Born in Vienna in 1983, Azis Sadikovic studied conducting with Georg Mark and violin with Werner Hink (concert master of the Wiener Philharmoniker) at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität where he graduated with distinction in 2008. Furthermore he attended masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Peter Eötvös, Yakov Kreizberg, Colin Metters, Kurt Masur, Gunter Neuhold and Nicolàs Pasquet and worked with personalities like Elisabeth Leonskaja, Julia Fischer, Bobby McFerrin and Pavel Vernikov. The Austrian conductor is the winner of the 1st prize and the Caixa-General special prize at the Concurso Jovens Maestros 2013 and the winner of the 3rd prize and the bronze baton at the renowned Fitelberg International Conducting Competition 2012.
He conducted the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Danish National Radio Orchestra, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia Finlandia, the Vaasa City Orchestra, the Filharmonia Slaska, the Philharmonie Jena, the Kärntner Symphonieorchester, the Innviertler Symphonie Orchester, the Wiener Akademische Philharmonie, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonie Zielonogorskiej, the Sinfonietta Baden, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra Niš, the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra New York, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Symphony Orchestra. From 2007 to 2012 he was chief conductor of the Akademisches Symphonie Orchester Wien and he founded his own orchestra in 2007, the Ensemble Wien Klang.
A large operatic repertoire – stretching from Gluck’s Orfeo et Eurydice to Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Beethoven’s Fidelio to Wagner’s Tannhäuser – Azis Sadikovic has been working for, also at Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Staatstheater Darmstadt and Stadttheater Klagenfurt. Furthermore in 2015 he assisted at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma at Henze’s The Bassarids. In 2013, he last conducted a prominently casted production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Palais Schönburg Vienna and, in 2011, the first staging of Polgar’s Das Budapest Verhör at Theater am Nestroyhof, Vienna.
Azis Sadikovic worked together with numerous members of the Wiener Philharmoniker and Berliner Philharmoniker. He performed with soloists such as Julian Rachlin, Natalia Ushakova, Florian Boesch, Mojca Erdmann, Tomasz Konieczny. The young conductor shows great interest in contemporary music. He performed at the Festival Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont/France and had concerts with the specialised Ensemble Linea/Strasbourg and the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble/Switzerland.
Acclaimed as “a player of impressive authority and presence” (The Strad), Yossif Ivanov has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting violinists of his generation. At age 16, he was awarded First Prize at the Montreal International Competition, and two years later the Second Prize, as well as the Public Prize, at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
The 2014/2015 season includes a number of debut appearances for Yossif, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Orchestra de Opera Toulon, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Kunming Symphony Orchestra, Kaoshiung Symphony Orchestra and the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra (Alan Buribayev). Recital and chamber music appearances include Djanogly Hall Nottingham, Genova and the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian.
These follow acclaimed appearances with orchestras such as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, London Philharmonic Orchestra (tours in the UK and USA), Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica della RAI Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Filarmonica A. Toscanini, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Chambre de Paris, Brno Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductors including Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Kazushi Ono, Hans Graf, Gerard Schwarz, Walter Weller, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap Van Zweden, Jesús López-Cobos, Ion Marin, Yuri Simonov, Louis Langrée and John Axelrod.
Yossif Ivanov has been invited to perform at the Menton, Marseille & Montpellier Festivals (France), Mozarteum Salzburg, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti Roma, Ravenna Musica, Ferrara Musica, Tokyo’s Kichijoji Theatre, Carnegie Hall and the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montréal. As well as his regular recital partners Itamar Golan and Julien Quentin, Yossif has collaborated with Javier Perianes, Ingrid Fliter, Frank Braley, David Kadouch and Plamena Mangova. With fellow Belgium violinists Lorenzo Gatto and Hrachya Avanesyan, Yossif formed the ensemble Trilogy, which aims to break down barriers between musical genres, presenting classical masterworks alongside film music and jazz standards.
His first recording on the Ambroisie/Naïve label (sonatas by Franck, Ysaye & D'Haene) was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’Année. Both his concerto recordings (Bartók/ Shostakovich, and Dutilleux) also received high critical acclaim. Yossif’s next recording will present the complete works of Prokofiev for violin and piano.
Yossif Ivanov studied the violin with Zakhar Bron, Igor & Valery Oistrakh and Augustin Dumay. Since 2008, he has taught violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the youngest person to ever do so.
Yossif Ivanov plays on the 1699 “Lady Tennant” Stradivarius, kindly lent by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.
Take a generous portion of Bach’s characteristic baroque discourse. Add a fair amount of thirds in the manner of the great masters. Season well with romantic Mendelssohn-melodies en symphonic Prokofiev-flavours. Behold a deliciously fresh dish, served by maître d’ Azis Sadikovic and masterchef Yossif Ivanov.