Georgios Iatrou, baritone

Yorgos Ziavras, piano

Greece / Greece

Georgios Iatrou

 

Georgios Iatrou was born in Thessaloniki/Greece (1986).

He's one of the most promising and versatile young greek singers. His repertoire varies from baroque to modern music and from opera to Lied, chanson and oratorio. He has performed in many theaters a.o. Cologne Opera, Aalto Theater Essen, Greek National Opera, Theater Massenet, Grand Opera Avignon, Dublin National Opera, Theater Bonn, Theater Dortmund, Theater Aachen and halls a.o. Philharmonie Essen, Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, Megaron of Thessaloniki. He has worked with important directors a.o. Graham Vick, Laurent Pelly, Dietrich W. Hilsdorf and important conductors a.o. Giacomo Sagripanti, Matteo Beltrami, Tomáš Netopil.

He studied singing at the Music University of Cologne (Prof.Mario Hoff) and the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf (Prof. Konrad Jarnot). He also works with M. Honig, J. Silver and C. Merz. Georgios also studied Molecular Biology at the Demokritus University of Greece.

Some of the most important roles of his career are a.o.Figaro („Il barbiere di Siviglia“), Valentin („Faust“), Marcelo („La bohème“), Orfeo (by Monteverdi), Guglielmo („Cosi Fan tutte“),  Eisenstein & Dr.Falke („Die Fledermaus“) and Frank Maurrant („Street Scene“).

He has recorded for the WDR, songs by Hanns Eisler, he has also recorded an album with Mahler and Strauss songs. He has won numerous prizes in competitions such as Ricardo Zandonai, Nei Stemmen a.o. In 2019 he sang the Bass part in the Matthäus Passion by Bach at the Bach festival in Leipzig.

In the summer of 2021 he will be singing the demanding role of Prometheus by Carl Orff in ancient Greek language in Bayreuth.

Yorgos Ziavras

 

Yorgos Ziavras is a Greek conductor based in Germany. He currently holds the position of Kapellmeister at the Krefeld/Mönchengladbach Opera House and serves as guest conductor at the Greek National Opera.

He studied orchestra conducting with Prof. M. Luig at the HfMT Köln, piano in Athens and Cologne (E. Kounalaki, P. Alvares) and architecture design at the NTUA in Athens.

His collaboration with the Theater Krefeld/Mönchengladbach started in 2014, as a member of the renowned Opernstudio Niederrhein, rising in a very short time to the position of Kapellmeister. Yorgos Ziavras came to the national spotlight and was praised from
the press for his work on Der goldene Drache (P. Eötvös, 2019/20).

Yorgos Ziavras first started collaborating with the Greek National Opera in 2018. Most recently, he conducted Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss, Feb 2020) with more engagements planned for 2020/21.

He is the founder of CoGNiMUS Collektiv, a collective and orchestra based in Cologne. Since 2015 he has since designed and performed numerous experimental projectswith them. They are currently planning together their first European tour in 2021.

Yorgos Ziavras is also active in the international contemporary music scene (ERMA Ensemble, Electronic ID, Gaudeamus Festival, Athens and Epidaurus Festival ao). He has worked with symphonic orchestras, such as Philarmonie Südwestfalen, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, the Greek National Opera Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim etc.

Program

Franz Schubert

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

Atys D.585

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Arthur Lourié

Aus "Griechische Lieder" : "The garden of the Nymphs"

Claude Debussy

From "Trois chansons de Bilitis"

ii. La chevelure

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Le réveil de la mariée (Ξύπνησε πετροπέρδικα)

ii. Lá-bas, vers l´église (Κάτω στον Άγιο Σίδερο)

 

Hermann Reutter

Drei Monologe des Empedokles

iii. Ha! Jupiter, Befreier! Näher tritt

Georgios Kasassoglou

Der April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens CG.406

Franz Schubert

Die Götter Griechenlands D.677

Memnon D.541

 

Andrew Irwin, tenor

Martin Gennen, piano

Northern Ireland / Belgium

Andrew Irwin

 

The Northern Irish tenor Andrew Irwin (born 1995) completed his training at the Felix University of Music and Theater
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig under the direction of Prof. KS Roland Schubert. Andrew won the Audience Award in 2020
of Northern Ireland Opera 'Festival of Voice', 2017 Forde Taylor Prize for Gilbert & Sullivan at Feis Ceoil (Dublin)
and the EA Redman Prize for German Song at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is grateful for that
Support of Arts Council Northern Ireland / BBC Platform Award. Andrew recently made his debut at the
Welsh National Opera in the role of Amelias Diener in Un Ballo in Maschera and also sang Cecil Roberto Devereux for
the Opera House. He played Jan in HMT Leipzig's production of Millöcker Der Bettelstudent and an Opera Highlights
Tour and Lysander (Einspringer) A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Scottish Opera. His opera engagements also include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Die
Knusperhexe Hansel and Gretel with the Leipzig Summer Orchestra. Andrew is on the concert stage
also at home and has performed works by Schütz, Mozart, Rossini and Stainer. As an avid lieder singer, his repertoire includes Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin, Schumann Dichterliebe, Britten Winter Words, Vaughan Williams
Songs of Travel and Finzi Oh Fair to See.

Martin Gennen

 

Martin Gennen (Belgium) started playing the piano at the age of 7. After 10 years he takes part in a master class with Juliana Steinbach. In 2013 he started his studies at the Institute for Music and Education (IMEP) in Namur. In the same year he wins second prize in the national Belfius competition. In October 2016 he took part in a master class with Jean-Claude Vanden Eyden and a year later with the singer Olaf Bär at the La Monnaie opera in Brussels.
After completing his bachelor's degree, Martin started a master's degree in vocal corepetition in Mathias Lecomte's class at IMEP. In 2018 he is studying as an Erasmus student at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig in the class of Prof. Alexander Schmalcz. In June 2019 he passed the entrance exam for a master's degree in song composition with Prof. Alexander Schmalcz. In July he played at festivals in the Palais Royal des Beaux-Arts and in the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. In January 2020 Martin won the piano player's prize at the Albert Lortzing singing competition in Leipzig. In February he takes part in a master class with Anne Le Bozec, professor of piano accompaniment at the National Conservatory of Paris.

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed D.544

Der zürnenden Diana D.707

Atys D.585

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op.31, Nr.2

Georgios Kasassoglou

Im Schatten Hand in Hand (Στην σκιά χειροπιασμένες)

Meeresstille (Γαλήνη)

Archäische Miniatur (Αρχαϊκή μινιατούρα)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens CG.406

Franz Schubert

An die Leier D.737

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360

 

Łukasz Kostka, baritone

Mateusz Tomica, piano

Poland / Poland

Łukasz Kostka

 

born on September 19, 1994 in Tychy. A graduate of the Academy of Music. Karol Szymanowski in Katowice in the solo singing class of dr Adam Szerszeń and in the guitar class of Prof. Alina Gruszka. Partner of many artistic projects organized in various places in Poland, including: the role of Stanislaw in the opera "Verbum Nobile" - S. Moniuszko (Silesian Opera - Bytom 2019), the role of Maciej in the opera "The Haunted Manor" by S. Moniuszko (Katowice, Zawiercie, 2018 -2019),
the role of Ben in the opera "The Telephone" by G.C. Menotti
(Katowice 2019), the role of the Seventh Ham in the opera "Ubu
Król" by K. Penderecki at the Silesian Opera in Bytom (2016), the Performer of solo and group recitals with orchestra and piano throughout Poland. Participant of artistic exchanges (both vocal and instrumental), festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Nord Macedonia and Poland, where he achieved many achievements at the national and international level: in Sanok, Katowice, Krakau, Lublin, Warsaw, Vrable (Slovakia) , Lodz. He collaborated with many people (institutions) from the world of music and theater, including: the AUKSO chamber orchestra, the Academic Baroque Orchestra, H. Konwinski, T. Tokarczyk, Janina Niesobska, Waldemar Zawodziński, Jerzy Dybal, Theater in Chorzów , NOSPR, Silesian Philharmonic,
Silesian Opera, Wroclaw Opera.

Mateusz Tomica

 

Mateusz Tomica was born in Katowice (Poland) in 1997. He started playing the piano at the age of seven. He is currently studying at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice with Professor Magdalena Lisak and Professor Hubert Salwarowski. He did an exchange study at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Professor Jan Arnim von Jiracek Academic year 2017-2018. Mateusz Tomica has already won the following prizes, among others:

2020 - Promotion to the Polish pianist team taking part in the qualifications for the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Warsaw 2020 - the title of the finalist of the 50th Fryderyk Chopin Polish National Piano Competition in Warsaw, Warsaw on February 1st and 9th

2019 - Winner of the "Uttwil Masterclasses" and the award in the form of a concert with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Uttwil September 1st

2019 - the title of the finalist of the 20th International Chamber Music Competition, Łódź, 31.-7. March

2019 - 1st prize at the "VI Intercollegiate Chamber Competition for Vocal-Instrumental Duets and Instrumental Duets", Katowice, 15.-16. March

2016 - 1st prize at the "Grand Prize International Music Competition" in London, December 13th, 2016

2016 - 2nd prize at the Polish national piano competition “Władysław Kędra”, Łódź, (Poland) 10-11. May

His passion for music applies not only to playing the piano itself, but also to the history of music. In 2013 he won the third prize in the III national competition of knowledge about Fryderyk Chopin organized by the National Frederik Chopin Institute in Warsaw. His award in the "Grand Prize International Music Competition" 2016 in London gave him the opportunity to play in the Royal Albert Hall, one of the most famous concert halls in the world. He was also honored to perform with the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Silesin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Silesian Chamber Orchestra.

Program

Franz Schubert

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D583

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360

Memnon D541

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode op.94, Nr.4

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19 Nr.5

Hermann Reutter

Drei Monologe des Empedokles

i. In meine Stille kamst du leise wandelnd

ii. Euch ruf ich über das Gefild herein

iii. Ha! Jupiter, Befreier! Näher tritt

Georgios Kasassoglou

Barmherzige Mutter (Μητέρα μεγαλόψυχη)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Ekaterina Krasko, soprano

Tatiana Maksimova, piano

Russia / Russia

Ekaterina Krasko

 

Born in 1990. Ekaterina Krasko was born in Saint-Petersburg and began studying music at the age of 5 (alto) with piano playing and choir singing. At the age of 10 she took her first singing lessons. Then she studied choral conducting (V. Markin) and singing (G.Pavlova) at the music school and then at the university (Rimsky-Korsakow Conservatory) in the class of S.Yalisheva (singing), Prof. K. Izotova (song) and V. Maksimkov (choral conducting). In addition, she worked with the Georgian soprano Prof. O. Kuznetsova.
During her studies, she worked as a solo / chorus singer in the Peterburger Konzertchor. Her repertoire includes solo roles in the following works: Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate (Mozart), Johannes Passion (Bach), Gloria (Vivaldi), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), Svadebka (Stravinsky).
From 2012 to 2015 Ekaterina Krasko sang the following roles at the Theater Conservatory: Mozart “Le Nozze di Figaro” (Barbarina, Susanna), Rimsky-Korsakov “The Tsar's bride” (Marfa).
From 2013 - 2015 Ekaterina Krasko was a soloist in the Marinsky Theater and sang Glinka “Ruslan and Ludmila” (Ludmila), Prokofiev “War and Peace” (Dunjascha), Rimsky-Korssakov “The golden cock” (The golden cock), Tchaikovsky «Queen of Spades» (Prilepa). In 2015 she was a finalist in the Renata Tebaldi International Singing Competition in San Marino. From 2018 to 2020 she was employed as a solo choir singer in the Academic Chapel. She is currently studying singing or song and oratorio as a postgraduate student in the class of Prof. Holzmair, Prof. Josef Wallnig and Gaiva Banzinaite continued.

 

 

Tatiana Maksimova

 

Tatiana Maksimova was born in St. Petersburg and began playing the piano at the age of five. She received her training in piano solo (Doz.N. Eismont) and choral conducting (Prof. Peter Rossolovsky) first at the Rimsky-Korsakov Special Music School and then at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, where she also completed postgraduate studies in accompaniment ( Doz. Irina Vasiljeva). From 1992-2003 she was first in the children's choir at the Mariinsky Theater, then a children's choir accompanist, ballet répétiteur and pianist in the orchestra. As an orchestral pianist, she played with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yury Temirkanov and Valery Gergiev. In 2005 she completed the postgraduate course in music theater accompaniment (Prof. K.-H. Knobloch) at the "Carl Maria von Weber" music college in Dresden, and in 2007 the postgraduate course in choral conducting (Prof. H.-Ch. Rademann) and worked on the In the theaters of Görlitz, Freiberg-Dobeln and at the Semperoper Dresden in various opera productions. From 2007-2010 she was solo répétiteur at the Theater Bremen and has been employed as a senior artist at the Institute for Music Theater at the Graz University of Art (KUG) since autumn 2010.

Program

Franz Schubert

Die Götter Griechenlands

Dithyrambe

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

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

Feliks Nowowiejski

Róże dla Safo Op.51

ii. Faon

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

 

Gabriele Kupšytė, mezzo-soprano

Herny Websdale, piano

Lithuania / Great Britain

Gabrielė Kupšytė

 

Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Gabrielė Kupšytė is currently a Studio Artist at the Mascarade Opera Studio in Florence. She graduated with honours in Vocal Studies from the Lithuanian Academy of Music
and Theatre (LMTA). She holds an Advanced Diploma in Opera from the Royal Academy of Music, London (RAM) where she studied with Elizabeth Ritchie and Jonathan Papp. She is extremely grateful for the generosity of the Carr-Gregory Trust Scholarship.
Gabrielė has won numerous national awards in her home country and has a broad background as a soloist and choir member. Recent operatic performances with Royal Academy Opera include: the title role in Massenet’s Chérubin, Prince Athamas in Semele, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Scenes), The Dog in The Cunning
Little Vixen, and La chatte / L’écureuil in L’enfant et les sortilèges.
She is the winner of the Isabel Jay Memorial Prize competition (RAM) and a CLC Music Section Student award (City of London). Gabrielė attended the Georg Solti Accademia in 2019, where she worked with Roberto Frontali, Barbara Frittoli and Richard Bonynge.

 

 

Henry Websdale

 

Henry Websdale is a répétiteur, conductor and organist living in Florence. He is
currently a Studio Artist répétiteur at the Mascarade Opera Studio. He graduated with a double first-class degree in music from the University of Cambridge, and then worked as a répétiteur fellow at the Royal Academy of Music.
In the summer of 2020, he was a répétiteur and assistant conductor for The
ReGeneration Festival’s production of La Cenerentola (Rossini) in Florence, after
which he participated in the prestigious Solti-Peretti répétiteur course in Venice.
During his time at Cambridge, Henry was the senior organ scholar at King’s College, where he accompanied the college choir live on radio for the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols, as well as on BBC Television for Carols from King’s and Easter from King’s.
He has appeared in concerts at the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Royal
Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Concertgebouw
Amsterdam, Seattle Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Washington National Cathedral, and many other venues across the world.
He has played with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the BBC
Concert Orchestra (live on Radio 3), the Academy of Ancient Music and the BBC
Singers (also live on Radio 3). In 2021 he looks forward to working as a répétiteur on Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) and Káťa Kabanová (Janáček) at the Glyndebourne Festival and appearing in Germany, Switzerland and Italy with the Mascarade Opera Studio.

 

 

 

 

Program

Franz Schubert

An die Leier D.737

Memnon D.541

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode Op.94 Nr.4

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Claude Debussy

Trois Chanson de Bilitis

i. La flûte de Pan

ii. La Chevelure

iii. Le Tombeau des naïades

Arthur Lourié

Greek songs on poetry of Sappho, Band 2

From the Wedding songs i. & Erotic Fragment ii.

Jean Coulthard

Three ancient memories of Greece

i. Before the statue of Endymion

Georgios Kasassoglou

Barmherzige Mutter (Μητέρα μεγαλόψυχη)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Donghoon Kang, bass baritone

South Korea

Donghoon Kang

 

Bass-Baritone Donghoon Kang (born 1991), a vocalist who gives a deep resonance with delicate music and warm voice, graduated from Sunhwa Art High School and
entered the Department of Vocal Music at Seoul National University. After studying
under tenor Yonghoon Lee, bass Woong-jo Choi, baritone Cheol Jang, and baritone
Gyeong-suk Han, he completed the entire bachelor's degree at Seoul National
University as a scholarship student. He joined the military band of the Ministry of
Defense while attending undergraduate school, and appeared in numerous national
commemorative performances such as the March 3.1 Memorial, 6.25 Memorial, and
Liberation Day, and appeared in numerous military events such as the SNC Concert
and the Ministry of Defense New Year's Concert.
After he was discharged, he worked as a member of the classical vocal group “U
Angel Voice,” and gave a deep resonance with his songs on the world's leading
stage beyond Korea, such as a solo concert at the Seoul Arts Center and an
invitational concert at the Walt Disney Hall in LA. While working as a group, he
steadily devoted himself to being a vocal musician, winning the first prize in the
university division and the overall second prize at the Korean-American Music
Assiciation international music competition, and was selected and performed as a
college student performer at the ‘Night of the Artsongs’ hosted by the French Song
Research Association. After graduating with honors from the Department of Vocal
Music at Seoul National University, he entered the same graduate school and
studied under professor Yonghoon Lee. While in school, he appeared in the
'Phantom Singer 3' a renown music competition in Korea broadcasted by JTBC and
advanced to the semi-finals. He has now completed his master's course at Seoul
National University, has been admitted to Mannes School of Music, Manhattan
School of Music, and New England Conservatory in the United States as a
professional performer, and is expected to enter Indiana University of Bloomington
in the United States. Attention is drawn to the future moves of Bass-Baritone
Donghoon Kang, a young vocalist with a promising future.

Program

Franz Schubert

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren

Ganymed

Der zürnenden Diana

Memnon

Hippolits Lied

Gruppe aus Tartarus

Fahrt zum Hades

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (Ο απρίλης με τον έρωτα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Hyunseon Kang, soprano

South Korea

Soprano Jessica Harper (born 1990) graduated with First Class Honours in Classical Singing from the Australian National University School of music.

She was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera (2014, 2015) and held the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust for 2018. Jessica completed the Accademia del Bel Canto Rodolfo Celletti in Italy (2018), and the AIMS Summer School in Austria (2019).

Operatic works include creating the title role in new Australian work Miss Brill, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Casilda (The Gondoliers) and Mrs Norris (Mansfield Park – Australian Premier).

Jessica has made her mark on the Australian competition circuit including awards from the Opera Foundation for young Australians, Herald Sun Aria and Sydney Eisteddfod. Internationally Jessica has represented Australia in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup (2020) and will sing at the Semi Finals of the Éva Marton Competition and final phase of the 58th Tenor Viñas Competition in 2021. 

Program

Franz Schubert

An die Leier

Die Götter Griechenlands

Ganymed

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode Op.96, Nr.4

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Maurice Ravel

Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques

v. Tout gai!

Jean Coulthard

"Three ancient memories of Greece"

i. Before the statue of Endymion

iii. Long ago

Georgios Kasassoglou

Meeresstille (Γαλήνη)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

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 

We are at your disposal for any question.

Eleni Ioannidou, Heinz Müller

Ars-Augusta e.V. Augustastraße 6, Görlitz 02826

liedcompetition@gmail.com

+49 3581 8778460

+49 177 4470120

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