OLIVIA CENTURIONI [Violin]
Began studying the violin with her parents: Margaret Martin and Paolo Centurioni.
In 1984 she was admitted to the Conservatory "S.Cecilia" in Rome, to the class of M°Alfredo Fiorentini, with whom she studied until her diploma.
In 1992 she joined the KonzertKlasse of M°Adelina Oprean at the "MusikAkademie der Stadt Basel"
(Basle, Switzerland) where she remained for two years.
In 1994, moved by her interest for ancient music, she decided to take the admission examination for the "Schola Cantorum Basiliensis", where she was admitted to the class of Chiara Banchini with whom she studied for four years.
From that moment, she began her partecipation with various famous ancient music groups, such as:
Ensemble 415 (Chiara Banchini), Concerto Vocale (René Jacobs), Le Concert de Nations (Jordi Savall), Concerto Italiano (Rinaldo Alessandrini).
As first violin:Al Ayre Espanol (Lopez Banzo), Ensemble Elyma (Gabriel Garrido),
Complesso Barocco (Alan Curtis), La Risonanza (Fabio Bonizzoni), Orchestra de la Comunidad de Madrid.
She has recorded with the following labels: Harmonia Mundi (Deutschland), Harmonia Mundi (France), ZigZag, Stradivarius,Glossa, Supraphon, Ars Musici.
She has always been active as a pedagogue: Civica Scuola di Musica Milano Professor of Baroque violin (Academic Years 2000/2002), Academie Baroque Europeénne d'Ambronay Tutor of the orchestra and professor of Chamber music (2000 and 2006),Centre Culturel de Rencontres Ambronay (France) Professor for several years of the masterclass of early 17th century italian repertoire, together with M° Gabriel Garrido
Also professor of Baroque violin at: IX Course "Villa Wilanow", Warsaw (Poland)
2000 and Summer course "Manuel de Falla" at the 34th Festival of Granada 2003
LAURA PONTECORVO [Flute]
She studied with M. Hantai, M. Eckstein and P. L. Graf. Since 1998, she has been playing as first flute with Concerto Italiano and collaborating continuously with various ensembles such as the Accademia Bizantina, La Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, Divino Sospiro, Europa Galante, Italian Baroque Orchestra, L'Arte dell'arco and
smaller groups of chamber music playing baroque and classical flute.
She has performed at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Gotham Early Music Foundation at the Lincoln Center of New York, the Kioi Hall in Tokyo, La Folle Journee in Tokyo, Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal in Santiago del Cile and in Rio de Janeiro, Sociedad de Cultura Artistica of Sao Paulo, the ORF Radio Festival in Wien, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Concertos Portugal Telecom in Lisbon, Early Music Lufthansa Festival in London, Flemish Festival, Bath Festival, Beaune Festival and many others all around the world.
She has performed as a soloist in Japan, the United States, the Nederlands, France, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
With the Quartetto Raro, with whom she recently recorded for Inedita, F. Ries Flute quartets, she performs flute and strings repertoires of 18th and 19th century with original instruments.
She recorded for Opus 111, Naïve, Stradivarius, Dynamic and Amadeus.
She teaches chamber music and baroque flute at the Cosenza State Conservatory and baroque flute at the Briccialdi Institute in Terni.
TOMMASO ROSSI [Recorder]
Was born in Naples in 1973. He studied both flute and recorder. As for the former, he got his diploma in flute from the Conservatory of Naples. He then specialized with Mario Ancillotti at the School of Music at Fiesole, obtaining his final diploma with full marks. As for the latter he got his diploma in recorder with first class honours and special mention from the Conservatory of Latina under
the direction of Paolo Capirci. He also got a specialisation with Pedro Memelssdorff in Bologna. He then attended a course in chamber music held by Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum af Basel, and attended courses and seminars in flauto traversiere held by Marcello Gatti. He is a permanent member of the Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini directed by Antonio Florio and takes part in their concert activity and disc recording for OPUS 111 and has played as a soloist in many international festivals (Utrecht, Barcelona, Schleswig-Holstein, Seville, Bremen, Ambronnay, Lisboa, Halle, Mexico City, Paris, Cairo, Rabat, Madrid, Bergen, Vienna, Bruxells, Settembre Musica of Turin, St. Cecilia Academy, Amici della Musica of Palermo, St. Carlo’s Theatre, Associazione A. Scarlatti, GOG, Amici della Musica of Perugia, Festival of Zagabria, Philarmonica Academy of Verona). He also collaborated with Alan Curtis’ Baroque Ensemble, with Carlo Chiarappa’s Risonanze Ensemble and with the Aglaia Ensemble, with which he has recently performed the IV Brandenburg Concert with the recorder and the V Brandenburg Concert with the flauto traversiere. He has recorded for Agorà the integral performance of Giuseppe Sammartini’s sonatas for two recorders. With the flauto traversiere he has recently performed Cimarosa’s double concert for two flauto traversiere at the Arsenal in Metz and at the Megaròn Theatre in Athens, togother with Marcello Gatti. With the flute he has been for many years the first flute of the Naples New Scarlatti Orchestra, with which he has also performed as soloist. He is particularly interested in contemporary music, both in connection with written repertory and improvisation. He is one of the founder members of the Dissonanzen Association of Naples. With the Dissonanzen Ensemble he has performed for important Italian and international musical institutions such as Amici della Musica of Trapani, Amici della Musica of Bologna, Ravello Festival, Maratea Festival, Time Zones Festival, Traiettorie of Parma, Ravenna Festival, Amici della Musica of Modena, Associazione Scarlatti of Napoli, GOG of Genova, Guggenheim Museum of New York, Sorrento Festival, Festival del Cinema italiano at Annecy. He has worked with important composers and musicians like Michel Godard, Jim Pugliese, Cristina Zavalloni, Michel Godard, Enrico Baiano, Markus Stockhausen, Alvin Curran, Stefano Scodanibbio, Giorgio Battistelli. With the Dissonanzen Ensemble he recorded for Niccolò and for Mode Records of New York. He teaches recorder at the Conservatory of Cosenza. He teaches recorder at specialization courses at Padula. In the 2006/7 season he played soloist flauto traversiere at the first Italian performance of Giorgio Battistelli’s “Globe Theatre” at the Teatro Comunale of Modena for the Amici della Music Association; the Salzburg Festival invited him with the Dissonnzen Ensemble where he performed musics by Giacinto Scelzi and Marc Ribot, which were broadcast by the Austrian Radio; while, with the Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini Ensemble, in the 2006/7 season he played for the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, the Chigiana Accademy of Siena, the lyric Theatre of Cagliari, the Petruzzelli Foundation.
In 2008 he recorded a cd with Nicola Fiorenza Concertos, played with Dolce & Tempesta and published by Fuga Libera. He recorded also the Leo concerto for traverso with Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini in 2008.
FRIEDERIKE HEUMANN [Viola da gamba]
Friederike Heumann studied viola da gamba with Jordi Savall and Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, completing her musical education with a solo diploma in Early Music Performance. Thereafter she received a scholarship from the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, where she lived for several years as a freelance musician.
She has appeared throughout Europe, Canada, Brazil, in the US and Israel as a soloist and guest musician of numerous ensembles, including Hesperion XXI and Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Concerto Vocale (René Jacobs), Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Claudio Abbado), Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Kent Nagano), Bayerische Staatsoper (Ivor Bolton), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berliner Barocksolisten and others.
Her own ensemble, Stylus Phantasticus, has made guest appearances at many European festivals performing instrumental music of the 17th century, also in collaboration with such renowned vocal soloists as Victor Torres, María Cristina Kiehr, Andreas Scholl and Furio Zanasi. Under the artistic direction of Friederike Heumann, several CD recordings have been released since 2002, which have received enthusiastic reviews and won numerous awards (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la musique, 10 de Répertorie, Classica, 5 Étoiles de Goldberg, 4 clés de Télérama ffff): Zeichen im Himmel (Signs in the Heavens), the first CD recording of the music of Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, with Stylus Phantasticus and Victor Torres, appeared in 2002 with Alpha (Paris); Ciaccona – il mondo che gira, with chamber music by Dietrich Buxtehude, in 2004 with the same label, as well as L’Harmonie des Nations with Accent in 2007 – music from the time of Elector Max Emanuel.
Her recording of sonatas for viola da gamba by C.Ph.E. Bach (with Dirk Börner, pianoforte and Gaetano Nasillo, violoncello) has been published by Alpha in 2005, a recording with her duo partner Hille Perl (Why not here, music for two lyra-viols) with Accent.
At the international competition Premio Bonporti in Rovereto Friederike Heumann was awarded the first prize with her ensemble Le Nuove Musiche.
EVANGELINA MASCARDI [Lute]
Was born 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and lives in Italy.
She studied guitar at the Escuela Nacional de Musica J. P. Esnaola with Gabriel Schebor and Silvia Fernandez. In 1997 she started studying lute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) with Hopkinson Smith and in 2001 she obtained her Solisten Diplom. She also obtained a diploma in lute from the
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia.
She has performed as a soloist in numerous festivals such as Fringe Barcelona, Basler Lauten Abende, Luth at Theorbe Geneve, Early Music London, Concentus Brno, Orpheum Zurich etc.
Her first Solo-Cd recorded in 2004 by ORF Austria, containing music by J. S. Bach and S. L. Weiss won the Diapason d’Or.
As a continuo-player she has worked with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (dir. Andrea Marcon), the Ensemble 415 (dir. Chiara Banchini), the Zefiro (dir. Alfredo Bernardini), the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra (dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner), the Les Concert des Nations (dir. Jordi Savall).
She has recorded more than 20 cds with Archiv, Alpha, Ambroise, ORF, Naive, Zig Zag Territoires, Sony Classical.
She has performed baroque operas in many theatres throughout Europe and America, for example Champs-Élysées Paris, Brooklyn Academy of Music New York, Carnegie Hall New York, Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, Tokyo Opera Hall, Teatro La Fenice, Theatre de Bordeaux, Frankfurter Opera, Theater Basel, Opera National de Paris etc.
ANDREA FOSSÁ [Violoncello]
Born in Rome, began by studying the cello with Giorgio Schultis. He continued studying at the Conservatorio S. Cecilia in Rome with Giorgio Ravenna and Franco Tamponi. He took a specialist course at the music school of Fiesole, attending the lessons of Piero Farulli, Dario de Rose, Renato Zanettovich and Roberto Michelucci.
He obtained his diploma at the Conservatorio L. Cherubini in Florence.
He played with the Italian Youth Orchestra, with whom he participated in concerts and tours all over Italy. He specialised in the practise of pre-romance music on instruments of the era, attending seminars and master classes with Anner Bjlsma and Hidemi Suzuki and then at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he took the three year specialist course for cello (Cristophe Coin) and chamber music (Jesper Christensen). A prize winner at the international chamber music competitions in Capri and Stresa, he has twenty years concert experience and regularly performs chamber music and as a soloist he has played at the most prestigious venues and the most important European and World festivals. He has been part of several early music groups, collaborating with among others Leonardht, Koopman, Malgoire, Garrido, De Marchi, Gatti, Alessandrini, Banchini, Schmidt-Gaden, etc. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi (Concerti Grossi di Corelli with Banchini and Gatti.), Accord (Cantate Italiane of Haendel with Khier and Scholl), K 617 (Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Il Vespro della Beata Vergine of Monteverdi and Latin American baroque music with Garrido), Symphonia (Cane and Able by Pasquini, Messa Sopra la Monica by Frescobaldi with De Marchi and Madrigals of Gesualdo of Venosa with Curtis), Capriccio (a selection of sonatas by Angelo Ragazzi, sonatas and concerts of the Neopolitan Violin School, sonatas of the Roman Violin School with Christoph Timpe), Naxos (Orpheus by Monteverdi with Sergio Vartolo), Tactus (cantatas by G.M. Bononcini and A. Scarlatti with Miatello and. Morini), Nuova Era (cantatas and masses by G. Carissimi). He has also recorded for Bongiovanni, Pentaphon, Agorà, Dynamic, as well as recording for various European radio networks.
He has a wide didactic experience, has taught cello at the Scuola Comunale di Orvieto and is at present teaching the same course at the Scuola Popolare di Musica at Testaccio in Rome. In 1997 and 1998 he was invited by Malgoire to be an Assistant in the courses at the Centre de la Voix at the Abbey of Royaumont. In 2000 he was asked to hold courses for Baroque cello and group music for early instruments at the Dipartimento di Musica Antica at the Conservatory of Palermo.
ANDREA COEN [Harpsichord]
(b. 1960, Rome, Italy), graduated in musicology at the La Sapienza University (Rome) with a dissertation on the long-neglected unpublished keyboard works of Domenico Cimarosa. He received his degree in harpsichord from the Royal College of Music in London, to which he has been an associated musician from 1987.
After a period of research and study of Renaissance, Baroque and Classical performance techniques with such acclaimed musicians like Ton Koopman, Daniel Chorzempa, Alan Curtis, David Collyer, Glenn Wilson and Emilia Fadini, Andrea Coen dedicated himself to an intense concert carreer in Italy, Europe and USA performing as soloist of harpsichord, organ and fortepiano and in various chamber and vocal ensembles. He is responsible for the first complete critical edition of the D. Cimarosa's keyboard Sonatas and two Piano Sextets, and of the Intavolatura di Ancona (1644). At present he is in the scientific committee of the Opera Omnia di Muzio Clementi (60 vols), in the advisory board of Ad Parnassum (Journal if Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music), and he will realize the first critical edition of B. Marcello’s L’estro poetico-armonico (Brepols, Belgium). In 1991-1992 concert season, sponsored from Italcable in the prestigious Teatro Sistina in Rome, Coen's critical edition of G. B. Martini's Don Chisciotte celebrated its modern première representation. A. Coen regulary collaborates with artists like Christopher Hogwood, Monica Huggett, Aris Christofellis, as well as the Ensemble Seicentonovecento (Rome) and L'Arte dell'arco (Padua). In 1992 he was responsible for the instrumental section, harpsichordist and organist for the Primo Festival di Musica Antica at the Teatro dell'Opera of Rome, a role that earned him the very important Golden Key for artistic merits. His most recent invitations for solo recitals include the Festival de St.Cerè (France), Festival Ciudad de Granada, Hochschule (Zürich), I Pomeriggi musicali di Milano, Bratislava Festival, Accademia B.Cristofori in Firenze for the inaugural concert for the recently restored Rosenberge fortepiano of 1790, Université de Fribourg (CH), 12th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Leeds, UK), UCLA - University of California (Los Angeles). He is in the scientific committée of the Foundation “Le Colonne del Decumano” of Naples (early music research).
Andrea Coen worked as a musical consultant for the Italian Broadcasting (RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana) since 1986 and for the Vatican Broadcasting (Radio Vaticana) and Stream TV; he teaches fortepiano at the “Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia” in Rome and harpsichord in L’Aquila's State Conservatory, and is the First Organist in the Basilica di San Giacomo in Augusta (Rome).
His solistic recordings can be found on the Stradivarius, Dynamic, EMI (with Aris Christofellis), Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (with Christopher Hogwood and L'Arte dell'Arco), Denon (with I Solisti Italiani), Musicaimmagine Records (with Ensemble Seicentonovecento) and Bongiovanni labels. In 2001 he was invited in the jury of Premio Bonporti (Rovereto) with Bart Kuijken, Chiara Banchini and Gustav Leonhart. In march 2007 he was invited by Prof. Plantinga at Yale Univ. and by Prof. Bilson at Cornell Univ. for his solo recital “Grand Tour a rébour: from Florence to Shillelah”. In 2008 he done an important and very appreciated recital at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. His recording (3 CDs) of L. Giustini’s 12 Sonatas is coming soon for Brilliant Classics.
LINCOLN ALMADA [Harp & Percussion]
Was born in Paraguay. Since his youth, he became acquainted with percussion playing in different kinds of groups, especially traditional music for bands. Lately, he incorporated this knowledge to the interpretation of the harp both in popular and fussion music. The harp was brought into Latin America during the Spanish conquest by jesuit missionaries.
Nowadays, it is the musical instrument par excellence in Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela. Unlike in these countries, however, in Paraguay harp is considered a soloist instrument as well: ancient interpretive techniques long lost in Europe have been preserved there.
Lincoln Almada evokes these ancient techniques, enriched by European and contemporary musical influences. With his distinctive style, he «paints melodies» combining sensitivity and power. He blends the rhythms of the Guarani region (Paraguay and the Mesopotamia region in Argentina), llanera music (Colombia and Venezuela), and Afro-Latin American music (Cuba and Perú), making the character of percussion come into life through his strings.
He combines his musical activities with numerous labs around Europe. They focus on the interpretation of Latin American rhythms and techniques in the jesuit harp.
Lincoln Almada lives in Italy.