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Pianist Deirdre Brenner has performed throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. A musician with a passion for chamber music and art song, she has appeared in venues including the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Kozerthaus, The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Teatro Real (Madrid), Stadthalle (Bayreuth), the National Concert Hall (Dublin), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. James-Picadilly (London), and the Hollywell Music Room (Oxford).

Deirdre has performed at festivals including the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, Oxford Lieder Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, LOISIARTE, Rhodes Chamber Music Festival, Stimmen Festival Freistadt, and Portogruaro International Music Festival. She has given recitals with artists including Wolfgang Holzmair, Birgid Steinberger, Markus Werba, Layla Claire, John Chest, Tara Erraught, Michael Spyres and the Manning Trio, and has performed as soloist with numerous ensembles including the Arnold Schoenberg Chor. She has recorded for broadcasts on ORF, NPR and BR-Klassik, among others.

Also in demand as a teacher and coach, Deirdre is currently on the faculty of the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria. She has accompanied vocal masterclasses given by Bernarda Fink, Wolfgang Holzmair, Birgid Steinberger, Linda Watson, Michaela Schuster, Ulrike Sych, Rudolf Jansen and Elly Ameling, and was an official accompanist for the 2010 's-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition in the Netherlands. Further musical projects have taken her as far away as Venezuela, Egypt, Samoa and the Kingdom of Tonga. 

Originally from Massachusetts, USA, Deirdre earned a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in Engineering Sciences and Music, and Master's degrees from both the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Konservatorium Wien (MUK). She studied with pianists including Carolyn Hague, Susan Manoff, John O'Conor, Julius Drake, Colin Stone, Sally Pinkas and Loretta Slovak. In addition to Mosaïque, Deirdre is also co-director of the Boyne Music Festival in Drogheda, Ireland.

The pianist Chanda VanderHart received her Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Piano Performance (with honors) from the Eastman School of Music in New York. Her graduate studies took place in Europe with Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Dr. Carolyn Hague, Antoinette VanZabner, Kirstin Okerlund, David Aronson and Claus-Christian Schuster among many others. Currently she is a Doctoral scholarship fellow at the University for Music and Applied Arts at Vienna, writing her PhD dissertation on Lieder in 19th Century Vienna under the advisement Dr. Margaretha Saary and Dr. Susan Youens.

An active performer and recording artist, Chanda has given concerts with a wide variety of singers and instrumentalists in numerous halls throughout Europe and North America including London’s Wigmore Hall, Beurs van Berlag in Amsterdam, the Concertgebow Rotterdam, Vienna’s Musikverein, Volksoper and Volkstheater.

In 2008 she recorded both Brahms sonatas for cello and piano on the historical "Brahmsflügel” in Mürzzuschlag, Austria with cellist Ronald Fuchs. In September 2010 the duo released a double CD of the cellos works of Robert Fuchs on a historical New York Steinway. Other recordings include “13”, songs of Barber and Argento with tenor Jason Brides (2011), Waldgespräch, a collection of fin-de-siecle Lieder with baritone Günter Haumer (2014), the Italian art song CD “Affetti del Pensier” (2015) with soprano Rusalina Mochukova, Arpád Krämer’s musical theatre song-cycle “Wendepunkte” with Drew Sarich and Ann Mandrella (2015).

Chanda has taught for the Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy, AIMS in Graz, the Performing Center Austria and the master class series “Bel Canto Bella Voce” in Vienna. She also regularly writes concert and opera reviews for the London-based publication www.bachtrack.com as well as for MET on demand. Chanda is co-founder of both the Mosaïque concert series in Vienna and the initiative Talespin, Musical Tales for Big and Small.