Natacha Casagrande was born in Geneva. The first instrument she took up was the violin. Later, she began singing and also studied choral and orchestral conducting at the Conservatory of Music in Geneva.
From 1990 to 2002, Casagrande was a professional member of the Vocal Ensemble of Lausanne (EVL) as a chorister, soloist and assistant conductor to Michel Corboz.
She directed the EVL in concerts in Lausanne, Fribourg, Geneva, Pontigny Abbey, Festivals d’Ambronay and Rheingau, and the Festival of Early Music in Lyon.
Casagrande directs the Cantus Laetus in Geneva, a vocal ensemble of thirty or so singers since 1995 and the Bach Circle of Geneva, a great oratorio choir, since 1999.
Occasionally, Casagrande conducts choral groups in Geneva and French-speaking Switzerland as well as the Toulon Music Festival and Wuppertal.
In addition to her activity as head and singer, Casagrande devotes her time to teaching (singing and choral conducting). As from September 2004 she has taught choral conducting at Geneva’s University of Music (HEM). She also gives summer workshops (Abbaye de Noirlac, Hindemith Foundation) and is regularly invited by the Vaud and Valais associations of choral conductors to lead workshops for conducting and choral singing.
Natalia Guevara took up classical dance and contemporary dance training at a young age before studying theatre at the Universidad de Arte in Cordoba, Argentina. She was awarded Second Prize for her lead role in the film ‘Cielo’ (1989) at the Biennale of Buenos Aires.
After arriving in Europe, Guevara joined the troupe of the Teatro delle Radici in Lugano with which she participated in the Theaterforum Kreuzber in Berlin, at the Magadalena Projects festival in Cardfiff, at the Odin Teatret Festival in Holtebro and tours in Switzerland and France.
After a career in dance and theater, Guevara completed her artistic training with lyric singing and in 2007 obtained an honours degree in singing at Geneva’s University of Music (HEM).
In 2009, Guevara was invited by Leonardo García Alarcón to dance in his show Monteverdi Piazzolla; she toured with the show in France from 2009 to 2016.
As a singer, Guevara has given concert performances and recitals of airs and opera arias, with a focus on the Spanish classical repertoire. She has also given recitals at the Auditorium Ezequiel Soria Argentina in Geneva and at the Laboule Festival in France.
Guevara was a soloist in various projects, including the Chœur de Cartigny, the Chœur Corazon and the Chœur de Meinier at the Amadeus Festival 2016. She was invited to sing with the famous Brazilian singer Toquinho during the Festival d’Île de France in the Théâtre de Fontainebleau.
Passionate about teaching and musical education, Guevara teaches singing since 2007 at L’AMAmusique in collaboration with Katya Kostova as pianist-accompanist.
Since 2017 Guevara is responsible for the Lyric Workshop
Marina Lodygensky began her training with Suzanne Danco in Florence. She earned her singing diploma from the Geneva Conservatory where she studied with Eric Tappy. At the Lausanne Conservatory she worked with Gary Magby and got her soloist degree with honours. Lodygensky then studied with Margreet Honig at the Amsterdam Conservatory and Malcolm Walker in Paris.
Lodygensky performed various operatic roles at the Grand Theatre in Geneva and the Operas of Paris, Rouen, Wexford, Tourcoing, Dijon, Caen etc.
She regularly sings in recital, concert and oratorio. Along side her operatic activities she teaches singing.
Lodygensky serves as Director of L’AMAmusique Association and opera singing teacher.