Ena Aldecoa resumes teaching after advanced training in Germany

After four years of further studies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Germany Prof. Ena Maria Aldecoa returned this October to resume her post at the University of the Philippines College of Music. She holds the degree “solistische Ausbildung in Liedgestaltung - Gesang” (engl. “Art Song - Voice”), the highest in performance granted by German music universities to artists of exceptional qualities.

Ena studied under Prof. Mitsuko Shirai (Voice) and Prof. Hartmut Höll (Piano), two of the most outstanding Liedduos and pedagogues in the history of Art Song in the second half of the twentieth century. They were the first to assign voice and piano equal significance thereby leading this genre to new heights of interpretation. Ena treasures the fact that these two artists are also a living legacy of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Parallel to this degree Ena studied Cembalo and Hammerklavier under Kristian Nyquist and Piano under Prof. Sontraud Speidel. This exposed her to two of the most distinguished teachers in the best performance practices on historic keyboard instruments and on modern piano.

Her singular achievements in Germany were recently capped by her election to the Rising Stars! Festival, which will take place in Stuttgart from January 26 to February 1, 2015. This festival is an ambitious and prestigious project of three universities in Baden-Württemberg: Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. It aims to present the best graduates of each university to the public media thereby facilitating their international concertizing career.

Ena will take on the position of Artistic Director of the soon to be opened Art Song Academy here in the Philippines. It will offer courses and master classes to singers and pianists in quest of the kind of professional training she herself experienced at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe by upholding the precious tradition of German and French Art Songs as practiced in Europe and passing on this knowledge to Filipino talents.

For a more comprehensive information about her and her performances, please visit www.enamariaaldecoa.com.


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