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Lisandro Abadie

Lisandro Abadie was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he took his first singing lessons with Sergio Pelacani. Later in Switzerland he obtained his singing diplomas at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and Musikhochschule Luzern.

Benoît Arnoult

Having begun voice training at the conservatory in Metz, Benoit Arnould continued his studies with Christiane Stutzmann at the conservatory in Nancy, graduating in 2007 with a gold medal and special distinction for achievements in the area of art song; he also holds a degree from the Sorbonne (licence in musicology).

Arte dei Suonatori

Arte dei Suonatori, a Baroque orchestra formed in Poznań (Poland) in 1993 by violinists Ewa and Aureliusz Goliński, is one of the most recognisable Polish ensembles on the international music scene. Their repertoire exceeds 600 compositions representing a wide range of styles and forms of 17th- and 18th-century music, as well as contemporary pieces.

Cyril Auvity

Graduated in Physics at Lille’s University, Cyril Auvity completed his musical studies at the conservatory in Lille in 1999, and won the International singing contest in Clermont-Ferrand the same year.

Matthieu Boutineau

Matthieu Boutineau, born in Deux-Sèvres, discovered organs thanks to Olivier Vernet and Francois Jacob, harpsichord thanks to Blandine Verlet, Olivier Houette, Aline Zylberajch, Olivier Baumont, Jano Willem Jansen and early music thanks to Jean Maillet.

Geoffroy Buffière

Geoffroy Buffière studied historical vocal performance at the Paris Conservatory in Howard Crook’s studio, and has participated in master classes with, among others, such artist-teachers as Christophe Rousset, Jérôme Corréas and Alain Buet. His extensive repertoire encompasses works from medieval and Renaissance polyphony to contemporary pieces.

Victoire Bunel

Recognised for her musicality and rich vocal timbre, Victoire Bunel was the highest-ranked student upon admission to the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) in 2013, where she now studies in the class of Valérie Guillorit.

Deborah Cachet

Belgian soprano Deborah Cachet has been a laureate of many vocal competitions – she won the main prize at the Froville International Baroque Singing Competition (2015), as well as the main prize and the audience award at the New Tenuto competition (2013). She also reached the semi-final stage of the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (Innsbruck, 2015).

Capella Cracoviensis

Capella Cracoviensis is an ensemble and choir – and one of the most interesting phenomena on the classical music scene. Its repertoire ranges from Renaissance polyphony to Romantic operas and is performed on period instruments using historical performance techniques. Thanks to the consistent support of the City of Krakow Capella Cracoviensis may implement its artistic ideas in an uncompromising way and achieve the highest artistic level.

Capriccio Stravagante

Founded in 1986 by harpsichordist Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante is a unique example of an instrumental ensemble performing Renaissance and Baroque music, which transforms into a triptych, presenting various repertoire from the very rich musical period - the years 1500 - 1750: Capriccio Stravagante, Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra and Capriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons.

Marie-Claude Chappuis

It is above all a serene and unconditional commitment to music which secures Marie-Claude Chappuis’ position as a unique artist and, for several years now, artistic director of her own Lied festival. Her dedication and achievements in performing the music of composers from Baroque to Mozart has earned her continuing international praise, e.g.: Diapason, Armide (Lully), Nancy, 2015: „her mere appearance on stage, intensely sensitive and dignified, and her careful and refined attention to the text, are enough to evoke the poetry in Lully’s work.“

Julien Chauvin

Julien Chauvin, winner of the Prix du Concours Général de Paris in 1997, studied violin with Vera Beths at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague and period instrument interpretation in Baroque and Classical music with Wilbert Hazelzet, Jaap Ter Linden and Anner Bylsma.

Sean Clayton

A versatile tenor equally at home on both the opera and concert stages, Sean has performed all over the world including Opera Garnier, Opera Comique and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Opera National de Bordeaux, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Marinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Lincoln Centre in New York, Radialsystem V in Berlin, the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms and the Barbican in London.

Davy Cornillot

After his studies at the CRR in Rennes and receiving a diploma of Music Studies in singing, piano and composing, Davy Cornillot also graduated from Masters programme in singing at the CNSMD in Lyon, where he studied under Brian Parsons and Françoise Pollet.

Clément Debieuvre

Clément Debieuvre (born in 1992) is a tenor/countertenor who graduated from the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, mastering the art of singing during workshops led by Benjamin Perrot, Hélène Dufour and John Skippen, as well as master classes conducted by Maarten Koningsberger, Yves Sotin, Christine Schweitzer and Gilles Ragon.

Michał Dembiński

Michał Dembiński was born in 1988 in Tarnow. He studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw, in the singing class of professor Włodzimierz Zalewski. Since he was eight years old, Michał has been associated with Tarnow’s Pueri Cantores Tarnovienses cathedral choir, under the direction of Rev. Prof. Andrzej Zając. For three years Michał Dembiński was the member of Society for Supporting Theatre Initiatives, as an actor, scriptwriter and co-author of several performances, both for children and adults.

Vincent Dumestre

Vincent Dumestre is the founder and artistic director of Le Poème Harmonique, with which he explores the vocal and instrumental repertoire of the 17th and early 18th centuries. With this faithful team of artists, Dumestre also seeks to revive the performing arts of the Baroque period, thereby favouring interaction between music and other artistic disciplines – opera, dance, and theatre in many of his projects.

Ensemble Athenais

Ensemble Athenais is a group of soloists trained under the tutelage of Laurence Pottier. French singers tour with well-known opera works, constantly developing their skills, with the participation of the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique). During this year's Misteria Paschalia Festival the team will be represented by three finest singers.

Ensemble Matheus

Initially active as Quatuor Matheus, the group presently numbers among the most outstanding orchestral ensembles whose repertoire includes works from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The musicians play both historical and modern instruments.

Ensemble Pygmalion

Pygmalion was founded in 2006 at the European Bach Festival as the combination of a choir and an orchestra bringing of young musicians together with experience in the performance of period instruments music. Its repertoire is mainly dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach’s and Jean­‐Philippe Rameau’s music. However, Pygmalion performs baroque music as well as contemporary works.

Marcus Farnsworth

Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

Piotr Gałek

Piotr Gałek has graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Music School in Rzeszow, in the piano class. At present he is studying at the Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wroclaw, at the Faculty of Music Education, Choral Studies and Sacred Music.

Serge Goubioud

Serge Goubioud discovered singing thanks to Paul Colléaux at the Ensemble Vocal de Nantes. He performs as a soloist with the best conductors specialising in the European Baroque music, such as William Christie, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Ton Koopmann, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Hervé Niquet, Christophe Rousset, Vincent Dumestre.

Jean-Marc Goujon

As an eclectic musician, Jean-Marc Goujon develops his music based on his deep understanding of the musical phrase.

Philippe Grisvard

Philippe Grisvard was born in Nancy in 1980. There he studied piano and oboe before entering the harpsichord class of Anne-Catherine Bücher. In 1999 he got into the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he studied harpsichord and basso continuo with Jesper Christensen, and pianoforte with Edoardo Torbianelli.

Robin Johannsen

American soprano Robin Johannsen came to Europe as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and joined the company soon after as a soloist. Her roles there included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), and Soeur Constance (Les dialogues des Carmélites). After two more years with Oper Leipzig (Gretel, Marzelline, Blonde, Susanna, and Pamina), she began her freelance career in 2008 with a special affinity for the baroque and classical repertoires.

Victoria Jung

The 23-year old Victoria Jung studied violin for 10 years at the Ensemble Vocal du Conservatoire de Sarreguemines in Moselle, which she graduated with honours.

Sophie Junker

Belgian soprano Sophie Junker studied at the IMEP (Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie) in Namur, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Sophie is a Samling Scholar and winner of the 2010 London Handel Competition and the 2012 International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti.

Alexis Kossenko

"Alexis Kossenko is a multi-skilled young genius whose career will take him where he wills. (…) Few conductors are so compelling to watch, whether by his players or we listeners, but there is no 'showing off' to impress an audience. "

Benjamin Lazar

Director and actor. Studied declamation and baroque theatrical gesticulation under Eugène Green. He completed an acting course at Claude Mathieu’s school. Simultaneously, he studied violin and singing. At the beginning of his career, he directed plays by Pierre Corneille, Robert Garnier, Federico Garcia Lorca, Molière, Heiner Müller and worked as an assistant to Michel Didym in Comédie-Française and Théâtre de la Ville. During the same period, he performed in spectacles of such ensembles as Amadis, La Simphonie du Marais and Le Poème Harmonique.

Le Concert de la Loge

In January 2015, the violinist Julien Chauvin founded a new period-instrument orchestra with the ambition of reviving a famous eighteenth-century orchestra, the Concert de la Loge.

Le Poème Harmonique

Formed in 1998, Le Poème Harmonique is a group of soloists, gathered around its artistic director Vincent Dumestre. Its artistic activity, centred on vocal and instrumental music of the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, is regularly enriched by interaction with other disciplines. This, together with real teamwork – working together as a company – is Le Poème Harmonique’s hallmark in Baroque performance today.

Le Taylor Consort

Le Taylor Consort was created as a result of a meeting of four young musicians, who wanted to draw upon the rich and fascinating repertoire of trio sonatas for two violins. The ensemble also expands its circle of interests with French vocal repertoire of the 17th and the 18th centuries, as well as classical chamber music with pianoforte.

David DQ Lee

Born in Korea. In 2006 he began his career from a breathtaking win in the prestigious Francisco Pinas International Voice Competition in Barcelona, where he also won the award for the best performer of songs and oratorios and the best countertenor. Lee is also a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition and Rose Poncelle International Voice Competition.

Claire Lefilliâtre

Claire Lefilliâtre is a French soprano vocalist affiliated with Vincent Dumestre's award-winning Le Poème Harmonique, a musical ensemble specializing in music of the Baroque era. Among the many Poème Harmonique releases on the classical label Alpha, Lefilliâtre is featured on L'Humaine Comédie (1999), Aux Marches du Palais (2001), Lamentations (2000), Il Fásolo? (2001), Le Consert des Consorts (2001), Nova Metamorfosi (2003), Tenebrae (2002), Je Meurs Sans Mourir (2003), Plaisir d'Amour (2004), Carnets de Voyages (2005), and Cadmus & Hermione (2008).

Julia Lezhneva

Julia Lezhneva is one of the leading artists of her generation. The young Russian soprano with the voice of ”angelic beauty” (The New York Times), “pure tone” (Opernwelt) & “flawless technique” (Guardian) brings “unforgettable spiritual expression” & “perfect artistry” (Guardian) performing worldwide.

Marcin Liwień

Marcin Liwień - countertenor, completed his master’s degree at the Faculty of Vocals of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He also participated in masterclasses conducted by Paul Esswood, Michael Chanse, Artur Stefanowicz, Marek Rzepka and Ala Simoni. He also received his master’s degree in biotechnology from the Warmia and Masuria University in Olsztyn.

Jean-François Lombard

Born into a family of musicians, Jean-François Lombard sung on stage for the first time when he was just ten years old, in Puccini’s Tosca at the Rouen Opéra. His desire to pursue professional career in the world of art naturally led him to join the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Rouen, where he took part in singing classes and learnt music theory and history of music. Fascinated by early music, he continued his career at the Maîtrise du Centre de Musique Baroque at Versailles.

Joanne Lunn

Joanne’s operatic engagements have included her ENO debut in Steven Pimlott’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Harry Christophers, the role of Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Venice conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and directed by David Pountney, a tour of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Spain and semi staged productions of Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Paris and for the Beijing International Music Festival (directed by Sir JonathanMiller).

Andrzej Marusiak

Tenor, graduated from the violin class of the State Music School in Łomża. In 2009 he graduated with honours from the conducting class of Prof. Katarzyna Sokołowska, PhD, at the Faculty of Choral Conducting, Music Education, Church Music, Rhythm and Dance of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and in 2012 he also graduated with honours from the solo singing class of Robert Cieśla, PhD, at the Faculty of Vocals of the same university.

Eduarda Melo

Recently awarded second prize in the International Singing Competition of Toulouse, Eduarda Melo has been developing her career mainly between France and Portugal. After graduating from Porto’s Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) and a remarkable period at the Opera Studio of Casa da Música, Eduarda launches herself on an international career that begins with her joining the prestigious cast CNIPAL in Marseille.


The first presentation of the chorus in its current complement took place in Perm in 2011. The repertoire of the chorus, essentially performed in the authentic manner, embraces different styles and historical periods. The concert programmes of the ensemble include the works of foreign Baroque composers, the masterpieces of the Russian choral music of the 18th — 20th centuries and contemporary pieces.

Sébastien Obrecht

Sébastien Obrecht’s original musical career was as a cellist with leading ensembles, but he then decided to pursue a career as a tenor in opera. He debuted in Paul McCreesh’s rendition of Handel’s Mathan in Athalia oratorio. The production by the Académie d'Ambronay was broadcast in radio programme “Musiques au Coeur”, and his performance by praised by critics.

Laurence Paugam

Laurence Paugam is one of the main musicians of the Ensemble Matheus. She was the one, who along with her friends from Quator Matheus (violinists Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Françoise Paugam, as well as bassist Thierry Runarvot) created this ensemble with a varying geometry, which works equally great as a chamber ensemble, as well as the symphony orchestra. Since 1996, the Ensemble Matheus has been residing in Quartz de Brest, a region that is loved by the musicians.

Anthea Pichanick

Anthea Pichanick started her musical education as a violinist at the age of 8, at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music. Some years later, she received her diploma in violin, chamber music and music education. As a lover of opera singing, she then moved to Lyon to continue her education, where she studied musicology at the University of Lyon, as well as opera singing at the ENM in Villeurbane under Catherine Maerten.

Raphaël Pichon

Born in 1984, Raphaël Pichon started his musical life in the children’s choir of the Petits Chanteurs of Versailles, before studying singing, violin and piano at the Conservatoire de Rayonnement Régional and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Starting out as a young countertenor, his career led him to sing under the direction of Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt and Ton Koopman, but also Geoffroy Jourdain with whom he initiated work on contemporary creation.

Helena Poczykowska

She specializes in both early and contemporary music. Her repertoire comprises the most important oratorios and masses by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart, J. Haydn and a large number of 17th and 18th century opera parts.

Vitaly Polonsky

Vitaly Polonsky is the Principal Chorus Master of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre as well as of the musicAeterna chamber choir. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Glinka State Conservatory. He was Chorus Master-Producer in several productions of the Perm Opera, including operas by Mozart, Purcell, Kourliandsky, Offenbach, and Borodin.

Hugues Primard

After studying and graduating from musicology studies, obtaining his Master’s degree at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours in the class of Jean Pierre Ouvrard and DFE in saxophone, the artist moved on to win the first prize in Alain Buet’s vocal class. Currently the artist collaborates with Sophie Toussaint.

Alix Rousselet

Alix Rousselet was born on the 3rd of October 1990 in a music family (her father is a jazz drummer). She started learning violin at the age of 6 at the Avignon Conservatory of Music in the class of Chantale Rodier.

Alexandra Rubner

Alexandra Rübner was born in 1977 in Warsaw. She is an actress, director and opera singer. Her career started with Baroque theatre, when she became an assistant to Eugène Green, and collaborated with artists such as Vincent Dumestre and Benjamin Lazar and played two roles in the comedy-ballet The Middle-Class Gentleman, presented since 2005 in France and abroad. Her interpretation was considered to be outstanding.

Skip Sempé

The little bit of accent, which Skip Sempe preserved from his American descent - since New Orleans taught him freedom very early in his life - in no way disparages his honourable position in France, where he moved after his stay in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt. The presence and the teachings of the master, whom he still remembers fondly, made him one of the bold and involved explorers of the known and unknown Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, which inspires the current and upcoming generations.

Victor Sicard

The baritone Victor Sicard was born in La Rochelle, France, in 1987. He arrived in London in 2007 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Professor David Pollard, his current teacher. In 2010 he obtained a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music, being awarded the Concert Recital Prize and a Masters with Distinction. He continued his studies at the GSMD taking the Opera Course.

Sebastian Szumski

Born in 1984 in Zakopane, Sebastian Szumski has been linked with singing since the age of 9. Between 1995 and 2005, he was a singer of the Boys’ and Men’s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic. With this ensemble, he played concerts in Poland and abroad, performing on the most prominent stages and music festivals.

Jean-Christophe Spinosi

This violinist and conductor, whose career is taking off with bravado, comes from Corsica, and his second home is Brittany. He leads Ensemble Matheus, which he founded. Recently, the ensemble's repertoire expanded into 20th-century music.

Dagmar Šašková

Dagmar Šašková was born in Rakovník, Czech Republic, in 1978. She began her musical studies with Ludmila Kotnauerová at the Western Bohemian University in Pilsen (2003 graduate). In 2002, she was awarded Second Prize at the Leoš Janáček International Competition in Brno and the Bohuslav Martinů Special Award for her singing. She continued at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (Marta Beňačková class, 2006).

Kenneth Tarver

Kenneth Tarver is considered to be one of the outstanding belcanto tenore-di-grazia of his generation, acknowledged for his beauty of tone, virtuosic technique, extensive and even vocal range, coupled with an attractive and elegant stage presence.

Justin Taylor

When he was only twenty-three years old, the young French-American musician Justin Taylor won First Prize at the Musica Antiqua International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, Belgium. He also received the Audience Prize, the Alpha Prize (for a recording under this prestigious label), and the European Union Baroque Orchestra Developing Trust Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young European baroque musician.

Jeffrey Thompson

Superb, world-renowned American tenor Jeffrey Thompson resides permanently in France. He studied at Cincinnati Conservatory in the studio of William McGrew, and is a winner of the Belgian Concours International de Chant Baroque de Chimay.

Robin Trischler

Acclaimed for his "radiantly lyrical" voice, Robin Tritschler has appeared in concert with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Danish Radio, Radio France, and the London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras; with conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Yutaka Sado, Philippe Herreweghe and Kirill Karabits. He was a BBC New Generation Artist.

Léa Trommenschlager

Léa Trommenschlager received her diploma at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg from the class of Henrik Siffert and Françoise Kubler, she also studied at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin under Norma Sharp. In 2011 the artist graduated from the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Axelle Verner

Axelle Verner, dancer, designer and a person with many interests draws upon many arts in her singing. After her musical studies, she joined the Adult Choir as part of the Maîtrise de Notre Dame de Paris, where she studied various musical forms, including early music. After perfecting the art of medieval music and rediscovering the secrets of breathing techniques and beautiful vocal line she joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse in Lyon.

Mathias Vidal

Mathias Vidal graduated in Musicology from the University of Nice. He studied singing with teacher Christiane Patard and graduated from the Paris National Conservatoire in 2003. He was awarded the title of “révélation classique” from the ADAMI in 2007. His repertoire includes Italian bel-canto roles such as Ernesto from Don Pasquale (Lisbon), Elvino from La Sonnambula (Bolshoï in Moscow), Almaviva from Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Saint-Céré) and Ramiro from La Cenerentola (Gut-Immling).

Dominique Visse

French countertenor Dominique Visse has participated in the early music revival in France since its inception. Although he became a chorister at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris at the age of 13, he pursued studies on organ and flute at the Versailles Conservatory.

Emmanuel Vistorky

Emmanuel Vistorky started studying singing at the National School of Music in Epinal at the age of 15. After obtaining the first prize, he joined the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris, specializing in Early Music repertoire. He concluded his training with Fosako Kondo in lyric singing at the Paris Conservatory.

Caroline Weynants

Caroline Weynants studied singing (in Greta de Reyghere’s class) and chamber music (under Jean-Pierre Peuvion) at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, Belgium. She had the opportunity to learn both contemporary repertoire, as well as early music.

Marta Wróblewska

Marta Wróblewska has been leading a busy concert life as a soloist, with concerts in the country and abroad (Andorra, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Lithuania, Belarus). She sang alongside artists such as Kevin Kenner, Andrew Parrott, Vincent Dumestre, Simon Standage, Marek Toporowski, Agata Sapiecha and Lilianna Stawarz. Moreover, her repertoire comprises around some 80 cantatas and oratorios, art songs and operatic roles. She also took part in many premieres and first performances.

Eva Zaïcik

Eva Zaïcik - the opera disovery of the ADAMI 2016 - graduated with a Masters diploma in singing from the Conservatoire de Paris after her studies in the class of Elène Golgevit, where she honed her skills under the watchful eye of masters such as Anne Le Bozec, Susan Manoff, Olivier Reboul, Margreet Hönig, Janina Baechle, Kenneth Weiss.

Andrzej Zawisza

Andrzej Zawisza graduated with honours from the harpsichord class of Prof. Magdalena Myczka at the Academy of Music in Krakow. Later, he moved on to also complete postgraduate harpsichord studies in the class of Prof. Elżbieta Stefańska. In 2003-2005 he studied harpsichord with James Johnstone and singing with Andrew Watts at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, which he graduated with the Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance (PgDip) and Master of Music Degree (MMus) with honours. He also honed his vocal skills under Mhairi Lawson and Dame Emmy Kirkby.

Anna Zawisza

Anna completed the Music High School in Tarnów, Poland, taking majors in double bass and classical singing. Further on, she graduated with honours from the Voice and Drama Faculty at the Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2004, she was a holder of the scholarship granted by the Polish Ministry of Culture.

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