7:00 p.m.
Art Ensemble



Biel/Bienne | Farel Saal

In collaboration with

Vilem Vlcek
Vilem Vlcek

Vilem Vlcek received his first cello lessons at the age of 6 from Martin Skampa. In 2010 he was accepted to the Music High School in Prague. Since 2018 he has been studying at the Basel Music Academy in the class of Danjulo Ishizaka. In addition to his studies, he took part in various master classes with Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Richard Aaron, Marek Jerie, Alisa Weilerstein, Michal Kanka, Denis Severin and Jakob Koranyi, among others.

Vilem is a winner of various national and international competitions such as the Cello Competition in Liezen (first prize 2010 and 2012) Talents for Europe (first prize 2010), Heran Cello Competition (first prize and overall winner 2013), Competition of the Czech Conservatory (overall winner), Concertino Praga (laureate and EMCY prize 2015) and the Jan Vychytil Cello Competition (overall winner 2017).

As a soloist, the young cellist has already performed with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Nordtschechische Philharmonie, Zielona Gora Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen. He worked with conductors such as Jiri Belohlavek, Petr Altrichter, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jiri Rozen and Nicolas Ellis, which led him to famous concert halls such as the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie, the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Rudolfinum Dvořák Hall and the Victoria Hall.

Since 2016 he has been a member of LGT Young Soloists.

Denis Linnik
Denis Linnik

Denis was born in 1995 in Maryina Horka, Belarus. He started his piano studies at the age of seven, in the local music school with Professor Valentina Shetsko. In 2004 he was accepted to the Republican Akhremchik Upper School-College of Arts, into the class of the eminent piano teacher, Tatiana Sergievskaya. There Denis’s accomplishments soon stepped beyond the school curriculum, as he succeeded in several junior piano competitions. Still at school, Denis got under the tutorship of Professor Vladimir Nekhaenko, who had been his professor till 2017, including his studies at Belarusian State Academy of Music. Since September 2017, Denis Linnik has been studying in Hochschule für Musik Basel , under the tutorship of Professor Claudio Martínez Mehner.

His piano contest track record also includes the following achievements: Second Prize at the International ‘’Alemdar Karamanov Competition’’ (Simferopol, 2011), First Prize at the Seventh International Competition for Young Pianists in S. Prokofiev’s Native Land (Donetsk, 2013), Golden Medal in the senior age group at the eleventh Delphic Games of the CIS Member States (2016) and 1st Prize and Audience Prize on the Cittá du Cantú 28th International Piano and Orchestra Competition ( Italy, 2018).

Besides playing as a solo performer, Denis has a significant part of his music career stand for being an accompanier and a chamber musician. In 2016 as a part of a trio, he won the First Prize at Stankovich International Competition in Kyiv.

Denis Linnik has a dynamic concert schedule that includes solo recitals, playing with symphonic and chamber orchestras, participation in festivals and master-classes in Belarus, France, Germany, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Italy, Finland, Switzerland and the USA.

His orchestra biography includes performances with Crimea State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Brest Symphony Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine etc.

Three times (2009, 2011, 2014) Denis was awarded the main scholarship of the Belarus President’s Special Fund for the Support of the Talented Youth.