MY first exposure to vocal music was before my birth, when my parents, Peggy Wey-Ervin and Markus Wey, both oboists, played several performances of Bach's b-minor mass during my mother's pregnancy. One of their concerts was scheduled on my birthday, the 15th of September 1985, which two other oboists ended up playing. As my mother is American, I am a Citizen of both Switzerland and the USA. I already loved singing in my early childhood. Showing an enormous interest in Operas, I saw my first and still favourite one, "Il Trovatore" by G. Verdi, at age 4. Already then, I knew exactly that I wanted to become an opera-singer.
My parents discovered my talent and I started attending choirs at age 6. My first solistic concert with orchestra was in Suessmayr's Children's opera "Das Namensfest". The first choir I sang in was the "Berner Kinderchor". With it, I performed in "La Boheme" in the Bernese City Opera house and sang various concerts in Bern. At age 7, I wanted to be able to sing more concerts, so I changed to the "Knabenchor Roggwil" under R. Favre, with which I sang one of the three boys in Mozart's "Magic Flute" in Baden for the first time, followed by concert tours through Italy singing Bach's "St. Matthews Passion" with the Orchestre Symphonique Neuchatelois and performances at the "Goetheanum" and the "Tonhalle" in Zurich.
After seeing a TV-documentary on the Vienna Choir Boys, I decided I wanted to become a member, so I auditioned and was accepted to attend the preparations-choir, for which I had to skip the third grade of elementary school. From 1995 until 1998, I was a member of the Schubert choir, which is one of the four concert choirs of the Vienna Choir Boys. In this time, I sang over 300 concerts. I soon became a soloist in my choir and I later sang solos in all four choirs. The yearly concert tours brought me to the USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, England, Spain and many other countries of the world. A few of my most important performances were "The Magic flute", "La Boheme", "Carmen" and "Parsifal" in the Vienna State Opera, the boy in Mendelssohn's "Elijah", numerous masses at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna and performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Vienna Concerthouse, the Viennese "Musikverein" and the Royal Festival Hall in London under famous conductors like Ricardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Claudio Abbado. My most important recording was Mozart's "Coronation Mass" on the 500th aniversary celebration CD with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under Agnes Grossmann.
After my time with the Vienna Choir Boys, I recorded two private CDs, "Born to sing" and "O holy night".
I am now attending the "Musikgymnasium Vienna" and am studying piano, which I began playing at the age of 7, at the Viennese Conservatory.
My voice is changing now and I hope to become a tenor. My plans for the future are mostly singing, although I am also interested in composition and conducting.
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