BIOGRAPHIES







Jana Luksts  is a Canadian pianist dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. Jana’s programming seeks to thoughtfully explore elements of artificial intelligence, speech and movement, complexism, and the innovative usage of traditional techniques.

Jana holds upcoming engagements with the DiMenna Center for Classical Music presented by meta.ksi (NYC) and the Beijing New Music Festival alongside soprano Xin Wang.

 In her 2019-2020 season, Jana was a soloist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, where she premiered “Piano Concerto No. 2”, by Canadian composer Ernst Schneider (Canada), Klangspuren Schwaz Festival für Neue Musik with IEMA Ensemble (Austria), and held solo engagements at the Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Bern (Switzerland), the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (NYC) and 918 Bathurst (Toronto) presented by meta.ksi, and Spectrum (NYC) for their Brian & Brian Festival, featuring the music of Brian Eno and Brian Ferneyhough.

Highlights from her 2018-19 season include solo engagements at Orf Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna (Austria), the “Emergents” series at the Music Gallery in Toronto (Canada), in addition to being named the 2nd Prize Winner at the 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. 

Jana was the guest artist at the 2018 Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos (Greece), and was a guest artist at Sound Symposium XIX in St. John’s (Canada). She has performed and participated in courses at the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), Musikiin Aika Festival (Finland), and has performed with the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), featuring Brian Ferneyhough’s “Firecycle Beta”.

Jana’s involvement with contemporary classical music has allowed her to work in close proximity with composers such as Michael Finnissy, Helmut Lachenmann, Mark Andre, Marco Stroppa, Jennifer Walshe, and Philippe Leroux.

Currently based in Stuttgart (Germany), Jana is currently completing her Masters of New Music with Nicolas Hodges at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. After finishing her formative studies with Elizabeth Wocks (Piano) and Ken Stromberg (Violin) in Kelowna, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, as a full scholarship student studying with Jamie Parker.







Magdalena Cerezo is a pianist and performer specialised in contemporary music. She currently finished a Concert Soloist Degree under Prof. Nicolas Hodges at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and works as an adjunct instructor for Contemporary Voice Training/Contemporary Lied and Performance at the University of Music in Karlsruhe.

Magdalena has collaborated with composers such as Bernhard Lang, Wolfgang Rihm, Beat Furrer, Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Mark Andre, Rolf Riehm, Johannes Kreidler and Brian Ferneyhough and has premiered works by Peter Ablinger, Mauricio Sotelo, Fabián Panisello or Benjamin Scheuer. She is an honorific alumni member of Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and has played with Ulysses Ensemble, Karlsruhe Opera Theater ́s Orchestra and Plural Ensemble (Madrid). In 2015 she was selected by Helmut Lachenmann to interpret his piano work “Serynade” within ZeitGenuss Festival. In 2016 she won the first prize of the“Kulturfonds Baden” competition for the interpretation of Wolfgang Rihm's music.

Since 2017 she has been identified as a “Promising Young Performer” by Ulysses Network, which granted her a full scholarship to participate at the CfYP 2017 by Divertimento Ensemble Milano. In 2018 she was recommended by Nicolas Hodges to perform Rolf Riehm's monumental piano work “Hamamuth-Stadt der Engel” in Frankfurt and München. Later that year, she won the first prize at the John Cage Award in Halberstadt as a pianist of the duo LAB51.

Magdalena has performed in venues such as Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Kölner Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie, Radialsystem V, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Galvin Hall and Centre Pompidou Paris and has taken part at festivals such as Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Time of Music, Impuls, ManiFeste, Donaueschinger Musiktage, NUNC!3 (Northwestern University Chicago), Der Sommer in Stuttgart or Mixtur Barcelona. Her
performances have been broadcasted by RTVE, Deutschlandfunk, Radio Bremen, HR, SWR and Digital Concert Hall.

During the 18/19 season she was correspondant in Germany for the contemporary music radio program “Música viva” (Spanish National Radio). Upcoming projects include a CD recording for the label Capriccio featuring works by Rebecca Saunders, Wolfgang Rihm and Vito Žuraj, a solo recital within RESIS Festival (A Coruña, Spain) and a performance within the cycle Südseite Nachts-Musik der Jahrhunderte (Theaterhaus Stuttgart), where she will premiere a new work for piano, video and electronics by composer Sara Glojnarić.






Pianist Mabel Yu-ting Huang has performed in festivals such as Donaueschingen Musiktage, Lucerne Summer Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, Paris Festival d’Automne, Festival de Royaumont, Wales Piano Festival, Migma Performancetage Lucerne, Darmstädter Ferienkurs.

As soloist, member of ensemble and project director, she has collaborated with conductor, composer, artist, actor, director Peter Eötvös, Pierre-André Valade, Matthias Pintscher, Peter Siegwart, Lin Liao, Konstantia Gourzi, Matthias Kuhn, Betsy Jolas, Annesley Black, Philippe Hurel, Marco Stroppa, Gerhard Stäbler, Peter Ablinger, Michel van der Aa, Alberto Posadas, Bettina Skrzypczak, Mauro Lanza, Lorenzo Pagliei, Alvin Curran, Ruben Seroussi, Trond Reinholdtsen, Alfred Zimmerlin, Sergej Newski, Elena Rykova, Lanqin Ding, Igor Santos, Piotr Peszat, Edo Frenkel, Piotr Peszat, Oscar Escudero, German Toro Perez, Stefan Nolte, Jessica Früh, Mona Petri, Joachim Aeschlimann, Ingo Ospelt, Jonas Rüegg, Lukas Waldvogel, André Willmund, ICST Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology Zurich, Vokalensemble Zurich, Ensemble KNM, Ensemble Sargo, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra.

Yu-ting’s performances were recommended by international reports, including SRF 2 Kultur, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, LA STAMPA Italy, 24 Ovest Italy, Neue Luzerner Zeitung, Backnanger Zeitung, Murrhardter Zeitung, Pareviews Taiwan. She was awarded prizes, including the 1st Prize of Steinbach Music Competition 2003, 3rd Prize of Aisa Music Competition 2009, Special Prize Premio “NOVECENTO“ and Premio Speciale Smat “La musica e l‘Acqua“of LUIGI NONO Music Comeptition 2017 and 2018, 1st Prize of “Grand Prize Virtouso Music Competition Paris“ 2019 and 1st Prize of “Grand Prize Virtouso Music Competition London“ 2019. She comes originally from Taiwan, completed academic years at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the Concert Exam (Konzertexamen) at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.