Il pomo d’oro Academy: Biographies
Zefira Valova was born in Sofia. In 2006 she graduated at the National Music Academy in Sofia, having studied with Prof. Yosif Radionov and Stoyka Milanova and specialized baroque violin with Anton Steck and Lucy van Dael. From 2003 until 2008 she was concertmaster of the Classic FM Radio Orchestra and Sofia Festival Orchestra and appeared as a soloist with various Bulgarian orchestras and ensembles.In 2008 she became a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra and was concertmaster under the direction of Petra Mullejans, Ton Koopman, Roy Goodman, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Enrico Onofri. From 2011 until 2015 she was concertmaster and soloist of orchestra Les Ambassadeurs, directed by Alexis Kossenko. Since 2015 she is the concertmaster of Il Pomo d’Oro, under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev.
Zefira Valova is among the founder of the Sofia Baroque Arts Festival – the only annual event dedicated to early music and historically informed performance in Bulgaria. During the concert season 2017 – 2018 she appears as concertmaster of Il Pomo d’oro with Joyce di Donato – mezzo soprano, as leader of the performances with Franco Fagioli – counter tenor, Edgar Moreau – violoncello. Since 2016 she is regularly conducting the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra within their early music series.
She has collaborated also with the Helsinki Baroque Orchetsra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, La Chambre Philharmonique, Cordevento, B’rock and others. She has recorded for Brilliant Classics, Channel Classics, Alpha, Deutsche Grammophon, Bulgarian National Television and Radio.
She plays a violin by L. and T. Carcassi from 1760, provided by Jumpstart JR.
Born in 1973, he began to play violin at the age of 10, getting the diploma with the modern instrument in1994 at the Milan’s Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi”. Few years later, in 1998, he has decided to take on the challange of baroque music, choosing for a strong personality as Lucy van Dael as a point of reference, at that time teacher at the “Sweelinck Conservatorium” in Amsterdam.
There he graduated “cum laude”, joining in the mean time the inspiring classes given by musicians such as Alfredo Bernardini, Bob van Asperen and Stanley Hoogland.
He started to collaborate with orchestras and ensembles such as Musica ad Rhenum, Zefiro, Cappella della Pietá dei Turchini, Al Ayre Espanol and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra among the others. Certainly, the strongest experience he had until 2012 was with Accademia Bizantina. He became member of the orchestra as first of the second violins, also leading the group in some occasions.
Stefano Rossi is currently concertmaster of Les Ambassadeurs and Concerto d’Amsterdam, and he has constant collaborations with Il Pomo d’oro, B’rock and Holland Baroque, being invited also as leader. Thanks to this activity, he could meet musicians like Alexis Kossenko, Riccardo Minasi, Milos Valent, Ottavio Dantone, Sergio Azzolini, Stefano Montanari, Hidemi Suzuki and Jed Wentz among the others.
Many are the recordings made for labels such as Naive, Stradivarius, Decca, Ambroyse, Virgin Classic, Archive, Bongiovanni and the main European radios.
Recently he started to increase also the interest for workshops and master classes, which he has given in Lithuania, and together with Caecilia Consort in Norway and Germany.
The violin he plays is made by Hendrick Jacobs, in the 1694, and the bows are copies made by Antonino Airenti.
Edson Scheid has been praised for his “polished playing” (The Strad), and for being a “virtuoso violinist” (The Boston Globe). His performance of Strauss’s song Morgen at Carnegie Hall alongside Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro was described as follows: “The concertmaster, Edson Scheid, proved a worthy foil as violin soloist” (The New York Times).
A native of Brazil, Edson Scheid is based in New York City, where he plays with the city’s leading period orchestras. He frequently performs throughout the United States, on both modern and period instruments, and in Europe, Asia, North and South America with such ensembles as Il Pomo d’Oro and Les Arts Florissants.
Edson Scheid’s many performances of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, on both period and modern violins, have been received with enthusiasm around the world. He has been featured live in-studio on In Tune from BBC Radio 3 and his recording of the Caprices on the baroque violin for the Naxos label has been critically acclaimed: “Far from being mere virtuoso stunts, Scheid’s Caprices abound in the beauty and revolutionary spirit of these works…” (Fanfare Magazine). His album “On Paganini’s Trail… H. W. Ernst and more” has been released on October 2019 under the Centaur Label – the first recording ever of this repertoire on a period violin.
Edson Scheid holds degrees from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He is a two-time winner of the Historical Performance Concerto Competition at Juilliard, and a recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize at Yale.
Ludovico Takeshi Minasu was born in Rome in 1984. He began his musical education at Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome with Mario Centurione ,Francesco Strano and with Luigi Piovano.
Since the beginning of his studies, he has developed a strong interest in the early music, and has been taught this speciality by Gaetano Nasillo at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica of Milan and by Bruno Cocset at the ESMUC (Barcelona). In 2004 he was awarded at the Van Wassenaer Concours (Den Haag).
As principal cello he has performed with such renowned ensembles as “Il Complesso Barocco” (Alan Curtis),”Il Pomo d’Oro”(Maxim Emelyanichev,) “Concerto Italiano” (Rinaldo Alessandrini), “Cappella Gabetta”(Andres Gabetta),”“Ensemble Kapsberger” (Rolf Lislevand), “Ensemble Claudiana”(Luca Pianca),”Mare Nostrum” (Andrea de Carlo). He collaborated and played under the conduction of musicians like Enrico Onofri, Luca Pianca,Dmitry Sinkovsky , Rolf Lislevand, Zefira Valova.
In 2015 he founded with Boris Begelman and Alexandra Koreneva “Arsenale Sonoro” and their first recording (Telemann sonatas recorded for Sony Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) received enthusiastic answers from the international press.
Born in Montreal, oboist Christopher Palameta performs with many of Europe’s finest period ensembles. These include The Gabrieli Consort in the UK; Il Pomo d’Oro in Italy; Pygmalion, Les Musiciens du Louvre and Les Siècles in France; La Petite Bande and Vox Luminis in Belgium; Capella Cracoviensis in Poland; Die Kölner Akademie in Germany; and various other ensembles such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Arion (Canada), and MusicAeterna (Perm, Russia). With these orchestras, he has toured on five continents and recorded over fifty discs for the Sony BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, CPO, BIS, Alpha, Naxos, ATMA and Analekta labels.
An ardent defender of unexplored repertoire for the oboe, Palameta’s solo discography includes suites by Marin Marais (nominated in 2015 for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik or German Record Critics’ Award), sonatas by Janitsch, Krause and Graun with his chamber collective Notturna for the Sony and ATMA labels, and oboe concertos by Molter with Die Kölner Akademie for ARS.
A recipient of several research grants from the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, Christopher took his graduate degree from McGill University in historical oboes and is pursuing his PhD in Musicology at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his research on the oboe under Berlioz is supported by the Maple Leaf Trust. He teaches historical oboes at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki University of the Arts).
Alessandro Nasello, from Sicily, is a recorder and bassoon player. He attended the Conservatory of Palermo in Piero Cartosio’s class and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Recorder with honours first and a Master Degree in Recorder with honours and honours mention two years later. During those years, he approached the studies of historical bassoon under Maurizio Barigione’s direction. As results, he obtained a Master degree in bassoon with honours and mention.
He has attended masterclasses held by Dan Laurin, Michael Form, Antonio Politano (recorder) and Alberto Grazzi, Giorgio Mandolesi, Valentino Zucchiatti, Alberto Guerra, Alberto Santi, Frank Forst (bassoon). He attended the Erasmus at the Conservatoire Royal in Bruxelles with Alain de Rijcher.
He has played in many European-festivals with: Zefiro, Accademia Bizantina, Giardino Armonico, Pomodoro, Concerto Italiano, Modo Antiquo, La Risonanza, Hofkapelle Esterhazy, laVerdi Barocca, European Baroque Orchestra EUBO 2015, Cappella Gabetta , Budapest Festival, Accademia Barocca of Santa Cecilia in Rome, La Scala on period instrument, Divino Sospiro, Fondazione teatro Massimo Palermo, Ad Mosam, Les Elements, Fondazione Teatro Massimo, Los Temperamentos, Bremer Barock , La Chimera, Academie Ambronay under the direction of Onofri, Antonini, Dantone, S.Kuijken, Minasi, Corti, Emelyanychev, Sinkovsky, Mortensen, Alessandrini, Bernardini, Bonizzoni, Faulttles, Alarcon, Sardelli, Podger, Niquet in beautiful concert Hall: Konzerthaus and Musikverain to Wien, Philharmonie di Berlino, Lincoln Center of New York, Bozar di Bruxelles, CCB di Lisbona, Champes Elysée e Philarmonie di Parigi, Barbican e st. John Smith di London, Rudolfinum di Praha, Concertgebouw di Amsterdam , Thonhalle maag di Zurich
He has been awarded at “Premio delle arti”, arranged by Italian Ministry of Education
As a recorder player, he has awarded the second prize at “The National Competition for recorder” arranged by ERTAItalian and he received honorable mention in the IX Premio delle Arti for “his completeness of trainings and his ease in the executive approach”.
He has recorded for: Decca, ORF, Naïve, Passacaille, France musique, Radio 3
He played with original classical Savary 1820, De Koningh after prudent, Dulzian by Onida after Berlin, Romantic bassoon Alexander 1860, and recorder by: De Paolis, Li Virghi.
Very in loving for the Bassoon, he started to play also the modern bassoon.
Currently, he also teaches recorder at Liceo Musicale in Palermo; recorder, bassoon and ensemble music for the preliminary classes in the Festival of Early Music in Gratteri and recorder preliminary classes at the Conservatory in Palermo.
Miguel Rincón Rodríguez
Miguel Rincón was born in 1979. He is a lutanist playing a wide repertoire of music for early, plucked string-instruments: Renaissance lute, Baroque lute, Baroque guitar, Vihuela, Chitarrone and Archlute. He plays with a number of renowned ensembles who are specialised in new ways of establishing authentic performance of Early Music and in developing new methods of improvisation.
He studied at the Manuel Castillo School of Music with Juan Carlos Rivera specialising in plucked instruments, where he received First Class Honours with distinction. Later he took a Master´s degree under Xavier Díaz Latorre at Esmuc (The Catalonia College of Music) and a further Master’s degree at Zürich University of the Arts where he received lessons from Eduardo Egüez. He worked for two years as professor of music for plucked instruments at the Salamanca Conservatory of Music. He is currently a freelance performing musician, living in Basel, Switzerland.
He has attended numerous Master Classes given by notable contemporary lutanists: Rolf Lislevand, Robert Barto, Paul O’dette, Hopkinson Smith, in addition to studying chamber music with Vittorio Ghielmi, Paolo Pandolfo, Gabriel Garrido, and others.
He has also performed alongside famous musicians in the international world of Early Music: Philippe Jaroussky, Cecilia Bartoli, Giovanni Antonini, Max Emanuele Cenčić, Roberta Invernizzi, Diego Fasolis, Roberta Mameli, Andrés Gabetta, Edgardo Rocha, Furio Zanasi, Nuria Rial, Vivica Genaux, Mariana Flores, Natalie Stutzmann, Patricia Petibon, Alfredo Bernardini, Enrico Onofri, Pierre Cao, Pedro Esteban, Stephano Barneschi, Manfredo Kraemer, Leonardo García Alarcón, Anne Hallenberg, Mira Glodeanu, etc.
He has been commissioned to play in numerous festivals and theatres around the world, including the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wien Konzerthaus, La Seine Musical (Paris), Philarmonie de Paris, Palau Barcelona, Teatro real & Nacional (Madrid), Oji Hall (Tokyo), Izumi Hall (Osaka), StaatsOper (Berlin), Wigmore Hall & Barbican (London), Bijloke Theater (Gante), Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), La Scala (Milan)… He has made a number of acclaimed recordings for Warner Erato and Decca with ensembles such as Orfeo 55 (Nathalie Stutzmann), Akademie für Alte Musik, I Barrochisti (Diego Fasolis), IL Pomo Doro, Musiciens du Prince, Capella Gabetta, etc and three solo recordings as soloist dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach on the Baroque Lute (produced by Carpe Diem records), one Renaissance CD with works by Spinacino, Schlick, and Attaignant (Lindoro Records) and another one dedicated to Spanish baroque guitar music (Lindoro Records). One fourth is coming with transcriptions for archlute of Cello Sonatas by Bach.
Riccardo Coelati Rama graduated in 2001 in Double Bass and 2009 in Viola da gamba from the Conservatorio di Musica FE Dall’Abaco in Verona. In 2004 he was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. His performing experience includes projects with orchestras and ensembles such as the Il Pomo d’Oro, Europa Galante, Complesso Barocco, I Barocchisti, Ensemble Aurora, Il Suonar Parlante,Gambe di Legno Consort , Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Harmony of Nations, Ensemble Zefiro, Cordia. He regularly participates in numerous radiobroadcasts and recording projects for label such as Virgin, Sony , Brilliant, Glossa, Divox.