Laura Aikin

Laura Aikin
Sopran

A regular guest in the world's leading opera houses, Laura Aikin is Zurich’s Lulu (DVD), the Salzburg Festival’s Konstanze from Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail (DVD), San Francisco’s Ann Truelove from Stravinsky’s Rakes Progress and La Scala’s Sophie from Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier. Her critically acclaimed recordings include Beethoven's Christus am Ölberg with Daniel Barenboim on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Centennial Edition Recording, and Songs and Cycles by Ned Rorem for Orfeo with pianist Donald Sulzen and cellist Gerhard Zank, for which the artists received the “Tips” of Stereoplay and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. She offers a Rorem-Shostakovich recital with the Munich Piano Trio.
Julie Kaufmann

Julie Kaufmann
Sopran

Kammersängerin Julie Kaufmann has established herself as one of the most respected lyric sopranos in the world. Her dynamic stage presence, vocal prowess and interpretative abilities have won her critical and popular acclaim for her concert, recital and operatic appearances. On the recital stage Julie Kaufmann’s programs offer a delightful and challenging diversity of languages and styles. With the Munich Piano Trio she has recorded Irish, Welsh and Scottish Songs arranged by Ludwig van Beethoven for Orfeo. Due to the great success of this CD, a second recording with arrangements of Scottish Songs by Joseph Haydn will soon be released, also on the Orfeo label.
Ofelia Sala

Ofelia Sala
Sopran

Several first prizes at national and international competitions laid the foundations for Ofelia Sala career as a singer, a career that has taken her to the greatest music venues in the world, including Milan’s La Scala, Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Chicago’s Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. For her Alberto Ginastera recording Música de cámara y Canciones with Donald Sulzen and Gerhard Zank for Orfeo, the interpreters took the “Premios XIX” CD prize. Soon to be released by Genuin with the Munich Piano Trio are Canciones & Tangos of Astor Piazzolla.
James Taylor

James Taylor
Tenor

With a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, tenor James Taylor devotes much of his career to the oratorio and concert literature. One of the most sought after Evangelists in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, he has performed in South America, Japan, Israel, the United States and in the great concert halls of Europe including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, and the Royal Albert Hall in London. With the Munich Piano Trio James Taylor has recorded Scottish and Welsh Songs in arrangements of Joseph Haydn for Orfeo
Joachim Kaiser

Joachim Kaiser

Since 1959 Joachim Kaiser is the head editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. From 1977 to 1996 he was a professor for music history at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Künste in Stuttgart. Kaiser is one of the most influential German-speaking music, literature and theatre critics and counts as one of the last universal scholars of the humanities. From his numerous publications: Große Pianisten unserer Zeit (1965 and 2001); Beethovens 32 Klaviersonaten und ihre Interpreten (1975); Leonard Bernstein's Ruhm (1988); Leben mit Wagner (1990).