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.

Balázs Bozzai

Violin

Balázs Bozzai

Balázs Bozzai

The violinist graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest where he studied chamber music with Ferenc Rados. As a foundation member of Concerto Armonico Budapest he is also committed to historically informed performance practice. He attended master classes with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sándor Végh in Salzburg. Performances led him to Israel, Europe, North and South America. He is concertmaster and section leader of the Orfeo Orchestra Budapest and a member of the Authentic Quartet.

Balázs Bozzai

Balázs Bozzai

Violin

Ava de Araujo Madureira

Ava de Araujo Madureira

The French-Portuguese violinist studied at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre, graduating with an artistic diploma from the class of Prof. Ingolf Turban. Since then, she has been pursuing a master’s degree with Prof. Linus Roth at the Leopold Mozart Centre of the Augsburg University. She is also studying historical performance practice. Both on the modern and historical violin, she plays concert projects with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, L’Accademia Giocosa, Harmonie Universelle, Concerto München, the Hofkapelle München and the Munich Bach Orchestra. She has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci with Dorothee Oberlinger. In addition she has appeared at the Bach Festival in Seoul, the Styriarte festival in Graz, the Innsbruck Weeks of Early Music, as a soloist at the SWR Festival in Schwetzingen, the Festival International Echternach in Luxembourg and at the Bach Festival in Lausanne under the baton of Reinhard Göbel. From 2015 to 2017 she was a member of the orchestra academy of the Bavarian State Orchestra. Since 2017 she has been a regular member of the orchestra of the State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz; since 2015 she has been a member of the Dresden Festival Orchestra.

Woitek Garbowski

Violin

Woitek Garbowski

Woitek Garbowski

Wojciech Garbowski’s goal is passion whenever he makes music, whether as a soloist or in chamber music. Early on, he decided to play new music regularly. He loves Bach, Schubert, Schumann and many other composers – and finds that he can play their works more intensively when he can work on new compositions and improvisation at the same time. He is uninterested in average interpretations; he wants to feel that his partners are equally eager to find a strong expression together, are equally courageous and willing to leave their comfort zones. As a soloist and concertmaster, he has worked for many years with the Heidelberg Symphonic Orchestra. He performs recitals with works by Bach, Paganini, Kurtág and Ysayë. Performative music-making has interested the violinist increasingly since 2008, including the connection between body and instrument. He performs at numerous large and small festivals in Europe and teaches chamber music courses regularly. His performances have frequently been recorded for radio. Today Wojciech Garbowski’s main focus is on quartet playing with the Sonar Quartet.

Woitek Garbowski

Woitek Garbowski

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

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.

Katharina Pöche

Violin

Katharina Pöche

Katharina Pöche

was born in Augsburg and received her first violin lessons from her father at the School of Singing and Music of the Mozart City of Augsburg; in 2001 she continued her studies with Jorge Sutil (Munich Philharmonic). From 2007 onwards she studied violin with Prof. Gerhard Schulz at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2012 she studied as part of the Erasmus Programme with Prof. Stephan Picard at the Music Academy Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Starting with the 2013/14 season she had a three-year contract with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig; from January 2017 she was associate concertmaster at the Coburg State Theatre for half a year. Katharina Pöche is a freelancer and plays regularly with the baroque orchestra La Banda, the Dresden Festival Orchestra and the Augsburg Philharmonic.

Katharina Pöche

Katharina Pöche

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 Royal 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.

Christophe Robert

Violin

Christophe Robert

Christophe Robert

After studying violin at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud with Micheline Lefebvre, he was admitted to the Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Devy Erlih at the age of 17. Simultaneously, he obtained a Bachelor in musicology at the Sorbonne University. He did a postgraduate course in baroque violin with Lucy van Dael at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam's Sweelinck Academy and attented masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Augustin Dumay, Erick Friedman among others. Christophe Robert joined some of the best early music ensembles including Collegium Vocale Ghent, Musica Antiqua Köln, Les Arts Florissants, Les Talens Lyriques, Les Musiciens du Louvre and Le Concert d'Astree with whom he played in the greatest venues in Europe, Japan, the USA, Australia, China, Singapore. He was a member of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and of La Chambre Philharmonique. Christophe Robert teaches violin and baroque violin at the Conservatory Frédéric Chopin in Paris, as well as classical and romantic performance practice at the Paris Conservatory. In the field of chamber music, Christophe Robert is a founding member of the ensemble La Bergamasca and the Musicians de Monsieur Croche. In addition, he is regularly invited by numerous ensembles including Café Zimmermann and Il Gardellino.

Christophe Robert

Christophe Robert

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

Mónica Waismann

Mónica 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.

Yves Ytier

Violin

Yves Ytier

Yves Ytier

The Chilean violinist has been living and working in Germany since 2011. He studied modern violin in Santiago de Chile and at the Berlin University of the Arts. He completed his master and graduate studies in baroque violin at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where Mayumi Hirasaki was his teacher. As an orchestra musician, concertmaster and chamber music partner, he plays regularly with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Concerto Köln, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, the Cölner Barockorchester and the Dresden Festival Orchestra. Yves Ytier also completed a degree in contemporary dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, dancing at the Trier Municipal Theatre under the direction of Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich in 2015 and 2016. He is the choreographer and a dancer of the ensemble uBu, creating his ow pieces which focus on the relationship between music and movement and between musicians and dancers. In addition, he has explored the area of historical dance intensively for the past few years. His own ensemble, Europa Danzante, explores the potential of the relationship between baroque music, baroque dance and contemporary dance.

Yves Ytier

Yves Ytier

Mikolaj Zgółka

Violin

Mikolaj Zgółka

Mikolaj Zgółka

studied violin at music conservatories in Poland, Switzerland and Germany. As a soloist and chamber musician, he won prizes at national and international competitions. he takes a particular interest in historical performance practice, focusing on violin music at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, chamber music of the second half of the 18th century and early Romanticism. As a concertmaster and chamber musician he has collaborated with many early music ensembles such as Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, Berlin Baroque, Allegria Musicale, Collegium Marianum, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Consortium Sedinum and Orchestra of the Academy of Early Music Foundation in Szczecin. He is the First violininst and co-founder of the Musicarius quartet, as well as oncertmaster and initiator of the Polish-German ensemble Neue Pohlnische Capelle. He also performs as soloist with the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. Mikołaj Zgółka has taken part in several recordings for such labels as Polskie Radio, DUX, CD Accord, RecArt, and Deutsche Grammophon. He runs the Baroque violin class at the Academy of Music in Poznań and has taught master classes in Lidzbark Warmiński, Jarosław and Magdeburg. In addition he has managed different music festivals and events in Poland and was honored with different awards. Mikołaj Zgółka plays an Aegidius Kloz violin from 1793 and a copy of Giovanni Paolo Maggini's violin from 1629, made by Krzysztof Krupa

Mikolaj Zgółka

Mikolaj Zgółka

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.

Anna Nowak-Pokrzywińska

Viola

Anna Nowak-Pokrzywińska

Anna Nowak-Pokrzywińska

was born in Nowa Sól, Poland, and studied violin but chose the viola as her passion and vocation. Her special interest in early music was inspired by her first teacher Ryszard Goliński, who also introduced her to the arcana of viola playing and to the pleasures of chamber music making. These experiences led her to join (still as a student) the Arte dei Suonatori orchestra, the ensemble Harmonologia as well as the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. She developed her knowledge of historically informed performance techniques with Zbigniew Pilch at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, with Rachel Podger at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, as well as during numerous master classes taught by Amandine Beyer, Petra Müllejans and Enrico Onofri among others. Her busy concert schedule includes performances (both as violinist and violist) with such ensembles as Capella Cracoviensis, Collegium 1704, Holland Baroque, Les Ambassadeurs, Kore Orchestra, Capella Regia Polona and Dresden Festival Orchestra. She has recorded albums for such labels as BIS, Channel Classics, Alpha Records, Dacapo, and DUX. Concert tours have taken her throughout Europe, as well as Asia, South and North America. She has appeared at such festivals as Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, MAfestival in Bruges, Lufthansa Festival in London, Wratislavia Cantans in Wrocław, Chopin and His Europe as well as the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw.

Anna Nowak-Pokrzywińska

Anna Nowak-Pokrzywińska

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.

Dieter Nel

Cello

Dieter Nel

Dieter Nel

Born in South Africa, Dieter Nel studied violoncello at the Stellenbosch University with Magdalena Roux, after which he moved to Austria to continue his training in Salzburg and Graz. Lessons with members of the Hagen String Quartet, Wolfgang Boettcher and Frans Helmerson, as well as a further study of baroque Cello with Kristin von der Goltz in Munich rounded off his formal musical education. He has worked with ensembles and orchestras such as the Camerata Salzburg, œnm – österreichisches ensemble für neue musik (Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music), and the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, and is a core member of Zahir Ensemble in Seville, with whom his most recent recording as a soloist was released in 2018. He performs regularly on baroque and historical instruments with the Wiener Akademie, the Münchener Hofkapelle, L’Orfeo Barockorchester and the Dresden Festival Orchestra.

Dieter Nel

Dieter Nel

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.

Patrick Sepec

Cello

Patrick Sepec

Patrick Sepec

studied cello with Thomas Demenga and Reinhard Latzko in Basel from 1990 to 1997, baroque cello with Christophe Coin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis until 2000 and viola da gamba with Imke David in Weimar from 2010 to 2014. He regularly works with internationally renowned ensembles dedicated to historical performance practice, including the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Anima Eterna Brugge, Collegium 1704 and the B’Rock Orchestra, and with conductors including René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Immerseel and Václav Lucs. As a continuo cellist under conductor Ivor Bolton, he regularly appears in productions of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and, this year for the first time, at the Teatro Real in Madrid. He has been performing with Les Musiciens du Louvre in the same function under Marc Minkowski since 2013 and with Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco under Cecilia Bartoli since 2017. He is also a member of the ensemble Les Cornets Noirs, with which he has made several recordings for Edition Alte Musik, ORF, Raumklang and audite. In 2013 the ensemble received the »International Classical Music Award«.

Patrick Sepec

Patrick Sepec

Luis Zorita Gonzalez

Cello

Luis Zorita Gonzalez

Luis Zorita Gonzalez

was born in León in Spain and studied cello with Alexander Fedortchenko in Oviedo, with Kim Scholes and Christopher Constanza in Chicago and with Rudolf Leopold in Graz, completing all his degrees with distinction. He has won first prizes in solo competitions in Spain, the USA, Japan and Austria. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous large orchestras in all the cultural centres of Spain, but also in London, Chicago, Copenhagen, Graz and Vienna. Radio broadcasts for ORF, Radio Sverige, RAI, WFM Chicago and Spanish stations have disseminated his playing. Luis Zorita Gonzales gained extensive orchestral experience as principal cellist at the Orquestra de Cadaqués, as a guest principal with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg as well as a guest musician with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Super World Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In the field of historically informed performance practice, he has played with Concentus Musicus Wien, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and the Dresden Festival Orchestra. Since 2007 he has been the cellist of the Kreisler Trio Wien and a member of the Merlin Ensemble Wien. His work has been documented on numerous CDs. Furthermore, he teaches at various master courses in Denmark, Spain, Italy and Austria and works as a youth orchestra coach in Spain and Italy. Luis Zorita plays a cello built by Giovanni Battista Ruggieri in 1675.

Luis Zorita Gonzalez

Luis Zorita Gonzalez

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.  

Dora Ombodi

Flute

Dóra Ombodi

Dóra Ombodi

is a Hungarian flutist who performs on modern and historical flutes alike. She studied flute performance with Irmela Bossler, baroque flute with Benedek Csalog and composition with Siegfried Thiele in Leipzig. She won prizes at several competitions, including the First Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of a work by Johann Sebastian Bach at the »International Handel Competition« in Halle in 2001, the Second Prize at the International Flute Competition in Markneukirchen in 2002, and the First Prize at the German Music Academy Competition in Frankfurt in 2004 and at the International Kuhlau Competition in Uelzen in 2005. Between 2003 and 2006 she was a member of the academy of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. During subsequent years she taught at the Music Academy in Leipzig. She has given concerts all over Europe, in Japan, Korea and India, in the USA and South America, and has made several recordings. Dóra Ombodi teaches master courses in Hungary and Poland regularly. She currently lives in Germany and plays on instruments of the baroque, classical, romantic and modern era with ensembles such as the Apollon Musagète Quartet, the Bachakademie Stuttgart, and the Collegium 1704. She is also a certified translator for economics and social sciences.

Dora Ombodi

Dora Ombodi

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.

Eduard Deskur

Horn

Edward Deskur

Edward Deskur

Born in the USA in 1959 to Polish refugees from World War II, Edward Deskur earned his bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 1981 under Verne Reynolds. But at the age of 19 he took a sabbatical from his studies to accept an invitation as a founding member of the Singapore Symphony in 1979. He later won a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Francis Orval in Liège, Belgium from 1981 to 1982. After engagements at the Duisburg Philharmonic and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, he joined the Zurich Opera Orchestra, in which he played 32 years until choosing to take an early retirement at the age of 58. While in Zurich he worked often with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who invited him to play regularly in his Concentus Musicus Wien. Since 1995 he also has regularly played in the Milan based baroque orchestra Il Giardino Armonico. In 2017 he started performing with the Dresden Festival Orchestra. He now divides his time between performing on both modern and historical instruments, teaching and composing.

Eduard Deskur

Eduard Deskur

Antoine Antoine

Horn

Antoine Dreyfuss

Antoine Dreyfuss

was born in 1977 in Suresnes, France. He began his horn studies at the music conservatory in Limoges in Eric Hulin’s class. In 1994, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Paris, where he studied horn with André Cazalet and chamber music with Jens McManama. He is regularly invited by major ensembles such as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris. Since 1998, he has held the position of Principal Horn with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Contemporary music is also part of his repertoire as he is a member of the ensembles L’Itinéraire and Court-Circuit. He also performs as a soloist with various French orchestras. As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Turbulences brass quintet and the Lutetia Wind Quintet. In addition, he has regularly performed with the Paris-Bastille Wind Octet since 1999.

Antoine Antoine

Antoine Antoine

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, 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.

Patrick Wibart

Ophicleide

Patrick Wibart

Patrick Wibart

received his first tuba lessons from Jean-Jacques Herbin at the age of six. Due to his vocal abilities, he became a member of the children’s choir of Radio France at the age of ten. After five years there, he decided in favour of the tuba after all and began studying with Phillippe Legris at the Regional Conservatory CNR Paris. He was also a student of Bernard Lienard and Thierry Grimont; three years later he was accepted to the bass saxophone and euphonium class of Phillippe Fritsch and Jean-Luc Petitprez at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. There, he also took up serpent studies with Michel Godard. Quickly enthusiastic about this instrument, he also studied modern music at the National Conservatory and ancient music at the Paris Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional, where Jean Tubéry and Serge Delmas were his teachers. Patrick Wibart finds inspiration equally in the worlds of baroque and contemporary music, and refuses to draw rigid boundaries between different styles and epochs. Since 2010 he has played serpent in numerous early music ensembles, such as the ensemble La Fenice, the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, Les Passions de L’Ame, L’Ensemble Sagittarius and Le Parnasse Français. He works closely with contemporary composers and has performed the world premieres of several works by composers such as Gérard Pesson, Benjamin Attahir and Aurélien Dumont. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship from the Fondation Meyer for his work on historically informed performance practice of the ophicleide and tuba. That same year, the conductor Pàl Nemeth invited him to give a concerto for ophicleide in Budapest. In addition, he regularly plays as a guest in the orchestra La Chambre Philharmonique and in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s orchestra. In 2012 he founded the Ensemble Ænea together with the composer and conductor Benjamin Attahir, which now also includes Nicolas Chedmail’s ensemble Spat’Sonore.

Patrick Wibart

Patrick Wibart

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.

Stefan Rapp

Timpani

Stefan Rapp

Stefan Rapp

After studying percussion with Professor Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Music Academy, Stefan Rapp spent a short time working at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen before being appointed the timpanist of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He is a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has played under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert Blomstedt, Ricardo Chailly, Matthias Pintscher and Paavo Järvi. In addition to his orchestra and ensemble work, which have included the NDR, Hessian Radio, the Heimbach Chamber Music Festival (with Lars Vogt), Ensemble Modern and ANARES – The German Percussion Collective, he founded the chamber music series »Back to the roots« and the music festival »Mosaik« in Bremen. These projects involve various musicians and focus on exploring New Music and improvisation, which has greatly enriched Stefan Rapp’s musical work. In 2018 he became the first percussion professor appointed in the history of the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. His areas of work range from in-depth orchestral training via challenging New Music to the examination of complex musical styles and other cultures. Stefan Rapp has recorded numerous CDs featuring works by Antheil, Beethoven, Brahms, Enke, Pintscher, Schumann and Stravinsky, among others.

Stefan Rapp

Stefan Rapp

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