Michaela Ambrosi, Czech Republic
Michaela Ambrosi was born in Jeseník, Czech Silesia. She studied modern flute with Jan Riedlbauch and recorder with Jakub Kydlíček at the Prague Conservatoire. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the Charles University in Prague and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, studying with Jana Semerádová, Kate Clark and Wilbert Hazelzet. Michaela also studied with Marcello Gatti at the Conservatorio di Musica in Verona. Privately, she took lessons with Lisa Beznosiuk in London. She is now commencing her PhD at the Janáček Academy in Brno, where she has the honour of being the first ever tutor for historical flutes. Michaela also teaches recorder at the Brno Conservatoire. One of her greatest collaborations was performing a solo piece in a first project between the Royal Conservatoire and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under Frans Brüggen. Shortly afterwards, she was invited to play with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman. In 2015, she joined the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in their St Matthew Passion Tour. As an amateur, she plays the baroque violin and oboe. Michaela co-founded ensembles La Foresta Incantata and Pro Arte Bohemica. Michaela has recorded and completed two critical editions of works by Wencel Wodiczka and her current research focuses on another Bohemian composer – Georg Czarth. Michaela is a licensed Instructor of Snowboarding.
Eleonora Bišćević, Croatia
Eleonora Bišćević was born in 1994 in Milan, Italy, to Croatian parents. She started her music studies playing recorder and flute. At the age of 14 she began her studies at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan (with Giovanni Battista Columbro) and graduated in 2014 in recorder and traverso. In 2013 she also graduated from the Liceo Musicale of the same Conservatory. In the meantime, she also studied piano and composition at Milan Conservatory. She has attended masterclasses and courses with Marcello Gatti and Francesca Odling, and with Alberto Grazzi, Giovanni Togni, Michael Form and Wieland Kuijken for chamber music. She has performed with recorder, traverso and piano (the latter in both classical and jazz environments) as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles and in various orchestras, in Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Germany and Taiwan. As a composer, Eleonora has had some of her pieces performed in Italy. She has also had experience conducting ensembles and orchestras. In 2013 she represented the Lombardy region at the national musical competition Soroptimist d’Italia. Since 2014 Eleonora has been studying at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), where she is currently working towards her Bachelor degree in major traverso with Marc Hantai and minor organ with Tobias Lindner.
Neven Lesage, France
Neven Lesage started modern oboe lessons at the Conservatoire de Nantes in France when he was eight. As a young man he moved to study sound engineering in Paris, where he also had the opportunity to study the baroque oboe. Inspired by both the baroque oboe’s specific characteristics and by the repertoire of the 18th century, he decided to devote himself to this instrument and now studies with Antoine Torunczyk at the Conservatoire Régional de Paris, and with Alfredo Bernardini at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has attended masterclasses given by Paolo Grazzi and Marcel Ponseele, and has played in early music ensembles under the direction of Paul Agnew, Christophe Coin, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Philippe Pierlot and Joshua Rifkin. In 2015 the Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival entrusted him with the artistic and musical leadership of the project “Winds Over Water”, concerts given from a boat all over town, in the spirit of Handel’s Water Music. Neven Lesage is co-founder of the chamber music group Ensemble Sarbacanes, dedicated to music written for winds in the baroque and classical era.
Miriam Jorde Hompanera, Spain
Having begun her musical studies at Santander’s Conservatorio Jesús de Monasterio, where she completed her undergraduate studies, Miriam moved to Bern to study modern oboe with Jaime González. It was there, at the Hochschule der Künste, that she developed a keen interest in the baroque oboe and since 2014 she has been studying with Katharina Arfken for a Masters degree at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. To support her studies, Miriam has received scholarships from the Marcelino Botín Foundation. Since she began the baroque oboe, Miriam has toured internationally with a number of ensembles including Ensemble Zefiro, Freiburger Barockorchester, Musica Fiorita and L’Arpa Festante. She has been member of the Jeune Orchestre Européene Hector Berlioz, playing on historical instruments under the direction of François Xavier Roth, and in the 30th Handel Festival in Karlsruhe in 2015, where she played with the Simon Bolivar baroque orchestra from Venezuela, conducted by Michael Form and Václav Luks. Along with her own ensemble, El Grand Teatro del Mundo, Miriam has performed in Switzerland, Spain, and France.
Marit Darlang, The Netherlands
Marit Darlang studied recorder at the Utrechts Conservatorium with Heiko ter Schegget, obtaining her Bachelor degree in 2012, and in 2014 she finished her studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with a Masters degree. At the same time, Marit also studied baroque and classical bassoon and dulcian with Donna Agrell and Wouter Verschuren. Since 2015 she has studied at Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona with Josep Borràs. In 2014 Marit was selected for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Experience Scheme. An active participant in festivals and masterclasses around Europe, Marit has received instruction from among others Benny Aghassi, Javier Zafra, Dominic Teresi, Alberto Grazzi, Lorenzo Coppola, Mara Galassi, Erik Bosgraaf, Marion Verbruggen, Kees Boeke, Daniël Brüggen, Dorothea Winter, Alfredo Bernardini, Katharina Arfken, Pedro Estevan, Lluís Coll and Paco Rubio. She has spent summers studying at the Amsterdam Early Music Summer School, Dartington International Summer School, International Course of Early Music Daroca and Fiori Musicali (with the Caecilia-Concert), and has participated in orchestral projects organised by Jeune Orchestre Atlantique. Marit has worked with ensembles including The Northern Consort, Ensemble Meridien, Vespres d’Anardi and Orquestra del Montsalvat. www.maritdarlang.com
Claudius Kamp, Germany
Claudius Kamp was born in 1989 and started playing the recorder when he was four. In 2013 he finished his diploma in early music in Weimar. Claudius is now studying recorder with Myriam Eichberger and Maurice Steger and baroque bassoon with Rainer Johannsen, and since 2013 has studied baroque bassoon at the music university HFK Bremen with Chistian Beuse. He has been inspired by masterclasses with many prestigious personalities in the field of early music, including Maurice Steger, Maurice van Lieshout, Paul Leenhouts and Carin van Heerden. Claudius has been a prizewinner at the German Jugend Musiziert competition. Thanks to success at various international competitions, whose juries included Ton Koopman among others, Claudius has given concerts in Israel, Minsk, Bogota, Medellin, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebow with Maurice Steger and Capella Gabetta, at the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Philharmonies in Berlin and Cologne. In 2012 with L’arte del mondo he made a CD of Handel’s Israel in Egypt. In 2013 he was a prizewinner at the Moeck/SRP International Solo Recorder Competition in London. Claudius has been selected as bassoonist of the European Union Baroque Orchestra for the 2016/17 season, and plays both recorder and bassoon in ensembles including moderntimes_1800 with director Reinhard Goebel, L’arte del mondo, Main-Barockorchester Frankfurt, Berlin Baroque, Capella Westfalica, Philharmonie Bonn, Bach’s Erben, and Le Chardon.
Dóra Király, Hungary
Dóra Király was born in Szombathely, Hungary in 1991. She began her studies in Vienna in the class of Michael Posch (recorder) and with Jennifer Harris (bassoon). She then studied with Anna Januj (recorder) and Györgyi Farkas (bassoon) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix-Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2015, receiving the highest possible grade for her final bassoon recital. She is now continuing her studies with Donna Agrell and Wouter Verschuren at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Dóra has participated in various master classes and projects, has especially benefited from working with Philippe Herreweghe, Nicholas Parle, Alfredo Bernardini, Susanne Scholz, Jostein Gundersen and Rafael Alpermann. She regularly plays with professional baroque orchestras such as Capella Savaria and Cammermusik Potsdam. She is a member of the Hungarian baroque orchestra Orfeo (conductor György Vashegyi), with whom, as first bassoon player, she recorded operas by Rameau and Mondonville in cooperation with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.