Soile Isokoski in Recital
Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30pm
Walter Hall

Soile Isokoski, soprano
Martin Katz, piano



Schumann: Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135
Hugo Wolf: Selected songs from Italienisches Liederbuch
R. Strauss: 6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238: Lieder der Ophelia
Sibelius: Selected Songs

The sensational Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski has sung at all the leading opera houses in Europe, including the Vienna State Opera, La Scala (Milan), and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She made her début at the Metropolitan Opera as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro in 2002. On that occasion, the critic of the New York Times wrote, “Ms. Isokoski… touched on the Countess’ sense of abandonment by the Count without diminishing her regal bearing or the graceful humour she must contribute to the second act.

Soile Isokoski studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and made her stage debut with Finnish National Opera. She has gone on to capture audiences and critics alike across the world, winning the coveted Pro-Finlandia medal in 2002 in honour of her notable contribution to Finnish music. Her Festival recital showcases her artistry in music by some of the greatest of all composers of classical songs – including, of course, Finland’s supreme musical genius, Jean Sibelius.

Martin Katz, piano

One of the world’s busiest collaborators, Mr. Katz has been in constant demand by the world’s  most celebrated vocal soloists for more than four decades.  He has appeared and recorded regularly with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, David Daniels, Piotr Beczala, Jose Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, just to name a few.  Season after season, the world’s musical capitals figure prominently in his schedule. 

A native of Los Angeles, his piano studies began at the age of five.  He attended the University of Southern California and studied accompanying with Gwendolyn Koldofsky.  Conducting now also plays a significant role in his career. He has partnered several of his soloists on the podium, and has been pleased to conduct several staged productions for U-M’s Opera Theatre, the Music Academy of the West, and San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola program. 

The profile of Martin Katz is completed with his commitment to teaching.  Since 1984, he has led the University of Michigan’s program in collaborative piano, and played an active part in opera productions.  He has been a pivotal figure in the training of countless young artists, both singers and pianists.  Mr. Katz is the author of a comprehensive guide to accompanying, “The Complete Collaborator,” published by Oxford University Press.

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