Saturday 6.09. 7.00 p.m.

Concert hall of the Music Academy in Gdańsk (yellow building)
Łąkowa Street 1/2 Gdańsk

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Andreas Scholl

Counter-tenor

Scholl_2010_02Andreas Scholl has released a series of extraordinary solo recordings: the most recent being Wanderer – a disc of German Lied in partnership with pianist Tamar Halperin. Other notable releases include Bach cantatas with kammerorchesterbasel, O Solitude – an all-Purcell album with Accademia Bizantina which won the 2012 BBC Music Magazine award, Arias for Senesino - for which he won the 2006 Classical Brit Singer of the Year award, Heroes – a disc of arias by Handel, Mozart, Hasse and Gluck, Robert Dowland’s A Musicall Banquet, Vivaldi Motets with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Wayfaring Stranger – a selection of specially arranged English and American folksongs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Arcadia – a collection of rare and unpublished cantatas by composers from Rome’s Arcadian Circle – all of which are released on Decca.  His discography also includes recordings for Deutsche Grammophon – Handel’s Solomon and Saul with Paul McCreesh and for Harmonia Mundi including the Gramophone Award-winning Vivaldi Stabat Mater; Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo; Il duello amoroso, a selection of Handel’s Italian cantatas with Accademia Bizantina; Crystal Tears - lute and consort songs by John Dowland and Songs of Myself - the songs of Oswald von Wolkenstein. His DVD releases include productions of Giulio Cesare (for both Decca and Harmonia Mundi), Rodelinda (Warner) and Partenope (Decca).

This season highlights include a residency at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with a performance of Handel Arias with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Sir Roger Norrington as well as Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Academy of Ancient Music, which will also be performed in Brussels, Birmingham and London. In the Far East he sings his Wanderer programme in recital in Seoul and Tokyo; and he presents an exciting new programme of old and new music which combines Vivaldi Stabat Mater and music by Arvo Pärt with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on tour to Sydney and Melbourne.

Andreas Scholl performs in the world’s leading concert venues and festivals.  Operatic roles include the title role in Giulio Cesare at Royal Danish Opera, Opéra de Lausanne, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the 2012 Salzburg Festival (opposite Cecilia Bartoli), Bertarido (Rodelinda) at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Metropolitan Opera (opposite Renée Fleming) and Arsace (Partenope) at Royal Danish Opera.  His concert performances have included appearances with Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, Münchner Philharmoniker, the English Concert and at the 2005 Last Night of the Proms – the first counter-tenor ever to have been invited.

Born in Germany, Andreas Scholl’s early musical training was with the Kiedricher Chorbuben. He later studied under Richard Levitt and René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is a winner of the 1999 ECHO Awards, Prix de l’Union de la Presse Musicale Belge and the Middle Ages/Renaissance category of the 2002 Edison Awards for his recording of A Musicall Banquet. He won a second ECHO Award in 2005 for his composition for Deutsche Grammophon’s audio-book of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Nightingale.

Tamar web headshot-1Tamar Halperin

With repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance to the present, Dr. Tamar Halperin performed as a soloist and with various chamber groups in Israel, Europe, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Korea and Australia.  She appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Recital Hall, Barcelona’s Liceu and Berlin’s Berghain Club

She has collaborated with distinguished musicians and ensembles, including Andreas Scholl – with whom she recorded Wanderer a collection of German Lied for Decca – Laurence Cummings, Michael Wollny, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the London-based Serafin Camerata Orchestra.

Born in Israel, Tamar Halperin received her musical education at the Tel Aviv University, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and at the Juilliard School in New York, where she obtained a Doctor’s degree in 2009, having written her dissertation on JS Bach.  While the focus of her activities is Baroque music, Dr. Halperin is also an enthusiastic performer of classical and contemporary music.  She has been composing, arranging, and performing popular, jazz, and electronic music, some of which appears on Act and Garage labels.  Her collaboration with Jazz pianist Michael Wollny led to the award winning album “Wunderkammer” (2010 Echo prize for “Best Piano Album”).

Tamar Halperin has won numerous prizes and awards, including an honorary prize at the Van Vlaanderen Musica Antiqua Brugge competition (2004), the Presser award (2005), the REC music award (2006) and the Eisen-Picard performing arts award (2006, 2007).