Trio of Borka Sisters
Mezzo - soprano & Cellist
Eszter Borka began her classical singing studies in 2013 in Paris with Delphine Guévar and Fusako Kondo, and then obtained her DEM chant lyrique in classical singing at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Rennes with Ingrid Perruche, and successfully entered the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, where, under the guidance of Marcin Habela, she obtained her diploma of Master of Arts HES-SO in Interpretation - orientation Concert in 2021. She is currently studying for her second Master of Arts HES-SO in Pedagogy - Instrumental Education at the HEM de Genève.
Eszter Borka began her musical career as an instrumentalist. Her vocation to the cello took her to study in Paris with Dominique de Williencourt and Virginie Constant. Later, in 2019, she obtained her Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien in the cello class of Alain Brunier at the Pont Supérieur in Rennes. She appeared in chamber ensembles at numerous festivals such as the “Pornic Classic” Festival in Pornic and the “Classique au large” Festival in Saint-Malo.
As a mezzo-soprano soloist, she has performed with ensembles such as Vocale Ensemble of Blossac, Vocale Ensemble and Orchestre of Montfort. She has been the invited soloist of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra and Angelica Girls’ Choir in Budapest under the direction of Gergely Kesselyák and Zsuzsanna Gráf.
She has worked with contemporary composers such as Gérard Pesson, Eric Tanguy, Vladimir Cosma and Stefano Gervasoni.
Since September 2022, Eszter Borka has been a mezzo-soprano member of the Lausanne Opera choir.
Together with Hanna Borka harpist and Ráhel Borka cellist, Eszter is a member of the Trio of Borka Sisters as a mezzo-soprano and as a cellist.
Born in Hungary, where she won First Prize at the National Harp Competition in 2003, 2006 and 2009. Hanna Borka has studied and perfected her skills with prestigious harpists such as Germaine Lorenzini, Florence Sitruk, Sandrine Chatron, Isabelle Moretti, and Susann McDonald. She obtained her diploma of Master of Arts HES-SO in Pedagogy - Instrumental Education from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in 2018, and her diploma of Master of Arts HES-SO in Interpretation - orientation Concert from the same institution in 2020.
Winner of numerous scholarships and international prizes, including the scholarship of Lyra Foundation, WHC ‘Deane Sherman’ Award, WHC ‘Otake Family’ Award, and the 3rd prize at the International Harp Competition in Szeged in 2008. Appearing on stage as a soloist notably as the invited young harpist at the ‘Focus on Youth’ concerts of the 10th and the 12th editions of the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam and Sydney and as the only Hungarian candidate at the prestigious 19th International Harp Contest in Israel. In addition to her solo career, she also appears in chamber ensembles with the Trio of the Borka Sisters, and with the Harp Quartet of the HEMGE with performances at the 1st Harp Festival in Zürich, and the 23rd Edition of the Messiaen Festival, as well as within larger ensembles, in particular, as the invited harpist of the ‘Animato’ Orchestra and the Collegium Novum Zürich.
Passionate about painting and drawing, she realised her first exhibition of graphic works in the “Espérance” Center in Geneva in January 2017, her illustrations have been published in the jubilee edition of “Mesém” for the “Rath Lépcső Tudásközpont” Association in Hungary, and her canvases were exhibited as the guest of honour for the Charity Ball of the Hungarians of Geneva, February 2020.
In 2019, with the Trio of Borka Sisters, Eszter, Ráhel and Hanna Borka debuted their project, ‘Music and visual arts live’.
Hanna Borka develops her project, 'HarpeIMage', which proposes a dynamic alliance, in real time, between sound and image, offering the public a multi-sensory experience thanks to advanced technologies. Between 2020 and 2022, Hanna is working on her project in the framework of -Pulse Incubator HES - Geneva.
Since September 2018, Hanna Borka has been the resident Harp teacher at the Western Vaud Conservatory - Morges site.
Ráhel Borka was born in 2004 in Budapest, Hungary. She started playing the cello at the age of 5.
After she made it to the semi-finals of the famous television talent show "The Virtuoses" at the age of 11, she entered the School for Exceptional Young Talents of the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy where she was a student of Professor László Mező.
Despite her young age, she has won numerous prizes in Austria, Croatia, Germany and Hungary and has performed in concerts in Lithuania, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland and France. She has been awarded several international scholarships, including the Ministry of Human Resources - Young National Talents (2016, Hungary), the Lyra Foundation (2020, 2021), the Max D. Jost Foundation (2020, 2021) and the Jacques-Henri Plomb Prize (2022).
She has taken numerous cello master classes in Hungary and abroad, among others with László Fenyő, Csaba Onczay, Reiner Ginzel, Miklós Perényi, Susan Moses and Matias de Oliveira Pinto. The most remarkable was at Indiana University in the United States where she studied for a month on a scholarship. Her string quartet was awarded the first prize in the Haydn competition.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts HES-SO diploma at the Haute Ecole de Musique Valais - Wallis in 2022, she continues her studies in Master of Arts in interpretation- concert orientation in the class of Xavier Phillips.
She enjoys playing chamber music with voice, cello and harp in the Trio of Borka Sisters and as a member of several different groups formed by the musicians of the HEMU Valais - Wallis.