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Skazka — Russian Fairy Tales

Wed Feb 29th 2012, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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(L→R) Inês Simões (soprano), Anna Starushkevych (mezzo-soprano), Łukasz Hajduczenia (baritone), Danae Taamal (violin), Ana Luísa Monteiro (piano)

Portuguese soprano Inês Simões has completed a Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of Professor Susan McCulloch. She is currently undertaking the professional development course Opera Works at the English National Opera. Specializing in song repertoire in Amsterdam, Inês took part in the International Lied Masterclasses of 2007/2008, studying with Udo Reinemann, David Selig & Rudolf Jansen. Inês has won several prizes including third prize in the Premio Jovens Musicos (September 2010); Best Singer prize — Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize for Contemporary Music (July 2010); second prize in the Prémio José Augusto Alegria (July 2008) and the Excellency Prize in the Curso de Verão para Jovens Cantores Internacionais do Festival do Estoril (August 2006).

Inês made her operatic debut in 2004, singing Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne under the musical direction of renowned conductor Max Rabinovich. Other operatic roles which Inês has undertaken include Aminta in Mozart’s opera Il Re Pastore, conducted by Jean-Marc Burfin, and Susanna in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna. She has also appeared in operatic performances in London: Bubikopf in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Dioneo Opera Company for the Grimeborn Festival and cover of the role of Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for the British Youth Opera’s summer season of 2011. In terms of oratorio performance, she has performed various soprano soli in Rutter’s Requiem, Schubert’s Fifth Mass, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennellea and Orff’s Carmina Burana for the 2nd Summer Festival Il Ggilio è lírica in Italy. On the recital platform Inês has sung in many concert houses in Portugal: Palácio da Independência, Teatro D. Maria II, Festival do Estoril, Convento dos Capuchos, Centro Cultural de Lagos, Centro Cultural do Redondo, Auditório Municipal de Alcochete, Palácio de Queluz. She works regularly with the pianist Daniel Godinho, exploring the song repertoire and regularly performing for the National Classical Radio of Portugal, Antena 2. Internationally, Inês performed the Schumann Myrten cycle as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival and was invited to sing in Song in the City as part of Gavin Roberts & St. Mary-Le-Bone’s 2011 Concert Series. Furthermore, she has performed at the British Museum, Barbican Theatre Pit and at the Barbican Hall.

Future engagements include two recitals for Song in the City and Gavin Roberts 2012 Concert Series and a French song and chamber music recital in May 2012. She will also sing the oratory piece — Marcos de Portugal’s Missa Grande — conducted by Susan Waters, in St. Olave’s Church and in the ENO’s Opera Works Showcase in May 2012.

Inês will return to the Summer Festival Il Ggilio è lírica in August 2012 to perform Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Sviglia.

Mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych was born in Lviv, Ukraine and began piano and vocal lessons from the age of 7. After 2 years of Post Graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Laura Sarti and completing her music Masters degree, Anna joined the Opera Course at the Guildhall School in September, 2011, where she is generously supported by Serena Fenwick, the Leverhulme Trust, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Elizabeth Sweeting Award and the Charles Pitt Award. She has also obtained a BMus degree from the Lviv National Academy of Music with Vasyl Dudar. Anna has successfully performed in a number of competitions, including the Susan Longfield Award, which she won in London in May 2010, and was among the prizewinners at the Jackdaws Vocal Award held at the Wigmore Hall in October 2010.

Anna has given solo recitals and has taken part in many concerts in Brussels, London (Barbican Hall, St. Luke’s Church), Switzerland and Ukraine and toured through the cities of Austria as a vocal soloist with a chamber orchestra of the Lviv State Musical College. Her opera debut was the leading role of Clytemnestra in the UK and European premiere of the first part of the musical trilogy “Oresteia” by Russian composer S. Taneyev in Leeds in November 2010. Opera magazine wrote a review about this performance in its February, 2011 edition. Also Anna often performs oratorio music: Handel’s “Messiah”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Haydn’s “Stabat Mater”. In April, 2011 Anna took part in the BYO workshop with Martin Lloyd-Evans and David Gowland. In August 2011 she was chosen together with 10 other singers for the Les Azuriales Opera Young Artists programme in Nice (France).

Currently Anna is working on the various opera scenes at the Opera Course at the Guildhall, singing works by Mozart, Handel, Rossini, Janacek, Dove and others.

Baritone Łukasz Hajduczenia was born in 1985 in Toruń (Poland). He began his musical education at the age of 6, playing violin. Since childhood he has been singing in Orthodox Church choir and in family orthodox music group “Triodion”. In 2005 he began Vocal Studies with Prof. Jerzy Knetig on The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Currently he is a GSMD student with Prof. Laura Sarti.

He is a prizewinner of numerous vocal competitions including: Edmund Kossowski Competition of Polish Artistic Song’s Performance (2 special prizes), Vocal Competition “W kregu słowianskiej muzyki wokalnej” in Katowice (first prize and special prize), Halina Słoniowska Vocal Competition in Duszniki Zdrój (third prize and special prize), and I Bracia Reszke’s Vocal Competition in Czestochowa (special prize).

He has taken part in courses led by many notable figures including Teresa Zylis-Gara, Wiesław Ochman, Urszula Kryger, Andre Orlowitz, Jerzy Artysz and Laura Sarti. He has performed many times with one of Poland’s best singers, Urszula Kryger. He has performed in many concert halls in Poland (the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the National Opera in Warsaw, the Baltic F. Chopin Philharmonic in Gdansk and the Silesian Opera in Bytom), as well as in England, Belarus, Finland and Lithuania, receiving critical acclaim from both audience and critics. His voice has often been used in classical music recordings from a wide variety of epoques. He’s also a solist of numerous orthodox music groups.

Born in 1986, Danae Taamal began her violin studies at Nõmme Music School in Tallinn with Peep Tõldsepp and at Tallinn Music High School with Niina Murdvee. In 2005 she entered the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre to study with Professor Mari Tampere-Bezrodny and Professor Alexander Fischer. From 2008 she continued her studies under the guidance of Professor Mari Tampere-Bezrodny. Danae continues her postgraduate studies in London at Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the supervision of Krzysztof Smietana. Danae has been successful in several national competitions: first prize in the 4th National Competition for Violinist in 2001, diploma in the 2nd ESTA Estonia Competition in 2005, second prize and special jury prize for an outstanding performance of a Caprice by Paganini in Pärnu Violin Competition in 2008, and the special jury prize in the 4th Heino Eller International Violin Competition in 2008.

Danae has performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra and numerous Estonian orchestras, and has given solo concerts around Estonia.

Born in Lisbon in 1983, Ana Luísa Monteiro studied in the Lisbon National Academy of Orchestra where she finished her bachelor studies in piano, chamber music and accompaniment with pianist Savka Konjikusic. She attended several piano masterclasses with Vladimir Viardo, Paul Badura-Skoda, Velislava Palatchorova, Luis Moura Castro, António Rosado, Boris Berman, Naum Grubert, and Lieder Masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Julius Drake among others. She has also given several concerts both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and accompanist in concert halls in Portugal, England and the Netherlands. She works as a piano accompanist in the Lisbon National Conservatory and as a piano teacher in Sintra Conservatory. Currently, she is undertaking a Master's degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

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The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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