President

Prof. Julius Berger

Germany

For more than 40 years it is hardly to imagine the music scene without the cellist from Augsburg. Not just because he is a splendid performer that has been titled “the Prophet of cello” (W.-E.v.Lewinsky) by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung after his second recording of Bachs’ Cello-Suites: Julius Berger enriched the music world in diverse ways, as a performer, a teacher, an explorer and a thinker that doesn’t like beaten paths.

Bergers’ formative teachers were Fritz Kiskalt (Munich, Germany), Antonio Janigro (Salzburg, Austria), of whom he was the assistant for many years, and Zara Nelsova (Cincinnati, USA) . He had close contact with Mstislav Rostropovich, where he took studies initially and with whom he had numerous concert afterwards.

Important impulses for Berger’s artistic life came from collaborations with Leonard Bernstein, Olivier Messiaen, Sofia Gubaidulina and Gidon Kremer, who invited him numerous times to the Kammermusikfestival at Lockenhaus (Austria).

Julius Berger is requested as a solist and an instrumentalist wordwide, recorded various CDs and educates young talents. A lot of his former students are already acting as professors or solo-cellists in well-known orchestras, e.g. the Leipziger Gewandhausorchester.

That Julius Berger does not make a difference between the historical and the contemporary, but rather, in the sense of his teacher and friend Mstislav Rostropovich seeks the contact to living composers and promotes the emergence of new works by assignments and premieres certainly belongs to his great merits. Recent examples include works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Franghiz Ali-Zhadeh, Adriana Hölszky, Manuela Kerer, Krzysztof Meyer, Wilhelm Killmayer, Johannes X. Schachtner, Markus Schmitt, Giovanni Bonato, Hong Jun Seo, and others. In 2014 Julius Berger, together with his wife Hyun-Jung, they have premiered “Two Paths” by Sofia Gubaidulina for two violoncellos and orchestras at the “Seoul International Festival”. The work was performed as a European premiere at the Beethovenfest Bonn 2015.

Julius Berger also made an important contribution to the literature of his instrument by rediscovering and recording the works of Luigi Boccherini and Leonardo Leo as well as the oldest literature for violincello solo by Gabrielli and degli Antonii. He is at the same time editor of most of the works in exemplary Urtext editions.

Recently Julius Berger devoted himself mainly to researching the intellectual background of large standard works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and others. In his series “From the Idea to the Work” at the University of Augsburg, which he initiated, he develops language, sound, and historical references.

For many years, Julius Berger has been the artistic director of the festivals in Eckelshausen (Germany) and Asiago (Italy) and President of the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen (Germany).

In 2009, he was appointed a full member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.

Julius Berger is looking for relaxation in the mountains. He is a passionate photographer and author of poems.

Jury category cello

Prof. Valentin Erben

Austria

Valentin Erben was born in 1945 in Pernitz, lower Austria. Since 1947 his family lived in Augsburg, Germany. His mother, a pianist, and his father, an amateur violinist and cellist, often invitides friends and musicians to make housemusic together.

This way Valentin Erben got in contact with music very early. He received his first „cello“ – it was a converted viola – at the age of four years. After his first steps with the cello, shown by his father, he started taking lessons in the age of eight years with Paul Freidel, who was the principal cellist ot the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and a student of Julius Klengel.

Influenced by many beautiful musical experiences and meetings – for example numerous concerts at the Hercules Hall in Munich, including unforgetable impressions like listening to Rudolf Serkin, the Veghquartett as well as the representatives of the great french cello tradition like Pierre Fournier, Maurice Gendron and Paul Tortelier. He also made a trip to Pablo Casals in the french Pyrenees. Because of all these impressions, Valentin knew that he want to become a cellist.

1960 Valentin Erben began his cello studies with Walter Reichardt at the Munich Academy of Music. In July 1963 he attended a masterclass at Siena. This experience was very important for his future: he met the famous cellist and pedagogue André Navarra.

1964 he finished his degree at the Academy in Munich and then contiued his studies in Vienna with Tobias Kühne, a former student of Navarra. In February 1965 he performed Schumann cello concerto in the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

From 1965 to 1968 Valentin Erben studied with André Navarra at the Conservatoire in Paris, which was a very important time for him. He also studied chamber music with Jean Hubeau and Joseph Calvet. He received the „Premier Prix“ for cello and chamber music.

In September 1968 he won the international cello competition ARD in Munich.

Back to Vienna, in spring of 1969 he was co-founder of the Alban Berg Quartet. A union of four musicians that should mark the international string quartet scene for almost 40 years.

From 2004 to 2007 Valentin Erben was a also a member of the Lucern Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado.

In June 2013 Valentin Erben retired from the University of Music in Vienna., where he has tought for over 40 years.

Valentin Erben plays the famous cello by Matteo Goffriller 1722 - "Ex - Pierre Fournier" and "Ex - Yoyo Ma" – kindly on loan from Merito String Instruments Trust GmbH. 

To a busy schedule of concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, additionally he gives musica lectures, masterclasses in chamber music, collaboration with composers, singers and dancers.

Prof. Mats Lidström

Sweden

Prof. Josef Schwab

Germany

Prof. Alexandra Guțu

Romania

Acclaimed in over 20 countries on 4 continents, the Romanian cellist ALEXANDRA GUȚU started her career at the age of 12.
She obtained her Diploma at Music Academy of Bucharest (prof. Serafim Antropov). Because of her exceptional talent, she could continue her studies at „Conservatoire Superieur de Musique” Paris (Joseph Calvet) and „Mozarteum Academy” Salzburg (Antonio Janigro).
Alexandra Guțu is First Prize winner of the Valentino Bucchi International Competition (Rome, Italy), as well as „Pablo Casals” Competition (Budapest, Hungary), „Francesca Serato” (Bologna, Italy), „Gaspar Cassado” (Florence, Italy) and finalist at „Tchaikovski” (Moscow, Russia) and „Spring in Prague” (Tchekoslovakia).
She performed in several big cities and capitals in Europe, Asia, North and South America, as soloist with major orchestras and in Recitals. She has a large Concert and Recital repertoire, which includes masterworks or less known compositions from early Baroque music to the latest contemporary music, with a special dedication for Romanian composers. She is an ideal recitalist and Chamber music performer.
The artist recorded and appeared live in Radio and TV broadcasts in Romania, Italy, Canada, and is extensively touring U.S.A., Japan, Brasil, Cuba, Hawaii, and various
European countries (as well as giving master classes across the country and abroad).

Gavriel Lipkind

Israel

Prof. Dr. Gustavo Tavares

Brasil/Norway

Cellist Gustavo Tavares is a Doctor of Musical Arts and a versatile musician, playing frequently with classical as well as jazz and popular artists.

He has performed throughout his home country, Brazil, and in some of the most famous concert halls and festivals around the world. He has appeared as a soloist as well as a conductor with many orchestras, including the Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, the National Theater Orchestra in Brasí­lia, and the Johannesburg Philharmonic.

He has been described as “one of the most important Brazilian names in the classical music of our time” (Correio Braziliense, 3.27.2005) and is considered a specialist on Latin American music. In 1995, together with clarinettist Paquito d’Rivera and pianist Pablo Zinger, he created the ensemble Triangulo, which according to American critic C. Berg helped “redefine the basic assumptions of chamber music.” With this ensemble he has presented a diverse Latin American music repertoire for audiences throughout the world, and the ensemble recorded several CDs. One of the ensemble recordings was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001, and yet another was listed as “Record of the Year, 1997″ by the Brazilian newspaper”O Estado de São Paulo.”

Also active as an arranger, his work has been performed and recorded by artists such as YoYo Ma and the Buenos Aires String Quartet. He has been a student of Antonio Janigro at the Stuttgart Musik Hochschule, in Germany, where he graduated with the highest marks in 1986, and, while working towards his Doctorate, was also Bernard Greenhouse’s assistant at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Gustavo Tavares enjoys teaching and this activity has brought him in contact with talented young musicians, not only in well established conservatories and festivals of many countries but also in poor neighborhoods of Africa and the Americas.

Edward King

New Zealand

Prof. Csaba Onczay

Hungary

Csaba Onczay is one of the leading cellists of his generation. He received the Kossuth Prize (1993), the highest award given to any performing artist in all of Hungary. His excellent interpretation of Kodály`s Solosonata op.8., he was awarded the Liszt Prize in Budapest, Hungary (1976), and the Meritorious Artist (1986). He was also awarded the prestigious Bartók-Pásztory Prize in 2004. In 2019 he was presented by the Japanese Government award "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon". He is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.
He has won various international prizes. They include: First Prize at the International Pablo Casals Competition in Budapest, Hungary (1973); First Prize at the International Villa Lobos Competition of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1976).
He is Professor Emeritus of Cello at the Liszt University of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where he resides today. He was a Visiting Professor at Freiburg University of Music, at Oberlin Conservatory in OH. From 2006 to 2009 he was a Visiting Professor at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a regular faculty member of the Summer String Academy at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Parallel with his activity of interpreter since 1978, he regularly holds master courses in Hungary, Europa, USA, Japan and Asia.
In addition to numerous concert recordings for radio and television, he has concertos of C.P.E. Bach, Schumann, Lalo, Villa Lobos, Dohnányi and also all the sonatas of Beethoven and all the solo suites of Bach. He is associated with the presentation of several contemporary music (Akutagawa, Gubaidulina, Dutilleux, Landowski, Lutoslawski, Penderecki); many Hungarian composers (Levente Gyöngyösi, Miklós Kocsár, Kamilló Lendvay, Sándor Szokolay) has written and dedicated their works especially for him.
He appears as a soloist in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, America, Korea and Japan. He has amassed outstanding successes with numerous orchestras including the Wiener Symphoniker, the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, the RAI Orchestra as well as many orchestras in the United States.
Mr. Onczay founded an orchestra in Florence, Italy in 2000. He is invited as soloist and chamber music player to many international festivals, including: Pablo Casals Festival Prades; Springfestival Budapest; Beaumaris Festival Gifu; Springfestival Prague. He is the Artistic Director of the Niederstotzingen Musiktage in Germany and of the Summer Courses at the Festetics Castle in Keszthely, Hungary and Bergamo, Italy.
His participation at the Wolf Trap Festival in USA in 1984 was received with great enthusiasm.
Musical America reported about him: “Csaba Onczay brought to life the score’s quick-changing moods and its variety of color, ranging from indomitable of Hungarian dance to lyric folksong and brooding melancholy.”
Le Monde reported about him in August 1990: “More significant was the successful presence of Hungarian cellist Csaba Onczay, with an extraordinary concentration, connected to a sound of “velvet” – disregarding any effects -... vivacious, deep, passionate and sometimes with a “ghostly” character ... close to Casals for saying shortly”.

Prof. Marcin Zdunik

Poland

Polish cellist, soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire ranges from renaissance to contemporary music, he improvises, composes and performs his own arrangements.

Marcin Zdunik has been invited to perform at prestigious festivals - The BBC Proms Festival in London, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano and Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw. Giving solo concerts in many European countries, the USA and Korea Marcin Zdunik has co-operated with many renowned ensembles, e.g. the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and distinguished conductors, such as Andrey Boreyko, Antoni Wit and Tadeusz Strugała. He regularly shares the stage with reputable musicians - Nelson Goerner, Gerard Causse, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Jose Gallardo and Modigliani Quartet. He performed with Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Tatjana Grindenko at the festival Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg.

He has performed as a soloist at many renowned concert halls, e.g. the National Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw, the Rudolfinum in Prague, Carnegie Hall in New York, Cadogan Hall in London, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava. In the season 2016/17 he held the title of „Artist in Residence” of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

In 2007 Marcin Zdunik won the first prize at the VI Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (Poland). He was also awarded the Grand Prix for an outstanding performance of Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto and received nine other prizes. In 2008 he represented the Polish Radio in Bratislava (Slovakia) at the International Forum of Young Performers (IFYP) organized by the European Broadcasting Union where he won the 2008 New Talent title.

In 2010 he got Polish TV Culture Award, Gwarancje Kultury and Fryderyk Music Award 2010 for the album: Haydn, Denisov „Cello Concertos”. More recently he recorded complete Robert Schumann’s works for cello and piano (2014, with Aleksandra Świgut), Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s “Fantasia for cello and orchestra” (2015, with Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra and Andres Mustonen) and a duo album „Bach Stories” including works by Johann Sebastian Bach and improvisations related to them (with Aleksander Dębicz, Warner Classics 2017). In 2022 he got awarded a prestigious Fryderyk Prize for two of his latest CD’s: Words of Mystery. Music for cello and choir album recorded with Camerata Silesia choir under the baton of Anna Szostak and Paweł Mykietyn Cello Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of National Forum of Music in Wrocław directed by Bassem Akiki. Another of his recent recordings - complete Chopin Chamber Music performed with pianist Szymon Nehring and viola player Ryszard Groblewski was warmly received by the critics in Europe.

Zdunik studied with reputable musicians - Julius Berger (Augsburg University) and Andrzej Bauer (F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw). He also graduated from the University of Warsaw earning the master’s degree in musicology. He is currently a member of instrumental faculty at the Music Academy in Gdańsk (Poland) and at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw (Poland). He holds a title of professor since April 2021.

Jury category double bass

Prof. Frithjof-Martin Grabner

Germany

Studied double bass with Prof. Achim Beyer and Prof. Konrad Siebach, and with Prof. Gerhard Bosse chamber music in Leipzig. He has already performed as a graduate and winner of international competitions in numerous symphony concerts as soloist and as a continuo player of the great oratorios.
Grabner was engaged as a solo bass player for 18 years at various orchestras. For example at the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Staatsoper "Unter den Linden"
Berlin.
He has played with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, the mdr Symphony Orchestra and many others .
Frithjof-Martin Grabner was and is a member of renowned ensembles such as the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, the chamber orchestra "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach" Berlin, the Leipziger Consort, the Berlin Bachakademie and the Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra "Skyline Symphony", the Gaechinger Cantorey Stuttgart, Saxon Baroque orchestra, Thuringian Bach Collegium and the Capella fidicinia Leipzig.
He played radio, television and CD recordings.
Concert tours have led him through many countries in Europe, Asia and America.
Grabner taught at the University of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin and has been a professor for double bass at the University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig since 2001.
He has taught masterclasses in Brazil, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, USA and the Czech Republic as well as at various international music festivals.
Grabner is the juror of international competitions. Since 2015 he is chairman of the contrabass jury of the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen. Grabner is also the artistic director of the Mühldorfer Sommerakademie in Bavaria.

Prof. Miloslav Jelínek

Czech Republic

Miloslav Jelínek graduated from the Conservatoire in Kroměříž (prof. Miloslav Gajdoš) and then from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (prof. Jiří Bortlíček). During his study he participated in a number of interpretation competitions and won a lot of awards. Miloslav Jelínek was for 23 years a chief of the double bass group in the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. At present he has been professor at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, at the University of Ostrava, at Music Academy Karol Lipinski in Wroclaw, Poland (2012 – 2015) and at Brno Conservatory.  He is  honorary professor at the Beijing Conservatory.  Miloslav Jelinek is the founder and chairmen of the Czech Society of Double Bassists. He cooperates with many chamber ensembles - (for example Janáček String Quartet, Brindisi String Quartet, Wallinger Quartet, RIX Quartet). Every year in September he organizes International Double Bass Convention in Brno, Czech Republic. He has made a great number of radio, television and CD recordings and together with his wife  Marcela Jelínková  (piano)  give extensively double bass recitals in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. He performs as soloist with symphony orchestras - (Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Lower Silesia Philharmonic, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Brno Chamber Orchestra, Czech Chamber Soloists and many others).  Also he is leader of the Brno Double Bass Orchestra. Miloslav Jelínek presents many contemporary pieces, which were written for him. For example Jiří Matys, Tony Osborne, Miloš Štědroň, František Emmert, Leoš Faltus and the other.

Miloslav Jelínek is giving numerous clinics and master classes through the world (China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Latvia, Singapore, USA etc…).

Prof. Graham Mitchell

Great Britain

Prof. Mette Hanskov

Denmark

Prof. Marek Kalinowski

Poland

Marek Kalinowski graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Krakow, in the double bass class of prof. Czesław Ząbek. During the years 1980-93 he was a member of the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra.

Marek Kalinowski was awarded in the Ciechańśki National Double Bass Competition (1983). In 1986 he premiered and recorded Concert for double bass and orchestra by Juliusz Łuciuk. As a soloist, he has performed with Capella Cracoviensis, Polish Radio and Television Orchestra in Krakow, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Częstochowa Pilharmonic Orchestra and Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since 1991, Marek Kalinowski is the leader of double bass section in the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, he took part in the recording of the Juliusz Łuciuk’s piece Spełnienie for violin, cello and double bass, which was included on the album Omaggio a L'Aquila - Spełnienie published by Acte Préalable. As a chamber musician, he performed at concerts organized by the Krakow Philharmonic, as well as at the Krakow Composers’ Festival and the Krakow Cello Spring.

Since 1995 he has been teaching at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2018 he was awarded the title of professor. He was a juror of the 50th International Double Bass Competition in Markneukirchen in 2015.

Prof. Alexandra Scott

Great Britain

Prof. Petru Iuga

Romania

The Romanian double bassist Petru Iuga is one of the most successful classical musicians of his generation. During his musical training in his homeland, the 20-year-old student came to the attention of Yehudi Menuhin, who enlisted him for his International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland). After continuing his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and the Conservatoire  National  Supérieur  de  Musique  de  Paris,  he  became  a  member  of  the  Ensem-ble  Orchestral  de  Paris (Orchestre de Chambre de Paris)  and  first  double  bass  with  the  Munich  Chamber  Orchestra.  Petru  Iuga has  won  numerous  prizes  at  renowned  double  bass  competitions,  including  first  prize  at  the 1999 International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen and in 2001 another first at the International Double Bass Festival in Capbreton (France). Since then, he has been pursuing a worldwide  concert  career  and  makes  guest  appearances  as  a  soloist  with  leading  European  orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra. Petru Iuga is professor for double bass at the Staatliche Musikhochschule und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim and also teaches part-time at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Switzerland.He regularly stages master classes all over the world in which he discovers and encourages numerous talented young double bass players. In recent years alone he has given master classes a.o.  in  Russia,  Italy,  Portugal,  Israel,  Japan,  Uruguay,  China  and  Canada,  where  he  has  held  a  guest  professorship  at  the  renowned  Orford  Master  Classes  since  2017.  He  has  made  several  CDs  as  a  chamber  musician  and  he  regularly  gives  concerts  with  famous  fellow  musicians.  In  2009 he recorded a CD with the Carmina Quartet. His invention, ErgoBass, a knee support for double bassists that facilitates an ergonomic and healthier playing position, is used world wide by many musicians. 

Prof. Dorin Marc

Romania

Dorin Marc is professor of double bass at the Nuremberg University of Music.
He completed his double bass studies in his home country Romania at the University of Music Bucharest with Prof. Ion Cheptea.
In addition to his first engagement with the Philharmonic Orchestra "Transylvania" Cluj-Napoca, he was principal double bass in the Orchestra Internationale d'Italia. From 1992-2003 he was principal double bass of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1998 at the same time lecturer at the Nuremberg Academy of Music. In 2003 Dorin Marc was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg.
Both in his home country and internationally, Dorin Marc has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Special Jury Prize in 1979 and second prize in 1985 at the ARD Competition in Munich, third prize in 1979 and first prize in 1981 at the International Double Bass Competition Markneukirchen, the silver medal and the "Fr. Liebstoeckl" prize in 1983 at the Geneva Music Competition and first prize in 1991 at the Competition of the International Society of Bassists in Mittenwald.
Dorin Marc has performed throughout Europe and given numerous master classes.
His students have won prizes at international double bass competitions such as the ARD Competition in Munich, the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, the J.M. Sperger Competition and the International Competition in Brno (Czech Republic).
Many students have received solo positions in renowned orchestras.

Prof. Dan Styffe

Sweden

Dan Styffe, born in Sweden has had most of his professional career based in Norway. After studies with Göran Nyberg, Knut Guettler and Gary Karr (he also worked as Karr´s assistant in 1981-82) he made his Oslo solo-debut 1985 and after that he has been very active as soloist and chamber musician. He regularly performs in international chamber music festivals and as soloist.  He also participates in many international double bass conventions around the world like Paris, Berlin, Wroclaw, Penn State, Odense, San Fransisco, Brno, Copenhagen, Iceland, Rochester, Prague, London, Ithaca and Lucca. He has also been jury member on international bass competitions f.ex. ISB, BassEurope, Markneukirchen and Sperger.
Styffe has recorded seven critically acclaimed solo CD´s on SIMAX Classics . He recently recorded with violinist Dora Schwarzberg and Øystein Birkeland for ContraClassics and a CD with music by French composer Bernard Salles for the label Fabra. Styffe has also recorded for the English label Prima Facie. New recordings are being planned.
He has commissioned many new pieces and works regularly together with many composers for example Rolf Martinsson, Fredrik Högberg, Teppo Hauta-aho, Bernard Salles, Paul Ramsier, Rune Rebne, Henrik Hellstenius, Jon Øyvind Ness, Gisle Kverndokk, John Persen, Asbjørn Schaatun, Terje Viken, Ruben Sverre Gjesrtsen and Christian Lindberg, Marcus Paus and Laurence Crane.
A new Concerto by Swedish Christian Lindberg was premiered with the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn,  February 2018.
In April 2011 Styffe premiered and recorded on CD Rolf Martinsson´s Concerto No 1 with Oslo Philharmonic/ Saraste and later same year he recorded Fredrik Högberg´s concerto “Hitting the First Bass” with Tromsø Chamber Orchestra / Holthe. Styffe performed the world premiere of this concerto with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Leader Isabelle van Keulen.
After his studies Styffe got the Principal Bass position in The Norwegian Opera Orchestra and later Principal Bass with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (under Iona Brown´s leadership). Now he is Co-Principal in The Oslo Philharmonic (under Mariss Jansons, André Previn, Jukka Pekka Saraste, . Vasily Petrenko and Klaus Mäkelä).
Styffe was a member of the chamber ensemble Borealis.
Styffe is working together with many international musicians and the closest partners are so far violist Catherine Bullock, pianists Gonzalo Moreno and Ingrid Andsnes and cellist Øystein Birkeland.  Late 2011 he recorded duos with violinist Peter Herresthal.
Styffe works as Professor of Double Bass at The Norwegian Academy of Music and at Barratt Due´s Institute of Music, Oslo.
Dan Styffe plays a Gasparo da Saló double bass made in Brescia, Italia approx. 1580. This instrument is owned by the foundation Dextra Musica/ Sparebankstiftelsen DnB NOR.

Official pianists category cello

Mr. Andreas Hecker (Germany)
Ms. Yukie Takai (Japan)
N.N.

Official pianists category double bass

Ms. Tomoko Takahashi (Japan)
Ms. Zsuzsa Bàlint (Hungary)
Ms. Anja Kleinmichel (Germany)