Master Courses Instructors of the 35th Early Music Days Festival

Lax_Eva_enek_mezzoszopran_2008The Hungarian mezzo-soprano, Éva Lax, began her vocal studies at the Béla Bartók Specialist Music High School in Budapest, graduating and later taking a PhD in the Italian faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University. She continued her singing studies with professor Ilona Adorján, and also participated several times in the master classes of the Innsbruck Early Music Festival Summer Academy, where she was instructed by René Jacobs, Emma Kirkby and Jessica Cash.  Between 1998 and 2000 she undertook courses in the field of early music in Amsterdam on three different occasions.
Besides being the founding member of the Budapest-based ensemble Affetti Musicali, she has also performed with many other Hungarian groups both at home and abroad, including Capella Savaria, Concerto Armonico, Musica Profana, Cantus Corvinus and Ars Longa. She has performed several times as a soloist with the orchestra and the choir of the Italian Bach Academia in Padua and Venice. In France she has sung at the Senlis and Avignon Festivals, and in the Musicora series in Paris, while in Hungary she is known to have performed together with the world-renowned Malcom Bilson, Nicholas McGegan and Miklós Spányi, at the early music festivals of Sopron, Fertőd and Budapest.
Her most important academic achievement has been a critical edition of the complete letters of Claudio Monteverdi, published by Olschki in Florence (1994), also published in Hungarian in1998.
She has been professor of solo singing since 1993 at the Leo Winer Conservatory and since 2015 at the Mária Ward Secondary School of Music. She has been regularly instructing singers, church musicians and chorus-masters in the field of early music. She has recorded several CDs with Hungaroton and with the Italian Dynamic Recordings, including solo cantatas by Telemann, Hasse, Steffani and Vivaldi and operas and oratorios by Händel, Caldara and Carissimi.

Bernhard Forck_smallBernhard Forck has dedicated himself to the violin since the age of five. After completing his studies in 1986 at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Eberhard Feltz he became a member of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. At the same time he became interested in historical performance practice and studied with several leading authorities in the field, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Bernhard Forck has been a member of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) since the ensemble’s start in 1982. His involvement as one of the ensemble’s concertmasters is the result of his intensive work with historical performance practice and has played a key role in establishing the success of Berlin’s period instrument ensemble. Together with Akamus, Bernhard Forck has regularly performed in Europe’s musical metropolises, touring the Middle East, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, as well as North and South America.
His professional career as a violinist has also flourished through his work with the Berlin Barock Solisten, of which he is a member as well. Numerous CD productions and performances abroad attest to his artistic prowess, seen too in his work as a teacher at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Moreover, as a modern violinist he founded the Manon Quartet Berlin in 1995, an ensemble which dedicated itself to the music of the Second Viennese School and was part of Tanglewood’s Quartet in Residence programme.
In 2007 he became the musical director of the Handel Festival Orchestra in Halle and is the artistic director of the concert series “Händel zu Hause”. In 2010 he conducted the festival’s production of Handel’s opera “Orlando”, in 2012 the festival’s production of “Alcina” and in 2016 he conducted the festival production of the opera Sosarme, Re di Media. CD and DVD recordings document this successful work with the festival.

Vashegyi Gy+Ârgy_kicsiLiszt Award winning conductor, György Vashegyi, professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in the fields of early chamber music and early music performance, basso continuo and historical musicology, artistic director of the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir, conductor, guest conductor at the Hungarian State Opera and member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. György Vashegyi was born in Budapest in 1970. His musical education as a child included playing the instruments of the violin, flauto dolce, the oboe, later also the piano, the organ and the harpsichord. At the age of 18 he became student of conducting under Ervin Lukács at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest where he obtained his diploma with distinction in 1993. He claims that the major influence on his career was the art of Johann Sebastian Bach in general, and his composition of the Saint Matthew Passion in particular. It was in 1986 following the concert performance of Helmuth Rilling in Budapest that Vashegyi decided to become a conductor. In the following year of 1987 he attended the master course of Rilling in Leipzig, where he saw the performance of Saint Matthew Passion conducted by Rilling. The foundation of Vashegyi’s two orchestras, the Purcell Choir and the Orfeo Orchestra were most likely influenced by John Eliot Gardiner. Apart from conducting, Vashegyi is also acting manager of his orchestras. He made his debut performance at the Hungarian State Opera in 2000 and since 2001 he has been regularly performing as guest conductor. In 1995-1997 he taught baroque performance practice at the invitation of the Head of the Musicology Department, György Kroó. Since then he has also been teaching early chamber music and history of music. In 2010 he founded the Early Music Department of the Franz Liszt Music Academy, and he invited world-renown guest lecturers like Malcolm Bilson or Simon Standage. In addition to regularly working together with the different orchestras of the Music Academy since 2000, he has also been tutoring conducting since 2014.

Nicholas ParleNicholas Parle is Professor of Harpsichord at both the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität of the City of Vienna and the Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Leipzig, and also teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.Born in Australia, after obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Sydney, he moved to London where he has since worked with many of the leading early music orchestras. In 1989 he won the first prize in the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, Belgium, at that time only the third time in 30 years that a first prize had been awarded.

​In 2014 he completed a Master of Music degree in musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London and continues to learn from his colleagues and students around the world.


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