`It is a lesson, how one can create an entire universe of emotions during 20 minutes.` (Pizzicato 2017)
German flutist Dorothea Seel was born in Speyer and is now living in Innsbruck, Austria, where she is teaching at the Mozarteum Salzburg / Innsbruck. She played with orchestras such as The English Concert, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln, Musica Antiqua, the Münchner Kammerorchester and Concentus Wien in Austria. Over the last 5 years, she has published eleven CDs, most recently her new solo CD `Fascination Opera` with the label Hänssler Classic. In 2017 Dorothea received her doctorate in artistic research. Her publication on romantic flutes was awarded with the Award of Excellence of the Austrian Ministry.
Katrin Lazar, bassoon
Katrin Lazar was born in London and grew up in Munich, where she is is now living. She is teaching historical bassoon instruments at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. and Frankfurt. Katrin performs regularly with leading early music ensembles like Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Cantus Cölln, Hofkapelle München, Elbipolis, Capella Augustina, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the Czech Ensemble Collegium 1704 to name but a few. Her musical versatility is documented on many CD recordings.
Elisabeth Wiesbauer, violin
Elisabeth Wiesbauer - Violin
The Austrian violinist was awarded the honorary prize of the Austrian Minister of Education, Science and Culture for her outstanding artistic performance. She is second violin principal and also associate concertmaster with the orchestras barucco and Capella Leopoldina Graz, and principal second violin with the orchestra Wiener Akademie, directed by Martin Haselböck. Since 2009 she is a member of L’Orfeo Barockorchester Linz.
Elisabeth is very much sought-after soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician by many early-music ensembles to perform at international festivals and touring the world. She is teaching baroque violin at the Privatuniversität Linz.
Robin Michael, cello
Scottish-born Robin Michael is currently living in London and Paris. He is principal cellist with Orchestra Romantique et Révolutionnaire and English Baroque Soloists, and guest principal with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, English National Opera, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is the cellist of the Fidelio trio, with whom he toured Europe, Asia and South Africa. He has recently premiered Joe Cutler’s Cello Concerto, the UK premiere of Steve Reich’s Cello Counterpoint as well as the concertos of Roxburgh and Finnisy. Robin plays on an instrument by the German luthier Stephan Bähr, that was built for him especially in 2010, and he also plays a baroque cello by Thomas Smith, 1750.
Anne Marie Dragosits, harpsichord
‘…es una clavecinista excepcional… Aúna tècnica y lyrismo como pocos son capàces’ (Scherzo 2017)
The Tyrolean harpsichordist is living in Vienna and is a professor for harpsichord at Bruckner University Linz and Conservatoire de musique de Genève. As a sought-after soloist and passionate continuo player, she is traveling the world with groups like Vivante, barucco, MUSIca ALcheMIca, L’Arcadia or L’Orfeo Barockorchester Linz. In 2012, she completed her artistic doctoral studies on G.G. Kapsberger in the docArtes program. Her special interests are both music of the 17th century and the examination of historical harpsichords, as can be heard on several solo CDs.
Klaus Dengg, horn
Andreas Helm, oboe
Andreas Helm’s origins are in Lower Austria. He is teaching historical oboe instruments at the Privatuniversität Musik und Kunst der Stadt Wien. He is a founding member of the Rossi Piceno Baroque Ensemble, the ensemble Schikaneders Jugend, and the Orchestra Barucco.
As a chamber musician and soloist, he won several awards at competitions (amongst others: Gradus as Parnassum and Premio Bonporti). He toured many European countries and also appeared in countries as China, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and South Africa.
He recorded wth CPO, harmonia mundi, Capriccio, Cavalli, ORF, Carus and others.
Shunske was born in Tokyo, grew up in the US, and now calls The Netherlands home. He is a concert master at Concerto Köln and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and teaches baroque violin at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2010, Shunske was the award winner at the 17th International Bach Competition in Leipzig. He has recorded a large number of CDs , among which the recording of the violin sonatas by Edvard Grieg won him the Grand Prize in Japan. In 2009, Shunske was the first violinist to record Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for Violin Solo in a ‘historically informed’ way – on gut strings and with historical bow.
His latest CD features the 12 Fantasies for Violin Solo by Telemann.
Raquel Massadas, viola
Raquel Massadas was born in Portugal where she started her music lessons at the age of 4. Raquel was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen. She has toured the world performing in Europe as well as China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico and the USA. Raquel Massadas appears on numerous recordings as Sony, cpo, Harmonia Mundi, Enja Records, Signum Classics, Berlin Classics and Naxos. She regularly plays with the Freiburger Barock Orchester, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Vox Luminis, L'Arpeggiata, Ensemble Deutsche Hofmusik and Os Músicos do Tejo. She is a founding member of the Coríntio Ensemble. She is a member of Barocksolisten München, Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música and Dresdner Festspielorchester.
Christine Sticher, doublebass
Christine Sticher / Double Bass, Violone
Christine was born in Germany, where she grew up in a small town with a vivid musical scene.
The centers of her musical life are England, The Netherlands and Germany. She is responsible for the lowest register of , Dunedin Consort, Akademie für Alte Musik, Holland Baroque, and is principal bassist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The English Concert.
She spends the time between her international tours supervising Berlin's Café Botanico and its permaculture garden, together with friend and gardener Martin Höfft.