ELIZABETH NEIMAN, Alto,
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., Ms. Neiman studied voice at the HdK Berlin after completing a B.A. in psychology and linguistics (Swarthmore College) and a Masters in historical performance practice (Washington University in St. Louis). Master classes with Ruth Berghaus, Brigitte Fassbaender und Gisela Rohmert.
Her search for new stage forms has brought intensive work with choreographers, directors, actors and dancers.
Engagements include the Salzburger Festival, die Ruhrtriennale and the Städtischen Bühnen Berlin. In addition she has performed as a soloist at the Jerusalem Music Center, with the Opéra-Studio de Genève and the Akademie der Künste Berlin.
Her range and vocal versatility has afforded her a wide repertoire in opera, musicals, new music, early music, lieder and oratorio. Concerts and workshops in Europe, Israel, China and the USA. CDs and live broadcasts include performances with NDR, SWR, Arte, Radio Iran Libre (Paris), Radio Kol Yisrael, as well as numerous world premiers of contemporary works.
Prizes incude a Grammy-Nomination for a performance series and recordings with Sylvain Cambreling and the SWR Orchestra, which opened festivals in Berlin, Luzern and Strasbourg.
The Central Jewish Cultural Council of Germany awarded her a fellowship for a solo concert tour, the Anni-Eisler-Lehmann Foundation grants to realize concerts and a CD. The Rhineland-Palantine State Cultural Foundation has supported several of her projects. A joint award from North German Radio and the Israeli Ministry of Culture made possible the composition, performances and recording of Kadimas "Peace in four Colors". The realisation of the medieval musical „Roman de Fauvel“ was made possible through grants from the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin.
As a teacher and pädagogue for music theater, Ms Neiman focusses on helping young people explore their potential in singing, using the tools of movement and acting in addition to classical and functional vocal pedagogy.. Her groups in vocational college for early childhood educatiors, elemntary school, and for refugees learning German as a second language have been awarded the Hessen State School Theater Prize, the Rheingau-Taunus Integration Prize, and the "Initiative and Performance" grant from the Hessen State Bank. Her private students regularly win local, state and national prizes in Germany's major music competition "Jugend Musiziert". They have gone on to attend the Munich and Berlin University of the Arts, the Hamburger Stage School, the London BIMM, tne University of Chicago through a Rockefeller Foundation Vocal Scholarship and most recently in the Tangelwood Festival Chorus