Jan De WinneMore info
Jan De Winne is the president of the jury for MA Competition 2021. He performed regularly with orchestras such as Salzburger Barockorchester, Amsterdam Barokorkest and Orchestre des Champs Elysées. With oboist Marcel Ponseele, he founded the ensemble il Gardellino, with which he gives concerts worldwide. His interest in historical instruments also led him to make his own copies of 18th and 19th century traversos. Jan de Winne teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris and at the Royal Brussels Conservatory. He has recorded for Eufoda, Naxos, Signum and Accent. He has been the driving force behind the Passacaille label since 2006.
Lorenz DuftschmidMore info
Lorenz Duftschmid completed concert studies in the viola da gamba class by Jordi Savall at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. Since then he has traveled the world as a soloist with first-class ensembles and conductors such as Ton Koopman and Sir John Eliott Gardiner.
He is considered a celebrated virtuoso on gamba, baryton and arpeggione, and is in demand as a passionate researcher in music and as an ensemble director and conductor.
More than 100 CD recordings, many of which have received international awards, document the artist's work.
After a guest professorship at the University of Art in Graz, Lorenz Duftschmid has been Professor of Viola da Gamba at the State University of Music in Trossingen since 2003. He has been a visiting professor at the Tongji University in Shanghai since 2017. Today Lorenz Duftschmid mainly performs as a soloist and with his ensembles Armonico Tributo, the Johann Joseph Fux madrigalists and AnLeuT Consort.
Peter Van HeyghenMore info
After his training as a recorder player, Peter Van Heyghen developed himself into an internationally renowned specialist on the Performance Practice of 16th, 17th and 18th century music. He regularly performs as a soloist and with his ensembles More Maiorum and Mezzaluna but is currently mainly active as a conductor and teacher. For more than ten years he was the house conductor of the Brussels based Baroque Orchestra Les Muffatti. SInce 2016, though, he works on a regular basis with the Belgian Baroque Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble Il Gardellino. He thereby focuses on the rediscovery of forgotten masterpieces.
He holds teaching positions at the Royal Conservatories in Brussels and The Hague and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In addition, he is regularly invited worldwide as a guest conductor, to lead masterclasses and workshops, and to present lectures and papers.
Peter Van Heyghen is increasingly committed to working with and for young professional musicians and ensembles. Amongst others, he is coach at the International Young Artist’s Presentation (IYAP), organized annually in Antwerp.
Veronika SkuplikMore info
Veronika Skuplik studied in Essen, Münster and Bremen. There she graduated under Thomas Albert with a diploma for baroque violin in 1991.
Veronika Skuplik travels all over the world for concerts, recordings and teaching activities. As an internationally renowned soloist she plays mainly in ensembles like Concerto Palatino, Weser-Renaissance, L’Arpeggiata, la dolcezza, Collegium Vocale Gent, Freiburger BarockConsort, with her musical partner Andreas Arend (lute) and with her own ensemble, called UrgentMusic.
Veronika Skuplik’s discography comprises around 100 CDs, among them a lot of solo repertoire.
Veronika Skuplik is professor for baroque violin and baroque viola at the University of the Arts Bremen and supervizes further master classes and orchestra projects in Hamburg, Katowice (Poland) and in the US.
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Josep Domènech LafontMore info
Josep Domènech Lafont is a historical oboe performer. He played and recorded from Baroque to Late romantic music with the Major period Orchestras.
He is Oboe member of “Freiburger Baroque Orchestra “ and Professor of historical oboe at The “Conservatorium van Amsterdam” and teaches at the “Musikhochshule in Bremen”.
Catherine JonesMore info
Catherine Jones received her Masters degree in Baroque Cello in 2001 at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague, studying with Jaap ter Linden. She has worked with many of the most renowned baroque orchestras of Europe, including The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, The English Consort, Concerto Copenhagen, Il Complesso Barocco, Il Pomo d’Oro and B’Rock.
Catherine Jones is a laureate of the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation auditions and could perform on the Nicolò Gagliano cello. She regularly collaborates with the Italian harpsichordist and Scarlatti expert Enrico Baiano and the lutenist William Carter.
Now focusing more on her solo and chamber music career, Catherine Jones has released several solo cd’s.
As a teacher Catherine Jones has given masterclasses worldwide and is currently professor of Baroque cello at the Conservatorium E.F dall’Abaco in Verona and at the Scuola Civica Claudio Abbado in Milan.
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