The duo was invited on the initiative of the competition to a recital in the subscription 2009/10 of the Society of Friends of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz on 16 and 17 December 2009.
3rd Prize € 4,500 donated by the Martha Debelli Foundation
Special Prize / Best Interpretation of a Work of Modern Music for "Four Leino Songs" by Kaija Saariaho
€ 2.250, - donated by the Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark
Katharina PERSICKE, soprano (Germany)
Born in Göttingen, Germany. First job in 1996 with Renate Faltin. Further studies with Christian Elßner, Dorothea Wirtz and Stefan Haselhoff. Masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender (2000), Peter Schreier (2001) and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2008). Studied at the Academy of Music Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden and at the University of Music Freiburg (2002-2005). Artistic and educational diploma. Concert exam with distinction. Lively concert activity in the oratory field (at home and abroad), guest engagements at the opera houses in Dresden, Freiburg and Oldenburg. Engagements at the Feldkirch Festival 2006 as "Zerlina" under Thomas Hengelbrock, 2008 Mozartarien ("Countess", "Zaide") under same conductor.
Pauliina TUKIAINEN, Piano (Finland)
Born in 1977 in Helsinki, Finland. Studies by Anne LeBozec, Hartmut Höll, Herbert Seidel and Rainer Hoffmann. Masterclasses with Christoph Prégardien (2003-2005), Thomas Hampson (2005) and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2008). Studied at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt (2001-2006, piano diploma), at the Hochschule für Musik Zürich (2004-2007), diploma Lied duo with Hartmut Höll with distinction. 2007 Kiwanis Song Prize in Zurich, scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin, Kordelin and the Finnish Cultural Foundation as well as the Richard Wagner Society. Concerts at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in the Tonhalle Zurich, at the Oper Frankfurt, in the Stuttgart Liederhalle and at the Cape Classic Festival in South Africa as well as in India. Recordings for the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk MDR and the Finnish Radio. Correpetitor at the conservatories in Frankfurt and Trossingen.