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In 2013, counting with the very fortunate support of Younghi Pagh-Paan and Ms. Katrin Rabus, the [ensemble] Ars Moderna had its debut with an homage concert to Klaus Huber.
In the following years, the [ensemble] took several different shapes and the musicians embarked on a number of different projects that overlapped with one another.
The [ensemble] is an overarching project; an ever-evolving platform that reunites artists of every artistic corner and aesthetic current with the intent of creating and performing mainly through the means of multimedia. [ensemble] is an all-inclusive platform for art in its highest form, performed to the best of our abilities.
In 2021, after the tumultuous year of 2020, the [ensemble] moved to Weyhe. It has received the GVL stipend from the Federal Government of Germany in 2021 and has several concerts on agenda, as well as a couple of recordings planned for 2022.
Der chilenische, in Bremen wohnhafte Geiger David Cisternas Verdejo war bereits als jugendlicher Musiker Stipendiat der “Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile”, bevor er am Konservatorium der Katholischen Universität Valparaiso bei Boris del Río (Stimmführer der Chilenischen Philharmonie) ein Geigenstudium begann. 2011 begann er sein Geigenstudium (Künstlerische Ausbildung) bei Stefan Latzko (Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen) an der Hochschule für Künste Bremen, das er 2019 mit dem Master abschloss. Er ist Mitbegründer des Kammerensemble Konsonanz und des zeitgenössischen Trios „Atria“. David Cisternas Verdejoabsolvierte verschiedene Meisterkurse u.a. beim Geiger Sergio Prieto, beim Streichquartett Leipzig, bei Dozent*innen des Curtis Institute of Music. Projektbezogen arbeitete er schon mit dem Orchester des Theater Osnabrück, dem Philharmonischen Orchester Bremerhaven, dem Orchester des Oldenburgischen Staatstheaters und der Hamburger Camerata. Mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen spielte er Konzerte in der Royal Albert Hall London, der Glocke Bremen und der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie. Auch bei einer CD-Aufnahme mit der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen und IiroRantala (Klavier) war er als Geiger beteiligt. Mit dem Kammerensemble Konsonanz debütierte er 2020 in der Berliner Philharmonie.
Violinist and violist Alice Vaz grew up in Lisbon and came to Germany in 2008 to study violin and viola with Prof. Thomas Klug and Prof. Esther Van Stralen at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. In addition, she studied baroque violin with Veronika Skuplik at the same institute and new music with Prof. Barbara Maurer at the Folkwang University of the Arts Essen. Alice Vaz deepened her knowledge in numerous masterclasses with Stéphanie Paulet, Midori Seiler, Jane Rogers, and Garth Knox, among others.
She was a member of the Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck and the Orchestra of the Oldenburg State Theatre and has already given concerts in numerous European countries. In the field of early music, she played with renowned ensembles such as L'Arpeggiata, La Dolcezza, Holland Baroque, the Bremen Baroque Orchestra, De Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Weser Renaissance, and Oltremontano and was involved in several radio and CD recordings, among others for Radio Bremen and the label Arcantus.
Pedro began his cello studies at the age of 8 with Emidio Coutinho. He continued studying the cello the following years with Miguel Rocha and Catherine Strynckx. In 2006 he entered the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands, under the guidance of Jan Ype Nota, graduating in 2010. In 2009, he entered the CNSM de Paris, where he finished his studies with Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti in 2012. In chamber music, Pedro has received classes from Michel Dispa, Robert Harris, Paul Komen, Marc Coppey, Maria Belooussova, Christoph Giovaninetti, Hae-Sun Kang, and Jean Moulière. Pedro also took part in several masterclasses, most memorably with Anner Bylsma and Richard Aaron.
Pedro was a finalist and prize winner in several solo and chamber music international competitions, namely the Beethoven’s Hradec Concours (Czech, 2008), Grachtenfestival Concours (Amsterdam, 2009), Forum de Musique de Chambre au Havre (Havre, 2009), and Amsterdam Cello Biennale (Amsterdam, 2010).
As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as Groningen Mozart Ensemble, Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire National de Musique et Danse de Paris, Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Since his studies in Paris, Pedro had a special interest in the performance of 20th and 21st-century music, which led him to play with several specialized ensembles, most notably the Ensemble Intercontemporain (as a student of the CNSMDP), the Atelier für Neue Musik (HfK), Le Balcon, Ensemble New Babylon, Ensemble ars ad hoc, among several others, and worked personally with composers, namely Hans Kox, Klaus Huber, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Enno Poppe, Beat Furrer, to name a few.
Since 2012, he has run several ensembles, all of which had a strong emphasis on the performance of modern and contemporary works.
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