EVA STEFAN ֎ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Eva Stefan, Vienna Supreme Concerts` artistic director graduated with High Distinction from the University of Music „Mozarteum“ in Salzburg and the University of Music in Vienna. As she developed her art skills, she discovered her intense passion for „Viennese Music“. She is a prize winner of various national and international music competitions. As a soloist and chamber musician she performs at home and abroad.
Helmut Lackinger, violinist Professor Helmut Lackinger already played as a substitute with the ORF Symphony Orchestra, the Stage Orchestra of the State Theater, and in the State Opera Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic during his studies. In 1987 he became a member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he is also a member of many different ensembles. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Wiener Symphonia Schrammeln, and since 1996 a regular guest teacher, soloist and chamber musician in Japan.
Chrisoula Kombotis, is Viennese and studied the violin at the Conservatory of Vienna. She plays the violin in the Viennese Chamber Orchestra and in the Festival Orchestra “Mörbisch”. During her years with the Viennese Chamber Opera, she has developed her skills and agility in orchestra playing and the musical understanding of singers. Chamber music from Duo to Octet and especially string quartet are her passions. She devotes special attention to “Schrammelmusik”, where she plays prima violin at home and abroad in two ensembles: Schrammeln Academics and Viennese Frauenschrammeln.
Arpad Patkolo, violinist, is the first concertmaster of the Slovak National Theatre. As a soloist and chamber music musician, he performs regularly in many European cities and is guest concertmaster of several European orchestras. He is performing regularly with his wife (a pianist and opera singer) and very talented young daughter (a violinist).
Paula Höchtl, was born 1977 in Vienna. She studied the Violin at the Conservatory of Vienna where she got her Diploma with High Distinction. As a chamber musician she performed in many concerts dedicated especially to the „Wiener Klassik“ (the composers Mozart, Schubert,Haydn and Beethoven). Substituting in the Orchestra of the „Wiener Volksoper“ for many years she became very familiar with the repertoire of the „Wiener Musik“(Viennese music).
Maria-Theresia Gruber, the young soprano was born in Baden near Vienna. She received her first vocal education during high school projects. She started her studies in vocal and performing arts in Linz at the Anton Bruckner University with Thomas Kerbl, Katerina Beranova and Robert Holzer. After her bachelor degree, she continued her studies at the University of Music in Vienna and is taught there by KS Robert Holl and Matthias Lademann. Her engagements as concert and Lied-singer have taken her across Europe.
Gëzim Berisha, baritone. Born in Kosovo, he graduated in solo singing and later completed his Master studies in Opera at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität. He was the winner of Accademia-Belcanto competition in 2013. In the Vienna Konservatorium`s opera production of „L’Elisir d’Amore” he played the role of Belcore. In „Il Mondo della Luna” directed by A. Shajarian, he sang the part of Ernesto. In 2012 during “Wien Modern“at the opera premiere of the composer Dirk d’Ase, he performed in the main role of Pino (Azrael).
Heidi Manser, her engagements as opera and concert singer have taken coloratura soprano Heidi Manser to Hamburg, Zürich, Düsseldorf, Augsburg, Vienna, Stettin, as well as Africa and Asia, where she has performed such roles as Konstanze and Blonde (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Sofia (Signor Bruschino),Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adele (Fledermaus), Gräfin Zedlau and Caglari (Viennese Blood).
Olga Czerwinski, born in Donetsk graduated with Honours at Art University in Graz as student of Professor KS. J. Borowska-Isser. She has performed in State Theater of Oradea, at the Sommer Festival in Bavaria, at the Palace Theater in Graz as well as on renowned Viennese stages like Konzerthaus, Hofburg Palace and many other concert halls in Austria and the whole of Europe. As a young soprano she won her first prize at the international singing competition „Alpe Adria” in Udine, and has gone on to win many other competitions.