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principal guest conductor
Conductor Ermanno Florio has impressed both audiences and critics in major centres in Europe, the USA, Canada, and Asia since he began his career in Toronto in 1977. Mr. Florio came to Canada from Italy at age two and studied violin as a child. He later attended the University of Toronto, where he directed his focus on conducting.
The extremely versatile Mr. Florio has well distinguished himself in genres of symphonic, operatic and balletic repertoire. He has received high acclaim for opera and ballet performances. Maestro Florio who, since 1992, is Music Director of the Houston Ballet, was Conductor and Music Administrator for the National Ballet of Canada, from 1985 to 1990.
Mr. Florio was also Music Director of American Ballet Theater from 1998 to 2001. From 2004 until 2013 he has been Music Director of the Dutch National Ballet. Now he is engaged with the Dutch National Ballet as principal guest conductor.
Russian pianist Olga Khoziainova started music lessons at the age of six and at ten she enrolled as a pupil at the Special School for Music in Kiev. She graduated when she was 19 with diplomas in piano and music history and theory. She continued her studies in Moscow with professor Maria Grinberg and Arkadi Sevidov, graduating in 1982. She joined the Moscow Cameral Ballet (now the National Theatre) as a pianist, as well as being leader and soloist with the Moscow Union of Musical Ensembles.
In 1992 she joined the Finnish National Ballet, as well as working as a guest pianist with the Hamburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. In 1998 she joined the Dutch National Ballet as principal pianist. In addition to her work with various ballet companies Olga Khoziainova frequently appears as a concert pianist.
The Russian pianist Michael Mouratch (1958) studied at the Moscow Conservatory under the famous teacher Vera Gornostayeva, and later with Vadim Sachorov. In 1989 Mouratch joined the Dutch National Ballet.
He also plays concertos and recitals in Austria, Yugoslavia, Germany, Greece and Italy. In addition he has appeared as accompanist to the violinists Vadim Repin, Ilya Grubert, Mark Lubotsky and Nikolai Madoyan in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Hague, Germany and Austria.
Ryoko Kondo (Kyoto, Japan) studied at the Oho Highschool for Music in Tokyo and at the Utrechts Conservatory in Holland with Sumiko Nagaoka and Ton Hartsuiker. She also studied with Vitalij Margulis en Freiburg, Germany.
Ryoko Kondo has won prizes for national competitions in Japan and “Vriendenkrans” sponsored by Vereniging Vrienden van het Concertgebouw and the Eduard Flipse Concours in Rotterdam.
She has wordekd for violin classes of Victor Lieberman and Philip Hirschhorn and for the class of Udo Reinemann for Lied accompaniment in Utrecht.
Since 1996 she is a member of the musical staff of the Dutch National Ballet.
She regularly gives solo recitals o.a. in Tokyo, Japan.
Robert Greuter (1959) studied piano as a pupil of Hans Bruin at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He studied composition with Robert Heppener. After his education he started to work for the Dutch National Ballet, where he is a solo-pianist.
The Russian pianist Viktoriya Ryapolova (Malakhova, in the Moscow region) studied at the conservatoire in Moscow and at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, where she was engaged as a pianist in 1989. She transferred to the Russian National Ballet in Moscow in 2000 and then to the Atelier do Bailado Classico in Coimbra (Portugal) in 2001, where she worked until 2005. She went on to play the piano with Zürich Ballett in Switzerland until 2009.
In 1997, Viktoriya Ryapolova was a pianist at the eighth edition of the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, and in 1995 at the International Ballet Summer in Vail, the United States.