Vuk Ovaskainen

CONCERT: Aima Maria LABRA MAKK, piano, Pavel DOLEŽAL, violin and Vuk OVASKAINEN, cello

Great Hall of the Kolarac Endowment,
Sunday, 01 October 2017 at 11:00h

Aima Maria LABRA MAKK, piano (Austria), Pavel DOLEŽAL, violin (Czech Republic), and Vuk OVASKAINEN, cello (Serbia)

(free admission)


Aima Maria Labra-Makk, Pavel Dolezal, Vuk Ovaskainen

Aima Maria LABRA-MAKK, piano

Aima Maria Labra-Makk leads a solid career as a solo concert pianist, chamber musician and educator. Her performances and magnetic presence have earned her worldwide acclaim. European critics describe her playing as “peerless marked by high musical intelligence, colourful expression with physical robustness (to sound) with the elegant ease of touch but never for the sake of display.” Even the famous pianist and pedagogue Tatjana Nikolaeva highly praised the expressiveness and depth of her playing.

Born 1965 in Cebu City, the Philippines, Ms Labra-Makk received her first piano tutorials from her pianist mother at age three. By the time she entered teenhood, she seriously committed herself to the piano. After balancing rigorous and intensive piano lessons and high school academics, she proceeded to the University of the Philippines where she studied under Perla Suaco and earned a Bachelor of Music degree.
In 1985, she won the top prize of the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA), piano category C. Overwhelmed and impressed by her technique and her performance, the judges decided not to award a second prize. The top prize in that category has never been won since then.
In 1986, she was granted acceptance at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria, where she studied under her mentor Eugen Jakab. It was at this same period too when she was granted numerous and generous scholarships such as the Bosendorf Scholarship, Martha Debelli Stipend, Alban Berg Foundation Scholarship.
In 1989, after winning the main prize at the First International Competition Franz Schubert and 20th Century Music in Graz, she started getting invitations to do recitals, radio and television recordings, and concert tours.
In 1990, with a unanimous board decision, Ms Labra-Makk was awarded the highest honours in Concert Diplomate from the University of Music. She later received a recognition award from the Ministry of Education of Austria (Wurdigungspreis des Bundesministers fur Wissenschaft and Forschung).
She performs in key cities and venues in Europe such as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Mirabell Palace in Salzburg. Stefaniensaal in Graz and in Asia. She has also performed in international festivals such as the Vienna International Festival (Wiener Festwochen), 1st Women´s Festival in Eisenstadt (Frauenfestival), Liszt-Beethoven Symphonies for Piano Series in Wiesbaden, Germany.
In 1999, she was the featured pianist at the Easter Concert of the Liszt Society in Raiding, Austria (Liszt´s birthplace). Since then, she performs regularly at the Liszt Center in Raiding.
In November 2001, she successfully made her U.S debut in Washington, D.C to rousing applause and a standing ovation. She has since played in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tennessee, and Dallas.
As an educator, Ms Labra-Makk currently holds a teaching position at the University of Music in Graz, Austria. Here, she trains extremely musically gifted children from different parts of the world selected through rigorous auditions. All of her students have won national and international competitions. She also conducts Master Classes in different music institutions all over the world.
Labra-Makk is the only pianist to record the complete piano works of the Austrian composer Jenö Takács on four CDs. She has also done the world premiere recording of Takács´s piano concerto with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tamas Pál. The CD was released under Hungaroton, Hungary´s leading classical recording company.
Besides the standard concert repertoire, Labra-Makk explores new challenges through performances collaborating with other art forms such as dance, theatre, spoken word, visual arts and literature. One of the projects was the unique version of Bartok´s “Wooden Prince” for pantomime and solo piano. This was performed in November 2004 with the famous Austrian pantomime artist Walter Samuel Bartussek at the Brahmssaal of the Musikverein in Vienna.
In 2005, Labra-Makk joined the well-respected Hungarian violinist Ernö Sebestyén and the much-awarded Hungarian cellist Tamás Mérei to form the Esterházy trio. The trio is officially endorsed by Prince Antál Esterházy, the present head of the noble Austro-Hungarian family who had been patrons of Joseph Haydn and Franz Liszt. She is also the pianist of “Trio Douze” (Gottfried Boisits, oboe and Kurt Pfleger, bassoon) and Tonstrom (Peter Forcher, clarinet and her husband, Nikolaus Makk, cello).
Since 2001, she has been coming home regularly to the Philippines to perform and to hold masterclasses in different music colleges and institutions. Because of her unwavering dedication to the advancement of classical music in the Philippines, she was awarded 2006 by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia of Cebu the “Garbo sa Sugbu” (Pride of Cebu).


Pavel DOLEŽAL, violin (Czech Republic)

The art director of Camerata Janáček, the violist Pavel Doležal, belongs to the middle generation of Czech music interprets. His hometown is Ostrava. Already during his studies (Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) he successfully participated at a number of national and international interpretative competitions (he is a two-time winner of international violin competition Beethoven’s Hradec.)
Since 1989 he has been a member of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, where he holds the function of concertmaster. Pavel Doležal regularly engages in the chamber and occasionally in solo performance. (Most recently he performed in 2008 together with Martin Kasík and Jiří Hanousek in Beethoven’s trio accompanied by Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava.)
As a concertmaster and chamber performer, he has attended a number of concert tours in Europe and Asia (Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan) North America (USA) and Australia. Since 1998 he has been the head and soloist of Camerata Janáček, for several years he worked as a pedagogue at Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava.
Pavel Doležal collaborates and performs regularly with ArtLink soloists and the ArtLink chamber ensemble “ArtLink Young Virtuosi” as an artist-mentor since 2015.



Vuk Ovaskainen was born in Belgrade in 2001 and started playing the cello at the age of seven.
Vuk is the laureate of the international competitions “Petar Konjović”, “Dušan Protić”, and the “Mozart” competition in the Quinto Vicentino, in Italy, as well as the State level competition in Serbia. He won the Second prizes at the International “Heran” violoncello competition in the Czech Republic and in Liezen, in Austria. At the festival of young talents in Sremski Karlovci in 2011, he was selected the Most Talented Cellist in Serbia.
Vuk played several recitals in Serbia, two at the Academy of Sciences and Arts, two at the Artget Gallery of Belgrade Cultural Centre, and also performed at the Cello Fest and at the Chopin Fest in Belgrade.
Vuk Ovaskainen is the member of the ArtLink Chamber Ensemble and has also played several times as a soloist with the orchestra within the ArtLink – Société Générale Young Talents’ Music Cycle.
Vuk is a second-year student at „Dr Vojislav Vučković“ School of Music, in the class of professor Danijela Militinović. He also studies with professors Boža Saramandić, and Judit Niederholzer-Josifoska. Vuk participated at master classes by cellist Jan Vogler, as well as Alexander Baillie and Louise Hopkins in the UK.
In 2016 Vuk has been invited to “Colluvio” chamber music program and tour in Austria, Germany and the Balkans.
Members of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Dejan Despić and Ivan Jevtić have composed music for Vuk.



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