Geng Lee

Geng Lee, a young Lyric – Baritone from China, is currently studying at Conservatory for Music and Theater in Hamburg (HfMT Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg). His earliest contact with music was in the choir of his primary school. At the age of 16 he began to study in the class of Prof. Yuemei Li where he received an early professional training in Bel Canto. At the age of 19 he was admitted to the HfMT Hamburg with the first place and started to study with Prof. Jörn Dopfer. In his 5. semester he continued to study with Met-Soprano Prof. Carolyn Grace James. To growing up and developed a love for singing.

During his studies he participated as a solist in the “Christmas Oratorio”, and in the operas “Die lustige Witwe”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “Eugen Onegin”, ” Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor”. He raised the highest expectations of the vast majority of his audience and the music critics. He won the “Wolfgang-Amadeus-Mozart-Preis für Gesang” which as a history of the competition of the only young singer in Bachelor 1st semester, and the best young singer of 25th “FLAME” competition in Paris. The most recent award was the first prize in the Mahler Art Song Competition (Gustav Mahler Duo Liedwettbewerb) together with pianist Daan Boertien, and the award of the Gustav-Mahler-Association for the best Mahler song (Sonderpreis der Gustav-Mahler-Vereinigung Hamburg für das beste

Mahler-Lied). After the Yehudi Menuhin Live Now Music Benefit Concert baritone singer Christian Gerhaher described Geng’s singing ” As a classical singer, who will have a good career in the future.”

In 2015 Geng received an invitation from conductor Manfred Fabricius to participate in a charity event for refugee children given by the German Paediatricians for which he recorded the “Messe” from Franz Schubert.

Jongsoo Yang

Jongsoo Yang, a young bass, studied from 2016 to 2019 Konzertexamen with Prof. Reginaldo Pinheiro and at the same time sang as a member of the Freiburg Opera Studio. From 2017 to 2019 he was a member of the ensemble at the Theater Freiburg and sang the roles of Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and Colline in “La Bohème” among others. Jongsoo completed his bachelor and LOK (Lied Oratorio Konzert) master studies with Prof. Peter Maus at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK, 2011-2016). While studying at UdK he made his opera debut singing Pantalon from “Commedia dell’arte” and Simone from “La finta semplice” by Mozart. Moreover, he worked intensively with Prof. Peter Maus on concert repertoire singing various cantatas and oratorios in numerous churches in Berlin such as Haydn’s Creation with Junge Ensemble under the direction of Frank Markowitsch as part of a communication project of IASS Potsdam on nature and culture. He performed the Concert for the Nations in 2015 broadcast live on the internet. Additionally, he had extensive Lied lessons in Berlin: German songs with Prof. Eric Schneider and Liana Vlad, Russian songs with Prof. Sayali Dadas and contemporary Lied repertoire with Prof. Axel Bauni. He was a semifinalist at the International Music Competition in Montreal and during his studies he was a scholarship holder of the Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung and Paul Hindemith Gesellschaft.

Lars Conrad

Lars Conrad was born in 1996 in Hamm, Germany. He began his vocal training with Tjark Baumann at the local music school. When he was still in school, he began studying voice at the HfM Detmold with Markus Köhler and Lied with Manuel Lange. After his graduation in 2014, he switched to the HMT Leipzig to study his Bachelor with Berthold Schmid, which he concluded with great success in summer 2018. He also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rudolf Piernay.

He attended Masterclasses with Roman Trekel, Christine Schäfer, Edith Wiens and Peter Schreier. He also worked privately with Michael Volle. Operatic Roles include Willi Graf in Davies “Kommilitonen”, Nepomuk in “La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein” by Offenbach, Journalist in „Lulu“ and Cesare in Händels „Giulio Cesare in Egitto“. He performed in the HMT Leipzig as well as in theatres Görlitz, Nordhausen, Dessau and Leipzig. He is a memeber of the festivals “Winter in Schwetzingen” opera studio, where he will perform under the direction of Christina Pluhar in “Die getreue Alceste” by Schürmann. He worked with directors Lotte de Beer, Matthias Oldag and Steffen Piontek. Conductors include Matthias Foremny, Ulrich Kern, Ulf Schirmer and Peter Schreier.

He worked intensively on his Lieder repertoire with Manuel Lange, Alexander Schmalcz, Ian Burnside and Eric Schneider, with whom he did several recitals. He was a member of the Schubert-Institut Baden bei Wien 2019 and will participate in the Lied Academy Heidelberger Frühling in 2020. Lars performed in the Thomaskirche Leipzig, the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and in festivals such as the Bachfest Leipzig and the Schumannfestwoche. Additionally he gives concerts all over Germany. His oratorio repertoire reaches from Baroque to late Romantic music.

He was awarded 3rd Prize at the Helmut-Deutsch-Liedwettbewerb Vienna.

Sofia Vinnik

Sofia Vinnik, mezzo-soprano, born 1996 in Munich, started her studies as a junior student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with her teacher Marilyn Schmiege. Since 2016 she is studying at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg with Christoph Strehl and in the Lied class of Pauliina Tukiainen. She sang in the Bad Reichenhall Theater with the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie and in the Philharmonie Gasteig with the Salzburg Orchestra Soloists. In addition to opera, the young singer also has a great passion for Kunstlied. She performed songs of G. Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn as part of the Concert Series of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater Wien, since 2017 she is giving recitals at the Mittwoch Klassik in Ingolstadt. In 2019 Sofia Vinnik performed songs by I. Aboulker, P. Viardot and C. Schumann at the Bonner Schumannfest. She is one of the finalists of the Louis Spohr Singing Competition in Kassel 2018 and the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck 2018. In November 2018 she won the LOTTO Foundation’s Sponsorship Prize in the German Singing Competition of Bundeswettbewerb Gesang 2018 in Berlin. Sofia Vinnik is a scholarship holder of the Bad Reichenhall Vocal Academy and works in conjunction with the Gstaad Vocal Academy  and the Cecilia Bartoli Music Foundation with Silvana Bazzoni-Bartoli. Since July 2018 she is a scholarship holder of Yehudi Munuhin’s Live Music Now Foundation in Salzburg.

Liviu Holender

The Austrian Baritone Liviu Holender joins the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt from the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, during which he can be heard as Leone in Tamerlano,Moralès/Dancaïro in Carmen, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Marullo in Rigoletto. Furthermore he will debut as Silvano (Un ballo in maschera) under Zubin Mehta at Teatro alla Scala di Milano. Since the 2017/2018 season he has been a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, where he has appeared as Count Eberbach in Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Schaunard (La bohème) and Hans Scholl in Udo Zimmermann’s Die weiße Rose. He also appeared as Marullo at the Bregenz Festival 2019, as Silvio (Pagliacci) and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at the National Opera Bucharest. As a participant in the Young Singers Project, Liviu Holender sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte für Kinder (The magic flute for children) at the Salzburg Festival 2018. In the 2018/2019 season he sang Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Frederic Chaslin. With pianist Matthias Fletzberger Liviu Holender appeared in recitals at the Niederösterreichische Serenade Concerts, Philharmonic of Sofia.  Liviu Holender studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory and clarinet at the University of Music. Since 2013 he has had singing lessons with Karlheinz Hanser at the Vienna Music University.

Ketevan Chuntishvili

Georgian soprano Ketevan Chuntishvili was born in 1996 in Tbilisi. She studies with Prof. Dr. Marek Rzepka at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. She completed her Bachelors degree there in 2019, and at the same time received a place to study for a Masters in Opera.

Ketevan is grateful to be supported by various scholarships, including the ‘Musik braucht Freunde’ and ‘Deutschlandstipendium’. In addition, she has been a scholarship holder at Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now Hannover since 2018.

Ketevan’s musical influences include masterclasses with numerous distinguished singers, such as Peter Berne, Roman Trekel, Ana Sokolovic, Claudia Barainsky and Stefan Vinke. She also greatly enjoys studying Lied under Justus Zeyen.

As a soloist, Ketevan has sung Lisa (Fanchette) in Jacques Offenbach’s Pariser Leben, Lena in Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba and Echo in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos for the HMTM-Hannover. In February 2019 she sang the role of Maiden at the Hamburger Sprechwerk, in a shortened version of the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann directed by Karina Häßlein. This year she made her debut at ‘Oper auf dem Lande’ as Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.

Kateryna Garanich

Kateryna Garanich, born in Ukraine, is a concert pianist. She began her piano studies at age 4 under the guidance of her grandmother Kira Garanich at the Special Secondary Music School in Kharkiv, Ukraine. At the age of 6, Kateryna was already invited to perform with the Kiev National Philharmonic.

Kateryna has won several prizes and special awards at renowned international competitions, including 2nd Prize at the “Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte” Competition in the Czech Republic, 3rd Prize at the 9th International Volodymyr Krainev Competition for Young Pianists, 4th Prize at the 8th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, 2nd Prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists in S. Prokofiev’s Native Land, etc. Kateryna was invited to record the Mozart Piano Concerto with the Kiev National Philharmonic for the “Mezzo” Network. She was then awarded a scholarship by the President of Ukraine.

In 2014 Kateryna began her studies with Gerlinde Otto at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, Germany, sponsored by the “Neue Liszt Stiftung Weimar”. Since 2016 she has studied at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with Eldar Nebolsin. Starting in 2019 she has focusing her studies in vocal collaboration under the tutelage of Professor Wolfram Rieger, specializing in song accompaniment.

Kateryna also frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician, and Lied pianist in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and Asia.

Jeeyoung Lim

Bass-baritone Jeeyoung Lim was born in Seoul, South Korea, January 21st, 1993. He studied at the Korea National University of Arts where he studied under the tutelage of Prof. Hans (Hyunsoo) Choi, Hyuk Lee, and So Young Lee. He is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik under the tutelage of Prof. Scot Weir and Prof. Wolfram Rieger. He has appeared in Operas such as “Don Giovanni”, “Le nozze di Figaro” by W.A.Mozart, “La Bohème” by G. Puccini, also Oratorios such as “Elijah” by F.Mendelssohn, “Die Schöpfung” by J.Haydn, and “Ein deutsches Requiem” by J.Brahms. He was also a member of the Lieder group, “Musicamia”, with whom he gave numerous recitals. He has worked with conductors such as Carlo Palleschi, Hong Su Kim, and Chi-Young Jung. Jeeyoung Lim has won numerous prizes such as: Prize for Most Promising Future Talent at the Das Lied International Song Competition, 1st place at the Korean Music Association Competition, 2nd place at the Music Education Competition, 3rd place at the Ewhwa-Gyeonghyang competition, and has been a finalist at the 30 ème Concours International de Chant de Marmande. Aside from singing on stage, Jeeyoung Lim is the founder/organizer of the Facebook page “Lied World”. He has founded this page to make German song popular in Korea. He introduces lesser-known songs to the public and also his own interpretation, and thoughts about the piece. Jeeyoung Lim is a recipient of the Verein Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin e.V..

Jerica Steklasa

Young Slovenian soprano Jerica Steklasa started her music education at the age of six with violin and piano. At the age of 13 she began to take singing lessons in Ljubljana and in 2011 she joined Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (professor Claudia Visca), later also in Master Lied&Oratorio (Charles Spencer).

The concerts and opera performances led her around the world stages in Austria (Wiener Musikverein, Konzerthaus), Germany (Alte Oper Frankfurt), the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Australia, USA. She sang at the world-renowned New Year’s ball HOFBURG Silvesterball in Vienna and won many national and international awards. Most recently she won the KALEIDOSCOPE Competition in Los Angeles, so she will perform there again in June 2020.

Following her invitation to Australia, Ms Steklasa made her opera debut in Sydney as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in 2013, followed by her debuts (in Austria, Germany, Italy) as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Marie in Carneval in Rom, Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Silvia in L’isola disabitata, Lisette in La Rondine, Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

She took courses, among others, with Roberta Alexander, Jack LiVigni, Nelly Miricioiu, Steven Maughan, David Gowland. As a Scholarship Holder of 1st International Opera Workshop Waiblingen in September 2019, she worked with Melanie Diener and Thomas Hampson (final concert with Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Maestro Dan Ettinger).

Irena Weber

The young Serbian-Hungarian mezzo soprano Irena Weber has been singing the role of Dorabella in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s “Così fan tutte“ in the Munich Kammeroper since September 2018. In July 2018, she sang the same role at the Vienna Schlosstheater Schönbrunn in a production directed by KS Michael Schade. With the orchestra of the Munich Kammeroper, she also performed as a soloist in Rossini aria evenings unter the baton of Nabil Shehata and she sang in a Mozart project at Schloss Nymphenburg and as the alto in Mozart’s Requiem in Munich’s Allerheiligen-Hofkirche.

In spring 2018, she sang the role of Smaragda in Gottfried von Einem‘s opera “Der Tulifant“ in the Viennese MuTh concert hall, home to the Vienna Boys‘ Choir, and at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt.

During a jury concert of the Friends of the Vienna State Opera in January 2018, she won the first prize of the Viennese George London Foundation and the audience award. Moreover, she sang Gustav Mahler‘s “Urlicht“ conducted by Erwin Ortner in the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn and performed the role of “Frau Welt“ in the cantata “Carmina Austriaca“ by Gerald Wirth at the MuTh. In March 2018, she sang Ludwig van Beethoven‘s 9th symphony at the Vienna Musikverein, and also in 2019 with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen.

Forthcoming engagements include being the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony at the Vienna Musikverein, conducted by Gerald Wirth. Being the alto soloist in Mahler‘s 2nd symphony with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, conducted by Hannu Lintu and continuing with Mozart‘s “Così fan tutte“ at Munich‘s Kammeroper.  She also has a scholarship for the Lied Academy of the “Heidelberger Frühling“ festival in 2020.

Irena Weber works with KS Univ.-Prof. Marjana Lipovšek and Alfred Burgstaller. She gained her Master’s degree in Lied and Oratorium from the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with Univ.-Prof. Florian Boesch.

On stage, she has already sung the roles of Cherubino in W. A. Mozarts “Le Nozze di Figaro“ and of Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauß‘ “Die Fledermaus“ at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn. She appeared as Die Dritte Dame in Mozart‘s “Die Zauberflöte“ in the Jennersdorf children’s opera

and in Horn. She has performed in numerous concerts in Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, the Ukraine, Romania etc. She attended masterclasses with KS Marjana Lipovšek, Alfred Burgstaller,

KS Christa Ludwig and Ioan Holender and in 2014/15 received a scholarship from the Thyll-Dürr Foundation. In July 2014, she won second prize at the Ljuba-Welitsch competition in Vienna.

Irena Weber was born in Novi Sad, Serbia and from the age of 10, grew up in Hungary, where she studied the violin for many years , then took up singing lessons and received numerous prizes.