Out of passion for early music, Vivace saw the light in the Fall of 2013. Taking a musical term which means “lively and spirited” as its name, Vivace is a vocal ensemble aiming to breathe life into famous, as well as obscure, Renaissance and Baroque choral works.
Ensemble Vivace currently consists of a quintet of young, enthusiastic singers: Yasmina Sabbah (Conductor/Soprano), Boran Zaza (Mezzo-soprano), Amir D. Bitar (Counter-tenor), Bassam Abboud (Tenor), and Cesar Naassy (Bass).
Last season’s concert, Magnificats, took place in June of 2014 featuring several “Magnificat” choral pieces by a selection of renowned renaissance and baroque composers such as Guerrero, Buxtehude, Humphrey, and Shütz.
In 2015, Vivace is lining up two concerts; the first (titled Love & Laments) features Italian renaissance madrigals and will take place in March; the second features Charpentier & French works and is planned to take place Later in July.
Born and raised in Beirut, Yasmina Sabbah has been singing in choirs since the age of 7. Her early passion for music led her to pursue lessons in Piano, Flute and, later on, voice. In tandem with her undergraduate studies in Graphic Design, she started directing her first children’s choir at Lycée Abdel-Kader at the age of 19, paving the way for her to found the school’s music program. Her love for art and music culminated in the writing of her final year thesis “Building an Aural Image for Music,” a study aimed at finding and establishing a visual and kinesthetic method as an effective solution to teaching children sight singing. This study was followed by an applied project that consisted of creating a fun game as a pedagogical and visual tool, to facilitate sight singing.
After completing her Masters of Music in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2013, Yasmina Sabbah currently leads five different choirs ranging from children to adults. In parallel to her conducting carrier, she sings in several ensembles such as the AUB Choir, and Beirut Vocal Point. She has also appeared as the soprano soloist in several AUB Choir concerts such as Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Faure’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata 140 and many others.
Yasmina Sabbah has received several awards such as the Patron’s Award in ChoirFest Dubai (2015), Philippe Jaber Merit Award (2012), the Rosemary Salhaney Haggar Choral Award (2010), and the Choral Leadership Award (2009).