Lembit Orgse graduated the Tallinn Music High School in the class of Reet Vanaselja and prof. Bruno Lukk and the Tallinn Conservatoire (now Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre) with prof Bruno Lukk and Kalle Randalu. In 1988-1990 he did post graduate studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire named after N.Rimsky-Korsakov under the guidance of prof. Vladimir Nielsen. 2013 he was given a degree of PhD in Music.
In 1982 he became a laureate of the Čiurlionis Competition in Lithuania and since then acted as a pianist and harpsichord player with various soloists, ensembles and orchestras (Tallinn String Quartet, National Opera Wind Quintet, Hortus Musicus, ERSO, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Corelli Consort, etc.) both in Estonia and abroad. As a specialist of Basso continuo, he performs large-scale works (Bach’s passions, cantatas, Handel’s oratorios, etc.), which makes him an outstanding performer of early music.
His main concert projects related to J.S.Bach include performances of French and English suites in the concert series “Dances on the Keys”; performances of chamber sonatas with prominent Estonian soloists of string and wind instruments, as well as harpsichord concertos in collaboration with the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta Orchestra at the Tallinn Bachfest and Mustonenfest festivals. In recent years, several solo programs on a fortepiano with works of C. P. E. Bach, J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, M. Clementi and others, have been significant.
Lembit Orgse is a well-known piano teacher; his students have been successful in national and international competitions. He is currently a professor of early keyboard music and the head of the teaching unit of interpretation pedagogics at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, as well as the chairman of the board of the Estonian Piano Teachers Association (EPTA).
Lembit Orgse is a popular lecturer and organizer of master classes. The topics of his lectures include interpretation of Baroque and classical music (J.S. Bach and J. Haydn) and other issues of keyboard music interpretation.
Joanna Marcinkowska the Doctor of Musical Arts and appointed Lecturer at the Department of the Pianoforte of the Academy - is a leading Polish pianist of the young generation.
She has won awards and prizes at many international and Polish piano competitions and festivals, including: the 1st prize at the International Piano Competition “Artur Rubinstein In Memoriam” in Bydgoszcz (1996), the 1st prize at the 7th European Chopin Competition in Darmstadt (2002), the 2nd prize and a special award for the best performance of pieces by Szymanowski at the 5th International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Łódź (2001), the 3rd prize and an award of the audience at the 5th International Piano Competition in Cologne, Germany (2001), the main prize at the 30th Festival of Polish Piano Music in Słupsk (1996).
She has given recitals and performed as a chamber musican with ensembles and as a soloist with symphony orchestras and in many cities of Poland and many countries of Europe, and outside Europe in the USA and China. She has taken part in numerous prestigious piano festivals in Poland and abroad, such as festivals in Duszniki-Zdrój, in Vienna, in Salzburg ( at the famous Mozarteum-Saal), in Gaming, in Hannover (“Eminent Winners of Piano Competitions”), Festivals of Polish Piano Music in Słupsk, the Festival “Piano Passion” in Saint-Étienne and International Musical Festivals in Sofia and Plovdiv.
In 2008, the company “Polskie Nagrania” issued a CD with her recordings of Mikhail Pletnev’s transcriptions of the ballets The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In 2009, Joanna Marcinkowska conducted a two weeks’ Master Piano Class at the Central School at the Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She also gave a special piano recital in that city.
Vladimir Doulov (Belarus), born in 1962 in Minsk.
In 1980 he graduated from the Secondary specialized music school at the Belarusian State Conservatoire in the class of A.N.Guzhalovskaya. Continued his studies at the Conservatoire in the class of one of the founders of the Belarusian piano school, Professor G.I.Shershevskiy.
V.Doulov is the winner of national and International competitions:
1976 – National Piano Competition,
1977 – International Piano Competition “Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte”(Czechoslovakia),
1978 – National Composers Competition,
1983 – International Piano Competition. Čiurlionis in Vilnius (Lithuania).
Studied as an assistant-trainee (1985-1987) and at the Graduate School (1987-1988) of the P.I.Chaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire under the guidance of the National Artist of USSR T.Nikolayeva. The result of the studies under the guidance of Professor V.P.Chinaev in 1988 was a big scientific research “The Piano works by A. Scriabin as the performance of the outstanding representatives of the Russian piano school”.
Since 1985, he has been conducting active concert practice as a soloist and member of the ensemble in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain in Taiwan. Since 1988 he has been teaching at the Belarusian State Academy of Music.
Currently V. Doulov is the head of the special piano department. Under his editorship, musical collections “Belarusian Key Music of the 18th Century” and “Belarusian Piano Music of the 19th Century” were published.
He holds master classes in Russia, Armenia, Switzerland, Austria, Taiwan. Participates as a jury member in national and international competitions held in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus.
Toms Ostrovskis graduated Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in 2002 and continued his studies on full scholarship at Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Ronan O'Hora, where he obtained Master of Music in Performance Degree and an Advanced Instrumental Studies Diploma.
During studies, Toms Ostrovskis participated in many international competitions and masterclasses in Great Britain, Holland, Portugal and France, learning from various renowned artists-teachers, such as David Dubal, Joseph Banowetz, Christopher Elton, Joan Havill, Sergey Babayan, Karl Kemmerling, John O'Conor amongst others. He has participated in Liepaja Piano Stars Festivals and has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest Radio Orchestra, Sydcap Symphony Orchestra, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, London City University Symphony Orchestra, and other collectives. He was a finalist of European Broadcasting Union Radio Competition "New Talent" (Bucharest) and Guildhall Gold Medal competition (London), 3rd prize winner in International Jazeps Vitols Piano Competition (Latvia), recipient of several annual Myra Hess Awards and winner of Yamaha - Kemble UK Scholarship Award.
Since 2007 Toms Ostrovskis is a faculty member of the Piano Department of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, in 2019 he was appointed associate professor. He has lead masterclasses in Latvia and abroad – in Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Iceland, Great Britain, China, and other countries. In 2018, the SKANI label released his solo CD "Alfrēds Kalniņš. Moments Musicaux". He frequently participates in various solo and chamber music projects in Latvia and abroad, and has made numerous recordings for the Latvian Radio 3 “Klasika”. Since 1998 he is a member of the Latvian Piano Teachers Association (board member since 2010), representing EPTA Latvia in festivals and conferences across Europe. Since 2007 he is actively involved in the Innovative Conservatoire (ICon) project, an international collaboration to stimulate knowledge exchange, innovation and reflective practice in Conservatoires.
Dr. Niklas Pokki (1976) is founder and artistic director of Mänttä Music Festival, the most important annual piano event in Finland, since 1999. He works as Head of Piano Department at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Sibelius Academy. Several of his students have won prizes in national and international competitions. Pokki is an active master class teacher and lecturer, and he works constantly as a juror in national and international piano competitions. He is also co-founder and coordinator of a prestigious talent education program, the Youth Piano Academy Finland.
Pokki has performed as a soloist with e.g. Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. He has premiered works by e.g. Jean Sibelius, Erkki Melartin, Kalevi Aho, Osmo-Tapio Räihälä and Tõnu Kõrvits. He has played broadcasted concerts (Finnish Broadcasting Company, Classic FM, Eesti Klassikaraadio and SWR1) and made studio recordings.
Niklas Pokki studied at the Sibelius Academy and at the Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His teachers include Matti Raekallio, Teppo Koivisto, Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Carmen Piazzini and Emanuel Krasovsky.