3rd Prize € 4.500,- donated Martha-Debelli-Stiftung
Best Interpretation of a Work of Music of Modern Times for „Four Leino Songs“ by Kaija Saariaho € 2.250,- donated by Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark
The competition committee arranged a Lied concert within the concert series of 2009/2010 of the Society of Friends of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz on 16 and 17 December 2009 for the duo.
Katharina PERSICKE, Soprano (Germany)
Born in Göttingen, Germany. First lessons in 1996 with Renate Faltin. Further studies with Christian Elßner, Dorothea Wirtz, Stefan Haselhoff. Master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender (2000), Peter Schreier (2001) and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2008). Studies at the Dresden Carl Maria v. Weber University of Music and the Freiburg University of Music (2002-2005). Performance and teaching diplomas. Professional Performance Degree with distinction. Busy performing career as oratorio singer (Germany and abroad), guest engagements at the opera houses of Dresden, Freiburg and Oldenburg. Engagement at the Feldkirch Festival 2006 as “Zerlina“ with Thomas Hengelbrock, in 2008 Mozart arias (“Gräfin“, “Zaide“) with the same conductor.
Pauliina TUKIAINEN, Piano (Finland)
Born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1977. Studies with Anne LeBozec, Hartmut Höll, Herbert Seidel and Rainer Hoffmann. Master classes with Christoph Prégardien (2003-2005), Thomas Hampson (2005) and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (2008). Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt (2001-2006; piano diploma) and at the University of Music Zurich (2004-2007), Lied duo diploma with distinction. In 2007 Kiwanis Lied Prize in Zurich, scholarship presented by the Yehudi Menuhin, Kordelin, Richard Wagner Society and Finnish Cultural Foundations. Concerts at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Tonhalle Zurich, Frankfurt Opera, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Cape Classic Festival in South Africa and in India. Recordings for the MDR, Germany, and Finnish radio. Accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt and Trossingen School of Music.
Franz Schubert: Ganymed D 544 (Goethe)