Pia Imbar, sketch artist, illustrator, painter
Pia Imbar fine artist mezzo Pia Imbar painting

In my childhood I was impressed by the world of comics through my father Jean-Gérard Imbar, a scriptwriter and novelist who worked with cartoonists such as Jean-Louis Hubert and André Chéret.

My first drawings, however, were above all inspired by the environment of my mother's side: my native city Salzburg, nature, architecture -especially baroque-, and music.

Later on, my approach to drawing was also deeply influnced by my encounter with Zygmunt Januszewski during illustration classes given at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg.

I graduated in stage design at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg by studying in the classes of Herbert Kapplmüller and later of Henrik Ahr. I like to perceive the intrinsic energy of a place and try to enhance it by developing a three-dimensional architectural form in harmony with its spatial environment.

My main interest is to combine the two artistic forms of expression, singing and drawing. For example, I try to integrate drawing into singing and the singer's stage action. Another example is how drawing becomes a way to represent my interoceptive perception during singing. A regular practice of meditation and different breathing techniques have been enriching this exploration.

Being a Mezzo-soprano, I improved my vocal technique first at the Music Conservatory in Orléans, then at the Mozarteum Sommerakademy in Salzburg, and in addition through private lessons for the last couple of years. 

I studied with Daphne Corregan (soprano), Christophe Lizère (baritone), Corinne Sertillanges (soprano), Dania Rodriguez (soprano), Michaela Schuster (mezzo-soprano), Katja Ruthenberg (alto) and Dilay Girgin (soprano).

My repertoire consists mainly of opera arias (Carmen, G. Bizet ; Donna Elvira, Cherubino, W.A. Mozart ; Rosina, G. Rossini ; Azucena, G. Verdi ; Dalila, C. Saint-Saëns ; Malika, L. Delibes ; Giulio Cesare, G.F. Handel). I also interpret pieces by Gounod, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Bach, Bellini, Fauré, Purcell, Monteverdi, Ravel, Mendelssohn and Debussy.

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