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Opera singer Ilona Domnich, jazz pianist Mark Risi and jazz double bassist and flautist Ian Marcus are proud to present ‘Voix du Cabaret’.

What does it mean to live through uncertainty?How does one find light in the darkness?  Let us never lose hope, but instead strive to find love even in times of utmost despair.

Immortal songs made famous by the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli and Lotte Lenya provoke the raw elemental questions of life itself and tell of love that wounds and heals, destroys and restores.


Ilona is the Singer and an artistic director of ‘Voix du Cabaret’

llona Domnich Identified by Opera Now as one of the ‘new generation of sopranos destined to have impressive careers’, an Artist of the Month in Opera magazine, and on the Telegraph’s list of ‘best British-based talent ‘, Ilona Domnich is a lyric soprano of growing distinction. She has taken leading roles with ENO (Rosina/Barber of Seville), Grange Park Opera (Tatyana/Onegin), ETO (Pamina/ magic flute, Zerlina/ Don Giovanni, Mimi/Boheme, all three Heroines/Tales of Hoffmann) and Glaiche in Medea.

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Her festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Ryedale, Menton, Jersey, Buxton, Anghiari, Mallorca, Tenerife. And recent concert highlights include recitals with pianist Angela Hewitt; Sheherazade with the St Petersburg Philharmonic; a Viennese galas with the CBSO, Halle and Brighton symphony orchestra; Mystic Trumpeter by Holst with BBCCO, appearances on radio 4 on ‘Woman’s hour’ and a live Radio 3 broadcast for International Women’s Day with the BBCCO premiere of 3 songs by Müller-Hermann and Martinez.
Born in St. Petersburg, she studied piano before being spotted by the legendary singing teacher Vera Rosza, who brought her to London on a vocal scholarship at the RCM. Since then she has developed close relationships with the Southbank Sinfonia (Brahms Requiem, Mendelssohn Lobgesang, Gilda/Rigoletto, Tatiana /Onegin), OSJ and John Lubbock and the Oxford Lieder Festival (recitals with Sholto Kynoch).
Her recordings include an opera CD, Surrender, with the baritone Leo Nucci on Signum, and Vaughan Williams’ film score for Scott of the Antarctic with the RSNO; Le secret with Quartz, Schostakovich CD with Braga records and Faure songs with Orchestra of S.John’s; Budapest songs by Michael Czany – Wills for soprano and orchestra for Toccata classics.
Coming up, she has Weinberg song series at Wigmore Hall, War Requiem with the RPO in Coventry Cathedral, concerts at Usher Hall and Royal Glasgow Hall with the RSNO and Martin Yates, recitals with Alexander Melnikov, Benjamin Frith, Schubert Stabat Mater and Brahms requiem and a tour of her own one-woman cabaret show based on songs sang by Marlene Dietrich, Jacques Brell and Edith Piaf.

Mark Risi

Mark Risi developed his fascination for music at an early age. He was born in Dundee and as a 4 year old would play the old harmonium at the top of the stairs and immediately gravitate to any musical instrument that was available. He began his classical piano education aged 7. Mark discovered improvisation in his early teens and was inspired by stories of Chopin’s prowess at improvisation which also led to his love of Jazz music. Mark continued studying Jazz after moving to Edinburgh. He went on to study harmony with celebrated Jazz musician and arranger Douglas Campbell. During this period Mark also played as a session musician for several Scottish rock bands. Since moving to London  15 years ago Mark has been enjoying fruitful collaborations with jazz, pop, and rock musicians and playing in various venues and festivals. Mark has played for much of his career as a solo artist and has developed a unique sound as a solo musician . He is truly a versatile pianist and is at home playing any style.

Ian Marcus

Ian Marcus a versatile performer on the London Jazz scene, Ian Marcus has been playing Double Bass, Saxophone and Flute in many club and concert venues in the UK.  He has received an award from Jazz Journal for his playing along with excellent reviews from a variety of music journalists. In addition to touring Ian has played on many recordings and performed on TV and radio.
After completing his studies at The Purcell School of Music Ian studied with The Flautist Gareth Morris. Having grown up in the vibrant Jazz scene of London Ian decided to take a step away from classical music and head in the Jazz direction.
Teaching has always been a big part of Ian’s life. He has always approached musical education in an expansive manner drawing parallels and inter relating
All styles of music improvised or written.