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First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Polish soprano Iwona Sobotka graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and continued her studies with Tom Krause at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. Her awards include first prizes at the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, the Warsaw Polish Art Song Competion and the Paderewski Competion in Bydgoszcz. She has performed all over Europe, in the Americas, Japan, visiting such prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Salle Pleyel, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at the Shostakovich Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg. Iwona Sobotka has worked with distinguished conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Sylvain Cambreling, Gabriel Chmura, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jacek Kaspszyk, Yoel Levi, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Massimo Zanetti and Antoni Wit. She has performed with the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Symphoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, Orchestra della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Staatskapelle Weimar, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as all of the major Polish orchestras. Widely acknowledged for her interpretations of Polish vocal repertoire - in particular the works of Karol Szymanowski - she has participated in a “Szymanowski Focus” at London’s Wigmore Hall curated by Piotr Anderszewski. Recordings include a contribution to the complete collection of Szymanowski songs released by Channel Classics. On a subsequent release for EMI Classics, she recorded the Songs of a Fairytale Princess cycle with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has also recorded Szymanowski’s orchestral songs for the Polish Radio with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her recording of Chopin songs, is her latest contribution to The Chopin`s National Edition released by BeArton label. Recent notable debuts include the title role of Stanisilaw Moniuszko’s Halka at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, a concert tour with Vier Letzte Lieder by Strauss with Orchestre National d´Île-de-France, apperance at the Le Folle Journee de Nantes. She has also premiered the Bruno Dozza work commisioned for Quincena Musical de San Sebastian, text by Eduardo Chillida. Future engagements include recordings of Korngold Songs with pianist Reinild Mees, Deutsches Motet by Strauss with Rundfunkchor Berlin and performance of Szymanowski’s Litany To the Virgin Mary in Musikverein with Viener Symphoniker.
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Second Prize
Hélène Guilmette graduated in piano and musical education in Quebec's Laval University and studied voice with Marlena Malas in New York. In 2004 she was awarded Second Prize at Queen Elisabeth Competition. On the operatic stage, she was Sophie (Werther) in Brussels and Lille, Valencienne (The Merry Widow) at the Opéra Comique, Pedro (Don Quichotte) at Tokyo New National Theater, Frasquita (Carmen) in Avignon, Servilia (Clemenza di Tito) and Crobyle (Thaïs) in Montreal. In 2007-2008 she made her debut in Brussels as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and as Sophie (Werther) and also at the Paris Opera as Amor (Orpheo and Eurydice) and as Mélisande (Ariane et Barbe Bleue). Recently, she sang Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Lille and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Sophie (Werther) in Strasbourg, Sœur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites) in Munich and Nice, Mélisande (Ariane et Barbe Bleue) in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Thérèse (Les Mamelles de Tirésias) in Lyon and Paris. Alongside of Andreas Scholl, with whom she recorded Handel's Duello Amoroso in 2007, she performed in Schwarzenberg's Shubertiade in Austria, in Istanbul Music festival, as well as in Quebec with Les Violons du Roy and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Her discography includes Airs chantés (2005), french mélodies by Poulenc, Hahn and Daunais, Handel's Dixit Dominus and Ode for the Anniversary of Queen Anne (2009) with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Her projects include Dialogues des Carmélites (sœur Constance) in Toronto's COC, Amadis de Gaule by Johann Christian Bach at the Opéra Comique, Orphée et Eurydice (Eurydice) at Anger-Nantes Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna) and Falstaff (Nanetta) in Montreal Opera, Les Indes galantes (Hébé) by Rameau in Toulouse and Werther (Sophie) at the Paris National Opera. Hélène Guilmette received support of the Canada Council of the art, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Fondation Jacqueline Desmarais.
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Third Prize
Lebanese and Belgian bass, Shadi Torbey was born in Sieburg (Germany) in 1976. He graduated in Roman literature as well as in Cultural Management at the University of Brussels. With Ludovic de San he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. His vocal training was completed at the Opéra Studio of La Monnaie and with José van Dam at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. He had the privilege to work with conductors such as William Christie, Bruno Bartoletti, Marcello Viotti, Patrick Davin, Eduardo Lopez-Banzo, Paul McCreesh, Evelino Pidò, Philip Pickett, Roy Goodman, Laurence Equilbey and such stage directors as Stéphane Braunschweig, Robert Carsen, Antonio Latella, Gérard Corbiau, Pier-Luigi Pizzi, Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann… In the oratorio field, Shadi Torbey has sung the solo part in St. John Passion (J.S. Bach), The Creation, Stabat Mater (Haydn), Requiem (Mozart), The Messiah, Judas Macchabeus (Handel), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) as well as in Das Paradies und die Peri (Schumann). He appeared as Abner in Handel’s Athalia under Paul McCreesh at the Adadèmie d’Ambronnay, in Toulouse, Saint-Etienne and Tours. He sang Abramo in Scarlatti’s Cantata per la Notte di Natale with El Ayre Español under Eduardo Lopez Banzo in Zaragoza, and was the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah under Roy Goodman with the Chor pro musica in Graz. He also participated in Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed many song and Lieder recitals with pianists Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Fritz Schwinghammer and Eugene Asti, and recorded a CD of Mélodies Françaises by Séverac, Meyerbeer and Saint-Saëns for Cypres. On the opera stage he sang Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) in Brussels, Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Rouen, Le Tambour Major (Le Caïd) in Metz and Lord Rochefort (Anna Bolena) in Lyon, Paris and Dortmund. He appeared as Ministre Boréen and covered the role of Borré for Laurent Naouri in Rameaux’ opera Les Boréades with the Ensemble Les Arts Florissants under William Christie at the Opéra de Paris as well as in London and New York. Shadi sang the part of Caronte in Monteverdi’s Orfeo under Philip Picket at the Opéra de Lyon, and appeared in the title-role of Mattheson’s opera Boris Goudenow in Saint-Petersburg, Moscow and Hamburg with the ensemble Early Music Russia under Andrej Reshtin. Shadi Torbey also appeared as Carrasco in Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho with the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, the part of Alidor in concert performances of Liszt’s opera Don Sanche in London and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the European Union Youth Orchestra under Laurent Pillot, and as Isménor in a new production of Rameau’s Dardanus by the European Opera Centre and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011/12 Shadi makes his debut in the title-role of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Aachen Theatre.
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Fourth Prize
Romanian soprano Teodora Gheorghiu began her musical studies first of all as a flute player. However, she felt impelled to devote herself entirely to singing and pursued her studies with Niculina Mirea and Gheorghe Rosu at the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania, where she also took part in numerous master classes. After winning several prizes for vocal interpretation during her time in Romania, she very quickly became a prize-winner of several international singing competitions, notably the Julian Gayarre Competition in Pamplone in 2002 and the George Enescu Competition in Bucharest in 2003. Forever aspiring to perfect her art, she took enhanced studies with Susanna Eken and José van Dam at the Queen Elisabeth Chapelle Musicale in Belgium and in 2003 made her debut with the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest singing the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. She was subsequently invited to appear at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Lucerne Opera, the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Lausanne Opera, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris Paris, where she particularly made a strong impression in the roles of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Musetta (La Bohème), and the title part in Zaide. After receiving a grant for further advanced studies at the Herbert von Karajan Centre, Teodora Gheorghiu made her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2004. Between 2005 et 2007, she was a company member of the Lucerne Opera and then, between 2007 and 2010, she was engaged as a permanent member of the Vienna State Opera. In Vienna she was particularly commended for her performances of Adele (Die Fledermaus), The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Nannetta (Falstaff), Fiakermilli (Arabella), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri), Sophie (Werther) et Eudoxie (La Juive). In 2009 she sang the role of the Italian Singer (Capriccio) at the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Teodora Gheorghiu has performed with some of the world’s most renowned conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Franz Welser-Möst, Marco Armiliato, Bertrand de Billy, Peter Schneider, Adam Fischer and Christophe Rousset. Outside the opera house, Teodora Gheorghiu's career has equally flourished in recital and concert appearances. Some of her most noted collaborations have been with Paul Goodwin conducting the Academy of Ancient Music in London, Sigiswald Kujiken conducting La petite Bande, Marc Soustrot conducting the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie in Brussels, Asher Fisch conducting the Orchestre National de Belgique in Brussels, and John Axelrod conducting the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Among her recent activity figures a new CD recording with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques (release in 2011). During the summer of 2011 she has given a series of concerts including a recital at the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque in Beaune.
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Fifth Prize
Moldavian mezzo-soprano Diana Axentii commenced her violin and singing studies in her native country, at the University of Chisinàu, before perfecting her talents at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. She won first prize in the Concours International de Chant de l’U.P.M.C.F. (Paris) in 2002. Later on, in 2003, she became a finalist in the Concours Montserrat Caballé (Andorra) and obtained third prize in the George Enescu Competition (Bucharest). In 2004, she won the Prix des Amis de l'Academie d'été of the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence and the Prix spécial de L'Academie at the International Verbier Music Festival. In 2004, she sang the role of Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra du Lyon and was also heard in the Acadamie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Æneas. She appeared in Julietta by Martinu at the Opéra National de Paris (Bastille) and in a concert entitled “Vienna at the Time of Lehàr” at the Opéra Comique. She joined the Atelier d’art lyrique de l’Opéra National de Paris in January 2005, with whom she sang Les Aveugles by Xavier Dayer, conducted by Guillaume Tournaire at the Théâtre Gérard Philippe de Saint-Denis. More recently, Diana Axentii was Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro at the operas of Nancy and Bordeaux, Martha in Frühlingserwachen, a work by Benoît Mernier at the Monnaie in Brussels and in Strasbourg, Sélysette in Ariane et Barbe Bleue at the Opéra National de Paris and on tour in Japan, Clotilde in Norma in Avignon, Vichy and Monte Carlo, Bersi in Andrea Chénier in Nancy and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Didon in Dido and Æneas with the Aix-en-Provence festival, Anna Kennedy in Maria Stuarda at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Kitchen boy in Rusalka in Glyndebourne, Javotte in Manon in Saint-Etienne, Dorothée in Cendrillon in Marseille, in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in Nancy and in Ariane et Barbe-Bleue at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Additionally, she has appeared in a concert of Berlioz and Glück under Sylvain Cambreling at the Palais Garnier, Mozart’s Requiem in Antibes and in Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Eté at the Paris Opera. Among her projects, Le Comte Ory and Cléopâtre in Marseille, La Botte Secrète de Terrasse in Paris and on tour with the ensemble Les Brigands, Trouble in Tahiti and L'Enfant et les Sortilèges at Rouen Opera, La Traviata at Monte-Carlo and Rusalka at Opéra de Paris.
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Sixth Prize
Belgian baritone Lionel Lhote started his vocal education at the Conservatoire Royal in Mons with Marcel Vanaud and Jacques Legrand and eventually graduated at Brussels’ Royal Conservatory. His professional career started at Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège) where he participated in productions such as Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Don Carlo. Soon followed his German debut at the Opera House of Giessen where he appeared in Faust (Spohr), Aeneas (Purcell), Vater in Haensel und Gretel, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as Zar in Zar und Zimmermann by Lortzing a.o. Subsequently Lionel Lhote went to Aachen (Germany) to interpret Père Germont in La Traviata and Scarpia in Tosca and made several comebacks at Opéra Royal de Wallonie to appear in André Chénier/Giordano (as Mathieu), in La Forza del Destino/Verdi (as Fra Melitone) and in Cosi fan tutte (as Don Alfonso). The Flanders Opera engaged him as Barbe-Bleue in Ariane et Barbe Bleue de Dukas, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Leporello in Don Giovanni. At Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Lionel Lhote appeared in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), Monsieur Choufleuri (Offenbach), Werther (Massenet), Giulio Cesare, and later in La Cenerentola as Dandini, in Lucia di Lammermoor as Enrico and very recently in Don Quichotte as Sancho Panza (under the baton of Marc Minkowski), a part for which he got lavish praise and which he revived in the mean time at the Opera House of Palermo. Since his international breakthrough Lionel Lhote is guesting in Europe’s most renowned opera houses and festivals. This current and next season he will be appearing at Bordeaux Opera House as Sharpless in Butterfly, at La Monnaie as Pandolfe in Cendrillon and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, at Opéra Royal de Wallonie as Guesler in Guillaume Tell by the Belgian composer Grétry and at Grand Théâtre de Genève to sing Faninal in Rosenkavalier. Further plans include engagements in Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico), La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein (Général Boum), Faust (Valentin), Fledermaus (Frank) and Les Pêcheurs de perles (Zurga). Lionel Lhote has sung under the baton of renowned conductors such as Silvio Varviso, Evelino Pido, Patrick Fournillier, René Jacobs, Andreas Spering, Philippe Auguin, Julian Reynolds, Marc Minkowksi, Stefano Montanari, Kazushi Ono, Alain Guingal, Johannes Willig, Julia Jones, Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli, Gérard Korsten, Emmanuel Joel-Hornak and Emmanuel Krivine. He was stage directed by David MacVicar, Karl-Ernst Ursel Herrmann, Guy Joosten, Achim Freyer, Laurent Pelly, Numa Sadoul, Dieter Kaegi , Rolando Villazon etc... Since 2002, Lionel Lhote is frequently singing in France. He was cast as Père Germont in various productions, got invited by the Massenet Festival to appear in Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, interpreted Figaro (Barbiere di Sivigla) at Avignon Opera, made his debut in Les Troyens/Berliozas Chorèbe at Strasbourg (Opéra national du Rhin) and guested on a regular base in the Opera Houses of Monte-Carlo, Marseille and Bordeaux with parts such as Ourrias in Gisèle, Luna in Trovatore, Faninal in Rosenkavalier and Papageno. Lionel Lhote has built a special partnership with the Opera House of Lyon, that welcomed him amongst others as Albert in Werther (stage directed by Rollando Villazon), Père Germont and as Leporello and Don Alfonso.
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Vladimir Baykov, born in Moscow in 1974, graduated from the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology as a Cybernetic Engineer before beginning his vocal studies at the Prokofiev Opera Studio in Moscow. He joined Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1996, graduating with diplomas in solo singing and teaching in 2001. From 2002 to 2004 Vladimir Baykov was a member of the Galina Wishnevskaya Opera Center in Moscow. The bass-baritone took part in several master classes by Mstislav Rostropovich, Paata Burchuladze, Kurt Widmer, and Jewgenij Nesterenko. He has been prize winner of several prestigious competitions: Bella Voce (Moscow, 1997); Mirjam Helin (Helsinki, 1999); Neue Stimmen (Gütersloh, 1999); Maria Callas (Athens, 2001); Belvedere (Vienna, 2001); Georgy Sviridov (Kursk, 2001) and Queen Sonja (Oslo, 2003). He is a scholarship holder of the Richard-Wagner-Association at the Bayreuth Festival 2010. To his most important past engagements belongs Boris Godunov in which he sang the title role, alternating with José van Dam, at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (2006). He is working regularly at the Finnish National Opera, where, in 2009, he made his highly acclaimed debut as Vodnik; at the opera house in Bonn and at the National Theatre Mannheim, where, in 2010, he sang his first Wagnerian roles, Kothner and Gunther. At the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw he sang Méphistophélès in Robert Wilson’s much celebrated production. He has also performed at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon; the Aalto Theatre Essen and the Festival di due mondi in Spoleto. Vladimir Baykov’s recent concert engagements include performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under Justus Frantz in Munich’s Philharmonic Hall, Frankfurt's Alte Oper and Berlin's Konzerthaus and Verdi’s Requiem on tour with Enoch zu Guttenberg at the Berlin Philharmonic and Alte Oper Frankfurt. Gianandrea Noseda, Antonello Allemandi, Alan Curtis, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Stefan Soltesz, Carlo Franci, Woldemar Nelsson and Kazushi Ono are among the conductors with whom he has worked, and he has given recitals in his native Russia and abroad, in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Japan. Future roles include his debut as Heerrufer in Lohengrin at the opera house of Innsbruck, his debut at the Theater an der Wien in Iolanta, as well as Rusalka at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki. Other forthcoming engagements include Donner at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam and Vodnik at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Vladimir Baykov has recorded Louis Spohr’s “Die letzten Dinge” for Capriccio records in 2007 (conducted by Bruno Weil).
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