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Award-Profitable Voice/Piano Duo Jared Michaud and Christina Koti to Carry out in NYC

NEW YORK – The award-winning, London-based voice/piano duo of Jared Andrew Michaud and Christina Maria Koti carry out a recital of artwork songs influenced by Greek traditions and tradition, titled Greece & Artwork Music: In Fable and Custom, on Friday, February 17, 8 PM, on the DiMenna Heart for Classical Music, 450 West thirty seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Franco-American baritone Michaud and Greek pianist Koti who’s initially from the island of Rhodes, have been working carefully for practically three years now after assembly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, the place they each acquired their grasp’s levels and studied with Neil Baker, Deniz Gelenbe-Arman, Helen Yorke, and Eugene Asti. The duo has acquired worldwide recognition for his or her interpretation of artwork music, profitable first prize on the 2022 Federation of Artwork Music Fellowship Competitors in New York Metropolis, the 4th Worldwide SGSM Singing Competitors in Slovenia, and the 2022 Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo Competitors in London. The gifted musicians spoke with The Nationwide Herald about their music and the upcoming recital which explores the nuanced relationship between Greek music and classical music, and the age-old duality of East and West with a formidable program of songs in Greek, French, German, Russian, and English by composers comparable to Schubert, Ravel, Berkeley, Constantinides, and Hadjidakis.

When requested in the event that they all the time wished to pursue a profession in music, Michaud informed TNH: “Not essentially. I have been performing in a technique or one other since I used to be very younger, singing and dancing and appearing. I liked to sing from a younger age after which was the cantor in my church for a few years, however for many of my life I actually wished to be an actor. I solely actually received into classical singing once I went to college, the place they supplied free classes, and I have been hooked since. I used to attempt to stability my tutorial passions with my efficiency ones, however now I do know that—particularly with initiatives like these—there are methods for each these pursuits to coexist.”

Franco-American baritone Jared Andrew Michaud and Greek pianist Christina Maria Koti, who’s initially from Rhodes, will carry out in New York on February 17. (Picture: Courtesy of Jared Michaud and Christina Koti)

In response to the identical query, Koti stated: “Probably not. I began taking piano classes on the age of 5 however for a few years I wished to pursue a profession in dance and significantly classical ballet. My mom is a musician however regardless of the influences at house it was solely once I entered the Music Excessive College of Rhodes that I carried out music, and significantly piano, was the factor I wished to concentrate on.”

When requested what it was like profitable the Federation of the Artwork Music (FAS) Fellowship Competitors, they informed TNH that it was “very surreal and shocking! We’re fairly younger, and although we have received different competitions in Europe, this one had no age restrict and a few extremely gifted opponents—we have been actually simply grateful to have made it to the ultimate spherical of the competitors. However profitable was much more wonderful, particularly because it comes with a complete bunch of live shows like this one in NYC and plenty of assist from gifted mentors.”

Of how lengthy the upcoming live performance took to place collectively, they informed TNH that “as a duo, we have all the time been all in favour of blurring the traces between canonical repertoire and fewer generally carried out music, and this fellowship and this live performance offers us a pleasant large platform to take action. Final summer season, we acquired funding from Assist Musicians (a UK charity) to coach and carry out in Greece on the Horto Competition with collaborative pianist/coach Christos Marinos. Since then, we have been engaged on a number of the songs featured in our live performance program.”

The duo added that Koti has all the time wished to carry out Greek artwork music and characterize her tradition, however Michaud has all the time been a bit hesitant due to how troublesome the language is. However after their experiences in Greece and now this nice live performance alternative, Michaud has turn out to be actually enthusiastic about studying Greek and Koti has been a extremely nice trainer as properly.

“However in the end, plenty of this music is contemporary and only a few months previous,” they informed TNH, noting that “extra than simply working towards the music, we have needed to do plenty of digging for a few of this music, as a few of it isn’t simply accessible to the general public and even revealed.”

Koti additionally acquired assist from musicologist Myrto Economides on the Lilian Voudouri Music Library of Greece to entry a number of the scores that they are going to be performing.

When requested how they selected the items to incorporate in this system, they informed TNH: “We actually wished to incorporate music that might attraction to everybody—to each classical music followers and on a regular basis Greek/Greek-American individuals. Our intention isn’t just to current a live performance of canonical Western European music impressed by Greece (the myths, the poets, and even the unique East) neither is it to only carry out the works of solely Greek composers. Quite, we’re hoping to convey everybody to the live performance corridor by blurring the traces between these two classes of music and present the affect Greece has had within the artwork music world, whether or not by way of Western fascination or their very own composers.”

“We selected some canonical items that is likely to be acquainted to viewers members and have paired them with songs by Greek composers with comparable themes so as to share a number of views to in the end the identical message,” they continued. “In the long run, we hope that viewers members depart not solely with a extra complicated view of Greece and this duality of East and West but additionally with a brand new appreciation of some actually beautiful Greek artwork songs which are hardly ever carried out.”

Of what is subsequent for the duo, Koti stated that “we’re performing a distinct program in Could in Princeton and New Brunswick, NJ, so we’re making ready for that in addition to quite a lot of different recitals in London. We’re consistently making ready for and competitions in competitions around the globe, so we’ll proceed to journey the world and get ourselves on the market. Jared is performing with Grange Park Opera this summer season within the UK, and collectively we’ll seemingly do one other duo course this summer season to work with a gifted mentor and observe some music. Subsequent yr, we’re relocating to Paris to pursue Artist Diplomas and to work with famend collaborative pianist/coach Susan Manoff.”

Extra info and tickets can be found on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3ZwwDs6.

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