The Irish soprano completed her musical studies in cello, voice and piano at the University of Johannesburg and at the Detmold Academy of Music.
She has had singing commitments in Mannheim, Düsseldorf and Berlin, where she has been a soloist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 1994. Her wide repertoire includes all the important lyric soprano roles such as Suor Angelica (Komische Oper Berlin), Juliette in Gounod’s ”Romeo et Juliette”, the Vixen in Janacek’s ”The Cunning Little Vixen”, Manon in Massenet’s ”Manon” and Sdenka in ”Arabella” (Deutsche Oper Berlin).
In Geneva, she made her debut as Fiordiligi in ”Cosi fan tutte” and Eva in ”Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at the Vienna Volksoper, later also in Brussels and Antwerp, and Alice Ford in ”Falstaff” in Montpellier. From 2006 to 2008, she appeared at the Bayreuth Festival as Woglinde in the Ring of the Nibelungen under Christian Thielemann (CD recording also available).
The artist is also regularly active in concert, for example at ”Ruhr 2010” with ”Vier letzte Lieder” of Richard Strauss. She has made numerous recordings such as: Gustav Mahler’s ”Symphony No. 2”, Brahms ”A German Requiem” and Stravinsky’s ”Les Noces”.
Giordano Bellincampi is the General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic and Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. In January 2016 he takes up the position of Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia, cementing the strong relationship he has established with this orchestra since his debut in 2012.
Giordano Bellincampi was born in Rome and has lived in Denmark since 1976. He began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994. Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera from 2005 – 2013 and Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 - 2006. From 1997 - 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark.
Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with many orchestras around the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Royal Stockholm, Rotterdam and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras and the St Petersburg Symphony, but also in North America, Asia and Australia. With an enormous repertoire embracing classical, romantic and contemporary music, he is particularly celebrated for his prowess in the Central European, Italian and Scandinavian symphonic traditions and for his interpretations of significant choral and vocal works. In 2015, he has focused on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carl Nielsen, performing a wide selection of his works both in Denmark and abroad.
Giordano Bellincampi has also excelled in the field of opera since making his debut with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen with 'La Boheme' in 2000. He has since conducted many of the great Italian works at the Royal Opera with particular focus on Puccini and Verdi, including leading their acclaimed new production of 'Aida' at the opening of their new theatre in 2005. He has also appeared extensively with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he led performances of 'Luisa Miller' and 'Norma' in addition to ‘La Boheme’ and ‘Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci’. Whilst Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Bellincampi conducted works such as 'Der Rosenkavalier', 'Der Fliegende Holländer', 'Tristan und Isolde', 'Don Giovanni' and 'Die Zauberflöte'. He also maintains close connections with many of the world’s leading opera singers including Angela Gheorghiu, Joseph Calleja and Roberto Alagna, regularly working with them in orchestral galas and recitals, as well as being a much-requested accompanist by leading instrumentalists such as Sarah Chang and Angela Hewitt.
In August 2015 Giordano Bellincampi conducted a strongly-acclaimed performance leading the Duisburg Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall in repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven and highlights of his 15/16 calendar include performances with the Tasmanian Symphony and the Auckland Philharmonia. In early 2016 he will make a return to the Toledo Symphony, as well as continuing to develop his profile with the Kristiansand Symphony.
Bellincampi’s extensive discography includes numerous recordings for the Da Capo and Marco Polo labels of Danish composers and works by Johan Svendsen, William Walton and Carl Nielsen's Third Symphony for EMI Classics.
As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy, Giordano Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of educating coming generations of orchestral musicians and conductors. He also regularly gives masterclasses and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions.
The Horenstein Ensemble, founded in 2008, presents the great diversity of chamber music and the interplay of different instrument groups - strings, winds and harp.
The repertoire is not limited to a certain era of music but includes works by Rameau, Mozart, Spohr, Brahms, Ravel, Messiaen, Widmann and Yun. The ensemble is also dedicated to performing English chamber music which is seldom heard in Germany, such as the compositions of Vaughan Williams, Bax, Elgar, Somervell, Arnold, Butterworth and Britten. Their collaboration with contemporary composers such as Samir Odeh-Tamimi and Allain Gaussin has resulted in works especially composed for the instrumentation of the Horenstein Ensemble.
The ensemble is named in honour of the work of conductor Jascha Horenstein, who had a strong connection to Berlin and often conducted the Berlin State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic.
In 2011, their debut album "Tempelhof" appeared on CD and Vinyl-LP on ACOUSENCE.
Varying and sometimes unusual combinations of instruments are a distinguishing character trait of the ensemble, which was founded by members of the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin. Guest artists expand the number of combinations possible and in this way enrich the group.
Thus, for the current CD project "Lost Generation" the following guests were acquired: Sophia Jaffé, violin soloist and professor at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts; Gergely Bodoky, principal flutist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Igor Prokopets, bassist of the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin and Julien Salemkour, conductor and pianist.
Iveta Apkalna’s playing combines a profound musicality and a flawless technique. During the last years she managed to put the organ as the Queen of instruments back on the map. Radiant emotional accents are created when she performs the more technically challenging pieces. Iveta Apkalna has become a new star in the organ firmament thanks to her strict dedication, meticulous attention to detail and not least because of her confident mastery of the instrument. Iveta Apkalna now has a worldwide concert career as a solo organist. She has already performed at the most prestigious venues in the German-speaking world, such as in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Dortmund, Essen and Bremen and has played with leading orchestras. In May 2007, she gave her debut performance in the Berlin Philharmonie, where she played the “Te Deum” by Hector Berlioz under the conductor Claudio Abbado. She is also a popular guest at major music festivals throughout Europe. She considers it her mission to ensure that audiences are also exposed to the unique acoustic range of organ music outside church walls. Iveta Apkalna has had considerable success in various music competitions. She won first prize and four additional prizes at the Third International Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition held in September 2003 in Kaliningrad in Russia and was awarded first place in the European selection round of the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Competition. At the final held in Calgary, Iveta Apkalna won the authoritative Bach Prize. For her special services to music, she was given the Great Latvian Music Award in 2003. She was also the very first organist to be awarded the German “Echo-Klassik” prize in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2005.
Iveta Apkalna was born in Rezekne in Latvia, where she studied piano and organ at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. After graduating with distinction, she continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A bursary provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) enabled her to study in the solo class of Prof. Dr. Ludger Lohmann at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart from October 2000 to March 2003. Iveta Apkalna currently lives in Berlin and Riga.
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Until 2011, Jonathan Darlington was music director of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and has held the same position with the Vancouver Opera since 2002. His passionate yet refined approach to music making has done much to increase the popularity and quality of both orchestras.
A graduate of Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music, he began his career as freelance pianist, accompanist and répétiteur in France. His work was influenced early on by such outstanding musical personalities of our time as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti and Olivier Messiaen. He made his conducting debut in 1984 at the Parisian Théâtre des Champs Elysées with Francesco Cavalli’s baroque opera Ormindo, and in 1991, as deputy to the Music Director Myung-Whun Chung at the Paris Opéra with Le nozze di Figaro.
A charismatic enthusiasm and an acute sensitivity with regard to orchestral colour and balance are the hallmark of Jonathan Darlington’s work. His vast symphonic and operatic repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary, with an emphasis on lesser known (contemporary) works outside the European mainstream. Numerous world and national premieres of works such as Trojahn’s La Grande Magia or Kagel’s Broken Chords attest to his commitment to contemporary music. Renowned for his broad repertoire, he gives regular guest appearances with major orchestras and opera houses the world over.
Jonathan Darlington is both a “Laureate” (LRAM) and “Fellow” (FRAM) of the Royal Academy of Music, London, and is proud to hold the distinction of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
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