Vladimir Chernov, Co-founder
Internationally renowned Russian baritone VLADIMIR CHERNOV, has sung over 40 leading roles and has appeared at nearly every major international theater including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, Teatro Colon, Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Vienna Staatsoper. He has worked with many of today's great opera conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, and Seiji Ozawa.
His U.S. debut was at Los Angeles Opera in the 1989-90 season as Posa in Verdi's Don Carlo, opposite Plácido Domingo. Mr. Chernov's most requested roles include Germont in La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Eugene Onegin, Miller in Luisa Miller, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades. Mr. Chernov is now a Professor of vocal studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Olga Toporkova, Co-founder
OLGA TOPORKOVA is a world-class expert on Bel Canto vocal technique. She has devoted her life to studying the mechanism of the human voice. She is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied opera performance and dramatic acting. Mrs. Toporkova teaches in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and Payerbach. Her students have won or have been finalists in major international competitions including Cardiff Singer of the World, Operalia, the Loren L. Zachary Competition, Deborah Voigt Vero Beach International Competition, Giulio Gari Foundation, and many more.
Nicolas Fortin is an acting trainer who works with professional performers in Paris. He graduated from the prestigious “Cours Florent” in 2012 and from “3is” in film directing four years later. Since then, he has developed his own coaching method for actors.
Years of observation on cinema sets, where he worked as a technician, and time spent as a fiction writer enabled him to develop material and experience to help actors and singers on stage. To be an artist is to deal with emotions and human nature for a living. The acting trainer must thus design tools and methods to lead a performer down the most efficient path of expression that matches her/his particular capabilities.
Nicolas Fortin’s Cyclic Method creates a path that trails from the performer to the role he or she must embody. To achieve this, the trainer must be able to adapt, and have a thorough understanding of the performer’s personality. The work heightens their natural precision and intensity, enabling them to grow while performing and, finally, to transform into the artist they wish to become.
ANNE ENGLEBERT, physical therapist by training, specializes in work on movement and dynamic posturology, which harmonize and balance the body. Ms. Englebert has worked for many years, especially with singers and artists, and has created the workshops "The Scales of the Body" and "Gesture and Sound." Through her work, she explores music, dance, and voice in the various courses and techniques of communication. Mrs. Englebert has also worked for eight years as a Stage Director and Screenwriter in Opera Liege (Belgium) and with Liege Philharmonic Orchestras and Monaco. She is involved in contemporary creation (music, visual arts and dance) with the Art Season of "Ars Musica." She holds courses at the Music colleges of Brussels, Liege, Mons, and Wallonia, and holds Workshops for musicians every year at the Music Festival in Fort-Mahon (France) and Dinant (Belgium).
NINA UHARI is a Finnish pianist and vocal coach. She received her Masters of Music at the Sibelius Academy after her professional studies in solo piano and chamber music with Matti Raekallio, Eero Heinonen, Ralf Gothoni, Ilmo Ranta and Gustav Djupsjöbacka. She later continued her studies in Baltimore (USA) with Julian Martin and finished in Paris with Bernard Ringeisse. Ms. Uhari worked as a vocal coach in CNIPAL (Centre National d'Insertion pour des Artistes Lyriques) in Marseille, where she became chief correpetitor in 2008. Ms. Uhari has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist for singers in Finland, France (Midem, Operas of Bordeaux, Marseille, Nancy, Avignon, Toulon, Théâtre du Châtelet, Chorégies d'Orange, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier), Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Colombia, Togo and USA. She has collaborated in many masterclasses with baritone Tom Krause, Yvonne Minton, Mady Mesplé, Regina Werner, Janine Reiss and Felicity Lott. Ms. Uhari has extensive experience working as coach at festivals and houses such as Aix en Provence, Opera Marseille, Avignon, Toulon and Opera Massy. She has received many prizes in international competitions and currently works at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot and the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
Junghyun Elisabeth Lee
Born 1981 in Seoul (South Korea)
In Seoul: Piano BA and MA studies at the Seoul National University in Korea and 1st prize at the Philharmonic Competition in Seoul.
Further studies in Vienna: at the MUK - University of the City of Vienna vocal repetition opera with Kristin Okerlund, vocal repetition art song (Lied) and oratorio with Ralf Heiber and Carolyn Hague, at the MDW - University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna solo piano, song accompaniment , chamber music repertoire with Thomas Kreuzberger.
She worked as a Pianist at the City Choir, National Choir in Korea, and NARA Opera Choir. Participation in numerous opera projects, for exemple, "L´elisir d´amore", "La Traviata", "Carmen", "Lohengrin", "Rugalda", "Die Fledermaus", "Mefistofele", "Madama Butterfly", "Faust", "Orfeo ed Euridice "," Le nozze di Figaro "," Turandot "(China) Symphony: Beethoven No.9" Choral "(Germany), Mahler No.2" Resurrection ", No.3, No.8" Thousand ".
Otherwise, Orff "Carmina Burana", Verdi "Requiem", Brahms "A German Requiem", Bach "Christmas Oratorio", Mendelssohn "Elias"
In Vienna: Participation in the opera projects "Les Jumeaux de Bergame" (MDW), "The Adventures of King Pausole", musical "Triumph of Love" (MUK), "The Pied Piper / Birds of a Feather" (Wiener Musikverein) under the musical direction by Michael Schnack. "Die Zauber Flöte" (Schloßtheater Schönbrunn) under the musical direction of Peter Marschik. At the master class of KS Angelika Kirchschlager and KS Grace Bumbry, Susan Manoff, Norman Shetler, Vladimir Chernov, Nancy Weems, Ralph Votapek, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. Assistant repetiteur for the class KS Elena Filipova, KS Birgid Steinberger, Wolfgang Dosch. Liederabend in Vienna with Vera Nentwich, Mirella Alexandrova.
She works as an organist in various churches, such as the parish of Maria Hietzing, Schönbrunn Palace Chapel, Caritas Socialis Rennweg, and main organist in the Korean Catholic Community in Vienna.