Laci Olah is a Hungarian born classically trained Belgian violinist, orchestrator, and teacher. A sixth generation musician, he attributes his development as an all-round musician to his heritage and his father, who himself is a classically trained all-round pianist.
He has more 15 years of experience of performing in the entertainment music business.
He's extended repertoire of more then 8 hours of American Evergreens, Jazz Standards, Hungarian and Russian folk and Gipsy Music, Film music, French, Italian and German songs, ... has brought him to perform in numerous high class venues, bars, hotels,... around Europe.
Due to his on spot improvisatory and orchestrating skills he has collaborated with numerous artist from different genres, from classical to jazz, to pop, rock, musical, film music where he played, arranged and orchestrated on their recordings and on their performances.
During his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, his prominent talent was recognized by Igor Oistrakh, who accepted him in his class. He continued his studies with Lilia Umnova at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where he graduated "Master of Arts in Music" for violin with summa cum laude in 2011.
In 2001 he received the First Prize at the Dexia Competition.
His many solo achievements include the H. Wieniawsky's Violin Concerto, F. Waxman's Carmen Fantasy, and P. Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.
Laci’s Orchestral and Chamber Music development has benefited from the collaboration with the string ensemble, Timur Und Seine Mannschaft, where he was acting as concertmaster and soloist from 2007 till 2011.
Since 2011 he has worked for Musical van Vlaanderen where he participated in the production of Oliver! and played the fiddler role in the production Fiddler on the Roof.
In 2012 he was awarded with the position of concertmaster in the Hooverphonic with Orchestra project.
With Hooverphonic, he recorded two albums and an a live DVD and played over 50 concerts with Hooverphonic and toured for over 2 months in the most prestigious halls of Belgium, such as the Sportpaleis, 6 times in the Elizabethzaal, Capitole Ghent, Viage Brussels, Roma Antwerp... He performed live in numerous tv and radio shows in Belgium.
Since 2014 he has been living in London, UK.
Currently he is freelancing through London's music scene as a classical, all-round, jazz violinist and is teaching at the World Heart Beat Music Academy.
Giorgos is a young and talented guitarist performing in London in the last five years. Recent activities include an LP release entitled ‘Coming Up’, showcasing five of his most recent compositions. The music was recorded in April 2015 and involved various young talents from London’s music scene.
New collaborations include a world music theme duet with French violinist Diane Aidenbaum and an all-round virtuoso ensemble with violinist Laci Olah. The groups made appearances in Paris and London respectively, in autumn this year.Giorgos is also leading his organ trio and performs regularly in the city since 2013. The group consists of two formidable players: James Buckham on the hammond organ and David Dyson on drums. The band has recorded original tracks last year introducing fresh ideas through their compositions.Since arriving in the U.K. in 2010, Giorgos performed in some of the most popular and prestigious venues and festivities including the House of Lords at the British Parliament in 2011.
Continuing his musical journey in Europe, Giorgos currently works on new composition material and live performances scheduled for the 2015-2016 year.
Born in Nice, France, Diane Aidenbaum began studying the violin as well
as the saxophone at the National Conservatory in Nice.After obtaining a 1st prize in violin and chamber music at the Nice Conservatory, she obtained a Master of Music at the Royal Superior Conservatory in Gent (Belgium), as a student of Lilya Umnova.She continued her studies in Maurice Hasson’s class at the Royal Academy of
Music in London and obtained a Master of Performance with Merit and a teacher degree (LRAM). Diane Aidenbaum is also invited to participate in many festivals in soloist, including ‘Blossom Festival’ in Gent (Belgium) on the opening night tribute to
Steve Lacy, as soloist and duetting with Mikhail Bezverkhny, ‘Musiques en Vacances’ in La Ciotat (France), ‘C’est Pas Classique’ in Nice (France), ‘Rencontres Musicales en Montagne Ardéchoise’ (France), ‘Baia Das Gatas’ in Cape Verde, ‘Les Classiques de Villars’ in Switzerland…
n 2008, she was invited by the famous composer and conductor Dirk Brosse to
perform his work, ‘Black and White, and in Between’, at the gala evening for the ‘Achiel Van Acker’ prize in Bruges, Belgium.
To this day, Diane Aidenbaum has begun an international career spanning Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Bucharest (Romania), England, China, Brazil as well as many french towns, as a soloist and in chamber music.
Her repertoire extends from baroque to contemporary music. She has formed a duo Violin and Classical Accordion with Aude Giuliano playing a wide repertoire composed from their own arrangements including Debussy, Bloch, DeFalla, Piazolla… which has been performed internationally for the past 4 years. She is currently playing with Benjamin Bruant in an original duo Violin and Guitar, including a spanish repertoire and their arrangements of Debussy, St-Saëns, DeFalla, Granados.
Born in Greece, Manos Kitsikopoulos studied piano with the professors Max and Yiannis Hallecker and Musicology & Music Pedagody in University of Athens.He graduated from the “Max Hallecker” Conservatory with Diploma in Piano receiving Excellent Unanimously A’ Prize and Diploma in Advance music theory with Distinction. During his studies he won top prizes in a number of piano competitions. Among these can be mentioned 2nd prize in ““Konzerteum” international piano competition (Piraeus, Greece), 2nd prize in the Panhellenic student competition (Ministry of Education), 3rd prize and special prize for “best Mozart performance” in “Maria Chairogiorgou-Sigara” competition.Manos has completed his Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor with Distinction and with the DipRam award as top distinction for given from the Academy.
He has been offered a scholarship for his studies by the Onassis Foundation in Greece.
As a soloist he gave numerous recitals and concerts in many important venues in Athens (Filippos Nakas, Estia of Nea Smirni, Athens French Institute, Zappeio Hall and so on), music festivals (festival of Municipality of Gerakas) and other cities( Concert hall of Thessaloniki University, Kalamata’s Community Centre and so on).Performance highlights include the performance of Beethoven’s 5th piano Concerto with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Betina Smit in Czech Republic, Rhapsody in Blue with the Big Band of Royal Academy of Music.In November 2014, Manos performed in the prestigious Kensington Palace under the presence of HRH Princess Michael of Kent for a charity event organised by Life Action Trust.
In June 2015, he made his debut with Athens Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven's 4th piano concerto in Benaki Museum Open Air Hall, receiving genaral acclaim by the public and the press.
Future performances include:various solo recitals across Greece (Aegean Arts Festival, Aigina International Music Festival ect.)(July-August 2015).
Having a great interest in all areas of repertoire, he is strongly involved with improvisation alongside the classical repertoire and often performs with various ensembles, in Greece. As an orchestrator ,he is currently completing the upcoming LP album of the composer Matha Menahem based on lyrics by great Greek Poets (K.P.Kavafis, Leinaditis, Lapathiotis and so on.)
Greg started performing around the age of 9, playing the organ in church. He developped a passion for boogie woogie, ragtime, and later on Jazz.
His academic training started at Nantes Conservatoire, and the Catholic University of the West in Angers (Music Degree with honors in 2013).
Greg develops a taste for singing through Gospel, jazz, and pop music, he writes his own songs and composes original songs. He loves playing with singers and always enjoys composing and arranging for them.In France, Greg played in many festivals such as “les rendez-vous de l’Erdre” and “les nuits du jazz” in Nantes “Terre blanche” and “face et si” in the west of France, “Jazz’y Krampouezh” at Pont-Aven… He releases his first solo album “all better now” in 2012, 100% auto produced and recorded at home in Nantes.
He is now based in London, studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on a Masters course “jazz piano performance” under the supervision of Simon Purcell. This training enables him to perform regularly in London venues such as the Vortex, Pizza Express Soho, Hideway, Zedel, Toulouse Lautrec and to learn from great professionals of the London Jazz Scene such as Simon Purcell, Liam Noble, Pete Churchil, Nick Weldon or Gareth Lockrane.Greg is involved in several projects like “Yesa Sikyi” with whom he plays regularly in the UK: Manchester jazz festival, Lancaster jazz festival, London Vortex.
Greg also teaches piano and composition to students of any age and level.