Lotte Betts-Dean: described as singing ‘with warmth, joy and an open heart’ Lotte returns with guitarist Dimitris Soukaras. ‘Travels with a Guitar’ leads us from the haunting tunes of John Dowland via guitar music from Greece to the vibrant rhythms of Manuel de Falla.
Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is a versatile and dynamic concert artist, whose performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. Lotte was Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia from 2017-19 and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is a 2021 Britten-Pears Young Artist and was also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019. She won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the 2020 ROSL Competition Overseas Prize and Audrey Strange Singer’s Prize. Lotte is also bursar with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and in 2019 became a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians after winning the inaugural New Elizabethan Award.
Dimitris Soukaras is a Classical Guitarist based in the UK. He is considered one of the most awarded and promising Greek guitarists of his generation. He is extremely interested to expand the guitar’s repertoire by inviting a range of leading non-guitarists composers from around the world to compose for his instrument.
Through his imaginative programs, featuring new music and arrangements, as well as through his chamber music collaborations, he tries to redefine the relationship between classical guitar and the audience. His interest in new music and the process of collaboration started from a very young age and recently led him to create a project featuring some of Greece’s most high-profile composers’ works that were dedicated to him.
Dimitris is a D’addario Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, a beneficiary of the Stradivari Trust, winner of the IGF’s Young Artists Platform, and a Eurostring Artist 2018/19. He has received 20 prizes in international and national competitions, most recently he won the “David Russell” Guitar Prize adjudicated by the maestro himself, Mottola International Guitar Competition, “Ivor Mairants Guitar Award”, Academy of Athens Music Award. Since 2019, he is the Founder and the Artistic Director of MUΣA Concert Series which is a Music Festival happening during August in Ancient Corinthos (GR).
For more information about Lotte Betts-Dean, visit her website here.
For more information about Dimitris Soukaras, visit his website here.