il pomo d’oro is an orchestra founded in the year 2012 with a special focus on opera, but equally committed to instrumental performance in various formations.  The musicians united in this group are among the best to be found worldwide for authentic and vivid interpretation on period instruments. Together with the young chief conductor Maxim Emelyanychev they form an ensemble of outstanding quality, combining stylistic knowledge, the highest technical skills, and artistic enthusiasm. The collaboration with violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi led to an award winning first recording (Vivaldi, Per l’Imperatore). The second recording, Vivaldi’s violin concerts Per Pisendel with Dmitry Sinkovsky as soloist and conductor, received a Diapason d’Or.  In 2012, il pomo d’oro also recorded 3 solo CDs with three countertenors – Max Emanuel Cencic (Venezia), Xavier Sabata (Bad Guys) and Franco Fagioli (Arias for Caffarelli), under Riccardo Minasi’s direction. The album Arias for Caffarelli was awarded the Choc de l’annee 2013 by the French magazine ‘Classica’. A further contribution  to the Naive-Vivaldi-Edition was a recording of the Concerti per due violini, played and directed by Riccardo Minasi and Dmitry Sinkovsky, released in October 2013. In conjunction with a book project about the Venetian Gondola by American writer Donna Leon, il pomo d’oro recorded a collection of ancient Venetian Barcarole, sung by Vincenzo Capezzuto. A recital of various Agrippina Arias – most of them world premieres on CD – with the Swedish mezzosoprano Ann Hallenberg, directed by Riccardo Minasi, was released in 2015. Agrippina won the International Classic Music Award and the International Opera Award. A second album with Max Emanuel Cencic, Arie Napoletane (directed by Maxim Emelyanychev, was released in November 2015. It includes many world premiere recordings of the still to be rediscovered Neapolitan repertoire. In 2016, il pomo d’oro recorded its first recital with the American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato, In War & Peace, released in November 2016, followed by a concert tour in Europe and the US, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev. A second recital with Ann Hallenberg was recorded in the fall 2016, presenting Greatest Hits from the Venetian Carnevale 1729 – il pomo d’oro’s first recording under the direction of Stefano Montanari. The recording season 2016 closed with a first collaboration with Enrico Onofri and the young Italian soprano Francesca Aspromonte. In March 2017, il pomo d’oro, led by Zefira Valova, recorded a new recital of Handel-Arias with countertenor Franco Fagioli.

il pomo d’oro  so far recorded four complete operas: Handel’s Tamerlano, Catone in Utica by Leonardo Vinci, – awarded with an Echo Klassik 2016 – Handel’s Partenope (all directed by Riccardo Minasi), and Handel’s Ottone (directed by George Petrou). Among the singers are to be heard Franco Fagioli, Max Emanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata and Karina Gauvin.

Further instrumental recordings include Haydn’s concerts for harpsichord and violin, co-directed by Maxim Emelanychev as harpsichord-soloist and Riccardo Minasi as violin-soloist (to be released in early 2016), and a violoncello recital with Edgar Moreau with works by Haydn, Boccherini, Platti, Graziani, Vivaldi, which was released in November 2015. Both recordings won the Echo Klassik Award 2016. A new recording with violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky explores the repertoire of the Virtuosissimi of the baroque violin, such as Locatelli, Tartini, Leclair, Pisendel, and others.

Il pomo d’oro is a frequent guest in the most important concert venues in Europe and the United States, such as Théatre des Champs Elysées, Theater an der Wien, Barbican Center, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall (2017), Philharmonie Berlin (2017), Herkulessaal München, and many more.

In 2016 il pomo d’oro became ambassador of EL SISTEMA GREECE, a humanitarian project to fight the loss of home and identity by offering musical education and encourage own musical activity, to bring concerts, to create cultural transfer by exchanging musical traditions and to help integration by combining musical and language education. Il pomo d’oro plays concerts and offers workshops and music lessons according to the El Sistema method on a frequent regular basis in various refugee camps in Greece.


Our name

The name of the orchestra refers to the title of an opera by Antonio Cesti, composed for the wedding of Emperor Leopold I of Austria with Margarita Teresa of Spain in Vienna in 1666. The opera was the final part of an imperial celebration of incredible multimedial splendour, starting with fireworks of 73.000 rockets and a horse-ballet of 300 horses. With its twenty-four different stage sets and stunning special effects like collapsing towers, flying gods and sinking ships, „Il Pomo d’Oro“ was probably the most excessive and expensive operatic production in the then young history of the genre. It provided roles for fifty singers, and it lasted ten hours – ten hours of magnificent spectacle and beautiful music.

  • Maxim Emelyanychev

    Harpsichord and hammerklavier

  • Maxim Emelyanychev was born in Dzerjinsk (Russia, Nijny Novgorod region) in 1988 into a family of professional musicians. From 1995 to 2003 he studied music at the Nijny Novgorod Choral College (including conducting with prof. M.A.Samorukova). From 2003 to 2006 he studied piano (with prof. V.G.Starynin) and conducting (with prof. A.M.Skulsky) at the Balakirev State Music College in Nijny Novgorod. From 2006 till now he studies orchestra conducting with prof. Gennady Rojdestvensky at the Symphonic Orchestra Conducting Department of the Moscow State Conservatoire; also, he studies playing historical keyboard instruments (harpsichord and hammerklavier) with prof. Maria Uspenskaya. From 2008 he studies Renaissance/baroque cornetto playing, and performs with the Moscow Alta Capella ensemble.
    He is Prize-winner of different competitions and festivals, including the 2001 Moscow all-Russian competition of young composers Crystal Tuning-Fork, The First International Volkonsky Harpsichord Competition (Moscow, 2010, Third prize), Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition (Bruges, 2010, Second Prize and Prize of the audience).
    Also, he won several grants and scholarships, for example the ‘New Names’ charity fund (2000 - 2005); the Rostropovich Fund; the Spivakov Fund.
    Maxim Emelyanychev was participant of the master-classes on harpsichord and hammerklavier Johann Sonnleitner in 2008, Sopron, Hungary; Zvi Meniker in 2008, Montisi, Italy; Bart van Oort in 2009, Rome.
    As an orchestra conductor, he has made several performances with various orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of the Chuvash Republic, The Nijny Novgorod Soloists, Arpeggione Orchestra (Moscow), Sinfonietta Sophia, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Nijny Novgorod Philharmonics, Helikon-Opera Moscow, Chamber Orchestra of Russia, "Musica Viva" Chamber Orchestra, New Russia Symphony Orchestra. Follows practical training as orchestra conductor with the Povoljye Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra. The creator and the conductor of the Youth Chamber Orchestra "Veritas". Additionally, he is active in making orchestration and re-arrangements of scores for various types of ensembles and orchestras.
    Since 2011 he plays with Il Pomo d'oro as harpsichordist, cornettist and director.

  • Dmtry Sinkovsky


  • The virtuoso violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky was being groomed for an international career by the Moscow Conservatory. He has since taken innumerable prizes in major competitions from the Premio Bonporti in Italy (2005) to the Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), the Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges (first prize, audience prize and critics’ prize, 2008) to the Romanus Weichlein prize at the Biber competition in Austria in 2009 for his ‘extraordinary interpretation of Biber’s Rosary Sonatas’ and first prize at the Telemann Competition in Magdeburg (2011). Critics and public alike praise his ability to ‘play from the heart’ while interpreting with ease music of dazzling difficulty. Dmitry Sinkovsky is now much in demand as a soloist, concertmaster and conductor, performing extensively in Europe, Russia, Canada, and the USA.He heads the ensemble La Voce Strumentale, which he founded in Moscow in 2011, and works with some of the finest Baroque orchestras today.

  • Alfia Bakieva


  • Alfia Bakieva was born on 13.08.1986 in Novosibirsk,Russia. She began to play the violin from the age of six. She studied with E.Baskina in Novosibirsk Specialized Music School. At present she is studing baroque violin at the V.Bellini Conservatory of Palermo with Enrico Onofri. She has successfully participated in various master classes, festivals, nationals and internationals competitions.
    From 2004 - 2008 she served as assistant concertmaster of "Musica Aeterna" orchestra of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre with T.Currentzis. Currently she collaborates with "l'Associazione Antonio il Verso"(I.Schifani),"Settimana di musica sacra a Monreale","Il Complesso Barocco"(A.Curtis),"Divino Sospiro"(E.Onofri),"Accademia Montis Regalis","Il Rossignolo"(O.Tenerani),"Le Concert de Nations" (J.Savall),"Ensemble Baroque de Limoges" (C.Coin),"Ensemble Hemiolia"(C.Lamquet).

  • Stefano Barneschi


  • Stefano Barneschi ha studiato alla Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano con Carlo De Martini, diplomandosi nel 1991; in questo stesso anno entra a far parte dell’ensemble barocco “Il Giardino Armonico” con cui si è esibito nei più qualificati festival e nelle più importanti stagioni concertistiche nazionali ed internazionali quali Bach Tage e Philharmonia di Berlino, Concertgebouw di Amsterdam, Konzerthaus e Musikwerein a Vienna, Tonhalle di Zurigo, Wigmore Hall e Barbican di Londra, Styriarte di Graz, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Oji Hall di Tokyo, Symphony Hall di Osaka, Teatro Colon di Buenos Aires, Disney Hall di Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall di New York, Opera House di Sidney, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Santa Cecilia e Nuovo Auditorio a Roma, Teatro La Pergola a Firenze e numerose altre.
    Dal febbraio 2001 ricopre sovente il ruolo di primo violino dell’ensemble.
    Intensa è inoltre la sua attività concertistica con altri gruppi quali “I Barocchisti” di Diego Fasolis, l’ensemble “Atalanta Fugiens” di Vanni Moretto,"La Divina Armonia" di Lorenzo Ghielmi con cui ha registrato il concerto per violino in sol maggiore di Haydn,e formazioni cameristiche quali “la Gaia Scienza”con cui ha inciso i trii per fortepiano di Schubert, il quartetto op.47 e il quintetto op.44 per pianoforte di Schumann, il quartetto op.60 e il quintetto op.34 per pianoforte di Brahms.
    Ha collaborato in qualità di spalla con la Mahler Chamber Orchestra diretta da Daniel Harding, con la Filharmonie Antwerp diretta da Philip Herrewege e con l’orchestra del Teatro “Carlo Felice” di Genova diretta da Diego Fasolis.
    Insegna violino barocco presso l'Istituto Franci di Siena e tiene corsi di preparazione orchestrale al Conservatorio di Badalona (Barcellona).
    Suona un violino Jacques Boquay del 1719

  • Federica Bianchi

  • Gradueted brilliantly in piano, from an early age, Federica was fascinated by historical instruments and praxis. She studied with A. Conti (Conservatory of Florence), Gordon Murray (Universitaet fur Musik Vienna), Bob Van Asperen and Richard Egarr (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) obtaining her Master in harpsichord Cum Laude. Awarded in many of the most prestigious international competitions, among the others, “International Harpsichord competition G. Gambi”, “Bologna European Harpsichord Competition”, “Haendel Early Music International Competition Goettingen”, “Biber International Competition” and selected from the most important Young Baroque Orchestras in Europe, Federica worked as harpsichordist for the Ambronay European Baroque Academy and as harpischordist and organist of EUBO (European Baroque Orchestra) 2009. She has the privilege to collaborate with great soloists and ensembles such as European Baroque Orchestra, il Pomo d'Oro, Le Musiche Nove, L'Arte dell'Arco, New Century Baroque, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, E. Onofri, L.U. Mortensen, J. Tubery, V. Genaux, S. Kermes, M. Cencic, P. Mullejian, R. Egarr with whom she performed as soloist and continuo player in concert venues such as Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Royal Opera Versailles, Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, MAFestival Bruge, Alte Oper Frankfurt ecc. She has recorded for Sony, Decca, Glossa and Brilliant Classic.

  • Riccardo Coelati

    Double bass | Viola da gamba

  • 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.

  • Paolo Cantamessa


  • Born in 1972, he graduated in 1994 at the Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi" in Turin. Between 1992 and 1995 he studied composition at the same Conservatorio under Prof. Mario Lamberto.
    Graduated with honours at the Scuola Civica di Milano (Department of Ancient Music) under Prof. Enrico Gatti, and won the Ferrari award for the best graduation of the year.
    He has taken part in several recordings for Tactus, Music and Image, EMI Classic, Opus 111, Arcana, Amadeus, Agorà, Stradivarius, Brilliant and played in the festivals of "Piemonte in musica", "Festival dei saraceni" of Saluzzo and "Storia del sonar a quattro" organized by Amici della Musica, Venice in collaboration with Università Ca' Foscari.
    Together with his colleagues Patrizio Focardi (violin), Anna Clemente (harpsichord) and Rebeca Ferri (cello) has recently founded Soavi Affetti Baroque Ensemble.
    Paolo plays a Sebastian Klotz violin (1742).

  • Esther Crazzolara


  • Esther was born in Brunico in Alto Adige. She began her musical studies with the piano and progressed to the violin. She took her diploma with the highest votes in 2005 at the Conservatorio Claudio Monteverdi in Bolzano with Prof. George Egger.
    She went on to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Lukas Hagen (First violin of the Hagen Quartet). In 2010 she took a Masters with the highest votes and praise in ancient music, taking violin lessons with Hiro Kurosaki.
    She has taken master classes in Baroque violin with Anne Schumann, Stanley Ritchie, Reinhard Goebel, Anton Steck, Erich Hoebarth, Enrico onofrio, Brian Dean, and Stefano Montanari.
    In 2008 she played with the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra at Aldeburgh under the direction of Richard Egarr.
    In 2009 she was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, with which she made many tours in Europe under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Chiara Banchini, Petra Muellejans, Edward Higginbottom, and Enrico Onofri.
    In 2012 she won the diploma in Baroque violin at the Conservatorio of Verona with Enrico Parizzi, receiving the highest votes and praise.
    She has played in many groups, including Ensemble Cordia, Bolzano Baroque Orchestra, Harmonices Mundi, Accademia Bizantina, Il Complesso Barocco, New Century Baroque, Harmony of Nations, Musica Saeculorum, Atalanta Fugiens, Accademia d’archi di Bolzano, Orchestra Haydn, Il Pomo d’Oro, L’arte dell’arco, Divino Sospiro, Europa Galante, Accordone Ensemble.
    Since 2012, she is first violin of the Theresia Youth Baroque Orchestra.
    In 2013 she was awarded the "Weichlein" Prize at the international Biber Competition with l'Ensemble Girandole Armoniche.
    In 2013, she placed third in the special prize of the public and won the special prize "Theresia" for her playing of a concerto by Vivaldi.

  • Giulio D'Alessio

  • Parallel to his useless literary studies at the University of Naples, Giulio D'Alessio studied baroque music at the conservatories of Lyon and Geneva where he obtained the « Diplome de Soliste ». He continued to study with Sigiswald Kuijken at the Conservatory of Brussels, where he received a Master degree in Baroque Violin.
    He joined Kuijken's Petit Bande, for which he played for many years as well as Il Complesso Barocco, of which orchestra he quickly became manager. He plays the violin, viola, mandolin, viola da gamba, viola d'amore, and the violoncello da spalla, without, however, ever achieving technical and musical brilliance in any of them. His solo performances were greeted with critical silence, whether he played with "La Petite Bande", the "Scarlatti Orchestra of Naples", or the "Salzburg Soloist Chamber Orchestra". This silence led to his decision to dedicate himself to other activities. Thus in 2007, along with Ewald Demeyere, he founded the Bach Concentus orchestra, aimed at the rediscovery of the repertory of the Bach family. He also directed the staging of Handel's Lotario and Rodelinda at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao and created the scenes for the theater presentation, "Monologue for Editor," written by Flavio Pagano for the "Festival of the Vesuvian Villas." These varied and entirely schizophrenic activities have led him to approach the world of contemporary art and have led to a collaboration with the writer Flavio Pagano, leading to the creation of impressive, however useless, works of interactive art which soon will see the light of day.
    From 2011 he is the artistic director of Inspiratum ( Antwerpen). In 2011 he founded with Gesine Lübben, the orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro.
    Since 2005, he has lived in Venice, where he devotes himself to the raising of his children and to row in the Venetian style. His current dream, no doubt not to be realized, is to become a gondoliere.

  • Christoph Dangel


  • Christoph Dangel earned a diploma from the Music Academy of Basel. Since 2001, he has been principal cellist for the Basel Chamber Orchestra. He also plays for the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Henbelbrock and as guest cellist with La Scintilla (Zurich Opera), the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphony, and other orchestras. He plays both original and modern cello and is especially active in the playing of chamber music, as is demonstrated in his playing at many international festivals and numerous recordings for Sony BMG and other labels and by his work with his ensemble, Camerata Variabile Basel.

  • Anna Flumiani


  • Anna obtained her degree in early bassoon in October 2007 in his town, Udine, under the guide of Claudio Verh and in 2012 in Basel (Schola Cantorum) with Donna Agrell.
    During the 2013, she studied dulcian under the guide of Josep Borras at the Esmuc (Barcelona).
    She was selected for the European Union Baroque Orchestra 2009 (EUBO) and she played in tours directed by Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Chiara Banchini and Enrico Onofri.
    She was also invited to participate in 2010 and 2011.
    Anna was chosen to take part in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's young players experience scheme 2010/11 where she had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Trevor Pinnok, Simon Rattle and Ottavio Dantone. She has performed and recorded with various groups including il Pomo d'Oro, La Cetra, La Scintilla, Il Complesso Barocco, Europa Galante, Musica Aeterna, Spira Mirabilis and many others.
    Together with her chamber ensemble, Cafebaum, she has performed in various festivals including Sofia baroque Art Festival, Ambronay Festival, Handel Festival Goettingen, Pavia Barocca, London Handel Festival. They won also in 2012 two international competition, Handel competition Goettingen and the International Early Music Competition in Cluj (Romania).

  • Marco Frezzato


  • Marco Frezzato studied cello with Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses, Amedeo Baldovino, and chamber music with the Trio di Trieste, with whom he did his postgraduate work at the Fiesole Music School, the Chigiana Academy in Siena and the Duino International School of Music.
    At a very early age, he was drawn to performance practice on original instruments, delving deeper into the study of ancient music, under the guidance of Gaetano Nasillo at the Milan’s Civic School of Music, obtaining his diploma cum laude in 2003.
    Marco collaborates as principal cellist with numerous orchestras and ensembles - Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Europa Galante, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Le Concert d'Astrèe, Il Pomo d’Oro, Musica Saeculorum, Orquestra Barroca de Sevilla, Les Ambassadeurs, Ensemble Pygmalion, Divino Sospiro - and with artists like Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giovanni Antonini, Fabio Biondi, Christophe Coin. Giuliano Carmignola, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Bernarda Fink, Emmanuelle Haim, Alexander
    Lonquich, Viktoria Mullova, Riccardo Muti, Roger Norrington, Enrico Onofri, Andreas Scholl.
    He has participated in numerous recordings on labels such as Archiv, DeutscheGrammphon, Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre, EMI, Onyx, Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Naive, Alpha, Claves, Arts, Carus, Stradivarius, Amadeus, Ludi Musici, Fra Bernardo, as well as radio and television broadcasts like Arte, Mezzo, Radio France, BBC, Rai RadioTre, ORF, RSI, NDR, WDR and SWR.
    In 2002, he co-founded the string quartet AleaEnsemble, along with violinists Fiorenza de Donatis and Andrea Rognoni and violist Stefano Marcocchi, with the aim of exploring string quartet repertory from the Classical and Romantic periods on original instruments.
    With AleaEnsemble, Marco recorded Mozart’s Divertimento for string trio in Eflat Major, KV 563, Luigi Boccherini’s six quartets op. II (Choc de la Musique 2008, Diapason d’Or 2008) the final Haydn quartets from op. 77 and the quartets by Luigi Boccherini of the unknown opus XV.
    On 2014 Marco Frezzato started a cooperation with the german label Ludi Musici, for the realization of important solo recordings, such as the Geminiani cello sonatas op. V, the unknown cello sonatas op. V by Carlo Ferrari, and the Integral of the Bach cello Suites.

  • Anna Fusek


  • Anna Fusek was born in Prague in 1981. She studied with Han Tol in Rotterdam and Christoph Huntgeburth in Berlin, where she made her Artistic Diploma in 2005. She was rewarded DAAD scholarship to continue her studies of historical pianos with Edoardo Torbianelli and recorder (ensemble) with Conrad Steinmann at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. In 2008 she returned to Berlin to study baroque violin with Irmgard Huntgeburth at the University of Arts and she finished it in 2013 with an Artistic Diploma.
    Moreover she studied Philosophy and Musicology at the Humboldt University Berlin (Diploma MA 2005) and she did an Acting class (Summer Program 2009) at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
    She was rewarded 2nd prize and prize of the International Youth Jury at the International Recorder Competition in 2006 in Feldkirch, Austria. She was multiple prize-winner of the national German Youth Competition “Jugend musiziert” on all three of her instruments.
    As soloist she did concerts in the following concert halls: Musikverein Wien, Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Théatre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Herkulessaal Munich and Rudolfinum Prague. She worked with Andrea Marcon, Christian Curnyn, Michael Sanderling, Richard Dindo, Andreas Dresen, Magdalena Kožená, Sara Mingardo und Reinhold Friedrich, and with orchestras such as Venice Baroque Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Bremer Philharmoniker, Baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 Prague, Il Pomo d'oro, Baroque orchestra La Cetra Basel, Baroque orchestra Elbipolis Hamburg, Cappella Mediterranea, Kammerakademie Potsdam and Ensemble Oriol.
    As actress and musician she played in 2010-2012 the part of "Amor" in Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera "La Calisto" at Theater Basel and Frankfurter Oper (Stage Director: Jan Bosse).
    As Musical Assistant to Andrea Marcon and Sergio Azzolini, correpetitor and recorder player Anna Fusek was involved in opera productions at Basel Theater, Potsdam Palace Theater and Goethe Theater during the Handel Festival Halle. Moreover she was assistant to stage director Ingo Kerkhof at Kölner Oper and she has been an intern at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin to stage director Jan Bosse.
    Radio and TV recordings for MDR, NDR, Schweizer Fernsehen, Česká Televize, ORF, Radio de la Suisse Romande, Radio 98.7wfmt Chicago and recordings for "Deutsche Grammophon", "EMI" and "PanClassics".

  • Lisa Immer


  • Lisa Juliane Immer was born in 1981 in Freiburg/Germany. In the age of 5 years she started her first Violin lessons in the „Pfluegerstiftung Freiburg“. With 13 years she began to study violin in the pre-class of the Musikhochschule Freiburg with Prof. Jörg Hofmann. In summer 2005 she finished her study in the university course „kuenstlerische Ausbildung“ with Prof. Rainer Kussmaul. The postgraduate course „Solistenexamen“followed in 2007 with summa cum laude, also accompanied of Rainer Kussmaul. Lisa Immer was a member of the Landesjugendorchester Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Bundesjugendorchester and the Gustav-Mahler-Orchestra.
    She is foundationer of Villa Musica and played chambermusic concerts with Reinhatd Goebel, Ulf Hoelscher, Ida Bieler, Wen Sin Yang, Hariolf Schlichtig, Wolfgang Boetcher, Aurele Nicolet and Dag Jensen. Since this time Lisa Immer is a member of the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble of Thomas Hengelbrock, where she worked also as a concertmaster. She is a founding member of the new „Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop“, and she plays as soloist with many orchestras like the kurpfälzische Kammerorchester and the Simon Bolivar Youth orchestra Venezuela, where she played Mozarts Sinfonia Concertante with Wolfram Christ.
    Since many years Lisa Immer also works in orchestras like Kammerorchester Basel and the Sinfonieorchester des SWR Baden Baden- Freiburg. Since 2008 she is member of the Salagon-Quartett. With these ensembles and orchestras she plays concerts in Europe, America and Asia and recorded many CD´s and DVDs for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Music, ARTE, SWR and others.

  • Magdalena Karolak


  • Magdalena Karolak was accepted at the age of 16 to the University of Music in Freiburg into the class of Professor Heinz Holliger. After his retirement in 2003, she continued her studies and graduated from the University of Music in Luebeck under Professor Diethelm Jonas and from the the Conservatory of Music in Geneva under Prof. Maurice Bourgue (“Diplome de Soliste”). From 2005 untill 2009 she studied historical oboes at the Conservatory of Music in Verona under Professor Paolo Grazzi.
    Her performances as a soloist on the baroque oboe include solo arias with singers such as Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky and Sandrine Piau, as well as Vivaldi concertos with the Chamber Orchestra “Il Tempo” under Simon Standage at the Royal Palace in Warsaw and with Ensemble Matheus at the Chateau Royal in Versailles.
    She collaborates regularly with early music ensembles such as Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini, as well as with Accademia Bizantina, La Folia Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Matheus, as well as Le Concert Lorrain, Concerto Copenhagen, Il Complesso Barocco, I Barocchisti, Cafe Zimermann and Ensemble Zefiro (Italy). She has also joined the Spira Mirabilis Orchestra for several orchestra and chamber music projects, on modern and classical oboe.
    Her modern orchestra experience includes regular cooperation with the Opera Orchestra in Zurich from 2006 until 2010 (temporary contract from 2009 until 2010), with whom she performed under directors like AdamFischer, Franz Welser-Moest, Marc Minkovski, Michael Gielen and Nello Santi. From 2010 until 2011 she held the position of the principal oboe at the Sinfonia Varsovia.
In 2012 she cofounded and since then is coleading Musica Humana - an orchestra specialized in playing baroque and classical repertoire without a conductor. The orchestra performed in several prestigious festivals in Poland, realized recordings for the polish radio, as well as a documentary released in 2013. In the next concert season the orchestra will be performing in the Early Music Festival in Regensburg among others.
    During the academic year 2007/2008 Magdalena was teaching at the Early Music Masterclasses in Bourg-en-Bresse (France) organized by the Early Music Festival in Ambronay (France), as well as at the International Early Music Masterclasses at the Chopin Music University in Warsaw in 2011 and 2012. In 2010 she was invited to be in the jury of a final exam for master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen.
    Magdalena is a laureate of international competitions in Lvov/ Ukraine (2000, 1st prize), the 34th International Music Competition in Bern (2000, special prize from the jury), the 7th International Music and Art competition in Takasaki/Japan (2001, 1st prize), at the Juetting-Czerny Music Prize Competition (2003, winner) and, on the baroque oboe, at
the Early Music Competition “Premio Nazionale delle Arti” in the soloist category (Vicenza, 2008, 2nd place and the special prize). She also received art prizes from the City of Poznan (2003) and from the
Polish Minister of Art and Culture (2004).

  • Anna Melkonyan


  • Born in Yeveran, Armenia, Anna Melkonyan started playing the violin at the age of eight. She began her studies at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yeveran and finished her Bachelor degree with honors at the Musikhochschule Lübeck,Germany. She studied in soloist class of Sebastian Harmann in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she graduated in 2012 with a Masters Degree.Anna was granted scholarships from the DAAD, the Alfred-Toepfer-Stiftung,Germany and the Hirschmann Stiftung, Switzerland.
    She is a member of Balthasar- Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock and plays as a guest with ensembles performing on both modern and period instruments, such as Ensemble Resonanz (Hamburg), Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Elbipolis Baroque Orchestea (Hamburg) moderntimes 1800 (Innsbruck ) or Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. As a chamber musician she has performed at Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), Festival de Musique La Chaise Dieu ( France), Feldkirch Festival, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Austria) and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) among others. Since autumn 2012 Anna teaches violin in Switzerland at the Hochschule Luzern Musik.

  • Ludovico Minasi


  • Ludovico Takeshi Minasi was born in Rome in 1984. He studied with Mario Centurione and Francesco Strano at the Conservatorio di musica "Santa Cecilia" in Rome, and with Luigi Piovano. Since the beginning of his studies, he has developed a special interest for early music and has studied at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milano with Gaetano Nasillo and in Esmuc (Barcelona) with Bruno Cocset.
    In 2004 he was awarded at the Van Wassenaer Concours (Den Haag). He has played with groups like "Il Complesso Barocco" (Alan Curtis), "Musica Antiqua Roma", "Concerto Italiano" (Rinaldo Alessandrini), "Venice Baroque Orchestra" (Andrea Marcon), "Ensemble Kapsberger" (Rolf Lislevand), "Il Rossignolo" (Ottaviano Tenerani) and "il pomo d'oro" (Riccardo Minasi). He has also collaborated with musicians like Rolf Lislevand, Francesco Cera, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Robert Mc Duffy. He has recorded for Naive, Sony, Decca, Rai3 and Amadeus.

  • Davide Nava

    Bass and Cello

  • Bassist and cellist in Milano, Davide received his Performance Degree at the “Conservatorio di Musica” with high honours in 2001. In the same year he participated in the Training Academy for young players at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
    After focusing on the Modern Bass repertoire for some years, Davide began to develop an interest in Early Music Performance on the baroque double bass and the baroque cello, and in 2003 he took his Degree at the Scuola Civica in Milan.
    From 2002 he has collaborated with: Il Complesso Barocco, La Risonanza, Orchestra "La Scintilla" of Zurich Opernhaus, Al Ayre Espanol, I Barocchisti, il pomo d’oro.

  • Daniela Nuzzoli


  • Nasce a Senigallia (Ancona). Si laurea brillantemente in violino presso il Conservatorio Statale di Musica “F.E.Dall’Abaco”di Verona sotto la guida del Maestro Walter Daga.
    Successivamente si diploma in canto lirico e con il massimo dei voti in Musica Vocale da Camera.
    Segue corsi di perfezionamento con Denes Zsigmondy a Frankfurt, con Pavel Vernikov presso la Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento di Portoguaro, con Massimo Quarta presso il Corso per solisti di Bologna.
    Debutta come solista con il Concerto per violino e orchestra di Samuel Barber al Teatro Filarmonico di Verona sotto la guida del maestro Enrique Mazzola.
    Si appassiona alla prassi esecutiva barocca e collabora con i maggiori gruppi internazionali di musica antica (Giardino Armonico, Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Talents Lyriques, Concert d’Astrée, ecc.).
    Si esibisce nei più importanti Teatri internazionali come: Carnegie Hall di New York, Oji Hall di Tokyo, Sidney Opera House, La Scala di Milano, Concert Gebouw di Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall e Barbican di Londra, Thêatre de Champs Elysée, Opera,Thêatre du Chatelet di Parigi, tra gli altri.
    Collabora con artisti come Cecilia Bartoli, Joyce di Donato, le sorelle Labèque.
    Svolge intensa attività concertistica esibendosi sia come violinista che cantante.
    Incide per diverse case discografiche come: Decca, Naïve, Emi-Virgin, Sony, Tactus.
    Il giornale Guardian di Londra scrive di lei: “Daniela Nuzzoli ha gloriosamente diretto l’Ensemble Le Musiche Nove che fanno parte del sorprendente sviluppo della prassi esecutiva storica in Italia che sta rapidamente diventando Paese leader nel mondo della musica barocca.

  • Enrico Parizzi


  • One of the pioneers of the ancient music movement in Italy, in the 30 years of his career thus far Enrico has played with some of the most important specialists in renaissance and baroque music: Renè Jacobs, Gabriel Garrido, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Konrad Junghänel, Dominique Visse, Jordi Savall, Bruce Dickey, John Elwes, Nigel Rogers, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Rolf Lislevand, Aline Zylberajch, Christina Pluhar, Fabio Biondi, Enrico Onofri, Giovanni Antonini, François Fernandez, Enrico Gatti and many others. He has also worked with soloists of other musical genres: classical such as Giuliano Carmignola and Mariella Devia, folk and jazz, such as Bireli Lagrène, and improvised, such as Michel Godard.
    For a long time, he was a member of the ensembles La Fenice from Paris, with Jean Tubéry, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca (Treviso, Italy), and also of the Ad Fontes string quartet in Zurich. He was concertmaster of Le Parlement de Musique (Strasbourg) under the direction of Martin Gester, of Il Teatro Armonico (Rome) directed by Alessandro De Marchi, and of the Ad Fontes Barockorchester in Zurich.
    In spite of his strong aversion to recording, there are trails of his playing on radio and TV transmissions and on more than 70 CDs for the labels Astrée-Auvidis, Harmonia Mundi France, Alpha, Naïve, Accord, Ricercar, K617, Naxos, Opus 111, Symphonia, France Musique, and Dynamic; Some of them earning important recognition such as Diapason d'Or de l'année, Choc du Monde de la Musique, 10 de Répértoire, Académie Charles Clos, and Premio Vivaldi di Venezia.
    He teaches baroque violin and viola at the Conservatorio “F. E. Dall’Abaco” in Verona and has held stages and masterclasses in Strasbourg, Oporto, Glasgow, Avignon, Verona, Corinaldo (near Ancona, Italy), Montescaglioso (Matera), and Valdagno (Vicenza).
    In France, he has collaborated with Tours University and Rennes 2 University in research of the circulation of the Italian music in France during the XVIII and XIX centuries.

  • Luca Pianca


  • Born in Lugano, Switzerland. Musical studies in Milan and Salzburg (with Nikolaus Harnoncourt). In 1982, he begins his collaboration with the "Concentus Musicus Wien", which still runs nowadays. Co-founder of "Il Giardino Armonico", leading ensemble performing italian baroque.Collaborations with singers such as Eva Mei, Christoph Prégardien, Georg Nigl, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Cecilia Bartoli and instrumentalists like Viktoria Mullova and Albrecht Mayer, among many others.
    He recorded over 50 CD's, including complete lute works by J.S.Bach and A.Vivaldi.
    Very prolific duo activity with viola da gamba player Vittorio Ghielmi , touring regularly all over Europe and Usa. He has played in the most important festivals,theaters and concert seasons as a soloist or continuo player. (Salzburg,Lucerne,Schleswig Holstein, Mito,Wiener Festwochen,Deutsche Philharmonie, Theater an der Wien, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro alla Scala, Wigmore Hall,Lincoln Center,Carnegie Hall in New York, Oshi Hall in Tokyo). Sir Simon Rattle invited him to perform with Berliner Philarmoniker (Bach- St,John Passion). Since 2008 he is conducting the Bach-Cycle at the "Konzerthaus" in Vienna, performing the complete Bach Cantatas with his own "Ensemble Claudiana" and the "Wiener Sängerknaben", involving star singers and young talented musicians : almost 50 Cantatas are already performed. In december 2011 Christmas Oratorio was executed.In march 2014, St.John-Passion and Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine are planned. He also collaborated with rock-icon Sting. Luca Pianca plays on instruments made by Master luthier Luc Breton.

  • Emiliano Rodolfi

    Baroque Oboe

  • Emiliano Rodolfi was born in Chiavari, Italy, in 1975. After studying flute and modern oboe he began his studies of baroque oboe under the guidance of Paul Grazzi, attending parallel masterclasses held by Alfredo Bernardini and Sigiswald Kuijken.
    He collaborates regularly with different ensembles and baroque orchestras, including Il pomo d’oro,
    Besides Il pomo d’oro, he also collaborates regularly with Zefiro, Le Concert des Nations, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, La Petite Bande, Cafe Zimmermann, Il Gardino Armonico, Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano.
    With the ensemble "Rossi Piceno" he won the second prize in the "Musica Antiqua Brugge, 2003” competition and at the "Bonporti 2004" in Rovereto.
    He has made numerous recordings for Sony, Archiv, Decca, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Teldec, Accent, Arcana.
    He teaches baroque oboe at the Conservatory "B. Maderna" of Cesena."

  • Federico Toffano


  • Born in 1989, Federico Toffano began his cello studies at the age of 10, enrolled at the Vicenza “Arrigo Pedrollo” Conservatoire Conservatory. He then gained his degree in 2009 with Gianantonio Viero. He studied also with Giovanni Gnocchi at the Imola Academy and with Mario Brunello at the Antiruggine in Castelfranco Veneto.
    Already when he was 15, approached the baroque celloHe began playing the Baroque cello at the age of 15, taking lessons with Gaetano Nasilio and Stefano Veggetti. Finally, in 2013, he gained a Master in Historical Performance Practice at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
    Other highlights includes include successful auditions with the Mozart Orchestra Academy and the Arena of Verona where he was placed first.
    After being first cello with the Euopean Union Baroque Orchestra, he now regularly plays as principal cello with Pomo d’Oro, Les Musiciens du Louvre and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    He plays a cello made in 1727 by Carlo Antonio Testore, lent by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation.

  • Zelfira Valova


  • Zefira Valova was born in Sofia where she obtained Master’s degree at the National Music Academy. From 2009 until 2011 she specialized baroque violin at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, having studied with Lucy van Dael.
    From 2003 until 2008 she was concertmaster of several orchestras in Bulgaria as well as concertmaster with The National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands. She appeared as a soloist with the Academic Symphony Orchestra Sofia, Classic FM Radio Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Orpheus, Ars Barocca Ensemble – awarded by the Bulgarian National Radio with the prize “Ensemble of 2007”.
    First experience in the field of historical performance practice for Zefira Valova was the membership of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2008 working with Roy Goodman, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Enrico Onofri. Later she was invited as concertmaster under the direction of Petra Mullejans in 2009 and Ton Koopman in 2010, Alexis Kossenko in 2011, Lars Ulrik Mortensen in 2012 and 2013.
    She is among the founders of the Sofia Baroque Arts Festival – the only one of its kind in Bulgaria.
    Since its establishing in 2011 she is the concertmaster of Les Ambassadeurs – orhcestra directed by Alexis Kossenko. Her first solo CD with concertos by Vivaldi for the label Alpha was released in april 2013. In March 2015 is coming the CD with selection of Telemann's violin and flute concertos for the same label.
    Lately she performs also with the orchestras Il Pomo d'oro, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, La Chambre Phillharmonique, B'Rock, Les Musiciens de Saint Julien and others.
    She appears in chamber music ensembles with the pianists Olga Pashchenko, Vasily Ilisavsky, the guitarist Izhar Elias, the recorder player Erik Bosgraaf.
    Zefira Valova was awarded in the competition of the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, which provided her with a violin Lorenzo & Tomaso Carcassi 1760, Florence.

  • Fani Vovoni


  • Fani Vovoni was born in Athens in 1978. After finishing her studies with Helfried Fister in Klagenfurt in 2001, she went on to study at the Vienna University of Music in the class of Ernst Kovacic, from which she graduated with honors in March 2007. During her studies, she also attended a class in Baroque violin lectured by Hiro Kurosaki, later studied in Mozarteum Salzburg with Reinhard Goebel. One of the significant events in her early career was her participation in the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2004 where she intensively explored so-called “ancient music”.
    She is a co-founder of the Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra, where she worked with directors such as Ton Koopman, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Alfredo Bernardini, Enrico Onofri, Andrew Manze a.o. She has given concerts in ensemble formations at numerous festivals around Europe,north and south America, focusing in early and contemporary music, with groups such as Barucco, Il Pomo d´Oro, Concerto Stella Matutina, Hofkapelle Esterhazy, Barocksolisten München, Cappella Leopoldina, Ensemble Prisma, Clemencic Consort, Concerto Romano, Latinitas Nostra, Klangforum Wien, Camerata Salzburg, Ensemble Reconsil, Ensemble Phace. She is regularly collaborating and performing with the fortepianist Richard Fuller. In November 2014 she has been invited from the Teatro Nacional di Sao Paolo and Maestro Martinho Lutero to lead the Camerata Paulistana for a performance of Händel´s Messiah. Her teaching activity brought her at the festival Mozaik in Albania, at the conservatory of Klagenfurt and at the greek festival Music Village in Aghios Lavrentios where she held workshops in the field of baroque violin, early chamber music and baroque orchestra. Currently she is teaching violin and ensemble at the conservatory Freie Musikschule in Vienna. "

  • Jonas Zschenderlein


  • Born in Koblenz (Germany) in 1995, Jonas Zschenderlein started to learn the violin at the age of five. In 2009, he started his studies with Prof. Ariadne Daskalakis and Sebastian Gottschick at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. From 2013 until 2014 he studied with Prof. Susanne Stoodt at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt am Main. His teachers on the baroque violin were François Fernandez, Richard Gwilt and Petra Müllejans.
    At the age of 11 he started to play the baroque violin and his interest for early music has grown ever since. As concertmaster and soloist of the youth baroque orchestra Bachs Erben (Jugendbarockorchester), which performs without a conductor and is coached by internationally renowned artists, Jonas could gather important experiences and has played many concerts in Europe, China and Colombia. He had the chance to play with musicians such as Dorothee Oberlinger, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Riccardo Minasi, Luca Pianca, Lorenzo Ghirlanda and members of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
    Together with his young early music ensemble Concerto +14 he was awarded with a scholarship at the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb 2012 in Bonn and was a member of the 57th Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler (a series of about 20 concerts organized by the Deutsche Musikrat).
    Jonas was a member of the national youth orchestra of Germany (Bundesjugendorchester) in 2012.
    Together with three young musicians he founded the early music ensemble 4 Times Baroque, which was awarded with the audience price at the international Marini competition in Neuburg in 2013. In July 2013, they recorded a CD with works by Arcangelo Corelli. Since then, they played concerts at the festival Rheinvokal with radio broadcast of SWR2, at Thüringer Bachwochen, Rheingau Musikfestival and Mozartfest Würzburg.
    Jonas plays regularly with the early music ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro. In addition, he plays with Le Concert Lorrain, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Les Ambassadeurs, La Stagione Frankfurt, Neumeyer Consort and others."""