2013 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

Congratulations to the prize-winners of the 2013 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition.

Watch the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition 2013 Prize Giving Ceremony

First Prize

Timothy Fallon & Ammiel Bushakevitz

Timothy Fallon tenor

TimothyFallon cAndreasBirkigt biopageTimothy Fallon devotes equal time to the opera and concert stages. For the past six seasons he was house lyric tenor at the Leipzig Opera, Germany.

Most recently he performed Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi under Christian Thielemann in Bayreuth. In January he sang in recital at Carnegie Hall for the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration. He has performed internationally in some of the world’s esteemed concert halls with such conductors as Helmut Rilling, Herbert Blomstedt, Marin Alsop and Masaaki Suzuki.

He holds a BA in Music from Westminster Choir College, a MM in Opera from Binghamton University and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

 

 

Ammiel Bushakevitz piano

AmmielBushakevitz biopage updated19Jun13Ammiel Bushakevitz has received mentorship from the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling, Teresa Berganza, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Bonney, Robert Holl, Wolfgang Holzmair, Ileana Cotrubaş, Thomas Quasthoff, Philippe Entremont, Julius Drake, Rudolph Jansen, Helmut Deutsch and Wolfram Rieger.

Festival appearances include the Bayreuth Festival, the Festival d'Automne à Paris, the Festivalo Pontino di Latina, the Holland International Music Sessions and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.

Ammiel studied lied interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig under Phillip Moll. Thereafter he studied the mélodie under Noël Lee and Jeff Cohen at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

 

Watch Timothy and Ammiel's performance in the Final of the Competition.

Second Prize

Gavan Ring & Laila Barnat

GavanRing biopageGavan Ring baritone

Gavan Ring studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and National Opera Studio. Awards include the NCH Bernadette Greevy Bursary, the Cuisine de France John McCormack Bursary and the Peter Hulsen Award for Orchestral Song 2013.

A Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2012 and an alumnus Young Associate Artist with Opera Theatre Company, Gavan has performed at the Royal Opera House, Wexford Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and Wide Open Opera.

Concert and recital appearances include the RTÉ NSO, the RTÉ CO, the IBO, the Southbank Sinfonia and the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Laïla Barnat piano

Laïla Barnat, French born to a Danish mother and a Tunisian father, is a coach, repetiteur and song recital pianist. She is a National Opera Studio alumna and has a postgraduate degree in piano accompaniment from RCM, where she studied with Roger Vignoles and Simon Lepper and won the Alasdair Graham accompanist prize.

She has taken part in Valencia’s Opera Studio ‘Placido Domingo’ and in the Solti Accademia with Richard Bonynge and worked in Carmen with Zubin Mehta, La traviata with Lorin Maazel, Manon with Patrick Fournillier and Guillaume Tell with Alberto Zedda. She has performed in Europe, America and Asia.

Final Performance

Watch Gavan and Laïla's performance in the Final of the Competition.

Third Prize

Helen Sherman & Sam Armstrong

Helen Sherman mezzo-soprano

HelenSherman cBenjaminHarte biopageHelen Sherman studied in Sydney and at the RNCM. She has represented Australia in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition and was twice awarded Australian Musical Association prizes at the Royal Over-Seas League competition.

Recent and future engagements include Aurelio (L’Assedio di Calais), Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and Nero (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) for ETO, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for Mid Wales Opera, and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Governess (Queen of Spades) for Grange Park Opera.

Helen has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall and in the City of London and Cheltenham Festivals, broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Future engagements include Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) for Classical Opera. Helen was selected for YCAT in 2009 and is a Samling Scholar.

Sam Armstrong piano

SamArmstrong cBalazsBorocz PilvaxStudio biopageSam Armstrong has appeared worldwide in concert halls including at Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam Kleine Zaal, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Esplanade in Singapore, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago and at festivals such as Ravinia, Aldeburgh, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Münsterland and Les Heures Musicales du Haut-Anjou. He has been a prizewinner in several competitions including the Porto and Brant International competition, and was laureate in the Epinal International Piano Competition in France. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at Mannes College of Music in New York.

Watch Helen and Sam's performance in the Final of the Competition

Pianist Prize

Ammiel Bushakevitz

Ammiel Bushakevitz piano

Ammiel Bushakevitz has received mentorship from the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elly Ameling, Teresa Berganza, Thomas Hampson, Barbara Bonney, Robert Holl, Wolfgang Holzmair, Ileana Cotrubaş, Thomas Quasthoff, Philippe Entremont, Julius Drake, Rudolph Jansen, Helmut Deutsch and Wolfram Rieger.

Festival appearances include the Bayreuth Festival, the Festival d'Automne à Paris, the Festivalo Pontino di Latina, the Holland International Music Sessions and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.

Ammiel studied lied interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig under Phillip Moll. Thereafter he studied the mélodie under Noël Lee and Jeff Cohen at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo

Johnny Herford & William Vann

Johnny Herford baritone

JohnnyHerford biopageJohnny Herford, winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Song Prize, studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, where his teacher was Mark Wildman.

He has performed as a recitalist at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, and at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and his collaborations with William Vann have included Schubert’s Winterreise and Britten’s Songs and Proverbs of William Blake. Recent operatic performances have included Papageno, Sid (Albert Herring) and principal roles in operas by Judith Weir, Jonathan Dove, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

He now studies with Russell Smythe. Johnny is grateful to the Sickle Foundation for their generous support.

William Vann piano

WilliamVann biopageWilliam Vann is from Bedford and read law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

He studied piano with Peter Uppard in Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Martineau and Colin Stone. Awards include the Gerald Moore Award, the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanists’ Prize, the Great Elm Awards Accompanist Prize, the Sir Henry Richardson Scholarship, a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust award and the RAM Hodgson Fellowship.

He is a Samling Scholar, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Director of Music at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival.

Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder

Timothy Fallon tenor and Ammiel Bushakevitz piano

Jury

The members of the Jury for the 2013 Song Competition were:

  • John Gilhooly OBE Hon FRAM, HonRCM, Chairman
    Director, Wigmore Hall
  • Pieter Alferink
    vocal consultant
  • Robert Gambill
    tenor
  • Graham Johnson OBE
    pianist
  • Sir Ralph Kohn FRS, non-voting
  • Ann Murray DBE
    mezzo-soprano
  • Christoph Prégardien
    tenor
  • Maxine Robertson
    agent
  • Asadour Santourian
    Vice President for Artistic Administration and Artistic Advisor of the Aspen Music Festival and School

Honorary Patrons

  • Dame Janet Baker
  • Barbara Bonney
  • Christine Brewer
  • Joyce DiDonato
  • Dame Anne Evans
  • Ann Murray DBE
  • Thomas Quasthoff
  • András Schiff
  • Peter Schreier