Ensemble Members / Soloists
The line-up of Servir Antico is flexible, adjusting according to the demands of the program and concert venue.
As the Late Medieval- and Renaissance repertoires are characterized both, by the importance of “vocality” and the development of a new instrumental repertoire, Servir Antico’s line-up ranges from three “a capella” singers, organ and voice, to a boys choir with vocal soloists and several period instrumentalist.
Hana Blažíková - soprano
Born in Prague. As a child, she sang in a children choir Radost Praha and she played violin. Later she turned to solo singing. Today Hana specializes in the interpretation of baroque, Renaissance and medieval music, performing with ensembles and orchestras around the world, including Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe), Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), L’Arpeggiata, Gli Angeli Geneve, La Fenice, Tafelmusik, Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, among others.
Hana Blažíková has performed at renown festival around the globe including the highly praised performance of the St. Matthew´s Passion under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe and her Carnegie Hall debut with Masaaki Suzuki´s Bach Collegium Japan.
Hana appears on more than 30 CDs, including the well-known series of Bach´s cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan. Hana also plays gothic harp and presents concerts in which she accompanies herself on that instrument. She is also a member of Tiburtina Ensemble, which specializes in the Gregorian chant and early medieval polyphony. www.hanablazikova.com
Marc Mauillon - baritone
Nominated for the "Révélations des Victoires de la Musique 2010", the French baritone Marc Mauillon successfully travels through genres and centuries. Marc Mauillon appears in concert and recordings with Jordy Savall, Hesperion XXI, Vincent Dumestre's Poème Harmonique, William Christie's Les Arts Florissants and Christina Pluhar's L'Arpeggiata among others, appearing in staged productions from baroque to contemporary composers.
Another one of Marc Mauillon's passions is medieval and Renaissance music. He often works Alla Francesca or Doulce Mémoire; since 2009, he leads with Pierre Hamon, Angélique Mauillon and Vivabiancaluna Biffi a research on the work of Guillaume de Machaut, giving rise to three recordings regularly given in concert.
Maria Cristina Kiehr - soprano
The Argentinian soprano, Maria Cristina Kiehr, studied the violin as a child, in the city of Tandil in Argentina, but at the age of 17, she discovered her soft, amazing soprano and her love of Baroque music. From the start of her career, she was attracted by integration as a singer alongside other singers and musicians, within the polyphonic texture. The discovery led to a fast change: After only a year of singing lessons, in 1983, she went to Europe, to the leading institute in the revolution seeking authenticity in the performance of Early Music: the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and studied under René Jacobs.
Maria Cristina Kiehr is an all-European artist, and Switzerland is still her home. She is incontestably one of today's leading vocal artists in the field of Renaissance and Baroque music and has appeared throughout the world in concerts and recordings with celebrated conductors, like René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, Konrad Junghänel, and with orchestras and ensembles specializing in the Baroque music field, as La Fenice, Cantus Cölln, Hespèrion XX, Elyma, Concerto Köln, Ensemble 415, etc.
She is the co-founder of the ensembles "La Colombina", "Daedalus" and "Concerto Soave".
Tore Tom Denys - tenor
Born in Roeselare, Belgium, and living in Vienna, Austria, Tore Tom Denys started singing professionally, having already completed his Trumpet diploma at the University of Antwerp. A former member of the World Youth Choir, he has sung at some of the most prestigious European festivals with various ensembles, including Clemencic Consort, Weser Renaissance, Il suonar Parlante, Huelgas Ensemble, Collegium Vocale, and L’Arpeggiata. Tore now divides his time professionally between the Belgian ensemble La Capilla, the ensemble Cinquecento and the baroque consort Vivante (first prize winner at the International Baroque Competition, Melk, 2005), which he founded in 2000.
Els Janssens - Vanmunster - soprano
Els Janssens-Vanmunster studied singing in the conservatories of Liege, Belgium and Toulouse, France. Afterward, she specialized in medieval music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland. Thanks to her flexible voice with a wide range, a rich timbre, and an irreproachable pronunciation, she is at ease in both early music and in contemporary repertoires, going from interpretations of medieval music over baroque operas to contemporary music and Jazz. Els Janssens-Vanmunster performs and records with different groups of international fame such as Mora Vocis (which she leads since the end of 2010), La Fenice, Ferrara Ensemble, La Morra, Ensemble William Byrd, Les Jeunes Solistes... and regularly sings contemporary creations in immediate collaboration with the composers (Kl. Huber, P. Charvet, Boris Yoffe, Th. Pécou, J.-J. Di Tucci...). Els Janssens-Vanmunster teaches in workshops, master classes and at the Montpellier University.
VivaBiancaLuna Biffi - soprano and medieval fiddle
VivaBiancaLuna Biffi began her cello studies in Bergamo, Italy. In 1997 she went to study medieval fiddle, renaissance viol, baroque cello and singing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basle, Switzerland). She has collaborated with some of the most important early music ensembles, among others: Hesperion XXI – Capella Reial de Catalunya and Lux Feminae , Alla Francesca, the musical project of Guillaume de Machaut with Pierre Hamon, Marc and Angélique Mauillon and Les Flamboyants. She has performed in Asia, the Middle East (Israel, Jordan, Lebanon), South America, USA, Canada, Mexico and all over Europe. From 2005 to 2008 she taught at the Fondazione Royaumont and she is regularly invited to give master-classes at the Centre de Musique Médiévale de Paris, the Conservatoire Superieur de Lyon and also at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis of Basle.
Lieselot de Wilde - soprano
"Lieselot De Wilde is a soprano of unrestrained talent and creativity. She interprets Bernier's music in an exquisite way, never losing the subtleness specific to the French baroque music. Her articulation is refined and her expression very well balanced. Truly a first-class recording." ***** Sylvia Broeckaert, De Keuze van Klara on the record "Trois visage d'Hécate, cantates à voix seule by Nicolas Bernier" with Korneel Bernolet and Ensemble Apotheosis.
Sophia Patsi - mezzo soprano
A versatile young singer, acclaimed for her "rich and velvet-like low register" , Sophia appeared the last season both as a soloist and as ensemble member in international stages and festivals some of which are the Auditorium de Lyon, Grand Opera d'Avignon, Opera de Dijon, Ambronay Festival, Concertgebouw, Ljubljana Early Music Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Göttingen International Handel Festspiele , Stockholm Early Music Festival, International Bach Chamber Music Festival in Riga, Heinrich Schütz Musikfest in Dresden, Opera Noord Holland etc.
Alice Borciani - soprano
Born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Alice Borciani graduated in trumpet and in singing at the conservatory of Reggio Emilia. She graduated with distinction at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the guidance of Gerd Türk. She has won several international music competitions and has sung in stage productions and ensembles under conductors such as Jordi Savall, Diego Fasolis, Andrea Marcon, Sergio Azzolini, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Paolo Pandolfo, Thomas Hengelbrock and Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. She is a member of the Zürcher Singakademie, of the Vokalensemble La Cetra and of the Choeur de Chambre de Namur. She is also interested in contemporary music and she has taken part in various operas, concerts and first performances of contemporary pieces.
Baptiste Romain - medieval and renaissance fiddle
After studies in violin and composition at the Conservatoire National de Région in Rueil-Malmaison, Baptiste Romain went on to specialize in Medieval and Renaissance music, studying medieval fiddle, Renaissance violin, ancient bagpipes, and voice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon.
He constantly searches for new ideas pertaining to the historically informed performance of early music, playing with many Ensembles across Europe including Leones, Gilles Binchois, Per-Sonat, Vox Suavis, and Tetraktys. The first CD with his own ensemble, Le Miroir de Musique, was released in March 2013.
Felix Stricker - slide trumpet
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He studied modern trombone in Bloomington Indiana, and in Freiburg, Germany. After studying early music in Basel and The Hague, he has specialized in renaissance and medieval music and the slide trumpet. He has collaborated with Les haulz et les bas, Mala Punica, Vox Alta, and La Morra. He has participated in symposia and taught medieval and Renaissance wind music in Basel, Utrecht, Alden Biesen, Brussels, The Hague, Saint Petersburg, Tartu, Mexico City, and San Juan.
Angelique Mauillon - harp
Susanne Ansorg - medieval fiddle
Michaël Grébil - medieval lute and fiddle
Ori Harmelin - medieval and Renaissance lute
Caroline Ritchie - Viola d'arco
Sophia Patsi - voice
Franz Vitzthum - voice
Olivier de Narnaud - voice
Michael Feyfar - voice
Matthias Deger - voice
Dan Dunkelblum - voice
Roman Melish - voice
Jedediah Allen - voice, historic percussion
Jean-Christophe Groffe - voice
Doron Schleifer - consultation
Photo: Uri Smilansky