2013

2013 Biographies

Colin Booth

Colin Booth harpsichordColin Booth has combined the careers of harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for more than 30 years. As maker, he has more than 300 customers to his credit, including a large number of Early Music professionals. Colin is also the UK’s leading supplier of early keyboard instruments to rent. Colin teaches and performs annually at the Dartington International Summer School…

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Eleanor Dawson

Eleanor Dawson fluteEleanor read Music at Oxford and subsequently studied Baroque flute with Lisa Besnosiuk at the Royal College of Music. She spent the early 1990s living in Belfast, where she became interested in the potential of wooden flutes as a sound-source for electroacoustic music. She has collaborated with composers such as Simon Emmerson, Simon Waters and Fergus Johnston…

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Irish Baroque Orchestra

Excellence in authentic period performance

Irish Baroque OrchestraThe Irish Baroque Orchestra is like no other group performing in Ireland today. Driven by the belief that the best things in life stand the test of time, the orchestra allows Irish audiences to experience the beauty of baroque music as it was intended to be heard. Under the inspirational artistic direction of Monica Huggett, each member of the orchestra continuously seeks to explore the playing techniques and performance styles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries…

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Josetxu Obregón

Josetxu ObregonWith a brilliant career as a cellist, a teaching post at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid and more than 11 prizes from prestigious national and international competitions, Josetxu Obregón decided to specialise in the performance of Early Music on the historical cello. Born in Bilbao, he studied cello, chamber music and conducting at Bachelor and Masters level in Spain and Holland, where he studied baroque cello at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and was mentored by Anne Bylsma….

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Katherine May

Katherine May, harpsichordKATHARINE MAY studied the harpsichord at the Royal College of Music in London with Ruth Dyson and Robert Woolley. On graduation she was awarded the Raymond Ffennell Prize for best degree of the year. She later studied with Jill Severs in London, and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy where for four years she was given a scholarship to study with Kenneth Gilbert. During her final year, Katharine received the Accademia’s highest award, the Diploma of Honour…

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La Ritirata

La RitirataFounded by Josetxu Obregón while he was based in Holland, La Ritrata takes its name for the last movement of the famous Luigi Boccherini composed in Madrid, entitled “Las Musica Notturna delle starde di Madrid”.

The group performs regularly at prestigious concert venues and festivals such as the Early Music Festival of Barcelona, National Theatre of Beijing, Musika-Musica (la Folle Journee) in the Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao), The CNART Early Music Festival (Mexico City)…

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Maelle Amand-Sitayeb

Maelle Amand dancerMaelle discovered baroque dance while at the Dance Conservatoire of Lorient (twinned with Galway) thanks to the baroque dance choreographer and teacher Cecilia Gracio Mura. After graduating from her dance school, she went to Paris to continue her training and got a grant to study baroque dance in England. She has been trained by famous teachers such as Cécilia Gracio Mura, Béatrice Massin (choreographer of the film The King is Dancing), Ana Yepes (specialized in Spanish Baroque dance)…
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Marina Bartoli

Born in Mantua, she grew up in Imperia, and first became interested in music when taking up Piano studies there. After graduating in Opera singing at the “C.Pollini” Conservatory in Padua, she won several scholarships (the “G.Cini Foundation”, the “G.A.I” [Young Italian Artists], the ”Rotary International Foundation”), and continued her musical training in Switzerland, where she attended an advanced singing course (Fortbildungsstudium “Barok-Klassik”) with Gerd Türk and Evelyn Tubb at the “Schola Cantorum” of Basel, and an advanced singing course (Fortbildungsstudium “Lied und Oratorium”) with Kathrin Graf at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” of Zürich…

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Maya Homburger

Maya HombergerBorn and educated in Zurich, Switzerland, Maya Homburger moved to England in 1986 to join John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists, Trevor Pinnock’s The English Concert and other period instrument groups. Concerts and Recordings as leader of the Chandos Baroque Players and founding her own Trio Virtuoso led her to specialise more and more in chamber music and solo performance. In 1993 she recorded the twelve fantasies for solo violin by G.Ph.Telemann and in 1995 the six sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach together with Malcolm Proud…

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Reiko Ichise viola da gamba

Reiko Ichise gambaReiko was born in Tokyo and began her musical training as a pianist. She read musicology at the Kunitachi College of Music where she started playing the viola da gamba, having lessons with Yukimi Kanbe and Tetsuya Nakano…

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Respicio

Respicio is an instrumental ensemble with a particular interest in the music of the Baroque era, comprising recorder-player Sandra Collins, violinist Isabelle Fahy, cellist Norah O’Leary and harpsichordist David O’Shea. They have performed as an ensemble throughout Ireland, including performances at the Sligo Baroque Festival and at Kilkenny Heritage Centre…

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Roy Goodman

Roy Goodman Irish Baroque OrchestraRoy Goodman is Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra.

He has worked as guest conductor with over 120 orchestras & opera companies worldwide – from Carnegie Hall, New York to the Royal Albert Hall Proms in London; from Berlin Philharmonic Hall to the Sydney Opera House….

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Sligo Baroque Orchestra

Sligo Baroque OrchestraSligo Baroque Orchestra began life as Sligo Early Music Ensemble in 1990 at a time when classical instrumental music in Sligo was almost non-existent.

Its aim was to play music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in a historically informed manner and for twenty years it has maintained that goal, meeting for weekly rehearsals, exploring hundreds of baroque compositions, holding workshops and giving more than a hundred performances in Sligo and the North West…

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Tamar Lalo

Tamar Lalo recorderTamar Lalo is an Israeli recorder player.

After reaching the top in Israel, performing with a number of orchestras including the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the Maestro Zubin Mehta, Tamar Lalo moved to Europe. In the past few years Tamar has played solo and chamber music concerts worldwide. She is invited to play as soloist with Ensemble La Ritirata on a regular basis. Tamar has recorded for the labels Arsis, Cantus and Glossa and for the National Spanish TV as well as CNART TV….

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The Zingle Zingers

The Zingle ZingersThe Zingle Zingers is a consort of viols brought together by Sarah Groser in 2012.

The name is taken from “A Catch for Three Voices in Commendation of the Viol” by Henry Purcell. In this ‘catch’ (or ‘round’ as we might say nowadays) Purcell describes the sound of the viol in various ways, including “zingle zingle zing”.

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