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Une voix d'or et un quintet de cuivre

ILKER ARCAYÜREK

SIMON LEPPER, PIANO
GENEVA BRASS QUINTET

Baptiste Berlaud | Lionel Walter | Christophe Sturzenegger | David Rey | Eric Rey

ILKER ARCAYÜREK Born in Istanbul and raised in Vienna, tenor Ilker Arcayürek has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile vocal artists in recent years – hailed by the press for his ‘golden tenor’ (Opera Now Magazine) and quickly establishing himself ‘in a class of his own’ (The Guardian). He is a winner of the International Art Song Competition of Germany’s Hugo Wolf Academy, a finalist of the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. He was also selected to perform at Ronaldo Vilazon’s ‘Stars of tomorrow’ for ARTE. In 2017 Champs Hill Records released his first solo album ‘Der Einsame’, featuring Schubert songs and accompanied by Simon Lepper, to great critical acclaim.

From 2015 to 2018, Ilker was a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Nürnberg, singing repertoire including Rodolfo La Bohème, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Nadir Les pêcheurs de Perles, the Evangelist in Bach St Matthew Passion, and Andres Wozzeck, as well as the title roles of Idomeneo, and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Other roles prior to this, as part of the studio of Zürich Opera and member of the ensemble of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, include Ferrando Così fan tutte, Aljeja From the House of the Dead, Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier, The Prince The Love for Three Oranges, Alfred Die Fledermaus and Tamino /Die Zauberflöte.

Concert highlights have included a performance of Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall followed by performances and a recording of the work for Naxos Records with the Danish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Adam Fischer, and debuts at Bozar’s Klarafestival singing Liszt’s Faust Symphony with the Orchestre National de Belgique under the baton of Hugh Wolff, with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the baton of Mariss Jansons in Bruckner Mass in F minor, with the Orchestre National du Lyon singing the tenor arias in the St Matthew Passion and performances of Thomas Larcher A Padmore Cycle with the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck. Other conductors that he has worked with include Ivor Bolton, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Riccardo Minasi and Lars Vogt.

SIMON LEPPER read music at King’s College Cambridge. He is a professor of collaborative piano at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Recent performance highlights include an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with baritone Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York with mezzo Karen Cargill; a recital with Christopher Purves at the Frick Collection, New York; a performance with Mark Padmore of Schubert Winterreise at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems, Austria; recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and at the Wigmore Hall where appearances also have included recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie Bevan, Christopher Purves and Lawrence Zazzo.

GENEVA BRASS QUINTET À l’image du célèbre couteau suisse, le Geneva Brass Quintet est une formation de musique de chambre aux multiples talents. Sa sonorité chaleureuse et brillante se prête aussi bien au ciselé d’une fugue de Bach qu’au doux murmure d’une balade de Cosma, ou à une traditionnelle mélodie de cor des Alpes. Elle sait être puissante pour donner la réplique à un orgue, un big band, une harmonie, mais aussi pleine de douceur pour accompagner un choeur, une flûte de pan et même une harpe. L’ensemble aime aussi s’associer à d’autres disciplines comme l’histoire ou la science. Sans oublier les enfants, puisqu’il a déjà créé deux spectacles à leur intention.

Le Geneva Brass Quintet est un ardent défenseur de la culture helvétique et inclut régulièrement dans ses programmes des oeuvres de compositeurs suisses, comme Richard Dubugnon Jean-François Michel, Étienne Crausaz ou Daniel Schnyder. Il commande régulièrement de nouvelles pièces originales pour élargir son répertoire.

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