Duo Herman WALLÉN / Kanako NAKAGAWA

2nd Prize ATS 90,000, -

Gundula-Janowitz-Förderungspreis of the Society of Friends of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Duo Herman WALLÉN / Kanako NAKAGAWA

Special Prize / Best Interpretation of a Work by Franz Schubert ATS 30.000, -

Prize of Jöbstl Spedition together with the Zonta-Club Graz for "You do not love me"

Herman WALLÉN, baritone (Finland)

Born in 1978 in Sweden. Since 1998 vocal studies with Roland Hermann at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule. Since 1996 guest student of the song design class of Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai. Several prices, i. a. 1st Prize in the national competition "Jugend musiziert" 1995, 1997 winner of the "Wigmore Hall International Song Competition", 1st Prize in the singing competition "Lappeenrannan valtakunnallinen laulukilpailu" in Finland 1999 and scholarship of the Martti Talvela Foundation. Lively concert activity with Kanako Nakagawa. Concerts as a soloist, i. a. with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the University Orchestra of the Sorbonne, the State Youth Orchestra of Baden-Württemberg, the Philharmonia Hungarica and the Philharmonic Orchestra Turku. Radio recordings for the SWR (Germany) and YLE (Finland). Since 1999 scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Kanako NAKAGAWA, Piano (Japan)

Born in 1971 in Japan. Musical studies at the Toho School of Music, then at the Pre-college of the Juilliard School of Music, New York. 1989-1994 piano studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Yonty Solomon. Since 1995 studies at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule. Masterclasses with Geoffrey Parsons, Martin Isepp, Hans Leygraf, Hans Graf i. a. Various awards and scholarships as a solo, chamber music and Lied pianist, i. a. the prestigious "Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship" and a scholarship from the Baden Cultural Fund. Concerts in many European countries, North America and Japan. TV and radio recordings for Classic FM (GB) and YLE (Finland).