Natalia TOKAR, piano
Native of Russia, Natalia Tokar completed her Master’s and Doctoral studies (Aspirantura) at the prestigious Saint-Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Russia with special emphasis in solo and collaborative piano, pedagogy, and harpsichord. In 2014 she was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University, USA, where she focused on solo performance, vocal coaching and accompanying. She studied primarily with Prof. Nadezhda Eismont and Prof. Deborah Moriarty.
Ms. Tokar made her debut with Kaliningrad Philharmonic in 1998. Since that time, she has been actively performing as soloist and collaborator in Russia, The United States and Hong Kong including performances in St. Petersburg Glazunov and Philharmonic Halls, Carnegie Hall (Weil Recital Hall), and Hong Kong City Hall. She has received awards and honors from several competitions and conferences. As an active collaborative pianist and coach she has worked for numerous festivals and competitions: The International Week of Conservatories, International Competition of Opera singers “Saint-Petersburg” (Russia), NATS, Opera North, W. Byrd competition (USA), to name a few. She has also worked for several universities as a collaborative pianist and instructor including, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Northern Iowa and Michigan State University, as well as the Mariinsky Theater of Opera and Ballet and St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Natalia Tokar recorded Schumann’s Enigma, an album of sonatas for violin and piano by Robert Schumann together with Svetlana Tsivinskaya released in September 2016 under the Blue Griffin label (USA) and participated as one of the collaborative pianists for ABRSM vocal curriculum 2017-2018 CD.
Since moving to Hong Kong in 2014, Natalia regularly appears with Hong Kong Musica Viva, HKUST Music Alive, The Hong Kong Chamber Music Society. She runs Russian Sound Piano Studio and serves as a judge for local piano competitions.
Isaac DROSCHA, bass-baritone
Isaac Droscha is an operatic Baritone who has performed numerous roles with various regional companies in the United States, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera New Jersey, and Arbor Opera Theater, for which he is currently serving as a board member. He has also worked for Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit and The Motor City Lyric Opera on Wheels, and most recently performed as Escamillio in Musica Viva’s production of The Story of Carmen in Hong Kong and as Leporello in a production of Don Giovanni at the Estates Theater in Prague, CZ. Other major roles from his repertoire include the title roles in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the Musik Lehrer in Stauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Dr. Falke in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. He is also a prolific concert performer of oratorio and art song and has performed roles in Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, and Hayden’s The Creation. He has sung as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphonette, and The Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong. He received fellowships and Scholarships from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Michigan for study. He performs recitals regularly in the United States, Russia, and Hong Kong, and is a frequent collaborator with Hong Kong MusicaViva. Upcoming performances include the role of Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore on September 29 and 30 and the role of Officer Lockstock in Urinetown in November, 2017. Isaac received his Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and is currently a Professor of Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Morning, Op. 4 no. 2
She is lovely as the noon, Op.14 no 9
Silence of the Secret Night, Op. 4 no. 3
I am alone again, Op. 26 no. 9
Child, thou art beautiful as a flower, Op. 8 no. 2
I wait for thee, Op. 14 no. 1
How painful for me, Op. 21 no. 12
Yesterday we met, Op. 26 no 13
I was with her, Op. 14 no. 4
Dream, Op. 8 no. 5 It’s Time, Op.14 no 12
He took all from me, Op. 26 no. 2
Christ is Risen, Op. 26 no. 6
To the Children, Op. 26 no. 7
There are many sounds, Op. 26 no. 1
“All the camps sleeps” from Aleko
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