The Dialoghi Ensemble (Spain) offers an innovative approach on the music of the classical and romantic period. The group is distinguished for its high artistic level and ability to (re) connect with the audience. Its members play on period instruments and share with the audience different codes of musical language in order to for them to discover the large range of emotions of the works being interpreted. For their first CD, they recorded the quintets for winds and piano of Mozart and Beethoven which will be released in 2018.
As a soloist with orchestra, she has collaborated with the Chamber orchestra of Carthagène, the L’Incontro Fortunato Orchestra, and the Federation of Murcie Band. Incredibly passionate about chamber music, Cristina frequently performs with musicians such as Vicens Prats, Jaime Martín, Benoît Fromanger, Julia Gállego, Etienne Plasman, Vincent Lucas, Philippe Bernold, Branimir Slokar, Michel Becquet, Simeón Galduf, Lorenzo Coppola and Walter Seyfarth.
In 2006, she met Lorenzo Coppola who encouraged her to learn about historical instruments.
During a sabbatical leave from her position at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Murcie, she worked as accompanist at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Liceu in Barcelona and the Superior School of Music in Catalonia (ESMUC).
Cristina Esclapez Gil (Spain) studied piano at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Murcie, Spain, with Ramon Muñoz. After obtaining her diploma, she continued her studies in Belgium at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She obtained a diploma of piano and chamber music as well as the first prise in piano accompaniment.
Cristina performs as a soloist in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. She is noted for playing the complete works for keyboard by Joseph Haydn, and even the first book of Well-Tempered Keyboard by Jean-Sebastian Bach.
Josep Domènech Lafont
Josep Domènech began his studies of oboe in his hometown of Amposta, Catalonia, before moving to Barcelona to continue his studies with Josep Julià at the Superior Conservatory. He graduated with a diploma from the Music Academy of the city of Bâle, Switzerland and continued his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Alfredo Bernardini.
Josep performs regularly with some of the best baroque ensembles such as Les Talens Lyriques, the Bach Collegium Japan, il Giardino Armonico, L’Ensemble Balthasar Neumann, Europa Galante, l’Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, le Concert des Nations, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and even l’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées. He has also collaborated with reputable musicians, notably Masaaki Suzuki, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Fabio Biondi, Giovanni Antonini and Jordi Savall.
He teaches early oboe and the Toulouse Regional Conservatory and regularly gives masterclasses across Europe. Since 2015, he has been professor of early oboe and the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Born in Alicante, Spain, Javier Zafra obtained his diploma of bassoon with the highest distinctions and went on to complete his education at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 1997, he was selected as bassoonist for the European Baroque Orchestra. Since then he has been sought after by other European early music ensembles such as: Anima Eterna, Al Ayre Español, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d’Astrée, l’Ensemble Balthasar Neumann, il Complesso Barocco, l’Orquestre des Champs Élysées and l’Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
An active chamber musician, he is first bassoon of the wind sextet Nachtmusique, and performs regularly with Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Lorenzo Coppola. He is also a co-founder of the orchestra La Cercle de l’Harmonie in Paris.
His interpretation of the Concerto for Bassoon by Mozart (K.191) at the prestigious festival Mostly Mozart in New York was recently praised by the New York Times. Since 1999, he is principal bassoon of the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra with whom he performs around the world. He also teaches baroque bassoon at the Music Hochschule of Freiburg, Germany.
Pierre-Antoine Tremblay (Canada) pursues a career as a horn player specialising in the practise of early instruments. He plays regularly with the ensembles using period instruments such as Europa Galante (Italy), Le Freiburger Barockorchester (Germany) and Arion Orchestre Baroque (Canada). He has been invited to join the Orchestra of the 18th Century (The Netherlands), l’Orchestre des Champs-Élysées (France), il Giardino Armonico (Italy), le Collegium Vocale Gent (Belgium), l’Ensemble Pygmalion (France), B’Rock (Belgium), MusicAeterna (Russia), Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark) and Capriccio Stravagante (France).
He has performed many times as a soloist notably with le Freiburger Barockorchester, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Les Idées Heureuses and l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, interpreting the concertos of Mozart, Telemann, Handel, Heinichen, Vivaldi and Richard Strauss. In 2014, together with clarinettist Lorenzo Coppola and the pianist Cristina Esclapez, they founded the Dialoghi Ensemble in Barcelona where they explore the classical and romantic repertoire on period instruments.
After studying modern horn at the Conservatory of Music in Québec and the University of McGill in Montreal, he went back to studying natural horn with Teunis van der Zwart at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where he obtained a master’s degree in early music in 2012.
Pierre-Antoine’s interest in teaching natural horn has given him the opportunity to give masterclasses at the Conservatory Yong Siew Toh in Singapore, the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Conservatory Katarina Gurska in Madrid.
Born in Rome, Lorenzo Coppola studied early clarinets with Eric Hoeprich at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands.
Settling in Paris since 1991, he has collaborated with many ensembles, in particular, le Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, l’Orchestre du 18e siècle, La Grande Écurie and la Chambre du Roy, La Petite Bande and Libera Classica. He is quite lucky to also share his passion for chamber music with artists such as Andreas Staier, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Hidemi Suzuki, Javier Zafra, Teunis van der Zwart, Cristina Esclapez, Pierre-Antoine Tremblay and Josep Domènech, along with ensembles such as Zefiro, Manon Quartet, Quartet Kuijken and Quartet Terpsycordes.
He has recorded many major works in the clarinet repertoire, most notably the Mozart Concerto with the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Mozart Quintet with Quartet Kuijken, the Serenades of Mozart with the Zefiro ensemble and the Brahms sonatas with Andreas Staier.
Lorenzo Coppola teaches early clarinet at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia in Barcelona.
He wishes to share the conviction that the world of “classical” music needs some change, mainly in relation to communication with the audience, sharing emotion and how we go about achieving this. He is convinced that the potential from the historical point of view, the knowledge of the style and the early instruments which contributed to the development of this style, can help us to renew our relationship even with the more canonical repertoire. For the past 20 years, he has been working with his colleagues to develop an alternative concept of concerts, as well as making major reconstructions of teaching methods.