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Julia Frischknecht


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Igor Andreev


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Franz Schubert

An Sylvia D891 (Shakespeare)  - 1R

Frühlingsglaube D686  (Uhland)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Vier Arietten und ein Duett, Op. 82

1. Hoffnung "Dimmi ben mio che m'ami" (Anonymous)   - 1R
2. Liebes-Klage "T´intendo, si, mio core" (Pietro Metastasio)
3. Arietta buffa "L´amante impaziente" (Pietro Metastasio)
4. Arietta assai seriosa "L´amante impaziente" (Pietro Metastasio)

Robert Schumann 

Myrthen, Op.25

1. Widmung (Rückert)

17. Zwei Venezianische Lieder (Moore)

18. Zwei Venezianische Lieder (Moore)

26. Zum Schluss  (Rückert)

Emile Paladilhe

Psyché (Corneille)

Reynaldo Hahn

À Chloris (de Viau)   - 1R

Erich W. Korngold

Four Shakespeare Songs, Op.31

1. Desdemona's Song 

2. Under the greenwood tree 

3. Blow, blow, thou winter wind  

4. When birds do sing" aus   - 1R


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Julia Frischknecht


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The soprano Julia Frischknecht was born in 1995 and grew up in Switzerland.

From  2015 to 2020 she studied classical singing at the Bern University of  the Arts in the class of Prof. Christian Hilz, where she completed her  bachelor's degree with honors in the summer of 2018 and received a  Master of Arts in Performance, also summa cum laude, in 2020.

From  2021-2023 Julia Frischknecht studied the Master Performance Specialized  with a focus on soloist again in Bern under Prof. Christian Hilz. The  singer was also honored with an award for this degree.

The young singer has already gained stage experience in various areas.

Julia  Frischknecht made her opera debut on the big stage in May 2023 in  Brandenburg an der Havel as Liesl Karlstadt in the opera “Stillhang” by  Christian Spitzestaetter.

Igor Andreev


Igor  Andreev is an internationally active concert pianist, conductor,  organizer, accompanist and piano assistant at the universities of the  arts in Bern and Lucerne.

Born in the Baltic city  of Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg), Igor Andreev discovered his  passion for the piano at the age of 5 and was supported at a young age  at the conservatory in Saint-Petersburg. He continued his studies at the  University of the Arts in Bern in the class of Prof. Tomasz Herbut,  where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the best graduate for his  degree in 2017. Igor received subsequent inspiration from Konstantin  Lifschitz at the Lucerne University of the Arts, where he also became  his assistant.

Igor also enjoys working as an  organizer. Since 2019 he has led the world's only piano trio festival  “Piano Trio Fest” and since 2022 he has led the newly founded ensemble  “Sinfonietta Bern”. These projects have now become firmly established in  the cultural scene in Bern and Switzerland.

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