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Giulia Genini After her recorder studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Conrad Steinmann – diploma in 2008 with distinction – she began studying historical bassoons with Josep Borras and Donna Agrell. She obtained her Master in Historical Performance Practice in baroque bassoon and dulcian in 2010, with distinction. During her studies she took part in numerous Master Classes, notably with Jordi Savall, Pierre Hamon, Masaaki Suzuki, Steven Devine and Katharina Arfken. She was awarded a scholarship of the FriedlWald Stiftung Basel (2005), as well as the ASRI Prize in 2009 (Schweizerische Gesellschaft zur Pflege der kulturellen und wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen zu Italien/Basel). As a recorder player and a bassoonist she performs with Ensembles such as: I Barocchisti, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Capriccio Basel, Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de l’Académie Européenne, Britten Pears Baroque Orchestra, Cantus Cölln, Freiburger Barockorchester, Il Gusto Barocco, Cappella Mediterranea and Accademia degli Astrusi conducted by Diego Fasolis, Andrea Marcon, Ottavio Dantone, Alan Curtis, Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon, William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Konrad Junghänel, Ivor Bolton, Gabriel Garrido, Andreas Stoehr, Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet, Jörg Halubeck, Federico Ferri. She has worked with artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Geneaux, Magdalena Kožená, Patricia Petibon, Karina Gauvin, Max Emanuel Cencic, Amandine Beyer, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Maurice Steger, Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet.In october 2012 she performed as a guest recorder player with the Berliner Philharmoniker for a Vivaldi programm conducted by Andrea Marcon. As a soloist she performed together with Venice Baroque Orchestra lead by Andrea Marcon at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Geneva Victoria Hall, Carinthischer Sommer Festival Ossiach, 59. Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau in Ostbayern, in Spivey Hall New Orelans and in New York Carnegie Hall.Radio recordings for RSI Radio Svizzera Italiana Rete Due, Radio de la Suisse Romande Espace 2, Radio Swiss Classic, Radio Classique France, SRF Kultur und MDR, video recordings for ARTE, TSI and Schweizer Fernsehen and CD recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, Decca and CPO.She was member of the jury for the Swiss Youth Music Competition in 2010 and 2012. She teaches recorder at the Freie Musikschule in Basel.
Lisa Goldberg is from Canberra, Australia where she studied modern bassoon at the Canberra School of Music (Australian Institute of the Arts), receiving a Bachelor of Music followed by a Graduate Diploma, and performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. After lessons with Simon Rickard on baroque bassoon she was soon after performing with him in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2002 she moved to the Netherlands with an Ian Potter grant to study historical bassoon with Donna Agrell at the Koninklijk Conservatory, The Hague. Since living in Europe Lisa has been playing with many renowned orchestras and ensembles including Les Muffatti, Il Gardellino, Ricercar Ensemble, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Anima Eterna, Collegium Vocale Gent (Herreweghe), Concerto Copenhagen, Les Musiciens Du Louvre, Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Gabrieli Consort, B’Rock, New Dutch Academy, Il Fondamento, Octopus Baroque Orchestra, Concerto d’Amsterdam, Copenhagen Drengkor, Ars Nova Copenhagen, L’Orfeo Barockorkester, Kölner Akademie, DENY Opera, and Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Australia. Lisa will soon play as soloist with Les Muffatti and is also a founding member of the chamber group Satyr’s Band. She has made many recorindgs for various labels including Ramée, Zig-Zag Territoires, BIS, Mirare, Naïve, and ABC Classics. She is now regularly playing on dulcian, baroque, classical and romantic bassoons, covering a wide range of repertoire and styles. Lisa is currently based in Ghent, Belgium.
Denis Dafflon was born in Avry-sur-Matran (Switzerland) in 1986. He was a student at the Fribourg and Lausanne conservatories, where he studied with Claudio Pontiggia and Matteo Ravarelli. In July 2009, he graduated and got a degree in horn teaching (“Diplôme d’Enseignement du cor”). He then continued his studies at the “Musik-Akademie” in Basel, in Christian Lampert’s class. This led him to a “Master of Performance” for which he studied the natural horn in Thomas Müller’s class at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”.
Various master classes led him to work with prominent horn players and teachers such as Marie-Luise Neunecker, Christian-Friedrich Dallmann, Bruno Schneider, Peter Damm, Michael Höltzel and Nigel Black.
He is a former member of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, and he regularly plays with renowned ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Freiburg, the Youth Orchestra of Freiburg and as an intern at the Symphony Orchestras of Biel during the 2010/2011 season and Bern during the 2011/2012 season.
In January 2012, Mr Dafflon became a regular horn player for the Bern Symphony Orchestra.
Stéphane Mooser was born in Bulle (Switzerland) in 1980. As a student at the Conservatory in Lausanne, he studied horn with Olivier Alvarez and natural horn with Olivier Darbellay. He obtained his teaching and concert diplomas in 2006. He also studied conducting with Hervé Klopfenstein and was awarded a certificate in 2003. He then perfected his horn playing in the class of Bruno Schneider at the “Hochschule für Musik de Freiburg im Breisgau” (Germany), where he received his Diploma in 2009 with special mention.
He often collaborates with such well known ensembles as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Geneva “Ensemble Contrechamps” for contemporary music, the “Camerata Bern” or the “Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra“ from Toronto. He also never tires of playing chamber music in the most diverse groups, most notably with the woodwind quintet “Eole“ and the historical instruments sextet “Winds Unlimited”. Numerous concerts have seen him perform in the most prestigious halls in Switzerland and Europe, as well as in Israel, China, Canada and Costa Rica.
Stéphane Mooser plays as first horn in the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra since its inception in 2009, and he teaches at the Conservatories of both Fribourg and Lausanne.
Michal Lewkowicz was born in Israel where she began studying clarinet under the tutelage of Richard Lesser. In 2003, she was accepted to the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen” in Germany where she studied with Professor Chen Halevi and later with Mr. Ernst Schalder on historical instruments. Her studies culminated in a Diploma with honors in 2007 and an Artists Diploma with honors in 2011. She continued her academic work under the tutor of the bassoonist Professor Sergio Azzolini at the ”Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel” where she earned a master degree in chamber music with her ensemble, “Glasperlen Trio” and a soloist Diploma.
Michal leads an international career, regularly performing solo, orchestral and chamber music. She has toured extensively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in France, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Holland, Germany, Swiss, Austria, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, Argentina, Canada, Israel and the United States. Her main performance credits include the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Opera Palais Garnier, Wien Konzerthaus, Schönbrunn Schloss, Prinzregenten Theater in Munich, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Teatro Cervantes de Malaga, the Banff Centre of Arts, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Teatro Avenida of Buenos Aires city, Turku Concerthouse the Tel Aviv Museum and the Einav Center in Israel.
As an active chamber musician, Michal plays in different ensembles, including one she started with her professor Chen Halevi, “Winds Unlimited” – a unique wind ensemble, which performs classical wind music on accurate replicas of instruments which were played during the 18th and 19th century (www.windsunlimited.com). Another of her ongoing projects is as a member of the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble in Israel (www.soloists.co.il), which she has worked with since 2004.
In 2008, Michal was one of the three musicians to win the “DAAD Baden Württemburg” scholarship to study abroad for one year and has used this to study with Professor Charles Neidich in New York City. Between September and December 2009 Michal was a resident of the Banff Centre in Canada after winning a full scholarship for the ‘Music and Sound’ Program.
Throughout her career, Michal has had the privilege of working with many prestigious musicians including Ferenc Rados, Sebastian Tewinkel, Martin Haselböck, Philippe Graffin, Barry Shiffman, Anton Steck, Sol Gabetta, Sergio Azzolini, Gerard Wyss, Nicholas Daniel, Linde Brunmayr Tutz, Szabolcs Zempleni, Christoph Hammer, Penderecki String quartet, Sadao Harada, Colin Carr and composer Sven Ingo Koch. Furthermore, in addition to her main clarinet teachers, Michal has worked with numerous clarinetists such as Antony Pay, Ayako Oshima, Yehuda Gilad, Pierre Andre Taillard, Hakan Rosengren, Dimitiri Ashkenazy, Eli Eban, Robert Spring and Louis Rossi.
Chen Halevi is considered to be one of the most versatile clarinetists of today; playing recitals, concertos and chamber music with equal acclaim. His playing covers an impressive range of repertoire from performing on period instruments to the most up to date contemporary music. He is a pioneer of a new school of playing; looking at what the clarinet and clarinetist should be in the 21st century.
As a teenager he made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. Since then he has worked with many leading orchestras in the U.S, Europe, and Japan. A great lover of chamber music, Chen Halevi has performed with many of the most prominent musicians and quartets today, His passion for chamber music makes him a welcome guest at festivals across the world.
Internationally acknowledged as a passionate contemporary musician, Halevi’s, close ties with composers has led him to perform a great number of works dedicated to him by the most eminent composers of our time. Highlights of recent seasons include the American premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s ‘Kraft’ with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert and the world premiere of Sven Ingo Koch’s ‘Doppelganger’ with the Bayenischer Rundfunk, under the direction of Brad Lubman.
His commitment to contemporary music goes beyond this. In 2007 Halevi founded ClaRecords, with the aim of supporting contemporary composers through commissions, recordings and performances. Another goal of ClaRecords is to simulate dialogue between different art forms in the 21st century.
Besides his work as a soloist Chen Halevi is a member of two very different ensembles:
WindsUnlimited, a period instrument wind sextet exploring woodwind repertoire from the classical and romantic period.
With composer and bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman, they formed TangoFactory, expanding the horizons of tango through performances of contemporary new tangos as well as revisiting the old masters.
Another important component of his work is as a teacher. Halevi is keen to spread his new school of playing through teaching and giving masterclasses. He is currently clarinet professor at the Trossingen Hochschule for Music in Germany.