Amy Power – baroque oboe, shawm and dulcian
Amy was born in Armidale, Australia, 1980. She completed a Bachelor Degree with First-Class Honours in music at the University of Melbourne, studying recorder with Ruth Wilkinson. As a student she received such awards as the Llorna-Lloyd Green scholarship for music. After graduating in 2002 she moved to The Netherlands to undertake further studies in recorder at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Walter van Hauwe. In 2009 she completed her Masters Degree in baroque wind playing, focusing on historical oboe with Alfredo Bernardini. While enjoying an active performing career on both instruments, Amy has performed throughout Europe with ensembles such as the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Capriccio Basel, Florilegium, L’Arpa Festante, Le Parlement de Musique, Il Concerto Barocco, Ensemble Cristofori, L’Arte dei Suonatori, The Royal Wind Music, and the large chamber group that she founded, Ensemble Garnier. With the New Dutch Academy she been both oboist within the orchestra, and has appeared as a featured soloist on recorder. In Australia, Amy was a tutor at the ‘Steps in Time’ music festival and the Orpheus chamber summer school for early music. When visiting Australia she also performs and gives master-classes at the Early Music Studio, University of Melbourne. She is based in Basel, Switzerland.
Andreas Böhlen – recorder
The recorder and jazz-saxophone player Andreas Böhlen focuses on both early music and jazz. He is particularly interested in various improvisational styles of the renaissance and baroque as well as jazz. Andreas leads his own groups Theatrum Affectuum, Andreas Böhlen Band und Crank and is member of various other groups and orchestras all over Europe.
Born in 1983 Andreas began playing recorder at the age of six, and several years later he started alto saxophone. While a high school student Andreas undertook lessons at the conservatories of Bremen and Cologne. He was awarded many prizes in several national and international competitions. Between 2003 and 2007 he attended the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying recorder with Walter van Hauwe and jazz saxophone with Jasper Blom and Ferdinand Povel. After completing his recorder degree with distinction, Andreas studied musicology in Bologna. He is currently based in Basel, Switzerland, where he has completed both a Masters degree in early music improvisation with distinction and a Masters degree in jazz saxophone in 2011. Andreas has appeared on many CDs and radio and TV broadcasts and is touring regularly. He teaches recorder as a professor at the University of the Arts Graz, Austria.
Lisa Goldberg – baroque bassoon and dulcian
Lisa is from Canberra, Australia, and was born in 1972. She initiated her music studies in modern bassoon at the Canberra School of Music (Australian Institute of the Arts), where she received a Bachelor of Music, followed by a Graduate Diploma in 1997. She then discovered the baroque and classical bassoon, taking lessons with Simon Rickard who introduced her to all the fundamentals of early music performance including his in-depth knowledge of early reed making. She was soon after performing with him in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. In 2002 she moved to the Netherlands with an Ian Potter grant to study historical bassoon with Donna Agrell at the Koninklijk Conservatory, The Hague. Since living in Europe Lisa has been playing with many renowned orchestras and ensembles including Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Anima Eterna, Collegium Vocale, Concerto Copenhagen, Les Musiciens Du Louvre, Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Gabrieli Consort, Les Muffatti and the New Dutch Academy, and continues to perform with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney, Australia. Lisa is based in Ghent, Belgium.
Takashi Watanabe – harpsichord and organ
Takashi Watanabe was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1975. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Music (piano major), followed by postgraduate studies in harpsichord at the Tohō Gakuen School of Music. Having studied harpsichord for two years he won the Early Music Prize in Japan. From 2002 he studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and in 2005 he moved to Pavia, Italy, to study historical organ with Lorenzo Ghielmi at the Scuole Civiche di Milano, graduating in 2010. As founder of “Ensemble Ricreation d’Arcadia” he won the first prize at “Premio Bonporti 2004 (president of the jury: G. Leonhardt)”, Rovereto (Italy), as well as the audience prize and the ORF recording prize. The ensemble has since been invited to many early music festivals in Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Takashi has been awarded other prizes including the third prize at the Fano Adriano International organ competition in Italy and the “Cembalosonderpreis” at the 3rd International Viola da Gamba Competition in Köthen, Germany. He is in demand in Europe as a harpsichordist and organist, both as a soloist and as a continuo player and has played with such groups as La Divina Armonia, Ensemble Cordia, La Venexiana, Il complesso barocco and Ensemble Zefiro etc. Between 2003 and 2008 he has been the conductor at the “Handel Festival Japan” in Tokyo, performing various operas and cantatas by Handel, which were received with great praise. In June 2012, his first solo CD of J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” was released on Alm Records and has won several CD awards.