Each participant in the Golden Key Music Festival of Vienna has the opportunity to attend Master Classes taught by some of Europe’s most notable musicians. Festival masters have included, among others:
- Sung-Suk Kang
- Stephan Möller
- Carol Morgan
- Klara Pantillon
- Eugenie Russo
Sung-Suk Kang was born in Seoul, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with Derrick Wyndham and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna with the world renowned pianist and scholar, and helped assist in his class. A particular honour was an invitation to perform in duet repertoire with Paul Badura-Skoda at a major Mozart event in the Carinthischer Summer festival in Austria. These rewarding experiences were swiftly followed by another when she was hand-picked to attend the Performer’s Course at Banff Center for the Arts in Canada where she performed with a string of leading international performers, such as Luis Claret and Zoltan Szekely. These invaluable experiences paid professional and artistic dividends when she returned to Europe and took first prize in the Schumann competition in Italy resulting in a string of engagements in that country.
Her activities in recitals, concertos and chamber music have taken her to various festivals across eastern and western Europe, to North and South America, and the Far East. Her many broadcasts around the globe have showcased her wide range of repertoires.
In recent years Sung-Suk was invited to record for Meridian and her discs of important works of Chopin, Schumann and Mozart are a valuable contribution to the company’s catalogue and an album of Scriabin sonatas is soon to be released. Chamber music recordings include major Beethoven works: the complete sonatas for ‘cello (with Wolfgang Panhofer) and the complete violin sonatas (with Mario Hossen). Kang’s concert partnership with Leon Bosch, one of the world’s leading double bass players, has been especially fruitful, resulting in a series of recordings.
Sung-Suk Kang is a professor at a Vienna Conservatoire where she currently is involved with talented and accomplished students. She provides a program of mentoring that is designed to help the students achieve their full potential. She has given master classes in various music schools and universities in the Far East and Europe.
Stephan Möller first gained prominence as a prizewinner at the 1985 International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. Since then his busy concert schedule has taken him to Japan, China, North and South America as well as all over Europe.
Performing all the standard repertoire, Stephan Möller has concentrated especially on the interpretation of the Viennese Classics, in particular Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, as well as on Franz Liszt’s paraphrases of Wagner opera scenes and his transcriptions of Beethoven Symphonies. Among his CD recordings, there are such rarities as Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” and the complete piano works by Richard Wagner.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Stephan Möller studied piano and conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. From 1983 to 1989 he assisted Herbert von Karajan and other world-renowned conductors at the Salzburg Festival. In 1990, he took up an appointment at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is president of the Vienna International Pianists Association and their festival, the “VIP Academy.”
Carol Morgan studied piano with Angus Morrison and harpsichord with Charles Thornton Lofthouse at the Royal College of Music in London. Leaving London for what she thought was just a year, she studied piano with Jürgen Uhde and Lied with Franz Zubalat at the Musikhochshule in Stuttgart. While in Stuttgart she started playing in the Ensemble for New Music, under the direction of Erhard Karkoschka discovering what has become a continued interest in the performance of contemporary music. She played in several ensembles, was freelance keyboard player at the Süddeutsche Rundfunk, and took part in theatre productions, and chamber music, lied-accompaniment, and solo concerts.
After nineteen years in Stuttgart, Carol moved to Vienna where was invited to play in productions at the Staatsoper Wien, and with the ensemble “die Reihe.” From 1987 to 1992 she played with Klangforum Wien under director Beat Furrer. From 1989 to 2007 was invited to play regularly at the Alte Schmiede Wien. She has now performed in comprehensive programmes of the leading composers of the 20th century, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Bernd Alois Zimmerman, Olivier Messiaen, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Morton Feldman, Stefan Wolpe, John Cage, Anton Webern, Arnold Schönberg, Luciano Berio, and Pierre Boulez. She has also helped introduce the new works of younger composers of chamber music, piano with electronics, and 20th century song repertoire with piano.
Klara Elizabeth Pantilllon has been a Professor of Violin at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 2005. She was born in Vienna, and studied with Grete Biedermann at the Vienna Conservatory, obtaining her diploma “with honours.” She completed her studies with Christian Ferras (Paris) and Arthur Grumiaux (Brussels), and took master classes with Henryk Szeryng, Nathan Milstein and Augustin Dumay.
She is a long-time member of the Flieder Trio and currently a member of both the Leschetizky Trio-Vienna and the Hyperion Ensemble Salzburg. She has performed as both a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, appearing at Festivals such as the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, and the Midsummer Music Festival Umea in Sweden as well as in concert halls such as the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), and the South Bank Center (London).
She has taught at the Music Universities of Vienna and Graz, and taught master classes in violin in Austria, Sweden and Spain.
Eugenie Russo was born in New York, and studied with, among others, Jack Radunsky at the Oberlin Conservatory and Hans Graf at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Her extensive concert activities include performances in Austria, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, Japan, and the USA, where in 1987 she made her successful debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall. Eugenie Russo has appeared on the CBS TV series “Bernstein-Beethoven” and made numerous CD recordings of works of American composers such as Gershwin and Copland, the Viennese School, and contemporary music. She is Artist in Residence at several American music colleges and leads a piano performance class at the Josef Matthias Hauer Conservatory in Wiener Neustadt.