Mariya Miliutsina

Traverso & Eight-keyed Transverse Flute

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Mariya Miliutsina, born in 1992 Witebsk (Belarus), has been  invited as soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as Alte Musik Festival Knechtsteden, Festiwal Muzyki Klasycznej w Solcu nad. Wisłą and 'Moscow picks up the friends' by Vladimir Spivakov among others, and has performed in concert halls such as the Beethoven Haus Bonn, Schloß Benrath Düsseldorf or Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow.
Mariya Miliutsina, an experienced chamber musician, is held in high esteem far beyond the Cologne area. She has performed in various music ensembles. In the meantime she has played traverso with  historical informed orchestras such as the Barockorchester Mainz, Collegium Cartusianum, Main-Barock-Orchester Frankfurt or Rheinische Kantorei. She has performed under the direction of conductors such as Peter Neumann, Hermann Max, Ralf Otto and others. played.

Mariya Miliutsina completed her Traverso studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne with Prof. Leonard Schelb.

 

Amarilis Dueñas

Viola da Gamba & Historical Violoncello

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Born in Valladolid (Spain) in 1998, Amarilis is one of the leading exponents of her generation in the field of historically informed performance. She gives concerts all over Europe with cello and viola da gamba as soloist and chamber musician, as well as having an important participation with orchestras such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.


She is noted for her balance between precision, intuition and freedom in her playing; critics also value her mastery of dynamics, agogic, phrasing and ornamentation.
She has been awarded in competitions such as Juventudes Musicales, International Pau Casals Award or, recently, in the chamber music competition "Beethoven in his time" (Beethoven in seiner Zeit), where she won the individual prize for best performer, as well as the second prize together with Trio Alterna.


Within her playing, the lessons received from musicians such as Jordi Savall, Paolo Pandolfo, Bruno Cocset or Kristin von der Goltz can be glimpsed. She is currently completing her studies at the HfMT Köln (Cologne, Germany) with Maria Kliegel and Rainer Zipperling.
Amarilis Dueñas' work revolves around historically informed performance, which does not only focus on early music: her latest projects deal with the 19th century, specifically with the works of Beethoven, Ries, Brahms and Chopin.


Her main chamber music activity takes place with La Réjouissance and Trio Alterna, which will make their first CD production in 2022.
Amarilis Dueñas' first solo album is Soliloqvies, released in 2020.

 

Natalia Lentas

Harpsichord & Fortepiano

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Born in Poland, after earning a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance (Wrocław with Dr. hab. Michał Szczepański and Cologne with Prof. Jacob Leuschner), she pursued her studies in the field of Historical Performance. Natalia Lentas then graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, earning a "Konzertexamen" with distinction in Performance on pianoforte with Prof. Gerald Hambitzer as well as from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich earning a "Meisterklasse" with Prof. Christine Schornsheim.


In order to broaden her experience and perfect her technique, she also attended numerous masterclasses, receiving advanced training from, among others, Ronald Brautigam, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Tobias Koch, Alexei Lubimov, Bart van Oort and Wolfgang Brunner.


The Polish musician was awarded the Förderpreis für Musik by the town of Düsseldorf in 2018. She has won piano and pianoforte competitions such as the Competition for the Kulturkreis Gasteig Musikpreis, the International Competition for the Gebrüder Graun Prize, the International Fritz-Neumeyer Competition on pianoforte in Bad Krozingen, and the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours in Amsterdam. 

Natalia Lentas performs both as a soloist and a chamber musician and gives numerous piano and pianoforte recitals. She notably performed in BASF’s Junge Pianisten series of concerts, in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, at the Pianoforte Festival in Stuttgart, Geelvinck Pianoforte Festival in Amsterdam, Tagen Alter Musik in Herne, Kölner Fest für Alte Musik, Klavier Festival Ruhr, at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, at Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in Frankfurt (Oder), at Nikolaisaal in Potsdam and Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Natalia Lentas can also regularly be heard at the Beethoven Museum in Bonn, where she performs on an Conrad Graf pianoforte from 1824.


Since 2019 she works as pianoforte accompanist at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

Natalia Lentas is currently studying harpsichord with Professor Christian Rieger at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen.