Biography

Vera Senkovskaja, Soprano

The singer was born in Irkutsk, a Siberian town in Russia with rich traditions of classical music. The heart of Irkutsk is its Philharmonic Hall that welcomes the best Russian and international performers.

At the age of seven Vera Senkovskaja began to attend the choral department of children’s music school. Her teacher, Lada Bibkova, immediately noticed her outstanding and promising artistry and pursuit of perfection. When Vera turned fourteen she knew for sure she wanted to be a solo singer and her desire was welcomed and widely supported by the leading vocal teachers of Irkutsk. She then became a student of the Honored Artist of Russia, Nikolai Proshin.

Vera Senkovskaja received her first laureate prize in her hometown in 2004 having participated in a traditional vocal contest. This recognition became the first step on her way to further professional vocal education. Studying in the Russian capital with its widely known competitive environment helped to develop Vera’s professionalism.

In 2010 Vera successfully completed her education majoring in choral conducting and academic vocal performance. Being a graduate of the musical college of Schnittke State Musical Institute in Moscow Vera completed the vocal course taught by Anna Litovkina and Darya Turova and the choral conducting course taught by Ludmila Prostova. Her degree in these majors was one of the many accoplishments and laureate prizes recieved by Vera during her studying.

In 2008 Vera became the prizewinner of the Spring Hopes festival in the piano nomination. She was awarded the third prize in the contest of conductors dedicated to the anniversary of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov. In 2009 the talented singer became the prizewinner of M. Balakirev vocal contest. She then won the nomination Romansiada-2009 in the Russian Art Song Contest and began to attend the master course of Fiorenza Cossotto in Forio, Italy.

In the pursuit of vocal perfection Vera Senkovskaja took interest in the French opera and entered Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Music in Aix-en-Provence, France. The course of maestro Tibère Raffalli and Alexandra Delannoy brought Vera closer to the European traditions of vocal performance. Her talent is highly appraised by the admirers and connoisseurs of the opera art, the Escudié family. As Vera's patrons of art the Escudié help to promote her talent.

In 2011-2013 Vera participated in the master courses by Daniel Ottovaere (Paris, 2013), Ulrich Schutz and Monique Zanetti (Aix-en-Provence, 2011-2013).

Enriching her repertoire Vera discovers new facets of her talent. In 2013 she decided to continue her education in Germany and enters Louis Spohr Music Academy in Kassel and attends the vocal classes of Janus Niziolek and Ruth Altrock. In 2015 Vera decides to shift from soprano to mezzo-soprano and attends the master courses of Maren Engelhardt and Stephan Zenkl (Kassel, Germany), Damon Nestor Ploumis (Weimar, Germany, 2016).

In August of 2016 Vera debuted in the role of a third lady in "The Magic Flute" conducted by Olaf Storbeck, presented by the Lyrical Opera Studio Weimar.   Vera also interpreted the role of Maddalena from "Rigoletto" on stage in the summer theater of Tifurt-Weimar.

Currently Vera Senkovskaja is actively touring in Russia, France and Germany gaining wide recognition among her audience. She has performed in the Russian House of Art Songs, Pillar Hall of Unions in Moscow, Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic Hall, Gombert Castle in Marseille, Richebois Castle, the Cathedral of Karl the Liberator in Kassel…

Vera’s repertoire includes musical compositions of Vivaldi, Hendel, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Wolf, Fauré, Poulenc, Britten and many of our contemporaries whose fame and glory grow stronger as the new audiences discover the talent of Vera Senkovskaja.