“Bella Voce”

Bella Voce was formed in early 2000 by a group of enthusiastic choristers living in Phnom Penh.
“Collegium Musicum Phnom Penh”

Collegium Musicum Phnom Penh was founded 2002. The presence of these musically educated people is linked with the tendency for the development of musical ensembles in Phnom Penh
Loch Bonsamnag

Education: School of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Faculty of Music. Graduated with Baccalaureate Honors. Dnipropetrovsk State Musical College, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Bachelors Degree. Major, Clarinet. Second Clarinet, Ukraine State Philharmonic Orchestra. Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Central England. 2003-2005 Elizabeth University of Music, Japan, Master Degree. First Clarinet, Asean-Japan Symphony Orchestra.
Heather Forbes

Heather Forbes began playing the piano at age six. She studied music for 16 years and after university, left the United States to work and travel in Asia, where she met her husband. The whole family, including their children have lived in Phnom Penh for seven years. Heather is especially grateful to have the opportunity to keep music a part of her life by playing for the Bella Voce Choir.

Gerhard Anton Isselhardt

He served as a temporary flutist at the State Philhamonic Orchestra, Rheinland Pfalz. These orchestral experiences, especially with renowned conductors like Sergiu Celibidache had a serious impact on his musical consciousness. Since 2003, he acts as Country Director of F.W.C.P.A. and plays a major role in improving the standards of Western Art Music in Cambodia.
Mari Jinnai

Mari Jinnai is from Osaka, Japan. She received a diploma in vocal study from Tokyo College of Music and later studied at L’Écôle Normale de Musique in Paris, France. In 1998, Mari began teaching as vocal teacher at the Faculty of Music of the Royal University of Fine Arts Cambodia. She has conducted a community choir “Bella Voce” since 2000. She has given several solo concerts in Phnom Penh since 1997 and organizes regular choir concerts twice a year.
Ja Young Kim

1977 Born in Gwang-ju, Republic of Korea. 1999 Graduate from College of Music, Chung-Ang University, Korea. 2003 College of Art, Department of Piano Graduated form Graduate school of Kookmin university, Republic of Korea. 2006 Earned Master’s degree Elisabeth University of Music, Hiroshima, Japan. Scholarship from Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO) and from Otakawa International Scholarship Society. Participated in Boston Conservatory Summer Piano Festival. Participated in Master Class of Prof. Tony Han, Prof. Ueda Katumi, Prof. Neriki Sigeo, Prof. De Groote. Performed in Chung-Ang University for Chung-Ang Piano’s night. Worked as instructor for Jeonnam Art High School, Republic of Korea.
Mayumi Kinomoto

Mayumi Kinomoto studied vocal music at the Musashino Music College in Tokyo, Japan. She taught music at a Japanese school in Shanghai for two years before coming to Cambodia. She was first vocal teacher at the Royal University of Fine Arts and now music teacher at various Khmer elementary schools. She often performs in concerts in Phnom Penh.
Maechler Trio

The Maechler Trio was founded by pianist Stephan Rahn, cellist Julian Steckel, two former students of the University of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin and his sister Anna-Theresa Steckel (violin), a present student of the University of Music “Hanns Eisler”. The ensemble members are superb soloists in their own right, having enjoyed diversified musical careers. The Trio is characterized by a rare combination of powerful individual talent and a passionate collaboration that is the hallmark of a exeptional chamber music ensemble. The Name of the Trio is a tribute to the Violin-and Bowmaker Urs W. Maechler. Julian Steckel plays on one of his instruments.
Prof. Dieter Mack

Since 1986, he was a professor at the University of Music Freiburg and since 1989, he gave lectures on composition and music education in Indonesia. Since 2003, he lectured in composition at the University of Music Lübeck. With the support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he was a long-term guest lecturer at IKIP (now UPI) in Bandung from 1992-95 and is also a consultant in a research project there, sponsored by the Ford Foundation since 1997. From 1999, he has been guest lecturer in postgraduate composition at the art academy STSI Surakarta, Central Java.
Minguet Quartett

The Minguet Quartett was established in 1988, and has played in its present form since 1996. As well as studying chamber-music at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, the four young musician were given additional musical guidance by Walter Levin (La Salle Quartett), and member of the Amadeus, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets. The Cologne-based Minguet Quartett performs worldwide: from Europe and Scandinavia, to Asia, and the USA; the group has been repeatedly engaged by the Wigmor Hall, London, the Philharmonic Halls in Berlin and Cologne, as well as the Salzburg Festspiele, the Bergen International Festival, and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. This outstanding ensemble has many first-performances to its credit, and plays contemporary music and classical-romantic pieces with equal commitment. The Minguet Quartett plays on a set of instruments, kindly offered on permanent loan by the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur, Nordrhein Westfalen.
PNH String Quartett

PNH String Quartett is a group of passionate young khmer musicians excited by the experience of playing chamber music, and committed to authenticity, the ensembles had established themselfs as importand-ranking chamber ensembles in Cambodia. They are one of the pioneneers of the chamber music scene in Cambodia and performing together for 4 years in the Phnom Penh metropolitan areas. All members : Chhun Sopha & Uy Thach, Violin, El Leang, Viola, Sim Ratha, Violoncello, Him Savy, Flute) enjoy a varied musical life away from the ensemble. The collective experience of the quartet’s members include: studying music at the Faculty of Music at RUFA and in addition a permanent collaboration with the Foundation of Western Classical Performing Arts (F.W.C.P.A.) In recent season they have participate at the F.W.C.P.A. monthly concert series.
Stephan Rahn

German pianist Stephan Rahn studied with Josef Anton Scherrer at the “University of Music” in Cologne and later on with Annerose Schmidt and Walter Olbertz at the “University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He completed his studies adding studies of Music Theory and Harpsichord as well as Sacred Music and took part in many Master Classes with renowned artists. Performances have taken him to many countries in: Europe, Japan, South Korea Cambodia, the USA and festivals like Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Oberstdorf, “Carre d’As” in Chartres, “Jeunes Virtuoses à Ennejma Ezzahra” in Tunesia and the “International Music Festival Phnom Penh”. As soloist he has appeared with ensembles such as the Symphony Orchestra of Nürnberg, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Koblenz and the Eastern Chamber Orchestra of Seoul. His concerts have been recorded by radio and TV stations all over the world. He teaches at the University of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin and is a permanent member of the International Teacher Association of F.W.C.P.A. in Cambodia.
Deirdre Roberts

Deirdre Roberts comes from the state of Connecticut, United States. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in voice from the University of New York and a master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in classroom instruction from the University of Hartford, Connecticut. She has been singing in ensembles and concerts her whole life in her home country, and in Pakistan and Ecuador. She currently teaches music at the International School of Phnom Penh.
Arne Sahlen

As pianist and teacher, Arne earns rave reviews: “outrageously enjoyable”, “infectious brilliance!”, “...superb classical performance graced with personal warmth and humour” (all Canada); “riveting rhythmic preciseness and energy, phrasing and subtle rubato nuances” (California USA) He studied with many renowned Canadian and international pianists. A University of Victoria graduate in Performance with Distinction, he studied also at the internationally famed Victoria Conservatory of Music and Banff School of Fine Arts. Committed to humanitarian and cultural aid through the Canada-based Cambodia Support Group, Arne has served since 1992 as Visiting Professor at the Royal University of Fine Arts. Arne received the Caring Canadian Award in 2000 from Canada’s Governor General, for decades of cultural and humanitarian service
Anna-Theresa Steckel

Anna-Theresa Steckel (born in 1985) She took her first violin lesson at the age of eight with Christa Schmitt-Rink in Saarbrücken. Her next teacher was Sebastian Schmidt of the Mandelring Quartet and from 2002-2005 she has been studying with Ulf Hoelscher at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. Since 2005 she is living in Berlin and is currently a student of Antje Weithaas at the „Hanns Eisler” Hochschule. Beside her studies she took part in masterclasses by: Wolfgang Marschner, Detlef Hahn, Stephan Picard, Thomas Zehetmair und Thomas Brandis. As a member of the Kant quartet she has been playing string quartet with her siblings for many years and her performances have taken her to many countries in Europe and Asia. She plays on a violin by Enrico Rocca (Genua 1900) wich is on loan from the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”. She holds a scholarship of the Ritter Foundation.

Julian Steckel

Julian Steckel began playing the cello aged five. For the first eleven years his teacher was Ulrich Voss in Saarbrücken. Since 1998 he has been studying with Gustav Rivinius at the University of Music Saarbrücken and from 2002 until 2004, he continued his studies with Boris Pergamenschikow at the University of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. 2004, he moved to Vienna and is currently studying with Heinrich Schiff. In addition to his studies he was influenced by Bernhard Greenhouse, Mstislav Rostropovich and Steven Isserlis. He is a prizewinner at numerous national and international competitons, including the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition in Kronberg, August 2004 and the International Rostropovich Competition in Paris, November 2005. Besides he has won the International Witold Lutoslawski Cello Competition in Warsaw. As soloist, he has appeared with ensembles such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Saarbrücken, Frankfurt, Berlin, Warsaw and Kopenhagen, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, the chamber orchestras of Zurich and Stuttgart and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the “Jeunesses Musicales World Youth Orchestra” and the Solistes Européens de Luxembourg.