Please note: this programme is not entirely up to date. Please refer to http://www.liedconcours.nl/programme for the correct times and participants.
2. Vera Alkemade and Zuzanna Pawlaszek
The dutch mezzosoprano Vera Alkemade (1989) started studying singing at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Sasja Hunnego. In 2013, she finished her bachelor degree. In 2017, she finished her Master degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Jörn Dopfer. During the season 2015-2016, Vera sang as a guest at the theater of Osnabrück. Vera has attended many masterclasses and workshops, for example with Margreet Honig, Ira Siff, Udo Reinemann, Rudolf Jansen, Brigitte Fassbaender, Raul Gimenez and Alberto Zedda. In 2016 ,she won the second prize at the Elise Meyer competition in Hamburg, and 2017, she won the second prize at the Mozart competition in Hamburg. Zuzanna Pawlaszek was born 1988 in Bystrzyca Klodzka, Poland. In 2014, she graduated Master Piano studies at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. Currently, she studies Konzertexamen Liedgestaltung (Song Interpretation) with Burkhard Kehring at the same school. She is a winner of several piano and chamber music competitions: the International Piano Competition in Narva, Estonia 2004 (Special Award), Ginnette Gaubert International Piano Competition in Paris, France 2000 (1st prize), International Piano Competition in Rouen, France 2001 (1st prize), International Piano Competition in Varna, Bulgaria 2006 (1st prize), International Fr. Chopin Piano Competition in Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic 2006 (3rd prize), Ginnette Gaubert International Piano Duo Competition in Paris, France 2000 (1st prize), Chamber Music Competition in Bystrzyca Klodzka, Poland 2001 (Grand Prix). In 2012, she was a winner of a Special Grant of the Bank Société Géneralé. Vera and Zuzanna met each other during the art song classes at the University of Music in Hamburg. As soon as they started working together, they noticed a strong musical chemistry and understanding. They got to play several lied recitals in Germany. As a duo they enjoy financial support from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now.
3. Jussi Juola and Eun Hye Kang
Eun Hye Kang and Jussi Juola have been working together as a lied-duo since 2015. They have been studying together at the Carl Maria von Weber School of Music in Dresden under the tutelage of Ulrike Siedel and Olaf Bär. They have had several concerts in Germany and Finland. As a duo they have achieved the Special Prize for the best interpretation of contemporary music at the Ensemble Competition, and they were awarded with the Festival Vocallis Lied Award in Neatherlands. The Finnish bass-baritone Jussi Juola is studying in Dresden with Christiane Junghanns. He has focused in his studies on Lied and concert music. He has succeeded in several competitions, including the second prize in the Lappeenranta National Singing Competition and 1. prize in the Otto Vallenius Singing Competition in Finland, and he was the finalist at the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau Germany. Eun Hye Kang is a pianist from South Korea. She studied with Ulrike Siedel in Dresden. She continuously takes part in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and performs chiefly as a lied pianist. She is internationally acclaimed through her participation in competitions, such as the Korean National Music Scholarship Competition and the Korea Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, where she received the first prize. She received the second prize at Concorso Internazionale di Musica Euterpe.
4. Mercedes Gancedo and Beatriz G. Miralles
Mercedes Gancedo studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. She made her debut with Despina (Così fan tutte). She also sung “The Fairy Queen” with Jeffrey Gall and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro). In Spain, she has sung Gianetta , Mariana, Berta. She has been selected at the AAOS Opera Studio to perform Pamina and Alisa. She also sung Clarina and her debut of the role Micaela (Carmen) at Palau de la Música Catalana. She received a scholarship of the Fundación de Música de Cámara (Lieder music studies), to work for five years with Wilheim Opitz. She is currently on scholarship for private lessons of Jaume Aragall, and at the EsMUC on the Lied and Spanish song Master “Victoria de los Ángeles”. She won the 4º prize at Competizione dell’Opera in 2008 (Dresden, Germany), Emmerich Smola (Saarbrücken/Landau). She received a grant from Diputación de Barcelona at Francisco Viñas, won the first prize at CIM (Barcelona), the award “La Voz de más Porvenir” at the Singing Contest of Logroño City), and the first prize at XIII "Luis Mariano" international singing contest (Irún). Beatriz G. Miralles is studying at the Royal High Conservatory of Madrid, where Pilar Bilbao mentors her. In addition, she takes the 2-year specialization in Art Song under the supervision of Juan Antonio Alvarez Parejo. In 2011, she became a pupil of Leonel Morales Alonso. His influence on Beatriz's musical development has been crucial in recent years. She has been invited for a studentship at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg (Germany), where she receives an intensive instruction in Art Song (Liedgestaltung) by Matthias Alteheld. Beatriz has developed most of her professional activity in Concert Halls of Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Toledo, among others, not only performing concerts as a soloist, but also collaborating with other artists within the frame of the Art Song repertoire. Nowadays she spezialises in Lied and she has recently finished the Master of Lied and Spanish Song “Victoria de los Ángeles” in ESMUC under the supervision of Francisco Poyato. Beatríz and Mercedes started their collaboration in 2015, while studying together at the Lied Master course “Victoria de los Ángeles” at EsMuc, Barcelona. They have prepared several concerts together as a Lieder duo, and they continue their collaboration all over Europe, including LIFE Victoria de los Ángeles Lied Festival, ESDC Madrid, Mùsics als Parcs Barcelona. The duet received the first prize at Pòdiums de Musica Lied Competition. Nowadays, they are preparing their next album with pieces of Bernstein, Britten, among others and also performing in different concert halls in Spain.
5. Junhan Choi and Ji Yung Lee
Korean baritone Junhan Choi and pianist Ji Yung Lee met when they were studying at New England Conservatory of Music. They began to perform as a duo at the Conservatory’s Liederabend series in 2013. They appeared at concerts performing art songs including Schumann’s Dichterliebe. They participated in masterclasses led by Margo Garrett and Georg Lehner, and performed at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as guest artists for An Evening of Art Song and Opera. Junhan Choi was recently awarded the three Oratorio-Lied special prizes, ‘Mercedes Viñas’, ‘Victoria de los Ángeles’, and ‘Franz Schubert’ at the 54th Viñas international voice competition. Recent operatic credits include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte). Other recent highlights include featuring as Dandini (La Cenerentola) at The North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera; Caramoor Bel Canto Opera Young Artist performing Geôlier (Dialogues des Carmélites); an invited artist singing Don Giovanni at Harvard University; an artist of Boston Art Song Society. He studies with Carole Haber. Ji Yung Lee has made appearances at various venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Jordan Hall. She is a graduate student at The Juilliard School, where she studies collaborative piano with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman and voice with Cynthia Hoffmann. She attended Aspen Music Festival and School and Music Academy of the West as vocal piano fellowship recipient. Recent performances include the 1st Boulder International Chamber Music Competition as a finalist; recitals with Emmanuel Vukovich; Harold Meltzer’s ‘Beautiful Ohio’ in New York in the presence of composer.
6. Teodora Drozdik-Popović and Marina Sierra Ramos
The Serbian born mezzosoprano, Teodora Drozdik-Popović, grew up in a family of musicians. After finishing her master studies in literature, she became a student of classical singing at Codarts Rotterdam with Carolyn Watkinson; there she obtained her bachelor degree in 2016 in the class of Charlotte Riedijk. Teodora won the first prize at the Stem van Haarlem 2015 Competition, the second prize at the “Vera Kovač Vitkai“ Competition, and was a finalist of the Prix d’Harmonie competition. She followed masterclasses with Damien Guillon, Roberta Alexander, Renate Behle, Maria Riccarda Wesseling and Claron McFadden. Currently she is a first year master student of Axel Everaert at Conservatorium Maastricht. Marina Sierra did her bachelor studies in Spain under the guidance of Emmanuel Ferrer. During that period - working with renowned musicians, such as Maciej Pikulski or Benedicte Palko - she discovered her interest in chamber music playing. Additionally, she has always been conscious about the importance of improving her piano playing in masterclasses, which she did with pianists such as Claudio Martínez-Mehner, Solomon Mikowsky or Piotr Paleczny. Currently she is following a Master programme in piano accompaniment with Jeroen Riemsdijk. Marina and Teodora met as master colleagues at the conservatory this school year (2016/17). After recognizing in each other similar musical and artistic affinities, they have decided to form a duo. Till now they have performed in concerts locally, in Maastricht (Vrijthof Museum, Centre Céramique, Night of Classical Music) and are looking forward to expand both in quality and in artistry.
7. Lisa Ziehm and Malte Schäfer
The German Soprano Lisa Ziehm, born in Neustadt (Holstein) in 1990, began her musical career at a young age with playing the trumpet before she got to know her passion about singing. After pre-studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, she decided in 2012 to start her singing studies with Isabel Schaarschmidt. Within the context of an ERASMUS-semester, she studied 2014/2015 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Theresa Goble. During her studies, she made considerable progress in various masterclasses at home and abroad with Magreet Honig, Franz Grundheber, Carol Freeman etc. Furthermore, she gathered experience as a soloist in several song-recitals, operatic roles and concerts such as at London-Handel Festival, the Theater Lübeck and the Neue Eutiner Festspiele. The german pianist Malte Sebastian Schäfer was born in Düsseldorf in 1992. After completing his early piano education with Pietro Pittari, he started his piano studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in the class of Manfred Aust. Between 2014 and 2015 he was also taught by Charles Owen at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Since October 2016, he has been studying for his Master‘s degree in Piano Chamber Music with Markus Becker at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover. Alongside many awards in the Jugend Musiziert competition, he was also given the first prize as the best song accompanist of all northern music conservatories in the Maritim Musikpreis 2013. Malte was participant in numerous international masterclasses, and was taught by artists including Gitti Pirner, Ralf Gothoni, Khatia Apekisheva, Konstanze Eickhorst, the Fauré Quartet, and the Belcea Quartet. Many engagements led him to important venues such as Liederhalle Stuttgart and Tonhalle Düsseldorf. The duo began their collaboration in 2014 when they both started studying at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Initially, they were taught by Pamela Lidiard, and later they studied with Inge-Susann Römhild and Karola Theill at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. They also participated in several masterclasses with, among others, Wolfram Rieger (Berlin) and Daniel Fueter (Zürich). In November 2016, they qualified for a scholarship of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Musik Now in Hamburg. They cultivate a broad repertoire ranging from typical classical standards, to contemporary music, Chansons and Jazz. They are seeking to create unusual concert programmes.
8. Flore Van Meerssche and Hiroko Utsumi
The soprano Flore Van Meerssche was born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and took her bachelor’s degree in singing in Leuven. Since the winter semester 2015/16 she has been studying at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich with Fenna Kügel-Seifreid. She has taken part in masterclasses run by Roberta Alexander and Monica Benvenuti (Florence). In 2016, she appeared as Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute. In October 2016 she sang Minerva in Monteverdi’s Ulisse in a production of the Bavarian Theatre Academy August Everding. In June of this year, she can be seen and heard in the role of Adina in Donizetti's L’elisir d’amore. Hiroko Utsumi was born in Hyogo, Japan. She started her piano studies at the University of Arts in Okinawa under Hitomi Itokazu. Since 2016, she has been continuing her studies for a master’s in lieder performance under Fritz Schwinghammer and Donald Sulzen at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Munich. In 2013 Hiroko Utsumi won the first prize at the Music competition under the auspices of the Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper in Okinawa. Since October 2016, Flore Van Meerssche and Hiroko Utsumi have been performing together. As a duo they have taken part in a Masterclass for Contemporary Music with Axel Bauni. Together they have been awarded a scholarschip by the foundation Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now in January 2017.
9. Damien Gastl and Gayeon Lee
The French baritone Damien Gastl and the South-Korean pianist Gayeon Lee began working together at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. They met each other in the Lied Interpretation Class of Olaf Bär and Christine Hesse'. They recently participated in a masterclass with Rudolf Piernay. Gayeon Lee graduated from the piano Department at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, studying with Grigory Gruzman. She has won the First Prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione e Composizione Don Vincenzo Vitti competition in Italy. Also she played in many Concerts and participated in Masterclasses. She is currently studying Lied interpretation with Christine Hesse and Olaf Bär. Damien Gastl is a French baritone and is currently studying for his Bachelor's Degree at the Musikhochschule of Dresden with Christiane Junghanns. He began to take singing lessons in France at the Conservatory of Music Strasbourg with Marie-Madeleine Koebele. He made his Debut in Dresden as Soloist in G.W. Gluck's Merlin Insel, oder die Verkehrte Welt. He participated in masterclasses on French vocal repertoire with François Le Roux, and German repertoire with Rudolf Piernay. Damien has performed at the Theater in Radebeul and gave several recitals in Germany and France.
10. Jennifer Pellagaud and Florent Lattuga
Jennifer Pellagaud currently follows a Vocal Master’s Degree in Switzerland at the Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Freiburg under the tuition of Jeannette Fischer. Open to the different forms of classical music, she performs in opera, art song and sacred music. Performances that are noteworthy include the main character in Guy-François Leuenberger’s opera premiere Le ruisseau noir in Geneva conducted by Michael Wendeberg in 2015 as well as regular concerts of sacred music in Switzerland with orchestra leading her to sing Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Schubert, Fauré, and Honegger Florent Lattuga studies piano, first in Paris and then in Blois, where he received his Music Studies Diploma in 2008. In 2010, he was accepted at the Haute École where he obtained his Bachelor and Master Interpretation-Concert Degree. He now completes an Accompaniment Master Degree for which he is awarded both Prizes for best recital and grades’ excellence. He attended masterclasses with Leon Fleischer, Dmitri Alexeev, Lee Kum-Sing, Gergely Bogányi, as well as with Martin Katz, Helmut Deutsch and Roger Vignoles. As a winner of international competitions, he regularly performs as a soloist in France, Switzerland, Portugal and Brazil. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he is a piano accompanist at the Haute École in Brigitte Balleys’ and Leontina Vaduva’s classes. Both driven by the will to combine words and music as equal partners in order to interpret a repertoire which has inspired composition throughout time and countries, Jennifer Pellagaud and Florent Lattuga have been working together and performing for two years now the art song repertoire with an emphasis on German Lied and French mélodie. Their commitment and will to thrive as a duo led them to work under the guidance of Martin Katz, Todd Camburn, Béatrice Richoz and Marc Pantillon. Their interest in art songs leads them now to explore and highlight Spanish, Russian and Czech repertoire.
11. Woong Su Kim and Anastasia Grishutina
The baritone Woong Su Kim was born in 1986 in Seoul. He studied with Locky Chung at the Hanyang University in Seoul and then with Christoph Strehl and Wolfgang Holzmair at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (2005-2015). Currently he is in the in the opera class of Mario Hoff at the Cologne Muskhochschule. He has taken part in masterclasses with Sukil Park and Hanna Schwarz. He is a busy soloist with a wide repertoire. Among his recitals are a Gala-Concert with the Deagu Symphony Orchestra and a recital of Lieder by Killmayer (2014 Innsbruck). Anastasia Grishutina was born in Moscow in 1988. She studied with Slava Poprugin at the Moscow State Conservatory (2007-2013). In 2016 she completed a masters degree in solo piano in Munich with Adrian Oetiker. Currently she is studying Lieder accompaniment at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with Ulrich Eisenlohr. She performed at the Klavierfestivals in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (2015, 2016), and at the Festival Klavier in Linz (2016). In 2016, she won the accompanist's prize at the Brigitte-Kempen-Competition in Aachen. Kim and Grishutina first met in October 2016 in the class of Ulrich Eisenlohr. From the first minutes they discovered a great pleasure in working together on a wide and varied repertoire. Their first appearance was at the beginning of December 2016 in the Great Concert Hall of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Köln and was considered a great success. The duo Kim-Grishutina are still young but have many plans: the Liednacht 2017 in Aachen, participating in master-classes and of course concerts and recordings.
12. Héloïse Bernard and José Javier Ucendo Malo
Héloïse first studied in France, then abroad - first in the Netherlands, then Estonia, and lastly Scotland, where she is currently studying with Wilma MacDougall at the Royal Conservatoire. She participated in masterclasses with Roberta Alexander, Carolyn Watkinson, and Rachel Nichols. On stage she appeared as Missia in the Merry Widow, Eurydice in Orphée aux Enfers, Offenbach, at the Festival d'Opera bouffe d'Etriché, Melisande – from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande - in Tallinn and Tartu. She was Dido for the Young Baroque Orchestra in Tallinn. Héloïse has a Masters in French Literature from Paris University. Pianist José Javier Ucendo was admitted in Juan Carlos Cornelles' class for his Bachelor in Conservatorio Superior de Castellón in 2009. In 2013 he started his Masters at the Estonian Academy of Music, with Ivari Ilja. He completed his degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutorship of Fali Pavri. He is now studying accompaniment with Scott Mitchell at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland. He has participated in master classes with Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Boris Berman and Julian Martin. Collaborations include his orchestra debut with Primavera student orchestra in Tallinn. Jose and Héloïse met in Tallinn in October 2014 and immediately shared a common sensitivity in their approach to music. They performed in Tallinn for the French Institute, and gave concerts of French and Spanish songs. In April 2016, they won the third prize of the Lieder duo competition in Tallinn and keep playing together on a daily basis. They work under the supervision of Ave Sikk, Paul Plummer, Roy Howat and Scott Mitchell.
13. Gabriel Rollinson and Elenora Pertz
Gabriel Rollinson is a German-American bass, who graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in May 2015 (BMus). He is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the Hochschule for Musik und Theater Munich, studying with Michelle Breedt. Opera roles include La Traviata (Dottore Grenvil), Die Zauberflöte (Sarasto, Speaker), Gustav Holst’s The Perfect Fool (Traveler), Scarlatti's La Giuditta (Sacerdote), and Franz Lehár's Das Land des Lächelns (Gustav) in America, Canada and Europe. Gabriel gives regular recitals in Germany and has performed in Italy, France and Austria in summer Lieder programs with Brigitte Fassbaender and Rudolf Piernay. American pianist Elenora Pertz graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2015 (BMus). Since September 2015 she has studied Vocal Accompanying (Lied and Oratorio) at the Music and Art Private University of Vienna in the class of Carolyn Hague and Birgid Steinberger. Masterclasses with Wolfram Rieger, Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Elly Ameling, and Robert Holl complement her studies. In November 2016, she was a winner of the Fidelio Competition in Vienna (Lied Duo). Last summer, she was a performing participant at the Franz Schubert Institute. Eleonora has had the pleasure of performing with Angelika Kirchschlager and working as rehearsal pianist for Juan Diego Flórez. Gabriel and Elenora met in the summer of 2016 in Weimar, Germany, where they were performing in Die Zauberflöte for Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Since then they have worked regularly on Lieder, traveling between their respective cities. They have benefited from duo instruction at both of their institutions in the forms of masterclasses as well as private lessons. They will be giving a recital together in Mannheim in early April 2017.
14. Piia Rytkönen and Juuli Vaulasvirta
Lied duo Musicare was formed in 2007. Soprano Piia Rytkönen and pianist Juuli Vaulasvirta have both graduated from the Performing Art department of Kuopio Conservatoire in Finland in 2012. Since then, Piia Rytkönen and Juuli Vaulasvirta continued their lied studies at ArtEZ Conservatoire of Enschede in the Netherlands with Marien van Nieukerken. The duo is currently studying at Tampere University of Applied Scienses, Performing Arts Department in Finland. In 2015, Vaulasvirta transferred to Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco Conservatoire in Verona and since then she has been studying in the piano class of Adriano Ambrosini. Rytkönen studies with Petri Antikainen but is currently an exchange student in Austria at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz for the spring semester 2017. Duo Musicare gives recitals regurarly around Finland. During the past three years they have also performed in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. The duo achieved a place among 6 finalists at Helsinki Lied Duo competition 2015 in Finland, and was rewarded with a special prize. They received a third prize in Heek's regional competition in 2012 in Germany. Juuli Vaulasvirta won a special prize in the national Leevi Madetoja piano competition 2015 in Oulu, Finland and Piia Rytkönen was one of the finalists in Timo Mustakallio singing competition 2015 in Savonlinna, Finland. Piia and Juuli have attended several master classes together including those of Jaakko Untamala, Risto Kyrö, Satu Sippola, Ulla Raiskio, Heikki Pellinen and Hartmut Höll. Duo Musicare is also a member of the national Lied-Academy in Finland.
16. Irena Weber and Zsofia Farago
Serbian-Hungarian mezzo soprano Irena Weber began her musical education at age 5 with the violin and Hungarian folk songs. She won 29 first prizes at various folk song competitions across Hungary and Serbia. Before starting her opera studies at the MDW in Vienna in 2011 with Claudia Visca, she simultaneously attended a grammar school in Sopron, and the Conservatoire in Győr where she studied with József Kőszegi. In 2008 and 2009, she won 2nd prizes both at the Ádám Jenő and Gregor József international singing competitions. Since 2013, she has worked with various directors at different opera productions, including the Schönbrunn Palace Theater and the ISA Festival. In 2014 she received the 2nd prize at the Ljuba Welitsch International Singing Competition, and the Special Prize at the Pustina International Singing Competition in 2016. Hungarian pianist and composer Zsófia Faragó began her musical studies at the age of 16 at the Conservatoire in Győr. She then moved to Ireland and studied privately at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, before continuing her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire. From Birmingham, she received an Erasmus Scholarship to attend the Hochschule für Musik und Teater in Leipzig, Germany. Before starting her Masters in Vocal accompaniment at the Universität fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, she briefly studied at the Hochshule für Musik und Teater Karlsruhe with Markus Hadulla and Hartmut Höll. Irena and Zsófia, although having studied at the same Conservatoire in Győr, first met in Vienna in November 2016 and have been performing as a Duo regularly ever since. They are coached by Markus Hadulla, Florian Bösch and Claudia Visca.
17. Irene Hoogveld and Dennis Broeders
Soprano Irene Hoogveld (1992) is currently studying Classical Voice at the ArtEZ University of the Arts with Claudia Patacca. She will finish her Bachelor studies in July 2017 and has been accepted into Guildhall School of Music in London for the Master Vocal Studies. As a soloist, Irene has sung multiple world premieres of contemporary Dutch composers, the first installment of the OperaLunch series, commissioned by the Nederlandse Reisopera, and performed a main role in the Kermisopera (Carnival Opera) in collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra (NJO). Irene has received prizes from the Prinses Christina Concours (Netherlands) and the Euregio Vokalwettbewerb (Germany). Dennis Broeders (1990) finished his Piano Master studies at ArtEZ University of the Arts in 2016. He specializes in lied accompaniment and choir conducting. His main teachers were Frank Peters, Marien van Nieukerken en Klaas Stok. He is currently studying Choir conducting with Jos Vermunt at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Dennis is active as a lied pianist, répétiteur, piano teacher and choir conductor. Irene and Dennis started collaborating in 2015 during their studies at ArtEZ. They have given several performances with repertoire of Schubert, Walton, Menotti and Respighi. They have been described as a ‘very natural duo’ and find their musical collaboration one of inspiration and joy.
18. Juho Punkeri and Maritta Manner
The Duo Punkeri and Manner started working together in 2013. In the fall of 2015, they won the first Helsinki Lied Competition in Finland. They are actively performing with a wide range of repertoire. They have studied under the guidance of Hartmut Höll, Martin Katz, Ilmo Ranta and Ido Ariel. The most important thing for them is to enjoy the music and perform Lied with high quality. Juho Punkeri is recognized especially for his aptitude for early music and Lied. He has graduated from the Sibelius Academy Opera Master's Programme under the guidance of Erkki Rajamäki. He has also studied with vocal coaches such as Emma Kirkby, Howard Crook, Andreas Schmidt and Elisabeth Werres. Juho is actively performing with several orchestras and choirs. His opera roles are Orfeo (L'Orfeo, C. Monteverdi), Ulisse (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, C. Monteverdi), La Theiérè/Le chat (L'enfant et les sortilèges, M. Ravel), and Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte, W. A. Mozart). In 2013 he won the special prize in the National Lappeenranta singing competition. Maritta Manner is finishing her studies at the Sibelius Academy with Ilmo Ranta. She performs frequently Lied and Chamber Music. Alongside her studies, she has worked as an accompanist and repetiteur, and played in numerous orchestras. She is a versatile musician, who is very interested in contemporary music, and she has had the honour of giving the first performance of many great works by her composer friends.
19. Tiina Lönnmark and Daniel Rudolph
Tiina Lönnmark and Daniel Rudolph study at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. Tiina began her vocal studies at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Ingrid Haubold and finished her bachelor in opera singing with the highest possible grade. Immediately afterwards, she was engaged by the Staatsoper Hannover and sang for three years as part of the young opera program. Since the winter term of 2015/16, she has been complementing her education with a master studies program in Lied interpretation with Jan-Philip Schulze at the HMTM Hannover. It was here that she and Daniel met, when Daniel enrolled in the same master programme. He had earliers studied piano with Konstanze Eickhorst at the University of Music Lübeck, with a focus on chamber music. He also finished his bachelor degree with the highest possible grade. Through their mututal studies, Tiina and Daniel got to know each other and enjoy making music together whenever possible. They have, for example, arranged a lecture concert about Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben and helped each other with their respective Lied exams, Daniel's master concert in December 2016 being the latest. Both students were scholarship holders. Tiina received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and Daniel from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. It was here that she and Daniel met, when Daniel enrolled in the same master programme. He had earliers studied piano with Konstanze Eickhorst at the University of Music Lübeck, with a focus on chamber music. He also finished his bachelor degree with the highest possible grade. Through their mututal studies, Tiina and Daniel got to know each other and enjoy making music together whenever possible. They have, for example, arranged a lecture concert about Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben and helped each other with their respective Lied exams, Daniel's master concert in December 2016 being the latest. Both students were scholarship holders. Tiina received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and Daniel from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.
20. Stefanie Knorr and Daniela Pezzo
The German soprano Stefanie Knorr graduated in school music at the Universitiy of Music Freiburg and in mathematics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Since 2014 she has been studying singing at the University of Music Basel in Switzerland with Marcel Boone (Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy). Masterclasses with Margreet Honig, Paul Triepels and Ralf Gothóni have enriched her studies. In March 2016 she had her opera debut at the Theater Basel as the princess in the opera "Der Teufel mit den drei Goldenen Haaren" von Stefan Johannes Hanke. Daniela Pezzo graduated in Italy at the age of 19 under the guidance of Konstantin Bogino, nowadays her mentor. In 2016 she graduated at the AMV under the guidance of Roberto Plano. She won various prices in international competitions and performed in Italy, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland in prestigious contexts such as the Chamber of Parliament’s club (Rome), the University for Foreigners of Perugia, or the Walton Foundation of Ischia. She participated in masterclasses with Mats Widlund, Alexei Kornienko, Francois-Joel Thiollier, Trio Tchaikovski and Ars Trio di Roma. She is now studying at the University of Music Basel with Tobias Schabenberger (Master of Arts in Music Performance), with a Minor in Lied Performance. Stefanie Knorr and Daniela Pezzo got to know each other at the University of Music Basel and started to work together in May 2016. Since then they have performed both as a trio with a clarinetist and as a duo. They study in the class of Jan Schultsz. Aditionally they got important impulses from Marcel Boone, Tobias Schabenberger and Margreet Honig. Daniela Pezzo graduated in Italy at the age of 19 under the guidance of Konstantin Bogino, nowadays her mentor. In 2016 she graduated at the AMV under the guidance of Roberto Plano. She won various prices in international competitions and performed in Italy, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland in prestigious contexts such as the Chamber of Parliament’s club (Rome), the University for Foreigners of Perugia or the Walton Foundation of Ischia. She participated in masterclasses with Mats Widlund, Alexei Kornienko, Francois-Joel Thiollier, Trio Tchaikovski and Ars Trio di Roma. She is now studying at the University of Music Basel with Tobias Schabenberger (Master of Arts in Music Performance), Minor in Lied Performance. Stefanie Knorr and Daniela Pezzo got to know each other at the University of Music Basel and started to work together in May 2016. Since then they performed both as a trio with a clarinetist and as a duo. They study in the class of Jan Schultsz. Aditionally they get important impulses from Marcel Boone, Tobias Schabenberger and Margreet Honig.
21. Yanqiao Shi and Tomasz Domanski
The duo Yanqiao Shi and Tomasz Domanski first convened in Bern in September 2016. They are both studying at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in the vocal class of Christian Hilz and the piano class of Tomasz Herbut. In January 2017, they participated in the Workshop of Songs by Loewe and Schumann on Hammerklavier. Yanqiao Shi was born in 1989 in Qingdao, China. At the age of five, he began to learn piano. In 2008 he began his vocal studies at the Shenzhen University in Shenzhen and Beijing (China). In 2015 he sang in Opernskizzen “Das Haus, die Heimat, die Beschränkung…” and Opernwerkstatt “Vier Personen suchen einen Autor” in Biel, and performanced with the Bern Symphony Orchestra in Bern. In 2015-2016 he attended the master classes of Rudolf Piernay and Dame Felicity Lott in Vienna, and master classes with Capucine Chiaudani and Vesselina Kasarova in Bern. Tomasz Domanski was born in Warsaw and started playing piano at age of seven. He is a prize winner of many National and International competition, eg. first prize in the Moncalieri European Competition, Italy, in the Chamber Music category, and at the Turniej w Trzech Odsłonach in Bydgoszcz, where he was awarded the fourth prize with a trio. Also, he received the Special Award for the performance of the Trio of Romuald Twardowski. He gives concerts as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles across Europe.
22. Clara Barbier Serrano and Pieter van Delden
Pieter van Delden began playing the piano at the age of six. Inspired by Rachmaninoff’s music, he decided to continue his studies at the conservatory in Groningen. Since 2009, he had lessons with several teachers including Paul Komen, Sepp Grotenhuis and Marien van Nieukerken. He studies currently with Alexander Schmalcz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig to complete his second Master in Lied interpretation. He partook in competitions, played on national radio together with the Baritone Michael Borth, and attended several masterclasses. Clara began to study violin and choral singing at the age of six in the Conservatoire de Montpellier. She started to take singing lessons with Armande Olivier, and in 2014, she entered the class of Elsa Maurus in Paris. She also studied Lied and Mélodies repertoire with Françoise Tillard. She had the chance to work on Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte as Despina, and to sing the solo soprano parts of Mozart’s Requiem and Krönungsmesse. Since September 2016, she has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig with Carola Guber. In Leipzig she and Pieter met, through the Lied class of Alexander Schmalcz. After the first rehearsal, it became clear that they wanted to continue working together. Since then, they have explored a varied repertoire and participated in concerts in the Netherlands and Germany, for example at the Schumann Haus (Leipzig). They worked with teachers including Thomas Steinhöfel and Françoise Tillard. They plan to keep discovering the Art Song repertoire and play more concerts in the future.
23. Harriet Burns and Somi Kim
British soprano Harriet Burns is a scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Susan McCulloch and Eugene Asti. Harriet is a member of Guildhall's Song Guild directed by Graham Johnson. Harriet made her Barbican Hall debut this year as a platform artist for the London Symphony Orchestra. Future performance highlights include Varèse’s Offrandes and Un Grand Sommeil Noir as part of the BBC’s Total Immersion Series. South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim graduated last year from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the HRH Princess Alice The Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize. Somi is the recipient of many awards, including the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists. She is a staff pianist at the International Holland Music Sessions. In recital, Somi’s recent and future appearances include Het Concertgebouw, Slovak Philharmonic and Wigmore Hall. The duo was formed at the Oxford Lieder Festival last year, and have since then performed together at various UK venues and events. They have appeared in masterclasses with Christian Gerharher, Jonas Kaufmann, Wolfgang Holzmair and Robert Holl. Harriet and Somi are both passionate about the art-song repertoire, and are looking forward to collaborating for their upcoming recitals and competitions in 2017.
24. Polina Artsis and Elitsa Desseva
Polina Artsis is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and currently studies under the tutelage of M. Lanskoi at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany. She is the winner of several national and international singing competitions, including the M. Mikhailov vocal chamber music competition and the Fritz Atzl Annual Prize of the Chamber Music residency of Akademia Vocalis under Christa Ludwig. As an opera singer, she performs in various theaters in Germany, including the Theater Aachen, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, and the Stadttheater Heidelberg. Elitsa Desseva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. After winning the 6th Piano Competition Liszt-Bartok in Sofia, she was invited by Balazs Szokolay to continue her studies in his piano studio in Weimar. She has won numerous international piano and chamber music competitions and has played as a soloist with orchestras such as Plovdiv Philharmonie, Symphonieta Sofia Orchestra and Jena Philharmonie. Since 2013, Elitsa has been the recipient of the Deutschland Stipendium and since 2016, and of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Stipendium. Elitsa Desseva and Polina Artsis met in the Lied interpretation course. Being strongly interested in chamber music and having felt a deep connection and understanding between each other, they decided to build a Lied Duo in 2014. Since then they performed in various concerts in Germany and abroad and participated in master-classes with Michael Dussek, Katalin Halmai and others. In 2015 they won the First Prize at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar Liedwettbewerb and the First Prize and the Special Prize at the 9. Internationaler Karl-Adler-Musikwettbewerb in Stuttgart in the Lied duo category. Currently, they are expanding their repertoire and preparing concert programs for performances planned in Russia and Germany in the summer of 2017.
25. Zsuzsa Zseni and Martha Berit Belt
Zsuzsa Zseni is a Hungarian mezzosoprano. She graduated her singing studies in Szeged, Hungary in 2009. After that, she started to work in the Hungarian Theater, Budapest as an actor and singer. In 2009, she won the Special Prize for Best Performance in the I. Franz Lehar International Singing Competition in Komarno, Slovakia. She moved to Norway and started her master studies with Hilde Haraldsen Sveen at the Grieg Academy, Bergen. She was a member of YAGA program in Norway in 2016, and the same year she was a finalist in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition in London. Her debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro was made in England in 2016, and she also joined the Bel Canto Summer Program in Munich. In 2018, she will be engaged as Mercedes in Carmen in Germany. Martha Berit Belt took her master degree in piano performance in 2016. She studied at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway, with Signe Bakke as her teacher. She has also worked with teachers such as Julius Drake, Håvard Gimse, Bud Beyer, Dominique Merlet, Liv Glaser and Bart van Oort. She performs regularly in Bergen, and has already made her debut in Germany and Japan. She has a special interest in working with singers and the Lied repertoire, and has several duo partners. Zsuzsa and Martha started to work together at a Scandinavian Lied seminar in 2015. They quickly established a common musical language, and it filled their work with creativity and joy. They kept working together at different seminars also at the Grieg Academy, and in 2016 they started with own projects. The next concert will find place in springtime this year: A German Liederabend with the title “Die Boten der Liebe”.
26. Anna-Sophie Kostal and Kei Endo
Anna-Sophie Kostal was born in Vienna. Currently she is studying Voice at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna in the class of Uta Schwabe. Beeing priced at Musica Juventutis, she was elected to give a concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2014, where she performed songs of Arnold Schönberg. Since the beginning of her studies at the University, Anna-Sophie Kostal was honored to be engaged as soloist at several festivals in Austria and Germany, as for instance at Lehár-Festival Bad Ischl, Wien Modern, Festival am Semmering and Lahnfestival. Kei Endo was born in Tokyo. He studied at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory under Ralf Heiber, where he obtained his Diploma with honours. Kei has recieved several awards including the second prize at the 23th International Competition City of Barletta, the third prize at the 10th International Pesaro Competition, and the third prize at the first Japan Song Accompaninent Competition. Currently, he is in a Master's degree programme for Song Accompaniment under Carolyn Hague at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. Anna-Sophie Kostal and Kei Endo first became acquainted with each other in the German Phonetic and Poetry Interpretation Class, offered at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. With their professor, Eva-Tacha Breitling, their collaboration in german art song began. Most recently the two musicians performed in a Liedduo recital in Vienna, Austria. Currently, they study under the tutelage of Carolyn Hague and Angelika Kirchschlager at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
27. Theodore Browne and Rebeka Stojkoska
The pianist Rebeka Stojkoska grew up in Macedonia and recieved her first piano lessons at the age of four years. She is currently finishing her Bachelors at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and studies with Andreas Bach (piano) and Pauliina Tukiainen (Lied & Songclass). She has furthermore recieved additional musical training and imput by attending numerous masterclasses with e.g. Jenny Zaharieva, Arbo Valdma, Till Fellner, Jerome Rose, Alfonso Gomez and Hansjacob Staemmler. She is the Winner of numerous international Piano competitions in Macedonia and Serbia and of 2016's Musik Lake Pearls Festival. Over time she has specialised herself in Lied, chamber music and correpetition. She has recieved scholarships from the Adelhausenstiftung Freiburg and Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now. Theodore Browne was born in Manchester, UK, in 1991 and raised in Germany. His soloist repertoire includes a wide variety of works by J.S.Bach, Händel, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Britten & Tosti and many more. He's currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt a.M. with Thomas Heyer. Since the begining of his studies in october 2012 he has featured in many productions in different concert venues (Alte Oper Frankfurt), oprea houses (Theater Augsburg, Staatstheater Darmstadt) and festivals (Eutiner Festspiele, Sopot Music Festival) throughout Germany, including roles such as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Pane (La Callisto), Stanislaus (Der Vogelhändler), Remendado (Carmen) and Idamante (Idomeneo). He has also partaken in many competitions and was awarded 1st Prize at the International Music Competition of the Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz Cologne (2014) and the Collective Prize of the Berlin Opera Houses at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang (2016). The newly formed Duo met in 2016, and after rehearsing and performing together easily and harmoneously decided to attend a number of masterclasses in order to work more closely together and partake in different competitions. They regularly work and recieve valuable musical imput by Hedayet Djeddikar and Pauliina Tukiainen. They will also be featuring at this year’s Schumann Festival in Bonn.
28. Alina Wunderlin and Anna Anstett
Alina Wunderlin (Germany) began her singing studies with Rudolf Piernay and Snežana Stamenković at the Musikhochschule Mannheim. In summer 2016, she completed her Bachelor’s degree and is now enrolled in the university’s Master programme. She attended master classes with Rudolf Piernay, Anne Le Bozec, Klesie Kelly and Graham Johnson. Alina Wunderlin was awarded a scholarship by the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now society and received a scholarship from the Richard-Wagner-Society Heidelberg. In January 2017, she was given a scholarship to participate in this year’s Händel Academy in Karlsruhe. Anna Anstett (née Prystromska, Ukraine) studied with Albina Orischuk at the Music Academy of Donezk and and completed her Master’s degree in piano with Wolfgang Bloser at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, where she also studied Lied with Cornelis Witthoefft. She continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Mannheim with Corinna Korff, Friedrich Rensch, Barbara Baun and Heike-Dorothee Allardt. She attended master classes with Mikhail Voskresenskii, Henri Sigfridsson, Felix Gottlieb, Dmitri Alexeev, Tamas Ungar, Axel Bauni, Anne Le Bozec, Erik Battaglia, Ulrich Eisenlohr, Burkhardt Kehring, Peter Nelson, Thomas Seyboldt and Philip Schulze. She also won prizes in national and international competitions, both as a solo pianist and with her duo partners. Alina Wunderlin and Anna Anstett met in Mannheim and have been working together since 2015. The duo gave concerts on numerous occasions with both songs and arias, but the main aspect of their work as a duo are German Lieder, French mélodies and English songs. During their studies they attended the Lied class of Mihaela Tomi, Barbara Baun and David Santos at the Musikhochschule Mannheim. Always working on new and interesting repertoire, Anna Anstett and Alina Wunderlin like to play songs that one can not often find in the average concert, as well as the standard repertoire that has been around since the dawn of the lied. In the Summer of 2016, Alina Wunderlin and Anna Anstett attended a master class for German Lied with Graham Johnson during the festival Kirchheimer Liedersommer.
29. Franske van der Wiel and Ruben Tekelenburg
Franske van der Wiel (1993) started singing when she was five years old. This brought her to the ArtEZ Conservatory in Zwolle, where she finished her bachelor with Elena Vink in 2016. She decided to go on with her master where she currently studies with Claudia Patacca, Elena Vink and Marien van Nieukerken. She attended several masterclasses with various teachers, including Nelly Miricioiu, Margreet Honig and David Wilson-Johnson. October 2016, she won the second prize of the Bach Vocalisten Concours. November 2016, she was selected to participate at the Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours. Ruben Tekelenburg (1990) started taking piano lessons from the age of six, and won prizes at contests like the JMCO and Prinses Christina Concours. He studied with Sepp Grotenhuis and Frank van de Laar at the ArtEZ Conservatory, where he successfully finished his bachelor and master studies. Ruben followed masterclasses with Gerard Bouwhuis, Dmitri Alexeev and Jacob ter Veldhuis. He now cooperates with the DoelenEnsemble, the Horizonkwartet and EVA vocaal ensemble. Together with Franske, he gave multiple concerts with diverse programs. They attended various masterclasses, including with Massimo Cottica, Thomas Oliemans and Marien van Nieukerken. With EVA vocaal ensemble, they developed their own program An English Tune, which they performed internationally.
30. Lena Spohn and Mildred Derenty-Camenen
Mildred Derenty-Camenen (piano) from Paris, and Lena Spohn (mezzosoprano) from Stuttgart met each other in Stuttgart in August 2014, through the Yehudi Meuhin Live Music Now scholarship program. In October of the same year, they began studying Lied with Elif Şahin-Nesweda and Cornelius Witthoefft at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, where they focused intensely on French song literature. In March 2015, they attended a Masterclass with Kai Wessel and Michael Wessel in Bayreuth. The duo performs regularly in Stuttgart and the surrounding region. Lena Spohn began her studies as a violin major in music education (Schulmusik) and as a philosophy student. Since 2013, she has been a Bachelors candidate in Voice at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, where she studies with Georg Nigl and Ulrike Sonntag. In 2015, through a scholarship from the state of Baden-Württemberg, she studied with Malcom Walker at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, where she also studied Lied with Anne le Bozec and Baroque Interpretation with Kenneth Weiss. She performed the role of Piacere in Die Fette Seele, Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo by Klaus Lang, with Emilio de Cavalieri at the Europäisches Kirchenmusikfestival in Schwäbisch Gmünd. She performs regularly as a soloist with renowned choirs as the Freiburger Oratorienchor, the Stuttgarter Choristen and the Figuralchor Stuttgart. Since 2013, she has been a member of the supplementary choir at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Mildred Derenty-Camenen graduated from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris in 2009, where she studied with Chantal Fraysse and Emmanuel Mercier. During her studies, she received the first prize at the Concours de Chatou. In 2010 she began studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart where she received, with the highest mark, a Bachelors in Piano Solo in 2014 and a Master in Early Music in 2016. She is currently a Masters candidate in Lied with Cornelius Witthoefft. She received her diploma in Musicology from the Sorbonne Paris in 2013. In 2014, she was a scholarship recipient from the Richard Wagner Verband.
31. Wakana Gong and Han-Sae Jang
Wakana Gong, Soprano and Han-sae Jang, Piano formed a duo in 2014 when they participated in Schubert Festival at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance led by Martino Tirimo and Eugene Asti. Since then, they have explored a wide variety of repertoire, and regularly give concerts in and around London. Past engagements include recitals at Southwark Cathedral and Faversham Assembly Rooms. Born in Japan, soprano Wakana Gong studies with Alison Wells and Kelvin Lim at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She came to Britain at the age of 16 after being awarded Academic and Music scholarship at Prior Park College. Her performance highlights include an appearance on BBC Radio 3 under the choir directorship of Ralph Allwood, MBE, Madam Butterfly, I Pagliacci and Aida with Opéra de Baugé and recent recitals in St James, Sussex Garden and Waltham Abbey. South Korean pianist Han-Sae Jang recently completed his postgraduate study with a scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Deniz Gelenbe and Gabriele Baldocci. He came to England to study at the Purcell Specialist Music school in London where he was awarded full scholarship. He then studied at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Niel Immelman with scholarship support by Polani Award and a Lucy Ann Jones Award. He was a winner in the Freddy Morgan competition. He has given numerous recitals throughout the UK at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the Southbank centre Purcell room.
32. Satriya Krisna and Felix Justin
Satriya Krisna and Felix Justin came from different parts of Indonesia, and they just met in the Netherlands when pursuing their education in 2012. They are studying in different conservatories, but they live together in the same city and have been housemates for more than three years. Satriya was born in Bandung, Indonesia, and since 2012 has been enhancing his abilities in singing through the education offered at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, under the tutelage of Henny Diemer. Felix was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. Because of his curiosity in learning music and his dream to become a professional musician, Felix continues his journey to study music further in Netherlands under the tutelage of Henry Kelder. They had their first public performance with Studio 32 in Vredenburg Leeuwenberg, Utrecht, The Netherlands. During those times, they participated as a duo with many experts in Artsongs, for instance Rudolf Jansen, Jan-Paul Grijpink, and Maurice Lammerts van Bueren. They started three years ago, and have broadened their repertoire into art songs and opera arias. Since they will finish their study soon, they are concentrating on making a professional duo ensemble as their first motivation.
33. Maria Grazia Insam and Arturo Del Bo
Maria Grazia Insam and Arturo Del Bo got to know each other during their studies at the Hochschule für Musik F. Liszt in Weimar, Germany. They formed a Lied duo thanks to the common interest and joy in making music together during their studies in the Lied course of Thomas Steinhöfel. Since October 2016 they have received support by the non-profit association Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now, by playing concerts with moderation in social facilities. The Lied duo already participated in Lied master classes held by M. Dussek, K.Halmai and by S. Doz. Maria Grazia Insam attended at the age of 16 her first voice lesson with Anatoli Goussev. In 2012 she started the vocal studies at the Liszt School of music Weimar in the class of Michail Lanskoi where she did her first debut in the role of Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. In the area of concert she has performed the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Bach cantatas, Folk Songs by Berio and the Krönungsmesse by Mozart. Masterclasses with C. Ludwig, M. Dussek, C. Foster and H.Donath have been very inspiring for the mezzosoprano. Arturo Del Bo started his musical education as he was 7. In October 2014, he received the degree in piano at the Conservatorio G.Verdi di Milano. Since 2015 he studies Opera Coaching with Hans Christian Steinhöfel at the Hochschule für Musik F. Liszt and takes part to many opera productions such as Britten's The turn of the Screw, Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne/der Schauspieldirektor, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and this summer will take part to a stage at the theatre of Meiningen during the Production of Tosca.
34. Olivia Warburton and Johan Barnoin
British Mezzo Soprano, Olivia Warburton studies on a full scholarship with Elizabeth Ritchie and Audrey Hyland on the Royal Academy of Music’s preparatory opera course. A keen recitalist, Olivia has performed at the Aldeburgh and Oxford Lieder Festivals as a Britten Pears Young Artist and member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle. She has also performed at Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Kings Place, the Holywell Music Room and the Royal Courts of Justice. Awards include the Major van Someren-Godfrey English Song Award, the 'Promising Singer Award' in the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition and the Lesley Garrett Award for Opera. Johan Barnoin was born and raised in Nice, France. He took an interest in music from an early age and began playing the piano at 7 years old. Johan recently completed both undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under Tatiana Sarkissova and Ian Brown. During his time at RAM he took a keen interest in Chamber Music, collaborating with, violinists, double bassists and singers. Johan has had much success as a song accompanist, winning the prestigious Richard Lewis piano accompaniment award, the Ludmilla Andrews Russian song accompanist prize and the Joan Chissell/Rex Stephens Schumann Prize. Olivia and Johan formed a duo when they met in their first year of studies at the Royal Academy of Music six years ago. The have been good friends and duo partners ever since, performing in many song recitals in the U.K. and around Europe. They became Oxford Lieder Young Artists in 2013 and Britten/Pears Young Artists in 2014 and have had opportunities to learn from international artists such as Anne Sofie Von Otter, Wolfgang Holzmair, Roger Vignoles and Imogen Cooper.
35. Ksenia Kuchukova and Auli Lonks
Auli Lonks and Ksenia Kuchukova met in spring 2013 at a popular Estonian TV competition “Classical Stars,” where both reached top five. Ever since, they have participated in multiple concerts across Estonia as part of their competition prize. Their cooperation continued later on, and they have been performing together ever since in masterclasses, concerts and festivals. Auli has participated and gained recognition in many national and international competitions, including the 1st prize and the conductor’s special award at the IX National competition in Narva in 2011, the special award for the best performance of a Jenö Takacs’ piece on the 2nd Jenö Takacs International Pianist’s Competition in Austria in 2012, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre special prize at the 8th Estonian Pianist Competition 2014, laureate title and spezial award on the 1st Estonian Competition for Chamber Ensembles with Piano In corpore in Tallinn in 2015, finalist diploma on the 3rd international pianist’s competition San Dona di Piave City in Italy, Venice in 2015, etc. Ksenia won a second prize at M. Saar (2007) and a third prize at Tiit Kuusik International Lied Competition (2012), in Estonia, a special prize at the International Alida Vane Competition (2007) in Latvia, was finalist at International Competitions of Giulietta Simionato (2010), Italy, and Klaudia Taev (2013), Estonia. In 2014, she won a first and a special prize at Tiit Kuusik International Lied Competition in Pärnu, Estonia.
36. Anastasiia Golovina and Greg Reid
Anastasiia Golovina, 23, is a Ukrainian soprano in her final undergraduate year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tuition of Marilyn Rees. Despite her young age, she has performed across the UK, Italy, Spain, Ukraine and Russia. Her repertoire includes operatic roles such as Bastienne, Belinda, Miss Wordsworth and Marzelline, as well as extensive oratorio repertoire including the Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Faure’s Requiem. Gregor Reid, 22, is a postgraduate student studying on the Accompaniment course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with teachers Pamela Lidiard and Lucy Parham. He has participated in masterclasses with various notable pianists, including Joseph Banowetz and Leslie Howard, and has performed as both a soloist and an accompanist throughout the UK. Anastasiia and Gregor started their creative collaboration at the GSMD in September 2016. The duo has performed at various concerts and lunchtime recitals at the conservatoire, song classes and masterclasses. Their central focus as a duo is directed towards Russian Romantic music, in particular the songs of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. In addition to Russian repertoire, the duo is also exploring late 20th/21st century music, where one of their latest projects includes works by Andre Previn. While the partnership is still new, Gregor and Anastasiia share artistic views that are akin to each other, which allowed for a quick and fruitful collaboration. Future engagements of the duo include a concert series in Central London and recordings of Rachmaninov Romances.
37. Anna Maria Schmidt and Lucija Dogan
The pianist Lucija Dogan and the Soprano Anna Maria Schmidt first met in April 2015 at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar in the Liedclass of Professor Karl-Peter Kammerlander. Lucija Dogan, born on 13. 07. 1993 in Zagreb, studied piano at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Dalibor Cibojerić. In 2015 she began her Master studies at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar in the class of Balázs Szokolay, and in the Liedclass of Karl-Peter Kammerlander. Anna Maria Schmidt was born in 1995 in Berlin. For 13 years she was a member of the St. Hedwigskathedrale Choir. In October 2014, she began her Bachelor studies in Singing/Musiktheater in Weimar in the class of Marietta Zumbült and in the Liedclasses of Karl-Peter Kammerlander and Thomas Steinhöfel. Lucija and Anna did many projects together. They performed a selection of Songs from Max Reger's Songcycle Schlichte Weisen at the Max-Reger-Tage in Weimar in 2016 and participated in the 9th Lied-days: Erzählt, verzaubert, verhext (2016) with Mörike-Lieder from Hugo Wolf. During this semester they participated in a German Ballade course, given by Thomas Steinhöfel. In Spring 2017, they will take part in a project dedicated to the poem Mondnacht from Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff and will interprete five different musical versions of the poem. The almost two years of concentrated working and learning have brought Anna and Lucija closely together not only as musicians but also as friends.
38. Laure-Catherine Beyers and Daniel Gerzenberg
Laure-Catherine Beyers (1994) finished her bachelor degree in September 2016 at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp in the class of Stephanie Friede. Currently, Laure-Catherine is doing her master degree with Thomas Quasthoff at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. Laure-Catherine has taken part in numerous masterclasses. She has taken masterclasses with Christoph Pregardien, Anne Sofie von Otter, Dietrich Henschel, Roberta Alexander and John Norris. In June 2015 Laure-Catherine was selected to participate in the Udo Reinemann International Lied Masterclass 2015-2016 together with the Belgian pianist Florestan Bataillie. Daniel Gerzenberg was born 1991 in Hamburg. He started to play the piano at the age of 5. From 2009 until 2015 he formed a piano duo with his brother Anton Gerzenberg and they appeared in venues such as Philharmonie Essen, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Glocke Bremen Gasteig München, appeared in festivals such as Progetto Martha Argerich Lugano, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and Klavierfestival Ruhr, including a concert tour with Martha Argerich and recordings for EMI and NDR. In that time he got artistic influence from Katia and Marielle Labèque, Robert Levin, András Schiff, Lilya Zilberstein and Norman Shetler. Besides his work as a musician, Daniel Gerzenberg is a poet, translator, actor, recitator and speaks 6 languages. Since 2016 he has been studying Liedgestaltug at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin in the Liedklasse of Wolfram Rieger. Laure-Catherine and Daniel met in September 2016 at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and decided to start working together. They take lessons as a duo with Wolfram Rieger and have followed Masterclasses at the UdK Berlin with Eric Schneider. As a duo, Laure-Catherine and Daniel regularly perform in concerts, in one of their latest engagements they performed Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Lieder in a Liederabend at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.
39. Cheryl Peixin Lee and Pedro Costa
Cheryl Peixin Lee and Pedro Costa first met in 2015 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. They are both under the tutelage of Joseph Breinl. Together they have played in several concerts in Graz. Their repertoire extends from the classical epoch to contemporary music. They have participated in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Ulf Bästlein, Eric Schneider and Philip Schulze. Born in Singapore, soprano Cheryl Peixin Lee has been presented by the Young Musicians Society (Singapore), Steirischer Tonkünstlerbund (Austria) and szene instrumental (Austria). Her concert and recital engagements span across Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore. Much of her artistic work and concert appearances are documented by the Austrian Radio ORF. Cheryl is the recipient of the Begabtenstipendium awarded by the State Graz and the Honorary Prize for Performance awarded by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Pedro Costa won many competitions, namely the Louis Spohr Competition for Lied Accompaniment in Kassel (Germany), the National Radio Prize for Young Musicians (Portugal), and the 2nd Prize at the New Tenuto Competition in Brussels (Belgium). For four seasons, he has participated in the International Lied Masterclasses in Brussels, where he had the opportunity to work with musicians such as Udo Reinemann, Christianne Stotijn, Anne Sophie von Otter, Peter Schreier, Ann Murray, Julius Drake and Christoph Prégardien. Pedro graduated from the Porto University of Music and the Brussels Royal Conservatory.
40. Hankyul Lee and Eunjee Ko
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Baritone Hankyul Lee graduated from the University of Seoul with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. After serving in the Korean Military, he moved to Germany and earned a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at die Hochschule für Musik -Franz Liszt- Weimar in 2016. Currently, Hankyul is a candidate for Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar, studying with Siegfried Gohritz. Also a native of Seoul, South Korea, Eunjee Ko is an award-winning pianist currently based in Weimar, Germany. She came to international attention after being awarded First Prize at the 13th International Music Competition Don Vincenzo Vitti in 2014. Ko received her Diploma in Piano Performance at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, and a Professional Performance Degree at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen. Currently, she is pursuing a Konzertexamen in Art Song Interpretation under the guidance of Karl-Peter Kammerlander. Prize winners at the Lied-Duo Competition in Weimar, Ko and Lee have been actively collaborating since 2015. Specialising in German repertoire, they have participated in masterclasses with Soprano Frau Helen Donath and Frau Catherine Foster.
41. Fiona McGown and Célia Oneto Bensaïd
Fiona McGown began her vocal studies at the Maîtrise de Radio France during which she gave many concerts in France and abroad, under the direction of famous conductors such as Kurt Masur and Myung Wung Chung. Then, Fiona entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where she was taught by Malcolm Walker. Thanks to the Erasmus Exchange Programm, she studied last year in Leipzig Musik Hochschule in Germany. Fiona enjoys singing opera on stage. She has played Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Fidalma in Matrimonio Segreto. Fiona also enjoys the sacred music repertoire, having performed Neukomm's missa in the Champs Elysées theater in Paris. The French pianist Célia Oneto Bensaid is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. She completed in 2015 and 2016 her Master’s degrees in piano, chamber music, accompaniment, vocal coaching with highest honors at the Paris Conservatoire. The pianists who have particularly influenced her include Claire Désert, Rena Shereshevskaya, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Brigitte Engerer and Anne Queffelec. Célia performs widely and over the past year has appeared in venues including La Roque d'Anthéron, La folle journée de Nantes. Fiona and Célia met in Paris Conservatoire a few years ago. They entered Anne Le Bozec's Mélodie and Lied class, and had the opportunity there to participate to a Britten master class with Lynne Dawson. This year, they are invited to play as a duo in several places in France: the Imperial theater of Compiègne, the Hôtel des Invalides, and Le Balzac.
42. Anna Alexandrowicz and Szymon Chorobiński
Anna Alexandrowicz is a second-year student of vocal master studies at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where she has been trained by Marzena Michałowska. She is a laureate of vocal competitions (in Bydgoszcz and Drezdenko). She has cooperated with such ensembles as Adalbert Consort, Lumen Vocale and Lúthien Consort whose CD was released in April, 2015. As a student she has been twice awarded with a scholarship by the president of Poznań Academy of Music. Szymon Chorobiński is a first-year student of the piano master studies at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where he has been trained by Przemysław Witek and Piotr Żukowski. He graduated from A. Rubinstein School of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he was trained by Maria Murawska. At that time, he successfully participated in many piano competitions in and outside of Poland (for example in Rome and Koszalin). He was also awarded a scholarship by the marshal of Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship. Anna and Szymon met at accompaniment classes led by Jacek Kortus. They have been performing together for over a year. Since the very beginning, their cooperation has been full of mutual sympathy, similar perception of music as well as exceptional understanding of each other on the stage. The duo is known in the Poznań milieu, and they willingly take part in concerts organized by various institutions of culture in Poznań. So far their repertoire has included Polish, Spanish and German music.