Gesang ist Dasein
Soprano Ilana Davidson enjoys a busy schedule of opera, concerts, and recitals, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries. Her recording of William Bolcom’s Songs Of Innocence and of Experience conducted by Leonard Slatkin at Carnegie Hall earned 4 Grammy Awards,
Recent highlights include Carnegie Hall performances of Mona Lisa (Von Schillings), Der Diktator (Krenek) and Songs From Jewish Folk Poetry (Shostakovich) a debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 2 & 4 with Keith Lockhart at the Brevard Music Festival, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Creation and a series of recitals, chamber music festivals and recordings.
Ilana received a Bachelor of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.
Where everything is music
Davidson is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of ClassicalCafé which brings world-class musicians to intimate settings, performing both new and historical works, and aiming to increase access to and appreciation of classical chamber music.
CC's productions make the audience feel as though they are an integral part of the performance. One aspect of our programming which sets us apart is our emphasis on text, either spoken or sung. The spoken-word is often woven into our presentations and given a place of honor. We create programming that inspires, uplifts and touches listeners.
ClassicalCafé was recently awarded a BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and is a member of Fractured Atlas.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Health and wellness have always been a top priority for me as a performer. Singing and performing awakens a keen awareness of every breath, every note, and every movement made.
There is an urgency in staying healthy and physically fit, as well as being emotionally balanced.
The physiological underpinnings of how our voices function inspire me to dig deeper as a singer and teacher. So too does the physical body and how our body is, in its own right, an instrument of breath, absorption, and time.
In a world of uncertainty and change, so many of us need to heal and create a healthy "whole" person. Be it vocally, physically, personally, financially, or emotionally.
My consistent vocal and yoga practices in conjunction with physical and mental wellbeing, have made me passionate about empowering others to be their best selves.