The Accompanists

Ulrich Koella
Ulrich Koella is much in demand as a chamber musician and accompanist – working among others with renowned artists János Bálint, Olaf Bär, François Benda, Bettina Boller, Eduard Brunner, Fabio Di Càsola, Thomas Friedli, Martin Fröst, James Galway, Peter-Lukas Graf, Ulrike Helzel, Wolfgang Holzmair, Sharon Kam, Rudolf Koelman, Maxence Larrieu, Laszlo Polgar, Andreas Schmidt, Bo Skovhus, Elena Tsallagova, Raphael Wallfisch and Hanna Weinmeister. His concert activities have led him to most European countries, the Middle East, Japan, China, Canada, Argentina, Australia and the USA. Ulrich Koella is professor for piano chamber music at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Chizu Miyamoto
Chizu Miyamoto studied piano at the renowned Toho Gakuen-Daigaku in Tokyo. There she trained as a concert pianist and a solfège teacher. In order to broaden her artistic horizon she headed to Vienna, Austria in 2001 where she studied accompaniment with Dr Johannes Jess-Kropfitsch and chamber music with the Altenberg-Trio. She graduated with outstanding honor in 2005. Chizu Miyamoto has been the official accompanist for a great number of international competitions and masterclasses such as the Special Easter Masterclasses in Morges and Blonay.

François Killian
François Killian started his music studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. At 19, he won the ARD International Piano Contest of Munich. He registered music in Germany with many broadcasting radio stations and is particularly appreciated for his interpretations of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann or Brahms but also Ravel or Szymanowski. He won a prize at the Chopin competition in Warsaw (1985) and at the Arthur Rubinstein competition of Tel-Aviv (1989), among others. He is an appreciated accompanist and partner of a wide range of artists such as Philippe Bernold, Lajos Lencses, Jacques Zoon, Nobuko Imai or Natalie Dessay.

Pi-Chin Chien
Pi-Chin Chien is a sought after, internationally active soloist and chamber musician. She played cello recitals and chamber music concerts in the Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Zurich Tonhalle and performed numerous world premieres of works dedicated to her. Her recent recordings include the Cello Double Concerto by Fabian Müller together with Antonio Meneses and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London. Other recordings have been released for Capriccio, col legno, Musiques Suisses and ARS-Produktion. As a passioned chamber musician she is member of the "Zurich Ensemble" and the "European Fine Arts Trio", and she is also the principal cellist of the "Stradivari-Ensemble".

Joël Marosi
Joël Marosi, who was born in Zurich, took his first cello lessons with Nancy Chumachenko and soon won several first Prizes, including at the Swiss Musical Competition for Youth. He studied at the Music Academy in Basel with Heinrich Schiff, at the Music Highschool in Cologne with Claus Kanngiesser, and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Arto Noras. In 1991, he wins the First Prize at the Venoge competition in Lausanne and, the next year, the “Weizacker” Prize at the Mendelssohn competition in Berlin. These successes paved the way to numerous concerts as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Since 1999, he has been regularly playing the cello solo part with the Bern Camerata and the Salzburg Camerata.