2012 Orchestra – Cellos & Double Bass


Petr Hamouz, Czech Republic

Petr Hamouz began his cello and musical studies at the age of six and continued at The Prague Conservatory with Tomáš Strašil. During his studies he developed an interest in early music and baroque cello. He attended many summer courses and participated in masterclasses with eminent performers, many of whom are equally adept on either the baroque or modern cello. These include Jennifer Morsches, Bruno Cocset, Nicolas Crnjanski, Pieter Wispelwey, Irmtraud Hubatschek, Marek Štryncl and Jiří Bárta. Petr Hamouz has performed and participated in recordings with numerous (especially Czech) ensembles, focusing mainly on repertoire composed between 1650 and 1850. These include Harmonia delectabilis (leader Lukáš Vendl) and Musica Florea (Marek Štryncl) in The Prague Spring 2008. Through a collaboration with the ensembles Musica Florea and Le Poéme Harmonique, he participated in a reconstruction of the comédie ballet by Lully and Moliére, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, in France and Poland in 2009. He has also played with Collegium Marianum (Jana Semerádová), Capella Regia Praha (Robert Hugo) and Musica salutaris (Vojtěch Spurný). After completing a bachelor degree at The Charles University in Prague with Marek Štryncl, Petr Hamouz is continuing his studies in early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Lucia Swarts.

Rahel Bader, Germany

Lea Rahel Bader has been studying historical performance in Frankfurt am Main in the class of Kristin von der Goltz since 2010. Her interest in the baroque cello also led her to masterclasses with Siegfried Pank, Phoebe Carrai and Markus Möllenbeck. Rahel plays with several baroque ensembles, for example in festivals including the Thüringer Bachwochen and Göttinger Händelfestspiele. She is member of the Rheinsberger Hofkapelle 2012 which is ensemble-in-residence at the castle of Rheinsberg in 2012. In 2009 Rahel completed her diploma as a cellist at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin where she studied with Hans-Jakob Eschenburg and Stephan Forck. Her other teachers included Claudio Bohorques and Peter Bruns. Before studying Rahel was a prize-winner at the Jugend musiziert competition. In 2006 she won the chamber music prize at the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer and in 2008 the first prize in the Hanns-Eisler competition for the interpretation of contemporary music. Since 2008 Rahel has been supported by a scholarship from Yehudi Menuhin’s charity Live Music Now. For many years Rahel has performed contemporary music both as a soloist as well as with ensembles at various festivals, for example, Crosssound Festival Alaska, Tonlagen Dresden, Maerz Musik Berlin and Milano Musica.

Double bass

Zaynab Martin, UK

Zaynab Martin began playing the double bass at the age of seven. She was principal bassist in the National Youth Strings Academy, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and run by members of the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. Zaynab then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, completing her bachelor and master degrees with Thomas Martin and Kevin Rundell. During her time in London Zaynab took part in orchestral projects with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Vasilly Petrenko and James Gaffigan, and was also principal of the University of London Symphony Orchestra. She has attended summer courses in Holland and Germany, including the Moritzburg Festival Academy in 2011 where she won the Moritzburg Academy Prize for chamber music. In September 2011 Zaynab moved to Amsterdam to study violone with Margaret Urquhart and in 2012 began her Masters degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Since being in Holland, she has worked with Richard Egarr and Concerto Barocco and performed in early music projects led by Teunis van der Zwart, Jed Wentz and Patrick Ayrton.