FABIO BONIZZONI, one of the leading Italian harpsichordists and organists of his generation, graduated in organ, organ composition and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague in Ton Koopman’s class.
After having played for several years with some of the most important orchestras specializing in early music (Amsterdam Baroque, Le Concert des Nations, Europa Galante), from 2004 he exclusively devotes himself to his activities as soloist and director, in particular of his own orchestra La Risonanza.
Furthermore, he is harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland) and in Italy at the Conservatory of Novara; he is founder and president of the Associazione Hendel, a society devoted to the studies of Handel’s music in Italy.
As a soloist he has been recording for many years for the Spanish label Glossa. His discography includes works by Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Salvatore, Giovanni Picchi, Francesco Geminiani, Bernardo Storace, Domenico Scarlatti and Johann Sebastian Bach (Goldberg Variations and the Art of Fugue). His latest release is devoted to the two books of toccatas of Girolamo Frescobaldi.
In 2010 he has completed with La Risonanza the project of recording the complete Italian Cantatas with instruments by G.F. Handel: this project has been defined by Gramophone magazine as the most important of the decade, and 3 of the 7 CDs have been awarded the prestigious Handel Stanley Sadie Prize. The last disc of this series, Apollo e Dafne , won a Gramophone Award in 2011.
His activity is also enriched by commitments as guest conductor: in recent times he has been invited by Capella Cracoviensis and Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra in Poland, by the Holland Bach Society in The Netherlands and by the Orchestra Barroca de Sevilla. Furthermore, he has conducted the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan in a new ballet called L’altro Casanova.
Since 2014 he is artistic director of Note Etiche, a festival focusing on links between music, ethics and finance, and, from 2016 he and his orchestra enjoy an artistic residence at Palazzina Liberty in their hometown Milan.
Stegmann proved one of the stars of the afternoon, especially with her superb performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto in C for soprano recorder which brought an added enthusiastic ovation after its virtuosic first movement. - Daily Telegraph, January 2016
ANNA STEGMANN is a passionate performerand teacher of early and contemporary recorder music. She has toured throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia with her own chamber music groups Ensemble Odyssee and The Royal Wind Music, and as a guest soloist with The New Dutch Academy, La Risonanza and other ensembles.
During the 2019-20 performing calendar Anna will be heard in several notable venues and festivals across Europe such as the Thüringer Bachwochen, Musikfestspiele Potsdam and the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. In the past she has appeared as well as a chamber musician and as a soloist at the Sydney Festival, Forum Cultural Guanajuato Mexico, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Boston Early Music Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Muziekgebouw aan 't Ij Amsterdam, Holland Festival, De Doelen Rotterdam, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Semana de Musica Religiosa de Cuenca, and others.
She is regularly invited to teach workshops and master classes throughout Europe, North America and Australia. In 2014 she joined the staff of the Royal Academy of Music in London where she teaches a recorder class alongside British recorder player Pamela Thorby. Since 2013 she is co-organising the Open Recorder Days Amsterdam (www.openrecorderdays.com); a biennale which has quickly grown into one of the biggest recorder events worldwide and brings together recorder amateurs and professionals alike from across the globe.
Born in Münster (Germany), she lives in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) where studied with Paul Leenhouts at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam after finishing her studies with Winfried Michel at the Musikhochschule Münster and the Musikakademie Kassel.
JOACHIM HELD is one of the foremost lute players of his generation. He captivates his audience with the refinement of his playing and moves the listener with expressing the different moods of the soul. In 2006 Joachim Held is the first lute player ever to receive the renowned German Echo - Klassik Award. This is in the category "Best soloist recording of the year" for his CD "Delightful Lute - Pleasure. Baroque Lute music from the lands of the Habsburgs", released by Hänssler Classic.
Joachim Held was born in Hamburg in 1963 and studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a student of Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith. Following the graduation with a "Diploma of Period Music" in 1988 he completed his studies under Jürgen Hübscher at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with a "Künstlerische Abschlussprüfung".
In 1990 the second prize at the Concours Musica Antiqua of the Flandern Festival in Brügge marked the beginning of his international concert career. Since 1992 he has regularly appeared with world famous orchestras including Il Giardino Armonico (amongst others on their Vivaldi recording with Cecialia Bartoli for Decca), the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Concentus Musicus and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Amongst the conductors he has worked are Giovanni Antonini, Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Under Harnoncourt he also participated in the production of Herny Purcell's "King Arthur" at the Salzburg Festival 2004. As a soloist Joachim Held appeared amongst others at the Musikfestival Potsdam-Sanssouci, the International Bach Festival Schaffhausen, the Schwetzinger Festival, the Düsseldorfer Bachtagen, the Bachtage Köthen, the Concerti a San Maurizio in Milan, the Early Music Forum Budapest, the concert series "Hausmusik" of the ORF Vienna, the Lute Society London, the Güldenen Herbst" in Thüringen and the Handel Festival in Halle at the river Saale.
Joachim Held's recordings show a lute player who combines technical perfection with an extraordinary power of imagination. "He deploys those distinctive stylistic traits that are the lifeblood of this music with the utmost taste" (American International Record Review, April 2006). In 1996 his first Solo-CD, "I grandi liutisti milanesi del Cinquecento", was released on the Symphonia label. His second CD with german works of the first part of the sixteenth century was released by the ORF Vienna in 2004. Here the artist gives life to an almost forgotten repertoire which is full of wonderful masterpieces.
Since 2005 Joachim Held's recordings are released world-wide by Hänssler Classic. The same year the CD "Lute Music of the Renaissance - The Schele Manuskript Hamburg 1619" was co-produced with the Swiss Radio DRS2.
In June 2006, his discographical journey to the most beautiful lute compositons continued to Germany. "German lute music of the Baroque" and with “Delightful Lute pleasure” to the Hbsburg Empire. In 2007 Italy ("Che Soávita") and in 2008 France ("Musique pour le Roi") was reached. In 2010 England ("Merry Melancholy") was the theme. In 2013 he released a CD with Lute works by Johann Sebastian Bach, again for Hänssler classic. In 2017 his new CD with works by Silvius Leopold Weiss is released.
Joachim Held is Professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and at the University of Arts in Bremen.
Highly praised for her freedom of expression and exciting yet tasteful interpretations, baroque cellist AGNIESZKA OSZANCA, is one of the most accomplished Polish baroque musicians of her generation.
She studied historical cellos with Viola de Hoog in Utrecht Conservatoire, specializing in performance of solo and chamber music repertoire from early baroque to late romantic period.
After her studies she was awarded scholarship by the foundation Academia Montis Regalis and joined its orchestral training scheme, where she had a pleasure to lead basso continuo section. She was a finalist of the International Young Artist Presentations and a recipient of the Second Prize at Mannheimer Musikfest.
She performs regularly with European orchestras and chamber music ensembles, playing in the most important concert venues and Early Music festivals. Her present professional engagements include regular appearances in the role of principal cello with Ensemble Odyssee (NL), Ensemble Stile Galante (IT/NL) and guest principal cello with Capella Cracoviensis (PL). She occasionally collaborates with Fabio Bonizzoni`s La Risonanza (IT). She subsequently appears as a soloist in sonata as well as concerto repertoire (focusing on the compositions from the high baroque period) and Bach unaccompanied cello suites. She forms duos with brilliant harpsichordists Patrycja Domagalska (PL) and Fabio Bonizzoni (IT). In the coming season she will collaborate with an Italian dancer Francesca La Cava on a project featuring music for violoncello solo by Bach and Biber.
Agnieszka has recorded for Decca, Sony, Glossa, Alpha, Pan Classics and Globe.
Her solo recording of 6 cello sonatas of Salvatore Lanzetti's Opus 1 will be published by Challenge Records in May 2019. A year later the following 6 sonatas will be recorded, completing the Opus 1 collection.
The upcoming months' engagements include recordings with Ensemble Odyssee and Stile Galante with Ann Hallenberg, an Italian tour of Bach recitals, European tour promoting the Lanzetti recording, and solo appearances during Early Music Festival in Utrecht, Bach Festival in Swidnica, Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord and more.
Agnieszka plays on the copy of baroque cello made for her by Jan Bobak in 2017.
She teaches baroque cello and chamber music at La Risonanza Barocca International Summer Academy.
In her spare time she loves to experiment in the kitchen and to get lost in the mountains.
Founded by Fabio Bonizzoni in 1995 as a vocal and instrumental group, LA RISONANZA is now a chamber orchestra on period instruments. It has a flexible instrumentation depending upon the repertoire performed and it occasionally collaborates with guest choirs for performances of larger works. The ensemble particularly focuses its attention on Italian style music composed between the end of the 17th and the first half of the 18th Century.
La Risonanza’s recording career started in 1996 with a CD completely devoted to Girolamo Frescobaldi. Subsequently it produced CDs with the “Missa Non sine quare” of Johann Caspar Kerll (awarded “CHOC” by Le Monde de la Musique), Barbara Strozzi and Luigi Rossi cantatas, Giuseppe Sammartini, Michel Corrette and Franz Joseph Haydn organ concertos.
Since 2002 La Risonanza has been recording for the Spanish label Glossa, and with that label it completed the recording of all Handel’s Italian cantatas with instruments in 2009. The first CD devoted to this project and dedicated to the “Cantate per il Cardinal Pamphili” was awarded the “Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize 2007”, an international award for the best Handel recording of the year. The 5 th volume, “Clori, Tirsi e Fileno”, and the 7 th volume, “Apollo e Dafne”, were also awarded this same prize in 2010 and 2011. “Apollo e Dafne” also won the prestigious Gramophone Award 2011. In October 2016 La Risonanza released the CD “Dido and Aeneas” as a fruit of the
new collaboration with the Amsterdam based label Challenge Classics.
The group regularly performs in all major European venues and festivals, including Festival of Utrecht and Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Festival of Cuenca and Madrid’s Auditorio, Händel Festspiele Halle, Concertgebouw Brugge, Società del Quartetto of Milan and MITO, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and GOG Society in Genoa. La Risonanza is “Orchestra in residence” at the festival of Saint Michel en Thiérache
and, since 2016, at the Palazzina Liberty of Milan. La Risonanza is supported in France by the Conseil général de l'Aisne and the Ministry
of Culture and Communication and, in Italy, by the City of Milan. It has also frequently received funds from Fondazione Cariplo.