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A soprano explores the space between Orient and Occident
The city of Chur awards the scholarship for the studio stay in Belgrade for the period from December 2022 to March 2023 to Quirina Lechmann.
Cultural exchange in Belgrade
The Cities Conference on Culture (SKK), of which the city of Chur is also a member, is now running a guest studio in the Serbian capital Belgrade in collaboration with the "Atelier Belgrad" association. One of the goals of the studios is to promote professional cultural work and cultural exchange between Switzerland and the host country. The studios abroad not only give artists the opportunity to concentrate fully on their work, they can also develop their work further in an inspiring environment and gain new impulses. The studio rent is financed by the SKK and the city of Chur. In addition, when the studio space is awarded, there is a scholarship totaling 6,000 Swiss francs, to which the SKK contributes 2,000 Swiss francs and the City of Chur 4,000 Swiss francs.
The City of Chur awards the scholarship for the studio residency in Belgrade for the period from December 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 to Quirina Lechmann. The soprano wants to explore the space between Orient and Occident and will work with local musicians to create a performance that integrates Belgrade music and thus makes Western and Eastern influences clear.
"The focus for me is the theme of cultural mixture and togetherness. In this context, I am already in contact with Hongyu Chen, who teaches at the Belgrade Conservatory. A project is planned, which we would like to develop on site in Belgrade and then bring to Chur in a modified form."
Quirina Lechmann, coloratura soprano
After her music baccalaureate at the Gymnasium Kloster Disentis, Quirina studied languages at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and singing at the Royal Conservatory. Then she returns to Graubünden, teaches and dedicates herself to music. She participates in master classes (e.g. Sumi Jo, KS Eva Randová, Nuccia Focile, Inessa Galante) and studies with Jenny Drivala and Anne Williams-King. Since 2018, she has been performing more and more often on the opera or theater stage: Virtù (Monteverdi: "L'incoronazione di Poppea"), Adele (Strauss: "die Fledermaus"), Queen of the Night (Mozart: "the Magic Flute"), Violetta (Verdi: "La Traviata"); Flavia Brent/Belinda Blair (Frayn: "Noises Off"), the Druidess (Gschwend & Völlinger: "the rock and the sword" (canceled because of Corona)), Regula Willi (Benesch: "Anno Onna"). Quirina produced, directed and performed in her own musical theaters: "Musik-Pick-Nick", "Dinner for a Diva" and "Hasi Farinellli" (in production). She translated arias in Romansh and published some as "Miu Mozart". Quirina continues her vocal studies at Vincerò Academy, working with coaches and stars such as Jennifer Rowley, Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Pretty Yende, Irina Meachem and Abdiel Vásquez.
Quirina is also interested in art and its performance. For example, she has performed at Kunstraum Engländerbau in Vaduz, Kunsthalle Wil, Shedhalle in Frauenfeld, and Base Alpha Gallery in Antwerp. In 2020 Quirina developed with the artist "das Ding mit der Schönheit" an art installation consisting of a sculpture, a video projection, a sound recording and a performance for the "Intra Muros Kunstfestival" in Winterthur. In 2021 they opened together the art and music space "Scala Trun" in Trun, where exhibitions, concerts, talks and projects take place in loose succession.Note: This text was translated by machine translation software and not by a human translator. It may contain translation errors.
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