Languages: German, English
The German tenor Christoph Strehl was born in Lübeck and studied with Soto Papulkas at the Folkwang University Essen and with Silvana Bazzoni Bartoli. He attended Masterclasses with Axel Bauni, Norman Shetler, Josef Metternich, Gianni Raimondi and Claude Thiolas.
In 2002 he became a member of the Opernhaus Zürich. After his debut as Don Ottavio at the Salzburg Festival 2003 under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, an international career as a leading Mozart-Tenor began and led him to the opera houses of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva, Hamburg, London, Munich, New York (The MET) and Paris, as well as to the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Baden-Baden, Lucerne and Wiener Festwochen.
In addition to his busy concert schedule, he regularly performs in recital with Helmut Deutsch and Pauliina Tukiainen. He was Tamino in Claudio Abbado´s recording of „Die Zauberflöte“ and worked with conductors such as Gianluca Capuano, Konstantinos Carydis, William Christie, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Ádám Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Bernhard Haitink, Phillip Herreweghe, James Levine, Marc Minkowski and Franz Welser-Möst and the Directors Sven-eric Bechtholf, Dieter Dorn, Claus Guth, Stefan Herheim, Jens Daniel Herzog, Martin Kusej, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Christof Loy, Damiani Michieletto, Tobias Moretti und Katharina Thalbach. In the meantime, his repertoire includes roles such as Rodolfo, Schuiskij, Don José, Nerone and Pollione. At the Salzburg Festival 2019 he appeared as Oronte alongside Cecilia Bartoli in her celebrated production of Alcina. Numerous CD and DVD recordings illustrate his artistic work.
Christoph Strehl holds a professorship at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.
Languages: German, English
The Finnish pianist Pauliina Tukiainen studied piano in her native country and in Frankfurt am Main. She won numerous prizes and scholarships during her Art Song studies with Hartmut Höll and Anne Le Bozec in Zurich and Karlsruhe.
Further artistic impulses she received from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ralf Gothoni, Thomas Hampson, Christoph Prégardien und Wolfgang Rihm.
Pauliina Tukiainen has given Song recitals in renowned concert halls and international festivals such as Musikverein in Wien, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Bodensee Festival, the Enescu Festival in Bukarest, Festival classique des Haudères in Switzerland, Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Zurich’s Tonhalle, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Konserthus Oslo, the Cape Classic Festival in South Africa, the Mehli Mehta Foundation in India, and Saigon Opera House, Vietnam.
Many of the concerts have been recorded live by international broadcasting companies. Her highly acclaimed debut CD, „Mirrors“, including chamber music and songs by Kaija Saariaho and Jean Sibelius, was released by Coviello Classics in 2013 followed by a recording of songs by Alban Berg, Claude Debussy and Richard Wagner.
Her newest CD includes songs by Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihms „Ophelia Sings“.
She has been connected to and shared an extensive cooperation with the Bonner Schumannfest where she has also as an artistic adviser created a podium for younger Liedduos.
Pauliina Tukiainen taught at the music universities of Frankfurt am Main and Freiburg. She is an internationally sought-after jury member and lecturer at masterclasses and workshops.
Since October 2017 she holds a professorship for Art Song at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. Homepage:http://www.pauliinatukiainen.com/