Basak is an experienced recitalist and performer with operatic and chamber ensembles around the world. She has offered singing and piano workshops and taught as Visiting Assistant Professor in UK, USA, Turkey and Italy. She has been teaching for 20 years.
Recently, based upon the high demand for concerts and recitals, she has extensively toured Europe and United States and appeared as the guest soloist of Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra. Her recent performances in New York were Contessa La Nozze di Figaro, Jessy Mahagonny Songspiel, Pamina The Magic Flute; and also in Italy as a soloist of the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese.
During her vocal studies, she was awarded the 3rd Prize at the 41st International Choral Competition C.A. Seghizzi, in Gorizia and she sang the lead roles in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia with ICMA awarded Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.
As a grant winner of the Italian Institute of Culture, she studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, where she joined the vocal studio of renowned soprano Raina Kabaivanska. She had also the opportunity to attend masterclasses of Leone Magiera and Maestro Luciano Pavarotti.
Her recent highlights in opera have included Eugenie Onegin as Larina in Moscow Opera Festival, La Boheme as Musetta in Jerusalem Opera Festival, Macbeth as Lady Macbeth and Elektra. She also worked as the Musical Director in Broadway Project with acclaimed Broadway conductor Phil Reno, who recently conducted famous musicals “Cats” and “Something Rotten”.
She has given concerts in prestigious musical centres of Europe and the United States such as Palau de la Música Catalana, Community Theatre of Modena, Amfiteatre Caixa de Sabadell, Neuschwanstein Musical Theatre, BAM Opera House. She currently works as a vocal instructor and continues to give frequent opera performances, recitals, concerts and chamber repertoire across the world.
Natalka Pasicznyk is a soprano who achieved a First Class Music degree at King’s College London while training with Professor Ryland Davies at the Royal Academy of Music. Past performances include the King’s College London Opera Society’s production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw as Miss Jessel, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia as Berta, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, as the understudy for Hänsel and a chorus member, and directing their production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
A duet from Bach's Cantata BWV 80, performed at St John the Evangelist Church, Friern Barnet, led to two interviews with the Ukrainian department in the BBC World Service in her last year of the sixth form. Since then, she has put on her own concerts, performing Ukrainian Art Songs, and has taken singing lessons with the renowned soprano, Nadine Sierra. Natalka looks forward to performing in more operas once venues are open again, such as the world premiere of Edward Nesbit's Antigone.
She has much experience in teaching both one-to-one and group singing classes. Alongside her degree. She has been working as a peripatetic music teacher, teaching a range of ages from young children up to adults. In her second year at university, she also worked in the King’s St. George’s Widening Participation Project, where she taught music classes to children from under-privileged areas who would not otherwise have access to music lessons. Natalka completed her Grade 8 successfully in both piano and singing and therefore is looking forward help prepare students to achieve their goals in their grade exams at LSA.
Lina gained her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Opera and in Music education from Klaipeda University Academy of Arts, Lithuania. Lina has performed and studied in conservatoires across Europe, including the Vimmerby folkhögskola in Sweden; the Conservatorio di Musica S.Giacomantonio Italy, coached by acclaimed Soprano Annamaria Dell’Oste and at the Siauliai Conservatoire of Music.
Lina Puidokaitė's warm vocal quality as a lyric soprano has led her to perform leading roles including Dorabella in W. A. Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Amina in V.Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and Lucy in G. C. Menotti’s L'Amour à trois. Lina has extended capability in classical piano and guitar, and other repertoire includes songs and arias from G.Rossini; P.Tosti; W. A. Mozart; G.F. Händel; V. Bellini; as well as contemporary songs such as V. Palermo’s Frammenti del tempo.
She is a multi-talented musician that teaches singing, piano and guitar. Singing and piano being her main instruments, Lina can also teach guitar up to Grade 5.