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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:43


Based in France, Sydney born Mezzo Soprano Louise Callinan was accepted into the Centre de Formation Lyrique (Young Artist Programme) of the Opéra National de Paris. Louise made her debut with the Opéra National de Paris as The Page RIGOLETTO and since then has performed many roles including Meg Page FALSTAFF, Ninetta LES VEPRES SICILIENNE, Zweite Dame DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Suor Zelatrice in Suor Angelica. She made her debut with Opera Australia in the title role of LA CENERENTOLA and returned to sing Rosina IL BARBIERI DI SIVIGLIA. She sang Ninetta in Haydn’s IL MONDO DELLA LUNA in Nantes, Angers, Rennes and Le Théâtre National du Luxembourg. She appeared as Dorabella COSI FAN TUTTE with Israeli Opera under Dan Ettinger, in PARSIFAL at the Staatsoper Berlin under Daniel Barenboim and made her debut in THE FLY under Placido Domingo at LA Opera. She made her debut with L’Opéra Comique in Paris as Sylvain LA CHANSON DE FORTUNIO by Offenbach, under Jean-Luc Tingaud and sang Tigrana EDGAR in Valladolid.
Her concert repertoire includes appearances with l'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées, with the Chicago Symphony in the Ravinia Festival and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican London. In recital she has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, London with Graham Johnson.
On CD Louise Callinan sang La Seconda Elfe in Respighi's LA CAMPANA SOMMERSA in Montpellier and she appeared as Second Lady in the Kenneth Branagh film of THE MAGIC FLUTE.
Most recently she appeared as Samaritana FRANCESCA DA RIMINI (Zandonai) under Daniel Oren at the Bastille for Opéra National de Paris, and she returned to Valladolid to make her role debut as Dalila SAMSON ET DALILA under Francisco Lara Tejero and made her debut at Teatro Verdi di Trieste: Samaritana FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, conductor Kovatchev.
Future Engagements Include:
  • Opéra National de Paris: Mercedes CARMEN, conductor Philippe Jordan.
  • Opéra National de Paris: Wellgunde DAS RHEINGOLD, conductor Philippe Jordan.
  • Opéra National de Paris: Roßweiße DIE WALKÜRE, conductor Philippe Jordan
  • Opéra National de Paris: Wellgunde DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, conductor Philippe Jordan.
  • Opéra National de Paris: Zweite Dame DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE conductor Philippe Jordan
  • Théâtre & Musique, Paris: Erda DAS RHEINGOLD (European tour) Peter Rundel
  • Théâtre & Musique, Paris: Erda SIEGFRIED (European tour) conductor: Peter Rundel
  • Opéra National de Paris: Bersi ANDREA CHENIER, conducted by Daniel Oren
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:39



  • Israeli Prime Minister's Prize, 2010 .
  • Israeli Prime Minister's Prize. 2001 
  • ACUM (Israeli ASCAP) award for lifetime achievements in composition and education.  
  • Judges' Prize , ACUM (Israeli ASCAP), 1992 
  • Municipality of Tel Aviv,  Engel Prize, 1991 
  • ACUM Prize  for A Letter to Stravinsky 1991 
  • Municipality of Haifa, the Mark Lavri Prize for The Golem, 1991  
  • Guggenheim Fellowship for composition, 1981  
  • The Brooklyn College Opera Theater Chamber Opera Composition  Contest, special award, 1981  
  • ACUM  Prize, stipend for completion of Violin Concerto, 1977  
  • Composers' Conference Felloship, Johnson, Vermont 1974 & 1975  
  • ISCM Electronic Music Competition, 1975  
  • Orr Prize, Jerusalem, And There Arose a Mist - Cantata for Choir, Magnetic Tape, Percussion and Brass Quintet 


Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:38

Commissions and Grants

  • Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts, 2003 Threads of The Heart  for a large ensemble (15 players) 2003
  • Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned by the Jerusalem Radio Symphony Orchestra, premiered in March 2002
  • Sukhi Kang, Korea, 1999, A Note For A Neighbor 
  • Einklang Festival of Austria, 1999, Mittersil Quintet 
  • Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts, 1998,  String Sextet in Two Movements 
  • composer in residence, UPIC electronic music center in Paris 1998  
  • Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts, Discussions No. 5 for Clarinet and Piano, 1996  
  • The Danish Wind Octet, Syncopa for Wind Octet, 1995  
  • Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts, for Discussions No. 3 for Flute and Piano , 1994  
  • The Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva, Uri Mayer cond. Symphony No. 3 1994  
  • Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts, Concerto Grosso  1992, for The Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra  
  • Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts,  Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano  1991, for the cellist Alexander Kaganovsky, 1988  
  • The Jewish Museum of N.Y City The Golem for the Heritage Symphony Orchestra, Yaakov Bergman conductor, 1988  
  • Israel National Foundation for Culture and Art, Shiluvim, (Combinations) for children's choir and magnetic tape, 1986  
  • Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts, Sonata for Violin and Piano, 1984  
  • Israel National Foundation for Culture and Art, A Tale of Two Sandals for children's choir '83  
  • The Rena Schenfeld Dance Company, Silk, electroacoustic piece 1983  
  • Congregation Rodeph Shalom, New York City, Sim Shalom, for  children's choir and organ; Kedusha, for baritone solo, vocal quartet and organ  1983  
  • Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Gary Bertini cond. Short Symphony 1981  
  • Meet the Composer  1981, 1989  
  • Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts,  Quartet for Flute and Strings 1979  
Thursday, 26 April 2012 13:37

Recorded Works

 For a full list of available recording please check on the  website

Playlist of works performed at a concert on January 2018: 
Lieder from two song cycles, Discussions no. 14 Duo for Double Bass & Piano, Sonata for French horn & Piano, Hallel for piano solo 

A Note to Ravel  - The IsraeliChamberProject - June 2019 Tel Aviv 

Piano Concerto No 3 

Roots - Meitar Ensemble

String Quartet Nr. 3 

Clarinet Quintet 

Concerto da Camera (2014)
For solo viola and ensemble
Moshe Aharonov - Viola / Yuval Zorn - Conductor



There Dwell the Wolf with the Sheep   (2014)
Choreography: Anat Shamgar / Dancer: Kerem  Shemi
Music: Menachem  Zur / Performers: Amit Landau-viola, Shira Mani-cello


Cartoons for Voice Artist, and Ensemble of 14 instruments 11.11.2008 Tel Aviv
Sound Text by Anat Pick, The Contemporary Israel Players, Zsolt Nagy conductor 

Cartoons from Shali Boharon on Vimeo.

Composer : Menachem Zur


CD & LP recordings:

      • Sonata No. 1 for Cello & Piano released in 1990 on Music In Israel
      • Clarinet Quintet, recorded by E. Chefetz, released in 1994 on Music In Israel
      • Quartet for Flute and Strings released in January 1997 on Music In Israel
      • Chants for Magnetic Tape - Columbia Odyssey Recording Y34139, winners ISCM 1975
      • Horizons for Magnetic Tape - Folkways Recording FSS33878


The following were recorded by the Israeli Radio Broadcast Authority:

    • Four For Four for Woodwind Quartet
    • Double Concerto for Bassoon, French Horn and Chamber Orchestra
    • Discussions for Violin and Clarinet
    • Two Sabbath Songs
    • Violin Concerto
    • Clarinet Quintet
    • Fantasy for Piano
    • Circles of Time, for piano
    • Sonata for Cello and Piano
    • Quartet for Flute and Strings
    • Short Symphony (no.1)
    • Lamentations - Cantata for Alto and Chamber Orchestra
    • Prisma for Piano Duo
    • Centers for Piano
    • Piano Concerto
    • String Quartet
    • A Tale of Two Sandals
    • Sonata for Violin and Piano
    • Piano Trio
    • A Letter To Schoenberg
    • A Letter to Stravinsky
    • A Letter to Alban Berg
    • Prelude for Violin Solo
    • Prelude for Viola Solo
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 22:35

Published Works

Concert Works Published :

Israel Music Institute Publishers, Tel-Aviv: (IMI ) , 55 Menachem Begin Rd., 67138 Tel Aviv   
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  • Concerto for Bassoon & Orchestra July 2014,
  • The Last Night, opera in two acts (2 hours) on libreto by Israel Eliraz, Sept 2013-March 2014
  • Concertino for Saxophone Quartet and orchestra 2012
  • At Dawn for Orchestra June 2011
  • Concerto Grosso for Violin,Viola Cello and Chamber Orchestra 1992
  • Neighbors  - opera in 3 acts  1986
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano   1984
  • Lamentations - Cantata for Alto and Chamber Orchestra   1982
  • Short Symphony No.1, 1981
  • Four for Four - Wind Quartet   l980
  • Centers  for Piano   1979
  • Quartet for Flute and Strings   1979
  • Clarinet Quintet   1978
  • Violin Concerto   No.1 ,  1978-2013
  • Double Concerto for Bassoon, French Horn and Chamber Orchestra   1978
  • And There Arose a Mist- Cantata for Choir, Magnetic Tape, Percussion and Brass Quartet 1972


Scheduled for publication by IMI:

  • Rainbow Concertino for Vibraphone, Harp & Chamber Orchestra, 2013 (former IMC)
  • Fantasy for Cello & Chamber Orchestra, 2013 ( former IMC)
  • Yizkor, Elegy for String Orchestra 2012 ( former IMC)
  • Symphony #3, 1994/ revised 2015 ( former IMC)
  • Fantasy for Cello & Chamber Orchestra, 2013
  • Arrow, concertino for Mandolin, Guitar, Harpsicord & chamber orchestra, 2015
  •  Prelude for a New Season for a large chamber ensemble 2017
  • Odysseys for Orchestra, symphony #6, 2017
  • Symphony #5, 2016   
  • Concertino for piano (#3) & ensemble 2016
  • Concertino for Flute, Strings & Percussion, 3 mvts., 2015
  • Clarinet concerto, 3 mvts., 2015
  • Piano concerto #2 with a poem by Israel Eliraz, 2015
  • Violin concerto #2,2014
  • Four Else Songs for Alto and Orchestra to poems by Israel Eliraz, 2014
  • Symphony #4 in three movements: Gestures, Songs without words, Memories, 2012


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  • Shovalim, quartet for flute, cello, piano & percussion (mainly vibraphone), 2017
  • Sonatina for Viola & Piano, 2017
  • String Quartet #4, 2017
  • Echoes for Four For clarinet, trumpet, vibraphone & piano, 2017
  • Discoveries for Oboe Quartet, 2017
  • Discussions # 13 for Clarinet & Vibraphone, 2017
  • Shilush, Sextet for Brass Quintet & Piano, 2016
  • Fantasy for Organ solo, 2016
  • Fantasy for Wind Instruments (arranged from fantasy for Organ solo), 2016
  • Discussions #12 Trio for Flute, Violin & Viola, 2016
  • Dance of the Spirit for piano solo, 2016
  • Hallel for Piano solo, 2016
  • String Quartet #3, 2017
  • Clarinet Trio  Mosaics, 2015
  • Five Nature Songs  song cycle  for mezzo-soprano, cello & piano,  text by Rachel, Sept 28 2015
  • Dichterinnen Liebe,   song cycle for soprano & piano, Sept. 15. 2015 
  • Duo for Viola and Bassoon   (A new version of Discussions No.2 from 1972)  August 2015
  • Elul Voices ,  Bassoon Quintet  for bassoon & string quartet, in  two mvts, August 2015
  • Psalm 137 On the Waters of Babylon  for mixed choir & harp ,  July 2015
  • Roots for sextet: vln, vla, cello, pno. April 2015
  • Anan Over, two songs for mezzo-soprano & two clarinets on poems by Israel Eliraz, March 2015
  • Prelude for Cello Solo  A Song for David,  Oct 2014
  • Psalm 43 for mixed choir, four voices, Sept 2014
  • Prelude for Guitar Solo August 2014
  • Prelude for Harp Solo August 2014
  • Sham-Gar Ze’ev Im Keves  ( There will dwell wolf with lamb);  Duo for cello & viola for 
  • choreography by Anat Shamgar , July 2014
  • Solitude,Discussions No.11 for Piano Quintet , in two movements , June 2014
  • Bagatelle for clarinet and piano April, 2014
  • Touching Horizons  Sonatina for Piano, Sept 2013
  • Gone With The Wind  for ten performers Sept 2013
  • Touching Trees A song cycle for soprano, clarinet & piano, April 2013
  • On The Road for ten performers , (featuring 2 clarinets) , August 2013
  • Rainbow Concertino for Vibraphone, Harp and Chamber Orchestra, 6 min, August 2013
  • Fantasy  for Cello and Chamber Orchestra , march 2013
  • Yizkor, Elegy for String Orchestra , July 2012
  • Adam Roeh, Song cycle on poems of Israel Eliraz, for baritone, viola and piano, July 2012
  • Shir Hama’alot for a chamber Orchestra, Oct. 2011
  • Discussions No.10, Contour Variations ,  for violin & piano, Sept 2011
  • A few Remarks on Music for voice and ensemble, August 2011,
  • String Quartet No.2 , August 2011-2014 ,3 mvts .
  • A Note To Ravel for Harp Septet, July 2011,
  • Networks  for Wood Wind Quintet & Piano, July 2011,
  • Hate’ena (The Fig Tree) for Mezzo Soprano and Ensemble (Sept 2010), text by Israel Eliraz
  • Free Sex-tet for flute, clarinet, bassoon, Violin, cello and piano 2010
  • Piano Trio No.2 “For The Young”  2008
  • Cartoons for a large chamber ensemble and a voice-artist, with sound-text by Anat Pick- 2005-8
  • Songs of Song for String Trio 2006-7       
  • Departures & Encounters for String Quintet 2005 (also a version for string orchestra)
  • Discussions No. 9  Quartet for Piano and Strings, 2004
  • Discussions No.8  Quartet for Guitar and Strings, 2004
  • Psalm 23 for choir and marimba, 2003
  • Translations for Percussion and Electronics, 2003
  • Threads of The Heart  for a large ensemble (15 players) ,2003
  • Discussions No. 7 for Flute-recorders & Harpsichord April 2002 
  • Discussion No.6 for Saxophone Quartet and   Electronics, 2000
  • Concerto for Orchestra , August 2001
  • Concero for Piano Four Hands and String Orchestra, 2001 Two movements: Breshit, Isaiah’s Visions 
  • And A Whisper Will Be Heard for solo Violin, 2001
  • Sovev for Horn Violin & Piano 2000
  • Kedusha Prayer 1999,
  • A Note For A Neighbor - for quartet-clar.,vln.,cello, pno.-1999
  • Mittersil Quintet -for clar.,F.horn, guitar, cello, vibr.- 1999
  • Alleluia for vocal sextet and magnetic tape 1999
  • Discussions No.6 for Saxophone quartet and magnetic tape 1998
  • String Sextet in Two Movements  1998 ( Version for String Orchestra Feb. 1999)
  • Concerto Da Camera  for Viola & Ensemble  (Octet) 1997
  • Concerto for Piano Four Hands & String Orchestra: Breshit (2006) Isaiah's Visions 1997
  • Cadenza  for violin Solo 1997
  • On Wings of An Echo   for piano solo  1997
  • Discussions No.5  for Clarinet & Piano  1996
  • Syncopa  for Wind Octet  1995
  • Gesang Eines Hundes  for soprano and piano ( after F.Kafka ) 1994
  • Discussions No.3 for Flute & Piano  1994
  • Discussions No.4 for Trumpet & Piano  1994
  • Discussions No.4a for Trombone & Piano  1994
  • Sonata for Two Pianos 1994
  • Symphony No.3     1994/  revised: 2015
  • Symphony No.2  Letters:
  • A Letter to Schoenberg - for Orchestra  1988
  • A Letter to Stravinsky  - for Orchestra  1990
  • A Letter to Alban Berg - for Orchestra   1994
  • Concerto For Tuba and Orchestra 1992
  • Prelude for Violin solo 1991 ( also a version for viola -'92, for guitare -'98)
  • Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano 1991
  • Circles Of Time  for Piano  1990
  • Akedat Ytzchak  (The Sacrifice Of Isaac) for children’s choir or women’s choir 1989
  • The Golem - for Baritone and  Ensemble  1988
  • Sonata for French Horn and Piano  1988
  • Sonata for Oboe (English Horn) and Piano 1988 ( also a version for saxophones)
  • Fantasy for Brass Quintet   1988
  • Piano Trio for Piano No.1, Violin and Cello   1987
  • Shiluvim (Combinations) - for Children's Choir and Magnetic Tape   1986
  • Prelude for Band   1986
  • String Quartet   1985
  • Hallelujah (Psalm 150) for mixed choir   1984
  • Piano Concerto  1983
  • A Tale of Two Sandals - for Children's Choir   1983
  • Sim Shalom - for Children's Choir and Organ   1983
  • Kedusha - for Baritone Solo, Vocal Quartet and Organ   1983
  • Clarinet Trio  for clarinet, cello & piano 1981
  • Horn Trio Sovev  for F.horn, violin & piano 1980

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  • Aria Da Capo  for Bassoon Solo   1983
  • Prisma  for Piano Duo   1982
  • Pygmalion - Operatic Scene for Singer and Pianist   1981
  • Discussions No. 2  for Viola and Bassoon  1979
  • Chamber Symphony in Two Movements   1974-75
  • Two Sabbath Songs for Voice and Piano   1974
  • 3 + 2  for Five Instruments   1974
  • Variations for Cello Solo   1974
  • Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1   1973
  • Concertino for Woodwind Quintet   1973
  • Fantasy for Piano  1972
  • Discussions No. 2 for Violin and Clarinet   1972
  • Affairs - Theatrical Piece for Soprano, Conductor and Eight Musicians   1970

Yet Unpublished:

  • Chants for Magnetic Tape, 1975
  • The Composer’s Shoes for voice and electronics (with Anat Pick), 2003
  • Concertino for Flute, Strings & Percussion, 3 mvts., July 2015
  • Clarinet concerto  May 2015, 3 mvts.
  • Piano concerto No.2, with a poem by Israel Eliraz ,  Feb. 2015
  • Violin concerto No.2, 2014
  • Four Else Songs  for Alto and Orchestra to poems  by Israel Eliraz,Oct. 2014
  • Symphony No.4  Gestures;Songs without words; Memories , April 2012
  • Chants for Magnetic tape (1975)                                                                                                         
  • The Composer’s Shoes for voice & electronics –with Anat Pick-voice


Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:34


Prof. Menachem Zur was born in Israel in 1942. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. In the United States he received degrees from the Mannes College of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, and Columbia University, where he was awarded the D.M.A. degree in 1976. Prof. Zur has taught at Queens College, CUNY, and New York University, and is on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.   

Menachem Zur has composed numerous works, including chamber, vocal, symphonic and electronic music, and one full-scale opera. Prof. Zur has received numerous national prizes, among them the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. The most recent prize is the Prime Minister’s prize for composition (2010), that was awarded to him for the second time.

Most of his works have been published in the United States and in Israel. His orchestral and chamber works have received numerous performances by orchestras and ensembles in Israel and abroad, including an evening devoted to his chamber music in the series  “Works and Process” held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 

During the years 1992-1994 and 2000-2003 he served as the chairperson of the Israeli Composers' League. He has been an official representative of Israel in conferences and festivals such as the ISCM and ACL.  Prof. Zur is regularly invited to lecture at universities and music academies and has had vast experience in presenting many subjects related to composition and theory, in many parts of the world.

His administrative ­experience includes the organizing of an international symposium on multi-media, the guiding and judging master's and doctoral dissertations, serving as dean and chairman of  the compositon and theory department in Jerusalem, reviewing professional activities for the commission of higher education in Israel and judging international competitions in Israel and abroad.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 22:06

Lebenslauf Deutsch

Der in der Kiew (Ukraine) geborene Bassist Taras Konoshchenko erhilt seine Ausbildung in den Fächern Klavier, Chorleitung, Opernund
Konzertgesang an besten Musikakademien der Ukraine und setzte sie abschließend an der Münchner Musikhochschule sowie
als Mitglied des „Junges Ensembles“ der Bayerischen Staatsoper fort.
1994 gab der Künstler unter Sir Colin Davis sein Deutschlandsdebüt als Sarastro in einer konzertanten Aufführung von Mozarts „Zauberflöte“ im Münchner Prinzregententheater. Bei mehreren Gesangswettbewerben errang er Preise; zahlreiche Konzerte sang er seitdem in Europa, Nord- und Südamerika.
1998 bis 2003 war Taras Konoshchenko Ensemblemitglied der Bayerischen Staatsoper, wo er u.a. Colline (La Boheme), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Il Re (Aida), Lodovico (Otello), Angelotti (Tosca), Nettuno (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Zuniga (Carmen) sang.
Von 2005 bis 2008 war er im Nationaltheater Mannheim auch als Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Fiesco (S. Boccanegra) zu hören.
Seit Herbst 2008 arbeitet er als freischaffender Künstler. 
Eine erfolgreiche Karriere führte ihn an viele Opernhäuser, darunter: Ukrainische Nationaloper Kiew, Theater Bregenz, Oper Bonn, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Volksoper Wien, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Brüssel), Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Staatstheater Stuttgart, Opera de Toulon, Theater Dortmund. Konzerte sang er u.a. mit Münchner Philharmonikern, mit Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel-Aviv und Haifa, mit dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin sowie mit Bamberger Symphonikern (R.Strauss
Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Dabei arbeitete er mit so nahmhaften Dirigenten wie Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Marcello Viotti zusammen.
Zu seinem Repertoire gehören mehr als 80 Partien u.a. Ramfis (Aida), Banco (Macbeth), Fiesco (S. Boccanegra), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Sevilla), Rodolfo (La Sonnambula), Pimen (B. Godunow), Fürst Gremin (E. Onegin), Kontschak (Fürst Igor).
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:51

Audio and Video Clips

Audio  - Mozart Don Giovanni  -  Leporello MP3  "Madamina, il catalogo e questo"


Mozart Zauberflöte Sarastro "In diesen heil'gen Hallen"


 Mozart Zauberflöte - Sarastro "O Isis und Osiris"

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:47


Mr. Konoshchenko successful career has led him to guestings at the Ukrainian National Opera in Kiew, Bregenz Opera Theater, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Volksoper Wien, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Staatstheater  Stuttgart, Opera Theatre of Toulon, and R.Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Taras Konoshchenko has also sung in concerts with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv and Haifa, performing under the direction of Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Metha, James Levine, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi and Marcello Viotti.
Konoshchenko has a repertoire of over 80 roles, including Ramfis (Aida), Banco (Macbeth), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Rodolfo (La Sonnambula), Pimen (B.Godunow), Prince Gremin (Eugen Onegin) and Konchak (Prince Igor) among many others.

After his piano studies, choral conducting and voice at several music conservatories in his homeland Ukrainian, bass Taras Konoshchenko, finished his education at the Munich Music High School and subsequently sang with the Young Artists Program of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

In 1994 the artist gave his German debut in Munich’s  Prinzregententheater as  Sarastro in a concert performance of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” under the direction of Sir Colin Davis. Winner of numerous vocal competitions, Taras Konoshchenko has performed in concerts in Europe, USA, Canada and South America.

From 1998 to 2003 Taras Konoshchenko was a member of the Bavarian State Opera where he performed Colline (La Bohème), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Il Re (Aida), Lodovico (Otello), Angellotti (Tosca), Nettuno (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Zuniga (Carmen) and many others roles.
In 2005 Taras Konoshchenko became a member of the National Opera Theater of Mannheim where he has sung also Padre Guardiano (La Forza del Destino), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Fiesco (S. Boccanegra)


Tuesday, 24 April 2012 16:31


"... Sedov not only gave a superb dramatic performance but his singing was masterful. His long legato lines were rich and full of emotion, and his quick staccato lines were seemingly effortlessly moved ..." 

Opera News hails Denis Sedov for “tall and commanding, gifted with a splendid physique and a bass to match” and his ability to “seduce with his voice as well as with his presence.” His engagements in the 2010-11 season include Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Pittsburgh Opera, Frere Laurent in Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi di Salerno, and a return to Cincinnati Opera for Gremin in Eugene Onegin. He also sings Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Orquesta del Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga. In the 2009-10 season, he returned to Cincinnati Opera for both Colline in La bohème and Lodovico in Otello and the Atlanta Symphony for the Chamberlain in Le rossignol in Atlanta as well as for performances at Carnegie Hall. He also joined the Teatro Colon for further Colline in La bohème, Atlanta Opera for Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Palm Beach Opera for Leporello in Don Giovanni, Asociacion Gayarre Amigos de la Opera in Pamplona for Escamillo in Carmen, and Vancouver Symphony for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 .

Mr. Sedov’s recent international engagements include his debut with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni under the baton of Riccardo Muti at Teatro alla Scala, and Colline in La bohème at Paris Opera. Also in Paris, he sang the title role in Don Giovanni and Count Rodolfo in La sonnambula at the Opéra Comique and in Florence. Further performances include Il Re di Scozia in Ariodante at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims with La Monnaie, Timur in Turandot at Opéra de Montréal, King Henry VIII in Anna Bolena in Torino, Selim in Il turco in Italia in Marseille, Mustafa in L'italiana in Algeri with Opéra du Rhin, Walter in Luisa Miller in Bordeaux, the tutor in Le Comte Ory in Toulouse, his Teatro Colon debut in Buenos Aires as Oroveso in Norma, Rossini’s Maometto Secondo in Strassbourg, Colline in La bohème, more performances of Ariodante with Les Musiciens du Louvre, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Opéra de Lyon yon, and Frere Laurent in Roméo et Juliette with L'Opéra de Montreal. He has also sung further performances of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Seneca in Monteverdi’sL’incoronazione di Poppea at Aix-en-Provence in a production that he repeated in Vienna and Paris as well as Somnus in Seneca in Monteverdi’sL’incoronazione di Poppea at the Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi. 

He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Colline in La bohème after having been one of very few non-American singers ever invited to join the company’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development. He has since joined the company Orlick in Mazeppa and on tour in Japan for its production of Don Giovanni. Other American engagements include Nourabad in Les pêcheur de perles with Washington National Opera, Giorgio in I puritani with Seattle Opera, Escamillo in Carmen and Achilla in Giulio Cesare with San Francisco Opera, Assur in Semiramide with Minnesota Opera, and Méphistophélès in Faust with Cincinnati Opera, and Il Re in Aida at the Aspen Music Festival. He also joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for performances of Colline in La bohème with under the baton of Robert Spano that were recently released on the Telarc label. 

He recorded Handel’s Ariodante with Marc Minkowski conducting Les Musiciens du Louvre (Deutsche Grammophon). He also recorded the role of Soliony in the world premiere of Trois Soeurs by Peter Eötvös (Deutsche Grammophon), having originally performed by the role at Opéra de Lyon and the Chatelet and his recording of Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliettewith the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez has also recently been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. 

Denis Sedov is an equally engaging concert singer, recently joining Christoph Eschenbach and the L’Orchestre de Paris for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (performances of which have been released commercially on DVD) as well as the Quebec Symphony for the same work. He has sung Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Shostakovich’s Song of the Forest at the Grant Park Music Festival, and the world premiere of Carlos Alberto Vazquez’sRequiem Domesticus at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. He sang Haydn’s Creation for the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp with Minkowski conducting and in Bordeaux. The bass made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut singing the Verdi Requiem, his debut with the San Francisco Symphony with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He has also appeared with major orchestras throughout Israel including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlioz’ Damnation of Faust and Verdi’s Otello under the baton of Pappano. He sang Zoroastr in Orlando and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Al Ayre Español. A worldwide audience of television viewers saw Mr. Sedov sing the Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Japan conducted by Seiji Ozawa as part of the winter Olympics in 1998.