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Ainhoa Urkijo

Ainhoa Urkijo


United States 55415

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507 261 2069

A native of Bilbao, Spain, Ainhoa received her degree in Piano Performance from the Arriaga Superior Conservatory of Music of the same city. Later she obtained a Masters Degree in Accompanying and Coaching at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ under the preceptorship of Dalton Baldwin. She has worked privately with leaders in the Opera and Art Song including, Paul von Schillhawsky in Paris, Wolfram Rieger in Barcelona, Charles Spencer in Viena, Harmut Holl and Mitsuko Shirai at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Ileana Cotrubas in Barcelona, Dalton Baldwin in Nice and Alejandro Zabala in Bilbao.
Her work experience includes ten years as a Piano teacher and Accompanist at the Bilbao Superior Conservatory of Music. She was also an accompanist at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.and at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She worked as a Vocal Coach at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and the Center of Superior Musical Studies of the Basque Country MUSIKENE in San Sebastian, Spain. She was the Musical Director and rehearsal pianist during the 2002-03 season of the Opera North Carolina and the rehearsal pianist at the Philadelphia Opera under the baton of Maurizio Barbacini.
In addition, she has accompanied the voice lessons of distinguished singers such as John de Haan, Philip Zawisza, Tom Krause, Benita Valente, Zehava Gal and Christopher Robertson. She has worked with singers such as Ainhoa Arteta, Christopher Robertson, Carla Hanson, Philip Zawisza, Maria Luisa Tomes, Carlos Serrano, Paul Adkins, and Tamara Mathews. She has performed in concerthalls throughout Europe and the USA. In 2007 she was a visiting Vocal Coach at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Currently she is finishing a Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Collaborative Piano at the University of Minnesota were she also works as a Coach-Teaching Assistant. In addition, she is a faculty member of the Music Department at the Rochester C&T College and a Vocal Coach at the Italian Operatic Experience program in Montecatini, Italy. Current projects include the recording of Paul Chagas work “Passage” and the performance of the complete works of Henry Duparc with baritone Corey Ranberger.




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