Praised for her “honey colored voice” and “moving presence” (forumopera.com), Greek Cypriot soprano Zoe Nicolaidou studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and then joined the Paris Opera’s Young Artists Program where she received the Prix Carpeaux. She has appeared in renowned venues such as Palais Garnier in Paris, Lincoln Center in New York, Rudolfinum in Prague, Villa Medicis in Rome, Montpellier Opera Corum, Festival Echternach, Amphitheatre de Bastille, Chapelle Royale de Versailles, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Casa da Musica in Portugal, Festival Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Wiltz Festival, Pharos Arts Foundation, Opéra de Toulon and the Klangvokal Dortmund Festival. Her current repertoire includes La Contessa, Donna Elvira, Mimi, Liu, Antonia, Desdemona, Luisa Miller and Rusalka among others. Ms. Nicolaidou received the first prize in the Young Artist division of the Kyrenia Opera Vocal Competition.
Marcin Koziel lives and works in Vienna where he leads a class for piano coaching for singers at the University of Music and Performing Arts. He started his career in Poland where he accompanied numerous Polish entertainment and opera singers. Today his skills as a collaborative pianist are in demand all over Europe. In addition to his performing, he teaches courses in Salzburg, Cracow, Warsaw and London. Among other engagements, he accompanied singers at major international competitions including Maria Callas /Athens, Robert Schumann/ Zwickau, Belvedere/Vienna and Stanislaw Moniuszko/Warsaw. As a piano coach and repetiteur he worked in opera productions in Vienna, Osnabrück, Gstaad, Nuremberg and in the state opera Warsaw and Poznan. In addition, he is a coach and the concert pianist for Young Singers Project at the Theater an der Wien.