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ARIEL STRING QUARTET

Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its members were middle-school students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the Universityof Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring schedule.
The group’s 2017-18 season features performances for Shriver Hall Concert Series, the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, and the New England Conservatory; on major series around the United States; and on tour in Israel and Europe. In the 2016-17 season, the Ariel Quartet performed the complete Beethoven cycle in Berlin, following a performance of the cycle for Napa’s Music in the Vineyards, and toured with Alon Goldstein, while 2015-16 season featured their debut at Carnegie Hall. Recent seasons included a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge, and a performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The Ariel Quartet has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American, Pacifica, and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet has toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein and has performed frequently with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival. Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of prestigious international prizes including the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz, the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók. After that performance, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.” The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent a formative year in Switzerland for in-depth studies with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet. The Quartet has received significant scholarship support for the members’ studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grantrom The A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.
 
     
     
     
AIZURI STRING QUARTET

Praised by the Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique and emotions,” the Aizuri Quartet was awarded First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and Third Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, the Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past in which “every note is lovingly crafted and savored” (Washington Post). Based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet is the 2017-2018 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presenting five unique programs throughout the season, which the New York Times has called “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative". Previously the Quartet was the 2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and from 2014-2016, the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Throughout its residency, the Quartet appeared internationally in Curtis on Tour performances in Bremen, Dresden, Paris and Salzburg, in Aspen, Logan, Napa, La Jolla and Davis with clarinetist Michael Rusinek, at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New York City’s Morgan Library and Museum with cellist Peter Wiley, and throughout Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico with violist Roberto Díaz. Additionally, the Quartet was the resident ensemble of the 2014 Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institut Highlights of the Quartet’s recent and upcoming seasons include a multi-city tour of Japan, debut recitals at the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music at the Barns, Schneider Concerts in New York City, Princeton University’s Summer Chamber Music Concerts, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, the Artosphere Festival and the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, and residencies with Cornell University, Scrag Mountain Music, North Carolina State University, Chamber Music Abu Dhabi, and IRIS Orchestra. Finding great joy in working with contemporary composers and exploring unusual collaborations, the Aizuri Quartet is proud to have commissioned and premiered works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw (Blueprint), Paul Wiancko (LIFT), Yevgeniy Sharlat (RIPEFG), Gabriella Smith (Carrot Revolution), Rene Orth (Stripped), and Alyssa Weinberg (Parallels). The Quartet’s many and varied collaborative partners include pianists Jonathan Biss and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, eighth blackbird in specially-curated performances of Terry Riley’s “In C,” the Aeolus Quartet, poet Denice Frohman, and singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke. Most recently the Quartet premiered the 65-minute chamber opera Sophia’s Forest by Lembit Beecher, featuring the Aizuri Quartet, soprano Kiera Duffy, and expansive, custom-built sound sculptures in Philadelphia in September 2017. Its debut album, featuring new works written for the Aizuri Quartet, will be released by New Amsterdam Records in Fall 2018. Combining their deep study of classical music with a naturally warm and exuberant approach to audiences and students, the Aizuri Quartet is passionate about creating diverse points of entry into the string quartet repertoire. As its 2015 resident ensemble, the Quartet worked closely with Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation to develop programs and commission new works that forged meaningful connections between music and visual art. The Quartet was featured throughout the Curtis-Coursera online course “The World of the String Quartet,” which was hosted by Arnold Steinhardt and has reached thousands of students from over a hundred countries. Comprising four distinctive musical personalities, “each one a magnificent musician in her own right” (Washington Post), the Aizuri Quartet “is in full possession of that most elusive of string quartet qualities: the balance between charisma of the individual and cohesion of the collective” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Formed in 2012, the Aizuri Quartet draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail.
 
     
     
     
MARCO AMBROSINI

Began playing the nyckelharpa in 1983. He is one of the first full-time musicians to do so outside of Sweden since the baroque era. Together with the former skilled violin luthiers and today's Nyckelharpa makers Jean Claude Condi and Annette Osann (France), he helped further develop the instrument. His worldwide concert activity includes over 150 CDs, broadcast and television appearances as a composer, soloist, and as member of several ensembles dedicated to early and contemporary music. Marco Ambrosini teaches early music at the Stages for Early Music at the Academy Burg in Fürsteneck, Germany.
He is the founder and conductor of the "European Nyckelharpa Training", which takes place in co-operation with the "Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli", Italy, the aforementioned academy "Burg Fürsteneck" near Fulda, Germany, the "Eric Sahlström Institutet" in Tobo, Sweden and the University of Trossingen (Germany) as a vocational trainer for musicians on the Nyckelharpa. He is also the didactic director of the Early Music Summer Master Classes in Bertinoro, Italy, in co-operation with Fondazione Alma Mater and the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
 
     
     
     
APOLLO’S FIRE

Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by the award- winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrel envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.
Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (The Independent, London), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with a BBC broadcast. Apollo’s Fire returned to Europe in autumn 2011 and spring 2014, and has been met with standing ovations in Madrid (Royal Theatre), Bordeaux (Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra), Lisbon, Metz (FR), Birmingham (UK) and Bregenz (Austria). AF’s return to London in 2014 was praised as “an evening of superlative music-making… the group combines European stylishness with American entrepreneurialism” (THE TELEGRAPH, UK).
Apollo’s Fire has also toured throughout North America, appearing at the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Tropical Baroque Festival in Miami, the Ojai International Festival in California, and major venues in Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ensemble performed an 11-concert tour of the Monteverdi Vespers in 2010 and a 9-concert tour of the Brandenburg Concertos in 2013. Apollo’s Fire is currently signed to Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) for exclusive representation in North and South America, and is managed in Europe by Intermusica (London).
At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. Apollo’s Fire has released 20 commercial CD’s, and currently records for the British label AVIE. Since the ensemble’s introduction into the European CD market in 2010, the recordings have won rave reviews in the London press: “a swaggering version, brilliantly played” (THE TIMES) and “the Midwest’s best-kept musical secret is finally reaching British ears” (THE INDEPENDENT). Four of the ensemble’s CD releases have become best-sellers on the classical Billboard chart: the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and Jeannette Sorrell’s two crossover programs, “Come to the River” and “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers.
 
     
     
     
AVI AVITAL

Recognized by The New York Times for his "exquisitely sensitive playing" and “stunning agility”, Grammynominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world’s most exciting and entrepreneurial musicians. He is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and commissioning new works in a range of genres. Avi Avital is internationally regarded for his performances at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, KKL Luzern, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and Wigmore Hall in London. He has appeared as soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Berliner Symphoniker under the batons of Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Simon Rattle and Philippe Entremont, amongst others. Avital has collaborated extensively with artists such as clarinettist Giora Feidman, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and trumpeter and composer Frank London. He has also been featured at the Tanglewood, Luzern, Spoleto, and Ravenna summer music festivals. Avi Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a GRAMMY nomination in the category “Best Instrumental Soloist” (2010) for his recording of Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto (Metropolis Ensemble/Andrew Cyr). He has won numerous competitions and awards including Germany’s ECHO Prize for his 2008 recording with the David Orlowsky Trio and the AVIV Competition (2007), the preeminent national competition for Israeli soloists. Born in Be’er Sheva, southern Israel in 1978, he began learning the mandolin at the age of eight and soon joined the flourishing mandolin youth orchestra founded and directed by his charismatic teacher, Russian-born violinist Simcha Nathanson. He later graduated from the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padova, Italy where he studied the original mandolin repertoire with Ugo Orlandi. Avital has released various recordings in the disparate genres of klezmer, baroque and contemporary classical music. He now records exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon and his debut release (2012) featured his own transcriptions of J. S. Bach Concertos for harpsichord and violin in arrangements for mandolin and orchestra. His next disc introduces chamber music compositions from Ernest Bloch and De Falla to traditional Bulgarian Folk Tunes and will be released in early 2014. Recent highlights include Concerto performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Fest and Aspen Music Festival, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road workshop on a new composition by David Bruce, performances of “Avital meets Avital”, a cross-genre programme with New York-based jazz artist Omer Avital at the Musikfest Bremen and Jewish Culturte Days Festival in Berlin, and engagements with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica and Potsdam Kammerakademie. Forthcoming engagements include Concertos with the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Potsdam Kammerakademie, Philharmonischer Kammerorchester Berlin, and tours with the Brandenburg Orchestra in Australia and with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra in Europe including Theatre de Chatelet in Paris and King’s Place in London. Forthcoming solo recitals include the Vancouver Recital Society and Carnegie Hall Presents (Weill Hall).
 
     
     
     
MARIA LUISA BALDASSARI

Maria Luisa Baldassari holds a degree in piano, harpsichord (Bologna Conservatoire) and musicology (Pavia University); she studied harpsichord with Gordon Murray Bob van Asperen. She is active both as performer and scholar: as harpsichord soloist and accompanist she has played with various renowned musicians (Maxence Larrieu, Cristiano Rossi, Alessandro Ciccolini, Bruce Dickey, Stefano Montanari, Pekka Kuusisto, Gloria Banditelli...), and ensembles in many Italian theaters and concert halls, and has been invited in Austria, Estonia, France, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, Canada, USA. Maria Luisa Baldassari has founded the Ensemble Les Nations, a group composed by well known specialists in ancient music in Italy, whose repertoire is focused on Renaissance and early Baroque Italian music. With this ensemble she has recorded 7 cd. The ensemble has staged ‘Euridice’ of Jacopo Peri, the first extant opera, in different venues in Veneto and in Turin, at the"Teatro Regio". Maria Luisa Baldassari has recorded CDs for Echo, Tactus, Rivo Alto, EMI and Nuova Era. She teaches harpsichord at Pesaro Conservatoire and is President of the musical association Collegium Musicum Classense. As a musicologist she investigates the keyboard music of the Renaissance and the vocal music of the Seventeenth century, and has published critical editions for ‘Ut Orpheus’ (music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Battista Martini, Andrea Antico). She has also translated in Italian the well-known continuo treatise by Jesper Christensen (Ut Orpheus-Baerenreiter, 2003) .
 
     
     
     
I BASSIFONDI

Most 17th-18th-century music for lute, guitar, theorbo and archlute was devised and written down to be played in consort with different instruments. Such authors as Kapsberger, Corbetta, Piccinini, de Visée, Granata, Weiss and many others either composed their solo pieces with an added continuo accompaniment or arranged them from the original tablatures into regular multi-part scores. Moreover, in some more explicit instances they wrote directly for a consort of lutes, or for lute and sundry instruments. Several period chronicles witness on how such multi-instrumental music used to be performed. Guitarists were typically expected to be accompanied by theorboes, colasciones, lutes – and vice versa. Relying on written testimonies as well as on musical and iconographic sources, the ensemble "I Bassifondi", founded and hand-picked by Simone Vallerotonda, aims at rediscovering and offering the audience that repertoire in chamber format.
Their debut album "Alfabeto falso” was nominated in the ICMA 2018 (International Classical Music Award) among the best baroque instrumental records.
 
     
     
     
 
AMANDINE BEYER

Amandine Beyer has been recognized for years as a point of reference in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire. Her recording of the Sonatas & Partitas by J. S. Bach in 2012 received plaudits and consensus from the most prestigious international critics, including Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc de Classica de l’année, Editor’s choice de Gramophone, Prix Academie Charles Cros and Excepcional de Scherzo. Her rendition of Bach’s second Partita was choreographed and performed by Anne Theresa Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz.
She performs regularly in the world’s most important concert halls and festivals (Théatre du Chatelet, Festival de Sablé, Innsbruck Festwochen, Konzerthaus of Vienna…). She divides her time between performing with various music ensembles : les Cornets Noirs, duos with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Laurance Beyer as well as her own ensemble, “Gli Incogniti" (their CD's devoted to Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Corelli's Concerti Grossi have been lauded by international critics as new high points in the performance of this repertoire).
Her other great passion is pedagogy. She teaches at ESMAE of Porto (Portugal, and also holds masterclasses worldwide (France, Taiwan, Brazil, USA and Canada). Since 2010 she has taught baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
 
     
     
     
 
GLORIA CAMPANER

Highly acclaimed for her "extremely deep musicality, remarkable fluidity, nuancing and sense of style" (Walter Arlen, Los Angeles Times), Gloria Campaner is considered one of the most interesting pianists of her generation. Born in Venice, she began her piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies with Bruno Mezzena, Konstantin Bogino, and Prof. Fanny Solter (Konzertexam at Karlsruhe Musikhochschule). Gloria has been the first-prize recipient in more than twenty national and international piano competitions, including 1st Prize and Prokofiev Special Award at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize and the Silver Medal at Los Angeles Paderewski International Piano Competition, as well as the Paderewski and Chopin best performance awards. Her rapidly advancing career as a soloist and chamber musician has led her to be a guest of some of the most prestigious festivals all over the world. Gloria was appointed European Ambassador for Culture as part of Piano: Reflet de la Culture Européenne (2010/11), won the European Prize for Culture at the Cultural Foundation Pro Europa in 2011 and now adds a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship to her collection. Several of her concerts have been broadcast on radio and TV including RAI, Radio Ljubljana, SKY Classica, RTSI and CNN. Her debut CD of solo piano works by Schumann and Rachmaninov was released by EMI in 2013; an orchestral debut CD dedicated to Rachmaninov Concert n.2 has been released in May 2017 by Warner and the new one will follow in late 2018.
Gloria is a devoted chamber musician and has played with many distinguished names, such as Ivry Gitlis, Ana Chumachenco, Michael Kugel, Royal Concertgebouw soloists, Sergei Krylov, Johannes Moser and Quartetto di Cremona among others. In addition, Gloria has sought new horizons resulting in working with exciting collaborative artists from other fields. These have included innovative cross-genre performances with world-renowned jazz pianists Franco D’Andrea, Stefano Bollani and Leszek Możdżer and Dutch choreographer Joost Vrouenraets for the new Renzo Piano Auditorium in L’Aquila, Italy. The show has been filmed from prize winner director Luca Scarzella, with whom Gloria has a long lasting collaboration. In March 2015 another premiere with Gotra Ballet and Joost Vrouenraets has been performed at Teatro Olimpico in Rome.
Gloria and Luca Scarzella collaborated both on a video inspired by Debussy compositions and the documentary “The Heart of Stone” broadcast recently on Sky Arte. Gloria also looks forward to new projects in the in the fields of classical/electronic fusion, and in contemporary music where new works are often dedicated to her. Recent premières include new works by Márton Illés, Jorg Widmann, Vittorio Montalti and Giovanni Sollima. Recent and future highlights include Chinese tours, with performances in the NCPA of Beijing Oriental Arts Centre, Shanghai, recitals in Brazil, a debut with the RSI Orchestra in Lugano and National Symphony RAI Orchestra broadcast live on RAI radio and television and further collaborations with Quartetto di Cremona and Johannes Moser.
She opened the season in Perugia performing Schumann Piano Concerto with National Symphony RAI Orchestra and M° Axelrod conducting; she debuted for Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia chamber season in Rome and performed for La Società dei Concerti in Milan, among the others.
Gloria made her debut with English Chamber Orchestra and M° Muranaka in London; she toured Brazil in recital and with Orchestra as well as Mexico. She toured Japan in recital in December 2015 and with orchestra in 2016; during the same season she toured China, South Africa, Armenia, Lebanon, Latin America; she has been invited to perform the opening concert at the first music school on Easter Island.
In Summer 2017 she has been invited as resident artist to Marlboro Festival by Mitsuko Uchida, invited as well for 2019. In October 2017 she opened the Filarmonica della Fenice season, performing Schumann Pianoconcerto with M° Axelrod conducting. In 2017/18 season she will tour Italy with Quartetto di Cremona, Japan with Orchestra, South Africa in addition to all italian events.
 
     
     
     
 
ENRICO CASAZZA

Enrico Casazza completed his studies at the Academy of Music "A. Buzzola" in his native Adria, obtaining a violin diploma with highest honors. He continued his studies with Carlo Chiarappa, Pavel Vernikof, Dino Asciolla, Franco Gulli and Giuliano Carmignola. Subsequently he embarked on an outstanding career as a concert artist that led him to perform with many famous musicians and in many of the world's most important concert halls as well as at numerous international festivals.
He has played duo concerts with the world famous violist Dino Asciolla. As first violinist and director of the ensemble "La Magnifica Communità", he is in the process of recording the complete Boccherini Quintets for the BRILLIANT label. He has performed with the "Accademia Bizantina" l'Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Modo Antiquo directed by Federico Maria Sardelli, I Virtuosi Italiani, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica and Europa Galante directed by Fabio Biondi (with whom he recorded numerous CDs for the labels OPUS 111 and EMI Virgin.) He is the violin soloist and co-director of "La Follia Barocca”.
 
     
     
     
 
WEIYIN CHEN

“A thoughtful, lyrical, and accomplished artist… The hallmarks of Ms. Chen’s performance were the singing quality of her sound and her attentiveness to inner voices and harmonic shadings… I was captivated by the breadth and warmth of the Mozart playing,”
– Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
In a time of promising young virtuosos from all over the world, the Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen stands out not just for her dazzling technique, but above all for the sheer musicality and maturity of her playing, qualities rare in an artist of her young years. Her gift for getting to the musical “heart” of the scores she plays has drawn the attention and praise of such master musicians as the renowned conductor-pianist Leon Fleisher and pianists Richard Goode and Claude Frank, all of whom she studied with extensively, among a legion of other notable figures. Ms. Chen is a “thinking pianist” who has a rare ability to look beyond the notes on the page to divine a score’s musical essence. Performances have taken her across three continents, highlights include New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, concert tours with Camerata RCO-members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New Year Music Festival in Gstaad Switzerland under the artistic direction of Princess Caroline Murat and patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she made her debut under Maestro Edo de Waart, Brahms First Piano Concerto with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra’s Royal Celebration Concert honoring the 86th Birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej, China National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic NSO. Recitals have taken her to France, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Panama, India, Taipei, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah and Chicago. She has performed in such festivals as La Jolla, Verbier, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sarasota, Banff, collaborated with such instrumentalists as the Miró Quartet, violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Ilya Gringolts, Chee-Yun Kim, David Chan, Alina Pogostkina, violists Paul Neubauer, David Aaron Carpenter, Cynthia Phelps, and cellist Gary Hoffman. Ms. Chen released 2 albums in USA and Europe respectively. Her debut solo CD Diary in G is a testament to her superb talents as an interpreter. The longtime critic Jerry Dubins wrote in his glowing review, “I can honestly say that no other performance and recording of this Sonata (Schubert Sonata No. 18 in G major) I’ve heard has won me over as this one has….” Her concerti album with the Camerata RCO–members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra also received high praise from critic James Forrest “…the amount of insight she brings to this music, so early in her career, speaks volumes for the inherent gifts with which she has endowed…Chen’s youth can entirely equal the playing of Argerich recorded with an additional quarter-century of years and experience behind her.” ”
 
     
     
     
 
ANIA FILOCHOWSKA

Warsaw-born Ania Filochowska is an exceptionally talented young artist. At 23, she is hailed as "the rising star of the youngest generation of Polish violin virtuosos." She has studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia since 2013, where her mentors include Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt and Aaron Rosand. She began playing the violin at age 6 at a music school in Warsaw, and at 11, was accepted at the Juilliard School, Pre-College to study under Itzhak Perlman, who was her mentor for 4 years. She made her solo debut with the Rybnik Symphony Orchestra in Poland at age 10 and has since then performed with numerous orchestras. At 11, she auditioned for Anne-Sophie Mutter and Elzbieta Penderecki, who spoke highly of her talent. The same year, she was named "Personality of the Year" by the Polish radio. At 12, she played on NPR's "From the Top" radio show in Boston and was a recipient of the "Young Artist Award" from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. She also recorded for the PBS TV Series "From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall." At 15, she played for Maestro Zubin Mehta at the Avery Fisher Hall. In the summers, she attended Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute, Verbier Festival Academy, Krzyzowa-Music, the Perlman Music Program, Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, Thy and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festivals, and was selected as an "Exceptional Young Artist" at the Starling-DeLay Symposium in New York. She has worked with great musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Alfred Brendel, Ana Chumachenco, Miriam Fried, Ida Haendel, Mihaela Martin, Midori, Ruggiero Ricci, Peter Wiley, and Pinchas Zukerman. As a chamber musician, she has performed with renowned artists, including Viviane Hagner, Kim Kashkashian, Ralph Kirshbaum, Torleif Thedéen, Krzysztof Jablonski, Meng-Chieh Liu, Charles Neidich, Michael Rusinek, Daniel Matsukawa, as well as members of the Artemis, Belcea, Cleveland, and Dover Quartets. She also enjoys collaborating with her older brother, Piotr, a violinist. Ania has received several presidential awards and scholarships in support of her talent, including from the President of Poland, Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, Crescendum Est – Polonia scholarship, and “Young Poland” award from the Polish Minister of Culture. As a child, Ania played the harp, and a cycle of compositions was written especially for her by the late Polish composer, Janina Garscia. She has also studied piano and classical voice, and enjoys playing the viola. In addition, she has a passion for acting, yoga, and learning languages. Currently, she plays on a 1767 G. B. Guadagnini violin on loan from Curtis, where she serves as the Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-2018 season.
 
     
     
     
  LA FOLLIA BAROCCA

"La Follia Barocca" is an early music ensemble created by a group of talented musicians with extensive experience in the repertoire of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. The ensemble boasts solo players from the most prestigious baroque instrumental groups to have emerged in recent years: Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Ensemble Matheus, Ensemble Baroque de Nice, Stradella Consort, The Hannover Band, Il Complesso Barocco, Modo Antiquo and Il Falcone, among others. The group first toured the USA in 2004. Their concert at the Schubert Club in St.Paul, Minnesota was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. The second US tour of "La Follia Barocca" featured the group's first performance in New York City. New York Concert Review wrote "Without a doubt La Follia Barocca is one of the best early music ensembles to have ever performed in New York". The ensemble's concert in Savannah, Georgia was broadcast on Performance Today on American Public Radio. The ensemble has performed at "Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio", Italy's most important early music series. "La Follia Barocca" has recorded the complete Concerti Grossi Opus 1 by Pietro Antonio Locatelli for Velut Luna Records to enthusiastic reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Johan van Veen, the Dutch early music critic wrote "I have thoroughly enjoyed this disc, because of the quality and the sheer beauty of Locatelli's concertos, and also because of the outstanding performances of La Follia Barocca." Fanfare Magazine classified the recording as " strongly recommended". The authoritative Italian classical music magazine Classic Voice gave the recording the maximum five star rating in addition to naming it "cd of the month". Music Web International named it one of the cds of the year for 2009. The magazine "The Strad" wrote " the solo playing is outstanding throughout and the ripieno strings contribute much liveliness and expressive warmth." "La Follia Barocca" is an ensemble in residence at the festival "Musical Landscapes in Tuscany" in Val d'Orcia in Tuscany.
 
     
     
     
  SUSANNA PERRY GILMORE

Susanna Perry Gilmore enjoys a multifaceted career as solo artist, chamber musician, and orchestral concertmaster. Performing on both modern and period instruments and versatile in diverse styles from classical to fiddling, she is hailed as a player who is both “thrilling and sensitive” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “luminous and hypnotic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “authentic with exquisite good taste” and "rich in tone, bringing musical depth and a human touch" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. In the 2017-18 season, in addition to her role as concertmaster, Ms. Gilmore will lead and conduct the Omaha Symphony strings in a performance of Concerto Polonois by Telemann in the Fall, be featured on Irish fiddle and co-creator of Celtic Journey: The Return, on the Omaha Symphony Pops Series in March, and will be the soloist on the Master Works Series in May performing the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg. After beginning her career as a chamber player, at the age of twenty-six Ms. Gilmore became concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She joined the Omaha Symphony as concertmaster in 2011. Since 2014 she has been a frequent guest violinist/fiddler with the acclaimed period music ensemble Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), with whom she appears on the CD Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller) and the CD Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews (Billboard Top 10 classical bestseller), which features the early 17th-century composer Salamone Rossi. In the spring of 2017 she toured the Sugarloaf Mountain program around the U.S., culminating in a performance at the National Gallery in D.C. In the summer of 2017 she joined Apollo's Fire as a soloist in Vivaldi's Four Seasons, performing at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals on baroque violin. Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University (UK), where she studied musicology and performed both early music and symphonic repertoire while studying privately with Yfrah Neaman. She spent a post-graduate year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a Master’s in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music in the pre-college program and as a child began her violin studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. On baroque violin Ms. Gilmore has studied with Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, and Marilyn McDonald at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Ms. Gilmore learned to play Celtic fiddle in her youth through sitting in on Irish sessions during her years living in Nashville and England. When not working as a classical and baroque violinist and fiddler, Ms. Gilmore spends time with her two daughters, Katy and Zoe. She performs on a 1776 Joseph Odoardi violin.
 
     
     
     
  JUDITH HUBER

Judith Huber studied at the C. Monteverdi“ Conservatory of Bolzano under the guidance of Georg Egger, completing her diploma with the highest honors in 1996. Subsequently, she obtained a diploma at the “Musikhochschule Karlsruhe“ in 2000, studying with Ulf Hölscher. Her chamber music studies focused on the string quartet repertoire, working with Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet) at the school in Fiesole,Hugh Maguire(Alegri Quartet),Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartet) at Aldeburgh, at the Britten-Pears / School for Advanced Musical Studies, Hariolf Schlichtig (Cherubini Quartett) and Andrea Repetto (Quartetto di Torino). From 1995 through 1997, she was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under the direction of Claudio Abbado and Ivan Fischer. She performed with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, the Bachcollegium of Stuttgart conducted by Helmuth Rilling, Klassische Philharmonie and Hofkapelle directed by Frieder Bernius. She was invited to play in the new music ensemble Saeculorium, conducted by Philipp v. Steinaecker. She collaborates regularly with the Accademia d´Archi di Bolzano. Judith Huber has dedicated herself to the study of baroque violin, attending master classes with Nancy Wilson and Stanley Ritchie (The Bach Ensemble) in addition to studies with Gottfried van der Goltz in Freiburg. She performs regularly with the Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini and Lónda armonica directed by Sergio Azzolini.
 
     
     
     
  GLI INCOGNITI

Gli Incogniti were founded by French violinist Amandine Beyer in 2006. A native of Aix-en-Provence, Beyer took modern violin classes in Paris, emphasizing contemporary music in her studies. But a recommendation from a friend led her to the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, and to the teaching of Baroque violinist Chiara Banchini. That proved decisive for Beyer's style, although she has continued to play contemporary music on a modern violin. Beyer plays without a chin rest, uses gut strings, and adopts various other historical techniques; her style varies across the wide variety of Baroque music she plays. Gli Incogniti, which is composed of veterans of various other continental historical-performance ensembles, gave its first concert that year in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Gli Incogniti made their recording debut a year later with an album of Bach violin concertos; they have recorded for Outhere, Zig Zag Territoires, and Harmonia Mundi. A 2008 album featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos and other concertos was both critically and commercially successful, topping French classical charts for several weeks and earning Gli Incogniti the first in a series of awards in France and Germany. The group has toured widely in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, China, Japan, and the U.S. Their 2016 release, Un’orage d’Avril (An April Storm), once again showed their ability to apply fresh approaches to extremely familiar material; among the compositions by Johann Pachelbel on the album was the Canon in D major. Later that year, Gli Incogniti released an album of Vivaldi concertos for two violins and orchestra, pairing Beyer with Italian Baroque violinist Giuliano Carmignola.
 
     
     
     
  MAGRET KÕLL

Having started with the Tyrolian folk harp, Margret Köll studied the concert harp in Innsbruck, Baltimore and subsequently in the class of Prof. Helga Storck at the Musikhochschule Mόnchen, from where she graduated as a teacher and a performer. After further studies on historical harps with Andrew Lawrence-King and Mara Galassi, she obtained a degree at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan. Since 2012 she has taught baroque harp at the Hochschule Hans-Eisler in Berlin. In 2008 she was awarded the “Jakob-Stainer-Preis” in Austria. As a principal harpist she has worked with orchestras such as the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Also, she was a member of a contemporary folk-band Die Knödel and participated in their worldwide tours (e.g. Knitting Factory / New York). They had collaborations with outstanding artists like Meredith Monk, Sainkho Namtchylak and the Kronos Quartett. As a specialist on the historical harp she plays as a soloist and as a continuo player with various ensembles: Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina, Europa Galante, Balthasar- Neumann-Ensemble, Akademie fόr Alte Musik Berlin and Concerto Köln. She has performed at the Salzburger Festspiele, Covent Garden, the Theater an der Wien, the Operα Garnier Paris, the Bayrische Staatsoper and the Teatro alla Scala Milan. Her renowned chamber music partners include soprano Roberta Invernizzi, lutenist Luca Pianca, violinists Enrico Onofri, Georg Kallweit and Dmitry Sinkovsky and viola da gamba player Vittorio Ghielmi. Regularly Margret Köll has participated in CD productions and tours, e.g. with Cecilia Bartoli, Magdalena Kozena, Sonia Prina and Roberta Invernizzi. In 2015, she completed a concert tour in California as a soloist with Concerto Köln . Her solo CD “L’arpa di Parthenope” with early baroque music from Naples (2014 / Accent) was awarded with the Diapason d’Or.
 
     
     
     
  LENKA MOLČÁNYIOVÁ

Born in 1995 in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she started to take her first lessons of recorder at the Music Primary School "Joseph Kresánek". Apart from the recorder she also took lessons of piano, drums, and saxophone. Most of her music childhood she was concerning to the early recorder and modern music as well as the jazz and improvisation. Since 2011 Lenka has been participating in many early music workshops and masterclasses with great professional recorder players: Dorothee Oberlinger, Lorenzo Cavasanti, Manuel Staropoli, Walter Van Hauwe, Carsten Eckert, Michael Schneider, David Bellugi, Dan Laurin, Pamela Thorby. She played in a huge number of successful concerts and festivals as a soloist or with consort in her homeland and abroad (Vienna, Ljublana, Warsaw, Zurich, Skopje, Florence, Milan,...) and she participated in the various national recorder competitions in Slovakia, where she always achieved high awards (announced more times as the absolute winner of the competition). In February 2017 she succesfully finished her bachelor studies of recorder with David Bellugi at the Conservatorio di musica "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence. For one semester she was accpeted as an Erasmus exchange student at Hochschule für Musik und Theater "F.M.Bartholdy" in Leipzig, Germany where she studied with Antje Hensel and Anna Januj. In Florence Lenka with the two great recorder players Johanna Lopez (CO) and Urška Cvetko (SLV) created a trio "Chicas del David" which gave concerts all over Florence (Galleria dell’Accademia, Villa Bardini, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Museo Bardini, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Lyceum,...), in Tuscany and in Sicily. They won the 3rd prize at the prestigious national competition "Premio Abbado" in Palermo in 2015 and in Octobre 2017 they participated in masterclass with Daniele Brüggen and in competition at the Recorder Open days in Amsterdam (ORDA). She is currently studying jazz saxophone at the Jazz College "Jaroslav Ježek" in Prague.
 
     
     
     
  ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA MILANO CLASSICA

Milano Classica "Orchestra da Camera" was founded in 1993 by members of the former Orchestra dell'Angelicum. These experienced musicians have given enthusiastic audiences the opportunity to enjoy performances of the great masterpieces from the Baroque period and above all of the Classical era, working with conductors and soloists who specialize in early music performance practices. The orchestra also has played a great number of previously unknown compositions, often performing works for the first time in the modern era. The orchestra performs 19th century and contemporary works as well. Many premieres of works by prominent Italian composers have been written specifically for Milano Classica.
Since its formation, the orchestra has performed twice weekly during its regular concert season from November to June at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan. This building, a wonderful example of Italian art-nouveau, is situated in one of the city's most beautiful parks.
Many world famous artists have performed with or conducted the Milano Classica including Franco Gulli,Riccardo Muti, Jeffrey Swann, Mario Brunello,Giovanni Sollima, Andrea Marcon, Ottavio Dantone, Enrico Onofri, Stefano Montanari, Enrico Gatti, Giuliano Carmignola, Fabio Biondi, Enrica Cavallo,Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli Jr., Enrico Dindo, Paolo Fresu and Alexander Lonquich.
Milano Classica has appeared throughout Italy, as well as in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey, Japan and the U.S.A. and has participated in important festivals such as those of Lubiana and Ankara, the Etè Mosan and Flanders Festival in Belgium as well as the Fanfare Festival in Louisiana. It has performed on important concert series including those of the Schubert Club in St.Paul, Minnesota, Vassar College in the state of New York and the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome. The orchestra's recordings –with the labels Bottega Discantica, Vermeer Classics, Tactus and Dynamic – have been favorably received by international critics and several have won special recognition.
 
     
     
     
  GLI OTTO VIOLONCELLI DI TORINO

Gli 8 violoncelli di Torino” were founded in 2005 on the inspiration of Maestro Fabrice De Donatis who wished to create a cello ensemble of the highest standards which would be unique in Italy and would be characterized by a close friendship among its members. It has been written that “these artists have been able to realize the maximum technical and expressive possibilities of the cello, forming an ensemble capable of creating the texture and sound of an entire orchestra, the sensitivity of a string quartet and the sensual and overwhelming rhythm of a South American band.”
The octet has performed at numerous festivals in Italy and abroad including Festival “Nei Suoni dei Luoghi”, the cello festival “Alfredo Piatti”, “I Suoni delle Dolomiti”, il Festival “Violoncelles en Folie”, “Festival de musique de Chambre en Pays de Gex” in Francia, “Rio International Cello Encounter” di Rio de Janeiro and many others. Every year, “Gli 8 violoncelli di Torino” dedicates time to charitable associations.
 
 
 
     
     
  MICHAEL POSCH

Born in Klagenfurt, Austria; Michael Posch completed his recorder studies at the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, receiving his diploma in 1989 with distinction under the guidance of Prof. E. Mimura. He continued his studies at the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Academy of Music in Trossingen with K. Boeke and participated in specialized masterclasses for medieval and early baroque music with Frans Brüggen, Walter van Hauwe and Pedro Memelsdorff.
He is co-author of a publication on early music Einführung in die mittelalterliche Musik“ and is interpreter of contemporary recorder literature in collaboration with the "Österreichische Kammersymphoniker"
Since 1991 he has been director of the international Ensemble UNICORN, specializing in secular music from between 1200 and 1550. With this group he recorded 20 CDs, most of which were awarded with prestigious prizes.
He has performed as a concert artist in nearly every country in Europe, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Iran and has more than 60 recordings to his credit on CDs, several appearances in radio and television, both as a soloist and also with various early music ensembles (e.g. Oni Wytars, Accentus, Clemencic Consort, Concentus Musicus-N. Harnoncourt) that bear witness to his enormous musical activity.
Since 2014 he has been musical director of the Globe Theater Vienna (led by Michael Niavarani).
He gives masterclasses for recorder and early music, (e.g. at the Higher Institute for Western Music at Dimasque, at the Royal Conservatory Amman, at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Tschaikovsky Konservatorium Moskau, Konservatorium Klagenfurt, Musikum Salzburg, Iceland Acedemy of the Arts-Reykjavik and the Escola Superior da Música e das Artes do Espectáculo-Porto) and has been invited as guest-professor for Master studies in Medieval Music at Fontys Conservatorium Tilburg (The Netherlands). He regularly receives invitations to be a judge of national and international competitions as well as for exams, e.g. at the HEM CSMG in Geneva.
Since 1995 he has taught recorder and Early Music at the MUK – Musik und Kunst University of the City of Vienna where he has been Head of Program Early Music from 1998 and Dean of the Faculty of Music from 2014.
 
   
     
     
  JEFFREY STRAUSS

Baritone Jeffrey Strauss, an «authoritative artist» (Cleveland Plain Dealer) whose performances have been praised as «serenely beautiful» (New york Times), has appeared with period-instrument ensembles including The Consort of Musicke with Emma Kirkby, the Taverner Consort under Andrew Parrott, Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), the Newberry Consort, and Seattle Baroque. He made his professional debut at the age of 17 with the Buffalo Philharmonic and studied voice in Paris with Gérard Souzay. An accomplished stage actor, his favorite projects have included the title role of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Jesus in the Bach Passions, Mé- phistophélès in Berlioz’ Damnation of Faust, and Apollo in Han- del’s Apollo e Dafne. His recent portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof was hailed by the Buffalo News as «masterful.» Jeff’s longstanding commitment to contemporary music includes many appearances with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, as well as performing premieres of works by Leonard Bernstein and Milton Babbitt. He has been heard on the BBC and NPR’s World of Opera, and is featured on CD recordings with the Newberry Consort and Apollo’s Fire (Monteverdi Vespers and Handel’s Messiah).
 
   
     
     
 
QUARTETTO DI CREMONA

Internationally renowned for their "extremely mature and lyrical sound" (Strad), the Quartetto di Cremona now graces the stages of the most prestigious venues. Their focus and intensity brings life to music from the "tight blend and immaculate voicing" of their Brahms to the "sleek and elegant" dynamic contouring of their Mozart (Strad). The Quartetto di Cremona's dedication to their work as a string quartet shows through their music.
The Quartetto di Cremona formed in 2000 at the Stauffer Academy in Cremona and continued their studies with Hatto Beyerle. In 2005 the Quartetto di Cremona received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
Building on their early successes, the Quartetto di Cremona has played to critical acclaim at the most important venues and festivals in Europe including at the Beethoven Haus and BeethovenFest Bonn, Konzerthaus (Berlin), Klara Festival (Brussels), Mecklenberg Vorpommen Music Festival, Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Handelsbeurs (Gent), Moving on Music Festival (Northern Ireland, recorded by BBC Radio 3), and numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall (London).
The Quartetto di Cremona has toured extensively in Australia and performed at the renowned Perth International Art Festival Australia. In the USA, they recently won the eleventh Web Concert Hall Competition and they will perform at Metropolitan Museum in March 2013.
In their homeland of Italy they have made their name performing at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome and at the most renowned Italian music societies. The Quartet was nominated "Artist in Residence" at the Societa' del Quartetto of Milan and will be involved in various projects culminating in 2014 for the 150th anniversary of the Societa' del Quartetto – when they will perform the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets.
Recent and forthcoming tours include engagements in the USA, Japan, Mexico and China and in Europe the Quartetto di Cremona will tour the UK, Italy, Scandinavia, Germany, and make a debut tour of Austria.
Their extensive repertoire ranges from the early Haydn quartets to Wolfgang Rihm and Helmut Lachenmann, with particular interest in contemporary Italian music including the composers Fabio Vacchi, Luciano Berio and Luigi Nono.
Their debut recording for Decca encompassed the complete string quartets by Fabio Vacchi, released in April 2011. From July 2012 over the next two seasons the Quartetto di Cremona will record the complete Beethoven String Quartets for the German label Audite, which also issued Italian Journey, dedicated to Italian composers in November 2012.
An important part of the Quartetto di Cremona's activity is teaching master classes throughout Europe. Since Autumn 2011, the Quartet has taught at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.
The Quartetto di Cremona has been chosen as a testimonial of the International project "Friends of Stradivari".
 
   
     
     
 
EVA-MARIA RUSCHE

Eva-Maria Rusche was born in Tübingen, Germany. She studied church music, organ and historical keyboard instruments in Lübeck, Vienna and Stuttgart. During this time, Michael Radulescu, Jürgen Essl, Arvid Gast, Franz Danksagmüller, Hans-Jürgen Schnoor and Jon Laukvik gave her fundamental impulses for her further artistic development. She participated in several masterclasses and taught harpsichord at Musikhochschule Stuttgart. She currently lives in Konstanz as a freelance artist and music educator. As a soloist and member of ensembles she is frequently engaged in concerts where she plays harpsichord, piano, organ and fortepiano.
 
   
     
     
 
MARCELLO SCANDELLI

Marcello Scandelli was born into a family of musicians. He studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano with Giuseppe Lafranchini, principal cellist of Teatro della Scala and later with Paul Tortelier and G.Eckard. He studied chamber music with the Trio di Trieste and won a scholarship and a Diploma of Merit at the Chigiana Academy of Siena. He also won a scholarship as Best Student of Chamber Music at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento di Fiesole. He has been a member of the Milano Classica for the past ten years in the role of principle cellist (as well as soloist and conductor) where he has collaborated with important artists such as Franco Gulli, Danilo Rossi, Anahi Carfi, Marco Fornaciari, Fabio Biondi, Stefano Montanari and Ottavio Dantone. Marcello Scandelli has concertised extensively in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, England, Slovenia, Spain, U.S.A. and Finland. He was the principle cellist of the Piccola Sinfonica di Milano with which he appeared as soloist in important concert halls in Italy and abroad. In 1990 he began his career in ancient music which led him to perform with groups such as Giardino Armonico, Europa Galante, Archipelago, Accademia della Magnifica Comunità, Camerata Anxanum, Festa Rustica, Il Falcone, Accademia degli Invaghiti, Il Canto di Orfeo, Accademia i Filarmonici, Dolce e Tempesta, Musica Laudante, L'Aura Soave, Ensemble MeranoBaroque, Il Complesso Barocco, Brixia Musicalis, Ensemble Granville and L'Ensemble Baroque de Nice. He has recorded for Fonè, Agorà, Nuova Era, Tactus, Bongiovanni, Dynamic ,Brilliant, Avie, Velut Luna e Fonit Cetrarecently, in the role of conductor and soloist of Orchestra da Camera Milano Classic. He was invited to hold classes in baroque cello at the Nervi Musei in Musica, an international festival which holds courses in ancient music, alongside Bob Van Asperen, Monica Huggett and Vittorio Ghielmi. In 1996 he founded l'Ensemble Il Furibondo, an instrumental group which specializes in music from the canzona of the 17th century to the cantatas, both secular and sacred, and Sonatas of the 18th century. He is the cello soloist and co-director of "La Follia Barocca”.
 
     
     
     
 
JEANNETTE SORRELL

Jeannette Sorrell has quickly gained international attention as a leading creative voice among the new generation of early-music conductors. She has been credited by the U.K.’s BBC Music Magazine for forging “a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music… a seductive vision of musical authenticity.”
Sorrell was one of the youngest students ever accepted to the prestigious conducting courses of the Aspen and the Tanglewood music festivals. She studied conducting under Robert Spano, Roger Norrington and Leonard Bernstein, and harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. She won both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the 1991 Spivey International Harpsichord Competition, competing against over 70 harpsichordists from Europe, Israel, the U.S., and the Soviet Union.
Sorrell founded Apollo’s Fire in 1992. Since then, she and the ensemble have built one of the largest audiences of any baroque orchestra in North America. She has led AF in sold-out concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Madrid’s Royal Theatre (Teatro Real), the Grand Théâtre de l’Opéra in Bordeaux, Boston’s Early Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival, among others.
Sorrell made her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2013 as conductor and soloist in the complete Brandenburg Concertos. With standing ovations every night, the event was hailed as “an especially joyous occasion” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). She has also appeared as conductor or conductor/soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony, Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), the Omaha Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Arizona Opera, and has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra as guest keyboard artist. Upcoming engagements include a debut with New World Symphony in Miami and a return engagement with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire have released 20 commercial CDs, of which four have been bestsellers on the Billboard classical chart. Her recordings include the complete Brandenburg Concerti and harpsichord concerti of Bach (with Sorrell as harpsichord soloist and director), which was praised by the London Times as “a swaggering version… brilliantly played by Sorrell. ”She has also released four discs of Mozart, and was hailed as “a near-perfect Mozartian” by FANFARE Record Magazine. Other recordings include Handel’s Messiah, the Monteverdi Vespers and two creative crossover projects: “Come to the River: An Early American Gathering” and “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers.”
Sorrell has attracted national attention and awards for creative programming. She holds an honorary doctorate from Case Western University, two special awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work on early American music, and an award from the American Musicological Society. Passionate about guiding the next generation of performers, Ms. Sorrell has led many baroque projects for students at Oberlin Conservatory.

 
     
     
     
 
STEPHEN SWEDISH

Stephen Swedish has built an international reputation as soloist, collaborator and one of the world's premier chamber music pianists. He has appeared in concert with some of the world's greatest artists including violinists Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng, violist William Primrose, cellists Janos Starker, Raphael Wallfisch, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Wolfgang Laufer and many others.
Stephen Swedish attended the renowned School of Music at Indiana University earning his Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees. His principal teacher and mentor was Menahem Pressler, pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio. He also studied piano with Abbey Simon, Gyorgy Sebok, and Sidney Foster and chamber music with Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker and William Primrose. While only in his second year at Indiana, he was invited by celebrated cellist Janos Starker to be his regular recital partner and together Messrs. Starker and Swedish toured throughout North America and recorded for the Mercury label.
In addition to his performances on five continents, Stephen Swedish has served on the artist-faculties of the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, the School of Music at the University of Maryland, and, at the personal invitation of renowned pianist Lili Kraus, at Texas Christian University where he served as Director of Chamber Music Studies. He has also taught in Europe at the International Music Academy in the Czech Republic, the Esterhazy Palace and Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria and the Conservatorio dall'Abaco in Verona, Italy.
Since 1996, Stephen Swedish has served as Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and in that capacity has performed and presented numerous master classes in such far-away places as Azerbaijan, Kyrgysztan, Kazahkstan, the Republic of Georgia, Sardinia, Cyprus, Malta and Chile. Swedish has recorded on the RCA Red Seal, the Mercury, and the Gasparo record labels.

 
     
     
     
 
MAX TAN

Praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe, Taiwanese-American violinist Max Tan is a versatile artist who has performed as soloist and chamber musician on prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Alice Tully Hall, among others. In September of 2017, Mr. Tan joined the roster of the Sarasota Orchestra and was most recently awarded joint 1st-prize at the 46th Hudson Valley Philharmonic International String Competition. He will become a Teaching Fellow assisting Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School beginning in Fall 2018. A Connecticut native, Mr. Tan has made solo appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Harvard- Radcliffe Orchestras, and others. In the summer of 2017, Mr. Tan was introduced as a new collaborating member of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and featured in performances at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie. He was also a Fellow at the Ravinia Festival Steans Music Institute and the Olympic Music Festival and collaborated alongside established artists such as Paul Biss, Julio Elizalde, Alexander Fiterstein, Matthew Zalkind, Harumi Rhodes, Andrew Wan, Dmitri Murrath, and Ayane Kozasa. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Tan’s many past festival appearances also include Yellow Barn, Pacific Music Festival, the Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Juilliard Chamberfest, and the White Mountains Festival. This year, Mr. Tan celebrates 10 years of association with The Perlman Music Program, beginning with the Summer Music School in 2007 and then the Chamber Music Workshop in 2012. He has participated in domestic and international residencies with the program in cities such as Sarasota, Palm Beach, and Tel Aviv, and most recently performed in the program’s Stires- Stark Alumni Recital Series on Shelter Island, NY. Mr. Tan also served as concertmaster of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Juilliard Orchestras. As concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Mr. Tan was featured on the orchestra’s first live commercial recording produced in Stern Hall at Carnegie by Linn Records of Shostakovich Symphony No.5 He was also featured on the orchestra’s tour to the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland in June 2015 in performances of the Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Strauss’ Don Quixote. Mr. Tan was also a principal member of the Juilliard Orchestra’s collaboration tour with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, which made appearances in Helsinki, Stockholm, and New York. With a strong belief in global citizenship and the importance of music in the contemporary education, Mr. Tan has participated in community outreach events through The Perlman Music Program in local schools on Long Island and in Sarasota, and advocated for and performed in Music and Medicine events presented by the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Fogg Museum. A staunch advocate for the arts, Mr. Tan was extremely active as an undergraduate at Harvard College where he founded the River Charles Ensemble and served on the administrative and advisory boards of other student performing arts institutions, including the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Dunster House Opera, and the Brattle Street Chamber Players. Mr. Tan’s collaborations with artists have included Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, Hsin-Yun Huang, Paul Katz, Natalia Gutman, Colin Carr, Anthony Marwood, and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and A Far Cry. He has collaborated with conductors such as Peter Oundjian, Benjamin Zander, Federico Cortese, and others. His previous teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Chang, Albert Markov, and considers Robert Levin, Catherine Cho, Donald Weilerstein, and members of the Parker Quartet to be several of his closest mentors. Mr. Tan has performed in masterclasses for Andras Keller at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove and received additional guidance from concertmasters of the Vienna, Berlin, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, including Rainer Küchl, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Frank Huang, and Sheryl Staples. His chamber music has been influenced by members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Michelangelo, Emerson, Mendelssohn, Cavani, Borromeo, Aizuri, and Parker String Quartets, as well as the Weilerstein, Peabody, and Beaux Arts Trios. A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Tan holds a bachelor degree in human developmental and regenerative biology, a secondary degree in music, and was awarded the David McCord Prize for his simultaneous work in both the arts and sciences. He received his Master’s degree in May 2017 from The Juilliard School as a proud recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. Mr. Tan is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School as a student of Donald Weilerstein and Catherine Cho, and holds a Celia Ascher Fellowship.
 
     
     
     
 
TRIO IL FURIBONDO

The “Furibondo”, a string trio performing on original instruments was founded in 2011 by musicians with vast international experience who have been members of world famous ensembles such as Le Concert des Nations directed by Jordi Savall and Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini.
Its repertoire spans from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.
The ensemble made its debut at the festival "Nuove Settimane Barocche” in Brescia and have reformed previously at "Paesaggi Musicali Toscani”. They have appeared as a larger ensemble with the "Meraner Musikwochen” and with the play "Lascia pur che il mondo giri” with music by Azio Corghi at the Teatro "Dante Alighieri” in Ravenna.
Il Furibondo has appeared at the Gaudete Festival Internazionale di Musica Antica and in 2018 will perform for the chamber music season of Milano Classic as well as Ceresio Estate 2018.
The group’s debut recording, Mozart/Bach "Preludi e Fughe K. 404a”, was given rave reviews by the publications "Musica", "Classic Voice", "Suonare News" and "Archi Magazine”. The aforementioned CD was introduced by the programs "La Recensione" and "Primo Movimento" on Swiss and Italian national radio stations. On March 4, 2017, the trio appeared on “Piazza Verdi“ on Italian radio for an interview and live performance.

 
     
     
     
 
TRIO DI PARMA

The Trio di Parma was formed in 1990 at the A. Boito conservatory of music in Parma (Italy) and went on to further studies with the Trio di Trieste at the Fiesole School of Music in Florence and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. The Trio di Parma has won for itself the highest acclaim at the Concorso Internazionale "Vittorio Gui" in Florence (Italy), as well as the international chamber music competitions of Melbourne (Australia), ARD Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France). In 1994, the Trio was awarded the Abbiati Prize by the Italian National Association of Music Critics as best Chamber Music Ensemble. The Trio di Parma has been a guest of the most important musical institutions both at home in Italy (Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome, Società del Quartetto in Milan, Amici della Musica in Florence, Unione Musicale in Turin, Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice, GOG in Genoa, Accademia Filarmonica Romana…) and in other countries (Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, London's Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus of Vienna, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Lockenhaus Festival, the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires, the Barossa Music Festival, Hamburg, Dublin, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Washington, Adelaide, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo…).
It has collaborated with important musicians such as Vladimir Delman, Carl Melles, Pavel Vernikov, Bruno Giuranna, Alessandro Carbonare, Eduard Brunner and has taken part in numerous TV and radio recordings for the Italian state network RAI as well as various foreign stations (Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR, WDR, MDR, Radio Bremen, ORT, ABC-Classic Australia).
They have also recorded the complete Trios of Brahms for UNICEF, of Beethoven and Ravel for the music magazine Amadeus as well as Schostakovich for Stradivarius, prize-winner, the last one, as the best recording of the year 2008 from the magazine Classic Voice. The Trio di Parma holds instrumental and chamber music courses at the Conservatories in Modena and Gallarate, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Scuola Superiore Internazionale di Musica da Camera in Duino and the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole. The Trio formation plays on a piano Steinway & Sons, a violin Gianbattista Guadagnini (Piacenza, Italy 1744) and a cello Vincenzo Panormo (London 1775).

 
     
     
     
 
DAVIDE VITTONE

Davide Vittone is the Principal Double Bass and Violone player of the Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock.
He collaborates regularly with several ensembles including: Cercle de l’Harmonie (Paris), Les Siecles (Paris), Les Musiciens du Louvre (Grenoble-Paris ) and many others.
During the past twenty years, Davide Vittone has played in some of the most important festivals and venues in the world including Salle Pleyel (Paris, France), Theatre de Champs Elysées (Paris, France), Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna, Austria), Berliner Konzerthaus (Berlin, Germany), Covent Garden (London, UK),Chatelet (Paris), Palais Garnier (Paris), Lincoln Center (New York, USA), Kennedy Center (Washington, USA), SalzburgerFestspiele(Salzburg, Austria),MusikfestBremen (Bremen, Germany), Festival internacional de Mùsica de Macau (Macao, China), Festival Pablo Casals (Prades, France) Festival della Valle d’Itria (Martinafranca, Italy), Davos Festival” (Davos, Swizerland) Lucerne Festival (Lucerne, Swizerland), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Germany), Automne musical du Chateau de Versailles (Versailles,France) Festival Musicales de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, South America),FeldkirkFestival(Feldckirk, Austria),Schleswig-Holstein Festival (Germany), Klangbogen Festival ( Wien, Austria) , Beethovenfest (Bonn, Germany), Schwetzinger Festspiele (Schwtzingen, Germany) and the Menuhin Festival (Gstaad,Switzerland). Since 1995 he has collaborated with orchestras for opera and orchestral concerts such as the Italian National Symphony Orchestra (RAI); Philharmonic Orchestra of Torino (Solo), the Opera House of Cagliari; Opera house of Genova “Carlo Felice”, Opera house of Palermo “Teatro Massimo” (2nd Solo), Opera House of Catania”Bellini” International Orchestra of Italy (Solo); United Europe Chamber Orchestra (Solo) Kammerorchester Basel (Basel, Swiss) (Solo); Festival Strings Lucerne (Lucerne, Switzerland) (Solo) and the Orchestra della radio svizzera italiana “OSI” (Lugano,Switzerland). His participation with Period instruments ensembles has taken him to Kammerorchester Basel Barock (Basel, Swiss), Concerto Italiano (Roma, Italy) - Opera Fuoco (St.Quentin, Paris, France), Ensemble Mattheus (Brest-Paris, France), La Chambre Philarmonique (Paris, France) Orfeo 55 (Paris-Metz, France). He has collaborated with artists such as Rostropovich, Hengelbrock, Azzolini, Demeng, Chailly, Adès, Pretre, Penderetsky, Krivine, Pavarotti, Larmore, Hoghwood, Kopatchinskaja, Vernikov, Bolton, Quarta, Currentzis and Giulini.
He’s the founder and manager of the string quintet “Jennifer Larmore & OpusFive” in collaboration with the american star mezzo Jennifer Larmore.He collaborates regularly with the some prominent chamber music groups, like “Quartetto di Cremona” and “Stradivari Quartet” A passionate teacher, he is Professor and Tutor of Doublebass and chamber music for the CuE (Cuban-European Academy) and in Havana,in collaboration with the Lyceo Mozartiana and the ISA (University of Arts) He gives masterclasses of chambermusic, Bassocontinuo and Double bass in: Germany, Italy, France, Cuba.

 
     
     
     
 
CHERRY CHOI TUNG YEUNG

Cherry Choi Tung YEUNG was born in Hong Kong, 21 years ago. Cherry studies with Ms. Ida Kavafian at The Juilliard School. She has been admitted to the highly selective accelerated program, where she will finish both Bachelor’s and Master’s Program in four years; she is currently a senior/ first year master student. She is a scholarship recipient of the C.V. Starr Scholarship, the Herbert R. and Evelyn Axelrod Scholarship as well as the winner of the Jessica Hung Scholarship given by the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation since 2016. Cherry was accepted to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) Junior Program as a scholarship student at the age of 6. Cherry skipped high school and later at the age of only 15, she was accepted as a full-time student at the HKAPA. Cherry studied with Mr. Ivan Chan for 4 years (2011-2015) before attending Juilliard. At Juilliard, Cherry studied chamber music under Mr. Joseph Kalichstein, Mr. Matti Raekalio, Mr. Ronald Copes, Mr. Roger Tapping, Mr. Jerome Lowenthal, Ms. Natasha Brofsky and Mr. Joel Smirnoff. Cherry was a laureate of The Juilliard Violin Competition, New York Philharmonic Global Academy, Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, Hong Kong Youth String Competition, HKAPA Concerto Competition for two consecutive years. She recently won the 2018 Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition. Cherry serves as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard Lab Orchestra, associate concertmaster at the 2017 Music Academy of the West and the HKAPA Academy Symphony Orchestra. Cherry has appeared and performed at the Music Academy of the West (2017), New York String Orchestra Seminar (2013, 2016), Hotchkiss Summer Portals (2012, 2013), Heartland Chamber Music Festival (2013, 2014), Kent Blossom Music Festival (2014), Meadowmount School of Music (2015, 2016) and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Cherry has performed in the Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Vassar's Skinner Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concert Hall, HKAPA Recital Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall. Cherry has been chosen to play and perform with artists like Steven Tenenbom, Ida Kavafian, the Miami String Quartet etc. Furthermore, she has performed for distinguished artists including Joseph Silverstein, Vadim Repin, Midori Goto, Jaime Laredo, Cho Liang Lin, Sylvia Rosenberg, Nicola Benedetti, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Glenn Dicterow, Robert Chen, Wei He.
 
     
     
     
     

 
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