Israeli born soprano Einat Aronstein is currently in her second season as a soloist in the Opera Ensemble of Theater Trier, where she can be heard in roles such as Musetta, (La Bohème) Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe) and die junge Frau (Reigen). In 2019 she sang the main role in the opera “Der goldene Drache” by P. Eötvös with the Israeli Contemporary Players and conductor Zsolt Nagy both in Israel and in Hungary.
Since 2012 she performs frequently in European opera productions such as “Baruchs Schweigen” (Sheriff) at the Stadttheater Fürth, Germany, and EntArteOpera, Vienna, „Gespräch mit einem Stein“ (Sheriff) and „Der Garten“ (Tal), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Germany, as well as Théatre D’Esch, Luxemburg and „Else” (Tal) in the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg.
Einat has been a guest artist with numerous orchestras and baroque ensembles, among them the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest The Hague, Barrocade Ensemble and the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Christian Zacharias, Andrew Parrott, Dan Ettinger and David Stern. She is regularly invited to renowned international festivals such as Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Festival Classique Den Haag and Aldeburgh Festival.
As a Lied singer, Einat has given recitals in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, France, Spain, Poland, Israel, China and Vietnam.
Einat has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Atle Vestersjø Young Talent Award at the 3rd International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck, Austria, the second prize at the Concorso Lirico Città di Magenta in Italy and the audience prize at the Concours International de Chant des Châteaux en Médoc 2013 in Bordeaux, France. She has been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Awards for Outstanding Musical Performance since 2008 and has received scholarships from the Israel Vocal Arts Institute Foundation and the Ronen Foundation.
Sophie Wedell divides her time between solo, chamber music and orchestral playing as a permanent member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Her recent performances of Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn with her orchestra and Maestro Hidemi Suzuki, a fusion of 20th-century music with period instruments, illustrate her enthusiasm for exploring the unlimited possibilities of the violin.
During the Covid-19 crisis she focused on re-imagining the experience of live music. In a local artist’s collective she designed and staged FRAGILE PRESENT, a performance for two violins and contemporary dance in outside spaces that was selected for funding from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.
Her curiosity has lead her to perform music ranging from the Baroque period to contemporary repertoire in renowned festivals and venues across Europe, such as the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Resonanzen Festival Vienna, Heidelberger Frühling and ECLAT Festival.
Since 2019 Sophie is one of few select young artists supported by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation of Amsterdam. The foundation kindly loans her a fine Italian violin made by Gioffredo Cappa in Turino, around 1700.
Nora Matthies first began playing the cello at the Georg-Friedrich Händel Konservatorium in her hometown of Halle/Saale. There she also took lessons in singing, piano and music theory.
In 2002 she began studying with Prof. Tilmann Wick at the Hannover Music School (HMTMH). Having obtained her diploma, she went on to the OrchesterzentrumNRW for a degree in orchestral playing. She finished her studies with a Master’s degree in Baroque cello with Viola de Hoog at the HfK Bremen.
Nora has broad experience in orchestra playing. She was a member of several youth orchestras (e.g. RIAS Jugendorchester, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie), trainee and later substitute for the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover as well as a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy. In 2010 she held a scholarship from the MCO foundation and went on tour with the orchestra through Europe. From 2009 to 2010 she was a member of the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen.
Nora also regularly plays with renowned Baroque orchestras such as Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Göttinger Barockorchester and la festa musicale. In 2014/15 she was a trainee of Holland Baroque.
Nora is a very passionate chamber music player. With Ispirato Quartet she plays classical string quartets on period instruments.
She often participates in performances of Ensemble megaphone, where contemporary music is combined with light installations and dance.
1st prize winner of the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2018, Israeli born Avinoam Shalev began his bachelor studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University in piano performance (with Prof. Tomer Lev) and musicology. He subsequently changed his instrumental subjects to harpsichord (with Dr. Marina Minkin) and organ (with Mr. Alexander Gorin). He graduated summa cum laude and received a full scholarship for the Accademia Villa Bossi program in Italy. He then went on to complete two Master’s degrees with distinction, studying with Prof. Zvi Meniker at the Musikhochschule Hannover in Germany, on harpsichord and historical pianos, respectively. Between 2018-2020 he worked as an adjunct professor at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Germany.
He started his solo career at 17, playing Tchaikovsky’s 1st piano concerto on a European concert tour. Since then he has played solo recitals on historical keyboard instruments in venues in France and Northern Italy and at such festivals as the Göttingen International Handel Festival and the Bach Festival in Leipzig, Toujours Mozart Festival in Israel. He had his Wigmore Hall debut in early 2019 and performed that summer as a soloist with the Baroque orchestra Il Gusto Barocco at the Bachwoche Ansbach Festival.
In 2020 he was scheduled to perform solo recitals through the Keyboard Charitable Trust at various venues in England and Scotland. 2021 will see him performing at the Handel House in Halle, the Göttingen International Handel Festival, the Bach Festival in Leipzig and private venues in England, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.
Avinoam is an avid chamber music player. In 2014 he started the prize-winning, German-Israeli Ensemble Arava. Since 2015 he has been a member of the Baroque orchestra la festa musicale as both soloist and continuo player. With the Lynx Ensemble, he brings together Swedish folk and Baroque music. The show “Händel goes Tinder” presents the composer’s music with a sophisticated, entertaining, modern story. In 2020 he recorded multiple chamber music CDs with these groups.
Avinoam has been a scholarship recipient of Deutschlandstipendium, Live Music Now Hannover and Berlin and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He received the pianist’s award at the national German voice competition (BWG) in Berlin in 2014. In 2018 he won the 1st prize and the Bärenreiter prize on harpsichord at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig.
Avinoam Shalev also teaches piano and harpsichord at Vivaldi Music Lessons in The Hague.