Mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg’s rich experiences in contemporary music theatre include performing the lead role in Bent Sørensen’s opera Under Himlen at Copenhagen’s Royal Opera House as well as taking part in many projects with Théâtre de Complicité.
She has sung throughout Europe at numerous festivals, including Wien Modern, Oslo’s Ultima and the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Witten, Donaueschingen and Aldeburgh, and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble InterContemporain, Klangforum Wien, BCMG, the Northern Sinfonia and Apartment House.
She featured in the Channel 4 documentary What made Mozart tick and most recently in Kombat Opera Presents…, a set of six television comedy operas commissioned from Richard Thomas by BBC2. Loré Lixenberg sang the main female operatic role in Richard Thomas’ award-winning Jerry Springer - The Opera at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Theatre and in London’s West End, and on CD.
Born in Bombay, Patricia Rozario studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music, winning the Gold Medal. Her unique voice and artistry has inspired several of the world’s leading composers to write for her, most notably Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener, who alone has now written over thirty works for her, making their collaboration unique in the contemporary field. She has sung with Solti, Ashkenazy, Jurowski, Belohlavek, Gardiner, Pinnock and Andrew Davis, sung opera at Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Lyon, Lille, Bremen, Antwerp, Wexford, ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera North, and given concerts in North America, Canada, Russia, the Far East, Australia, throughout Europe, and at all the major UK venues.
Highlights this season and beyond include performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall with Vladimir Jurowski, recitals at Bath International Festival, Wigmore Hall and performances of ‘Faultline’ with the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company across the UK, Sweden and India.
Patricia Rozario was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours, 2001 and the Asian Women’s Award for achievement in the Arts, 2002.
Resident Quartet to RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, since 1986, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet is one of Europe's most successful quartets, internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire.
The quartet has given more than eight hundred concerts across the length and breadth of Ireland at the same time as maintaining a thriving international career with regular tours throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. The quartet members are also Artists in Residence at University College, Cork, founders of the internationally acclaimed West Cork Chamber Music Festival and lecturers in chamber music at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
As well as presenting the core string quartet repertoire, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet has consistently championed the work of Irish composers in concerts and broadcasts in Ireland and abroad, with dozens of commissions and premieres to its name. An extensive and critically-acclaimed discography includes the complete Beethoven quartets. Awards include Gramophone Critics' Choice 2003 for Boccherini's cello quintets and Gramophone Editor's Choice (February 2006) for Charles Stanford's viola and piano quintets, a CD released by Hyperion in cooperation with RTÉ.
Creative Scotland winner 2003, Mark O’Keeffe has held the post of principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. He is a native of County Cork, Ireland, where he began his musical studies at the age of seven. After playing in the local brass band and receiving trumpet lessons from his father, his love of the trumpet developed.
In 1992, after studying at the Cork School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark was chosen as the winner of the RTE Musician of the Future competition. On his return to Ireland later that year, he was appointed Associate Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for four years.
Over the past twelve years he has appeared as soloist with the BBCSSO performing new works by Judith Bingham, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies, as well as concertos by Telemann, Hummel and Shostakovich. In addition to his career with the BBC SSO, he is a committed chamber musician playing with ensembles which share his passion for new music, including guest Principal Trumpet with London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra.
His teachers include Murray Greig, John Wallace, Bo Nilsson and Fritz Damrow. Mark O’Keeffe teaches at the RSAMD Glasgow where he has completed, with distinction, a Masters degree in trumpet performance. He records solo repertoire on the Delphian label.
Clíona Doris has extensive experience as a solo harpist and chamber musician and has performed throughout Ireland, Britain, Europe and the United States. Her broadcasts include performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ LyricFM, National Public Radio USA, ClassicFM TV, UTV, BBC Television and RTÉ Television. In 2005, she was the soloist at the BBC Proms in the Park from Belfast, which was broadcast as part of the BBC Last Night of the Proms.
An active exponent of contemporary music, Clíona has premiered works by Elaine Agnew, Donnacha Dennehy, Deirdre McKay, Neil Martin and Ian Wilson; her latest CD, a pale yellow sky released on the RTÉ lyricfM label, features contemporary music by Irish composers. Other recordings include in blue sea or sky, a solo CD on the Riverrun Label and a performance of Handel’s Harp Concerto with the RTÉ Concert Orchestral.
Clíona graduated with the Doctor of Music Degree in Harp Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, where she studied with the acclaimed harpist, Susann McDonald. She is a graduate of Queen’s University of Belfast and began her harp studies at the Belfast School of Music. She joined DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2005 as Head of Orchestral Studies and was Acting Head of the Conservatory from 2007-2010. She was Chairman of the Ninth World Harp Congress Dublin 2005 and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Contempoary Music Centre of Ireland. Clíona is on the Board of Directors of Music Network Ireland, Music Generation: Ireland's National Music Education Programme, Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland and the World Harp Congress.
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Lore Lixenberg mezzo-soprano
Patricia Rozario soprano
Mark O'Keeffe trumpet
Cliona Doris harp
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
This new release features Deirdre Gribbin's works for string quartet with voice. Born in Belast, the composer's Catholic background, identification with Celtic folk tradition, fascination for myth, and love of remote landscapes have all influenced her music.
The title work features soprano Patricia Rozario - who has inspired composers including Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener to write for her - with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, in their first recording for NMC. With trumpeter Mark O'Keeffe they perform Island People, a song-cycle setting verses by Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
This is accompanied by Crossing the Sea for mezzo - sung by Loré Lixenberg - and quartet, setting an extended sequence of 7th-century Chinese poems exploring the loss of war, premiered at London's Wiltons Music Hall. The recording is completed by two works for quartet alone, Merrow Sang - depicting a supernatural sea-burial - and What the Whaleship Saw, inspired by an 1820 shipwreck and its grisly aftermath.
CD OF THE MONTH (CMC Ireland)
'Impressive playing, passionate and sensitive by turns, from the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet ... cordially recommended to Gribbin admirers and newcomers alike' Gramophone
'A disc of works inspired by the sea - the magic of mermaids, the Blasket and Aran islands, the imagination of Seamus Heaney and the whaling disaster that inspired Moby Dick. The ever-changing sea in Deirdre Gribbin's five pieces sprays, shimmers and churns' Irish Times
Presented with funding from the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme 2011
Recorded in the Curtis Auditorium of the CIT Cork School of Music by kind permission
The works on this disc were recorded at CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland on 31 March - 2 April 2012.
Recording Producer ALEXANDER VAN INGEN for Six Music Productions
Recording Engineer DAVID SLEVIN
Musical Supervision DEIRDRE GRIBBIN
Digital Editing & Mastering ALEXANDER VAN INGEN for Six Music Productions
Executive Producer COLIN MATTHEWS
Graphic Design FRANCOIS HALL
Cover image ©YOICHI MIDORIKAWA
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