Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan has performed with the world’s leading orchestras (Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Paris Opera, New York Philharmonic, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna Philharmonic), and with conductors and directors, including Rattle, de Leeuw, Warlikowski, Petrenko, Mitchell, Salonen, and Pappano. She has given the world premieres of over 80 works by an international array of composers, and also achieved acclaim for her performances of more “standard roles” including Lulu and Melisande. Her recordings have garnered awards from Gramophone, Victoires de la Musique, and Edison.
The Israeli/Dutch soprano Keren Motseri first studied cello and completed a B.Sc. in biology summa cum laude, before obtaining her Masters degree in opera. Keren has since established herself as a versatile and highly sought after soprano, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century in both concert and opera.
Slovenian mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj has established herself as a charismatic and versatile soloist and musician. Her performances have brought her to the leading international stages and continue to captivate audiences around the world. Following her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2013 and her Carnegie Hall debut the year after, her career has taken flight. Barbara performs regularly with Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra, she has distinguished herself in various leading opera roles and is in great demand on the concert stage.
Soprano Katharine Dain performs chamber music, opera, oratorio, and song in Europe and North America, with particular interest in contemporary work and the lyric repertoire from Mozart to Strauss. Based in the Netherlands, her last several seasons have included engagements at the Dutch National Opera, Holland Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, and West Cork Chamber Music Festival, among others.
Asko|Schönberg leading ensemble for new music, performs music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in a variety of settings. The music they play comes not just from big and well-established names like Andriessen, Gubaidulina, Boulez, Kurtág, Ligeti and Stockhausen, but also includes new works from the youngest generation. And the founders of twentieth-century music are also wellrepresented: from Weill to Schönberg and from Stravinsky to Messiaen. They focus special attention on long-term relationships and cooperation with major, significant composers, as well as on unknown and brand-new work of high quality. Thanks to these many forms of intensive collaboration, the musicians are highly specialised in performing new music.
Reinbert de Leeuw
Reinbert de Leeuw is well known as a pianist and conductor of contemporary music and was one of the founders of the Dutch Charles Ives Society (1968). He devoted himself with much success to the performance of music by lesser-known modern composers such as Satie and George Antheil as well as to developing alternative ways of performing chamber music during the 1970s. Now Asko|Schönberg, specialised in music of the Second Viennese School and contemporary composers. He appears regularly as a guest conductor with the most important Dutch orchestras and ensembles and also has conducted various productions for De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam (Rêves d’un Marco Polo by Claude Vivier, Rosa, a Horse Drama and Writing to Vermeer by Louis Andriessen) and for the Nationale Reisopera (Le Grand Macabre by György Ligeti and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten).
Cappella Amsterdam was established by Jan Boeke in 1970 and has been under the artistic leadership of Daniel Reuss since 1990. The choir is renowned for its homogenous, refined consonance and its extraordinary versatility and excels in both modern repertoires as in music by the old masters, especially embracing the works of Dutch composers. Cappella Amsterdam works with established choirs, ensembles and orchestras such as Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, SWR Vokalensemble, musikFabrik, and RIAS Kammerchor. Harmonia 14 15 mundi has released several CDs by Cappella Amsterdam, which have all been received with praise and awards.