Mariana Delgadillo Espinoza
Mariana Delgadillo Espinoza (Bolivia 1981) was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she first studied piano. She then studied in Cuba and choral conducting in France and Germany. On gaining her Conductor’s diploma in France, she founded her own ensemble ‘Alkymia’, specializing in contemporary and early music. ‘Alkymia’ is composed of professional musicians and singers and works with young composers. She also conducts the Cathedral’s choir of children and the International Willems choir. In 2015, she was awarded the 1st prize at the European Young Choral Conductor’s Competition as well as the special prize for the interpretation of early music.
Tobias Walenciak (DE, 1981) works as choral conductor and conducting teacher in Berlin. On a regular basis he works with the chamber choir Consortium Vocale, the mixed choir Bancanta and the children’s choirs Vokalhelden at the Philharmonie Berlin. He teaches choral conducting at both Berlin music conservatories (UdK Berlin and HfM Hanns Eisler) and is the conductor of the UdK University choir. Tobias Walenciak is Simon Halseys assistant for the choir projects at the Philharmonie Berlin and works together with Gijs Leenaars and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in a joint concert in 2017. So far, he was involved in productions of the Staatsoper zu Berlin, the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Konzerthaus Berlin in cooperation with conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Ivan Fischer, Hans Graf und Howard Griffiths and worked with choirs as the Vocalconsort Berlin, Vocalakademie Berlin, Philharmonischer Chor Berlin and Cantus Domus.
Yuval Weinberg (Israel, 1990) studied choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin, where he was taught by Prof. Grete Pedersen and Prof. Jörg-Peter Weigle. Yuval has received several awards as a conductor, including the first Prize and the competition choirs’ award at the 6. International choral conducting competition Towards Polyphony that took place in Wroclaw, Poland (December 2014) and a special Jury prize at the 7. International competition for young choral conductors (St. Petersburg, April 2013). Recently he was given the Gary Bertini Award for young Israeli conductors. Since 2014 he is a scholar of the Dirigentenforum, the German music Council’s conductors Forum. As part of this program am as well as other masterclasses and projects, he has worked with various professional ensembles, such as the Berlin Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir, the MDR Radio Choir, the NDR Radio Choir and the choir of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since January 2015 Yuval Weinberg is the conductor of Kammerkoret NOVA and Norske Kammersangere.