Mishka Rushdie Momen and Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula are to be the first students enrolled on the new study programme for pianists at Kronberg Academy. The two-year course of study entitled the “Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists” begins in October 2018 and is aimed at top class young pianists who wish to focus on chamber music. Sir András Schiff will, himself, teach on the programme that he has developed jointly with Kronberg Academy. The world-famous pianist and conductor has been closely associated with Kronberg Academy for many years as an artist, lecturer and member of the Artistic Council. Kirill Gerstein, Professor Ferenc Rados, Dénes Várjon and Professor Rita Wagner join Sir András Schiff as the lecturers on the new programme. The young pianists will primarily explore duets and works for chamber ensembles together with students of violin, viola and cello. Like all students at Kronberg Academy, they will also be able to take lessons in theoretical subjects and in German.
The Günter Henle Foundation and the Horizon Foundation are providing substantial funding for the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists. The foundations will assume the patronage for the first four years of the programme, thus covering the majority of the tuition costs for the first two students. In addition, G. Henle Verlag is kindly donating sheet music from its entire catalogue of piano repertoire, comprising 706 Urtext editions from 55 composers for solo piano and duet, including pocket scores.
Raimund Trenkler, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Kronberg Academy Foundation, sees the piano as “a vital element in chamber music. This new study programme is therefore the final component rounding off the curriculum at Kronberg Academy in its 25th year.”
Friedemann Eichhorn, Director of the Kronberg Academy Study Programmes, highlights the fact that “Kronberg gives string players and pianists an opportunity to explore chamber music together at the very highest level while they are still students and to form lasting musical partnerships. We are delighted to be welcoming Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula and Mishka Rushdie Momen to Kronberg as our first piano students.”
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula was born in Switzerland in 1991. He studied piano with Christian Favre at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne and then chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ronan O’Hara. In addition, he studied composition with Julian Anderson and has worked as a composer with Heinz Holliger and George Benjamin. As a soloist, he has performed at numerous festivals and given concerts in cities including Zürich, Barcelona, Toronto, Bremen, New York and London. He has received many prizes and scholarships for both his piano playing and his compositions. Sir András Schiff has invited him to perform in concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Zürich, New York, Dusseldorf and Brussels.
Born in 1992, Mishka Rushdie Momen studied with Joan Havill and Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in her home city of London, and also with Richard Goode. More recently, the multi-award-winning pianist was invited by Sir András Schiff to give concerts in Zürich, New York, Antwerp and several German and Italian cities. As a soloist, she has been a guest of several festivals and performed in most of London’s major concert halls, as well as in Leeds, Cardiff, New York, Prague, Mumbai and in France. A passionate chamber musician, she has played with artists including Steven Isserlis, Midori and Krzysztof Chorzelski. Her first CD featuring a recording of Mozart’s Triple Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released in 2018.
The study programmes offered by Kronberg Academy are considered the leading courses of their type for young soloists worldwide. For the 25 or so students enrolled at the Academy, these programmes provide tailor-made training, also in collaboration with Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Violin is taught at Kronberg Academy by Ana Chumachenco, Mihaela Martin, Christian Tetzlaff and Antje Weithaas, viola by Nobuko Imai and Tabea Zimmerman, and cello by Frans Helmerson and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. As members of the Artistic Council, Marta Casals Istomin, Christoph Eschenbach, Gidon Kremer and Sir András Schiff are closely involved in the students’ development, which includes giving public performances with them.