Kyle Bejnerowicz, baritone

Cheuky Chan, piano

USA / Great Britain

 

Kyle Bejnerowicz

 

Kyle Bejnerowicz, baritone, was born in a small American town in the state of Connecticut where his love for music was deeply connected to his love for nature and photography. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he stayed for six years having achieved a bachelor and master degree in voice. During the end of his musical studies in voice, Kyle also found great value in educational studies and in 2020 Kyle finished his post graduate studies in higher education administration with a focus on musical schools. In recent time, Kyle was able to perform Mozart’s Figaro at Culter Majestic Theatre in Boston, as well as many of his other favorite roles including, Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), and Voltaire/Pangloss/Governor in Bernstein’s Candide.
Kyle’s love for nature and photography has also fueled an extensive love and knowledge of German lieder. In 2017 Kyle performed all of Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 39 and in 2019, Kyle then performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe in a musical production paired with visual art pieces in something totally new of its kind. Kyle loves to find innovative ideas but also love tradition and is always looking for a way to explore both simultaneously.

 

Cheuky Chan

 

Cheuky grew up in Christchurch and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Répétiteur and Accompaniment at the Wales International Academy of Voice in 2017, and was awarded the Keith Laugesen Music Scholarship the same year. She was a NZ Opera’s Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist between 2013-14. Prior to that, she completed a Master of Music with distinction (2006), a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (2008), and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (2011) at the University of Canterbury, as well as Postgraduate Studies in Piano at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Germany (2008). She was the recipient of the University of Canterbury’s Masters Scholarship in 2005 and the Leslie Atkinson Memorial Prize in Music (2003). She has performed alongside Dame Malvina Major in DMMF fundraising galas, and was the orchestral pianist performing with Plácido Domingo & Katherine Jenkins in “A Night to Remember - Charity Concert for the Christchurch Earthquake”. In 2015 she was a faculty accompanist for the IFAC Handa NZ Singing School. Since moving to the UK in 2016, Cheuky has worked with Wedmore Opera, Lyric Opera
Studio Weimar, and accompanied various choirs locally and on overseas tour. As a répétiteur, she has worked on productions of Don Giovanni, Der fliegender Holländer, Noye’s Fludde, Cavalleria rusticana, Die Zauberflöte, and Le nozze di Figaro.

Program

Franz Schubert

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus

Dithyrambe

Die Götter Griechenlands

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op. 19, Nr. 5

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Jean Coulthard

Before the statue of Endymion

Arthur Lourié

Erotic Fragment

Hymnic Fragment

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Barmherzige Mutter (Μητέρα μεγαλόψυχη)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens CG. 406

Franz Schubert

Der entsühnte Orest

Prometheus

 

Paulina Bielarczyk, soprano

Seulgi Lee, piano

Poland / South Korea

Paulina Bielarczyk

 

The Polish singer Paulina Bielarczyk was born July 1st, 1994 and is a graduate of the Krakow Music Academy in the master's opera singing class of dr. Olga Popowicz. She is currently a master class student at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden with Prof. Christiane Junghanns. She was perfectioning her singing technique during master classes with important singers and teachers such as Piotr Beczała, Olaf Bär, Helmut Deutsch, Brigitte Fassbeander, Jerzy Artysz and Axel Bauni.
In 2015 she sang the solo part during the preview of the modern piece Panteistycznie by Paweł Malinowski. In April 2016 she played the role of Bonfiliusz during the preview of the opera Idalia i Bonfiliusz - nieujarzmiona jesien by Andrzej Jakubowski. In March 2018 she performed with the symphony orchestra of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic under the direction of Jiri Pertdlik and interpreted the soprano part in Cesar Franck's oratorio Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross.
In April 2019 she appeared in two university productions as Lauretta in Gianni Schicci - G. Puccini and Sa femme in Le pauvre matelot - of D. Milhaud in the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.

Seulgi Lee

 

Seulgi Lee, b. 1992 in South Korea, received her first piano lessons at the age of four. From 2011 to 2016 she studied in Korea at Keimyung University with Prof. Sergei Tarasov. Between 2010 and 2016 she won numerous prizes at various music competitions. Seulgi Lee received a scholarship from Keimyung University.
She gives concerts as a soloist, répétiteur and chamber musician.
Since 2019 she has continued her studies in the lieder class of the HfM Dresden with Prof. Ulrike Siedel and KS Prof. Olaf Bär, also at the HfM Dresden she completed her master's degree in piano with Prof. Gunther Anger.

Program

Franz Schubert

Die Götter Griechenlands D.677

Ganymed D.544

Maurice Ravel

Cinque mélodies populaires grecques

i. Chanson de la mariée
ii. Lá-bas, vers l´église

Feliks Nowowiejski

Róże dla Safo Op.51

i. Glypopikros

ii. Faon

iii. Smierć Safo

iv. Epitafium

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archäische Miniatur

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG. 324

Franz Schubert

Atys D. 585

Dithyrambe D.801

 

Meredith Mecum Bloomfield, soprano

Thomas Victor Johnson, piano

USA / Australia

Meredith Mecum Bloomfield

 

Meredith Mecum Bloomfield, praised for her “soaring soprano” (theatrescene.net), is an American soprano now based in Germany. Engagements here have included Freia in Das Rheingold with Dramatic Voices Berlin and Soprano Soloist in Johan de Meij’s 5th Symphony, Return to Middle Earth with Bläserphilharmonie Rhein-Main.

Other highlights of recent seasons include covering the title role in Cilea’s opera Gloria with Teatro Grattacielo in New York City, her first performances of Tosca with Amore Opera, also in New York City, and her critically acclaimed role debut as Leonore in Fidelio with West Bay Opera in Palo Alto, CA.  As a participant in the prestigious Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, Ms. Mecum Bloomfield lent her “huge soprano voice” (Civic Center, San Francisco) to excerpts from Susannah (Susannah), Die Walküre (Brünnhilde) and The Queen of Spades (Lisa).  

Ms. Mecum Bloomfield is the recipient of several important awards and grants. Notably, she was named Winner of The American Prize for Women in Opera in 2018. She has also been awarded a Grant from the Solti Foundation, Second Place in the New York Lyric Opera Competition, Second Place in the first annual Ades Vocal Competition at Manhattan School of Music, as well as an Encouragement Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. She performed as a finalist in the Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition and New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Vocal Competition.

Thomas Victor Johnson

 

Born in Sydney, Australia, Thomas Victor Johnson is a pianist and répétiteur who has been engaged by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden since the 2019/2020 season as Musical Assistant to the Chorus Master.
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Thomas studied piano performance and accompaniment with Natalia Sheludiakova. Between 2012 and 2016 he was the Assistant Chorus Master and Children’s Chorus Master at Opera Australia, before moving to West Australian Opera to serve as Head of Music in 2017.
Winner of the Richard Bonynge Accompanists Award at the 2018 Sydney International Song Prize, and recipient of a study grant from the Wagner Society of New South Wales, Australia, Thomas has been described as an insightful, refined, and sympathetic collaborative artist.
Through his work as a répétiteur, Thomas has working with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Pietari Inkinen, Renato Palumbo, Tom Woods, Carlo Montanaro, Guillaume Tourniaire, Patrick Lange, Andrea Battistoni, Stuart Stratford, and Anthony Legge.

Program

Franz Schubert

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus

Die Götter Griechenlands

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Claude Debussy

Trois chansons de Billitis

i. La flute de Pan

ii. La Chevelure

iii. Le Tombeau de Naiades

Maurice Ravel

Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques
iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

v. Tout gai!
 

Jean Coulthard

Three ancient memories of Greece

ii. What rapture could I take from song

Georgios Kasassoglou

Im Schatten Hand in Hand (Στην σκιά χειροπιασμένες)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG. 324

Franz Schubert

An die Leier

Atys

 

Jakub Borgiel, baritone

Jacek Bies, piano

Poland / Poland

Jakub Borgiel

 

Jakub Borgiel (born 1999)– 3rd year Bachelor student at Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in
Katowice, In 2018 graduated Music High School in Katowice on classical guitar.

Opera roles: At the Academy in Katowice: role of Eneas in Henry Purcell’s „Dido and Eneas”
At the Silesian Opera: role of Bartłomiej in Stanisław Moniuszko’s „Verbum Nobile”, Concert as a soloist with Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra.

Competitions: 3rd prize at the Nationwide vocal competition „Krystyna Jamroz” in Kielce, award for the best oratorio aria at the International vocal competition „Bella voce” in Busko- Zdrój.

 

Jacek Bies

 

Jacek Bies is a twenty two year old pianist and third-year undergraduate student,
studying grand piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice with prof. Anna Górecka, and chamber music with prof. Grzegorz Biegas. Previously - until 2018 - he carried out his music education at the Salesian Secondary Music School in Lutomiersk (in the field of playing the organ), and then at the Karol Szymanowski State High School in Katowice, where he came under tutelage of prof. Górecka. In the artistic season of 2016/2017, he made his debut at the Silesian Philharmonic Concert Hall; he is a laureate of number of music competitions, including the National Organ Competition in Olsztyn (Honorable Mention in 2015), and National Duo Competition in Katowice (2nd Prize in 2019).
For several years now he has been active on stage, both in terms of solo and chamber
performances, as well as with the accompaniment of an orchestra; his repertoire includes a wide selection of works, ranging from masterpieces of baroque music to the classics of piano literature of the 20th century. During several years of his music education, he had the opportunity to participate in master classes, working under the supervision of artists such as Wojciech Świtała or Helene Tysman.

Program

Franz Schubert

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360

An die Leier D.737

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Maurice Ravel

Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques
i. Chanson de la mariée
ii. Lá-bas, vers l´église
iii. Quel galant m´est comparable
iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
v. Tout gai!

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens CG. 406

Franz Schubert

Der zürnenden Diana D.707

Atys D.585

 

Julia Helena Bernhart, mezzo-soprano

Eunchong Park, piano

Germany / South Korea

Julia Helena Bernhart

 

The mezzo-soprano Julia Helena Bernhart received her first singing and acting lessons at the age of eight. She was able to gain stage experience at a very early age and had piano, violin and viola lessons from the age of six, performed in numerous orchestras and performed her string quartet across Germany.
After graduating from high school, Julia Helena began studying opera singing at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig with Prof. Dr. Jeanette Favaro-Reuter, which she graduated with a diploma. Julia Helena Bernhart was engaged at the Cottbus State Theater while she was still a student, as well as being an apprentice as part of the renowned Young Singer Project of the Salzburg Festival (»Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg «) under the musical direction of Daniele Gatti and the staging by Stefan Herheim.
The young singer is also particularly dedicated to Lieder and concert singing. She regularly gives recitals, performed at the Leipzig Bach Festival and performed as a soloist with Beethoven's 9th Symphony in the Glocke Bremen, the NDR Funkhaus Hannover and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Most recently, Julia Helena sang the alto part in Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's "Elias" as well as the solo parts in Bruckner's "F minor Mass", the "Mozart Requiem", Vivaldi "Magnificat" Bach's "B minor" in the 2nd symphony concert of the Central Saxon Theater Mass "" Christmas Oratorio "and" St. Matthew Passion "and was in at the autumn music days in Bad Urach and at the international Hugo Wolf Academy in Stuttgart to hear.
Julia Helena Bernhart was a finalist at the 41st National Singing Competition in Berlin and is the winner of the international singing competition of the Rheinsberg Castle Chamber Opera.

Eun Chong Park

 

Eun Chong Park was born in 1989 in Dae Jeon, South Korea, where she
received a scholarship for outstanding achievements during her school years. In March 2010 she began her studies at the "Chugye University for the Arts" in Seoul, South Korea, where she majored in piano under Yong Bae Kim in 2014. In September 2016 she moved to Leipzig, Germany to begin her studies at the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" University of Music and Theater with a major in song interpratation under Prof. Alexander Schmalcz. She also studied vocal accompaniment with Prof. Helga Sippel and chamber music with Prof. Caspar Franz. In 2017, she also took the masterclass with Prof. Phillip Moll and Peter Schreier. In Leipzig she played in renowned institutions such as the Schumann House, the Gohliser Schlösschen and the White House. She also performed in 2017 at the Dudley Recital Hall in Houston, USA and in Stykkishólmur, Iceland, with Sigrún Björk Sævarsdóttir. From 2017 until today she has been a répétiteur at the International Saxony Singing Academy in Torgau. Since March 2020 Eun Chong Park has been studying song acompagniment at the Trossingen University of Music with prof. Peter Nelson.

Program

Franz Schubert

Der ersühnte Orest D.699

Dithyrambe D.801

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op.31, Nr.2

Claude Debussy

Trois chansons de Billitis

ii. La Chevelure

Hermann Reutter

Drei Monologen von Empedokles

iii. Ha! Jupiter, Befreier! Näher tritt

Mathilde Kralik von Meyerswalden

Lied der Sappho

v. Komm, o Cypris

Georgios Kasassoglou

Im Schatten Hand in Hand (Στην σκιά χειροπιασμένες)

Barmherzihe Mutter (Μητέρα μεγαλόψυχη)

April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG. 324

Franz Schubert

Atys D. 585

Hippolits Lied D.890

First international Lied competition

Bolko von Hochberg 2022

A song for HELLAS

What

Song competition

on the subject of "HELLAS"

When

21.-25. March 2022

Where

Gerhart-Hautmann-Theater

Görlitz

Kontakt 

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