The members of EUBO gain experience working together with some of the world’s leading baroque music specialists who nurture and influence the young EUBO musicians with their individual charismatic mixture of leading, educating and performing.
Music Director, EUBO
When Lars Ulrik Mortensen began studying musicology at university, he came across a book about English music for the virginals – he was fascinated, and it led him to the harpsichord. He studied first in Copenhagen and then in London, becoming harpsichordist with London Baroque and Collegium Musicum 90. In 2004, after a long association with the European Union Baroque Orchestra as harpsichord tutor and guest director, Lars Ulrik Mortensen became its Music Director. A Financial Times reviewer, writing after a EUBO concert, said “Mortensen is exceptional not just for his scholarship and virtuosity at the keyboard, but also because he makes music with his entire body and soul.” In his home country Lars Ulrik is the artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen, whose opera productions at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen have helped to build a profile for the group nationally and internationally. In addition to his work with his “own” orchestras, Lars Ulrik also performs extensively as guest director, soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia, and gives courses and master-classes throughout the world. Lars Ulrik Mortensen has received a number of prizes, among them Denmark’s most prestigious music award, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2007; he became a fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in 2008. Lars Ulrik Mortensen’s many CD recordings have reaped major awards. Directing Concerto Copenhagen, his recordings include the complete harpsichord concertos by Bach, violin concertos by Bach, Haydn piano concertos (with soloist Ronald Brautigam), as well as symphonies by Danish composers Hartmann, Kunzen and Gerson. With EUBO, Mortensen has recorded a selection of suites by JS Bach, Fux and Rameau, two CDs of music by Handel and in 2014 Vivaldi’s violin concerti The Four Seasons, featuring four EUBO alumni as soloists.
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Director & violin
Margaret Faultless performs music from Monteverdi to the present day, but is best-known as a performer of eighteenth-century repertoire and historical performance practice. With a reputation as a distinguished leader and director of both period instrument and modern orchestras, Margaret is also instrumental in fostering the talents of the next generation of musicians in her capacities as Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, Director of Performance at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies for the European Union Baroque Orchestra. For over twenty years she has been a co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directing the orchestra on a regular basis, and she also plays a significant role in their education programme for young professionals. She directed the OAE CD of Mozart horn concerti with soloist Roger Montgomery. For twelve years, Margaret led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, notably as concertmaster and soloist in their ten-year project to perform and record J.S Bach’s Cantatas. As Artistic director of Music for Awhile she shapes the artistic programme of the ensemble including its annual Summer Festival. A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years, and played in a duo focusing on the sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms, investigating nineteenth-century performance traditions. Margaret also lectures on performance practice, her special interests being leadership and social interactions in ensembles before the age of silent conducting. She is an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire and has recently been awarded the prestigious Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music.
*photo by Grzegorz Mehring
Director & oboe
Italian oboist Alfredo Bernardini studied baroque oboe in The Netherlands and was a member of EUBO in 1985, its first year of existence. Since then he has performed throughout Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Australia with Hesperion XX, Le Concert des Nations, La Petite Bande, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble; he has made more than 100 recordings. In 1989 he founded the ensemble Zefiro together with Paolo and Alberto Grazzi; Zefiro’s recordings have won critical acclaim. As director, Alfredo has worked with orchestras throughout the EU, in Norway, Canada, Cuba, Australia, Israel and with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. In 2013 he directed the first baroque orchestra project of “El Sistema de Musica” of Venezuela. Formerly professor of baroque oboe at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Barcelona’s Escola Superior de Musica de Cataluña, he is now professor at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg.
*photo by Arnold Ritter
Director & violin
“There is probably no more inspirational musician working today than Podger” (Gramophone). Over the last two decades Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of music of the Baroque and Classical periods and has recently been described as “the queen of the baroque violin” (Sunday Times). She holds numerous award-winning recordings to her name ranging from early seventeenth-century music to Mozart and Haydn. Rachel has enjoyed numerous collaborations as guest director and soloist with orchestras all over the world and returns to direct EUBO for the third time, having herself been a member of the orchestra during her student days. She is founder and Artistic Director of the Brecon Baroque Festival and an honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In October 2015 Rachel was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize. Rachel Podger is managed worldwide by Percius. www.percius.co.uk
Director & violin
Gottfried von der Goltz has made a respected international name for himself as a Baroque violinist and Artistic Director of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. As was common during the 18th century, he leads the orchestra from the platform of the concertmaster. Gottfried von der Goltz made the specialist world sit up and take notice with successful CD recordings of the regrettably long-forgotten music of the Dresden Baroque and Bach’s sons. Nevertheless, he does not want to restrict himself to being a specialist in a particular repertoire. His far-reaching discography, ranging from the 17th century to the modern, shows instead that he is a tremendously versatile and flexible musician. His latest CD recording with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra features two concertos by the young Felix Mendelssohn (together with pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout). It was released in August 2011 and greeted with rave reviews by international music critics: “If there were only three CDs a well-informed classical music lover was supposed to buy per year: This one should be part of them.” (Radio Berlin Brandenburg, 2 September 2011). In addition to his multi-layered chamber music engagements, Gottfried von der Goltz is Artistic Director of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. As a Professor, he is also a popular teacher of Baroque and modern violin at the College of Music in Freiburg. In 2013 Gottfried will direct the European Union Baroque Orchestra for the first time.
Director & violin
After studies focussed on early music in Firenze and Lugano, Stefano Montanari was soon appointed principal first violin of the leading Italian early music ensemble Accademia Bizantina of Ravenna, with whom he has toured throughout the world. He is also concertmaster and director of the period instrument ensemble Estravagante, has worked with many important early music specialists, and has appeared with the Kammerorchester Basel and Concerto Köln as both concertmaster and conductor. As a director he appears regularly in theatres including Theatre Coccia Novara, Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo La Fenice Venice, Lyon Opera, and at the Opera Atelier in Toronto. His recording of Corelli’s Sonatas Opus 5 won the Diapason d’Or in France, and in 2007 and 2010 his recordings of Vivaldi and Handel won MIDEM prizes for best baroque albums of the year; “O Solitude” his recording with Accademia Bizantina and countertenor Andreas Scholl for Decca, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012. Stefano Montanari teaches baroque violin in Milan, Verona and at the international early music course in Urbino. For the publisher Carisch he is presently preparing a book Metodo per violino Barocco (Method for Baroque Violin).For several years he was the director of the European youth project Jugendspodium Incontri Musicali Dresda-Venezia, and in 2013 will direct the European Union Baroque Orchestra for the first time.
Director & violin
Riccardo Minasi was born in Rome in 1978. He has performed both as soloist as well as concertmaster with Le Concert des Nations of Jordi Savall, Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico, Al Ayre Español Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia and Orchestra of the Teatro Real of Madrid. As a conductor he conducted the Kammerakademie de Potsdam, Zurich Kammerorchester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orquesta Barroca Argentina, L’Arpa Festante, Recreation-Grosses Orchester of Graz, Attersee-Akademie Orchestra, ensemble Resonanz, Il Complesso Barocco and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, of which he is the associate director since 2008. From 2004 to 2010 he was professor of chamber music at the Conservatorio V. Bellini of Palermo. He has also given violin and baroque orchestra master-classes, and lectures in historical practice at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge (USA), the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, the Chinese Culture University of Taipei (Taiwan), the Kùks Residence in the Czech Republic, at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, and, as the Italian representative of the jury in 2009, at the auditions for the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), which he will direct for the first time in 2012. His recording of Biber’s Rosenkranz Sonaten published by Arts was a finalist at the Midem Classical Award in Cannes.
After a long association with Le Jardin des Voix, Les Arts Florissants’ academy for young singers, Paul Agnew is now their Associate Conductor. This interest in the training of new generations of musicians has also led him to conduct the French Baroque Youth Orchestra on several occasions, and he will make his directing debut with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2012. Paul Agnew received his musical education with the Birmingham Cathedral choir and at the University of Oxford. As a soloist, Paul is regularly invited to festivals such as the Edinburgh festival, the BBC Proms and the Lufthansa Festival. He frequently sings with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. He appears with conductors such as Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe and Emmanuelle Haïm.