Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 39
and songs by Mendelssohn, Hahn and Grieg
Stephan Loges won the 1999 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and was also a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He made his Carnegie Hall début in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem under Helmuth Rilling.
Since then, he has sung Bach under Sir John Eliot Gardiner as part of his Bach 2000 project, sung the Bach Passions with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and sung with many other great orchestras: Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia; London Philharmonic; Münchner Bach Choir and Orchestra; Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg; Odense Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre des Champs-Elysées; Ulster Orchestra; Northern Sinfonia; and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Stephan Loges’ extensive Lieder repertory includes Schubert’s Schwanengesang, which he has performed with Roger Vignoles, Schubert’s Winterreise and Brahms’ Die schöne Magelone. He has also performed regularly with Graham Johnson, including appearances at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany, and made his New York début at the 92nd St Y with Alexander Schmalcz, with whom he also gave his first full Wigmore Hall recital. Most recently he stood in for Simon Keenlyside at the Wigmore Hall performing songs by Wolf with Malcolm Martineau and Dorothea Röschmann and gave recitals at Carnegie Hall, New York, La Monnaie Brussels, and the Schleswig Holstein Festival. He also appeared with Iain Burnside as part of his Century Songs project and sings regularly in the United States, where he gave a recital as part of the highly respected Vocal Arts Series in Washington. He has recorded with Graham Johnson as part of their Schumann and Schubert series, and songs by Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann with Eugene Asti.
Eugene Asti studied piano at the Mannes College of Music in New York with Jeanette Haien. In 1982 he was awarded a full scholarship to study at Fontainebleau in France where he studied with Gaby Casadesus, Henri Dutilleux and Claude Helffer. He received a Fulbright Award to study piano accompaniment with Graham Johnson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he now teaches.
He has received numerous awards including the Megan Foster Prize (Maggie Teyte Competition) and the Ferdinand Rauter Memorial Prize (Richard Tauber Competition).
He has performed at many of Britain’s leading music festivals, including those at Aldeburgh, Arundel, Cheltenham and Lichfield.
Much in demand as an accompanist, Mr Asti has toured with Dame Margaret Price throughout Europe, given several recitals with Dame Felicity Lott, and made his Wigmore Hall debut with Elizabeth Connell. He has close working relationships with Susan Gritton and with Alison Buchanan. He has recorded a CD of the songs of Eric Coates with Richard Edgar-Wilson.
As a musical editor, he has completed a Schubert partsong for Graham Johnson’s Hyperion Schubert Edition.