Judith Mok – WOMAN of ACTION


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is thoroughly enthraulled to Celebrate the Life …of this Amazing, Generous, and extremely talented woman. Her Passion if Life is music and her Action in Life is to share in the benefits that her gift offers. Judith is one of our Sponsors that supports the efforts of Celebrating Women’s Achievements.

WOMAN of ACTION

Judith Mok


Alban Berg once said to George Gershwin, when the latter was reluctant to play his works for the Master, “music is music” This is how Judith Mok feels about music. Her fascination with different types of music has always been in her life.

Popular, rock, jazz and chansonniers/ singer songwriters were a big part of her musical interests during her teenage years spent studying classical music and singing at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague where she was allowed to work with people like John Cage, Stockhausen, Bruno Maderna, Frank Zappa, Ligeti, Kurtag and Louis Andriessen as well as the great masters of Baroque Music interpretation like Nicolaus Harnoncourt., Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe etc.

After winning prizes at International Singing Competitions and obtaining grants she went on to sing a vast soprano repertoire and traveled the world working in Opera, Chamber and Contemporary music .Expanding her acting skills to short performances in Feature Films and singing Film Soundtracks.


After graduating from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague at a very young age, Mok won French and Dutch State Grants to study in Vienna under Christa Ludwig and her mother Eugenia. In Paris she studied French repertoire with Pierre Bernac and Noemie Perugia. She participated in masterclasses for contemporary music by Cathy Berberian, John Cage, Karl Heinz Stockhausen and Dorothy Dorrow. She was also chosen for masterclasses by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Prizes followed at the international vocalist competitions in Den Bosch and Barcelona.Her lieder, oratorio and opera repertoire led to appearances at numerous festivals including Salzburg, Edinburgh, Paris and the Holland Festival.

She has worked in North and South America and in almost every country in Europe.Having dedicated part of her career to contemporary music, composers such as Louis Andriessen, Gerardo Gandini, Bob Zimmerman and Jeff Hamburg have written works for her which have been recorded on CD. She was also chosen by the Oscar-nominated Chinese composer Tan Dun to perform his works in several countries. She has worked with contemporary music ensembles like the Nieuw Ensemble, and l’ensemble Contrechamps in Geneve.

She sang the opening of the Musica Festival in Strasbourg (Il Canto Sospeso by Luigi Nono), in addition to creating her own a cappella recital. Irish composer Elaine Agnew wrote a piece ‘Snowhole’ for her and members of the Irish Chamber which was performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Recently she appeared for the New York openair concerts.

Her love for chamber music led to her singing duos with the mezzo-soprano Susanna Moncayo and the pianist Fernando Perez. Together they have toured in Europe and the Americas. They have recorded two CDs of this unique repertoire. They were also invited to give a gala concert in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as a wedding present for the Dutch crown prince Willem Alkexander and his wife Maxima.

In recent years she has been based in Ireland, where her vocal skills have been widely appreciated by press and public alike. She has also sung and acted in several feature films, including the award-winning Goodnight Vienna!


More recently Judith Mok widened her musical experience by performing with various renowned rock artists. She has been working for years on her extended vocal techniques, experimenting with her voice and presentation. This also led to her deepening her interest for Sephardic (Jewish) music which she is now mainly focused on performing worldwide. . Her love and involvement with literature and her desire to combine this with music led to the creation of her one woman show “MOLLY SAYS NO” about Molly Bloom the heroine of J Joyce’s Ulysses. Judith Mok’s books of poetry, novels and short stories have been published in Dutch and English

 

Born in Bergen in the Netherlands


After Graduating at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague at a very young age, Judith Mok won French and Dutch State Grants to study in Paris and Vienna under Christa Ludwig and her mother Eugenia. In Paris she studied French repertoire with Pierre Bernac and Noemie Perugia. She participated in master classes for contemporary music by Cathy Berberian, John Cage, Karl Heinz Stockhausen and Dorothy Dorrow and was allowed to work on the 200 Motels project with Frank Zappa in Amsterdam. She was also chosen for master classes by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Prizes followed at the international vocalist competitions in Den Bosch and Barcelona.


Her lieder, oratorio and opera repertoire led to appearances at numerous festivals including Salzburg, Edinburgh, Paris and the Holland Festival. She has worked in North and South America and in almost every country in Europe, having sung with orchestras such as London Sinfonietta, the Netherlands Philharmonic, de Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, the Mozart Players, the Freiburgerbarock and Amsterdam Baroque, and the Vienna Symphony in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Theatre du Chatelet and the Bastille, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires.


She has performed in operas by Mozart, Philidor, Handel, Puccini, Richard Strauss and Wagner while working with conductors such as Edo de Waart, Ed Spanjaard, Hartmut Haennchen, M.Soustrot, and Roy Goodman. N. Harnoncourt, JC Malgoir. Having dedicated part of her career to contemporary music, composers such as Louis Andriessen, Gerardo Gandini, Bob Zimmerman, Boudewijn Tarenskeen and Jeff Hamburg have written works for her which have been recorded on CD. She was also chosen by the Oscar winning Chinese composer Tan Dun to perform his works in several countries. She has worked with contemporary music ensembles like the Nieuw Ensemble, and l’ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva.


She sang the opening of the Musica Festival in Strasbourg (Il Canto Sospeso by Luigi Nono); in addition to creating her own a capella recital. For which she was praised by the Monde as being a unique combination of Cathy Berberian and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in her own style. Irish composer Elaine Agnew wrote a piece ‘Snow hole’ based on a poem by Michael Longley for her and the Irish Chamber Orchestra which was performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, where she also performed in the Millennium Celebrations of Handel’s Messiah.

She appeared for the New York open air concerts singing excerpts of …

Puccini’s opera Turandot..


Her love for chamber music led to her singing rare classical duos composed by Brahms, Dvorak, Debussy, Saint Seans and many other classical composers, with the leading Argentine mezzo-soprano Susanna Moncayo and the pianist Fernando Perez. Together they have toured in Europe and the Americas. They have recorded two CDs of this unique repertoire. Their second cd”otro cantar” recorded by Universal was awarded a ‘best cd of the month’ in Europe by the magazine ‘Luister‘.


They were also invited to give a gala concert in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as a wedding present for the Dutch crown prince Willem Alexander and his wife Maxima. Their tour combined with the Trio Argentino has been hailed as a major musical event.



In the years she has been based in Ireland, where her vocal skills have been widely appreciated by press and public alike.


Judith Mok has been invited together with her husband author Michael O’Loughlin to create a Molly Bloom show by the Rejoyce Foundation Her show accompanied by amongst others the pianist Dearbhla Collins has been performed many times in Ireland and abroad as far as New Delhi in India. Judith’s strong interest in contemporary music in all its forms led to her collaborating with Rock bands such as the Irish band the Republic of Loose, The Dubliners and a cameo appearance in a radio show with Bono .. She has made appearances at the festivals of Electric Picnic, Flat lakes Festival, and the Galway Arts festival. She has worked and toured extensively in Ireland, and created the event of a week of Culture from Islamic countries with the Temple Bar properties.

Recently she has founded a group called the Judith Hamsa Sephardic Ensemble with the outstanding Irish soloists, improvising on Sephardic musical themes as well as other composers inspired by this idiom. This led to concerts in the National Gallery, Vicarstreet, the Beckett Theatre and the Deaf festival in Ireland as well as appearances on RTE 1 television ‘The View’ and the Arts Show on Monday with Vincent Woods RTE 1 Radio. The group performed in Paris at the Centre Culturel Irlandais to great acclaim and recently in Istanbul for European Cultural Capital 2010 and Yale Week. They were filmed by NDR for a Turkish documentary on Istanbul Cultural Capital.

Tours in the USA are planned as well as television appearances….



As part of the Electric Picnic festival 2010 Judith Mok will be launching her program ‘Poetry Rocks’ in which she will introduce major rock stars like Gil Scott Heron, Brian Ferry, Mick Pyro who will read poems that inspired them to write their songs and Judith will in reverse sing the songs accompanied by Shane Booth on guitars, that inspired her to write her most recent book of poetry. This program will be traveling to various festivals with different guests.

Judith Mok has made much television and radio recordings, for BBC, NDR, NOS, FRANCE MUSIQUE, FR3, RTE. She has sung and acted in several feature films, including the Award-winning Goodnight Vienna!

Judith Mok received a grant in 2003, and a Bursary in 2008 from the Arts Council.

In 2010 Judith Mok received a grant for appearances in Paris and Istanbul from Culture Ireland.


A Celebration of Women

celebrates the accomplishments of this Amazing Woman

and looks forward to her hopeful appearance at our Gala in 2012.

Brava, Judith!

Judith Mok , a “sell-out” in Paris, Buenos Aires, Edinburg, Salzberg, New York and Supports “A Celebration of Women“, “JUDITH MOK” SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST International Cabaret/Opera Star PERFORMING, travelling all the way from Ireland to Support “A Celebration of Women” and this Gala Fundraiser for Women’s Health & Well-being.

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