Ketevan Chuntishvili, soprano

Christian Zimmer-Sellheim, piano

Georgia / Germany

Ketevan Chuntishvili

Ketevan Chuntishvili, soprano

 

From the 2020/2021 season, Ketevan Chuntishvili will be part of the permanent ensemble of the Cottbus State Theater. There she takes on the roles of Euridice and Messaggiera in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. She made her professional debut in September 2020 at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. There she appeared as the 5th maid in Cesare Lievi's new production of Strauss' Elektra.
In 2020 and 2021 the soprano, who is enthusiastic about the art song, is a scholarship holder of the Lied Academy of the International Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling and is regularly supervised by personalities such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson or Susan Manoff. She received other special musical influences in Justus Zeyen's song class and through master classes with Angela Denoke, Peter Berne, Lisette Oropesa, Wolfram Rieger and Stevan Vinke, among others. The singer has already been sponsored by 'Music Needs Friends' and 'Deutschlandstipendium'. In addition, she has been a scholarship holder at 'Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Hannover eV' since 2018. At the 12th Immling International Singing Competition, she won the 2nd prize and the audience prize. Ketevan was born in Tbilisi in 1996. She is currently completing the master’s course
Opera singing with Prof. Marek Rzepka at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

Christian Zimmer-Sellheim

Christian Zimmer-Sellheim, piano

 

The pianist Christian Zimmer gives concerts all over Germany and other European countries.

For more than 10 years he has been working successfully as a song accompanist with renowned singers. These include ensemble members of the Bayreuth Festival, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Milan Scala, the Komische Oper Berlin, the State Opera Hanover, the Hessian State Theater Wiesbaden and the Leipzig Opera.

Christian Zimmer discovered his passion for song accompaniment during his studies at the University of Music, Theater and Media and received extensive lessons from Justus Zeyen and Jan-Phillipp Schulze.

Master classes in song design with Norman Shetler, Brigitte Fassbaender, Anne Le Bozec, Ulf Bästlein, Charles Spencer and Peter Nelson complement his training. He currently holds a teaching position as a companion at the HMTM Hannover.

Christian Zimmer is also a multiple award winner for song accompaniment. Among other things, he won the prize for the best piano accompanist at the 2010 National Singing Competition, the Thomas Wiese Prize for Lied Duo in Husum in 2013 and the North Frisian Song Prize in 2016.

Christian Zimmer appeared early on as a soloist. At the age of 13, the young pianist made his debut with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra with George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Concerts with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra followed.

Most recently, the focus in his repertoire for projects with Arnold Bezuyen, Stefan Vinke, Julia Kleiter and others was on works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Carl Loewe, Antonin Dvorak and Samuel Barber.

Program

Franz Schubert

Fahrt zum Hades D. 526

Memnon D. 541

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op.31, Nr.2

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Le réveil de la mariée

iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

v. Tout gai!

 

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (0 απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Im Schatten Hand in Hand (Στην σκιά χειροπιασμένες)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Ganymed D. 544

An die Leier D. 737

 

Ana Carolina Coutinho, soprano

Megumi Kuroda, piano

Brazil / Japan

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Ana Carolina Coutinho

 

The Brazilian soprano Ana Carolina Coutinho (born 1993) completed her concert exams in singing at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg with Prof. Mark Tucker and Prof. Burkhard Kehring
(Song class). Before that, she completed her bachelor's degree in singing at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil in 2015, where she has already performed numerous specialist roles such as Serpina in “La Serva Padrona”, Geraldine in “A Hand of Bridge” and Laetitia in “The Old Maid and the Thief ”performed. In 2016 she appeared as Mademoiselle Silberklang in "Der Schauspieldirektor" and as Walter in "La Wally" at the Opera Academy of Theatro Sao Pedro in Sao Paulo. Ana Carolina Coutinho took part in master classes with Laurent Naouri, Eiko Senda, Xenia Mejer, Margreet Honig, Roger Vignoles, Hartmut Höll, Vivicagenaux and Edith Mathis. In January 2019 she worked in the Schubertwoche in the Boulez-Saal, Berlin, and at the
Liedakademie der Heidelberger Frühling, under the direction of Thomas Hampson, with. She sang as a soloist and choir singer under the direction of conductors such as Stefan Weilar, Rolf Beck, Tan Dun, Helmuth Rilling and David Zinman. She received a scholarship from the Lübeck Choir Academy, the Arthur Pfungst Foundation and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now e. V. Hamburg, Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation funded. She is the winner of the Mozart Competition of the Absalom Foundation Hamburg and the DAAD Prize. In the middle of the pandemic this year, she and the guitarist Pablo Villafuerte have built a virtual pocket opera “La Quarentena” with the support of
Kultur Stiftung Hamburg, which is expected to be premiered in November this year. With the beginning of the 2020/21 season, she will be a member of the Opera Choir at Theater Koblenz.

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Magumi Kuroda

 

Megumi Kuroda was born in Yokohama (Japan). She received her first piano lessons at the age of seven. From 2008-2012 she studied piano at the Japan University of Art with Prof. Akira Jinno, Prof. Ami Fujiwara and Prof. Chiharu Taguchi, and chamber music with Yuji Takagi.
From 2014 she continued her studies at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar with Prof. Christian Wilm Müller in the master's piano and specializing in song composition with Prof. Karl-Peter Kammerlander. In the summer of 2019, she completed her subsequent master's degree in song design at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater with Prof. Burkhard Kehring with top marks and since October she has been doing the concert exam course Global Art Song Studies. She performed at the 18th Piano Technicians Association New Face Concert in 2012 and the 82th Annual concert by Rookie Musicians; and received the 3rd prize at the International Music Competition Euterpe (Italy) in 2016. In 2018 she received first prize and the special prize for contemporary song at the Gustav Mahler Lied Competition in Hamburg. She is a scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Foundation.

Program

Franz Schubert

Die Götter Griechenlands

Ganymed

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

iii. Quel galant m´est comparable

iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

v. Tout gai!

 

Jean Coulthard

From "Three ancient memories of Greece"

i. Before the statue of Endymion

iii. Long ago

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archaische Miniatur (Αρχαϊκή μινιατούρα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys

Hippolits Lied

 

Beatriz de Sousa, soprano

Filipa Luz, piano

Portugal / Portugal

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Beatrice de Souza

 

Beatriz de Sousa (born 1993) appeared recently as Elvira in I Puritani at Ópera de Oviedo, as Adina in L’Elisir d’amore at Ópera de Tenerife and Tbilisi National Opera and as L’amour in Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia. Her upcoming projects include Almirena in Händel’s Rinaldo. She also appeared as Corinna in Il Viaggio a Reims at ROF, Anima Ingrata in Monteverdi's Il Ballo delle ingrate at the Dutch National Opera and Brighton Festival, Galatea in Acis and Galatea for Kolarac National Hall in Belgrade and Lucy in The Telephone for the Gulbenkian Foundation. This led her to work with conductors such as Alberto Zedda, Carlo Rizzi, Paul Daniel, and stage directors Pierre Audi, Emilio Sagi and Mario Pontiggia.
Born in Lisbon, early on she moved abroad to study at the Conservatorio del Liceu in Barcelona and later at the University of Music in Vienna. Beatriz received several
scholarships from the Gulbenkian Foundation, which allowed her to complement her artistic development.
She was also awarded the 2nd prize of the singing competition Compostela Lirica 2019 in
Santiago de Compostela as well as the 2nd prize and Mozart prize of the Grandi Voci Competition 2018 in Salzburg. In parallel, Beatriz presents herself in Lied recitals with the pianist Filipa Luz, where, in a more personal approach, she explores her passion for this genre.

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Filipa Luz

 

Ana Filipa Luz is an active collaborative pianist born in Entroncamento, Portugal. Her professional career as well as her interests rely on the collaborative setting. She was awarded 2nd prize - Chamber Music at Verão Clássico CCB Program in 2015. She made live broadcasts for the National Radio and participated in the recording Gustavo Romanoff Salvini – Cancioneiro Musical Português. She has also played for masterclasses of acclaimed artists, namely Rolf Beck, Liliana Bizineche, Olga Makarina, Kathryn Hartgrove, Charles Wood and Edmar Ferretti. As repetiteur and continuo player, she took part in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Dido and Aeneas, Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro productions, as well as VOCALIZZE and Setúbal CantoFest Programs.She holds a Master in Piano Pedagogy and a Bachelor in Piano Performance from theUniversity of Évora, Portugal, having learned from accomplished musicians such as AnaTelles-Béreau, Elizabeth Allen, Alexei Eremine and Paul Wakabayashi. In recent years, she has been developing her skills with Vlad Iftinca, Ugo Mahieux, Katia Borissova, Karina Pogobeskova, Frank Gutschmidt and Pascal Moraguès, among others.Ana Filipa Luz is a Piano Teacher and Collaborative Pianist at Évora’s Music Conservatory “Eborae Mvsica” since 2007 and Collaborative Pianist/Repetiteur at the University of Évora since 2012. Her current collaborations include the Lied Duo with soprano Beatriz de Sousa, with whom she performs on a regular basis.

Program

Franz Schubert

An die Leier D.737

Ganymed D.544

Dithyrambe D.801

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op.31, Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

v. Tout gai!

 

Claude Debussy

From "Trois chansons de Bilitis"

ii. La Chevelure

Georgios Kasassoglou

Im Schatten Hand in Hand (Στην σκιά χειροπιασμένες)

Meeresstille (Γαλήνη)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Agata Kornaga, mezzo-soprano

Wang Chong, piano

Poland / China

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Agata Kornaga

 

(Born 1990) The Polish mezzo-soprano was born in Lubin. After studying in Bromberg and Cracow, she studied at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in the singing class of Prof. Marek Rzepka. In 2019 Agata Kornaga made her debut at Theater Aachen, where she presented herself as Wellgunde in Wagner's "Hagen" and as a monkey / Munchkin lady / cup in Anno Schreier's "The Wizard of Oz". In 2017 she made her debut as Clotilde in Bellini's "Norma" at the Kraków Opera, before returning to the Teatr Wielki in Poznan in 2018 as Fyodor in Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" and as the Third Lady in Mozart's "The Magic Flute". In 2016 Agata Kornaga sang at Teatr Wielki in Posen Spirit in Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" and made her German debut at the Starnberg Opera (Munich) as Amor in Gluck's "Orphée et Eurydice". The mezzo-soprano performed as a concert soloist with Bononcinis and d'Astorga's Stabat Mater in 2013 in Wroclaw with the Ensemble Alter Musik, and in 2014 she sang Rossini's Petite messe solennelle in Bydgoszcz. She participated in the Mieczysław Weinberg Festival in Munich in 2019.

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Chong Wang

 

Chong Wang, born in 1999, started playing the piano at the age of five. From 2009 to 2016 she studied at the Central Concervatory of Music with Chang Hua, and since 2016 she has continued her studies at the College of Music, Drama and Music Media in Hanover with Prof. Bernd Goetzke. Chong has already won prizes in national and international competitions, including Artur Rubinstein international piano competition in Bydgoszcz Asian International Concerto piano competition, Imola international piano competition, China national music academies piano competition, San Sebastian international piano competition, international piano competition " Merci Maestro "in
Brussels. She has performed in numerous concert halls in China as well as in Germany, Italy, the USA and Spain and has performed as a soloist with the Beijing international Chamber Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchstra, Bydgoszcz Symphony Orchestra, and Torun Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2019, Chong Wang has received a grant from Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Hannover eV

Program

Franz Schubert

Memnon D.541

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Chanson de la mariée

iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

 

Jean Coulthard

From "Three ancient memories of Greece"

i. Before the statue of Endymion

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Archäische Miniatur (Αρχαϊκή μινιατούρα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Timothy Dickinson, bass baritone

Anyssa Neumann, piano

Great Britain / USA

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Timothy Dickinson

 

British Bass-Baritone Timothy Dickinson has been noted for his “wonderfully warm, round, powerful tone” (Early Music Today). His work ranges from recitals across the UK to Operatic roles at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Longborough and elsewhere. He has toured internationally with Silent Opera, in their groundbreaking production of ‘Vixen’, and has also been a regular guest at the St Endellion Festivals in Cornwall.

Timothy is also very active as an Oratorio soloist, embracing a broad repertoire including Bach’s Passions; the Requiems of Verdi, Faure and Duruflé, and Haydn’s ‘The Creation’. He has also sung with various ensembles, including The Sixteen, Ensemble Plus Ultra and La Nuova Musica, with whom he appears on ‘Sacrifices’ (Harmonia Mundi). Additionally, he has enjoyed a deeply rewarding association with the education department of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, performing with young people across the country in several newly-devised shows based around the music of Purcell and Mozart.

In recital, Tim has formed a partnership with pianist Anyssa Neumann, with whom he has devised a recital of music and readings inspired by Don Quixote, which the pair have performed on numerous occasions throughout the UK.

Timothy was the recipient of the 2013 Wessex Glyndebourne Award, and is an Alumnus of the National Opera Studio, London.

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Anyssa Neumann

 

Born in California and based in the UK/Sweden, pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her performances, which span solo and collaborative repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. Recent pre-lockdown highlights include performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, solo recitals in New York, San Francisco, and London, and a concert tour of New Mexico and California with American soprano Rena Harms. As a collaborative pianist, Anyssa performs regularly with British bass-baritone Timothy Dickinson, most recently exploring Don Quixote-inspired songs and arias, and she has also appeared in recital with soprano Emma Tring (BBC Singers), mezzo-soprano Katherine Nicholson (BBC Singers), violinist Yolanda Bruno (Toronto Symphony), and Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio (Eroica Trio). She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre (Canada), Avaloch Farm (USA), Sophie’s Barn (UK), and the Bergman Estate (Sweden). Currently a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University, where she works on music and film, Anyssa holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, University of Oxford, and King’s College London, and additionally studied with Fabio Bidini in Berlin and Paul Stewart in Montreal.

Program

Franz Schubert

Prometheus

Fahrt zum Hades

Ganymed

Memnon

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Hermann Reutter

Drei Monologe des Empedokles

i. Euch ruf ich über das Gefild herein

ii. Ha! Jupiter, Befreier! Näher tritt

iii. In meine Stille kamst du leise wandelnd

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Despoina Drandaki, soprano

Greece

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(Born 1994) Music was a part of her life from a young age when she enrolled at the local conservatory to study classical piano. During the economic crisis in Greece she decided to study economics at the university alongside music. The music was still important to her. She finished her music studies at the National Conservatory of Athens, which she paid with piano lessons for children. There she was introduced to her first singing teacher, with whom she immersed herself in the world of opera. During this time she began working professionally as a singer and participated in various projects, with events all over Athens. She was also a member of a choir called Kores. In June 2019 she was able to experience the joy of appearing in an opera: it was a small role in the operetta Medea of the National Greek Opera. This has been the most rewarding experience of my life. In the last few years I have been completely enchanted by the world of opera. I've made it my goal in life to dedicate myself to it and become the best singer I can be.

Program

Franz Schubert

Athys

Dithyrambe

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe

Mathilde Kralik von Meyerswalden

Lied der Sappho

iii. Ach die gliederlösende böse Liebe

Claude Debussy

Trois chansons de Bilitis

i. La flute de Pan

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Chanson de la mariée

 

Jean Coulthard

From "Three ancient memories of Greece"

iii. Long ago

Arthur Lourié

Greek songs after Sappho, Band II

i-ii. From the Wedding songs

Georgios Kasassoglou

Der Maitag (Του μαγιού ροδοφαίνεται η μέρα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583