Sideman Projekt


Bringing touring musicians to Berlin to perform recitals in small, intimate venues. 


Monday 16 February 2015 ~ 20.00 Uhr

An Evening of Song ~ Ein Liederabend

Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano ~ Jonathan Ware, piano

Classic PianosFidicinstraße 3 ~ Berlin ~ Kreuzberg (U6 to Platz der Luftbrücke)

10€ suggested at the door 

The Sideman Projekt, in partnership with NPR Berlin FM 104,1 and Classic Pianos, is honored to present Jazimina MacNeil and Jonathan Ware in a preview recital prior to their appearance in the prestigious Das Lied competition, featuring works by Schubert, Britten, and Robert Franz.

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Jazimina MacNeil is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Recent and upcoming performances include the roles of Mère Marie in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmèlites, Kate in Britten's Owen Wingrave, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Rinaldo in Handel's Rinaldo, Romeo in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Siebel in Faust, Carolina in Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, Idamente in Idomeneo, Carmen in Peter Brook’s adaptation Le Tragedie de Carmen, The Dog in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.

Other recent performances include her European solo recital debut with pianist Deirdre Brenner at the Berlin Philharmonic's Curt Sachs Saal, a concert with the Gulangyu Piano Festival on Gulangyu Island in China, concerts at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony and the Steans Institute, concerts with the Marlboro Music Festival, Chicago Chamber Musicians, String Theory, and the Winners Recital of the Liederkranz Competition in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has also performed the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Robert Ward’s The Crucible with the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival, the alto solo in Duruflé’s Requiem with the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, Ned Rorem’s “Aftermath” with Curtis On Tour, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at the Manhattan School of Music, and Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia with Aspen Opera Theater.

Jazimina received her Bachelors of Music from Manhattan School of Music. She spent three summers studying song at SongFest in Malibu, CA and one summer at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden Bei Wein, Austria. Jazimina is a student of Marlena Malas.

Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and since 2013, with Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’.  In 2014 he won 1st Prize in the International Song Competition in Stuttgart with baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer, and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).  He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Pianist’s Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and 2013 Das Lied Competition in Berlin.  He now divides his time between Europe and the USA.

Sought after as a chamber musician and song accompanist, Jonathan’s recent engagements include recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues programme, Lincoln Center with cellist Michael Katz, Ravinia Festival and The Phillips Collection Washington DC.  He also undertook a North American tour with mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, and gave performances of Die Schöne Mullerin with baritone Benjamin Appl at the Französischer Dom Berlin and Wolf’s Italienesches Liederbuch at the Rheingau Festival.

Passionate about the song repertory, during the 2012/13 season Jonathan was co-artistic director of a year-long festival devoted to the performance of the complete Schubert Lieder in New York.  He has been a member of the accompanying staff of the Steans Institute at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and the coaching staff of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt Germany, and is a Samling Artist.  He has also worked as a répétiteur with Juilliard Opera and New York City Opera.

Engagements this season include a performance of Les Illuminations with Suzanne Fischer at the Berlin Midsummer Festival, a Liederabend at La Roche, Switzerland, return visits to the Samling Academy and Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt Germany, and recitals at the Purcell Room, Wiltshire Music Centre, Saffron Hall and The Sage Gateshead. He collaborates with instrumentalists Peter Moore (trombone) and Benjamin Baker (violin), and singers Tara Erraught, Benjamin Appl, Michael Kelly, Anna Huntley and Deanna Breiwick, among others.

As a soloist Jonathan has given concerts in Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Miami and Hammamatsu in Japan.  He won the Grand Prize at the 2005 Kingsville International Competition and was a medalist in the 2002 Missouri Southern, and New York International Piano Competitions.  His performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WRR (Dallas), Bavarian Radio, and on US public television.