Alex Jellici, Italy
Alex Jellici was born in Bolzano (Italy) in 1989 and started his violoncello studies with Luca Fiorentini at the Claudio Monteverdi Conservatoire of Bolzano, where he obtained his diploma in 2009 with professor Lucio Labella Danzi. In 2014 Alex studied at the University of Arts in Vienna under the guidance of professor Robert Nagy within an Erasmus exchange programme. He graduated with the highest qualifications in 2015 from the University of Arts of Zürich (ZHdK), after studying in the class of professor Orfeo Mandozzi. Alex works with several orchestras and ensembles including the Stresa Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn of Trento and Bolzano, Ensemble TaG – Neue Musik Winterthur, Ensemble Conductus and Streicherakademie Bozen. An active musician in the early music field, he now studies baroque violoncello and viola da gamba with Martin Zeller in Zürich. Alex is a member of the Chapelle Ancienne orchestra of Basel, and also performs with ensembles such as Orchestra Barocca della Mitteleuropa, Ensemble Corelli, Bozen Baroque Orchestra and Theresia Youth Baroque Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician with historical instruments he performs with musicians including Stefano Montanari, Roel Dieltiens, Maya Homburger and Esther Crazzolara.
Anna Reisener, Germany
Anna Reisener was born in 1993 in Northern Germany where she grew up in a cantor’s family. She started to play the cello when she was six years old. Her parents and the surrounding of a rich musical life had a great impact on her passion for early music. Anna won first prizes at the German nationwide competition Jugend Musiziert playing in numerous ensembles. As well as touring with youth orchestras as a cellist, she always loved singing and took part in major youth choir projects. When she was 15 Anna became a member of the youth baroque orchestra Bachs Erben which has a serious approach to historical informed performance. Professor Viola de Hoog at the University of the Arts Bremen inspired her to specialize in early music for her Bachelor degree and since 2013 Anna has been studying baroque cello with her and viola da gamba with Hille Perl. Her studies were generously supported by “Deutschlandstipendium”. Anna has taken part in masterclasses with Gaetano Nasillo, Bruno Cocset, David Watkin and Jaap ter Linden. She has further developed her chamber and orchestral skills in projects with inspiring musicians including Veronika Skuplik, Thomas Albert, Rachel Podger, Mikayel Balyan and Christian Beuse. With the newly-founded baroque orchestra VOX she has played at the Thüringer Bachwochen.
Juan Díaz Fernandez, Spain
Juan studied double bass in Spain at the conservatories of Oviedo and San Sebastián-Musikene and, later, at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany, with professors Niek de Groot, Matthew McDonald, Olivier Thiery, Wolfgang Güttler and Alexander Michno. Juan has been member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Academy, the Castleton Festival founded by Lorin Maazel, the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and the Academy Orchestra Festival Hundisburg. He has performed at events including the Manifeste-IRCAM in Paris, the Young Euro Classic in Berlin and the Lucerne Festival with musicians including Pierre Boulez, Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Nicolas Crosse, Fabio Luisi, Rafael Payare, Alisa Weilerstein, Paçalin Zef Pavaci, Stefan Arzberger, Friedrich Haider, Pablo González, Nacho de Paz, David Ballesteros, Johannes Klumpp and Nils Mönkemeyer. He has collaborated with other orchestras including Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and Oviedo Filarmonía. At present he is a Masters student in the violone class of Margaret Urquhart at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he has participated in projects and masterclasses with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Dutch National Opera Academy, Sigiswald Kuijken, Jane Rogers and Robert Franenberg.