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51st International Vocal Competition - Opera | Oratorio
9 - 16 September 2017

51st IVC

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Meet the participants!

Participants Lied Duo Competition 2016

Erica Back, mezzo-soprano, Finland & Aura Go, piano, Australia 
Claire Barnett-Jones, 
mezzo-soprano, United Kingdom & Timothy End, piano, United Kingdom 
Linda Joan Berg
, soprano, Germany & Camille Lemonnier, piano, Germany
Adèle Charvet, mezzo-soprano, France & Florian Caroubi, piano, France 
Jana Marie Gropp
, soprano, Germany & Pauline Gropp, piano, Germany 
Oddur Jónsson, 
baritone, Iceland & Judith Valerie Engel, piano, Austria
Juhye Kim, soprano, South-Korea &  Hyanghyun Lee, piano, South-Korea
Julien Van Mellaerts, baritone, New-Zealand & Somi Kim, piano, New-Zealand 
Henry Neill, 
baritone, United Kingdom & Frederick Brown, piano, United Kingdom 
Marie Perbost
, soprano, France & Josephine Ambroselli, piano, France 
Kelly Poukens
, soprano, Belgium & Peter Jeurissen, piano, Belgium
Artur Rozek, baritone, Poland & Tomasz Pawłowski, piano, Poland
Andreea Soare, soprano, Roemenia & Alissa Zoubritsky, piano, France
Flurina Stucki, soprano, Switserland & Alena Sojer, piano, Austria
Sophie-Nouchka Wemel, soprano, France & Astric Marc, piano, France
Michael Wilmering, baritone, The Netherlands & Javier Rameix, piano, Venezuela
Sylvia Rena Ziegler, mezzo-soprano, Germany & Friederike Wiesner, piano, Germany

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Erica Back

Mezzo-soprano
Finland (1987)
Is a duo with pianist Aura Go

Erica Back is a mezzo-soprano from Finland, praised for her “round, beautifully shining and effortlessly projecting voice” (Helsingin Sanomat) and "musically confident and very skillful way of expressing emotions" (Hufvudstadsbladet) in opera performances, lied recitals and oratorios as well as in competitions.



Erica is an active performer of lied and oratorio. She has performed the alto part in Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Messe Solennelle, Bach’s Christmas oratorio, Händel’s Dixit Dominus and Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore. In spring 2016, she has performed her first St. Matthew Passion by Bach. Erica was already a participant of several national and international competitions. For example, in 2014, she was awarded a shared first prize in the Kangasniemi Singing Competition in Finland. She also won the second prize and a special lied recital prize at the 2015 International Sibelius Singing Competition in Järvenpää.

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Aura Go

Pianist
Australia (1987)
Duo with mezzo-soprano Erica Back

Australian pianist Aura Go has been described as “a captivating performer… possessing great depth and exquisite sensitivity” (The Scotsman) and is widely recognized for her compelling performances and innovative programming. In addition to regular performances as soloist and chamber musician in Australia, Europe and the USA, Aura has appeared at international music festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the MSO Metropolis New Music Festival, Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.

Recent seasons have included numerous concerto appearances with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and solo recitals in Italy, Denmark, Finland, Australia and the USA. Aura is an active lied pianist for many years and has performed many recitals with singers in Australia, the USA and Finland. In 2006 and 2007 she received multiple prizes in Australia’s National Liederfest competition. Since 2015, Aura has been enjoying a regular collaboration with Finnish mezzo-soprano Erica Back.

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Claire Barnett-Jones

Claire Barnett-Jones

Mezzo-soprano
United Kingdom (1990)
Is a duo with pianist Timothy End

British mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall for the 2013 and 2016 BBC Proms, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s, Smith Square. She studied on the Opera Course at Royal Academy of Music with Yvonne Howard, Sarah Walker and Audrey Hyland.


On the operatic stage Claire’s repertoire includes such roles as Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Witch (Hansel und Gretel), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress) Marcellina (Le Nozze did Figaro) and Sorceress (Dido and Aeneus). Recent and future performances include Leeds Lieder Festival and Wigmore Hall recitals, Serenade to Music with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah for Opéra National de Bordeaux and Orchestra of Valencia.

Claire has had much success in competitions, including winning the Leamington Festival Music Prize, the Birmingham Town Hall Symphony Hall Recital Prize and the Mario Lanza Opera Prize.

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Timothy End

Timothy End

Pianist
United Kingdom (1985)
Duo with mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones

Pianist Timothy End is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Julius Drake. A multiple first-prize winner, Timothy was awarded both the Pianist Prize and Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition. Further prizes include the Gerald Moore Award, the MBF Accompanist prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, the Accompanists’ Prize at the Maureen Lehanae Vocal Awards and the Parnell Award for an Accompanist at the ROSL Annual Music Competition.



He recently gave a recital with the flautist Helena Gourd at the Royal Festival Hall for the Martin Music Scholarship.
Timothy has performed at the Presteigne Festival with violin-player Fenella Humphreys and the soprano Gillian Keith.
The pianist graduated with a first-class honours degree in Music from King’s College, London and a DipRAM in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music.
Timothy is the Accompanist for the Philharmonia Chorus and the City of London Choir.

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Linda Joan Berg

Soprano
Germany (1987)
Is a duo with pianist Camille Lemonnier

Soprano Linda Joan Berg began her studies with Prof. Jörn Döpfer at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater in 2009 and earned her Master of Music with best scores in the summer of 2015. She also completed the First State Exam for Music Education. In 2014 she was honored by Krista and Rüdiger Warnke with the prestigious "Fellowship for Students of the Hamburg University of Music and Theater". She continues to participate in master classes with, among others, Francisco Araiza, Olaf Bär, Margreet Honig, Karl Kammerlander, Edda Moser, Sibylla Rubens and Peter Schreier.

Alongside her studies, she has particularly dedicated herself to the fields of oratorio and lied. For example, Haydn (Die Schöpfung), Mozart (Requiem), Bach (Johannespassion) and Schubert (Hirt auf dem Felsen). Among the many operatic and operetta roles she has performed are Papagena, Belinda, Zaide, Hannchen and Pepi. She was recently heard as a soloist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 

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Camille Lemonnier

Camille Lemonnier

Pianist
Germany/ France (1993)
Duo with soprano Linda Joan Berg

Camille Lemonnier was born 1993 in Munich and started her piano studies at the Nuremberg University of Music in 2011. As student of Ingeborg Schmidt-Noll she obtained a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) with best scores in July 2015. In addition she acquired during her studies competencies in education sciences, which were honoured with the First Prize of Music Education from the Nuremberg University of Music in 2015.

Beside her studies she participated in Master Classes with prof Wolfang Manz, Thomas Hell, prof Dirk Mommertz and prof Konrad Elser. The Franco-German pianist took also an close interest to chamber music from an early age. In November 2014 she received the first Prize and was nominated as the overall winner at the German-Czech Piano competition for four-handed piano. Due to her deepening interest in art song she attended the Art-Song-Class of prof Marcelo Amaral in November 2014. She started her subsequent Master of Music in Art Song with prof Burkhard Kehring from October 2015 in Hamburg.

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Adèle Charvet

Adèle Charvet

Mezzo-soprano
France (1993)
Is a duo with pianist Florian Caroubi

Adèle Charvet began her musical studies at the age of 6 years old and started to sing in the Claire Marchand Choir in the 13th District Conservatory of Paris. In 2013, while studying at the Département Supérieur pour Jeunes Chanteurs du CRR de Paris, she obtained a musical studies diploma unanimously with honors (DEM). She is currently studying at the Paris National Conservatory CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) with professor Yves Sotin.

Her Choir experience leads her to sing with grand conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christophe Coin, Renée Jacobs and John Nelson. She is very passionate about the Song and Lieder repertoire which she studied with Philippe Biros and Anne le Bozec. In 2015 she formed a duo with pianist Florian Caroubi with whom she obtained the Mélodie prize at the International Lied and Song Competition Nadia and Lili Boulanger in Paris. In the season of 2016/2017 Adèle will perform various recitals with Florian Caroubi, at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, and Petit Palais in Paris.

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Florian Caroubi

Florian Caroubi

Pianist
France (1989)
Duo with mezzo-soprano Adèle Charvet

Being a very eclectic musician, Florian Caroubi approaches enthusiastically a broad panel of
repertoires and styles: solo piano, chamber music, accompaniment of singers and orchestral conducting.

He was invited to play as a soloist with the Chamber orchestra of Toulouse and the Chamber orchestra of Chisinau. He also created a duo with mezzo-soprano Adèle Charvet with whom he obtained the Prix de la Mélodie at the international lied competition Nadia and Lili Boulanger (Paris). Florian is graduated with a master degree in piano interpretation at the prestigious CNSMD (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Lyon) which he obtained with the congratulations of the jury, and has a Bachelor in piano accompaniment.

Florian is also involved in a several educational projects. He is the musical director of the Carillon of Papageno, a musical association that promotes opera and lyrical art. In this context, he participated at the creation of pedagogical shows as La Petite Flûte Enchantée. Besides, in association with the Syrah Quartet and the Opera of Marseille, he participates at the Apprentice Conductor Project that initiates teenagers to the orchestral conducting, royal road to approach the marvels and the mysteries of music.

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Jana Marie Gropp

Jana Marie Gropp

Soprano
Germany (1991)
Is a duo with pianist Pauline Gropp

Soprano Jana Marie Gropp studies since 2013 with prof. Michaela Krämer at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Her musical studies began at a young age with taking violin and piano lessons. She already attended several masterclasses given by musicians like Jeanne Piland and Robert Holl. Since 2010 the soprano also studies medicins.

Her repertoire keeps on growing as she gives a lot of concerts. At one of these concerts she was the solo singer at the Neuen Kammerorchester Düsseldorf. She also plays together with her sister Pauline Gropp, who is a pianist.

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Pauline Gropp

Pauline Gropp

Pianist
Germany (1995)
Duo with soprano Jana Marie Gropp

Pauline Gropp started playing the piano when she was five years old. At the age of thirteen she started a piano study at the Hochschule für Music und Tanz Köln with Prof. Scherrrer. Every now and then she follows masterclasses by professional musicians. Since October 2013 Pauline studies piano at the Musikhochschule in Münster with Prof. Manja Lippert.

Together with her sister and soprano Jana Marie Gropp, the pianiast forms a Lied Duo. They organize benefit concerts for organisations such as the Lions Club and Médecins Sans Frontières.

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Oddur Jónsson

Oddur Jónsson

Baritone
Iceland (1983)
Duo with mezzo-soprano Judith Valerie Engel

Icelandic baritone Oddur Jónsson studied Master Opera and Master Lied and Oratorio with Prof. Andreas Macco and Prof. Martha Sharp at Mozarteum University Salzburg, where he graduated with distinction. He was also awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal from the Mozarteum International Foundation. He made his debut at the Icelandic Opera as Rodrigo in Verdi’s Don Carlo, for which he was awarded the Brightest Hope in the category classical and contemporary music at the Icelandic Music Awards.

He has sung J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St. John’s Passion, St. Matthew’s Passion, the B-minor Mass and Cantatas including Ich habe genug; Händel’s Messiah and Solomon; Masses and Cantatas by G. P. Telemann, W. A. Mozart, M. Haydn and C. Gounod. As a recitalist he has sung Schwanengesang by F. Schubert, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by G. Mahler, Liederkreis op. 39 by Schumann, Liebeslieder-Walzer by J. Brahms, Let us Garlands bring by G. Finzi and songs by H. Wolf, H. Pfitzner and R. Strauss.

Oddur has also taken part in masterclasses with Roberta Alexander, Kristján Jóhannsson, Tom Krause, Thomas Moser, Ruggiero Raimondi, Alexander Schmalcz, Peter Schreier, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Margaret Singer, Richard Stokes, Kiri Te Kanawa, Gerd Uecker and Breda Zakotnik.

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Judith Valerie Engel

Judith Valerie Engel

Pianist
Austria (1993)
Duo with pianist Oddur Jónsson

The Viennese Pianist Judith Valerie Engel has been studying piano performance with Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum Salzburg since October 2010. In 2015 she finished her Bachelor’s degree with the highest distinction and is now studying for her Master. As an addition to her education Judith Valerie Engel is taking conducting and singing lessons.

Judith Valerie Engel is playing concerts on a regular basis. She already performed in the WienerKonzerthaus, the Musikverein Graz, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Russian and Hungarian Cultural Institutes and the Polish Embassy in Vienna, and the Austrian Cultural Forum London. In the summer of 2015 she performed at the Beethovenfest Bonn. Other concert tours took her to Russia, Britain, Hungary, Italy and Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Her performances are mainly centred on her solo-repertoire, however she also regularly performs with chamber music ensembles and Lied-Duo’s.

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Juhye Kim

Juhye Kim

Soprano
South-Korea (1987)
Is a duo with pianist Hyanghyun Lee

Soprano Juhye Kim studied vocal arts at Seoul National University (SNU) where she graduated with honors. She received the Seoul National University Alumni Development Fund Scholarship as well as the Music Merit Scholarship for Excellent Academic record. She earned her graduate certificate at the University of Southern California (USC), Thornton School of Music. And she has just finished her master degree at SNU.

The soprano has performed with the Seoul City Opera in such roles as Violetta in La traviata and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She has sung the role of Moth in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Pamina in The Magic Flute with the USC Thornton Opera, and Norina in Don Pasquale with SNU Opera. She also sang with the USC Chamber Orchestra under Carl St.Clair and KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony. 

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Hyanghyun Lee

Hyanghyun Lee

Pianist
South-Korea (1985)
Duo with soprano JuHye Kim

Pianist Hyanghyun Lee already performed with the St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra and Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra. She is now concentrating on vocal music. She participated in Songfest Festival in Los Angeles and received the Pianist Scholarship and John Steele Ritter Scholarship in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

She has had opportunity to participate master classes with the distinguished musicians including Margo Garret, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson. Lee earned her Bachelor of Music degree in the Ewah Womans University in Korea and Master of Music degree in the University of Cincinnati. She recently completed the collaborative piano fellowship program in Bard College in New York.

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Henry Neill

Henry Neill

Baritone
United Kingdom (1988)
Is a duo with pianist Frederick Brown

Henry recently finished his studies on the Royal Academy of Music Opera course with Mark Wildman and Ingrid Surgenor before which he held a choral scholarship at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Henry has performed as a soloist at the Colston Hall, Bristol, the Birmingham Symphony hall, the Sheldonian Theatre and the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, St. John's, Smith’s Square and the Wigmore Hall, London. He also performed at the Oxford Lieder festival and performed six songs from Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’ with Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder. This year he has appeared on BBC 3’s ‘In tune’, at the Wigmore Hall and at the Leeds festival as part of the Academy Song Circle.


Operatic roles include Quince in Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Sprecher’ in ‘Die Zauberflöte’, Figaro in Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, Noye from ‘Noye’s Fludde’. With Royal Academy Opera he has performed as Marco in ‘Gianni Schicchi’, Smirnov in Walton’s ‘The Bear’ and Conte in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’.

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Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown

Pianist
United Kingdom (1989)
Duo with baritone Henry Neill

Freddie Brown is a conductor and pianist currently working as a junior fellow for Royal Academy Opera. Born and raised in Cornwall, he was a chorister in Truro Cathedral and later a pupil at Truro School, where he studied piano with Paul Comeau and organ with Christopher Gray. He read music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, graduating in July 2011 with a first-class degree and the Peter le Huray prize for academic achievement and graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy in July 2014.



Freddie performs widely as a chamber musician and accompanist, and over the past year has appeared in venues including St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, the Wigmore Hall, The Fondazione Cini in Venice and Cornwall’s St Endellion Summer Festival. He is a keen exponent of new music, having given premieres of works by Josephine Stevenson, Thomas Wraith and Kate Whitley, Sally Beamish, Benjamin Cox, Christopher Fox and Nigel Hess among others.

He has appeared as an accompanist in masterclasses with Olaf Bar (at the Wigmore Hall), Helmut Deutsch, Dennis O Neil, Simon Keenlyside, Wolfram Rieger and the late Sir John Shirley Quirk. Also a continuo player, he performed regularly in the Academy’s Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. Several of his performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, most recently with tenor Gwilym Bowen in songs by Hugh Wood for the BBC Proms.

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Marie Perbost

Soprano
France (1989)
Is a duo with pianist Joséphine Ambroselli

Marie began her vocal studies at the Maîtrise de Radio France during which she gave many concerts in France and abroad, under the direction of famous conductors such as Kurt Masur and Myung Wung Chung. Marie then entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where she was taught by Alain Buet. She also studied lied and melody under the guidance of Anne Le Bozec and, together with Josephine Ambroselli, won the first prize at the international competition Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris.



Marie enjoys singing opera on stage. She has played Cupid in King Arthur, Noemie in Cinderella, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte. Marie also enjoys the sacred music repertoire, having performed Brahms' Neues Liebeslieder Walzer at the Philharmonic in Paris and the Johannes-Passion at Paris cathedral Notre-Dame.

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Joséphine Ambroselli

Pianist
France (1988)
Duo with soprano Marie Perbost

Watching her dad attempt to play Schumann’s Piano Concerto while singing the orchestral parts at the top of his lungs was Joséphine Ambroselli Brault’s first taste of music. No wonder then that piano became her life’s pursuit. She was awarded her first prize from the Fondazione Antonio Salieri di Legnago in Salzburg (Austria) for a duet with cello when she was barely fifteen years old. Following that, she went on tour in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, where she decided to pursue her musical training abroad.

She left France for five years and studied in Leipzig, Cologne and Brussels. In Brussels she worked with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, who taught her to approach music with intelligence and finesse. Since then, she has dedicated herself to playing in a variety of chamber music ensembles. A particular highlight has been her energetic duet with the soprano Marie Perbost. Together they won the First Prize in the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition in Paris.


Joséphine Ambroselli Brault returned to France to continue her studies in chamber music and vocal accompaniment at the CNSM de Paris. Studying under Anne Le Bozec was an artistic turning point for Joséphine; her teacher exposed her to a world of incredible sonic diversity. Since then, she has continued to search for more various, more vivid and more expressive sounds in her playing. The piano has become a veritable laboratory.


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Kelly Poukens

Kelly Poukens

Soprano
Belgium (1992)
Is a duo with pianist Peter Jeurissen

Kelly received her master classical singing with highest honors from the LUCA school of arts, campus Lemmensinstituut with mezzo-soprano Dina Grossberger. She participated vocal master classes by Maarten van Koningsbergen, Jard van Nes, Miranda van Kralingen, Stefan Veselka and Rudolf Jansen and acting and interpretation master classes by Pia Douwes and Karin Bloemen.

Because of her love for the song repertoire, several contemporary composers wrote work for her, such as Hans Helsen and Jeroen d'Hoe. Furthermore, she performed the song cycle 'De innigheid der dingen’ by contemporary composer Piet Swerts which is recorded and is now available on cd. Kelly was complimented during her graduation because of her interpretation of the role of 'Elle' in 'La Voix Humaine’ by Francis Poulenc (2015).

She is currently studying a master classical music at the Fontys Hogeschool in Tilburg and a master in chamber music at the LUCA school of arts, campus Lemmens Institute (BE). She is coached by soprano Felicity Lott and she studies with mezzo-soprano Jard van Nes.

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Peter Jeurissen

Peter Jeurissen

Pianist
Belgium (1985)
Duo with soprano Kelly Poukens

Peter started his musical career at the music academy of Maasmechelen and continued at the LUCA school of Arts, campus Lemmensinstituut. He now has a master in piano, organ and chamber music. Since 2010 Peter is an accompanist at the LUCA school of Arts.

As a accompanist he loves the Lied repertoire and continues studying this. He also participates master classes every now and then. Master classes by musicians like Roger Vignoles, Leo van Doeselaar and Louis Robilliard. Peter gives concerts in the cathedrals of Brussels, Antwerp, Mechelen and Gent. He also workes on several projects from which the most are available on cd. 

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Artur Rozek

Artur Rozek

Baritone
Poland (1984)
Is a duo with pianist Tomasz Pawlowski

This baritone started his musical education when he was 7 years old with piano lessons. At the age of 20 he started his vocal education. He went tot he Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School in Warsaw and had tenor prof. Jerzy Knetig as his teacher. The soloist graduated the Vocal Faculty of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw receiving a Master Degree with Distinction under the direction of the same teacher. In 2015 he graduated Udo Reinemann Lied Masterclasses at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels under the direction of prof. Udo Reinemann and guest teachers. 


Artur has got a rich repertoire of oratorios and songs. He participated international master classes by Christianne Stotijn, Kaludi Kaludov, Andrzej Dobber, Olga Pasichnyk, Jard Van Nes, Ewa Podleś, Teresa Berganza, Mitsuko Shirai, Rudolph Piernay, Francisco Araiza, Charlotte Lehmann, Robert Holl, Peter Schreier, Udo Reinemann, Christoph Pregardien, Wolfgang Holzmair, Sergei Leiferkus, Christa Ludiwg, Joseph Breinl, Maciej Pikulski, Hartmut Hoell and Rudolph Jansen.


The young baritone performs in Poland and abroad. Since 2012 he has been a soloist of Warsaw Chamber Opera. He has previously worked with such conductors such as Tadeusz Wicherek, Sławek A. Wróblewski and Mieczysław Nowakowski.

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Tomasz Pawlowski

Tomasz Pawlowski

Pianist
Poland (1983)
Duo with baritone Artur Rozek

Tomasz Pawłowski graduated from Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (2007) where he studied piano with Alicja Paleta­Bugaj and chamber music with Krystyna Boruciska. He also specialised in song accompanying by finishing the Song Studium organised by Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He participated in many master classes with the specialisation in solo playing (Andrzej Jasiski, Ewa Pobłocka, Hiroko Nakamura, Cecille Ousette, Wiktor Mieranow) and voice and piano duos (Hartmut Höll, Jerzy Marchwiński, Urszula Kryger and Ewa Podleś).

He is the prize winner of many competitions suc as the Gold Medal and the First Prize in Oranienburg (Germany, 2005) and the First Prize in Voice and Piano Duos category (Giosuè Carducci Competition, Madesimo (Italy, 2012, with the soprano Ewa Leszczynska). Tomasz is especially interested in chamber music and has been cooperating with many acknoledged musicians: the mezzosoprano Urszula Kryger, the violist Ryszard Groblewski, the bandoneonist and composer Marcelo Nisinman, violinists Christian Danowicz and Agnieszka Marucha, with whom he recorded Hans Huber violin and piano sonatas (2012).

He has given solo recitals and chamber music concerts both in Poland (in the concert halls of Warsaw - including the Warsaw Philharmonic - Lodz, Rzeszow, Wroclaw, at the Festivals in Szczawno-Zdroj and Zelazowa Wola) and abroad (in Austria, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, France). In 2009 he performed Camille Saint-Saens 2. Piano Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2007 he has been constantly cooperating with the Warsaw Philharmonic as the chamber musician in educational projects.

Since 2012 he has been employed as the cooperating pianist and piano tutor by the Vocal Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. 

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Andreea Soare

Andreea Soare

Soprano
Roemenia (1985)
Is a duo with pianist Alissa Zoubritski

Romanian soprano Andreea Soare has been a member of the Opéra National de Paris L’Atelier Lyrique programme since 2011. Prior to this she trained at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg and the Conservatoire de Paris, as well as the European Academy of Music, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

Since 2011 she regulary appears with songs recitals in France together with Alissa Zoubritski and also with Philippe Cassard in Japan. This season, Andreea made her UK debut singing the role of Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for Garsington Opera. Recent highlights include the roles of Donna Elvira in Cologne Opera, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte at the Bucarest national Opera and Maddalena La Resurrezione Haendel at the Amphitheatre Bastille. On the concert platform, highlights include Les nuits d’été (Berlioz), Sheherazade (Ravel), La bonne chanson (Fauré) and Stabat Mater (Poulenc).

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Alissa Zoubritski

Alissa Zoubritski

Pianist
France (1982)
Duo with soprano Andreea Soare

Moldovan-French pianist Alissa Zoubritski graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon where she studied with Géry Moutier. She also studied with Rena Shereshevskaya and Anne Queffelec and played for Paul Badura-Skoda, Aldo Ciccolini, Vladimir Krainev and Lev Naoumov.



In 2008 she won a French vocational scholarship, which has offered her the chance to study vocal song accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama of London with specialists such as Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau and Pamela Lydiard. Alissa graduated with a master degree the same year and became a fellow in vocal accompaniment.


From 2011 to 2013 she was part of the Paris Opera studio in Opera Bastille, where she played for opera productions and numerous lied concerts. Alissa also received advice in Lied accompaniment from Jeff Cohen and Irene Kudela. She performs in several vocal duets with her partners Andreea Soare, Michal Partyka, Diana Axentii in France, England, Germany, Poland, Moldova and US. She was invited to perform in numerous festivals such as Festival Radio-France de Montpellier and concert halls including the Opera Bastille in Paris. Alissa also recorded two recitals on the public french classical radio Radio-France.

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Flurina Stucki

Flurina Stucki

Soprano
Switserland (1988)
Is a duo with pianist Alena Sojer

The Swiss soprano Flurina Stucki graduates in summer 2016 from University of Music in Basel (Hochschule für Musik Basel FHNW) with a masters degree in music pedagogy singing. She is studing with Isolde Siebert, with whom she already studied for her bachelors at the same school. She finalized this degree programme with distinction in june 2014. Besides her singing opera and classical music of the 20th and 21st century, she dedicates herself with great passion to the the Lied genre and develops a vast repertoire with her duo partner Alena Sojer.



In October 2015 she got to sing her first leading role in a stage performance at Gare du Nord in Basel with music by Krenek and Mozart. In recent years she got to sing more and more soloist parts with a number of cunductors including Olga Machanova Pavlu, Douglas Bostock and Raphael Immoos. In addition to the singing lessons with her teacher Isolde Siebert, she participated in master classes by Hartmut Höll, Dorothee Labusch, Roger Vignoles and Françoix LeRoux.

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Alena Sojer

Alena Sojer

Pianist
Austria (1987)
Duo with soprano Flurina Stucki

Alena Sojer was born in Austria and received her first piano lessons at the age of eight from Csilla Szaboo. In 2002 she began studying with Irini Puryshinskaja at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium in Feldkirch and graduated with honours in 2010. She continued her studies at the Musik Akdademie Basel with Filippo Gamba and graduated with masters in musical performance in 2013. Until 2016 she was studying with Anton Kernjak and graduated with honours with masters in spezialised Performance Liedgestaltung.

Alena has participated in master classes with Rainer Schmidt, Anne Queffélec, Ferenc Rados, Zoltán Kocsis, Susan Tomes, Thomas Ádes, Thomas Hampson, Roger Vignoles, Andras Schiff, Hartmut Höll and others.

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Julien Van Mellaerts

Baritone
New-Zealand (1988)
Is a duo with pianist So Mi Kim

New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts is in his first year of the RCM International Opera School studying with Dinah Harris as a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar supported by a Toeman Weinberger Award. Before moving to London, to study at the Royal College of Music, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The baritone has appeared in recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, Ryedale Festival, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields and recently Schubert's Die Winterreise with Roger Vignoles. Recent roles include: Gabriel von Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus, Mr Gedge, Albert Herring and Monsù Traversen. 

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Somi Kim

Pianist
New-Zealand (1989)
Duo with baritone Julien Van Mellaerts

South Korean born New Zealand pianist Somi Kim graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015 with a Master of Arts (Distinction, DipRAM) studying with Michael Dussek and Ian Brown. She is sought after as a chamber musician, song accompanist and répétiteur.

She made her debut with Chamber Music New Zealand last year with Mimosa Ensemble. Somi has appeared in public master classes by Christian Gerhaher, Stephen Hough, Simon Trpčeski, Helmut Deutsch, Florian Boesch, Bengt Forsberg, Pinchas Zukerman and Maxim Vengerov.



In recital, Somi’s recent and future appearances include Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Edinburgh Fringe, Ryedale and Oxford Lieder Festivals.

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Sophie-Nouchka Wemel

Sophie-Nouchka Wemel

Soprano
France (1988)
Is a duo with pianist Astrid Marc

Last season, Sophie-Nouchka Wemel made her debut as Micaëla, was soloist in the Messiah and Die Schöpfung and joined the Opera de Lyon's Resident Artist Program. Previous highlights include the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen and Ravel's Alcyone, La Voix humaine, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Lia in L'Enfant prodigue. She performed opera scenes as Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Norina (Don Pasquale), Susanna (Le Nozze du Figaro), First Lady and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). She also covered the roles of Musetta (La Bohème) and Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera).


The French soprano gave recitals in renowned Parisian venues such as Salle Pleyel, La Madeleine, Musée d'Orsay, Petit Palais and the Wanderlust. Having started as a pianist and a violinist, she is an alumnus of the Conservatoire de Versailles and Paris. She completed her Master of Music in Opera Performance at the Boston Conservatory.

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Astrid Marc

Astrid Marc

Pianist
France (1981)
Duo with soprano Sophie-Nouchka Wemel

This French pianist graduated cum laude from the Master of Lieder and melody of the Musikhochschule from Karlsruhe. Astrid Marc also owns the accompaniment State Diploma. She trained with Anne Le Bozec, Denis Pascal, Angeline Pondepeyre, Noël Lee, François le Roux, Anne Grappotte, Bertrand Halary, Didier Henry, Emmanuel Olivier, Jeff Cohen, Malcolm Walker, Eric Le Sage, Paul Meyer, Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai.


Fascinated by the richness of encounters and directories, Astrid likes to explore the universes bringing together music and theater, including working alongside the directors Charlotte Nessi, Erik Krüger, Jean-Romain Vesperini and Olivier Balazuc. She regularly works with the Radio France children’s choir (Sofi Jeannin), the choir of the Orchestre de Paris (Lionel Sow), the Paris Chamber Orchestra, the children’s choir of the Notre-Dame de Paris and the young choir of Paris (Henri Chalet).

She works together with soloists and internationally renowned orchestras and already performed at the Orsay Museum, the Opera Bastille Amphitheatre, the Théâtre de Paris, the Opéra Graslin, the roman Theatre of Vaison-la-Romaine (conductor Frieder Bernius), the National Theatre of Albi, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Annecy Classical Festival and the Philarmonie de Paris (conductor Stephen Cleobury).

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Michael Wilmering

Michael Wilmering

Baritone
The Netherlands (1988)
Is a duo with pianist Javier Rameix

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Javier Rameix

Javier Rameix

Pianist
Venezuela (1991)
Duo with baritone Michael Wilmering

Javier Rameix had musical training from the age of 5 at the Conservatory of Music of Aragua State and from the age of 17 at the Utrecht Conservatory (HKU) with Alan Weiss and Sebastian Colombo, where he finished his Bachelor Degree and his master degree with the highest honor. Currently he is studying with the prestigious master Galina Eguiazarova in Reina Sofia school in Madrid.

Javier was already a soloist at the age of 12 years old with the Orchestra Symphonic of Aragua State. He gave concerts in Venezuela, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and France among others. In April 2013 Javier was invited to perform for the king and queen of the Netherlands. In 2012 he had a master class of legendary pianist Arcadi Volodos. Recently Javier had his debut in Auditorio Nacional in Madrid together with the Verum orchestra and director Miguel Romea. As a student of the Reina Sofia School of music, he is member of the chamber music group Ricercata under the tutelage of Professors Márta Gulyás, Hansjorg Schellenberger, Klaus Thunemann and Radovan Vlatkovi.

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Sylvia Rena Ziegler

Sylvia Rena Ziegler

Mezzo-soprano
Germany (1986)
Is a duo with pianist Friederike Wiesner

Sylvia Rena Ziegler, who studied at the Hochschule fuer Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar under Prof. Gudrun Fischer and Lani Poulson, became member of the Opernstudio at the Staatsoper Stuttgart right after graduation. She sang parts like Oberto (Alcina), Second Lady (Die Zauberfloete) as well as Blumenmädchen and Stimme aus der Höhe (Parsifal). 

Apart from her engagement in Opera, Sylvia Rena commited to a number of chamber concerts. For example at the Bayrischer Rundfunk in the Munich Residence and at the Schlossfestspiele in Ludwigsburg.

Her Lied Duo was founded during the Lied lectures under Prof. Karl-Peter Kammerlander at the Hochschule für Musik 'Franz Liszt' at Weimar. The two have a vast repertoire and perform regularely, focusing primarily on German and French song. They have found inspiration during master classes by Olaf Bär, Axel Bauni, Christoph Prégardien, Graham Johnson and Brigitte Fassbaender.  

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Friederike Wiesner

Friederike Wiesner

Pianist
Germany (1980)
Duo with mezzo-soprano Sylvia Rena Ziegler

Friederike Wiesner is a native of Gross-Umstadt in the state of Hesse, Germany. She received her piano education at Prof. Andreas Meyer-Hermann at the College for Music and Arts in Frankfurt/Main. At the ‘Weimarer Liedklasse’ under Prof. Karl-Peter Kammerlander she graduated with ‘Summa Cum Laude’.

Friederike has been finalist at the international Hugo Wolf musical contest in Stuttgart repeatedly and was awarded the exceptional price of Liedpianist in 2012. She was engaged at the opera Frankfurt throughout three seasons and in 2007 she recorded Brahms 'Liebeslieder-Walzer' for the label GENUIN.

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