Peep Lassmann is one of the most outstanding pianists in the history of Estonian music. He began his study of music when he attended the Children’s Music School in Tallinn, and continued it in the Tallinn Secondary Music School in the class of Prof. Heljo Sepp. Under her guidance he studied until his graduation from the Tallinn Conservatoire (1962-1971). Peep Lassmann had the good fortune to follow up his studies in the Moscow Conservatoire under the instruction of world-class pianist Emil Gilels (1971-1973). As a student, he was honored the Second Prize in the All-Union Pianist Competition.
After his studies Peep Lassmann began work at the Tallinn Conservatoire, and has been connected to it since then; first as a lecturer, since 1987 as a Head of the Piano Department, and since 1992 as a rector of the Estonian Music Academy.
In spite of his intensive workload at the Estonian Music Academy, Peep Lassmann continues to give concerts. His solo concerts are significant and anticipated events in the Estonian music world. Concert tours have taken him to the furthermost points of the former Soviet Union as well as to North America and Asia. He has been a member of several juries of international piano competitions, and has given master-classes in many countries all over Europe.
Toms Ostrovskis began piano studies at the age of 6 at Emils Darzins Secondary Music School in Latvia, actively participating and winning prizes in several competitions and festivals in Lithuania, Estonia, France, Sweden, Hungary and Japan. He graduated Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in 2002. During his studies he participated in many international competitions and masterclasses in Great Britain, Holland, Portugal and France, studying with various renowned artists-teachers, such as David Dubal, Joseph Banowetz, Christopher Elton, Joan Havill, Sergey Babayan, Karl Kemmerling, John O'Conor and others.
He is a member of EPTA Latvia since 1998 and one of its board members since 2010; he has represented EPTA Latvia in festivals and conferences in Norway, Cyprus, Austria, Portugal and Norway. Toms has participated in Liepaja Piano Stars Festivals 2000 and 2003, 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.
Toms Ostrovskis has made recordings for the Latvian Radio 3 “Klasika” funds and for ABRSM Publishing company; he was a finalist of European Broadcasting Union Radio Competition "New Talent" (Romania, October 2002), finalist of Guildhall Gold Medal competition (London, May 2006) 3rd prize winner in International Jazeps Vitols Piano Competition (Latvia, December 2002), winner of Myra Hess Awards 2003-2006, Yamaha - Kemble UK Scholarship Award 2005. In 2003 with chamber ensemble "Bartok Players" he received Ivan Sutton Prize for the best performance of Bartok’s sonata for two pianos and percussion.
From 2002 to 2007 Toms Ostrovskis was scholarship student of Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Ronan O'Hora, where he obtained Master of Music in Music Performance Degree and an Advanced Instrumental Studies Diploma; from 2005 to 2007 he was a fellowship student and worked on his doctoral thesis, analysing advanced methods of piano teaching.
Since 2007 Toms Ostrovskis is a member of the Piano Department of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He is an active member of “Amber Coast Artists” ensemble and on regular basis participates in various solo and chamber music projects in Latvia and abroad.
Paweł Kamiński. Pianist, pedagogue, co-editor of the National Edition and President of the Foundation`s Board.
After graduation with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in 1983 (classes of Professors Jan Ekier and Alicja Paleta-Bugaj) employed at the Chopin Academy and is currently professor at the Chair of Piano.
Paweł Kamiński worked with Professor Ekier on the National Edition project and supervised computer typesetting of the Edition`s volumes. He specialises in the field of urtext editions.
Paweł Kamiński was giving recitals and performed concertos with orchestra (Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev). He was a member of jury of the piano competitions in Poland, Spain and Japan. He was invited to give lectures and master classes at Music Academies and Universities in Poland, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, China, Japan, Canada, USA, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Sweden.
Pianist Teppo Koivisto is currently working as a professor in Hanover, Germany (Hannover HMTM) and in Helsinki, Finland (Sibelius Academy). He is an active musician too, playing both solo recitals and chamber music both in Finland and abroad.
Koivisto studied at Sibelius Academy with Jussi Siirala and Eero Heinonen and continued his studies with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington and with Bernard Ringeissen in Paris. During his years of study he shared the second prize with Olli Mustonen in the National Maj Lind Piano Competition in 1982, he got a second prize as well in the Scandinavian piano competition in Oslo, Norway in 1987.
Koivisto has appeared widely both in solo recitals as a chamber musician. He has played numerous concerts as a soloist with the leading Finnish orchestras with such conductors as Peter Csaba, Roy Goodman, Olli Mustonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, John Storgards and Arvo Volmer, for instance.
At the moment, Koivisto is sharing his time between Hanover and Helsinki. In addition, he is giving master classes regularly in Finland and elsewhere. He has been invited to teach and to give lectures at such renowned places as Universität der Künste (Berlin), New England Conservatory (Boston, USA), Tel-Hai Master Classes (Israel), The International Holland Music Sessions (Bergen, The Netherlands), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Suolahti International Music Festival, Kangasniemi Music Festival, Mänttä Music Festival etc. As a performing Artist he has played recitals and chamber music concerts in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, France, USA and Canada. For example, in October 2013 he played a broadasted solo Recital in Los Angeles County Museum "Sundays Live" series and in summer 2016 he is invited to play a solo recital in Bayreuth, Germany as a part of serie of piano recitals arranged in co-operation with the Bayreuth Festival. During the "Sibelius 150 Year" 2015, he played the complete works for violin and piano by Sibelius with the violinist and professor Kaija Saarikettu in numerous concerts all over Finland.
Koivisto has made numerous recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE including, for example, Chopin etudes Opus 10 and seven polonaises (from op.26 to op.61). Apart from his artistic work he has been working as a radio commentator for YLE as well. So far he has been commenting all three International Maj Lind Piano Competitions in public through broadcast. He is a member of the organizing committee of the Maj Lind Competition and from his initiative a new event, "The International Maj Lind Piano Forum", was established in 2014 to support the competition and piano culture in general in Finland. Koivisto was the artistic director of the first Maj Lind Piano Forum.Further, he is one of the founders of the private Junior Piano Academy of Finland (established in 2013), the new educational system, that is to support the studies of the most talented young pianists of Finland with regular masterclasses and lectures by renowned professors.
Victor Portnoi – professor, an Honoured Musician of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Karelia, Chair of the Department of Special Piano at Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire, a PhD in History of Arts.
He was born in Saint Petersburg, graduated St. Petersburg’s Conservatoire and completed post-graduate studies, and was a student of professors N.N. Poznyakovskaya and T.P. Kravchenko. Upon graduation from the Conservatoire, Victor worked in Far-Eastern State Institute of Arts, and since 1971 has been teaching at Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire.
He has performed in solo concerts and with ensemble both in Russia and abroad. Victor Portnoi has taken part in a number of international music festivals, conferences, and held master-classes in USA, Norway, China, Finland, Croatia, Slovenia, Korea and other countries. He is a member of the European Piano Teachers Association.
Mr. Portnoi is a frequent jury member at All-Russian and international piano competitions. Several competitions in the Russian Federation are held under his management, such as International Governor’s competition in Vologda, International Vavilov Open Competition of Pianists of the Barents Region in Kostomuksha, and International Chopin Young Pianists Competition in Petrozavodsk. Many of Victor Portnoi’s graduates have become laureates and award-winners of music competitions at the national and international levels.