American pianist Vivianne Cheng, has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States in venues including Carnegie Hall, Het Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Salle Cortot, Lincoln Center, and Verbier Festival. Highlights of her recent season consist of solo recitals in Austria, France, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, USA; live performance on NPO Radio 4; and an upcoming CD release of 48 Préludes by Chopin and Reinhard Febel. 

Vivianne is a prizewinner of international piano competitions, such as the Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Concurso Internacional de Piano CLaMo, Bartók- Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. 

She completed her studies at Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Naum Grubert), Mozarteum Salzburg (Andreas Groethuysen; Pavel Gililov), Curtis Institute of Music (Gary Graffman; Leon Fleisher), and The Juilliard School where she was accepted at the age of ten. 

Vivianne plays on a Steinway piano (Hamburg, 1974) from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds, teaches on the Piano Faculty of Mozarteum Salzburg, and is a Steinway Artist. 

Michael Gieler (Austria, 1966) started playing the violin at the age of five. As a teenager, he was already a member of a professional string quartet, touring Europe and Asia. After his studies in Vienna, he received a scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation to study viola at the orchestra academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. 

Michael Gieler has been solo violist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1993. He played solo and chamber music concerts all over the world. 

As artistic director of Music Stages Foundation, he likes to develop projects that place classical music in a broader perspective. Thanks to a large number of socially relevant projects under his leadership, he was appointed officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2021. 

He is currently playing a viola built by Carlo Antonio Testore (Milan, 1745). The instrument was lent to him with the support of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Foundation. 


F. Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Z. Kodály: Adagio (arr. viola and piano)



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