Camerata Bachiensis (DE)

Camerata Bachiensis was established in 2012. The following year, the ensemble was winner of the 1st prize at the Int. Telemann Competition in Magdeburg (D), at Premio Selìfa, Int. Early Music Competition in San Ginesio (IT) and was awarded the Gebrüder-Graun-prize at the Int. Graun Brothers Competition in Bad Liebenwerda (D). In 2014, the special prize Musica Antica da Camera was given to the group at the Int. Van Wassenaer Concours in Utrecht (NL), and in 2015, it is Rheinsberger Hofkapelle (ensemble in residence).

Camerata Bachiensis' repertoire consists mainly of 18th century church and chamber music written by Central German composers. Playing on original period instruments or detailed copies, the musicians focus on discovering and performing forgotten or unknown music.

The ensemble gave concerts at important Early Music festivals, like Bachfest Leipzig, Thüringer Bachwochen, Telemann-Festtage, Graun-Festtage, Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht (fringe) and other venues in Germany, Italy and Poland.

About the artists:

Soprano Julia Kirchner studied classical and period singing, vocal pedagogy, Lied-interpretation, and romance languages in Leipzig, Weimar, London and Rome. Her strongest inspirations in the field of early music have included Susanne Scholz, Sigiswald Kuijken and Sigrid T'Hooft. She performed in many well-known European festivals and has been a prize-winner in international competitions. She has worked with ensembles such as Cantus Cölln and Weser-Renaissance Bremen.  

Italian baroque oboist and flutist Roberto De Franceschi began his journey into the early music world soon after finishing his modern flute diploma. He started with baroque flute with S.Balestracci and M.Gatti before taking up the baroque oboe, which he studied with P.Faldi in Vicenza, M.Wolf in Vienna, and P.Grazzi in Verona. He has been a prize-winner in many early music competitions and is regularly invited to perform with orchestras and ensembles for concerts and recordings all over Europe.

 Anne Kaun is the winner of the Premio Bonporti Int. Baroque Violin Competition 2013 in Rovereto. She studied baroque violin with S. Scholz and M. Karkow in Leipzig and with R. Terakado in The Hague. She performs with baroque ensembles all over Europe and took part in masterclasses/ projects with M. Kraemer, the Kuijkens, R. Goodman, A. Bernardini, O. Edouard and E. Gatti. Anne also holds a degree in medicine and tries to combine her work in the medical field with her activities as a professional musician.

Magdalena Schenk-Bader was first inspired by baroque music while pursuing an educational degree in Music/German studies. In Leipzig she continued her studies on the baroque violin with Susanne Scholz, and gained further musical inspiration from Pauline Nobes, Stanley Ritchie, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, among others. She was a member of I Giovani dell'Academia Montis Regalis and the EUBO. As a violinist and violist she took part at festivals like Greenwich Early Music Festival and Pavia Barocca.

After her professional musical formation in Dresden - where she studied modern violin and played with the Dresdner Philharmonie - Friederike Lehnert moved to Santiago de Compostela to take a first position in the Real Filharmonia. Increasingly enthralled by the sensual sound of the baroque violin, she went on to study historical performance practice whereby she has been especially influenced by Anne Schumann, Stanley Ritchie and Susanne Scholz. Now she works as a freelance baroque violinist.

Philipp Weihrauch has always been strongly shaped by his dedication to and passion for chamber music. After finishing his modern cello diploma, deep interest in baroque music and historical performance led him to pursue master studies in baroque cello with Balász Máté at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. His concert activities lead him regularly throughout Europe. In 2014 he founded the concert series for chamber Music ‘MusikNeuErleben’ in Halle. 

Already in her early years Isolde Winter became attracted to early music. She studied baroque cello with Christophe Coin and Petr Skalka at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel and with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag. In Leipzig she completed her postgraduate studies in 2009 at the University of Music and Theatre with Peter Hörr. In 2008, she was invited to join I Giovani dell'Academia Montis Regalis. Living in Mannheim, in addition to her teaching activities Isolde Winter performs regularly with different chamber music ensembles and baroque orchestras.

Julia Chmielewska, born in Poland, studied Harpsichord Performance with Marta Czarny-Kaczmarska and Aleksandra Rupocińska in Wrocław (Poland) and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in the harpsichord class of Nicholas Parle, where she received a Masters degree in 2013. In 2009 she was awarded 2nd prize at the First National Harpsichord Competition for academic students in Poznań, along with a special prize for the best performance of a work by J.S. Bach.