Emma Halnan studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Kate Hill and William Bennett (modern flute) and Lisa Beznosiuk (historical flutes) and currently studies privately with Robert Winn. Emma won the woodwind category final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. In the final, she broadcast Reinecke’s flute concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales live on BBC television and radio. Emma has played at major venues including Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square. In 2010, she broadcast on BBC Radio 2 as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has also appeared as concerto soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. As an orchestral flautist, Emma played principal flute in many Royal Academy of Music ensembles and is principal flute in the European Union Youth Orchestra. In 2015 she was selected to take part in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Experience Scheme. In 2013, she recorded Bruckner’s Symphony No 2 with Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy of Music Soloists’ Ensemble for Linn Records, and recently recorded flute trios with William Bennett and Lorna McGhee, for release in 2015. Emma has been performing with pianist Daniel King Smith since 2008, at venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Benslow Music Trust, The Guildhall (Bath International Music Festival), Croydon’s Fairfield Hall and in Milan, Italy. Emma is a member of the Aurora Trio which has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, St James’s Piccadilly and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They have been awarded a Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2014-16, and also work together as Live Music Now artists. Emma is generously supported the Hattori Foundation and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. She also won the 2014 Kenneth Loveland Gift.
Flavia Hirte was born in Berlin and moved to the UK in 2006 in order to pursue her education at Chetham’s School of Music. Following her Bachelor degree on modern flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she will complete her Masters in historical performance at the Royal College of Music in London in 2015, studying with Rachel Brown and Lisa Beznosiuk. Her studies are supported by the RCM, MBF Postgraduate Performance Award, Seary Trust and YLCE. A keen chamber and orchestral musician, Flavia performs with various modern and historical ensembles in London and abroad. While at the Guildhall School she regularly performed as a soloist with the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra under Pavlo Beznosiuk, including works such as the b minor Orchestral Suite by JS Bach and Telemann’s Tafelmusik. She is a member of the Amadè Players, with whom she premiered a new edition of Wanhal’s flute concerto in A in 2013. Recent highlights include playing with the International Rameau Ensemble and Jeune Orchestre Atlantique. She returned to Dartington, where she performed Cantata BWV82a with Dartington Baroque Orchestra and Emma Kirkby and was invited to perform Hector Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with Jeune Orchestre Européen Hector Berlioz in August 2014 as part of the Berlioz Festival in France.
Tatjana Zimre was born in Germany and started her studies in oboe and violin at a young age. She was accepted into the pre-degree programme of the Landeskonservatorium Vorarlberg/Austria while still attending high school and continued her oboe studies in 2006 with Stefan Schilli at the Mozarteum Salzburg from which she graduated with distinction in 2010. Her love for baroque music brought her to the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz where she began her studies of historical oboes with Carin van Heerden. Since 2013 she has continued these studies in The Netherlands at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Alfredo Bernardini and from September 2015 with Josep Domènech. Tatjana has collaborated with musicians including Reinhard Goebel, Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock, Sigiswald Kuijken, Richard Egarr and Kristin von der Goltz and ensembles such as the Wiener Akademie, Ensemble Zefiro and the Hofkapelle München. She has been invited to perform at major festivals including the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele (as soloist), the Händel-Festspiele Halle and the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik. With her Ensemble “Aria Variata”, whose core members play oboe, violoncello and harpsichord, she explores repertoire for this instrumentation and performs regularly in Germany and abroad.
See also http://www.aria-variata.de/
Ana Inés Feola is a Vienna-based player of historical oboes and and is currently studying on the bachelors programme at the Vienna Conservatory under the guidance of Andreas Helm. In the past, Ana Inés finished her bachelor studies in molecular biology and recorder, only to find her dream career in 2012: to become a baroque oboe player and researcher in performance practice and share the music she loves with as many people as possible. Since then, she has been pursuing her dream and had the possibility to play with baroque orchestras all over Austria, in Germany and Italy. Her own projects include her ensembles Hyacinth and The Hotreeds as well as establishing a Harmoniemusik band in Vienna. Being selected for EUBO 2015 is definitely a highlight and she is very much looking forward to getting touring experience for a lifetime and playing wonderful programmes for audiences all over Europe.
Sicilian musician Alessandro Nasello studied at the Conservatory of Palermo where he obtained bachelor and masters degrees in recorder with Piero Cartosio, and a masters degree in bassoon with Maurizio Barigione. He has attended masterclasses with Dan Laurin, Michael Form, Antonio Politano (recorder) and Alberto Grazzi, Giorgio Mandolesi, Alberto Santi (bassoon), and as part of the Erasmus exchange programme spent time at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels. Alessandro has played in festivals in Portugal, France, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany and throughout Italy, working with ensembles including the orchestra of Ambronay, Zefiro, Accademia Bizantina, Modo Antiquo, Hofkapelle Esterhazy, laVerdi Barocca, Accademia Barocca of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Ad Mosam, and Les Elements under the direction of Onofri, Antonini, Dantone, Kuijken, Minasi, Sinkovsky, Alarcon, Sardelli. Alessandro has received support from theItalian Ministry of Education. As a recorder player, he won second prize ERTA Italia’s national recorder competition and he received honorable mention in the IX Premio delle Arti. He has recorded for Decca, ORF and Overplay. Currently he teaches recorder at Liceo Musicale in Palermo, recorder, bassoon and ensemble music at the Festival of Early Music in Gratteri, and recorder at the Conservatory in Palermo. He plays with the dulcian consort”Antonio il Verso”, with Arianna Art Ensemble and various other European early music ensembles both as soloist and as orchestral musician.
Alexandru Cozma studied bassoon at the University of Musik Trossingen with Akio Koyama, the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim with Ole Kristian Dahl, the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart with Marc Engelhardt and, since 2015, baroque bassoon with Jani Sunnarborg at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He has taken part in masterclasses with Sergio Azzolini, Lyndon Watts and Donna Agrell. During his studies he performed with various orchestras including Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester (Mannheim), Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Dalasinfoniettan (Sweden), and the RSO Helsinki. Since 2014 he has been Assistant Principal Bassoon of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.
Paul graduated with First Class Honours from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2014 and is currently a Masters student at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he is studying modern and baroque trumpet with Robert Farley, Gareth Small, Paul Beniston and Mark David, with financial help from the Countess of Munster Trust. He was a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and has since played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra as guest Principal Trumpet. During his studies he has become a keen Natural and Baroque Trumpet player, and has performed with The Hanover Band and The English Concert. Away from orchestras he is a founding member of Westcombe Brass, an award winning brass quintet who are current members of the Live Music Now Scheme working intensively in SEN schools and care homes around the UK. Paul is also a visiting trumpet teacher at St John’s School in Leatherhead, Surrey.