INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITION PIANO VIOLIN STRINGS OPERA WOODWINDS BRASS
Hello! My name is Irene Jiwoo Han! I am so happy to be able to participate in this competition! I loved singing ever since I was four. Singing has always been my passion. It has been an honor to compete in King’s Peak! I have attended many other competitions such as US International Open Music Competition Voice, KPU International Musical Festival, and Vaya International Festival! I attend Valley Christian Elementary School. I also love ballet and dancing.
Faye Zhao is from Australia and is currently 9 years old. She has a great passion in singing, she also plays the viola and piano. Faye attends choir and strings at school every week. Recently, Faye was a part of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with Shane Davidson Presents, this gave her an amazing and different experience for her. When she grows up, Faye would like to become a singer. Faye also enjoys sport where she participated in school soccer.
Kaycee Kim is 16 years old and from the USA. She started singing at seven years old. She participated in the choir and vocal recitals from elementary school. She got 3rd place in American Protege romantic music 2022zxShe was awarded 3rd place in the 2021 American Classical Young Musician Award and the 2022 American Music talent competition. She won 2nd place in Crescendo International Music Competition, and King’s peak International classical music competition in 2021.
Annabelle Miin is a 15 year old singer from California. She began singing and playing piano at age 6. In 2021, she placed first in vocal duet at the USIMC, the 7th International Music Festival of Melbourne, and Spotlight Competition. More recently, Annabelle placed first in the California Music VOCE regional competition, named as an California Art Scholar, and awarded the Governor’s Medallion. She also represented her high school at the California State Honors Choir. During her free time, she enjoys dancing to KPop songs and teaching at Girls Who Code.
Katrina Franco is an 18-year old soprano from San Francisco, CA. She studies classical voice with Christine Abraham at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division. Katrina was recently featured in Show 422 on NPR’s From The Top and has won awards in regional, national, and international voice competitions. In addition to classical voice, Katrina studied acting and musical theater with the American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory Program, performing in their Middle and High School Cabaret Ensembles and appearing in mainstage productions. Outside of music, Katrina enjoys dancing and creative writing.
Yuanxin Ma is a high school senior from Buckingham Browne and Nichols, Massachusetts, America. She has been singing for thirteen years, starting in Shanghai Students' Chorus, the best young adult chorus in Shanghai, China, and was accepted into New England Conservatory's 9-12th Youth Chorale as the only eighth grader. She started opera five years ago, and since then participated in MMEA All-States, got a distinction in ABRSM Grade 8 Voice, and was selected for Interlochen's 2022 Classical Voice Intensive. Singing is how she shares beauty with the world. Outside of singing, she enjoys playing the harp, traveling, and conducting interviews.
Yuanxin Ma is a high school senior from Buckingham Browne and Nichols, Massachusetts, America. She has been singing for thirteen years, starting in Shanghai Students' Chorus, the best young adult chorus in Shanghai, China, and was accepted into New England Conservatory's 9-12th Youth Chorale as the only eighth grader. She started opera five years ago, and since then participated in MMEA All-States, got a distinction in ABRSM Grade 8 Voice, and was selected for Interlochen's 2022 Classical Voice Intensive. Singing is how she shares beauty with the world. Outside of singing, she enjoys playing the harp, traveling, and conducting interviews.
I am Irene Han and I am 10 years old. I attend Valley Christian Elementary school. I really enjoy singing because I have started since I was 4 years old. I am really excited to attend this competition. I enjoy competing in competitions since I have won a lot of them. I have won: Kings and USIMC.
Hello, my name is Raymond Liu. I also go by “RJ”. I’m 11 years old and very passionate about music. I have been studying piano for over 4 years and have received multiple awards in regional piano competitions. My dad is an amazing amateur tenor. I always want to sing like him. Thus, I started to take voice lessons about 2 years ago. Currently, I’m a member of the Youth Concert Choirs of Handel and Haydn Society, which is Boston’s oldest Baroque and Classical music society. I am excited to attend King’s Peak International Music Competition.
My name is Brooks Liang and I'm 12 years old. I started to learn vocal singing 5 years ago as a boy Soprano. I like to sing art songs in Italian, German, Latin, Chinese and English. The awards I received: 1. 3rd place of American Music Talent Competition 2. Honorable Mention of USIMC 3. 2nd place in Water Cube Singing Competition My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx3OLUtbAxxdKIHKM6TOu9w
South Korea-based Minkyung Song is a current senior at Loomis Chaffee School, Connecticut. She started singing for regional honor choir ensembles of her Connecticut district in the 7th grade, and has since been a singer at the All-state Connecticut Music Educations Association festivals. Minkyung has trained classically for several years and began singing opera when she was sixteen years old; in the summer of 2022, she experienced her first opera program at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Camp. Minkyung's first aria, "Batti batti o bel Masetto," has her hooked for an opera-filled future!
Caitlin M. Towell, a 20-year-old soprano from Glen Carbon, Illinois, is a third year Lyric Theatre student at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign studying voice and coaching with Dawn Harris, Sarah Wigley, and Michael Tilley in preparation for a career in opera and musical theatre. She has seen success in competitions such as NATS, Charleston Music, Great Composer Series, Medici and Odin International, and World Musicians League. Favorite stage roles include Babette (Beauty and the Beast), Meg (Little Women), Phoebe (Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), and Cosette (Les Misérables). Caitlin is grateful for opportunities to continue her musical adventure.
Xiong Yichen, currently studying at Wuhan Conservatory of Music, has studied under Professor Wang Lijun since 2019. In 2016, she was admitted to Wuhan Conservatory of Music. In 2021, she attended a music teaching graduation concert, French art music concert, Schumann vocal suite and postgraduate concert of Wuhan Conservatory of Music.
Peng Ying, coloratura soprano, a master of vocal music, has studied under Professor Wang Lijun since 2000. In 2004, she obtained a bachelor's degree in the Department of Music Education. In September 2011, she was admitted to Wuhan Conservatory of Music, with first place in her major and total score. For two consecutive years she was first place in her major, and won the title "Outstanding Graduate" of Wuhan Conservatory of Music. In 2014, she won the fourth "Peacock Cup", and won ninth place in the postgraduate group of professional music colleges in the National Vocal Competition. Since 2014, she has been teaching at the Professional Arts Institute of Hubei.
My name is Pin-Shiou Chen, and I graduated from Hwa Kang Arts School in the Western Music Vocal Group. After studying in the Chinese Department of the university for two years, transferred to another school and graduated from the Vocal Music Group of the Music Department of National Chiayi University.
Kim Joong - Kwon - Baritone Currently enrolled in the Biennium of Lyric Singing at the “U. Giordano "in Foggia under the guidance of M ° Maria Gabriella Cianci, he graduated in Vocal Music in South Korea at the Chung ang College of Music and obtained a Master of Business Management at the Sahm Yook University. He also studied at the "G. Donizetti ”in Milan with the baritone Gianni Maffeo and graduated in Choir Conducting at the Civic School of Arts in Rome. He has been awarded in numerous national and international competitions, among which we remember, the 2nd Prize at the Alessandria Competition, 1st prize at the Swiss International Music Concours, the 2nd Prize at the Alessandria Competition Special Prize at the London International Music Concours, the Prize at the "Titta Ruffo" Competition in Pisa the Grand Prize at the 5th Kbs Culture and Arts Festival and the Prize at the Haneum Music Competition (South Korea) He made his debut in the roles of Don Alfonso (Cosi fan Tutti), Dulcamara (the Elixir of Love), Monterone (Rigoletto) and Alfio (Cavelleria Rusticana).
My name is Denisa Stefania Cazaciuc, I`m 14 years old and I`m from Iasi, Romania. Vocal performance:
• 2021, debut as Barbarina in the opera ”Le Nozze di Figaro” by W.A.Mozart, educational project
• 2017 – 2020 –member of the Children’s Choir Juniors of the Opera:
• First Place Winner 2022 American Music Talent Competition;
• Gold Prize at the World Classical Music Awards, UK;
• First Prize Winner at the Charleston International Music Competition – 2021, USA;
• Platinum Medal at the „2021 Quebec International Music Competition” Canada,
• First Place Winner at the 2021 King`s Peak International Classical Music Competition,
• And many others nationals and internationals
My name is Nikita Chen, and I am a sixteen-year-old Junior. I got interested in voice lessons in the 7th grade, and I ended up really loving to learn classical singing. I also like playing the guitar and painting, as art really has enriched my life. I'd love to keep expanding my skills in music because it is a wonderful universal language, so I am excited to be a part of King's Peak International Music Competition!
Hayeon Kim attends California High school as a Sophomore. She began her musical journey as a singer at the age of 6, and started studying the art of opera at the age of 9 under the guidance of her teacher, Jennie Yukyung Byun. Hayeon is the first prize winner of the 2021 Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition in London, 2021 KPU International Music Festival in Canada, 2021 Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, 2022 American Protégé, and more. She also won top prizes in various competitions. Besides singing, Hayeon loves traveling and spending time with her family.
I am a little girl from China who is in love with Opera singing. Since I was young I’ve been participating in a lot of competitions and performances. To me drama and music are the two most important things in my whole life. I enjoy the feeling of standing on stage and being another person. I have a lots of performing experiences, one of them is performing at Chinese National Theatre of performing Arts (NCPA) in 2017 and 2018 in an adaptation of 阿凡提 (Afanti) being the only child to play a main character (a little poor girl named anaerhan [阿娜尔罕]). And performed alongside many famous opera singers such as Wang Hongwei (王宏伟), Meng Meng (孟萌), and Guan Zhijing (关致京). I only started to learn opera singing last December but I believe with hard work I will be able to achieve my goals! Thank you very much!
Caitlin M. Towell is a soprano in her second year of the Lyric Theatre Program at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, studying voice with Dawn Harris and coaching with Michael Tilley in preparation for a career in opera and musical theatre. She has seen success in NATS, CS Music, Charleston Music, and Great Composer series. Favorite stage roles include Babette (Beauty and the Beast), Meg March (Little Women), Phoebe D’Ysquith (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Sandra Bloom (Big Fish), and Cosette (Les Misérables). Caitlin is grateful for opportunities that continue to challenge and inspire her on this musical adventure.
Mexican-American mezzo-soprano, Natalia Adame (she/her), studies at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music with Amy Johnson. Ms. Adame most recently performed the role of Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). Ms. Adame has received awards from Delta Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (Vocal Division Winner), Musician’s Club of Women Vocal Competition (Nerenberg Award), ENKOR International Music Competition (Grand Prize Winner), and the New York Laureate International Music Competition (First Prize Winner). This summer, Ms. Adame covering the roles of Gertrude Stein and Anna Hope in Chautauqua Opera Company’s “Mother of Us All.”
My name is Panna Rabi, I am 22 years old and I live in Budapest. As I grew up, music has always played a significant role in my life. I have been taking the opportunity to join choirs when I had the time. I also attended music theory lessons throughout the years. At the age of 19 I applied to a college of music for a two-year-qualification in major Vocal Studies, which I finished last year. The reason why I love singing is that I have the power of planting feelings in someone's heart only by listening to my performance.
Currently taking up his undergraduate degree in the University of the Philippines College of Music, Luke Stephen Tongson is a third-year student majoring in Music Education, with concentration a in Music Performance (Voice). Prior to his enrolment in the college, he had been taking voice lessons in the UP College of Music Extension Program under his voice teacher, Mr. Lawrence Jatayna since the year 2016. As for his Music Performance subject in voice in the college, he was under the guidance of Prof. Maria Sherla Najera, who is also currently the department chair of the Music Education department of his college. As of April 2022, he has won both national and international award such as: Third prize winner in the 2020 National Music Competition for Young Artists Junior Voice Category, Third prize winner in the 2021 Marker and Pioneers International Music Competition Tenor Voice Category in the 20-22 Soloist Age Group, and Top 10 semi finalists in the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein International Youth Vocal Solo Competition.
Singing has been my great passion since childhood. The consequence of my interests is that I am currently studying solo singing at the Vocal and Acting Department of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In my repertoire I have pieces of various styles, from different eras. I tour a lot. I perform solo and recently with the Symphony Orchestra of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, with which I had the honor to sing J. Haydn’s Stabat Mater.
Laura Albert began studying voice with Prof. Annette Koch and Susan Anthony in Münster, Germany in 2016. During her bachelor studies Laura Albert has been a soloist at Chamber Operetta Münster and at Theater an der Niebuhrg. Since 2020 she is continuing her master studies with Prof. Carola Höhn at University of the Arts Berlin. Laura Albert got musical impulses from Vesselina Kasarova, Raymond Hughes, Janice Chapman, John Treleaven, Götz Alsmann, Dan Ettinger and from directors like Holger Müller-Brandes, Wolfgang Berthold, Benedikt Borrmann and Bernarda Horres. In 2020/2021 she received a scholarship from Richard Wagner Society International. As a freelancing soloist she performed W. A. Mozarts „Mass in B-Major“ („Loretomesse“) and „Coronation Mass“ („Krönungsmesse“), Will Todds „Mass in Blue“, „Helene“ in Franz von Suppès „Das Pensionat“, „La Contessa“ in W. A. Mozarts „Le Nozze di Figaro“ and „Schwester Anna“ in the German original performance of „Dein ist das Reich“ (Swedish: Riket är ditt, English: Thine is the Kingdom) by Jonas Forssell. In april 2022 she made her debut as „Marion Richter“ in the contemporary production of „Die Arabische Nacht“ by Christian Jost at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin. In august 2022 Laura Albert will perform „La Contessa Almaviva“ in „Le Nozze di Figaro“ at Chamber Opera Munich.
Beatriz Pereira studied in Conservatoire of Porto where she won the first prize in the Singing Contest of 2019 and the third prize in the Portuguese National Contest of Music Conservatoires. Portrayed among others: Miss Baggot in “The Little Sweep” and Countess in “Le nozze di Figaro”. In 2022 won the First Laureate Prize in Classical Music in The Cyprus International Music Competition and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Young Category of the Neapolitan Masters Competition. Currently she is on the second year of the Bachelor of Singing in the University of Aveiro with Isabel Alcobia
Jiang Lixia is a lecturer of coloratura soprano at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, and she has been learning from Professor. Wang Lijun. On January 31, 2016, she participated in the solo concert of the world famous coloratura soprano Kathleen Battle at the Kodak Theatre in Rochester, USA, serving as an accompanying singer and was selected as one of the four coloratura soprano voices of the concert. At the same time, she was invited to participate in the cultural evening performance of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Overseas Chinese Friendship Association, for which she won honorary medals from. In June 2006, she participated in the Grand Performance of 2006 Overseas Chinese Professionals Entrepreneurship Development Fair, jointly organized by Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, Hubei Provincial People Government and Wuhan Municipal People Government. She was then awarded a personal honour medal by the provincial government. From July to August 2004, she was admitted to the Second Zhou Xiaoyan Opera Masterclass. Her performances have been praised by many professors for having beautiful coloratura sounds.
Xenia Galanova was born in Tomsk, Russia. She grew up multilingual and completed her music studies in 2014 in Yekaterinburg. During her studies she has taken part in various opera and concert performances which have brought her international recognition. She has also taken artistic advice from master classes and workshops with well-known professors. International highlights of Xenia's performances include appearances in Tokyo Opera City Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Lotte Concert Hall (Seoul) as well as numerous performances in Austria (Vienna, Klosterneuburg, Mörbisch). Xenia's repertoire is very extensive and includes a wide variety of styles and genres such as operettas, art songs, as well as dramatic operas by G. Puccini, G. Verdi and others. In August 2020 Xenia celebrated her debut in Bayreuth, in the opera "Sonnenflammen" by S. Wagner (Eunoe, Phila, cover of Iris)
CHEN Xuefen, currently a music teacher at Hubei Business College, graduated from Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 2013. She was awarded the Master of Arts degree in 2017. Her music teacher is Professor. WANG Lijun from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music. In 2016, she was awarded with the "Peacock Award" from the Postgraduate Bel Canto Group of the 5th China Vocal Music. In the same year, she was also awarded with the Young Artists Youth Group Bel Canto First Prize from the Canadian International Young Artists (Central South Trials). In 2015, she attended the masterclass of Professor. ZHOU Xiaoyan at the Shanghai Opera House. In 2013 and 2014, she attended the graduate concert of Professor. WANG Lijun as a guest performer.
YU Kaiwen, former solo performer, won the first prize of Wuhan Employee Singer Competition in 1995, first prize of the Bel Canto group of the first cultural performance of the Ministry of Public Security in 2002 and first prize of the 7th Golden Shield Literature and Art Project.
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 have done the 2021 Great Composers Competition - 1st, 2020 US Int’l Music Competition - 1st, 2021 Kings Peak International music competition group B - 1st, VAYA 2021 International Festival - Gold. I am really glad that I am able to participate in this festival. I love singing.
Hello, my name is Lars Jimin Han. I go to Valley Christian School. These are competitons I have attended: 2019 US Int’l Music Competition, 2020 Junior Bach Competition, 2021 Great Composers Competition, Music of America, 2021 Kings Peak International Competition, and Outstanding Junior at the 2021 KPU international music festival, 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. I am very glad to be entering this competition. I love how music is in my life.
Angelika Indzhigulyan is a young aspiring singer who has extensive experience in the fine arts. She began attending music school when she was only 6 years old. Through the years, she has attended numerous music schools, dance schools and has been working with a private music instructor for approximately the last three years. She also has attended musical theatre class, acting class, dance class, jazz class, and tap dancing class. She has appeared at Carnegie hall for a concert, as a solo singer in numerous choirs and groups, including the Datevig Children’s Choir, as well as part of the St. Sarkis church choir, where she sings as part of the Divine Mass on Sundays. She also has been taking private lessons and has been playing the piano for the last two years. Angelika has a bright future ahead of her and looks forward to spreading her love for music, dance and the fine arts, for her friends, family and the world to enjoy.
My name is Erin Chung and I am a junior in high school. I love classical music and am so excited to share my passion with this competition! In the future, I would love to become a professional singer and perform in front of an audience; the thrill I get from a concert is absolutely addicting!
Marudhini Murugaverl is a Junior at Jericho Senior High School in Long Island New York, and she has had a strong passion for music from an early age. She first encountered music at the age of 5, when she started learning the piano. Her fascination with music grew at the age of 9, when she was introduced to the alto saxophone. She started singing in 6th grade, and she pursued her dream as a classical singer.
I have been at Lichfield Cathedral School since pre-reception and have had a great relationship with music from early on, gaining an ABRSM piano grade 5 , theory grade 5 and grade 6 cello shortly after leaving primary school. I spent 5years singing as a Cathedral Chorister and Head chorister 2018/19. I have been lucky to sing on choir tours in Limburg, Lyon. During lockdown I entered the bbc young chorister of the year tv competition 2020, mainly to keep me motivated and I was awarded the Highly commended prize. I have appeared several times on bbc Songs of Praise and recorded several pieces with the Bbc radio orchestra and been part of the Easter program “foot of the cross “. In my spare time I dance; tap, modern, ballet, contemporary and Irish. I am also a member of an award winning musical theatre group where I have played Louisa in The Sound of Music and recently I played a Delta Nu in Legally Blonde. I am now in 6th form studying Alevel Music, music technology and English literature and working on my Grade 8 singing repertoire to be ready for summer 2021 exam. I have sung in french and Italian, and Russian and am now trying to get my mouth round Swedish! I am also a soprano scholar at Lichfield Cathedral singing weekly Complines and Evensongs. I am also looking forward to the Cathedrals big choral foundation performances of Advent, Carol concerts and fundraisers. I was a guest soprano soloist; my last performance as the HIghly commended BBC young Chorister of the year 2020, at the Cathedral singing with the cathedral Chorus Choir. I performed Hear my Prayer by Felix Mendlessohn . December is such an exciting time of year! I love it!
My name is Phoebe Oh, and I have always had an interest in music. Before I decided to start voice competitively, I did the trumpet, and won several medals for this as well. However, I realized that I always enjoyed singing, and decided to pursue this not just as a hobby. Besides singing, I also enjoy theatre and acting.
Kaycee Kim is 14 years old from the USA. She started singing at eight years old. She participated in the choir and vocal recitals from elementary school. She began classical singing class 2 years ago. She attained Distinction in the ABRSM. She was awarded 3rd place in the 2021 American Classical Young Musician Award. She won 2nd place in Crescendo International Music Competition. She will perform the winner’s recital for American Protégé Summer Gala Concert at Stern 2021.
My name is Csenge Szugyiczki and I am 18 years old. Currently I am studying at a music specialized secondary school called Weiner Leó Katolikus Zeneművészeti Szakgimnázium. Singing has always played a big role in my life and I seek to learn more and more about my voice every day. Before I started to explore singing more seriously I played the oboe, which I think was a great foundation and experience. Switching to singing was a huge change but I also think it was one of the best decisions of my life. I also got to spend an exchange year in the United States of America which also helped me to widen my perspective when it comes to music and it was interesting to see how people relate to music in a different county and culture. I picture myself as a singer on the future and I aspire to improve as much as possible. Recently I participated in the Danubia Talents International Competition where I received second prize which I am grateful for.
Leah Yackanech is currently studying the art of classical singing. She participated in the Kennedy’s Center’s Young Associates Program, the Washington National Opera’s Summer Opera Institute, and the Belcanto Bootcamp program. Additionally, she placed in NATS, the Schmidt Vocal Arts Competition, and the 2021 American Music Talent International Competition. Likewise, she is a board member at Opera America’s Opera Teens National Council. She first discovered classical music as a piano student. Now, as a classical singer, she aspires to give people bliss, bring morale to humanity, and spread the power of music healing souls.
A graduate of the Music School in Szczecin, in the solo singing class of dr Małgorzata Wieland. She is also a graduate of the Academy of Art in Szczecin in the bechelor's opera singing class of dr Friederike Meinel and now continues her master's studies at the same university. Finalist of the International Competition "Malchower Kirchenpreis" in 2017. The winner of the 2nd place in the International Vocal Competition "Talents of Europe" in Spain and the 2nd place in the International Vocal Competition "Bel Canto" in Germany. Performs at concerts in Poland and the other countries.
I started my musical education with guitar and drums. In 2015, I started learning singing at music school. From 2018 I was a student of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland) in the class of Marta Brzezińska. I graduated in 2021. I have taken part in concerts and music projects in Poland and abroad. I was a soloist during the premiere of C. J. A. Hoffmann's Mass. I have collaborated with the Zabrze Philharmonic, the Sudety Philharmonic, the Opole Philharmonic, Silesian Opera and Silesian Theater.
Soprano, Sarah Warshavsky has been studying voice and musical theatre for over seven years. As an opera singer, she has performed all over the world from Carnegie Hall to Florence, Italy playing roles ranging from Zerlina in Don Giovanni to Susanna in Le Nozze Di Figaro. She placed first in two international opera competitions (The International Music Competition ‘Rome’ Grande Prize Virtuoso and The Golden Classical Music Awards). In addition to singing and acting Opera, Sarah’s musical theatre roles include Eileen in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (2016), Rona in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (2017), Cathy in “The Last Five Years” (2018), and Jo in “Little Women” (2018). Sarah has also made her mark on Cabaret, performing at the West End Lounge in addition to a solo showcase at The Duplex and Club Bonafide. Sarah is currently a senior at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Zadkiel John Semeña Yarcia is currently a student of the University of the Philippines- Diliman taking up a Bachelor's degree in Music, majoring in Voice. With his love for singing, he competed in the 2018 World Championships of Performing Arts in California, U.S.A, and brought home medals in the Opera and Broadway categories. In that same year, he also competed in the National Music Competition for Young Artists, Junior Voice category, and was the only male contestant who reached the national finals that year. Since then, he has been performing in various corporate, school, and social events. In 2021, he was recognized as an "Outstanding Young Cultural Musician" in the 4th Asia Pacific Luminare Awards. He plans to pursue further studies in Voice and hopefully take part in various opera performances in the future.
Noah Mond is a 20 year old college junior from Stony Brook, New York. He is a bass-baritone classical and jazz vocalist majoring in Voice Performance with a minor in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and the Vanderbilt School of Engineering. Some of his notable roles include Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) and is soon to be seen as Cadmus (Semele) and Monkey King (and others in Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers). Noah has also performed at the Great American Songbook Academy where he worked on jazz standards and the classics of the musical theatre repertoire with the likes of Michael Feinstein and other greats in the business. In something completely different, Noah used to be a competitive swimmer and swam for 11 years, qualifying for the Junior Olympics 8 times before finishing his career when he graduated from high school.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Sung Min began playing the piano at the age of six and singing at the age of twelve. A lyric soprano, Sung Min has been a passionate singer all her life. Sung Min completed a rigorous three-year singing course at the Accademia Internazionale di Musica Arena in Rome and Milan, Italy. She is also enrolled in the "R. Goitre" conservatory in Italy. Among Sung’s voice instructors and mentors are Professor Rita Cammarano. Sung Min is also in her second year of graduate studies in Vocal Performance at San Jose State University, where she is studying with Professor Christopher Bengochea.
Liliana Iżyk-Pabisiak is a lyric soprano from Poland. She started her musical education when she was only four years old and she continues it till this day with professor Magda Bigoś in Wrocław. Liliana won a lot of national and international vocal competitions: 2017- American Protege International (Carnegie Hall New York)- first prize 2018- Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition- second prize in vocal category (Civic Theatre Townsville) 2019-International Competition of Romantic Music- second prize ( Carnegie Hall New York) 2020- International Culture Caravan- second prize Liliana also sings with Polish National wind orchestra and takes part in interesting masterclasses.
I have studied voice in Japan and Berlin. I have performed in concerts in Japan, Berlin and Vienna.
My name is Diane Ayerdi. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I received my education from Lowell High School, San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco all located in San Francisco, California. I received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television & Cinema from San Francisco State University and two other degrees being an Associate in Science in Library and Information Technology and an Associate in Arts with an emphasis in music from City College of San Francisco. My vocal training began at the age of 16 with private vocal lessons at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Hermann Leroux for one year where I learned how to sing Opera in Italian. I later continued my private vocal lessons with Elizabeth Wagman for another year at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I learned how to sing some Musical Theatre and some Opera in German and Latin. I then stopped my private vocal lessons for many years since I focused on my degrees in Radio and Television and Cinema at San Francisco State University and worked at different odd jobs, but I never lost my love and passion for singing. I decided to resume private vocal lessons in 2019 with Ariela Dea at Vibo Music School in San Francisco where I learned how to sing a little bit of Jazz, some opera in Latin and Italian and pop music. Additionally, I also took a beginning piano course at City College of San Francisco where I learned the basics of piano playing. My deep love for music is still with me now and I will never let it go again. I have a strong desire and am excited to keep learning how to sing different styles of music and how to further and develop my piano skills.
Mezzo-soprano Megan D’Andrea completed her vocal technique and performance training at the University of Puget Sound under Dr. Lehmann & Dr. Padula and currently studies with Matthew Worth at the SF Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2019, Megan performed her first role as Cherubino in 'Le Nozze di Figaro' at the Manhattan Opera Studio. That same summer marked her Carnegie Hall debut singing Carmen's famed “Habanera”. She attended as a Young Artist in the CoOperative program, held professional chorus roles at both Opera San Jose and West Bay Opera, was a member of both the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Volti SF, and performed as a soloist for various church services, including Stanford's Convivium choir and at the local Swedenborgian Church.
Hyejun Kwon is studying in Hanns eisler Musichochshcule Berlin from 2020 WS with Prof. Ewa Wolak. She studied partial roles such as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Carmen (Carmen) and won the 1. Prize on Nouvelles Etoiles international music competition 2021. She performed as Ruggiero (Alcina) in Hannseisler, Opera Project Curlew River/SVADBA and the Opera Gala concert in Konzerthaus Berlin. Before that, she had many soloist experiences and performed Opera roles such as Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), during her Bachelor in Seoul, Korea. After that, she graduated her Bacelor Study in Ewha womans University A+.
Aug. 2018 Participated in the 5th Komagane Highland Music Festival, sang 2 arias as Alfredo from La Traviata. December 2018-January 2020 Participated in Alberto Cupido Voice Master Classes. Aug. 2019 Participated in Alberto Cupido Voice Academia in Rapallo, Genoa County, Italy. Aug. 2017, Aug. 2020 and Aug. 2021 Participated in the Music Festival of the Learning Forest, sang many arias and songs. Aug 2021 won the prize at the 24th Choukou Cup International Music Competition Voice B. Oct 2021 selected Prize, The 22nd Osaka International Music Competition Opera Singing Division Age-G.
Liang Yu – baritone. I finished my undergraduate studies at the College of Fine Arts of Guizhou University (China). In 2021, I graduated with honors from my master’s studies at the Vocal and Acting Department of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk (Poland). I won 2nd prize in the National Vocal Competition in Beijing (2016) and 1st prize in the Hong Kong International Vocal Competition (2017). I have toured a lot during my studies in China and in Poland.
Nerri loves singing since she was young. She received a number of awards locally and Internationally. For example, American Protégé –Classical Vocal (7 yrs. old), Grand Prize Vertuoso Austria (8 yrs. old), achieved the highest score in Thailand for Grade 2 singing Exam (Classic) by Trinity (9 yrs. old) etc. She joined over 5 events in the Ensembles and Choir in Operas and concerts by Opera Siam, performing at Thailand Cultural Center, in 2018 and 2019. Aside from singing, she won the first prize of National level Acting events in 2020 and 2021, as well as the prize for speech event in 2021. She likes debate and loves all kinds of animals.
Nattaninya Chayachadanan is a soprano, born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She has undertaken piano lessons since she was three and a half years old. From the age of five, she began singing lessons. At the age of eight, she passed the Trinity test piano with distinction. She has recently progressed to classical singing lessons two months. She joined the competition Sugree Charoensook International Music Competition Edition 2021,Thailand with Shining Star Prize and the latest, she joined the competition International Youth Music Competition,USA, with Second Prize. it.
Hannah Yap Qian Yi 10-year old from Malaysia. I Have strong passion in music, art and ballet since very young age. It has always been my aspiration to be a music composer, performers as pianist, violinist, vocalist, artist and ballerina ever since I was a little girl. I started playing piano and violin when I was four years old and started my music theory study a year later. I also picked up my vocal study in late year 2019. I have participated in various music competitions / festivals and have attained many outstanding awards and achievements from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, UK, Canada, Italy, France, Malta, Finland, Spain, Russia, Hungary. Most recently I was invited to perform in Salzburg Austria, Bonn Germany in Aug 2021 for piano and violin, also Carnegie Hall for violin in Jun 2022.
Sarah has always had a passion for music. When she was 8, she began taking piano lessons, and sang in choir around the same time. In 2019, she joined Peabody Children's Choir and took private voice lessons. Currently, she has been taking lessons with Chunfeng Li since December 2020.
Amber loves singing since she was young. She has taken voice lessons for a year and half. She loves that singing can express feeling and can touch the hearts of audience.
Sophia Stefanova Ivanova is 12 years old. She is studying in the National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov" in Varna, Bulgaria. Sophia has started singing in a chorus when she was only 4 years old. Her teachers easily found out the talent. She began classic singing at the age of 7 , with the famous tenor Arseniy Arsov. Very fast she started to conquer big stages and competitions. She was awarded with Grand Prix in numerous national and international Music competitions in Italy, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Russia etc. At the age of 10, she became finalist in "Bulgaria`s got talent". Last year, with the Covid-19 lock down, Sophia was happy to start vocal lessons- online with the famous opera singer- Maria Zhekova! Sophia is also playing flute. The music is everywhere around her but mostly inside her! .
Kotryna Zilionyte is 11 years old girl of Lithuanian origin from Luxembourg, who has just started to discover the world of singing with a private teacher and is very passionate about it. She plays saxophone at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg. Futhermore, Kotryna is a high level rhythmic gymnast competing at an international level. .
Emily Bai was born in the USA in 2008. She began her vocal training with Mr. Chunfeng Li in 2019, and won the 3rd place of AFAF Golden Voice of America International Vocal Competition of 2020. Emily also has 7 years’ piano and violin playing experience including piano performance at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Meyerhoff Auditorium at Baltimore Museum of Art, Harpa Concert Hall Oslo Konserthus, and Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Emily has been learning music composition since 2019, and won the 3rd place of 2020 Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition, 2nd place of 2020 The JSFest International Composition Competition, 1st place of 2020 XVII Competition Donne in Musica of Serbia, 1st place of International Composition Award of Franz Schubert Konservatorium of Vienna in 2021.
Yoonsuh (Erin) Lee, 16, is an avid singer who is currently attending Seoul Foreign School in South Korea. In the pre-COVID years, she participated in both local and international music honor festivals such as NHF (KIMEA National Honor Festival) and AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools). Her most recent recognition is from the 2021 American Protege International Vocal Competition, from which she was awarded first place in the Opera Aria category. She won three Platinum Awards in the KIMEA (Korea International Music Educators Association) Solo & Ensemble Competition in the years 2020 and 2021, and two blue ribbons (highest rank) in the AMIS Solo & Ensemble Competition (2021).
A rising eleventh-grader at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, United States, 16-year-old Hong-Kong-based Zoe Yu had been invited to perform at public concerts in her hometown with professional music ensembles, such as the City Chamber Orchestra and Hong Kong Bach Choir. At the age of 13, she won the Barbara Fei Vocal Championship and Scholarship as the youngest candidate in the 19-or-under category in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Recently, she obtained the First Place Award in the Classical and Broadway Repertoire categories of the American Protégé International Vocal Competition 2021 and will be making her debut in Carnegie Hall in the 2022/2023 season.
Sara started studying classical singing at the age of ten. From the beginning, she showed a boundless love for the art of singing, wanting to reach the big stages of the world. She has a very good musical memory, special rhythm and timbre color. Manifests interpretive sensitivity and certain acting qualities and shows a remarkable stage outfit. She participated in numerous competitions, being awarded prizes. She has an intense concert activity, which has considerably enriched his stage experience. She is very ambitious and has a great work force, qualities necessary to achieve great performance.
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 Grand Prix Prizes in France (Paris), Spain (Madrid), Great Britain (London), Russia (Kaliningrad, Ekaterynburgh), USA (New York), Romania (Oradea), Poland (Kraków), of first prizes in the international singing competitions in Germany (Bonn), USA (New York, Washington and New Jersey), Great Britain (London, Edinburgh), Italy (Rome, Milan), Russia (Moscow, Kemerovo, St. Petersburg), Greece (Athens), Turkey (Istanbul), Ukraina (Odessa), Portugal (Lissabon), Czech (Prag), Austria (Graz, Salzburg), Limassol (Cyprus), Romania (Constanta) and Hungary (Budapest). He performed in a concert of winners of International Singing Competition “American Protégé” in Carnegie Hall in New York / USA in December 2019. His stage experience includes the appearances as a soloist with the Szczecin Children’s and Youth Choir DON DIRI DON in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Art in Szczecin (Poland), in Französiche Friedrichstadtkirche and Atrium in Berlin, in Johanneskirche in Düsseldorf, and in the Concert Hall of the Arche des Sonnenhofes in Schwäbisch Hall (Germany). As a soloist, he also performed with the Uecker-Randow-Sinfonies Orchestra and Preußisches Kammerorchester Prenzlau. We could hear his voice at many concerts for example: as part of the KIWANIS charity event for children from countries under civil war in Schwäbisch Hall and for children from the hospice in Düsseldorf. In October 2019, he performed in a concert of winners of competitions for talented young musicians at the Festival Usedomer Musikfesival (Germany). Alexander is a regular guest at the Musikverein concerts "BEL CANTO Ueckermünde" e.V. In Juni 2021 he performed in a concert in Szczecin (Poland).
Lara is a Singapore-born Malaysian soprano who has been studying under Ms Jeong Ae Ree since 2016. In July 2017, she was a finalist in the Llangollen Eisteddfod in the Under-16 Category. 2 years later, she performed the role of Peaseblossom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, staged by New Opera Singapore. In 2021, she sang in the chorus of NOS’s digital production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and achieved a distinction in her ABRSM Performance Grade 8 Singing exam. She is currently working towards her violin and singing diploma, while pursuing her A-Level studies.
Bridget Gorder is currently studying Choral Music Education at the Florida State University College of Music. Prior to her collegiate studies, she was affiliated with the Colorado Children’s Chorale, performing with Central City Opera and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, for eleven years. She has been involved in classical competitions, most recently receiving second prize in the Charleston International Music Competition in the Spring of 2021. She would like to thank Kirk Schjodt and Dr. Jeffrey Springer for their support, and the King’s Peak International Music Competition for this opportunity! it.
Kirill Sysoev studies at the Ufa College of Art (Class of Rakhimkulova Elvira) since 2019. Master classes: Master class of the Mariinsky Theatre Guest Soloist, People's Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan Askar Abdrazakov. (April 2019) Master class of the People's Artist of the Republic of Kalmykia Igor Lazarev. (November 2020) Vocal activity: Participant of the International festival of the Classical Music, The Vladimir Spivakov Foundation charity project in Bashkortostan entitled “Children for Children”. (November 2020), participant at Angel Blue virtual recital (April 2020), participant in perfomance «So far away in quarters sad» (Director N. Reutov) Competitions: First Prize winner: 1 All-Russian vocal competition for the prize of Milyausha Murtazina (Ufa 2019) National Art project “Young Talents” , All-Russian vocal competition (Ufa 2020) 1 All-Russian vocal competition named after Banu Valeeva (Ufa 2020) 1 All-Russian vocal competition named after Magafur Khismatullin (Ufa 2020) Second prize winner: All-Russian competition "Young talents of Russia" (Moscow 2020) XII Savshinsky International Music Competition (Saint Petersburg 2021) American Music Talent Competition (USA 2021) Winner of Nomea Competition - 5th Prize (Naples 2021)
Charles Schnell is a baritone, college student, and music-lover. He loves singing classical, classic musical theatre, and classic jazz repertoire.
Hello! My name is Ethan, I'm a Junior at Brown University. Expecting to leave my vocal career behind me when I got to college, I only recently returned to voice after realizing how much I missed it (debuting as Pangloss in an opulent production of Candide). Since then, I've been contemplating a future in performance — coming from a low-income background, the choice between financial security and artistic passion weighs heavily on the mind. But, for the time being, I'm glad to have a space where I can continue exploring the art and all of its interesting cultural implications.
Raji Venkat, Indian- American soprano from the greater Atlanta area, is a recent graduate of New England Conservatory, where she studied her M.M. in vocal performance with Carole Haber. Her stage performance includes opera, concert works, Indian classical dance and Carnatic music. At NEC, Raji has sung in Dialogues of the Carmelites as Constance, La Callisto as a Fury and participated in the Handel scenes program. Past roles include Pamina, as well as 1st & 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro with Augusta University. Raji has won AU’s concerto competition, the Lucie C. Ruzieka award, and has been a consistent finalist in Southeastern Regional NATS. Alongside studying opera, Raji has a passion for painting, classical Indian dance and music, as well as world peace movements. Combining both worlds, Raji has participated in many nonprofits including the Sathya Sai International Organization, where she performed oratorio works and danced for a WPM in Croatia, as well as in Anaheim, CA.
Alyson Rosales, is from Santiago de Chile. She is the recent winner of the Musikpreis des Lionsclub Stuttgart Schlossgarten 2021. She also wins the international contest Dr. Luis Sigall 2018, Woman in the arts III (Chile), and the international contest Gianluca Campochiaro 2017 (Italy). She 4th place in Competition dellopera 2019 (Russia), audience award in Nuits lyriques de Marmande 2018 (France) , gold medal in 4th Manhattan international competition (USA) , 5th place in Neapolitan Masters Competition (Italy) , and others. Among her upcoming engagements is her debut as Gianni Schicchi's Lauretta at the BOA in August, and a recital as laureate at NMWA Washington in September. She is currently at HMDK Stuttgart finishing her master's degree with Prof. Turid Karlsen.
A malaysian soprano, Veleria Ng was born in Kuala Lumpur. Veleria began studying music at an early age. She obtained her Bachelor degree in music studies with both vocal and piano at UCSI University, Malaysia in 2018. She has won multiple awards including first prize of Malaysia National Singing Competition in 2019, first class award of International Vocal Open Competition in 2020 and Summa Cum Laude Award The Highest Score and Best Performance in SATB Young Artist Award Open Category in 2021. Since 2014, Veleria has participated in Grand Prix International Music Festival in Thailand, 4th Bali International Music Festival, 5th Vietnam International Music Festival, the 11th International Music Festival in China. At the same time, she had the honor of performing with Arnie Roth, Fabio Mechetti, Andreas Delfs, Naohisa Furusawa, Roberto Abbado, Lucas Wong and Fleur Barron.
Shirley Andrea García, Colombian Soprano graduated from the Conservatory of Music of the National University of Colombia under the guidance of Maestro Beatriz Mora. First Prize Winner in the International Moscow Online Music Competition 2021 and semi-finalist in the 2nd Chinese Art Song 2020 International Singing Competition, Shanghai Conservatory. She has twice been a full scholarship winner at the Santa Catarina Music Festival, FEMUSC, in Jaragua du Sol, Brazil where she was a soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. She was invited to tour Catalonia, Spain with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music of the National University in 2014. Due to her excellent academic performance, she made an academic exchange at the National Autonomous University of Mexico- UNAM; where she completed her eighth semester of undergraduate studies under the guidance of Maestro Rufino Montero. Currently, she has just finished her Master's Degree in Vocal Performance at Chengdu University with the full scholarship Chinese & ASEAN Arts under the guidance of Mexican tenor Octavio Arévalo.
She is a graduate of the Cracow Music Academy in the bachelor's opera singing class, in dr Jolanta Pawlikowska and continues her master’s degree at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, Poland - department Opera Singing (singing class of prof. dr hab. Ewa Biegas). In 2019, she made her debut on the stage of the Silesian Opera in Bytom (Poland) as Zuzia in S. Moniuszko's opera "Verbum nobile". She is the winner of: 1st prize-XIX International Imrich Godin Vocal Competition, Vrable (Slovakia,2017), 3rd prize-IV International Sacred Vocal Competition Ars et Gloria in Katowice (Poland,2021)
I was born on 29th August 1997 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I began taking lyrical singing lessons when I was twenty years old with Graciela de Gyldenfeldt, as well as repertoire lessons with Julia Inés Manzitti, apart from taking lessons of music theory and ear training with Marcelo Cabrol. After a year of hard training, I was admitted into Universidad Nacional de las Artes, where I am now finishing the third year of the Bachelor of Music in Lyrical Singing. Since then, I have been taking singing lessons there with Marta Blanco, acting techniques with Beatriz Odoriz, repertoire lessons with Graciela Ulibarri, as well as piano lessons with Gabriela Lodigiani. In addition to this, I am also taking private singing lessons with Jaquelina Livieri, along with opera repertoire lessons with Sergio Giai. Furthermore, I have participated in different master classes such as "Performance for Opera Singers" conducted by Elizabeth Waisse, "Vocal Technique" by Verónica Villarroel, "How to Study Recitativos" by Jorge Hevia, and "The Creation of the Character" by Marcelo Perusso. Recently I was awarded a scholarship by Juventus Lyrica and Fundación Williams to participate in the master classes of "Sing-in- progress" given by Armando Noguera, "Baroque and Classical Repertoire" by Hernán Schvartzman, "First Sight Singing" by Hernán Sánchez and "Vocal Technique for Soprano Singers" by Eiko Senda. Regarding my performing experience, in 2019, I was chosen by Compañía de Ópera de la Universidad Nacional de las Artes to perform the roles of L'enfant, Une Pastourelle and L'écureuil from the opera "L'enfant et les sortilèges" by Maurice Ravel. This production was done throughout that year at Teatro del Globo, Manzana de las Luces and also in many schools. In the course of the same year, I also played the role of Un Pastore from the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini, which was produced by Ópera Festival Buenos Aires and took place at Teatro Roma de Avellaneda and Usina del Arte. During the first half of this year, I had the opportunity to play the roles of Annina and Flora from the opera "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi, which took place at Jockey Club and was produced by Eduviges Picone. Additionally, I have done several concerts as a soloist at Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano, Usina del Arte, Templo Libertad, Fundación Beethoven, Hogar de Ribadumia, Teatro Empire, among others.
Stella Voutoufianaki was born in Crete, Greece in 1996. She was considered a child prodigy in singing thus she devoted herself to music since she was five years old. Having studied piano and voice performance in University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki she had the opportunity to take part in creative projects throughout Greece and Europe, to participate in Masterclasses with famous professors, to win competitions and to cooperate with choirs, bands, voice ensembles and other soloists. She is a Grant recipient of the Institute of State Scholarships of Greece.
Alina Cherkasova - is an opera singer, teacher of voice and piano, laureate of European international competitions (Italy, Spain, USA, Ukraine, and Austria). She has performed in Philharmonics, Concert halls, and many Churches in Ukraine, Italy, and the USA. Alina performed a lot with the symphony orchestra at the Odesa Opera House, the Dnipro Academic Opera, and Ballet Theater. There have also been concerts in Italy with the organ in cities such as Vicenza, an organ concert in the Church of Monticello Conte Otto «San Pietro Apostolo, » and organ concerts in Trieste and Bologna. Alina has given many concerts of Ukrainian music in Italy with the Ukrainian collective "Ukraine Together." Since 2016, she is the founder of the charity organization "Opera vo Blago" («Opera for boon») in Ukraine, the city of Odesa (Ukraine). Over the past three years, she has held more than 150 charity concerts (to help sick children, the elderly, and animals). In 2018, Alina received the Regional Award "The kindest musician of the year" - "With the help of her voice and concerts, Alina helped raise money for people with cancer who recovered." In 2019, Alina's charitable organization «Opera vo Blago» (Opera for boon») was awarded the "Best Creative Peoples of Ukraine" award and also received a grant from the Governor of the Odesa region. Alina was also often invited to the jury of children's international competitions of music schools in Ukraine. Alina's students entered music and theater schools, took the best places in competitions. In the United States of America, Alina performs actively at Fort Bragg Main Chapel, National Athletic Village of Southern Pines, Country Club of North Carolina. She also performed with the Fayetteville Council of Arts Lafayette Society concert and in Association to help Veterans and wounded warriors. Alina making charitable concerts for cancer patients and Nursing homes.
Maria Helgath is a mezzo-soprano singer with an unique versatility, which is reflected in her wide-ranging repertoire, including relevant roles in her field such as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) or Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). She was engaged at various theaters such as the Munich Kammerspiele, the Freiburg Theater, the Dortmund Theater, or the Wiesbaden State Theater. Her repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the modern age, she performed concerts and recitals all over the world. She studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and is an awardee of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin.
Maja Melchinkiewicz was born in Poland and began classical music education as a guitarist. Following a successful audition at a state music school in 2014 she studied there classical singing for two years. In 2016 she began voice studies at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin from which she graduated in 2019. As a student she participated in multiple workshops, concerts and Academy’s opera productions. In December 2019 Ms. Melchinkiewicz sang Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria (alto part) with Preußisches Kammerorchester in Prenzlau, Germany. Most recently she became the 2nd prize laureate at the Nouvelles Etoiles International Online Music Competition.
“Ramon (Tenefrancia) possesses a commanding lyric tenor…(He) uses it to dramatic and emotional heights” - The Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2020 Tenor, Ramon Gabriel Tenefrancia is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of tenor, Neil Rosenshein. Mr. Tenefrancia was among the featured artists in Culture Pass NY, Looking Forward: Previewing The Bartered Bride with the Bronx Opera Company, The Lighthouse Opera Company's Life at the Lighthouse and the featured tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah in online production of The Philippine Independent Arts Ventures Inc. Mr. Tenefrancia has appeared in several productions throughout New York City appearing in roles including, Conte Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Tsar Berendey (The Snow Maiden), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Little Bat McLean (Susannah), and Nanki-poo (The Mikado). Future engagements include Vasek (The Bartered Bride) with The Bronx Opera Company and Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) with The Lighthouse Opera Company.
Praised for a voice of "deliciously deep and rich,"(Birmingham Post), Michael CT Lam received his Master of Music from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was awarded the St Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction. Passionate about opera, Michael has sung more than 30 roles and performed for opera companies in Asia and Europe, including Opera Hong Kong, Winslow Hall Opera, Opéra de Baugé and more. His operatic roles include Macbeth(Macbeth), Tonio(Pagliacci), and Escamillo(Carmen), among others. Michael was a winner of numerous international singing competitions, including Hong Kong International Music Competition, International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso, The North International Music Competition, to name a few.
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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