Ziad Nehme attended the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music in Beirut and completed a Masters in Opera at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has appeared as soloist with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, The Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and worked under such conductors as Simone Young, Michael Schønwandt, Stefan Lano, Peter Schneider.
The last season he was seen in Mannheim as Camille de Rosillon (The merry widow), Truffaldino (Love of the three oranges) and as Natale in the world premiere “Esame di mezzanotte” by Lucia Ronchetti.
Winner of many awards, including “Outstanding Participant Award” from the Prague Conservatory, and second prize of the piano competition of graduate university students in the Czech Republic, Vartan Agopian has performed many concerts as a solo pianist, accompanist, and conductor, including a concert of his own compositions. He has recorded an album with the City of Prague Philharmlonic Orchestra and a solo album of his arrangement of Christmas Carols. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in piano pedagogy at Charles University, where he is also a professor of music and piano performance.
ON THIS ISLAND, Op. 11 (14:00)
CANTICLE I “My Beloved Is Mine” (8:30)
BRITISH ISLES – Three Folksongs (9:00) – Arr. B. BRITTEN
PURCELL: Chaconne in G minor (5:30)
PURCELL: Four Songs (7:30) Arr. B. BRITTEN
⁃ How blest are shepherds (3:10)
⁃ There’s not a swain (0:50)
⁃ I attempt from love’s sickness to fly (2:15)
⁃ Man is for the woman made (1:20)
PURCELL: Two Devine Hymns (9:00)
⁃ In the black dismal dungeon of despair (4:00)
⁃ Evening Hymn (5:00)
—End of program—