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Sam Chapman - Lute/Theorbo

Sam Chapman grew up in south-west England. He studied early plucked instruments with Elizabeth Kenny at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel) where he is currently completing a second master's degree in Basso Continuo, under the guidance of harpsichordist Jesper Christensen. Both as a soloist and in ensembles Sam has performed all over Europe, including appearances at early music festivals in Innsbruck, Vienna, Peniscola, Avignon and Ambronay. He is a member of Delight in Disorder, and works regularly with the Neue Hofkapelle Graz and Musick's Pleasure Garden, with whom he recently recorded CDs of music by Fux and Paisible respectively. He has played with groups such as Aux Pieds du Roy, Voces8, and Le Nuove Musiche, as well as with personalities including Dame Emma Kirkby.
Since 2008 Sam is working as repetiteur for lute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In addition to his musical activities, he is also a fully-qualified Alexander-Technique teacher.

Hanna Järveläinen - Voice

Hanna Järveläinen began her musical education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, majoring in music theory and composition. She received a PhD in Acoustics (Ph.D. thesis: Perception of Attributes in Real and Synthetic String Instrument Sounds) and worked in the Laboratory of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing at Helsinki University of Technology. She went on to study baroque singing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel with Evelyn Tubb and Gerd Türk, where she recently completed a Masters in ensemble singing (AVES) with Anthony Rooley. She enjoys performing vocal music of the middle ages, renaissance and baroque, as well as that of our time. Hanna works with numerous early music ensembles including The Harp Consort (Andrew Lawrence-King), La Morra, Ensemble Peregrina, and is a member of the new vocal ensemble Apollo’s Noyse. She regularly performs in her native country as well as on many European concert scenes.

Nathalie Leuenberger - Harpsichord/Organ

Emily Atkinson - Voice

Emily Atkinson is an American singer based in London. She earned a degree in music education from the Crane School of Music in New York before studying singing at the Royal College of Music, London. Emily has been heard on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Early Music Show’ as an oratorio soloist with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and Florilegium and on ‘In Tune’ with her vocal quartet The 1607 Ensemble, with whom she has also appeared at several festivals throughout Europe. She has sung solo roles in Handel’s Messiah and La Resurrezione, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and is a regular soloist with London’s Sweelinck Ensemble for their Bach cantatas series.

Alexandra Polin - Viola da gamba

Ziv Braha - Lute

Gabriel Diaz - Voice

Born in Seville (Spain), Gabriel Diaz began his musical education studying the piano before deciding to dedicate himself to singing and historical interpretation. He began his vocal training taking lessons with Carlos Mena, Lambert Climent and Lluis Vilamajo. In 2005 he moved to London and studied at Trinity College of Music with the countertenor Timothy Travers-Brown as well as with Philip Thorby and Stephen Preston. He works regularly with several Spanish and European groups such as La Capella Reial de Catalunya, La Grande Chapelle, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Music Ficta, Capilla Real de Madrid, Los Músicos de su Alteza, Vox Luminis, Musica Saeculorum, a.o.. He has performed in many festivals and venues including De Singel (Antwerp), Festpielhaus (Baden-Baden), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Estyriarte (Gratz), Misteria Paschalia (Kraków), Laus Polyphoniae (Antwerp), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Bach Festival (Leipzig), Musica Sacra Maastricht, Osterklang Festival (Vienna), Festival Internacional Cervantino (México), etc.
Gabriel has recorded for labels Almaviva, Enchiriadis, Lauda Music and Alpha.

Anna Sandström - Voice

Anna Sandström completed her B.Mus at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2002. She went on to perform regularly with Australian groups such as Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera, Australian Baroque Brass, The Song Company, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with whom she will be touring Australia in September 2012. Since moving to the UK in 2008 Anna has been a featured artist with the Armonico Consort, including the premiere tour of Monteverdi's Flying Circus as Claudia and the roles of Belinda and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Brighton Early music festival. Recent Soloist engagements include Carissimi’s Jephte and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri at Cadogan Hall, and the Bach Cantata 51 at Dartington Hall through the Dartington International Summer School. Anna also regularly performs music of the 16th and 17th centuries with her husband in their own group Camerata Antica.

Jennifer Barron - Viola da gamba

Recognized in the United States as one of the up-and-coming performers of her generation, Jennifer Barron was first introduced to early music performance at the University of Kansas in 1996 where she immediately fell in love with the viol  and its consort repertoire in particular. She then moved to London and studied with Alison Crum at Trinity College where she recently completed a postgraduate diploma with merit. She has performed in numerous cities, including London, Basel, Paris, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and was on the viol faculty of one of the most renowned new early music festivals in the US - the Madison Early Music Festival - from 2002 until 2006. When she is not playing viol with current early music ensembles, she can be found playing viol or cello with rock bands in London.

Elizabeth Rumsey - Viola da gamba

Elizabeth Rumsey studied with Howard Oberg at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia from which she obtained a performance degree in recorder. In 1999 she undertook further studies in Copenhagen with Vicki Boeckman (recorder) and Mogens Rasmussen (Viola da Gamba) and later on at the Schola Cantorum in Basel where she completed a diploma in medieval fiddle with Randall Cook. In addition to various CD recordings and broadcasts, she has given concerts in Australia, Europe, the USA and Canada, and plays regularly with small ensembles including La Morra, The Earle His Viols, Grand Désir, Ensemble Daedalus and Les Flamboyants.

Maria Ferré - Lute

After having completed studies in classical guitar in Barcelona, Maria Ferré studied lute and theorbo with Rolf Lislevand in Trossingen and Hopkinson Smith in Basel. She has also attended masterclasses with Jordi Savall, Jean Tubéry, Montserrat Figueras, Anthony Rooley and Dominique Vellard, and has worked under the direction of artists such as Christophe Rousset and Fabio Biondi. She is a member of several ensembles including Duo M&M and L'Art du Bois, with whom she won the second Prize and Audience Prize at the Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges in 2009. She has made appearances on many European scenes as well as in the USA.


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