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2012 Orchestra – Theorbo & Harpsichords

Theorbo

Francesco Tomasi, Italy

Francesco Tomasi started the guitar aged eight and at 13 decided to study lute with Marco Pesci and Andrea Damiani at the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he gained his diploma in 2009 with the highest mark. He attended masterclasses with Paul O’Dette, Jakob Lindberg and Nigel North, and is now doing a masters degree with Rolf Lislevand at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, Germany. Francesco gives many concerts with ensembles including “Arte Musica”, “Concerto Romano”, “Swiss Baroque soloists”, “Cappella Gabetta”, “Ricercare Antico”, “La selva”, “La Malaspina”, “Anfione ensemble”, at festivals throughout Europe including: Tager Alte Musik Herne, Malgartner Kloster Konzerte, Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany), Wiener Konzerthaus, Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk (Austria), Festival Antiqua (Spain), Festival Flatus Siòn (Switzerland), Festival Internazionale Mozart Rovereto, Festival Internazionale di Musica Antica di Urbino, Festival di Polifonia e Musica Antica di Palestrina, Festival internazionale di Tagliacozzo, Roma Festival Barocco (Italy), to critical acclaim. In 2009 he participated in the showcase “Ponti Sonori” organized by the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. He has been a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) since 2010, when he also won the first prize at the “Biagio Marini” competition in Neuburg an der Donau with the ensemble “la Malaspina”. He has recorded CDs of Monteverdi madrigals and music by Biagio Marini, has made radio recordings for Radio Vaticana, ORF (Austria), WDR3 (Germany) and a television recording for RAI International.


Harpsichords

Jean-Christophe Dijoux, France

Jean-Christophe Dijoux was born in Saint-Louis (Réunion Island) in 1982 and received his first music lesson at the age of 8. After graduating there, he moved to Paris to continue his piano studies at the Paris Conservatory, where he discovered the sound of early instruments. He then studied harpsichord at the conservatories in Angers with Françoise Marmin and Boulogne-Billancourt in the basso continuo class of Frédéric Michel. Subsequently, he moved to Freiburg (Germany) where he graduated with distinction in the harpsichord classes of Robert Hill and Michael Behringer. Currently he is continuing his basso continuo studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel) with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher and Jesper Christensen; he also has improvisation lessons from Nicola Cumer and guidance from Marieke Spaans. Jean-Christophe won prizes in Viseu and Porto International Competitions (Portugal), and F.L.A.M.E. International Competition (Paris, France). He was the harpsichordist of the Orchestre Francais des Jeunes in 2010, directed by Paul Agnew, and has also played with conductors including Gottfried von der Goltz, Michael Behringer and Thomas Engelbrock. He has performed at the Printemps des Arts Festival in Nantes, the Grand Théâtre d’Aix-en-Provence, the Opéra Comique and the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris, the Forum für Alte Musik in Freiburg and on France Musique (Radio France, Paris). In 2012 he gave lectures about opera and its social context at the Paris Institut for Political Studies (Sciences Po).

Eloy Orzaiz Galarza, Spain

Eloy Orzaiz Galarza divides his career between harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. He has been a prize-winner in several competitions and played in renowned concert halls throughout Europe, such as the Rhapsody in Blue tour in the Netherlands in 2009. As a harpsichord soloist Eloy has given numerous concerts. He has played in Germany and the Netherlands conducted by Thomas Gluck and Anton Steck and performs regularly in different chamber music groups, such as the Trio Baroque, with Linde Brunmayr Tutz and Lorenz Duftschmidt. He has also participated in radio recordings for Radio 4 Netherlands and DLF (Germany). He studied classical piano at the Music Conservatory of the Basque Country (Musikene) and afterwards, Eloy continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (Netherlands), Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen (Germany) and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), sponsored by different foundations including the Huygens Excellence Programme and the Humboldt Foundation. He received musical tuition from Paul Komen, Johan Hofmann, Marieke Spaans and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher.