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Thalia Ensemble 
Belén Nieto Galán flute
Sarah Aßmann oboe
Diederik Ornée clarinet
Hylke Rozema horn
José Rodrigues Gomes bassoon

The Thalia Ensemble, five dynamic young musicians from all corners of the World, met at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Devoted to studying historical instruments and performance practice, they have worked with some of the leading specialists in the field of early music.  The ensemble varies in size between duo and octet settings to embrace the full repertory of chamber music for wind instruments from 1750 to 1850.  Since their foundation in January 2011,  the Thalia Ensemble has performed classical and early romantic chamber music in various Dutch and German concert series as well as organising its own concert series in 2011/12 with three different programmes and 9 concerts in Amsterdam, Hoorn, Hilversum and Breda.  In August 2012, the Thalia Ensemble was one of the Selected Promising Ensembles at the International Young Artists Presentation in Antwerp.  See also       
Der Musikalische Garten    
German Echeverri Chamorro, Karoline Echeverri violins
Annekatrin Beller cello
Daniela Niedhammer harpsichord
The members of Der Musikalische Garten met in Basel as current and former students of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The ensemble focuses on German music of the 17th century, especially in scordatura repertoire, which involves changing the tuning of a stringed instrument to explore its technical and tonal possibilities. Der Musikalische Garten combines a great variety of sounds and rhetorical possibilities with technical virtuosity and a profound knowledge of historical performance.  Hailing from Spain and Germany, its members perform with other well-known ensembles such as la Cetra, Gli Incogniti, Concerto Soave, Capriccio Barockorchester, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle and Cappella Gabetta.  Der Musikalische Garten was a Selected Promising Ensemble at the International Young Artists Presentation in Antwerp 2011; they won second prize and the Audience prize of the International van Wassenaer Competition in Amsterdam 2011; and they took part in the Young Artists Residency Programme in Ambronay 2012. In April 2013, the ensemble won the First Prize and the Audience Prize of the competition "Förderpreis Alte Musik des Saarländischen Rundfunks" (SR Radio, Germany) and the Biber Prize of the international H.I.F. Biber Competition (Austria). See also  

Der Musikalische Garten - A.Bertali: Sonata a 2 (from Partiturbuch Ludwig)

Duo Domenico   
Jonathan Rees, Vladimir Waltham cellos
Duo Domenico explores the 17th-century repertoire written for the rich diversity of four-, five- and six-stringed bass instruments of the period, as well as the virtuosic works written in the 18th century for the instrument which supplanted them - the violoncello. Named after Domenico Gabrielli, the first composer to publish works naming the violoncello as intended instrument, the duo delve into his works and those of his contemporaries such as Vitali and Jacchini, but also into the starkly contrasting works by 'cello virtuosi such as Boccherini, Barrière and Abel. Vladimir Waltham and Jonathan Rees formed the duo in 2012, playing in multiple venues in the London area and benefiting from tuition by Joseph Crouch and Jonathan Manson. In the Spring of 2013, the group will take their programme on tour to venues in London, Bristol, Somerset and Devon.  See also
Louise Hjorth Hansen recorder
Katrine I. Kristiansen organ
Katrine and Louise first met in 2005 at the Academy of Music, Southern Denmark.  Duo1702 was named after the year of birth of Morten Ræhs, one of the few Danish composers of the period who is still known today. The duo's repertoire ranges from early Italian violin music through Bach to flute music by Danish composers of the style galant.  Duo1702´s vision is to perform the music idiomatically for recorder and organ, and to make it sound just as up-to-date as it did when it was written. They also have a large repertoire of contemporary music, some of it specially written for and dedicated to the duo. Both musicians have Master of Music degrees from the Academy of Music, Southern Denmark and they will both complete their solo diplomas from London and Denmark in 2013.  Duo1702 has performed in Denmark, Norway and England.  See also                     

Ensemble Daimonion
Anas Chen violin
Andrea Inghisciano cornetto
Daniel Rosin  violoncello
Soma Salat-Zakariás  viola da gamba
Josep María Martí Durán theorbo
María González  harpsichord, organ
Inspired by the socratic idea of the daemonion, the incorruptible inner voice, the Ensemble Daimonion dedicates itself to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.  They appear in different formations with the founders Anas Chen and Maria Gonzalez.  Ensemble Daimonion have performed for Radio Suisse Romande, Freunde Alter Musik Basel, Altstadtserenade Basel, Rain Sacred Music Festival and are invited to Artists in Residencias Musicales Fundació Caixa Catalunya, Festival Braunwald, Davos Festival, Haapsalu Early Music Festival, Muri Kultur and Konzerte in Küsnacht.  In 2011 the Ensemble Daimonion was awarded First Prize and Special Prize at the Premio Bonporti International Early Music Competition in Rovereto, Italy.
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Ensemble Versailles
Valeria Norkina flute
Alexey Fokin violin
Kentaro Nakata viola da gamba
Sofya Gandilyan harpsichord

The members of Ensemble Versailles, who come from as far afield as Belarus, Russia and Japan, met in Germany in 2011 while continuing their studies in early music at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik. Ensemble Versailles is passionate about French music of the High Baroque and German composers who were inspired by the French bon goût.  One of the ensemble's main aims is to communicate with their audiences verbally and non-verbally as well as musically, and their lecture-concerts prepared by musicologist and harpsichordist Sofya Gandilyan have enjoyed great success. They perform regularly both at the Hochschule and throughout the Black Forest and Bavaria. In 2012 the group were finalists in the Landshuter Musiktage Early Music Competition.  Find them on Facebook

Ensemble Versailles - J.S. Bach: Largo from Trio Sonata in G major (BWV 1038)


Les Mélomanes
Ayelet Karni  recorder, oboe   
Stephen Pedder violin    
Kathleen Ross cello, viola da gamba 
Rani Orenstein  harpsichord 
Deriving from the Greek melos and mania, the name Les Mélomanes means 'mad about music'. The members of the ensemble, who come from Israel, England and Scotland, met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London. 
Whilst at the Academy, Les Mélomanes won the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize and were subsequently awarded the Audience Prize at London's prestigious Fenton House Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition. They were also generously supported by the London Bach Society.  In 2010 they were selected for the Brighton Early Music Live! scheme and have since performed at Brighton Early Music Festival, London Handel Festival, Händel Haus, Halle, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London.  They have performed live on Radio 3's In Tune and Early Music Show programmes.
They are a versatile ensemble with a rich and varied repertoire encompassing 17th-century Italian music and alluring French suites through to sonatas of the German late Baroque.  See also .
On Air
Marie-Therese Reith, Simon Böckenhoff, Robert Herden oboes, oboes d'amore, oboes da caccia, bass oboe
Luise Manske bassoon 
On Air is dedicated to the performance of baroque oboe band repertory in four parts on period, double-reed instruments. The members met during their studies at the Akademie für Alte Musik at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. All four musicians are frequent guests of prestigious baroque orchestras such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the European Union Baroque Orchestra and prize winners of competitions such as the Biagio-Marini-Wettbewerb in Neuburg/Donau. The band's artistic practice follows the examples set by the traditional oboe band formations seen in Europe in the 17th and 18th century, such as performing at swearing-ins at the historical Bremer Rathaus, prize giving ceremonies and church services, as well as concerts. On Air appeared at the Early Music Platform of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires in 2012. The band was also awarded the Hochschulpreis of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen in 2013 for the best Alte Musik ensemble. Future plans include a CD release, scheduled for summer 2013.  See also  
Kinga Ujszaszi violin
Jadran Duncumb theorbo, lute
Repicco is a new duo which aims to explore the hugely diverse repertoire for violin and lute, ranging from the late Renaissance to galant duo sonatas, and from the Biedermeyer period to the early 20th century.  As indivuduals, they have performed with many of the leading period ensembles in England and Europe including the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, I Fagiolini, the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Baroque Soloists, as well as solo recitals and chamber music recitals with their own groups; Spiritato and Ensemble Amaranthos.  Future engagements include concerts in Budapest and London.
Seldom Sene
Stephanie Brandt, Ruth Dyson, Eva Gemeinhardt, Hester Groenleer, Maria Martinez Ayerza  recorders
Formed in Amsterdam, recorder quintet Seldom Sene are a group of five musicians with a mutual passion for consort playing. With a combined interest in the interpretation and performance of both early and contemporary music, these highly skilled and dynamic young players each bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the ensemble, especially in musicianship and playing by heart. Whilst searching for more unfamiliar repertoire, one of the first pieces to catch their attention was 'Seldom Sene', an In Nomine by Christopher Tye - a work so full of beauty, precision, and eccentricity in its effortless development from lyrical consonance to remarkable rhythmic complexity that they felt that in naming the group after it, it would capture the essence of their motivation.  In the autumn of 2009 the group made their debut at the "Concours International d'Ensembles de Flûte á bec" organised by the Société des Amis de Arnold Dolmetsch in Le Mans where they were awarded the 1st Prize. They were also awarded the Interpretation Prize (by unanimous vote of the five jury members) at the 17th International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach (France).
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