Duetas Berlin was created by classical pianist Candy Siu and soprano Marieke Wikesjo, two creative nuclei driven by a desire to bring classical music to broader audiences. Our vision is to evolve through collaborations with artists from different disciplines and to explore unusual concepts to make classical music alive amidst us.
Candy relocated to Berlin, Germany from Vancouver, Canada, where she worked as a répétiteur at the Vancouver Opera. In addition to working as a Korrepetitorin for the Berlin Opera Academy and The Berlin Opera Group, she also performed on the piano and celesta with the Silk Road Symphony Orchestra.
Candy received her Master of Music degree in Piano Accompaniment from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and trained as a répétiteur at the Flanders Operastudio in Gent, Belgium. Her work as a Korrepetitorin has taken her to Italy, France, Austria, England, Ireland, and Portugal.
Swedish-Dutch soprano Marieke Wikesjo has been praised for her portraits of heroines such as Medea, Cio-cio San (Madama Butterfly), Nedda (Pagliacci) and Violetta (Traviata).
In addition to opera Marieke has through her career had a continuous activity as as a concert and oratorio singer, with performances in Germany, Scandinavia, Austria and Italy.
She graduated from the Vienna Conservatory (MUK) and went on to study with renowned belcanto teachers Laura Sarti, Wally Salio and Stefano Anselmi.