Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:00 PM

The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to announce a Classical Voice/Accompanist Masterclass conducted by internationally-acclaimed Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and her collaborative pianist Robert Kortgaard – Sunday afternoon, October 17th at 2 pm. This event will precede a Recital to be given by these two esteemed artists on Sunday, November 7th at 2 pm to open HCA’s 2021-22 Performing Arts Sunday Series. Both the class and performance will take place in the HCA Black Box Theatre at the Conservatory – 126 James Street South in Hamilton.

Young aspiring classical singers, or singer/accompanist duos will be chosen through auditions to be held at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts on Sunday, October 3, 2021. To book an audition time or for more information, please contact the Conservatory at info@hcarts.ca or 905-528-4020.

We gratefully acknowledge our generous sponsors: INCITE Foundation for the Arts, Pieczonka Family Foundation, Nadine and Les McLean, J. Peter and Helene Hunt.

Adrianne Pieczonka is simply magnificent, with a warm and radiant voice that melts in its lower register and cuts higher up, and the ability to inhabit her role to heartbreaking effect.
— The Independent

Tickets: $10

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About Adrianne Pieczonka

Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has sung on the world’s finest opera and concert stages for over 30 years.

Raised in Burlington Ontario, she studied at the University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto. After winning several international singing competitions in Europe in 1988, she became a member of the Vienna Volksoper in 1989. In 1991, she became a member of the Vienna State Opera where she has currently sung over twenty roles.

Adrianne has appeared at La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra de la Bastille Paris, Bavarian State Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York among many others. She has sung opera and concerts at the world’s leading summer festivals including Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Bayreuth, Edinburgh and the Proms Festival in London.

In 2008, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2013 she was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award.

In 2019, Adrianne was appointed Chair in Voice at the Glenn Gould School, part of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.

About Robert Kortgaard

Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta.

He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic and China. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA.

Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Leith Summer Festival in Ontario and the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (recently nominated “Event of the Year” by the East Coast Music Awards). He was musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998. He has given piano masterclasses at Universities and Festivals in Canada and abroad and is frequently an adjudicator at festivals and national competitions.

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