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INSYNK is a Duo composed by soprano Inês Simões and guitarist Irina Kulikova.
A breath from Portugal and a touch from Russia coming together to celebrate Spanish repertoire for voice and guitar.
A great contemporary music enthusiast, soprano Inês Simões is known for her interpretations of the operatic world premieres of A Canção do Bandido by Nuno Côrte-Real (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and Teatro Trindade co-production), Play by Jamie Man (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian), Tabacaria and Flores do Mal by Luís Soldado (Inestética), Tudo Nunca Sempre o Mesmo Diferente Nada by Tiago Cutileiro (Arte no Tempo) and The Fisherman’s Brides by Lucie Treacher (Tête-à-Tête Festival); and Portuguese premieres of Onheama by João Guilherme Ripper (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and Festival Terras Sem Sombra co-production), King Harald’s Saga by Judith Weir, The Waiter’s Revenge by Stephen Oliver and Hummus by Zad Moultaka.
Concert highlights include both debuts at the Barbican Hall singing Berg’s Wozzeck Suite under the baton of Sian Edwards, and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, alongside Iestyn Davies in Handel’s Solomon, returning the next season to sing The Messiah.
More than 10 works have been commissioned for her voice, either with symphonic orchestra, piano or electronics, by such institutions as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Miso Music, to composers Jamie Man, Jug Markovitch, Nuno da Rocha, Igor C. Silva, Daniel Moreira, Pedro Faria Gomes, Frederic Neyrinck, Fátima Fonte and Miguel Azguime.
She has collaborated with orchestras such as the Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Clássica do Sul and Ensemble Darcos; worked with conductors Magnus Lindberg, Hannu Lintu, Paul McCreesh and Sian Edwards; sung for festivals Dias da Música – CCB, Terras Sem Sombras, Oxford Lieder Festival, Song in the City Concert, Grimeborne Festival and Tête-à-Tête; and for the BBC Radio 3 In Tune and Portuguese classical Radio Antena 2.
Inês has a long partnership with pianist Daniel Godinho. Their Duo Tágide performs regularly all over Portugal. In 2015 they launched the CD Alma Ibérica with the record label Sonus Music, which aims to showcase the Iberian art song repertoire.
For more information, please visit www.inessimoessoprano.com.
Irina Kulikova is a multiple award-winning classical guitarist. She is widely acclaimed for the rare beauty of her sound and her enchanting presence on stage. Her motto, in life and music: it’s about the touch.
Irina Kulikova was born in Chelyabinsk, the capital of South Ural, Russia. At five, she started playing piano and guitar. At eight, she gave her first public guitar performances. By the time she was twelve, she was a child star playing all across Russia and at festivals in Europe. Her talents were noticed by renowned guitarists like Grammy Award winners David Russell and Sergio Assad. She received a scholarship from ‘New Names’, the United Nations program for talents. At fourteen, Irina Kulikova appeared in Maurice Summerfield’s book ‘The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800’.
She left home to study at the Gnessins Academy in Moscow and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. A teenager still, she joined the ‘Salzburger Solisten’ for chamber music festivals in Europe, including performances for the royal and aristocratic families of Denmark and Germany. She made her first performance in the USA at eighteen.
After she had made her home in The Netherlands in 2007, Ms Kulikova graduated with distinction in Salzburg and later Maastricht (The Netherlands). In 2008, she won the 1st prize at the highly prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and Iserlohn in Germany. The years after, she was invited to over thirty countries, with appearances at leading festivals in Europe, North America and Asia, and in concert halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.
Irina Kulikova released her debut solo album in 2005. In 2009 and 2011, she recorded two albums in Naxos’ Laureate Series. In 2013, she recorded Reminiscences of Russia for the same label. For her fifth album, she chose to work for the fourth time with Grammy Award-winning producer Norbert Kraft – only this time as an independent artist.
For an extensive biography with photos, please visit www.irina kulikova.com.
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