1st Prize € 9.000,- donated by AKM – Autoren, Komponisten und Musikverleger
Best Interpretation of a Work of a Music of Modern times for “Der explodierende Kopf” by Christian Jost € 2.250,- gestiftet von der Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark
The duo Wakako Nakaso and Jone Punyte studied Lied in the class of Konrad Richter at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. AIthough both musicians are currently studying at different institutions, they are coached by Cornelis Witthoefft (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart). They regularly perform a program that encompasses works from the classical period up to the present.
Wakako Nakaso, Soprano (Japan)
Wakako Nakaso, soprano, was born in Japan. She studied at the Tokyo College of Music with Katsura Nakazawa and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with Konrad Richter. She has studied at the Hochschule für Musik Saar with Yaron Windmüller since 2004. She is a member of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and she sang in the International Händel Festival 2005, Rhein Vokal 2005, as well as in various concerts. She participated in the Festival “Biennale di Venezia 2005“ in Venice as an ensemble member. Has sung many church concerts as a soloist (Kanazawa, Tokyo, Stuttgart). Scholarship recipient of ZONTA-Club Saarbrücken. Distinction for the best performance of Modern Music in the International Competition for Singers and Piano Accompanists 2005 in Lithuania.
Jone PUNYTE, Piano (Litauen)
Jone Punyte, pianist, was born in Kaunas (Lithuania). She studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius until 2003. Since then she has studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart with Konrad Richter and Cornelis Witthoefft. She also studies fortepiano/early music with Eckert Sellheim at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen. Master courses with Konrad Richter, Willem Brons. Many concerts as a chamber pianist. 1st prize in the Chamber Music Competition 2001 in Vilnius, 2nd prize in the International Competition for Singers and Piano Accompanists 2005 in Lithuania.
Franz Schubert: „Nähe des Geliebten“ op. 5/2 D 162 (Goethe)