Edin Karamazov guitar | lute
Edin Karamazov's thrilling virtuoso performances on the lute and guitar have garnered rave reviews and unprecedented critical acclaim in Europe and America. As a soloist he has performed and recorded with leading international early music ensembles and artists including the Hilliard Ensemble, Hesperion XX, Andreas Scholl as well as Sting.
A consummate interpreter and master technician on numerous early and contemporary stringed instruments and outstanding recital artist Edin Karamazov has appeared at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Vienna, Herkulessaal Munich as well as at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Mosel, Lower Saxony, Istanbul Bach, Espinho, among others.
Edin Karamazov plays several plucked instruments of various cultures and epoches and remains committed to exploring the use of lutes in modern music and contemporary improvisational contexts. In addition to his solo career he enjoys accompanying singers and instrumentalists in different styles and backgrounds.
His discography includes the CDs Come heavy sleep with works by Britten and Bach (alpha records),
XXI (Contemporary Music for Solo Lute) (Lumaudis), The Lute is a Song (auch Arien with Andreas Scholl. Renée Fleming and Sting) (Decca), Songs From the Labyrinth with Sting (Deutsche Grammophon), Wayfaring Stranger – Folksongs as well as A Musical Banquet (Lutesongs) with Andreas Scholl (Decca), Reminiscences for guitar and string quartet, Mosaiques for guitar and violin with Stefan Milenkovich (Lumaudis) as well as Seance for guitar, lute and violoncello with Boris Andrianov (Lumaudis).
Protegé of Sergiu Celibidache, Edin Karamazov began his musical career with the classical guitar and was awarded First Prizes at four guitar competitions. He continued his studies of the Baroque Lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis.
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Dorothee Oberlinger recorder
Dorothee Oberlinger is one of the most amazing discoveries of recent years, an expressive virtuoso who received numerous awards while still quite young. Today she is seen as one of the best recorder-players in the world. Her concerts have been received with enthusiasm by critics and audiences alike, earning her unanimous acclaim. Her CDs are regularly fêted as the best new issues on the market.
Dorothee Oberlinger has given solo recitals at festivals all over Europe, in America and Japan, for example at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Settimane Musicale Stresa, the Nederlandse Oude-Musik-Network, the Festival de Musica Antigua Sajazarra, Warsaw Beethoven Festival, Europäische Musikfestwochen Passau, Rheingau Musikfestival, Tage der Alten Musik Regensburg and MDR Musiksommer. Other venues in which she has played include the Wigmore Hall in London, Köln Philharmonie, National Philharmonic Hall Warsaw, Marianischer Saal in Lucerne and Rosée Theater in Fuji.
She has been the guest soloist with leading international Baroque ensembles such as London Baroque and Musica Antiqua Köln directed by Reinhard Goebel, and she also plays regularly with modern symphony orchestras such as the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the Detmolder Kammerorchester.
Dorothee Oberlinger collaborates particularly intensively with the top Italian ensemble "Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca", with whom she has given many concerts throughout Europe. Their joint CD of concertos by Antonio Vivaldi has received numerous awards from the international musical press.
She directs her own "Ensemble 1700", which she formed in 2003. Together they have realized a wide variety of projects relating to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
In 2004 Dorothee Oberlinger was appointed professor at the renowned Mozarteum academy in Salzburg. From 2019 she is intendant of the Musikfestspiele Potsdam.
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Nuria Rial soprano
Nuria Rial studied voice and piano in her native Catalonia and was a member of Kurt Widmer's class at the Basel Academy of Music. In 2003, she was awarded the »Preis der Helvetia Patria Jeunesse Stiftung« by the Pro Europa – for her exceptional achievements as a singer. She has performed at all the leading music festivals in Europe and collaborates with conductors such as Ivan Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul Goodwin, Trevor Pinnock, Teodor Currentzis, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Thomas Hengelbrock and Laurence Cummings as well as notable ensembles, including Concerto Köln, The English Concert, Kammerorchester Basel, Collegium 1704, Il Giardino armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Elbipolis Barockorchester, Accademia del Piacere and La Cetra Basel.
She appeared in important operatic productions in many of Europe's most prestigious opera houses: Cavalli's Eliogabalo (Eritea) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels under René Jacobs; Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Euridice) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin with René Jacobs and at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva with Giovanni Antonini; and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) at the Theatre Carlo Felice in Genova.
Nuria Rial has been working a lot with Baroque music and performance practice. Alongside she is also interested in other genres. As she is so inspired of chamber music, Nuria Rial looks after partnerships with ensembles such as il pomo d’oro, Café Zimmermann or the Nash Ensemble. In her recital programs she sings French and Spanish repertoire, but also German songs.
Nuria Rial enjoys a vast discography, having recorded for such labels as Harmonia Mundi France (award-winning recording of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by René Jacobs or recently Traces to Anna Magdalena Bach). Since 2009, she has an exclusive recording agreement with Sony Classical / BMG Masterworks. She has received numerous awards, most recently the Opus Klassik for the CD »Händel goes wild« with Valer Sabadus and L’Arpeggiata.
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