Salomé Gasselin is a young viol player from France. She holds the second prize from the 2018 international viola da gamba competition in Köthen, Germany; she has previously received several prizes in duo with Justin Taylor and with the Goldfinch Ensemble.

After hesitating between careers as a rugby player, an illustrator, and a geneticist, Salomé was accepted to the CNSMD de Lyon where she studied with Marianne Muller. Her playing has since been formed at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of The Hague with Philippe Pierlot, Mieneke van der Velden and later at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Vittorio Ghielmi.

Alongside her musical studies, Salomé studied modern literature at the University of Paris X. Early in her career, Salomé joined many of the leading ensembles of her generation: she plays with Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), A Nocte temporis (Reinoud van Mechelen), Capriccio Stravagante (Skip Sempé), Les Inventions (Patrick Ayrton), Ratas del viejo mundo (Floris de Rycker) and les musiciens de Saint Julien (François Lazarevitch). In the past two years, she has taken part in recordings for the labels Alpha, Mirare and Naïve. Her playing has been heard at many festivals across Europe and the United States (including at Bozar Brussels, Saintes, Ambronay, Sablé, Oudemuziek Utrecht, Christmas Festival York, MA Festival Bruges, LAUS, Aix en Provence, Versailles Spectacles, Amherst Early Music USA…).

Salomé often works with contemporary composers and playwrights, and has taught at the Nantes Conservatoire. Currently she is particularly interested in the rediscovery of 17th century French consort music and the art of marquetery woodlay on music instruments.

André Lislevand was born in Verona in 1993. Son of art, throughout his childhood the music takes a significant position for his culture and growth. Not only the ancient repertoire will be present in his musical education: he will be fascinated by the pizzicato and “electric” strings of his parents, both guitarists and lutists, interpreting baroque and popular music, who led the young man to discover and perform with the electric guitar in “rock” circles in Northern Italy.

At the age of 11 he began studying the viola da gamba with Alberto Rasi at the Conservatorio “E.F. Dall’Abaco” in Verona, where he had the opportunity to discover the gamba repertoire and at the age of 16 he began to collaborate with various in Europe renown ensembles, performing in festivals and concerts in Europe, among the most significant and famous, the participation in the Baroque Orchestra of Villa Contarini conducted by Roy Goodman and Alfredo Bernardini, the Verona Baroque Orchestra conducted by Alberto Rasi and Trondheim Barokk conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken. In 2014 he ended his experience with Alberto Rasi, obtaining the diploma with the highest notes and a special mention.

In 2013 he began studying with Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In those he played with La Cetra Barockorchester, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Münchner Philarmoniker, The Norwegian Soloist Choir, Ensemble Mare Nostrum, Trondheim Barokk, Roman Concerto, Harmonic Tribute Consort, conducted by artistic personalities such as Andrea Marcon, Paul Mccreesh, Lorenz Duftschmid, Emma Kirkby, Jakob Lindberg, Marco Ambrosini, Atle Sponberg, Gjermund Larsen, Anton Steck, Hiro Kurosaki, Jan Van Elsacker, Grete Pedersen, Alberto Rasi, Alessandro Quarta.

Major festivals and concert halls include Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Gasteig Munchen Philarmonie, Tonhalle Zürich, Göttingen Handel-Festspiele, Styriarte Festspiele, Ambronay Festival, Festtage Alte Musik Basel, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Wunderkammer Festival Trieste, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Trondheim Barokkfest.

In 2015 he obtained the Bachelor of Music and Arts Diploma and in 2017 the Master of Music and Arts Diploma at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

In 2017 he was admitted to the Post-Graduate class of Vittorio Ghielmi at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, with which he studied for the next two years.

María Barajas is a young viola da gamba player originally from Madrid, Spain.

She started studying viola da gamba and cello simultaneously when she was seven years old but it was four years ago when she decided to devote her career to viola da gamba entirely. She studied with Sara Ruiz in Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo (2016 – 2019) complementing her studies with an Erasmus program in Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with Mieneke Van der Velden and Philippe Pierlot. In addition to, she has also received viola da gamba masterclasses from professors of the stature of Marianne Muller, Guido Balestrocci, Christoph Urbanetz, Imke David or Vittorio Ghielmi, and chamber music from professors like Richard Eggar, Ashley Solomon, Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark, among others.

In 2014 she won the award “Premio extraordinario de la Comunidad de Madrid” which gave her the chance to play as solist in “Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid”.

María has played with music ensembles like “Nereydas” (2014), “Ars Combinatoria” (2015), “Orquesta Barroca Vigo 430” (2018), “Metamorphosis Ensemble” (2019), “Koor en Orkest van der Nederlandse Bach Academie” (2019), “Consort de violas da gamba de la Universidad de Salamanca” (2019), etc.

Currently, María teaches viola da gamba in “Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Torrent” (Valencia) and keep playing and learning with different ensembles of Early Music in Spain.

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