Neil McLaren (flute)
Highly regarded for his performances on instruments from the Renaissance to the present day, Neil is a valued long-standing member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. He has played with the English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert and the Academy of Ancient Music. With all of these renowned ensembles he has toured extensively, and records with the major record labels. His solo recording of rare baroque flute concertos with the Cambridge Baroque Camerata attracted significant critical acclaim and is broadcast frequently around the world.
Also an accomplished performer on the modern flute, Neil’s British première of Halil for flute and orchestra by Leonard Bernstein was recorded live by the BBC at the Barbican Centre. He has given numerous concerts at London’s prestigious Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, including a recital of 20th Century Dutch and English works featuring the British première of Serene for flute and soundtracks by Ton Bruynèl, and the world première of David Osbon’s The Creatures of Frietman. Neil works with many of the major opera companies, orchestras and chamber ensembles in the UK, with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder and William Christie.
Musica Antiqua Latina
Musica Antiqua Latina, based in Rome, is devoted to the renaissance of early Italian baroque repertoire, performing on original instruments at period pitch.
Musica Antiqua Latina has performed at concerts and festivals nationwide and abroad, as well through radio broadcasting.
It breathes life into original locations, rendering Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerti Grossi at St. Luigi de’ Francesi, the church where they were first performed, or Alessandro Scarlatti’s unpublished Opus at its native Oratorio St. Girolamo della Carità.
Sources and manuscripts, coming from the major Italian archives. are closely examined, decoding hidden rhetorical figures, symbols and patterns, tracing the blend between sacred orthodoxy and theatrical melodismo.
Following the initial scholarly groundwork, Musica Antiqua Latina prepares each opus by delving into its unique life and background, searching for the mysterious bond between performer and creator that transcends ages, styles and language.
In 2005, Musica Antiqua Latina produced the DVD Christina of Sweden Musical Treasures to mark the 350th anniversary of Christina’s residency in Rome, and her patronage of arts.
It is a scholar evidence that the ecclesiastical patronage of arts in the XVII° century pursued an integrated communication strategy, without inner division. Figurative arts, architecture, music, poetry had flourished within the convivium of the aristocratic residences. Musica Antiqua Latina is likewise working in close collaboration with major cultural institutions, such as the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Rome, the National Museums. Musica Antiqua Latina has appeared at the Chamber Music Festival of the World Youth Orchestra, Campus Internazionale di Latina, Teatro Le Maschere di Roma, Anfione a San Luigi de’ Francesi, Istituto Culturale Portoghese di Roma, Festival Musica Storica, Oratorio San Girolamo della Carità - Primavera Musicale Barocca di Roma, Bologna International Process - Sala Nervi Vaticano, Festival Musica Reservata, Radio Vaticana, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, Radio3-I concerti del Quirinale, Musei in Musica – inaudita (2009-2010), Festival Divinamente, Stagione Musicale Etnea, Festival Perla Baroku (Varsavia).
Musica Antiqua Latina records for Sony Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
Founded in 2012 in Paris by Samuel Rotsztejn, Les Contre-Sujets brings together young musicians keen on sharing their passion for baroque music with a wide audience.
Among the various activities of Contre-Sujets, the most recent include a Jeunes Ensembles residence at La Cité de la Voix in Vézelay, won in 2014.
Les Contre-Sujets were among the four ensembles invited by the Gättingen International Handel Contest in 2015, where they were accompanied by the great German actress Hanna Schygulla who introduced all the historical and musical aspects that motivated the choice of programme. In May, Les Contre-Sujets were among the five finalists selected by the 1st International Val de Loire Competition, chaired by William Christie. The ensemble was then selected to join the European programme EEEmerging d'Ambronay.
Following their summer residency at the Ambronay Cultural Centre, Les Contre-Sujets performed live on Radio 4 from the concertgebouw in Amsterdam and were invited to participate in the Fringe Concerts MAfestival in Bruges and the Oude Muziek festival in Utrecht.
In December 2015, the National Center for Early Music in York welcomed the ensemble for a residency that ended with a participation in their Christmas Festival. Following its participation in the EEEmerging Festival in Ambronay, the group were invited to take up a residency in Slovenia and Italy in 2016.
Les Contre-Sujets celebrated their 50th concert in April 2016 at the Phénix de Valenciennes.
Ensemble Barocco di Napoli
The Ensemble Barocco di Napoli was founded on the iniative of Tommaso Rossi, Raffaele Di Donna and Marco Vitali and debuted to great acclaim on 2 May 2010 on the occasion of a concert organised by Associazione “Alessandro Scarlatti” to celebrate the 350th anniversary of birth of Alessandro Scarlatti.
The group is made up of musicians who have been active for years in the most important Italian Early music entitles. In 2012 the group published its first CD dedicated to the flute Cantatas and Sonatas by Alessandro Scarlatti for Stradivarius label with soprano Valentina Varriale. In 2014 the same label published a second CD, dedicated to Leonardo Leo’s flute Sonatas.
The Ensemble was invited by important festivals like Savona Opera Giocosa , Cusiano Early Music Festival, Leonardo Leo Baroque Festival. In January the Ensemble played with soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo in the music season of Associazione “Alessandro Scarlatti”. The Ensemble organizes in Pertosa the Early Music Course “Musiche da ricordare” in collaboration with Fondazione MIdA.
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 reflect his versatile and resourceful nature.
Resident in The Netherlands, Shunske serves as concertmaster of 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.
He has performed as soloist with American and European orchestras such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and National Symphony Orchestra, as well as with orchestras in Japan such as the NHK Philharmonic and Osaka Century Orchestra. Shunske has recorded violin concertos by Haydn and Mozart with Orchestra Libera Classica under the baton of Hidemi Suzuki, and in 2011 gave the first performance of Paganini’s second violin concerto on historical instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music. His discography is extensive and most notably includes works for solo violin by Telemann, Paganini and Eugène Ysaÿe.
In the roles of both soloist and concertmaster Shunske has worked with numerous conductors, including Ivor Bolton, Richard Egarr, Christopher Hogwood, and Kent Nagano.
In 2010 Shunske was awarded Second prize and the Audience prize at the 17th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. He also won the Young Concert Artists award at the age of 12, the youngest ever to date.
Born in Tokyo, Shunske immigrated to the US at the age of four. He studied at the Juilliard School in New York, Conservatoire National de Région in Paris and Hochschule für Musik und Theather in Munich. His teachers include Chin Kim, Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, Gérard Poulet, Eiichi Chijiiwa and Mary Utiger.
Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)
Jean Rondeau studied harpsichord with Blandine Verlet for over ten years before studying basso continuo with Frédéric Michel and Pierre Trocellier, organ with Jean Galard, piano with Corinne Kloska and Philippe Tambourini at the Conservatory superior of Paris, jazz and improvisation with Sylvain Halevy and Benjamin Moussay, and choir conducting with Didier Louis. He also studied with Olivier Baumont, Blandine Rannou, and Kenneth Weiss at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and with Carole Cerasi and James Johnstone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Jean Rondeau won many prizes during his musical studies including the “Prix de clavecin” with honors at the Conservatoire à rayonnement regional de Paris (CRR), and the Prix de Basse Continue” at the CRR de Boulogne.
Full of projects, Jean Rondeau also decided to study composition at the CRR de Paris. He also obtained a musicology degree from the Sorbonne University and later graduated with honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique de Paris.
At 21 years of age, Jean Rondeau is amongst the youngest first prize winners of the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (MAfestival 2012) and winner of the EUBO Development Trust prize, an award given to the most promising young musician of the European Union. The same year he won second prize at the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition (64th year of the Festival, 2012). He also received the prize for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece written specifically for the contest.
Jean Rondeau has performed extensively in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout Europe and in the United States of America, including in Paris, Siena, Florence, London, Hatchland, Bruges, Brussels, Utrecht, St. Veit, Sofia, Latvia, Prague, Warsaw, Plock, Miami. He frequently works with the orchestra Les Ambassadeurs under the direction of Alexis Kossenko and is a member of the Baroque ensemble Nevermind.
He co-founded an ensemble called Note Forget, The Project, with which he can experiment and perform his jazz-oriented compositions for which he received the Sunside’s trophies in 2012 and Label Ropes and Souls in 2013.
Passionate and curious about Baroque, Classical and jazz music, Jean Rondeau likes to mix in a little philosophy, psychology and pedagogy in order to explore the musical relationships existing between all cultures.
For over 25 years, Concerto Köln has ranked among the leading ensembles for historically informed performance practice. Even shortly following its establishment in 1985, both audience and critics alike were highly enthusiastic about the energetic performance style of the ensemble and ever since, Concerto Köln has appeared as a regular guest at the most renowned concert halls and music festivals around the globe. Numerous tours supported by the Goethe Institute, among others, have lead the ensemble to North and South America, to Asia including China, Japan and South Korea as well as to Israel and throughout most countries within Europe.
A partnership with the leading High End Audio specialists, MBL, was established in October of 2009 resulting in concerts, conventions and further cooperative efforts. Both the company and the orchestra combine shared goals and values: “We maintain a similar philosophy and Concerto Köln pursues the same goals at a musical level as we do at the technical-musical level – to evoke the listener’s emotions through technical perfection and passion.” (MBL)
Concerto Köln has produced numerous recordings with Deutsche Gramophone, Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Teldec, Edel and Capriccio and is able to boast a discography of more than 50 CDs, the majority of which have been recognised by significant awards such as the Echo Classic, the Grammy Award, The German Record Critics Award, the MIDEM Classic Award, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Diapason d’Année and the Diapason d'Or.
A trademark of the ensemble is the rediscovery of composers whose music has remained in the shadows of great names. Concerto Köln has made significant contributions to the renaissance of works including those of Joseph Martin Kraus, Evaristo Felice dall’Abaco and especially those of Henri-Joseph Rigel. The recording of Rigel’s Symphonies received numerous awards in 2009 including the ECHO Classic and the MIDEM Classic Award in 2010. The seamless integration of research and practical application is especially important for the ensemble and plays a significant role in their musical approach.
Martin Sandhoff has been responsible for the artistic direction of the orchestra since 2005. In addition to the concertmaster from within the ranks of Concerto Köln, Markus Hoffmann, external concertmasters are also engaged for certain projects, such as the recent involvement of Shunske Sato or Mayumi Hirasaki. For large-scale projects, Concerto Köln additionally engages various conductors. Such previous collaborations have included Kent Nagano, Ivor Bolton, Daniel Harding, René Jacobs, Marcus Creed, Peter Dijkstra, Laurence Equilbey and Emmanuelle Haïm. Further artistic partners include mezzo-sopranos Cecilia Bartoli, Vivica Genaux and Waltraud Meier, sopranos Simone Kermes, Nuria Rial, Rosemary Joshua and Johannette Zomer, counter tenors Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Andreas Scholl, Maarten Engeltjes and Carlos Mena, tenors Werner Güra and Christoph Prégardien, pianists Andreas Staier and Alexander Melnikov, actors and moderators Bruno Ganz, Harald Schmidt and Ulrich Tukur as well as the Ensemble Sarband, the Balthasar-Neumann Choir, the WDR, NDR and BR choirs, the Collegium Vocale Gent, the Regensburger Domspatzen, the RIAS Chamber Choir, Accentus and Arsys de Bourgogne.
Since 2005, Concerto Köln headquarters have been located in the Cologne district of Ehrenfeld where, on the ensemble’s initiative, a centre for early music shall be established. The centre wishes to build on the international significance of Cologne as the capital city of early music and to provide partners in the early music scene a common roof. Generous sponsors such as the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, the Kunststiftung NRW, the city of Cologne, the TÜV Rheinland, the Landschaftsverband Rheinland, the Bauwens Group and the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur help to support Concerto Köln in realising this vision.
Concerto Köln has been awarded an agreement to be a Cultural Ambassador of the European Union. CK is the world's first group with a quality management according to ISO 9001 and is official holder of the 'TÜV Rheinland Plakette'.
Thomas Dunford (lute)
Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), where he obtained a First Prize with honors in the class of Charles-Édouard Fantin. Thomas continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009.
Thomas has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and made numerous solo and ensemble appearances at the most prestigious European festivals, including Ambronay, Arc La Bataille, Bozar, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes and Utrecht. He has also performed further afield in the United States, Israel, China, Japan and India.
Thomas has recorded extensively with leading ensembles including Cappella Mediterranea, Ensemble Clematis, La Serenissima, À Deux Violes Esgales, Capriccio Stravagante, Pygmalion and Arcangelo. He is attracted to a wide variety of music and has collaborated in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists including Paul Agnew, Leonardo García Alarcón, Nicola Benedetti, Alain Buet, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Bobby McFerrin, Monica Huggett, Alexis Kossenko, François Lazarevitch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hugo Reyne, Skip Sempé, Jean Tubéry and Jean Rondeau.
Claire Debono is a Maltese soprano who graduated with an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Laura Sarti. Recent operatic roles include: Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress) for Théatre de la Monnaie; European and New York tour of Idomeneo (Illia) with Les Arts Florissants, including performances at the Lincoln Centre, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Peralada Festival and Teatro Filarmonico di Verona; Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Hanako (Hanjo) for Opéra de Lyon; Concert performance of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) and for Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie on their tour of Japan; Vespina (Infedelta Delusa) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Gloire (Armide) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and, Isabelle (L'Amant Jaloux) in Versailles and Minerva (Ritorno d'Ulisse) in Madrid.
Enrico Baiano (harpsichord)
Neapolitan harpsichordist Enrico Baiano is considered one of the most interesting artists on the early music scene. He has performed at the most renowned early music festivals; his repertoire ranges from 16th to 21st century.
After graduating in piano and composition at the Conservatorio S. Pietro a Majella, Naples, he specialised in harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano with Emilia Fadini at the Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milan.
Enrico Baiano has recorded several solo recordings for Symphonia (now partly re-released by PANCLASSIC) and for Stradivarius, which have won him several international prizes such as the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique and Platte des Monats. The First Book of J. S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier (played on harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano) will shortly be published by LIMEN MUSIC.
He has taken part in two documentary films directed by Francesco Leprino: 'Un gioco ardito' on Domenico Scarlatti and ‘Sul nome B.a.c.h.’ on J. S. Bach.
He has written a Harpsichord Method published by Ut Orpheus (translated into English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese) and has co-authored with Marco Moiraghi a book on the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti published by L.I.M.
Enrico Baiano is Professor of harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano at the Conservatorio Domenico Cimarosa, Avellino.
Founded by Giulio Prandi in 2003, Ghislieri Choir and Consort is one of the most appreciated Italian period instruments ensembles of its generation. It's ensemble in residency at the historical Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia and it participates in the most important Italian and European festivals, such as Internationale Haendel Festspiele Goettingen, BOZAR Bruxelles, Festival d'Ambronay, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Saison Musicale de Royaumont, Festival de Musique de Besançon, Oude Muziek Utrecht, George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, AMUZ-Antwerp, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Festival MITO, National Philharmonic Society in Vilnius. Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Trigonale Festival.
Besides performing renowned authors of both classic and baroque repertoire, with a preference for Mozart's sacred music, the group devotes itself to the revival of the 18th century Italian sacred repertoire by performing rare or unpublished music, which is the fruit of an intensive research.
Catherine Jones (cello)
Catherine began her career as a modern cellist in Perth, Western Australia. After receiving a Postgraduate scholarship she relocated to The Hague to follow her passion for Early Music. Following four years of specialized tuition with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatorium she received her Diploma in Baroque and Classical Cello, also winning the Conservatorium's prestigious "Nicolai" prize.
Catherine has worked extensively with ensembles of international renown; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Complesso Barocco, Concerto Copenhagen, La Scintilla and I Barocchisti. She has recorded prolifically for Deutsche Grammophone with Il Complesso Barocco (directed by the late Alan Curtis) with whom she was principal cello.
As soloist she has performed with Frans Brüggen and The Orchestra of the 18th Century in the Utrecht Early Music Festival performing concerti by JC Bach and Leonardo Leo. She has also featured as soloist in the Festival of Cremona with Il Complesso Barocco and recorded the Leo Cello Concerto for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label with this group. Catherine also performs regularly as soloist with the Baroque Orchestra of the Ernen Musikdorf Festival and has performed cello concertos by Vivaldi, Fiorenza, Porpora and Platti.
Her first solo disk of Boccherini and Cirri cello sonatas for Sony DHM was released in September 2014 to great acclaim and 5 star reviews; the CD has been featured on Italian Radio 3’s New CD release programme Primo Movimento and Catherine was also guest artist on the Swiss Radio Programme “Sheherazade” and has performed live on Radio 3 Milan “Piazza Verdi” and the Quirinale concert series in Rome.
In March 2017 Catherine will be recording a new solo CD of the cello concerti by the Neapolitan composer Nicolò Fiorenza for the ABC Classics label in Australia with the newly formed Tasmanian Baroque orchestra Van Diemen’s Band.
In the coming European concert season she will also be collaborating with prestigious international artists such as William Carter and Enrico Baiano and will give solo recitals in the International Baroque Festival of Valletta (Malta), Festival de Musica Veche in Timisoara (Romania), Trigonale Festival der Alten Musik (Austria), Festival di Musica Antica di Magnano (Italy).
Catherine is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag (Holland) and invited regularly to give Masterclass all over Europe (Novia University - Finland/ Austrian Baroque Academy in Gmunden/ ILMA - Italy).
In August 2017 she will be the Baroque cello Professor at the International Masterclasses for Chamber Music, Forum Alte Musik, in Sankt Gerold (Austria).
In 2015 Catherine became Professor of Baroque Cello at the “Felice Dall’Abaco” Conservatorium in Verona.
Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and received his first guidance on the piano from his father before exploring an interest in the harpsichord as a teenager. He went on to study musicology and history at Stanford University, where he was mentored by George Houle, before studying intensively with Peter Watchorn in Boston and completing his formation with the celebrated Zuzana Růžičková in Prague. He was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-2010, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizewinner, and in 2014 Mahan was on the shortlist both for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and Gramophone Artist of the Year – all firsts for the harpsichord.
Teodoro Anzellotti accordian
Born in Apulia in southern Italy, Teodoro Anzellotti grew up near Baden-Baden. He pursued his accordion studies at the Hochschulen in Karlsruhe and Trossingen and quickly achieved victories at various international competitions.
Since the 1980s he has been a regular guest at the major festivals and with leading orchestras. Teodoro Anzellotti has successfully contributed to integrating the accordion into the sphere of classical music.
This has occurred principally through his service to New Music: through his development of performing techniques he has enlarged the tone-color capabilities and sonic profile of his instrument.
More than 300 new works have been written for Teodoro Anzellotti, by composers such as George Aperghis, Brice Pauset, Heinz Holliger, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauricio Kagel, Michael Jarrell, Isabel Mundry, Gerard Pesson, Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, Marco Stroppa, Jörg Widmann und Hans Zender.
Luciano Berio created for him his Sequenza XIII, which Mr. Anzellotti premiered in Rotterdam in 1995 and subsequently performed at major festivals worldwide. Since 1987 he has taught at the Hochschule der Künste Bern, and since 2002 at the Musikhochschule Freiburg im Breisgau as well.
His discography embraces a spectrum reaching from Bach and Scarlatti to Janácek and Satie to John Cage and Matthias Pintscher.
AbChordis was founded in 2011 by ten talented musicians and friends seeking the same passionate, vibrant, exciting and authentic interpretation of music performed on period instruments and "historically informed". These four singers and six instrumentalists started a scrupulous activity of research, with the goal of rediscovering unpublished or less performed scores of the Italian 17th and 18th Century. With their first project "Virgo Singularis", the group was awarded a Jeune Ensemble en Résidence at the Cultural Centre of Ambronay, (France) and Ensemble en Residence at the Ghislieri College of Pavia (Italy).
Andrea Buccarella Harpsichord
Born in Rome in 1987, Andrea Buccarella undertook his first musical studies as Puer Cantor in the prestigious Choir of the Sistine Chapel. After obtaining the Diploma in organ and organ composition at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome (2008) he graduated cum laude in harpsichord and historical keyboards under Enrico Baiano (2016).
Andrea has an intensive concert repertoire, both as soloist and as a member of orchestras and chamber ensembles, which include numerous performances in important festivals in Europe, USA and Japan. He has also been part of several discographic recordings with Concerto Romano, Abchordis Ensemble, La Cetra, Il Pomo d’Oro, Musica Antique Latina and Ensemble Mare Nostrum; moreover, he recorded for several radio stations including Rai Radio 3, Radio Vaticana, France Musique, Radio Espace 2, WDR 3, ORF Ö1 and Radio Televizija Vojvodine (RTV).
In 2011 he became director of Abchordis Ensemble and has, since then, dedicated himself to a scrupulous activity of research as one of the main purposes of this ensemble is the rediscovery and the promotion of unpublished musical masterworks of the past, that are not performed in modern times, with special regards to the Italian sacred repertoire of the XVIII° Century.
Andrea has directed the Abchordis Ensemble at many important festivals including Festival d'Ambronay (France), Internationale Händel-Festspiele (Göttingen, Germany), Festival classique des Haudères (Switzerland), Mars en Baroque (Marseille, France), Les Riches Heures de Valère (Sion, Switzerland), Valletta International Baroque Festival (Malta), Pavia Barocca, Urbino Musica Antica, Festival Anima Mea and Festival Alessandro Stradella (Italy). Under his guidance, Abchordis Ensemble got the Public Prize at the Showcase organized in 2013 by the REMA (Réséau Européen de la Musique Ancienne) and the first prize at the Handel International Competition 2015 in Göttingen (Germany). Moreover, Abchordis Ensemble took advantage of several artistic residencies, at the Centre Culturel d’Ambronay and at the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia (2012, 2015).
VIBE (Valletta International Baroque Ensemble) is the resident ensemble of the Valletta International Baroque Festival. It was born out of a cultural need for Malta to have its own ensemble specifically focused on the study and performances of baroque music, including a rich repertoire of Maltese baroque works.
The ensemble consists of predominantly Maltese musicians, guided by foreign baroque specialists. VIBE seeks to perform music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in an historically informed way on original instruments. The formation of the ensemble is an important legacy of the festival which has grown from strength to strength since its inauguration in 2012.
Teodoro Baù Viola da Gamba
Born in 1992, Teodoro began learning the viola da gamba at a young age with Claudia Pasetto at the Castelfranco Veneto Conservatory. He graduated with the highest honours and a special prize in Verona Conservatory in 2012, with Alberto Rasi. He also studied renaissance lute for eight years with Massimo Lonardi in Venice. In June 2015 he completed his master studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with distinction, studying with Paolo Pandolfo. Teodoro has also attended several viola da gamba masterclasses with Roberto Gini and Vittorio Ghielmi.
In July 2015 he was awarded the first prize at the 6. Bach-Abel Wettbewerb in Köthen. He was also a finalist at the 7. Internationaler Telemann Wettbewerb in Magdeburg (2015) and at the international competition “Musica Antiqua” in Bruges (2014). Among other prizes he was awarded are: the Italian “Premio Nazionale delle Arti” (2010) as a soloist of ancient instruments, the second prize in “IV Concorso internazionale di viola da gamba Principe Federico Maria Ruspoli” (2012) in Vignanello (Rome), the first prize at the chamber music competition “Maurizio Pratola” (2012) in L’Aquila and the “Romanus Weichlein Preis” with the ensemble “Le Girandole Armoniche” at the International Biber Wettbewerb 2013 in Sankt Florian (Austria).
Teodoro has several recordings to his credit, with Alpha – Outhere, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Decca and Naxos. He collaborated with Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon and Cappella Mediterranea, Amandine Beyer and Gli Incogniti, Giuliano Carmignola, Duo “Les Voix Humaines” (Margaret Little and Susie Napper), Alexis Kossenko and Vivabiancaluna Biffi.
Teodoro was awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for the academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra was founded on 1st April 1968 and was originally known as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra. It comprised a number of musicians who previously formed part of a chamber orchestra in the employ of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Navy (Malta), better known as the C-in-C Orchestra that was disbanded one day earlier. It was the orchestra in residence at the homonymous theatre and regularly performed operas and symphonic concerts under the direction of its resident conductors Joseph Sammut (1968-1992) and Michael Laus (1992-1997). In September 1997 the orchestra became an independent body and was officially named as the National Orchestra of Malta. Ten years later, in December 2007, the Orchestra started the process to augment its musicians complement to Philharmonic levels launching itself as The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on the 12th January, 2008.
The chamber music group Het Collectief was founded in 1998 in Brussels. Working consistently from a solid nucleus of five musicians, the group has created an intriguing and idiosyncratic sound, achieved by an unfamiliar mix of strings, wind instruments and piano.
In its repertoire, Het Collectief returns to the Second Viennese School, the roots of modernism. Starting from this solid basis, it explores important twentieth century repertoire, including the very latest experimental trends. The group also creates a furore with daring crossovers between the contemporary and the traditional repertoire and with adaptations of ancient music.
Next to the many concert venues in Belgium, Het Collectief regularly brings its productions to concert halls abroad, including The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hong Kong, Spain, Peru and Brazil (Sao Paulo, Campos do Jordao, Rio de Janeiro).
Wibert Aerts, violin | Julien Hervé, clarinet | Thomas Dieltjens, piano | Toon Fret, flute | Martijn Vink, cello.