DUO ILLEGAL Biography
Duo Illegal is assembled by Alessia Hyunkyung Park - soprano and Marija Skender - the piano. The duo is committed to playing musical pieces of the 20th and 21st century..
Their goal is to present the music in a new and interesting manner. Duo Illegal has worked together with Bernd Schmitt, producer, with whom they won the Special prize for "breaking the classical concert ritual", for their stage performance of the piece "Misterys of Macabre", by Györy Ligeti, at the Contemporary Music Interpretation contest in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Since then, the Duo Illegal performed at Schille'sr Prize in 2013, interpreting Bernhard Lang's second movement of the DV9 "puppe/tulpe". In September, they performed in Montenegro, and in November 2014, they cooperated with Nezwerk Neue Musik Baden Württemberg, at the Bus Project. The Duo Illegal had a remarkable performance at the festival Sommer in Stuttgart 2016 - Theaterhaus Stuttgart, on the project named "Confession" in witch they cooperated with Jörg Behr, producer and Musik der Jahrhunderte. For this occasion, they performed new piecers from composers like Gerhard Stäbler, Lucia Ronchetti, JunYoung Park, Silvia Rosani, Davor Branimir Vincze and Alexandra Filonenko.
For the Contemporary Music Festival in Seul Art Center 2017. Duo Illegal premiered the "Confession" project, with also new pieces from Korean composers Seunglim Kim and Byung-moo Lee. On ECLAT Festival 2017 they performed the world premiere of the piece "Wutraum" by german composer Ulrich Kreppein, together with accordion player Olivia Steimel and percussionist Kasia Kadlubowska.
Alessia Hyunkyung Park (Soprano)
born in Seoul, South Korea, started her Singing-studies in Seoul in 2001. From 2007 to 2011 she studied at the Liszt School of Music Weimar by Prof. Siegfried Gohritz. From 2011 to 2013 she got her Master of music in "New Music" / Singing by Prof. Angelika Luz and Frank Wörner at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. After that she chooses the concert exam by Prof. Angelika Luz. She participated in master classes by Antonietta Stella and Clara Scarangella in Rome, by Helen Donath, Peter Schreier at the Accademia Internazionale di Musica / Rome. She took part in the 8.
Stuttgart International Congress voting days and microtonality. As a soloist she appeared at the "days of New Music" in Weimar and Lübeck. She sang in several concerts in Rome, Seoul, Munich, Rostock and Stuttgart. First stage experience she gained in Seoul as Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adele (Lelisir d'amore) and at the German National Theatre in Weimar in "Die Grille" by Richard Aires. In 2012 she won the International Competition "Fata Morgana" in Italy and the competition for vocal art, new Music Theatre in Stuttgart. At the Karlsruhe competition for interpretation of Contemporary Music 2013 in Karlsruhe she won a special prize.
Marija Skender (Piano)
is Montenegrin pianist, addicted to contemporary music. Her repertoire consists of the most diverse styles of contemporary music, including contemporary improvisation, electronic music, in connection with the visual arts, musical theater or dance movement. Her aim is to bring contemporary music closer to wider audience, therefore she conceived program choosing the most interesting works. Marija Skender has held concerts in Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia (Festival Novalis), Slovenia (Festival Maribor, RTV Ljubljana, Slowind Festival), Austria (Internationale Woche - Graz) and France (Université de Cergy Pontoise Paris). In Germany, she has performed in Karlsruhe (Piano + Festival - ZKM), Wolfsburg (Movimentos Festival), Stuttgart (Festival Sommer in Stuttgart) and Freiburg (Ensemble Akademie) and in Italy at Music festivals in Lucca and Chioggia as well. As a student she won several first and second prizes in national competitions in the field of solo piano and chamber music.
She won the prize for the best student from Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts (2005). In November 2013 she was awarded the Karl Steinbuch Scholarship for an innovative project in the field of contemporary music and information technology, in a team with the composer Vincent Wikström.Also the Scholarship from Gesellschaft der Freunde - Musikhochschule Stuttgart. Marija acquired primary and secondary music education at the music school "Vasa Pavic", at the piano department in the class of Prof. Lidija Ferdinandi Skender, as well as at the department of solo singing. From the year 2002 she studied piano at the Music Academy of Cetinje in the class of Prof. Boris Kraljevic and graduated and obtained a master degree at the class of Prof. Svetlana Bogino. She graduated and obtained a master degree for contemporary music at the class of world famous pianist and professor Nicolas Hodges at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. She took part in master-classes of professors Markus Stange, Vladimir Ovcinikov, Konstantin Bogino and Jean Pierre Collot (Ensemble Recherche).