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.

Equilibrium aims:

  • to mentor young professional musicians in the early years of their careers through intense workshops and performance opportunities
  • to cultivate awareness and skill towards optimum enjoyment and generosity in music collaboration
  • to address preparation, stamina, focus, mistake recovery and peak performance we have joined hands with author and performance coach Jackie Reardon. Coming from a professional tennis background she has developed unique concentration exercises combined with meditation techniques to develop mental strength through kindness. See
  • through a strong and consistent social media, film documentary, and promotion, to welcome audiences into the heart of our work, using music as an example of beautiful collaboration and community spirit
  • to elevate the level of total musicianship and discipline to the highest level, in which singers’ awareness of the total musical picture is an absolute necessity, and not a rare exception
  • to welcome musicians and audiences alike into the complete picture and sound world of music making, and genuine interest in every aspect of the preparation, rehearsal and performance process
  • to facilitate a channel of communication and understanding between singers, composers, and instrumentalists

My aim is to lead through example.
For over a decade I have given masterclasses internationally for singers, composers and instrumentalists for organisations including the Lucerne Festival, Juilliard School, University of Toronto, Melbourne Conservatory, Institute for the Living Voice, Gulbenkian Foundation Portugal, and IRCAM. I greatly value teaching, but due to a busy and demanding performance schedule I have very little time to devote to this particular way of giving back to the younger generation.

What I can do, is bring young artists into my performance realm, to invite them to share the stage with me, and to learn alongside me.
We will be working as colleagues. I will often lead, as music director of the projects, and will mentor the younger artists by providing professional guidance and advice. I will advise, consult and guide in pre- and post-rehearsal situations, but the stimulus for the discipline I am trying to instill should come from within the working environment.

Equilibrium has high expectations: it fosters a culture in which awareness of the total musical picture is an absolute necessity, and not a rare exception. Equilibrium facilitates a channel of communication between singers and instrumentalists in both opera and concert repertoire.

Equilibrium is for musicians who already have professional solo experience. It is not a young artist training program or a first step to gaining experience on stage. Singers chosen for Equilibrium will be of the level that professional orchestras and organisations require of soloists for their concerts and productions.

EQ Behind the Scenes

    Lora de Montvert
    Secretary-General of EQ; Administrative & project development

    Lora de Montvert has been working in the Music and Art World since 10 years. After leaving Warner Music France in 2008, she founded Lora de M. Management in 2009 where she works as an agent for musicians and a photographer. She also founded The Friends and Patrons of musicAeterna, the non-profit organization dedicated to Teodor Currentzis’ ensemble.
    When she met Barbara Hannigan in 2017, she felt highly inspired by her mentoring initiative. She accepted with great joy to contribute to helping young professionals in the first substantial phase of their career. Working for EQ artists is a natural continuation in Lora’s vision and activities, done with passion and care.

      Samantha Holderness
      Press & Public Relations

      Samantha Holderness is the founder of Encore Artists, the classical music PR agency based in Paris and London. Encore Artists promotes artists, record labels and orchestras, and handles diverse projects and partnerships across Europe. Prior to launching Encore Artists, Samantha spent several years at EMI Music and Albion Media, working on campaigns from Kylie and Coldplay, to Joyce DiDonato, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Marin Alsop. She has also worked at global media company Universal McCann, where she was Digital Communications Manager. Samantha is fluent in French and is a classical pianist. She loves: languages, Rachmaninoff, dressmaking, Chopin, big city living and coastal escapes.

        Elizabeth Karani
        EQ Digital Visibility
        website – social media – newsletter

        Soprano Elizabeth Karani is trained in digital communication and media strategy. She is an EQ Young Artist 2018-21 and has made role debuts at houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Garsington Opera and more. For Equilibrium, she appeared as the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with Munich Philharmonic and in Schütz’s A Christmas Story for Harrison Parrott’s Virtual Circle. Alongside singing, Elizabeth works with artists to help improve their digital communication through social media.

          Barbara Hannigan

          Barbara Hannigan is known worldwide as a soprano of vital expressive force directed by exceptional technique.
          She divides her time between singing on the world’s major stages and conducting leading orchestras.

          Read more about Barbara


          Performances of EQ Artists in the 2020/21 season are planned in London, Toronto, LA, Munich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Ludwigsburg and Paris.

          Equilibrium schedule


          A new round of auditions will take place at the beginning of 2020 for upcoming Equilibrium projects.
          We will be announcing more in the fall of 2019 via social media and also through the EQ newsletter.

          Audition Information & Requirements


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