4 outstanding musicians will accompany her in a collection of arias around the theme of love, exploring the repertoire from opera to jazz, from Lied to cabaret songs. More than just a recital, this is a show that is captivating, surprising and creates a real connection between the artists and the audience. A meeting between different worlds, because Music has no borders!
Music is a universal language, accessible to all.
photo © Delphine Royer
In April 2019, Marina Viotti received the “Best Young Singer Award” at the prestigious International Opera Awards in London. She won the 3rd prize at the “Concours de Genève” in 2016, the international Belcanto prize at the Rossini festival in Wildbad in 2015 and the first prize and the musician’s prize at the Mâcon International Competition in 2014.
After studying the flute, she first experimented with jazz, gospel and heavy metal. She obtained a master’s degree in philosophy and literature, before starting her vocal training with Heidi Brunner in Vienna and continuing it at the HEMU Lausanne in the class of Brigitte Balleys. She completed her studies with a soloist’s diploma.
Marina Viotti’s first steps on the operatic stage led her to the Opéra de Lausanne, the Théâtre de Lucerne and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She made her debut in the role of Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad in 2015.
Her repertoire includes Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (Haydn), Beethoven’s Mass in D major and Symphony No. 9, the Kindertotenlieder (Mahler) with the OCL, Der Rose Pilgerfahrt (Schumann), The Little Solemn Mass (Rossini), Verdi’s Requiem, El amor Brujo (De Falla) with the Swiss Italian Orchestra, The Poem of Love and the Sea (Chausson), to name but a few.
Marina Viotti has performed on several stages, including the Bavarian State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Opera in Bilbao, and those in Strasbourg and Valencia.
Marina Viotti likes to explore and create recitals different from what we usually see and hear. She is regularly invited to festivals (Lavaux Classics, Solothurn Classics, Label Suisse) to present original programs such as “Love has no borders” or “Porque existe otro querer”.
Todd Camburn is an american pianist, with a long and varied career as an opera coach and vocal accompanist. He has been engaged as pianist and coach in the German theaters of Aachen and Mannheim, the Wagner festival of Seattle, the Opera of Monte-Carlo, and the Salzburg Festival. He has been invited to the Tanglewood Festival for Lieder/Artsong interpretation. Since 1996 he has been coach and pianist at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva. In addition to numerous chamber music concerts with members of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and many concerts broadcast on the television and radio of Swiss Romandie, Todd Camburn has accompanied recitals with many well known singers, among them, Dale Duesing, Jeanne-Michèle Cha bonnet, Juha Uusitalo at the Savonlinna Festival, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Nicola Beller-Carbone, José van Dam, and Sara Fulgoni at the Théâtre of Châtelet and at the Festival of Montreux-Vevey. In 2004 he joined the faculty of the Haute École de Musique of Lausanne as Professor of vocal accompanying. He has been an official pianist of the Geneva Vocal Competition since 2003.
Recognized as one of today’s finest classical guitarists, Gabriel Bianco has won First Prize in some of the most prestigious international competitions, including, the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Competition (San Francisco, USA 2008) and the Koblenz International Guitar Competition, “Hubert Käppel” (Koblenz, Germany 2007). In 2011, he was nominated “Révélation Classique” from the ADAMI (Society for the Collective Administration of Performers’ Rights in France). Gabriel has performed in over forty countries and in many of the most renowned festivals and concert halls. He has been a featured artist at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and Theatre du Chatelet in Paris (France), the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, Philharmonie Concert Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Luis Angel Arango Library of Bogotá, Colombia, Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, Musashino Art Center in Tokyo, Japan and the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, USA. As a solo recitalist, Gabriel performs music from the Baroque to contemporary with an emphasis on music from the Romantic period and music of Spain. Many composers have dedicated new works to him. As a soloist with orchestra, Gabriel has performed concerti with the Koblenz City Orchestra (Germany), the Aukso Orchestra (Poland), Lipetsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), and the Romanian Radio Orchestra. Audience, colleagues and critics have commented that in concert, Gabriel and his guitar become one. They recognize that the elegance and colors of his playing exude a unique approach to all of the repertoire he explores. Since September 2018, Gabriel Bianco is a main subject teacher and section representative at Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Passionate about chamber music, Gabriel is a founding member of the Eclisses Guitar Quartet which was formed in 2012. The quartet won France’s National Federation of Parents’ Associations of Conservatory Students chamber music competition (FNAPEC) in 2013 and became a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. The Quartet has released four recordings: Guitares (2013), Invitation Française (2015), Pulse (2017), and Evocacion (2020). Gabriel often collaborates with other instrumentalists and singers and released the CD Divertissement with oboist Michaela Hrabankova in 2017. Gabriel has recorded two solo albums. Laureate Guitar Series was recorded on the Naxos label in 2007 and his latest solo recording, Capricci, was released in 2015 by Ad Vitam Records.
Born into a family of musicians, Gabriel Bianco started playing the guitar at the age of five. At sixteen he entered the National Superior Paris Conservatory for Music and Dance (CNSMDP) and graduated with highest honors in guitar and chamber music.
Gerry Lopez is a Mexican saxophonist and composer living in Switzerland. He is considered to be one of the most important young musicians of his generation (Jordi Batalle, Radio France International). Having graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris in 2012, Gerry Lopez was noticed for his discipline and assiduity. He then continued his studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has won four international competitions that are 1st prize in the National Saxophone Competition of Mexico in 2009, 1st prize in the Pan-American Jazz Saxophone Competition in 2011, the Grand prize in the National Jazz Competition in France in 2012 and 1st prize in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Competition in Paris in 2013. He has held masterclasses and conferences at the Conservatoire Didier Lockwood in France, during the Panama Jazz Festival, at the Mexico City University, the Ciudad Juarez University, the Veracruz University, the Centre Culturel MJC in Rennes and in many other institutions.
He is a founder of the National Jazz Orchestra of Mexico and has collaborated along with the orchestra as artistic director from 2014 to 2016. He holds a Master’s degree in composition and arrangement, and has written music for symphonic orchestra, Big Band, string and saxophone quartet, and other ensembles.
Gerry Lopez is one of the representatives of the cultural field of Mexico in Switzerland and has had the opportunity to represent his country in various festivals in Europe and in the world: the International Jazz Festival of Montreux, the Jazz Festival of Copenhagen, the Jazz Festival de la Défense in France, the Saint-German-des-Prés Festival in Paris, the Rocella Jazz Festival in Italy, the Panama Jazz Festival, the Jazz à l’Ouest Festival in Rennes… He has also given many concerts within the context of cultural exchanges in countries such as Russia, Spain, Croatia, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Morocco, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala and the United States.
He is the first Mexican musician to be officially sponsored by Selmer Paris and Vandoren Paris. He currently has three records produced in his name : “New Generation” 2010, “Fro Trio” 2012 (that received the title of “jazz revelation in France”), and “Esperanza” in 2015.
A bass player born in Paris, Antoine Brochot is constantly passionate about Afro-American music in its traditional and modern forms.
He started learning music as a teenager and quickly started his first group. At the age of eighteen, he performed with jazz and funk orchestras and combos, and studied at the Argenteuil conservatory and then at Bourg-la-Reine on the suburb of Paris.
On his way he met musicians such as Pierre Boussaguet, Laurent Coq or Yann Dubost who became mentors. His stay in New York allowed him to connect with the local scene and take a lesson with Joe Sanders.
Antoine has a Master degree of pedagogy from Lausanne conservatory (Switzerland).
Active on both sides of the border, he is notably the leader of his Paris trio with Thomas Mayeras and Germain Cornet and a requested sideman in several projects.