Abélia Nordmann

Conductor

Abélia Nordmann is pleased to take over as conductor of bâlcanto in October 2011. She also directs contrapunkt chorensemble liberté, the young vocal and instrumental ensemble novantik project basel, the children of Kinder- und Jugendchores Lörrach and the trinational Ensemble Choeur3; she works for Raum für Kultur H95 and for the experimental Open Singing Projekt Markthall and was leading the concert serie filter4voices.

Originally from Munich, she first studied piano and music theory before she completed her studies in choral conducting at the Conservatory of Music in Basel. She founded the youth choir chantier vocal and worked as a pianist, choral conductor and music teacher.

Contemporary music, folk music, choral improvisation and unconventional performance venues are a main focus of her artistic repertoire – a commitment which has always centered on interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work, to experience the world and art with open and critical eyes and ears, to connect people and leave a mark.

Scott Agnew

Founder and Conductor until Summer 2011

Scott Agnew completed his Bachelor of Music in Voice at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and studied choral conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a University Graduate Scholar and at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. After completing his Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from Western Carolina University, he traveled to Europe as a Rotary International Scholar, furthering his studies in Vienna, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and with Professor Horst Günter in Freiburg in Breisgau. He was a member of the Bieler Opera Studio from 1989-1991 and subsequently performed in numerous operas and musicals as an ensemble member of the Stadttheater Biel-Solothurn.

Scott has worked as a free-lance stage director in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Poland and Bulgaria, staging such operas as Humperdink’s Hänsel and Gretel, Bellini’s Norma, Mozart’s Il re pastore, as well as the musicals My Fair Lady, Showboat and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. In 2001, he was a member of the artistic team which staged the elaborate production of Verdi’s Aida, and which was performed in Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Stade de France in Paris, and Basle’s Joggeli stadium. From 2001 to 2006 Scott taught scenic studies in the Musiktheater Werkstatt at the Hochschule für Musik in Basle.