Academy from 7 to 14 Februrary 2021
Singing master Class
For more than 40 years Margreet Honig has been dedicated to teaching. She taught for many years at the conservatories of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. She is regularly invited to give master classes and interpretation courses in major educational institutions in Europe and America. She also works regularly at the opera studios of Munchen and Latvia.
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The Dutch soprano Margreet Honig studied with Annie Hermes and Corrie Bijster at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Then she went to the United States with Evelyne Lear for further studies and dedicated herself to the french repertoire in Paris under the guidance of Pierre Bernac. She gave many recitals with pianist Rudolf Jansen and has recorded with him and the Radio Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Kenneth Montgomery).
The last 30 years, she dedicated herself to pedagogical aspects of singing. She worked many years at the Rotterdam Conservatory and at the Sweelink Conservatory in Amsterdam. She is regularly invited for masterclasses and interpretation courses in Europe and United States; a.o. she taught at the Conservatory’s of Zürich, Basel, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Versailles, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, the Académie du Festival Aix en Provence, the Royal Academy in London and the Curtis Institute in Philidelphia. She also works regularly at the operastudios of Munchen, Basel and Latvia.
Many students from all around the world have found the way to famous stages with the help of Margreet Honig. She gained a worldwide reputation by being a vocal coach to many singers who are now following a great career.
Academy from 14 to 21 February 2021
Singing master Class
Maarten Koningsberger sings a wide repertoire, from Dowland to the music of his time, including Bach, Mozart, Giordano, Gounod, with the most prestigious orchestras and under the direction of renowned conductors.
For more than 40 years he has been living a true love story with recitals. He has recorded some thirty CDs devoted to Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, or Fauré, Poulenc, and Milhaud. He has also participated in several recordings of French Baroque music.
Professor of singing at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Paris (CNSMDP), he gives masterclasses in Festivals and Conservatories all over the world.
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The musical interests of Dutch baritone Maarten Koningsberger encompass early music, opera, oratorio, romantic song and contemporary repertoire. This diversity of styles is reflected in his concert- and recital programs which bring him to concerthalls and festivals all over the world (Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall New York, Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Philharmonie München, Cité de la Musique Paris, Beijing Concert Hall, Baxter Hall Cape Town and more).
He sings with orchestra’s such as Les Arts Florissants, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, der Akademie Alte Music Berlin, Tafelmusic Toronto, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Singapore Philharmonic under the baton of William Christie, Jeffrey Tate, Gustav Leonhardt, Mark Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Richard Egarr Gennady Roshdenstvenski, René Jacobs, Jan Willem de Vriend, Marin Alsop, , Jaap van Zweden and Christophe Rousset.
He made over 30 cd’s recordings, including English consort songs (Byrd, Dowland), Baroque Cantatas (Bach, Campras, Blankenberg), Grands Motets (Charpentier, Mondonville) and Lieder by Schubert (Hyperion Schubert Edition), Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Ravel, Mahler (Knaben Wunderhorn), Ethel Smyth, Fanny Mendelssohn, Fauré, Milhaud.
His cd-recording of Purcell Songs was rewarded Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine – “Perfect Purcell on a superlative release chock-full of treasures”.
Maarten Koningsberger taught singing at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France) and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (France).
He is regularly invited for master classes and jury‘s all over the world.
Academy from 11 to 18
François Le Roux
Singing master Class
François Le Roux was a member of the Lyon Opera Company from 1980 to 1985.
He then starts an international career. His name is associated with Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande.
He is recognized as an ambassador of French Song and of lieds and recitals. He is also the founder and the artistic director of the Centre International de la Mélodie Française, and of the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, dedicated to the interpretation of the genre. His discography is impressive: the complete melodies of Poulenc, Debussy and Henri Dutilleux, among others, and often award-winning.
He is a professor at the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot.
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François Le Roux began his vocal studies with François Loup (now a teacher at Peabody-Baltimore) at the age of 19, and later he studied under Vera Rosza and Elisabeth Grümmer at the Opéra Studio, Paris.
A member of the Lyon Opera Company from 1980 to 1985, he has since been a guest with all the major European opera houses and festivals, as well as renowned American Operatic venues: Santa Fé (NM), Los Angeles Opera, New Orleans Opera, Colon Buenos Aires (Argentina). His wide operatic repertoire uncovers a large scale, from Monteverdi to David Lang. Debussy’s only opera has been his “carte de visite”, first as Pelléas, then as Golaud; he has been acclaimed in both these roles.
Named “Mr Mélodie” by American critics, François Le Roux gives numerous recitals accompanied by such renowned names as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Christian Ivaldi, Olivier Godin and Jeff Cohen, and conducts master courses dedicated to the interpretation of French songs and recital repertoire around the world: Orford and Lachine Academy (Québec, Canada), Vancouver (BC, Canada), Minneapolis Song Source Festival (USA), Sibelius Academy Helsinki (Finland), Kyoto Société Mélodie Française (Japan), Central Conservatory of Music Beijing (China), Association Mélodie Française (Seoul, South Korea), Académie Ravel de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (France). He is artistic Director and founder in 1997 of the « Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours », where students are taught every year (in August) the interpretation of French Song, and has been organizing the « French Song Concert Seasons » of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (French National Library) in Paris between 1997 and 2002.
He has recorded for many famous labels the songs of Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Reynaldo Hahn, etc. His CD of Henri Dutilleux’ Complete Songs (for the label Passavant Music), has won in June 2016 the “Orphée d’or Michel Garcin” of the Académie du disque lyrique. Since this, a Jolivet melodies CD, and a CD of melodramas and melodies have been released under the same label.
His first book Le Chant intime, on the interpretation of French Art Song, published by Fayard in August 2004, with co-author Romain Raynaldy, has received the « René Dumesnil Price 2004 » of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. It has been translated in Japanese and published by Shunjusha (Tokyo). His second book L’opéra français-une question de style-De l’interprétation lyrique published by Hermann has been issued in 2019.
He has been awarded the grade of “Chevalier” in the French National Order of “Les Arts et Lettres” in 1996, and chosen as « Musical Personality of the year 1997 » by the French Critics Union. He has been a vocal teacher at the National Music Conservatoire in Paris (CNSMDP), and is now teaching at the “Ecole normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot”, where he is in charge of developing the exclusive “French Vocal Art Certificate”.