lombard and neapolitan mandolin
A specialist in historical mandolins, Anna Schivazappa fell in love very young with the gentle, but at the same time brilliant, tone of the mandolin, which she studied at masterclasses on early music in Urbino and at the Conservatory of Music in Padua (Italy), where she obtained her diploma with distinction. She has received several prizes at many musical competitions, and she is regularly invited to major festivals and concert seasons all over Europe and abroad (Italy, France, Germany, Australia and Central America). Together with harpsichordist Fabio Antonio Falcone, she is co-founder of the ensemble Pizzicar Galante, one of the most dynamic period ensembles specializing in gallant music for mandolin and basso continuo. Besides her concert activity, she is also interested in musicological research, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the Sorbonne University in Paris. In 2017-2018, she will be associate musician-researcher at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, with a project focusing on the sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.
Anna Fontana was born in Verona (Italy). After graduating on piano and harpsichord in Italy, she got her Certificate of Advanced Studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and continued her postgraduate studies in harpsichord and basso continuo with J. B. Christensen at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland). She has performed all over the world with ensembles as Gli Incogniti, Academia Montis Regalis, Aurora, Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, Zefiro, Mare Nostrum, Cantar Lontano, Accademia Bizantina, Café Zimmermann, and La Venexiana. She has recorded for the most important European broadcasting radios and for labels as Harmonia Mundi, Zig-Zag-Territoires, Opus 111, Capriccio, Glossa, La Bottega Discantica, Agorà, Naxos, Arion, Sony, Hyperion, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Brillant Classic, Dynamic and Alpha (for this last label she has recorded concertos for 3 and 4 harpsichords by J. S. Bach with Cafe Zimmermann). Anna Fontana is also highly interested in the informed practice on historical organs and pianos, and has just founded a fortepiano duet with A.Cremonesi.
Ronald Martin Alonso – viola da gamba
Ronald Martin Alonso discovered early music in Cuba with the Ensemble Ars Longa. In 2004, he moved to France to continue his education in viola da gamba and graduated “cum laude” from the conservatories of Strasbourg and Paris. He participated in master classes with Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin and Marianne Müller. Ronald performs regularly with several ensembles (among them: Sagittarius, Les Paladins, Il Festino, Capella Mediterranea, Fuoco e Cenere, Les Traversées Baroques, Desmarest, Stravaganza…) and participates in the most important festivals in Europe, Middle East, Latin America and in the US. He recorded his first solo CD dedicated to Marin Marais in 2015 and he has recorded for K617, Ricercare, Musica Ficta, Ambronay Productions, Aparté, Muso, Paraty, Hortus. Since 2010, he has been artist-in-residence at the Saint Michel l’Observatoire Priory, and he develops his own artistic project with his ensemble Vedado Musica.
Daniel De Morais – theorbo
Born in Brazil, Daniel de Morais began his musical studies at a very young age, pursuing a brilliant career as a classical guitarist. He then undertook the study of the instruments of the lute family, and participated in the most important early music festivals in Brazil, performing under the direction of Nicolau de Figueiredo. Daniel de Morais is currently pursuing a career in Europe, while continuing his training at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. In 2015, he graduated in lute (with distinction) with Jonathan Rubin, and is currently studying medieval music with Francis Biggi. He collaborates regularly with several ensembles and performs under the direction of Leonardo Muzzi, Gabriel Garrido, Serge Saita, Lorenzo Alpert, Blaise Plumettaz and Alfonso Fedi. Daniel de Morais is a co-founder of Mnemusik, an ensemble which specialises in the interpretation of 17th century music.