Resumes of the artists

ALESSANDRO MISCIASCI

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Alessandro Misciasci was born in Catania, Italy, and studied piano at the Conservatory „A. Steffani“ in Castelfranco Veneto. In 1985, during the International Summer Academy in Salzburg, he met Prof. Paul Schilhawsky who invited him to join the faculty of the Universität Mozarteum as a Lied accompanist. Mr. Misciasci has been a member of the coaching staff at the Mozarteum since that time. In 1986, he won the third prize at the first International Competition for Lied Accompaniment in Den Haag. He has accompanied numerous master classes with renowned opera singers including Josef Greindl and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and his work as an accompanist has taken him throughout Europe and Asia. Mr. Misciasci has served as musical assistant for several productions in the Salzburger Festspiele, including a.o. “La clemenza di Tito” with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2003), “Die Zauberflöte” (2005), “Otello” (2008) and “Macbeth” (2011) with Riccardo Muti, “Falstaff” (2013) with Zubin Mehta, ”Il Trovatore” (2014/15) with Daniele Gatti and Gianandrea Noseda.

 

DARIAN ANDERSON WORELL

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Darian Anderson Worrell is an American operatic baritone. He has performed extensively in the Americas and Europe, including the stages of the Alice Tully Hall and the Carnegie Hall in New York City and Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Mr. Worrell hails from Speightstown, Barbados. At the age of eleven he relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts he made his Alice Tully Hall debut in New York under John Page and later his Carnegie Hall debut under conductor Benjamin Zander. Further studies lead him to the New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music. He completed his undergraduate studies in vocal performance at Lehman College, Bronx, New York under the tutelage of Osceola Davis-Smith and Dr. Diana Mittler-Battipaglia. In 2009, while presenting recitals throughout Germany, the newspaper Die Stimme praised Worrell’s “smooth, characteristic style”, calling him a “master of his instrument in all facets”.

In February 2015, Mr. Worrell performed Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte at the Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium as a member of the Con Brio Ensemble. In June 2015, he was seen in a performance of Harry Lawrence Freeman’s Harlem Renaissance opera Voodoo (its first since 1928) in the role of Ephraham at the Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Worrell continues to pursue his graduate studies at the Universität Mozarteum as a student of Prof. Michele Crider, where he has graced the stage as Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in the fall of 2015. In January 2017, he sang the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and in June of this year he is set to undertake the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

 

 

FERENC ENDRÉSZ

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Ferenc Endrész was born on 18th December 1990 in Szeged, Hungary. Until the age of 18 he lived in Békéscsaba where he studied at the Békéscsaba City’s Primary and Secondary School (Belvárosi Általános Iskola és Gimnázium). During this time he passed the intermediate language exams in English and German. From 2009 to 2014 he studied at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (GPK) and he got his MSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He has been very interested in music, theatre and singing from his secondary school years. In 2010 he started taking voice lessons. In the meanwhile, he got to know more and more about the genres of theatre music: musicals, operettas and operas. He studied classical singing at Etűd Conservatory in Budapest. As a member of “Kővirágok Theater Company” he played in several prose and music performances gaining experience on stage. In 2015 he played in the operetta “Wiener Blut” with the Johann Strauss Company of Vienna on a two-month tour in Germany. From 2015 his teacher of singing was Zsuzsa Misura. From 2016 he has been studying Classical Singing at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where he studies with Peter Fried.

He likes spending his free time together with his family and friends, and doing sports, mainly jogging and squash.

 

 

ESTEFANIA AVILÉS

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Born Mexico City, she started her musical studies at the University of Guadalajara, Bachelor
in Classical singing at the Conservatory of Castilla y León (Spain), Liszt Academy, with Andrea Melath and Katalin Alter (Hungary) and at the Accademia d’Arte Lirica di Osimo (Italy). She has performed with the Liszt Ferenc Symphonic Orchestra (Hungary), “Mikkeli City Orchestra (Finland), Classical Orchestra of Asturias (Spain) Symphonic Orchestra of Aguascalientes, Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, Symphonic Orchestra Zapopan, Chamber Orchestra Blas Galindo, (Mexico) and conducted by the Conductors: György Vashegy, Hector Guzman, Francisco Orozco, Michael Meisner, Gerardo Rabago, Rodrigo Macias, Guillermo Salvador, Johannes Wildner, Daniel Sánchez Velasco, Ruben Diez. She has performed in the Gala concert Mozart Course and as Fiordiligi in the W.A.Mozart´s Opera “Cosí fan Tutte” with the Liszt Ferenc Symphonic Orchestra at Nagy tere in Budapest and played the role Giacinta in the opera Orontea for the Spring Festival Budapest. She impersonated Lota in the Zarzuela La Corte del Faraón with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco (Mexico), La Roldán in the Zarzuela “El Barbero de Sevilla” at the opera workshop at the Conservatory of Salamanca (Spain) and “Erste Dame” in W.A. Mozart’s Magic Flute Opera at the Accademia d’Arte lirica di Osimo (Italy). In Mexico she has participated in the Operas “Carmen” (Frasquita), “Fidelio”, “Frida”, “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly”. Moreover, she performed in the cycle music and opera at the Theater Degollado in Guadalajara, Gala concert in Avilés (Spain) and at the New year´s eve concert with the Classical Orchestra of Asturias Gijon (Spain). As a concert soloist she has performed Bachianas Brasileiras with the Mikkely City Orchestra (Finland) Carmina Burana Aguascalientes Symphonic Orchestra (Mexico), Magnificat J.S. Bach, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Mexico) and Exsultate Jubilate Zapopan Symphonic Orchestra.

She has been instructed by the following singers: Melath Andrea, Raina Kabayvanska, William Matteuzzi, Lella Cuberli, Abenauara Graffigna, Alter Katalin, Paola Molinari; Masterclass with: Alberto Zedda, Cristina Muti, Anna Körondi, Adrea Rost and Teresa Berganza.

She has been awarded: stipendium hungaricum (2016) “scholarship program for Study Abroad“
FONCA-CONACYT (2011&2012), University of Guadalajara Foundation and Secretary of Culture
Scholarship (2008), Incentives for creation and artistic development PECDA Jalisco (2010), University of Guadalajara Outstanding Students Scholarship (2005).

 

 

MILITARY BAND OF HÓDMEZŐVÁSÁRHELY

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The Military Band of Hódmezővásárhely had their debut in May 2002 on „The Hungarian Army’s Day”, also “The National Meeting of Army Families” in Ópusztaszer in front of nearly ten thousand spectators. In 2016 the band celebrated the 15th anniversary of its foundation.

Besides performing musical duties for military functions, the band is also a part of the cultural life of the Southern Great Plain Region of Hungary by giving festival concerts and open-air music shows. The band’s annual Advent concerts at the garrisons of the MH (Hungarian Army) 5th Bocskai Infantry Brigade in Debrecen and Hódmezővásárhely are always very popular. The band could be heard on Hungarian Bartók Radio several times.

The Military Band of Hódmezővásárhely collaborates with the schools of the Southern Great Plain Region and, thanks to this, school choirs often sing in the band’s concerts. Over the last few years the band has given a number of concerts in The Votive Church of Szeged having a very good relationship with the Roman-Catholic Diocese of Szeged-Csanád. They have also been invited to many other places throughout the region to play at local events in the counties of Békés, Bács-Kiskun and Csongrád. Since 2006 the band has been the host of The Military Band Festival of the Southern Great Plain Region.

The band has also been on tour abroad in many countries including Sweden, Italy, Germany, Romania and Austria. This year they took part in the International Annual Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes as representatives of Hungary.

The members of the Military Band of Hódmezővásárhely fulfil not only artistic duties but they have also worked devotedly in flood defence (Tisza River 2006, Danube River 2013), and take part in activities in connection with migration.

The Military Band of Hódmezővásárhely was awarded Bessenyei Ferenc Art Prize in January 2013 as an acknowledgement of their role in the cultural life of the town.

Music played by the band at military recruitments has a special role in making military career popular in Hungary.

Major István Kovács has been the conductor of the band since its foundation.

 

 

JUDIT ANNA KISS

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Judit Anna Kiss (mezzo-soprano) was born in 1996 in Budapest, Hungary. She started her studies with Olga Szilágyi.

She is the winner of several awards including Special Prize in the “Simándy József International Vocal Competition” (2013), First Place in the “Gregor József National Vocal Competition” (2014) and Third Place in the “Andor Éva Vocal Competition” (2016).

She currently studies at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, with Katalin Halmai.
In 2016 she performed the role of Aristea in Orontea (A. Cesti) at the Budapest Spring Festival.

In April 2017 she was a successful participant of Thomas Quasthoff’s master course in Berlin.

 


KOKAS KATALIN

Katalin Kokas one of Hungary’s most versatile violinists, violists, music educators, chamber musicians, string quartet members, festival directors, and mother of three children.

She’s been invited by artists to their festivals like Gidon Kremer to Lockenhaus, Elena Bashkirova to Jerusalem, Steven Isserlis to Prussia Cove, Isabelle van Keulen to Delft, András Schiff to Ittingen, Nicolas Altstaedt also to Lockenhaus, or Dimitry Slobodeniouk to Korsholma.

Got the first prizes of the International Carl Flesch and Joseph Szigeti violin competitions and with her string quartet the Kelemen Quartet they won the trophies of the Melbourne, Beijing and the Paolo Borciani contests.

She’s collaborated with some more wonderful artists like Ferenc Rados, Zoltán Kocsis, Joshua Bell, Miklós Perényi, Pekka Kuusisto or Menahem Pressler and she is a returning artist as a soloist as a chamber musician and with her quartet to many of the world’s major venues from Carnegie- through Wigmore Hall to the Concertgebouw.

In 2010 Founding artistic director for five years of Hungary’s and the region’s most outstanding classic music festivals, the Kaposfest.

Professor of violin at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest since 2004 and her tutors were Ferenc Halász, Dénes Kovács, Lóránd Fenyves, Eszter Perényi and Ferenc Rados.

 


MARIYA TANIGUCHI

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Mariya Taniguchi (soprano) was born in Japan on 26 May 1993. In 2016 she completed her bachelor´s degree at The International University of Kagoshima and studied in Uwe Heilmann´s singing class. In March 2011 she sang the Japanese national anthem at the Spring Baseball for high school students. Since October 2016 she is in the Master of Opera and Music Theater program at the University Mozarteum Salzburg as a student of Karoline Gruber and Kai Röhrig, and as a voice student of Barbara Bonney.

 

MELISSA ZGOURIDI

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Brazilian-American mezzo-soprano Melissa Zgouridi (b. 1992) is a second year Masters
student at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria), where she studies with
Michèle Crider, Thérèse Lindquist, and Dr. Josef Wallnig. In May 2015, Melissa
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music
in Rochester, New York (USA), where she studied with Dr. Robert McIver.

Melissa is the winner of various awards including the 2015-2016 Fulbright Grant, First
Place in the Cerritos Performing Arts Center’s Friends of Arts Award, the 2015 Bev
Sellars Memorial Voice Scholarship, First Place and the Lynne Clarke Vocal Prize in the
2014 Friends of Eastman Opera Vocal Competition, Second Place in the Shirley Winston
Rabb National Voice Scholarship Competition, the Bellini Award in the 2015 Orpheus
Vocal Competition, and the Young Talent Award at the Immling Festivals’s 2016
International Lions Vocal Competition.

In summer of 2013, Melissa was a Young Artist with the Janiec Opera Company at the
Brevard Music Center, where she sang the role of Dame Quickly in Falstaff (Verdi) and
created the role of Kaylee the Dating Coordinator in the world premiere of Michael
Ching’s black box opera, Speed Dating Tonight!. Melissa returned to the Janiec Opera
Company in 2015 to perform the role of Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby
Doe (Moore).

Melissa’s other operatic roles include Olga in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Bastien
in Bastien und Bastienne (Mozart), Maddalena in Rigoletto (Verdi), Miss Todd in The
Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), Amastre in Serse (Handel), and Nursemaid in Street Scene (Weill).

In addition to operatic performances, Melissa has been heard as a soloist in both oratorio
and concert performances, including Matthäus-Passion (Bach), Paukenmesse (Haydn), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Mass in C Major“Piccolomini” (Mozart), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein). She has also been the featured soloist in both Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” and Symphony No.
3. In 2016, Melissa made her Herkulessaal hall debut in Munich, Germany as the Alto
Soloist in Messiah (Händel).

 

 

MICHAL STAHEL

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Michal Stahel was born into a musical family in Bratislava. He started playing the cello at the age of six. After graduating from Bratislava Conservatory, he continued to study the cello at the Royal College in London, music universities in Vienna, Mannheim and Conservatoire Supérieur CNR in Paris.

He won the first prize at competition of Slovak conservatories in 1997, a year later becoming a finalist of international competition Eurovision Grand Prix in Vienna, and winning international competition Talent of the Year in Prague in 1999. In 2000 he became a finalist of the TIJI Unesco competition in Lisbon and received the prize of music critics at the Central European Music Festival of Concert Art in Žilina. Later, he was several times awarded scholarships of Solti Foundation, scholarship of French Government and Academia Montis Regalis.

His solo career includes performances with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Košice Philharmonic Orchestra, Žilina Chamber Orchestra and Bohdan Warchal Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Andrew Parrott, Dennis Russel Davies, James Judd, Jiří Bělohlávek, Oliver Dohnányi and Mario Košík.

Since 2006 he has been regularly performing with Slovak ensembles of ancient music Solamente Naturali and Musica Aeterna, which completely changed his artistic and musical direction towards the so-called “historically informed performance”. In recent years Stahel has been mostly involved in performing music of the 17th and 18th century. His knowledge in this field has been positively influenced by several master classes, workshops and regular lessons with the famous baroque violinist and former leader of Musica Antiqua, Reinhard Goebel, gambist Lorenz Duftschmidt, 18th century clarinet player Lorenzo Coppola, members of the Freiburger Barockorchester ensemble and baroque cello player and musicologist Marc Vanscheeuwijck.

Stahel closely cooperates with personalities of ancient music, such as Steven Stubbs, Skip Sempé, Anton, Steck, Simon Standage, Amandine Bayer, Leila Schayegh, Ricardo Minasi, Enrico Onofri, Paul McCreesh, Christophe Rousset, Ton Koopman, Martin Haselböck, Václav Luks, Marek Štryncl, Miloš Valent and Peter Zajíček.

He regularly performs with ensembles Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Talens Lyriques, Wiener Akademie, Collegium 1704, Das Neue Orchester, Capriccio Stravagante, Academia Montis Regalis, Collegium Marianum Prague, Solamente Naturali and Musica Aeterna.

Stahel plays a restored valuable baroque violoncello made by Anthony Posch in Vienna in 1728, which has been kindly lent to him by Esterházy Foundation Eisenstadt.

 

 

ANDRÁS MUSKÁT

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András Muskát was born in Pécs, Hungary. He follow the brilliant way of singing and teaching what he learnt from his famous maestro, Alfredo Kraus. He got his degree of the Faculty for Singer as Singer and Teacher in 1999 at the Liszt Ferenc Musical Academy, Budapest Hungary.

Some of the many places András Muskát has sung at: Verdi Concert with Ilona Tokody & János Ács (Budapest – Hungarian State Opera House and Vigadó Concert Hall, Concert on the event of Community of Óbuda, Concert (Pécs – Kodály concert hall), Concert tour at Lake Balaton, TV broadcast show from Hungarian State Opera House, Concert with Barnabás Kelemen & Ilona Tokody (Hódmezővásárhely), Castle inauguration Concert in Hungary with Ilona Tokody. Puccini’s Manon Lescaut concert performance – De Grieux (Budapest), Aid Concert in Budapest Congress Center – solo and duett with orchestra, Aid Concert in Veszprém – Sacral arias with orgona in Cathedral St. Michael, Borsodi Festival – Church concert, Savaria Philharmonic opera concert with Gyöngyi Lukács & Alexandru Agache, Ádám Medveczky – Puccini: Tosca.

Alexandru Agache and Gyöngyi Lukács confirmed the high quality quality of his interpretation, the great musicality and scenical potential: “ The biggest opera roles (Tosca, Rigoletto, Traviata, Bohem, Simon Boccanegra…), also the rare beautiful tenor timbre, and a rare grate vocal technique, which in our days not so often to find.” János Ács, the famous counductor who worked several times with The Three Tenors inter alia also mentioned, that András Muskát has an unmistakable tenor timbre (“voce di Timbro”).

In addittion he had Concert with Ilona Tokody & Miklós Harazdy Pécsi Philharmonic Orchestra (Pécs – Kodály concert hall), Concert in Budapest – Puccini’s La Boheme the whole role of Rodolfo. Erkel Festival in Oradea (Romania) – Philharmonic concert with Ilona Tokody, Bela Laborfalvy & pianist Miklos Harazdy, Solo concert with his students at the music school in Szigetvar where he learned violin in his childhood, Pentecost concert in the very famous chuch where Ferenc Liszt played several times on organ with Ilona Tokody, Gyula Pfeiffer, Patrik Görög, Verdi: La Traviata International Opera Festival in Austria (Gars Am Kamp), TV Broadcast Show (Hungary), New Year’s Eve festival,Nationwide Spring concert tour in Hungary – Neapolitan songs with a young talented hungarian conductor called Kalman Szennai, Festival of Carinthia in Millstatt – Concert gala with orchestra – tenor solos, New Years Eve TV broadcast (hungarian Duna TV) – aria solos & operett duett with Ilona Tokody, Role debut, Wagner: Tannhauser, Walter Von Vogehveide, (conductor: Gyorgy Gyorivanyi Rath), Hungarian Opera House, Budapest. Concert gala with Ilona Tokody and the Esztergom orchestra, Esztergom and Role – debut, Puccini: Tosca, Cavaradossi (Eszer Sumegi, Bela Perencz and the conductor: Adam Medvecky), Hungarian State Operahouse, Budapest.

About this performance Béla Perencz as Scarpia wrote the following thoughts: “In the above mentioned performance of Tosca András Muskát was my partner as Cavaradossi. The singer, who debuted in his role and is on his way to evolve his voice, is meriting already great attention because of his musicial, stylistic and his positive presence on the stage.” From the point of view of the famous Hungarian conductor, János Kovács: “András Muskát sang the arias of Cavaradossi with vocal virtuosity and gripping interpretation. […] The two arias of Cavaradossi convinced me that András Muskát is a talented singer, who has lyric and pleasingly Italian type of voice.”

Andras Muskát is also famous for her excellent work of vocal teaching. He has been teaching 16 years ago. He worked as a master vocal teacher at Pécs Secondary School of Art. At the Faculty of Arts’ Music Institute of University of Pécs, and on master classes at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and in the International Music Camp in Balassagyarmat he assisted of Ilona Tokody with contribution to the improvement of vocal skills of students with his opera singer and vocal teacher experiences.

Since 1st of September 2015 he is vocal teacher of the Faculty of Arts’ Music Institute of University of Pécs.

 

 

NINH DUC HOANG LONG

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Ninh Duc Hoang Long was born on 18 July 1991 in Vietnam. Having Vietnamese and Hungarian State Scholarship, he is studying at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music under the tutelage of Attila Kiss B. and Dalma Cseh. After gaining his BA degree this year, now he is continuing his MA opera studies.

In 2016 he took part in the 9th Simándy József International Singing Competition in Szeged where he won the first prize in his category. He sang the aria entitled “Hazám, hazám” (My homeland, my homeland), the most famous aria from the Hungarian opera “Bánk bán” by Ferenc Erkel.

Ninh Duc Hoang Long has been performing regularly since 2014. He sang in the Hungarian State Opera House, the Müpa Budapest, and the National Theatre of Pécs.

 

NUTTHAPORN THAMMATHI

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Nutthaporn Thammathi was born in 1988. He was considered to be a Scholarship Student from Mahidol University, Thailand to study at Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria with Univ.Prof. Mario Antonio Diaz Varas.

In October 2010, he had a concert with friends in Fukuoka, Japan which organized and accompanied by Yoshimi Sato. He also won the First Prize in Voice, University Category in the 11th Osaka International Music Competition, Osaka, Japan in October 2010.

In November 2010, he performed as Camille in Franz Lehár famous opera “Die lustige Witwe” at College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand.

October 2011 until June 2011, he had finished the Scholarship to study Opera Singing at Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria with Univ.Prof. Mario Antonio Diaz Varas under Thai- Austrian Student Scholarships of ASEAN-UNINET. In June 2013, he had his debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. He has been invited to sing with Oper im Berg Festival (under the patronage of Grace Bumbry) in many concerts in Austria and Germany including a concert with Grace Bumbry in November, 2013.

In July 2012, after his scholarship study Nutthaporn has won the First Prize, Public Prize Puccini Role Prize and 3 Tenors Prize in the Grandi Voci Voice Competition, Salzburg, Austria which also the purposes of the competition is to audition for the roles of the company’s yearly productions, in July 2013 he performed as Roldolfo in La Bohème and in August 2013, he performed as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata. Lately in October 2013, He performed as Don José  in the concert Carmencita at Mozarteum University.

In January 2014, he had his debut in the newyear concert with Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg at Großes Festspielhaus,

In March 2014 he performed as Tito in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart at Mozarteum  University and in July 2014 at Fiesole, Italy. In May 2014, as Faust in Faust by Gounod at Mozarteum University. In July 2014, as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini with Bergen Summer Opera in Bergen, Norway.

In February 2015 he performed as Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi at Mozarteum University.

In April 2015 he had his highly successful debut as Assad in Die Königin von Saba by Karl Goldmark at Theater Freiburg, Germany.  In June 2015 he performed as Don José in Carmen by Bizet at Mozarteum University. In July and October 2015, he sang Assad in Die Königin von Saba by K.Goldmark at the Budapest Opera House.  In November 2015 he gave his debut as Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore by Donizetti at Theater Freiburg.

In July 2015 he was one of the quarterfinalists of Operalia 2015 The World Opera Competition, founded by Plácido Domingo.

 

 

ILONA TOKODY

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Ilona Tokody, soprano, was born in Szeged, Hungary. She started her studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest in 1971. She won the Kodály Singing Competition in 1972 and in the following years she won other singing competitions in Geneva, Ostend and Bratislava and then, again in Hungary, the Erkel Singing Competition in Budapest. She has been a member of the Hungarian State Opera since 1976. She is also a constant guest singer at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper).

She made her debut on the stage of the Hungarian State Opera in 1977, where she sang in the premiere rehearsal of the Hungarian composer, Zsolt Durkó’s opera, “Moses” in the role of the Mother. She has been invited to sing in several places in Europe and the United States. She debuted in the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1988 in the role of Nedda in “Pagliacci” (Leoncavallo), and then she performed the role of Micaela in “Carmen” (Bizet). In 1989 she sang the title role in Mascagni’s “Iris” as a partner of Placido Domingo with conductor Giuseppe Patané at the first recording of the opera. The most remarkable event in the year of 1992 was an Aria Evening in Budapest Népstadion (People’s Stadium) where she sang together with José Carreras. Ilona Tokody and José Carreras had their first performance together in the Vienna State Opera’s concert where they sang in Halévy’s opera, “La Juive” (The Jewess), and later in “La bohème” (Puccini). In 1994 her concert with Juan Pons in the Liszt Academy fascinated the audience, and it was followed by Verdi Gala duo performances on a worldwide concert tour.

As a singer, her idol is the legendary soprano, Renata Scotto.

Ilona Tokody’s successful career was acknowledged by choosing her to be an Eternal Member of the Hungarian State Opera in 1996. She has won several awards, including Kossuth Prize, Liszt Prize, Excellent Artist Award, just to mention a few.

 

 

YOON-HEE KIM

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At the age of five, Yoon-Hee Kim made her first orchestral debut in 1996 with the Savaria Orchestra of Hungary, after beginning to play the violin at the age of three.

Within a year she had already given public concerts. She was admitted to the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts at the age of four as the youngest student ever, where she studied with Prof. Eugenia & Juri Polatschek, Prof. Gerhard Schulz and Prof. Elisabeth Kropfitsch.

She was a regular participant in the masterclass of Prof. Jakhar Bron, a Russian violinist and violin pedagogue.

Born on the South-Korean island of Jeju, Yoon-Hee Kim is an honorary ambassador of Jeju which was selected as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”. She is the youngest person to ever to receive the prize as ”Young Artist of the Year 2011” from the ministry of culture in Korea.

As an Austrian-Korean violinist and as the youngest soloist in history, she has performed in regular concert series with world-wide renowned orchestras, among them, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic (at the age of 15), Monte Carlo Philharmonic (at the age of 16), Norway Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (at the age of 13), and Spain Radio Television Orchestra RTVE (15), Prague Philharmonia, George Enesco Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Bayer Philharmonic, Praha Radio Philharmonic, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, National Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra, Transylvanian Orchestra, Catalonia Orchestra, Katowice Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra ot Rumania, Salzburg Kammerphilharmonie, as well as the Korea-Austria Philharmonic which was founded by UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon.

In Korea, she has performed with Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphonic, Eurasian Philharmonic, Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, Gwangju, Jeonju and Jeju Symphonic Orchestras.

She has collaborated with outstanding conductors like Walter Weller, Music Director of Belgium National Orchestra, Roman Kopfmann, Claus Peter Flor, Cristian Mandeal, Berry Wordsworth, Philippe Auguin, Petr Altrichter, Leos Svarovsky, Erwin Aadland, Heiko Mathias Foerster, Othmar Maga, Keiko Mitsuhashi, Damian Iorio and others.

Yoon-Hee Kim has won first prize at numerous national and international competitions including Andrea Postacchini International Competition in Fermo, Italy, Prima la Musica competition in Austria, “Concorsi International Di Musica” in Stresa, Italy, Rovere d’Oro Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy, Fidelio Competition in Austria, special prize and scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation and Robert and Lina Thyli-Duerr Foundation of Switzerland as well as the Benjamin Prize in Austria.

She has given concerts in world-wide renowned concert halls like Musikverein´s Golden Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall in LA (where she appeared with 16-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist Brian McKnight ), Cadogan Hall in London, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, and in auditoriums like Rainier III Hall in Monte Carlo, Smetana Hall and Rudolfinum in Praha, the International Palace of Arts in Budapest, Atheneum in Bucharest, RTVE Teatro Hall in Madrid, Odd-Fellow Palace in Copenhagen, Olavshallen in Trondheim and Seoul Art Center.

She was invited to give recitals as part of the 35th Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS) ,”Rising Star” Concerts in Cologne, Wiltz Festival in Luxembourg, “New Year´s Concert” in Trondheim , Norway, Samobor Festival in Croatia, Seoul Art Center Orchestra Festival and KBS New Year´s Concert.

Yoon-Hee Kim plays on several exquisite instruments, notably two Stradivarius, the “The Red Diamond” 1732 and the “Da Vinci” 1725 and presently, a Bergonzi Violin (Cremona 1734).

She has upcoming recitals at Carnegie Hall and at Mozarthaus Vienna and orchestra concerts with Czech National Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic in 2107.

In addition to CNN’s special introduction of Yoon-Hee Kim as a violinist of genius, TF1 TV has also featured her as L’Enfant Prodigie in their special series, One of the 30 Most Mysterious Stories (Les 30 Histoires les plus Mysterieuses). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jxvkv-WNsA

 

VASZY VIKTOR CHOIR

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Vaszy Viktor Choir was founded in 1954 by the name of “Szeged Friends of Music’s Choir”. In 1987 the choir was named after its founder, who conducted the choir for two decades. Viktor Vaszy, the legendary conductor and artistic director, was followed in the same position by Tamás Pál, Géza Oberfrank, and from 1988, Sándor Gyüdi.

As the partner choir of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, Vaszy Viktor Choir have performed a rich oratorio repertoire from Monteverdi to Stravinsky and contemporary classical music with their principal conductors and guest conductors. In recent years they have travelled most of Europe and gave concerts with great success, including Brahms: German Requiem – Germany, 1997; Verdi: Requiem, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 – France, Spain, 1998; Bach: St. John Passion, Handel: Messiah – Spain, 1998; Handel: St. John Passion – Spain, 2003; Orff: Carmina Burana – France, 1999; Bach: St. John Passion – Spain, 1998; Liszt: Christus – France, 2000; Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle – Spain, 2001; Rossini: Stabat Mater – Spain, 2002; Handel: St. John Passion – Spain, 2003; Haydn: Stabat Mater – Spain, 2005; Kreutzer: Missa solemnis – Meßkirch, Germany 2005.

 

ZSOLT HOMONNAY

This attractive actor with his characteristic voice is one of the most popular artists of his generation in Hungary. Thanks to his acting and singing skills he can interpret a wide range of musical and operetta roles.

He began his career in the countryside of Hungary, in the theatre of Zalaegerszeg, where he started to learn acting. In 1993, he continued his studies in the operetta-musical class of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. After graduation, he got roles in several productions in the capital and all over the country and moving around in different theatres provided him great opportunity to improve his skills in various roles. Early on, not only the public acknowledged his talent, but professionals as well, and in 2000, the Hungarian theatre directors awarded him with the special prize of the “Best Musical Actor”. In the same year, he was invited to Berlin to play two important roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame: he interpreted the challenging role of Quasimodo and the romantic hero, Phoebus.

He returned to the Hungarian stage in 2002, and since then he regularly plays in the most popular productions of the Operetta Theatre and Madách Theatre in Budapest and also in other Hungarian theatres.

In 2016, he was one of the contestants of the 4th edition of the hungarian TV show “Sztárban Sztár”.

He launched his singing career with the foundation of the singing group Adagio in 2005. The celebrate music formation has three platinum and one gold record; their concert film Touch also became a great success. Up to now, he has published two albums with his ex-wife, the actress Lilla Polyák: Both of Us (2009) and Two Hearts (2010).

Zsolt’s musicality greatly shows in his talent in writing and translating lyrics. He wrote the lyrics of numerous Hungarian pop songs, and adapted lots of foreign hits to Hungarian.