Musicians of the Orchestra

Chief Conductor

Ivor Bolton

Ivor Bolton

has been chief conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg since 2004, with whom he has appeared annually at the Salzburg Festival since 2000. He enjoys a close relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper where, since 1994, he has conducted a wide range of new productions, most notably of Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart. In 1998 he was  awarded the prestigious »Bayerische Theaterpreis« for his outstanding work in Munich. Since his Covent Garden debut in 1995 he enjoys a frequent collaboration with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Guest performances include the Opéra National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Zurich Opera House, the festival Maggio Musicale in Florenz, the Teatro Real Madrid and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona. Ivor Bolton not only collaborates with the most prestigious British Symphony Orchestras but also with the world’s leading orchestras. Engagements of the las seasons led him to Vienna, New York, Boston, the Royal Concertgeouw Orchestra, to Paris, Florenz, Milan, Rotterdam, to the WDR Sinfonieorchester  Cologne, the Philharmonische Staatsorchester Hamburg or the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. With Concerto Köln he performed Handels »Athalia« with guest performances in New York, Paris and London. In 1993 he made his BBC Proms debut where he conducted Bach‘s »St. John Passion «  He took up the position of Music Director of the Teatro Real Madrid in September 2015. Since its foundation in 2012 he has been Chief Conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra.  In September 2016, he will take up the post of Music Director of Basel Symphony Orchestra. 

Violin

Alexander Janiczek
[Concertmaster]

Alexander Janiczek
[Concertmaster]

early musical life began in Salzburg, born into a musical family of Polish and Czech descent. He studied  with Helmuth Zehetmair, Max Rostal, Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci and Dorothy DeLay. International attention first came to be focussed on Janiczek when his legendary teacher, Sándor Végh appointed him concertmaster of his Camerata Salzburg.  Since then, Janiczek has gone on to appear as a guest director with all of the notable chamber orchestras in Europe.  With the Chamber Orchestra of Europe he toured extensively throughout Europe and the Far East. Alexander Janiczek appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster as well as soloist and was appointed Associate Artist of the SCO in 2011. As a recording artist, his catalogue with the SCO is distinguished, directing them in a highly respected series of Mozart and Weber recordings. He enjoyed a close collaboration with with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg as well as with  Robert Levin, and Philippe Herreweghe. His own ensemble made its debut at the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele in 2013. Alexander Janiczek is a Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He plays a violin by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, Cremona 1731, which is on loan to him from the National Bank of Austria.

Violin

Benjamin Spillner
[Principal Violin]

Benjamin Spillner
[Principal Violin]

was born in Berlin in 1978. At the age of seven, he began his violin lessons at the Tiergarten Music School. At the age of ten, he continued his music studies with Anne-Marie Brunner-Vince. Starting in 1997 he studied with Ulf Hoelscher in Karlsruhe, taking courses with Prof. Munteanu and Peter Eötvös, among others. Since 2011 he has been principal concertmaster of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra and a member of Ensemble Resonanz in Hamburg. In addition, he performs as a guest with Ensemble Modern, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, musikFabrik NRW, Ensemble Aventure and ascolta, the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne and the Dresden Festival Orchestra. He works as a chamber musician and soloist as well.

Violin

David-Maria Gramse

David-Maria Gramse

works as a freelance musician in various ensembles ranging from duets to chamber orchestras, with historically informed performance practice one of the main focuses of his work. Thus, he plays modern instruments with the Ensemble Resonanz and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and historical instruments with the Paris-based orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, the Hamburg-based baroque orchestra Elbipolis, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and the Viennese ensemble moderntimes_1800. One of the focal points of his work as a chamber musician is his duet with the accordionist Franka Herwig, which also reflects this great bandwidth from Renaissance works to contemporary music. Since 2011 David Gramse has been a regular member of Ensemble Resonanz.

Violin

Jürgen Gross

Jürgen Gross

was born in 1969 and studied violin and musical pedagogy with Isabella Petrosjan and chamber music with Gerhard Darmstadt in his hometown of Hamburg. His intense exploration of baroque violin led to further studies with Thomas Albert at the Bremen Music Academy and later to the Institute of Early Music in Trossingen, where Anton Steck was his teacher. Courses with Monica Huggett, Werner Ehrhardt and Hiro Kurosaki rounded out his education. Jürgen Groß has been a violinist in various ensembles – including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Flemish baroque orchestra B’ROCK and the Spanish ensemble Al Ayre Español. In 1999 he founded the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg, which he has joined on international concert tours in recent years. Since 2009 Jürgen Groß has also worked as a coach and concertmaster for baroque and classical projects, for example the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival or at the Nürnberg Music Academy.

Violin

Julia Huber-Warzecha

Julia Huber-Warzecha

received her first violin lessons early on from her mother. After studying with Walter Forchert, she was employed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, but was able to pursue her interest in Early Music at the same time by studying baroque violin with Mary Utiger. In 1997 she won the International Locatelli Competition in Amsterdam. In 2000 she decided to become a full-time freelance baroque violinist. Ever since, in addition to a broad range of chamber music activities, she has worked as a concertmaster and principal violinist at L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, at the Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, at Collegium Cartusianum and at La Stagione Frankfurt. Julia Huber plays a violin of the Mantua School built around 1680.

Violin

Mechthild Karkow

Mechthild Karkow

has dedicated herself to historical performance practice since completing her violin studies. These took her to Petra Müllejans at the Frankfurt/Main Academy of Music and Performing Arts and also to Chiara Banchini at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she acquired a master’s degree with distinction both in baroque violin and in historical improvisation. She performs internationally as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician with various ensembles, plays for radio and CD recordings and appears at renowned festivals. Mechthild Karkow is a winner of the International Competition for Baroque Violin Bonporti 2007 in Rovereto, Italy, and received a special prize at the XVIIth International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2010. She was appointed a professor of baroque violin in 2013 at the Academy of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig. In addition, since 2015 she has taught baroque violin at the Frankfurt/Main Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

Albrecht Kühner

Violin

Albrecht Kühner

Albrecht Kühner

Since studying violin in Bremen, he has performed with numerous Early Music orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout Europe. He has been heard worldwide as a soloist, concertmaster and 2nd violin tutti player on numerous concert stages and innumerable recordings. Albrecht Kühner is a member of the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra Hamburg and lives in Bremen with his family.

Albrecht Kühner

Albrecht Kühner

Violin

Pauline Nobes

Pauline Nobes

worked for many years in the ensembles founded by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, such as The English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. She also performed with The English Concert founded by Trevor Pinnock. She has been guest concertmaster in Christopher Hogwood’s chamber music ensemble The Academy of Ancient Music. Since moving to Germany, she has been principal violinist under Reinhard Goebel at the baroque orchestra Musica Antiqua Köln and guest concertmaster of Das Neue Orchester under Christoph Spering. Pauline Nobes completed her doctoral thesis on »The Unaccompanied Solo Violin Repertoire« in 2001. Today she teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the Würzburg Music Academy, where she was appointed professor of baroque violin in October 2009.

Violin

Laszlo Paulik

Laszlo Paulik

was born in Hungary and graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He continued his studies in Vienna and at the Academy of Early music in Dresden with professor Simon Standage. Since 1992 he has worked as concertmaster and soloist of the Orfeo Chamber Orchestra in Budapest. He collaborates with several European orchestras including Anima Eterna, La Chambre Philharmonie, Wiener Akademie, Les Ambassadeur and performed at all major European festivals with these ensembles. As a chamber musician he has performed with Jos van Immerseel, Miklós Spányi, Malcolm Bilson, Barthold Kuijken, Balázs Máté and Simon Standage. Recordings of chamber music were released with the Hungarian Hungaroton label as well as with the German label NCA. His two CDs of Giuseppe Tartini's violin concertos were released in 2001 and 2004 as a world premier. Since 2011 he has been a teacher for Baroque violin at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

Violin

Franc Polman

Franc Polman

began his musical career on modern violin and played as a freelance musician in various orchestras and ensembles, including the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Later, the Danish violinist specialized in historical violin, working with ensembles such as Les Musiciens du Louvre and Musica Antiqua Köln. Franc Polman is a member of the Schuppanzigh Quartet and the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet and also of the first violins of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Numerous acclaimed CD recordings offer listening impressions of his artistic oeuvre.

Violin

Martin Reimann

Martin Reimann

studied violin with Gunars Larsens and Franco Gulli in Lucerne and with Ivry Gitlis in Paris. He performs regularly with orchestras such as the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Anima Eterna and Ensemble Contrechamps. Among his chamber music partners are musicians such as Bruno Pasquier and Alice Ader. Martin Reimann is currently preparing a recording of the six Violin Sonatas Op. 27 by Eugène Ysaÿe which he has frequently performed in their entirety at recitals.

Violin

Shunske Sato

Shunske Sato

is a violinist known for his distinctive and engaging performances on both modern and historical instruments. Equally in demand as concertmaster, chamber musician, soloist and teacher, the diversity of his activities reflects his versatile and resourceful nature. Resident in The Netherlands, Shunske Sato serves as concertmaster of the Concerto Köln and the Netherlands Bach Society, and is often invited as a guest concertmaster for ensembles such as the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2013 he was invited to join the faculty of the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he teaches violin in the context of historical performance practice. In the roles of both soloist and concertmaster he has worked with numerous conductors, including Ivor Bolton, Richard Egarr, Christopher Hogwood, and Kent Nagano.

Violin

Gabriele Steinfeld

Gabriele Steinfeld

studied with Kolja Blacher in Berlin and Petra Müllejans in Frankfurt and works as a freelance musician in historically informed performance practice. She performs with leading ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, La Chambre Philharmonique and Hamburger Ratsmusik. She has appeared in concert throughout Germany and abroad and can be heard on numerous CD and radio productions, many of them recipients of awards. Chamber music is another focus of her work (String Quartet Recherche, La Messanza, Eichendorff-Trio). With her duo La Porta Musicale, Gabriele Steinfeld performs exceptional programs with a focus on North German violin music.

Giacomo Tesini

Violin

Giacomo Tesini

Giacomo Tesini

was born in Bologna and studied violin in Parma, completing his education with Vilmos Szabadi in Budapest, with Daniel Gaede in Nürnberg and with Giuliano Carmignola in Lucerne. He also studied baroque violin with Fiorenza De Donatis and Luca Giardini. In 2013 he received a scholarship of the Academia Montis Regalis in Mondovì, Italy. Since its founding he has been a member of the Orchestra Mozart Bologna. As a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, he has performed under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Andris Nelsons and Bernard Haitink. Furthermore he collaborates with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Working with renowned Early Music ensembles has taken him to I Barocchisti, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann’s ensemble Orfeo 55, Les Talens Lyriques and La Chambre Philharmonique. He is one of the founders of Spira Mirabilis, a project initiated by young musicians from all over the world which has won the Deutschlandfunk Encouragement Award and was named Cultural Ambassador of the European Union in 2012. Giacomo Tessini currently teaches at the Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Catania.  

  • Giacomo Tesini

    Giacomo Tesini

Violin

Monica Waismann

Monica Waismann

completed her violin studies with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin College in Ohio (USA) and with Elizabeth Wallfisch at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She began her career as a baroque violinist in some of the most well-known European Early Music ensembles and orchestras, which took her on concert tours all around the world and led her to participate in numerous CD recordings. In 2003 Mónica Waisman founded the ensemble Harmonie Universelle together with Florian Deuter, giving regular concerts in Europe, North and South America and recording familiar and recently rediscovered repertoire on many CDs. She also plays with the ensemble Música Temprana, with which she has recorded unknown treasures of 18th-century musical literature from Latin America. She is a sought-after chamber musician, concertmaster and soloist with various ensembles. Mónica Waisman plays a violin by Matthieu Besseling, Amsterdam.

Viola

Anja Graewel
[Principal Viola]

Anja Graewel
[Principal Viola]

Originally from Berlin, Anja Graewel started playing the violin at the age of seven, gathering concertmaster experience while very young. She studied viola with Prof. Bruno Giuranna at the Berlin University of the Arts. This was followed by substitute positions at the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra, the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and others. Since 1994 she has been a regular member and principal violist of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and a welcome guest at other Early Music ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, Cantus Cölln, Les Passions de l’Ame and others. Her many years of experience in historically informed performance practice and her special interest in the resonance of sound now inspire her membership in the Dresden Festival Orchestra.

Viola

Frederico Bresciani

Frederico Bresciani

The Italian violist was born in 1988 in Sardinia and received his first violin lessons at the age of four. At twelve he started studying at the Conservatorio di Musica in Cagliari with Attilio Motzo, from where he graduated with distinctions. Subsequently he moved to Vienna to continue his studies at the local conservatory with the Concetr master of the Vienna Philharmonic, Florian Zwiauer. Two years later he changed to the viola and in the class of Gertrud Weinmeister. Bresciani is the winner of numerous national and international competitions including the »Rassegna d’Archi di Vittorio Veneto« and the »Nuovi Orizzonti«. As soloist and chamber musician he regularly performs all over Europe. In addition the young musician holds the position of deputy solon violist of the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester and will assume the post of principal violist of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln in September.  

Viola

Angelika Engel

Angelika Engel

attended the Music School in her native town of Görlitz and continued her studies at the Dresden Special Music School. She then became a student at the Music Academy Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden and the Music Academy Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, playing as a substitute in the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. In 1986 she became a violist in the North German Philharmonic Rostock (known at the time as the Rostock Philharmonic Orchestra), where she has been assistant principal violist since 1988. Ever since her student days she has had an interest in Early Music and contemporary compositions and has played in many different chamber music ensembles.

Viola

Corina Golomoz

Corina Golomoz

A native of Moldova, Corina Golomoz first studied with Prof. Petru Munteanu at the Rostock Academy of Music and Theatre and then took up viola studies with Prof. Karin Wolf at a the Mannheim Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where she completed her master’s degree as a soloist in the autumn of 2015. After an internship at the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden, the young violist has been working as a freelance musician. She works regularly with leading orchestras, such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Concerto Köln, L’arte del mondo, Collegium Vocale Gent, Anima Eterna in Bruges, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and Cappella Mediterranea (CD recordings released by DHM and Sony Classical). Her chamber music partners include Jos van Immerseel, Dorothee Oberlinger, Midori Seiler and Baiba Skride. Furthermore, she is a winner of the Hindemith Competition of the Viola Foundation Walter Witte and of the International Max Rostal Competition for Viola and Violin. Corina Golomoz’ musical passion and stylistic diversity cover everything from baroque to New Music. She currently plays a modern and a baroque instrument by the luthier Susanne Conradi from Munich.  

Viola

Michael Hanko

Michael Hanko

studied with Tibor Varga, Prof. Jörg-Wolfgang Jahn, Josef Rissin and Yuri Bashmet, participating in chamber music courses with members of the Quartetto Italiano and the Borodin Quartet. He was and remains principal violist in various orchestras, such as the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, the Orchestra of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Bolzano String Academy, the Chamber Philharmonic Karlsruhe, and since 1999 Capella Andrea Barca. Furthermore he works with various chamber music ensembles such as the Bartholdy Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet and as a guest musician with the Buchberger Quartet and the Trio Parnassus. Michael Hanko also teaches master courses, instrumental, chamber music and chamber orchestra seminars, at »Jugend musiziert« and »Jeunesse Musicale«. Since 1990 he has taught at the Conservatory of Baden in Karlsruhe. Concert tours have taken him all over Europe, to America, India and Africa. Television and CD recordings as well as radio productions as a soloist and member of various chamber ensembles document his musical output.

Viola

Raquel Massadas

Raquel Massadas

Born in Portugal, the artist studied at the Conservatório de Música de Aveiro and at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon. She also attended courses at Northwestern University in Chicago and with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Simon Rowland-Jones at the Royal College of Music in London. After holding positions at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaysia and at the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, she continued her education in baroque playing with Richard Gwilt, Enrico Onofri and Elizabeth Wallfisch, expanding to viola d’amore as well. Raquel Massadas has been a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra under Lars Ulrik Mortensen and has given concerts in Europe and in China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico and the USA. She appears regularly with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and with the ensembles Vox Luminis, L’Arpeggiata and Deutsche Hofmusik as well as Os Músicos do Tejo. The musician is also a founding member of the Ensemble Corínto and member of the Munich Baroque Soloists, the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música and the Dresden Festival Orchestra.

Viola

Stefan Schmidt

Stefan Schmidt

studied viola with Jürgen Kussmaul and Vladimir Mendelssohn. He received a scholarship to attend Boston University and was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, also attending master classes with Ulrich Koch and Wolfram Christ. Inspired by his lessons with Jürgen Kussmaul, which were marked by a profound understanding of baroque and classical aesthetic and playing technique, he developed an early interest in historically informed performance practice. Stefan Schmidt is principal violist of the Cappella Coloniensis and held the same position at the German Handel Soloists until 2014. He has been working with leading Early Music ensembles for many years.

Cello

Werner Matzke
[Principal Cello]

Werner Matzke
[Principal Cello]

joined Concerto Köln as a principal cellist in 1985 and has contributed not insignificantly to that ensemble’s success. As one of the leading continuo cellists, he is regularly invited to join other top orchestras, especially Concerto Vocale under René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Since 2011 he has been principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman, and since its founding in 2012 he has also been principal cellist of the Dresden Festival Orchestra. He performs all over the world and leads courses in Germany and abroad. Since 2010 he has taught the baroque cello class at the State Music Academy in Trossingen. He pursues his other passion, chamber music, as a member of the Schuppanzigh Quartet and with the Ensemble Kontraste Köln, of which he is a co-founder.

Frédéric Audibert

Cello

Frédéric Audibert

Frédéric Audibert

The cellist is an internationally renowned and highly praised master of his instrument. Playing modern and baroque cello, he has performed innumerable times in Europe and in many concerts in Taiwan, Canada, Russia, Japan and Greece. The foundation »Live Music Now« initiated by Yehudi Menuhin supported Audibert with a scholarship for the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, thereby encouraging him to pursue a solo career. Thus, he has performed the great concerti by Haydn, Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, Shostakovich, Honegger, Brahms, Beethoven and Bruch. The baroque repertoire, such as Vivaldi, Boccherini, Porpora, Léo and Bach, is equally part of his numerous activities, the latter mainly at the Grande Theatro in Naples. As the principal cellist of La Chambre Philharmonique, Audibert has performed at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the main hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the renowned Cadogan Hall in London, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and not least at the Semper Opera in Dresden.

Frédéric Audibert

Frédéric Audibert

Cello

Esmé de Vries

Esmé de Vries

is a member of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Ensemble Baroque du Léman and the Geneva Camerata. The baroque cellist and gambist is an active chamber musician and has performed with the ensembles Les Basses Réunies, the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, Amoroso, Cristofori, Niewe Philharmonie Utrecht and the Ensemble Vocale et Instrumentale de Lausanne. She also teaches baroque cello at the Conservatory in Morges (Switzerland) and at the Summer Academy of Baroque Music ARS in France.

Cello

Nicholas Selo

Nicholas Selo

studied cello at the Royal College of Music in London and musicology at the University of Bristol. In 1984 he received a scholarship of the Edward VII Foundation to continue his cello studies with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. Next to his exploration of contemporary music, he is also intensively involved in baroque and classical performance practice, attending courses with Anner Bylsma and Hidemi Suzuki. As a principal cellist, member or guest of various ensembles and orchestras, he has appeared with the Ensemble Les Adieux, Musica Alta Ripa, the Pleyel Quartet Cologne, the Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, Collegium Cartusianum, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, La Stagione Frankfurt and Anima Eterna. He has been involved in numerous CD recordings of classical chamber music, as a continuo player and accompanist of singers and soloists with music of many epochs. He particularly likes to combine music with the spoken word, performing both in solo programmes. Since 2010 he has taught baroque cello at the Summer Academies of the Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik. Nicholas Selo plays a cello built by William Forster (London) in ca. 1790.

Nils Wieboldt

Cello

Nils Wieboldt

Nils Wieboldt

studied at the Trossingen Music Academy and with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he received a master’s degree specializing in baroque cello and historically informed performance practice. He is a first prize winner of the competition »Jugend Musiziert«. In addition he also won prizes at the Competition Rovere d’Oro and at the International Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges. For 20 years Nils Wieboldt has been playing baroque cello in various chamber music ensembles, orchestras and as a soloist in Europe, Japan, the USA, the Middle East, South America, Africa, Australia and Russia. As principal cello he regularly plays with Les Musiciens du Louvre, The Academy of Ancient Music, Al Ayre Español, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Orchestra La Scintilla a the Zurich Opera. Furthermore, he has given master classes in South Africa and Brazil.

Nils Wieboldt

Nils Wieboldt

Double Bass

Michael Neuhaus
[Principal Double Bass]

Michael Neuhaus
[Principal Double Bass]

studied double bass at the Mannheim Music Academy. As early as 1989 he became principal bass player of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra. His consequent exploration of historically informed performance practice brought and brings the freelance musician into constant contact with renowned ensembles such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Dresden Festival Orchestra, Musica Antiqua Köln, Capella Coloniensis, the German Handel Soloists, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik etc, often appearing as a soloist as well. He has performed for high-profile radio and CD recordings (e.g. for Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv-Produktion, DECCA, Teldec or MDG) under conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Reinhard Goebel, Paavo Järvi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Emanuel Krevin, Nicholas McGegan, Marcus Creed, Frieder Bernius, Peter Neumann and Daniel Harding. Michael Neuhaus is the manager and principal bass player of the Dresden Festival Orchestra.

Double Bass

Matthias Beltinger

Matthias Beltinger

is the principal double bass player of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, performs in various ensembles of that orchestra, and is a member of the Wind Soloists of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He is a frequent guest of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He loves historically informed performance practice and plays his historical double bass regularly with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, with Concerto Köln and the Dresden Festival Orchestra. Apart from his musical activities, he is the founder of the company Resonanzio, which manufactures acoustic elements for the optimizing of concert halls, churches and other performance venues. The double bass group of the Dresden Festival Orchestra has performed for the past three seasons on sound risers by Resonanzio.

Double Bass

Joseph Carver

Joseph Carver

is a graduate of the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music and received the Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, New York. Residing in France, he has performed with many of the most prestigious European ensembles in both the contemporary and early music fields, while at the simultaneously pursuing his interest in chamber music. Formerly on the faculty at Stony Brook University, he now teaches at the University of Poitiers/Abbaye aux Dames in France.

Double Bass

David Sinclair

David Sinclair

After private lessons and various experiences in well-known regional youth orchestras, the Canadian double bass player David Sinclair began studying music in Toronto. He continued his studies with Edwin Barker (principal bass player of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Lawrence Wolfe at Boston University, graduating with the Khan Award for the best diploma of the year in 1985. The year after, he took up studies with Ludwig Streicher at the Vienna Music Academy. The active chamber musician has performed with the Orion Quartet and with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie. He has recorded with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Ensemble Intercontemporain from Paris. Today the double bass player works as a freelance musician, playing orchestra, opera and chamber and solo repertoire on contemporary and historical instruments in various ensembles. He also teaches double bass and violone at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.  

Flute

Gionata Sgambaro
[Principal Flute]

Gionata Sgambaro
[Principal Flute]

is a flautist with numerous fields of activity on modern and historical flute, and also works as a composer. He studied with Aurèle Nicolet, Glauco Cambursano, Emmanuel Pahud and Philippe Pierlot be is a flautist with numerous fields of activity on modern and historical flute, and also works as a composer. He studied with Aurèle Nicolet, Glauco Cambursano, Emmanuel Pahud and Philippe Pierlot before joining the class of Philippe Bernold at the Conservatoire de Lyon. He then studied traverso with Serge Saitta at the Haute École in Geneva and took master classes with Barthold Kuijken. After working with the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, he became principal flautist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra while also making guest appearances with the Orchestre National de France, the orchestra of the Opéra National de Lyon, the Orchestre Poitou-Charentes and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. Since 2003 he has been principal flautist of the orchestra Les Siècles, and in 2015 he became the principal flautist of the Dresden Festival orchestra. A sought-after chamber musician, he has performed at many festivals and has worked with artists such as François Dumont, Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter, Éric Le Sage, Samuele Sgambaro, Daniel Roth, Jan Orawiec, Peter Sabo and Emmanuel Rousson. As a soloist he has performed concerti by Mozart, Vivaldi and Telemann, Bach’s Suite No. 2 and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 as well as Rodrigo’s »Concierto pastoral«. Today he teaches flute and chamber music at the Academy Bretagne-Pays de la Loire. His compositional research and activities have brought him into contact with numerous contemporary composers such as Martin Matalon, Pascal Dusapin, Vincent Carinola, José Manuel López López and Stefano Gervasoni. His works have been performed at several festivals in France and Germany.

Flute

Mathias Kiesling

Mathias Kiesling

lives in his hometown of Leipzig and travels the musical world as a flautist in numerous renowned ensembles pursuing historically informed performance practice, such as the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Neues Orchester Köln, Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Les Amis de Philippe and Merseburger Hofmusik. His repertoire includes music from more than three centuries, performed on adequate instruments of the epoch in question. Kiesling is also one of the founders of the ensemble Soli Deo Gloria, which aims to let the audience experience baroque sacred music through its spiritual content. Furthermore, he undertakes research in the field of alternative sound recording and reproduction systems, pursuing an artistically vivid aesthetic of sound.

Oboe

Michael Niesemann
[Principal Oboe]

Michael Niesemann
[Principal Oboe]

is active in a wide-ranging musical field – from baroque music on historical instruments (oboe and recorder) to jazz and avant-garde on saxophone and modern oboe. He studied at the Cologne Music Academy, where he also taught modern and historical oboe from 1993 to 2007. Between 2004 and 2007 he was a professor of baroque oboe at the Würzburg Music Academy. In October 2007 he became professor of oboe at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. In the chamber music field, he was a member of Musica Antiqua Köln for ten years. As an orchestra musician, Michael Niesemann was one of the founding members of Concerto Köln, where he remained until 1993. Since 1994 he has been principal oboist of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s The English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. In 2011 he became a member of the Swedish band Heavy Breeze Ensemble. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Blue Shroud Band of the world-famous English double bass player and composer Barry Guy. His discography ranges from solo works to chamber music with many Early and New Music ensembles and all the way to orchestra recordings, the latter also playing the saxophone (NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra), jazz (The Atmosphere Orchestra) and New Music. Numerous TV and DVD productions document the multiple artistic activities of Michael Niesemann.

Oboe

Thomas Jahn

Thomas Jahn

was born in Stalinstadt (known today as Eisenhüttenstadt) and studied oboe with Eckehard Glocke at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Since September 1981 he has been a member of the North German Philharmonic in Rostock. From 1981 to 1982 he successfully completed a distance learning course at the Berlin Music Academy. He first came into contact with historical instruments in 1988 and subsequently began to explore historically informed performance practice. This was followed by attendance at the Trondheim Summer Course and lessons with Ku Ebbinge. Since 1990 Jahn has enjoyed frequent concerts with the chamber music ensemble he founded using historical instruments. Since 1994 he has been a guest oboist in various ensembles, for example the Akademie für Alter Musik Berlin, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, and the Düsseldorfer Hofmusik. Since 2008 he has appeared regularly at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, in the orchestra of the German Handel Soloists. He also performed as a guest with Concentus Musicus Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Festival in 2004 in a new production of Purcell’s »King Arthur«. He has been a member of the Dresden Festival Orchestra since its founding in 2012 and is also part of the orchestra’s executive committee.

Clarinet

Robert Oberaigner
[Principal Clarinet]

Robert Oberaigner
[Principal Clarinet]

studied clarinet at the Vienna Music Academy. He completed his studies with Sabine Meyer at the Lübeck Music Academy. At the age of 19, he made his solo debut at Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Chamber music performances took Robert Oberaginer to Vienna’s Musikverein, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Cologne Philharmonie and other halls. He is also a regular guest at festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. In 2003 he was appointed principal clarinettist of the Gürzenich Orchestra, with whom he has also frequently performed as a soloist. He is a popular guest at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Super World Orchestra in Japan, and has performed for many years with the Camerata Salzburg. In 2013 the Staatskapelle Dresden under its chief conductor Christian Thieleman appointed him its new principal clarinettist.

Clarinet

Steffen Dillner

Steffen Dillner

studied with Prof. Wolfgang Mäder in Leipzig and as a master student with Reiner Wehle and Sabine Meyer at the Lübeck Music Academy. During this time he won numerous prizes at national and international competitions with the arirang quintet. Tours with this ensemble took him to almost all the continents of this world. He has held scholarships of the President of Germany, the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation and the German Music Council Berlin. Thus he was also selected by the German Music Council for its series »Young Artist Concerts«. He has played with renowned German orchestras under conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Kurt Masur and Fabio Luisi. He has been a member of the Dresden Festival Orchestra since 2015.

Lyndon Watts

Bassoon

Lyndon Watts
[Principal Basson]

Lyndon Watts
[Principal Basson]

has been principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic since 1998. He has worked regularly with Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Christian Thielemann, James Levine, Zubin Mehta and other renowned conductors and soloists. Watts won several prizes and scholarships in his native Australia before moving to Munich at the age of 18 to take up studies with Eberhard Marschall and later with Alberto Grazzi (historical bassoon). In 2002 he won the Third Prize at the ARD Music Competition. Lyndon Watts teaches historical bassoon in Munich; from 2005 to 2015 he held a professorship for bassoon in Bern. In 2014 a new CD with first recordings of works by Beethoven, Reicha, Tamplini and Rossini played on historical bassoon was released, recorded on the first copy of a French bassoon by Jean Nicolas Savary the Younger.

Lyndon Watts

Lyndon Watts

Bassoon

Eckhard Lenzing

Eckhard Lenzing

The bassoonist, who was born near Müritz in 1963, began studying with Herbert Heilmann at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler in Berlin in 1979. After graduating with distinction, he took up a position at the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Rostock Volkstheater (known as the North German Philharmonic since 1990) and also became a member of the award-winning Ensemble Ottetto Amsterdam. In 1992 he enrolled in a second degree course at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in baroque bassoon with Claude Wassmer. At this time, he began exploring Early Music intensively, cooperating with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Les Arts Florissants, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and La Cetra in Basel. Together with the Ensemble Amphion, whose regular member the bassoonist has been since 1999, he won a first prize at the Van Wasener Competition. From 1997 to 2012 Eckhard Lenzing also taught at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe and at the Music Academy in Trossingen, in addition to leading courses in baroque bassoon. Since 2006, the musician, who works mainly as a freelance artist, has turned increasingly to composing for children and teenagers.

Thomas Hauschild

Horn

Thomas Hauschild
[Principal Horn]

Thomas Hauschild
[Principal Horn]

Born in Greiz, Thomas Hauschild began his musical career as a member of the choir Thomanerchor. Afterwards he studied French horn at the Cologne Music Academy with Professor Penzel and worked as a chamber musician, pianist and répétiteur. After engagements with the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, the Stuttgart State Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Wind Soloists of the Stuttgart Bach Academy, the musician has dedicated himself mainly to playing natural and baroque horn, for example as a member of the Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra under Frieder Bernius. Since the 1990s Thomas Hauschild has also been active as a conductor. Conducting guest appearances have taken him to the podium of the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Szeged (Hungary) and the Vogtland Philharmonie. Since the autumn of 2001 Thomas Hauschild has been a professor of French horn at the Leipzig Music Academy.

Thomas Hauschild

Thomas Hauschild

Horn

Oliver Kersken

Oliver Kersken

was born in Düsseldorf and studied modern horn and natural horn with Hermann Baumann at the Folkwang University of the Arts. After becoming a member of the orchestra of the National Theatre Mannheim, he decided to specialize in historically informed performance practice. Ever since, he has played in ensembles such as the Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, the Dresden Festival Orchestra, the German Natural Horn Soloists, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Cappella Coloniensis, l’arte del mondo, the German Horn Ensemble, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik Toronto, Concerto Köln, and Neues Orchester Köln. Between 1999 and 2015 he taught a natural horn class at the Leipzig Music Academy. Since November 2013 he has held the same position at the Robert Schumann Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Trumpet

Wolfgang Gaisböck
[Principal Trumpet]

Wolfgang Gaisböck
[Principal Trumpet]

studied trumpet in Linz and Salzburg. Since 1996 he has been a member of the Camerata Salzburg. As a soloist on the natural trumpet, he has performed with ensembles such as Concentus Musicus in Vienna, the Akademie für Alter Musik Berlin, the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Ensemble New York and Camerata Salzburg. Wolfgang Gaisböck teaches historical trumpet at the Bruckner University in Linz and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Trumpet

Franz Landlinger

Franz Landlinger

began his studies at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz in 1991, first with Heinz Ulz, then with Josef Eidenberger, graduating with a degree in trumpet performance in 1996. In 2002 he completed a master’s performance degree with distinction at the Mozarteum in Salzburg after studying with Hans Gansch. He also attended the Royal Academy of Music in London for one year. Since 1993 Landlinger has taught trumpet at the Upper Austrian State Music School in Ried im Innkreis and since 2005 he has taught natural trumpet at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz. He performs regularly with the Camerata Salzburg, the baroque orchestra L’Orfeo, Concentus Musicus Wien, Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Concerto Köln and others. CD recordings of his work are also available: for example, he recently recorded the complete brass concerti by Michael Haydn with Salzburger Hofmusik for CPO.

Trombone

Fred Deitz
[Principal Trombone]

Fred Deitz
[Principal Trombone]

was born in Kerkrade in the Netherlands in 1965 and studied trombone with Harry Ries in Maastricht, Netherlands, and with Michel Tilkin in Ghent, Belgium. During his studies, he was a member of the National Youth Orchestra in Amsterdam. As a freelance musician, he has performed as a guest with numerous orchestras, e.g. in Maastricht, Eindhoven, Arnhem, Enschede, Haarlem, Amsterdam, Ghent and with the Flemish Radio in Brussels. As a chamber musician, Fred Deitz works with various ensembles, playing modern and historical instruments. He is a member of the brass ensemble wes10brass and the brass quintet Brass Consort Köln. From 2008 to 2012 he taught trombone at the Maastricht Music Academy. From 1994 to 2002 Fred Deitz was also principal trombonist of the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002 he has been a trombonist in the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne.

Trombone

Werner Kloubert

Werner Kloubert

was born in 1958 and grew up in Aachen. Since completing his studies, he has been a trombonist in the Symphony Orchestra of his hometown, alternating between tenor and bass trombone. Numerous tours abroad have taken him throughout Europe, e.g. through Spain with La Chapelle Royale under Philippe Herreweghe. He has also played chamber music with many different formations and undertaken a successful American tour with the Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble.

Trombone

Saman Maroofi

Saman Maroofi

studied trombone with Professor Harry Ries (WDR Symphony Orchestra) in Maastricht. He is a regular guest of orchestras such as the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Limburg’s Sinfonie Orkest and the Filharmonisch Orkest in Antwerp; since 2009 he has also been a trombonist at the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. Apart from his orchestral activities, he is an enthusiastic chamber musician and a sought-after soloist.

Timpani

Matthias Oliver Kelemen

Matthias Oliver Kelemen

grew up in a highly musical family. After early piano lessons, he began his percussion training at the age of eleven with Axel Fries, who was an important influence. Even while graduating from secondary school, he was already a junior student at the Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre, studying with Stephan Cürlis and Massimo Drechsler. During this time he also gained valuable experience in the German National Youth Orchestra. After secondary school, he took up full-time studies in 2010, became a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and an intern at the Kassel State Theatre. Since December 2013 Matthias Kelemen has been principal timpanist at the Philharmonie Südwestfalen. Another great passion of his is playing in orchestras dedicated to historically informed performance practice. Thus, he is not only a member of the Dresden Festival Orchestra, but also of the baroque ensemble Capella Augustina directed by Andreas Spering.

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