Sa Lang – Piano with Wiktoria Szyrocka – Soprano

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Programme:
Piano solos:
-“Sposalizio” from Années de pèlerinage- Italie by Franz Liszt
– “Revolutionary” etude op. 10, no.12 by Fryderyk Chopin

Piano & voice:
W. A. Mozart – Deh vieni, non tardar from Le nozze di Figaro
C. Gounod – The Jewel Song from Faust
G. Puccini – O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi
G. Puccini – Quando men vo from La Boheme
G. Donizetti – O luce di quest’ anima from Linda di Chamounix
A. Dvorak – Song to the Moon from Rusalka
F. Lehar – Vilja Lied from Die Lustige Witwe

Artist info:
Polish soprano, Wiktoria Szyrocka, holds a Master of Arts degree in Singing from the Academy of Music in Gdank, Poland. She started her musical education as a child; at the age of 4 she began piano lessons, she joined a Childrens’ Technical University Choir at the age of 8 and she took up flute playing when she was 14. In 2007, Wiktoria won a scholarship and moved to Hamburg (Germany) where she studied operatic singing at Die Hochschule für Music und Theater with Renate Behle.

While studying, Wiktoria performed such roles as: Zerlina (Don Giovanni – Mozart); Bastienne (Bastien and Bastienne – Mozart); Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice – Gluck); Erissena (Cleofide – Hasse) and Frasquita (Carmen – Bizet).

In 2007, Wiktoria went on a tour with Project Mozart 2003 covering the solo parts in Mozart’s Spatzen Messe C-dur KV 220 and Litaniae de venerabili altris Sacramento KV 24. In the artistic season 2008/2009, she was a member of the Witold Lutoslawki Philharmonic Choir in Wroclaw with whom she took part in the 43rd and the 44th edition of the International Wratislavia Cantans Music Festival in Wroclaw with artistic director Paul McCreesh; the works she performed during the festivals included The Dream of Gerontius (Edward Elgar), War Requiem (Benjamin Britten) and Symphony No. 8 (Gustav Mahler).

In London, she has performed with Guildford Opera (staged production of Johanser’s The Tempest, April); Greenwich Park Opera (concert version of Verdi’s La Traviata); The Solomon Choir and Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah, December 2009) and English Opera Singers (concert version of Verdi’s Macbeth). Wiktoria performed Bach’s B minor Mass in Arundel Cathedral with conductor Stephen Hope.

Wiktoria has taken part in several masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Laura Sarti (Berlin), Maurizio Collacichi (Rome) and Paul Esswood (Baroque music interpretation, Gdansk). She is currently engaged in further private study.

Born in South Korea, Sa Lang began her musical education on the piano and violin at the age of four. A few years after moving to London when she was eight, she was accepted in the class of Marcel Baudet at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London, with full scholarship. Currently, she is studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Prof. Andrew Ball.

Throughout the years, Sa Lang has enjoyed performing in festivals such as the Yehudi Menuhin School Summer Festival, Lamberhurst Festival and the Varna Summer Festival in Bulgaria. In 2010, she was invited to perform the complete set of Kinderzenen by Schumann at the Champs Hill Music Festival.

Having taken part in numerous masterclasses given by Ruth Nye, Paul Roberts, Victor Rosenbaum and Emile Naomoff, she has also been given chamber music coaching both as an accompanist and chamber musician by Natasha and Sasha Boyarsky, Loutsia Ibragimova, Akiko Ono, Thomas Carroll, Ioan Davies, to name a few.

As well as being a pianist, Sa Lang also plays the harpsichord. Previous teachers include Prof. Carole Cerasi and Jane Chapman and collaborations include with the great Austrian cellist, Heinrich Schiff. She has played for the Ambassador of Switzerland, along with a performance at at the Embassy of Bulgaria. Her performance venues include the Wigmore Hall in London, ROSL Edinburgh and Blair Atholl in Scotland and the National Gallery in Bulgaria.

Sa Lang enjoys participating in chamber music and future engagements include trio ensemble concerts with fellow students at the Royal College of Music and also collaborations with many pianists to perform great orchestral works on two pianos.

Date: Wed Apr 9th 2014, 1:10–2:00 pm
Venue: St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ
Tel: 020 72374445
Email: godfreyking316@btinternet.com
Web: www.ajsw.org.uk
Organiser: Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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