Saturday, January 1, 2000

Pepe Becker

Pepe Becker, Soprano

Biography for Pepe Becker, Soprano

Pepe Becker began her musical life in Nelson: as a chorister in the Nelson Cathedral Choir, and as a pianist, singer and oboist in various local groups. Moving to Wellington in 1985, she developed a keen interest in Early Music and became a founder member of The Tudor Consort. She soon began performing professionally as a solo soprano in this field and has sung alongside internationally renowned Early Music singers such as Emma Kirkby, Richard Wistreich and Andreas Scholl.

Completing her BMus (in Composition) at Wellington’s Victoria University in 1987, Pepe travelled to Europe in 1991 to further her training in Baroque Singing. She studied for a year in London with Jessica Cash, then spent a year at The Hague’s Koninklijk Conservatorium, and performed professionally with a number of early music groups in the UK and The Netherlands.

Since her return to New Zealand in 1993, Pepe has set up her own vocal consort, Baroque Voices (founded in 1994), which was the vocal group in the Musica Sacra concert series that ran for ten years (2001-2010) in St Mary of the Angels, and which has given many performances of both early and contemporary music throughout New Zealand; had three children, and become re-established as a versatile and highly sought-after musician in her home country.

She has made several recordings for Radio NZ Concert, and features as a soloist on various CDs, including: David Farquhar’s “Half a Century of Song” (released in 2003); a Baroque duet CD, “Rustic Revelry”, with bass David Morriss (2006); a NAXOS CD of Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, with the NZSO (2010), and the duo CD, “Love’s Nature”, with harpist Helen Webby (launched in Christchurch on 20 February 2011).

Pepe continues to perform regularly as a soloist with chamber groups, choirs and orchestras throughout New Zealand; directs, manages and sings in Baroque Voices; composes music; is a long-standing member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir; has lectured in Musicianship at the NZ School of Music; and teaches piano, theory and singing.

For more information, reviews and upcoming concerts, please visit Pepe’s website: http://www.baroquevoices.co.nz

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