Brisbane International Youth Music Competition is pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Young Academy Rostock (YARO) and Stefan Kebler to give a few lucky participants, and of course winners of our competition an opportunity to attend exclusive masterclasses in 2023 in Germany. Exact dates are still to be confirmed. 

Masterclass teachers

Prof. Dr. Holger Wangerin


Prof. Dr. Holger Wangerin

The chamber musician and soloist Holger Wangerin was born in Lübben/Spreewald. During his school days he won several prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competitions and played under the direction of Sebastian Weigle as principal in the Brandenburg State Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Upon completion of his postgraduate studies Dr. Wangerin performed in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, whose tours have taken him to Salzburg, Lucerne, London and Edinburgh Festivals, Vienna, Paris and Tokyo, he has been able to work with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.

In addition to concerts as a soloist, his enthusiasm for the string quartet led to several competition successes and chamber music studies with Prof. Eberhard Feltz at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. As a member of the Chagall Quartet Berlin, Dr. Wangerin gives guest performances at festivals such as the Würzburg Mozart Festival or the Rheingau Music Festival and has attended master classes with Gerhard Schulz, Liana Issakadze, Thomas Zehetmair, Igor Ozim, Thomas Brandis and the Petersen Quartet.

From 2012 Dr. Wangerin is a lecturer for violin at the University of Music and Theater in Rostock. In October 2022, the hmt Rostock awarded him an honorary professorship for his services.

Prof. Bernd Zack


Prof. Bernd Zack

Bernd Zack received a varied musical and pianistic education from Wolfgang Schamschula (Mainz), Vitaly Margulis (Leningrad/ Freiburg i.Br.), James Tocco (Bloomington/Ind./USA), Nikita Magaloff (Geneva) and Leonard Hokanson (Frankfurt/ M.). In the areas of chamber music and song composition, he received decisive impulses from Hartmut Höll, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli and Janos Starker. He received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation and the Märkische Kulturkonferenz. He has received several awards at national and international competitions.

At home and abroad he is in concert halls such as the Konzerthaus Berlin (Berliner Festwochen), at the Mozart Festival Würzburg, in the Auditorio de Galicia (Stgo. de Compostela), Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (Taipei), in the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Listen.

Numerous CD and radio productions document his versatility. His chamber music partners include the Wind Association of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano and the violinists Christian Tetzlaff and Saschko Gawriloff. With his brother Herwig Zack – professor at the Music Academy in Würzburg – there has long been a permanent violin-piano duo.

In 1985, at the age of 28, he was appointed professor for piano at the Lübeck University of Music and in 1995 at the University of Music and Theater in Rostock. He has taught master classes in Switzerland, Germany, Chile, Japan, Korea, Romania, Greece and Taiwan and has been a juror in well-known competitions.

Students in his class have won prizes at international competitions and have performed in famous concert halls such as the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Hamburg Musikhalle, the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Some of them teach – as permanent professors at universities around the world.

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