Students of 2021-2023
As soon as she graduated from Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory (with full honours and as top of her class), Ecem Topcu started working at the Samsun State Opera and Ballet. There, she made her professional debut in 2018 as Arsena in Der Zigeunerbaron and in 2019 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
She also performed as a soloist at the Gala Concerts, the Season Opening Night Concerts and at the Spring Concerts of Samsun State Opera House with Samsun Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, Hacettepe University Symphony Orchestra and Izmir State Opera Symphony Orchestra in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
During her studies, Ecem sang in several opera and operetta productions such as Rita in Rita, as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as Berenice in L’occasione fa il ladro, as Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, and as Ciboletta in Eine Nacht in Venedig.
She won Third Place in the National Singing Competition 2019 (Izmir) and Honorable Mention in Yalçın Davran National Singing Competition 2019 (Ankara).
She took part in masterclasses by Ailyn Pérez, Howard Watkins, David Lomelí, Maia Mari Chikradze, Murat Karahan, Iva Ionova, Ragnar Conde, Abdiel Vázquez, Ivayla Hinkova Bobcheva and Jennifer Rowley.
Japanese soprano Eriko Hashimoto was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1992.
She started her singing studies at a very young age, and graduated from the University of Music in Kunitachi in 2014. She continued her studies with Maria Bianca Casoni and Luca Gorla. She obtained the Master’s Degree in 2020 from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan with full marks. In 2021 she became part of the AMO academy, Operastudi of Teatro Coccia in Novara. She perfected her studies under the guidance of soprano Manuela Bisceglie.
In 2015 she was Annina in Traviata at the Teatro Pro Loco in Borgosesia. In 2017 she was Suora Infermiera in Suor Angelica under the direction of Aldo Salvagno and Renato Bonajuto (part of the Tones on the Stones Festival). In 2019 she was Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Teatro Carcano in Milan under the direction of Giuseppe Montesano and Mattia Testi. Also that year, she collaborated as a solo soprano in Mozart’s Krönungsmesse under the direction of Amedeo Monetti. In 2021 she was Cendrillon in Viardot’s Cendrillon directed by Teresa Gargano. Her concert activity ranges from the lyrical to the chamber and sacred repertoire.
Since October 2021, Eriko is a member of the International Opera Academy in Ghent.
Korean tenor Kwanhee Park graduated from the Conservatory of Music Giuseppe Verdi in Italy (2018-2021).
As a student, Kwanhee distinguished himself by the color and passionate phrasing of his voice. In South Korea, he sang Rodolfo (Bohème), Tamino (Magic Flute), Nemorino (Elisir d ’amore) and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi).
In Italy he made his debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi in an installation in Carrara (2019) on the occasion the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Academy of Fine Arts, with the supervision and vocal tutorship of baritone Sergio Bologna and directed by Marco Gandini.
Lately, he attended the prestigious Advanced Course for Opera Singers of the Luciano Pavarotti-Freni Municipal Theater Foundation of Modena (2020-2021). At the course, Kwanhee studied with Leone Magiera, Mariella Devia, Barbara Frittoli, Chris Merrit, Luccio Gallo.
Since October 2021, Kwanhee studies at the International Opera Academy in Ghent, Belgium.
Born in 1995, Quentin Mourier has been playing the piano since the age of twelve. He first studied at the conservatory of Romans-sur-Isère (France), then joined the piano class of Mikaïl Faerman at the royal conservatory of Brussels. At the same time, he studied orchestra conducting with Daniel Gazon; he graduated in both disciplines in 2017. He followed masterclasses with pianists André Gorog, Anne Queffélec, and conductors Konrad Von Abel, Jörg Birhance, and Jordi Mora.
Quentin performed as a soloist and accompanist in festivals in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Armenia. Together with Belgian pianist Michel De Bock, he created the concert cycle Les Concertations, performing and accompanying more than thirty piano concertos over a period of two years. He coached several opera productions, including a short version of Faust, Carmen and the premiere of Steels’ Fausto at la Monnaie. As a conductor, Quentin premiered Tsilogiannis’ Verlaine au secret with the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles.
So-Jin Yang graduated from Kyunghee University College of Music in Seoul with a bachelor’s degree in vocal music under baritone Carlo Kang.
After being selected at an audition at the Korean Army Headquarters, he toured the country for two years as an artist soldier, and participated in the U.S. Virginia International Tattoo (Military Percussion) as a soloist for the Korean national team.
He won first place at the overall senior audition at Kyunghee University College of Music, and in 2020, he was selected as the 84th Korea Rookie of the Year.
So-Jin is an experienced choir member and soloist, performing both during and after his studies. He founded the Student Opera, and played the role of Belcore in L’elisir d’amore. So-Jin could also be seen in Verdi Request with The National Choir of Korea. Further, he presented his new song Korea Fantasy in a national project performance.
After graduating from college, he immediately chose to study abroad to develop international knowledge as an opera actor, and is currently taking a specialized course at the International Opera Academy.
Mezzo-soprano Yoonjung Kim graduated at the Kyunghee University in Seoul, South Korea. She continued her studies for a Master’s degree under Carlo Kang and Akyung Lee (also at Kyunghee University). While at school, Yoonjung performed Flora in La Traviata, Zita in Gianni Schicchi and choir in Cosi fan tutte and Symphony No.9 by Beethoven.
Yoonjung developed her capabilities by participating in numerous singers’ masterclasses and many concerts with professor Akyeong Lee. She won 3rd prize at the Hanye music competition.
To develop as a singer, Yoonjung currently attends the International Opera Academy in Ghent.