Born and raised between France and Switzerland, Nathanaël Bez trained as an actor at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute both in Los Angeles and New York. He appeared in several theater productions while in the USA, including The Blue Room (by David Hare, dir. by Liza Milinazzo) and Bury The Dead (by Irvin Shaw, dir. Sara Widzer). Now relocated in Paris, he continues to explore new horizons with acting, while working both in Theatre and Film. His most recent credits include the european theatrical project « Ivan & Rudolf » (in which he portrayed the lead German role of « Rudolf »), several international commercials (Mercedes, Schwarzkopf, etc) and a growing number of TV and Film roles. Nathanaël handles the entire theatrical aspect of the Chopin Project by playing all the dramatic roles and adjusting them by encorporating the space at each new venue. Due to his fluency in English, French, and German, Nathanaël is able to perform the project in these languages, depending on the country and audience.
Experienced multimedia producer with an expertise in web development and design, film & video production and audio engineering Ed Akselrud has worked with Ready Set Rocket, CryDev, StarNix Studios, Reverie World Studios, Avicennas, and is currently a freelance developer at True Film Production and a post-production intern at Wildchild Content. Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies at Hunter College in New York City. He is the projection and media director, videographer, sound editor, and the overall technical support manager of the Chopin Project.
Dilectiss Liu is a lover of the fine arts. He has earned a BA with Honours in Mathematics and Philosophy from the Australian National University, with his thesis titled “The Value of Knowledge”. As of Winter 2016, Dilectiss is taking training in logical and computational methods at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy in Munich, under the supervision of Hannes Leitgeb. Since youth, Dilectiss has won several awards in and out of the academia, such as the Jelks Scholarship for Musical Performance 2009 and the Defence Signals Directorate Mathematics Prize 2013. Over the years he has walked this Earth, Dilectiss has been a devoted member of many arts communities such as the Earthly Delights Dancing Academy and the Canbera Mandolin Orchestra. He has been involved in several projects such as a carbon offset tree plantation project for East Timor. After waging wars on burning problems, Dilectiss finds solace in all the beautiful things, such as poetry, the visual arts, history of philosophy and classical literature, and music. He is the philosophy and literature advisor and a projection assistant of the Chopin Project.
The Ukrainian soprano Iryna Kyshliaruk started her music studies as a cellist and singer in Kiev at the Children’s Academy of Art. After her studies with Prof. Maria Stefiuk at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music she continue her artistic development at Paris National Conservatory with Glenn Chambers, François Le Roux, Stephan Genz and Elène Golgevit.
She participated in master-classes with Montserrat Caballe, Margret Honig, Regina Werner. Her operatic debut took place at the stage of Kiev Opera Studio with the role of Amour in Gluck’s “Orpheo”. She will perform Gerhard Stäbler’s “Spatial Ayres” with a chamber ensemble as well as the Operetta concert in HMT Leipzig. Along with her Ukrainian colleagues she promotes Ukrainian classical music by regularly giving charity concerts in various concert halls of Paris. Iryna performed during the Chopin Project premiere in Paris and is among the cast of the Project DVD.
The Swiss Soprano Judith Duerr is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree at the Hochschule Luzern under the tutelage of Professor Liliane Zuercher. She received her first lessons in classical voice with Prof. Harri Blaesi at the Kantonsschule Sargans, where she quickly was accepted into the talent program and completed her A-Levels in music with highest marks.
Already as a child, Judith performed on the stage in roles such as Lucy from the Musical „The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe“ and Julia from „Romeo and Juliet“.
Judith has performed as a soprano soloist in diverse works such as Pergolesi’s „Stabat Mater“ , „Hör mein Bitten“ by Mendelssohn, „A Mass for Peace“ by Karl Jenkins and Handel’s „Messiah“. In Spring 2016, Judith made her operatic debut in the role of Ida in Operette Balzers production of „die Fledermaus.“ She has performed for the Swiss tour of the Chopin Project.
Roxana Mihai was born in Romania. She made her debut as Rosina in the “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Rossini continuing with Zerlina (Don Giovanni- W. A. Mozart), Dama I (Die Zauberflöte- W.A. Mozart), Adele (Die Fledermaus- J. Strauss) and Norina (Don Pasquale- G. Donizetti). In the National Theater “Lucian Blaga” Cluj Napoca she performed in the production “Ma joc cu voi asa cum doriti” and “Zilele noastre ca fumul” by the director Anca Mihut. She played the role of Margaret in the National Theater “Lucian Blaga” Cluj Napoca in the romanian premiere of the rock opera “Richard III” by William Shakespeare followed by the concert “The Universe of the Opera” in the Philharmonic “Ion Dumitrescu” in Valcea.
In 2010, she was accepted in the Master for Singing at the University of Vest in Timisoara where she received an Erasmus scholarship for the Opera studies at the Conservatorio di Musica di Adria “Antonio Buzzolla” (Italy). Roxana Mihai sang as a soloist at the Gerard Bechar Center (Jerusalem-Israel), Schloss Seefeld, Gasteig, Staathale Germering, Theaterei Herrlingen, Festsaal Unterschleißheim (Germany) and church concerts throughout Europe. Roxana has sung for the Chopin Project’s German premiere.