Guest Professor for Career Development
Matthew Horner is one of the most highly respected managers today. He is Vice President and Artist Manager at IMG Artists New York. Matthew Horner's many years of representing top artists make him ideally suited to advise our young artists, both in repertoire choices and in career development.
Guest Professor of Song
Malcolm Martineau is the renowned musical partner of singers such as Simon Keenlyside, Bryn Terfel and Susan Graham. He has played recitals in all the important venues from Wigmore Hall to Carnegie Hall. Malcolm Martineau gives master classes the world over, and is a faculty member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Guest Professor for Career Development
Pål Christian Moe was born in Oslo. After literature studies in London he decided to work in the theatre, and started as stage manager at the Oslo Opera. Later he worked as vocal producer at Deutsche Grammophon, and then at the Paris Opera as director of artistic administration. In recent years he has specialized in free-lance casting, currently working for Bayerische Staatsoper and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Guest Professor for American Song
Lauded for his “sensitive and stylish” (The New York Times) and “superb” (Opera News) playing, pianist Craig Terry has launched an international career regularly performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Mr. Terry serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having spent eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Mr. Terry has performed with such esteemed vocalists as Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Eric Cutler, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Giuseppe Filianoti, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Bryan Hymel, Brian Jagde, Joseph Kaiser, Quinn Kelsey, Kate Lindsey, Ana María Martínez, Susanna Phillips, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Bo Skovhus, Garrett Sorenson, Heidi Stober, Amber Wagner, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. He has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, and the Pro Arte String Quartet. Mr. Terry made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 and has also performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This past spring he performed with Joyce DiDonato on a recital tour of Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, and Portugal. Recent performances include recitals with Heidi Stober at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Brian Jagde at the Mondavi Center, Stephanie Blythe at both the American Songbook series at “Jazz at Lincoln Center” and the Ravinia Festival, Ana María Martínez at The Kennedy Center, Joyce DiDonato in Princeton and Santa Fe, Patricia Racette at the Ravinia Festival, 54Below in New York, and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Christine Brewer for the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Giuseppe Filianoti in his American Recital Debut on the Harriman-Jewell Series in Kansas City, Susanna Phillips and Dimitri Pittas at the Tokyo City Opera House under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera, Nicole Cabell in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kate Lindsey at both Rockefeller University and Smith College, and Ms. Phillips at Alice Tully Hall. In 2008, he was twice featured as soloist with the Chicago Philharmonic, performing piano concertos of Chopin and Mendelssohn. In March 2010, he made his conducting debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago, leading student matinee performances of L’elisir d’amore, and in 2012 made his LOC stage debut as “Jake” in Show Boat. Mr. Terry was also featured in a “Live from Lincoln Center” national broadcast on PBS with Stephanie Blythe in April 2013. Mr. Terry’s 2016-17 performance schedule includes concerts with Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Joyce DiDonato, Ailyn Perez, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Christian Van Horn, and Laura Wilde. He is Artistic Director of “Beyond the Aria,” a concert series presented by the Harris Theater in collaboration with the Ryan Opera Center and Lyric Unlimited. The third 2016-17 season of five concerts includes performances with Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Piotr Beczala, Christiane Karg, Adam Plachetka, Russell Thomas, Elizabeth DeShong, and members of the Ryan Opera Center. His discography includes three recently released recordings: “Diva on Detour” with Patricia Racette, “As Long As There Are Songs” with Stephanie Blythe, and “Chanson d’Avril” with Nicole Cabell. Mr. Terry hails from Tullahoma, Tennessee, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance/Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of pianist Warren Jones.
Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Edith Wiens
Resident Professor for All Repertoire
After her long and illustrous career, Edith Wiens enjoys mentoring young singers. Opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Covent Garden London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Munich Opera have engaged her students, who are equally at home in the concert world. She is a faculty member of the Juilliard School in New York, and is an affiliated teacher at the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera. She also gives masterclasses regularly at the Young Ensembles of the opera houses in Oslo, Zurich, Montreal, Frankfurt and Munich, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College in London. Edith Wiens is the artistic director of the International Meistersinger Akademie, and during the entire residency, she will offer intensive training in interpretation, vocal technique and artistic development.
Guest Conductor for the Operagala with the Nürnberg Symphony
Michael Hofstetter is lauded for his close collaborations with emerging artists and has lead various operas at the Munich Theaterakademie. His career demonstrates his amazingly versatility. He is conductor of the Stuttgart Chamberorchestra, head of the Ludwigsburger Festspiele, and has conducted at major opera houses world-wide, including Munich, Hamburg, Barcelona, Berlin and Houston. Mr. Hofstetter is also renowned as a baroque specialist.
Tobias Truniger is the director of the Young Ensemble of the Munich State Opera. His mastery of style and language in all repertoire has made him a beloved coach of many young professionals. Tobias Truniger has played recitals with Edith Wiens and Angelika Kirchschlager, and has toured the US with Stefan Loges, the winner of the Young Concert Artists Song Competition.
All German repertoire
Marcelo Amaral is Professor of Lied at the Nuremburg University of Music. He has collaborated with young singers in Ravinia at the Steans Institute, Stuttgart at the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie, and has given recitals in the Musikverein Vienna, in London's Wigmore Hall, in Berlin, as well as in New York. The New York Times praised him as “a superlative collaborator, with colorful, detailed and sensitive playing”.
Italian and French Diction and Style, Role-study in French and Italian opera
Art Williford is a pianist and composer from Houston, TX. After composition studies at the Eastman School, he relocated to NYC, where he has specialized as an accompanist and vocal coach. He is currently a CV Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he studies Collaborative Piano with Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett. His language and style skills are extraordinary, and we are privileged to welcome him to the IMA.
Michał Biel is a Polish pianist and vocal coach. In 2014, he graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, where he studied piano under Andrzej Jasiński. Among other prizes, he has been awarded Best Young Accompanist at Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest and the Outstanding Accompaniment Prize at the L. Różycki Vocal Competition in Gliwice. He has also participated in several residencies as pianist and coach, including The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall (2016) and the Mozart Residency at The Academié du Festival d'Aix (2015). Since June 2013, he has been a member of the Opera Academy at Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera. He is currently a Jerome L. Greene Fellow pursuing his master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School, studying with Brian Zeger, Jonathan Feldman and JJ Penna.
Chris Reynolds is an American pianist who enjoys both solo and collaborative work. He is a student at the Juilliard School where he studies with Julian Martin, JJ Penna, and Margo Garrett. Recent engagements include those with the New York Festival of Song and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as performances at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and Caramoor. He was been a fellow at both the Aspen Music Festival as well as SongFest in Los Angeles.
Ewa Danilewska was born in 1991 into a musical family. At the age of 5 she started her musical education under the tutelage of Prof. Celina Hellerowa in the F.Chopin Public Music School in Opole and graduated with honours in 2009. Soon after she began her studies in the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland in the piano class of Prof. Wojciech Świtała and chamber music class of Prof. Grzegorz Biegas. She graduated with honours in 2014. For half a year she studied with prof. Jan Gottlieb Jiracek von Arnim in Universitaet fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In 2014 she started her work as a vocal coach in the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Since 2015 she is a member of an ensamble “Silius Trio” together with musicians of Wrocław Philharmonic. In 2015 she started her doctoral studies in the piano class of Prof. Grzegorz Biegas. In 2016 she became a part of Young Talents Training Programme at the National Opera in Warsaw. She took part in many masterclasses working with such professors as Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Anna Malikova, Edward Wolanin, Zbigniew Raubo, Michał Szczepański, Stefan Kutrzeba, Lee Kum Sing, Choong-Mo Kang, Arie Vardi. In 2012 she became a finalist in the I National Duets Competition in Warsaw. She won second Prize in the F.Schubert International Piano-Duo Competition in Jesenik, Czech Republic (2011) and first Prize in the J.Zarebski International Chamber Music Competition in Warsaw, Poland (2011). She won 6th Prize and a special Prize for her performance of six Preludes by C.Debussy in the F.Chopin National Piano Competition in Warsaw (2012) . In September 2013 she became a Laureate of “Young Artist’s Stage” during 47th Festival of Polish Pianists in Słupsk. In November 2013 she won first prize in the “Chopin Piano Roma” Competition in the category for two pianos in Rome. She has performed as soloist throughout Poland, USA, UK, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany and China collaborating with such orchestras, as Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszów Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Camerata Pontresina, Salonorchester St.Moritz, Katowice Academic Orchestra.
Special event - "How to create your best look" with Michael Latus
We are extremely privileged to have the Yves Saint Laurent world-best National Make-up Artist of the Year (2014) Michael Latus come to us. He will individually work with each singer on how make-up can affect the impression onstage. Michael has worked for television and casting shows in Germany and France, as well as for some of the major German publications. We are delighted to include him in the faculty this year!