2019 Music Director Barbara Hannigan discusses her new mentoring initiative for young professional artists, Equilibrium (EQ), which 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. Seven of these young artists will form the 2019 Festival cast of The Rake’s Progress, as well as perform additional music by Igor Stravinsky, Claude Vivier, Mark-Anthony Turnage throughout the Festival.
In January 2017, Hannigan launched the to mentor 21 young professional musicians. EQ includes intensive workshop retreats, which focus on developing and strengthening the skills needed for sustaining a fulfilling career, as well as offering performance opportunities with Hannigan and others. EQ artists are selected from an international field of applicants for their talent, musicianship, passion, drive, curiosity, discipline, versatility, and creativity.
“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 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 instil should come from within the working environment.”- Barbara Hannigan