Canadian soprano, Elisabeth Hetherington (Toronto, 1992), completed her Undergraduate Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, and has recently graduated cum laude from the Masters of Historical Performance at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Praised for her “beautiful and intimate settings of Monteverdi” (Het Parool, 2017) and the “…delicate singing and presentation of airs de cour et parodies spirituelles” (El Pais, 2017), since moving to the Netherlands in 2015, Elisabeth has quickly established herself as an up and coming performer and interpreter of both early, as well as contemporary and modern music throughout Europe. Elisabeth has received a great deal of attention for her work into the field of Original Pronunciation (OP) of Elizabethan English – an area seldom explored, and even more seldom included into historical performance practice. Her research into OP has quickly gained traction and in addition to her busy performing schedule, she has become a sought after lecturer and clinician on the subject. Managing to effortlessly bridge the gap between early and contemporary music, Elisabeth has premiered numerous works in the Netherlands, Norway and Estonia, and in addition, she has recently been featured on the latest CD by Dutch composer Arnold Marinissen. With her ensemble for voice and lute, Duo Serenissima, Elisabeth and Dutch lutenist David Mackor have had the opportunity to perform in many important festivals around the world, such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Ravenna Festival and in addition to the Netherlands, enjoy a busy performance schedule in The United States, Canada, Italy and Norway.
Elisabeth is greatly looking forward to a season filled with opera, premieres, lectures and masterclasses and some of the upcoming highlights include Die Zauberflöte with Holland Opera, touring Bach ontmoet Soefi with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, and appearances as both a featured soloist in recital, and a lecturer in the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2018, 2019).
Giulia Zannin (1987) is an Italian clarinetist with international experience performing on both modern and historical clarinets. She finished her post-graduate studies in historically informed performance on period instruments under the guidance of Ernst Schlader at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen and Eric Hoeprich at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and collaborates with the following ensembles: Orchester 1756 Wien, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Bremer Baroqueorchester, Northern Consort Groningen, Orchestra Lorenzo da Ponte, Symphonie Atlantique and the Mannheimer Hofkapelle Baroqueorchester. As a chalumeau player she collaborated for an album of unpublished music by Christopher Graupner under the CPO label (Das Leiden Jesu, Passion Cantatas) and performed for the acclaimed Dutch première of “Il Sacrifizio di Abramo” by Camilla de Rossi with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2011, she made her solo debut with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto accompanied by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Soon after, she began working with European orchestras such as Hulencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Spira Mirabilis, Schweizer Jugend Sinfonie-Orchester, Orchester der Bayerischen Philharmonie München and Aurora Chamber Orchestra. In 2013, Giulia was awarded a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) allowing her to move to Germany. Here, under the guidance of Chen Halevi, she explored the clarinet’s contemporary repertoire, finishing in 2015 with a Master of Chamber Music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen. She performed in several festivals collaborating with ensembles of international standing in the field of contemporary music such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, L’Instant Donné, and Donaueschingen Off. As the Founder of the Ensemble La Favorita, she aims to discover new sonorities and offer the audience lesser known repertoire from the 18th century. Awarded in three national competitions for young musicians, she has been supported in her academic studies from scholarships offered by the following foundations: Schweizerische Interpreten-Gesellschaft, Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung für junge begabte Menschen, Erasmus Program and DAAD. Giulia is teaching Historical Clarinet and Chalumeau at the Accademia di Musica Antica of Feltre and plays on a soprano chalumeau made by Agnes Guéroult in Paris.
Tiziano Teodori graduated in modern flute at the Conservatory of Music “Alfredo Casella” of L ‘Aquila with Luigi Tufano, with whom he completed his two-year Masters in Chamber Music with a thesis on “Bach and the 1-key flute”. At the same time, he finished his studies of Phony at the “Roberto Rossellini Institute for Cinematography ” in Rome. He gives concerts in Italy and in the Netherlands where he is currently a student of traverso at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark. He has collaborated with the Baroque Orchestra Orion Bach Ensemble as first flute; with the Ensemble Les Petits Riens at the Reinken Early Music Festival and with the Ensemble Seraphim at the “Renaissance Sounds Young”, as soloist and as student with the Orchestra of the 18th Century. On modern flute, projects are born from previous collaborations with other musicians: “Pollution” with guitarist Andrea Cauduro with whom he produced the album “Blu Pollution”; “Zoutman Winds” with oboist Federico Forla with whom he participated in the festival “Fete de la Music” in Geneva; and “Amniotic Gap” with Ruben Brovida, Stefano Sgarbi with whom he played at “Bizarre Festival” in Rotterdam. During the years, Tiziano has participated at many masterclasses with distinguished masters such as Frank Theuns, Olivier Schneebeli, Anne Smith, Andrea Oliva, and Luigi Tufano.
Lena Rademann is a Baroque violin and viola player and passionated chamber musician. Currently, she studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Enrico Gatti and Kati Debretzeni. As an active orchestral player, Lena enjoys covering a great range of styles, from baroque to early romantic music. She has been a participant of international projects such as Hofmusikakademie der SWR-Festspiele (Midori Seiler), EUBO (Lars Ulrik Mortensen), JSB Ensemble (Hans Christoph Rademann, Jos van Veldhoven) and OFJ baroque (Rinaldo Alessandrini) and she has played in various early music ensembles in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands, e. g. Margaretha Consort, Bell’Arte Salzburg, Musica Gloria and Michaelis Consort, among others.
As a member of different chamber music groups, Lena had the opportunity to perform in international festivals, for instance Oude Muziek Utrecht (Fringe), Musica Antiqua Brugge (Fringe), ECOS Festival, as well as during the International Young Artist Presentation Antwerp. In ensemble competitions, several of her groups have been awarded with prices, such as Gebrüder Graun Preis (DNMO chamber ensemble) or Sonderpreis des BR Klassik in Deutscher Musikwettbewerb 2019 (AMA Consort). In 2018, her ensemble AMA Consort won the Audience Award of Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek Fringe.
Lena has been supported by a scholarship of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.
Anna Lachegyi was born in Hungary and started to play the cello at the age of five. She received her degree in performance on cello at the Debrecen Academy of Music in 2012, where she studied in the class of Ditta Rohmann.She began her viola da gamba studies with Sándor Szászvárosi six years ago and since then she has taken part in several festivals in Europe such as Utrecht Early Music Festival (Netherlands), Femas Early Music Festival of Sevilla (Spain), Early Music Festival of Csíkszereda (Romania), Börzsöny Barokk Days (Hungary) or Szalone Dni Musyki (Poland). In 2017 she won second and third prizes with her ensembles in the La Stravaganza early music competition in Romania. She is a student of Mieneke van der Velden and Philippe Pierlot at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where she plays baroque cello as well in the class of Caroline Kang.
David Mackor (Amsterdam, 1989), is a dutch lutenist who is making a name for himself in the Netherlands as a diverse and passionate soloist and continuo player. He is a recent graduate of the the Conservatorium van Amsterdam’s Bachelor in Early music where he has studied lute and other historical plucked instruments in the studio of Fred Jacobs and basso continuo with Thérèse de Goede. Before David started playing the lute, he had obtained a bachelor degree in electric guitar as well as beginning his studies in classical music and composition. It was at this time that he was led to the classical guitar and ultimately the lute. During his studies as a lute player he has maintained a diverse range of interests, studying baroque guitar with Lex Eisenhardt, declamation with Jed Wentz, gregorian chant with Richard Bot and has performed in masterclasses with influential musicians such as Johanette Zomers, Charles Daniels and Emma Kirby. In February 2016 he formed Duo Serenissima together with Canadian soprano Elisabeth Hetherington. Since then they have performed in esteemed concert venues such as at the Tivoli Vredenburg, Noordekerk, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden, Hermitage, performed several times on the Dutch classical radio station Radio 4, and were featured in the main programme of the 2017 Utrecht Early Music Festival. Duo Serenissima’s 2018 schedule includes a North American tour where they will perform in Pennsylvania, New York and Toronto. In late 2017 David was featured in the TV program “De Tiende van Tijl”, where he performed with renowned baritone Maarten Koningsberger. Besides early music David is also passionate about contemporary music and he has played in several premiers of new operas including a premiere in the 2016 Opera Forward Festival in the Dutch Opera (Amsterdam), and a premiere of the opera “Four Hills” with the baroque ensemble Il Fondamento under the baton of Paul Dombrecht. In autumn of 2017, David premiered a concert of all new chamber works with the Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe in Bergen, Norway, as well as premiere in the Concertegebouw’s Turning East festival with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. David is currently completing his Masters in Early Music and continuing his studies with Fred Jacobs, as well as René Genis.
Eva Euwe studies historical double bass and violone with Margaret Urquhart at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She received her Bachelor diploma from the Utrecht Conservatory, where she studied modern double bass with Quirijn van Regteren Altena and historical double bass bass/violone with Joshua Cheatham. Eva has a passion for historically informed performance practices and ensemble playing, but she also loves the modern and contemporary repertoire and tries to combine these careers. She works as a freelance bassist with several ensembles and regularly performs with top HIP musicians in Holland. During her bachelor studies, she received wonderful masterclasses from, among others, Carol Harte and James Oesi. In 2015, she participated the NJO, conducted by Xian Zhang. The modern double bass she plays is built by Harry Jansen and borrowed from the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation. For her work in the historical field, Eva uses a Mittenwalder double bass from 1890 and several bows that are copies of original bows from the baroque and classical era.
Henriëtte Wirth studied musicology at the University of Utrecht, piano at the Conservatory of Utrecht, harpsichord and fortepiano at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague. She wrote a musicological thesis about hear great-aunt Janny van Wering, the first professional Dutch harpsichord player in the Netherlands. Besides her studies, Henriëtte is an active chamber music player. Since 2008 she performs regularly with the Arcadië Trio (clarinet, cello and piano), in 2014 she formed Ars Mirabilis, a professional baroque orchestra based in Brussels and since 2017 she is the organ player of the Castello Consort, a young ensemble specialised in 17th century music. Besides playing keyboard instruments, she plays baroque harp in the ensemble Airs France and she sings renaissance polyphony. Since 2007 Henriëtte is a teacher at the cultural centre of the University of Utrecht, teaching piano, harpsichord and accompaniment