MARIA JOHANNSEN is a freelance concert singer with countless performances both as soloist with orchestra and Lieder concerts of which she has a deep passion. She studied singing, privately, with Jytte Carl in Copenhagen and finished a MSc in theoretical physics at the same time in Copenhagen.
She speaks mother tongue German, which greatly benefits her with German repertoire, but also sings in more than seven different languages. This passion for different languages is connected to her aim of uniting text and music in one when she performs Lieder, which requires a focused knowledge of the text. Lieder is an intimate instrumentation – a dynamic symbiosis between voice and piano where both parts are equals, as is the text to music.
Since 2010, Johannsen has performed with the family trio Strings of Joy consisting of herself and her two daughters (violin and cello). The trio’s performances have brought them to countries as Germany, England, Italy and Russia.
Besides the trio Maria collaborates with countless pianists and composers with upcoming Lieder concerts and other projects including music festivals and world premieres of compositions. She is currently performing a chamber music concert series in Denmark, and performing several different lieder concerts in Denmark and abroad.
GIULY JOHANNSEN is born in Italy and grew up there, in England and in Denmark. She began playing the violin when she was 5 years old . Besides the violin she also plays the piano, for Lieder accompaniment and chamber music. She receives music teaching from Maria Johannsen, Sholto Kynoch, director of Oxford Lieder festival, and studies violin with Frederik Øland, violinist in the Danish String Quartet.
Together with Maria Johannsen she formed the ensemble Duo con Moto sharing a passion for Lieder and the violin repertoire especially for Russian music.
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