Ensemble Rosarum Flores (AT)
Ensemble rosarum flores (AT):
Gabriele Ruhland: viol
Wolfgang Praxmarer: lutes, cister, pandora
Ilse Strauß: recorders
In 2014, Ilse Strauß and Wolfgang Praxmarer founded the Ensemble rosarum flores, which specialises in cultivating Early Music in Tyrol. Therefore they work together with different museums and musical collections to find out rare treasures. During the last four years they performed special programms for exhibitions, sometimes in combination of visual arts and music. They work together with actors and speakers for giving a view to the intense relationship between literature, history and music of different times. They are often invited for children-projects to impart the knowledge about ancient music. The ensemble, which performs with variable instrumentation – from duets to renaissance consorts – played at the Festival Espazos Sonoros in Spain and at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, among others.
Ilse Strauß studied the recorder in Graz and Vienna and attended numerous international master classes. She acts as a juror in music competitions in Austria as well as abroad on a regular basis. She teaches recorder at the music school in her hometown Innsbruck and is very often asked for workshops for teachers and masterclasses. Moreover, she is a member of the Capella Wilthinensis and the Capella Claudiana in Innsbruck and plays the recorder at the Tiroler Barockinstrumentalisten, an independent Baroque orchestra based in Tyrol. As a co-founder of conTakt, a platform in Tyrol designated for encouraging the exchange of and about Early Music, Ilse Strauß is an essential contributor to the scene.
Wolfgang Praxmarer attended international master classes with Hopkinson Smith and others after he had completed his studies in his hometown Innsbruck. Being a member of various Early Music ensembles, he travelled Europe and North Africa. As chamber musician and continuo accompanist, he is regularly invited to participate in concerts and productions. His repertoire on different lute and guitar instruments ranges from the Early Renaissance to the 19th century. In recognition of his merits in the field of Early Music, he was awarded the Jakob Stainer prize by the State of Tyrol and the Innsbruck radio prize.
Gabriele Ruhland studied cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with Professor Fritz Kiskalt and chamber music at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. Master classes conducted by Peter Wöpke, William Pleeth, Julius Berger and the LaSalle Quartet led her to attend master classes in the USA (Cincinnati/Ohio). That was the point when she delved into Early Music. She continued her training studying the viol and attending courses conducted by Judith Davidoff (New York Viol Consort) and José Vasquez in Vienna. Since then, she has been playing concerts with numerous Early Music ensembles and has participated in CD and broadcast recordings. She won prizes at international competitions in Trapani/Italy and Osaka/Japan. As the head of the festival “AmaDea – Die Komponistinnen des Barock” (“AmaDea – Women composers of the Baroque”), she created an international stir. She is also in possession of a large collection of notes written by female Baroque composers and has a body of literature dedicated to this topic. In 2013, she was voted chairwoman of BarockPur!, an association dedicated to exploiting the musical variety in the field of Early Music in Salzburg, to which she has been contributing since its founding in 2008.
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