Alina Rotaru (Vilnius) studied harpsichord in Germany and The Netherlands. She is performing worldwide, mainly as a soloist, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Bremen since 2006. Her solo recordings with harpsichord works of J. P. Sweelinck, J. J. Froberger, as well as English virginalists (Parthenia) have earned excellent reviews in the music press which has placed her into the list of the most illustrious harpsichordists of the newer generation.
Darius Stabinskas (Vilnius) studied viola da gamba with Roberto Gini at the Scuola Civica di Musica in Milan. He is involved in numerous international projects all over the world and is the artistic director of Brevis Consort. Stabinskas is dedicating much attention to upholding the Lithuanian early music legacy by rescuing and bringing up to the public attention many of the Lithuanian nation’s important yet still unheard music opuses. He is the leader of the Banchetto Musicale early music festival in Vilnius since 2003.
Karin Silldorff (Graz) studied recorder with Robert Finster in Graz and Rahel Stoellger in Vienna. She is holding a teaching position for recorder at the “Johann-Joseph Fux” Conservatory in Graz since 2003. She is performing with the internationally acclaimed ensemble Quadriga Consort, the VUENV recorder quintet and the Irish Folk band Shenanigans.
Michele Carreca (Rome) studied lute at “Conservatorio Santa Cecilia” in Rome with Andrea Damiani. He is a prolific performer in Europe, South America and the USA, taking part in numerous international festivals and recording for several labels like Brilliant Classics, Classic Voice-Antiqua, Continuo Records a.o. His latest solo recording with music by Giacomo Gorzanis was released 2017. He is giving masterclasses in and outside Italy and teaches at the Conservatorio V. Bellini in Palermo.
Anna Maria Wierød (Copenhagen) studied in Bremen at the University of the Arts with Harry van der Kamp and in Basel at Schola Cantorum with Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley. She frequented historical dance and theatre courses with Jill Feldman, Dorothy Irving, and Kirsten Buhl. As a soloist and actress she is active on different opera and musical theatre productions in the Scandinavian countries and in Germany. She collaborates with ensembles like Copenhagen Soloists, Ensemble Zimmermann, Ensemble SYD. After her first CD record with ensemble Pantagruel in 2011 she was described by the press as “the new Emma Kirkby”. In 2015 Anna received the Leonie Sonning Music Grant.
Carolina Pace (Rome) studied recorder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Kathrin Bopp. She performs as a soloist and as an ensemble musician in festivals and concert series in Italy, Germany, Spain, Algeria and South America, and recorded for Brilliant Classics,Classic Voice-Antiqua, Hatje Cantz, Ipsar and Urania Records. She has held master classes for recorder at the Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen and for the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.
Together with lutenist Michele Carreca she performs in duo La Selva, and together with Marta Cascarano she founded the puppet company “La QuartaPesta” which produces shows inspired by early music.
Paweł Iwaszkiewicz (Warsaw) studied recorder and traverso with Michael Meltzer in Jerusalem, and took part in masterclasses of Ricardo Kanji and Robert Ehrlich. Paweł collaborates with numerous early music ensembles such as Ars Cantus, Klub Św. Ludwika, Ars Nova, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Morgaine, Brevis Consort, Camerata Cracovia, and ensembles for traditional folk music such as Kapela Brodów, Arboretum Project. He founded the ensembles Dancerye, Open Folk, Orkiestra Czasu Zarazy and Yełdyryn and performs in Europe, America and Asia. He plays Renaissance, medieval and traditional recorders, traverse flutes, shawms, bagpipes and dulcians and gives masterclasses for interpretation on flute and medieval reeds instruments.
Mirjam-Luise Münzel studied recorder, historical performance and baroque cello in Germany, Spain and London and has recently received her Master’s degree with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is the winner of the international Biagio Marini competition Neuburg (Germany), semi-finalist of the international Telemann competition Magdeburg (Germany) and finalist of the Concours internationales des journees musiques anciennes Paris. Mirjam was one of the Handel House Young Artists 2016 and her group Lux Musicae London has been selected for the 2016/ 2017 Brighton Early Music Festival scheme.
Nora Petročenko (Vilnius) studied at the National Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius and the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. She is specialized in early and contemporary music and in the same active as an opera singer, and has numerous performances in Lithuania and abroad. She collaborated with the Parisian “T&M Theatre”, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Spectra Ensemble, Baltic States Baroque Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphonic Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and many others.
Radosław Pachołek (Wroclaw) studied singing with Dariusz Paradowski, Joanna Klisowska and Artur Stefanowicz in Wroclaw at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music and in Trossingen at the Institute for Early Music with María Cristina Kiehr. He specializes in performing early music from the Middle Ages to Classicism. He is a member of Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir and Polish vocal ensembles Ars Cantus and Kameraliści Wrocławscy.
Maciej Gocman (Wroclaw) studied at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław and he specialized in the field of early and contemporary music. Permanently he is a member of vocal ensembles in Wroclaw as Cantores Minores Wratislavienses, Ars Cantus and Collegio di Musica Sacra, constantly cooperating with Capella Cracoviensis, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Polacco, Arte dei Suonatori, Subtilior Ensemble, Concerto Köln, De Labyrintho, Weser Renaissance Bremen, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Le Poème Harmonique, La Venexiana and Collegium 1704. He has recorded more than 50 recording CDs in Italy, Germany, France and Poland.
Nerijus Masevičius (Vilnius) studied cello and choir conducting in Kaunas and later singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius. He is assistant conductor of the Vilnius University Choir and singing teacher at the Vilnius University. He is specialized in early and contemporary music and an active performer in Lithuania and abroad with ensembles like Le Poéme Harmonique, Alta Capella, Le Tendre Amour and is present on 14 CD recordings as an ensemble singer.
Photo credits: Leif Marcus, Hans Sattler, Vytautas Abramauskas