Partita auff der Mäyerin
Fantasia op het Hexachord (violin, recorder, gamba)
Improvisatie geïnspireerd door het publiek
Partita "1713 Verdrag van Utrecht"
The Battles - The Lament - The Discussions - The Celebration
Florencia Bardavid Hoecker is a Chilean viola da gamba player and singer who studied between 2001 and 2005 at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she obtained a degree in Lyrical Singing under the teaching of Ahlke Scheffelt and Rodrigo del Pozo. At the same university she studied viola da gamba with Gina Allende. On 2007 Florencia moved to the Netherlands to study viola da gamba at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Anneke Pols, Mieneke van der Velden and Philippe Pierlot where she obtains her Bachelor degree on 2011. Currently she is a student of the Masters program at the same Conservatoire.
Among other courses and master classes she has attended the early Italian baroque music course with Gabriel Garrido in Bariloche (Argentina) and master classes with Wieland Kuijken, Hopkinson Smith, Jordi Savall and Marcel Pérès.
As a gamba player, Florencia has been invited by diverse Chilean early music ensembles, taking part in festivals and tours in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. Since she moved to the Netherlands she appears as soloist in different ensembles performing the Matthäus and Johannes Passion by J.S. Bach. She has also been invited to take part in the ensemble L'Arpeggiata conducted by Christina Pluhar with which she has performed in France, Belgium and Spain and with which she collaborated in the CD Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi. As a singer she has taken part in the Ensemble Organum conducted by Marcel Pérès performing in France and Belgium and recording the CD Lux Perpetua, Requiem by Antonius Divitis and Antoine de Févin. Since 2008 she is a member of the Scroll Ensemble.
Iason Marmaras is a keyboard player, singer, and the founder and leader of the ensemble os orphicum. He was awarded a Master's degree on Harpsichord (2012) under Fabio Bonizzoni and Ton Koopman; and a Bachelor's degree in Early Music Singing (2011) under Barbara Pearson, Kees Jan de Koning, Jill Feldman, Michael Chance and Peter Kooij; at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag, the Netherlands.
Iason has performed as a continuo player, singing soloist, ensemble- and choir-singer under such musicians as Jos van Veldhoven, Jos Vermunt, Peter van Heyghen, Charles Toet, Jan Kleinbussink, Jaap ter Linden, Peter Kooij, Harry van der Kamp and Fabio Bonizzoni. In 2009 he sang Lesbo in Handel's Agrippina under Hernán Schvartzman, and in 2011 he sang Amor in Monteverdi's l'Incoronazione di Poppea under Markellos Chrysikopoulos. He is also an increasingly sought-after vocal coach, and the regular accompanist of soprano Stefanie True and counter-tenor Jan Kullmann.
Even before his formal acquaintance with the harpsichord, he was an avid continuo-player and improviser on the piano, and he still regards continuo-playing and improvisation as vital though largely neglected parts of musicianship today. His universal love for music has led to his avid (and increasing) interest in ensemble-leading and direction, and he has organised and directed numerous concerts during the years of his study, also following instruction in conducting with Hernán Schvartzman and Marine Fribourg.
James Hewitt is active in both early and contemporary music, and becoming well known for his engaging personal style and improvisatory prowess.
He performs throughout Europe, both solo and in ensembles including Contrasto Armonico, the Northern Consort, and the Scroll Ensemble, which specialises in programmes inspired by improvisatory practices of the baroque and was featured in the Leipzig Improvisation Festival 2011. He has participated in several recordings with Contrasto Armonico, associated with an extended project to record all of Handel's Italian Cantatas, and has broadcast on Dutch Radio 4. He leads workshops, such as the dance orchestra and instrumental workshop of Yiddish Summer Weimar, and works as an artist for MEMO, giving concerts in schools for young children.
He also works with improvisation ensembles the Royal Improviser's Orchestra, the Hewitt/ Baggiani Duo (improvising ensemble with violin and percussion), and DAMU (music/dance improvisation), and in the Klingon Opera U, in which he plays a newly made instrument, tin dach. On this instrument, similar to a rebab, he also performs modal improvisation and Gregorian chant.
He read music at Girton College, Cambridge, and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague: baroque violin with Pavlo Beznosiuk, and composition with Martijn Padding, Cornelis de Bondt and Guus Janssen. He completed his masters there with research in improvised counterpoint.
Robert de Bree studied historical oboes with Frank de Bruine and recorder with Dorothea Winter and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.
He has played under the direction of eminent conductors such as Ton Koopman, Lars Ulrik Mortessen and Richard Egarr, and enthusiastically cooperates with, amongst others, Ensemble L'Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar), Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, the Apollo Ensemble, Holland Baroque Society, Rachel Podger and Musica Poetica. In 2010 he was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
He is principal oboist of the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands, Orchestra Les Vents Atlantiques and the Geldart Ensemble.
Robert regularly appears as a soloist, including a solo recorder recital in Concertgebouw de Doelen (Rotterdam), a performance of Albinoni's Concerto for two oboes in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Bach's Oboe d'amore Concerto with Music for a While (directed by Margaret Faultless), and future plans include a performance of Bach's Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin with Norwich Baroque in October 2012.
He can be heard on several recordings for TV and CD, such as Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands (broadcast on National Dutch Television, April 2011) new works for recorders and electronics (Lausanne, 2009), a recording for NAXOS of Mozart's Regina Coeli K.127 and a recording of arias for oboe and soprano by J. S. Bach with Klaartje van Veldhoven. Recordings of Bach's Mass in B minor, Vivaldi's Gloria and the St Matthew Passion are planned for 2012/13.
Robert was successful in several competitions, such as the international recorder competition in the Netherlands SONBU (2004, 1st prize), Prinses Christina Concours (2005), Musica Antiqua Brugge (2007) and Telemann Wettbewerb (2009).
Robert performed in several festivals, such as Grachtenfestival (Augustus 2008, music by Piet Kee), Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci (2010) and Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (2012).
New compositions are a source of inspiration for Robert. This has resulted in over 30 premières, including a piece of his own, and concerts in Kettle's Yard (Cambridge), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam) and Berlin. He has worked with composers such as Jeremy Thurlow, Agostino di Scipio and Kim Ashton.
As a co-founder of the Scroll Ensemble he researches (ensemble) improvisation in the 15th -18th centuries and beyond. Projects include an improvised St John Passion with singer Rebecca Stewart, concerts with jazz pianist Guus Janssen and concerts in the Leipziger Improvisations Festival. The group was recently recorded by Radio 4. The ensemble was also invited to perform for the Queen of the Netherlands and a delegation of the UN in 2006 at the Peace Palace, Den Haag.
He also co-founded the orchestra Les Vents Atlantiques, which focuses on classical and romantic rchestral repertoire performed without a conductor, bringing to the fore the responsibility of the individual musicians.
Robert particularly loves performing in slightly less conventional places, such as Dutch pop-temple ‘Paradiso', an art exhibition in Ghent (involving improvising to a painting robot), improvising outdoors in the centre of Den Haag for an advert, at a doctor's graduation party musing on the relationship between music and medicine, or improvising in the theatre in a recently-acclaimed production of Moliere's "Le Malade Imaginaire" with Loes Luca and Paul Kooij.
Robert finds education very important. Since 2011 he has been teaching classes in historical improvisation at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has also given a masterclass in Racibórz (Poland) and for young talents in The Hague (2010). In October 2012 he will give a workshop at the Stephen Perse Foundation Schools in Cambridge.Dit programma is ook in PDF-formaat beschikbaar.