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I would like to help Musicians without Borders increase their visibility; I know like no other how music can move people and therefore I find the work these musicians do extremely important. In the future I will visit the projects of Musicians without Borders, perform at (benefit) concerts and hopefully share my own experience in masterclasses.
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Soprano
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Soprano
I would like to help Musicians without Borders increase their visibility; I know like no other how music can move people and therefore I find the work these musicians do extremely important. In the future I will visit the projects of Musicians without Borders, perform at (benefit) concerts and hopefully share my own experience in masterclasses.

Eva-Maria Westbroek studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague from 1988 to 1995. Her vocal teachers included Iris Adami Corradetti and the American tenor James McCray. She made her operatic debut at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1994 as Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. She was a prize winner at an international competition in Rome, which allowed her to sing the role of Tosca at age 25. She also was a laureate at the Angelica Catalani Concours and the Santa Maria Ligure Concours.

In 2001, Westbroek secured a 5-year contract as a company member of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Her roles in Stuttgart included Carlotta (Schreker, Die Gezeichneten), Tosca, Emilia Marty (Janáček, Věc Makropulos, Desdemona (Verdi, Otello), Donna Anna (Mozart, Don Giovanni), Giulietta (Offenbach, Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Marie (Smetana, The Bartered Bride) and The Duchess of Parma (Busoni, Doktor Faust). In 2006, at the end of her work in Stuttgart, she was given the title of Kammersängerin der Staatsoper Stuttgart.

In 2003, Westbroek debuted at the Salzburger Festspiele as Agave in a concert performance of Egon Wellesz’ Die Bakchantinnen. In 2004, she debuted at the Opéra Bastille as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Her debut at De Nederlandse Opera was as Katerina Izmailova in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This performance was commercially recorded for DVD release, and Westbroek won first prize from the Dutch VSCD Classical Music in the category “most impressive individual artistic achievement” for this performance. She repeated this role in her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London in October 2006. In 2008, she won the Grand Prix Antoine Livio of the Presse Musicale Internationale.

In her first world premiere production, Westbroek created the role of Anna Nicole Smith in the February 2011 Royal Opera premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole at Covent Garden.

Westbroek made her Metropolitan Opera debut on April 22, 2011 singing the role of Sieglinde in the premiere of a new production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” directed by Robert Lapage.

Westbroek’s commercial recordings include Bohuslav Martinu’s Julietta, in the title role, for VMS Music Treasures, and three productions of Wagner’s Die Walküre as Sieglinde with Bayreuth, Frankfurt, and Aix en Provence on CD and DVD. She is also featured in a DVD recording (Opus Arte) of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West as Minnie, her own acknowledged favourite role.

Other recentlly released DVDs include Anna Nicole, Elektra from Strauss at the Salzburger festspiele 2010 and the role of Georgetta in il Tabarro in Puccini’s Trittico.

Music is the richest and most powerful medium I know when it comes to reaching people, both emotionally and spiritually. It transcends nationality, race, class, and any other man-made obstacles which so often divide our fellow human beings. The work that Musicians without Borders is doing to help people affected by war and conflict, both at home and abroad is absolutely invaluable. I'm honored to be working with Musicians without Borders, and I encourage you to take a look at what they are doing and get involved in any way you can.
Matthew Wadsworth
Lute Virtuoso
Matthew Wadsworth
Lute Virtuoso
Music is the richest and most powerful medium I know when it comes to reaching people, both emotionally and spiritually. It transcends nationality, race, class, and any other man-made obstacles which so often divide our fellow human beings. The work that Musicians without Borders is doing to help people affected by war and conflict, both at home and abroad is absolutely invaluable. I'm honored to be working with Musicians without Borders, and I encourage you to take a look at what they are doing and get involved in any way you can.

Matthew Wadsworth is a Lute virtuoso in great demand, having performed all over the world at major festivals as a soloist as well as with specialist early music ensembles, and his six CDs to date have received international acclaim.

Matthew studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and in 1997 he won the London Student of the Year award for his work on the development of braille Lute tablature. Matthew was also the first blind student to attend Chethams school of Music in Manchester.

Matthew also made an attempt at the record jump on a motorcross-bike for a blind person, and a film was made about him and his attempt at breaking the record.

In a world of polarization and escalating conflicts, Musicians Without Borders plays a unique, harmonizing role. MwB works with people suffering from the effects of war, inspiring them to raise their voices to meet other voices within a creative proces of joy and play. The person who is given the chance to transform powerlessness and dehumanization into creativity, experiences his/ her own worth and right to exist. I believe that this is the first and most essential need of every human being. 'Harmony’ is thus a 'verb of peace' for every individual and the world as a whole.
Shura Lipovsky
Singer, Songwriter and Storyteller
Shura Lipovsky
Singer, Songwriter and Storyteller
In a world of polarization and escalating conflicts, Musicians Without Borders plays a unique, harmonizing role. MwB works with people suffering from the effects of war, inspiring them to raise their voices to meet other voices within a creative proces of joy and play. The person who is given the chance to transform powerlessness and dehumanization into creativity, experiences his/ her own worth and right to exist. I believe that this is the first and most essential need of every human being. 'Harmony’ is thus a 'verb of peace' for every individual and the world as a whole.

Shura Lipovsky was born in The Hague (Netherlands) and is a highly valued performer of Yiddish song on the international stage. Writer and composer of new Yiddish songs, she appears worldwide as a singer and storyteller.

Shura Lipovsky studied singing with Margreet Honig at the Rotterdam Conservatory, the Yiddish language with Mira Rafalowicz, at the Oxford Summer-University and in Maison de la Culture Yiddish (MCY) in Paris.

Lipovsky finished a dance education at the Dutch institute for international folk dance (LCA), and in 2005/06 she studied at l’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

She studied Cabalistic concepts with several teachers in Europe and the United States.

Performer

Shura Lipovsky performed in Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Russia, the United States and Canada.

Highlights of her career:

Lipovsky gave the Commemoration Concert of the 50th Anniversary of the Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw Philharmonia (1993).

She participated in the Klezmer Extravaganza with Yitskhak Perlman in New York (1996), opened in 2002 the International Jewish Music festival in Amsterdam with her ensemble ‘Yiddishe Veltn’ (Monique Lansdorp, Bart Lelivelt a.o.) and in 2009 performed in Carnegy Hall with her quartet ‘Serendipity 4’ (Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks and Merima Kljuco).

For the LIza Ferschtman Chamber Music festival in Delft, Lipovsky gave a concert with pianist Jacques Verheyen, which was life broadcast on radio 4, Dutch National Radio, in 2009.

In 2011 Shura Lipovsky premiered with her new ensemble ‘Novaya Shira’ in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The concert was sold out and received with great success.

Her Hassidic story-program ‘Outside of Eden’ was performed in Europe, Sweden and the United States, accompanied by accordionist Bart Lelivelt and later by pianist Tamir Chasson. The stories were alternatively told in Dutch, English, German or Yiddish.

Pedagogue

Shura Lipovsky teaches masterclasses for professional singers, workshops on Yiddish song repertoire and she developed a model of Hassidic teachings and Kabbalah, ‘The Meditative Voice’: Jewish mystical melodies, meditation and movement.

She taught at the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam, at MCY- Bibliothèque Medem in Paris, the Oxford Summer University, Summer-University in Vilna, Yiddish in Stockholm, at Klezfests in St. Petersburg, KlezKanada, London, Weimar and Paris. She taught ‘Meditative Voice’ at the Center for Jewish spirituality Elat Chayyim in New York, the Zentrum für Bewegung & Bewustsein’ in Portugal and in various other spiritual centers in Europe.

For the last seven years she has been the artistic director of the Jewish Summer Song-School in London for the Jewish Music Institute (JMI).

Since 2005 Shura Lipovsky has a choir for Yiddish songs in MCY-Bibliothèque Medem.

In 2008 and 2012 she was a member of the jury for the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam.

Peaceworker

By means of singing, dancing and storytelling, Shura Lipovsky is active in inter-religious dialogue and she is a member of Musicians without Borders (MwB), located in the Netherlands.

She worked with spiritual leaders of different religions, such as the German priest and Zen-Master Willigis Jaeger (Benediktushof, Holzkirchen), Sheich Bashir Ahmad Dultz (Moslim Liga, Bonn) and the Sufi-master Ingo Taleb Rashid from Irak.

In 2003 Shura Lipovsky taught Jewish mystical melodies, nigunim in Sarajevo to the inter-religious choir Pontanima, collaborating with choral conductor and director of MwB, Laura Hassler.

In 2004 she produced a Jewish/Bosnian song-program in collaboration with Musicians Without Borders and performed with the intercultural Mostar Sinfonietta. For this project she invited Bosnian accordionist Merima Kljuco to participate and the American guest conductor Tamara Brooks to conduct for the occasion of the Second International Conference of Musicians Without Borders in Utrecht 2004, ‘Singing the Bridge’.

In 2005 the American singer/actor Theodore Bikel joined the project, while it toured through Poland under its new name: ‘Bridge to Peace’ in June 2005. The Dutch journalist Rob Simons produced the documentary, ‘Bridge to Peace’ in 2005.

Shura Lipovsky produced several cd’s (Moments of Jewish Life, Heroes and Poets’ and ‘Tsart. Her new CD ‘Vaytinke’ has been presented in December 2013).

She was featured in Dutch, Belgian, American and Canadian documentaries (‘Jiddisj is mijn instrument’, ‘Terpe Kind Mains, Terpe’, ‘Yiddish Soul’, ‘Journey 4 Artists’, ‘Wandering Muse’).

In our personal and combined musical journeys, we experience the power of singing to give voice to all that connects people: love, loss, grief, joy, work, fun and the simple desire to live in peace. We come together to raise our collective voice on behalf of Musicians without Borders, to support its work for a just and peaceful world through music.
Fearless Rose
Vocal Ensemble
Fearless Rose
Vocal Ensemble
In our personal and combined musical journeys, we experience the power of singing to give voice to all that connects people: love, loss, grief, joy, work, fun and the simple desire to live in peace. We come together to raise our collective voice on behalf of Musicians without Borders, to support its work for a just and peaceful world through music.

Fearless Rose is an Amsterdam-based vocal ensemble that sings on behalf of Musicians without Borders at conferences, festivals and music projects. The “roses” are singers, choral conductors and workshop leaders whose repertoire covers music from all corners of the world, celebrating the diversity and the power of the human voice. For bookings and inquiries, contact: info@musicianswithoutborders.org

For years, I have been an ambassador for Musicians without Borders, an organization that uses the power of music to heal war traumas, create connections and bridge divides in conflict regions.
Helen Botman
Singer
Helen Botman
Singer
For years, I have been an ambassador for Musicians without Borders, an organization that uses the power of music to heal war traumas, create connections and bridge divides in conflict regions.

Helen Botman (1973) has been a professional singer for almost 25 years. She is a conservatory trained vocalist, having studied under internationally renowned singers Rhiannon, Denise Jannah and Jonathan Hart Makwaia (Roy Hart Theatre, NYC). Helen has sung on behalf of Musicians without Borders with former ‘a capella’ ensemble Lélé Mam in America, Hungary, Germany and Turkey, as well as in MwB projects in refugee camps in Bosnia and Palestine. Her current single, People, was written in response to the current refugee crisis. All proceeds from the single will go to support Musicians without Borders.