Julia Sophie Wagner studied voice at the universities of music in Weimar and Leipzig and at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is famed for her interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach’s oratorios but has also added the great classical and romantic oratorios to her repertoire in recent years. She has been singing in important venues throughout Europe and North America. Her debut in the Kennedy Center Washington, where she sang Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis”, was chosen by the Washington Life Magazine as “Kennedy Center Event of the Year 2014”.
Steffen Schleiermacher studied piano and composing at the University of Music “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” in Leipzig. He took master classes at the Berlin Academy of the Arts from 1986 to 1987 and specialized in 20th century music. Since 1988, he is director of the concert series “musica nova” at the Gewandhaus Leipzig. As a composer, pianist and conductor he has been touring most European countries as well as the USA, South America, Southeast Asia and the Far East. He has won numerous German and international awards, including six ECHO KLASSIKs awards.