SEPTEMBER 2-11, 2011
The Tutors and Performers
choir, harpsichord, ensembles
The reputation of the young Austrian conductor and harpsichordist, Ewald Donhoffer, was established almost overnight upon finishing his studies in 2007 when he was summoned to substitute for Fabio Luisi, chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Staatskapelle Dresden. He subsequently was engaged as assistant and harpsichordist for Luisi's production of Mozart's "La Finta Semplice" at the renowned Theater an der Wien. The debut of this opera, with the Vienna Symphony, was highly acclaimed. Subsequent invitations included the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Mozart's "Magic Flute" with the Dresden Staatskapelle at the Semper Opera (2008), and in 2009, a new production of Weill's "Mahagonny" at the Theater in Erfurt, Germany, and the Volksoper Vienna . Also in 2009 he was appointed principal guest conductor of the West-Saxon Symphony Orchestra. He also directs and performs in chamber music ensembles like the "Händel Consort Vienna, "Ensemble Continuum", "Desiderius" and "Vienna Vocal Consort". "Zu Zweyn" is the name of a harpsichord-duo, with his Austrian colleague, Christoph Radinger. During the last few years he has produced operas in Vienna, such as "Giulio Cesare" and "Ariodante" by Händel. He has also collaborated with Bertrand de Billy, William Christie and Sean Edwards. (photo: ©Annette Friedel)
viola da gamba, Baroque violoncello, viol consort
Born in Hungary, Lúcia Krommer received in Budapest her diploma with distinction for the violoncello, the viola da gamba and chamber music in 1996. She subsequently studied the viola da gamba with José Vázquez at the University for Music in Vienna, with whom she appears frequently in concert. She taught viola da gamba, Baroque violoncello and chamber music at the Department for Early Music at the University of Brno from 2002 to 2006, as well as in numerous academies in France, Spain, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Hungary. She travels all over Europe with the viola da gamba and baroque violoncello as a soloist and as a member of numerous Baroque ensembles. She concertises and records regularly with Orpheon Consort
Born in Pécs, Hungary. She received her Diploma in pedagogy of the flute and Chamber Music performance under István Barth and Judit Tímár at the University of Pécs in 2003. She studied the Baroque flute under Professor Reinhard Czasch at the Conservatoire of Music in Vienna, Austria, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and her Master’s in 2010.
During this time she took a one-year Erasmus exchange scholarship to study at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain under Marc Hantai. She has participated in Master classes with Benedek Csalog, Barthold Kuijken, Marcello Gatti, Peter van Heyghen and Lorenzo Coppola.
She has performed in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Croatia and England with various ensembles including the Orpheon Consort, the Capella Leopoldina, the Pandolfis Consort and the Croatian Baroque Ensemble.
LUDOVICA MOSCA (Italy)*
harpsichord, ensembles, Baroque dance
The versatile artist, Ludovica Mosca, was born in Paris from Italian parents and has studied music and dance since her childhood in Barcelona . She received her performance degree in piano at the Liceo Conservatory with G. Garganta and P. Vallribera and at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerpen ( Belgium ) with F. Gevers (First Prize), continuing her studies in Paris with A. Motard . She subsequently attended courses with E. Casals, J. Demus, P. Badura-Skoda, R. Tureck, J. van Immerseel, J. Savall and the composer H. Zender. Simultaneously she also studied guitar with G. Tarragó and conducting with A. Ros-Marbà and S. Celibidache. Her dance training included ballet, Spanish classical dance, flamenco, contemporary, European folklore, and Baroque dance, her main teacher here being the dancer and choreographer, Teresa Alves. She also attended courses with Mª. J. Ruiz, C. Gracio-Moura, F.Deniau, A. M. Gardette and B. Gondoni.
She performs and teaches on a regular basis both as a pianist and a Baroque dancer and castagnet-player in Spain, Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia. Ludovica Mosca has created several baroque dance choreographies for music universities and Dance Schools (Juilliard School of Music, N.Y., Escuela de Ballet del Valle -Mexico City, Danza Estudio Rita Cifuentes -Chiapas .....) Mosca's piano repertoire encompasses works from the old masters to contemporary authors, having in fact even performed many premieres.
Among her Prizes we mention the International Prize Alex de Vries (Belgium) for her performance of the Rhapsody in Blue by G.Gershwin with The Filharmonic Orchestra of Antwerp.The International 3th Prize Maria Canals (Duo LLinares-Mosca), the First Prize at the International Yamaha Competition (Klavier Quartett de Barcelona). From 1991 together with the jazz pianist Manel Camp she made the Contrast-Duo with whom has recorded four CD and from 2003 she follows it with the jazz pianist Francesc Capella. She also works regularly with the cellist Iñaki Etxepare, with whom has recorded the "Violoncello Castañolero" (Cello & Castanets) CD.
Ludovica Mosca is member of the faculty of the Luthier School, Juan Pedro Carrero School and the Piano Teachers' Seminary of the Artmusic school in Barcelona as well of the Sitges Contemporary Music Course, from 2007 in Terrassa. From 2003 she is also musical instrument coordinator of the Institut Llongueres de Barcelona and a member of the jury in several competitions in Spain, France and the United States.
She is the author of the New Edition analyzed Urtext-Boileau of the keyboard works by J.S.Bach. During many years she did work on her investigations about F.J.Haydn with H. Ch . Robbins Landon, having the opportunity to work with a pianoforte that had belonged to the composer himself.
She founded the dance company: "Les Plaisirs de la Danse Baroque". www.ludovicamosca.com
* © J. Contreras /Relats Fotogràfics
JOSE VAZQUEZ (Cuba)*
viola da gamba, Baroque violin, ensembles
was born in La Habana, Cuba, a city founded around 1500 by Spanish colonists during the reign of Charles V, which soon became the gateway to the New World. He lived next to the then rabble-rouser student, Fidel Castro, with whose son he often visited the zoo, therefore his family knew what to expect: so after the delusion of the Revolution, José left his native land with his family for North America in 1961, where he spent the ensuing 13 years of his life. He studied at Northwestern University (Chicago) and performed in the Collegium Musicum of the University of Chicago under the direction of Howard Meyer Brown for four years before undertaking professional studies of the viola da gamba with Hannelore Müller and baroque violin with Jaap Schroeder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. In 1980 he was appointed to the Conservatory of Music in Winterthur, Switzerland, where he teaches performance practice, viola da gamba and baroque violin. In 1982 he was appointed professor for viola da gamba at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria. Concerts as soloist (viola da gamba concerti, passions) with various European orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Zürich Opera Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, The Smithsonian Chamber Players under directors like, Riccardo Chailly, Florian Heyerick, Günter Jena, Helmut Rilling, Franz Welser-Möst. Recordings with diverse ensembles (Ex Tempore, Belgium; Hans-Martin Linde, Switzerland; Musica Antiqua Köln, Germany...). Founder and director of the Orpheon Baroque Orchestra and Orpheon Consort, with which numerous recordings have been made.
In recognition of his artistic achievements the Austrian Government awarded José Vázquez the Silver Cross-of-Honour for Merit of the Republic of Austria. (Silbernes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich).
Photo: Philippe Suzanne