2017 Competitors

logo songcomp2017 webThe young singers and pianists who have been selected to proceed to the Preliminary Stages of the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition are:

Kristina Bachrach & Daniel Anastasio

Kristina Bachrach SongComp 2017 bio

Kristina Bachrach

In recent seasons soprano Kristina Bachrach made debuts at Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and performed nearly thirty concerts across America with the Brooklyn Art Song Society.

Kristina has fulfilled many prestigious artist residencies, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Banff Centre. She enjoys a long-standing relationship with SongFest and appears on their première recording.

Kristina has performed leading and supporting roles with Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Naples, Lyric Opera of Virginia, and Nashville Opera. She is the winner of the inaugural Ziering Conlon International Art Song Competition.




Daniel Anastasio SongComp 2017 bio

Daniel Anastasio

Daniel Anastasio's ‘technical prowess and emotional sensitivity’ is imbued with an intellectual curiosity Rivard Report. His performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leon Fleisher was ‘the highlight to everyone’s ears, if the full-house standing ovation were any indication’ ECM Reviews.

Daniel recently attended Yellow Barn and Tanglewood Festivals, and co-directs the Blueprints Piano Series in Manhattan.

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University, Master of Music at Juilliard, and is finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University under Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.


Ed Ballard & Manon Fischer-Dieskau

Edward Ballard SongComp 2017 bio

Ed Ballard

British baritone Ed Ballard studied at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a member of the Academy Song Circle, winner of the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize and Marjorie Thomas Art Song Prize and an International Opera Awards Bursary recipient.

Ed has since sung leading roles for English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s Jerwood Scheme and at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. He recently made his German operatic debut with Theater Freiburg and was a cover at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence this summer. Future plans include a return to English Touring Opera in Spring 2018.





Manon Fischer-Dieskau SongComp 2017 bio

Manon Fischer-Dieskau

Manon Fischer-Dieskau was born in Stuttgart in 1987. She studied at the Purcell School of Music, the Royal College of Music, and specialised in piano accompaniment for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music.

This was followed by being awarded the Junior Fellowship for the years 2013/14. At this time Manon also attended the Franz Schubert Institut where she studied the art of German song and poetry with masters including Helmut Deutsch, Robert Holl, Elly Ameling and Christa Ludwig.

Manon has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, with recent highlights including concerto performances in China, Israel, Germany and Romania, and song recitals in Russia, Austria and France.


Lotte Betts-Dean & Hannah Harnest

Lotte Betts-Dean SongComp 2017 bio

Lotte Betts-Dean

Lotte Betts-Dean's performance experience encompasses contemporary music, art song, chamber music, early music, opera and non-classical collaborations. Concert highlights in the UK have included performances at Aldeburgh, Buxton, Cheltenham, Norfolk, Llandeilo Fawr, Oxford Lieder and Dartington Festivals, St John's Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields and Colston Hall Bristol.

Prior to relocating to London, Lotte was a regular principal artist with Australian companies Victorian Opera and Sydney Chamber Opera and appeared as soloist with many ensembles and orchestras. Lotte is a member of contemporary music group ‘Ensemble x.y’, and a founding member of 'x.y song', created for the promotion of new art song repertoire.

Lotte was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition and recently won Australia's Robert Salzer Lieder Scholarship. She completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016.


Hannah Harnest SongComp 2017 bio

Hannah Harnest

German-American pianist Hannah Harnest is a Young Steinway Artist, and was educated at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, the London School of Economics, the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, and has been mentored by teachers such as Olivier Gardon, Gerhard Oppitz, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Menahem Pressler, Ian Brown, Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, and Richard Stokes.

As a 2016 Britten Pears-Young Artist, Hannah was coached by Bernarda Fink and Thomas Quasthoff, and appeared in concert at the Aldeburgh Festival. She was invited to the prestigious 62nd International ARD competition (piano trio), and was a semi-finalist at the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition, together with mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean.


Dušica Bijelić & Boris Radulović

Dušica Bijelić SongComp 2017 bio

Dušica Bijelić

Dušica Bijelić was born in Bosnia and later moved to Serbia. She studied singing in Belgrade, Vienna, Rome and New York. Her teachers were Ljudmila Gross-Popović, Daniel Ferro, Dawn Upshaw, Renata Scotto, Kayo Iwama, Lorraine Nuba and Raul Gimenez. Dušica joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House from 2012 to 2014 where she worked and learned from many outstanding artists.

The Independent magazine selected her as one of the top eight Bright Young Things in the Arts for 2014. Boris Radulović is her childhood friend with whom she won her first Lied competition in 1998 singing Schubert's Ave Maria.




Boris Radulović SongComp 2017 bio

Boris Radulović

Serbian pianist Boris Radulović started playing the piano at the age of five. He studied with Olga Bauer in Belgrade and later with Arbo Valdma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Paolo Alvares in Cologne. He has won prizes at a number of piano and Lied competitions and participated in many masterclasses held by eminent artists.

Boris has also been a guest on radio and television and at international music festivals. He has played with the Ruhrstadt Orchestra, Burscheid Musical-Academy, the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble musikFabrik, and also collaborates regularly with soprano Karola Pavone and pianist Michel Dalberto. Boris was recently appointed as lecturer at the Cologne Music Academy.


John Brancy & Peter Dugan

John Brancy SongComp 2017 bio

John Brancy

Winner of the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, baritone John Brancy has been hailed by The New York Times as a ‘vibrant, resonant presence’. Gerald Finley was quoted in Opera News saying ‘I look at John Brancy, a young artist who’s got his teeth in it, who loves the challenge of art song.’

With recent operatic engagements at Opéra de Lorraine, the Glyndebourne Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Oper Frankfurt, and Dresden Semperoper and concert engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and recitals presented by Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, John is poised for a major international singing career.





Peter Dugan SongComp 2017 bio

Peter Dugan

American Pianist Peter Dugan, hailed by the Washington Post as a ‘formidable soloist,’ recently made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2016, Peter gave a Weill Hall debut recital with baritone John Brancy presented by Carnegie Hall.

A sought-after crossover artist, Peter has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. Peter holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio and currently serves on the piano faculty of the evening division.


Harriet Burns & Ian Tindale

Harriet Burns SongComp 2017 bio

Harriet Burns

Harriet Burns is a postgraduate scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with Professor Susan McCulloch and Eugene Asti. In 2017 she won the GSMD Paul Hamburger Prize for Lieder and the Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition. She has participated in the Oxford Lieder Residential Mastercourse, and in 2016 made her Barbican Hall debut as an LSO Platform Artist.

Harriet has performed numerous contemporary works, most recently Varése’s Offrandes in the BBC Total Immersion Day with Geoffrey Paterson and the Guildhall New Music Ensemble. In September she will perform works by Weir and Golijov in This is Rattle: Adès in Milton Court.





Ian Tindale SongComp 2017 bio

Ian Tindale

Ian Tindale studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Simon Lepper, John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. Ian has won Accompanist’s Prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition; he is also a Samling Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist.

Recent engagements have included a recital tour of Die Schöne Müllerin with tenor Nick Pritchard, recitals in the Oxford Lieder, Ryedale and Buxton Festivals, and appearances on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ and BBC2 ‘Proms Extra’. He has collaborated with artists such as Soraya Mafi, Ailish Tynan, Susan Bullock, Nicky Spence and Christopher Purves.


Coline Dutilleul & Jocelyn Freeman

Coline Dutilleul SongComp 2017 bio

Coline Dutilleul

A native of Belgium, Coline Dutilleul studied at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels, then at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. She also works regularly with the Welsh soprano, Catrin Wyn-Davis.

Coline completed her studies in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme with Nathalie Dessay and Roger Vignoles, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy. She has attended masterclasses with Bernarda Fink, Barbara Hannigan, Ulrich Eisenlhor and Roger Braun.

In September 2014, Coline was awarded second and WDR recording prizes at the International Competition in Köln. Since then she has also been appointed as mezzo-soprano at the National Opera Studio of the Opéra National du Rhin.



Jocelyn Freeman SongComp 2017 bio

Jocelyn Freeman

Jocelyn Freeman is an internationally-performing Welsh pianist. She began her career as a cathedral chorister, releasing her solo piano album Night and Novelties in 2013.

Jocelyn's pianism has been described as ‘outstanding’, ‘brilliant’, ‘sparkling’, and ‘One to Watch’. Engagements have led her to four continents, including broadcasts in the UK and Germany. She has performed concerti by Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt.

Jocelyn was a prize-winning student at the Royal Academy of Music and then Phoebe Benham Fellow at the Royal College of Music, completing her studies at the Britten Pears Foundation as the Viola Tunnard Young Artist. Last September she was awarded second prize in the International Competition for Art Song in Stuttgart.


Lucy Fitz Gibbon & Ryan McCullough

Lucy Fitz Gibbon SongComp 2017 bio

Lucy Fitz Gibbon

Noted for her ‘dazzling, virtuoso singing’ Boston Globe, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon is a champion of unexplored corners of music history, as well as new frontiers.

Recent performances include solo appearances with the Lucerne Academy Orchestra, Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and American Symphony Orchestra in her Carnegie Hall debut.

With her collaborative partner Ryan McCullough, she has presented recitals throughout the United States and Canada, and a forthcoming CD includes new works by James Primosch and John Harbison. She has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center and Marlboro Music Festival.




Ryan McCullough SongComp 2017 bio

Ryan McCullough

American pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a reputation as a multifaceted artist, as much at home with the Graf as the Steinway and Max/MSP. He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is an active chamber musician, especially passionate about art song repertoire, both new and old.

He frequently collaborates with his wife, soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and as a duo they are working to cultivate new generations of art song composers. Ryan works closely with some of today's greatest composers, and has an ever-growing discography.


Marta Fontanals-Simmons & Lana Bode

Marta Fontanals-Simmons SongComp 2017 bio

Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Marta Fontanals-Simmons graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with distinction and was awarded the Principal's Prize and prestigious Gold Medal Award. She looks forward to recitals in London, Paris, Snape Maltings and the Oxford Lieder Festival this year.

Marta has made her operatic debuts with Grange Park Opera, Grimeborn Festival, Mid Wales Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne Tour.

In 2017 Marta covered the title role in La Cenerentola for Opera North and sings the role for Diva Opera as well as performing Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera. Subsequent engagements include her debut at Teatro Real, Madrid, a return to Garsington Opera in 2018 and Glyndebourne Festival in 2019.



Lana Bode SongComp 2017 bio

Lana Bode

Pianist Lana Bode graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied with Andrew West. Her training included masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles.

Awards include the Paul Hamburger Prize for Song Accompaniment, Concert Recital Diploma (GSMD) and Viola Tunnard Young Artist 2016/17. She has recently performed at Barbican Hall and at Snape Maltings with cellist Robert Cohen and tenor Rob Murray.

Lana is a Samling Artist, a Leverhulme Artist and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. She is currently working as a staff accompanist at the Guildhall School and is also Artistic Director of the concert series Virginia Woolf & Music.


Lawrence Halksworth & Daniel Gerzenberg

Lawrence Halksworth SongComp 2017 bio

Lawrence Halksworth

Lawrence Halksworth is a British baritone studying in Berlin under the guidance of Thomas Quasthoff at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.

Since completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, Lawrence has embraced German culture, language, and the wealth of Lieder training on offer. He has benefited from working with Lied specialists such as Wolfram Rieger and Hendrik Heilmann.

Recent engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni as part of the Trentino Music Festival and as a young artist for Southrepps Music Festival. Lawrence and Daniel will team up again for the Paula Salomon-Lindberg song competition in October this year.




Daniel Gerzenberg SongComp 2017 bio

Daniel Gerzenberg

Daniel Gerzenberg is a German-Russian-Jewish artist based in Berlin. Born in Hamburg in 1991, he began his piano education with his mother Lilya Zilberstein.

He started his international career in 2009, giving recitals in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, the US and Taiwan, including a concert tour with Martha Argerich.

Besides being a musician, Daniel is a poet, actor and translator; he speaks six languages and has published two books. Currently, he is studying song accompaniment with internationally renowned accompanist Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and participates in the classes of Eric Schneider, Christine Schäfer and Thomas Quasthoff.


Gareth Brynmor John & James Sherlock

Gareth Brynmor John SongComp 2017 bio

Gareth Brynmor John

Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, Gareth Brynmor John studied at Cambridge, Royal Academy of Music, and National Opera Studio.

Opera roles include Schaunard in La bohème (WNO), Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Hong Kong Philharmonic), Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Bury Court), and Edoardo in Donizetti’s Siege of Calais (ETO). Concert performances include Elijah (Birmingham Town Hall), Carmina Burana (Royal Festival Hall), Messiah and Fauré’s Requiem (Royal Albert Hall), Brahms's Requiem (Royal Festival Hall) and Dream of Gerontius (Leeds Philharmonic Chorus).

Gareth has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Barber Institute, and King’s Lynn, North Norfolk Music, Haddo, Buxton, Leeds Lieder, Oxford Lieder, Bath, and Ryedale Festivals.



James Sherlock SongComp 2017 bio

James Sherlock

James Sherlock studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Franz Schubert Institut and the Georg Solti Accademia, and continues his studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

His primary teachers include Pamela Lidiard, Ronan O’Hora and Joan Havill, he has also received coaching from Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and Rudolf Jansen. He has given recitals throughout Europe and North America, performing with Sir Thomas Allen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Benjamin Appl, Sarah Connolly, Toby Spence and Raphael Wallfisch.

James is a prize-winner at Das Lied International Song Competition, the Royal Overseas League Music Competition and the BBC Performing Arts Trust.


Oddur Jónsson & Somi Kim

Oddur Jónsson SongComp 2017 bio

Oddur Jónsson

Icelandic baritone Oddur Jónsson graduated from the Mozarteum University Salzburg with distinction, receiving the Lilli Lehmann Medal.

Oddur made his Icelandic Opera debut as Rodrigo in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and was awarded Most Promising Artist at the Icelandic Music Awards. Significant operatic roles include Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.

On the concert stage he made his Paris debut in 2015, singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Paris Opera Ballet. Competition successes include first prize in the International Brahms Competition (2013), Best Lied & Oratorio Performer and Schubert Prizes in the Francisco Viñas Competition (2014), and third prize in the International Schubert Lied-Duo Competition in Dortmund.



Somi Kim SongComp 2017 bio

Somi Kim

South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim graduated from the Royal Academy of Music last year, receiving a DipRAM and the HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize.

Somi is the winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize, Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists and the AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Accompanist Prize. Sought after as a chamber musician, song accompanist and répétiteur, Somi is a Samling Artist and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In recital, Somi’s recent and future appearances include Het Concertgebouw, Slovak Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall, and St. John’s Smith Square.


Peter Kellner & Pedro Costa

Peter Kellner SongComp 2017 bio

Peter Kellner

Peter Kellner was born in Slovakia. He studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Boris Bakow and at the Kunstuniversität Graz with Antonius Sol and Joseph Breinl. He has attended masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Brigitte Fassbaender and Helmut Deutsch.

Peter was awarded a Young Singers Project scholarship at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2013 and 2014. He is currently a member of the Graz Opera.

Recent roles include Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Osmin in Die Entfürhung aus dem Serail (Oper Graz), Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Teatro Verdi Trieste, Teatro della Maestranza). Future engagements include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Oper Graz, Volksoper Wien) and Leporello in Don Giovanni (Slovak National Opera).



Pedro Costa SongComp 2017 bio

Pedro Costa

Pedro Costa graduated from Porto University of Music and from the Brussels Royal Conservatory.

He has won numerous competitions, namely the Louis Spohr Competition for Lied Accompaniment in Kassel (Germany), the National Radio Prize for Young Musicians (Portugal) as well as the Second Prize at the New Tenuto Competition in Brussels (Belgium). He has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Udo Reinemann, Christianne Stotijn, Anne Sophie von Otter, Peter Schreier, Christoph Prégardien, Ann Murray, Brigitte Fassbaender and Julius Drake.

Pedro is currently studying vocal accompaniment with Joseph Breinl at the Kunstuniversität Graz.


Louise Kemény & Edward Liddall

Louise Kemény SongComp 2017 bio

Louise Kemény

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Louise Kemény is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Independent Opera Fellow and Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

At the RCS she won the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Prize, the Basil A. Turner Prize, Joaninha Prize and David Goldman Award. Operatic engagements include Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (Dutch National Opera), Teofane in Ottone (ETO), Janoin in Jenůfa (Scottish Opera); Poppea in Agrippina (Iford Arts), Elisa (cover) in Hipermestra, Serpetta (cover) in La Finta Giardiniera (Glyndebourne Festival Opera).

In recital Louise has performed at St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Holywell Music Room, St George’s Hanover Square and Museen der Stadt Nürnberg. Recent concerts include Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Brahms's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Stravinsky's Les noces, Schoenberg Quartet No.2, Pierrot Lunaire and Ravel's Trois Poèmes de Mallarmé.


Edward Liddall SongComp 2017 bio

Edward Liddall

Born in 1989 in London, Edward Liddall studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Thalia Myers and read music at King’s College, Cambridge. He completed his Master of Music with distinction and a Junior Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Caroline Palmer.

This year, he was a finalist in the YCAT auditions, as a collaborative pianist. He has given recitals at venues across the UK and in Europe, at venues such as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Barbican London, and Philharmonic Hall Bratislava, as well as several live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Dutch National Radio.


Will Liverman & Jonathan King

Will Liverman SongComp 2017 bio

Will Liverman

Praised by The New York Times as ‘mellow-voiced and charismatic’ and Opera News for his ‘noble sound and bearing,’ baritone Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances.

Recent performance highlights include Dizzy Gillespie in Yardbird with English National Opera and upcoming performances with Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Will is a recipient of the top prize in the 2017 George London Competition. He was a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College.




Jonathan King SongComp 2017 bio

Jonathan King

Jonathan King is an active collaborative pianist and conductor based in Annapolis, USA. He recently completed two recording projects with baritone Will Liverman at Skillman Music and Deutsche Grammophon studios, and has served as a rehearsal pianist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has also served as assistant conductor to the Grammy award-winning ensemble, the UMS Choral Union.

Jonathan completed two Master of Music degrees in Piano Chamber Music and Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of the Edward P. Frolich and Brehm Fellowship awards. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College.


Lauren Lodge-Campbell & Michael Sikich

Lauren Lodge-Campbell SongComp 2017 bio

Lauren Lodge-Campbell

British/Australian soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Janice Chapman and Yvonne Kenny.

At the Guildhall School, Lauren was a member of the Song Guild directed by Graham Johnson, and was the winner of the Susan Longfield Prize and the Franz Schubert Institut Lieder Competition. The latter awarded her a full scholarship to study at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria.

Recent engagements include a recital of Wolf and Mahler songs at the Barbican Hall and LSO St. Luke's, Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder at the Wigmore Hall, and the role of the Princess in Maxwell Davies’s The Hogboon with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle.




Michael Sikich SongComp 2017 bio

Michael Sikich

American pianist Michael Sikich is a recipient of the Somerset Song Prize and the Piano Accompaniment prize from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he has a scholarship to complete a postgraduate degree with Julius Drake. He recently performed at the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, and LSO St. Luke’s.

A recipient of many awards as a solo pianist, he gave his debut recital in the Belz-Parker Young Artists Series and has performed with orchestras throughout the United States. He attended the Franz Schubert Institut and the Aspen Music Festival and School, studying with notable teachers including Roger Vignoles, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Helmut Deutsch.


Marie Lys & João Araújo

Marie Lys SongComp 2017 bio

Marie Lys

Swiss soprano Marie Lys was described as 'a revelation' by The Arts Desk and 'outstanding' by Opera Now for her performances, respectively, as Adelaide in Lotario at the Göttingen Handel Festival and as Asteria in Tamerlano at Buxton Festival, both under Laurence Cummings. She also collaborated with conductors such as Michel Corboz, Sigiswald Kuijken and Daniel Reuss.

Marie received the Audience Prize in the Handel Singing Competition 2016. She is a Samling Artist, supported by the Drake Calleja Trust and the Leenaards, Dénéréaz, Mosetti and Friedl Wald Foundations.

Marie graduated in 2016 with an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Royal College of Music.





João Araújo SongComp 2017 bio

João Araújo

Portuguese pianist João Araújo recently graduated from the Royal College of Music where he studied with Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper and Nigel Clayton as an RCM Award Holder.

Araújo played in masterclasses given by Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside and Zuill Bailey and performed at Wigmore Hall (German Song Onstage), Cadogan Hall (RCM Rising Stars) and Southbank Centre (Stravinsky Festival). He was awarded accompanist prizes at the Brooks van der Pump English Song and Joan Chissell Schumann Competitions. He performed several times with the RCM Symphony Orchestra and was selected for the BBCSO Pathway Scheme.

Forthcoming performances include recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Schubertiade Espace 2 in Switzerland.


Peter Mazalán & Xénia Jarová

Peter Mazalán SongComp 2017 bio

Peter Mazalán

Peter Mazalán was born in Bratislava, Slovakia and made his debut at the Slovak National Theater in Haydn’s L´isola disabitata conducted by Andrew Parrott. Peter was a member of the Operastudio in Bayerische Staatsoper München, where he also played major roles in Haydn´s La fedelta premiata and the Forester in the production of Janáček´s Cunning Little Vixen.

Peter subsequently became an ensemble member of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. He has appeared as a soloist in concerts with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Münchener Symphoniker, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Brno Philharmonic. Peter has also performed in concerts at the Schleswig–Holstein Musik Festival, Sala São Paulo in Brazil, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Rheingau Festival, Essen Philharmony and Alte Oper Frankfurt.




Xénia Jarová SongComp 2017 bio

Xénia Jarová

Xénia Jarová was born into a family with a musical tradition. She studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and wrote her dissertation on Robert Schumann. She is one of the most active young chamber pianists in Slovakia and has appeared in concerts in Slovakia, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland and the Ukraine.

She is a member of Albrechtina, an association that aims to uncover forgotten music. She has formed the Sperger Duo with her husband, double bassist Filip Jaro. The duo won the Best Interpretation Award at the Young Artists Festival in Piešťany in 2012 and its debut CD was released in November 2016.


Nicholas Mogg & Jâms Coleman

Nicholas Mogg SongComp 2017 bio

Nicholas Mogg

Nicholas Mogg is in his final year of study at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 2017 he won the Singers' Section of the Royal Over-Seas League and the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award. Operatic roles include Jupiter in Orphée aux Enfers, Melisso in Alcina, Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and in November he will sing the title role in Don Giovanni.

He has performed recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Two Moors Festival, Ryedale Festival, and made his debut at Wigmore Hall in May.





Jâms Coleman SongComp 2017 bio

Jâms Coleman

Born in Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman read Music and was a choral scholar at Girton College, Cambridge. He completed a Master of Music at the Royal Academy of Music where he was later a Fellow.

Jâms has performed recitals with James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy, and Andrew Kennedy. He is a Samling Artist, an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Park Lane Group Artist and has performed at Wigmore Hall, on the BBC World Service, Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, at the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals, and at the BBC Proms and the Three Choirs Festival.


Clara Osowski & Tyler Wottrich

Clara Osowski SongComp 2017 bio

Clara Osowski

Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe.

Her recent awards include second place in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition, finalist in the Madison Handel Aria Competition, winner of the 2017 Houston Sängerbund Competition, runner-up in the 2016 American Prize for Art Song, and runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition.

Clara is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of Source Song Festival, a week long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota.





Tyler Wottrich SongComp 2017 bio

Tyler Wottrich

Recently appointed to the faculty at North Dakota State University, pianist Tyler Wottrich has created a new collaborative piano programme at NDSU and is Artistic Director of the NDSU Chamber Music Festival.

Tyler is a recipient of the Emerson String Quartet’s Ackerman Prize for Chamber Music as well as an honourable mention in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and performed in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall.

Tyler has been a vocal coach at Stony Brook University, Opera North, and the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. During summers 2015-2016, Tyler served on the collaborative piano faculty of the Banff Centre.


Josh Quinn & You Zhao

Josh Quinn SongComp 2017 bio

Josh Quinn

American baritone, Josh Quinn has been has been praised for his ‘butter-smooth timbral beauty’ Boston Musical Intelligencer and for vocalism to which one should ‘sit up and take listen’ Dallas News.

Emerging on the operatic and concert stage and has made recent debuts with the American Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Maine, West Edge Opera, the Prototype Festival (NYC), and the New Haven Symphony. He is also an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera.

Recently, Josh has placed in many prestigious competitions: Gerda Lissner Lieder Competition, Francisco Viñas Competition, George London Foundation, Opera Index, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.



You Zhao SongComp 2017 bio

You Zhao

You Zhao’s career incorporates her diverse background as a pianist and classical singer. She is a graduate of Shandong Normal University (Shandong Province, China), where she majored in both piano performance and voice performance and received a Bachelor of Music degree.

Since coming to the United States from China, You has received professional training in collaboration skills. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Jean Barr. She is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano at the New England Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Cameron Stowe.

Her summer festival appearances include the Schubert Institut, SongFest and Beijing International Music Festival and Academy.


Gemma Summerfield & Sebastian Wybrew

Gemma Summerfield SongComp 2017 bio

Gemma Summerfield

At the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, soprano Gemma Summerfield won both First Prize and the Song Prize.

She is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians as a recipient of the Silver Medal, and graduate of the Georg Solti Accademia and Verbier Festival Academy. She has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School having performed roles such as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Ginevra in Ariodante, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte.

Gemma is also an active recitalist and performs on platforms such as The Oxford Lieder Festival, The Leeds Lieder Festival, The Brighton Festival, and as part of the Wigmore Series.



Sebastian Wybrew SongComp 2017 bio

Sebastian Wybrew

Sebastian Wybrew has appeared with many of the UK’s most eminent performers. In 2014 he made his debut at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Ian Bostridge, and his duo with Sophie Bevan made its Wigmore Hall debut in 2011.

Sebastian regularly performs at festivals throughout Europe including Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, Zaragoza, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorprommen. Sebastian has received acclaim from Classical Music magazine for his recording of Geoffrey Grey’s Partita with trumpeter Simon Cheney. He was awarded the Accompanist Prize at the 2010 John Kerr English Song Competition, and is a beneficiary of the Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust.

In much demand as a pedagogue, he has been involved with the faculties of the Royal College of Music, the Edward Said Conservatory, the Fondation Royaumont and Musique en cote Basque.


Julien Van Mellaerts & Gamal Khamis

Julien Van Mellaerts SongComp 2017 bio

Julien Van Mellaerts

New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, has just graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School where he was Fishmongers’ Company Scholar studying with Russell Smythe.

He has recently won first place in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall. This summer he has performed in Salome with Charles Dutoit, and worked with Thomas Quasthoff and Thomas Hampson on the Lieder course at Verbier Festival. He is currently touring with Diva Opera, playing the role of Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

He is generously supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, and the Countess of Munster, Hunn, and Peace and Prosperity Trust.




Gamal Khamis SongComp 2017 bio

Gamal Khamis

After gaining a degree in Mathematics at Imperial College London, Gamal Khamis completed his formal musical education at the Royal College of Music. He is a Park Lane Group Artist, a Concordia Foundation Artist and a member of the Lipatti Piano Quartet, which won the Elias Fawcett Trust Award at last year’s ROSL competition, and made their Wigmore Hall debut in April.

This year Gamal won the Award for Accompanists at the ROSL competition and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize at the Ferrier Awards. Recent performances include the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses in Cornwall, Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, USA.


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