Catharina Scharp – Vocality, Diction, Body Awareness
She was born in Stockholm, Sweden, where she began her vocal and musical studies at the age of 9, at the prestigious “Adolf-Fredriks Musikskola” music school, specializing in Choral Singing. At the age of 15 she joined the Oscars Motettkör Choir, under the guidance of the charismatic conductor and composer Torsten Nilson, with whom she participated in numerous national and international events and also won the International Polyphonic Competition “Guido d’Arezzo “In 1980. After a period of study with Prof. Berit Hallqvist, at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, she moved, thanks to a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to Italy where she graduated in singing, with the highest marks, at the Conservatory of Music in Perugia. She attended specialization courses in “German Lied Interpretation”, with Prof. Hildegund Lohmann-Becker (Germany), in “Opera Interpretation”, with Elisabeth Söderström (Sweden), Håkan Hagegård (Sweden), Carmen Gonzalez (Italy) and in “Interpretation of the Modern Contemporary Repertoire” with Rosemary Hardy (England). In March 2007, she obtained the II level Academic Diploma in Singing, maxima cum laude, at the Conservatory of Music in Perugia. Over the years, he has performed many concerts in Italy, Belgium, Austria, Holland and Sweden, specializing in the chamber repertoire and collaborating with festivals and cultural associations such as the Goethe Institut – Institute of Germanic Culture in Bologna, the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, Belgium, the Cultural Institute of Amsterdam, Holland, the Zwolle Conservatory, Holland, the Tagliacozzo Festival, the Perugia Symphony Orchestra, The Dance Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, “Music at Karlberg Castle”, Stockholm, Sweden, Amici della Musica, Perugia, “Norrbärke Dalarna Festival”, Sweden, the “Millesgården” art museum Stockholm, Sweden, “Villach Kultur” Villach, Austria, AGIMUS, Perugia and “Festival delle Nazioni”, Città di Castello. In addition, he has participated many times in Italian television broadcasts, on RAI UNO, RAISAT and on CANALE 5. He was the voice of the theme song for the television program “La Domenica Sportiva”, which aired on RAI UNO from 1992 to 1996 and he recorded concerts for the radio network of the Italian Radiotelevision RAI and the Swedish Radio SVT. In 2001 you sang at the concert for Pope John Paul II, in Piazza San Pietro, Rome, with an audience of over 100,000 people, and at the related television program broadcast live on RAI UNO and RAI SAT. You have also recorded the “ABBA’ PATER “disc for Sony Classical and Vatican Radio with the participation of the Holy Father John Paul II (platinum disc in various countries). Since 1999, he has been teaching Lyric and Chamber Singing at the “G.Puccini” Municipal School in Città di Castello (PG). You have held numerous courses and masterclasses in vocal technique and interpretation, both for soloists and for vocal groups and choirs. He takes care of the vocal preparation of the White Voice Choir and the Youth Choir of the “Octava Aurea” Association (of which he is also a founding member), which he carries out in collaboration with the “Brunello and Federica Cucinelli” Foundation. She has been a member of the juries of national and international Singing and Choral Singing Competitions several times.