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The conductors of the competition (21-23 October 2022)

A total of 18 conductors representing 12 countries have been admitted to the competition

Matthew Abernathy (USA) | Siew Woon Choy (Singapore) | Matīss Circenis (Latvia/Germany) | Guillemette Daboval (France) | Pierre-Louis De Laporte (France) | Nele Erastus (Estonia) | Yu-Hao Huang (Taiwan) | Heeseong Lee (Republic of Korea) | Mariagrazia Marcon (Italy) | Irina Mikhailova (Russia) | Heide Müller (Germany) | Alejandro Gabriel Pance (Argentina) | Serena Peroni (Italy) | Patriks Stepe (Latvia) | Tobia Simone Tuveri (Italy) | Joung-A Yum (Republic of Korea) | Klaudia Zając (Poland) | Nora Žeigure (Latvia)

Matthew Abernathy (USA)

Matthew Abernathy is an American conductor and singer currently based in Florida. He studied choral conducting with J. Blackstone and K. Kiesler graduating at University of Michigan. He completed his doctorate at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of K. Saltzman Romey, M. Mehaffey and M. Russell Smith. He has participated in many masterclasses including the Chorus America Conducting Academy studying with D. Wolfe and D. Hayes, Norfolk Choral Conducting Workshop with S. Carrington and the Medomak Conductors Retreat with K. Kiesler. He is the artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay - Principal Chorus of The Florida Orchestra and Artist-In-Residence at the University of South Florida School of Music. From 2016 to 2022 Matthew has worked at Minnesota Opera where he was Music Director of Project Opera, a youth opera studio for students ages 10-18, with whom he recently prepared Bizet’s Carmen. He additionally works as the Chorus Master at the Lakes Area Music Festival and regularly assists in preparing Minnesota Chorale and Orchestra, including their recent BIS recording of Mahler Symphony No. 8. Other notable conducting appearances include concerts with: Bach Society of Minnesota, Dakota Valley Symphony Chorus, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, The Summer Singers, Opera MODO, Arbor Opera Theater, and the 113 Composer Collective. He has collaborated with conductors including M. Christie, C. Reif, J. Brandani, K. Kiesler, L. Rachleff, K. Saltzman Romey, and C. Perick. He conducts the Liturgical Choir at the University of St. Thomas and has conducted choirs and taught Ear Training/Aural Skills at the University of Minnesota.

Siew Woon Choy (Singapore) 

Siew Woon Choy is a Singaporean choral conductor, music educator and vocalist. She has studied choral conducting with J. Jordan (USA), S. Carrington (UK), M. Guinand (Venezuela), S. Halsey (UK), V. Hempfling (Germany), L. Nemes (Hungary) and J. Tham (Singapore). Her involvement in Singapore’s music scene includes collaborations with The Esplanade, Young Musicians’ Society, Magnetic Band as well as SYC Ensemble Singers, where her role as assistant conductor (2009–2018) saw her working largely on new music and chamber choral works with interdisciplinary elements. She was selected to represent Singapore in the Asia Pacific Youth Choir in 2011 and 2014, promoting and performing choral music of the Asia Pacific region. In 2017, Siew Woon was selected to conduct the International Masterclass for Choral Conductors at the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition (Marktoberdorf). In 2019 she received a conducting fellowship from the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (USA), where she conducted the choir and orchestra of the festival. She is active as a conductor of several school choirs in Singapore and has won international awards with them in Singapore, Czech Republic and Hong Kong. In 2020 Siew Woon was conferred Singapore’s prestigious National Arts Council Arts Scholarship in support of her pursuit of the Master of Music (Conducting programme) at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Simultaneously, she was enrolled the Master of Music Education (Choral Emphasis programme) at the Westminster Choir College (USA), under the Trailblazer Foundation Study Grant. 

Matīss Circenis (Latvia/Germany)

Born in 1997, Matīss Circenis is a conductor from Riga (Latvia). Born in Germany, he has been playing piano and singing since the age of 5. He took conducting lessons since the age of 15 with his first conducting teacher M. Klišāns. From 2004 to 2017 he attended the National School of Arts Riga Cathedral Choir School (RCSS). Since 2017, Matīss has been studying with A. Veismanis at the J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in order to earn a degree in choral conducting (2021) and then continue on his path. In 2019-2020 he studied choir conducting at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music as part of the Erasmus exchange programme with D. Reuss and J. Vermunt. He also devoted himself to orchestra conducting led by C. Deseure and M. Ozoliņš. As singer, he has travelled across Europe, Israel, Japan and the USA singing with several professional and amateur choirs, as well as a soloist and conductor. Matīss has worked with many important choirs in Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands and other countries. He also collaborated with many orchestras in his country and abroad. He works as a choirmaster and conductor in the mixed choir Vēja Balss of Carnikava (Latvia) and sings in the professional chamber choir Ave Sol in Riga. He is also the Boys’ Choir teacher at the Riga French Lycée. Matīss has successfully participated in various international conducting competitions in Latvia, receiving the 1st prize in the 1st S. Broks International Young Conductors Competition (2016) and the 3rd place at the I. Kokars International Young Conductors Competition (2016). In 2019, he took part at the International Choral Conducting Competition Aegis Carminis in Slovenia, where he received a special prize for the most promising young conductor, and in the same year, he was the first Latvian conductor to win the J. Vitols Choral Conductors International Competition. 

Guillemette Daboval (France)

Guillemette Daboval enjoys working equally with a-capella choirs as well as symphony orchestras. She studied conducting with a special focus on choir. In 2019, she obtained her higher diploma of Music Performance (DNSPM) from the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon (CNSMD) where she studied in the class of L. Sow. In 2022 she graduated from the Lyon Conservatory with a master’s degree in choir conducting as well music pedagogy. At the same time, she continued her studies in voice and orchestra conducting. Her teachers include E. Mazzola, D. Waldman and R. Pichon. Conducting Carmen by Bizet with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, she was able to further her experience in opera conducting. At the 2022 Berlin Opernfest, Guillemette served as assistant conductor for Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss. In 2019, she assisted Q. Hindley in a production of Die Zauberflöte by Mozart. In 2021 she conducted the Ericson Chamber Choir as semi-finalist of Eric Ericson International Award and the Targu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022 as conductor who has advanced to the last round of Erich Bergel Competition. She is invited by M. Romano to conduct the Aedes Ensemble and entrusted with the conducting of the youth choir and orchestra project with the Champs-Elysées Orchestra. She started to work with the Radio France Choir assisting L. Sow in the Totentanz production and S.P. Bestion for the creation of Bestiaire by A. Petit, as well as with Accentus Choir for the radio drama Solaris. In 2017 she founded the Ensemble Esquisses, a professional women’s choir which performed during the Quotidiennes in July 2021 at La Cité de la Voix in Vézelay.

Pierre-Louis de Laporte (France)

Pierre-Louis de Laporte began his musical career as a violinist and child chorister before turning to conducting studies at the age of 15. He has studied orchestral conducting with A. McDonnell, and choral conducting with C. Morel at the Conservatoire of Paris, where he obtained two Diplome d’Étude Musicales. He graduated at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon in 2020, where he studied with L. Sow. He attended masterclass and studied with outstanding personalities as N. Corti, R. Pichon, G. Pedersen and G. Graden. Passionate about the art and science of choral sound - especially in the a cappella repertoire - and their transmission, he embarked on a doctoral cycle following the completion of his Masters in choral conducting and pedagogy. His musical life has led him to collaborate with renowned ensembles, in prestigious venues in France and abroad (Philharmonie de Paris, Musikfest in Bremen, ecc). He has been assistant conductor of the french National Youth Choir from 2014 to 2020. In 2020, he worked as assistant to D. Waldman, at the National Orchestra Avignon-Provence, and will collaborate with her again in November 2022, at the Dijon Opera (Dijon Bourgogne Orchestra. In 2021 he collaborated with the Ericson Chamber Choir, as semi-finalist of Eric Ericson International Award. In 2022, he collaborated as assistant to S. Jeannin with the BBC Singers for the Keble Early Musik Festival, and made his debut as a guest conductor with the Radio France choir and the Dijon Opera choir.
In 2023, among other projects, and besides his work with his own ensembles, he will be collaborating again with the Radio France Choir and Radio France Children Choir.   

Nele Erastus (Estonia) 

Born in 1993, Nele Erastus has been highly involved with music in her hometown Pärnu, Estonia from an early age. Today, she is active both nationally and internationally as a conductor, singer and chorus master. Nele is the recipient of the Young Conductor of the Year Award in 2021 and she won the 1st prize in a choral conducting competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany in June 2022. She has had the opportunity to work with many choirs locally and abroad, like The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Ensemble Aedes, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and many others. She is the chief conductor of Chamber Choir Sireen where she has led the ensemble to several prizes in important competitions, most notably 1st prize of the 2019 European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) Choir Competition in Barcelona (Spain 2019). With Sireen, which is very active in both performances and commissions of new music, she’s focusing now on recording their album “Terra Feminarum” that features many new compositions from young Estonian composers. Nele finished her Bachelor’s degree in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under T. Kaljuste and is currently in her Master’s programme, enriching her studies with Erasmus programme abroad in National High Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon (France) with L. Sow and Music Academy of Saarbrücken in Germany with G. Grün. She is actively taking part in masterclasses, both choral and orchestra, learning from conductors P. Järvi, N. Järvi, G. Pedersen, F. Bernius, J. V. i Casañas, S. Halsey and many others.   

Yu-Hao Huang (Taiwan) 

Yu-Hao Lorenz is a Taiwanese conductor and pedagogue in Austria. She is born in Taipei (Taiwan) and started to play piano and viola at 8 years old. In 2011 she graduated in Singing at the National Taiwan Normal University and in 2016 in Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Since 2015 she started her studies in Choral Conducting with J. Prinz, in Theatre Accompaniment with G. Fruhmann and Orchestra Conducting with W. Dörner. In 2021 she completed her master studies in Choral Conducting with honouring and she will graduate soon her second master studies in Theatre Accompaniment and Orchestra Conducting. She is the receiver of talent scholarship 2015-2019 at the University of Graz and the receiver of talent scholarship 2017 from the City of Graz. She participated in many masterclasses with G. Graden, F. Bernius, R. Sund, G. Grün, S. Leek and many others. She also conducted opera music and rehearsed with singers in many projects: Albert Herring of B. Britten, L’elisir d’amore of G. Donnizetti and Im Weissen Rössl by R. Benatzky. At the moment she is working as choral conductor, orchestra conductor and piano teacher in Austria. From 2018 to 2022 she worked as assistant and accompanist in student choir and chamber choir at the University of Graz and also as accompanist in the choral conducting class of J. Prinz. She collaborated with many professional choirs and orchestras such as Polifonija Šiauliai State Chamber Choir, the project choir of Feniarco European Academy for choral conductors (2021), Savaria symphony orchestra Szombathely, the chamber orchestra Grazer Frauenphilharmonie, the brass orchestra, the movie music orchestra and the studio choir at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz.   

Heeseong Lee (Republic of Korea)

Heeseong Lee, a native of South Korea, is studying Choral Music minoring in Instrumental Conducting and Organ at University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA). Previously she received her Bachelor’s (2013) and Master’s (2016) degree in Choral Conducting at Yonsei University in South Korea. Heesong was an instructor of Choral Conducting and lead Conductor of the USC Thornton University Chorus; she is currently alto section leader in the USC Chamber Singers, piano accompanist of USC Oriana Choir and assistant conductor in Korean Community Christian Singers in Los Angeles. In addition, Heesong Lee was the Finalist of the 2021 ACDA National Student Conducting Masterclass and was accepted as a Conducting Fellow for the Orchestral Conducting Symposium at the University of Colorado Boulder and International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Houston. She was awarded the grand prize at both the 4th National Chorus Choral Conductor Competition (2015) and the Jubilate Music Alliance Choral Conductor Competition (2016) in Korea. In addition she was awarded the 2nd prize at World Choral Conducting Competition in Hong Kong held by World Youth & Children Choral Artists' Association (2019).  

Mariagrazia Marcon (Italy)

Born in 1985, she graduated brilliantly in Lyric Singing in 2008 at the Conservatorio B. Marcello of Venice under the guidance of S. Da Ros. In 2011 she obtained the Composition License under the guidance of D. Zanettovich, at the Conservatorio G. Tartini of Trieste where, in 2013, she brilliantly concluded the first level in Choral Composition and Choral Conducting with A. Martinolli. During 2014-2015 she completed the Biennium of Choral Composition and Choir Conducting at the Conservatorio G. Verdi of Turin with the highest marks and mention. She then attended the Choral Conducting course "Il respiro è già canto". She attended masterclasses with G. Grun, S. Thorp, F. M. Bressan, C. Pavese and L. Marzola, M. Berrini, V. Bono, G. Graden and for orchestra conducting with G. Guarino. She is currently artistic director of the Accademia Tetracordo of Vittorio Veneto and the conductor of the choir of the academy with whom she has performed in several productions such as Gloria of A. Vivaldi, Stabat Mater of J. Rheinberger, Requiem of G. Faurè, Christus of F. Mendelssohn. She conducts the choir Voci Bianche Toti dal Monte of Pieve di Soligo, with which she won second prize at the International Competition for young musicians of Treviso (2013). She is a teacher at the Toti del Monte school in Pieve di Soligo, the A. Benvenuti Institute in Conegliano and the A. Corelli Musical Association in Vittorio Veneto. In 2017 she won the special award for best conductor under 32 at the National Competition for Choral Conductors Le mani in suono in Arezzo and in 2019 and 2020 ranked fourth. In 2021 she published a critical revision of the Requiem op. 48 by G. Fauré.  

Irina Mikhailova (Russia) 

Irina Mikhailova graduated in choral conducting at N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint-Petersburg State Musical College with D. Smirnov and at N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory with V. Nesterov. In 2021, as part of the Diagilev Festival in Perm, she participated as a conductor in the masterclasses of T. Currentzis and V. Polonsky. In May 2022 she attended, as active conductor, the masterclass of the University of Illinois Chamber Singer under the guidance of A. Megill. She is currently undergoing an intership in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn with T. Kapten. Irina is the conductor and choirmaster of such youth collectives as the Saint Petersburg Mining University Choir Montem and female choir of State Pedagogical music college n. 3, being involved in their successful concert life both in Russia and abroad.
Irina is an artist of the Festino Chamber Choir from Saint Petersburg conducted by A. Makarova, which is a winner of international competitions experimenting repertoires of different eras and styles. Irina participated to many Russian and international music competitions achieving excellent results such as 3rd prize at the International competition The voice of youth (2018), 2nd prize at the Tsvetikov International Piano Competition (2018), 2nd prize at the International competition Poliphonica (2019), 2nd prize at the Russian Competition for Young Conductors of Academic Choirs (2020) and the Gran Prix at the International competition Singing conductor (2020).  

Heide Müller (Germany)

In August 2022 Heide Müller completed her bachelor's degree in choral conducting with A. Kohler at Hochschule für Musik Detmold, after a master's degree in Oslo at Norges Musikkhogskole with G. Pedersen. As part of an Erasmus exchange, she studied at Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with F. Malmberg. As a member of Mädchenchor Hannover, she received voice lessons from G. Schröfel and studied singing with G. Romberger. As a freelance conductor she performed with various ensembles in well-known concert series, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker and others. She has worked with conductors such as A. Nelsons, M. Albrecht, I. Metzmacher, T. Hengelbrock, E. G. Jensen and A. Manze and attended master classes with S. Halsey, G. Grün, P. Ahmann, Y. Weinberg, the Kings's Singers and Voces 8. From 2017 to 2019 she conducted the children's and youth choir of Staatsoper Hannover and simultaneously served as artistic assistant the Mädchenchor Hannover. From 2019 to 2022 she held a teaching position for choral training of young students at Hochschule für Musik Detmold and has devoted herself extensively to choral and vocal ensemble work as a church musician. In 2019 she founded cara tonale vokalensemble, with which she is particularly dedicated to contemporary music. Since 2021 Heide Müller has been a scholarship holder of the Deutschlandstipendium and was accepted into the Forum Dirigieren of Deutscher Musikrat in 2022.  

Alejandro Gabriel Pance (Argentina) 

Born in 1993 in La Plata (Argentina), Alejandro Pance is now based in Tromsø (Norway). After Orchestral Conducting and Piano studies in Argentina he completed his studies graduating in Choral Conducting in 2021 at the Norwegian Academy of Music under the guidance of G. Pedersen, He conducts Tromsø Akademiske Kvinnekor, Det Norske Mannskor av 1995 and Grønnåsen Kirkekor; in the past he has worked with groups such as Det Norske Solistkor, De Norske Kammersangere, Asker Kammerkor, Coro Polifónico Nacional Argentino, Rundfunk-Jugendchor Wernigerode and Tous Ensemble. He has participated in many international seminars and masterclasses with conductors like D. Reuss, F. Helgath, K. Putniņš, H. D. Nystedt, A. van der Merwe, R. Vanags, D. Bostock and A. Alonso. He studied Orchestra Conducting participating in masterclasses with P. Järvi, N. Järvi, R. Muti, R. Fischer, P. I. Calderón, Y. Talmi, D. Bostock. He received the Distinguished Alumni prize in 2018, the Noël Minet Scholarship in 2020 and the Kulturrådets Statens Kunstnerstipend in 2021. He was shortlisted as a first reserve for the 2021 Eric Ericson Award.  

Serena Peroni (Italy) 

Born in 1999, Serena Peroni is a choral conductor, singer and pianist. In 2017 she concluded a two-year training in choral conducting at the P. Righele Academy and now she’s studying at the Italian Choral Academy. She attended many masterclasses and courses with worldwide renowned conductors: D. Tabbia, L. Marzola, F. Barchi, M. Lanaro, L. Golino, G. Susana, P. Veleno, M. Da Rold, L. Donati, M. Merone, R. Rasmussen, U. Lah, P. Broadbent. In 2022 she graduated brilliantly in piano with M. Tezza. She won several first and second prizes in national and international piano and chamber music competitions. She is frequently works with children as piano and choir teacher in schools. As soprano she attended many important projects with renowned choirs: Eurochoir (2018, 2021), the Italian National Choir (2019), Coro Polifonico San Biagio, Siena Cathedral Choir G. Chigi Saracini. Since its foundation (2018), she is the artistic director of the vocal group Iter Novum from Trissino (VI) with which she carries out an intense concert activity, participating in exhibitions, festivals and competitions. In 2022 with this group she won the prize for best conductor at the G. Savani National Competition in Carpi. Serena is also the artistic director of the children's choir Iter novum, which she founded in 2019 and with which she obtained the 2nd prize at the international competition Làsló Spezzaferri (2021) and the 3rd prize at the Choral Competition Città di Riccione (2021) and the International competition Città di Treviso. Since October 2021 she has been conducting the female choir Ensemble la Rose of Piovene Rocchette. She is the winner of the 1st prize at the National Choral Conducting Competition Le mani in suono of Arezzo (2022).  

Patriks Stepe (Latvia)

Patriks Stepe started his studies of choir conducting at Riga Cathedral Choir School, in the class of M. Klišāns and his vocal studies with V. Tračuma. He has gained invaluable experience while participating in several projects together with the Riga Cathedral Boys Choir, including being a choir singer and soloist at The Latvian National Opera in many performances. Since 2018 Patriks has finished his Bachelor studies of choral conducting at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with A. Veismanis and now is continuing his Master’s degree. Patriks became a finalist and the winner of a special prize at Imants Kokars 2nd International Competition for Young Choir Conductors from Vocational Music Secondary Educational Institutions in 2016, and he has been a laureate of multiple vocal singing competitions in Latvia. He has also participated in many international projects with the European Choir Academy mixed choir in Hamburg (Germany). In Latvia, he has worked as choir conductor on various professional choral projects with different ensembles or choirs. From 2013 to 2018, he was the choirmaster of the chamber choir DeCoro and since 2018 he is the second conductor of the Youth Choir Kamēr.... Since 2021 he has started working as a choir conducting teacher in Alfreds Kalnins Cesis Music Secondary School and in 2022 he became the artistic director and conductor of the mixed choir Beverīna.   

Tobia Simone Tuveri (Italy) 

Born in Cagliari in 1989, Tobia Simone Tuveri studied piano at Music Conservatory G.P. da Palestrina in Cagliari, where he graduated with F. Giangrandi. In 2014 he graduated in Psychological sciences and techniques at University of Cagliari and in 2015 in Music Therapy at the Cesfor Institute in Bolzano. In 2017 he completed the annual master specialisation at the Guido da Arezzo School for choral conductors and in 2018 he graduated with full marks and honours in Choral Conducting and Composition at the G.P. da Palestrina Conservatory of Cagliari. As choral conductor, he attended seminars and masterclasses with very important musicians such as G. Morgan, M. Koczka, G. Graden, M. Berrini, M. Privitera, A. Cadario, M. Fulgoni, G, Mazzucato, T. Visioli, C. Pavese, R. Rasmussen, L. Donati, N. Corti, L. Leo and V. Bono. From 2015 to 2017 he was the conductor of the Sardinian Regional Choir. As a singer he sang with the National Youth Choir from 2017 to 2019 and in the recent years he participated in some UT insieme vocale-consonante projects. He has made several musical projects with school-based choirs (Coro Primo Levi, Coro G.Brotzu) an he is currently the Artistic and Musical Director of Hic et Nunc Association (Coro Hic et Nunc, Coro Multi Unum, Coro PiccolHic), of the male choir Terra Mea and of the male ensemble Gradi Congiunti. Moreover he carries out an intense activity of music education in the primary school. In 2019 he won the third prize at the National Competition for choral conductors Le mani in suono in Arezzo. In 2020, his composition "L’ago di Garda" was selected by Feniarco for the book serie Giro Giro Canto, volume 8. In 2022 he led a music literacy course for Fersaco.  

Joung-A Yum (Republic of Korea) 

Born in 1988 in Incheon (South Korea), the conductor Joung-A Yum is singer, choral conductor and pianist. She started to play the piano at age of three, mesmerized by the vivid contrast between the black and white keys. After receiving her Bachelor's in Piano Performance from Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea, Joung-A realized her true passion was vocal music and worked to earn her Master's in Choral Conducting from the Korean National University of Arts with H. S. Kim. Since moving to the US in 2018, she has continued her studies at Texas State University with C. H. Johnson and now pursues the Musical Arts master degree under the guidance of J. Bass at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Based on her belief that every form of art must inspire audiences, Joung-A strives to make her choral performances as stimulating and fascinating as possible. Passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, Joung-A established a performance group called Y&J in 2015, in which she produced premiere performances of over two dozen works by emerging young composers in conjunction with visual art, dance and other media, including that of her sister, choreographer Joung-Yun Yum. She served as assistant conductor for the Conspirare Symphonic Choir in Austin, Texas. Since she started her doctoral degree at UCLA, she has served as a Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for UCLA Opera production, The Rake's Progress, conducted by P. Kazaras, L'elisir d'amore, conducted by R. Hak and others. In summer 2022 Joung-A Yum joined the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute at Aspen Music Festival.  

Klaudia Zając (Poland)

Klaudia Zajac is a Polish conductor and singer and she has been living and working in Belgium since 2018. She first studied piano and classical singing at the W. Żeleński State Music School in Kraków. After she graduated with honours in conducting at the Academy of Music in Krakow with S. Krawczyński and at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover with A. Felber, Klaudia moved to Brussels to continue her studies in choral conducting with C. Michiels. She obtained her master's degree with great distinction in June 2020. For several years she has been very active in the field of choral singing and is currently serving as the music conductor of Sammartini Choir as well as the female vocal ensemble Why Note. In parallel, she frequently travels abroad for international projects, workshops and competitions. She also remains active locally, giving singing and choral workshops for choirs in Belgium. She has worked with major choirs and orchestras, including Transylvanian State Philharmonic Choir, North Czech Philharmonic, Nova Era Vocal Ensemble, Choir of the Warsaw University of Technology. In May 2022 she has won a place in the Young Conductors Mentoring Scheme with D. Temple and Crouch End Festival Chorus based in London and she will be assisting the rehearsals and concerts of the choir for the artistic season 2022/2023. Klaudia is specialised in Romantic Music, but she is also passionate about experimentation and performing Contemporary Choral and Orchestral Music.   

Nora Žeigure (Latvia) 

Nora Žeigure is a Latvian choir conductor based in Riga. She currently conducts the Latvian University mixed choir Dziesmuvara and the Riga 3rd Gymnasium mixed choir. In 2021 she was manager and artistic leader of a project in the cultural forum Baltā Nakts (White Night), organised by Riga City Council. Nora is one of the founders and the artistic leader of the singing movement ChoirUp (2018) which provides artistic collaborations with Latvian artists of various genres. Nowadays ChoirUp gathers from 60 to 400 singers at a time. She was a juror in the Talsi Choir Competition (2019) organised by the Latvian National Centre for Culture. In 2020 Nora conducted the State Choir Latvia in J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music earning the highest recognition. From 2015 to 2019 she also collaborated as a singer with the same choir for projects held in Cēsis (Latvia), Madrid, Barcelona and Paris and in the years 2016 and 2017 with the Uj Liszt Ferenc Kamarakorus in Budapest. Her choir conductor experience was well established during high school studies in Riga Dome Choir School with V. Bernhofs and at J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music where she graduated in Choir Conducting with M. Sirmais. From 2014 to 2020, Nora has taken part in choir and orchestra conducting masterclasses with L. Koehler, M. Klišāns, J. P. Weigle, P. Krysaitis, D. Alfonso and the Aarhus Chamber choir. She won the 3rd prize at the 2014 International Emīļa Melngaiļa Choral Conductors Competition in Liepāja (Latvia, 2014) and at Varsavia Cantat Choral Competition in Warsaw (Poland, 2015) and the 1st and audience prize at the National Competition for Young Choral Conductors in Budapest, (Hungary, 2017). In September 2022 with the Dziesmuvara choir she won two prizes at the Rimini International Choral Competition.

The 60 entrants were qualified by the artistic committee composed of Marco Berrini (Feniarco), Dario Tabbia (G. Verdi Conservatory of Music in Turin), Davide Benetti (Associazione Cori Piemontesi) and Burak Onur Erdem (European Choral Association).

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