LORENZO COLITTO baroque violin and viola
Born in Roma, studied in Conservatorio di S. Cecilia where he graduated in 1990. In 1993 he started studying early music with original instruments. In 1994 he is admited in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, in whitch he studied 3 years with T. Hengelbrock. Also in 1994 he was selected to make a trouneé with Europeian Union Baroque Orchestra where he worked with Ton Koopman, Roy Goodman and Andrew Manze. Since then he develops an intence concert activity, making concerts in every part of the world.
Was member of Europa Galante Baroque Orchestra, directed by Fabio Biondi, with whom he recorded solo for Virgin-EMI and obtained excelent critics. From 1999 to 2002 he was the concertino of the american ensemble New York Collegium with which he made concerts with Reinhard Goebel, Andrew Parrot, Biondi, Lopez Banzo, Labadie, having been very well apreciated by the critic in international titles like The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
He frequently is convocated to play has concertino and soloist in many famous early music ensembles in Europe: Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Orchestra Barocca di Siviglia, Accademia Bizantina, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro di Cagliari, Accademia Litta, Al Ayre Español, Elyma, Amarillis, Pulcinella, La Grande Chapelle, Real Compañia Opera da Camara, Harmonices Mundi-Bozen Baroque Orchestra, Accademia degli Astrusi, Divino Sospiro. Also in this context he obtained excelent critics (Amadeus – ITA, Res Musica – FRA, Observator cultural - ROM).
He was invited by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, dos Solisti di Zagabria of Collegium Melbourne for the Spring Early Music Festival of Melbourne as director and soloist. And recently he was invited for concertmaster of New York Baroque Incorporated, recent and young ensemble formed bythe first generation of recognized students of the early music department of Juilliard of New York. He directed masterclassses in Spain in Arseguell and Granada courses, in Academy of Arts di Hong Kong, in Fontecolombo di Bridgetown Institute (Perth – Australia), in Melbourne University (Austrália) and we eas a guest teacher of JONDE preparation courses (Young Orchestra of Spain).
Recorded CD's for Harmonia Mundi, Virgin EMI, Opus 111, Tactus, Ambroisie, K617, Divox Antiqua, Stradivarius and Bongiovanni. He recently recorded Mozart serenatas K100 e K 185 for Amadeus magazine, inserted in the integral publication of Mozart Serenatas. In this project he is concertino and plays violin solo with the ensemble Accademia Litta. He recently founded the ensemble Archipelago.
In his musical investigation, he had identified works of some bolonha composers of the beggining of the XVII century, which caught the attention of theaters, festivals and music editors.
JOÃO PAULO JANEIRO harpsichord, continuo, orchestra
Harpsichordist, organist, João Janeiro divides his activity between research, concerts, recordings and teaching. Has studied organ, harpsichord, clavichord and musicology in Lisbon.
Director of Flores de Mvsica, Capella Joanina and Concerto Ibérico early music ensembles, his main work has been to disclose Portuguese musical heritage. He has recorded several CD with historical organs and instruments from Lisbon’s Music Museum and played in several international music festivals, in Italy Germany, Spain and Portugal.
Editor of João Baptista André Avondano Sonatas and Duets critical edition. Prepares the Opera Omnia Edition of Francisco António de Almeida. Recorded Almeida's Missa in F and Te Deum, Matuttino de Morti' of David Perez and Pedro António Avondano's Chamber Music.
He conceived and directs the early music festivals 'West Coast Early Music Festival', ' Série Ibérica de Música Antiga' and 'Jornadas de Órgão do Alentejo'. Completed Alentejo's Historical Organs Inventory to Ministry of Culture and guided some restoration processes in this region.
Also responsible for CIMA International Early Music Summer Courses and the Early Music International Competition for Young Musicians in Portugal.
Teaches organ, harpsichord, chamber music, basso continuo and historical performance at ESART - IPCB and EMNSC. Has been invited for masterclasses and concerts in Portugal, Spain and Italy on harpsichord, organ, basso continuo and baroque orchestra. Director the MAAC, he is one of the founding members of CESEM (FCSH - UNL) and the Portuguese Society for Research in Music (SPIM).
ORLANDO D'ACHILLE baroque oboe
Begins his musical studies with recorder, having work afterwards with G. Pacchioni and F. Conrad. Later on he studied modern oboe and got his degree with B. Incagnoli (first oboe of Rome's RAI). First oboe in the Orchestra Sinfonica Frosinate, directed by maestro Paris, he recorded premieres with Roman Blad and Ennio Moricone. Studied baroque oboe with Alfredo Bernardini and P. Grazi.
He cooperated with C.I.M.A. of Rome. Along the years Orlando became incrA easingly more interested in lutherie, colaborating with G.Tardino in the activity of making baroque flutes. He teaches modern oboe, baroque oboe and recorder at Conservatorio Licinio Refice of Frosinone (Italy), and at CIMA since 2014.
JOSTEIN GUNDERSEN recorder, recorder consort, improvisation
studied recorder with Frode Thorsen at the Grieg Academy in Bergen (Norway); he graduated in performance (2000) and pedagogy (2001), and received a Master’s degree in performance (2004). In addition, he completed a Konzertexamen with distinction with Peter Holtslag at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (2003). From 2005 to 2009 he was a research fellow of the Norwegian Artistic Research Program with a project on improvisation of diminutions in the polyphonic repertoire from 1350 to 1700. He is currently teaching recorder, Baroque ensemble, and music theory at the Grieg Academy, and historical improvisation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” in Leipzig. Gundersen has given master classes, workshops, and lectures at academies and universities in Portugal, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and in the US.
He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many countries and with several ensembles, and his interest in contemporary music has led to premieres of pieces by such young Norwegian composers as Tor-Erik Hellesen, Jostein Stalheim, Ruben Sverre Gjertsen, and Berge Osnes, and by Czech composer Jan Rokyta.
ALEJANDRO MARÍAS gamba and baroque cello
Born in Madrid in 1984, Alejandro Marías begin his studies in cello with Mariló Cuesta, Enrique Correa and Maria de Macedo. Later, he also studied the cello with Christophe Coin, Philippe Muller and Claudio Bohorquez, the Viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken, Marianne Muller and Hille Perl, and the baroque cello with Anner Bylsma and Jaap Ter Linden. He obtain his superior degree in music at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, with Miguel Jiménez, Josetxu Obregón and Pere Ros, and his performance master in baroque cello and viola da gamba at Haute École de Musique de Genève, with Bruno Cocset and Guido Ballestracci. He specialized in the historic interpretation of the classic and romantic with original instruments at Centre Européen of Recherche et Pratique Musicales (Saintes, Francia) and colaborated with Jeune Orchestre Atlantique (2006-2009), Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay (2010) and Orchestre Fançais des Jeunes (2010).
Alejandro Marías artistic career, which also includes teaching, is ambicious and versatile, with three instruments - cello moderno, baroque cello and viola da gamba - and also ith his participation in concerts, festivals and courses in many different professional contexts from all over Europe, Israel, Argelia, Argentina and Bolivia. He is the artistic directo of the baroque ensemble La Spagna and a frequent colaborador of Zarabanda and Concerto Ibérico Orquestra Barroca. Also, he is a founder member of Cuarteto Francisco de Goya, an ensemble dedicated to the historic interpretation of classic repertoire for strings quartet. He had worked with the directors Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Sigiswald Kuijken, Hervé Niquet, Lucy van Dael, Paul Agnew, Enrico Onofri and David Stern, and recorded for Warner and Columna Música, as well as to diverse radio and tv from Europe and America.
HUGUES KESTEMAN baroque basson, dulcian and wind band
Born in Brussels in 1949, Hugues studied classical singing during six years and started his career in the chorus of the opera at age 20. At the same time, he studied bassoon at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and graduated with distinction in Bassoon, Chamber Music, Musical Training and obtained the music pedagogy degree.
Later, he improved with the Master Albert Hennige in Germany and studied Ancient Music with oboist Paul Dombrecht Lemmens in Instituut of Leuven.
Laureate by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation he was bassoon and contrabassoon in the Orchestra of Liège, soloist in the Belgium Radio and Television Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders and Porto Symphony Régie.
He performed in concert and give numerous master classes throughout Europe, USA, Brazil, Peru, India and Macao with "La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Concerto Köln, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Capella Compostelana in Santiago de Compostela, Ensemble Rumein (with Sabine Meyer), harmonic Concerto Budapest and Quintet "Artziz" with pianists António Rosado and Pedro Burmester, among others.
He participated in several recordings of CDs with Octophoros, Wiener Akademie, Segréis de Lisboa, Arte Real Ensemble and Flores de Música (Portugal).
As a teacher, he created five bassoon courses in Belgium and five in Portugal. He organized two national stages in Belgium, the first Bassoon national stage and the first national meeting of double reeds in Porto.
Instructor of martial art "Aikido" founded five centers as well as their own association "aparn" (Portuguese Association of Aikido Northern Region) in Portugal.
It was the winds coordinator and was part of the direction of the Department of Music of ESMAE. Today he is Chamber Music teacher, and founder of the course of bassoon and baroque bassoon, of the course of "Aikido" for actors of the Department of Theatre as well as the course "Play Health" (artistic interventions in hospital means) in ESMAE.
Founded in July 2013 Orchestra "Musicum Portucalense". It has recently published an autobiography about Hugues Kesteman entitled "Two Lives a Destination".
PILAR MONTOYA historical dances workshop
Multifaceted artist born in Zaragoza. She study Piano in her hometown obtaining the title of Professor (M. Pesci). At the same time he graduated in Canto (P. Andrew) and he studied chemistry at the University of Zaragoza. She begins in early music with J. L. González Uriol and get the Superior Title in Harpsichord and Organ with honors. She got a scholarship from the Province of Zaragoza and later by the "Commission des Bourses pour Federale studiants strangers" of the Swiss Government and extended her studies at the "Schola Cantorum Basiliensis" where she study basso continuo and chamber music (J. Christensen), Singing (R. Jacobs and R. Levitt), direction (H. Martin Linde), Historical Dance (E. Schneiter) and baroque gesture (S. Weller). Simultaneously, she attends the classes of Harpsichord in Paris with I. Wjuniski and concludes his studies with distinction. He has made numerous international courses of Early Music and Historical Dance (B. van Asperen, K. Gilbert, J. Ogg, A. Yepes, B. Sparti, B. Massin) and attended the International Symposium of harpsichord in Utrecht. Her concert activity is intense, either as a soloist, either as a part of orchestras and chamber music ensembles or director. She has participated in numerous recordings.
She combines her musical career with his other role as historical dancer addressing the main styles from the Italian Renaissance (B. Sparti and L. Baert), Spanish Baroque (Mª José Ruiz) and French (A. Yepes, B. del Valle, B. Gertsch, S. T'Hooft, J. Schrape, J. Voss, F. Denieau, C. Gracio Moura and B. Massin) until late Bolera school of the 18th century (G. M. Schwabl and León). She has collaborated with professional historical dance companies like "Corpo Barocco" and "Esquivel" directed by S. T'Hooft and Mª José Ruiz on various projects with well received critics among which can be highlighted "Il Ballo delle Ingrate "(C. Monteverdi)," Il Pastor Fido "(C. Monteverdi and B. Marini) at the Theater Basel under the musical direction of A. Rooley," Certain and Galana "in the courtyard of the Monastery San Lorenzo del Escorial in the commemoration of Philip II and "Love and Heartbreak", a show created and directed by herself.
Deeply interested in the study of the original sources, currently working on his doctoral thesis entitled "The Dance at the Court of Philip V" at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Dir: Begoña Lolo), she also founded the historical dance company "The Comedians of Art" with which has already offered six shows and is invited to give courses and lectures on ancient music and dance at conferences, universities and other institutions.
He was a member of the team of Music Pedagogy of the General Council of Aragon (Dir: Maria A. Cosculluela). He is currently Professor of Harpsichord at the Conservatory of Salamanca and President of Spanish the Association of Music and Dance. (A.E.M.D.A.)