History

The ensemble il pomo d’oro was founded in 2012. It is characterized by an authentic, dynamic interpretation of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical period. The musicians are all well-known specialists and are among the best in the field of historical performance practice. The ensemble so far worked with the conductors Riccardo Minasi, Maxim Emelyanychev, Stefano Montanari, George Petrou and Enrico Onofri and Francesco Corti. Violinists Federico Guglielmo and Zefira Valova lead the orchestra in various projects. Since 2016 Maxim Emelyanychev has been its chief conductor.

il pomo d’oro is a regular guest in prestigious concert halls and festivals all over Europe. With the program of the 2016 recording with Joyce DiDonato, In War and Peace, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev and awarded with an Echo Klassik 2017, the orchestra is on tour worldwide.

The discography of il pomo d’oro includes several opera recordings: Händel’s Tamerlano, Partenope and Ottone, Vinci’ s Catone in Utica, Recitals with the countertenors Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli and Xavier Sabata, and with mezzosopranos Ann Hallenberg and Joyce DiDonato. Among the instrumental albums the recordings of Haydn’s violin and harpsichord concertos as well as a cello album with Edgar Moreau received Echo Klassik Awards in 2016.

In the year 2018 and 2019 a number of new recordings will be published: Handel Arias with Franco Fagioli, 17th century opera prologues with Francesca Aspromonte, Virtuosissimo with Dmitry Sinkovsky, Handel’s Serse with Franco Fagioli in the title role, Anima Sacra with Jakub Orlinski, J.S.Bach violin concerts with Shunske Sato, Barbara Strozzi with Emöke Barath.

El Sistema Greece
il pomo d’oro is official ambassador of El Sistema Greece, a humanitarian project to provide free musical education to children in Greek refugee camps. 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 ensemble il pomo d’oro refers to Antonio Cesti’s opera from the year 1666. Composed to the wedding celebrations of Emperor Leopold I and Margarita Teresa of Spain, il pomo d’oro was probably one of the largest, most expensive and most spectacular opera productions in the still young history of the genre. 24 different stage designs, a horse-ballet of 300 horses, a fireworks display of 73,000 rockets, numerous ‚special effects’ – superlatives, which should make the Emperor’s court the highlight of cultural splendor in Europe.

  • Maxim Emelyanychev

    chief conductor

  • 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."

  • Zelfira Valova

    Violin, Concertmaster

  • 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.

  • Francesco Corti

    Guest conductor

  • Francesco Corti (Arezzo, 1984) studied organ and harpsichord in Perugia, Geneva and Amsterdam. Prized at the Bach-Wettbewerb Leipzig (2006) and at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition (2007). Member of Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ensemble Zefiro, Bach Collegium Japan, Harmonie Universelle, Concert des Nations, Les Tamens Lyriques. Conducts regularly Les Musiciens du Louvre, is invited as guest conductor by Pomo d’Oro, Holland Baroque Society and De Nederlandse Bach Vereniging. Performs as soloist all over Europre, USA, Latin America, Far East, and is invited to play in halls like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Bozar in Bruxelles, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zürich . Solo recordings include L. Couperin, Bach’s Partitas, Mozart’s Piano Quartets and K. 488 concerto, Haydn Sonatas. Masterclasses all over the world. Since September 2016, professor of harpsichord and thorough bass at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
    www.francescocorti.com

  • Federico Guglielmo

    Violin, Guest conductor, Concertmaster

  • Italian conductor and violinist Federico Guglielmo was born in Padua in 1968. He studied violin with his father and later graduated at the Benedetto Marcello Music Conservatory in Venice. He attended numerous master classes in Violin, Chamber Music and Orchestral Conducting with such names as: Salvatore Accardo; Vladimir Spivakov; Isaac Stern; Trio Beaux Arts; Trio di Trieste; Amadeus Quartet; Quartetto Italiano; La Salle Quartet; and Gianluigi Gelmetti. He won many awards in several international competitions, including the 1st prize at the 1991 Vittorio Gui International Competition in Florence.

    Encouraged by Christopher Hogwood, he has devoted himself to the study of historically informed practice, using Baroque and Classical violins. He has conducted and performed with various string orchestras, such as: the Academy of Ancient Music in London; the Handel; Haydn Society in Boston; the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra; the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. In 1994, he founded L’Arte dell’Arco, an ensemble that specializes in Venetian music of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Federico Guglielmo has also conducted Baroque opera such as Paisiello’s La Daunia Felice , D. Scarlatti’s La Dirindina; Vivaldi’s first opera, Ottone in Villa, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, and Piccinni’s Il finto turco, also in Vicenza.
    In 2017, he worked with period instrument ensemble il pomo d’oro for the first time, leading a concert tour with violinst Alina Ibragimova.

    He has performed in many of the world's most important halls and theaters: Musikverein in Vienna; Wigmore Hall London; Società del Quartetto in Milan; Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome; Auditorio Nacional in Madrid; Herkulessaal in Munich; Carnegie Hall in New York; Suntory Hall, Opera City and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo; Izumi and Symphony Hall in Osaka; and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
    He realized numeros recordings, many of which received awards and great critical acclaim.
    Federico Guglielmo is praised for his “sparkling virtuosity”, his “brilliant and entertaining interpretations” and his extraordinary versatility.
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  • Enrico Onofri

    Guest conductor

  • Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. His career began with an invitation from Jordi Savall to be the concertmaster of La Capella Real. Very soon he found himself working with groups such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques and Concerto Italiano. From 1987 to 2010 he was the concertmaster and soloist of Il Giardino Armonico. In 2002 he entered upon a conductor's career, which has brought him great critical acclaim and numerous invitations from orchestras, theaters and festivals in Europe, Japan and Canada. From 2004 to 2013 he was the principal conductor of Divino Sospiro and since 2006 he has been a principal guest conductor with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. He has conducted ensembles such as Camerata Bern, Festival Strings Lucerne, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bochumer Symphoniker, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Cipango Consort Tokyo, Real Orquesta de Sevilla, Orchestre de Clermont Ferrand, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and more. He founded the chamber group Imaginarium Ensemble to perform the Italian baroque repertoire. Enrico Onofri has performed in the world’s most famous concert halls, alongside artists like Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Cecilia Bartoli and Katia and Marielle Labèque. Many of Enrico Onofri’s recordings with Teldec, Decca, Astrée, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony, Passacaille, Nichion, Winter&Winter, Opus111, Virgin, Zig Zag Territoires etc., have been awarded prestigious international prizes, and his concerts have been broadcast by European, American, Asian and Australian networks. Enrico Onofri has been the professor of baroque violin and interpretation of baroque music at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo since 2000. He has been invited to give master classes throughout Europe, Canada and Japan, has been tutor and invited conductor with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and has been invited in 2011 to give a master class at the Juilliard School in New York

  • Dmtry Sinkovsky

    Violin, Soloist

  • 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

    Violin

  • 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).

  • Federica Bianchi

    Harpsichord and Organ

  • 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.
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  • 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

    Violin

  • 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

    Violin

  • 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.

  • Nicola Dal Maso

    Double bass and Violone

  • Nicola Dal Maso is a double bass and violone player specialized since he was very young in early music.
    He plays as principal bass with Le Concert D'Astrée in France, il Pomo d'Oro and Accademia Bizantina in Italy and with Balthasar Neumann Ensemble in Germany.

    During his career he played under the direction of Reinhard Goebel, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Ottavio Dantone, Emmanuelle Haim, Stefano Montanari, Sigiswald and Barthold Kuijken, Anner Bylsma, Tomas Hengelbrock and Claudio Abbado.

    From 1993 to 2001 he has been teacher of double bass in the Swiss Italian Conservatory in Lugano.In the last years he is more and more exploring romantic music on periods instruments. He plays a Vincenzo Ruggeri double bass and a Violone Grosso copy of the Gasparo da Salò "Colonna"

  • Roberto De Franceschi

    Baroque oboe and Flute

  • Italian baroque oboist and flutist Roberto De Franceschi began his journey into the early music world soon after finishing his modern flute diploma. He studied baroque flute with Sergio Balestracci and Marcello Gatti before taking up the baroque oboe in 2008, which he has studied with Paolo Faldi in Vicenza, Marie Wolf in Vienna and Paolo Grazzi in Verona.

    He is co-founder of the ensemble Camerata Bachiensis from Leipzig, with which he has garnered major recognition from numerous early music competitions. Since winning the 7th International Telemann Competition (Magdeburg, Germany) and the 1st International "Premio Selifa" (S. Ginesio, Italy) in 2013, the ensemble has earned further accolades at the 6th International Graun Brothers Competition 2013 (Bad Liebenwerda, Germany), the International Van Wassenaer Concours 2014 (Utrecht, the Netherlands) and the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik 2014/2015 (Göttingen, Germany). Besides his successes with Camerata Bachiensis, he has been a prize-winner in many other early music competitions.

    He has taken part in various masterclasses and seminars with some of the most renowned specialists in the field of early music, and he is regularly invited to perform with orchestras and ensembles for concerts and recordings all over Europe. Amongst them: Il Pomo d'Oro, Concerto Köln, Vox Luminis, Academia Montis Regalis, La Divina Armonia and many others.

    He also works as a Computer Engineer and is strongly interested in audio recording and Sound Engineering.

  • Anna Fusek

    Violin and Fute

  • 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". "

  • Katrin Lazar

    Bassoon, Recorder

  • Katrin Lazar studied recorder and baroque bassoon at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main with Prof. Michael Schneider and Christian Beuse. Having been awarded a DAAD scholarship she also went to study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, where she studied with Peter van Heyghen and Donna Agrell.
    Currently she lives in Munich, Germany, and works as a freelance artist, performing regularly with many of the leading baroque ensembles. These include the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Il Pomo D'oro, Cantus Cölln, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Hofkapelle München, Elbipolis, Dunedin Consort, the Kings Consort and the Barocksolisten München of which she is a founding member.
    Renowned conductors with whom she has worked include René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Thomas Hengelbrock, Konrad Junghänel, Michael Schneider, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Andreas Spering, Alfredo Bernardini, Marcus Creed, and Ivor Bolton. She has toured extensively all over Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico and North America.
    Katrin Lazar can regularly be heard in radio broadcasts and recording projects.
    She hold teaching posts for historical bassoon at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

  • Anna Melkonyan

    Violin

  • 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

    Cello

  • 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

    Doublebass

  • 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

    Violin

  • 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.
    www.danielanuzzoli.com

  • Luca Pianca

    Lute

  • 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.

  • Rodney Prada

    Viola da gamba

  • Born in 1973 in Costa Rica into a family of violinmakers, he started at a very young age to study music. At the age of eleven he moved to Italy, where he continued his studies at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan with Roberto Gini and Vittorio Ghielmi.
    Entering rapidly into the European early music scene, he was recognized for the intensity and versatility of his musical interpretation on the viola da gamba, as well as an innovative approach to the instrument.

    He has participated in numerous productions with well-known ensembles (Il Giardino Armonico, L’Arpeggiata, Accademia del Piacere, Il Pomo d’Oro, La Fenice, Elyma, Cappella Mediterranea, Concerto Italiano, La Venexiana, Accademia Bizantina, Il Suonar Parlante, Labyrinto, L’Amoroso, Accademia Montis Regalis, Capella della Pietà dei Turchini, Los Músicos de su Alteza, Ensemble 1700, etc), performing in the most prestigious halls and festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

    He has played in duo and other chamber music formations with Riccardo Minasi, Lorenzo and Vittorio Ghielmi, Doron Sherwin, Skip Sempé, Federica Bianchi, Stefano Montanari, Fahmi Alqhai, Enrico Onofri, Luca Pianca, Dorothee Oberlinger.

    In 2007 he participated together with Stefano Montanari and Maurizio Salerno in a recording of the complete D. Buxtehude’s Sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo for the italian music magazine Amadeus. He has also recorded for Teldec, Astrée, K617, Opus111, Winter&Winter, Sony, Virgin, Symphonia, Glossa, Arts, Naive, Tactus, Passacaille, Alpha, etc.

    Rodney was recently invited by the prestigious foundation 'Friends of Stradivarius' in Cremona to play two priceless instruments that testify the importance of the viola da gamba in the production of the classic 'Italian violin making’: a tenor viol by Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona 1611 (from The Russian Federation’s State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments) and a Bass viol by Giuseppe Guarneri “filius Andreæ”, Cremona 1702 (Beare Violins Ltd. London UK)

    Rodney Prada is the viola da gamba professor at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan.

  • Stefano Rossi

    Violin

  • 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.

  • Evgeny Sviridov

    Violin

  • Evgeny Sviridov is a violinist who combines successfully both modern and historical informed performances. His versatile activities as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician demand an enormous repertoire that includes pieces of any genre and style from early baroque till ultra modern. 

    Born in 1989 in St-Petersburg, Evgeny got his first education at the Conservatory there. While studying he had already become a laureate of major international competitions such as Menuhin Competition in Cardiff and Paganini Competition in Genova in 2008. In 2010, on the sly from his conservatory teacher, he joined a Bach competition in Leipzig and suddenly got there a first prize. This prize persuaded him to turn to authentic ways of playing and to studying baroque more thoroughly. In 2016 he got a first prize and audience prize in “Concours Corneille” in Rouen, France; and in 2017 Evgeny won Brugge International Competition Musica Antiqua, collected audience prize as well as a CD production by label "Ricercar". 

    Evgeny is playing now unique baroque violin by Januarius Gagliano (Naples, 1732) kindly provided him by “Jumpstart Jr” foundation in Amsterdam.

    Since 2016 Evgeny has been living in Cologne and currently serves there as concertmaster of a famous baroque ensemble “Concerto Köln”, becoming one of the youngest musicians who have ever leaded this historical collective. 

    As both concertmaster and soloist he regularly performs in a major concert venues in Europe: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Köln, Musikverein Wien, St-Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonic, and is invited to a famous festivals such as Bachfest in Leipzig, MA Festival in Brugge, Thuringer Bach Woche in Weimar, "Haut Jura" in France, “Earlymusic” in St-Petersburg and many others.  Evgeny collaborated with well-known musicians: mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, violinist and counter-tenor Dmitry Sinkovsky, recorder players Dorothee Oberlinger and Erik Bosgraaf, violinist Hiro Kurosaki and others. He recorded solo CD with Bach and Biber sonatas in 2011 by Genuin Classics.

    In 2014 together with his colleagues he organised his own baroque ensemble "Ludus Instrumentalis", that made an important appearance on a baroque scene by winning Berlin Bach competition in 2015 and "Brothers Grauns" Competition in 2016 in Germany.

  • Federico Toffano

    Cello

  • 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.

  • Cristina Vidoni

    Cello

  • Born in Udine (Italy) in 1989, she starts playing cello at the age of 6 with Prof. E. Francescato, under the guidance of whome, she gains in 2009 the Diploma with full marks, “cum laude” and special mention at the “J. Tomadini” Music Conservatory. Beside her academic music studies, she partecipates in masterclasses and workshops with several reknown cellists, such as E. Bronzi, M. Brunello, E. Dindo, M. Flaksman, M. Scano, L. Franzetti, W. Panhofer, O. Mueller. In 2011 her cello studies go on in Switzerland, in the class or R. Rosenfeldat the Musik Hochschule Basel; here, in 2013, she gets the “Master in Music Performance”. The approach to the baroque cello dates back to many courses with W. Vestidello and it develops in years thanks to the rich old music field in Basel: the experience of Schola Cantorum in the class of C. Coin and P. Skalka let her reach again a “Master in Music Performance” (2015) for “Violoncello in Alte Mensur”.

    In 2014 she plays together with Quatuor Mosaïques for the opening concert season of Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice. Several masterclasses also with M. Testori, M. Valli and M. Ceccato and frequent collaborations with baroque ensembles as Il Pomo d’ oro, Ensemble Cafè Zimmermann, Ars Musica Zuerich (Sabrina Frey), Accordone Ensemble (Guido Morini), Cappella Neapolitana (Toni Florio), and with Ensemble Pulcinella (Ophélie Gaillard) also as soloist at the Festival de Sablè for a concert dedicated to Vivaldi Cello concertos.

  • Fani Vovoni

    Violin

  • 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

    Violin

  • 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."""