Kurtág -  Attila József concert

Date: 23 March
Time: 18:00
Venue:  Liszt Institue Brussels
10 Treurenberg, 1000 Brussels

Young musicians will perform the József Attila-Fragments by György Kurtág with its French translation, as well as Kurtág's Three Old Inscriptions, accompanied on piano. 

After obtaining a degree in Food & Health Engineering, Estelle embarked on an artistic career at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2018. She first joined the lyrical singing course and then decided, one year later, to complete her training with a course in Theatre and Speech Arts. Increasingly attracted by the creation and direction of theatrical-musical and vocal pieces, Estelle diversified her assistantships with teachers at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in parallel with her studies as a performer. In the spring of 2021, she worked alongside Marianne Pousseur on the Res Publica project and co-directed the students of the singing class in various excerpts from Mozart's operas. The experience is renewed this year with Marianne Pousseur in the framework of the Madrigali project, a project whose scenography, entirely based on the play of reflection, shadows and light, accompanies vocal music that is both baroque and contemporary. On the theatre side, she assists Diane Fourdrignier on the show Dom Juan Jazz, bringing together actors and jazz instrumentalists around the homonymous text by Molière. Finally, she co-wrote and directed a show giving voice to three young female opera singers, Cabinet Lyrique, which will be presented in April 2022 as part of the Festival Courants d'airs.

A native of New York City, Natalie Oswald began her operatic career in the choirs, joining the National Women's Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference and the National Youth Chorus under the baton of André J. Thomas at Carnegie Hall. She then joined Gerald Crawford's voice class at Oberlin College & Conservatory, where she also earned a double degree in French and music studies. She continued her studies with Natacha Siehoff at the CRR in Nantes, with Jayne West at the Longy School of Music in Boston, and with Marcel Vanaud and Jean-François Rouchon at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. She made her debut at the PBA in Charleroi where she played the title role in Massenet's Manon, directed by Pol-Émile Fourny and conducted by Philippe Gérard. She played the role of Leila in I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky by John Adams, directed by Philippe Gérard and staged by the Khroma company, a first for Belgium and a joint project between the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the National Theatre of Belgium and the Royal Opera of Wallonia which will be presented at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet in Paris in 2022. She has also sung as a soloist in oratorios such as J.S. Bach's St. John Passion under the baton of Bernard Woltèche, in concerts with La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai conducted by Philippe Gérard, and in a concert of Late Lieds presented jointly with Philippe Gérard and Zeger Vandersteene at the Museum of Musical Instruments. Also passionate about language teaching, Natalie Oswald has given English courses and preparation courses for the agrégation d'anglais at La Sorbonne Nouvelle and then at La Panthéon-Sorbonne since 2019.

CATERINA ROBERTI is an Italian pianist who is very active in the field of contemporary music, as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist for instruments, singing and ballet. She holds a Master's degree in Accompaniment and Piano (Royal Conservatory of Brussels), a Master's degree in Didactics (Royal Conservatory of Mons) and a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (Università di Bologna, Italy). Together with the pianist Salvatore Sclafani, she founded Due di duo, a four-handed duo with two pianos, focusing mainly on the Italian repertoire and transcriptions of baroque and renaissance music. As a teacher of music education and piano at the Audeghem Academy and the Dalcroze Institute in Belgium, she combines her interest in the vocal repertoire with her passion for languages by teaching Italian as a foreign language for singing at the IMEP in Namur. She also brings to her musical universe a strong enthusiasm for Argentinean tango as a dancer and within the Trio Cebra Negra.

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