Duo Timoshenko & Desseva

1st prize € 9.000,-

donated by the city of Graz

Mikhail Timoshenko, Baritone (Russia)

Mikhail Timoshenko was born in 1993 in Kameikino, Russia. He began his vocal training in 2008 at the Music School of Mednogorsk under Tatiana Mayorova. In 2015, he graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar under Michail Lanskoi and in 2017, from the L’Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris. Timoshenko is a prize winner of the 34th Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition 2015, a special prize winner of the 1st Concorso Lirico di Portofino, and the winner of Le Concours de Chant des Châteaux in Médoc 2016. He was a scholarship recipient of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Weimar and the Ernst-Freiberger-Stiftung. Additionally, he was awarded the Prix Lyrique du Cercle Carpeaux and the 1st Prize of the Siemens Opera Contest 2017. In the 2016/17 season, Timoshenko made his debut at the L’Opéra national de Paris with “Wozzeck” by A. Berg and “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi.

(Version: March 2018)

Elitsa Desseva, Piano (Bulgaria)

The pianist Elitsa Desseva was born in 1993 in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she also graduated in 2012. She is currently completing her master´s studies in the class of Balazs Szokolay and Thomas Steinhöfel at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimer. She has been awarded numerous prizes at international solo and chamber music competitions in Bulgaria, Germany, France, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and Holland. Recently she was awarded, alongside mezzo-soprano Polina Artsis, the first prize at the International Lied-Duo Competition Groningen. Desseva has participated in master classes with Elena Ashkenazy, Piotr Anderszewski, Bernd Glemser, Boyan Vodenicharov, Natalia Trull, Aquiles Delle Vigne. She is recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium and the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship.

(Version: March 2018)

Duo Timoshenko & Desseva
Franz Schubert – Der Schiffer op. 21/2 D 536 (Mayrhofer) 01:56
Jörg Widmann – Das heiße Herz (2013): 2. Spätes Liebeslied (Härtling) 01:37
Francis Poulenc – Chansons Gaillardes: 7. La belle jeunesse 01:15
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