Kaoko Amano, soprano

Kaoko Amano

Photo: Igor Ripak

Iva Kovač, flute

Iva Kovač was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She studied flute at the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna with Hansgeorg Schmeiser, and graduated with honours in 2018. As a part of her New Music area of specialisation, she has worked with Eva Furrer, and as an Erasmus-student, with Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP). Additionally, she studied Composition and Music Theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from 2013 to 2015 with Wolfgang Suppan and Dietmar Schermann. Both as a soloist and as a member of several ensembles, she participated in multiple national and international competitions and won several prizes, such as the first prize at the XVI. international competition for youth Lions Grand Prix in Rijeka, Croatia, several first and second prizes at the Croatian national competitions for flute solo and chamber music, as well as the first prize at the 8th International Competition Cameristi dell'Alpe Adria (Majano, Italy). She has performed in various concert halls in her homeland and abroad, such as in the Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie de Paris and Westergasfabriek Amsterdam, and has played, among others, with ensemble xx. jahrhundert, Ensemble Reconsil, Black Page Orchestra and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In 2018, she was one of the founding members of ensemble N, and she joined the Ensemble Platypus in 2019. (Photo: Dominik Pribanic)

Jaime Wolfson, conductor, team

Jaime Wolfson studied piano, conducting and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and the Bruckner University, Linz. Masterclasses with György Kurtág had strong influence on him, meanwhile Kurtág took him warmly into “the musical family”. He took courses of interpretation with Christian Wolff, Sergej Babayan, Hans Zender, Georg Nussbaumer, Bela Altermann, Ewa Bukojemska and many others. He acquired particularly important impulses for his understanding of conducting from the artistic director of the Ensemble Wiener Collage, the Vienna-Philharmonic violinist and composer René Staar while working with this ensemble. For the EWC Wolfson has composed some pieces for this ensemble such as “El Arpa Verde for Ensemble and 70 Stone-Pairs Players” (2018). Wolfson is co-founder of the Ensemble Platypus and as of 2019 he has taken over the musical direction of the ensemble. In 2010 Wolfson was awarded the “Theodor Körner Composition Prize”, in 2012 the BMWF Prize of Appreciation and in 2013 the BMUKK State Scholarship for Composition. He has worked together with composers such as Peter Ablinger, Georg Nussbaumer, Michael Jarrell, Bernhard Lang and Wolfgang Mitterer. Wolfson is Senior Lecturer for Contemporary Music at the Joseph Haydn Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. In 2018 he conducted the Pierrot Lunaire with Marianne Pousseur in a production of the famous dancer Taburo Teshigawara at the Metropolitan Theatre in Tokyo. (Photo: Amir Safari)

Ryuta Iwase, clarinet

The japanese clarinetist Ryuta Iwase began studying the clarinet at the age of twelve. He studied at Toho School of Music and Toho Orchestra Academy with Yoshiaki Suzuki and Seiki Shinohe. Following his graduation, from 2000 to 2003 he went on to study at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium) and Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium), where his teachers were Walter Boeykens and with Ronald van Spaendonck. Additional studies include chamber music with Avedis Kouyoumdjian, master classes with Sandor Devich, László Mező (Bartók Quartet) Josef Kluson (Prague Quartet). His prizes and honors include first prize at the Pietro Argento International Music Competition (Chamber Music) in Italy (2008), 3rd prize at the Marco Fiorindo International Music Competition (Chamber Music) in Italy (2004), 3rd prize at the Padova International Music Competition (Chamber Music) in Italy (2007), Béla Bartók 1st prize at the International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest in Austria (2005). He has maintained an active presence in major music festivals throughout the world, including Wien Modern Festival, Il Bienal Musical Hoje Modern Music Festival, ISCM World New Music days, Martha Argerich Festival in Japan (as an orchestral member). As a soloist, he performed with Savaria Symphony Orchestra Szombathely, Württembergishe Philharmonie Reutlingen (Germany) and Stadttheater Baden (Austria). Since 2009 he is Member of Ensemble Platypus Wien(Austria). Since 2016, Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo, Yokohama Contemporary Ensemble, Likka Trio Tokyo. (Photo: Igor Ripak)

Anna Koch, clarinet

Anna Koch is an Austrian clarinet and bass clarinet player based in Vienna. She studied clarinet performance at the 'University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna' with Ernst Ottensamer and Johannes Gleichweit and graduated with honours in June 2017. Inspired by the internationally known Duo Stump-Linshalm, Anna Koch came to specialise as a bass clarinetist, and has since devoted herself especially to contemporary music. She performs regularly with Ensemble XX.jahrhundert, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Ensemble „die reihe“, Ensemble Wiener Collage and Webern Ensemble Wien. As a soloist and enthusiastic chamber musician, Anna has participated in various festivals (Klangspuren Schwaz, Styriarte, Impulskonzerte Graz, Expo Shanghai) with her ensembles Woodiosity and Austrian Bass Clarinet Club. In July 2017 she has been invited as an international guest artist to perform at the renowned Bang on a Can Festival in the USA. (Photo: Sebastian Schmid)



Veronika Kopjova, piano

Lithuanian-born pianist Veronika Kopjova is a prize-winner of numerous international piano competitions and scholarships. She enjoys an active musical life as both a soloist and chamber musician, performing repertoire from barock to contemporary music regularly in halls throughout Europe at prestigious venues such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musikverein Vienna and Graz, Konzerthaus Vienna, Bratislava Philharmony, Graz Musikverein, NDR Hannover, Auditorio Ciudad de León, Lithuanian National Philharmonic halls. As a soloist she has performed concertos with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Castilla y León, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on Dutch National Radio, NDR Kultur, Germany, ORF Austria and National Radio of Lithuania.
She is a member of contemporary music Ensemble Platypus, has played projects with Ensemble Phace and collaborated with composers Georg Friedrich Haas, Thomas Wally, Christian Utz, with the conductor Lars Mlekusch.
Veronika has benefitted from solo and chamber music masterclasses with distinguished musicians such as Elisabeth Leonskaja, Steven Isselis, Hatto Beyerle, Jacques Rouvier, Liana Issakadze, Jean-Guihen Queyras and others.
Veronika has graduated form Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius receiving Master degrees of Piano Performance and of Pedagogy Veronika and from University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover. She is currently specialising in Piano Chamber Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Avedis Kouyoumdjian.
Since 2014 Veronika is lecturer at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. (Photo: Christian Heiss)

Marianna Oczkowska, violin

Marianna Oczkowska

Photo: Igor Ripak

Sophia Goidinger-Koch, violin, viola

Sophia Goidinger-Koch

Photo: Mathias Koch

Stefanie Prenn, violoncello

Stefanie Prenn

Photo: Markus Zucker

Berthold Cvach, team

Berthold Cvach