ISA KATHARINA GERICKE – SOPRANO
Isa Katharina Gericke is known as a versatile and colourful artist in concert, chamber music and opera, and is acclaimed for her programming, interpretation and communication skills. She performs repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. Her love of Lieder and art songs has resulted in well-received performances combining theatre and music, celebrating the life and work of legendary Nordic singers Eva Sars Nansen, Kirsten Flagstad and Jenny Lind. Further facets of Isa’s versatility can be seen in the cabaret Frauen sind keine Engel, featuring music from Berlin in the 1930s and 40s.
Isa is a sought-after programmer for various classical music projects, and she has been Artistic Director of Kongsberg´s chamber music festival Glogerfestspillene since its beginning in 2001.
Isa graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She has won several awards, including the very first Wessel-pris, awarded by Norske Selskab for her contribution to the promotion of Norwegian vocal music.
Solo engagements have included collaborations with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and conductors Sir Andrew Davies, Manfred Honeck, Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe and Rinaldo Alessandrini.
Isa is a frequent guest at chamber music festivals in Norway and abroad, and her CD recordings for Simax Classics and LAWO Classics all have a connection to the Nordic art song repertoire. Her previous recording on the LAWO Classics label, Budbærersken (LWC1120), was a salute to Kirsten Flagstad.
JOACHIM KNOPH – PIANO
Pianist Joachim Knoph is an active soloist and chamber musician who has performed in a number of countries. He has collaborated with prominent musicians and singers and is the recipient of several prizes including the Yamaha Music Foundation award.
In 2016, he released an internationally distributed solo CD of Johan Kvandal’s complete music for solo piano on the Grand Piano/Naxos label, receiving very favourable reviews. He has also previously been a soloist on CD recordings with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and has premiered a number of new works.
In addition, Joachim Knoph’s activity as a composer has become increasingly high-yielding, with his choral music especially being frequently performed in recent years.
Knoph is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Barratt Due Institute of Music, the Malmö Academy of Music, L’École Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris, as well as a study period at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has studied with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Jirí Hlìnka, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Caroline Palmer and others. He received his first tuition from Helene Jensen, Wolfgang Plagge and Jens Harald Bratlie. He has participated in a number of masterclasses, including those with Philippe Entremont, Jerome Lowenthal and Staffan Scheja.