GEORGIA KNOWER graduated with a BMus(HONS) from the University of Edinburgh, a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music from RAM, achieving the Nan Copeland Award, Ernest Butcher Prize, Toba Mann Award, Bucher Fraser Scholarship (Edinburgh) and a grant from the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation. Since August 2015, Georgia has been singing in the Chorus at Theater Basel, Switzerland, where she recently performed the role of Lady Vaingloire in Karmina Šilec's chorus opera, Fauvel. Previously, Georgia had guest engagements at the Konzert Theater Bern in several productions including Macbeth, Peter Grimes and Fauré's Requiem; a production by the choreographer Nanine Linning. Georgia also has a close bond with Brazilian composer, Mario Ferraro and has sung as Yawareté, the mystical jaguar in The Moonflower, based on issues in and around the Amazon rainforest at the Tête-à-Tête Festival in London and Goffrey, the gopher in Ahaiyuta and the Cloud Eater. The latter was supported by the Maternik Foundation, which was performed to terminally-ill children around England.
Aside from opera, Georgia is half of The Colours of Eden, together with Brazilian guitarist, Fabricio Mattos. They have embarked on a creative project linking different genres of music through a story and performed around Europe. In 2015, they performed at the Tedx Lugano talks and in Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro, where Georgia also gave a masterclass to the vocal students at the UNIRIO. Recently, they performed at Theater Basel as part of the Adventskalender. She is also currently working on the "Kinderstube" programme with pianist, Boris Chnaider, which has and will be performed in and around Basel.
Georgia has worked with many inspiring musicians in masterclasses including Eugene Asti, Ameral Gunson, Lillian Watson, Paul Kiesgen, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Ingeborg Danz, Rosalind Plowright and Mladen Tarbuk together with Mathias Behrends.
FABRICIO MATTOS is a musician deeply committed in finding new paths for music performance in 21st century. He has collaborated with dozens of composers, performers, poets, dancers, and other artists of many nationalities, backgrounds, and styles over the last few years, adding in quantity and quality to the present and future of guitar performance. In the last few years Fabricio Mattos has only been involved in essentially collaborative projects; this attitude generated a healthy artistic output that could only be achieved through serious, creative, and passionate work in collaboration with other creative artists. The most impressive results of such artistic view came with the creative enterprise WGC - Worldwide Guitar Connections, founded in 2011. WGC has since contributed in numerous creative ways to expand the possibilities of music-making.
Mattos works as a practical scholar in musical performance, performing regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in a great range of countries in five continents, from major music centres such as England, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States, to countries with rising concerts tradition such as China, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Brazil. He has launched many recordings, played numerous concert tours, and won prizes such as the worldwide acclaimed ‘Julian Bream Award’ which, in parallel to his other personal projects in music-making, helped him to reach an increasingly higher level of performance and research.
Fabricio Mattos is also very much in demand as music teacher, working as a private guitar tutor in London and guest artist/lecturer in many festivals and academic institutions worldwide.
Fabricio Mattos was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and began his musical life at the age of six playing percussion instruments at carnival parties with his father, saxophonist Elio Mattos. After studying the flute, violin, and choir, he took classical guitar lessons with Dirceu Saggin, and afterwards with Luiz Cláudio Ferreira at School of Music & Fine Arts of Paraná. Mattos graduated with Distinction from the Masters of Music-Performance & Research programme at the Royal Academy of Music, London, having received full scholarship from that institution to realize his work. At RAM he had instrumental tuition from Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and Julian Bream, and developed his research on gestural processes in the performance of music by Toru Takemitsu, under guidance of Sarah Callis and Neil Heyde.