Lambda aims to provide pedagogical diversity to students and members of the musical community. Every year, influential performers, pedagogues and judges from other parts of the world are invited as special guests and visiting professors to host presentations, workshops, seminars and masterclasses. These activities not only serve as a forum for artistic inspiration, but also offer exceptional opportunities for professional development.
Martin Karliček - Piano
Czech-Canadian pianist Dr. Martin Karlíček teaches piano at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal (Canada) and gives concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician. His piano playing has been described as “inspiring, rich, sensitive, stylistically taut and arresting, precise, crisp, brilliantly controlled, wonderfully colorful and always imaginative. His very impressive command of the instrument comes out as a completely natural support of musical expression.” His performances, masterclasses and lectures have been enthusiastically received by audiences in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Canada, Greece, U.S.A. and Japan.
Martin Karlíček’s orchestral debuts took place in Prague Rudolfinum Hall (Czech Republic) and in Montreal Pollack Hall (Canada); both in 2003. In 2004, Mr. Karlíček introduced a world premiere of Félix Frédéric Baril’s piano concerto Déviations, and in 2005 Martin Matalon’s Las siete Vidas de un Gato as a North-American premiere conducted by Denys Bouliane. In 2008 he and his wife, Japanese violinist Mana Shiraishi, established Duo Ventapane that instantly embarked on tours of Europe and Japan receiving praise and admiration: “Duo Ventapane is an event to experience...” Aside from establishing his reputation as a dynamic promoter of Czech music, Martin Karlíček’s large solo and chamber music repertoire includes standard and contemporary works: one of his last projects was a CD of complete piano & piano and cello works by a young Canadian composer Andrew Yin Svoboda (1977-2004).
Mr. Karlíček is a holder of the Bedřich Smetana Prize in the Bedřich Smetana International Piano Competition 1994 (2nd Prize: 1st not awarded) and the First Prize and Ferenc Liszt Prize in the South Bohemian International Piano Competition 1995. In addition, he received the Béla Bartók Prize, Leoš Janáček Prize and Bohuslav Martinů Prize in the Prague-Vienna-Budapest International Summer Academy Competition in 2001.
Tristan Lauber - Piano
Tristan Lauber, pianist, chamber musician, masterclass teacher, competition adjudicator, recording artist—has a wealth of experience behind him. He has won prizes at many competitions, including the Concours de Musique du Canada and the Concours de Musique du Québec, and he is the founder of the Allegro Quintet.
Prof. Lauber has performed solo and with symphony orchestras around the world, including the United States, Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Malaysia, in addition to performing across Canada and Quebec. Reviews of his performances describe his playing as “refreshingly beautiful and unexaggerated” and as possessing “arresting tonal colors, wit, majesty and eloquence". Mr. Lauber holds a Doctorate degree in piano performance from the Université de Montréal.
Martin Karlíček studied at the Conservatoire in Plzeň, Academy of Music in Prague (B.Mus, M.Mus), Utrecht Academy of the Arts in Holland and at McGill University in Montreal in Canada (M.Mus, D.Mus) as a recipient of number of awards and scholarships. Among his teachers were Kyoko Hashimoto, Anton Kuerti, Květa Bilinská, Miroslav Langer, Karel Friesl, Ivan Moravec, Milan Škampa, Michael McMahon and Denys Bouliane.
Stay tuned for updates of our forthcoming list of visiting professors and guest speakers for 2015-2016