Mentoring for young professional artists

Founded by soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan, Equilibrium focuses on young musicians who are finished with their training and in the first substantial phase of their professional career, with special attention to singers. Equilibrium is suited for musicians who already have professional solo experience on stage. Equilibrium aims to help young artists further their professional development, elevating their total musicianship and discipline, offering projects with leading orchestras and ensembles.

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Equilibrium’s first project will be three semi-staged performances of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Gothenburg Symphony in December 2018, conducted by Barbara Hannigan. Further performances of The Rake’s Progress are planned for the spring and summer 2019 in Europe and the United States.
Performances of Mozart’s Requiem with two major European orchestras are scheduled for March and April 2019.

Equilibrium Projects


Last spring, Equilibrium held general auditions for projects in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The casting for the first season of Equilibrium projects is complete.
A new round of auditions will eventually take place for upcoming Equilibrium projects.

Audition Requirements

Audition Cities

STOCKHOLM – 25 March 2017
ZURICH – 3 April 2017
PARIS – 14 and 15 April 2017
LONDON – 22 and 23 June 2017

“I am searching for musicians with a sense of individual drive, who have great passion and curiosity, and of course, the voice and technique to go with it.”

“Our value as creative artists is not measured only by our own performances,
but by what we can inspire in others.”

In Barbara’s words


Barbara Hannigan gave the keynote speech, titled “Equilibrium” on the opening night of the Lucerne Festival 2016.

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“Barbara Hannigan talks about how to create a masterpiece and her journey from soprano to maestro”

Neil Fisher, The Times
January 2017

In this portrait article, Barbara speaks to The Times and The Sunday Times about recent world premieres, her soprano-to-maestro move, and a new “elite squad”, a foundation for young singers.

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“A Soprano Finds a New Voice: Conducting”

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times
August 2016

In this feature article, Barbara discusses her path from soprano to conductor and her inspirations for leading roles she performs.

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