Mariya Miliutsina, born in 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 is held in high esteem. In the meantime she is transverse flutist with historically informed performance orchestras such as the Kölner Akademie, Harmonie Universelle, Baroque Orchestra
Mainz, Collegium Cartusianum, Main-Barock-Orchester Frankfurt, Rheinische Kantorei.
She has performed under the direction of conductors such as Peter Neumann, Hermann Max, Ralf Otto a.o.
Since 2019 she plays regularly with with guitarist Koki Fujimoto (romantic guitar). The first CD from the duo with works of Giuliani, Sor, Molino and Pettoletti to be released in 2023 by Da Vinci Classic.
Viola da Gamba & Historical Violoncello
Multi-instrumentalist Ilona Les comes from a musical family: her mother is a cellist as well and father played french horn and bass guitar. At the age of 3 she had her first music lessons on the piano, at the age of 6 interest in the cello took over.
She graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Music with an artistic and pedagogical diploma in the class of modern cello with honors.
Her love and passion for baroque music brought her to Germany in 2017, where she completed a Masters degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main in baroque cello with Prof. Kristin von der Goltz.
During the study she receive important impulses for her musical view from Michael Schneider, Karl Kaiser and Petra Müllejans.
On her musical journey, Ilona devotes herself to a variety of genres and styles, from solo, quartet, ensemble, orchestral performance to contemporary composers, more experimental and popular music as well as improvisation and music for silent films.
Ilona works as freelance artist with "Main Barock Orchester", "Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt"; she is a member of Trio "La Réjouissance" and teachs Cello in Frankfurt, Wehrheim and Seeligenstadt.
In November 2022 hers own Projekt "Festival der Melancholie" has gone live.
Currently, she is honing her skills on the viola da gamba and historical double bass in the classes of Heidi Gröger and Dane Roberts in Frankfurt am Main.
Harpsichord & Fortepiano
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 graduated harpsichord with Professor Christian Rieger at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen.