Elisabeth Champollion (DE): recorder
Franciska Anna Hajdu (HU): violin
David Budai (HU): viol
Alon Sariel (IL): lute
PRISMA has been touring Europe from the very beginning of the group's existence: Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovenia…The ensemble of four young musicians get together to play the particularly expressive, wacky, and colourful music of the 16th and 17th century.
The Göttinger Tageblatt states that "this truly vivid art of interpretation – together with technical perfection, beauty of sound and balance – brings the impression that every phrase is invented in the very moment."
In May 2015, PRISMA won 1st Prize at the International Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Competition in Austria. Following this, they have been invited to give concerts at the Biber Festival in Vienna, the Reihe Historischer Musik der Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, and on air with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Ö1 – Österreichischer Rundfunk. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, they are accepted to be part of the programme "Emerging European Ensembles" (Centre Culturel d'Ambronay).
Music journalist Leszek Bernat wrote about the group's appearance at Ambronay "EEEmerging" Festival: "PRISMA enchanted the audience which was captivated by their musicality, perfect understanding between the musicians, art of ornamentation and the joy of making music together. No wonder this group won the Audience Price."
Elisabeth Champollion completed her studies of recorder with Han Tol in Bremen and Pierre Hamon in Lyon. She is the 1st Prize winner of the Nordhorn Recorder Festival 2014 and holds a scholarship from the Deutscher Musikrat. Elisabeth is the artistic leader of the Bremen-based early music concert series Gröpelinger Barock. Concert tours as a soloist with the orchestras New Dutch Academy (dir. Simon Murphy) and Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (dir. Jürgen Groß) bring her to play solo concertos, chamber music and orchestral music in the Raad van State Den Haag, Istanbul Festival, Premiere Performances Hong Kong, MDR Musiksommer or Tage Alter Musik Herne.
Franciska Anna Hajdu
Franciska Anna Hajdu comes from Hungary, and studied violin at the Varga Tibor Musikinstitut, followed by Baroque violin studies with Veronika Skuplik at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. She performs in Germany and internationally with Early music groups such as La dolcezza (Veronika Skuplik), Weser-Renaissance (Manfred Cordes), L’Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar) and Concerto Palatino (Bruce Dickey). Since 2014, she has held a scholarship at the Tesdorpf’sche gemeinnützige Stiftung.
Dávid Budai, born in Budapest, began his musical studies on the violin, but subsequently turned his interests to the viola da gamba. During his gamba training at Leipzig, he developed an interest in historically-informed improvisation while taking classes with Martin Erhardt. Since 2012, Dávid has studied at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen with Hille Perl. He performs as a chamber musician and soloist with numerous groups, including Weser Renaissance, the Bremer Barock Consort, Resonantia Leipzig, and the Michaelis Consort. He also regularly teaches viola ga gamba and improvisation.
As a mandolinist and lutenist, as well as a conductor, Alon Sariel is at home in the fields of both early and new music, having premiered dozens of works dedicated to him. He appeared at festivals such as the Salzburger Biennale for New Music and the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, and has performed in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie and La Scala in Milan. As a soloist and member of different ensembles, Alon Sariel toured throughout Europe, the USA and Mexico, the Middle- and Far-East, and has given master classes at universities such as Trinity College of Music (London), Lilla Akademien (Stockholm), the Kazan State Conservatory (Russia) and the Celaya Conservatory (Mexico). Alon Sariel is musical director of the Baroque orchestra Concerto-Foscari. Recent engagements as soloist/conductor include ensembles as the chamber orchestras of Munich (MKO) and Berlin (DKO), Jerusalem Radio Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists and the Barokksolistene (Norway).