GLOBAL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION
Hi, my name is Irene Jiwoo Han. I attend to Valley Christian Elementary school. I have attended church Christmas Musicals. I have learned singing from my mom since I was 4. My hobbies are: singing, ballet, drawing, and watching musicals. I love the musical 42nd Street. I admire the tap dancing they do. I am glad i was able to compete in this competition.
Hello, my name is Lars Han. Valley Christian Middle School is where I go. Irene and I have been to church musicals together. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, drawing digitally, singing, and researching and watching musicals that interest me. I love all sorts of musicals but my favorites are: "The Phantom of the Opera", "Wicked", and "Hamilton". I started singing when I was 4. I did musicals and if i had to choose a music genre, it would be contemporary music, Classical, and Baroque. These are competitons I have attended: USIMC, Junior Bach Competiton, NATS, and lots of other competitions. I know how to play the violin. I'm really excited to be attending King's Peak International Music Competition.
My name is Denisa Stefania Cazaciuc, I`m 13 years old and I`m from Iasi, Romania. I started to sing at 9 years old, but I started my training for solo opera performance 2 years ago. Vocal performance: National Opera Iasi – member of the Children’s Choir “Juniors of the Opera”: Giacomo Puccini, “Tosca”– including solo performance („Il Pastore”); Georges Bizet, “Carmen”; Carl Orff, “Carmina Burana”; Ruggero Leoncavallo, “Pagliacci”; Giacomo Puccini, “Boema”. Awards: First place winner of 2021 American Music Talent, Trophies Romanian Top 10 Festival 2021 (Classic and Musical), First place, classic, Winter Music Stars 2021, and others.
Helena Królówna (16 years old) was born and lives in Gdańsk in Poland. She is a student of Zygmunt Noskowski Music School (2nd level of education) in Gdynia. Helena studies on two specialities: vocalism and instrumental studies (piano). From the very beginning of her musical education, Helena has exhibited her distinctive sense of music, which allowed her to take part in many piano, chamber music and vocal competitions, both regional, national and international. She is a laureate of nearly 40 competitions. Helena wants to develop her voice in bel canto technique. She is dreaming about mastering her voice following the example of famous great polish sopranos - Bogna Sokorska and Halina Mickiewiczówna. Helena also plans to become an orchestra conductor to fully express herself and share her vision of music with the world. The passion of Helena as a pianist is to turn toward the historical interpretation, including not only playing technique of specific music era and playing on period instruments, but also historical tempo. Deep research, which has been done on the topic, proves that nowdays classical music is performed way too hurriedly. Helena wants to get as close as it is possible to historical performance accuracy and show the beauty of such music.
Celina Chen is a sophomore attending Valley Christian High School. She has a passion for music, as she is a singer and a cellist. She finds joy in sharing music with others, as she believes that it is a gift that should be shared with everyone. As a vocalist, she has done solo, choir, and musical theater performances. She has won awards in competitionso such as USIMC and the Bellagrande International Music Competition, and was a selected soloist at the Western Division All State Honors Choir. She has played lead roles in various musical theater shows. She cannot wait to see where music takes her! Outside of music, Celina enjoys writing poetry and taking long walks. Celina Chen is a sophomore attending Valley Christian High School. She has a passion for music, as she is a singer, songwriter, and a cellist. She finds joy in sharing music with others, as she believes it is a gift that should be shared with everyone. Her goal is to touch the hearts of those who hear her music. As a vocalist, she has done solo, choir, and musical theater performances. She has won awards in competition such as USIMC and the Bellagrande International Music Competition, and was a selected soloist at the Western Division All State Honors Choir. She has played lead roles in multiple musical theater shows. She cannot wait to see where music takes her! Outside of music, Celina enjoys writing poetry and taking long walks.
Alexander Kalischewski was born in 2005 in Neubrandenburg (Germany). He is studying the solo singing at the Kreismusikschule Uecker-Randow by prof. Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski. He is a multiple winner of first prizes in the international singing competitions in Germany, USA (New York and New Jersey), Great Britain (London), Italy (Rome), Russia (Moskau), Greece (Athens), of second prizes in the competitions in Serbia (Belgrad), Russia (Moskau), Estonia (Tallin). He performed in a concert of winners of International Singing Competition “American Protégé” in Carnegie Hall in New York in December 2019 and as a soloist also with the Uecker-Randow-Sinfonies Orchestra and Preußisches Kammerorchester Prenzlau.
The singer Linoy Glamidi was born in 2001 in Israel. She started learning classical singing and voice development in 2010. She took part in masterclasses and concert, like the program for outstanding musicians in Mishkenot Sha'ananim Music Center in Jerusalem between the years 2016 to 2019, and the opera pro course for young singers in the israeli opera in Tel Aviv in the summer of 2018. Linoy is a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for the year 2017 and 2020. Last year she won third place in the Paul Ben Haim competition. Nowdays (2021) Linoy is studing for a bachelor's degree in music in the Buchmann Mehta school of music in Tel Aviv university.
Mia Hamilton, eighteen, is a senior in high school at Menlo School in Atherton, California. She has been studying voice with Kathryne Jennings at Stanford University since 2018 and has been a member of iSing Girlchoir of Silicon Valley since 2013. She has attended vocal programs at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2015-2019. She is the 2021 first-place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Western Region voice competition. Mia has toured both nationally and internationally, traveling to Los Angeles, France, Scandinavia, and Germany. She will be attending Brown University this fall.
Josie Mae Sanders is seventeen and a junior in high school in Washington State. She’s been in choir for 9 years, and has attended WMEA All-State Choir five times. She will be attending the Washington National Opera Institute virtually this summer. She also participates in high school theatre and Seattle Youth Operas. Recent roles include Pepicek (Brundibar), Aunt March (Little Women), La’ie’ikawai (La’ie’ikawai, Princess of Pali Uli), and Auntie Em (Wizard of Oz). Josie plans on majoring in Voice and continuing to pursue opera as a career.
Rosie Lavery is a ‘Ginger Soprano’, studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Rosie is the proud recipient of the Salomon Seelig Musicians Company Award 2020, and is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Dewar Arts Young Artist 2020. Recently, Rosie won the prestigious Governor’s Recital Prize at RCS and was awarded 2nd place in the Hugh Robertson Scots Song Competition and the French Song Competition. She was also delighted to win the Florence Veitch Ibler Prize for Oratorio Singing. She continues to perform recital programmes around Scotland, in venues such as Dundee Caird Hall, The House of an Art Lover and Institut Français.
Liu Kejia, 21 years old, mezzo-soprano. A student of 2017 vocal opera department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of top ten baritone singer Shi Heng.Participate in the opera <LE NOZZE DI FIGARO> as Cherubino at the “Shanghai Opera House” in April 2020;Participated in the opera <COSI FAN TUTTE> as Dorabella in the orchestral rehearsal hall of the “Shangyin Opera House” in December 2019.
Kimberly Martinez is a mezzo-soprano that hails from New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University. During the Summer of 2020, Kimberly completed a role study of Bizet’s Carmen. Her most recent full staged production includes La Badessa in Montclair State University’s production of Suor Angelica. In this same production, she also had the opportunity to cover the role of La Zia Principessa. Kimberly is a recipient of the Dr. Benjamin F. Wilkes Scholarship. She currently resides in Nutley, NJ, where she is performing virtually, auditioning, and doing role studies.
Olivia Klandita is a Mezzo Soprano from Indonesia. She is currently 20, and is pursuing her Bachelor in voice performance in Monash University, Melbourne. She has always has a heart for opera and classical pieces along with musical broadway. She have performed in small concerts and a charity event called Child Aid Asia 2017.
Soprano Elizaveta Volkova was born in Minsk, Belarus. She started her musical education in College and Music Academy in Minsk with the focus in classical singing. From 2016 and onward she continues her studies in Germany at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, with Prof. Turid Karslen. Elizaveta has participated in numerous performances, concerts, competitions and masterclasses, with most significant being the Role of Frau Fluth in Wilhelma Theatre in Stuttgart, her participation as a finalist at the "Nuits lyriques de Marmande" Competition (France) and the "Debut" Competition (Lied category, Germany). Parallel with these activities she participated in masterclasses with important singers and directors, such as: Willy Decker, Bo Skovhus, Barbara Frittoli, Stefan Herheim, Vasiliy Barkhatov, Max Hopp, Margreet Honig and others. The following May 2021 she will perform the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" in Wilhelma theatre Stuttgart and theatre Heilbronn in Germany.
Filpino soprano Alexandra Bernas studies with Rachelle Gerodias while simultaneously pursuing an MD-MBA. Her 2019-20 season includes debuts of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), scenes in New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s Carnegie Hall Gala, and Lisette Oropesa’s online masterclasses. While in New York, she took private lessons with Deborah Birnbaum. Her concert work includes the soprano solo in Mozart’s Regina coeli and selections from Handel’s Messiah. She received ArtSmart’s 2021 #SingForStudents Audience Choice Prize and the E. Clyde Lutton 1966 Memorial Fund for Performance. Ms. Bernas has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Haverford College, where she studied with Clara Rottsolk.
Viennese born Turkish soprano Aida Baligh studied voice at the University of Maryland - College Park, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Music under the tutelage of Leon Major. In 2005 she moved from Washington DC to New York City, during which time she had the pleasure of studying at the Juilliard School with the late Professor and Master Accompanist Marshall Williamson, until his passing in 2010. Amongst the professionals with whom she coached is Yelena Kurdina, the late Charles Riecker and the late Nico Castel. Her teachers include Deborah Birnbaum and Kurt Widmer. Ms. Baligh lived in Florence, Italy from 2010-2014, but relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2015. Her latest professional appearance was with The Redlands Symphony Orchestra, under the Baton of Maestro Ransom Wilson in 2019! In 2020 she was awarded the American Prize in Vocal Performance, professional division, as a semi finalist. .
Winner of numerous awards in such competitions like: International Lions Singing Contest-Festspiele Immling (2nd), Eva Marton Singing Competition(3rd and 3 special prizes), Renata Tebaldi International Vocal Competition(3rd), Otto Edelman Singing Competition in Vienna(engagement). In the 2018–2019 season Ms Jarząbek made her debut as Fenena in the Cristina Mazzavillani Muti production of Nabucco in Ravenna Festival (Teatro Alighieri) and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, conducted by Alessandro Benigni. The 2017-2018 seasons saw Ms Jarząbek return to Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw as a guest artist continued her singing as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte W.A. Mozarta. In 2016-2017 seasons, Polish soprano made her opera debut at the Grand Theatre – National Opera as Pamina in the Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte.
Ewa Dziedzina is a 24 years old polish soprano. She studied in Music Academy in Katowice under Elżbieta Grodzka-Łopuszyńska and also in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She passionately develops her vocal and acting skills and expecially enjoys classical repertoire.
A lyrical coloratura soprano, born in Lodz, Poland. A soloist of the Grand Theatre Lodz, Poland. She studied and graduated Bachelor in vocal and acting at the Music Academy Lodz, in class of Urszula Kryger. The Artist made her debut on stage in 2010, durying the world prapremiere of Loves from Valldemosa Monastery, composed by M. Ptaszynska (Solange), in the Grand Theatre Lodz. She cooperates with the Grand Theatre Lodz in numerous roles: Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia, G. Rossini), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, W. A. Mozart), Gilda (Rigoletto, G. Verdi), Frasquita (Carmen, G. Bizet), Adele (Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss), Arsena (Der Zigeunerbaron, J. Strauss), Ciboletta (Eine Nacht in Venedig, J. Strauss), Hanna (The Haunted Manor, S. Moniuszko), Zofia (Halka, S. Moniuszko), Eliza (My Fair Lady, F. Loewe), Tebaldo (Don Carlos, G. Verdi), Voce dal Cielo (Don Carlos, G. Verdi), Daughter / Workwoman (The Man from Manufacture, Rafał Janiak), Luigia (Viva la mamma!, G. Donizetti), Norina (Don Pasquale, G. Donizetti), Despina (Cosi fan tutte, W. A. Mozart), Girl (Trouble in Tahiti, L. Bernstein). In 2015 she made her debut in the Polish National Opera in A miracle, or Cracovians and Highlanders by J. Stefani (Basia). This project is made with a cooperation with the Young Artist Program – Opera Academy in the Polish National Opera, Warsaw. In 2017 she made her debut in the Wroclaw Opera House in Die Zauberfloete by W. A. Mozart (Papagena). Durying the same season she took a part in the polish prapremiere of Armide by G. B. Lully in the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Sidonie). That was a coproduction of the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik with the Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci in cooperation with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles. In her artistic achievements soprano also has a participation in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with the Polish Young Chamber Choir, Exsultate Jubilate by W. A. Mozart, with a String and Brass Orchestra of Music Academy in Lodz and Stabat Mater by G. Rossini with an Orchestra of Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Gora. A winner of a special prize at XVI International Voice Competition, name of Ada Sari – the best interpretation of a polish song and XVIII International Voice Competition, name of Ada Sari – an outstanding performance of a song written by modern composer, special prizes at Vocal Competition in Mlawa – Poland, semi-finalist of an International Competition “Grand Prix de’l Opera Bucuresti” and a finalist of first International Competition “Voci dal Mondo” in Turin, directed by Renata Scotto. In 2019 she won I prize at International Competition Music in Vineyards, Serbia. In 2020 she won a special prize for the best coloratura soprano at Bella Voce International Vocal Competition in Busko Zdroj, Poland and also won a special prize at Concours Leopold Bellan in Paris, France. A stipendist of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for an outstanding music activity (twice, 2015 and 2016). .
Marina Geldt entered the Russian University of Theater Arts "GITIS" as a mezzo-soprano studying with Maestro Dmitry Bertman, a member of the Musical theater faculty. Performed Ludmila in the "Prodanà nevesta" of Bedrich Smetana. In June 2018, she sang the role of Fanechka in "Figarenko's Marriage" by Mikael Tariverdiev at Helikon-Opera Moscow. After graduating from the Institute in 2018, Miss Geldt was invited to study in Milan, where she made the vocal change to soprano. In June 2019, she took part in Milano Amateurs and Orchestra Festival. In April 2019, Miss Geldt was a Finalist in the International Vocal Competition of Ferruccio Tagliavini in Deutschlandsberg, Austria and was chosen by the judges for a scholarship. In 2020, Miss Geldt moved to Germany and continues her studies in Frankfurt am Main.
Born in Seoul, Korea Sung Min, a lyric soprano began singing at the age of twelve. Her singing has been described as charming and genuine. Sung Min graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the Catholic University of Music in South Korea. Sung Min is in her first year of graduate studies in Vocal Performance at San Jose State University where she is studying with Professor Jennifer Mitchell. Sung Min is also studying remotely at Istituto Musicale “Goitre” di Vallo della Lucania Salerno in Italy. Sung’s voice instructor is Professor Rita Cammarano.
Mr. Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem made his opera debut with the Brooklyn Opera Works in 2016 under the tutelage of Lina Tetriani performing several roles as the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and participated in the Amherst Early Music Festival’s Erismena by Cavalli in 2017. Andrew’s most recent performances were as a soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus in December 2019. Amongst Andrew’s recognition are second place, Oratorio and Artsong Division, The American Prize 2017/2018, a third prize winner at the New York Classical Music Artists International Voice Competition 2019. He was the audience prize winner for the 2020 World Bach Competition by the Boulder Bach Festival.
Matthew Secombe is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. He is in demand as an oratorio soloist, and made his operatic debut in 2019 as Tamino in The Little Opera Company’s production of The Magic Flute. Other 2019-2020 performances include playing the Errand Boy in ‘A Dinner Engagement’ with Lunchbreak Opera, and solos in Handel’s Messiah for Truro Choral Society. He holds a scholarship with the Esterhazy Singers of London, and is a regular soloist for their concerts. Upcoming engagements include a voice-viola-piano trio recital at St Margaret’s Church, Putney, and covering the role of the Steuermann in Wagner’s ‘Flying Dutchman’ for Rose Opera.
Linhao Qin is a lyric baritone. He finished study in the Chopin University of Music in Poland, he studies with famous tenor Pro.dr hab. Robert Cieśla. He won the second prize in the International Vocal Competition in Italy. He won the first prize in the international Vocal Competition in U.K. He won the First prize in the Fiestalonia international competition of Spain. He won the second prize in the international music competition of USA. He has played many operas, such as Guglielmo in "Cosi Fan Tutte"; Miecznik in "The Haunted Manor"; Don Giovanni in "Don Giovanni"; Bretigny in "Manon". He has performed in many theaters, such as Warsaw Chamber Opera Theatre, The Polish National Grand Theatre, Szczecin Philharmonic Theatre, Wracław Philharmonic Theatre, Warsaw Center Theatre. He has successfully held solo concerts many times in Europe. As the only foreigner, he was invited by the Polish National Theater to perform as a special guest in Łazienki Palace of Poland. He is the first Chinese singer to perform in this Palace for the head of state of Poland. He has worked with many world-class orchestras and conductors, and has been under the guidance of many international masters.
Juliet Zhang was born in the United States in 2013. She has been instructed by opera singer ChunFeng Li for more than a year. She has demonstrated excellence in singing 17th to 18th-century art songs in 2 both German and Italian. She has started practicing ballet at Peabody Conservatory and traditional Chinese dancing with Baltimore Chinese School since she was 4 years old. She has also began formal piano education since 5. She was invited to perform at Cloud Concert by Chunfeng Li Music Talent Program and multiple times at the Chinese New Year Gala in Baltimore County.
2nd / AFAF Golden Voice of America International Vocal Competition 2019 2018-2020 Private Lesson (Vocal) 2017-2020 Peabody Preparatory (Flute) 2013-2017 Private Lesson (Piano) 2012-2013 Private Lesson (Music Enlightenment ) A Member of the Peabody Preparatory ---《Italian Lyric Diction》 A Member of the Eastman Community Music School
Born in Nov. 21, 2007, Raymond as a Grade 8 student, lives in Vancouver, Canada. Raymond is very active in learning Chess, Taekwondo, skating, ski, swimming and Basketball. He is good at Mathematics. Music is Raymond’s favorite. He is learning the Piano, Guitar and the Opera singing. Regularly, Raymond attends the music performances for the seniors at the local communities. In the year of 2019 before Covid-19, Raymond participated in many events with prizes granted including 1st place winner at American Protege International Music Talent Competition; 2nd place at Tri-cities Got Talent at a local festival.
Polina was born in Ekaterinburg, Russia. From 5 years she started singing in Sverdlovsk State Children Philharmonic Society. From age of 6 she was singing in Rossiyanka Choir in Tokyo. In November, 2017 she was a Winner of Planet of art competition in Orlando USA. In May 2019 she won a competition in Washington D.C. After she singed in Girls Choir of South Florida. Polina takes voice lessons with voice teacher Asmik Arutiuniants. Polina also won in competitions Talents of Europe International Art Competition, Festolonia, and Colibri vocal competition.
Mia Ye was born in the United States in 2008. She has been studying ballet and traditional Chinese dancing since the age of four and piano since the age of seven. She began her vocal lesson in 2014 with opera singer Li Chunfeng, demonstrating excellence in singing 17th century Italian arias and Chinese art songs. She won first place at the American Fine Arts Festival, performing at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, first place at the American Protege International Vocal Competition of 2017 and 2018, first place at the Summer Gala Concert of 2019, and first in the Musical Theater American Protege Competition.
My name is Jinhao Zhang. I live in Maryland, USA. I loved music when I was little and I felt joy when I shared the songs I’ve learned with friends. I began vocal lessons with Mr. Chunfeng Li, a known baritone, at the age of nine. My favorite part about singing is that I can sing in front of many audiences and share my progress and passion with them. When I’m singing, I feel very energized. This year is my first time entering an International music competition. I feel confident to give a great performance.
Sophia Cotrotsios is a sophomore at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, PA. She studies voice privately with Anna Buglio and is coached by UHS choral director Jason Throne. Sophia is thrilled to move forward in the King’s Peak International Music Competition. She is also a Semifinalist in the 2021 Music International Grand Prix. Sophia is a member of four ensembles, including the highly selective Chamber Choir, and is a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Her love of musical theatre has grown through her participation in five musicals. She intends to pursue theatre and/or classical voice in college.
Eliana Pislariu Ranghilof’s first participation in an opera production was at 2 years old. She played the Child in Madame Butterfly. When she was 6 years old, she got her first award at a Child Fest, and afterwards she got many other awards and trophies. Eliana also had recitals at various events in Romania, in Australia, Italy, and Turkey, also TV shows. About 8 years old she became interested in opera, operetta and musical, she was a member of Bucharest National Opera Children’s Choir, she played „ Il Pastore” from Puccini’ s „Tosca”, recently she won the first prize at the notorious romanian Contest „Allegria” on the 1st of Septembre 2020, also other international prizes: first place at USIMC, Finalist at E-contest Competition and many other romanian Contests.
Rachel Zhao, 15, started playing piano when she was five and begun play violin at the age of eight and viola at the age of thirteen. She joined the Peabody Children’s Choir six years ago and began her vocal training under Chunfeng Li in November 2019. She participated in her first vocal competition in June 2020 and won Young Artist finalist award in 2020 United States International Music Competition.
Noot Cohen is a 14-years-old opera singer, pianist, composer and actress. She studies Voice with her mother, mezzo-soprano Bavat Marom, and Music with Dr. Alexander Kornhandler at the Israeli Conservatory of Music Tel Aviv; Piano with Ron Trachtman; and Composition with Eyal Bat. She is a member of the Bat-Kol Girls Choir, with whom she has performed in Israel and the UK, including in the opera “Carmen” at the Israeli Opera. She is a winner of the Scholarship Competition of the Israeli Conservatory of Music and has performed as a singer and actress in numerous films, TV series and performances.
My name is Vizsnyai Ferencz-Botond. I am 16 years old and my hometown is Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania. I study classical singing at the „Sigismund Toduță” Music College with prof. dr. Daniela Păcurar Neamț. Awards: 3rd place of the „Emanuel Elenescu” Music Competition, 2019; 3rd place of the „Emil Rotundu” Canto & Piano International -online- Contest; 2nd place of the „Liga Interpreților” Online Music Festival; 3rd place of the „6th International Singing Competition, The Alida Vane Award Junior, 2020”; 2nd place of the Sabin Drăgoi International Singing Competition; 2nd place of the Jean Sibelius Vocal Contest 2020; 1st place of the Magia Cântecului Vocal Contest Oradea 2020; 3rd place of the Maramuzica Trophy 2020. I am very glad to be part of the King's Peak International Music Competition.
•Laureate of the 1st prize at the Istoki International Competition, Russia, at the International Competition of Russian Romance "Mediterranean Romansiada 2020" in Cyprus, winner of the Grand Prix at International competitions in Israel Camerton, at the International Competition of Russian Белый кит. 2019, Russia at the International Ukrainian Song Festival in Haifa, Israel2019 , of "Golden Laurel 2018" at the "International Children's Olympiad of Performing Arts" • Laureate of the second prize at the World Art Diploma ( 88/100) age category 16-19 years old , 7.12.2020 Spain • Laureate of the third prize at the International Competition "Children in the World of Early Music-2019", Russia. •Invited to participate in the Talents of the World concert at the Kremlin Moscow accompanied by the State Symphony Orchestra • AFS Fellow, Awarded Travel to USA. • Among the winners represented Greece at the New Year 2020 celebration in Artek, Crimea • Presented at the opening of the International Youth Conference on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage 2019, held under the auspices of UNESCΟ, Athens, Greece. • Participant of more than 20 charity concerts, including those organized by UNESCΟ in Greece, Denmark, Italy and at the closing of the Paralympic Games, Thessaloniki, Greece .
Ryan was born in Maryland, USA in September 2006. He demonstrated his talent and passion in singing when he was very young. Ryan started voice training in 2016 when he joined Peabody Children’s Chorus, in which he still sings. He started to learn classical and opera pieces in 2018 while taking voice lessons with Mr. Chunfeng Li, a professional opera singer. Ryan’s repertoire includes Opera and classical songs in English, Italian, German, and Chinese.
Helena Susha is born 24.09.2020 in St. Veit, Austria. She started her musical education when she was 12 years old in the class of prof. Gonce Bogoromova, which she also had as vocal teacher at the Music High School DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski-Luj. In 2018 she also started working with Ana Durlovski. Helena attended many masterclasses by world renomated names in the industry like Giuseppe Gippali, Olga Makarina, Rame Lahaj, Claudia Eder, Alessandra di Giorgio, Blagoj Nacoski, and many others. She has won many competitions in and out of the country. One of the more meaningful ones were, the competition in Neustadt, Germany where she got 2nd place which brang her a debut with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-pfaltz, and also 3rd place at the competition for Russian romances in Bulgaria, where because of age she couldnt compete in the next round but was invited to sing as a guest in Moscow. This year she attended the University for music and arts in the class of prof. Ana Durlovski in Skopje.
Trinity started singing at age five after auditioning for a role in the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti. In 2013, she made her Carnegie Hall debut for classical voice. Along with singing, Trinity enjoys playing the violin, viola, piano, and composing. She has traveled to England for international piano competitions, and has toured Ireland playing violin concerti. Throughout high school, she has participated in choirs and orchestras. Trinity currently studies with Caitlin Lynch, professional opera singer. Outside of music, Trinity enjoys varsity figure skating and volunteering as her school’s Community Service Student Council Chair.
My name is Lara Galletta, i'm 19 years old and I come from Italy. I'm studying opera singing at Scuola Civica Claudio Abbado in Milan. My passion for Opera was born when I was 13 years old, when I started the musical high school. Meanwhile I also took classes with a private teacher, Julia Demenko. I have also learned how to play drums and percussions in the academic school, later adding piano since middle school. Moreover, during the junior year, I spent one year abroad in Latvia and there I continued my studies in opera singing.
Tamara Lazăr- 18 years old Soprano, Student at ”Sigismund Toduță” Music School in Cluj-Napoca in her forth high-school year. She has been studying the art of singing from the age of 14. Tamara has participated in multiple vocal performance competitions, winning numerous prizes. She collaborated on multiple occasions with various philharmonics
My name is Cristurean Crina-Ionela and I’m 17 years old. I study classical voice at the Sigismund Toduta Music College, Cluj with lect. univ. dr Daniela Pacurar-Neamt.
Ewelina Polak started her vocal education at the age of 14 under the tutelage of Mrs Justyna Wieruszewska-Biniek. Then she continued her music education with Prof. Izabela Kłosińska at Fryderyk Chopin Complex of State Music Schools in Warsaw. She is currently studying in the class of Prof. Violetta Bielecka at Ignacy Paderewski Complex of State Music Schools in Białystok.
Patheerapat Sireevaranunt is a soprano born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She has just turned 18 years old. She possesses ample ability in both piano and flute, and has been singing since a very young age. At the age of 10, she started her classical singing training. After just one year of lessons, she passed the ABRSM Grade 2 Singing exam with Distinction, as well as winning first prize in her school's 'Rakpasathai Song' singing competition. In 2015, at the age of 13, she won second prize at the American Protégé international vocal competition, where she performed at Canegie Hall. Two years later, at the age of 15, she won second prize at the international music Salzburg competition "grand prize virtuoso". She received the highest mark in the Trinity exam Grade 4-7 in Thailand in 2016-2018. This year, she was a finalist of The Alida Vane Award 2020. .
Galo Lastra is an American Operatic Tenor from Utah, United States. He is 19 years old and is passionate about opera and is emerging. He began his career in the summer of 2019 in an opera festival in Provo, Utah. We had won local competitions as well as placed 2nd (Silver) in the Music and Stars Awards in 2020. His dream is to become a concert singer and to perform in the greatest opera houses with the greatest orchestras.
Ioannis Lazopoulos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded a music scholarship to attend as a student • AICF/SNF Grant Program at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in the Vocal Department for Voice performance in Tel-Aviv, Israel • at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, • at the School of Monody of the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, • Winner of the International Music Competition “Vienna New Year’s Concert” 2018 Winner Young Talent (Voice). Kazakhstan, Moscow, Russia. • He is selected for class attendance in Master class of Raina Kabaivanska at the National Opera and Ballet House in Sofia (Bulgaria) 2018. • Participant of more than 20 charity concerts, including those organized by UNESCΟ in Greece, Italy and at the closing of the Paralympic Games, Greece.
Alexandra Kzeski is a senior Voice Performance major at the University of Michigan. Recently, she was cast as Adele in The University of Michigan’s production of Die Fledermaus; and presently, she is preparing the role of Norina for The University of Michigan’s upcoming production of Don Pasquale, to be released online in March 2021. Alexandra is thrilled to be a part of the King’s Peak International Music Competition!
My age is 21. I graduated from Henryk Wieniawski High School of Music in Lodz, Poland. In 2018 I began my studies at the University of Music in Lodz, with a specialty in Baroque Cello. I participated in various music festivals, concerts and competitions. Simultaneously I have been training my voice at masterclasses and through private tutoring. In October of 2020 I began my second faculty with a major in Vocal and Acting Performance at the same university under mentorship of dr Dorota Wójcik, the soloist of the Grand Theater. In the future I wish to broaden my vocal repertoire.
Mezzo-soprano Mala Weissberg is currently a Senior at Westminster Choir College earning her B.M in Vocal Performance as the pupil of Professor Laura Brooks-Rice. Mala performed Cendrillon (Cendrillon) Autumn (Service Provider), Lee (Marie Begins) and Third Spirit (Die Zauberflöte) in WCC productions. A Young Artist in the CoOperative program, Opera Viva! (Verona, Italy) and soloist with the Young Israel Philharmonic she worked with esteemed faculty from all over the world. Upcoming engagements include Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Young Artist Sewanee Opera Intensive program, Soloist in The Lindsey Christiansen Art Song Festival and resident chorister at Spoleto Festival in Charleston.
Music has been present in my life since I was six when I started studying violin in Las Rozas. However, I always knew singing was my passion. I started studying opera in 2015 by the hand of the Portuguese maestro Rita Moldão, Alfio Grasso and Robert Jezierski who taught me the Italian singing technique, a methodology focused on emitting a natural sound without forcing or altering the voice. In virtue of this I have recently won different international competitions such as the Gianlucca Campochiaro award in Italy and the Alida Vane Junior award in Lithuania.
My name is Abraham Cruz, and I am from Fresno, California. I am currently in my second year attending The Boston Conservatory as a Voice Performance major. I will be the first person in my family to graduate from a four-year college. I plan to continue my studies and become a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance: Voice. I am a proud Hispanic who wants to make a difference in his community.
Soprano Asmik Arutiuniants was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 2010 she graduated her bachelor at State Conservatory of Uzbekistan.Roles Asmik performed in the conservatory Opera Studio included Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro Mozart, and Violetta Verdi’s La Traviata. In 2009 she was invited to join the training group of the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre with which she performed the role of Marfa in The Tsar's Bride, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, and the Princess in Gladkov’s musical The Bremen Town Musicians. Following the internship, she sang the role of Leonora in an independent production of the opera Fidelio by Beethoven, funded by support of the Swiss and the German Embassy in Tashkent.In 2018 Asmik graduated assistant in the department of music at Florida Atlantic University, where she is pursuing the Master of Music in Vocal Performance. As a winner of the FAU 2016-2017 Concerto and Aria Competition, she performed in February 2017 with the FAU Symphony Orchestra. She studied voice in the studio of Dr. Sandra McClain.In March of 2019, Asmik became a winner in the Voice Experience Opera Idol Competition in Chicago, IL.During the summer of 2018, she participated in three festival programs such as VOICExperience & Savannah VOICE Festival (full scholarship), Pittsburgh Festival Opera (Young Professional Artists Program as a Studio Artist) and Opera Fusion.In May of 2019, she made her debut in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tsar’s Bride with the Bel Cantanti Opera Company in Washington, Asmik performed the main role of Marfa.
Soprano Sara DeFranco has been praised for commanding the stage with "powerful sincerity" (UR Campus Times). Recently, she has performed various roles in the opera and musical theater repertoire including the Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol), Alice Murphy (Bright Star), The Maid (The Polite Abductress), Nora (Riders to the Sea), a Spirit (Cendrillon), and Camille in a staged production of Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire. She has also appeared in the ensemble of Finger Lakes Opera’s productions of Carmen, La traviata, and Tosca. Sara is currently applying to graduate programs in Germany and the Netherlands. t.
My name is Krisztina Blaga, I am a 26 years old opera singer from Hungary. My classical singing studies started in 2011. I graduated on Classical Singer Bachelor’s, Opera Singer Master’s and Teacher of Music Performance Master’s Degree Programmes at the University of Szeged - Faculty of Music from 2014 to 2020. Meanwhile I had the opportunity to play smaller roles in opera performances, such as Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Open-Air Festival of Szeged in 2018, and Nella from Puccini - Gianni Schicchi in the National Theatre of Szeged’s 2019/2020 season
Margarita Greiner was born in Ukraine, where she started to play piano. At the age of 15 she came to Germany. After her piano studies in Leipzig she studied finally opera singing bachelor and master at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. During her studies she won twice the Charlotte-Krupp-Grant for the extraordinary artistic achievements, sang several concerts and opera roles and completed also an Erasmus semester at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. Since 2018 Margarita has been singing the second alto in the chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin and became 2020 finalist of the 15th International Rinaldo Pelizzoni singing competition.
Graduated master’s degree in vocal and acting at the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, in class of dr B. Grabias. She has studied at vocal courses given by I.Sobotka, D.Grabowski and A.Saciuk. Her repertoire includes operatic roles from different musical periods from operas such as Frau Reich("Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor "O. Nicolai), Shepherd (“The Child and the Spells”M. Ravel)Volpino (“Lo speziale” J. Haydn) ,The Grand Duchess and Charlotte (“The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein"J.Offenbach).Laureate of IVth Int. Vocal Competition “Bella Voce” in Busko–Zdroj (Poland) where she won the special prize for „The best mezzosoprano”.
Born in Würzburg mezzo-soprano currently developes her singing skills at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin under the supervision of Stephan Rügamer. She performed as a soloist in many concert halls, for example Deutsche Oper Tischlerei, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Warsaw Chamber Opera. In 2018 Dominika gained Special-Prize for Mozart-Aria at the 5th Vocal Competition in Drezdenko. In 2019 Dominika Kościelniak made her polish debut in “Zauberflöte” in Warsaw Chamber Opera as Zweite Dame and in “Le nozze di Figaro” as Barbarina. She followed with Bianca in “Rape of Lucretia” with the Deutsche-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
American mezzo-soprano Rachel Abbate is from Destrehan, LA, a small town outside of New Orleans. Equally comfortable on the operatic and concert stages, she performs works spanning from Handel to today’s leading composers in contemporary music as well as musical theatre repertoire. Ms. Abbate earned her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Rice University in Houston, TX, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Argentinean-American mezzo-soprano, Jacqueline Ledesma, began her performing career as a dancer. She has performed at Off-Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and many other notable stages around New York. Most recently, Jacqueline was a featured soloist for the Westchester Choral Society and has been a member of the St. Anthony of Padua Church Choir for twelve years. During this time she has had many solos written for her voice by the director of music, Laurence T. Broderick. An alumna of NYU, Jacqueline is now continuing her education in vocal technique and opera performance in New York City.
Arthur Cornélio has a bachelor degree in lyric singing, musical composition and anthropology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). In France, he made his stage debut as Orontes (Alcina) under the direction of Catherine Boni. At the Grand Théâtre de Genève, he participated in several productions since 2018, notably for the opera Einstein on the Beach, where he performed the tenor solo. He obtained his Diploma of Musical Studies at the CRR de Lyon with high honors. At the Center of Baroque Music Versailles, he devoted himself to French baroque music. In addition to his activities as a lyrical singer, he is a composer, guitarist and music teacher. His songs were released in the album "Coração na boca" (2019), in partnership with Stéphane Helias. .
Wang Shuaitong, tenor, born in Henan, China, is currently a PhD student at the Plovdiv Academy of Music and Dance, Bulgaria. 1、August 2020：won the second prize in the vocal category of the “International Moscow Music Competition ” 2、 October 2020: won the medal in the Vocal Professional Group of the "2020 Prokofiev International Music Competition" 3、October 2020： won the second prize of "2020 bolowitz International Music Competition" 4、 November 2020：won the second prize of the Italy 23rd INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION "Pietro Argento"
The Chinese tenor, Shaocong Wang, is currently pursuing contertiste superieux at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris-Alfred Cortot. He earned DEM (master degree) from Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille, where he performed the role of Vincent in Charles Gounod’s Mireille at Opéra municipal de Marseille. In 2016 he received Bachelor degree at Wuhan Conservatory of Music. He won outstanding singer award at 2020 American Classical Singer International Vocal Competition and third prize at 2018 Bologna International Vocal Competition. He has performed numerous times as a soloist, such as 2018 new year concert in Salon-de-Provence Armand Theater and concert in memory of Adienlegros.
Beginning as an organist with François Ménissier and Eric Lebrun, Benoit was finalist at the international Grand Prix d’orgue Florentz in 2017. He started singing with Xavier Legasa and Marcin Habela. Semifinalist 2019 at the competition Nuits lyriques, he was awarded 3rd young artist prize at the Vire international competition Jeunes talents and 2nd prize at the Clés d’or competition in 2020. He is now studying in masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Samantha Malk and Stephan Loges. On stage he was Ben (Menotti’s the Telephone), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) and Valentin (Hervé’s Petit Faust).
Justas Razulevicius - baritone, studying in Lithuanian Music and Theater academy, masters degree.
-Graduated of the Department of Vocal Music at Kyungsung University. -Appeared opera. *L'Elisir D'Amore, Dulcamara *Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Alfonso/Guglielmo *Don Giovanni, Leporello *Tosca, Il Sagrestano *La Boheme, Benoit/Alcindoro *Rigoletto, Ceprano *La Traviata, Barone *Marry Widow, Cascada *Amahl and the night visitors, Balthasar -The North International Music Competition 3rd prize winner -New York International Music Concours 1st prize winner -EAFF International Grand Music Competition 1st prize winner -Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition 1st prize winner -Music Stars Awards Silver Star winner -Work Sivering as a representative of the Youth Opera Team 'ManGeun Studio.' -Working as a bass member of the Gimhae Municipal Choir.
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