At this year’s ICMA Award ceremony on May 10 in Lucerne, three musicians will musically enrich the event. Zofia Neugebauer and Andrea Cellacchi will perform the Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon by French composer Pierre Gabaye (1930-2000). Both are musicians of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. 15-year-old German cellist Philipp Schupelius will perform György Ligeti’s Sonata for cello solo.
Polish flutist Zofia Neugebauer studied in her native country and with Felix Renggli at the Hochschule für Musik Basel. She has played as solo flutist with orchestras like the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Camerata Zürich and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, under conductors like Simon Rattle, Ivan Fischer, Antonio Pappano or Paavo Järvi. She has won several competitions and will be a scholarship holder from the Mozart-Gesellschaft Dortmund in the 2019/20 season.
Italian bassoon player Andrea Cellacchi studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Francesco Bossone and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Matthias Rácz. He won several competitions and played as soloist with orchestras like Münchner Symphoniker, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Meininger Hofkapelle, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker or the Argovia Philharmonic.
Born in 2003, Philipp Schupelius began playing the cello at the age of eight with Ulrich Voss and then became his junior student at the Hanns Eisler University of Music. In 2014 and 2015, Philipp received funding from the Berlin International Academy of Music. A year later, he participated in master classes for cello at the Kronberg Academy and was awarded the Kronberg Academy’s Scholarship. He has also a scholarship from the International Music Academy Liechtenstein. Currently, Philipp is studying with Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
He won several competitions and plays as soloist and as chamber musician in Germany and abroad.