17. April – 09. May 2021

Dear music lover,

We are a new collective of inspired musicians and entrepreneurs who have united through the BYOM Academy community to create a new way of presenting our craft to the world. We have pledged to share our talent and creativity with our beloved audiences, rising above any current obstacles, and turning it into our strengths.

As a result, we are proud to present our first music festival, nexTus Festival online. The title is made up simultaneously of the word ‘Nexus’ meaning connection or centre and the phrase ‘Next Us’, because we are looking towards the future and the best possible version of ourselves and the world of classical music.

Our new festival is strongly characterised by our ‘lovemark’ – three words which sum up the BYOM community as a whole:
Connection  Inspiration  Innovation

We aim to present classical music in an innovative way and connect with audiences through our art while creating a new future together. Above all, our wish is to engage actively with audience members through open conversation, offering everybody a safe environment to share ideas of what music, art and creativity means to them.

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Yours sincerely,
the nexTus Festival Artistic Team:

Christian Huppert, Danae Eleni, Ghenadie Rotari, Izabela Jutrzenka-Trzebiatowska, Johanna Kam, Monika Kertesz, Myroslava Khomik, Sofia Livotov, and Susanne Hehenberger

Christian Huppert, Tech Support

Christian Huppert

Christian Huppert is a software developer and the only non-musician in the artistic team of the nexTus festival.

He is also the manager of his wife Tanja Huppert who is a classical pianist. Tanja has been praised by Berlin Philharmonic Chief Conductor, Kirill Petrenko, for her subtle interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988 and is regularly played in the radio e.g. on BR-Klassik. She also recorded Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major (Jeunehomme) with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Bavarian Broadcast. At the moment Tanja is preparing larger musical video projects for YouTube.

Danae Eleni, Soprano

Danae Eleni

Anglo-Greek Lyric Soprano Danae Eleni is an ambassador for contemporary music and music education, recently lecturing at Yale-NUS, Singapore and leading workshops in Mostar, Bosnia. Equally at home in more standard repertoire, next season Danae will appear as Valencienne (La Veuve Joyeuse) and Annina (La Traviata) for Opera de Baugé; and perform in recital on Polish National Radio and in Görlitz. Danae also lectures in ‘Mathematics & Music’; and in the UK, ran a touring opera company. She has curated and produced recitals, opera and theatre events at St John’s Smith Square, the Arcola Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Danae grew up in Bahrain, studied at the Royal College of Music and the University of Oxford, and now lives in Warsaw, where she made her debut at the Fryderyk Concert Hall in December 2020.
Ghenadie Rotari, Accordion

Ghenadie Rotari

Moldavian accordionist Ghenadie Rotari has a passion for discovering the “new” in music, but equally enjoys diving into early, baroque, jazz and tango repertoire. His concert engagements have taken him to stages and festivals on three different continents. Passionate about chamber music, Rotari performs regularly with ensembles and orchestras across Europe, bringing on stage the energy, passion and freshness with each performance, be it the music of today or written centuries ago.

Izabela Jutrzenka-Trzebiatowska, Piano

Izabela Jutrzenka-Trzebiatowska

Polish pianist Izabela Jutrzenka-Trzebiatowska is best known for her interpretations of salon music and her recent album “Chopin”. This year she is releasing an album with favourite romantic piano waltzes. Awarded an Arts-Sciences-Lettres silver medal she has given numerous concerts both at home and abroad, at such venues as the Wiener Musikverein and the Haus der Musik in Vienna. She especially enjoys collaborating with orchestras, performing both of Fryderyk Chopin‘s Piano Concertos, alongside other works. As an entrepreneurial musician she launched her own festival “Relationships between the South and the North: Chopin – Schubert – Grieg” (9th edition in coming in 2021). During the Covid pandemic she co-founded the NexTus Festival, together with other alumni of the BYOM Academy.

Johanna Kam

Viennese pianist Johanna Kam is an aspiring artist currently pursuing her undergraduate studies at the Music and Arts University of Vienna. She has been awarded with several top prizes at the Austrian Youth Music Competition, both as a soloist as well as piano duo together with her sister Dorothea Kam. Passionate about experimenting with other art forms, Johanna and Dorothea produce music videos combined with the Art of Cardistry, displaying the synergetic power of music and visual arts.

Monika Kertesz, Mezzo-Soprano

Monika Kertesz

Hungarian-Bulgarian mezzo-soprano is recognized for her velvety warm voice and strong stage presence possessing deep emotionality and musicality. In her artistic existence, she combines traditional aesthetics and values with her versatility and innovation; in parallel with opera, oratorio productions, and recitals, she also reaches out for new innovative projects.
Her most recent appearances also include recital in the Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, singing the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the National Theatre in Pécs, the mezzo-soprano solo in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri” with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and appearing in the most prestigious Hungarian concert halls like Palace of Arts (MUPA), Budapest Music Centre and the Grand Hall of Franz Liszt Music Academy.
Based on her colorful interest she founds her performing arts collective called In-Pact with the aim of expanding the possibilities between classical music, opera and contemporary performing arts. In 2020 she brings her interdisciplinary performance Desdemonium to the International Shakespeare Festival, Gyula, where her role involves improvisation, contemporary dance elements and movement theatre.

Myroslava Khomik, Violin

Myroslava Khomik

Praised for her sensitivity and depth of music interpretation, Dr. Myroslava Khomik enjoys a versatile career as a concert violinist, recording artist, educator and entrepreneur. A winner of the Remember Enescu and New Names of Ukraine competitions among others, as well as the New Artist of Argentina Award, she is one of the few artists in the US championing works by lesser known Ukrainian composers and also regularly collaborates on new music commissions and interdisciplinary projects. Currently based in Los Angeles, Myroslava frequently appears on soundtracks to film and television while maintaining an active and international performing and teaching schedule.

Sofia Livotov, Soprano

Sofia Livotov

Praised for her velvet timbre, soprano Sofia Livotov is a versatile artist, equally at ease in opera, art-song, and contemporary music. Based in London and Strasbourg, Sofia has performed at international venues, such as Tonhalle Zurich, Tête à Tête Festival and TivoliVredenburg. In 2019 she has made her successful appearance on the Indonesian concert stage in Jakarta. Together with pianist Prajna Indrawati Sofia has been recently selected for the prestigious Oxford Lieder Residential Mastercourse for Singers & Pianists and for the First International Lied Competition Bolko v. Hochberg in Germany. Furthermore, the Duo has been awarded the Help Musicians’ Transmission Fund 2020. As part of the artistic nexTus Festival team, Sofia has been in charge of the festival`s Green Mission, raising more awareness for the protection of our environment.

Susanne Hehenberger, Violin

Susanne Hehenberger

Austrian Violinist Susanne Hehenberger dedicated her live to music both as a performing artist and teacher. As concertmaster of the Sinfonietta Da Camera Salzburg and one of the initiators of the Corona Concert Hall, she has played an active role in keeping music accessible via digital platforms during the Corona crisis. Organised by the Maria-Anna Mozart Gesellschaft of which Susanne is a member, the concert series “Frauenstimmen” promotes the works of female composers in Salzburg’s musical scene. With her Carreño String Quartet she brings music from the Viennese Classical Period to contemporary music. Her latest project is “Suddenly Shakespeare”: a cheerful reading with music about finding true love together. She is accompanied by the famous Austrian actors Adele Neuhauser and Christian Dolezal and Peter WesenAuer. Peter also composed the music and they will take this concert to the Musikverein Wien in May 2021.

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