Josef Suilen is considered by orchestras, soloists and audiences, as an highly inspiring, exciting and powerful conductor. His clearness, precision, musical temperament, charisma and warm personality besides his deeply expressive interpretations, has been lauded again and again by musicians and audiences. His modern, authentic approach to leadership evokes enthusiasm among orchestra musicians. He studied Orchestra Conducting and Clarinet at the Conservatories of Music in Maastricht and Amsterdam. He studied Orchestra Conducting with Joop van Zon, graduated with the highest distinction ‘cum laude’. Continued studying at the ‘Royal Opera House Covent Garden’ London under the guidance of B. Haitink and C. Kleiber. His repertoire is based on the music literature from the classical period till the 20th century. He gives special attention to the Classic and Romantic, Central European repertoire which in his opinion is underrated and often overlooked in the standard concert programming. Besides, he has interesting, distinguishing ideas on new concert and programming concepts. He conducted a wide varied repertoire of symphonic and stage works in several European countries. He held the position of Music Director of the Brabant Chamber Orchestra and the Nijmegen University Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Netherlands Army Band. He was principal conductor of the International Opera Production Company in the Netherlands. Currently working as guest conductor in the Netherlands, Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and China. International soloists speak highly enthusiastic about the cooperation with him, such as: S. Dohr, M. Stockhausen, I. Derilova, G. Ibragimova, K. Kaludov, R. Bischof, W. Manz, N. Imai, Frances-Marie Uitti, J. van Zweden, J. Koppandi, C. Anghelescu. Highlights in his career are also his performances on the opera podia. With his opera performances (Zauberflöte, Fidelio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Aida, Tosca) he gained resounding personal success.
Rita Kinka, was born in Subotica and gave her first recital in 1975 at age 13. She enrolled graduated at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad at the age of 15, where she was guided by the renowned Prof. E. Timakin and A. Valdma, graduatin in 1977. She completed her master studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Prof. D. Trbojevic, 1983) and Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (A. Valdma, 1981). She continued her master studies at the Julliard School of Music in New York (class of G. Sándor) thanks to the scholarship of G. Bachauer foundation, which she won at the international Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1987 as the most promising young artist. She completed her studies at Juilliard in 1989. Rita Kinka has played regularly in all the ex Yugoslav music centers and also in USA, Australia, Russia, Germany, Israel, Taiwan, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Holland, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, England and Czechoslovakia. She has given over 700 recitals and performed as soloist with orchestras in almost all European countries, as well as in the USA, Taiwan, Israel, Canada and Australia. Rita Kinka has received a number of awards and prizes and rewards at international piano competitions in Senigallia (1979), Vercelli (Viotti, 1981), Belgrade (Jeunesses Musicales, 1983), Zwickau (Robert Schumann, 1985), Sydney (1985), Munich (ARD, 1987), Bordeaux (Golden medal at the Festival, 1988), Washington (1990), Brussels (Queen Elisabeth, 1991) and Orleans (20th Century Piano Music Competition, Samson Francoise award, 1996). She was the first winner of the European Parliament Prix Femmes d`Europe reward for the best European interpreter of classical music, which was awarded to her in Brussels in June 1991. She made recordings for radio and television centres in several countries (Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Russia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, England, Greece, Spain, Israel, Canada, USA, Australia, Taiwan, etc.). She made three CDs for the Digital Media Production (Brussels) and PGP RTS after she had recorded one LP. Rita Kinka also works as a professor of piano at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.