Double Bass Ensemble
* * * European Quartet Prize 2003 * *
European Culture Foundation
Leader: Klaus Trumpf
Roman Patkoló - Slovakia
Artem Chirkov - Russia
Andrei Shynekvich - White Russia
Ljubinko Lazic - Yugoslavia
Jan Jirmasek - Czech Republic
Giorgi Makhoshwili - Georgia
Milana Chernyavska - Ukraine-Munich (Piano)
members of this ensemble playing in variable settings are students of
the Contrabass Master Class of Prof. Klaus Trumpf at the State University
of Music in Munich; all are for the most part multiple prize winners
in international competitions (in Germany, USA, CR, ARDCompetition etc.).
Patkoló 1982 Slovakia; 1995 first contrabass lesson;
1997 1st prize at national competition; 1997 pre-student and since 1999
regular student in the class of Prof. Klaus Trumpf at the State Conservatory
of Music in Munich; since 1999 scholar of the Anne-Sophie-Mutter-FoundatWn;
1999 1st prize at Intl' Contrabass Competition in lowa/USA; 2000 1st
prize at the J.M.Sperger-Competition Germany; since 2001 recitals in Indianapolis/USA,
Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland etc.; solo performances with Anne-Sophie
Mutter, Andre Previn, Justus Frantz; soloist with orchestras in Germany,
Austria, Russia. 2002: European Culture Award from the President of
the Federal Republic Johannes Rau. 2003: prize winner at the ARD-Competition
with additional special prizes; orchestral activities at the Symphony
Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting Company; Philharmonic Orchestra
of the Nations, World Youth Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales, Bavarian
Jan Jirmasek 1980 Czech Republic, 1884-2000 Conservatory
of Music; since 2000 State Conservatory of Music in Munich; 1st and
2nd prizes at national competitions; 1997 3rd prize at Gregora-Competition;
diploma at the
II. Sperger-Competition 2003; member in following orchestras: Young
Austrian Philharmonic Orchestra, Euregio Symphony Orchestra; Jeunesses
Musicales World Orchestra; Schleswig-Holstein-Festival-Orchestra, member
in the Bavarian Orchestra Academy.
Artem Chirkov 1979 St. Petersburg; 1st instrument violoncello;
1995 contrabass study at the St. Petersburg Conservatory; 1998 2nd prize
at the competition in Toliatti/Russia; 2000 5th prize at the I. Sperger-Competition;
since 2000 member in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; since
2001 master dass of the State Conservatory of Music in Munich; 2002
1st prize at the 2nd Sperger-Competition; member in the Bavarian Orchestra
Academy and in other intl' orchestras; 2003: 2nd prize at the Intl'
Competition in Richmond/USA; lst prize at the Intl' Competition in Brno. Now he has position for 1st Solobassplayer on St.-Petersburg-Philharmony.
Andrei Shynkevich 1981 White Russia; 2000 final exam
in the music college; 1997: 1st prize at the Intl' Competition in Moldavia;
1998: 2nd prize at the Intl' Competition in Gomel/White Russia; 1999
scholar of the President of White Russia and Vladimir Spivakov; 2001
State Conservatory of Music in Munich; 2002: lst prize at the Intl'
Competition in Kromeriz/CR; „Virtuosenprize" 2nd and 3rd
Sperger-Competition; member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra
and the Bavarian Orchestra Academy; 2003: 1St prize at the Intl' Contrabass-Competition
Ljubinko Lazic 1979 Serbia; lst contrabass lesson in
1993; Study at the Conservatory of Music in Novy Sad 1998-2001; since
2001 State Conservatory of Music in Munich; 1994-2000 four 1st prizes
at national competitions;
3rd prize at the Intl' Contrabass-Competition in Kromeriz/CR 2002; orchestral
activities: Belgrade Philharmonie and Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic
Orchestra of the Nations; Bavarian Orchestra Academy; recitals: Yugoslavia,
Slovenia, Italy, Germany; 2002: diploma at the Sperger-Competition.
Giorgi Makhoshvili 1977 Georgia; 1993-97 music college;
1997/98 State Conservatory Tbilssi; 1996-97 Symphony Orchestra in Tbilssi;
1998 1st prize Jazz Competition Georgia; 1999 United World Youth Orchetsra;
since 1999 Study at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich - Master's
Degree in 2003, since 2003 post-graduate studies; Chamber Orchestra
Milana Chernyavska (Piano) Born in Kiev/Ukraine;
Title: Prof. Dr., „Deserved Artist of the Ukraine";
lst piano lesson with 5 years; lst recital with 7 years; with 12 years
prize winner at the Intl' Competition „Concertino Prague";
1990 Exam „with distinction"; 1995-98 master dass in Munich;
Intl' prizes among others: lst prize 1988 in Kiev, lst prize at Intl'
Piano Competition in Paris 1994; 3rd prize at Intl' Chamber Music Competition
in Florence in 1989; gold medal at Intl' Competition „Horowitz" in Kiev 1984; solo activities in Europe, USA, Japan; recordings for
CDs, Broadcasting Companies and TV; pedagogical activities: State Conservatory
of Music in Munich, Augsburg/Germany and State Conservatory in Feldkirch/Austria.
Klaus Trumpf (Leadership) 1940 Görlitz/Germany;
Music Study in Berlin; 1961-1989 member of the German National Opera
House/Orchestra Berlin (solo bassist); since 1968 teaching assignment
at the State Conservatory of Music „Hanns Eisler" in Berlin;
1989/90 member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra; 1991 professorship
at the Conservatory of Music in Saarbrücken/Germany; since 1994
Prof. at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich; editor, member in
international juries, recordings for Broadcasting Companies and CDs;
leader of master courses in Europe, USA, Asia; President of the Intl'
JohannMatthias-Sperger-Corporation; founder und musical leader of the
Intl' J.M.Sperger- Competition. „Scholarship-Award" of the
Intl' Society of Bassists/USA for "Merits for the Contrabass".
a very unusual setting,
young musicians, all of them multiple prize winners in international music
competitions, met to form a special group.
As an International Contrabass Ensemble, they know how to excite and engage
the audience in Europe and America in concerts, on CDs, on the radio,
and on TV with never expected, varied, interesting programs which include
music from the early renaissance, baroque and classical period to arrangements
of light music, and have done so since their foundation in 1996.
have to Hear Bassiona Amorosa to Believe it!” wrote an English music
after a concert in cheerful atmosphere at the State Conservatory of Music
and Theatre in Munich in 1996
the SPECIAL String QUARTET BASSIONA AMOROSA - named after the virtuose-charming
composition of Giovanni Bottesini „Passione Amorosa" ("passion
of love") - was founded with four female students of the Master Class
of Prof. Klaus Trumpf (meanwhile, all of them are engaged in European
orchestras), it soon could look back on enthusiastic reactions by the
audience in national and international concerts.
Audience in Iowa (USA) Was Taken by Surprise ! “*
The reason for this special attraction is the incredible sound refinement
and the unusual virtuoso performance.
The sense of this "special touch" bring these exceptional artists
along from their home countries Slovakia,
Russia, Czech Republic, White Russia, Yugoslavia, Georgia and Ukraine.
The formation consists of Master
Class students of Prof. Trumpf at the State Conservatory of Music in Munich.
Carthy musicianship, Slav
melancholy with classical education - now formed through the same school
- merge in unique symbiosis.
Unbroken temperament and charm fascinate the audience.
Musicality, Lots of Wit, Grandios Vituosity” *
Above all, the fascination of this quartet is bent an the
element of surprise because of the setting with four to six string basses
and furthermore an the absolutely safe, perfect command of technique,
a convincing musicality, unmistakable sound refinement, and interesting
arrangements (mainly from Klaus Trumpf, the leader of the quartet) which
determine the artistic level of the ensemble and
point out the character of the musicians’ congeniality” *
quartet creates full-length programs as well as solo performances within
the scope of concerts and staging.
In combination with a pianist (also a multiple prize winner of international
music competitions) the program can be varied. Every audience is reached
by virtuoso solo performances and variable scorings.
its 8 year history, BASSIONA AMOROSA
performed in more than 200 concerts; eight CDs have been published so
far; the ensemble was subject of three short films shot by the Bavarian
Television Station and the WDR (West German Broadcasting Company).
The third USA tour in June 2003 received a sensational reception by the
audience, as can be read from the visitors' book: “We
loved to see and hear you again and again!”
the „EUROPEAN QUARTET PRIZE 2003", further
highlights for the ensemble were two honourable tasks:
The musical framing of the European Cultural Presentation of Prizes for
Placido Domingo and Wolfgang Wagner.
As the audience thanked BASSIONA AMOROSA
for several minutes with standing ovations, the ensemble was assured to
be on the right track with its program.
In order to win people over to make friends with the string bass, the
group has been oriented since its formation to the idea "Popular-Classical
to Classical-Popular". Original works for the ensemble
of wellknown composers are in the process of development.
*) Taken from the international press
into English by Ruth Gester, Winhöring (Germany)