is known for her compelling musical personality and unbridled creativity. She was recently praised by De Volkskrant as “a young sound with a mature treatment. Her story-telling is profound”. She excels in a broad repertoire, from Italian baroque opera to Sephardic chamber music.
A recent nominee of the Grachtenfestival Prize 2020, she debuted at the age of 16 as Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Dutch National Opera. In summer 2021, she will sing the role of Second Niece (Peter Grimes) in a spectacular seaside production led by Arnaud Oosterbaan and Paul Carr.
On the concert stage, Channa recently jumped in at a one day’s notice for Holland Baroque and Alexander Weimann in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and the world premiere of Hayes’ newly rediscovered oratorio The Fall of Jericho. Previous highlights include her performances of the Boy Solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Mariss Jansons, and the world premieres of Yizkor and Black Flowers, a cantata and song cycle for soprano, orchestra and chorus by her father Josef Malkin, in New York City, Salt Lake City, Sofia (Bulgaria), and with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. She sang the soprano solos in Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passion and B Minor Mass with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra and various orchestras within the Netherlands. Channa regularly works as a soloist with baroque ensemble La Sfera Armoniosa led by theorbist Mike Fentross, with whom she recently performed Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres. This season she has several early music projects with Capriccio Stravagante and La Sfera Armoniosa.
Channa has demonstrated her unbridled creativity and entrepreneurship with the creation of her own multimedia opera pastiche Handel goes Tinder, together with violinist Anastasia Kozlova and writer/director Michael Diederich. Channa has performed this production 33 times for sold-out venues and festivals in the Netherlands. In 2021/22, Handel goes Tinder will play at the Handelfestpiele in Göttingen.
On the operatic stage, Channa’s performed roles include Despina (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Charite (Cadmus et Hermione), Eve (In the beginning, a world premiere by Carlijn Metselaar), and all female roles in a staged production of Grieg’s Peer Gynt at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. As a Young Artist at the Rotterdam Opera Days she debuted Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), which became one of her dream roles. While covering the role of Dalinda in Ariodante at the Dutch National Opera in 2015, Channa worked with baroque experts such as Andrea Marcon, Sandrine Piau and Sarah Connolly.
In addition to opera and concert, Channa enjoys telling stories and connecting intimately with audiences in song recitals. Her debut album Songs of Love and Exile, together with guitarist Izhar Elias, was hailed by the international press as “Glorious“. In the 2020/21 season, Channa Malkin and Izhar Elias will continue to perform their album programme at various festivals and concert halls as part of their Dutch tour, having already performed it at Dutch National Opera, among other venues.
Channa was born in Amsterdam into a family of classical musicians. She studied at the Utrecht Conservatoire with Charlotte Margiono, while simultaneously performing as a soloist in the Netherlands and abroad. After graduating with honours from the conservatoire, Channa went on to study with Rosemary Joshua, with whom she discovered her love for early music. She continues working with her vocal coaches Manuela Ochakovski and Roberta Alexander on new repertoire.
Born in 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Maya Fridman is a talented young artist residing in The Netherlands. From her early years of playing the cello, Maya was recognised as a prodigy and was taken under the hood of the Foundation of Yuri Bashmet, where she took part in various TV and Radio programs. While studying at the Moscow State College of Music named after Alfred Schnittke, she was awarded as the First Prize Winner in the International Festival of Slavic Music among many other reputable awards. In 2010, Maya has been granted admission at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied under professor Dmitry Ferschtman. Here, on the 10th of June in 2016, she successfully finished a master’s degree with the highest honours, Cum Laude. For the last nine years, Maya has been performing regularly in Europe, in renowned venues such as the Royal Concertgebouw of
Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, TivoliVredenburg and the Vereeniging. Due to her vast musical interests, she always had a passion for improvisation and playing diverse musical styles.
Maya is musician-in-residence with Gaudeamus and one of the finalists of Dutch Classical Talent in 2018/2019. In 2018 she was nominated for the Grachtenfestival Prize.
Known equally for his “verve, wit, and delicatesse” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and his “infinite tenderness” (Evening Odessa), Artem Belogurov has an extensive repertoire, ranging through four centuries of solo and chamber works. His interest in period performance leads him to historical keyboards, including clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepianos spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As a soloist and in chamber groups, Artem has performed in a wide variety of venues, among them Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, Jordan Hall, Harvard Musical Association, the Universität der Kunste in Berlin, the Musikhochschule in Hanover, St Andrews University in Scotland, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. His critically acclaimed album of solo piano works by the late nineteenth century American Romantic composers, recorded on a Chickering piano built in 1873, was released by the London-based label Piano Classics in 2015. The 2019-2020 season included a North American tour with Concerto Köln as a soloist and continuo player, performances with his duo partner cellist Octavie Dostaler- Lalonde and with the early music ensemble Postscript, of which he is a founding member. In 2021, Artem will make his debut at Wigmore Hall. Artem won first and second prizes at international competitions in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. After studying modern piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Artem moved to Amsterdam where he studied fortepiano and clavichord at the Amsterdam Conservatoire with Richard Egarr and Menno van Delft and graduated receiving cum laude in 2016.