OLIVIERO HASSAN has been a member of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra's viola section since 2008.
Having grown up in Berlin, his first violin teachers had been Amadeus Heutling of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Abraham Jaffé. It was only in 2007 that a befriended violist recommended him to try the viola, and Oliviero instantly took to the beauty of the viola's warm sound. He then attended several viola masterclasses with, among others, Lars Anders Tomter and Lawrence Power at the Aurora Masterclass 2011 in Sweden.
Before joining the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Oliviero has played with numerous German orchestras, such as SWR Baden-Baden & Freiburg, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hamburger Symphoniker, and others.
MAI GOTO graduated from Osaka University of Music, Japan, where she studied with Atsuhiko Shimizu, and continued her studies with György Nádor at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. In 2012 she finished her Master's degree at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, with Signe Bakke and Torleif Torgersen as her teachers.
In 2009, she was awarded 1st prize in "The 24th International Music Competition Rovero d'Oro" in Italy.
Mai Goto is currently living in Bergen, where she has an active performing career. She has performed at the concert series at the Siljustøl Museum and at "AVGARDE", Bergen's concert series for new music.
In 2013 she was pianist in the production “Nina Grieg – a great little woman” in Grieg’s villa, Troldhaugen. In the same year she was soloist in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.2 on a US tour conducted by Trond Sæverud and in 2014 she was soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.5 with the University of Bergen Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2013 Ms. Goto has performed annually at the “Grieg in Bergen” series together with the violist Oliviero Hassan and the violinist Michael Süssmann.
In 2016 she performed Japanese story 'Issun Boshi' and children's performance 'Klovnen Klem' She will be touring in Italy, Germany and Poland.