gfa piano masterclass

15 - 25 Ağustos

JEAN – FRANCOIS HEISSER (Piano) Russia | ILYA ITIN (Piano) Turkey | MAURICIO VALLINA (Piano) Luxembourg | GÜLSİN ONAY (Piano) Turkey |


Jean-François Heisser is a well-rounded artist, leading a versatile career as a pianist, conductor and teacher, fueled by a vast cultural knowledge and tireless intellectual curiosity. Born in Saint-Etienne, he is the disciple and heir of Vlado Perlemuter, Henriette Puig-Roget and Maria Curcio. He was profesor at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique from 1991 till 2016. Among his talented students are Bertrand Chamayou and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, with whom he has developed a relationship of close musical complicity. He now balances his career as a soloist with his activities as the musical director of the Poitou-Charentes Orchestra (since 2001), and as guest conductor and also artistic director of various institutions and major musical productions.

His extensive discography boasts over 40 recordings: after his highly acclaimed recording of the piano works of Paul Dukas (awarded the Diapason d’or de l’année prize), he embarked on a collaboration with Erato Records (a 6-CD boxed set dedicated to the Spanish repertoire of Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, etc.), then with Naïve Records (Beethoven, Brahms) and Praga Records (Weber, Berg, Manoury, Bartok…). His recording activities are currently centered on recordings with the Poitou-Charentes Orchestra for the Mirare (de Falla, Wien 1925, Dubois, American Journey) and Musicales Actes Sud (Albéniz, Mompou) labels. As a soloist, he has played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Janowski, TilsonThomas, Segerstam, Krivine, Mehta, Plasson, Roth etc., with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Orchestre National de France or Les Siècles… He frequently performs in recitals, with a preference for Beethoven (Sonatas, Diabelli Variations etc.), Brahms, Chopin, the Spanish repertoire (Albéniz, de Falla, Granados, Mompou) and, naturally, the works of great French composers of the past and present.

Alongside his performances of great concertos and major works of the piano repertoire, he is also an eager proponent Jean-François HEISSER Biography Photo : S. Poltronieri of 20thcentury works and contemporary creation: the Turangalilâ-Symphonie and Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Étoiles, under the direction of Mehta, Janowski or Segerstam; Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke, Mantra and Kontakte; or the world first performance, among others, of Gilbert Amy and Nguyen Thien Dao’s Piano Concertos, along with three major works by Philippe Manoury: La Ville, Veränderungen pour piano seul and Terra Ignota for piano and 22 musicians.

His uncompromising approach to interpretation leads him to perform regularly on period pianos (Weber: The Four Sonatas – Praga Records -, Konzertstück – on Mirare-). Under the direction of François Xavier Roth and his orchestra “Les Siècles”, he also alternates between modern pianos (the three Bartok concertos) and period instruments (Saint-Saëns and Brahms). As a chamber musician, Jean-François Heisser has, needless to say, covered the entire repertoire with musical partners such as the Ysaye, Lindsay and Pražák Quartets, and his recording of the Bartok sonatas with Peter Csaba (on Praga) is now regarded as an essential work. He has also emerged as a leading advocate of the four-hands piano repertoire and of works for two pianos, notably with G. Pludermacher, M.J Jude and J.F Neuburger, and has also written daring and magnificent transcriptions for two pianos of works such as The Rite of Spring or the Symphonie Fantastique. As a musical director, he has been in charge of developing the Orchestre Poitou-Charentes project since 2001, firmly establishing the orchestra as one of the finest French chamber ensembles, as reflected in its recordings on the Mirare label: the orchestra’s rendering of a primitive version of de Falla’s El Amor Brujo as well as of Berg’s Kammerkonzerte were both widely acclaimed by the musical press, and are now praised as reference recordings of these works.

A recording of the Complete Beethoven Concertos conducted from the piano will be released in 2016. As an artistic director, his ongoing partnership with Editions Actes-Sud has led him to direct the musical program of the Soirées Musicales d’Arles. From 2015 onwards, he will also serve as the artistic advisor of the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux. And finally, continuing the work and preserving the memory of his mentor Vlado Perlemuter, “historical” performer of the great French composers, Jean-François Heisser is also the President of the Maurice Ravel International Academy, a major educational center for the training of talented young artists. His aim is to give such musical meeting places a truly international dimension. He works with Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française on this project from Septemb




“Itin’s is a rare and exciting artistry indeed…poised, pure, and ravishing in its range of colour, Itin’s playing is a prime example of a superb technique put at the service of an inquiring and imaginative mind.” (Daily Telegraph, London)

Audiences throughout the world revere Ilya Itin’s unique artistry. Playing to sold out houses in Japan and in the US, he is known for his extraordinary range, power, quality of sound and command of the piano. His Princeton recital was singled out by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “top ten musical moment of the year”, and the NYT critic described him as: “…a brilliantly insightful pianist who offered a superb recital “.   Since capturing the Gold Medal, BBC Audience Award, and Contemporary Music Prize at the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition, Ilya Itin has performed throughout the world bringing his powerful musical imagination and mastery to wide ranging repertoire. “I’d go to hear him play the phonebook,” remarked BBC TV critic Ian Burnside.

Ilya Itin has performed with many of the world’s great conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Neemi Jarvi, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yakov Kreizberg, Vassily Sinaisky, Valery Polyansky, and Mikhail Pletnev performing as soloist with orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the China National Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of India; the Mexico City Philharmonic; and the Rochester Philharmonic.

Much lauded for his chamber music collaborations with colleagues and friends in the US, Europe and Asia, he recently performed Beethoven Archduke Trio in New York with the Jupiter Chamber Players followed by a recital of the complete Brahms Sonatas in Tokyo with violinist, Fuminori Maro Shinozaki.  He has made numerous recordings of chamber music, including Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata, Brahms Viola Sonata, Martinu Double Violin Sonata, and Piazzola Spring/Autumn in Buenos Aires, with Igor Gruppmann, violin and Vesna Gruppmann, viola/violin. Mr. Itin has also recorded a full recital with legendary violinist Ida Haendel at the Miami International Piano Festival.

During the 2015-2016 he will be releasing his newest recording of the complete Debussy Preludes on vinyl and high definition audio. His Princeton recital in July 2015 will also be released as a state of the art high definition recording of the live performance. It features beloved works of Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Itin’s DVD of the “Russian Marathon” concerts at the Miami International Piano Festival was also recorded live, in one day and included, all 24 Preludes of Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev’s 7th and 8th Sonatas. Other recordings include Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Jerusalem Camerata on the JDR label, and Prokofiev’s 6th Sonata with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on VAI.

Mr. Itin is also a much sought after teacher giving regular master classes throughout Japan, in Princeton, Miami, and New York. His students include winners of top prizes in international competitions, and highest awards at the most competitive conservatories of the US and Japan.

Born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, his piano studies began at the Sverdlovsk School for the Gifted with Natalia Litvinova. He went on to graduate from the Moscow Conservatory with the highest honors in 1990 working with legendary teacher Lev Naumov. Mr. Itin won his first major piano competition while at the Conservatory, taking second place in the 1990 Russian National Rachmaninov Competition. Soon after, he won top honors in the William Kapell Competition, followed by First Prize, and the Special Chopin Prize at the Casadesus Competition (Cleveland Competition), and the Best Performance of a Work of Mozart, Best Prokofiev Performance, and Third Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition.

Ilya Itin is on the teaching faculties of the Musashino Academy in Tokyo, the Academy of the Miami International Piano Festival and the Golandsky Institute at Princeton University. He has also taught in the piano departments of the Juilliard School prep and college divisions, Peabody Conservatory, and the Graduate Program at CUNY. Ilya Itin resides in Tokyo, Japan, and New York City where he maintains a private teaching studio.



In 2001, Mauricio Vallina recorded his first CD released with INTERNATIONAL EMI CLASSICS. This EMI Abbey Road recording received a “CHOC“ in the magazine “Le Monde de la Musique“ and brought  him great acclaim in Vienna, London and Paris. Mauricio Vallina (1970) is an international concert pianist living in Brussels. He has been a top prize-winner of national and international piano competitions where prominent musicians have recognised his gift of individuality. His prizes include Valencia (1994) and Gernika (1996) international piano competitions and he has also been awarded special prizes for the best performance of Cuban and Spanish Music.

After graduating in Havana, his native city, with a “Gold“ Diploma (1988), he achieved a solid formation at the Moscow “Tchaikovsky“ Conservatory (Master of Fine Arts in 1996), the Madrid Royal Conservatory and the Como International Piano Foundation. The essential guidance and influence of Roberto Urbay, Henrietta Mirvis, Irina Plotnikova, Joaquin Soriano, Alicia de Larrocha, Dimitri  Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Zenaida Manfugás and Martha Argerich, brought an extraordinary dimension to his artistry.

Vallina’s debut in Zurich Tonhalle in 1998 was a significant event in his international carrier, he performs at many of the great international festivals, including “La Roque d‘Anthéron“, Schleswig-Holstein music festival, the Ruhr Piano Festivali, Radio France-Montpellier festival, Sintra festival, Lugano festival. In solo recitals, chamber music and concerts with orchestras, his playing has been highly praised in important venues across Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

He has performed with leading orchestras under the batons of many well known chefs. In chamber music he has performed with Polina Leschenko,Gabriela Montero,Geza Hosszu-Legocky,Mark Drobinsky,Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon. He has been featured in several documentary films such as “Evening Talks“, “Nelson Freire“- a brazilian production- and as partner in piano duo with Martha Argerich  he has performed in many countries; some of the performances are released, “Live from Lugano Festival“ 2005, 2007 and 2009 with EMI.

Mauricio Vallina not only excels in performing well known “classics“ of the piano repertoire; the rendering of undiscovered pieces is always part of his attractive programming. His musical tastes span wide, he performs a broad repertoire from Bach to contemporary works and he even premiers new compositions, some of them dedicated to him. Vallina is considered one of the most interesting pianists of his generation. A profound view of the musical drama unmistakable lightness, enormous expressive power and a dazzling spectrum of colors are pointed out as hallmarks of his rare musical personality. He was chosen “The Ruhr Piano Festival Stipend of the year 2008“ and as part of this promotional project, the solo recital he performed during that edition of the Ruhr festival was recorded and released within the phonographic magazine FonoForum including the premier of one of his own compositions: L’Enigma. Apart of his career, he is also involve in the creation of pioneer unconventional projects, as his treatise of “Astromusica” and since 2010 he is Executive Professor at the Lions-Club “Mozart” Online Academy of Vienna.



Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 68 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world and has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Edward Gardner, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek. An exceptional Chopin interpreter, Gülsin Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings.

The artist presented the first public performances worldwide of Stuppner’s and Tabakov’s concertos as well as Saygun’s 2nd. Piano Concerto, which is dedicated to her. In addition to Saygun, Hubert Stuppner has also dedicated his 2nd piano concerto and Jean-Louis Petit Gemmes and Muhittin Dürrüoğlu-Demiriz their piano works named Bosphorus to the artist. The famous virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin composed Prélude for Gülsin Onay and Denis Dufour composed Avalanche for her.

Gülsin Onay has recorded 20 albums that illustrate the breadth of her repertoire as well as her interpretive power. Her 2007 CD featuring live concert recordings of Tchaikovsky’s 1st and Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto, has been acclaimed by critics and virtuosi alike. In 2008 CPO released her recording of both Saygun concertos, to widespread critical acclaim. The American label VAI has released a live DVD of her performances of the Grieg Concerto and the SaintSaens 2nd Concerto, followed in 2011 by a live recital DVD featuring her critically acclaimed performances from the Miami International Piano Festival. Her most recent issue is a recital of Haydn, Liszt and Schubert on the Dorian Sono Luminus label.

Since its inception in 2004, Gülsin Onay has been the artistic advisor of the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival. Gülsin Onay holds the titles of State Artist in her native Turkey, and of soloist for the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara.