Frank agsteribbe is a versatile musician who works as a conductor, keyboard player, and composer. In all his activities he strives for direct expression, flexibility, and living colour, whether in opera (as director and continuo player) or in baroque or modern music. He has played with La Petite Bande, the Huelgas Ensemble and Anima Eterna, giving concerts in various European countries, in Mexico and in China.
He is the founder, harpsichordist, and director of the Belgian baroque orchestra B’Rock (until 2013), which has gone on to striking success in Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and South Africa. He has also worked as a guest conductor with the Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Ko?ln, the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the National Orchestras of Belgium and Portugal. Meanwhile he has more than 80 compositions to his name. Important works have been performed in Brazil, Berlin (the Konzerthaus and the German Opera) and at the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam. Since 1989 he teaches at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp.
A graduate in Modern French Literature from the Sorbonne, the Luxembourg soprano Véronique Nosbaum studied singing with Greta de Reyghere in Liège before taking classes with Monique Zanetti, Mireille Kayser and Hubert Weller. After a scholarship at the Pisa Opera House she secured solo roles in operas by Gluck, Mozart and Purcell in Pisa, Lucca and Liège, and in contemporary productions at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, where she is a regular collaborator. Véronique Nosbaum, whose repertoire focuses on ancient and contemporary music, performs at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe.
A skilled singer-actress, she is also frequently asked to work with theatre companies.
Born in Valencia, she studied piano, oboe and singing in the Conservatorio José Iturbi in Valencia, Escuela superior de Canto in Madrid, and Scuola Civica di Milano.
She has collaborated with groups such as Europa Galante, L’ arpeggiata, La Fenice, B' Rock, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble ELYMA (Gabriel Garrido), R.C.O.C., Ensemble Pian&Forte, Accademia del piacere, ... with whom she has performed in major concert venues throughout Europe and Japan.
Her recordings include: “Concerto di Trombe” with Gabriele Cassone and Enrico Onofri, the oratorio “La forza del Divino Amore” of Bernardo Gaffi with Ensemble Pian&Forte; the opera "Artaserse" by Terradellas with R.C.O.C, in which she performs the role of Megabise; "Le lacrime di Eros", with Accademia del piacere, awarded with the Prelude Classical Music Award 2009 Early Baroque.
Laureen Stoulig est née en 1983, à Creutzwald, France, de mère Mauricienne et de père Français.
A l’âge de 7 ans elle est admise au conservatoire de Metz pour des études piano, solfège et chant chorale. Elle y obtient les premiers prix en 1998.
A l’âge de 16 ans elle débute le chant soliste dans la classe de Juan Carlos Morales et de Monique Zanetti pour le chant Baroque.
Elle obtient des prix nationaux et internationaux, médailles d’or et 1ers prix de perfectionnements à Metz , 1 er prix au concours «Passion de la musique» organisé par le « Rotary club France» et un 4 ème prix au concours international de Chant Lyrique «Maria Caniglia» qui lui permet de travailler pendant un an auprès d’artistes comme Mirella Freni, Luciana Serra, Gianni Raimundi.
Ont suivi les engagements auprès d’Alessandro De Marchi (« Rossini», Cenerentola- Clorinda) à Weikersheim, le rôle de «Sandrina» dans la «Cecchina» de «Piccini» à Munich, «Morgana» dans «Alcina» de «Handel» sous la directions de Martin Gester, et elle est engagée en Grèce pour interpréter «Rosina» dans le « Barbier de Séville» de Paisiello sous la direction de Iakovos Pappas.
Laureen Stoulig sera marraine du Festival Moselle Arts Vivants 2014 auprès des parrains Didier Lockwood et Robin Renucci.
Countertenor Jonathan De Ceuster studied singing at the Brussels Conservatory where he obtained a premier prix in opera-singing, concert-singing, chamber music and a diplôme supérieur in opera-singing.
He specialised in baroque singing at the Conservatoire de Metz (FR). Jonathan continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music (UK) where he obtained a Postgraduate Performance Degree and a DipRam for his outstanding final recital. He had the chance to work with James Bowman, Michael Chance, Paul Esswood, Laurence Cummings, Richard Egarr,… Finally he obtained a Masters Degree at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. Jonathan works with several early music ensembles as the Netherlands Bach Society, Akadêmia, Ex Tempore, Currende, La Petite Bande, Collegium Vocale Gent, Amsterdam Baroque choir, …
Jonathan is also very active on the opera and music theatre platform and has performed both baroque as contemporary operas at the opera houses of Antwerp, Ghent, Düsseldorf, Strasbourg, Geneva and numerous theatre houses all over Europe.
Peter de Laurentiis was born to a Scottish mother and a Neapolitan father in Genoa (Italy). He studied violin at the Paganini Conservatory in Genoa, and went on to study musicology at the Universities of Cremona, Oxford and Tours. While at University he developed an interest in vocal music and started performing with various specialised ensembles.
He now works mainly with cantoLX, the Favoriti della Fenice (Jean Tubéry), the Ensemble Cappella Pratensis (Stratton Bull), Arsys Bourgogne (Pierre Cao), andthe Choeur de Chambre de Namur (Leonardo Garcia Alarcon). He is very interested in pronunciation and diction issues for singers, but he also has a secret passion for cooking.
Raffaele Giordani holds a Master Degree in Chemistry at Ferrara University, Italy. His passion for music compelled him to attend the music and performing arts school “Conservatorio Frescobaldi” in Ferrara, and is currently under the supervision of M. Luisa Vannini.
He collaborates with an extensive list of the best Italian and European ensembles for Early and Baroque music, such as Concerto Italiano, La Venexiana, Odhecaton, Malapunica, De Labyrintho and Vox Altera for contemporary music and is one of the founding members of La Compagnia Del Madrigale. He worked together with conductors as, among others, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Michael Radulescu, Ottavio Dantone, Claudio Cavina, Fabio Bonizzoni, Diego Fasolis.
As a soloist, among others, he performs Johannes Passion, Magnificat, Oster Oratorium and many other works by J.S. Bach; Messiah and Anthems from G. F. Händel; Vesprodella B.V. and Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by C. Monteverdi, and Requiem by W. A. Mozart. He also likes to explore the lieder and chamber music repertoire, and has sung in early operas by Mozart, Monteverdi, Peri and Caccini.
He has recorded for Naïve, Glossa, Ricercar, Arcana, Rai-Radio 3, Deutsche Grammophon (directed by Claudio Abbado), RSI, Amadeus and Tactus. His recordings won several awards as Diapason d’or de l’année, Gramophone Award, Choc de l’année, Midem Classical Award.
Jean-Paul Majerus studied voice in Luxembourg and at the Mozarteum in Salzbourg with Walter Raninger.
He is a frequent soloist at the Salzburg Cathedral. From 1985 to 1987, he studied choral and orchestral direction with professors Albert Anglberger, Nicolaus Harnon-court and Gerhard Schmit-Gaden.
Since 1988 he has directed several choirs, including the St Cecilia Choir and youth choir of Diekirch, the men’s choir Lyra Ettelbruck and the vocal ensemble Cantica.
From 1992 to 2005, he led the Masters of the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Luxembourg, with which he performed numerous sacred concerts in Luxembourg and elsewhere.
Karl Nyhlin is well established as one of the leading lute players of Scandinavia. With a repertoire covering a wide range of plucked instruments from the renaissance through to the romantic era, he is much in demand internationally both as a soloist and ensemble musician.
Today, Karl is in great demand across Europe, as both a soloist and continuo player on various lutes, theorbos and early guitars. He has performed in over 30 countries, and holds the position of principal lute of The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra, REBaroque (formerly Stockholm Baroque Orchestra), The New Dutch Academy and Nordic Affect (Iceland). He works regularly in numerous chamber music groups and projects, for example award-winning Latin American-baroque specialists Ensemble Villancico, and in close collaboration with singers, such as soprano Susanne Rydén and countertenor Mikael Bellini. He is represented on numerous recordings as an orchestral and chamber musician. His critically acclaimed 2010 debut solo CD of works by baroque lute composers Weiss and Kellner is followed up by a new solo CD of Jacobean lute music, to be released in February 2012, also on dB Productions.
From 25 to 29 September, cantoLX and l'Ensemble de la Chapelle Saint-Marc under the musical direction of Frank Agsteribbe recorded their new CD with Funeral masses by Pierre Hercule Brehy and Joseph-Hector Fiocco.
This CD will be distributed on the label Et'Cetera.
The recording is made possible thanks to the financial support of the University of Antwerp.