Meet the 2016-17 Monteverdi Apprentices

Konstanze Glander

violin

Konstanze Glander web 16x9 crop lrBorn in 1989 Konstanze started playing the violin in the age of five. Her education was supported by concert master Axel Wilczok at Staatskapelle Berlin and her mentor Prof. Stefan Hempel in Rostock/Germany. Chamber music experiences with members of the English Baroque Soloists and Mahler Chamber Orchestra have given her a valuable vision of orchestral and musical quality. She has been able to tour Europe as a member of Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Staatskapelle Berlin and has performed numerous operas, symphonies and chamber orchestra repertoire as well as performances with dedicated Tango ensemble Peroni. She has been invited to play with the famous Karajan Academy of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Kolja Blacher, Reinhard Goebel and Christian Tetzlaff. As performances under the batons of Sir Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Daniel Barenboim, Matthias Pintscher, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Metha, Herbert Blomstedt, Ton Koopman and the Sharoun Ensemble Berlin have brought lots of rewarding experiences she continues to challenge herself as a chamber musician, a soloist and an orchestra musician playing both modern and baroque violin.

Gabrielle Maas

violin

gabi maas cropGabi Maas plays violin, viola and nyckelharpa with groups including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Caledonia and the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments. A former member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, she studies baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen. After a degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge University, Gabi graduated from Oxford with a doctorate on Berber music in Kabylia (northeast Algeria), based on experiences playing with traditional musicians from the region. Her thesis explored the role of village singer-poets in mountain musical communities, and how this transfers to informal music gatherings at Kabyle-owned cafés in Paris. She also has a keen interest in traditional Scandinavian music and its sources in eighteenth-century court dances and fiddlers’ notebooks. In 2015 she played nyckelharpa at Sharq Taronalari festival in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) as part of the Early English Trio, and studied for a month in Chennai with the Carnatic violinist Vittal Ramamurthy. Gabi is a French lecturer in the vocal department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and coaches French and Italian for companies including Scottish Opera and Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

Johanna Radoy

violin

JR002 cropGerman violinist Johanna Radoy began playing the violin at the age of five. In 2001 she was admitted to the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen as a pre-student, and in 2007 continued with Diploma studies. Since 2010 she has studied with Stefan Hempel at the Rostock University of Music & Drama and most recently completed her Masters Degree. Furthermore, she gained valuable experience in master classes with Christoph Poppen, Stephan Picard, Vadim Gluzman, Kolja Blacher, Saschko Gawriloff, and members of the Artemis quartet. Interested in historically informed performance practice she has drawn important inspiration from involvement with Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Léon Berben, Christine Schornsheim, and Mary Utiger. As a soloist, Johanna has performed with the Polish Sopot Chamber Philharmonic and the North German Rostock Philharmonic, playing her debut of Bartók 2nd violin concerto. An ardent chamber musician, she collaborated for several years with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Mahler Chamber Orchestras at Zermatt Festival and Gustav Mahler Academy. Johanna has played in international youth orchestras such as Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and during temporary contracts in Folkwang Chamber Orchestra and Essen Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently she is stipendiate of Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, a German foundation for chamber music, and plays a Giuseppe Rocca violin (Torino, 1856).

Jenna Sherry

violin

Jenna Sherry cropFrom New Orleans, violinist Jenna Sherry is based in London. A versatile chamber musician who also specialises in historical performance, Jenna has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Barbican Hall, and in the Aldeburgh Festival, the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, and IMS Prussia Cove. Jenna has recorded Unsuk Chin’s Double Bind? for solo violin and electronics for BBC broadcast, collaborating with the work’s original creators at IRCAM in Paris. Jenna leads the Faust Ensemble in London and regularly plays with groups such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Spira Mirabilis. She has collaborated with artists including the Dante Quartet and cellist Steven Isserlis. Selected as Marshall Scholar by the British government in 2008, Jenna received a Masters in Performance with David Takeno at the Guildhall School and a Bachelors of Music and French from Indiana University as a student of Mark Kaplan. More recently she has worked with Ferenc Rados, András Keller, and Pavlo Beznosiuk. Jenna teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Birdfoot Festival in New Orleans, praised for its “youthful, rule-bending style”. Appearances during 2016-17 include the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival (Amsterdam), concerts at Bartok House (Budapest), and a collaboration with the Experimental Studio des SWR.

Monika Grimm

viola

Monika Grimm LR CROPMonika Grimm was born in November 1990 in Switzerland. After playing the recorder she switched to the violin with which she attended the High School for Arts and Sports, Zurich. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in violin at the University of the Arts in Zurich studying with Prof. Ulrich Gröner. Meanwhile she found her passion for the deeper sound of the viola and started studying the viola with Prof. Michel Rouilly and later with Prof. Ulrich Knörzer at the University of the Arts, Berlin. She has been a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester from 2013-2015 and performs with the Berliner Philharmoniker as an extra player. At the same time her interest for period performance continues to grow, playing with baroque ensembles like the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle and the Michaelis Consort, Leipzig. She has received mater classes with Hariolf Schlichtig, Volker Jacobsen,Wolfram Christ, Nils Mönkemeyer and Petra Müllejans.

Elisabeth Sordia

viola

Elisabeth Sordia Violine cropDiscovering the viola at age 8, Elisabeth received her first musical education in Paris, she moved to Cologne in 2008 to study with Antoine Tamestit. At the same time, she was introduced to period instrument playing while attending the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique advanced studies programme in Saintes, France. This invigorating experience helped her broaden her historical awareness of performing styles, but most importantly, it was a major opportunity to meet inspiring musicians combining finesse, dedication to music and a non-conformist spirit. From then on, she went on exploring early music repertoire on both baroque violin and viola, beside her activities as a modern violist.While completing her viola studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Brussels, with Paul De Clerck, she took part in many Baroque and Classical projects and courses all over Europe, such as Ensemble Akademie Freiburg, SWR-Hofmusik-Akademie, Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, Génération Baroque, Bach Academy Swidnica and the OAE Experience Scheme in 2015. Based in Paris, Elisabeth is an active freelance violist and enjoys performing repertoire ranging from Baroque to Romantic with orchestras such as Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Freiburger Barockorchester, Opera Fuoco.

Dorran Alibaud

cello

Dorran Alibaud cropAfter studying with Annie Cochet, Ophélie Gaillard and Philippe Muller in France, Dorran Alibaud joined in 2009 Jean-Guihen Queyras's class in Germany. Dorran participated in worldwide masterclasses given by Clemens Hagen, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Truls Mørk, Anner Bylsma, Miklós Perényi, László Fenyö, Jérôme Pernoo, Wolfgang Boettcher, David Watkin and Maximilian Hornung. Solo-cellist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Academy, Verbier Festival Orchestra, he plays with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Kammerorchester Basel, SWR Symphonieorchester, Orchestre Capitole de Toulouse, Munich Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symfoniorkester and has collaborate with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blomstedt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, Sir Neville Marriner, Ton Koopman, Sir Colin Davies, Daniele Gatti, Antonio Pappano in the biggest festivals and concert halls around the world and have played chamber music with partners like Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, Wolfram Christ, Guy Braustein, Kirill Gerstein. Laureate of the Landesammlung Baden-Württemberg since 2011, Dorran is member of the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna and is solo-cellist of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester both orchestras founded by Claudio Abbado.

Bianca Riesner

cello

Bianca Riesner cropAustrian cellist and viol player Bianca Riesner enjoys a varied career as both a modern and baroque musician. After finishing her studies with Roel Dieltiens on the modern cello at the University of Arts in Zurich she worked as a tutti player and principal cellist in various orchestras. She is Assistant Principal Cellist at the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg as well as a frequent substitute at ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Tonkünstler Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. Her special interest in Historical Performance led her to start her Master studies on the baroque cello and the viola da gamba with Jonathan Manson at the Royal Academy of Music. During her studies she performed as a continuo cellist and soloist in concerts with Maggie Faultless, Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings and Masaaki Suzuki and received the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize. Since finishing her studies she has been working with groups like Music for Awhile, The Bach Players, the International Baroque Players and the Steinitz Bach Players and is founding member of the period instrument ensemble Istante. In 2015 she was a member of the orchestra academy of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has since joined them frequently in concerts with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Andras Schiff, Mark Elder and Marin Alsop.

Mátyás Virág

cello

Matyas Virag crop lrMátyás Virág (1994) was born in Hungary and is an undergraduate student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where his teachers are István Varga and Rita Wagner. During his studies he has won prizes in several competitions (including the 1st Prize of the János Starker National Cello Competition and the 2nd Prize of the National Chamber Music Competition) and has taken part in masterclasses with István Várdai, Lluís Claret, László Fenyő, Reinhard Latzko, Malcolm Bilson, Simon Standage, Nicholas Selo, Christine Schornsheim and Michael Chance among others. Mátyás has been playing on period instruments for 5 years and during this period he has taken part in several projects. As a member of the Orfeo Orchestra and the Hofkapelle Esterházy he has worked under the direction of Monica Huggett, Simon Standage, György Vashegyi and Rolf Beck. In 2013 he gave performances at the Festival du Périgord Noir (France), working with Michel Laplénie. As a chamber musician, he has recently performed in the major concert halls of Budapest (Palace of Arts, Budapest Music Center, Solti Hall) and at The International Holland Music Sessions. Mátyás has received generous support from the Paul Hermann Fonds and the New Europe Foundation.