About the Artists
American violinist Stephanie Zyzak made her first solo appearance at the age of seven with Cincinnati’s Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Aspen Music School, where she became the youngest recipient of a New Horizons Fellowship. The following year, she performed in Germany as an invited guest of the Internationale Kunstakademie Liechtenstein.
A passionate chamber musician, Stephanie has had the privilege of collaborating with artists such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Tenenbom, Kim Kashkashian, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Marcy Rosen, and Robert McDonald. She has also performed at the Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, and Marlboro Music Festival.
Stephanie studied with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory and with Mark Steinberg at City University of New York. She performs on a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin, generously on loan from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.
Since winning the First Prize and Audience Prize at the Telekom-Beethoven Competition in Bonn in 2015, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2020, Italian pianist Filippo Gorini’s career is rising rapidly. His concert appearances have drawn unanimous acclaim on prestigious stages such as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris, Munich Herkulessaal, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Wigmore Hall, Vancouver Playhouse. Filippo also performed with the Mozarteum Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi of Milan, and many more, under conductors such as Jan Latham-Koenig, Claus Peter Flor, Andreas Spering.
This season, Filippo has played recitals in the Paris Salle Cortot, Ravello Festival, Festival Pianistico Brescia e Bergamo, and Ravenna Festival, and concertos with the Leonore Orchestra, as well as several streamed recitals, and will join the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival in the summer. He is also working on his project The Art of Fugue Explored, which he presented internationally in a streamed concert for the Festival Bach Montreal from the Mole Antonelliana, a national Italian landmark.
Filippo’s two albums, featuring Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Sonatas Opp 106 & 111, released on Alpha Classics, have garnered critical acclaim, including a Diapason d’Or Award and 5-star reviews in The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, Le Monde, Piano News and more.
After graduating with honours from the Donizetti Conservatory in Bergamo and completing a Postgraduate Course at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Filippo continues his studies with Maria Grazia Bellocchio and Pavel Gililov, and is mentored by Alfred Brendel.