Deutsches Haus at New York University, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, presents The Hugo Wolf Project-Mörike-Lieder, featuring highlights of the most sophisticated of Lied composers with his audaciously inspired collection of 53 songs on poems by Eduard Mörike. The program will be performed on Tuesday, April 8, starting at 6:30 p.m., by soprano Nell Snaidas, tenor Dominic Armstrong, and pianists Julius Abrahams and Miori Sugiyama.
The event takes place at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, NewYork, N.Y. (enter the Mews from University Place). Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. Those who would like to attend this event are asked to send an email to email@example.com. Since space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start. For more information, call 212.998.8660.
Julius Abrahams is a pianist who has just finished his graduate studies in collaborative piano with Margo Garrett and Jonathan Feldman at The Juilliard School. He has previously studied with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University and at his summer academy in the home of Nadia and Lili Boulanger in Gargenville, France. At Indiana, Mr. Abrahams began working as rehearsal pianist and coach at the IU Opera Theater and subsequently on staff at Orlando and Shreveport Opera Companies, as well as summer festivals in Italy and Austria. When he returned to further his studies at Juilliard in 2010, he was awarded a Lucrezia Bori Grant to study abroad in Paris for seven weeks. In New York, Mr. Abrahams has performed in Juilliard’s Chamberfest as well as many other recitals at Paul Hall and Alice Tully Hall, including a performance with the Juilliard Ochestra. He has also collaborated with Gil Morgenstern in his Reflection Series for two seasons with the Brooklyn Ballet. This past summer marked third year as pianist/coach at Bel Canto at Caramoor.
Pianist Miori Sugiyama has been an active soloist and collaborative artist in the US and abroad. Recent highlights include debut recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall as well as appearances at Bargemusic, Lincoln Center, Galapagos Art Space, and on Aspen Public Radio. Praised by the New York Times for her performance of the Charles Ives songs, she is a regular member of the Brooklyn Art Song Society with whom she has performed on projects such as the Hugo Wolf Project and marathon performance of the complete songs of Charles Ives. Last season, she founded the Half Moon Concert Series, which plans to explore vocal and chamber repertoire with an emphasis on female composers in the coming seasons. Sugiyama holds the position of accompanying coordinator and teaching assistant to Rita Sloan at the Aspen Music Festival and School and artist-faculty at Arts Ahimsa Music Festival. She is a collaborative pianist at Westchester Summer Vocal Institute and for the vocal department at Aaron Copland School of Music, where she has also coached chamber music. An avid educator, she holds a Master of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and joined the faculty at 92Y’s School of Music this fall, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio. Her teachers have included Morey Ritt, Paul Rutman, and Julian Martin and Rita Sloan. Sugiyama holds a Master of Music in piano performance from the Juilliard School and recently received a Doctor of Musical Arts in collaborative piano from the University of Maryland-College Park.
Neil Snaidas is of Uruguayan-American descent, Nell began her career singing leading roles in zarzuelas at New York City's Repertorio Español. A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, she has been a featured soloist in numerous festivals, operas and concert halls including Lincoln Center Summerfest, Alice Tully, Town Hall, Regensburg Tage/Alter Musik Fest, Internacional Festival de la Zarzuela in Mexico, and L’Internazionale Festivale di Scarlatti in Sicily. Operatic performances include Lisetta in Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante at the Teatro Garibaldi in Palermo, Despina in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at Caramoor with the Orchestra of St. Luke and Valletto in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Festival Vancouver under the direction of Stephen Stubbs/Paul O’Dette.
Dominic Armstrong holds degrees from Truman State University, The Juilliard School, and The Curtis Institute. He has quickly established himself internationally as an artist of deep emotion and heartfelt musicality. Proof of this came in his recent, unexpected and well-received debut with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Alan Gilbert, in the rarely heard Spring Symphony of Benjamin Britten. A 2013 winner of a George London Foundation Award, Mr. Armstrong's numerous prizes and awards include being one of the Grand Finalists in the 2008 National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera, as well as a recipient of a 2009 Opera Foundation Scholarship that sent him to Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opera Regio Torino.