Tutors 'Baroque music in 415 Hz: Ihr seid alle Gottes Kinder'
Priory Nieuw Sion, Diepenveen, Netherlands, Sunday 17 - Saturday 23 July 2022
Dirkjan Horringa, initiator and already 31 years artistic director of La Pellegrina, is originally a clarinettist by training. He studied both musicology and choral and orchestral conducting at the Utrecht University and the Utrecht Conservatoire. He now specializes in conducting semi-professional choirs and orchestras, which have a rather high musical level in Holland. This makes the work of leading these ensembles a fascinating combination of musical education and serious music making, which is a challenge to a professional musician. His main field of interest is music of the 16th, 17th and early 18th century, from Monteverdi's Vespers and Schütz to the world of renaissance and baroque music theatre. Mainly in the field of madrigal comedies (Banchieri's Barca di Venetia per Padova and Festino di Giovedi grasso) and baroque opera's by Purcell (Dido and Aeneas, The Fairy Queen) and Monteverdi (L'Orfeo) he has been active. Not long ago he staged a theatrical production of Bach's St. John's Passion. Dirkjan Horringa works with the vocal ensembles Trajecti Voces, projectkoor Festina Lente Arnhem, the string orchestra WAKO Leeuwarden and the La Pellegrina ProjectOrkest. As a guest conductor he worked with the Czech vocal ensemble Vaganti, the Ukrainian vocal ensemble Musitchnyj Asamblej, the choir Confido Domino from Minsk, Belarus and ensemble Brevis from Vilnius, Lithuania. He has been a tutor in several summer schools in Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic. He is privately active as a singing tutor and vocal coach and teaches conducting. In 2016 the Czech Antonín Dvořák Association granted him an award for the promotion of Dvořák's music in the amateur music world.
Hanna Lindeijer (1986) studied recorder at the 'Hogeschool voor de Kunsten' in Utrecht with Heiko ter Schegget. In her last year of the bachelor's degree in recorder, which ended with the highest attainable result, she started learning to play the baroque oboe with Frank de Bruine.
From September 2009 Hanna studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. After studying with recorder player Sebastien Marq for a year, she continued her education with a master's degree in baroque oboe with Frank de Bruine. As part of this master's degree, she has conducted research into the making of historical reeds and mandrels in the 17th and 18th centuries.
During and after her studies she played with Holland Baroque, the Luthers Bach Ensemble, the Orchestra of the 18th century, Concerto D'amsterdam, Theresia Youth Baroque Orchestra (an Italian orchestra that focuses on early classical music), Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Concerto Copenhagen, Academy of Ancient Music and the Koelner Akademie. She is a regular first oboe with the Baroque orchestra Musica Amphion conducted by Pieter-Jan Belder and with Concerto D'Amsterdam.
Baroque violinist and violist Antoinette Lohmann has been active in a variety of musical areas. As a freelance player, Antoinette has performed and recorded with many orchestras and ensembles all over the world. Currently her repertoire extends from the early 17th to the 21st century, always performed from a historically informed perspective. She has a special interest in unusual instruments such as the viola d'amore, the violino piccolo and their repertoire. She also has a particular fascination with folk elements found in classical music.
In recent years Antoinette has focussed primarily on chamber music, with special emphasis on Dutch repertoire. She has recorded the complete sonatas for piano and violin by Joseph Martin Kraus and Margarethe Danzi, bassoon quartets by Franz Danzi and Krommer, chamber music works by Belle van Zuylen and 17th-century repertoire from the Netherlands.
Antoinette teaches principal study baroque violin and viola at the Utrechts Conservatorium and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She regularly teaches as a guest lecturer at conservatories throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.antoinettelohmann.nl
Since winning the prize for Best Individual Performer at the 1998 Van Wassenaer Competition for Early Music in Den Haag, Cassandra Luckhardt has established an international reputation as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher on both cello and viola da gamba. In performance, Cassandra has played and recorded as principal cello and gamba with The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Complesso Barocco, Apollo Ensemble and the King’s Consort. As a chamber musician, Cassandra is in equally high demand, demonstrating her flexibility as soloist with Musica ad Rhenum and La Suave Melodia. She has performed all over Europe as well as in China, Australia, Japan, Russia, Israel, the U.S. and throughout her adopted home of The Netherlands. In 2015, she was the gamba soloist in the highly-acclaimed performance by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Richard Egarr of the St. John Passion.
Cassandra's recording with Musica ad Rhenum of the Suites for viola da gamba as part of the complete chamber music of Francois Couperin has been highly acclaimed as “magnificent and indispensable” and “... a particular highlight.” Her recording of the Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba exhibits “a give and take full of playfulness, sensitivity, musicality and collegiality” as well as “a beautiful performance which leaves no wish unfulfilled.”
Cassandra received her Bachelor of Music and her Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1992 and her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory in 1994. She moved to Paris in 1994 to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique under the auspices of a Harriet Hale Woolley grant, awarded that year to only three other artists in the United States. In 1996, she received third prize at the Early Music Competition for Ensembles in Bruges and in 1999 won the Public Prize at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. In 2001, Cassandra finished her studies at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, graduating with degrees on both viola da gamba and baroque cello.
Cassandra plays a cello built by Sebastian Kloz, Mittenwald ca. 1760 and a gamba after Guillaume Barbey, Paris 1690 by John Pringle, USA 1987. She also plays an instrument awarded by the Nationaal Muziekinstrumentenfonds, a cello built by Roger Hargrave after Montagnana, 1736.
Bass Mitchell Sandler studied at the University of California at Berkeley, before singing for five years with the renowned vocal ensemble Chanticleer, with whom he made many recordings and TV and radio appearances. Moving to the Netherlands in 1989, he did a graduate specialisation in Baroque music at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague.
Mitchell is a soloist in oratorio and opera. Dutch composer Michel van der Aa wrote a role especially for him in his new opera 'Afterlife', a work commissioned by the Dutch Opera (DNO) and the Holland Festival. Mitchell was also heard as one of the Deputati Fiaminghi (Flemish deputies) in Don Carlo by Verdi, and in the opera Tea by Tan Dun.
On a recent CD of Handel's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo Mitchell sings the role of Polifemo; he sings Lucifero on Handel's La Resurrezione with Contrasto Armonico conducted by Marco Vitale.
With ensemble La Primavera he recorded the CD Dolci Sospiri: songs, duets and dance music of the 17th-century Neapolitan composer and lutenist Andrea Falconieri. In June 2015 Mitchell released a new CD of Handel's cantatas for solo bass with the ensemble Contrasto Armonico.
In addition to singing, Mitchell also composes and arranges. In 2013 the choir Voces Trajecti sang his Madrigals of Mirth and Melancholy,conducted by Dirkjan Horringa. Medusa, the University of Utrecht's women's choir, commissioned a work from Mitchell for their 25 year Jubilee concert in 2014.
Mitchell Sandler is a member of the Netherlands Radio Choir and the opera ensemble 'Pocket Opera' Since July 2016 he is also a certified Taijiquan instructor.
He loves to walk and cook. Together with his wife Anne Hodgkinson, he takes gastronomic walks such as "Boots and Bowtie" - www.bootsandbowtie.com
Edoardo Valorz is harpsichordist and organist. Born in Italy, he studied organ with Wijnand van de Pol.
After gymnasium he attended musicological courses and studied harpsichord with Patrizia Marisaldi in Vicenza (BA). He got the BA and MA degrees at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, as student of Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot for the harpsichord, and of Patrick Ayrton for the basso continuo.
As soloist and as continuo player he performed, on organ and on harpsichord, in several early music festivals (Utrecht Oude Muziek and Seoul Early Music Festival, Itineraire Baroque, Antiqua Festival among others), and with orchestras and ensembles, such as Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, PRJCT Amsterdam, Musica Temprana Dutch Baroque, Symphonie Atlantique, Northern Consort, Amsterdam Consort, Residentie Bach Ensemble and others. He played under the leading of conductors such as Ton Koopman, Christopher Hogwood, Bart Kuijken, Peter van Heygen and Alfredo Bernardini. He is co-founder of the ensemble l’Arco Sonoro on period instruments.
He is currently PhD student at Leiden University and Orpheus Instituut Gent. He is lecturer and teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. He recorded for Audioguy (KR), and SONY Classic (NL).