Duo Zeffiretti

Male soprano Maayan Licht completed his vocal studies as a soprano at the Conservatory of Early Music in  Amsterdam, where Xenia Meijer was his teacher. He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees with a distinction cum laude in 2018 and 2021. Since then he has interpreted  virtuoso operatic roles as well as the Italian and French Baroque repertoire, which he shapes  with a rich palette of expressive nuances. He turned to early music after his Israeli singing  teacher Vita Gurevich discovered his talent in this field. 

He won several prizes: the jury and  the audience prize of the Grachtenfestival competition in Amsterdam in 2020, is the  scholarship holder of the Dino Arici Foundation in the 2019/20 season, the AICF Scholarship  Competition for classical (2014-2020) for Classical Singing, as well as the Audience Prize in  the Aviv Competition (2015). Maayan Licht performs frequently in the Netherlands and  abroad. In 2019 he sang Danceny in "Dangerous Liaisons" in the Netherlands with the Bach  society and Opera2Day, which he performed again in Switzerland in 2022. He was also a  finalist at the Cesti Competition in Innsbruck in 2019. In 2020 he backed Franco Fagioli in  Rossini's ‘Sigismondo’ at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow and followed his win at the  Grachtenfestival competition, he was invitet to perform at the Concertgebouw in  Amsterdam, live streamed on Radio4, on TV show Podium Witteman and on NTR broadcast  at ZomerFestival.  

In February 2022, Maayan performed a solo recital and the role of Libanio from ‘Siface’ by  Porpora with Capella Cracoviensis in Cracow. In September 2022 he will perform as one of  the soloists in Bayreuth Baroque festival and later this year, will make his debut in Theater an der Wien, performing the role of Cupid from ‘L'arbore di Diana’ by Marin y Soler.

 

Guy Maori is an Israeli harpsichordist, fortepianist and pianist who has been residing in the Netherlands since 2017. Guy was born in Tel Aviv and started playing the piano at the age of 8 with Mrs. Natalia Blumenfeld at the Israel Conservatory of Music. During his studies there, he performed frequently as a soloist and as a member of numerous ensembles. In 2004, he made his debut as an orchestral soloist, performing with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

In 2010 Guy graduated with honors from the Thelma Yellin High School of Arts, during which he performed concerts in France and Belgium. In 2016 he graduated with honors from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, having studied piano with Professor Asaf Zohar. In 2018 Guy obtained his Master of Music diploma from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, having studied under the guidance of Professor Naum Grubert. During his Master's in piano performance Guy showed increasing interest in Early Music and historical keyboard instruments, which led to another Master's in harpsichord and fortepiano with Menno van Delft, Kris Verhelst and Olga Pashchenko at Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

In 2020, Guy won the Grachtenfestival competition together with sopranista Maayan Licht as Duo Zeffiretti. Together, they recorded at Het Concertgebouw for Dutch NPO Radio 4 and performed on Podium Witteman (Dutch national television), Grachtenfestival and NTR's Zomerfestival. In 2021, they performed at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, NPO Radio 4 Festival, Kamermuziek Festival in Hoorn, Festival Jong Talent in Schiermonnikoog and more. Guy has also recorded for the Israeli radio and played in music festivals of the Jerusalem Music Center. Some of the world renowned keyboard players that he played for are Pierre Hantaï, Christine Schornsheim, Olga Martynova, Murray Perahia, Boris Berman, Ian Fountain, and Arie Vardi.

Guy has been granted the Holland scholarship as well as scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. He won prizes in several competitions, including Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Competition, Psanter Letamid, The Voice of Music - Young Artists, and The Israel Conservatory of Music competitions.

 

 

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