VERENA BARIE (Germany)
Verena Barie, born in Speyer in 1994, is a recorder player specialising in renaissance consort music as well as contemporary interdisciplinary art.
At the age of 4 she started to attend the youth choir in Kaiserslautern, which was soon followed by recorder lessons with Bernhard Stilz in Saarbrücken, as well as piano lessons in 2003 and cello lessons in 2005. In 2008 Verena moved to the boarding school “Landesschule Pforta” in Saxony-Anhalt, attending the music department. Within her Abitur degree she obtained a choir conducting degree (C1) .
In September 2013 her recorder lessons with Anja-Meike Möller where followed by enrolling for a bachelor degree with Erik Bosgraaf and Jorge Isaac at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Verena attended various master classes, among these Walter van Hauwe, Paul Leenhouts, Michael Schneider, Maurice Steger, historical improvisation courses as well as electronic composition workshops with Jorrit Tamminga and Wim Henderickx.
Next to several prices within the competition “Jugend musiziert” in Germany, Verena was awarded with the “Gaudeamus muziekweek prijz” for contemporary music within the “Prinses Christina Concours” in the Netherlands, 2014.
Verena is part of “The Royal Wind music”, an unique double sextet recorder consort based in Amsterdam.
Since February 2015 Verena is a founding member of “Queen´s Priest”, a young international ensemble of recorder and sackbut players.
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SOPHIA SCHAMBECK (Germany)
Sophia Schambeck was born in Munich, Germany and started to play the recorder when she was six years old. At the age of fifteen she got accepted into the precollege program of the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater München”, and studied with Markus Zahnhausen until 2013. Since September 2014 she has been studying with Erik Bosgraaf at the conservatory of Amsterdam.
Sophia won both as a soloist and ensemble player several national and international competitions (e.g. “Jugend musiziert” in Germany, “International recorder days Nordhorn”, “Open Recorder days Amsterdam”, “WESPE-competition”). In 2015 she received 3rd prize in the Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Competition in London.
Since her first recorder lessons, which were group lessons, Sophia enjoys especially to play
chamber music and is a member of various ensembles. With the recorder quartet “Molto vivo”, focusing mainly on contemporary music, she performed at the international festival “Musiquem Lleida” in Spain in 2012. As a member of “Queens Priest” and the ensemble “Consort Lagrime” she explores the music of the Renaissance period.
She attended master classes with Paul
Leenhouts, Dorothee Oberlinger, Maurice Steger and Matthias Weilenmann. Those were supported by scholarships from the “LYRA Foundation”, the “Musikhochsch
ule Detmold” and the “Rotary Club Munich”.
IRENE SOROZÁBAL (Spain)
Irene Sorozábal is a recorder player and singer from Spain. She has performed early music as well as classical contemporary and improvised music in venues like Tivoli Vredenburg, Splendor and Frascati.
She is based in Amsterdam where she studies recorder with Erik Bosgraaf and singing with Geert Berghs and Xenia Meijer.
Her education is enriched by musicians from diverse disciplines like Rebecca Stewart, Malik Mezzadri, Harmen Fraanje, María Martínez Ayerza and Hester Groenleer.
Irene plays in both early music and new music ensembles. She has performed with the Royal Wind Music, double consort recorder ensemble. She won a prize in Chamber Music playing in the Open Recorder Days Amsterdam 2012. She took part in Utrecht Early Music Festival 2016 with Lagrime Consort, recorder quartet specialised in vocal polyphony.
She is part of Galleria Armónica, an international ensemble specialised in historical performance from 16th-18th century.
She has joined projects with Sigvards Klava (Meesters und Gezellen 2016), Rob Vermeulen and Adrian van der Spoel(Kurt Thomas Kursus)and Capella Stella Maris conducted by Mikae Natsuyama. She has taken part as well of Cantores Sancti Gregori, an experimental group that sings Medieval and Renaissance Music.
Photo credits to Roberta Cristini