded in two areas:

CLASSICAL MUSIC VISUAL ARTS


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The Kempinski Young Artist Programme originates from a creative workshop presented by our General Managers during a worldwide meeting. Similar to the grand salons of Europe, where aspiring protégées were hand-selected to create works of art and music, Kempinski supports young artists, through its arts programme, by creating the environment where fellows can become the stars of tomorrow. provides, has a deep impact on the cultural understanding of the young I hope you will enjoy discovering the fellows and alumni of the Kempinski Young Artist Programme through their works and perhaps you will have the pleasure of meeting an artist in residence as you journey around the world with Kempinski.

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Kempinski Young Artist Programme with great pride and satisfaction. We have supported 21 talented including Pakistan, Italy, Estonia, Russia, Israel and Norway, to name a few. These brave young adventurers went to 13 countries such as Slovakia, Austria, Jordan, China, Turkey and fellowships. All of them successfully completed their studies or projects. They won awards, further fellowships, Kempinski ambassadors. We have increased our cooperation with the premier cultural institutions in Europe, the US, China and the Middle East. Our list of well-known nominators and Pinchas Zukerman, Ólafur Elíasson, Sir Roger Norrington and many more to whom we are immensely grateful.

We have issued two CDs with our young artists: Julia Rossini arias with Marc Minkowski (Naïve My Polish Diary fully sponsored by Radio Berlin Brandenburg (RBB), distributed through the Delos label. We also produced an informative video about the visual arts to show what happens on a Kempinski artist-in-residence fellowship. We look forward to furthering more young talent and

Marylea van Daalen |


SUPPORTING THE ARTS... AND THE ART OF HOSPITALITY

Artistry is important to us at Kempinski and we societies and civilisations. Throughout its long history Kempinski has promoted the arts in Europe and beyond. In 2009, the Kempinski Young Artist Programme was established to support young talents in arts and culture to their vocations. Each year, the Kempinski Young Artist Programme awards fellowships to four young people who are Fellows are selected based on merit and need and each outside of their home countries. The willingness to


element, a young Belarusian pianist went to Italy and a young Russian cellist went to Germany. On the visual arts side, a glass artist from Pakistan went to Slovakia, and a photographer from Estonia went to China. These young, gifted people reach across borders to fosters their talents through funding, promotion and professional mentoring. Fellows are given the chance to focus on their work in stimulating surroundings, away from their normal routines. Their opportunities for

giving young artists and musicians the chance to learn, grow and contribute, which is an essential element in social development. The world of arts and culture today Education is an integral part of the programme, and support from outside sources is increasingly important to preserve and promote culture. Kempinski is committed to live up to its European heritage, and through the Young Artist Programme artists, similar to its own apprentices, vital cross-


The Kempinski Young Artist Programme is a splendid one. Tailor-made and caring help for hopefuls just when they need it is immensely valuable. How I would have loved such an opportunity 50 years ago! It does a lot of credit to Kempinski. Sir Roger Norrington | Conductor

The Kempinski Young Artist Programme gives real meaning to the notion of cross-cultural exchange in today’s global village. Seeking out the right opportunities to match individual needs and provide a platform for meaningful and sustained creative development is an art in and of itself. Magnus von Wistinghausen | President, City & Guilds of London Art School

Kempinski Young Artist Programme not only supports the young artists but promotes cultural exchange between East and West. Despite a long history of cultural contact, there is still a lot of mystery we do this historic cultural necessity of mutual understanding. Wang Nanming | Artist, Curator and Art Critic


The Kempinski Young Artist Programme responds to the urgent need for increased assistance for aspiring individual artists. The program is brilliantly designed and especially timely. Marc Scorca | President, Opera America

The program is truly unique and will provide opportunities that are sure to change the lives and career trajectories of talented young musicians and artists. Congratulations on this important initiative. The Kempinski Young Artist Programme truly inspires me and will cause me to seek out Kempinski Hotels whenever and wherever I travel. Elizabeth B. Warshawer | Executive Vice President, Curtis Institute of Music

The Kempinski Young Artist Programme is extremely important in this time of economic crises and to create new work. Marina Abramovic | Artist


DAVIDE BALLIANO

ANNA MARGRETHE NILSEN

JONATHAN BERMAN

JESÚS REINA

DENNIS CHMELENSKY

GEORGE SEBASTIAN SACHIN

VISUAL ARTIST | ITALY

CONDUCTOR | UNITED KINGDOM

BARITONE | GERMANY

CAROLINE GOULDING

VIOLINIST | NORWAY

VIOLINIST | SPAIN

VISUAL ARTIST | INDIA

VIOLINIST | UNITED STATES

VISUAL ARTIST | TURKE Y

MARIÁ HANYOVÁ

MINJIE ZHANG

SOPRANO | SLOVAKIA

ZHALA ISMAILOVA SOPRANO | A ZERBAIJAN

VISUAL ARTIST | CHINA

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DAVIDE BALLIANO VISUAL ARTIST | ITALY

Davide Balliano, born in Turin in 1983, began art studies in his home city, where he earned a second degree in photography at the c.f.p Riccardo Bauer. Davide attended the design school at Fabrica and participated in the

Well-known artists of original woodworking were his focus during his two month residency. drawing, installation, video and photography, his artistic research allows him to delve deeply into the most hidden aspects of the human mind, revealing their fragile structures and contradictions.

Award 2010.


After his fellowship ended, in April, 2012, Davide had a solo exhibition at the Rolando Anselmi Gallery in Berlin, Germany. In February 2014, he held another solo show called ‘Four to Four’ at Room East Gallery in New York.


JONATHAN BERMAN CONDUCTOR | UNITED KINGDOM

Jonathan Berman is an English conductor, who, at the age of 27, already has an impressive repertoire of operatic, orchestral, chamber and contemporary music. Jonathan studied at Eton College, Windsor, where he received Conservatory, as a student of Jac von Steen. He has already conducted the City of Birmingham Orchestra, the Northern Chamber Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Center and at the Aldeburgh Festival. His concerts have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and the Netherlands TV channel NOS. His repertoire ranges from Brahms, Bruckner and Mozart to Henze and Carter.

Oliver Knussen | Composer


the Nationale Reis Opera, Grachten Festival, Opera Studio Nederland, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI) and the Dutch National Opera Academy. Artist Programme to create his own plan with the director of the programme model of his own making: Shadowing Maestro Franz Welser-Mรถst, Director of the Cleveland Symphony in Cleveland, Ohio; subsequently, travelling with Welser-Mรถst to

world, who are at the very heart of both European and American classical music, is a life changing opportunity for Jonathan. He is surely one of the outstanding upcoming talents and someone to watch in future.

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DENNIS CHMELENSKY BARITONE | GERMANY

Nominated by Mikael Eliasson, Head of the vocal department of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dennis Chmelensky is a top

as a young singer in the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and he also sang in the Knabenchor. Despite his youth, Dennis knows what he wants and is very determined in his musical ambition. He participated in concerts as a pianist and on one occasion, as a conductor. Music, the only fully free tuition school in America. It was a requirement that Dennis completes a summer preparation course in America before he could apply at Curtis Institute. Young Artist Programme made a seven-year full scholarship at Curtis Institute possible.


‘In ten years of teaching, I have not known another student with a musical talent equivalent to Dennis. [...] He has a genuine intellectual curiosity that is often accompanied by his excitement or enthusiasm for an idea, a composer or the historical background of a composition. [...] He is a motivated young man of numerous talents and considerable self-discipline.’ Kai-Uwe Jirka | Conductor of the Staats- und Domchor of the Berlin University of Arts


CAROLINE GOULDING VIOLINIST | UNITED STATES

with a brilliant career in her future. She has studied with highly professional US and Europe. Her studies included Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts. Caroline has a large repertoire and a deep musicality that is rare at her age.

Germany, the country of great composers, where she can acquire a more profound understanding of the music she plays. She chose Kronberg Academy, one of the most prestigious string academies in Europe, and will

pursue this opportunity she needs and wants. The Kempinski Young Artist


In May 2011, Caroline won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was invited to play with the London Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, Bad Kissingen Festival, and many others.


MARIÁ HANYOVÁ SOPRANO | SLOVAKIA

training at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in her home city. most famous tenor was her nominator. Mariá was highly recommended by Vladislav Brull and Maestro Mário Košík of the National Radio Orchestra of Slovakia. Young Artist Programme: Mariá was given a fellowship to the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg and welcomed Amna Ilyas, the young artist Mariá chose a course with the great soprano Professor Ildikó Raimondi:

Mariá frequently volunteers in schools in Slovakia and is well on her way to an established career in her home country.


At the Slovak National Theatre, she sang Papagena in Mozart’s Magic Flute and performed in the Slovak operas Krútňava (Whirlpool) and Svätopluk. At this time, she is preparing the premiere of P. I. Tchaikovsky’s opera Queen of Spades.


ZHALA ISMAILOVA SOPRANO | A ZERBAIJAN

Zhala Ismailova (born in 1986) is from Azerbaijan and was a student of Dmitry Vdovin, Director of the young artist programme at the new Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. She also worked with George Darden (Metropolitan Opera), Diane Zola (Houston Grand Opera), Gloria Borelli and Giandomenico Bisi (Conservatories of Naples and Benevento). Zhala was a prize winner of the Fifth International Competition of Vocalists Il Viaggio a Reims Provence, France. Most recently, she won the role of Mrs Alice Ford in in Fano, Italy in 2013 at the Marcello Giordani International Voice Competition. Zhala was given the Kempinski Young Artist Fellowship in 2012 to study in Rome at Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia at the Renata Scotto Academy. In 2013, after her fellowship, Zhala was awarded a place at the


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ANNA MARGRETHE NILSEN VIOLINIST | NORWAY

Broadcasting Orchestra. Immediately afterwards she performed as a soloist with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra. As recitalist, Anna has played in countries worldwide, including Norway, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain, China and Israel. She has participated in number of international music festivals such as the International Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands and Jeunesses Musicales, a young artist programme in Canada. A native of Norway, Anna started to play at age four and began her Manhattan School of Music. After her graduation, she married JesĂşs Reina, a violinist and fellow graduate. The Kempinski Young Artist Programme gave Anna the chance to participate in the Violin World Master Classes at Kronberg Academy in Germany, which take place every two years.


JESÚS REINA VIOLINIST | SPAIN

Jesús started studying violin at the age of four, learning Spanish folk music with his grandfather. In his home city of Málaga, he studied with Vincenzo Puma and Ara Wartanian before he went on to Yehudi Menuhin School, School of Music where he studied violin and viola with Patinka Kopec. He is the recipient of major awards and prizes such as the top prize for four consecutive years at the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition as well as being the winner halls like Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Kursaal of San Sebastián and Teatro Real of Madrid. highly esteemed Kronberg Academy in Germany. On his graduation, Jesús with his wife, Anna Margrethe Nilsen, made their home in Málaga.


GEORGE SEBASTIAN SACHIN VISUAL ARTIST | INDIA

makes paper the perfect material for me to talk about the stories and realities There is a deep meaning and sense in the works he creates. His theme over the years has been the metropolis and city planners making the work look directly into our culture of massive migration to metro cities, which results in deforestation and immense growth of the cities both vertically as well as horizontally. With his work, he attempts to discuss the regression that happens in the name of a progressive society. He poses the question of how far are we going to operate in these spaces in the name of development. from all over the world without discrimination of class and culture. His stacks create multi-stories. He cuts them into human forms to represent each and every one of them, whose stories live within pages. Everyone is connected with each other. But an individual or his/her story becomes untraceable or irrelevant on a bigger picture.


George Sebastian Sachin |


VISUAL ARTIST | TURKE Y

artistic talent at a very early age. She studied in painting and sculpture in Germany with John Armleder and received her Master of Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art in London under Sarah Johns and Olivier Richon.

DAAD scholarship to New York and the 2009 MAN Photography Prize. In recent years, Viola has developed an increasing interest in drawing, traditional art form in China - calligraphy. After a stay in China, provided by the Kempinski Young Artist Programme,

Alan McCollum |


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MINJIE ZHANG VISUAL ARTIST | CHINA

from the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in Digital Media. Minjie is recognised as an outstanding talent, attracting important critics and curators in China. Slovenia, Italy, Spain and Germany. Minjie received awards from the National Art Museum of China and the project in Frankfurt am Main at Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Gravenbruch. Minjie had never been outside of China. He chose Frankfurt for his artist-in-

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ARSENIY CHUBACHIN

MARIA KORYAGOVA

EMILY DIERKES

JULIA LEZHNEVA

ALEXANDER GRONSKY

GIANLUCA MALGERI

AMNA ILYAS

RINNAT MORIAH

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PASCAL ROBERT

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CELLIST | RUSSIA

VISUAL ARTIST | UNITED STATES

VISUAL ARTIST | ESTONIA

VISUAL ARTIST | PAKISTAN

KIRYL KEDUK PIANIST | BEL ARUS

SOPRANO | RUSSIA

SOPRANO | RUSSIA

VISUAL ARTIST | ITALY

SOPRANO | ISRAEL

VISUAL ARTIST | SWIT ZERL AND

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ARSENIY CHUBACHIN CELLIST | RUSSIA

Arseniy Chubachin, born in Novosibirsk in 1989, started his cello studies at at the Rimsky-Korsokov Conservatory with Professor Mark Reizenshtok. At the age of 13, he went to the Moscow Conservatory of Music to study with Professor Aleksey and graduated in 2009 with the highest honours. international competition Conzertino Praga in Prague (2006) and the GrandDiploma winner of the ARD International Competition in Munich (2007) and a Laureate of the Stockholm Cello-Piano Duet Competition (2008). Arseniy received the Kempinski Young Artist Fellowship in 2010 for a full academic year at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin, Germany, where he enrolled with Professor Forck. After the year in Berlin, Arseniy returned to Moscow. He held frequent concerts at the Tchaikowsky Concert Hall, the Moscow House of Music and a solo concert in Bratislava with the Slovak Radio Orchestra and Maestro Amos Talmon. Most recently he formed his own chamber music ensemble and a trio (cello, piano, clarinet) and has given frequent concerts with both in Moscow.


EMILY DIERKES

VISUAL ARTIST | UNITED STATES

Emily Dierkes, born in New York in 1984, received a BFA from Syracuse Arts. She graduated summa cum laude in 2006 and was nominated Artist and antique techniques at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. Emily won the Hiram Gee Senior Painting Award at Syracuse University, New York in 2006 as well as the Thomas Morris Cushing Arte Award at the Roland Park Country School, Baltimore, Maryland, in 2002. Her work was highly praised by Timothy App and Sharon Gold. The Kempinski Young Artist Programme awarded Emily an artist-inresidence fellowship in Moscow for two months. She was featured in the most important art magazine in Russia, was interviewed on Russian TV and return to Russia for the Moscow Modern Art Fair in 2012. After the residency in Moscow, Emily worked on a project in Turkey and She returned to her residence in Baltimore, where she has established a new


ALEXANDER GRONSKY VISUAL ARTIST | ESTONIA

to 1997. In 1997, he started assisting in F2Studio. A year later he moved to St. Petersburg, Russia and began working as a press photographer. that has been organised by World Press Photo every year since 1994 with in photojournalism with 12 young, promising photographers to share and Photographer.ru agency, based in Riga, Latvia.

Prestigious Photograph Prize (Amsterdam, 2010). During his Kempinski fellowship in China, Gronsky developed his photo Photographique Ville de Levallois-Epson and in 2012, Gronsky garnered the 3rd place at the 2012 World Press Photo contest in the Daily Life category.


AMNA ILYAS

V ISUA L A RT IST | PA K ISTA N

chosen vocation. Born in Pakistan in 1980, Amna graduated in 2003 with a BFA (honours) at the National College of Art in Lahore, where she worked as a an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Art in 2008. Acknowledged for her talent, Amna was represented by a well-known curator in New Delhi and received a tremendous response, however, due to cross border tensions, she was not able to continue her work with the curator. When she was brought to the attention of the Kempinski Young Artist Programme, it was decided that her interest in acrylic and glass made Bratislava the ideal destination for her artistic development, as the city hasa long-standing tradition of artistic glass and glass production. Thanks to the programme, Amna received a fellowship at Northlands Glass in Scotland in 2012.

Aparjita Jain |


KIRYL KEDUK PIANIST | BEL ARUS

Kiryl Keduk (born in 1987) made his public debut with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Belarus when he was ten. At the age of 14, continued under Professor Paleczny at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Kiryl performed with the National Philharmonic Orchestras of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as well as with the philharmonic orchestras in Nice,

prize in the prestigious James Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester in 2010. Kiryl was awarded the Kempinski classical music fellowship to study under Professor Petrushansky at Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy, for a full academic year. The Kempinski Young Artist Programme, with the generous support of Radio Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) produced the CD My Polish Diary that was presented through the Delos label in 2013 to wide critical claim and featured as the debut CD in the 40th Anniversary Delos Catalog. After his fellowship, in September 2013, Kiryl founded a festival in


MARIA KORYAGOVA SOPRANO | RUSSIA

Glaszunov and started her studies at the College of Music and Theater Arts in 2004 in her late teens. In 2007, she entered the Russian Academy Director of the Moscow Theater Arts Academic Music Theater of K. S. Stanislavskiy and V. I. Nemirovicha-Danchenko.

this chance, she learned English in three months to be able to take up the fellowship in 2010 at the Mozarteum Summer Academy, made possible by Maria Lipovchek and Thomas Krause. In 2012, Maria auditioned for the Stuttgart Opera Studio programme and won a place for a one-year residency. She was the only one awarded a second year in Stuttgart for 2013. Maria sings regularly with the Stuttgart ensemble improving her technique and increasing her repertoire. The Kempinski Young Artist Programme made it possible for Maria to establish a promising opera career.


JULIA LEZHNEVA SOPRANO | RUSSIA

to Moscow and graduated with distinction from the College of Music at the Moscow Conservatory. established Kempinski Young Artist Programme. She received a full Wales. In August 2009, she became the youngest winner in the history of the prestigious Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition. Her career has taken giant leaps with some of the most famous conductors and in the most famous venues in the world since her fellowship. She recorded her Rossini with Marc Minkowski and Sinfonia Varsovia. In 2011, she signed a recording contract with Decca. In 2012, Julia sang the leading female role in Tamerlano opposite Plรกcido Domingo at the Salzburg Festival and had Julia has won many awards and became well-known in musical circles. She is one of the most celebrated young singers today.


GIANLUCA MALGERI VISUAL ARTIST | ITALY

Gianluca Malgeri was born in Reggio di Calabria in 1974. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and attended the graduate course in Visual Arts at IUAV University in Venice. His work has a doubled-edge perception. On one hand, his observation is from afar, everything in his vision looks like a myth: art, artists and fashion and above all the power of suggestion that those things represent. On the other hand, his jealously personal will of intervention marks a process that cause friction. Gianluca was awarded the visual arts fellowship to Jordan in 2010. During his and he was invited again for 2013. After completing his fellowship, Gianluca Basel (Art Basel and Wunderkammer, 2012) and Rome (2012). His unique romantic portraits tell the love story of Eugenie and the Sultan


RINNAT MORIAH SOPRANO | ISRAEL

Institute of Music in 2009 and attended the Opernstudio Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin under the auspices of Daniel Barenboim. She has performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, American Academy in Berlin, Richmond Symphony, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., Kansas City Symphony, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theater and Fort Worth Symphony. The Kempinski Young Artist Programme sent Rinnat to a special course Rinnat Moriah performs regularly with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2013, she became a member of the ensemble at Heidelberg Opera. Lulu Suite in the Berlin Philharmonie under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim. Other engagements include Morgan Gawain at the Salzburg Festival, appearing in the BBC Proms in London and entering the ensemble in the Heidelberg Opera where she can be heard as Blonde in Die Entf端hrung aus dem Serail, Adele in Fledermaus and Oscar in Ballo in Maschera.


PASCAL ROBERT

VISUAL ARTIST | SWITZERL AND

Pascal Robert (born in 1978) has a fascinating multi-ethnic family background, an architect, but then decided to move to Paris and New York. Eventually he applied to ESBA, the Geneva University of Art & Design, where he studied from 2001 to 2007. identities, with a special focus on collective social consciousness. The historical values never fails to fascinate Pascal: How to approach this theme? How to develop new portraits? How to change old perspectives and overcome traditions? The Kempinski Young Artist Programme sent Pascal to Istanbul and to Switzerland.


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