Richard

Richard

Richard Robinson studied musicology at Oxford University and King's College London before specialising in early flutes with Marc Hantaï, Anne Smith and Corina Marti at the Schola Cantorum in Basel (graduating in 2010). He is a member of Les Sonneurs de Flustes and L'Arte del Basilico (Flavio Ferri-Benedetti), has performed throughout Europe with various other Renaissance and Baroque ensembles, and has taught at Birmingham Conservatoire. He has recorded with Ensemble Arcimboldo (Musiques Suisses), broadcast for Swiss Radio (DRS2 and live on Espace 2), and in 2009 participated as the flute obbligato soloist in the world premiere broadcast of Handel’s aria "Dell'onda instabile" (HWV214) for WPRB Princeton (USA). On modern flute, he was a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musicians Competition in 2000(amongst others), and in 2003 he was awarded the LRSM solo performance diploma with distinction.

Elizabeth

Rumsey

Elizabeth Rumsey began her musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, after which she moved to Europe to pursue further study on the viol. There she studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Randall Cook and Rebeka Ruso and passed the final recital (Diplom in Medieval music performance) with honours. Her main repertoire is music of the 15th and 16th centuries, with a particular interest in consort music, especially for viols. She plays with several viol consorts (The Earle his Viols, Ensemble Dedalus among others) and in other specialised instrumental ensembles, including a broken consort and an Italian early Baroque Continuo ensemble. Apart from the consort work, she plays vielle, Renaissance and Baroque viol and lirone with various ensembles in and around Switzerland and in Australia (Private Musicke, Chant 1450, Leones, La Morra, Profeti della Quinta, Orchestra of the Antipodes), and has made many CD and radio recordings.

Eva

Eva

Eva Neunhäuserer was born in Bruneck (South Tyrol) in 1979. Initially, she studied viola with a focus on ensemble conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, graduating in 2004. Since 2003, she has specialised in early music, studying viola da gamba with Pierre Pitzl at the Konservatorium Wien University (Diploma with Honours in 2008) and with Paolo Pandolfo and Randall Cook at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Diploma in 2010). Since completing her studies, she has worked as a professional viola da gamba player and violist in numerous orchestras and chamber groups such as La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, dolce risonanza, progetto semiserio, Berlin Baroque and ensemble arcimboldo, as well as with her own group, Ensemble Triphonis. Eva Neunhäuserer lives and works in Vienna.

Sam

Sam Chapman grew up in south-west England. He studied early plucked instruments with Elizabeth Kenny at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won the Julian Bream Prize and the Robert Spenser Award. With the help of an award from the Leverhulme Trust he continued his studies with Hopkinson Smith (lute) and Jesper Christensen (basso continuo) at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland, where he has been repetiteur for lute since 2008. He is also a fully-qualified Alexander-Technique teacher. He has performed at early-music festivals in Innsbruck (with Aux Pieds du Roy), Vienna (with lutenist Ryosuke Sakamoto), Peniscola and Avignon (with Voces8), and Ambronay (with New Century Baroque). As a member of Le Nuove Musiche he has played in London's Wigmore Hall and at the Aldeburgh Easter Festival; with the Monteverdi String Band he performed alongside star soprano Emma Kirkby. He works regularly in Austria with Musick's Pleasure Garden and Neue Hofkapelle Graz, with whom he recently recorded CDs of music by Fux and Paisible.

Baptiste

Baptiste

After studying violin and composition at the Conservatoire National de Région in Rueil-Malmaison, Baptiste Romain decided to specialize in Medieval and Renaissance music. He studied Medieval fiddle, bagpipes and voice with Marco Horvat at the Centre de Musique Médiévale in Paris, and with Randall Cook, Dominique Vellard and Crawford Young at the Schola Cantorum in Basel (graduating in 2008). He also pursued ensemble studies with Pierre Hamon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon. He performs in several ensembles including Leones (Marc Lewon), Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), per-sonat (Sabine Lutzenberger), Vox Suavis (Ana Arnaz), Tetraktys (Kees Boeke), Les Jardins de Courtoisie (Anne Delafosse-Quentin) and Peregrina (Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett). He also teaches Medieval music at the University of Besançon and has taught on numerous courses and masterclasses (at the University of Montpellier, Hochschule für Künste Bremen and Burg Fürsteneck Akademie, etc). The debut CD by his ensemble Le Miroir de Musique will be released in 2012.

Ryo

Ryo

Ryosuke Sakamoto was born in Nara (Japan). At just three years old, he started to develop an interest in early music through his parents, and he subsequently began to play lute and viola da gamba. After completing a bachelor's degree in aesthetics at Tokyo University, he moved to Switzerland in 2008 to study lute and other plucked instruments with Hopkinson Smith and Crawford Young at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 2007, his debut solo CD, 'Travels with my lute' (Musica Rediviva), was released to critical acclaim (including the Gramophone magazine in 2011). He has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Bach Collegium Japan and La Morra, and he is also a member of Ensemble Il bell’humore, Il Zabaione Musicale and the lute consort Delight in Disorder.

David

David

David Bergmüller was born in Austria in 1989. In 2004, he entered the classical guitar class of Stefan Hackl at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium. As a guitarist, he participated in several master classes, such as with Alvaro Pierri, Carlo Domeniconi and Scott Tennat (amongst others). At the age of 18, he became fascinated by the lute and, after participating in master classes with Rolf Lislevand and Miguel Yisrael, he subsequently decided to focus on this instrument. He is currently completing his studies with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Silke

Silke

Silke Gwendolyn Schulze was born in 1983 in Lörrach (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). She studied recorder, dulcian and shawm at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Medieval department). She has performed with numerous early music ensembles including Weserrenaissance Bremen, la Compagnie Renaidanse and the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), as well as with her own groups vuenv (recorder quintet) and Mandragora (Medieval and Renaissance wind ensemble). She has given concerts in Germany, Sweden, Austria, France, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Cyprus, and has also participated in recordings for cpo.