Mara Tieles Cutié, Spain
Prizewinner at competitions including the Cittá di Barletta, Rome Strings International and the Ibero-American Strings Competitions, Mara is the beneficiary of a long tradition of internationally recognized music performers and in her early years was tutored by her father, a disciple of David Oistrakh, with whom she studied violin at Barcelona’s Conservatori del Liceu obtaining a Bachelor degree. At Maastricht Conservatory she graduated with both Bachelor and Masters degrees, studying with violist Julia Dinerstein. Mara has been influenced by Paul Coletti, Walter Reiter in The Hague, Didier Lockwood in Paris, and Gustavo Beytelmann of the world music department and Christiaan Bor and Gordan Nikolic in the classical department of Rotterdam Conservatory. Mara gives concerts throughout Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and has performed at The North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland Festival, Instrumenta Oaxaca Music Festival (Mexico) and Finland’s Savonlinna Chamber Music Festival, with musicians including Paul Rivinius, Vyacheslav Poprugin, Jean-Bernard Pommier and Ensemble International Musiké. With the Cuareim Quartet she toured Argentina, Uruguay, and Europe. Mara is now deepening her knowledge of baroque music interpretation with Antoinette Lohmann. In 2013 she worked with Philip Pickett and in 2014 with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Frans Bruggen. She has worked with Netherlands-based baroque ensembles including the Laurens Cantorij (Rotterdam), Dom Cantorij (Utrecht) and Concerto da Fusignano (Culemborg). Mara regularly makes musical arrangements and composers including Alfredo Diez Nieto have dedicated works to her. www.maratieles.com
Isabel Franenberg, The Netherlands
The daughter of double bass players, both specializing in early music, Isabel opted to play the violin from the age of 5 until her late teens but didn’t pursue a career in performance. After high school she studied Musicology with minors in Art History, and Latin and Greek at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam. Alongside studying she sang in the National Youth Choir and other choirs, and during her Bachelor degree she did an internship at the Orchestra of the 18th Century. In 2011 Isabel played in the Dartington Baroque Orchestra to learn the viola. After receiving her Bachelor degree, she worked for the Dutch Student Orchestra full time for a year as fundraiser. She began studying viola privately with Yoshiko Morita and played in projects led by Sigiswald Kuijken and Frans Brüggen. During her Masters in Musicology she did an internship at Holland Baroque and came to the conclusion that she was on the wrong side of the stage. Therefore, she decided to follow a minor baroque viola at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Currently she is studying baroque viola full time at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Shunske Sato and Sayuri Yamagata.
Anna Maria Stankiewic, Poland
Anna Stankiewicz was born in Warsaw in 1986 and began her musical education at the age of seven. She started her violin studies in Warsaw and later attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. There she studied baroque violin with Rachel Podger and was awarded a Masters degree in 2012. She is currently studying baroque viola at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, with Daniel Deuter. She has participated in many courses including the Early Music Course in Brecon led by Rachel Podger, and lnternational Summer Courses of Early Music in Brunico (ltaly) and in Warsaw. She was a member of Mozart’s Academy led by Il Giardino Armonico in Wrocław. Anna has given concerts throughout Poland with ensembles including lntemperata and La Stravaganza. She is a member of the Early Music Society in Bydgoszcz and has played numerous concerts with the society. She has given concerts with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra, ensemble Musica Humana, Warsaw Chamber Opera, the Baroque Orchestra of Gdynia and other early music groups. Recently, she took part in project with the Youth Stage of the Warsaw Chamber Opera and performed in the National Opera of Warsaw. As well as specializing in early music, Anna performs ethnic music with the band 10 Days In Berlin. Anna is interested in teaching music to young students and currently works at the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw.