SHORT BIOGRAPHIES

Christos Polyzoides - violin & viola

was born in Greece and studied in Thessaloniki with Athanasios Theophanous and Alexandros Kazantzis and at the University of Music Vienna with Ernst Morawec. Since 1968 he is professor at the University of Music in Graz, 1999 he became a professor emeritus.
He was concertmaster of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Instrumentale.
Countless concert tours as a soloist and chamber music player, recordings for radio, CD and television, mainly with his wife Katherina and the Camerata Polyzoides, took him to almost every country in Europe as well as to South America, China and Taiwan.
Numerous premieres and CD recordings of works written for him, recently a double CD containing works by Klaus Johns (Extraplatte 2006).
In 1991 he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the country of Styria in Austria. In 1999 the Mayor of the city of Graz, 2006 the city of Thessaloniki and 2011 the University of Music Graz honoured him for his services to those communities.


Margherita Marseglia - violin

was born in Friedrichshafen and studied at the University of Music in Graz with Christos Polyzoides. Other influential teachers were Franco Gulli, Max Rostal and Wanda Wilkomirska.
She was concertmistress of the Graz Symphony Orchestra and from 1994 on the concertmistress in the Symphony Orchestra of Murcia (Spain).
Numerous concerts took her to nearly all European countries, to Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco and Japan. She also made regular recordings for radio, television and CDs with the pianists Janna Polyzoides, Jesús Gómez and Gustavo Díaz Jerez and the string orchestra »Il Concerto Accademico«, which she founded the year 2000.
After working as a teacher at the University of Music in Graz for four years, she took over a violin class at the »Conservatorio Superior Óscar Esplá« in Alicante (Spain), to which she was called back in 2013, after seven years of teaching at the »Conservatorio Profesional Ana María Sánchez« of Elda (Alicante).

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Elisabeth Polyzoides-Baich - violin

was born in Graz and studied at the Music Universities Graz with Christos Polyzoides and Vienna with Franz Samohyl.
Master classes with Max Rostal, Ramy Shevelov, Arthur Grumiaux and Wolfgang Marschner.
She was working with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, lastly as an assistant concertmistress, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Bach Kollegium Munich and the German Chamber Academy Neuss. From 1989 on she has been a member of the first violin section of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.
She has performed in nearly all European countries as well as in America, Japan and China, and is a member of the »Kölner Streichsextett« (The Cologne String Sextett).
The ensemble released numerous CDs, which were honoured in the Top 10 of the »NMZ« in the Netherlands and the German »Fonoforum«.
She is also teaching at master classes in Bulgaria at the Academy of Plovdiv and Shiroka Lukka since 2008.
In 2009 she became a teacher of the class that prepares students for the University of Music at the »Rheinische Musikschule Köln«.

Demetrius Polyzoides - violin & viola

was born in Graz and studied violin at the University of Music in Graz with Harald Himmel, subsequently in Vienna violin with Franz Samohyl and viola with Hatto Beyerle.
Master classes with Arthur Grumiaux, Christian Ferras, Wolfgang Marschner and Max Rostal.
Concertmaster of the Bavarian National Orchestra in Munich, the Hamburg Symphonic and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.
From 1995-97 first violinist of the Leonardo Quartet in Cologne (CDs). He is first violinist of the »Kölner Streichsextett«, which he founded in 1997. The ensemble released numerous CDs, which were honoured in the Top 10 of the »NMZ« in the Netherlands and the German »Fonoforum«.
As a soloist and an ensemble musician, he has played in Europe and Asia.
Among many other CDs he also recorded the 6 sonatas for solo violin op. 27 by Eugène Ysaÿe and 3 CDs with Bach's Sonatas and Partitas combined with Paganini's 24 Capricci.

Georg Hamann - viola & violin

was born in Vienna and studied at the University of Music in Vienna viola with Klaus Maetzl and violin with Hatto Beyerle, members of the Alban Berg Quartett. He also worked with Max Rostal and William Primrose.
He is a member of the aron quartett, holds the position of the first solo-viola of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and is professor for violin and viola at the University of Music in Vienna.
Both as a violinist and a viola player Georg Hamann has been giving master classes in Europe, the USA and Japan and appeared at well known international festivals. He has recorded numerous CDs with solo pieces and chamber music works. His CD with viola music of the 20th century has been highly acclaimed.

Michael Polyzoides - violoncello

was born in Graz. He studies with Bonian Tian at the HFMDK Frankfurt am Main. Additional important teachers are Heinrich Schiff, Patrick Demenga, Han-An Liu, Angelika Merkle and David Geringas. In 2012 he was awarded the “Martin Hornstein Interpretationspreis”, in 2013 first prize in the German competition “Jugend musiziert”, furthermore he was a prize winner at the international chamber music festival “Allegro Vivo” in 2014. As a soloist he has played with the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne and the orchestra “Il Concerto accademico”, Murcia as well as numerous youth and project orchestras. Aside from his soloistic career he dedicates himself to contemporary music and chamber music. He is a member in numerous ensembles and forms a duo with the pianist Christian Fritz.
As soloist and chamber musician he performed in numerous great concert halls of Germany, most European countries and China.
Since February 2015, Michael Polyzoides plays a cello by Joseph Guadagnini from 1790, a kind loan of the DMIF. Furthermore he is being sponsored by the organization Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now e. V.

Katherina Polyzoides-Sourvali - piano

was born in Thessaloniki. She studied piano with Vasso Devetzi, Kiki Manou-Stavrou, Athanasios Kontos and chamber music with Alexandros Kazantzis and Dimitris Georgiou. Final degree for music education and for solo piano (3rd place in the All-Greece Piano Competition). Further piano studies with Margarete Gelbart and Tonis Georgiou as well as at the University of Music in Vienna (degree 1959), piano with Dr. Josef Dichler, chamber music with Walter Panhofer and cembalo with Eta Harich-Schneider and Vera Schwarz.
In 1963 she began teaching piano at the University of Music Graz, a position she held until 1990.
As a soloist and ensemble musician, mainly with her husband Christos and the Camerata Polyzoides, she has played in many European cities as well as in Brazil, China and Taiwan. Various CD-recordings containing contemporary music, recently works by Klaus Johns (Extraplatte 2006).
In 1999 the mayor of the city of Graz and 2006 the City of Thessaloniki honoured her for her services to those communities.

Janna Polyzoides - piano

was born in Graz. She studied at the University of Music Graz with Sebastian Benda.
was born in Graz. She studied at the University of Music Graz with Sebastian Benda.
Additional influential teachers were Rudolf Kehrer, Alexander Jenner, Eliane Richepin and György Kurtág. Her carrier has led to appearances at festivals as Wien modern, Menuhin-Festival Gstaad, »styriarte« festival Graz and Wiener Festwochen. She has been invited to many concert halls, for example Cologne Philharmony, Wigmore Hall London, Warsaw Philharmony, Mozarteum Salzburg (with the German Chamber Academy Neuss), Konzerthaus and Musikverein Vienna. She is a founding member of the Arcus Ensemble Vienna. From 1998-2009 she had an ongoing musical association with the cellist Martin Hornstein. Among her chamber music partners also have been artists like Daniel Sepec, Ernst Kovacic, Rainer Honeck, Erich Höbarth, François Benda, Christophe Coin and members of Artis-, Aron-, Gürzenich-Quartet, Klangforum Vienna and the Cologne String Sextet. Up till now her musical work has been documented on 35 CDs, some of these award-winning.

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Li-Fang Su - accompaniment

was born in Kaohsiung/Taiwan.
After her diploma at the University Fon-si in Kaohsiung 1994, she continued her studies in Austria at the University of Music in Graz as a student of Walter Kamper. She finished there 1998 with the first diploma. Subsequently she studied in Paris at the »Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse« Lied accompaniment with Anne Le Bozec, Vocal Coach with Erika Guiomar and chamber music with Ami Flammer and Claire Desert, and get three prizes of those three classes.
She attended master classes for piano with Martin Isepp and Lada Valešová (France), Claus-Christian Schuster (Austria) and master classes for chamber music with Angéline Pondepeyre (Belgium).
From 2007-2009 she was professor for accompaniment at the »Conservatoire National Régional Amiens« and for Lied accompaniment at the music school »La Schola Cantorum« in Paris. 2009-2013 she was professor for accompaniment and Vocal Coach at the »Conservatoire National Régional de Rueil-Malmaison«. Since 2013 she is professor for chamber music, Vocal Coach and Lied accompaniment at the University of Arts in Tainan/Taiwan.

Nikolaos Zafranas - accompaniment

was born in Thessaloniki. He studied piano with Domna Evnouchidou at the National Conservatory of Athens, with Ian Hobson at the University of Illinois and with Walter Kamper at the University of Music Graz.
He has participated in numerous master classes taught by Katherina and Janna Polyzoides, Leon Fleischer, Claude Helffer, Karlheinz Kämmerling and Lev Vlassenko.
His performances include recitals and chamber music concerts in many European countries and the USA. He has appeared in television and radio programs in Greece, Cyprus and Slovenia and has recorded two CDs with contemporary solo and chamber music works. He is a founding member of the Piandaemonium ensemble and the Transcription Ensemble.
He holds a PhD in Music Education from Brunel University, London and is Lecturer of Music Pedagogy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.