Hollanda / The Netherlands
Rosanne Philippens (keman / violin)
Michail Lifits (piyano / piano)
Bach – Solo partita no. 2 in d minor BWV 1004
Ravel – Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 in G major
Szymanowski – Roxana’s Lied
Ravel – Tzigane
Franck – Sonata for violin and piano in A major
Rosanne Philippens is an extraordinary communicator, with an innate musicality and an infectiously joyful yet sincere approach to music-making. She is in high demand across the Netherlands where she performs regularly in the major halls and series both as soloist and chamber musician. She is also a keen play/director and recently made her debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon leading the orchestra in a hugely successful performance of The Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzolla in Lyon’s Auditorium receiving the highest praise from players and management. Philippens’s playing is refined, exuberant and profound, and was described by the Dutch daily paper De Telegraaf as “energetic, sensitive and flawless.”
Recent highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic at De Doelen, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in the prestigious Zaterdag Matinee series and the Residentie Orkest both in The Hague and at the Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam. Elsewhere Philippens has played with the Barcelona Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and with orchestras across Germany, Finland and Switzerland, with conductors including Nézet-Séguin, Foster, Tausk, de Vriend, Hermus and Collon.
In recital and chamber music, Philippens plays regularly with artists such as István Vardai, Vilde Frang, Julien Quentin, Vikingúr Olafsson, Amihai Grosz, Camille Thomas and Zoltán Fejérvári in festivals and halls across Europe. A strong believer in breaking down barriers in classical music, she runs her own concert series ‘The Amsterdam Salon Pop-Up’, presenting high-quality concerts in carefully sought-out and unusual locations in an intimate salon atmosphere.
Philippens records exclusively for Channel Classics and all her recordings have received glowing praise. Her latest CD “Insight”; represents the culmination of a very special and personal journey for Philippens; the choice of works by Bach, Enescu and Biber and the order in which they were recorded was inspired directly by the feedback gathered from audience members during a solo European tour. The Strad has described the CD as being “both softly spoken and intensely powerful” and Philippens as a “dazzling performer”. Earlier albums include “Dedications”, featuring works by Kreisler, Fauré and Ysaye, and a recording of Prokofiev’s 2nd Concerto, described by BBC Magazine as “a triumph”.
Philippens was taught from an early age by Anneke Schilt at the Amstelveen music school. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma and Ulf Wallin, receiving the highest distinction from both institutes. Philippens won first prize at the Dutch National Violin Competition in 2009 and the Freiburg International Violin Competition in 2014. Philippens plays on the 1727 “Barrere” Stradivarius, thanks to the generous support of the Elise Mathilde Foundation.
In 2009, Michail Lifits won the 57th International Ferrucio Busoni Piano Competition. Since then he has performed in many of the world’s major musical centers, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Herkulessaal and the Philharmonie in Munich, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Sala Verdi in Milan, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
As a soloist, he has appeared with renowned orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hague Philharmonic under Lawrence Foster, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano under Alain Lombard, the Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro Verdi di Trieste, L’Orchestre International de Genève, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana di Palermo and the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
Lifits is a popular guest artist at renowned international festivals, including the Verbier-Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Musikfestival, the Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo, the Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, the Annecy Festival, the Kissinger Sommer, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Festival Mitte Europa, the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, the Nymphenburger Sommerfestival, the Bergen International Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the BBC Proms.
Aside from his extensive career as a soloist, Michail Lifits is also a passionate and highly sought-after chamber musician. He performs regularly with such renowned artists as Vilde Frang, Nicolas Altstaedt, Steven Isserlis, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Veronika Eberle, Alexandra Conunova and Nils Mönkemeyer. In 2016, he performed an intense recital tour in the USA, Canada and Japan with the violinist, Vilde Frang, as well as a European tour with his piano trio partners, Corina Belcea and Antoine Lederlin.
Since 2011, Michail Lifits has been an exclusive artist for Decca Classics. His debut CD, which was released in 2012 with works by W. A. Mozart, received excellent reviews, without exception, and was named “CD of the month” by many leading classical music magazines and radio stations. His second recording was released early in 2015 with piano sonatas by Schubert. This is the first recording of his planned release of Schubert’s complete piano works. It elicited enthusiastic responses from experts and numerous critics and is now regarded as a recording of reference within the generation of younger pianists.
Born in 1982 in Taschkent (Usbekistan), Michail Lifits moved to Germany at the age of 16 and has lived since then in Hanover, a city he feels very closely connected to, both artistically and culturally. He studied there at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in the classes of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Bernd Goetzke. Further studies with Boris Petrushansky at the International Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola (Italy) played an important role in continuing to form his artistry. Michail Lifits has been a “Steinway Artist” since 2014.