Vincent Kusters, baritone

Charlie Bo Meiiering, piano

Netherlands / Netherlands

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Vincent Kusters

 

Vincent Kusters (born 1991), baritone, studied classical singing and piano at the Maastricht Academy of Music, with Mya Besselink and Joop Celis respectively, and attained a master’s degree for both (2016/2017). Furthermore he attained a qualification in choir directing at the Utrecht Conservatoire in 2018.

He is a two-time winner of the Vocallis Lied Prize, as both a singer (2017) and a pianist (2018). In the latter year, he was accepted in the roster of the “Vrienden van het Lied” Society. He is Prize winner of the 2019 edition of the “International Vocal Competition” (lied), ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In 2020 he won the first prize in the “Internationaler Wettbewerb für Orgel und Gesang“, Neuss.

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Charlie Bo Meijering

 

Charlie Bo Meijering (Amsterdam, 1987) has a passion for both music and the visual arts.

Between 2006 and 2013 he studied classical piano and glockenspiel at the Utrecht University of the Arts.

He appears regularly in the Concertgebouw, in the Dutch National Opera and in TivoliVredenburg.

With the cartoon concert 'The Magic Piano' he went on tour all over the Netherlands. He is also a frequent guest on television programs such as 'Maestro'.

In 2019 he and his duo partner and baritone Vincent Kusters won a prize at the Internationaal Vocalisten Concours.

In addition to his musical activities, he devotes himself to the creation of the visual arts. For 'Music, Imagination and the Brain' (2015) by Erik Scherder and Katia Veekmans he made life-size projections.

Program

Franz Schubert

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360

Prometheus D.674

Ganymed D.544

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

ii. Lá-bas, vers l´église

iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

Georgios Kasassoglou

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

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens CG.406

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

An die Leier D.737

 

Jasper lamp, baritone

Sungwon Lee, piano

Germany / South Korea

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Jasper Lampe

 

The baritone Jasper Lampe was born in Berlin (1996) and came into contact with stage life at an early age as a member of the children's choir of the Komische Oper Berlin. He also received piano lessons in his early childhood. After graduating from the Georg-Friedrich-Händel Musikgymnasium in Berlin, the baritone prepared for the entrance examination to study music at the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Music School.
Since 2017 he has been studying opera / concert solo singing at the Detmold University of Music with Prof. Caroline Thomas. Jasper Lampe is a scholarship holder of the Rotary Club Detmold and the Frank Foundation Detmold. This year the young baritone won the special prize in the interpretation competition for lied duo at the HfM Detmold. Jasper Lampe received important interpretive impulses from Manuel Lange and Mariette Witteveen. Jasper Lampe has already worked in various opera productions at the HfM Detmold and will be in the Summer 2021 to be seen as Figaro in a university production of Mozart's Nozze di Figaro.

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Sung Won Lee

 

The pianist Sung Won Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He took his first piano lessons at the age of 15 and began a year later at Gyeonggi
Kind of high school to study. Since 2017 he has been studying piano / freelance musician at the Detmold University of Music with Prof. Jacob Leuschner. Sung Won Lee is also very interested in song accompaniment and received important artistic impulses in this field from Prof. Manuel Lange. At the Hochschule für Musik Detmold he developed numerous song programs with singers, which were performed on various occasions. That year, Sung Won Lee won the special prize for outstanding performance as a song accompanist at the HfM Detmold's interpretation competition for lied duo.

Program

Franz Schubert

Fahrt zum Tartarus

Memnon

Prometheus

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe

Sapphische Ode

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op.31, Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

v. Tout gai!

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archäische Miniatur (Αρχαϊκή μινιατούρα)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens CG.406

Franz Schubert

Der zürnenden Diana

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus

 

Laura Latvaityte-Zaman, soprano

Kamile Zaveckaite, piano

Lithuania / Lithuania

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Laura Latvaityte-Zaman

 

The soprano Laura Zaman (born 1983) studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater with Prof. Asta Kriksciunaite and Prof. Regina Maciute. She has lived in Germany since 2012, where she completed her master's degree in singing at the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg with Prof. Mark Tucker and since 2015 in the Gundula Hintz singing studio in Berlin.
In addition to the opera repertoire, she was able to deepen her interest in concert and lied literature in the lied class of Prof. Burkhard Kehring and in various master classes, for example with internationally renowned singing professors Laura Sarti, Edda Moser and Thomas E. Bauer. During her training Laura Zaman sang in numerous different operas, cantatas and oratorios, e.g. as Teodora in GFHändel's Theodora (Sacred Opera Berlin), Susanna WA Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro - Lithuanian Pilharmonie (Vilnius), Liesgen JS Bach's Coffee Cantata - Lithuanian Philharmonic ( Vilnius), Serpina GB Pergolesis La serva Padrona - Opera studio in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater with the Panevezys State Orchestra (Lithuania). 2018 CD recording in Hansa Studio Berlin as Fritzchen and Gummiball in F.Holst-Solbach's fairy tale opera Teufelchen at the Christmas market. 2018 Opera Gala Concert of the 26th Church Music Festival in Rapla (Estonia). Also in 2018 Laura Zaman sang WA Mozart's Missa brevis in Lithuania with the Bergisch Gladbach Symphony Orchestra and conductor Roman Salyutov.
In November 2019 she sang A. Bruckner's Te Deum and Mass No. 1 in D minor with the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt and conductor Thomas Hennig. In April 2019 she sang soprano solo in G.Rossini's Stabat Mater with Berliner in St. Ludwig - Kircher Berlin
Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Thomas Hennig and Eugeniusz Kus. Also in 2019 she gave an evening of songs in the international music festival - "Uzutrakio vakarai" (Lithuania).

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Kamile Zavackaite

 

Kamile Zaveckaite was born in Lithuania in 1996. In 2015 she received her diploma with "External Artistic Achievement" from E. Jurkeviciute and in the same year she started her studies at the Liszt School of Music Weimar with Prof. Grigory Gruzman.
Kamile studied in the academic year 2018-2019 as a student of the Erasmus program with Prof. Ruben Dalibaltayan at the Zagreb Music Academy (Croatia). And from October 2020 she started her master's degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Jasminka Stancul. Even a pianist, who has been awarded twice by the President of the Lithuanian Republic Dalia Grybauskaite, can look forward to numerous achievements. The young pianist has won 15 international solo and chamber music competitions. Since 2014 Kamile has been an annual guest at the famous “Piano aux Jacobins” festival in Toulouse (France), where she gives piano recitals together with pianists such as Martha Argerich, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Lukas Geniusas, Arcadi Volodos. Kamile has been a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Foundation (Bayreuth Verband) since 2018, the Germany Scholarship since 2019 and the MDW Starthilfe Scholarship since 2020.

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed

Die Götter Griechenlands

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies 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

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

 

Shu Lin, soprano

Helena Popovic, piano

China / Serbia

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Shu Lin

 

The soprano Shu Lin was born in Ji Lin, China (1987) and began her vocal training at the renowned Shanghai Conservatory. Since 2018 she has been studying for her master's degree at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and from 2020 she began her concert exams with Prof. Carolyn Grace James and Prof. Burkhard Kehring (Lied class). Shu Lin has also worked on international master classes with teachers such as Deborah Polaski, Julie Kaufmann, Michaela Sburlati and Renato Bruson. She has already taken up intensive artistic activity in the opera and concert sector. In addition to opera roles such as Mimi ("La Bohème"), Fiordiligi ("Cosi fan tutte"), Nedda ("Pagliacci") or Sufen Yu ("Spring River"), she has performed in orchestral concerts and recitals in China, the USA and Germany. Shu Lin's most important competition successes include the 3rd prize at the "Baichuan Competition" in Shanghai in 2012 and the 2nd prize at the national one
Chinese Singing Competition "Golden Bell" 2015 in Shanghai.

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Helena Popović

 

Helena Popović was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1994. She got her first piano lessons at the age of six.

During her education she received numerous awards at national competitions, of which the following are particularly important: 2nd Klaiver Prize at the Maritime Competition, Advancement Prize at the “Wolfganf Fischer and Maria Fischer Flash Prize” competition in the chamber music category, Würzburg, 1st prize in the Republic competition in Belgrade, Serbia, both in the solo category and in the chamber music ensemble category, 1st prize at the international competition “Davorin Jenko”, Belgrade, Serbia. She completed an internship as a répétiteur and musical assistant at the Allee Theater in Hamburg. One of the highlights of her numerous appearances is the concert in the Kolarac Hall and in the Belgrade Philharmonic Hall. She also received very valuable artistic impulses from Grigori Gruzman, Bernd Glemser, Eberhard Feltz, Aleksandar Šandorov, Michael Uhde, Borbély László and Roman Trekel. During her studies, she also developed into an enthusiastic and passionate song accompanist and chamber musician.

Since 2015 Helena Popović has been studying piano with Prof. Silke-Thora Matthies at the University of Music in Würzburg and since 2018 she has been studying song composition with Prof. Burkhard Kehring at the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg.

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed

An die Leier

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Sapphische Ode Op.94, Nr.4

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31. Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

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

Johannes Brahms

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

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Sofia Livotov, soprano

Prajna Indrawati, piano

Germany / Indonesia

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Sofia Livotov

 

Praised for her velvet timbre, soprano Sofia Livotov (born 1986) is a versatile artist, equally at ease in opera, art-song, and contemporary music. Based in London, Sofia has performed at international venues, such as Tonhalle Zurich, Tête à Tête Festival and Tivoli Vredenburg.
In 2019 she has made her successful appearance on the Indonesian concert stage in Jakarta. Recent engagements include recitals in Berlin with the pianist Natalia Pegarkova-Barenboim (Duo Primevère). In 2020, Sofia has been selected for the prestigious Oxford Lieder
Residential Mastercourse for Singers & Pianists together with the Indonesian pianist Prajna Indrawati. The two musicians have been also awarded the Help Musicians’ Transmission Fund 2020. Sofia has performed with the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Tonhalle Orchestra
Zurich, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with conductors such as David Zinman, Ed Spanjaard and Joao Santos. A keen performer of contemporary music, Sofia gave her debut in London at the Tête à Tête Festival 2019 and has appeared in contemporary opera productions of the Lucerne Theatre. Further roles on the operatic stage include Pamina, Musetta, Adina and Anna. Sofia obtained her vocal degrees at the Lucerne School of
Music (2013) and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Valérie Guillorit (2017). She has been generously supported by Swiss and German foundations, as well as by the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust in the UK.

 

 

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Prajna Indrawati

 

The Indonesian pianist Prajna Indrawati completed her Master of Performance in Piano Accompaniment (2018) at the Royal College of Music under the supervision of Roger Vignoles, Kathron Sturrock and Simon Lepper. Accompanied by singers, she has performed in a few places in London, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Festival Hall and in "Brahms and his The Poet's Book appears" by Natasha Loges. She was awarded second place as an accompanist prize at the English singing competition "Brooksvan der Pump" and Joan Chisell Schumann competition and Titanic Memoriam Award for accompanists at the Lies Askonas competition 2018. With the soprano Joyee Cole she attended the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse 2018 under the direction by Wolfgang Holzmair. She had played "In Tune" twice on BBRadio3, Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Martin in the Fields, Royal Festival Hall - Southbank Center, St. James Picadilly, Debut with Tillett Trust at Kings Place London, Newbury Spring Festival, Alderney Music Festival, 2020 Leeds International Music Festival etc .; also in Seville (Spain) and Kreeta (Greece). In July 2019 she performed as a soloist in Mozart Piano with the Jakarta City Philharmonic at a concert in C minor. Prajna had participated in master classes with renowned pianists such as Adam Gyorgy and Patrick Zygmanowsky and has accompanied many singers across Asia and Europe. In 2020 their duo was supported by Help Musicians UK together with soprano Sofia Livotov.

 

 

 

 

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed D.544

Die Götter Griechenlands D.677

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31. Nr.2

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

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

Jean Coulthard

Three ancient memories of Greece

i. Before the statue of Endymion

ii. What rapture could I take from song.

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archäische Miniatur

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Serhii Moskalchuk, bass-baritone

Kamila Łopatka

Ukraine / Poland

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Serhii Moskalchuk

 

Serhii Moskalchuk was born in 1991 and studied singing from 2010 to 2014 at the Tchaikovsky State Music Academy in Kiev in the class of Prof. Skubak. Since 2015 he has been employed as a soloist in the ensemble of the Ukrainian military. At the same time he had engagements as a soloist in the Kiev State Theater for Children and Young People. In 2015-2020 he was a member of the Opera Studio of the Kiev State Music Academy.
In 2019-2020 Serhii worked as a singing teacher at the State University of Culture and Art in Kiev. In 2013 he won 3rd prize at the international 21st Century Art competition in Worsel. In 2019 he was a semi-finalist in the Klaudia Taev competition.
He took part in master classes with Eytan Pessen, Natale De Carolis, Simone Di Felice and Vasily Barkhatov.

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Kamila Łopatka

 

Kamila Łopatka was born in Legnica (Poland) in 1993. First she studied piano at the Music Academy in Wrocław in the class of Prof. Paweł Zawadzki. Since October 2018 she has been studying for a master's degree in song / piano at the State University for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart with Prof. Cornelis Witthoefft. She continued her education at various master courses in Poland and Germany, including with Elly Ameling, Marie Helle, Włodzimierz Obidowicz, Krystyna Borucińska, Grzegorz Kurzyński, Jerzy Marchwiński, Irene Armoniene, Michail Markov, Peep Lassman, Paul Meyer. In February 2019 she took part in the master class for vocal art and new music theater in Stuttgart under the direction of Prof. Angelika Luz, Prof. Cornelis Witthoefft and Sarah Maria Sun.
As a pianist, she mainly focuses on working with singers. Since 2012 she has been taking part in the Canto ergo sum singing course with Justyna Agnieszka Szumiło in Legnica. During the Polish National Youth Choir project she worked as an accompanist in the singing classes of Nicolaus Mulroy, Henryk Böhm, Fulvio Bettini and Urszula Kryger. Kamila gives concerts in Germany regularly as a song pianist, among others in the context of the exhibition ›Lachen. Cabaret ‹in the German Literature Archive in Marbach or des
Reading concert 200 years of Goethe's »Creating and Enlivening«, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart (2019); also recently she actively participates in the house / garden concerts. Since 2015 Kamila Łopatka has been developing her pedagogical skills as a piano teacher at state and private music schools in Poland and Germany.

Program

Franz Schubert

An die leier D.737

Fahrt zum Hades D.526

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D. 360

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode Op. 94, Nr.4

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Arthur Lourié

Griechische Lieder nach Dichtung von Sappho, 1.Band 

i. Lament for Adonis [Плач по Адонису]

ii. Erotic Fragment [Эротический отрывок]

iii. Hymnic Fragment [Гимнический отрывок]

iv. The Garden of the Nymphs [Сад Нимф]

v. From the Wedding songs [Из свадебных песен]

vi. Plea to Aphrodite [Моления Афродите]

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

 

Stanisław Napierała, tenor

Grzegorz Biegas, piano

Poland / Poland

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Born in 1997 in Zabrze, Poland. In 2018 he graduated with distinction from the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School in Zabrze, since 2019 he has been studying at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, in the singing class of prof. Ewa Biegas and Łukasz Gaj MA. He is the winner of the following prizes: second prize in the VIII Krystyna Jamroz Polish National Singing Competition, second prize in the XV Franciszka Platówna Polish National Vocal Competition, first award in the Polish I Bogusław Kaczyński National Competition. He also received a grant from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2018. So far he has worked with conductors such as Maciej Tworek, Sebastian Perłowski, Rafał Jacek Delekta.

Grzegorz Biegas

 

He graduated from the Karol Lipiński State Music School in Lublin (class of prof. Mieczysław Dawidowicz) and from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (diploma in the piano class of prof. Eugeniusz Knapik and chamber music class of prof. Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska). In 2002 he completed postgraduate studies in the piano class of prof. Józef Stompel. At present he is a professor at his Alma Mater, in the Department of Chamber Music. His artistic activities focus on chamber music, with special emphasis on vocal literature. He was a répétiteur and a tutor in numerous vocal and chamber music festivals, including Bückeburg, Vienna, Bejing, Louisville, Sigriswil, Duszniki Zdrój, Katowice, Radzyń Podlaski, Nowy Sącz, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Sosnowiec, Chełm, Chorzów, where he cooperated with outstanding teachers, conductors and directors.
As an accompanist he worked with soloists at many vocal competitions in Poland and abroad, including Bilbao, Karlove Vary, Vienna, Dublin, Oslo, Parnu, Sion, Trnawa, Vráblach, Düsseldorf, Bydgoszcz, Duszniki-Zdrój, Katowice, Łódź, Nowy Sącz, Kraków, Włoszakowice, Warszawa, Gliwice,
Ostrava, Piotrków Trybunalski and Wrocław, where on multiple occasions he was awarded for best accompaniment receiving i.a. the. J. Lefeld special prize. As a chamber musician he performed on many concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad – almost on all the continents (Europe, USA, Argentina, Chile) co-operating with many excellent singers. He made many recording – mostly of Polish music – for the Polish Radio, Polish Television as well as CD recordings.

 

 

 

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed

Die Götter Griechenlands

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31. Nr.2

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Mathilde Kralik von Meyerswalden

Lied der Sappho

iii. Ach die gliederlösende böse Liebe

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!

Jean Coulthard

"Three ancient memories of Greece"

i. Before the statue of Endymion

iii. What rapture could I take from song

Georgios Kasassoglou

Meeresstille (Γαλήνη)

April mit dem Eros (Απρίλης με τον Έρωτα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583