DUO ROSA emerged in 2014 thanks to a wonderful friendship and meeting of musical minds between soprano Stephany Ortega and pianist Léna Kollmeier when they were studying at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Due to their comprehensive training in classical and modern music, they are able to approach traditional repertoire with ease, while tackling the challenges of contemporary music and exploring several world music styles. The key to their success: the magical blend between classical and popular music!
In 2016, the duo released their first album “Return” (Et’cetera Records), an imaginary journey from Europe to Latin America: the disc was hailed by the international press. They followed up on their release with a promotional tour across 18 cities in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean, notably performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, La Monnaie in Brussels, El Ateneo in Madrid, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the BiermansLapôtre Foundation in Paris and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo.
Stephany Ortega, coloratura soprano, was born in the Dominican Republic and has also obtained Luxembourg citizenship by naturalization. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music including opera, Lied, world music and musical theatre. Very active internationally, she has performed throughout China, Europe, the US and the Caribbean. She has been granted several awards such as the Silver Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition in New York; a nomination as an “Artist who excels abroad” by the Soberano Awards; Vindelink and Lerminiaux Prizes were attributed to her by Brussels Conservatoire, as well as the Servais Prize by the Belgian Ministry of Culture. Recently, the publishing house Maison Moderne honored her with the title of “Cultural Ambassador of Luxembourg”.
Stephany Ortega graduated with honours and holds a Master of Arts in voice from Brussels Conservatoire. She has obtained various diplomas in singing, piano and jazz dance at the Luxembourg Conservatoire, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Santo Domingo.
Léna Kollmeier, Belgian pianist, mastered her instrument remarkably well at an early age. This naturally led her to being accepted as a young talent by Liège Conservatoire, at the age of 15. She obtained her Master of Arts in piano with honours from Brussels Conservatoire.
At the age of 17, she won First Prize at the Dexia Classics Competition and performed a recital in the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels which marked the beginning of her career. She soon had the pleasure of performing with various orchestras and has appeared as a soloist and chamber music specialist on the international stage – namely in Europe, the US and the Caribbean. Also a passionate defender of contemporary repertoire, Léna Kollmeier cofounded Trio O3, with which she recently won the “Supernova” competition.
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To mark the release of this recording, Duo Rosa will be performing at the Institut Français in South Kensington (17 Queensberry Place SW7 2DT) on Tuesday 21st May at 7.30pm.