2nd prize € 6,500 donated by Grazer Stadtwerke AG
Peter McGILLVRAY, Baritone (Canada)
Born in Saskatchewan (Canada). Studied at the University of Toronto's Opera Division with Lynn Blaser and Patricia Kern. Master classes at the Britten-Pears Academy in Aldeburgh (England) and at the festivals in Tanglewood, Aspen and Ravinia in the USA. 2003 two 1st Prize (Voice and Audience Award) of the CBC / Radio-Canada Young Performers Competition in Calgary. 2004 winner of the Robert Schumann Competition for piano and voice in Zwickau. 2005 2nd prize at the Queen Sonja Competition in Oslo (Norway) and Chalmers Prize for "Best Canadian Performance" at the Concours International Musical de Montréal (Canada). Performing as a soloist with the orchestras in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa and Liverpool. Peter McGillivray is a member of the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company.
Stacey Bartsch, piano (Australia)
Born in Adelaide (Australia). Studied with Noreen Stokes and Stefan Ammer at the University of Adelaide, with Gerhard Zeller at the Kunstuniversität Graz and with Julius Drake at the Royal Academy of Music London. Masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Malcolm Martineau, Peter Schreier, Paul Hamburger, Charles Spencer, Graham Johnson, Philip Langridge, Ann Murray and Roger Vignoles. Duo partner of the 3rd prize winner Peter McGillivray at the XIVth International Robert Schumann Competition for Piano and Vocals in Zwickau, in the same year Accompaniment Prize at the 11th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach. Concerts in the Schubert-Saal Wien, in the Radiokulturhaus Wien, in the Opéra Bastille Paris and at the Cleveland Art Song Festival, appearances as lied accompanist of the tenor Robert Tear at the Aldeburgh Festival and in London's Wigmore Hall. 2005 "Vocal Piano Fellow" at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts (USA). Currently, Stacey Bartsch is the accompanist for voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG).