Johanna Pommranz, soprano

Doriana Tchakarova, piano

Germany / Germany-Bulgaria

Johanna Pommranz

 

Johanna Pommranz (* 1994) studied bachelor and master singing with Prof. Ulrike Sonntag at the HMDK Stuttgart, graduated with honors and is currently continuing her vocal studies with the concert exam.
She took master classes with Elly Ameling, Emma Kirkby, Margreet Honig and Inge Borkh, among others. As a sought-after soloist in the field of oratorio, chamber music and lied, she has been heard under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann, with the Castor ensemble, the Orpheus vocal ensemble, the Heilbronn and Pforzheim chamber orchestras and with the Reutlingen and Baden-Baden Philharmonics. In 2016 she recorded the first CD recording of Isfrid Kayser's soprano cantata “Di tempore” with Ars Antiqua Austria. She was on the opera stage in Tübingen as Erminio (Jommelli “Il cacciatore deluso”) and Diana (Offenbach “Orpheus in the Underworld”), at the Staufer Festival as sand and dew man (Humperdinck “Hansel and Gretel”) and at the theater To experience Heilbronn as Dorinda (Handel "Orlando"). There she also played the title role in Mozart's “La
finta giardiniera ”at the Federal Horticultural Show 2019. Most recently she was heard with Il Gusto Barroco under the direction of Jörg Halubek as Erixena (Handel / Telemann“ Cleofida ”).

Doriana Tchakarova

 

The pianist Doriana Tchakarova completed her studies at the Stuttgart University of Music. She has won several international competitions such as the “Concorso Internationale di Interpretazione Musicale Citta di Racconigi” in Italy and the “Rising stars Grand Prix international music competition” in Berlin. Her CD recordings with the sopranos Felicitas and Judith
Erb led to an Echo nomination in 2017. In 2019 she released the CD “SAGA” with romantic ballads at Alpha Classics with the baritone Konstantin Krimmel. This recording was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) and Opus Klassik and with
awarded the Diapason découverte.

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D.360

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19, Nr.5

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq melodies populaires grecques:

i. Chanson de la mariée
iv. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques

Jean Coulthard

Three ancient memories of Greece

i. Before the statue of Endymion

ii. What rapture could I take from song

Georgios Kasassoglou

Der Maitag (Του μαγιού ρδοφαίνεται η μέρα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CD.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Die Götter Griechenlands

 

Clarissa Reali, soprano

Serika Saito, piano

Italy / Japan

Clarissa Reali

 

Born in 1991, I started the piano and also I started to sing in a little choir under the director Edoardo Materassi. Then I did masterclasses with Cesare Pavese, Basilio Astulez and I started to sing with some important choirs in Italy. In 2009 I participated to the International Festival “Europa Cantat” and after that I joined the singing class of the mezzosoprano Lucia Mazzei at the Fiesole Music School. I also participated at some masterclasses with Michele Pertusi, Graziano Polidori, Claudio Desderi, Roberto Scaltriti, Stuart Patterson... In 2014 I sang during the “Bolgheri Melody” Festival, and the next year I started to study with the soprano Elena Cecchi Fedi. In 2016 I sang in some baroque productions with singers such as Gloria Banditelli and Alberto Allegrezza.
After thet, I won the first prize in the Lions' singing competition, at the Eurovox 2018. Last year I was admitted at the Berlin Opera Academy and at the Opernstudio Theater Linz.
This year I've been semi-finalist in the competition for the Rodolfo Celletti's Academy. I also sang as soloist in many concerts in Italy and abroad, and I also did my début as Ann Putnam in the opera “The Crucible” in Berlin. This year I recorded a CD for the label “Glossa”.
My next engageents are the début as Fiordiligi at the Théâtre de l'Opera de Laussanne, and I'm going to continue my collaboration with the label “Glossa”.

Serika Saito

 

Born in 1992 in Tokyo, Serika Saito started playing the piano at the age of 4. After obtaining her Bachelor from the Toho Gakuen School of Music (Tokyo), she joined the Haute École de Musique de Genève in the class of Jean-Jacques Balet. In 2018 she obtained the Master in musical interpretation; during her final recitals, Serika obtains the highest possible mark as well as the congratulations of the jury. In 2014, she won first prize at the MUZA Kawasaki Soloist Competition (Japan) and played as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Since 2017 she has also accompanied several international competitions and masterclasses as official pianist.

Program

Franz Schubert

Atys

Hippolits Lied

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!

Feliks Nowowiejski

Róże dla Safo (Roses for Sappho)

i. Glykopikros

ii. Faon

iii. Smierć Safo

iv. Epitafium

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archäische Miniatur (Αρχαϊκή μινιατούρα)

Charles Gounod

Maid of Athens CG.406

Franz Schubert

Ganymed

Die Götter Griechenlands

 

Catherine Psarakis, soprano

United States

Noted for her “precise and focused coloratura” and “angelic tone”, Catherine Psarakis (born 1993) actively performs with orchestras and chamber groups in the New England region and internationally. She appeared as Cunegonde in the New England Conservatory (NEC) 2018 production of Bernstein’s Candide conducted by Maestro Christopher Allen, and as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Chicago Summer Opera. A champion of New Music, Catherine also recently played a title role in Boston based composer Jacob Shulman’s premiere of his opera Role Playing Game, and will record composer Stratis Minakakis’ film score Escuchando.

Catherine made her oratorio debut in 2017 as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Messiah Choral Society in Orlando, FL conducted by Dr. John Sinclair. She served as the soloist in the NorCal Music Festival Orchestra Pops Concert conducted by Lazlo Marosi, and as a soloist with the Lowell Symphony conducted by Thomas Kociela.  In 2021 she will perform with European Orchestral and Choral Association as the Soprano Soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle conducted by Maestro Giuseppe Raffa. An advocate of intimate performance through art song and chamber music, Catherine has performed in NEC’s Liederabend Series and Community Performance and Partnerships, as well as with Carduus Choir directed Holly Druckman, the Boston Art Song Society, the Dante Alighieri Society, and the Music on the Farm Concert Series in RI.

Catherine received her B.A. in Chemistry and Music from Rollins College on a full merit scholarship, and her M.M. in Voice Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music. She is a semi-finalist in the Camille Coloratura Awards, second place winner in the France Music Competition, gold medal in the Russian Chamber music Foundation of Seattle, and finalist of the Vienna Summer Music Festival Competition, International Brahms Competition and the Talents of the World Competition.

Program

Franz Schubert

Atys D585

Memnon D541

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

Im Schatten Hand in Hand (Στη σκιά χειροποιασμένες)

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

 

Cecilia Rodríguez, soprano

Jesús López Blanco, piano

Spain / Spain

Cecilia Rodríguez

 

Born in Tenerife (1988), she studied at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid, the “Franz Liszt” University of Music in Weimar, the Bremen University of the Arts, the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg and the “Baroque Vokal” Academy for Early Music in Mainz. She receives lessons and master classes from Krisztina Laki, Janet Perry, Helen Donath, Dolora Zajick, Edda Moser, Thomas Mohr, Andreas Scholl, Manuel Cid, Jorge de León, Wolfram Rieger, Helmut Deutsch, Ton Koopman, Konrad Junghänel, Martin Lutz, Gerd Uecker and Alberto Zedda, among others.

She is the winner of the competitions "Concurso Permanente" by JM Spain, "Richard Strauss" (Salzburg), "Lola Rodríguez de Aragón" (Madrid), "Ópera de Tenerife", "Tenor Viñas" (Barcelona), "Un futuro Dearte" (Medinaceli) and "Certamen de Zarzuela de Valleseco" (Gran Canaria).

She sings Carmina Burana, La Musica (L'Orfeo), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Doris (Acis y Galatea), Amor (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse), Flaminia (Il mondo della luna), 1. Elfe (A Midsummer Night's Dream ), Lisetta (La gazzetta), Lisette (La rondine), Melia (Apollo and Hyacinth), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) and Frasquita (Carmen), in theaters such as Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, Teatro de Vigo, Teatro Real de Madrid, Auditorio de Galicia, Ópera de Fuerteventura, Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, Theater am Leibnizplatz Bremen, Hamburg Chamber Opera and Theater Osnabrück. In 2020 she was selected, together with the pianist Jesús López Blanco, to take part in the next Lied Academy of the famous Schubertiada in Vilabertran.

Jesús López Blanco

 

Born in 1990 in Lugo (Spain), he studied piano, song composition and musicology at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Xoan Montes” Lugo, “Musikene” San Sebastián, ESMUC Barcelona, University of Music Freiburg and Universidad de La Rioja, with Pilar Albo, Susana García Regadío, Marta Zabaleta, Enrique Ricci, Maciej Pikulski, Carmen Torreblanca, Francisco Poyato and Matthias Alteheld. He receives piano masterclasses from Vladimira Smausova, Albert Nieto, Billy Eidi, David Westfall, Ileana Cortizo, Eulàlia Solé, Albert Atenelle and Miguel Borges Coelho and others, and lieder masterclasses from Wolfram Rieger, Ulrich Eisenlohr, Helmut Deutsch, Bengt Forsberg, Burkhard Kehring, Iain Burnside , Anne Lebozec, Dorothea Wirtz and Pauliina Tukiainen.

He received the "Victoria de los Ángeles" scholarship, the "Concerts Scholarship" prize in the XXth JM International Lied Course with Wolfram Rieger, the 1st prize in the "Art Jove" competition (Palma de Mallorca) and the 2nd prize in the Concorso Internazionale "Elsa Respighi" (Verona).

He is an orchestral musician on grand piano and celesta (Ciklus Ensemble, Orquesta Sinfónica de Musikene, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi), and performs in vocal and chamber music concerts (Spain, France, Germany, Austria). He participates in the program for emerging artists in the song festival "Life Victoria" and makes recordings for Radio Nacional de España. He works regularly as a répétiteur at the Teatre Principal in Palma de Mallorca.

Since 2018 he has been vocal coach of the Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears.

Program

Franz Schubert

Der zürnenden Diana D.707

Memnon D.541

Johannes Brahms

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19,  Nr.5

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques

i. Chanson de la mariée

Jean Coulthard

Three ancient memories of Greece

ii. What rapture could I take from song

Feliks Nowowiejski

Róże dla Safo (Roses for Sappho)

ii. Faon

Mathilde Kralik von Meyerswalden

Lied der Sappho

iii. Ach die gliederlose böse Liebe

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

 

Clarke Ruth, bass-baritone

Nika Afazel, piano

Canada / Iran

Clarke Ruth

 

Clarke Ruth (born 1990) is a bass-baritone from Toronto, Canada. He is currently studying for his master's degree in opera performance at the Cologne University of Music and Dance and is studying in Christoph Prégardien's class. Within the college, Clarke appeared in the two main opera productions in both years. In 2019 he played the role of Collatinus in the production of Britten's opera, The Rape of Lucretia '. And in 2020 Clarke sang the role of Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così fan tutte '.
In the summer of 2020, Clarke took part in the International Opera Workshop, which was directed by Verena Keller. There Clarke worked with the conductor Roland Böer and the director Roger Vontobel on several opera scenes and performed them on a concert tour through Switzerland. In 2019, Clarke received two scholarships. The first is the Richard Wagner Association, which enabled him to travel to the Bayreuth Festival, and the second is
the WDR Rundfunkchor Scholarship, where he sang with Cologne's professional radio choir for a year.
In the summer of 2017, Clarke visited the Franz Schubert Institute for Poetry and Performance of the German Song. There Clarke was able to work with song greats such as Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Robert Holl, Wolfram Rieger, Birgid Steinberger, Andres Schmidt and Roger Vignoles.

 

Nika Afazel

 

Nika Afazel was born in Tehran in 1994. At the age of 5 she received her first piano lessons from Hamidreza Rezayi. In 2005 she was accepted into the piano class of the famous pianist Gagik Babayan at the technical college for music in Iran. At the age of 15 she won first prize in the music school competition.
Other festivals and prizes followed. In 2011 she graduated from school and then appeared as an artist with changing ensembles. At the age of 18 she came to Germany and was accepted into the class of Prof. Jacob Leuschner at the University of Music and Dance. Masterclasses with Alexander Lonquich, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Alan Weiss, John Perry, Robert Levin and Felix Gottlieb supplemented her piano training. Furthermore, she appeared both as a soloist and in a chamber music context. In the 2015 winter semester, she switched to Prof. Sheila Arnold's class. Since 2016 she has been taking song design lessons with Prof. Stefan Irmer and began studying song design with Prof. Ulrich Eisenlohr in the 2017 winter semester. Since the winter semester of 2018 she has been studying as an Erasmus scholarship holder at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris. She is also a special prize winner of the Rhein-Ruhr-Liedduowe competition 2017, prize winner of the Chance Festival in Munich 2018, Baldowski Prize in Baldham 2018 and Gourani Academy Prize in Munich 2018.

 

 

 

 

Program

Franz Schubert

Prometheus

Fahrt zum Hades

Dithyrambe

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Hermann Reutter

Drei Monologe des Empedokles

i. Euch ruf ich über das Gefild herein

Arthur Lourié

Griechische Lieder nach Dichtung v.Sappho, Band 1

iv. The Garden of the Nymphs

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

 

Monika Rydz, soprano

Meghan Behiel, piano

Germany / Canada

Monika Rydz

 

German-Polish Soprano Monika Rydz (born 1988) studied at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, under professor Konrad Jarnot. During this time, Monika performed in several productions at various theatres including the Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, and internationally, at the Teatro di Montepulciano, in Italy.
In 2015 After her premier as “Alcina“, Monika graduated with distinction and was immediately engaged as a member of the international Ensemble Opera Studio at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In addition, Monika was also invited to perform at several prominent theatres around the country, including the Nationaltheater Mannheim, and the Theater Bonn.
Apart from theatre performance, Monika is deeply committed to chamber music. Recent engagements include a liederabend at the prestigious Beethovenfest in Bonn, as well as several concerts featuring the POLJADE-TRIO for flute, soprano and piano. Notably, the trio received great acclaim at the Mendelssohn-Haus in Leipzig.  
Other highlights of her young career include several concerts with orchestra. In 2017, Monika performed with the WDR-Rundfunkorchestra Köln at the opening of the Klangvokal Festival. She has also recently performed with the Württembergisches Kammerorchster in Heilbronn. Monika also went on to perform with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and the Camerata Louis Spohr, which lead her to achieve great successes at both the Schumann Saal and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. There, she was also invited to perform the modern lied cycle „Fuoco e lagrime“ by Anno Schreier, allowing her to further expand her repertoire.
Monika is also the recipient of many international awards and prizes. She was awarded the audience prize at the International Competition of the Summer academy at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, as well as the scholarship of the Richard Wagner Verband Düsseldorf e.V. Monika is also the distinguished recipient of a scholarship from the Bertelsmannstiftung NEUE STIMMEN, which led her to perform in one of the country’s most prestigious halls, the Konzerthaus Berlin. 

Meghan Bahiel

 

Born in Calgary, Canada, pianist Meghan Behiel performs regularly across Europe and North America. Meghan devotes herself intensively to song accompaniment and regularly took part in the “Mountain View International Festival of Song”, where she met her long-time mentor Rudolf Jansen and Elly Ameling. In 2019, Meghan and British baritone James Williams won the Carl Nielsen Special Jury Prize at the international Copenhagen Lied Duo competition. Meghan is also a finalist of the John Kerr Competition 2021 in London.
Meghan is the official brand ambassador for Kawai Europe. As this she presents the latest models from the Kawai company throughout Europe.
Meghan is also a répétiteur at the Düsseldorf Lyric Opera, where she also holds the position of musical director.
Meghan Behiel completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Calgary with her professor Marilyn Engle. A full-time scholarship enabled Meghan to complete her studies at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. Here she passed the soloist diploma with Professor Tomasz Herbut, the highest academic degree for musical solo instruments in Switzerland, with special distinction.

Program

Franz Schubert

Ganymed D.544

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583
 

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Mathilde Kralik von Meyerswalden

Lied der Sappho

iii. Ach die gliederlose böse Liebe

iv. Lieblicher abendstern

vi. Erstorben wirst du liegen

Feliks Nowowiejski

Róże dla Safo (Roses for Sappho)

i. Glykopikros

ii. Faon

iii. Smierc Safo

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!

Jean Coulthard

Three ancient memories of Greece

i. Before the statue of Endymion

iii. Long ago

Arthur Lourié

Griechische Lieder nach Dichtung v.Sappho, Band 1

iv. The Garden of the Nymphs

xi. Expectation

Georgios Kasassoglou

Archäische Miniatur (Αρχαϊκή μινιατούρα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Atys D.585

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

 

Natalia Płonka, mezzo-soprano

Grzegorz Biegas, piano

Poland / Poland

Natalia Płonka

 

(Born 1997) In 2016 she graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Music School at one faculty - piano. In October 2016 she started studying at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, Poland; There she received her Bachelor of Arts in 2019 and is continuing her master's degree there - Department of Opera Singing and Acting (singing lessons from Prof. Ewa Biegas and Dr. Ewa Tracz). So far she has won the following prizes: - First prize at the 21st Imrich Godin International Singing Competition in Vrable (Slovakia), May 2019 (category up to 24 years old) - Third prize at the 3rd International Singing Competition for sacred music Ars et Gloria in Katowice ( Poland), January 2019 (category Bachelor) -2. Prize for the student chamber competition Szymanowski Academy of Music, (Poland) March 2019 (category vocal and piano duets) organized by the Karol Chamber Institute. She has participated in several important performances of modern classical pieces, including: playing a leading female role in a world premiere of the modern opera Czarne Lustro (Black Mirror) by Polish composer Wojciech Stępień, staged at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, conducted by Szymon Bywalec, November 2019; in December 2020 she performed with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (chamber stage) as one of three main voices in a world premiere of the piece Więc milczę (also I'm silent) by the German composer Thomas Hummel; under the direction of Szymon Bywalec. She had the opportunity to improve her vocal skills by participating in master classes with such characters as: Mariusz Kwiecień, Andrzej Dobber Thomas Heyer, Stefania Toczyska.

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

Atys D585

Memnon D.541

Johannes Brahms

Sapphische Ode Op.94, Nr.4

An eine Äolsharfe Op.19 Nr.5

Hugo Wolf

Anakreons Grab IHV 10, Nr.29

Bolko von Hochberg

Gute Nacht Op. 31, Nr.2

Maurice Ravel

Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques
ii. Lá-bas, vers l´église

Feliks Nowowiejski

Róże dla Safo (Roses for Sappho)

iv. Epitafium

Georgios Kasassoglou

April mit dem Eros (Απρίλης με τον Έρωτα)

Charles Gounod

A une jeune grecque CG.324

Franz Schubert

Die Götter Griechenlands D677

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D.583

First international Lied competition

Bolko von Hochberg 2021

A song for HELLAS

What

Song competition

on the subject of "HELLAS"

When

21.-25. March 2021

Registration deadline:

December 23, 2020

Where

Gerhart-Hautmann-Theater

Görlitz

Kontakt 

We are at your disposal for any question.

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liedcompetition@gmail.com

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