Demonstarators, Speakers


William Baddeley


Will Baddeley, a self-taught and self-made Bonsai Artist has been practicing the art of bonsai since 1997. He has always had a fondness for nature, the forest and in particular, trees. Will was launched in to Bonsai limelight, when he represented UK and came third in the New Talent Completion, 2002 in Trevarez, France. Will works with all species but has a preference toward native British and European trees. And has has bought this passion into styling and creating very natural looking Bonsai. He now teaches bonsai across Europe, the UK and holds workshops at his home in Suffolk. Will's passion and understanding of native species shows clearly, vividly and passionately in all his work.

Valentin Brose


Valentin Brose got his first bonsai when he was 11 years old. Since he's young, he's interested in plants and nature. He did a 3-year apprenticeship (2008-2011) in Japan under the well-known bonsai master Kunio Kobayashi at the Shunka-En bonsai garden. Before he went to Japan, he did a 3-year apprenticeship as a gardener in Germany, where he comes from. Since he's back, he is working on Bonsai in whole Europe and in Japan.

"Bonsai is for me the perfect way to express my feelings and the beauty of nature."

Viktória Gyöpös


Viktoria Gyöpös, creator of the Workshop is active in preparing sumi-e paintings, Japanese scrolls, Kakejikus and experimental tenpai ornaments. She is professed in bonsai and kusamono art.

The forebear of Kitsimono Workshop prepared merely bonsai ceramics in the beginning. The name Kitsimono was assumed when the two members began to work together. Nowadays they are active not only in creating bonsai and kusamono ceramics, but they produce ceramic tenpai ornaments and wallscrolls and kakejiku, too.

Members to the Workshop are Viktoria Gyöpös and Bálint Tirpák who give their mind to establish Mono no aware art, utilizing the possibilities of incorporating traditional Japanese culture, European interlayers and subjective irreglular art. Acting as beaux-artists they are thinking and working in a csonin spirit. Their afflated impressive activity is comprised by dynamic conceptuality, the incarnation of their art always creates possibility for an intuitive adaptability and functional deployment – giving a free range to curio-hunters.

Experimenting the Workshop is constantly questing after permeability and redundancy of the perpetuator Japanese culture kept count by European art history and that of real Japanese art. Crucial artistic conception, objective monotheism of the Workshop is to create unreproducible handmade objects and believing in the values deriving from uniqueness.

Andrea Melloni


I live in in Berlin, (Germany), where I run my own bonsai nursery.

I was born in 1975 and I’ve been practicing the bonsai art since 1989. At age of 17, as an apprentice I learned in a well-known Italian bonsai nursery, where I worked from 1992 to 1996, carrying on my education. After winning the regional young talent in 1996, I signed a contract for a yamadori specialized bonsai nursery in Italy, where I worked for eight years, preparing trees for European nurseries and collectors, participating as a professional at most European events.

My bonsai knowledge progressed in the international environment ,in the meantime I studied visual arts.

After winning the BCI president’s outstanding bonsai design award in 1998 during the UBI EBA/ESA congress and publishing an article in BCI magazine right after, I had the honour to become member of the UBI- Italian bonsai Teacher’s registry in the same year.

In 2002, I moved to Germany where I successfully entered the National Teacher’s Registry.

Since 2006 I’ve been running my own bonsai nursery, where an intense educationalactivity is carried on constantly, on national- andinternational level.

Since 2007, I’m a teacher and art director for German detachment for Progetto Futuro Bonsai School, which is one of the main European bonsai schools. I´ve been participating as demonstrator and exhibitor at most of the European main events since 1997 including among others:

  • European Bonsai Congress in Arco in 2000
  • Gingko Bonsai Award 2001
  • EBA Congress in Trevarez in 2002
  • World Bonsai Congress in Germany in 2001
  • Noealanders Trophy (several editions)
  • Bonsai Triennal (several editions)
  • German and Italian congresses (several editions)

My works are published on regular basis in Germany and in Europe, and have been honoured along the years with several awards including:

  • BCI Outstanding Bonsai Design at Fermo European Congress in 1998
  • Gold medal at national German Congress in 2009
  • Gold medal at national German Congress in 2011
  • Bronze medal & Jury Prices in 2010 and 2012
  • Most natural tree exhibited during the German/European Congress in 2011
  • A bonsai of mine has become tree of the year 2012 during the Slovakian National Exhibition.

I’ve been invited to demonstrations for several international events on a regular basis among others in Italy, San Marino, China, France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland.

My latest challenges were: headline demonstration at Bonsai Triennial 2013 in Poland, a permanent display of bonsai trees at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin and a solo exhibition & demonstration during the summer of 2013 at the Bonsai Museum Düsseldorf, I was also headline demonstrator during WBFF World Congress in Jintan, China.

Chiara Padrini


She started to have an active interest in bonsai in 1988 and in suiseki in 1990. First Italian on the Board of Directors of EBA (European Bonsai Association) and was treasurer for 4 years from 1991 to 1994.

BCI Ambassador, since 2003 has been elected Director of the BCI (Bonsai Clubs International), also she is in charge of suiseki in Europe.

In 2009 she is also a member of the FELAS directive board (Latin-American Suiseki association). She also has organized and taken part in many national exhibitions and in the first European Congress held in Turin 1990 with Masahiko Kimura who was the honourguest of the event

She is also a promoter of the first bonsai school in Italy with Japanese Masters (Susumu Nakamura and Hideo Suzuki), and assisted in the setting up of the first Bonsai Instructors register. She is a founder member of Bonsai and Suiseki Clubs and Associations and contributed to the organization of the IBS – National College of Bonsai and Suiseki Instructors, taking the role of President from 1991 to 2005 and taking it back since 2007. Responsible for the IBS ethical and didactic commitee for suiseki.

President of the organizing commitee of the first world congress in Italy, held in Saint Vincent, the 24th-28th September 2008.

In 2009 she received a gold medal formertis in Bonsai and Suiseki world together with other 20 people around the world and appointed during the World Bonsai Friendship Federation congress held in Puerto Rico.

Sándor Papp


He was born next to the Balaton, which is the largest lake in Hungary, in a restaurateur family. The influence of his grandfather- who was a forester- was essential for him forming interest in trees and other plants in his childhood. Later he moved to Pilis, which is the most beautiful mountain in Hungary, so his connection with nature evolved.His interest in bonsais started in his teen-age. Initially he learned the basics of bonsai by self-taught. Then he met with András Koós, who pioneered the culture of bonsai in Hungary. The first techniques were taught by him. Sándor later worked in a nursery, after that he got a job at Hungary’s first Bonsai Studio. He held numerous demonstrations and workshops, and participated in Europe’s famous exhibitions.

Specialties: junipers, pines, shohin bonsais.

György Rácz


I was born on the 13th of March, 1951, in Tarján, Hungary. After finishing school I worked as a building engineer. I have been running my own building energineering company since 1990. I began working with bonsai and with bonsai styling in 1983. I am a member of University Bonsai Club (Budapest) since 1996, and also as the vicepresident since 2004. Since 1999, I have taken part in many exhibitions as a demostraitor, in Hungary and abroad as well. Since 2001, I have been exhibiting bonsai every year in the International Bonsai Exhibition Nitra (Slovakia) and I am holding bonsai styling practice with my 14 years old experience. I also took partin the following events:

2006 EBA Congress (Ksiaz, Poland)

2007 International Exhibition (Alitus, Lithuania)

2008 EBA Congress )Wien, Austria

2012 International Exhibition (Vilnius, Lithuania)

2015 EBA Congress (Vilnius, Lithuania)

In my bonsai garden mostly yamadori trees - many of them are more than 100 years old – can be found. There are numerous trees for demos and prebonsais as well.

Edoardo Rossi


Edoardo Rossi was born in Padova on the 12th of December,1960. He received his diploma in oboe at the “C. Pollini” conservatory in Padova in 1983. The same year, he began a an internationalsolo career  with important orchestras and chamber groups. He became interested in bonsais in 1985. He learned by gathering information, participating on various trainings, and he was also trained by excellent teachers. In 1987 he became one of the founding members of the “Associazione Euganea del Bonsai” for which he is even now in charge of the artistic and teaching aspects. In 1992 he took a course at the “Bonsai Art School” - having Hideo Suzuki as a teacher- and he received his diploma in October 1999. In 1995 he won the competition “Nuovo Talento Europeo” held in Monaco (Montecarlo). He is a founding member, and vice president, of “Nippon Bonsai Sakka Kyookai Europe”. Nowadays his focus is on the world of bonsai- including the organization of Italian and European exhibitions, as well as the organization of a Japanese style garden- opened to the public.

Nik Rozman


Born in 1991. At the age of ten Nik got his first bonsai as a gift. He attended many workshops and demonstrations with many well-known bonsai masters. Learning from Adriano Bonini, Horst Krekeler, Vaclav Novak, Enrico Savini and many others.

Nik has worked with Bonsai for over 13 years and enjoys all that the bonsai world has to offer and has no intention of leaving it. Nik attends many bonsai events throughout Europe and received numerous of prizes and awards for exhibiting his own bonsai. Nik believes he has a duty as an instructor is to pass on knowledge in the form of courses, workshops and demonstrations.

Gergő Schmidt


I started practising the art ofBonsai at around the age of 14. As a beginner I got tremendous help from the Corvinus University Bonsai Club and I decided to dedicate my life to learn everything about the functioning of trees. A few years later I got my certification with excellent results as a gardening technician.Over the years I had to face many interruptions in my workflow but they were always followed by restarts. Since 2008 I have the luck to maintain my own nursery and practise the styling of the plants with patience and care.Hard learning paid off, as I won the first place at the Hungarian New Talent Contest in May 2015, which was organised by the Hungarian Bonsai Federation. This event brought me the honor to take part in the European New Talent Contest in Vilnius, Lithuania. I took it as a great opportunity and practised as much as possible to succesfully perform in the international field.I gathered lots of congratulations,enriched with many colorful experiences and made new friendships, too. The Budapest Times magazine published an article about my success in the field of bonsai art and one about a remarkable Scottish bagpipe concert. When I don’t create Bonsai trees, I work as a professional landscaper or I play the Great Highland Bagpipes, which is an other old love of me, too.

Bálint Tirpák


Bálint Tirpák, founder of the Workshop is producing bonsai, kusamono, ikebana and gastronomic ceramics modelled and fretted by hand and is forming experimental tenpai ornaments, digital bonsai design and graphics. Practicing bonsai and kusamono art Bálint Tirpák is a theoretic blogger of same.

The forebear of Kitsimono Workshop prepared merely bonsai ceramics in the beginning. The name Kitsimono was assumed when the two members began to work together. Nowadays they are active not only in creating bonsai and kusamono ceramics, but they produce ceramic tenpai ornaments and wallscrolls and kakejiku, too.

Members to the Workshop are Viktoria Gyöpös and Bálint Tirpák who give their mind to establish Mono no aware art, utilizing the possibilities of incorporating traditional Japanese culture, European interlayers and subjective irreglular art. Acting as beaux-artists they are thinking and working in a csonin spirit. Their afflated impressive activity is comprised by dynamic conceptuality, the incarnation of their art always creates possibility for an intuitive adaptability and functional deployment – giving a free range to curio-hunters.

Experimenting the Workshop is constantly questing after permeability and redundancy of the perpetuator Japanese culture kept count by European art history and that of real Japanese art. Crucial artistic conception, objective monotheism of the Workshop is to create unreproducible handmade objects and believing in the values deriving from uniqueness.