Thursday, 30 September 2010

in profile ... Chanda VanderHart

Chanda VanderHart Pianist Vienna

Occupation: Lied Pianist; Chamber Musician; Recording Artist; Co-founder of "Talespin, Musical Tales for Big and Small"; Pianist and Organizer of Master Class Series "Bel Canto, Bella Voce" with Soprano Rusalina Mochukova; Women's Woman, Man's Woman, Woman About Town,

Next Calendar dates:
October 2nd: "non-stop Schumann" 6 hour concert with baritone Guenter Haumer and cellist Ronald Fuchs in Styria
October 3rd : performance of Mahler and Schoenberg songs at Schoenberg Center for opening of symposium "Schoenberg and Mahler, Transitions Towards Modernism" in Vienna;
October 10th: "Die schoene Muellerin" with Bryan Rothfuss in Meiningen, Germany
October 20th: Official double-CD release of complete cello and piano works of Robert Fuchs, Brahms contemporary.

Music in Vienna: Masterclass "Bel Canto Bella Voce" with Rusalina Mochukova November 18th - 22nd!

Plans for the future: More of the same, but also much more of things that are DIFFERENT... Moving into the realms of multi-media and working at finding a young, hungry new agent for Talespin, Musical Tales for Big and Small

Art is style because ... If not art, then what?

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Autumn Stage

Jimmi Hendrix said, 'onstage is all the world, thats your whole life'. I often feel like that.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010


This is Laila. Laila is a great pianist. She is currently working in Valencia, upcoming projects include Manon with Vittorio Grigolo at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. I am most fortunate to be able to work with her. Collaborations between singers and Pianists are often very special. There is nothing quite like creating one singular piece of art, creating magic from two separate poles. Laila and I have started work on Schubert's Winterreise and Mahler's Knaben Wunderhorn Lieder. Updates will follow soon no doubt.

Monday, 27 September 2010


One of the many great experiences this summer was Freistadt. One week of intensive vocal work on Schubert and Mahler songs with non other than Roger Vignoles himself. Freistadt is a sleepy medieval village in upper Austria; what a perfect setting for working on such great repertoire. The masterclass was part of a wider voice festival, which meant lots of performance opportunity and great company. Many masterclasses are on offer these days, happening all over Europe. Many singers choose to commit fully to teaching or chorus work with main companies.
But working in a place such as Freistadt and above all working with such a great artist as Roger is the best a young musician can do. There is no substitute. Without doubt it's a pretty intensive workout. Much like doing nothing else but 400m sprints for one week. But those of us who commit come out stronger.
Working with Roger was great. It is like working with a truly great conductor. He is a maestro, a conductor of words and song. It's a type of collaboration that is so fruitful and animating. It brings out the best in people.

Friday, 24 September 2010

'Life is a joy'

"Life is a joy. You don't have to be rich and famous straight away. Take it easy, grow gently and you'll have a lovely life."
Paul Smith 

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Rock on Autumn

London Fashion Week has drawn to a close and Autumn has finally arrived. The rainy days have reintroduced themselves; we take refuge in the opera houses, the art galleries and museums and above all the cafes. It is a humbling time, as we create and hone our art in late hours of silence, listening to the coming rain.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Styles ... Westwood

To me Fashion is art, it defines style. The world is a stage, and we are all in costume, to be looked at.

Friday, 17 September 2010

New Term(s)

So now they are all back, the students of the Royal Academy of Music. Busy weeks lie ahead. I will be performing in October and November. We are currently working on Mozart's Figaro and Don Giovanni. Also the Magic Flute, Schubert's Winterreise and Mahler songs. Much of the job at this stage is about expanding the repertoire. The voice feels good. Everyone is working hard. Dame Janet Baker is coming to the Academy tonight and London Fashion Week is in full swing. Spot me there!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Art is ....


A R T. the new seasons start now:

                Royal Opera House L O N D O N
                Start 10 September Cosi Van Tutti M o z a r t

                The Metropolitan Opera N E W Y O R K
                Start 21 September Das Rheingold W A G N E R

                Wiener Staatsoper V I E N N A
                Start 14 September La Forza del Destino V E R D I

                Opéra national de Paris P A R I S
                Start 9 September Der Fliegende Hollaender W A G N E R

               Staatsoper unter den Linden B E R L I N
               Start 3 October Metanoia J O N E L E I T

               Bayerische Staatsoper M U N I C H 
               Start 19 September Die Zauberfloete M O Z A R T

Go to the O P E R A. 
see you there... 

Saturday, 11 September 2010

In Aldeburgh 2010

Aldeburgh is a small sea side town in Suffolk. It is above all famous for having been the home of the great British composer Benjamin Britten and his long-standing partner Peter Pears.
Throughout the year and especially during the summer, Aldeburgh and the surrounding area is home to a vast array of classical music events, concerts and master classes. A highly sought after proving, and intense learning ground for young singers, the set of summer courses ended this week with Roger Vignoles working with young students from Canada, the US, Germany, Poland and Britain, on songs by Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

As a guest, I found that nothing really quite compares to Aldeburgh and combined with the level of artistry provided through musicians such as Roger, these young singers really accomplished great music making. 

This repertoire and the working with such great professionals of our time, makes up the core of the Classical Voice. I think, as young singers we are so eager to understand and become accomplished in those arts, as only then, will we finally be able to achieve new things and create greatness in our own times.