Olga Pasichnyk

Olga Pasichnyk (Pasiecznik) born in Ukraine. She studied piano and musical pedagogy in native Rivne, voice at the Kiev Conservatory and at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (postgraduate studies). In 1992 she became a soloist of the Warsaw Chamber Opera.

She sang with success major roles in operas of Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Weber, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, contemporary composers in the most of the countries of Europe, in Australia, Canada, Japan, Australia and USA. Olga Pasichnyk performed at numerous concerts and international music festivals in the famous concert halls and theatres, incl. Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille, Palais Garnier, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre Châtelet, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Berliner Konzerthaus, Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Bayerische Staatsoper, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Theater an der Wien, Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria), Grand Théâtre de Genève, Finnish National Opera, Flemish Opera, Polish National Opera etc., collaborate with Belgium and Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, RTVE, Orquesta Nacional de España (Spain), Luxemburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  with orchestras Sinfonia Varsovia (Poland), National Philharmonic of Russia, of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), Wiener Symphoniker, L’Orchestre de Radio France, L’Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), Das Neue Orchester (Cologne), La Grande Ecurie et La Chambre du Roy and Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble (France), The English Concert, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Vocale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Collegium Novum Zürich, Orchestra of 18th Century conducted by H. Bicket, I. Bolton, F. Brüggen, J.-C. Casadesus, M. Creed, R. Jacobs, R. Goodman, H. Holliger, Ph. Herreweghe, K. Kord, J.-C. Malgoire, J. Maksymiuk, A. de Marchi, M. Minkowski, P. McCreesh, J. Nelsson, P. Neumann, K. Ono, S. Oramo, A. Parrot, K. Penderecki, T. Pinnock, M. Soustrot, A. Spering, C. Spering, M. Viotti, A. Wit, M. Zanetti.

Olga Pasichnyk is the Prizewinner of the International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands, 1994 – II prize), Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki (Finland, 1999 – II prize) and The Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Belgium, 2000 – III prize, Special Oratorio Prize and Public Prize). She got twice the Fryderyk (the highest Polish phonographic award) for the best solo recordings on 1997 and 2004 (Szymanowski and Lutoslawski), Orfeusz (Warsaw Autumn Festival prize) on 1999, Golden Cross of merit of Poland (2001), A. Hiolski’s prize for the best female opera role of 2004 (Melisande, Debussy – Pelleas et Melisande – Polish National Opera). In 2005 she was nominated as the best opera singer of season 2004/2005 as Almirena (Handel, “Rinaldo”) and 2009-2010 as Roxana (Szymanowski, King Roger) by International Opera Magazine “Opernwelt”. In 2006 she got a Münchner Opernfestspiele prize. In 2011 – the annual Award of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and in 2012 – Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

She recorded over 50 CD’s and DVD’s for different labels incl. DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM, Harmonia Mundi, NAXOS, OPUS 111.

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Ema Nikolovska

Born in Macedonia, Ema Nikolovska grew up in Toronto where she studied voice with Helga Tucker and completed an undergraduate degree in violin at The Glenn Gould School.  She received her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (with Professors Susan McCulloch and Rudolf Piernay) where she won the Guildhall Wigmore Prize, and is currently on the Opera Course.

Ema is a BBC New Generation Artist and a YCAT artist. Awards include the 2019 Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards with Gary Beecher; Gerald Moore Award Singers’ Prize; 2nd Prize at the 2018 Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition with Michael Sikich; and First and Audience Prizes at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

Highlights over the last year include a Schubert recital with Malcolm Martineau at the Pierre Boulez Saal, her debut at Wigmore Hall with Dylan Perez, singing in the Guildhall Gold Medal Final, a recital with Joseph Middleton at the Glenarm Festival of Voice, and a performance of Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Ema also joined Verbier Festival’s Atelier Lyrique and the Creative Dialogue XI Symposium led by Kaija Saariaho in Finland.

Among other song activity, Ema has been part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild at Guildhall, Thomas Hampson’s Lied Akademie at the Heidelberger-Frühling Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, and the Franz-Schubert-Institut.

Upcoming performances include the role of Celia, Haydn La fedeltà premiata (Guildhall Opera); Sister Edgar, Lliam Paterson The Angel Esmeralda; Beethoven Symphony No.9 in Berlin Cathedral; a recital at Lille Opera House with Simon Lepper; and Mahler songs with the BBCSO.

Ema is grateful to the Sylva Gelber Grant, Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, Shipley Rudge Scholarship, London Syndicate, and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for supporting her studies.


German E. Alcántara

The baritone German E. Alcántara, born in 1987, began his musical studies at the School of Music in Misiones, Argentina, where he got his degree in Music Education (Argentina 2012). The same year he also got a degree in Social Communication in the National University of Misiones. He continued his training in Singing and Choral Conducting at the National University of Cuyo-Mendoza under the guidance of professors Silvia Nasiff and Ricardo Portillo. In 2014 he moved to Europe and continued his studies in classical singing with Rosa Dominguez at the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris. From 2016 he studied with Ryland Davies in the Opera’s Postgraduate Improvement Program at Reina Sofia School of Music.

Among his main teachers are: Ryland Davies, Rosa Dominguez, Sonia Prina, Milagros Poblador, Paul Triepels, Marcela Garcete, Pablo Pollitzer, Silvia Naiff, Victor Torres, Jorge Balagna (Singing) / Madalit Lamazares, Duncan Grifford, Philippe Biros, Yves Castagnet, Marguerite Modier, Liliana Diamand, Susana Cardonnet, Guillermo Opitz (Interpretation) / Emilio Rocholl, Ricardo Portillo, Silvana Vallesi, Henri Chalet (Choir Conducting). He attended courses on Singing and Choir Conducting with Margreet Honig, Helmuth Rilling, Guillermo Anzorena, Gabriel Garrido, Pablo Pollitzer, Hanz Peter Schurz, Nestor Zadoff, Mariano Moruja, Marilia Vargas, Mara Campos, Antonio Russo, Digna Guerra, Mark Anthony Carpio, Ricardo Ojeda, and Ricardo Barrera.

In 2013 he won 1st Prize in Singing in the Bach’s Competition («Primer Concurso Bach Joven») in the “Bach Collegium of Paraguay” (Jury: Donald Oglesby, Valentina Diaz Frenot, Jackelin Yugovich, Regina Cohen, and Diego Sánchez Haase.)

The same year (2013) he also won 2nd Prize in the «XV Competition for Lyrical Singing Students» («XV Concurso para Jóvenes Estudiantes de Canto Lirico») in “La Scala de San Telmo” theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Jury: Irma Urteaga, Carlos Ure, Guillermo Opitz, Ana Sirulnik, Antonio Russo).

In 2016 he won the “Premier Prix” Concours Lyrique International Ad Alta Voce, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. (Jurys: Matteo Carminati, Sara Taldo, Alezander Swistounoff).  In Spain, the same year, he won the Prix “Artífex Proart” IV Concurso de Zarzuela de Valleseco (Jury: Isabel Rey, Lothar Siemens; Tilman Kuttenkeuler, Ulises Jaén, Isabel Costes, Carmen Acosta, Jeronimo Saavedra)

As a soloist he sung in different projects such as: Requiem and Grosse Messe (Mozart), Messe in G (Schubert), Misa a 4 (Esnaola), The Messiah (Händel), Membra Jesu Nostri (Bouxtehude), and the operatic  roles Uberto (Serva Padrona), Aeneas (Didon And Aeneas), Juan Pedro (La Rosa del Azafrán), Blas Infante (Elegía Granadina), Alférez Real  (Fiesta de Corpus Christi), among others. In 2007 he recorded MISA PALATINA, a CD with Music from the Jesuitical Missions, along with the Chamber Orchestra of the UNAM (National University of Misiones, Argentina).

In Europe (2015) he sang the solo part in Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini at Philharmonie de Paris with Lionel Sow, and baritone in Grosse Messe by Mozart at Rheingau Musik Festival 2017 with Rolf Beck. He was also selected by Martin Gester, Conductor of Le Parlement de Musique, to take part in the Generation Barroque 2015, and singing Milord in L’italiana in Londra by Cimarrosa (France-Belgium and Germany). Afterwards, he sang Marcello in Bohème by Puccini with Escales Lyriques, under the conduction of Paul-Emile Fourny (Ile d’Yeu and Gigondas-France), and the title role in “Don Giovanni” at Escales Lyriques Festival in France 2016. Recently, he sang Hermann & Schlémihl in Les Contes dHoffman at Metz Opera Theatre under the conduction of Jacques Mercier.

He worked as a Baritone voice leader in the University Choir of Misiones (Argentina, 2009) and in Coro Estable del Centro del Conocimiento de la Provincia de Misiones (Argentina, 2011). In 2009 he created the Ensamble Vocal Misiones and travelled performing around Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. He also sang in Coro Universitario de Mendoza (Cuyo National University, Argentina, 2012-2013), the Opera Choir of Colon Theatre (Coro Estable del Teatro Colón, Argentina, 2014), Chorakademie Lübeck (Germany, 2014), Coro Academia “ Teatro del Lago” (Frutillar, Chile, 2014).

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Johannes Leander Maas

Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes is Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music, has given many lectures and masterclasses on Lieder and art song in the UK and abroad, and is a regular juror at international Song Competitions.  For the operatic stage he has translated Wozzeck and La voix humaine (Opera North), and Parsifal, Lulu, L’Amour de loin and Jakob Lenz (ENO). His books include The Spanish Song Companion (with Jacqueline Cockburn), J.S. Bach – The Complete Cantatas (Scarecrow Press), A French Song Companion (with Graham Johnson) (OUP) and The Book of Lieder (Faber).  With Alfred Brendel he collaborated on the latter’s Collected Poems: Playing the Human Game (Phaidon). His translations of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial have been published by Hesperus Press, and Alma Books published his translation (with Hannah Stokes) of Kafka’s Letter to his Father.  Penguin Classics published The Penguin Book of English Song – Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden in the Spring of 2016, and Alma Classics have recently released his translation of Jules Renard’s complete Histoires Naturelles in a dual-language edition (2017). Richard Stokes was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012.

Joachim Haas

Joachim Haas received musical training in flute and saxophone and studied acoustics, communication theory and telecommunication engineering at the Technical University in Berlin (SFB) and is a co-founder of Freq Laboratories (Audiosoftware). He received a stipend from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona for research with a concentration in sound analysis and synthesis.

Since 2001 Haas has been a sound director and music computer engineer and since 2007 the deputy artistic director at the SWR Eperimentalstudio.

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Julien Van Mellaerts

New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was a Fishmongers Scholar studying with Russell Smythe. On graduation, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Before moving to London, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago, NZ.

This year, Julien has won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition as well as first prize at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Other awards include: Kiwi Music Scholarship and a Countess of Munster Award 2016/2017, winner of the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Song Prize, 2016 Brooks-Van Der Pump English Song Competition, and the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

Recent operatic roles include: Second soldier and second Nazarene in Salome at the Verbier Festival with Charles Dutoit; Dandini in La Cenerentola with Diva Opera; Schaunard in La Bohème as a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park; Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival; Le mari/le directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Mr Gedge in Albert Herring, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the RCMIOS.

Highlights this season include baritone soloist with the Royal Ballet in their production of Elizabeth, with performances at the Barbican and on tour, the world premiere of ‘Christmas Carol’ by Will Todd with Opera Holland Park, Schaunard in La Bohème with New Zealand Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin with the Cambridge Philharmonic, the Referee in Mozart vs the Machine for Mahogany Opera Group, recitals with Julius Drake in Madrid, performances at Wigmore and Cadogan Hall, baritone soloist in Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, and recitals at the London Song, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals.