Michael Ponti (October 29, 1937 at Freiburg im Breisgau): pianist. Michael Ponti was born in Germany, and studied piano in Washington DC with Gilmour McDonald from 1942–1955 and then with Eric Flinsch in Frankfurt am Main from 1955–1961. In 1964 he won first prize in the Busoni-Wettbewerb.
Vitaly Margulis (Виталий Маргулис) was born in the city of Kharkiv in the Ukraine. He took his first piano lessons from his father, whose teacher studied with the composer Alexander Scriabin. Margulis continued studies at the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory, where from 1958 until his emigration to the west in 1974, he taught piano.
THE SWEDISH PIANIST ROLAND PÖNTINEN made his debut in 1981 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and has since then performed with major orchestras in Europe,USA,Korea,South-America, Australia and New Zealand.