Born in Japan, Eiji Oue began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of 4. At 15, Oue entered the Toho Gakuen School of Music as a performance major, beginning his conducting studies that same year with Hideo Saito, the teacher of Seiji Ozawa. In 1978 he was invited by Ozawa to spend the summer studying at the Tanglewood Music Center where he met Leonard Bernstein, who became his mentor and colleague. Eiji Oue is Conductor Laureate of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, having served as Music Director from 2003-2011, and Conductor Laureate of the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover, following eleven years as their Principal Conductor (1998-2009). He has also held the positions of Music Director of both the Minnesota Orchestra (1995-2002) and the Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra) (2006-2010).
Nemanja Radulovic began playing the violin at the age of seven in his hometown of Niš, in southern Serbia. He later studied under Sir Yehudi Menuhin at the Faculty of Arts and Music in Belgrade, attended the Saarlandes Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Saarbrücken, the Stauffer Academy in Cremona under Salvatore Accardo, and the Conservatoire de Paris with Patrice Fontanarosa. He has been awarded prizes from the Joseph Joachim competition in Hannover, George Enesco in Bucarest, and Stradivarius in Cremona. Radulovic records for Deutsche Grammophon, his most recent album presents the repertoire of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto and a Rococo Variations arrangement for viola and chamber orchestra. Radulovic was honoured with the International Revelation of the Year award by the Victoires de la musique classique in 2005, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arts in Niš, Serbia, and an ELLE Style Award for Musician of the Year in 2015. Continuing a collaboration with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits, he was selected as the orchestra’s artist-in-residence for their 2016/2017 season.