Ricardo Cuende began playing the viola with Castor Narvarte in Irun. He obtained his bachelor degree at Musikene, San Sebastian, with David Quiggle, Garth Knox and Casals Quartet. In 2007 he moved to Basel, where he studied with Silvia Simionescu and had chamber music lessons with Rainer Schmidt, Walter Levin, the Zemlinsky Quartet, Anton Kernjak and Sergio Azzolini. During this time he started playing baroque viola and had lessons with various teachers from the Schola Cantorum. He has attended masterclasses with Maximo Paris, Igor Soulyga, Jessy Levine, Thomas Riebl, Guy Ben Ziony, Predrag Katanic and Andoni Mercero. Ricardo was a member of EGO (Basque Country Youth Orchestra) and JONDE (Spanish Youth Orchestra) where he worked with conductors like Ros Marba, Lutz Kohler, Jose Luis Temes, Arturo Tamayo and Gunther Schuller. He has collaborated with RTVE and the Basque Country Symphony Orchestra (OSE), and baroque ensembles Divino Sospiro, L´Estro Armonico and Ars Combinatoria.
Magdalena Schenk-Bader gained her first experience of the baroque violin influenced by Professor Dr Pauline Nobes and Michael Niesemann while studying in Würzburg for a degree in secondary education. Since 2008 she has devoted herself fully to early music. She studied baroque violin with Volker Mühlberg and Susanne Scholz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig. A degree in German studies followed in 2009. She is regularly part of chamber music ensembles, opera productions and various baroque orchestras, such as the ensemble scenitas, productions at the Nationaltheater Weimar and the Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein. During courses with Kati Debretzeni, Sigiswald Kuijken, Claudia Hoffmann, Odile Edouard and Stanley Ritchie she gained further experience in historical performance. In 2011 she performed as a violin and viola player at the Festival Grandezze e Meraviglie in Modena, and in 2012 she was invited to participate in the project Giovani della Montis Regalis.
Annemarie was born in Feldkirch, Austria. She holds a bachelor degree in music education and performance on modern viola from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she studied with Ferdinand Erblich and Ron Ephrat. Currently she is finishing her bachelor degree in German language and literature at Leiden University. During her studies she has also received musical tuition from Esther van Stralen at the Hochschule für Musik Bremen. Annemarie’s interest in historical performance influenced her decision to pursue the baroque viola. Since 2010, she has been a student of Kati Debretzeni and Walter Reiter at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Annemarie has performed at various festivals including the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2011, Tiroler Festspiele, Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth, Cantiere Internationale d’Arte di Montepulciano with conductors such as Peter van Heyghen, Gustav Kuhn and Alexander Lonquich. She has attended chamber music workshops and masterclasses with Barbara Westphal, Hartmut Rohde and the Vogler Quartet. Annemarie also played with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg under the direction of Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kirill Petrenko and Gérard Korsten and is a member of the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands. In addition she enjoys teaching violin and viola at the music school Heiloo.