Romantischer Liederabend: Konrad Artur Cygal & Stefano Chiurchiù

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Romantischer Liederabend: Konrad Artur Cygal & Stefano Chiurchiù

  • 25 Feb 2024 — 27 Feb 2024

Join tenor Konrad Artur Cygal and pianist Stefano Chiurchiù for two concerts of Romantic Era art songs in Carlisle and Cambridge.

Konrad Artur Cygal is a tenor hailing from Poland. He commenced his musical education at the Music Primary School in Myslenice, Poland, where he received classical guitar instruction.

Following his initial training, he pursued classical vocal studies in the class of Dr. Maciej Gallas in Krakow. Subsequently, he enrolled at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice under the tutelage of Prof. Feliks Widera and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he studied with the soprano Kammersängerin Joanna Borowska-Isser. He did his postgraduate studies in the class of Univ.-Guest Prof. Priv.Doz. Dipl.-Mus.Päd. Hermine Haselböck-Littasy.

During his academic journey, he took on solo roles at the Private Opera Berlin, performing as Hermann in the operatic work "Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde" by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (2014) and as Namarand in the opera "Der Trank der Unsterblichkeit" by E.T.A. Hoffmann (2015). He also participated in song concerts in Krakow, Berlin, and Brogliano, Italy, as part of the Biblico Festival. In 2016, he sang arias from various oratorios with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra in several Churches in Berlin.

In the summer of 2017, he participated in the AIMS Opera Studio and in September/October of the same year, he performed again at the Private Opera Berlin, this time in two productions: "Amorys" by N. Richter (in the role of Amorys) - German Premier - and "Der Diktator" by E. Krenek (as the Officer).

During his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, he took part in the following productions: "Der Silbersee" by K. Weil (as the Bursche, 2017), "Dialogues des Carmélites" by F. Poulenc (as L'Aumonier, 2018), and "Im weißen Rössl" by R. Benatzky (as Sigismund, 2019). In 2018, he was a soloist in the Austrian Premier of "Achtung, Aufnahme!", an Opera by W. Grosz (as the Student), which took place at the ORF Radiokulturhaus in Vienna. In 2022, he performed in "Albert Herring" by B. Britten (as Mayor Upfold) in Graz.

He has had the privilege of collaborating with numerous conductors, including Andreas Stoehr, Hilary Griffiths, Frank Cramer, Lukas Beikircher, Francesco Bottigliero, Tadeusz Serafin, Dirk Kaftan, among others.

Stefano Chiurchiù, a pianist, was born in 1994 and completed his studies with distinction at the "G.B. Pergolesi" Conservatory of Music in Fermo under the guidance of Professor Fabrizio Viti. Subsequently, he continued his studies at the "Accademia Pianistica delle Marche" in Recanati, Italy, under the mentorship of Professor Lorenzo Di Bella. Currently, he is specializing in vocal chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in the class led by Prof. Julius Drake, previously by Professor Stacey Bartsch.

He has performed numerous concerts both as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. He has participated in various concert seasons organized by the "Amici della Musica" association in Montegranaro, the "Spazio Giovani" concert at "Civitanova Classica 2018", the "Jazz al Castello" festival in 2018 in Porto San Giorgio, and the "Concerti Oro" festival at the "Maria Malibran" Music Academy in Altidona in 2019.

As a soloist, he has appeared with the orchestra of the "G.B. Pergolesi" Conservatory of Music in Fermo and the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. He has also collaborated with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana as a pianist and celesta player.

Stefano alternates between studying piano and chamber music repertoire and working as a composer and arranger.

25 February 2024

St Cuthbert's Church, Carlisle

27 February 2024
Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

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