2012 Orchestra – Violins

Magdalena Cieślak, Poland

Magdalena was honoured to perform at Buckingham Palace for the Royal Gala in 2010. After initially training with Rachel Podger Magdalena opted to specialise in Baroque Violin, studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Before receiving her diploma Magdalena attained the Steinitz Prize for best stylistic performance of solo Bach music at RWCMD and performed with Florilegium. Magdalena graduated with distinction and was invited to perform in several prestigious concerts including a ceremonial dinner with Quincy Jones, Menna Richards and Harry Christophers. Magdalena was born and brought up in Warsaw, Poland. During her studies at the University of Warsaw she realised she wanted to specialize in baroque music and decided to undertake studies in Wales. She is currently working on several innovative projects that involves professional artists of different backgrounds and hopes to blur the boundaries that exist between separate art forms such as Music, Photography and Art.

Anna Curzon, UK

Anna Curzon is a scholar and prize-winner at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studies with Richard Deakin and Nicolette Moonen. Anna holds a first class honours degree in Music from Nottingham University where she studied the violin with Peter Hanson and majored in performance. Earlier this year Anna was the winner of the Mica Comberti Prize for Solo Bach at the RAM, and gave her first shared recital at the Wigmore Hall. Anna divides her playing between baroque and modern ensembles; recently she has been concertmaster for Hampstead Garden Opera’s Cosi Fan Tutte, played with Birmingham Royal Ballet under their mentor scheme, and performed with the Brook Street Band. A busy teacher, Anna teaches at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and Kings College London, and regularly takes part in education projects with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Touring Opera.

Dominika Fehér, Hungary

Dominika Fehér began her musical studies at the age of six and since then has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK, Hungary and China. She completed her Masters studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music where, as part of her degree she studied chamber music with the Bartók Quartet. In 2009 she won the Weingarten Scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Rimma Sushanskaya. She is currently in the final year of her postgraduate studies, specializing in historical performance under the tutelage of Oliver Webber and Lucy Russell. Dominika was principal 2nd violin of the European Student Chamber Orchestra under the leadership of Pierre Amoyal. She was a participant in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Orchestra Academy and the International Orchestra Institute Attergau – under the patronage of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She successfully auditioned for the Cheltenham Festival Academy Strings and for a place on the Royal Ballet Birmingham and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra training schemes. She leads the Birmingham Conservatoire’s baroque ensemble, she performs with Chesterton Baroque, Musica Poetica London, Apollo Baroque Consort and the London Chamber Players.

Nadine Henrichs, Germany

Nadine Henrichs was born in 1984 and had her first violin lesson at the age of 11 from Marie-Luise Jauch in Hannover. While still at school, she won the first prize of Jugend musiziert auf Landesebene in 2004 and participated in the Jugend Sinfonie Orchester Hannover, Niedersächsisches Jugend Sinfonieorchester and in a range of chamber music projects, playing both violin and viola. After finishing secondary school, she went to the Musikhochschule in Münster to study modern violin with Martin Dehning. In 2008, Nadine finished her postgraduate study with a performance diploma and moved to Bremen, where she started her baroque violin studies at the Hochschule für Künste with Thomas Albert and got her diploma in 2012. In Autumn 2012 Nadine will move to the Musikhochschule Nürnberg to study the classical violin with Anne Röhrig. Nadine is a member of various ensembles, including Bremer Ratsmusik, and she participated in concerts at the Musikfest Bremen and with the Ensemble Weser-Renaissance Bremen. She is also the first violin of a string quartet with historical instruments and attended a masterclass with Mira Glodeanu.

Joanna Kaniewska, Poland

Joanna Kaniewska was born in 1982 in Warsaw, Poland, and started her violin education at the age of seven. She graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw receiving a masters degree in arts, and continued to study music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna accomplishing in 2010 the post-gradual Chamber Music Studies. Since 2011 she has been studying baroque violin in the class of Ulrike Engel at the Conservatory of Music in Vienna. Joanna Kaniewska is the prizewinner of national and international music competitions. She has also taken part in many masterclasses, studying with such artists as: Leonidas Kavakos, Hagai Shaham, Antje Weithaas, Igor Ozim, Pavel Vernikov, Paul Gulda, Sergio Azzolini, Artemis Quartet, Artis Quartet, Aaron Quartet and Leipziger Stringquartet. She has performed as a soloist and a chamber music player, working with different artists and ensembles. She has also collaborated with various orchestras – Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra (Vienna), Vienna Chamber Opera, Chamber Philharmony Amade (Cologne) – 2.Violin principal, Vienna Classical Players, Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra (Vienna), Chamber Orchestra InnStrumenti (Innsbruck) – 2. concertmaster. She gave concerts in different continents, performing in Germany, Austria, England, France, Spain, Luxemburg, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, USA, India, Brazil, South Africa and Japan.

Jacek Kurzydło, Poland

Jacek Kurzydło was born in 1986 and received his first musical training as a modern violin and organ player in Krakow, Poland. At an early stage he developed an interest in early music and after having attended many masterclasses and obtaining a bachelor degree in baroque violin at the Music Academy in Krakow, he decided to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and its world-renowned Department of Early Music and Historical Performance Practice. As part of his master’s degree, Jacek is focusing his research on exploring the often neglected repertoire for viola d’amore. His teachers include Kati Debretzeni, Catherine Mackintosh, Enrico Gatti and Walter Reiter. He is increasingly in demand as a chamber musician, performing with many European period-instrument groups and orchestras.

Emma Lake, UK

Emma Lake was born in Buckinghamshire, UK in 1987. She developed a keen interest in historical performance while studying for her undergraduate music degree at the University of York. After completing a master’s degree at York, specialising in performance practice, Emma began further study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying the baroque violin with Simon Standage and Lucy Russell and the modern violin with Diana Cummings. While at the Royal Academy of Music, Emma had many opportunities to work with musicians including Rachel Podger, Margaret Faultless, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Laurence Cummings and Sir John Eliot Gardiner and performed in masterclasses with violinists such as Kati Debretzeni and Ingrid Seifert. Emma has given historically-informed performances of a wide range of music from Monteverdi to Mendelssohn, in various early music ensembles, including the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra and the Dartington International Summer School Baroque Orchestra. With these ensembles and others, she has had the opportunity to perform in festivals including the BBC Proms, the London Handel Festival and the York Early Music Festival.

Claudia Norz, Austria

Claudia was born in Tyrol and started to play the recorder and the guitar before her parents gave in to her demands to learn the violin. She studied modern violin with Christos Kanettis as well as viola with Mirjam Tschopp at the University Mozarteum in her hometown of Innsbruck, where she graduated with distinction. Additionally she focused on elementary music work with young children and also studied comparative literature at the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck. In 2010 Claudia moved to London, where she will complete her masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying baroque violin with Walter Reiter, in 2012. She has worked with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Rachel Podger, Maggie Faultless and Laurence Cummings and appeared as a soloist alongside Elizabeth Wallfisch. Forthcoming engagements include concerts at Kings Place and the Wigmore Hall in London. Claudia co-founded the baroque ensemble Klingzeug with whom she has already performed in several established concert series around Austria, and the England-based group Musica Poetica London, which is currently part of the Brighton Early Music Live scheme.

Lena Weckesser, Germany

Born in 1985 in Kassel, Germany, Lena Weckesser had her first violin lesson at the age of seven. She subsequently studied modern violin with Andreas Lehmann at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and graduated with a diploma in July 2010. She then started her baroque violin studies with Midori Seiler. Lena has taken part in masterclasses with teachers including Midori Seiler, Pauline Nobes, Anton Steck and John Holloway. During her studies she gained experience by participating in baroque orchestra workshops with Stefan Mai, Anton Steck and Jos van Immerseel and by taking part in a baroque opera production under the musical direction of Wolfgang Katschner. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Kammerorchester Luis Spohr Kassel and plays as a freelancer with many orchestras and baroque ensembles including Lautten Compagney, Musica Baltica and the Chemnitzer Barockorchester.