Opéra National de Paris - Paris, France
Alessandro Praticò was born in Reggio, Calabria and earned his degree in piano and piano accompaniment at the Francesco Cilea conservatory in 2017. He performs regularly as a soloist in numerous festivals in Europe and, since 2011, he has worked as a vocal coach in the following productions:La Traviata, Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, L'Arlesienne, La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Un ballo in maschera, Noye's Fludde, Andrea Chénier, Carmen, Simon Boccanegra, Le nozze di Figaro, Reigen, and Gianni Schicchi under the baton of conductors like Donato Renzetti, David Crescenzi, Maxime Pascal, Matteo Beltrami, and Thomas Roesner. He was selected as one of the five best students at the Francesco Cilea Conservatory in Reggio Calabria to give concerts at Expo Milan in 2015. In the spring of 2018, he participated in the masterclasses of Philippe Jordan at the Collège de France and the Bastille Amphitheatre. He has worked with numerous singers, including Luciana D'Intino, Dolora Zajick, Elina Garanča, Lucio Gallo, Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi, and Mihaela Marcu. He also expanded his repertoire as a soloist under the guidance of Alexander Hintchev. A vocal coach at the Nuovo Teatro Comunale in Sassari in 2016 then at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari in 2017, he also became the principal assistant to conductor David Crescenzi. In July 2018, he joined the team of professionals for the Premiere Opera International Summer Program in Urbania (Italy) which aims to develop the talents of opera singers and instrumentalists. Alessandro Praticò joined the Paris Opera Academy in September 2017.
New York, United States of America
Christopher Cooley began playing piano at the age of seven and made his orchestral debut at age 15 with the Florida Youth Orchestra. He holds degrees from Florida State University, the University of Texas-Austin, and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Heasook Rhee. As a soloist, he has played with the University of Texas Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. As an accompanist, he has served as a staff pianist at Opera Lirica (Orvieto, Italy), Centro Studi Italiani (Urbania, Italy), Ibla Grand Prize Competition (Sicily) in which he was also a winner, the Austrian-American Mozart Academy (Austria), Opera Ischia (Forio, Italy), the Castleton Festival (Virginia), and the Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists (L.A.). He has played with various instrumental and vocal soloists in Italy, Germany, Austria, England, Russia, South Africa, Peru, Japan, and Korea, as well as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center) in New York City, where he lives. The New York Concert Review described him as an “excellent, solicitously supportive pianist” who “came through with flying colors.”
Liu Chang is one of the top Vocal Coaches and Collaborative pianists in Beijing, China. She graduated from the piano department of The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, as well as received a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK. Liu currently works in music department of the PLA Academy of Art in Beijing, as a Vocal Coach and Accompanist. She has studied with world renowned teachers, and has performed at many prestigious venues and in masterclasses all over the world to widespread praise and acclaim, including with her husband, and a member of our vocal faculty, great Chinese tenor, Wa Wa Hao.
Bolshoi Theatre - Moscow, Russia
Born in Novgorod, Russia, Sergey Iorov has most recently been a member of the Young Artist Opera Program of the Bolshoi Theatre, in the capacity of vocal coach and pianist; preparing singers, and playing rehearsals and recitals, at the prestigious Russian performing venue.
At the age of nine, Sergey became a finalist of the Rachmaninov International Competition of Young Pianists. Shortly thereafter, Sergey was accepted into the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Prof. Alexander Mndoyants, and graduated with a degree in piano performance. While a student at the conservatory, Sergey started working on the vocal faculty at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory as a collaborative pianist, and then worked at the International Slavic Institute in the same capacity.
Sergey currently resides in New York City and is the official pianist of Michael Paul’s vocal studio, as well, he as on the faculty for Masterclass Ischia.