Enjoy the first of the Catherine Young Summer Concerts: Harald and Sharon Krebs present 'Wolkenlieder'. See below the bios for the full video.
Harald Krebs is a University of Victoria Distinguished Professor of Music. He has performed as a pianist throughout North America and Europe with soprano Sharon Krebs, and locally with numerous University of Victoria colleagues. He is a music theorist as well as a pianist. He was President of the Society for Music Theory in 2011-13, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His monograph Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann, published by Oxford University Press in 1999, won the Society for Music Theory’s Wallace Berry Award. His research on Josephine Lang (1815-80) led to the book Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (Oxford, 2007—co-authored with Sharon Krebs), as well as to two editions of songs by Lang. Harald’s current research focuses on expressive manipulations of poetic rhythm in the German Lied.
Soprano Sharon Krebs regularly performs with pianist Harald Krebs; she has performed in Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, England, and Wales, as well as in the US and Canada. She translates Lied texts for various CD projects and for the website <lieder.net>; she has contributed over 7000 texts and translations to the latter site. She is active as a musicologist and Germanist; she has published articles on topics such as music education in the public schools of British Columbia, the poetry of Bertolt Brecht, and musical settings of Adalbert Chamisso’s poetry. With Harald Krebs, she has written a book on the life and music of Josephine Lang (1815-80), which appeared with Oxford University Press in 2007. She is currently researching the nightingale metaphor in relation to singing.
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