Shihomi Inoue-Heller

  • born in Ogaki (Gifu prefecture), Japan
  • Kano high school for music in Gifu, singing lessongs with Ikuko Sakai
  • studied singing (B.A.) as well as “lied and oratorio” (M.A.) at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (today called Tokyo University of the Arts) with Prof. Hiroko Kimura
  • additionally, private instructions in singing by Prof. Sadako Sasaki and German lessons as well as “interpretation of the German Lied” by Karin Mikami
  • moreover, diploma in “lied and oratorio” at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (with Prof. Robert Schollum) and private instructions in singing by Arleen Augér
  • scholarship and honorary award of the Austrian Ministry of Science and Arts
  • second prize and, additionally, special first prize in the area of contemporary music at the International Singing Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • third prize at the Competition “The Late Romanticist Lied” in Vienna
  • performances at international festivals (Wiener Festwochen, Horizonte Berlin, etc.) and in major concert halls (Wiener Musikverein, Berlin Philharmony, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Vredenburg Utrecht, Herkulessaal Munich, etc.)
  • numerous “lieder” recitals and performances as a soprano soloist in oratorios with famous orchestras (RIAS-Orchester Berlin, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, etc.) and conductors (Helmuth Rilling, Helmut Winschermann, etc.)
  • recordings for LP, CD, and broadcasting networks, many performances (also premières) of pieces of contemporary composers
  • currently living in Augsburg, Germany; teaching at the department of music pedagogy at the University of Augsburg


Michiyo Nagano-Lindermeier

  • born in Tottori (Tottori prefecture), Japan
  • piano lessons with Emiko Kosugi, studied at the College of the University of Music Osaka with Masako Matsunaga
  • currently living in Taiting, Germany


Stefan Barcsay

  • born in Würzburg (Germany)
  • studied (classical guitar) at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin with Peter Schimanski
  • instructor at the Vocational College for Music Krumbach
  • performs as a soloist or as part of ensembles all over Europe
  • is strongly engaged in contemporary music and aside also film music
  • 2010 solo CD


Markus Kimmich

  • born in Isny (Germany)
  • studied guitar with Thomas Königs and singing with Dorothea Christ at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory, Augsburg
  • was a member of a folk music pop group
  • is actively performing as a soloist and teaches guitar at the music school in Ravensburg


Barbara Stöcker

  • born in Oldenburg (Germany)
  • studied at the University of Music in Würzburg (flute with Gunther Pohl and Hermann Klemeyer as well as music pedagogy)
  • member of various ensembles
  • instructor for flute and recorder and deputy head of the Vocational College for Music Krumbach


Richard Heller

  • born 1954 in Vienna
  • studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (composing with Erich Urbanner, conducting with Otmar Suitner), as well as at the University of Vienna (mathematics and abstract logic)
  • teaching at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg (music theory and composing), today Leopold Mozart Center at the University of Augsburg
  • performances all over Europe, as well as North and South America, Asia, and Africa
  • commissions for many soloists and ensembles
  • pieces for standard scorings (orchestra, “lieder”, chamber music, etc.) as well as rare scorings (duo organ-piano, symphonic wind orchestra, violoncello-octet, etc.)
  • numerous national and international prizes and awards, among others the prize of the Austrian Ministry of Education and Arts (“Elegy” for mixed choir), winner of the composition competition of the World Cello Congress III in Baltimore, MD, USA (“Cellophonie” for 8 violoncellos), etc.