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MARIA GULIK
  mezzo-soprano
ALEKSEI DEMCHENKO  piano  


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Maria Gulik is a Musical Odyssey Masterclass prizewinner
www.musical-odyssey.com.

Mezzo-Soprano Maria Gulik was born in the Russian province of Kargopol in Arkhangelsk region and studied in Moscow at the Academy of Arts and Theatre with soprano Larisa Rudakova.

In 2007 she joined the renowned Acting Laboratory of Dmitriy Krymov with which she performed and toured extensively. She was Titania in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream. As You Like It’ presented jointly by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the International Chekhov Festival, touring to prestigious venues in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Edinburgh International Festival.

She also played the role of The Singer in the production "In Paris" devised by the Krymov Laboratory and the Mikhail Baryshnikov Arts Centre which premiered in the US with Baryshnikov in the lead. Performances included Lincoln Center, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, before touring to Paris, Tel Aviv, Spoleto Festival, Helsinki and Groningen.

2014 saw her as a soloist at the Vishnevskaya Opera Centre with roles including Olga/"Eugene Onegin", Maddalena/"Rigoletto" and the title role of Carmen. She took part in masterclasses with Mirella Freni and made her debut at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre as Venus in Wagner’s "Tannhäuser". She repeated this last year when also singing Lyubasha/The Tsar’s Bride in Moscow.

Last year she was also invited to study at the Wales International Academy of Voice by Dennis O’Neill and graduates from there this year, having taken part in masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Richard Bonynge. On the concert stage she has sung Wagner’s "Wesendonck Lieder" and Mussorgsky’s ‘Songs and Dances of Death’ in Russia and at the Festival de Musique de Wissembourg in France where she also gave the world premiere of "Five Songs based on poetry of Lesya Ukrainka".

In May 2016 Maria sang her debut in Verdi Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall in London before summer engagements Zita /"Gianni Schicchi" at Les Azuriales Opera.

That summer Maria also won special prize from the Talent Unlimited on the Musical Odyssey’s in Greece. In july 2017 Maria is singing her debut in opera by Verdi ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ in West Green Garden Opera, where Maria sings Ulrica.
Maria Gulik

Aleksei Demchenko is currently a first year student on Master of Performance degree at Royal College of Music.

Aleksei was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan (USSR), where he started playing the piano at the age of six. In 1998 he moved to Kaliningrad, where he studied for six years at the Shostakovich Music School under the tutelage of Sadovskaya Olga. She was the person who noticed his potential and immediately started to prepare him for his first piano competition. There Aleksei took 2nd prize.

Whilst preparing he met Vladimmir Slobodyan, Honored Artist of Russia, who has had a major influence on Aleksei’s artistic life and became his mentor. In 2004 Aleksei has graduated from Shostakovich Music School and continued his education at the Rachmaninoff College of Music in Kaliningrad, where he began his studies under Slobodyan’s guidence. During these 4 years he did his first serious steps in music career participating in both local and international festivals and competitions such as 1st Bluthner competition in Kaliningrad, Russia (3rd prize) and ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ in Kaunas, Lithuania (1st prize).

In 2005 Aleksei has been acknowledged as a very talented and upcoming musician and was awarded a government grant.

At the end of 2007 after graduating with honors from Rachmaninoff College of Music in Kaliningrad, Aleksei, encouraged and supported by Vladimir Slobodyan, enrolled at Moscow State Conservatory. Aleksei’s tutor at the conservatory was Irina Osipova.

In 2016 he became an artist of the Talent Unlimited Ttrust and at present, Aleksei is a student of Dmitri Alexeev.

International engagements include several appearances at festivals in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, England.
Aleksei has also worked as an accompanist with such well known sopranos as Alina Yarovaya, Svetlana Kasyan, and Galina Averina.
He has performed concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov several times with Kaliningrad’s Symphonic Orchestra.
In 2012 Aleksei Demchenko became a scholar of LSR Group and it’s general director Andrei Molchanov.

Future engagement includes concerts in England, Russia & France.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrklLzhq8hs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXx5UbMX0ug
Aleksei Demchenko

 
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