Orchestra Sinfonica Florentia
Valentino Zangara, conductor
Florence, Italy

Beate Mathois, director and artistic coach

Beate Mathois lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Beate’s work as an artist began with an extensive, thorough exploration of acting, singing, and dance. Beate studied at, among others, the Franz Schubert Conservatory (Vienna); the Conservatory of the City of Vienna; the Herbert Berghof Studio (New York City); the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance, Inc. (New York City); and the Erick Hawkins School of Dance (New York City). She also worked with Walter Lott (Method Acting), Wayne Griffiths (Libero Canto), and Gilbert Price (acting).

During her years of study, Beate developed a profound interest in holistic teaching and learning approaches. In 2000, she received her certification as an Alexander Technique teacher from the American Center for the Alexander Technique, Inc. (New York City).

Beate has been teaching dance and movement since 1988. In addition to numerous workshops, she taught movement for actors at the Franz Schubert Conservatory in Vienna.

Beate has been active as an artist since 1984. Notably, she was co-director of the Panta Rhei Theater in Vienna.

Since 2000, Beate has been working in her studio in Vienna, where in addition to Alexander Technique she offers Craniosacral Therapy (since 2006), and Breathing Coordination (since 2015).

Currently, Beate’s artistic work is informed by the Six Viewpoints of Mary Overlie, and by Authentic Movement.


Yu Chen, piano

Yu Chen studies piano and piano for vocal accompaniment at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, with a concentration in instrumental coaching. He is the recipient of multiple awards from international competitions, and is a highly sought after accompanist at international concerts, competitions, master classes and auditions. Yu also works as accompanist at Theater L.E.O. and at the Stadttheater in Baden, as well as at the Vienna Music Connection.