outHEAR Ensembles in Residence
Sophie Schafleitner, violin
Sophie Schafleitner was born in Salzburg in 1974. Following her training with Irmgard Gahl at the Salzburg Mozarteum, she completed her violin studies with Gerhard Schulz at the University of Music, Vienna.
Sophie Schafleitner joined Klangforum Wien in 1997. In addition to her work as ensemble musician and soloist, she is also active in various other chamber music formations such as the Schrammelquartett Attensam, or the music group Knoedel.
Composers such as Aureliano Cattaneo, Liza Lim, Hannes Kerschbaumer and Ying Wang have dedicated solo-pieces to her. Recent highlights include the Austrian première of Brice Pauset’s violin concerto as well as concert appearances with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw and Katowice where she performed the violin-concertos by Alban Berg and Aureliano Cattaneo.
In 2014, she started a close artistic collaboration with Christoph Marthaler and as a result has appeared as soloist in various music theatre productions.
Sophie Schafleitner is also active in the context of Klangforum Wien’s professorship, participating in the master programme for New Music PPCM at the University of Music in Graz.
Gerald Preinfalk, saxophone
Gerald Preinfalk was born in Zulissen near Freistadt in Upper Austria. In 1990, he started to study classical saxophone with Oto Vrhovnik and jazz with Wolfgang Puschnig at the University of Music in Vienna, and as a result made music his vocation. Scholarships took him to the Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA) and to Paris.
Preinfalk joined Klangforum Wien in 2000. He has toured with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the RSO - Radio-Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, the Staatsorchester Stuttgart and other ensembles for new music in and around Vienna.
He has also performed jazz as sideman with various big bands such as Nouvelle Cousine, the Vienna Art Orchestra and other ensembles, playing with musicians like Don Byron (NYC), Django Bates (GB), George Garzone (NYC), Elliot Sharp (NYC); Terry Bozzio (USA Frank Zappa drummer), Savina Yannatou (BR), Lucia Pulido (CO), Alegre Corrêa (BR) and Wolfgang and Christian Muthspiel (A).
In 2012, Gerald Preinfalk was appointed professor for classical saxophone at the University of Music, Graz. Masterclasses have taken him to Strasbourg, Wroclaw (PL), Szczecinek (PL), Tikushima (JP) and Tianjin (CHN).
Dimitrios Polisoidis, viola
Dimitrios Polisoidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1961. He studied the violin with Dany Dossiou in his home town and later attended the University of Music, Graz, where he was taught by Christos Poyzoides and also studied the viola with Herbert Blendinger. From 1990 to 1993 he was principal viola player of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Graz, and in 1993 became a member of Klangforum Wien.
Dimitrios Polisoidis is devoting himself mainly to new music and to performing with experimental improvisation groups. He was artistic collaborator in several live electronic projects at the Electronic Institute of the University of Music, Graz, (IEM Graz). He has performed internationally and worked with many renowned composers such as Peter Ablinger, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Gösta Neuwirth, Olga Neuwirth and George Lopez, who wrote works especially for him.
In 2012, the federal state of Styria awarded him the “Karl Böhm Interpreter’s Prize”. He teaches at the University of Music, Graz and at the Impuls Academy as well as at the International Holiday Courses in Darmstadt. His CD recordings have been released by the labels hatART (Basle), Kairos (Vienna), Klangschnitte (Graz), mode rec (NY), and Lyra (Athens).
Krassimir Sterev, accordion
Krassimir Sterev was born in Bulgaria where he started his musical education in Plovdiv. He continued his studies at the University of Music, Graz, as well as in Denmark where he held a scholarship from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, graduating as accordion soloist. His musical development was strongly influenced by teachers like Mogens Ellegaard, James Crabb and Georg Schulz.
Krassimir Sterev performs internationally as a soloist and member of chamber music formations, ensembles and orchestras and plays at many renowned festivals. His engagements include appearances in various theatre and dance theatre productions and projects specifically developed for children.
Krassimir Sterev became a member of Klangforum Wien in 2003. He has also worked with the Vienna Philharmonic (under Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim), the London Philharmonia Orchestra and the RSO Wien, with the ensembles Kontrapunkte, musikFabrik and Ensemble Phace and he is part of the Amos Trio.
In addition, Krassimir Sterev focusses his attention on the development of a special repertoire for accordion. Many composers have written new pieces for him – amongst them Bernhard Lang, Pierluigi Billone, Bernhard Gander, Olga Neuwirth, Aureliano Cattaneo, Rebecca Saunders, Chaya Czernowin and Hannes Kerschbaumer – which he premièred.
outHEAR Ensembles in Residence
Shino Saito, flute/piccolo flute
Lea Moullet, violin
Elena Arbonies Jauregui, clarinet/bass clarinet
Leo Morello, cello
New music week 2020
with the Ensemble
photo courtesy of Monika Rittershaus