Maija Karklina was born in 1987 in Jelgava, Latvia. At the age of six, she received first piano lessons from Silvija Audre. In 2007 she continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Prof. Otto Niederdorfer. She has won several international prizes including First prize at the "Claudio Arrau Piano Competition" in Chile and First prize at the International Piano Competition "Forum per tasti" in Slovakia. Maija Karklina performs regularly as a soloist and accompanist and is an active member of various chamber music and contemporary music ensembles. Since October 2014, she is a senior lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Foto: Floris Fortin
Fiona Fortin was born in Graz and took her first piano lessons at the Johann-Joseph-Fux-Conservatory with Brigitte Straßnig. During her time in school she often participated in the young musicians’ competition “Prima la musica” in the categories solo piano, chamber music, and as a young accompanist and received several first prizes. After finishing school she studied concert piano and instrumental pedagogy (bachelor’s degree) with Eugen Jakab at the University for Music and Performing Arts. Thereafter she studied concert piano with Peter Józsa (master’s degree) at the same institution. Currently she is studying for a master’s degree in instrumental pedagogy. She took masterclasses for solo piano (Alexander Jenner, Robert D. Levin, Dimitrios Syringelas), chamber music and accompaniment. Since 2021 Fiona Fortin has been working as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Johann-Joseph-Fux-Conservatory in Graz. Furthermore she has accompanied at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz in a viola (Péter Barsony) and double bass (Ernst Weissensteiner) class and regularly collaborates with singers and instrumentalists for different projects.
Armenian-born pianist Levon Avagyan is a Prize Winner of more than fifteen international competitions. In 2017 he won the First Prize, the audience Prize and several further special awards at the Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona.
Highlights among his recent solo engagements include performances with the Madrid, Granada, Bilbao, Tenerife Symphony Orchestras, National Orchestra of Catalonia, Porto Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, Imola Chamber Orchestra and Young Chamber Orchestra of Stuttgart.
In 2018 Mr. Avagyan graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz, where he studied with Prof. Milana Chernyavska.