EUBO performs with aspiring young violinists as concertmasters.
As one of the rising stars of the world of period performance, Bojan Čičić is fast making a name for himself with his sensitive and virtuosic playing. He is regularly invited to lead both period and modern orchestras, including groups such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, le Cercle d’Harmonie, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. As well as being the leader of Florilegium and La Nuova Musica, he also directed the Academy of Ancient Music and Camerata Kilkenny in 2015. Other recent projects have included a recording of the Brandenburg Concertos with Florilegium, Vivaldi’s Summer with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and his BBC Proms debut alongside Rachel Podger and Kristian Bezuidenhout. He is also increasingly busy with his own group, Suonar Cantando, with whom he explores rare repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries from the Venetian Republic and Habsburg Empire. The group has performed at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Korkyra Baroque Festival, Laus Polyphoniae, and at the Festival de Sablé. Bojan plays a violin by Rugieri from the 1680s, kindly loaned to him by the Jumpstart Junior Foundation.
Aira Maria Lehtipuu is a versatile Finnish violinist specialising in early music. She is regularly seen around Europe as a performing artist, but she also works as a teacher on all levels from beginners to professional students. Aira Maria has experience of working with ensembles such as Capriccio Stravagante, L’Arpeggiata Ensemble, Orfeo 55, Bach Collegium Japan, Les Arts Florissants, Holland Baroque Society, B’rock, Finnish Baroque Orchestra and Al Ayre Español and is now one of the core members of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. She was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2005. Her roles as a musician alter flexibly from concert master to viola player and she especially enjoys performing 17th century music in chamber settings as well as cross-over projects with musicians with folk and popular music backgrounds. She is a prize winner of the Premio Bonporti international baroque violin competition 2010. Recent activities have also included bringing the Norwegian concert concept Café Barock for a series of monthly concerts in her current home town Tampere. Her favourite hobbies are being outdoors, cooking and playing folk music – sometimes even simultaneously.
*Photo: Aleksandra Renska
In 2014 four concertmasters from recent seasons, Zefira Valova, Bojan Čičić, Huw Daniel and Johannes Pramsohler, were reinvited as violin soloists to perform and record music by A. Vivaldi. The CD Four Seasons & String Concerti is available for purchase through the Gift of Music.
In 2006 Zefira obtained both her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the National Music Academy in Sofia. Subsequently, she studied baroque violin with Anton Steck and Lucy van Dael and has been a prize-winner at several international competitions. With Concerto Anticoshe has performed at the Festival de Musica Antiga Barcelona and at the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht. In 2007 she initiated the foundation of the Sofia Baroque Arts Festival, the only festival of its kind in BulgariaFrom 2003 until 2008 she was concertmaster of Classic FM Radio Orchestra Sofia and the Sofia Festival Orchestra, and in 2007 she was concertmaster with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. She was a member of EUBO 2008 and has returned for several further tours as concertmaster with EUBO for directors Petra Müllejans, Ton Koopman, Alexis Kossenko and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. She has appeared as soloist with the Academic Symphony Orchestra Sofia, Chamber Orchestra Orpheus, Ars Barocca Ensemble, and recently she has played with the Holland Baroque Society, La Chambre Philharmonique, Ensemble Matheus, Arte dei Suonatori, Ensemble Cordevento and Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra. Since its foundation in 2011 she has been concertmaster of the orchestra Les Ambassadeurs with musical director Alexis Kossenko. In 2009 Zefira Valova was a prize winner in the competition of the Jumpstart Junior Foundation, which provided her with a violin labelled Lorenzo & Tomaso Carcassi 1760, Florence.
*Photo: Tim Mintiens (timmintiens.nl) / Jumpstart Jr. Foundation
Huw Daniel was a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, South Wales, and continued his education as an organ scholar at Robinson College, Cambridge, where he graduated with first-class honours in music in 2001. He then studied baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music for two years with Simon Standage. In 2004, Huw was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), the members of which formed Harmony of Nations and continue to play together under this name. He is a member of the Dunedin Consort, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Sixteen, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Since 2004 he is the leader of the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal, and has returned many times as guest-leader of EUBO. He has also guest-led the English Concert, the Sixteen, and Barokkanerne (Oslo), in concerts and recordings. Huw plays a violin by Alessandro Mezzadri c.1720, on loan from the Jumpstart Junior Foundation.
*Photo: Tim Mintiens (timmintiens.nl) / Jumpstart Jr. Foundation
Born in South Tyrol, Johannes completed his modern violin studies in Bozen before moving to London to study with Jack Glickman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During this time he started taking lessons on the baroque violin from Rachel Podger, with whom he then continued his studies. In 2005 Johannes moved to Paris to study at the Conservatoire National de Région with Patrick Bismuth, and has since gone on to establish himself as a successful soloist and chamber musician, performing throughout Europe and playing with many of the leading period instrument orchestras. He was a member of the 2007 European Union Baroque Orchestra, returned as concertmaster in 2011 and this year is to perform and record as violin soloist in EUBO’s The Four Seasons production. Read full biography
Other concertmasters of recent seasons
Born in Madrid in 1984, Lorea began violin and piano lessons at the age of five and went on to study with Fernando Rius, Polina Kotliarskaya, Ana Comesaña and Laura Diaz-Kayel. She has taken part in many festivals and masterclasses with teachers including Joaquin Torre, Nelli Schkolnikova, Kennedy Moretti, Graham Jackson, Nathan Cole, Brant Taylor, Jose Feghali and Duncan Gifford. Lorea was a member of JONDE (National Youth Orchestra of Spain) working with artists such as Fabio Biondi, Antoni Ros-Marba, Krysztoff Penderecki and George Pelhivanian. In 2005 she was awarded a scholarship to continue her Master studies at Texas Christian University with Curt Thompson. Returning to Europe in 2008 and basing herself in Vienna, she started specialising in baroque violin. During her time there, Lorea worked with baroque ensembles such as Wiener Akademie, Capella Leopoldina, Concerto Köln and Barucco, and had masterclasses with Ulli Engel, Thomas Fheodoroff, David Drabek, Ilia Korol and Gottfried von der Goltz, with whom she now studies in Freiburg, Germany. In 2012 she had the opportunity to collaborate with great artists including Gottfried von der Goltz, Anne Katharina Schreiber and Jean-Guihen Queyras as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player. She was a member of EUBO 2011 and returns as a principal second violin in 2013.
Hungarian violinist Kinga Ujszászi began her musical training at the age of four. After graduating from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest she moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Igor Petrushevski. Shortly after arriving she also started to have baroque violin lessons with Simon Standage, later studying Historical Performance with Matthew Truscott at RAM, and playing in masterclasses for Rachel Podger and Enrico Onofri. In 2010 she took part in the Monteverdi Apprenticeship Scheme under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and has been playing with his ensembles since; she was also a participant in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Experience Scheme. Kinga was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2010, and returned to EUBO as concertmaster for a tour with Riccardo Minasi in 2012. She will work with EUBO again in 2013 with director Stefano Montanari. Kinga has toured throughout Europe and Asia with various orchestras and chamber groups, including the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Hungarian Philharmonie Orchestra. She has played with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has worked with Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Trevor Pinnock and Vladimir Ashkenazy. She plays with the International Baroque Players and also with the Wallfisch Band and the Gabrieli Players. She leads the chamber music group Spiritato! which is currently part of the Brighton Early Music Live scheme. They have performed live on BBC Radio 3 and their first CD, First Act, was released in 2012.