3rd prize donated by Jöbstl Arttrans & Umzüge GmbH
Pia Salome BOHNERT, soprano
The soprano Pia Salome Bohnert, born in Berlin, began her vocal education at the age of 15 as a longtime member of the Berlin Girls Choir. During this time she was a scholarship holder of the Julius Stern Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts in the major subject guitar, with which she received several prizes at competitions such as "Jugend musiziert". She studied singing education from 2008 to 2010 at the Berlin University of the Arts, completed her bachelor studies singing at the College of Music and Theater Hamburg with Carolyn Grace James in the summer of 2014 and is now studying for a master's degree with Jorn Dopfer. She attended masterclasses with Klesie Kelly, Wolfram Rieger, Norman Shetler, Ulla Groenewold and Christiane Oelze.
The soprano has often been heard as a soloist in oratorios, such as the "Brockes Passion" 2012 in the Lichthof with the Baroque work Hamburg, in the "Johannes Passion", the "Christmas Oratorio" and several "cantatas" by Johann Sebastian Bach, the "Requiem" by Fauré, Herzogenberg's "The Birth of Jesus Christ", in works by Buxtehude and the "Coronation Mass" by Mozart or the "Lukas Passion" by Telemann. In addition to the oratorio, she intensively cultivates lieder singing with a focus on the works of Schubert and French literature. In the Hamburger Kunsthalle she was recently allowed to sing a recital program. Last year she was heard in the Goethe Hall of the Masonic Lodge Hamburg and on Sylt at the "Free Academy" by the sea. In the autumn of last year she sang u. a. Janaček plays the lead role in the opera "Das cunning little vixen" in a production of the University of Music and Theater Hamburg, currently she sings the "Barbarina" at the Opera House in Osnabrück.
Linda LEINE, piano
Born in Riga, Latvia, she started playing the piano at the age of five. Already as an eight-year-old, she was admitted to the Emils Darzins Music School for highly gifted, where she studied with Ilze Treija. After graduation she went to the Latvian Academy of Music to Arnis Zandmanis. In 2010 she continued her education in Hamburg, first with Lilya Zilberstein and since 2013 with the master's program Solo Piano at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Konrad Elser. She attended master classes u. a. with Igor Lazko, Mikhail Voskresensky, Milena Mollova, Phillip Moll, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Rudolf Jansen, Akiko Ebi, Ewa Kupiec and Bernd Goetzke.
Among her successes in the competition are 1st prize at the "Concours Musical de France" and 2nd prize at the "Concours International de Piano Nikolaï Rubinstein" in Paris and 1st prize at chamber music competitions in Latvia and Lithuania. In 2011 she won the 1st prize in piano accompaniment for the "Maritim" Music Week. She also received an invitation to the "Week of Encounter of Young Musicians" at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. In 2012 she was awarded the second prize in the "Elise Meyer" Foundation in Hamburg. In addition, she has received several scholarships from the "Oscar and Vera Ritter" Foundation, the "Alfred Toepfer" Foundation and the "Ad Infinitum Foundation". As a soloist, chamber musician and lied accompanist, the young pianist has performed in numerous European countries and has recorded for the Latvian Radio and SWR.