Trio Valence is a unique formation of horn (Michelle Perry), voice (Hanna Herfurtner) and piano (SooJin Anjou). Their aim is to not only bring classical repertoire for this unusual combination to a wide audience, but also to expand the repertoire with their own arrangements and commissioned works.
Michelle Perry (French horn) is equally at home as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She was a member of the internationally acclaimed Empire Brass Quintet for six years, touring throughout Asia, Europe, Australasia, Scandinavia, North America, and South America as a Yamaha Artist. Michelle has held principal horn positions in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, as well as guest principal horn with the Boston Pops and the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester. Her many other orchestral engagements include regular appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Staatskapelle Berlin, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Milwaukee Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, and the Phoenix Symphony.
Michelle Perry has toured Greece with the new music ensemble Alea III, and performed with Ensemble Intercontemporain with Pierre Boulez in Carnegie Hall. She can be heard on several albums with Telarc, Chandos, Summit Records, and RCA Victor. She is currently based in Berlin.
Hanna Herfurtner is a versatile concert and opera singer. Her concert repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to Honegger, which she has sung at such renowned venues and festivals as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Vienna, Wroclaw and Stavanger; the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival; Theater an der Wien; and the Oslo Opera. From the beginning, Hanna was drawn to early music. She was a winner of the Baroque opera competition in Innsbruck in its inaugural year, as well as the singer-in-residence at the Festival for Early Music Trigonale. She has collaborated with inspiring baroque musicians, such Luca Pianca, Franco Pavan, Barokksolistene and Rubén Dubrovsky. On the other hand, Hanna is also an experienced performer of contemporary music. She has given various world premieres, working alongside composers like Manfred Trojahn and Detlev Glanert. In 2010, she performed the title role in Hans Werner Henzes last opera „Gisela“ at the Ruhrtriennale.
A passionate Lied singer, she was the first-prize winner of the 2009 Paula Salomon Lindberg Competition in Berlin, and was consequently invited for recitals at the Heidelberger Frühling, the Konzerhaus Wien, the Musikverein Coburg and the Rheingau Musikfestival.
As an opera singer, she has performed at the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals and the Staatsoper Berlin. In 2012, she was a member of the opera house in Kiel. The conductors she has sung under include Christian Thielemann, Michael Boder and Steven Sloane, in stagings by Willi Decker, Pierre Audi and Floris Visser.
She studied with Prof. Julie Kaufmann of the University of Arts Berlin, and with John Norris.
Classical (original and transcriptions)
Franz Schubert Auf dem Strom
Otto Nicolai Variations on Bellini's "La Somnambula"
Richard Strauss Alphorn
Hector Berlioz Le jeune pâtre breton
Ernest Chausson Réveil, La Nuit
Jules Massenet Amours bénis, Élégie
Havelock Nelson Four Irish Songs
Leonard Bernstein Dream with me (1950)
Arnold Cooke 5 Nocturnes (1963)
André Previn Vocalise (1995)
L.v. Beethoven Scottish, Irish, Hungarian, Portuguese folk song arrangements
G. Gershwin Excerpts from "Porgy and Bess"
Maggie Palmer A Highland Lament
Audio/video coming soon!