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Sam Smerkolje Award 2016

Marcos Fink

About Marcos

This year, bass-baritone MARCOS FINK will receive the award!

The prize will be awarded in February. The awardee was decided by a commission composed of: Franc Rizmal (chairman), Simon Robinson, Jelena Boljubaš and Andrej Debevec.

Bass-baritone Marko (Marcos) Fink was born to Slovenian parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained his voice with professors Ivan Ivanov and Victor Srug, and later participated in master classes for repertoire with professors Ph. Huttenlocker, W. Schöne, E. Werba, A. Baldin. In 1988 he received a scholarship and studied in London with H. Harper and R. Sutherland. He made his operatic debut in 1990 in Salzburg's Grossesfestspielhaus.

He performs in operas, concerts and solo recitals in halls all over the world (Paris, Bordeaux, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Vienna, Geneva, Tokyo, Osaka, Ljubljana, Milan, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Houston, ...), under the baton of distinguished conductors ( Michel Corboz, HansGraf, Leopold Hager, Alain Lombard, Semyon Bychkow, Milan Horvat, Pinchas Steinberg, Anton Nanut, Lior Shambadal, Rene Jacobs, Uroš Lajovic...) and with excellent orchestras (Orchester da la Suisse Romande, Orchester National de Paris, Orchester Philarmonic de Strasbourg, Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony, Concerto Köln, Wiener Symphoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin....).

He participated in the recordings of: Puccini Messa di gloria, J. Haydn Maša sv. Cecilius, Bach B-moll Mass and Chorales by Schemelli (with his sister Bernardo), Mozart Requiem, Don Giovanni (Leporello) and Cosi fan tutte (Don Alfonso), F. Martin Golgotha (Christ), Rossini Little Solemn Mass, Leopold I Musica imperialis, C. Guastavino Flores argentinas, A. Honegger Le cantique des cantiques, G. Fauré Requiem, at the anthology collection Musica sacra slovenica, E. Marxsen Lieder, ... Harmonia mundi (HM) also released a DVD of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" ( Leporello) under the direction of Rene Jacobs, who also conducted "Die Zauberflöte" (Sarastro) released in 2010, winner of the BBC awards in 2010 and recently released Handel's Agrippina (Claudio).

For ZKP Radio Slovenija, accompanied by Nataša Valant on piano, he recorded the Schubert cycles Lepa Mlinarica, Swan Song and Winter Journey (Golden Orpheus Award for interpretation of the Academie du disque lyrique in Paris, 1998), Schumann's Soliloquies op.39 and the cycle Poes' Love, a double CD of Slovenian solos (17 Slovenian composers) and others.

Marcos Fink is the winner of the 1999 Prešeren Foundation award.

In 2006, she and her sister Bernardo recorded the album Canciones argentinas for the HM label, which was nominated for a GRAMMY award (Best classical vocal performance) and a BBC music award. In 2009, Glasbena Matica released a disc dedicated to Josip Ipavac's Solos, and recently, the French label HM released a disc with Slovenian solos "SLOVENIJA", which they recorded in Berlin with their sister Bernardo and pianist Anthony Spiri.

His last performances took him to Bordeaux, Aix-en-Provence, Geneva, Turin, Berlin, Lisbon, Brussels, Paris, Salzburg, Amsterdam, ...

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