Alfia Bakieva (violin)was born in Novosibirsk, Russia and began to play the violin at the age of six. She studied with E. Baskina at the Novosibirsk Music School, and went on to study the baroque violin with Enrico Onofri at the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory in Palermo. She has received numerous scholarships, amongst which of particular interest are those allocated by Roman Abramovich and the Shostakovich family after the VII international competition of D. Shostakovich quartets. From 2004 - 2008 she served as assistant concertmaster of Musica Aeterna orchestra (receiving the ‘Golden Mask’ award at the National Theatre Awards in several categories) of the Novosibirsk State Academy Opera and Ballet Theatre with Teodor Currentzis. She currently works as concertmaster, soloist and section leader with various baroque groups such as Il Pomo d'Oro, Zefiro, Bach Stuttgart Akademie, Hemiolia etc. In 2016 she began studying with Hiro Kurosaki at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. In 2017 she was a finalist in the international baroque competition in Brugge (Belgium). She is passionate about folk music and performs as a multi-instrumentalist playing violin, folk violin, kylkobiz, ghizzhak etc. With her sister Aliya Bakieva she founded the folk ensemble Ekiyat based on Tatar folk traditions, preserving the heritage of her family through instrument playing, singing and dancing.
Mayah Kadish (violin) Born in Rome, Mayah Kadish grew up in London where she attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music, learning with Susan Collier. She studied philosophy at King’s College London and worked for several years as a translator, after which she returned to the violin. She obtained her Master's degree as a violinist from London's Royal Academy of Music, and began her studies on the baroque violin with Enrico Onofri in Sicily. Mayah plays internationally mainly with baroque and contemporary repertoire, equally at home in both worlds. She has played as soloist and chamber musician in halls such as the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke's, Lisbon's Centro Culturel de Belem, Paris Philharmonie and the Köln Philharmonie amongst others. She is principle violinist of the Berlin-based genre-fluid contemporary ensemble s t a r g a z e directed by André de Ridder, principle violinist of London-based contemporary group Ensemble x.y, and has worked as soloist and Concertmaster with the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Mayah has worked extensively with groups such as the Pomo d'Oro, London Contemporary Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists, London Sinfonietta, Holland Baroque Society, and has worked as guest concertmaster with Oxford Baroque and Contro Corrente Orchestra. She has worked alongside artists such as Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Reinhard Goebel, Giovanni Sollima, Amandine Bayer, Enrico Onofri, Alina Ibramigova, Rachel Podger.
Anastasia Baraviera (cello)Of Russian-Argentinian heritage, she began studying the cello at eleven years old with her father, Claudio Baraviera. In 2000 she started her studies at the Manuel Castillo Conservatory in Siville (Spain) and was a member of the Andalusian Youth Orchestra as well as the Barenboim-Said Academy. She moved to Paris in 2005 where she received her BA, and where between 2012 and 2016 she studied the Baroque cello with David Simpson at the CRR. In 2013 she began her ongoing concert and recording work with the Seville Baroque Orchestra, where she has worked with many of the great artists of the international Baroque music scene such as Enrico Onofri, Giuliano Carmignola, Manfredo Kraemer, Riccardo Minasi, Amandine Beyer, Diego Fasolis. She has collaborated with ensembles such as Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), L’Académie Baroque d’Ambronay 2015 (directed by Enrico Onofri), Concerto Madrigalesco (Luca Guglielmi), Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Il Pomo d’oro (Maxime Emelyanychev), Les Nouveaux Caractères, ARMA Barokopera, Talenti Vulcanici. With these various orchestral and chamber music groups Anastasia has performed across Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Portugal and Slovenia. In 2017 she became a member of the Exupéry Quartet, which focuses on music from the 20th Century.
Gianluca Geremia (theorbo, lute) Born in 1991, he started studying lute with Massimo Lonardi at the SMAV (Scuola di Musica Antica di Venezia). He graduated from the “Benedetto Marcello Conservatoire” of Venice with full marks and honours, having studied the renaissance Lute and theorbo under Tiziano Bagnati. He studied composition with Riccardo Vaglini as well as composition and rennaisance counterpoint with Marco Gemmani.
He has worked with ensembles and orchestras including: Modo Antiquo, Il Pomo d'Oro, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra del teatro La Fenice, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai, Mare Nostrum, I solisti della Cappella Marciana, Venice Baroque Orchestra.
Marco Crosetto (harpsichord, organ) studied in his hometown at the Conservatory of Turin, with Claudio Voghera and Ilaria Schettini as pianist, with Silvana Di Lotti and Alessandro Ruo Rui as composer, and with Giorgio Tabacco as harpsichordist. In 2012, he went to Barcelona's ESMUC as an Erasmus student to study with Béatrice Martin. He studied also in Paris at the CRR with Noëlle Spieth and Stéphane Fuget as part of the Chef de Chant for baroque opera course. In 2011, he completed his BA in History with a dissertation in the history of music. As soloist and chamber musician, he has given concerts on piano and harpsichord in such distinguished places and festivals as the Turin Festival, Circolo della Stampa, ESMUC in Barcelona, and the Baveno Festival Umberto Giordano in Reggia Venaria. He has collaborated with the Orchestra Giovani dell'Accademia Montis Regalis of Mondovi, the “De Sono” Association, and the Conservatory of Naples. He works as continuo player with several ensembles including Le Coin du Roi in Milan, where he performed Apollo et Hyacintus by Mozart and Serva Padrona by Pergolesi, and the Talenti Vulcanici in Naples 2016-18 under the direction of Stefano Demicheli. In 2015 he won the third prize at the Paola Bernardi harpsichord competition in Bologna.
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