Born in Alcoy (Alicante, Spain). Superior Degree in Organ. Master’s Degree in Research, Miguel Hernández University of Elche. Position as a Choral and Instrumental Group professor through public examination since 1992. Final destination in the Torrent Professional Conservatory of Music as an orchestra and band professor.
He studied piano with Pilar Mompó, organ with Adolfo Gutiérrez Viejo and conduction of instrumental ensembles with Francisco Cabrelles. Between 1994 and 1998 he trained as a choral and orchestral conductor in the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart with Helmuth Rilling.
He has received organ master classes with Michael Radulescu, orchestra conducting with Sergiu Comissiona in Madrid and with Jorma Panula in Berlin, composition with Ramón Barce, Tomás Marco, Alfredo Aracil, Leonardo Balada, Cristobal Halffter, José Luis Turina, and chamber music with Juan Sanabras.
His repertoire encompasses pieces from Ancient to present day Music. The highest recognition came in 2012, when he was invited to perform in the closing ceremony at the Annual Festival of the New Organ Music (AFNOM) in London, taking part in the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation tribute, playing a recital in Westminster Abbey.
He develops a broad concert career, focusing his activity in disseminating Organ Spanish Music. His involvement in Festivals is noteworthy: ”Ciclo de la Catedral“ (León, Spain), AFNOM (London), ”Organo Novo“ (Helsinki, Finland), ”Orgelwinter“ (Darmstadt, Germany), ACIMUS y COMA (Madrid), ”Música entre Amigos“ (San Sebastián, Spain), ”Music and Liturgy“ (Valencia, Spain), ”Organ International Festival“ (Andorra), ”Sommerfestival“ (Bamberg, Germany), ”Recital Series“ (at Sheffield Cathedral) International Organ Festival (Svendborg Denmark) Organ Recital Series (Bad Durkheim).
He has premiered works from Seco de Arpe, Alberto Posada, Gutiérrez Viejo, Pilar Jurado, Martin Ackerman, Jesús Nava, Alejandro Moreno and César Guerrero.
Activities related to Chamber music are part of his everyday work, performing alongside several instrumentalists and singers such as Martín Baeza, Benjamín Moreno, Jose Mª Ortí and Reinhold Friedrich (trumpets), Blanca Gómez, Rosana Barrena and Jacqueline Wagner (sopranos), Rafael Soriano (recorder). He accompanies the Kammerensemble Classic der Deutschen Oper Berlin in the Almansa International Festival.
He carried out an intense labour in the dissemination of organ music since 1984 until 2011 as an organist in Alcoy’s San Jorge Association, earning the “Castell de Plata” award for his merits.
Since September 2012 he is a member of the Orihuela (Alicante) Archbishopric Heritage Commission, and a member of the Advisory Commission of the organ in Sant Jaume, Benidorm.
Nowadays he develops his work in the Franciscan Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, in Ruzafa (Valencia, Spain).
Loreto Aramendi started her studies at the Conservatoire of San Sebastian where she obtained higher degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ and chamber music with Loreto F. Imaz, Esther Mendiburu and Cristina Navajas.
She studied organ at the National Regional Conservatoire of Bayonne with Bernadette Carrau and Esteban Landart, receiving the Gold Medal and the First Prize upon completing the Advanced Degree course.
Entering into the National Higher Conservatoire of Lyon (C.N.S.M.D), she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard, J. Von Oortmersen and Liesbeth Schlumberger, obtaining the First Prize with ” Mention trés bien” and her National Diploma of Advanced Studies with specialisation in the organ.
She was awarded scholarships from the local government of Guipuzkoa for two years, as well as from the Lartundo Foundation.
She then furthered her studies over a period of five years at the National Regional Superior Conservatoire in Paris with Noelle Spieth, receiving the First Prize upon finalizing her Advanced Degree in the harpsichord and her General Music Studies Diploma. At the same time, she worked with J. Rouvier, on piano specialization.
She studied the piano for three years in Barcelona with Edith Fischer and Jorge Pepi. She has completed advanced courses with professors such as M. Radulescu, J. Oortmersen, W. Jansen, D. Moroney, R. Requejo, Roberto Szidon, Claudio Brizzi and Sakharov, amongst others. She has given numerous recitals at international festivals in Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Argentina, USA, UK and France.
She has collaborated with the Basque Symphony Orchestra for many years, with whom she has recorded two discs. She gives concerts as a soloist and as part of different groups as an organist, pianist, and harpsichord player, embracing all periods and styles into her repertoire. At the same time, she has a degree in Psychology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV).
She is currently a professor at the F. Escudero Conservatoire in San Sebastian and main organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ ( 1863) of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro. Interested in the pipe organ building process, she has collaborated and participated since 2014 in several works of organ restoration in France and Spain.
In 2015 she published a double CD recorded on the Cavaillé-Coll organ (1863) of the Basilique of Santa María del Coro with works by C. Franck, F. Liszt, J. Brahms and Ch. Tournemire, which received the 4 stars award from “Choir & Organ” Magazine, and was acclaimed by “The Sydney Organ Journal”.
Her commitments for the next years include recitals in Japan, USA, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Norway.
Petra Fluhr, Oboistin bei der Deutschen Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, studierte Musikpädagogik mit dem Hauptfach Oboe an der Staatlichen Musikhochschule Mannheim, dann Orchestermusik bei Prof. Pierre Feit an der Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. Sie ist mehrfache Preisträgerin des Bundeswettbewerbs „Jugend Musiziert“, 1. Preisträgerin des Mozartwettbewerbs Mannheim sowie Preisträgerin des International Young Concert Artists Competition of Royal Tunbridge Wells in England. Sie ist Mitglied der Kammersolisten der Staatsphilharmonie, des Ensembles Klazzixx und verschiedener anderer kammermusikalischer Vereinigungen, mit denen sie im In- und Ausland gastiert und u.a. auch auf CDs zu hören ist
Dina Ikhina was born on July 17, 1986, in Saratov, Russia.
In 2009 graduated from the L.V. Sobinov Saratov State Conservatory as pianist (class of O. Igonina) and studied organ as a student of N. Golfarb. In 2011 she took her master-degree in organ at the St.-Petersburg state University as a student of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation prof. D. Zaretsky, in harpsichord under Doctor of Arts prof. I. Rosanov and in carillon under prof. J. Haasen. In 2014 she finished postgraduate studies in organ at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory as a student of D. Zaretsky).
She became a laureate of various international organ competitions.
She got further experiences by different master-classes and Summer Organ Academies in Haarlem, Alkmaar, Groningen (Netherlands), Graz (Austria), Kotka (Finland), Leipzig (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia) and St. Petersburg (Russia).
Dina performed solo and ensemble concerts in many Russian cities and in foreign countries including Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, France, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Georgia and the Netherlands.
Since 2014 Dina performs in Organ Duo with Denis Makhankov. Concert duo programs invariably consist of contemporary composers` compositions
Dina Ikhina is an art director and participant of the II and IV Kriisa International organ festival (Estonia 2014, 2016) and series of organ concerts in Estonia «Organ music evening».
Dina is also a founder and art director of the annual International Festival of Organ Music in Kondopoga «Grande Orgue» (Karelia, Russia).
Dina is one of the organizers and inspirer of the charity project “Organ concerts in the Pechory”, aimed at raising funds for the restoration of the historic organ in the St. Peter`s church in Pechory (Pskov region). Dina Ikhina and Denis Makhankov together got the first public award “National recognition – 2015” in the category “Initiative” (Pskov, 2016).
She is a laureate of the Pskov region Administration award for the best works in the field of culture and art, architecture and journalism (2016).
Since 2013 she is a teacher at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory.
Since 2015 – an organist in Palace of Arts in Kondopoga (Karelia).
Agnieszka Kosmecka was born in 1989 in Bad Driburg (Germany). She graduated from Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where she studied organ with Professor Sławomir Kamiński. She was awarded a fellowship to study with Professor Bine Bryndorf at the Danish Royal Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. In 2016, she received the Kosciuszko Foundation
fellowship and studied with Professor Matthias Maierhofer at The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin (USA). Agnieszka Kosmecka has won numerous awards in organ competitions in her native Poland and in Europe. She was the first place winner in the International Organ Competition in Castellana Grotte (Italy). She received second place in the National Organ Competition in Olsztyn and third prize in the National Organ Competition Romuald Sroczyński in memoriam” in Poznań. Kosmecka was also a finalist in the XXIst International Organ Competition in Rumia.
As a concert organist, Agnieszka Kosmecka performs in Poland, other European countries, and North America. In 2016, she completed doctoral studies in Organ Performance at Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music. She is the author of a scholarly thesis about organ fantasies written by Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann and August Freyer. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Polish Literature at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
Kai Krakenberg wurde 1970 in Essen geboren, wo er aufwuchs, zur Schule ging und studierte.
Von 1982-1992 war er für 10 Jahre Orgelschüler von Heiner Graßt, der vor dem Studium sein erster und einziger Orgellehrer war.
Bereits in der 9. Klasse war er seit 1986 nebenamtlicher Organist in Essen-Kray, diese Position hatte er bis 1997 kurz vor dem A-Examen.
Von 1992 bis 1997 Kirchenmusikstudium (Orgel, Klavier und Dirigieren) an der Folkwang – Hochschule in Essen bei Prof. Gisbert Schneider und Prof. Gerd Zacher.
1997 Abschluß mit dem A-Examen. Während des Studiums war er Assistent von Prof. Schneider.
Während des Studiums nahm Kai Krakenberg an zahlreichen Akademien und Kursen im In- und Ausland bei international renomierten Organisten teil (Norddeutschland, Niederlande, Frankreich, Dänemark, Italien, USA)
Von 1997 bis 2000 Kirchenmusiker der Ev. Garnisonkirche Augustdorf/Lippe.
Von 2000 bis 2005 Kirchenmusiker der Ev. Kirche Hamburg-Bergstedt
Seit April 2005 ist Kai Krakenberg Kirchenmusiker, Kantor und Organist der Stadtkirche St. Marien in Husum, an der bereits Nicolaus Bruhns wirkte. Darüber hinaus ist er Kreiskantor des Kirchenkreises Nordfriesland und Leiter des Westküsten C-Seminars.
An St. Marien spielte Kai Krakenberg Bachs Gesamtwerk für Orgel in 28 Konzerten.
Darüber hinaus gilt sein persönliches Interesse den Werken der Norddeutschen Schule sowie den großen Werken der deutschen, französischen und angelsächsischen / amerikanischen Orgelsymphonik.
Als Organist konzertierte er bisher in nahezu allen europäischen Ländern, Rußland, Asien sowie in den USA und Kanada.
The countertenor Oliver May was born in Cologne. Music studies, master’s courses and further education, among others with Paul Esswood at the International Handel Academy in Karlsruhe, as well as the qualification at the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna, marked the beginning of an opera career for theatres as the Baden State Theater Karlsruhe, Trier, Görlitz and numerous opera festivals. He also regularly performs in Germany and abroad with musical partners such as the Mannheimer Hofkapelle, The Heidelberger Kammerorchester, L’Arpa Festante end the Ensemble Cuvée. Oliver May also works as a lecturer for singing at the University in Mainz.
Denis Makhankov was born on 1st of January, 1988 in Ivanovo (Russia).
During studying he became a laureate of various international youth piano and organ competitions in Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Olsztyn (Poland).
In 2013 he has finished the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory as an organist under Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, prof. D. F. Zaretsky. Studied harpsichord as a student of Doctor of Arts, prof. I.V. Rosanov.
Denis took part in many master-classes and summer organ academies in Kotka (Finland), Haarlem (Netherlands), Bosau, Leipzig (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), Paris (France), Kondopoga, Svetlogorsk and St.Petersburg (Russia).
Denis Makhankov performed with solo and ensemble concerts in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Finland, Belarus, Georgia, Germany and in many Russian cities and towns.
Since 2014 Denis performs in Organ Duo with Dina Ikhina. Concert duo programs invariably consist of contemporary composers compositions.
Denis Makhankov is an art director and participant of the II and IV Kriisa International organ festival (Vyrumaa; Estonia) and series of the organ concerts in Estonia «Evening of organ music» (2014, 2016).
He is a founder and art director of the international St. Caecilia First Organ Festival in Kaliningrad and Tchernyakhovsk (Russia, 2014).
Founder and art director of the annual International Festival of Organ Music in Kondopoga «Grande Orgue» (Karelia, Russia).
Art director of the VIII International organ festival «Singing pipes» in Gatchina (Russia, 2016).
In 2011 – worked as a soloist of the Pomor State Philharmony in Arkhangelsk.
Since 2012 – an organ teacher at the St. Petersburg children music school №34 (in Krasnoye Selo).
In 2013 – 2015 works at the concert agency «ArsMusicaEstonica» (Tallinn, Estonia).
Denis is a constant player of organ concert programs and since 2015 became an organist in Palace of Arts in Kondopoga (Karelia).
He is one of the organizers and inspirer of the charity project “Organ concerts in Pechory”, aimed at raising funds for the restoration of the historic organ in the St. Peter`s church in Pechory (Pskov region). Since 2014 Denis also became a head of this project. Denis Makhankov and Dina Ikhina together got the first public award “National recognition – 2015” in the category “Initiative” (Pskov, 2016).
Denis is a laureate of the Pskov region Administration award for the best works in the field of culture and art, architecture and journalism (2016).
Marco Lo Muscio is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation: organist, pianist and composer. Marco cooperates for recordings and concerts with international artists as Kevin Bowyer and Steve Hackett (Genesis). He graduated in piano with full honours “Cum Laude” and later studied for three years with the great pianist Sergio Fiorentino attaining the Diploma of Advanced Studies with full honours at the academy “Bartolomeo Cristofori”. He also graduated in Pedagogy “Cum Laude” in the University of “Rome Tre” and in organ with prof. James Edward Goettsche. He has given more than 750 concerts as part of organ and piano festivals at important venues in Europe, Russia and USA (New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor Castle, Riga, St. Gallen, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Paris, Rome, Assisi, Florence, Tallinn, Vilnius, all Scandinavia, etc…) Marco’s music has been played world wide by renowned musicians such as Christopher Herrick, Thomas Trotter, Kevin Bowyer, David Briggs, John Scott, Roger Sayer, Jean-Paul Imbert, Andrea Padova, Stephen Tharp, Colin Walsh, Carol Williams, Alina Rotaru, etc…The CDs of Marco were broadcasted on Vatican Radio, BBC 3, TV Russia, BR Klassic. In 2013 he began recording for the famous British label “Priory Records”.
David M. Patrick who was born in Devonshire, England, is on of the most brilliant British organists of his time. He pursued his musical education at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction winning the Stuart Prize for organ in 1967 and going on to gain the coveted Walford Davies Prize the following year. This award brought him prestigious recitals at both Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey as well as the honour of being presented to H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
His early decision to specialise in the romantic and modern French repertoire followed logically from his impulse to accept the highest technical and artistic challenges which the organ presents. Of particular note was his recording of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé made in Coventry Cathedral in1996. This was a “Critic’s Choice of the Year” in the B.B.C. Music Magazine in 1997 and in the final list of three highly recommended recordings in the B.B.C. programme “Building a Library” in May 2006. In a letter to David M. Patrick the late Marie-Madeleine Duruflé wrote: “Vos interprétations des oeuvres de M. Duruflé sont excellentes, je vous en félicite….bien….Très bien….brillant….BRAVO.”
David M. Patrick has performed public concerts at many major venues in Great Britain, the U.S.A., Canada and Europe as well as numerous recitals for B.B.C. Radio 3 on significant British instruments. Many of his recordings, featuring the organs of Gloucester Cathedral, Buckfast Abbey, Katarina Kyrka in Stockholm and Coventry Cathedral are available from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. Further details can be found at http://www.impulse-music.co.uk/davidmpatrick
Maria Scharwiess took her first piano and organ classes when she was 10 years old, and since she was 14 years, she has regularly played at hospital services. During her school years, she took additionally church music lessons, and then she played in a band full-time for ten years, approx. 8 of them in Norway.
In 1976 she returned to Berlin, where she began studying church music at the Spandau Kirchenmusikschule, and graduated in 1979. Since September 1979, she has been employed by the Evangelical Nathanael church, and in the period 1999-2007 she was a main organist in Schöneberg.
For more than 20 years, she has played weekly organ music, mostly improvisations, but also jazz, rock music, pop, gospel and international folk tunes.
Organist and harpsichordist Julia Tamminen was born in Minsk, Belarus. She studied in St.-Petersburg State Conservatoire (Russia), where she completed her degree in musicology in 2002. Julia continued her studies in Helsinki at the Sibelius-Academy with prof. Olli Porthan (organ), with Anssi Mattila and Elina Mustonen (harpsichord). As a grant-holder of Finnish Cultural Foundation she completed her studies at Amsterdam Conservatoire with prof. Pieter van Dijk (organ) and Menno van Delft (harpsichord and clavichord) and graduated as Master of Music in 2008.
In addition she has attended many international master classes. Julia won a second prize on Schnitger International Organ Competition in Alkmaar (Netherlands) in 2007 and a special prize for the best interpretation of the baroque music on Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition in Kaliningrad (Russia) in 2011. She is regularly performing as a soloist and ensemble player in Holland, Great Britain, France, Belarus, Nordic and Baltic countries. As a harpsichordist she is playing with ensembles Un’altra ondata, Corde Sonore and different orchestras. Currently she is working as a church musician in Tikkurila Parish in Vantaa and also teaching music theory and composition in Pakila Music School in Helsinki.