Trio Tulipatan

Margarida Codina-Natividade, a Barcelona based soprano, of Portuguese nationality. She studied at the National Conservatoire in Lisbon, the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam and the Brussels Conservatoire Royal.

After joining the Studio-Opera at the Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, where she sang among others Despina in Così fan Tutte and Pamina in the Magic Flute, she was cast as Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse, touring in Brussels, Viena, Berlin, Zurich, Lisbon, etc. She sang as well the Norina’s role in a production of Donizetti’s D. Pasquale put on by La Monnaie.
Very active as a soloist in Oratorio, she sang in works by Albinoni, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Händel, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Honneger, Poulenc, Bendimered, etc

Margarida’s recital work, with piano or harpsichord, has taken her all over Europe, mainly with French Mélodie, South American and both Portuguese and Spanish songs. She recorded J.S. Bach cantata no. 209 Non sa che sia dolore , motets by Ottavio Durante, The Italian ariets by Ferrán Sor and all Granados’ songs.

Pedagogy was always a main subject for her, obtaining her pedagogy diploma from the Belgium Education Authorities. She taught singing at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire and since 2002 at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Margarida gives Master Classes regularly in Paris, Lille, Bruges, London, Catania, Brussels and Taiyuan, China.

Tiemin Wang was born in Beijing. He studied the art of singing with Zhang Quan, Sun Jiaxin and with the Belgian bass Jules Bastin.

Tiemin joined the Chinese Central Opera House in 1983 and transferred to the Chinese Central Orchestra in 1986. In 1988, as a representative of the Chinese Central Opera House, Tiemin won in Shanghai the third prize in the vocal competition organized by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. The same year, as a representative of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, he was awarded in the Queen Elizabeth International Voice Competition.

In 1990 Tiemin joined the Royal Opera House of Belgium (La Monnaie). In 1993, he graduated with honors from the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels with a Master degree in Opera and Chamber Music.
In 1991 Tiemin won the second prize in the Concours International de Chant de Vervier. In 1992, he won the Carlisle International Vocal Competition in Sicily, Italy.

Tiemin has performed all over Europe, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. Amongst his opera performances are: “I Lombardi”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “Carmen”, “Rigoletto”, “La muette de Portici” (Auber), “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Der Bettelstudent” (Carl Millöcker), “Der Graf von Luxembourg” (Lehar), “The Girl of Zaventem” and numerous oratorio concerts: Mozart’s Requiem and Mass, Verdi Requiem, Rossini Mass, Puccini, etc. and solo concerts of Chinese works. He has been invited as a jury member to several international Singing Competitions.

Xavier RIVERA studied music & romanic philology at Barcelona University, at the Brussels and Rotterdam Conservatoires with Eduardo del Pueyo, René Defossez and Antoni Ros-Marbà. He studied the organ with Víctor de Zubizarreta, a former pupil of Vincent d’Indy.

He performs in concert with well-known musicians and singers : Maurice Raskin, Marc Grauwels, Hélène Perraguin, Alicia Nafé, Graciela Araya, Katheen Casello, Margarida Natividade and several young singers. He has acquired considerable experience as an opera conductor of “alternative” groups, with tours of Haydn’s “Lo speziale”, Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “Così fan tutte” and several contemporary works. He also works with institutions such as the Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie, the Kunsten Festival des Arts (Belgium) and the Orchestre de Lille.

He is currently organist and choirmaster at the Brussels Great Synagogue and honorary teacher at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire. He has also worked as artistic advisor for record production companies : Cyprès, Plein Jeu and Auvidis.

He is a regular as pianist at various international singing competitions: Francisco Viñas, Barcelona Grand Prix de Paris U.F.A.M., Jaume Aragall, Marseille, Bilbao, Julián Gayarre, and contributes to the Spanish musical review RITMO.

Interview with Xavier Rivera

When did you first start playing the piano?
I am the youngest of five siblings and we all began studying the piano as children. Our parents were teachers and also wanted us to have a “serious” education.

How did you realise that you wanted to be a pianist?
I worked in the orchestra for Belgian radio-television and outside and ended up putting my project to teach languages on the back burner ever since…

What advice do you have for a young pianist on concert day?
Rest beforehand and lots of concentration using the techniques most suitable for each.

Who are your favourite composers and who most do you like to play?
Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Debussy among many others.

Something that happened during a concert?
I accompanied the Norwegian soprano Kari Sundan for the Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona. When she got to the final, she fell sick with a terrible cold which affected her voice. She already knew she was out of the competition and so performed for the fun of sharing music in the magnificent Teatro del Liceu. It was extraordinary, inspiring and emotional. I also played very well… and brought the second prize home!

When did you first start playing the piano?
My sister, who is nine years older, is a pianist. Our aunt was her teacher. My father was a passionate pianist and there was a pile of classical music records at home. Learning to play the piano was as natural as learning to read and write.

How did you realise that you wanted to be a pianist?
I didn’t. I grew up with the fixed idea that I WAS a pianist. At 27 I had a crisis and gave up the world of the piano and hung out in places where no one knew I was a pianist. A year and a few months after I made a conscious choice for pianist as a profession.

What advice do you have for a young pianist on concert day?
Each has their own rituals. In general I would advise them to remember that on concert day the preparation is already done. Do a small warm up, tuning and a quick go over without getting psychologically or emotionally tired. A stroll, light, energising food and a good afternoon nap. Playing on the day is improvised, leave details open and seek to stay lucid and use all resources flexibly.

Who are your favourite composers and who most do you like to play?
As a child I devoured musical scores and developed an eclectic taste: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Bartók… At a very personal level for me Bach is the good and perfect father, but inaccessible. Brahms is the beloved older brother who suffers and who I try to understand and console.

Something that happened during a concert?
I was playing a Mozart concert in a Spanish theatre when suddenly I felt unrest among the violins. Shortly after I began to see some brown stains on the keyboard and my nose was dripping with dirty water. It was raining and water was dripping in the theatre and I couldn’t move like the violinists. We continued playing.