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Zhive Kremshovski

Macedonian baritone Zhive Kremshovski dedicated himself to the art of singing, embarking on his vocal journey at the University of Skopje under the expert guidance of Vesna Ginovska Ilkova. Later, he continued to hone his craft at the esteemed Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, studying under the tutelage of Rachel Robins. His dedication and talent shone brightly in both programs, earning him outstanding recognition.

To deepen his musical prowess, Zhive Kremshovski eagerly participated in masterclasses led by luminaries of the field. These luminaries included Paul Curran, Ks. Wolfgang Milgramm, Ks. Linda Watson, Anne Schwanewilms, Janet Williams, Lilia Ilieva, Helen and Klaus Donath, as well as Helmuth Deutsch.

The year 2012 marked a pivotal moment in his career when Zhive Kremshovski clinched 1st place honors at two prestigious international solo singers competitions: the 5th International Solo Singers Competition “Bruna Špiler” in Montenegro and the 15th International Solo Singers Competition “Nikola Cvejić” in Ruma, Serbia. His exceptional talent was further acknowledged through scholarships from respected institutions, including the Lions Club Essen-Werethina, the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, the DAAD’s international study program STIBET, and the Richard Wagner Association Magdeburg.

Zhive Kremshovski’s operatic journey began in 2014 at the Macedonian State Opera, where he made his debut portraying the character of Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte.” From 2017 to 2019, he graced the stage as a prominent member of the Young Ensemble at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen. During this period, he showcased his remarkable versatility, taking on roles such as Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore,” Donner in “Das Rheingold,” Schlemihl in “Hoffmanns Erzählungen,” and Fjodor Michailowitsch Drebednjow in “Moskau, Tscherjomuschki.” Additionally, he impressed audiences as Moralès in “Carmen” at the Aalto Theater Essen, portrayed Kilian in “Der Freischütz” at the Wernigeröder Schlossfestspiele in 2016, and embraced the character of Henri Martel in Offenbach’s “Un mari à la porte” at the Philharmonie Essen in 2019.

From 2020 to 2022, Zhive Kremshovski continued to make significant contributions to the world of opera as an esteemed member of the ensemble at the Theater Magdeburg. During this period, he breathed life into a diverse array of characters, including Graf Capulet in “Roméo et Juliette,” Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls,” Graf von Ceprano in “Rigoletto,” Kruschina in “Die verkaufte Braut,” Leporello in “Don Giovanni,” and Hobson in “Peter Grimes.”