German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn won First Prize at the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and recently also won Second Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall Song Competition in London, First Prize in the 2013 International Schubert Competition in Dortmund, and the “Prix de Lied“ in the 2013 Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris.
He was invited to be a fellow at the 2014 Ravinia Music Festival and to sing at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues Series” in January 2015. His first CD “Nachtblicke,” with lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann, was released in December 2014 on the Classicclips label. In addition to performing recitals in the U.S., Japan, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, and Germany, Mr. Hasselhorn has also appeared in the Gewandhaus Leipzig, at the International Händel Festival in Göttingen, Germany and at Notre Dame in Paris.
On the opera stage, he has performed the roles of Herr Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. In March 2016 he will sing the lead role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann with the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon.
Samuel Hasselhorn earned his degree in Opera Performance from the Hannover Music School, which also included a year of study at the Paris Conservatory. He has worked with Malcolm Walker, Marina Sandel, Jan-Philip Schulze, Susan Manoff, and Anne Le Bozec. He has also participated in master classes with Patricia McCaffrey, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kevin Murphy, Thomas Quasthoff, Helen Donath, Annette Dasch, Irwin Gage, Edith Wiens, and Martin Brauß. He has received a grants from the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation and the Gundlach Music Award, and in 2010, he received a Top Prize at the National German Voice Competition in Berlin and an award from the Paul Lincke Association.
25-year-old French oboist Olivier Stankiewicz won the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York as well as the 2015 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig. In May 2015, he was appointed to the position of Principal Oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertegebouw and served as Principal Oboe with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) from 2011 to 2015. He recently performed the world premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s oboe concerto Nur with the ONCT under Tugan Sokhiev. He has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie in Belgium, the Gunma Symphony in Japan, the Tokyo Sinfonietta in Japan, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Furians in France, and Ensemble des Possibles in France.
Mr. Stankiewicz was named the 2013 Classical Revelation by the French association ADAMI, and won First Prize at the 2012 International Oboe Competition of Japan. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in numerous French festivals, including Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Estivales de Musique en Médoc, Festival Jeunes Talents, and Le Classique c’est pour les vieux Festival. As a member of Duo Widmung, which he co-founded with pianist Alvise Siniva as an ensemble which focuses on adaptations of vocal repertoire, he performed at Tokyo’s Toppan Hall. A fervent advocate of new music, he frequently commissions new works, experiments with sound painting, improvisation, and helped to found the WARN!NG Collective, a collaborative new music ensemble.
Mr. Stankiewicz graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied oboe with Jacques Tys, David Walter, and Jean-Claude Jaboulay, and conducting with Philippe Ferro. He has participated in master classes of Christian Schmitt, Alexei Ogintchouk, and Maurice Bourgue. He is currently Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music in London.