Japanese pianist Akiko Ebi won the 1975 Grand Prix International Marguerite Long Competition in Paris. In 1980 she was laureate of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where jury member Martha Argerich took note of her artistry and became her mentor. After winning First Prize at the National Music Competition in Japan, Ms. Ebi continued her training at the Conservatoire National in Paris with Aldo Ciccolini, and pursued additional studies with Vlado Perlemuter, Monique de la Brucholerie and Louis Kentner.
Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5th 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. His first teacher was Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse.
Douglas has given recitals throughout the world and performed concertos with many of the world's leading orchestras. Later in his career, he has devoted himself more to conducting as founder and director of Camerata Ireland.
Pianist, composer, and conductor Olli Mustonen is an integral part of the classical music scene in his native Finland. He has led orchestras throughout the country and beyond as a guest conductor and has held several directorships. Mustonen has enjoyed a long partnership with cellist Steven Isserlis and is active as a recitalist and concerto soloist, appearing regularly with orchestras and in festivals around the world.