Members of the Harmony of Nations

Bárbara Barros
Bárbara Barros was born in Portugal and came to the United Kingdom in 1998 to study modern violin with Diana Cummings, whilst reading for a BMus (Hons) at Trinity College of Music London. She graduated last year and was awarded a scholarship by the college to further her studies on the baroque violin; she is currently enrolled as a postgraduate diploma student with Richard Gwilt. She has played in master classes given by Andrew Manze, Adrian Butterfield, Ruggiero Ricci, Zakhar Bron and Gerardo Ribeiro. Bárbara has been the recipient of several awards and prizes such as the Dartington International Music Course award and a Gulbenkian Scholarship. As soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Bárbara has performed mostly in Portugal and in England. She currently freelances with various ensembles and orchestras in the UK.

Katarina Bengtson
Katarina Bengtson was born in Stockholm and finished her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music there in 2001. She then moved with a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied modern violin with professor Eric Gruenberg. Having completed her Postgraduate Diploma in 2002, she finished her second Diploma in 2004 having studied the baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh and the late Micaela Comberti. At the Academy, Katarina has performed extensively as soloist and with chamber ensembles, and with the Period Instrument Orchestra. In her last term she performed with her departmental colleagues Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 3, 4, 5 and 6. Katarina has worked with musicians such as Jordi Savall, Lisa Beznosiuk, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Margaret Faultless and Trevor Pinnock. She has performed, toured and recorded with the Sixteen, La Serenissima, The Band of Instruments, Collegium Novum Oxford and the Feinstein Ensemble.

Huw Daniel
Huw Daniel was a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, South Wales. He became organ scholar at Robinson College, Cambridge, graduating with a first-class honours degree in Music. He then studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Music, London, learning the baroque violin with Simon Standage. Huw is a member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the English Concert. He also plays regularly with the Sixteen, London Handel Orchestra, Florilegium, Retrospect Ensemble, and the Dunedin Consort. He is the leader of the Orquestra Barroca da Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal, and often returns to EUBO as guest leader. Huw plays a violin by Alessandro Mezzadri c.1720, on loan from the Jumpstart Junior Foundation.

Kristin Deeken
Kristin Deeken was born and grew up in Bremen, Germany. After finishing school she studied the violin in Weimar, Helsinki and Salzburg. During her time in Salzburg she started to take baroque violin lessons with Hiro Kurosaki and decided to specialize in baroque and classical playing. She became a student at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen in the class of Prof. Anton Steck and finished her baroque violin studies in 2006. She is working as a freelance chamber and orchestra musician and performs with various period instrument ensembles in Germany, Great Britain and all over Europe.

Roswitha Dokalik
Roswitha Dokalik graduated with degrees for violin and violin pedagogy in Linz (Austria) where she studied modern violin with Alfred Staar and Josef Sabaini and baroque violin with Michi Gaigg. After intense touring with the EUBO 2004, she moved to The Hague to complete her studies in historical performance practice with Enrico Gatti. Since then Roswitha has played in concerts, CD recordings and tours with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Ricercar Consort, Ensemble Aurora, Austrian Baroque Company, Capella Leopoldina, Barucco, Neue Hofkapelle Graz, Hofkapelle München and others. Besides freelancing she also works as a violin teacher.

Linda Hannah-Andersson
Linda Hannah-Andersson was born in Skellefteå, Sweden in 1978. She studied violin pedagogy for three years at Piteå Musikhögskola, while working as a Suzuki teacher, and subsequently moved to Britain. She graduated in 2004 from the Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied modern violin with Ken Aiso and baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen. She has led both the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Orchestra and won several awards while studying in Birmingham. She has worked with period ensembles such as Ex Cathedra and Armonico Tributo. She has also taken part in the 2003 season of the English Haydn Festival.

Johannes Heim
Johannes Heim began baroque violin with Thomas Pietsch, with a scholarship from the Richard-Wagner-Stiftung, while studying modern violin at the Dr Hoch Konservatorium in Frankfurt with Barbara Kummer. After finishing in Frankfurt he decided to specialise in early music and enrolled at the Institut für Alte Musik der Musikhochschule Trossingen to study with Anton Steck, during which time he also took courses with Reinhard Goebel, Andrew Manze, John Holloway and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. While a student he played with many different ensembles, including Cappella Coloniensis, Musica Antiqua Köln and L’arpa festante. Johannes is the first violin and leader of ensemble fidicinium. In 2003 the ensemble won first prize at the Biagio-Marini Wettbewerb (D) and took part in the final round of the EMN Young Artists Competition in York (UK). In 2004 ensemble fidicinium gave concerts in Germany, Spain and Belgium.

Clara Mühlethaler
Clara Mühlethaler began her modern violin studies in Switzerland, and graduated with distinction from the Musikhochschule Zurich in 2001. She subsequently moved to London to study baroque violin with Rachel Podger and baroque viola with Katherine McGillivray at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst in London she has taken part in masterclasses with Ingrid Seiffert, the Palladian Ensemble and Emma Kirkby. In July 2004 she concluded her studies, receiving a Master of Music degree. Her freelance experience includes projects with the period instrument ensembles Capriccio Basel and the Kammerorcheter Basel, and she was invited to join the ensemble Magic Ayres for a concert in London.

Fani Vovoni
Fani Vovoni was born in Athens in 1978. She studied first in Klagenfurt, Austria, with Helfried Fister, and now is at Vienna Music University, studying modern violin with Ernst Kovacic and Thomas Fheodoroff and baroque violin with Hiro Kurosaki. She plays in various ensembles, including the Wiener Akademie with Martin Haselböck, and the Greek baroque ensemble Ex Silentio. She has also been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Magdalena Malecka
Magdalena Malecka was born in September 1981 in Warsaw. She started to play the violin at the age of eight and continued her musical education at secondary school, where she studied viola with Professor Reichert. Currently she is a fourth year student at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where she is taught the viola by Dorota Sroczynska. She is also a student of the baroque music faculty at Witold Lutoslawski Conservatory in Krakow, where she is learning baroque music performance under the supervision of Agnieszka Rychlik. Magdalena has participated in many master classes in Poland and abroad (including Łańcut, Krakow, Budapest, Florence, Wilanów, Pleystein and Bayreuth), where she developed her skills in solo, chamber and symphonic performance. Currently she also gives regular concerts in Warsaw and Krakow.

Gyöngy Erödi
Gyöngy Erödi was born in Hungary, and studied choral conducting at the Music Academy Liszt Ferenc in Budapest and modern cello at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in Germany. She became interested in early music during workshops with Balázs Máté. Since 1999 she has been studying baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden, and has been awarded prizes in Hungary and in Germany. She works with the Dresdner Barockorchester, the North Texas Baroque Orchestra and currently with the Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein. She has worked on projects and recordings with, among others, Gottfried von der Goltz, Jorg Straube, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jaap ter Linden, Ludger Rémy, Klaus Eichhorn, Friedemann Immer and Concerto Palatino. With her own ensemble Stella Maris she has been honoured with the title Rheinsberger Hofkapelle for this year.

Lucy Scotchmer
Lucy Scotchmer is an undergraduate foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music in London where she studies modern cello with Alexander Boyarsky and baroque cello with Catherine Rimer. Previously a pupil of Jenny Ward-Clarke, Lucy has also participated in masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, Rachel Podger, Jeremy West and Stephen Preston, as well as performing in the London Handel Festival with the Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra and her early music ensemble La Follia, founded in 2002. Other recent performances with La Follia include concerts at the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Churchill and Fitzwilliam Colleges, Cambridge. Before taking up the baroque cello, Lucy was principal cellist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Riccardo Coelati Rama
Double Bass
Riccardo Coelati Rama graduated in 2001 in Double Bass from the Conservatorio di Musica FE Dall’Abaco in Verona where he studied with Claudio Bortolamai. He has followed various early music courses, including those of the Accademia di Musica Antica di Brunico, the Accademia Montis Regalis di Mondovì and the baroque music performance course at the Conservatory in Verona where he worked with teachers including Stefano Veggetti and Paolo Zuccheri. At present he studies viola da gamba and violone with Alberto Rasi. Riccardo has worked with various groups including the Ensemble Cordia and L’Accademia Strumentale Italiana.

Elisabeth Baumer
Elisabeth Baumer studied baroque oboe with Marie Wolf at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität and Paolo Grazzi at Civica Scuola di Milano and Conservatorio F.E. dell’Abaco in Verona. She also degreed in recorder with Rahel Stoellger at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and obtained all her final exams with distinction. She is a member of Accademia Bizantina (Ottavio Dantone), La Risonanza (Fabio Bonizzoni) and the Bach cantatas project of the Wiener Konzerthaus (Luca Pianca). Besides this she also performs with Barokkanerne Oslo, Concentus Musicus (Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Orchestra Mozart (Claudio Abbado) and other baroque orchestras. With her own ensemble Affinità she also performs  contemporary music on historical instruments. She is also focusing on writing about music/musicians, such as a recently published article about Mozart and the oboist Friedrich Ramm in the Journal der Wiener Oboe.

Josep Domènech Lafont
Josep Domènech was born in Spain in 1977. He began his oboe studies in Amposta and Barcelona, and then moved to Basel as a student of Omar Zoboli (oboe) and Sergio Azzolini (chamber music). He continued his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Alfredo Bernardini, where he has recently finished the second phase. Josep has worked with oboists such as Paul Dombrecht and Heinz Holliger, and conductors including Josep Pons, Frans Brüggen, Lucy van Dael, Jed Wentz, Gustav Leonhardt, Emilio Moreno and Alfredo Bernardini. His performing experience includes projects with ensembles such as the Göttingen Baroque Orchestra, Concierto Español, Nederlands Bach Collegium, Capriccio Basel, Musica Antiqua Basel and Musica ad Rhenum.

Katrin Lazar
Katrin Lazar studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main with Prof. Michael Schneider (recorder) and Christian Beuse (baroque bassoon) and at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag with Peter van Heyghen (recorder) and Donna Agrell (baroque bassoon). For the 2004/05 academic year Katrin was awarded a scholarship by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). She performs with various baroque ensembles throughout Europe including Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Cantus Cölln, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, La Stagione Frankfurt, Hofkapelle München, Les Passions de l´Ame and Harmony of Nations, of which she is one of the founding members. Her chamber music partners are the Ensembles Epoca barocca, Sirocco and the Barocksolisten München. She has worked with René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Thomas Hengelbrock, Konrad Junghänel, Michael Schneider, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Andreas Spering, Alfredo Bernardini, Marcus Creed, Ivor Bolton, Andrea Marcon and others.

Raphaël Collignon
Raphaël Collignon was born in 1979. Having studied piano at the Conservatoire de Paris where he obtained first prize, he turned to early music, jazz and improvisation. He was a student of Ilton Wjuniski for harpsichord, clavichord and basso continuo, and was awarded two first prizes, one by the city of Paris and the other by the CNR de Paris. Having followed a performance practice course for harpsichord with Aline Zylberajch as well as working within the Improvisation Department at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, he enrolled at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag where he now studies harpsichord with Patrick Ayrton. Raphaël has appeared with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Het Residentie Orkest in Den Haag, Laurence Pottier and “les Musiciens de Mademoiselle de Guise” with whom he made a CD recording in 2001. He also works in the field of performing arts (theatre, dance, film), as composer and instrumentalist.

Christian Kjos
Christian Kjos was born in Oslo in 1980 and began his keyboard studies at the age of 11. As an undergraduate, he studied harpsichord for four years at the State Academy of Music in Oslo with teacher Knut Johannessen, and has now completed the first year of a three-year post-graduate course, studying with Jesper Christensen, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He has taken part in many masterclasses, notably as a continuo player at the Ringve summer course with Peter Holtslag, Ketil Haugsand, Maggie Faultless, Ian Partridge and Wieland Kuijken. Christian has performed with the Opera Academy of Oslo, director Attilio Cremonesi, in Handel’s Rodelinda in 2003 and Haydn’s Il mondo della luna in 2004. He has also worked with orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic (Ivor Bolton), the Oslo Philharmonic (Marcus Creed), the Stavanger Symphony (Philippe Herreweghe), the Norwegian Radio (Andrew Manze) and the Norwegian Baroque (Edward Higginbottom, Joshua Rifkin).

Aloïse Fiala
Aloïse studied Music and Philosophy in Paris. She then decided to get involved in Music Management. After her first experience at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, she went back to La Sorbonne in Paris to study Music Management as a post-graduate. Since then she has been working extensively with Les Arts Florissants and with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. She has also worked for the Versailles regional government Arts Council. She has been involved with Harmony of Nations since the very beginning.