Georgia Knower, mezzo-soprano
Georgia Knower graduated with a BMus(Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music from RAM, achieving the Nan Copeland Award, Ernest Butcher Prize, Toba Mann Award, Bucher Fraser Scholarship (Edinburgh) and a grant from the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation.
Since 2012, Georgia has sung at the Konzert Theater Bern as guest in productions of Macbeth, Der Freyschütz, La Traviata, Peter Grimes and will sing in Armide and the Fauré Requiem, the latter being a joint production with the company dancers. Georgia also has a close bond with Brazilian composer, Mario Ferraro and has sung in two of his operas: Yawareté, the mystical jaguar in The Moonflower, based on issues in and around the Amazon rainforest at the Tête-à-Tête Festival in London and Goffrey, the gopher in Ahaiyuta and the Cloud Eater, supported by the Maternik Foundation, which was performed to terminally-ill children around England.
Before her voice moved into the mezzo fach, Georgia's soprano roles were Susanna, Marenka, Miss Wordsworth, Stephanie Williams (The Turing Test 2007-Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Despina. She performed excerpts as Marzelline and Poppea (Ardingly) and at the RAM: Najade, Catherine, Arminda and Miss Jessel.
Aside from opera, Georgia is half of The Colours of Eden, together with Brazilian guitarist, Fabricio Mattos. They have embarked on a creative project linking different genres of music through a story; their current projects are in London and they look to perform in other venues across Europe.
Georgia has worked with many inspiring musicians in masterclasses, to name a few: Eugene Asti and Ameral Gunson (Ardingly International Summer School); Malcolm Martineau (Edinburgh); Lillian Watson, Diane Forlano, Paul Kiesgen, Rudolf Jansen, Jan Philip Schulze, Susan Bullock and Mark Shanahan (RAM), Hans Peter Blochwitz (Boswiler Akademie Switzerland); Ingeborg Danz and Tobias Krampen (Kulturkreis Arosa, Switzerland); Rosalind Plowright (London Masterclasses) and Mladen Tarbuk/Mathias Behrends (Internationale Sommerakademie Biel).
Georgia is also interested in the connection between music and physicality. She has explored this area in physical and vocal improvisational workshops with Opera Erratica working with Artistic Director, Patrick Eakin Young and composer, Chris Mayo as well as workshops, specifically focusing on operatic repertoire with Sally Burgess, mezzo-soprano and Fiona Bryan, bassoonist and qualified Alexander Teacher.
So white is she (I)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
In Darkness let me dwell (1610)
John Dowland (1563-c1626)
So white is she (II)
The Ballad of a Red-Headed Man
Phyllis Tate (1911-1987)
Maria de Buenos Aires
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Rialto Lounge will be selling sandwiches and drinks in the church after the concert.
Fabrício Mattos, guitar
Classical guitarist Fabrício Mattos is a musician with deep commitment in finding new paths for music performance in 21st century. He has collaborated with dozens of composers, performers, poets, dancers, and other artists of many nationalities, backgrounds, and styles over the last few years, adding in quantity and quality to the present and future of guitar performance.
He frontally challenges the idea of competitions as the only way of establishing a career in music performance, and is rather interested in connecting with other artists than competing with them. This attitude generated a healthy artistic output that could only be achieved through serious, creative, and passionate work. The most impressive results of such artistic views came with the creative enterprise WGC - Worldwide Guitar Connections, founded in 2011. Since then WGC has contributed in numerous creative ways to expand the possibilities of music-making in 21st century.
Mattos works as a practical scholar in musical performance, performing constantly as soloist and chamber musician and always looking for a distinguished interpretation that values the artistic message over established technical and interpretative patterns. He has launched many recordings in his career, played numerous concert tours, and won prizes such as the acclaimed ‘Julian Bream Award’, which, in parallel to his other personal projects in music-making, helped him to reach an increasingly high level of performance and research. Fabrício is also very much in demand as music teacher, working as a private guitar tutor in London and guest artist/lecturer in many festivals and academic institutions around the world.
Fabrício Mattos was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and began his musical life at the age of six playing percussion instruments at carnival parties with his father, saxophonist Elio Mattos, who also taught him music theory. After studying the flute, violin, and choir, he took classical guitar lessons with Dirceu Saggin, and afterwards with Luiz Cláudio Ferreira at School of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná (EMBAP).
Fabrício lives in London, and has recently finished with 'Distinction' the 'Master of Music-Performance & Research' at the Royal Academy of Music with a full scholarship from that institution. At RAM, he received performance guidance from Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker, Christoph Denoth, Fábio Zanon, David Russell, and Julian Bream, and research guidance from Sarah Callis and Neil Heyde.
Fabrício Mattos has a comprehensive website on this link.
Prolific artist sketches
moving concert performers,
encapsulates each nuance
of ever-shifting dynamic;
progressive body language.
When the applause fades away,
organiser briefly takes the stage;
he expresses thanks, announces future dates.
Instantly her deft pen-strokes
capture his essence, full face:
in thirty seconds or less
that HAIR is liberated,
golden, exploding outward,
escapes all constraints.
Brow furrows over glasses –
Do I really look that stern?
The eye fills in a complete picture,
that spontaneously arises,
Peter Horsfield 11/7/2014
Inspired by the drawings of Diana King, at the lunchtime concert performed at
Leatherhead Methodist Church on 10th July 2014.
a snapshot of the cheeky snapshot