Pepe Becker, well-known for her vocal purity and flexibility, began her musical training in Nelson as a Cathedral Choir chorister, pianist and oboist. Completing a BMus (in Composition) at Wellington’s Victoria University in 1987, she then studied (baroque) singing with Jessica Cash in London, and at The Hague’s Koninklijk Conservatorium, 1991-1993. She has sung professionally with a number of early music groups in Europe; has been a soloist alongside renowned international singers such as Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl, and continues to appear regularly as soprano soloist with chamber groups, choirs and orchestras throughout New Zealand.
As well as being a member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir since 1999, Pepe directs her own vocal ensemble, Baroque Voices (founded in 1994), which is reputed for innovative performances of both early and contemporary music. Pepe is a recording artist for Radio NZ Concert; has featured as a soloist on several commercial CDs; has released two duet CDs, “Rustic Revelry” (2006) and “Love’s Nature” (2011); has taught Musicianship at the NZSM; composes music; teaches piano, theory and singing, and also practises and teaches karate and astrology.
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