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Piano Accompanists

Mari Kato

Mari Kato was born in Obihiro, the north island of Japan called Hokkaido and studied at the college of music in cologne with Tiny Wirtz and at the college of music in Hannover with David Wilde. She attended master classes of Paul Badura-Skoda and Sergei Dorensky and was awarded first prizes at the “Beethoven Piano Competition” in Sapporo (1987) and at the “International Piano Competition” in Lugano (1991).

As a soloist she played with the “Nord Chamber Orchestra” in Sapporo and the “Sapporo Symphony Orchestra” with Tadaaki Otaka and has worked with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Hubert Soudant, Johannes Kalitzke, Michael Boder and Joji Hattori.

She was a regular guest of international music festivals and performed with artists such as Benjamin Schmid, Thomas Riebl, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Lars Anders Tomter, Barbara Westphal, Julius Berger, Andreas Brantelid, Christoph Richter, Martin Rummel, Alexander Hülshoff, Christine Hoock, Karl Leister, Joris van den Hauwe, Johannes Hinterholzer, the Kocian Quartet and the Amati-Ensemble.

She has recorded several CD’s including “25 Jahre Mai-Festival in Live” (Nomos-Classics) with Badura-Skoda ,”five stringed tenor viola” with Thomas Riebl (Uni Mozarteum) and “Popper complete suites for cello and piano” with Martin Rummel & Alexander Hülshoff (paradino music).

Mari Kato has been engaged as an official pianist for international competitions such as the Mozart International Violin Competition in Salzburg. She was from 1995 to 2000 class pianist at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen and since 2000 she has been teaching at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.


Peter Wittenberg

Peter Wittenberg was born into a musical family of Latvian heritage. His father played guitar and viola and his mother was a singer. He began piano studies at an early age and at the age of 16, he won the Bronislaw Kaper award from the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing the Prokofiev 2nd Piano concerto. Since then he has performed in international concert halls such as the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Grossersaal of the Mozarteum Stiftung, the Athenaeum Bucharest, the Allerheiligen Hofkirche in Munich, Carnegie Weill Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, and many others.

As a soloist he has performed piano concertos under the baton of Maestros Stewart Robertson and José-Luis Garcia, and been heard internationally in radio broadcasts on Classic FM in London, ORF Austria, CBC Radio Canada, WQXR and KUSC in the United States. A devoted and passionate chamber musician he has collaborated in recital with partners such as violinists Eszter Haffner and Paul Roczek, baroque violinist Gottfried von der Goltz, violist Thomas Riebl, and cellists Clemens Hagen, Christian Poltera, Xenia Jankovic, and Louise Hopkins. He has also performed extensively as a lied pianist in recital with soprano Ruby Hughes, KS Ildiko Raimondi, mezzo-soprano Kelly O'Connor and baritone Anton Belov. Other musicians he has worked with include Thomas Hampson, Gary Hoffman, Eliot Fisk, and Renate Faltin.

Mr. Wittenberg studied at Indiana University with Lev Vlassenko, at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Jerome Lowenthal, and also with Vitaly Margulis. He did post-graduate studies with Maurizio Pollini at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He also studied conducting in the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia in the class of Alexander Polischuk and Ilya Musin. He has participated extensively in masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong, and Lev Naumov. His musical thinking has been deeply influenced by members of the Hagen Quartet, and he has worked closely with Clemens Hagen on the cello and piano duo repertoire. In chamber music he has also benefited from master classes with Heinrich Schiff, Gerhard Schulz, Paul Roczek and András Keller.

He has been engaged as an official pianist for international competitions such as the Mozart International Violin Competition in Salzburg. Mr. Wittenberg is on the faculty of the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.


Patrick Pok-man Leung

Patrick Pok-man Leung is a dedicated pianist, violinist and chamber musician who settles in Austria. He obtained his Master of Arts in violin performance with honours at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, and subsequently earned a teaching position as a répétiteur at the university.

Born in Hong Kong, Patrick started playing piano at age five and violin at age seven. Between 2006 and 2009 he studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in the violin class of Paul Roczek. Piano chamber music lessons with Imre Rohmann played an important role in his artistic development. Strong influence from Rainer Schmidt helped him to expand his field of musical vision.

Patrick joined the faculty of the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in 2010, and is currently the staff piano accompanist of the classes of Paul Roczek, Klara Flieder, Igor Ozim, Rainer Schmidt, Lukas Hagen, Christos Kanettis and Brigitte Schmid. He also serves as piano coach in the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg.

Patrick enjoys considerable success as a performer throughout continental Europe. He has performed with renowned artists such as Rainer Schmidt, Klara Flieder, Christophe Pantillon, Peter Langgartner. A highly sought-after chamber music partner, he appears in music festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele (Austria), Festivalul International Timisoara Muzicala (Romania) and Young Classic Europe (Germany, Slovenia), and his recordings have been broadcasted by RTHK Radio 4 in Hong Kong, ORF in Austria and Radio Slovenia International.

In 2014 he performed the complete cycle of Mozart Violin Sonatas with Klara Flieder in Shanghai, China.