Our musical director

Ilona Popova (1990), soprana, comes from Riga, Latvia.

Her musical education began at the age of seven at the Riga Dome Choir School where she received a solid musical training up to the age of 20. After starting her bachelor studies in Riga in a music teaching programme, she later decided to change to a performance career. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in classical singing at the Conservatory of Maastricht. At the moment Ilona is studying for a second bachelor’s degree in choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, combining it with further vocal studies. She has participated in vocal masterclasses of professors from Brussels, Hamburg and Oslo.

As a 19-year-old, Ilona won third prize in a competition for young singers in Lithuania. Until now, in the choral tradition of the Baltic States, Ilona has devoted her main focus to choral singing and performed with renowned ensembles such as Cappella Amsterdam, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Europe Chamber Choir.

Now Ilona is dedicating herself to new horizons as a soloist and is continuing her musical journey in Germany.