In-depth workshops form a key part of the Equilibrium experience, with the purpose of fostering a culture of awareness of the complete musical picture. Workshops address preparation, stamina, focus, mistake recovery and peak performance.

    Phyllis Ferwerda, yoga coach

    Phyllis Ferwerda received her four-year yoga education at the “Saswitha institute for Yoga and Philosophy” in Bilthoven, and specialized in “Chakra philosophy”. She completed courses in breath- and breathing therapy, ayurvedic massage, ayurveda and anatomy/fysiology. Also a pianist and vocal coach, Phyllis has taught singers at the Bachelor and Master’s level of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague for over 25 years, and continues this path alongside her yoga teaching. Since 2016 she created the Yoga Elective for Musicians at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Her yoga lessons are Saswitha-based, with focus on the breath: the bridge between consciousness and the body. Her interests also move towards Critical Alignment Yoga, and she has created a series of lessons specific to Equilibrium Young Artists.

    Jackie Reardon, author and performance coach

    Former professional tennis player Jackie Reardon trains performance artists, captains of industry and elite athletes. Drawing upon her expertise and experience in both professional sports and mindfulness she developed the Friendly Eyes Mindset. This hands-on philosophy teaches how to stay focused on the task at hand without being distracted, learning how to reach your peak performance under pressure and receive tools to achieve harmonious and effective co-operation when the stakes are high.

    Patrick Stanley, T’ai Chi Chuan and Chi Gong instructor

    Patrick Stanley began studying Wu Family Tai Chi Chuan in 2001 with Sifu Martin Kennedy. He was accepted as a disciple in 2006 and then received his teachers certificate in 2010. Starting with the Standard 108 hand form he went on to learn Round 54 hand form as well as Chi Gong, Basic Push hands, and several weapons forms principally the Sword form. Patrick continues to study with Sifu Martin Kennedy and Grand Master Sikung Wu Kwong Yu. Si Kung has always said that one cannot have martial without health. Engaging with Equilibrium will be a great opportunity to extend the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan beyond its martial roots.

    Maria Conti Gallenti, Italian diction coach

    Maria Conti Gallenti was born in Messina (Sicily) and since 2015 teaches Italian opera repertoire at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main.
    After studying piano in Rome and Pescara with Bruno Aprea and Bruno Mezzena, she specialized in contemporary music with Giacomo Manzoni and began an intense concert life as a soloist and chamber music partner. At the same time, she was Professor of Piano and Score Reading at the Conservatory Pergolesi of Fermo (Italy).
    Later on, she developed a growing interest in vocal music, cooperating for many years with opera and lieder festivals, competitions and master classes such as: Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Renata Tebaldi Foundation in San Marino,Toti dal Monte Opera Competition in Treviso …
    Various collaborations with the Ensemble Modern for the Frankfurt Opera House and the AMH Foundation (Akademie Musiktheater heute) reflect her interest in modern and contemporary music.

    EQ mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson introduced us to Maria, who is now a valued colleague and has been insightfully preparing our Pulcinella soloists and assistant conductors with a very detailed approach to the diction (both Italian and Neapolitan) and history of the vocal arias included in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.

    Florence Daguerre de Hureaux, French diction coach

    Born in Paris, Florence settled in London in 1982. She graduated from Nice University and subsequently trained as a singer at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in Paris.

    Florence has been working as a French coach in music colleges and opera houses in Europe and beyond for 35 years: Glyndebourne, Garsington, Scottish Opera, ROH, Salzburg Festival, La Scala, Stockholm Royal Opera, Danish Royal Opera, New Israeli Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, Korea National Opera, Teatro Real, Wielki Theatre Warsaw, Teatro San Carlos, Göteborg Opera, Zagreb National Opera, Opera Zuid etc.

    She has a deep passion for poetry, French song and researching less well-known songs to create interesting programmes and is keen to encourage all singers to explore the mélodie répertoire.

    Florence views her work with young artists as an essential part of her career and is a staff member at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the National Opera Studio, the DNOA in Amsterdam and the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at ROH. She is also a visiting coach at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Bolshoi Young Artists Opera Programme in Moscow.

    Florence first met Barbara Hannigan over 25 years ago and is delighted to be part of the Equilibrium team.

    Irene Kudela, Russian and Czech diction coach

    Irene Kudela is pianist, vocal and language coach specialising in Russian, Czech, and French repertoire. She is fluent in 7 languages. She studied piano in Prague and Paris. She was later, until 1994, teacher at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. Irene Kudela is regularly invited in main Opera houses (Paris, Washington, Philadelphia, Roma, München, Bruxelles, Oslo…) and Festivals (Salzburg, Aix en Provence, Glyndebourne, Savonlinna, Bregenz…) as a Music and Language coach and Assistant Conductor. As a specialist of JANÁČEK’s operas, numerous conductors and singers ask her support when preparing these operas. Irene was MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVITCH’s and PIERRE BOULEZ’s assistant for several years .
    She has given numerous MASTERCLASSES for singers and pianists, particularly at the OPERA DE PARIS, the BOLSHOI, the N.O.S. from LONDON, the FONDATION ROYAUMONT, in Stockholm, Tokyo, Bonn, Gothenburg, Oslo, Amsterdam.
    Irene Kudela has also given lectures about Janáček, has translated czech operas into french. She has also been Musical Advisor for several movies, and worked on theatrical adaptations with actors.

    Kathryn LaBouff, English Diction Coach

    Kathryn LaBouff has coached and prepared more than 300 opera productions in English. She has prepared the US premieres of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy and John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby for the Metropolitan Opera; Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice and Scott Wheeler’s Democracy for Washington National Opera; Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, and Andre Previn’s Brief Encounter for Houston Grand Opera; Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata for Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera; Central Park and Blue for The Glimmerglass Festival; Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Lowell Liebermann’s Miss Lonely Hearts for the Juilliard Centennial Celebration; and Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casa Blanca at the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera. Recent productions include Candide, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma, The Cunning Little Vixen, Showboat, The Ghosts of Versailles, Silent Night and Blue for the Glimmerglass Festival; and Die Fledermaus, Candide, Doctor Atomic, and Ariadne auf Naxos for Santa Fe Opera.

    She is on faculty at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.

    Her book, Singing and Communicating in English: A Singer’s Guide to English Diction, was published by Oxford University Press in 2007 is used by conservatories and music schools internationally. She was the English Diction contributor to Diction Coach – G. Schirmer Opera Anthology published by Hal Leonard, 2008.

    EQ Special Guests

      Reinbert de Leeuw / Amsterdam
      composer, conductor, pianist

      Jesus Iglesias Noriega / Amsterdam
      Casting Director, Dutch National Opera

      Natalie Dessay / Paris
      soprano, actress

      Kevin Connors / Munich
      Solo tenor – Fest, Bayerische Staatsoper

      Kasper Holten / Copenhagen
      Opera director
      Former General Director of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden;
      presently General Director of Danish Royal Opera & Ballet

      Daniel Harding / Paris
      Chief conductor of Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris

      Didier Martin / Paris
      Director of Alpha Classics Records

      Hans Abrahamsen / Copenhagen

      Uffe Savery / Copenhagen
      President of the Royal Danish Academy of Music

      Tugce Tez / Paris 2020
      Artist Manager

      Katarina Dalayman / Munich auditions 2020

      Laurent Naouri / Paris 2020

      Linus Fellbom / Stockholm auditions 2020

      Charlotte Hellekant / Stockolm auditions 2020

      Marion Friend / Zoom 2020
      personal development coach for musicians

      Samantha Holderness / Zoom 2020
      Music Publicist

      Marie-Annick Béliveau / Gothenburg 2021 Vivier coach

      Pascal Bertin / Paris auditions 2021

      Alexandre Savard / LAMP 2022

      Josie Daxter / The Rake’s Progress 23/24


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