Anna Cley, mezzo-soprano

Anna Cley is a French mezzo-soprano. Her operatic credits include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Il Tabarro, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, and Rubinstein’s The Demon. She performed contemporary works by E. Chiriacopol, N. Davoy, World Krystal, and H. Ping Chang. In recent years, she appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall and Paris' Cortot concert hall. She performed with l’ensemble Opalescence in France, with the Commonwealth Lyric Theater in the USA. A muse of designer Minika Ko, she has performed in Ko’s most recent fashion shows. In 2016, she had her first CD “Art & Aesthetics” released by Lux Classic. She was a judge this year for the International singing competition “The Featured” held in New York.

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François-Xavier Poizat, pianist

Born in 1989 with Swiss, French and Chinese origins, pianist François-Xavier Poizat graduated from the Geneva and Hamburg Conservatory and from the Juilliard School in New York with the teaching of Alexeï Golovin, Evgeni Koroliov, Nelson Goerner and Matti Raekallio. In his quest for new input and ideas, he pursues further studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of Benedetto Lupo. It is Martha Argerich who propelled him on the international stage by inviting him when he was 12 years old to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, recognizing his “deep lyricism and remarkable virtuosity”. This marked the beginning of a career that has brought him to perform in already 23 countries in Europe, Asia and America.

His journey is sprinkled with collaborations with big orchestras such as the Suisse Romande and Svizzera Italiana Orchestra, the National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Lithuanian and Armenian National Chamber Orchestras, the Zürich Chamber Orchestra and the Poznan Philharmonic, among others. He has performed under the baton of Philippe Béran, Thierry Fischer, Neeme Järvi, Lukasc Borowicz, Bernard Labadie or Frédéric Chaslin, in prestigious festivals (the Roque d'Anthéron in France, the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the Schubertiade in Porrentruy or the Septembre Musical in Montreux in Switzerland).

He has won prizes in significant competitions : Grand Prix at the 2004 International Competition for the Youth in Kassel, Germany, the 2007 Young Soloist Prize of the Radios Francophones Publiques, 1st Prize at the 2009 International Competition for the Youth of Oldenburg and at the 2009 Elise Meyer Competition in Hambourg in Germany, the Jury Special Prize at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the 2012 Soloist Prize of the Migros Cultural Percentage in Zürich, before being a finalist at the 2013 Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland.

Beside his principal activity as a performer, he is currently the director of the International Puplinge Classique Festival in Geneva, a position he has held for the past 8 years, and has recorded 3 CDs with the Naxos, Ars Produktion and Piano Classics labels. Laureate of the Leenaards and Migros scolarships, and regularly recharges himself by playing jazz and studying martial arts, which he has done for 16 years.

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Alexis Zingale, pianist

Alexis Zingale began her piano studies at the age of four, and presented her first solo recital program at age nine. Ms. Zingale has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as soloist and collaborator in a variety of venues, winning numerous awards in both roles. Ms. Zingale has recorded for Peer Music Classical and the Charles Ives Society, and her performances have been broadcast on Connecticut Public Radio. Ms. Zingale is an adjunct professor of piano and chamber music at the University of Bridgeport, a staff accompanist at Western Connecticut State University, a piano faculty member and staff accompanist at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, a piano faculty member at the Suzuki Music School of Westport, and the accompanist of the New Haven Oratorio Choir.

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Patrick Barnum, saxophonist

Patrick Barnum is a graduating senior at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. working toward his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree. He is a member of an award-winning saxophone ensemble which won the 2013 Furman Competition at the University where he also studies solo and chamber music with Javier Oviedo and David Noland. Patrick is an experienced soloist performing extensively in the Danbury area. He is excited to make his NYC solo debut.

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