I am delighted to have been awarded the Second Prize in the Helsinki Lied Competition 2021, with my duo partner Kumi Shimozaki!
We had such a great weekend performing together and were warmed by the supportive and appreciative audience.
A project like this takes a lot of work and we are so glad to have been able to share all of our programmes with the audience. We worked very hard to create a dynamic programme of music that means something to us and showcases our identity as a duo. It was a joy to explore all of this repertoire!
We are humbled to have been awarded the prize on top of it all! There were so many wonderful performances over the weekend and it was great to finally be able to meet with other musicians again and to celebrate lied and music making live once more.
Thank you to all the judges, organisers, everyone involved! An artistically invigorating weekend!
What a joy it was to explore using Schubert’s lieder to give a gift of music to visitors to the Ateneum in Helsinki over the past couple of months. Reactions were so varied and often deeply moving – I feel very proud to have given visitors a unique, unexpected, touching experience and was so warmed by the many listeners that came to express their thanks and to share with me about their experience.
It is amazing to think how this project has travelled around the world and has touched so many people from so many cultures. I am honoured to have been a part of it.
I found this exploration and musical response to our difficult period of Covid to be really inspiring and reinvigorating. I enjoyed the process of bringing out these themes in these work whilst also experiencing live rehearsals and collaboration again. It felt like such a positive project as we hopefully are now moving out of this dark period.
I had an amazing time singing Semele in the summer! I learnt a lot from this project and it was a joy to be back working in a live team and to sing with the orchestra. Special thanks to conductor Eamonn Dougan and vocal coach Tulli Lindeberg for all their support in realising this amazing role!
I loved being part of the Soiva Kieli project at the Sibelius Academy, exploring rarely heard Nordic repertoire on the theme of Nature, juxtaposed with readings about the effects of climate change around the world.
I am delighted to be singing the title role in Handel’s Semele this summer, as part of the Sibelius Summer Academy in collaboration with the Vantaa BRQ Festival and Audite Choir. Looking forward to getting started!
I’ve really enjoyed working on new projects over recent months and I am grateful to have had some work continue during these difficult times.
I had a great time in the working group for Oblivia’s their new opera Obsessions – lots of free improvisation, fun and so great to be back working with new people. Stay tuned for my upcoming contribution to their blog!
At the Sibelius Academy this term I am proud to have performed in a Masterclass of Saariaho’s music lead by Anu Komsi and Pia Värri. It was amazing to dive into this music for a week and I am pleased the performance will available to share online soon.
This year will of course continue to be difficult for many reasons, but I’m so grateful to still have some projects to work towards. I’m currently spending some time on new repertoire and making some new recordings, I’ve got a few auditions coming up and I’m looking forward to starting language lessons in the coming weeks.
I’m singing Caterina in L’amico Fritz by Mascagni and in the chorus for Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Sibelius Academy Opera in March and following straight on from that I’ll also be starting a new staged project at Sibelius Academy exploring the relationship between the natural world and song.
Although postponed at the moment, I’m also looking forward to singing in Sonic Blossom, an installation exploring gifts of song by Lee Mingwei at the Ateneum in Helsinki (now likely to be in Autumn).
Keeping everything crossed that more normality is on the horizon for 2021 – wishing everyone all the best in this tricky time.
I am so pleased to have been back singing again this week in my first concert at the Sibelius Academy. It has been such a strange and difficult year for all artists during the pandemic and although the situation is far from over, it was a real joy to get back on stage and to bring some music to an audience once again.
I am also excited to share the news that I will be joining Lee Mingwei’s beautiful and emotive installation ‘Sonic Blossom’, which will come to the Ateneum Gallery in Helsinki in the new year. This project involves singing Schubert’s lieder to visitors of the gallery, sharing the music as a gift to the listener. More information can be found at http://www.leemingwei.com .