Elza Kolodin’s pianism developed under the influence of the Eastern European traditions, admired for their deeply emotional qualities and represented in the art of such giants as Chopin, Paderewski or Rubinstein.

Her pianist's career began in Krakow under Zofia Zagajewska and continued, with a scholarship from the Chopin Society, at the Music Academy in Warsaw under Ryszard Bakst and Zbigniew Drzewiecki. The Albert Roussel Foundation supported further studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with Thierry de Brunhoff, a master pupil of Alfred Cortot, where she graduated with the highest distinction, the "Licence de concert à l'unanimité du jury".

Elza Kolodin is a winner of international piano competitions Busoni and Casagrande in Italy, the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, Maria Canals in Spain. Participation in Jose Iturbi, Reina Sofia and Premio Jaén competitions, all in Spain, brought her not only the first awards but also prizes for the best interpretations of the Spanish music. She has widely performed in Europe, Japan, and the USA and recorded with the labels Ars Musici and EMI. The international press acclaimed her "rapturous playing", "brilliant virtuosity" and a very "personal mixture of electrifying energy and profound poetry".

E. Kolodin is a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany. Her students regularly win leading international contests and develop successful concert careers. The press has commented that success of her pupils would not have been possible without “the greatness of the teacher who manages to captivate her students with an inexhaustible musical power and visualization in a somewhat hypnotical way…". Intensity, devotion and the depth of knowledge, combined with rare sensitivity, have been noted as characteristics of her teaching style.

Professor Kolodin is an experienced juror, regularly invited to leading international competitions, among them Clara Haskil, Maria Canals, Horowitz, Top of the World, Jose Iturbi. She has given masterclasses in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, and other countries.


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Erik T. Tawaststjerna (“Ta-va-sher-na”) began his musical education in Helsinki, took private lessons in Moscow from Genrietta Mirvis, and graduated from the Vienna Music Academy, where he studied with Dieter Weber, as well as from New York’s Juilliard School, where his teacher was Sascha Gorodnitzki. He also holds a doctorate from New York University where he studied under the guidance of Eugene List. He has participated in master classes given by Wilhelm Kempff and Dmitri Bashkirov.

He won the second prize at the Helsinki Maj Lind piano competition in 1968 and has since given concerts around the world. He played the first Finnish performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” in 1981. He has appeared as a soloist with all major orchestras in Finland. In 1990 he was invited to give a performance for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Mr. Tawaststjerna has made numerous recordings, among them a series of 8 recordings of the complete piano music by Jean Sibelius on the BIS label.

He has been teaching since 1982 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he was appointed full professor of piano in 1986. Many of his students have received top prizes in international piano competitions, and several of them have advanced to a professor’s position at a university. Mr. Tawaststjerna’s expertise has been called upon in the juries of several competitions, such as the Van Cliburn Competition in Texas, the Dublin Piano Competition, the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, London International Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona. He has given master classes, among other places, at the Guildhall School of Music in London, University of the Arts in Berlin, Tokyo College of Music, and at the Vienna University for Music. He was named “Professor of the Year” in 2006 by the Finnish Professors’ League.


John Treherne is a pianist, harpsichordist and composer. For over 30 years he has led the national award winning Gateshead Music Services and received the Member of British Empire honours (MBE) in recognition of his input in the development of music performance and education in the country.

As a performer, John Treherne has played throughout Europe and the Americas, both with a chamber ensemble and as a soloist, and has made numerous recordings. He is the author of symphonies and concerti, children’s musicals, orchestral movements and songs.

For many years John Treherne has conducted a young musicians’ orchestra in Gateshead. The orchestra has been invited to 19 overseas tours and also has performed in events, and at leading venues in the region, such as the Sage Gateshead, The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle or Gibside Chapel in Rowlands Gill.

An examiner for the ABRSM for over two decades, J. Treherne was course leader for the CT ABRSM diploma. Examining work still takes him regularly to Ireland, Scotland and the North of England.

John Treherne has been instrumental in bringing to prominence the musical heritage of a locally born composer William Shield after discovering an original edition of his comic opera, Rosina, in the Gateshead public library some years ago. The William Shield Festival is now in its second year, taking place in Whickham near Newcastle upon Tyne.