Mischa Cheung comes from a musical Swiss-Chinese family and currently lives in Zurich. He studied with Prof. Konstantin Scherbakov at the Zurich University of the Arts and has taken up a busy career bringing him to many concert stages and festivals throughout the world. He has appeared at prestigious halls such as the Tonhalle Zürich, Philharmonie de Paris, Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie Köln, Taipei Concert Hall and National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Besides being a member of the Gershwin Piano Quartet, Mischa Cheung plays solo and chamber music recitals and regularly performs at the Game Concerts directed by the Merregnon Studios. At this concert series, he is a popular soloist and has toured Japan with the London Symphony Orchestra as well as appearing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently he was responsible for the Live-Soundtrack of a dance production commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art New York and directed by reknowned choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis. He was the pianist of the ECHO-award winning ensemble Spark from 2011 until 2015 and took part in extensive concert tours and numerous radio, TV and CD productions including recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Berlin Classics.
Mischa Cheung teaches piano and improvisation at the Zurich University of the Arts and has also been appointed assistant to the masterclass of Prof. Konstantin Scherbakov.
Benjamin Engeli is one of the most versatile Swiss musicians of his generation. His career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher has taken him to most European countries as well as to Australia, India, North and South America. As a member of the Tecchler Trio, he was the First Prize winner at the International ARD Music Competition in Munich in 2007, and has since then performed in venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai, Konzerthaus Vienna and Tonhalle Zurich.
Benjamin comes from a family of musicians and started his musical education on various instruments at an early age. Only when he was 15 did he decide to take his first regular piano lessons, studying with Adrian Oetiker with whom he was to work for seven years. He later also studied with Homero Francesch, Lazar Berman, Andrzej Jasinski, Maurizio Pollini and András Schiff. For many years, he has also been the teaching up-and-coming musicians and held teaching positions at Musikhochschule Basel (Switzerland) and at Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch (Austria).
André Desponds is one of the few pianists who feel equally at home in a Bach fugue, a Chopin Ballade and Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm. At the early age of 16, he was admitted to the class of Sava Savoff at the Musikhochschule Zürich and has since been awarded numerous prizes in national and international competitions. André Desponds has performed in many international venues, including the Gasteig, Munich, the St. Petersburg Philharmony and the UN Headquarters in New York. He has made recordings for Swiss television and radio as well as a number of CD productions and collaborates regularly with many noted artists, such as Noëmi Nadelmann, Thomas Dobler, Simon Estes, Andreas Vollenweider and Bettina Boller. In addition, André Desponds has developed a wide spectrum of musical activities as a jazz improviser, silent film accompanist and as a composer for theatre and film. Some of his projects have included the founding of the Gershwin Piano Quartet (1996), the theatrical project “L’homme Orchestre” with the Clown Dimitri at the Lucerne Festival as well as numerous educational orchestra presentations. In 2006, together with the dancer Andrea Herdeg, he created Zal, a play based on the life and music of Frédéric Chopin that combines elements of music, dance and theatre. Desponds is a professor for improvisation and chamber music at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Stefan Wirth is one of the most versatile Swiss musicians of his generation. As a soloist, he has performed with the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Bernese Chamber Orchestra and the Malaysian National Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others. He is especially dedicated to contemporary music, both as a composer and as a performer with the Collegium Novum, Zurich and the Ensemble Contrechamps, Geneva. Finally, he has also worked in theatre with directors such as Christoph Marthaler and Frank Castorf as composer, arranger and performer. Stefan Wirth received his training as a pianist at the Konservatorium Zurich with Hadassa Schwimmer and Irwin Gage. He pursued his studies in the USA at the New England Conservatory, Boston and at Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied with Leonard Hokanson and received his Master’s Degree in 2001. He has won numerous prizes: at the Swiss National Youth Competition, from the American Society of Arts and Letters, and, together with the violinist Jakub Dzialak at the International Chamber Music Competition Thessaloniki. Additionally, he has participated in masterclasses with Homero Francesch and Bruno Leonardo Gelber.