Andreas Ottensamer is one of the leading clarinettists of his generation and principal clarinet of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and, together with pianist José Gallardo, is artistic director of the Bürgenstock Festival in Switzerland. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics have won widespread praise, including the Echo Klassik Award for Instrumentalist of the Year 2015.
ANGELA DENOKE ∞ Soprano
Angela Denoke appears regularly at the opera houses of Vienna, New York, Paris, London, Munich, Madrid and Barcelona, and has made notable appearances at the Salzburger Festspiele and with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Many of her major operatic roles, including Salome, Kátya Kabanová and Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Case) have been recorded for DVD. This much-acclaimed German singer also tours with recital programmes of jazz and chansons.
Rebeca Olvera was born in Mexico. In 2006 she won the audience prize at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna and has subsequently become a member of the Zurich Opera ensemble, singing roles such as Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), Despina (Così fan tutte) and Dorinda (Orlando). She is the first Mexican soprano to have appeared at the Salzburg Festival, alongside Cecilia Bartoil in Norma,and has recently made her UK and French debuts.
Raphaela Gromes is a highly virtuosic, passionate and technically brilliant cellist. Whether as a soloist with orchestra, in a duo chamber music or together with a wind quartet, the young cellist always fascinates with her exceptionally light-footed playing.
In autumn 2017, "Serenata Italiana" her highly acclaimed first album was released as an exclusive artist with SONY. In 2020 she received OPUS KLASSIK in the category of chamber music duo recording for "Offenbach". Raphaela is a cultural ambassador of the SOS Children's Villages worldwide.
Mihoko Fujimura is a leading operatic mezzo, performing at the Wiener Staatsoper and Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. She has appeared notably at the Bayreuth Festival in five Wagner roles over nine seasons, and her repertoire also includes Carmen, Melisánde, Amneris, Eboli and Octavian. Her busy concert career includes appearances with Riccardo Chailly, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Simon Rattle
The two-time ECHO Award winner Ramón Ortega Quero is recognised around the world as one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation. Alongside his role as Principal Oboist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, he makes regular appearances internationally both as a chamber musician with partners such as Elena Bashkirova, Kit Armstrong, Mitsuko Uchida, Herbert Schuch and Sebastian Manz, and as a soloist with the major international concert orchestras.
Magdalena Hoffmann was appointed principal harpist of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018. In March 2021, she signed an exclusive agreement with Deutsche Grammophon. In high demand as a chamber musician, Magdalena has been invited to festivals such as the Davos Festival and the Harp Masters Festival in Switzerland. She has performed with renowned musicians such as Karl-Heinz Schütz, Andrea Lieberknecht and Aleksey Igudesman.
Arcangelo is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles, whose collective energy and spirit continue to generate a flood of critical awards and five-star reviews, spark audience ovations, and prompt invitations to the foremost international venues and festivals. The band, which has taken the musical world by storm since its creation in 2010, comprises outstanding musicians under the dynamic leadership of its Artistic Director and founder Jonathan Cohen. The group’s ethos is ruled by a determination to apply the deep listening skills and artistry of chamber music-making to every piece in its repertoire, from trio sonatas to oratorios.
Thomas Erlank is a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich since 2020 after completing two years as a member of the International Opera Studio. The South African tenor made his house debut during the 2018/19 season with the premiere of Christian Spuck's ballet production of Hans Zender's composed interpretation of the Winterreise with hugs success. Recent roles include le Chevalier de la force in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Lucano in Monteverdi's L`íncoronazione di Poppea, and Grimoaldo in Handel's Rodelinda. His plans include Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte & Stimme des Seemanns in Wagner´s Tristan und Isolde.