Selene Zanetti (soprano)
Selene Zanetti was born in Vicenza. After studying with Cosetta Tosetti she refined her technique with Paolo Vaglieri, Sem Cerritelli, Katia Ricciarelli and Raina Kabaivanska. Selene is currently attending Raina Kabaivanska’s Master-Class in Vocal Technique and Interpretation at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Orazio Vecchi – Antonio Tonelli in Modena.
She has performed many concerts in Italy, as well as abroad (Sofia and Moscow). In September 2014 she made her debut in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Teatro Comunale in Cagli. In November 2015 she sang as Rosina in La finta semplice at the Teatro Sociale in Rovigo.
In 2015 she became a prize-winner at eight singing competitions, including 1st prize and Critics’ Award at the International Opera Competition Città di Brescia – Omaggio a Maria Callas (Jury President – Marcello Abbado), 1st prize and the Audience Award at the Arturo Toscanini International Competition in Mantua, 1st prize at the Katia Ricciarelli International Singing Competition in Verona, 1st prize at the international singing competition New Voice for Opera – Gaetano Fraschini in Pavia, 1st prize and Critics’ Award at the Salvatore Licitra International Competition in Cinisello Balsamo and 3rd prize at the International Competition Premio Etta Limiti Opera 2015, where she also received the special Luciano Pavarotti Award, presented by the Pavarotti Foundation.
In January 2016 she won 2nd prize at the LIII Francisco Viñas International Competition and the Special Prize as the best Verdi singer (Barcelona, Spain).
Anna Tsybuleva (piano)
Anna Tsybuleva began her piano studies at the age of six. From 2000 to 2003 she studied at the Shostakovich School of Music in Volgodonsk (Russia) and continued her music education at the Moscow Central School of Music.
In 2014 she graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire (piano class of Professor Lyudmila Roshchina) with top honours and “Best Student of 2014” award. At present she is a post-graduate student at the Moscow Conservatoire, where she studies with Professor Lyudmila Roshchina, and is also a student at the Basel Academy of Music (class of Professor Claudio Martínez Mehner).
Anna Tsybuleva has performed recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Russia, Japan, Europe and America.
In 2012 she became the winner of the 1st prize at the International Piano Competition in Memory of Emil Gilels in Odessa (Ukraine) and one of the prize-winners at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2013 she took part in the Kyoto International Festival (Japan) and in the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York (USA). In 2014 she became a prize-winner at the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan.
In 2015 Anna Tsybuleva won 1st prize at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in the United Kingdom, followed by many important engagements both in the UK and internationally.
Ji Young Lim (violin)
Ji Young Lim started to play the violin when she was seven. She was accepted into the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and has continued her studies with Nam Yun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts.
She has been invited to many famous festivals and concert series, such as the Great Mountains Music Festival, the Ishikawa Music Festival and concert series of the Seoul Arts Center among others.
Highlights of Ji Young Lim’s 2015-2016 season include recitals at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and concerts with Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Taipei Symphony, the Poznań Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) and the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra (Brazil).
She is a recipient of the Ishikawa Music Award (2012) and of the Kumho Musician Award from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation (2015).
Ji Young Lim has been a winner of numerous national and international competitions, such as the Henri Marteau International Violin Competition (2011), the Great Mountains Concerto Competition in Korea (2012) and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (2014), where she also received the Mozart Special Prize. In 2015 she was awarded 1st prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels (Belgium). Following this win, she now plays the Stradivarius “Huggins” violin (1708), on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.