Experience the joy and passion of choral singing, coached by a highly qualified team of voice experts and a conductor. We aim to enable you to develop voice production in a relaxed manner producing a full, rounded choral sound. Work on phrasing, articulation and language (English, Latin and Bulgarian) can be taken for granted!
The British/Swiss Pianist and Conductor, Andrew Dunscombe (AGSM, ARCM, ARSAMD), who resides in Lucerne Switzerland, attended a two year pre-Bachelor music course at the Huddersfield School of Music where he studied Piano under the Pianist/Composer, Harold Truscott. Afterwards he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) with Professor James Gibb and Professor Paul Hamburger (Chamber Music).
Whilst at the Guildhall School of Music Andrew was awarded the Claude-Beddington-Prize for Beethoven, the Robert-Wise-Prize for Romantic Music and the Leszek-Dessent-Prize for Chopin. After gaining his Solo Performance Diploma (with Honours) he was awarded the Edith Vogel Bursary for best pianist of his year. There followed three years of study with the Hungarian-born Pianist, Louis Kentner. Andrew also studied Orchestral and Choral Conducting with Professor Bernard Keeffe at the Trinity College of Music, London.
After this period of study, Andrew was awarded the “Shell-Oil-Stipend” which enabled him to spend two years as Assistant Conductor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was also awarded the Hugh-Robertson-Prize for conducting. During this period he worked as a Repetiteur at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at Scottish Opera and was a Prize Winner at the Donatella Flick International Conducting Competition in London.
There followed a four-year engagement as Head Coach and Conductor at the Opera Theater, Dessau (Germany) after he returned to Scottish Opera as Assistant Conductor and Repetiteur. Andrew then took a position of Head Coach and Conductor at the Opera Theater, Lucerne (Switzerland). After seven years at the Opera Theater he accepted a full-time teaching position at the Lucerne University of Arts and Applied Sciences coaching singers, accompanists and conductors.
As an experienced choir director Andrew has conducted works by many of the great Barock and Romantic composers such as Händel, Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar, and Dvorak. He is also an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music and has conducted choral works by such composers as Stephen Hodel, Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Gene Koshinski, Jonathan Dove and John Rutter. At present he is the Musical Director of the Concert Choir « Pro Musica Vocale » www.pro-musica-vocale.ch and the University Choir Lucerne www.unichor-luzern.ch.
As a sought-after Lied Pianist and Chamber Musician, has performed in many major music Festivals, including the Lucerne Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the London Arts Festival and the Dublin Arts Festival as well as performing frequently on BBC Radio, Deutsche Rundfunk and SWR (Swiss Radio).
Mihaela Stefanova was born in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). At the age of six, she entered the music school of her hometown, where she was taught by Mariana Marincheva. In 2002 she graduated the school with honors qualified as an artist-instrumentalist and teacher. The same year she started her studies at the National Academy of Music “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia (Bulgaria), in the class of Prof. Dimo Dimov. There she received her bachelor’s degree. In 2006 – 2009 she was awarded a concert diploma from the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, where she attended the piano classes of Rada Petkova and Tomasz Herbut. She also participated in the master classes of Prof. Atanas Kurtev, Prof. Snezhana Barova, Prof. Krasimir Gatev, Prof. Stigliani and others.
Mihaela Stefanova had received a number of awards at musical competitions, such as the 2004 Grand Prix for Chamber Music at the International Competition “The Music and the Earth” in Sofia (together with Krasimir Stefanov, trombone), as well as the Grand Prix of the International Competition in Fivizano (Italy). She was also awarded a scholarship from of the Foundation “Cyril and Methodius” for highly talented young people.
She has performed many concerts as a soloist and has played chamber music with Prof. Robert Bokor (violin), Prof. Krasimir Stefanov (trombone, duo Stefanov), Greg Flynn (trumpet), Elisabeth Kohler (violin, viola) and others. She has accompanied various instrumentalists, singers and choirs at numerous concerts, competitions and master classes, as well as in the Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen.
Mihaela Stefanova is inspired by contemporary music and therefore she works with the Swiss composer Alfons Zwicker and interprets his works. In 2017 he dedicated one of his great works to duo Stefanov (Mihaela Stefanova, piano and Krasimir Stefanov, trombone).
Mihaela Stefanova learned organ as a second instrument. Since 2011 she is an organist at the Catholic Church in Häggenschwil, St. Gallen, and since 2017 at the Evang.-ref. Church parish Goldach, Mörschwil, Steinach and at the chapel in Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen. She gained orchestral experience in Bulgaria under the baton of Rosen Milanov. Since 2009 she has been a regular piano player with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Gallen, a participant in some major productions of the Theater St. Gallen and has been worked with the following conductors: Modestas Pitrenas, Michael Balke, Otto Tausk, Wayne Marschall, Al. Buribayev, Stéphane Fromageot and others.
Apart from her concert activities, she teaches piano at the Music School Appenzeller Mitteland (Trogen), as well as at the Musikzentrum St. Gallen.
In 2018 Mihaela Stefanova has founded the Swiss-Bulgarian Cultural Association, through which she organizes various musical activities and supports gifted children and young people in Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Hiroko Haag was born in Japan, where she studied singing, musical education and choral conducting. Her deep admiration for the german repertoire and deutsches Lied made her continue her studies at the “Hochschule für Künste Bremen” where she earned her degree in singing. She participated in master classes with Anna Reynolds, Krisztina Laki, Thomas Mohr and others. During and after her studies she sang at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and gave many concerts in a broad repertoire in germany and other european countries.
Since 2009 Hiroko Haag lives and works in Switzerland. She teaches siniging and conducts choirs of all ages at the Diözesane Kirchenmusikschule St. Gallen and Musikschule Appenzeller Mittelland.
Davide Gassi is a tenor, composer and choir conductor. He completed his education in Milan, where he was born, and achieved his diplomas at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi. He was very active in his home town, but also in Rome, Paris, London, Bilbao, New York and Tokio. He discovered his talent for opera relatively late, in 2010, as he interpreted Alfredo in La Traviata, and took part to Tannhäuser in Turin’s “Teatro Regio”. BIO Under the guidance of Boiko Zvetanov, he broadened his opera repertoire. On July 5th, 2014 he won the second prize in an international voice contest in Vicenza. On a slightly different musical genre, he has delighted the audience of “Operettenzauber” in Baden’s Kurtheater in 2015 ? In collaboration with Cappella dei Grilli, he was tenor solo in many concerts in Aargau and Zurich (Switzerland), including Rossini’s Stabat Mater. He is art director and perfomer of many musical events that combine different genres: “Classic meets Pop” at the Opera House of Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), “Music Dreams Alive” in Küssnacht (Zurich), “Opernnacht” every two years in Nussbaumen (Switzerland). He is active as tenor solo in the Baden area, Switzerland, where he moved with his family in 2009. He is the chief conductor of Männerchor Rüti (Zurich) since August 2019. LESS
Under the guidance of Boiko Zvetanov, he broadened his opera repertoire. On July 5th, 2014 he won the second prize in an international voice contest in Vicenza.
On a slightly different musical genre, he has delighted the audience of “Operettenzauber” in Baden’s Kurtheater in 2015 ?
In collaboration with Cappella dei Grilli, he was tenor solo in many concerts in Aargau and Zurich (Switzerland), including Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
He is art director and perfomer of many musical events that combine different genres: “Classic meets Pop” at the Opera House of Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), “Music Dreams Alive” in Küssnacht (Zurich), “Opernnacht” every two years in Nussbaumen (Switzerland).
He is active as tenor solo in the Baden area, Switzerland, where he moved with his family in 2009.
He is the chief conductor of Männerchor Rüti (Zurich) since August 2019.
The soprano Gabriela Glaus was born 1996 in St. Gallen (Switzerland). She will finish her master’s diploma in music pedagogy in Summer 2020, having studied with Liliane Zürcher and Simone Durrer-Stock at the Conservatory of Lucerne. As a result of taking part in many master classes, she has had the opportunity to work with many well-respected singers such as Malcolm Walker, Rosalba Trevisan, Brigitte Geller, Angelika Luz and Emma Kirkby. In 2019 Gabriela was awarded the esteemed “Anerkennungs” prize by the Edwin Fischer foundation.