Alba Encinas Gonzalez, Spain
Alba Encinas was born in Onda, Spain where she started her preliminary violin studies. After studying in Castellón, Salamanca, Barcelona and finally Amsterdam, she decided to continue living in the Netherlands where she often performs and teaches. During her studies in Amsterdam she received advice on historical violin playing from Shunske Sato, François Fernandez, Lucy van Dael, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Jane Rogers and Sigiswald Kuijken, among others. Alba is currently playing with ensembles including the Lutherse Bach Ensemble, Harmonía del Parnàs, Holland Baroque, Les Inventions, Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands and the Amsterdam Corelli Collective. Her performances take her all over Europe including to the early music festivals in Brugge, Valencia, Utrecht, Pavia, Slovenia and Combrailles.
Katarzyna Kmieciak, Poland
Katarzyna Kmieciak was born in 1993 in Międzyrzecz, Poland and started to play the violin at the age of seven. Her experience with early music began in 2003 in her hometown when she joined the renaissance music group Antiquo More, with whom she played violin and renaissance fiddle. This was later her inspiration to study early music. She is now studying baroque violin at the Academy of Music in Poznań with Mikołaj Zgółka and baroque viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Richard Gwilt. She is an active performer and with her group Juvenales Animae has participated at many festivals and courses in Poland, including the International Summer Academy of Early Music in Wilanów, Festival of Court Dances in Kraków, Forum Musicum in Wrocław and Song of Our Roots in Jarosław. Juvenales Animae is a multiple winner at the festival Schola Cantorum in Kalisz, Poland. Katarzyna is also a member of the Brille Ensemble, which won prizes in the Poznań early music competition Forum Kameralne Muzyki Dawnej 2015. She performs with Foundation Academy of Early Music in Szczecin, Baroque Orchestra of the Opera Academy National Opera in Warsaw and Concerto Romano in Roma. She has taken part in workshops under the direction of Sophie Gent, Enrico Gatti, Simon Standage, Agata Sapiecha, Zbigniew Pilch, Rachel Podger and also Arte dei Suonatori and Il Giardino Armonico.
Ida Meidell Blylod, Sweden
Ida Meidell Blylod holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in baroque violin from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where she studied with professor Ann Wallström. A graduate of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (UK) and multiple national scholarship holder from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, she has performed with many period ensembles in Sweden including Stockholm Bach Society and Folkoperan among others. As a musician, Ida has many interests and besides the baroque violin also plays many different styles of folk music. In 2012, she was awarded the title of Riksspelman, or National Folk Musician, a recognised badge of mastery in Swedish folk music. Ida regularly appears as artistic leader for projects with the Slovenian multi-genre ensemble Symbolic Orchestra, and she has been touring Europe in various folk band combinations. In 2014 Ida presented the debut of her own multi-genre solo project, combining Swedish and English folk music with baroque and contemporary material in original arrangements for violin and voice. Ida also studied for a year on the Folk and Traditional music degree course at Newcastle University, where she specialised in English folk music.
Charlotte Mercier, France
Charlotte Mercier began studying the violin at the age of six. From a young age she played different styles of music including Irish and Klezmer music. Her inspiration to pursue music professionally came after a European string ensemble tour. Charlotte won a place at the Conservatoire régional de Tours and completed her degree with Premier Prix à l’unanimité. During this time she performed with numerous ensembles and received tuition from the Quatuor ébène. She then studied in Paris with Marie Charvet and two years later in 2009 won a place at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. There she studied with Professor Magdalena Rezler and Professor Gottfried von der Goltz, completing her Bachelor in 2014. She then began a baroque violin Masters and graduated in 2016. Charlotte has also performed in masterclasses with Anna Katharina Schreiber and Petra Müllejans. Charlotte plays with numerous orchestras including The Cubanische-Europeische Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, and l’Orchestre Français des Jeunes baroque conducted by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. She also frequently performs with baroque ensembles such as Le concert Lorrain, Chapelle de la vigne and La Banda. Charlotte is a founding member of The Yankeles Klezmer band. In 2014 she began teaching at the Jugendmusikschule Südlicher Breisgau.
Katarzyna Olszewska, Poland
Katarzyna Olszewska was born in 1995 to a family of baroque musicians, so her interest in early music developed in her early childhood. She began studying the violin at the age of seven with Anna Śliwa in Mieczyslaw Karlowicz School of Music in Kraków, then since 2008 continued her education in Poznań in Jadwiga Kaliszewska Secondary School of Music, so called “School of talents” under professor Marcin Baranowski, from where she graduated in 2014. As a modern violin player she was a prizewinner at many national and international competitions, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Her appearances at the music festivals include performing at the La Folle Journée “Les Titans” festival in Warsaw with a violin quartet, and at the early music festival Muzyka w Raju. Since October 2015 Kasia has been studying baroque violin with Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch at the Academy of Music in Kraków and has already started to play with various baroque orchestras and ensembles.
Coline Ormond, France
A dynamic musician, French violinist Coline Ormond has performed throughout Europe. While pursuing her studies in Strasbourg, Sion, and Basel, Coline has been in demand with some of the continent’s top early music ensembles including Il Pomo d’Oro, La Folia Barockorchester, le Parlement de Musique, and Gli Angeli. Coline’s own chamber ensembles have received international acclaim: with Paper Kite she won the Biagio Marini competition in Neuburg, Germany, and she was a finalist in the international competition in Melk, Austria. Paper Kite was also selected as an International Young Artists Presentation Promising Ensemble in 2014. Coline continues her graduate studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, studying with Amandine Beyer. Email: coline.ormond[at]gmail.com
Claudio Rado, Italy
Claudio Rado was born in Treviso, near Venice. After earning a Bachelors degree from the Agostino Steffani Conservatory in Castelfranco Veneto, he obtained his Masters degree at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, studying with Sonig Tchakerian. There, as one of the most promising students, he was invited to take part in I Virtuosi, a gala concert held at Parco della Musica Hall. Since 2012 he has played in the Duo Echos with the Russian pianist Eugenia Nalivkina. Prizewinners at many national and international competitions, the Duo studies at the prestigious Scuola Trio di Trieste in Duino under the guidance of Trio di Parma. Since his childhood Claudio has also had a particular interest in baroque music. He studied with Italian baroque violinist Giuliano Carmignola at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, obtaining a full scholarship and a certificate of merit. He has worked with I Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Il Pomo d’oro, Westerkerk Baroque Orchestra (Amsterdam), Roy Goodman, Gemma Bertagnolli, Gabriele Cassone, Dorothee Oberlinger, Stefano Montanari and Andreas Scholl. With them he has performed at some of the main concert halls in Italy, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Turkey, USA, Argentina and Brazil.
Aliza Vicente Aranda, Spain
Aliza Vicente Aranda was born in Cascante (Navarra) in 1991. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London in 2013 on a TCL Scholarship with John Crawford (violin) and Walter Reiter (baroque violin). She has recently obtained her Masters degree at the Hochschule für Musik, Lucerne (Switzerland), where she studied with Sebastian Hamann, Petra Müllejans and Giuliano Carmignola. She has also received coaching from violinists such as Ilya Gringolts, Gordan Nikolitch, Catherine Martin and Mi-Kyung Lee. Aliza is a member of EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra) and JONDE (National Youth Orchestra of Spain). She collaborates with orchestras such as Spira Mirabilis, Lucerne Chamber Orchestra and OSRM. In the chamber music field she was awarded the Byram Jeebjeehoy Prize for violin and piano in London 2013 and she works in the Lucerne Theatre for early music productions. She is a founder member of Bambu Ensemble and the Bach Akademie Luzern. She has performed as soloist and concertmaster at the London Handel Festival and the Greenwich International Early Music Festival, and has worked with musicians such as Enrico Onofri, Barthold Kuijken, Nicholas Kraemer, Stephen Devine and Thomas Hengelbrock.
Katarzyna Szewczyk, Poland
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